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  1. New figures suggest Cornwall was not as poor as EU thought
  2. Debate on Plymouth military closures rejected
  3. £60m A30 dual carriageway to open on 14 July
  4. Firefighters in London relay for Grenfell Tower colleagues
  5. Wolves in reintroduction study out of quarantine
  6. Plymouth professor's 'digi hat' could rock music streaming
  7. Endangered seahorse discovered off Devon
  8. Updates on Thursday 6 July 2017

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Johnny O'Shea

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

Money for children's services in Cornwall

A project to help support vulnerable children and families in Cornwall has been awarded almost £2m.

The money is from the Government’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

Cornwall has been awarded £1.9m to help transform the way education, health and social care services work together to better meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

It's one of 24 projects across the country to get funding.

Cornwall Council

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, said: “Integrating our services will ensure that we have the right mix of knowledge and skills to meet all the community-based needs of children, young people and their families, in one place, at the right time.

"It is what our residents, service users and staff are telling us they want to see and this funding will help us look at different models for achieving this.“

Countdown for blooming smelly flower

Gardeners at Paignton Zoo are predicting that two huge, rare and smelly flowers could bloom in the coming days.

The Titan arum flowers can be up to 3 metres high, and 3 metres in circumference, and smell like rotting meat.

Titan Arum
Paignton Zoo

It's notoriously difficult to predict when the bloom will fully open.

Giles Palmer, Curator of Plants and Gardens at Paignton Zoo, said: “There are only about 100 collections anywhere in the world where you can see this plant, mostly botanical gardens.

"Our plants are in Crocodile Swamp opposite the saltwater crocodile. The last time I measured it, the first one was 150cm tall and growing an impressive 12cm per day.”

Busy day for rescuers around the coast of Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coastguard teams along with lifeboats have been out around the county.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Newquay went to help a stranded fisherman who had climbed up a cliff at Church Cove after he got cut off by the tide.

The man was winched to safety and dropped off at the top of the hill.

Both Penlee lifeboats were called out following reports of a missing person in Penzance.

That person was subsequently found.

The Falmouth inshore lifeboat was also called out after a yacht went adrift. Crews helped the harbour authority secure the boat.


A German film crew has been told to stop living in shipping containers at a Newquay business park while making Rosamunde Pilcher adaptations for television

Cornwall Live

A German film crew has been told to stop living in shipping containers at a Newquay business park while making Rosamunde Pilcher adaptations for television.

Looe Post Office services to move

The current Post Office in Looe is to close, with a new service being provided in an existing farm shop.

The Fore Street branch is closing on 24 July, with the new facilities available in Quayside Fresh on Buller Quay from 3 August.

The Post Office said: "We believe this move is the best way to secure Post Office services locally in Looe. The community will also benefit from increased opening hours over seven days."

Looe post office

The new Looe office will operate from two open-plan tills alongside the retail counter of the farm shop.

Although the move is confirmed, the Post Office is inviting customers and interested parties to give their comments in a public consultation.

The scope of the consultation will cover the service on offer and will close on 17 August 2017.

Man in court charged with Jehovah's Witness hall murder

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering an electrician in a Jehovah's Witness hall in Devon.

Keith Beviss, 54, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton, was not required to enter a plea and his case at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned until 21 September to allow time for a psychiatric assessment.

Philip Ryan
Ryan Family
Philip Ryan

He is charged with the murder of 55-year-old Philip Ryan at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Dowell Street, Honiton, on Tuesday June 6.

Mr Ryan's funeral was held at the Bristol's Jehovah's Witness Assembly Hall last week and was attended by more than 900 people.

Cornwall is poor, just not that poor

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Cornwall may not have been poor enough to justify receiving £1bn of European Union funding, it has emerged.

It's hard to get your head around. As recently as a couple of years back, the official statistics showed that when Cornwall started getting Objective One in 2000, its economy stood at 68% of the EU average.

Now that statisticians have a supposedly better way of measuring, the same league table shows that in 2000 Cornwall's economy was actually on 83%.

The basket of things they add up has altered. Oddly, although this new picture shows Cornwall in a better light, it leaves West Wales firmly at the bottom of the league table.

Cornwall is poor; just not that poor.

Combined Universities in Cornwall were among the major beneficiaries

Lottery funding for Devon projects

Eight projects in Devon have been awarded money to make them more accessible to disabled visitors.

Seaton Wetlands, Seaton Tram and Seaton Jurassic are among those around the country to benefit from a grant of £527,000 from the Heritage Lottry Fund over the next three years.

Seaton Wetlands
East Devon District Council

Improvements at Seaton Wetlands will include an online accessibility guide, British Sign language video tours of the site, along with awareness and skills training for staff and volunteers.

Councillor Tom Wright from East Devon District Council says it "is keen to be as inclusive as it can be across all its activities and this funding will enable access to the wonderful wetlands by many more disadvantaged people."

Debate on Plymouth military closures rejected

The decommissioning of the Royal Navy's flagship, HMS Ocean, based in Plymouth, has been condemned in Parliament.

The Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, fears the port may end up playing just a minor role in the Navy's future.

Luke Pollard

He said: "In 2015 the government promised not to sell HMS Ocean and not close Stonehouse Barracks and the Royal Citadel in Plymouth. The helicopter carrier and both bases are now up for sale.

"Will the leader of the house agree to a debate on base closures and how we retain helicopter carrier capabilities at Devonport?"

His call for a debate was rejected by the government.

Cornwall 'not poor enough' for EU funds

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cornwall may not have been poor enough to justify receiving £1bn of European Union funding, it has emerged.

In recent years the county has several times been listed at the bottom of the poverty table in England and Wales.

But revised GDP figures suggest Tees Valley and Durham, South Yorkshire, and West Wales and the Valleys are now all more deserving of EU money.

Experts say that could make it harder for Cornwall to get funding post-Brexit. Major beneficiaries include the Eden Project, Combined Universities in Cornwall, Newquay Airport and a project to bring superfast broadband to the county. There's no suggestion the money must be paid back.

EU funding in Cornwall

Pete Ledingham, director of grant-aided firm Geothermal Engineering said the recalculation was "staggering". "I would have thought the need was obvious in Cornwall and has been for a long time," he added.

Areas with a GDP of less than 75% of the average EU GDP qualified for funding as they were below the EU's poverty threshold. But revised figures Cornwall was never actually below the threshold used to award grants such as Objective One, which provided some £400m to the county.

Calstock embankment may be ‘moved inland’

Investigations are to be carried out assessing the ongoing flood risk from the River Tamar in the village of Calstock.

The village has been at risk for many years and had a flood embankment built in the 1980s. In 2012/13 further emergency works were made to a 100m section of the embankment.

It cost more than £300,000 and the Environment Agency says "maintaining the current embankment in its existing location on a ‘patch and repair basis’ is not sustainable".

Project manager Dan Boswell said: "One of the options involves moving the existing embankment inland. In addition to flood risk management benefits, moving the embankment would enable the creation of reedbed habitat attracting additional wildlife.

"It is important to note that we are looking at all options which may be available to us. We will be talking to the community about these before final decisions are made."


Who needs a taxi, when you've got one of these?

A unique slice of Dartmouth history came back to life today with the return of a 200-year-old form of transport.

A sedan chair, which would've carried the mayor around the town has been donated to the local museum.


The Newman family, who brought great wealth to the town through the Trans-Atlantic Triangular Trade more than 200 years ago, has made the donation.

Hall wants amateur golf success before turning pro

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish golfer Harry Hall says he wants to be one of the top amateur golfers in the world before deciding to turn professional.

The 19-year-old, who is studying for a degree at the University of Nevada, narrowly missed out on qualifying for this month's Open Championship.

Harry Hall
Harry Hall

"I want to be in the top 10, and definitely want to be world number one amateur. In two years time that could be possible," Hall told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"I've had a few options recently about turning pro, but I want to turn pro when I'm one of the top amateurs in the world."

Memorial service for Lady Mary Holborow

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A memorial service is being held in Truro Cathedral this afternoon for Lady Mary Holborow, the former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Lady Mary was also a magistrate and an active supporter of several organisations and charities within Cornwall.

Lady Mary Holborow

In June 2010 Lady Mary was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for services to The Queen. She died last month.

The service starts in a few minutes.

Police search for missing woman, 79

Police are trying to find a 79-year-old woman who has dementia and is missing from Torbay.

Phyllis Jenkins was last seen at 10:30 and several police units are searching the Torquay area, particularly around Babbacombe, including coast paths and parks.

She is described as being about 5ft 7ins tall and is wearing a white floppy hat, a pink flowery top and bright pink trousers.

Phyllis Jenkins
Devon and Cornwall Police

Warm afternoon across Devon and Cornwall

It will be another dry afternoon with warm or very warm spells of sunshine. A few patches of mist and low cloud will remain on the north coast.

Winds will be mainly north or northwesterly and occasionally moderate in strength.

Maximum temperature: 27C (81F).


Firefighters in London relay for Grenfell Tower colleagues

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A team of South West firefighters are running to London in support of those involved in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The team of six from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will run 200 miles in relay from Exeter to Kensington North Fire Station. Each member will run five miles at a time and they are aiming to raise £2,500 to support colleagues who were the first on the scene.

Grenfell Tower

They start tomorrow morning and expect to reach London on Saturday.

Station Manager Danny Slay, who organised the charity event, said: "We wanted to show our respect and gratitude to colleagues who courageously battled the intense fire at Grenfell Tower.

The Fire Brigades Union has set up a fund to help the firefighters deal with the psychological effects of tackling the blaze.

£60m A30 dual carriageway to open on 14 July

The new £60m stretch of dual carriageway on the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake will open on 14 July.

Cornwall Council has promised the works - which took over two years to complete - will put an end to bottlenecks in the area.

The original date for the opening was spring, but that was moved to the next Friday following delays.


Lifeboat tows yacht to safety

BBC Radio Cornwall

Sennen lifeboat was launched this morning to help a 20ft yacht that had suffered engine failure.

It towed the vessel back in to Newlyn.

MP welcomes announcement of new broadband investment

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the launch of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

The government’s £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund (DIIF) will aim to improve broadband connections across the country.


He said: "Particularly in rural areas like mid-Cornwall, having the best possible broadband access in this digital age is essential for people who live and work here, also creating the right conditions for more high-skilled, high-paid jobs in the future."

Endangered seahorse discovered off Devon

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An extremely rare breed of seahorse has been discovered off the coast of Devon.

The short-snouted seahorse, also known as Hippocampus Hippocampus, was found by experts from the National Marine Aquarium.

Short-snouted seahorse
National Marine Aquarium

Its native habitat is off the south west coast of the UK, but is more commonly found now in Mediterranean waters.

Due to environmental changes, in recent years there has been a sharp decline in the number of wild short-snouted seahorses, and it's currently on the list of European species that require an action plan to stop decline in the UK.

Travel: Slow traffic on A30

BBC News Travel

  • On the A30 at Indian Queens there's very slow traffic eastbound due to earlier car fire near the Owl Sanctuary. Queues from Higher Fraddon
  • In Exeter there's slow-moving traffic on Bridge Road between the Matford and Countess Wear Roundabouts, as well as on Topsham Road city bound
  • ADVANCE WARNING: Bridge Road in Exeter will be closed tonight from 20:30 until 05:30 for resurfacing. Diversion will be in place

Police appeal after shoplifting

The police have released a video showing two people they'd like to identify, in relation to a high-value shoplifting in Plymouth.

At about 15:15 on Wednesday 17 May, about £650 of audio equipment was taken from the Richer Sounds store in the city.

Police would like to identify and speak to the man and woman in the video.

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MP questions value of EU funding

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

MP Scott Mann says Cornwall can be better served with funding coming from Westminster, rather than Brussels.

New figures show Cornwall may not actually have been poor enough to justify getting £1bn of European funding over the past 15 years.

About £1bn has been spent on projects including Falmouth University and the Eden Project.

Mr Mann told BBC Radio Cornwall: "There's very little that the man in the street would say European money has helped them in their day to day lives."

Scott Mann

"As we move forward, the European money won't be there, there will be a replacement and that will be UK based.

"I'm not suggesting that EU funding hasn't built buildings in Cornwall. All I'm suggesting is that it hasn't trickled down and been seen in people's pockets in Cornwall. I think a much more tailored approach from central government to ensure that money gets where it's needed will be better for the UK."

Does the hat fit for making music?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

It’s not exactly a fashion statement but this hat could spell the end of all that boring and time-wasting button pushing on your mobile device.

Professor Eduardo Miranda at the University of Plymouth is developing headwear that measures brain signals.

Brain hat

It means that by changing your thought patterns, you could change your playlists.

It could take some getting used to if your mind starts wandering, but I thought I’d try it on for size...

Brain power could pick music playlists says Plymouth professor

Hospital buys specialist beds

BBC Radio Cornwall

A community hospital in West Cornwall has just raised enough money to pay for six new state-of-the-art beds at a cost of about £23,000.

The beds at Helston Community Hospital will cater for patients with complex needs, bosses say. They are able to get very low to the ground and make it easier for elderly patients to get on to them.

Helston hospital

The cash was raised by a friends of the hospital group, at a series of fundraising events, after the NHS was unable to provide the money.

Wolf pack gets bigger enclosure... and visitors

Rob England

BBC News Online

A scientific study into a pack of wolves in East Devon is taking its research to the next level by moving the cubs to a bigger enclosure to monitor how they react with human visitors.

Their behaviour is being studied by academics from Sweden who are hoping to find out more about the pack based at Wildwood, Escot.

It's all part of a project to see whether the species could ever be released back in the UK.

However, David George, the regional officer for the NFU in Devon, said: "We need to be cautious about introducing large predators like this back into the wild. There might be a risk to lambs and calves possibly."

Conservation groups aim to rewild wolves and lynxes

Search for dog owner continues after microchip number invalid

A team of fire mechanics that rescued two dogs this morning, is continuing to try and track down the owners.

The animals were found near Tolvaddon, in Cornwall. Vets have confirmed the small brown dogs have been microchipped, but the phone number registered is invalid.

They are now calling around local vets to see if they can find their owners.


Travel: Can on fire on A30

BBC News Travel

Wolf pack moving to enclosure

A pack of six wolves in the South West of England are getting used to new more spacious surroundings this morning.

The six European wolves have been in quarantine for four months at Wildwood Escott in East Devon - but they've now moved to a large enclosure and will be able to see visitors to the park... and visitors will be able to see them.


Swedish academics are studying the behaviour of the pack to find out more about the animals and assess if they can ever be released into the wild in the future.

Family tribute to Plymouth man

The family of a man who died outside a Plymouth pub says he will be "terribly missed".

John Olver, 60, died on Sunday outside The Clarence in Stonehouse after emergency services were unable to resuscitate him.

His family said he was an "avid Plymouth Argyle fan" and was "sadly taken too soon".

Police outside pub

"An amazing, loving father of three and a doting grandfather of seven, will be terribly missed by all the family.

"Rest in peace dad. As a family we would like to thank all the emergency services for all the help they provided."

A 25-year-old man from Plymouth has been charged with manslaughter.

iTunes voucher scam still being investigated by St Austell Police

Cornwall Live

Police are continuing to investigate an iTunes voucher scam in which elderly people are told they can avoid being arrested by purchasing gift cards.

Police 'concerned' for missing Exeter man

Police say they are "increasingly concerned" about a man who has not been seen for several weeks.

Police describe Gavin Heywood as being in his late 30s, 5'6in tall, average build, and possibly walking with a limp.

He was last seen on 26 May in Exeter.

"Gavin is known to frequent the mid and south Devon areas as well as Exeter area. There are increasing concerns for his safety and that he may be in need of medical attention," said Devon and Cornwall Police.

Gavin Heywood
Devon and Cornwall Police

Princess Yachts makes £7m loss but says it will be in profit soon

Plymouth Herald

Luxury boat builder Princess Yachts has made a loss of £7m – but it is a huge improvement on the previous year and the firm is confident of returning to profit soon.

Weather: Warm day ahead for many

BBC Weather

It will be another dry day with very warm spells of sunshine.

There will also be a few early mist patches and some patchy low cloud which may remain on parts of the north coast.

Light, variable winds will become mainly north or northwesterly and occasionally moderate in strength.

Maximum temperature: 27C (81F).


Fire team catches two dogs on the run


Two dogs that were on the run have been caught by a fire team in Cornwall.

The fleet maintenance mechanics are taking the dogs to a vets to see if they're chipped, in an effort to track down the owners.

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