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Summary

  1. No confidence motion passed in police and crime commissioner
  2. 'Despondent' man taken to hospital after Dartmoor search
  3. Garage forecourt crash: Woman killed named by police
  4. 'Lax safeguarding attitude' head teacher banned from teaching
  5. Protest pushes for better help for disabled children in Cornwall
  6. Torquay's Palace Hotel to close at end of July
  7. Motorist stopped by police for cleaning teeth while driving
  8. Calls for post-Brexit laws to protect dolphins from fishing gear
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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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.

Fisheries minister 'would keep EU rules to protect dolphins post-Brexit'

BBC Spotlight

Camborne & Redruth MP and Fisheries Minister George Eustice has said he would keep EU rules to protect dolphins after Brexit.

Campaigners said there must be laws in place post-Brexit to protect dolphins from dying in fishing nets and gear.

A petition to Mr Eustice has reached about 54,000 signatures amid fears most of the protection currently comes from the EU.

Protest for disabled: 'My daughter was out of education for six months for case to be assessed'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A protest has been held outside County hall in Truro to push for better help for disabled children in Cornwall.

Parents said their children were being failed by the health and education systems in the county.

Michelle Huff said her daughter was out of education for six months while her case was assessed.

She said: "I had to fight to get her into a special school. My daughter should never have had to go through that. It was detrimental to her health and detrimental to mine."

Cornwall Council said it recognised the importance in the provision of high quality services to keep children and young people safe, and enabling them to make good or better progress.

Protest
BBC

Fire crews called to two suspect fires at derelict Newquay hotel

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Narrowcliff fire. Pic: Newquay Fire Station
Newquay Fire Station

Firefighters in Cornwall were called to the same derelict building twice in less than three days to deal with suspect fires.

Crews from Newquay, St Columb and Penzance put out a fire this morning after being called to the outbuilding at the former Beresford Hotel in Narrowcliff, Newquay, at about 06:30.

Fire crews had to deal with a "quite big" and "substantial" blaze at the site on Sunday evening.

Today they also had to call in an Environmental Support Vehicle from Penzance, which deals with decontamination, after asbestos was found.

Police are investigating the cause of the blazes.

Latest weather: Showers clearing and a warm Wednesday

BBC Weather

Any light showers will clear away eastwards to leave a largely dry night with clear spells developing. Winds will become mainly north or northeasterly and light or moderate in strength. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be a warm and dry day, with sunny spells and patchy cloud. Northeasterly winds will be mainly light or moderate, but locally fresh over exposed parts of the south coast. Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Woman who died in garage crash is named

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The woman who died when a car crashed into a used car sales forecourt has been named.

Police said Kelly Pearce, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene at Hewas Water near St Austell on 25 June.

Ms Pearce was a passenger in a black Vauxhall Vectra which crashed into the forecourt of Andrew Toms Cars and damaged 22 cars.

Devon Iraq veteran's Paralympic dream

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A veteran who lost his leg in an explosion in Iraq has won a world cup race in Spain, beating the world number one.

Triathlete Steven Crowley won the World Paratriathlon Cup race in Altafulla in Spain.

But the cost of paying for his kit, including several different legs for competitions, is proving costly.

He is on the hunt for a sponsor and his goal is to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of very slow traffic on the A379 Torbay Road in Torquay due to an accident involving a car and motorbike near Abbey Park
  • In Plymouth, heading towards the centre, there's slow traffic between Marsh Mills roundabout and Cot Hill. It's been reported that one lane is blocked there
  • Also in Plymouth, there's a broken-down vehicle on the A38 Exeter-bound, just after the Marsh Mills slip road
  • In Exminster, Matford Lane is partially blocked after an earlier accident. Expect queueing traffic
  • In Cornwall, on the A30 westbound, close to Bodmin, there are queues after an earlier accident between two vehicles near Truro Road
  • On the A30 eastbound near Penzance, there are reports of slow traffic due to a broken-down vehicle between the A3071 and Madron Road
  • On the A39 in Bude, there's very slow traffic in both directions

Paedophile councillor caught by vigilantes

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A former councillor who was caught by a vigilante group as he tried to groom two young girls online has been jailed.

Ralph Sutton, 56 from Combe Martin, in Devon, thought the girls were aged 12 and 13 - but they were fake profiles set up by a self-appointed paedophile hunter.

Ralph Sutton
Devon and Cornwall Police

Within hours of making contact he turned the chat to sex and made explicit suggestions to the girls.

He admitted five charges, including attempting to incite a child to sexual activity, and was jailed for 30 months.

Seven vodka bottles seized from six teenagers visiting Newquay

BBC Radio Cornwall

Vodka bottles. Pic: Inspector Dave Meredith/Twitter
Inspector Dave Meredith/Twitter

Seven bottles of vodka seized from teenagers visiting Newquay were taken from one room with six 16 to 18-year-olds in it, police say.

Inspector Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said the seizure was made during "routine checks on various accommodation providers that we know take in 16 to 18-year-olds".

Insp Meredith has tweeted what he and other officers found, and appealed to parents to "be responsible" and not give alcohol to teenagers heading for the resort.

The town is expected to see thousands of teenage visitors over the next few months, with many being allowed to travel to Cornwall alone with friends to celebrate the end of exams.

Car seized after driver found with 22 points on licence

'Don't climb up or down cliffs,' RNLI warns

BBC Radio Cornwall

Beach users should be aware of the hazards involving cliffs and have been strongly advised by the RNLI that they "don’t attempt to climb up or down the cliffs".

The call, from the St Agnes RNLI crew, comes after they had to assist in rescuing a woman who was seriously injured after falling about 15ft (4.5m) at Trevaunance Point, near St Agnes, on Saturday evening.

Cliff rescue. Pic: St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team
St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team

The St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat, coastguard search and rescue team and paramedics were called to the scene for a rescue operation that took about 90 minutes to complete.

St Agnes RNLI operations manager Bruce Baker said: "Beach users should be aware of the hazards involving cliffs and we would strongly advise that you don’t attempt to climb up or down the cliffs. The rocks can be slippery or unstable and you could easily lose your footing."

Police commissioner: Alison Hernandez 'should stand down'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The vice chairman of a panel which oversees Devon and Cornwall's elected police and crime commissioner says he "quite honestly" thinks she should step down.

It follows comments by Conservative commissioner Alison Hernandez on BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed show last month.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

She said during the broadcast that she was interested in having a conversation with the chief constable about whether ordinary people with gun licences could assist in a terrorist crisis.

Chris Batters, vice chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises the role of the commissioner, said: "I think Alison has made various statements - this being one of the major ones - which, at times, should not have made."

When asked if she should stand down, he said that, despite her being an "experienced politician", that "quite honestly, I think she should".

Plymouth City Council has passed a motion of no confidence in Ms Hernandez, which she said she was "disappointed about".

She said she didn't want to see armed vigilantes roaming the streets "but a discussion about how the public responds to any immediate terror threat is completely valid".

Tunes in the Dunes: Feedback feelers out after overcrowding and poor sound complaints

BBC Radio Cornwall

Organisers of the Tunes in the Dunes music event at Perranporth have asked festival goers to send feedback to them following complaints about overcrowding and poor sound.

They said on Facebook they understood that some people may not have enjoyed the festival this weekend and they want to hear from them.

People were given free tickets for Saturday and Sunday events after the headline act Primal Scream was cancelled on Friday because of bad weather.

Tunes in the Dunes website
Tunes in the Dunes

Call for teenagers to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia

BBC Spotlight

Parents across Devon and Cornwall are being urged to remind teenagers to get vaccinated against deadly meningitis and septicaemia.

Public Health England (PHE) said cases caused by an aggressive MenW strain are on the rise and the MenACWY vaccine was "the best form of protection against these deadly diseases".

The first 18 months of a MenACWY vaccination programme saw more than two million teenagers receive the vaccine, but there were still many more who needed it, PHE said.

Vaccination was available at GP practices, it added.

Culdrose helicopter is first aircraft to land on carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Merlin helicopter from a Cornwall military base has become the first aircraft to land on the flight deck of the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy says.

Merlin helicopter on HMS Queen Elizabeth. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

The 14-tonne RNAS Culdrose aircraft, from 820 Naval Air Squadron, set down on the four-acre deck days after the vessel left Rosyth to begin trials in the North Sea.

The ship's commanding officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, said: "It's an exciting and historic event which marks the beginning of the ship's life as the nation's flagship and the future of carrier-based aviation."

Merlin helicopter on HMS Queen Elizabeth. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

The squadron will be assigned to HMS Queen Elizabeth throughout the 50-year lifespan of the 65,000-tonne warship.

Travel: Slow traffic on A30 and A39

BBC News Travel

  • On the A39 in Fourcross, roadworks are causing lots of congestion around the Treluswell roundabout
  • It's busy on the A30 westbound near Camborne. A high volume of traffic is causing delays

Banned head teacher cannot apply for order to be lifted for four years

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A head teacher from Cornwall banned after being told she showed a "complete disregard" for safeguarding her pupils cannot ask for the prohibition order to be set aside for four years, profession bosses say.

Sarah Cooke, former principal of Foxhole Academy, near St Austell, has been banned from teaching indefinitely by the education minister from any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

The decision came after a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel last month ruled she breached professional standards over a possible safeguarding issue relating to a police caution her husband, Peter, had over stolen underwear.

However, the ruling said that she "may apply for the prohibition order to be set aside, but not until 30 June 2021".

It added: "This is not an automatic right to have the prohibition order removed. If she does apply, a panel will meet to consider whether the prohibition order should be set aside. Without a successful application, Mrs Sarah Kate Cooke remains prohibited from teaching indefinitely."

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

Vodka seized by police from teenagers' room in Newquay

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Newquay has seen problems with teenagers with alcohol coming into the town at the beginning of the summer previously.

Insp Meredith's tweet sees the renewal of previous appeals for parents to "be responsible" and not give alcohol to teenagers heading for the resort.

The town is expected to see thousands of teenage visitors over the next few months, with many being allowed to travel to Cornwall alone with friends to celebrate the end of exams.

Initiatives including the multi-agency Newquay Safe partnership work to prevent underage drinking.

Exeter praise Chelsea conduct in Ampadu move

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg says Premier League champions Chelsea have "behaved impeccably" in their pursuit of 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu.

Welshman Ampadu joined Chelsea on Saturday, though a fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs for the player.

Ethan Ampadu
Rex Features

“Chelsea have behaved impeccably throughout the lead up to this point and therefore we are hoping through these negotiations we will avoid the need for a tribunal," said Tagg.

"However, we – like any other club – will reserve our right to do that should we need to."

Travel: Problems on the A30 in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • On the A30 near Honiton, there are reports of slow traffic Exeter-bound, just after Monkton, because of an accident
  • On the A30 Exeter-bound near Cheriton Bishop, there's extremely slow traffic after an accident involving a campervan

Teeth-cleaning driver has brush with law 'because she was running late'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A driver stopped by police after being seen cleaning her teeth while driving in a fast lane of a dual carriageway said she was "running late", a senior police officer says.

East Cornwall police commander Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith revealed on Twitter this morning that he stopped the driver after he spotted what she was doing behind him on the A30 near Exeter.

He said: "Of course she said she was running late and, as you can imagine, that didn't garner much sympathy from me.

"I explained she'd be running even later if she crashes."

Police commissioner no confidence vote: Alison Hernandez 'disappointed'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner says she is "disappointed" that Plymouth City Council passed a motion of no confidence in her.

The motion about Alison Hernandez, passed by 26 to 25, was debated by the Conservative and UKIP-run authority after it was proposed by Labour councillor Chris Penberthys on Monday.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

It followed comments by the Conservative commissioner on BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed show last month.

She said during the broadcast that she was interested in having a conversation with the chief constable about whether ordinary people with gun licences could assist in a terrorist crisis.

Responding to the motion, she said: "I am disappointed about the outcome of the vote, which I do not believe represents the wider Plymouth community. It will not detract me from representing the views of the public which is central to my role.

"As previously stated, I don’t want to see armed vigilantes roaming the streets, but a discussion about how the public responds to any immediate terror threat is completely valid."

Slow traffic in Exeter and on A39

BBC News Travel

  • In Exeter, on the A379, there's slow traffic on Bridge Road between the Countess Wear and Matford roundabouts
  • Also in the city, Alphington Road is looking busy from the A30 Alphington Junction to Exe Bridges
  • On the A30 westbound near Camborne, there's very slow traffic between Camborne West and St Erth Roundabout
  • In Penryn, on the A39, there's congestion around Treluswell Roundabout to Ponsanooth - that's due to roadworks
  • Also on the A39 - but near Bude, there's slow traffic in both directions passing Kings Hill

Questions at Kingsbridge masterplan council meeting

BBC Radio Devon

A scheme to reshape the centre of Kingsbridge was met with concerned questions at a meeting last night.

People have until Sunday to comment on the evolving masterplan from South Hams District Council which would include 50 homes on the quayside car park.

At a packed St Edmund's Church, some locals were positive but critics said they were worried about the impact on the area.

The council said the total scheme could provide affordable homes alongside reduced price community housing, and added it could find more parking in the town's under-utilised car parks.

Counterfeit clothes donated to charity

Andrew Segal

Local Live

About 5,000 items of counterfeit clothes seized by Trading Standards officers have been donated to charity, staff say.

Clothes. Pic: Devon and Somerset Trading Standards
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards said the clothes - including tracksuits, T-shirts, sweatshirts and trainers - were seized by officers across the area and were now bound for a charity which collected unwanted clothes.

Officers added that the seizures not only removed the items from the market and disrupted the activities of organised criminal gangs, but also reduced the volume of waste being sent to landfill.

Burst water main in Tedburn St Mary

Power cut in Tiverton

Tunes in the Dunes organisers respond to complaints following festival

Cornwall Live

Organisers of the Tunes in the Dunes Festival have been forced to address criticisms of the weekend's three-day event which has been dubbed a "total mess".

'Early start' for fire crews at Newquay suspected arson

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Narrowcliff fire scene. Pic: Newquay Fire Station
Newquay Fire Station

Firefighters in Cornwall said they had "an early start this morning" after being called to a blaze at a derelict building which they suspect was arson.

Crews from Newquay, St Columb and Penzance put out the fire after being called to the small building in Narrowcliff in Newquay at about 06:30.

Police are investigating.

Protest pushes for better help for disabled children in Cornwall

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

Protest
BBC

A protest has been held outside County Hall in Truro to push for better help for disabled children in Cornwall.

Parents said their children were being failed by the health and education systems in the county.

Cornwall Council said it recognised the importance in the provision of high quality services to keep children and young people safe, and enabling them to make good or better progress.

Latest weather: Cloud clearing

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Cloud will continue to lift and break as patchy light rain or drizzle dies out and sunny spells develop.

Light southwesterly winds will become more variable later today. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, although a few isolated light showers are possible, these will clear away eastwards to leave a largely dry night with clear spells developing.

Winds will become mainly north or northeasterly and light or moderate in strength. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Details of major new 'urban extension' of Newton Abbot revealed - including 1,275 homes

Devon Live

Detailed plans for more than 1,000 new homes on the edge of Newton Abbot have been revealed.

Ministers 'in the dark' over scale of child vulnerability

BBC News Education

Ministers do not know how many hundreds of thousands of children in England are living risky or vulnerable lives, says children's commissioner Anne Longfield.

England's children's champion has tried to calculate the total in a report, in the absence of overall official data.

She found some 670,000 children live in high risk family situations, thousands with parents in addiction treatment.

Children's minister Robert Goodwill said support for vulnerable children was being given across government. But he acknowledged there was more to do.

Torquay's Palace Hotel to close at end of July

BBC Radio Devon

Palace Hotel. Pic: Google
Google

One of Torquay's major hotels is to close at the end of the month, its operators have confirmed.

Operators of the Palace Hotel in Babbacombe Road said its new owners had "significant plans" to redevelop the 25-acre site, that it was to shut "to allow for this", and redundancy consultations had begun with staff.

Torquay Palace Ltd added: "All guests who have bookings for the period beyond 31 July will be contacted and we are seeking to assist with alternative venues where possible.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and, in particular, are very sorry to be consulting with staff regarding redundancy, many of whom have loyally served the business for decades."

Man raped student three times as she drifted into unconsciousness, court told

Devon Live

A man who offered to walk a drunk student home raped her three times as she drifted in and out of consciousness and told her not to be a baby when she told him to stop, a court heard.

Life in the fast lane: Motorist stopped by police for cleaning teeth while driving

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A driver has been stopped after cleaning their teeth while driving in a fast lane of a dual carriageway, a senior police officer says.

East Cornwall police commander Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith said on Twitter he was driving to the force's headquarters at Middlemoor, near Exeter in Devon, this morning when he spotted the driver behind him on the A30 and stopped them.

After stopping the driver, Supt Drummond-Smith said he "had a chat about safety and deaths on the roads".

Grant came 'very close' to Exeter City stay

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jamaica international forward Joel Grant says he came "very close" to staying with Exeter City before joining their Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle.

The 29-year-old turned down a new deal at beaten League Two play-off finalists Exeter to join the third-tier Pilgrims.

Joel Grant
Getty Images

"Not everyone will understand my reasoning but those who do, hopefully they understand," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"The club offered me a deal which we tried to negotiate and it just didn't end probably the way it could've."

'Lax safeguarding attitude' head teacher banned from teaching

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Sarah Cooke and Peter Cooke Pic: Cornwall Live
Cornwall Live

A head teacher from Cornwall who showed a "complete disregard" for safeguarding her pupils and failed to disclose her school caretaker husband's police caution has been banned from the classroom.

Sarah Cooke was principal of Foxhole Academy near St Austell where Peter Cooke carried out occasional maintenance.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) professional misconduct panel last month found she did not tell bosses of a possible safeguarding issue relating to a 2012 police caution to Mr Cooke for stealing underwear.

It ruled she breached professional standards, found her guilty of five charges of wrongdoing, and also said she showed "a lax attitude" to safeguarding before recommending a prohibition order.

The education secretary has agreed to ban her from teaching indefinitely, and she cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

Garage forecourt crash death woman named

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A390 crash
BBC

A woman who died when the car she was travelling in came off a main road and smashed into a row of parked cars on a garage forecourt has been named as 40-year-old Kelly Pearce.

The Vauxhall Vectra she was a passenger in left the A390 at Hewas Water on Sunday 25 June. It crashed into the Andrew Toms cars dealership, damaging more than 20 other vehicles.

Ms Pearce, who was local to the area, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the male driver of the car was still in hospital with serious injuries, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The road was closed for eight hours for investigations.

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses of the crash itself, but also asked for anyone who stopped at the scene to assist and may have left before officers arrived to get in contact.