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Summary

  1. Serving police officer in court charged with rape
  2. Female security guard 'stabbed' in supermarket car park
  3. Huge' amount of drugs seized in Exmouth
  4. Royal Marine sentencing continues for terror offences
  5. 'Brutal' broom handle murder: Life sentence appeals thrown out
  6. Agency costs 'fall by a quarter' at South West hospitals and health trusts
  7. More than 30,000 people expected at MTV Crashes Plymouth
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 28 July 2017

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Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday 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.

Port Eliot Festival: Hidden surprises around every turn

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There really is something hidden around every corner at Port Eliot Festival.

Beyond the Orangery are walled gardens containing the art and wardrobe departments and more local food stalls.

Port Eliot
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Port Eliot
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Port Eliot Festival: Oldest church in Cornwall to host gigs

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Port Eliot
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I've headed into the Sipsmith Gin Shop on the banks of the river Tiddy.

Pre-event crew members Wendie and Andy are relaxing after some hard work.

They've just enjoyed a hot tub session on the banks of the river and are looking forward to seeing Karl Hyde and Tom Rogerson.

"I'm just really looking forward to being in that church," Wendie said.

The church, next to the house, will serve as a music venue and is thought to be the oldest church in Cornwall.

Port Eliot
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Author reveals father's love letter secrets to BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Screenwriter and novelist Patrick Gale reveals his family secrets ahead of BBC Two drama.

Security guard 'stabbed in the leg'

A security guard was stabbed in the leg outside a supermarket in Redruth, Cornwall, police have said.

It happened in the Morrisons' car park on Agar Road, at about 13:00 on Friday 14 July.

The female security guard was approached by a woman and two men in the car park.

Officers said the woman was reported to have stabbed the security guard in the leg with a sharp implement before running off in the direction of a nearby estate.

Police described the suspect as in her 20s, white, approximately 5ft 2ins tall, of a slight build, with shoulder length curly blonde hair, and wearing a blue tracksuit top and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Port Eliot Festival: Down by the river

Hidden on one site of the side is the River Tiddy - where a few different activities are currently under way.

A forraging workshop is in full swing on the river bank, while wood powered hot tubs are welcoming visitors, with views across to the viaduct.

Viaduct
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Foraging
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Plans approved for five-star hotel on Plymouth waterfront

A five-star hotel in a prime location on Plymouth's waterfront has been given the green light despite concerns about the impact on the city's historic landscape.

Councillors have approved plans for the 11 storey, 80 bed hotel at a meeting this afternoon.

The developers, Henley Real Estate Limited, also have permission to build a 15 storey block of 88 residential apartments. Fifty-eight letters of representation against the £50m scheme were sent to the council.

They raised concerns about the buildings' scale and design as well as the impact on nearby residents.

Plymouth waterfront
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Port Eliot Festival: Music in full swing

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Papas and the Mamas are currently playing on the Caught by the River stage.

Music
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Weather watchers: Cloudy skies captured

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to weather watchers Keith, in Porthtowan, and Gram, in Brixham, for sending in these weather snaps in.

There will be variable amounts of cloud overnight and many places will stay largely dry.

However, outbreaks of rain will start to edge into western Cornwall in the early hours.

Porthtowan
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Brixham harbour
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Man shot in face with paintball gun

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man was shot in the face at point blank range with a paintball gun during an argument over mislaid tobacco.

Dwight Read, 22, from Torpoint admitted assault by beating at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

The court heard how he shot Jamie Andrews in the face, after the argument escalated on 28 June.

The pair started arguing via Facebook's messaging service, after Read asked Mr Andrew if he had accidentally taken his tobacco.

Bodmin Magistrates Court
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After several messages were sent, Mr Andrews went to the car park outside Read's house, from where he shouted obscene abuse towards his flat.

Read took a paintball gun and went outside to confront him, with the intention of deterring any violence, the court heard.

When faced with the weapon, Mr Andrew tried to grab it and some shots were discharged, causing injuries to his jawline and cuts to his upper lip.

Read was ordered to pay £250 compensation, and the weapon is to be forfeited and destroyed.

Port Eliot Festival: Trees decorated with waste plastic

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

These trees are decorated with plastics found on local beaches.

Rame Peninsula Beach Care is also running marine plastic art workshops at their stand at Port Eliot Festival.

Tree
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Tree
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Stephen Bull death: Jury delivers verdicts

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The park on Bridge Road, St Austell, where the body was found.
BBC

One man has been found guilty of murder and another guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of homeless man Stephen Bull, whose body was found in a park in St Austell in January.

Joshua Buscombe, 25 was found guilty of murder, while Jordan Bishop, 21, was been found guilty of manslaughter.

A third man Daniel Altass, 22, had previously pleaded guilty to murder.

Sentencing will take place tomorrow at Truro Crown Court.

Terror Marine 'had 43 weapons hides'

Ciarán Maxwell
Metropolitan Police
Ciarán Maxwell pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him

A Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans had 43 weapons hides across England and Northern Ireland, the Old Bailey has been told.

Ciarán Maxwell, originally from Larne, County Antrim, bought bomb-making materials online and posted them to his late grandmother's house, it heard.

The 31-year-old has already admitted offences including bomb-making and storing stolen military weapons.

The London court hearing will determine the length of his jail sentence.

Severe accident: A3047 Cornwall eastbound

BBC News Travel

A3047 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, between Adelaide Street and B3303 Centenary Street.

A3047 Cornwall - A3047 Trelowarren Street in Camborne blocked and slow traffic eastbound between the Adelaide Street junction and the B3303 Centenary Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe accident, near Tanners Road.

A379 Devon - A379 Dartmouth Road in Paignton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near Goodrington Train Station, because of an accident.

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

Man clogs up 999 system with calls before smashing entrance of Exeter police station

Devon Live

A man clogged up the emergency services call centre with persistent 999 and 101 calls from a phone outside an Exeter police station - before smashing in a door.

Wrong turn for driver who blocked Kingsbridge road

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

There was no way through Bell Cross Road in Kingsbridge this afternoon after a driver took a detour that left his open-top sports car firmly wedged.

Car
Kingsbridge Police

Kingsbridge Police reported that the road was temporarily closed while a recovery truck made its way to the stranded driver.

Port Eliot Festival: A town in a Cornish field

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

How's this for a high street? Port Eliot is like a makeshift town - there's shops, restaurants, bars, venues - and even cash machines.

Shop
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Shop
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BreakingServing police officer in court charged with rape

A serving police officer has appeared in court charged with three counts of rape.

PC Ryan Canning, 44, a Plymouth-based officer from Burraton Coombe, Saltash, was suspended from duty at the start of the investigation.

Wearing a dark suit and tie, PC Canning gave no indication of plea at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

The case was adjourned to Truro Crown Court on 25 August. Devon and Cornwall Police said it expects the highest standards from staff and "will robustly investigate misconduct and alleged criminal offences".

Ryan Canning
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Port Eliot Festival: Dressed for the occasion

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Lorraine
BBC

Lorraine, who is working in one of the shops here at Port Eliot is getting some help getting into the festival spirit.

There is plenty of glitter, flower crowns and bright colours here, with the gardens of the estate decorated just as brightly as the people.

Lorraine
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Weather update: Isolated showers

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Showers will become heavier into the evening, but there will still be some prolonged sunny spells.

There will be variable amounts of cloud overnight and many places will stay largely dry.

However, outbreaks of rain will start to edge into western Cornwall in the early hours.

Thursday afternoon South West weather forecast
BBC

'Up to £40,000 worth of drugs seized'

A huge amount of drugs have been seized by police in Exmouth during a search earlier today.

The haul includes heroin, crack cocaine and cash. Officers from the Devon and Cornwall force say an early estimation of the value is thought to be in the region of £35,000 - £40,000.

Port Eliot Festival: Excitement over Zandra Rhodes

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Pat and Brenda
BBC

Pat and Brenda are here at Port Eliot for the third time.

Both in their late 60s, Pat said: "It took us 50 years to go to a festival. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic here - you can do what you want.

"We stay in a tent put up for us and we're looking forward to all the music, crafts and talks. We made stools last year, and were looking forward to seeing Zandra Rhodes."

The pair even confessed to having red wine in Lucozade bottles in their rucksacks...have a great time ladies!

Student guilty of sexually abusing sleeping men

Devon Live

A man faces jail for sexually assaulting two fellow students as they slept.

Port Eliot Festival: It's yoga time

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

I'm just heading to the craft stalls and workshop area, but there's already some yoga going on.

There are yoga and mediation workshops timetabled throughout the weekend.

Yoga
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Knife amnesty branded a success by police

A knife amnesty took place across Devon and Cornwall in mid-July with hundreds of knives handed in to police stations across the counties.

In North Devon alone, 140 knives were handed in.

Devon and Cornwall Police have branded the amnesty a success.

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Travel update: Expect slow traffic on Tamar Bridge

BBC News Travel

  • In Tavistock there's busy traffic on the A386 between Parkwood Road and Whitchurch Road, due to roadworks
  • Near Plymouth, on New Road between Roborough and Bickleigh we've got reports there is a herd of cows on the road

Port Eliot's push for local food

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

One of the big pulls about Port Eliot is the festival's aim to have plenty of local, tasty food on site.

Lee from St Agnes is here bringing local seafood to campers all weekend.

There's a whole host of stalls here - from Persian street food to crepes and cakes.

I'm just sitting down to one of Lee's Cajun fish tacos. Yum!

Port Eliot
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Decision on Sherford development expected

BBC Radio Devon

Impression of the Sherford town development
RED TREE LLP

Plymouth planners will make a decision this afternoon about controversial changes to the new town of Sherford on the edge of the city.

The Prince's Foundation helped develop the design framework for the town, and claimed the developers, The Sherford Consortium, are reneging on promises to abide by the strict design rules.

The consortium has denied this.

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

Port Eliot Festival: Aaaannnd relax!

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There isn't just music and food here...Blanca is here with the festival's spa giving mobile massages around the site.

It's all about rest and relaxation here - as well as soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying yourself.

Sian
BBC

Port Eliot Festival: Come prepared for mud

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The rain isn't constant at the moment but it's showery.

I may have been a bit too optimistic with my choice of footwear...

But fear not, most of the site is fine. We're not on Glastonbury levels of mud quite yet!

Mud
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Choir helping Ron find his voice again
The choir in Devon is hoping to get more people in the care home on board.

Port Eliot Festival: Tents going up

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There's a hive of activity at the Port Eliot Estate as visitors are setting up camp.

A few events have already started, the food stalls are ready and festival-goers are settling in.

Port Eliot
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Port Eliot Festival: And we're off!

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

It's looking a little overcast here in St Germans but there's clearly a lot of excitement in the air.

A queue has formed at the main gate and we're heading inside...

Port Eliot
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Port Eliot
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Fire boat name suggestions welcome

BBC Radio Cornwall

You can't call it Boaty McBoatFace but Cornwall Fire and Rescue Services wants your suggestions on a name for its new fire boat.

It will be used for larger boat fires and also protection during regattas.

The name needs to be short but with a Cornish angle. Any thoughts?

RRS Sir David Attenborough
NERC
RRS Sir David Attenborough, not Cornwall Fire and Rescue Services's new fire boat

Classic steam engine heading to Cornwall

Cat 'died from suspected poisoning'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RSPCA is warning pet owners in St Austell to be vigilant, after a cat died in the town from suspected poisoning.

Felix was found in the High Street with foam coming from his mouth. It's thought at least two other cats in the area have died in similar circumstances.

The RSPCA doesn't know if the latest incident was an accident or a deliberate act, and is appealing for information. Suzanne Norbury from the charity says people should keep antifreeze, pesticides and chemicals away from animals.