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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

Orchid protection fence to be reinstated 'as soon as practical'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The National Trust has not said how much it will cost to reinstate a fence which has been at the centre of a row about orchids in Devon.

Orcombe Point
BBC

The National Trust is returning the fence after it was accused of endangering green-winged orchids at Orcombe Point by moving it. A temporary rope fence is currently in place (pictured).

In an email seen by the BBC, local trust general manager David Ford confirmed a new fence wold be installed "to facilitate an annual hay cut and cattle grazing and avoid any accidental trampling by walkers". He added that the work would be carried out "as soon as practical".

People 'jumped to conclusions' over hit-and-run deaths framing

A man falsely accused of killing two people in a hit-and-run collision in Cornwall has told the BBC that, during five months he was on police bail, "everyone jumped to conclusions that I must have been involved".

Ryan Morrish. Pic: Devon & Cornwall Police
Devon & Cornwall Police

Twenty-seven-year-old Rupert Thompson was arrested after his best friend, Ryan Morrish (pictured), tried to frame him for the crime. Morrish was eventually jailed after admitting drink-driving when he hit killed Calvin Trevena and Annie Varran, near St Agnes.

Mr Thompson had to move away from St Agnes for a while but has since moved back. He said "people are making quite a lot of effort" and "everything's going in the right direction". He added that he and Morrish have not spoken since the crash. He said: "We were best friends until that moment."

Trade of shellfish exporter damaged by French protests

A shellfish exporter from Cornwall has told us that strikes in France are having a negative impact on his business.

Workers create blockage outside a nuclear power plant in Nogent-sur-Marne on 26 May 2016
AFP

Trade unionists have stepped up action against changes to labour laws which have seen ports and a nuclear submarine base blockaded and a widespread shortage of fuel.

Camel Fish, based in Rock, exports shellfish to Europe via the Plymouth to Roscoff route. Paul Blewitt, who runs the firm, said: "Everything is a bit of a nightmare because our Spanish customers are afraid to go through France because of the blockades, so they've been using Santander to Plymouth and Bilbao to Portsmouth, but there are only so many trucks they can get on each ferry."

Dagmara Przybysz's body formally identified by her father

The body of a teenager, who was found dead at a school in Cornwall, was formally identified in hospital by her father on the day she was found, an inquest has been told.

Dagmara Przybysz. Pic: Facebook
Facebook

Dagmara Przybysz was pronounced dead at Pool Academy, near Redruth, on Tuesday 17 May. 

An inquest in Truro heard that a post-mortem examination had been carried out, but the cause of her death was not yet available because there had been a request for toxicology reports. The hearing was adjourned.

Devon woman helps child refugees at risk in the Calais Jungle

BBC Spotlight

A Devon woman has spent the past ten months working with child refugees in Calais to help them compile the paperwork they need to move to the UK, after the government promised to identify and offer sanctuary to vulnerable children.

Child refugee
BBC

Liz Clegg is worried about their future and said: "If I rang up social services and said "I am concerned this child is going to die tonight" - and told them about what they were doing - they would act immediately, not in two or three months time."

The immigration minister James Brokenshire said: "Everyone wants this to happen as quickly as possible, but we must ensure it's in the best interests of the children."

Latest weather: Cloudier with a risk of thundery showers

BBC Weather

Cloudier this evening as a scattered thundery showers moves up from the south overnight. It will be much milder than last night, with temperatures remaining in double figures for most. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow will be a cloudier day, with a risk of thundery showers at times, although there will be a good deal of dry and bright weather too. Feeling warm in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Coroner to write to Chief Constable about unlawful detention after death of local man

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Unlawful detention and a series of other failings by police contributed to the death of a man, an inquest heard. 

Logan Peters
Peters' Family

Logan Peters, 22, from Torpoint, took his own life in May 2014 after being released from police custody in Plymouth. 

Coroner Andrew Cox said he would be writing to the Chief Constable to raise concerns regarding unlawful detention, unlawful use of force and an unauthorised strip search. 

GP surgery putting patients 'at risk' given six months to improve

BBC Radio Cornwall

A GP surgery in Redruth, which has 4,300 patients, has been placed under special measures by the Care Quality Commission. 

The Clinton Road Surgery in Redruth has been rated inadequate for safety and leadership and could face closure if it doesn't improve over the next six months.

NHS England and NHS Kernow say they're working closely with the practice to help it turn things around. Dr Debbie Bugg from the surgery said: "While we are disappointed by the overall outcome of the CQC inspection, we welcome the feedback and are addressing areas that need improvement."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A neighbour who carried out a 15-year campaign of harassment in a Devon cul-de-sac is given a restraining order and warned he faces jail if he breaches it
  • Health regulators place a GP surgery in Redruth under special measures 
  • The cause of the death of Polish-born teenager Dagmara Przybysz is not available because toxicology reports are still outstanding, an inquest is told
  • Police searching for a 44-year-old woman who has gone missing from Torquay appeal for help in finding her
  • Meanwhile, officers searching for 69-year-old June Gorvin in Penzance say they have suspended their search for her for the day
  • Exmoor National Park says it is working with pony groups to "develop a number of projects to support free-living Exmoor pony herds"

Harassment neighbour given restraining order

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A man who carried out a 15-year campaign of harassment against his neighbours has been given a restraining order at Torquay Magistrates Court. 

Wayne Howard from Paignton was warned he faces up to five years in jail if he breaches the order.

Wayne Howard
BBC

Mr Howard was accused of repeatedly filming his neighbours, creating videos and posting them online claiming they were harassing him.

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Devon hospital has high bed-blocking rate

A Devon hospital health trust has one of the highest figures in England for failing to discharge patients quickly enough, according to new figures.

Bed blocking
BBC

Wide variations between different NHS trusts were revealed in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital saw about seven days of "delayed transfer of care" for every 100 beds in 2015-16. 

Bed-blocking occurs when a patient is deemed medically well enough to be released from hospital, but something else delays their discharge. One common reason is waiting for a nursing home place or home care. The Department of Health said the issue would be tackled as councils got £3.5bn more for adult care by 2020.

More tickets released for Argyle's Wembley league two play-off final

Cornwall's final training ahead of County Championship

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall rugby team are holding their final training session ahead of the County Championship final this Sunday.

Matt Shepherd
BBC

Cornwall are playing Cheshire at Twickenham, looking to retain the title they won last year.

Matt Shepherd scored two tries for Cornwall in that match. He told BBC Radio Cornwall: “The following that we get is tremendous. Trelawny’s army they come everywhere with us.”

Beaver buddies to increase genetic pool of wild family

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

New beavers have been released into the River Otter to join England's to increase the genetic pool of England's only wild beaver family.

Beaver
BBC

DNA analysis showed the wild beavers, first spotted in 2014 after centuries of extinction in England, were "quite closely related", Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife Trust said.

Mr Hussey said finding the right beavers, which included "making sure that they're captive UK bred UK animals" to reduce risks of disease, had taken "quite a lot of time".

Illness prevents former NHS boss Paula Vasco-Knight attending court

Plymouth Herald

The former chief executive of Torbay Hospital and deputy chief executive at Derriford Hospital was due in court this morning charged with fraud.

Man sentenced for admitting council tax fraud

A man has admitted two counts of council tax support fraud. 

James Ward, 24, of Brunton Road, Pool, failed to report that he was in paid employment. 

He was given an 18 month conditional discharge and was ordered to repay the benefit and the council's costs, said Cornwall Council.

New police dog pups get to grips with mother, Sasha

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Sasha gave birth to the nine pups - three boys and six girls - on Tuesday.

Arts Council England pledges £5m to Hall For Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Arts Council England has pledged £5m to the Hall For Cornwall's regeneration project.

Hall For Cornwall. Pic: Google
Google

The award follows a central government pledge of £2m announced during George Osborne's recent budget speech. But that still leaves the venue's bosses about £10m short of the estimated total £17.5m.

Hall chairwoman Sue Wolstenholme said she was confident the venue would be able to raise the rest. She said: "We've got quite a bit coming from Europe, Cornwall Council are being enormously supportive, the Heritage Lottery Fund are looking to our importance as a piece of Cornwall's heritage, so it is being considered by them for lottery money."

Human remains may belong to man who went missing in 2014

Plymouth Herald

Human remains found in South Devon may belong to a man who went missing in November 2014, police have revealed.

Businessman takes over car park and let drivers use it for free

BBC Radio Devon

A north Devon businessman is being described as the toast of Westward Ho! after taking over the council car park and is letting drivers use it free of charge. 

Rob Braddick's grandfather used to own the field where Seafield Car Park was built, until the land was bought by the local council in the 1960s. He has now gained a 50-year lease for the site.

Mr Braddick says he wants to boost local trade and cheer up the local community. He said: "It's nice to give something back ... they're very appreciative of it."

Orchids site 'one of the best in Devon, if not UK'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A site in Devon, which has been at the centre of a row about orchids, is one of the best for the rare flowers in the county, if not the whole UK, a wildlife expert says.

The National Trust is to move a fence after it was accused of endangering green-winged orchids at Orcombe Point because people could trample over them. After complaints, the trust is now to erect a new 200m-long fence running on the old line.

Orcombe Point
BBC

Roger Smith, Devon recorder for the Botanical Society, warned of the dangers posed if people could walk on the land. He said: "As the plants are damaged, there will be no seeds produced. This means in the longer-term there will be no recruitment to the population, and the plants will gradually decline in number - and possibly disappear altogether."

Torquay car fire thought to be arson

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack on a car, the fire service says.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze after being called to Thurlow Road at about 03:00.

The service said: "Police were also requested as the cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate."

Disqualified driver 'seen on road again'

Latest weather: Mostly bright or sunny, before overnight cloud

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly bright or sunny afternoon with patchy, mainly high cloud, turning the sunshine a little hazy at times. Cloud amounts will increase through the afternoon, with a chance of an isolated shower late in the day. Winds will be light easterly, becoming onshore moderate. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather
BBC

Overnight, it will be quite cloudy with a few showers around. Winds will be light mainly easterly. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Dagmara Przybysz inquest opened and adjourned

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of a teenager whose body was found at a school in Cornwall has been opened and adjourned.

Dagmara Przybysz. Pic: Facebook
Facebook

Sixteen-year-old Dagmara Przybysz was pronounced dead at Pool Academy, near Redruth, on Tuesday 17 May.

An inquest in Truro heard that a post-mortem examination had been carried out but that the cause of her death was not yet available because there had been a request for toxicology reports. The hearing was adjourned, awaiting those results.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

  • A man has been speaking out after he was falsely accused of killing two people in a hit and run near St Agnes by his best friend
  • An 87-year-old woman has died following a house fire at St Columb Minor near Newquay on Wednesday 
  • More than 150 people have been caught driving at 70mph and over in a major roadwork scheme across Bodmin Moor 
  • A North Devon businessman has become a local hero after he took over a council car park - and is now letting drivers use it free of charge

Disabled drivers lose government-funded cars

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Latest figures show nearly 20,000 disabled drivers have lost their government-funded cars since the introduction of a new benefit. 

Are you affected? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, one lane is closed in both directions of the A30 between Scorrier and Redruth and traffic is slow due to repairs to central reservation
  • Also on the A30, between the turning for St Just and the B3283 we have reports there's an incident  
  • In Devon, Lower Kingsdown Road in Teignmouth is partially blocked near Kingsdown Road due to an incident
  • The A3125 Belle Meadow Road in Barnstaple has reopened but still has slow traffic

New Falmouth Harbour dredging research on display

BBC Radio Cornwall

Recent research published in support of dredging in Falmouth Harbour has been presented to the public at an exhibition in the town.

Falmouth
Andrew Segal

The plans have so far been blocked since first proposed in 2004, due to environmental concerns. The research, commissioned by Harbour Commissioners, and carried out by the University of Plymouth, say it shows marine life could be preserved by lifting the sea-bed and then replacing it after the dredge. 

Harbour bosses say the work is needed to accommodate larger cruise ships. Opponents of dredging have yet to comment, saying they need more time to examine the document.

Demand increase and paramedics shortage 'caused £500k spend on private ambulances'

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The South Western Ambulance Service says an unprecedented increase in demand for services, coupled with a national shortage of paramedics, meant it had to spend more than £500,000 on private ambulances in the last financial year; almost all for emergencies.

Ambulance
BBC

A BBC investigation showed the NHS was spending three times as much on private ambulances for 999 calls compared to four years ago.

South Western Ambulance said that although many paramedic vacancies had now been filled, it was an ongoing challenge for the organisation.

Water supply problems in Fraddon

Drivers fall foul of A30 roadworks' cameras

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A motorist has been banned from driving after speeding through roadworks at Temple. Indeed, more than 150 have recently fallen foul of the cameras for the dualling roadworks on the A30.

We'll have full reports. And call the show with your views on average speed cameras on 01872 222222.

National Trust replaces fence after being accused of endangering orchids

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The National Trust has reversed a decision which opened up one of the best sites in the South West for a rare orchid, after it was accused of endangering the flowers.

Green winged orchids
BBC

A fence, which kept walkers off the land where green winged orchids (pictured) grow at Orcombe Point, near Exmouth, was repositioned earlier this year. That allowed walkers to trample on orchids before they flowered.

After complaints, the trust is to erect a new 200m-long fence running on the old line.

Woman dies after Newquay house fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An elderly woman has died following a house fire near Newquay, police say.

Emergency crews were called to the home of the 87-year-old in Ashton Court, St Columb Minor, at about 14:30 on Wednesday. She was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with life-threatening burns and died at about 03:30 this morning. 

She was the only person in the home and her next of kin had been informed, officers said. An investigation had been started into the cause, but there were are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances, they added.

Mum's anger after son told to miss lessons to wash cars for school

Plymouth Herald

A mum has accused her son's school of hypocrisy after she discovered he had apparently been made to wash cars during lesson time.

Man 'gobsmacked' by friend's car crash death frame attempt

BBC Spotlight

A man whose best friend tried to frame him for a fatal crash says he was left "gobsmacked" and "confused" by his actions.

Ann Varran and Calvin Trevena
Matt Bonnar

Rupert Thompson was not near the crash site but was arrested the next day and kept on police bail for five months. He said he cannot understand why best friend Ryan Morrish, who was jailed last week for six years, tried to pin the crash in St Agnes on him.

Morrish told police he thought his friend stole his car as a joke. He was also convicted of perverting the course of justice over the deaths of Calvin Trevena and Ann Varran (pictured).

More beavers released in Devon's River Otter

BBC Radio Devon

More beavers have been released in East Devon as part of the five-year project to see if the animals can be reintroduced into the wild. 

Beaver released into wild. Pic: Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Wildlife Trust

One adult female and one adult male beaver were released at a secret location on Monday evening, on private land close to the River Otter. 

The colony is said to be England's first licensed beaver re-introduction and monitoring project.

Man boasts after 'cowardly' attack on Royal Marine in Camborne

West Briton

A builder who set upon a Royal Marine in an unprovoked and cowardly attack taunted his victim on Facebook after being spared jail.