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  1. Ilfracombe homemade bomb man detained in hospital indefinitely
  2. Fishing boat explosion: Man suffers slight burns
  3. Crash victim waited for ambulance because incident classed as 'not life-threatening'
  4. Clearing fly-tipped rubbish in SW 'costs £1m each year'
  5. Two vehicles 'deliberately set on fire' in same road
  6. Arson suspected after fire at derelict barn
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday 28 June

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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 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.

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North Devon councillor 'can't apologise enough' for waste and recycling scheme's flaws

Devon Live

The lead councillor for North Devon Council's waste and recycling programme has said he "can't apologise enough" for the problems residents have faced, but promises North Devon will soon have a top class service in place.

Campaign for new central barriers on Hayle bypass after U-turn crash

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A campaign has been launched to get new barriers installed at the Hayle bypass on the A30.

Casey Wearne, from Newlyn, launched the initiative after her grandparents were involved in a serious crash on the stretch of road when another car made a U-turn just over a month ago.

The pair are recovering from serious injuries after being trapped inside their car after it caught fire as a result of the crash. They had to be rescued through the vehicle's boot.

Casey said she wanted to see central crash barriers installed on the bypass to stop U-turns, and she's launched an online petition calling on Cornwall Council to make the change.

Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown, portfolio holder for transport, said he backed the campaign.

Hayle Bypass. Pic: Google

Exeter City: Defender Dean Moxey back after Crystal Palace and Bolton stints

BBC Sport

Dean Moxey
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Exeter City have re-signed Dean Moxey on a three-year deal, eight years after he left the club.

The 31-year-old defender made 196 appearances for his hometown club, helping the Grecians win promotion out of non-league and into League One.

Since leaving in 2009 he has had spells at Derby, Crystal Palace and Bolton, whom he left at the end of last season.

"It is nice to have the kit back on and I have got my number back," Moxey told the club website.

"It is strange, having not been here for eight years. It (the training ground) has improved a fair bit since I was last here, with the 3G pitch down the bottom. The first team training pitch looks fantastic now as well - it was just mud when I was here before."

Fly-tipping 'particularly dangerous to animals'

BBC Radio Devon

Local authorities in Devon are spending an estimated £600,000 a year to clear up rubbish that has been fly-tipped.

According to the most recent figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, there were almost 11,000 incidents in the county, with about 6,000 of those in Plymouth alone. It costs on average more than £50 a time to clear it up.

Dartmoor National Park's Head Ranger, Robert Steemson, added that dumped rubbish was dangerous to more than just people.

He said: "It's upsetting and particularly dangerous to the animals that graze here, and people and youngsters walking; and needs removing as quickly as possible."

Latest weather: Rain spreading

BBC Weather

Patchy rain for some through the first part of the night. However, further heavy rain will spread in from the south later on, accompanied by low cloud, perhaps giving a rather murky end to the night for some. Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).


Rain will continue across much of Devon and Cornwall tomorrow. However, there will be some drier and brighter interludes too, especially in the south and west. It will also feel rather cool. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Man arrested after 'rifling through parked vehicle'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been arrested in Totnes after being found "rifling through a parked vehicle", police say.

Totnes Police said the man was followed by officers on foot patrol during the early hours of Tuesday after they saw "a male using torchlight to illuminate the inside of vehicles as he passed them".

He was arrested in the car park of the Royal Seven Stars and "further enquiries are ongoing", officers said.

Marked and unmarked patrols were to continue during hours of darkness in the town "due to recent crime-related incidents", they added.

Fuel stolen from Isles of Scilly RNLI boat

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An RNLI inflatable boat on the Isles of Scilly has had 20 litres of fuel stolen from it, police say.

The St Mary's Policing Team said on the islands' Community Safety Partnership Facebook page that the fuel was believed to have been taken "at some point in the last couple of weeks".

Officers added: "It is bad enough that there are people within the community here that are willing to steal from their fellow residents and risk their safety on the water. But it is another level when they are willing to steal from a charity where local people risk their lives to save others."

Police have appealed for information.

Ilfracombe homemade bomb: Man in hospital until Ministry of Justice rules he can leave

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A paranoid schizophrenic sent to hospital to treat mental health problems after he was found with a bomb cannot be released without the agreement of the Ministry of Justice.

Timothy Holman
Devon and Cornwall Police

Timothy Holman, 42, from Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to making an explosive substance at Exeter Crown Court over the "viable" device found as his home in Osborne Road last December.

Part of the residential street was evacuated for two nights and his home was searched following a short siege.

Osborne Road

Holman built a pipe bomb in his bedroom and was making three other devices when police discovered his array of weapons, the court heard. Officers also found a machete, a knife, a baseball bat, BB guns and some copper pipes.

Under the order, he will be treated at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish.

Devon and Cornwall to benefit from £34m of Arts Council cash

BBC Spotlight

The Arts Council has announced new funding deals for museums and galleries in Exeter, Plymouth and Bideford.

They are among 22 arts and cultural organisations in Devon to get £24m worth of funding over four years.

In Cornwall, £10m is to be provided for arts and culture during the same period.

The Cornwall Museums Partnership and Kneehigh Theatre are among those to benefit from funding.

Police carry out 'reassurance patrols' after arson arrest

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Newton Abbot are carrying out "reassurance patrols" after two cars, a bin and some model buildings were allegedly set on fire in one street.

Officers said they were called to Seymour Road at about 05:25 over reports that a man "had set a number of cars alight ... and members of the public had detained him".

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and possession of an offensive weapon in public and is in custody.

Police said: "An investigation has now begun to ascertain the circumstances and the local neighbourhood team will be carrying out reassurance patrols."

Plymouth Argyle: Pilgrims sign Dutch-born goalkeeper Robbert te Loeke

BBC Sport

Robbert te Loeke
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Plymouth Argyle have signed former Werder Bremen goalkeeper Robbert te Loeke on an undisclosed-length deal.

The 28-year-old from the Netherlands has joined the League One club after a season with Dutch second-tier side Achilles '29.

He has also played for SC Cambuur and SC Veendam, as well as featuring in the Eredivisie with FC Dordrecht.

Plymouth clinched promotion back to the third tier in April, finishing second in League Two in 2016-17.

Devon mental health patients being sent away 'unacceptable' - NHS trust

BBC Spotlight

A Devon health trust which works with mental health patients says it is "unacceptable" patients often have to be placed outside the county for treatment because of a shortage of beds nearby.

In the last financial year, 192 patients from Devon had treatment in other parts of the country, often hundreds of miles from home, figures released by the British Medical Association show.

The association said the practice had become endemic, and sending patients away had an impact on patients' care and recovery.

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which is one of the organisations that places people outside the county, said it was in "complete agreement" with the BMA.

It said: "We wouldn't see it in the care of people with a stroke, cancer or heart disease and we shouldn't see it in mental health.

"We are doing everything we can to tackle the problem, within our limited resources, and have reduced the need for people to travel outside the county by 67% in the last few years."

Exeter City: Dean Moxey rejoins the Grecians

Alan Richardson

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter City have confirmed that left back Dean Moxey has rejoined them - eight years after his departure for Derby.

The 31-year-old had been without a club after spells at Bolton and Premier League Crystal Palace.

Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J27 for A361 and J28 for A373.

M5 Devon - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M5 southbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cornwall 'must get cash too if government can give Northern Ireland £1bn for DUP deal'

Cornwall Live

Cornwall business leaders have said that if the government can afford to throw £1bn at Northern Ireland in its deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) it should cough up the cash the county desperately needs.

Crash victim waited for ambulance because incident classed as 'not life-threatening'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A car crash victim had to wait more than an hour-and-a-half for an ambulance because the incident was classed as "not immediately life-threatening", ambulance bosses say.

Police in Kingsbridge initially said "an ambulance arrived 2 hours after the 999 call" after the crash at Sorley Cross, near Kingsbridge, on Monday because "the ambulance service informed us they had nobody to send".

The police Facebook post was edited on Tuesday to remove the sentence which mentioned the two-hour wait.


The South Western Ambulance Trust said it received an initial call at 12:05 to the two-vehicle collision with one patient "who was conscious and breathing with no serious bleeding".

It said: "The call was triaged and prioritised as a category three incident, not immediately life-threatening. Six minutes later a nurse and doctor were reported to be at the scene.

"Following a call from police, the incident was upgraded to a category two incident at 13:15 and an ambulance resource allocated 20 minutes later."

It added that there was "high demand" in the area at the same time, including an unconscious patient, a head injury and a suspected cardiac arrest.

The trust said: "With the challenges of investment in the ambulance service, a finite number of ambulances available, growing public demand and expectation, we must prioritise category one time-critical, life-threatening emergencies. We have not received a complaint from the patient or their family."

Women's Cricket World Cup: Heather Knight scores century against Pakistan

BBC Sport

Heather Knight has been leading the way for England against Pakistan in the Women's World Cup after scoring a century.

However, Plymouth-raised Knight, who is team captain, had her innings ended as she was caught in the deep for 106.

You can catch up with all the latest in the match here.

Plymouth University 'targeted by £12m fraud gang'

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth University was targeted by a "sophisticated" fraud gang who conned their way to more than £12m before being locked up, a court has been told.

Ambulance 'takes two hours to get to 999 road crash call-out'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Kingsbridge say they had to wait two hours for a 999 ambulance after a road crash which injured a woman.

Officers had said on Facebook on Monday evening (pictured) that, after the crash at Sorley Cross near Kingsbridge, "the ambulance service informed us they had nobody to send".

They added that nurses at South Hams Hospital in Kingsbridge "offered to come with us and provide extra medical help at the scene" after officers collected medical equipment from the hospital.

After it arrived, an emergency ambulance took the woman to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The officers' Facebook post was edited on Tuesday to remove the sentence which mentioned the two-hour ambulance wait.

The South Western Ambulance Trust has been contacted for a comment.

Kingsbridge Police Facebook post
Kingsbridge Police/Facebook

Latest weather: Mostly cloudy with showers

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Although some places will be dry, it will be mostly cloudy with just the occasional brighter period. Showery rain moving in from the northwest will become more persistent in the west and perhaps heavier at times as well. Winds will be mainly light from the south or southwest. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).


Remaining mainly cloudy with further outbreaks of rain tonight. Some of rain may still be heavy on occasion, but it should become drier in the far west towards the end of the night. Light southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and become moderate or fresh in the west. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Culdrose helicopters take a closer look at HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Personnel from Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose base are working on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, which left its home port for the first time on Monday.

HMS Queen Elizabeth - one of two new carriers being built at Rosyth dockyard in Fife at a cost of more than £6bn - is beginning sea trials.

It is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy. The flight deck alone is the size of three football pitches. Once in service, the ship can operate with a crew of 1,000 and 40 aircraft.

The 65,000 tonne warship is the Royal Navy's first aircraft carrier since HMS Ark Royal was scrapped in 2010.

Deadline to submit evidence to Plymouth general election investigation

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People in Plymouth only have until 17:00 on Friday to submit evidence to a review if they were affected by issues during the general election.

Problems included thousands of votes not being included in the result for newly-elected Labour Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Luke Pollard.

Mr Pollard won 23,808 votes. However, the actual figure - including the missed votes cast in his favour - was 27,283. He would still have won comfortably over Conservative Oliver Colvile.

The Electoral Commission and the council are investigating.

The council said the investigation was "to learn lessons from what happened at various points in the process".

Ballot box

Grenfell Tower fire: 95 high-rise buildings in 32 areas fail fire safety checks

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The government says a total of 95 high-rise buildings in 32 local authority areas have now failed fire safety checks carried out after the Grenfell tower fire in west London.

The blaze on 14 June is feared to have killed at least 79 people.

Safety tests were prompted after questions were raised about cladding. The latest figures show that all cladding samples tested nationwide so far have failed.

Mount Wise tower blocks

They include cladding on three high-rises in the Mount Wise area of Plymouth (pictured), which the city council says will cost about £4m to remove.

Theresa May has called for "a major national investigation" into the use of cladding on tower blocks.

Meanwile, any investigation of the Grenfell Tower fire must leave "no stone unturned", an open letter to Theresa May has warned. The letter, from residents on the west London estate to the prime minister and the home secretary, said justice must be served for everyone in the area.

Power cut in Penryn

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About 160 properties are understood to be affected.

New Wadebridge bins 'being abused'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A plan to encourage people to recycle in Wadebridge by installing new bins in a town centre car park has led to more litter problems in the area, according to one town councillor.

Amanda Pennington said the 11 new bins were divided into recycling and rubbish sections to allow shoppers and visitors to be more environmentally friendly, but some people had been misusing them by dumping household waste next to the bins rather than disposing of it properly.

Man missing after leaving hospital found

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Police in north Devon had been trying to trace a man after he walked out of North Devon District Hospital at about 01:30.

Police body cameras 'stop defendants fooling courts'

Plymouth MP Luke Pollard makes maiden speech in Parliament

BBC Politics

A number of newly-elected MPs - including Labour's Plymouth Sutton & Devonport MP Luke Pollard - have been making their first, or maiden, speeches in Parliament.

In the Commons, Mr Pollard paid tribute to his Conservative predecessor, Oliver Colvile, adding: "Many honourable members will know of his passion for hedgehogs, and I hope someone will pick up the protection of the little prickly creatures. But, Mr Speaker, that won't be me."

Instead Mr Pollard, said he'd campaign for more naval frigates to be built in his constituency. He said: "Supporting marine engineering and shipbuilding businesses, large and small, in Plymouth, across the South West and our nation is exactly what our country needs."

Ilfracombe homemade bomb: 'No political or terrorist beliefs behind device'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A man whose homemade bomb led to houses being evacuated in north Devon was not "motivated by political or terrorist beliefs", his defence team has told a court.

Forty-two-year-old Timothy Holman, of Osborne Road, Ilfracombe, has been sentenced to a hospital order for an indefinite period after pleading guilty at Exeter Crown Court to making an explosive substance.

Osborne Road, Ilfracombe

The "viable" device was found in his bedroom after police were called to his home address last December.

Defence barrister Richard Crabb told the court: "There is no evidence that he was motivated by political or terrorist beliefs. It was due to a mistaken belief, as a result of his mental illness, that he was under some sort of threat."

Dr David Scott, who has treated Holman at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, told the court that his condition could deteriorate rapidly if he didn't take his medication.

It's damming! Cornwall beavers get to work on construction

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall's new beavers have been busy and have started making their first dam, the county's wildlife trust says.

Beaver. Pic: Nick Upton
Nick Upton

The animals, which were released in the county less than a fortnight ago, are in an enclosure on farmland near Truro in an effort to help prevent flooding in the village of Ladock.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust said on Facebook that it took the pair of Eurasian beavers "just two nights" to start dam-building, and that "both animals have been spotted and are interacting with each other nicely".

Beaver dam. Pic: Chris Jones, Woodland Valley Farm/Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Chris Jones, Woodland Valley Farm/Cornwall Wildlife Trust

It's hoped their dam building will help slow the flow of water during periods of heavy rain - stopping the water getting into residential areas.

NHS mail blunder: 'Serious questions need to be answered'

BBC Radio Devon

The National Audit Office (NAO) has said serious questions need to be answered about why hundreds of thousands of items of patient information weren't delivered to hospitals and GPs in three areas of England, including the South West.

The NAO has been looking into the storage of the correspondence, including cancer test results and child protection details, by the part-privatised company, NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), between 2011 and 2016.

A spokeswoman for NHS SBS acknowledged there had been "failings".

She added: "We regret this situation and have co-operated fully with the NAO in its investigation."

Fishing boat explosion: Man suffers slight burns

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man flown to hospital after an explosion on a fishing boat off the west Cornwall coast suffered slight burns, coastguards say.

The man, from Newlyn, was rescued after reports of the explosion on board the single-handed fishing boat, Hope, when it was off Pendeen.

The Sennen Cove lifeboat was launched to assist and a coastguard rescue helicopter airlifted the man to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske in Truro.

The lifeboat is towing the fishing boat to Newlyn.

How I saved big cats by introducing ‘magic dogs’

BBC News Magazine

Amy Dickman has had a number of narrow escapes during her years working with big cats, but her closest shave came when tackling lion-killing warriors.

Amy Dickman. Pic: John Cairns
John Cairns

The conservation biologist from Devon has been running a big carnivores project in Ruaha, southern Tanzania, since 2009.

Read about her first encounter with warriors from the Barabaig - a community with a history of killing non-Barabaig people and still widely feared - here.

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Man goes missing after walking out of hospital

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Police in north Devon are trying to trace a man who has gone missing after walking out of North Devon District Hospital this morning.

Officers said 53-year-old Alan Robson, left the Barnstaple hospital at about 01:30.

Officers added that he was "currently believed to be homeless in the Barnstaple area and is thought to have been sleeping in the area of Pilton Park".

Mr Robson is reported to be the second man to have gone missing after leaving the hospital in the last few days.

Devon Live reported that 55-year-old Paul Frost, who was reported to police as missing from South Molton, apparently went missing after leaving hospital with a cannula medical needle and tube in his arm at about 22:00 on 24 June.

Man airlifted to hospital after fishing boat explosion

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man has been airlifted to hospital after an explosion on a fishing boat off the west Cornwall coast, emergency services say.

The Sennen Cove lifeboat was called out just after 09:30 to the single-handed fishing boat, Hope, off Pendeen. RNLI volunteers found there had been an explosion on board and the fisherman was injured.

A coastguard rescue helicopter airlifted the man to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske in Truro.

The lifeboat is towing the fishing boat to Newlyn.

Death of elderly man in Padstow 'not 'suspicious'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The death of an elderly man whose body was found at the bottom of some steps in Padstow is not being treated as suspicious, police say.

The body was found at the stairs leading towards a car park in New Street at about 08:50 on 21 June.

Officers said formal identification of the body had been carried out, the man's next of kin were aware and a file had been prepared for the coroner.

Jack Nowell plays full game in British and Irish Lions 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes

BBC Sport

The British and Irish Lions have drawn 31-31 with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Cornwall Rugby and Exeter Chief star Jack Nowell played the full 80 minutes, starting at full back and then moving on to the wing.

The Lions' next match is the second Test verses the New Zealand All Blacks on Saturday.