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  1. Drugs thrown over HMP Exeter walls 'almost daily'
  2. Images of German WW1 submarines beached at the end of war donated to Historic England
  3. Cross-country train fares to get cheaper
  4. Isles of Scilly Council needs £3m to pay its staff and suppliers
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jonathan Morris

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

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Cash-strapped Council of the Isles of Scilly to borrow £3m

BBC Radio Cornwall

A remote group of British islands is about to run out of money for the day-to-day running of the community.


The Council of the Isles of Scilly says it has been told it will need to borrow up to £3.5m to cover costs until April.

Debts have been building up for several years and the council says it only has £500,000 in the bank.

The authority governing about 2,200 inhabitants said it underestimated its income and was also hit by new environmental laws.

Weather outlook: More windy with rain spreading in

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight the rain will clear away to the northeast this evening, leaving dry conditions for a time. It will turn increasingly windy later in the night though, as another band of rain spreads in from the southwest. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F)


Thursday will be windy, with coastal gales likely. There'll be outbreaks of rain, that will turn heavy at times over higher ground like Dartmoor, but the rain will gradually clear. This will allow some brightness to develop later, but it will be accompanied by occasionally heavy and blustery showers. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F)  

Pellow admits Chiefs will miss Campagnaro

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter coach Ricky Pellow says they will miss Italy centre Michele Campagnaro while he is away for the Six Nations.

The 23-year-old only played his first game of the season in November after a hamstring injury, but has scored six tries in his last three appearances.

Michele Campagnaro
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"He plays with his heart on his sleeve and that shows in his carries - those players will get the crowd behind you," skills coach Pellow told BBC Radio Devon. "It is disappointing that we are going to lose him, but at the same time this is what we want from the club - we want international players to be playing here."

New leisure park opens in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

A £1.2m urban activity park is opening in the former Ship Building in Plymouth today.

Adrenalin Leisure

Adrenalin Leisure has transformed the inside of the building in Derriford into an attraction that includes a trampoline park jump zone and a ninja challenge course.

Most of the office space in the building has been leased for the next decade to Franco-American customer service company Sitel.

Fifteen small start up firms are moving in as well, meaning more than 800 people will be working in the building by the middle of the year.

Heated wheat bags: Do's and Don'ts

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People who use wheat bags heated in microwave ovens have been given a list of do's and don'ts in their use by firefighters in Devon after crews in Newton Abbot were called out to two incidents in "the last few months".

The last incident, on Sunday, left an elderly person's flat filled with acrid smoke after a bag was overheated.

Charred wheat bag
Facebook/Newton Abbot Fire Station

The station said on Facebook its advice included:

Do's -

  • Only use as a heat pack for direct application to the body 
  • Ensure the microwave oven's turntable is working properly 
  • Watch for signs of overuse, such as burning or charring 
  • Leave bags to cool in a safe area and on a non-combustible surface

Don'ts -

  • Use a wheat bag as a bed warmer
  • Overheat the bag
  • Reheat the bag until it has completely cooled - this can take up to two hours
  • Leave the microwave unattended when heating
  • Store the bag until it has completely cooled
  • Use the bag if there is any evidence of damage

Iraqi student commends University of Exeter for support after being stopped from boarding US-bound flight

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An Iraqi student stopped from boarding a flight to the US due to the travel ban has commended the University of Exeter for the support he has received.

Vice Chancellor Sir Steve Smith said the university welcomes people from around the world and "will be actively supporting any staff and students who are affected by the ban". 

Exeter University
Exeter University

He said: "Without free movement of people and ideas the whole world suffers, and this is why we believe the imposition of travel restrictions by the US government based on nationality both undermines the principle of academic freedom and jeopardises the advancement of knowledge between nations."

The university "cannot condone a policy that restricts these freedoms, curtails intellectual partnerships or impedes research," he added.

Police age discrimination court case 'no win'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has said a court ruling on age discrimination does not mean the force has won.

Sean Sawyer

Dozens of officers brought legal action after being forced to retire following 30 years’ service under police regulation A19.

The Court of Appeal today ruled the force’s action was legal.

Mr Sawyer said: "The use of A19 was a very difficult decision which resulted in us losing some very experienced, committed and able police officers at all ranks.

"This ruling does not represent a case has been won, because in reality, the force lost hugely dedicated and loyal members of our police family who served the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

Exeter student stopped from travelling to US hopes his work will 'benefit everyone around the world'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An Iraqi PhD student from the University of Exeter who was stopped from travelling to the US at a London airport says he is working on research that he hopes "will benefit everyone around the world".

The student, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "As I was about to board the plane they looked at my passport and stopped me, and someone who said they were from Homeland Security arrived and said it was because of President Trump's executive order."

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"This is really sad because we have great collaboration with academic colleagues in the United States and I had been invited to present my work to them months ago.

"If this order stops academics collaborating to improve people's lives that is a sad thing."

He has lived and studied in the UK for five years and is now back in Exeter after being stopped from boarding the USA-bound flight.

Mysterious 20-home Barripper plans to be decided amid peculiar 'support' letters from non-villagers

Cornwall Live

Planning officers are set to run the rule over a mysterious housing application that has attracted more than 30 letters of support from people living outside the village despite hundreds of residents signing a petition against it.

Traffic alert: Tavistock Road closed outbound

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth Tavistock Road is closed outbound due to an accident just north of the Manadon Roundabout
  • The inbound carriageway has just been re-opened. All roads approaching Manadon are very busy
  • There's queuing traffic on the A38 approaching the Manadon Roundabout and on Outland Road it is also very busy outbound all as a result of the Tavistock Road partial closure

Police win age discrimination fight

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall police have been spared a multimillion-pound bill after winning an age discrimination court case.

Police officer

Dozens of officers brought legal action after being forced to retire following 30 years’ service under police regulation A19.

The Court of Appeal today ruled the force’s action was legal.

Exeter PhD student travelling to US 'shocked' to be detained

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An Iraqi student studying in Devon was detained at a London airport after trying to board a plane to the US.

The PhD student was on his way to a "prestigious US institution" when he was stopped.

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He had obtained a visa two months ago and was on his way to present a research paper, the University of Exeter said.

The student said he was "shocked" to be told he had been stopped "because of President Trump's executive order".

Newquay Aerohub £4m jobs boost

BBC Radio Devon

It's hoped hundreds of new jobs will be created after an investment of £4m in the Aerohub Business Park at Newquay Airport.


The hub will focus on future flight technology and could one day become a spaceport.

The award from the European Regional Development Fund aims to create well paid and highly-skilled jobs.

Gavin Poole, chairman of the Enterprise zone for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly partnership, said: "A place like Newquay has great connectivity to major industrial hubs around the world."

Thomas Orchard: Belt was a 'contributing factor' to death

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A jury has been told that a pathologist found the use of an emergency response belt was a "contributing factor" in the death of a man in police custody.

Thomas Orchard, 32, was arrested in Exeter, and had the cloth belt placed around his head at Heavitree Road Police Station.

It's main use is for restraining detainees around the body, but it can be used to prevent spitting or biting.

Left to right, Jan Kingshott, Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley

Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden, 56, and Simon Tansley, 39, deny manslaughter by gross negligence at Bristol Crown Court.

In interviews mentioned by the prosecution, Mr Kingshott said the belt was used because Mr Orchard was a danger and made threats to bite.

He said he monitored Mr Orchard in the cell via a CCTV screen in his office.

Severe accident: A386 Devon northbound

BBC Travel

A386 Devon northbound severe accident, between A38 The Parkway and B3413 Morshead Road affecting Peverell Park Road.

A386 Devon - A386 Tavistock Road in Plymouth closed and queuing traffic outbound between Manadon Roundabout and Crown Hill Lights, because of an accident involving a car. Congestion to the Peverell Park Road junction.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Wheat bag fire call-out: 'Talk to elderly relatives'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People who have elderly relatives who use heated wheat bags should chat with them about their safe use, firefighters say.

Newton Abbot Fire Station has warned about the wheat-filled packs or bags after being called out to two incidents in "the last few months".

The last incident, on Sunday, left an elderly person's flat filled with acrid smoke after a bag was overheated in a microwave oven.

The flat's occupant wasn't injured, but firefighters said on Facebook that people needed to "be aware of the correct use" of the bags, which should not be left unattended while heating.

Alcohol confiscation 'helps cut anti-social behaviour'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police in Newquay say using legal powers to confiscate alcohol from people drinking in public has been successful in tackling anti-social behaviour problems.


It comes as incidents of street drinking more than doubled in Cornwall in the past three years according to official figures.

The Safer Cornwall partnership research shows the biggest increases are in Camborne, Falmouth and Penzance.

Agencies are putting together a new strategy for dealing with anti-social behaviour - and are asking the public for their views.

Tisdale thanks board for Watkins backing

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Manager Paul Tisdale has thanked the Exeter City board for allowing him to hold on to his key players during the January transfer window.

Exeter were bottom of League Two after losing at Carlisle on 19 November, but they are now fourth after victory over Wycombe last night, just four points from an automatic promotion spot.  

Paul Tisdale
Rex Features

"The board has backed my request that we keep this team together," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"That shows some real intent and real bravery when there are clubs offering really good money."

Scilly 'creaky finances' blamed on overspend

BBC Radio Cornwall

"We have a pretty creaking system of finance."

That's Steve Sims, the Isles of Scilly Council's chairman of the Finance, Audit and Scrutiny committee who admits action should have been taken earlier on a predicted overspend.

Andrew Rabbott

The Isles of Scilly Council has been told it will need to borrow up to £3m to pay staff and suppliers.

The authority will overspend this year by nearly £500,000.

Mr Sims said: "We have a pretty creaking system of finance."

Thomas Orchard: 'Tried to alert officers' before death

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A jury has been told that a man who died after being in police custody had tried to alert officers to the difficulties he was in.

Thomas Orchard, 32, suffered a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012 after being arrested in the city centre for a public order offence.

Thomas Orchard
Family handout

Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny manslaughter by gross negligence at Bristol Crown Court.

The court was shown CCTV of the time Mr Orchard spent in his cell before the alarm over his condition was raised.

Pirates skipper signs new deal

BBC Sport

Forwards Chris Morgan and Alex Cheesman have signed new two-year contracts at the Cornish Pirates.

Cheesman has made more than 100 appearances for the club while captain Morgan has amassed more than 200 games since joining from Newbury in 2008.

Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

Forwards coach Alan Paver said: "Alex is one of the best back-rowers in the Championship, and Morgs is a legend."

Eden graduate wins national prize

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A gardener who learned his trade at Eden has won a prestigious accolade at the fifth annual Society of Garden Designers Awards.

Richard Riddell, who graduated from the Eden Project Learning Garden Design course last year, won the student design award for commercial projects for his design of a new contemporary parkland at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth that he completed during his final year on the course.

Garden design
Eden Project

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Two held over Callington post office robbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are asking for help about an attempted robbery at a post office in Callington.

Post Office

Officers say a man with a knife threatened staff before being chased away at about 16:40 yesterday.

A 52-year-old man and a 43-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and are currently in custody at Charles Cross Police Station, Plymouth.

Enough to put a Spring in your step! Sunrise over Daymer Bay in Cornwall

Officials 'confident' of tackling drugs, booze and mental health issues at Exeter Prison

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Prisoner supervisors say they recognise that Exeter Prison needs more staff to deal with the problem of drugs, to improve safety and to provide more purposeful activity for prisoners.

Lewis Clarke

Michael Spurr, chief executive of National Offender Management Service, said: "The government has provided additional funding to increase staffing levels and good progress is already being made to recruit new officers.

"I'm confident that, together with these extra resources, the governor will be able to fully address the recommendations in this report and significantly improve the performance of the prison."

What can be done to curb street drinking?

BBC Radio Cornwall

Levels of street drinking and nuisance behaviour have more than doubled in Cornwall in the past three years according to official figures.

The Safer Cornwall partnership data shows the biggest increases are in Camborne, Falmouth and Penzance. There are also high numbers of incidents in Truro and Newquay.

It comes as agencies are putting together a new strategy for dealing with anti-social behaviour as a whole - and are asking the public for their views.

There are concerns rises in rough sleeping and homelessness is having an impact.

Drugs and illegal booze threat to Exeter Prison

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter prison faces a challenge to reduce the supply of drugs, such as new psychoactive substances and cannabis, says an inspector.


Hooch, the name given to illicitly brewed alcohol, was also found to be a serious problem said Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke.

"Physical security measures were generally proportionate, but the prison faced the almost daily challenge of items such as drugs being thrown over the wall," a report said.

Inspectors were told during the inspection in August there was 490 inmates and a shortfall of 13 prison officers.

In the six months prior to the visit, there had been 96 assaults, 45 fights and 173 self-harm incidents.

Slippery chap found at Radio Cornwall this morning

First day at work for new youth service in Devon

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Youth workers in Devon have won a £5.2m contract to run services in the county from today.

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The county council, which used to run the service, decided to put it out to tender.

The contract was won by the in-house team, which have set up a public sector non-profit organisation - just like the libraries did last year.

Wheat bags warning after fire call-out

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Charred wheat bag
Facebook/Newton Abbot Fire Station

Firefighters in Devon have warned people to ensure they warm up and use wheat-filled heating packs or bags correctly after being called out to two incidents in "the last few months".

Staff at Devon and Somerset Fire Service's station in Newton Abbot said on Facebook that an elderly person's flat in the town centre was left filled with acrid smoke on Sunday evening "because of an overheated wheat bag in the microwave oven". The occupant wasn't injured.

Firefighters said people needed to "be aware of the correct use of these bags, as incorrect use can cause them to overheat, eventually catching fire".

New scheme will give passengers cheapest rail fares automatically

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A new scheme beginning in May will simplify rail fares to give passengers the cheapest possible rail fares.

A traveller buying an off-peak return from Wick, in northern Scotland, to Par, in Cornwall, can currently pay up to £342.50, although in practice few people pay that amount.

Rail Fares
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However, by buying six separate fares for each leg of the journey, passengers can pay as little as £80 for the same trip.   

The Rail Delivery Group says the potential saving of £262 will soon be offered to customers automatically. 

CrossCountry Trains, an operator taking part in the trials, may eventually offer savings on other routes as well.