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Summary

  1. Woman found dead at property in Plymouth
  2. Motorcyclist, 20, seriously injured in crash
  3. Plymouth railway station murder trial date set
  4. Two people treated for burns after fire in Cornwall
  5. Funerals for mother and son killed in A38 crash to be held
  6. Exeter Airport ranked 'poor' for disabled passengers
  7. Falmouth businesses asked to donate to Grenfell Tower victims
  8. Selstar Fireworks win national championship in Plymouth
  9. Updates on Friday 11 August 2017

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the week, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

Boardmasters drawing the crowds to Cornwall

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Across the two sites, 200,000 people will visit this corner of Cornwall over the five days.

The music festival at Watergate Bay is sold out, so you won't get in if you haven't got a ticket. You can get a flavour of it on BBC Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30.

Much of the action at Fistral beach is free though. You can watch some of the world's best surfers in action, skateboarding, and also see some great live bands, all in a beautiful setting.

I'm told the after parties are legendary too. Have a great weekend!

Surfer
BBC
Surfers competing in the men's shortboard contest

The world's biggest flip flop?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

This claim is unverified, but it must be close.

If you look closely you can see how the giant flip-flop also doubles up as a shower.

The Boardmasters surfers are using it clean up when they emerge from the sea after their heats.

Giant flip-flop
BBC

North Devon landowner refuses to let South West coast path be rerouted across land

BBC Spotlight

Ramblers say a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to improve the South West coast path could be missed, as a landowner in north Devon is refusing to let it be re-routed across its land and closer to the sea.

Lee Abbey
BBC

Lee Abbey runs Christian retreats and holidays on its estate near Lynton and has told the authorities moving the path closer to the sea would affect its business.

The abbey trustees say the proposed inland route they've agreed with Natural England is still an improvement on the current coast path but not everyone agrees.

The heats are on

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The heats of the mens' shortboard surfing are happening this afternoon.

They were supposed to be held yesterday but there was no surf.

The plan is for the quarter finals and semi finals to happen tomorrow, with the final on Sunday.

It's a bit grey and mizzly down here, but the contest continues.

Surfers
BBC

Weather: Showers disappearing and winds fading

BBC Weather

It will be rather cloudy across Devon and Cornwall for much of tonight with patchy drizzle at times.

However, by dawn it should be mostly dry with some breaks in the cloud. Meanwhile, the winds will ease too. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map
BBC

A cloudy start for many on Saturday.

Some will see an occasional shower at times but the skies will become increasingly sunny as the day wears on. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Putting the board in Boardmasters

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Watergate Bay site is only part of the Boardmasters story.

I've now moved about 20 minutes down the road into central Newquay, to Fistral Beach.

This is where the world class surfing is happening, with more than 100 entrants from 20 countries.

There is also live music, skateboarding, BMX and plenty of stalls.

Boardmasters
BBC

Woman ditched eight stone after being shocked by a wedding picture

Devon Live

A woman who piled on weight after a childhood injury and started comfort eating after being bullied for her size has dropped from 19 stone to 11 stone and from a size 22 to a size 12.

Tiverton family home after fire in council house

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A family has returned home after a fire at their council property in Tiverton.

The fire at a house in Arnold Crescent on 13 July caused extensive damage, and mum Heidi Wraight expressed her fears to council officers that it would be months before she could begin to rebuild her family’s life.

Fire
Mid Devon District Council

The fire caused 100% smoke damage to 14-year-old Tilly’s bedroom and 50% smoke damage to the rest of the family home, with additional water damage from the firefighting equipment.

House before and after
Mid Devon District Council

Alongside a heart-warming response from the community, Mid Devon District Council’s repairs team were able to arrange for a survey and full environmental clean, together with a temporary electric supply, to allow the family access to begin redecoration - they moved back in 11 days after the fire.

Traffic lights installed in bid to combat congestion in Truro

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Truro's Threemilestone roundabout now has traffic lights as part of major work to combat congestion. With 27,000 vehicles using the roundabout each day and new homes planned nearby, engineers have made changes to the roundabout and adjacent Chyvelah Road junction in a bid to improve traffic flow. As a result, the overall size of the roundabout has increased and traffic signals have been introduced.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "Our work at Threemilestone is part of the wider improvements taking place at junctions along the A390 corridor into Truro which are designed to improve traffic flow and tackle the congestion that has been a source of frustration for many."

Ever wondered what the inside of a VIP section looks like?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Well somehow they have let me in, so I can tell you.

It appears to consist of lots of giant beanbags, people wearing hats and sunglasses, and a bar with absolutely no queue.

And some very clean looking, spacious toilets.

VIP section
BBC
VIP section
BBC

Music, music and more music

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Boardmasters was first staged in 1981, and it's grown hugely.

This year, there will be 50,000 revellers at the Watergate site, up from 40,000 last year.

Everywhere you walk there is live music playing. It's hard to find a quiet corner to make a phone call.

The main stage is heating up, with the powerful voice of Frances filling the air a short while ago.

Two Door Cinema Club are headlining tonight.

Main stage
BBC

How about the media tent?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Continuing my behind the scenes tour of the Boardmasters site for a moment, this is the media or press area.

Lots of cables, laptops, cameras and people with their heads down trying to make their next deadline.

And there's a little room next door where the bands come to be interviewed.

Press tent
BBC

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J24 for A38 and J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Travel time is 40 minutes.

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

The four giant 'pineapples' on Charles Church are getting a £100,000 makeover

Plymouth Herald

The council is replacing four giant pineapples at the top of Charles Church with exact replicas as part of a £100,000 renovation project.

Volunteers on hand with welfare support

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed at any stage, there's a team of volunteers at Boardmasters to help you out.

The welfare tent is near the main stage and is there to help people in whatever way they need.

Welfare tent
BBC

"Yesterday was busy," said Carolyn, who's from Torquay, and is an experienced volunteer. "People got a bit excited - first day nerves! But today seems a bit calmer."

As well as people who are need emotional help, they also come here to ask about lost friends, phones, tents or even shoes.

And the unpredictability of the weather means they have a reversible board. On one side, it advertises sun cream. On the other side, ponchos. Ingenious.

Welfare tent
BBC

Coverage of Boardmasters on BBC

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

There's plenty of coverage:

Radio 1 Newsbeat will be partially coming from here from 17:45 this evening.

At 18:30, BBC Spotlight will be filmed live at the BBC Introducing stage, which is actually a very cool converted Airstream caravan.

There are loads of great local bands performing across the weekend.

BBC Introducing stage
BBC

Passengers from Exeter Airport suffer 12 minute delays

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

BBC analysis of flight data suggests passengers from Exeter Airport suffered, on average, delays of 12 minutes.

Gatwick passengers have suffered the longest delays over the past two summers, an average of 27 minutes.

Exeter Airport
BBC

The airline with most delays to and from UK destinations was EasyJet, with an average of 24 minutes.

The airport and the airline say many of the delays were beyond their control.

More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes seized

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco have been seized over the past year in Cornwall, new figures show.

A joint raid between Cornwall Council and police in North Country, near Illogan last month saw another 1,000 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and a large sum of cash seized.

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards said the products were either counterfeit, posing a public health risk as people don’t know what’s inside, or they had not had tax paid on them, robbing the public purse of thousands of pounds.

Trading Standards has received an increasing number of calls and reports from the public over the last year, and as a result ten search warrants have been executed and seven people prosecuted through the criminal courts.

Councillor Sue James, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: "Cornwall Council has been clamping down on this issue and we want to send a clear message to people.

"If you sell illegal products, chances are you will be caught and you could face serious penalties through the courts."

Festival drink delivery service

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Now this is a great idea.

Picture the scene. You're at a busy festival, you've got a great spot, but your drinks have run dry and it's your turn to go to bar. If you leave, you probably won't get your spot back, and you've got the hassle of queuing for the drinks, and carrying them back.

Enter the charity concierge. They will jump the queue, get the drinks, and bring them back to you, all for a £5 donation to Child.org.

Christine Cave is one of the concierges and said they will even set up people's tents or carry their luggage. They are here at Boardmasters, keep an eye out for their purple uniforms.

Charity concierge
BBC

'Extended taxi service' for one young man

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Billy and Gail are enjoying a swift pint and a G&T in front of the main stage, with their 12-year-old son Oscar. He's got a bottle of Fanta by the way.

They're here with their other, older, son, but he's said his goodbyes and won't be seeing them until Sunday.

Billy explained: "We've dragged him to loads of festivals we like over the years, so now it's his turn. We are basically an extended taxi service, and a wallet for him!"

Festival
BBC

The damp and drab Barne Barton estate which is being torn down and rebuilt

Plymouth Herald

A crumbling post-war housing estate is to be bulldozed in its entirety, as dozens of families prepare to leave behind their homes.

Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between Hayne Lane and Pine Park Road.

A35 Devon - A35 in Wilmington closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Hayne Lane junction and the Pine Park Road junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Eastbound traffic to follow route of A30, A303 and A358 to reach Axminster. Westbound traffic to follow the same route in reverse.

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

RNLI helps sailing boat casualties after vessel capsizes

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

As well as searching for a missing diver, Falmouth's RNLI volunteers were called to three other emergencies on Wednesday.

At 16:00 they went to the aid of a sailing boat near St Mawes, with three people on board, which had capsized. All three people ended up in the water, but were rescued.

At 18:45 they were called to help a powerboat that had run aground on rocks near the entrance to the Helford River. No-one was injured.

John Blakeston, senior lifeboat coxswain, said: "This has been a hectic day for all the crew members involved. They have all conducted themselves in an admirable way where, true to the lifeboat traditions, they have carried out excellent work in saving lives at sea.”

Boardmasters: 'We work tirelessly' to make the festival in Newquay work

BBC Radio 1

The organiser of Boardmasters Festival has explained how his team "works tirelessly" to make the event run smoothly.

Andrew Topham's comments follow two other UK festivals, Y Not and Hope & Glory, being cancelled this month. He's told Newsbeat: "Like a lot of festival promoters, we work tirelessly. We're as motivated as anyone to make them the best possible experience."

Y Not in Derbyshire had to end a day early because of extreme weather. Liverpool's Hope & Glory was called off as organisers claimed there were "safety concerns" after thousands of fans were made to wait hours outside the event.

Two Door Cinema Club will headline the Friday night of the festival
BBC
Two Door Cinema Club will headline the Friday night of the festival

"I can hand on heart say that with any of those festivals that have had to cancel due to bad weather, nobody would have been more devastated than the organisers themselves," said Mr Topham.

"These guys put in year round work. For many people it's life long into these shows. We do the same here. We get one chance to run them each year."

Andrew Topham
BBC

Anyone need a massage?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

If you can't get to the massage, take the massage to you.

That's what Biba and Sue from Mobile Massage are doing at Boardmasters.

Tom and Nick are here from Hampshire, and making use of their healing hands.

Tom said: "We've been surfing every day since Wednesday, and were dancing all night last night. It was a bit of a big one so our legs are hurting today!"

Massage
BBC

Weather: Generally cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain or drizzle

BBC Weather

Cloud will lower and it will become misty over hills and parts of the coast later. The maximum temperature will be 18C (64F).

Tonight will be a damp and cloudy night, but it will become drier towards morning as the cloud starts to lift and break. The minimum temperature will be 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Relaxing with reggae

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Chilling out is high on the agenda here at Boardmasters' main music site at Watergate Bay.

The House of Marley reggae stage in belting out some laid back tunes... and there's a queue for the hammocks.

In total there are nine stages, and hundreds of acts over five days.

Reggae stage
BBC
Hammocks
BBC

Boardmasters: Stage with a view

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

How about this for a view?

This is the Point Stage, and even though it's a bit cloudy today, the scene across Watergate Bay is enough to clear any mind. Roger Sanchez will be on this stage later on.

The point stage
BBC

Travel news: Long delays on M5 northbound

  • On the M5 northbound around Exeter, one lane is closed due to a broken-down lorry. Queues are back to Chudleigh
  • In Plymouth, Buckwell Street is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Palace Street
  • In Plymouth, on the A386 Tavistock Road inbound between the George Junction and the Derriford Roundabout there's an accident
  • On the A361 between South Molton and the M5 there's very heavy traffic
  • On the A30 from Cheriton Bishop heading towards the M5 there's very slow moving traffic
  • Traffic is very heavy on the roads in and around Exeter due to the congestion on the M5
  • In Tavistock the A386 Mount Tavy Road is partially blocked near Vigobridge Road because of a broken-down lorry
  • Advance Warning: On the A361 in both directions between Sampford Peverell and Tiverton one lane will be closed due to roadworks between 19:00 and 07:00
  • Advance warning: In Exeter, Bridge Road will be closed for resurfacing work between 22:00 to 05:00. A diversion will be in place

Cornwall

  • On A30 heading westbound between Camborne and the St Erth Roundabout there's slow moving traffic
  • On the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross there's heavy traffic

Crash leaves biker with potentially life-changing injuries

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist in his 40s has "potentially life-changing leg injuries" after a crash on the A38.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened between the Weston Mill junction and the Manadon junction on Wednesday at about 22:15.

Police and ambulance crews were called following reports that a motorcyclist was lying on the carriageway after a possible collision with a van, officers said.

A38
Google

The male motorcyclist was taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, particularly drivers of a white tanker and a blue box van.

Wet start for these two campers

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Most of the people at Boardmasters for the weekend are camping.

These include Hollie Gardner who's 26 from Leicester, and Emily Thornicroft, who's 25 from Worcester.

They said: "We put the tent up in the pouring rain. The heavens opened and it was windy - it was very stressful, but now it's all good.

"We eventually dried out after about a day."

They are looking forward to seeing Stormzy, Alt-J and J-P Cooper perform.

Hollie and Emily
BBC

Getting busy at Boardmasters

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Festival
BBC
Festival goers
BBC

Thousands of festivalgoers are pouring into Boardmasters this afternoon.

About 50,000 people will be here at the Watergate Bay site where the main music acts are performing. And there's much more going on besides the music, both here and at Fistral Beach in Newquay.

I'm here for the afternoon to get a sense of what's going on, and to chat to a few people that make it all happen.

All lanes open on M5 now

Twitter

Major search for missing diver

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A major search for a missing diver involved the RNLI, the coastguard helicopter, cliff rescue teams and a number of private boats and yachts.

It happened in Falmouth on Wednesday afternoon when the alert was raised by a dive boat.

Following an extensive search, the missing diver was found safe and well, after he managed to make it to the shore unaided.

Missing man last seen in Exeter

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Benjamin Gardner
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police in Gloucestershire are appealing for the public's help to find a missing man who was last seen in Exeter.

Benjamin Gardner, 28, has not been seen since Friday 4 August after he checked out of the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel.

Officers are concerned for his welfare and are urging the public to call police on 101 if they see him.

He's from Cinderford in the Forest of Dean area and is described as being 5ft 5in (1.7m) tall, with brown cropped hair and a moustache.

He was last seen wearing a green/brown knitted jumper, light blue jeans, round glasses and brown open walking sandals.

Woman who left hospital found in Plympton

A 54-year-old woman reported missing from Derriford Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning has been found.

Police have been searching for Nicola Chaffe, from Plymouth, who left the hospital at 00:20.

Police found her in Plympton at 10:45.

Estate agent's nuclear impact zone joke 'poor taste'

BBC News England

An estate agent's bid to highlight the best spots for property "outside a nuclear impact zone" has been lambasted as being in poor taste.

Its press release included a map of blast impact radiation radiuses around the UK in the event of a nuclear war.

It was labelled as "the worst press release ever", by a Times journalist.

Russell Quirk, from Essex-based online agent eMoov, apologised for any offence, but said it was "completely tongue in cheek".

Blast map
eMoov

Exeter Airport marked down on disability access 'for not consulting with users frequently enough'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Exeter Airport
BBC

Exeter Airport has responded to a Civil Aviation Authority report which ranks its services for disabled passengers as "poor".

Only three others were rated poor - Heathrow, Manchester and East Midlands airports. The group says in some cases disabled passengers are having to wait up to two hours for help to get off a plane.

Matt Roach, managing director of Exeter Airport, said: “We’re disappointed with our ranking because our service provision for people with disabilities actually scores highly but we have been marked down for not consulting with user groups frequently enough.

"We have already taken steps to address this by setting up an accessibility forum and the feedback from the CAA has been positive.”