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Summary

  1. Rugby player 'fatally injured' in tackle, inquest hears
  2. London Tube bomb accused Damon Smith claims it was a prank
  3. 'Dozing' driver jailed for four years for killing friends
  4. Ex-footballer jailed for child sex offences
  5. Cornwall's commercial spaceport plans to be submitted to the government
  6. Pedestrian hospitalised after Exeter crash
  7. 'Homes raided by burglars while owners asleep upstairs'
  8. Three humpback whales spotted from Skybus
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

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

Devon student admits building train bomb

BBC London News

A student from Newton Abbot in Devon has admitted building a bomb and leaving it on a Tube train but said it was for a prank, a court heard.

Damon Smith denies making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life but at the Old Bailey he admitted perpetrating a bomb hoax.

Prosecutors said the IED on a Jubilee Line train contained ball bearings to act as shrapnel.

Jonathan Rees QC, for the prosecution, said this was to "increase the destructive effect of the device".

Damon Smith
Twitter

Tornado creates amazing Devon water spout

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

These awe-inspiring pictures show a water spout whipped up by the wind over the Devon coast. 

Amazing pictures of water spout

The swirling mass of water was created by a tornado over the sea.

Fluctuating weather conditions have led to a spate of water spouts and funnel clouds in the area.  

Weather forecast: Clear and possibly freezing night

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Any showers should largely fade away this evening, leaving a mostly dry and clear night across the region. 

Under the clear skies a widespread frost will develop across Devon, with perhaps the odd fog patch forming too. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F)

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow it will be a bright but frosty start, but cloud will gradually move in from the north, with some patchy rain arriving by lunchtime. 

The afternoon will then remain rather cloudy and damp. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Family's plea to protect rugby players following daughter's death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The parents of Lily Partridge have said they wanted to see rugby players at all levels receive proper treatment for head injuries, including brain scans. 

Jeff and Liz Partridge said: "Lily loved playing rugby and her dream was to represent Devon. She was the victim of a tragic accident. 

"Rugby is a hard game and Lily took all the precautions to protect herself. 

"She had suffered a couple of concussions earlier in the year but had seen her GP and had followed the RFU protocols in taking time off not playing.   

Lily Partridge
Irving of Exeter

"A brain scan may have spotted any weakness caused by those head injuries. 

"If we had known that her life may be in danger by playing rugby again, obviously she would have stopped immediately. 

"It is a great game involving big, strong, heavy, fit athletes but we need to make it as safe as possible. 

"There are many thousands of girls and women playing rugby and Lily, like us, wants that to continue."

Churcher unsure about future at Redruth

BBC Radio Cornwall

Redruth rugby head coach Marek Churcher says he’s "undecided" about his future at the club.

Churcher coaches three other teams as well as Redruth. 

He works for Truro College and with the Exeter Chiefs academy.

Churcher told BBC Radio Cornwall: “I’ve got a lot to think about in terms with my job. I’m a full time rugby coach and I’ll admit it, it’s been quite tough this season.”

Marek Churcher
Redruth RFC

Missing student nurse found 'safe and well'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A student nurse who was missing for two weeks has walked into a police station in North Devon.

Anna Lewis, 27, was last seen leaving Bristol's Southmead Hospital at 12.15pm on April 13.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "We're pleased to confirm that missing 27-year-old Bristol woman Anna Lewis has been found safe and well."

Youth project gets £2.5m funding boost

BBC Radio Cornwall

Exeter-based homeless charity Petroc has teamed up with housing association DCH to secure nearly £2.5m from the Big Lottery Fund. 

The cash will be spent on a unique project for under privileged 18 to 24 year olds called Empowering Enterprise.

It'll tackle the barriers youngsters face finding a job or getting ready for the world of work.

Drivers need to report medical issues, police say

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

Police have urged drivers to report any medical issues, following the sentencing of a grandmother who killed two women at the wheel of her car. 

Teresa Sant, 58, was sentenced to four years in prison and banned from driving for five years at Plymouth Crown Court.   

Sant had told police she had dozed off at the wheel before. 

A police spokesperson said: "We hope that this can serve as a warning to other drivers that should they have problems with broken sleep patterns or ongoing medical issues, that they should face up to these issues and inform DVLA."

Teresa Sant
Paul Slater

Warmer and stormier for the south

BBC Radio Cornwall

Climate change will affect gardens in the north and south of the UK in very different ways, according to a report by the Royal Horticultural Society

The study says the north will be milder but also wetter and stormier, with floods more likely, while the south will become hotter and drier, suitable for growing desert plants.

Rugby player had suffered two previous concussions before death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A young woman who died after suffering a head injury during a rugby training session had suffered two concussions in the year before she died, an inquest has heard.

Lily Partridge, 22, died from "an acute bleed" as a result of a trauma and suffered a cardiac arrest while playing rugby for Exonian Ladies at Topsham RFC, Devon.

Team captain Katie Lunnon said she saw Lily walk off the pitch and complain of a headache in December 2015.

She said: “I didn't really think anything of it as it was very cold and we were soaked through.

"Lily was kneeling down for a bit and then she said she felt sick and was leaning forward on all fours.

Lily Partridge
Irving of Exeter

She said Lily then passed out, and first aid-trained coaches gave her CPR when she stopped breathing.

The senior university lecturer added that Lily had suffered two concussions earlier that year, for which she had sought medical attention.

Consultant radiologist Dr Michael Thomas told the hearing Lily’s two previous rugby concussions were not connected to her death.

He said a CT scan showed that the blood clot and bleed occurred "within hours of the scan".

How the Royal Marines won the first battle of the Falklands War 35 years ago

Plymouth Herald

As icy weather rolled in over the southern dependency island of South Georgia, a fleet of British warships, hidden in a bay, planned an attack to reclaim the island.

Traffic update: Accident in Penzance

BBC News Travel

In Penzance, The Coombe is blocked in both directions at the junction with the Strand due to an accident.

Public advised to stay away from sinkhole

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A sinkhole found in East Devon is being investigated by the UK Coastguard.

A cordon has been placed around the hole at Orcombe Point in Exmouth after it was discovered earlier. 

The UK Coastguard has asked people to stay away from the hole while it assesses it.

Sinkhole 2015
BBC
In 2015, sinkholes also appeared in sand at Orcombe Point, near Exmouth

London Tube bomb accused Damon Smith claims it was a prank

BBC London News

A student has admitted building a bomb and leaving it on a Tube train but said it was for a prank, a court heard.

Damon Smith denies making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life but at the Old Bailey he admitted perpetrating a bomb hoax.

The prosecution said Mr Smith intended the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to explode and endanger the lives of people on the Jubilee Line train.

Prosecutors said the IED contained ball bearings to act as shrapnel.

The court heard the student had moved to Rotherhithe in south-east London with his mother from Newton Abbot, Devon, when he started a computer forensics degree at London Metropolitan University.  

Damon Smith
Twitter

Newquay sex offender pleads guilty

Cornwall Live

A 21-year-old sex offender from Newquay has pleaded guilty to breaching a court order and obstructing a police officer in his duty.

Slow traffic in Kilkhampton and Torquay

BBC News Travel

  • In Kilkhampton on the A39 there's slow traffic in both directions between Dipper Lane and East Road due to a building fire near the road
  • In Torquay, Riviera Way is partially blocked at the junction with A380 Hamelin Way due to an accident. Queues outbound back to Browns Bridge Road  

Parents 'immensely proud' of rugby player who saved lives after death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A young woman who died after a rugby training session in North Tawton, Devon, helped save the lives of scores of strangers with her transplanted organs and tissue. 

Lily Partridge, 22, suffered a head injury and collapsed at the side of the pitch with a heart attack in December 2015. She died a day later in hospital.

Lily Partridge
Irving of Exeter
Lily Partridge is pictured wearing the blue hat

After the inquest at Exeter's County Hall, Lily's parents, Jeff and Liz Partridge, said they would "never recover" from the loss of their "beautiful daughter". 

But they added that they were "immensely proud of the gift of life" she gave through organ donation.

A developer is spending £5m to improve life in Derriford

Plymouth Herald

Millions of pounds is being invested in vital Plymouth infrastructure as a result of the 800 home development at Derriford, it has emerged.

Fire crews tackling Kilkhampton blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

A fire in a large agricultural shed at Kilkhampton in north Cornwall is being dealt with by fire crews from Bude, Delabole, Holsworthy and Hartland. 

The building is a 15m by 15m wooden shed.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using two high pressure hosereel jets. 

Devon and Cornwall Police are at the scene managing traffic.

Suspected loan shark arrested following raid in Devon town

Devon Live

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in Hatherleigh. 

BreakingYoung rugby player fatally injured when opponent's knee hit her head, inquest hears

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A young rugby player collapsed with a fatal head wound minutes after an opponent's knee hit her head, an inquest has heard.

Lily Partridge, 22, complained of a "headache" and came off the pitch at the Exonian Ladies team training session. 

Lily Partridge
Irving of Exeter

Front row forward Lily collapsed on the side of the pitch with a heart attack and died a day later in hospital. 

An inquest in Exeter has recorded a conclusion that her death in December 2015 was the result of an accident.

Wife admits £30,000 benefit fraud in Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

A wife has admitted telling lies about her husband's earnings to pocket more than £30,000 in benefits.

Village 'without phone lines and internet for almost two weeks'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Residents in a rural village near Helston have been left stranded without fixed phone lines or the internet for almost two weeks.

A crash on a busy junction in Nancegollan on Good Friday destroyed a telephone pole serving more than 30 households. 

The area has patchy mobile coverage, and many villagers say BT hasn't told them when the repairs will be made and local businesses say they're losing custom.

BT say it's a complex repair and are hoping the work can be undertaken over the next couple of days

Traffic update: Collision in Plymstock

BBC News Travel

Goosewell Road in Plymstock is partially blocked by a two-vehicle collision at Furzehatt Road. 

Traffic update: Accident near Axminster

BBC News Travel

There are reports of an accident on the A35 near the turn for Axminster.

Brrrr... it was a cold start to the day

Exeter man arrested in domestic incident

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man after a "domestic altercation" in Exeter this morning. 

They were called to the property at 06:40, after it was reported that a person was believed to be in possession of a firearm. No weapon was seen or discharged, police said.

Officers found a woman at the address with facial injuries.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. 

Breaking'Dozing' driver jailed for four years

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

A grandmother who was convicted of killing two women after she "dozed" off at the wheel of her car has been jailed. 

Teresa Sant, 58, was sentenced to four years in prison and banned from driving for five years at Plymouth Crown Court. 

The court had previously heard that Sant ploughed into Victoria Hodge, 42, and Marie-Helene Gieblen, 60 last May, in a car she had bought just four days earlier. 

Teresa Sant
Paul Slater Images

BreakingEx-Spanish footballer jailed for child sex offences

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

A former Spanish footballer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual offences against five young boys. 

Jose Castellano-Gonzales, 25, committed the offences while working in Devon and Bedfordshire. 

During sentencing at Exeter Crown Court Judge Mercer QC told Castellano-Gonzales he "caused untold damage to your victims."

Exeter Crown Court
BBC

Puppies 'stolen from home' while owner was in hospital

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are concerned that two puppies taken from an Exmouth home may become ill if they are not returned to their mother. 

They say the four-week-old puppies, who are both unweaned, were taken from the house on Sunday 23 April, sometime between 20:30 and 21:10, while the owner was in hospital. 

Cash was also taken from a safe upstairs.  

Det Con Paul Perryman said: “We are very concerned to return these four-week-old puppies to their mother. That dog is distressed having had her puppies taken from her."

Pedestrian hospitalised after Exeter crash

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A man has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after a road crash this morning. 

Police and ambulance were called to Magdalen Street, Exeter, at 08.20 following a collision between the pedestrian and a MG3 car. 

The road was partially blocked but re-opened just before 09:00. 

'Homes raided by burglars while owners asleep upstairs'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Earlier Kingsbridge Police said officers were dealing with two burglaries at houses in Aveton Gifford.

Officers said the owners were upstairs asleep while the properties were raided. 

They're looking for a silver Mazda which was stolen from one of the homes. 

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Three humpback whales spotted from Skybus

BBC Radio Cornwall

A pair of humpback whales and a calf have been spotted in the sea between the Isles of Scilly and the Cornish coast. 

A passenger on the Skybus plane saw the whales in the water yesterday. 

Cornwall Wildlife Trust says the animals are native to these waters and more sightings mark a positive turn for the population. 

Humpback whale
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A humpback whale was seen off the south Devon coast for several weeks earlier in the year

Almost 200 officers victims of biting and spitting assaults

Cornwall Live

New figures have revealed almost 200 biting and spitting assaults on Devon and Cornwall cops in five years.

Boatyard goes into receivership

BBC Radio Cornwall

The future of many Cornish marine businesses are under question after news that a boatyard on the Helford has gone into receivership.

An accountants firm in Plymouth says it will continue to operate the Gweek Quay Boatyard for now, but its long term future is not known. 

People living on boats at the site at the head of the Helford River say they're concerned about where they will live. 

Business as usual the morning after a lorry hits rail bridge

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Everything is back to normal this morning after a lorry got stuck under a bridge in Plymouth yesterday. 

Here's what happened:

  • 17:00: A lorry strikes the rail bridge in Plymouth on Saltash Road and all trains are put on hold
  • 18:00: A recovery vehicle arrives, but the vehicle remains jammed
  • 18:05: Train journeys start again, but only travel at 5mph over the bridge
  • 19:55: The lorry is removed and normal train speeds over the bridge resume
Lorry under bridge
BBC

Warning to drivers 'ignoring markings'

Pioneering child safeguarding scheme to be rolled out across the region

Plymouth Herald

Two of Devon and Cornwall Police's most senior officers and the region's Crime Tsar have said they want to see a Plymouth-born safeguarding children scheme rolled out across Cornwall.