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Summary

  1. Man 'stabbed in hip and doused in petrol'
  2. Man dies in overturned car crash
  3. Girl sexually assaulted after Boardmasters
  4. Duchy of Cornwall was warned of Crantock beach death risk
  5. 'Unresponsive' man airlifted to hospital after Rame Peninsula coastal fall
  6. Protest held over Devon hospital bed closures
  7. Eight people removed from derelict hotel
  8. Updates on Monday 21 August 2017

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Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

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First glimpse of wave of poppies on Plymouth Hoe

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Visitors to the Hoe are getting their first glimpse of a 'wave of poppies' sculpture.

The display opens tomorrow at Plymouth Naval Memorial on the Hoe to commemorate victims of World War One.

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Stand Up in The Wyldes comedy festival postponed in flood fear

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A comedy festival featuring top acts such as Bill Bailey, Alan Davies, Russell Kane and Katherine Ryan has been postponed this weekend due to flooding fears.

Bill Bailey
BBC

Organisers of the Stand up in the Wyldes at Bude in Cornwall said they had "very sadly been forced to postpone" the three-day festival.

The site of what is thought to be the first festival of its kind in Cornwall had been hit by "unseasonal and torrential rain".

Organisers said it would "only take one heavy shower to re-flood the site, rendering it unsafe".

The festival would be rearranged for the first half of next year and all tickets would be valid for that event.

Pre-inquest review into teenage girl

A pre-inquest review has been held into the death of a Courtney Saunders aka Smith, an 18-year-old girl from Truro who died in London in February.

A provisional date for the inquest has been set for January 2018, and it is expected to last three or four days.

Bizarre sea creature washes up on Devon coast

Devon Live

An unusual tentacled sea creature has washed up on the North Devon coast. Locals have struggled to identify the animal which was first spotted yesterday.

Weather: Cloudy start but should clear

BBC Weather

Tonight we will see more cloud returning along with some mist and fog around the coasts and over the moors.

Winds will be light southerly becoming moderate south easterly. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map
Weather

Tomorrow will start cloudy with some mist and fog, but this should break through the morning giving some bright or sunny spells.

The odd very isolated shower is possible. Winds will be moderate south easterly, fresh along the north coast.

Hapless Plymouth inventor is laughed off TV's Dragons' Den

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth inventor's cringe-worthy appearance on Dragons' Den ended in laughter as he was sent away without a penny - after casually addressing poker-faced Deborah Meaden as 'Debbie'.

Robbers use stolen telehoist to grab cash machine

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Robbers used a hydraulic hoist to steal a cash machine at a Totnes filling station.

Cash raid
John Walker/Videotechmedia.co.uk

The 'cash and carry' raiders struck at the Totnes Cross filling station at about 01:30 said Kingsbridge Police.

They used a stolen telehoist to lift the cash machine, leaving the twisted remains of its metal anchoring points and a smashed wall.

Cash machine
John Walker/Videotechmedia.co.uk

The telehoist was abandoned at the filling station and a stolen dumper truck was used to remove the machine. The garage remains open.

The amount of money in the cash machine has not yet been revealed.

Murals to be created all over Plymouth to celebrate Mayflower 400

Plymouth Herald

A series of murals will be created across Plymouth to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing to America.

Penzance development abandoned

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The construction company building a new Pets at Home store and Costa coffee have said all staff have been made redundant as it has ceased trading.

The statement was made by Weiser Construction after the building work appeared to be abandoned.

A company spokesman said it applied for "voluntary administration" three weeks ago, after its bank account was frozen.

"Weiser Construction have had an independent audit undertaken which has highlighted account discrepancies," he said.

Girl 'deeply shocked' by sexual assault on train

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police say they are urgently seeking witnesses to a sexual assault on board a train after the Boardmasters festival in Newquay.

A 17-year-old girl was "touched inappropriately" on a Great Western Railway service from Newquay to Plymouth just before 21:00 on Saturday 12 August, officers say.

The offender gave his name as Lance and is described as having pronounced sideburns.

Newquay Station
Google

Reports suggest the girl was approached had not long before been approached by another man who made advances and tried to steal her phone.

Investigating officer DC Matt Grieve, said: "This was a deeply upsetting and shocking incident for this young woman. If you were on board this train and witnessed what happened, or saw two men acting suspiciously, then I would urge you to get in touch."

Fears Guinea pigs could be running wild in Devon park

Devon Live

There are fears a number of guinea pigs could be running wild in a Devon park after five were found over the weekend.

Devon health services row

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The chief executives of Torbay and the Royal Devon and Exeter hospitals have taken over the running of plans to reorganise Devon's health services, following the departure of the previous leader, Angela Pedder.

'Save our services' protest signs
BBC

The plans continue to be dogged by criticism from campaigners and some politicians, including claims of a conflict of interest.

Health commissioners have been criticised for using the same consultants to assess the problems and deliver the solutions - but say a fair tendering process was adhered to.

Charlie Ratcliffe, from the consultants Carnall Farrar, which was involved, said there had been a "competitive process", which itself was "specified and agreed by the NHS".

Man left with broken jaw after assault

A man has a suspected broken jaw after an assault in Plymouth, police have said.

Officers were called to the Co-op in Whitleigh at 11:40 on Monday morning.

"The victim sustained facial injuries and a suspected broken jaw. He has been taken to Derriford Hospital via land ambulance," police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses following the incident outside the store.

Whitleigh
Google

Football: Truro must improve home form - Hodges

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City manager Lee Hodges says his side must improve their results at Treyew Road after a second home defeat in four days on Saturday.

They were beaten 1-0 by Eastbourne Borough, leaving them ninth in National League South after five games.

Lee Hodges
Ben Perry/Truro City FC

"We've got to turn our home form around. I said I wanted to make this a fortress, and horrible and hard for teams to come here and win," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We've been OK in the performances but we haven't got the results and I know it's a results business, so we have to learn from this week because it's not been a good one."

Eight people removed from derelict hotel

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Eight people have been removed from a derelict hotel in Newquay, Cornwall Council has said.

The authority said stolen items were found at the building, when the council told the eight to leave.

Edgcumbe Hotel
Google

A council spokesperson said there was evidence of drug use and a bed had been set of fire.

He said it was "fortunate" the fire had not spread to other parts of the former hotel.

The building has since been made secure to keep people out.

Death beach safety to be discussed

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Duchy of Cornwall says it will reopen talks about making Crantock beach safer after a holidaymaker died last week.

Crantock Parish Council has said it warned the duchy there could be a "potentially fatal situation" back in April, after the river running on the beach changed its course.

Flowers at Crantock beach
Din family

Oneil Din, 27, from Coventry, died after he got stuck in a rip current on the beach on 15 August.

The beach is owned by the National Trust but the Duchy of Cornwall owns the land below the high water mark.

A spokesperson for the duchy said: "We plan to meet again with the parish council, National Trust and other stakeholders to see what more can possibly be done."

Crantock/victim
BBC/DIN FAMILY

Retail development work stops

Cornwall Live

Construction work on a retail site development just outside of Penzance has stopped after its main contractor has ceased trading.

BreakingMan 'stabbed in hip and doused in petrol'

A man was "stabbed in the hip and doused in petrol" in Torquay, police have said.

Officers told the BBC "the suspects were not successful in their attempt to set him alight" and “the victim received hospital treatment and is recovering well”.

Police were called to Hele Road, Torquay at about 21:30 on Thursday 6 July.

Officers said a 37-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident. He has since been released under investigation.

An attempted murder inquiry is under way.

Protest held over hospital bed closures

BBC Radio Devon

People angry at plans to close 71 inpatient beds at community hospitals in Devon have been holding a protest this lunchtime.

The closures at Seaton and Okehampton start today.

Exeter and Honiton will follow over the next two weeks.

Reallocating resources away from hospital bed-based care into more home-based and community care will really make a positive difference to people's lives. It will ensure that everyone who needs the service in our community has the best access to good quality and sustainable health services and help people to stay independent for longer, with the benefit of being cared for closer to family and friends."

Rob SainsburyChief operating officer for NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
Campaigners
BBC

Train travel 'unaffected' by derailment

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Great Western Railway which runs train services to Cornwall and Devon from London has told us no delays are expected into the two counties as a result of a Penzance train derailing at Paddington on Sunday.

A spokesman said a platform at Paddington is temporarily out of action but that should not affect journey times for South West passengers.

Audi caught at 107mph on A38

Devon Live

An Audi driver has been caught by police driving at an average of 107mph on the A38 through Devon.

Girl sexually assaulted after Boardmasters

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on-board a train from Newquay after the Boardmasters Festival, police have said.

The victim was approached by a man who made advances and "started tickling" her before trying to take her phone, according to a police spokesperson.

She moved and appealed to another man for help but he then sexually assaulted her by "kissing her and touching her and himself inappropriately".

It happened on a Great Western Railway service to Plymouth just before 21:00 on Saturday 12 August.

The first offender is described as having pale skin, ginger hair and was wearing a "novelty shark hat".

The second offender had mousey hair, pronounced sideburns and gave his name as Lance, officers said.

Tourist swimming without lifeguards 'lucky to be alive'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The RNLI have warned a tourist is lucky to be alive after getting stuck in a rip current off Cornwall while lifeguards were off duty.

RNLI Lifeguard, Cam Wickins said he was just coming on shift at Treyarnon Bay when he heard screams and members of the public ran to him saying a man was drowning.

Treyarnon Bay
Google

He says he paddled out 200 metres on a rescue board and found the man's head was only just above water.

"Another five or ten minutes and he'd have been a gonner," he said.

The charity has again stressed that people should not swim in the sea outside of lifeguard patrol hours.

Leg splints for Boo Boo the owl

BBC Spotlight

An owl called Boo Boo from Cornwall has had to have her legs bandaged as she suffers from a rare disorder.

The baby eagle owl cannot support her own weight so cannot fly as she would not be able to land safely.

Owl with teddy bear
BBC

She is having ongoing treatment and will have to live in specially adapted accommodation at her home at Hendra Park for the rest of her life.

Senara Collings, Boo Boo's owner, said: "We may possibly even have to pad the walls and put security things in to stop wild animals like rats getting in."

Man dies in overturned car crash

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 62-year man has died after the car he was driving careered over a roadside barrier, through trees and ended up overturned in a field.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the fatal crash in Okehampton on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called at 10.50pm after the silver Ford Focus left the carriageway on the B3260 where it meets the A30 eastbound at Meldon.

A female passenger, 52, was treated for minor injuries, officers said.

Rugby: Hallett retires to focus on coaching

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion boss Kieran Hallett has given up playing to focus solely on his job as head coach at Plymouth Albion.

The former Cornish Pirates fly-half combined the two roles at Albion last season, as they finished second in National One.

Kieran Hallett
Cornish Pirates

The 32-year-old was on the sidelines as Albion beat Redruth 10-0 in a pre-season friendly yesterday.

Partial eclipse expected in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

If you're in Cornwall today, you may get the chance to see a partial eclipse. Astronomers say the further South West you are the better your chances.

Partial eclipse
BBC

The last major partial eclipse visible in the South West was in March 2015.

Today's event will see the sun covered by about 10% and is due to happen at about 19:00 this evening.

The best view will be seen as the sun begins to set over the sea at Land's End.

Across the Atlantic, more than seven million people in the US are expected to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the North American continent from ocean to ocean since 1918.

Here's how to watch the partial eclipse - or total eclipse if you're in the US - safely.

Flats for pub where criminals were hanged

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth pub where criminals were once hanged will be transformed into a block of flats.

Pirates sign seven on loan from Chiefs

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish Pirates have signed seven players from Exeter Chiefs on loan, including England Under-20 pair Josh Caulfield and Billy Keast.

Lock Caulfield, 20, was dual-registered with the Championship side last season, while Keast, also 20, plays at prop.

Josh Caulfield
Brian Tempest

Back-rower Tom Lawday, 23, made his senior Chiefs debut in November, with AJ Cant, 18, the youngest of the group.

Missing holidaymaker found after major search

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police say a 25-year-old holidaymaker has been found safe and well after a major search was launched across North Devon.

Officers started searching for the man on Monday morning after he was last seen on Sunday night in Croyde.

Both Ilfracombe and Appledore lifeboats were launched and coastguard teams from Bideford, Mortehoe, Ilfracombe and Croyde were involved.

What's your 'coming home' landmark?

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Travellers have been sharing their favourite 'coming home' landmarks with the BBC.

One is Cookworthy Knapp at Lifton by the A30 on the approach to Cornwall from Devon, known to some locally as the "coming home trees".

Artwork of Cookworthy Knapp
Jilly Ballantyne / Katy Stoneman

It has inspired local artists including Truro-based Jilly Ballantyne.

"They are so dramatically placed on the hill commanding attention," she said.

"Since painting them I realise from the reaction to the work, that they mean an awful lot to so many, not just to me."

Soldier who lost his arm to compete in rowing event

Devon Live

A former Devon soldier whose arm was destroyed in a parachute accident during training is to take part in an international rowing competition as part of the Invictus Games in Canada.

Owl Boo Boo has legs put in splints due to rare disorder

BBC News England

Owl's legs in splints due to rare disorder

A baby eagle owl has had her legs put in splints due to a rare growth disorder.

Boo Boo's legs cannot support her weight, which means she won't be able to fly and she is vulnerable to predators.

She is having ongoing treatment at the vets and will have to live in specially adapted accommodation for the rest of her life.

Missing woman, 42, found

A woman, 42, has been found after going missing in South Devon.

Dawn Pascoe, from Plymouth, went missing on Sunday evening. She has since been found by police.

Foggy start, brighter later

BBC Weather

During the morning the fog will lift and later the cloud will thin to allow some bright and sunny spells to develop. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather map
BBC

Tonight we will see a return of cloudy and misty conditions, but it will be mild. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

'Seal badly injured by boat's propeller'

Cornwall Live

Marine welfare groups in Cornwall have appealed for information following reports that a seal was badly injured after being caught by a boat propeller in St Ives.

Death beach 'has unpredictable currents at the moment'

BBC News England

A beach where a man died after getting caught in a rip current has "unpredictable currents at the moment" the RNLI has said.

Oneil Din, 27, from Coventry, got caught in a current and died at Crantock beach, Cornwall on 15 August.

The Duchy of Cornwall was warned of the risk of a "potentially fatal situation" at the beach, which it owns, ahead of the death.

Signs
BBC
Crantock is known for its strong currents due to a river which runs across the beach

RNLI lifeguard supervisor John Steadman said after the recent death: "Crantock beach has some unpredictable currents at the moment due to the topography of the beach constantly changing."

The duchy, which has land in 23 counties and funds the activities of the Prince of Wales, expressed its condolences.

In 2016 new signs were installed to alert people to the danger of strong currents and other risks. We plan to meet again with the parish council, National Trust and other stakeholders to see what more can possibly be done."

The Duchy of Cornwall

Police concerned for missing woman, 42

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are concerned for a missing 42-year-old woman who was last seen at 21:00 on Sunday.

Dawn Pascoe, from Plymouth, is described as white, 5ft 11in, stocky with light brown bobbed hair.

She was last seen driving her blue BMW on the A386 heading towards Yelverton.