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

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By Elisabeth Mahy

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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

Plymouth boy made bomb hoax threats to US airlines

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter.

Tweet sent
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Plymouth's youth court heard the teenager, who cannot be named, sent messages to Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

He previously admitted cyber attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Penzance mother says son was 'ill prepared' for job in Iraq

BBC Radio Cornwall

Families of service men and women involved in the Iraq conflict have criticised the UK government's decision to go to war in the wake of the release of the Chilcot Report today.

At least 150,000 Iraqis died as a result of the war and 179 UK service men and women were killed during the invasion and the six-year occupation that followed.

A woman from Penzance, called Christine, told BBC Radio Cornwall her son said the equipment soldiers were given was not up to scratch, and that conditions were "atrocious" in the conflict.

UK government involved in deaf academy investigation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The UK schools' inspectorate, Ofsted, has confirmed its involvement in an investigation into the care of young people at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education after concerns were raised.

Exeter Deaf Academy
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Letters have been sent to parents telling them about the multi-agency investigation. The nature of the allegations has not been made clear.

An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We are working with the police and local authority as they continue their inquiry.”

New police commander for South Devon

Former South East Cornwall MP says Iraq now a 'catastrophic, failed state'

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A former Lib Dem MP for South East Cornwall, who voted against the Iraq War, says the country is now a "catastrophic, failed state".

Colin Breed has been working as an adviser to the Iraqi government for the last seven years.

Colin Breed
BBC

He says the "twin efforts" following the war of the so-called Islamic State and a drop in the price of oil have created huge problems in Iraq. The Chilcot Report into the decision behind going to war - which runs to more than two million words - has been released today.

Tutor from Helston found guilty in sex trial

West Briton

A former tutor who had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met while working at a training centre in Redruth has been found guilty of abusing his position of trust.

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A39 Penryn bypass is closed due to an overturned tractor with very heavy traffic around Penryn and Falmouth as a result

- In Torquay on the A3022 Newton Road is blocked due to a two vehicle incident around Shiphay Lane

- On the A388 at Saltash one lane is blocked and traffic is very slow due to a broken down car at the Carkeel Roundabout 

Work on new Truro College campus in Bodmin begins

Cornish Guardian

Work on constructing a new state-of-the-art post-16 college in Bodmin has officially begun with a turf-cutting ceremony.

Police investigate academy and say 'safety of students is paramount'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police said the force was currently working with other agencies in "assessing information regarding the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education". 

"We are not yet in a position to comment regarding whether there have been any criminal offences or other breaches of legislation, however, the safety of the students is paramount and we will work together to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted".

A police investigation was launched into the academy after concerns were raised about the care of its young people. The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry has not been made clear. In a statement, the academy told us it would take all necessary actions to ensure their care was of the highest standards.

Deaf academy
BBC

Rio dreams could come true for horserider

BBC Spotlight

A horse rider from Cornwall who was paralysed in a riding accident four years ago could be going to the Paralympics in Rio. 

Suzanna Hext from Truro has a bionic implant in her spine to help her to walk with crutches. And she's just been longlisted to ride for Britain in Para Dressage. 

Teenager guilty of international bomb hoaxes

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old boy from Plymouth sent bomb hoaxes to American Airlines and Delta Airlines via Twitter, a court has found. The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, was found guilty of carrying out the hoaxes at Plymouth Youth Court.

The teenager had previously pleaded guilty to three other offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act, where he launched cyber attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police.

University staff in Plymouth to strike tomorrow

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Members of the University and College Union at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth will be on strike tomorrow as part of nationwide action in a row over pay and conditions.

University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
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Striking staff will be on a picket line outside the main entrance on Derriford Road from 07:30.

It follows a two day national strike in May over a 1.1% offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.

Devon and Cornwall Police appeal for help finding missing 14-year-old

West Briton

Police are appealing for the public's help locating a missing teenager.

Whistling Billy: Steaming ahead with the right name?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A vintage vehicle expert in Cornwall has completed building a replica 1905 Whistling Billy steam car. 

The new Whistling Billy will race at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb this weekend, after a 100-year ban on steam cars in competitions was overturned.

Stanley steam car. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Now you may be wondering if such a car deserves a name like Whistling Billy. Well, we think it's pretty good if you see how the 1907 Stanley steam car pictured here generated its own smoke screen at the Padstow Vintage Rally a couple of years ago.

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the A379 Bridge Road in both directions in Exeter between Countess Wear Roundabout and Matford Roundabout. In the roadworks area
  • On Tavistock Road in Plymouth it's busy but moving in both directions at Derriford Roundabout
  • At St Columb Major we've had reports of an accident on the A3059 near the petrol station 

Investigation underway into attempted burglary suspect posing as police officer

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police is investigating a theft and attempted burglaries where the suspect impersonated a police officer, the force says.

Devon & Cornwall Police car
BBC

Police believe it happened at around 20:00 on Tuesday at several properties in Culm Haven, Uffculme, near Cullompton.

On two occasions, residents found a man trying to enter the back of their home, who then claimed to be a police officer, before leaving the scene. 

Wednesday's weather: Mainly dry with chance of light shower

BBC Weather

Mainly dry with bright or sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated light shower. A top temperature of 19 C (66 F).

BBC Weather map
BBC

Tonight, it'll be mostly dry, but clouding over with the odd spot of light rain possible by morning and a low of 12 C (36 F).  

Over 18s asked about care as police investigate academy

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

People who are over 18 years old have been asked to talk about their care at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education after concerns were raised about the care of its young people.

In letters sent to those over 18 years old the academy said it wanted "to hear about good things and if you have worries about the education and care".

Letter
BBC

The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry, and an investigation by police, has not been made clear. In a statement, the academy told us it would take all necessary actions to ensure their care was of the highest standards. 

Someone is letting rabbits out of their cages

Plymouth Herald

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after reports of rabbits being let out of hutches during the night.

Rare lion cubs born at Paignton Zoo

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Two rare Asiatic lion cubs have been born at Paignton Zoo.

Lions
Paignton Zoo

It is the first successful litter for the mother, Maliya, and father Lucifer.

The Asiatic lion is smaller than the African lion and has a distinctive fold of skin on the belly. It is a threatened species.

Parents of children at academy told of 'care problems' raised

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A police investigation has been launched into the prestigious Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education after concerns were raised about the care of its young people. 

Letters have been sent to parents informing them of the investigation (see below).

Letter
BBC

The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry has not been made clear. In a statement, the academy told us it would take all necessary actions to ensure their care was of the highest standards.

Devon Debates: What's your reaction to the Iraq War Inquiry?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Janet Kipling's here from one o'clock - debating the big stories of the day including your reaction to the Iraq War Inquiry.

Also - should tributes like ornaments and photographs be banned from graves in Devon?

And as Wales prepare to take on Portugal in Euro 2016 - what's your Welsh connection? 

If you'd like to take part, call the show on 0845 3011034.

EU 'rats' told 'go home' in graffiti daubed outside health centre in fallout from Brexit vote

Plymouth Herald

EU migrants have been dubbed 'rats' and told to 'go home' in graffiti daubed outside a health centre.

Call the experts for advice on mental health issues

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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On today's programme we invite you to talk to our panel of experts on mental health issues, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, its affects one in a 100 of us.  

Deaf academy calls for 'objective' and 'fair' investigation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education has responded to reports of concerns about its care of young people, calling for any investigation into its services to be done "objectively and fairly".

Exeter Deaf Academy
Google

A spokeswoman for the academy says it will be working with Devon County Council and other authorities to review how the organisation is run.

She said: "We are always looking for ways to improve on the ways we educate and care for our students. If, as part of this process, areas for improvement are identified then we will move swiftly to take any action needed to ensure the support and care we give our students is of the highest standard. 

"Whilst the views of staff and students will be sought during this important review, the school and college will be operating normally and we expect minimal disruption to lessons." The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry have not been revealed.

Three members of staff suspended at Exeter Deaf Academy as major investigation launched

Exeter Express & Echo

A major investigation has been launched at Exeter Deaf Academy involving the police and Devon County Council following concerns raised about the school.

Academy allegations should be 'looked into sensitively and carefully'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Concerns raised about the care of young people at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education should be "looked into sensitively and carefully", a spokesman for Devon County Council has said.

The BBC has been told both Devon and Cornwall Police and the authority's social services are examining the academy. 

Letters have been sent to parents informing them of the investigation. The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry has not been made clear.

“It’s important that any allegations are looked into sensitively and carefully. The council is working closely with the police and the academy’s chief executive about the investigation,” the council spokesman added.

Latest travel: Reports of broken down vehicle on A30 near Penzance

BBC Travel

  • Near Penzance on the A30 at Longrock heading eastbound we've got reports there's a broken down vehicle  
  • On the M5 near Exeter services Bristol bound we've got reports there's a lorry fire  
  • On the A30 westbound around Connor Downs there's slow traffic  

BreakingPolice launch investigation at Exeter deaf academy

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A police investigation has been launched into the prestigious Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education after concerns were raised about the care of its young people. 

In a statement, the academy told us it wanted the concerns to be thoroughly investigated, but that the school would continue to operate normally in the meantime. 

The BBC has been told both Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon County Council's social services are examining the academy. A source said the inquiry was "at an early stage". 

Letters have been sent to parents informing them of the investigation. The nature of the allegations which prompted the inquiry has not been made clear. In a statement, the academy told us it would take all necessary actions to ensure their care was of the highest standards. 

The academy is a charity and has a history dating back almost 200 years, with an international reputation. Its website says it currently has 76 students, aged between four and 24 years old.

Fears bed cuts could lead to hospital closure

BBC Radio Devon

There are fears that plans to temporarily reduce beds at Paignton Hospital will effectively lead to its closure - before an official consultation on the full closure starts in September.

Paignton Hospital
Google

Health bosses will decide today whether to reduce the number of beds from 28 to 16 because of staff shortages.

The MP for Torbay, Kevin Foster, thinks staff are leaving because of the uncertainty. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust says the recommendation has to be made because ensuring the care it provides is safe and of high quality is the absolute priority. It agrees the uncertainty does make recruitment and retention of staff more difficult.

Good news for Poldark fans

Head meets duke at Buckingham Palace

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The headteacher of a Plymouth studio school which will train doctors and dentists has met the Duke of York - royal patron of the Studio Schools Trust - at Buckingham Palace.

Martyn Cox
Stoke Damerel College

Studio schools like the Scott Medical and Healthcare College are like free schools - independent and State funded - but with an emphasis on vocational skills.

Martyn Cox, currently vice principal at Stoke Damerel Community College - the studio school’s sponsor - said: "It was very illuminating to hear the duke’s views on studio schools and why he believes small schools like ours are the best place for some students to learn."

The lunchtime phone-in: Discussing mental health issues

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

On today's programme we invite you to talk to our panel of experts on mental health issues, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, its affects one in a 100 of us.

The long-awaited report into the Iraq War is published by Lord Chilcot today - what do you think?

And can Wales do it? Can the might of Renaldo and Nani be overcome by the likes of Gareth Bale and the rest of the passionate squad?

Call me on 01872 22 22 22.

Tragic Teignmouth swimmer death sent to coroner

Torquay Herald Express

An inquest is expected to be opened later this week into the death of a swimmer who died after being recovered from the sea off Teignmouth on Monday evening.

Competition allows steam-powered 'Whistling Billy' to race after 100-year ban

A steam car expert in Cornwall has completed the build of a replica 1905 Whistling Billy. 

It was the fastest car of its time on the dirt tracks of America and its engineer travelled to the US to find original parts to add to the re-build. The new Whistling Billy will race at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb this weekend, after a 100-year ban on steam cars in competitions was overturned.

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Exeter anti-war protester calls Chilcot Report a 'bittersweet vindication'

BBC Radio Devon

An anti-war protester from Exeter says that if the Chilcot Report is critical of Tony Blair's government it won't feel like a victory for protestors.

Lizi Allnat
BBC

Sir John Chilcot's Iraq War inquiry is being published today after seven years.    

Lizi Allnatt, from Exeter, was a member of the Stop The War Coalition and took part in a number of demonstrations against military action.

"I don't take any solace in finding out the things we warned have come true... I wish they hadn't come true."

Six North Devon churches receive Lottery millions for new roofs

North Devon Journal

Six North Devon churches are among those nationally to get a share of £3.6m for places of worship announced by George Osborne today.

'We promised her that it would always be full of flowers'

BBC Spotlight

Angie Harts, whose daughter is buried in Bear Street Cemetery, is one of those petitioning North Devon District Council after being asked to remove certain tributes from graves.

Angie Harts
BBC

The council says it wants tributes restricted to the immediate area around the headstones, but Mrs Harts says she wants her daughter's grave to stay the way it is. She says she has removed some ornaments.

"We promised her that it would always be full of flowers... She loved flowers, that's why it needs to stay looking pretty."

Grave
BBC