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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016

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  1. Friday's live coverage

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Mystery over disappearance of tragic pleasure trip boat

    A team of divers will be spending this summer searching for a pleasure boat which sank off the Cornish coast with the loss of 31 lives 50 years ago. 


    The Darlwynne was taking sightseeers on a trip between Mylor and Fowey when it disappeared.

    The wreckage has never been found. 

  3. Court ruling over term-time holidays welcomed in South West

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A father who refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday has won a High Court ruling in his favour.

    The Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall said it was a triumph for common sense, adding: "There are certain businesses that have really been hurt... they'll be over the moon that there's a bit more common sense come back in."

    Meanwhile, people we spoke to had mixed feelings about removing children from school:

    • I understand why people take them [children] out because it's ridiculous that air fares shoot up
    • We work in the summer holidays, we work in the easter holidays, we can't take our holidays then so what about David Cameron's big family ideas?
    • What else can they do? It's difficult to enforce, takeing money away from people - nobody likes that - so it's probably the way to do it
  4. Former teacher John McKno jailed for boarding school sex abuse

    A former teacher who sexually abused five pupils at boarding schools has been jailed for 14 years.

    John McKno

    John McKno abused boys at three schools in Suffolk, Devon and Worcestershire, which have all closed since the offences in the 1970s and 80s.

    Ipswich Crown Court heard four of McKno's victims were under 16, and one was under 14.

  5. Weather latest: A fine dry day tomorrow

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will die out to leave a dry night with some cloud but also some clear intervals. It will feel cooler than recent nights. Minimum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Saturday will be a fresher feeling day with sunshine and scattered fair weather cloud. Despite the cooler conditions, it will still feel fairly pleasant in the sunshine with variable winds. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

  6. Benefits swindler 'brought shame' on family

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A benefits swindler, who was caught when a secret investigator got her legs waxed, has been told she "brought shame" on her family.


    Tracy Carter-Lunn, 55, of Stott Close, Plymouth said she had nerve damage in her arm from falling through a glass door as a child, and claimed a botched operation had affected her mobility.

    But a social security investigator found she was fit enough to work at 50 Shades of Hair and Beauty Salon in Plymouth. Recorder John Williams said: "It is grossly unfair to taxpayers and to people who claim these benefits who are subject to suspicion because of people like you who abuse the system."

    She admitted falsely claiming benefits and was jailed for nine months,  suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.   

  7. Police launch Twitter rant after drink driver crashes into Saltash Tunnel on her way to work

    Plymouth Herald

    A woman is in custody on suspicion of drink driving after crashing her car and blocking part of the Saltash tunnel while on her way to work last night (Thursday).

  8. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A pilot has been injured after his light aircraft crashed near Branscombe Airfield

    - A beautician who falsely claimed disability benefits was caught by an investigator posing as a customer for leg waxing

    - A tourism boss has welcomed news that the High Court has found in favour of a father who won a court case over a fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday

  9. Devon Tiger Moth plane crash pilot injured

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A pilot has been injured after his vintage Tiger Moth plane crashed into a field.


    The male pilot, who was the sole occupant, is being treated by paramedics for leg and back injuries after the crash at Weston, near Branscombe airfield. 

    A witness said the plane "suddenly fell out of the sky" and landed with a "thud".


    Emergency services and a Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter are at the scene where the privately owned aircraft came down. 

    A police cordon is in place and the Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

  10. Extra trains laid on for Radio 1's Big Weekend at Powderham

    More than 50 extra train services will be put on to help people going to and from the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend at Powderham Castle.

    As well as operating 25 extra services each day, GWR will have staff to help those travelling board trains safely.

    GWR Station Manager for the area Alison Hanscomb said: "I would urge customers to allow time for their journeys to get to Windsor and to check the time of journeys home."

  11. Cornwall aim for second victory in county championships

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Cornwall rugby team travel to Hertfordshire tomorrow for their second County Championship match.

    Cornwall Rugby Team

    The coaches have made seven positional changes with Greg Goodfellow starting at scrum-half and Matt Shepherd moving to full back.

    A win for Cornwall will see them take a step closer to a potential fourth Twickenham final in a row.

  12. Little-used station to see passenger numbers soar - for a day

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One of the least used stations in the UK is to quadruple its annual passenger footfall in just one day this weekend. 


    Coombe Junction Halt is on GWR's Liskeard to Looe branch line. Train enthusiasts will try tomorrow to get as many people as possible to climb on board the 10:52 service which stops there.

    Historian Brian Oldham said: "Our idea is to move it up the table to catch up with some of those more used stations."

  13. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are delays on the M5 heading towards Devon due to an earlier broken down vehicle between J26 Wellington and J27 Tiverton.

    - On the A380 at Kennford we've had reports of an accident on Telegraph Hill just after the split

    - The A390 around Truro is busy at Highertown  

    - There has been an accident around Ideford on the A380

    - Watch out for delays westbound on the A30 over Bodmin Moor

  14. Pilot suffers leg and back injuries in light plane crash in Sidmouth

    The pilot of a light plane which crashed near Branscombe Airfield earlier today has suffered leg and back injuries. 

    The man, who has not been named, was the sole occupant of the G-AMCK plane and is being treated by paramedics.

    Police, ambulance, air ambulance and fire service crews are on the scene along with a police helicopter.

  15. ‘Scilly Sergeant’ police blogger to quit island life after headlining festival

    The Guardian

    He has become something of a cult figure but time is running out for visitors to catch a glimpse of the police sergeant turned blogger and author known as the Scilly Sergeant.