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Summary

  1. Judge not sure belt caused custody death
  2. Three airlifted from ship after explosion
  3. Armed police in Newton Abbot - two detained
  4. Pedestrian has 'life-threatening' injuries after crash
  5. Bodmin Moor fires: Crews tackle four blazes over two miles
  6. Thai cave rescue diver Josh Bratchley freed from cave
  7. Bone 'shows rabbits were in UK in Roman era'
  8. Updates from Thursday 18 April 2019

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Sgt Alexander Blackman on not thinking about the man he killed.

    Sgt Alexander Blackman on not thinking about the man he killed.

  2. BreakingTrainer took his life after discovering wife's affair

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Richard Woollacott

    Racehorse trainer and point-to-point champion Richard Woollacott took his own life after discovering his wife was having an affair with a jockey, an inquest heard.

    Mr Woollacott, 40, was found dead in a barn at his north Devon home in January 2018.

    About three weeks before he had discovered a series of sexual messages to his wife Kayley on Facebook, the Exeter inquest heard.

    Mr Woollacott had also been struggling with depression and pressures of work, the inquest was told.

    Devon assistant coroner Alison Longhorn recorded a verdict of suicide.

  3. Pedestrian has 'life-threatening' injuries after crash

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A pedestrian hit by a jeep has a life-threatening head injury.

    Police said a green Suzuki Jimny jeep hit the man at about 13:55 on 12 April in Chagford.

    The pedestrian, a 63-year-old man from Chagford, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance.

    The Suzuki driver, a woman in her 80s from the local area, was not injured in the collision.

    Police asked for any witnesses to get in touch on 101.

  4. Body on beach 'not suspicious'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The death of a man whose body was found on Carlyon Bay beach near St Austell is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

    A member of the public found the body on the beach at about 10:00 on Wednesday.

    Police said the man was in his 50s and from the St Austell area.

    Carlyon Bay
  5. Six police vehicles attend 'altercation'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Paynsford Road

    At least five police cars and a police van went to a street in Newton Abbot where there were reports of an "altercation" involving several men.

    Armed police were among the officers who went to Paynsford Road at around 09:00.

    Ambulance crews are also on the scene and police said two people have been detained.

    Paynsford Road
  6. Vessel explosion 'not suspicious'

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Cornwall Police says an explosion on board a vessel, which injured three crew members, is not being treated as suspicious.

    Here's the full police statement...

    Quote Message: We have been informed of an explosion on board Chinese bulk carrier Great Aspiration in international waters last night. This incident resulted in injuries to three crew members who were initially taken to Derriford Hospital, before being transferred to specialist burns units outside of Devon and Cornwall; all three remain in hospital and all have suffered serious burn injuries. The vessel is currently anchored off-shore at Mount's Bay for further inquiries to be completed by the Chinese authorities with support from coastguard; Devon and Cornwall Police will assist if required. There is currently no information to suggest there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident."
  7. BreakingArmed police in Newton Abbot - two detained

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    Two people have been detained following reports of an altercation between a group of men in Newton Abbot.

    Armed police are at an address in Paynsford Road. Paramedics are also at the scene.

  8. Three 'suffer significant burns' after vessel explosion

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Three Chinese crew members have suffered burns after an explosion on board a vessel off Cornwall.

    The injured crew are believed to have suffered significant burns on board the bulk carrier Great Aspiration off Lizard Point on Wednesday afternoon.

    HM Coastguard's search and rescue helicopter from Newquay was sent and the three were taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed, along with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's duty surveyor, enforcement and counter pollution team.

    The ship is now moving from Mount's Bay to Falmouth where a full assessment of the damage to the vessel's hatches can be made.

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    Video caption: Josh Bratchley was rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave in the US for 28 hours.
  10. Rabbit bone found at palace dates back to 1AD

    Britain's earliest rabbit has been found at a Roman palace - a discovery which reveals that the animals arrived in the country 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

    Rabbits are native to Spain and France and it had been thought they were a medieval introduction to Britain, but this fresh discovery has pushed that timing back by more than a millennium.

    Radiocarbon dating of the bone, which was unearthed at Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, shows the rabbit was alive in 1AD.

    The 4cm (1.6in) segment of a tibia bone was found during excavations in 1964 but it remained in a box, unrecognised, until 2017, when Historic England zooarchaeologist Dr Fay Worley realised the bone was from a rabbit, and genetic analyses have proved she was right.

    Academics from the universities of Exeter, Oxford and Leicester carried out the analyses.

    Quote Message: This is a tremendously exciting discovery and this very early rabbit is already revealing new insights into the history of the Easter traditions we are all enjoying this week. The bone fragment was very small, meaning it was overlooked for decades, and modern research techniques mean we can learn about its date and genetic background as well." from Prof Naomi Sykes University of Exeter
    Prof Naomi SykesUniversity of Exeter