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  1. A girl, 12, is in hospital after a diving incident in Cornwall which resulted in the death of a man, 45, police say
  2. Penlee Lifeboat Disaster bravery medal 'stolen', say police
  3. Drones are being introduced to firefighting operations in the South West for the first time
  4. Police given more time to question Royal Marine in terrorism probe
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday 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 dry night and a dry, bright Thursday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll be dry tonight with some clear periods developing at times. Light winds will allow the odd mist or fog patch to develop, especially over higher ground such as Dartmoor towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Any early mist or fog patches on Thursday will lift to leave a dry, bright day with light west or south-westerly winds. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A 45-year-old scuba diver dies and a 12-year-old girl is in hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Portholland in Cornwall 
  • The RNLI tries to trace an "irreplaceable" gallantry medal to a lifeboat crew member, who died in the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, which has gone missing from its HQ in Dorset
  • Drones are to be used in firefighting operations by Devon & Somerset Fire Service
  • Three people are arrested by police investigating after a robbery in Torquay in which a gun was allegedly use
  • Police are given another week to question a Royal Marine arrested in connection with a Northern Ireland terrorism investigation that involved searches in Devon
  • 'Nonsense' double yellow lines painted across a road on a Cornish industrial estate are removed

Reid extends Torquay United stay

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United have extended the loan of Exeter City striker Jamie Reid.

Jamie Reid
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The 22-year-old has scored twice since joining the Gulls for a second time on loan in July, and will stay at Plainmoor until 3 January.

He has made seven appearance for the Gulls this season, starting twice.

Fire service drone a 'very significant innovation'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Using a new drone "feels like a very significant innovation in firefighting", Devon and Somerset's chief fire officer has told the BBC.


The service said the aircraft would allow crews to plan tactics to fight fires and also detect possible hazards, which could help save lives.  

Lee Howell said: "Incident commanders will be able to get a view of a fire they would not normally have, and that's a great tactical advantage. This is part of our desire to use the latest technology to improve public safety and reduce the risk to our firefighters."

Slip of the tongue has Olympic gold medallists in stitches

BBC Radio 5 Live

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It’s the kind of cock-up that strikes fear into the hearts of radio presenters. But luckily when 5live’s Clare McDonnell had an unfortunate slip of the tongue, Team GB’s coxless pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning saw the funny side.

The Olympic gold medallists couldn’t contain their laughter at the Freudian slip, after presenter Nicky Campbell declared: “Don’t laugh, you two!”

The pair dominated their event in Rio and have not lost a race together since 2011.

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on 31 August 2016.

Penlee Lifeboat Disaster medal disappearance a 'devastating loss'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The disappearance of an "irreplaceable" gold gallantry medal to a lifeboat crew member who died in the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster is a "devastating loss" of an "important part of our heritage", the charity says.

The medal - the RNLI's highest bravery award - was awarded posthumously to coxswain William Trevelyan Richards, of the Solomon Browne lifeboat, which sank after going to the aid of the coaster Union Star in December 1981. 

William Trevelyan Richards gold medal. Pics: RNLI

It disappeared from a "facility with multiple layers of security" in the RNLI's headquarters in Poole, the charity said. Police had been informed, it added.

Operations Director George Rawlinson said: "Not only is the medal of historical significance to the RNLI, it also has huge emotional importance, particularly to the families of the crew members who perished and the local community in Newlyn. The medal represents the great courage, commitment and ultimate sacrifice made by the Penlee lifeboat crew."

Arrests after 'pistol used in burglary'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three people have been arrested by police investigating after a robbery in which it was alleged a gun was used, police say.

Officers were were called to an address on Victoria Road, Torquay, at about 17:45 on Tuesday following a report of robbery. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It is alleged that the victim was threatened by three men, one of which was carrying a pistol. Money was handed over by the victim who was left shaken but unharmed."

Three men - aged 23, 24 and 52 - were later arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in custody.

Foreign Office should 'take the lead in post-Brexit relationships'

BBC Radio 4

A Devon MP and former Foreign Office minister says he believes the Foreign Office should "take the lead" in British relationships around the world, post-Brexit.

Speaking to Radio 4's The World at One, East Devon Conservative Sir Hugo Swire said: "It is the Foreign Secretary who ultimately should be responsible for Britain's relationships abroad, that's what the office does."

St Ives looks a little busy

Double yellow lines across road are removed

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Double yellow lines which were painted across a road on a Cornish industrial estate have been removed, a local business owner says.

Yellow lines. Pic: Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell

The lines, put down on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro, were described by Mark Mitchell, owner of Stylehome, as "against all common sense". He confirmed to the BBC they had gone.

Cornwall Council previously said although the lines were "technically correct", it has removed them. It added they had been painted because a traffic order had not been updated when the road was extended.

Plastic surgeons on standby to help rhino (statues)

BBC Radio Devon

Plastic surgeons are on standby to tend to injured rhinos looked after by Paignton Zoo.

Rhinos. Pic: The Great Big Rhino Trial
Great Big Rhino Trial

The Great Big Rhino Trail is a free public art exhibition in Exeter and around the English Riviera, with life-sized statues featuring paint work by different artists. However, several of 40 artworks have been damaged.

Money raised by the trail and auction of the figures in November will go to rhino conservation.

Stacey moves to Exeter on loan

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Injury-hit Exeter City have made their second loan signing of the day with the addition of Reading midfielder Jack Stacey.

Jack Stacey
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The 20-year-old will stay at St James Park until 23 January.

Stacey, who can also play at right-back, played six times for the Royals in the 2014-15 season.

Bus group brought in to help shape new station formally objects to it

Exeter Express & Echo

A bus users group brought on board by the council to help shape Exeter's new bus station are now formally objecting to it.

Giant swing accident at Eden Project 'could have been fatal'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A woman who suffered a rope burn to her neck in a safety failure while on a giant swing at the Eden Project could have been fatally injured, her partner says.

Claire Hatch, 27, from Southampton, was on the gravity swing at Hangloose Adventures while she was on holiday in Cornwall earlier this month. 

Hangloose swing. Pic: Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

Her partner, Richard Dawkins, 47, who filmed the incident, said a rope which was used to start the swing was left dangling in Ms Hatch's face when it "wrapped around her throat". She was treated for her injuries in hospital. He said: "It could have been fatal. We just want to know that everything has been done to prevent it happening again."

The Eden Project said that the swing was operated by a separate company, and it was "upset to learn about the accident". Hangloose Adventures apologised for "the regrettable accident".

School transport cuts to be challenged

BBC Radio Devon

A decision to end sixth formers' automatic entitlement to school transport in Devon is to be challenged by opposition Liberal Democrat councillors. 

Last month, Devon County Council's Conservative administration agreed the cutback to help reduce its £21m annual transport bill. 

The matter will be addressed at a county council meeting next week.

Fire crews called to Allen Valley road crash

Honest stranger hands back £200 and restores man’s faith in people

Plymouth Herald

A simple act of kindness and honesty has restored one Plymouth man's faith in people.

Lizard landmarks included in National Nature Reserve extension

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Some of Cornwall's most iconic landmarks have been included in an extension to the National Nature Reserve on the Lizard peninsula in west Cornwall. 

Lizard Point

Kynance Cove, Lizard Point (pictured) and Black Head are all part of areas of coastal heathland that will be added to the existing reserve, Natural England said.

Urgent water repairs in Tiverton

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South West Water said supplies were due to be restored by 16:30.

Gallifuoco agrees Torquay United deal

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco has agreed a deal to stay at Torquay United until the end of the season.

Giancarlo Gallifuoco
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The 22-year-old joined on non-contract terms earlier this month after Angus MacDonald moved to Barnsley.

The former Australia Under-23 international has previously had spells at Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Fire service drone 'among only a handful in the UK'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's new trial drone is a commercial model, and costs about £3,000. 


It can fly for about half an hour, before its batteries need replacing. 

Devon and Cornwall Police already have drones, which are of use helping to find missing people and photographing crime scenes. 

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service used a Devon and Cornwall Police drone to assess the large fire at a tyre recycling plant in St Erth earlier this month. 

Drone controller

Only a handful of other fire services in the United Kingdom were using drones, commanders said.

Latest weather: Rain clearing and a dry night

BBC Weather

Patchy rain and drizzle, with low cloud, mist and fog will clear by mid-afternoon and be followed by drier, brighter conditions, with sunny spells developing. Winds will be moderate west or west north westerly, and there will be top temperatures of 21C (70F). 


Tonight will be dry and mainly clear at first, with the chance of a little mist and fog forming in the early hours, a moderate north westerly wind and lowest temperatures of 10C (50F). 

Water supplies disrupted in Exeter for repairs

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Water supplies in Pennsylvania Road, Exeter, are expected to be disrupted until about 16:15 because of "urgent repairs".

BreakingPolice given more time to question terrorism suspect


The Metropolitan Police have been given another week to question a Royal Marine arrested in connection with a terrorism investigation that has involved searches in Devon and Northern Ireland.

Ciaran Maxwell, 30, from Larne, was arrested in Somerset as part of the investigation and can now be held for questioning for a further seven days.

As the court made that ruling police continue to search parts of Larne, in County Antrim, for evidence of dissident republican terrorism.

Police search Northern Ireland park after Devon terrorism searches

BBC News Northern Ireland

Police are searching a country park in Northern Ireland as part of a terrorism investigation which prompted the arrest of a Royal Marine in Somerset and searches in Devon.

Thirty-year-old Ciaran Maxwell, from Larne, Co Antrim, was detained by Metropolitan Police officers in southern England in a planned swoop last week. He is still being questioned. The investigation is linked to the discovery of two dissident-related arsenals in woodland in Northern Ireland earlier this year. 

Officers have returned to Carnfunnock Country Park, near Larne, where they found bomb-making items in March. In Devon, last Wednesday's arrest operation involved searches at a house in Exminster and nearby Powderham New Plantation woods.

Driver heading down M5 in wrong direction is caught on dashcam

Plymouth Herald

The heartstopping moment an elderly man drove the wrong way down the M5 in Somerset is filmed.

Penlee Lifeboat Disaster medal: 'Compared to the Victoria Cross'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The RNLI is trying to trace an "irreplaceable" gold gallantry medal to a lifeboat crew member who died in the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster.

The medal - the RNLI's highest bravery award - was awarded posthumously to coxswain William Trevelyan Richards, of the Solomon Browne lifeboat, which sank after going to the aid of the coaster Union Star in December 1981. The medal has gone missing from the charity's headquarters in Poole. Police have been informed.

William Trevelyan Richards. Pic: RNLI

In its 192-year history, the RNLI has awarded 151 gold medals to its crews. Mr Richards' (pictured) is the only one awarded posthumously. The charity added: "The medal has been compared to the UK’s Victoria Cross in its significance and recognition."

RNLI Heritage Manager David Welton said: "‘Everybody in the RNLI family is deeply concerned by this incident and we would like to reassure people that we are doing everything possible to retrieve this precious object."

Argyle sign striker Garita on loan

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle have signed Bristol City striker Arnold Garita on loan until 16 January.

Arnold Garita
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The 21-year-old forward becomes the 15th new player to join the Pilgrims since they were beaten in the League Two play-off final in May.

The Cameroon-born forward moved to City from French side Chateauroux for £50,000 in January, but has made just one substitute appearance for the Robins.

Are we missing bobbies on the beat?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

One-in-three of us haven't seen a bobby on the beat in the last year. When did you last see one, and does it really matter? 

Also, a new study shows Devon is one of the best places in the country to retire. Why? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Portholland scuba accident: Diver 'pulled from water by teenager'

South West sees 7% fall in frontline prison officers

BBC Spotlight

There's been a fall in the number of frontline officers working in the South West's prisons.

Dartmoor Prison

According to figures released by campaign group the Howard League for Penal Reform, there has been a 7% percent drop in the number of officers in the region's prisons in the past year - one of the highest in the country. 

The group said staffing reductions were fuelling problems within the prison population, and they wanted to see the Ministry of Justice implement wide-ranging reforms.

St Erth fire: Recycling plant blaze caused by electrical fault

BBC Radio Cornwall

A huge fire in St Erth earlier this month was caused by an electrical fault, Cornwall Council has confirmed.

St Erth fire. Pic: Justin Hayward
Justin Hayward

Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze that ripped through a tyre recycling plant. 

Plumes of smoke could be seen from as far away as Helston and Truro, and back-up crews from Devon were also drafted in.

Teenager stabbed at Torquay harbourside 'will make full recovery'

Torquay Herald Express

The 18-year-old boy who was stabbed at Torquay harbourside in the early hours of Tuesday morning is expected to make a full recovery, police have confirmed.

Cornwall's Helen Glover talks to BBC Sport about her success in Rio

Urgent water repairs in Dalwood area

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South West Water says "urgent work" is being carried out on the water network in the area near Axminster and the supply will be turned off for around two hours from 12:00 to 14:00.

It adds: "When the supply is restored there may be a temporary change in the colour of your water but should quickly clear and this can be aided by running the cold water supply at the kitchen sink. We would like to thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Portholland diving accident: Coastguards received 'multiple 999 calls'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A coastguard rescue team, coastguard rescue helicopter, police, land ambulance and air ambulance were among emergency services dispatched after a man and girl got into difficulty off the coast of Cornwall, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency says.

Helicopter Pic: Julia McIntosh
Julia McIntosh

A 45-year-old man and 12-year-old girl were retrieved from the sea by members of the public at Portholland beach after getting into difficulty on Tuesday. The man was declared dead at the scene. The girl is recovering in hospital in Plymouth.  

Coastguards said: "At about 15:45 yesterday, UK Coastguard received multiple 999 calls reporting a man and a 12-year-old girl were recovered from the water after getting into difficulty ... Sadly, the man was declared deceased at the scene. The 12-year-old girl was taken to Derriford Hospital by helimed."

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Several problems on the A30

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, one lane is blocked on the A30's eastbound carriageway due to road accident. Traffic is slow-moving
  • There's heavy traffic on the A30 westbound from Connor Downs.
  • Traffic has also been reported as slow moving in both directions on the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross
  • In Bodmin, the A38 Cooksland Road at the junction of Priory Road is very busy due to a number of sets of temporary traffic lights
  • In Devon, there are reports of an incident on the A3079 Station Road In Beaworthy, near Manor Gardens

Why are young people unhappy?

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

There is concern amongst both charities and educationalists over the number of young people unhappy about themselves and their lives - even though they are still only aged 10-15.

What should we do? Who is responsible for their state of mind? And what role should the government play in making sure that young people are happy?

Also, the former head of the British Army says he refused to take an anti-malaria drug that he knew was being given to troops because of his concerns about "pretty catastrophic" side effects. 

Have you or a loved one taken Larium, and been affected by it? How have the forces responded to your concerns?

Call in on 01872 222222.

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