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

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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.

If it's too fast, you're too old!

Latest weather: Mild overnight and dry Friday for most

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry and largely clear for western parts. Further east, cloud will push in come the early hours but it will remain mild. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).


Friday will be a dry day for most, with the best of the sunshine in the west. It'll be cloudier in the east, with the risk of some rain later. But it will feel warm in the summer sun. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Jutland VC hero 'gets sailors into right mindset to protect nation'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 16-year-old sailor who stayed at his post during the Battle of Jutland is still inspiring sailors training in Cornwall, a naval base commander says.

Jack Cornwell was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry and his portrait still hangs in the chapel of HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, where a wreath has been has been laid to commemorate him. 

Jack Cornwell commemoration

Base commander Capt Rob Belfield said: "Every Friday afternoon we have a passing out parade and I take the visiting officer into the chapel and we stand underneath the portrait. I just tell the story. I think it's a really good focus in how important sailors are. We're not about famous admirals or captains here at Raleigh, we're about getting sailors in the right mindset to protect the nation's interests in the fleet."

Tribunal for medical chief who ‘failed patients’ over disgraced surgeon

The Scotsman

A former medical chief has been accused of failing to protect patients from a disgraced surgeon dubbed ‘The Butcher’ who delivered Samantha Cameron’s baby.

Health centre offers support to clear eye appointment backlog

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A St Austell health centre is offering space and equipment for ophthalmologists as part of efforts to reduce a backlog of 2,000 eye appointments in Cornwall.

Ashish Patwardhan

It's causing a a big problem throughout the South West, with demand rising but a shortage of space and ophthalmologists. We know that at least two people have completely lost their sight in recent years while waiting for appointments.

Consultant ophthalmologist Ashish Patwardhan (pictured) said of the work in St Austell: "What this service does is provide care close to home ... But, more importantly, it's an extra facility which does not put strain on Treliske [Royal Cornwall Hospital] resources."

Beach hole warning after increase in sand rescues

BBC Spotlight

Coastguards are warning there has been a rise in the number of beach rescues of people being trapped in sand, after digging deep holes which collapse.

In 2005, three-year-old Abbie Livingstone-Nurse died when a 5ft hole in the sand collapsed on top of her on Upton Towans Beach near Hayle. 

Andy Cattrell from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said sand could be deceptively heavy: "If you imagine a dustbin full of sand, it doesn't look very much, but you wouldn't be able to shift it. If you put that on you, or on a child, it's going to get you in trouble straight away. It restricts your breathing, and, the more you move, the worse it gets."

Police issue appeal for information after road rage attack on Tamar Bridge

Navy cadet made career threat, rape court martial told

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Royal Navy cadet, who has accused a fellow student of raping her twice, has told a court martial she carried out internet searches for pharmacies selling the morning-after pill and for the legal definition of rape.

She also went to her alleged attacker's room after the incident to return cufflinks and threatened to wreck his career if he told anyone because she was "scared others will find out", the court martial in Portsmouth was told. She said: "I have admitted that happened, I am not particularly proud of that, I was just distressed, I didn't know how to deal with these things."

Sub Lt Samuel Mitchell, 27, is accused of the attack at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon last year when the alleged victim was "too drunk to consent". He denies two counts of rape. The hearing continues.

More than 1,000 homes without power near Plymouth

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About 1,200 homes in the Plympton St Maurice area, near Plymouth, are without power, Western Power Distribution has confirmed.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Plympton the traffic lights are not working on the B3416 Deep Lane junction
  • On the A374 we have reports of an accident near the Marsh Mills roundabout
  • One lane is blocked on the A38 The Parkway because of an oil drum on the road

Suspicious woodlands blazes are 'mindless vandalism'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People in Barnstaple are being asked to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour after two fires near woodlands.

Yeo Valley Woodland. Pic: North Devon Council
North Devon Council

North Devon Council said dead vegetation was set alight near timber steps on the northern boundary of Yeo Valley Woodland last month, and a £600 cob bench was damaged by another fire some days later the first blaze.

Councillor Brian Moores said the "mindless vandalism" was "particularly sad considering how much work the local community has put in to the woodland". He said: "Not only does fire cause damage it is potentially very dangerous so this is a really serious matter."

Alan Johnson heckled over EU quotas

BBC Politics

A stump speech by former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP in Camborne has been heckled by a man protesting about EU fishing quotas.

Fisherman Dave Hicks held a Vote Leave placard and approached the Remain campaigners, saying: "We want our fishing grounds back", adding Britain's fishing industry had been "destroyed by Brussels". He was asked to "go away" during a confrontation with a Labour activist. 

Remain campaigners say staying in the EU gives better access to the European market, rights to fish in the waters of other member states, and collective bargaining power to negotiate access rights in other waters.

Girl chased by 'nasty' pony which left her bloodied and bruised

Plymouth Herald

An eight-year-old girl was left terrified after being battered and bruised by a pony in Devon.

Police hunt Tamar Bridge road rage attacker

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are hunting for a suspected road rage attacker in a van who assaulted a driver on the Tamar Bridge between Plymouth and Saltash.

Tamar Bridge. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The assault, at about 14:00 on Tuesday 26 April, occurred after a white Peugeot van followed a black VW Golf on to the westbound carriageway of the bridge. The van swerved in front of the Golf before stopping quickly, and the driver got out and assaulted the car driver - a man in his 30s. During the assault, traffic backed up on the bridge.

Officers appealed for witnesses and have released CCTV video of the van swerving in front of the car.

Aman Verma agrees new Torquay United deal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United midfielder Aman Verma has agreed terms on a new contract with the National League side.

The 29-year-old, who can also play right-back, scored one goal in 23 appearances after joining the Devon club from Kidderminster in November.

Aman Verma
Rex Features

"He's an athlete that can play anywhere and I'm delighted to have him back on board," said manager Kevin Nicholson. "Aman was a valuable asset for us last season and is a fantastic guy to have on and off the pitch."  

Will there be a scrum to see the rugby trophy?

Woman handed attacker moisturiser, rape court martial hears

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A Royal Navy cadet who has accused a fellow student of raping her twice has told a court martial she passed him a tub of moisturiser which he rubbed into her back.

Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

The complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court martial in Portsmouth this was "one of the things I have struggled with, I became compliant, I cannot explain that".

Sub Lt Samuel Mitchell, 27, who is accused of the attack at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Devon last year when the alleged victim was "too drunk to consent", denies two counts of rape.

Residents told 'don't touch anything' in contaminated area

BBC Radio Cornwall

The government is being warned it could be harming public health by cutting funding for local authorities to clean up brownfield sites.

In a report out today, the Environmental Audit Committee said untreated soil contamination could enter the water source. It claimed the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs had withdrawn funding for local authorities to clean up such contamination. 

Martin Hewitt

Sand Hill Park in Gunnislake is one area that applied and was rejected for funding. Martin Hewitt, who lives there, said: "The embankment looks nice but it’s totally contaminated. We've been told that we can’t go up there and we don’t. We've been told that, as long as we don't touch anything, and we don’t dig it up, and we wear gloves if we’re near it, that things aren’t too bad."

Truro midfielder Cody Cooke signs new deal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City midfielder Cody Cooke says he has signed a new contract to remain with the National League South side.

He is one of the Cornish club's longest-serving players and took to social media to announce the news.

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Truro were beaten in the play-offs this season as they chased promotion and manager Steve Tully is yet to finalise a new deal.

Leaky roof closes shoe shop

Skate park has wheelie good £70k refit

BBC Radio Cornwall

The largest skate park in the South West has had a £70,000 world class refit.


Mount Hawke, near Truro, is now complete and open to the public after work paid for by community funding.

The skate park is a not-for-profit charity.

Man who branded Muslims cockroaches insists 'I'm not racist'

A30 partially blocked after caravan overturns

BBC Travel

The A30 Exeter-bound at Cheriton Bishop is partially blocked after a caravan overturned between Whiddon Down and the Woodleigh junction. 

The incident is affecting traffic travelling between Okehampton and Exeter. 

Police are directing traffic and drivers are being warned to expect long delays.

Latest weather: Cloud breaking to bring more sunshine

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to thin and break this afternoon bringing some good periods of sunshine. However, western areas are likely to remain rather cloudy throughout much of the day. Winds will be light and northeasterly. Maximum temperature: 19 Deg C (66 Deg F). 


It will be a fine, largely sunny evening for most places, leading into a mostly clear night. However, a little short-lived patchy mist is likely to form for a time. Winds light east to northeasterly. Minimum temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • Experts say pressure on hospital eye appointments in the South West is so high that some people have lost their sight while on a waiting list 
  • A trial has heard that a Royal Navy officer cadet climbed back into bed with the man she claims raped her twice in Devon 
  • A builder who attacked a Royal Marine and then gloated about it on Facebook has apologised for his behaviour after being jailed
  • Coastguards warn people not to dig "deathtrap" tunnels on beaches after an increase in 'sand rescues' 
  • A group of self-proclaimed 'old men' in Devon have formed a skateboarding group 

Rape court martial hears woman 'got back into bed with alleged attacker'

Press Association

A Royal Navy officer cadet has admitted climbing back into bed with a man being court martialled she alleges raped her while she was "too drunk to consent". 

Samuel Mitchell, 27, now a sub lieutenant, is accused of going into the room of the cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, following a dinner dance in May 2014. He denies two counts of rape.

Under cross-examination, she was asked why she "got dressed into your pyjamas and you got back into bed with a man who has raped you twice". She replied: "All I can say is I wanted to fall asleep, I can't explain more than that, I think I couldn't process, I just wanted to fall asleep, that's all I can remember." The hearing, in Portsmouth, continues.

Man apologises for his actions after attacking Royal Marine

A builder has apologised for his behaviour after kicking a Royal Marine in the head and then posting a picture of a bottle of champagne on Facebook after his suspended sentence.

Ben Scott

Ben Scott, 31, from Redruth was recalled to Truro Crown Court yesterday and jailed by Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, who described his social media post as a "stupid and gloating comment".

Scott then took to Facebook once again to say he was "ashamed" of the way he handled that night last year in a car park in Camborne, adding he was "sorry for the discomfort I have caused him" and "my actions were not justified in any way".

When are you too old to get your skates on?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Are you ever too old to do something? 


We'll be talking to some older skateboarders about the formation of a new group in Plymouth, which, in six weeks, already has more than 40 members aged 30-55.

Give us a call if you are trying out a new skill on today's phone-in, by calling 0345 3011034.

Argyle loan player Jamille Matt released by Fleetwood

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Fleetwood Town have released Jamaican striker Jamille Matt, opening up the possibility of a potential return to Plymouth Argyle.

Jamille Matt
Rex Features

The 26-year-old scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Pilgrims during a loan spell towards the end of the season.  

Pelican seems to be taking up residency in Cornwall

A Dalmatian pelican which arrived in Cornwall last month shows no sign of leaving. 

Adrian Langdon
Adrian Langdon
Adrian Langdon

Photographer Adrian Langdon, who managed to capture these fantastic shots, said: "I finally caught up with the elusive Pelican very early this morning at the 3rd attempt. I left home just after 04:30 and drove down to Penzance in the fog but luckily was greeted by a beautiful day down in Mounts Bay. The bird had roosted at Drift and put on a bit of a show for me!"  

'Under-utilised' optometrists 'could help clear eye care backlog'

BBC Radio Devon

High street opticians should be allowed to offer more treatments to tackle a huge backlog for hospital eye appointments because they are "under-utilised", an optometrists' group says.

Eye exam

Pressure on appointments in the South West is so high that, in recent years, some people have completely lost their sight while waiting to be given appointments. 

Charles Bill, vice chairman of the Devon Local Optical Committee - which represents optometrists - said: "As the NHS is unable to deal with these patients in a timely fashion, a new way of looking way after these long-term conditions is required. The next highly qualified people in eyes are optometrists. It's something that has just been under-utilised."

Call for 'Emily's Law' for tighter boating regulations after speedboat deaths

BBC Radio Devon

The government should tighten up boating laws after two speedboat accidents in the South West within the last three years resulted in three deaths and two people being injured, a lawyer representing a victim's family says.

Emily Gardner

Yesterday, an inquest concluded 14-year-old Emily Gardner (pictured) drowned last year after being trapped under a boat off Brixham (pictured). Her parents want laws to make it compulsory for powerboat drivers to have licences, and for all passengers to wear properly-fitting buoyancy aids.

Emily Gardner death speedboat

The Gardners' lawyer, Richard Langton, said he hoped that their case, and the deaths of father and daughter Nick and Emily Milligan in Padstow in 2013 would make "the authorities would sit up and listen".

Seagull bin bag attacks: Should residents be responsible for preventing them?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we are hearing from an a business owner who is appalled at the mess on the streets this morning.

Seagulls are tearing apart bin bags on the streets and leaving litter strewn across the pavements.

Rubbish on pavement

Cornwall Council offers seagull-proof bags and have threatened residents with fines. Is it time to get tough with people who don't cover rubbish bags? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Police investigate racial abuse of two women in Exeter

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The police have issued an appeal for information after two women were racially abused in Exeter.

The women were left shaken and distressed by the incident on Saturday, officers said.

Sergeant Colin Harper, from Exeter Neighbourhood Team, said: "Police will not tolerate such appalling incidents of hate crime in Devon and Cornwall and we are appealing to anyone who can help us locate this man." 

Devon derby will help find out 'what horses are capable of'

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A new horse event aimed at putting Dartmoor on the world map would give animals and riders to find out what they're capable of, Doc Martin and Men Behaving Badly actor Martin Clunes says.

Martin Clunes

The derby, being planned for September, is inspired by the world's longest and toughest horse race in Mongolia and African riding safaris.

Clunes, who is also president of the British Horse Society, said: "You find things out about your horse, about your riding, and you find out what your horse is capable of. You might think 'little Fudge couldn’t do that because he’s never done it before'. You’ve only got to ask them – they’re such tryers."

Police deal with 'hysterical 13-year-old under influence of drugs or alcohol'

Exeter City's development plan 'disregards local community'

Exeter Express & Echo

Duryard and St James' Lib Dem Councillor Kevin Mitchell says Exeter City's St James's Park development plan has disregarded the local community.

Navy base remembers 'Boy Cornwell'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The sacrifice made by a 16-year-old sailor at the Battle of Jutland will be remembered today at Cornwall's HMS Raleigh on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Jack Cornwell, also known as Boy Cornwell - who trained in Plymouth - was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry on HMS Chester. Mortally wounded, he remained at his gun while shipmates lay around him dead or injured. He died two days later. 

Jack Cornwell

The battle, the largest of sea engagement of World War One, saw 6,094 British and 2,551 German personnel lose their lives. Cornwell's grave in London was given Grade II listed status last week.

You can find out more about his heroism at the BBC World War One for schools.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.