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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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Wednesday's live coverage

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

Beach and frisbees and golf? What could possibly go wrong...

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

We all love going to a Cornish beach - we all love throwing Frisbees and many of us love golf. But how about all three mashed together? 

At Carlyon Beach near St Austell, a six-hole beach 'disc golf' course has been constructed. It opens officially on Saturday and it is free to play so I've been having a go...  

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Tourist fails to outfox Scilly police

Police on the Isles of Scilly have seized a 'high powered BB gun' from a tourist arriving on the islands.

Sgt Colin Taylor said on Facebook he was not convinced by the man's argument that he had brought the gun to shoot foxes who ate his chickens.

Sgt Taylor pointed out to the man there were no chickens, or foxes on the islands, and retained the gun 'to explore if it is lawfully held'.

Thomas Waldrom

Exeter Chiefs forward Thomas Waldrom will miss the Premiership final with a knee ligament injury, the club confirms.

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Grants to improve Cornish rail travel for tourists

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two schemes in Cornwall have been given government grants to encourage more visitors to the UK to travel beyond London by rail.


Compass Holidays has won the lion's share of the awards, getting £75,0000 to create a cycle hub at one of Cornwall's mainline stations, including a hire centre for electric and pedal-powered bikes.

Visit Cornwall is to get £60,000 to encourage fans of TV series such as Poldark and Doc Martin to use the train for the bulk of their journeys.

Weather latest: Another mainly dry and sunny day tomorrow

BBC Weather

After a rather chilly start, it will be a dry and fine day on Thursday with some good spells of sunshine and the risk of an isolated shower or two. Feeling warmer. Max temp 17 Deg C ( 62 Deg F).

weather graphic

Two bodies found 200m apart 'extremely unusual situation'

David Cauldwell poster

Police say a search for a missing man, which resulted in two bodies being found in woodland in Torquay, is "extremely unusual."

Petitor Woods, Toryuay

The area around Petitor Woods was searched last night and again this morning in the hunt for David Cauldwell, 39, last seen on Sunday.

Chief Inspector Lou Costin said the bodies were found 200m apart: "It does appear to be completely unrelated, but obviously is a very tragic set of circumstances.

Lloyd James and Robbie Simpson

Exeter sign former Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James and ex-Cambridge forward Robbie Simpson on free transfers.

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'Strong case' needed for more than 100 councillors

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Government-appointed agency overseeing the review into the number of Cornwall councillors has told me "a strong case" will be needed for it to have more than 100. 

The Boundary Commission has told the authority it has to look at the current 123 electoral divisions and come up with new recommendations. 

A cross-party panel will look at things like population growth and community identity.

Final push to get Red Arrows to perform in Dawlish

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

Red Arrows

After the collapse of the sea wall and the prospect of losing its three main summer events, there's some good news for Dawlish. 

The community has pulled together to make sure its carnival goes ahead and today they have announced the Red Arrows will return in August, despite losing their Air Show.

Mayor of Dawlish Angela Fenne is confident the remaining £6,000 needed can be raised in the next month: "It is all down to the community pulling together we've had so many sponsors come forward... it's absolutely amazing."

Mayor Angela Fenne

Josh Curnow out of BGT

West Briton

Cornwall's Josh Curnow pays tribute to fans after leaving Britain's Got Talent

Human remains found by Dartmoor search team looking for Torquay man Dave Cauldwell

Torquay Herald Express

More details have emerged about the shocking discovery of two bodies in Torquay. Friends revealed Mr Cauldwell had told family he was 'lost in the woods' in the early hours of Sunday. 

Stunning photo of basking shark at Porthcurno

Visitors to Porthcurno were able to catch a glimpse of one of Cornwall's most loved species when a group of five basking sharks appeared at Porthcurno.

basking shark at Porthcurno
Rachel Hosken/Apex

The regular visitors - including one more than 21ft (6.4m) - were feeding just a few feet away from beachgoers.

Photographer Rachel Hosken saw the special display from a vantage point at the nearby Minack Theatre. She said: "It was stunning - really exciting to see. It's fantastic to see them again."   

Block of flats evacuated after fire

BBC Radio Cornwall

A block of flats has been evacuated in St Columb Minor after a fire.

One person has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The property is currently being ventilated. 

'No connection' between two bodies found during missing man investigation

Devon & Cornwall police given more time to investigate Tory election expenses allegations

Cornish Guardian

Police investigating the alleged false accounting of Conservative Party election expenses have been given more time to carry out their inquiries.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In St Columb Minor, Church Street is closed in both directions between Henver Road and Leader Road due to a building fire
  • Near Okehampton between Chichacott Road and North Tawton the B3215 is just passable after an incident
  • Watch out for congestion in Plymouth at the Derriford Roundabout on the A386 Tavistock Road - as well as inbound from the Manadon Roundabout to Milehouse
  • On the A377 inbound at Exeter there is very slow traffic from the Alphington junction to Exe Bridges 

Red Arrows will return to Dawlish if fundraising is successful

Flood risk communities 'not interested' in emergency plans

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Environment Agency says 14 communities across Devon and Cornwall at risk of flash flooding are "not yet interested" in developing Community Emergency Plans, despite offers of support.

Flooding in east Devon
Richard Wells

"Not everyone is fully aware of what flood risk means", Kate Pearson from the Agency said.

"It's hard to imagine the consequences unless it's actually happened to you, and that why we're encouraging everyone, whether it's a home owner or business to be prepared", she said.

Search for missing man results in two bodies being found

Restoration plan for viaduct

St Austell Voice

Work is set to get underway to bring the nearly 200-year-old Treffry Viaduct back to life as part of a major restoration of Luxulyan Valley.   

Police urge Radio 1 Big Weekend ticket holders to keep safe

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

People heading for Radio 1's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle are being warned not to let their guard down and compromise their safety.

Radio 1 Big Weekend

Devon and Cornwall Police expect 50,000 music fans to head for the festival to see acts like Take That, Bastille, Jess Glynne and Meghan Trainor.

Superintendent Glen Mayhew, who is heading the police operation, said: “We will have a police presence at the event but our role is to support the organisers and make sure that everyone enjoys themselves in a safe environment.

"We would ask people to take sensible precautions and to keep a close eye on their personal belongings, such as wallets, cameras and mobile phones and to not become victim to pickpockets or thieves."

Critics warn government policy is contributing to shortage of affordable homes

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Planners and estate agents in Cornwall have joined local councillors in criticising a new ruling which means developers don't need to provide affordable homes, if they build fewer than 10 properties.

Estate Agents

Ministers says the court decision, to uphold government policy returns common sense to the planning system, but in Cornwall where there are a high number of smaller developments, the council fears it will have a negative impact.

Estate agent, Mark Lewis, said there was already a chronic shortage of affordable homes: "If you're looking for a shared equity house at the moment... there are 31 available in the whole of Cornwall, as opposed to 7,700 homes for the general populous to buy."

Weather latest: Patchy cloud and sunny spells

BBC Weather

Variable amounts of cloud with some bright and sunny spells, the best of which will be in the west. The cool easterly breeze will ease except along the north coast, where it will feel cooler. Max temp: 15C (59F).

Weather graphic

Tonight it will be dry night with clear spells, allowing for some mist to form in sheltered areas and it will feel chilly. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Devon's 'medieval' roads need at least £30m, small businesses claim

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Devon's "medieval" roads urgently need at least £30m of government investment, according to the Federation of Small Businesses [FSB].

Pothole near Totnes

It says small companies are paying the price through delays to deliveries, buying new tyres and repairing damage to suspension from potholes.

The Department for Transport says it has committed more than £41m for the county's roads this year and nearly £2m from the Pothole Action Fund.

Violent clash between two groups of men leaves three in hospital

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for information after two groups of men were involved in a violent clash in Falmouth. 

Three men were assaulted in what has been described as an unprovoked attack in the Kimberley Park area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victims were taken to hospital with facial injuries. 

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or witnessed the incident.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • A huge search for missing man, David Cauldwell, results in two bodies being found in a coastal woodland in Torquay
  • Around half of places at a high risk of flash flooding in Devon and Cornwall have no community emergency response plan
  • Cornwall Trading Standards warn of a group of conmen offering gardening services to vulnerable people in Newquay for extortionate prices 
  • Dawlish has managed to get the Red Arrows to perform for its carnival, despite losing its air show

Monster jam in Cullompton blamed on new J28 traffic lights

Exeter Express & Echo

Motorists in Cullompton will have to put up with more congestion so the M5 motorway remains clear and safe.

Police dog recovers after giving birth to nine pups

Devon and Cornwall Police dog handler Paul Glennon has been tweeting the birth of nine puppies to his canine colleague Sasha.

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Public urged to watch out for conmen targeting vulnerable people

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you been caught out by door-to-door scammers?

We'll be hearing about yet another lot of conmen travelling around Cornwall, this time offering garden services.

It is alleged they are charging extortionate prices and then escorting vulnerable victims to cash machines. Have you spotted these gangs in Cornwall or have you been a victim of any other type of scam? Let me know on today's lunchtime phone-in by calling 01872 222222 or emailing us your story.

Police investigate discovery of two bodies in hunt for missing man

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Police searching for a missing man in Torquay say they have found two bodies - 200m apart - on a coast path.

David Cauldwell had been missing since 22 May and his family have been informed about the discovery in the area of Petitor Woods, but no formal investigation has taken place.

Human remains, thought to be completely unrelated to the first body, are believed to have been there for some time.

Small businesses and motorists bearing brunt of 'crumbling' Devon roads

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Devon's "crumbling" roads are a "major problem" that is costing small businesses and motorists money, a representative for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

"The roads are crumbling at an astonishing rate, the investment is under-par, so we're going backwards year after year after year", David Shephard from the Devon branch of the FSB said.

A report by the FSB claims the government needs to urgently invest £30m in the county's roads, but the Department for Transport says it has already committed £41m this year.

Cornwall make one change for Twickenham final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall coach Graham Dawe has made one change to his side for their County Championship final against Cheshire at Twickenham on Sunday.

Plymouth Albion hooker Rupert Freestone comes into the starting XV, replacing Redruth's Richard Brown, who drops to the bench.

Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

Cornwall are the holders of the Bill Beaumont Cup and have reached their fourth consecutive final in the competition.

No flash flood contingency plan may be due to lack of volunteers

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A village at risk of flash flooding does not have an Emergency Community Plan because no one has volunteered to help, according to one councillor.

Flash flooding

"They don't think it's going to happen tlo them and possibly then they think that somebody else will do it", Chair of Axmouth Parish Council Ken Steven said.

The Environment Agency has identified 14 communities in Devon and Cornwall which are at a high or very high risk of flash flooding but which do not have an emergency plan in place.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary honours crewman awarded medal for bravery

Sailors from RFA Mounts Bay have been paying their respects to one of their own who died after falling from a platform on RFA Wave Commander in 1951, while rescuing his ship's bosun from a cargo tank.

Morris Richard Ellis
Royal Navy

Morris Richard Ellis, 23, was laid to rest in Gibraltar’s North Front Cemetery and posthumously awarded the Albert Medal for bravery at sea [later replaced by the George Cross].

The crew of Mounts Bay, visiting Gibraltar for maintenance work and training, took the opportunity to make sure his grave was in a suitable condition.

Union members at local universities on strike

This is the picket line at the University of Exeter as members of the University and College Union start a two day strike in a row over pay.

University strike picket line

Falmouth and Plymouth University as well as the University of St Mark and St John are also affected.

Businessman buys car park and makes it free to use

Plymouth Herald

A businessman has bought a Devon car park - and made it free to use. Robert Braddick, who owns Braddicks Leisure Ltd, a company with bars, restaurants and holidays centres in and around Bideford, acquired a long lease on Seafield Car Park in Westward Ho! yesterday.

Exeter's Chudley free to play Premiership final as citing dismissed

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Will Chudley is free to play in the Premiership final against Saracens on Saturday after having his citing dismissed.

A Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel decided an alleged kick during their semi-final win was accidental and not reckless.

Will Chudley
Rex Features

The Chiefs will compete in the top-flight play-offs for the first time in their history at Twickenham.  

Latest high water times

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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

Tide times graphic

I'll have the full forecast in Spotlight's lunchtime news at 13:30 on BBC One.

Police appeal after fight between two groups leaves man hospitalised

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in a fight between two groups of men in St Austell.

Three men in their 30s and 40s, and a group of at least six other men were involved in the fight that took place between 02:45 and 04:00 on 3 May in High Cross Street, police said.

A man in his 40s, from Bolton, was assaulted and suffered serious facial injuries which required hospital treatment.