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Summary

  1. Woman seriously injured in A3075 crash
  2. Police boss in armed civilians row 'should stand down'
  3. Regulator says Cornwall deserves a 'better service' as RCHT 'fails to improve'
  4. Thousands of people against island hotel plan
  5. Updates on Tuesday 13 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 Wednesday 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.

Clay worker's family awarded more than £50,000 following industrial disease death

BBC Radio Cornwall

The family of a former clay worker from St Austell has been awarded more than £50,000 compensation, following his death four years ago from industrial disease, lawyers for the family say.

Walter Patton, from St Austell, died in February 2013, aged 83. An inquest into this death found he died from kaolin pneumoconiosis, which was linked to his time working in the china clay industry in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr Patton worked for ECLP, now known as Imerys Minerals Ltd, which has agreed to pay his family £52,000 in compensation, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors said.

Mr Patton's son said he remembered his father "struggling with breathlessness in the years leading up to his death".

Four vehicles seized in Plymouth with no licence or insurance in 'just a few hours'

'Elderly woman' freed from car after Torquay crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One person has been freed from a car after a road crash in Torquay, firefighters say.

Emergency crews were called to Babbacombe Road after the single vehicle incident at about 16:20.

The occupant, reported by Devon Live to be an elderly woman, was freed with a winch and other tools before she as treated by an ambulance crew. Her condition is not known.

Latest weather: Clear overnight before a dry and bright Wednesday

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Remaining dry with some long clear spells that will allow a few mist or fog patches to return by dawn.

Light, variable winds will become light east or southeasterly along the south coast. It'll become chilly inland. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather
BBC

It will be another dry and bright day with patchy cloud and sunny spells.

It will also feel a little warmer than today for most with light winds mainly from the east or southeast. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Police gun row: People 'wouldn't just watch killings' - Thames Valley Police commissioner

BBC Radio Berkshire

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has told BBC Radio Berkshire that people "wouldn't just sit back and watch somebody killing people if you could put a stop to it".

His comments come after a row resulting from Devon and Cornwall's police commissioner saying she would "really be interested" in gun owners acting as armed civilians in the event of a terror attack.

Devon and Cornwall's Alison Hernandez made the comments during a radio phone-in on Monday. She has since said her comments were "misinterpreted".

Anthony Stansfeld
BBC

Talking about the recent London and Manchester attacks, Thames Valley Police Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld (pictured) said: "In great big rural areas like Devon and Cornwall, and parts of the Thames Valley, you're not going to get police there absolutely straight away with a gun.

"If somebody was walking down the main street shooting everybody - or probably knifing them is more appropriate, as that's what happened in London - if you had a gun available to you, are you going to sit there and let them get on with it for the next half an hour?"

He was then asked that if a local farmer was there, and they knew they had a gun, should they take action.

Mr Stansfeld replied: "I think if he had an opportunity and he was absolutely certain that he knew what he was doing at the time, and he'd have to answer for it afterwards, I think probably yes. I mean, you wouldn't just sit back and watch somebody killing people if you could put a stop to it.

"I think that is reasonable, but I think we have to be very careful that what we're not doing is trying to set up vigilante armed groups, because that would be disastrous."

A30 'should be renamed Devon Bypass when Bodmin roadworks finish', says Cornwall tourism chief

Cornwall Live

The A30 between Exeter and Bodmin should be renamed the Devon Bypass because there's now no reason to stop in Devon, a Cornwall tourism boss has suggested.

Royal Cornwall Hospital: Watchdog report 'does not reflect entirety of our care'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Medical and end-of-life care at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is inadequate, according to the Care Quality Commission watchdog.

In its latest report, inspectors also found patients were facing unacceptable waits to be diagnosed, treated, admitted and discharged.

Chief executive Kathy Byrne said she and staff were going to make the necessary improvements, but added it was important people understood exactly what was inspected and the report did not "reflect the entirety of our care".

She said: "This was three services surveyed, and whilst I'm not shying away from the harsh reality of the report, it is important to keep in perspective that there are many other services that are doing really, really well."

Kathy Byrne and Laurence Reed
BBC

Drink-drive police officer not dismissed because 'each case must be heard on individual evidence and circumstances'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A police officer was not dismissed in a misconduct hearing after being convicted of drink-driving because "each case must be heard on the evidence and circumstances taken in totality specific to the individual", a Devon and Cornwall Police report says.

The officer was involved in a road traffic collision, and charged and convicted of driving a vehicle with excess alcohol. In the hearing held last month at the force's headquarters near Exeter, the officer was given a final written warning.

Police lantern
BBC

In a report, the police force said Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer had made clear that the seriousness of the offence meant there was an "organisational and public expectation" of dismissal.

"Even so, each case must be heard on the evidence and circumstances taken in totality specific to the individual," it read.

"In these particular and rare circumstances, following an examination of the facts and mitigation, the chief constable concluded that the appropriate sanction in this case was a final written warning for the officer."

The report did not include details about the location or date of the road traffic collision, how much the officer was over the alcohol limit, where the court case was heard or whether the officer was on duty or not.

Travel: Accidents at roundabouts in Tiverton, Dartington and Trerulefoot

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, on the A3126, near the Bolham roundabout in Tiverton, there are reports of an accident
  • At Dartington, on the A385 near Shinners Bridge, there are reports of an accident
  • In Cornwall, there is an accident on the A374 at the Trerulefoot roundabout

Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe accident, near Old Torwood Road.

A379 Devon - A379 Babbacombe Road in Torquay blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near Chinese Restaurant, because of an accident involving single vehicle.

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

Burgh Island pool house plans 'will have good effects' on tourism

BBC Radio Devon

A proposed development on Burgh Island in south Devon, described as a "threat" to the island by critics, will have "good effects" on tourism, those behind the plans say.

The Burgh Island Hotel has conditional planning permission from South Hams District Council for a pool house, which will be a luxury hotel suite perched between an island headland and a sea stack.

Burgh Island plans
Burgh Island

The proposals, which are in a designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), have been described as a "carbuncle", "controversial and inappropriate" and "visually unattractive" by critics.

However, Tony Orchard from the hotel, said: "I felt that the positives, the innovative and exciting design, and the good effects that will have on tourism, outweighed any negatives that would have on the ANOB."

The South West Design Review Panel said it could be "internationally celebrated".

Water supply problems in St Austell

Torquay United: Defender Myles Anderson signs new contract

BBC Sport

Myles Anderson
Rex Features

Torquay United defender Myles Anderson has signed a new undisclosed-length contract with the National League side.

The 27-year-old former Aberdeen and Chievo player joined the Gulls in February and has made 14 appearances.

He also scored both goals in the 2-0 win on the final day against North Ferriby to guarantee the club's survival.

"He did a great job for us under pressure last season, whilst playing slightly out of position," said boss Kevin Nicholson.

Police Commissioner: 'If I Had A Gun And Saw A Terrorist I Would Use It'

LBC

The Thames Valley Police Commissioner told Nick Ferrari that if he was in a rural village and saw a terrorist in action, he would "do something about it".

Anthony Stansfeld, Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, spoke to Nick Ferrari after a Devon police chief suggested gun owners could act as armed civilians in the event of a terror attack.

Very high pollen levels across the SW

Allotment users asked to check sheds after break-ins

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Allotment users in Callington who have sheds are being asked by police to check their structures after a number of break-ins which have seen damage caused and power tools stolen.

Callington Police said on Facebook that "several sheds" at South Hill Road allotments were broken into between Saturday and Sunday.

Officers said that they had "received three separate crime complaints and have been advised that there may be more".

Bloodhound supersonic car 'only to run at 200mph during Newquay trials'

Jonathan Amos

Science correspondent, BBC News

Bloodhound car
Bloodhound SSC

The Bloodhound supersonic car is due to run at a mere couple of hundred miles and hour when it undergoes a series of "slow speed" trials on Newquay Airport's runway later this year.

Engineers want to shake down the vehicle's systems before heading out to South Africa next year to try to break the land speed record.

This stands at 763mph (1,228km/h), and Bloodhound's aim is to raise the mark in two stages - by getting first to 800mph and then to 1,000mph.

Driver Andy Green will take the car up to about 200mph in Cornwall using just its Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine.

Engineers see the Newquay event, due in October, as an important opportunity to gain some key early data on a rolling Bloodhound.

Race hate arrests at mosque after Exeter peace march and vigil

Devon Live

Three people were arrested for an alleged race hate crime at Exeter mosque after a peace march designed to show public solidarity with the terrorist victims in London and Manchester.

Royal William Yard-Barbican ferry service suspended

BBC Radio Devon

Royal William Yard
Google

The ferry service between Plymouth's Royal William Yard and the Barbican has been suspended after a disagreement between the company which runs it and the yard's owner, Urban Splash.

Urban Splash said it had taken back control of the harbour area and a ferry service would be back in operation soon.

The ferry operator, Royal William Yard Harbour Ltd, said it could not comment at the moment.

Boat owners who have contracts with the harbour to moor their boats said they had been left in "limbo" and did not not know if they had to move them.

Chester sign defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner from Torquay United

BBC Sport

Chester have signed defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner from Torquay United on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old left-back made 29 appearances for Torquay last season in his second spell with the Gulls.

Rowe-Turner previously had spells in the National League with Luton Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

The Leicester City youth product is the third defender signed by Chester this summer following the arrivals of Andy Halls and John McCombe.

Latest weather: Dry, bright and sunny, with clear spells overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will be dry and bright, with sunny spells and generally well-broken cloud. Winds will be light and variable, which may allow some local sea breezes to develop. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight it will become chilly inland, but remain dry with some long clear spells that will allow a few mist or fog patches to return by dawn. Light, variable winds will become light east or southeasterly along the south coast. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Police gun row: What are the rates of firearms ownership?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez has found herself in the middle of a row over whether gun owners could act as armed civilians in the event of a terror attack.

She has since said she was not advocating use of guns by the public and that her comments BBC Radio Cornwall on Monday were "misinterpreted".

Shotgun. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

However, What are the rates of firearms ownership?

  • Dyfed-Powys has the highest rate of gun ownership in England and Wales, with a total of 9,126 per 100,000 people
  • Devon and Cornwall comes 10th overall out of the 43 police force areas, with a total of just under 6,000 guns per 100,000 residents
  • London has the lowest rate of ownership per head of population, with 789 guns per 100,000 people

Police gun row: Alison Hernandez 'should consider resigning'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner should consider resigning over a row about whether gun owners could act as armed civilians in the event of a terror attack, a member of the Police and Crime Panel, which oversees and scrutinises the commissioner, has told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Alison Hernandez (pictured) has since said her comments on BBC Radio Cornwall on Monday were "misinterpreted" and she was "not advocating the use of firearms or other weapons by members of the public in the event of a terrorist incident".

However, panel member and former police officer Chris Batters said: "To make such a statement as she did without having ever consulted with the chief constable, I think, is outrageous.

"I think, at times, she does go off, in a gun term, half-cocked.

"At times, I'm doubtful whether she is up to the job. In the light of comments such as this, I sincerely think she should do [resign], yes."

Royal Cornwall Hospital 'fails to improve' - Analysis

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Royal Cornwall Hospital sign
BBC

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been told by inspectors that its services have not improved since last year.

The hospital has had a series of chairmen and chief executives in recent years.

Former chairman Jon Andrewes was jailed in March for lying about his qualifications. The Care Quality Commission thinks this instability is impacting on both patients and staff.

Some of the issues raised in this report will come as no surprise to many people. The hospital has one of the highest levels of delayed transfers of care, also known as bed-blocking. The emergency department has been struggling with numbers coming through its doors for some time.

While the hospital bosses come in for criticism, yet again there is concern raised about how well the wider health community is supporting the hospital. This highlights the pressure the entire system is under, because those other services - such as GPs and adult social care - are also struggling with demand.

Woman still in coma after being hit on pedestrian crossing in May

Devon Live

The family of a woman knocked down on a pedestrian crossing say she is still in a coma and they have been told she may need complex care for the rest of her life.

Most of Devon ash trees expected to be killed by ash dieback

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

About 90% of ash trees in Devon are expected to die from ash dieback in the next 15 years, experts say, and now the disease is making its way into Cornwall.

At the moment the county is mostly clear, but a couple of instances of the condition - which causes the leaves to fall off - have now been found near Newquay, and between Bodmin and Callington.

In 2016, research suggested the ash tree was likely to be wiped out in Europe.

Trees
BBC

Ash dieback: Spotter's guide

Police officer keeps job after drinking and driving conviction

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police HQ
BBC

A police officer convicted of drinking and driving has escaped dismissal at a private misconduct hearing.

The Devon and Cornwall officer was involved in a road traffic collision, and charged and convicted of driving a vehicle with excess alcohol.

In the hearing held last month at the force's headquarters in Middlemoor, Devon, the officer was given a final written warning.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said that "particular and rare circumstances" led to the sanction.

The report did not include details about the location or date of the road traffic collision, how much the officer was over the alcohol limit, where the court case was heard or whether the officer was on duty or not.

Police commissioner 'not advocating public use firearms in terrorist incident'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner says she is "not advocating the use of firearms or other weapons by members of the public in the event of a terrorist incident".

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Alison Hernandez was on a BBC Radio Cornwall phone-in on Monday afternoon when a caller suggested the idea. She replied that she would "really be interested" in exploring the issue during the conversation.

Devon and Cornwall Police responded by saying that armed civilians would risk being caught in possible crossfire and "that tackling terrorists should be left to the police".

On Tuesday, Ms Hernandez said that her "comments on BBC Cornwall, in response to a telephone caller question, have been misinterpreted".

She said: "As I have said many times previously the police instruction to 'run, hide and tell' is the appropriate action and that should be followed.

"The caller raised a question about what the large number of people who hold legitimate firearms licenses could do in the event of an attack on their community. For a more comprehensive answer than I was able to give at the time, I suggested that the caller should write to me personally so that I could meet with the chief constable and provide a detailed reply.

"A key part of the commissioner role is to encourage correspondence from the public who have comments about local policing, and I will continue to do so."

Argyle player Yann Songo'o misses court date for third time

Devon Live

Magistrates have adjourned a case again after a Plymouth Argyle player failed to attend court for the third time to face charges of driving while using a mobile phone.

A30 jack-knifed vehicle cleared from road

Police boss in armed civilians row - hear what she said

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police chief in armed civilians row

A police and crime commissioner has found herself at odds with her own force by saying she would look into whether gun owners could act as armed civilians in the event of a terror attack.

Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall's commissioner, was on a BBC Radio Cornwall phone-in when a caller suggested the idea. Ms Hernandez said she would "really be interested" in exploring the issue.

The force said armed civilians would risk being caught in the crossfire.

Hear what Ms Hernandez said on BBC Radio Cornwall above.

Travel: A38 blocked in Cornwall at Doublebois

BBC News Travel

In Cornwall, the A38 at Doublebois is partially blocked by a two-vehicle collision on the A38 around the B3360.

Travel: A30 diversions after vehicle and trailer jack-knife

BBC News Travel

The A30 southbound has been blocked by an overturned vehicle and trailer between the Alphington Junction and the M5.

Traffic is being diverted off the A30 at Alphington and is currently backed up to Tedburn St Mary.

Burgh Island pool house plans 'a threat'

BBC Radio Devon

Objectors to a proposed development on Burgh Island in south Devon have described the plan as a "threat" to the island.

The Burgh Island Hotel has conditional planning permission from South Hams District Council for a pool house, which will be a luxury hotel suite perched between an island headland and a sea stack.

Burgh Island plans
Burgh Island

Tony and Beatrice Porter said they were "aghast" and that the new structure would be viewed as a "carbuncle".

Adrian Bull, who is also against the development, called it "controversial and inappropriate" and said it would "desecrate the scenery and the landscape".

Another local resident, Stuart Watts, described it as a "visually unattractive blockhouse on a highly exposed part of the coastline".

Those supporting it hope it will bring new visitors to the area, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Severe disruption: A30 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between A377 and M5 J31 affecting Five Mile Hill.

A30 Devon - Very slow traffic on A30 eastbound in Exeter between Alphington Junction and Exminster, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. Congestion to Fingle Glen.

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

Sun over the Gannel

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The beginning of a beautiful day in Cornwall was captured on camera by a dog walker in Newquay.

Michelle Gurney took these pictures of her dog Chubby enjoying the sun rising over the Gannel.

Chubby
Michelle Gurney
Chubby
Michelle Gurney

Man, 19, rescued after getting stuck up a tree in park

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been rescued after getting stuck up a tree in a park in Newton Abbot, firefighters say.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to assist the 19-year-old in Courtenay Park at about 17:00 on Monday.

Firefighters said they "used a short extension ladder to rescue the male uninjured".