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  1. Man who threatened Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw gets suspended jail sentence
  2. A cull of badgers to try and control TB in cattle is to be extended to include Devon and Cornwall
  3. Calls for a stretch of water which runs alongside a popular Cornish cycle path to be made safer after three dogs drowned
  4. Helen Glover recounts 'incredible' second gold medal win at Rio 2016
  5. Catch of the day! Rare blue lobster caught off Devon
  6. Updates on Tuesday 23 August 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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: A cloudy night, sunny spells on Wednesday

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night, as well as humid and warm. Mist and fog patches will form in a few places. Winds will be light north westerly, increasing moderate late in the night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).  


There'll be some sunny spells Wednesday, but there will also be more cloud at times, with the possibility of one or two showers later. Light to moderate winds. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A man who threatened to kill Labour MP Ben Bradshaw in a two-minute answerphone rant has been spared jailed
  • Significant policing operations are being planned in case of disorder over badger culls being extended to Devon and Cornwall
  • Two people are jailed for helping conmen launder £200,000 from sponsors of Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club
  • Protesters march through Barnstaple to demonstrate against possible cuts at North Devon District Hospital
  • Organisers of Truro's City of Lights festival abandon plans to process the event's lanterns through the city centre this year when it is held in November
  • Cornwall Olympic medallist Helen Glover describes winning a second gold medal in four years as "incredible"
  • A rare blue lobster is caught off the Devon coast

Rio 2016: Helen Glover recounts 'incredible' second gold medal win

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall Olympic medallist Helen Glover says winning a second gold medal in the Rio Games after winning gold in London in 2012 has been "incredible".

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

Glover, from Penzance, who won the women's pairs rowing title with teammate Heather Stanning, was speaking after she arrived back in Britain earlier.

She said: "This time it really felt we done it. In London, it took us almost too long to comprehend we'd won. This time it really felt that, when we crossed the line, we'd done it, we’d won the Olympics. And when someone said to us told us we’re double Olympic champions, it felt like a title that we owned.”

MP threat man gets suspended jail sentence

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A man who threatened to kill a Labour MP in a two-minute answerphone rant has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquaharson left the "venomous" message - which included a derogatory homophobic remark - on the Westminster phone of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw the day before Labour's Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in June.

Geoffrey Farquharson

In mitigation at Exeter Magistrates' Court, defence counsel Rob Jacobs said his client was very vulnerable and lonely, with too much time on his hands to think and ruminate, and that Farquaharson did not hold racist or homophobic views.

The 37-year-old from Exeter, who admitted sending a communication of an indecent or offensive nature at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Two jailed over £200,000 stolen from Exeter Chiefs sponsor

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Two people have been jailed for helping conmen launder £200,000 from sponsors of Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.

Adeesh Watte, 27, and Adaikalam Swaminathan, 50, allowed their bank accounts to be used by fraudsters to hide some of the total £800,000 stolen from South West Communications in June 2015.

Watte, of Harrow, and Swaminathan, of Croydon, had denied being involved in money laundering but were both jailed at Exeter Crown Court for 22 months each. Watte will be deported to Sri Lanka, where he is originally from, at the end of his sentence.

Rare lobster is quite a catch!

A blue lobster caught off the coast of Devon by an amateur fisherman is to be released back into the sea in the hope it will survive and breed.

It was caught by Ladram Bay Holiday Park director Robin Carter, who's a keen amateur fisherman.

Robin Carter with the blue lobster
Ladram Bay Holiday Park/Robin Carter

"As soon as we saw it, we knew it was special, so eating it was never, ever going to be an option - the plan is to set it free and hope it'll breed," Ladram Bay's Carla Newman said.

​Chad Gibson's family still waiting for news after body found 12 days ago

West Briton

The family of Chad Gibson are still waiting to hear whether a body found in Newquay 12 days ago is that of the 32-year-old father.

Person cut from car after it overturns in road crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One person has been cut free from a car after being left trapped inside after a road crash, firefighters say.

Fire engine door

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the two-vehicle collision at Trewirgie Hill in Redruth at about 13:05.

Cornwall Fire Service said one vehicle was on its roof with "a casualty trapped inside". The vehicle was made safe and the casualty taken out of the vehicle on a spinal board before being taken to hospital for treatment. Their condition is not known.

Garden work to bring out 'socially isolated'

BBC Radio Devon

Work is under way to rebuild an overgrown walled garden in Teignmouth by two groups of people who can feel socially isolated.

Foresight Gardening helps people come to terms with sight loss, while Farmable supports ex-service personnel who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Organisers said they hoped to share skills and boost well-being by working together on the project.

Badger culls: Police plan possible protest response

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A significant policing operation is planned in case of disorder in reaction to badger culls being carried out in five new areas of England.

Police car in field
Andrew Segal

Shooting of badgers will begin in early September in north Cornwall, north Devon and south Devon in a bid to control bovine TB, the BBC understands


This is seen in policing circles as primarily an animal health issue, but it is a highly emotive issue, so protests are possible.

Devon & Cornwall, Avon & Somerset and Dorset Police are working together under the mutual aid system to help each other if they need to begin a large-scale policing operation.

England's Nowell out for more than two months

BBC Sport

Jack Nowell
Getty Images

England winger Jack Nowell could be out for more than two months after surgery on his thumb.

The 23-year-old Exeter Chiefs player featured in all three of England's wins over Australia in June.

Nowell will miss Exeter's three pre-season games and their opening Premiership fixtures against semi-finalists Wasps and champions Saracens.

Children airlifted after getting stuck on cliffs

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two children have been rescued by helicopter after getting stuck on a cliff in south Devon, coastguards say.

The children were reported stuck down cliffs at Bigbury at about 11:30. A coastguard rescue team, lifeguards and a rescue helicopter were sent to the scene.

The pair were airlifted to the top of the cliff by the helicopter and reunited with their parents, coastguards said. There were no reports of any injuries.

City of Lights parade cancelled 'over security and congestion concerns'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Organisers of Truro's City of Lights festival have abandoned plans to process the event's lanterns through the city centre this year when it is held in November.

City of Lights

Over the years, up to 30,000 people have turned up to watch the street parade, but the numbers have caused congestion and other concerns. This year, the giant lanterns will be on display over three nights in the city's Victoria Gardens instead. 

Businesses in Truro said they were disappointed with the decision. Organisers said its continued success resulted in more security being required and stress for some in the city centre, and that it being held in the park would make it more accessible.

Protest march against possible hospital cuts

BBC Radio Devon

Protesters have been marching through Barnstaple, demonstrating against possible cuts at North Devon District Hospital. 

North Devon District Hospital

A review is under way and the Save Our Hospital Services group is urging health bosses to preserve services as they are. 

Health commissioners previously said that the NHS was living beyond its means in north, east and west Devon, and some services might not be sustainable in their current form.

'Carmageddon': Drivers face road delays on August Bank holiday weekend

Cornish Guardian

A "perfect storm of conditions" could see the worst congestion in recent years across the south west over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Fire in paper-shredding vehicle

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Twelve firefighters have been called to a blaze in a paper-shredding vehicle in Newquay.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said two crews were called to the vehicle in Narrowcliff just before midday.

The crews had difficulty in tackling the blaze because it was "confined to the bottom of the shredding compartment".

Hay bales block road in Exeter

BBC Travel

Joe Baker tweeted: "Whoops accident in alphington road @BBCDevon"

BBC Travel says the A377 Alphington Road in Exeter is partially blocked and there's slow traffic near Aldi, because of the accident involving the lorry.  

Joe Baker

Tributes paid to car crash victim

BBC Radio Devon

Tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a car crash in Okehampton.

Marin Evans

Marin Evans, from Bradford, near Holsworthy, died in a collision on the A3079 at Thorndon Cross on 13 August.

She has been described as an accomplished and effortless swimmer, who "dreamt of world travel". The 25-year-old's family said they were "heartbroken and she will be sadly missed".

Catch of the day! Rare blue lobster caught off Devon

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A rare blue lobster is to be released back into the sea after being caught off Devon.

Blue lobster
Ladram Bay Holiday Park/Robin Carter

The surprising catch was made by keen amateur fisherman Robin Carter, who is the director of Ladram Bay Holiday Park at Otterton and his friend Keith Setter.

The odds of catching a blue lobster - so-coloured because of a genetic abnormality - are thought to be about two million to one.

College 'to save thousands of pounds' by using green energy

Harriet Bradshaw


The number of community energy projects in Devon has rapidly grown in the past five years, Regen SW has told BBC News.

These are projects, including solar and wind installations, that are owned by local people with surplus money reinvested into the community. 

Exeter Community Energy's newest and biggest solar installation is on top of Exeter College's Technology Centre. Steve Strang from the college, and Miles Davey showed us around...  

The number of community energy projects in Devon has rapidly grown in the past five years,

Bovine TB: Badgers cull coming to Devon

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

The BBC has learned parts of north and south Devon have been chosen for a badger cull to try to control TB in cattle. How do you feel about it?

Also, is it time to ban the use of hands-free mobile phones while driving? The son of a coach crash victim has called for tougher penalties for people who use phones while driving.

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Sepsis warning after woman became 'really poorly, really quickly'

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

A woman from Cornwall is calling for better awareness of sepsis - or blood poisoning - among medics and the wider community, citing how she became "really poorly, really quickly" when she developed the condition.

Sarah Pascoe

Sarah Pascoe almost lost her life earlier this year after she had an extreme reaction to an insect bite.

She said: "I got really poorly, really quickly, and I’m meant to be a fit, healthy, youngish woman. If I’d been a child, if I’d been older, if I’d had a medical condition, I probably wouldn’t be here."

Latest weater: Continuing warm, dry and humid

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and bright day, with plenty of hazy sunshine and more cloud later. Winds will be light south easterly, becoming onshore in the afternoon as sea breezes set in. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).


It will be a cloudy night, as well as humid and warm. Mist and fog patches will form in a few places. Winds will be light north westerly, increasing moderate late in the night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Exeter injury problems ease before Hull game

BBC Sport

Exeter's injury problems have eased for their EFL Cup second-round tie against Premier League side Hull at home tonight.

Joel Grant (calf) is fit, Matt Oakley and David Wheeler should be available, while Robbie Simpson will feature despite suffering a head injury. 

Youngsters Greg Olley, Josh Clackstone, Jarrod Bowen and Greg Luer are in contention as manager Mike Phelan looks to rotate his threadbare squad.

"At this moment everyone's happy with the performances and they all want to play," said Phelan, whose side have won their first two Premier League matches this season, despite a troubled summer and having just 13 fit senior players to choose from.

Google Street View car spotted near Okehampton

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Google Street View car has been spotted just outside Okehampton in Devon.

Street Vewi car

The driver said he was mapping the town today.

Bradley Wiggins cycling in Tour of Britain

Andrew Segal

Local Live

History-making Olympic cyclist and Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is due to take part in the Tour of Britain, which includes a stage in Devon, Devon County Council says.

Sir Bradley Wiggins. Pic: Pa

Sir Bradley - the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals, including his fifth Gold at the Rio Games - will be cycling with his own team, Team WIGGINS, which includes Owain Doull and Jonathan Dibben.

The tour begins in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September. The Devon stage, Stage Six, takes place on 9 September.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Badger culls are being extended across parts of Cornwall and Devon from September in a bid to try and control the spread of TB in cattle, the BBC understands
  • The son of a coach crash victim who died after a crash in Cornwall calls for tougher penalties for people who use mobile phones while driving
  • Safety concerns are raised about a stretch of river between Falmouth and Truro which has seen three dogs drown recently
  • A mother from Cornwall tries to raise awareness about sepsis after contracted it as a result of an insect bite

River safety review after three dogs drown

BBC Radio Cornwall

Safety measures around a river in Cornwall in which three dogs drowned recently are being reviewed, the Environment Agency says.

Carnon Valley warning sign

Fears have been raised about the Carnon River at Bissoe, which runs alongside a busy Cornish cycle path. Some sections are just 1ft wide but 8ft deep, with some parts of the waterway hidden by long grass, and it also flows underground in places. The latest incident last week saw a five-month-old German pointer puppy drown.

The Environment Agency said: "We are extremely sorry to hear about the recent incident. The watercourse is very narrow in places, with steep and unstable banks, and poor water quality in the river from old mine workings. We will again review the (safety) measures in place."

Recycling: Mixing it up

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Recycling: How easy or hard do you find it? Do you know the rules? Do you know where to find local information about recycling?

And do you know what happens when you mix your recycling, or co-mingle, as they call it in the trade?

Also, bovine TB raises its head once again.

Call in on 01872 222222.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

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  • In Devon, there's very heavy traffic in both directions on the A361 in Braunton
  • There are reports on an incident in Digby Drive in Exeter, near Clyst Halt Avenue
  • In Dartmouth, Hauley Road, Spithead and part of the Embankment are closed to traffic this week for the town regatta
  • In Cornwall, the A30 eastbound is partially blocked at Launceston due to an accident, between A388 Western Road and the Callington turn-off. Traffic is slow-moving

Badger culling: Reaction to new trials

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Local and national organisations have condemned plans to extend badger culling in England to five new zones in a government bid to try to prevent the disease from returning. 

Shooting of badgers will begin in early September in north Cornwall, north Devon and south Devon, the BBC understands


Reactions include:

  • The RSPCA said it was "alarmed" and "firmly opposed" to culls, adding "we have not seen any evidence that the pilot culls have succeeded in reducing bovine TB in the cull areas and we have serious concerns about the humaneness of the culling methods used"
  • The Badger Trust said it "condemned" the decision "despite the complete failure of the policy over the last four years"
  • The Devon Wildlife Trust said on Facebook it was a "bad day for Devon's wildlife. And a bad day for the fight against bovine TB", adding it would "continue to oppose the unscientific, inhumane, costly and ineffective badger cull"
  • Adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle tweeted: "Culling badgers will not eradicate Bovine TB, we need an alternative solution"

Police warning after 'stupidly deadly' Pokemon Go hunting on railway

Exeter Express & Echo

Police in East Devon have put out an urgent warning after Pokemon Go players were spotted on the railway.

Thirty community energy projects 'created in five years'

BBC Radio Devon

The number of community energy projects in Devon has grown rapidly in the past five years, according to Regen SW. 

About 30 have been created since 2012. 

It's estimated that, in the South West, they now have a joint capacity to provide enough energy to power more than 10,000 homes. 

MP death-threat man to be sentenced

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A 37-year-old man who admitted threatening to kill a Labour MP in a two-minute answerphone rant is due to be sentenced later.

Geoffrey Farquaharson left the "venomous" message on the Westminster phone of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw the day before Jo Cox MP was shot and stabbed in June.

Ben Bradshaw

Farquaharson, who could be facing a jail sentence, also made a derogatory, homophobic remark about the openly-gay MP.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of a incident on the A3022 Torquay Road in Paignton, at Church Street
  • There's a small fire on central reservation of the A30 after the Alphington junction, heading towards Okehampton
  • In Cornwall, there's heavy traffic on the A3075 and A392 heading towards Newquay
  • There is slow-moving traffic in both directions of the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross
  • There is busy traffic heading westbound on that A30 at Connor Downs
  • On the A38 westbound from Saltash, heading towards Tideford, there is also busy traffic