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Summary

  1. Coroner urges for new guidelines after pensioner's death
  2. BBC Crimewatch - Exmoor body appeal: Man 'spent time in Bude and Plymouth'
  3. Dead dog dumped in bag had 'severe head trauma'
  4. Scilly embarks on £10m future energy plan
  5. Holidaymaker's dog missing after head-on crash near Newquay
  6. BT closes Dartmoor phone boxes 'without consultation'
  7. Sidmouth to receive blue plaque
  8. Updates on Thursday 15 June 2017

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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.

Coroner to put forward 'new care guidelines' after death inquest

Rob England

BBC News Online

New guidelines for care will be put forward after the death of a man from St Austell, a coroner has concluded.

Terrence George, 72, died in January 2016 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gall stones.

Terrence George
GEORGE FAMILY

The inquest in Truro heard a "catalogue of errors" and "systemic failures" meant potentially life-saving treatment was never given to Mr George.

Senior Coroner for Cornwall, Dr Emma Carlyon, said she would be writing to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, urging them to introduce new guidelines in treating pancreatitis.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said it has since implemented a new standard operating procedure and "completely overhauled" the way it treats such patients in the light of Mr George's death.

Man dies in "single vehicle collision"

A man has died in a “single car collison” at Summercourt in Cornwall, police say.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A3058 Newquay Road near to Castle Cars at lunchtime.

Officers say they are keen to talk to the male driver of a silver taxi “with a white logo on the side” as they believe he may be able to help with inquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 101.

£30m to help older people regain independence

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Devon County Council’s cabinet has supported a £15.15m increase in adult social care funding to help older people regain their independence following NHS treatment.

The money was announced in the spring 2017 Budget as part of a national directive.

In total £30.34m will be provided over three years through the Better Care Fund.

County Hall
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Part of the money will be invested into Devon County Council’s Reablement Service, helping people to get back on their feet and regain their independence after being discharged from hospital.

If we can help people regain their independence by providing them with what they need to take back control of their lives and by signposting them to the appropriate support it is more likely they will remain independent for longer and less reliant on care.

Councillor Andrew LeadbetterDevon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services

Outpouring of messages after death of one of the 'stars of Dartmoor Zoo'

Man arrested following 'suspicious death' in Plymouth

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the suspicious death of a 64-year-old woman in Plymouth, police said.

The woman was found deceased at an address in Honicknowle, Plymouth on 25 May.

Police launched a murder investigation, saying a post-mortem examination revealed the woman had sustained a number of "unexplained injuries".

The man remains in police custody and police are carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

A cordon remains in place at the property.

Weather update: Dry overnight, highs of 22C on Friday

BBC Weather

It will be a sunny end to the day, and it will remain dry overnight with some clear spells. It will also feel cooler than last night. The minimum temperature will be 12C (54F).

Friday will stay largely dry and bright, with some decent sunny spells. With light winds it will also feel warm in the sunshine. The maximum temperature will be 22C (72F).

Weather
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Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A water ferry will operate in Plymouth's Sutton Harbour this summer while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

The ferry will connect the Barbican with the Fishing Quarter and run daily between West Pier, opposite the Real Food Kitchen, by the Mayflower Steps, and Shepherd's Wharf, in front of Lockyers Quay pub.

The service is expected to start on 1 July to help people cross the harbour and visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.

Sutton Harbour
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Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: "We understand and appreciate that the bridge closure is inconvenient for visitors to Plymouth's waterfront, as well as an issue for some of our prime businesses like the NMA and Rockfish, so we are investing in enabling and supporting the ferry service to help bring people from the Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter to visit these venues more easily."

Politics lets you 'serve others'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The newly re-elected conservative MP for St Ives Derek Thomas says he doesn't think being an MP clashes with being Christian.

Derek Thomas
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It follows news that the leader of the liberal democrats, Tim Farron is resigning - partly because he believes his Christian faith conflicts with political life.

Derek Thomas disagrees: "The Bible is very clear that we should love one another, we should serve and love our neighbour as we love ourselves, and so the one job, or one of the jobs you can do where it's available to do that is in politics."

Inquests held for three men who died in tragic A38 van crash

Plymouth Herald

The three men who tragically died in the A38 crash have been formally named at their inquests.

Children in Cornwall learning about sharks

BBC Radio Cornwall

Children on the Lizard will be settling down to some rather different lessons today - forgetting maths and English and instead learning all about sharks and their environment.

The live lessons will be happening via video link with experts from a conservation group in Florida called Sharks 4 Kids.

It's been organised by Cornish dive wear company Fourth Element. Co-founder Jim Standing says sharks have a bad reputation: "These are creatures to be admired and respected and if possible to be loved and cherished in the same way we love and cherish whales and dolphins.

"That is the mission, is to get people to understand their place in our environment and how they add value to our environment and Cornwall is a great example."

Devon County Council underspends by £43k

BBC Radio Devon

County Hall
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Devon County Council says it has balanced its books for the 26th year in a row.

Despite having to make millions of pounds in savings, it underspent by £43,000.

It says it has agreed 325 more packages of care for people with disabilities than were budgeted for.

Firefighters remove bedridden elderly lady's ring

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Firefighters helped to remove a ring from a bedridden elderly lady's finger to help reduce swelling.

A fire crew was called to Exeter Road, Oakehampton at 13:46 - after initial assessments they requested a ring cutter from North Tawton.

Fire crews removed the ring using ring cutters.

Highways firm faces paying up to £2.4million after death of roadworker in hot tar crash

Devon Live

South West Highways faces a multi-million pound fine after health and safety failings which led to the death of a road worker on the North Devon link road.

Torquay sign Southport defender Higgins

BBC Sport

Ryan Higgins
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Torquay United have signed defender Ryan Higgins from Southport.

Higgins, 23, made 38 appearances for Southport last season and now joins National League side Torquay following the Sandgrounders' relegation.

The former Chester and Telford right-back becomes the club's fourth summer signing following Josh Gowling, Jon-Paul Pittman and Jake Gosling.

"His athletic potential is fantastic and he's hungry to climb the league again," manager Kevin Nicholson said.

BreakingCoroner urges for new guidelines after pensioner's death

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's coroner will write to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence urging them to introduce new guidelines in treating pancreatitis.

It follows the death of a grandfather from St Austell at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, died after suffering a severe attack of pancreatitis brought on by gallstones.

Terrence George
George family

His condition had first been diagnosed almost five months earlier. Doctors acknowledge it could have been successfully treated at the time by the removal of his gallbladder.

At the conclusion of the inquest, Mr George's family said they were devastated by his "entirely unnecessary death".

The hospital said it has implemented a new standard operating procedure and completely overhauled the way it treats such patients in the light of Mr George's death.

Dead dog dumped in bag had 'severe head trauma'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The RSPCA has appealed for information after the body of a female Chihuahua was found in a bag in Plymouth.

The charity was called by a member of the public who found the bag to the Ridgeway on Thursday 8 June at 19:40.

Ridgeway
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RSPCA inspector Jim Farr said: "We are appealing for information to see if anybody knows anything about this dog which has been found with a severe head trauma.

"We don't know what has happened or how she came to be dumped in the bag and sadly she has no microchip so we can't identify the owner."

Suspected cannabis plants found in Plymouth

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

A man is being interviewed by police after a large quantity of suspected cannabis plants were found at a house in Plymouth.

Police were called to an address in Plympton at 17:20 on Wednesday.

The plants were found along with suspected drugs equipment.

A man in his 40s is due to be interviewed by police. Officers are currently seizing the suspected cannabis plants.

Inquest into pensioner's death expected to end today

BBC Radio Cornwall

An inquest in Truro is expect to formally decide today whether a pensioner's death could have been avoided.

Terrence George
George family

Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, near St Austell, died in January last year at the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

The inquest heard that he'd first been admitted to the hospital with mild pancreatitis the August before.

It also heard - and The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted - that Mr George should have had his gallbladder removed, but that because of a catalogue of errors and systemic failures the potentially life-saving treatment never happened.

Cornish folk singer to be honoured with blue plaque

BBC Radio Cornwall

Brenda Wootton
BBC

The Cornish folk singer and broadcaster Brenda Wootton will be honoured today with a special blue plaque.

As part of BBC Music day BBC Local Radio stations all over the country were asked to come up with their suggestions for local music legends who should be honoured - and in Cornwall Brenda Wootton was selected by a panel of experts.

There's more on this with Debbie McCrory on BBC Radio Cornwall after 15:00 today.

Lifeboat tows fishing boat to shore after engine failure

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Penlee lifeboat has towed a small fishing boat to shore after its engine failed.

The boat was drifting off Penzance pier.

No-one was injured.

Staying dry, turning warmer and brighter this weekend

BBC Weather

There will be some decent sunny spells this afternoon. It will feel fresher than yesterday though. The maximum temperature will be 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

Travel latest: A3058 blocked in both directions

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • In Plymouth at Sutton Harbour the pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock remains closed due to a mechanical fault
  • On the A38 Buckfastleigh there were cows on the road, which have now been removed
  • Near Ashburton on the A38 Plymouth-bound one lane is closed due to a broken-down vehicle

Cornwall

  • At Gummows Shop the A3058 is blocked in both directions due to an accident near the A3076
  • On the A39 around Winnards Perch there's slow traffic in both directions due to resurfacing work
  • On the A30 westbound around Temple there's slow traffic
  • Advance Warning: A30 between Camborne West and Loggans Moor Roundabout the road will be closed in both directions due to roadworks between 19:00 and 06:00. Diversion in place
  • Advance Warning: The A30 Cornwall-bound between Sourton Cross and Stowford will be closed due to resurfacing 20:00 and 06:00. Diversion in place

Severe accident: A3058 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A3058 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Trethiggey Crescent and A30 Summercourt Central.

A3058 Cornwall - A3058 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Trethiggey Crescent junction in Quintrell Downs and Summercourt Central in Summercourt, because of an accident involving single vehicle.

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

What London tragedy means for the future of Plymouth tower blocks

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth social landlord which manages a number of buildings and tower blocks in the city said it will take heed of any fire safety lessons learned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Holidaymaker's dog missing after head-on crash near Newquay

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A family on holiday in Cornwall say they're devastated their dog is missing after being involved in a head-on car crash near Newquay.

Anne Copeland, 44, from Manchester, says her son Daniel, 21, and his six-month-old daughter Summer were both hospitalised after the accident on the A3075 on Monday.

He suffered a broken pelvis while the baby was left badly bruised.

Milly the dog
Anne Copeland

Milly, their two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bolted and Anne says they are "desperately worried".

"The crash was absolutely awful. There was apparently a really loud bang but I don't remember, I think I blacked out," she said.

"We managed to catch our other dog Molly but Milly bolted. They are inseparable," she said. Anyone who thinks they have seen her is urged to get in touch.

Man on the run from the law posts clues to catch him on Facebook

Plymouth Herald

A man who fled court moments before he was due to be jailed has taken to social media to mock police, his ex-partner and the law while on the run.

Freedom of the town parade

BBC Radio Cornwall

Personnel from the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose have marched through the streets of Helston.

They have exercised their freedom of the town, which was granted in 1958.

The mayor inspected the parade, before taking the salute at 11:00 in Coinagehall Street, accompanied by the captain of Culdrose and members of the town council.

Volunteers appeal for Tower of London poppy display in Plymouth

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is calling on local people to become volunteers at a display of poppies Plymouth Naval Memorial.

The installation was originally at HRP Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

Poppies
Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces

Volunteers will be on hand to help visitors find their way around the town and direct them to the sculpture on the Hoe when it opens in August.

To register your interest in volunteering, email the team volunteers@cwgc.org or visit an open day at The Council House, Plymouth, from 10am to 2pm.

Push for Cornwall farmers to use new technology

BBC Radio Cornwall

A big push is under way to help the farming and agricultural industry in Cornwall to increase profits and efficiency by using new technology and innovations.

Called 'Agri-Tech' - it's got a pot of more than £10m which small or medium sized companies can bid for as well as offering support from the Duchy College Rural Business School which is leading the project.

Andrew Brewer is a farmer in Fraddon and supports the scheme: "I absolutely think it's a fantastic opportunity for Cornwall. If farms can get involved with businesses who want to develop new products and work with the research partners and these new businesses it can only be a win-win situation."

Fresh appeal over Exmoor body mystery

BBC News England

Police are hoping to identify a man whose remains were found dumped in bags on Exmoor more than 15 years ago.

The decomposed body was found by a park ranger on moorland off Halse Lane near Winsford, Somerset, in March 2002.

Despite national appeals, including a TV reconstruction in 2002, police have been unable to identify the man or discover how he died.

Avon and Somerset Police is hoping an appeal on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow will lead to a vital breakthrough.

Man
PA
Detectives believe the man may have been from North Africa or the Asian sub-continent

DNA has revealed the man, who was in his mid-20s or mid-30s, might have spent time between Plymouth, Bude, Poole and Bristol.

The remains of the man were wrapped in plastic bags and bedding and alongside him were a number of items including underwear and a distinctive gold pendant featuring a verse from the Koran. We need to let his family know what happened to him and ensure the person or people involved in his death and the gruesome deposition of his body on Exmoor are brought to justice."

Det Sgt Pete FrakeAvon and Somerset Police

Summing up in inquest into grandfather's death

Naomi Kennedy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A coroner is summing up at the inquest of a man who died in hospital in Truro of severe pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

Terrence George
George family

Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth near St Austell died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on the 7 January 2016 - almost five months after he was first admitted with a mild form of the same condition.

The inquest heard - and The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted - that Mr George should have had his gallbladder removed, but that because of a catalogue of errors and systemic failures the potentially life-saving treatment never happened.

Exhibition will celebrate 150 years of RNLI in Falmouth

BBC Radio Cornwall

A photography exhibition and book launch at Falmouth Poly this week is hoping to raise £100,000 to upgrade the town's lifeboat station.

RNLI
Google

It's to mark 150 years of RNLI service in Falmouth - during which time the boat's been launched 2,500 times and saved nearly 500 lives.

Friend tells of tragic moment Exeter teen Tom Callaway fell from General Buller statue

Devon Live

A friend of tragic teen Tom Callaway has told of the horrifying moment the popular Primark worker fell to his death from the General Buller statue.

Isles of Scilly energy system will 'increase resilience'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A project costing more than £10m will "transform" the way the Isles of Scilly generates and consumes fuel and electricity.

With the help of European cash the council is developing a "smart energy system" which it says will cut bills for the islanders by 40% by 2025.

Isles of Scilly
BBC

Independent councillor for St Martins and lead member for the Smart Islands Initiative, Jonathan Smith, said: "In terms of renewables we have an incredible resource here but we're not harnessing it as well as we could do, and actually by creating an innovative smart grid we could make ourselves resilient to the situations like when the cable was broken and we were completely reliant on diesel generators."

Man accused of raping patient still on the run in Africa

Plymouth Herald

A 52-year-old man accused of raping a patient at a Plymouth mental health unit is still on the run in Africa.

Beautiful Crantock from the sky

BBC Radio Cornwall

Check out this video of Crantock Beach taken by our engineer Jamie with his drone!

Drone footage over Crantock

Family of man who died after being Tasered hit out at lack of support from police

Falmouth Packet

The sister of Falmouth man Marc 'Colesy' Cole, who died after being Tasered by the police, has thanked people for the hundreds of messages of support received, but has hit out at the police who she claims have offered no support at all.

BBC Crimewatch: Exmoor body - what police already know

Clay head reconstruction
Avon and Somerset Police
A clay head reconstruction of the victim

The BBC's Crimewatch is asking for the public's help to identify a body discovered in Somerset 15 years ago.

This is what police already believe:

  • He died between late 1999 and 2000
  • There was a violent assault before he died
  • The body was probably kept elsewhere before being buried in 2001
  • He is aged between mid-20s and mid-30s
  • DNA shows he may have spent time between Plymouth, Bude, Poole and Bristol
  • Most likely to be North African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean