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Summary

  1. Death 'could have been avoided by earlier surgery'
  2. Plane engines worth more than £100k 'stolen'
  3. Possible reopening of Holsworthy Hospital beds gets cautious welcome
  4. Penzance heliport: Judicial review of planning permission
  5. Six libraries in Plymouth expected to close
  6. Row over free-range egg farm plans
  7. Newborn puppy found in Plymouth bin
  8. Castle Drogo renovation could be complete 'by next year'
  9. Updates on Wednesday 14 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 Thursday 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.

New pancreatitis guidelines in place at hospital after death, inquest told

Matt Small

BBC Radio Cornwall

New guidelines in the case of pancreatitis caused by gallstones have been put in place in a hospital after the death of a man from Cornwall whose life could have been could saved by earlier surgery, an inquest has heard.

Terrence George
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Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on 7 January 2016 after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

His death followed an earlier admission to hospital after Mr George collapsed. He had been discharged with a plan for him to be reviewed after six weeks, but there were delays.

The inquest in Truro heard from a senior upper gastrointestinal surgeon and the director of surgery for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust who told the coroner's court a thorough audit and review of the case had taken place since his death.

New guidelines and a new standard operating procedure in such cases had also been put in place, the hearing was told.

The inquest continues.

Cornwall Council to consider what action to take over Penzance heliport judicial review

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it is to consider what action to take over a judicial review into its granting planning permission for a heliport in Penzance.

The council granted permission for the project, to provide a base for a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly, back in February.

The judicial review bid was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoS), which operates Skybus flights to the islands and the ferries between Cornwall and the islands.

Isles of Scilly
BBC

IoS said it supported the return of a helicopter service, but added it was calling for an independent and evidence-based debate about the potential impact of a new heliport in the town.

The council said it had "previously expressed its intention to robustly defend the decision" taken by its strategic planning committee.

It added: "Necessarily the authority needs to keep its position under review and will now be considering what action to take in the light of the decision to grant permission for the judicial review to proceed."

Man, 67, arrested on suspicion of being a loan shark

BBC Radio Devon

A pensioner has been arrested in Plymouth on suspicion of being a loan shark.

Investigators said the England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, raided a house in Barne Barton, seizing documents and electronic devices.

A 67-year-old man is being questioned.

Dead dog's remains pulled from water at quarry

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dead dog's remains in a bag have been pulled from water at a Cornish quarry.

Police confirmed they were investigating a Labrador dog being "found deceased within a holdall" at Carn Marth Quarry in Lanner, Redruth after it was found this afternoon.

Bag dead dog found in
Sam B'stard/Facebook

Sam B'stard, from the Last Chance Hotel Animal Rescue, who helped retrieve the animal from Carn Marth Quarry in Lanner, Redruth, said the female black labrador was microchipped in 2016.

She said: "She was young and quite decomposed. We don't know how long she was in the water for or why she was there."

Police said they were "investigating the circumstances of the animal's death and carrying out inquiries to locate the owner of the animal".

Latest weather: Patchy rain overnight but sunny on Thursday

BBC Weather

After some evening sunshine, there will be clear spells overnight.

Towards dawn, the cloud will thicken though, with patchy rain and drizzle arriving from the west. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Any early rain will soon ease on Thursday, and sunny spells will develop through the morning.

It will feel fresher than today, though. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Three accused of dealing cannabis and cocaine from flat

Devon Live

Covert surveillance caught 98 visits to a Devon flat over two weeks - with most people staying just minutes - consistent with drug dealing, a court has heard.

Three arrested after 'extremely disappointing' disturbance at mosque after peace walk

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An alleged racially-aggravated disturbance at Exeter's mosque after a peace walk and vigil in the city has been described as "extremely disappointing" by police who are investigating the incident.

Three men were arrested after alleged "racially-aggravated verbally abusive comments" were made to people inside the mosque at about 20:30 on Saturday, after the vigil in Bedford Square, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The men - aged 31, 26 and 24 - were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and released under investigation, pending further inquiries.

Supt Sam de Reya, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "These allegations are extremely disappointing, especially after such an uplifting event such as the vigil and we will not tolerate such appalling incidents of hate crime in Devon and Cornwall."

Young man who almost died taking MDMA at house party wakes up

Devon Live

A young Devon man who was left in a critical condition at Derriford Hospital after taking the illegal party drug MDMA has been discharged from hospital.

Vandals spray paint church

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Kingsbridge are hunting vandals who spray painted a church.

Officers said blue and white paint was sprayed on Dodbroke Church and a banner was also ripped and damaged at the top of Church Street.

Hospital plans to reopen beds 'not just pen-pushing exercise'

BBC Radio Devon

Looking at reopening beds at a Devon community hospital is "not just a pen-pushing exercise", health bosses say.

There were protests back in March when the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust shut the 16 inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital because of staff shortages and low bed occupancy.

Its managing trust said it was to look at both of those issues to see if it was possible to reopen the beds.

Trust Deputy Director Katherine Allen said: "It is something we feel really strongly about. We want community involvement."

Holsworthy Hospital
Google

Penzance heliport judicial review 'not to maintain monopoly'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The ferry and plane company that has been granted a judicial review into plans for a heliport in Penzance says it is not trying to maintain a monopoly over transport to the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall Council granted permission to Penzance Heliport Ltd to provide a base for a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly back in February.

Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoS), which launched the judicial review bid, operates Skybus flights to the islands and ferries between Cornwall and the islands.

IoS said says the Penzance plans were flawed and such a service should be based at Lands End Airport.

IoS Chairman Andrew May said: "We're all working to see the return of the helicopter service... and we accept that people want another mode of transport to the islands and another choice of operator. But using Lands End will use existing infrastructure and save the passenger money."

The Reith Lectures: Hilary Mantel 'historical novel readers actively request a subjective interpretation of the past'

BBC Radio 4

Devon-based author Hilary Mantel argues readers of historical novels are actively requesting a subjective interpretation of the past.

Thatch roof fire severely damages property

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A property has been severely damaged after a thatch roof fire, firefighters say.

Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall were called to the property in St Giles on the Heath at about 10:45, finding the roof "well alight", firefighters said.

By 14:30, crews confirmed the fire was out, but that areas of the property not damaged by the fire itself were damaged by heat and smoke.

Crews are damping down at the scene. The cause is believed to be accidental.

Library closures 'a real hit on deprived people'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plans to close six libraries in Plymouth are "a real hit on deprived people in deprived communities", opposition city councillors say.

Library in Plymouth
BBC

Ten out of the city's 17 branches had initially been earmarked to shut before the proposals, but it has been reduced to six. Eggbuckland, Ernesettle, Laira, Stoke, Tothill and West Park are facing closing their doors for good.

Ian Bowyer, leader of the Conservatuive/UKIP-run authority, said the move would mean keeping more of the "better used ones open".

Tudor Evans
BBC

However, Labour Group leader Tudor Evans (pictured) said his group was "still against it" because those affected would include people who used libraries' internet facilities in poorer areas to access support services and job-seeking help.

He said: "What they're doing is closing a third of the city's library network. Having said it was going to be a 'complete disaster', they've only gone for 'disaster'."

Abandoned puppy: Dogs home to 'do everything we can' in newborn's fight for life

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Abandoned puppy. Pic: Paul Slater Images
Paul Slater Images

A dogs and cats home is to "do everything we can" to fight for the life of a newborn puppy found abandoned in a bin in Plymouth, staff say.

Gables Farm Home said the tiny dog, now named Dearie Me, was found by a member of the public in a bag inside a wheelie bin in the North Hill area of the city.

Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard said: "We will be providing 24 hour care for her and feeding her every two hours in the hope that she will become stronger.

"It is touch and go at the moment as she is so young and we don’t know how long she had been left in the bin. We will do everything we can to fight for her little life."

Police at Brixham College after arrests made in end of exam celebrations

Devon Live

​Police are continuing to be "present in numbers" every day this week around a Devon school where two arrests were made following public disorder linked to end-of-exam celebrations.

Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall deal with thatch roof blaze

Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall have been called to deal with a thatch roof blaze in Devon.

Crews were called to the property in St Giles on the Heath at about 10:45.

The roof was "well alight", firefighters said. The incident is believed to be ongoing.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, the A386 is partially blocked near Little Down Lane due to an accident
  • In Plymouth, Risdon Avenue is blocked between River View and Laira Bridge Road due to an overturned car
  • In Cornwall, the A39 near Stratton is partially blocked near Stone Hill due to a broken-down lorry

Holsworthy Hospital: 'Not yet time to celebrate bed reopening proposals'

BBC Radio Devon

The news that beds at a Devon community hospital could be reopened has been given a cautious welcome by campaigners, but the local mayor warns it's "not yet time to celebrate".

Holsworthy Hospital
Google

There were protests back in March when Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust shut the 16 inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital because of staff shortages and low occupancy.

The trust said it was going to look at both of those issues to see if it was possible to safely reopen the beds.

Jon Hutchings
BBC

Holsworthy Mayor Jon Hutchings said: "I think it's fantastic that the trust has taken on board the public response. There was a big outcry and they are now listening.

"However, it’s not yet time to celebrate. It’s worth remembering the trust has never reopened beds after temporary closures."

Chicken farm plans: 'There is a real need for eggs'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Plans for a 160-acre chicken farm could provide a great opportunity for the area, those behind the scheme say.

Chicken farm map. Pic: Google
Google

The proposed site at Nancegollan, near Helston, could house more than 100,000 hens.

Locals in the surrounding area said they were afraid the farm would cause a bad smell and reduce the value of their properties.

Graham Frankpitt, project manager from Southern England Farms, said: "It's bringing skilled jobs for local people and opportunities for other local businesses. It's diversifying the rural economy, and is really fantastic for 'Brand Cornwall'. And there is a real need for eggs."

Latest weather: Staying sunny but cloud and patchy rain possible overnight

BBC Weather

It'll be dry with some long spells of sunshine, but also some patchy cloud. It will also be warmer than yesterday with variable winds becoming mainly light or moderate from the east or southeast. Sea breezes may also develop around parts of the coast. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

This evening, the night will start dry and mainly clear, but cloud will increase after midnight as patchy, light rain or drizzle moves in from the west by morning. Some mist and low cloud will also develop in the far west towards the end of the night. Winds will become light or moderate from the southwest, but fresh for a time around the coast. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Driver 'caught using mobile phone' by police on their way to course

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MP Sarah Newton remains Home Office minister

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton is remaining as a minister at the Home Office.

The Conservative was returned to Parliament with a majority of just under 3,800 - a fall from her majority in 2015 of 14,000.

Sarah Newton
BBC

Ryan Donaldson: Former Plymouth winger agrees terms to join Hartlepool

BBC Sport

Ryan Donaldson
Rex Features

Winger Ryan Donaldson has agreed to join Hartlepool United following his release by Plymouth Argyle.

The 26-year-old made 33 appearances and scored two goals for the Devon club last season to help them win promotion from League Two.

He has previously had a loan spell at Victoria Park in 2011, appearing 12 times for Pools.

Donaldson, who can also play up front, is Hartlepool's fifth signing since relegation to the National League.

The length of Donaldson's contract has not been disclosed.

Plymouth libraries: Ten branch closure plans 'not a done deal'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth City Council says it has revised its Plan for Libraries after it "listened to the people who are passionate about Plymouth's libraries".

Ten of its 17 branches were initially earmarked to shut, but that has been cut to six.

Library
BBC

Council leader Ian Bowyer said: "We faced criticism about the original plan [of shutting 10 branches] being a done deal – but this revised plan shows that was far from the case."

The council said it also planned to invest more then £250,000 in modernising the service, including redeveloping the St Budeaux site.

Other modernisations would include providing an outreach service "in areas where a library was closing, which will also cover areas of the city that had no library provision before", and enhancing online services, it said.

The new plan is to be presented to the council's cabinet on 20 June and will go before the full council on 3 July.

Woman in hospital after coasteering incident

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman has been taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an incident while coasteering.

She was picked up near Newquay Harbour, emergency services said.

The town's lifeboat, coastguard team and a rescue helicopter were all involved. Her condition is unknown.

Coasteering involves swimming, jumping and cliff climbing.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Exeter, Moor Lane is blocked in both directions near Osprey Road due to an accident
  • On the M5 around Exeter, there are reports of a dog on the road. Approach with care
  • In Plymouth, on Union Street, around Manor Street, there are reports there's a broken-down lorry
  • Also in Plymouth, traffic lights at the Drake Circus/North Hill junction remain out of order. Approach with care
  • On Roborough Down, on the A386 near Little Down Lane, there are reports of an accident

'Keep it on a leash' - stand-up paddle-boarders warned

BBC Radio Cornwall

Stand-up paddle-boarding instructors in Cornwall are warning that too many people taking up the sport are not using a leash to keep them connected to their board if they fall off.

Stand-up paddle-boarder
BBC

The Academy of Surf Instructors has launched a safety initiative to get boarders to take the same precautions as conventional surfers, saying it's vital to stay with your board in the event of an accident.

China clay industry 'unrecognisable from time which caused man's industrial disease death'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

China clay company Imerys says it wants to reassure people of "significant improvements to health and safety" after the family of a former clay worker from Cornwall was awarded more than £50,000 compensation, following his death four years ago from industrial disease.

Walter Patton, from St Austell, died in February 2013, aged 83 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 agreed to pay his family £52,000 in compensation, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors said.

Imerys said it expressed its condolences to Mr Patton's family, and added that the case was from a time "when the appreciation of environmental issues and the importance of health and safety right across society and industry were very different from today".

It said the "modern china clay industry workplace would be unrecognisable to those involved in industry in the 1950s and 1960s" and the "health and safety of our employees and the protection of the environment are at the core of our activities".

Britain - share your personal bests!

London 2017

Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
So Let's Go Running Bexley
Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Plane engines worth more than £100k 'stolen'

Plane
Kingsbridge Police

Plane engines - worth more than £100,000 - have been stolen from an airfield in Devon, police have said

Officers said offenders broke into Halwell Airfield and stole the engines off the planes overnight.

Witnesses are asked to contact police.

Plane
Kingsbridge Police

Gallstones pancreatitis death 'could have been avoided by earlier surgery'

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

The death of a man from Cornwall could have been avoided by earlier surgery, an inquest has heard.

Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on 7 January 2016 after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

It followed an earlier admission to hospital by ambulance on 9 August after Mr George collapsed at home. He had been discharged a week later with a plan for him to be reviewed after six weeks, but there were delays.

Terrence George
Handout

Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon read a statement from consultant colorectal surgeon Melanie Feldman, who was responsible for Mr George's care until discharge in August.

She was asked: "Do you agree that death could have been avoided in this case if an earlier operation had taken place?" In a written response, Mrs Feldman said: "Yes".

The court heard a statement from Mr George's son, Kevin George, who said his father had "led a full and active life". In describing his father's death he said "'devastating' is a huge understatement".

He said it was a "tragic waste of life" and a "simple operation could have prevented it".

The inquest continues.

Body of dog found stuffed in bag full of large rocks dumped in quarry

Cornwall Live

The body of a dog has been discovered stuffed into a large bag with several large rocks and dumped in the water at Carn Marth Quarry in Lanner.

Penzance Heliport firm 'disappointed' at planning permission judicial review

BBC Radio Cornwall

A company behind a scheme to restart helicopter services between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly says it is "disappointed" a judicial review is to look into planning permission being granted for the project.

Cornwall Council granted permission back in February.

The bid for the review was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoS), which operates Skybus flights to the islands and the ferries between Cornwall and the islands.

Isles of Scilly
BBC

IoS said it supported the return of a helicopter service, but that it believed Land's End Airport would be a better location for it, and it was calling for an independent and evidence-based debate about the potential impact of a new heliport.

Penzance Heliport said: "We remain disappointed that the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has taken this move, but are absolutely convinced that Cornwall Council's decision was the right one and that this will be reflected in the outcome of the case."

A petition started by an islander calling on the company to stop its action against the heliport has gained more than 7,000 signatures.

Headteacher speaks out about teen student who spun dog by its neck

Plymouth Herald

Footage of a 14-year-old student from Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton shocked the region yesterday when she was caught swinging a puppy around by its neck. (Warning: graphic images)

Abandoned puppy: Dog on antibiotics after being found in bin

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Abandoned pup. Pic: Paul Slater Images
Paul Slater Images

A newborn puppy found abandoned in a bin in Plymouth is receiving round-the-clock care, a dogs and cats home says.

Gables Farm Home said the tiny dog was found by a member of the public in a bag inside a wheelie bin in the North Hill area of the city.

The pup, now named Dearie Me, has been put on to a course of antibiotics "as she was passing blood in her urine and she is also being given special veterinary puppy milk to help her get the nutrients she needs", the home said.

River Tamar a picture in the sunshine

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Plymouth library closures: Branches earmarked to stay open

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Six libraries in Plymouth have been proposed for closure after a consultation, the city council has confirmed.

Efford Library
BBC

The 11 branches earmarked to remain open are:

  • Central
  • Crownhill
  • Devonport
  • Efford (pictured)
  • Estover
  • North Prospect
  • Peverell
  • Plympton
  • Plymstock
  • St Budeaux
  • Southway

The plan will be considered by the full council in early July.

Six Plymouth libraries to close

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Six libraries in Plymouth have been proposed for closure after a consultation, the city council has confirmed.

Library sign
BBC

Ten out of the city's 17 branches had initially been earmarked to shut.

Now branches in Eggbuckland, Ernesettle, Laira, Stoke, Tothill and West Park are facing closing their doors for good.

As part of its consultation, the council said that trying to operate a total of 17 libraries was "unsustainable" and a "drain on resources".

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said that the authority had "listened to the swell of public opinion and [the council] will continue to invest in modernising the service and keeping more of the better used ones open".

The updated plan will be considered by the full council in July.