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Summary

  1. Teacher injured in schoolground playground by airgun pellet
  2. Negotiations continue to lead Cornwall Council
  3. Major campaign to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on farms launched
  4. First day of the Devon County Show 2017
  5. Updates on Thursday 18 May 2017

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Rob England

BBC News Online

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later, which will have more on Day One of the Devon County Show, and we'll be covering the show again tomorrow.

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

Forget a gingerbread house, how about Shaun the Sheep's potato house?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

House
BBC

We've all heard of a gingerbread house, but how about a potato house?

This fantastic effort from Lifton Farm Shop comes complete with cauliflower sheep and an onion-paved footpath.

It's based on children's TV favourite Shaun the Sheep, with Shaun himself taking centre stage in one of our pictures here.

It's scooped the large gold medal for trade exhibitors. I think we can say that's not baaaaaadd.

Sheep
BBC

Latest weather: Isolated showers overnight, and a mixed Friday

BBC Weather

Some clear spells are likely overnight, along with isolated showers. It will be rather chilly too. Minimum temperature: 8C (43F).

Friday will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of which could turn heavy and possibly thundery. The north coast will tend to see the fewest number of showers. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Weather
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Exeter City: Matt Oakley to retire at end of season

BBC Sport

Matt Oakley
Rex Features

Exeter City's former Southampton midfielder Matt Oakley has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old has made 694 career appearances, reaching the 2003 FA Cup final with the Saints and winning promotion with Derby and Leicester.

He has been at the Devon side since an initial loan spell in 2011, playing 172 times without scoring a goal.

"He's been a great servant to Exeter in the five-and-a-half years he's been at the club," said manager Paul Tisdale.

Weatherman David Braine faces the elements at the Devon County Show

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We'll have the latest forecast before 18:00.

Chiefs tackle cheese congratulations cake

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A cheese cake has been made for Exeter Chiefs to wish them good luck for their Premiership semi-final match on Saturday.

It comes completed with a chiefs' headdress on the top.

Cheese
BBC
Cheese
BBC

The cutest guests at Devon County Show?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

I was hanging out with these little guys at the Devon Cavy Club tent at Devon County Show.

Guinea Pig
BBC

I'm learning already - a male guinea pig is called a boar and a female is a sow. They can live for four to six years.

They're sociable animals so unless you're going to spend a lot of time handling your pet you should keep two to keep each other company.

Guinea Pig
BBC

High flyers at Devon County Show

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

In the pigeon tent, the birds looked relaxed after a day of judging.

Pigeons
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Pigeons
BBC

Lace making at the Devon County Show

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Judy and Sylvia have the amazingly intricate job of making lace.

Lace
BBC
Lace
BBC

I had a quick lesson and completed one row on this snake bookmark - and my brain started hurting very quickly!

Lib Dems and Independents in Cornwall having 'positive discussions'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Liberal Democrat group in Cornwall says it is had positive discussions with Independents over possibly forming a new administration on Cornwall Council.

Lib Deb Adam Paynter said seven councillors from his party and the Independent group had been discussing various scenarios.

As it stands, 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 since the election.

Children's Summer Club jointly wins Prince of Wales prize

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Children's Summer Club in Barnstaple has jointly won this year's Prince of Wales Award at the Devon County Show.

The club, run entirely by volunteers, means that children aged from eight to 16 can take part in everything from sport and outdoor activities to carnival entries, drama productions, arts and crafts, day trips, cinema, bowling, skating and theatre trips.

Children's Summer Club
Children's Summer Club

The children are also encouraged to put something back into the local community, and take part in litter-picking, forestry, creating murals and putting on entertainments for residents.

Children's Summer Club
Children's Summer Club

Secretary of the club Christine Brennan said: "It is wonderful to receive recognition for the work of the club. The award will help raise our profile and, hopefully, attract new members and volunteers, and encourage networking with other community organisations.

"We will use the prize-money to subsidise activities for local young people."

Election 2017: Cornwall and Devon top searchers for vote registering information

Daniel Wainwright

BBC Data Unit, English Regions

Voting chart
BBC

Voters have been turning to Google for help in deciding who to back in the general election, and to find out how to register to vote.

Data released to BBC News reveals the biggest interest in registering to vote in the UK came from Cornwall.

Pendeen in St Ives topped the list, followed by Ponsanooth in Camborne and Redruth. Whimple in East Devon was fourth on the list.

People have until Monday, 22 May to to register.

Cornwall rugby 'makes me tick', says coach

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall rugby coach Graham Dawe says being part of the county setup is "an honour".

Graham Dawe
BBC

Cornwall play Hertfordshire on Saturday for a place in the County Championship final.

Dawe has coached the Black and Gold to three finals, winning the last two in 2015 and 2016.

He told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I love my rugby. I love being part of it. It helps make me tick, I think. I feel very privileged myself that I’m involved in supporting the county, and long may it continue."

Devon County Show: The royal connection

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Prince Charles
BBC

As we saw earlier, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was at the Devon County Show to visit, and hers is the latest of many's a royal presence.

The Queen's first outing after acceding to the throne was to visit the Devon County Show in 1952.

She visited again in 1995, and was patron of the show from 1952 to 2001, when she was succeeded by the Prince of Wales.

HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall came to the show as their first public outing following their marriage in 2005.

RBS settlement has left business couple feeling 'gutted'

BBC Business News

A couple say they still feel "gutted" after settling with Royal Bank of Scotland for allegedly mis-selling them a financial insurance product.

Mike and Diane Hockin, from Plymouth, had been claiming £30m in damages after losing their property business in 2012.

Mr Hockin told the BBC's Wake up to Money that he had wanted to expose the bank on behalf of other small businesses, but felt he had to settle.

RBS has admitted no liability and the final amount has not been disclosed.

Video of care home resident enjoying music therapy receives more than 20k views

BBC Radio Cornwall

A video of a care home resident in Falmouth enjoying a music therapy session has received thousands of views on social media.

Joyce Williams, who had dementia, died earlier this year but her family agreed to release the film to raise awareness about how music could help people with the condition.

Ms Williams was being cared for during the last part of her life at Falmouth's Langholme Care Home.

Before she became ill, she loved music and dancing and working with the charity that runs the home, MHA. Music therapy sessions were arranged and Joyce was filmed enjoying the experience, the original post receiving more than 20,000 views.

You can see the video here:

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Tory group leader says Cornwall cabinet 'must reflect votes after elections'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Conservative group leader Phil Seeva has said that, despite having the most seats, the Tories may still end up in opposition because of the Independent group's refusal to co-operate with their manifesto.

He added that this would not be "what the people of Cornwall voted for".

The party has 46 out of 122 seats after the most recent council election.

We felt we needed a split of six-four in our favour on the cabinet. Now that, I believe, reflects what people have voted for in this county."

Councillor Phil SeevaConservative Party

There are also food bests in show, not just the animals

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cheese
BBC

It started raining at the Devon County Show I hate to admit. But where better was there to take shelter than in the food tent?

I stumbled across the award-winning cheeses and ciders, as well as stalls from dozens of local food producers.

Yummy!

Cider
BBC

Devon County Show: Rare breeds on display

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There are thousands of animals here today, entering hundreds of separate competitions.

From bees to ewes, and guinea pigs to cows, there's plenty to see, and will be for the next couple of days too.

Sheep
BBC
Sheep
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All aboard!

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Some of the many school groups at the Devon County Show enjoyed hitching a round on the train.

All aboard!

Train
BBC

Showjumping attracts the crowds

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The showjumping was a popular event this afternoon.

Crowds enjoyed the sunshine - perfect weather for the show before some cloud came over later

Show
BBC
Show
BBC

Train hits road signs put on track at Yeoford

BBC Radio Devon

A train hit road signs placed on the track at Yeoford station in Devon, British Transport Police have said.

It happened at about 06:15 on Monday 15 May as the 05:50 Great Western Railway service between Exeter St David's and Barnstaple was passing through Yeoford.

As the train went around a bend, the driver noticed the signs on the tracks but couldn't stop, police said.

It is believed the signs were put on the tracks between 01:30 and 06:15 the same morning. Officers have launched an investigation and appealed for witnesses.

road signs
BTP

Trains travel at high speeds, and objects such as road signs have the potential to cause significant damage to a train or at worst, derail them. It is miraculous that nobody was seriously injured or killed as a result of one person’s careless and utterly stupid behaviour."

Sergeant David MannionBritish Transport Police
Yeoford station
Google

Cornwall council still 'in limbo' without leader after elections

BBC Radio Cornwall

Fourteen days after the local elections, Cornwall Council remains without an administration or leader.

The result left no party with enough councillors to take overall control. Despite taking 46 seats, the Conservatives have so far failed to win the backing of the Independent group, to give them a working majority.

They could form a minority administration, but talks are also under way between the second largest group - the Liberal Democrats - and the Independents, who said they hoped to reach an agreement by close of play tomorrow.

The leader of Mebyon Kernow, Dick Cole, whose party retained four seats on the council, said some mistakes had been made during negotiations.

cornwall council chamber
BBC

It certainly doesn't give other people faith in what's happening. I think the Conservatives in their negotiations have made some pretty fundamental blunders, like asking a different group to sign up to your manifesto."

Councillor Dick ColeMebyon Kernow

Back to the animals: At the cow wash...

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Ever wondered how you wash cattle?

There's a cow version of a power shower behind the cattle arena here at Devon County Show.

They all looked nice and relaxed during their pamper session!

Cows
BBC
Cows
BBC

It's not just animals at the show, there are classic vehicles too

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Devon County Show isn't just farm animals, there's displays of classic cars, farm vehicles and steam-powered exhibits.

Cars
BBC
Tractors
BBC

Shire horses in main arena

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Shore horses are now taking to the stage in the main arena.

The weather might look a bit gloomy but these beautiful horses are brightening up the day!

Horses
BBC
Horses
BBC

Sick of all these puns? Alpaca my bags...

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The alpacas are being judged over on Road 9 at the Devon County Show.

One has even decided to sit down while the judge mulled over his decision.

Alpaca
BBC

Devon County Show: Live forging competition - this contest heats up

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The live forging competition has been under way, where competitors have 30 minutes to make a sellable item to a specified design.

Good luck, guys!

Forging
BBC

Devon County Show: Countess of Wessex visits the BBC South West tent

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Justin Leigh and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
BBC

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has visited the BBC South West tent at the Devon County Show.

She spoke to presenter Justin Leigh and you can see more of her visit on Spotlight tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

Justin Leigh and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
BBC
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
BBC

Prince of Wales Award jointly won by Crediton Community Bookshop

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Crediton Community Bookshop has jointly won this year's Prince of Wales Award at the Devon County Show

The shop's aim is to promote literacy and literature and to foster a love of reading among children.

Crediton Community Bookshop
Crediton Community Bookshop

Judges said they were particularly impressed by the fact that the bookshop's outreach programme took in many very small schools in rural areas, as well as large secondary schools.

Crediton Community Bookshop
Crediton Community Bookshop

Manager Dee Lalljee said they were honoured to be joint winners: "We are very proud of this recognition for our schools outreach programme, and the talented and passionate team of volunteers who make this happen."

Both the bookshop and fellow joint winner the Children's Summer Club in Barnstaple will receive £500 and a framed certificate.

Police treating airgun incident at school 'seriously'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police say they are treating a teacher being struck with an airgun pellet at a school in Exeter as a serious incident.

Police received the report on Tuesday afternoon that the female staff member was hit "by the pellet from an air rifle" on a playground in the rear yard of St Wilfrid's School on St David's Hill.

The teacher suffered minor injuries and none of the children present were reported to have been harmed.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they currently had no suspects. The force added that officers would be continuing house-to-house enquiries and carrying out additional visible police patrols in the area to reassure the local community.

playground
BBC

Police are treating this incident seriously, although we have limited lines of enquiry. The location is overlooked by around 30 bedsits or flats. However, it is not clear if it came from those locations."

Devon and Cornwall Police

The history of Devon County Show

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Devon County Show
BBC
  • The Devon County Show was born in 1872 during a meeting of leading agriculturalists
  • They formed the Devon County Agricultural Association – to bring the countryside to the town – and the first show was held that year
  • It was held at Victoria Park, now Exeter School playing fields
  • The show attracted a crowd of 25,000 and 500 animals exhibited
  • In 1956, the decision was taken to acquire a permanent site and the first show was held at Whipton, Exeter
  • Princess Alexandra visited the show which was hit by heavy hail storms
  • In 1990, the show moved to its current – and much larger – permanent showground at Westpoint, Exeter

Election 2017: People turn to Google for help ahead of election

Daniel Wainwright

BBC Data Unit, English Regions

Google page
BBC

Voters have been turning to Google for help in deciding who to back in the general election.

Data released to BBC News reveals the areas of the UK where "who should I vote for" was the most popular request.

There has also been a rise in searches for "register to vote" ahead of Monday's deadline, with areas in Devon and Cornwall using the search engine the most for such information.

People have until Monday, 22 May to register to vote.

To hull and back: Road blocked by boat

Devon County Show: Will it bee a sting from the judges?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Honey
BBC

In the Bee and Honey Exhibit, Susan is checking honey for granulation while working out what to mark the exhibits.

They include honey, beeswax candles and mead.

Honey
BBC

Sheep shearing a 'fascinating skill'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Today's sheep shearing competitions have been under way.

Each competitor has three sheep to shear by hand.

It's a "fascinating, dexterous and demanding skill", according to the commentator here.

Sheep
BBC

Spotlight live at Devon County Show

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Spotlight has been live from Devon County Show.

Presenter Victoria Graham was reporting from the BBC marquee, overlooking the showjumping ground.

Spotlight
BBC
Spotlight
BBC

School playground stays out of bounds after airgun pellet hits teacher

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A school playground where a teacher was struck by an airgun pellet will stay out of bounds to children at least until Monday says the headteacher.

Ross Bovingdon
BBC

The female teacher was hit in the chest by the pellet in the playground of St Wilfrid's School in Exeter on Tuesday.

Ross Bovingdon, headteacher designate, said: "The pellet hit the backboard and rebounded onto the teacher.

"The teacher reacted straight away and ordered the children inside and alerted the police straight away.

"Our main priority was making everyone safe."

The bear that boldly went where no bear-dy had gone before

Rob England

BBC News Online

A mascot sent up to the edge of space before being washed out to sea has been found, in Bude.

The mascot, from Cornwall's Pool Academy, Buzz the Bear, was strapped onto a helium weather balloon and sent 20 miles up into space last Friday to capture images of the school and its surroundings.

space
Pool Academy

The space mission, called Project Infinity, was a success despite the "cloudy and windy weather conditions" said the school.

Buzz was placed in a box with a camera, which took photographs every minute, and tracked by a GPS, so he could be picked up from wherever he landed.

But Buzz's future was far from certain as "gusts at lower altitudes took him out to sea off Boscastle", Phil Jones from the school said.

Buzz and his box
Pool Academy

Luckily, after landing in the ocean, Buzz was washed up, with his equipment intact on the beach at Bude.

Mr Jones said he was found "by a lady with her metal detector".

Devon County Show 'could see record turnout of farmers due to Brexit'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Rural commentator Anthony Gibson predicts farmers will turnout in exceptionally high numbers at the Devon County Show.

Mr Gibson said uncertain times triggered by Brexit would attract the farming community.

I think we could see a record turnout of farmers in modern times - partly because of all of that, partly because everyone’s either up together or ahead of the game with their farm work - thanks to the wonderfully dry April - and partly because there’ll be more than ever for farmers to see, talk about and buy. There’ll be plenty of discussion at the show, which is the first major show since Article 50 was triggered."

Anthony GibsonRural commentator