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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Ex-nurse jailed after filming himself raping a three-year-old girl
  3. Motorcyclist in 'critical condition' after crash
  4. Green light for Exmouth multimillion-pound seafront plan
  5. SW local authorities try to solve care recruitment crisis
  6. Site for travellers in Devon earmarked for expansion
  7. Dalmatian survives 100ft cliff fall

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

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This town council owns £214,000 worth of robes, maces & chains

Devon Live

A town council in Devon has come under fire after it revealed it owned a whopping £214,000 worth of ceremonial robes, chains and maces.

'New jobs and economic regeneration' for Exmouth

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

East Devon District Council is promising new jobs and economic regeneration now its scheme to transform Exmouth seafront has been approved. 

After years of wrangling over what should be built, developers can now submit plans for a multimillion-pound sports centre, hotel, shops and café. 

The council is promising to consult local people throughout the project but campaigners fear it will destroy the town's character.

Exmouth
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Cornwall enterprise zone welcomed by MP

BBC Radio Cornwall

A new enterprise zone in Cornwall has been welcomed by a local MP. 

It will cover three separate sites - at Hayle, Tolvaddon and Falmouth Docks - and it's hoped it will bring together expertise in the marine sector. 

Wave hub
BBC

Marine Hub Cornwall is one of a dozen new Enterprise Zones to go live this spring.   

The MP for Truro and Falmouth Sarah Newton says Cornwall is now a global player in marine renewables and the wider marine-technology sector.

Monks who make 'harmful' wine should be stripped of charity status, secularists say

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Devon monks who make millions from a wine linked to violence should be stripped of charitable status according to the National Secular Society. 

It says the tonic wine made at Buckfast Abbey is "harmful" to society. 

Wine
BBC/Getty

Buckfast Abbey Trust doesn't pay tax on the income because it's a charity but the society says that is an "abuse of the charitable system". 

The trust, which made a record £8.8m last year from sales of Buckfast wine, said it was "surprised" at the complaint.

Missing man last seen at Falmouth pier

Police are appealing for information after a missing man was last seen at the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth at 13:00 today.

They have shared a picture of the 51-year-old male.

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Plymouth MP 'wants answers' over Royal Marines cuts

BBC Radio Devon

It's been announced the Royal Marines are to shed 200 posts as the Royal Navy reshuffles staff before the arrival of a new generation of ships. 

Plymouth is home to 42 Commando, based at Bickleigh, with the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade at Stonehouse Barracks in the city.

Marines
PA

The Conservative MP for the constituency, Oliver Colvile, said: "I want to actually also understand if there are any more plans to reduce the number of Royal Marines, and what they're going to do to try to re-grow them, because that I feel is incredibly important and needs to happen. I want answers."  

Plans to put up car parking in Exeter

BBC Radio Devon

There are plans to put up car parking charges in Exeter. 

Exeter City Council says ticket-prices have fallen behind those in other cities and an increase would help ease congestion. 

Car parking
BBC

Proposals include putting up the price of one hour at the Guildhall, Mary Arches, and John Lewis car parks from £2 to £2.20. 

The suggestions are being discussed at an executive council meeting tonight. 

Salcombe Gin wins two awards

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Now do you like a gin and tonic?

Well you're in the right place if the answer's yes.

Salcombe Gin has taken the top spot in two categories at the prestigious World Drinks Awards.

We'll raise a glass to that!

Gin and tonic
BBC

Clubs would share Stadium for Cornwall

James Law

BBC Sport Online

National League South club Truro City will share a proposed Stadium for Cornwall with rugby club Cornish Pirates.

Work on the 6,000-capacity ground, on the outskirts of Truro, could start this summer according to the Cornish Pirates.

Truro wanted to build their own stadium at Silver Bow, but developers branded it "no longer financially viable".

Stadium for Cornwall
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"The joint agreement will enable the strong prospect of a stadium to finally be built," a statement issued by the two clubs read. "The community stadium will rival other similar venues currently found throughout the country."

Stadium for Cornwall

Clubs to share Stadium for Cornwall

Non-league football side Truro City announce they will share the Stadium for Cornwall with rugby club Cornish Pirates.

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Buckfast monks 'not setting example' by producing wine linked to violent crime

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The Secular Society has called on the Charity Commission to remove Buckfast Abbey Trust's charitable status "unless they change their activities".  

The abbey makes tonic wine Buckfast, which has been linked with violent crime in Scotland.

Secular Society vice president Alistair McBay said: "The monks should be setting an example as a religious organisation but the opposite is happening."

Buckfast
PA

Last year the abbey said it supported alcohol education charities like Drinkaware, a fact disputed by the charity.

It has made about £88m since 2004 from royalties made on each bottle of Buckfast sold, according to the Charity Commission.

The trust justifies its existence as a charity in its annual report, stating its aim is the "advancement of the Roman Catholic religion".

St Ives has made it into the top 10...

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The view from the top of Snowdon taking in a 'magical' lake has been named as the UK's best sight .

The landscape topped a poll of more than 2,500 people - beating the Three Sisters mountains in Scotland's Glencoe Valley, St Ives, and Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Ex-nurse jailed for raping girl, 3

BBC News England

  • An ex-Torbay Hospital nurse has been jailed after filming himself raping a three-year-old girl as she slept in her own bed
  • Psychiatric nurse George Anderson, 27, who worked for Devon Partnership NHS Trust,  has been jailed for more than 19 years
  • The little girl who was raped by Anderson alerted her mother to the crime
  • He abused the girl numerous times over a three-and-a-half-hour period while attending a drinks party at her family home  
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust said Anderson has been dismissed from the organisation and "no evidence has emerged to suggest that people in his care were at risk during the period" 
  • He has been given an interim suspension order for 18 months by the  Nursing and Midwifery Council
George Anderson
Devon and Cornwall Police

Crediton road closed due to police incident

BBC News Travel

  • In Crediton the A3072 Mill Street is closed due to a police incident between the A377 Exeter Road and Blagdon, near the supermarket 
  • In Plympton, Underwood Road is blocked in both directions by a two-vehicle collision between Drunken Bridge Hill and Market Road
  • On the A361 Tiverton-bound between Gornhay Cross and the Bolham Roundabout there's slow traffic due to a broken-down caravan

Council chief 'very pleased' about Exmouth seafront plans

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

A council chief executive has said he is "very pleased" controversial plans to transform the seafront at Exmouth have moved a step closer today. 

After years of wrangling over what should be built, developers can now submit plans for a multimillion-pound sports centre, hotel, shops and café. 

Mark Williams
BBC

Mark Williams, chief executive of East Devon District Council said: "I'm very pleased. Exmouth is a world-class location and we want it to be a world-class destination and the important part of today's approval is that it allows us to get on with that now.

"It [the character] will change because there will be something different there, but actually I think it will open up the beach, it will bring more activities down to that area of the seafront for people to enjoy."

Severe disruption: A3072 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3072 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A377 Exeter Road and Blagdon.

A3072 Devon - A3072 Mill Street in Crediton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A377 Exeter Road junction and the Blagdon junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Mother of raped girl: 'I don't think I'll ever trust a man again'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The mother of a three-year-old girl who was raped by Torbay Hospital nurse George Anderson, 27, says she doesn't think she will ever trust a man again.

In a victim impact statement, which was read out at Exeter Crown Court, she said: "I feel like the worst parent in the world. I feel like I have failed my daughter." 

Exeter Crown Court
BBC

"I do not think I will be able to ever trust another man again and certainly do not think I will be able to be in a relationship with one, certainly where they have any contact with (my daughter). 

"I trusted George, I thought he was my friend, he destroyed that trust. I feel so much anger and hatred towards him that it scares me."

Anderson, 27, who raped the girl in her home,  has been jailed for more than 19 years.

Rapist nurse suspended by Nursing and Midwifery Council

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A nurse convicted of raping a child has been suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council until the organisation hears his case.

George Anderson, 27, was convicted at Exeter Crown Court this morning.

He has been given an interim suspension order for 18 months by the NMC.

He worked at Torbay Hospital and Devon Partnership NHS Trust said he has been dismissed from the organisation.

Motorcyclist critically ill after three-vehicle crash

BBC Radio Cornwall

A motorcyclist is critically ill in hospital following a crash near Helston on Saturday night.

It involved a motorbike, a car and a van, and happened just before 19:30 on the B3297 at Farms Common. 

The rider is now at Derriford Hospital and police are appealing for witnesses.  

Colleagues of rapist nurse 'deeply shocked' by case

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Colleagues of a Torbay Hospital nurse who filmed himself raping a three-year-old girl have been "deeply shocked" by the case.

Psychiatric nurse George Anderson, 27, who worked for Devon Partnership NHS Trust, has been jailed for more than 19 years.

Chief Executive Melanie Walker told the BBC Anderson has been dismissed from the organisation.

Torbay Hospital
Google

She said: "This case has come as a great shock to everyone.

"We have also conducted our own investigation and no evidence has emerged to suggest that people in his care were at risk during the period in which he was employed as a nurse. 

"The ward on which he worked supports older people with mental health needs. It has an excellent reputation and a fantastic team of staff who are known for their compassion and dedication. They have been deeply shocked by this issue."

Multimillion-pound Exmouth development 'will sweep natural beauty away'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Plans for a multimillion-pound revamp of the seafront at Exmouth have been given the green light.

Councillors approved plans for a sports centre, hotel, shops and café.

Exmouth
BBC

However, Dawn Hirst, from Harbour View Cafe, believes people will miss the current facilities.

"It certainly seems from the plans there doesn't seem to be anything similar going up. I think there will be a massive gap there for the people that use this place and love this place."

Elaine Lewis, Exmouth resident, said: "I think Exmouth is a place of natural beauty, and the development will sweep this away forever. Unless we manage to retain what people love about Exmouth, they won't come.

Portreath incident: No arrests made after alleged attack that left 14-year-old girl covered in blood

Cornwall Live

Police are continuing to investigate an alleged assault on Portreath beach that left one teenage girl " covered in blood " after reportedly being attacked by a bodybuilder.

Travel latest: Disruption to sailings due to spring tides

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • In Exeter on Pinhoe Road there's slow traffic in both directions due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks

Cornwall

  • At Dobwalls on the A38 westbound approaching the Twelvewoods Roundabout all lanes are now clear - the broken-down lorry has been recovered
  • In Pelynt, Summer Lane is now clear following an earlier accident near Barton Meadow
  • On the St Mawes and Place ferries there's disruption to sailings today due to the spring tides

Girl, 3, alerted mother to nurse rape

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A little girl who was raped by a nurse alerted her mother to the crime, a court has heard.

The mother saw George Anderson, 27, come out of the child's bedroom while at a party at the family's home.

When challenged, Anderson said the girl had been crying and popped in to check on her. 

Court
BBC

Later she heard the girl screaming and saw Anderson again coming out of her room. The court heard he lied and said he had heard her cries and went in to see if she was okay. 

It was the next morning that the child told her mother about what had happened.

Anderson admitted 10 charges at Exeter Crown Court including the rape of a child and has been jailed for 19 years and four months.

Motorists who travel through bus gate could be prosecuted

BBC Radio Cornwall

Details of 17 motorists who have driven through the Threemilestone bus gate have been passed to the police. 

The controversial gate allows buses from the village to gain access to the Truro-bound A390 without having to do a u-turn in the village. 

Some local residents campaigned to get the scheme scrapped, claiming their village would be under siege with 140 buses passing through each day.  

Bus Gate
BBC

The gate has been operating since 16 March and uses cameras to record the number plates of any vehicle that isn't a bus. 

Cornwall Council says the lane is clearly marked for buses only and the offending motorists could face prosecution. 

Nurse abused toddler numerous times while attending drinks party

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A nurse who filmed himself raping a toddler abused the girl numerous times over a three-and-a-half-hour period while attending a drinks party at her family home, a court has heard.

George Anderson, who worked as a psychiatric nurse at Torbay Hospital, filmed the rape which happened in November 2016.

Exeter Crown Court heard Anderson had made nine video files and taken still images from 23.12 that night, until 02.47 the next day.

He has been jailed for more than 19 years.

Breaking Nurse jailed after filming himself raping a three-year-old girl

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An ex-Torbay Hospital nurse has been jailed after filming himself raping a three-year-old girl as she slept in her own bed. 

George Anderson told the girl he was a doctor as he returned to her bedroom to repeatedly abuse her while attending a drinks party by the child's mother, Exeter Crown Court heard.

George Anderson
Devon and Cornwall Police

The 27-year-old was even caught coming out of the child's room by her mother - but lied that he heard her cry and was trying to reassure her.  

He has been jailed for 19 years and four months.

Skate park closed due to 'vandalism'

Twitter

Exeter City Council has tweeted : "We've had to temporarily close Arena Skate Park due to vandalism. The damage has been reported and we hope to have it open again soon."

BreakingGreen light for Exmouth multimillion-pound seafront plan

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Controversial plans for a radical revamp of the seafront at Exmouth have moved a step closer.

After years of wrangling the finer details of a future vision of a multimillion-pound sports centre, hotel, shops and café have been given the green light by councillors.

Exmouth
BBC

Enterprise zone to cover three sites in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A new enterprise zone in Cornwall will cover three separate sites at Hayle, Tolvaddon and Falmouth Docks.

It's hoped it will bring together expertise in the marine sector. 

Marine Hub Cornwall is one of a dozen new enterprise zones to go live this spring across the country. It aims to cement Cornwall's status as a world-class centre for marine renewable energy.    

Wave hub
BBC
The "Wave Hub" in Hayle is said to be the largest wave energy testing facility in the world

Forty eight enterprise zones have now been launched in England. They are intended to support new ventures by young entrepreneurs, and it's hoped they will attract investment and create well-paid jobs.   

Dalmatian survives 100ft cliff fall with just a scratch

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A dalmatian that fell 100ft down cliffs in Cornwall survived with just a scratch on her leg.

Cara fell at Trevaunance Point at about 16:00 on Sunday.

Cara and her rescuers
Tom Kay

The volunteer crew at St Agnes RNLI and the volunteer patrol from St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club were involved in her rescue, when she was happily reunited with her owners.

White Helmets to be disbanded this year

The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display team will be disbanded this year, it has been announced.

The White Helmets perform stunts and acrobatics on motorcycles, and have been performing for more than 80 years.

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Penzance reign in Spain

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Penzance have claimed an international cricketing scalp.

Playing in the La Manga cricket classic as part of their pre-season preparations, the west Cornwall team beat the Spanish national side.

Team with trophy
Penzance Cricket Club

They scored 156-7 and beat them by three wickets.

Penzance won all seven of their matches, to take the title.

Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

The rest of the day will be dry and fine with plenty of spring sun on offer.

The winds will be light and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

The maximum temperature will be 14C (57F).

BBC weather for the South West

Travel latest: Accidents in Okehampton and Topsham

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • Near Paignton at the Tweenaway Lights there's heavy traffic in all directions
  • In Okehampton, Fore Street is partially blocked around Market Street due to an accident
  • In Topsham, Station Road is partially blocked due to an accident around Holman Way
  • On the A385 through Totnes there's slow traffic in both directions

Cornwall

  • Near Penryn on the A39 there's very slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabout due to the road improvement works
  • In the Glynn Valley, the A38 westbound is closed for roadworks between the superstore and Halfway House. A390 diversion route is very busy
  • In Helston there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A394 near Rowe's Lane. Slow traffic in the area
  • In Cornwall, near Camborne on the A30 westbound we've got reports of slow moving traffic

Ape-y birthday to you Tatau

Alison Johns, BBC Radio Devon

Tatau the orangutan is celebrating her 4th birthday today at Paignton Zoo.

The zoo endured 16 years without any orangutan births before 18-year-old Mali gave birth to Tatau in 2013

Bornean orangutans are listed as an endangered species. 

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Pic: Paignton Zoo.

Motorcyclist, 28, has 'life-threatening injuries' after crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries after a crash near Helston, Cornwall on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called at 19:20 following the crash between the Suzuki 600cc motorcycle, a VW Transporter van and a Chevrolet Spark on the B3297 at Farms Common.

The 28-year-old man from Helston sustained serious head, leg and arm injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

He was later transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he remains in a critical condition.

Drinkaware 'unaware of Buckfast monks' support for charity'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has disputed a claim by Buckfast monks that they supported the charity.

Buckfast
PA

Last year Buckfast Abbey Trust said it supported charities like Drinkaware.

But a Drinkaware spokeserson said: “Buckfast Abbey are not currently supporting Drinkaware nor have they funded Drinkaware in the past.”

The trust has made about £88m since 2004 from royalties made on each bottle of Buckfast sold, according to the Charity Commission.