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Summary

  1. Man wielding a knife dies after being Tasered by police
  2. Man seriously injured in Plymouth stabbing
  3. Father's ashes taken in handbag theft
  4. South West dentist shortage: Thousands waiting to register
  5. Revealed - first part of life-size sculpture of David Bowie
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday 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.

Military medal found during police dive

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are trying to trace the owner of a military medal, or their family, after it was fished out of the water in Devon by officers.

General Service medal. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The General Service medal - issued to Private BC Smith, bearing the number 4143 - was recently discovered at the bottom of the River Exe during a routine operation by the Devon and Cornwall Police dive team, officers said.

The medal was issued after 1952 because it bears the head of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Police diver
Devon and Cornwall Police

Constable Nigel Sobey said: "We know how valuable these medals can be to the owner. Having pulled it from the murky depths, it would be rewarding to be able to present it once again to its rightful owner. At the moment it looks dulled by age and appears to have been laying deep below the water for some time."

Manchester attack: Cornwall venues say 'safety of customers a priority'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Venues across Cornwall are they're reviewing their security measures in the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena.

The Eden Project, near St Austell in Cornwall, said "the well-being and safety of our visitors and concert-goers is uppermost in our minds" and it was working closely with police and relevant authorities to get the best possible advice.

Hall for Cornwall. Pic: Google
Google

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro (pictured) said that the "safety of our customers and staff are an utmost priority".

It added that it was taking advice from theatre membership organisation UK Theatre and "will continue to work alongside them, and other venues, in reviewing our security and emergency procedures".

Sexual assault victims 'will be listened to and believed'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have said young sexual assault victims will be listened to and believed while commenting on a man from Liskeard being jailed more than a decade after his first victim came forward.

Adrian Jewell, from Joan Moffat Close, was jailed for 19 years at Exeter Crown Court after being convicted of five rapes, two sexual assaults and voyeurism of three girls aged between 12 and 18 between 2006 and 2015 in Devon.

Devon and Cornwall Police admitted it was "10 years since the first victim came forward" and that "sadly, due to a lack of evidence at the time, the investigation did not reach a court room". It was only after the other two victims provided further evidence that the case went forward, the force added.

Det Con Rochelle Andrews said she hoped that the result gives "other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to know that if they do come forward they will be believed, treated fairly and justice will be served".

Manchester attack 'an abomination of Koran's teachings'

BBC Radio Devon

A University of Exeter lecturer in Islamic studies says Muslim communities across the country will condemn the Manchester attack because it is an "abomination" of the Koran's teachings.

Dr Mustafa Baig said: "The Koran explicitly prohibits the taking of innocent life, while Islamic law categorically instructs that children must be protected in all circumstances.

"As someone who was born and raised in Manchester, I am particularly concerned about the impact that this could have on the long-established and cordial community relations in the city, and throughout the UK.

"Any reprisal attacks and abuse of Muslims, which, sadly, we are already seeing, only serve the purpose of the perpetrator which was to create hatred, violence and division."

Snake bite antidote 'expensive and has short shelf life'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Vets in Cornwall say the increasing cost of antidotes used to treat animals bitten by adders is not the only difficulty their use presents.

The anti-venom had to be stocked under special licence, but there were fewer manufacturers, vets said. It also used to cost about £30 a time but is now about £500 per dose because of a shortage of supply.

Small animal vet Chris Gardner, who owns the St Clements Group across Cornwall, added that there was another problem they had to deal with.

He said: "It's a very expensive drug, but it also usually comes with a relatively short shelf life on it, probably a year or so at most."

Adders are the only wild venomous snakes found in the UK.

Adder. Pic: Getty Images
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Latest weather: Staying dry and sunny on Thursday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Tonight, clear spells will develop overnight and it will stay dry, however mist and fog may persist for a time along southern coasts. It will be a very mild night across the board. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be dry and very warm day, with a good deal of sunshine. The south-easterly breeze may just bring a little mistiness into parts of the south coast at times. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Second affray arrest involving knife in less than 16 hours

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have been called to another incident in Cornwall involving a man reportedly wielding a knife.

A 54-year-old man from Falmouth was arrested on suspicion of affray after armed officers dealt with an incident on Market Strand in the town at about 15:00.

Earlier police said they arrested a man for affray after being called to North Street in Marazion at about 23:45 on Tuesday after reports that a man had a knife.

Paedophile jailed more than a decade after first victim came forward

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Adrian Jewell. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

A paedophile from Cornwall who has been jailed for 19 years has been convicted more than a decade after his first victim came forward.

Forty-two-year-old Adrian Jewell, from Joan Moffat Close in Liskeard, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court after being convicted of five rapes, two sexual assaults and voyeurism between 2006 and 2015. His female victims were aged between 12 and 18 at the time of the offences, which took place in Devon.

Devon and Cornwall Police admitted it was "10 years since the first victim came forward" and that "sadly, due to a lack of evidence at the time, the investigation did not reach a court room".

It was only after the other two victims provided further evidence that the case went forward, the force added.

Officers added they hoped "this sentence allows the three victims to finally move forward with their lives".

Rugby: Extra security warning for Exeter v Wasps at Twickenham

BBC Radio Devon

People travelling up to Twickenham on Saturday for the rugby clash between Exeter Chiefs and the Wasps are being advised there will be extra security in place at the stadium.

Security is being increased across the country as a result of the Manchester attack.

The Chiefs said on their website that police had implemented extra measures for Saturday’s Premiership Final, with kick-off due at 14:30. People have also been advised "not to bring bags".

The Rugby Football Union said: "We have been operating enhanced security measures for some time and will continue to do so for both match days this weekend. We work closely with the police for all our events at the stadium."

Twickenham. Pic: Getty Images
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Hayle Spar robbery: Man appears in court

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man arrested after a robbery in a shop in Hayle has appeared in court.

The town's Spar store was raided at about 07:45 on Monday. No-one was injured but the incident sparked a police manhunt in the town.

A 33-year-old man from the town has appeared before magistrates in Truro, charged with stealing £150 and taking a motor vehicle without owner's consent.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Truro Crown Court in June.

Hayle Spar
BBC

Woman hospitalised after cooker gas supply catches fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital with minor burns and suffering from smoke inhalation after the gas supply of a cooker caught fire in a cottage near Tavistock.

Firefighters said they were called to Longcross Cottages in Longcross at about 11:30 after the fire broke out in the LPG supply of the ground floor kitchen.

The supply was isolated and removed but the fire damaged about 80% of the kitchen and smoke-damaged the remainder of the property, fire crews said.

The cause is believed to be accidental.

Cornwall name side for Twickenham final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall have made one change to their side for Sunday's County Championship final against Lancashire at Twickenham.

Penryn's George Jones replaces Redruth's Chris Fuca in the starting line-up, while Plymouth Albion lock Dan Collier comes onto the bench in place of Brad Howe.

The side includes scrum-half Matt Shepherd, who has had to make an eight-hour round trip to south Wales this week to replace a passport eaten by his dog ahead of an overseas tour with England Counties next week.

Affray arrest after man seen with knife

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of affray after police investigated reports of a man being seen with a knife in a west Cornwall town.

Officers said they were called to North Street in Marazion at about 23:45 on Tuesday and detained a man.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall, there are reports of an incident in Saltash, on Church Road, near Long Park Road, close to Saltash College
  • In Devon, Prince Of Wales Road, Exeter, is now clear following an accident near Streatham Drive
  • Staying in Exeter, Russell Way is partially blocked by a collision near Digby Drive and the retail park

Police watchdog investigation into death after man Tasered

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Langton Road, Falmouth
BBC

The police watchdog is investigating the death of a man after officers who were called to reports of him injuring himself with a knife in Falmouth deployed a Taser, it has confirmed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said officers from the Devon and Cornwall force were called to reports of a man with a knife at about 21:00 in Langton Road.

He was then stunned by officers with an electro-shock weapon in what Devon and Cornwall Police called an "unfolding dynamic incident".

The IPCC said it ''had been told that during the incident that followed, the man sustained self-inflicted knife injuries, and was taken to hospital where he subsequently died.

"The investigation follows a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police and IPCC investigators have been deployed."

Newquay anti-speeding operation catches 360 offenders

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than 350 speeding motorists have been caught by police during a two-day traffic operation in Newquay, including one doing more than 100mph, officers say.

Officers said the operation, on 16-17 May, was "mounted in response to community concerns about speeding motorists and antisocial driving".

The highest speed recorded was 101mph on a 70mph road, and a vehicle which should have had its speed restricted to 60mph was caught doing 89mph.

A number of drivers were also caught with having no road tax and a number of vehicles were also seized for having no insurance, police said.

Police van
BBC

Bus evacuated on Torquay seafront after 'suspicious package' alert

Devon Live

A bus was evacuated in Torquay this afternoon after reports of a suspicious package on board.

A sunny day in the South West's most marginal constituency

Hunky Dory: Bowie sculpture will be 'not just a Ziggy Stardust character'

BBC Radio Devon

A sculpture of music icon David Bowie is to capture the musician at various stages in his career, not just as Ziggy Stardust, its creator says.

Bowie statue and Andrew Sinclair
BBC

The project, which includes a newly-revealed life-size figure of the legendary singer, is being created by sculptor Andrew Sinclair, from Bondleigh, near Okehampton in Devon.

He said: "What I wanted to do with this was create not just a Ziggy Stardust character, because he was so many different things to so many different people. I can't think of another star that changed himself so much."

Bowie statue and Andrew Sinclair
BBC

An online campaign raised more than £100,000 to pay for the piece, which will be installed in Aylesbury, where the singer had strong connections.

Penryn campus Islamic Society wins national award

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Islamic Society based at the Penryn university campus in Cornwall has won the "best cultural and faith society" in national awards.

It was recognised for its participation in Islamophobia Awareness Month and World Hijab Day.

The group - part of the Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union - picked up the accolade at the National Societies Awards in Nottingham.

The Wild Doc Soc in Penryn also won "best hobby and interest society".

Hire car caught doing 90mph

Father's ashes stolen from handbag

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A young mother has had her father's ashes stolen while on holiday in Cornwall.

Joanne Young carried her father's ashes in a locket in her wallet which was stolen along with her handbag on Monday as she fed ducks with her two young children.

Mrs Young, from Bath, had taken her family on holiday to Perranporth because she had gone there with her father, John Hadley, every year throughout her childhood.

She said: "The money isn't important to me but my dad's ashes mean the world."

Joanne Young and John Hadley
Joanne Young

Snake bite antidote price 'soars', vets warn

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Adder. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Vets in Cornwall say the cost of the antidotes used to treat animals bitten by adders has soared to about £500 per dose because of a shortage of supply.

The anti-venom used to cost about £30 a time.

The drug has to be stocked under special licence, but there were now fewer manufacturers, vets said.

Adders are the only wild venomous snakes found in the UK.

Manchester attack: Plymouth Pavilions gives 'arrive in good time' security warning

People going to shows at Plymouth Pavilions should arrive in plenty of time "to allow time for any security checks", bosses say.

Music, tourist and sports venues across the South West are reviewing security measures in the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena.

Plymouth Pavilions said it had already tightened security because of the Paris attacks in 2015, but added it had put additional precautions in place.

It said: "We would like to reassure our customers that their safety is always our number one priority."

Plymouth Pavilions. Pic: Google
Google

Man with self-inflicted knife wounds dies after Tasering by police

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Langton Road
BBC

A man has died after wounding himself with a knife in Falmouth and being Tasered by police.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to reports of a man with a knife in Langton Road at about 21:00 on Tuesday and had to deploy the electric stun gun "due to the unfolding dynamic incident".

The man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, where he was later pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed. The road remains cordoned off.

Officer said the case had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission "as per statutory guidelines".

The IPCC said it was told that "during the incident... the man sustained self-inflicted knife injuries".

Latest weather: Becoming brighter and cloud clearing

BBC Weather

Inland areas will continue to become brighter as warm sunny spells develop.

However, areas close to the coast are likely to remain cloudier and a little misty at times.

Winds will become mainly light from the east. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, much of the cloud will clear to give some long clear spells, but some mist and low cloud is likely to linger around coasts in the far west and across Scilly.

Light or moderate easterly winds will become fresher at times in the far west and Scilly. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

A moth in the hand is worth... any suggestions?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Pete Brash has let us share the picture of this rather impressive critter, which was found at the National Trust's Trelissick Garden at Feock, near Truro.

Have you got any nature photos you want to share? If so just email us.

Not good at gardening? Then get knitted... er, knitting

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Knitted flowers
BBC

A new exhibition is on show in Honiton for anyone with not so much green fingers as maybe... green knitting needles.

The life-size garden is on show at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, with plenty of flowers, a pond, animals, insects, scarecrows and a good selection of vegetables, all knitted.

It's been created by more than 5,000 volunteers and is part of a national tour. Local community groups are being invited to add to the collection too.

It's open until 24 June

Exeter full-back Dollman gets Wales call-up

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Uncapped Exeter Chiefs full-back Phil Dollman has been called up to the Wales squad for the two-Test tour against Tonga and Samoa in June.

The 32-year-old former Newport Gwent Dragon will replace the injured Rhun Williams in the squad.

Phil Dollman
Getty Images

Dollman is due to represent the Chiefs in Saturday's Premiership final against Wasps following their last-gasp victory over defending champions Saracens.

He will compete with Gareth Anscombe and Sam Davies for the full-back shirt.

Three suffer stab wounds in Teignmouth assaults

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three people have suffered stab wounds in assaults in Teignmouth, police say.

Officers said they found a 17-year-old girl with a facial injury from a "bladed object", a 19-year-old woman had a wound to her hand and a male close by suffered a stab wound. The incident happened in Bitton Park Road at about 18:30 on Tuesday.

None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening but officers said they wanted to "reassure the community that we are treating the incident very seriously".

A 19-year-old man from Torquay was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

Tides
BBC

We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Broken-down vehicle blocks lane of A379

BBC News Travel

In Exeter, on the A379 inbound between the M5 and Old Rydon Lane, there are reports one lane is blocked due to a broken-down vehicle.

Horse 'could die after being spooked by low-flying aircraft'

Cornwall Live

The owner of a horse left with life-threatening injuries after being spooked by a low-flying helicopter is appealing for help to find the aircraft responsible.

'Don't be alarmed at increased police presence'

Please, sir. The dog ate my passport

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

We've all heard the excuse "the dog ate my homework". But have you had to get some new travel documents because "the dog ate my passport"?. One local rugby player has.

Plymouth Albion player Matt Shepherd found his pet pooch pigged out on his passport ahead of an overseas tour.

Seven-month-old cocker spaniel Mr Boots (pictured right, next to Honey) destroyed the document less than two weeks before a flight to Spain for a two-match England Counties tour. The former St Austell and Redruth back was then forced to make an eight-hour round trip to south Wales to get a new passport.

"When I got back I saw pieces of paper on the floor and didn't know what it was. Then I saw him on the bed with the passport in his mouth," he said. "I was in shock, I didn't know what to do."

However "the authorities agreed to speed things up and help out as I was representing my country," he said.

Honey and Mr Boots
Matt Shepherd

Road accident on A388 Cornwall

BBC News Travel

At Carkeel, on the A388 at Edgcumbe Road, there are reports of an accident.

Man due in court after Hayle Spar robbery

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man arrested after a robbery at a shop in Hayle is due in court.

The town's Spar store was cordoned off after the raid at about 07:45 on Monday, which sparked a major police search of the area. No-one was injured.

Police said a 33-year-old man from the town had been charged with robbery and taking a motor vehicle without owner's consent, and was due to appear before magistrates in Truro later.

Hayle Spar
BBC

Music, tourist and sports venues review security after Manchester attack

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Music, tourist and sports venues across Cornwall and Devon say they're reviewing their security measures in the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena.

Eden Project
BBC

The Eden Project, near St Austell in Cornwall, said it was working closely with the police and the relevant authorities to get the best possible advice.

Plymouth Pavilions
Google

Plymouth Pavilions said it had already tightened security because of the Paris attacks but it had put additional precautions in place.

Talks are also under way ahead of some of region's big sporting events to make sure fans are safe.

Rugby: Albion's Rupert Cooper joins the Pirates

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornish Pirates have further strengthened their squad for next season's RFU Championship with the signing of back-rower Rupert Cooper from Plymouth Albion.

The 29 year-old has joined the Pirates on a one-year deal after spending last season in National One with the Devon side.

Prior to that, Cooper gained a wealth of championship experience during five seasons with Nottingham.