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  1. Drug-death teenager named as 16-year-old Luke Campbell-Tapson
  2. Controlled explosion carried out on rucksack in Exeter
  3. Penzance-Isles of Scilly heliport building paused after 'proposals for judicial review'
  4. Big increase in the amount of rubbish being dropped on Dartmoor
  5. A38 undergoing £50m pylon upgrading work
  6. Updates on Tuesday 30 May 2017

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By Amy Gladwell

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Devon & Cornwall Local Live

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

That's all from the Local Live team for today. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Election 2017: Where You Live - South West

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online


As you can see, we've been preparing lights, camera and getting ready for action in a special general election regional debate.

You can join us tonight on BBC One from 22:45 to 23:30 as voters in the South West question candidates about regional issues in a special Spotlight hosted by Victoria Graham in Plymouth.


And we'll have a special Local Live feed following what's said, which you can see at and while the programme is being broadcast.

You can also follow the debate on social media with the hashtag #ge17sw

Exeter Chiefs prepare to defend Premiership title and their win 'may boost local economy by £10m'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Preparations are already under way for the Exeter Chiefs' next season as they prepare to defend becoming Premiership champions - the pitch is being relaid.

Exeter Chiefs pitch

They held an open-top bus homecoming parade (pictured) yesterday, followed by a reception at the Civic Hall after beating Wasps 23-20 at Twickenham on Saturday.

Exeter Chiefs

Experts also believe the Chiefs becoming the top rugby team in England could provide a boost of up to £10m to the local economy.

Tim Jones, from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said an increased profile could mean big knock-on effects, including: increased spending by the club itself, more spending by fans who went to the club, and "the really big one - the benefit and branding to the Exeter area".

Latest weather: Dry and cloudy overnight, sunny spells on Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be dry tonight but the cloud will thicken, with some mist and murk along the coast. Compared to recent nights, it will feel cooler, particularly in the north. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


Wednesday will start rather cloudy and murky but through the day we should see some good sunny spells developing and it feeling warm. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Travel problems in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Exminster, there's been an accident on the A379 Sannerville Way near the Swans Nest roundabout. Expect delays there
  • In Exeter, there's been an incident on the A3015 Topsham Road, near Exeter Royal Academy
  • In Plymouth, Whittington Street is blocked in both directions due to accident between Wingfield Road and Alma Road

Council to 'robustly defend backing of new Penzance heliport'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Building work on the new Penzance heliport has been brought to a standstill after a judicial review bid was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

If it goes ahead, it would see a judge examine Cornwall Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the project back in February.

The council said it "notes the decision of the Isles of Scilly of Steamship Company to seek a judicial review".

It added that it "will robustly defend the decision taken by the Strategic Planning Committee to grant planning permission for a new heliport at Penzance".

Drug-death nightclub expresses 'deepest sympathy'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Vivid nightclub

A Devon nightclub where a teenager took MDMA before he died at the weekend has expressed its "deepest sympathies and condolences" to his family.

Luke Campbell-Tapson attended an event hosted by 2Filthy at Vivid in Ilfracombe on Friday night.

Managers at both companies said they would be providing the police with "every assistance they can" during the investigation.

Plymouth Argyle sign former Motherwell and Shrewsbury winger Lionel Ainsworth

BBC Sport

Lionel Ainsworth

Plymouth Argyle have signed winger Lionel Ainsworth after he rejected a new deal at Motherwell.

The 29-year-old had spent the past four seasons at Fir Park, scoring 27 goals in 142 appearances for the club.

Ainsworth has previously played in England with Watford, Huddersfield and Shrewsbury and becomes Plymouth's first signing since promotion to League One. He also made his professional debut for Derby County against Plymouth in the Championship in February 2006.

The length of his contract with Plymouth has not been disclosed.

Police say cars will be seized after boy racers anger Redruth residents and damage roads

Cornwall Live

So-called boy racers wheel spinning their way around the streets of Redruth are no longer in for an easy ride after police announced that they will be seizing offending vehicles.

Man fighting for life after Newquay attack

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man is fighting for his life after being attacked in the street in Newquay.

The man, in his 30s and from Cornwall, was punched in the head in the attack in Beach Road between 04:30 and 04:45 on Monday.

Police confirmed the man suffered "life-threatening injuries" and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for treatment.

Police said they are trawling CCTV and appealing for any witnesses. Anybody with any information is asked to get in touch on 101.

Just the job? When interviews go wrong

BBC Business News

Katherine Irvine
Katherine Irvine

Ever had a job interview that seemed to have nothing to do with your ability to do the job? It appears that plenty of people can answer "yes" to that question.

Katherine Irvine was 37 when she went for a job as a recruitment consultant in Cornwall. She was shocked to find her interviewer was concerned that she was too old and wouldn't have the energy to do the role.

"It was a group interview and the interviewer commented that myself and one of the others were 'older'. There was a concern about us being able to work long hours."

She was then asked: "What do you think? Do you think you're too old?"

Katherine was surprised at such open discrimination and informed the company's HR department who said they were "shocked". Find out more here.

Child rescued from rocks

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

More details have emerged about the rescue of a child who was reported unconscious on rocks in Falmouth.

Devon and Cornwall Police have told us the 12-year-old girl from the town was "found unwell" on Durgan Beach at about 17:40 on Monday. She was treated by an ambulance crew and taken to hospital.

Falmouth Coastguard, ambulance, police and fire service were all sent to help. Her condition was not believed to be serious.

City council thanks Chiefs supporters

Police warning over drugs after three MDMA incidents

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are urging people to "think twice" before taking recreational drugs, after one teenager died and two more were hospitalised having taken MDMA at the weekend.

Officers have named the 15-year-old who died after attending a "youth disco" in Ilfracombe on Friday as Luke Campbell-Tapson from South Molton.

Two young adults were also admitted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after taking drugs at a house party in the city on Friday night, police said. Both remain in hospital and one in a serious condition.

The force said: "At this time there is no evidence to link the Ilfracombe and Plymouth incidents, or if there is a particular tainted batch of recreational drugs in circulation.

“While this tragic incident continues to be investigated we would urge the public, especially those going out and planning to take recreational drugs, to be aware of these incidents and to think twice before taking any unknown substance," they said.

Safety at sea

Boat owners are being urged to make vital safety checks.

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'Crocodile' spotted relaxing in Devon river

Devon Live

A "crocodile"undefinedhas been spotted relaxing in a North Devon river. The River Taw in Barnstaple is home to otters, trout and kingfishers but Barnstaple grandfather Jan Szymankiewicz and his three grandchildren spotted an unusual new addition to the river.

Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J30 for A376 and J31 for A30 affecting J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - Very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Exminster), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A30 (Exeter).

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

Car landed on roof on verge of A30

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A car landed on its roof in a crash on the A30 last night.

Two people were injured in the crash on the westbound carriageway near Lanivet at about 22:00.

A Peugeot 207 ended up on its roof and a Peugeot 307 was involved in the incident.

Police said one person suffered a head injury but the extent of the injury was not known.

Concerns grow for missing 24-year-old Dex Johnston

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police in Exeter say they're becoming increasingly concerned about 24-year-old Dex Johnston, who's been missing for more than 24 hours.

He was last seen at Exe Bridge near to Alphington Road at about 13:00 on Monday.

Dex Johnston
Devon and Cornwall Police

Teams from the Devon and Cornwall Police specialist search unit have been looking for traces of him around the River Exe.

Mr Johnston is describes as 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, with short dark hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, with large black motif and khaki shorts, officers said.

Police say cars will be seized after boy racers anger Redruth residents and damage roads

Cornwall Live

So-called boy racers wheel spinning their way around the streets of Redruth are no longer in for an easy ride after police announced that they will be seizing offending vehicles.

On track: Tornado steam locomotive spending half-term in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A famous steam locomotive is spending the half-term week in Cornwall.

The Tornado, the first steam engine to be built in Britain since 1960, arrived in Penzance yesterday afternoon after hauling a passenger service from London Paddington.

She was due to go in to service on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway from Wednesday until Sunday, and was expected to draw big crowds, managers said.

Weather: Showers and some mist

BBC Weather

Mainly cloudy for the rest of the afternoon, with some some bright spells, the best of which will be in the east.

The cloud will thicken at times to give some outbreaks of showery light rain, with some mist around the coasts later.

Weather map

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Exeter suspect package 'was clothes'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Exeter controlled explosion scene. Pic: Twitter/Sgt Harry Tangye‏
Twitter/Sgt Harry Tangye‏

Police have confirmed a suspect package which resulted in the centre of Exeter being evacuated overnight contained just clothes.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the rucksack which had been abandoned in the corner of a bus stop at about 01:30.

Armed officers were involved, along with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and the fire service.

Officers said there was minimal disruption and thanked the local community for their support and patience whilst officers carried out the "successful operation".

Police roadblock causing A38 tailback

BBC News Travel

On the A38 eastbound near Ivybridge, there's heavy traffic due to a rolling police block, which is causing a two-mile tailback.

Police appeal after around 50 sheep stolen in Devon

Devon Live

Around 50 sheep were stolen from a farm in Devon over the bank holiday weekend.

Police are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the Sourton area in West Devon on or before April 29.

BreakingDrug-death teenager named as Luke Campbell-Tapson

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A teenager who died after he's believed to have taken drugs at a youth disco in Ilfracombe at the weekend has been named as 16-year-old Luke Campbell-Tapson, from South Molton.

The South Molton Community College pupil is believed to have taken MDMA on Friday night and died later in hospital, police said.

Superintendent Toby Davies, police commander for North and West Devon, said: “The cause of death is unknown and officers are following up a number of lines of enquiry. One of those lines of enquiry relates to the possible consumption of a controlled substance, believed to be MDMA tablets.”

"Our heart goes out to all of Luke’s family and friends at this exceptionally difficult time," he added.

Exeter Chiefs: Premiership title win ends long journey to success

James Law

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs
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It has the back story, the overcoming of adversity, the players who have been there through the journey and countless other subplots.

But according to Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter, who has been associated with the club for more than 20 years, beating Wasps 23-20 to win their maiden Premiership title on Saturday was no fairy tale.

"It does feel like it's been a long journey getting here," he said after their Twickenham triumph.

"I've never once woken up feeling it's a dream because the people who have lived and breathed it every day know how hard we've worked, and they know the sacrifices that have been made."

How did the Devon club become champions of England for the first time, having been in rugby union's fourth tier 21 years earlier? We look at their rise here.

Should we be fined for dropping litter?

BBC Radio Devon

There are calls for people who drop litter on Dartmoor to be given on-the-spot fines.Head ranger at Dartmoor National Park, Rob Steemson, said he had seen a big increase in the amount of rubbish dropped by people who headed up to the moor for a day out.


Already this year volunteers have collected about 1,000 bags of rubbish - up 300 from the year before - and it cost £18,000 to get rid of them.

Girl, 12, unconscious on rocks

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 12-year-old girl has been rescued after being reported unconscious on rocks in Cornwall.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team say they were called to Grebe Beach at Durgan yesterday evening along with paramedics and the police.


A spokesperson said: "We packaged the casualty into our stretcher and ... conveyed the casualty across the beach and up the slope to the waiting ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske."

No water in Whitemoor

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The village of Whitemoor is near Nanpean.

The hi-tech bullet trains that are coming to Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

Passengers travelling from Plymouth will soon be carried in a fleet of brand new bullet trains - we went to Italy to watch them being built.

Fifteen-thousand at 'incredible' Exeter Chiefs celebrations

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

It's believed about 15,000 people turned out to see Exeter Chiefs' victory parade through the city yesterday after winning the Premiership title.

They held an open-top bus tour followed by a reception at the Civic Hall yesterday after beating Wasps 23-20 at Twickenham on Saturday.

Crowd and Exeter Chiefs flag

Tony Rowe, chairman of the club, said the celebrations in the city centre were "just unbelievable, incredible".

Jet skiers rescued after 'up to an hour' in the sea

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The RNLI is reminding people how to try to stay alive if they fall in the sea after two jet skiers were rescued at the weekend in "challenging conditions".

A windsurfer spotted a sinking jet ski and two people in the water off Orcombe Point, at Exmouth, on Friday afternoon and raised the alarm.

Both men were brought ashore and one was given oxygen and monitored as he was "in shock and at risk of secondary drowning," a spokesman said.

RNLI crew with jet ski

Robert "Tommo" Thompson, from the charity, said: "The conditions were challenging – a force four to five wind with 1.5m swells. The men had drifted approximately 1.5 miles westwards from where they had hit a sandbank and had been in the water for over 40 minutes, quite possibly an hour."

"One of the casualties advised the other to stay calm, lean back and float to regulate breathing. This is exactly the message our charity is sharing during the Respect the Water campaign, if you find yourself in the water unexpectedly," he added.

Mood swings of the weather?

BBC Radio Cornwall

This is the weather outlook from Portreath. Mean and moody with brightness.

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Fears a bad batch of drug MDMA is in circulation after death of teenager

Cornwall Live

There are fears a "bad batch" of the party drug MDMA is in circulation after a teenager died and two people were hospitalised.

Motorcyclist dies in Beaford road crash

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A motorcyclist has died in a road crash near Beaford in Devon.

Emergency services were called at 15:10 on Saturday after a collision between a white Volvo C30 car and a Triumph Bonneville 865 motorcycle on the A3124, officers said.

The motorcycle rider, a 64-year-old man from Tedburn St Mary, was pronounced dead at the scene.

All three people in the car from Bideford were taken to hospital, including a 38-year-old woman, a nine-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Penzance heliport building halted

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Building work on the new Penzance heliport has been brought to a standstill after a judicial review bid was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

If it goes ahead, it would see a judge examine Cornwall Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the project back in February.

Penzance Heliport plans illustration
Penzance Heliport

Andrew May, chairman of steamship group, said: "Our primary concern relates to the serious socio-economic consequences of creating a new heliport, and the effect the proposal will have on the long-term sustainability of the wider transport network and future investment in it, including a replacement for the Scillonian III ferry."

Hopscotch chalk marks 'not criminal damage'

Man run over twice while on stag do, drivers failed to stop

Devon Live

A man has been left with four fractured bones in his spine and a broken rib-cage after being run over by two cars in a double hit-and-run while he was out on his stag do.

Travel: Lands End flight delayed

BBC News Travel

  • The 9:45 Land's End flight to the Isles of Scilly is on hold due to a deterioration in the weather. All other flights are on time
  • Near Penryn, on the A39, there's slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell roundabout due to the road improvements
  • In Plymouth, at Sutton Harbour, the pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock remains closed due to a mechanical fault
  • Traffic is flowing smoothly on the Tamar Bridge, and there's a 15-minute wait with two ferries running at Torpoint