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Baby born on helicopter to meet pilot and crew

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

A baby born in the back of a coastguard helicopter between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland is set to meet the air crew that got him to hospital.

Via Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Torran McDonald is celebrating first birthday blissfully unaware of how challenging his arrival was a year ago on Monday.

His mother went into labour earlier than expected while on the islands on 19 August and was being flown to hospital on the mainland on the coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay when he was born on board.

Parents Alicia and Sandy McDonald are returning to say a proper thank you to pilot Captain Mark Coupland, the helicopter crew and local midwife Linda Benson who all helped to welcome him safely into the world.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers and sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

weather map

Monday will see some scattered showers and spells of sunshine.

Some of these showers may be heavy and possibly thundery before becoming increasing isolated towards the evening.

There will be moderate or fresh winds from the west or northwest and some stronger winds around the coast and within the showers.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 18C.

Matavesi brothers named in Fiji Rugby World Cup squad


Cornish brothers Josh and Sam Matavesi have been named in the Fiji squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Hooker Sam, who plays his club rugby for Cornish Pirates, is in line to make his World Cup debut, while older brother Josh, who plays in the back line for Newcastle Falcons, will step out for his second major tournament after making two appearances in 2015.

The pair will take part in a 10-day training camp before flying to New Zealand to play their final warm-up match against Tonga on the 31 August.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Yellow warning for rain

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Today will be generally cloudy and, although many places will be dry initially, outbreaks of showery rain will become more persistent throughout the morning and also heavy at times.

Cloud will lower to cover high ground and southwesterly winds will become strong to near gale force.

Maximum temperature:16 to 19C (61 to 66F)


Heavy rain expected across Devon and Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain across Devon and Cornwall has been issued.

The Met Office said the warning comes in force from 08:00 on Friday.

More information can be found here.

Weather warning
Met Office

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at times this morning with some scattered showers, but it will become mostly dry and brighter as sunny spells develop and the showers become increasingly isolated.

Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will ease and turn to the southwest later.

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

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Fastnet 40: Lifeboat crewman remembers yacht race tragedy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornishman involved in the Fastnet rescue 40 years ago has been remembering the tragedy which cost the lives of 19 people.

More than 300 boats, carrying 2,500 sailors, set off from Cowes for the biennial race to Fastnet rock in southern Ireland in August 1979.

But on the second night, a ferocious storm ripped through the fleet, leading to what was the biggest air-sea rescue mounted in peacetime.

Dozens of yachts were caught in the violent storm between Land's End and Ireland, and lifeboats and helicopters from Cornwall were launched to rescue crews from capsized vessels.

Alan Barnes MBE, who was on a lifeboat out of Falmouth, said they had instructions to find any vessel, be it boat or life-raft, rescue anyone they found, and report what they encountered.

The seas were really, really big and very, very steep, and it was getting dark. You could just see what almost looked like a white moustache coming at you. We'd been asked to intercept any craft that we could see and see if they had survivors."

Alan BarnesLifeboat crew member
Fastnet 40: Sailors remember storm that left 19 dead

Weather Watchers: A cloudy start in Devon and Cornwall

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Both Devon and Cornwall are having damp, windy and cloudy starts on Wednesday, as these picture from two of our Weather Watchers are showing.

But it will be drier this afternoon and also brighter at times.

Mawgan Porth by Dammo
Uncle Fester

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Reports of transgender hate crime 'almost triples' since 2016

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Bex Mercer, a Transgender woman from Plymouth, has received verbal abuse in public a number of times.

The South West has seen a threefold increase in reported hate crimes against transgender people over the past three years.

There were 86 crimes recorded in the region in 2018, compared to 30 in 2016.

Devon and Cornwall police claim that the rise is largely explained by better reporting and recording of the incidents.

However, concerns remain that the figures are still lower than the reality, because many victims may still be reluctant to report incidents to the authorities.

Insp Sally Kingdon from Devon and Cornwall Police said the force's community links indicated that the incidents likely only represented the "tip of the iceberg".

"We genuinely want to encourage reporting so we can understand what's happening and where, so we can do something about it", she added.

LGBT charity the Intercom Trust has called for greater public awareness and understanding.

Andy Hunt from the charity said there was "a lot more" hate crime in public discourse and politics, especially online.

Mounts Bay improvement project open

BBC Radio Cornwall

Mount's Bay

A major project to improve Mounts Bay has been completed, with a 350-metre length of the coast path at Long Rock now open to the general public.

The project involved installing 12,500 tonnes of rock along the shoreline to protect the coast from eroding and being breached during storm conditions.

Two ramps have also been included to improve access to the beach.

The works are part of a wider £3.7m strategic project to improve coastal resilience in Mount’s Bay which also includes environmental improvements to Marazion Marsh.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain and scattered showers

BBC Weather

There will be widespread outbreaks of rain on Wednesday morning.


Following the clearance of the rain, scattered showers will develop, but there should still be some fairly lengthy dry spells. A breezy day.

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

Devon and Cornwall weather: More rain and windy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Cloud will thicken on Tuesday evening, rain will start to edge in from the south-west and winds will strengthen.

Rain will likely become widespread through the overnight hours.

Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).


Further outbreaks of rain are expected on Wednesday, some spells could be on the heavy side and it will likely be windy.

There should still be some drier interludes later in the day though.

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Royal Cornwall Hospital at highest alert level

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro has again moved to its highest level of alert and is asking people not to go to its emergency department unless there is a life-threatening situation.

Bosses said they were not in as difficult a position as they were in May with the current level four alert - formerly known as a black alert - and they hoped stand down from the situation by the end of Tuesday.

They said they were urging residents and holidaymakers to use minor injuries units, or to ring the NHS 111 service.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

A scattering of showers is expected on Tuesday and it will be rather cloudy.

However, not all areas will catch a shower and there will still be some sunny periods.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Devon and Cornwall weather

Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers and dry spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Some scattered showers are possible on Monday evening, but there is the chance that showers may become more widespread after midnight.

Not all areas will catch a shower, however.

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


A generally dry Tuesday for the most part with some sunny spells.

However, a scattering of showers may develop during the afternoon, more so along the coast.

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

Hospice beds 'will close unless funding is changed'

BBC Spotlight

More hospice beds will close in the South West unless the way they are funded changes, according to both the Royal College of Nursing and hospices themselves.

The organisations are calling for an urgent review following news two weeks ago that a 12-bed unit at St Margaret's hospice in Yeovil was to close due to pressure on staffing and finances.

Hospice UK said two in three hospices across England were operating at a deficit and many planned to cut services.

It said government funding had only increased by 3% over the last 10 years, and hospices were having to rely more and more on their charity shops and money left in wills.

Hospice bed

Steven Roberts, from North Devon Hospice, added that such funding problems were leaving the facilities in a "desperate" situation.

I don't think it's right in 2019, when people are at the end of their life, that whether they die pain-free and with dignity is reliant on people buying second-hand clothes."

Steven RobertsNorth Devon Hospice

The Department of Health and Social Care said it was evaluating hospice services to help health commissioners to decide what was best to fund.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Generally dry and bright

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A generally fine day ahead as it should remain dry and bright for many areas.

A few showers are possible however and it will feel cool.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather map

Traffic lights out on Truro roundabouts

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Lights on major roundabouts have been impacted by the power cut.

One person had to navigate the city of Truro without roundabout traffic lights this evening.

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Watering can and police hat among stolen items from police

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Thieves have stolen £600 in cash, a police hat and a watering can from inside police stations and vehicles in the last four years, it has been revealed.

A freedom of information request to Devon and Cornwall Police showed there were seven thefts from stations and two from a police van.

On two occasions, cash was stolen, including £600 from Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter.

Other offences saw thieves steal a car aerial and dust caps, a watering can, a sat nav and a police hat.

Police hat

More than 100 guns surrendered to police

Charley Adams

BBC News Online


More than 100 firearms have been handed in to the police during a firearms and ammunition surrender.

The surrender organised by Devon and Cornwall Police ran from 20 July to 4 August.

The national campaign, instigated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, was supported by other forces around the country, including Dorset Police.

Items were voluntarily surrendered at all ten police enquiry offices in Devon and Cornwall.

As a result of this firearms surrender, all of these items are now permanently out of potential circulation. While not every firearm is owned with the intent of criminal activity, every firearm can become a weapon in the wrong hands, removing the guns from circulation reduces the risk of danger to public safety.

Michelle MounseyHead of alliance firearms and explosives licensing department

Cornwall and Devon weather: Showery and windy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be a showery day, with some showers being heavy and thundery at times.

Winds will continue to strengthen to be strong, occasionally gale force by the afternoon, with gusts of over 50mph in places.

The yellow weather warning remains in place for rain from 00:00 to 23:59 on Friday.

A further yellow weather warning will be valid from 15:00 to 23:59 for wind.

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (66 to 70 F)


Drivers urged to 'travel carefully' in stormy weather

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Road users are being urged to travel with care this weekend, as strong winds and heavy rain is forecast.

Rain on Thursday night, leading to thundery showers in places on Friday and Saturday, coupled with gusts reaching 50-60 mph could make weekend driving conditions hazardous, Devon County Council is warning.

Councillor Stuart Hughes said the weather is "already having an impact on plans".

"We’re seeing organised events cancelled or postponed across the region due to the unseasonal forecast", he said.

“Strong winds are likely to make driving difficult for high-sided vehicles and caravans, and trees are also likely to feel the impact."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning and more information can be found here.

weather warning
Met Office
The bridge recreates what used to be a natural path between the island and mainland
The bridge recreates what used to be a natural path between the island and mainland.

Cornwall and Devon weather: Fine and dry, rain later

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be a generally fine and dry start to the day, although a few isolated mist or fog patches are also possible, but these will be quick to clear.

Extensive low cloud and potentially heavy rain will spread in from the South West during the afternoon with a risk of fog in places later.

There will be moderate south-east winds that will increase fresh towards evening.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Boardmasters cancelled? 'It's not going to stop our holiday'
Disappointed festivalgoers try to keep the party going after Boardmasters is cancelled.

Boardmasters: Campers 'make sure your tent is pegged'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

People enjoying a camping holiday in Cornwall should not pack up and go home just yet but need to be aware of the conditions, a camping shop owner has said.

Damian Rowe, who owns Newquay Camping and Leisure, said he thought the problem with the weather warnings and Boardmasters was more to do with the festival infrastructure rather than people camping.

"A few years ago they had to cancel because the wind picked up and the stage nearly (collapsed)," he said.

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Mr Rowe said for other people camping in Cornwall should take precautions.

"Make sure you get plenty of tent pegs, put more guy lines on your tent and make sure everything is as secure as it can be," he said.

He added the cancellation was the right decision as the Boardmasters stage was as exposed as it could be.

"If something did happen it would ruin Boardmasters forever," he said.

Boardmasters: All the gear but nowhere to go

Lisa Hay

BBC News Online

Andy Irvine is in Newquay this morning trying to make fresh plans for his weekend after the cancellation of Boardmasters.

"My bus left Surrey at 21:00 last night to get here for 06:00 but I found out about it a few hours into the journey and there was nothing I could do," he said.

Andy Irvine

"I'm a little drained to be honest. I have all my camping gear and nowhere to go."

Boardmasters: Return train tickets can be used from 09:30


Disappointed and hundreds of pounds out of pocket

BBC Spotlight

Early arrivals to Newquay this morning are trying to find out how they can get home again after the cancellation of Boardmasters.

Organisers of the three-day music event at Watergate Bay say they had to make the decision in the light of Met Office weather warnings for rain on Friday and wind on Saturday.

Hannah O'Brien and Charlotte-Louise Summers arrived at Newquay from their homes in Bromley, Kent, this morning, having spent more than £500 each on tickets, camping gear and food for the weekend.

"It's frustrating but we are trying to make light of it," said Charlotte-Louise.

Hannah added: "Some of it we can get refunded but a lot of it is on hotels, food and clothes - stuff like that that we are not going to get any use from."

Hannah O'Brien and Charlotte-Louise Summers

Boardmasters: Weather safety fears cancel music festival

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Cornwall's Boardmasters music festival has been cancelled due to warnings of severe weather conditions.

The three-day event headlined by the Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine and Foals, was to take place in Newquay, Cornwall, this weekend.

However, organisers pulled the plug due to "forecasted severe weather conditions", they said.

The music event, due at Watergate Bay, is not due to start until Friday, but people have been already making their way to Newquay for it.

However, the five-day surfing side of event, due to start at nearby Fistral beach on Wednesday, is due to go ahead, the BBC's Fiona Lamdin reports.

Find out the latest here.

Boardmasters festival. Pic: Boardmasters/Alex Rawson
Boardmasters/Alex Rawson

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with some showers

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly cloudy morning with scattered heavy showers that could turn thundery at times.

The showers will become more isolated later, allowing some sunny spells to develop.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).


Police to trial mobile fingerprint readers

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

mobile fingerprint reader
Met Police

Devon and Cornwall Police will be trialling mobile fingerprint readers which will allow officers to check the identity of suspects while on patrol.

The force said the technology will help catch more criminals, especially those who seek to evade the police by providing false details.

Using both national and local databases the fingerprint readers can confirm the identity of a suspect within 30 seconds.

The introduction of equipment like the fingerprint readers has a profound effect on our front-line officers. It helps them to identify suspects on the street, to reduce the demand as well as securing them more time on the streets to keep the public safe.

Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell