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Summary

  1. Crown Currency: Money launderer ordered to pay £868k
  2. Stabbing victim calls for front line police to be trained to deal with stalking
  3. Manslaughter charge after death of man outside Plymouth pub
  4. Parents of disabled children say they are being failed by health and education systems
  5. Exeter bus station to cost more than £7.5m to be completed
  6. Plans revealed to ease A30 bottleneck in Cornwall
  7. Teenage gorillas on 'vandalism spree' after getting into secure area
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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.

Teen impaled through chest on rusty pole while swimming in river

Devon Live

A 15-year-old boy was left with an horrific injury after being impaled on a rusty pole while swimming in a Devon river - and his mum says it could have been much worse. Warning: Graphic images

Latest weather: Cloud and light rain overnight, sunnier on Tuesday

BBC Weather

Cloud and light rain will become more widespread in the evening, but any rain will clear away during the early hours. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Tuesday will be dry for all of us, with increasing amounts of sunshine. With winds staying light, it will continue to feel pleasantly warm in any sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Travel: Accident in Sidmouth

BBC News Travel

In Sidmouth, there are reports of an accident on High Street southbound, near Holmdale, so approach with care.

Grant to help diabetes treatment in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

More than £2m is being spent to improve the health of diabetics in Devon.

The £2.4m was to support GPs and nurses, and pay for improved resources for specialists dealing with foot disease, eye and kidney problems often associated with the disease, health managers said.

They added that the money would support patients to manage their diabetes in a way that enabled them to be as informed, healthy and active as possible.

A30 dualling: Route 'still needs fine tuning'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A preferred route for dualling the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross announced by Highways England still needs "a lot of fine tuning", an MP says.

The work will cost £290m, and Highways England said it aimed to improve journey times and clear one of the last bottlenecks in Cornwall. It's thought work will start by 2020, subject to consultations and planning permission.

Truro and Falmouth Conservative MP Sarah Newton said: "As you can imagine, there is going to be disruption. Some people are going to be blighted by the development, and adversely affected."

She added that she was working Highways England to "minimise such disruption" and further consultation was to be carried out by Highways England to "refine the route".

A30
BBC

Fifty windows smashed on Dartmoor Railway carriages

BBC Radio Devon

Dartmoor Railway carriage
BBC

Fifty windows have been smashed on carriages used for Dartmoor Railway's Polar Express train ride at Okehampton, staff say.

The attraction's general manager said it was expected the bill to repair the damage after the "mindless and shocking" incident would reach about £20,000.

Police are investigating.

Cars trashed with food

Industrial estate tyres fire to 'smoulder for next few days'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tyres fire. Pic: Wadebridge Fire station
Wadebridge Fire Station

Firefighters who have been tackling a blaze involving tyres near St Austell overnight have left the scene but are to re-inspect it to ensure there are no further problems, the fire service says.

The fire broke out at the Gwindra Industrial Estate at about 23:40 on Sunday. People living nearby in Trewoon were warned of smoke blowing in their direction and told to keep their windows closed while fire crews allowed the tyres to burn out.

Crews left the area by 15:15, but Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the fire would still smoulder "for the next few days" and they would "re-inspect it periodically".

Tony Hadley announces he is leaving Spandau Ballet two days after Exeter gig

Devon Live

Just two days after performing at Let's Rock Exeter, Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley has announced his departure from the band.

Pub adventure team trek from north to south

BBC Radio Devon

A team of car enthusiasts from Devon are heading off on a journey to visit the northernmost pub on the planet to the southernmost.

Ben Coombs
Ben Coombs

Ben Coombs and his team will travel in convoy and cover 20,000 miles between Norway and Patagonia over the next six months.

They're raising money for the mental health charity Mind.

Stolen bikes worth more than £21k

Police were called to Rockin Bikes in Yelverton on Sunday to reports of a "high value" burglary.

Offenders broke through rear basement doors to the bike store on Harrowbeer Mews and took approximately £21,000 worth of bicycles. The offenders escaped with the bikes using a Ford Transit van.

The Transit van was later located in Horrabridge by police and all items were recovered in the van.

DC Mike Lugger said: “We are specifically appealing to anyone who has seen a long-wheelbase white Ford Transit van with the registration of YL03 AYV.

“The van is believed to have come from out of the force area and has no registered owners and is uninsured."

Fisherman's Friend Jon Cleave told to stop singing after 'intermittent faints'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Jon Cleave. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Fisherman's Friends member and self-proclaimed moustache ambassador Jon Cleave has been told to stop singing for a while by his doctor, he says.

The Port Isaac-based shanty singer said he'd been suffering "from intermittent faints for the last four years and need to get it all sorted out".

He added: "I hope to return to the fray with the buoys sooner rather than later."

Exeter stalking victim's years of being ignored

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman who was stabbed repeatedly is calling for every front line police officer to be trained to deal with stalking.

Stalking victim's years of being ignored

Helen Pearson from Exeter was stalked for five years and finally attacked in Exeter by neighbour Joseph Willis in 2013.

She says she logged 125 complaints, but the police did not believe her.

Devon and Cornwall Police has now apologised and the chief constable is meeting her.

The force added that since 2014 all its frontline officers had received training on stalking and harassment.

Crown Currency: Firm went bust owing thousands of customers a total of £20m

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One of the people involved in the Crown Currency fraud has been ordered to pay back more than £868,000 to her victims.

Susan Benstead, 72, who got a two-year suspended jail term for money laundering for her part in the scam, was ordered to pay the money at a proceeds of crime hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Crown Currency website
BBC

Crown Currency, based in Hayle (pictured), was one of the UK's largest personal currency exchange businesses before it collapsed.

Established in 2004, Crown allowed individuals and business customers to pre-order foreign exchange at a set price up to a year in advance. It provided money in 80 currencies, as well as travellers' cheques and money transfers, sometimes for people to buy property.

It went bust in October 2010, owing 12,500 clients a total of £20m.

Crown Currency office
BBC

At Benstead's trial in 2015, where she was one of five people found guilty of offences connected to its collapse, Southwark Crown Court heard the firm used new customers' cash to pay off existing clients.

Up to 12,500 people are believed to have lost money, the court heard.

Stalking: How common is it and how is it being dealt with?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An Exeter woman who was stabbed repeatedly by her stalker is calling for every front line police officer to be trained to deal with such cases.

But how common is the problem?

  • 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 new stalking offences

Severe disruption: A30 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A382 Whiddon Down and Cheriton Bishop Road.

A30 Devon - A30 closed in both directions between Whiddon Down and Woodleigh Junction in Cheriton Bishop, because of a police incident.

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

Teenage gorillas on 'vandalism spree' after getting into secure area

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Kiondo the gorilla. Pic: Miriam Hass
Miriam Hass

Three gorillas have damaged dens at a Devon zoo that may cost thousands of pounds to repairs, staff say.

Paignton Zoo said the teenage trio - 14-year-old N’Dowe, Kiondo (pictured) and Kivu, both aged 15 - pulled out water pipes and ripped up electrical wiring and ducts after getting into a space "to which they usually don’t have access" - a secure corridor in off-show dens of the Ape Centre at Paignton Zoo on Friday night.

The Western lowland gorillas, who all weigh between 150 and 200 kilos, were "at all times behind two layers of security" and there was "never any possibility of them escaping into public areas", the zoo said.

On Saturday morning, two of the gorillas were shot with tranquiliser darta and the third tempted with food to an area where a door could be closed behind it.

No-one - human or gorilla - was hurt, the zoo said.

Cornwall Council planning committee recommended to approve Falmouth Premier Inn plans

Cornwall Live

It may be opposed by residents, businesses and even Historic England and Visit Cornwall, but plans for a Premier Inn in Falmouth town centre are being recommended for approval by planners.

BreakingCrown Currency: Money launderer ordered to pay £868k

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

One of the people involved in a multimillion-pound foreign exchange scam based in Cornwall has been told to pay nearly £900,000 to her victims.

Susan Benstead, 72, who was given a two-year suspended jail term for money laundering for her part in the Crown Currency fraud, has been ordered to pay £868,580 after the proceeds of crime hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Hayle-based Crown Currency went bust in October 2010, owing 12,500 clients a total of £20m.

Her trial at the same court in 2015 heard she used £900,000 of customers' money to buy a luxury home in Cornwall.

Latest weather: Cloud lifting but returning later

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Cloud will continue to break and lift as light rain or drizzle clears to become drier and brighter with some spells of sunshine developing. However, cloud and some patchy rain will return from the west towards evening. Winds will be light or moderate and mainly from the west or southwest. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, it will be mostly cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle clearing to the east as cloud lifts to become dry with some clearer spells developing. Winds will be mainly light from the southwest. Minimum temperature: 13F (55F).

Discoloured water in Dawlish

Rare birds spotted at Lydford Gorge

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Pied flycatchers. Pic: Andy Brown
Andy Brown

A pair of rare pied flycatchers have been seen in especially-made bird boxes at the National Trust's Lydford Gorge on Dartmoor, the RSPB says.

Pied flycatchers are red-listed by the RSPB, meaning they are globally threatened.

The RSPB said the flycatchers were likely to remain at Lydford Gorge until September, before they headed to the warmer climes of west Africa over the winter.

Ranger Adrian Shaw said: "It's fantastic to see the birds have adopted the boxes we created for them. This year we're certain a pair has bred successfully and we're hoping to see them do well over the summer and return next spring."

Hundreds of dog poo bins are being removed across Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

Dog waste bins across Plymouth are being removed and replaced with multi-use bins for poo and litter, it has been revealed.

Police make 'significant investment in dealing with stalking'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have made "significant investment in training and resources" so officers can deal with cases of domestic abuse stalking and harassment, the Devon and Cornwall force says.

The comments come after a woman from Devon who was stabbed repeatedly called for every front line officer to be trained to deal with stalking.

Stalking (pictured posed by models). Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Helen Pearson was stalked for five years and finally attacked in Exeter by neighbour Joe Willis in 2013.

She said she logged 125 complaints, but the police didn't believe her. Willis was later jailed for life for attempting to murder her.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it had "worked hard" to ensure all areas of the force received "appropriate and regular training" to deal with such cases.

It added: "We now also have a dedicated force lead in stalking and harassment, and a number of officers who are experts in these matters."

Four-hundred postal workers attacked by dogs in five years

BBC Radio Devon

Postal worker
BBC

More than 430 postal workers have been attacked by dogs in Devon over the past five years.

During that time, Plymouth alone saw 213 incidents, whilst Exeter postal workers encountered 156, Royal Mail said.

Its latest figures showed the majority of injuries were bites, cuts and bruises; but it added that, with summer being here, as temperatures climbed, so did the number of attacks.

It said that the front garden or door was the most common place for an attack, with 71% happening there. But 13% happened through the letter box, and 16% happened in the street.

St Agnes cliff fall woman suffers serious injuries

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Rescue workers at Trevaunance. Pic: St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team
St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after falling from cliffs into a narrow cave, coastguards say.

She is understood to have fallen 15ft (4.5m) at Trevaunance Point near St Agnes on Saturday evening.

The alarm was raised shortly after 18:00 when the woman's friend came running up the beach calling for help. The St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat, Coastguard Search and Rescue Team and paramedics were called to the scene.

Coastguards said rescuers had to form a human chain to move the woman from the cave across rocks to a waiting ambulance.

Poor weather conditions meant the casualty could not be airlifted to hospital, they said.

Cornwall in cricket win against Wales

BBC Sport

Cornwall's cricketers have wrapped up an easy win against Wales Minor Counties at Truro.

Sunday saw 26 wickets fall in the day under leaden skies.

This morning, Wales Minor Counties resumed on 37 for six wickets in their second innings - a lead of just 14 runs.

Cornwall skittled out their rivals for just 61 runs, and knocked off the runs they required to win by seven wickets in the Unicorns Counties Championship clash at Boscawen Park.

Stalking victim said police thought her case was 'not worth their time'

BBC Radio Devon

A woman who was stabbed repeatedly is calling for every front line police officer to be trained to deal with stalking.

She says it's to ensure other people do not feel that police consider such cases as "not worth their time".

Helen Pearson was stalked for five years and finally attacked in Exeter by neighbour Joe Willis in 2013.

She said she logged 125 complaints, but the police didn't believe her. Willis was later jailed for life for attempting to murder her.

Helen Pearson
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She said of her treatment by Devon and Cornwall Police: "It drove me to despair because you just lose hope.

"You can't, on your own, catch this clever, horrendous demon out there; and the authorities that you hope are going to work with you, aren't."

Devon and Cornwall Police have apologised, although Ms Pearson dismissed it as "meaningless".

The force said it had learned lessons, with stalking now being treated much more seriously. The chief constable is due to meet Helen this week.

Dualling of A30 'will mean two carriageways for more than 100 miles from M5'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Dualling of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton in Cornwall - after the completion of dualling work near Bodmin - will mean drivers "will be able to travel along dual carriageway for over 100 miles between the M5 and Camborne", Highways England says.

Highways England - which operates, maintains and improves England's motorways and major A roads - has published its preferred route for its latest dualling project.

The work will cost £290m and is hoped to start by 2020 after final consultations and planning applications.

Highways England said the improvement to the eight-mile stretch would unlock "one of the last bottlenecks in Cornwall".

Meanwhile, the new A30 dual carriageway between Temple and Higher Carblake is due to on open Friday 14 July.

A30 dualling plans. Pic: Highways England
Highways England

Teachers to lose jobs as nearly 300 staff take voluntary redundancy in Devon school cuts

Devon Live

​Nearly 300 staff at schools across Devon have been forced to take voluntary redundancy as a result of budget cuts at school, it has been confirmed.

Choughs chuffed with youngster's progress?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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The rare members of the crow family disappeared from Cornwall in 1973 after their food source disappeared before returning to Cornwall 28 years later.

Their progress is closely monitored since their return in 2001.

The bird features in the county's coat of arms.

Motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in Exeter crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are investigating a road crash in Exeter which has left a motorcyclist with life-threatening injuries.

Officers said the 22-year-old local man collided with an Alfa Romeo car on the Moor Lane junction with Osprey Road in the Sowton area at about 19:00 on Friday.

Two people in the car were uninjured. The road was closed for four-and-a-half hours.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

First-time homeowners now need £200k to buy in the South West

Plymouth Herald

The South West is the costliest spot in England – outside of London and the South East – for first-time buyers to get on to the property ladder.

Fire at derelict hotel in Newquay

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Fire crews have put out a blaze in a derelict hotel building in Newquay.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the site in Narrowcliff at about 20:25 on Sunday after reports that "smoke was issuing" from the building.

The fire was believed to be out by 21:25, firefighters said. The cause is being investigated.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Exeter, there's queuing traffic on Alphington Road, from the A30 Alphington Junction to Exe Bridges
  • The A385 at Tigley is partially blocked after a collision between two lorries around Culver Lane
  • In Galmpton, there's heavy traffic on the A3022 Dartmouth Road due to an accident near Windy Corner
  • The Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry is running until 18:00
  • At Exeter Airport, Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly are currently on hold due to poor visibility

A30 dualling: 'Soon as possible' call to ease notorious bottleneck

BBC Radio Cornwall

Adam Hill, who owns the Hawkins Arms in Zelah, has welcomed the announcement of a preferred route for the dualling of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

A30 plans
Highways England

He said: "There is only one way in and one way out. There is no clever routes.

"Either way, it's got to be done. But it's no good just doing it. They have got to do it as soon as possible."

It will cost £290m and is part of the government's Road Investment Strategy published in 2014.

Chance to fly high with graduate business tech schemes

More than 500 high-tech jobs are expected to be created in Cornwall over the next five years as Falmouth University rolls out its masters degree in business entrepreneurship, staff say.

Worker
bbc

Under the programme, called Launchpad, graduate students can work to build companies, and create partnerships with business giants such as the NHS or Amazon to develop ideas to fill a market gap, taking a chunk of the profits, the university said.

Clean Bandit and Jax Jones complete MTV Crashes line-up

BBC Radio Devon

Clean Bandit and British DJ Jax Jones will complete the ine-up for this year's MTV Crashes Plymouth, organisers have announced.

Clean Bandit
PA

Day one, on 27 July, will see Clean Bandit, Sigma with guest Birdy, Charli XCX , Busted, and Louisa Johnson.

On day two, Martin Garrix, Duke Dumont B2B Gorgon City, Wilkinson and Jax Jones will take to the stage.

Clean Bandit said: "We are so excited to be joining the huge line-up at this year's Crashes, we can't wait to party at this amazing even."