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Summary

  1. Dad and daughter died after being washed into sea, inquest hears
  2. Woman seriously injured in A39 crash
  3. School punishes charity haircut boy
  4. 'Drugs thrown over Devon prison wall' as SW officers speak out
  5. Calls for St Piran's flags on number plates to become legal
  6. Sweet dreams: Girl, nine, runs market stall for charity
  7. Captive meerkats 'at risk of stress', South West scientists find
  8. Updates on Wednesday 19 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 Thursday 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.

School 'could have made punishment exception for charity haircut boy'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The mother of a teenager who shaved his head for a cancer charity says "an exception" should have been made for her son's "extreme hairstyle" instead of his being removed from classes.

Taylor Jones. Pic: Lesley Jones
Lesley Jones

Taylor Jones, 15, was told his hairstyle was inappropriate when he returned to Launceston College in Cornwall after the Easter holiday. 

His mother, Lesley, said he should not be punished for trying to help others. 

She said: "Everywhere has rules, but I just think in this circumstance, they could make an exception. They could have had an assembly and recognised what Taylor had done, but pointed out that normally, this haircut wouldn't be appropriate for school."

The college said he was being given "individual specialist tuition" for four days until it grew back. 

According to the college, Taylor was advised before the holiday to have his hair cut to a "very short but acceptable length" and he "went against this advice" by having it cut "extremely short in the days immediately before term began".

Watch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-up

Jack Nowell celebrates with his Exeter Chiefs team-mates after finding out he had been selected for the British and Irish Lions.

British and Irish Lions 2017: Exeter Chiefs squad celebrate Jack Nowell call-up

Conman's jailing 'should reinforce warnings against unannounced tradesmen'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The jailing of a double glazing conman from Hayle reinforces a message that people should not deal with unannounced tradesmen they are unsure of, Trading Standards officers say.

Thirty-six-year-old Liam Hawkins was jailed for 38 weeks by magistrates in Truro on Tuesday after admitting three frauds were he deliberately targeted vulnerable residents, taking cash from them - in one case more than £3,000 - for work he failed to complete.

Cornwall Trading Standards said it was "particularly concerned" at the case, saying Hawkins' victims had an increased fear of crime, had lost trust in other people and suffered "anxiety and upset".

Officers added that people should "never deal with anyone who turns up at your door unannounced, no matter how convincing they may seem and no matter how tempting their special offers may sound".

Exeter's closed BHS store set to become a city centre gym

Devon Live

Plans have been handed in to the council, seeking to transform an empty Exeter store into a gym.

Call on prime minister for more help for Cornwall's small businesses

BBC Politics

Small businesses in Cornwall are likely to be getting a special visitor as Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she'll be stopping by on the campaign trail after calling a snap election for 8 June.

In the House Commons, Conservative MP for St Ives Derek Thomas called on Mrs May for more policies to help small businesses in the coming election.

She responded that she would be happy to talk to local businesses about the problems they faced.

Rugby: Nowell's Lions call-up 'not quite sunk in yet'

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornishman and Exeter Chiefs rugby player Jack Nowell says news he is a British and Irish Lions player has "not quite sunk in yet".

Jack Nowell
BBC

The Chiefs and England wing was born in Newlyn and played mini-juniors rugby for the Cornish Pirates.

He has been confirmed as a back in the British and Irish Lions 2017 team for the tour to New Zealand.

He said: "It's pretty special, not just for myself, but for my family. it's a dream for any rugby player to not just play for their country but to go on a Lions tour, so I'm very happy with that."

Latest weather: Staying mostly dry

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will stay mostly dry overnight, with some light rain or drizzle possible over the hills.

The cloud will help keep the temperatures above freezing, meaning all should remain frost free. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

It will be staying mostly dry once again on Thursday, with some partly cloudy skies.

There will be some spells of sunshine at times, especially to the lee of high ground where it will feel pleasant. Maximum temperature: 13-14 C (55-57F).

Teenager arrested after McDonald's stabbing charged with multiple offences

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A teenager arrested after a stabbing at a McDonald's branch in Devon has been charged with multiple offences, police say.

The 19-year-old male was arrested on Monday after a 20-year-old man received a stab wound to his back during a fight at the Bridge Retail Park branch in Torquay (pictured) in the early hours of Monday.

McDonald's branch
Google

Police said the teenager, from Newton Abbot - who was arrested after another alleged assault with a hammer elsewhere in Torquay - had been charged with: using violence to secure entry to premises, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a Class B drug and possessing a knife blade/pointed article in a public place.

He was remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates in Plymouth. He is due back before the court on 8 May.

A 20-year-old man arrested at McDonald's was "released under investigation". A third man arrested after the stabbing was released without charge.

Water supply problems in Exton

General election: South West road trip

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

I've been spending the day on a road trip between three of the South West's key battleground areas in Devon: Exeter (the South West's sole Labour constituency), Torbay and Plymouth.

Torquay
BBC

There are a number of other seats which fell to the Conservatives in 2015 that they'll also be keen to hang on to, such as St Ives, Devon North, St Austell & Newquay and Taunton Deane.

And, did you know that Torquay (pictured) was the South West Brexit capital, according to the 2016 Referendum.

You can found out more on BBC Spotlight at 18:30.

Out-of-control bonfire damaged hedge, fence and garage

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An out-of-control bonfire has damaged a hedge, fence and disused garage in Cornwall, firefighters say.

Cornwall Fire Service said two crews were called to the scene at Trewoon, St Austell, at about 14:45 to extinguish it.

Scilly faces 48 hours on generators during cable protection work

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People in the Isles of Scilly will have to go back to being powered by generators for up to 48 hours while work is carried out to further protect the islands' recently repaired National Grid cable, utilities bosses say.

Isles of Scilly
BBC

The 33,000-volt, 55km-long cable, was damaged by the anchor of an unidentified boat at the end of February. It took more than a month to repair.

Jon Nesbitt, from Western Power Distribution, said the "additional works should reduce further incidents. It would involve using 64 tonnes of gravel and three, five-tonne concrete mattresses to cover over the cable on the sea bed, about 70m (200ft) down, he added.

The work is weather-reliant, and a date has not yet been set.

Chudleigh facilities receive £1,500

BBC Radio Devon

Chudleigh's pre-school, youth centre and community project are each to get more than £500. 

The money's been raised by shoppers at the local Co-op food store through a national loyalty card scheme.

103-year-old says she wishes she'd got drunk more

Devon Live

Sprightly Iris Essary celebrated her 103rd birthday with prosecco - and said her biggest regret in life was not getting drunk more.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall, on the A3074 St Ives Road, in Carbis Bay, near Trencrom Lane, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • On the A3058 in Quintrell Downs, near Trethiggey Crescent, there are reports of an accident
  • In Devon, one lane is blocked on the A30 Exeter-bound between Daisy Mount Cross and Clyst Honiton, near West Hill, due to a broken-down vehicle
  • In Exmouth, the A376 Exeter Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Iona Avenue

Lots of lolly: Uma's sweet stall raises money for charity

BBC Spotlight

Nine-year-old Uma runs a sweet stall for charity

A nine-year-old girl has set up her own miniature sweet stall. 

One day Uma Calvert hopes to have a shop of her own, but for now she sells lollipops at a market. She had to get a food hygiene certificate to be able to run the sweet stand. 

She is raising money for the Marie Curie charity through her stall in Launceston, Cornwall. 

Rugby: Jack Nowell's British and Irish Lions pick 'thoroughly deserved'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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The Cornishman and Exeter Chiefs player has been confirmed as a back in the British and Irish Lions 2017 team for the tour to New Zealand.

The Chiefs tweeted their congratulations. His former college also welcomed the news.

Martin Tucker, from Truro and Penwith College, said: "It is thoroughly deserved. Jack is a great ambassador of the sport and an inspiration to young rugby players. This really is a great moment for everyone who is involved in his successful rugby career."

Jersey chough project inspires work in UK

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's success in reintroducing a popular bird to the wild, which saw it working with the Cornwall Choughs organisation, has inspired a new push to bring the bird back to Kent.

Chough. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Choughs have a long history with Kent. The distinctive red-billed member of the crow family can be seen on the coat of arms of the City of Canterbury and has a long association with its martyr saint, Thomas Becket.

A chough colony was released in Jersey in 2013 and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology will be working with the University of Kent and Cornwall Choughs to bring a population back to the English county.

School punishes charity haircut boy

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A teenager who shaved his head for a cancer charity has been removed from classes.

Taylor Jones, 15, was told his "extreme hairstyle" was inappropriate when he returned after the holiday.

Launceston College, in Cornwall, says he is being given "individual specialist tuition" for four days until it grows back.

But Taylor's mother Lesley says he should not be punished for trying to help others. 

Taylor Jones
Lesley Jones

Police officer sacked for sex on duty 'breached professional standards of behaviour'

BBC News England

A police officer sacked for repeatedly having sex on duty "had breached the standards of professional behaviour of the police", a Police Misconduct Panel has found.

The unnamed officer had sex with two women he met during the course of his duties with Devon and Cornwall Police over a two-year period, a private hearing at the force's headquarters in Exeter was told last month.

Devon and Cornwall Police HQ
BBC

The Police Misconduct Panel found the officer breached professional standards, in particular those pertaining to confidentiality, duties and responsibilities, orders and instructions, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct.

A statement said: "The officer had breached those duties in 2012-2014, on numerous occasions by engaging in sexual intercourse whilst on duty, including on one occasion with a vulnerable witness."

He was dismissed immediately.

Ex-Plymouth Labour MP Seabeck not standing for return to Parliament

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A former Plymouth Labour MP says she will not be contesting her former parliamentary seat in the snap general election.

Alison Seabeck was MP for Devonport from 2005 until 2010 before becoming MP for Plymouth Moorview after boundary changes in 2010. She lost her seat in the 2015 election.

She tweeted that "for deeply personal reasons I have to let you know that I cannot fight the Moor View seat. Fight a strong campaign and win".

BreakingSnap election approved by MPs

The general election will be held on 8 June after MPs supported Theresa May's motion - with just 13 MPs voting against.  

Two owls 'have feet stuck to glue traps in a week'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two owls have had their feet stuck to glue traps in a week in the West Country, the RSPCA says.

Owl. Pic: RSPCA
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity said it was warning of the dangers of such traps after the owls had to be rescued in St Columb in Cornwall and in Clapton In Gordano, in North Somerset.

The traps consist of a sheet of cardboard, plastic or wood coated with non-drying adhesive. They are legal to use for catching rats and mice.

Both owls were taken to the RSPCA's centre near Taunton in Somerset, where staff have been clearing off the glue with margarine, and helping the birds recover before "they are prepared for release back into the wild".

Prime Minister 'to visit Cornwall in next few weeks'

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

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She made the comment during Prime Minister's Questions before the House of Commons vote on a possible snap election next month.

Latest weather: Possibly getting cloudier

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will continue dry with bright or sunny spells, but it may become more cloudy. Light or moderate east or northeasterly winds will be more variable further north. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

There will be some clear sky this evening, but it will become mostly cloudy. The cloud may be thick enough to give a little light rain or drizzle over high ground. Winds will become variable and remain mostly light. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Speed camera torched by arsonists on Plymouth's busy Budshead Road

Plymouth Herald

A speed camera has been torched by arsonists in broad daylight.

Daughter who died in sea 'forever in my heart' says mother

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A mother whose two-year-old daughter and husband died when they were washed off rocks in Newquay, has told an inquest of the "indescribable pain" she's feeling.

Lisinda Bruynius was with her husband, Rudy and daughter, McKayla, when the three of them were swept into the sea by a large wave last August.

She was rescued with minor injuries, but both her husband and daughter drowned.

Rudy and McKayla Bruynius
Devon and Cornwall Police

Mr Bruynius died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital that night, while McKayla died four days later at Bristol Children's Hospital.

In a statement read at in inquest in Truro today, Mrs Bruynius said: "Rudy was a loving husband and a wonderful father, he leaves a void which can never be filled. He was our everything, we love and miss him so much.   

"McKayla, our gorgeous, beautiful baby girl is forever in my heart and the pain myself and the boys feel at losing them both is indescribable."  

A30 eastbound near Hayle partially blocked

BBC News Travel

Near Hayle, the A30 eastbound is partially blocked between the St Erth roundabout and the Loggans Moor roundabout due to an accident. Traffic is slow moving.

General election: Poll count 'wouldn't be held at Royal Cornwall Showground'

Naomi Kennedy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A snap general election brings up all sorts of logistical issues across Cornwall; whether that be at schools which may have to close to become polling stations, or finding enough people to work at the counts. 

Royal Cornwall Show
BBC

But if 8 June already sounds a familiar date, that's possibly because it's also the first day of this year's Royal Cornwall Show. 

Because of this, the ground - the location of many an election or referendum count - will not be available for checking ballots on this occasion, organisers say.

Royal Cornwall Show secretary Chris Riddle said: "The cattle might object. It's really their home during the show".

Man who sold puppy even though it could have had rabies told to pay £4,000

Devon Live

A pet-shop owner who sold a young puppy to a Devon couple even though it could have had rabies has been ordered to pay more than £4,000.

Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Fisher Street and Penwill Way.

A379 Devon - A379 Dartmouth Road in Paignton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Fisher Street junction and the Penwill Way junction, because of a police incident.

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

Sea conditions 'caught out' father and daughter in Newquay sea deaths

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The deaths of a father and his two-year-old daughter who were washed from rocks while fishing in Newquay were accidental, an inquest has concluded. 

Rudy Bruynius, 33 and his daughter McKayla died after being swept into the sea off the south end of Fistral Beach last August.

The inquest at Truro City Hall heard how they had gone fishing, along with McKayla's two sons and her mother.

Rocks at South Fistral
BBC

They had been fishing at the same spot previously, after it was recommended to Mr Bruynius by a local.

In a statement read out at the inquest, Mrs Bruynius said the sea appeared to rise by "around 6ft" within five minutes.

She said: "We didn't have time to react. My sons and I have been left devastated by what happened."

After a first wave hit them, they were trying to move further up the rocks when they were hit by a second strong wave and three of them were pulled into the water.

Mr Bruynius died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital later that day. McKayla was transferred to the Bristol Royal Childrens' Hospital where she died four days later.

Rugby: Jack Nowell confirmed in British and Irish Lions 2017 New Zealand tour

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornishman and Exeter Chiefs player Jack Nowell has been confirmed as a back in the British and Irish Lions 2017 team for the tour to New Zealand. 

Jack Nowell
BBC

The tour, which runs from 3 June to 8 July, features three Tests against the All Blacks, who are world champions.

Plymouth Argyle: Pilgrims 'can compete with Premiership clubs for players' - Derek Adams

BBC Sport

Derek Adams. Pic: PA
PA

Plymouth manager Derek Adams believes his club can compete with bottom-six Scottish Premiership sides when it comes to wages.

The 41-year-old guided Plymouth to promotion to League One following a 6-1 win over Newport County

Adams has signed a number of players from Scotland and says his team can continue to attract targets south.

"Players come because they see it as a stepping stone to a bigger club and to get to the Championship," Adams said. 

"We couldn't compete at the top end of the Premiership, but we could at the bottom end wage-wise. We've taken a few players from Scotland and they've all done really well for me - [Graham] Carey, [Jake] Jervis."

Isles of Scilly 'going back on generators for more work on repaired mains cable'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People in the Isles of Scilly are going to have to temporarily be powered by generators again while remedial works are carried out on a recently repaired 33,000-volt mains cable, Western Power Distribution (WPD) says.

The 55km cable, the only connection between Scilly and the National Grid, suffered "catastrophic damage" from the anchor of an unidentified boat at the end of February.

Broken cable. Pic: Western Power Distribution
Western Power Distribution

The utilities company chartered a specialist ship to carry out the "challenging" repairs on the cable on the sea bed, about 70m (200ft) down.

WPD said it was to carry out reinforcement work on the repaired cable to "provide additional protection to the repaired joint and cable" and it could not be used while this work was under way.

It added that the work was weather-reliant, and a date had not yet been set.

Will clairvoyance evening be cancelled 'due to unforeseen circumstances' after lorry demolishes spiritualist church wall?

Devon Live

Traffic was reported to be backed up in Newton Abbot on Wednesday morning after a van demolished a large section of wall at a spiritualist church in the town centre.

BreakingDad and daughter died after being washed into sea, inquest hears

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Rudy Andrew Mckayla Bruynius
Devon and Cornwall Police

A dad and his two-year-old daughter died after being swept from rocks into a rapidly changing sea, an inquest has heard.

Rudy Bruynius, 33, and his daughter, McKayla, died in August last year. They had been fishing from rocks along with three other family members, at the south end of Fistral Beach in Newquay on 19 August 2016. 

The family were on holiday and had been fishing from the same rocks the day before.

The inquest, at Truro City Hall, heard the sea rapidly changed and the family was hit by two waves.

Mr Bruynius died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital later that day. Mckayla Bruynius was transferred to hospital in Bristol but died four days later. His wife and Mckayla's mother, Lisinda, were also swept into the sea but rescued.

The inquest heard the cause of death was drowning. The hearing continues.