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  1. Woman's body pulled from the sea at Torquay
  2. Woman found dead under car in Plymouth street
  3. Man, 92, dies in hospital after road crash
  4. Bungalow destroyed in Probus blaze
  5. Emergency service workers across the South West say there's an alarming trend in attacks from those they're trying to help
  6. Tooth decay among children is linked with social deprivation - not obesity, says a new Plymouth study
  7. Updates on Friday 8 September 2017

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

Air ambulance has busiest month

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall Air Ambulance and its crew carried out 91 missions during August - the busiest month so far of 2017.

Throughout August a total of 81 missions were flown in the air ambulance helicopters and 10 were carried out using the charity's critical care cars.

Medical emergencies accounted for 48 missions, including 35 people suffering from heart-related problems.

There were also 43 missions to people who suffered serious injuries, including seven traffic accidents and three horse riding injuries.

The service costs £3m a year and is entirely funded by donations.

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What do you call these?

BBC Springwatch

Slaters, Chuggy Pigs or Cheesy Bugs?

How about Moch Coed, Woodywigs and Pishamares?

These are just some of the different name for woodlice that have been getting social media users talking.

A map featuring the names of species has been posted by Twitter user Jan Freedman, who curates the natural history collection at Plymouth museum.

He says he is collecting a list of names from different British dialects.

woodlice map
Jan Freedman

Penzance drug driver Julie Wilson who mowed down teenager back in court again

Cornwall Live

A drug driver has been back in court for offences committed eight days before she mowed down a teenager at a bus stop in an attempt to escape from a violent gang.

Showers continuing over the weekend

BBC Weather

Showers look set to continue this evening, followed by a pretty wet weekend.

Showers or longer periods of rain are expected on Saturday.

Sunny spells are likely too, mainly confined to the east in the morning, but they will spread more widely by evening.

Sunday and Monday will be wet and very windy, with coastal gales likely on Sunday night.

Maximum daytime temperature: 17C (63F).


Rare species discovered on Looe Island

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Marine experts have discovered a rare species of marine life at Looe Island Nature Reserve.

The giant goby is the largest species of goby to be found in UK waters, and grows to 27cm (11in) maximum length.

Giant goby
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Giant gobies are warm water marine fish that range from the Mediterranean, along the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France and north as far as the South West of England.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust says it's possible there may be an extension north of this species’ range due to climate change in coming years, which makes it particularly important to survey them.

Woman who gave toddler morphine had psychological disorder, court hears

BBC Radio Devon

A woman who gave a two-year-old child a potentially fatal morphine overdose in hospital has avoided jail.

The 21-year-old used powerful painkilling pills to spike bottles of Lucozade and Fruit Shoot that she left with the child when she visited him over a period of three days at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The woman from Seaton, East Devon, admitted administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to endanger life in February last year.

She was jailed for two years, suspended for two years, and ordered to receive psychiatric counselling as part of 35 days of rehabilitation activities by Recorder Mr David Bartlett at Exeter Crown Court.

She was suffering from a psychological disorder that made her believe the drugs were helping rather than harming the child.

War hero 'barred from boarding train because he couldn't prove disability'

Plymouth Herald

An amputee war hero blown up in Afghanistan was barred from boarding a train and escorted by police from the station after being unable to "prove" his disability.

Police - Stay safe on the roads this afternoon

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

It looks like it's going to stay wet this afternoon, so the authorities are asking people to stay safe.

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Cornish man tells of Irma terror

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish piano player has spoken of his terror as Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean.

Martyn Lucas, who's originally from St Columb, is working as an entertainer at a piano bar on the island of St Martin.

He told the BBC he thought he was going to die when the storm struck.

"There is no water available, no food available, no electricity...everything is broken.

"There are people on the island running around with machetes, breaking into places, taking what they need.

"This is a bad situation."

Martyn Lucas
Martyn Lucas

Woman who gave two-year-old morphine avoids jail

BBC Radio Devon

A woman who gave a two-year-old child a potentially fatal morphine overdose in hospital tried to blame the boy's father for the poison attack.

The 21-year-old used powerful painkiller pills to spike bottles of Lucozade and Fruit Shoot that she left with the child when she visited him over a period of three days at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The toddler needed emergency treatment in a paediatric high dependency unit after his breathing slowed down and he almost lost consciousness.

Doctors realised what was happening when the boy's urine tested positive for opiates and nurses removed the Fruit Shoot bottle for testing.

The woman from Seaton, east Devon, admitted administering a poison or noxious substance with intent to endanger life in February last year.

She was jailed for two years, suspended for two years, and ordered to receive psychiatric counselling as part of 35 days of rehabilitation activities by Recorder Mr David Bartlett at Exeter Crown Court.

Fed-up resident defends act of violence against crash driver caught on CCTV outside his Kerrow Moor home

Cornwall Live

A vigilante resident caught on CCTV attacking the driver of a crashed car outside his home says he is willing to take “a day in court” if it makes people sit up and take notice.

Marine Conservation Society asks public to report turtle sightings

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The Marine Conservation Society says a dead leatherback turtle has washed up in Portreath Harbour.

Sea turtles are in UK seas right now feeding on our jellyfish, so they're asking people to report any turtle sightings.

It said last week a live juvenile loggerhead was spotted from a yacht off Exmouth.

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Travel update: Nightingale Close remains closed

In Plymouth, Nightingale Close remains closed due to a an earlier police incident at Hazel Drive.

Showers continuing tonight

BBC Weather

Showers will ease during the evening, letting through some late sunshine, though a few showers will come and go overnight.

It will be breezy, particularly in the west.

Minimum temperature overnight: 10C (50F).

weather map

Travel update: Crash in East Devon

BBC Radio Devon

In Kilmington there are reports of a multi-vehicle crash on the A35 Gammons Hill near Shute Road. Approach with care

Hospital appointments cancelled after pipe bursts

Appointments have been cancelled at a hospital in Devon after a hot water pipe burst causing damage to outpatient areas.

A Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “As a result we’ve regrettably needed to cancel some outpatient clinics on Thursday and today [at Tiverton Hospital] to allow for deep cleaning and drying out but we’re working hard to resume most clinics as normal next week.

“We’ve been contacting all patients with outpatient appointments to rearrange their appointments as quickly as possible and we’d like to thank them for bearing with us. Inpatient services at the hospital were unaffected.”

Tiverton Hospital
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Football: Award 'a long time coming' - Tisdale

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has won the manager of the month award for the first time, after leading the club to the top of League Two.

It comes after 11 years in charge at St James Park, and after his 11th nomination for the prize.

Paul Tisdale

"It's nice to win anything really," he told BBC Radio Devon. "It's been a long time coming.

"I can't quite work out why it's taken 11 attempts, but then there's a panel that apparently chooses these things and this month they've chosen me."

Man, 92, dies in hospital after road crash

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

An elderly man has died after a road crash near Honiton.

Police were called to the collision involving two cars near Otter Vale Motor Services just after 14:00 on Wednesday.

A 59-year-old woman driving one of the cars was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, along with a 92-year-old man, who was a passenger.

Police said he died overnight in hospital.

A 53-year-old man who was driving the other car was treated at the scene for minor injuries, along with his two passengers.

Otter Vale Motor Services

Truro Day cancelled because of poor weather

This Sunday's Truro Day has been cancelled because of the poor weather forecast.

In its four years it's the second time the event has been scuppered by the weather.

Truro Day is a community event celebrating many of the voluntary organisations that make the city "unique and special".

Hurricane Irma: Navy delivers vital aid to Caribbean

Jonathan Beale

BBC defence correspondent

British Virgin Islands resident describes carnage

RFA Mounts Bay has delivered six tonnes of emergency aid to Anguilla, the British Overseas Territory devastated by Hurricane Irma, and will shortly arrive in the British Virgin Islands to provide further support.

The ship, which is affiliated with Falmouth, has been deployed in the Caribbean since July in preparation for the hurricane season, ready to provide support at a moment's notice.

Tasked by the Royal Navy, she was the UK's first military response to the Caribbean. The ship carries a specialist disaster relief team - drawn from the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistics Corps - as well as heavy plant for lifting and shifting and emergency kit and shelters provided by the Department for International Development.

Also on board are the Royal Navy's Mobile Aviation Support Force - aviation specialists, meteorological advisors and flight deck crews.

Engineers were on hand to stop a potentially-dangerous fuel leak at Anguilla's main petrol dump, restore power to the island's sole hospital and hand out shelters providing temporary homes for people left homeless by the storm. They also cleared the runway which was declared safe for relief flights.

Hurricane Irma's trail of havoc in Sint-Maarten

Exeter bus station to close in October

Simon Alexander

BBC Spotlight

Exeter's 50-year-old bus station will close after the last bus has left the station on Saturday 28 October, the city council has announced.

A new bus station and leisure centre is being built, at a cost of £40m.

From Sunday 29 October, passengers will be picked up and dropped off at dedicated bus stands in the city.

The new bus station is expected to open in winter 2019.

Bus station

Delays on M5 northbound after HGV fire


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Tavistock captain appointed to one of the navy's largest ever ships

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A Royal Navy captain from Tavistock is ready for the naming of his ship HMS Prince of Wales, one of the largest ever naval ships.

Captain Ian Groom is the first captain appointed to HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

The ship will be formally named in Rosyth today.

Capt Groom said: “As an engineering officer, it is a privilege to oversee the build of the largest and most complex warships ever built in the UK.

"Quite simply it doesn’t get better than this."

Captain Ian Groom
Royal Navy

Woman found dead under car was in her 80s

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police sign

Police say a woman who was found dead under a car in Plymouth earlier this morning is a local woman in her 80s.

They say her next of kin have been informed.

Emergency services were called to Nightingale Close in Elburton just after 10:00.

A police cordon remains in place.


Travel update: Crash in Tavistock

BBC Radio Devon

In Tavistock on the A386 Abbey Place at Bedford Square there are reports of a crash.

One in seven workers 'missing meals'

BBC Radio Cornwall

One in seven workers in the south west say they're missing meals to make ends meet.

The Trades Union Congress has carried out a poll and says one in four workers it asked wouldn't be able to pay an unexpected £500 bill and many have pawned something in the past 12 months.

More than 3,000 workers across the country took part.

Emergency services workers being assaulted on the job

BBC Spotlight

Emergency services in the south west are joining together to call for tougher sentences for those convicted of assaulting them.

Police, ambulance, fire and health workers say there's an alarming trend in attacks from those they are trying to help.

It includes verbal abuse, spitting, biting and even sexual assault.

Ambulance officer Karen Lott was hospitalised after an attack

Father vows to withdraw son from school every day until teachers stop giving him detentions over his shoes

Cornwall Live

The row over school shoes at one of Newquay’s secondary schools is rumbling on after a father vowed to withdraw his son from lessons until teachers stop giving him detention.

Travel update: Slow moving traffic on the A361

BBC Radio Devon

On the A361 between South Molton and Tiverton heading towards the M5 there's slow moving traffic.

HMS Ocean sent to Caribbean to help hurricane victims

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The Royal Navy's flagship HMS Ocean has been sent to provide "vital humanitarian aid" to Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma and in the path of Hurricane Jose. The Royal Navy says the helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship will join the Falmouth-based Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay to provide logistical and medical support.

Royal Navy

Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people.

Howling winds and rough seas battered the British overseas territory, experiencing a top-rated category five hurricane for the first time.

Some 500,000 people were told to leave south Florida with Irma due on Sunday.

The hurricane has been downgraded to a category four, but officials warn that it remains "extremely dangerous".

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma: St Martin before and after

BreakingWoman found dead under car

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A woman has been found dead under a car in a Plymouth street.

Emergency services were called to Nightingale Close in Elburton just after 10:00.

It is believed the woman was found partially beneath a stationary vehicle.

The road is closed and fire, police and ambulance are at the scene.

Travel update: A30 partially blocked

BBC Radio Cornwall

The A30 eastbound around Polyphant, in east Cornwall, is partially blocked due to a broken-down vehicle.

Traffic is slow moving.

Police chase man who begs for money

Cornwall Live

A cyclist pretending to be homeless in order to beg for money has been chased by police, but managed to escape - without his bike, wallet and left shoe.

Fire service warning after tumble dryer fire destroys home

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Firefighters are urging people to check their tumble dryers after a blaze destroyed a bungalow in Cornwall.

The service said: "Tumble dryers and washing machines contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that get very hot. If you do not clean and maintain your machine, excess fluff or lint can build up over time and catch fire."

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Travel update: Reports trailer loses portaloos

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are reports that on the A30 westbound, in the dip between Camborne and Hayle, a trailer has lost its load of portaloos. Approach with care

Seafront reopens after woman's body pulled from water

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Torquay Seafront has been reopened after a woman's body was pulled from the water.

The area was closed after the discovery earlier this morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police says authorities are now trying to establish the age of the woman.

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Travel update: Crash in Bissoe

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Bissoe on Coombe Lane around Race Hill we've got reports there's an accident. Approach with care

Burnt out car driver sought


Police officers are searching for the driver of a car found burnt out on Dartmoor.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers from Kingsbridge and its dog unit were involved in the search.

The car was found on a minor road on Thursday evening.

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Newton Abbot Patrol