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Summary

  1. Manhunt after village 'stabbing'
  2. Police officer denies three charges of rape
  3. Peregrine falcon 'poisoned' in Devon
  4. Calls to prevent another flash flood in Coverack
  5. Person trapped under car rescued by firefighters
  6. 'Faster services' but 'no new trains' under new South Western Railway deal
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sian Davies

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That's all from the Local Live team for today. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Have a great weekend.

Meat products recalled after 'rigorous system in place'

BBC News England

Retailers have recalled meat products made by a Cornwall company because of concerns over potentially fatal bacteria.

Chatsworth House has recalled various pates and rillettes, while Paxton & Whitfield has recalled both flavours of its Pots of Pork product.

Cornish Charcuterie said it had a "rigorous... food safety management system in place", which had alerted staff to a problem with a piece of equipment.

The company said it notified authorities immediately and instigated the product recall as a precautionary measure.

According to the NHS, botulism is a very rare but life-threatening condition, where toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria attack the nervous system and cause paralysis.

Most people will make a full recovery with treatment, but the paralysis can spread to the muscles that control breathing if it's not treated quickly, and it is fatal in around 5 to 10% of cases.

'Ground-breaking' research suggests epilepsy treatment breakthrough

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

There is a potentially "ground-breaking" new treatment strategy for epilepsy, research from the University of Exeter has revealed.

Led by mathematicians from the University of Exeter's Living Systems Institute, scientists have developed a method of identifying regions of brain tissue which may generate seizures in people with epilepsy.

If brain surgeons then removed these areas, it may lead to a seizure free brain.

Affecting around 1 in 100 people worldwide, epilepsy is predominantly treated with medication, despite around a third of cases not experiencing adequate seizure control.

Professor John Terry from the University of Exeter said: "Mathematics is a powerful tool to reveal information about the workings of the brain hidden to brain surgeons.

"Our findings offer hope of new strategies for treating drug-resistant epilepsies and we shall redouble our efforts to advancing our understanding further still."

Ten years since Newquay hotel fire

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The fire at Newquay's Penhallow Hotel, which happened 10 years ago today, was described by firefighters as the worst British hotel fire in 40 years.

The blaze ravaged the hotel, killing three people, on 18 August 2007.

Penhallow
PA

At its peak more than 100 firefighters battled flames 30 feet (9.1m) high, which tore through the 54-bedroom hotel in the Cornish holiday resort shortly after midnight.

Video: Veterinary nurse adopts dog from Greece

BBC Radio Cornwall

A veterinary nurse from Penzance is starting a campaign to help rescue stray dogs on the Greek islands.

Rachel Malone was inspired to take action when a stray befriended her whilst she was on holiday last year.

She eventually raised enough money to bring the dog, she named Pumpkin, back to Cornwall.

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Plymouth anti-terror defences near completion

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Work to set up steel anti-terror defences around Plymouth's Drake Circus shopping centre is almost complete.

Speaking today with Victoria Graham on BBC Radio Devon, Bob Cole, director of Minimal Risk commissioned by the owners of Drake Circus to carry out their terrorist security risk assessment said: "Terrorism's out there and it has been for many years, but we just have to be prepared for it.

"I will say though there's a lot of activity and a lot of preparedness going on in the background to protect people. People have every right to feel safe in their environment."

Work began on increasing protective measures at the shopping centre in 2014, and is due to be completed soon.

RNLI rescues seven during Fowey Regatta

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

The Fowey RNLI lifeboat yesterday rescued seven people from a sinking vessel in the middle of a packed Regatta Red Arrows display.

The crew picked up a distress call at around 6pm from a broken-down vessel in the Fowey harbour area.

The crew found the vessel half-submerged and seven people were immediately taken aboard the lifeboat to safety.

RNLI attends sinking vessel
Fowey RNLI
RNLI rescue at Fowey

Off duty lifeguard and doctor save collapsed tourist

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

An off duty lifeguard and doctor today helped save the life of a collapsed tourist at Teignmouth beach.

Senior RNLI lifeguard Henry Irvine was off duty and cycling to Teignmouth beach when he was flagged down to help a tourist who had collapsed while running on the beach.

The man, an American tourist in his forties had been found by other runners nearby.

An unnamed off-duty doctor was also treating the man at the scene.

The runner is now in hospital and is recovering well.

Video: Red Arrows over Fowey

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police search for missing Brixham man

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

An 84-year-old man has gone missing in the Brixham area.

Police said Brian Cox was last seen at Tesco Express on Fore Street.

He is described as being white, 5ft 8in tall and of medium build with short grey hair and glasses.

He was last seen in a black coat, brown trousers and brown leather shoes, carrying an orange Sainsbury's bag with a blood pressure machine. He also carries a walking stick.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting Police Log 571.

Dog attack in Torquay town centre was third serious incident in three days

Devon Live

A dog attack in Torquay town centre on Sunday was the third serious dog attack reported in South Devon in the space of just three days.

Newquay hotel fire which killed three happened 10 years ago

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Fire
BBC

It is 10 years since a huge fire destroyed a hotel in Newquay.

The owners of the Penhallow Hotel were fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £62,000 costs in 2011 for failing to meet fire safety standards.

Three people died as a result of the blaze.

In March 2011, the hotel's owner, O&C Holdsworth Ltd, of Harrison Road, Halifax, Yorkshire, admitted two charges relating to fire safety breaches.

They failed to ensure fire detectors and alarms were working at the hotel and failed to make an adequate risk assessment before the blaze.

Details of bird poisonings released after peregrine falcon dies

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police have released details of bird poisonings after a peregrine falcon found on the floor of a quarry in Devon died.

Police said Ashburton and neighbouring Buckfastleigh were "hot spots" for birds of prey poisoning.

Previous raptor persecution includes...

  • 2011: One poisoned peregrine falcon in Buckfastleigh
  • 2005: Racing pigeon used as poisoned bait at Ashburton quarry
  • 2005: One poisoned peregrine and one pigeon used as poisoned bait - peregrine found on dead pigeon which had wings clipped
  • 2003: Two men with a pigeon on a length of string appeared to try and lure peregrines from the top of a quarry in Buckfastleigh. Police visited the site but men had gone
  • 2000: One poisoned Peregrine at Glendinning Quarry
  • 2000: One shot sparrowhawk near Buckfastleigh, which survived
  • 1992: Two dead peregrines at a Buckfastleigh quarry, with pigeon flesh in crop
Peregrine
Devon and Cornwall Police/Steve Hopper

Tips for a special parkrun weekend

#teamparkrun

It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Poison warning after peregrine falcon dies

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police have warned of "dangerous" poisons which can harm people and pets, after a peregrine falcon found at a Devon quarry died from suspected poisoning.

The falcon was found on the floor of the quarry near Ashburton on Tuesday.

Falcon
Devon and Cornwall Police/Steve Hopper

It received "immediate care" but died on Wednesday.

"Should any person locate any dead or injured birds they are strongly advised not to touch them or let pets come into contact with them, said Devon and Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Marshall.

“Ingestion of these poisons can lead to death. It is incredibly concerning that individuals are using these types of chemicals within public areas that not only kill our wildlife but could also place members of the public, children and their animals into harm’s way."

Meats recalled over botulism fear

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Pate
BBC

Retailers have recalled meat products made by a Cornwall company because of concerns over potentially fatal bacteria.

Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, and Paxton & Whitfield stores have removed products made by Cornish Charcuterie.

The Food Standards Agency said it had concerns over the manufacturer's procedures to control Clostridium botulinum.

The toxin may cause a serious form of food poisoning called botulism.

Power outage in Liskeard area

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Power is currently out in the Liskeard area (PL14) following similar outages in the PL1 and PL4 areas of Plymouth earlier today.

Western Power Distribution are aware of the issue and aim to have power restored by 17:00.

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Royal Marine denies stealing kit from Devon base

A Royal Marine has denied stealing kit from a military base and selling it online.

Michael Bath, 48, from Northumberland is alleged to have stolen £66,000 of clothing and badges from Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.

CTCRM Lympstone
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His wife and a friend are also alleged to have handled money from the sales.

Appearing at Exeter Crown Court via video link from Newcastle, all three pleaded not guilty and were released on bail.

Warrant Officer Bath, of Horton Path, Blyth, denies theft and fraud.

Crime commissioner 'to be monitored and advised' by new appointments

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Two people have been appointed to "monitor and advise" the police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Frances Hughes will be the new chief executive and Nicola Allen will be the treasurer.

Ms Hughes is currently the assistant director of community and customer services at Torbay Council and Ms Allen, is the senior assistant county treasurer with Devon County Council.

Both were "unanimously confirmed in their appointments by the Police and Crime Panel", said the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

A spokesman said the role of chief executive is one of two positions created with the intention of monitoring and advising the elected PCC in their activities, as well as ensuring the manifesto is fulfilled on behalf of both the public and government.

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The OPCC has been trying to fill the two statutory posts since CEO Andrew White moved to Lincolnshire Police and treasurer Duncan Walton announced he was retiring.

Travel update: A30 westbound, lane blocked due to broken-down car

  • On the A30 westbound after the A388, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down car
  • In Bude on the A39 near the junction with the A3073 there has been an accident
  • At Monkton, the A30 is partially blocked near Hedgend Road due to an earlier vehicle fire, expect delays
  • Near Exeter, the A30 from the Alphington Junction heading towards the M5 is very busy
  • Slow traffic on the M5 Northbound around Exeter
  • In Plymouth, Duncombe Avenue is blocked near Little Dock Lane due to an accident
  • Near Great Torrington, roads around Rosemoor are very busy due to today's flower festival and car parking issues
  • In Dartmouth, Victoria Road is partially blocked due to an accident near South Ford Road
  • In Paignton the A380 King's Ash Road is partially blocked near Colley End Road due to a broken-down vehicle

Flower show's car parks closed

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The car parks at RHS Garden Rosemoor have been closed due to large numbers of people trying to attend the South West's first ever Royal Horticultural Society flower festival.

Steve Bowyer, the head of site, said they've had problems due to a waterlogged overflow car park and large numbers of people attending.

They are trying to fit people in when people leave but have advised visitors to attend on another day.

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Arson 'trend' identified in Exeter

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police have possibly identified a trend of deliberate fire starting in parts of Exeter.

Suspicious fires have been reported in Pennsylvania, Beacon Heath and Whipton.

The fires - which have been mostly targeted at foliage - have been started in the late evening or early morning.

Police said there was always the possibility of the fires getting out of control and they were taking all reports extremely seriously.

People are being asked to report any suspicious activity.

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J26 for A38 and J20 for B3133.

M5 Somerset - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is 75 minutes.

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

Manhunt continues after man 'stabbed' in village

A manhunt is still under way in East Devon after a man was "stabbed" in a village near Exeter last night.

Police and ambulance crews were called at 19:25 after a 27-year-old man was found with stab wounds to his back, side and arms in a bus shelter in Longdown, police said.

The police helicopter has been involved in the search for a male suspect.

The injured man was taken to The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. His wounds are not life-threatening.

Police car
BBC

Beautiful Days festival is open for business

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Seventeen-thousand-five-hundred excited music fans are expected to arrive at Escot Park today for the opening of this year's sold-out Beautiful Days music festival.

The popular family-friendly event has now been running for 14 years.

This year's line-up boasts popular local artists like Sound Of The Sirens and Winter Mountain alongside well-known names Stiff Little Fingers, Craig Charles and Alison Moyet.

Music festival scene
Beautiful Days

BreakingPeregrine falcon 'poisoned'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A peregrine falcon found on the floor of a Devon quarry is believed to have been poisoned, police have said.

The bird was found near Ashburton on Tuesday.

The juvenile falcon was given "immediate care" but has since died.

Police said the "initial inspection and condition of the bird strongly suggests that this bird has been poisoned".

Falcon
Devon and Cornwall Police/Steve Hopper

Power cut hits more than 1,000 properties in Plymouth

Jo Irving

BBC Radio Devon

More than 1,000 properties in Plymouth were in the dark this morning after a power cut in the PL1 and PL4 areas of the city.

The fault was caused by an underground cable in Citadel Road on the Barbican.

Western Power Distribution said about 11 properties could still be without electricity but engineers are working hard to fix the problem.

Penzance veterinary nurse on mission to help stray dogs

BBC Radio Cornwall

Rachel Malone
BBC

Veterinary nurse Rachel Malone from Penzance is starting a campaign to help rescue stray dogs on the Greek islands after adopting a dog herself.

Rachel says the islands need help to deal with the large number of stray animals on the streets.

She said: "They do have problems with their drainage over there, their sewers, and for example they didn't even get their rubbish collected for nearly eight months so you can imagine with lots of stray animals roaming the streets as well the risk of disease to the people is massive."

BreakingPolice officer denies three charges of rape

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police officer has denied three charges of rape.

PC Ryan Canning has been charged with three separate incidents of rape in Saltash, Cornwall, on dates between May 2014 and April 2016.

Ryan Canning
BBC

Canning, who was based in Plymouth, denied all three counts when he appeared before a judge at Truro Crown Court this morning.

The 43-year-old, of Burraton Coombe, Cornwall, was bailed and will go on trial next March.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he was suspended from duty at the start of the investigation.

Tenth anniversary of the death of three people in huge hotel fire

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

It is 10 years since three people died in a huge hotel fire in Newquay.

Victims
Other

The victims, Monica Hughes, 86, her son Peter Hughes, 43 and Joan Harper, 80, were all from Staffordshire and died in the blaze at the Penhallow Hotel on 18 August 2007.

Mr Hughes, a teacher from Cheslyn Hay, jumped from a third floor window after trying in vain to save his mother.

Severe accident: A3022 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3022 Devon both ways severe accident, between A379 Kennels Road and Laywell Road affecting Bascombe Road.

A3022 Devon - A3022 Dartmouth Road in Brixham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A379 Kennels Road junction and the Laywell Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - Via Brixham. Congestion to the Bascombe Road junction.

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

BreakingPolice hunt knifeman after man 'stabbed'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are hunting a knifeman after a man was "stabbed" in a village near Exeter last night.

Police and ambulance crews were called at 19:25 after a 27-year-old man was found with stab wounds to his back, side and arms in a bus shelter in Longdown, police said.

The police helicopter joined in the search for a male suspect but he has not yet been found.

The injured man was taken to The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. His wounds are not life-threatening.

Travel update: A30 lane blocked due to accident

Devon

  • In Salcombe, Bonfire Hill is now clear after an earlier crash at the A381 junction
  • The A39 is now clear after an accident at Kilkhampton - near the holiday park
  • On the A30 at Okehampton one lane is blocked Exeter-bound due to an accident between the Meldon Junction and Okehampton Services
  • On the A38 at Kennford Plymouth-bound all lanes are now clear following an earlier accident around Kennford Road

Cornwall

  • At Innis Downs the slip road on to the A30 eastbound is closed for resurfacing

Royal Navy officer awarded for leadership skills

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Royal Navy physical training instructor has been awarded for her leadership skills

Chief Petty Officer Donna Chapman has been awarded the Special Award in Leadership after being named the best leader at RNAS Culdrose. She will attend a celebration dinner at the House of Commons.

She runs the sports department at Culdrose and joined the Royal Navy in 2001 as an underwater warfare specialist. In 2008 she was selected to change branches and became a physical training instructor (PTI).

Donna Chapman
Royal Navy

The best part about being a PTI is the diversity. No two days are the same. One moment you are delivering a training session, the next you are doing paper work, putting a bid together for a new piece of equipment.

Donna ChapmanChief Petty Officer

Devon 'fourth' in England and Wales for retired people

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Devon ranks fourth in England and Wales for providing the best quality of life for retired people, a new study shows.

It was carried out by Prudential and looked at healthcare, crime levels, pensioner populations, healthy lifestyles and even the weather. West Sussex was ranked number one.

There are now 10.6m people aged 65 or over in England and Wales, accounting for nearly one in five of the total population.

Stan Russell, a retirement income expert, said: "The counties with the most attractive attributes tend to be along the southern and eastern coasts of England. Counties like West Sussex and Dorset may be attractive because of their low crime rates or the quality of their health care. However finding the right spot to live in such popular locations can be tricky."

Devon
BBC

Man charged in connection with Co-op assault

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) following an alleged serious assault that left a man with life-changing injuries in Exeter, police have said.

A 27-year-old man from the city has been charged with GBH in connection to an alleged serious assault in an Exeter Co-op store on Monday 7 August.

He is due in court in September.

Devonport dockyard jobs under threat in new 'review' of workforce

Plymouth Herald

Redundancies could be made at Devonport dockyard operator Babcock International Group plc as the engineering giant seeks to cut down on excess management.

Veterinary nurse campaigns to rescue stray dogs on Greek islands

BBC Radio Cornwall

A veterinary nurse from Penzance is starting a campaign to help rescue stray dogs from Greece.

Rachel Malone was inspired to take action when a stray dog befriended her whilst she was on holiday last year on a Greek island.

She eventually raised enough money to bring the dog, she named Pumpkin, back to Cornwall.

In 2015, animal charities warned there were more than one million stray animals on the streets in Greece.