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Summary

  1. Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries after bus crash
  2. Speedboat deaths widow 'returns to accident site every time she visits'
  3. Coverack main road reopens after flash flood
  4. Cornwall's GPs challenged to make savings of £30m
  5. No confidence Torbay mayor 'not resigning'
  6. Work to start later on installing heat detectors in Plymouth tower blocks
  7. Olly Murs: Singer offers to swap tickets for axed shows
  8. Updates on Monday 24 July 2017

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Andrew Segal

Local Live

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.

Explorer to attempt sailing to show how much North Pole ice is melting

BBC News UK

Devon explorer Pen Hadow - the first person to walk solo across pack ice from Canada to the North Pole nearly 15 years ago - is embarking on a new mission to the region.

He wants to become the first to sail there by yacht, saying he wants to show how far the ice has melted because of climate change.

Mr Hadow said he has a reasonable chance of completing the challenge because the Arctic sea ice was continuing to recede.

He said: "This year it's quite possible that it may be nearer 50% by the end of the summer. Essentially the sea ice is thinner and thinner, and it is weaker and weaker, and there are more and more cracks within the main body of the remaining sea ice cover."

Birth units' overnight closures 'not down to health review'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The suspension of overnight maternity services in two Devon towns is not because of a countywide acute services review, health bosses say.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust confirmed it had suspended the services in Honiton and Okehampton for at least three months from last Thursday because of staff vacancies and unforeseen sickness.

It said: "This decision is one taken for purely operational reasons and has no connection with proposals outlined in the Devon-wide Acute Services Review."

Overnight services in Exeter and Tiverton were "still open", it added.

Sheep shearer sets new record

Plans to double Cornwall-Plymouth trains getting under way

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Train
BBC

Multimillion-pound plans for the biggest improvement in the train service through Cornwall for years are finally getting under way, railway line manager Network Rail says.

Under them, a train will run every half hour between Plymouth and Penzance from January 2019 after lines from PLY to PZ are radically altered by a huge new investment in signals.

Cornwall's current signals mean that 10 miles of track are kept clear for each train. Interspersing these with extra signals will mean that only five miles will need to be kept clear, doubling capacity both ways.

At £25m, this scheme will cost about half as much as the recently-finished dualling work on three miles of the A30 on Bodmin Moor, but won't be anything like as disruptive.

The money comes from sources including Europe and the government.

However, not all these extra services will be operated by the sleek new Italian-built GWR express trains (pictured). Some will use the existing intercity fleet.

Murder investigation launched after death in Mutley

A murder investigation has been launched after a suspicious death of a man in Plymouth.

Police were called about 05:15 yesterday due to concerns for welfare of a man at a property on Ermington Terrace, Mutley.

A man in his 20s was pronounced deceased at the scene and a 25-year-old woman from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Det Insp Julie Scoles said: "The man's next of kin have been informed, although formal identification has yet to take place.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident and we are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact us."

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by telephoning 101, quoting CR/061064/17 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

No action taken against man shot with baton round by police

Devon Live

A man who was taken into custody and to hospital after police incapacitated him with a baton round will face no further action.

Latest weather: Some patchy cloud and hill fog

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry with clear spells for most, although there may be some patchy cloud over higher ground leading to some hill fog over Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map
BBC

Tuesday will see another fine day with sunny spells and light winds. In the sunshine it will feel warm. Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F).

Leah Kerry: Drug death teenager 'paid the ultimate price'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The family of a teenager who is believed to have suffered an adverse reaction to a substance said that "paid the ultimate price" despite being "well aware of the risks" of drugs.

Leah Kerry died in hospital on 15 July after being found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, Devon.

Leah Kerry. Pics: Family handout
Family Handout

After paying tribute to the "courageous and confident" 15-year-old, her family said: "Sadly, despite being well aware of the risks, she thought she was invincible and she rolled the dice and has paid the ultimate price."

The family said that if even one young person decided to reduce risk-taking behaviour as a result of what had happened "and not take these dangerous NPS [new psychoactive substance] tablets, then Leah’s death has not been in vain".

The family has also asked the government "to place the dangers of psychoactive substances at the top of their agenda for discussion".

A 20-year-old local man charged with drugs offences after her death is due to appear in court next month.

'Keep your valuables out of view'

World Aquatics Championships: Can Daley dominate diving? Analysis

BBC Sport

Britain's Tom Daley claimed his first individual World Championship gold for eight years with a stunning victory in the 10m platform final in Budapest.

The Plymouth-born diver believes he can still achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic champion after this victory, even if many felt his best chance had gone after his shock semi-final elimination at Rio 2016 and subsequent injuries. So, can he?

Tom Daley. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Leon Taylor - Olympic silver medallist, BBC diving commentator and Daley's former mentor - says: "Tom Daley's achievement is just absolutely incredible because that is the highest-class diving final I have ever witnessed.

"Tom didn't become a bad diver in Rio. He just had an awful day and it was a surprise because he is always so consistent but that never meant it was the end of him as a top competitor.

"He is the hardest-working, most professional diver out there, who is doing so much even away from the pool - like yoga - to ensure he has the best chance of staying at the top for as long as possible.

"Technically and mentally though, Tom still has it all, but you have to remember that the Chinese divers are still the dominant force in the sport.

"Although this result could put a seed of doubt into their minds, it could also motivate them even more, so it will be fascinating to see all the top divers battle it out over the next few years."

Appeal after 'boy, 11, punched three times'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy was allegedly punched three times.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It is believed that an 11-year-old boy was punched three times to the head between 18:45 and 19:15 on Sunday, in the garden of The Kings Arms Pub in Tamerton Foliot.

"It is believed that a large group of young people were playing football together at the time when the incident took place.

"The suspect is described as a white male, 5’6”-5’8” tall, slim build, wearing a white baseball hat, white trainers and grey jacket. It is thought is about 15-18 years old."

HIV support services in Torbay being axed

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Advocacy and support services for people with HIV in Torbay are being axed, Torbay Council says.

The unitary authority announced it was no longer funding programmes from the end of September, and said people would have to get support from national helplines or local social services if they qualified for assistance.

The council said Torbay was "not an area of high HIV prevalence" and the money could be reinvested in wider preventative sexual health services.

Eden Project to expand overseas

Press Association

A world-famous British tourist attraction has launched an international company to create similar projects across the globe.

The Eden Project is to open in China, Australia and New Zealand and has plans for the Middle East and North America.

The co-founder of the popular Cornwall attraction has launched the Eden Project International company to turn the proposals into reality. It plans to establish collaborative Eden Projects with partners across the world, focusing on soil, water, food and biodiversity.

Eden's mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us. We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency."

Sir Tim SmitExecutive chairman
Eden Project Cornwall
BBC

Ambulance trust deals with more than 5,000 incidents in 'really busy weekend'

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The service covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

Pensioner stuffed £10 into lawyer's mouth on train in wine and pretzels row

Devon Live

A pensioner confronted by a barrister for repeatedly sneaking into first class and taking wine and pretzels stuffed a £10 note into the solicitor's mouth.

Bereaved parents urge others to 'make better and safer choices'

Leah Kerry
Facebook

If there are any young people who have known Leah, or who have heard about her story, I would urge them on Leah's behalf to not make the same mistake and to make better and safer choices when out in the community.

The parents of a Wiltshire teenager, who died after apparently taking a psychoactive substance, have issued a warning to other teenagers.

Leah Kerry, who was 15, died in Torbay Hospital on July 15 after suffering an adverse reaction to the substance.

In a statement issued through Devon and Cornwall Police, Leah's family, who relocated to Salisbury from Torquay in 2015, described her death as "the most painful experience that we have all ever had to endure".

Leah was well aware of the nature of different illicit substances and the risks attached. Sadly, despite being well aware of the risks, she thought she was invincible and she rolled the dice and has paid the ultimate price.

Statement from Leah Kerry's family

Latest weather: Dry with sunny or clear spells

BBC Weather

It will be dry this afternoon with sunny spells across the board. It will feel warm for most with a gentle northerly breeze. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight will be dry with clear spells for most, although there may be some patchy cloud over higher ground leading to some hill fog over Dartmoor. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Coverack flash flood: Main road reopens less than a week after damage

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Coverack road. Pic: Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council

The main road in a flash flood-hit village has been repaired and reopened less than a week after being badly damaged.

Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged in the coastal village on the Lizard after a heavy rain and hail storm.

Cornwall Council said it, the local community and partners had been working "flat out" to repair the B3294 to "ensure that the village is open for business in time for the peak summer season".

A team of 30 people from contractor Cormac laid 330 tonnes of base and 200 tonnes of surfacing over the weekend during the works.

Travel: Traffic lights fail in Plymouth

BreakingCoverack main road reopens after flash flood

Water supplies disrupted in Torquay

Power cut in Plymstock

Overnight maternity services in two towns suspended

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Overnight maternity services in two Devon towns have been suspended for at least three months because of "staff vacancies and unforeseen sickness absence", health bosses say.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust said services at its birth centres in Honiton and Okehampton were suspended last Thursday because of patient safety concerns, which it said was its "top priority", and would remain so until it had "safe staffing levels".

It said its main maternity unit in Exeter and Tiverton were still open.

It added that all antenatal and postnatal clinics, midwifery support and home birth services were also unaffected and "running as normal".

World Aquatics Championships: Tom Daley still dreams of Olympic gold

Nick Hope

BBC Sport

Tom Daley. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Diver Tom Daley believes he can still achieve his lifelong "dream" of becoming an Olympic champion after his stunning World Championship title.

Many felt his best chance had gone after his shock semi-final elimination at Rio 2016 and subsequent injuries. However, Daley beat Rio 2016 champion Aisen Chen of China with a stunning final routine to secure victory in a dramatic world 10m final on Saturday.

"An Olympic gold is the one thing I'm yet to win and it's my dream," he said.

The Plymouth-born diver - who is now 23 - admits his Rio Olympic heartache was "devastating" and the "lowest point" of his career, but insists that world success will not make him complacent.

He said: "I can't take it [victory] for granted and I'm going to go away and work twice as hard because getting to the top is hard, but staying there is harder."

Pedestrian suffers life-threatening injuries after bus crash

A pedestrian in his 80s has suffered life-threatening injuries after being involved in a bus crash in Truro, police say.

Officers closed Station Road after the man was injured at about 09:45.

He was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Water problems in PL30 and PL24 area 'until 18:30'

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Settlements within the PL30 and PL24 postcode areas include: Blisland, Lanivet, Luxulyan, Nanstallon, St Kew, St Mabyn, Temple, Withiel, Par, Polkerris, St Blazey and Tywardreath.

Main road into Coverack expected to reopen later

BBC Radio Cornwall

Road in Coverack. Pic: Adam Paynter
Adam Paynter
Coverack's main road after the flash flood

The main road into Coverack is expected to reopen this afternoon, nearly a week after devastating flood damage.

The coastal village on the Lizard was hit by a flash flood after a heavy rain and hail storm. Dozens of homes and businesses were affected.

Cornwall Council, contractor Cormac and members of staff from other agencies have been working around the clock to speed up repairs.

Coverack
BBC
Coverack's main road on Monday

Firefighters help rescue nearly 700 animals over three years

BBC Spotlight

Nearly 700 animals have been rescued by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service over the last three years.

Deer in well. Pic: Paul Bray
Paul Bray

Firefighters have been called to help RSPCA officers in cases like the one pictured in Yealmpton, in the South Hams in Devon, which saw two deer stuck in a well. The animals were trapped about 7ft down in 2ft of water.

The fire service said that that, without its help, people might attempt dangerous rescues themselves.

Lunch time at the sharp end: Break at sheep shearing record attempt

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

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The sheep shearer from New Zealand is in Cornwall trying to break the world record for the most ewes sheared in eight hours.

To beat the current record, Rowland has to strip each fleece in less than 47 seconds.

Leah Kerry: Teenager's death 'the most painful experience'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The family of a teenager who is believed to have suffered an adverse reaction to a psychoactive substance have said her "sudden and tragic passing" has been "the most painful experience that we have all ever had to endure".

Fifteen-year-old Leah Kerry died in hospital on 15 July after being found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, Devon.

Leah Kerry
Family Handout

In a tribute, her family said: "Leah lit up any room she walked into with her incredible personality, sense of humour, striking looks and demeanour. Those who know her will ache to hear the words 'You allriiight' one last time."

The tribute finished with words from the Pink Floyd track Shine on You Crazy Diamond: "You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon”.

A 20-year-old local man charged with drugs offences after her death is due to appear in court next month.

Skips in Coverack after village's flash flooding

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Coverack
BBC

Skips are available for people in Coverack for rubbish after the village was hit by flash flooding last week, Cornwall Council says.

About 50 properties were estimated to be affected by the flooding on the Lizard Peninsula. No injuries were reported.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said its crews attended "multiple flooding-related incidents"

The council said that, as well as the skips, arrangements were also in place for "people needing to dispose of larger household items such as sofas and carpets".

Skips. Pic: Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council

Vigil held for Newton Abbot 'drugs' death victim Leah Kerry

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Vigil held for Newton Abbot 'drugs' death victim

A vigil has been held for a 15-year-old girl who is believed to have suffered an adverse reaction to a psychoactive substance.

More than 70 family and friends gathered to release balloons in memory of Leah Kerry, who died on Saturday 15 July in Newton Abbot, Devon.

They met at her favourite place: Beacon Cove in Torquay.

Olly Murs: Singer offers to swap tickets for axed Powderham show

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Singer Olly Murs has announced that tickerholders for his cancelled concert at Powderham Castle can have tickets swapped for shows in Portsmouth and Swansea due to be held in August.

The singer was to perform near Exeter on 29 July but the show was cancelled after promoter Stephen C Associates Limited went bust.

Murs said he was unable to reschedule the gigs but has offered affected fans the chance to see him elsewhere. He said on Twitter that he wanted to do something because "I know you were all upset, and left out of pocket".

He said anyone that hadn't been offered a refund from their original ticketing company could get their ticket swapped with a replacement for his show at Singleton Park in Swansea on 12 August or Portsmouth's Victorious Festival on 27 August.

People who had been told they could get a refund from a ticket agency would also be eligible for special offer tickets to either show, he added.

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Camborne police warning after number of cats poisoned in Beacon reaches 18

Cornwall Live

Pet owners are being asked to remain cautious after the number of cats poisoned in a small village on the outskirts of Camborne reached 18 over a three-year period.

Torbay mayor not standing down and it's 'business as usual'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Gordon Oliver
BBC

Torbay's elected mayor has refused to resign after a council vote of no confidence against him and says it's "business as usual".

Gordon Oliver faced calls to quit after a majority of his Conservative councillors supported the vote of no confidence in him last week.

He had until 10:00 to stand down, but his office confirmed that he was not going to quit.

Women's World Cup: The moment England won thrilling final against India

BBC Sport

Watch the moment England - captained by Devon's Heather Knight - complete a stunning fightback to beat India by nine runs and win the Women's World Cup at an ecstatic Lord's.

Olly Murs concert: Refunds for some, and a special offer of a swap

BBC Radio Devon

Olly Murs
PA

Exeter City Council is starting to refund some people that bought tickets to Olly Murs' cancelled show at Powderham Castle.

Many ticketholders for the cancelled concert in Devon will not be refunded after the promoter went bust.

The singer was to perform near Exeter on 29 July but the show was cancelled after Stephen C Associates Limited, which organised the event, said it had ceased trading. The company said it was "not in a position to offer you a refund."

Full refunds are being offered to those who purchased tickets from the city's Tourist Information Centre in Southernhay.

However, the singer has also tweeted that many who were due to attend the show can get their tickets swapped for shows in Portsmouth and Swansea due to be held in August.

We'll bring you more details on that later.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J27 for A361.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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