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

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More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Sea of black and gold greets rugby players as everyone wants a photo

Team photo

Proper job: Fans, players and the cup side by side

Smiles all round in Truro after Cornwall team's victory parade

Cornwall players jump off open-top-bus for photo opportunities

Where there are rugby fans... there will be singing

Rugby fans greet players and trophy in Lemon Quay

Rugby fans have been gathering in Lemon Quay this evening as the victory bus parade snakes its way through Truro.


BBC Spotlight's Dave Gibbins is reporting live from Lemon Quay as supporters have a chance to take photos with the Bill Beaumont Trophy.

Dave Gibbins

Cornwall rugby team tour Truro on their victory bus parade

The Cornwall rugby team left County Hall in Truro at 18:00 on their victory bus parade to celebrate winning the county championship.


The bus is making its way to Lemon Quay to give people a chance for photos.

Rugby team bus makes its way through streets of Truro

Oggy Oggy Oggy! Trelawny's Army pack Truro to welcome victorious Cornish players

Cornwall players board open-top-bus

And they're off - the Cornwall rugby team pose for photographs ahead of victory parade

Cornwall's rugby success story: The facts and figures

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall has won the County Championship no less than five times:

  • 1908
  • 1991
  • 1999
  • 2015
  • 2016

In 1908, the team went on to play in the Olympic Games and won a silver medal after losing to Australia in the final. They remain the only county side to represent Great Britain at rugby in the Olympics.

Cornwall captain Kyle Marriott has won the County Championship three times. Twice with Cornwall (2015 and 2016) and once with Devon (2007).

Graham Dawe has coached Cornwall to the County Championship for the second year running. He also won the trophy with Cornwall as a player in 1991.

Cornwall full back Matt Shepherd has scored a try in the last two County Championship finals (2015 and 2016).

Wednesday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon have finished for the day, but updates continue in Cornwall as we bring you live coverage of rugby's county champions who are currently on a victory parade through the streets of Truro.

Dawe and Raumakita sign new Plymouth Albion deals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion wingers Jon Dawe and Seta Raumakita have agreed new deals with the National One side.

Dawe, 22, played just five times in 2015-16 because of a knee injury but was part of the Cornwall squad that retained the County Championship title, while Fiji-born Raumakita has represented the Royal Navy and Combined Services.

Jon Dawe (left)
Plymouth Albion

"Last season there was a great atmosphere within the squad. With a number of players staying, we should do very well again," Dawe said.  

Stones thrown at Cornwall's threatened national bird

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RSPB says it's disappointed that a visitor to Cornwall over the weekend was seen throwing stones at Cornwall's most iconic bird, the chough. 


The Charity says that although it's an isolated incident, there are signs around the coast to protect the bird which is Cornwall's national emblem.

Exeter City grandstand project could be delayed for months by legal challenge

Exeter Express & Echo

The future of St James Park football stadium hangs on a "knife edge" following news a vital development will be legally challenged.

Latest weather: Mostly cloudy overnight, clearing on Thursday

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with perhaps some patchy light rain and drizzle at times. Low cloud will shroud the hills and moors but temperatures will hold up in double figures. Minimum temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).


Thursday will start cloudy and damp but this will soon clear away to the south. It will become brighter through the morning with warm sunny spells developing into the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Speedboat drowning family call for licensing and compulsory life jackets

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

The family of a girl who drowned after getting caught on a sinking speedboat have called for new laws to prevent other families having "to endure what we have been through".


Emily Gardner, 14, from Gloucester, was a passenger on the vessel off Brixham last year when it capsized and her life jacket became snagged, trapping her underwater, an inquest in Torquay heard. The jury of six men and five women recorded a narrative conclusion. 

In a statement, her family said they were to campaign for new legislation to ensure power boat drivers were required to have a licence or training, which they wanted to be known as "Emily's Law". They added they also wanted to ensure all buoyancy aids were "fitted safely and correctly".

Shops decorate windows ahead of Cornwall's victory parade

Man jailed after Facebook comment 'derided court'

A man has been jailed because a comment he made on Facebook about 45 minutes after initially receiving a suspended sentence for attacking a Royal Marine was "stupid, arrogant behaviour", a judge says.

Ben Scott, 31, from Redruth, posted a picture of champagne and the comments "I win" and "time to celebrate" after being sentenced in April for the assault of Cpl Marc Jolly in Camborne last Christmas. He has now been given a 12-month sentence and will serve six months in jail and the rest on licence.

Ben Scott Facebook post

At Truro Crown Court, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said the comment treated his victim "with contempt" and "this court's decision to give you a suspended sentence with disrespect and derision". 

Judge Clark also said he had partly given the first suspended sentence because Scott employed several men. He said: "If this means your employees are laid off, they may blame you not the court system."

The top stories for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • The family of a young teenage girl who died in a speedboat accident in Torbay are calling for drivers of such vessels to be licensed
  • A Redruth man who boasted on Facebook after he was spared prison for assaulting a Royal Marine has been called back to court and jailed 
  • The National Farmers Union is urging shoppers in the South West to choose local dairy products after producers decided to cut the amount they pay for milk  
  • People in Lostwithiel say they are gobsmacked after being told they need a licence to hang up bunting for their carnival 
  • Hundreds of people are expected in Truro this evening to see the Cornwalll rugby team's tour of the city in an open-top-bus after winning the county championships for the second year in a row

Jervis triggers new deal as Argyle offer 13 contracts

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle forward Jake Jervis has triggered an extension to his contract to remain at the League Two club.

Pilgrims boss Derek Adams has offered deals to 13 players, including captain Curtis Nelson, midfielder Carl McHugh and striker Reuben Reid.

Jake Jervis
Rex Features

Former Crawley player Josh Simpson, ex-Oxford striker Deane Smalley and Callum Hall have been released following Monday's play-off defeat by AFC Wimbledon at Wembley.

Latest travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Torquay on Hoxton Road we have reports of an accident around Princes Road.
  • The B3227 is blocked between Taddiport and Langtree due to an overturned tractor and trailer 
  • Bank Street in Newquay is partially blocked and there are delays around East Street because of an accident 
  • One lane is closed on the A38 at Drum Bridges because of a broken down lorry

Living in ‘66: What was it really like in the South West?


We've been taking a close look at the Swinging Sixties in a special documentary looking beyond the famous fashion, music and football of the decade.

Living in 66 logo

Fifty years after England won the World Cup, and Time magazine declared London the "swinging city", Angela Rippon will examine what life was really like in the South West during this fascinating period of cultural and social change.

Living in 66, Angela Rippon

She goes in search of the objects and artifacts that tell the story of a year of bulldozers, beatniks and board riders. Living in ’66: BBC One, 19:30.

Congratulations pour in for Cornwall rugby team

Buddhists 'deserve new temple'

BBC Spotlight

A bungalow in Plymouth has been turned into a place of worship for Thai Buddhists.

Buddhist temple

It's thought there are about 1,000 Thai Buddhists living in the South West, some of whom have helped to pay for the new temple. Previously, worshippers had to travel the nearest temples in London and Staffordshire.

Graham Harrington

Graham Harrington, who helped establish it, said: "Because of my wife's faith, I think the Thai people in Plymouth deserve it. Every other religion in the city has got their own place of worship, and I think it's only fair the Thai community and Buddhists should have theirs."

Trailer crashes on A30

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A 4x4 with trailer crashed on the A30 eastbound, near Fraddon, on Wednesday afternoon after the trailer started shuddering and snaking on the road.

A30 crash

Police said no one was injured.

Plymouth's Olivia Federici seals Olympic place

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth's Olivia Federici has been chosen to represent Great Britain in synchronised swimming at this summer's Olympics in Rio.

She will compete alongside Katie Clark in the duet event after securing a quota place at the qualification event in Brazil in March.

Olivia Federici (left)
Getty Images

The pair finished sixth in the team event at London 2012 and returned to the sport after retiring after the World Championships in 2013.

Court martial hears 'rape victim too drunk to fight or consent'

Press Association

A Royal Navy officer cadet allegedly raped a fellow student following a ball at an officer-training college when she was "too drunk to fight back or give consent", a court martial has heard. 

Samuel Mitchell, 27, now a sub lieutenant, is accused of going into the room of the cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, following a Victory In Europe Day dinner dance attended by students, staff and guests, on 8 May 2014. 

David Richards, prosecuting, told the Portsmouth Naval Base court martial centre the alleged victim had been carried back to her room after she drunk too much at the event. He said Mr Mitchell "wasn't concerned about her lack of response, he just took what he could." The case continues.

Family of speedboat drowning girl Emily Gardner calls for speedboat licences

The family of a girl who drowned after getting caught on a sinking speedboat have called for new laws to prevent other families having "to endure what we have been through".

Emily Gardner, 14, was a passenger on the vessel off Brixham last year when her buoyancy aid became snagged, an inquest heard.

Emily Gardner. Pic: Gardner Family
Gardner Family

The jury of six men and five women recorded a narrative conclusion at the two-day inquest held in Torquay. 

This man was slapped with a fine after seagulls stole his ice cream and he dropped the cone

West Briton

A tourist has been fined £80 after dropping his ice-cream cone when he was attacked by seagulls.

Grave flowers thefts 'sad and heartbreaking'

BBC Radio Devon

Funeral flowers, mobility scooters and even a sundial are among items reported to police in Devon and Cornwall as stolen from cemeteries and graveyards.

Claire Hawke

More than 300 offences have been reported over six years, including seven rapes or other sexual offences, and 26 cases involving drug dealing or possession. Kelly Fowler had flowers taken from her grandmother's grave twice in Sidbury in Devon. She sad: "It just made feel sad and heartbroken that somebody would do that. People forget that these are people's families." 

East Devon District Council, which runs the cemetery, said staff visited regularly and it did not tolerate interference with any grave, memorial or tribute.

Hospice charity gets hung up on clothes

Vehicles damaged in fire

Several vehicles have been damaged in a fire in Plymouth, the fire service says. 

Crews were called to the back of Hospital Road at about 01:00. They found one car well alight and that the blaze had spread to another car and a boat on a trailer. 

One car, and the boat and trailer were severely damaged. The second car was slightly damaged. The fire service saidundefinedpolice were investigating the incident.

Latest weather: Mostly cloudy with patchy rain

BBC Weather

Despite some brightness, this afternoon is set to remain mostly cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle at times, some of which could be heavy. Moderate northerly winds will become fresh to strong at times. Maximum temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).


Tonight will be mostly cloudy with the continuing risk of a little light rain or drizzle in places. Low cloud is also likely to affect high ground, shrouding hills and moors. Further west then skies will tend to be clearer at times. Northerly winds will become mainly moderate. Minimum temperature: 12 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Woman crushed beneath car in A38 petrol forecourt crash

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth woman was left trapped underneath her car after a teenage driver crashed into the back of it at a petrol filling station forecourt on the A38.

Carnival told to get licence for hanging bunting

BBC Radio Cornwall

Organisers of Lostwithiel Carnival have been told by Cornwall Council that they need to get permission from the owners of all the buildings where they plan to hang bunting.

The council said bunting could be a danger to drivers and pedestrians and that, under the Highways Act 1980, a licence, which was free, was needed which showed consent from all those building owners affected.

The council said it cannot give permission for bunting to be attached to buildings it does not own and is now processing a bunting request from Lostwithiel Rotary Club.