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Summary

  1. Motorcyclist dies after crash
  2. Convict who 'thought about killing everyday' made knife in prison
  3. 'Record rise' in reports of child neglect in the South West, says NSPCC
  4. Pedestrian injured in St Ives crash
  5. Claims trees 'killed off on purpose' at planned holiday village
  6. Damaged pipe 'causes' huge water plume
  7. Surfers help track changes in sea temperature
  8. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's all from the Cornwall and Devon BBC Local Live team for today.

We're back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, travel, sport and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Cat rescued after trapped behind staircase for five days

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A 12-year-old cat has been rescued after being trapped behind a staircase for five days.

Hattie’s worried owners contacted the RSPCA after unsuccessfully trying to encourage the her from a gap under the stairs outside their Truro home.

RSPCA Inspector Jonathan Phipps said: “We eventually managed to pull her through a hole we’d made under the steps and coaxed her to come towards us with a can of tuna but it was certainly a struggle getting her out.

Rescuers
RSPCA

"We’d first visited on Saturday and tried to encourage her to climb a towel to free herself from the steep drop and she’d gamely tried to struggle her way up but just kept dropping back down.

"Her owners had spent Sunday trying to get her to come out with no success and when I arrived on Monday it became clear she’d be unable to get out so I called Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to help, and they were absolutely amazing."

Staircase
RSPCA

Hattie’s owner Heather McPherson thanked the rescuers and said: "We’d only just moved into the house and she managed to get through a stupid pipe and fell down into the space.

"We could hear her crying but couldn’t get her out. The team from the RSPCA and the retained firefighters were absolutely superb."

Weather: Fine day with spells of sunshine

BBC Weather

Thursday will be a fine day with spells of sunshine. Any showers will be very isolated and most places will stay dry.

Temperatures will reach the low 20s with light winds.

Weather
BBC

Tea for tou-cans

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two rare toucan chicks which hatched at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon are being hand-reared by their keepers.

The zoo is the only collection in the UK to have hatched the Toco Toucan species this year.

The baby birds are being looked after by keepers because their parents have failed to rear previous chicks.

They tuck into baby bird formula and fruit every two hours from 07.00 until 22.00.

Tea time for two Toco Toucans being hand reared at Paignton Zoo

Night ramble in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

You can take a walk on the wildside in east Devon with a night-time ramble through Cranbrook tonight.

The park ranger will help you explore - there'll be stargazing and campfire snacks.

There's also a bat walk at Seaton Wetlands tomorrow night and you can spend twilight with the Devon Bat Project looking for the flying, furry critters.

People urged to speak up if they suspect child is being neglected

BBC Radio Cornwall

People in Cornwall are being urged to speak up if they suspect a child they know is being neglected.

Neglect
BBC

It follows a report from the NSPCC that says reports of suspected child neglect in the county have risen by nearly 30% in the past year.

The concerns included young children being left alone and allegations of alcohol and drug abuse with youngsters in the house.

Car stuck on grass bank after crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A car got stuck on a grass bank after a crash in Devon.

Firefighters were called to Home Park, in Ashburton at 11:04 this morning after reports of a collision.

They discovered a car had left the road.

Crews used a winch and small tools to release the car and make it safe.

Exeter husky returns after owner told he was killed by train

Devon Live

A dog from Exeter believed killed by a train after going missing has been reunited with his relieved owner.

Man suffers facial injuries after being assaulted by large group of men

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man was assaulted and had his £1,000 necklace stolen, police have said.

Detectives from Camborne are appealing for information about the assault and robbery which happened in between 03:00 and 03:30 on Saturday 12 August in Redruth.

A 21-year-old man was assaulted in the lane leading to the Zone nightclub and had his gold necklace stolen during the assault.

The victim had a bottle thrown at his car and was then assaulted when he got out of his vehicle.

He suffered bruising and swelling to his face and his car was damaged.

The main suspect is described as a white man, in his mid-20s, bald or shaven head, slim build, between 5ft 10in to 6ft tall. He was wearing a white jacket with an Adidas logo on the front.

One of the men in the group was wearing a brown jacket and the other was large build with a beard.

Treasure hunting pair unearthed nearly 2000 Roman coins in a field in Cornwall

Cornwall Live

A pair of metal detecting enthusiasts have spoken of their disbelief and joy after they unearthed nearly 2,000 Roman coins in a farmer’s field in Cornwall.

Looe RNLI have four shouts in five hours

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Volunteer crews with Looe RNLI were kept busy yesterday afternoon, launching to four service calls within five hours.

The calls included two children who had got into difficulty while swimming, three people cut off by the tide and an exhausted swimmer who was at risk of hypothermia.

All the incidents ended well and there were no injuries.

Lifeboat
RNLI

Dave Haines, lifeboat operations manager with Looe RNLI said: “What started off with two routine service calls quickly changed with two more serious incidents as the wind increased and the sea state became rough.

"As sea conditions worsen you can become exhausted very quickly if out swimming or rowing. Staying parallel to the shore line makes it easier to get ashore if conditions change."

Travel latest: Fallen tree blocks road

BBC News Travel

  • In Lympstone, Nutwell Road is blocked in both directions between the A376 Exmouth Road and Meeting Lane due to a fallen tree
  • In Bishopsteignton, the A381 Newton Road is blocked between Cockhaven Road and The Lea due to investigations following a serious crash. Police say it will remain closed until early evening
  • In Plymouth, Sutton Harbour footbridge across the lock is closed. A ferry is operating between the Barbican and the Fish Market, charges apply

Electrical pole fire tackled

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Firefighters were called to an electrical pole fire in North Devon earlier today.

Fire crews were called to a field close to the A39 near Clovelly just before 10:00.

Western Power Distribution was called and police shut the road for a short time.

The firm isolated the pole and crews used one hose reel jet and foam to extinguish the fire and make the area safe.

Male biker in his 20s dies after crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Bishopsteignton, Devon.

Police and paramedics were called to the A381 Newton Road at 09.30 following the collision between the motorcycle and a Vauxhall Astra car-derived van.

Newton Road
Google

The male motorcyclist, who was in his 20s and from Teignmouth, had serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where he later died.

His family has been told.

The road remains closed while specialist officers carry out an investigation work.

BreakingMotorcyclist dies after road crash

A motorcyclist has died following a serious road crash in Bishopsteignton this morning, police have said.

More to follow.

IKEA Exeter unboxed

Devon Live

One of the biggest developments in Exeter for years is taking shape, with IKEA's easily recognisable blue structure now in place off the A379.

BreakingConvict who 'thought about killing everyday' made knife in prison

BBC News England

A man jailed for life for murdering a builder in Plymouth told a prison officer he "thought about killing everyday", Leeds Crown Court has heard.

Tanis Bhandari
BBC

Donald Pemberton (below) was convicted alongside Ryan Williams of murdering Tanis Bhandari (above) near the Kings Arms pub in Tamerton Foliot in 2015.

Donald Pemberton
DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE

The 22-year-old, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years, was found covered in blood and possessing a makeshift knife by a prison officer at HMP Wakefield in April.

He had removed the blade from his razor to make an eight-inch weapon and told the officer he "could not stop thinking about killing".

Pemberton, who pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, was jailed for two years concurrent to his original sentence.

Travel latest: St Ives road blocked

BBC News Travel

Cornwall

  • In St Ives, Higher Stennack is blocked between Parc-An-Creet and the B3311 due to an accident
  • On the A30 at Summercourt there is slow traffic in both directions between the Newquay turn off and the Mitchell turn off due to roadworks
  • In the Glynn Valley A38 has reopened but traffic is still slow moving
  • Advance warning: At Carkeel on the A38 there will be lane closures in both directions between 19:00 and 06:00 for roadworks

Travel latest: Road closed for accident investigation work

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • In Bishopsteignton the A381 Newton Road is closed in both directions between Cockhaven Road and The Lea due to accident investigation work
  • In Pymouth, Wolseley Road is partially blocked near Saltash Road due to an accident
  • On the A380 Telegraph Hill between Splatford Split and Ashcombe heading towards Newton Abbot there are reports of an accident
  • On the B3357 between Dartmeet and Poundsgate we've got reports there are cows on the road. Approach with care
  • In Dartmouth, the South Embankment and a number of other roads in the town centre are closed to traffic for the regatta
  • Advance warning: In Instow there will be temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Anstey Way to replace street lamps. Work begins from 18:30

Stranded sunfish rescued from Cornish beach

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

One of the world's heaviest fish was rescued after becoming stranded on a Cornish beach.

Experts say it was the only live stranding of a sunfish on a Cornish beach for at least 10 years.

Lifeguards at Mawgan Porth called Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium to help rescue the fish on Saturday.

Sunfish
Blue Reef Aquarium

With the help of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the fish was transferred to Newquay harbour where it was re-released back into the ocean.

Sunfish
Blue Reef Aquarium

Ed Wainwright, from the aquarium, said: “It was amazing to see such a fantastic creature up close.

"It’s not everyday you get to see a fish like that. It was a great result for the stranded sunfish, especially as they are now a vulnerable species. It was a united effort by everyone involved.”

Brighter and fresher than yesterday

BBC Weather

The rest of the day will be brighter and fresher than yesterday. A few showers may pop up this afternoon.

Maximum temperature 20C (68F).

Weather
BBC

Pedestrian has 'serious head injuries'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A female pedestrian has suffered serious head injuries after being involved in a collision with a car.

The woman, who's in her 80s was injured in St Ives just before 11:00.

She has been taken to hospital.

Police 'well aware' of drug issues in Torquay

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police say they are "well aware" of issues in certain parts of Torquay involving psychoactive substances.

A police spokesman said: "We have received reports of people clearly under the influence of drugs [in Castle Circus], sometimes collapsing on the pavement, needing medical attention.

"This appears mostly due to drug users taking what was a 'legal high' referred to as spice, K2, black mamba and so on.

"Amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 mean that these drugs are now illegal to manufacture, supply and possess which gives us certain powers to search, seize and arrest where the grounds exist."

In May, BBC News looked at whether the 'spice' ban was working

'Twenty-nine people injured or killed on A38 in past five years'

Cornwall Live

A total of 29 people have been injured or killed in crashes on a notorious stretch of road in south-east Cornwall over the past five years.

Devon story among most popular Twitter hashtags

BBC Newsbeat

Twitter
BBC

Before Twitter came along, no-one really knew what the point of the hash key was on the keyboard. The social media network transformed its use, making it a way to tag tweets and the hashtag became a thing.

Ten years on, the # symbol is used 125 million times on the platform every day around the world.

Here are some of the biggest hashtags ever, mentioning big events, controversies and creating Twitter moments in the process. One from Devon is also on the list...

Last year, a dad from the county made an urgent plea on Twitter to find a replacement sippy cup for his autistic son Ben.

Marc Carter
Marc Carter

The tweet - with the hashtag #CupForBen - was retweeted more than 12,000 times.

The 14-year-old had only drunk from the double-handled cups, which are no longer produced, since the age of two.

Ben Carter
Marc Carter

It all ended in success when Northamptonshire-based Tommee Tippee said it would produce 500 new cups after it searched factories worldwide and found the original mould.

Biker seriously injured in crash with car

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Newton Road
Google

A biker has been seriously injured in a crash in Devon this morning.

Police and paramedics were called to Newton Road, Bishopsteignton, at 09:30 after the crash between a motorcycle and a Vauxhall van.

The male motorcyclist was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

The road is closed in both directions.

Travel latest: Severe accident on A38

BBC News Travel

Cornwall

  • The A38 in the Glynn Valley is blocked in both directions between Turfdown Road and Drift Lane due to accident. Traffic queueing.
  • On the St Mawes Ferry, Place Ferry and Enterprise Boats there's disruption across lunchtime due to the spring tides.
  • On the A30 at Summercourt slow traffic in both directions between the Newquay Turn Off and the Mitchell Turn Off due to roadworks.
  • Between Portreath and Gwithian on B3301 we've got reports there are sheep on the road. Approach with care.
  • In St Ives Higher Stennack is blocked between Parc-An-Creet and the B3311 due to an accident.

Devon

  • Traffic's moving well on the Tamar Bridge and there's a 15 minute wait with two ferries running at Torpoint.
  • In Bishopsteignton the A381 Newton Road is blocked in both directions between Cockhaven Road and The Lea due to an accident.

Rare toucans hatch in Devon

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Toucan
Paignton Zoo

Two toucan chicks have hatched at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon.

The charity zoo is the only collection in the UK to have hatched this species this year, and one of only three in Europe to have bred this bird in 2017.

The toco is the largest and probably the best-known member of the toucan family.

The chicks are demanding - they are fed first is at 07.00, then every two hours or so until 10.00 - with meals of baby bird formula and fruit, which has to be prepared and delivered by hand.

Labour MP says 'merit' in women-only train carriages

BBC Politics

Women-only train carriages should be considered to combat increasing reports of sexual violence on public transport, a Labour frontbencher has said.

Shadow fire minister Chris Williamson said it would be "worth consulting" on the policy after such crimes doubled in the past five years.

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It follows a 17-year-old girl being sexually assaulted twice, by two different men on a train journey between Newquay and Plymouth as she made her way home from the Boardmasters festival on August 12.

Some 1,448 offences were reported in 2016/17, compared with 650 incidents in 2012/2013, British Transport Police figures show.

However, Labour colleagues have criticised the move as "normalising attacks".

Camborne police sergeant scoops award

Cornwall Live

A police sergeant from Camborne is to be honoured in recognition of being “absolutely outstanding in his role”.

Water plume 'caused by contractors damaging pipes'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A huge plume of water was caused by damage to water pipes by contractors, South West Water has said.

Water pipe
Lauren Haly/The Plymouth Herald

The company said in a statement: "While working to connect two existing raw water mains, contractors working on behalf of South West Water inadvertently damaged one of the 1m pipes.

"Both pipes carry untreated water, so customers' drinking water supplies are not affected.

"We are currently isolating the damage and will repair the pipe as soon as possible.

"The raw water mains supply Crownhill Water Treatment Works, but the works can be supplied by other sources during the repair."

Elderly man injured in St Ives

Twitter

Severe disruption: A39 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Devon both ways severe disruption, between B3237 and B3248.

A39 Devon - A39 in Higher Clovelly closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B3237 junction and the B3248 junction, because of an electrical pole on fire.

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

Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A381 Devon both ways severe accident, between Cockhaven Road and The Lea.

A381 Devon - A381 Newton Road in Bishopsteignton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Cockhaven Road junction and The Lea junction, because of accident investigation work.

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

'Reports of child neglect up 30%' in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

The NSPCC says cases of suspected child neglect flagged to authorities in Cornwall have increased by nearly 30% in the last year.

Reports made to the charity's helpline ranged from concerns about children being left home alone to allegations of alcohol and drug abuse with youngsters in the house.

Neglect
BBC

The charity said it had to raise 173 official reports of concern with the authorities.

Police have told the BBC, the rise in reports is actually a good thing because people have the confidence to come forward.

Travel news: Air ambulance attends accident in Great Torrington

  • In Bishopsteignton the A381 Newton Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Cockhaven Road and The Lea
  • An air ambulance has been called to Great Torrington after a crash between a car and van on the the A386. New Street is blocked in both directions due to the crash between Limer's Hill and Warren Lane
  • In Breage on the B3304 the traffic lights between the A394 and Beacon Road have failed - approach with care
  • The St Mawes Ferry, Place Ferry and Enterprise Boats will be disrupted this lunchtime due to the low spring tides
  • Near Falmouth, at Budock Water, the traffic lights on Bickland Water Road are not working. Approach with care

South West Water investigating plume of water

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Reports of a burst water main causing a plume of water in Plymouth is being investigated by South West Water.

Residents have said the water main is on Coombe Lane, Tamerton Foliot.

The firm said "a technician is en route to investigate" and it had "received several reports".

Water main
Albert Worth