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  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 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.

Rare birds which were blown to UK on 'winds of dreams' could remain experts say

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Two extremely rare birds blown to the UK on "winds of dreams" could remain in the country for the foreseeable future due to their dislike of sea crossings, experts have said. 

Pelican and vulture
Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick/Dale Kedward

A Dalmatian pelican has been seen in Cornwall for several weeks. while a bearded vulture has also been spotted in Devon and Cornwall. 

Paul Stancliffe, from the British Trust for Ornithology, said: "For birdwatchers the south easterly winds are the winds of dreams as you're going to get rare birds." He added both birds have "reached the end of the land" and "both don't like sea crossings" so it was "possible" for them to remain in the UK for the foreseeable future.

Tenants and homeowners warned of 'health problems' in housing

Tenants and homeowners are being warned of "health problems" caused by hazards such as dangerous boilers and mould, after government figures showed more than 230,000 properties across the South West had category one hazards.

Mould on a window

"Any of these hazards can cause damage, not only physical damage to the person but also health problems"  and  if you've got a long term damp problem it will cost you more money in the long run", Hannah Darling from the National Landlords Association said.

She advised tenants who became aware of any problems in rented accommodation to "speak directly first to your landlord" before raising the matter with the council.  

Radio 1's Big Weekend: Jess Glynne prepares to leave the big smoke behind

'Offensive' signs taxi firm may appeal

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A taxi service forced to drop its signs because they were deemed offensive may appeal.

Martin Clunes

The Port Isaac Shuttle Service has been told by Cornwall Council that its acronym - P.I.S.S. - "offends good taste".

Louise Houston said it was "part of the humour" of Port Isaac, which is famous for being the setting for TV's Doc Martin. "There's another shop called May Contain Nuts, but they haven't objected to that," she said.

A petition has been started in the village to save the name and several people have supported the service on social media.

Hospital apologises for fatal heart attack failings

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A hospital trust has apologised after it was criticised by the ombudsman for failings in the treatment of a man who died after a heart attack.

The man known as Mr R suffered a large heart attack followed by a cardiogenic shock. He was clinically unstable and needed urgent specialist treatment, but the ombudsman found that doctors at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust did not identify this and that these failings fell significantly short of established good practice.

North Devon District Hospital

Dr George Thomson, medical director for the trust, said: “We are deeply sorry for this sad incident and the pain it has caused for the patient’s family. We have a plan in place to learn from this case and make improvements, to help prevent this from happening in future.”  

Birdwatchers travel from far afield to see pelican and vulture currently calling Cornwall home

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Birdwatchers are traveling from far afield to try and find two extremely rare birds which have been seen in the South West countryside.

Richard Minari

Dalmatian pelican has been seen at several locations in West Cornwall since 9 May and a lammergeier - or bearded vulture - has been sighted in Wales, Devon and Cornwall since 12 May. 

Concern grows after 'extremely out of character' disappearance of David Cauldwell

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Police say the disappearance of a man from Torquay is extremely "out of character".

There have been no sightings of David Cauldwell, 39, since he left the Artful Dodger pub on Saturday night, although callers to the police suggested he may have travelled to a rave.

A police spokesman said: “As time goes on we are becoming more concerned for David’s safety. There is no indication that he has been a victim of crime but with no sightings of him and this being so out of character we really want to hear from anyone who has seen or spoken to David or perhaps has given him a lift somewhere.”

Dry and chilly tonight, but another fine, sunny day tomorrow

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Wednesday's weather

Tonight will be dry and chilly with clear skies developing. Minimum temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

Tomorrow will be another fine day with sunny spells and patchy cloud. It will stay rather breezy along the south coast during the morning, but it'll feel pleasantly warm in the afternoon as winds ease. Maximum temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

Second woman dies after two pedestrians were hit by a car in Plymouth

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A second woman has died after a car collided with two pedestrians who had just got off a bus in Plymouth.

The incident, in Torr Lane on 18 May, resulted in one 60-year-old woman dying shortly after being taken to hospital by ambulance. Now a second woman involved in the incident has also died.  

The car driver, a 58-year-old Plymouth woman, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail until 12 August.

Derriford Hospital apologises over twisted ovary cyst treatment

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A hospital trust has apologised for delivering a poor standard of care to a woman who was taken ill on holiday.

'Mrs J' told Derriford Hospital doctors that she had a cyst on her ovary, but a scan did not show the cause of the symptoms and she was given painkillers and discharged.  

Derriford Hospital

Further investigations after she returned home revealed that the cyst on her ovary had twisted and that she needed an operation. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman decided that if the trust had diagnosed Mrs J appropriately, it might still have been reasonable to refer her to a hospital nearer home.   

Latest headlines across Devon and Cornwall

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

  • Two men have been charged with health and safety offences relating to the death of a builder
  • A second woman has died after a car accident in Plymouth
  • Hospital apologises for fatal heart attack failings and twisted ovary cyst treatment
  • Police watchdog probes 'baton attack' in Portsmouth
  • Concern grows for a missing man from Torquay
  • A Port Isaac taxi firm has been told to remove 'offensive' signs.
  • Thousands of birdwatchers flock to Cornwall to try and see a pelican and vulture

Two men charged over death of builder who fell from scaffolding

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Two men have been charged with health and safety offences relating to the death of a builder. 

Roger Stoddern, 47, from Bugle, fell from scaffolding at Upper Bohella House in St Mawes on 24 June 2013 and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, but died from his injuries.

Colin Marshall and James Marshall, both from Carclaze Road, St Austell, will appear before magistrates tomorrow. Both men are charged with failing to ensure the safety of employees, including Mr Stoddern.

£240,000 parking survey 'good value for money'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A £240,000 consultation on parking in Cornwall is "very good value for money" and is helping to address "a very significant number of complaints", the councillor in charge of transport has said.

Parking fine

"We've received 7,000 responses to that survey, which is extremely high, and I think means that one, it's a significant public issue, and two, if you get the process right people will come back to you", councillor Bert Biscoe said.

The survey, which is designed to help develop ideas for parking improvement projects in seven areas in Cornwall, got a 10% response rate. 

Rail engineers use drone as part of Dawlish rail protection work

Latest travel news: Accident on Bideford Bypass and lane closed on M5 in Somerset

BBC Travel

  • On the A39, on the Bideford Bypass near the Northam Roundabout, we've got reports of an accident.
  • In St Austell, on the A390 Southbourne Road, there are temporary traffic lights for utilities work, and traffic is slow moving.
  • In neighbouring Somerset, on the M5 heading between Bridgwater South and Bridgwater North one lane is closed due to broken down lorry and recovery work.
  • There are delays eastbound on the A30 over Bodmin Moor because of roadworks

Cullompton nursery claims gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Culm View Nursery in Cullompton has bagged it's fifth gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, after this year's entry won the Herbaceous Perennial Specialist category.

Brian Jacobs with his award at the Chelsea Flow Show

Brian Jacobs who picked up the award said it was sometimes "nice to have symmetry in a garden" and praised the "hard work" of everyone at the nursery.

The nursery specialises in rare and unusual herbaceous perennial plants, which are the mainstay of garden borders, according to the RHS.

New crime commissioner says she has done 'nothing wrong'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner says the financial mismanagement allegations against her are purely "politically motivated".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her alleged failure to declare general election expenses while an election agent in Torbay last year. 

While taking part in the BBC Radio Cornwlal phone-in, she told me she did not do anything wrong, adding: "That's why I'm not worried, that's why I'm calm, these are purely allegations against me."

Newly released Teignmouth sex offender broke order to stay away from children

Exeter Express & Echo

A sex offender who was on early release from jail broke an order to stay away from children when he walked out of his approved accommodation and went to stay with a young mother.

Exeter's Will Chudley could miss Premiership final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Will Chudley has been cited for an alleged kick on Wasps lock Joe Launchbury during their Premiership semi-final win at the weekend.

The 28-year-old is appearing before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel today, ahead of his side's final against Saracens on Saturday at Twickenham.

Will Chudley
Getty Images

Exeter booked their spot at Twickenham with a 34-23 victory over Wasps and are competing in the top-flight play-offs for the first time in their history.  

Hospital criticised for man's treatment who died after a heart attack

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been criticised for failings in the treatment of a man who subsequently died following a heart attack.  

The man, known as Mr R, was taken to hospital by ambulance and diagnosed with a small to moderate heart attack. He remained in hospital for several hours before doctors identified that his health was worsening and transferred him for specialist cardiac care elsewhere.  He died shortly after arriving. 

Mr R had in fact suffered a large heart attack followed by a cardiogenic shock.  He was clinically unstable and needed urgent specialist treatment, but the ombudsman found that doctors at the hospital did not identify this and that these failings fell significantly short of established good practice.

Silver for Devon hosta specialist

Okehampton-based nursery Bowdens has picked up a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for their unusual display featuring an old train carriage.

Bowden's Hostas

Tim Penrose from Bowdens said he wanted to do something that created a great drama and gave visitors the "wow" factor.

The train took five hours to deliver to the hospital gardens in the depths of the night.

Grey partridge to return to Cornwall in conservation programme

A project is underway to reintroduce the grey partridge to Cornwall.  

Grey partridge
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust says there are just 65,000 breeding pairs left. 

Chicks will be introduced to an area around Tregirls, Padstow, in the Autumn and the population will be protected through control of predators.

Radio 1's Big Weekend: Three days until the pop world descends on Exeter

BBC Radio 1

Not long now until Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter! 

Mumford & SonsJess GlynneColdplay and Biffy Clyro are among dozens of artists and bands that will play at Powderham Castle.

Everything you need to know is right here.

Radio 1

Homeless ​man arrested after female Burger King worker racially abused while serving Truro customers

West Briton

A homeless man has been arrested after a female fast food worker in Truro was allegedly racially abused as she served him.

Search for missing man continues

Mum pushing pram shoved to ground in Penryn robbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman has been pushed to the ground and robbed while walking with her child in a buggy in Penryn. 

A man approached her to ask the time before launching the attack. He escaped with a purse containing £200 and a Pandora bracelet.

It happened near Calver Close at around 13:30 on Friday. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Weather latest: Mostly dry but becoming chilly overnight

Mostly dry this afternoon with sunny spells and perhaps an isolated shower later. Max temp:18 Deg C (64 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Dry with clear spells overnight and becoming quite chilly in sheltered areas. Min temp: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

Port Isaac taxi firm must remove 'offensive' signs

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A village taxi service whose initials spell out P.I.S.S has been ordered to remove the signs from its car, because Cornwall Council says it "offends good taste".

Louise Houston
Louise Houston

Louise Houston, who runs the Port Isaac Shuttle Service, in the home of TV's Doc Martin, said: "I thought we could have a bit of fun with the name but the council doesn't agree."

The taxi service has been using the name for the last three years, but Ms Houston said she would now have to change it to Port Isaac Shuttle.

Latest travel news: A39 blocked by overturned vehicle

BBC Travel

  • The A39 is blocked in both directions between Kilkhampton & Stratton due to an overturned vehicle.
  • In Newquay, on Porth Way near Well Way we've got reports of an incident.
  • In Winkleigh the A3124 is partially blocked near Butcher's Moor Lane due to an incident.

Yacht seen 'acting suspiciously' in posh Devon port was part of illegal migrant smuggling ring

Plymouth Herald

A yacht 'acting suspiciously' as it entered an exclusive harbour in Devon was later found to be part of a smuggling ring using pleasure yachts to transport illegal migrants to Britain.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

  • More than 230,000 homes across the South West have serious hazards, according to the latest government figures
  • Thousands of birdwatchers are flocking to the South West to try and see a bearded vulture and Dalmatian pelican
  • Four years on from the review of Dawlish high street by TV retail guru Mary Portas, there are no empty shops left in the town
  • South West competitors at the Chelsea Flower Show are celebrating after winning medals

Smiles for local growers as gold medals are handed out at Chelsea

Kelnan Plants, based in Penzance, is among the gold medal winners at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Chris Osborne, Kelnan Plants
Kelnan Plants

It's the nursery's fifth consecutive gold and 60th gold medal since it started exhibiting.

Chris Osborne from the Restio and Protea specialist said it was a "great achievement" for a very small nursery.

All day parking charges almost triple

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

All day parking charges in three north Devon short stay car parks have almost tripled from £4 to £11.60 this month.

Belle Meadow car park in Barnstaple is among those hit by the new tariff, while the hourly rate at short stay car parks has risen by 10p to £1.10.

Recruitment consultant Trudi Spratt said "as a local business owner" the rise was going to make a "vast difference" to her. However, North Devon Council said charges had not risen for six years, and the changes were to encourage people parking all day to use the long stay car parks, where you can still park for £1.70.

Latest high tide times

If you're heading to the coast today, here are the next times of high water.

Tide times

Matt Shepherd signs new Plymouth Albion deal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Scrum-half Matt Shepherd has signed a new contract with National One side Plymouth Albion.

The 26-year-old scored 188 points this season and will represent Cornwall in Sunday's County Championship final at Twickenham.

Matt Shepherd
Brian Tempest

"I know some of the other teams have recruited well but my aim is to get Albion promoted back to the Championship," he said. "I was shocked to get as many starts last season but the Albion squad pulled together and achieved great things."  

Thousands flock to try and see pelican and vulture as South West has 'unprecedented' spring

Thousands of birdwatchers have travelled from across the UK to try to see two extremely rare birds.

A Dalmatian pelican has been seen in Cornwall for what is thought to be the first time in hundreds of years. While a lammergeier vulture seen in Wales, Devon and Cornwall is thought to be the first British sighting.

Mark Halliday

Paul Freestone, from the Cornwall Birding website, said one man, who travelled from Norfolk, spent eight days trying to see the lammergeier in Devon. He added: "It's completely unprecedented to have two major rarities in the South West."

Your chance to quiz Devon and Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we're giving you the first chance to quiz Devon and Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Alison Hernandez

We're asking what you think Alison Hernandez's main priorities should be now that she's taken over from Tony Hogg. Let me know what you think by calling the lunchtime phone-in on 01872 222222.

Her acceptance of the role has attracted criticism because she's being investigated for alleged election expense irregularities, relating to her time as Conservative agent for Torbay MP Kevin Foster during the last general election.

More money to help child sex abuse victims in Devon and Cornwall

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

More money is being made available to help victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation in Devon and Cornwall. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is inviting bids from local organisations for a share of £140,000 funding provided to her by the Ministry of Justice.

Alison Hernandez

Ms Hernandez wants to ensure that every child who suffers sexual abuse is given the right support by well trained professionals when they need it and for as long as they need it. 

Burncoose take gold and get a visit from Miss Moneypenny

Burncoose Nurseries, based near Redruth, have won a gold medal for their garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Burncoose Nurseries with Naomie Harris
Neil Applegate

Designed by Geraldine Hood-Leeder and Louisa Lazarowicz, the garden celebrates the 100-year anniversary of The Rhododendron Society.

Bond star Naomie Harris (pictured above) was among visitors to the nursery's stand.