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Summary

  1. Major incident declared as crane collapses at Falmouth Docks
  2. Major fire in Torquay badly damages three properties
  3. Diabetics say they've had restrictions on glucose monitoring test strips
  4. Cornwall's economy 'facing severe post-Brexit shock' - Federation of Small Businesses
  5. Nearly half of drivers 'admit to speeding in 20mph'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.  

Drone footage shows aftermath of crane collapse

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

This drone footage captures the wreckage of a collapsed crane at Falmouth Docks.

Witnesses described hearing an "enormous bang" as it collapsed on to 10 acetylene cylinders at the Cornish dockside at about 09:00 BST.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while assessing the scene.

Witnesses described hearing an "enormous bang" as a crane collapsed at the dockside

Parling to leave Exeter for Japan

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Ex-British & Irish Lions and England lock Geoff Parling will leave Exeter Chiefs this summer to join an unnamed club in Japan.

The 33-year-old, who has 29 England caps, is out of contract at the end of the season and has agreed a short-term deal with a Japanese Top League side.

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Exeter say he is likely to then join a Super Rugby franchise in Australia.

Parling helped Chiefs reach the Premiership final last season, and has played 22 times this term to help them reach the play-offs.

Geoff Parling

Parling to leave Exeter for Japan

England international Geoff Parling will leave Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season to join an unnamed Japanese side.

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Weather update: A warm evening ahead of a cloudy day tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will stay dry across the south west this evening with light winds and plenty of warm sunshine.

A few fair weather clouds are likely to bubble up from time to time. 

Tomorrow we're looking at a cloudy day with showers or longer spells of rain at times, but some brighter periods. 

The showers will be locally heavy with a risk of thunder and feeling warm.

Maximum temperature 14C (57F). 

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Slew among nine released by Plymouth

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle have released nine of the squad which helped them gain promotion from League Two, including forward Jordan Slew and Connor Smith.

Slew, 24, cost Blackburn about £1m in 2011 and scored six times in 40 appearances for the Pilgrims.

Jordan Slew
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Striker Jimmy Spencer and midfielder Ryan Donaldson are among the other players who will leave the club.

Midfielder Graham Carey is one of three to be offered new deals, with Luke McCormick, David Fox, Jake Jervis and Oscar Threlkeld among 11 players who will remain at Home Park.

Jordan Slew

Slew among nine released by Plymouth

Plymouth Argyle release nine of the squad which helped win promotion from League Two, including forward Jordan Slew.

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Guerilla gardeners spruce up Union Street by planting flowers and veg in an old boat

Plymouth Herald

Guerilla gardeners have been out in force on Union Street to brighten up the area – and to get people talking to each other.

Cleaner denies murdering ex-partner

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A cleaner has denied murdering his ex-girlfriend and said he was not jealous when she left him for another man.

Kostadin Kostov told Exeter Crown Court he was not angry when Gergana Prodanova left him for fellow Bulgarian Tihomir Todorov.

Mr Kostov is accused of dragging his ex-partner's body through Exeter city centre in a suitcase in August 2016.

Mr Kostov, 43, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, says he has no idea what happened to Ms Prodanova.

Cornish cat charity desperately needs new home

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish animal charity is facing closure unless it can find new premises within the next few weeks.

Clay County Cat Care is currently based in Bugle and has treated and re-homed around 1000 felines since 2013. 

Now it needs to relocate but wants to stay in the area so are appealing for help to anyone with premises or land to rent or buy in the Roche area. 

Leanne Kent runs the charity and says she'd be devastated if they had to close down.

"I've been doing this for so long, and to not be able to help cats in need would be absolutely heartbreaking," she said. 

Leeds United boss backs Torquay fans' petition

James Law

BBC Sport Online

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Leeds manager Garry Monk has tweeted his support for a petition started by Torquay United fans, urging Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver not to sell their Plainmoor ground to the club's owners Gaming International.

Torbay Council own the freehold of Plainmoor though Torquay chairman Clarke Osborne has expressed a desire to buy and redevelop the stadium, with plans to build a new ground for the club.

Monk is from Torquay and made 11 appearances for the National League side as a youngster, while the petition has more than 6,500 signatures.

South West drivers admit to speeding

BBC Radio Devon

Nearly half of drivers in the South West admit to speeding in 20mph areas, according to road safety charity Brake.

In its survey, 44% of drivers admitted to driving 5mph above the limit or faster in a 20mph zone, with more men than women saying they speed.

It's the charity's Beep Beep! Day, and it said it wanted drivers to slow down and be aware that children couldn't judge the speed of vehicles above 20mph.

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Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Biggest, smelliest flower in full bloom - but not for long

Plymouth Herald

The world’s biggest, smelliest flower is blooming in the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome – but visitors will have to be quick to catch a whiff because it will only be open for around 48 hours.

Exeter's Salvi to continue Albion coaching role

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs flanker Julian Salvi will continue as a coach at Plymouth Albion next season.

The 31-year-old Australian remains under contract at Sandy Park as a player but is doing his coaching badges, and has ambitions of moving into the field once he hangs up his boots.

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"Having been there and done it before, any sort of experience I can pass on and help the players along can only help," said Salvi. "Again, these players have listened and learned and they have come a long way in the space of a year."

Travel update: Accidents causing delays

BBC News Travel

  • In Westward Ho! Golf Links Road is blocked by accident between Beach Road and Sandymere Road. Beach Road is also affected both directions
  • In Torquay on Barton Road we've got reports there's an accident near Powderham Road
  • In Barnstaple at the 'Barnhenge Roundabout' we've got reports the traffic lights have failed

Cordon around docks lifted after crane collapse

BBC Spotlight

Roads have been re-opened and a cordon lifted after a crane collapsed at Falmouth docks this morning.

Firefighters were called to assess gas cylinders which were damaged in the incident, with one firefighter taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters assess gas cylinders at Falmouth docks

Picture shows damage after major lorry blaze in East Devon

Devon Live

Four unused lorry trailers were destroyed in a fire in East Devon.

Brimhay bungalows saved from demolition for now

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Planners have deferred a decision on flattening 18 bungalows for the elderly near Totnes.

Brimhay
DBDD

South Hams District Council planning committee agreed to a site visit amid a battle by seven elderly people including two 90-year-olds face to keep their 1960s bungalows.

Campaigners say flattening the 18 bungalows at Brimhay in Dartington is "appalling" because the elderly people love their homes.

They say flats to replace the bungalows will "urbanise" the rural area. Owners South Devon Rural (SDR) housing association say the bungalows are out of date and all long-term residents have been offered a flat.

Travel update: Accident in Mawnan Smith

BBC News Travel

In Mawnan Smith we've got reports Carwinion Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Goodmartin Square.

Cordon lifted after Falmouth crane collapse

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Firefighter sustains minor injuries in Falmouth crane collapse

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A firefighter has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a crane collapsed at Falmouth docks this morning. 

The crane fell onto acetylene gas cylinders, which were damaged and started leaking. 

Firefighters from Truro and Falmouth were called to assess the cylinders to see whether there was any heating or risk of explosion. 

Cornwall Council said a firefighter was taken to hospital for a precautionary check. 

The Council said a cordon around the scene has been removed and the investigation has been handed over to the docks' management. 

collapsed crane
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Opie wins opening Tour Series race

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish cyclist Chris Opie has won round one of the Tour Series event in Redditch.

The 29-year-old Truro-born road racer, who rides for the Bike Channel–Canyon team, also recorded the fastest lap on his way to victory.

The Tour Series is made up of 10 races, with the next taking place in Stoke on Thursday.

Weather update: Sunshine may not stay around

BBC Weather

If you can make the most of this afternoon's sunshine - do so!

It's going to stay dry with a little patchy cloud this afternoon, but tomorrow will me mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain, which may be heavy at times with a chance of thunder.

Weather map
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Exmouth fire: Roads closed

BBC Radio Devon

We've got reports coming in of a fire in Exmouth this lunchtime.

Rolle Street is currently closed due to a blaze around the Tower Street area of the town.

It's believed crews are currently on the scene, but that the fire is small and being brought under control.

Travel update: Accident in Gunnislake

BBC News Travel

In Gunnislake Wellpark Road is blocked in both directions by an accident near Stony Lane and Gunnislake Station.

Controversial development provides 'valuable, affordable' homes

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The chief executive of a housing association that has come under fire from residents over plans to redevelop 1960s bungalows says residents have been offered flats in the new development.

Steve Prime, chief executive of South Devon Rural, said the bungalows near Totnes in Devon were "tiny and poorly insulated" and "totally unsuitable" for the elderly residents.

Development plans
SDR

All the previous residents have been rehoused and five of the remaining long term residents include two women in their 90s.

Two others on short term tenancies were "being helped" with finding accommodation. 

"I understand people's concerns, but we have an excellent scheme that's 63% affordable," he said.

"There are 12 flats in two blocks and I don't know that urbanises anything.

"It provides valuable, affordable, residential accommodation."

Travel update: Fire in Exeter

BBC News Travel

Devon:

  • In Exmouth, Rolle Street is closed due to a fire around Tower Street
  • In Exeter on Bridge Road, Topsham Road and Rydon Lane traffic continues to be slow-moving due to the roadworks
  • In Totnes the A385 Station Road is partially blocked by an accident near the Morrisons Roundabout
  • In Westward Ho! we have reports of a collision between a van and a cyclist on Golf Links Road at Beach Road
  • The temporary lights on the A396 between Tiverton and Bickleigh by East Barton Farm are still not working - approach with care

Cornwall:

PCC 'delighted' investigations are over

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A Police and Crime Commissioner who was urged to stand aside over police investigations says she is "delighted" the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to take no further action against her. 

Officers were examining Alison Hernandez's role in submitting expenses for Tory MP Kevin Foster in the 2015 General Election.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Ms Hernandez said: "I am delighted that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to take no further action against me following the police investigation into spending at the 2015 general election.

"It is now two years on from these events and I am pleased that the shadow of the investigation has now been removed.

"My political opponents have regularly called for me to stand down over the past year but I have been determined not to let the investigation affect the way that I carry out my duties as police and crime commissioner."

Exeter City to start work on £3.5m ground upgrades

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City has confirmed that work on their new £3.5m ground improvements will begin next month.

The scheme includes replacing the current 90-year-old stand and improvements to the away end, as well as the building of student accommodation behind the home terrace.

Exeter City stand
Exeter City FC

The capacity at St James Park will remain the same, but will reduce from 8,691 to approximately 6,000 during the construction period.

"This has been a drawn out and complicated process. But none of it would have been possible without the brilliant unwavering support and backing that the club has received," said Exeter chairman Julian Tagg.

'Police everywhere' at Falmouth docks

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The docks at Falmouth remain deserted after a crane collapsed earlier this morning.

Sarah Lucy, who lives on Cliff Road in Falmouth, said: "I got woken up by this almighty crashing and rumbling sound.

"Immediately the air raid siren started and then there were loads of sirens.

"All the roads are closed now and there are police everywhere."

Deserted road by Falmouth Docks
BBC

No charges over Conservative election expenses

BBC Politics

No Conservative politicians or officials will currently face charges for breaches of expenses rules during the 2015 general election.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had examined evidence from 14 police forces in England but it did not "meet the test" for further action.

Conservative Battle Bus
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But it is still investigating the Conservative campaign in South Thanet.

The inquiry related to claims some "battle bus" campaigning costs in the 2015 election were wrongly recorded.

More on this story from BBC Politics.

Docks deserted after crane collapse evacuation

BBC Radio Cornwall

A crane has collapsed at Falmouth docks

Crane collapse 'no longer' a major incident

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police say the collapse of a crane at Falmouth Docks is no longer being treated as a major incident.

Crane collapsed onto gas cylinders

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Fire services say the crane that collapsed at Falmouth Docks earlier this morning fell onto acetylene cylinders.

Firefighters from Falmouth and Truro are on site at the docks, and have used breathing apparatus sets to isolate the leak and make the area safe.

There are still no reports of any injuries.

Fire services at Falmouth Dock
Falmouth Packet

'Bang and crunch' at Falmouth docks

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Major incident declared at Falmouth docks

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

All dockyard staff 'temporarily evacuated'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

All dockyard staff have been temporarily evacuated says the shipyard firm A&P Falmouth.

It follows the collapse of a crane at the site.

Emma Parker-Goff, from the company, said: "No one was injured in the incident however all personnel have been temporarily evacuated from the docks whilst an assessment of the area is made.

"A full health and safety investigation will take place. Personnel will return to work as soon as possible."

Penguin Books founder plaque to be unveiled

BBC Radio Devon

The man who came up with sixpenny paperbacks and founded Penguin Books is being honoured in Exeter today. 

Sir Allen Lane is being commemorated with a distinctive orange plaque at St David's railway station. 

It's the spot where, in 1934, he conceived publishing books which would be available to all at low prices.

Sir Allen Lane
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No injuries reported in crane collapse

Police say no reports of any injuries in Falmouth crane collapse.

Woman in 90s was 'white as a sheet' when told she would be evicted from home

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A decision on plans to build 24 new homes to replace 1960s bungalows will be made today.

The Brimhay bungalows at Dartington were built for retired people and could be replaced by 12 rented flats and 12 houses for sale.

Nicholas Willoughby
DBDC

Seven elderly people are battling the plans from owners South Devon Rural (SDR) housing association.

Nicholas Willoughby, 67, said: "Joan my next door neighbour is in her 90s and her family have lived in Dartington for generations. 

"When the people from SDR came to issue their warnings that they were evicting us and she was white as a sheet."