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Porn industry warning after daughter's death

Allen Cook

BBC News

The lack of regulation in the online pornographic film industry's been criticised by a woman after the death of her daughter.

Staffordshire Police said Hope Barden's body was found in a flat on Wood Street, Burton-upon-Trent, in March 2018 and she'd died of asphyxiation.

Hope Barden
Staffordshire Police

Their investigation found the 21-year-old been in an online relationship with a man who encouraged her to carry out "dangerous" sex acts.

The force arrested Jerome Danger, 45, from Cornwall, over her death and wanted to charge him with manslaughter but he died in prison in April.

Today, Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at an inquest into her death.

Her mother said Hope was earning extra cash by working in the online adult film industry and warned of the potential risk of harm to others in the sector.

A duty of care exists in any relationship. If someone is obviously in danger, one has a legal obligation to take steps to help. In this tragic case, Hope was left to die. Hope's family and friends have been devastated."

Kate BardenMother

Wind warnings for Devon and Cornwall

Weather warning
Met Office

Strong winds are expected to hit Devon and Cornwall over Thursday and Friday.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings over the two days telling the public to be aware of possible delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

Fisherman releases dogfish caught in plastic ring

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A fisherman in Cornwall has released a dogfish he caught after he saw it had a plastic ring wrapped around it.

Lobster and crab pot fisherman Ian Jepson said he found what looked like "locking top off a milk carton" around the fish.

He said he used the species "as bait usually" but decided to release this one because it had "#goodkarma".

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Devon has highest number of SW child road casualties

Devon has the highest number of child road casualties in the greater South West - and it's on the rise according to new figures.

The charity Brake said it wanted to see more young people out walking without their lives being put at risk.

In 2017, 194 children were killed or injured on roads in the Devon County Council area - the highest level for more than five years, and up three on the year before.

However, the region - including Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire saw an overall decrease in such incidents: 1,094 in 2017, down from 1,224 the year before.

The issue is being highlighted on Wednesday with a series of supervised walks at schools and nurseries in the county, to help children learn key safety messages.

Children
BBC

Children killed or injured on roads in South West in 2017:

  • Bath and North East Somerset - 22
  • Bournemouth - 37
  • Bristol - 70
  • Cornwall - 116
  • Devon County Council area - 194
  • Dorset - 89
  • Gloucestershire - 104
  • Isles of Scilly - 0
  • North Somerset - 48
  • Plymouth - 64
  • Poole - 24
  • Somerset - 118
  • South Gloucestershire - 39
  • Swindon - 45
  • Torbay - 23
  • Wiltshire - 101

Care homes reporting shortage of free wheelchair transport

BBC Spotlight

Care homes and agencies across Cornwall say they are finding it increasingly difficult to book free transport for wheelchair users to get to the county's main hospital.

They said patients are often left paying for expensive taxis to get to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

It comes after 12 people entitled to use the service, run by NHS Kernow, were contacted and told to ring for a regular cab instead.

Staff at the Perran Bay Care Home in Perranporth have become so exasperated that the home has bought its own vehicle to transport residents to appointments.

NHS Kernow insisted that those eligible for free transport do still receive the service.

Wheelchair pushed into car
BBC

£320k grants for Newlyn School of Painting's Anchor Studio

Karen Stuart

BBC Radio Cornwall

Newlyn's Anchor Studio
Borlase Smart John Wells Trust

An art studio in Cornwall considered the birthplace of the Newlyn School of Painting has been saved from dereliction by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, its managing trust says.

Anchor Studio was built in 1888 for Stanhope Forbes, the father of the Newlyn School, and has been at the heart of the Newlyn Art Colony for more than 130 years.

However, the Grade II* listed building has been on Historic England's At Risk Register because of its fragile state.

The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust said work could start to repair and renovate the building to "create a residency space for a new generation of artists" after a grant of almost £320,000 from the Heritage Fund.

Extra funding had also come from Arts Council England, Cornwall Council and Historic England, it added.

The term Newlyn School was used to describe a colony of artists based in or near to Newlyn from the 1880s until the early 20th Century.

Many artists preferred to work in the west Cornwall fishing port because of the natural light and an abundance of cheap models.

Norovirus-hit hospital under 'significant pressure'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

RCHT
BBC

A manager at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is warning of "significant pressure" at the hospital.

Jo Floyd, general manager for emergency care at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, said on Twitter there were three wards closed because of an outbreak of norovirus.

She said the hospital was on an Opel 4 alert. Opel 4 - previously known as a black alert - is declared when a hospital is “unable to deliver comprehensive care” and patient safety is at risk.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: A windy but warm day

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells, a fair amount of cloud and the chance of some occasional showers on Wednesday morning but a drier afternoon with sunshine.

Weather
BBC

A windy day with a fresh north-easterly wind. A warm day.

Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

Recycling from Cornwall 'not sent to Asia'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it wants to reassure people that recycling from the county is not sent to Asia.

It follows concerns raised after the BBC1 programme War on Plastic revealed that some plastic recycling ends up being dumped in developing countries.

The authority said 99% of all goods collected from households were actually recycled and that most of that process went on in the UK.

The council added that a small percentage was reprocessed in Europe but always through legal and ethical methods.

A spokesperson said the tiny percentage that was not recycled was because it had been contaminated with food waste, or it was material not currently recyclable, such as plastic cling film.

Recycling
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: A cloudy start but clearing

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to Tuesday with any lingering rain clearing.

Weather
BBC

But through the day cloud will gradually become more broken, allowing more in the way of brighter spells.

Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

Your pictures: A Lanivet sunset

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

There was a stunning sunset on Monday night across parts of Cornwall, as this amazing photo from Carol in Lanivet shows.

This morning is a little different with one of the BBC Cornwall crew saying it was like "waking up inside a giant grey sock".

Lanivet sunset
Carol from Lanivet

Have you any pictures in the South West you want to share with us? If so, please email them in.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain before brighter spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

A few spells of evening sunshine on Monday.

Overnight, showery rain is expected to develop and move up from the south, with a small chance of a rumble of thunder.

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

Weather
BBC

Largely cloudy on Tuesday, with a few scattered showers moving in, perhaps occasionally heavy and thundery.

Clouds breaking through the afternoon to allow more in the way of brighter spells.

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

Cornwall bishop leaving to head church's ministry division

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Bishop Chris Goldsmith is leaving the Diocese of Truro to head the Church of England's Ministry Division, he has announced.

In a letter to diocesan clergy and lay colleagues, the Bishop of St Germans, who joined the diocese in 2013, said it was an announcement he never expected to make.

He said there was no other role within the Church of England for which he would have considered leaving the diocese. He is due to take up his new post in September.

The diocese said the bishop would "play a lead role in supporting the continuing renewal of ministry throughout the Church of England as the church looks to increase the scale and diversity of those called to both lay and ordained ministries".

Bishop Chris
BBC

Fishery authority will not increase mesh size on nets

BBC Radio Cornwall

The organisation that oversees Cornwall's fisheries has said it will not bring in a by-law to increase the size of the mesh of fishing nets, that some anglers say could save sea bass from serious decline.

Cornwall's Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority committee rejected the idea again last week, as it did in February.

It said it will continue to consider the idea over the next few years as part of a longer-term strategy.

Police search for missing man from Par

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

A 24-year-old man from Cornwall has been reported missing.

Police said they were growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Josh Tucker, who was last seen on Monday morning in Par.

Josh is described as having blond floppy hair that’s shaved to the side, a lean muscular build, and wearing black jeans, a grey hoody and trainers.

man
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall: Showers clearing before sunny spells

BBC Weather

A few lingering showers during Monday morning will quickly clear to leave it largely dry, with sunny spells developing through the afternoon.

Weather
BBC

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

South West weather: Sunshine and light winds

BBC Weather

weather map
BBC

It will be dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Looking ahead to Saturday, it looks to be another fine day. There should be light winds and a good deal of sunshine, although a little cloud is also expected.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)

Cornwall travel: Repair work and roadworks

  • On the A30 westbound between Scorrier and the Tolvaddon Roundabout one lane is closed due to emergency repair work
  • At St Teath on the A39 Allen Valley Road there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks

South West weather: Dry with sunshine

BBC Weather

Weather map
BBC

Some isolated light showers will clear the south of the county soon.

We also have a little fog over the moors too and that will also clear soon.

We then then have a day with reducing amounts of cloud and increasing amounts of sunshine, the best of which will be in the north of the county this afternoon.

There is a low risk of the odd rogue shower this afternoon.

Winds will be light westerly, becoming onshore this afternoon as sea breezes develop.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

Weather: Rain clearing for dry and sunny spells

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BBC Weather

weather map
BBC

Any lingering daytime rain should clear in Devon and Cornwall to leave a dry rest of the night with lengthy clear spells.

Minimum Temperature: 6C (48)

Looking ahead to Friday, it should remain dry, as high pressure builds over the region. There should be some decent spells of sunshine too.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

Cornwall's coastline to be improved

BBC Spotlight

Plans have been unveiled for improvements to 164 miles (264km) of Cornwall's coast.

The proposals include the coastline between Newquay and Penzance, and between St Mawes and Cremyll, as part of the new England Coast Path.

The complete route is a 2,700-mile-long (4,345km) distance walk currently being developed by Natural England.

Landowners and local residents are being asked for their views over the next eight weeks.

Coast path sign
BBC

Protect the Cornish pasty plea by MP

BBC Radio Cornwall

Concerns have been raised in Parliament about the future of exports of Cornish delicacies such as pasties and clotted cream, if there's a "no deal" Brexit.

The Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, told the Commons: "In the event of a no deal, something the forerunner in the Tory leadership contest seems quite keen on, protections for Cornish pasties and Cornish clotted cream to name but a few will be at risk.

"So what steps is Defra taking to ensure that they are protected, come Hallowe'en this year, so we've got protections for those vital goods that our farmers and growers grow?"

Cornish pasties
BBC

Environment minister Robert Goodwill replied that the Government had contingency plans.

"We wish, in the event of a no-deal situation, to set up our own scheme and negotiate with our friends across the Channel to ensure we can have some degree of co-operation.

"But I must stress 'no deal' is not an option I would want to support.

"We need to get a deal, we need to get it over the line."

Cornwall travel: Caravan broken down on the A30

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • On the A30 eastbound, between Highgate Hill and Cornwall Services we've got reports there's a broken down camper van.
  • At St Teath, on A39 Allen Valley Road there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks. There are reports of slow traffic.

Cornwall travel: Accident cleared on the A30

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • The accident at Kennards House A30 is cleared.
  • At St Teath on A39 Allen Valley Road, there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks. There is slow traffic.
  • Between Kennards House and Plusha the A30 westbound is partially blocked due to an accident.

Swimming clubs in Cornwall could close due to price hike

BBC Spotlight

Swimming clubs across Cornwall are warning they might have to close as they are facing a significant hike in the cost of hiring pools.

The charity that runs leisure centres for Cornwall Council is proposing an increase in the hourly charge for a lane from ten pounds fifty, to eighteen pounds fifty, over two years.

GLL says the cost will go up by three pounds this September, and there'll be a consultation before any further rises.

Weather: Patchy rain and sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be areas of patchy rain and drizzle today, but some areas will remain largely dry, if not dry altogether.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63°F)

There will be sunny spells too and a gentle to moderate breeze.

weather map
BBC

Weather: Clear spells and scattered showers overnight

BBC Weather

Weather map
BBC

Most places should remain dry tonight with clear spells, but the odd shower can't be ruled out.

Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F)

Looking ahead, there will be a few scattered showers on Thursday, but in general there will be lots of dry spells with some sunshine and a light breeze.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather: Showers will clear later

BBC Weather

Weather map
BBC

Rain will clear through the morning to leave a dry and increasingly sunny day.

A generally gentle breeze. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Patients waiting more than a year for treatment

BBC Spotlight

More than 250 patients in the South West had waited more than a year for hospital treatment at the end of March.

NHS England had hoped to halve the number over the last year but missed the target.

Trusts say the closure of operating theatres and high demand for services is partly to blame.

John Beaumont told the BBC he paid for his knee replacement to be carried out privately after being told he would have to wait up 18 months with the NHS

Swim clubs may be forced to close due to pool fee increase

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornish swimming clubs say they could be forced to close after revealing they are facing an almost 80% increase in pool hire costs.

A number of swimming clubs across the county have been contacting Cornwall councilllors for help after finding that the cost of hiring lanes in council-owned pools is set to rocket over the next two years.

GLL, the charity which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres under a contract with Cornwall Council, said it was increasing charges to keep them in line with “market prices”.

GLL is planning the first price hike in September when a lane will cost £13.50 an hour with plans to go to £16.50 in 2020 and £18.50 in 2021. Swimming clubs say the plans to increase lane hire costs could put them out of business.

Concerns about the price hike were raised at an all-member briefing at Cornwall Council on Friday when councillors were able to quiz GLL bosses, who said prices were going up and would be “more than the market position” when they increase in September.

Dragon Centre, Bodmin
Google

Tim Webb, head of facilities in Cornwall for GLL, said: “We are currently subsidising the contract quite heavily as an organisation”

He added: “It is not in our interests to put swimming clubs out of business. We have tried to support them but we need to get it closer to the going rate to what clubs pay across the country.”

However, councillors highlighted that for some areas in Cornwall the GLL pool is the only option they have.

Amanda Pennington, who is involved in North Cornwall Dragons who use the Dragon Centre in Bodmin (pictured) and has a daughter who swims competitively, said: "They (GLL) are from London and don’t understand if they put the prices up so much clubs will not be able to afford it.

"There is nowhere else we can go, we are constrained by our geography in Cornwall. It is not London or Hampshire where you can just go to a different leisure centre."

Weather: Showers and rain pushing in before drier spells

BBC Weather

Further spells of showery rain will push in through the course of Tuesday night, some spells could be on the heavy side.

A few mist patches may develop too.

Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

Weather
BBC

A rather dull start to Wednesday with areas of rain and mostly cloudy skies.

However, an improving picture into the afternoon as it turns drier and brighter.

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

Love Island: Praise over 'possessive behaviour' criticism

Independent

A women's support charity has issued a statement in response to Joe Garratt’s behaviour on Love Island in relation to his partner, Lucie Donlan from Cornwall.

Garratt’s treatment of Donlan came under fire in Sunday night’s episode of the ITV2 reality TV show, in which he criticised her friendship with boxer Tommy Fury, calling it “strange” and "disrespectful", adding: “I think it’s time for you to get close with the girls”.

Following the episode, 302 viewers complained to broadcasting watchdogs Ofcom about the treatment of Donlan so far on the series.

Now domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid has criticised Garratt’s “controlling" and "possessive" behaviour, saying it is "never acceptable".

Heathrow plans include joining Great Western rail links

BBC News

Heathrow Airport has published details of its plans to construct a third runway by 2026 and complete its expansion by 2050.

The proposals, which include diverting rivers and rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the runway, will be open to public consultation until mid-September.

It also wants to join existing rail links to the Great Western network.

The controversial scheme to expand Heathrow won government backing last year.

The expansion has faced fierce opposition, but the airport said it had engaged with local communities and other stakeholders.

The proposals are now open to public consultation until 13 September.

Architects' visualisation of expanded Heathrow
Grimshaw Architects
An architects' visualisation of Heathrow's planned expansion shows the third runway, new terminals and car parks

Love Island: Why so many Ofcom complaints?

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Ofcom has received 794 complaints about Love Island since Friday, largely based on two issues.

Maura Higgins' advances towards Tommy Fury during Friday night's episode have received 486 complaints.

There were also 302 complaints about the treatment of Cornish contestant Lucie Donlan by some of her fellow contestants, including partner Joe Garratt.

Some viewers on social media accused Joe of being controlling, after he asked her to spend more time being friendly with the female contestants.

Joe Garratt and Lucie Donlan on ITV's Love Island
ITV

Lucie has been seen crying at various points during the series so far, after struggling over her friendships with some of the female islanders following a couple of spats with Amy Hart.

Several contestants have commented on how Lucie had been spending more time socially with the male contestants than the females.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: "We will assess these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."

Council encourages residents to complete 10 green pledges

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Council is encouraging people to sign up to complete 10 green pledges which will help in the battle against climate change.

With the council having declared a climate emergency earlier this year and also appointing a cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, the authority is now calling on the public to help.

Leaflets with the 10 pledges are being distributed to people at events where the council is encouraging people to talk about climate change. They were also handed out at the Royal Cornwall Show at the Cornwall Council stand.

The council is currently in the process of drawing up a climate change action plan which is due to go to the cabinet next month.

Cornwall Council pledges and a wind turbine
Cornwall Council/PA

The pledges are:

  • I pledge to ring my electricity supplier over the next 24 hours and see if I can switch to green energy (if not I will find one)
  • I pledge to buy local seasonal produce as much as possible starting with at least two meals a week
  • I pledge to educate myself about the science and impacts of climate change
  • I pledge to contact my MP and my friends to make these pledges too
  • I pledge to walk, cycle, use public transport or register with carsharecornwall.com to travel to work or regular journey at least once a week
  • I pledge to work out my own carbon footpring using one of the many easy carbon calculators
  • I pledge to do a home energy check to find out how I can save energy in my home
  • I pledge to turn my thermostat down or use a thermometer to reach the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18-21C, and think about putting on a jumper instead
  • I pledge to reduce my holiday air miles by 50%
  • I pledge to research driving in a greener way by Google/research or by ringing up a driving instructor and booking a lesson to learn eco-drive ideas

More details can be found on Cornwall Council's website.

Weather: Cloudy with chance of showers

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy day with a chance of some spells of showery rain at times.

There will still be some drier interludes with gentle winds.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

weather map
BBC

Weather: Mainly dry but getting cloudier

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Largely dry on Monday night, with some clear spells and mist and fog patches.

However, cloud will thicken in the early hours.

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

Weather
BBC

Rather cloudy on Tuesday, with a chance of some spells of showery rain at times throughout the day. Gentle winds.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Police forensics service faces a major shake-up

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Jobs could be at risk in the Devon & Cornwall Police forensics service under a major shake-up.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has revealed the force’s science support service is undergoing modernisation to take into account new digital processes.

But concerns have been raised about the impact of changes on the service in Plymouth, which has already seen the effect of cutbacks with fewer crimes being investigated by forensics staff.

Under the restructuring plan, fingerprint and chemical laboratories would be based with Avon & Somerset Police and Devon & Cornwall would host a digital centre. The force would also have a series of forensic hubs where staff would collect material from crime scenes for analysis.

Devon & Cornwall Police
BBC

The plan follows a decision in March to drop a plan to transfer employment of the Devon & Cornwall team to Dorset Police.

Mr Sawyer told members of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel that the changes could take between six months and a year, adding he hoped any staff who might lose their job could be retrained and redeployed, but redundancies could not be ruled out.

Discussions would be taking place with staff and the GMB union.

He said there were concerns about a backlog in forensics work which was having an impact on the progress of sexual offence cases.

Mr Sawyer said: “Digital fingerprints can be looked at as easily from Scotland as Saltash. We have to work in the real world.”

The chief constable was responding to a question about the changes from Plymouth Labour councillor Sally Haydon, who commented: “We don’t want to lose any of our highly skilled staff from here.”

Knee op prep reveals prostate cancer

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Lesle Burden and Paul Gidley
BBC

A Plymouth man's life was saved by having a pre-operative assessment for a knee replacement, he says.

Nurse Lesle Burden checked on earlier blood tests Paul Gidley had had and picked up the signs of an aggressive prostate cancer after seeing a high PSA [prostate-specific antigen] level.

She told him to go straight back to his GP and to have this followed up, which led to him being treated with radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy.

About 3,000 men a year in the South West are diagnosed with the disease, with one in six men nationwide developing it.

In the meantime, Paul said he hoped to get his new knee soon and he was urging other men to go to their doctor if they had concerns.

Paul Gidley
BBC

If you notice anything different, if anything changes, if you get up to go to the loo a couple of times a night, just go and see your GP. No one wants to go, but, believe you me, if you don't you may well end up paying the ultimate price."

Paul GidleyProstate cancer patient

Police use informal punishments for sex offenders

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

Devon and Cornwall Police has handed more than 100 informal punishments to sex offenders in four years despite guidance restricting their use.

Community resolutions are intended to be used outside of the court service to resolve low level offences or anti-social behaviour incidents. Offenders agree to apologise and perhaps repair damages.

The offender does not get a criminal record and it does not show up on a DBS criminal records check, which is why using them to deal with reported sex offences is controversial.

New figures from the BBC's Shared Data Unit show community resolution orders have been used in more than 102 reported sex offences in the force area since 2014.

That is a very small proportion of the total number of reported sex offences - just under 1% of the 12,000 sex offences reported to Devon and Cornwall Police in that time. But, of course, sex offences are serious by definition.

The charity Victim Support said it was "very concerning and completely inappropriate for community resolutions to be used in cases where a sexual offence has been committed" and that the public "could be put at risk if sexual offenders are not receiving criminal records".

Devon and Cornwall Police said the resolutions were only used for sex offences in very rare instances - for example, "peer-on-peer" offences where young people in relationships were having sex before reaching the age of consent, or "sibling on sibling" offences within a family.

It added they were also only employed for such offences "when the victim, or their parent or guardian, has been consulted, and the offender accepts responsibility".

Devon and Cornwall Police car
BBC