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Summary

  1. Man killed and teenager injured in crash
  2. Police to pay respects at funeral of Westminster terror attack victim
  3. 'Rusty ordnance' removed from North Devon
  4. Care home boss stole £9,000 from resident
  5. Numbers of young people self-harming on the rise, figures show
  6. Beach next to Poldark harbour closed after rock fall
  7. Dartmoor whisky distillery given the go-ahead
  8. Dead bottlenose dolphin found on Cornish beach
  9. Updates on on Friday 7 April 2017

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Exeter's Bridge Road closed for the weekend

BBC Radio Devon

Bridge Road in Exeter will be closed from 22:00 tonight for ongoing widening works, Devon County Council says .

Bridge Road. Pic: Google
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The authority said the works, which would see the road closed until 05:00 on Monday was part of plans to installation the first few spans of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge

Remaining spans would be lifted "into place in the coming weeks", it added. Diversions will be in place.

Dartmoor power buildings' demolition 'a significant loss'

BBC Radio Devon

Proposed demolitions of an electricity station building from the 1920s and a 1950s unmanned power station shed will be a "very significant physical loss to the 20th Century heritage of Princetown and Dartmoor", the Dartmoor Society says.

Whisky makers have been given the go-ahead for a new distillery on the site of the Richardson & Gill building and the 1950s pocket power station shed on the outskirts of Princetown.

Dartmoor building
BBC

Dartmoor Brewery's application for the distillery, a visitor centre and car park was approved with conditions by national park planners.

Dr Tom Greeves, chairman of the society, said "future generations will undoubtedly regret the unnecessary loss" of the Richardson & Gill building (pictured).

Dartmoor Brewery, which already has a spot in the town, said the distillery could attract more visitors to the area.

Lambs killed after being mauled to death in fields near Newquay

Cornwall Live

Police are appealing for dog owners to control their pets after lambs were mauled to death in fields at Mawgan Porth.

Teen spared jail for 'despicable offence'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A teenager who stole jewellery from an elderly woman who paid him to cut her grass "just wanted money for drugs", a court has heard.

Mikey Fox had knocked on the door of his victim, asking if she had any work available. She agreed to pay him £20 each time he mowed the lawn at her house, Truro Crown Court heard. 

Fox, 19, of St Austell, took jewellery including a sentimental engagement ring from inside the woman's home last October, the court was told.

He was sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders' institute, suspended for two years.

Latest weather: Staying dry and clear

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Overnight, it will remain dry with plenty of clear spells, allowing for another cold night.

There will be some patchy mist and fog, as well as a touch of frost in rural parts. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather
BBC

After another chilly start, Saturday will be a fine, sunny and warm day, with most seeing almost clear blue skies by the afternoon.

However, it will be cooler on the coasts. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Police dog Wellington takes rookie Ozzie under his wing... er, paw

Poldark harbour beach to get 'more permanent signage' to warn of rock fall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

New signs are being put up at a beach, next to where scenes from BBC drama Poldark have been filmed, to warn of the dangers of a rock fall this week, its owner says.

Charlestown beach. Pic: Atishoo Gallery
Atishoo Gallery

Tonnes of rock fell on to East beach, to the left of Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell, on Wednesday afternoon.

Square Sail Ventures, which owns the port and neighbouring beaches, said the affected area would be closed for the "foreseeable future".

Temporary barriers are in place to stop people getting on to the beach. Current signs were to be replaced with "more permanent signage", Square Sail said. The site's other beach and the harbour itself remain open.

The Grade II-listed harbour has  stood in for Truro  during filming of Poldark.

Fears that Red Arrows may never do a full display over Dartmouth again

Devon Live

The Red Arrows display at this year's Dartmouth Regatta will consist of a high-speed flypast instead of the traditional crowd-pleasing loops and rolls just above the masts of yachts in the Dart.

Care home boss who took resident's money is spared jail

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A former care home manager sobbed in court as she avoided prison for deceiving an elderly resident out of £9,000. 

Fifty-two-year-old Sharon Smith, of Burraton, received a jail sentence of two years, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of fraud at Truro Crown Court.

Truro Crown Court
BBC

Smith, a gambling addict, convinced her victim to withdraw cash over a period of about a year, telling him it was for fees for his care.

In sentencing, Recorder Andrew Maitland said Smith's actions were an "appalling breach of trust" and she had abused her position at the care home.

Ex-drug cartel pilot tried to kill lodger after squatter's rights threat

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A former drug cartel's pilot tried to kill his unwanted lodger after a threat to claim squatter's rights and barricade himself in the flat they shared, a court has heard.

Andrew Barnes, 61, hit 29-year-old Luke Down four times in the head with a heavy axe while he slept last September, leaving him with brain injuries. 

Andrew Barnes and court building
Devon and Cornwall Police/BBC

Exeter Crown Court heard how the injuries would have been fatal if Barnes had removed the protective cover over the blade.

Mr Down had been staying at Barnes's flat for free and had been paying his way by bringing round alcohol and food, the court was told.

Barnes, from Topsham, Devon,  admitted attempted murder and was jailed for 15-and-a-half years . He was once a drug cartel pilot, flying cocaine from Colombia to the United States.

Cornish trainer Venetia Williams has two horses running in National

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish trainer Venetia Williams has two horses running in the Grand National

They are Tenor Niverais and Houblon Des Obeaux, who both are on at 40-1. 

Venetia trained 2009 winner Mon Mome was a 100-1 outsider, so you never know what will happen!

Boy, 15, missing for seven days

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Police are appealing for help to find a teenager who's been missing for seven days. 

Officers said they were "becoming increasingly concerned" about the welfare of Steven Carr, from St Austell, who also has links with Bodmin and Plymouth.

He is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall, slim, with brown eyes and brown spikey hair. He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black Superdry jacket and Nike trainers.

Sleeping rough vicar: 'Worst thing is the fear'

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon vicar who has been sleeping rough for Lent says the challenge has been "much worse than I thought it was going to be".

Father Gary Deighton, who's the vicar of St George's in Goodrington, wanted to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

Fr Gary Deighton
BBC

He said: "It’s been awful, actually... I thought the real issue would be the cold and the wet, and they are bad. But the worst thing is the level of fear you’ve got.

"Any noise, any tin can, any whistling in the wind and, straight away, you’re alert and worried that something might be happening."

Lent ends in the middle of April, but his last night will be tonight because of work commitments.

Dead dolphin dragged from beach

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A dolphin washed up on the beach at Porth near Newquay was dragged away by Cornwall Council workers yesterday.

The animal was the latest in a spate of animals being found on beaches around the south west.

Dolphin
Kyle Kaplanis

Musician dying from skin cancer sues GP for saying it was 'fungal nail infection'

Devon Live

A musician dying from skin cancer who says his GP misdiagnosed his condition as a minor fungal nail infection is  suing him for over £300,000 in compensation .

Suspect device in Woolacombe 'may be landmine'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A piece of suspected unexploded ordnance in Woolacombe which caused emergency services to put up a 100m cordon may possibly be a landmine, police say.

Woolacombe device. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The "rusty" device was found at Parade House at about 10:00 by contractors carrying out work at the site.

An ordnance disposal team had examined the item and said it would be "removed for safe disposal", police said.

Horse and pony's owners found

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Do you remember the story we told you on Wednesday of the horse and pony which were found in the Liskeard area at the weekend?

Found horse and pony. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The pair were rounded up on Sunday after being seen inadvertently heading towards the A38 from the New Road area.

Police have  tweeted that they have been "reunited with their rightful owners".

Hopefully the investigation to trace who owned them didn't involve too much horsing around.

Starling murmurations investigated by Devon scientist

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A scientist from the University of Exeter will lead a project to discover the secret of starling murmurations and other groups of animals that work together in complex ways.

The three-year project, led by Dr Alex Thornton from Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation, has received a $1m grant from the  Human Frontiers Science Programme  to study the ways in which individuals in groups respond to one another to operate as a single, super-organism.

Starlings
University of Exeter

The mechanisms that allow thousands of individuals to move as one, such as flocking birds or huge schools of fish, have begun to be better understood in recent years. Scientists have used mathematical models to show how a collective ‘order’ can emerge as a by-product if those individuals follow a set of simple rules to interact with their neighbours."

Dr Alex Thornton Senior lecturer at University of Exeter

Campervan overturns on A30

BBC News Travel

A campervan has overturned on the A30 westbound, between West Hill and Clyst Honiton. It is causing slow traffic in the area

Wheely good transport news for community groups

BBC Radio Devon

Three community groups in Devon have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep them on the move. 

Forty disability, patient, children and school groups across England are to get a new vehicle after winning part of £2m from the Community Minibus Fund

In Devon, the three groups to get new wheels are: the Bideford and District Unit 35 of the Sea Cadet Corps, the Community Equality Disability Action Group in Exeter and the Ivybridge & District Community Transport Association. 

The fund said the minibuses would have up to 16 seats and it was hoped they would "improve the lives of people in rural areas by providing crucial links to shops, social events and medical services".

Complete ban on energy drinks announced by Devon school

Devon Live

A South Devon school has announced a complete ban on energy drinks .

Travel: Two-vehicle collision on Bodmin's Carminow Cross roundabout

BBC News Travel

On the A38 at Bodmin, there's been a two-vehicle collision on the roundabout at Carminow Cross

Latest weather: Mainly sunny and staying clear

BBC Weather

It is a mainly sunny afternoon with patchy cloud, more extensive along east facing coasts. Winds will be light and mainly easterly, with on shore breezes developing. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, there will be just patchy cloud and plenty of clear spells. We may see some mist or fog forming in sheltered areas. Winds will be light south easterly, becoming moderate. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

No paw performance during dog's rescue from trampoline

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A dog has been rescued by firefighters in Devon after it got a foot trapped in a trampoline.

A fire crew used small tools to release the Alsatian's paw from the trampoline spring after it was called to the property in Yeo Park, Yealmpton, at about 13:10

A vet was also called to the scene.

Travel: Vehicle crashes in Exeter and Paignton

BBC News Travel

  • In Exeter, Pinhoe Road is blocked due to a three-vehicle collision 
  • In Paignton, on the A380 King's Ash Road, there's been a two-vehicle collision near Colley End Road
  • In South Brent, on the A38 westbound, there's a broken-down vehicle between the Marley Head junction and the Woodpecker junction

Dartmoor whisky distillery approved: Pocket power station to be demolished

BBC Spotlight

Controversial plans for a £4m whisky distillery and visitor centre at Princetown on Dartmoor have been approved by the National Park Authority. 

Dozens of objections were raised by residents concerned about the impact on the environment. 

Others backed the plan by Princetown Distilleries Limited saying it would bring a much needed boost to the local economy. 

The plan includes permission to demolish the building that's believed to have housed the world's first pocket power station. 

It has been decommissioned and stripped of its generating engine. Before it's knocked down, it has to be photographed and recorded for history.

Popular footpath 'could remain closed into summer holidays'

BBC Radio Devon

A popular section of footpath around Kingsbridge Quay could remain closed into the summer holidays. 

Fencing was put up around part of the quay wall footpath at the end of 2016 after cracks appeared.

South Hams District Council said work has taken place, including a survey on the existing wall. 

It's now working on a repair plan and improvements for walkers while the fencing is in place.

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Witnesses sought after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash involving two motorcyclists last night.

One man died when the vehicles crashed at around 23:00 on the B3362 at Lezant.

Police say the 49-year-old man, who was from Beaworthy, died at the scene. 

The other motorcyclist involved was an 18-year-old from the Tavistock area. He was airlifted to Derriford Hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The road was closed for seven hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Ryanair could drop Newquay flights after Brexit

Cornwall Live

Holidaymakers looking to hop aboard a Ryanair flight to the sun may have to reconsider their Portugal or Spain holiday plans if Brexit leaves Britain out of the EU's open skies policy, discount airline Ryanair has warned .

Ex-drugs pilot jailed for axe murder bid

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Andrew Barnes. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police/BBC
Devon and Cornwall Police/BBC

A former drug cartel's pilot has been jailed for trying to kill his unwanted lodger with an axe as he slept.

Andrew Barnes, 61, hit Luke Down with four heavy axe blows to his head, leaving him with brain injuries and close to death.

Barnes, from Topsham, Devon, admitted attempted murder and was jailed for 15-and-a-half years at Exeter Crown Court. The judge described the axe attack as an "impetuous moment of madness".

Barnes was once a drug cartel pilot, flying cocaine from Colombia to the United States.

Contractors cleared and 100m cordon after 'ordnance' found in Woolacombe

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 100m cordon is in place in Woolacombe after the discovery of what is thought to be "rusty" ordnance, police say.

The suspected device was found at Parade House at about 10:00 by contractors carrying out work at the site.

Woolacombe
Matt Streuli

Police said the contractors "were advised to leave the area and have done so". 

An ordnance disposal team is to examine the item. 

Police added: "As there is likely to be some disruption, the public are advised to avoid the area for the time being."

Care home boss stole £9,000 from resident

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A care home boss from Cornwall has been given a suspended jail sentence for swindling £9,000 from an elderly resident.

Fifty-two-year-old Sharon Smith was jailed for two years, suspended for two years, after being found guilty at Truro Crown Court of fraud.

The court heard gambling addict Smith, of Burraton, who was manager of a care home in Saltash, took the resident to his local bank on a number of occasions to withdraw cash.

BreakingCordon in Woolacombe after 'rusty ordnance' found

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A police cordon has been put up in Woolacombe after the discovery of what is thought to be an unexploded ordnance, officers say.

The "rusty device" was found at Parade House at about 10:00 by contractors.

BreakingDartmoor whisky distillery given the go-ahead

BBC Radio Devon

Whisky makers have been given the go-ahead for a new distillery on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor site
BBC

The application which has been approved with conditions by national park planners is for a new distillery, with a visitor centre and car park on the edge of Princetown. 

Dartmoor Brewery, which already has a spot in the town, said both industries should compliment each other and it could attract more visitors to the area.

Travel: Woolacombe Esplanade closed

BBC News Travel

In Woolacombe, the Esplanade is closed due to a police incident

Beach next to Poldark harbour closed after rock fall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A beach in Cornwall next to a harbour where scenes from BBC drama Poldark are filmed has been closed after a rock fall.

East Beach. Pic: Atishoo Designs Gallery
Atishoo Designs Gallery

Tonnes of rock fell on to East beach, to the left of Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell, on Wednesday afternoon.

Charlestown harbour. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Square Sail Ventures, which owns the port and neighbouring beaches, said a seismologist had examined the scene, but that the area would be closed for the "foreseeable future". 

It added that more permanent signs were being put up to warn people of possible dangers. The site's other beach and the harbour itself remain open.

The Grade II-listed harbour has  stood in for Truro  during filming of Poldark.

Man charged with drugs offences after police raid

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after a police raid in Tiverton, police say. 

Two women and a man were arrested at the scene in the West Exe area on Tuesday.

Police said a 28-year-old man from Liverpool was charged with two counts of drugs possession. He is due at Exeter Crown Court in May.