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Summary

  1. Paedophile 'arranged for toddlers to be abused' jailed for 18 years
  2. Rugby player cleared of speeding
  3. 'Exeter man' dies in Snowdonia fall
  4. Arrest in connection with knifepoint robbery
  5. Woman rescued from sinking mud in Hayle
  6. Call for travellers' site to be better managed after fires and anti-social behaviour claims
  7. Future of leisure centre in Totnes to be decided
  8. Derriford 'experienced computer problems' on Friday night
  9. D-Day veteran, 101, 'over the moon' with skydive record
  10. Updates on Monday 15 May 2017

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All times stated are UK

Our live coverage across the day

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

Witness appeal after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash that involved three vehicles and a pedestrian on Friday.

Emergency services were called to the A30 at Roseworthy dip near Camborne at 22:10.

A 27-year-old local woman died at the scene. Police closed the road for six-and-a-half hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Local NHS staff 'closely monitoring systems'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has released a statement confirming it has not been affected by the weekend's cyber attack on the NHS.

A spokeswoman said: "Our IT systems are continually updated to protect against cyber-crime and over the weekend our specialist team has been closely monitoring all of the systems we support across the NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"We continue to be in regular contact with NHS Digital, NHS England and our IT suppliers to ensure our systems and data remain unaffected."

Mild overnight, wet and cloudy on Tuesday morning

BBC Weather

It will be mild overnight under a blanket of cloud, with further outbreaks of rain possible. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Tuesday weather
BBC

Tomorrow it will be another cloudy, wet and mild morning, but rain will gradually ease into the afternoon.

Some brighter spells may develop later and it will feel warm and humid. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Police 'leave no stone unturned' in catching paedophiles

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A paedophile who arranged for toddlers to be abused in the Philippines while he watched on Skype has been jailed for 18 years.

Alain Collings watched on Skype from his home on Chapple Street, Witheridge, telling the children and the women, who he paid to abuse the children, what he wanted them to do.

He admitted 17 charges at Exeter Crown Court, and was put on the sex offenders register for life.

Chapple Street
Google

After the case Det Con Darren White said the force would "leave no stone unturned" in their efforts to bring offenders to justice.

"Paedophiles are using increasingly sophisticated methods in order to carry on their offending and we, together with other law enforcement agencies, are also using increasingly sophisticated methods to catch them," he said.

Plymouth burglary warning

Totnes Leisure Centre will be 'open as usual' tomorrow

BBC Radio Devon

Totnes Leisure Centre will stay open for two weeks due to money from South Hams District Council.

During the fortnight the council and operators will continue to discuss the "outstanding issues" with an aim of resolving them by 26 May.

If a contract has not been signed by then parts of the centre will close.

Totness pavilion
BBC

Concern raised over travellers' site

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornwall councillor's calling for a council-owned travellers' site to be better-managed or closed down after a series of fires and claims of anti-social behaviour.

Independent Councillor Mark Kaczmarek says it's a minority causing problems at Wheal Jewel near St Day, but claims the site is unsafe and costing taxpayers thousands of pounds in council and fire service time.

Caroline Dann
BBC

Cornwall Housing manages the site and says the fires are being investigated and it's working with the council to review pitch agreements and use of legal enforcement. 

Caroline Dann, from the gypsy and traveller charity Travellerspace (pictured), said: "There's a lot of people on the site who never get involved in anti-social behaviour, and to lump everyone together is very damaging."

Dawe fears 'walking Cornwall plank' if side loses

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall head coach Graham Dawe says he will be made to "walk the plank" if his side fail to reach a fifth consecutive County Championship final.

A 56-11 win at Devon on Saturday means they will reach the Twickenham final if they beat Hertfordshire in Camborne this weekend.

Graham Dawe
BBC Sport

"We always sneak it against Hertfordshire, and I hope we sneak it again," Dawe told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I was fortunate enough to be born in Devon, but the Cornish are very kind - they've sort of half-adopted me."

Police officer suffers life-changing injury in crash

Devon Live

Police have appealed for dash-cam footage in a bid to solve the riddle of a crash which left a local police officer with serious injuries.

Luke Cowan-Dickie cleared of speeding

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

England rugby player Luke Cowan-Dickie has been cleared of speeding offences.

The 23-year-old hooker was training with the Exeter Chiefs when his Mercedes car, with personalised plates, was caught by a speed camera five miles away, Exeter magistrates heard.

It was caught doing 55mph in a 30mph zone at West Clyst, Devon, one day last August.

Luke Cowan-Dickie
BBC

Mr Cowan-Dickie, from Exminster, denied the speeding offence and a second count of failing to identify who was the driver. He told the court his agent was the person driving at the time.

He denied prosecutor Sonia Croft's assertion that he had 'buried his head in the sand' and had not responded to letters from authorities about the incident, saying his response was sent.

Devon man dies in Snowdonia fall

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Police have confirmed a man in his 60s from Exeter has died in a climbing accident in Snowdonia.

The man, whose name hasn't yet been released, died last night after he fell a "considerable" distance while walking on Tryfan mountain, officers said.

Tryfan from Glan Dena footpath
Terry Hughes/Geograph

Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team said the pair took a wrong path down the mountain.

"They realised it was steeper than they wanted and turned round when he slipped and fell," he said. 

A nearby rock climber raised the alarm and the rescue team called a coastguard helicopter to take the man to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor while they guided his "distraught" daughter, aged in her 20s, down the mountain.

Should you pay the WannaCry ransom?

Chris Baraniuk

Technology reporter

Ransomware
Image copyrightWEBROOT

WannaCry has infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in 150 countries. The advice is to update Windows to ensure you are protected.

But what do you do if the ransomware arrives on your computer?

The most crucial bit of advice from most experts is: Don't pay the ransom.

For some, £230 ($300) might not seem too high a price to get back irreplaceable data that has been encrypted against your will.

BreakingRugby player cleared of speeding

England rugby player Luke Cowan-Dickie has been cleared of speeding - because he was miles away from the offence.

The 23-year-old hooker was training with his Exeter Chiefs club when his Mercedes car with personalised plates was caught by a speed camera five miles away.

Exeter magistrates heard his car was caught doing 55mph in a 30mph zone at West Clyst, Devon, one day last August.

Cowan-Dickie, from Exminster, Devon, denied the speeding offence and a second count of failing to identify who was the driver.

Being hit by a squash ball at 170mph

BBC News England

What is it like to be hit by a squash ball travelling at more than 170mph?

That was what Tim Smith from Truro Squash Club found out by standing in the way of Australian hot-shot Cam Pilley. 

Big-hitting Pilley has the fastest serve in squash - previously measured at 176mph - and served it up for Tim to experience.

In the line of fire from a 170mph serve

Broken-down vehicle 'causing issues'

'Abhorrent' paedophile sentenced to 18 years in jail

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Alain Collings
Devon and Cornwall Police

A man has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for arranging and watching the abuse of almost 50 children in the Philippines.

Alain Collings, 39, of Chapple Road, Witheridge, admitted two offences of sexual assault on a child, five of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three of arranging sexual offences against children and seven of making or possessing indecent images of children. 

Experts from the high-tech crime unit found the 102 hours of recordings when they examined his computers. 

The judge, Recorder Mr David Bartlett, said: “You are a very troubled and very dangerous individual and I have no doubt you pose a high risk.” At Exeter Crown Court he added Collings' behaviour was "abhorrent" and "some of the worst I have ever come across".

I was bitten by an adder... and an energy drink saved my life

Plymouth Herald

An amateur photographer was left paralysed for seven hours after stepping on an adder’s nest in a popular woodland walking area in Cornwall.

Power talks over Cornwall's new leader

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Power talks are still ongoing at County Hall after the local elections left Cornwall Council in limbo and no party with overall control. 

The Conservatives have the biggest number of councillors and a new group leader has emerged - south-east Cornwall councillor Phil Seeva.

Phil Seeva
BBC

Councillor Seeva's a fairly new face after first taking office in a by-election last April, and he says they're waiting to hear from the Independents after wooing them with an offer. 

The Independent group meets today - amid rumours of a split - with the Lib Dems still waiting in the wings.

Police investigation after man is found bleeding heavily in street

Devon Live

A man has been taken to hospital after being found bleeding heavily in the street this morning and police have launched an investigation.

Cyber security's home surf break is Woolacombe

The cyber security expert who found the 'kill switch' on a global cyber ransom attack enjoys surfing at Woolacombe, it has emerged in an interview with surf website www.magicseaweed.com.

The surfer turned global internet saviour - who tweets from @malwaretechblog - told the website he took up surfing at the age of eight.

Travel: Fallen tree blocks road

BBC News Travel

  • Between Tavistock and Bere Alston, Crowndale Road is blocked by a fallen tree. Approach with care.
  • At Carkeel there's stop-start traffic on the A38 and A388 approaching the Carkeel Roundabout due to narrow lanes and roadworks.
  • In Plymstock on Billacombe Road inbound one lane is closed for roadworks just before Laira Bridge. Expect slow traffic.
  • On the A361 between Tiverton and the M5 one lane is closed for central barrier replacement. Traffic is slow moving. 

Friendly deer

Twitter

Bill has tweeted these pictures of friendly deer he photographed at Teign Valley over the weekend.

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RNLI warns of 'irresponsible behaviour' over distress beacons

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Two lifeboats were unnecessarily launched in wet and windy conditions in Cornwall last night due to irresponsible behaviour, the RNLI says.

Falmouth Coastguard reported a vessel's emergency locater beacon (EPIRB) had been activated, so both Penlee lifeboats were sent to search the Mount's Bay area.

Later in the night the Sennen Cove Lifeboat also launched and carried out a similar search towards Pendeen - but nothing was found, the chairty said.

The EPIRB
RNLI

The emergency beacon was then located this morning in a bin on the North Pier in Newlyn Harbour by the Harbour Master. 

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: "This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do which resulted in the unnecessary launch of two RNLI lifeboats - extreme care & caution should always be taken when disposing of an active EPIRB."

Hundreds sign petition to keep grave tributes

BBC Spotlight

A petition calling for a Devon council to drop plans to make people remove elaborate displays on graves has been signed by hundreds of people.

Grave tributes
BBC

North Devon District Council says it needs graves in Barnstaple's Bear Street Cemetery cleared of flowers and photographs away from headstones as they break the rules. 

It says it need access to cut grass and to reopen other graves to bury families together. More than 1,500 people have signed the petition and a protest match through the town is planned.

Paedophile caught after police monitored websites

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man who arranged for toddlers and other children to be abused in the Philippines while he watched online has been jailed for 18 years. 

Alain Collings paid women he knew in Manila to abuse children and babies while he recorded them at his home near Tiverton, Devon.

He was caught because police were monitoring websites that his IP address was accessing and downloading images from. 

Two images, dating back to 2011, showed Collings abusing a two-year-old child.

Detectives called in an anatomy professor to compare his hands and were also able to identify him through jewellery he wore and a tattoo on his arm.

Collings, 39, of Chapple Road, Witheridge, near Tiverton, Devon, admitted two offences of sexual assault on a child, five of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three of arranging sexual offences against children and seven of making or possessing indecent images of children.

Exeter Crown Court
BBC

Dash cam footage sought after motorcyclist injured in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after serious crash involving a bike and a car on the A385 at Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, on 21 April.

The male motorcyclist was taken hospital with arm injuries which are not believed to be life-changing.

PC Phil Rooks of the Serious Collisions Investigation Team said: “We wish to speak to anyone who may have been travelling in the area at this time.

“We are specifically seeking motorists who may have dash cam footage to contact us.” The crash happened at about 06:45.

Celebrity chef Anton Piotrowski announces shock departure from Brown and Bean

Plymouth Herald

Celebrity chef Anton Piotrowski has announced his departure as head chef of popular city centre eatery Brown and Bean.

World's oldest skydiver beats record by days

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

In case you missed it, this was the moment Devon war veteran Verdun Hayes broke the world record to become the world's oldest skydiver.

101-year-old breaks skydiving world record

The record had been held by a Canadian who did a tandem jump when he was 101 and 3 days, but Verdun is 35 days older.

Slow traffic on A361

Appeal against block on replacing historic pub with student flats

Devon Live

The owner of an historic Devon building has appealed against a decision not to allow him to have it demolished.

Police appeal after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash which involved three vehicles and a pedestrian on Friday.

Emergency services were called to the A30 at Roseworthy dip near Camborne at 22:10.

A 27-year-old local woman died at the scene. Police closed the road for six-and-a-half hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

BreakingPaedophile jailed for 18 years

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A paedophile who arranged for babies to be abused in the Philippines while he watched on Skype has been jailed for 18 years.

Alain Collings paid women he knew in Manila £33,000 to abuse up to 46 children and babies while he recorded their suffering at his home in Tiverton, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Alain Collings
Devon & Cornwall Police

Alain Collings, 39, of Chapple Road, Witheridge, admitted two offences of sexual assault on a child, five of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three of arranging sexual offences against children and seven of making or possessing indecent images of children.

Recorder Mr David Bartlett told him: ”This is, if not the worst, then one of the worst, cases I have ever come across."

“It is behaviour that is abhorrent to a civilised society for which you must be punished," he added.

Arrest after knifepoint robbery

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A man has been arrested in connection with a knifepoint robbery in Newquay.

Police say it happened at the Spar Shop on Tower Road on Friday.

Spar
Google

Officers said a 28-year-old man has been charged and remanded in custody to appear at Truro Magistrates' Court today.

Police have described the knifepoint robbery as an "isolated incident".

Exeter draw frantic first leg

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City conceded twice in two second-half minutes as they spurned a lead to draw 3-3 at Carlisle in their League Two play-off semi-final first leg last night.

Joel Grant, Ryan Harley and David Wheeler scored for the Grecians, while Carlisle profited from a Jordan Moore-Taylor own goal and a an overhit cross that fortuitously floated over keeper Bobby Olejnik and in.

Joel Grant
Rex Features

Exeter had two goals disallowed for borderline offside calls, and hit the post through Jake Taylor with the final action of the match.

"We played so well and we weren't here to hold on and grab a draw - we tried to win that game and probably deserved to do so," boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

Daughter 'distraught' after father dies in Snowdonia fall

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A man believed to be from Exeter has died after falling a "considerable" distance while walking on Tryfan mountain in Snowdonia. 

The man said to be in his early 60s, had been climbing with his daughter when he fell

A nearby rock climber raised the alarm and the rescue team called a Coastguard helicopter to take the man to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor while they guided his "distraught" daughter, aged in her 20s, down the mountain.  

The man was airlifted to hospital where he died.  

Weather: Damp and drizzly

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Today will be damp and cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. It'll also be misty along coasts and over hills. The maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather map
BBC

Tonight, it will remain cloudy and damp with further rain or drizzle. Low cloud will continue to cover hills and parts of the coast. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F). 

Cornish football club 'first to play mixed game'

BBC Spotlight

St Agnes say they're proud to be the first football club in Cornwall to get approval from the FA to play a "mixed" adult game. 

Youth teams can have both girls and boys on the pitch, but it's not allowed in the men and women's games.

Mixed football players
BBC

It's part of a pilot project being monitored by Brunel University who say it could lead to huge changes in the sport nationally. 

Police appeal for witnesses after woman 'seriously injured' in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash between a pedestrian and a Fiat Punto on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to The Pheasant Pluckers pub on Albert Road, Plymouth at 13:10.

The pedestrian, a 45-year-old woman from the city, was seriously injured and was taken to Derriford Hospital. 

Police closed the road for seven hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Devon IT expert fears for his safety after stopping NHS ransomware attack

Devon Live

The Devon IT expert who slowed the spread of the WannaCry global cyber attack now fears for his safety.