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Summary

  1. Mental health patients forced to travel hundred of miles for treatment
  2. More police officers to be Taser trained
  3. Marine cleared of groping student
  4. Fatal RTC on A38
  5. Rogue trader warning for vulnerable people
  6. Site confirmed for new nursing school
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Johnny O'Shea

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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 on Monday 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.

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no... it's a nurse

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Nurses at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have been taking part in World Nurses Day 2017.

Some of them have been getting into the spirit by dressing up. We can't quite see if their underpants are over their trousers.

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Gull found with can stuck on beak prompts litter warning

Rob England

BBC News Online

The RSPCA has asked people to dispose of their litter "with care" after a seagull was found in Bodmin with a drinks can stuck on its beak.

A seagull
RSPCA

The young gull was "unable to eat or use it's beak properly", the charity said.  

They added that there is usually a spike in these types of incidents in the summer months.

On average the RSPCA says it receives around 14 calls a day concerning animals affected by litter.

This just shows how destructive litter can be and how much pain it can cause. We do not know how long the gull had his beak stuck in the can but he is very underweight so we are thankful we were contacted by the member of the public otherwise he may have starved to death."

Simon KiteRSPCA Animal Welfare Officer

What would you name a beaver?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A competition to name two Cornwall-bound beavers has been launched.

The Cornwall Beaver project plans to release two of the animals upstream of Ladock as a way of tackling flooding.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust needs to raise £15,000 in the next six weeks to make the project happen.

Beaver
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Chris Jones, the farmer at Woodland Valley Farm where the beavers will be released, said: “I am hoping the beavers will transform the site by digging new ponds and water channels, making it much better for wetland wildlife. 

"I’m expecting to see a lot more frogs, newts, toads and even birds and bats over the coming years. 

"I’d like to thank anyone in advance who can make a donation to this project; it really is one of Cornwall’s most exciting wildlife stories.”

Early suggestion for names include Justin, and Sigourney...

Offshore wind takes paddleboarder out to sea

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A woman out paddleboarding at Sennen in west Cornwall got into difficulty when she was separated from her board and pushed out to sea by offshore winds.

RNLI lifeguards saw the woman drifting out to sea and managed to reach her to bring her back to shore.

Olly Shilston from the RNLi said they were seeing many more paddleboarders in the water and urged them to follow basic safety precautions such as using a leash.

SUP
RNLI

Oy, what are you rooking at?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A vets surgery in Cornwall has been looking after a bird that was found sitting in the road.

Initially the staff at Rosemullion Veterinary Practice in Falmouth, including Naomi Blackbourn (pictured), decided that Russell Crow would be a suitable name.

Rook
Rosemullion Veterinary Practice

But upon closer inspection it was found the creature was actually a juvenile rook.

And so, with the General Election coming up, they went with the name Jeremy Corvin. 

Jeremy has been taken to a new home at the Mousehole Bird Hospital this afternoon.

Exeter prepare for play-off first leg

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City left-back Craig Woodman is back from a broken arm and midfielder Matt Oakley is fit after a hip problem as the Grecians go to Carlisle for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final on Sunday.

Lee Holmes is expected to remain on the bench as he approaches full fitness, with Robbie Simpson (ankle) still out.

Paul Tisdale
Getty Images

"We're proud to have got to this point when you consider what a tough season it's been, especially early on," boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Spotlight. "I think there must have been a few people looking at me rather strangely when we were bottom of the league and I was saying this is the best team I've had in a few years."

Carlisle v Exeter

Carlisle United 3-3 Exeter City

Carlisle score twice in two second-half minutes to salvage a draw against Exeter in a frenetic play-off semi-final first leg.

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Calls for people to report scams

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Cornwall's Trading Standards is working with other organisations to try to reach out to people who might have fallen victim to rogue traders.

It's thought that about 7,000 residents in Cornwall fall victim to scammers and scam mail but only 7% report the crime.

At a conference representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Adult and Children Services and several charities who work with vulnerable people, are learning how to spot the signs of a potential victim and helping them get support.

No south west hospitals hit by cyber attack

BBC Spotlight

The cyber attack on the NHS has not affected hospitals in the south west it appears.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Torbay Hospital, North Devon Hospital and the Royal Cornwall Hospital have all told the BBC they are not experiencing any problems. 

We have approached Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but have not yet had a response.

The attack has shut down telephone and IT systems at hospitals across the country.

Feline homesick - Cat left on ferry

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A cat has been left on the Torpoint ferry travelling between Devon and Cornwall this morning.

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Facebook page said the black and white cat was found "hitching a lift".

They are appealing for anyone with any information about the cat to get in touch on 01752 812233.

Cat on ferry
Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

Scilly flights continue to be disrupted

No flights have left Exeter, Newquay or Land's End for the Isles of Scilly today because of heavy fog and low lying cloud.

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Royal Marine sniper cleared of groping

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Royal Marine sniper has been cleared of groping a student at a graduation ball after telling a jury his hands had gone nowhere near her private parts.

Thomas Telford, 23, was found not guilty of sexual assault by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

He told the court he was 'photo-bombing' a picture which another male guest was taking of two women at the Exeter University Graduation Ball.

Thomas Telford
Irving of Exeter

Telford was ejected by security men and thrown off the campus after the woman complained he had rubbed a hand over her crotch.

He said he may have touched the woman by accident as he tried to get into the picture but denied there was any sexual intent.

Reading release Argyle loanee Tanner

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Reading have announced that former Plymouth Argyle loanee Craig Tanner will leave the club this summer.

The Championship side will release the forward at the end of his contract, meaning the Pilgrims could sign him on a free transfer.

Craig Tanner
Getty Images

Tanner, 22, made 84 appearances for Plymouth during a two season-long loan spells at Home Park, but only featured seven times after January as he fell out of favour with Derek Adams.

Fire crews rescue mum and child from locked bedroom

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A fire crew from Paignton was called out to rescue a woman who had become locked in her bedroom with her child.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the hinges on the door had broken and the woman couldn't get out at 00:30 last night.

Fire engine
BBC

The crew had to wait for the landlord to arrive with a key to the property, before they were able to release the mother and child, unharmed, from the first floor bedroom.

The incident happened on Blatchcombe Road.

Licensed to thrill – Devon festival brings the world of film up to speed

Devon Live

Next month's English Riviera Film Festival has been given a Bond-style launch.

Survey found public support for more Tasers

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police are significantly increasing the number of officers trained to use Tasers.

It's understood the number of officers using them will be increased to about 1,200 by September 2019. 

A new twin-cartridge Taser will also be introduced into the force, which will enable the devices to be fired twice, if required.

Taser
Devon and Cornwall Police

Jim Nye, Ch Supt of Devon and Cornwall Police, says it has the backing of the public: "We decided to have a public consultation to see the appetite to increase the number of officers with Taser.

"88% of the responders were happy that the police had an uplift in the number of officers available to use Taser."

EFL Trophy format to stay despite Plymouth and Exeter objections

James Law

BBC Sport Online

League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with a increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format, though both Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City both voted to revert to the old 48-team knockout format.

Plymouth Argyle
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Prize money for the competition has increased from just under £2m to £3m - the bulk of which comes from the Premier League - and regionalisation of the competition will remain until the quarter-final stages.

Rogue trader warning for vulnerable people

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Older women who live alone are the main target of scammers in the county, Cornwall Trading Standards says.

It is working with other organisations to try to reach out to people who might fall victim to rogue traders.

It's estimated about 7,000 residents in Cornwall fall victim to scammers and scam mail but only 7% report the crime.

Elderly person
BBC

Leanne Mclean, lead officer for doorstep crime with Cornwall Trading Standards, said: "The typical victim of these types of crime is an 81-year-old female living alone.

"We know that rogue traders look for warning signs that somebody is more vulnerable or perhaps suffering from a disability, like grab rails or unkempt gardens."

Weather: Rain but brighter later

BBC Weather

The rain affecting most of Devon and Cornwall may become heavier on occasion this afternoon before becoming drier from the south later and perhaps brighter too as the low cloud lifts.

Light or moderate southwesterly winds will become fresh or locally strong at times before easing to the south later.

Max Temp 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Travel: Slow traffic near Penryn

BBC News Travel

  • Near Penryn on the A39 slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabout due to the road improvements
  • Near Saltash at the Carkeel Roundabout on the A38 slow traffic eastbound
  • Near Penzance on A30 Longrock Bypass there's a lane closure and speed restriction oth directions for drainage works. Heavy traffic 
  • In Plymouth at Sutton Harbour the pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock remains closed due to a mechanical fault  
  • In Cornwall, the Place Ferry is out of service between 13:00 and 14:00 due to low spring tides

Blow out on A38

Site confirmed for new nursing school

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The University of Plymouth has confirmed that its new nurse education facility, The Exeter School of Nursing, will be opening on Topsham Road in Exeter.

First-year BSc Adult Nursing students will use the site in September.

It will be using existing buildings.

Nursing school
University of Plymouth

Professor Bridie Kent, head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, said: "It’s great that we’re moving into an existing education site, rather than building something new.

“It was also key for us to find somewhere that was central, to help reduce the need for students to travel and cut the associated time and costs of travelling – which will particularly support our students who have caring responsibilities."

Police demonstrate new Tasers

Police officers have been demonstrating the new twin cartridge Tasers that are going to be rolled out across Devon and Cornwall.

Ch Supt Jim Nye said: "Devon and Cornwall Police maintain and enforce high standards of officers carrying a Taser. Experienced officers are carefully selected to carry a Taser and have to undertake a rigorous pass or fail course."

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Art from the ashes of the Royal Clarence fire

BBC Radio Devon

Charred wooden beams damaged when Exeter's Royal Clarence hotel burned down last year have been salvaged to form a work of art.

The 4m high sculpture by Martin Staniforth is entitled Hope and Renewal.

Artist
BBC

He said: "It's such a tragic story, such a disaster that we've lost this amazing building from the heart of our city.

"This is some sort of small good news story off setting that huge disaster."

It's going on public display from tomorrow on Cathedral Green as part of Exeter Art Week.

Mental health patients sent 100s of miles for beds

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Clinicians and charities say sending mental health patients away from their home area for acute care is detrimental to their treatment.

New NHS figures show that dozens of patients from Devon and Cornwall have been moved more than 100km between December 2016 and February of this year.

Pie chart
BBC

Dr Ranga Rao, the Royal College of Psychiatrists' national lead for acute in-patient care, said: "Inevitably, recovery takes longer during out-of-area care because people are away from their home, and don't have access to their friends and family.

"It can't in any way be beneficial to your recovery."

Argyle to return to Holland for pre-season

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle will return to East Holland for their pre-season tour ahead of the League One campaign, which starts in August.

The Pilgrims will play games against an FC Twente side and FC Emmen on the trip, while their only home friendly will be against Championship side Cardiff on 21 July.

Derek Adams' side finished runners-up in League Two this season to gain promotion.

Police upgrading Tasers

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police are changing the type of Tasers they are using, and training more officers to use them.

After authorisation from the Home Office, they are switching to twin cartridge devices over the next 18 months.

Taser
Devon and Cornwall Police

Ops Commander for Devon and Cornwall Police & Dorset Police, Ch Supt Jim Nye said: "Alongside this conversion, Devon and Cornwall Police intends to increase the number of officers trained to carry Taser up to 1,200 by September 2019.

"This represents around 85% of the regular, uniformed front line officers (excluding PCSOs & Special Constables); about 41% of total officer strength."

Travel: Flights to Scilly on hold

Low cloud and fog means that flights from Exeter, Newquay and Land's End to Scilly have been put on hold this morning.

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Helston man Commander Ian Fitter stands down as second in command of Cornwall station RNAS Culdrose

Cornwall Live

A Cornishman – who has risen to one of the highest posts in the navy in Cornwall – has stood down as second in command at his hometown's air station RNAS Culdrose.

Trading Standards and police warn against rogue traders

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Trading Standards and police officers are heading for Devon, to highlight the dangers of rogue traders and forceful doorstep sellers.

It's part of Operation Liberal which targets distraction burglaries and doorstep crime.

Information stands will be set up in Seaton and Budleigh Salterton. They will also be at the Devon County Show next weekend.

Paul Thomas, the Head of Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service, said: "Rogue Traders are a blight on communities and make people’s lives a misery.

"They use high pressure sales techniques to take advantage of householders, especially the vulnerable.

"We will not tolerate such dishonest trading practices and we will continue to work closely with the Police, through intelligence sharing and joint initiatives, to enable us to protect our residents and legitimate local businesses."

Refugees' football team 'unites nations'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A team of refugees and asylum seekers in Plymouth is breaking down barriers thanks to the common language of football.

Four fraudsters jailed for total of 29 years after eagle-eyed Plymouth cop got suspicious

Plymouth Herald

Four men convicted of investment fraud at a London court have been jailed for a total of 29 years.

A38 fully reopened after fatal crash

Devon and Cornwall Police say the A38 is now reopened after a fatal accident.

It had been closed near Newton Abbot after a car collided with a parked lorry overnight.

A man in his late 20s died. His next of kin haven't been informed.

A38 Update: One lane open, but expect delays

BBC News Travel

One lane of the A38 is now open after a fatal accident near Newton Abbot this morning.

Police say a man in his 20s died after his car hit a parked lorry overnight between Newton Abbot and Drum Bridges.

There are queues on the A38 back to Ashburton. A diversion is in place but is also very busy.

Police say their investigation work is likely to last some time.

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Tributes to woman who died after falling from horse

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Tributes are being paid to a 23-year-old woman who died after falling from a horse on Dartmoor.

Amy-Jane White from Plympton was killed in what her mother called a "very serious accident" on Monday.

Amanda White said on Facebook her daughter suffered the accident at Yelverton and "unfortunately she has passed away".

Amy Jane White
Irving of Exeter

Her boyfriend of 15 months, Daniel Huggins, said: "I have lost a lover, friend and soulmate. 

"She died doing her greatest love in her life, riding horses," said the 31-year-old. 

Man in late 20s in fatal accident

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man in his late 20s has died in an accident on the A38 near Newton Abbot overnight.

Devon and Cornwall Police say a car hit a parked lorry and went into a hedge at 02:50.

Police and ambulance went to the scene where the driver was found unconscious, and died shortly afterwards.

His next of kin have not yet been informed.

Police set up an Exeter-bound road closure from Goodstone junction and put diversions in place.

They say at about 07:45 the road was partially opened.

Newquay surfer Tom Butler nearly lost his life riding huge wave but is now helping kids with anxiety

Cornwall Live

A Newquay surfer who nearly died after riding a 45ft monster wave is now helping himself recover - by teaching youngsters to surf.

More Taser training for south west police

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

More training means that about 40% of Devon and Cornwall police officers will be trained to use Tasers.

The police say it will make both officers and the public safer.

The force will see twin cartridge tasers introduced, which allow officers to fire them twice if needed.

Taser
BBC

The Taser means an officer can incapacitate a violent suspect from a distance without having to resort to firearms, but their use remains controversial.

The human rights group Amnesty say it’s been linked to hundreds of deaths in America, and shouldn’t become the default way for police to deal with a confrontation.