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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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

Boat users also given Torbay Airshow restrictions

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Boat users as well as car drivers are being warned about restrictions over where they can be during the Torbay Airshow this weekend. 

More than 70 roads in Torbay are being closed or restricted over three days as part of new measures introduced after the Shoreham disaster that killed 11 people in 2015. 

Torbay Council said water restrictions would also be in place periodically throughout the airshow "ensuring watercraft are kept out of the designated flight paths and are at a safe distance". The restriction zones are under flight lines parallel to Paignton beach, and will be 230m out for when fast jets are flying and 150m out for all other aircraft.

Latest weather: A dry night, and more sunshine on Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Evening sunshine will give way to a dry night with clear spells, particularly inland, although there may be thick cloud or mist drifting onto the north coast. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


On Wednesday, any mist affecting the coast and inland will soon lift, then there'll be some patchy cloud around. However, many places should see plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Police say two men narrowly escaped death in Cornwall after taking contaminated or unusually high strength heroin
  • Torbay Council says it is doing its best to balance the needs of locals and business with safety by employing parking restrictions ahead of this weekend's airshow
  • Managers at Torbay Hospital say they have addressed many areas identified as needing improvement after a critical report by health inspectors
  • Tankers are deployed on the north coast of Cornwall after a power cut causes a sewage discharge from a pumping station in St Mawgan

Bat protection measures often 'a box-ticking exercise'

Press Association

Many measures to try and protect bats from road collisions are often "a box-ticking exercise", an Exeter-based scientist has said.

Horseshow bats. Pic: Thinkstock

Researchers investigated more than 1,200 bat deaths caused by collisions with cars and found evidence the animals were avoiding roads, leading to disruptions in their ability to reach feeding and roosting areas.

Dr Fiona Mathews, from the University of Exeter said: "Because bats and their habitat are now highly protected throughout Europe, we might think that there is no cause for concern, and there has been widespread media interest in the public money spent on 'bat bridges' and acoustic surveys for bats. Unfortunately these measures are often more of a box-ticking exercise than a means of offering real protection."

Torbay Hospital A&E patients 'at risk of harm'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Patients in Torbay Hospital's emergency department are "at risk of avoidable harm" say inspectors. 


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) blames a "lack of urgency" to treat people because there are not always enough senior doctors or nurses. 

The emergency department has been rated inadequate and the trust has been rated as requiring improvement. 

The trust said it had addressed many of the areas identified as needing improvement.  

Are you celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday?

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

Are you getting ready for Her Majesty the Queen's official 90th birthday this weekend?


Let us know if you're baking or making bunting over the next few days.

Or are you choosing an outfit because you're lucky enough to have an invite to the official lunch on The MaIl in London? If so, please post a message on BBC Spotlight's Facebook page.

Schools 'live in fear' after crossing patrol cut news

BBC Radio Cornwall

Teachers in Cornwall have condemned Cornwall Council for threatening the safety of children after news that 19 school crossing patrols in the county are to be axed. 

The posts are being cut following a review of the levels of children and cars at each site. The affected sites can be found on BBC Radio Cornwall's Facebook page.

Lollipop patrol

Daniel Symons, from Trewirgie Junior School in Redruth, one of the schools affected, said: "We live in fear of just one person having an accident. it's happened before, and it might happen again."

Councils 'are working on Exeter transport goals'

BBC Radio Devon

Devon councils say they are working on transport goals for Exeter after concerns were raised by campaigners.

The Campaign for West Exeter Smarter Transport has asked three Devon councils for an urgent review of those goals, saying the whole traffic strategy for the city needed immediate attention. It follows Devon County Council withdrawing an application for a park and ride near the village of Ide.

Devon County Council said work was ongoing to resolve traffic issues, and it planned to resubmit an application for the park and ride. Teignbridge District Council said improvements were being considered at the moment, and Exeter City Council said it would work closely with both councils on whatever they came up with.

A&E rebuild among measures being looked at by RD&E

Exeter Express & Echo

Among the measures being looked at to try and cope with record numbers of people seeking urgent medical attention at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is rebuilding the A&E department..

Power cut causes sewage discharge at village pumping station

BBC Radio Cornwall

Sewage has discharged from a village pumping station after it suffered a power cut, South West Water (SWW) has confirmed.

SWW said there was a short discharge after the power cut in St Mawgan this morning.

It added: "We deployed tankers to control the discharge until Western Power restored the electricity. Precautionary signs have been posted at Mawgan Porth beach and at the stream [from the station]. It is possible that bathing water quality might be affected but this is not anticipated."

Medieval Dartmoor church screen 'brought back to life' after restoration

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A medieval rood screen in a Dartmoor church has been "brought back to life" after being cleaned and restored, the Dartmoor National Park Authority says.

Rood screen. Pic: Sue Viccar
Sue Viccar

The cleaning of the screen - sometimes known as a choir screen - at St Peter’s Church in Buckland-in-the-Moor was partly funded by money from the Dartmoor Communities Fund 2015/16.

The cleaning and restoration work was carried out by Eddie Sinclair, and the work saw the "removal of the accumulation of centuries of dirt and grime", the park authority said. it revealed "the beautiful medieval colours as they were in 1520, when the screen is thought to have been painted", it added.

Rescue teams investigate unmanned research vessel

Royal Navy alleged rape case court martial considers verdict

Press Association

A panel of senior Royal Navy officers has retired to consider its verdict in the court martial of an officer accused of raping a colleague in Devon who "was too drunk to consent". 

Twenty-seven-year-old Samuel Mitchell, 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. He denies two counts of rape. 

A panel of five senior officers act as the jury in a court martial, with a judge advocate providing legal guidance.

Matt and Pippa on the search for Rod

There's limited parking around Home Park this afternoon as thousands of Rod Stewart fans start to arrive ahead of his concert there tonight. 

There's no parking at the ground - warning signs are up on all the main routes - but there is a park and ride service from the city centre.

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Criticised hospital 'hopes to increase staffing levels'

BBC Spotlight

Managers at Torbay Hospital say they have addressed many areas identified as needing improvement after a critical report by health inspectors.

Torbay Hospital

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was rated overall as "requiring improvement" by the Care Quality Commission. Some areas were highlighted for high praise, but the emergency department was condemned as "inadequate", with concerns raised over delays. 

Mairead McAlinden, trust chief executive, said: "Staffing, in terms of the numbers of staff and the times of day we have them on, is an ongoing challenge for the trust. We very much hope to increase the staffing levels. But, while we do that, we’re also working with staff to ensure we have the right staff at the right time in the right place."

Vote registration plea: 'Once is enough!'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People in Cornwall who have recently registered to vote in the upcoming EU referendum are being asked by Cornwall Council not to do so again, and that once is enough.

Electoral Commission ad
Electoral Commission

The authority said its elections team had been dealing with people who were so worried at it being the last day, particularly as a result of coverage by the media, that they were registering two or three times to make sure, creating a huge amount of work.

Human remains found during David Cauldwell search believed to be missing Devon man, 60

Exeter Express & Echo

Human remains found near a Devon coastal path two weeks ago are believed to be those of Scott Graham, who went missing in 2014.

Cornish Pirates sign Argentine centre

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Gavin Cattle and Nicolas De Battista
Brian Tempest

Argentine centre Nicolas De Battista joins the Cornish Pirates ahead of the 2016-17 Championship season.

He has played for Jockey Club de Rosario in his homeland alongside ex-Pirate Alberto Di Bernardo, who recommended him to the Cornish club.

The 25-year-old has represented his country at under-19 and under-20 level.

Torbay Airshow safety road closures 'over the top'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Safety measures at a seaside air show following the Shoreham air disaster are "over the top", it has been claimed.


More than 70 roads in Torbay are being closed or restricted as part of new measures introduced after the disaster that killed 11 people in 2015. 

Some residents said three-day closures were excessive and a money-making ploy by Torbay Council.

The council rejected the claim and said it had to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.  

Nineteen school crossing patrols to be axed

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Nineteen school crossing patrols in Cornwall will be axed after a review by Cornwall Council. 

The study was based on the number of vehicles passing the crossing point, combined with the number of children crossing, during the busiest 30-minute period in the morning and afternoon. 

Those that didn't meet the criteria will lose their patrol officers at the end of the summer term.

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The 19 sites on the hit-list can be found on BBC Radio Cornwall's Facebook page.

Rod Stewart at Home Park: No parking at Plymouth venue

Plymouth Herald

Fans travelling to Rod Stewart should plan their travel carefully, as there will be no parking available at Home Park.

Don't get tyred of car safety, fire crews warns

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Torbay Council rejects criticism over three days of road closures for an airshow, saying it is to keep streets clear for emergency vehicles 
  • Teachers in Cornwall condemn the axing of 19 school crossing patrols, saying the move will threaten the safety of children
  • Police appeal for witnesses after a man is cut free from his car after it hits a tree and rolls 30m down a bank between Avonwick and Totnes
  • Firefighters in Cornwall urge people to be careful when getting rid of disposable barbecues after being called to two incidents in two days
  • Tonight's the Night: Tens of thousands of Rod Stewart fans head for Home Park in Plymouth for his stadium concert this evening

Port Isacc holiday let rubbish monitoring beginning in July

BBC Radio Cornwall

A pilot scheme in Port Isaac to ensure holiday let owners pay privately for their rubbish collections begin on 4 July, a senior councillor says.

Port Isaac

National legislation means any premises used to make money should use a private waste collector and not put out black bags for council collections. The Cornwall Council pilot scheme will allow bosses to decide how best to approach the issue, as the situation could be costing the tax payer.  

Joyce Duffin, council environment portfolio holder, said the authority had written to holiday let owners to give them time to employ a commercial waste collector. She added that legislation around litter and fly-tipping was available if it needed to take action, but the council was hoping it would not come to that.

Cornwall to crack down on illegal meat trade

West Briton

A new multi-agency task force has been set up in Cornwall to crack down on the illegal meat trade.

Latest weather: Slight chance of isolated showers, cloudy overnight

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a bright day, with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells, and some mist patches persisting around the coasts. There is a slight chance of an isolated shower developing in the afternoon. Winds will be light westerly, but moderate in the southeast. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).


Tonight, conditions will become cloudy again, with mist, fog and low cloud forming through the night. Winds will be light and mainly northerly. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

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Thousands of Rod Stewart fans head to Home Park

BBC Radio Devon

Thousands of Rod Stewart fans are heading for Home Park in Plymouth this afternoon. 

The rocker is playing at the home of Plymouth Argyle tonight and his devoted followers will be decking the stands in leopard print and tartan to make him feel at home.

Rod Stewart
Getty Images

There's no parking at the ground - warning signs are up on all the main routes - but there is a park and ride service from the city centre.

Motorcyclist has life changing injuries after four-vehicle crash

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist has been left with life changing injuries after he collided with a car in East Devon.

The four-vehicle crash happened on an unclassified road between Dunkeswell and Hemyock just before 08:00 on Monday.

Police said the motorcyclist, a man in his 40s from Somerset, was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with serious and life changing injuries to his arm and leg. No one else was injured in the collision.

Cows udderly block road

Do big events cause parking problems?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

As hundreds of no parking signs go up in south Devon, ready for Torbay Airshow, we ask if other such events around the county have caused you parking problems.

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Ill elderly man rescued off anchored yacht

BBC Radio Cornwall

Falmouth's inshore lifeboat has been called out to take a elderly man off his anchored yacht after he fell ill.

The 79- year-old man was taken from his boat off Malpas in the Fal River to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, rescuers said.

Latest travel news across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth, on Saltash Road near Admiralty Street there are reports of an incident.  
  • On the A377 traffic light failure at Exe Bridges South in Exeter around the A3015 Western Way junction is causing problems.
  • On the A3075 there's slow traffic because of roadworks on Newquay Road in Goonhavern near the B3285 Halt Road junction.

Male bats 'more likely to be killed by road vehicles'

Press Association

Male bats are significantly more likely to be hit and killed by road vehicles than females, scientists in Exeter have found.

Barbastelle bat. Pic: Thinkstock

Researchers investigated more than 1,200 bat deaths caused by collisions with cars. 

They also found evidence that the animals avoided roads, which disrupted them reaching feeding and roosting areas, Dr Fiona Mathews, from the University of Exeter said.

Pink bottle clean-up costs 'did not factor in voluntary work'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Tens of thousands of pounds paid out by a cleaning product company in clear-up costs after hundreds of pink bottles washed up on Cornish beaches - including at Gunwalloe, Poldhu and the Lizard - in January did not take into account how much it could have cost to have all the work done, a National Trust ranger has said.

Cornwall map

It's thought the bottles came from a container that fell off the deck of a ship. Reckitt Benckiser paid the Maritime and Coastguard Agency about £38,000 in costs and Cornwall Council about £5,500. The National Trust's costs were also met, and it received a contribution to conservation work.

However, Justin Whitehouse, lead ranger for the trust on the Lizard, said: "So much of the clean-up operation was done by volunteers - it was members of the local community. It wasn't staff costs, it was actually local people coming down and mucking in. That wasn't factored in. That's what we're good at: mobilising volunteers."

Illegal immigrants 'may have landed in Cornwall by boat'

Western Morning News

Illegal immigrants may have been smuggled into Cornwall by boat in the past week, say police.

Transport infrastructure plan around Exeter 'wholly inadequate'

BBC Radio Devon

Current plans for transport infrastructure in the Exeter area are "wholly inadequate", campaigners say.

The Campaign for West Exeter Smarter Transport is sending an open letter to Devon County, Teignbridge District and Exeter City councils about its concerns. It follows the county council withdrawing an application for a park and ride near the village of Ide after residents voted four-to-one against plans for a 500-space scheme in a referendum. 

Lynn Wetenhall, from the campaign, said: "The plans are wholly inadequate, not only for now, but for the massive growth that's going on in Exeter. We have to do something radical. We can't just keep rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and doing what's been done for the past 20 years because we will reach gridlock."

Work needed over hospital's emergency care 'so patients get care they need'

BBC Spotlight

Work is needed to improve emergency care at Torbay Hospital so patients get what they need, an inspector says.

Emergency Dept sign

The emergency department has been condemned as "inadequate", with the Care Quality Commission finding delays which place patients at risk of harm. However, the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was rated overall as "requiring improvement", with some areas highlighted for high praise.

Mary Cridge, from the CQC said: "They need to sort out patients in A&E getting assessed within 15 mins of arrival. They need to make good decisions that put patients in the right place. They need to sort out the crowding in the hospital, so patients can get on to the right ward for the care they need."

Brakes on for 19 school crossing patrols

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

It's emerged Cornwall Council is pulling the plug on 19 school crossing patrols, from Sennen to Saltash.

School patrol

Many people are furious. What do you think?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Pink bottles Cornwall clean-up costs firm £50K

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A cleaning products firm has paid out nearly £50,000 to clean up thousands of its bright pink plastic detergent bottles washed up on beaches.


Reckitt Benckiser gave £38,000 to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), £5,445 to Cornwall Council and more than £5,000 to the National Trust. 

The bottles started arriving on the Lizard in Cornwall in January but have also washed up in Devon. 

Agencies said the bottles posed a risk to wildlife.