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Summary

  1. Arrest after Illogan house fire spreads to adjacent homes
  2. Man's body found on a beach in Falmouth
  3. Man arrested after glass assault in Dawlish pub
  4. Dartmoor ranger dies after collapsing at Ten Tors
  5. Cornish pet charity in need of carers and cash
  6. Council 'making progress' after 'inadequate' report
  7. Headteacher 'serves lunch' and 'mends loos'
  8. Updates from Tuesday 14 May 2019

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  1. Fifty firefighters called to Illogan blaze

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Illogan fire

    Four houses in Illogan have had roofs destroyed after a fire in one spread to neighbouring properties.

    A total of nine engines and about 50 firefighters were called to Bridge Road at about 17:15 after "numerous 999 calls" in an incident which caused significant disruption in the area.

    Most of the residents had managed to escape their properties but one woman had to be helped from a ground-floor flat.

    Nick Harvey, of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said crews were hampered by strong winds which caused a "very rapid fire spread throughout the properties".

    Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that no injuries were reported and the blaze was being treated as suspicious.

    A man was arrested on suspicion of arson and is in custody.

  2. Arrest after Illogan fire spreads to neighbouring homes

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Illogan fire

    A man has been arrested after a house fire in Illogan spread to neighbouring terraced properties, police say.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to Bridge Road at about 17:15 after "numerous 999 calls".

    Some people were evacuated from nearby properties.

    Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that no injuries were reported and the blaze was being treated as suspicious.

    Bridge Road has been closed to traffic.

    Illogan fire
  3. Illogan fire spreads to the roofs of adjacent houses

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Illogan fire

    A fire in Illogan which broke out in a house has spread to the roofs of adjacent properties, firefighters say.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to Bridge Road at about 17:15 after "numerous 999 calls".

    Appliances from Tolvaddon and Hayle were initially sent to the scene before crews called for more fire appliances and further support vehicles to tackle the blaze.

    Bridge Road has been closed to traffic.

    Illogan Fire
  4. Man found on beach was from Falmouth

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man found dead on a beach was in his 50s and from Falmouth, police said.

    A member of the public spotted the body in the Greenbank area of Falmouth at about 11:30 and called police.

    Police said the man's next of kin have been informed and the death was not being treated as suspicious.

    Police at Falmouth
  5. Weather: Staying dry and fine, winds easing

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Staying fine on Tuesday evening with plenty of late sunshine, but staying rather breezy.

    It will then be dry overnight with mainly clear skies. The brisk winds will start to ease slightly.

    Minimum temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

    Weather

    On Wednesday it will be another dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, but there could be a little patchy cloud developing.

    The winds will be lighter.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

  6. Building fire closes A389 through Bodmin

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A main road through Bodmin has been closed because of a fire nearby.

    Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in a flat on Fore Street at about 14:45.

    At its peak, 20 firefighters from Bodmin and Liskeard called to the scene.

    The A389, Higher Bore Street, was shut in both directions. It's been reported that the road has since reopened.

  7. Fire crews extinguish gas cylinders and barbecue blazes

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire crews in south east Cornwall have dealt with a gas cylinders blaze at a property in Harrowbarrow, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says.

    Fire appliances from Callington, Liskeard and Saltash, plus a water carrier from Devon, were called to the "large fire" involving cylinders at the rear of a property at about 09:25.

    An investigation is under way into the cause.

    Because Saltash's firefighters had been deployed, a fire crew from Camelshead, Plymouth, was then called out to a barbecue fire which spread to a neighbouring house in Lower Burraton, near Saltash, at about 11:55.

    A dog was rescued from the house and crews extinguished the blaze.

  8. Building contractor for Plymouth's Elizabethan House work

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A contractor has been picked to carry out building work as part of the £2.1m restoration of the historic Elizabethan House in Plymouth.

    The property, believed to have been built in the late 1500s in New Street on The Barbican, is listed because of its historic importance.

    It survived slum clearance and wartime bombs, but was declared unsafe and closed to the public in 2016. The following year it was put on English Heritage’s at-risk register.

    The appointment of a contractor is the latest step in the project to repair the building and convert it to a museum in time for the Mayflower 400 celebrations next summer.

    Details have been published by the council but the successful bidder has not been named because of commercial confidentiality.

    A report to the city council said it was planned to reopen it to the public in September 2020.

    The council, which is managing the rebuilding programme, is contributing £1.3m towards work on this and the city's Merchant's House from a £5m fund for Mayflower 400 projects.

    Elizabethan House
  9. South West patients needed for depression study

    BBC Radio Devon

    Patients in the South West are needed for the biggest ever study into depression and anxiety.

    The Devon Partnership NHS Trust and its sister trust in Cornwall will be encouraging patients to take part in a study exploring the genetic links to mental ill-health.

    Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide, with one in three people in the UK experiencing symptoms during their lifetime.

    Woman

    Recruits are now being sought for the biggest ever study of its kind - the GLAD study - short for Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression.

    It's a collaboration between the the National Institute for Health Research, the mental health charity MQ, patients and service users.

    More than 1,600 people have taken part in mental health research in the South West in the last financial year.

  10. Witness appeal after Torquay criminal damage incident

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police want to identify a witness who was spoken to by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray in Torquay.

    The man, pictured, was walking down Jacks Lane at about midday on Friday 1 March.

    Officers said he is not connected with any crime but might have information that could help with other inquiries.

    witness appeal

    It's believed he was spoken to by another man who was walking his dog - who appeared to be in an "agitated state" - and police would like to know what the conversation was about.

    The agitated man is suspected to have later been involved in an incident in which damage was caused to a property and vehicles in Jacks Lane.

    A 46-year-old man from the Torquay area was arrested and released under police investigation.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  11. Newton Faulkner to appear at Looe festival

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Newton Faulkner

    Noughties music star Newton Faulkner will be appearing at the Looe Live! festival in September.

    Faulkner - whose biggest-selling hit was Dream Catch Me in 2007 - will perform on the main stage on 21 September.

    Tim Vigus, event director, said: “We welcome Newton with open arms and know he’ll be an awesome edition to this year’s line-up.

    "It’s really exciting to bring big name artists to the beautiful town of Looe for both local people and visitors alike to enjoy."

    Faulkner joins a line-up including the iconic 80s band Level 42, country duo The Shires and the Fisherman’s Friends.

  12. Pensioner dies after being trapped under her car

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A pensioner has died after becoming trapped underneath her car in the Plymouth area, police say.

    Officers said the 72-year-old woman sustained serious chest injuries in the incident involving a yellow and black Smart car on a driveway in Shortwood Crescent, Plymstock, at about 12:35 on Monday.

    She was taken to hospital later and pronounced dead.

    Members of the force's roads policing team, including a specialist vehicle examiner, carried out "a thorough scene investigation" and inquiries were ongoing, officers said.

    Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to contact them.

    Shortwood Crescent
  13. Man arrested after glass assault in Dawlish pub

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man was hit in the face with a glass, causing serious injuries, during an assault in a pub in Dawlish, police have said.

    Officers were called to The Landsdowne in Park Road at about 23:30 on Thursday 2 May.

    The man was left with a "deep cut" to his cheek, officers added.

    A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released under police investigation.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    The Landsdowne
  14. Dartmoor rescuer dies after collapsing at Ten Tors

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team member has died after collapsing suddenly while on duty at Ten Tors.

    Pauline Richard was one of the team's longest-serving members, working for them for the best part of three decades.

    She was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth on Sunday after collapsing while at the event.

    Her colleagues said they will miss her "commitment, humour and friendship".

    Pauline Richards
  15. Man, 56, missing from Brixham

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 56-year-old man has gone missing from Brixham, police have said.

    Christopher Dunne is described as about 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes, short grey hair and grey stubble.

    He has an Irish accent and is described as "possibly wearing farming style clothes", officers added.

    He is also known to travel to Torquay and Paignton.

    Anyone who sees Christopher is asked to call 999.

    Christopher Dunne
  16. Cornish teenagers missing after catching train to London

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Thi Trang Nguyen and Thi Linh Hoang
    Image caption: Thi Trang Nguyen and Thi Linh Hoang are both aged 17

    Two teenage girls from Cornwall have gone missing after leaving their home and catching a train to London, police have said.

    Thi Trang Nguyen and Thi Linh Hoang, both aged 17, went missing from their social care home in Newquay on Saturday 27 April.

    They were spotted by British Transport Police cameras at London Paddington train station at about 19:20 that same day.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say both girls are Vietnamese and want anyone with information - including the Vietnamese community in London - to come forward and help find the teenagers.

    Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101.

    Thi Trang Nguyen and Thi Linh Hoang
    Image caption: The teenagers were spotted at London Paddington railway station the day they went missing from Newquay, Cornwall
  17. Man's body found on a beach in Falmouth

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A body has been found on a beach in Falmouth, police say.

    Officers said they were called to the area, on a beach below Stratton Terrace, at about 11:30 after the body of a man was discovered by a member of public.

    He was declared dead at the scene.

    Officers remain at the scene and inquiries are under way.

    Falmouth incident
  18. Search for Exeter man after welfare concerns

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A search was carried out in Exeter on Monday evening after concern was raised for the welfare of a local man, Devon and Cornwall Police has said.

    The search included support from the police helicopter and armed officers.

    A 25-year-old man was found in Cowick Street at about 20:15 where he was detained.

    He was taken to hospital for treatment and left in the care of mental health professionals, officers added.