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Summary

  1. Dealer who supplied drugs to Leah Kerry, 15, who died in Devon, admits supply charges
  2. Syrian family moved after air rifle was fired at their home in Axminster
  3. No full Cornwall Council meeting for four months
  4. Row over Diocese of Truro selling off field in Illogan
  5. Plymouth sees 120 unauthorised encampments by gypsies and travellers since 2014
  6. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

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Johnny O'Shea

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Eddie the Eagle takes on new flying challenge

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

We showed you a picture earlier of former Olympic ski jumper Eddie the Eagle appearing to be at some height somewhere in Cornwall.

What was he doing?

Well, we can tell you he was at the Eden Project to try out its new freefall experience.

See the video above to find out what that entails.

Latest weather: Largely dry before some showers on Thursday

BBC Weather

Showers will become mainly restricted to the south coast this evening, leading to a dry and clear night for many. Under the clear skies it will turn chilly, with some patchy mist or fog possible. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

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Friday will see a chilly start with a few mist and fog patches at first. Turning into a bright and largely dry with just a few showers. Feeling quite pleasant in the sunshine, with a gentle north-westerly breeze. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Listeners remembering on anniversary of Diana's death

BBC Radio Devon

Twenty years on from the day that Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris, listeners have been telling BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall where they were when they heard the news.

These are a few comments from the Radio Devon Facebook page:

  • Alicia Ann Fox said: "In Amsterdam, taking my daughter to the University of Leiden for a year's European study as part of her degree course. My husband and daughter went down to breakfast in the hotel while I was packing up our things ready to leave. When I joined them, Roly said 'Princess Diana's dead'. I thought they were joking so they pointed out the television on the wall where a reporter was giving the details of the fatal crash. It was a surreal moment. I felt stunned".
Princess Diana
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  • Carol Hancock commented: "Arrived back at Heathrow from Canada to be met by my brother who told us the dreadful news. Could not believe it. We traveled home to Devon accompanied by very sombre music. Always will remember this day as it is also our wedding anniversary."
  • Veronica Ann Astley posted: "In exactly the same place as I am now. In bed in our caravan on this same field in Perkins village and we turned the tv on and had a big shock!! We don't live here I might add, we are down a lot though."

Football: Jayden Stockley, Hiram Boateng and West Bromwich Albion duo sign for Exeter City

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Hiram Boateng and Jayden Stockley
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Exeter City have re-signed striker Jayden Stockley from Aberdeen, while midfielder Hiram Boateng has joined from Crystal Palace on a free transfer.

The Devon side have paid a club-record fee believed to be about £100,000 for Stockley, who spent part of the 2015-16 season on loan at St James Park.

Ex-Plymouth loanee Boateng, 21, played three times for Premier League Palace.

Exeter have also signed right-back Kane Wilson, 17, and striker Kyle Edwards, 19, on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Both players will be with the Grecians until January.

Otterly brilliant creatures show problem-solving skills

Otters can learn how to solve puzzles such as opening Tupperware containers with clips on the lid, screw-top lids or pull-off lids by watching and copying each other, new research shows.

Scientists created a series of puzzles baited with food, and found smooth-coated otters watched and copied each other’s problem-solving techniques – with young otters more likely to copy than their parents.

Otter and pot
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Interestingly, another species, Asian short-clawed otters, showed no sign of copying each other.

Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall said their study may help improve efforts to reintroduce otters into the wild.

Football: Torquay sign Norwich's Efete on loan

BBC Sport

Michee Efete
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National League side Torquay United have signed Norwich City defender Michee Efete on loan until 3 January.

The 20-year-old, who can play at right-back or centre-back, has played every minute of the Canaries' Under-23s' games this season.

He also has first-team experience from a loan spell this summer with Icelandic Premier League side Breidablik.

Efete, who signed a one-year contract extension with Norwich in May, will join up with Torquay on 4 September.

Council chairwoman defends meeting cancellation

The chairwoman of Cornwall Council says she took advice before cancelling next month's full council meeting.

The decision means there will be no meeting of the 123 councillors until November, with the most recent one being held in July.

Mary May told BBC Radio Cornwall she consulted the group leaders and was told: "There haven't been any meetings where decisions have been made that need to be referred to [the full] council".

Mary May
Cornwall Council

She added that she'd be happy to chair the meeting, but was advised it wasn't necessary.

"All councils have breaks, we don’t stand alone there. Councillors are still out there working hard and attending other meetings", she added.

South Western Railway staff strike ballot over future of guards on services

BBC News UK

A union which is balloting members who work on the new South Western Railway franchise in a dispute over the role of guards says it wants "a guarantee of a second, safety-critical member of staff on all current services".

The RMT said its members had not been reassured over the future of guards on services.

The new franchise recently took over services in the south west, including out of London Waterloo to Exeter. They were formerly operated by South West Trains.

The union said there had been several attempts to try to get a "water-tight pledge" on the issue. RMT's general secretary, Mick Cash, said the union had "no option" but to declare a formal dispute after "repeated opportunities" were given to resolve it.

South Western Railway said it would provide more guards and drivers and work with the RMT to "deliver the best possible service".

Some South West badger cull licences extended

BBC News England

Badger culling will take place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset for a further five years after new supplementary licences have been granted by Natural England.

Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.

Existing licences already exist for parts of Herefordshire, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and another area of Gloucestershire until 2018 and 2019.

The previously issued licences for Somerset and the original cull zone in Gloucestershire expired in November.

Badger. Pic: PA
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Devon hospital sues IT firm for £7.9million over 'dud' computer system

Devon Live

A Devon NHS trust which says what should have been a state of the art new computer system turned out to be a dud is suing for millions.

No legal high convictions in South West

BBC News England

New Home Office figures show there have been no convictions relating to new laws on psychoactive substances in Devon and Cornwall since they were introduced six months ago.

Nationally there have been 26 convictions, and more than 500 arrests following a ban on new drugs such as Spice.

Psychoactive convictions graph
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Convictions under Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 between 26 May to 31 December 2016

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 banned what used to be called "legal highs", including synthetic drugs that produce similar effects to cannabis.

Bodmin bubbly brazenly burgled

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A thief managed to steal 54 bottles of prosecco from a supermarket in Bodmin at the weekend.

They were taken at around 09:20 on Sunday from Sainsbury's on Dennison Road.

Devon and Cornwall Police have asked for anyone with information to come forward.

Sainsbury's Bodmin
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Football: QPR sign Exeter City winger David Wheeler for undisclosed fee

BBC Sport

David Wheeler
Justin Setterfield

Queens Park Rangers have signed winger David Wheeler from Exeter City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Wheeler, 26, has missed the past three games through injury but leaves the Grecians having scored 39 goals in 171 games, including 21 in 46 last season.

The move ends the Brighton-born forward's four-and-a-half year stay at St James Park.

"This is a big deal for me and I can't wait to get started," Wheeler told the club website.

Rs boss Ian Holloway said: "We're delighted to bring David in. He had a great season last year, and if you look at him, he has progressed every year. That's what we want him to continue now he's at QPR."

Fire crews deal with seven vehicle blazes 'over past few weeks'

Weather Watchers: Clouds over Callington

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Weather Watcher Scuba has sent us this picture from around Callington.

Clouds over Callington. Pic: Scuba
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Strike ballot for South Western Railway staff

BBC News UK

Workers on the new South Western Railway franchise are considering whether to strike in a dispute over the role of guards, the RMT says.

The union said its members had not been reassured over the future of guards.

The franchise's services includes routes from London to Exeter.

Power supplies restored in Liskeard

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Nearly 450 properties in the area were believed to be affected by the power cut.

Rugby: Champion Chiefs name side for opener

Champions Exeter Chiefs have named their side for the first game of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

They are playing Gloucester away on Friday, at 19:45, 97 days after being crowned champions at Twickenham by beating Wasps.

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Jack Yeandle is captain, with Australian scrum-half Nic White the only new signing in the starting 15.

Another new signing and former Gloucester favourite Matt Kvesic is on the bench, alongside Exeter's only British Lion, Jack Nowell.

(Picture: Exeter Chiefs)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? ...

No ... it's Eddie the Eagle!

But what is the former Olympic ski jumper and cult figure been doing in Cornwall? Apart from hanging around, as you can see here.

We shall reveal more later this afternoon.

Eddie the Eagle
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Gas flowing again in village after water leaks into pipe network

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Gas is now flowing again in a Cornish village after some homes had to have supplies cut off when water got into the network.

Staff from Wales & West Utilities had to visit properties in the Polsue Way area of Tresillian, near Truro, after a leaking water pipe caused water to enter the gas network on Wednesday.

However, engineers still need to get into some properties to ensure supplies are safely reconnected.

Clive Book, of Wales & West Utilities, said: "In the small number of homes we haven't been able to access, where residents are away, we have left them information on how to contact us so we can turn their gas back on and relight their appliances safely."

Hundreds could take council to court over data breach

Devon Live

Two-hundred people whose personal information was accidentally released in an email by a Devon council could take legal action.

Man dies after car collides with school bus

A man has died following a serious collision in north Devon.

Emergency services were called to Yard Cross in Brayford at about 08:30 yesterday to reports of a crash between a Peugeot 106 and a school bus.

The driver of the Peugeot, a man in his 20s, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

No one else was injured.

The road was closed for five hours whilst police attended the scene.

Big boost for mining plans

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

With metals prices buoyant, £10m has been pumped into the South West's tentative mining revival in the last 24 hours.

The company running the new tungsten mine on the Plymouth edge of Dartmoor has announced it's received another £5m of funding from their Australian backers.

The money will sort out teething problems with the mine's mill.

Mine
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And a key step has been taken towards pumping out the flooded South Crofty tin mine near Camborne.

About £5m has been raised for a new water treatment plant. It doubles the investment that's gone into Crofty in the last 18 months.

Devon and Cornwall Police join MoD colleagues on training exercise

Devon travel: Delays in Totnes

BBC Radio Devon

  • In Totnes there's slow traffic on the A385 Station Road in both directions between the Western bypass and Brutus Bridge roundabout due to roadworks
  • Advance warning: Exeter A379 Bridge Rd closed both directions between Matford Roundabout and Countess Wear due roadworks 22:00-05:00

Ex-police officer Robert Branney jailed for second child porn offence within a year

Cornwall Live

A former police officer who worked as part of a child protection team has been jailed after being caught with sickening child abuse images for the second time in a year.

Cornwall travel: Broken-down caravan at Carkeel

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • On the A38 at the Carkeel Roundabout near Saltash, there are reports there's a broken-down caravan, causing a partial blockage
  • On the A30 heading westbound between Camborne and the St Erth roundabout, there's slow-moving traffic
  • At Penwithick, Hallaze Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Montgomery Road

Power cut in Liskeard area

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Nearly 450 properties in the Liskeard (PL14) area are expected to be without electricity power until 15.00 because of a power cut, Western Power Distribution says.

Earlier problems reported in Launceston have been repaired.

Where were you when Diana died?

It was 20 years ago today that Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

It was a true "you remember where you were when..." moment, and people have been telling BBC Radio Cornwall and Devon just.

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

  • Carole Richards commented: "Our phone rang at about 5am, it was our son telling us the news. So sad still remember the eerie feeling everywhere. RIP Diana, a beautiful caring People's Princess".
Diana
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  • Judith Whitehouse said: "Preparing for a couple of quiet, routine Sunday services - needless to say, everything had to be changed- I was very proud of my choir and assistant organist for rising to the occasion, though I still have niggling doubts as to whether we should have done..."
  • Terry Evans posted: "I saw it on the news in Saudi Arabia where I was working. Flew home 2 days later to the chaos that was Heathrow".

Thirsty thief manages to leave Bodmin's Sainsbury's with 54 bottles of prosecco

Cornwall Live

Police are scratching their heads after a thirsty thief managed to steal 54 bottles of prosecco from a Cornish store.

Serious ambulance incidents include 'prolonged media coverage'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

South Western Ambulance Service
BBC

The South West's ambulance service declared "prolonged media coverage" as a serious incident, it has been revealed.

It was among reports of "serious incidents" involving ambulances rising by 16% in five years. "Serious incidents" are defined by the NHS as "adverse events" needing a "heightened level of response".

The number of such events rose in seven of England's 10 ambulance areas.

The union Unison said the rise reflected "intolerable pressures" facing ambulance workers.

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said the incidents amounted to a "tiny" number of patient journeys.

The South Western Ambulance Service - which merged with Great Western Ambulance Service in February 2013 - declared "prolonged media coverage" as a serious incident in 2015-16.

Leah Kerry drug dealer admits supply charges

A man has admitted supplying drugs to 15-year-old Leah Kerry, who collapsed and died at an end of term party in a Newton Abbot park.

Jacob Khanlarian, 20, pleaded guilty to supplying ecstasy, also known as MDMA, to Leah, who came from Torquay and went to school in Salisbury, and two of her friends in July.

The case at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned for three weeks to allow the police time to receive a toxicology report which will establish whether the drugs he supplied caused Leah's death.

Leah Kerry
Kerry Family

Khanlarian, from Elm Road, Newton Abbot, admitted four counts of supplying class A drug MDMA and one of possessing class B drug cannabis with intent to supply.

Three of the counts related to supply of ecstasy to three teenage girls, including Leah Kerry, at Bakers Park, Newton Abbot on the night she died.

Recorder Mr Jeremy Wright adjourned the case until 21 September.

Cafe owner stands by child ban

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

The owner of a coffee shop that doesn't allow children says most people support the decision.

Bob Higginson runs the Chart Room in Brixham, a café themed like an old ocean liner.

Cafe
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He said: "We wanted to create this clam and relaxed atmosphere. We just felt that we didn't want to cater for children under 12.

"There's been some quite nasty, vitriolic abuse on social media, but we stick by it and the vast majority of people see our point, and they're in favour."

No full Cornwall Council meeting for four months

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it won't be having a full council meeting in September because there are "no substantive agenda items".

In a statement, the council said: “The full council meeting planned for September has been cancelled as there were no substantive agenda items and the only standing items related to member and public question time.

Cornwall Council
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"The council’s meetings are run so that its business can be carried out efficiently; considering the interests of the community, the importance of using members' time effectively and the cost of holding a meeting."

The decision means there has been no full council meeting since 25 July, and the next one is scheduled for 21 November.

Men try to pass off fake Scottish £20 notes in Saltash

Van parked in one-hour space for three months, and Plymouth council can't do anything

Devon Live

A white van has been parked in a one-hour-maximum parking bay for three months, but the local authority say they can't do anything about it.

Football: Exeter loan West Brom youngster Wilson

BBC Sport

Kane Wilson
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Exeter City have signed West Bromwich Albion teenage right-back Kane Wilson on loan until January.

Wilson, 17, made his debut for the Baggies in the EFL Cup last August and has been a substitute in all three of their Premier League games this term.

He is currently with the England Under-18s squad for games against Brazil and South Africa.

"To have him with us shows the respect and trust Tony Pulis has [in us]," Exeter assistant boss Matt Oakley said.

Latest weather: Thunder possible later

BBC Weather

After a bright sunny start some heavy possibly thundery showers are expected to be triggered during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
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Water supply problems in Dawlish