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Summary

  1. Police apologise to mum over death probe
  2. Woman in 80s dies after being found in marina
  3. Cliff-climbing teens 'close to disaster'
  4. European elections 2019: Polls take place across the UK
  5. Woman writes strangers' insults on her face
  6. Cornwall councillor says gaming is 'destroying lives'
  7. Police free man cuffed in 'bedroom antic'
  8. Updates from Thursday 23 May 2019

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  1. Drugs gang jailed after £66k worth of drugs seized

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A drugs gang has been jailed for supplying class A drugs to "vulnerable people".

    A total of 547g of heroin and 130g of crack cocaine, with a potential street value of over £66,000, was seized.

    A number of other assets including £22,000 in cash, a caravan and a Yamaha WaveRunner, were also confiscated.

    Det Insp Mike Jones said: “This group targeted and supplied drugs to vulnerable users across south Devon perpetuating the cycle of crime and the misery that drugs bring.

    "We will continue to take the fight to drug suppliers like this and I can assure you we have many more in our sights”.

    Jamie Martin, Kelly Woodward and Paul Willis

    Jamie Martin, 46, of Lower Cannon Road, Newton Abbot was sentenced to seven years.

    Kelly Woodward, 36, of Lower Cannon Road, Newton Abbot was sentenced to six years and three months.

    Paul Willis, 41, of Templer Place, Bovey Tracey was sentenced to six years.

    At a previous hearing all three pleaded guilty.

  2. Man guilty of selling fake service histories on eBay

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Church Road

    A man from Cornwall has been found guilty of producing fake car service histories.

    Paul Skidmore, 32, of Church Road, Four Lanes, near Redruth ran an online stationery business alongside his role as a health and safety manager at a local clothing company.

    Truro Magistrates Court heard that in 2017 Skidmore started producing fake car service history records for his customers on eBay.

    In July 2018, Cornwall Council became aware of the illegal sales after test purchases were made by the Ford Motor Company and the Vauxhall/Peugeot Group.

    An entry warrant was executed at his home and it was discovered he had sold over 1,500 fake service histories and made over £9,000 in 10 months.

    Skidmore, who had no previous convictions, told the court that he was sorry for what he had done and that he had almost been expecting a knock at the door after a warning from eBay.

    The 32-year-old was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service, to pay a fine of £500, a victim surcharge of £85 and to meet Cornwall Council’s costs of £8,613.08

  3. Josh Clayton: Police apologise to mum over death probe

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Josh C

    Police have apologised to the mother of a barman over their handling of the investigation into his death on a private holiday island.

    Josh Clayton disappeared while working on the Isles of Scilly in 2015.

    His mother Tracey Clayton complained about Devon and Cornwall Police's investigation including a sergeant's decision to use a "water diviner".

    The force apologised and said it failed to meet the "high levels of service we aspired to in the investigation".

  4. HMP Dartmoor healthcare team wins place in award finals

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A Devon healthcare team, which provide end of life care for prisoners at HMP Dartmoor, has reached the finals of an award for protecting patient safety.

    The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards recognise the work and dedication of teams across the country to patients’ care and safety.

    Care UK’s healthcare team and the prison, working in partnership with St Luke’s and MacMillan Cancer Support in Plymouth, have won a place in the finals for the End of Life Care award.

    Quote Message: I am really delighted to see that these awards have recognised the great work that our teams do and have given us the opportunity to demonstrate Care UK’s commitment to patient safety and continuous quality improvement in the toughest of environments." from Sarah Bromley Medical director for Health in Justice, Care UK’s prisons healthcare team
    Sarah BromleyMedical director for Health in Justice, Care UK’s prisons healthcare team
  5. Independents take control of council

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The new leader of East Devon District Council has promised the public will be listened to as Independents took control of the council.

    Councillor Ben Ingham, leader of the Independent Group in East Devon, was elected unanimously as the leader of the council at Wednesday night’s annual meeting.

    The Independent Group are the largest on the council, with 20 members, and will run the council as a minority administration.

    They take control of the council from the Conservatives who had run it since 1974 when it was first formed.

    Ben Ingham
  6. Iconic Cornish sculpture moved to the Eden Project

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Visitors arriving at the Eden Project are now being welcomed by the iconic statue, The Drummer.

    The 15ft (4.5m) bronze sculputre - by artist Tim Shaw - usually sits outside the Hall for Cornwall in Truro.

    It needed a temporary base due to major building work taking place at the venue at Lemon Quay.

    It's now due to stay at the top of the former clay pit at Eden for the next two years.

    Mr Shaw says the temporary transition "could not be better".

    “It’s great to see that The Drummer - which celebrates Cornwall, a place where the drum beats differently - has such a wonderful and inspiring home to go to," he said.

    Artist Tim Shaw with his statue The Drummer
    Image caption: Artist Tim Shaw with his statue, The Drummer
  7. Cornwall councillor says gaming is 'destroying lives'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Cornwall councillor has slammed Falmouth University and Cornwall Council for supporting the gaming industry which he says is “destroying lives”.

    Neil Burden

    Neil Burden made the comments when the council agreed to provide £900,000 funding to the university’s Launchpad scheme which helps students in digital industries, including gaming.

    The Stoke Climsland independent councillor said he had even had to stop one of his own family members from getting “addicted” to video games.

    He said: “I am appalled that our university in Cornwall thinks digital gaming is the most wonderful thing in the world. It is the most horrendous thing in the world.

    “We are creating more of this addictive stuff in Cornwall, destroying people’s lives completely."

    Deputy council leader Adam Paynter pointed out that the games industry was worth £3.86bn to the UK and employed more than 20,000 people.

    “This is not a small industry,” he said. “It is something that our young people ought to be able to have a go at as well and I think Falmouth does a huge amount in creative industries, it is not purely about gaming.”

    Nick Dixon, head of the Launchpad programme at Falmouth University, said it was all about growing "entrepreneurship, creativity and digital technology" in Cornwall.

    Students were using their digital skills to create new, responsible, products and services for sectors including agritech, e-health, finance and entertainment.

    He said he was "delighted" by the council's support and said he would meet Mr Burden "so he can see for himself the types of cutting-edge digital businesses that are being built on the Launchpad programme and that will help transform Cornwall’s economy".

  8. Mystery surrounds cancelled Flybe flight

    Devon Live

    Flybe has apologised after one of its flights from Exeter Airport was mysteriously cancelled on Wednesday.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter and J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of wood on the road.

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

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    Severe accident: A392 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A392 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from White Acres Holiday Park to A39.

    A392 Cornwall - A392 in White Cross closed and very slow traffic in both directions from the White Acres Holiday Park junction to Halloon Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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