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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Friday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

'Catastrophe' sailor who was rescued nine times in seven months sells boat

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The boat of US sailors Steve Shapiro and Bob Weise
BBC

The infamous boat from which two "catastrophe" US sailors were rescued nine times as they sailed from Norway to Cornwall has finally been sold.

Steve Shapiro, 71, said he decided to sell "Nora" because it "wasn't as comfortable as it could be", but said the price was a "private matter".

At the time of their last rescue in Hayle in January, Mr Shapiro and his fellow yachtsman Bob Weise, 71, were criticised by veteran sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who told them to "get the hell our of our waters".

St Austell man who raped disabled woman and vulnerable teenager jailed

Cornish Guardian

A man who raped a disabled woman and a vulnerable teenager and poses a "threat to any woman" has been jailed for 18 years.

Weather latest: Rain overnight, mainly cold and dry tomorrow

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

After a dry and fine start to the evening, scattered showers will soon drift down from the north to affect many areas. However, these showers will tend to clear to leave a largely dry and cold night, with clear spells and a touch of frost. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

After a chilly start, most places will be fine and dry on Saturday with good spells of sunshine. However, there may be the odd isolated sleet or hail shower during the afternoon. It will feel colder in the northerly wind, especially across exposed locations. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Met police child abuse unit detective from Plymouth filmed carrying out sex attack on young girl

Plymouth Herald

A Metropolitan Police detective from Plymouth working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl more than 10 years ago.

Mother who killed her own children jailed for life

A senior police officer has described the murder of two children by their own mother as a "tragic case" which had left their family "stricken by terrible heartache".

Lesley Dunford, 37, formerly of Windermere Close in Exeter, has been jailed for life for killing her baby son Harley in 2003.

Lesley Dunford
Eddie Mitchell

She confessed to her crime while in custody for the murder of her daughter Lucy, 3, in 2004. 

Det Ch Insp Wendy Burton said: "Justice has now been done and our sympathies are with little Harley and Lucy."

Sidmouth church steward attacks neighbour in alley row

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A church steward attacked an 85-year-old neighbour in a row over a disputed alleyway, knocking him to ground and leaving him with a missing tooth.

Richard Hadley
BBC

Graham Booker, 68, flew at retired policeman Richard Hadley like "a mad bull" during the assault in Sidmouth, Devon, last October, magistrates heard.

Booker was convicted of assault after a trial at Exeter Magistrates Court.

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- On the A380 from Kingsteignton heading towards the Penn Inn Roundabout we've got reports of an incident  

- At Landcross the A388 is partially blocked near the A386 

- There is heavy traffic on the A38 westbound between Saltash and Notter Bridge

- Also on the A38 at Liskeard, near the turning for Horningtops, there has been an acident

- In Crediton, the A377 Western Road is just passable after an accident near Landscore

- Between Ermington and Ugborough the A3121 is closed in both directions after a collision 

Blood pressure 'should be measured in both arms'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Blood pressure differences between each arm can signal an increased risk of dying of heart disease, even in healthy people, a new large-scale study by the University of Exeter has found.

Dr Chris Clark with patient
University of Exeter

The University of Exeter Medical School has led an analysis of more than 3,000 people in Scotland published today in the British Journal of General Practice.  

Truro captain Ash set for return

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City captain Jake Ash is set to return for Truro City. 

Jake Ash
Truro City FC

The defender hasn't played since Boxing Day and could start in the White Tigers' match with Maidstone United. 

Manager Steve Tully said: "I think he's been punching walls and has been really irritable he's not been involved. So he's ready to come in."

Plymouth University labels union survey inaccurate

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Plymouth University has labelled a union survey inaccurate, after it was ranked in the top 50 worst universities and colleges for employing teaching staff on insecure contracts.

Plymouth University
BBC

"We have read the report carefully and note that the data referring to Plymouth University is three years old and does not accurately reflect the current situation", a spokesperson said.

The university said it did "not recognise" the picture of "casualisation" painted by the University and College Union report.  

International money laundering man from Cornwall on the run

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An international money launderer from Cornwall has fled the country with his family, it has emerged.

Peter Gifford, 49, has been convicted in his absence at Truro Crown Court of conspiracy to launder money. Gifford, of Budock, Falmouth and his partner Penelope Lawton, 52, were also found guilty in their absence in January of a series of mortgage frauds.

Police said Gifford and Lawton were last seen travelling to France and a European Arrest Warrant has been issued for them both.

Sailor dubbed 'Captain Calamity' finally sells yacht after ninth rescue in seven months

The Independent

A sailor dubbed “Captain Calamity” after having to be rescued by coast guards nine times in seven months, has sold his ill-fated yacht.  

A chilly weekend ahead

Husband forgives wife for killing their two children

The husband of Lesley Dunford, from Exeter, who has been sentenced to life for killing her baby son has said he "forgives her".

Lesley Dunford
Sussex Police

She was already serving a jail term for killing her daughter Lucy, who was three-years-old. Harley Dunford, who was seven months old, was found dead in his cot in 2003. His mother, 37, admitted his murder in March after twice changing her plea. 

Lesley Dunford's husband Wayne said: "This has been a very difficult time for myself. Lesley lied to me about what had happened with the children. She was very good at this and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to family and friends for this deceit that lasted for a decade."

The life of Cornish broadcaster Ted Gundry remembered

BBC Radio Cornwall

Tonight at 18:00 we will be paying tribute to broadcaster, bard, teacher and proper Cornishman, Ted Gundry. 

Ted Gundry
BBC

In his own words, and in conversation with fellow Bard and close friend Chris Blount, we'll hear Ted remembering the early days of radio in Cornwall and the wider South West. 

We'll be hering about his childhood, education, getting caught truanting from Truro School by prefect (and later award winning actor) Robert Shaw, meeting and marrying the love of his life and why he took the Cornish Bardic name 'Covathor Covyon', meaning 'Recorder of Memories'.

Child abuse detective admits sexually touching a girl

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A detective working in a child abuse investigation unit has admitted sexually touching a young girl.

Det Con Christopher Maitland, 40, of Widey View, Plymouth, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to two counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13 in 2005.

He had previously admitted 12 charges of taking and making indecent images of a child and is currently suspended from duty with the Metropolitan Police.

Evil mum Lesley Dunford sentenced to life behind bars for murdering baby son just months after killing daughter

Daily Mirror

Evil Lesley Dunford has been sentenced to life behind bars for murdering her baby son just months after killing her daughter.  

Davies 'very sad' to be leaving Cornish Pirates

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies says he's going to be "very sad" to leave the club.

Ian Davies
BBC

Davies will take charge of the Pirates for his last home match against London Welsh on Sunday. 

Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall: "We're going to be very sad to leave. There's no hiding that. But it's time to move on."

Plymouth University one of 'worst offenders' for insecure contracts, union claims

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Plymouth University is one of the "worst offenders" for employing teaching staff on insecure contracts, a union has claimed.

Plymouth University
BBC

It has been ranked in the top 50 worst universities and colleges for precarious contracts, along with Exeter College, in a University and College Union survey.

General secretary Sally Hunt said their research, which found 60% of teaching staff at the University of Plymouth had insecure contracts compared to 48% across the UK, showed "a damaging ‘hire and fire’ zero-hours culture".  

St Austell teen who knocked girlfriend out said "babe, if you drop the charges they can't arrest me"

Cornish Guardian

A St Austell teenager who hit his girlfriend is in custody after an "extremely violent assault" during which he knocked his girlfriend unconscious.

Man obsessed with child abuse images given suspended sentence

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A man "obsessed with searching for child abuse images" has been jailed for 18 months suspended for two years.

Colin David Marquardt, 57, of Barbican Terrace in Barnstaple, admitted four counts of making indecent images of children and one of possessing an image of bestiality.

Marquardt, who was found to have at least 285,000 images, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday. Judge Graham Cottle ordered him to attend rehabilitation.

Weather latest: Bright spells this afternoon but moer rain tonight

BBC Weather

Any rain in the east will clear to leave a mainly cloudy afternoon with some bright or sunny spells and very isolated showers. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

Tonight cloud will increase again as a band of showery rain crosses the region around the middle of the night. Cloud will break later in the night to allow temperature to fall to a minimum of 1 Deg C (34 Deg F).

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A jailed mother is to serve at least 13 years in prison for murdering her baby son, six months before she killed her three-year-old daughter 

- New Jersey businessman Simon Hallett has bought a "significant minority share" in Plymouth Argyle, investing a "substantial sum" in the club 

- Devon and Cornwall Police have made "significant improvements" to call answering rates for the non-emergency number 101, after its 'poor service' was criticised earlier in the year  

- Campaigners say they'll fight proposals to close four of Devon's community hospitals

Times of high water

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're heading to the coast today, here are the latest high tide times.

Tide times graphic
BBC

Blind man 'reads' for the first time in 20 YEARS using hi-tech glasses

The Daily Mail

A lot of people would struggle to get through their daily lives without the help of glasses, but for most, they help make everything they are looking at slightly clearer. But for one man, a new pair glasses is doing much more than that, allowing him to read for the first time in 20 years.

Remembering Ted Gundry: Programme to mark death of much-loved broadcaster

Lengthy investigation to trap three men fraudulently running Cornish taxi firm

BBC Radio Cornwall

One man has been jailed and two have been given suspended sentences for fraudulently running a long-distance taxi company from Newquay. 

The firm, which had a turnover of around £1.2m, was using unlicensed vehicles and drivers, and managed to evade around £300,000 in tax. 

The men admitted all charges of running Chy-Meor Flight Connections, after an 18 month investigation by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards. 

Cornwall Councillor, Geoff Brown, is full of praise for team: "At one point, the ringleader of the group absconded to France, to Toulouse, and we took out a European arrest warrant to have him arrested and brought back, which I believe is the first time a local council has ever done that."

Baby murder mum jailed for 13 years

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A jailed mother from Exeter is to serve at least 13 years in prison for murdering her baby son, six months before she killed her three-year-old daughter. 

Lesley Dunford
Eddie Mitchell

Seven-month-old Harley Dunford was found dead in his cot at their home in Camber, East Sussex, on 27 August 2003.  

Lesley Dunford, 37, formerly of Windermere Close, Exeter, pleaded guilty to his murder in March after changing her plea twice. She was jailed for seven years in 2012 for killing her daughter Lucy in 2004.

'Significant improvement' in Devon & Cornwall Police non-emergency call handling

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Calls to Devon and Cornwall Police's 101 non-emergency number are now answered, on average, in under three minutes, the Police and Crime Commissioner has told the BBC.

Tony Hogg
BBC

Calls are now picked up more than five minutes faster than at the start of the year, when waiting times stood at just over eight minutes. 

In January, PCC Tony Hogg insisted on an immediate performance upgrade, saying his review into the service had highlighted 'a poor state' of affairs. Today he said: "I am heartened to see the significant improvement in 101 call handling over recent weeks."

Businessman invests 'substantial sum' in Plymouth Argyle

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle have appointed American-based lifelong fan Simon Hallett as a director after he invested a "substantial sum" into the club.

The New Jersey businessman has bought a "significant minority share" in the club, headed by chairman James Brent, who will keep his majority shareholding and has not sold any of his shares.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved with Argyle - it's the realisation of a boyhood dream," Hallett said. "I've learned from talking to James and his colleagues, and from doing due diligence, that this is now a really well-run club."

Recycling: Is more education needed?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

How good are you at recycling your waste? Do you put the right things in the relevant bags and boxes?

A council in Hull has become so fed up with households who contaminate recyclable goods, that it's threatening to send residents on awareness courses and is spending £100,000 on experts seeking advice.

Maybe you think recycling is just too complicated? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Controversy over council plans to fine people taking advantage of free parking

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Drivers who leave their cars at Boscawen Park in Truro for more than three hours will be fined if proposals from the city council are passed. 

It follows complaints from park users, who say there is often a shortage of spaces.

Appeal after crash between police car on blue light call and Citroen Xsara

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a crash involving one of their cars in Paignton. 

The incident, involving a patrol car on an emergency call and a silver Citroen Xsara, happened on Dartmouth Road on Thursday morning. 

The police officer driving and the driver of the other car both suffered minor injuries.

Public asked for views on plans to turn Bodmin Moor into dark sky park

BBC Spotlight

A month long consultation is underway to have Bodmin Moor recognised as an International dark sky park.

Bodmin Moor
BBC

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views at an event tonight at the Jamaica Inn. 

If there is support for the bid it will be formally submitted by Cornwall Council in the summer. There are currently three other Dark Sky Parks in the UK.

SAS veteran of Falklands War jailed for keeping gun he took from Argentine soldier

Plymouth Herald

An ex-SAS hero who took an Argentine soldier's handgun during the Falklands War which he kept at home to remind him of his fallen comrades has been jailed.

Efforts underway to tackle locum doctors shortage

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Efforts are underway to tackle a shortage of locum doctors, after a British Medical Association Survey revealed more than half of GP surgeries in the South West "frequently" struggle to find temporary cover.

Dr Alex Burns
BBC

Kernow Health Community Interest Company is supporting the GP-led project Locum Chambers, which will use technology to manage supply and demand for locum doctors.

Project leader Dr Alex Burns said there were "always workforce pressures in the health service" but he hoped the project, which will be piloted in the next few weeks, would make the "best use" of the doctors Cornwall already has.  

Hospitals at Ashburton, Bovey Tracey and Dartmouth earmarked for closure too?

Torquay Herald Express

Community hospitals at Ashburton, Bovey Tracey and Dartmouth could close under new proposals being considered by health chiefs.

Hidden treasures uncovered at Mount Edgcumbe

Hidden historical treasures have been uncovered at Mount Edgcumbe House in Cornwall.

A team of volunteers and stone masons have been renovating the Stone Seat and Upper Deer House.

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