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Summary

  1. Armed robbery: Police hunt continues in Hayle
  2. Man appears in court charged with the murder of his partner
  3. Co-op fined £400k for man's death after Truro store fall
  4. Seagull shot with crossbow
  5. Sacked digger driver's £100k revenge wrecking spree
  6. Man Tasered and arrested after becoming 'extremely violent' with police
  7. Students encouraged to register to vote
  8. Saltash Tunnel to close for fibre optic cable works
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

Help asked to boost numbers of rare Tamar Valley butterfly

BBC Spotlight

Heath fritillary butterfly. Pic: Ben Kiteley
Ben Kiteley

People in Devon and Cornwall are being asked to help boost numbers of a rare butterfly found in just four places in the UK - including the Tamar Valley.

The heath fritillary butterfly has suffered significant declines in the last 4 years, with numbers falling by nearly 90%.

The Butterfly Conservation charity said it was calling for people to get involved in a project to create woodland clearings favoured by the insect, as well as helping with survey work.

Will Dartmoor's new public trail campaign be otterly successful?

BBC Radio Devon

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If you're on Dartmoor over the summer, look out for Colin the Rescue Otter and his friends.

One hundred sculptures are being uniquely decorated with designs from 100 selected artists, and are set to be placed on and around Dartmoor, creating a trail for the public to explore before being auctioned off.

The Moor Otters Project said it aimed to raise about £100,000 for projects to conserve and enhance Dartmoor's landscape.

World Surfing Games: Tokyo Olympics 'can boost GB surfing' - Luke Dillon

BBC Sport

Britain's number one surfer Luke Dillon says the Olympic Games is a chance for the sport to grow its appeal in the UK.

Luke Dillon
BBC

This week, the sport holds its first world championships since its Olympic debut was confirmed for Tokyo 2020.

"We're on the back foot compared to other countries but we're getting better the last few years," Newquay-based Dillon told BBC Sport.

"With inclusion in the Olympics hopefully the sport will rise and we'll get up there soon," he added.

Surfing awarded place at Tokyo 2020 Dillon, 22, was a prodigious junior before joining the senior professional tour at the start of 2016.

The Newquay man broke into the world's top 150 in his rookie season and hopes to push into the top 100 in the next year before ultimately appearing for GB at the Tokyo Games.

Exeter road closing overnight for widening works

BBC Radio Devon

Bridge Road in Exeter will be closed overnight tonight, and for the next three nights, for widening works.

The final sections of steel work for the Countess Wear pedestrian and cycle bridge are being installed and the road was to be closed to allow a large crane to set up safely, highways bosses said.

Diversions will be in place.

Bridge Road. Pic: Google
Google

Woman lost in dense gorse on Dartmoor

Co-op wet floor slip death 'shows risks need to be adequately controlled'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Truro Co-op
BBC

The death of a man after he slipped on water that leaked from a faulty sandwich chiller in a Truro shop "demonstrates the importance of slip risks being adequately controlled", Cornwall Council says.

The Co-op has been fined £400,000 over the death of 74-year-old Stanley May, who died after hitting his head on the floor in the Co-op supermarket in Truro in July 2015.

The only control method was a "wet floor" sign, the council said.

The Co-operative Group Ltd, which previously pleaded guilty of failing to protect customers under health and safety law, said the death was "a matter of utmost regret". It was also ordered to pay costs of £50,000.

Sarah-Jane Brown, from the council's Business Regulatory Support team, said: "It should serve a warning to the retail industry, and particularly supermarkets, that signage alone is not an adequate control. Proactive measures must be taken to either prevent floors becoming slippery or precluding public access."

Van driver suffers 'life-threatening injuries' in A361 crash with lorry

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A van driver has suffered sustained "serious, potentially life-threatening injuries" in a collision with a lorry on the A361 in north Devon, police say.

The road was blocked by crash between the van and a lorry at Moortown Cross at about 12:40, affecting traffic between Tiverton and Barnstaple. Both the male drivers had to be cut free from their vehclces.

The van driver, the only person in his vehicle, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance. The lorry driver sustained a serious arm injury and was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in a second air ambulance. A passenger in the lorry suffered minor injuries and was described as walking wounded.

The road is closed and diversions are in place. Police have advised motorists to avoid the area

Latest weather: Getting cloudier

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Staying dry and mild overnight with some clear spells at first, before low cloud and coastal fog pushes in from the southwest during the early hours. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

It will remain rather cloudy through Tuesday, with some low cloud possibly bringing some light drizzle over Dartmoor. Meanwhile, it will be drier elsewhere, with some bright spells, although it won't feel as warm as Monday. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Digger driver warned 'I will tear the place up'

A digger driver caused more than £100,000 damage on a building site he had worked on after saying "I swear blind I will come back and tear the place up", a court heard.

Forty-one-year-old Rory Doyle's wrecking spree included him damaging a road, demolishing a lamp post and digging up drains on the site at Chivenor Cross, near Braunton, in April 2016.

Exeter Crown Court heard he was angry because he had been sacked over a dispute with his foreman, who he accused of bullying him. The total cost of the spree included a £22,000 penalty payment the contractors incurred for overrunning, it was also told.

Doyle, of Waterloo Road, Torquay, admitted criminal damage and was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years. Defending, Greg Richardson, said Doyle was a hard-working man and the only breadwinner for his family who would suffer if he went to jail.

Seagull shot with crossbow in a 'heartless attack'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Shot seagull. Pic: RSPCA
RSPCA

A seagull has been put down after being shot with a crossbow in what has been called a "heartless attack".

The RSPCA said the bird was found with the bolt through its body on an industrial estate in St Austell last Wednesday. It was spotted by workers who noticed the injured bird was unable to fly away.

Shot seagull. Pic: RSPCA
RSPCA

It was taken to a vet "who sadly found that the injuries were too severe to make a recovery", the charity said. "The bird was put to sleep to prevent further suffering", it added.

Animal Collection Officer Peter Ferris said: “It’s a sad thought that somebody would shoot an animal for no reason and just leave it to suffer."

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal - except under licence - to take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs.

Shepherd urges Cornwall to 'nullify' Lancashire in final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Scrum-half Matt Shepherd says Cornwall must "nullify" Lancashire if they are to beat them in Sunday's County Championship final at Twickenham.

Cornwall beat Hertfordshire 45-28 on Saturday to top their pool and stay on course for a third title in a row.

Matt Shepherd
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"We know what they bring. They've got a good coaching setup and obviously they know what we can bring," Shepherd told BBC Radio Cornwall. "It's a battle because we know last time we played them it was 18-13, so we're looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Hayle armed robbery: 33-year-old local man in custody

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after a raid on a shop in Cornwall, police say.

Hayle Spar
BBC

Hayle's Spar store was cordoned off after the robbery at about 07:45 when a man wearing a helmet entered the Spar shop and claimed to have a shotgun.

It's thought he made off with about £100 in cash. No-one was injured.

Police said the local man was arrested after extensive searches in the town and he remained in custody.

Officers added that they were not looking for weapons in connection with this incident and no firearms were seized.

Rugby: Chiefs 'aim to be Premiership champions' - Gareth Steenson

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Gareth Steenson
BBC

Exeter Chiefs have improved enough this season to win their first Premiership title, says captain Gareth Steenson.

The Chiefs face Wasps in next weekend's final at Twickenham after dramatically beating European champions Saracens in Saturday's semi-final at Sandy Park.

"We're in a much different place. Even in the changing room after the game it feels different," Exeter fly-half Steenson told BBC Sport.

"We've talked very much about building and being champions this year."

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Hayle armed robbery: Man arrested

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Hayle Spar
BBC

A man has been arrested by police hunting a suspected armed robber after a raid on a shop in Cornwall.

Hayle's Spar store was cordoned off after the robbery at about 07:45 when a man wearing a helmet entered the Spar shop and claimed to have a shotgun.

It's thought he made off with about £100 in cash. No-one was injured.

Police have been carrying out searches in the town following the robbery.

Street drinking: Are problems being dealt with or just hidden away?

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A police inspector says a multi-agency crackdown on street drinking in Truro has been effective, seeing a previous level of 40% of calls to police as a result of alcohol dropping to about 5%

However, some street drinkers say they're just being hidden away and underlying problems are not being dealt with.

Devonport gun drama suspect is being hunted by police

Plymouth Herald

Officers found a pistol, believed to be an airgun, after an alleged assault at a property in Pembroke Street on Saturday afternoon.

Drivers cut free from vehicles after A361 crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two drivers have been cut free from their vehicles after colliding on the A361, firefighters say.

The road was left blocked after the collision between a van and a lorry at Moortown Cross at about 12:40, affecting traffic travelling between Tiverton and Barnstaple.

Both men were taken to hospital with leg, arm and head injuries, and the road was expected to remain closed for several hours, Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

The Devon and Cornwall Police drones team tweeted that there were "lots of emergency services vehicles coming & going so please be aware", and drivers should avoid the area.

Man admits building homemade bomb in Ilfracombe

A man has admitted building a homemade pipe bomb which led police to evacuate houses in North Devon when it was discovered.

Timothy Holman, who has a history of mental illness, pleaded guilty to making an explosive substance at his home in Ilfracombe on 9 December.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned his case until 27 June for a psychiatric report.

Police cars
BBC

Holman, 42, of Osborne Road, Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to making an explosive substance and was remanded in custody.

Boris in St Ives

Election campaigning continues in the South West with the arrival of the former Mayor of London, Conservative Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson was pictured outside the Queens Hotel in St Ives.

Boris Johnson
Queens Hotel

Armed robbery: Police widen search

BBC Radio Cornwall

The hunt for a suspected armed robber is still under way in Cornwall.

Police say the incident is ongoing and they're trying to find a man who it's reported made off with £100 from a Spar shop in Hayle.

Some witnesses say he was thought to have been carrying a shotgun.

Police are now widening their operation, following searches at two addresses in the town.

A361 closed because of 'serious collision'

BBC News Travel

  • The A361 is completely closed in both directions due to a "serious collision" involving two vehicles between Harpson Lane (Knowstone) and Rifton Lane (Loxbeare). The road is expected to remain closed for the afternoon. It's affecting traffic travelling between Tiverton and Barnstaple
  • In Ilfracombe on the High Street at the junction with Northfield Road the traffic lights are not working - approach with care
  • At Bickington on the A38 Exeter-bound near Drum Bridges all lanes are now open - the broken-down motorbike has been recovered
  • In Plymouth we have reports of a broken-down tanker on the A374 Plymouth Road near Old Laira Road - approach with care
  • On the A30 eastbound near Bodmin there's slow traffic between the A38 Launceston Road and Millpool Lane, in the roadworks area
  • On the A30 around Trebursye there's a lane closure in both direction for barrier repairs. Expect delays until 16:00 today

Co-op fined for wet floor slip death in Truro shop

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Co-op has been fined £400,000 over the death of a man who slipped on water leaking from a faulty sandwich chiller.

Stanley May, 74, died two days after hitting his head on the floor in the Truro branch of the supermarket in July 2015.

Truro Crown Court heard the chiller had been faulty for 44 hours but customers could still enter the wet area.

The Co-op previously pleaded guilty to a Health and Safety offence of failing to protect customers.

Stanley May
BBC

Speaking outside court, Mr May's daughter, Victoria Parsons said: "We'd just like everybody to learn that this was so easily avoided, if they had kept an eye on that water my dad would still be alive today."

The court heard Mr May used to visit Co-op shops most days and had previously been involved in an event to reopen their store at St Columb Road, where he lived.

He had previously been chair of the St Enoder Parish Council and had three children and six grandchildren. His wife died a month after he passed away.

Male pedestrian killed in Uplyme crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A pedestrian has died in a road crash in east Devon, police say.

Officers said the 29-year-old man from Lyme Regis suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a green BMW 323 car on the A3052, near Ware Cross in Uplyme, at about 02:23 on Sunday. The man died at the scene.

The driver, a 42-year-old man from Axminster, was not injured. The road was closed for nine hours for an investigation.

Police said they are "particularly keen" to trace the driver of a small van believed to have been in the area at the time.

Man appears in court accused of missing woman's murder

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man from Cornwall has appeared in court, charged with murder after the disappearance of his partner.

Dean Lowe, 32, from Marazion, appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court, accused of killing 32-year-old Kirby Noden (pictured).

Ms Noden hasn't been seen by her neighbours in Marazion since January.

Mr Lowe is due to appear at Truro Crown Court in June.

Kirby Noden
Devon and Cornwall Police

Sheep reported on B3254

BBC News Travel

On the B3254, between Pensilva and Liskeard, there are reports of sheep on the road.

Devon digger driver spared jail over £100,000 demolition rampage

Rory Doyle
Irving of Exeter

A digger driver caused more than £100,000 damage on a building site, partly destroying a road he had helped construct, after being sacked by text message, a court heard.

Forty-one-year-old Rory Doyle was able to go on a 24-minute wrecking spree on the site at Chivenor Cross, near Braunton, in April 2016 because he still had a set of keys for his old vehicle, Exeter Crown Court was told. He also demolished a lamp post and dug up drains.

The court heard he was angry because he had been sacked over a dispute with his foreman, who he accused of bullying him.

Doyle, of Waterloo Road, Torquay, admitted criminal damage and was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years, curfewed for five months, ordered to pay £2,500 compensation, to complete 120 hours unpaid community work and to attend anger management sessions.

Devon County Show: 'A great one'

BBC Radio Devon

The 2017 Devon County Show was a great one, according to the show secretary.

Devon County Show
BBC

Ollie Allen said there were 10,000 vehicles in the car parks of the show during its final day on Saturday.

Devon County Show
BBC

She also said it had been a great weekend for the county all round.

"There have been three good Devon things over the past few days: Exeter City won, Exeter Chiefs won, and I truly believe that the county show won."

Devon County Show
BBC

Severe accident: A361 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A361 Devon both ways severe accident, between Harpson Lane and Rifton Lane.

A361 Devon - A361 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Harpson Lane junction in Knowstone and the Rifton Lane junction in Loxbeare, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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

It's dry and warm and in the 20s

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will continue a dry day with some warm spells of sunshine. However, it will become quite cloudy at times, although most of the cloud will be high and thin. Light or moderate southeasterly winds will turn to the west later today. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Although dry at first with some clears spells, cloud will lower tonight and increase from the west by dawn. The cloud may give a few spots of light drizzle in places and the cloud will be low enough to cover hills as well as parts of the north coast by the end of the night. West or southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Swan attacked: Dogs 'pinned down bird'

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Swans nesting sign
BBC

Three or four springer spaniels attacked the surviving half of a couple of "celebrity" swans only a week after his mate was savaged and put down, witnesses say.

"Mr and Mrs Swan", described as "big friends of the community", made national headlines for holding up the traffic as they waddled through the Cornish resort of Perranporth. However, she was killed last week and now he has been hurt in a new attack.

Witnesses to the latest attack, on Saturday, described the dogs pinning the swan down as he tried to make his way down the beach. He was taken to be treated by the RSPCA.

His wound is said to be superficial and the bird has been returned to his boating lake home.

Exeter City: More than 13,000 Grecians fans get Blackpool play-off tickets

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

More than 13,000 Exeter City fans have purchased tickets for Sunday's Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Blackpool as of 09:30.

Tickets for the game went on sale at noon on Friday. Exeter have a 20,000 allocation and City supporters still wanting to buy tickets are advised to do so as early as possible.

Jack Stacey. Pic: Rex Features
Rex Features

The Grecians booked their place in the final thanks to a dramatic injury-time winner from Jack Stacey (pictured) on Thursday night, which gave them a 6-5 aggregate victory over Carlisle United.

That win has set up the match with Blackpool at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 28 May for a place in League One next season and demand for tickets from City supporters has been high.

Hayle armed robbery: Suspect hunt continuing

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Hayle armed robbery
BBC

A police hunt is again continuing for a man on the run following an apparent armed robbery in Hayle.

The robbery happened at about 07:45 when a man wearing a helmet entered the Spar shop and claimed to have a shotgun. It's thought he made off with about £100 in cash. No-one was injured.

Police had said earlier they had located him, but then issued a further statement saying they were "continuing enquiries to locate the suspect" and the suspect was "still outstanding".

BreakingCo-op fined £400k for man's death in store

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Co-op has been fined £400,000 after a man died after slipping on water that leaked from a faulty sandwich chiller.

Stanley May, 74, died after hitting his head on the floor in the Truro branch of Co-op supermarket in July 2015.

Truro Crown Court heard the chiller had been faulty for 44 hours but customers had not been stopped from entering the area.

The Co-operative Group Ltd previously pleaded guilty of failing to protect customers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The court heard a statement from Christopher Whitfield, retail and logistics director at the Co-operative Group in which he said: "He [Mr May] should have been kept safe while walking in our store. It is a matter of utmost regret that he was not."

The company also has to pay costs of £50,000.

Truro Co-op store
BBC

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'Widower' swan attacked by dog in Perranporth

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

The surviving half of a couple of "celebrity" swans has been attacked by dogs, only a week after his mate was savaged and put down.

Mr Swan. Pic: Annie Mayes
Annie Mayes

"Mr and Mrs Swan", described as "big friends of the community", made national headlines for holding up the traffic as they waddled through the Cornish resort of Perranporth.

However, she was killed last week and now he has been hurt in a new attack.

Witnesses said blood could be seen "all over" the stricken bird.

Hayle armed robbery: 'Suspect located'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Hayle armed robbery scene
BBC

Police hunting a suspected robber in Hayle say they have "located the suspect and negotiations are under way".

The police hunt was started after a man entered the Spar store at about 07:45, claiming to have a shotgun. It's thought he made off with about £100 in cash. No-one was injured.

The area has been cordoned off.

Hayle armed robbery: Police hunt continues

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Hayle Spar robbery scene
BBC

A police hunt is continuing for a man on the run following an apparent armed robbery in Hayle.

The incident happened at about 07:45 when a man wearing a helmet entered the Spar shop and claimed to have a shotgun. It's thought he made off with about £100 in cash. No-one was injured.

The shop and the area surrounding it remain cordoned off.

Sgt Richard Smith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We're treating it as a firearms incident until such times as we can prove otherwise, because we're looking at the safety of people. We’re still trying to locate the person."