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  1. RAF wing commander cleared of sex assault on boy
  2. Three people saved in Bude 'challenging rescue'
  3. Co-op worker blinded in one eye in assault
  4. Cyber expert, Marcus Hutchins, thanks supporters after court appearance
  5. Action 'may be taken' against unofficial double yellow lines
  6. Boardmasters Festival: Organisers acknowledge road and rail chaos
  7. New powers to target people flouting dog beach bans
  8. Traditional fishing 'keeping oyster business alive in Cornwall'
  9. Lynmouth marks 65th anniversary of fatal flood
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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.

Three Barclays branches to shut in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

Three branches of Barclays in Devon are to close in the October and November, the bank has confirmed.

They are:

  • Holsworthy on 13 October
  • Axminster on 20 October (pictured)
  • Brixham on 3 November

The bank said the decision had been made because only between 89 and 113 customers were using the branches exclusively for their banking, that the number of counter transactions had decreased, and people were also using other ways to bank, including online and by phone.

The bank previously announced that its Cullompton branch was to shut on 1 September.

Barclays, Axminster

Latest weather: Dry though the night, but cloudier by morning

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease later to leave a fine evening. It will stay dry though the night, but will turn cloudier by the morning. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


It will be a fine start to Wednesday, but skies will continue to turn increasingly cloudy into the afternoon, with rain expected by the evening. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Totnes beggars 'returning donated food to shops to get cash from refunds'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Beggars in Totnes have been taking food handed out to them and getting money for it by returning to shops it was bought from for refunds, local police say.

The move was among a number of activities revealed by local police who said on Facebook they were continuing to work "to deal with street begging and other anti-social behaviour associated with drug use".

Other activities apparently included one person trying to "busk" by hitting a saucepan with a stick.

Totnes Police said: "We are helping individuals engage with drug and alcohol support services by removing some of the barriers they face in getting that help, and likewise with housing."


Fancy doing some moor stargazing?

A stargazing event will be held on Bodmin Moor to mark its being officially announced as an International Dark Sky Landscape.

The event, run by Caradon and Tolcarn Observatories, will be held at the Jamaica Inn on Saturday.

The stargazing will begin at 20:30 and would be a "breathtaking experience", Dr Wayne Thomas of Caradon Observatory said.

The moor was granted the status in July, making it the fourth Dark Sky Park in the UK, and the 44th in the world.

The main purpose of the designation is to protect the quality of the sky over the moor.

Consultation into Devon councils' merger plans

BBC Radio Devon

A consultation has been launched on proposals for South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council to merge and create one single authority.

The consultation, approved by the majority of councillors from both areas, is allowing the public to have their say before proposals were submitted to the Secretary of State, the authorities said.

Events will be held in towns and parishes to allow people to talk to local councillors and find out more.

The authorities previously said combining would "help address the combined £1.9m gap in finances brought about by successive reductions in central government funding since 2010".

The councils already share some services, a chief executive and other staff.

However, the move could mean council tax bills for some in the South Hams increasing by an extra £25 a year for three years as its rates are lower.

The consultation runs until 8 October.

The Zoo: Is this what really goes on behind closed ... enclosures?


Paignton Zoo features in a new children's TV programme featuring talking animals which has started on CBBC.

The Zoo is a cross between a documentary and a comedy, where we get to hear what the animals really think of what is going on around them.

In the second episode, Jürgen the gorilla thinks the zoo selling the animals' poo, so he calls a poo strike. We daren't ask!

Woman seeks mystery hero who saved her life after allergic reaction to hair dye

Devon Live

A woman from Torquay who suffered a severe allergic reaction to some hair dye is trying to track down the mystery gas man she believes saved her life so she can thank him properly.

Marcus Hutchins: Security researcher to live in Los Angeles until next court appearance

James Cook

BBC's North America Correspondent

The Devon cyber-security researcher accused in the US of creating and selling malware will live in Los Angeles - where his employer is based - until his next court appearance, scheduled for 17 October.

Marcus Hutchins, who is 23 and from Ilfracombe in Devon, was released on bail after his appearance in court in the state of Wisconsin yesterday.

Among his fellow computer experts, Mr Hutchins is regarded as a hero for his role in stopping the so-called WannaCry virus which spread to 150 countries in May.

Marcus Hutchins

He appeared in a packed federal courtroom in Milwaukee on Monday to deny writing and distributing computer code designed to steal banking details in 2014 and 2015.

The judge said he could be released on bail. He will have to wear a GPS tracker and will not be allowed to leave the country, but has been permitted to access the internet so he can continue his cyber-security work.

He was arrested at Las Vegas airport two weeks ago before he was due to fly home from the city where he had been attending a cyber-security conference.

He is going to "vigorously defend himself" against the charges, one of his lawyers says.

Last week to fill in residents' survey in Wadebridge and Padstow

BBC Radio Cornwall

Residents in Wadebridge and Padstow (pictured) are being urged to make their views known about what they want for the future of their area.

They have less than a week now respond to a Cornwall Council questionnaire distributed through the area.

The council said the survey would "help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money".

It closes for submissions next Monday.

Andrew Segal

Begging 'busker' seen in Totnes 'playing' saucepan and stick

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Totnes say beggars are being "more robust" in their attempts to get cash by getting busking licences and, in one instance, "busking" by hitting an upside down saucepan with a stick.

Officers said earlier this year they were cracking down on begging after several reported cases of shoppers being aggressively harassed and threatened with violence by beggars who were apparently making up to a £100 a day.

Police said on Facebook they were still seeing individuals coming in via train or bus from elsewhere "as they see Totnes as a soft touch".

They warned that there was a code of practice for busking licences, and that licences would be revoked "if this 'busking' is causing a public nuisance".

They added that they were also concerned that this activity would "deter genuinely talented buskers performing in the town centre".

Andrew Segal

Primark sets the record straight on pronunciation

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Now, is it "Pry-mark" or "Pree-mark"?

How to pronounce the budget retailer's name has caused a basket-load of debate, with some claiming "Pry-mark" is an upmarket affectation. Others say "Pree-mark" is a northern thing.


But Primark - which has branches in Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Truro - has tried to settle the matter once and for all, writing on its website: "We like to use Pr-Eye-Mark."

However, this is a little unsettling for at least one person - me.

I was brought up in Belfast, where there has been a city centre branch for as long as I can remember, and the company was founded in the Irish Republic, opening its first store in Dublin in 1969 (although under the name Penneys).

However, it has always locally - in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, I think - been "Pree-mark".

Indeed, my sister told me off only last week for "mispronouncing it" Pry-mark, although it now transpires that I was actually correct - albeit completely inadvertently as the product of living in Britain for decades.

What do you think? You can email us your thoughts.

Latest weather: Dry with clear spells but cloudier overnight

BBC Weather

Sunny spells will become more widespread this afternoon and with west or northwesterly winds mainly light or moderate through the day, it will also feel a little warmer. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).


Tonight, it'll be mostly dry with some clear spells at first. However, it will become more cloudy from the west later in the night as high cloud increases and may result in a light shower developing by morning. Winds will be light or moderate from the southwest, but will freshen and back to the south later. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Water problems in Penstraze

Porthleven owner given a month to file application or remove illegal double yellows

Cornwall Live

The owner of a picturesque harbourside on the Lizard peninsula has been given a month to file the right highways application or remove his "illegal" double yellow lines.

BreakingRAF wing commander cleared of sex assault on boy

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Brian Wills-Pope, the officer commanding the Devon and Somerset Wing Air Training Corps, has been cleared of sexual assault.

At Taunton Crown Court Judge David Ticehurst ruled there was no case to answer and the trial, which began yesterday, was dismissed shortly after midday.

Mr Wills-Pope MBE, 64, from Torquay, had been charged with one count of sexual assault against a teenage boy.

Brian Wills-Pope

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A30 between Stowford Cross and Sourton Cross heading towards Okehampton, there's a broken-down caravan
  • In Combe Martin, on the A399 Leigh Road, near Wood Lane, there are reports of an accident
  • In Holsworthy, there is concrete on the road surface of Hawthorne Road. Devon Highways says: "We are attending asap," adding it is "messy, so please avoid if at all possible"

Dog owners face £100 fines if on pooch ban beaches

BBC Radio Cornwall

Dogs on beach sign

Council officials are out on Cornwall's beaches this summer, armed with new powers to fine people flouting dog bans.

Seasonal bans have been around on some beaches for years, but this summer is the first when new Public Space Protection Orders are in place. These give the council more powers to issue on-the spot fines of up to £100.

Fifteen people have been fined under the new orders between April and June - about the same level as previous years, the authority said.

Senior environmental health officer Kevin Brader said people "should do their research".

He added that offenders could end up before magistrates if fines were not paid.

Travel: Road blocked in Antony

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Antony, the A374 Antony Road is partially blocked near Trevol Road due to an accident.

The Zoo: What makes our animal friends tick? Now they're telling us


A new children's TV programme featuring talking animals has started on CBBC, and it was all filmed at Paignton Zoo.

The Zoo is a cross between a fly-on-the-wall documentary (although we don't think any flies are among the exhibits) and a comedy, where we get to hear what the animals really think of what is going on around them.

Filmed over three months, it is narrated by Outnumbered and Mock The Week star Hugh Dennis, and also co-stars the zoo's keepers.

In the first episode, it is the zoo's annual inspection day and evil-genius monkey Brutus hatches a plan.

Action 'may be taken' against unofficial Porthleven harbour double yellow lines

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Porthleven yellow lines

Action may be taken against controversial yellow lines painted on the road along a harbour in Cornwall, it is understood.

The road in Porthleven is owned by the Porthleven Harbour & Dock Company.

Company owner Trevor Osborne said the lines were painted to discourage people from parking next to the town harbour, but no-one would ever be issued with a ticket.

Cornwall Council said the company would have to apply for official permission or face enforcement action.

Co-op worker blinded in one eye in assault

Andrew Segal

Local Live

CCTV. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police
Police released CCTV pictures of three men they were trying to trace after the shop worker was blinded

A shop worker has been blinded in one eye in an assault after turning three men out of a shop.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were hunting three men after the Co-op employee was attacked in the Alphington Road store, Exeter, at about 21:10 on Monday 7 August

He was assaulted after he asked three men who came into the shop to leave. One of the men punched him a "number of times" before running off with the other two towards Waterloo Road, the force added.

Officers said: "As a result of the assault, the store employee has lost the sight in one eye and suffered a number of fractures to his eye socket."

Police have appealed for witnesses and released CCTV pictures of the men they were trying to trace.

Det Con Heidi Voaden said: "The victim has been left with life-changing injuries in what was an unprovoked attack on a member of staff doing his job. I ask anyone with information to please contact us."

Marcus Hutchins: Cyber-security researcher will 'vigorously defend himself'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Marcus Hutchins. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The Devon cyber-security researcher accused in the US of creating and selling malware is going to "vigorously defend himself" against the charges, one of his lawyers says.

Marcus Hutchins, from Ilfracombe, shot to fame after helping to stall the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack that struck the NHS and affected many other organisations around the world in May.

But the 23-year-old faces six charges relating to the development and distribution of Kronos, a well-known piece of malware that gathered financial information from infected computers after he was arrested by the FBI on 2 August in Las Vegas.

A trial has been scheduled for October.

Marcia Hoffman, one of his lawyers, said: "Marcus Hutchins is a brilliant young man and a hero.

"He is going to vigorously defend himself against these charges and when the evidence comes to light we are confident that he will be fully vindicated."

A high note: Royal Cornwall Hospital staff form workplace choir

BBC Radio Cornwall

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The positive effects of singing are being highlighted among members of one of Cornwall's newest workplace choirs.

About 25 staff from across the Royal Cornwall Hospital gather at lunchtime twice a week to sing in the hospital's chapel.

They are now hoping male members of staff will join the currently all-female choral line up.

The choir is being led by aptly-named hospital chaplain ... Sarah Chaplin.

Ten-year plan to restore Teignmouth's Grand Pier to its former glory

Devon Live

Teignmouth's Grand Pier will be restored to its former glory – but only with the support of the public.

VIDEO: Three people saved in Bude 'challenging rescue'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Coastguards have released footage of a "challenging rescue" in Cornwall which saw three people need to be taken from stormy waters in Bude at the weekend.

All three were winched into a rescue helicopter after two of the casualties tried to rescue the third who was on a rock cut off by tides on Sunday night, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Coastguard Winch Operator Ginge Steablr said it was challenging for "a number of reasons", including "the close proximity of the casualties to the cliff; the weather with an offshore wind blowing directly on to the cliff, large waves, messy surf and peaking high tide".

All three were treated in hospital in Plymouth for mild hypothermia.

"This incident could so easily have turned into a really tragic one", said Coastguard spokesman Alan Pickersgill.

Water problems in Padstow

Marcus Hutchins: NHS cyber-defender thanks people for 'amazing support'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Marcus Hutchins

Devon cyber-security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who is charged in the US with creating and selling malware, has returned to Twitter to thank his supporters.

Posting on Twitter as @MalwareTechBlog, Mr Hutchins said: "There's a lot of people I'd like to thank for amazing support over the past 11 days, which I will do when I get a chance to publish my blog."

He added: "I'm still on trial, still not allowed to go home, still on house arrest; but now i am allowed online. Will get my computers back soon."

He also listed a list of "things to do" at Def Con, the hacking conference he attended in Las Vegas prior to his arrest. The list read: "Attend parties; visit red rock canyon; go shooting; be indicted by the FBI; rent supercars."

Mr Hutchins shot to fame after helping to stall the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack that struck the NHS and affected many other organisations around the world in May.

He denies six charges relating to the development and distribution of Kronos, a well-known piece of malware that gathered financial information from infected computers.

Lynmouth marks 65th anniversary of fatal flood

BBC Radio Devon

Lynmouth flood

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the Lynmouth flood, which killed 34 people.

More than 100 buildings in the north Devon town were destroyed and nearly 500 people were made homeless by the disaster on 15 August 1952.

The flooding occurred after 9ins of rain fell in the space of 24 hours. The downpour caused a wall of water to surge down from Exmoor on to Lynmouth.

The Bishop of Crediton, the Archdeacon of Barnstaple and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon will attend a service of remembrance on the town's Manor Green at 14:30.

Rail fares to rise by up to 3.6%

Brian Milligan

Personal finance reporter

Rail tracks

Millions of rail users in the UK will see a 3.6% increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018.

Train operators can raise fares by as much as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure for July. This figure is the highest since 2011, when it was 5%.

Passenger groups said commuters would be worst-hit, and suggested that the RPI measure should be scrapped.

The government said fare increases were justified by improvements to the network.

Travel in Devon: Problems near Kingswear and South Molton

BBC Radio Devon

  • The B3205 near Kingswear is partially blocked by a broken-down vehicle between Slappers Lane and Darthaven Marina
  • In South Molton, Nadder Lane is partially blocked by a two-vehicle collision near Ford Down Lane

No-one hurt in South West Trains derailment outside Waterloo

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police say no-one was hurt when a train operated by rail firm South West Trains derailed outside London's Waterloo station.

The train partly left the tracks as it was pulling away from a platform at low speed at 05:40 BST, Network Rail said.

South West Trains runs services to Waterloo from Exeter.

British Transport Police said: "Officers [were] called to Waterloo at 6.04am [after a] passenger train derailed at a low speed while leaving the station. It struck a stationary freight train. No injuries. Working with industry partners to investigate."

Network Rail said: "If you don't have to travel to Waterloo today, please don't."

Derailment. Pic: Rebecca Middleton
Rebecca Middleton

Rising numbers of defendants in sex offences failing to attend court

Devon Live

Defendants in the South West charged with weapons possession and sexual offences are increasingly likely to miss their day in court.

Traditional fishing 'keeping oyster business alive in Cornwall'

BBC Spotlight

Oyster fishing

Traditional fishing methods are keeping the oyster business alive in Cornwall, according to scientists at the University of Exeter.

The Fal Oyster Fishery is the only sail-driven commercial fishing fleet in Europe where oysters are caught using hand-hauled dredges.

Researchers said that, while the methods were inefficient, they're ultimately stopping over-fishing.

They said that if the fleet was motorised, stocks would dwindle even further as they're already at risk due to pollution.

Travel: Accident on M5 Exeter-bound

BBC Radio Devon

It's just across the border, but there are reports of an accident on the M5 in Somerset, Exeter-bound, between Junction 23 Bridgwater North and Junction 24 Bridgwater South.

Devon and Cornwall 'lag behind in prescribing non-clinical services'

BBC Spotlight

NHS England's national lead for non-clinical services for a healthier lifestyle says Devon and Cornwall are lagging behind in this type of treatment compared to the rest of the country.

It's where referrals to local non-clinical services, such as prescribing sports and social activities for a healthier lifestyle, are made by GPs and other care professionals.

NHS Commissioners across the counties said they were exploring and supporting this more.


High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Commuters braced for rises in regulated rail fares

Brian Milligan

Personal finance reporter

Railway tracks

Millions of rail users in the UK are bracing themselves for news of an increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018.

Train operators are allowed to raise fares by as much as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure for July, expected to be in the region of 3.5%. The exact figure will be published later this morning.

The rises will affect "anytime" and some off-peak fares as well as season tickets in England and Wales.

Passenger groups said commuters would be worst-hit, and suggested that the RPI measure should be scrapped.

The government said fare increases were justified by improvements to the network.

New Royal Navy aircraft carrier off Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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The UK's newest aircraft carrier has said hello to Cornwall while sailing to her home dock, after completing the latest round of sea trials.

The £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday, a day earlier than previously thought. Weather conditions had prevented the exact date from being set.

The 280m, 65,000 tonne carrier - the largest warship ever to be built in Britain - is expected to be the Navy's flagship craft for at least 50 years.