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Summary

  1. Man, 92, 'assaulted at bus stop' and 'left with bruising to his face'
  2. Devon NHS cyber 'hero' to appear in American court
  3. Heading northbound on the M5? Long queues around crash site near Weston
  4. Walker 'falls 20ft from coast path close to Minack Theatre'
  5. Man, 55, in hospital after Newquay road crash
  6. Major work expected to disrupt rail passengers at Waterloo
  7. Sidmouth Folk Week kicks off today
  8. Updates on Friday 4 August 2017

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NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins to appear in US court

British cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins will appear in court in Las Vegas later charged in a US cyber-crime case.

The 23-year-old, from Devon, has been accused of involvement with Kronos - a piece of malware used to steal banking logins from victims' computers.

Mr Hutchins, from Ilfracombe in Devon, came to prominence after he stalled the WannaCry cyber-attack which hit the NHS in May.

The FBI arrested him on Wednesday. He is expected to appear in court about 23:00 BST.

Marcus Hutchins
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Landlord fined for dangerous boiler work at Ilfracombe flat

A 'grossly irresponsible' landlord who carried out dangerous gas work in a tenant's flat in Ilfracombe has been ordered to pay more than £14,000 in fines and costs.

Allan King put the lives of his tenants in Ilfracombe at risk by fitting a new boiler himself rather than paying a qualified engineer to do the job.

He made a series of basic errors and the dangerous boiler remained in use for more than a month until the fault was found.

A Gas-Safe registered engineer who was carrying out other work in the building found five different problems with the installation and disconnected the boiler immediately because it posed "an immediate danger".

King owns the block of seven flats at Pebble Court in Arcade Road as well as four other flats in the resort but may have to sell one or more to pay his costs.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive, the 76 year old, of Sealands, Mortehoe, North Devon, admitted fitting a boiler without certification and breaching his duty to ensure the health and safety of residents.

He was jailed for nine months, suspended for 18 months, and fined £2,000 with £12,184.14 costs by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Football fans rejoice! The new season kicks off at last...

BBC Radio Devon

For some it's the best news of the summer, for others it's come along far too soon.

Either way, the football season is upon us with all three Devon sides in action on Saturday.

Plymouth Argyle are ready to kick off their first season in League One since 2010 and after the excitement of last year's promotion, all eyes will be on a new-look team which begins the new campaign at Peterborough with eight new signings.

Exeter City were a whisker away from joining Argyle in League One so they'll be keen to bounce back from that play-off defeat at Wembley. Cambridge are the first visitors of the season to St James Park.

Torquay United's great escape last season means they remained in the Conference. First up for them at Plainmoor are promotion favourites Tranmere Rovers.

BBC Radio Devon Sport will have commentary from 14.00 on Saturday.

Latest weather: Expect occasional showers

BBC Weather

Occasional showers will continue to spread in from the west overnight. However, some clear spells are likely too. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Saturday brings the chance of an occasional shower for some at first. However, Devon and Cornwall will see predominantly dry weather thereafter with sunny spells for all. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Police launch crackdown on gangs of youths blighting Plymouth waterfront

Lisa Hay

BBC News Online

Police in Plymouth say they're taking action over a rise in anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and violence on the city's waterfront.

They say businesses and people are being intimidated by large groups of youths - and they warn ''robust action'' will be taken against anyone found to be acting illegally.

Insp Robin Loveridge said PCSOs have been intimidated and members of the public have been harassed and distressed, but officers would now use dispersal powers to break up large groups of youths.

“We are seeing once again a rise in levels of anti-social behaviour which is not only having an impact on police resources but an impact on members of the public and business owners in the area.

''We have had reports of threatening behaviour, criminal damage and reckless behaviour. A cafe owner reported his sign being thrown into the sea and people climbing up a live electricity cable from the sea onto the walled Hoe area are just a few examples.''

Man jailed for attack at Military Wives Choir cathedral concert

A visitor who disrupted a concert by the Military Wives Choir at Exeter Cathedral has been jailed for attacking the volunteer who ejected him.

Mark Bartlett, who has cerebral palsy and was homeless at the time of the incident last October, was not in the audience of the all-ticket concert but wanted to pray elsewhere in the cathedral.

He became agitated after asking for a candle and being told that none were available and was twice escorted out.

Exeter Crown Court heard the 34-year-old bit volunteer guide Michael Moore on the finger and punched him in the face, leaving him with double vision and in need of hospital treatment.

Bartlett was already on bail at the time after threatening a fellow resident of a hostel in Barnstaple with a knife.

He admitted causing actual bodily harm to Mr Moore. He denied affray in relation to the hostel incident but was convicted by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in June.

Mr Nick Bradley, defending, said Bartlett was ''very contrite".

''He accepts his behaviour at the cathedral was alarming. He was in an agitated state because he was remembering the anniversary of his foster sister's funeral. He was upset he could not celebrate it with a candle."

He was jailed for a total of nine months.

Latest travel: Accident on the A379

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • Holcombe - there's been an accident on the A379 Teignmouth Road near Holcombe Drive
  • Paignton - Marine Drive is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Marine Gardens and Garfield Road
  • Torquay - there's been an accident on Ellacombe Church Road near Hoxton Road
  • Chumleigh -South Molton Street is very busy due to a collision near Four Ways Drive

Cornwall

  • Playing Place - the A39 is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Old Coach Road and the A390

M5: Severe delays after northbound lorry crash

Lisa Hay

BBC News Online

The delays on the M5 northbound are now up to four hours as repair work continues following a collision between two HGVs between junction 24 (Bridgwater) and junction 20 (Clevedon).

Two lanes remain closed after this morning's collision between two HGVs which resulted in a large fuel spillage between J21 and J20 - and means emergency resurfacing work is needed.

Highways England says it is working hard to re-open another lane in preparation for the evening peak. But it anticipates resurfacing work will continue into the evening.

The northbound entry at J21 from the A370 at Weston-super-mare will also stay shut throughout the evening.

Anyone planning to drive north from Devon and Cornwall is advised to consider an alternative route if possible, or allow plenty of additional time for their journey if not.

And if you're travelling to London from the South West, Highways England advises you may want to consider using the A30 and A303 to join the M3.

Bulldozers to move in to Plymouth city centre site

BBC Radio Devon

Demolition is due to start on Tuesday on three buildings at Plymouth's Colin Campbell Court.

The city council says it's the first stage in the redevelopment of the western end of the city centre, which will eventually lead to a more direct connection with Plymouth's waterfront at Millbay.

The plans include more than 300 homes around the Colin Campbell location, a quarter of them being starter homes.

There will also be shops, cafes, studios and car parking as well as public open space.

Plymouth City Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: "I'm really excited to see work begin. When it is finished, Colin Campbell Court will bring a new lease of life to the West End and we as a council are immensely proud to have contributed to it."

Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Old Coach Road and A390 Green Lane.

A39 Cornwall - A39 in Playing Place blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Old Coach Road junction and Arch Hill, because of an accident involving a car and motorbike.

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

Cornishman 'improving' after stem cell treatment for motor neurone disease

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

The wife of a man from Ladock who suffers from motor neurone disease has raised thousands of pounds with the help of friends and family to take her husband abroad for treatment.

Nick Karza was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year and his wife Heather set to work to help him get stem cell therapy at a clinic in Austria.

''I wasn't going to give up. I read about this bone marrow treatment and that's the one I wanted.''

She says within hours of the operation a fortnight ago she noticed some improvements in his mobility.

'It was very subtle things. It wasn't a miracle by any means, but irrespective of him being able to move a bit better and hold himself better, I've noticed that we've had no progression and that is the biggest thing for me.''

And she says the couple and their five children have been overwhelmed by the support in their local community: ''What's going on with us is completely heart-breaking. But we are completely lucky to be surrounded by so much love. And you can't beat that.''

Nick Karza with two of his children
BBC

The treatment is not yet available in the UK.

Belinda Cupid, the Head of Research at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said: ''Stem cell therapy is not yet a proven therapy - we don't completely understand how it might work and want to be sure it can be really safe to give to people living with motor neurone disease.''

Woman in hospital after car careers off busy road

Plymouth Herald

A woman was taken to Derriford Hospital after her car smashed through street furniture on Embankment Lane during a busy night for Plymouth's police officers.

M5: Three-hour delays northbound

BBC News Travel

On the M5 northbound around Weston-Super-Mare two lanes remain closed for resurfacing work after an earlier accident and fuel spillage.

The entry slip road at Junction 21 is now also closed.

Traffic is very slow with very long queues back past Bridgwater and North Petherton.

Highways England‏ says travel time is about three hours and is asking drivers to consider using alternative routes.

M5 fuel spill resurfacing work on-going

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 northbound around Weston-Super-Mare two lanes are closed for resurfacing work after an earlier accident and fuel spillage. Traffic is very slow moving with very long queues back past Bridgwater to North Petherton. There are delays of three hours and drivers are urged to find alternative routes
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Elsewhere, in Chumleigh, South Molton Street is very busy due to a two-vehicle collision near Four Ways Drive

'Cuts around mouths caused by seagulls'

Cornwall Live

A pharmacist says people have shown her cuts around their mouths which they say were caused by seagulls trying to grab food.

Latest travel: M5 - delays of three hours

BBC News Travel

  • On the M5 northbound around Weston-Super-Mare two lanes are closed for resurfacing work after an earlier accident and fuel spillage. Traffic is very slow moving with very long queues back past Bridgwater to North Petherton. There are delays of three hours and drivers are urged to find alternative routes
  • In Torquay, there's slow traffic on the A379 Marychurch Road due to an accident near Torquay Golf Club
  • In Newton Abbot, Shaldon Road is just passable due to an accident near St Marychurch Road
  • In Paignton, there's heavy traffic on the A3022 Totnes road due to a three-vehicle collision near Battersway Road

Mid Devon council apprentices praised

Lisa Hay

BBC News Online

Four apprentices from Mid Devon District Council have been praised for their hard work, fresh approach and enthusiasm.

Lewis Brooks, Maggie Andrews, Duncan Sumner and Chad Kirby were nominated for Apprentice of the Year.

Councillor Clive Eginton, leader of the council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and although none of them were the overall winner it is recognition of the very high standard of apprentice the council currently has.”

Stephen Walford, chief executive, added: “We currently have a great team who are working together on a project to recommend improvements across all services. Their fresh approach and enthusiasm is a real credit.”

Award-nominated apprentices
Mid Devon District Council
Leader of the council, Clive Eginton, and chief executive, Stephen Walford, with apprentices (left to right): Lewis Brooks, Maggie Andrews, Duncan Sumner and Chad Kirby

Man, 92, 'assaulted at bus stop'

A 92-year-old man has been assaulted at a bus stop in Cornwall, police have said.

The man suffered bruising to his face and was left shaken, officers told the BBC.

It happened on Tuesday between 16:15 and 16:45 on The Strand in Bude.

Police would like to speak to a man in connection with the incident. He's described as being white, about 5'8" tall, who had two dogs with him and was with a woman and two children.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

M5 latest: 15 mile tailbacks could affect Bristol Airport passengers

BBC News Travel

Bristol Airport is advising passengers to allow more time for their journeys on the M5 today to avoid missing flights.

There are three-hour delays south of Bristol following an earlier accident involving two lorries between junctions 21 and 20.

Two lanes and the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway are closed at junction 21 while the motorway is resurfaced after being damaged by a large diesel spill.

Traffic is tailing back for more than 15 miles and congestion in nearby towns and villages along diversionary routes is said to be extremely heavy.

Highways England is asking drivers leaving Devon and Cornwall and heading north today to consider alternative routes.

M5 long delays: Motorists urged to find other route

BBC News Travel

Two lanes remain closed for resurfacing work on the M5 northbound around Weston-Super-Mare following an earlier accident and fuel spillage.

Traffic is very slow moving with very long queues back to Bridgwater.

Highways England‏ says travel time is around three hours and is asking drivers to consider using alternative routes.

M5
Highways England

Walker 'falls 20ft from coast path close to Minack Theatre'

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

A walker is thought to have fallen about 20ft from a coast path close to the Minack Theatre, in Cornwall.

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Newquay is on its way to Porthcurno to winch the injured walker to safety.

The alarm was raised by ambulance paramedics just before midday. RNLI lifeguards got there within two minutes and the Land's End coastguard volunteer team were at the scene within 10 minutes of the call coming in.

The woman is thought to have injured her ankle and is expected to be airlifted shortly.

Cone moans over roadworks in Truro

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's frustration in Truro among business owners and residents about roadworks on one of the main routes into the city.

Locals are complaining that the coned off lanes on the A390 are causing serious congestion and they're annoyed they can't be cleared while there are no workmen on site.

Cornwall Council says the repairs are being done at night to reduce disruption.

Councillor for transport Geoff Brown said the authority appreciates the impact the work is having on local people.

He said: ''It's a major undertaking. The roundabout at Threemilestone currently has about 27,000 vehicle movements a day around it. We're trying to make the route more efficient to carry a greater capacity and a much smoother journey into Truro.''

Cormac said traffic management put in place for the works will remain for the coming weeks, and reduced speed limits are in place because of the narrow lanes.

Weather: The weekend starts here

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

  • Rest of Friday: Cloudy at times with some scattered light showers, plus some spells of sunshine. The high is 20C
  • Tonight: Some showers will continue however, there will be some clear spells and many areas will again remain dry. Minumum temperature 12C
  • Saturday: Some showers will continue during the morning but it will be mostly dry through the afternoon with some longer spells of sunshine. Maximum temperature 18C

Bee Tucker with the weather outlook
BBC

500 mile dash from Devon to safeguard 'smelliest plant on Earth'

Lisa Hay

BBC News Online

Rare pollen has been sent 500 miles from Paignton Zoo to Edinburgh - to help safeguard what is considered the smelliest plant on the planet.

Zoo staff collected and dispatched fresh pollen from it's Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) - a plant that when in bloom can be up to three metres high and smells like rotting meat. The pollen is rare because these unearthly plants only bloom once every few years.

The golden dust was needed to pollinate the Royal Botanic Garden's own Titan - known as Reekie - and harvested by staff who cut a hole in the side of one of the zoo's pair of the giants.

But it caught the experts by surprise and bloomed early, so the pollen was too late to be of any use.

It is likely to be kept on ice until the next time it's needed. Special storage at -80C means it could last for years.

Collecting Titan pollen
Paignton Zoo
Lorna Nicholl-Griffith gathering Titan pollen

M5: Long queues after crash near Weston-Super-Mare

BBC Radio Devon

Drivers planning to use the M5 between junctions 21 and 20 northbound are advised to allow extra time for their journeys today following an incident involving two HGVs.

Two lanes of the carriageway between junctions 21 (Weston-Super-Mare) and 20 (Clevedon/Nailsea) will remain closed while resurfacing due to a diesel spillage takes place.

Highways England says drivers leaving Devon and Cornwall and heading north today should check the situation and consider alternative routes.

NHS cyber-defender Marcus Hutchins 'could face decades in jail'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Marcus Hutchins could face 'decades in jail', says computer-crime attorney Tor Ekeland

British cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins will appear in court in Las Vegas later charged in a US cyber-crime case.

The 23-year-old, from Devon, has been accused of involvement with Kronos - a piece of malware used to steal banking logins from victims' computers.

Tor Ekeland is an attorney who specialises in computer crime.

He told the Today programme the charges carry a "statutory maximum of maybe 40 years in jail".

'Stones used to break window in burglary'

Gravel stones were used to break a window during a burglary in Sidmouth, police have revealed.

It happened between 12:10 and 12:45 on Thursday in Sidbury.

Police said it follows a previous burglary in nearby Buckley Road between 18 and 21 July.

An officer said: "Offenders again got inside the property through a window but nothing was stolen.

"Police are asking all Sidbury residents to remain vigilant for individuals and vehicles which look out of place in the village and to call police immediately."

Future Plymouth plan submitted

Plymouth Herald

It has taken five years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan (JLP) has finally been submitted.

M5: 12 miles of queues around repair work

BBC News Travel

There are warnings of 12 miles of queues on the M5 heading northbound near Weston-Super-Mare this morning.

Two lanes are closed due to resurfacing work after an earlier accident and fuel spillage.

Traffic is very slow moving with very long queues and Highways England‏ is asking drivers to consider using alternative routes.

Handful of medals for transplant swimmer Tracy Carroll

BBC Radio Cornwall

Swimmer Tracy Carroll from Helston has won five medals at the British Transplant Games - three golds and two silvers.

The games were held in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, in June.

Tracy's mum donated a kidney to her daughter after she was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2010.

Tracy said: ''I had a six percent kidney function when I was diagnosed. Quite a few people offered to be a donor for me. Mum was the best match of course because she's my mum.

"I went from being really unwell with kidney failure, and now after my transplant I am fit, healthy, work hard and play hard.''

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Delays on M5 due to accident clear-up work

BBC News Travel

If you are heading out of the South West this morning, Highways England says be prepared for long delays.

On the M5 around Weston-Super-Mare, heading away from Devon and Cornwall, two lanes are closed due to an earlier accident and fuel spill.

'Saturday football is dying' says manager

Torquay Herald Express

Tony Bowker said he feared for local football after Galmpton United were beaten 7-0 at Appledore last Saturday when the manager struggled to pull together enough players for the squad.

Sidmouth Folk Week kicks off today

BBC Radio Devon

Some of the biggest names in folk music - including Seth Lakeman, Ralph McTell and The Fisherman's Friends - are taking to the stage at this year's Sidmouth Folk Week, which begins today.

It's the 63rd year the event's been held in the Devon town.

Organisers say there are more than 700 events planned over the next seven days, from children's storytelling to display dances and "intimate" concerts.

Find out more about what's in store between now and 11 August.

An otter pops into the marina for lunch

The Guardian

A busy harbour is not a place you’d expect to find much in the way of wildlife, so that bubble trail in the water is intriguing.

Supporters of Marcus Hutchins 'deeply concerned' by arrest

Press Association

British cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins, from Devon, will appear in court in Las Vegas later charged in a US cyber-crime case.

Supporters for Mr Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, say they are "deeply concerned" by his arrest.

Naomi Colvin, from civil liberties campaign group Courage, said: "In May this year, WannaCry malware closed hospitals in the UK, becoming the first ransomware attack to represent an actual threat to life.

"In halting the spread of WannaCry before the US woke up, MalwareTech did the world an enormous service - and to American businesses in particular."

Mr Hutchins' mother, Janet Hutchins, said she is "outraged" by the charges and has been "frantically calling America" trying to contact her son.

The Foreign Office said it is supporting Hutchins' family and is in contact with authorities in Las Vegas while the National Cyber Security Centre also said it was "aware of the situation".

MalwareTech
Twitter
Mr Hutchins tweets under the pseudonym 'MalwareTech'

Tunnels 'could protect towns and villages from pollution'

Cornwall Live

Parts of the A30 and M5 could be covered by tunnels to protect adjacent towns and villages from dangerously high levels of pollution.

Surf's up - for salty sea dogs

Andy Birkett

BBC News Online

Dog surfing has arrived in the South West - inspired by its popularity in America.

Instead of chasing sticks the dogs are being trained to chase the waves on a proper surfboard.

Michelle Dart runs a training session on Seaton Beach in Devon and says, if it's done correctly and with the dogs' welfare in mind, it's good fun and great exercise for owners and their pets.

dog on a surf board
BBC

Long delays on M5

BBC News Travel

If you're leaving Devon and heading northbound on the M5 this could cause you delays...

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Dog rescued from cliffs at Dawlish

BBC Radio Devon

Coastguards and firefighters have rescued a dog from the cliff face at Dawlish this morning.

A specialist fire rescue team from Camels Head in Plymouth was sent to Coryton Cove just after 06.30 after a man called to say he and his pet were in trouble.

It took crews two hours to get to the cliff space and rescue the dog.