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  1. Truro assault: Man has 'serious head injury'
  2. Exeter bus station and leisure centre budget approved
  3. Mayor of Torbay faces vote of no confidence today
  4. Coverack flash flood: Road repair work begins
  5. Devon County Council urged to give schools £2m rather than put it in reserves
  6. 'No refunds' for axed Olly Murs Bournemouth and Exeter gigs
  7. Warship made of plastic bottles
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Lynne French

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Natalie Cornah tonight at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news bulletin at 22:30.

Orchestra 'disappointed' at concert cancellation

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) says it's "very disappointed" its concert at Powderham Castle has been cancelled after the promoter Stephen C Associates ceased trading.

The orchestra, which was due to perform on Sunday 30 July, said the circumstances were out of its control, but added that any tickets purchased directly from BSO would be fully refunded.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Clifford

The promoter going bust has also resulted in an Olly Murs gig at the castle being axed on Saturday 29 July.

Stephen C Associates said in a statement it was not in a position to offer refund to ticket holders.

Plymouth diving future 'bright' - Banks

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Great Britain coach Andy Banks says diving has a "bright future" in Plymouth despite leaving to take a role with the Australian team.

Plymouth has produced Tom Daley, Sarah Barrow and Brooke Graddon, but Tonia Couch is now the only senior GB diver based there.

Tonia Couch (left) and Andy Banks
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"The city of Plymouth is a massive proponent of diving and it always has been," Banks told BBC Sport.

"Plymouth is always going to have one of the best facilities in the country - there are coaches there that are really good, there's a system there that's really good."

Tonia Couch (left) and Andy Banks

Plymouth diving future 'bright' - Banks

Former Great Britain coach Andy Banks says diving has a "bright future" in Plymouth despite leaving for a role in Australia.

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The name for Plymouth's history centre has been officially revealed

Plymouth Herald

It has been a long time coming, but what we have all come to know as the History Centre has been officially named – The Box.

Cable leadership 'may lead to Lib-Lab pact'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The election of Vince Cable as the leader of the Liberal Democrats may increase the chances of a partnership with Labour according to a University of Exeter political expert.

The 74-year old Twickenham MP was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed.

Vince Cable will face a long uphill battle to re-establish his party as a credible fighting force, and as the Cameron-Clegg coalition was toxic for the Lib Dems, it seems that the only possible route back to power would involve a deal with Labour. Realistically, the best that Cable can hope for may be a Lib-Lab pact in the style of 1977-8, when James Callaghan’s minority government was sustained by an agreement with David Steel’s Liberals that stopped short of full coalition.”

Prof Richard ToyePolitical historian at University of Exeter

Devon and Cornwall knife amnesty

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People can dispose of unwanted bladed items, without fear of prosecution, such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles between 17-23 July, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

There will be collection bins at the following police offices: Heavitree Road in Exeter; Torquay; Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth; Camborne, St Austell and Bodmin and Barnstaple.

Cornish powerlifter 'back from dead'

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornishman Graham Alway says he has come "back from the dead" to qualify for next year's British Drug Free Powerlifting Championships.

He had a stroke in 2010, but recovered from that and pneumonia to win the south west event and seal his place in the national competition, in the over-45 category.

Graham Alway
Graham Alway

"If I had weightlifted as soon as I'd come out of hospital i probably would've died, so I left it two years after and I've come back from the dead really," Alway told BBC Radio Cornwall."I would love to come first - I'm seriously happy with second, but first is what I'm there for really."

Helicopter rescue for women stranded by tide

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two people have been airlifted to safety off rocks near Newquay after getting cut off by the tide.

The women became stranded between Watergate Bay and Whipsiderry about lunchtime.

Coastguard helicopter

Newquay's RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats, cliff rescue team, RNLI lifeguards from Watergate Bay and the Coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue.

The pair were airlifted to the top of the cliff and dropped to safety.

Weather for Devon and Cornwall

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

This evening and tonight skies will cloud over, with showers or longer spells of rain and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

Weather for Friday

Heavy rain will slowly spread eastwards tomorrow, but this should clear away later in the afternoon, leaving drier and brighter conditions to end the day. It will also be very windy to begin with a maximum temperature of 18C (64F).

Jail for stalker who forced victim from her home

Lynne French

BBC News Online

A persistent stalker who repeatedly broke a no-contact order and forced his victim from her own home has been jailed for 14 months.

Kim Allison, a former Royal Navy helicopter instructor, met his female victim on a dating website after the death of his wife.

The 62-year-old from Wellbeck Road, Yeovil, began stalking his victim when she ended their five-month relationship.

At the height of his stalking the woman was so frightened that she fled her home in Torquay.

Allison admitted three offences of breaching a restraining order and one of harassment.

Exeter Crown Court heard the victim was plagued with obscene messages after Allison posted her details on sado masochistic sex websites.

After the case Sergeant Simon Lee, from Devon and Cornwall Police's domestic abuse and sexual offences team, said stalking ruined lives and the sentence was a reflection of the "persistent and worrying nature" of Allison’s behaviour.

Services join together for coast safety campaign

Lynne French

BBC News Online

A #Coastsafe campaign has been launched after 21 coast-related deaths in Cornwall last year.

With tens of thousands of holidaymakers due to arrive over the summer, the aim of the campaign is to bring together safety messages from emergency services, including the RNLI, HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The campaign includes a range of initiatives, information and advice on topics such as cliff walking and tombstoning (jumping from height into water), rip currents, tides, falling in the water and beach safety.

Steve Instance from the RNLI said: "Anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly in the water should fight your instincts and remember one core survival skill – floating, until the effects of cold water shock pass and you can catch your breath, before then trying to swim to safety or call for help.

Student, 19, took his own life - the sixth in one year

Devon Live

A 19-year-old from Devon killed himself at university in Bristol, one of six students to have taken their lives in one year in the city.

Prince of Wales at Okehampton

Second meeting for Coverack flood victims

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Temporary accommodation is being sought for three people displaced by the flash flooding in Coverack on Tuesday, Cornwall Council says.

Following heavy rain and hail, a wall of water swept through the village ripping up the main road of the village and damaging about 50 properties.

A crowdfunding page set up after the flood has so far raised nearly £3,000.

Coverack repair work
Cornwall Council

Repairs to the road have already begun and skips have been brought in to allow residents to dump flood-damaged belongings.

Precautionary warning signs have been put up near the beach and local streams amid pollution concerns caused by the main sewage line being damaged.

A second meeting, chaired by the council's leader, Adam Paynter, will be held on Friday at the Paris Hotel at 11:00 BST to update residents and answer questions.

Call for bereaved families to vote

The government's being urged to change the law to make sure bereaved families can vote - after a Devon woman missed out on casting her ballot because of the death of her grandmother.

Under current rules it's possible to get a short-notice proxy vote in the event of a work or a medical emergency. But Torbay's Conservative MP, Kevin Foster, says that should be extended to the recently bereaved.

Kevin Foster

The government says there are no current plans to change the rules.

But Labour MP Bridget Phillipson, who's on a Commons committee related to election rules agreed bereavement should be treated as an emergency.

Devon and Cornwall among safest areas, despite crime rise, police say

Lynne French

BBC News Online

The South West remains one of the safest areas to live, despite a 17% rise in crime, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Referring to the latest crime figures for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the force says the increase reflects "an overall national increase in recorded crime" and could be partially attributable to victims having more confidence to come forward and report crimes.

Reporting of sexual offences was up by nearly 39%, possession of weapons by 33% and public order offences by nearly 32%. Drug offences fell by 4%

Middlemoor Police HQ

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton, said: "No victim should suffer in silence, and we will continue to work hard to support these people and to give a voice to each and every one of them, regardless if this sees a rise in our crime figures."

He acknowledged forces nationally were starting to see some increases in crime in local communities, but said it was too early to explain why, as the reasons were "likely to be complex", adding that he was confident Devon and Cornwall "continues to remain a safe place to live, work, and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low".

Love rejoins Raiders as head coach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Raiders have reappointed the club's all-time leading appearance maker Gavin Love as head coach.

The 39-year-old played 371 times for the British Basketball League side, and managed them for three years before being sacked in September 2013.

Gavin Love
BBC Sport

Love's return comes after Raiders were sold to businessmen Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard on Tuesday.

Final green light for Exeter's new bus station and leisure centre budget

BBC Radio Devon

The green light has finally been given to an £8m increase in the budget for Exeter City Council's new bus station and leisure centre development - bringing the total cost of the project to £40m.

Exeter bus station

At an extraordinary meeting of the council last night, members voted 24 to 10 in favour, with one abstention.

Plans to pedestrianise Paris Street are currently subject to a public enquiry, but city councillor Phil Bialyk, who's in charge of the redevelopment, says the project will go ahead whatever the outcome is.

Totnes begging crackdown brings rise in crime

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A crackdown on beggars in Totnes has led to a rise in thefts from cars say police.


Officers are warning owners to "ensure no valuables are left in cars overnight and ensure they are locked. Marked and unmarked patrols are continuing during the night."

"We have seen an increase in acquisitive crime, including theft or attempted theft from motor vehicles and shoplifting," they said on Facebook.

They said that the rise in crime was "anticipated due to a more robust approach in relation to begging, where the income of individuals has been dramatically reduced".

Batten down the hatches! Weather warning for heavy rain and high winds

Hedgehog kicking death prompts education leaflets

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Schools in Cornwall have been sent "emergency humane" literature after video footage was posted on social media of teenagers kicking a hedgehog to death.

According to reports the teenagers bragged that it was the third hedgehog they'd killed this year.

Pete Oxford

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said its education materials are designed to help children recognise the importance of compassion and empathy for all living beings and points out that experts consider a "callous disregard for life and desensitisation to suffering of animals" to be red flags for other kinds of violence.

"PETA wants to prevent any further acts of cruelty," director Elisa Allen said, adding that teaching children to respect others - human and non-human, was "vital".

Flood council praised for 'wonderful' response

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has been praised for the way it's responded to the flash flood that swept through the village of Coverack on Tuesday, all but destroying the main road and damaging about 50 homes.

Heavy machinery has been brought in and road repairs have already begun.

Coverack clear up

Skips are being brought into the village throughout the day to let residents dispose of their damaged belongings.

Parish Councillor Bill Frisken says Cornwall Council and its contractor Cormac are doing "a wonderful job".

Coverack flood, Tuesday 18 July 2017
Rick House

"They're really digging out - making a path down the road, so we can at least walk down the main road - and starting to fill in some of the enormous holes that have been gouged out by the river on the side of the road," he said.

Western Power Distribution plan to dig up Falmouth town centre over next four years

Cornwall Live

A major project to replace underground cables in a Cornish town centre could take up to four years to complete, leaving traders, residents and visitors facing months of disruption at a time.

'No refunds' for axed Olly Murs Bournemouth and Exeter gigs

BBC News England

Many ticketholders for cancelled Olly Murs concerts in Dorset and Devon will not be refunded after the promoter went bust.

The singer was to perform at Exeter's Powderham Castle on 29 July and at Kings Park, Bournemouth on 5 August.

Stephen C Associates Limited, which organised the events, said it had ceased trading. In a statement the promoter said: "The company is not in a position to offer you a refund."

Olly Murs

Many, including Lynsey Welstead from Bournemouth, paid for their tickets using debit cards. She spent £130 for three tickets as a Christmas present for her sons.

"My boys are such big fans of Olly Murs. It would have been their first concert - it's really disappointing," she said.

The BBC has contacted Olly Murs' management for a comment.

Happy birthday

Harriet Bradshaw


The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are on their second day of their three day tour of the region.

Prince Charles was last in the South West back in May when he visited a nature reserve at Bridport in Dorset. The pair will this time be visiting businesses, charities and various projects across Devon and Cornwall.

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Man arrested following Truro assault

Lynne French

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Truro in the early hours.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his early 30s suffered a "significant" head injury in the incident in Pendeen Road.

Pendeen assault scene

He was initially treated at Truro's Royal Cornwall Hospital before being transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. His condition is not known.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information is asked to contact police, quoting log number 54 of 20/07/17.

Cargo arrives by sail power

BBC Radio Cornwall

A sail-powered cargo ship has been bringing goods to Looe this week.

The Lun II has brought port and wine from Portugal to the Cornish harbour from where it will be taken by road to Manchester.

Lun II

Importer Raymond Reynolds says the aim is to help reduce pollution from burning fuel.

Devon parks 'top of the tree'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Two parks run by Devon County Council have been awarded Keep Britain Tidy's prestigious Green Flag award.

It's the ninth consecutive year, the accolade has been given to the Grand Western Canal Country Park, which stretches for more than 11 miles from Tiverton to the Somerset border and is jointly funded by the county council and Mid Devon District Council.

Tiverton and Great Western Canal

The other site - which gets the flag for the 14th year - is Stover County Park and Nature Reserve, jointly funded by the county council and Teignbridge District Council.

The Site of Special Scientific Interest, has 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marshland.

Stover Country Park

The awards are judged by more than 700 volunteers who visit sites across the country and assess them against strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Woman who collapsed in pouring rain had to wait more than two hours for ambulance in Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

A woman who collapsed in a city centre street in the pouring rain had to wait more than two hours for an ambulance.

Flood road repair work 'to take weeks'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

People living in the flood-hit village of Coverack have been told at a public meeting that the work to repair the main road into the village will take "several weeks" to complete.

The road was destroyed on Tuesday when a wall of water swept through the village, ripping up the road and sweeping debris down to the sea.

Flood damage, Coverack

Two people trapped in their home were airlifted to safety by a coastguard helicopter and about 50 properties were damaged by the flood.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

If you're planning a day at the seaside, here are the all-important times of high water around the region's coasts.

Tide times for Thursday

There will be a full weather forecast in Spotlight's lunchtime news at 13:30 on BBC One.

Shock as Olly Murs gig is cancelled

Devon Live

Olly Murs will not be coming to Exeterundefinedto perform next weekend following a shock announcement made by organisers that the gig has been cancelled.

Warship made of plastic bottles

BBC Radio Cornwall

Charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is behind a 30ft warship made entirely of plastic bottles.

It says the creation highlights the threat single-use plastics pose to our oceans.

The ship has been created on Marazion Beach in west Cornwall.

Hugo Tagholm from SAS said: "Plastic cutlery is one of my big bugbears. They're used for a second and then thrown away. You can reuse plastic bottles, instead of buying a new one each time, and take a reuseable coffee cup wherever you go."


Cash plea for Devon schools

BBC Spotlight

Devon County Council is being urged to give £2m to schools rather than put it into its reserves.

The Lib Dems want the council to reverse a £33 per head cut to the schools budget.

School pupils

But the Conservative-run council says that money was re-allocated to high-needs young people and that it needs to ensure it has cash in reserves.

Olly Murs 'gutted' by Powderham gigs cancellation after promoter goes bust

BBC Radio Devon

Two gigs at Powderham Castle - for Olly Murs and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - due to be held on Saturday and Sunday, have been cancelled after the promoter Stephen C Associates ceased trading.

Olly Murs has tweeted that he's gutted. He says although it's out of his control he's still "so sorry" and hopes he can see everyone soon.

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The Earl of Devon , who owns Powderham, says he's sad about the news and is considering various options to see what Powderham can do as it's unlikely ticket holders will get a refund.

Rock removal in flood-damaged Coverack

School bus crash 'blocks road'

BBC News Travel

A school bus and car have been involved in a crash in South Devon.

It happened on the A382, Bovey Tracey. Devon and Cornwall Police said there were no reports of injuries and the "minor collision" was currently blocking the road.