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Summary

  1. Twins, 12, and woman, 43, killed in North Devon crash on Monday, police say
  2. Ex-UKIP candidate on manslaughter charge
  3. Exeter man convicted of missing man's murder
  4. War heroine's name to be removed from Dartmoor memorial
  5. Nearly £10m for Devon and Cornwall roads
  6. West Cornwall Hospital downgrading suggestions 'wrong'
  7. South West coast ‘deadliest’ month warning from RNLI
  8. Knife amnesty sees 400 items handed to police
  9. North Devon Show cancellation is 'the right decision' - MP
  10. Exeter roadworks: 'One large car park'
  11. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday 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.

In trouble in the sea? 'Fight your instincts and relax and float'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People who get into trouble in the sea should "fight their instincts around water", the RNLI says.

Steve Instance, RNLI community safety partner for the South West, said a "national conversation" was needed about how to deal with such a situation.

Beach and lifeguard boat. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

His advice comes as new figures from the charity show August is the worst month for coastal water deaths in the South West, with 26 during that month over the past five years.

The charity added that less than one fifth of people in the UK said they would call 999 immediately to ask for help if they saw someone fall into open water.

Steve said: "If you fall into cold water, fight your instincts to swim hard or thrash about as this could lead to drowning.

"Instead, relax and float on your back, keeping your airway clear, for around 60-90 seconds. This will allow the effects of cold water shock to pass so you can regain control of your breathing and then swim to safety or call for help."

Weather: Rain and strong winds spreading

BBC Weather

Showers will fade through the evening, but cloud will soon thicken from the southwest. This will bring rain to many by dawn, accompanied by strong winds, especially around the coasts. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Rain and strong winds will spread across all parts on Wednesday, with some heavy bursts in places. As this clears it may turn brighter in the west late afternoon. Despite the rain and wind it will be rather humid. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Iconic navy search helicopter to return to skies above Cornwall

Cornwall Live

The skies of Cornwall will soon welcome back a couple of old friends – two helicopters which were once used by the navy for search and rescue.

Cornwall roads £5m investment 'to ensure better longevity'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall is getting £5m for "targeted repair works" at 53 sites on roads in the county, the Department for Transport said.

Cornwall Council said areas to benefit would include:

  • Bodmin
  • Bude
  • Camborne and Redruth
  • Camelford
  • Falmouth and Penryn
  • Hayle and St Ives
  • Launceston
  • Penzance
  • St Agnes and Perranporth
  • Truro and the Roseland
  • Wadebridge and Padstow

Council head of highways Andy Stevenson said: "This funding will see maintenance programmes, renewal of the carriageway, footways or cycleways and improved drainage. It’s an investment in ensuring our roads have better longevity."

The money is part of £20m announced today for the wider South West.

World War One soldier's jacket returned to man's family in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

A World War One soldier's jacket bought in a second-hand shop in Hampshire has been returned to his family.

Sue Allan, who purchased the item in the 1990s, found the name Edward Momber inside and decided to trace the soldier's relatives.

Experts tracked down his niece, 96-year-old Diana Momber, who lives in Plymouth.

She said she was very proud of her uncle and would like the story to act as a reminder of the sacrifices of war.

Campaigners 'annoyed' at war memorial row

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Campaigners who fought for a memorial to a World War One heroine say they are annoyed after finding out that the inscription faces removal.

Kitty Trevelyan
BBC

The name of Kitty Trevelyan, who left her Dartmoor home aged 17 to join the war, was added to the memorial at Meavy in February.

But Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) said it was the wrong font, "not very sympathetic", and no permission had been given.

Sue Robinson of Wenches in Trenches, which campaigned for the inscription, said: "We did everything we should have and put notices up and the parish council gave us the go ahead."

DNPA said the inscription required planning permission because the memorial was a scheduled ancient monument.

It said in a statement that Burrator Parish Council "went ahead and added the name... without letting us or the War Memorials Trust know of their intention, or it would appear consulting the local residents or family members".

The parish council could not be reached for a comment but said in a statement on its Facebook page: "Hope is emerging that a compromise can be found" and councillors have "pledged to help".

Murder conviction over missing Hastings man's death

A man has been found guilty of murdering Karl Bunster, 37, from Hastings.

Mr Bunster was last seen in Mann Street in the town on 17 December 2015 and his body has not been found.

Ben Walton, 49, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, Devon was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice.

Stacey McClymont, 29, of the same address was acquitted of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Both will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Karl Bunster
Sussex Police
Karl Bunster was last seen in 2015

West Cornwall Hospital 'not to be downgraded' by NHS Kernow

BBC Radio Cornwall

Health commissioners have denied that West Cornwall Hospital is to be downgraded.

West Cornwall Hospital
BBC

Former local Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George raised concerns over the hospital in Penzance being reclassified down from an urgent care centre to a minor injuries unit (MIU).

The Royal Cornwall Hospital's Trust said that such suggestions were "wrong"

Services commissioning group NHS Kernow admitted that the term MIU was used in recent board papers as a generic term, but said there was and there will be no reclassification or change to the NHS service in west Cornwall.

Nearly 27,000 new homes proposed for councils' joint local plan

BBC Radio Devon

Nearly 27,000 new homes have been proposed as part of the Plymouth City, West Devon and South Hams councils' joint local plan.

It's taken five years to put together and focuses on how the cities, towns and villages in the area will look in years to come.

About 19,000 homes will be within the Plymouth policy area, and 6,500 will be deemed affordable.

Bricklaying
PA

Knives surrendered in amnesty 'can no longer cause harm'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Knives. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Some 411 knives and bladed items handed in to police during a knife amnesty last month "can no longer cause harm", Devon and Cornwall Police say.

In Cornwall, 68 items were handed in at police enquiry offices in Camborne, Bodmin, St Austell and Truro.

In Devon, officers saw:

  • 140 items surrendered in Barnstaple from North Devon
  • 92 in Plymouth
  • 15 in Exeter
  • 96 in South Devon

Police said: "The variety of knives is extraordinary – from illegal lock knives to kukri-type knives; from samurai-style swords to old-fashioned concealed sword sticks, along with a random assortment of kitchen knives and cleavers."

Sailing trip to highlight ocean litter

Press Association

An all-female crew is to sail around Britain to highlight the problem of ocean litter.

They include scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, businesswomen, psychologists and environmentalists, as well as experienced sailors.

The women will leave Plymouth on 8 August to circumnavigate Britain, returning to the Devon city on 5 September to underline the impact of single-use plastics.

Bombed Plymouth church could be opened to the public

Plymouth Herald

A burnt-out church left to stand in the middle of a Devon city centre as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Blitz could be properly opened to the public as part of a multimillion-pound project.

Ex-UKIP candidate on manslaughter charge

A former UKIP general election candidate in Devon has appeared in court today charged with manslaughter.

Keith Crawford, a landlord and property manager, is accused of unlawfully killing Peter Clements in January 2015 in Exeter.

Mr Crawford, 73, of Pocombe Bridge, Exeter, denied the allegation when he appeared before Exeter Magistrates Court today.

Keith Crawford
Irving of Exeter

The former soldier was a candidate for UKIP in Exeter for the 2010 and 2015 elections.

Mr Crawford was bailed and will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court early next month.

Mr Clements died following an incident involving some excavation pipe work.

Man arrested after 'marina assault'

West Cornwall Hospital downgrading suggestions 'wrong'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Suggestions that West Cornwall Hospital is to be downgraded to a minor injuries unit are "wrong", the Royal Cornwall Hospital's Trust says.

West Cornwall Hospital
BBC

The former Liberal Democrat MP for the area, Andrew George, has raised concerns over the hospital in Penzance being reclassified.

Trust Chief Executive Kathy Byrne said the trust was investing money in the hospital, not taking it away, as well as developing services and the hospital's urgent care centre further.

Latest weather: Sunshine and showers through the afternoon, cloud thickening later

BBC Weather

Sunshine and showers will continue this afternoon, heavy and slow moving giving some longer spells of rain at times. The south coast may stay dry throughout. In the sunshine and lighter winds it will feel warm. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Showers will fade through the evening, but cloud will soon thicken from the southwest. This will bring rain to many by dawn, accompanied by strong winds, especially around the coasts such as at Sidmouth. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Van catches fire on A38

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Firefighters have dealt with a van catching fire on the A38 in Cornwall.

One crew was called to the scene on the dual carriageway near Trerulefoot late on Tuesday morning.

There were no reports of any injuries.

No trains between Liskeard and Looe

BBC News Travel

No trains will run between Liskeard and Looe until about 18:00, National Rail Enquiries says.

It's because of a broken-down train between the two stations.

Cow rescued from cesspit

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A cow has been rescued from a cesspit in Devon with the help of a mini digger, firefighters say.

A fire crew from Holsworthy and a specialist rescue team from Barnstaple were called to the scene behind Pyworthy Village Hall at about 07:45.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the locally-sourced digger was used to gain access to the pit before it and lifting strops were used to rescue the animal.

Travel: Two-vehicle collision in Paignton

BBC News Travel

In Paignton, there's slow traffic on Brixham Road due to a two-vehicle collision near Yalberton Road

Water mains bursts in Plymouth

A361 crash: Car 'drifted across road's white line for unknown reason'

Sarah Ransome

BBC Radio 5 live

A361 crash. Pic: Apex
Apex

Police have confirmed a 43-year-old mother and her twin children died as a result of a road collision in North Devon on Monday morning.

The children's stepfather and another brother witnessed the crash from a car in front.

The family of five from the Milton Keynes area were travelling towards Barnstaple on the A361 North Devon Link Road in two separate cars when the collision happened with a lorry heading in the opposite direction.

The 43-year-old mother died at the scene, her 12-year-old daughter and son died later in hospital.

The woman's husband was driving in front with her older son when they saw the crash happen in their car mirrors.

Police said that, for some "unknown reason", the mother's car drifted across the centre white line and hit the oncoming truck.

The road was closed for nine hours and a police investigation is continuing.

The Zoo: What makes our animal friends tick? Now they can tell us

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A new children's TV programme featuring talking animals starts this month, and it was all filmed at Paignton Zoo.

Gorilla. Pic: BBC/DHX Media
BBC/DHX Media

The Zoo is a cross between a fly-on-the-wall documentary (although we don't think any flies are among the exhibits) and a comedy, where we get to hear what the animals really think of what is going on around them.

Kangaroo. Pic: BBC/DHX Media
BBC/DHX Media

Filmed over three months, it is narrated by Outnumbered and Mock The Week star Hugh Dennis, and also co-stars the zoo's keepers.

It will be broadcast on CBBC from 14 August.

Nearly £10m for Devon and Cornwall roads, including A361

BBC Spotlight

Nearly £10m has been awarded to Devon and Cornwall to refurbish roads as part of a £75m national multimillion-pound government investment.

Cornwall will receive £5m for "targeted repair works" at 53 sites, the Department for Transport said.

In Devon, £4.25m has been allocated to refurbish "the A361 linking the M5, Tiverton and northern Devon", the department added.

The money is part of £20m announced today for the wider South West.

Bishop Tim at the BBC

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

Highlights from the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton and Donna Birrell at BBC Radio Cornwall

The departing Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, joined me for the last time at BBC Radio Cornwall this weekend.

Here's a look back at some of the highlights over the last few years at Sunday Breakfast.

It was announced in April that he had been appointed to a top job in the Church of England as the new Bishop at Lambeth.

His duties will include supporting the Archbishop of Canterbury's work in the House of Bishops, General Synod and the Archbishop's Council.

Royal Marine terrorist: Reassurances after Devon woodland explosives find

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in east Devon say they are reassuring local residents after it was revealed that convicted terrorist Ciaran Maxwell hid explosives and other items in local woodland.

Ciaran Maxwell. Pic: Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police

The former Taunton-based Royal Marine, from Northern Ireland, was jailed for 18 years yesterday after making bombs for dissident Irish republicans. The 31-year-old from Larne, who had lived in Exminster, admitted a series of terror charges.

After his arrest last year, police found 43 weapons hides across England and and Northern Ireland. A search of Powderham New Plantation in Devon (pictured) revealed weapons stashes which contained: improvised explosive devices, chemicals, tools, electronic storage devices, hand-written notes and a small cannabis factory.

Woodland search
BBC

Supt Jacqui Hawley, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "I am sure many local residents are shocked by what has been revealed at the Old Bailey during the sentencing of Ciaran Maxwell, and by the scale of what was discovered buried at the New Powderham Plantation.

"I want to reassure the public that at no time has there been any credible links to targets in Devon and Cornwall in connection to the weapons located near Exminster."

Stagecoach bus staff to be balloted over possible strike action

BBC Radio Devon

Stagecoach bus staff across a large area of the company's Devon and South West operations are to be balloted by a union in a dispute over pay.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers announced that member were to be asked if they would take part in strike action and action short of a strike.

The RMT said the ballot would cover more than 750 bus drivers, cleaners and engineers at depots in Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple.

School holiday scheme to stop children going hungry doubling in size

BBC Spotlight

Food
BBC

A Devon-based scheme to stop children going hungry in the school holidays is having to double in size.

Volunteers in Plymouth will be distributing more than 1,200 food parcels every week during the summer holidays.

All the food is donated by local suppliers and prepared in school kitchens before being taken to distribution points around the city.

Organisers said that, without these free meals, many city children would go hungry during the holidays.

Football: Exeter sign ex-Plymouth striker Brunt

BBC Sport

Ryan Brunt
Getty Images

Exeter City have signed Plymouth Argyle striker Ryan Brunt on an undisclosed-length contract following a trial.

Brunt, 24, has not played a competitive game since damaging cruciate knee ligaments in March 2016.

He has yet to play 90 minutes for the League Two Grecians, but scored in a friendly against Taunton Town.

"We are confident that we will get him back to full fitness and he will be an important member of our squad," said Exeter boss Paul Tisdale.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

Travel: Broken-down vehicles on A30 Cornwall, accidents at Christow and in Torquay

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall, on the A30 at Eastern Green, Penzance, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • One lane is closed on the A30 eastbound around Bodmin due to a broken-down car at Carminow Cross
  • In Devon, the Teign Valley Road at Christow is closed in both directions due to an accident and recovery work between Village Road and the B3344
  • In Torquay, St Marychurch Road is partially blocked due to an accident at Forest Road

VIDEO: What should you do if you get into trouble in the sea?

BBC Newsbeat

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New figures from the RNLI show August is the worst month for coastal water deaths in the South West, with 26 during that month over the past five years.

Knife amnesty sees 400 items handed in to police

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than 400 knives and bladed items have been handed in to police during a knife amnesty last month, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Knives
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers said it was "twice as many" as were surrendered during a similar week-long police amnesty held in November 2016.

Items handed in included two blades which were hidden inside walking sticks (pictured).

Walking stick blades
Devon and Cornwall Police

Det Ch Insp Craig McWhinnie said he was "very pleased with the response" and the weapons would be destroyed.

He added: "People who carry knives for no good reason risk arrest. If a knife is used in a confrontation, the balance of probability is that the person carrying it is highly likely to be injured from it themselves."

War heroine's name to be removed from Dartmoor memorial

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An inscription of a World War One heroine's name on a memorial is to be removed after it broke planning laws.

Memorial
BBC

The name of Kitty Trevelyan, who left her Dartmoor home aged 17 to join the war, was added to the memorial at Meavy in February.

But Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) said it was the wrong font, "not very sympathetic", and no permission had been given.

The name was added after a campaign to include women's names on war memorials.

Memorial
BBC

North Devon Show cancellation is 'the right decision' - MP

BBC Radio Devon

The cancellation of this year's North Devon Show is "the right decision", the area's MP says.

Organisers of the show said yesterday they took the "difficult decision" to cancel the event near Barnstaple on Wednesday because of weather forecasts and the current state of the site.

North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones said: "It was a very difficult decision.

"Paramount in this is when you cannot guarantee the safety of the thousands of visitors, all the exhibitors and the livestock because of muddy conditions. So that has to come first on the list."

He also welcomed the early decision, saying it could have been more inconvenient for people if they had decided to leave it another 24 hours.

A361 crash: Killed children were twins

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A361 crash. Pic: Apex
Apex

Two children who died with their mother as the result of a road crash on the A361 in Devon were twins, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

Officers were called to the scene near Barnstaple at 08:25 on Monday after the woman's car hit an oncoming lorry.

The 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 12-year-old daughter was pronounced dead on arrival at North Devon District Hospital, and her 12-year-old son, taken to hospital via air ambulance, died shortly after his arrival.

The road was closed for nine hours for a police investigation.

Plymouth mum lived with '12 weeks worth of rubbish' which hadn't been collected

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth woman who claimed she hadn't had her bins collected for more than 12 weeks said she was "angry, sick and tired" of the smell emanating from the waste left at her home.