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Summary

  1. Police investigate unexplained death in Padstow
  2. Man shot during Antigua robbery now blind
  3. Fire crews believe residential home blaze was started deliberately
  4. Former headteacher had 'cavalier attitude' to pupil safety
  5. Teen saves dad with CPR learnt from TV
  6. Fire crews leave large gorse blaze site
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 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.

Cornwall spaceport backers welcome Queen's Speech

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Cornwall’s proposed Spaceport could be one step closer after the introduction of a Space Industry Bill.

The bill, which was announced as part of the Queen’s Speech, will introduce new powers to allow launches from British soil.

It will licence new commercial spaceflight technologies, including spaceplanes and satellite launch systems, and create a regulatory framework for the operation of UK spaceports.

Spaceport director Miles Carden said: “We are determined that Cornwall will play an important role in the development of commercial space launch by offering safe and low-cost access to space from Newquay, with spacecraft tracking and communications facilities from Goonhilly.

“The next step in our Spaceport Cornwall bid will be presenting our plans to the UK Space Agency alongside our commercial partners, and we expect that to happen in a matter of weeks.”

Orbital Access aircraft
Orbital Access

Police seize drugs in Newquay 'after community concerns'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police in Newquay say they executed drugs warrants simultaneously in a housing estate "as a result of community concerns over the supply and use of controlled drugs".

One man was arrested after officers executed three warrants on the Mayfield estate on Tuesday.

A quantity of suspected Class A and B drugs were seized during searches of properties in Hawkins Road, Mayfield Crescent and Trelawney Road, officers said.

Inspector Dave Meredith said the work was "sending a clear and robust message to persons involved in the supply and use of controlled drugs in Newquay".

Latest weather: A warm evening before possible thundery rain overnight

BBC Weather

Another very warm evening is expected. However, it will cloud over on the Lizard before it gets dark and showery rain across the county during the night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Showers may become heavy and thundery for a time during the morning, particularly in the southeast. However, they will die out later, leaving a bright dry afternoon with sunny spells. However, it will feel much fresher. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Police warning about dogs in vehicles

A police officer in Plymouth has taken to Twitter to warn dog owners about the risks of keeping dogs inside vehicles on hot days.

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Family of man shot in Antigua robbery 'truly grateful' for £103k fundraising to fly him home

Rob England

BBC News Online

The family of a man whose life was saved by a fundraising campaign say they are "truly grateful" to more than 1,700 people who paid for his return to the UK after he was shot during a robbery at his parents' restaurant in Antigua.

Christopher Tester at wedding
Tester Family

Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Tester (picture here during a recent family wedding), from Torquay, was wounded on Christmas Day while trying to "shield his mother". He was flown back to Devon for treatment in February after 1,728 campaigners raised more than £103,000 for his travel and medical costs.

His family said he had been "struggling" in the six months since he was wounded and was now blind. But his parents Tony and Gill said additional money was raised to adapt his home to make it comfortable.

He was also said to be enjoying guitar lessons, playing the ukulele, walking, swimming and spinning, despite "struggling to come to terms with his blindness", according to his parents.

Gone to pot: Fire crews find new use for old helmets

Saltash rail station restoration to 'reflect the town correctly'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A derelict railway station house in Cornwall has been bought by Saltash Town Council for £165,000 to be restored and "reflect the town correctly", the local mayor says.

Saltash rail station. Pic: Google
Google

The Saltash station building, which is about 130-years-old, used to house the stationmaster's office, a waiting room and a cafe. It is in a bad state of repair and fenced off from the public because the roof is dangerous.

In the past, passengers and residents have complained about the neglected building, which greets people crossing the River Tamar on their journey across the Royal Albert Bridge.

Critics said they were unsure if it was money well spent. But Mayor of Saltash Jean Dent said: "We've had feedback from passengers, but mainly from the people of Saltash themselves. They said they wanted it sorted out. It needs to be something that reflects the town correctly, that we are a good place to be ... and we need to project it."

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Exeter 'no place for hate crime' warning after anti-Islamic incidents

BBC Radio Devon

A string of anti-Islamic hate crimes across Exeter over just over a week have been condemned by the city council leader.

Pete Edwards and the police said they were pledging zero tolerance to religiously-motivated hate crimes. He said: "There is no place in Exeter for hate crime."

The first incident happened at Exeter Mosque on 10 June where three men were alleged to have shouted racially aggravated abuse at worshippers. Anti-Islamic graffiti appeared at Polsloe Bridge and in Whipton village on 12 and 13 June, and, on Saturday, a customer was abusive to staff at Chandos Deli in Princesshay.

Police said they wanted to hear from anyone with information about any of the incidents.

In the navy: Officers' college memories featuring in new exhibition

BBC Spotlight

The memories of officers at the Britannia Royal Naval College over the last 60 years are being featured in a new exhibition.

Britannia Royal Naval College exhibition
BBC

Interviews have been recorded detailing personal accounts of what it was like training in Dartmouth at different periods in time.

The exhibition, launching today, features the memories of 65 cadets, including the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

Why has Boxing Day been trending on Twitter?

James Law

BBC Sport Online

It is one of the hottest June days on record and the pollen count is soaring - so why has Boxing Day been trending on Twitter?

Far from yearning for TV specials and leftover turkey, football fans have been looking up and discussing who their team is playing over Christmas, with next season's fixtures released this morning.

Plymouth Argyle
BBC

Plymouth Argyle face a 227-mile journey to MK Dons on Boxing Day, a 454-mile round trip, while Rochdale only have to get 19 miles to Blackburn Rovers.

However, given Plymouth's location relative to the other clubs, that is not really out of the ordinary. Even a trip to Bristol Rovers would take them more than 120 miles each way.

Former Foxhole Academy head faces classroom ban over 'cavalier attitude' to pupil safety

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A head teacher at an academy in Cornwall showed "a cavalier attitude" to pupil safety and failed to tell employers that her school handyman husband had received a police caution for stealing ladies' underwear, a misconduct hearing has found.

Sarah Cooke was principal of Foxhole Academy, where Peter Cooke worked as a handyman. She resigned after her husband of 30 years was arrested early last year over an allegation of outraging public decency in front of a teenage boy. He was later found guilty of the offence.

Sarah Cooke and Peter Cooke. Pic: Cornwall Live
Cornwall Live

A three-member National College for Teaching and Leadership professional misconduct panel found Mrs Cooke showed a "complete disregard" for safeguarding her pupils, and stated she was guilty of five charges of wrongdoing. She also failed to carry out proper staff background checks, for both her husband and herself, it ruled.

It concluded Mrs Cooke had breached teachers' professional standards and recommended a prohibition order.

Mrs Cooke, who was not present for the misconduct hearing, is facing a classroom ban. The Education Secretary will make a final decision on the case.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, on the B3180 in Woodbury, there are reports of an accident near the junction with the B3179
  • In Tiverton, Newte's Hill is blocked both directions near Limetree Cross due to an accident
  • The A361 at Ashford is partially blocked between Limekiln Lane and Heanton Hill Lane due to a fallen tree
  • The A30 Cornwall-bound is partially blocked between Stowford Cross and the Lifton Down turn-off due to a broken-down tractor
  • In Cornwall, Chapel Road in Indian Queens, near Queens Close, is blocked because of an accident
  • On the A39 between Perranarworthal and Devoran, there are reports there's very slow traffic due to an accident

Her word is her Bond: Dame Judi 'particularly pleased' to be Northcott Theatre patron

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Former James Bond boss and British acting legend Dame Judi Dench says she is "particularly pleased" to be patron of an Exeter theatre because she has been "associated with the Northcott Theatre for many years".

Dame Judi Dench
PA

Dame Judi, who is patron of the theatre for its 50th anniversary year, was a long-time friend and colleague of the Northcott's first director, Tony Church, and was also patron of the theatre’s former Friends scheme, the venue said.

She said: "I have been associated with the Northcott Theatre for many years, so I was particularly pleased to be asked to be a patron of the 50th birthday anniversary.

"With so many regional theatres having disappeared, it is important to support those that still survive and help them to thrive."

The theatre first opened its doors in November 1967.

Residential home fire 'started deliberately'

BBC Radio Devon

Fire crews say they believe a fire at a residential home in Moretonhampstead was started deliberately.

Coppelia House
BBC

Firefighters from across south Devon and Dartmoor, along with an incident command unit from Totnes, were called to Coppelia House on Court Street just after 21:00 on Tuesday.

It's the second fire at the home in four days.

Wrong kind of sun on the line? GWR rail services delayed by hot tracks

BBC News Travel

Delays are possible on GWR rail services to and from Paddington due to a speed restriction because of high track temperatures between Reading and Newbury.

A fine romance: Dame Judi Dench becomes patron of Exeter's Northcott Theatre

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Dame Judi Dench. Pic: PA
PA

Dame Judi Dench has become patron of Exeter's Northcott Theatre for its 50th anniversary year, the venue has announced.

The theatre said it was "greatly honoured" by Dame Judi accepting the invitation "at such an important time for the theatre", and that she was a long-time friend and colleague of the Northcott's first director, Tony Church.

The theatre first opened its doors in November 1967.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Tiverton, there are reports of an accident on Newte's Hill, near Limetree Cross
  • In Bideford, Moreton Park Road is partially blocked due to an accident near Moreton Avenue
  • In Plymouth, on the A386 Tavistock Road inbound, one lane is closed between Powisland Drive and Derriford Roundabout due to an accident

Macclesfield sign Torquay's Richards

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United midfielder Courtney Richards has signed for their National League rivals Macclesfield Town.

The 23-year-old Jamaican was captain at the Gulls, and turned down a new deal to join the Silkmen.

Courtney Richards
Rex Features

Richards spent three seasons at Torquay, having joined the Devon club after coming through the academy at Brighton.

St Agnes Beacon blaze: Firefighters prepare to leave scene

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Firefighters are preparing to leave the scene of a 15-acre gorse fire in Cornwall.

Crews have been at the site of the blaze at St Agnes Beacon since it broke out at about 15:00 on Tuesday. They have been damping down this morning after bringing the fire under control overnight.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said some residual smoke may still be seen in the area, but it would be monitored by National Trust wardens.

St Agnes Beacon fire. Pic: Andrew Trenoweth
Andrew Trenoweth

Queen's speech: Space Industry Bill

Satellites
OHB

A government plan to secure growth in the UK's £13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen's Speech.

Officials and stakeholders are keen to ensure the space sector does not lose out when the UK leaves the EU.

The stated purpose of the new Space Industry Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space - including launches from British soil.

Until now, spaceports have been an important sticking point. Previous feasibility work has already identified a number of aerodromes that might make suitable spaceports, with Newquay seen as a prime contender.

But as the law stands, rocket planes and other launch systems currently in development around the world would not be able to operate out of the UK.

The bill would sweep away this barrier by "enabling [scientists] to launch from UK soil".

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Grenfell Tower fire: Holiday park owner 'offering 50 lodges to firefighters'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A holiday park owner in Cornwall is offering 50 of his lodges to firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower fire in London last week, a tourism boss says.

Other holiday cottage and second home owners are also donating a week of their season via the Facebook group Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

The head of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell (pictured), said he could not reveal the name of the businessman that's made the latest offer, but said it was an extremely generous gesture.

As well as this, two friends from north Devon are organising free holidays for people made homeless by the Grenfell fire, as well as emergency service workers who helped the victims.

Malcolm Bell
BBC

Latest weather: Staying hot and dry, but possible thundery rain overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It is another hot and dry day, with hazy spells of sunshine and patchy cloud. However, low cloud, mist and some fog patches will move in towards the Isles Scilly and then spread slowly east to affect much of the coast by evening.

The sun is very strong this time of year, so do take care in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 29C (84F).

Weather
BBC

It'll be a humid night, with mist and low cloud spreading inland. Some patchy rain will also move in and spread eastwards, which may turn heavy and thundery in some places. Winds will be light or moderate from the southwest. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Teenager saves dad with CPR learnt from TV

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A teenager saved her dad's life thanks to CPR learnt from the hit American medical drama series House.

Barry Holland, 56, suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in the family kitchen in Helston, Cornwall.

Kodie Holland, 18, told her mum off for doing chest compressions incorrectly before taking over, and said "I just knew that if I stopped then I would lose my dad".

Dr Alistair Slade, consultant cardiologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital said it was a "fantastic case".

Kodie Holland says she realised the compressions were working and 'had to keep going'.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of an accident on the A379 St Marychurch Road in Torquay, near Petitor Road
  • In Bideford, on Moreton Park Road, there are reports there's an accident near Moreton Avenue
  • In Cornwall, on the A30 eastbound at Tolvaddon, near Camborne, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • In Truro, the A39 Arch Hill is partially blocked near Old Falmouth Road due to an accident

Two arrested after stolen caravan recovered

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Officers added that two men were arrested "regarding the theft of the caravan" and that investigations were ongoing.

Man shot during Antigua robbery now blind

Rob England

BBC News Online

The family of a man from Torquay whose life was saved by a fundraising campaign say he is "struggling" six months after he was shot in the head.

Christopher Tester
Tester Family

Christopher Tester, 37, from Torquay, was shot during a robbery at his parents' restaurant in Antigua.

He was wounded on Christmas Day while trying to "shield his mother", and campaigners raised more than £103,000 to fly him back to Devon for treatment. Mr Tester needed an operation on his skull and is now blind.

He returned home on his birthday at the end of February, and his parents Tony and Gill said additional money was raised to adapt his home.

He is now said to be enjoying guitar lessons, playing the ukulele, walking, swimming and spinning, despite "struggling to come to terms with his blindness", according to his parents.

Saltash railway station bought by council for £165k in restoration bid

BBC Radio Cornwall

The first railway station building in Cornwall that greets passengers as they travel into the county has been bought by Saltash Town Council in a bid to restore it to its former glory.

Saltash railway station. Pic: Google
Google

The Saltash station building, which is about 130 years old, used to house the stationmaster's office, a waiting room and a cafe. It is in a bad state of repair and fenced off from the public because the roof is dangerous.

The council said it paid £165,000 for the neglected building to try to improve the town's image and its fortunes.

However, critics said they were unsure if it was money well spent, adding that its actual restoration still had to be paid for.

Body found at bottom of steps

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man in Padstow.

The body of an elderly man was found at the bottom of steps leading towards a car park near New Street this morning.

The man is yet to be named and police remain at the scene.

Officers are working to establish the cause of death and are treating the death as unexplained at this time, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Another GP surgery in Plymouth is closing

Plymouth Herald

Another GP surgery in Plymouth will be closing this year - Freedom Health Centre, in Lipson, will be shutting its doors on September 30 after the current provider resigned.

St Agnes Beacon fire: Third fire crew brought back to scene

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A third fire appliance has been called out to the scene of a large gorse fire in Cornwall.

St Agnes Beacon fire. Pic: Andrew Trenoweth
Andrew Trenoweth

The blaze raged on St Agnes Beacon for most of Tuesday afternoon and early evening after it broke out just after 15:00. By 18:00, the fire covered 15 acres.

St Agnes Beacon fire. Pic: Andrew Trenoweth
Andrew Trenoweth

By 07:00 this morning, two appliances were still on the scene, monitoring the area for hotspots and damping down, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

That was increased to three at 10:00, the service added.

Travel: Multi-vehicle collision on A303 near Honiton

BBC News Travel

On the A303 at Marsh, near Honiton, there are reports of a multi-vehicle collision at Giant's Grave.

Heads warn parents of 'cash-starved schools'

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Head teachers in England are keeping up the pressure on school funding, sending a letter warning about "cash-starved" schools to almost two million families.

As the government prepares to set out its plans in the Queen's Speech, school leaders across 17 councils - including Cornwall and Devon - are calling for urgent action over a funding gap.

Claims over school funding shortages became an election battleground and a doorstep issue with voters.

The Conservative manifesto promised an extra £1bn per year from savings. But there have been doubts cast on the biggest slice of this extra funding - with uncertainty over whether the government will go ahead with scrapping free meals for all infants.

With no majority in the House of Commons, it would be more difficult to get through legislation to scrap the free meals for infants, introduced three years ago.

School letter
BBC

Care home neglect death: 'An important case for police'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A former care home manager from Cornwall being jailed for neglect and fraud was "an important case for us", police say.

Ismeer
BBC

Forty-two-year-old Lisa Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, worked at Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell.

She was jailed for 21 months by Truro Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting charges of neglect after the death of a resident in 2014, seven frauds totalling more than £7,000, and telling a colleague to give one resident a drug prescribed for another resident. The home has since closed.

Det Insp Richard Nettleship, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "In this case, Lisa Thomas prioritised her own self-interest and greed ahead of the safety of the people she was charged with protecting.

"As she starts her custodial sentence, I hope this sends out a message to all residential settings that, where police find evidence of wilful neglect or dishonesty, we will pursue a criminal conviction."

St Agnes Beacon fire: Emergency crews 'hampered by people trying to look at blaze'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Fire crews trying to deal with a 15-acre gorse blaze in Cornwall were hampered by people who'd driven to the area to look at the fire, a witness says.

The blaze raged on St Agnes Beacon for most of Tuesday afternoon and early evening after it broke out just after 15:00. However, by 07:00 this morning only two appliances were still on the scene, monitoring the area for hotspots and damping down, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

Sarah Burrows, who lives at the foot of the beacon, said fire crews had to deal with problems caused by visitors to the area.

She said: "You had people tearing round as fast as they could... and there were people abandoning their cars in narrow lanes to get out and have a look, stopping the emergency services from getting through."

St Agnes fire
BBC

BreakingPadstow body being investigated as 'unexplained death'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are investigating an unexplained death in Padstow.

Officers said they were called to New Street at about 08:50 after reports of the discovery of the body of an "elderly man".

People nearby reported a "large police presence", including forensic teams and scenes of crime officers.

The man has yet to be formally identified.

Dawlish railway beach kiosk demolition plans approved

Devon Live

Plans to demolish an historic beach kiosk on Dawlish seafront have been approved.

Power cut hits 140 Exeter properties

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than 140 properties in Exeter are without electricity in the EX1 and EX4 area because of power supply problems, Western Power Distribution has confirmed.

Engineeers were working to restore supplies, it added.