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Summary

  1. A30 across Bodmin Moor officially opening as dual carriageway
  2. Torbay Children's Services "may join with Plymouth"
  3. First operational police drone unit in the UK is launched in the South West
  4. Consultation into plans to start charging for parking in parts of Dartmoor
  5. Plymouth nuclear-powered submarine HMS Torbay being decommissioned
  6. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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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 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 on your BBC Local Radio station.

Police have a new drone unit, but what are the rules for flying yours?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The first dedicated police drone unit in the UK has been launched in a partnership between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police.

But what are the rules for civilian drones?

In November 2016, the UK's drone code was revised and updated to help pilots ensure they fly the gadgets safely.

It says:

  • Don't fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 120m (400ft) and at least 50m (150ft) away from people
  • Observe your drone at all times
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

Nine police officers dealing with two prisoners at custody unit

Weather update: Cloud increasing after a fine evening

BBC Weather

After a fine evening the cloud will gradually increase and lower overnight, with a little patchy rain or drizzle possible by morning. It will become breezier too. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather
BBC

Intermittent drizzle will affect the north coast on Saturday. Further south and east, there could be a little rain for a time but it will stay mostly dry and cloudy. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Bin the knife: Blades amnesty across Devon and Cornwall

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police say they want to help people "bin the knife".

Officers are supporting Operation Sceptre, which is aimed at detecting and reducing knife-related crime, and a local knife amnesty is being held as part of the work.

Knives
BBC

People can dispose of unwanted bladed items - without fear of prosecution - such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles.

There will be collection bins at these police enquiry offices until July 26:

  • Heavitree Road in Exeter
  • Torquay
  • Totnes
  • Teignmouth and Newton Abbot
  • Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth
  • Camborne
  • St Austell
  • Bodmin
  • Barnstaple

Travel: Loose power cable causing problems on eastbound A30 near Penzance

BBC News Travel

A loose power cable is causing problems on the eastbound A30 between Long Rock, near Penzance, and St Erth at White Cross.

Torbay Children's Services merger plan with Plymouth 'a major blow'

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

A proposal to partner services to protect most vulnerable children in Torbay with Plymouth is a major blow for Torbay Council's unitary status.

But it follows years of critical reports from inspectors about Torbay's ability to provide safe care.

Back in 2010, the authority was given a rating of "inadequate" for its children's services, prompting an apology from the then director of the service.

Despite some improvements in the intervening years, an Ofsted report published last year again described the care of children who needed protection as "inadequate".

The proposal will be put to Torbay Council in a meeting next week.

Torbay Council sign
BBC

Cheeki Rafiki company Stormforce Coaching Ltd boss Douglas Innes guilty over fatal yacht failures

Cornwall Live

A yachting company boss has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht in which a sailor from Cornwall was among four killed when it capsized mid-Atlantic.

RSPCA calls for information after 'likely deliberate' cat shooting

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was badly injured in a gun attack in Cornwall.

A worried cat owner contacted the charity on Friday after discovering her 18-month-old cat, Robertson, collapsed close to her farm in Lostwithiel with serious injuries.

The ginger cat was rushed to vets where he was found to have suffered a broken leg and had lost lots of blood.

An X-ray revealed pellets peppered throughout his body and he is now being treated by staff.

Inspector Lewis Taylor, of the charity, said: "It is impossible to know for sure whether Robertson was shot deliberately or accidentally. But, unfortunately, deliberate gun attacks happen much more regularly than we would like, and it seems likely that was the case here."

Dartmoor parking charges being considered 'because honesty boxes don't work'

Gordon Sparks

BBC Radio Devon

Charges for some parking in certain parts of Dartmoor are being considered because honesty boxes don't work, the National Park Authority says.

The controversial plans are going out to consultation.

Dartmoor parking box
BBC

Park bosses are proposing to start charging in New Bridge, Postbridge, Meldon Reservoir and Hay Tor, saying it would help improve visitor facilities, public access and conservation work.

Critics said it would deter visitors and people were more likely to park unsafely elsewhere.

Andrew Watson, from the park authority, said: "Money from the boxes is averaging at about 15 pence per vehicle, and that's not sustainable."

He added that there were "plenty of car parks scattered across the moor which will remain free".

The consultation runs until 18 August.

Sprinklers and heat detectors being installed in Devonport towers

Devon Live

Heat detectors and sprinklers are being installed in two Devonport tower blocks, while further tests will be carried out on the cladding covering the buildings.

Travel: Busy traffic expected on A379 for Little Mix concert at Powderham Castle

BBC News Travel

Expect very busy traffic on the A379 near Exeter as Little Mix are playing at Powderham Castle this evening.

Cornwall vets support RSPCA calls for tougher regulation on airguns

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Vets in Cornwall are supporting the RSPCA's calls for tougher regulation on the use of airguns.

The charity said it was alarmed over the number of animals being shot. Nationally, four out of 10 vets have seen cats with such injuries.

There was a recent case in Lostwithiel where a cat dragged itself home after being peppered with pellets.

Steve Wyatt, from the Hayle Veterinary Surgery, added that sometimes such injuries were hidden as the pellets fired were so small.

Firefighters running from Exeter to London

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Firefighters from the Devon & Somerset Fire Service are running 200 miles from Exeter to London today to help their colleagues who attended the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

They explain why here:

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Torbay Children's Services plagued by 'ongoing instability'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Children's Services
BBC

Children's services in Torbay could be joined with Plymouth's after a report found they were underperforming.

A council agenda document reveals Torbay Council's Children's Services were "charactersied over recent years by repeated underperformance" in terms of Ofsted inspection results and had "ongoing instability in its senior leadership".

A proposal has been put to Torbay Council to develop an alternative delivery model, with a recommended plan of action to partner with Plymouth City Council Children's Services.

The proposal will be debated at a council meeting next week.

Two-car crash on A38 Haldon Hill

Government 'considering tighter controls on chemicals after acid attacks'

BBC Radio 5 live

Home Office minister and Cornwall MP Sarah Newton says the government is considering tighter controls on some chemicals in response to acid attacks in East London and elsewhere.

But she also told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that regulation would be difficult as "these chemicals are under everyone's kitchen sinks".

She said it was clear acid was being used "as a weapon" and work had been commissioned "to understand the motivation" of people who used it to injure others.

She also said the government was examining sentencing for those who used acid to injure people.

Since 2010, there have been more than 1,800 reports of attacks involving corrosive fluids in London.

Police drones: Watch our reporter get 'buzzed'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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The first dedicated police drone unit in the UK has been launched, involving Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police.

The permanent unit has three full-time staff and it is hoped that in future drones could be used to track suspects in firearm incidents as well as in counter-terrorism operations.

Six drones now operated by the unit have already been used to find missing people and gather evidence to secure court convictions.

A30 Bodmin - Temple opening ceremony interrupted by irate farmer

Cornwall Live

The ceremony to open the much-anticipated stretch of the A30 at Temple was interrupted this morning by an irate farmer.

Post Offices on the move

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

There are a few moves and reopenings for some local post offices on the cards:

  • Camelford Post Office is to relocate to Stephens Home Hardware in the town
  • Post Office services have been returned to Stithians with a service operating from the Spar store in New Road
  • St Breward Post Office has re-opened at a new location, St Breward Stores, with extended opening hours

Woman killed in M42 pile-up named

BBC Wales News

Ann Goddard
BBC

A woman killed when four cars and a lorry crashed in Worcestershire has been named by police.

Ann Goddard, 70, from Dinas Powys, in Vale of Glamorgan, had been driving a Volkswagen Golf and died at the scene on 9 July.

Her family described the mother-of three and grandmother-of-seven as "a true matriarch".

Three of the cars went up in flames after the collision on the M42 near Redditch and Bromsgrove. Three other people were injured in the crash.

A 52-year-old man from Exmouth, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

Man arrested and taken to hospital after armed police operation

Devon Live

Police arrested a man and took him to hospital after an armed police incident on Thursday night. Armed units were deployed at around 9pm after reports of concerns for a man at an address in Plymouth.

Princess Anne to commemorate riding anniversary

BBC Radio Devon

The 50th anniversary of the Exeter Group of Riding for the Disabled is being commemorated today with a royal visit.

Princess Anne will watch a riding display, unveil a plaque, cut a celebratory cake and meet riders, volunteers and supporters this afternoon.

During her visit to Devon, the Princess Royal will also meet staff at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory on The Hoe.

The new A30 in all its glory

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The A30 across Bodmin Moor has officially opened.

The roadworks took two years and cost £59m.

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Collapsed teenage girl in Newquay 'given alcohol by parents to bring'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A teenage girl found drunk and collapsed in a street in Newquay was given alcohol to bring to the town by her parents, a senior police officer says.

Insp Dave Meredith, from Devon and Cornwall Police, tweeted that the intoxicated 16-year-old was taken to hospital after being found collapsed last night.

Police have been seizing alcohol from underage drinkers visiting the town over the past couple of weeks.

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.

Police have appealed to parents to "be responsible" and not give alcohol to teenagers heading for the resort.

Police drones: See how they've been used so far

BBC News England

First police drone unit launched in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have launched what they say is the first dedicated police drone unit in the UK.

The "cost-effective" drones are used for missing person searches, crime scene photography, road crashes, coastal searches and firearm or terrorist incidents.

The unit currently has three staff but could have up to 40 trained officers in the future.

Power cut in Tavistock

Travel update: Accident on Mannamead Road, Plymouth

BBC News Travel

In Plymouth, on Mannamead Road, near Seymour Road, there are reports of an accident.

Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe accident, between J30 for A376 and J29 for A30 Exeter affecting J31 for A30.

M5 Devon - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed on M5 northbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J31, A30 (Exminster).

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

Search for 'missing' snorkeler - who is not actually missing - called off

BBC Radio Cornwall

An air and sea search for a missing snorkeler off west Cornwall has been suspended because no has actually been reported missing.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency scrambled its rescue helicopter from Newquay, three lifeboats and shoreline teams yesterday after a diver in a hooded suit and fins was seen entering the water at Porthcurno at about 15.30 yesterday, but not seen coming back out.

However, no official missing person report has been made, saying a specific person has disappeared.

The search was precautionary as the MCA appealed for the diver to contact the coastguard to let them know they had returned safely. No further concerns have been raised.

Coastguard helicopter
Andrew Segal

‘No money’ to send Royal Marines on cold-weather training

The Times

The Royal Marines will be unable to train in the snow-covered fjords of Norway next year because of a shortage of money, as the defence secretary said yesterday that a security review would be "refreshed".

Plymouth Argyle: Game called off because of butterflies

BBC Sport

A peacock butterfly
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A Plymouth pre-season friendly in the Netherlands has been called off - because it clashes with a butterfly market and a cycling race.

Argyle were set to face Dutch second division team FC Emmen on 25 July.

The League One club said that the game, part of a two-match pre-season training camp, was called off after the town's mayor consulted local authorities.

Plymouth were told that police would be too busy with the other events taking place in the town.

Several supporters are accompanying the Pilgrims on an official club trip. In addition, many more have booked a visit to the Netherlands to watch the matches.

A30 dual carriageway opens just in time for school holidays

BBC Radio Cornwall

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The A30 across Bodmin Moor opens officially as a dual carriageway at 11:15.

It's taken more than two years and cost £59m pounds to convert the three-mile stretch at Temple, although a speed limit was in place for eight miles whilst the work was carried out.

Travel update: Lane blocked on the A380

BBC News Travel

On the A380 at Splatford Split one lane is blocked heading towards Newton Abbot due to a broken-down lorry.

Burglars smash charity shop doors and café in Par and steal charity cash

Cornwall Live

Heartless burglars have broken into two premises in the St Austell area and stolen cash belonging to charities

Police still looking for stolen firearms

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information to help find two guns still missing after a burglary in Bideford.

A number of items were stolen overnight on Saturday 8 July, including a number of firearms, two of which have not been recovered.

Det Insp Naidoo, from Barnstaple Police Station, said: "I want to reassure members of the public that these outstanding weapons are not considered to pose a significant risk to the community. However, it is vital that we recover them and make them safe."

Police are offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information received via Crimestoppers for information leading to the successful recovery of the remaining firearms.

Police drones: Up, up and away!

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Firefighters set off on 200 mile relay to London

BBC Radio Devon

A team of firefighters from Devon and Somerset is setting off from Exeter today to run 200 miles, in relay, from Exeter to Kensington North Fire Station.

They're raising cash for those who battled the blaze at Grenfell Tower.

It's hoped they'll get to Kensington tomorrow evening to present a plaque to Red Watch - the first crew to arrive at the scene of the blaze.

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