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Summary

  1. Woman dies in garage forecourt crash
  2. --- Woman passenger died at the scene
  3. --- Driver taken to hospital with serious injuries
  4. --- Police trying to establish why the car left the A390 crashed into the vehicles in Hewas Water
  5. --- Twenty-two parked vehicles damaged
  6. Boy impales arm on railings
  7. Plymouth tower block cladding 'about £4m to remove but cost is not an issue'
  8. Climber rescued after getting into difficulty near St Agnes Head
  9. Dave Grohl dedicates song at Glastonbury to breast cancer campaigner
  10. Project to save Bodmin ponies from winter starvation 'a success'
  11. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday 27 June

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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 Tuesday 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.

Latest weather: Staying cloud, and rain on Tuesday

BBC Weather

Tonight will be generally dry with clear spells at first, although cloud will thicken as the night progresses. Towards dawn the odd spot of light of rain is possible, particularly in the west. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

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Tuesday will be cloudy with sporadic outbreaks of rain, perhaps with the odd heavier burst. A few may see the odd brighter spell, where it will feel a little humid. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Everlong: Grohl tribute to cancer woman 'made me cry, dance and sing' - widower

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Plymouth breast cancer campaigner - who Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl dedicated a song to at the band's Glastonbury gig - "put all her time" into raising awareness about the disease before she died, her husband says.

The tribute to Laura Plane came after Grohl was contacted by her widower, Jon, who asked if the band would dedicate their track Everlong during the band's headlining slot on Saturday night to Laura.

Jon and Laura Plane
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The song, Laura's favourite, was played at the couple's first dance at their wedding and her funeral on 9 June.

Laura, a teacher, raised more than £30,000 for charity after being diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago. She dedicated her spare time to raising money and awareness about the disease as her own diagnosis had been late, Jon said.

"She put all her time in to getting that message across [of checking yourself] so nobody else was ever in that situation," Jon said.

He added that he "cried, danced and sang" during the song's performance.

He said: "This was my one last final swansong as it were, and it worked. It's everything I ever wanted for her."

Foo Fighters dedicate song to cancer campaigner

Nine months of roadworks begin in Torbay

BBC Radio Devon

A £1.2m, nine-month programme of roadworks is starting in Torbay.

The repairs are kicking off at Sherwell Lane in Torquay and include replacing pavements and carriageways.

Eleven roads around the bay will be repaired between now and next March. The roadworks will be carried out with two-way traffic lights or road closures.

Torbay Council has urged drivers to allow extra time for their journeys as they could face delays.

'Bogus collectors made homeless children claim'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Bogus street collectors said they were raising cash for charities and homeless local children, the court heard.

Justice
BBC

David Sapiecha, prosecuting at Exeter Crown Court, said: "People are much more willing to part with their cash for charity, so it is an attractive ploy for a fraudster to appear to be collecting for charity."

Businessman Jamie Monteiro, 26, of Larkspur Drive, Newton Abbot, denies five counts of fraud in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Jordan Fletcher, 23, of Bladon Close, Newton Abbot, denies three counts of fraud.

The case continues.

Putting feet up on car dashboards 'is a danger'

BBC Spotlight

Car passengers who put their feet up on the dashboard are being warned "it is a danger" by safety officials.

Driving experts and Devon and Cornwall Police officers said the practice, particularly common in hot weather, could cause horrendous injuries if the car was involved in a crash or if the airbag went off.

Paula Wellings, Cornwall Council's casualty reduction manager, said seat belts could also cause injuries because the body would be in a different position from what the belt was designed to restrain, and soft organ damage and dislocations were possible as result of it or airbag injuries.

She said: "We're concerned about people doing this. Clearly, with the good weather we've been having, more people want to lay back back and enjoy the sunshine - cars are not the place to do it."

Feet on dashboard. Pic: Getty Images
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A390 car dealership crash: Dead woman local to the area

David George

BBC Spotlight

A390
BBC

A woman who died after a car came off the A390 and collided with vehicles at a car dealership in Cornwall was local to the area, it is understood.

The woman, in her 40s, was a passenger in the car during the collision on the main road between St Austell and Truro at Hewas Water on Sunday night. She pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver was heading in the direction of Truro when the crash occurred. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with serious injuries.

The crash also saw 22 vehicles at the dealership damaged, as well as a lamp post and road sign knocked over. The road was closed for eight hours for an investigation.

Alleged conman 'pocketed £37K in street collection scam'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An alleged conman pocketed £37,000 while he was running a scam in which unemployed youths pretended to be charity collectors, a court heard.

Scales
BBC

Businessman Jamie Monteiro sent out young men with collection buckets who allegedly claimed to be raising cash for causes such as Kids at Christmas and Save a Heart.

His Newton Abbot based company Youth Recruit was in fact giving half to the collectors and keeping the rest for itself, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Figures from Monteiro's bank account showed he deposited just under £37,000 when he was running Youth Recruit. Monteiro, 26, of Larkspur Drive, Newton Abbot, denies five counts of fraud.

Jordan Fletcher, 23, of Bladon Close, Newton Abbot, denies three counts of fraud.

Dartmoor speeder caught doing 57mph in 40mph area

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A driver on Dartmoor caught speeding during a weekend operation to reduce accidents was doing 57mph in a 40mph area, police say.

Dartmoor Operation Granite
BBC

More than 200 drivers were pulled over on Dartmoor as part of Operation Granite.

Of them, 60 drivers were given verbal warnings for excess speed, officers said.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl in Glastonbury tribute to dead fan

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl dedicated a song at the band's headliner Glastonbury gig to a fan who died from breast cancer.

The tribute to Laura Plane came after Grohl was contacted by her widower Jon, who said he "cried, danced and sang" during the performance of Everlong.

The song, Laura's favourite, was played at the couple's first dance at their wedding - and her funeral on 9 June.

The pair had hoped to enjoy their 10th wedding anniversary at the festival.

Common household items that kill your pets

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Chocolate, paracetamol, sweetener and grapes are among common items that poisoned thousands of animal last year, figures show.

Figures seen by BBC South West show a significant increase of incidents involving e-cigarettes and vitamin D supplements were also reported by vets.

Pete Stewart and dog
Pete Stewart / getty images

Pete Stewart from St Agnes says his dog Chuski nearly died after he ate three or four large bars of dark chocolate.

"He seemed completely normal until the next afternoon when he started getting quite hyperactive and shaking, so I took him to the vets immediately," he said.

"It was pretty horrible, they were really worried - they managed to flush his system but the quantity he had was enough to kill a much bigger dog."

Dog and cat owners are being urged to risk assess their homes. Find more advice here.

Travel: Crash on Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

BBC News Travel

In Barnstaple, Old Torrington Road, between the A3125 Sticklepath Hill and Old Bideford Road, is closed in both directions due to a collision

More than 200 drivers pulled over in Dartmoor traffic operation

BBC Radio Devon

More than 200 drivers were pulled over on Dartmoor in a big weekend operation to reduce accidents on the moor.

Operation Granite
BBC

Police, fire, national park and trading standards officers linked up in Operation Granite to combat what they called the "fatal five": speeding, no-seatbelts, getting distracted, careless and inconsiderate driving, and drink or drugs.

One vehicle was seized and 50 drivers were reported for offences, with 66 others issued warnings, police said.

Is Scottish salmon farming a 'risk' to wild wrasse?

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Restrictions are being put on South West fishermen who gather wrasse to export them to Scotland's salmon farms.

The use of wrasse in salmon farming has increased because of their effectiveness at cleaning stocks and attacking sea lice. Tens of thousands are caught around the coast of Devon and Cornwall and sent north of the border every year.

Stocks are being depleted and South West wildlife experts say the fish should be protected. Wrasse fishermen have defended the practice.

Find out what's happening in Scotland from the video above.

Travel: A381 closed after collision

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, the A381 at Woodleigh, between Torr Lane and the A379 is closed in both directions due to a collision and work. Traffic is heavy
  • In Cornwall, Gwavas Lane in Newlyn is blocked in both directions due to an accident. Traffic is slow moving there

Lithuanian man in court, accused of attempted murder of woman

Cornwall Live

A man has appeared in court accused of the attempted murder of a woman in Cornwall.

Car passengers warned not to put feet up on dashboard because 'it could break their back'

BBC Radio Devon

Car passengers are being warned by police not to put their feet up on the dashboard because of serious injuries that could be caused during a crash, including breaking their back.

Driving experts said the practice, particularly common in hot weather, could cause horrendous injuries in a crash or if the airbag went off.

Sgt Olly Taylor, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "A fire colleague recounted the story to me recently of a young lady who was in a relatively low-speed collision, but it was enough to activate the airbag.

"She had her feet on the dashboard where the airbag deployed from and she ended up down in the passenger foot-well with a severely broken back."

Feet on dashboard. Pic: Getty Images
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Times like these: Foo's Dave Grohl dedicates song at Glastonbury to breast cancer campaigner

BBC Spotlight

The husband of a breast cancer campaigner from Devon who lost her life last month says her message will live on after American rock band the Foo Fighters paid tribute to her at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters at Glastonbury. Pic: PA
PA

Jon Plane started a social media campaign asking the band to dedicate their song, Everlong, to his wife, Laura, who died at the end of May after an eight-year battle with breast cancer.

During the band's headlining slot at Glastonbury, frontman Dave Grohl said: "I'd like to dedicate this song to someone named Laura, who couldn't be here tonight. But we should all dance as one for her, that's what I think."

Jon Plane
BBC

Jon said he couldn't believe it actually happened and he "loved the way" Grohl made the dancing suggestion.

He said: "That's what she would have wanted. She wouldn't have wanted a dedication to someone whose passed away. She just would have wanted to dance, and dance all night."

A390 car dealership crash: Lamp post and road sign also knocked over

David George

BBC Spotlight

Smashed parked cars
BBC

A car which came off the A390 and collided with vehicles at a car dealership in Cornwall also knocked down a lamp post and a road sign.

A woman in her 40s, who was a passenger in the car during the collision at Hewas Water on Sunday night, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with serious injuries after the crash, which saw 22 vehicles at the dealership damaged, police said.

The road was closed for eight hours for an investigation.

Co-operation 'behind success of Bodmin moor ponies project'

Christine Butler

BBC South West

Moor ponies
BBC

A concerted co-operative effort by veterinary groups, the Bodmin Moor Commons Council, landowners and horse charities is believed to be behind the success of a project to spare Bodmin moor ponies suffering and starvation.

In 2016, up to 200 needed to be rescued from the moor, which prompted a concerted effort by veterinary groups. There have been no such rescues needed so far this year.

There are about 600 ponies on the moor, and the council, which was founded in 2015, has legal powers to protect the animals.

The council is to carry out an annual micro-chipping programme, and said it was controlling the amount of stallions on the moor through an approval scheme, which members said would be used to ensure the moor wasn't flooded with stallions fighting over mares.

Latest weather: Staying mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

There will be fairly large areas of cloud drifting around for the rest of the day. However, most places will see some reasonable periods of sunshine from time to time. There is a risk of catching a light shower mainly over the moors. Winds are variable with a sea breeze developing for a time. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, there will be a few clear periods but generally it will be a cloudy night with perhaps an odd shower over the moors. Winds will be very light and mainly southerly. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Former Archbishop resigns over abuse

BBC News England

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has resigned from his last remaining formal role in the church after a review into child abuse.

Lord Carey was criticised in an independent review of the church's handling of abuse carried out by Bishop Peter Ball, who was jailed in 2015 for historic offences against young men.

Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months after admitting sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men. The former bishop of Lewes and bishop of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s. He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

The report also found Ball's twin brother, Michael, a former Bishop of Truro, allowed his brother to attend events in his place.

Garage forecourt smash leaves woman dead: What we know so far

Cars
BBC
  • A woman died after a car careered off a main road and smashed into a row of 22 parked cars on a garage forecourt
  • The black Vauxhall Vectra saloon left the A390 near St Austell in Cornwall just after 21:45 BST on Sunday, police said
  • The female passenger, who was in her 40s, died at the scene
  • A male driver was taken to hospital with "serious significant" injuries
  • Officers say they are appealing for witnesses to the crash at Andrew Toms Cars at Hewas Water
Cars
BBC
Cars
BBC

Plymouth tower block cladding 'about £4m to remove but cost is not an issue'

BBC Radio Devon

Work to remove low safety-rated cladding from tower blocks in Plymouth will cost about £4m but "cost is not an issue for us", the city council's leader says.

Plymouth flats
BBC

Three blocks in the Mount Wise area are to have their cladding removed as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London on 14 June, which cost the lives of at least 79 people. It is thought the building's recently-installed cladding may have helped the fire to spread.

In Plymouth, council leader Ian Bowyer said: "You can't put a cost on people's lives, their homes and their safety.

"Safety is our top priority. We've always said that cost is not an issue for us, it's dealing with the problem."

Residents scrub off crude graffiti in Exeter after latest anti-Islamic incident

Devon Live

Exeter residents came together to scrub off anti-Islamic graffiti which appeared on a wall on a residential street over the weekend - the latest Islamaphobic incident in Devon this month.

Elderly woman 'badly injured in hit-and-run'

BBC Radio Devon

Police are investigating a hit-and-run in Torquay on Sunday which left an elderly woman badly injured.

Emergency services were called at about 18:00 after the 88-year-old local woman was struck by a car in Happaway Road. She suffered head and leg injuries.

A 63-year-old man from Torquay later voluntarily attended Torquay Police Station and was questioned, officers said.

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Firefighters called to three car fire incidents in less than 12 hours

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Firefighters in Cornwall have dealt with car fires at three locations in less than 12 hours.

Crews were called to Wheal Charlotte car park, at Towan Cross, Mount Hawke, at about 20:25 on Sunday.

Overnight, crews were also called to a blaze at Sea View Terrace in Redruth at about 04:20, which they said was "unexplained". They referred the incident to the police.

In Scorrier, crews put out fires in two cars which were found "well alight" when they were called at about 06:35.

Three-hour car parking limit 'hitting retail park customers'

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Is three hours long enough to have a meal? Maybe not, for diners at a restaurant on the outskirts of Truro.

The problem has arisen because of a three-hour time limit on car parking at the West Truro Retail Park. The new development is home to a Chiquitos restaurant, Subway, DFS and others, just off the A390 at Langarth.

Parking notice
BBC

Motorists face a penalty of up to £100 if they stay in the car park for more than three hours. The car park is owned by Walker Developments and the parking is controlled by Lancashire-based Parking Eye Ltd, so none of the retailers are responsible for penalties.

However, if people give their registration numbers to restaurant staff when they arrive, or any retailer on the site, it can be validated with the parking company and no penalty issued.

Chiquitos' manager said that, on Saturday, she had to contact the parking company asking them to waive 16 penalty charges and this morning had already processed another two.

Chiquitos and DFS both volunteered this waiver information but, at the moment, the onus is on the customer to ask for it as I could find no clear signs telling customers that this facility is available.

Travel: Reports of accident near Ugborough and in Totnes

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of a collision at Kitteford Cross on the A3121 near Ugborough, at the junction for Loddiswell
  • In Totnes, there are reports of an accident on the A381 Western Bypass near Kingsbridge Hill

Attempted murder arrest after man has neck slashed 'with broken bottle'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two people have been arrested after a man in Dawlish had his neck slashed with what was thought to be a broken bottle, police say.

Officers said the 32-year-old local man was assaulted when he was confronted by another man while leaving a takeaway between 21:30 and 21:50 on Saturday in the Brunswick Place area.

The victim suffered a "serious wound to the neck", police said.

A 19-year-old man from Hereford was arrested for attempted murder and a 24-year-old man from Dawlish was arrested for assault.

Minute's silence for Finsbury Park attack

The BBC will be observing a minute's silence being held at 12:00 in honour of the victims of the Finsbury Park terror attack.

One man died and several people were injured.

Seven charged after Exeter 'ram raid'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Seven men have been charged in connection with a ram raid in Exeter over the weekend.

Police said two vans were believed to be involved in the suspected raid in Thorverton Road at about 21:30 on Saturday.

Devon Live reported that the Newton Centre was targeted and those in the vans made off with "high-value electrical equipment".

The vans were pursued along the M5 and M4 by officers, who were assisted by a police helicopter.

The men, all from London and aged between 26 and 37, were charged with conspiracy offences and due to appear before Exeter Magistrates later, police said.

Torquay United: Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke signed on free transfer

National League club Torquay United have signed unattached, experienced goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.

Ryan Clarke. Pix: Getty Images
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The 35-year-old former Oxford United man left Eastleigh by mutual consent in April after a seven-month stay.

A former Bristol Rovers trainee, Clarke has also previously played for clubs including Northampton Town, AFC Wimbledon and Forest Green Rovers.

"Ryan is a proven goalkeeper at this level and levels above," Torquay boss Kevin Nicholson told the club website.

Gruff night for three kids stuck under bridge

Devon Live

Three children had to be rescued from beneath a Devon bridge after getting stuck by the tide and the mud.

A390 crash: Collision 'truly heartbreaking'

A390 crash scene
BBC

A police officer has described a road crash on the A390 in Cornwall in which a woman was killed as "truly heartbreaking".

The woman, in her 40s, was a passenger in the car when it came off the road and collided with more than 20 vehicles at a car dealership in Hewas Water on Sunday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with serious injuries, police said. The road was closed for eight hours for an investigation.

Sgt Olly Taylor, of Devon and Cornwall Police, who was at the scene, tweeted that he and other officers had a "very long night dealing with this collision".

He added: "Truly heartbreaking and my thoughts are with those involved."

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Government underlines commitment to 'offer support' to councils over high-rise cladding

BBC Radio Devon

The government has underlined its commitment to "offer support" to councils after cladding on 60 high-rise buildings in England failed safety tests.

At least 79 people are feared to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, which began in the early hours of 14 June. It is thought the building's recently-installed cladding may have helped the fire to spread.

Devonport tower blocks
BBC

Three tower blocks in the Mount Wise area of Plymouth (pictured) have been given the lowest safety rating for their cladding.

Landlords and councils are being urged not to wait for test results before getting the fire service in to check they are safe.

Plymouth Community Homes, which runs the buildings said safety tests were carried out as an "immediate response" to the government's instruction following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

There have been immediate changes, such as additional fire protection panelling being added to stairwells and checks on fire doors. There are longer-term changes to be made, such as the installation of heat detectors and sprinkler systems.

Climber rescued after getting into difficulty near St Agnes Head

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Rescue. Pic: St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team
St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team

A climber has been rescued after getting into difficulty near St Agnes Head.

St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team said two climbers had started a traversing route at Carn Gowla at about 17:00 on Sunday, but "got into difficulties on the vertical route up the cliff as it got dark".

One climber made it to the top and raised the alarm.

The St Agnes lifeboat was able to pinpoint the climber's position and light the area during the rescue before a cliffman was lowered to the casualty and was brought them to the top of the cliff, the rescue team said.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

Tides
BBC

We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.