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Summary

  1. Three men convicted of killing a homeless man in St Austell have been jailed
  2. Student jailed for sex assaults on men
  3. Fire crews tackle house fire in Newton Poppleford
  4. 'Burst water main' causes flooding in Plymouth
  5. Freezer gas leak: Two women taken to hospital in North Devon
  6. Plymouth has 'sixth highest death rate in Britain from asbestos-related cancer'
  7. Song dedicated to Devon drugs death girl at MTV Crashes Plymouth
  8. Cornwall's future rubbish and recycling collections considered
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 31 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 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.

Whale and dolphin watch campaign to start

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Porpoise
M Reichelt/ Sea Watch Foundation
A harbour porpoise

The Sea Watch Foundation's annual campaign to get members of the general public contributing towards the protection of whales and dolphins begins tomorrow.

The National Whale and Dolphin Watch runs between 29 July and 6 August 2017.

“It’s all about reporting your whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings as well as getting out there to look for them” said Kathy James, Sightings Officer for the research charity.

“Without reports from the public on these magnificent animals we cannot compile data which is used for their protection,” she said.

Bridge Road, Exeter: Opening delayed

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Plans to re-open one of Exeter's busiest roads on Monday have been delayed.

Devon County Council has described the delay as a "regrettable further inconvenience".

It says the contractor has a full-time seven days a week presence on site while complex structural engineering work is continuing in areas under the Swing Bridge and on the outside of Countess Wear Bridge, where the most technically challenging part of the scheme is taking place on the cantilevered pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The Council is warning there will be more night-time road closures over the next two weeks to ensure four lanes are opened as soon as possible.

Overnight closures will be in place from 8:30pm to 5:30am from Monday (31 July) to, and including, Thursday 3 August.

The diversion route during the closures will be signed via Topsham Road, Alphington Road, Marsh Barton and the A379.

Derriford cancer support 'above average'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Cancer patients treated at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital have rated their care as 8.7 out of 10, according to the latest National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

More than 900 patients treated at the hospital responded to the survey, which asks cancer patients treated at all hospitals across the country, about their care.

The hospital was rated above the national average for the support and advice given to patients, with 87% told they could bring a family member when they were first told they had cancer.

89% of patients reported t they were told about support groups available to them and 85% of patients said they were given information about the impact cancer could have on their day-to-day activities.

However, only 55% of patients said they were definitely told about side effects that could affect them in the future.

Hodges eyes 'one or two' more signings

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City manager Lee Hodges hopes to add "one or two" more players to his squad before the 2017-18 National League South campaign.

The Cornish side have brought in eight players this summer, including former Aldershot and Torquay man Ben Harding.

Lee Hodges
Truro City FC

"We've taken our time over it [transfers], we've not rushed into things," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We've brought in some more defenders, we've added a lot in midfield and I think we've still hopefully got one or two bits of action to happen, hopefully over the next few days."

Lee Hodges

Hodges eyes 'one or two' more signings

Truro City manager Lee Hodges says he hopes to add "one or two" more players to his squad before the new season.

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Korean garden planned at Eden Project

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Eden Project staff celebrate agreement by planting tree
Eden Project

A Korean garden is being planned at the Eden Project following the signing of an agreement between the Korean National Arboretum and the Cornish attraction.

A delegation led by the KNA Director General Dr You-Mi Lee visited Eden on 18 July.

Conservation, training and horticulture intiatives have been agreed as part of the memorandum of understanding.

Eden Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with the Korean National Arboretum. We share so many values and ambitions.

“The regeneration of biodiversity is a key theme for Eden and the Koreans have shown global leadership in rebuilding their ecology.”

Long delays continue on M5 and A30

  • On the M5, there's very slow traffic between J27 (Tiverton) and J23 (Bridgwater). This is due to holiday traffic on the move - and an earlier accident near Bridgwater.
  • In Plymouth, there's slow traffic on Royal Parade and Vauxhall Street because of party-goers heading to tonight's music festival on the Hoe.
  • In Torquay, on Happaway Road, an accident is causing traffic in both directions.
  • In Newton Abbot, Highweek Street is very busy. There's long queues up to the ASDA roundabout because of an accident.
  • On the A30, between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and Carland Cross, there are long delays due to holiday traffic.
  • Also on the A30 but near Penzance, the road near Chy-An-Mor roundabout is now clearing after an earlier accident.
  • In Launceston, St Thomas Road is blocked in both directions, and there's slow traffic due to an overturned car.
  • In Truro, on the A390 Green Lane, there's reports of very slow traffic due to an accident, involving a car and a motorbike.
  • On the A39 near Penryn's Treluswell Roundabout, there's slow traffic and queues down to the Treliever roundabout.

Royal Marine: Court hears of teenage attack

Press Association

A court has heard how Ciaran Maxwell, the Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans, grew up as a member of a small Catholic community in Larne, a predominantly unionist/loyalist area.

Maxell suffered a serious attack at the hands of a group of older men when he was 16 years old.

Maxwell, of Exminster in Devon, was a serving Royal Marine with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton at the time of the offences and was deployed in the United States, Cyprus and the UK - but not Northern Ireland - after enlisting in 2010.

He was about to be promoted to corporal before he was discovered and discharged from the Marines.

Maxwell appeared on Friday via video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, where he sat at a desk with a laptop, making notes, wearing a white Nike t-shirt.

Mr Justice Sweeney said he would pass sentence on Monday at 12:00.

Plans submitted for new Penlee lifeboat station

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Architects drawing of new lifeboat station
Studio Four Architects

The RNLI has submitted a planning application for a new station building at Newlyn Harbour.

The plans include a larger crew/operational room, training room, changing room and workshop, along with a visitor engagement area.

The RNLI said the two-storey building will be located on the same site as the existing station, which will operate from temporary facilities during construction.

Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 northbound in Clyst St Mary between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of an accident and debris on the road. Approach with care.

Weather update: rain continuing into evening

BBC Weather

Rain will continue through the evening, eventually clearing away through the first part of the night. The cloud will lift and clear spells will develop, perhaps with the odd shower.

South West forecast for Friday evening
BBC

Police condemn 'savage' killing of homeless man

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Police have condemned the "savage" killing of homeless man Stephen Bull in St Austell after three men were jailed for their parts in causing his death.

Daniel Altass, 22, previously pleaded guilty to murder. He was given a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years. Joshua Buscombe, 25, was found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 19 years. Jordan Bishop, 22, was found guilty of manslaughter, and given eight years.

Speaking outside Truro Crown Court, Det Insp Gail Windsor said: "Stephen Bull thought he was going out with friends to the shop on that night when all the while there was a plan to lead him to the park and cause him serious harm."

Police say Stephen Bull was killed in a 'savage' attack

Police name man killed in Truro bus collision

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Peter John Hoadley
Devon and Cornwall Police

Peter John Hoadley, 82, has been named by Police as the pedestrian killed in a collision involving a bus in Truro, on Monday 24 July.

His family described him as a "beloved father" and "cherished grandfather" of eight who will be sorely missed.

Police were informed of the collision on Station Road, around 09:45 on Monday 24 July, when emergency services attended the scene and closed roads in the area.

Witnesses are still being asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.

Royal Marine 'forced' to show republican symapthies

Press Association

The lawyer defending a Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans has told the Old Bailey Ciaran Maxwell was not ideologically driven and would not have used violence for a cause.

Paul Hynes QC, said it was Niall Lehd, said to be a member of the Continuity IRA (CIRA), who was the "instigator" of a joint venture with Maxwell, who had "no long-lasting republican ideology".

"(Maxwell) was in effect forced, to use his own words, to pretend to have republican sympathies he did not in fact have," he said.

"Fear of being in way above his head was effectively what paralysed him from stopping the conduct which brings him before this court."

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

Severe accident: A388 Launceston

BBC News Travel

On the A388 St Thomas Road in Launceston blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Wooda Lane junction and the Dockey junction, because of an accident.

Sayers 'excited' to be back at Raiders

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Louis Sayers signs for Raiders
Plymouth Raiders

Returning Plymouth Raiders basketball player Louis Sayers has said he's looking forward to going back to the city he "fell in love with" during a spell at the beginning of his career.

The club announced the signing this morning.

Raiders said the forward formed part of a "new era" under Directors Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard. The BBC revealed in May former head coach Johnny White was appointed without his professional credentials being checked.

Sayers started his professional career with two seasons at Plymouth Raiders between 2013 and 2015, followed by stints with BBL club Leeds Force and Koblenz in Germany’s Regionalliga.

“When I first arrived in Plymouth 4 years ago, I immediately fell in love with the city and the fans here," he said.

"My experiences in Leeds and Germany over the past two seasons have helped me grow as a player and a person, but I'm so excited to be back in a Raiders jersey again and to be a part of the new era!”

'Minor incident' on prison roof

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The Prison Service has said it has resolved a "minor incident" at HMP Dartmoor this afternoon.

Police said they were "made aware" of a man on the roof of the prison, but local officers weren't asked to attend as the man was off the roof by 13:15.

Devon and Cornwall Police added: "Conversations are being had between police and HMP on if they need our scenes of crime and drone support to help capture evidence."

A Prison Service spokesperson said there were no injuries to staff or prisoners.

Marine wanted out of 'entrenched' situation

Press Association

Ciaran Maxwell
Metropolitan Police

The lawyer defending Ciaran Maxwell, the Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans, has told the Old Bailey his client was, in his own words, "frozen".

Paul Hynes QC, quoted Maxwell, saying: "I didn't know who to turn to and what to do. I felt frozen and scared to make a move which would potentially reveal the life I had been leading."

The court heard two pipe bombs were deployed after Maxwell's arrest on 24 August last year and Mr Hynes suggested they may well have had an element of "sending him a message" to do what was expected of him.

Mr Hynes also pointed out Maxwell's cooperation with police in leading them to some of his hides "was essentially the cork coming out of the bottle, having lived such a dangerous double life for so long".

He said Maxwell's "criminal terrorist associates" would now wish him "serious ill", while the danger to him extended to his family in Northern Ireland and England.

Mr Hynes added: "We submit it is certainly possible that Mr Maxwell, rather than having some personal motive of his own was simply, through his actions, assisting others in the hope that he would be able, at some point, to get himself out of the situation in which he had become entrenched."

Maxwell lived in Exminster, Devon, and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton, Somerset. His sentencing hearing continues.

Student jailed for sex assaults on men

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Plymouth University student who sexually assaulted two men as they slept has been jailed for two years.

One victim who woke up thought for 10 seconds it was his girlfriend committing the sexual act until he felt Matthew Gell's short hair, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Gell, 22, of Casworth Terrace, Padstow, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

The court was told that Gell assaulted each of the men on separate occasions in September and October 2016.

Ali Raffati defending, said bisexual student Gell had tried to keep his sexuality secret. "Having consumed alcohol he could not control his urges," he said. "He overstepped the line by a mile."

High Court Judge Mr Justice James Dingemans said he had "rarely heard such untruthful evidence" in a case and Gell had "no remorse". "You no doubt hoped you would get away before they woke up," he said.

Gell was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Long delays on M5 northbound

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 northbound from Exeter, expect long delays between Junction 27 and Junction 21 heading up to Bristol
  • On the A30 heading to Exeter and the M5, there's still slow traffic between Fingle Glen and Exminster, but it is starting to clear
  • In West Hill, on Exeter Road, there are reports of an accident, involving a car and a bin lorry near Birdcage Lane
  • On the A30 near Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross, there are long queues in both directions
  • In Bodmin, there's slow traffic due to roadworks on the A389 where the lights are
  • On the A39 near Penryn and the Treluswell Roundabout, there's congestion due to roadworks

Burst water main repair work 'should be complete by 17:30'

A burst water main on Ross Street, Plymouth, was reported to us at 13:30 this afternoon. A repair team is on site. The water supply to 98 properties has been temporarily switched off while repair work is carried out. This should be complete by 17:30.

South West Water

Earlier, Plymouth City Council said there was some flooding in the area.

Man 'had multiple stab injuries to head, back, arms and neck'

Three men have been jailed for the killing of 31-year-old Stephen Bull.

The body of Mr Bull was found in a park in St Austell on 11 January.

Daniel Altass, 22, previously pleaded guilty to murder. He was given a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years. Joshua Buscombe, 25, was found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 19 years. Jordan Bishop, 22, was found guilty of manslaughter, and given eight years.

Police said Mr Bull had sustained multiple stab injuries to the head, back, arms and neck.

Three men
Devon and Cornwall Police
Daniel Altass, Joshua Buscombe and Jordan Bishop

Det Insp Gail Windsor said: “I would like to thank the investigation team for their hard work on this case and the staff and residents of Cosgarne Hall who supported and assisted the investigation.

“It is their continuous co-operation that helped us to build the case. Our thoughts are with Stephen Bull’s friends and family and we hope that today’s verdict brings some comfort that justice has been done.”

Royal Marine lived 'dangerous double life'

Press Association

Ciaran Maxwell was beaten up by loyalists in Larne when he was 16
BBC
Ciaran Maxwell was beaten up by loyalists in Larne when he was 16

A Royal Marine who lived a "dangerous double life" as a terrorist bomb-maker claims he faked sympathies for the Irish republican cause because he was "paralysed" with fear, a court has heard.

Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

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

Bomb-making materials were found in barrels and buckets buried in the ground as well as an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card, a PSNI uniform and a police stab-proof vest.

The 31-year-old, who is originally from Larne in Co Antrim, faces years in jail after pleading guilty in February to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August 2016, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

The Old Bailey heard he researched targets and discussed plans to attack police stations and officers. His sentencing hearing continues.

'Burst water main' in Plymouth

Breaking'Burst water main' causes flooding in Plymouth

The junction of Ross Street and Albert Road in Plymouth is currently flooded, according to the city's council.

It's believed to be caused a burst water main.

South West Water are aware and are attending, Plymouth City Council said.

Heavy traffic on the M5

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 northbound heading up to Somerset from Exeter, there's stop start traffic and long delays between Junction 28 and Junction 22. Travel time is 70 minutes
  • On the A361 between South Molton and Tiverton heading towards the M5, there's very slow traffic
  • On the A377 near Umberleigh, there are reports of slow traffic due to an accident near Pound Lane
  • In Plymouth, several roads around the Hoe are closed to traffic ahead of tonight's MTV Crashes music concert
  • On the A30 in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross, there's very heavy traffic
  • Also on the A30, but on the Hayle Bypass heading westbound, there's very slow traffic - so allow extra time if you're travelling that way
  • In Falmouth, there are reports of slow traffic due to an accident on Killigrew Street
  • In Truro, on the A390 Morlaix Avenue, there's been an accident involving two vehicles near the Tesco roundabout. Expect some delays

Ten firefighters continue to tackle East Devon house blaze

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Crews tackle house fire in East Devon

Ten firefighters are still attempting to put out a fire at a housing estate in Newton Poppleford.

"Steady progress" is being made to put out the blaze, which spread from a garage to an adjacent property, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

Six fire engines are still at the scene, along with specialist equipment.

No injuries have been reported and it is not yet known what caused the fire.

Bude wind farm plans rejected

BBC Radio Cornwall

Impression of the view from St Anne's Church
Communities Against Rural Exploitation
Campaigners said this would be the view from St Anne's Church if the turbines were approved

Plans for another wind farm in north Cornwall have been rejected by the Secretary of State after the company behind it appealed against an earlier decision.

Cornwall Council previously opposed the plans.

Electricity company, Good Energy wanted to build 11 turbines which would have been 125 meters high on farmland nine miles south of Bude.

There has also been local opposition to the plans.

BreakingStephen Bull killers jailed

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Three men convicted of killing a homeless man in St Austell have been jailed.

The body of Stephen Bull was found next to a childrens' play area in a park on 11 January.

Daniel Altass, 22, previously pleaded guilty to murder. He was given a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years

Joshua Buscombe, 25, was found guilty of murder, and sentenced to 19 years. Jordan Bishop, 22, was found guilty of manslaughter, and given 8 years.

Crime scene
BBC

Fire crews tackle house blaze in East Devon

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Fire being put out
BBC

Fire crews in Devon are dealing with a blaze at a housing estate in Newton Poppleford.

The fire at a property in the estate is believed to have started in a garage, and then spread to the house.

Four fire engines are at the scene. There are no reports of any injuries.

Fire being put out
BBC
Fire being put out
BBC

Man rescued after falling out of boat

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man's been rescued off Port Isaac after he fell out of his boat this morning.

The lifeboat was launched earlier after an emergency call.

The man was rescued from the sea and brought back to the harbour. His condition is not known.

Teen pregnancy rates: Why are they falling?

BBC Radio Cornwall

female teenagers
Thinkstock

Cornwall Council said compulsory sex education classes and better access to contraception are behind a 21% fall in teenage pregnancies last year, and a halving of the rate over eight years.

There are now an average of 16 conceptions for every thousand women between 15 and 17.

A statement from Cornwall Council said by making sex education compulsory in schools, and having easy to access contraception, the authority is reducing the number of teenage pregnancies and raising aspirations for many young people.

Exmouth observation wheel to open tomorrow

BBC Radio Devon

A huge observation wheel is being opened in Exmouth.

The temporary structure will give riders a view over the town, the Exe estuary and out to sea for 28 days.

East Devon Council said the wheel will now open tomorrow because of bad weather expected today.

More Exeter signings unlikely - Tisdale

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says he "does not envisage" adding any more players before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

The only exceptions could be strikers Ryan Brunt and Tyler Harvey, who are both on trial at the League Two club.

Paul Tisdale
Empics

"As it stands we will be where we are now in a week's time, and probably at the end of August too," Tisdale told BBC Sport.

"I'm happy where we are, we've got enough players. I'd like one or two more, but I'm a football manager."

Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between A30 and A3079 Holsworthy Road.

A386 Devon - A386 in Sourton blocked and slow traffic in both directions between Sourton Cross and the A3079 Holsworthy Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Teenage pregnancy 'halved' in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Teenager checking pregnancy test
Science Photo Library

Teenage pregnancy rates in Cornwall have more than halved in the past eight years, according to the latest figures.

Office for National Statistics data shows the rate has continued to fall since the national reduction strategy was introduced in 1999.

During the past year, teenage pregnancy rates in Cornwall have continued to go down, with an average of 16 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17.

That's a 21% reduction from the same period the previous year.

Proud eases into swimming semi-final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud has eased into the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle this morning, finishing second in his heat at the World Championships in Hungary.

Proud, who has already won a gold medal in the 50m butterfly event, clocked a time of 21.93 seconds to qualify.

Ben Proud
Getty Images

His semi-final race takes place this evening, and if he makes it through the final will be tomorrow.