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Summary

  1. MP told to jump off Tamar Bridge and 'assassination too good'
  2. Drugs paraphernalia left in South Devon church
  3. Argyle star caught driving Porsche while chatting on mobile
  4. Scientists find Dartmoor hill pony 'genetically distinct' and 'not a hybrid'
  5. Teen injured in 'hit-and-run' in Plymstock
  6. Seals and birds 'disturbed by boats and kayakers'
  7. Row over who can wear Saltash mayoress' chain
  8. Johnny Mercer: I'd never voted before becoming an MP
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Miles Davis

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.

Cornwall Air Ambulance on 387 missions

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Cornwall Air Ambulance says it flew 387 missions in the first half of 2017.

They included 201 medical incidents, 56 road traffic incidents and 23 people who had suffered injuries while playing sport.

The charity says if the missions continue at this rate, it will surpass last year’s total of 774.

Cornwall Air Ambulance
Cornwall Air Ambulance

Paula Martin, Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care... But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county".

Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care. But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county.

Paula MartinChief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance

Sea species "chased" by humans

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A steady increase in incidents of disturbance to marine wildlife has been reported to Cornwall Wildlife Trust's hotline over the past few weeks, the charity says.

The problems have mainly been caused to seals and sea birds by tripper boats and kayakers, but basking sharks and dolphins have also been vulnerable to being "chased".

Grey seal
Caz Waddell

Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group is reminding sea users of the following advice:

  • Keep your distance from resting animals such as seals and seabirds on land
  • Remain calm and quiet so resting animals are not disturbed and scared off
  • Move slowly and avoid sudden changes in direction and speed if animals are nearby
  • Stay side on to the animals while watching them rather than approaching directly
  • If there are other boats or kayaks or other water users nearby then ensure the animals have plenty of space and an obvious escape route should they choose to leave, and do not pursue them when they do

Crewman suffered "horrific injuries"

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A crewman on board a cargo ship off Cornwall suffered "horrific injures" when he fell 5m (16ft) onto a deck below, the RNLI said.

He had been carrying out maintenance on a crane on a Swedish boat moored near the King Harry Ferry in the Fal River when he slipped and fell this morning, it said.

Both the Falmouth Inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat were tasked and crews administered first aid, but the man was too badly injured to be transferred via rope.

A coastguard rescue helicopter was scrambled and airlifted him to Derriford Hospital.

John Blakeston, senior coxswain of Falmouth lifeboats said, "This was a classic example of all the rescue services working in harmony to save a person's life."

Top dog tips

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The RNLI have released top tips to keep your dog safe at the coast, after the second canine rescue operation in one place in two days.

The Port Isaac lifeboat has been launched after reports a dog went over the cliff near Tintagel at lunchtime.

Here's the charity's advice:

  • Keep your dog on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
  • If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after them. Move to a place the dog can get to safely and call them – they’ll probably get out by themselves.
  • Should your dog get into difficulty in the water or along the cliff edge call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

The chain gang

BBC Spotlight

A row has broken out in Saltash about who should be allowed to wear the mayoress's chain.

Last year the former mayor's husband was given permission to wear what has traditionally reserved for a female consort. Before this, the mayor's male consort wore a medallion.

Past mayors of Saltash are angered at the changes and say it's against historical integrity. Councillors are meeting again tonight to discuss the matter.

Mayoral chains
BBC

Baz Gregory, the former mayor of Saltash claimed the matter was "all to do with arrogance and snobbery".

People warned not to "chase" sea life

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

People are being warned not to "overcrowd or chase" sea life after an increase in reports of people causing disturbance around the Cornish coast.

Seals, sea birds, basking sharks and dolphins are the species worst affected, according to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Jet skis in the sea
Cornwall Seal Group and Research Trust

We are incredibly fortunate that we have these animals here in the first place and it is a privilege that we’re able to see them, so we want to help people get the best out of these encounters by following some simple guidelines that will avoid causing distress and harm.

Dan JarvisBritish Divers Marine Life Rescue

Plymouth Argyle player drove on mobile phone

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Plymouth Argyle defender has admitted speeding and using his mobile phone while driving a sports car.

Yann Songo'o pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates Court to driving the Porsche Boxster while using a phone in Mannamead Road, Plymouth, in December.

He also admitted exceeding the 30mph limit in Peverell Park Road in January.

Yann Songo'o
BBC

The Plymouth Argyle defender also faces a charge of driving while uninsured and another of driving without a licence. He has not yet entered pleas.

The case was adjourned to 21 August.

Mum tells of Cornwall Air Ambulance "heroes"

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A mother has told of the moment her 7-year-old son "thought he was going to die" after a trampoline accident but was rescued by "heroic" paramedics from Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Janet Kay has been speaking out as the charity has revealed details of its 387 missions so far this year.

Henry Kay
Cornwall Air Ambulance

Mrs Kay said Henry broke his leg in four places.

"It was so unbearable, he was going in and out of consciousness. He said to me, mummy, I think I’m going to die," she said.

"They were true heroes. The care we received was incredible."

The charity said in the first six months of this year, 50 of its missions were emergencies involving babies, children and teenagers.

Goalkeeper scores with overhead kick

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

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Exeter City goalkeeper James Hamon scores overhead goal

Age of man found dead in Newquay disclosed

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police have now disclosed the age of a man who was found dead on Towan beach in Newquay at the weekend.

Officers say the man was 32-years-old and that his next of kin have now been told.

Devon and Cornwall Police would not say where the man was from. His death is being treated as unexplained.

The discovery was made by a member of the public at 6.30am on Saturday morning.

Police vehicles at Towan beach
Newquay Coastguard

The death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue.

Could new wetsuits be created from old ones?

BBC Radio Devon

Experts from the University of Exeter are working with hipster Cornish clothes firm Finisterre to come up with a way to recycle old wetsuits.

Hipster
Finisterre

The discarded neoprene makes up about 380 tonnes of waste every year according to the university experts.

Exeter Technologies Group says the UK has more than 500,000 surfers and they replace their wetsuits every two years.

Finisterre will be researching the materials science at its workshop at St Agnes and examining whether the old wetsuits can be turned into new ones.

Steam fair delayed because of wet weather

The Torbay Steam Fair was due to start tomorrow but organisers have decided to postpone the start because the ground is still wet.

Instead the fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The ground is drying out, but it would be impossible to get them in tomorrow, they [the vehicles] would just slide around in the mud.

Martyn HodgeTorbay Steam Rally Association

Latest travel: Several roads blocked by crashes

BBC News Travel

  • In Torquay, Happaway Road is blocked in both directions due to an incident between Halsteads Road and Combe Lane
  • In Kilkhampton, the B3254 is blocked in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision between the A39 and Grimscott Estate
  • In Woolacombe, there's slow traffic on Station Road due to a two-vehicle collision between Mortehoe Station Road and the Mullacott Cross Roundabout

Latest travel: Road closed in Plymouth because of large crane

BBC News Travel

  • In Plymouth, Millbay Road is closed in both directions around Hobart Street due to a large crane occupying the road
  • In Torquay, there's heavy traffic on Barton Hill Road due to an accident near Fore Street
  • In Holsworthy, there's slow traffic on the A388 due a to fallen tree between Holsworthy and Clawton

Overflowing sewer in Plymouth

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Second dog rescue for Cornish lifeboat

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Port Isaac lifeboat has launched to rescue a dog that has fallen down a cliff in north Cornwall, the UK Coastguard has said.

The animal was reported missing in the area after going over the edge at Gullastem, north of Tintagel.

Yesterday the same RNLI lifeboat rescued a husky from the bottom of a steep slope. The animal was not injured.

Beach closed after hand grenade found

BBC Radio Devon

Across the border, part of East Cliff Beach at Lyme Regis has been sealed off after a suspected hand grenade was found.

Police and the UK Coastguard were called shortly before 11:00 this morning. A team of bomb disposal experts are travelling to the scene.

Law change needed to protect people from social media abuse - Colvile

BBC Radio Devon

The former Plymouth Conservative MP Oliver Colvile says there needs to be a change in the law to protect people who are abused on social media.

Mr Colvile was targeted on Facebook by Exeter University student and Labour supporter Julian Isaacs who told him "assassination was too good for him". He also told him to jump off the Tamar Bridge.

Isaacs was ordered to complete 18 hours of community service and to pay £85 costs and an 85 pounds victim surcharge.

This is a person who has tried to intimidate me. I'm not satisfied with this [the sentence]. It is not going to stop people. If you are viewed to be misbehaving on social media and inciting violence then frankly you should be stopped from having access to it.

Oliver Colvile
Julian Isaacs
BBC
Isaacs was ordered to complete 18 hours of community service

Mostly dry this afternoon

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Any showers will tend to ease this afternoon, leaving a largely dry day with some bright or sunny spells.

It will be a windy day, with a strong and gusty south-westerly wind, particularly around exposed coasts and hills. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

It will be largely dry and breezy tonight with some clear spells. The odd shower may drift in from the west at times, although many places will stay dry. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Father tells of sons saved from 'rogue flash rip current'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A father has thanked Porthtowan lifeguards for saving his sons from a "very strong flash rip current".

James Smith, 13, and his brother Scott, 11, were swept out to sea one morning last month while swimming.

They were rescued by RNLI lifeguards Lewis Rosewell and Mark Evans with a rescue board and inshore rescue boat.

Their father Chris said: "The event really highlighted to me how quickly things can change.

"I was very impressed by the speed in which the lifeguards reacted and how they managed the whole situation. I am extremely grateful to them."

Mark Evans and Ishmael Hamon
RNLI

Lifeguard Supervisor Drustan Ward said the incident "could have been a lot more serious if the boys hadn’t stopped and listened to the safety advice".

"They knew to stay calm and use one arm to wave for assistance when they got into trouble," he said.

Teenage motorcyclist hurt in suspected hit and run

Plymouth Herald

A teenage motorcyclist was hurt in a suspected hit-and-run collision in Plymstock.

Facebook troll regrets Colvile 'assassination' post

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Labour supporter who threatened former Plymouth Conservative MP Oliver Colvile said he regrets his actions.

Isaacs
BBC

Julian Isaacs who called himself a "punk poet", said after the case: "I regret it - I didn't want to cause distress - but if any good can come out of this it is that other people might think twice before making inflammatory remarks."

Isaacs, 59, of Stonehouse, Plymouth said on Facebook that "assassination was too good" for Conservative Mr Colvile.

He made the comments "in the pub after a couple of beers", a court has heard.

Isaacs admitted sending threatening messages to Mr Colvile who was the candidate for the Devonport seat in May, which he won in 2015.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard that Isaacs also told Mr Colvile to jump off the Tamar Bridge between Devon and Cornwall.

Isaacs was ordered to do 18 hours community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Victory for Dartmoor hill ponies

BBC Spotlight

Campaigners for Dartmoor hill ponies are celebrating as the animals have been officially labelled a genetically distinct type.

The hill pony has long been regarded as a worthless hybrid, compared to the pure bred Dartmoor pony.

However, now scientists have shown that the hill pony is unique to the moor.

Dartmoor hill ponies
BBC

It is hoped the discovery will help to get special protection for the animals.

Charlotte Faulkner from Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony said: "We're completely overwhelmed really because it actually means we now have something we can knock on all the doors with and say yes this pony has a value... help us to keep them here."

Cornish granite exported again

BBC Radio Cornwall

For the first time since the end of World War Two blocks of granite are being exported from a Cornish quarry to act as rock armour - to protect the railway line to Paignton.

Falmouth-based KML have revived the tradition and are shipping thousands of tons of granite from Chywoon Quarry to shore up crumbling cliffs in Torbay.

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Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, at J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

MP 'assassination too good' post 'made in pub after couple of beers'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Julian Isaacs
BBC

A Labour supporter who told former Conservative MP Oliver Colvile on Facebook that "assassination was too good for him" made the comments "in the pub after a couple of beers", a court has heard.

Julian Isaacs, 59, admitted sending threatening messages to Conservative Mr Colvile who was the candidate for the Devonport seat in May, which he won in 2015.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard that Isaacs of Stonehouse, Plymouth, made the posts in response to a post by Mr Colvile on his Facebook page. He told him to jump off the Tamar Bridge between Devon and Cornwall the court heard.

The Exeter University student also told police "feelings were running high" in the run-up to the election and he meant "no harm" to Mr Colvile. He told police he is a "pacifist who abhors violence" and it was "a joke that was not funny".

Isaacs was ordered to do 18 hours community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Dawlish crews receive first co-responder vehicle

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Dawlish station commander Dave Williams said: “We’re a busy fire station particularly when it comes to co-responder calls. This vehicle will allow us to attend medical emergencies quickly and safely with the right kit to start giving urgent medical attention.”

Co-responding is a voluntary activity carried out by 20 fire stations across Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. The service works with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to ensure the quickest possible response to certain medical emergencies.

Cargo crew member injured off Falmouth

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A cargo crew member has been injured in a fall on-board the vessel off Falmouth.

UK Coastguard said the 160m cargo vessel reported the incident from the Carrick Roads just before 10:00.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team, Falmouth RNLI lifeboats and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay were sent to the scene.

The casualty has reportedly been airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard helicopter.

Colvile slams sentence on Facebook troll

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Former Conservative MP Oliver Colvile has slammed the sentence given to a Labour supporter who threatened him on Facebook.

Julian Isaacs
BBC

Mr Colvile said after the case: "It's appalling. It's a form of terrorism.

"He should be sent to prison."

Julian Isaacs, 59, said on Facebook that "assassination was too good for him". He also told him to jump off the Tamar Bridge.

Exeter University student Isaacs was ordered to do 18 hours community service and ordered to pay £85 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Isaacs, of Stonehouse, Plymouth, admitted sending threatening messages to Conservative Mr Colvile who was the candidate for the Devonport seat in May, which he won in 2015.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard that Isaacs made the posts in response to a post by Mr Colvile on his Facebook page.

Corbyn in Cornwall to 'save the NHS' at large rally

Cornwall Live

Jeremy Corbyn is coming to Cornwall to "save the NHS".

MP told to jump off Tamar Bridge and 'assassination too good'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Labour supporter told former Conservative MP Oliver Colvile on Facebook that "assassination was too good for him" and told him to jump off a high bridge.

Oliver Colvile
BBC

Julian Isaacs, 59, admitted sending threatening messages to Conservative Mr Colvile who was the candidate for the Devonport seat in May, which he won in 2015.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard that Isaacs of Stonehouse, Plymouth, made the posts in response to a post by Mr Colvile on his Facebook page.

He told him to jump off the Tamar Bridge between Devon and Cornwall the court heard.

Isaacs said: "I did mean it literally. I do not regret anything."

He told police he is a "pacifist who abhors violence" and it was "a joke that was not funny".

Mr Colvile had felt "threatened and intimidated", the court heard. Magistrates adjourned the case until later today for probation officers to be consulted on imposing a community work order.

Expert has doubts over Plymouth and Exeter redevelopment plans

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A planning expert has raised doubts about whether two major bus station redevelopment schemes in Plymouth and Exeter will go ahead.

The fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit referendum is causing problems for the plans to use the ageing bus station sites for restaurants, cinemas and - in Exeter's case - a swimming pool. Raw materials are more expensive to import.

The Plymouth developers are now applying to vary their planning consent, with designs that are cheaper to build. Professor Chris Balch, a planning expert from Plymouth University, said such developments now face serious pressures.

They will find a way to make them work if they can, but they are not going to start writing cheques for £75m or £50m if they feel the risk associated with doing that is too great. So I think one has to except that there is a period of greater uncertainty and these projects could be a casualty of that."

Professor Chris Balch
Plymouth
BBC
The former bus station in Plymouth

The schemes in the two cities were announced in 2014 and are strikingly similar. Each is designed as an offshoot of the decade-old shopping centre which sits next to each bus station site.

A spokesperson for British Land, the owner of Drake Circus which is working up the leisure scheme at the former Bretonside bus station, said: “The ambition is to commence construction within this financial year.”

Exeter city council has recently increased the budget for its pool by over a quarter to £33m. The council says the pool will now be built using a fixed price contract with a construction firm. The council leader Pete Edwards admitted to the BBC that the contract has not yet been signed, but insists the "vibe" is good.

Argyle star caught driving Porsche while chatting on mobile

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Plymouth Argyle footballer drove his Porsche while using his mobile phone, a court has heard.

Yann Songo'o
BBC

Yann Songo'o, 25, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court.

Defender Songo'o, of Mannamead, Plymouth, admitted driving while using a mobile phone in Mannamead Road.

He also admitted exceeding the 30mph limit in Peverell Park Road.

The French-born player made no plea on two more charges of driving the Porsche Boxster on Mannamead Road in December last year while uninsured and without a licence.

The case on all four charges was adjourned to 21 August.

The case was previously adjourned at four separate hearings after Songo'o was unable to appear in court.

Man can't grieve as council refuses to let him see brother's body

Falmouth Packet

A Falmouth man whose brother died recently has said he will not be able to grieve fully due to strict council rules about publicly funded funerals in Cornwall.

Teen injured in 'hit-and-run'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses to a "hit-and-run" collision in Plymstock, which left a 17-year-old motorcyclist with leg injuries.

Officers say they were called to Wembury Road, Elburton, at 11:15 on Sunday.

A dark coloured vehicle, possibly an Audi, reportedly rounded the corner on the other side of the road to the teenager, causing other vehicles to "take action" in order to avoid the car.

A spokesman said "The offending vehicle continued on and may possibly be unaware of the collision."