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  1. Teenager died 'after taking drugs and collapsing at club'
  2. Double fatal: Devon crash victims named by police
  3. Six-month old babies suffered from sunburn in heatwave
  4. Met Office issued yellow weather warning for South West
  5. Two hospitalised after Plymouth stabbing
  6. Thousands of children lost on beaches
  7. Rail passengers 'suffered in the heat'
  8. Seals 'disturbed by water users'
  9. Updates for Friday 27 July 2018

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Weather: Thundery rain tonight, wind and showers tomorrow

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at times tonight with showery outbreaks of rain spreading from the south-west.

Winds will begin to freshen towards the end of the night.

Minimum temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F)

Emily Wood

Saturday will be cooler and fresher.

There will be some good periods of sunshine but also a risk of some heavy showers and thunderstorms breaking out.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

Stolen property waiting to be reunited with owners

Del Crookes

BBC News Online

Police say they are trying to reunite owners with a number of items which have been seized by officers in Plymouth which they believe were stolen.

PC Pryce said: "The items are a Canon digital camera which is an imported version and has images of a visit to an African beach and includes Kenyan currency inside the case. It is believed to have been stolen in the Plymouth city centre area recently.

"Very little is known about the origin of the jewellery, the most distinctive being the owl shaped pocket watch.

"All of the items were located at different locations and are not believed to be linked to one another."

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Thousands of drivers caught speeding since 2016

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

speed camera sign

Nearly 25,000 speeding fines have been issued by speed cameras in Devon and Cornwall since the start of 2016, with one driver caught at an eye-watering 136mph (218km/h).

The figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information Request to Devon and Cornwall Police, show that on average 800 fixed penalty offences are issued a month.

However, the true picture is expected to be higher as the numbers provided do not include drivers referred for educational speed awareness courses or cases referred directly to court.

A386 Alma Road speed camera
Alma Road in Plymouth runs next to Central Park

The information also reveals that the speed camera located on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth is nearly twice as active as any other speed camera in the two counties.

  • The highest recorded speed in 2016 was at the static camera on the A30 eastbound at Fingle Glen, Tedburn St Mary, Devon, where a driver was caught doing 130mph.
  • In 2017, a driver was caught doing 136mph by a mobile camera on the A38 Deep Lane, Marsh Mills, Devon.
  • The highest recorded speed so far in 2018 was 121mph at the A30 carriageway, Woodleigh, Cheriton Bishop.
  • The most active speed camera - on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth - caught 7,555 people exceeding the 30mph speed limit in 2017.
  • The second most active camera was on the A385 Ashburton Road in Totnes, with 3,678 activations, while the camera on the A30 at Victoria in Cornwall was activated 2,740 times.
  • Up until May in 2018, the camera on Alma Road has been activated 2,230 times, with the camera on the A38 Deep Lane (westbound) activated 1,374 times.
  • The camera on the A385 Ashburton Road in Totnes was activated 1,006 times.

Two arrests made and drugs seized in police operation

Del Crookes

BBC News Online

Rail replacement service from Exeter cancelled

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A South Western Railway (SWR) rail replacement service between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil on Saturday has been cancelled.

The company says it is because its contractor cannot find enough buses to run the service properly.

A replacement rail service will run between Yeovil and Salisbury.

Passengers also cannot use their SWR tickets on local bus routes between Exeter and Yeovil.

There is disruption on the line because guards belonging to the RMT Union are staging a 24-hour strike in a long-running dispute over their role.

Exeter St Davids

We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause our customers. We are doing all we can to provide alternative transport in terms of ticket acceptance with other operators, but in some cases this has just not been possible. However, we are keeping this under review and if, on the day, we are able to provide some alternative transport, we will do so. Customers are advised to check before they travel Saturday."

SWR spokesperson

Teenager died 'after taking drugs and collapsing at club'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Luke Campbell-Tapson
Devon and Cornwall Police

A teenager died after collapsing on a nightclub dance floor with a "very high concentration of MDMA", an inquest has heard.

Luke Campbell-Tapson, 16, died on 27 May last year after collapsing at an over-16's event at Vivid nightclub in Ilfracombe.

The hearing at South Molton Town Hall heard how the student from South Molton had bought the drugs two days earlier.

A conclusion of a drug-related death was recorded.

MP 'on the run' defends charity TV appearance

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer has taken to Twitter to defend his appearance in a TV reality show.

The Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View is ''on the run'' with TV presenter Kay Burley for the Channel 4 show Celebrity Hunted.

In it, celebrities try to evade capture by professional surveillance officers.

But the MP - a former Army officer - has been criticised on social media for doing the show instead of concentrating on his parliamentary duties.

His tweet replies that those duties have been "incorporated into filming".

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The gifts offered to Devon and Cornwall police revealed

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Devon and Cornwall Police car

A wooden bowl with wooden apples and a £5 note in a Christmas card telling an officer to "get a beer" are two of the gifts offered to police officers in Devon and Cornwall.

Chocolates, biscuits, flowers and bottles of alcohol have also been offered to staff by members of the public.

A register of gifts, gratuities and hospitality shows the items offered to officers in 2016 and 2017.

Apples in a wooden bowl
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A chief inspector was given wooden apples in a bowl by someone who knew of his interest in woodwork

They are often from members of the public wanting to thank the police for the work they have done or for supporting them as a victim of crime.

Other gifts included:

  • A discount voucher for 50% off retail catalogue price totalling a maximum team spend of £300 (rejected).
  • A Bulgarian brioche bread cake from a relative of a victim of crime (shared by family liaison officers).
  • A trip for two police staff to go to Luton to see Vauxhall's new production facility.
  • A box of chocolates given to a sergeant after he attended an argument (accepted).
  • A plastic drinking beaker worth 99p, a pen, a foam toy car and a USB stick (USB stick declined).
  • Two baby sleepsuits from a member of the public who is part of a family a PCSO has worked closely with.
  • An invitation to an Exeter Chiefs rugby match.
  • A pair of light brown bear gloves to keep a constable's hands warm while carrying out speed checks.
  • A day pass for entrance to Dartmoor Zoo.

Woman airlifted to hospital after Honiton crash

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

A woman has been airlifted to hospital with what police believe could be "life-threatening" injuries after a crash on the A35 near Honiton.

Emergency services were called to a crash between a Toyota Yaris and a Vauxhall van just after 13:00

It is not yet know whether anyone else was injured.

The road remains closed between Honiton and Axminster and drivers are being warned to avoid the area.

Experienced Bignot moves to Truro City

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City have signed experienced defender Paul Bignot.

The 32-year-old former Crewe, Newport County and Grimsby defender is one of three new signings.

Paul Bignot
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The National League South club have also brought in Bristol City youngsters Jojo Wollacott and Tom Richards on loan ahead of a season where they will share a ground with Torquay United.

"To have the experience and know-how of Paul is a big boost to us," Truro boss Lee Hodges told the club website.

Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between the Honiton Bypass and Honiton Garden Centre.

A35 Devon - A35 Axminster Road in Honiton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the the Honiton Bypass junction and the Honiton Garden Centre junction, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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

Six-month old babies suffer from sunburn in heatwave

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

Children aged six months and younger have suffered sunburn during the heatwave, it's been revealed.

Hospital's across Devon have dealt with several cases as temperatures rise.

Babies and young children have more sensitive skin and it's very important to keep them out of direct sunlight."

Chris BowerClinic lead at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

The NHS has said children of all ages should wear sunscreen, long-sleeves, sunglasses and spend time in the shade.

"When you go in the sun, it's important to cover your skin with clothing such as a hat, T-shirt and sunglasses.", Mr Bower said.

"Use a high protection sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has a high UVA protection. This should be applied generously and reapplied at least every two hours and after swimming."

Bulgarian brioche and toy car among gifts to police

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A trip to Luton to see Vauxhall cars being made and a police hat from the chief of police of Long Beach USA are among the weird and wonderful gifts that have been offered to the Devon and Cornwall Police in recognition of the job they do.

The items appear on a register of gifts and hospitality that were offered to officers and staff in 2016 and 2017 - often from members of the public wanting to thank the police for the work they have done or for supporting them after being a victim of crime.

police headquarters

Here are some of the other unusual gifts offered to the police:

  • A wooden bowl with wooden apples
  • A £5 note in a Christmas card telling an officer to 'get a beer'
  • Two baby sleepsuits
  • A day pass for entrance to Dartmoor Zoo
  • A pair of light brown gloves to keep a constable's hands warm while carrying out speed checks
  • A golf day at a local golf club
  • A Bulgarian Brioche bread cake
  • A plastic drinking beaker, a biro, a foam toy car and a USB stick

Devon and Cornwall Police's Register of Gifts & Hospitality sets out strict rules to ensure gifts are declared by staff.

Busiest week of the year for Ilfracombe lifeboat crew

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

It's been the busiest week of the year so far for the Ilfracombe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

They've responded to six shouts this week, including three on the same day.

The shouts included a person who had drifted a mile off shore in an inflatable dinghy, a kayaker who had fallen out of his craft and lost his paddle, and surfers in trouble off Woolacombe beach.

Ilfracombe RNLI at Broadsands beach

Crews also responded to two groups of people who had been cut off by the tide and assisted the ambulance service and coastguards with a medical incident at Broadsands beach, near Combe Martin.

Earlier Andrew Bengey celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first shout as coxswain at Ilfracombe.

It was an honour to coxswain the lifeboat for my 30-year anniversary. We have been tasked to a wide variety of shouts this week making it the busiest week of the year so far."

Andrew BengeyRNLI Coxswain

Penzance man admits killing wife

A 61-year-old man from Cornwall has admitted killing his wife after her body was found at her home in Penzance earlier this year.

Peter Rogers, who is currently being held at Exeter Prison, appeared by video link at Exeter Crown Court and denied murdering his 58-year-old wife Jennifer but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He will go on trial at Truro Crown Court on 2 October on the more serious count of murder.

Exeter Crown Court

Mrs Rogers was found dead at her home in Dock Close in March.

Met Office issues yellow weather warning for South West

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain and wind for the South West.

The weather front is expected to hit the region in the early hours of Sunday morning, with the warning in place from 03:00 until 15:00.

People are being warned to expect flooding and temporary power outages, as well as large waves in coastal areas.

Met Office

Teenagers threatened in Devon robbery

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

Two teenagers were threatened by a man who took clothing, jewellery and cash, say police.

The robbery happened on 10 July between 21:25 and 22:05 in Bradley Woods, Ogwell Mill Road, Newton Abbot.

Police are appealing to anyone who recognises this man as they believe he has vital information to the investigation.

CCTV of man
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon crash victims named by police

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Police have named two men who died following a crash near Hatherleigh, Devon.

The driver, Marcus Cobb, 32, from Jacobstowe, and front seat passenger, Daniel Maskell, 26, from Hatherleigh, both died at the scene on Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle crash on the the A3072 at Pulworthy Cross at about 21:30.

Sgt Harry Tangye

The rear seat passenger, a 21-year-old man from Hatherleigh, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.

A fourth passenger, a 29-year-old man from Okehampton, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and has since been discharged.

Police are appealing for information and would like to hear from anyone who saw the Honda Civic travelling along the A3072 from Holsworthy towards Hatherleigh before the crash.

Police concerned for safety of man who fled crash scene

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Police are concerned for the safety of man who went missing following a crash on the M5 in Devon.

David Williams, 50, was last seen at about 06:30 on the slip road of junction 28 at Cullompton, where police believe he was involved in a single vehicle crash.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Mr Williams left the scene without seeking medical help.

He is described as about 5ft 8ins with a shaved head and goatee beard, and was last seen wearing black jeans and a jacket.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

Tractor driver cleared of death by dangerous driving

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

A tractor driver has been found not guilty of causing the death of a Cornwall woman by dangerous driving.

Christine Dew, 63, died on 15 November 2016 after being hit by the arm of a slurry spreader on the tractor which passed her on the A390 near St Austell.

Jonathan Bird, 26, who was driving the tractor, denied causing death by dangerous driving.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard Ms Dew had stopped on the side of the road to exchange details with another driver after a minor accident.

They were hugging when Mr Bird drove past and Ms Dew was struck, knocking her into the middle of the road.

The spreader was being towed by the tractor and one of its two arms had fallen out of position.

A charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention, which Mr Bird also faced, was dropped during the trial.

Torquay United owner Clarke Osborne outlines plans for a new stadium
Torquay United owner Clarke Osborne outlines his plans for a new 10,000 capacity stadium for the club.

Tiverton crash: Man arrested for attempted murder

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a crash between a group of men and a car.

The 22-year-old from Tiverton remains in police custody.

Emergency services were called to Tiverton Fore Street on July 22 at 03:22 after five men were injured following an altercation.

The injured men were taken to hospital for treatment. They have all now been discharged.

DI Dave Pebworth said: "Whilst an isolated incident, this remains a fast moving enquiry.

Police guard the scene in Fore Street, Tiverton

“I am again seeking public assistance and I am keen to speak with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the main high street or on the roads around the town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Additionally, I am keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a blue Honda Civic SE which may have been parked close to Fore Street in Tiverton over the weekend."

One group of men left the scene in a car, the vehicle returned a short time later and was involved in a collision with five members of the second group before leaving the scene.

A 19-year-old and 24-year-old man were previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and were released under investigation.

Osborne outlines stadium plans

Torquay United owner Clarke Osborne outlines plans for a new stadium
Torquay United owner Clarke Osborne outlines his plans for a new 10,000 capacity stadium for the club which will incorporate a concert venue and leisure facilities.

Swallows nest in beach toilets

Motorists warned to take care as rain is forecast


Motorists are being warned to take care on the South West's roads as rain is forecast for the next few days.

Sgt Olly Taylor, who is the lead investigator for fatal crashes for Devon & Cornwall Police, says the roads are likely to be slippery after the long spell of dry weather.

weather forecast
Rain is forecast for Devon and Cornwall throughout Friday and into the weekend.

Fire crews attend Devon recycling centre blaze

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

Fire crews have tackled a small blaze in a recycling centre machine.

It happened in a plastic baling machine - used to compact materials into blocks.

Three fire crews, from Paignton, Torquay and Totnes, were called to the centre on Tor Park Road, Paignton at 09:05

The fire had been put out before they arrived.

Lifeguards treating 'up to 30 weever fish stings a day'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Lifeguards in Cornwall have been dealing with up to 30 people a day who have stood on - and been stung by - weever fish.

RNLI lifeguards on Perranporth beach say they've been "inundated" with cases since the middle of June.

girl with foot in bucket

Side effects from weever fish venom have been reported as a dull ache to excruciating pain.

Last year RNLI lifeguards had to deal with over 4,000 cases across beaches in the UK.

Weever fish
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I would say that if you have stepped on one then I would recommend you come straight to the lifeguards and we will put your foot in hot water for about five to 10 minutes. You'll be fine then."

Sam ChamberlainSenior lifeguard, Perranporth

Mr Chamberlain said wearing wetsuit boots could help beachgoers avoid getting stung all together.

lifeguard with bucket

Exeter Airport in top three for customer satisfaction

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport has come third in a customer satisfaction report by the holiday company SAGA.

This year's survey of more than 9,500 passengers looked at a range of pet hates from check-in and security queues to the cost of parking and food.

We know we need to improve. There's new equipment that's got to be installed as soon as we get over the one million passenger mark, which we're heading towards. And we do know that the arrivals procedure will need to be improved as well as we grow. We know that we've got to see more investment in the coming years to keep pace."

Stephen AyresExeter Airport

Exeter was beaten by Newcastle and Doncaster Sheffield airports in the rankings.

Two in hospital following Plymouth stabbing

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

A 40-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed in Plymouth.

His injuries have been described as "non life-threatening".

Officers including armed units and police dogs were called to the property at Lakeside Drive at about 21:00 on Thursday.

A police negotiator was sent to the scene to speak to a man inside the property.

A 43-year-old man was later arrested in connection with the incident and was taken to Derriford Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Police say both men know each other.

Police spending less time dealing with mental health

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Chairs at a mental health unit

The amount of time police in Cornwall spend dealing with people having a mental health crisis has dropped thanks to a new role set up to bridge the gap between officers and mental health services.

Two years ago police were being called to Cornwall's two mental health inpatient units almost daily.

But by having an officer regularly visiting wards the number of incidents being reported has halved.

Neighbourhood beat manager PC Del Allerton-Baldwin says the wards used to be "lawless places"...

Police appeal after burglary in North Devon

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Ilfracombe.

The offender or offenders entered the property though an insecure door and stole a handbag.

Mill Head, Ilfracombe

The owner's credit and debit cards were then used in local shops.

The burglary took place at a property on Mill Head between 15:45 and 16:00 on 22 July.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

I’d like to urge people to be vigilant of their belongings and not to leave valuable items on display, particularly where they can be seen through ground floor windows.”

PC Andrew Burrell

Rail passengers suffer in the heat

BBC Radio Cornwall

Overcrowding and poor or broken air conditioning on trains have been making some journeys extremely uncomfortable during the warm weather, passengers have told the BBC.


Passenger Zoe Kovac had such a bad experience on her trip from London that she has decided not to travel by train again.

It was absolutely chocka. There was no way it could have accommodated anyone else. Every entrance to every carriage was full. We eventually managed to squeeze into the vestibule between the first class carriage and the dining carriage."

Zoe Kovac

GWR says it appreciates services to the South West are in demand, especially during the summer months.

The company has invested in a new fleet of Intercity Express trains and expects to see them in service later this summer.

On Monday a train passenger criticised GWR for “shameful” conditions on a train bound for the region from London. The company said the train was "busier than usual" for a number of reasons.

Cornwall travel: Lane closed on A30 eastbound at Fraddon

BBC Radio Cornwall

On A30 eastbound at Fraddon, one lane is closed due to a broken-down lorry.

Devon travel: M5 Collumpton exit slip road has reopened

BBC Radio Devon

On the M5 northbound at Cullompton, the exit slip road has reopened after an earlier crash.

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

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

tide times map

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

Weather: Cloudy with possible thundery showers

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This morning will be rather cloudy with a few spots of rain.

Thundery showers may develop later, although the cloud may break up to reveal some sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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Busy beach

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

The RNLI says busy beaches can have 40 lost children cases reported in a single day.

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