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  1. Wheelie bin murder pair jailed for life
  2. 'Lessons must be learned' after baby 'unlawfully killed'
  3. Man in court charged with drugs offences after teen death
  4. Man in court over Plymouth railway station murder
  5. Apologies from hospital and surgeon for no consent genital op
  6. 'Man in suit' wanted in connection with car park thefts
  7. Torbay Hospital turnaround, according to CQC report
  8. Hotel evacuated after vaping triggers fire alarm
  9. Updates on Thursday 10 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 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.

Serious case review into baby death

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A serious case review is under way following the death of a four-week-old baby in St Blazey, Cornwall, last year.

Cooper Johnson Hicks died of head injuries and a coroner ruled yesterday that he was unlawfully killed by his father, Tristan Hicks - who took his own life after he was questioned on suspicion of murder.

Sarah Allum from the NSPCC says the police and social workers who were involved in the case before Cooper's death need to learn lessons.

"All agencies will have to review all of their involvement with this family with this young baby and to look at all actions that took place and of course any omissions, and consider what might have been done to protect this baby," she said.

Football: Torquay's Lee faces time out after chest pains

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United loanee Jordan Lee is undergoing tests after suffering chest pains.

The 20-year-old right back, on loan from Bournemouth, went to hospital with club physiotherapist Gareth Law on Wednesday and now faces some time out.

Jordan Lee
Rex Features

"When it's chest or heart-related things you've just got to make sure," Gulls manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon.

"I'm pretty sure that it's nothing major, but until ourselves and Bournemouth are comfortable that he's 100% then, unfortunately, he's not available to us."

First picture of man accused of Plymouth train station murder

Plymouth Herald

This is the man charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing at Plymouth Railway Station.

Yacht rescued from Fastnet race

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A yacht with 10 people aboard taking part in the Rolex Fastnet offshore race had to be rescued yesterday afternoon after getting into trouble.

The RNLI said Vencom lost its rudder and was unable to steer so had to be towed back to shore with help from both St Mary's lifeboat from the Isles of Scilly and Ballycotton all-weather lifeboat based in Ireland.

Fastnet race

The notoriously tough race on Sunday saw 380 boats sail from the Solent round the Fastnet lighthouse off Ireland and back to the finish line in Plymouth.

Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: "This was the furthest offshore rescue that I personally have ever been requested to.

"We would like to commend both the crew members on board the yacht who were all wearing suitable lifejackets and also thank the crew on board the St Mary's lifeboat for their efforts in ensuring a positive outcome."

Weather: A wet day ahead

BBC Weather

It'll be a fine end to the day, but cloud will increase overnight.

There will still be some clear spells and a few isolated mist or fog patches may form, especially in prone spots such as around the River Exe and the Tamar Valley. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map

Tomorrow cloud and rain will quickly spread in, with some heavy bursts at times over the hills.

It will be breezy for many with intermittent rain and drizzle for much of the day. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Football: Argyle's Bradley cleared of alleged spitting

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The Football Association has said Plymouth Argyle defender Sonny Bradley has "no case to answer" after reviewing video evidence of an alleged spitting incident against Peterborough on Saturday.

After the match, Peterborough player Marcus Maddison claimed he had been spat at while on the floor injured.

It means Bradley will serve no suspension and will be available as the Pilgrims host Charlton in League One this weekend.

This is how a this pair of sandals sparked a search party in Perranporth

Cornwall Live

If you spotted lifeguards and coastguards searching the Penhale area of Perranporth yesterday afternoon, this is what sparked the search...

Jeremy Corbyn - Cornwall absolutely in our sights

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Cornwall is "absolutely in the party's sights" for the next general election, on a visit to the county.

Mr Corbyn is holding a rally on the NHS at Heartlands in Pool later, as part of efforts to raise Labour's profile in target seats.

The party made significant gains in the 2017 general election but the Conservatives held onto all six parliamentary seats.

Jeremy Corbyn with hospital staff

After a tour around the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro he said a Labour government would "particularly look at the source of problems" for pressure on the NHS.

"The social care is not available so they [patients] are stuck in hospital, as a result somebody else cannot go in hospital, as a result somebody else can't get elective social care," he told us.

The Conservatives have pledged £2bn for adult social care in England over the next three years.

Rugby: Evans targets November Pirates return

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Canada international Matt Evans says he hopes to return to the Cornish Pirates side in November after a knee problem.

The 29-year-old wing has been out since December, and has had two operations on the injury.

Matt Evans
Brian tempest

"I've found a new lease of life within myself. I was worried, at first, as mentally getting over something like this is sometimes really difficult," Evans told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"I'm looking forward to getting the ball back in my hands in September hopefully, and then pushing into full training at the end of September and maybe get a run-out in November."

Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between Whitford Road and B3261.

A35 Devon - A35 Gammons Hill in Kilmington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Whitford Road junction and the B3261 junction, because of an accident.

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

Hospital sees huge improvement

BBC Spotlight

There's been a dramatic turn around at a Devon hospital according to the latest Care Quality Commission report.


Last year inspectors said the Emergency Department at Torbay Hospital was overwhelmed and rated "inadequate".

The hospital's made a number of changes since then including improving the rota cover of senior doctors and nurses seven days a week. It's now rated "good".

Hotel evacuated just before midnight thanks to vaping guest

Devon Live

Hotel guests were evacuated from their rooms late on Wednesday night after someone vaping in their room set off an alarm.

Two jailed for life over wheelie bin murder

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a drug user whose body was found dumped in a wheelie bin.

Drug dealer Thomas Killen, 33, and addict Brett Edwards, 37, attacked James Woodhouse, 30, over a £700 cocaine debt and left him dying in a squalid flat in Exeter, the city's crown court heard.

He was knocked unconscious and died from an injury to his neck which he suffered as he fell over, the court was told.

Thomas Killen and Brett Edwards
Devon and Cornwall Police

The two men fled the flat but Edwards returned after a few days, found Mr Woodhouse dead, and then tried to dispose of his body using a stolen wheelie bin.

Killen, of North Lawn Court, and Edwards, of Okehampton Road, both denied murder but were found guilty.

Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between The Hill and B3261.

A35 Devon - A35 in Kilmington closed in both directions between The Hill junction and the B3261 junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Westbound traffic to divert via the A358 at Axminster and the A30 at Chard, Eastbound traffic to follow the same route in reverse. Traffic is coping well. Congestion to Axminster.

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

Football remembers Exeter's Adam Stansfield

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Football is remembering former Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield, who died of cancer at the age of 31.

The English Football League tweeted: "Seven years on. Adam Stansfield; gone but never forgotten."

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a series of tests for an abdominal complaint in April 2010, after being admitted to hospital in March.

More than 1,000 mourners attended his funeral.

Plymouth fireworks extravaganza

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Matt Gilley

Tonight is the second and final night of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

The annual event kicked off last night, as the crowds turned out to watch teams from all over the world light up the skies with their finest displays. The lucrative event is now celebrating its 21st year in the city.

Group watching fireworks
Matt Gilley
Matt Gilley

Corbyn arrives to loud applause

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has begun addressing a crowd at a rally on the NHS in Heartlands, Cornwall.

The county has had no Labour MP since 2005 although the party did make significant gains on the Conservatives in this year's general election.

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Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard is also at the rally.

Police try to find missing man

Police are trying to find a 38-year-old man who has gone missing from Torbay.

Paul Taylor, from Torquay, has been missing since 25 July.

Paul’s family are getting "increasingly concerned" and want to know if he is safe and well, police said.

Paul Taylor
Devon and Cornwall Police

South Western rail franchise boss not committing to guard role

BBC News England

The boss of the new South Western rail franchise has refused to commit to protecting the role of train guards, despite calls from the RMT trade union.

FirstGroup and Hong Kong's MTR take over on 20 August and will provide 90 new trains with doors that can be operated by the driver.

Driver-only operated trains on Southern Rail services has led to 16 months of industrial action by the RMT. The union has called a meeting with FirstGroup on 17 August.

The South Western rail service currently operates routes between London Waterloo, Reading, Bristol, Exeter, Weymouth, and Portsmouth, as well as Island Line on the Isle of Wight.

Andy Mellors
Andy Mellors said he was "committed to recruiting additional staff" but would not commit to protecting the role of the train guard

'Lessons must be learned' after baby death

BBC Radio Cornwall

The NSPCC says lessons must be learned after a four-week-old baby was "unlawfully killed" by his father.

A coroner in Truro ruled Cooper Johnson-Hicks was killed by his father, Tristan Hicks, who had a history of mental health problems and domestic violence.

Mr Hicks took his own life a month after Cooper died in June 2016.

Cooper Johnson Hicks
Family handout

Sarah Allum, from the NSPCC, says questions need to be asked about the environment the child grew up in.

The family might have more information that's important for agencies to know, in terms of what happened to this very young boy in the few weeks that he lived".

Sarah AllumNSPCC

Men guilty of murdering former soldier

Two men have been found guilty of killing a drug addict over an unpaid debt, and trying to dispose of his body using a wheelie bin.

Thomas Killen, 33, of North Lawn Court, and Brett Edwards, 37, of Okehampton Road, both denied murder but were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court.

They attacked and murdered James Woodhouse at a flat in Exeter where he'd been staying on 11 November 2016, having been invited to stay there by Edwards.

Exeter Crown Court

The court heard Mr Woodhouse was a former soldier who had become homeless after developing a major addiction to cocaine. He owed money to Killen and at least one other gang of drug dealers and there was said to be a bounty on his head which would be paid to anyone who could track him down and beat him up.

Six days after punching him until he was unconscious, Killen and Edwards returned to the flat with a stolen wheelie bin in an attempt to remove his body, the court heard.

Judge Sir John Royce will sentence them later.

Music star Frank Turner to perform song in Cornish on Boardmasters main stage

Cornwall Live

A world-renowned music star will sing a song in Cornish on the main stage at Boardmasters on Friday night.

Supermarket 'distraction theft' warning

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are warning of a number of "distraction thefts" in supermarket car parks around Exeter.

Officers say during the past three weeks seven incidents have been reported and about £1,000 in cash has been stolen from victims.

Car parks targeted include Waitrose, The Range on Water Lane and Southernhay east car park near the church.

Waitrose, Exeter

PCSO Ben Turner, said: "We believe the man responsible is always dressed smartly, either in a suit or a smart blazer type jacket and possibly has greying hair on his temples and has a strong Eastern European accent."

The man is described as being 40-50 years old, around 5ft 10 tall, of medium build and possibly driving a Vauxhall car.

Red Arrows create spectacular scenes

BBC Radio Cornwall

The sky was clear blue for the Red Arrows display over Falmouth yesterday evening.

There were huge crowds for the event - a key part of Falmouth Week.

Red Arrows
Charley Jones
Red Arrows
Charley Jones

BreakingWheelie bin murder pair found guilty

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A drug dealer and an addict have been found guilty of killing a former soldier in a punishment beating.

Brett Edwards and Thomas Killen attacked victim James Woodhouse at a squalid flat in Exeter where he had been hiding away from a dealer to whom he owed money.

They left Mr Woodhouse unconscious after punching him in the face and then tried to dispose of his body with a wheelie bin when they found him dead at the flat in Exeter six days later.

Mr Woodhouse, 30, had been a soldier, a window salesman, and charity fundraiser before his life was destroyed by his addiction to cocaine.

James Woodhouse
Devon and Cornwall Police

Trains cancelled after lorry hits bridge in Exeter

Devon Live

There are long delays in Exeter today and trains have been cancelled after a vehicle struck a bridge.

Jeremy Corbyn visits Cornwall hospital

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as part of his visit to Cornwall to try to raise the party's profile in target seats.

He will address a rally on the NHS at Heartlands near Pool later.

The Conservatives retained all six parliamentary seats in the county in the 2017 general election but Labour made significant gains.

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Weather for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and sunny day, although a little cloud may bubble up this afternoon. Winds will be light so it will feel warm in the sunny spells, although a little fresher on the north coast.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather map

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

  • In Exeter, on the A377 Alphington Road there are reports of an accident near Marsh Barton Road, so approach with care
  • In Ilfracombe, on Marlborough Road there has been an accident near Worth Road
  • In Exeter, on Honiton Road near Wilton Way there is slow moving traffic due to an earlier accident
  • In Newton Poppleford, on the A3052 Four Elms Hill there is slow moving traffic in both directions due to roadworks
  • The British Firework Championships is being held in Plymouth tonight so there will be road closures around the Hoe from 13:00
  • No problems at the airport; however, on the trains, GWR services between Exeter Central and Exmouth are currently not running due to a vehicle hitting a bridge
  • In Landrake, on the A38 near Pound Hill there is heavy traffic due to a broken-down vehicle

BreakingMan in court charged with drugs offences after teen death

A man accused of supplying drugs to a teenager who died after taking illegal substances has appeared in court.

Leah Kerry, 15, was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot last month.

Jacob Khanlarian from Newton Abbot, appeared at Exeter Crown Court via videolink from prison.

The 20-year-old was charged with two counts of intent to supply a class A drug and one of intent to supply a class B substance. He didn't enter a plea as the toxicology reports into Leah's death have not been completed.

He was remanded in custody until 31 August.

It is believed Leah suffered an adverse reaction from the substance. She died in Torbay Hospital. Two other girls believed to have taken the same substance were also taken to hospital after the incident, but were released.

Leah Kerry

BreakingMan in court charged with Plymouth station murder

A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man at Plymouth railway station.

Jamie Skinner, of Bodmin Road in Plymouth, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court charged with the murder of Wayne Fenton, 49, who was stabbed on the station's concourse.

He was asked only to confirm his name, age and address, and was not asked to enter a plea.

Jamie Skinner
Jamie Skinner

Disruption on the trains

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In Exeter, there's heavy traffic on the B3183 Honiton Road near the A3015/Wilton Way because a lorry has become stuck under the railway bridge.

'Man in suit' wanted in connection with car park thefts

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are trying to find a man "dressed smartly" in connection with several reports of distraction thefts in Exeter car parks.

Seven thefts have recently been reported to police in Waitrose, The Range and Southernhay east car parks, police said.

They are urging people to be wary of a man in his 40s wearing "either a suit or smart blazer type jacket" who has a strong Eastern European accent.

The Range car park

PCSO Ben Turner, said: "We are reviewing CCTV, but have only managed to partial identify a suspect."

Falmouth packed for Red Arrows

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Red Arrows returned to Falmouth on Wednesday making the most of clear blue skies.

The town was rammed with visitors as the aerobatic display team provided one of the main highlights of Falmouth Week - a celebration of the town's maritime history.

Red Arrows
Red Arrows
Red Arrows

'Stay safe' at Boardmasters

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued safety advice for festivalgoers attending this year's Boardmasters in Newquay.

Officers say it's a "safe" event, which started on Wednesday, but if you're one of the 50,000 people expected they have the following tips:

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Even soft drinks can be spiked with drugs or alcohol
  • If you are concerned for your safety contact the nearest marshal, security guard or police officer
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in your tent – there are a number of thefts of laptops and smart phones from tents every year
  • Check your car daily and leave your glove compartment empty and open
  • Try and keep your phone, cash and cards on you and don't bring a huge amount of cash
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site police or festival security immediately
Boardmasters 2014
Boardmasters 2014

Cycling sensation Kiera Byland competes in Special Olympics

She's already a Special Olympics superstar, but 18-year-old Kiera Byland is on the hunt for more gold medals.

Last night she co-hosted the opening ceremony in Sheffield for over 2,600 athletes from across the country.

Today she's competing in the 10k time trial.

It wasn't easy for Kiera growing up with learning difficulties, but when she discovered cycling, her life changed dramatically.

South West Water fined for illegal discharge near Camborne

Cornwall Live

South West Water has been ordered to pay more than £142,000 in fines and costs for discharging poor quality effluent from two of its sewage treatment plants.

Fireworks light up the sky

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Tonight's the finale of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

The 21st annual event kicked off last night, as the crowds turned out to watch teams from all over the world light up the skies with their finest displays. It's estimated the annual event is worth £4m to the local economy.

Matt Gilley
Lighthouse with firework
Matt Gilley

Plymouth fatal stabbing: 'Devastating shock for family'

Press Association

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing on a railway station concourse.

The victim, Wayne Fenton, was found seriously injured at Plymouth station on Tuesday morning.

Paramedics tended to the 49-year-old and he was rushed to Derriford Hospital, but died of his injuries, British Transport Police said.

South Western Ambulance Service said medics treated two men at the scene, one with minor injuries and another with head and shoulder injuries.

Jamie Skinner, of Bodmin Road, Plymouth, was charged on Wednesday evening and is due before magistrates in Plymouth on Thursday morning, police said.

Tuesday's news would have come as a devastating shock for this family. My thoughts are with them at this stage and we have specially trained officers supporting them as they come to terms with this news."

Ch Insp Paul LangleyBritish Transport Police