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  1. Murder arrest after Marazion woman disappears
  2. Police still to complete vetting of officers and PSCOs
  3. Liberal Democrats and Independents seek to lead Cornwall Council administration
  4. Driver admits killing woman in St Minver crash
  5. Exeter City book a place at Wembley
  6. Day two of the Devon County Show at Westpoint
  7. Updates on Friday 19 May

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By Rob England

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Our coverage across Devon and Cornwall

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later, which will have more on Day Two of the Devon County Show.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Devon County Show: Groovy catwalk snaps from shows gone by

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

While there isn't so much much of a catwalk at the Devon County Show these days, it did see parades of the latest fashions in the past.

Check out these snaps from the 1960s, when top models would visit the show and strut their stuff.

The show finishes on Saturday.

DCS fashion show in the 1960s
DCS fashion show in the 1960s

Latest weather: Showers continuing

BBC Weather

A few showers are likely to persist overnight, but most places will stay dry. Clear spells and light winds will allow temperatures to fall and some mist or fog patches to form. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Saturday will be another day of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers locally heavy with a risk of thunder, but tending to ease through the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).


Rugby: World Cup winner Dawson backs Cornwall

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

England’s rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson says he’s backing Cornwall to win their County Championship match against Hertfordshire.

Matt Dawson

The Black and Gold are aiming to reach their fifth Twickenham final in a row.

Dawson told BBC Radio Cornwall: "Back in the day, when I was growing up, Cornwall were one of those counties always playing in finals. I wish them all the luck in the world.

"I’m now supporting Cornwall at the weekend as opposed to anybody else."

Football: Exeter turnaround 'poetic' - Wheeler

BBC Sport

David Wheeler
Rex Features

Forward David Wheeler says the contrast in Exeter City's fortunes this season is "poetic" after reaching the League Two play-off final.

The Devon club went bottom of the table after a last-gasp 3-2 loss at Carlislein November, 17 games into the season.

But they beat the same opponents by the same score in similar circumstances to seal a trip to Wembley on 28 May.

"To come back the way we have and get to within a game of going up to League One is just incredible," Wheeler said.

"When it was Carlisle away in November - probably our darkest time - we were trying to get back into things, get out of the relegation zone, and then we lost at the death.

"To contrast that feeling to this is poetic."

'Horsing around' expected this weekend

BBC Spotlight

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend one of Cornwall's free events this weekend.

Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

There will be polo demonstrations and horse jousting all weekend, as well as the main competition matches featuring some of the World's top players.

The three-day event also includes live music, a firework display and a dog show.


Cornish wine given 'protected status' in Europe

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dry white wine made in Cornwall has achieved protected status in Europe.

Darnibole, made by the Camel Valley Vineyard, will join the Cornish pasty and clotted cream as a product that can't be reproduced elsewhere.

It joins a list of more than 1,750 wines already protected in Europe.

Murder arrest after woman disappears

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 22-year-old man from the Marazion area near Penzance has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a woman, police say.

Thirty-two-year-old Kirsty Noden has not been seen by neighbours since January. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were "alerted after receiving a concern for welfare call from a member of public via another police force".

Police have appealed for information in trying to trace Ms Noden, also known as Kirby. She is described as white, of heavy build about 5ft 8ins tall. She has dark brown hair and a northern accent.

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Suitcase murder trial: Timeline

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Bulgarian man who murdered his ex-partner has been jailed for life. We follow what happened during the case:

  • 4 August 2016: 38 year-old Gergana Prodanova is last seen on Sidwell Street in Exeter and then reported missing on 8 August by colleagues after she fails to turn up for work
  • 14 August: Devon and Cornwall Police launch a murder investigation with about 30 officers. Shortly after, her ex-partner, 43-year-old Bulgarian Kostadin Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, is charged with murder
  • 16 August: Forensic officers recover Ms Prodanova's remains on waste ground off Blackall Road in Exeter. It takes two weeks to confirm the remains are hers
Gergana Prodanova
Devon and Cornwall Police
  • 20 April 2017: Kostadin Kostov appears at Exeter Crown Court. A jury hears the pair had a "complex and troubling relationship". It is also told that Kostov had used violence against her on a number of occasions. The trial also hears Kostov may have killed her out of jealously of a new relationship she was in
Kostadin Kostov
Devon and Cornwall Police
  • 21 April: The jury hears Kostov disguised himself in a baseball cap and dragged her body through Exeter city centre. CCTV footage shows a man struggling to haul a suitcase at 05:00 on 7 August, three days after Ms Prodanova's death. The jury is told about 19 CCTV sightings of a man with a baseball cap and an "uncanny resemblance" to the defendant. He denies it is him during the trial
  • 19 May: The jury convicts Kostov of murder at Exeter Crown Court. He's given a life sentence, with the judge recommending he serve a minimum of 19 years

Rugby: Armand and Waldrom back for Exeter semi-final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs back-rowers Thomas Waldrom and Don Armand are among three players to return after injury for their Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park tomorrow.

Phil Dollman is the other to return, with England international Henry Slade recalled to the bench, but wing Olly Woodburn misses out altogether.

Don Armand
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"We've talked for a long time this season about what it would take to become champions, and one of the things you've got to be prepared to do is either beat the team that beat Saracens or beat Saracens yourself," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Spotlight.

New tobacco rules apply from tomorrow

Rob England

BBC News Online

Trading Standards services across the South West are reminding tobacco retailers that, as of 20 May, all tobacco products being sold must be in plain packaging.

The law was changed last year when the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 came into force, and retailers were given a year to sell old stock. That deadline expires tonight.

From tomorrow, it will be illegal to sell packs that do not comply with new rules.

Devon County Show: Did that police drone shrink in the wash?

Man left with 'serious injuries' after Looe crash

Rob England

BBC News Online

An elderly man has been taken by air ambulance to hospital with serious chest and arm injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Looe, police said.

A Citroen saloon and a Ford Ranger collided on Polperro Road, near Oaklands Caravan Park, at about 12:20.

The man, trapped in the Citreon, was freed by firefighters and reported to be conscious and breathing before being taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Suitcase murder: Gergana Prodanova killer struggled to haul luggage containing body

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Disguised in a baseball cap, Kostadin Kostov is seen on CCTV dragging a suitcase containing the corpse of his former partner through several main streets in Exeter under cover of darkness.

The Bulgarian cleaner killed 38-year-old Gergana Prodanova and put her body into the case last August.

The images are captured at about 05:00 BST on 7 August - three days after the killing - and shown at his trial at Exeter Crown Court. They show a figure struggling to haul the luggage and occasionally stopping to catch his breath.

Kostov, described as "jealous and controlling" by prosecutors, then dumped Ms Prodanova's body next to a railway. It was found almost two weeks later when a worker noticed a foul smell coming from an embankment, jurors were told.

Kostov denied murder and had claimed the man on CCTV was not him, but he was found guilty by a jury.

Kostadin Kostov on CCTV
Devon and Cornwall Police

Jailed former PCSO 'would have been rejected if correctly vetted'

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

A BBC investigation has found that a Devon and Cornwall Police Community Support Officer who was jailed for misconduct would never have been employed if he had gone through the current vetting policy.

According to data obtained by the BBC from Freedom of Information requests, about 14,000 police officers from forces across England and Wales were found to be similarly working without background checks.


Peter Bunyan was a PCSO employed by Devon and Cornwall Police. He was jailed for misconduct in 2013 after a court heard he used the police database as a "dating agency" and turned down his police radio on shifts while he had sex with women.

Peter Bunyan
Devon and Cornwall Media

He was employed in 2003, three years before Devon and Cornwall Police set up its central vetting unit, and nine years before the Association of Chief Police Officers' National Vetting Policy was introduced.

A subsequent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that, if Bunyan had gone through the current vetting policy used by the force, he "would have been rejected".

In October 2016, Bunyan was jailed for 24 years for raping two girls aged between three and five.

Devon County Show: More animal magic

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Cornwall Council: Liberal Democrats and Independents 'seek to form a joint administration'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council

Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council say they and the Independent group have "come to an agreement this afternoon to seek to form a joint administration".

The Lib Dems said the proposals would be put to the annual meeting of the full council on Tuesday.

The Conservative group has 46 out of the 122 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats as their nearest rivals with 37 seats, followed by 30 Independent councillors.

Negotiations around forming an administration broke down between the Independents and the Conservatives after the election.

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Community group promotes 'pop-up' retailers in Penzance

BBC Radio Cornwall

A community group in Penzance is trying to address the large number of empty premises in the town centre by encouraging the opening of more pop-up shops.

But Maria McEwen, co-director of Pop-Up Penzance, said negotiating with landlords to use empty shops could be difficult.

We think that the retail side of high streets has changed ... We're not trying to get back to what it used to be, but we think there is an opportunity to have much more social interaction and community organisations, and art and culture, and other exciting things happening in what were shops."

Maria McEwen

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after fire in flat

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 21-year-old man from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a flat fire this morning in Plymouth.

Police were alerted by the fire service at 03:40 to the blaze on Union Street.

The first floor flat and a neighbouring one had to be evacuated, according to police, and the surrounding road was closed.

A 21-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested after being located nearby, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers added that they were remaining at the property as fire investigators carried out enquiries to determine the circumstances.

Suitcase murder: Kostadin Kostov given life sentence for killing Gergana Prodanova

Rob England

BBC News Online

Kostadin Kostov
Devon and Cornwall Police

A Bulgarian man who murdered his ex-partner has been jailed for life.

Cleaner Kostadin Kostov killed 38-year-old Gergana Prodanova and put her body into a suitcase after killing her in Exeter last August.

The trial at Exeter Crown Court, which lasted more than four weeks, heard that the evidence against Kostadin Kostov was "overwhelming".

It included CCTV footage of him dragging a suitcase with the remains of Ms Prodanova. through the city.

The judge recommended the 43-year-old Bulgarian, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, serve a minimum of 19 years in prison.

Woman who died after car plunged into Redruth lake named

Rob England

BBC News Online

Stithians Lake

A woman who died when her car plunged into a lake after a crash at Hillside near Stithians Lake (pictured), Carnmenellis, Redruth, has been named, according to police.

The woman has been formally identified as 29-year-old Hazel Brown from Redruth.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 20:50 on Tuesday 16 May. Ms Brown, who was driving, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Police closed the road for five-and-a-half hours while forensic work was carried out. Officers have appealed appealing for witnesses.

Suitcase murder: Killer who dragged body through Exeter due to be sentenced later

Rob England

BBC News Online

A killer who wore a disguise when he dragged the body of his ex-partner through Exeter city centre hidden in a suitcase is expected to be sentenced later at Exeter Crown Court.

Kostadin Kostov was found guilty of the murder of Gergana Prodanova earlier. The 43-year-old Bulgarian from Exeter had denied having anything to do with the killing

Previously, a jury at Exeter Crown Court saw CCTV footage of Kostov hauling a suitcase around the city centre, three days after her death.

The court also heard that Kostov searched the internet to find out how long it would take for a body to decompose.

Kostadin Kostov
Devon and Cornwall Police

A39 closed at Carland Cross

BBC News Travel

The A39 is closed at Carland Cross and there is slow traffic due to an accident at A30 in the area.

Tributes paid to popular football referee who suffered heart attack during match

Devon Live

Tributes have been paid to much-loved Plymouth referee Mike Gleed, who died this week at the age of 66.

Road crash on A390 in Truro

BBC News Travel

In Truro, there are reports of an accident on the A390 Green Lane at A39 Arch Hill and Falmouth Road. Approach with care

Cornwall affected by County Championship appeal

James Law

BBC Sport

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Hertfordshire, Cornwall's main rivals as they attempt to reach the final of the County Championship, have had their points deduction for fielding an ineligible player reduced to two points.

They were initially docked four points, but have had their punishment lowered after an appeal last night.

Graham Dawe's Cornwall side will reach Twickenham if they beat Hertfordshire at Camborne tomorrow.

Ex-Newcastle youth coach from Devon faces sex charges

BBC News England

Former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond has been charged with 29 sex offences, police have said.

The 61-year-old, of Newton Abbot, Devon, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1973 and 1998.

He is due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 9 June, Northumbria Police said.

The charges followed an investigation into "non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community", the force added.

Severe accident: A387 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A387 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Parker Cross and Barcelona Cross.

A387 Cornwall - A387 in Polperro closed in both directions between the Parker Cross junction and the Barcelona Cross junction, because of a serious accident.

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

BreakingSuitcase murderer found guilty

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A jilted lover who dragged his former partner's body round a city in a suitcase has been convicted of murder.

Cleaner Kostadin Kostov killed 38-year-old Gergana Prodanova and put her body into a suitcase in Exeter last August.

Exeter Crown Court heard he got angry when Ms Prodanova started a relationship with fellow Bulgarian Tihomir Todorov.

Kostov, 43, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.

Gergana Prodanova
Devon and Cornwall Police

Zennor the churchgoing dog given award

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dalmatian dog who regularly goes to church has been given a special attendance award.

Zennor, who is 11-years-old, has been going to Balwest Methodist Church, near Helston in Cornwall, since she was four.

Her owners said simple things like bringing pets to church could bring joy to people's lives.

Rugby: Trelawny's Army to air their support for Cornwall

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Cornwall's rugby team face Hertfordshire at Camborne tomorrow in the Bill Beaumont Cup, knowing that a win will take them back to Twickenham to defend the trophy they have held for the past two seasons.

The Black and Gold are so far unbeaten in this season's competition.

Live in the studio from 13:05, we'll have Phil Trevarton, chairman of Trelawny's Army Supporters Club, and Roger Watson, the secretary of the Cornwall Rugby Football Union.

Driver admits killing woman in St Minver

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man from London has admitted killing a woman from Cornwall by careless driving, but has denied a more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Jonathan Kane, 51, of Flood Street, Chelsea, killed Catherine Bailey in St Minver, north Cornwall, on 18 July 2016.

He ran her over in a Land Rover and is alleged to have then ditched his car at Exeter railway station and got on a train to London, Truro Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by careless driving, one count of causing death by driving whilst unlicensed or uninsured, and one count of dangerous driving. He denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard those pleas were not acceptable to the prosecution, and the case was adjourned until 31 October. He is currently on bail.

Three-car collision leaves mother and child injured

Rob England

BBC News Online

A three-car collision on Tuesday left a woman and a young child injured, police said.

A blue Volkswagen Golf, a silver Volkswagen Golf and a black Jeep were all involved in the collision on the A389 Washaway, between Bodmin and Wadebridge, at about 18:00.

The driver of the blue Golf was also taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with minor injuries. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Suitcase murder trial: Jury goes out in case Gergana Prodanova death case

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Gergana Prodanova
Devon and Cornwall Police

The jury in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend has gone out to consider its verdict.

Kostadin Kostov is accused of murdering 38-year-old Bulgarian Gergana Prodanova.

Exeter Crown Court heard that the 43-year-old, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, dragged his ex-partner's body through Exeter city centre in a suitcase in darkness before dumping her next to a railway in August 2016.

He denies killing the mother of their three children, whose body was found nearly two weeks after she disappeared.

Power cut in Plymouth

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The blackout, around the Millbay area, was believed to have hit about 1,650 customers, Western Power said.

Football: Exeter City on the way to Wembley ...and maybe League One

BBC Sport

Exeter City have booked their place at Wembley and are now just one game away from promotion to League One.

There were jubilant scenes at St James Park last night after a dramatic game that saw Carlisle equalise in the final minutes, only for the Grecians to win 3-2 in stoppage time. They'll now face Blackpool at Wembley on Sunday 28 May.

exeter city

Fire service warns of 'tea towel spontaneous combustion' after rugby club fire

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire service has issued a statement warning about the possibility of "the spontaneous combustion of tea towels" after a fire at the Exeter Chiefs' rugby ground last week.

Crews were called to Sandy Park in the early morning of Thursday 11 May and extinguished the fire in the kitchen on the ground floor.

According to the fire service, spontaneous combustion of tea towels could occur when organic oil residue remained in the material after washing and they were then folded and stored in piles while still hot from the tumble drier.

Watch Manager Gareth Sydenham, from Devon & Somerset Fire, said: "It may sound like a strange phenomenon, but is actually more common than you might think."

He added: "Make sure you do your wash at the right temperature, usually above 90C, with the appropriate detergent to remove any oil based contaminants."

More advice can be found here.

Devon County Show: Droning on about police aircraft

Cornwall rugby look ahead to Hertfordshire match

BBC Sport

Cornwall's rugby team face Hertfordshire at Camborne tomorrow in the Bill Beaumont Cup.

A win will take them back to Twickenham to defend the trophy they have held for the past two seasons.

The Black and Gold are so far unbeaten in this season's competition.

Captain Jake Murphy said the credit for their success so far belonged to the whole squad:

It's down to the boys rather than me. It's the 23 that have taken to the pitch in the past couple of weeks that have done all the hard work. These are the moments, as captain, that you enjoy and make the most of, because you never know what's around the corner."

Jake MurphyCaptain, Cornwall Rugby Team