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  1. Updates on on Wednesday 13 July 2016

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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. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One this evening and the late bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: A cool night before a fine and dry Thursday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll be a fine evening with sunny spells. There'll be some starry skies overnight, giving a cool night again, particularly in rural spots such as around Dartmoor. Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).


Thursday will be fine and dry, with some good sunny intervals through the day. It will feel warm in the sunshine with lighter winds than Wednesday. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A Newquay woman whose dog was killed by seagulls last year says one of her children has been attacked by the birds
  • Dartmoor Zoo cuts the number of people searching for an escaped lynx to make it stay in one area so it can be recaptured
  • A Portuguese submarine got caught in the nets of a French trawler off Cornwall, the Royal Navy confirms
  • Crows eating rotting meat in the countryside are preventing major hygiene hazards, a Cornwall-based study reveals
  • Devon's Jo Pavey will compete in a fifth Olympic Games after being selected to represent Team GB at the 2016 event in Rio

Killed dog's family attacked by seagulls again

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman whose dog was killed by seagulls last year says one of her four children has now been attacked.

Seagulls on roof

Emily Vincent said her daughter, Jessie, was playing in the garden at their Newquay home when the bird swooped and "hit her on the side of her face, and took her off her feet", leaving a "big bruise on the side of her face". 

She said nothing has been done to deal with the problem, despite pleas for help. Cornwall Council and Natural England both said gulls were protected by law from any interference or action to control them.

Zoo cuts lynx hunters to aid animal's recapture

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Dartmoor Zoo says it has cut the number of people searching for an escaped lynx from more than 30 to just four as part of efforts to recapture it.

Flaviu. Pic: Dartmoor Zoo
Dartmoor Zoo

Flaviu escaped from the zoo last week after arriving from a nature reserve in Kent last Wednesday.

The zoo said it was cutting the number of people searching to allow the cat "to settle in his new territory and ensure that human activity in the area is kept to an absolute minimum".

This, plus cameras in the area he was believed to be in, would "enable us to confirm our assumptions about his movements and behaviour, and identify opportunities to increase the chances of a safe recovery".

Police hunt road rage attacker

BBC Radio Devon

Police are trying to trace a man who attacked a car and its occupants twice in a road rage incident in Plymouth.

Officers said a woman in a Renault people carrier - carrying her, a man and two children - was spat on by the driver of a Mercedes after he pulled in front of them on Crownhill Road between 16:45 and 17:20 on Wednesday, 29 June.

The same driver then opened and banged his door into the people carrier after catching up with it when the Renault drove away to escape.

The Mercedes driver was described as a white man, in his 50s, 6ft tall; with a greying, receding hairline, of large build and wearing a blue t-shirt and light coloured jeans.

Doctors need 'same clinical tool kits to detect sepsis'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Doctors all need to have the same information and diagnostic tools to detect suspected sepsis in patients, a woman whose one-year-old boy was killed by the condition says.

William Mead
Mead Family

William Mead died from sepsis in 2014 after potential signs of the blood poisoning condition were missed by NHS 111 staff and GPs. England's health watchdog now says the condition must be treated as an emergency in the same way as heart attacks.

William's mother, Melissa Mead, said: "If doctors were all working from the same clinical tool kits, we'd be able to treat and triage sepsis more easily."

Pavey in GB Rio Olympics squad, marking fifth Games appearance

BBC Sport

Devon's Jo Pavey will compete in a fifth Olympic Games after being selected to represent Team GB at the 2016 event in Rio.

Jo Pavey at the European Championships. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

She is among a team of 80 athletes selected to represent Britain that will be looking to improve on the haul of six medals in 2012.

The 42-year-old, who will be the first British athlete to take part in five Games, achieved a 10,000m qualifying time at the European Championships in Amsterdam on Wednesday (pictured).

Portuguese submarine caught in French trawler's net 'supporting Royal Navy training'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A Portuguese submarine which got caught in the nets of a French trawler about 34 miles off Cornwall had been providing support to operational sea training, the Royal Navy says.

The Tridente became entangled in the nets of a Saint-Brieuc-registered trawler off The Lizard on Tuesday. There were no casualties and both vessels were safe, but there was some damage to the trawler's nets, the navy said.

No British units or personnel were involved in the incident, it added.

Police commissioner says tackling antisocial behaviour is a main issue

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez says one of the main issues she wants to tackle is antisocial behaviour by working with local authorities.

Alison Hernandez

She said: "The only way to solve any of these things is by us working together, so one of the things for me is how can I work better with local councillors."

She added that she could not rule out the loss of some police buildings, but added she was keen to collaborate with councils on community facilities.

Saving Lives At Sea: Newquay lifeboat crew in new TV series


The story of ordinary men and women who are doing something extraordinary

Newquay's lifeboat crew features in a new BBC One series which starts tonight.

Saving Lives At Sea tells the story of the ordinary men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) who, across the country, are ready to launch their boats and race to the rescue within minutes of a cry for help - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whatever the weather.

Over 150 years, RNLI volunteers have saved the lives of more than 140,000 people.

Saving Lives At Sea: BBC One at 21:00

Parents campaign to retain school crossing patrol

West Briton

Parents claim the removal of a crossing patrol at King Charles School in Falmouth could lead to children getting injured.

'Different atmosphere' in House of Commons for Cameron's last PMQs

Vic Morgan

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon MP says the House of Commons was "absolutely packed" and had a "different type of atmosphere" while David Cameron faced his last Prime Minister's Questions.

Kevin Foster and David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions. Pic: AFP

Torbay Conservative Kevin Foster, who was on the front bench (pictured second left) during the session, said: "The whole House was absolutely packed, not just what you can see on the cameras, but also in the galleries."

Prime Minister's Questions. Pic: PA

"It was a very different type of atmosphere. It usually really is a bit Punch & Judy, and people can see that. But today was a mixture of people wanting to challenge the Prime Minister and his record, and a bit of a reflection on the fact that this was someone who has been a major party leader for the last 11 years and Prime Minister for the last six."

Crows eating rotting meat 'preventing hygiene hazards'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Crows eating rotting meat in the countryside are preventing major hygiene hazards, a Cornwall-based scientist says.

Crow eating. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

A study by the University of Exeter in Penryn found that 98% of rotten scavenging was carried out by crows, with a little help from foxes, magpies, badgers and herring gulls.

Lead scientist Richard Inger said: "Without these scavengers, dead animals would be scattered around our environment rotting and causing a hygiene hazard."

Royal Navy confirms Nato submarine damaged trawler nets off Cornwall

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A Portuguese submarine taking part in Nato exercises off Cornwall became caught up in the nets of a French trawler, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

Pedro Vilela

The Tridente was below the water's surface while training with British armed forces when it became entangled in the nets of Daytona, a Saint-Brieuc-registered trawler, about 34 miles (55km) off The Lizard on Tuesday.

There were no casualties and both vessels were safe, but there was some damage to the trawler's nets, the navy said. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch were made aware of the incident, it added.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, Shillingford Road in Shillingford St George is partially blocked around Markham Lane due to an incident
  • Wyndham Road in Silverton, near Coach Road, is just passable after a water main burst 
  • In Cornwall, St Day Road in Redruth is closed in both directions due to a broken-down lorry

Devonport Police highlight variety of work

South Crofty mine buy completed

BBC Radio Cornwall

An acquisition of South Crofty tin mine in Pool has been completed by Canadian firm Strongbow Exploration. 

South Crofty

Lawyers for the buyers, Stephen Scown, said Strongbow had acquired a 100% interest in Western United Mines Limited and Cornish Minerals Limited. 

Strongbow had earlier commented that it believed South Crofty offered one of the best tin opportunities available globally.

Battle of Britain hero who retired to Exeter dies

Exeter Express & Echo

One of the last Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots has passed away, aged 99.

Crime boss under investigation is waiting to be questioned

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has told BBC Radio Cornwall she is waiting for officers to contact her regarding an investigation into the handling of election expenses in the 2015 general election.

Alison Hernandez

Alison Hernandez said: "I haven't been approached by anyone officially but officially West Mercia Police are acting on behalf of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. I await and will assist and speak to them, it's not a problem."

Officers are examining Ms Hernandez's role in submitting expenses for Tory MP Kevin Foster in the 2015 General Election. She denies any wrongdoing.

Latest weather: Staying mainly dry

BBC Weather

Although there will be a few isolated showers, it will be a mainly dry day with spells of sunshine and patchy cloud. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the northwest, but still fresh at times around parts of the coast. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).


It'll be a largely dry night with clear spells, although there is the chance of an isolated shower towards the end of the night. Winds will remain from the northwest and mainly light or moderate and it will become a cool night for some rural areas. Minimum temperature:10C (50F).

Burst water main in Torquay

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Grenofen on the A386 between Whitchurch Road and Graybridge Road in Devon there are reports of an incident
  • The A38 Saltash Tunnel will be closed in both directions for work overnight between 8pm and 6am. A diversion will be in place
  • At Bodmin the A30 will be closed overnight in both directions between Carminow Cross and Kennards House from 8pm to 6am for roadworks with a diversion in place

Petition to keep 'vital' town street cleaner

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

People in Salcombe are fighting to keep daily visits by a street cleaner who is a "vital part of our local community".

A new fleet of mechanical sweepers and new district teams are being brought in, which means Chad Benson, who has worked in the town for "about 15 years", is due to be moved to Dartmouth.

Judith Newman, who has organised a petition to be presented to Salcombe Town Council tonight, said the town needed a "daily visit" from their dedicated cleaner "who knows everybody" to deal with a "huge amount of rubbish generated by the people that come to Salcombe".

The council said the proposed new teams would mean Salcombe would be cleaner.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Crows provide 'valuable service' in eating rotten meat

BBC Radio Cornwall

New research carried out in Cornwall has revealed that crows carry out a vital role in keeping rotting meat from building up in the countryside.

Crow eating meat
Andrew Segal

The University of Exeter in Penryn put out dead rats to see which creatures turned up to eat the meat and keep the environment free from infections. Researchers found that 98% of such activity was carried out by crows.  

Lead scientist Richard Inger said: "It's a bit grizzly, but crows and other scavengers, which are often perceived as pests and generally fairly unloved species, are performing a very valuable service."

Submarine gets caught up in trawler's nets off Cornwall


A Portuguese submarine taking part in exercises off the British coast became caught up in the nets of a French trawler off Cornwall on Tuesday, maritime authorities said. 

The Tridente was taking part in a training exercise with Britain's Royal Navy about 35 miles off Lizard Point. It was below the surface when it became entangled in the nets of Daytona, a trawler registered in the northwestern French port of Saint-Brieuc, which was fishing in the area.

"The submarine immediately surfaced and made contact with the trawler," French maritime authorities said in a statement. They said the incident did not cause any injuries and no damage was caused to either the submarine or the trawler.

David Cameron: His legacy?

Vic Morgan

BBC Radio Devon

It's David Cameron's last day as Prime Minister. How will history remember him?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Devon-based Wetherspoon boss savages Osborne over Brexit doom-mongering

Plymouth Herald

The Brexit-backing chairman of JD Wetherspoon has lashed out at Chancellor George Osborne, the IMF, the Bank of England and a host of other organisations, blaming them for a potential slowdown following the EU referendum vote.

'More joined-up writing needed' in emergency sepsis treatment

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Suspected sepsis in patients should be treated as an emergency because medical staff who treated a one-year-old boy who died from the condition had "little time to ascertain what was going on", the mother of the boy has said.

Melissa Mead

William Mead died from sepsis in 2014 after potential signs of the condition were missed by NHS 111 staff and GPs. England's health watchdog now says the condition must be treated the same as heart attacks.

William Mead. Pic: Mead Family
Mead Family

William's mother, Melissa Mead, said: "We had little time to ascertain what was going on... and to get it triaged appropriately. We didn't know what to do and nobody was thinking sepsis. If we'd more 'joined-up writing' [between medical staff], it's more likely people would get appropriate care."

Ask the Police Commissioner: Alison Hernandez on phone-in

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez joins us on the lunchtime phone-in today. 

It's your chance to ask her about her plan for policing.

Alison Herandez

What would you like to know? What would you like to ask her?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Seagull thief makes off with £20 Greenway Ferry takings

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A seagull snatched a bag containing £20 in ferry takings. 

Seagull makes off with £20 ferry takings

The feathered fiend swooped on the Greenway Ferry on the River Dart in Devon and flew off with a bag containing the cash in £1 coins.

Council help office closures confirmed

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council's Connections service will be centralised to one office in Paignton from Monday 8 August, the authority has confirmed.  

Torbay Council sign

The service allows people get help with things such as housing benefit and council tax, but offices in Torquay and Brixham are due to close on Friday 5 August as part of plans to save £60,000. Concerns have been raised that the cuts would have an impact on vulnerable people. 

Senior councillor Richard Haddock said: "The impact of this closure will be monitored, and, if needed, the [replacement freephone] services provided in the Torquay and Brixham Libraries will be amended."

Missing man found safe

BBC Radio Cornwall

Falmouth man Glyn Gwyer, 38, who was reported missing from Flushing on Tuesday has been found safe and well, according to police.

Better than a Hairy Biker, it's a Hairy Builder Castle Drogo


One half of TV's Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers, has taken on the mantle of the Hairy Builder in his new television series.

Dave Myers

Tonight he visits Dartmoor to help to restore a fascinating 20th Century building: the spectacular Castle Drogo. 

He reveals the secrets behind the castle, which was the last to be built in Britain. He travels back in time, working shire horses on a 19th Century farm and helps the builders repair the roof which has been leaking since the castle was finished.

The Hairy Builder - Castle Drogo: 18:30 on BBC Two

St Ives pier fall may have been caused by seagulls

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Woman injured falling 20ft off St Ives pier

Seagulls may have caused an 18-year-old woman to fall off Smeatons Pier in St Ives yesterday afternoon.

Andrew Segal

St Ives Harbour Master Steve Bassett told the BBC the woman was sitting on the edge of a wall on the pier. He said: "There were seagulls around and she was eating an ice-cream. It looked like she panicked and fell off the wall."

She was airlifted to hospital with back injuries.