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Summary

  1. Man stabbed to death at Plymouth railway station
  2. --- British Transport Police (BTP) said he was stabbed on the concourse of the station
  3. --- The man, in his 40s, was taken to hospital after the stabbing at about 10:00, BTP said
  4. --- It added a 29-year-old local man has been arrested
  5. --- Police said a murder investigation has been launched
  6. Baby had multiple fractures that were 'days old', inquest hears
  7. NHS cyber-attack 'hero', Marcus Hutchins, expected back in court
  8. Man, 82, suffers life-threatening injuries in car-lorry crash
  9. Double council tax petition for second home and holiday let owners in Cornwall
  10. More than 1,600 vehicles damaged by potholes in Devon County Council area in three years
  11. Sailing: British boat Concise 10 wins Fastnet race
  12. Updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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Football: Devon sides in action tonight

James Law

BBC Sport Online

All three of Devon's professional football sides are in action tonight, with a mixture of league and cup matches to look forward to.

The first round of the EFL Cup has offered a mouthwatering west country derby as Plymouth Argyle make their first trip to Bristol City’s new-look Ashton Gate since 2009, while Exeter City are at home to Charlton – the lowest placed of the seeded teams in this year’s draw.

In the National League, Torquay United’s tough start to the season continues as they travel to Hampshire to take on Aldershot, another of last season's play-off teams.

You can hear full coverage and live commentary on BBC Radio Devon Sport from 19:00.

Portugal picks up some penguins after paperwork push

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Penguins. Pic: Living Coasts
Living Coasts

Penguins have been sent from Torquay to Portugal in the name of species conservation, and, like any other travellers these days, they had to have their paperwork in order, a zoo says.

The 20 birds travelled 1,700 miles from Devon to the Parque Zoologico de Lagos by road in a temperature-controlled van, before taking a ferry across the English Channel before being driven on to the Algarve.

The group, two breeding pairs and a collection of younger birds, is to start a new colony and the move was a recommendation from the European endangered species programme for African penguins, Living Coasts said.

Zoological collections don’t buy and sell animals – they loan, donate or swap, the Devon zoo said.

Paperwork needed to move them included: vet certificates, a letter from a vet, a letter of origin, a letter of donation and TRACES [Trade Control and Expert System] certification – the European Union accreditation for controlling the import and export of live animals and animal products.

And did they appreciate all the administrative hurdles that had to be jumped over? We won't know.

But Living Coasts curator Clare Rugg said: "They arrived and all went for a swim. They seem to be fine after their journey."

Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, between Higher Way and B3176.

A3052 Devon - Very slow traffic on A3052 Four Elms Hill in both directions in Newton Poppleford between the Higher Way junction and the B3176 junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Turfdown Road and Drift Lane.

A38 Cornwall - A38 in Bodmin blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Turfdown Road junction and the Drift Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Torbay Council property portfolio 'could mean £400m of borrowing'

BBC Radio Devon

A row has broken out in Torbay over whether the council is getting into too much debt by buying up commercial buildings.

The unitary authority has taken out loans for about £80m to fund a property portfolio that includes two retail parks and an office block.

Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver wants to put a limit of a £100m on the council's borrowing, but Conservatives want it to be twice as high. A decision on what the ceiling should be will be made at a meeting tonight.

Mr Oliver said that, if his cap was not accepted, the council's total borrowing would reach £400m.

Torbay Council
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Wheels in motion for skating copper's work with young people

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Cornwall police officer is literally getting her skates on to work with young people and discourage them from getting involved in anti-social behaviour, the Devon and Cornwall force says.

PC Jodie Fellows
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police said youth intervention officer Constable Jodie Fellows would patrol skate parks in Truro, Camborne and Penzance areas on her roller skates with the aim of breaking down barriers and to try to engage with the park users

PC Fellows said: "Historically we experience increases in crime during the summer months from the 13 to 18-year-old age group. There has been some criminal damage to the council’s skate parks - mostly by those who don’t use the equipment - and graffiti. It is not pleasant for dog walkers and families with children to see."

The force added that the initiative would link into a project between police and Cornwall Council to get young people to help decorate parks and "encourage them to take some responsibility for their environment".

Maternity wards closed 382 times last year in England

More than 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once in 2016, data obtained by the Labour Party suggests.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, 42 out of 96 trusts said they had shut maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions. The most common reasons given were too few staff and not enough beds.

The government said closures are "well rehearsed" and it was "misleading" to say they were down to staff shortages.

Baby
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However, health bosses in Devon said last month that they had no option but to stop birth services at some maternity units because of staffing problems.

Units in Honiton and Okehampton were closed for three months at short notice.

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, which runs the service, said it did have a staff shortage due to sickness, unfilled vacancies and maternity leave.

Em Wilkinson-Brice, the trust's chief nurse, also told a health scrutiny committee that births were suspended at Tiverton on 17 occasions in June due to staffing issues.

Plymouth Station stabbing: Railway 'remains a safe place'

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth station
BBC

We have a 29-year-old male in custody, he's currently in hospital receiving some treatment for a wound to the hand that he suffered during the incident and our investigations will be ongoing over the coming days

Acting Ch Insp Shawn TaylorBritish Transport Police

He said the railway "remained a safe place", but if anyone does have any concerns they should approach the officers on duty.

Latest weather: Cloudy and rain overnight but brightening

BBC Weather

This evening it will be staying cloudy with further spells of rain that will be heavy at times.

Winds will strengthen through the night adding to the chilly feel. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map
BBC

After a wet morning with heavy rain in places, Wednesday will turn drier and brighter from the west through the afternoon, with spells of sunshine developing for most.

Despite this, it will stay breezy and rather cool. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Number of people 'driving while using mobile phones'

Bus tours South West to give people cancer advice

BBC Spotlight

A special bus is touring the South West, giving people advice about cancer.

Cancer bus
BBC

Staff on board are offering help to everyone from those worried about a cancer diagnosis, to those who have loved ones with the disease.

The service is being run by the charity Macmillan and will also be giving out more specialist advice.

Skin cancer rates are higher than average and rising in the South West, according to NHS England.

Baby inquest: Doctor had 'never seen injuries that severe'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A consultant paediatrician has told an inquest she has never seen a baby with such severe injuries as those of Cooper Johnson-Hicks, who died last year.

Dr Katherine Mallam was on duty at the Royal Cornwall Hospital when Cooper was brought in on 26 June 2016. He died later that day with serious head injuries.

Cooper Johnson-Hicks
Family handout

Dr Mallam, who has worked in paediatrics since 1998, said: "I've never seen injuries that severe. I've never seen skull fractures to that extent."

Tristan Hicks, Cooper's father, told police he'd informed the family he had tripped over a Moses basket, causing Cooper to injure his head, earlier in the day.

Mr Hicks took his own life weeks later after being questioned on suspicion of his son's murder.

He told police he had told Cooper's mother about the fall, but other accounts at the hearing in Truro state that he did not tell anyone for at least six hours.

The inquest continues.

He's got bottle! Rick Stein angers locals again by charging £1.25 for sauce

The Daily Telegraph

Celebrity chef Rick Stein has angered diners at his upmarket fish and chip shop by charging £1.25 for condiments.

Football: Truro score three again to go top

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City have gone top of National League South after a 3-0 win at Gloucester City last night.

Ed Palmer, Ben Gerring and Jordan Copp scored the goals as the White Tigers built on their opening-day 3-2 triumph over Welling on Saturday.

Truro City
Truro City FC

Extras council tax on second homes and holiday 'not the solution' - MP

BBC Radio Cornwall

One of Cornwall's MPs says he doesn't believe proposals to increase council tax for second home owners and holiday lets is a solution to Cornwall's shortage of housing.

Labour Party campaigners have started a petition arguing that second homes are pushing up the prices of all housing in Cornwall, not just in resorts such as St Ives (pictured) and St Mawes.

St Ives Conservative Derek Thomas said: "The high streets that I represent in Helston, St Ives and Penzance could not survive if we didn't have a buoyant tourism industry that is fed largely by holiday lets.

"Ultimately, council tax is about providing services, so you pay your council tax in return for a service. It shouldn’t be seen as a cash cow for people we think we should penalise."

St Ives
BBC

Baby had multiple fractures that were 'days old'

A pathologist found numerous fractures on a one-month-old baby who died last year that were "days old" an inquest has heard.

Cooper Johnson-Hicks died on 26 June 2016. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an incident earlier in the day when his father said he tripped over a Moses basket, causing him to fall and hit his head.

His father Tristan Hicks failed to tell anyone about the incident for about six hours, and took his own life after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

The inquest in Truro heard details of a report from Professor Charles Mangham that he found severe fractures to the skull, and 24 rib fractures in a post-mortem.

When questioning Cooper's mother, Bryony Johnson, police told her Professor Mangham said the rib injuries "would have been caused by squeezing his chest" and they were "non accidental".

He determined the most recent fractures would have been caused between two and 12 hours before his death, with others "most likely two to three days before".

When asked by the coroner, Dr Emma Carlyon if she could explain how Cooper came to have such severe injuries, Miss Johnson replied, "no".

The inquest continues.

Cooper Johnson-Hicks
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Murder probe after station stabbing: What we know so far

Plymouth
BBC
  • A man stabbed on a train station concourse has died, police say
  • British Transport Police were called to the Plymouth railway station at 10:00
  • They found the man - in his 40s - with serious stab wounds
  • Paramedics took the man to hospital where he died
  • A man, 29, had been arrested on suspicion of murder
  • He was initially taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury
  • Detectives believe the two men knew each other and had an argument at the station
  • They're now asking any commuters who witnessed what happened this morning to come forward
  • There will be extra police officers in the area during the coming days and detectives are reassuring the public that such assaults are very rare
Plymouth
BBC

Neal can emulate Vassell success - Hodges

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City boss Lee Hodges says striker Andrew Neal can emulate Isaac Vassell by going on to play for a club in the English Football League.

Vassell, 23, left the Cornish side for League Two Luton in July 2016 and has been linked with a move to a Championship club, while Neal scored 18 goals for Truro last season.

Andrew Neal and Isaac Vassell
Truro City FC/Getty Images

"He's in his early 20s, so there's a chance for him to do it," Hodges told BBC Sport.

"I think he's got a chance to go like a Vassell, and all it needs is for someone to take that chance to make him play at a higher level."

Terrified mum and children hid behind shelves during station stabbing

Plymouth Herald

A Plympton mum has spoken of the terrifying moment she and her two young children scrambled for safety while a man was stabbed at Plymouth Railway Station.

Plymouth train station stabbing: Extra police patrols

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Extra police officers are to patrol around the area of Plymouth train station after a fatal stabbing, a senior officer says.

A man in his 40s died after the stabbing at about 10:00. A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police said it was believed the two knew each other and had an argument "which resulted in one of the men assaulting the other".

Det Ch Insp Paul Langley, of British Transport Police, said extra officers would be in the area "in the coming days".

He added: "Thankfully, assaults such as this are very rare and we are doing everything to establish what has happened."

Plymouth train station stabbing
BBC

Latest weather: Staying cloudy with rain

BBC Weather

Remaining cloudy and cool with heavy, and possibly thundery, showers or longer spells of rain for most. Despite this, there will be some drier spells and bright intervals. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather
BBC

Staying cloudy this evening, with further spells of rain that will be heavy at times. Winds will strengthen through the night adding to the chilly feel. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Mother says dad 'lied' to police

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of a one-month-old baby who died after being dropped in St Blazey has been hearing transcripts from when his mother gave interviews to police.

Cooper Johnson-Hicks died on 26 June 2016 after an incident at their home in St Blazey.

Tristan Hicks, Cooper's father, took his own life weeks later, having been also been questioned by police on suspicion of murder.

Bryony Johnson told officers she was out at the time that Cooper was dropped by Mr Hicks, and that he didn't tell her about it for more than six hours.

Cooper Johnson-Hicks
Family Handout

She said "if I'd known Tristan has dropped him on his head I'd have called the ambulance straight away".

Mr Hicks told police he had told Miss Johnson that he'd tripped over a Moses basket causing Cooper to land on his head, shortly after it happened, at around 10:00 in the morning.

"That is a lie" she said, adding "he did not tell me as soon as I got back".

An ambulance was not called until 13:49 BST after Cooper stopped breathing. He died in hospital later that day from serious head injuries.

Miss Johnson said Mr Hicks was too scared to tell her about what had happened, and instead his mother, Petra Hicks had to do so. This happened outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital at about 16:30, she told police.

The inquest continues

Plymouth train station stabbing: Appeal for witnesses of 'broad daylight attack'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police investigating at fatal stabbing at Plymouth train station have appealed for witnesses or information after "an attack on a man in broad daylight at a busy station in Devon".

Detectives from British Transport Police (BTP) and Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the death after the man, in his 40s, died after being injured just before 10:00.

Plymouth train station
BBC

Det Ch Insp Paul Langley, of BTP, said: "We are now asking anyone who may have been at Plymouth station this morning and witnessed what happened to come forward and speak to us. Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital in our inquiries."

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The two men involved are also believed to have known each other.

Plymouth train station stabbing: Men 'knew each other'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two men involved in an incident at Plymouth railway station which resulted in one dying are believed to have known each other, police say.

A man in his 40s died after a stabbing just before 10:00, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Det Ch Insp Paul Langley, of the BTP, said: "At this time, it is believed the two men knew each other and had an argument at the station, which resulted in one of the men assaulting the other.

"The victim was taken to hospital but he sadly died despite the best efforts of the medical teams."

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Plymouth train station
BBC

Plymouth train station stabbing: Man suffered head and shoulder injuries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth train station
BBC

A man who died after a stabbing at Plymouth railway station suffered head and shoulder injuries, ambulance service staff say.

The man, in his 40s, was injured just before 10:00. He later died and British Transport Police (BTP) said they were trying to identify him.

South Western Ambulance Service said paramedics were called at 09:58 to help two male casualties, one with minor injuries and another with head and shoulder injuries.

"We attended with two ambulances and one rapid response vehicle," the spokesman said. "Both casualties were taken in to Derriford Hospital for treatment."

BTP said that a 29-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder was taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury.

Plymouth train station stabbing: Station access 'restricted'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Station access has been restricted after a man was stabbed on its concourse, later dying from injuries, police say.

A 29-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.

Train services are still running as normal, track operator Network Rail said.

However, the ticket office is "off-limits until further notice, so passengers can't buy or collect tickets there", it added.

Plymouth train station stabbing: Murder investigation after death

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth train station
BBC

A murder investigation has been launched after a man stabbed at Plymouth train station this morning later died, police say.

The man, in his 40s, suffered life-threatening injuries at about 10:00.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they were "working to identify the man and inform his family".

Detectives from BTP and Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the death.

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury.

BreakingPlymouth train station stabbing: Man dies

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has died after a stabbing incident at Plymouth railway station, police say.

The male, initially described as in his 30s but now said to be in his 40s, suffered life-threatening injuries at about 10:00, British Transport Police said.

In the latest update officers said paramedics took the man "to hospital for treatment, but despite their best efforts, the man died".

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested.

Plymouth train station
BBC

Escaped 13ft python recaptured

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A snake owner sawed and hammered holes in his ceiling to recapture an escaped 13ft python.

Satan the snake escaped into the wall cavities of a block of Exeter flats on Friday night.

Reptile-lover Samuel Maule, 20, told us his beloved rescue snake slipped through a hole in the wall behind the toilet after he had been trying to wash her shedded skin off in the bath.

Satan the snake
Samuel Maule

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, who attended with the RSPCA, said neighbours were all "given the option whether they wanted to leave".

Hole in ceiling
Samuel Maule

Samuel managed to recapture Satan with friends late on Sunday night after sawing and hammering large holes in his ceiling - and she is now in the care of a local reptile shop while he "works on a solution" to living with her again.

Devon and Cornwall Housing have not yet commented.

Extra council tax on second homes and holiday lets 'could raise up to £25m'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A proposal to charge second home and holiday let owners in Cornwall up to double the standard Council Tax could raise up to £25m to build affordable homes in the county.

Labour Party campaigners have started a petition arguing that second homes are pushing up the prices of all housing in Cornwall, not just in resorts such as St Ives (pictured) and St Mawes.

St Ives
BBC

Labour Councillor Cornelius Olivier said it was a fair proposal if the money raised was spent properly.

He said: "I think it's fair if the money is used to provide housing because, whatever economic benefits we get from holiday lets, the impact they have on the housing market down here - and the availability of housing for local families - is enormous."

Plymouth train station stabbing: Arrested man taken to hospital

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth train station
BBC

A man arrested after a stabbing at Plymouth railway station has also been taken to hospital, police say.

The 29-year-old was arrested after emergency services were called to an incident at the station at about 10:00.

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital after suffering "life-threatening injuries", British Transport Police said.

The force said the arrested man was also taken to hospital to have a hand injury examined and then would be taken to a Devon and Cornwall Police custody suite before being questioned.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Plymouth rail station is open although its ticket office is closed, track operator Network Rail says.

Plymouth city centre buildings to be demolished

Devon Live

City centre buildings are to be demolished as part of a redevelopment which will see new homes and shops put in their place.

Plymouth train station stabbing: MP 'disturbed' by incident

Plymouth train station stabbing: 'Trains running but ticket office off-limits'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth train station
BBC

Trains are running as normal in Plymouth but the station's ticket office is closed off after a stabbing incident, track operator Network Rail says.

Emergency services were called to the station at about 10:00, British Transport Police said.

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital with "life-threatening injuries" after the incident and a 29-year-old local man has been arrested.

Network Rail said that the ticket office was "off-limits until further notice, so passengers can't buy or collect tickets there".

Plymouth train station stabbing: 'Station open but ticket office closed'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth train station
BBC

Plymouth rail station is open although its ticket office is closed, track operator Network Rail says.

The office has been closed after a stabbing at the station which has seen a man suffer "life-threatening injuries".

Emergency services were called to the station at about 10:00, British Transport Police said.

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital and a 29-year-old local man has been arrested and is in police custody.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Plymouth train station stabbing: Appeal for witnesses

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have started an investigation into a stabbing at Plymouth train station which has left a man with "life-threatening injuries".

Emergency services were called to the station at about 10:00 after reports of the stabbing on the station's concourse, British Transport Police said.

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital and a 29-year-old local man has been arrested and is in police custody.

British Transport Police said: "Officers are looking to identify any witnesses who saw what happened at the station. If you were in the vicinity and saw this assault, please get in touch."

BreakingPlymouth train station stabbing: Man suffers life-threatening injuries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth rail station
BBC

A man has been stabbed on the concourse of Plymouth train station, police say.

British Transport Police said that the man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital after the stabbing at about 10:00.

They added that the victim was "to be treated for injuries considered to be life-threatening".

A 29-year-old local man has been arrested and is in police custody.

BreakingStabbing at Plymouth train station

BBC Spotlight

Reports are coming in of a stabbing at Plymouth train station.

The station is closed off to the public. One person is reported to be injured.

More to follow.