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Summary

  1. Stalking victim brands police apology as 'meaningless'
  2. Review of licences call after Isles of Scilly boat grounded and 48 people evacuated
  3. Marine life trapped in 'ghost fishing gear' found in Falmouth Bay
  4. Devon's tungsten mine 'still having problems'
  5. Exeter parking machines 'not accepting old £1 coins from July'
  6. Sheikh steps in to buy village chapel in Cornwall
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 30 June

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Sophie Malcolm

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.

Fears more ponies could die in Bodmin Moor if they don't get help after end of first death crisis

Cornwall Live

Bodmin Moor ponies are still at risk one year after dozens of them were left to die of starvation and poisoning.

Coastal trek to tackle cot death

BBC Radio Cornwall

A grandfather is hiking the entire South West Coast Path to honour his granddaughter who died suddenly when she was just three months old.

David Hatto, 73, who lives in Jasper, Canada, says he is raising money for her charity, Hazel’s Heroes.

On his blog, Mr Hatto said: "My goal is to take each of my grandchildren on either their first backcountry hike or on their first extended canoe trip."

"That is why I am going to England in April so that I can paddle the length of the River Thames and then hike the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path as a fund raiser for Hazel’s Heroes."

Newquay resident 'fed up to the back teeth' with noisy revellers partying at popular beach house

Cornwall Live

A Newquay resident says he is "fed up to the back teeth" with the noise revellers are making at a popular holiday pad in the resort.

Licence review calls after tourist boat hit rock

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

An investigation into the grounding of a Scilly sightseeing boat has recommended a review of the way licenses are issued.

48 passengers were rescued when the 'Surprise' hit a submerged rock in the Isles of Scilly during a seal-spotting trip at Western Rocks in May 2016, a Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report said.

Rescued passengers
MAIB

The skipper had not adequately assessed the area's safety, the MAIB stated.

It recommended the Council of the Isles of Scilly conducts a review to "consider the applicability of the licensing scheme and assurance of examination standards".

23 facts about the Dubai sheikh who helped Godolphin villagers in Cornwall buy their village hall

Cornwall Live

What do we really know about His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - the man who has stepped in to help villagers in Cornwall buy their village hall?

Weather update: rainy night ahead

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually creep eastwards, leaving a rather damp night for many.

It will be drier across eastern counties, but even here the odd spot of rain can't be ruled out.

It will remain cloudy tomorrow with heavy outbreaks of rain in the west. It will be drier in the east with some occasionally brighter spells.

weather map
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Ferry + roses + ukulele = I DO!!!

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Owen Chamberlain has made history by being the first person to propose on the Appledore Instow ferry.

Here's a video of the special moment.

Appledore ferry proposal

Torbay care home to close

BBC Radio Devon

A Torbay care home which houses up to 41 residents is to close.

Margaret Clitherow Care home in St Marychurch is operated by a housing association but managers say it is no longer financially viable and residents will be given time to find another place to live.

Torbay Council says it is working to make the move as smooth as possible.

'Crime crackdown zone in Dawlish 'has stopped anti-social behaviour in the town'

Devon Live

The introduction of a crime crackdown zone in Dawlish last year has stopped anti-social behaviour in the town, the council's anti-social behaviour officer has stated.

Gaming machine thefts under investigation

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are appealing to the public to help them identify two men in connection to a spate of thefts from gaming machines in the region.

Police are investigating eight reports of thefts from gaming machines in pubs, bars and hotels in Plymouth, Plympton, Launceston and Penryn, totalling around £2,600.

Police have released images of two men who were pictured in James Street Vaults, James Street, Plymouth on 24 May at around 1:25pm.

Gaming machine theft
Devon and Cornwall Police

Tungsten mine a 'valid long-term' bet

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Tungsten mine
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The company that runs the new tungsten mine near Plymouth says it's still having problems with reliability and performance at its processing plant.

One of its corporate backers has agreed to provide Wolf Minerals with an additional £10m of bridging finance to tide it over.

What this shows is that the tungsten mine is still seen as a valid long-term bet, and its international backers are prepared for the stakes to rise a bit further.

Broadly, the optimism shown by the mine's backers echoes that in the tin industry, where two international companies are currently spending millions of pounds trying to restart mines in Cornwall, South Crofty near Camborne and Redmoor near Callington.

Travel update: Overturned vehicle near St Ives

BBC News Travel

  • On the B3306 between St Ives and Zennor there is slow moving traffic due to an overturned vehicle
  • In Okehampton, on the A386 between Holsworthy Road and A30 Sourton Cross both directions are blocked due to a two-vehicle accident
  • In Ashburton, there's a broken-down vehicle on the A38 heading towards Plymouth between the B3352 and A384. However, traffic is coping well

Council to work towards 1,000 new council homes and 38,000 new jobs

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Cornwall Council says it will provide more council homes, improve transport and create 38,000 new jobs under its new set of priorities.

The document, which was released today, sets out the new administration's aims for the next four years. It plans to provide 1,000 council homes over the next four years, and to secure 38,000 new jobs across Cornwall by 2030.

“We recognise that these are ambitious aims, particularly in these difficult financial times, but we are determined to deliver them over the period of this administration," Deputy Leader Julian German said.

“This will mean making sure we use our resources wisely and deliver value for money.“

The council also said it would work to bring empty properties back into use, and lobby to remove the so-called bedroom tax.

houses
BBC

Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between A3079 Holsworthy Road and A30.

A386 Devon - A386 in Okehampton blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A3079 Holsworthy Road junction and Sourton Cross, because of an accident involving a car and van.

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

Calling all Cornish speakers

BBC Radio Cornwall

More schools and businesses across Cornwall are being encouraged to add the Cornish language to their everyday activities.

The plea comes from supporters of the annual Speak Cornish Week which runs until Sunday.

Minority languages are being increasingly recognised for the value they can bring to an area.

In Jersey, the island's government has announced extra money for more teachers of its native language.

Jersey's Culture Minister, Murray Norton, says promoting their own language makes sense: "If you talk to anyone at Visit Jersey, they'll tell you that the value of having something different to be able to sell as another offering to the island...that makes a difference."

One in five women experience stalking, stats reveal

BBC Radio Devon

  • A woman who made 125 reports to police before she was stabbed by her stalker has dismissed a police apology.

Helen Pearson, 34, suffered neck and face wounds when her neighbour Joseph Willis attacked her with scissors in an Exeter graveyard..

The force said its "investigation and victim care did not meet the high standards we expect".

Stalking statistics:

  • One in five women and one in 10 men will be affected by stalking in their lifetime
  • According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 4.6% of women and 2.7% of men aged 16-59 were victims in 2015/16 alone
  • In the year to June 2016, the police recorded 4,168 stalking offences, an increase of 32% since the previous year (3,166)
  • There were a record 12,986 CPS prosecutions for stalking and harassment in 2014-15, the highest volume ever recorded
  • Of these, 1,103 prosecutions commenced under the new stalking offences

New orders planned to give stalking protection

Helen Pearson
BBC

Why do England's high-rises keep failing fire tests?

Chris Cook

Newsnight Policy Editor

Over the past week, the government has been testing high-rise tower blocks in England owned by councils and housing associations.

All of those tested so far have been discovered to be covered with an aluminium "rain-screen" exterior cladding that does not meet the required combustibility standards.

You would be right to ask: how on earth can this have happened?

The short answer is: the organisations responsible for maintaining standards in the building industry have been advising contractors not to take the regulations too literally.

Plymouth tower blocks
Derek Harper

Children vomiting and residents unable to open windows and go outside as St Erth stink intensifies

Cornwall Live

A group of residents are determined to kick up a stink after being forced to live with an unbearable stench which has left them unable to open their windows or to enjoy their gardens - and has even caused children to vomit.

Sheikh helps villagers buy chapel in Cornwall

BBC News England

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has helped a small Cornish village buy its Methodist chapel.

Residents of Godolphin Cross near Helston emailed him in a desperate attempt to raise funds.

The village shares a name with the world famous Godolphin stables, founded by the sheikh, Cornwall Live reports.

Richard Mckie from the Godolphin Cross Community Association said: "We are extremely appreciative." The group needed £90,000 to buy the chapel that they intend to convert into a community centre, and had raised £25,000 towards it.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
BBC

One villager, Valerie Wallace, had the idea as a last ditch attempt, with the group having failed to raise sufficient funds elsewhere.

"We thought nothing of it and then we began to get phone calls from Dubai," Mr Mckie said. "We thought we were being hoaxed but it was no hoax."

Ferry marriage proposal makes history

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

How's this for a proposal?

Earlier this week Owen Chamberlain popped the question to his girlfriend, Sarah, on the Appledore to Instow ferry.

It was the first proposal on the ferry, which the couple had to themselves.

The skipper and crew helped them celebrate with roses and wine after Owen played a song he wrote for Sarah on his ukulele.

In case you were wondering, she said yes.

wedding proposal
Owen Chamberlain

Armed police drama after man is 'shot in face with a paintball gun'

Plymouth Herald

A man was shot in the face after a dispute in Torpoint last night.

Gary Streeter: social media 'unpleasant part of modern life'

BBC Radio Devon

South West MP Gary Streeter has defended his tweet saying some people don't deserve a voice on social media.

Thousands of people have joined in the conversation ignited by Mr Streeter in response to a tweet by political commentator Paul Mason which criticised one of Mr Streeter's fellow Conservative MPs Johnny Mercer.

Mr Streeter said social media was often an "unpleasant part of modern life".

"Of course we want to hear from everyone, but let it be done in a measured and reasonable manner," he said.

"People who are rude and abusive have a voice that we don't really want to hear."

Mayor: 'Begging tourists' targeting Totnes

BBC Radio Devon

The mayor of Totnes says beggars are coming to the town to make money.

It comes as police say they will clamp down on begging, with reports of aggressive behaviour including beggars harassing shoppers for money and threatening violence.

Mayor Rosie Adams says Totnes is an "ideal place" for beggars, because it is an affluent area.

"They are coming in from other places and actually spoiling it for our local people who we were taking care of," she says.

Totnes
Google

Lineker hits back at MP Streeter's comments on curbing social media to 'some people'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Football legend Gary Lineker has responded to South West MP Gary Streeter's tweet saying some people don't deserve a voice on social media.

Tweet
Twitter

Lineker retorted on Twitter: "This is why I love social media. It gives a voice to people who deserve one."

He joins about 3,000 others who have joined in the conversation ignited by Mr Streeter in response to a tweet by political commentator Paul Mason which criticised one of Mr Streeter's fellow Conservative MPs Johnny Mercer.

MP Streeter ignites Twitter storm over 'I hate social media' comments

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Gary Streeter, the Conservative MP for South West Devon has got himself into hot water over a tweet in which he suggested that some people don't deserve a voice on social media.

Grab
Twitter

Mr Streeter's tweet which has had about 3,000 responses and 600 retweets so far, was in reply to a post by political commentator Paul Mason relating to the public sector pay cap.

Dental bus targeting Cornwall fishermen

BBC Spotlight

The number of people waiting for an NHS dentist in Devon and Cornwall has gone up by more than a third since January 2016.

At the beginning of 2016, 18,500 people were on the list. But last month that had risen to more than 29,000.

NHS England says it's trying to help in areas under most pressure.

dentist
BBC

Fisherman Andy Smith hasn't had a check up for seven years. He's been waiting several years for an NHS dentist, and is being treated by volunteers from the the social enterprise group Smile Together.

The project is about bringing the dentists to the people who most need it, in this case the harbour at Newlyn where they're targeting fishermen.

Fishermen are just one of many hard to reach groups.

The most deprived in society are least likely to see a dentist and most likely to have severe tooth decay. Students from the Peninsula dental school also run outreach projects to help refugees.

Plymouth MPs in bitter spat with journalist over pay cap

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth's Conservative MPs are engaged in a fierce online feud with a left-wing journalist.

'Biggest' 'ghost net' recovered from bay

BBC Radio Cornwall

A huge net trapping dozens of creatures on the sea bed in Falmouth Bay has brought the issue of "ghost fishing gear" back into the news.

The plastic mono-filament net, thought to be over a 100 metres long, was dragged up by volunteer scuba divers and fishermen.

Mark Milburn discovered the lost gear just off Rosemullion Head, and says it's the biggest one he's seen.

According to the charity, Olive Ridley Project, ghost nets are commercial fishing nets that have been lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea, which are responsible for trapping and killing marine animals.

Severe accident: A30 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Five Mile Hill and A377 affecting Cheriton Bishop Road.

A30 Devon - A30 closed and queuing traffic eastbound between Fingle Glen in Tedburn St Mary and Alphington Junction in Exeter, because of an accident involving a motorhome. Congestion to Woodleigh Junction.

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

Penzance school to get public defibrillator

BBC Spotlight

The 200th public defibrillator in the South West is being presented to a school in Penzance today.

The parents of Esmee Polmear are expected to be amongst the guests at Humphry Davy School.

Esmee tragically died at Perranporth school two years ago due to heart problems.

Defibrillators are available to the public across the region in various towns, schools, sports venues and beaches.

Esmee Polmear
BBC

Police clamp down on Totnes begging

BBC Radio Devon

Totnes shoppers are being aggressively harassed and threatened with violence by beggars who are making up to a £100 a day - that's according to police in the town who say they are now changing their stance and won't tolerate the behaviour.

Officers have taken to Facebook to say they have received reports of shoppers being harassed for money, followed up the road, abused, threatened with violence and intimidated at cash points.

Police say they are now clamping down on this behaviour and have met with the council to try and come up with a plan of action.

Tungsten mine 'still having problems'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The company that runs a tungsten mine near Plymouth says it's still having problems with reliability and performance at its processing plant, which is visible from miles around.

Wolf Minerals says progress towards what it calls "steady state production" has been further delayed, and tungsten prices remain challenging.

One of its corporate backers has agreed to provide Wolf Minerals with an additional £10m of bridging finance to tide it over.

In 2015, it was the first metal mine to open in Britain for more than 40 years at a cost of £130m.

Mine
BBC

Scilly boat grounding prompts call for review

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

An investigation into the grounding of a sightseeing boat off the Isles of Scilly last year has recommended the council reviews the way it issues licences.

The 'Surprise' had 48 passengers on-board when it struck a submerged rock at Western Rocks during a trip to watch wildlife in May 2016, according to the The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report.

Scilly
BBC

The passengers were all safely evacuated to nearby boats and the skipper was found to have carried out all the correct procedures to get help, the report states.

However, it also says the skipper was relying on local knowledge of the sea bed rather than an echo sounder and had not adequately assessed where safe and unsafe areas existed before the trip.

The report recommends the St Mary's Boatmen's Association improves its guidance to members on passage planning and conduct of navigation.

Police 'not taking stalking complaints seriously'

BBC Radio Devon

Advocates say police are still not taking stalking victims seriously when they make complaints.

It comes as Helen Pearson, who was stabbed by her stalker, dismissed a police apology as "meaningless".

She suffered neck and face wounds when her neighbour Joseph Willis attacked her with scissors in an Exeter graveyard.

Alexis Bowater, former chief executive of Network for Surviving Stalking, said she was "still, sadly, getting calls from victims saying that police are not taking their complaints seriously".

"They call it murder in slow motion," she said.

"Taking stalking seriously is murder prevention."

graffiti
BBC

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton said "numerous changes" in the force's stalking investigations had been made since the attack.

Exeter parking machines 'not accepting old £1 coins from July'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Parking machine and £1 coin
BBC

A third Devon council has announced that its parking machines will not accept old £1 coins from July - despite the coins remaining legal tender until 15 October.

Exeter City Council said it needed to bring the switch in "earlier than planned to avoid making expensive changes to cash handling processes".

It added that people could also make card or phone payments.

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council also said this week they were not accepting the old coins because of costs for additional staff and counting machinery.

Sheikh helps villagers buy chapel in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

A sheikh who's the head of the Godolphin horse racing empire has stepped in to help a Cornish village buy its Methodist chapel.

Villagers in Godolphin Cross, near Helston, said they were delighted when the The Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum agreed to cover their shortfall.

They seized upon a link from the 18th Century when the second Earl of Godolphin bred the legendary Godolphin Arab which founded the most famous breeding lines in racing.

Godolphin chapel
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