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  1. Boy, four, dies after being found in activity centre pool
  2. Man awarded £165,000 over claims of educational neglect
  3. Man convicted of punching, kicking and stamping on dog
  4. Woman dies after Barnstaple nightclub collapse
  5. People in Cornwall twice as likely to be in hospital with alcoholic liver disease
  6. Updates on Tuesday 29 August

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

On this day: Newquay Council attempts to ban beatniks in 1960 'because they were smelly'

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What ought we to do? Penzance pirate record bid fails

BBC Radio Cornwall

The official numbers for the bid to break the record number of pirates in one place have been released.

The total number was 10,574 - well short of the 14,231 needed to enter the world record books.


Organiser Andy Hazlehurst said he was surprised they were 3,657 short.

He said: "To those of us who were there at the count, we could not believe it ourselves.

"We recounted twice. The first time we did it electronically. The second time we went back to the old fashioned way of counting stubs. Literally nobody could believe we hadn't got it."

Two years ago they were just 77 pirates short.

Mr Hazlehurst confirmed organisers would be back for another attempt next year.

And of course you know that "What ought we to do?" is the title of one of the songs in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

Latest weather: Rain through the night before easing on Wednesday

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving during the early hours. This will then become heavier and more widespread towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Wednesday will be cool and cloudy, with outbreaks of rain continuing through the morning, before gradually easing and spreading eastwards later. The west will turn brighter later, but with a few showers. Feeling a good bit cooler than recent days. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Abused dog had three fractured teeth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A dog repeatedly beaten by its owner was left with three fractured teeth.

Ivan Zhelyzakov, 36, of Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, was convicted of kicking, punching and stamping on the paws of his labrador, Rex, on three separate occasions in January, February and March.

At Zhelyzakov's trial today, a vet told Bodmin magistrates the dog had three fractured incisors and his injuries were not consistent with chewing stones - the explanation offered by the defendant.

Zhelyzakov was given a 20-week sentence suspended for one year. He was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and banned from keeping animals.

Anger over Porthtowan parking machine fault

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's been an angry response to a story about parking machines not working at a busy Cornish beach over the bank holiday weekend.

People have reported that enforcement officers were telling people to pay by phone or online, but many couldn't get a signal.

Cornwall Council said no parking tickets were issued to people using the car park.


This is a sample of the comments on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page:

  • Steve Kingstone said: "There was no free parking, as Cornwall Council decided to send their enforcement officer down to turn cars away and ticket anyone parked without a ticket. In other words, everyone who parked!"
  • Margaret Hardging commented: "Destroy tourism and local access to beaches. No thanks to the Cornwall County Council for another terrible idea. Will some one be able to do something about these despicable officials?"
  • Sandy Martin wrote: "Also what happens if you haven't got a phone?"

The council said the onsite enforcement officer only issued fines on vehicles parked on yellow lines.

Man convicted of punching, kicking and stamping on dog

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man who kicked and punched his dog has been banned from keeping animals.

Ivan Zhelyzakov, 36, from Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, also stamped on the paws of his labrador, Rex.

Zhelyzakov was found guilty of three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by magistrates at Bodmin.

He was disqualified from keeping animals and sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for a year. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

Staffie attacks horse pulling carriage through Devon village

Devon Live

Operators of the iconic horse and carriage rides at Cockington Village in Torquay are appealing for information after one of their horses was attacked by a dog while on a tour around the village last week.

Plymouth care homes put into special measures

BBC Radio Devon

Two care homes in Plymouth have been given the worst rating after visits by the Care Quality Commission.

The Meadowside and St Francis Care Centre (pictured) and the Mount Care Home in Plymouth were both put into special measures.

Meadowside & St Francis Care Home

Under the CQC's programme of inspections, all adult social care homes are given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Meadowside and St Francis was found to be inadequate in every measure.

Van blocks entrance to fire service building

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Firefighters repeatedly warn of problems for crews caused by inconsiderate parking, saying lives could be in danger if emergency vehicles cannot get through.

In this case, the van was outside the service's fleet maintenance workshop in Camborne.

Four ambulance vehicles called to centre where boy, 4, died

Press Association

A four-year-old boy has died after being discovered in a swimming pool at anactivity centre, police said.

The boy was found after being reported missing at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam, Bideford, at 14:55 on Monday.

Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.

South Western Ambulance Service said two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances attended the incident after being called at 15:30.

Knapp House Activity Centre, which was established in 1982, is a family-run business offering a range of activities on site and nearby.

'Abused' teen chef fights deportation

BBC News England

Ali and Simon Hulstone

A teenager who says he fled domestic abuse in Albania is fighting for his right to remain the UK.

Ali said he ran away to the UK after being tortured by his father and kept locked in a shed.

He has been in the UK in foster care with John Stokes in Kingswood, Bristol, since 2015 and is now an apprentice to star chef Simon Hulstone, who runs The Elephant restaurant in Torquay, Devon.

The Home Office said now he is 18 he must return home and he has not shown he faces a real risk if he goes back.

Man's skull fractured in Plymouth assault

A 42-year-old man was assaulted by three men in Plymouth on Tuesday 15 August.

Police said three men - aged 39, 28 and 19 - have been arrested and released under investigation.

The incident happened in Anstis Street and Francis Street in the Stonehouse area of the city.

Anstis Street and Francis Street

The victim sustained facial injuries and a suspected fractured skull for which he has received treatment at hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses.

Car parking problems over bank holiday

BBC Radio Cornwall

Businesses in a Cornish beach town have complained that parking machines weren't accepting coins over the bank holiday weekend.

Many people were also unable to pay by text message or online because they couldn't get a phone signal in Porthtowan, they added.

Parking machine

Cornwall Council said no penalty charge notices were issued while machines were out of order.

The council said it was very busy and the onsite enforcement officer only issued fines on vehicles parked on yellow lines.

Man found on verge with 'serious internal injuries'

BBC Radio Devon

A 32-year-old man was found lying on a verge in Barnstaple with serious internal injuries on Sunday morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he was "diagnosed as having serious internal injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle or being assaulted".

Officers said were called at 06:45 to Eastern Avenue, and believed he was dropped off in a taxi on Long Meadow Drive at 04:45.

They said he was local, and described him as being of slim build, about 5ft 10ins tall, with a beard and dark spiky hair.

Boy, 4, 'drowned in pool at activity centre'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

A four-year-old boy found dead at an activity centre in north Devon "drowned in the swimming pool", according to the people who run the centre.

Police were called to Knapp House near Northam shortly before 15:00 on Monday to reports of a missing boy. His body was later found in the pool.

The venue was staging an event organised by the Devon Narcotics Anonymous organisation.

Knapp House has issued a statement which offered its "deepest sympathies" to the boy's family and friends.

It said: "The group had the use of the pool on a self-supervised basis for recreational use - it was not part of the planned activity program that we provide."

Knapp House

Council reviewing special education needs assessments

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it has recently carried out a review into its provision of special education needs after it paid out £165,000 to a man on the autism spectrum who claimed to have suffered from educational neglect.

Andrew Evans, from Par, settled out of court with the authority, having claimed his own Special Education Needs and Disability Statement was never acted upon while a pupil at Fowey Primary School in 2006 and 2007.

Cornwall Council

The council also said it had a young person's autism strategy.

Fowey Primary School said it didn't comment on individual, historic cases.

Water supply problems in Plymouth

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, at J30 for A376.

M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Brightening in the east

BBC Weather

The dull and and damp conditions in the east will clear to leave a brighter afternoon with some sunny spells later. Maximum temperature: 18C.


Motorcyclist left with life-threatening injuries in crash with Mercedes

Devon Live

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries in a collision between his Suzuki bike and a black Mercedes car.

Boy found dead in swimming pool was from Weymouth

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

A four-year-old boy who was found dead in a swimming pool at an activity centre in north Devon was from Weymouth, police said.

The boy was found in the swimming pool at Knapp House in Northam, near Bideford, on Monday afternoon.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The boy, who was from Weymouth, had been on holiday in the area with family."

Police said the death was "being treated as unexplained".

Travel in Devon: Problems on A38, A380 and A3072

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A380 Telegraph Hill between Splatford Split and Ashcombe, heading towards Newton Abbot, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • The A3072 is blocked between Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne due to an accident
  • On the A38 Plymouth-bound, just before Marsh Mills, there are reports there's very slow traffic due to an accident

Missing boy from Camborne found

Severe accident: A3072 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3072 Devon both ways severe accident, between West Barton Lane and Holebrook Lane.

A3072 Devon - A3072 in Sampford Courtenay closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the West Barton Lane junction and the Holebrook Lane junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Para-dressage European Championships: Suzanna Hext credits grit for golds

BBC Sport

Suzanna Hext
BEF/Jon Stroud Media

Great Britain's Suzanna Hext says it was "completely insane" to claim three gold medals at the Para-dressage European Championships in Sweden.

The 29-year-old won the freestyle and individual events, and helped GB to team gold on her championships debut.

Hext, from Cornwall, was paralysed in a riding accident in 2012 but got back on a horse again two years later.

"I think mentally I was so strong and determined to get back in the saddle, that it helped me," she said. "I haven't really listened to any of the doctors or surgeons - I've had surgeons that have been on my side, and I've had surgeons that aren't on my side.

"A lot of people would say I'm quite stubborn, and that's probably how I've got back to where I am today."

Firefighters from Devon and Cornwall deal with tractor fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Firefighters from Devon and Cornwall have dealt with a tractor fire near Broadwoodwidger in Devon.

The crews from Holsworthy and Launceston were called to Logworth Cross at 10:10 where the vehicle was described as well alight and left "badly damaged".

Vasco-Knight back in court

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The disgraced former Devon NHS boss has been given a deadline to respond to officials trying to get back the money she and her husband defrauded from the NHS.

Paula Vasco-Knight admitted fraudulently paying her husband Stephen £11,000 for a publication that never existed.

At the time she was chief executive of the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and national lead for equalities for NHS England.

Stephen and Delia Vasco Knight

Exeter Crown Court today heard the couple had not responded to the an Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act over the past 15 weeks, and have now been ordered to do so by 12 September.

The purpose is to find out details of her financial assets.

Ambulances see 6% increase in bank holiday weekend calls

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The trust covers the greater South West, including: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

Football: Woking 4-1 Torquay United

BBC Sport

Torquay slumped to a sixth straight defeat as Woking bounced back to form with a 4-1 home win.

The Cards put two straight losses behind them to lead 2-1 at half-time through Joe Ward and Kane Ferdinand, with James Gray pulling one back for Torquay in first-half stoppage-time.

Charlie Carter and substitute Bobson Bawling added further goals in the second period for Woking, who registered their third home win of the season.

Missing boy in Camborne

A 16-year-old boy has been missing from his home in the Camborne area since 24 June, police say.

They are appealing for help finding David Kavern who is described as Asian, 5ft 7ins, of thin build, with black hair.

He is believed to be wearing blue or black trousers, a black sweatshirt, and a blue jacket.

David Kavern
Devon and Cornwall Police

Man dies when vintage tractor overturns

A 64-year-old man from Umberleigh has died after a vintage tractor overturned in Devon on Monday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident happened on land at Stowford near Umberleigh.

Emergency services were called at 14:30 after the 1950s Ferguson T20 tractor overturned in a field and trapped the driver underneath. The tractor was towing another tractor at the time.

The driver was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he was pronounced dead.

Hospital boss who defrauded NHS is ordered to tell court how she is going to repay it

Devon Live

Former Devon hospital boss Paula Vasco-Knight who defrauded the NHS of £11,000 has been told to reply to an order requesting details of her financial assets.

Boy who died after being found in pool at Narcotics Anonymous camp

BBC Radio Devon

A four-year-old boy who died after being found in a swimming pool at an activity park in north Devon was there as part of a Narcotics Anonymous camp.

A statement from the Devon Narcotics Anonymous Campout Committee said the camp was a "week-long summer holiday camp-out for members of Narcotics Anonymous and their families at Knapp House in Northam, near Bideford, and for the sixth year in a row, we have all enjoyed a wonderful week of sharing lives of complete freedom from drug and alcohol use."

The statement from the committee continued: "One of the activities we organize with Knapp House is the supervised use of their swimming pool with their trained lifeguards.

"Very tragically ... something has gone horrifically wrong, and a young child of one of our members drowned in the pool."

Knapp House

"We are not aware of the exact details of how this happened, and the police are obviously investigating.

"We find all attempt at expressing our sorrow and concern for the parents and siblings of this child inadequate, but as is normal in our fellowship, they will have plenty of support as they face their tragedy.

"In Narcotics Anonymous, we share no specific religious beliefs, but the entire campsite formed a circle, held hands, and prayed for the family and their lost child.

"In line with our tradition of anonymity, we are happy to provide any further information we can, but will seek to protect the personal identity of our members."

Weather: Cloud thickening and drizzle

BBC Weather

It will be a bright start for the east and parts of the south, but cloud will thicken from the northwest bringing the risk of some sporadic outbreaks of drizzle over the moors and in the north.

A few sunny spells will develop again later, but it will feel fresher. Maximum temperature: 20C.


Water mains burst in Par

Arson suspected in playground fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Firefighters said arson "was the suspected cause" of a fire after they were called to a playground blaze in St Marys Road, St Stephens, Launceston, at about 01:10.

Police had been informed, they added.

Boy, four, dies after Devon activity centre missing person hunt

Knapp House Activity Centre

A four-year-old boy has died after being found in a swimming pool at an activity centre in north Devon.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were notified around 14:55 yesterday, to reports of a missing four-year-old boy at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam, Bideford.

"Following an extensive search assisted by the police helicopter, the child was located in a swimming pool at the site and taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

"The boy’s next of kin have been informed and enquiries continue.

"Officers are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained."

BreakingFour-year-old boy dies in Devon

Jon Kay

BBC News

A four-year-old boy has died after being found in a swimming pool at an activity centre in north Devon, police have confirmed.