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  1. Rise in men dying from skin cancer in the South West
  2. Scarlett Keeling's mother gives evidence at son's inquest
  3. Man dies diving off Salcombe, police investigation launched
  4. Hunt could be asked to review Devon bed closures decision
  5. Private ambulance catches fire on A380
  6. Shark seen off favourite swimming spot in St Ives
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

    Hope you enjoy some evening sunshine.

  2. Seal pup has furry dramatic birth

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Seals. Pic: Living Coasts

    A Devon zoo has released pictures of its newest seal pup, whose arrival surprised staff when her mother went into labour in the middle of the day last month.

    South American male fur seal Tamar arrived at Living Coasts in Torquay on Thursday 25 May in what staff said was a birth that featured "some tense moments when it became clear that this was a breech birth and the pup was emerging tail first".

    Staff said pup and mother Grace were were currently staying "off-show ... to allow them to bond in peace".

    Living Coasts curator Clare Rugg said: "He is a very vocal pup and he’s certainly strong and active. Then, every so often, he settles down to a suckle and a sleep".

  3. Ex-care home manager admits £7k frauds, neglect and administering prescription-only product

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    The former manager of a Cornwall care home has admitted carrying out frauds totalling more than £7,000 while working at the home.

    Forty-two-year old Lisa Thomas, worked at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, which specialized in caring for people with dementia. The home has since closed.

    Thomas pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud totalling more than £7,000 over a four-year period while she was at Ismeer.

    She has also pleaded guilty to neglect after the death of a resident in 2014, and earlier pleaded guilty to administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, relating to another resident.

    Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

  4. Devon NHS reorganisation chief to leave

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The chief executive in charge of reorganising much of Devon's hospital services has announced she's to leave.

    Angela Pedder

    Angela Pedder, who heads the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP), is to work her contractual notice.

    She said she always planned to rebalance her working life on turning 60 this year. The NHS said it was looking to appoint her successor.

    Those behind the STP said it would "create clinically and financially sustainable health and care services that will improve the health, wellbeing and care".

    Critics said the programme's proposals would "devastate" services and should not go ahead.

  5. Liquidators step in to help teachers fight for redundancy after school closes

    Carys Edwards

    Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Liquidators have stepped in to help a group of teachers from Cornwall fight for thousands of pounds in lost redundancy.

    Bolitho School site

    The action follows the closure of Bolitho School last year, one of the oldest independent schools in Cornwall.

    About 40 teachers lost their jobs after pupil numbers at the private school in Penzance plummeted.

    Ian Walker

    Ian Walker (pictured), of Begbies Traynor, said: "I think it's very good news for creditors. The statement of affairs essentially showed they weren't going to get a penny. We have been in discussions with various parties involved. Those discussions are reaching a climax now and should result in us being in a position to pay a very reasonable dividend to creditors."

  6. Halloran Keeling inquest: Brother 'blamed himself for Scarlett Keeling's death'

    Halloran Keeling. Pic: Facebook

    The brother of teenager Scarlett Keeling, who died on a beach in Goa in February 2008, took a fatal overdose after nearly a decade of blaming himself for his sister's death, their mother says.

    An inquest into the death of 28-year-old Halloran Keeling concluded that he died from a morphine overdose in Newquay in 2016, but coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said it there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he had intended to take his own life.

    The inquest heard Mr Halloran had a history of mental health problems and drug use. However, after the hearing in Truro, his mother, Fiona MacKeown, added that he "just never got over his sister's death".

    She said: "He was very close to Scarlett. He couldn't have done anything and was not to blame at all, but he didn't accept that.

    "He just felt if he had been there he could have looked after her. He wanted to come on the trip to Goa but couldn't get a passport in time ... He thought if he had got his passport sorted out, he would've been able to look after her. He tried to block it out with overdoses."

  7. Latest weather: Dry and clear overnight, mainly hot and sunny on Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    Any cloud will melt away this evening and tonight to leave a warm and sunny evening. Overnight, it will stay dry with some clear spells, but it will feel very warm and muggy too. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).


    Tuesday will be another hot, sunny and largely dry day across the board. Wall-to-wall sunshine for many with light winds, but the odd thundery shower is possible later. Maximum temperature: 30C (86F).

  8. Torbay to work on improving quality of care

    BBC Radio Devon

    There's a chance for more people in Torbay to have their say about care homes with the possible launch of a charter.

    The local unitary authority said it was keen to improve the quality of care on offer and will be talking about what it can do at a meeting this evening.

    Documents for the meeting say that, out of all the local authorities across England, "Torbay has the third highest rate of care homes and beds, per 10,000 population aged 65 and over".

    They also said that "the quality of nursing home provision in Torbay in particular is a concern" with five homes graded as either 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' (2)".

    But they added that "on-going work is taking place with partners to support Torbay nursing homes in particular to improve, as well as any other 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' homes".

    Care home
  9. Bude surfer declares Team GB hopes

    BBC Spotlight

    A teenage surfer from Bude is hoping to be part of Team GB when the sport is included in the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo in 2020.

    Ellie Turner

    Ellie Turner has already won the senior English title and is now competing on the world stage, recently finishing as runner-up in the Under-16 World Championship in Brazil.

    Ellie Turner

    She said: "I never really realised [my ambition] until I was 12 or 13. I just did an English competition and I won, and then I did a few more, and it kept growing from that."

  10. Man arrested after 'hit-and-run' leaves pedestrian with leg injuries

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A man has been arrested after a suspected hit-and-run collision in Plymouth which left a pedestrian with serious leg injuries, police say.

    Officers said the 34-year-old local man was hit by what was believed to be a small black car when he was walking home along Tamerton Foliot Road with a female friend at about 01:50 on Saturday. He underwent surgery at nearby Derriford Hospital.

    A 69-year-old man from Plymouth was later arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries, police said.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  11. Torbay Council website back online

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Torbay Council's website is back online after being down for what is understood to have been all weekend.

    The council earlier said it had "issues with our IT infrastructure".

    The authority said after the site was restored: "It appears this was related to a hardware component failure and our engineers have worked hard to fix this problem and restore all the systems. We will continue to monitor this situation to ensure that there are no more issues."

    Torbay Council website
  12. Ex-care home manager admits neglect after death of resident

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    The former manager of a Cornwall care home has pleaded guilty to neglect after the death of a resident more two years ago.

    Marjorie Barrett had been living at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, which specialized in caring for people with dementia. She died at the end of 2014. The home has since closed.

    Forty-two-year old Lisa Thomas, who had been due to stand trial on a charge of neglect at Truro Crown Court, today entered a guilty plea.

    The court heard how staff on duty at the time when Marjorie Barrett became ill were not medically qualified and unable or trained to resuscitate her. Only one of them was qualified to administer drugs.

    Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

  13. Halloran Keeling inquest: Scarlet Keeling's brother's death was drug-related

    An inquest into the death of Halloran Keeling has concluded that his death was drug-related.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Mr Keeling, who was found dead in Newquay in August 2016 in temporary accommodation for vulnerable people, was the brother of Scarlett Keeling who died on a beach in Goa in February 2008.

    The inquest at Truro City Hall, heard he had taken an overdose of morphine.

    However, coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said it could not be proved whether or not he did it intentionally and there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he had intended to take his own life.

  14. Public behaviour on Dartmoor 'ruins great weekend'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Selfish behaviour by some members of the public on Dartmoor has "ruined a great weekend" and could "potentially put people’s lives at risk", national park staff say.


    Rangers said cattle grid gateways at Spitchwick and Deeper Marsh were blocked and vehicles were parked on narrow roads, "blocking access for farm vehicles and emergency vehicles".

    The situation was "repeated right across the national park at popular locations", they said, adding that such actions "could literally cause a death" if bad parking blocked emergency vehicles.

    The park said: "Rangers and volunteers are now spending their time trying to get these locations back to how they looked before the weekend onslaught, repairing burnt ground where barbecues have scorched the earth, collecting piles of rubbish and assessing damage."

  15. Torbay Council website 'continuing to experience issues'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Torbay Council says it is "continuing to experience issues with our IT infrastructure" which is affecting its website.

    The council's website has been down all weekend, it is understood.

    The local authority is partly having to rely on Facebook to get its statements out.

    It said in a post: "Engineers are working to rectify the issue and we will keep you updated on their progress. Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

    Torbay Council website
  16. First new GWR train for Devon and Cornwall arrives in UK

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Train. Pic: Hitachi

    The first of GWR's new Intercity trains for Devon and Cornwall has arrived in the UK.

    It was shipped into Southampton from Japan, ready for testing over the summer, builder Hitachi said.

    The new trains are due to go into service next year connecting Penzance to Paddington. It's hoped they'll help cut journey times and be more resilient to bad weather.

    The manufacturer said: "The train will now be made ready to begin testing in the coming weeks prior to entering passenger service from summer next year. Two further test trains are due to arrive in the UK shortly."

  17. North Devon friends doing something awesome for the Grenfell Tower fire victims

    Plymouth Herald

    Two friends rocked by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire tragedy are doing something truly special for the survivors - organising holidays to North Devon for those who lived in the tower block and no longer have anywhere to stay after their London home went up in flames.

  18. Torbay Council website down

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Torbay Council's website has been down all weekend, it is understood.

    The local authority said IT staff had been trying to get it running again since becoming aware of its malfunctioning and were "working to restore it as soon as possible".

    Torbay Council website