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Summary

  1. Woman airlifted to hospital after being trapped by falling cliff
  2. Major gorse fire at St Agnes in Cornwall
  3. Headteacher 'dishonest' over husband's sex act
  4. Ex-care home manager jailed after neglect death
  5. Police 'to provide reassurance to Devon and Cornwall's Muslim communities'
  6. SW holidays offered to people involved in Grenfell Tower disaster
  7. Archaeologists unearth new evidence of how people lived more than 1,300 years ago
  8. Newlyn Fish Market to get £1.3m refurbishment
  9. Exeter wing Jack Nowell scores two tries in Lions win
  10. Glastonbury Festival goers warned to plan journey to avoid massive queues
  11. Burst water main floods main road in Plymouth
  12. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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.

Fire crews tackle 'well alight' gorse

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Fire crews are tackling a large swathe of gorse that's burning on St Agnes Beacon.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says the affected area is currently about 100m in size and 'well alight'.

Fire engines are on the scene of the blaze which started earlier this afternoon.

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Andrew Trenoweth
This photo was taken from Towan Cross
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Rob Hosking
This was taken from the coast path near Wheal Charlotte

Headteacher 'dishonest' over husband's sex act

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A headteacher failed to tell employers her husband was being investigated for outraging public decency, a disciplinary panel has heard.

Sarah Cooke was principal of Foxhole Academy in Cornwall, where Peter Cooke worked as a handyman.

He was arrested after being caught by neighbours watching porn and masturbating in his garden.

Mrs Cooke resigned at the time of his arrest and said a "misapprehension" was to blame for any oversight.

As well as failing to tell her bosses about the police investigation, it is also alleged she failed to carry out proper background checks on both her and her husband.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) professional misconduct panel heard that she did not inform her superiors of possible safeguarding issues.

Latest weather: Warm and humid overnight, but cloudier later on Wednesday

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and humid night, with patches of high level cloud and clear spells. Winds will be mainly from the east and light or moderate in strength, but locally fresh around the south coast. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be continuing hot and mainly sunny, with patchy cloud. However, cloud will increase in the west during the afternoon, raising the risk of some isolated heavy and perhaps thundery showers breaking out towards evening. Some mist and patches of low cloud are also likely to develop in the far west late in the day. Maximum temperature: 29C (84F).

Care home neglect death manager told colleague to give resident drugs

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

A former care home manager from Cornwall jailed for neglect and fraud also told a colleague to give one resident a drug prescribed for another resident, a court has heard.

Ismeer Home
BBC

Forty-two-year-old Lisa Thomas, who worked at Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, told a colleague to give the male resident with dementia a drug normally prescribed for bipolar conditions and migraines which had side effects, Truro Crown Court was told.

The colleague was told by Thomas that she was trialling something, the court heard.

Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, who admitted charges of neglect, seven frauds and administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, was jailed for 21 months.

The home, which specialised in caring for people with dementia, has since closed.

Peregrine falcon chicks prepare to wing it

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Peregrine falcon chicks in a quarry near Plymouth are due to try and fly and leave the next soon, managers of a National Trust monitoring project say.

The Plym Peregrine Project has been operating at Cann Quarry in Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth, since 2001.

Peregrine falcon. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust
Steve Waterhouse/National Trust

The trust has shared some of its latest pictures of the birds with us here.

Above, we have a photo of mum in flight, keeping a watchful eye on the nest.

Peregrine falcon chicks. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust
Steve Waterhouse/National Trust

Then we have a photo of the chicks at about two-weeks-old, when they were covered in their white down feathers.

Lastly, we have a photo of the chicks taken a few days ago, with all their flight feathers out - ready for that first flight.

Peregrine falcon chicks. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust
Steve Waterhouse/National Trust

Gorse fire on St Agnes Beacon

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

People who live nearby say a fire on St Agnes Beacon has been burning for about two hours, and smoke is blowing across a large area.

Crews from Tolvaddon and Perranporth are fighting the blaze which is believed to have started close to the top of the beacon.

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Truro Simon

Smoke is visible from several miles away.

Can you keep a cool head in a heatwave ... wearing a chopper pilot's helmet and flight suit?

Seeing beavers return to help prevent flooding 'a privilege'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Seeing the release of a pair beavers last week on farmland near Truro in an effort to help prevent flooding in a village was "a privilege", the Cornwall Wildlife Trust says.

beaver. Pic: Jack Hicks
Jack Hicks

The male and female European beavers were reintroduced to a five-acre enclosed area on Woodland Valley Farm on Friday in an effort to help prevent flooding in the village of Ladock. It's hoped their dam building will help slow the flow of water during periods of heavy rain.

Trust head of conservation Cheryl Marriott said: "It is now over to them to exhibit their natural dam-building behaviour and create more ponds and pools for wildlife and begin coppicing willows.

"We will be monitoring the effects of the beavers and will share the findings so we can all learn more about what these incredible animals can do."

Devon holidays offer welcomed by victims and firefighters

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An appeal for holidays in Devon for residents of the Grenfell tower block fire has been welcomed.

Grenfell
PA

Derrick Wilson of the Tabernacle Christian Centre in London which has been helping victims, said: "It's a brilliant idea and I'm sure it will be appreciated."

The scheme set up by two friends from Ilfracombe has now been extended to firefighters.

A Fire Brigades Union spokesperson said: "This is a wonderfully kind gesture for firefighters who have undertaken utterly courageous work in very difficult circumstances.

"Firefighters have been inundated with goodwill messages since the Grenfell disaster which is particularly touching."

Ipplepen dig: A timeline of archaeologists' work

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

Archaeologists working in south Devon have unearthed new evidence showing how people made their living more than 1,300 years ago, saying the discovery of Roman pottery suggested there was a community trading widely with the Roman world.

University of Exeter archaeologists and local volunteers have been working on and off in the Ipplepen area over the last six years.

Ipplepen dig
BBC

What have they been doing and finding during that time?

  • 2009: Roman coins are first discovered at Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot
  • 2011: Trial excavations begin
  • 2012: A Roman road, a square enclosure ditch of Roman date, and an Iron Age/Romano-British round house are discovered
  • February 2015: A Roman cemetery is been discovered, revealing 15 skeletons
  • June 2016: The boundaries of the Roman Empire are redrawn after it is discovered the settlement had trade links to the rest of the Empire

Somerset prepare for match in Devon

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Somerset's cricket side are in action at Newton Abbot this evening, as they face South Devon in James Hildreth's testimonial match.

All-rounder Craig Overton has been given permission to play despite being set to make his England debut in their Twenty20 international against South Africa on Friday.

Craig Overton
Getty Images

The game starts at 17:30 BST, with Ashes winner Marcus Trescothick also in the Somerset side and Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson featuring for South Devon.

BreakingFire on St Agnes Beacon

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Fire crews are at St Agnes Beacon dealing with what is believed to be a gorse fire.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue say they've received more than 30 calls about the fire, and crews from Perranporth and Tolvaddon are at the scene.

An eye witness has reported that a large amount of smoke is blowing towards Chapel Porth.

Tower block residents not at fire safety meeting 'can ask for home visit'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tower block
BBC

People who were unable to attend a meeting about fire safety at Cornwall's only high-rise tower block can ask for a home visit, social housing managers say.

Managers from Ocean Housing and Cornwall Fire Service met residents of the 12-storey Park House building in St Austell today to reassure them over safety systems in place after the Grenfell Tower in London earlier this week.

Cornwall Council said the building fully complied with current safety regulations, with each apartment designed to contain a fire. Ocean said sprinklers could be fitted at the block.

In 2014, a fire broke out on the ninth floor of the 12-storey block in St Austell, which saw 11 fire engines called to the scene. No one was injured.

Devon health services review: Analysis

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

An Acute Services Review into Devon's hospital services has recommended that emergency departments, maternity, paediatrics, stroke and neonatal care remain at all four of the county's main hospitals.

The news that these key hospital services are recommended to stay will be welcomed by the many thousands of people who have signed petitions or marched against cuts.

Derriford Hospital
BBC

It’s important to remember, though, that this is just the start and there is more detailed work to be done into how it can be implemented.

The changes would have an impact on some staff; with more junior staff being trained to take on roles previously carried out by people in a senior position. Some consultants may also have to work across more than one site.

There is also further work to be done to look at how other vulnerable services, such as breast surgery and dermatology, can be given a more secure future.

There are also areas that this review doesn’t cover. It doesn’t examine previous proposals in a leaked document which suggested almost one in six acute hospital beds could be cut.

It also isn’t a solution to the projected £557m accumulated debt that Devon’s health and social care services were predicted to have by 2020/21.

New operator of £48.5m 111 phone service contract in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

The NHS non-emergency 111 phone service in Cornwall is being overhauled following a series of poor reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

From December, it will no longer be run by the South Western Ambulance Service, which has operated it since 2014, and it will also be integrated with the local GP out-of-hours service.

111 operator
BBC

The service came under particular scrutiny in December 2014 when an inquiry found it mishandled a call about 12-month-old William Mead, from Penryn, who died of sepsis. This April, the CQC said that, although improvements had been made, the service still required improvement.

The service will be transferred to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Kernow Health and Vocare Ltd, a clinical out-sourcing company which currently manages the 111 service in Devon and Somerset.

The new contract will run for five years and is valued at £48.5m over that period.

Study to look at possible rail improvements for Plympton and Ivybridge

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A study is to explore if there is demand for a railway station in the Plympton area of Plymouth, as well as look at possible improvements to Ivybridge's station, Plymouth City Council says.

The study is part of developing a long-term transport strategy over the next 16 years.

Council leader Ian Bowyer said: "We first need to establish what sort of demand there might be for a station in the east side of Plymouth, as well as seeing what measures can be taken to improve journeys for commuters using the train from Ivybridge."

The study will also be used to inform the future of a wider so-called Devon Metro transport scheme with Devon County Council.

Rail tracks
BBC

Collapsed woman 'waits two hours for ambulance'

Torbay waste collections 'may take up to two months to be back to normal'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Waste collections in Torbay may take up to two months to return to normal, the local council says.

Torbay Council says it is working closely with waste collectors to "resolve the issue of inconsistent waste collections" across the district.

The authority admitted there had been "ongoing difficulties experienced by residents" with collectors, and it was working with TOR2 - its partnership with the Kier Group - to "return the service to a normal pattern of collections".

"All services are expected to return to normal within in the next two months," it said.

Bins
PA

Burst water main floods Plymouth road

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Police in Plymouth are telling people to avoid Tavistock Road in the Whitleigh and Crownhill area because a burst water main has affected part of it road, flooding under a flyover.

Burst water main affecting traffic in Plymouth

More than 40 dogs 'left in cars since Saturday' in hot weather

Argyle youngsters sign professional deals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle youngsters Jordan Bentley and Callum Rose have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

The defenders have come through the Pilgrims' academy, with Jordan the younger brother of former Argyle centre-back Aaron Bentley.

Forward Alex Battle has agreed a professional development contract at Home Park, having also graduated as an apprentice.

Holiday flat offer extended for Grenfell emergency services

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Louise Downs who owns a one-bed holiday flat in Ilfracombe said she had already filled it for November with police and other members of the emergency services affected by the Grenfell Tower block fire, so she had extended the offer to December and January.

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PA

"I just thought they needed a break and I've had a really good response," said Louise.

Ilfracombe resident Kay Gilbert, who set up a Facebook appeal offering free holidays to the fire victims said she "just wanted to do something to help" and had been "overwhelmed" by the response.

Woman airlifted to hospital after being trapped by falling cliff

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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A woman has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped by part of a falling cliff in Cornwall, firefighters say.

Emergency crews were called to the Harlyn Bay area, near Padstow, at about 10:15 after the woman was trapped.

Coastguards, police and ambulance staff then "assisted in the removal of the casualty" before she was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said. Her condition is not known.

The council was called to cordon off the area, the fire service added.

Swallows nesting in play park playhouse

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Swallows have taken up residence in play park equipment in Feock, the parish council says on Facebook.

The council said the the birds, living in Retallack Park, were "nesting in the playhouse part of the wooden play equipment".

It added: "If possible, please could children stay out of that piece of the equipment just whilst the babies are being raised. The rest of the play equipment is open as normal."

Swallow
BBC

Glastonbury Festival: 'Plan your journey' advice

BBC Spotlight

Glastonbury Festival goers should plan their journeys after people reported queues of up to 12 hours to get in last year, Highways England says.

Between now and Sunday, about 200,000 people are expected to be at the festival, which officially begins on Wednesday.

Car parks will be open from 21:00 tonight, but, unlike previous years, there will be no entertainment or facilities available this evening. Festival goers will be expected to remain in their cars until gates open on Wednesday at 08:00.

Glastonbury
BBC

Latest weather: Continuing warm and dry, with a humid night

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will continue dry and hot, with long spells of sunshine as well as some patchy cloud. Parts of the coast will tend to be cooler with the light or moderate east or northeasterly winds becoming more variable at times. Maximum temperature: 30C (86F).

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It will be a warm and humid night with patches of high level cloud and clear spells. Winds will be mainly from the east and light or moderate in strength, but locally fresh around the south coast. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).

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Care home neglect death: Ex-manager 'told staff not to resuscitate resident'

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

A former manager of a Cornwall care home jailed for 21 months after the death of a resident had "no possible authorisation or justification" to say the home had no resuscitation policy, a Crown Court judge says.

Eighty-three-year-old Pam Barrett, who was living at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, died at the end of 2014.

Former Ismeer Care Home
BBC

Truro Crown Court heard that 42-year-old Lisa Thomas, who pleaded guilty to neglect on Tuesday, told staff not to ever attempt to resuscitate a resident after Ms Barrett was found apparently lifeless in her bed.

As well as admitting neglect, Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, also admitted carrying out frauds totalling more than £7,000 while at the home, and administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, relating to another resident.

Sentencing, the judge, Simon Carr, said: "You made it clear that the home had a no resuscitation policy. There was no possible authorisation or justification for this."

The home, which specialised in caring for people with dementia, has since closed.

St Austell sailor dies two years after accident on superyacht Kibo

Cornwall Live

A young sailor from Cornwall has died two years after suffering brain damage when he fell off a superyacht owned by a billionaire friend of Roman Abramovich.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J27 for A361 and J28 for A373.

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

An African Journey: Lizard found in box of Kenyan avocados

BBC Radio Devon

Lizard. Pic: Riverford Organics
Riverford Organics

This little lizard was an unexpected arrival in a box of Kenyan avocados at Riverford Organics in south Devon.

Riverford said that they had sent a picture to Paignton Zoo in a bid to attempt to identify what species it was.

It added: "It came here by boat as we don’t air freight, so it was rather a long journey."

As his new owners try to identify what variety it is, a name for our African friend is also being sought. Do you have any suggestions? Do you know what species it is?

If so, you can email us.

'Let's just do it' call as hundreds offer help to Grenfell families

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Hundreds of holidays have been offered to victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire - and among them is Hetty Thompson, who is offering her Bridgerule holiday let.

Firefighter
PA

She said: "The support from those in London has been amazing, but I think it's really important for people to realise how much all our hearts around the country and the world go out to them.

"If anyone from further afield is able to offer something to help, however small, let's just do it."

The scheme was created for residents of the tower block which went up in flames, but has also been extended to firefighters.

BreakingEx-care home manager jailed after neglect death

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

Ismeer Residential Care Home
BBC

The former manager of a Cornwall care home has been jailed for 21 months after the death of a resident more than two years ago.

Pam Barrett had been living at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, which specialised in caring for people with dementia. She died at the end of 2014. The home has since closed.

Forty-two-year-old Lisa Thomas pleaded guilty to neglect at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday.

Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, also admitted carrying out frauds totalling more than £7,000 while working at the home, and administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, relating to another resident.

Is surfing a lifestyle or a competitive sport?

BBC Sport

Two surfers argue over whether sport should go to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Professional GB surfer Emily Currie, from Cornwall, and lifestyle surfer and YouTuber Hannah Bristow got together to settle a long running debate in surfing... is it a lifestyle or is it a competitive sport?

Surfing is coming to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but the news has caused as much controversy as celebration amongst the surfing community.

Newlyn Fish Market to get £1.3m refurbishment

BBC Radio Cornwall

A £1.3m refurbishment of the Newlyn Fish Market has been given the go-ahead.

The project is the first phase of plans to redevelop the harbour area.

Those behind the proposals hope the work will begin within the next couple of months and finish next year.

Fishing ropes and nets
Andrew Segal

Travel: Road blocked in Penzance

BBC News Travel

In Penzance, there are reports that Caldwells Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Taroveor Road and Empress Avenue.

Devon holidays offered to people involved in Grenfell Tower disaster

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Two friends have launched an appeal to provide holidays in Devon to those affected by the Grenfell Tower block fire.

Angie and Kay
Angie Mays

They say they have had more than 100 offers of help so far.

Local businesses, holiday parks and holiday homeowners have all come forward to help.

Kay Gilbert, who set up the Facebook appeal with Angie Mays, said they "just wanted to do something to help" and had been "overwhelmed by the response".

Ms Gilbert, from Ilfracombe, said: "We've had quad bike adventures, meal vouchers, photography shoots, hair cuts, beauty treatments, counselling, it's just amazing."

Roman oil and wine pottery found at dig

BBC News England

Archaeologists
University of Exeter

Archaeologists say pre-Roman Britons who lived in a rural location in Devon since the 4th Century BC may have enjoyed Mediterranean oil and wine.

Radiocarbon analysis of a dig site showed there was a settlement at Ipplepen for about 1,200 years longer than previously thought.

University of Exeter archaeologists are digging at the site this month.

The discovery of Roman pottery suggests there was a community trading widely with the Roman world. Archaeologists also said the samples were Roman amphora used to transport wine and olive oil.