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Summary

  1. Police car girl crash: Officer 'driving below expected standard'
  2. PCC survives vote of no confidence
  3. Mother jailed for sex with teen
  4. Person 'has life-changing injuries' after lorry-car crash
  5. Row over who should pay £26m worth of hospital repairs
  6. Driver trapped after vehicle leaves road, hits lamp-post and crashes into wall
  7. Plymouth sex assault: CCTV images released by police
  8. Dogs caught by fire staff reunited with owner
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 10 July 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night, and over the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Famous gardeners create space in Cornwall

A family with an esteemed gardening reputation, has now created a fantasy garden in Cornwall.

Isabel and Julian Bannerman have designed for Prince Charles at Highgrove and Lord Rothschild.

This latest creation is at Trematon Castle near Saltash.

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Police and Crime Commissioner pledges to keep working to keep communities safe

Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed to continue working to keep communities safe, after surviving a vote of no confidence by the body which scrutinises her.

Alison Hernandez came under fire last month for suggesting gun owners might be able to act as armed civilians in a terror attack.

The comments, made during a BBC Radio Cornwall phone in prompted the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel to hold the ballot at its meeting this lunchtime.

What I do is I present the views of the public. That is my job. I'm not supposed to be popular with that. I'm supposed to understand the public and bring those views into policing to think about how we can do things differently. We all need to keep ourselves safe and the public have a role to play in that.

Alison HernandezDevon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

New crossing for students

A new pedestrian crossing has been installed between Mabe, the university campus at Penryn and the surrounding area.

The new crossing will allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians on a popular shortcut from Mabe to the schools in Penryn and the university campus.

University of Falmouth
BBC

The works have been jointly funded by Cornwall Council and the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.

The University of Exeter and Falmouth University provided £25,000 for the works and an additional £9,000 of funds were made available through Cornwall Council Section 106 monies, arising from new developments within the area.

Rogue traders rife in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Almost £250,000 has been paid to rogue traders in Cornwall since April.

Cornwall Trading Standards says it's received a report every other day for the past three months.

Leanne McLean from Trading Standards told BBC Radio Cornwall they're concerned the actual figure could be higher, because only one in 10 victims reports a scam.

She said: "We've had reports of tarmaccers targeting schools and businesses as well as home owners, roofing, dry-verging, tree surgery, landscaping, block paving.

"It's such good weather down here, it's prefect for ripping people off if that's the game that you're in."

Bodmin Moor's dark skies recognised

Bodmin Moor has been designated an International Dark Sky Landscape, making it the first International Dark Sky Place in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Following a bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded the designation in recognition of the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor.

It also recognises commitments to avoid light pollution and the provision of educational outreach.

Bodmin Moor
BBC

"While other sites in the UK have previously received International Dark Sky Places accreditation, today's announcement of Bodmin Moor's status as an International Dark Sky Park is especially noteworthy," said IDA Executive Director J. Scott Feierabend.

He continued: "Its position within the Cornwall AONB clearly establishes that the conservation of dark night skies is wholly compatible with the notion of protected landscapes where people routinely live and work."

Dark sky reward for Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor has been recognised as an International Dark Sky Landscape.

The main purpose of the designation is to protect the quality of the sky over the moor.

Bodmin Moor moon
BBC

It becomes the fourth Dark Sky Park in the UK, and the 44th in the world.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Councillor for Planning and Economy said: "It gives man a sense of perspective when you look up at the night sky and realise how big it is up there and how small we are in comparison."

Dartmoor safety day

Police driver has 'no case for misconduct'

The police officer who collided with a 12-year-old girl while driving to an emergency response, will not face a misconduct hearing.

The officer was driving at 35mph when the marked Ford Focus hit the girl, causing serious head injuries for which she is still receiving treatment.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found the car did not have its sidelights on as it should have.

Crash site
BBC

The incident happened at 08:00 in January 2016.

The lead investigator initially recommended the driver should face misconduct proceedings, but changed its view following feedback from Devon and Cornwall Police.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "The officer's driving fell below the level of performance expected when assessed against the force's policy.

"I accepted the force's determination that the officer should face management action which included a three-month performance plan to ensure that lessons are learned from this unfortunate accident."

Airport figures rise again

Passenger numbers at Cornwall Airport Newquay are continuing to rise.

The latest figures show a 20% year on year increase for June, meaning there's been a 26% rise for the first quarter of the financial year.

Cornwall Airport Newquay
BBC

Geoff Brown, Cabinet Member for Transport at Cornwall Council added: "This is great news and a huge tribute to the dedication and hard work of the Airport team.

"Not only has the Council been able to lift the passenger surcharge but we have also reduced the levy paid to maintain the airport operations.

"In addition to the benefits to residents travelling away, Cornwall Airport Newquay also attracts significant tourism business in to Cornwall which helps generate significant growth in the local economy."

Travel: A35 reopened

Weather: Some bright spells and light winds

BBC Weather

For the rest of the day cloud will thicken in places and it will feel fresher too than yesterday.

There will be some bright spells and light winds, and it should stay dry. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Weather
BBC

'Ill-judged' gun comment sparked no confidence vote

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

The police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has survived a vote of no confidence by the body that scrutinises her.

Alison Hernandez came under fire after she said she would consider letting gun owners act during a terror attack.

On BBC Radio Cornwall in June she said "people would do all sorts of things to try and save their community without even thinking".

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Earlier this week Plymouth City Council passed a vote of no confidence over the issue.

Today the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel also held a no confidence vote, proposed by Plymouth councillor Sam Davey, who said the comments were "ill-judged".

Ms Hernandez said: "The reality is I do not believe in vigilantism. I apologise if anyone felt I had a different view."

The no confidence vote was defeated by eight votes to two.

Travel: Diversion near Kilmington after crash

BBC News Travel

  • The A35 Kilmington is blocked in both directions due to accident investigations. A diversion is in place and the route is slow-moving
  • On the A30 between Bodmin & Temple there's slow moving traffic in both directions
  • M5 northbound from Taunton there's heavy traffic

Police officer 'driving below expected standard'

A police officer whose car collided with a 12-year-old girl in Camborne last year was driving below the expected standards, a report has found.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation was looking into the incident in January 2016 in Trevenson Street.

It said: "It has been agreed with Devon and Cornwall Police the driving of an officer fell below the standards set out in force policy."

Police cars
BBC

The girl sustained serious head injuries and has since made a significant recovery, but is still receiving medical treatment.

The report found the car, which was responding to an emergency, was travelling at 35mph when it hit her. It said she would have been visible to the driver from around 75 metres away.

Evidence gathered during the IPCC investigation showed the car’s blue flashing lights were illuminated but the sidelights, siren and headlights were not on.

BreakingReport into police car girl crash

A police officer that was driving a force car that crashed into a 12-year-old girl in Camborne, was driving below the standards expected, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said.

It happened in 2016 and the girl sustained serious head injuries.

More to follow.

Fish tank heater fire tackled

Firefighters have tackled a fish tank heater and skirting board fire in Teignmouth.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to Orchard Gardens at 04:00.

When fire crews arrived, they said they could smell burning, but there were no obvious signs of fire.

Firefighters put out the small fire which involved the heater and boards.

Person airlifted to hospital after serious lorry-car crash

BBC Radio Devon

The Devon Air Ambulance has airlifted one person to hospital after a serious accident in Axminster between a lorry and a car.

The crash happened on the A35 near Shute earlier today. The road remains closed in both directions.

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Airport figures taking off

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

There's been a 20% increase in the number of passengers using Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Figures show that 50,993 used the airport in June.

airport
BBC

Al Titterington, managing director, said: "I'd take a 26% growth in any circumstances and be happy with our start to the summer season, but when you consider that is on top of over 50% growth in the last financial year, a year when we were the fastest growing airport in the UK, then it really starts to feel like our efforts are paying off.

"Despite a more challenging operating environment our business strategy remains the same, to continue to expand our route network and increase our year-round services and we'll continue to work to strengthen our relationships with our airline partners in an attempt to keep achieving these results."

PCC Alison Hernandez survives vote of no confidence by crime panel

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has survived a vote of no confidence by a police and crime panel.

The panel of councillors and independent individuals was created in 2011 to scrutinise the work of police and crime commissioners (PCC).

Earlier in the week, Ms Hernandez said she was "disappointed" that Plymouth City Council passed a motion of no confidence in her.

BreakingPCC survives vote of no confidence

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

The region's police and crime commissioner has "comfortably survived" a vote of no confidence by a police and crime panel.

The vote came after Alison Hernandez said she would consider letting gun owners act during a terror attack.

More to follow.

No deputy for police commissioner

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

The Police and Crime Panel has refused to appoint a deputy police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

The panel said Mark Kingscote "does not meet minimum requirements of the post".

Alison Hernandez
BBC

No other reasons were given but the decision is a blow to Alison Hernandez, the PCC who proposed Mr Kingscote.

Cornish businesses worried by Brexit

Three quarters of Cornish businesses surveyed are concerned about uncertainty in the market caused by Brexit.

The finding comes from the results of the Quarterly Economic Survey, carried out by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Brexit chart
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “The QES is the government's insight into how businesses across the UK are feeling.

"It is essential that we get a solid response from Cornwall so that I can tell local government and our MPs what is needed for us to flourish.”

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If you have a fear of sharks, this may not be an event for you.

Jaws, the famous film about a great white shark terrifying a coastal community is to be screened at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

Jubilee Pool
BBC

Rafferty's Events has made the announcement on Facebook, adding that wetsuits must be worn, and "You will NOT want to go back into the water.......

Watch this all time classic horror movie in the water for the ultimate experience."

It is also being shown at Tinside Lido in Plymouth, as one of a series of outdoor screenings by Plymouth Arts Centre.

Mother jailed for sex with teen

A mother has been jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Lindsey Taylor, 42, of Tristan Close, Exeter, admitted sexual activity with a child and was jailed for two years by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Lindsay Taylor
Devon and Cornwall Police

He told her: "However this came about, this was very, very wrong and you must have known that.

"It happened after you had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis with him, and these are obvious aggravating factors.

"What you did caused untold damage. I have read the victim impact statement from the boy's mother and understandably she feels sick about it."

Road cleared after coach-car crash

Children in Devon and Cornwall have most firearms licences

More children aged under 18 in Devon and Cornwall have firearms licenses than any other part of England and Wales.

Figures from the Home Office show 216 children in the two counties have them, out of 3,602 nationally.

Across all ages, Devon and Cornwall have the highest number of firearms certificates with 11,144, followed by Sussex (6,934) and North Yorkshire (6,734).

Gun
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Many people use firearms for their work or are involved in organised gun sport which are both important to the South West economy.

"The force interrogates every new application or renewal to ensure only those individuals who are safe to own them and are no threat to themselves, other gun users or the general public, are granted licences."

Person 'has life-changing injuries' after lorry-car crash

A person involved in a crash between a lorry and a car is believed to have life-changing arm injuries, police have said.

Emergency services were called to the crash between a Mazda saloon and a HGV lorry on the A35 near Shute, Axminster at 09:25.

Closures are in place both eastbound and westbound. Police are urging drivers to avoid the area.

The injured person will be flown to hospital by air ambulance shortly

Hospital maintenance backlog: 'Time for excuses is over'

BBC Radio Cornwall

There is a dispute over who should pay for a £26m maintenance backlog at 11 of Cornwall's community hospitals.

They are owned by NHS Property Services but they are in dispute with the tenant, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, over who is responsible for the buildings' conditions.

In the meantime, some beds remain closed at hospitals including Fowey and Edward Hain in St Ives.

Andy Virr, A&E consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Cornwall councillor for Fowey said: "These hospitals have been under a different ownership for the past five years, and maintenance has not been made a priority.

Hospital
BBC

"We know the government in its manifesto has pledged money for a large capital programme to reinvest in old NHS properties. The time for excuses is over.

"We need to be applying for government money. We need to understand exactly what essential work needs to be done. My concern is that this is another level of excuse to keep community hospitals closed as part of a long-term plan to reduce the number of community beds in Cornwall which I don’t believe is credible."

NHS Property Services said it was "determined to find a solution to these complex issues".

Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between A35 King's Road and A358.

A35 Devon - A35 High Street closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A35 King's Road junction in Honiton and the A358 junction in Axminster, because of an accident involving car and a lorry. Diversion in operation - Drivers being diverted westbound via A358-A30 and re-join the A35 at Honiton.

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

Travel: Coach crash at Tresillian

BBC News Travel

  • At Tresillian, near Truro, the B3275 is partially blocked by a collision involving a car and a coach at the A390 Denas Water
  • In Plymouth, Looseleigh Lane will be closed at the junction with Leatfield Drive for electrical work until 15:30 this afternoon
  • At Kennford on the A38 Plymouth-bound there are reports of a broken-down lorry partially blocking one lane
  • On the M5 at J30 there's a broken-down van at Sandygate Roundabout. Long queues back along the A376 towards Clyst St George

Dogs caught by fire staff reunited with owner

Two dogs that were found by fire staff yesterday in Cornwall, have been reunited with their owner.

The team at the fire service workshops found the animals near Tolvaddon, and although they were micro-chipped, the registered phone number was not working.

Dog
@WorkshopsCFRS

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "From speaking with the dog team it appears that they have been collected! They have been removed from the stray dogs list which is a good sign. Thank you so much for the publicity it's much appreciated and it seems to have worked as they now appear to be at home with the owner."

Dartington 'Words' festival begins

The "Ways With Words" literature festival starts today at Dartington Hall in Devon.

The festival's now in its 26th year and will run for the next 10 days.

Festival
BBC

During that time, there'll be 130 events from talks and workshops to live music and literary debates.

This year, the poet Simon Armitage and novelist Fay Weldon will be attending, along with broadcasters Joan Bakewell, Jonathan Dimbleby and Melvyn Bragg.

You never forget your first shout...

A new firefighter had a memorable first emergency call out in Newton Abbot yesterday.

Daniel Harrity was part of the crew called to a cat stuck on a ledge on the side of the River Lemon.

The animal was "distressed", but the team managed to carry it away to safety.

Stuck cat
Newton Abbot Fire Station