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Summary

  1. Three people killed in North Devon crash named by police
  2. Girl, 9, dies after A361 West Buckland crash
  3. Sidmouth crash victim, 24, named by police
  4. Woman dies in single-car crash in Summercourt
  5. Devon man jailed for life for murder of Hastings man
  6. Woman airlifted to hospital after harbour fall
  7. Fire at four-storey building in Newquay tackled by fire crews
  8. Shetland has sunnier July than Cornwall
  9. Sherford developers given more flexibility
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

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.

Six people killed in road crashes in Devon and Cornwall since Friday

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Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children James and Amy Gaskin, from the Milton Keynes area, died following the crash in on the A361 in Devon
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Lucky escape for Teddy

Fire crews in Cornwall attended a call to a puppy whose jaw had become trapped in the metal work of a dog cage earlier today.

They managed to cut Teddy free, and left him, unharmed, in the care of his owner.

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Torquay man stabbed and hospitalised

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack in which a 33-year-old man was stabbed and hospitalised.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a group of up to four men in their 20s and wearing hoodies were involved.

The local man was stabbed in his back and is expected to make a full recovery.

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The steps between Fleet Street and Madrepore Road

The assault happened between 02:45 and 03:15 on the steps between Fleet Street and Madrepore Road on Saturday 15 July.

Mother and twins who died in crash are named

Jane Baker-Lockett and her twins James and Amy Gaskin
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A mother and her 12-year-old twins killed in a crash while on holiday have been named.

Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children James and Amy Gaskin, from the Milton Keynes area, died following the crash in on the A361 in Devon.

Her husband was travelling in a separate vehicle with her 14-year-old son and saw the crash behind them.

'No excuse' to not check tyres, police say

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police operation in Exeter found five illegal tyres on cars in two days.

About 30% of 118 vehicles stopped had one tyre or more with a tread depth measuring 3mm or under; a point at which tyre performance begins to fall dramatically.

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PC Welch, who led the operation, said: “The condition of tyres and vehicle handling go hand in hand. Tyres are the only points of contact between a vehicle and the road.

"The principle is the same with any wearable item on a vehicle; the more worn they are, the less effective they become.

"There’s simply no excuse to not check your tyres regularly. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself there are more than enough garages and tyre centres around who will gladly check for you.”

Shark record broken after 'hour and a half-long battle'

The record for the biggest blue shark caught and released in Britain was broken after an "hour and a half-long battle".

The shark was caught by John Dines during a fishing trip off Penzance.

The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain said: "It was clear from the first run that this was an exceptional fish.

"The first sighting came within 40 minutes and John then realised the full scale of the task.

"It took another 50 minutes to get the fish to the point where it could be safely brought aboard."

Metal hanging 'dangerously' off balcony removed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Corrugated metal hanging "dangerously" off a balcony over a street in South East Cornwall has been removed by firefighters.

The metal, which was 8ft long, was removed from the balcony in Beach Hill, Downderry at 11:55.

Crews used a 13m ladder to reach the second floor balcony.

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Jouster's fitness is joust no joke

BBC Radio Cornwall

It's been joust no joke for visitors to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth this week.

Medieval knights on horseback have been doing battle at the castle as part of a series of events organised by English Heritage.

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Recent tests on professional jouster Roy Murray have shown his fitness levels are comparable to top level athletes such as professional footballers, top tennis players and Formula One drivers.

He says high levels of fitness are vital in ensuring safety in a sport where the physical contact and danger is real and not simulated.

Severe accident: A389 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A389 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Boundary Road and B3266 affecting A391 Westheath Avenue.

A389 Cornwall - A389 in Bodmin closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Boundary Road junction and the B3266 junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A391 Westheath Avenue junction.

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

Man jailed for murdering partner's missing ex-boyfriend Karl Bunster

A man has been jailed for murdering his partner's ex-boyfriend whose body has never been found.

Karl Bunster, 37, from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street on 17 December 2015. Ben Walton, 49, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, Devon, was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice. He must serve at least 30 years in jail.

Stacey McClymont, who once lived with the victim, was jailed for two years for perverting the course of justice.

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Ben Walton

Overturned lorry on A38

BBC News Travel

Near Exminster, the two outer lanes of the A38 southbound are closed, due to an overturned lorry near the Splatford Split - traffic is tailing back to Clyst St Mary.

Officers offered counselling and support after dealing with multiple fatal collisions

BBC Radio Cornwall

Road traffic officers are being offered counselling and support after dealing with multiple fatalities on the roads in the past week, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

Six people have died in collisions on the region's roads since Friday, three of them children.

Ch Insp Adrian Leisk described the number of fatalities as "unprecedented".

Some of our staff have gone from fatal collision to fatal collision to fatal collision. We need to ensure they're adequately supported.

Ch Insp Adrian Leisk

Haul of hi-tech goods and passports stolen in burglary

Cornwall Live

Burglars have made off with a haul of hi-tech kit after a raid on a home in Bodmin.

'Defective tyres can be deadly': More than 180 cars stopped in police check

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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Exeter police officers stopped 188 vehicles in two days in a crackdown on defective tyres.

Devon and Cornwall Police said PC William Welch, who led the operation, learned the majority of motorists weren't checking their tyres more than twice a year which he said was "extremely worrying".

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Five illegal tyres were found on four cars which were dealt with by fixed penalties or reported to appear at local magistrates.

The maximum penalty for driving with a defective tyre is three penalty points and a £2,500 fine.

Parents of missing man appeal for information

The parents of missing Exeter man, Gavin Heywood, has urged anyone with information to come forward.

His parents said: “Our son Gavin has now been missing since 26 May. During this time he hasn't used his bank account or his phone.

“This is totally out of character. We are very concerned and desperately need to know if he is safe and well. If anyone knows of his whereabouts or anything at all about his disappearance, please contact the police.”

Gavin is described as a white man in his late 30's, 5"9 tall, of average build, shaved head, possibly short grey beard, possibly walking with a limp.

Police said he may be in need of medical attention.

Gavin Heywood
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Sherford developers given more flexibility

Jenny Kumah

BBC Radio Devon

Planners at South Hams District Council have voted in favour of allowing the developers of the new town of Sherford more flexibility in the way they build houses at the site.

A strict set of rules known as the 'town code' - affecting things like architectural style, where people park and how streets are laid out, will be replaced with a less rigid set of guiding principles.

Last week Plymouth City Council voted against the changes out of concern that future houses would not be built to high enough design standards.

French yachtsman rescued from Atlantic

BBC Radio Cornwall

A French yachtsman has been rescued from the middle of the Atlantic after UK Coastguards picked up his satellite distress alert.

The Belgium registered sailing yacht was 429 nautical miles southwest of Land's End when it got into difficulty.

A mayday was issued to all vessels in the area. An oil tanker travelling to Trinidad - which was five hours away from the yacht - responded and arrived just after 03:00 to find the yacht taking on water and sinking.

The casualty, a French national was safely taken on to the tanker. Despite his ordeal he required no medical attention. The yacht was not recovered.

Huge catch breaks British shark record

The record for the biggest blue shark caught and released in Britain has been broken during a sharking trip off Penzance.

The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain confirmed the fish measured 2.69m (106 ins) from the nose to the fork of the tail and had a girth of 1.2m (44 ins).

Its weight is an estimated 116.3kg (256.5lbs) and was caught by John Dines.

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Devon road just passable due to flooding

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • On the A381 from Kingsbridge to Totnes the road is only just passable due to flooding - please approach with care
  • In Plympton, on Market Road, there's been an accident near Priory Mill - expect delays
  • Between Totnes and Avonwick there's an overturned car, causing a build up of traffic heading towards Totnes
  • In Kentisbury, the A399 Long Lane is partially blocked due to an accident near Slade Lane
  • In Exeter, there's very slow traffic on Pinhoe Road in the roadworks area near Polsloe Road
  • In Newton Poppleford, there's slow traffic on the A3052 Four Elms Hill near Lower Way due to the temporary traffic lights

Cornwall

  • In Camborne, the A3047 is partially blocked due to a two-vehicle collision near Treswithian Park Road
  • In Liskeard, there's slow traffic on the A38 Eastbound due to a broken-down vehicle between Plymouth Road and Horningtops
  • Between Looe and Sandplace we've got reports on the A387 Sandplace Road there's an accident
  • On the A389 Wadebridge to Bodmin road we've got reports there's heavy traffic due to roadworks

Six people killed in road crashes in Devon and Cornwall since Friday

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Man jailed for life for murder of Hastings man

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Ben Walton, 49, from Devon has been jailed for life and told he will serve at least 30 years in prison for the murder of Karl Bunster.

Mr Bunster, 37, from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street on 17 December 2015 and his body has never been found.

Stacey McClymont, 29, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

McCymont was given a two year prison sentence at the hearing at Croydon Crown Court.

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Karl Bunster was last seen in Hastings in December 2015

Dog finds cash and drugs hidden in plug socket

A police drugs sniffer dog has uncovered a stash of cash and drugs hidden in a plug socket during a property raid in Cornwall.

Police dog Jet indicated he suspected something was inside the socket during a property search under warrant yesterday.

It turned out to be a safe holding a large amount of heroin.

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Wet and windy for the rest of today

BBC Weather

It will be a wet afternoon with strong winds for many.

The skies will be rather cloudy across Devon and Cornwall with some fog over the tops of the hills and the rain will turn heavy at times, mainly over high ground.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Fatal crash: Nine-year-old girl named by police

Police have named the nine-year-old girl that died after a car crash on Sunday.

Keira Ball was taken to hospital after the crash but died on Tuesday.

The two-vehicle crash happened on the A361 near West Buckland.

Police were called to reports that a Vauxhall Vectra car travelling towards Barnstaple was involved in a collision with a Ford Ranger 4x4 towing a trailer travelling in the opposite direction.

The Vauxhall driver, a woman in her 30s, along with a seven-year-old child and Keira all had serious injuries. Keira's mother and brother remain in hospital.

The driver of the Ford Ranger had minor injuries and has been released from hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Youth club's crowdfunding campaign pays off

BBC Spotlight

A youth club in Plymouth that was facing closure has been given a reprieve thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The youngsters at the Space Shot Youth Project in Ernesettle use the sessions as a chance to make friends and access support.

Lottery funding ran out earlier this year and the community stepped in to help raise the £35,000 needed for the project to continue to help young people turn their lives around.

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Travel latest: Ferries cancelled due to weather

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • In Exeter at the junction of Cowick Street and Buddle Lane there are temporary traffic lights due to sewer work. Slow traffic
  • In Honiton on Sidmouth Road at the junction with Rosemount Lane there are temporary traffic lights due to water main work. Traffic very heavy

Cornwall

  • On the A393 between Ponsanooth and the Treluswell Roundabout there's very heavy traffic
  • Near Penryn on A39 there's slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabout
  • On the A30 heading westbound between Camborne and the St Erth Roundabout there's slow moving traffic
  • On the A30 in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross there's busy traffic
  • In Trewoon the A3058 Edgcumbe Road is partially blocked due to a broken down vehicle around Edgcumbe Green

Ferries

  • The Brixham to Torquay Express Ferry out of service due to the weather conditions
  • The Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry is running until 18:00
  • The St Mawes Ferry and Place Ferry and Enterprise Boats are out of service for the rest of the day due to the weather conditions

Prisoners' paintings up for sale

BBC Radio Devon

Prisoners' paintings will be up for sale as part of a professional art exhibition in Tavistock Town Hall today.

The pictures, produced by Dartmoor inmates are being shown by a cooperative of artists called Drawn to the Valley.

None of the pieces will cost more than £40 and each inmate won't get the money until they're out of jail.

Dirty Dancing couple who ended up in A&E by recreating lift are shown how to do it by Torquay cast

Devon Live

A couple who hit national headlines after knocking themselves out while attempting the iconic 'Dirty Dancing' lift, were shown how to do it properly on Monday night - by the cast at Torquay's Princess Theatre.

Mother and twins killed in crash: What we know so far

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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  • A mother and her 12-year-old twins were killed in a crash while on holiday in North Devon
  • Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children James and Amy Gaskin, were from the Milton Keynes area
  • Her husband was travelling in a separate vehicle with her 14-year-old son. They saw the crash
  • It happened on the A361 near Barnstaple at 08:25 on Monday morning
  • The crash involved a Kia Sportage and an oncoming lorry
  • The road was closed for nine hours
  • Ms Baker-Lockett died at the scene
  • Amy died on arrival at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple
  • James, who was taken to hospital via air ambulance, died shortly afterwards
  • An investigation is under way and police are appealing for witnesses

Fraudsters targeting Torridge residents

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Torridge Council has warned residents after complaints of scammers targeting people in the area.

Several people have reported receiving phone calls from people claiming to represent the council.

The current scam appears to involve residents being told they are due back-dated council tax refunds over many years amounting to several thousand pounds.

The hoaxer then asks for their bank details to process the fictitious refund.

Councillor David Hurley said: "It is regrettable that fraudsters continue to target our residents with scams aimed at stealing money from them.

"The advice is to remain vigilant and if people have any doubts at all about the credibility of any caller they should check first and never reveal financial information to someone they don’t know or can't verify."

Dog finds heroin behind plug socket

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'Poor driving conditions and large amounts of surface water'

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Dog rescue under way

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coastguards in Falmouth say a dog rescue is under way near Tintagel.

A lifeboat has been launched and crews are trying to retrieve the animal.

Heartbreaking final farewell to A38 crash victim Tony Woodman Read

Plymouth Herald

The funeral of a 53-year-old man from Plymouth who was killed in a crash on the A38 is being held today.

Heritage sport gets a new lease of life in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Knights in armour have been doing battle on horseback in Cornwall this week, including at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth.

Jousting has become a popular attraction at castles around the country with English Heritage even calling for jousting to be recognised as an Olympic sport at future games.

Researchers at the University of Bath have proven that modern jousters have similar levels of fitness and strength to professional footballers and Formula One drivers.

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Nine-year-old girl dies after crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A nine-year-old girl has died after a two-vehicle crash on the A361 near West Buckland on Sunday.

Police were called to reports that a Vauxhall Vectra car travelling towards Barnstaple was involved in a collision with a Ford Ranger 4x4 towing a trailer travelling in the opposite direction.

The Vauxhall driver, a woman in her 30s, along with a seven-year-old child and a nine-year-old girl all had serious injuries. The nine-year-old girl died on Tuesday, police said.

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The driver of the Ford Ranger had minor injuries and has been released from hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Shetland has sunnier July than Cornwall

BBC News Channel

The Shetland Islands had more sunshine than Cornwall in July, despite being more than 700 miles further north.

It is only the eighth time this has happened since records began in 1929.

Met Office statistics showed the Shetland area had 192.9 hours of sunshine from 1-29 July, while Cornwall had 153.5 hours.

It was a wet month for the UK as a whole, with 22% more than the average rainfall for July.

Properties were damaged and people had to be rescued after heavy rain and storms hit the Cornish village of Coverack.

Shetland and Cornwall
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Sun on St Ninian's Isle, Shetland, while intense rain caused flash flooding in Coverack, Cornwall

Six people killed in road crashes in Devon and Cornwall since Friday

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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Six people have died in road crashes on the region's roads since Friday, three of them children, police say.

Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin, from the Milton Keynes area, died in a crash in on the A361 near Barnstaple in Devon on Monday.

Her husband was travelling in a separate vehicle with her 14-year-old son and saw the crash behind them.

A nine-year-old girl died following a two-vehicle collision on the A361 near to West Buckland on Sunday.

Aidan Spruhan, 24, from Chudleigh Knighton died in a crash on Friday on Elms Hill in Sidmouth.

A woman in her 50s died on Tuesday after a crash on the B3275 at Brighton Cross Roundabout, Summercourt, Cornwall.