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Summary

  1. Man, 20, 'stabbed in back' at Torquay McDonald's
  2. Four injured in head-on road crash
  3. Person treated for burns after bungalow blaze in Plympton
  4. Twelve fire crews called to thatch blaze near Woodbury
  5. Plymouth Argyle hope to finish champions of League Two after securing promotion
  6. Charlestown harbourside opening to pedestrians for first time
  7. The Sunday Independent 'saved'
  8. Updates on Tuesday 18 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 Wednesday 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.

HMS Enterprise returns to Plymouth

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

After covering 150,000 nautical miles and visiting 20 countries, Royal Navy survey ship HMS Enterprise has sailed back into her home base of Devonport in Plymouth after nearly three years at sea.

HMS Enterprise. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

The vessel was at the heart of operations to prevent people-smuggling in the Mediterranean: she evacuated more than 200 British citizens from Libya, rescued more than 9,000 people crossing the Mediterranean, and destroyed 117 unseaworthy vessels used by people traffickers.

HMS Enterprise
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HMS Enterprise
BBC

Commanding Officer Phil Harper said his vessel had "rescued more people in the sea than any other Royal Navy ship in history".

He said: "Professionalism, bravery and cool nerve, my ship's company have been absolutely magnificent."

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General election: Snap poll presents 'fantastic opportunity for Lib Dems'

The Daily Politics

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says a general election, if it goes ahead in June, presents a "fantastic opportunity" for the British people to "change the direction of our country". 

Speaking while visiting Cornwall - which has no Lib Dem MPs but is one of the party's strongholds in the UK - he told Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn that the election could be "our moment".

Cornwall Council chairman 'shocked' at death of Bodmin councillor Steve Rogerson

Couple face multiple sex abuse and neglect charges against their children

Devon Live

A married couple from Devon have appeared in court accused of assault, rape, neglect and cruelty against their own children.

General election: Labour MP will 'relish the fight'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The only Labour MP in Devon and Cornwall says he will "relish the fight" if a snap election called for by Prime Minister Theresa May is approved by Parliament.

Theresa May has announced plans to call a poll on 8 June. She needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.

Ben Bradshaw
BBC

Exeter's Ben Bradshaw said Mrs May was "acting, as always, in the interests of the Conservative Party, rather than those of the country".

He said: "I shall be campaigning on my record as MP for Exeter and the sole opposition voice to the Conservatives in the Westcountry. It is vital for the health of any democracy to have an effective opposition, particularly at a time when the Conservative Government is pursuing a damaging hard Brexit and our public services are facing their worst crises in a generation."

Windows conman insisted on full payment before work carried out

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

A window and doors conman from Hayle, jailed for defrauding elderly victims, insisted on full cash payment before work was carried out, a court heard.

Magistrates in Truro heard that 36-year-old Liam Hawkins deliberately targeted vulnerable residents, taking cash from them - in one case more than £3,000 - for work he failed to complete.

The court was also told that he offered no receipts, cooling off period or right to cancel contracts, was unable to complete work agreed to, and would not refund money.

Hawkins, of Trelissick Road, claimed he was being threatened by a loan shark, his defence counsel said.

Hawkins was jailed for 38 weeks for three counts of fraud by false representation and ordered to repay more than £4,500 to his victims.

Cornish Pirates: Jake Parker and Alex Dancer to leave

BBC Sport

Back-row Jake Parker and centre Alex Dancer are among five players to leave Championship side Cornish Pirates.

The pair have been at the club for four seasons, with Parker playing 80 times and Dancer making 61 appearances.

Former Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Arnott has agreed to join National One side Plymouth Albion, having scored 16 tries in two campaigns at the Mennaye.

Prop Luke Chapman and Edd Pascoe have also departed, while hooker Rob Elloway announced his retirement in February.

Latest weather: Cold overnight before a sunny Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Clear spells overnight means temperatures will fall close to freezing, so a risk of frost well away from the coast.

Winds will also be light. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Weather
BBC

There will be a cold and bright start for many on Wednesday.

A little cloud will bubble up during the afternoon, but there will still be plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Eight tonnes of rubbish collected during A361 litter pick

BBC Radio Devon

More than eight tonnes of litter has been collected during a major litter pick along the North Devon Link Road.

North Devon Council carried out the work over six weeks, along a 34-mile stretch on the A361. More than 1,200 bags were filled with rubbish, including bags of sand, a television, and food and drink packaging.

The council warned that road users could be given an instant fixed penalty of £75 if they were caught discarding litter on the highway.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. 

The prime minister needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020. There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - Labour have said they will vote with the government.

Sunday Independent price rise 'needed to keep title alive'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 20p price rise is needed on a South West newspaper which has been saved by the co-owner of Truro City Football Club, its new managing director says.

The Sunday Independent, which covers the West Country's sports scene in depth, will be back on news stands from this weekend with an increased cover price of £1.20. 

The paper closed two weeks ago soon after the sudden death of its previous owner, Brian Doel. Chairman and co-owner of Truro City Pete Masters has provided backing to rescue the publication.

New managing director Colin Bradbury said: "We hope that, given the challenges the paper has faced in recent weeks, people will understand the need for this small price rise - the first for nearly a decade - to keep the title alive."

The new backing saved 17 jobs at the paper's Liskeard headquarters, Mr Masters said. Up to 300 freelancers regularly contribute to the publication, which was founded in 1808.

Water and air tests after ill health complaints

BBC Radio Devon

Water and air are being tested at a Devon village following complaints of ill health from residents. 

Some people in Templeton said their symptoms coincided with fumes they believe were coming from a slurry pit next to them.

The owner of the site said their claims were just not true and that none of the staff working at the unit displayed any of the same alleged symptoms.

Man suffers puncture wound during 'serious assault' in Plymouth

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has suffered a puncture wound during a serious assault in Plymouth on Easter Sunday, police say.

Officers were called to Patna Place, off North Road West, after two men were approached and assaulted by two other men between 22:00 and 23:00.

One man in his 30s was taken to hospital after he "received a puncture wound to his side". His injury was not believed to be life-threatening, officers said.

Patna Place. Pic: Google
Google

Police give 'please avoid area' warning at A39 crash

Prince Harry set to whisk girlfriend Meghan Markle away for Cornwall break

Cornwall Live

Prince Harry is set to take actress girlfriend Meghan Markle on a trip to his old Cornish childhood seaside playground.

General election: Greens in Devon welcome snap poll announcement

BBC Radio Devon

The Green Party in south Devon has welcomed news that Prime Minister Theresa May wants to hold a snap general election.

Theresa May has announced plans to call a poll on 8 June. She needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.

Dr John Green, chairman of the South Devon Green Party, said: "This election is a perfect opportunity for everyone who is concerned about the direction in which the Conservative government is taking the country to have their say."

He added: "People want to see a government which reflects their values and is representative of the way in which people vote. We'll be striving to help deliver that."

Sunday Independent saved by Truro City co-owner

BBC Radio Cornwall

A South West newspaper has been saved by the co-owner of Truro City Football Club. 

The Sunday Independent, which covers the West Country's sports scene, will be back on news stands from this weekend.

Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

It closed two weeks ago soon after the sudden death of its previous owner, Brian Doel. Now the chairman and co-owner of Truro City, Pete Masters, has provided the backing to rescue the paper. 

He said there was "no way I could stand aside and let such a loved and respected part of the West Country sporting scene pass into history", and that the move saved 17 jobs at the paper's Liskeard headquarters. 

Up to 300 freelance reporters regularly contribute to the publication.

Man, 20, 'stabbed in back' at Torquay McDonald's

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man from Torquay was treated in hospital after being stabbed during a fight at a McDonald's branch in the town, police say.

The 20-year-old man "received a stab wound to his back, thought to be from a small knife" during the fight at the Bridge Retail Park at about 01:30 on Monday. The stabbing occurred after a white Ford Fiesta car entered the branch's drive-through "and the occupants began to fight", police said. 

Officers said the victim left in a different vehicle and "shortly afterwards walked into the A&E department at Torbay District Hospital". He was discharged at about 04:30.

A 19-year-old man from Newton Abbot has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and on suspicion of another assault with a hammer.

The car's driver, a 20-year-old male, was arrested for his involvement in the incident, and in connection with other offences. 

A third man was arrested by officers who later located the car. He was Tasered after he brandished a cleaver at officers.

Road crash blocks A39

BBC News Travel

In Cornwall, the A39 near Wadebridge, between the A389 and Winnards Perch is blocked in both directions due to a road crash.

Neptune carving charity money box stolen

BBC Radio Cornwall

Neptune. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Thieves have stolen a charity collection box from a Charlestown landmark.

The cash tin was secured in a huge tree stump carved in the image of Neptune the Sea God outside a house in Charlestown Road, but was ripped out on Easter Sunday. 

Jason Miller, who owns the tree and cash box in the village near St Austell, has collected almost £7,000 for Children's Hospice South West since 2011. He said he thought there could have been up to £200 in the box at the time of the theft.

US Air Force confirms F15 jets flew over Cornwall after reports of horse deaths

Cornwall Live

The United States Air Force has confirmed that its jets were flying over Cornwall after it was reported four horses, scared by the low-flying planes, had to be shot.

Argyle: 'Fans deserve overwhelming win more than anything'

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle. Pic: PA
PA

Plymouth Argyle's victory over Newport and promotion to League One is "overwhelming", captain Luke McCormick says.

The Pilgrims were promoted yesterday after they beat Newport 6-1 at Home Park. The club have spent six seasons in League Two.

McCormick told BBC Radio Devon: "It's overwhelming really, we've been trying to do this for certainly the last three years and even before that.

"The club's been through some real tough times and this is the other end of the scale. The fans on the pitch in front of me, they deserve it more than anything."

New boss at tungsten mine 'by end of the month'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Tungsten mine
BBC

A management shake-up at a massive new tungsten mine on the Plymouth edge of Dartmoor will take effect by the end of the month. 

The reason is that the board wants a permanent UK-based residency of the managing director, and the outgoing one can't sign up to that for family reasons. 

The massive new mine is still struggling to get into profit and extra finance has had to be arranged. 

But mining experts said that, on a venture costing £130m, what the mine was experiencing was little more than teething problems.

Cornishman denies murdering Devon man in his flat

Devon Live

A man from Cornwall has pleaded not guilty to murdering a visitor from Devon at his flat in Launceston.

Lib Dem leader in Cornwall during general election announcement

BBC Radio Cornwall

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The Liberal Democrat leader was in the city when Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

The Sunday Independent 'saved'

The Sunday Independent - famous for its coverage of the sporting scene from Bristol to Penzance - has been saved, it has been confirmed.

The newspaper closed two weeks ago, not long after the sudden death of its previous owner.

Well-known West Country businessman Peter Masters has stepped in to take over the 200-year-old title.

The next edition will appear on news stands on 23 April.

Window and doors fraudster jailed

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

A window and doors conman from Hayle has been jailed for fraud after taking cash from vulnerable, elderly victims and not completing the work.

Magistrates in Truro heard that 36-year old Liam Hawkins had deliberately targeted vulnerable residents, taking cash from them - in one case more than £3,000 - for work he failed to complete.

Hawkins, of Trelissick Road, claimed he was in "dire straits" because he was "locked in the talons" of a loan shark who threatened him and his family, the court was told. 

He admitted one count of fraud by false representation and was found guilty of two other counts. He was jailed for 38 weeks, of which he is expected to serve 19 weeks and then remain on licence, and was ordered to repay more than £4,500 to his victims.

McDonald's confirms 'incident' at Torquay branch after stabbing arrest

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

McDonald's, Torquay. Pic: Google
Google

A stabbing is understood to have taken place at a McDonald's restaurant in Torquay "in the early hours of yesterday morning".

Police said a man has been arrested after a hammer attack and a stabbing in Torquay. The stabbing is thought to have occurred at the town's Bridge Retail Park branch of McDonald's early on Monday. 

The fast food giant said: "The restaurant was closed from around 1am allowing the police to carry out necessary enquiries and has since re-opened. We are continuing to assist the police with its investigation and cannot comment further at this time."  

A man was arrested in Newton Abbot and in custody in Torquay, police said.

General election: MPs 'confident' and May 'best suited to be PM'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. 

She still needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020. 

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St Austell and Newquay Conservative Mr Double was elected in 2015.  

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South East Cornwall Conservative Mrs Murray first entered Parliament in 2010.

General election: 'Off we go' - MP

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Devon MP Gary Streeter has supported the Prime Minster's call for a snap general election.

Theresa May has announced plans to call a poll on 8 June. She needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020. 

South West Devon Conservative Mr Streeter said the snap poll would help settle many issues raised since the Brexit referendum "for once and for all".

Gary Streeter
BBC

He said the government needed a strong mandate to "get the detailed Brexit legislation through".

He added: "I think the Prime Minster's call is the right thing for the government, and for the country, and off we go. People will have to make up their minds."

Argyle promotion: 'My children asked Plymouth to stop scoring'

BBC Radio Devon

The children of Plymouth Argyle chairman James Brent asked him to get his team to stop scoring so many goals against Newport because it was "embarrassing" for their opponents, he says.

James Brent
BBC

Plymouth Argyle were promoted yesterday after the Pilgrims beat Newport 6-1 at Home Park to go up to League One. Argyle have spent six seasons in League Two.

Brent said that, while it was a "great, great performance", he also "felt very sorry for the Newport guys".

He said: "My children both turned to me and said: ‘Dad, can you get Argyle to stop scoring? Because it’s causing embarrassment for Newport!'."

General election - 8 June: 'The country is coming together but Westminster is not'

BBC Politics

Theresa May calls for a general election

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - Labour have said they will vote with the government.

Airbnb 'swamping tourism accommodation market'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Hotel and B&B owners have been totting up the takings for the Easter weekend amid renewed concerns that Airbnb is having a negative impact on more traditional accommodation. 

B&B sign. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Tourist bosses said that, although the good weather helped, there was a feeling it hadn't been as busy as expected. 

Malcolm Bell, from Visit Cornwall, said there were so many Airbnb properties "swamping the market" that the industry as a whole was being damaged. He pointed out that it was "affecting traditional B&Bs who have to abide by the rules and pay the taxes".

We've approached Airbnb for a comment.

Lorry hits Treviscoe railway bridge

BBC News Travel

In Cornwall, the main road through Treviscoe, near St Dennis, has been closed due to a lorry hitting the railway bridge.

Four injured in head-on road collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Four people were injured in a serious road collision in west Cornwall on Easter Sunday, police say.

Officers said a Daihatsu Hijet and a Ford Ka collided head-on between Newbridge and St Just, on the A3071, at about 12:30 on Sunday.

The Daihatsu driver, a 58-year-old woman, sustained serious leg injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Her female passenger was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, with minor injuries. 

The two occupants of the Ka, a 63-year-old man driving and his 88-year-old female passenger, were taken to Treliske with minor injuries.

All four are local to the Penzance and St Just area. The road was closed for six hours for a police investigation.