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  1. Death of driver, Brian Hartnell, 83, killed in Truro four-vehicle crash a 'terrible shock'
  2. Extra jail time for prisoners caught with mobile phones
  3. Minimum wage rise promise 'could kill off businesses'
  4. Man treated for burns after chip pan fire in Exeter
  5. The Red Arrows: A cockpit view of new routine
  6. Thousands expected at Torbay Airshow
  7. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

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By Andrew Segal

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

Have a great weekend.

Wild life: Dormouse scuttles up ranger's back and down his leg

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Dormouse. Pic: National Trust
National Trust

A National Trust ranger got "the shock of his life" after a rare hazel dormouse scuttled up his back, the trust says.

Ranger James Robbins, who works on the Cotehele Estate, near Saltash in Cornwall, was checking 60 dormouse nest boxes in a wooded valley on the estate earlier this month when, after taking one box off a tree to look inside "the dormouse jumped out".

The licensed dormouse handler said: "I was caught off guard. It went up my t-shirt and was scurrying around my shoulders for a little while. Then escaped down my leg and away into the wood."

The rare animals are now protected by law. The trust said it planned to install an additional 40 nest boxes in the woodland this year.

Myttin Da! Boardmasters to offer Cornish on festival website

Boardmasters website

Cornwall's Boardmasters Festival is to have Cornish translations available on its website, organisers say.

Bosses said they were working with Cornwall Council Cornish translators Mark Trevethan and Sam Rogerson to allow people to "access key information in the native language of the area".

As the saying goes: "Boardmasters ha Konsel Kernow warbarth a omre dhe Gernewek gwir" ("Boardmasters and Cornwall Council go proper Cornish together" - we hope that's right. That's what Boardmasters told us!).

The festival is on in August.

(And Myttin Da means "Good Morning", of course!)

Penzance-Isles of Scilly helicopter link petition gains 5,000 signatures in two days

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A petition backing a new helicopter link between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland has gained more than 5,000 signatures in just two days.

The petition calls on the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to drop its planned legal challenge against Penzance Heliport Limited, which has already started preparatory work on its new site in the town.

The steamship company, which runs Penzance-islands ferry and Skybus aeroplane service, has begun proceedings for a judicial review of Cornwall Council's decision to approve planning for the heliport.

The company said it did not object to the proposed new helicopter service, and embraced the principle of competition, but it was concerned that the effect of doubling the number of airports in west Cornwall had not been properly analysed.

Latest weather: Dry overnight before sunny spells and showers on Saturday

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

The earlier cloud and rain will clear to the east leaving a brighter end to the day for many. There will then be some clear spells overnight. Winds will be light westerly, moderate around the coasts. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


Saturday will be mainly bright and sunny. Fair weather cloud will bubble up through the morning. We will then see a band of showers crossing the county in the afternoon, but not all of us will see the rain. It will then be a return to fine conditions with decent sunny spells. Winds will be moderate south westerly, veering westerly in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Heavitree paddling pools set to reopen

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Paddling pools in an Exeter park are set to reopen this weekend, the city council says.

The authority said the pools in the Heavitree Pleasure Ground had been closed to "carry out essential maintenance work".

It added that they had been repainted "with a grippier surface following reports of some children slipping over while playing".

The pools will be open from 10:00 until 19:00.

Heavitree pools
Exeter City Council

Insurance Premium Tax rises: How can young drivers bring down their premiums

BBC Newsbeat

We told you earlier about young driver Sean Robinson from Plymouth, and how he and other young people are telling Newsbeat the rising price of car insurance is making it harder and harder for them to be able to afford to drive.

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rises today from 10% to 12% and insurers are warning this could affect premiums.

Sean said: "It's just not fair on us."

Well, Gareth Shaw from consumer group said there were some things young people could do to keep their premiums down.

Steering wheel

He said: "One thing you might want to consider is something called black box insurance, also known as telematics. Your insurance company will install a little tracker in your car and it will monitor your driving performance.

"Insurers tend to think younger people are more risky drivers. If you keep within the speed limit, you don't drive at night and you take corners well, it will reward you as a safer driver with lower premiums."

He also said people could add a parent to the policy to keep costs down, but that it was really important they did not add them as the main driver "as that's considered fraudulent by insurers".

Body found at Exeter Quay confirmed as missing man Dex Johnston

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A body found by police search teams at Exeter Quay yesterday has been confirmed as that of missing man Dex Johnston, officers say.

Mr Johnston disappeared in the city in the early hours of Sunday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained whilst enquiries are ongoing, and police await the outcome of post-mortem results."

Dex Johnston

Green candidate backers offered money back

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

People who contributed to a Green Party fundraising campaign in Plymouth have been offered their money back, after the candidate publicly endorsed the Labour party.

Josh Pope wrote a blog post asking people to vote for Labour rival Sue Dann in the general election, as she "has the best chance of beating the Conservatives and helping to create a more balanced Parliament".

Josh Pope
Josh Pope

The Green Party suspended him for breaching its constitution but he will still appear on the ballot paper in the Plymouth Moor View constituency.

Using a crowdfunding page, Mr Pope had raised £110 towards his campaign.

He said: "All those who donated have been contacted explaining what has happened as well as to ask whether they would like their money back."

Conservative candidate Johnny Mercer branded the episode a "farce".

Problems on the M5 at Exeter

BBC News Travel

On the M5, traffic is barely moving between Exminster and Broadclyst.

Helston junction turning ban trial to 'improve road safety'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Drives are to be banned from turning in and out of a junction in Helston in a bid to improve road safety in the area.

Highway bosses said drivers would be banned from turning right out of the Penhellaz Hill junction (towards Penzance) and turning left into the junction (from Penzance) from 14 June until the end of July.

Contractor Cormac said one concern was because two schools were situated in the vicinity and "removing additional traffic from the area will help to improve road safety, particularly for children walking to and from the schools".

It added that results from the trial would be assessed "before a decision is made whether or not to make the trial permanent".

Shock baby eight months after dad's death

A woman says she was stunned to discover she was pregnant eight months after the child's father died.

Stephanie Thompson's boyfriend, twenty-nine-year-old Dan Muirhead, died in his sleep at their Plymouth home in May 2016.

She did not realise she was pregnant until January 2017 when a doctor revealed the news, and she gave birth four weeks later, the Plymouth Herald reports. The couple had been trying for a baby for two-and-a-half years.

Stephanie and Jesse
Plymouth Herald

Twenty-four-year-old Stephanie said: "We had always talked about being parents. Dan always said how much he was excited to be a dad.

"Jesse was one of the names we discussed for a baby. I must have been caught pregnant a few weeks before Dan died."

'Truck meets car' in Bodmin crash

Man ordered to pay £2,000 over abandoned cars

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 in fines, compensation and costs after being found guilty in his absence of two charges of abandoning a vehicle in what Cornwall Council says is the first such prosecution it has carried out.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kristopher Danks, from Bude, was fined £440 and ordered to pay more than £1,600 in compensation and costs by Bodmin Magistrates this week for abandoning the vehicles near his former home in Launceston.

The council said it had to remove and dispose of two vehicles.

It said: "This is the first time the council has prosecuted a member of the public for abandoning a vehicle, and the authority hopes that it sends a clear message to others that they will face enforcement action if they fail to remove or dispose of a vehicle when asked to do so."

Foodbank honoured with Queen's Award

BBC Radio Cornwall

Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank

One of Cornwall's independent foodbanks has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank provides support for hundreds of local people.

Its co-ordinator, Don Gardner, said the award was real recognition for the hard work of volunteers.

Coastguards need new advisor for dogs in distress, so they've got it collared

Couch leads Plymouth contingent at diving championships

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Tonia Couch is one of six Plymouth-based divers competing at the British Championships in Edinburgh across the weekend.

She will pair up with Lois Toulson in the women's 10m synchro, while Matthew Dixon is competing both individually and alongside partner Noah Williams.

Tonia Couch
Getty Images

Former world champion Tom Daley had been scheduled to dive at the event, but has pulled out because of a minor injury.

Big delays on the M5 northbound

BBC News Travel

Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare).

Travel time is 90 minutes.

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Extra jail time for prisoners caught with mobile phones

Exeter Prison

Prisoners who are caught with mobile phones in jail are being given extra sentences in a new crackdown, staff say.

Since January, about 16 inmates who were in Exeter Prison have appeared in court, charged with possessing mobile phones; and this week two inmates were given six-month jail sentences for the offences by magistrates.

Other inmates have faced even stiffer sentences after appearing before judges at the city's crown court.

Phones are often thrown over the perimeter walls at the prison, and drones carrying illicit goods have also been causing problems for staff.

Prison governor Pete Elbourn said it was an "ongoing major issue".

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J26 for A38 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is one hour and ten minutes.

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

Flights of fancy: We get ready for this weekend's Torbay Airshow

Rick Edwards

BBC Radio Devon

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Thousands of people are expected in Torbay tomorrow and Sunday for the airshow.

It will feature two displays by the RAF Red Arrows, as well as turns by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Chinook display team and a Typhoon fighter.

New vans for police unveiled

Traffic in Devon: Hour-and-a-half delays on M5 northbound

BBC News Travel

  • The A379 in Brixton is partially blocked due to a broken-down vehicle near Steer Point Road
  • On the M5 northbound from Tiverton, there are delays of up to 90 minutes between Cullompton and Weston-Super-Mare

Climate change 'is not fake news'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall-based aid charity ShelterBox has hit out at President Donald Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Mr Trump said the accord "punished" the US and would cost millions of American jobs.

Senior Republicans in the Untied States and country's coal industry backed the move, but there has been widespread international condemnation.


Chris Warham, chief executive of the Truro-based charity, said: "Climate change is not fake news. America leaving the Paris Climate Change Agreement is incredibly disappointing and could mean even more hardship for the most vulnerable people on our planet."

Broken-down bus on A35

Delays of up to an hour on M5

BBC News Travel


  • On the M5 northbound from Tiverton, there's stop-start traffic between Cullompton and Weston-super-Mare, with delays of up to an hour
  • In Kennford, there's queuing traffic on the A38 eastbound between Exeter Racecourse junction and the A30


  • On the A30 westbound, one lane is closed and there's very slow traffic between the Newquay and Summercourt turn-offs due to a broken-down vehicle
  • At Chiverton Cross, there's queueing traffic on the A30 in both directions between Chiverton Cross roundabout and Carland Cross
  • In Bodmin there's queueing traffic on the A30 Eastbound between Carminow Cross and Temple, with congestion to the Innis Downs Junction
  • Also in Bodmin, the A389 Priory Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Turf Street and Boxwell Park
  • Skybus flights between Exeter, Lands End and Newquay airports and the Isles of Scilly are disrupted due to weather conditions

No explanation for slow-moving traffic in Exeter Marsh Barton

Ainslie leads Britain to America's Cup play-offs

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall's Sir Ben Ainslie has helped Great Britain secure a play-off place at the America's Cup by narrowly defeating France in a thrilling contest at the end of Thursday's racing.

The GB crew had earlier lost to New Zealand and retired with their opponents having already finished.

But a late manoeuvre saw them clinch a crucial victory against France, who had earlier lost to Japan.

Sir Ben Ainslie
Getty Images

Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team now have an unassailable lead over bottom-of-the-table France.

Racing continues today, but it is a rest day for the British crew.

Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound out of Devon

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 northbound from Tiverton there's stop-start traffic between Cullompton and Weston-Super-Mare
  • Near Kennford, on the A38 westbound, one lane is closed and there's slow traffic due to a broken-down lorry at the Splatford Split
  • There's also queuing traffic eastbound in Kennford on the A38 between the racecourse junction and the A30
  • In Yarcombe, there's very slow traffic in both directions on the A30 between Pound Lane and Snowdon Cottage Lane due to roadworks
  • In Barnstaple there's heavy traffic on the A361 eastbound between the Portmoor Roundabout and the Bolham Roundabout in Tiverton
  • In Exeter Broadfields Road is closed near Purcell Close due to a void appearing in the road
  • Skybus flights between Exeter Airport and the Isles of Scilly are disrupted due to the weather

Severe accident: A389 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A389 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between B3268 Turf Street and Boxwell Park.

A389 Cornwall - A389 Priory Road in Bodmin blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3268 Turf Street junction and the Boxwell Park junction, because of an accident involving a car and lorry.

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

Western lowland gorilla Kiondo's tongue-twister

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Gorilla. Pic: Miriam Haas
Miriam Haas

Do you remember the joke: "Where does a 200kg gorilla sit? Anywhere he wants!"

Well, I'm wondering if it's a similar situation if you need to ask the question: "What do you do if a gorilla sticks his tongue out at you?" Er, move along?!

Paignton Zoo is merely asking what exactly is male western lowland gorilla Kiondo passing comment on in this picture. Is it the general election? Sport? Photographers? The weather?

The zoo said the photo, taken by Miriam Haas, showed that, whatever it was, the 14-year-old member of the critically endangered species was "clearly in a rather playful mood".

And as to whether Kiondo is the gorilla in the first joke, he can't be. He only weighs a humble 186kgs.

Truro City pair join Taunton

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Long-serving Truro City winger Les Afful has signed for Taunton Town, along with team-mate Ryan Brett.

The duo were released by Truro at the end of last season and have both joined the Somerset side.

Les Afful
Truro City FC

Afful, 33, played for both Exeter City and Torquay United earlier in his career, while Brett, 26, started in Plymouth Argyle's youth side.

High-risk missing person found unconscious in marsh land

MTV Crashes Plymouth: Charli XCX and Duke Dumont join event line-up

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two more acts have been revealed for the MTV Crashes Plymouth this summer.

Charli XCX

Organisers said singer, songwriter and actress Charli XCX (pictured) and DJ and songwriter Duke Dumont were now in the line-up, which already includes: Martin Garrix, Sigma, Louisa Johnson, Wilkinson, and Busted, at the two-day festival in July.

Bodmin traffic schemes will open in time for Royal Cornwall Show

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three traffic schemes in Bodmin will open in time for next week's Royal Cornwall Show.

Traffic will be able to use the main A389 Dennison Road, Priory Road and Church Square, but four other projects will not be ready for a few months.

Cornwall Council said work was "progressing well" at Mount Folly, Turf Street , Berrycoombe Road and at the Bodmin and Wenford Station.

Hole appears in Exeter road

Latest weather: Cloud and drizzle clearing

BBC Weather

After cloud and drizzle in the east clears, the dry and then brighter conditions in the west will spread to all areas this afternoon, with some late sunshine possible in western areas. Winds are moderate westerly. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).


It will be a pleasant evening with some sunshine. There will then be some clear spells overnight. Winds will be light westerly, moderate around the coasts. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Man claims bouncers left him with facial injuries

Devon Live

A construction worker was left with serious facial injuries after an incident involving door security staff at a Devon nightclub.

Launceston fire burns down three sheds

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are investigating after three sheds were destroyed in a fire in Launceston last night.

Jade Farrington, the Liberal Democrat Cornwall councillor for Launceston South, posted photos of the fire on Facebook.

She said despite the efforts of neighbours, her shed and two others were destroyed.

Police say they are investigating reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Shed fire
Jade Farrington

Baby hurt after gang of youths stone family home

Devon Live

A baby was left with an injury right next to her eye after a gang of 40 youths as young as 13 bombarded a family home with stones.