North Devon 'high risk child abuser' jailed after grooming attempt

Stanley Garland Stanley Garland has a history of sexual offences against young boys

A man described as a "high risk child abuser" has been jailed after his 12-year old victim told his mother he was asked to talk about sex.

Stanley Garland, 68, of Lamaton Park, South Molton, befriended the boy after meeting him in the street.

The boy's mother called police when she learned Garland had asked her son if he was a virgin.

He was jailed for a year at Exeter Crown Court for breaching a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

Gardland gave the boy - who he called Smiler - a phone, topped up with credits and invited him to go on holiday with him.

He was banned from any unsupervised contact with children because he has convictions for paedophile offences dating back to the 1970s, the court was told.

'Worrying pattern'

The court heard he was jailed for two years in 1978 and 42 months in 1993 for indecent assaults on boys, and was made subject of the SOPO after admitting possession of indecent images of boys in a case at Exeter Crown Court.

Judge Erik Salomonsen told Garland: "Your history shows you target boys of a young age and in this case the mother brought the matter to the attention of the police because you approached her son, who you called Smiler."

Garland had a history dating back 30 years which showed a "worrying pattern of behaviour," the judge said.

He added: "There is a risk of grooming and sexual assaults and a high risk of committing offences in the future in light of your ongoing interest in boys."

Nigel Wraith, defending, said Garland had not tried to use the phone to contact the boy and his offer of a holiday was not expected to be taken seriously.

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: Two men have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering in a counter-terrorism investigation linked to British extremists travelling to Syria. Two of the offences are linked to people being duped in Cornwall.

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: The chairman of the private sector-led body that will replace Visit Cornwall insists the county has "a bright future".

    BBC Radio Devon: Prime Minister David Cameron sees no reason why a deal cannot be done this month to secure land at Devonport dockyard for the development of a maritime industrial campus.

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    Aidan Turner, the star of the new BBC One adaptation of Poldark, has revealed how nervous he was of injuring himself while filming the new show.


    Aidan said: "I have a responsibility to show up every day, to try to not get sick and not get injured. I mean the very first scene on my very first day I was galloping on a horse - amazing but if I come off that horse and slip a disc, or if I roll an ankle playing football that's going to shut down production."

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    Runners have set up a fundraising campaign to raise money for a family who lost everything when their pub was destroyed by fire overnight, the Torquay Herald Express is reporting.

    The Anchor

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    Weather map of south west of England

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    16:06: Marine energy summit in Plymouth Miles Davis BBC News Online

    More than 60 industry professionals from across the UK will meet at Plymouth University tomorrow to discuss the wave and tidal energy sector.

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson says half a billion pounds lost to the taxpayer through flytipping could be clawed back.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth is due to become the first place in the country to join all its health and social care services from 1 April.

    15:47: Stein on Wales BBC Radio Cornwall

    The son of celebrity chef Rick Stein has said Wales is not making the most of its fishing industry.


    Jack Stein, who is taking over the reins from his father Rick, said Wales could be the next food-fishing tourism destination, similar to Cornwall.

    15:36: Cornish language concerns

    The Cornish language could "fade into obscurity", according to ITV Westcountry.

    Cornwall Council said it will have to close the Cornish language office at the end of this month unless a funding solution is found.

    15:27: Lifeguarding Down Under BBC Radio Cornwall

    An RNLI lifeguard from Cornwall has won a prestigious award from Surf Life Saving Australia for a rescue he carried out whilst working on the beaches there this winter.


    Pete Geall (2nd on the left) worked with a fellow lifeguard to save a bodyboarder who'd suffered a spinal injury on a remote beach in the Yallingup area of south western Australia.

    Pete said: "Australia is the ancestral home of surf lifesaving, so to win an award here is truly humbling."

    15:19: Man, 41, died in hernia operation

    A 41-year-old man died when he went into anaphylactic shock in reaction to a general anaesthetic at Tiverton Hospital, according to the North Devon Journal.

    Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland gave a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of Jamie Hyde, from Morchard Bishop.

    15:08: Visit Cornwall to be replaced BBC Radio Cornwall

    Members of Cornwall Council's Cabinet have approved the creation of a Visit Cornwall 'community interest company' led by the private sector to market the county as a tourist destination.


    There had been concerns the withdrawal of council funding could impact on the tourism industry - Cabinet Member for Culture and Economy Julian German said: "We recognise the vital role of the visitor economy in Cornwall, but the need to make £196m savings means we have had to look at different ways of delivering a number of the services we provide."

    14:57: News on the hour

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council is warning people to check their appliances after two men pleaded guilty to four offences relating to the unsafe and unregistered installation of wood burning stoves.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth is set to be the first place in the country to join all health and social care services under a single budget of more than £460m.

    14:45: Poldark star went mining BBC Radio Cornwall

    The star of the new BBC One adaptation of 'Poldark' has revealed he went underground to research more about his character.


    In a behind the scenes blog for the BBC Aidan Turner said he learnt a lot about Cornish tin mining in his preparation for playing Ross Poldark, saying: "I went down a couple just to see what they were like, just to get that feeling and it's exactly what you'd think: completely claustrophobic and dark and dangerous and everything. They smell like wet granite, it almost smells cold."

    14:34: A lovely spring afternoon Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    It's a fine and dry afternoon with long sunny spells. Moderate locally fresh northwesterly winds will become lighter inland.


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    14:23: Students go down to Sesame Street

    Bodmin College is putting on the Sesame Street-inspired Broadway hit, Avenue Q.

    Bodmin College students

    The show is based on the format of Sesame Street, where puppets interact with humans and sing and dance - although the content is for adults only - video of rehearsals can be seen here on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

    14:10: St Piran's day preparations

    Cornwall is gearing up for St Piran's Day celebrations on 5 March. St Piran is the patron saint of tinners and his saint's day is marked throughout Cornwall.


    The Western Morning News has a rundown of events across the county - plus BBC Radio Cornwall is leading a countywide singing of 'Trelawny' on Thursday night.

    13:57: News on the hour

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council decides to end its funding of the tourist board Visit Cornwall and replace it with a community interest company.

    BBC Radio Devon: A new plan for the future of Devon's libraries.

    13:47: Rail changes ahead

    The rail company First Great Western tweets: Travelling over Easter? "Please check your journey before travel as there are engineering works taking place."

    You can read more detail here.

    13:36: Two children raise £70 for new lifeboat

    Two nine-year-old children have raised £70 for the Penlee Lifeboat appeal, according to the Cornishman.

    Chloe Fice and Daisy Samuel sold toys and books to contribute to the local RNLI team which is hoping to raise £200,000.

    13:23: Cider insiders concerned Miles Davis BBC News Online

    Small West Country cider makers could leave the industry if calls by the European Commission to end a subsidy are enforced, according to industry leaders.


    The commission has called on the UK Treasury to end the current excise duty exemption for small producers - companies who produce less than 12,000 pints - the National Association of Cider Makers says the change could see leave small producers unable to continue.

    13:11: Devon library plans BBC Radio Devon

    Plans to set up a new community-owned 'mutual' to run Devon's libraries have been unveiled by the County Council.


    The authority has admitted funding cuts have made it increasingly difficult to keep libraries open - it's hoped a mutual service with charitable status could be eligible for up to 80% relief on its business rates and could also apply for grants not available to local authorities.

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's biggest care provider, Cornwall Care, is considering cutting staff wages and benefits.

    BBC Radio Devon: Fire investigators are trying to find out what might have caused a blaze at the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton just after 2.30 this morning.

    12:50: First signings for Pirates Ross Ellis Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornish Pirates backs Matt Evans and Alex Dancer have signed new contracts with the Championship club.


    They are the first members of the first-team squad to commit themselves to the Pirates for the 2015-16 season - director of rugby Ian Davies said: "It is great news that these two guys have re-signed."

    12:43: Council go-ahead for new tourism body Miles Davis BBC News Online

    A new private-sector led tourism body will be set up to replace Visit Cornwall after a vote by the cabinet at Cornwall Council.

    Kynance Cove

    The council is withdrawing £850,000 a year of funding for Visit Cornwall. Tourism is worth £1.6bn every year to the Cornish economy.

    12:30: War on waste says Lib Dem Tamsin Melville Political Reporter

    A Cornish MP and Defra minister says companies who fly-tip to deliberately evade tax could face up to £9m in fines, if the Liberal Democrats are in government after the election.


    As he launched the zero waste bill today, Dan Rogerson MP said he wanted to see more organisations prosecuted for illegal dumping and higher fines for those who damage the environment.

    12:17: Immigration question Bill Buckley Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    UKIP's Nigel Farage drops his immigration target and calls for a return to "normality". Why is immigration still the hot political potato and does it really affect you? And 'wolf-whistling' - Celia Imrie loves it and is telling women who complain to "lighten up".

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    12:07: Internet cruelty fears BBC Radio Devon

    Police in the South West have condemned a rise in people boasting about wildlife cruelty and crime on the internet.


    It's feared there's a growing trend in people hunting animals like hares and deer with dogs, then sharing graphic footage online - PC Martin Beck, wildlife crime officer, said: "These people seem to be getting some sort of joy, some sort of reaction, from sharing their information on the internet to their friends. Clearly there's nothing clever about it, I think it's quite sick what they're doing."

    11:59: News on the hour

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    BBC Radio Cornwall: Councillors debate whether to withdraw County Hall funding from Visit Cornwall tourism board.

    BBC Radio Devon: Chudleigh Knighton pub fire investigations continue.

    11:52: Worried about your mental health? Laurence Reed Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    On today's programme we're talking about depression. It's a condition that can affect anyone at any time, but sometimes people are reluctant to admit to it for fear of being stigmatised.


    We'll have experts in the studio from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to answer your questions, call 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

    11:43: Puppets take Bodmin College

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Debbie McCrory tweets: Great visit to @BodminCollege where they are putting on @avenueqmusical #fantasticpuppetsgreatcast

    11:30: Accident appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision between two buses and a motorcycle in Kenton between Exeter and Dawlish on Tuesday evening.

    The 49-year-old male motorcyclist from Exeter suffered serious arm and leg injuries which are considered life-threatening and life-changing - he's in a 'critical' condition in hospital.

    11:21: Uni defends leaders Jenny Kumah Political Reporter

    The University of Exeter has defended its vice chancellor after stinging criticism over the pay packets of senior university bosses from the lecturers' union.


    The University and College Union claimed Professor Sir Steve Smith earned £400,000 in 2013-14 including £58,000 in performance-related remuneration - Exeter University has rejected the criticism and describes the analysis as "deeply flawed, ill-conceived and disingenuous".

    11:08: Social media animal cruelty fears BBC Radio Devon

    The police and the RSPCA in the south west are condemning what they say is a rise in people boasting about wildlife cruelty and crime on the internet.


    They say there's a growing trend in groups going out with dogs to attack animals such as deer, rabbits and badgers - graphic images of the animals being attacked or ripped apart are then being shared online.

    10:59: News on the hour

    The top stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Councillors are meeting to decide whether to withdraw County Hall funding from tourism body Visit Cornwall.

    BBC Radio Devon: Investigations continue into Chudleigh Knighton pub fire.

    10:44: Verge damage BBC Radio Cornwall

    Villagers in Pillaton in south east Cornwall say they're angry and upset after lorries delivering equipment to a nearby solar farm development became stranded.


    Locals say some drivers are following their sat nav and end up blocking local lanes and churning up verges, rather than following an approved route for site traffic.

    The company behind the project has declined to comment.

    10:32: Keeping up with the Kar-DOG-ians BBC Radio Devon

    A litter of adorable collie cross puppies at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe have been named after the US reality TV family the Kardashians.


    The six girl pups have been named Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie - with the one boy named Rob. Centre managers are confident new homes can be found for the puppies, which are from an unwanted litter.

    10:23: High waters Holly Green BBC Weather

    If you're planning to go for a bracing stroll around the shores of Devon and Cornwall, here are the tide times.

    10:15: Fire service praised Hamish Marshall BBC Spotlight

    Fire investigators will start work this morning trying to find out what caused a devastating blaze at a village pub in Chudleigh Knighton.


    More than 50 firefighters battled flames leaping from the roof of the Anchor Inn and managed to stop the fire spreading to a cottage and a barn, much to the gratitude of neighbour Keith Attwood, who said: "I assumed I would lose the roof and probably my top floor but the fire brigade were absolutely first class and I can move back in tonight - as long as I've got electricity, as that's still off."

    10:04: Attacker set for appeal Andrew Segal BBC News Online

    A stalker jailed for trying to murder an Exeter woman following a five-year campaign of harassment will have an appeal against his life sentence heard on 10 March.


    Joseph Willis, 49, from Exeter was convicted in July of attempting to murder neighbour Helen Pearson and was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court to serve a minimum of 13 years.

    09:56: News on the hour

    The top stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council hopes new recruitment campaign will tackle staff shortage in home care system.

    BBC Radio Devon: The road past the Anchor Inn in Chudleigh Knighton now has one lane open with temporary traffic lights after the road was closed due to a fire overnight.

    09:47: New balls please! Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    It seems as though my forecast of wintry showers overnight was pretty accurate - this was the scene on the village tennis court at Coombe near St Austell this morning.


    I'm told that's frozen hail, not snow! Watch out for icy patches on pavements and roads this morning.

    09:35: Argyle boss blasts late goal BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has described conceding a late goal at Stevenage as 'criminal' and 'pathetic'.


    Bruno Andrade scored in the 89th minute as Argyle lost 1-0 and missed the chance to return to the League Two play-off places - Sheridan fumed: "The criminal thing is it's from our corner and it's pathetic how we just switched off. It's criminal how they end up scoring a goal from it."

    09:26: 'Nervous' scientists honoured

    A plaque honouring two Cambridge scientists who put electrodes in giant squid in research on the nervous system will be unveiled in Plymouth by the Society of Biology later.


    Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir Andrew Huxley carried out research at the Marine Biological Association before and after World War Two and went on to win a Nobel Prize for discovering how nerve cells transmit signals.

    09:14: Home care concerns BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish MP has criticised changes to the home care system in the county, as a national body warns the service is underfunded.

    The UK Homecare Association says providers should get just under £16 an hour - last summer Cornwall Council set the guide price at £14.50 an hour.

    St Ives MP Andrew George said: "I'm criticising the government for on the one hand saying they want to resolve the problem of bedblocking in hospitals - on the other hand not resolving the problem of where people are going to go and how the budgets are going to be met."

    09:05: Icy underfoot Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    Although it's looking like a bright and sunny day, the ice may linger throughout the morning.


    You can see how these dwarf daffodils near St Austell have survived a heavy hail shower, so watch out in case the ice remains on untreated roads and pavements.

    08:56: News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Fresh criticism for home care service changes and funding levels.

    BBC Radio Devon: Chudleigh Knighton pub gutted by fire.

    08:45: Devon pub fire latest Hamish Marshall BBC Spotlight

    This is the pub in south Devon severely damaged by fire in the early hours of this morning.


    More than 50 firefighters battled the blaze at the Anchor Inn in Chudleigh Knighton after the alarm was raised just after 02:30 - crews brought the fire under control and stopped it from spreading to neighbouring properties.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say no one's been hurt - the B3344 is still closed.

    08:37: Travel problems BBC Travel South West

    In Cornwall one lane is closed on A30 Western Road eastbound in Launceston between Pennygillam and the Callington turn-off, because of an accident involving a single vehicle.

    In Devon near Tiverton, the B3137 in Withleigh is partially blocked near the Withleigh Lane junction, because of an accident.

    08:26: Fine weather ahead Kevin Thomas BBC Weather Forecaster

    It is chilly at first with early wintry showers, but they will die out and the weather will become fine and dry with long sunny spells.


    Moderate locally fresh northwesterly winds will become lighter inland. Max Temp: 9C (48F)

    08:15: Trucking hell for locals BBC Radio Cornwall

    Villagers in Pillaton in south east Cornwall say they're furious that large lorries are trying to squeeze down their narrow lanes, leaving a trail of destruction.


    The complaint is that lorry drivers delivering material to a solar farm development are not using the route to the site agreed with planners, instead drivers are relying on their sat nav devices and then getting stuck on a hairpin bend.

    The company behind the project has declined to comment.

    08:07: Devon pub fire BBC Radio Devon

    More than 50 firefighters are tackling a fierce blaze at a pub in Chudleigh Knighton.

    Eight fire engines, an aerial ladder platform and water carriers were called to the Anchor Inn in the early hours - coming from as far away as Torquay and Teignmouth.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue say no one's been hurt and the fire is now under control.

    08:00: Good morning! Matt Pengelly Local Live

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