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Summary

  1. Firefighters tackling scrapyard blaze in East Cornwall
  2. Driver, 19, guilty of death by dangerous driving
  3. Devon boy, 3, 'drowned' on Australian holiday
  4. Cause of Royal Clarence Hotel fire 'still unknown'
  5. Reported crime in Devon and Cornwall increases by more than 10% in 12 months
  6. 'Ram-raid' at jewellery shop
  7. NHS 111 'requires improvements' in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 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.

Poldark helps to attract tourists to the UK

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Much of the action in Poldark takes place outdoors, against the backdrop of Cornwall’s breathtaking and rugged coastline.

Here you can find out a bit more about some of the individual locations and how they were used.

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Toddler who drowned in Australian swimming pool had 'no fear'

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

The mother of a three-year-old boy who drowned while on holiday in Australia was concerned about her son's behaviour, an inquest has heard. 

Kyle Reece Dennett, from Bere Alston in Devon, was found floating face down in the swimming pool of a house in Joondalup, Western Australia on 29th March last year. 

The toddler had delayed speech and language development, and was undergoing assessment for possibly being on the autistic spectrum, prior to the holiday.

Evidence from Dr Sharon Glass, a Consultant Community Paediatrician with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said his behaviour had been causing his mother concerns, and he was described as having "no fear".

Coroner Andrew Cox recorded a verdict of accidental death. 

New crimes contributing to higher crime figures

BBC Radio Cornwall

The way crimes are recorded could explain Devon and Cornwall's rise in crime figures, the police force says. 

New statistics show reported crime in Devon and Cornwall has risen by more than 10%. 

But Dep Ch Con James Vaughan says that doesn't mean the area is any less safe. 

"Things that used to be investigated and managed by the police, such as malicious communications, have more recently become crimes," he said. 

"So we've seen a huge spike in new crimes that never used to be recorded, and that's added to the picture."

Squire signs new Albion contract

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion centre Dean Squire has signed a new contract which will keep him at Brickfields until the end of next season.

The 21-year-old joined the National One side from Brixham last summer and has helped Albion secure second place in the league.

“Hopefully I can become more of a key member of the team and hopefully we are fighting for promotion next year," Squire said. "I really want to be part of what’s going on here at the club."

Marine A to be freed on Friday

BBC News UK

The Royal Marine jailed for killing a wounded Taliban fighter is to be freed on Friday, campaigners have said.

Sgt Alexander Blackman, also known as Marine A, got a life sentence in 2013 for murder, but his conviction was later reduced to manslaughter.

At the time of the 2011 shooting the marine was serving with Plymouth-based 42 Commando. 

The 42-year-old from Taunton, Somerset, has served three years of a seven-year sentence.

Campaign group Justice for Marine A, which revealed the news, said it was "delighted".

Sinkhole warning after Devon rescue

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Beachgoers in Devon are being warned to be aware of the risk of sinkholes.

A three-year-old boy was rescued yesterday after falling into a sinkhole at Orcombe Point on Exmouth Beach.

Coastguard Matt Helm said: "The boy thought it was a puddle and stepped into it, but went in up to his waist."

"These things are dangerous, but people shouldn't be put off going to the beach. They just need to be aware that they do crop up in this area."

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East Devon District Council

The boy's father, who is a structural engineer, recognised it as a sinkhole and pulled him out, before calling the emergency services. The hole is understood to have been caused by a fault with a water pipe that runs underneath the beach.

East Devon District Council said South West Water are putting up a temporary fence while they carry out urgent repairs to the pipe. 

Cut cable causes traffic trouble in Plymouth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

There is "major congestion" on the A386 Tavistock Road out of Plymouth this evening according to Plymouth City Council.

The council said a utility company "has cut through one of our traffic signal data cables, affecting the signal timings".

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Fire crews battling scrapyard blaze

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a massive blaze at a scrapyard in Dobwalls, south east Cornwall.

Cornwall's Fire and Rescue Service said five crews are on the scene at WH Orchard and Sons.

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Smoke from scrapyard fire seen from miles away

The smoke from a scrapyard blaze in Dobwalls can be seen from east Taphouse - as shown in this picture from Daniel Ardagh.

Fire crews are on the scene tackling the fire at WH Orchard and Sons and residents in the area have been advised to keep their windows closed.

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Daniel Ardagh

Dora the giant tortoise gets a cool new 'backpack' after surgery

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Vets at Paignton Zoo have treated a giant tortoise with a rare type of therapy. 

Dora, the 32-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise, damaged her shell and the hole became infected.

Vets had to cut away some of her half-centimetre-thick shell using a power tool before cleaning and dressing the wound. 

They then used Vacuum Assisted Closure to help speed up her recovery. 

The Zoo says Dora is recovering well and getting used to her new backpack. 

How do you fix a broken tortoise?

Marine A 'to be released from prison'

It's reported a former Somerset Royal Marine convicted of shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter will be freed from prison tomorrow. 

Alexander Blackman had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility last month. 

The Guardian newspaper reported he'll be released from Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The Justice For Marine A campaign group is also saying he'll be released.

His wife Claire blackman was a vocal campaigner against his sentence, saying he had "always regretted his actions"

Watch: his supporters were campaigning for his sentence to be reduced.

Nancegollan repairs to go ahead after two weeks with no phones

BBC Radio Cornwall

A village that was left without fixed phone lines or internet access for almost two weeks is finally getting the repairs carried out. 

This week on BBC Radio Cornwall we heard from residents of Nancegollan near Helston who told us they were upset and frustrated by the lack of progress fixing their communication problems.

It followed a road traffic collision that destroyed a BT telephone phone pole at a junction in the village on Good Friday, leaving more than 30 homes without the services. 

Cornish players to represent Navy at Twickenham

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Six Cornish players have been named in the Royal Navy rugby squad for their match against the British Army at Twickenham on Saturday.

A near-capacity crowd is expected as the teams will compete for the Babcock Trophy, in what is the 100th game between the sides.

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Redruth's Ben Priddey will captain the Navy team, with Matt Bowden, Edd Pascoe, Ben Fox, Sam Matavesi (pictured) and Dave Pascoe all part of the squad.

Former Army member Prince Harry will be at Twickenham to watch the match.

Scrapyard fire: Residents in Dobwalls area advised to stay indoors

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Cornwall Council is warning people in the Dobwalls areas to keep their windows closed while fire crews tackle a large blaze at a scrapyard.

Residents and motorists in the Dobwalls area are being advised to stay in their homes and vehicles and close windows while fire crews tackle the blaze at WH Orchard and Sons scrapyard.

The site contains a number of cars and tyres which are creating a plume of smoke in the area, a council spokesperson said.

Five engines from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are currently at the scene, together with the service's aerial platform ladder.

'Multiple fire crews at large blaze'

Exminster benefit fiddler to repay £5,000 less

Devon Live

A housing benefit fiddler will have to pay £5,000 less in compensation after officials recalculated figures of how much he swindled.

BreakingFirefighters tackling scrapyard blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

Five fire crews are tackling a blaze at WH Orchard in Dobwalls, Cornwall Council has confirmed.

Nearby residents and drivers are asked to keep their windows closed.

The site is a scrapyard.

More to follow.

Truro's stunning cathedral

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Truro
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BreakingCause of Royal Clarence Hotel fire 'still unknown'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has told the BBC: "The cause of the [Royal Clarence Hotel] fire is still unknown. 

"This is due to the severity of the fire, the nature of the damage to the building and limited access to the building."

The fire ripped through a section of Exeter city centre in October destroying a number of properties including the hotel.

Six months on, Exeter City Council has released CCTV footage showing hotel guests running from the burning building.

Never before CCTV footage of Exeter fire released

Small fire at nursing home

Fire crews from Hayle and Tolvaddon attended a small fire in a nursing home in Hayle this morning.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said "no firefighting equipment was used" and the "incident was left with an on site electrician and on site staff". 

Traffic update: One lane blocked on A30

BBC News Travel

  • On the A30 eastbound between Victoria and the Innis Downs Junction we've got reports one lane is blocked due to a broken-down vehicle
  • Near Hayle on the A30 westbound at the St Erth Roundabout we've got reports of slow traffic due to an accident
  • At Crowntown the B3302 Hayle to Helston road is partially blocked due to a burst water main

Police appeal for information after jewellery shop 'ram-raid'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police have appealed for information after a suspected "ram-raid" at a jewellers in Porthleven early this morning. 

Two people were thought to have been involved and left in a grey-ish estate car at about 03:00.

The car travelled in a Penzance direction. A car matching the description was later found in the Sithney area. Officers believe the car was dumped and the suspects got into another vehicle.

Crime czar 'to recruit deputy on £50k a year'

Plymouth Herald

 Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is considering appointing a deputy.

BreakingDevon boy, 3, 'drowned' on Australian holiday

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coroner Andrew Cox has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of a three-year-old boy who drowned whilst on a family holiday in Australia.

Kyle Reece Dennett, from Bere Alston in Devon, was found floating face down in the swimming pool of a house in Joondalup on 29 March 2016. 

Despite attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the Joondalup Health Campus.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J29 for A30 Exeter and J30 for A376.

M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J29, A30 (Exeter) and J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Traffic update: Dog in the road

BBC News Travel

In Paignton on the A380 King's Ash Road near Luscombe Road there are reports of a dog in the road.  

Police deal with A386 crash

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The A386 is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction in Shortacombe and Sourton Cross in Sourton, because of a serious accident.  

Exeter students' union responds to anti-Israel concerns

Victoria Derbyshire

Concerns over some students' unions' support for a boycott are being looked into by the Charity Commission, the BBC has learned.

The broadcaster found 17 students' unions have now passed motions to endorse the BDS boycott of Israel.

They include Belfast, Birkbeck, Brunel, Essex, Exeter, Goldsmiths, Kings College London, Kingston, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, SOAS, Strathclyde, Sussex, Swansea, University of Arts London and UCL.

The Exeter Students' Guild says its policy is in line with the EU and the UN. The guild said it was written and passed in 2014.

It said: "The policy... relates solely to suppliers of produce made in disputed territories between Israel and Palestine and not a boycott of all Israeli produce. As an organisation, we do not in any way boycott all Israeli products and we enjoy a close working relationship with our award-winning Jewish Society and Friends of Israel Society." 

The BDS - which stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions - describes itself as a human rights organisation and criticises Israel for its human rights record.  

Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between Station Road and A30.

A386 Devon - A386 closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction in Shortacombe and Sourton Cross in Sourton, because of a serious accident.

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

Model enthusiasts 'gutted' after annual show cancelled because of the general election

Devon Live

Model enthusiasts are 'gutted' after being told their annual show in Torquay has been cancelled because of the general election. 

BreakingYoung driver jailed for 15 months

A 19-year old man has been jailed for 15 months after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Coree Lee Amonn from Longfield in Falmouth was convicted by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

Castle Drive
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He was driving his car on Castle Drive in Falmouth when it crashed, killing his backseat passenger, 16-year-old, Sophie Taylor on 3 January 2016.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced him to 15 months in prison, and disqualified him from driving for two years upon his release.

Child, 3, rescued from Exmouth sinkhole

Devon Live

A three-year-old child was rescued by a parent after falling into a sinkhole on Exmouth beach. The sinkhole opened up at Orcombe Point on Wednesday morning.

Traffic update: Roadworks cause delays on A39

BBC News Travel

In Stratton on the A39 there's slow traffic in the roadworks area.

BreakingDriver, 19, guilty of death by dangerous driving

A 19-year-old man has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Truro Crown Court.

Coree Lee Amonn, of Longfield in Falmouth was driving his VW Golf on Castle Drive in the town when it crashed, killing his 16-year-old passenger Sophie Taylor.

Sophie Taylor
Rosie Ferry

He admitted causing death by careless driving, but a jury found has found him guilty of the more serious charge.

The accident happened in the early hours of 3 January 2016, after Amonn had met with Sophie and her twin sister Aimee, and allowed them to drive his car in a leisure centre car park.

They then left, and were travelling down Castle Drive when he lost control and crashed.

Police are 'like punchbags' says outspoken Devon officer in new call for spit hoods

Devon Live

An outspoken Devon police sergeant today renewed calls to introduce spit hoods for suspects, despite fears it will make them look like Guantanamo Bay terror suspects. 

Woman rescued from river mud before strolling off into city centre

Cornwall Live

A woman has been pulled from the mud flats on a river as the tide rises – before strolling off into town.

'25% rise' in reports of sex offences

New figures show reported crime in Devon and Cornwall has increased by more than 10% in the year to April, compared with the same period 12 months ago.

There was a 25% rise in reports of sexual offences in the two counties.

Police say many of these are historic cases and that they have been working to encourage victims of these crimes to come forward.  

Violent crimes without injury rose by 23% but there was a 4% fall in drugs offences.

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South West Water 'confident of no restrictions'

BBC Radio Devon

South West Water has told the BBC it is confident there will be no water restrictions this year despite its largest reservoir holding considerably less water than at this time last year.

Latest figures show Roadford is 75% full - this time last year it was 95%. 

But the company says it's better equipped to deal with low rainfall years than in the past.

Since 1995, when restrictions were last in place, leaking pipes have been repaired and there has been a big increase in customers using meters, it added.