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Summary

  1. Driver 'ignored pleas to slow down' before fatal crash
  2. Man jailed for stabbing cousin in the neck during a crack cocaine smoking session
  3. Seagull steals false teeth
  4. Major heath blaze: Cause 'not thought to be suspicious'
  5. Police try to trace unsuccessful distraction burglary pair
  6. Missing man, 79, from Bude found
  7. Arson probe at young farmers' hotel in Devon
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

Rugby: Former Lion Richard Sharp offers advice to Jack Nowell before New Zealand tour

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish rugby legend Richard Sharp has been offering some words of wisdom to Jack Nowell as he prepares to become a British and Irish Lion.

Exeter Chiefs and England winger Nowell has been selected for the Lions squad for this summer's tour of New Zealand.

Lions 1962
BBC

Sharp played for the Lions in the 1962 tour to South Africa (some of whom are pictured), but had to work shifts at South Crofty tin mine to pay for his trip.

"I do not think that Warren Gatland would want one of his star players to do that now," Sharp told BBC Radio Cornwall.

He said that, when he joined the tour, he was given 10 shillings (50p) a day "pocket money". It’s been reported that the current Lions players could earn up to £70,000 each as a tour fee.

Hundreds of social care vacancies across the South West

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The latest government figures reveal there are about 300 vacancies in children's social care roles across the South West. 

In Devon and Torbay, about a fifth of posts are vacant. In Plymouth, every one in 20 roles is empty.

Child
BBC

The government is now running a special bursary scheme offering potential recruits a 14-month fast-track programme. 

Cornwall Council has been running its own trainee scheme, but is now joining forces with authorities in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. 

Cornwall Council said its its own trainee scheme had brought in 33 new social workers over five years, and it hoped to build on that by taking part in the government initiative. 

Hodges 'chuffed to bits' to avoid drop

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City manager Lee Hodges said he was "chuffed to bits" after his side sealed safety with a 2-1 win over Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.

As the final whistle went at Treyew Road, Truro were not mathematically safe, but Gosport conceded a stoppage-time equaliser which keeps the Cornish side in National League South.  

Truro City
Vaughan Pickhaver/TCFC

"It's been a very long season and I think I can sleep well," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I'm chuffed to bits for everyone at the club, for the supporters, to the chairman and to the players."  

Truro City

Hodges 'chuffed to bits' to avoid drop

Truro City manager Lee Hodges says he is "chuffed to bits" after his side sealed safety with a 2-1 win over Hemel Hempstead.

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I want you back: Bananarama discuss reunion plans

BBC Radio 2

The original line-up of Bananarama has reunited

Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward (who lives in Cornwall) - the biggest girl band of the 80s - have announced a 15-date winter UK tour, including performing in Plymouth in November.

The three give Radio 2's Chris Evans the lowdown on their big comeback. 

Ansley adds title to gold medal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Olympic hockey gold medallist Giselle Ansley scored as Surbiton won their fourth consecutive national title.

Ansley, who is from Kingsbridge, helped the London-based side win 3-1 against Holcombe to be crowned champions for the fourth consecutive year.

Surbiton Hockey Club
BBC Sport

She was part of the Great Britain squad which won Olympic gold in Rio last summer.

Fatal crash driver 'was showing off'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A teenager whose car collided with a concrete post, resulting in the death of his teenage passenger, was driving "in a manner that was obviously dangerous", prosecutors say.

Sophie Taylor, 16, from Falmouth, died after the crash in the town in January 2016.

Castle Drive
Google

At Truro Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Lee said defendant Coree Lee Amonn's driving included an "element of showing off" and he was "was driving too fast to impress his two young passengers". Miss Taylor and her twin sister, Aimee, were both in the vehicle.

The 19-year-old denies causing death by dangerous driving. The trial continues. 

Bid for dark sky status

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A formal bid has been made for Bodmin Moor to become an International Dark Sky Landscape.

A decision on the submission by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory is expected from the International Dark-Sky Association in June.

Starry night
Caradon Observatory

If the bid is successful, the designation will formally recognise the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor and help protect it from light pollution.  

Latest weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers on Tuesday

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Cloud and rain will clear southwards tonight, with colder and clearer conditions following. This could allow a late frost to form in some rural spots. A few wintry showers are possible by morning. Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Weather
BBC

Brisk northerly winds will add to the cold feel on Tuesday. There will be a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, with a risk of hail and thunder too. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Dogs being left in hot cars a 'tragedy' - RSPCA

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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The RSPCA says dog owners should be more conscious of the dangers of leaving dogs in vehicles.  

It comes after a man in St Ives broke a car window last week because he thought a dog inside needed rescuing. Clive Oxley said he'd do it again and he believed that, if he hadn't, the dog would have died. 

Holly Barber, from the RSPCA, said: "It's tragic people having dogs and leaving them in hot cars. It's something we come across time and time again during the summer months. 

"We campaign about it on a regular basis, but it still happens and we need to change people's attitudes."

'Savage' knife attacker 'saturated with drugs before stabbing cousin'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man who stabbed his cousin in the neck during a crack cocaine smoking session "saturated" himself with drugs and then launched a "wholly unprovoked attack".

Aaron Semmens. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

At Truro Crown Court, 34-year-old Aaron Semmens admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Michael Caddy in Penzance in February after stabbing him five times with a 12cm kitchen knife.

Jailing Semmens, from Treveneth Crescent, Newlyn, for eight years, Judge Robert Linford said: "He could very very easily have died. The wounds penetrated vital parts and were very close to dividing his carotid artery, which would have led to his death."

The tooth and nothing but the tooth: Seagull steals false teeth

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Seagull with false teeth. Pic: Apex
Apex

Anyone who may have lost their false teeth in Torquay last week may have to wing it trying to recover them in one case.

The Spotted Newton Abbot page on Facebook said that it was asked to post a picture after someone's false teeth were found on a bench on Torquay Harbour on 21 April.

The post added: "Unfortunately anyone missing them will need to contact the seagull as he flew away with them!"

Have you seen the feathered gnasher nicker? Let us know by emailing us.

Boxing: Tommy Langford beaten by Avtandil Khurtsidze

BBC Sport

Tommy Langford and Avtandil Khurtsidze bout. Pic: Reuters
Reuters

Devon-born boxer Tommy Langford was beaten by Avtandil Khurtsidze with a fifth-round stoppage as the Georgian set up a bout against WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.

The fight was for the WBO middleweight interim title, with the winner becoming Saunders' mandatory challenger.

Langford had backed himself to go on and beat Saunders, but he was floored with a fierce left-hook by 37-year-old Khurtsidze at Leicester Arena. 

The 29-year-old was undefeated in 18 contests and captured the British title in his last bout.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 south-bound, between Tiverton and Cullompton, there are reports one lane is blocked due to a broken-down vehicle
  • On the A39 between Abbotsham and Horns Cross, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • In Exeter, on Pinhoe Road, there are reports of an accident near Beacon Lane

'Savage' man stabbed cousin in neck for drugs

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for stabbing his cousin in the neck during a crack cocaine smoking session.

Aaron Semmens. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Thirty-four-year-old Aaron Semmens pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Michael Caddy in Penzance on 23 February. 

He stabbed him five times in the neck, face and throat with a 12cm kitchen knife while shouting "give me what you've got", Truro Crown Court heard. 

Judge Robert Linford described the attack by Semmens, from Treveneth Crescent, Newlyn, as "savage". He was jailed for eight years.

Revamped Tate St Ives to 'open in October'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A transformed Tate St Ives will reopen in the middle of October, it's been announced. 

Tate St Ives
BBC

A four-year building project will have doubled the space for showing art, adding almost 600 sq-m of galleries, and have created new studios for learning activities. 

Gallery managers said major exhibitions of the works of painter Patrick Heron and sculptor Rebecca Warren will be on show.

I heard a rumour: Bananarama have 'talked about a new single'

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Bananarama
BBC

The original line-up of Bananarama has reunited

Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward (who lives in Cornwall) - the biggest girl band of the 80s - are to embark on 15-date winter UK tour - including Plymouth in November - they told Radio 2's Chris Evans.

Although according to a press release, it will be a one-off, Woodward did hint there may be other plans afoot.

"The tour is the main thing," she said. "But we have talked about doing a single together, which would be good."

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J27 for A361 and J28 for A373.

M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Proud breaks two British records

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud broke two records on his way to two gold medals at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield over the weekend.

Proud, who no longer trains with Leander but was swimming under their name, beat his own British record as he took 50m freestyle victory before breaking another national record to win the 50m butterfly.

Ben Proud
Getty Images

The 22-year-old's performances also secured him a place at this summer's World Championships in Budapest.

Police investigating 'series of arson attempts'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are investigating a series of arson attempts in St Austell. 

Firefighters were called to three separate incidents in the town on Sunday afternoon. 

All involved the deliberate ignition of grass, hedges and trees, emergency services said.

School wins planning appeal over sports hub floodlights extended hours

Cornwall Live

Funding of over £350,000 has been secured for a state-of-the-art sports hub after Falmouth School triumphed in a planning row against Cornwall Council.

Fatal crash driver describes road as 'scary'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The driver of a car that crashed killing a 16-year-old girl, told police he knew the road was "scary", a court has heard.

Coree Lee Amonn, 19, was driving twin sisters, Sophie and Aimee Taylor, on Castle Drive in Falmouth in the early hours of 3 January 2016.

Sophie, who was sitting in the back seat, died after the car lost control and hit a concrete post.

Castle Drive
Google

Truro Crown Court heard how he admitted going over the 30mph speed limit.

Prosecutor, Philip Lee, said: "The defendant told police 'I was doing between 30mph and 35mph. I never go above 40mph on that road. I know what the road is like, it's scary.'"

Mr Amonn denies causing death by dangerous driving. He has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

The trial continues.

Latest weather: Cloudy this afternoon, colder and clearer overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken this afternoon with some patchy light rain arriving later in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Cloud and rain will clear southwards this evening and tonight, with colder and clearer conditions following, allowing a late frost to form in rural spots. A few wintry showers are possible by morning. Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Woodbury Common fire: It could take '10 years to recover'

BBC Radio Devon

Experts say a common in East Devon badly damaged by fire yesterday will take 10 years to recover. 

More than 100 acres of Woodbury Common were destroyed in the fire yesterday afternoon, which also saw five firefighters injured tackling the blaze. 

The fire service has renewed an appeal for anyone using the land to be careful after a recent spell of dry weather. The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental. One fire crew is still on site this lunchtime damping down to try to ensure the fire does not re-ignite. 

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On a positive, nature is very resilient. There's a very large seed bank in the soil. It could take five to 10 years, probably closer to 10, to recover."

Dr Sam BridgewaterClinton Devon Estates - landowner

Latest travel in Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Truro, there are reports of a collision on the A39 Newquay Road, near Bodmin Road
  • At St Mewan, on the A390 Truro Road, there are delays due to gas mains work

Toe-tally unusual call for fire crew

On a busy weekend for fire crews across Devon and Cornwall, this was one of the more unusual calls.

A child managed to get their toe caught in a bike chain.

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Shark 'the size of a whale'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A carcass suspected to be that of a basking shark that's washed up in Cornwall is so big that people have been calling it a whale.

The shark - estimated to be 25ft long - appeared at Chapel Point, just South of Portmellon in south Cornwall on Saturday but is thought to have been dead for a while.

Dead basking shark
Matthew Facey

The stranding has been reported to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

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Runners completing the London Marathon
BBC

If you took part in the London Marathon yesterday, massive congratulations - we hope you're not aching too much today.

You can watch highlights of the day here.

And, if your time was between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs, you can see yourself finish with this special feed on iPlayer.

Woodbury Common fire: Gorse blaze at a 'critical time of year' for wildlife

BBC Radio Devon

A gorse fire in east Devon has been described as shocking and bleak, and happened at a "critical time of year", local wildlife experts say.

Woodbury Common
BBC

At its height, about 20 fire engines plus support appliances were at the scene on Woodbury Common on Sunday. Five firefighters were injured in tackling the blaze and it's thought up to 120 acres have been damaged. 

It's not known how the blaze started, but it's not believed to be suspicious.

Steve Hussey, from the Devon Wildlife Trust, said: "It's the time when ground-nesting birds are nesting and you've also got migrants coming in. 

"Nightjars, skylarks, Dartford warblers, stonechats - all these birds will be affected, and also the reptiles, which are probably less swift in their movement. It's a really important place for species such as common lizards and adders too."

Nightjar
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Nightjars only stay in the UK during the summer months, spending their winters in central and south-eastern Africa

Police try to trace unsuccessful distraction burglary pair

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Plymouth are trying to trace two men who conned their way into the home of a man in his 80s in what's thought to be an unsuccessful distraction burglary.

Officers said the pair persuaded their victim to let them into his home in Walters Road, St Budeaux, at about 13:45 last Thursday, and that "whilst one man kept him talking, the other man went upstairs and made a search".

Although nothing was taken "on this occasion", officers said they were urging all householders "not to let any workmen or callers into their properties without a prior appointment and without seeing valid identification".

The first man was described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, about 35-years-old, slim, and wearing a dark long-sleeved top and blue trousers. The second man was white, about 50-years-old, also 5ft 7ins tall, and of thin build, and wearing dark clothing.

General election: Sir Nick Harvey intends to stand again in North Devon

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

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Former armed forces minister Sir Nicholas Harvey was MP for North Devon from 1992 until 2015, losing his seat to Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones.

Jo Pavey drops out of London Marathon after hamstring cramps

Andrew Segal

Local Live

There was disappointment for Devon's Jo Pavey in the London Marathon after the British five-time Olympian was forced to retire at the 16-mile mark.

Jo Pavey. Pic: PA
PA

The 43-year-old mother-of two was aiming to secure qualification for the 2017 World Championships when she raced on Sunday. She had needed to finish as one of the top two British women and run a time of two hours and 36 minutes or better. 

The Exeter-based athlete said on Twitter that she "wanted so much to carry on but from about 13 miles my hamstring kept cramping too much".

She added: "I feel so disappointed but will keep running on."

Dodgy cancer 'cure' doctor from Plymouth tried to get judge to allow him to perform surgery on family members

The Daily Mail

A crooked former doctor tried to persuade a judge to order a potentially deadly transplant operation on his unsuspecting family members, a court ruling has revealed.

Tougher road speeding punishments 'will make a difference'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police say that tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences now in force in England and Wales will make a difference.

Car on road. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Under new guidelines, fines for drivers caught doing 51mph in a 30mph zone or 101mph on a motorway will start from 150% of weekly income, rather than the previous level of 100%. Motoring groups have broadly welcomed the new guidelines for magistrates.

Ch Insp Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing, said: "This is trying to get people to realise that there's a consequence to their behaviour and they should reflect on the risks of their driving, reflect on the risks they pose to other road users, and reduce their speeds accordingly.

Tom Daley wins 10m platform bronze at Diving World Series event

BBC Sport

Tom Daley. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley won bronze in the 10m platform on the final day of the Diving World Series event in Windsor, Canada.

The result means Daley, 22, finishes third overall in the four-leg World Series with three bronzes and a silver.

China's Chen Aisen has won every leg of the event to take overall victory.

On Saturday, Briton Jack Laugher won 3m springboard gold, while compatriots Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson won bronze in the women's 10m synchro on Friday.

Driver 'ignored pleas to slow down' before fatal crash

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The driver of a car that crashed, killing his teenage passenger, ignored pleas to slow down, a court has heard. 

Sophie Taylor, 16, from Falmouth was killed in the accident on a scenic road in the town in the early hours of 3 January 2016.

Prosecuting, Mr Philip Lee told the court the defendant was driving his VW Golf on Castle Drive, and was increasing in speed when he lost control on a right hand bend.

The car hit the kerb and then collided with a concrete post, fatally injuring Miss Taylor who was in the back seat.

Her twin sister, Aimee, was also in the car, in the front passenger seat. She told police she had asked him to slow down but he ignored her.

Coree Lee Amonn, 19, has pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Truro Crown Court.

The trial continues.

Sophie Taylor
Rosie Ferry

Woodbury Common fire: Blaze 'stopped from spreading across road'

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Woodbury Common
BBC

Fire crews managed to stop a gorse blaze spreading from one side of a main road to the other while they were battling it.

At its height, about 20 fire engines plus support appliances were at the scene on Woodbury Common on Sunday. Five firefighters were injured. 

Crews have spent the night damping down at the scene. It's thought about 100 acres of heathland was destroyed. 

Much of the affected area has been left black and charred.

Original Bananarama line-up reunite for first ever tour

Mark Savage

Music reporter

We heard a rumour - and, for once, it turned out to be true: the original line-up of Bananarama have reunited.

Bananarama
Bananarama

Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward (who lives in Cornwall, pictured left above) were the biggest girl band of the 80s, scoring hits including Venus, Shy Boy and Love In The First Degree.

Although they scored 10 top 10 hits, the trio never toured before Fahey quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988. The split was acrimonious, but the members recently reconciled and have announced a 15-date UK tour for winter.

Bananarama
BBC

"This is the first time we've performed live together - with the exception of getting onstage with a cassette when we were 18!" Woodward told BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show.