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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

Devon County Show: Stars in the making in the BBC marquee?

'Not clear' if security van raiders were armed

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Police say they still do not know if the two men who made off with thousands of pounds in a security van robbery in a Devon town were armed or not.

Two men wearing hooded tops got away with more than £5,000 when they assaulted a G4S security guard in Fore street, Brixham between 22:30 and 22:45 last night.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was "not clear at this time" whether the robbers were armed.

Inquest hears man found dead sought urgent psychiatric help

BBC Spotlight

An inquest has heard how a young man from Torpoint was found dead at his family's home after he failed to secure an urgent psychiatric assessment and later ended up in police custody. 

In the weeks leading up to 22-year-old Logan Peter's death, his GP said he had been feeling very low and slashed his own wrists so she rang the mental health team. 

But a community psychiatric nurse told the inquest she rang him back the following day and after a lengthy phone triage, decided a routine appointment was appropriate. The inquest continues.

Pro-Brexit businessman hits back at allegations of racism

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Do Eurosceptics have "a strange sort of racism"?  Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, made waves by telling Spotlight they do. 

But there's been a dismissive riposte to that from one of the most prominent Eurosceptics in the region, Bruce Robertson, Chairman of Trago Mills, who said: I've been called everything over the years, xenophobe, little-Englander, and sometimes worst - a racist. It's simply not true, there is no connection between racism and wanting to be in charge of your own destiny, having the power to govern your own country... after all I'm half-Flemish.

Weather latest: Bright and breezy with sunny spells and patchy rain tomorrow

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Rain and drizzle will clear during this evening and overnight, with cloud lifting and breaking at times to become dry with some clearer spells developing. Winds will be mainly moderate or fresh from the west or southwest. Min Temp 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

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Tomorrow: Bright and breezy and mainly dry at first with early sunny spells for many. Cloud will increase from the southwest through the afternoon with some patchy rain possible at times, before turning more persistent later. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F).

Devon County Show: Thousands of animals and 'a very good first day'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Crowds at Devon County Show

Organisers of the Devon County Show say 4,000 animals have been brought to the showground near Exeter, including:

  • 1,400 sheep
  • 1,000 horses
  • 600 beef and dairy cattle, made up of 20 breeds
  • Hundreds of goats, alpacas, guinea pigs, pigeons, dogs and poultry

Despite organisers not having an exact figure for how many people passed through the gates, a spokesman said it was "a very good first day".


Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • A jury at Plymouth Crown Court has found a prisoner, who stabbed a fellow inmate with a knife, guilty of murder
  • The Royal Cornwall Hospital has come top among South West hospitals in an audit for its work in reducing the use of antibiotics
  • Police in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses to a collision in which one woman died and another was seriously injured  
  • Plans to replace Devon and Cornwall Police's radio system, is to benefit from almost £1m invested by the new crime commissioner 

War of words over what Britain's membership of the EU means for farmers

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The politicians has been discussing new research, commissioned by the National Farmers' Union, which shows the region's farmers could be worse off if the UK votes to leave the European Union. 

South West farms receive, on average, around £13,000 a year from the European Union in subsidies.

But those campaigning to leave, claim Europe has failed the dairy sector and stands in the way of innovation. 

​Crowdfunding campaign launched to help schoolgirl's family pay for funeral

West Briton

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help the family of a 16-year-old girl who was found dead at her school.

Devon County Show: Your eyes aren't deceiving you these are children racing on ponies

Man is found guilty of murdering fellow prison inmate

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A jury at Plymouth Crown Court has found a prisoner, who stabbed a fellow inmate with a knife, guilty of murder.

William Tolcher, 51, from Liverpool, used the knife, given to him to prepare vegetables at Dartmoor jail, to attack Alex Cusworth, 37, from Teignmouth.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cullompton Tiverton Road is blocked around Shortlands Road due to an incident.
  • Near Exeter the A30 is partially blocked at the Alphington Junction due to a broken down horse box. Traffic is slow moving.
  • On the Plymouth Road between Avonwick and Totnes there are temporary traffic lights due to an on going fire, delays should be expected. 
  • In Falmouth, Trevathan Road is partially bocked by an accident involving two vehicles.
  • Around the Devon County Show on the A3052 there are delays in both directions, as well as on the A376 Exmouth Road and at junction 30 on the M5  

Everyday life in Cornwall captured in the 19th century – in pictures

The Guardian

A portfolio of more than 1,500 images of Cornwall are to be sold at Penzance Auction House with an estimate of £25,000. This rare collection of photographs depict the ordinary lives of Cornish men and women from the 19th and early 20th century.  

Devon County Show: BBC Spotlight's Victoria, Justin and David in the changing room/production office

Minister pledges to act over term-time holidays

BBC News England

The schools minister has pledged to take all "measures necessary" to overturn the High Court ruling which casts doubt on the term-time holidays.

Nick Gibb says he wants to give schools and councils in England "the power and clarity to ensure children attend school when they should".

The court ruled a man was entitled to take his child out of school on holiday due to her good attendance record.

Responding, Mr Gibb said he was awaiting the written judgement from the high court and would set out the government's next steps in due course. "The ruling represents a significant threat to one of the government's most important achievements over the last six years - improving school attendance."

How are sheep judged at the Devon County Show?

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Hundreds of sheep are on show today and are being judged on a number of criteria.


A county show spokesman said judges were checking the animals had no deformities, a good posture and those that, at the end of the day, could produce a lot of meat.

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter praises perseverance of Gareth Steenson

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has praised the perseverance of fly-half Gareth Steenson, the winner of this season's Premiership golden boot award.

The long-serving fly-half holds Exeter's league points record and will line up at Sandy Park on Saturday in the club's first ever Premiership semi-final against Wasps.

Gareth Steenson
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"At times he has had a battle on his hands," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon. "He's used them to mature both as a player and as a person, and he's used them as motivating things for himself to keep improving and keep driving."  

Devon County Show: Motorcycle display team wows crowd

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Crowds watch the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Display Team in the main arena.


The team - created In 2002 - travel and perform around the world. 

Police appeal for witnesses after Brixham robbery

BBC Radio Devon

A security guard has been injured in a robbery in Brixham in which more than £5,000 was stolen. 

The G4S guard, who's in his 50s, was attacked by two men in Fore Street last night and suffered an injured arm. His colleague was uninjured.

The men escaped with a cash box. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Devon County Show: From blow drying a cow to shaving their legs

Inquest hears of man's anger at being held in police cell

BBC Spotlight

The mother of a man found hanged has told an inquest that he "was very distressed and angry" about being arrested and held in police custody overnight. 

22-year-old Logan Peters, from Elm Park in Torpoint, was arrested in May 2014 after an incident at a takeaway and was kept in a cell. 

After his release the next day, he went to see his father and showed him marks on his face and claimed injuries on his hand had been caused by handcuffs. 

He was found dead the next morning. The inquest continues. 

Devon County Show: The quirkier side of keeping animals - farmers blow dry a cow

Judge sums up in Dartmoor Prison stabbing trial

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

The judge has begun summing up in the case of a prisoner, accused of stabbing and killing a fellow inmate in the kitchens at Dartmoor Jail. 

William Tolcher, 51, from Liverpool, is charged with murdering Alex Cusworth, 37, from Teignmouth, with a knife he had been issued with to prepare vegetables with last November. 

Richard Smith QC, for the defence, asked the jury to question whether William Tolcher would use a knife signed out to him if he were planning an execution. He said: "Why would you put a knife back on your block. Would he not want to wash it? 

Mr Justice James Dingemans told the jury they need to decide if it was William Tolcher who killed Alex Cusworth and if so, they will then have to consider verdicts of murder. Mr Tolcher has pleaded not guilty and the trial continues. 

Devon County Show: £1m Devon Eye transported from Italy

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A £1m giant wheel dubbed the Devon Eye is making an appearance at this year’s Devon County Show at Westpoint, Exeter. 


The huge structure, which stands 33m high and has 22 individual pods, was transported in six articulated lorries from manufacturers in Italy.

Commons told tourism industry could suffer from rules on term-time holidays

BBC Parliament

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A Cornwall MP has told the Commons the Government should take the impact on the tourist industry into account, when considering how to react to the ruling that a father can take his daughter out of school to go on holiday. 

The Government says it wants to continue to give schools and councils the powers to stop children missing lessons for term-time holidays, after the High Court's decision.

In the Commons, the Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, said people could suffer if the rules are changed: "I would, with respect, say to the minister there is nothing socially mobile for a family if your parents lose their job or have their hours cut because of the downturn in the tourist industry."

Argyle's Paul Wotton fined after admitting FA charge

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle coach Paul Wotton and Portsmouth boss Paul Cook have each been fined £500, after admitting an FA misconduct charge from their League Two play-off semi-final last week.

The pair were sent to the stands in the 11th minute of the first leg at Fratton Park, which finished 2-2, after allegedly using improper language and/or behaviour.

Paul Wotton (left) and Paul Cook
Getty Sport/REX Features

Plymouth are in the play-off final at Wembley later this month where they will play AFC Wimbledon, who beat Accrington in the other semi-final on Wednesday night.  

Devon County Show: It's all too much for some

Latest weather: Rain turning more persistent but clearing overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud lowering and thickening as very patchy rain or drizzle turns more persistent later. Max temp:15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tonight the rain and drizzle clears to become dry with some clearer spells developing. Min temp: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • Hooded robbers have escaped with more than £5,000 after a raid on a security van in Brixham which left a guard injured
  • Landscore Primary school in Crediton has moved hundreds of students to safety because of a gas leak caused by contractors damaging a pipe 
  • A driver has been arrested after a collision in Plymouth in which a 60-year-old woman died
  • A Cornwall MP says the Government should take the impact on the tourist industry into account when considering how to react to a High Court ruling on term-time holidays 
  • There has been criticism of a police team who sculpted what appears to be a woman's dead body for a sandcastle competition 

Devon County Show: Beer and food markets a big draw

Roadworks which are 'making life hell' will not be finished on time

BBC Radio Cornwall

Roadworks, which are causing a 12 mile diversion for motorists, are going to take longer than expected.

Trispen bypass

The closure of the A39 between Truro and Carland Cross is causing misery for one woman in Trispen, who said the resurfacing was making her life hell because the noise was causing sleepless nights for her and her eight-year-old son. 

Cormac has apologised for the disruption and said it has spoken to its staff about acting considerately.

G4S security guard injured and £5k stolen in Brixham robbery

Devon County Show: Alpacas, cattle, sheep and goats among the four-legged friends

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Animals from across the South West are appearing at the show from alpacas to cattle, sheep and goats.

Cattle arena

In the arena heifers are being judged with experts studying a number of things including the animal's coat and overall shape.

Concern over police 'dead body' sand sculpture on beach

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornwall councillor says she is 'surprised and disappointed' by a police team building a dead female body in a sandcastle competition on Perranporth beach.

The team was awarded first prize for its sand sculpture surrounded by police tape during the Cornwall Beach Games.

But it has upset some people who claim it is in poor taste. Let me know what you think by calling today's phone-in on 01872 222222.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

The A386 is blocked in both directions between Hatherleigh and Fishleigh Cross due to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian

On the A30 we've had reports of a broken down caravan blocking one lane westbound between Fraddon and Summercourt  

Watch out for delays on the A39 through Wadebridge near the A389 junction because of roadworks.

Royal Navy ships on standby to help with search for missing plane

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two South West-based Royal Navy vessels are standing by to assist with the search for a missing Egypt Air plane

Egypt plane crash graphic

French President Francois Hollande said the EgyptAir flight - which disappeared between Paris and Cairo - had crashed.  

RFA Lyme Bay, based in Falmouth, and Devonport's HMS Enterprise are in the region along with RFA Cardigan Bay. The navy says it's making contingency plans to help with the major search and rescue under way in the Mediterranean.   

NFU claims EU exit could leave South West farmers worse off

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) says research it has commissioned shows farmers in Devon and Cornwall could be worse off if the UK votes to leave the EU.

Dairy cows

South West farms are receiving almost £13,000 a year on average from the EU in subsidies, and the NFU says a team of Dutch experts have said it makes financial sense to remain part of the EU.

But those campaigning to leave claim the EU is failing the dairy sector and stands in the way of innovation.

Devon and Cornwall top Blue Flag beach awards

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall have topped the Blue Flag beach awards, with 16 beaches meeting the highest criteria for water quality.

Visit Cornwall

Devon's eight winners were: Meadfoot, Breakwater, Oddicombe, Blackpool Sands, Dawlish Warren, Sandy Bay (Devon Cliffs), Westward Ho! and Challaborough Bay.

In Cornwall, the winners were: Porthtowan, Gyllyngvase, Porthminster, Porthmeor, Polzeath, Carbis Bay, Trevone and Widemouth.