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  1. Masked attacker stabs boy, 14, in Truro
  2. Torbay Hospital 'under major pressure'
  3. Woolacombe Asian hornets' nest destroyed, but another sighting reported in Plymouth
  4. Plans for new town councils in Torbay are rejected
  5. Investigations continue into fatal capsizing of fishing vessel the Solstice
  6. New hard-hitting film for teenagers about to start driving lessons
  7. Updates on Thursday 28 September 2017

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By Amy Gladwell

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Amy Gladwell

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Friday's news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't miss Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Natalie Cornah at 18:30 on BBC One, and the late news at 22:30 tonight.

Poem sheds light on Devon word 'dimpsy'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Ever heard the word dimpsy being spoken? It is actually a Devon word and it means twilight.

So we asked local poet Chrissy Williams to read her poem Dimpsy to mark National Poetry Day.

Weather: Rain spreading before sunshine and showers on Friday

BBC Weather

Clouding over this evening with rain spreading east across all parts before midnight, and with some heavy bursts of rain at times during the early hours. Some strong winds along the coasts.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


Friday morning will be wet and windy with some heavy bursts of rain first thing. Drier and brighter weather will quickly spread in from the west, with the afternoon being a mix of bright sunshine and isolated showers.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Football: Truro aim to continue on winning 'buzz'

BBC Sport

Tom McHale
Truro City FC

In-form Truro City have their sights on a new club record by reaching the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The National League South leaders face AFC Sudbury on Saturday and are only two games away from a place in the first-round draw.

They have won their last seven games in a row and looking to make it eight.

"The club has a big buzz around it now and people are starting to see what we're about," goalkeeper Tom McHale (pictured) told BBC Radio Cornwall.

'Famous golf holes' come to Cornwall

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Have you ever fancied playing some of golf's most iconic holes - on courses such as St Andrew's or Augusta? Well now you can - without leaving the South West.

The Famous Nine course at Gwel an Mor, near Portreath, has copied famous holes.

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Truro stabbing: Arrested boy 'released under investigation'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 16-year-old boy arrested following a stabbing in Truro has been "released under investigation", Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Emergency services were called to the Trelander estate on Wednesday evening to reports that a 14-year-old boy was stabbed.

Police said the incident took place outside the Trelander and St Clement Community Hall.

The victim's injuries were described as a puncture wound to the back which was serious but not life-threatening.

Police said their enquiries were continuing and the victim remained in hospital in a stable condition.

Trelander and St Clement Community Hall

Man beat partner and waved knife in supermarket car park

Cornwall Live

A man continuously kicked and punched his girlfriend in a supermarket car park and then pulled a lock knife on members of the public who tried to intervene because he had "had enough" and she had "been doing it all day", a court heard.

Woolacombe hornet nest destroyed, but sighting in Plymouth

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Asian hornet

A nest of Asian hornets has been found and destroyed in north Devon, and a "search and destroy" mission is now under way to find more in the area.

Bee experts used heat-seeking cameras to find the nest in Woolacombe in a bid to stop the invasive species breeding and spreading.

Experts are investigating reports of a sighting of one of the insects in Plymouth.

Friends' grief over homeless hit-and-run victim, 27

BBC Radio Devon

A young homeless man killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Dartmouth was a "lovely man" who had turned his life around, say friends.

Jamie Symons

Jamie Symons, 27, died after being hit by a car on College Way in the town early on Wednesday.

Police have launched a murder investigation and have appealed for witnesses.

Kath Friedrich, of charity People Assisting Torbay's Homeless, said he had started working with animals "which he loved" on a local farm.

Mr Symons and his beloved collie dog, Kauli, were well-known in the Torbay area, she added.

She said: "It's a massive loss because he was a lot more settled and working with animals. The only consolation is that he had been able to achieve his dream."

Royal Cornwall Hospital gets £1m for Emergency Department

BBC Radio Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospital

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is facing a tough winter, according to one senior manager.

But staff are hoping a £1m investment in the Truro hospital's Emergency Department (ED) will help to make it run more smoothly.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust held its annual general meeting this morning, in a week when pressures on the ED again prompted patients to be asked to choose alternatives unless it was a real health emergency.

Rab McEwan

Trust Chief Operating Officer Rab McEwan said the public had a part to play in helping the ED this winter.

He said: "It's supposed to be a life-and-limb-threatening condirtion that you attend the Emergency Department with.

"We've got fantastic minor injuries units around the county, great GPs, and the 111 service is a great way for people to keep themselves healthy and at home."

Race against time to track Asian hornets in north Devon

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Bee experts are using heat-seeking cameras to find a suspected nest of Asian hornets in north Devon in a race against time before the invasive species breeds and spreads.

It comes as the National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of the creature - which kills and eats honeybees - at an apiary near Woolacombe.

Asian hornet

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee.

However, ecologists have warned of dire consequences for honeybees, and the honey industry, if the hornet is not swiftly eliminated.

The sighting in Devon is the first confirmed in the UK since last year, when a nest was discovered in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire. Bee inspectors tracked down and destroyed that nest.

Car crashes into wall outside Plymouth primary school

Plymouth Herald

A car has crashed into a wall on a busy Plymouth road.

Rugby: Chiefs' players 'driving each other on'

BBC Sport

Exeter's Elvis Taione
Rex Features

Exeter Chiefs head coach Ali Hepher believes their strength in depth will stand them in good stead as they try to retain their Premiership title.

The Chiefs head the table with three wins out of four so far, including a 31-17 victory over Wasps last weekend.

"We want a competitive squad so each and every one of them drives each other on," Hepher told BBC Radio Devon.

"It means you haven't got people resting in the first team knowing they're going to get picked next week."

Council grass cutter punched workmate in shed row

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

A council grass cutter attacked a workmate and left him needing 16 stitches in an argument about the use of a groundsman's shed, a court heard.

Paul White, 50, got out of his van at Belle Isle Park in Exeter and knocked victim Peter Haynes to the ground before standing over him and repeatedly punching him in the face, Exeter Crown Court was told.

The attack followed tensions between the grass cutters and other grounds staff who complained that their van blocked the entrance to the shed at the riverside park.

White, of Holloway Street, Exeter, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for eight months, suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and do 120 hours unpaid work. He has since lost his job at the city council.

Wildlife trust and utility firm check river pesticide level

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The chemcatchers are sampling tools which are used as part of work to monitor pesticide levels.

After they are left in water for a while, they are taken out and analysed in laboratories.

Plans for 130 homes at Penhale army camp approved

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Planning permission has been granted to build 132 new houses at the former Penhale army camp near Perranporth.

Entrance to former Penhale Army camp

The plans include clearance of the existing Ministry of Defence buildings and changing the use of an existing farmhouse into two homes, four 75 sq-m commercial buildings with landscaping, open space and parking.

It was approved by Cornwall Council with 10 votes in favour, two against and no abstentions.

Your childhood toys and gadgets are now in a Devon museum

Devon Live

You know you're getting old when the toys and gadgets you played with as a child find their way into a museum.

Torbay Hospital 'under major pressure'

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Hospital

Torbay Hospital says it's under major pressure with higher than usual emergency department attendances, and large numbers of acutely ill patients.

Since Sunday, the hospital has been on a special programme, previously known as a red alert, to try and manage the situation and keep patients safe.

It's on what's called Operation Pressures Escalation Level 3 - Opel 3 - which means the local health and care system is experiencing major pressures and external support may be required.

Bigbury surf school 'devastated' after boards stolen

BBC Radio Devon

Nine stand-up paddle boards were stolen from a surf school's van in Bigbury last night.

Discovery Surf School

Discovery Surf School said it was "devastated" at the robbery, which is thought to have happened at about 19:30, "not long after we locked up following lessons".

The Red Paddle Ride boards have a distinctive appearance, and Kingsbridge Police have asked anyone with information about the boards to get in touch.

Truro teen stabbing: Community leaders 'very shocked'

David George

BBC Spotlight

Community leaders in Truro say they are "very, very shocked" at the stabbing of a teenager in the city.

Emergency services, including armed police officers, were called to the Trelander estate in Truro at 19:40 on Wednesday to reports that a 14-year-old boy was stabbed.

Trelander and St Clement Community Hall

The victim's injuries were described as a puncture wound to the back which was serious but not life-threatening. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

Police said the incident took place outside the Trelander and St Clement Community Hall, which remains closed.

Community leaders said a youth club was meeting last night and some of the youngsters may have witnessed what happened, and they were concerned for those young people.

They also said an adult volunteer at the club gave first aid to the victim before paramedics arrived.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and remained in custody, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Solstice capsize investigators 'in Plymouth for some days'

Simon Clemison

BBC Spotlight

Investigators say they are expected to be in Plymouth for some days after a fishing boat failed to return home, leaving one man dead.

The investigation is looking into what caused fishing vessel the Solstice to capsize off Plymouth.

The body of one of the crew was found yesterday afternoon.

Skipper Nick Jones and Chris Wonnacott were rescued after they were found clinging to the hull in the early hours of Wednesday.

Solstice. Pic: Family Photo
Family Photo

Bereaved parents warn teen drivers

BBC Spotlight

Parents in the South West who've lost their children in car crashes are making an emotional plea to young people who are about to learn to drive.

Students in Cornwall are being shown a hard-hitting film as part of the initiative.

Tom Atkinson
Atkinson family

They've also been hearing from Pete Atkinson, whose son died when he tried to drive home after a night out with friends.

He said he urged other youngsters to be careful. Tom Atkinson (pictured) was just 19 when his car crashed near Tavistock a few years ago.

Historic lifeboat back after almost 50-year absence

BBC News England

An historic Tyneside lifeboat, the Bedford, has returned back home to South Shields - via Devon - thanks to local businesses.

Boat. Pic: Port of Tyne
Port of Tyne

Originally stationed at the coble landing in South Shields, the 131-year-old 10m-long boat left the town in 1968 when a home was found for her at the Maritime Museum in Exeter, which closed in 1997.

Now she is back in the North East after businesses - including the Port of Tyne, BT South Tyneside, Colman’s and J Barbour and Sons - clubbed together to buy her back and transport her back to Tyneside.

Until recently, the Bedford was part of a collection at the Eyemouth Maritime Centre in Scotland, which closed and its contents put up for auction.

Teenage boy stabbed in the back on Trelander Highway estate in Truro has emergency surgery

Cornwall Live

A teenage boy is stable in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery following an attack in which he was stabbed in the back.

Missing baby barn owl: Do not approach warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

A young barn owl is still missing from a wildlife park in Cornwall.

Managers at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Portreath say Errol disappeared on Tuesday while they were training him.

They have asked anyone who sees him not to approach him but to contact BBC Radio Cornwall.

Missing barn owl
Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre

Going supersonic: Is this the best work experience ever?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Is this the best work experience placement ever?

Student Murray Wells spent his university summer break helping out on one of the most exciting projects in British engineering.

The Bloodhound SSC project is building a supersonic car at its Avonmouth workshop in a bid to break the land speed record and reach 1,000mph.

The 21-year-old from Long Itchington, Warwickshire, is now back at the University of Hertfordshire while the car is in Newquay, Cornwall, for a month of testing.

Football: Torquay hope loanee Lee will return in October

BBC Sport

Torquay United hope loan signing Jordan Lee will return to the club in October after suffering chest pains.

Twenty-year-old full-back Lee played two games at the start of the season after returning from Bournemouth for a second spell.

"He is now going to be training with Bournemouth for another couple of weeks to run through further testing.

"This is purely as a precaution. His return to TUFC is now expected to take place on 9 October," said a statement on the Torquay website.

Ferry fire alert in Falmouth caused by 'welding fumes'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Fire crews have investigated a suspected fire on board the Condor Clipper, which is moored in Falmouth Docks this morning.

A spokesman from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said they found there had been no fire and the alarm was raised due to "welding fumes".

Family's flat is so infested with mice they moved to a Travelodge

Plymouth Herald

Residents living in a block of flats are being blighted by an infestation of mice – forcing one mum and her infant daughter to move into a Travelodge.

Ferry fire at Falmouth Docks

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Firefighters have been sent to Falmouth Docks to reports of a fire onboard a ferry.

Crews from the town and from Truro were sent to the Commodore Clipper ferry, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

The vessel is one of the Condor Ferries fleet, which operates between the Channel Islands, France and southern England. It is believed to be in Falmouth for maintenance.

Commodore Clipper

The fire is believed to be out and fire crews were working with the ship's staff to confirm it had not spread, the fire service said.

Weekend engineering to hit South Western Railway trains

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The operator's routes to Exeter are among those which could be affected during repairs in the Woking area.

Cornwall travel: Accident on A3047 Redruth

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Redruth, the A3047 partially blocked around Cardrew Way due to an accident.

Investigations continue into boat tragedy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A marine accident investigation is continuing into what caused the fishing vessel the Solstice to capsize off Plymouth.

The body of one of the crew was found yesterday afternoon.

Skipper Nick Jones and Chris Wonnacott were rescued after they were found clinging to the hull.

Family photo

Superintendent Keith Dixon, from the Fisherman's Mission in Newlyn, said the incident was a reminder of how dangerous the industry can be.

He said: "You do what you can, you've got to look after yourself. You've got to be responsible for your own safety. Dangerous job and that's that."

VIDEO: Dam builders still beavering away


Night-cam footage has been captured of beavers building a dam in Cornwall in the past week.

It's part of what organisers describe as a "groundbreaking" project to bring the animals back to the county after being hunted to extinction in the UK 400 years ago, Cornwall Wildlife Trust says.

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Fire at Lanhydrock cafe

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

A fire has broken out at the cafe in the car park at Lanhydrock, near Bodmin.

A dishwasher was reported to be on fire at about 08:30 and a fire engine was dispatched from Bodmin, but staff at the National Trust property had put the fire out by the time it arrived, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

Lanhydrock house

Firearms police and dog unit involved in stabbing arrest

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Firearms officers and a dog unit were involved in a police operation after a teenager was stabbed in the back in Truro, police say.

The 14-year-old, from Penzance, was attacked outside Trelander and St Clement Community Hall at about 19:40 on Wednesday. He was left in a "serious but not life-threatening condition", police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Local units, firearms officers and a dog unit attended the scene.

"Police enquiries led to an address in Truro where a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm."

Trelander and St Clement Community Hall

Bosses reveal when broken Torpoint Ferry will be fixed

Plymouth Herald

Torpoint ferry chiefs have announced the third ferry will remain out of action "until at least Thursday afternoon", but have asked customers to be patient - and polite.

Warning of long A&E waits ahead

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's a warning of longer waiting times at the Royal Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department this winter due to the issue of so-called bed blocking.

Hospital managers said many patients were unable to be discharged because there's no adequate care available or in place for them after they left.

They have already appealed to people to stay away from A&E departments unless it is a life-threatening situation.

Royal Cornwall Hospital Emergency Department sign

Health campaigner Graham Webster said: "We've come out of one of the most difficult winters that we've ever known, and, unless we do something quickly, we're going to have an even worse winter going into this winter now".

Travel news for Devon: Accident and delays in Exeter

BBC Radio Devon

  • In Exeter, Chancel Lane is partially blocked around De La Rue Way due to an accident
  • Elsewhere in the city, on New North Road, at the junction with Hele Road, traffic lights have failed
  • In Paignton, on the A380 King's Ash Road, around Foxhole Road, there are temporary traffic lights for gas mains work. Traffic is slow moving

Travel news for Cornwall: Three accidents in the west

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • At Sennen Cove, on the A30 around Cove Road, there are reports of an accident
  • On Wheal Alfred Road near Hayle, there are reports of a car partially blocking the road after an earlier accident
  • An accident has also been reported in Redruth near Treleigh School