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Summary

  1. Body found in missing man search
  2. Drugs gang leader 'King Cornwall' sentenced
  3. Child reportedly hit by coach in Plymouth
  4. 'Rise' in cyber-related child sex crimes recorded across South West
  5. Woman airlifted to hospital after car crosses carriageway, crashes through hedge and ends up in field
  6. Thousands of private homes built across SW in 2015-2016, but only 170 council homes, charity claims
  7. Next step for Tintagel bridge plans
  8. Cows rescued from slurry pit by fire crews
  9. Updates on Thursday 1 June

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By Amy Gladwell

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

How do you tow a helicopter?

This video shows a chinook flying off the Lizard in Cornwall this afternoon, with another helicopter being carried underneath.

Helicopters in Cornwall

Daggers sign Torquay midfielder Sparkes

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed midfielder Daniel Sparkes after he turned down a new contract at National League rivals Torquay United.

Sparkes joined Torquay from Braintree in June 2016, and scored six goals in 35 league games last season.

Daniel Sparkes
Rex Features

The 25-year-old started his career at then-Conference North side Histon before joining Braintree in 2012.

Daniel Sparkes

Daggers sign Torquay midfielder Sparkes

Dagenham & Redbridge sign midfielder Daniel Sparkes after he turned down a new deal with National League rivals Torquay.

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Brave woman fought off attempted bag snatcher in Plymouth street

Plymouth Herald

A woman bravely fought off a would-be mugger who tried to snatch her bag on a Plymouth street, police have revealed.

London based gang flooded Cornwall with drugs

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Twelve members of a London drugs gang that shipped large quantities of crack cocaine and heroin into Cornwall have been sentenced.

The leader, Fidel Barzegar, called himself 'King Cornwall' and was jailed for six and a half years.

He along with eight others, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Two pleaded guilty to allowing their premises to be used for drug dealing, and another man to money laundering.

Jailed persons
Devon and Cornwall Police

The gang drove the drugs to Cornwall where they used local drug addicts to help prepare and distribute them in Bodmin, St Austell, Camborne, Penzance and Truro.

Det Sgt Daniel Bickford, from South West Regional Crime Unit said: “The sole purpose of the group’s criminal activity was to make money and in order to achieve this they preyed on vulnerable members of the Cornish communities by "cuckooing" their homes in order to deal drugs from."

Police cars get defibrillators

BBC Radio Cornwall

Response cars in Bodmin are now equipped with life-saving defibrillators thanks to the fundraising effort of the FLEET charity.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Officers will be able to use the devices prior to the arrival of the ambulance in the vital few minutes after a person has suffered a cardiac arrest. Previously they had to rely on their first aid training and the use of CPR."

The defibrillators cost £1,200 each.

Torquay top-scorer Williams leaves club

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United striker Brett Williams has confirmed he will leave the National League club this summer.

The 29-year-old was the Gulls' top-scorer with 10 goals in 39 appearances last season, as they avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign, but he could not reach an agreement on a new deal.

"I was told they could not offer me the contract I was on," Williams said via Twitter. "Therefore financially I could never stay, being so far from home."

Child, 11, questioned by police over fire that destroyed play park

Devon Live

An 11-year-old has been questioned by police over a huge fire that ripped through and destroyed a Plymouth play park. Devon and Cornwall Police is now pleading with parents to be aware of what their children are up to during the half-term break so they don't put themselves in danger.

Man injured in fire at quarry site

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A man in his 50s has suffered burns to his leg after a caravan fire at Yealmpton Quarry in Devon.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally and spread to two caravans being used as security offices at a boat storage area, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

Two fire crews were sent from Greenbank just after 8:30am and firefighters gave first aid before an ambulance arrived.

Out-of-control caravan caught on dashcam

Cornwall Live

Out-of-control caravan caught on dashcam as it jack-knifes and blocks the A30 into Cornwall.

Puffin paparazzi

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Do you fancy setting out on a mission to spot these beautiful little endangered sea birds for a research project?

The RSPB is running a "Puffarazzi" project, or "Project Puffin" where it asks people to visit colonies this month and carefully photograph the birds feeding.

Puffins
Paul Hillion

There are four colonies off north Cornwall and Lundy off north Devon, and several in the Isles of Scilly.

The charity says the birds are vulnerable to extinction and the project will help find out more about what puffins feed their chicks, where they go to find food and how their numbers are changing.

Hot topic: Housing

BBC Spotlight

Housing is a hot topic again as it was revealed just over seven and a half thousand new private homes were built in the South West last year compared to just 170 new council houses.

The figures have come from the charity Shelter.

One issue for all the political parties in the election is that many people are paying high rents and can't afford a deposit for a mortgage.

Building site
BBC

Claire Baker from Devon has been trying to save a deposit to buy for ten years but can't.

"We can afford a mortgage but can't get the mortgage... It makes me really angry," she said.

Reported online child sex crimes increase

BBC Spotlight

There's been a large rise in the number of cyber-related child sex crimes here in the South West.

Figures from the NSPCC show Devon and Cornwall police have tackled 17 cases already this year, compared to just one in 2015/16.

Superintendent Steve Parker, Head of the Public Protection Unit at Devon and Cornwall Police, said the rise is in line with the national picture.

"We have a number of dedicated and highly trained officers and staff working within the Public Protection Unit who investigate these reports, tirelessly usually working alongside colleagues from local authority children's services and other partner agencies," he said.

Severe accident: A374 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A374 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Embankment Lane and Lanhydrock Road affecting B3238 Tothill Road.

A374 Devon - A374 Embankment Road in Plymouth closed and queuing traffic outbound between the Embankment Lane junction and the Lanhydrock Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to the B3238 Tothill Road junction and on A379 Billacombe Road to the Pomphlett Road junction.

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

Drugs gang leader 'King Cornwall' sentenced

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Twelve members of a drugs gang have been sentenced for supplying large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin into Cornwall over the course of a year.

The drugs were driven from London and delivered to local dealers who helped distribute them in Bodmin, St Austell, Camborne, Penzance and Truro between September 2015 and October 2016.

The gang leader, Fidel Barzegar, 23, who gave himself the title 'King Cornwall', was jailed for six-and-a-half years at Truro Crown Court.

Fidel Barzegar
Devon and Cornwall Police

He and seven others pleaded guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Two pleaded guilty to allowing their premises to be used for drug dealing, and one to money laundering.

Police raided addresses in Cornwall and London, seizing drugs worth £21,000.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A30.

M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J31, A30 (Exminster), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Dog uninjured after 60ft cliff fall

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A dog has been safely reunited with his family after falling up to 60ft down a cliff near Brixham.

Rolo, a chocolate Labrador, was saved after two coastguard rescue teams and an RNLI lifeboat were called.

Rolo and family
Torbay Coastguard

She was hauled up in a "dog rescue bag" on a line, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

The agency has urged owners to keeps their dogs on leads when they are walking near cliffs.

Pigeon poo pavement 'power washed on average once a week'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Pigeon poo
BBC

Droppings from roosting pigeons on pavements in the centre of Redruth have become such a problem for some locals and business people that they're calling for action to deal with the issue.

One hotspot is Bond Street railway bridge where a large flock of pigeons set up home nearly eight years ago. The mess they create can make the narrow pavements below treacherous for pedestrians, residents claim.

Cornwall Council said it was "responsible for cleansing the streets and at present the area under the bridge on Bond Street is power washed on average once a week unless there is a particularly bad occurrence".

The council said it had received three complaints in the last three years and would "continue to monitor the situation and react accordingly".

The council added it does not maintain the bridge which is owned by Network Rail.

Network Rail is yet to comment.

Exeter's ex-England forward Johnson retires

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former England international Tom Johnson has retired after 10 years with Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.

The 34-year-old back row, who won eight caps for his country, was part of the Chiefs side that won promotion from the Championship in 2010.

Tom Johnson
Getty Images

"I've been very lucky and privileged to be part of Chiefs for so many years and I will never forget the experiences they have given me," Johnson said.

"Being part of the club for all these years has been amazing. Yes, I've been frustrated at times, but that happens."

BreakingBody found in missing man search

In a statement Devon and Cornwall Police have said: "At approximately 13:40 police search teams located the body of a man in Exeter Quay.

"Cordons are in place in the area as recovery continues. Whilst at this time we are not in a position to confirm the identity of the body, the family of missing Exeter man Dex Johnston have been informed of this development."

Toddler rushed to hospital after being hit by a coach

Devon Live

A child has been taken to Derriford Hospital after being hit by coach on a busy Plymouth road.

Devon and Cornwall Police celebrate 50 years

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Devon and Cornwall Police.

On 1 June 1967 the Cornwall Constabulary, Devon & Exeter Police and Plymouth City Police officially joined together.

Chief Constable photographs
Devon & Cornwall Police

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: "It is important to remember the outstanding service given to our communities by so many men and women over the years."

"The anniversary represents a time to remember those in the past and today, who give their careers and even their lives, in the service of the public," he added.

BreakingChild 'in coach crash' taken to hospital as a 'precaution'

A child who was reportedly hit by a coach has been taken to hospital as a "precaution", police have told the BBC.

A spokesman said the child had a "small bump to the head".

Police said they were called at about 11.55 to Wolseley Road, Plymouth, to a crash "reportedly involving a coach and a child".

The child was taken to Derriford Hospital.

Missing son is 'parents' worst nightmare'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The family of a young Devon man who's gone missing say they're suffering "every parents' worst nightmare" as they wait for news.

Dex Johnston, 24, disappeared in Exeter in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Dex Johnston
Handout

Police say a fresh sighting of him was reported at about 03:50 on Sunday in Cowick Street and that enquiries were now focusing on that area.

Dex's mother Allison Matthews said: "We are going through absolute complete and utter hell because it's not him. It's not something he would do and we know he wouldn't be away from us for this long".

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Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, between School Lane and Lower Way.

A3052 Devon - A3052 Station Road in Newton Poppleford blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the School Lane junction and the Lower Way junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Dog rescued after 60ft cliff fall

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A Labrador has had a lucky escape after falling up to 60ft down a cliff face near Brixham.

Dog cliff rescue
Torbay Coastguard
'Rolo'
Torbay Coastguard

'Rolo' had to be retrieved by two coastguard teams including Torbay and Berry Head using a dog rescue bag. The RNLI Torbay Lifeboat was also involved in the search to find him.

It happened earlier this week at Landscove Holiday Park. He's now safe and well and back with his owner.

No plans to scrap County Championship rugby

BBC Sport

The Rugby Football Union says County Championship rugby will continue for at least four more years, amid reports that the competition could be scrapped.

Cornwall have reached the final of the annual tournament five years running, winning the trophy in 2015 and 2016, but were beaten by Lancashire at Twickenham on Sunday.

Cornwall
Getty Images

In a statement to BBC Radio Cornwall, the RFU said: "There are no plans to downscale the County Championships. This was reviewed two years ago, received strong support and remains an integral part of the playing calendar.

"The four programmes - England Counties Under 18, England Counties Under 20, England Counties and England Students, will continue to operate throughout the next four years of the RFU strategic plan."

BreakingChild reportedly hit by coach in Plymouth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

There are reports of a child being hit by a coach on a main road in Plymouth.

Police said they were called at around 11.55am to Wolseley Road to a crash "reportedly involving a coach and a child".

The child was taken to the accident and emergency department at Derriford Hospital and the nature of their injuries are not known.

Police said they had no further details of the crash but more information should follow.

Wolseley Road
Google

Coach-pedestrian crash

BBC News Travel

In Plymouth reports of slow traffic due to an accident. A coach and pedestrian are involved on the A3064 Wolseley Road

RNLI volunteers give 23 years of service

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Two women with a combined age of 166 are retiring from the volunteer roles at a Devon RNLI base.

Margaret Griffin and Biddy Midgley, both 83, manned the charity's Exmouth shop as well as stalls at outdoor events.

Margaret Griffin and Biddy Midgley
RNLI

Shop manager, Linda Cawsey, said they would be greatly missed.

"Over their 23 years’ service, Margaret and Biddy have seen four inshore lifeboats, five all-weather lifeboats and a brand new lifeboat station," she said.

Ducklings rescued from street drain

Three ducklings have been rescued from a street drain after falling down it.

Firefighters were alerted by the RSPCA and were called to Romilly Gardens, Plymouth, this morning.

The ducklings were rescued from the drain and were taken to the nearest RSPCA centre to be cared for. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they were not injured.

The big five-0 for Devon and Cornwall Police

Twitter

People are sharing archive pictures of the local police as it's been 50 years since the Devon & Cornwall force formed. Credit to SWPHT for this photograph....

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Devon warship seizes £65m worth of drugs

Devon Live

Plymouth-based warship HMS Monmouth has seized £65m of cannabis and heroin from a hidden freezer compartment on board a suspect vessel in the Indian Ocean.

Woman airlifted to hospital after car crosses carriageway, crashes through hedge and ends up in field

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash left one person in hospital with serious injuries.

Officers were called to a single car crash on the A361 near Knowle just before 15:00 on Tuesday.

Police said a silver Ford Mondeo heading in the direction of Braunton lost control on the exit to a bend, crossed the carriageway and went through a hedge.

"The vehicle launched into the adjacent field where it came to rest," the force added.

The female driver, a woman in her 60s suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

Police 'encouraged' online child sex victims are coming forward

BBC Spotlight

The number of reported sex crimes against children using the internet has risen dramatically in Cornwall and Devon, figures show.

Just one crime was recorded in 2015/16 but that number rose to 17 last year.

Childs' hands typing
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police say they're encouraged more victims are coming forward and they're continuing to work hard to support them.

Peter Frost, from the NSPCC, said there are now so many different ways that children can be contacted online.

"It can be chat rooms, it can be games that they're playing... and then obviously chat develops and possible meetings from that," he said.

Man trapped under car rescued by fire crews

A man trapped under a car in Camborne has been rescued by fire crews.

Firefighters said he became trapped under the car in a garage on Wednesday evening.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service used "large air bags" to lift the vehicle off the man.

He was left with ambulance crews. His condition is not known.

More bright and sunny spells to come

Pigeon poo 'poses danger'

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Droppings from roosting pigeons on pavements in the centre of Redruth are becoming such a problem for some residents that they're calling for action to deal with the issue.

It's claimed one hotspot is Bond Street railway bridge where a large flock of pigeons set up home nearly eight years ago.

Pigeons
BBC
Pigeon droppings on pavement
BBC

Paul Thomas who runs a garage nearby said: "Old people are having to traverse the pavement, in danger of slipping on pigeon poo".

Network Rail and Cornwall Council are yet to comment.

Devon and Cornwall Police mark 50 years

Twitter

It's been 50 years since police forces in the South West merged to become one. The chief constable has been tweeting about it....

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Devon man campaigns to get Foo Fighters to play song at Glastonbury in memory of his wife

Devon Live

The husband of Devon teacher Laura Plane is appealing for rock band Foo Fighters to dedicate a song to her at Glastonbury Festival.