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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Thursday's live coverage

    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.

  2. Orchid protection fence to be reinstated 'as soon as practical'

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The National Trust has not said how much it will cost to reinstate a fence which has been at the centre of a row about orchids in Devon.

    Orcombe Point

    The National Trust is returning the fence after it was accused of endangering green-winged orchids at Orcombe Point by moving it. A temporary rope fence is currently in place (pictured).

    In an email seen by the BBC, local trust general manager David Ford confirmed a new fence wold be installed "to facilitate an annual hay cut and cattle grazing and avoid any accidental trampling by walkers". He added that the work would be carried out "as soon as practical".

  3. People 'jumped to conclusions' over hit-and-run deaths framing

    A man falsely accused of killing two people in a hit-and-run collision in Cornwall has told the BBC that, during five months he was on police bail, "everyone jumped to conclusions that I must have been involved".

    Ryan Morrish. Pic: Devon & Cornwall Police

    Twenty-seven-year-old Rupert Thompson was arrested after his best friend, Ryan Morrish (pictured), tried to frame him for the crime. Morrish was eventually jailed after admitting drink-driving when he hit killed Calvin Trevena and Annie Varran, near St Agnes.

    Mr Thompson had to move away from St Agnes for a while but has since moved back. He said "people are making quite a lot of effort" and "everything's going in the right direction". He added that he and Morrish have not spoken since the crash. He said: "We were best friends until that moment."

  4. Trade of shellfish exporter damaged by French protests

    A shellfish exporter from Cornwall has told us that strikes in France are having a negative impact on his business.

    Workers create blockage outside a nuclear power plant in Nogent-sur-Marne on 26 May 2016

    Trade unionists have stepped up action against changes to labour laws which have seen ports and a nuclear submarine base blockaded and a widespread shortage of fuel.

    Camel Fish, based in Rock, exports shellfish to Europe via the Plymouth to Roscoff route. Paul Blewitt, who runs the firm, said: "Everything is a bit of a nightmare because our Spanish customers are afraid to go through France because of the blockades, so they've been using Santander to Plymouth and Bilbao to Portsmouth, but there are only so many trucks they can get on each ferry."

  5. Dagmara Przybysz's body formally identified by her father

    The body of a teenager, who was found dead at a school in Cornwall, was formally identified in hospital by her father on the day she was found, an inquest has been told.

    Dagmara Przybysz. Pic: Facebook

    Dagmara Przybysz was pronounced dead at Pool Academy, near Redruth, on Tuesday 17 May. 

    An inquest in Truro heard that a post-mortem examination had been carried out, but the cause of her death was not yet available because there had been a request for toxicology reports. The hearing was adjourned.

  6. Devon woman helps child refugees at risk in the Calais Jungle

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon woman has spent the past ten months working with child refugees in Calais to help them compile the paperwork they need to move to the UK, after the government promised to identify and offer sanctuary to vulnerable children.

    Child refugee

    Liz Clegg is worried about their future and said: "If I rang up social services and said "I am concerned this child is going to die tonight" - and told them about what they were doing - they would act immediately, not in two or three months time."

    The immigration minister James Brokenshire said: "Everyone wants this to happen as quickly as possible, but we must ensure it's in the best interests of the children."

  7. Latest weather: Cloudier with a risk of thundery showers

    BBC Weather

    Cloudier this evening as a scattered thundery showers moves up from the south overnight. It will be much milder than last night, with temperatures remaining in double figures for most. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


    Tomorrow will be a cloudier day, with a risk of thundery showers at times, although there will be a good deal of dry and bright weather too. Feeling warm in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

  8. Coroner to write to Chief Constable about unlawful detention after death of local man

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Unlawful detention and a series of other failings by police contributed to the death of a man, an inquest heard. 

    Logan Peters

    Logan Peters, 22, from Torpoint, took his own life in May 2014 after being released from police custody in Plymouth. 

    Coroner Andrew Cox said he would be writing to the Chief Constable to raise concerns regarding unlawful detention, unlawful use of force and an unauthorised strip search. 

  9. GP surgery putting patients 'at risk' given six months to improve

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A GP surgery in Redruth, which has 4,300 patients, has been placed under special measures by the Care Quality Commission. 

    The Clinton Road Surgery in Redruth has been rated inadequate for safety and leadership and could face closure if it doesn't improve over the next six months.

    NHS England and NHS Kernow say they're working closely with the practice to help it turn things around. Dr Debbie Bugg from the surgery said: "While we are disappointed by the overall outcome of the CQC inspection, we welcome the feedback and are addressing areas that need improvement."

  10. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A neighbour who carried out a 15-year campaign of harassment in a Devon cul-de-sac is given a restraining order and warned he faces jail if he breaches it
    • Health regulators place a GP surgery in Redruth under special measures 
    • The cause of the death of Polish-born teenager Dagmara Przybysz is not available because toxicology reports are still outstanding, an inquest is told
    • Police searching for a 44-year-old woman who has gone missing from Torquay appeal for help in finding her
    • Meanwhile, officers searching for 69-year-old June Gorvin in Penzance say they have suspended their search for her for the day
    • Exmoor National Park says it is working with pony groups to "develop a number of projects to support free-living Exmoor pony herds"
  11. Harassment neighbour given restraining order

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A man who carried out a 15-year campaign of harassment against his neighbours has been given a restraining order at Torquay Magistrates Court. 

    Wayne Howard from Paignton was warned he faces up to five years in jail if he breaches the order.

    Wayne Howard

    Mr Howard was accused of repeatedly filming his neighbours, creating videos and posting them online claiming they were harassing him.

  12. Devon hospital has high bed-blocking rate

    A Devon hospital health trust has one of the highest figures in England for failing to discharge patients quickly enough, according to new figures.

    Bed blocking

    Wide variations between different NHS trusts were revealed in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital saw about seven days of "delayed transfer of care" for every 100 beds in 2015-16. 

    Bed-blocking occurs when a patient is deemed medically well enough to be released from hospital, but something else delays their discharge. One common reason is waiting for a nursing home place or home care. The Department of Health said the issue would be tackled as councils got £3.5bn more for adult care by 2020.

  13. Cornwall's final training ahead of County Championship

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Cornwall rugby team are holding their final training session ahead of the County Championship final this Sunday.

    Matt Shepherd

    Cornwall are playing Cheshire at Twickenham, looking to retain the title they won last year.

    Matt Shepherd scored two tries for Cornwall in that match. He told BBC Radio Cornwall: “The following that we get is tremendous. Trelawny’s army they come everywhere with us.”

  14. Beaver buddies to increase genetic pool of wild family

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    New beavers have been released into the River Otter to join England's to increase the genetic pool of England's only wild beaver family.


    DNA analysis showed the wild beavers, first spotted in 2014 after centuries of extinction in England, were "quite closely related", Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife Trust said.

    Mr Hussey said finding the right beavers, which included "making sure that they're captive UK bred UK animals" to reduce risks of disease, had taken "quite a lot of time".

  15. Illness prevents former NHS boss Paula Vasco-Knight attending court

    Plymouth Herald

    The former chief executive of Torbay Hospital and deputy chief executive at Derriford Hospital was due in court this morning charged with fraud.

  16. Man sentenced for admitting council tax fraud

    A man has admitted two counts of council tax support fraud. 

    James Ward, 24, of Brunton Road, Pool, failed to report that he was in paid employment. 

    He was given an 18 month conditional discharge and was ordered to repay the benefit and the council's costs, said Cornwall Council.

  17. Arts Council England pledges £5m to Hall For Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Arts Council England has pledged £5m to the Hall For Cornwall's regeneration project.

    Hall For Cornwall. Pic: Google

    The award follows a central government pledge of £2m announced during George Osborne's recent budget speech. But that still leaves the venue's bosses about £10m short of the estimated total £17.5m.

    Hall chairwoman Sue Wolstenholme said she was confident the venue would be able to raise the rest. She said: "We've got quite a bit coming from Europe, Cornwall Council are being enormously supportive, the Heritage Lottery Fund are looking to our importance as a piece of Cornwall's heritage, so it is being considered by them for lottery money."