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Summary

  1. Appeal for witnesses after man found dead in St Austell
  2. Ship captain 'five times over legal alcohol limit'
  3. Two people arrested after man suffers 'life-threatening head injuries'
  4. 'Significant marine life found near quarrying site' off The Lizard
  5. Arrests of children drop in Devon
  6. Suspicious car fire damages two vehicles in Torquay overnight
  7. Disruption to South West Trains because of Waterloo works
  8. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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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.

The Lizard quarrying sea transport plans 'still being investigated despite reef report'

BBC Spotlight

Developers who want to quarry stone near a Cornwall reef say options for sea transport are "still being investigated" despite claims new evidence shows significant species of marine life off The Lizard.

The owners of Dean Quarry want to supply rock to the UK's emerging tidal lagoon industry and said the only viable way of transporting it was by boat.

But a new report published for the Marine Conservation Society said the reef area - the Manacles - should be left undisturbed.

Manacles. Pic: Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

A volunteer diver organisation, called Seasearch, also said it had found signs of a range of important marine life.

In response to the report, the company said: "Options for sea transport are still being investigated so we believe this report is premature and is based on draft proposals from two and half years ago which are no longer under consideration.

"Any significant new sea transport infrastructure would require a planning application and marine licence application, including a full impact assessment."

Causing a stink: Smelly flower's pollen put on ice after early bloom

BBC Radio Devon

Paignton Zoo titan arum
Paignton Zoo

Rare pollen from a plant at Paignton Zoo has been sent 500 miles up to Scotland - but arrived too late to be put to use.

The pollen was from a titan arum, which the zoo said is one of the largest and, when in bloom, one of the smelliest plants on Earth, hence it being known as the corpse plant.

The plant's huge flowers only bloom once every few years and the pollen was sent to the Royal Botantical Gardens in Edinburgh to pollinate their own titan, but the plant took experts by surprise and bloomed early.

The pollen from Paignton will now be stored there at -80C (-112F), meaning it could last for years.

Germans who flock to south west confused over difference between Devon and Cornwall

The Daily Telegraph

It seems that German tourists, who flock to the south west in their thousands every year, think the county of Devon is just part of Cornwall.

Blood donors may have to travel to new locations

BBC Radio Devon

Blood donors in the south west may have to travel to different locations to give blood following a review of sessions in the Plymouth area.

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service said it expected to start a review of sessions around the city later this year.

It confirmed it may reduce the number it held and could also ask some donors to donate at alternative venues.

Blood donor. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Evening weather: Staying cloudy with rain

BBC Weather

Cloud will persist through the night, with further showery rain, which may turn heavy at times. But temperatures will be holding up as a result. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather map
BBC

Tuesday will be a rather cloudy and cool day, with heavy showers or longer spells of rain, particularly across central parts.

However, some brief brighter interludes are also possible. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Runner Jo Pavey get 10,000m bronze medal - 10 years after race

BBC Spotlight

Jo Pavey. Pic: BBC Sport
BBC Sport

Devon's Jo Pavey has finally received a 10,000m bronze medal - 10 years after she was unfairly denied it at the 2007 World Championships in Japan.

She finished the race fourth, but has now been upgraded to third because of a rival's doping conviction. Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse had her result chalked off.

The 43-year-old was beaten to bronze at the time by American Kara Goucher, who has been upgraded to silver.

The achievement was recognised on Sunday night at this year's World Championships in London.

It is Pavey's first global medal having won Commonwealth and European medals.

Thugs jailed for nose bite attack at Christmas party

Devon Live

A drug debt enforcer and his hired thug have been jailed for an attack on a father whose nose was bitten off at a Christmas party.

'Fun house sun house' marks 70 years of listed buildings

BBC News England

Pillwood House. Pic: James O Davies/Historic England
James O Davies/Historic England

A building in Cornwall is among several that have been given listed status as Historic England marks 70 years of the practice.

Listing was introduced in the Town and County Planning Act in 1947 in order to save important buildings from over-zealous post-war builders.

Built between 1973 and 1974 as a holiday home in the trees, Pillwood House in Truro was described by architect John Miller as a "fun house as well as a sun house".

Historic England praised the way its large windows "allow light to flood in and give wide views of the surrounding wood".

"Miller made early use of glass-reinforced plastic, or fibreglass, to make the walls, which are lightweight but strong, and the steel frame was painted bright green to give it a visual connection with the surrounding trees," the organisation said.

Three historic trails to be created for Mayflower 2020 commemorations

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

They will be part of a national network and are part of changes in Plymouth being done in a bid to bring the story to life.

The Mayflower National Trail will connect 11 destinations across Britain to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey.

Council leader Ian Bowyer has approved £3.5m of capital funding for start of the project.

We are planning a year-long cultural programme including major events, but these projects are about improving areas so that Plymouth people, as well as visitors, can enjoy them for many years to come.The immediate impact of these projects during 2020 is estimated to be in the region of an additional 500,000 visitors, creating an additional economic impact of at least £18 million and 360 jobs."

Ian BowyerPlymouth City Council leader

Seaside town decline 'an epidemic' - bankruptcy study firm

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torquay and Plymouth are personal bankruptcy hotspots in what is seen "an epidemic" in seaside towns and cities.

In a new study by accountants Moore Stephens, Torquay (pictured) was top in Britain for such bankruptcies, with 43 insolvencies per 10,000 residents, compared with a British average of just under 20.

Plymouth was also in the top 10 at 35 insolvencies per 10,000 people.

Torquay
BBC

The report said problems included tourist areas often lacking the economic diversity of bigger cities, as well as many local entrepreneurs and educated young people leaving traditional holiday destinations and moving to areas such as London,

Moore Stephens spokesman Jeremy Willmont said: "Bankruptcy in the more rundown of the British seaside towns has become an epidemic.

"As seaside tourism declines, there is less chance for these areas to reinvent their image as exciting, vibrant places for business to thrive."

Appeal after serious sexual assault on woman, 30, in Exeter city centre alley

Devon Live

A woman was sexually assaulted in a small Exeter city centre alley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Father dropped baby who died from head injuries

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A one-month-old baby died after "flying" out of the arms of his father when he tripped over a moses basket, an inquest has heard.

Cooper Eddie Johnson-Hicks died on 26 June 2016 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. His father Tristan Hicks was found dead on 23 July 2016 and an inquest concluded he had taken his own life.

The inquest in Truro has been hearing evidence given by Mr Hicks to police following his son's death.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital
BBC

Mr Hicks told officers his mother had brought his son to him at home at Polgrean Place in St Blazey on the morning of 26 June after she looked him.

He said he was holding Cooper in the crook of his right arm while carrying a bottle of milk in his left hand. The incident happened as he "rushed" into the living room of their flat.

He said: "I wasn't holding him properly. I came rushing in, tripped over and he came flying out onto the floor."

Cooper was initially fine, but "went all weird" two or three hours afterwards, he said.

After attempts at resuscitation by neighbours, Cooper was taken to hospital by paramedics where he died from serious head injuries. The post-mortem examination found he also had fractured ribs.

The inquest in Truro is scheduled to last for three days.

Devon drunken sailor convicted in New Zealand

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Authorities in New Zealand say the conviction of a drunken sailor from Devon should act as a warning to others on their waters.

Anthony Baker, 53, was five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his 40,000-tonne cargo ship Shansi on Friday.

View of Marsden Point
Google

Local pilots helping him at Marsden Point near Auckland raised concern that he "smelled of alcohol" and he was arrested.

He admitted breaching New Zealand's maritime law in court today and was fined 3,000 New Zealand dollars (US$2,222; £1,692) as well as being suspended by his employer.

'Tombstoning can kill': Police urge people not to jump off rocks

A new campaign has been launched to try and stop people tombstoning in Plymouth.

One man died from jumping from rocks into the sea in the city in 2016 and many more have received serious injuries.

Police have seen an increase in calls regarding groups of people tombstoning in the waterfront areas of the city. We are working in partnership to tackle these issues, educate those individuals on the dangers and reduce the demand on the police and health staff.

Insp Robin LoveridgeDevon and Cornwall Police

Dickon Berriman from the RNLI said: “Conditions can change quickly and anyone considering jumping into the sea from height should always check for hazards in the water like submerged rocks and know where the best access out of the water is.

“It’s really important that people think about the possible dangers. People should never jump while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure. Coasteering with a registered company may be a safer alternative."

Plymouth
BBC

In recent years Plymouth has seen tragedy as a result of what some consider a fun activity. This includes the death of a man last year as he hit the rocks jumping from the Hoe foreshore and other tragic incidents where many people have been seriously injured. In August 2016 a 17-year-old received life-changing injuries and last year a 14-year-old was described as being lucky to be alive following diving headfirst on to rocks and being rescued by the coastguard.

Insp Robin LoveridgeDevon and Cornwall Police

Escaped python explored vents and plumbing in flats

BBC Radio Devon

A snake that escaped from a flat in Exeter has been found and returned to his owner.

The 14ft (4.3m) African rock python got into the vents and plumbing in a block of flats in the Hill Barton area of the city.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service used small cameras to find the reptile.

'Park considerately' plea from fire crews

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Firefighters in Cornwall are asking people to park their cars more considerately after they were delayed getting to a vehicle fire in Lostwithiel.

Parking. Pic: Lostwithiel Community Fire Station
Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

A crew was called to a suspected arson attack at Bodmin Hill at about 01:20.

Vehicle fire. Pic: Lostwithiel Community Fire Station
Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

The town's fire station said on Facebook said the crew was "delayed due to some unthoughtful parking which caused us a problem to pass".

It added: "When parking your vehicle, please consider the likes of fire appliances who may require access."

Adam Fenton: Newquay cancer survivor 'fell to his death'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Adam Fenton
Fenton Family

A man from Cornwall is thought to have fallen to his death on his first night out to celebrate being "clear" from cancer.

Thirty-two-year-old father-of-two Adam Fenton, from Newquay, was found on Towan beach on 28 July.

He was celebrating initial reports of his recovery after six months of chemotherapy to treat blood cancer.

Police said the death was being treated as unexplained and inquiries were continuing.

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Home port arrival date set

BBC News England

The Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier is expected to arrive in its home port within weeks, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to sail into Portsmouth following extensive preparations at the naval base.

The exact date is weather-dependent but is expected to be no later than 22 August.

The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in June.

Its crew currently includes personnel based in the South West, including Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Football: Peterborough United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

BBC Sport

Newly promoted Plymouth made a losing return to League One as they suffered defeat at Peterborough United at the weekend.

The Pilgrims fell behind just four minutes into their opening fixture of the season when a Leo Da Silva Lopes cross took a wicked deflection off Gary Sawyer - who was credited with an own goal - and flummoxed goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

Plymouth conceded again two minutes into the second period as their appeals for a foul were ignored after Posh debutant Jack Marriott robbed defender Sonny Bradley. Marriott then laid a second goal on a plate for Junior Morias.

Terrific saves from McCormick kept Derek Adams' side in the contest as he denied Doughty and Marriott before Plymouth halved their arrears.

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Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, the A361 is blocked in both directions at South Molton, between Aller Cross and Bishop's Nympton due to an accident. A diversion through South Molton is very busy
  • In Totnes, on the A385 near the Brutus Bridge roundabout, there are reports there's an overturned car
  • The A381 between Halwell and Harbertonford is partially blocked due to a broken-down car and caravan
  • In Plymouth, on Outland Road at the Manadon roundabout, there are reports of slow traffic due to a broken-down car and caravan
  • In Cornwall, on the A389 in Bodmin, near Midway Road, there are reports of slow traffic due to an accident
  • In Truro, on Penventinnie Lane near the Treliske roundabout, there are reports of an accident
  • Between Stithians and Ponsanooth, Tubbon Hill is blocked in both directions due to an accident
  • Isles of Scilly Skybus flights are departing on time from Land's End. However, Newquay flights are delayed up to an hour due to a technical issue

Torquay and Plymouth 'personal bankruptcy hotspots'

BBC Radio Devon

Torquay
Andrew Segal

Torquay and Plymouth are personal bankruptcy hotspots in Britain, according to a new study.

Seaside towns and cities dominate the list by accountancy firm Moore Stephens, which said its research showed that coastal industries and tourism had continued to decline.

It added that seaside tourist areas often lacked the economic diversity of bigger cities and were too reliant on low-spending domestic tourists for employment.

Plymouth
BBC

The top spot was Torquay (pictured top), with 43 insolvencies per 10,000 residents, compared with a national average of just under 20.

Plymouth (above) was also in the top 10 at 35 insolvencies per 10,000 people.

Car and lorry crash on A361

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One person has been freed from a car after it was in a collision with a lorry on the A361 in Devon, firefighters say.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said two fire crews were called to the scene on the southbound lane between Borners Bridge and Bish Mill at about 11:20.

It said: "The casualty was successfully released by crews using hydraulic rescue equipment, a scoop stretcher and small tools".

They were then taken to hospital by ambulance. Their condition is not known.

Drunken sailor fined and suspended

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A Devon captain who was five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his cargo ship in New Zealand has been fined and suspended.

Anthony Baker, 53, was breath-tested after harbour staff noticed he "smelled of alcohol" as they helped dock the 40,000-tonne vessel Shansi at Marsden Point north of Auckland on Friday.

Marsden Point
Google

He admitted breaching New Zealand's maritime law in Whangarei District Court on Monday.

He has been fined 3,000 New Zealand dollars (US$2,222; £1,692) and suspended by his employer, the court heard.

Laser pen seized near Exeter Airport

Latest weather: Staying cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

It'll continue a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of patchy rain. The rain may become heavy and also showery at times later, but there should also be some drier, and perhaps brighter interludes. Light or moderate southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest by the end of the day. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight will remain largely cloudy with further outbreaks of rain. Winds will remain light or moderate from the northwest. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Torbay Council halts HIV support suspension

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council has done a U-turn on plans to axe HIV support and advocacy services in the district.

The council had announced last month it would no longer fund the programme beyond the end of September.

The council had said Torbay was "not an area of high HIV prevalence" and the money could be reinvested in wider preventative sexual health services.

The unitary authority said it had put the plans on hold and was doing more research to assess the impact of such a cut.

However, Torbay's Liberal Democrats said they feared it would be just a stay of execution for such services.

Travel: Accident on A361 South Molton

BBC News Travel

In South Molton, there is slow moving traffic on A361 in both directions between Aller Cross and Harpson Lane due to an accident.

Severe accident: A361 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A361 Devon both ways severe accident, between A399 and B3227 affecting Harpson Lane.

A361 Devon - A361 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Aller Cross in South Molton and the B3227 junction in Bishop's Nympton, because of accident investigation work. Congestion to Knowstone.

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

Search for missing retired guide dog

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

Missing dog poster
BBC

A big search has been carried out in south Devon for a retired guide dog who's been missing for more than three weeks.

The local community responded on Sunday to an appeal on social media and dog lovers and their pets turned out to help look for 13-year-old Indy in the Anstey Cove area.

More than 80 friends - human and canine - took part in the search.

Owner Helen Redclift said: "My cats and my dogs are my family. I do hope he comes back soon."

A30 U-turns 'illegal and extremely dangerous'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Cornwall are warning drivers that doing U-turns on the A30 near Hayle is illegal and also "extremely dangerous".

Penzance Police said on Facebook that officers had recently "received numerous reports" of such manoeuvres and that drivers should be patient "as we all know at this time of year there is grid lock and heavy traffic everywhere".

Officers added: "There were two serious collisions last year on the stretch between Loggans and St Erth, one resulting in the death of one driver.

"Our suggestion is to find an alternative route and, if not, wait patiently and you will get through."

Police said regular patrols were being conducted and drivers caught performing U-turns "will be stopped and dealt with accordingly".

A30. Pic: Google
Google

Football: Exeter City 1-0 Cambridge United

BBC Sport

Last season's League Two play-off finalists Exeter opened the new season at the weekend with a comfortable win against Cambridge at St James' Park.

The only goal of an entertaining game came from Reuben Reid in the fifth minute after Jordan Moore-Taylor's long ball was needlessly handled inside the penalty box by Jake Carroll.

Passengers warned of Waterloo Station rail delays

BBC News England

People using Britain's busiest railway station are being warned to expect delays and cancelled trains as major work begins at Waterloo Station in London.

It means the closure of 10 platforms as work begins to extend them to accommodate longer trains.

More than 40,000 passengers from across the south of England use the station each day.

Services run by South West Trains, which operates routes to Exeter, will be among those affected.

Travel: Two-car crash in Brixham

BBC News Travel

In Brixham, on the A3022, near Laywell Road, there has been an accident involving two cars.

Ship captain suspended for being over alcohol limit while berthing in New Zealand

BBC News UK

A cargo ship captain from Devon has been suspended and fined for being five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his vessel in New Zealand.

Anthony Michael Baker, 53, said he hadn't been on duty but was called to the bridge when the crew reported problems.

UK acid attack survivors call for tougher sentences

Reuters

Victims of acid attacks in Britain are calling on the government to enforce longer prison sentences and tighten controls on the sale of corrosive substances, after a jump in the number of cases last year and in 2017.

Thirty-two-year-old Andreas Christopheros (pictured), who was assaulted at his home in Truro in 2014, has joined this chorus of acid attack survivors demanding that tough words become reality.

"I believe the UK has got its strategy towards this completely wrong," he told Reuters at his home.

"I strongly believe that the sentencing for anyone who carries out any form of acid attack, whether their intended victim is injured badly or not, should serve a life sentence, with a minimum term of 20 or more years."

The Home Office said it planned to set out guidance for prosecutors on classifying corrosive substances as dangerous weapons and to review sentencing guidelines.

Andreas Christopheros. Pic: Reuters
Reuters

'No-one knows' about homes and offices scheme for Bodmin

Cornwall Live

The public consultation on Cornwall Council's scheme on the county's future is about to end and residents of a town are saying no-one knows about it and have not been consulted.