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  1. Truro City FC manager Lee Hodges and his assistant quit
  2. Lambs 'mauled to death by dogs' near St Columb in Cornwall
  3. Fire and ambulance crews issue 'park carefully' warnings
  4. Boardmasters festival offers on-site drugs testing and bans drones
  5. Vets help pets of homeless in Plymouth
  6. Updates on Wednesday 8 August 2018

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Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, at A3047.

A30 Cornwall - One lane closed on A30 westbound at Scorrier, because of an accident involving lorry colliding with a bridge earlier on.

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

Weather: Fewer showers and some sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Daytime showers will largely die out through the course of the evening to leave a mostly dry night with clear periods and areas of cloud. Winds mostly light.

Minimum Temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52F).


There will be fewer showers around during Thursday. Any that do occur will remain light and isolated.

There will be some cloud at times but also some bright or hazy sunny spells.

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

Devon travel: Crash causing queues and sheep in road

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A3022, at Torquay, traffic is slow due to a two-car crash between Brown Bridge Road and Torquay Road.
  • On the A30, near Okehampton, police report that two sheep have escaped and are on the verge near the road.

Cornwall travel: Crash in Mevagissey causing delays

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • An accident involving two cars is causing heavy traffic between Mevagissey and Pentewan.

One woman injured in two-car crash

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

A woman has been injured and police have closed the road after a two-car crash in Okehampton.

Officers report that one woman has been injured after a Honda and a Nissan crashed on the B3181.

The road is currently blocked and police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

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Police say drugs will 'slip through net' at Boardmasters

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A Devon and Cornwall Police officer says despite an operation to crackdown on drug dealers at Newquay's Boardmasters festival, it's "inevitable" some will "slip through the net".

It comes as event organisers launch a scheme that means anyone who does manage to smuggle drugs into the event can get them tested to see if they contain any dangerous ingredients.

Supt Ian Drummond-Smith says he broadly supports the scheme and officers will be working hard to stop drugs getting into the event in the first place - but there are no guarantees.

Ian Drummond-Smith

We've got lots of officers on the road, on the rail and numerous drug detection dogs down with us this week to try and catch drug dealers. But despite all of that, an event this size with a capacity of 50,000 people, it's inevitable some drugs will slip through the net and will get into the event."

Supt Ian Drummond-SmithDevon and Cornwall Police

Dawlish Warren may get a big wheel

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dawlish Warren is set to become the next seaside town in Devon to get a big wheel - and it could be there for 15 years.

Plans have been submitted by amusement park owner Shaw Wallis to operate a 34m-tall observation wheel on the existing grassy area of Beach Walk.

The wheel would provide views over the Exe Estuary and would complement and further enhance the current amusement park, arcade and food unites at the Funder Park, the application says.

Local businesses and councillors had "heartedly encouraged" the proposals and believed the wheel would be a major asset to Dawlish Warren, documents with the application added.

Teignbridge District Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

Crazy golf 'Peeping Kong' statue unnerves Devon residents
A local said Gary the gorilla was staring into her bedroom, so his owner had to act.

Blue plaque plans for Falmouth Poly's founding sisters

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans have been submitted to place a blue plaque on the outside of The Poly in Falmouth to commemorate the two Quaker sisters who helped found it 185 years ago.

Falmouth Civic Society has applied for listed building consent to put up the plaque to commemorate Anna Maria Fox and Caroline Fox.

Documents included with the application state that The Poly opened in 1833 as a purpose-built arts, science and history centre, and led country-wide innovation in those areas.

It said that Anna Maria "inspired the founding of the Cornwall Polytechnic Society" and Caroline was credited, "not only with giving the institution its name, but for implanting the word 'Polytechnic' for the first time in the English language'."

The civic society also said there were no other plaques or permanent markers in the town to the sisters other than a gravestone in Falmouth's Quaker cemetery.

The Poly in Falmouth

Village full-time post office reopens a year after closing

Cornwall Live

Blackwater’s full-time post office is set to be restored in September, more than a year after it closed.

Researchers to find out why sea bass numbers are falling

BBC Radio Devon

Researchers in Devon are working on a special project to try and work out why sea bass numbers are falling.

Fishermen from north and south Devon are working with marine scientists at Plymouth University.

The project will tag young bass and work out where they thrive.

Heatwave 'brings out scam gardeners'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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Trading Standards staff said there had been nine complaints from residents in Redruth, Bodmin, Helston, St Austell, and St Columb over the past two weeks.

Once case saw a cold-caller clearing grass clippings "before getting any agreement from the home owner to do it".

"When refused payment for the work, they started to rummage around in a workshop, attempting to take tools and other items as payment," they added.

Another case saw cold-callers replacing support jacks underneath park home properties, "preying on residents' fears about the condition of supports underneath their homes", with the work being "massively over-priced and unnecessary".

New figures reveal economic impact of Boardmasters

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Boardmasters festival generated £45m for the local economy last year, according to new research.

The music and surfing event attracted 80,000 visitors in 2017 to its two sites at Fistral beach in Newquay and Watergate Bay.

The independent study by the South West Research Company highlighted the amount people spent on food and drink, accommodation, shopping, entertainment and transport.

It’s evident that, even if festival goers are staying on site at Watergate Bay, they also travel across the town during their stay and head out along the coastline to explore, bringing additional spend to businesses across Newquay, Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and beyond. What’s also critical is that lots of these visitors will return to the Newquay time and time again, highlighting the importance of this event in our annual lifestyle destination calendar."

Councillor Andy HannanMayor of Newquay
Boardmasters festival Watergate Bay

Next phase of Exeter cycle route approved

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The next phase of a segregated cycle route in Exeter as part of plans to double the amount of cycling in the city by 2021 has been approved.

Exeter's Highways and Traffic Orders committee last week approved the £213,000 construction works of the next stage of the E4 cycle route for a route from Exhibition Way to Bettysmead Playing Fields off Beacon Lane.

It follows the completion of phase 1 of the two-way route along Cumberland Way and part of Pinhoe Road that was finished in July.

Exeter cycle route

Cornwall travel: Problems on A3083 Culdrose and A39 Truro

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • On the A3083 at Culdrose, there's slow moving traffic and long delays in that area
  • On the A39 in Truro, on Arch Hill, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle on the outside lane causing problems and long delays

Truro City: Ben Harding takes on manager role temporarily

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City midfielder Ben Harding will take temporary charge of the club, following the resignations of manager Lee Hodges and assistant Chris Todd.

The pair quit on Tuesday night after just two games of the season.

They said they decided to go because of "football reasons".

Club chairman Peter Masters has claimed he has had lots of interest in the vacant manager's job.

Urgent water supply repairs in Merrymeet


Paramedics struggle to reach patients due to bad parking

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

South West Ambulance crews are asking people to think about where they park.

They stated that "several times this summer" the service had struggled to reach patients due to parked vehicles causing problems.

For emergency service vehicles to get pass safely, it is recommended that at least 10ft of space should be allowed.

The service said: "If there's not that much space, don't park there."

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Firefighters in Cornwall also highlighted poor parking concerns earlier, with an appliance from Delabole being shown having difficulty getting down a narrow road.

They have urged people to "think before you park" in case it delayed responses.

Truro City: Hodges and Todd leave for 'football reasons'

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Former Truro City assistant manager Chris Todd says his resignation from the club is not because of the chairman.

Todd and manager Lee Hodges quit on Tuesday night after just two games of the season.

They said they made the tough decision because of "football reasons" and not because of other situations the club was facing.

Their announcement comes just weeks after the White Tigers announced they were moving to Torquay to play their home games because Treyew Road has been sold to developers.

Todd said he wished Truro all the best for the future.

There are no hard feeling between myself and Lee and Pete. We like Pete on a personal level and he's trying to do the right thing with the club."

Club chairman Peter Masters said he was waiting for written confirmation of the resignations and claimed he had had lots of interest in the vacant manager's job.

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Drone use made 'illegal' at Boardmasters

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Festival goers heading to Boardmasters in Newquay - which runs until Sunday - are being warned not to bring drones to the site.

Devon and Cornwall Police say anyone found with such a device runs the risk of having it seized and being investigated.

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a temporary restricted airspace around both the Fistral and Watergate Bay sites of the festival.

Officers added police drones may be in use but this doesn't mean members of the public can operate their own.

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Lee Hodges

Truro City manager Lee Hodges and assistant Chris Todd resign just two games into the new National League South season.

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RSPCA 'concerned' after seagull painted pink

Devon Live

An animal welfare charity says it is "concerned" about reports that a pink seagull seen in Barnstaple may have been spray painted.

Pets are lifelines to homeless people says street vet

BBC Radio Devon

A Plymouth street vet, who provides treatment for animals living on the streets with their homeless owners, says pets are often a "lifeline" for many people.

Hannah Nevin works with a practice in the city that sees about 40 volunteers give medical care, pet food and advice to those who need it most.

She says the "company animals give" to the homeless can't be underestimated...

Lee Hodges quits Truro City 'because of exhaustion'

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City manager Lee Hodges has quit the club because he said he was exhausted and needed a break, the club's chairman says.

Hodges and assistant Chris Todd announced to their players that they were leaving the club on Tuesday night, while the White Tigers were at West-super-Mare - just two games into the season. They drew 1-1

Chairman Peter Masters said he was disappointed because the coaching team had just agreed to a new two-year contract. He is awaiting written confirmation of the resignations.

Lee Hodges

The announcement comes just weeks after the White Tigers announced they were moving to Torquay to play their home games because Treyew Road has been sold to developers.

Truro fans are, frankly, bewildered by the latest news - not only have their team moved out of Cornwall, it's now without a manager.

It's not ideal timing as Truro have been building a new squad in recent weeks.

But now the search for a new manager starts. Masters said that he had had nine phone calls on Wednesday morning enquiring about the position, and he was looking to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.

Lambs 'mauled to death by dogs'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's been a warning for dog owners to be more responsible in looking after their animals after three lambs were mauled to death near St Columb in what is thought to have been an attack by dogs.

The incident, which happened recently, was on farmland at Castle an Dinas, which a popular dog-walking area. A number of other sheep were also injured.

Mayor of St Columb Major Paul Wills, who is also a sheep farmer, said it was a dreadful attack that could have been avoided.

Landowner the Cornwall Heritage Trust has told walkers to keep dogs on a lead at all times until October, when sheep leave the site.

The incident has been reported to police.

Dead sheep
Paul Wills

'Very vulnerable' woman missing from Kingsbridge

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A "very vulnerable" woman has gone missing from her home in Kingsbridge, police say.

Vanessa Tomas was last seen at about 18:00 on Tuesday but it's thought she may now be in the Totnes area.

She is described as a white female, with short hair, wearing hearing aids in both ears and wearing all black with a black rucksack.

Anyone with information is asked to call 999.

Vanessa Tomas

Police officer has 'thumb dislocated' by offender


A police officer has had his thumb dislocated by an offender who "pulled it aggressively", the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said.

It happened in Plymouth on Tuesday. Another officer was also "spat at in the face".

The federation such assaults were "all too common" in the region.

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The federation represents officers up the rank of chief inspector.

New dementia cafe launched for north Devon

BBC Radio Devon

A new dementia cafe is being launched at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

The behind it said the cafe would help support those with the condition and their families.

Specialist nurses will be offering practical and clinical advice.

The first cafe is being held a week on Wednesday between 14:00 and 16:00 in the Raleigh Galley Restaurant.

Two people holding hands

Devon travel: Disruption on A38 Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

The A38 connector road between the Forder Valley interchange and the Marsh Mills roundabout will have rolling lane closures in place until 13:00 to replace collapsed manhole covers.

There are reports of disruption in and around the area with traffic at a "standstill" at Forder Valley back to the Asda junction.

'Substantial' drug seizure in Looe


British Firework Championships prepares for blast-off

BBC Radio Devon

Fireworks across Plymouth Hoe

Pyro-technicians from across the country are preparing to compete on day one of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth on Wednesday night.

Six teams will compete across the two-day competition, each putting on a massive display that will light up the skies.

Thousands of people are expected to watch from the waterfront.

The first display is due to begin at 21:30.

Man suffers back injury in side lane assault

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured during an assault in Plymouth.

The incident happened outside the Octagon Social Club in a side lane of Manor Gardens in Stonehouse between 20:30 and 21:45 on 3 August.

The 37-year-old sustained an injury to his back and was treated at Derriford Hospital.

Two men were outside the club when they got into an altercation with one another.

A 39-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "There was possibly a third man present who was not directly involved although may have witnessed the incident."

Police are hoping to identify this man and any members of the public who may have witnessed the incident.

Truro City boss Lee Hodges and assistant Chris Todd resign

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City manager Lee Hodges (pictured) and his assistant, Chris Todd, have confirmed they have resigned from the White Tigers.

They announced their decision before Tuesday night's match with Weston-super-Mare, which saw a 1-1 draw.

Hodges was in his second spell with the club, having guiding them to the first round proper of the FA Cup last season and the end of season play-offs.

Truro City have yet to make an official comment but earlier chairman Peter Masters denied the pair had stepped down.

Lee Hodges

'They're not too happy about his backside' - gorilla owner

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

The owner of a 7ft-tall gorilla statue put up in Dawlish says residents are "not too happy looking at his backside".

Gary the Gorilla was originally facing people's homes but, after complaints about his stare, Robert Phipps turned him around.

Now, though, people are grumbling about being forced to look at his backside.

Robert said he had tried his best to accommodate everyone...

Man has head stamped on in Plymouth fight

Lauren Haly

BBC News Online

Police are trying to trace witnesses to a man in his 20s being knocked unconscious and having his head stamped on following a music festival in Plymouth.

The incident took place after the Ocean City Sounds event on 26 July.

A fight occured between two groups of males in the area of the Slug and Lettuce pub on Princess Street.

Two 17-year-old boys from the city were arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation.

Police said they wanted to talk to anyone who saw or was passing at the time and may have knowledge of the fight.

Poor parking highlighted by firefighters again

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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Poor parking has been raised by fire crews in Cornwall on several occasions recently.

They have urged people to "think before you park" in case it delays responses to incidents, saying 24/7 access may be required to anywhere if a blaze broke out.

Council unveils plans for £12m 'green' crematorium

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Plymouth City Council has released its plans for the city’s new £12m crematorium.

Council chiefs hope the new crematorium, on Merafield Road, will provide the city’s first “green burial” service.

Crematorium design

The images, from Stride Treglown architects, show how the 17-acre site at Saltram could look.

The public can give feedback on the designs from 10 August until 14 September.

The new plans won't affect existing sites at Efford and Weston Mill.

Crematorium design

The new crematorium will bring our bereavement services into the modern era and we’re really pleased with the first artist’s impressions. We want this facility to be customer-focused so it is really important that the residents of Plymouth and the surrounding area give their feedback on the plans so that we can meet their needs appropriately.”

Cllr Sally HaydonCabinet member, Plymouth City Council

Confusion over Truro City bosses' 'resignations'

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's confusion surrounding the future of Truro City manager Lee Hodges and assistant Chris Todd.

Some reports have suggested they resigned before Tuesday night's match with Weston-super-Mare.

But club chairman Peter Masters has denied to BBC Cornwall that that has happened.

The White Tigers drew 1-1.