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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Tuesday's live coverage

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

Disabled ramblers rescue man with broken leg after he tried to crawl for help

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A group of disabled ramblers who rescued an injured walker from a remote Cornish valley using a mobility scooter say the victim tried to crawl to a footpath in a bid to find help.

Paul Lane was walking alone in the Poldice Valley, near St Day, on Thursday, when he slipped and broke his leg.

Rescue team
Disabled Ramblers

Group leader John Cuthbertson said: "Paul said that there was the sound of a crack from his leg when he fell. He had tried to crawl to the track but couldn’t make it." The group transported Mr Lane out of the valley on their support trailer and he was taken to hospital by the emergency services.

Jack Arnott named in GB team for European Athletics Championships

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth sprinter James Arnott has been named in a Great Britain senior team for the first time, after being picked for the IPC European Athletics Championships in Italy next month.

The world under-23 200m champion joins the likes of Paralympic gold medalists David Weir and Jonnie Peacock in the squad for the event. 

James Arnott
Getty Images

The 19-year-old, whose brother Jack plays for Exeter Cheifs, won a silver medal at the Anniversary Games in London last summer. 

Police investigate sudden death of teenage girl in Pool

National Trust accused of endangering orchid after fence moved

BBC Spotlight

Talks are to be held after the National Trust was accused of endangering one of the best sites for a type of rare orchid in the South West. 

Green-winged orchids

A fence keeping coastpath walkers away from the Trust's green-winged orchid site at Orcombe Point, near Exmouth, has been repositioned, allowing people and dogs to trample over the area where the orchids grow. 

The trust has now put up barriers and signs to keep people out.

Latest weather: Rain spreading before easing on Wednesday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Turning largely dry during the evening before heavy, perhaps thundery, bursts of rain and brisk southwesterly winds spread in from the west through the early hours. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


Heavy spells of rain, possibly with some thunder, will start Wednesday. The rain will give way to a mixture of brighter spells and heavy showers through the first part of the morning. These showers should ease during the afternoon, with drier, sunnier weather developing later in the day. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Police called to Pool Academy following sudden death of girl

The Packet

A girl has died suddenly while at school in Pool this afternoon. Police were called to Pool Academy at around 2.15pm today, where three police cars and three ambulances could be seen parked outside.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • Cornwall councillors vote to give themselves a 13.5% increase in allowances, the first for seven years
  • 'Disappointment' in political circles after Eden founder brands Eurosceptics 'racist'
  • Britanny Ferries says the Plymouth-based Pont Aven will be out of action until the end of May while its propeller is repaired
  • Talks are to be held after the National Trust was accused of endangering one of the best sites for a type of rare orchid in the South West
  • A holidaymaker who suffered a broken leg in a remote Cornish valley has thanked a group of disabled ramblers who helped him by putting him on a trailer attached to their mobility scooters

Councillor dismisses allowance rise claims as 'bonkers'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's councillors are to get a pay rise after members voted to back a proposal from an independent review panel to increase the basic allowance from £12,000 a year to £13,900.

Cornwall Council

The rise of 13.5%, the first in seven years, will not take effect until after the next unitary elections next May. The review panel said it might encourage more young people to become councillors.

Councillor John Fitter voted against the proposal, dismissing claims about attracting younger councillors as "bonkers". He said: "Young people are not going to be encouraged because they'll get an additional £1,000. It's a Trojan horse to get more money, and I think it's a mistake. I think we will live to regret it because our esteem and ratings with the public are not great at the moment, and it will go down even further."

Plymouth Conservative-UKIP council coalition 'will provide stability'

BBC Radio Devon

The leader of Plymouth City Council's Conservatives says his party has gone into a coalition with UKIP to provide stability in the city.

The deal, announced yesterday, came after no party won a majority in this month's election, with the Conservatives and Labour both getting 27 seats. Labour leader Tudor Evans said the agreement, which he's calling a "BlueKIP" administration, was "a grubby backroom deal". 

Conservative leader Ian Bowyer said: "Clearly, in order to provide stability, someone needs to get into a majority position. I know the UKIP group have spoken to both parties, and have made it clear it's the Conservative Party that they feel most comfortable joining forces and working together with."

New under-18s coach for Exeter City

BBC Sport

Truro City midfielder Dan Green has been appointed as Exeter City's new under-18s coach, the club says.

Green, who takes over the role following the departure of Lee Skyrme, said he was due to keep playing for Truro until the end of this month but "this was an opportunity that I couldn't turn down". 

Club academy manager, Simon Hayward, said Green was "somebody that we've known both as a player and a coach for nearly 10 years". He added: "We're expecting him to continue to show the passion and dedication that he has done over that time."

Right-turn ban on Cornwall A30 will mean longer journeys

Plymouth Herald

Motorists will face longer journeys from next week when numerous bans on turning right along the A30 north east of Bodmin will be implemented.

GCHQ dishes lit up for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Bodmin on Fore Street we have reports of an accident
  • Between Avonwick and Totnes there are temporary traffic lights due to a fire
  • In Plymouth on Armada Way near Citadel Road we've got reports there's an incident
  • There has also been an accident in St Minver on Rock Road 
  • Skybus flights to Scilly are currently on hold due to a rapid deterioration in the weather at St Mary's

South West schools spend least per head on supply staff

BBC News England

Schools in the South West spend the lowest rate per child in England in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences, analysis by BBC News shows.

Supply teacher spending

Primary and secondary schools in England struggling to recruit teachers spent £821m on supply staff last year, it has emerged. 

Across England, the equivalent of £168 was spent, on average, on each child. In a regional breakdown, the South West was found to be spending about £135.

Wembley is 'reward' for Plymouth Argyle work, says Derek Adams

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says the club's Wembley trip is a "reward" for their hard work this season.

The Devon side will contest the League Two play-off final later this month against either Accrington or Wimbledon after overcoming Portsmouth.

Derek Adams (left)
Rex Features

"A manager needs help from everybody around them and I've had that from the players this season," Adams told BBC Radio Devon. "In my first season in English football to be able to take this famous football club back to Wembley, I'm very proud."

Rural police 'sitting ducks' in UK terror attack


Police officers in rural areas fear they would be "sitting ducks" in the event of a terrorist gun attack in the UK, a Police Federation chairman says.

Armed police
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A national shortage of armed officers could leave police in isolated areas "unarmed and vulnerable", John Apter, head of the Hampshire branch warned.

Figures have revealed the number of firearms officers in England and Wales last year fell to its lowest level since 1987.  

Plans to build house on former pigsties divides opinion in hamlet

Cornish Guardian

Plans to build a three-bedroom house on the site of a former piggery have divided a sleepy North Cornwall hamlet, with a farmer accusing "incomers" of wanting to keep local people "living in rabbit hutches."

Police dog in 'significant drugs find'

Brittany Ferry Pont Aven will stay out of action for next fortnight

Brittany Ferries says its flagship Pont Aven will be out of action until the end of May while its propeller is repaired.

Pont Aven

The company has apologised unreservedly after a number of crossings to Santander had to be cancelled. 

Passengers are being offered a full refund or the option of taking an alternative crossing. It means some people due to travel to Spain are having to sail to North West France and drive down instead. 

Disabled ramblers rescue injured walker on scooter from Cornish valley

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Disabled ramblers have used a mobility scooter to rescue a walker who broke his leg in a remote valley in Cornwall. 

Paul Lane was walking alone in the Poldice Valley when he slipped and broke his leg. His shouting alerted the group of disabled ramblers from Bristol who called the emergency services.

Disabled ramblers helping injured walker
Disabled Ramblers

However, the route was impassable for the ambulance, so the group transported Mr Lane out of the valley on their support trailer. The group Disabled Ramblers aims to get mobility-challenged people out into the countryside.

Beaches fail EU water quality standards

BBC Spotlight

People are being warned not to swim at some beaches in Devon and Cornwall because the water quality does not meet new tougher EU standards.

Wildersmouth Beach

Wildersmouth Beach in Ilfracombe, north Devon (pictured), is one of three in the counties where signs now have to be displayed - advising people not to bathe - because the water quality is classified as "poor". The others are Instow in Devon, and East Looe in Cornwall. 

The Environment Agency said huge improvements had been made to water quality over the last few decades and that nearly three-quarters of beaches in both counties were rated as excellent.

Family struggles with finances after daughter's sectioning

BBC Radio Cornwall

The struggle of a family in Cornwall, trying to cope with the impact of mental illness on personal finances, is being described as one of "thousands in the UK".

Steve is trying to pay his daughter's bills while she is on a mental health ward. He can't access her bank account because no formal agreement existed before she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

The family's case comes amid a fresh campaign for changes in the law to protect people. The director of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, Polly Mackenzie, said they wanted a review of how banks responded to such difficult cases.

Beach pollution 'from sewer misconnection'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People have been advised not to bathe at Broadsands Beach in Paignton after sewage entered a stream which crosses the beach, South West Water says.

Beach sign

The water company said it immediately sent a team to the site to prevent any further discharges and investigate the cause. It said it was believed to be a "misconnection between the sewer and the surface water networks".

It added it was assisting the Environment Agency with investigations and "we hope the beach will be re-opened this evening".

Latest weather: Cloud thickening and occasional rain or drizzle

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

The rest of the day will be mainly cloudy, with the cloud thickening and lowering at times to give some occasional light rain or drizzle as well as some hill and coastal fog patches. Winds will be light or moderate from the southwest, but become fresher near the north coast and further west later. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).


Although there will continue to be some scattered outbreaks of mainly light rain, there will also be some drier and perhaps brighter spells at first tonight. However, a spell of more persistent and occasionally heavy rain will move in from the west before dawn, followed by some heavy showers. Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Plymouth Conservative-UKIP coalition a 'grubby backroom deal'

Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

The leader of the Labour Party on Plymouth City Council has dismissed a new "working agreement" between the Conservatives and UKIP as "a grubby backroom deal". 

The coalition, announced yesterday, comes after no party won a majority in this month's election, with the Conservatives and Labour each winning 27 seats. Tudor Evans said the new administration, which he is calling "BlueKIP", would become a laughing stock. 

Conservative leader Ian Bowyer said the two-year arrangement was "a pragmatic solution to provide good local government for Plymouth". UKIP's John Riley also welcomed the move.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • A security expert from Cornwall has joined calls for investment in firearms units for rural forces 
  • The founder of Cornwall's Eden Project claims many people campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union ahead of next month's referendum are racist
  • Cornwall Councillors have voted to give themselves an increase in allowances of nearly 15% 
  • Brittany Ferries says the Pont Aven will be out of action until the end of May while its propeller is repaired   

Peter Masters says Truro City in talks with foreign investors

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City chairman Peter Masters says foreign investors are among four parties interested in putting money into the National League South club.

Masters put out a plea last week for at least £500,000 extra funding to help them gain promotion next season.

Peter Masters
Truro City FC

"We've actually had people from the States showing an interest, which is very encouraging," Masters told BBC Sport. "Everyone's signed a confidentiality agreement but interesting parties have come in - not all from this country."

In the swim?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Signs warning about poor water quality have gone up at two Devon beaches.

How do you decide where to swim?

Let me know on 0345 3011034.

Mobility scooter used as makeshift ambulance for man with broken leg

Rare bearded vulture sighting in Devon

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A rare vulture has been seen four times near Dartmoor. 

Sightings of the juvenile bearded vulture were reported on the Bird Guides website and it is believed it is currently "hunkered down" near Buckfastleigh waiting for the fog to clear.

The bird, known as a Lammergeier, is thought to be the same as one seen earlier near Gwent in Wales and is the first seen in the UK.    

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A361 at West Down is blocked in both directions causing delays after an accident involving a car and a motorbike

- Fore Street in Bradninch is blocked after a crash between two vehicles

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Does Cornwall need more armed police?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are calls to arm more police officers in Devon and Cornwall to counter any terrorist threat.

It comes after a fresh warning nationally that unarmed officers in rural areas could become "sitting ducks" during an attack on strategic sites because armed units may not be able to reach the scene quickly enough.

Call in on 01872 222222.

Woman who threatened officers arrested in Truro

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A woman reportedly running in front of passing cars and banging on vehicles in the centre of Truro has been arrested following a major police response.


Police found the woman at the junction of Frances Street and Edward Street near Truro Crown Court at around 18:00 last night where she was "in possession of a glass bottle and threatening towards officers".

Four police cars and two vans were called to the scene and a 48-year-old woman from Camborne was arrested on suspicion of affray. 

Torquay United 'in discussions' about club take-over

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torquay United is in "continuing discussions" with Gaming International over the purchase of the club, chairman David Phillips says.

Torquay United
Getty Images

Phillips said the work was "progressing according to our agreed timetable, and we are still working within the period of exclusivity granted to them". 

However, he added that a confidentiality agreement meant he was "unable to reveal much more about the impending sale". 

Cornwall Council leader 'honoured' to remain in post

MP 'sorry Labour has lost control' of Plymouth council

Cornwall Eurosceptic says Eden founder Smit

BBC Spotlight

Cornwall is "quite Eurosceptic" despite millions of pounds of EU money flowing in over the years, says Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit.


"I think there is a romanticism of the past in Cornwall," he said. "Investment was tiddly before Europe got involved."