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Summary

  1. Man jailed for supplying drugs to girl, 15, who died after party at park
  2. Man 'seriously injured' after being 'trapped' by digger
  3. Devon and Cornwall Police fire Taser 18 times in three months
  4. Buckets of Portuguese man-of-war left on pub roof
  5. Peace garden opening to remember 'last Tommy' Harry Patch
  6. Jubilee Pool open until end of October 'for first time'
  7. Brixham sees record prices for cuttlefish
  8. Cabbage grower fails in record attempt
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 25 September 2017

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By Andrew Segal

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day and, indeed, 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.

Have a great weekend.

Peace garden for 'last Tommy' WW1 veteran Harry Patch at Devon school

BBC News England

A peace garden has been officially opened in memory of the longest surviving British veteran of World War One.

Harry Patch, from Somerset, known as the "last Tommy", died in 2009 aged 111.

Exactly 100 years ago today he was badly injured, and three of his friends were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele.

As a result, he always called 22 September his personal remembrance day.

Clyst Vale Community College in Devon has created a peace garden that remembers all those who died in the war, from all sides.

Luton's McQuoid joins Torquay on loan

James Law

BBC Sport Online

National League side Torquay United have signed striker Josh McQuoid on a three-month loan deal from Luton Town.

The 27-year-old, who has five caps for Northern Ireland, spent the second half of last season on loan at Stevenage, scoring once in 16 League Two matches.

Josh McQuoid
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Meanwhile, Torquay have released non-contract trio Rory Fallon, Andy Haworth, and Chinua Cole.

Josh McQuoid

Luton's McQuoid joins Torquay on loan

National League side Torquay United sign striker Josh McQuoid on a three-month loan deal from Luton Town.

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Buckets of Portuguese man-of-war found on pub roof 'left there by student'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Portuguese man-of-war
Games Room

Two buckets filled with Portuguese man-of-war found on the flat roof of a pub in Cornwall were left there by a student living locally who wanted to bring them back to her campus, a bar manager says.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) got a call from the Games Room in Falmouth on Thursday telling them about the buckets.

It instructed the pub's staff to pour the creatures back into the water and "let nature take its course".

Games Room manager Kathy St Quentin said the student had been collecting the siphonophores and was waiting for authorisation to get the creatures on to their college campus

She said that the student left them on the easily accessible flat roof close to her flat, where they were discovered.

Kathy added that the student was "a bit embarrassed" about what had happened.

Football: Owers keen to add to 'massive' Torquay squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United head coach Gary Owers says he still needs to add to his 27-man squad due to the number of injuries at the National League club.

The Gulls, bottom of the table with four points from 11 games, have got nine players on the sidelines.

Gary Owers
Empics

"It's a balancing act definitely, I'm looking at the squad available and it's 16/17 players maximum," Owers said.

"I spoke to a couple of managers in the league, and when I told them I had 27 players they couldn't believe it."

Josh McQuoid

Luton's McQuoid joins Torquay on loan

National League side Torquay United sign striker Josh McQuoid on a three-month loan deal from Luton Town.

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Weather update: cloudy with rain overnight, but brighter on Saturday

BBC Weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, as well as some hill fog. Despite this, it will be much milder than last night.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

After a cloudy and in places damp start to Saturday, it will become drier and brighter from the south. In the sunshine and light winds it will feel pleasantly warm.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Antelope cull zoo 'trying to keep badgers out of enclosures'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Devon zoo which had to put down a herd of antelope because of bovine TB says it is trying to keep badgers away from its animals.

Paignton Zoo culled the lechwe antelope after one of its animals tested positive for TB. Staff were "saddened" by the cull, which saw 10 animals killed, it said.

Senior head keeper of mammals Rob Rouse said the cull was also partly carried out because there were "other species here that are vulnerable", including elephants, giraffes, kangaroos, goats and sheep.

He added that the zoo was also looking at "how we can eliminate badgers from their enclosures".

Badgers are believed to spread TB in cattle.

Culls of badgers are taking place in Devon and Cornwall to prevent its spread in livestock. Opponents said culling was inhumane and vaccinating badgers would be more effective in preventing the spread.

Antelope
Paignton Zoo

Leah Kerry death: Drug dealer 'terribly sorry for pain I have caused'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A man who supplied drugs to a 15-year-old girl who died after a party in a Devon park has told her family he is "terribly sorry".

Fifteen-year-old Leah Kerry died in July.

She was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot after she taking three tablets which were sold to her and two friends by Jacob Khanlarian (pictured).

Jacob Khanlarian
Devon and Cornwall Police

At Exeter Crown Court, Khanlarian, 20, of Elm Road, Newton Abbot, was jailed for three years after he previously admitted four counts of supplying the class A drug MDMA, and one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Leah used to live in Torquay before moving to Salisbury. She was visiting the town with her mother for her grandmother's birthday.

Leah Kerry
Family Handout

She became unwell after taking the drugs and an ambulance was called at about 02:00 on the morning of her death. She died four hours later in Torbay Hospital.

A note from Khanlarian read at his sentencing said: "I am terribly sorry for the pain I have caused to the girl's family and friends."

Football: Truro City aim for top of the table

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City could go top of the table with a win away to East Thurrock United.

The White Tigers have won their last five games after an indifferent start to their National League season.

City manager Lee Hodges said that he has made no drastic changes despite a slow start to the season.

He said: "We've won games playing exactly the same way as we've lost games."

£10,000 cash stolen in Exmouth burglary

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than £10,000 in sterling and hundreds of pounds worth of Hong Kong dollars has been stolen in a burglary in Exmouth, police say.

Officers have appealed for witnesses after the raid on the property in Cranford Avenue, which is believed to have occurred between 16:30 and 20:00 on Friday 8 September.

Police said an offender got in through a ground-floor bedroom window and stole cash and jewellery.

As well as £10,000 cash, about 8,000 Hong Kong dollars (worth £760) was taken, along with two Gucci wrist watches, a Rolex watch, a passport, gold and silver rings, a gold bracelet, a silver necklace, and a jade hoop-shaped pendant.

Queues building up after A38 lane blocked in five-vehicle crash near Ivybridge

BBC Spotlight

One lane is blocked on the A38 Plymouth-bound between Wrangaton Cross and Ivybridge by an accident involving five vehicles.

Police said there were no serious injuries but long queues are building up.

'Avoid A38 Ivybridge' warning after reports of five-vehicle crash

Housing funding clarity needed because of 'mismatch between wages and prices in Cornwall'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Housing providers in Cornwall say they need urgent clarity on future funding as the government launches a review of social homes.

There are calls for the housing benefit bill to be brought down and reinvested in truly affordable places to buy and rent.

Cornwall Council said it was hoping to build 1,000 new homes itself by 2021, with about a third of them being affordable.

Andrew Mitchell, the cabinet member for housing, said: "Since 2010, we’re now into seven years where the government hasn't put a penny into social rents, so it's an issue that affects the whole of the country, but, I think, even more so in parts of Cornwall.

"We have such a mismatch between local wages and local house prices."

House building
BBC

Police officer gets final warning for mocking suspect's genitalia after pepper spraying him

Cornwall Live

A Devon and Cornwall Police officer is walking on thin ice after being given a final warning for making snide comments about a suspect’s genitalia after pepper-spraying him at close range.

Society 'very surprised' at Portuguese man-of-war found in buckets on pub roof

BBC Radio Cornwall

Portuguese man-of-war
Games Room, Falmouth

Staff at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) say they were "very surprised" to get a call telling them that two buckets filled with Portuguese man-of-war were found on the flat roof of a pub in Cornwall.

Hundreds of the potentially fatal jellyfish-like organisms have been found washed up on Cornish beaches over the past week.

The MCS said on Facebook it received the "odd news" from the Games Room in Falmouth on Thursday, commenting that "hydrozoans really don't belong in the pub".

Peter Richardson, head of recovery at the society, said the MCS got the call after the landlord had already called Cornwall Council and the police.

The pub's staff were instructed to pour them back into the water and "let nature take its course", he said.

He added that, because of expected strong winds over the weekend, there was a possibility that more of the creatures might be washed up.

Severe accident: A38 Devon westbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon westbound severe accident, between A385 and B3372.

A38 Devon - Queuing traffic on A38 westbound in South Brent between Marley Head Junction and Woodpecker Junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle and an accident involving a coach and lorry earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Latest weather: Cloud increasing and rain more likely

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Although bright for a while, cloud will continue to increase from the west as some scattered outbreaks of rain or drizzle start to move in during the afternoon. The rain is likely to become more persistent towards the end of the day, but should become mainly light.

Light or moderate southwesterly winds will be fresh at times around the coast.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight it will remain cloudy with the cloud lowering to cover high ground at times. But the rain and drizzle will become increasingly sporadic by morning. Light or moderate south to southwesterly winds will continue to be fresher further west. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

BreakingMan 'seriously injured' after being 'trapped' by digger

A man has been seriously injured after being hit by a digger, police have said.

The male pedestrian was injured in Millbrook Lane, Exeter, at the buidling site of a new housing estate, officers said. Initial reports from emergency services suggested he was trapped.

Fire and ambulance crews are at the scene.

Police said the man was conscious and breathing, but has serious chest injuries and will be airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

Bovine TB tests on zoo animals after antelope culled

BBC Radio Devon

Bovine TB tests have been carried out on other animals at a Devon zoo where a herd of antelope have been put down because of the disease.

Paignton Zoo culled the lechwe antelope after one of its animals tested positive for TB. Staff were "saddened" by the cull, which saw 10 animals killed, it said.

Antelope
Paignton Zoo

Senior head keeper of mammals Rob Rouse said the cull was also partly carried out because there were "other species here that are vulnerable".

He said elephants, giraffes, kangaroos, goats and sheep could be affected.

He added: "Some have also already been TB tested and those have come back negative."

Man, 50, missing from Totnes: Disappearance 'totally out-of-character'

Police are appealing for information about a missing man from Totnes.

Colin Cozens, 50, was last seen at his home on 12 September. Police said his disappearance was "totally out-of-character".

Mr Cozens is described as being slim, with a bald head, blue eyes and facial stubble.

He has Chinese writing on his left wrist. He was last seen wearing a khaki-coloured waterproof jacket and jeans.

Colin Cozens
Devon and Cornwall Police

Peace garden opens in memory of Somerset soldier

Watch: Peace garden opens in memory Somerset soldier Harry Patch today

A peace garden is being opened today to remember the last fighting Tommy of the First World War.

Harry Patch, from Somerset, died eight years ago at the age of 111.

Since then, a school in Devon has been remembering him every year 22 September.

That's the date he was badly injured and three of his friends killed in the Battle of Passchendaele - and he always referred to it as his own personal remembrance day.

Heather Padden is the Head of History at Clyst Vale Community College and says he's left quite a legacy for the school.

Air ambulance called to baby with burns in Honiton

Devon Live

The Devon Air Ambulance was called after a baby girl suffered burns on Tuesday morning.

Cabbage grower fails in record attempt

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A Cornish vegetable grower has failed in his attempt to break the world record for the heaviest green cabbage.

David Thomas entered the National Giant Vegetables Championship in Malvern, and needed to beat 9.8st (62kg).

David and cabbage
BBC

However, his cabbage weighed 7.1st (45kg). It means the record holder remains one that was grown in Alaska in 2012.

David will be bringing his giant offering home to Leedstown, where it will be fed to his neighbour's pigs.

Why were three planes spotted flying in formation over Cornwall?

Cornwall Live

Two jets flying either side of a larger plane were spotted in the skies over Cornwall last night.

Football: Argyle need to be more clinical - Adams

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says he is confident goals will come for his side but has urged his players to be more clinical in attack.

The Pilgrims are second from bottom in League One, with only six goals from their eight matches.

Derek Adams
Rex Features

"Once you get your goals you gain in confidence, and you feel that you can score week in week out," Adams told BBC Spotlight.

"We'll get to that stage, but we obviously need to get to that stage quite quickly."

Leah Kerry death: Ecstasy dealer played 'significant role' in teenager's death

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A drug dealer who sold esctasy - or MDMA - tablets to a 15-year-old girl who later died played a "significant role" in her death, a judge has said.

Leah Kerry
Family Handout

Leah Kerry was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot (pictured) after she took three tablets which were sold to her and two friends by Jacob Khanlarian.

At Exeter Crown Court, Khanlarian, 20, of Elm Road, has been jailed for three years. He previously admitted four counts of supplying the class A drug MDMA, and one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Bakers Park
BBC

Sentencing, Judge Graham Cottle told Khanlarian: "You were playing a significant role - of that there is no doubt.

"You were prepared to sell to girls as young as these three. Leah died as a consequence of the pills which you sold."

He added: "In a comparably short time she was clearly suffering with the effects of what you had sold her.

"You are exhibiting remorse for what has happened.

"No sentence I can pass can change the tragic outcome of this case."

Making the sea a supermarket - the art of seaweed foraging

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Seaweed foraging- making the sea a supermarket

Next time you step into the sea, look beneath your feet - you might be standing on your next snack.

Rachel Lambert teaches foraging around Cornwall and particularly loves foraging for seaweeds.

She says there's a bit of an art to finding the right ones, but there's an "entire world" of tastes and textures to explore, and the practice is slowly growing.

Leah Kerry death: Drugs 'attributable to her death'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Toxicology reports showed that the death of a 15-year-old in Devon who took three ecstasy - or MDMA - tablets could be attributed to the drugs, a court has heard.

Leah Kerry was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, in the early hours of 15 July. She died in hospital the next day.

Jacob Khanlarian
BBC

Twenty-year-old Jacob Khanlarian (pictured), from Newton Abbot, sold four tablets to her and two of her friends for £30, Exeter Crown Court heard. Leah took three tablets while her friends shared the fourth, the court was told.

Khanlarian, of Elm Road, has been jailed for three years after he previously admitted four counts of supplying the class A drug MDMA, and one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Khanlarian handed himself into police after the teenager's death and told them he had supplied a substance he believed to be MDMA to a group of girls in the park, the court heard.

Leah Kerry death: Girl took three ecstasy tablets

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Leah Kerry
Family Handout

A 15-year-old girl who died after a party in a Devon park took three ecstasy - or MDMA - tablets, a court heard.

Leah Kerry was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, in the early hours of 15 July. She died in hospital the next day.

Twenty-year-old Jacob Khanlarian, from Newton Abbot, sold four tablets to her and two of her friends for £30, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Leah took three tablets while her friends shared the fourth, the court was told.

Khanlarian, of Elm Road, has been jailed for three years after he previously admitted four counts of supplying the class A drug MDMA, and one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Three of the counts related to the supply of ecstasy to Leah and two other teenage girls at Bakers Park on the night she died.

He also admitted supplying ecstasy to others between January 2015 and July 2017, and cannabis between January 2013 and July 2017.

BreakingMan jailed for supplying drugs to Newton Abbot death girl, 15

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man who supplied drugs to a 15-year-old girl who died after a party at a park has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Jacob Khanlarian, 20, from Newton Abbot, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Exeter Crown Court to supplying ecstasy to Leah Kerry and two of her friends.

Leah Kerry
Family Handout

Leah, from Salisbury, was found unconscious at Bakers Park in Newton Abbot, in the early hours of 15 July. She died in Torbay Hospital the next day.

Khanlarian, of Elm Road, previously admitted four counts of supplying the class A drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and one of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Charity urges people not to eat Dartmoor ponies

Devon Live

A charity is urging people not to buy Dartmoor pony meat after it went on sale in the form of sausages and burgers at a local market.

Housing providers in Cornwall 'need clarity on future funding'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Housing providers in Cornwall say they need urgent clarity on future funding as the government launches a nationwide review of social homes.

The issues of the county's high house prices, low wages and lack of affordable homes to buy or rent are nothing new. Providers in Cornwall say a review is simply wasting time - and are calling for an urgent rethink in policy.

Ministers said the review would be the most substantial of its kind for a generation, amid calls for the housing benefit bill to be brought down and reinvested in truly affordable places to buy and rent.

Commmunities Secretary Sajid Javid said housing associations would get some clarity soon.

Houses
BBC

Football: Argyle's Adams out to prove people wrong

BBC Sport

Derek Adams: Plymouth Argyle boss confident of proving people wrong

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says his side will prove people wrong after being asked about his side's recent lack of goals.

Peace garden opening to remember 'last Tommy' Harry Patch

BBC Spotlight

A peace garden is being officially opened in Devon to remember the last fighting Tommy of World War One.

Harry Patch garden
BBC

Exactly 100 years ago today, Harry Patch, from Somerset, was badly injured and three of his friends were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele.

He was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the battle at Ypres in which more than 70,000 British soldiers died. Harry called it his own personal remembrance day.

Harry Patch
BBC

He was recognised as the last British survivor of the WW1 trenches and died at the age of 111 in 2009.

Every year students at Clyst Vale Community College, in Broadclyst, commemorate him on what they call "Harry Patch Day".

Pupils at the school first became aware of Harry's story when studying WW1 in 2008.

They sent cards to him for his 110th birthday, establishing their link.

The school uses Harry Patch Day to remember and honour all the young men on all sides who died in the war.

Rugby: Chiefs trio named in England training squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs trio Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Harry Williams have been named in a 33-man England training squad for a camp in Oxford this weekend.

Prop Williams has been preferred to British and Irish Lions player Kyle Sinckler.

Jack Nowell
Getty Images

Head coach Eddie Jones will name his squad for the autumn internationals on 26 October.

Devon travel: Paris Street, Exeter, partially blocked

BBC Radio Devon

In Exeter, Paris Street is partially blocked around Bampfylde Street due to an accident

Medieval mill dig at National Trust's Trerice site

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Volunteers at one of Cornwall's National Trust properties have been unearthing more about the site's early history with a week-long archaeological dig.

They've been searching for evidence of a medieval mill that once served farmers at Trerice, near Newquay.

Buckets of Portuguese man-of-war left on pub roof

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Portuguese man-of-war
Joanna Clegg

Two buckets filled with Portuguese man-of-war have been found on the flat roof of a pub in Cornwall, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says.

Hundreds of the potentially fatal jellyfish-like organisms, which have long purple tentacles, have been found washed up on Cornish beaches over the past week.

Describing on its Facebook page the recent find as "odd news and [an] announcement", the MCS said "hydrozoans really don't belong in the pub" after the Games Room in Falmouth contacted it about the discovery on Thursday.

The MCS said: "Please do not collect these animals when you find them, just report them to us.

"If the local council doesn't do official disposals, let the tide take them back. They shouldn't be touched or picked up at all - they're poisonous."

There had been "lots of reports" of more strandings this week, it added.

Recycling bin fire at Bodmin supermarket 'treated as arson'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A recycling bin fire at a supermarket in Bodmin is being treated as arson, firefighters say.

One fire crew was called to the blaze at Sainsbury's car park at about 20:25 on Thursday.

Police have been informed.