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Summary

  1. Teenager, 18, dies after Exeter statue fall
  2. Terror attacks 'highlight need for more rural police funding'
  3. Rick Stein thanks firefighters after blaze at his Porthlevan restaurant
  4. Poldark: 5.5m tune in to launch of series three
  5. Updates on Monday 12 June 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 Tuesday 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.

Members of the public urged 'not to arm themselves' during terrorist attack

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall's Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton has urged members of the public not to arm themselves with firearms during a terrorist attack.

He released a statement after comments made by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez on BBC Radio Cornwall about whether registered firearms license holders could be of assistance to police in such circumstances.

“Under no circumstances would we want members of the public to arm themselves with firearms, not least because officers responding would not know who the offenders were, and quite obviously they would not have the time to ask. Our message to the public is a simple one: to run, to hide and to tell.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul NethertonDevon and Cornwall Police

He did add: "British policing will require an uplift in resources in response to the unprecedented threats we are currently facing.

"This includes additional operationally firearms capability as well as an investment in our local policing."

Armed members of the public 'not the way to deal with a terrorist attack'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Interventions by armed members of the public is not the way forward in the event of a terrorist attack, the organisation representing rank-and-file police officers says.

The Police Federation was reacting to comments by Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez on Radio Cornwall that she would talk to the chief constable about an idea of private citizens with gun licences using weapons to defend their community against terrorists.

However, she also told the BBC that she was unsure what the legal implications would be if weapons were used in such "extreme circumstances".

Janice Adam, from the federation, said reacting to and dealing with any such incidents should be left to highly specialised firearms officers.

Armed police officer
BBC

Poldark returns... but without Ross's bare torso

BBC Entertainment and Arts

If you were starting to feel withdrawal symptoms from not seeing Ross Poldark and the sweeping Cornish coastline, you were rewarded on Sunday with the return of the BBC One drama.

Poldark Guardian quote
BBC

The series kicked off with a birth, two deaths and a marriage - and the introduction of three new characters including Demelza's two brothers, Drake and Sam.

But what most viewers were disappointed to see was the lack of bare torso from Poldark himself, which helped make Aidan Turner famous. Even critics were quick to point it out in their reviews.

Poldark Telegraph quote
BBC

You can find out more here, but - spoiler warning - do not read if you've not yet watched series three, episode one.

Royal Cornwall Show: More than 111,000 attend 2017 event

BBC Radio Cornwall

More than 111,000 people braved the weather to attend this year's Royal Cornwall Show, bosses say.

Sheep. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal
Sheep. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

The attendance figures for the three-day in Wadebridge were released today and organisers said that, although visitor numbers were down on previous years, new entry records were set this year in both the sheep and pig sections, and the show continued to go from strength to strength.

Cow competition. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal
Royal Cornwall Show
BBC

You can also see our Local Live stream which rounded up the first day of the show here.

Police commissioner to ask chief constable about private gun owners defending community against terrorists

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner has promised to talk to the chief constable about an idea of private citizens with gun licences using weapons to defend their community against terrorists.

On Radio Cornwall, Alison Hernandez was asked by a caller who said they were an "ex-registered firearms dealer" and a gun owner in the Bude area: "If there should ever be a terrorist attack close to the town centre, what happens if people like I and others try to defend themselves using those guns?"

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Ms Hernandez replied that it was "a very good question" and she wanted it put to her in writing.

When challenged by programme presenter Laurence Reed if Ms Hernandez was advocating vigilantes, Ms Hernandez said: "I'm just saying… let's officially have a look at that and see what would be the implications of it. Let's unpick it a little bit."

She added: "We work with businesses to keep our communities safe. I'd really be interesting in exploring that with the chief constable."

She also said: "I think the reality is... if your community was coming under attack, people would do all sorts of things to try to save their community without even thinking. Look at how some of the emergency services responded, some of the community responded, on the bridge in London.

"People will do incredible things without thinking to protect themselves and the community around them."

However, she also told the BBC later that she was unsure what the legal implications would be if weapons were used in such "extreme circumstances".

BBC Spotlight Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall said her comments appeared to be against official police advice.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said that, when faced with a terrorist attack, people should run, hide and call the police.

General election 2017: 'Another poll will be held this year' - Andrew George

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

The former MP for St Ives, who narrowly missed out on regaining the seat in last week's election, says he's convinced another general election will have to be held later this year.

Liberal Democrat Andrew George was beaten by incumbent Conervative Derek Thomas by just over 310 votes in last Thursday's poll.

He said: "I'm not sure that this government can limp on for very much longer. I can understand they will make the claim that they're acting in the national interest, but I think most people will see this as acting in the interests of the party to cling on to power."

The Conservatives are negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party to get support for their minority government after losing their Commons majority. Prime Minister Theresa May previously said she was form a government "to provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country."

Stranger approaches young boys offering them cheese crackers in Wadebridge

Cornwall Live

Three young boys were offered crisps by a stranger while playing outside their house in Wadebridge, police have warned.

Evening weather: Dry with clear spells before sunny spells on Tuesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

After a fine evening it will stay dry with clear spells overnight.

A cooler night than recent nights, allowing a few fog patches to form in places, with light winds. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather
BBC

After a chilly start to Tuesday, it will be dry with warm sunny spells.

Coastal regions will see the best of the sunshine during the afternoon, with freshening sea breezes. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

In my place: Forbes rich list - Which celebrities earned the most over the past year? Coldplay are among them

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Coldplay
BBC

It's that time of year again - Forbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers.

Half of the top 10 are made up of musicians, while two athletes - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball star LeBron James - also make the cut.

Sean "Diddy" Combs is top of the tree after his earnings of $130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year's 22nd spot. But, in at number eight is Coldplay (pictured), worth $88m (£69.33m).

The band, led by Exeter's Chris Martin, return to the list following the success of their worldwide Head Full of Dreams tour, which finished in Australia and New Zealand in December. That's good news for the charity sector, as the band donate 10% of their profits to good causes.

Six injured in A3075 crash in Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Six people have been injured in a road crash in Cornwall, police say.

The A3075 was left blocked between Newquay and Goonhavern after the crash on the junction with High Lanes, the turn for Holywell Bay, after midday.

Officers said they were waiting for updates on how badly injured the people involved were.

The road was closed for about four hours.

"Everyone's patience has been appreciated", police said.

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Devon sailor Cornish takes gold in Sailing World Cup finals

BBC Sport

Devon sailor Ben Cornish has taken gold in a dramatic finale at the Sailing World Cup finals in Spain.

Competing in the Finn Class, the 25-year-old from Budleigh Salterton was able to see off the challenge from Hungary and fellow Brit Ed Wright to claim top spot in Santander.

Last month, Ben also took bronze in the European Championships in Marseille as he builds towards selection for Team GB at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rick Stein restaurant fire: Main building 'not damaged by bin store blaze'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The main building of Rick Stein's Porthleven restaurant has not been damaged by a fire on the site, staff say.

Bin store fire
BBC

Fire crews from Helston, Tolvaddon and Mullion were involved in bringing the blaze under control at the harbourside building in the early hours of this morning. No one was injured.

Mr Stein's company said: "We're pleased to confirm that there's no damage to our restaurant following a fire in the bin store next to us. We're hoping to re-open again very soon."

Lady Mary 'will be missed by people right across Cornwall and beyond'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The Bishop of Truro has paid tribute to the former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, who has has died at the age of 80.

She held the position for 17 years before retiring in 2011.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton said Lady Mary would be "missed by people right across Cornwall and far beyond".

He added: "In her time as Lord Lieutenant, she was tireless in her work and ubiquitous in travelling around the country, supporting a large number of organisations and community groups, and always cheerful and optimistic about the work she was doing. She loved life and she encouraged others to see the positive in all that was happening."

Lady Mary Holborow
BBC

Drink-drive cop allowed to keep job after crash

Cornwall Live

A Devon and Cornwall Police officer convicted of drink driving following a car crash has kept their job.

Travel: Horses on the B3266 in Cornwall

BBC News Travel

In Cornwall, between Washaway and St Tudy on the B3266, there are reports there are horses on the road. Approach with care.

Terror attacks 'highlight need for more rural police funding'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

The recent terror attacks in London and Manchester have highlighted the need for more funding for the police, especially in rural areas, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernadez, says.

Police car in fields
BBC

Armed officers were on the scene at the recent London Bridge attack within eight minutes - a response Ms Fernandez said would be impossible in Cornwall, given the nature of the county's geography.

She said: "We've spent a lot of time trying to educate London with some evidence that proves it costs more to police a rural area, and it's really hard to get them to understand that because they're very urban-centric."

Rick Stein restaurant fire: Blaze '15 minutes away from ripping through restaurant'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Rick Stein restaurant fire. Pic: Helston Fire Station
Helston Fire Station/Twitter

A fire in a bin store at Rick Stein's restaurant in Porthleven was "15 minutes away from ripping through the whole restaurant if we didn't take the action that we took", a senior firefighter says.

Investigations are under way into what caused a fire at Rick Stein's Porthleven restaurant's bin store in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews from Helston, Tolvaddon and Mullion were involved in bringing the blaze under control at the harbourside building. No one was injured.

Incident Commander Kathryn Billing, of Cornwall Fire Service, said: "It had started to spread up the back of the cliff and we made the determination to attack it.

"If we didn't do so, it would have spread and cost one of our local business people a huge amount of money, and devastated their trade for the summer, and created a disgusting eyesore for Porthleven."

Council slams parking survey that makes Plymouth sound like a terrible place to leave a car

Plymouth Herald

Council bosses have hit out at a survey which revealed Plymouth clawed back more than £12m from motorists in parking fines.

Tributes to former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow

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Former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, who has has died at the age of 80, held the position for 17 years before retiring in 2011.

General election 2017: 'May could give Northern Ireland billions after DUP deal. Where is the fair share for the South West?'

BBC Sunday Politics South West

Drivers warned to 'slow down for obstructions'

Latest weather: Sunny and staying dry overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Any isolated, light showers will die out to become dry with spells of sunshine. Moderate, locally fresh westerly winds will also ease during the day Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

Remaining mostly dry tonight, with just the chance of a light shower moving in towards the north. Away from the north coasts, clear spells will develop and it will become quite chilly with a few mist or fog patches developing. West or southwesterly winds will become mainly light. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Rick Stein restaurant fire: 'Lots of smoke and embers'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Rick Stein restaurant
BBC

Investigations are under way into what caused a fire at Rick Stein's Porthleven restaurant's bin store in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews from Helston, Tolvaddon and Mullion were involved in bringing the blaze under control at the harbourside building. No one was injured.

Roger Langmead, who lives nearby, said: "We woke up and there was a lot of smoke billowing around and, soon after, there was a lot of embers coming up, so we were a little bit concerned.

"We closed all the windows and and packed our bags with our precious items in case we had to evacuate."

Travel: Horse running loose between Crantock and Cubert

BBC News Travel

There are reports there's a horse running loose on the road between Crantock and Cubert in Cornwall.

Statue fall death man was 'one of a kind'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The 18-year-old who died after falling from a statue in Exeter has been named locally as Tom Callaway, from the Exeter area.

The teenager was climbing on the 15ft (4.5m) General Redvers Buller statue when he fell.

His friend Will Squier said on Facebook: "I can't believe that you've gone, at only 18 years old as well.

"Never take life for granted people, live your life to the absolute fullest like this guy did."

Tom Callaway
Will Squier

Motorcycle rider in critical condition after A3052 crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A motorcycle rider has been airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a road crash in east Devon, police say.

Offices said the Triumph motorcycle and a van collided on the A3052 at Heathfield Cross, Westhayes, near Colyford, at about 15:55 on Sunday, after the van came on to it from a minor road.

The rider is in a critical condition. Police have appealed fo witnesses.

High tide times for the region

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

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.

Travel: A3075 in Cornwall blocked and problems in north Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall, the A3075 is blocked between Newquay and Goonhavern due to a collision at the junction with High Lanes, the turn for Holywell Bay
  • In Devon, in Barnstaple, there's slow traffic due to a broken-down vehicle on the A3125 Sticklepath Terrace, near Station Road
  • In Honiton, there are reports of a broken down lorry on Langford Road, near Langford Avenue
  • In Ilfracombe, there are reports of an accident on the A361 Ilfracombe Road, near Church Street

General election 2017: Watchdog looking into 6,000 votes not being included in results

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The election watchdog is looking into thousands of votes not being included in the result for a newly-elected Labour MP in Plymouth, it has confirmed,

Luke Pollard won Plymouth Sutton and Devonport with 23,808 votes. However, the actual figure including the missed votes cast in his favour was 27,283 after missing votes from the Efford and Lipson ward were counted.

Ballot boxes
BBC

The Electoral Commission said: "The commission is aware of reports of electoral administrative problems in Plymouth and is in contact with the electoral officers who are responsible for delivering the election in the area.

"We will be reporting on the administration of the polls and will carefully consider these reports as part of that process."

Plymouth City Council said an "error in a spreadsheet" meant that more than 6,100 votes from Efford and Lipson "were not included in the final declaration sheet for the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency".

A spokesman added: "We are very sorry that this error has happened."

Rick Stein restaurant fire: Blaze in bin store

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Rick Stein's restaurant in Porthleven, which was hit by a fire believed to have started in a bin store, is thought to have only suffered some smoke damage, his company says.

The company added: "Our team are in Porthleven at the moment assessing the damage, but we believe it to only be smoke damage in the restaurant. We can confirm that the restaurant was empty and most importantly no one was injured.

"We are currently looking into the cause and hope to reopen our doors very soon."

Severe accident: A3075 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A3075 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between B3285 Halt Road and A392 Trevemper Road.

A3075 Cornwall - A3075 Newquay Road blocked in both directions between the B3285 Halt Road junction in Goonhavern and the A392 Trevemper Road junction in Cubert, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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

Severe accident: A3075 Cornwall northbound

BBC News Travel

A3075 Cornwall northbound severe accident, between B3285 Halt Road and A392 Trevemper Road.

A3075 Cornwall - A3075 Newquay Road blocked northbound between the B3285 Halt Road junction in Goonhavern and the A392 Trevemper Road junction in Cubert, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Man safe after being reported near water at Lynton

Public consultation into £250m North Devon Link Road improvements

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon County Council has begun a public consultation into proposals to improve the North Devon Link Road.

The council said it was putting forward a scheme option to upgrade the route between South Molton and Bideford, "to widen the existing road to provide more overtaking opportunities, improve the junctions and create additional capacity around the urban area of Barnstaple".

If approved, it could cost £250m.

People can contribute to the consultation until 28 July 2017.

North Devon Link Road plans. Pic: Devon County Council
Devon County Council

Poldark: Series three debut attracts 5.5 million viewers

Rescued Devon skipper faced 'worst conditions' of his life

BBC News England

A veteran yachtsman whose boat was severely damaged during a hurricane in the Atlantic said he dealt with the worst conditions he had ever faced.

Luxury ocean liner the Queen Mary 2 rescued solo sailor Mervyn Wheatley, 73, who issued a mayday on Saturday. A massive storm, which saw 15m waves and hurricane-force winds, left his racing yacht and others in trouble.

Mervyn Wheatley. Pic: RWYC
RWYC

Mr Wheatley, from Newton Ferrers near Plymouth, who was competing in a transatlantic race, said the waves "were huge".

He said: "I was asleep when we went over and there was a massive amount of water coming in."

However, he added that was not frightened during the experience.

"I was too busy trying to sort things out to get worried or frightened," he said.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J29 for A30 Exeter and J28 for A373.

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J29, A30 (Exeter) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a fuel spillage. Traffic is coping well.

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