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Summary

  1. Mother and two children killed in A361 car-lorry crash
  2. --- Woman's husband saw the crash happen from a vehicle in front
  3. --- Police describe it as one of the most shocking crashes
  4. --- Road expected to be closed for the rest of the day
  5. Royal Marine jailed for 18 years for terror offences
  6. Police appeal for witnesses to fatal crash in Sidmouth
  7. Police appeal after body found on Newquay beach
  8. 'Never event' at Royal Cornwall Hospital operating theatre
  9. North Devon Show cancelled because of weather
  10. Cornwall girl bullied for being a dwarf to compete in world games
  11. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By 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 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.

Care home nurse struck off for patient abuse

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An adult nurse who abused patients and colleagues over three years has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Yvonne Foley worked at care homes in Cornwall between 2012 and 2015.

The misconduct included telling a patient she was walking as though she had defecated in her clothes, while working at the Cornwallis Care Home in St Ives in 2014 and 2015.

Cornwallis Care Home
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The company dismissed her for gross misconduct, but she continued to work as an agency nurse with Nursefinders, after failing to tell them about it.

May Coogan, manager at Nursefinders, said: "I would never have employed her if I'd known."

The NMC said: "Mrs Foley's actions represented a course of conduct which was persistent and adversely affected patients, colleagues and the wider public."

Crash death family thought to be from Milton Keynes area

A woman and her two children who died in a crash in north Devon this morning are understood to be from the Milton Keynes area according to police.

Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple at 08:25 BST after the woman's car hit an oncoming lorry.

The woman's husband was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him.

Crash on A361
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Car in which three died 'crossed centre white line' and hit truck

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A car in which a woman and her two children died 'crossed the centre white line' and hit a lorry on the A361 near Barnstaple, police said.

The woman's husband, and children's stepfather, was travelling in a separate vehicle in front and witnessed the crash at about 08:20 this morning.

Inspector Richard McLellan
BBC

Inspector Richard McLellan said: "It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.

"Unfortunately the family were travelling in two seperate cars but travelling together along this road so dad was there at the scene as well.

"There is a significant amount of damage to the vehicles involved so it takes a while for our collision investigators to go through the scene, we owe it to the families to establish the full facts of what's happened as best as we can."

Mother and two children die in crash

Crash
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Two children and a woman, believed to be the mother, have died as a result of the collision this morning on the A361 near Lankey Junction, Barnstaple.

Emergency services were called at 8.25am to the A361, near Aller Cross at Barnstaple following the crash involving a car and a lorry.

Crash
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Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene near Barnstaple.

Road closures are in place between the West Buckland junction and the Lankey junction on the A361.

Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell had mines and other explosive 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 hides at various sites across England and Northern Ireland, a court was told during a sentencing hearing.

Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who lived in Exminster and serviced with 40 Commando in Taunton, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey after admitting charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

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

Along with the 14 pipe bombs, the court heard Maxwell also stashed:

  • Two anti-personnel directional mines (one is pictured)
  • 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

From Boots to Lifeboat in 10 minutes

BBC Newsbeat

Michaela Howells one of the UK's youngest lifeboat crew members takes us on a call out

Michaela Howells one of the UK's youngest lifeboat crew members takes us on a call out

Man sees wife and children die in crash

A woman and her two young children have died in a crash witnessed by her husband.

Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple in Devon at 08:25 BST after a car and a lorry collided.

Crash
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The man was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him.

His family is believed to have been on holiday in Devon from elsewhere in England. The road was likely to be closed all day, police said.

An investigation is under way and police have appealed for witnesses.

Dinghy world championships in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Dinghies
BBC

The Mirror Dinghy World Championships get under way at Mylor in Cornwall today.

Fifty-one crews of all ages from across the world are taking part, including: South Africa, Australia and Japan.

It involves a series of 12 races staged across five days.

Marine who "betrayed his position" is jailed for 18 years

A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

A judge passed the sentence on Ciaran Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces.

The case raises serious concerns about how Maxwell was able to smuggle arms from the Somerset base and go undetected.

Stephen Martin is the Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland:

How did the terrorist marine managed to steal arms from military base?

Man witnesses crash that kills wife and step-children in Devon

What we know so far...

  • A woman and her two young children have died in a crash witnessed by her husband
  • Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple in Devon at 08:25 BST after a car and a lorry collided
  • The man was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him
  • His family is believed to have been on holiday in Devon from elsewhere in England
  • Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene near Barnstaple
  • Road closures are in place between the West Buckland junction and the Lankey junction on the A361
Crash
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Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell jailed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Ciarán Maxwell
Metropolitan Police

A Northern Irish Royal Marine who built explosives for an Irish republican dissidents has been jailed for 18 years.

Ciarán Maxwell, who lived in Exminster and served with 40 Commando in Taunton, admitted preparing acts of terrorism at an earlier trial.

The trial at the Old Bailey heard Maxwell, originally from Larne, 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.

Mitigating, his sentencing hearing was told the 31-year-old lived a "dangerous double life" as a terrorist bomb-maker and claimed he faked sympathies for the Irish republican cause because he was "paralysed" with fear.

Plymouth’s got a major problem with sexually transmitted diseases

Plymouth Herald

Health experts have raised concerns about sexually transmitted diseases in Plymouth after new figures revealed the city has the highest rate in the South West.

Mother writes of grief 'black humour' after daughter's death

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A Devon mother has published a book she hopes will help people come to terms with the death of a loved one.

Jennifer Wilkin Shaw's daughter, Charlotte, died 10 years ago whilst training for the Ten Tors challenge.

In the immediate aftermath, Jennifer began writing down her thoughts and emotions, as a way of coping.

She has now turned those notes into a book called A Testament of Grief.

Ciarán Maxwell: The Marine who turned to terror

BBC News Northern Ireland

Ciarán Maxwell. Pic: Facebook
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A Royal Marine Commando from Northern Ireland has been jailed for 18 years after admitting 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.

BreakingRoyal Marine jailed for 18 years for terror offences

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

A judge has, this afternoon, passed the sentence on Ciarán Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces. He said the Lance Corporal was motivated by hostility to the United Kingdom.

Maxwell will spend another five years on licence in addition to his 18 years in jail.

Latest weather: Some spells of sunshine and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Apart from a scattering of showers, many places will be dry with some spells of sunshine. Light or moderate southwesterly winds will be locally fresh around parts of the coast and to the west. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

Although a few showers will continue this evening and tonight, most will become confined to coastal areas as it becomes mainly dry and a little chilly inland with clear spells. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the southwest. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

A361 is an 'unsafe road' - MP

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

A main road in north Devon which has seen two major crashes in two days is an "unsafe road", an MP says.

Two children and their mother died as a result of a crash involving their car and a lorry on the A361 North Devon Link Road this morning. Three people are still being treated in hospital after a crash on Sunday.

Although acknowledging that investigations were still under way into both incidents, that the causes were yet to be determined and the crashes were a "tragedy", North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones said: "It is a unsafe road.

"We don't know the causes [of the crashes] at the moment, but people are taking too many risks because there are short overtaking lanes that suddenly merge at not much notice."

He said that he, Devon County Council and North Devon Council were working together to "get the money we need to get the improvements to this link road".

A361
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Plymouth roundabout traffic lights not working

England's Big Picture

BBC News England

Flower picker in field
Paul Godier

Paul Godier took this image of a flower picker in a field of agapanthus in Cornwall

Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Local drivers 'need to be more cautious because of holidaymakers'

North Devon Show cancelled: A 'difficult decision'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Organisers of the North Devon Show say they have taken the "difficult decision" to cancel this year's event this week "with regret".

The event was due to be held at the North Devon Showground at Umberleigh, near Barnstaple, on Wednesday.

Show Secretary Theresa Soanes said: "Recent wet weather and predicted heavy rainfall on Wednesday means that we had to consider the safety of our exhibitors and visitors, given the current state of the show site."

Travel in Cornwall: Problems in Sennen and Charlestown

BBC News Travel

  • In Sennen, the A30 is blocked in both directions by an overturned van near Land's End
  • In Charlestown, Sea Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Fairway and Beach Road

BreakingMother and two children killed in A361 car-lorry crash

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A361 crash scene
BBC

Two young children and their mother have been killed in a car crash on the A361 North Devon Link Road near Barnstaple.

The woman was driving two of her children towards Barnstaple when their car was in collision with a lorry at about 08:25. The woman's husband saw the crash happen from a vehicle in front.

The family are believed to be on holiday in Devon from elsewhere in England.

Experienced police officers described this as one of the most shocking crashes they had seen.

The A361 is expected to be closed for the rest of the day for collision investigation work. Police asked motorists to avoid the area, and for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between B3283 and B3315.

A30 Cornwall - A30 in Drift blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the B3283 junction and the B3315 junction, because of an overturned van.

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

Traffic delay in Exeter after 'motorbike vs van'

Military veterans run motivation courses for people trying to get back to work

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Military veterans are running motivational training courses for people struggling to get back to work in west Cornwall.

Course
BBC

Funded by the Big Lottery and cash from the EU, it's part of a £3.3m wider project which has been running since April.

The team behind it said it had helped more than 100 people so far, and three had already found jobs.

It's set to run until 2019.

Severe accident: A3122 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3122 Devon both ways severe accident, between Ritson Lane and Bugford Lane.

A3122 Devon - A3122 in Halwell closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Ritson Lane junction and the Bugford Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Traffic police officer numbers 'drops by nearly a third in a decade'

BBC Radio Devon

An investigation suggests the number of dedicated traffic police officers has dropped by nearly a third in a decade.

Thirty of the 45 UK police forces responded to a Freedom of Information request. The figures said such officer numbers were down by 30%.

Motoring organisations have questioned how laws can be enforced with fewer officers. The Home Office said factors such as technology were important to effective policing, not just physical numbers.

The Devon and Cornwall force currently has 197 road traffic officers.

Road traffic Police officer. Pic: PA
PA

'Never event' at Royal Cornwall Hospital operating theatre

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has revealed there was a so-called "never event" in one of its operating theatres last month.

Royal Cornwall Hospital
BBC

A never event is how the NHS describes a serious, largely preventable incident which should not happen.

It was revealed in papers which said that 11 serious incidents were reported in June.

The never event was reported in papers to the trust board as a wrong implant being used during an during an endoscopy procedure.

In a statement, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT), said the care and safety of patients was "our top priority" and the "open reporting of incidents is an essential part of learning and reducing risk of their recurrence".

It added: "Any never event is subject to a rigorous investigation and the outcome shared with the patient or family concerned, as well as being reviewed and discussed by the clinical teams involved and, where appropriate, shared more widely throughout the NHS."

Severe accident: A399 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A399 Devon both ways severe accident, between Rockshead Hill and Shutscombe Hill affecting A361.

A399 Devon - A399 in Charles closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Rockshead Hill junction and the Shutscombe Hill junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and fallen power cables. Congestion to Aller Cross.

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

North Devon Show cancelled because of weather

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The show was due to take place on Wednesday in Umberleigh.

A361 crashes result in serious injuries

BBC Radio Devon

A361
BBC

Two people are understood to have serious injuries as a result of a collision involving a car and a lorry in north Devon on Monday morning.

Police said they were called to the A361, near Aller Cross, Barnstaple, at about 08:25. They said a third person was also hurt in the crash, which saw an air ambulance called.

It followed a head-on crash on Sunday morning in the same area.

Fire crews had to cut two adults and two children from wreckage after the crash on the North Devon Link Road at West Buckland, south of Barnstaple, at about 11:30 on Sunday.

Three people were in hospital in a serious condition as a result of the crash, police said. Officers added that one person had life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for most of Sunday while investigations were carried out, causing delays in the area.

'Plymouth in Cornwall' on water newsletter: The response - 'Ooops'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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South West Water says that Plymouth was mistakenly put in Cornwall on a map in a newsletter after a proof reader had "an off day".

City Labour MP Luke Pollard highlighted the mistake in a tweet.

When contacted by the BBC about the map, the utility company replied "Oops."

It added: "Rest assured we're spending money for Plymouth in the right place."

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • In Dartmouth, there are reports Townstal Road is blocked due to an accident around Seymour Drive
  • The A399 between Brayford and Charles is partially blocked due to fallen power cables at Rockshead Hill. Traffic is slow-moving
  • The A377 Exeter Road between Crediton and Newton St Cyres has reopened after an earlier collision

Police deal with 'large number of road crashes'

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The crashes include a collision on the A361 this morning involving a car and a lorry.

Royal Marine terrorist: Judge to decide if Ciarán Maxwell 'is dangerous'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An Old Bailey judge says he has to decide if a former Royal Marine who made bombs for dissident republicans is dangerous, and if it is a case for life imprisonment.

Ciarán Maxwell
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Ciarán Maxwell, from Larne, Northern Ireland admitted a series of terror charges ahead of a sentencing hearing that began last Wednesday.

The 31-year-old was arrested last year after two arms dumps were found near Larne. After his arrest, police found 43 weapons hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

Weapons hide. Pic: Police Service of Northern ireland
Police Service of Northern ireland

Maxwell, who lived in Exminster, Devon, and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton in Somerset, never served in Northern Ireland.

On Friday, the court heard that Maxwell faked his support for the dissident republicans' cause as he was "frozen" with fear, and that he believes old connections now wish him and his family "serious ill".