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  1. Student found with 'knife on school grounds'
  2. Suspicious package found at SW church
  3. Woman, 86, dies from car crash injuries
  4. Beach swimmer, 80, dies
  5. Mushroom warning after dogs poisoned
  6. Kit to reverse effects of drugs overdose may have saved 10 lives
  7. Row over slurry pit on Devon-Cornwall border
  8. Truro City gets away draw in the next round of FA Cup qualifiers
  9. Updates on Monday 2 October 2017

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By Lynne French

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

Don't forget BBC Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Victoria Graham at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news at 22:30.

Police officers fly to British Virgin Islands to aid hurricane aftermath

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Eight officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have flown to the British Virgin Islands to support the local force in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the islands and killed at least five people.

In total, 54 officers from forces around the UK, will carry out joint patrols of the islands and assist in policing duties.

BVI police officers
Devon and Cornwall Police

Ch Con Andy Marsh from the National Police Chiefs’ Council for International Policing, said: “Once again officers from across the country have volunteered to help those in need, knowing the desolation and limited resources in the British Virgin Islands.

“We have provided support to the local police in maintaining law and order. We will continue to work closely with the British Virgin Islands police force to help return these islands to some normality.”

Hurricane Irma damage in British Virgin Islands

Overdose kits praised by former drug addict

A former drug addict says kits being handed out to reverse the effects of a drugs overdose could have saved the lives of many people he knew.

The kits contain Naloxone, which is injected into the leg, and are thought to have saved at least 10 lives in Devon since February.

Naloxone kit

Former addict Jim said: "The people I personally have known who have died from overdoses goes way into three figures and had Naloxone been available back then, a large proportion of them would probably still be alive now and maybe have had the change to turn their lives round, like I have."

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Lynne French

BBC News Online

More than 2,000 women got "down and dirty" for a very good cause in Plymouth yesterday.

They were taking part in the Pretty Muddy obstacle run in Central Park to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Pretty Muddy participants
Cancer Research UK

The charity said all the sponsorship money would be used to fund life-saving research.

Describing the atmosphere during the 5km (three mile) race as "electric", events manager Amy Salmon thanked all the participants and their supporters.

“The atmosphere on the day was full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter as thousands of like-minded ladies came together to unite in the fight against cancer.

Closure of Truro Age UK day centre confirmed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A day centre for the elderly in Truro will close, it's been confirmed.

The decision follows a review by Age UK.

Elderly hands

Nigel Clark, the charity's people and estates director, has confirmed the future of its other centres in Cornwall will be reviewed.

"If a venue isn't appropriate we won't use it and if it is, we'll look at how we can develop it," he said.

Police raid houses across Plymouth in major operation

Plymouth Herald

Police have raided homes across the city in a major operation linked to the supply of drugs.

Muckspreading smell 'unacceptable'

BBC Inside Out

A row's growing over the scale of muckspreading on the Devon-Cornwall border at Hartland.

Resident Jeremy Roe says the muck is "not the smell of the countryside" and the amount, taken from a slurry pit at Beckland Farm, is reaching almost "industrial" proportions.

Muck on Hartland road

"The smell is foul - to the extent that one doesn't go outside and the smell penetrates the home and you can't open a window," he said.

"This is not the smell of the countryside - what we're talking about is something profoundly different."

The owner of the pit, which does not have planning permission, has applied for retrospective approval.

Teign Valley Road closed for emergency repairs after partially collapsed embankment

Devon Live

Essential stabilisation work will take place on a road through South Devon after an embankment partially collapsed.

East to hold on to sunny skies

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

A dry and bright start to Tuesday, but it will turn increasingly cloudier from the west through the day, with eastern areas perhaps holding on to sunny skies for the longest.

Weather map

Winds will remain light but it will feel cool, with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

Police lift road cordons after reports of suspicious device

BBC Radio Cornwall


A police incident closed much of the centre of Redruth earlier, after reports were made of a suspicious device being found in the grounds of the Methodist Church in Wesley Street.

Local cordons were put in place.

A 20-year-old man from Redruth has been arrested and taken into police custody in connection with the incident.


Tower blocks residents 'reassured' after false fire alarm response

BBC Radio Devon

People living in a tower block in Devonport say they feel reassured after a mass evacuation of the building yesterday when the fire alarms went off.

Dozens of firefighters were sent to Tamar House to deal with what turned out to be a false alarm.

fire engine

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it was pleased with its response.

Resident Gosha Zadovska said: "I'm glad it was nothing dangerous, but [the alarms] work and now I feel safe."

Suspicious device in church grounds: Number of roads remain closed in Redruth

A police incident is ongoing in Redruth after reports of a suspicious device being found in the grounds of the Methodist Church in Wesley Street.

There's a heavy police presence in the town centre - with several roads currently cordoned off.

Local cordons have been put in place. Station Road, Fore Street, Alma Place and Green Lane are closed due to the incident.

A 20-year-old man from Redruth has been arrested and taken into police custody.

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Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe accident, between Curlew Drive and Warren Road.

A379 Devon - A379 in West Charleton partially blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Curlew Drive junction and the Warren Road junction, because of an accident and recovery work. Police directing traffic.

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

BreakingMan arrested after reports of suspicious device in church grounds

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man has been arrested by police in connection with an ongoing incident in Redruth.

Police officers are at the Methodist Church on Wesley Street following reports of a suspicious device being found in the church grounds.

Cordons have been put in place whilst the Explosive Ordinance Device team assess the scene.

A 20-year-old man from Redruth has been arrested and taken into police custody.

Officers said the incident was not believed to be related to terrorism.


BreakingStudent with knife on school grounds

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A student took a knife on to school premises today, it has emerged.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were made aware of a pupil bringing in a knife to Penair School in Truro at about 13:50.

The school had alerted all parents this afternoon to inform them of "an incident". Staff have since seized the knife.

Police said no threats were made at the school.

On 27 September, a 14-year-old boy was stabbed outside Trelander and St Clement Community Hall in the same area of Truro as the school.

Police said they were not aware of any connection between the two incidents.

Pirates must 'up ante', says Cattle

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates boss Gavin Cattle says his squad will have to up their work rate in training in order to end a run of poor results.

A 28-26 defeat at Yorkshire Carnegie was their fourth in five games.

Gavin Cattle
Getty Images

"The disappointing thing is that we're doing stuff in training and it's breaking down under pressure," Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We've got to go through the mill in training now, it's all very well being fresh for the weekend, but if we're breaking down in certain components that we're repeating we've got to up that ante in training."

BreakingIncident at Penair School in Truro

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A student was acting "in a threatening way" at Penair School in Truro earlier today, the school said.

A spokesman for the school said the student was "isolated" and taken off the school premises.

No students or staff are understood to have been injured during the incident.

All of the parents of pupils at the school received a text message from the school to inform them of an incident.

Devon and Cornwall Police have not yet responded to a request for further information.

Penair School

BreakingSuspicious package at church

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are reports of a "suspicious device" in the grounds of the Methodist Church on Wesley Street in Redruth, Cornwall.

The Explosive Ordnance Device team and police are on the scene and cordons have been put in place.

There will be more on this story as we get it.

Hospital team in world record rowing challenge

Hayley Westcott

Broadcast Journalist

A physiotherapist from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is hoping to break not one but two world records by rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Rosalind West - along with three other Exeter women - will aim to become the fastest female crew and fastest female four to cross the world's second largest ocean.

Rowing team
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

The team is raising awareness for environmental pressure group Surfers Against Sewage on the impact of plastics on our oceans, beaches and wildlife.

The quartet will need to raise £80,000 for an ocean-going rowing boat and equipment to get to the start line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December.

Delays on South Western Railway services

National Rail Enquiries says "a passenger exiting the train before it reached a station at Wimbledon combined with an earlier points problem affecting platforms 7 -11 at London Waterloo is causing disruption across the South Western Railway network".

Cheers! Newton Abbot wins cider accolade

BBC Spotlight

A pub in Newton Abbot has been named as the best place in the UK to drink real cider.

It's the second time Ye Olde Cider Bar has been awarded the accolade by the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Torquay and Truro City get away FA Cup draws

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United and Truro City have both got away draws in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Truro face a trip to Hampton and Richmond Borough on 14 October, seven days after they host them in National League South. It is the furthest the club has ever got in the Cup.

FA Cup
Getty Images

Torquay travel to fellow National League side Aldershot Town looking for their first FA Cup win in six years.

The Gulls have yet to win a game this season while the Shots are eighth in the National League.

Biggest mass stranding of Portuguese man-of-war

BBC Spotlight

An unprecedented number of the potentially deadly Portuguese man-of-war has washed ashore in Cornwall.

The Marine Conservation Society says in just three weeks 2,002 of the jellyfish-like creatures have been found.


Travel update for Devon: Broken-down coach on Haldon Hill

BBC Radio Devon

  • Reports of a broken-down coach on the A38 Haldon Hill Exeter-bound
  • The A3079 Station Road at Halwill Junction the road is partially blocked near Holywell Park due to an accident
  • In Paignton, Torquay Road is partially blocked near Manor Road due to an accident
  • A vehicle is reported to have broken-down in Torquay on Riviera Way inbound near Newton Road

More than £100m invested in Cornwall - creating almost 1,000 jobs

Cornwall Live

More than £100m is being invested in Cornwall by a developer, creating almost 1,000 jobs at three of the county’s biggest retail projects.

Steamship group announces £30,000 community fund

Falmouth Packet

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the return of its popular community fund with up to £30,000 available to support local projects and good causes on the Isles of Scilly and across Cornwall.

Truro City eye historic FA Cup run

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City are aiming for a first ever FA Cup first round appearance, says striker Cody Cooke.

The Cornwall-based club progressed to the final qualifying round for the first time in their history after a 4-1 win over AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Truro City
Truro City FC

Having gone a goal down, Chris Todd levelled just before half-time, before second-half goals from Aaron Lamont, Tyler Harvey and Stewart Yetton.

"Who's to say we can't go further now?" Cooke told BBC Radio Cornwall. "As a local boy it means a lot to the people of Cornwall.

"We've never gone this far and the boys were joking around a little bit asking how we haven't gone this far, because it's only two wins, but it's never happened."

Swanpool beach swimmer, 80, dies

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

An 80-year-old man, who was pulled from the sea unconscious on Sunday afternoon, has died.

A member of the public raised the alarm after the man, who is from Falmouth and swims regularly in the sea, got into difficulty at Swanpool beach.

Swanpool beach rescue

Paramedics performed CPR and he was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by a coastguard helicopter, where he later died.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the Cornwall Coroner.

Plea to 'keep dogs close' after mushroom poisoning

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

Dog walkers are being urged to keep their animals close - and possibly muzzled - after one dog died and two became seriously ill after eating wild fungi on Woodbury Common.

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Janet Wallace, an environment health officer at East Devon District Council said: "We'd encourage people to be just a little bit more vigilant and keep their dogs closer to them."

Man in custody after attempt to grab child at Devon holiday park

Devon Live

A manhunt was launched in Devon after a man attacked a young girl at a holiday park.

Mineshaft fall man to raise funds for rescuers

BBC Spotlight

A man who was rescued after falling 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in Cornwall last week has set up an online fundraising page to buy specialist mine rescue equipment for the team which saved him.

Andrew Williams was rescued after a six-hour operation, involving more than 50 personnel from the emergency services.


Some members of Cornwall Rescue Group, who returned to the shaft at Port Nanven, near St Just, to retrieve Andrew William's rucksack, were re-united with him yesterday at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

Weather update for Devon and Cornwall: Umbrellas at the ready!

BBC Weather

Cloud amounts will increase during the afternoon as rain arrives from the west, turning heavy in places.

Weather map

Feeling cool, especially in the wind, with a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Dogs poisoned by Woodbury Common fungi

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

One dog has died and two others have been seriously ill after being poisoned by mushrooms at Woodbury Common.

It's thought the dogs ate the Fly Agaric fungi, which grows rapidly in September and October.

Fly Agaric mushroom
Etienne Girardet / Getty Images

Royston Hooking's dog Summer died, despite appearing to recover after being treated by a vet.

"Next day she was violently sick and by the time we got her back to the vet, she was really ill and by 9.30 in the evening, she had died," he said.

East Devon District Council is urging dog walkers to be vigilant and muzzled if their pets are prone to picking things up.

Rise in shark numbers off Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Shark fishermen say they're catching hundreds more of the fish around Cornwall than in previous years.

One fisherman in Looe said in 2015 about 700 sharks were caught, rising to 1,700 last year.

Blue sharks

Dave Bond said the most predominant species off Cornwall is the blue shark.

Anglers are now being asked to tag their sharks for scientific research before they're returned to the sea.

Travel update for Cornwall: Collision blocks A388

BBC News Travel

Chicken factory suspends operations

Devon Live

One of the largest suppliers of chicken to UK supermarkets has suspended operations after an investigation allegedly revealed a string of health and safety breaches.