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Summary

  1. Dagmara Przybysz inquest: Staff kicked down toilet door to get to schoolgirl found hanged
  2. Tiverton stabbing 'being treated as attempted murder'
  3. M5 re-opens southbound after lorry overturns near Tiverton
  4. --- The lorry crashed into the central reservation and overturned under a bridge
  5. --- Police said the vehicle recovery was 'complicated' and the road re-opened shortly before 18:00
  6. --- A 23-year-old driver is in hospital with head and arm injuries
  7. Two 100-year-old skulls 'found in bags around Totnes'
  8. 'Rise' in the number of suicides in Cornwall - from 49 in 2010 to 71 in 2015
  9. Children being left home alone 'doubles in a year' - NSPCC
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Schoolgirl found hanged 'should have been located in 20 minutes'

A schoolgirl found hanged "should have been found within 20 minutes" but was actually missing for more than an hour and a half, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, went to the toilet at Pool Academy, Redruth, at 12:14 BST on 17 May last year.

She was not found until 13:50 - despite being marked absent from a science lesson, which should have triggered an absent pupil procedure for her to be found within 20 minutes.

Vice Principal Lisette Neesham said she "can't explain" why Dagmara wasn't being looked for.

The procedure has been revised since the incident, she said.

M5 re-opens

The M5 at junction 27 has now has now re-opened southbound following an accident which closed the motorway southbound early this morning.

Long queues of traffic remain tailing back for around three miles adding around 30 minutes to journey times.

Paramedic crew tried for 20 minutes to save girl found hanged in school toilet

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Paramedics tried for 20 minutes to save a girl found hanged in a school toilet, despite school staff making the decision not to perform CPR, an inquest has heard.

Paramedic Christopher Taylor, from South Western Ambulance Service, said Dagmara Przybysz was covered from head to toe with a white blanket when ambulance crews arrived at Pool Academy in Redruth.

Mr Taylor said their guidelines not to recusitate are very clear.

"When we got to Dagmara there was none of that evidence [that we shouldn't recusitate], he said."

Advanced life support was carried out for 20 minutes before it was decided to not continue.

The time of death was recorded as 14:31 on 17 May 2016.

Shed fire caused by lightning strike

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A garden shed fire in Devon has been put out after it was started by a lightning strike.

Firefighters said they were called to the scene in Market Street, Yealmpton, at about 14:40 and damage to the structure "was kept to a minimum".

Paramedic 'would have expected' CPR attempt to have been made on schoolgirl

A paramedic said he "would have expected" a CPR attempt to have been made by school staff when a teenager was found hanged in a toilet cubicle.

Christopher Taylor attended the scene at Pool Academy in Redruth when 16-year-old Dagmara Przybysz was found.

School staff had decided it was "too late" to begin CPR despite being advised by a 999 call handler to begin recusitation until paramedics arrived.

When asked by Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon, Mr Taylor said: "I would have expected to find a defibrillator on scene and some attempt [to recusitate] made."

He added that if staff had begun CPR he didn't think the outcome would have been different.

Skulls to be sent to University of Dundee for further study

Further study of the two skulls found in Totnes may include radiocarbon dating.

One skull was found in a plastic bag by workmen at the rear of the Budgens store and the other was found in an area "known to be used by the homeless".

Photos of the skulls were sent to the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, at the University of Dundee, for analysis.

Police said the centre was only able to confirm the two skulls are human, one male, one female and they would need to have access to the skulls to work out a time since death, which may require radiocarbon dating.

Skull
Totnes Police

M5 lorry crash: What we know so far

Andrew Segal

Local Live

M5 crash
Highways England

Barrier repairs and resurfacing of a section of the M5 are under way after a truck overturned in the early hours of Tuesday.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The tipper lorry overturned at Junction 27 of the M5 southbound, at Sampford Peverell, near Tiverton, at about 01:50.
  • The vehicle was left on its side under a bridge
  • The lorry damaged the central reservation and suffered a fuel spill, damaging the carriageway
  • Its 23-year-old driver was treated for a head and arm injury and taken to hospital, ambulance staff said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing
  • The crash resulted in the southbound carriageway being closed, as well as lane three of the northbound carriageway, for a recovery operation
  • The recovery of the lorry was described as "complicated" by police, saying that those involved with were having to deal with "machinery embedded in [the] central reservation".
  • Police originally said the road was "likely to remain closed until 18:00 tonight" but Highways England said the closure was expected "to remain in place into this evening"

'No incidents of bullying reported' about schoolgirl found hanged

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Dagmara Przybysz
Facebook

There were "no incidents of bullying" reported by a girl found hanged in a toilet at her school, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, died at Pool Academy, Redruth on 17 May last year.

Vice Principal Lisette Neesham told the inquest that there was no record of Dagmara, or anyone on her behalf, reporting any incidents of bullying.

Tiverton attempted murder 'may be drugs-related'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The stabbing of a man in Tiverton being treated as attempted murder may be drugs-related, police say.

Officers said the man, in his 30s, was wounded in his side in Bridge Street before 23:00 on Monday. He was taken to hospital in Plymouth.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was believed the stabbing was an "isolated incident, possibly drugs-related, but officers cannot be certain", and have appealed for witnesses.

The force said: "Detectives have been unable to identify where the actual incident took place nor have they any description of a suspect. At this time the victim is not cooperating with the police."

Latest weather: Thundery showers and lightning before a cloudy Wednesday

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight will see a band of heavy thundery showers push northwards through the evening and the first part of the night, with frequent lightning possible.

Thunderstorms will clear to the north in the early hours, with largely cloudy skies remaining. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be on the cloudy side, with some brighter spells possible at times. The rest of the day will be largely dry, warm and humid, although the odd shower is possible too. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

All students given iPads after schoolgirl's death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Pool Academy
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All students at a school where a girl was found hanged in the toilet have been given iPads, an inquest has heard.

There have been numerous changes at Pool Academy in Redruth following the death of Dagmara Przybysz, 16, in May last year.

Assistant principal Lisette Neesham said all pupils have been issued with an iPad "with the student location search engaged".

If pupils do not have their iPad or it is not fully charged there is "a sanction".

Radios are no longer used between staff, and all staff have phones.

She also said there have been changes to the school's system of recording pupils absent from lessons and the procedure for looking for them.

School's 999 call 'took more than five minutes' to tell ambulance service what had happened

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

It took an ambulance call handler more than five minutes to establish what had happened at a school where a teenage pupil was found hanged, an inquest heard.

A 999 call from Pool Academy, in Redruth came from reception rather than a member of staff who was present at the scene in one of the school's toilets.

Giving evidence at an inquest into the death of teenager Dagmara Przybysz, paramedic Christopher Rogers said there was "frustration" on the call as it was 5 minutes 38 seconds before the call handler was told what had happened.

There were also issues with phone signal between the school's reception and where the incident had taken place.

Mr Rogers said he returned to the school in the weeks after the incident to play them the 999 call and explain the frustration of the call handler in trying to get the information.

Why Jane Austen is trending 200 years on

BBC News England

A portrait of Jane Austen
Getty Images

The death 200 years ago of celebrated author Jane Austen is being marked nationwide with ceremonies, statue unveilings and a new £10 note design.

But in an age of social media, short attention spans and Love Island, what makes a woman who wrote about the 18th Century landed gentry so enduringly popular?

We have a look here, including how Torquay Museum is displaying a letter from Austen to her sister Cassandra, which contains the first known reference to her novel Pride and Prejudice, published four years before her death.

Dog care warning after 27 poodles 'rescued from squalor'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Poodles. Pic: RSPCA
RSPCA

Anyone who cares for animals must be able to meet their needs, the RSPCA has warned, after a woman who kept 27 poodles in "squalor" was banned from owning dogs.

Sixty-nine-year-old Heather Green, 69, of Dockacre Road, Launceston, was found guilty at a hearing before magistrates on 12 July of three offences of causing unnecessary suffering, and one of failing to provide the dogs with a suitable environment.

She was sentenced to six weeks in jail, suspended for a year, fined £750 and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor, who investigated the case, said: "These dogs were kept in inadequate conditions and were sadly suffering as a result. We found 21 dogs squashed together in five metal cages, with six others running loose in just one room. It was a miserable existence and no way for animals to live."

He said anyone with animals must "provide them with the kind of life they deserve".

Advice sent to Cornish schools over 999 call when schoolgirl found hanged

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cornish schools were all sent advice over how to make a 999 call after "frustration" over an incident in which a student was found hanged in a toilet.

Paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) were called to Pool Academy, Redruth, in May last year when 16-year-old Dagmara Przybysz was found.

But the 999 call came from the school's reception rather than at the scene, there were phone signal problems and advice for staff to begin CPR was not heeded.

Christopher Rogers, the named safeguarding professional for SWAS told an inquest into Dagmara's death that he met with the school and contacted Ofsted to find out the guidance currently in place.

As a result he created a document entitled 'Ringing 999 for an ambulance: Guide for Education' which was sent to all Cornwall schools in September.

When asked if he knew it had been implemented in schools, he said "I don't know. It has been sent."

Motorists warned to expect summer getaway delays

Press Association

Getaway traffic. Pic: PA
PA

Motorists are being warned to expect delays this weekend by the RAC as almost nine million vehicles embark on the start of the summer getaway nationally.

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis warned that drivers would face "customary chaos" this weekend.

He said: "The very much-needed family summer holiday might begin stressfully as long tailbacks are inevitable, particularly in the South West on the M5, which is the main conduit to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall."

The RAC predicted that congestion hotspots in - as well as to and from - the region would include:

  • M5 Almondsbury Interchange and from Bristol to Taunton
  • A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall
  • A303 Andover to Ilminster

Devon councils' merger and council tax bill rises debated

BBC Radio Devon

The merger of two Devon councils could mean council tax bills for some, increasing by an extra £25 a year for three years.

South Hams and West Devon councils already share some services, but said a full merger would mean £500,000 in savings annually.

However, as part of joining forces, council tax bills needed to be the same across the two districts, those behind the proposals confirmed. It would mean some in the South Hams facing sharp rises in bills.

Councillors are discussing the proposed merger.

Council tax bill
PA

'Big storms': See where lightning has struck

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Totnes skulls found 'half a mile apart'

Jon Kay

BBC News

Skull. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Two human skulls found in the Totnes area were wrapped in carrier bags and found half a mile apart.

The first skull was found by workmen behind an empty supermarket building in the town centre yesterday lunchtime. A few hours later, the second skull was found several hundred yards away, also in a carrier bag, but this time near an industrial estate on the banks of the River Dart.

Police said they don't know where the skulls came from, but they're not treating it as a criminal investigation at the moment. Both skulls are believed to be up to 100 years old.

Officers said more forensic analysis would be carried out as they investigated the matter further.

Stormy weather: Lightning over Plymouth Sound

BBC Spotlight

Thunderstorms have been making their way across the South West.

Here you can see some of the lightning over Plymouth Sound on Tuesday afternoon.

Do you have any pictures of the lightning? You can email them to us.

Plymouth lightning
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Plymouth lightning
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Plymouth lightning
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There was 'no chance' of saving schoolgirl

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Dagmara Przybysz
Facebook

A school worker has told an inquest there was "no chance" of resuscitating a schoolgirl who was found hanged in a school toilet.

Rodney Peasley, pastoral support worker, got emotional as he spoke about finding Dagmara Przybysz, 16, at Pool Academy in Redruth.

The army veteran said he carried her to the main toilet floor and closed her eyes.

A message came that paramedics wanted staff to do CPR while they were on their way, but Mr Peasley, a trained first-aider, said: "I knew there was no point."

"If I thought there was any hope of this working I would have tried," he said.

He referred to previous experience of working with an elderly casualty who collapsed and died, and his time in the army, as how he knew Dagmara couldn't be saved.

Barnstaple redevelopment is under way

BBC Spotlight

Barnstaple redevelopment
BBC

Work is now well under way on the biggest redevelopment to happen in North Devon for a generation.

It's transforming the riverside site of the old Shapland door factory, opposite Barnstaple town centre, at Anchorwood Bank.

The first of 172 homes is expected to be ready next year, along with new shops and restaurants. Eventually, there'll also be a new footbridge across to the town centre, developers said.

Tiverton stabbing 'being treated as attempted murder'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The stabbing of a man in Tiverton is being treated as attempted murder, police say.

Officers said the man, in his 30s, was wounded in his side in Bridge Street before 23:00 on Monday.

He managed to enter the White Ball pub after the incident, where staff raised the alarm.

The man was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth with what were initially thought to be life-threatening injuries, but which tuned out to be not "as bad as initially feared".

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Bridge Street, Tiverton. Pic: Google
Google

Travel: Fallen tree partially blocking A39

BBC News Travel

In Cornwall, on the A39 between Winnards Perch and Trekenning roundabouts, a fallen tree is partially blocking the road. Approach with care.

Satellite picture: Look at the lightning

Holly Green

BBC Weather

M5 lorry crash: Barrier repairs and resurfacing 'well under way'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Barrier repairs and resurfacing of the M5 after a lorry overturned are now well under way, highways bosses say, but a closure of the road "is expected to remain in place into this evening".

A 23-year-old driver was injured after his tipper vehicle overturned under a bridge at Junction 27 of the M5 southbound near Tiverton, at about 01:50. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Diversions are in place.

"Road users may wish to consider alternative routes and are advised to allow extra time for their journey," Highways England said.

Dartmouth school damaged when 'hammer thrown at window'

BBC Radio Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a school was damaged in Dartmouth.

Officers said that St John the Baptist RC Primary School suffered criminal damage over the weekend when a "hammer was thrown at the window, causing it to smash".

Number of Cornwall suicides 'of significant concern'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The number of suicides in Cornwall is of significant concern, according to health commissioners.

The most recent figures, for 2015, show 71 people in the county took their lives. In 2010, the figure was 49.

Health service commissioning body NHS Kernow said that there had been a rising trend in both males and females taking their lives.

It added that it was hoping to reduce suicides by working closely with local government and other partners, and by training staff in suicide intervention skills.

Clouds before the storm in Bodmin?

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

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Earlier today BBC Spotlight reporter John Danks took this photo.

Cloud is increasing from the south, bringing an increasing risk of scattered thundery showers.

The showers may be heavy for a time before starting to clear to the north later.

Drive carefully warning

Skulls discovery: Other human remains found in England and the Channel Islands

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two human skulls estimated to be 100 years old have been found in Devon, police have revealed.

The male and female human remains (pictured) were discovered in the Totnes area on Monday, with the female skull showing indication that it "was kept in a crypt-type environment".

Skulls. Pic: Totnes Police/Facebook
Totnes Police/Facebook

Further investigations are being carried out but the discoveries are not being treated as a criminal investigation at the moment.

However, they are not the only such finds around England and the Channel Islands recently.

A skull, believed to belong to a human, was found on the coast near Bristol in March, near a water bank at Redcliff Bay in Portishead.

Avon and Somerset Police said at the time it was "not unusual for discoveries of this kind to be made near coastal areas".

More recently, a "very aged' human skull was unearthed in Alderney in the Channel Islands in June.

The remains were uncovered while digging up a road. An archaeologist confirmed the remains were "very old" and the contractors carried on soon afterwards.

Lightning in Plymouth

Isolated thunderstorms are passing through the region.

There could be some locally torrential downpours with hail and strong winds this afternoon as well.

Plymouth
BBC
Plymouth
BBC

M5 lorry crash: Road resurfacing work under way

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Resurfacing work is under way on the M5 after a lorry tipped over, severely damaging the carriageway, highways bosses say.

A 23-year-old driver was injured after his tipper vehicle overturned under a bridge at Junction 27 of the M5 southbound near Tiverton, at about 01:50. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Diversions are in place.

Police said earlier that the road was "likely to remain closed until 18:00 tonight" but that highways engineers were "working hard" to reopen it earlier.

Police emphasise fraud warning after cold caller targets elderly Boscastle woman

Cornwall Live

Police in Cornwall have sent out a warning after an elderly resident was targeted by a recent telephone scam.

School staff chose not to perform CPR on girl found hanged

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Pool Academy
BBC

CPR was not performed on a girl found hanged in a toilet cubicle at her school, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, was found by a staff co-ordinator at Pool Academy, Redruth, on 17 May last year.

Paula Hosking, who didn't make the 999 call herself said: "Paramedics asked us to carry out CPR while they were on their way.

"We knew Dagmara had died and decided not to carry out CPR. We knew it was all too late."

New Isles of Scilly freight ship has second sea trial

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's new freight ship between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly begins a second sea trial today.

The Mali Rose is undergoing a number of trials in the Mounts Bay area before going into service.

If they're successful, the first test sailing from Penzance to Scilly will take place shortly afterwards.

Staff kicked down toilet door to get to schoolgirl found hanged

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Dagmara Przybysz
Facebook

A girl found dead in a school toilet was found hanged by staff who kicked down the cubicle door, an inquest has heard.

Paula Hosking, staff co-ordinator, said she was alerted by two pupils that a girl had been in the same position in the toilet at Pool Academy, Redruth, for a long time.

She said she could see shoes under the toilet door but there was no response when she asked if anyone was in there.

She called for help and stood on the toilet next door to look over the cubicle before trying to help.

Dagmara Przybysz died at Pool Academy, Redruth on 17 May last year.

The inquest continues.

Truro's Arch Hill roundabouts could be replaced

BBC Radio Cornwall

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One of Cornwall's busiest junctions could be completely remodelled.

Plans have been put forward to replace the double mini-roundabout at Arch Hill, Truro - including Falmouth Road - with a single larger roundabout by the end of 2018.

You can see Cornwall Council's plans above. But there are worries about more traffic delays during the work.

What are your views? Email us.

Latest weather: Warm and humid, but scattered thundery showers possible later

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will be warm or very warm and also humid, but mainly dry at first with some sunshine.

However, cloud will increase from the south, bringing an increasing risk of scattered thundery showers by this afternoon.

The showers may be heavy for a time and moderate or fresh east or northeasterly winds will also be stronger at times around the south coast. Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, remaining showers will clear, but it will stay humid with low cloud, mist and some fog patches developing around the south coast and moving inland by morning.

A little light drizzle is also likely as the low cloud develops. Easterly winds will ease and turn to the southwest by morning. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).