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By Elisabeth Mahy

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Puppy 'Oz' named after bomb disposal war hero, Sgt Olaf Schmid

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A puppy training to detect explosives has been named after Sgt Olaf Schmid from Truro, who died while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Olaf puppy
Wiltshire Police

Sgt Schmid died disarming a bomb - the 65th device on his tour of duty - in 2009.

He was posthumously awarded the George Cross.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

  • A homeless woman tried to poison her partner in Exmouth to gain an inheritance
  • Confusing speed signs in Plymouth are the result of 'sabotage' according to the council
  • The Looe Community Academy is looking at cutting the number of staff it employs
  • Thousands of people have attended the second day of the Royal Cornwall Show

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Near Westward Ho!, Sandymere Road is blocked due to a collison near Jackets Lane
  • The Torbay Airshow starts today. Road closure details
  • In Lee Mill, near the A38, Central Avenue is partially blocked due to an accident around the Beech Road junction

The Boscastle Buoys entertain at the show

John Lawman from Lizard admits owning 7,900 indecent child images

West Briton

A pensioner has pleaded guilty to owning more than 7,900 indecent images and videos of children.

Pod of dolphins caught on camera in Cornwall

Buzzard that landed in city centre is 'alive and doing well'

Exeter Express & Echo

A bird of prey that stunned shoppers yesterday by landing in Exeter city centre is "alive and doing well" according to the RSPCA. The buzzard landed on the pavement of Queen Street at 17:00 and instantly drew a crowd.

'Redundancies possible' at Looe Community Academy

BBC Radio Cornwall

Looe Community Academy

Looe Community Academy is looking at cutting the number of staff it employs.

In a statement it told BBC News it "shares the financial challenges facing all publicly funded organisations, in particular, how to operate effectively within an environment of rising costs and reducing income".

It said governors had "reluctantly" decided to consult with staff and their trade unions about "potential staff reductions, including the possibility of some redundancies".

Exeter scientists say we need to think like a pigeon

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Scientists from Exeter University have found that humans could be more efficient if they adopted more of a "pigeon mentality" when switching from one task to another.


The study shows that switching between making a phone call and writing an email led to more mistakes as humans stopped doing one thing and started another.

But the researchers found that when pigeons carried out one task and then another, they did so accurately.

Cornish pasty makers worried protected status could go under a 'Brexit'

The Cornishman

The protected status of the much-loved Cornish pasty could be in jeopardy if the UK votes to leave the European Union, according to the county's pasty makers.

Children mark Queen's 90th

Children at Hyde Park Primary School, in Plymouth are celebrating The Queen's 90th birthday.

Headteacher Liz Hill said: “We’ve been making life sized guardsmen and horses and painting portraits of the Queen which are on display in the school hall."

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Royal Cornwall Show: It's finger-pluckin' good

Gibson Collection museum purchase "best outcome"

BBC Radio Cornwall

The director of Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Louise Connell, says the purchase of the much-loved Gibson Collection of early photographs of Cornwall is "the best outcome for heritage in Cornwall".

Penzance harbour
Gibson Collection

There are 1200 prints and 290 glass plate negatives in the collection.    

David Ley auctions say it was the Gibson family's preferred outcome that the archive remain locally in a public institution where it can be seen by all rather than be bought by a private collector.

Exmouth man poisoned by homeless partner for inheritance

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

An elderly man was poisoned for his inheritance by a homeless woman he had started a relationship with.

Exeter Crown Court

Betty Miller hoped she would inherit half the value of Leslie Quaintance's home by killing him, Exeter Crown Court heard. 

Miller, 37, admitted administering a poison, so as to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm. 

She was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years and ordered to receive psychiatric treatment.  

Royal Cornwall Show: Pawsome day for some

Torquay United boss hoping Harrad will stay

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says he is hopeful that Shaun Harrad will sign a new deal at Plainmoor. 

Shaun Harrad
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Harrad, 31, who joined the Gulls in January, is out of contract, having made 15 league appearances as the Gulls staved off relegation last season.

 "A lot of it comes down to economics," Nicholson told BBC Sport. "But to have somebody of Shaun's calibre, both on and off the pitch, would be fantastic and it would give us three genuine strikers up there."

Gibson photographic collection to remain in public ownership

BBC Radio Cornwall

A "fascinating" archive of early photographs depicting 1870s Cornish life will be kept in the hands of the people of Penzance.

Sennen from Gibson Collection
Gibson collection

"We're really excited they're going to stay in public ownership", says Louise Connell from Penlee House, which has bought the Gibson collection.  

There were fears the much loved collection could be lost to a foreign bidder.

Royal Cornwall Show: Bodmin College takes to the stage to perform The Lion King

Exeter researchers find camouflage link to life and death decisions in nesting birds

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Researchers at Exeter and Cambridge universities have found that camouflage influences the life and death decisions made by nesting birds.

The team studied the nests of several species of ground-nesting birds in Zambia.  

The study revealed they time their escape from an approaching predator depending on how well hidden they and their eggs are.

Alternatives to council weedkiller 'should be given a try'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Alternatives to Glyphosate and other pesticides should be looked at, according to an organic farmer in Cornwall.

It follows news that the weedkiller - used by Cornwall Council - could be banned as early as next month following an EU vote this week. Campaigners say Glyphosate used in products such as Roundup can cause cancer.

Cornwall Council

Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall, Guy Watson questioned whether the "risks associated with using pesticides are justified by the benefits that they bring".

Monsanto which owns the Roundup brand says the product has been reviewed over 40 years by regulatory agencies worldwide and has been found not to pose a cancer threat to humans.

Drivers bamboozled by speed signs

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online


Drivers are being bamboozled by speed signs showing conflicting messages.

Lorraine Couling, who works in a shop on the corner of the road, said the signs had appeared in the last few weeks.

Lorraine Couling

One woman walking her children to school said: "People drive quite slowly down here when they see I have children with me, but the signs make no sense at all.

"I feel sorry for the drivers because one minute they're told its 20 and the next it's 30." Plymouth City Council, which is in charge of the signage, was not available for comment.

Latest travel news across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A374 at Trerulefoot, there's slow traffic due to an accident near the roundabout
  • On the A385 at South Brent we've got reports of an incident near the A38 Marley Head junction
  • If you're travelling out of Devon today, there's stop-start traffic on the M5 northbound between J25 Taunton and J23 Bridgwater North
  • On the A39 around the Royal Cornwall Showground traffic is busy but moving  

James Bevis to compete for Paralympics GB at Rio

BBC Sport

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced that local athlete James Bevis, from Dawlish, is among 10 shooters who will compete for Paralympics GB at Rio 2016.

In London, James won Britain's first medal for Paralympics GB in the shooting events when he took bronze. He has now been representing Great Britain for 10 years, with over 70 medals to his name. 

He said: "I'm so happy to be able to tell the world that I'm going to Rio 2016. The Paralympics are the ultimate competition for our sport and competition will be fierce, but I've been training for this and I'll be ready for it."

James Bevis
Getty Images

BBC Radio Devon broadcasting live from the Torbay Airshow

Hall: Albion must be 'more professional'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Albion must adopt a more professional attitude, according to new director of rugby Martin Hall.

Martin Hall

The former Wigan Warriors hooker and Wales rugby league international has joined the National One club along with new head coach Dan Parkes.

"One of the things I see quite clearly is that we can be a lot more professional," Hall said. "That's not so much about the coaching, but it's the club - we need to have more of a professional attitude."

Breeder travels from Russia to see Royal Cornwall Show goats

Cornish Guardian

A Russian goat breeder has flown over 2,000 miles to attend the Royal Cornwall Show.

Staff in job cut talks at Looe Community Academy

BBC Radio Cornwall

About eight members of staff are believed to be in talks about their jobs at Looe Community Academy.

The trade union, UNISON, says it's consulting with managers about proposals to cut the number of staff. 

Discussions will continue until Wednesday.

Repairs to medieval settlement on Dartmoor

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Repairs have been made to a medieval settlement at Hound Tor on Dartmoor.

Hound Tor

The tor, where a small hamlet once stood during the 13th Century, features the remains of farmhouses, outbuildings, fields, gardens and lanes.  

The authority has replaced stones which have been moved by cattle, erosion and human interference.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the trains, delays between Castle Cary and Taunton are expected until 13:00  
  • Between Drum Bridges & Bovey Tracey, the A382 Newton Road is partially blocked due to an incident. Surrounding roads are busy as well.  
  • The Torbay Airshow starts today. Click here for road closure details.

BBC Radio Devon: Exeter's anti-social behaviour; Muhammad Ali's funeral and The Queen turns 90

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Janet Kipling's here from 1 - debating the big stories of the day.

Reports of anti-social behaviour in Exeter's city centre have risen dramatically in the past four years. The council wants us to share the responsibility - is that right?  What have you done to help your local area? 

Muhammad Ali's funeral takes place this afternoon and apparently he's spent the last 10 years planning his own. Have you thought about what you'd like? 

And as the Queen turns 90 this weekend, will you be celebrating? That's Janet Kipling from 1.

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Devon councils send polling cards to 29 people not eligible to vote

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Councils in Devon have sent polling cards for the forthcoming EU referendum to 29 citizens of the EU who are not eligible to vote.

EU ref poll card

The figures have been released by the Electoral Commission.

They show polling cards were sent to people ineligible to vote in Torbay, West Devon, Torridge, North Devon, East Devon, Exeter and Teignbridge. 

Teignbridge District Council distributed the highest number - 11 - of wrongly sent poll cards. 

Champion shearer aims for a nine hour record

First Torbay Airshow to be held from today

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Three days of air displays and entertainment will kick off in Paignton later today.

Red Arrows

About 50,000 people are expected at the Torbay Airshow - the first of its kind in the borough after annual performances by the Red Arrows.

Roads will be closed from today and a number of parking restrictions will be in place for the event to comply with new measures introduced after the Shoreham air disaster that killed 11 people.

'Partnership needed' to tackle needle problem in Exeter

BBC Radio Devon

Businesses and public agencies "need to work together" to tackle a rise in anti-social behaviour in Exeter, a city council official claims .

Robert Norley, assistant director for the environment, says the problem cannot be solved by the council and other public agencies alone.

Drug needle disposal bins are to be piloted in the city, following a petition from concerned businesses.

"I would encourage all petitioners to have a dialogue with us," Mr Norley added.

Support for grey partridge reintroduction

Wildlife enthusiasts are supporting a project to reintroduce the grey partridge back to Cornwall. 

The species used to be a common sight in North Cornwall - especially on the moors and in the fields along the north coast.

An area near Padstow has been chosen for the project.

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Confusing speed signs in Plymouth deemed 'bonkers'

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Conflicting speed signs on one road in Plymouth have been branded "bonkers". 

Austin Avenue is one of a number of roads in the city where speed has been cut to 20mph maximum.

Ausin Avenue, Plymouth

But 20mph and 30mph signs appear next to each other on the road to the confusion of motorists. 

Lorraine Couling, who works in a shop on the corner of the road, said: "You are not sure if you have to do a 30 out or 30 in, or 20 in or 20 out, it's bonkers."