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Summary

  1. Suspended police officer charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
  2. Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Post-mortem 'inconclusive'
  3. South West health commissioners overspend by more than £220m in the last financial year
  4. Family pays tribute to boy who died after 'youth disco'
  5. Three arrests over Newquay serious assault
  6. Swabs left in patient at Plymouth hospital, bosses confirm
  7. Nine-thousand East Devon postal voters reassured their votes will be valid despite problems with papers
  8. Terrier gets stuck in rabbit hole
  9. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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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.

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Cornwall man Tasered by police had 'heart of gold'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Danny and Marc Cole
Danny Cole

Friends and family of a man who died after suffering self-inflicted knife wounds and being Tasered by police have paid tribute to him.

Marc Cole (pictured right), 30, from Falmouth, Cornwall, who died on 23 May, was described as having a "great sense of humour" and a "heart of gold".

His brother, Danny Cole (pictured left), told The Falmouth Packet the dad-of-two had not been trying to kill himself when police were called.

"He was well respected in the area and I have had over 400 messages from people - everyone knew my brother," Mr Cole said.

Painter and decorator Marc leaves behind his partner, Nadine Kinder, and their two sons: Caden, aged three, and Caleb, who is nearly one.

"He worshipped them, they were his life," Mr Cole said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating his death and has appealed for witnesses.

Nature reserve warbles on about frequent flyer

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Reed Warbler
East Devon District Council

Staff at a Devon nature reserve have been able to record a reed warbler visiting the area during what's believed to be its ninth migration between Britain and Africa, East Devon District Council says.

The code on a ring on the bird's leg, which was put on by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group, revealed it was first caught on Seaton Wetlands as an adult in 2009.

The group ring birds for conservation monitoring purposes and have been active on the Axe Estuary reserves for more than 10 years.

Council reserves manager James Chubb said: "It is remarkable that this tiny little bird has made such an incredible journey not just once, but at least nine times, and each time we can be sure she is returning to the same small patch of reeds at Seaton Wetlands to feed and breed."

Green candidate suspended for endorsing Labour

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A Green Party general election candidate has been suspended by his party for openly encouraging people to vote Labour.

Josh Pope, 19, is standing in the Plymouth Moor View constituency, and said he is "disappointed but not surprised" to be suspended.

Josh Pope
Josh Pope

It follows a blog expressing his hope "to put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street" by voting for Labour candidate Sue Dann.

Conservative candidate Johnny Mercer said it was becoming a "farce".

Other candidates are Wendy Noble, UKIP and Graham Reed, Lib Dems. A complete list can be found here.

Metal price rises 'giving impetus to restart old mines'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The price of metals is continuing to rise, giving renewed impetus to attempts to restart old mines in a handful of places across the region.

Mine site
BBC

The company that's currently test-drilling for tin in east Cornwall has become one of the few firms of its type to turn a profit, although that's as a result of its mining overseas.

The price rises are historically significant. Tin prices are higher then they were through most of the 20th Century, with today's tin price about 40% higher than 1900 in real terms.

But even with these prices, it's far from easy to reopen an old mine. We've seen that at Hemerdon, near Plymouth. They've had quite bad technical teething problems and the tungsten price has been through a real wobble, but it is now moving quite steadily in the right direction.

Their investors keep funding them because they think they will make money.

Military personnel 'increasingly dissatisfied with service life'

Jonathan Beale

BBC defence correspondent

Military personnel are increasingly dissatisfied with service life, according to the MoD's latest survey.

About 35% of those military personnel in the Army, Royal Navy and RAF who took part in the survey said they were dissatisfied with service life in general - that's up 4% from 2016. The survey also showed a fall in satisfaction with pay and service accommodation.

Plymouth Citadel
BBC

Overall there's been a decline in morale, with the biggest fall among Royal Marines.

However, 74% of those military personnel questioned still said they were proud to be in their service.

In Devon and Cornwall, military facilities in Plymouth alone include Devonport naval base, the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade in Stonehouse and an Army base in the city's Citadel (pictured).

Cornwall is home to facilities including RNAS Culdrose and HMS Raleigh.

Keeper McHale eyes Truro promotion push

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Goalkeeper Tom McHale says Truro City are capable of pushing for promotion from National League South next season.

McHale spent much of last term on loan at Weymouth, but impressed on his return and has signed a one-year deal.

Tom McHale
Truro City FC
Tom McHale

"I think we've proved, as a young group of players, that we can kick it with the big boys in that league," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"I do want to repay the club and see if we can get promoted this year, and I really think that there's an opportunity to do that with the squad we've got now."

Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Police watchdog carries out local enquiries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Staff from the police watchdog have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and gathering statements while investigating an incident where a man from Falmouth died after suffering self-inflicted knife injuries and having to be Tasered by police.

Thrity-year-old Marc Cole, of The Beacon in the town, died in hospital on Tuesday 23 May after police were called to Langton Road.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was gathering witness statements, including accounts from the officers involved, but added i was appealing for anyone else who saw what happened or had been in contact with Mr Cole to come forward.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "My thoughts are with Mr Cole's family and friends and anyone affected following this traumatic event. It is important we establish all of the circumstances surrounding police contact with Mr Cole prior to his death."

Langton Road
BBC

Latest weather: Getting cloudier before clearing on Thursday

BBC Weather

It will be mild and dry tonight with some clear spells, though the skies will tend to cloud over for many towards dawn. Patchy mist and fog may well form too. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will see another predominantly cloudy start, but the cloud will gradually thin to allow warm sunny spells through the afternoon. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine too. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Students tackle flat phones

BBC Radio Cornwall

A group of budding entrepreneurs from the University of Exeter's Falmouth campus are hoping to launch a new product that could stop us running out of phone battery when out and about.

The 'Charged Up' is a portable battery that can be hired at major events to charge up your device at twice the speed.

Hakeem Buge (pictured left) is one of the founders of the project, and says they also plan to help charities in the developing world.

"We'll be giving part of our proceeds to energy charities in Africa. What they do is they give people in houses and little huts solar panels, so they will be able to have electricity at night so children can do their homework and families can charge their mobile phones as well."

Phone charger
BBC

St Erth sewage works smell 'unbearable'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

People living in St Erth say they've been plagued by the smell coming from a sewage works in the village.

Mike Matthews, who has lived in St Erth for more than 60 years, said the smell had become unbearable in the last few weeks.

South West Water told us the recent spell of hot weather and the fact it was installing a new gas holder at the site had exacerbated the problem and it was trying hard to put it right.

Festival project sees drawing boxes on Exmoor

BBC Spotlight

Sketch boxes are being left out as part of this year's Simonsbath Festival on Exmoor.

The tins ask you to "scratch, scribble or scribe inside" and are a spin off from the successful Exmoor Poetry Box Project, which collected nearly 6,000 poems over three years.

sketchbox
BBC

Phosphorus ordnance destroyed in controlled explosion

BBC Radio Cornwall

A controlled explosion has been carried out near Falmouth after a fisherman dragged up a phosphorus marker whilst tending to lobster pots.

Coastguards said the man sensibly left the device in the water and sailed it to Gyllyngvase Beach (pictured).

A bomb disposal team from Plymouth moved it to a quieter spot on the Helford and blew it up.

Gyllyngvase Beach. Pic: Gyllyngvase Beach
Google

Body of man, 21, found in Exeter Quay

Devon Live

The body of a 21-year-old man was discovered by police divers in Exeter Quay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Broken-down vehicle on A38 Tamar Bridge

BBC News Travel

In Plymouth, there's slow traffic westbound on the A38 on the Tamar Bridge due to a broken-down vehicle between Plymouth and Saltash.

Suspended police officer charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police officer who has admitted downloading child abuse images is to face a new allegation that he incited an under age girl to send him pictures of herself.

PC Jonathan Fulcher, who is currently suspended, may face a trial at Exeter Crown Court after the new charge was added to the five which he has already admitted.

His case has been adjourned until 6 July and he was released on bail.

Jonathan Fulcher
BBC

PC Fulcher, 34, of High Road, Crediton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of making indecent images of children, one of possession ammunition with a certificate, and one of possession of a noxious pava spray.

The new charge alleges he incited a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity and related to screenshots of an MSN Messenger conversation recovered from his computer.

Tom Bradnock, defending, said he will be asking for the new allegation to be dismissed when the case returns to court in July.

Severe accident: A3022 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3022 Devon both ways severe accident, near Avenue Road affecting Falkland Road.

A3022 Devon - A3022 Newton Road in Torquay blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near Torre Train Station, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Torre Abbey traffic lights.

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

Road accident on Hayle's North Quay

BBC News Travel

On Hayle's North Quay, there's been an accident near the swimming pool, so expect delays there.

Council sends out rubbish information about waste collections

Should Devon install contactless donation points for the homeless?

Devon Live

Contactless donation points which allow people to give £2 to the homeless by tapping their card on a machine in the street have been installed in Bristol.

Daley to miss British Championships

BBC Sport

Former world champion Tom Daley will miss this week's British Championships in Edinburgh, with a minor injury problem behind his absence from competition. Daley's 3m mixed synchro partner, Grace Reid, will also miss the event in her home city.

Tom Daley
Getty Images

The British Championships double as qualification for Great Britain's World Championships team for Budapest in July.However, all absent divers still have the chance of going to Hungary as discretionary picks.

Parliamentary candidate's posters defaced with swastikas

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Sheryll Murray poster with swastikas
Sheryll Murray

Posters for South East Cornwall Conservative parliamentary candidate Sheryll Murray have been defaced with swastikas.

A photograph from Ms Murray's office shows the symbol cut out twice on one poster.

Ms Murray said she was "sickened" by the attack, which she said was highly offensive to the Jewish community.

Other candidates standing in the constituency include: Martin Corney for the Green Party, Gareth Derrick for Labour and Liberal Democrat Phil Hutty.

Four rescued after boat's engine breaks down

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI has been called out to rescue four people in a rib off St Ives after the boat's engine broke down.

Coastguards said four people were involved and no-one was hurt.

Dog collared after getting stuck down rabbit hole

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A terrier dog has been rescued by firefighters after it got stuck down a rabbit hole.

Rescued dog. Pic: Callington Fire Station
Callington Fire Station

A fire crew from Callington was called to St Giles on the Heath, near Launceston, at about 22:20 on Tuesday.

The dog was found to be about a foot-and-a-half down the hole and was rescued by firefighters using shovels and an electric saw to reach it.

Latest weather: Mainly cloudy but clearing later

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly cloudy afternoon although cloud will lift to allow for some bright or sunny spells, the best of which will be in areas sheltered from the light southerly breeze. There is also a risk of an isolated showers. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

It will be mild and dry tonight, with some clear spells. It will become cloudier towards dawn with some patchy mist and fog forming too. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

In its sights!

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We hope this is just a training exercise, not a duel!

Jubilee Pool Penzance to open on Saturday

Cornwall Live

West Cornwall's iconic lido swimming pool, which was meant to be reopen for the summer season last weekend, will now do so this Saturday – with free entry for all.

Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Police watchdog appeals for witnesses

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The police watchdog has appealed for witnesses of an incident where a man from Falmouth suffered self-inflicted knife injuries and had to be Tasered by police.

Marc Cole
Handout

Thirty-year-old Marc Cole, of The Beacon in the town, died in hospital on Tuesday 23 May after police were called to Langton Road. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police said they used an electric stun gun "due to the unfolding dynamic incident".

The force has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC said it was "aware of a number of members of the public" witnessed the incident, but added it was "asking for anyone else who may have been in the area at the time and who saw Mr Cole to come forward".

A post-mortem examination carried out last week on Mr Cole's body was inconclusive.

Tornado loco isn't too railroaded into new home, we hope!

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

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We told you yesterday about the famous steam locomotive which is spending the half-term week in Cornwall.

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

She is now settling in to her temporary new home on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, where she is to take passengers until Sunday.

Managers said the train was expected to draw big crowds.

Family pays tribute to boy who died after 'youth disco'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The family of a boy who died in a suspected drugs related incident in a club last Friday have paid tribute to the "funny" 16-year-old who was "bursting with promise".

Police believe Luke Campbell-Tapson may have taken MDMA at a "youth disco" held at Vivid nightclub in Ilfracombe on Friday 26 May.

The teenager was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he died in the early hours of Saturday.

His family said he had "a rich and full life in front of him, and has paid a price completely out of proportion".

Luke Campbell-Tapson
Devon and Cornwall Police

Plan for £28.5m roadworks on route off A38 set to be approved

Devon Live

Plans for a £28.5m road scheme to widen and realign the A382 - the road which connects Newton Abbot with the A38 at Drumbridges - will provide 'substantial public benefits', planners have said as they recommend approving the scheme.

Devon postal votes 'still valid' despite problem with papers

BBC Spotlight

Nine-thousand postal voters in East Devon are being reassured their votes will be valid despite a problem with the papers.

The district's returning officer has confirmed some postal vote packs issued last week contained slips without an official security mark.

Voters affected are being encouraged to return their votes as they would be counted, staff said.

Postal vote
BBC

General election 2017: South West debate

BBC Spotlight

Last night we hosted the South West General Election Debate at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Plymouth.

Candidates in the spotlight included:

  • Anne Marie Morris, Conservative
  • Ben Bradshaw, Labour
  • Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat
  • Steve Crowther, UKIP
  • Jacqi Hodgson, Green Party

You can see the programme above and read the live feed here.

Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Post-mortem 'inconclusive'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Langton Road
BBC

A post-mortem examination carried out on a man in Falmouth who died after suffering self-inflicted knife injuries and having to be Tasered by police has proved inconclusive, the police watchdog says.

Marc Cole, of The Beacon in Falmouth, died in hospital on Tuesday 23 May after police were called to Langton Road in the town. Officers said they had to deploy the electric stun gun "due to the unfolding dynamic incident".

The Devon and Cornwall force referred the death of the 30-year-old to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) "as per statutory guidelines".

The IPCC said further tests would be carried out.

Three arrests over Newquay serious assault

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Three teenagers have been arrested and released over a serious assault in Newquay which has left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

A 32-year-old man from Newquay was punched in the head at around 04:40 on Monday at the junction of Beach Road and Gover Lane in the town centre.

Police said three 19-year-old men were arrested, interviewed and released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact police on 101.

Beach Road, Newquay
Google

Barnstaple theatre gets a new lease of life

BBC Spotlight

Four months after it went 'dark' and the lights are back on at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple.

The theatre closed suddenly when the trust that ran it, and The Landmark in Ilfracombe, went into administration in January.

A new organisation, Parkwood Theatres, has taken the two venues on.

Although the Queen's won't fully reopen until the autumn, a local theatre group is putting on a production of Hairspray the Musical, which opens tonight.

Queen's Theatre
BBC

Water problems in Torquay

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Engineers said they expected water to be be back on by 17:00.

Torquay missing boy found

Accident on A30 Hayle bypass

BBC News Travel

On the A30, on the Hayle bypass heading westbound, there are reports there's an accident. Traffic is queueing back to Roseworthy.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports on an accident in Brixham on Penn Meadows, around Sellick Avenue
  • In Totnes, on the A385 Ashburton Road near the school, there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks. Traffic is slow-moving in both directions
  • On the A361 through Braunton and in Barnstaple at the Portmore roundabout, there's heavy traffic in both directions due to roadworks
  • In Cornwall, between Nancledra and St Ives, there are reports the B3311 is blocked in both directions due to a broken-down tractor
  • On the A30 around Bodmin, heading eastbound, there's slow traffic
  • Also on the A30, this time heading westbound between Camborne and the St Erth roundabout, there's slow moving and queueing traffic