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  1. Over 950 fines issued during lockdown

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Police officer

    Across April and May, Devon and Cornwall Police issued 989 fixed penalty notices relating to breaches of coronavirus rules.

    A quarter of the fines issued between 1 April and 28 May were given to people outside of Devon and Cornwall.

    Over the bank holiday weekend, 50 fines were issued and of those, 38% were for overnight stays including in campervans and second homes.

    During the bank holiday, officers carried out high visibility patrols at over 900 locations.

    ACC Glen Mayhew said: “Officers have used discretion in each and every situation to engage, educate and encourage before using enforcement as a last resort where necessary."

    He said working with the community to shape the force's approach has been "a crucial part of this process".

    “Many of you told us that you were concerned about second homes and overnight stays so that was an area we focussed on, particularly since the changes to lockdown earlier this month."

    ACC Mayhew thanked the "majority of people" who continue to follow the rules.

  2. Tourism businesses have "no income" to top up furlough payments

    BBC Radio Devon

    Some tourism businesses would have no income to top up the furlough payments if it was reduced by the government, says the chief executive of Cornwall's Chamber of Commerce.

    Kim Conchie says he has been lobbying the government for more support for tourist dependent businesses as many have had no income "since last autumn".

    "So there is no way that some of these employers can top up the furlough scheme by 20%", he said.

    It is expected that companies will be asked to share the cost of the scheme with the government from August.

    The government is currently paying 80% of workers' salaries for about 8.4 million workers under its furlough scheme.

  3. Social distancing in schools will be "very difficult"

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Primary school pupil writing

    Schools across the country are getting ready to start welcoming children back and adapting the classrooms to new social distancing rules.

    A primary school headteacher says the challenge of social distancing "is going to be very difficult".

    "While schools are doing the very best they can to achieve 100% social distancing it is unreasonable to expect that it will be possible" Debbie Tregellas from Pondhu School in St Austell added.

    “The younger they are the more they will get engrossed in what they are doing – you can’t enforce social distancing, there has to be common sense.

    “They will behave as children behave - we will do an awful lot of hand washing and sing merrily as we go.”

    The headteacher said that changes had been made in how the school will operate to ensure that children are kept in separate groups.

    Since lockdown began, schools have been closed, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

    The government said children in reception, year 1 year 6 can return to school from Monday.

  4. 'Multiple incidents' involving coastguards off south Devon coast

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    There are multiple people on the south coast of Devon getting into difficulty in the water, coastguards say.

    The coastguards are having to respond to incidents of people in trouble, including paddle boarders.

    There are currently no RNLI lifeguards on beaches in Devon due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  5. Councillors accused of 'dangerous' statement about lifeguard beach cover

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Lifeguards at Perranporth beach in a previous year

    Liberal Democrat councillors have accused their conservative colleagues at Cornwall Council of making a "dangerous and misleading statement" about Cornish beaches having lifeguard patrols.

    Earlier the conservatives said that "most Cornwall beaches will have lifeguard cover this weekend" but the RNLI said this is not the case.

    Councillor Rob Nolan has confirmed that only seven beaches across Cornwall will have lifeguard cover this weekend.

    He said: "The RNLI have confirmed this morning that the conservatives have 'jumped the gun' and are wrong" he added.

    "This a matter of public safety and it's important that we all give a clear message on which beaches have RNLI cover.

    RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling the following beaches in Cornwall from Saturday between 10:00 and 18:00:

    • Widemouth
    • Gwithian
    • Fistral
    • Mawgan Porth
    • Polzeath
    • Constantine
    • Perranporth
  6. Warm weather prompts wild fire warning

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The continuing warm and dry weather is creating an increased risk of wild fires breaking out in Cornwall and Devon, emergency services say.

    People are advised against burning garden waste or using disposable barbecues.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue says: "If you are enjoying the countryside this weekend please do not discard cigarettes or other smouldering material as these can spark a fire."

    The advice remains not to have bonfires at the current time, as it has throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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  7. Rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour on Dartmoor

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Rubbish on Dartmoor

    There has been a rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour on Dartmoor since lockdown restrictions have eased and warm weather has continued, according to park rangers.

    They say they have witnessed barbecues and open fires, despite the high fire risk on the moor, as well as piles of discarded rubbish, parking blocking drives and gateways, people forgetting to socially distance and abuse towards staff.

    The authority chief executive, Kevin Bishop said: "It saddens me to hear and see the results of people's behaviour."

    He said some rangers had been subjected to abuse by a minority of people.

    “We are in direct contact with police over these types of issues and very grateful for their continued and active support" he added.

    "We will not tolerate any type of anti-social behaviour that impacts on staff or can potentially damage Dartmoor’s special environment and will not hesitate in taking further action."


    "People having barbecues and picnics and leaving their rubbish strewn over the moor is not acceptable and staying overnight in a tent or a camper van is still not allowed" the CEO added.

    He said if a fire were to start it would be "absolutely devastating" to the community on Dartmoor and the wildlife.

    The Dartmoor National Park Authority has thanked the vast majority of people adhering to the rules and says it is only a minority that is not doing so.

    Dartmoor rangers will continue to patrol the moor to ensure the safety of visitors.

  8. Eleven more Devon care homes report coronavirus outbreaks

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A further 11 care homes in Devon have reported coronavirus outbreaks in the last two weeks, new figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal.

    It brings the total number of affected care homes in Devon to 116.

    Two of the new outbreaks were reported in East Devon, with one in Exeter, one in North Devon, three in Plymouth, one in Torbay, two in Torridge, and one in West Devon.

    Four new outbreaks were reported at care homes in Cornwall bringing the total to 50, 22% of 227 homes.

    There were no new outbreaks in the Isles of Scilly, the South Hams or Teignbridge.

    Between 3 March and 18 May, 20.3% of Devon's 516 care homes had reported a coronavirus outbreak, compared to the national average of 39.3% for the same period.

  9. Car parks remain free for health workers

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council car parks will continue to be free for health workers when car park charges are reintroduced in June.

    Free parking will be available for NHS and health and social care staff and critical care volunteers.

    Health workers will need to display a permit provided by their NHS trust or when using a pay on exit car park they will need to use the intercom.

    Parking charges will be reinstated on 1 June.

  10. Lifeguards learning to use PPE ahead of weekend

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online


    RNLI lifeguards are being trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as they prepare to patrol eight beaches in Devon and Cornwall from this weekend.

    They have been unable to work until now due to concerns over keeping the charity's lifeguards safe from the threat of coronavirus. The PPE is one measure being taken to address this risk.

    They will not be able to wear PPE in the water, and will only put it on when coming into contact with people on the beach.

    North Cornwall lifeguard Leon Bennett said: "This new PPE is to be worn routinely by the lifeguards and at all times when coming into contact with anybody.

    "Please can you help us by respecting government guidelines for Covid-19 and always keep a two-metre distance from our lifeguards at all times if approaching them.

    "Our aim is to save lives at sea and in order to do this we need to keep our staff safe."

    RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling the following beaches in Devon and Cornwall from Saturday between 10:00 and 18:00:

    • Widemouth
    • Gwithian
    • Fistral
    • Mawgan Porth
    • Polzeath
    • Constantine
    • Perranporth
    • Croyde
  11. Thousands of calls to support vulnerable people in Torbay

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than 8,000 calls have been made to support vulnerable people in Torbay in one month.

    The Torbay Shielding Hub helps people who are self-isolating by providing essential supplies, doing wellbeing checks and providing healthy lifestyle advice.

    It is run by Torbay Council and supported by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

    There are now 5,800 people on the database who are listed as being in the most vulnerable categories.

  12. Financial concerns if pubs can only open beer gardens

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some pub landlords feel it could be hard to make pubs economically viable if they can only open their gardens when lockdown restrictions are eased.

    Pubs are not expected to reopen until July and could potentially be limited to outdoor areas.

    Steve Worrall from St Austell Brewery said: "We're really concerned - I can assure you there's very few pubs out there that can make that economically viable."

    Pubs are already planning how they will open safely and maintain social distancing while serving food and drink.

    Fearing financial struggle, Mr Worrall said he would bid to the government to open pubs fully when it is safe to do so.

    SHip Inn Pentewan
  13. Extra support offered to BAME staff at Cornwall hospitals

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Hospital staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in Cornwall will be given support and advice as they are at higher risk from Covid-19, bosses have said.

    There have been concerns nationally that BAME people are at higher risk of catching the virus and what that means for those working in health and social care.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said today it was planning to hold a special Q&A session with BAME staff to listen to any concerns and provide support.

    Susan Bracefield, chief operating officer and Covid-19 lead at RCHT, said: "We are making sure we are doing all we can to protect that group of staff and also communicating regularly with all staff about any particular risk factors."

    RCHT chief executive Kate Shields said: "We have asked people what support they need and not making the assumption that they would want to move from any areas but might want a better risk assessment."

    She added: "We are a very white county and we are encouraging our BAME staff to have a voice to get to a point where it is a proper conversation where they can speak and we are just starting that now."

    Meanwhile, Ms Shields has stressed that hospitals were safe for people to attend if they are feeling unwell and need help.

    She said: "We know there are people not presenting with heart attacks, strokes and abdominal pain. Either it is they are frightened or didn’t want to bother us. “We would like to encourage anybody who feels they need to be seen, they do need to present."

    “They also need to see their GPs – their practices are open and are safe to attend."

    Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust sign
  14. Man faces drugs and firearms charges after Devon arrest

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    A man has been charged with drugs and firearms offences after being arrested in Devon, police say.

    The 34-year-old, from London, was arrested in Exeter on Wednesday following an investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) – a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police unit.

    Police said officers seized cocaine from his car and a search of his home in London turned up a pistol and ammunition.

    He has been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a firearm, and was remanded in custody after appearing in magistrates' court. He is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 25 June.

  15. Hospice charity opening drive-through donation station

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Cornwall Hospice Care is opening its first drive-through donation station in St Austell on 1 June.

    The charity said it hoped it would encourage more people to donate second-hand clothes without putting themselves at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

    It was also due to set up mobile donation points "in various towns across Cornwall" from Monday 8 June.

    Charity shops have been closed since the start of lockdown on 23 March.

    On Wednesday it was reported that many charities feel they may be deluged with donations when their shops started to reopen from 15 June, in line with government guidance.

    The Charity Retail Association said shops were expecting to be "full to bursting" after many people in lockdown took the opportunity to clean out their homes.

    It urged people to "be thoughtful about the sorts of things you're donating".

  16. Dominic Cummings 'has to bear ramifications of decision'

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    A Cornwall MP says he sympathises with the situation that Dominic Cummings found himself in that led him to drive 260-miles for childcare reasons, but added that the ramifications "of that decision are also his to bear”.

    In a statement, North Cornwall Conservative Scott Mann said he could "relate to the anger" that many of his constituents had expressed to him over the last few days.

    He added that he "wholeheartedly appreciates the strength of feeling that has been shared with me by my constituents and will make sure these feelings are known with those at the top of government".

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  17. Beach-goers urged to take care in continuing hot weather

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Beach-goers in Cornwall are being urged to take extra care over the coming days as hot weather continues.

    There has been a string of incidents on the coast recently, two of which were fatal - and only seven of Cornish beaches are to due to have RNLI lifeguard cover from this weekend.

    Up to now lifeguards have not been operating because the charity had concerns over their exposure to covid-19 on the beaches and while performing rescues.

    Jill Rylance, at Falmouth Coastguard, said families and friends needed to make a plan and stick together.

    Quote Message: Our north coast is notorious for shifting sandbanks and rips, so if you haven’t been there for a little while, and there are locals around, ask them for advice on where to go and where the new rips might be, and check websites, etc, before entering the water." from Jill Rylance Falmouth Coastguard
    Jill RylanceFalmouth Coastguard
    Beach in Cornwall
  18. Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls to restart 1 June

    BBC Spotlight

    Tamar Bridge

    Drivers will have to start paying to cross the River Tamar from Cornwall to Devon again from Monday.

    Tolls were suspended at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, but as restrictions continue to be eased, bosses said it was time to begin charging again from 1 June.

    Contactless cards can be used on the bridge but not yet on the Torpoint Ferry.

    Drivers who have to use cash are asked to have the right amount to hand so as to minimise contact with staff.

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  19. Concerns over welfare of vulnerable children in lockdown

    Gemma Taylor

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Concerns are being raised about the safety and welfare of vulnerable children in Cornwall, during the lockdown period.

    Cornwall Council said the number of children being referred to social services had fallen below normal levels. The authority is asking people to speak up if they are worried about a young person who might be in harms way.

    Referrals are normally made by schools, GP surgeries and extended family. However, as many children are not currently in school and more doctors are giving telephone consultations, abuse could be going unnoticed, the council said.

    It said essential home visits were still being completed where there are serious concerns. It has called on families, carers and friends to support young people if they see something.

    Anyone with concerns has been asked to contact the Multi Agency Referral Unit.

    Child behind glass
  20. Concerns over reopening of secondary schools

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Parents and teachers' union members in Cornwall have said they are not convinced about the safety of staff and children when secondary schools are scheduled to open in two weeks time.

    Some primary schools are due to re-open next Monday, but secondary schools are being advised to wait until 15 June.

    David Barton, from the Cornwall Secondary Headteacher's Association, told the BBC every parent would have to make their own decision, but there were ways that secondary schools could stay safe.

    Quote Message: They [secondary schools] have got bigger rooms, and many are looking to use school halls and sports halls, where they have them, so they can use those spaces and they will have one-way staircases. It will look and feel very different, just indeed as shops and supermarket have been working differently." from David Barton Cornwall Secondary Headteacher's Association
    David BartonCornwall Secondary Headteacher's Association

    More information on changes to lockdown restrictions are expected from the government on Thursday.