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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Friday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for now. We will be back at 08:00 on Friday with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then.

  2. Does it matter where Doombar is brewed?

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    After it was revealed that bottled Doombar is not brewed in Cornwall, the question arises, does it matter where Doombar is brewed? One booze blogger at least thinks not.


    "We suspect it will take months for most people to clock this news," says Boak and Bailey. "And, even then, many won't care — it's a popular beer which presumably sells to the trade at a competitive price and it's still Cornish-ish, right?"

  3. Bright tomorrow but cloud building

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    It will be a dry night with lengthy clear periods. However, patchy low cloud may develop across the moors and north coast through the course of the night. Minimum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday: Any low cloud in the west will break up to leave another bright day with good spells of sunshine. However, cloud amounts will tend to increase later in the day. Maximum Temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

  4. Plane crash investigation

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are looking at why a light plane crashed at Bolt Head near Salcombe in Devon this morning.

    Police said they were called at 10:45 after reports that a plane had crashed and overturned.

    The pilot and passenger were uninjured in the crash. A crew from Kingsbridge Fire Station made the plane safe.

  5. Swords drawn, bayonets fixed

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Armed sailors from RNAS Culdrose have paraded through the streets of Helston to exercise their right to the freedom of the borough, led by rescue helicopter pilot Lieutenant Commander Paul White.

    Freedom of Helston Culdrose

    HMS Seahawk - to give Culdrose its formal name - was granted the freedom of Helston in 1958. The text says they have "freedom of entry with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing, and colours flying".

    The tradition dates back to the time when armed men roamed the countryside and only the trusted were ones were let into the towns. Watch my report on BBC Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Youth academy raised in Commons


    The Government says it's concerned at the closure of Torquay United's youth academy. The issue's been raised in the Commons by the newly-elected Conservative MP for Torbay Kevin Foster.

    He said: "I'm sure the whole house will share my concern that Torquay United's youth academy may close can we have a debate about the future of youth development in our national game."

    The Leader of the Commons, Chris Grayling said youth football is vitally important, adding: "We cannot simply buy up all the players that we need in this country from overseas.....what I would say is, that the one thing that football as a whole is not short of is money - and I would like to see the football authoritie doing the right things to ensure that youth development in this country is here, is done properly."

  7. A real-life Ross Poldark?

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Experts at the Royal Cornwall Museum say the hero of their new Battle of Waterloo exhibition could have been the inspiration for the character of Ross Poldark.


    Sir Richard Hussey Vivian fought at Waterloo - just like Ross Poldark - and both men wrote letters to their families from the front line.


    Both men served as MP for Truro, both are connected to Cornwall's mining industry and Vivian is mentioned in the Poldark book 'The Twisted Sword' by author Winston Graham.

  8. Latest headlines

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall include:

    • Cornwall's best-selling bottled ale, Doom Bar, turns out not to be brewed in Cornwall at all - it's emerged that the bottled version of the Sharp's classic is made in the Midlands
    • Two people have escaped unharmed after their plane crashed and landed upside down in a cornfield near Bolt Head Airfield just outside Kingsbridge
    • Two women aged 48 and 28 from Tavistock and a 46-year-old man from Par have been arrested in a serious of drugs busts across the country
    • The son of a former clay worker in St Austell is trying to track down colleagues of his father, after he died from several lung diseases that could have been related to his job
  9. Meat cleaver vigilante jailed

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A vigilante has been jailed for waving a meat cleaver at a group of boy racers in a car park in Barnstaple.

    Alan Robson, 51, from The Square in North Molton, was jailed for nine months after he admitted having a bladed article in a public place.

    The meat cleaver used by Alan Robson

    Exeter Crown Court heard he had been drinking in a flat in Barnstaple on 26 April when he became angry at young drivers racing round a nearby car park making noise.

  10. Crack cocaine and valuable watches seized

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Three people in Cornwall and Devon have been arrested as part of a series of raids aimed at tackling the aimed at tackling the widespread supply of heroin from Merseyside to other parts of the UK.

    Officers recovered around half a kilo of crack cocaine, a number of cannabis plants at two addresses, and seized three high value watches worth around £100,000, along with £50,000 cash.

    A 48 year old man and a 28 year old woman from Tavistock and a 46 year old man from Par were among those arrested by the South West rorganised crime unit 'Tarian' and Devon & Cornwall Police.

  11. Bed closures 'to be reviewed'

    BBC Spotlight

    The new regime brought in to supervise health services in Devon is to review the controversial closure of beds at Torrington Hospital.


    There were protests at County Hall in Exeter this morning as the closure of ten beds in 2013 was debated - health bosses gave evidence to back their scheme which sees more people treated at home but Devon's Health Scrutiny Committee has voted to take their concerns to the government's new 'success regime'.

    The committee's chairman Cllr Richard Westlake said: "The Secretary of State has now sent a body on his behalf into Devon to review and virtually take over the management of the CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] so therefore they're the people who are going to make the recommendations."

  12. Blackdown Hills monument illuminations

    Western Morning News

    A monument which towers above the hills of Devon commemorating the Duke of Wellington's victory at Waterloo will be illuminated tonight to mark exactly 200 years since the famous battle, the Western Morning News reports.

    Wellington Monument

    The National Trust will throw a spotlight on Wellington Monument on the top of the Blackdown Hills for the first time in a decade. The structure was built as a tribute to the Duke's success and is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world.

  13. Dumper death inquiry

    West Briton


    An investigation has been launched following the death of a workman at a site on the Lizard where it is believed a dumper truck overturned, reports the West Briton.

    The Health and Safety Executive is investigating, and police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Coverack. It happened while contractors were digging trenches to lay fibre optic cables on behalf of BT Openreach.

    Dad of one John Sweeney, 45, was killed near the toilet block in the North Corner car park.

  14. Why is Doombar bottled in Staffordshire?

    Patrick Clahane

    BBC News Online

    Sharp's Brewery in Cornwall says it ran out of space at its Rock brewery for bottling Doombar - which is why it's now brewed and bottled in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.


    Despite its Cornish branding, bottles of Sharp's Doom Bar have been made in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, for the last two years.

    Molson Coors bought Sharp's in 2011. Measured by value of sales, Doom Bar is now the most popular bottled ale in the UK.

  15. Problems on the roads

    BBC Travel

    • In Plymouth, Forder Valley Road is closed between the A38 and Fort Austin Avenue
    • Novorossisk Roadd is also closed in Plymouth between Bampton Road Valley, both because of an accident
    • In Holsworthy on Bodmin Street near Croft Road we've got reports of an accident
    • On the M5 heading from Wellington towards Tiverton traffic is slow moving because of an earlier vehicle fire but all lanes have now reopened
    • Between Torquay and Newton Abbot on the A380 there is heavy traffic due to the ongoing roadworks
  16. Yacht rescues fishing crew

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Brixham-based Round Britain Experience training yacht has rescued two elderly men from the sea near Southampton after their fishing boat sank.

    The crew of a passing yacht issued a mayday at 10:20 BST when they plucked the pair from the water off Calshot.

    One was winched off by the coastguard helicopter and taken to hospital in Southampton.

  17. Your pictures

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Search and rescue crews from 771 Royal Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose have been exercising their right to the Freedom of Helston today.

    Freedom of Helston RNAS Culdrose 771 Squadron

    Hundreds of people lined the town's streets for the parade and Helston Museum captured this photo, tweeting: rather fitting on #Waterloo200. If you would like to share your pictures with us you can send them via email, Twitter or Facebook.

  18. Woman bit dog to save terrier

    Plymouth Herald

    A brave grandmother told how SHE attacked an Alsatian and sank her DENTURES into the savage dog in a desperate bid to stop it mauling her pet terrier, the Herald reports.


    Devastated June Hatton, 80, was walking her Yorkshire Terrier Milly when an off-the-lead Alsatian sprang from nowhere and attacked her beloved dog.

    June deperately tried to stop the horrific attack - including biting the Alsation with her false teeth - but failed to distract the beast and came away with mouthfuls of its hair.

  19. Lifesaving lifejackets

    BBC Spotlight

    A Cornish MP who lost her fisherman husband at sea is backing a new lifejacket campaign in south Devon.


    Lifejackets are being handed out to fishermen in Salcombe today as the body for the UK's seafood industry Seafish, warns life insurance won't be paid if a lost fisherman's body is never found.

    Sheryll Murray's husband Neil died after his clothes became caught in a netting winch in 2011, she said "I know what it's like to have that call, when you think your husband is out at sea fishing, to say he's not going to come home again. What I want them to think about is how their families would feel."

  20. Giant jellyfish spotted

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Radio Devon reporter Sophie Pierce saw this barrel jellyfish in Torquay this morning - one of many that have been found off South West shores.


    The jellyfish are about the size of dustbin lids but are harmless according to experts.

    The weigh to to 35kg and may swarm off the coast in the summer and autumn.

  21. Doom Bar bottled in Burton-on-Trent

    Cornish Guardian

    The popular bottled beer Doom Bar, made by Cornish brewery Sharp's is not actually made in Cornwall, reports the Cornish Guardian.


    The popular beer is in fact made in Burton-on-Trent in the Midlands, it was claimed today. The brewery, which prides itself on its Cornish roots, does however make its cask ale Doom Bar in Cornwall.

  22. Exeter marking Armed Forces Day

    Exeter is to mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday, the city council says.

    Pic: Armed Forces Day

    Events are planned across the city, with the main parade setting off from Paris Street at noon, marching along High Street, and a salute taking place outside the Guildhall. The parade will then fall out on Cathedral Green.

    Plymouth is to mark the Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June, its council says.

  23. Waterloo hero remembered

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The life of a Cornish cavalry officer who played a vital role in the Battle of Waterloo is being highlighted in Truro, as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the battle.


    Major-General Sir Richard Hussey Vivian commanded the 6th Cavalry Brigade, who were credited with carrying out the final charges that led to Napoleon's defeat.

    The Royal Cornwall Museum is staging a special exhibition about his life and career, including a spell in the House of Commons as MP for Truro.

  24. Plymouth to get a welcome sign using Chalk Giant technique

    Plymouth Herald

    The Welcome to Plymouth floral display on The Hoe is to be replaced with a greeting made from chalk, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Cerne Abbas

    The words 'Welcome to Plymouth' will be written with chalk, using a similar technique to the white horses in Wiltshire or the giant at Cerne Abbas in Dorset.

    The aim is to ensure the sign is visible at all times and from a further distance.

  25. Windfarms 'almost ready to lose subsidies'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Onshore windfarms are close to to the point where they can be developed without subsidies, says Merlin Hyman, boss of renewables organisation Regen SW.

    Wind farm

    Merlin was commenting on the government's announcements today that they will end subsidies for onshore wind, saying: "Access to a competitive low carbon technology would be a huge step forward for UK's goals of low cost, secure and low carbon energy."

  26. Tiara time

    BBC Radio Cornwall's David White tweets: Lovely to meet @Brionymai the current Miss Cornwall on @BBCCornwall this morning


    You can listen back to the interview here.

  27. Freedom of Helston

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Armed sailors from RNAS Culdrose have paraded through the streets of Helston to exercise their right to the freedom of the borough.


    The Naval Air Station's 771 Search and Rescue squadron took part for the last time - it will be disbanded next year when the coastguard takes over air and sea rescue using private contractors.

    The Commanding Officer at RNAS Culdrose Capt Adrian Orchard said: "I just think it gives you a sense of what this base means to the town, we've been here a long time, we're right on the edge of the town, you couldn't feel any more part of a town than we do now."

  28. A mostly sunny afternoon

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It'll be dry and with the exception of areas close to the Isles of Scilly, where some cloud may linger, it will become generally sunny later this afternoon. Winds will be mainly moderate, but locally fresh from the northwest.


    Tonight will be mostly dry and also clear at first, but patches of low cloud will develop and affect parts of the north coast as well as higher ground inland with some hill fog also developing. Winds will be light or moderate from the northwest. Min Temp: 11C (52F)

  29. Light aircraft crash lands in Devon

    A light aircraft has crash landed in a Devon field.

    Two fire engines were involved in the incident at Bolt Head Airfield in Marlborough this morning.

    The Devon & Somerset Fire Service said the people on board managed to escape the plane which was upside down in a field.

  30. Molluscs under microscope

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory at the city's university has won a £350,000 grant to explore how climate change will hit shellfish production.


    Professor Icarus Alle said there were lots of potential impacts ahead: "We must consider the potential risks and benefits of environmental change; addressing direct impacts such as increasing temperature, storminess, exposure to wind and waves, plus frequency of harmful algal bloom events," he said.

  31. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall include:

    • Three people are arrested in Devon and Cornwall as part of a nationwide investigation into the supply of heroin
    • The HSE and the police are investigating after a workman died on the Lizard
    • The son of a late china clay worker in St Austell is trying to track down his father's colleagues as part of a possible compensation claim against the industry
    • Torquay United's new boss says he's 'excited' at the challenge of rebuilding the team
  32. Cars wrecked in arson attack

    Western Morning News

    Arsonists have been blamed for a blaze which wrecked three vehicles in Cornwall in the early hours of today, the Western Morning News reports.

    Fire engine

    Firefighters were called to the incident in School Lane, Redruth, at 05.20am. The car fire had spread to a large quantity of rubbish and also to two other vehicles.

  33. Torrington bed cuts 'to be reviewed'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Bed closures at Torrington Hospital are to be referred to the new regime brought in to supervise health services in Devon.

    Torrington Community Hospital

    There were protests at County Hall in Exeter this morning as the decision to close ten beds at Torrington in 2013 was debated - now the health scrutiny committee has voted to take its concerns to the new 'success regime' which has been brought in to improve healthcare in Devon.

  34. Gull chicks halt demolition

    The Cornishman

    Two nesting chicks have halted the redevelopment of a "dangerous" building in Carbis Bay which has been derelict for a decade, reports the Cornishman.

    Greater black-backed gulls were spotted on top of the roof at St Margaret's Hotel, forcing developers to stop demolition just two hours after work had started last week.

    The gulls were spotted by a member of the public and reported to the RSPCA, which ordered a halt to further development of the building to safeguard the protected species.

  35. Water firm under pressure on sewage

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    South West Water is facing calls to update a sewage plant which sends untreated waste down a river towards the sea at Bantham in Devon.


    The plant, about two and half miles upriver from Bantham, discharges raw sewage into the River Avon after heavy rainfall. South West Water says it's unlikely the sewage will affect water quality at Bantham, voted among the best beaches in Europe by Lonely Planet.

  36. Are your pets too chubby?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Are you overfeeding your pets? Honestly?

    Grace is an overweight rabbit

    We're hearing about 13 stone dogs and fat cats double the weight they should be! Vets at the PDSA charity blame a mixture of over-feeding, lack of exercise and poor diet.

    So are you spoiling your dogs, cats and rabbits a bit too much? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

  37. Huge police drugs bust

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    More details have emerged of the drugs raids that led to 23 arrests across the country, including three people in the south west.

    A 48-year-old woman from Tavistock, a 28-year-old woman from Tavistock and a 46-year-old man from Par in Cornwall have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs this morning. Other raids in Liverpool and south Wales led to the discovery of crack cocaine, thousands of pounds in cash, two cannabis farms and three watches worth £100,000.

    Detective Superintendent Chris Green from Merseyside Police said: "The action taken by police officers this morning in Merseyside and other parts of the UK is a key part of an on-going investigation into a criminal network we suspect of distributing large quantities of Class A drugs from here in Liverpool to other towns and cities."

  38. China clay legal appeal

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lawyers acting for a St Austell man, who claims his father contracted fatal diseases while working unprotected in the china clay industry, say they're keen to hear from other workers.

    Walter Patton was 83 when he died of bronchial pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer - his son Brian says his dad had no protection at his job in the 1960s and 70s. The current owners of the clayworks, Imerys, said it would be 'inappropriate' to comment at this stage.


    Alex Shorey, an expert industrial disease lawyer said: "Exposure to dust over long periods can have a devastating impact on workers not provided with the correct protection by their employers. Working with clay can lead to the creation of very fine dust, which is often breathed deep into the lungs and causes a range of respiratory conditions and lung diseases."

  39. Man arrested over boy approach

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police have arrested a man following an incident in east Devon where a schoolboy was approached by the driver of a van.

    The incident happened at Tipton Cross, on the Exmouth Road in West Hill. The driver asked the boy if he wanted a lift and drove in front of him, before the boy ran off. A 25-year-old local man has been arrested and will be interviewed later today.

  40. Wacky Races crash that injured teacher

    Exeter Express & Echo

    This video shows the dramatic moment a Devon science teacher was left with severe head injuries after he crashed a Thomas the Tank Engine buggy during a race, the Express & Echo reports reports.


    Children lining the route were left shocked after Rob van Es, 48, lost control of his craft on a bend during the annual Wacky Races event in East Allington, Devon.

    Medical staff rushed to Rob's aid, as steam bellowed from the wreckage. The 48-year-old was thrown from his kart and left with a broken rib and concussion before being flown to hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.

  41. Cox ready to rebuild Torquay

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    New Torquay United manager Paul Cox says he is excited by the opportunity to rebuild the National League club. Cox, 43, has signed a one-year deal at Plainmoor and succeeds Chris Hargreaves, who is on gardening leave.

    Paul Cox

    He has inherited a squad with just nine contracted players and will be working with a reduced budget next season.

    "If you look at the wage structure, it's half of what was being spent last season. It doesn't give me a lot of options," Cox told BBC Sport. "But I see building this club from what is its lowest ebb in a number of years as something that motivates me."

  42. Pint to pint

    Neil Gallacher

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The brewing team at Sharp's are insisting their Doom Bar beer tastes the same whether it's brewed in north Cornwall or in the Midlands.


    I've revealed this morning all bottled Doom Bar is brewed in Burton-on-Trent while the draught beer is brewed at Rock in Cornwall, even though the branding on both products makes repeated references to Cornwall.

    Sharp's Brewery says both draught and bottled Doom Bar are enjoying great success, adding: "All bottled Doom Bar brewed in Burton is signed off by the Sharp's team to match the original recipe, ensuring that consumers across the UK enjoy the same great taste."

  43. Waterloo commemorations

    BBC Spotlight's Carole Madge tweets: Waterloo 200 remembered in Plymouth

    Waterloo 200 commemmorations Plymouth
  44. European challenge for Exeter

    BBC Sport

    The Exeter Chiefs will face a double French challenge with a splash of Welsh muscle in the pool stages of the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup.

    The Chiefs have been drawn against Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys and Bordeaux in Pool Two, the competition gets under way on the weekend of 14-15 November.

  45. 'Drugs den' to be demolished

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    This former care home in Truro is to be demolished - local people have told me it's been used as a 'drugs den' and that hundreds of used syringes and needles have been found inside.


    One woman told me she'd even seen an addict injecting himself in broad daylight in a nearby park. I've been talking to the local police inspector about this. What have you witnessed? Call today's phone-in on 01872 222222.

  46. High waters

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning a trip to the seaside around Devon & Cornwall, here are the times of the next high tide.

  47. School run bust-up

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were involved in a fight outside a school in Plymouth.

    The incident, outside Holy Cross Primary School on Beaumont Road last Friday, followed an altercation about a car. Two men aged 34 and 42 were arrested on suspicion of affray and later released on police bail.

  48. Crowds gather for parade

    BBC Spotlight's Rebecca Wills tweets: Coinage Hall St is packed for the Freedom of Helston parade!


    Search and rescue crews from 771 Royal Naval Air Squadron are leading the RNAS Culdrose march. The squadron, which turned 76 this year, will march through the town with HMS Seahawk's Volunteer Band and a ceremonial Guard of Honour.

    The grey and red Sea King helicopters have less than six months left in their role providing search and rescue cover around Cornwall - their duties are being handed over to a civilian contractor at the end of December.

  49. New Gulls boss

    BBC Spotlight's Brent Pilnick tweets: New #Torquay manager Paul Cox meets the press #TUFC @nonleagueshow @BBCSpotlight

  50. Dumper truck death probe

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A investigation has been launched after a workman died while laying fibre optic cables on the Lizard in Cornwall last week.

    It's believed John Sweeney died after his dumper truck overturned as contractors were digging trenches in a car park at Coverack.

    The incident happened last Thursday - a Health & Safety Executive inquiry has begun and the police are appealing for witnesses.

  51. Hospital bed protest

    BBC Spotlight's Hamish Marshall who is covering the protest at plans to cut 34 beds at Torrington Hospital, tweets: Protesters twice told to be quiet or they'll be asked to leave @DevonCC health scrutiny committee meeting

  52. 'Prehistoric' sewage plant under fire

    BBC Radio Devon

    The new owner of Devon's beautiful Bantham estate, Nicholas Johnston, has slammed South West Water for its "prehistoric" sewage plant nearby at Aveton Gifford.

    Nick Johnston

    Mr Johnston, who bought the estate for £11.5m last year, said he would make updating the system, which spews out raw sewage after heavy rainfall, a priority.

    On the plus side, Bantham beach has been named the sixth best in Europe by Lonely Planet.

  53. Drug raid arrests

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Eighteen people - including three in Devon and Cornwall - have been arrested in an investigation into the "widespread supply" of heroin from Merseyside to other parts of England and Wales.


    Merseyside Police carried out dawn raids at properties in Liverpool, Bootle and Huyton and held ten people. Other forces carried out simultaneous raids, with five arrests in South Wales and three in Devon and Cornwall.

    Thousands of pounds in cash was seized and two cannabis farms were also discovered. Merseyside Police said the raids were a "key part of an ongoing investigation into a criminal network".

  54. Military manoeuvres

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Hannah Stacey tweets: RNAS Culdrose in Freedom of Helston Parade led by @RoyalNavy NAS 771 Squadron 10.52 start at Trengrouse Way.

  55. Campaigners urge rethink on beds cut

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    I'm at Devon County Council where campaigners want to stop the loss of beds at Torrington Community Hospital.


    They are hoping that councillors will consider asking the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to look into the matter. They're angry at plans to cut 34 beds and want closed inpatient beds at Torrington to be reinstated and the service reviewed.

    The Clinical Commissioning Group says caring for people in their own homes is a better way to provide the service.

  56. District checking council tax discounts

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon district council is to start checks on households' entitlement to council tax single person discount to "detect fraud and protect the public purse", it says.

    Council tax bill. Pic: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

    East Devon District Council said those given the 25% discount saw an average reduction of £375 per year, totalling some £7.7m in the area, and that research by the Audit Commission said up to 5% of the discounts may be incorrectly claimed.

    The council said the review would look at about 21,000 households and would cross-reference with sources of information such as the electoral roll to see if it was being claimed genuinely. Anyone failing to respond to requests for information about their claim would have their discount withdrawn, it added.

  57. Clay dust health fears

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A St Austell man is blaming poor working practices in the china clay industry during the 1950s and 1960s for the death of his father, after an inquest into Walter Patton's death found the 83-year-old died from conditions related to his job.


    His son Brian is considering a compensation claim and wants to hear stories from other people who worked for English China Clays, saying: "I would like the clay industry to be taken to note, there was no such thing as health and safety then - they didn't even have dust masks - to me that's wrong."

    Imerys now run the clay works, in a statement they said: "We are aware of the concerns raised by the family of Mr Patton, however it would be inappropriate for the company to comment at this stage."

  58. Royal Navy honour

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's search and rescue crews will lead RNAS Culdrose's Freedom of Helston Parade today.

    Personnel from 771 Royal Naval Air Squadron, which recently celebrated its 76th birthday, will march through the town with HMS Seahawk's Volunteer Band and a ceremonial Guard of Honour from 10:00.

    The distinctive grey and red Sea King helicopters have less than six months left in their role providing search and rescue cover around Cornwall - their duties are being handed over to a civilian contractor at the end of December.

  59. Roads latest

    BBC Travel

    • There is slow traffic on the A3058 in both directions in Trewoon near St Austell at the Carne Hill junction because of a traffic light failure.
    • There's an accident on the A385 in Tigley near the Culver Lane junction in south Devon.
    • Heavy traffic is reported on the A390 Penwinnick Road eastbound in St Austell from the A3058 Edgcumbe Road junction to the B3273 Pentewan Road double roundabouts junction.
  60. Caution for abusive language on plane

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An airplane passenger flying into Newquay Cornwall Airport was arrested for using threatening or abusive language in an aircraft, it has emerged.

    Police said they detained a 32-year-old man at Newquay after they were contacted by airport staff. The man from St Austell was arrested and later accepted a police caution.

    The incident took place on 29 March this year on a flight from Manchester.

  61. Beach sewage fears

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The owner of a beach named as one of Europe's best has criticised a sewage plant 2.6 miles (4.3km) away.


    Nicholas Johnston, who bought Bantham beach for £11.5m last year, said he was concerned for river and beach users. The South West Water plant at Aveton Gifford discharges untreated sewage into the River Avon after heavy rainfall.

    The firm said it was "questionable" whether discharges affected Bantham and the beach had met safety standards.

  62. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • The son of an 83-year-old Cornish china clay miner, who was found to have died of symptoms related to his job, has launched an appeal to find fellow colleagues of his father
    • Campaigners who want to stop the loss of beds at Torrington Community Hospital are lobbying councillors today who are discussng whether to ask the Health secretary to investigate
    • It's been revealed that Doom Bar beer - made by Cornish brewers Sharp's - is actually brewed in Burton
  63. Shoplifter sought

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police in Torquay are appealing for witnesses after a shop worker was assaulted by a young shoplifter.

    The assistant was hit on the back of the head with a pack of 32 fizzy drink cans after she tried to stop the youth leaving the Farm Foods store on Hele Road in Torquay on Monday evening.

    The shop assistant was shaken up but not seriously injured - you can read more about the incident, including a description of the suspect here.

  64. Clearing to sunshine

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Although initially cloudy the low cloud and any patches of hill fog will clear quickly as spells of sunshine develop. It will become generally sunny later this afternoon.


    The clouds may linger a little longer around the Isles of Scilly. Winds will be mainly moderate, but locally fresh from the northwest. Max Temp: 21C (70F).

  65. A taste of Cornwall....or Burton?

    Neil Gallacher

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Cornwall's best-selling bottled ale Sharp's Doom Bar turns out not to be brewed in Cornwall at all.


    Measured by value of sales, Doom is now the most popular bottled ale in the country, but despite all its Cornish branding, the bottled version is made in the Midlands - only the cask version comes from Cornwall.

    Sharp's Brewery say they don't have the space to bottle the beer at Rock and their brewers carefully monitor the quality of the Burton-bottled brew to make sure it's the same as the draught version.

  66. Lifejacket campaigners give fishermen insurance warning

    BBC Spotlight

    Lifejackets are to be handed out to fishermen in a Devon town with the message that they are taking their lives in their hands if they don't wear one.

    Lifejacket. Pic: Thinkstock

    The body for the UK's seafood industry, Seafish, which is handing the equipment out in Salcombe, also warned that insurers would not pay out on policies if a lost fisherman's body was never found.

    South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray, whose husband died at sea after his clothes became caught in a netting winch in 2011, said she was supporting the campaign.

  67. China clay conditions concerns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The son of a former clay worker in St Austell is blaming poor working practices for his father's death and is considering legal action against the china clay industry.


    A 2013 inquest into the death of Walter Patton found the 83-year-old died of bronchial pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer related to his job. His son Brian is now appealing for anyone employed by English China Clays during the 1950s and 1960s to come forward with their stories.

    The current owners of the works, Imerys, say they are aware of the concerns raised by the family of Mr Patton but say it would be inappropriate for the Company to comment at this stage.

  68. Crucial meeting over hospital beds

    BBC Radio Devon

    Campaigners who want to stop the loss of beds at Torrington Community Hospital will be lobbying councillors outside County Hall in Exeter this morning.


    There were protests after 10 beds were closed in July 2013. Today Devon County Council's Wellbeing and Scrutiny Committee will consider a report recommending the consultation process over the future of the beds at Torrington be reinstated.

    The council says its priority is to make sure that people in Torrington are not adversely affected by the changes and that everyone who needs good quality health care can receive it.

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