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Summary

  1. Truro and Newquay families caught up in Manchester attack
  2. Man taken to hospital with 'multiple stab wounds'
  3. Man rescued from car 'precariously positioned' above 20ft drop
  4. cyclist 'has hip and leg injuries' after road crash
  5. Charges brought against Viridor after lorry death
  6. New leader of Cornwall Council elected
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Johnny O'Shea

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

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 which will be shown at the later time of 18:55 due to coverage of the terrorist attack in Manchester. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Truro's Capital of Culture bid scrapped

Cornwall Council has finally chosen a new leader - Adam Paynter of the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Paynter's first move was to shelve a controversial £500,000 Capital of Culture bid for Truro.

Mr Paynter told the full council meeting today: "I will act with honesty and integrity. I will build on the ambition of the previous Council to close the gap for residents - to improve their life opportunities."

Adam Paynter
Cornwall Council

Three injured in van and truck head-on crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a "serious collision" in South Molton which left three people with injuries, one of them life-threatening.

Emergency services were called after a white Ford Transit van was involved in a head-on crash with a removal truck on the A361 at Moortown Cross at about 12:30 on Monday.

The van driver, a 61-year-old man from Barnstaple, had to be removed from the vehicle by the fire service. He sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition, police said.

The driver of the Scania Pantechnicon truck, a 31-year-old man from Plymouth, was also removed by the fire service. He sustained a serious arm injury and was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

His passenger, a 55-year-old man also from Plymouth, received minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.The road was closed for nine hours while officers carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

Manchester attack leaves Truro woman 'in shock'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A woman from Truro caught up in the devastating attack on the Manchester Arena last night said she and her family were still in shock.

The bomb killed 22 people and injured 59.

Tanya Blackman from Truro was at the Arian Grande concert with her brother, sister and two nieces aged eight and ten.

She said: "We were very lucky. It's only hitting us now we've left quite how close that was for us."

Manchester
BBC

Camelford Post Office 'secured for future'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Post Office in Camelford will shut and reopen in a hardware store, it's been confirmed.

Two tills will be available at Stephens Home Hardware. The Post Office said it will mean longer opening hours and the service will be secured for the future.

Safety is of 'paramount importance' at Exeter match

Press Association

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Strong security is in place at high-profile sports and entertainment venues who have stressed that safety is of "paramount importance".

Wembley Stadium officials said there will be "an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events". Officials for the Wimbledon tennis Grand Slam, which is due to start in south-west London on 3 July, have been working with the police to bolster security measures.

Wembley Stadium is set to host the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday, the League Two play-off final between Blackpool and Exeter on Sunday and the Championship play-off final between Huddersfield and Reading on Monday.

Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events. All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium."

Football Association

Helston MIU closed for the day

The Minor Injuries Unit at Helston Hospital has closed for the day, according to Healthwatch Cornwall.

People are advised to find an alternative.

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'Keep alert and not alarmed' - Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

People living in Devon and Cornwall are being urged by police to remain alert and vigilant following the attack in Manchester.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said “The tragic events in Manchester are a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see.

“Although we have no information to suggest any specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, I would ask the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

“The impact of last night’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families and friends of those who have died as well as those who have been injured as a result of the attack.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff are always aware of the dangers of such attacks, they remain thankfully rare."

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Paynter will 'lead from the front'

The new leader of Cornwall Council has been giving his reaction to being elected.

Liberal Democrat Adam Paynter was elected in a secret ballot earlier today.

He will lead a joint administration with the Independent group, whose representative Julian German will be deputy leader.

Adam Paynter
BBC

Cllr Paynter said: "I will not be afraid to lead from the front when required although I will seek to build consensus on issues.

"I give you my commitment to work with all members irrespective of the party they represent and do my very best for Cornwall."

Rogue builder jailed for three years

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The leader of a gang of rogue builders who preyed on frail pensioners has been jailed for more than three years.

Johnny Carroll, 26, led a gang of workers who toured the south west and South Wales, quoting reasonable estimates but then bullying victims into paying thousands of pounds more.

In the space of 22 months he defrauded 21 pensioners out of £108,000, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Johnny Carroll
Devon & Cornwall Police

Mr Carroll of Calcutt Park, Cricklade, Wiltshire, admitted a single count of fraud and was jailed for three years and two months.

The judge said his work had been "badly executed and vastly overpriced".

Man rescued from car 'precariously positioned' above 20ft drop

Fire crews were called to a man that was stuck in a car on the edge of a 20ft drop in Devon.

The man was told to stay in the vehicle at Whitegates in Combe Martin while officers used winches and lines to stabalise it, before he could leave the car.

Crews from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple attended and the man was checked over by ambulance crews.

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Cornish teen taking biking world by storm

Andy Birkett

BBC News Online

A teenager from Cornwall is taking on the world's best motorbike trial riders.

Despite being three years younger than his nearest rival, Toby Martyn from St Agnes is more than holding his own.

Biker
BBC

But the schoolboy has to juggle studying for his A levels with his trial riding which now takes him all over the world.

He will soon fly out to compete in Japan in the latest world tour event.

Travel: Road blocked in Chulmleigh

BBC News Travel

  • In Chulmleigh, Fore Street is blocked by a collision near Egypt Lane
  • On the A361 at Rumsam Bridge, one lane is blocked by a broken-down vehicle between Bishop's Tawton and Lake Roundabout
  • In Stockleigh Pomeroy the A3072 is now clear at Coffintree Hill - the broken-down vehicle has been recovered

Sunny spells for some later on

BBC Weather

It'll be mostly cloudy with a few scattered outbreaks of very light drizzle affecting coasts and hills.

Low cloud will also make these areas misty at times with some sea fog patches also possible.

Further to the east and southeast there is a greater chance of some brighter spells or some sunny periods developing. West or southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather map
BBC

Truro woman describes 'children crying' at Manchester attack

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

There were "far more children than adults" at the Ariane Grande concert hit by a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last night, according to a woman from Truro who was there with her family.

Tanya Blackman went to the concert with her sister Tamsyn Rowe, nieces Ruby and Honey and her brother Rich Blackman.

Tanya Blackman
Tanya Blackman

She told the BBC: "Children were crying but it was quite quiet and calm. No-one was pushing where we were.

"My brother held Ruby very tightly by the hand and Honey was holding on to both her mum and me and I tried to get my sister to take her as I thought they could move more quickly like that but she wouldn't let go.

"I still think we didn't realise how serious it was."

The family escaped uninjured and are now travelling back to Cornwall.

Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A381 Devon both ways severe accident, near Biltor Road.

A381 Devon - A381 in Ipplepen blocked and slow traffic in both directions near turn for Coombe Fishacre, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Plymouth Pavilions reviews security after Manchester terror attack

Plymouth Herald

Security is being stepped up at Plymouth Pavilions following last night's terror attack in Manchester.

Appeal after pensioner seriously injured in crash

A pensioner was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Looe, police have said.

The "serious collision" involved two cars and happened on the A387 at Polperro Road on Friday at 12:20.

Police closed the road for four-and-a-half hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out. The man, 78, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

'We heard a massive blast... everyone started screaming and shouting'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A father from Newquay who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester where 22 people were killed in a suspected bomb attack, has been describing what he witnessed.

Jamie Elliot was at the Manchester Arena with his 15-year-old daughter Ronnie May.

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He said "we heard a massive blast" adding "everyone started screaming and shouting and there was absolute manicness, it was horrible".

"I just grabbed hold of my daughter and just shuffled her to the doors because we were scared of someone falling over and being trampled on."

He said they decided to leave to the right of where they were sitting because the girl to their left was putting on her shoes.

He added: "If we'd turned left and left the way we had come in, we would have been nearer to where it happened."

Flags at half-mast in respect to Manchester victims

Emergency services and local authorities in Devon and Cornwall are flying flags at half-mast today, in respect to those affected by the Manchester attack.

Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters in Exeter, Truro City Hall and West Devon Borough Council are among those paying tribute in this way.

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Twenty-two people, including an eight-year-old girl, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

A man set off a homemade bomb in the foyer at 22:33 BST on Monday, in what Theresa May called a "sickening" act.

Armed police have arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, south Manchester, in connection with the attack.

Saffie Roussos, 8, was a pupil at Tarleton Primary School, in Lancashire.

Theresa May: Manchester attack act of 'sickening cowardice'

'Four assaults on Newquay police officers'

There have been four assaults on police officers in Newquay over the last three days, according to a senior inspector.

Police said a woman was arrested for assault yesterday. A man was also arrested after he threw blood from a bleeding hand at a PCSO on Fore Street. Both people were believed to have been drunk, police added.

There were also two assaults on Saturday, the force said.

Police
BBC

Insp Dave Meredith said: "We have had four assaults on officers in Newquay in three days. Two officers were assaulted on Saturday and a Taser had to be deployed to restrain their assailant.

"These incidents are a remainder of the dangers faced by police in keeping our communities safe. It is sad that assaults on police are so common. Full welfare provisions have been made for the officers that were assaulted."

New leader promises 1,000 new council houses

BBC Radio Cornwall

The new leader of Cornwall Council has promised to spend £200m on building new council houses.

Liberal Democrat Adam Paynter was elected at full council earlier today.

He will run an administration with the Independent group, despite the Conservatives winning most seats at the election three weeks ago.

County Hall
BBC

He said: "This is a new council with new talent. As a council we will want to protect services to our most vulnerable and increase funding to Adult Social Care.

"We will pledge to invest in excess of £200 million in building 1,000 council houses for fair rent. We will also extend the Living Wage Foundation's living wage, to all council contracts."

Manchester attack: 'There was a second explosion'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Tanya Blackman, from Truro, who was with family including two young nieces at the Manchester concert devastated by last night's terror attack, told the BBC: "We told the children it was nothing to start with, and not to run as it wasn't serious.

"We then walked down the stairs closest to us and at the bottom of the stairs I said again to the girls not to worry, and not to run as it probably wasn't anything.

"But you could smell smoke or something on the lower level. When we got to the exit there was a second explosion and we knew something had happened."

Manchester attack map
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Flag at half mast on City Hall

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City Council is flying a flag at half mast, in respect to those affected by the attack in Manchester last night.

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BreakingTruro family caught up in Manchester attack

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Tanya Blackman from Truro was at the concert by US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester where an explosion killed at least 22 people.

Ms Blackman had gone to the Manchester Arena with her sister Tamsyn Rowe, brother Rich Blackman and her two nieces.

They were all sitting on the upper level at the end of the concert waiting for crowds to clear when the attack took place.

She told the BBC: "We heard the first explosion below us. We were on the upper level and we saw people running below us. It was just as the lights had come on."

Tanya Blackman
Tanya Blackman

Cyclist 'has hip and leg injuries'

A cyclist involved in a road crash has hip and leg injuries, police have said.

Officers were called to the crash between the cyclist and a car at Millbay Roundabout, Plymouth, just after 11:00.

The male cyclist will be taken to hospital shortly, police said.

Crash
BBC

Man taken to hospital with 'multiple stab wounds'

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary in Plymouth last night.

Police say they were called to Francis Street at 03:30 to reports somebody had pushed the windows in on a property.

A 29-year-old man had multiple stab wounds and was taken to Derriford Hospital where it is understood he'll have surgery.

Francis Street
Google

His injuries are not thought to be life changing.

Officers and a dog unit were used to track down the suspect to an address on Hobart Street where they found and arrested a man.

A temporary cordon has been put in place on Francis Street and Hobart Street.

BreakingNew leader of Cornwall Council elected

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Adam Paynter has been elected as leader of Cornwall Council.

The Liberal Democrat was voted in by 70 votes to 44, with one abstention, beating Conservative Phil Seeva.

Independent Julian German will be deputy leader.

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Bishop offers a prayer for Manchester

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton has offered a prayer for those affected by the suicide attack at Manchester Arena in which 22 people died and 59 were injured.

He said: "I pray that all in Manchester will come together to express their solidarity, for and with one another, and to pray that we can move forward together to work against such wicked indiscriminate acts of violence."

Bishop
BBC

His prayer is:

God almightyBe with all your children who are in pain today.May your loving arms embrace all.Help us in our shock and anxiety.We pray for peace and for our world, that all may work together.We pray for wisdom and calm at this very difficult time.Through Jesus Christ our Risen Lord.

Amen.

Secret ballot for council leadership

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's councillors have voted to elect their new leader in secret.

Conservative Phil Seeva and Lib Dem Adam Paynter have been nominated at County Hall.

Cornwall Council
BBC

The Conservatives won the most seats at the election three weeks ago, but the Independents and Lib Dems are seeking to join forces and form a coalition.

'Thoughts with Manchester emergency crews'

Devon and Cornwall Police have tweeted their respects for those affected by the suspected terror attack in Manchester last night.

Twenty-two people died and 59 were injured in a blast at a concert venue.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said his "thoughts are with the families involved and the emergency services".

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Vice chair elected at Cornwall Council

The Mayor of Saltash, Hilary Frank has been elected as vice chair of Cornwall Council.

Full council will also be voting to elect a new leader today.

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Plymouth street cordoned off and under police guard

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth street has been cordoned off this morning and is currently under police guard following unconfirmed reports of a stabbing.

Chairman elected at Cornwall Council

The first appointment of the full meeting of Cornwall Council has been made.

Mary May will continue as chairman.

The election of a new leader is on the agenda.

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Celebrity visit for Cornish show entry at Chelsea

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Some of the best gardeners from Devon and Cornwall are in London putting finishing touches to displays at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The show officially opens today, and early pictures show visits from the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Gemma Arterton
PA

Actress Gemma Arterton was pictured at the display by Burncoose Nurseries. The Redruth firm has had success at the show in the past, winning a gold last year.

Lorry death 'a tragedy'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A waste management company is being prosecuted after the death of an employee whose lorry ran over him.

Lee Jane was killed while working at Derriford hospital in Plymouth in 2015. The Health and Safety Executive is bringing four charges against Viridor. The charges relate to systems of working, training, and risk assessments.

In a statement, Viridor said "The death of our colleague Lee Jane in June 2015 was a tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends at their devastating loss.

"Since the incident we have been cooperating fully with the relevant authorities and continue to do so. We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Lorry
BBC

Council to hold one-minute silence for Manchester attack

Cornwall Council says it will be holding a one-minute silence before a full council meeting today in respect to those affected by the attack in Manchester.

The council will be meeting to elect a new leader.

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SW police patrols to 'focus on major urban concentrations'

The chief constable of Devon and Cornwall has urged people to be vigilant in the wake of the attack in Manchester in which 22 people died last night.

Shaun Sawyer said "My focus is here in Devon and Cornwall. We will focus patrols on our major urban concentrations, and we are talking to our military colleagues."

Shaun Sawyer
BBC

There is no suggestion of a specific threat here, but he said community intelligence is vital in stopping terror attacks.