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Summary

  1. Drugs gang which 'used rape as weapon' is jailed
  2. Drunk teen fell to death from hotel wall
  3. Worker's hand crushed in mangle: Firm admits health and safety offence
  4. Ten rescued after being cut off by the tide
  5. Fire crews tackle blaze in Newquay house
  6. Holiday-let owners 'must pay for rubbish collections'
  7. Bill Bailey and Katherine Ryan festival axed over floods
  8. Wave of poppies on show in Plymouth to mark centenary of World War One
  9. Updates on Tuesday 22 August 2017

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Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

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

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

Sea of poppies at Plymouth monument

BBC Spotlight

The artist and designer of the giant wave of poppies, originally seen at the Tower of London, has unveiled the installation on Plymouth Hoe.

The city is the only place that'll feature the poppies on a memorial, as part of its UK tour.

The sculpture's been fixed to the Royal Naval monument dedicated to remembering the war dead of the two world wars.

Wave of poppies
BBC

Mangled hand victim thanks medics

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A man whose hand was crushed in an industrial mangle has thanked medics who treated him.

Seward
BBC

"They did a phenomenal job and I don't think they could have done any better," said Anthony Seward.

Mr Seward, 23, got his hand trapped at Heathcoat Fabrics in Tiverton, Devon, last August.

But in an amazing operation surgeons were able to save most of his fingers.

Exeter magistrates heard that a broken barrier guard had not been replaced. Heathcote was fined £300,000 after admitting a health and safety offence.

Devon worker's mangled hand sewn in belly

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Surgeons saved a worker's hand which had been crushed in an industrial mangle by sewing it inside a "pocket" in his belly

Hand
BBC

Anthony Seward, 23, got his hand trapped at Heathcoat Fabrics in Tiverton, Devon last August.

But in an amazing operation surgeons were able to save most of his fingers.

Exeter magistrates heard that a broken barrier guard had not been replaced. Heathcote was fined £300,000 after admitting a health and safety offence.

Seal hit by propeller in St Ives was Sammy and moment it happened has been shared by eyewitness

Cornwall Live

A man who witnessed a seal receiving horrific injuries when it was caught on a boat's propeller on a pleasure boat tour in St Ives harbour has described the terrible incident.

Travellers 'urinated in people's gardens and intimidated old people'

Plymouth Herald

A group of travellers who were accused of intimidating elderly residents and urinating in peoples' gardens have moved on from their encampment in Plymstock - but a huge mess has been left on the field.

Former Plymouth-based teacher jailed for sex offences

Press Association

A former PE teacher of 30 years standing has been exposed as a "clandestine sex offender" who abused pupils since he was at teacher training college in Plymouth and has been jailed for five years.

Glyn Jones, 57, taught at two high schools in Norfolk before he moved to Australia, but was brought back to England for a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

He admitted seven counts of indecently assaulting girls under the age of 16 on the first day of his trial, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Judge Anthony Bate, sentencing, said he had been "a clandestine sex offender since the age of 19", when he was "a trainee teacher at college in Plymouth".

The charges related to six girls who were aged between 13 and 16 years old at the time of Jones's offending between 1979 and 1996.

The judge said the offending ranged from kissing on the mouth to "much more serious".

Weather: Still the odd shower to watch out for

BBC Weather

Tonight cloud amounts will increase with the risk of some patchy light rain for a time.

Cloud will then break later, as conditions become fresher. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map
BBC

A bright and breezy day tomorrow with plenty of sunshine developing. Just the odd fleeting shower blowing along on the breeze. Highs of about 18-19C (64-66F).

Firm fined £300,000 after worker's hand crushed in mangle

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Devon company has been fined £300,000 after admitting a health and safety offence as a worker's hand was crushed in an industrial mangle.

Anthony Seward, 21, got his hand trapped in the machine in August 2016.

Heathcoat Fabrics has described the injury as "a complete tragedy" and offered Mr Seward a full apology.

Mermaid swims through harbour

BBC Radio Cornwall

Here's a video of the Cornish woman who dresses as a mermaid swimming in St Ives harbour. More on BBC Spotlight on BBC One tonight from 6.30pm.

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Hext wins second European gold

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall's Suzanne Hext has won double gold at the European paradressage Championships in Sweden.

This morning she scored more than 72% with her horse Abira, helping Great Britain retain Team Gold.

Suzanna Hext
Digishots

Yesterday she won individual gold in her debut appearance at the Europeans in the P3 individual grade III class.

Honiton grenade: Controlled explosion to be carried out

A live grenade was found in undergrowth at a property on Exeter Road, Honiton, say Devon and Cornwall Police.

A spokeswoman said they were called to reports of a possible hand grenade at 14:30 and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team confirmed it was live.

It is due to be destroyed through a controlled explosion in a nearby field.

Officers have put a 50m cordon in place, but said it is causes no disruption to the public or traffic and no roads are closed.

Missing nine-year-old boy found safe and well

Devon Live

A nine-year-old boy who was missing from home in Exmouth was located safe and well, police have confirmed.

Honiton grenade: Royal Navy enroute

A bomb disposal team from the Royal Navy is on its way to Honiton to deal with a "suspected unexploded device".

Unexploded grenade found in Honiton

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An unexploded hand grenade has been found in the Beggars Lane area of Honiton and roads in the area are closed.

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Heath Park Industrial Estate roads closed by police

Meningitis warning for new uni students

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Teenagers heading to the south west to start university are being urged to get vaccinated against meningitis.

Julie Yates, Screening and Immunisations Lead for Public Health England South West, said: "The MenACWY vaccination programme will save lives and prevent lifelong and devastating disability.

"We have seen a rapid increase in MenW cases across England in recent years and vaccination is the most effective way of protecting against infection."

Last week 18-year-old George Zographou died after being diagnosed with meningitis at Boardmasters festival in Newquay.

Award-winning Plymouth bodybuilder reveals how his huge muscles saved him from dying of Sepsis

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth bodybuilder who came close to death after contracting Sepsis has revealed how the sheer size of his muscles kept him alive.

How 'mermaiding' is helping Laura manage her anxiety

BBC News England

A woman who took up 'mermaiding' says playing the role has helped her manage her anxiety.

Laura Evans returned home to St Ives in Cornwall after living in London, and bought her custom-made tail so she could give something back to her hometown.

She says being in the water feels "totally blissful".

The mermaid who left the big city life behind

BreakingWorker's hand crushed in mangle: Firm admits health and safety offence

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Devon company has admitted a health and safety offence after a worker's hand was crushed in an industrial mangle.

Anthony Seward, 21, got his hand trapped in the machine in August 2016.

Heathcoat Fabrics has described the injury to Mr Seward as "a complete tragedy", which is "deeply regretted by the company".

It "extends a full apology to Anthony Seward". The case at Exeter Magistrates' Court continues.

Heathcoat Fabrics
BBC

Hockey: Ansley marks 100th appearance with goal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Kingsbridge's Giselle Ansley scored on her 100th international appearance as defending champions England reached the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships with a 2-0 victory over Scotland.

Ansley's drag-flick from a penalty corner sealed the Pool B victory after Jo Hunter struck the opener.

Giselle Ansley
Getty Images

England's women look likely to finish runners-up in Pool B and would then meet the Netherlands in Thursday's semi-final in a repeat of the gold-medal match in 2015.

'Real' mermaid makes appearance in Cornish harbour

Harriet Bradshaw

Reporter

A woman from Cornwall is drawing crowds in St Ives by dressing up as a mermaid and swimming through the harbour.

Laura Evans quit her life in London to return to Cornwall. She says swimming in the sea helps her to feel calm.

Laura Evans in mermaid tail with children
BBC

I just thought, imagine in this setting if a mermaid was to come swimming into the harbour, like how truly incredible that would be. How shocking, how exciting, how completely bonkers!

Laura Evans

She says dressing up like a mermaid and swimming in the shallows also helps her to tackle the anxiety issues.

Devon councillors fail to pay council tax

Devon Live

Dozens of elected councillors across Devon made late or incomplete council tax payments in the past year – and some were so late they were even issued with a court summons.

BreakingPE teacher jailed for abuse 'which started in Plymouth'

Press Association

A former PE teacher of 30 years has been exposed as a "clandestine sex offender" who abused pupils since he was at teacher training college and has been jailed for five years.

Glyn Jones taught at two high schools in Norfolk before he moved to Australia, but was brought back to England for a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The 57-year-old admitted seven counts of indecently assaulting girls under the age of 16 on the first day of his trial, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Judge Anthony Bate, sentencing, said the charges related to six girls who were aged between 13 and 16 years old at the time of Jones's offending between 1979 and 1996.

He told Jones he had been a sex offender since the age of 19, when he was a trainee teacher at a college in Plymouth.

NHS weight loss scheme targets new Devon town

BBC Radio Devon

People in Cranbrook, Devon, will be offered discounts on their supermarket shop, cut-price sports gear and free cinema tickets for hitting step count targets under a new NHS scheme.

Cranbrook, a new town in East Devon, is one of 10 housing developments which make up the NHS Healthy New Towns programme.

The proposal, aimed at cutting the pressure on the health service, will see users of an app rewarded for walking, NHS England said.

Developers will also be asked to provide free bikes with new houses and flats to cut car use and encourage cycling.

Cranbrook
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BreakingDrunk teen fell to death from hotel wall

A drunk teenager fell to his death when he tried to scale a hotel wall as he took a short cut home, an inquest has heard.

The Exeter hearing was told guests at the Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, heard a "loud thud" at 03:30 on 26 February as Sam Marriott slipped and fell to his death suffering a fatal head wound.

The 19-year-old's mother, Debbie Marriott, said her son was popular, had a girlfriend and planned to travel after university, although he "did not know when to stop drinking".

Sam Marriott
Sam Marriott/Facebook

A detective told the inquest: ”It seems to me that Sam tried to climb the wall to the hotel while intoxicated in the middle of the night on his route home.”

The inquest heard "scuff marks" were found high up on the hotel wall which matched his shoes.

House fire was 'caused by tumble dryer'

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Fire crews say the cause of a fire which badly damaged a house in Newquay this morning was caused by a tumble dryer.

While making the 999 call, people inside the two-storey property on Henver Road left the building following advice from the emergency services, Cornwall Council said.

Two crews from the town said they managed to extinguish the fire before it spread outside the living room on the ground floor.

Newquay house
Newquay Fire Station

Shop 'til you drop

BBC Radio Cornwall

A special 'shopping week' is being held in Camborne to entice people off websites and on to the high street with discounts, street entertainers and free parking.

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Gang threatened to 'shave off' woman's hair

Rob England

BBC News Online

A drugs gang who kidnapped a woman and made her drink toilet water before raping her have been jailed.

Exeter Crown Court heard the gang, known as the Chyna Crew, kidnapped and raped the 28-year-old woman, who they believed worked for a rival dealer, in revenge for the kidnap of a woman who worked for them, 22-year-old Amber Olivia.

In court the woman who was sexually assaulted said: "They threw a liquid over me from a beer can. I did not know what it was. One of them threatened to shave my hair off or set light to my hair with a lighter."

Sentencing, Judge Geoffrey Mercer, told the three gang members: "She submitted to what you did because she was terrified. You have done untold damage to her."

Abdirahman Abukar, Abdirahman Kadir and Ibrahim Mohammed,
Devon and Cornwall Police

Name Cornwall's fire boat

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Cornwall's new fire boat is being made and Cornwall Council is asking you to vote on its name - and there's not a Boaty McBoatface in sight.

It replaces Transco Phoenix which has been in service for the last 17 years, and will be based predominantly at Falmouth to deal with maritime incidents.

Fire boat
Cornwall Council

The following list has been put together from suggestions made by the public:

  • Tan Skath - 'fire boat' in Cornish
  • Nelson - in memory of the county's first Fire Investigation Dog
  • Morvoren - 'sea maiden' in Cornish
  • One and All - taken from the Cornish crest

The deadline to submit your vote is 5pm on 6 September.

BreakingDrugs gang 'using rape as a weapon' jailed

Rob England

BBC News Online

A drugs gang which used rape as a weapon in a turf war with rival dealers has been jailed.

Abdirahman Abukar, 19, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, Abdirahman Kadir, 21, of no fixed address, and Ibrahim Mohammed, 18, were all found guilty of rape, false imprisonment, kidnap and wounding with intent at Exeter Crown Court.

Abukar and Kadir were also found guilty of possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life or cause fear of violence.

The court heard the three members of the group, known as the Chyna Crew, humiliated and sexually assaulted a woman who had acted as a runner for other drug pushers.

Abukar and Kadir were jailed for 23 years and Mohammed for 15 years by Judge Geoffrey Mercer.

Gang member Amber Olivia, aged 22, of Laburnum Road, Exeter, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of heroin with intent to supply and will be sentenced tomorrow.

House gutted in Newquay blaze

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Two fire crews have been dealing with a house fire in Newquay.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says the fire started in the living room of a two-storey house on Henver Road.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Newquay house fire
Newquay Fire Station
House fire
Newquay Fire Station

Pro surfer doubles up as lifeguard

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

He's a professional surfer paid to travel the world as a global ambassador for Reef, but Mike Lay has been telling us how he's also committed to patrolling West Cornwall as a lifeguard.

Mike has worked for the RNLI for about seven years and patrols beaches at Sennen, Porthcurno and Gwenver as a senior casual lifeguard with the charity.

Mike Lay
Jack Hoare / Nick Pumphrey

Mike, who has recently returned from a big surf competition in Mexico, said: "My rescue and first aid experience comes into play fairly often and always affords me peace of mind that I can be useful in incidents in and out of the water."

"‘Hundreds of people have been rescued and helped on our beaches for many years and I've witnessed some truly heroic acts by my colleagues over those years," he said.

Major operation to rescue 10 people from coast

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Ten people have been rescued by lifeboat crews after getting cut off by the tide near Porthcothan Bay, in North Cornwall.

It happened on Monday afternoon, and the major rescue operation involved the RNLI, a coastguard rescue team and local lifeguards.

Newquay's lifeboats eventually rescued the group and brought them back to shore.

There were no reports of injuries.

Porthcothan Bay rescue
Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team
Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team started setting up cliff rescue equipment before the lifeboats rescued the group
Porthcothan Bay rescue
Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team

People are being urged to check tide times before exploring the South West coastline.

Football: Yates rules out taking Torquay job

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Cheltenham and Crawley boss Mark Yates has distanced himself from speculation linking him with the manager's job at Torquay United.

The Gulls are looking for a new boss after sacking Kevin Nicholson on Thursday, but Yates has told BBC Sport he is not in contention to take the role.

Yates was spotted at Plainmoor at a match in March, but said his visit to Devon was "totally innocuous" as he was watching a friend play for Torquay's opponents Guiseley.

Poppies cascade over Plymouth Hoe

BBC Spotlight

A sculpture of a wave of ceramic poppies has been officially opened to the public on Plymouth Hoe.

Wave of poppies
BBC
Wave of poppies
BBC

It's part of the Tower of London art installation marking the centenary of World War One.

The Plymouth Naval Memorial is the only place on a tour of six cities that will feature poppies actually on a memorial - and will remain on display until mid-November.