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  1. Car driver dies after Stithians Lake plunge
  2. Man taken to hospital after major Torquay fire dies
  3. Snowdonia mountain death: Exmouth man John Wynne 'adored' say family
  4. Eleven arrests made after football matches
  5. Legal challenges launched against bed closure plans in Devon
  6. Property developers face new rules after Falmouth protests
  7. Cooper the Boxer 'unfazed' by 'impromptu ride in lifeboat'
  8. Updates on 17 May

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Rob England

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Cameras to make officers and public 'safer' Devon and Cornwall PCC says

Rob England

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police have begun to deploy body worn cameras to firearms officers following a successful trial, police said.

A spokesman said: "The technology offers greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it."

This helps keep both the officers and public safer. The evidence captured via body worn cameras will allow better protection for our officers and provide a better understanding of decisions made under pressure. They will also ensure that standards are kept high, and protocols followed, in more extreme circumstances, again benefiting our communities.

Alison HernandezDevon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

Woman becomes youngest British person to climb Everest from two sides

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman from Devon has become the youngest British person to climb Mouth Everest from both the north and the south sides.

Mollie Hughes
Mollie Hughes / Jon Gupta
Mollie appeared on Blue Peter in March and will return as a guest in June

Mollie Hughes, 26, from Devon reached the summit of the 8,848 metre mountain at 01:14 yesterday after ascending from the north side with climbing partner Jon Gupta.

She climbed from the south side in 2012.

Ms Hughes made the climb for the charity Cancer Research UK and hopes to raise more than £8,000, £1 for every metre.

The achievement also makes Ms Hughes the youngest European woman to have successfully climbed the mountain from both sides.

Ms Hughes now lives in Edinburgh, and left the UK for Kathmandu in Nepal in early April before travelling into Tibet.

She is expected to return to the UK in early June.

It has been the hardest seven days of my life! Unrelenting pain and suffering, but if you can keep suffering and keep putting one foot in front of the other, you get to the top and we did!

Mollie Hughes

Poppies made from old shotgun parts by veteran in tribute to WW1 soldiers

BBC Radio Devon

Former service personnel in Devon - many of whom are recovering from drug and alcohol problems - have been making some of the red and purple poppies for a tribute being created for the Devon County Show.

More than 30,000 handmade red poppies are being used in the Devon Remembers memorial, to commemorate those from the county who lost their lives in World War One.

Former Royal Marine Bryan from Tiverton, who has not drunk alcohol for more than two years, said he has made hundreds of the poppies, some of which include parts from old shotgun cartridges.

Soldiers use weapons, and the percussion cap from a shotgun comes from a weapon. So that to me put the icing on the cake.


Plymouth beauty salon owner accused of groping women

Plymouth Herald

A hair and beauty salon owner touched two women indecently during massages, a court heard.

Handbag with cash and cards taken from property in Exeter

Rob England

BBC News Online

Belongings and cash were taken in a burglary at a residential property on the Killerton Estate in Hele, Exeter, police said.

Burglars are suspected to have gained access through an "insecure window" between 14:00-14:45 on 11 May.

A handbag containing cash and cards was stolen from the kitchen table, police said.

They have advised residents in the area to keep windows closed when they are out and to "remain vigilant".

Hob fire in Plymouth due to 'food left cooking' whilst occupant 'went out'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A electrical hob fire at flat in Plymouth earlier today was due to food being "left cooking whilst the occupant went out", according to the fire service.

At about 12:16 crews forced entry into the property on Colwill road in Plymouth after a concerned postal worker saw smoke coming from the ground floor flat.

There was minor smoke damage to most of the property and moderate smoke damage to the kitchen area where the fire was, fire crews said.

The occupant returned to the property while crews were on scene.

A look ahead to tomorrow's weather

Holly Green

BBC Weather

A bit of a chilly start, followed by sunshine and showers, which may turn heavy and thundery.

Coastal areas may get the best of the dry and bright conditions. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather map

Friends and family mark anniversary of schoolgirl death

Rob England

BBC News Online

Friends and family have marked the anniversary of the death of a teenager, on social media.

The body of Dagmara Przybysz, 16, was found at her school, The Pool Academy near Redruth, on 17 May last year.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into her death in May last year was told a post-mortem examination had been carried out but the cause of death was not yet available because the toxicology reports were outstanding.

The hearing, in Truro, was adjourned to enable the reports to be compiled.

A post on the Dagmara Przybysz remembrance page said people would "never forget" how she made them feel.

Dagmara Przybysz

You were taken too soon from a planet who didn't deserve [your] grace, we will remember you and never forget how special you are, rest in peace angel.

Dagmara Przybysz remembrance page

Public consultations led to Town Council decision on HMO's

BBC Radio Cornwall

As Falmouth University seeks to expand and increase student numbers the town council has taken action to restrict property owners who want to create house of multiple occupation (HMO).

The council said it was concerned the current "imbalance" in the accommodation market was making it harder for local residents to secure long term lets.

From next month a new planning rule will force developers to apply for planning permission to create an HMO.

Planning solicitor Chris Tofts, from law firm Stephen Scown, said the decision came after consultations with the public.

Falmouth houses

The Town Council have done a number of consultations with the public and it's their view that there is an imbalance at the moment with student accommodation in the community and they're seeking to address that issue.

Chris ToftsPlanning solicitor

Exeter City FC says violent fans are 'not true fans'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Exeter City Football Club has released a statement after a police operation last week that saw 11 arrests of fans from the club and Plymouth Argyle.

Exeter City prides itself as a community club and these people are not true fans of Exeter City FC. We work hard with Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure that safety of our true fans at St James Park is paramount at all times and this is reflected in the experience that match days bring at St James Park. Whilst we will always enjoy the rivalry on the pitch we have positive working relationships with Plymouth Argyle off the pitch and will continue to work with both them and Devon and Cornwall Police to remove such elements that purport to be fans of Exeter City.

Relative thanks emergency services for trying to save car plunge woman

BBC Spotlight

A woman who died after the car she was driving crashed and ended up in a lake in Cornwall is yet to be named by police.

Emergency services were called to Stithians Lake on Tuesday night.

The woman was taken to hospital, but later died.

BBC News spoke to a relative who was at the lake and wanted to thank the emergency services for the attempts they made to save the woman.


Devon IT expert who stopped NHS cyber attack is rewarded with a year's supply of free pizza

Devon Live

Marcus Hutchins, the Devon cyber sleuth who thwarted the spread of ransomware virus WannaCry, is being recognised with a thank you like no other.

Scillonian III exhibition marks 40 birthday for vessel

BBC Radio Cornwall

The only passenger ferry link to the Isles of Scilly, Scillonian III, turns 40 next week and celebrations are already under way in Penzance to mark the occasion.

The ship first sailed to the Isles of Scilly on 25 May 1977 and since then has made more than 9,000 return journeys to the islands carrying more than four million passengers.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which operates the vessel, has set up an exhibition to mark the big birthday at a pop-up shop in the centre of Penzance.

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Witnesses to rogue traders asked to step forward in Cornwall

Rob England

BBC News Online

Witnesses to rogue traders who have been offering block paving services in Cornwall, are being asked to step forward by the council's Trading Standards.

According to Cornwall council the rogue traders arrived in April and began cold calling at homes in Camborne and Liskeard, offering to block pave or power wash driveways.

In one instance, the company began work without the consent of the homeowner in an attempt to force payment and became aggressive with another victim when payment in cash was refused.

Cornwall Council Trading Standards has warned the public the offenders pose as legitimate limited companies, using new sign written vehicles and "glossy advertising materials".

These bogus firms have travelled from outside Cornwall to deliberately target our residents. We want to speak to anyone who has had block paving work or pressure washing of their drives carried out by these offenders.

Leanne McLeanLead Officer, Doorstep Crime

'Shocked' colleagues mourn Snowdonia mountain fall victim John Wynne

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Colleagues of mountain fall victim John Wynne say they are "devastated" at his death.

Terry Hughes/Geograph

Exmouth father-of-three Mr Wynne, 61, who fell on Tryfan in Snowdonia on Sunday, was an "outstanding colleague and friend" said Exeter-based investment managers Hawksmoor where Mr Wynne was head of finance.

John Crowley, Hawksmoor's CEO, said: "We are devastated to lose such a valued and admired friend and colleague as John.

"His wise and experienced input from the very early days of Hawksmoor made a major contribution to the company's growth. He will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to his family at their untimely loss."

Mr Wynne was also a director of a local charity and was on the leadership team of Christ Church Woodbury, near Exeter.

An inquest is expected to be held into Mr Wynne's death.

Car entered lake in 'horrible weather'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died when her car came off the road and ended up in Stithians Lake, Cornwall, last night.

The woman who was driving a silver Ford Fiesta was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, where she died.

It is still unclear what happened before the car ended up in the lake just before 21:00.

Bev Borman lives nearby and only realised something had happened when the lights of emergency vehicles appeared.

Stithians Resevoir

We just saw lots of flashing lights. It was very dark, horrible weather. We saw five or six flashing lights. I don't know whether we could have done anything but certainly we would have rushed down there if we'd heard anything. But we didn't hear a sound.

Bev Borman

Police 'stop chap wanted for burglary'

Ben Gerring signed to Truro on permanent deal

BBC Sport

Truro City have signed defender Ben Gerring on a permanent deal.

The 26-year-old was on loan at Truro City last season.

Six players have also signed new contracts for next season.

Andrew Neal, River Allen, Cody Cooke, Tom McHale, Jamie Richards and Niall Thompson will all be at Treyew Road for the 2017/2018 campaign.

Ben Gerring

Parrot and elderly couple 'trapped' in car

Rob England

BBC News Online

A parrot and a elderly couple were left trapped in a car after their vehicle ended up in a ditch in North Devon earlier today.

Fire crews were called to Holsworthy after the trio couldn't leave the vehicle, said Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

The couple and the parrot were not injured.

Mum mugged outside hospital as baby fights for life

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth mum has been mugged outside the children's hospital where her baby boy is fighting for his life.

Road closed for burst water main repairs

BBC News Travel

  • In Plymouth we have reports of an accident on Stuart Road near the Pennycomequick Roundabout
  • In Exeter, Pensylvania Road is closed near Beech Avenue for work on a burst water main. A diversion is in place
  • Also in the city on the A379 Bridge Road there's slow-moving traffic between the Countess Wear Roundabout and the Matford Roundabout due to the road widening work
  • In Modbury on the A379 the fallen tree near Church Lane has been removed

Recovering veterans make poppies for county show

BBC Radio Devon

Veterans in Devon, who are recovering from drug and alcohol problems, have been making some of the poppies for the tribute being created at this year's Devon County Show.

A veteran making poppies

The percussion caps from old shotgun cartridges are being used to make the unique metal poppies.

They will form part of the "Devon Remembers" memorial, to commemorate those from the county who lost their lives in World War One.

Those involved say using old cartridges in the poppies is very symbolic.

Woman 'trapped in car, in water, for 25 minutes'

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

A woman has died after her car careered into a lake following a crash.


It's understood the driver was trapped in the car, in the water, for 25 minutes.

The car was only spotted after a driver of another vehicle saw it in the lake.

The woman's car left the road - which takes motorists around the body of water.


Emergency services pulled the woman from the vehicle and she was taken to hospital, where she died.

The woman is yet to be named.


Firearms officers issued with body-worn cameras

Firearms police officers in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are to be issued with body-worn video cameras following a successful trial, the forces have said.

Police officer wearing body-worn video camera

The equipment is being given to 270 officers and is part of plans to boost accountability.

"The technology offers greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it," police said.

Cooper the Boxer 'unfazed' by 'impromptu ride in lifeboat'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman and her dog were rescued by the RNLI in Newquay on Saturday after being trapped by the incoming tide.

RNLI Newquay rescue

Lifeboat operations manager Gareth Horner said: "Cooper the Boxer was no trouble at all and seemed fairly unfazed by his impromptu ride in the lifeboat."

The RNLI said the woman later returned to the station with a thank you card, a donation and provisions which were "greatly appreciated".

The charity urged people to check tide times before venturing along the coast.

Lights of emergency vehicles alerted Stithians' resident to car plunge

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died after her car left the road and ended up in Stithians Lake last night.

The woman who had been driving a silver Ford Fiesta was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she died.

Officers say no-one else was involved and it's still unclear what happened before the car ended up in the water just before 21:00.

Bev Borman lives nearby and said she only realised something had happened when the lights of the emergency vehicles appeared.


Eleven arrests made after football matches

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have arrested 11 people after a "serious disorder" between football fans.

On Good Friday Plymouth Argyle played an away match at Portsmouth, whilst Exeter City played at home to Barnet. In the evening, fans from Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle were involved in an incident in Exeter, police said.

Following the arrests seven people have been bailed and four released under investigation.

Sgt Vicky Howell said: “Football violence will not be tolerated. Our work will continue around safeguarding and we will take a robust approach to disorder through the criminal justice system in the application of Football Banning Orders to support this vision.

"Please do not risk a criminal record and a potential banning order by committing offences.”

Weather latest: Cloudy and rainy but brightening up in the west

BBC Weather

It'll be a mostly cloudy afternoon with further spells of rain.

The rain will be locally heavy at times, mainly in the east.

It will become drier and perhaps brighter in the far west later in the day and will feel rather cool in the rain.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F)

Here's Sara Thornton with a few more details:

A look at the weather across the South West

Social ties help animals live longer, University of Exeter research says

Rob England

BBC News Online

Large families and strong social ties help animals live longer, new research from the University of Exeter suggests.

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In a study of female rhesus macaques, a species of small monkey, scientists found those with many close female relatives have better life expectancy.

However, the effect fades with age - suggesting older females learn how to "navigate the social landscape" and have less need for social ties.

Dr Lauren Brent from the university said: "Our study supports the idea that social ties promote survival.

"This adds to a small but growing body of research that helps to explain why animals are social."

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust no longer on 'black alert'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has thanked staff for bringing services out of a high level of alert.

Cornwall hospital

It follows a long period with staff coping with increasing demand for NHS services.

Previously the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust was on a "black alert" or operational pressures escalation level (OPEL) four, the highest level.

This is achieved when it is judged that "pressures in the local health and social care system continues to escalate leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care".

The hospitals are now on green status, the lowest level.

Hospital boss Kathy Byrne took to social media to congratulate staff.

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Plymouth students left dumbfounded by bizarre Biology GCSE exam question

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth students were among the many across the country who were dumbfounded by a strange question in their biology GCSE exam.

Exeter Ikea store holds ground breaking ceremony

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has marked the next step towards opening in Devon next year with a ground breaking ceremony today.

The Exeter branch will be the 21st store in the UK chain and is scheduled to open its doors in April 2018 at a location east of the city by the M5.

We have to respect the people that have bought houses. We have to respect the local communities. We have a real passion to do that, we will work with them, we will give back to the communities we do business out of.

Nicholas EarlExeter Ikea Manager

Fans turned away for 'being too drunk'

Man dies after Torquay fire: What we know so far

Torquay fire
Devon and Cornwall Police Drones

9 May

  • At about 22:00 fire crews were called to the scene of the fire on Fore Street
  • Ten fire engines and 40 firefighters from across south Devon tackled the blaze
  • Three buildings were damaged as a result of the blaze
  • Roads were closed in the area
  • Residents were evacuated from properties along the street
  • A man was later reported to be rescued from a flat
  • He was taken to a special burns unit at a Swansea hospital

10 May

  • Devon and Cornwall Police release drone footage of the extent of the damage to the three properties

17 May

  • Police confirmed the death of the man who was rescued from the flat
  • The victim suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation
  • The fire service is yet to release details of what caused the blaze

Coastline Housing turn attention to out-of-town site for new homeless centre

Cornwall Live

Revised plans to build a homeless centre in the Camborne and Redruth area have been met with a warm reception after a housing provider submitted a new, out-of-town proposal.

Yacht 'adrift and unattended' reunited with owner

Hertfordshire docked four points ahead of Cornwall match this weekend

BBC Sport

Cornwall rugby’s County Championship opponents Hertfordshire have been deducted four points.

The RFU says they fielded an ineligible player in their opening match at Kent. 

Cornwall play Hertfordshire on Saturday with the winner going to a Twickenham final. 

Hertfordshire will appeal the decision on Thursday.

Cornwall supporters
A big crowd is expected at Camborne Rugby Club on Saturday

Snowdonia mountain death: Exmouth man John Wynne 'adored' say family

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The family of a "beloved" father of three who died after falling on a Snowdonia mountain say they are "shocked and devastated". 

John Wynne

Father-of-three John Wynne, 61, from Exmouth, was head of finance at Exeter-based investment managers Hawskmoor which called him "universally popular". 

Mr Wynne was with his 23-year-old daughter when he fell while descending Tryfan near Capel Curig. 

He had worked in the finance sector in Bermuda, Ireland and the UK. 

His family said in a statement that Mr Wynne, originally from Carlow, Ireland, "adored his family" and had been enjoying a weekend walking in Snowdonia. 

"We are so thankful for all the prayers, love and support from wonderful family and friends who are also feeling such a great loss," they said.