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  1. Terror Marine Ciarán Maxwell 'made 14 pipe bombs', court hears
  2. --- In February, Maxwell, 31, admitted a number of offences, including bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons
  3. --- Maxwell lived in Exminster, Devon, and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset. He never served in Northern Ireland
  4. --- The court hearing at the Old Bailey will decide how long he will serve in prison
  5. About 170 jobs at risk at two Devon businesses
  6. Teignmouth's Beachcomber Cafe severely damaged by fire
  7. Devon free school 'didn't enter pupils for GCSEs'
  8. MPs urged to delay introduction of Universal Credit benefits
  9. Council fines own waste company £42k over missed collections
  10. Updates on Wednesday 26 July 2017

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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 Thursday 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.

Concerns raised over A30 Chiverton Cross-Carland Cross dualling

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Highways England

Residents unhappy with plans to dual the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross have voiced their concerns at a public meeting.

Highways England announced its preferred route for the eight-mile stretch earlier this month. The project will cost £290m and it's hoped work will begin in the spring of 2020, with a timescale of up to three years.

Critics at the meeting in Perranporth last night said they were concerned about disturbance because of the works and how long construction could take, especially as two years of disruption had just finished with the recent dualling of the A30 at Temple, near Bodmin.

Cornwall Council Environment Liaison Officer Jeremy Edwards said the authority wanted to build on the success of completing the Temple dualling.

The plans will go through a further period consultation before a detailed planning application can be submitted.

West Devon Council approves consultation into South Hams merger plans

Andrew Segal

Local Live

West Devon Borough Council has approved holding a public consultation into plans to merge with neighbouring South Hams District Council.

The authorities say combining will "help address the combined £1.9m gap in finances brought about by successive reductions in central government funding since 2010".

The councils already share some services, a chief executive and other staff.

West Devon said that South Hams councillors were to consider the proposals on Thursday and, if they agreed, there would be a public consultation starting in early August.

However, the move could mean council tax bills for some in the South Hams increasing by an extra £25 a year for three years as its rates are lower.

Blitz and pieces: War memorabilia collector explains what he's selling

BBC Radio Cornwall

John Turner from St Agnes is getting ready to sell off his collection of war memorabilia

It is an interesting array of items, including a World War Two torpedo.

Here he talks about his "blitz and pieces".

John Turner from St Agnes is selling off his amazing collection of military memorabilia

Latest weather: Some heavy showers to come

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly dry and fine evening, with bright or sunny spells for most.

There will be clear spells across Devon tonight, however, we may see a few showers arriving into Cornwall by the end of the night.

It will feel fresher for most. Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

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Thursday will be breezy with a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers. The showers are likely to be heavy at times, particularly during the morning.

However, the showers should begin to ease into the afternoon, with more in the way of sunshine around. It will be a breezy day and feeling cooler than of late. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

Students get insight into life at Torpoint Royal Navy base

Warning to not replace 'eyesore' Plymouth Hoe hotel 'with something worse'

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Quality Hotel

An expert from Historic England is warning Plymouth's planners not to repeat the mistakes of their predecessors 50 years ago when they approved a large hotel near the Hoe.

Simon Hickman said the Quality Hotel, which has been demolished after it shut and was damaged by several arson attacks, was an eyesore in an iconic location and he feared it would be replaced with something much worse.

The 10-storey building on Cliff Road, was also previously labelled an "eyesore" by the council too.

Exeter Cathedral Green fire: Plans to restore 'oldest hotel in England' go on display

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Royal Clarence Hotel. Pic: Andrew Brownsword Hotels
Andrew Brownsword Hotels

Plans to rebuild Exeter's historic Royal Clarence Hotel have gone on display to the public

The building, reported to be the oldest hotel in England and which had sections dating back to 1769, was destroyed by a major fire that also damaged other buildings in Cathedral Close last October.

Architects said a new facade would show a restored frontage, designed to stay as true as possible to the original.

Owner Andrew Brownsword added that iron work and stained glass windows would be restored, and surviving features preserved.

If approved, the work is expected to take 18 months to complete.

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Motorist knocks down sign on Barbican - just a few feet away from diners

Plymouth Herald

An elderly driver reportedly reversed into a sign on the Barbican and knocked it over - just a few feet away from diners soaking up the sunshine.

Devon free school 'inadequate'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A free school in North Devon has been rated as inadequate by inspectors.

Ofsted found the Route 39 Academy in Higher Clovelly was failing in every category, including effectiveness of leadership, personal development and outcomes for pupils.

The report found Year 11 pupils at the state-funded facility were not entered for GCSEs "in breach of statutory requirements and the school’s own funding agreement".

Route 39 Academy

Governors and leaders were also found to "have not ensured that the pupil premium is used in an effective or appropriate manner".

The academy has been contacted for a comment.

Older drivers in Cornwall: Figures breakdown

BBC Radio Cornwall

We reported earlier there are more than 16,000 drivers in Cornwall over the age of 80, with almost 1,400 of those over 90.

The figures come from research by the University of Swansea and the BBC which says the number of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.

Eldery driver. Pic: Getty Images
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But what is the actual breakdown in Cornwall?

Of older drivers locally:

  • 15,437 are aged between 80 and 89
  • 1,376 drivers are over 90

North Devon: 140 knives handed in

Row over Sherford new town design changes

BBC Spotlight

A fierce war of words has led to accusations that the developer behind the new garden town of Sherford are reneging on promises to abide by strict design rules.


The Prince's Foundation says developer the Sherford Consortium wants to make significant changes to the way the town on the edge of Plymouth is built.

The consortium said this was not true and planned changes were minor.

The new town was initially due to contain 5,500 new homes, as well as schools, businesses and community facilities.

Rory Fallon: Torquay United sign former New Zealand international

BBC Sport

National League side Torquay have signed former New Zealand international forward Rory Fallon on non-contract terms after a trial at the club.

The 35-year-old left his role as player-assistant manager of National League South's Truro City by mutual consent last December.

Fallon, who scored six goals in 23 New Zealand appearances, has not played a competitive match since March 2016.

The signing completes player-manager Kevin Nicholson's search for a striker.

Rory Fallon
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Rory Fallon (right) played for New Zealand in the 2010 World Cup and started in their 1-1 draw against defending champions Italy

Royal Marine terrorist: 'Blast radius' found on potential targets

Press Association

A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism made 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed in Northern Ireland, a court heard.

Ciaran Maxwell, 31, compiled a library of terrorism documents, bought chemicals and components and went on to manufacture explosives and devices, which he stashed in purpose-built hides in England and Northern Ireland. The 31-year-old, of Exminster in Devon, also had maps, plans and lists of potential targets for a terrorist attack - as well as images of an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card and a PSNI uniform.

Ciaran Maxwell

The court heard terrorist documents and bomb-making guides, including the Irish Republican Army "Green Book", were found on Maxwell's media devices, along with potential targets for terrorism.

Police found satellite map images of power stations in Northern Ireland and Larne police station with a "blast radius put on top of it". There were also street maps of military barracks, a council building and an "Orange hall", as well as details of the addresses of HMRC offices in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Office in Westminster and London's NCA headquarters, the court heard.

Other files included the names and contact details of PSNI officers and a police/MI5 officer in the UK, the court heard. Mr Whittam said: "Whether I was to describe it as attack planning or preparation, it has that hallmark."

Beach cafe blaze: Cause yet to be confirmed

One of Teignmouth's best known buildings has been severely damaged by fire.

Four fire crews were called to the Beachcomber Cafe on the Promenade at 22:45 last night.

It's carnival week in the town and the police had to control crowds that had gathered to watch the drama unfold.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is yet to release the cause of the blaze.


One-hundred-and-seventy jobs at risk at two Devon businesses

About 170 jobs are at risk at two different firms in Devon.

A Newton Abbot company which manufactures insulated glass is set to close with the loss of 120 jobs. DB Glass sent letters to its workforce last week explaining that it was entering a 45-day consultation process with the Unite union reps.

DB Glass is the Devon trading name for Specialist Building Products Ltd based in Solihull who said it would be inappropriate to comment on the closure plans during the consultation period.

Meanwhile, Devon Sweet Factory in Crediton has gone into administration with the loss of 52 jobs. Formerly known as Crediton Confectionery, the company called in administrators earlier this month, days after the staff were made redundant.

The administrators RSM Restructuring said it was optimistic a buyer would be found for the sweet factory which makes bonbons and fudge under the Tuckers and Bristows brands. RSM said the company blamed "unforeseen working capital pressure" for the decision to cease trading.

Rugby: Exeter Chiefs sign lock Wilhelm van der Sluys

BBC Sport

Wilhelm van der Sluys
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Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs have signed South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys on a one-year deal.

The 25-year-old previously played in the top flight with Worcester Warriors, and ended last season with the Southern Kings in Super Rugby.

Van der Sluys started just one competitive match for the Warriors and returned to South Africa in March.

"I can't ask for a better club to join. I am looking forward to (this new challenge)," he told the club website.

Ciarán Maxwell: The Marine who turned to terror

BBC News Northern Ireland

Ciaran Maxwell

A Royal Marine Commando from Northern Ireland is being sentenced at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism linked to dissident republicanism.

Ciarán Maxwell's case raises alarming questions of how he was able to penetrate the ranks of an elite British military unit and smuggle out arms.

Car destroyed in arson attack

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A car has been destroyed in an arson attack in Plymouth, firefighters say.

A fire crew was deployed to the vehicle in Blandford Road at about 03:20 and found it well alight.

Firefighters confirmed the cause was deliberate.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell's hide contained booby-trapped explosive torch

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A hide containing explosives and other equipment in Devon also contained a modified booby-trapped torch which, when armed, would explode if turned on, a court has heard.

A three-day hearing is under way at the Old Bailey to sentence Ciarán Maxwell, 31, originally from Larne in Co Antrim, after he admitted charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

Maxwell had hides across Northern Ireland and England, including in Powderham New Plantation, near Teignbridge in Devon. It was here the deadly torch was found.

Mine. Pic: Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Last March, police said bomb-making parts had been found in barrels hidden in a wooded area in Carnfunnock County Park in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Two months later, another "terrorist hide" was found in Capanagh Forest, near Larne in the province.

Officers described it as one of the most significant arms finds in recent years.

Of particular concern to security chiefs was the discovery of military grade anti-personnel mines (pictured).

Pipe bombs and parts for making explosive devices also made up part of the haul. Their serial numbers revealed they had been taken from the Royal Marines base in Somerset where Maxwell was based.

The hearing continues.

I live in a minibus and I’ve never been happier...

BBC Three

For the past 10 months, my girlfriend and I have been living in a converted minibus instead of a house.

When we met, I was just starting to think about it, and she was on board straight away. She’s quite environmentally conscious, so the idea probably appealed to her for that reason. The truth is, we've never been happier.

Bus. Pic: Nick Hayward
Nick Hayward

We call our minibus 'Chugg'. It's 20 years old and we converted it ourselves, stripping out everything to create what is basically a flat on wheels. We’ve insulated it, put in a bed, a kitchen, an oven, a fridge, a shower, a toilet, a hob and solar panels on the roof for electricity and hot water.

Basically, it has most things a small flat would have, but we don’t have to pay any rent where I am in Devon now.

Find out more about Nick and Chugg here.

Newton Abbot firm DB Glass announces plans to close - with loss of 120 jobs

Devon Live

A long established Newton Abbot manufacturer has announced plans to close - which will lead to the loss of around 120 jobs.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell 'inevitably took weapons to Northern Ireland'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Royal Marine who made pipe bombs and hid explosives "inevitably" must have been taken weapons to Northern Ireland, a prosecutor has told a court.

A three-day hearing is under way at the Old Bailey to sentence Ciarán Maxwell, 31, originally from Larne in Co Antrim, after he admitted charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts. He was arrested in Somerset while serving with 40 Commando.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told the Old Bailey that, out of 14 pipe bombs made by Maxwell, four had been deployed in Northern Ireland and "it is our case that some of the items inevitably must have been taken from the UK to Northern Ireland by this defendant".

He added: "It may be that, when travelling between England and the UK, bearing in mind the identity cards he would have had, and his position, his passage would have been easier than others to take items with him."

The hearing continues.

Wood search. Pic: Police Service of Northern Ireland
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Teignmouth fire: Crowd controlled after cafe blaze breaks out

BBC Radio Devon

Beachcomber Cafe

People watching fire crews deal with a blaze at one of Teignmouth's most prominent buildings had to be asked to get back while the incident was ongoing, a councillor says.

Four fire appliances tackled the blaze at the Beachcomber Cafe on the promenade after it broke out at about 22:45 on Tuesday. The building was left severely damaged by fire, heat and smoke.

It's understood many onlookers came from a carnival nearby.

Teignbridge District Councillor Sylvia Russell, who lives in the area, said: "When it was realised that it was a serious situation, and crowds were coming up to watch, they put a note out over the tannoy to say: 'Please clear', because they were getting in the way of the emergency services."

There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Newquay's coastguard helicopter flies 500th mission

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency contractor Bristow Helicopters took over the rescue service from the military in January 2016.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell 'shocked' at arrest and had drugs in locker

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks "appeared shocked" when he was arrested, a court has heard.

Thirty-one-year-old Ciarán Maxwell lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset. He was arrested last August at Norton Manor Camp.

As well as admitting preparing terrorist acts, the serviceman, originally from Northern Ireland, also admitted drugs offences.

After his arrest, drugs were found in locker at the camp, including herbal cannabis, cannabis resin, and hallucinogenic drugs DMT and LSD.

The sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey, listed to last up to three days, continues.

Travel: Problems in Mullion and A30 westbound at Plusha

BBC News Travel

  • In Mullion, there are reports Tregellas Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Colroger Close
  • At Plusha, on the A30 westbound around Bodmin Moor services, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down caravan

Latest weather: Rain clearing

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

As low cloud and patches of rain and drizzle clear to the east, sunny spells will develop from early afternoon with a low risk of an isolated shower in coastal areas. Moderate southwesterly winds will turn to the west and become fresher around parts of the coast. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


It will be a largely dry night with some clear spells and just a few scattered light showers. However, it will become a little more cloudy towards the end of the night. Winds will be mainly moderate or fresh from the west. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell stashed away explosives and other equipment

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism who made 14 pipe bombs also stashed away an assortment of other weapons and equipment in 12 hides at various sites across England and Northern Ireland, a court has heard.

A three-day hearing is under way at the Old Bailey to sentence Ciarán Maxwell, 31, originally from Larne in Co Antrim, after he admitted charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

Pipes. Pic: PSNI
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Along with the 14 pipe bombs (some components of which are pictured), the court heard Maxwell also stashed:

  • Two anti-personnel directional mines
  • Two explosively formed projectiles (EFPs)
  • 29 complete explosive firing systems
  • 33 initiators (part of a detonator for explosives), including two military initiators
  • 13 military "Igniter Safety Fuze Electric" initiators
  • Three fully-constructed improvised detonators
  • Other component parts for IEDs [improvised explosive devices]
  • Other materials and chemicals to make explosives
  • A replica handgun and ammunition

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell had 'to-do lists mentioning targets'

BBC News Northern Ireland

A court hearing to decide how long Ciarán Maxwell will serve in prison is under way at the Old Bailey.

In February, Maxwell, 31, admitted a number of offences, including bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons. The County Antrim man also pleaded guilty to drugs and fraud charges.

On Wednesday, the Old Bailey was told that the Royal Marine had created "to-do lists" mentioning "targets, dummy runs and recces".

The exact details were redacted by the court, but the targets included a Territorial Army centre and substations. There was also reference to a loyalist group and the need to notify news agencies.

Maxwell, originally from Larne, lived in Exminster, Devon, and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset.

The hearing continues.

Royal Marine terrorist: Case against Ciarán Maxwell outlined ahead of sentencing

June Kelly

BBC Home Affairs correspondent

The case against a Royal Marine who admitted preparing terrorist acts is being outlined ahead of his sentencing.

Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who has now been discharged from the Marines, pleaded guilty earlier this year to preparing terrorist acts linked to dissident republicanism.

The Old Bailey has been told that four out of 14 pipe bombs built by him when he was a serving Marine were deployed in Northern Ireland.

Maxwell, originally from Larne in Northern Ireland, joined the Royal Marines in 2010. Today the court was told that within months of signing up he was involved in terrorist activity.

During his military career he lived a double life. The court heard he researched the manufacture of explosives, acquired the items he needed to make explosive devices and built 14 pipe bombs.

He stored his vast terrorist arsenal, which included weapons, ammunition and anti-personnel mines in a series of hides across England and Northern Ireland.

The hearing continues.

Ciarán Maxwell

Ambulance response times to be discussed at open meeting

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People's concerns about ambulance response times are due to be discussed at an open meeting in Devon later.

It follows a road accident near Kingsbridge in June, where it took more than 90 minutes for paramedics to arrive.

Police initially said "an ambulance arrived two hours after the 999 call" after the crash at Sorley Cross because "the ambulance service informed us they had nobody to send". The police Facebook post was edited to remove the two-hour wait.

Ambulance bosses said at the time the incident was classed as "not immediately life-threatening" and there had been "high demand" in the area at the same time.

Totnes MP and Parliament's Health Select Committee chairwoman Dr Sarah Wollaston will chair the debate with the head of the South Western Ambulance Service at Kingsbridge Community College this evening.


Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell made 14 pipe bombs

Press Association

A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism made 14 pipe bombs, a court heard.

Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who is originally from Larne in Co Antrim, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August last year, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply, in February.

At the beginning of a three-day sentencing hearing at the same court, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC, said: "Across 14 of the locations involved in the investigation, Mr Maxwell had in his possession, or had constructed, 14 pipe bombs. Of those 14 pipe bombs constructed by Mr Maxwell, four have been deployed in Northern Ireland."

The court heard dissident republicans have carried out more than 160 terrorist attacks since 2010, involving tactics including the deployment of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as pipe bombs.

Mr Whittam said: "Whilst attacks are mainly directed at members of the police, military and prison service, the nature of the attacks leaves members of the public at risk. All of the groups remain persistent in their intention to kill and seriously injure."

The hearing continues.

Sainsbury's investigates reports their van driver did a dangerous U-turn on the A30

Cornwall Live

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's said it is investigating allegations that one of its delivery drivers performed an illegal U-turn on the A30.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell appears via video link at sentencing

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A court hearing to decide how long a Royal Marine who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks will serve in prison is under way.

Thirty-one-year-old Ciarán Maxwell lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset.

The serviceman, originally from Northern Ireland, admitted to the preparation of terrorist acts.

He was arrested last August and a search of Powderham New Plantation near Exeter (pictured) found hides with a range of explosive substances, as well as ammunition, weapons and tools for making bombs.

The sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey will last up to three days.

Maxwell himself is not in court in person. He is appearing via video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes.

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MTV Crashes in Plymouth: What do you need to know?

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Tens of thousands of spectators are expected at the event on the city's Hoe on Thursday and Friday.

Acts due to appear on Thursday include: Clean Bandit, Sigma, Charli XCX, Busted and Louisa Johnson.

Friday is due to see: Martin Garrix, Duke Dumont B2B Gorgon City, Wilkinson and Jax Jones, R3WIRE & Varski.

Royal Marine terrorist: Sentencing hearing begins for Ciarán Maxwell

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Ciarán Maxwell. Pic: Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police

A sentencing hearing has begun for a Royal Marine from Northern Ireland who admitted preparing acts of terrorism linked to dissident republicanism.

Ciarán Maxwell, 31, originally from Larne, pleaded guilty in February to bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons after he was arrested in Somerset last August over the discovery of two dissident republican arms dumps near Larne in County Antrim.

Following his arrest, police in Devon searched a house in Exminster and a wooded area nearby.

He had maps, plans and lists of potential targets for a terrorist attack as well as images of an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card and a PSNI uniform, his trial heard. He also pleaded guilty to drugs and fraud charges

He faces years behind bars when he is sentenced by Mr Justice Sweeney in a hearing at the Old Bailey which could last up to three days.