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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Our live coverage across the day

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. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 this evening and the late bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

From Stark appearance to Rhino Iron Man

BBC Radio Devon

A man from Exeter has decorated a life-size rhino sculpture in the livery of comic book and film hero Iron Man as part of a project to raise awareness of the critically endangered species.

Stuart Wright and rhino.Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

Stuart Wright decorated the sculpture in his garage with some armour pieces and the colours of the metal suit worm by fictional billionaire Tony Stark's alter-ego. The piece is titled "Invincible?". 

Stuart Wright and rhino.Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

It's part of The Great Big Rhino Project, run by Paignton Zoo, which will put a trail of 40 painted rhinos into the streets, parks and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera later this month.

Stuart said: "Invincible? has been designed to convey the vulnerability of the species, despite their natural armoured form."

Latest weather: A sunny evening, but cloudier on Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

It will be a fine evening with some sunshine and light winds. Clear skies will allow temperatures to dip a little lower than recent nights, especially across the moors. Cloud will start to thicken towards the end of the night. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Any sunshine on Wednesday morning will be fairly short-lived as it will soon turn increasingly cloudy. This cloud may be thick enough for a few spots of light rain over the hills, but there will still be some sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Shopping centre's rooftop bee hives causing a big buzz

BBC Spotlight

Bee hives on the rooftop of Exeter's Princesshay shopping centre are causing a big buzz, and the honey they're producing often sells out in the shops below, those behind the project say.

Exeter bees
BBC

The hives were were set up in 2012 as part of an environmental initiative by the management team at Princessay after they had heard bees were declining in the countryside but doing quite well in some urban environments.

Honey jar
BBC

The project has been very popular with visiting school groups and four Queen bees had been bred since it started, managers added.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A man is facing jail after pleading guilty to leaving death threats and a "message of venom" on Devon MP Ben Bradshaw's answerphone
  • A prisoner with serious mental health problems is moved to a psychiatric hospital after a judge criticised the delay in treating him
  • Three men are charged with kidnap and assault after a 22-year-old woman was grabbed and an attempt was made to force her into a car in Plymouth 
  • Cornwall's coroner is raising concerns with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England over a shortage of mental health beds in Cornwall
  • Words from Michael Foot chalked on the pavement next to a defaced memorial to the former Labour leader are washed off by Plymouth City Council
  • Keepers at Newquay Zoo prepare to say farewell to a beloved eight-month-old red panda this week who is to go to Slovakia

Home at Last: Competition winning garden on display at Hampton Court

BBC Radio Cornwall

A garden created by four student designers who study at the Eden Project has gone on display at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Tre Wostiwedh garden. Pic: Eden Project
Eden Project

The project, titled "Tre Wostiwedh" (Home at Last), is centred on Cornwall’s miners who worked all day with no sight of the beautiful landscapes and fresh air synonymous with the county. It was picked to go on display after winning the BBC Local Radio and RHS Design A Garden Competition. 

Tre Wostiwedh designers. Pic: Eden Project
Eden Project

It has been designed by Jenny Booty, Lizz Dobinson, Nicky Shellis and Tim Walker (pictured), who are all enrolled on a HND Garden and Landscape Design course with Eden Project Learning. It will be on display at the show until 10 July. You can see a special 360-degree picture of it here.

Three men charged with kidnap and assault

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three men have been charged with kidnap and assault after a 22-year-old woman was grabbed and an attempt was made to force her into a car, police say.

Officers said they received reports that three men tried to force the woman into a Vauxhall Astra which had stopped in North Road East in Plymouth at about 13:15 on 30 June. During the struggle, a 34-year-old man with the woman suffered a cut to his arm.

A 19 and 26-year-old man from Plymouth, and a 25-year-old from Liverpool, were arrested and later bailed to appear at Plymouth Crown Court on 1 August.

Foot words washed off by council after memorial vandalised

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Words from Michael Foot which were chalked on the pavement next to a defaced memorial to the former Labour leader have been washed off by Plymouth City Council.

Memorial
Chaz Singh

The words from a mystery artist appeared after swastikas were cleared from the memorial near where Mr Foot lived in Freedom Fields, Plymouth. Local Labour councillor Chaz Singh said: "It was such a positive message, I can't understand how anyone in their right mind would have sanctioned removing it."

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said the street services team were "aware of the sensitivity of the site" but they had to remove the writing, "as it is technically still graffiti". 

Eleven police officers facing gross misconduct investigations dismissed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than half of Devon and Cornwall Police officers facing gross misconduct investigations in the last two years were dismissed from the force.

Police station
BBC

Seventeen officers were added to the Disapproved Register for forces in England and Wales between December 2013 and November 2015, the College of Policing said. The Devon and Cornwall force dismissed 11 officers, while five resigned and one retired.

The register was introduced to prevent officers from re-entering the service after being dismissed for misconduct, or resigning or retiring while subject to a gross misconduct investigation where there would have been a case to answer.

Teachers' strike: The arguments

BBC News England

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have been taking part in industrial action, affecting more than 50 schools in Cornwall and seven in Devon. 

Why have they carried out the action?

Teachers on strike
BBC

The NUT argues George Osborne has frozen funding for five to 16-year-olds. It said schools had to pay a larger amount to teachers' pensions and larger amounts of National Insurance, so they were worse off, and were suffering from larger class sizes and more redundancies.   

The Department for Education said it had "engaged in talks with teachers about the issues" and it was "investing more than any previous government in our schools". 

It said this year's schools budget was to total "about £40bn, an increase of around £4bn since 2011-12, so it is now the highest it has ever been. Additionally, the schools budget has been protected in real terms going forward".

Police officer escapes criminal charges for running over Camborne schoolgirl

West Briton

The driver of a police car which hit a 12-year-old girl on her way to school will not face criminal charges, it emerged today.

Couple escape £1m life savings fraud

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Trading Standards officers have helped prevent an elderly couple from losing £1m in life savings, Devon County Council says.

The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service and the RBS bank's investment fraud team helped convince the couple from Mid Devon, who are in their mid-80s, that they were being scammed through a series of timeshare-related frauds.

Trading Standards
BBC

The couple had a timeshare in a boat they wanted to sell. Timeshare resellers often pay fees and fraudsters obtained the couple’s details and sent them repeated requests for fees. Then a "new" company offered to help get their money back – for a fee.

Bank investigators were alerted to the fraud by several expensive direct debits, Trading Standards said. The victims were supported and given advice on recognising and avoiding future scams, it added.

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Inquest to open on 14 July into death of teenager pulled from marina

Exeter Express & Echo

A date has been set for an inquest into the death of a teenager who was pulled out from Exmouth Marina last year.

New suicide bereavement service launched

Harriet Bradshaw

BBC Spotlight

A new suicide bereavement service has been launched in Devon to support families and friends who have lost someone who has taken their own life. 

Suicide rates have been rising across the South West, according to the latest statistics, with higher than average levels in parts of Devon and Cornwall. According to the most recent data from the Office for National Statistics, the rate in Cornwall is 14.6 deaths per 100,000, and 12.1 in Devon. The national average is 10. 

Academics said partners and family members were at an increased risk of taking their own life if they'd been bereaved by suicide. South West charity Pete's Dragons has launched the Suicide Bereavement Support Service for Devon. Support includes home visits and regular calls, alongside offering time in a holiday house. 

Newquay Zoo red panda off to Slovakia

BBC Radio Cornwall

Keepers at Newquay Zoo are saying farewell to a beloved baby red panda this week.

Eight-month-old Hu, who was born at the zoo in November, is to go to Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia where he will join conservation efforts to save his species from extinction, staff said.

Red panda. Pic: Newquay Zoo
Newquay Zoo

The zoo said: "The red panda's status on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species has regressed from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered' in recent months and it is hoped that Hu will become part of a breeding pair".

it added that there are about 700 red pandas in zoos across the world, but numbers in the wild are unknown. Red pandas are under threat from habitat loss due to human activity, poaching and climate change.

BreakingEx-soldier jailed for 20 years for raping girl, 7

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A former soldier has been jailed for 20 years for raping a seven-year-old girl.

Fifty-nine-year-old Stuart Hendry, of South Street, Torrington, Devon, was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court on Monday. 

A jury rejected his defence that the child had bullied and blackmailed him into giving her "sex education lessons". Sentencing, Judge Graham Cottle said this was "hideous offending perpetrated against a child of very tender years".

Devon MP Ben Bradshaw received death threats

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A man is facing jail after pleading guilty to leaving death threats and a "message of venom" on a Devon MP's answerphone.

Geoffrey Farquharson
Nick Irving

Geoffrey Farquharson, 37, of Exeter, left a message for Ben Bradshaw in Westminster on 15 June, the day before Jo Cox MP was shot and stabbed.

The two-minute rant ended with Farquharson warning the Labour MP for Exeter: "I will kill you." The case has been adjourned until 16 August for psychiatric reports.

Terrified horse chased through barbed wire, had mane pulled out before cliff fall left it paralysed

Plymouth Herald

The owners of a young horse which was allegedly attacked and chased to its death have spoken of their devastation.

Council order considered to tackle market antisocial behaviour

BBC Radio Devon

There are plans to try and cut down on antisocial behaviour in Barnstaple's Pannier Market, especially at night.

North Devon District Council said the market had suffered from vandalism, graffiti, arson and even the lights being turned on after the electrical system was "hotwired". The building has a public right of way through it, which means the whole market hall area is accessible around the clock. 

The authority is considering a Public Space Protection Order. The use of such orders has drawn controversy in other parts of the country. The council said it hoped such an order in this situation could help solve the problem by making it easier to move people on and tackle problem behaviour.

Latest weather: Bright and sunny spells increasing

BBC Weather

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It will be an afternoon of variable amounts of cloud, with increasing amounts of bright and sunny spells, the best of which will be in the east of the region. Winds will be light north westerly. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

There will be some evening sunshine around, and plenty of clear spells to start the night. Cloud will increase later in the night for a time. Winds will be light north westerly, backing south westerly by the end of the night. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Choughs breeding in part of Cornwall 'for first time in 200 years'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Choughs are breeding in an area of Cornwall for the first time in nearly 200 years, conservationists say.

Choughs. Pic: Paul Mason
Paul Mason

Cornwall's Chough Conservation Network said it has recorded 54 choughs flying, including 23 newly fledged birds. It added that "choughs are once again breeding in the Roseland area, probably the first time they have done so since the 1820s."

The chough is a rare member of the crow family, and the county's signature bird. It disappeared from Cornwall in 1973 after its food source disappeared because of a decline in cliff-top grazing areas and the use of pesticides. It returned to Cornwall 28 years later. The network conservation includes the RSPB, the National Trust and Natural England.

Exmouth mental health patient moved to hospital after eight months in jail cell

Exeter Express & Echo

A prisoner with serious mental health has been moved to a psychiatric hospital after a judge criticised the eight month wait in getting him treatment.

Do you feel entitled to a Tintagel title?

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish lordship is up for sale with the price tag of between £7,000-£9,000.

The title Lord of the Manor of Trevethy in Tintagel gives underground mineral rights, but the holder can't add the title to their own name. They also aren't entitled to attend the House of Lords.

Tintagel Castle. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

Robert Smith, from Manorial Auctioneers, said: "You can't call yourself Lord Smith, or anything like that, although you could ask to be addressed at 'Lord of Trevethy'. 

He added that he believed the "rather unusual" title would draw interest because of its Tintagel link. The village's castle (pictured) is believed by many to be the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. He said: "I think that, if you're an Arthurian, it will be very valuable to somebody."

Should tractor drivers be fined for causing road queues?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Should tractor drivers be fined for holding up traffic? I ask after one driver who was fined £190 for letting a queue of 50 vehicles build up behind him while he was doing 25mph on a road near Glastonbury.

And, as Chris Evans steps down from his "dream job" presenting Top Gear, what was your dream job? Did you ever achieve it, and was he right to quit?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Search for missing Plymouth man

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Police said 46-year-old Mr McMillen was last seen in the Sainsbury's car park at Marsh Mills, Plymouth at about 18:30 on Monday.

Officers said: "Adam may be wearing work clothes which are fluorescent orange trousers and a dark green polo shirt with a company logo embroidered on the front in yellow."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Members of the National Union of Teachers are on strike across Devon and Cornwall, affecting many schools
  • Cornwall Council makes more than £300,000 from parking machines which do not give users any change, a BBC investigation finds
  • Plans to give the centre of Salcombe a facelift are condemned by objectors as "inappropriate"
  • One in five children in the South West are either overweight or clinically obese, a leading cancer charity says
  • A woman from Cornwall whose husband was killed by a herd of cattle backs a new countryside safety campaign
  • A record 23 choughs fledge in Cornwall, conservation experts say

North Devon Council delays decision on black bin collection changes

North Devon Journal

A brake has been applied to plans to improve recycling services in North Devon after concerns were raised over the potential introduction of three-weekly black bin collections.

Fire crews test high-rise firefighting techniques

Choughed to bits at birds' fledgling success

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Twenty-three newly fledged choughs have taken to the skies of Cornwall, making this year "the most successful since the bird's surprise re-appearance in the county 15 years ago", Cornwall's Chough Conservation Network says.

The network said 12 pairs attempted to breed this year - itself a recent record - and eight of those successfully reared young. It said: "In all, there are now some 54 choughs flying."

Choughs. Pic: Mark Hayhurst
Mark Hayhurst

The chough is a rare member of the crow family, and Cornwall's signature bird, featuring on its coat of arms. It disappeared from the county in 1973 after its food source disappeared because of a decline in cliff-top grazing areas and the use of pesticides. It returned to Cornwall 28 years later. The network includes the RSPB, the National Trust and Natural England.

Are you paying extra because car park ticket machines don't give change?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we assess just how much you are paying extra in car parks where ticket machines don't give change.

Car park ticket machines
BBC

And, just how safe are you when dog walking in the countryside? We'll be at a special farm safety conference being held today.

Full reports and reaction on 01872 222222.

MP feared for safety after rant was left on his phone

Plymouth Herald

A man has admitted leaving a highly offensive voicemail about Muslims and paedophiles on the answerphone of Devon MP Ben Bradshaw.

NUT member numbers in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Schools across Devon and Cornwall have been affected by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) taking part in industrial action.

More than 50 schools in Cornwall and seven in Devon are affected, with NUT members saying they are striking because of concerns over increasing class sizes and worsening pay and conditions.

NUT flag. Pic: PA
PA

The union said it did not know exactly how many members were striking but added it had: 

  • More than 3,000 members in Devon
  • Just under 1,300 in Plymouth
  • About 500 in Torbay
  • About 2,300 in Cornwall

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the strike was "unnecessary" and "harmful".

David Goodwillie still hopes for Scotland call

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle striker David Goodwillie says he has not given up on representing Scotland again, after signing a one-year deal with the Pilgrims.

David Goodwillie
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The 27-year-old won the last of his three caps five years ago, scoring his only goal from the spot against Spain.

"I don't think about it too much, but as you get a bit older you think 'is it away from me?" Goodwillie said of his international hopes to BBC Radio Devon.

"If you're a player at any age, if you're performing well I don't see why you can't still think about it, but right now I'm just concentrating on club football."

Leadership difficulties mean Labour is not 'effective opposition in Parliament'

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter's Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, says he hopes the party's leadership difficulties are sorted soon because the party currently cannot be an "effective opposition in Parliament".

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn. Pic: PA
PA

Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson (pictured), is to hold emergency talks with trade union leaders in a last-ditch attempt to end the deadlock over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Yesterday, he told party MPs he had asked Mr Corbyn to step down but the leader told him he had no intention of walking away.

Mr Bradshaw said: "I hope that, when Tom meets the trade union leaders today, that, collectively, they will agree that it is not tenable for the Labour Party not to be able to operate as an effective opposition in Parliament. We can’t at the moment because Jeremy has lost virtually all of the front bench colleagues who had served him loyally over the last 10 months trying to make this work."

Exeter City fan racially abused Plymouth fan who described him as 'inbred'

Exeter Express & Echo

An Exeter City supporter and former member of the armed forces who racially abused a Plymouth fan escaped a football banning order after a court heard he was provoked.

Walkers see 'increase in injuries from livestock'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Figures show the number of people reporting they've been injured by livestock while walking in the Cornish countryside is on the increase. 

Cornwall Council has launched a new project designed to tackle the problem by bringing walkers and farmers together to look at ways to reduce the risks.

It's being supported by Hilary Jakeman from Callington. Her husband, Peter, was trampled to death by a herd of cattle two years ago.

Camping gas cylinder warning after front room fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Fire crews who dealt with a camping gas cylinder accidentally igniting inside a house say people should keep such equipment outside.

The warning comes after three crews were called to Brampford Speke, near Exeter, at about 07:20 on Saturday when camping equipment caught fire in the front room of a house. The canister ignited after being left very close to an overnight storage heater, it is understood. Crews were on site for about an hour and there were no reports of any injuries.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said camping gases should be kept separately from other equipment and stored outside properties, preferably in a secure place.

Plymouth 'kindest city in the UK'

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth is the kindest city in the UK, according to a new report published today looking into what kindness is worth.

Teachers striking because 'government has wrong priorities for education'

BBC Spotlight

Schools across Devon and Cornwall are either closed or partially open today because the government "has simply got the wrong priorities at the moment for education", a union taking part in industrial action says.

Members of the National Union of Teachers say they are taking action because of concerns for increasing class sizes and worsening pay and conditions for its members. 

Striking teachers
BBC

Barry Frost, the NUT representative for Devon and Torbay, said: "Schools are facing massive funding cuts, which inevitably means that our members are having to work even harder. At the same time, the government is going ahead with trying to make all schools into academies."

The government sad it was disappointed the NUT opted for disruption over negotiation.