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  1. Floral tributes laid for missing teenager Nathan Wood, after police find a body
  2. Four people are airlifted from a boat swamped by a huge swell off Tresco island
  3. Body found in search for missing woman in north Devon
  4. Never event during surgery at Exeter hospital
  5. Holidaymakers are warned to 'keep away' from wild seals amid concerns they 'could take a child's arm off'
  6. Updates on Monday 8 August 2016
  7. More news, weather, sport and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: A cool clear night before a day of sunny spells

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease this evening to leave a dry night for all. With clear spells and light winds temperatures will fall, leading to a cool night, especially in rural spots. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).


Tuesday will start chilly and bright, followed by a day of sunny spells. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine by the afternoon with light winds. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Floral tributes and messages are left on the banks of a Devon river after the discovery of a body in the search for a missing teenager
  • The body of a woman is found at a cove near Ilfracombe 
  • Surgeons at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital operated on the wrong part of a patient in June in a so-called "never event", managers confirm
  • St Ives' harbour master warns people not to feed or swim with seals, saying they are capable of "taking a child's arm off"
  • People living in Threemilestone near Truro say construction of a controversial busgate on the A390 could lead to a fall in house prices
  • Plymouth's Tom Daley prepares to launch his third Olympic campaign later in the 10m synchronised pairs
  • Penzance's Helen Glover and her partner, Heather Stanning, get through to the semi-finals in the Olympics' Women's Pairs Rowing after winning their heat in Rio

Hodges looks to Truro's future

Lee Hodges

Truro City manager Lee Hodges says the National League South club can develop their younger talent for the future.

Forty-two-year-old Hodges was re-appointed as Truro boss in June, with his former Plymouth Argyle team-mate, Rory Fallon, joining the club as his assistant manager.

"I've brought in some young lads. They aren't ready for 90 minutes; but we're looking towards the future, not now," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Devon county library provider 'could take over Torbay service'

BBC Radio Devon

A new organisation running libraries in the Devon county area could soon take over Torbay's service. 

Since April, a charity called Libraries Unlimited has been running Devon's 50 libraries.

It's now expressed an interest in taking on services in Torquay, Brixham, Churston and Paignton. A formal tender and bid process has yet to take place. Torbay Council has to save £19m by 2020.

Rio 2016: 10m board not exactly like a walk in the park - Tom Daley

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tom Daley, who is launching his third Olympic campaign, admits to still feeling the jitters ahead of taking the plunge at high-profile competitions, but added he was feeling comfortable.

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The 22-year-old is diving with Dan Goodfellow in the 10m synchronised event on Monday evening and his own individual 10m platform event begins on 19 August.

He said: "Every time you're up on 10m, it's not exactly like a walk in the park. You have to be a little bit scared and have a little bit of an adrenaline rush, but at the same time I do feel I'm at my most comfortable right now, yes."

You'll be able to follow his and Goodfellow's synchronised progress here.

Gardening in Torbay: Trowel, check. Strimmer, check. Repelling harness, check!

Rio 2016: Glover and Stanning win in heats

Great Britain's defending Olympic champions Helen Glover, from Penzance, and Heather Stanning were pushed hard by Denmark, but came from behind to seal their place in the semi-finals

The Danes and Germany will join them in the semis.

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Shop owner tired of verbal abuse closes business

West Briton

A distraught shop owner says that she was forced to close her new business after being spat at, verbally abused and robbed in her own store.

Nathan Wood search: The scene on Monday

Chloe Axford

BBC Spotlight

Around the River Dart in Totnes in Devon is again an idyllic sport for wildlife and walkers. Just a few floral tributes to Nathan Wood left at various different points mark that anything has happened here.

Nathan Wood floral tribute

Nathan was last seen near the Dart on Friday evening in a "distressed state", police said. A body was found on Sunday by police searching the river for the missing 16-year-old. It was feared he had fallen into the river after taking a so-called "new psychoactive substance" (NPS), officers said.

Police have told me that a post-mortem examination still needs to be carried out, so it won't be known for several days if drugs did have any part to play. His family are being kept informed of developments. They have not released any statements yet.

Newsagent worker 'left shaken' in knife-point robbery attempt

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two men tried to rob a Plymouth shop at knife-point, police say.

Knife-point robbery CCTV. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The pair tried to hold up CJ Brown’s newsagent in Thurlestone Walk, Leigham, at about 09:45 on Sunday, threatening a female shop worker with a kitchen knife. They ran off when an alarm was sounded. The staff member was "not harmed but was left very shaken", police said. 

Officers have appealed for witnesses and released CCTV pictures of the pair.

Leat cleared for trout migration

Rio 2016: Daley believes 'rain increases medal hopes'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tom Daley launches his third Olympic campaign later and is hoping for rain.

The London 2012 bronze medallist is diving with Dan Goodfellow in the 10m synchronised event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - an open air arena - and Daley said he would be happy if the heavens opened on Monday afternoon.

Tom Daley. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

He said: "I am ready for any kind of weather. We have trained in rain, trained in wind, cloud, sun, you name it. For me, I prefer it to be a little bit cloudy because it's not as bright and you can open your eyes a bit more, rather than squinting all the time. To be honest, I would quite like it to rain and a lot of people don't like the rain. I am ready for it. I am British and used to the rain." 

You'll be able to follow their progress here

An interesting proposal under the Man Engine

Andrew Segal

Local Live


The creator of the 10m-tall Man Engine puppet saved one of the biggest surprises of his work to last as it made its final appearance during a two-week tour of Devon and Cornwall - he proposed to his partner under its shadow.

Will Coleman in St Just. Pic: Will Coleman
Amanda Hosking

After the final ceremony at Geevor on Saturday, creator Will Coleman lured his partner of six years, Dominique Trevail, on to the top of a support vehicle, telling her she would get a personal wink from her 40-tonne heartthrob.

He then went down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage, presenting her with an large metal washer from the puppet itself as an engagement ring.

Man Engine at Geevor. Pic: Golden Tree/Mike Thomas
Golden Tree/Mike Thomas

Dominique said: "I am so immensely proud of Will and what he has achieved for the people of Cornwall. First I called him every name under the sun for proposing in front of thousands of people... but I did eventually say yes."

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there are reports of an incident on the A3047, Pendarves Street in Camborne, near Church View Road
  • On the A30 around Bodmin, there's very slow-moving traffic both ways through the roadworks between Bodmin and Temple
  • In Devon, on the A394 in Rosudgeon, there are reports of an incident near Packet Lane
  • In Winkleigh, the A3124 is blocked both ways near Torrington Road
  • On the M5, Devon-bound in Somerset, between Junction 25 Taunton and Junction 26 Wellington, there's queueing traffic due to an overturned van

Cornish language petition passes 10,000-name target, forcing ministers to respond

West Briton

Campaigners have succeeded in forcing ministers to respond to calls for the reinstatement of public funding for the Cornish language.

Dance, Devon. Dance!

BBC Radio Devon

This week as part of the Radio 1 Ibiza series, we had our own two-hour special dedicated to the best ‪dance music ‪Devon has to offer.

Listen in and hear a guest mix from our Plymouth-based DJ/Producer of the Month, Boy Wonder. 

Latest weather: Showers easing before a dry night

BBC Weather

Some may see occasional showers, but it will remain dry for the majority of the rest of the day. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). 


Any showers will ease this evening to leave a dry night for all. With clear spells and light winds temperatures will fall, leading to a cool night, especially in rural spots around Dartmoor. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

More doctors at minor injury unit 'to make up for walk-in health centre closure'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The NHS says more doctors will be on duty during the evening and at weekends at the Camborne/Redruth hospital's minor injury unit to make up for the closure from tomorrow evening of the Cardrew walk-in health centre.

Critics have raised concerns about medical cover in the area as a result of the closure.

Scam callers pretend to be from councils

BBC Radio Devon

There's been a spate of scam callers pretending to be from Devon's councils, Trading Standards has warned.

Trading Standards van

Officers said they had taken a number of complaints about tricksters claiming to be from local authorities, trying to convince people to part with their personal information and bank details. 

The latest scams involved driveway resurfacing, council tax payments and demands for utility work fees.

Devon and Cornwall Police investigate 145 incidents involving drones in a year

The Independent

Police [nationally] are having to investigate a fourfold rise in the number of crime reports involving shop bought drones – including allegations they are being used by paedophiles over children's playgrounds, peeping toms spying through bedroom windows, burglars scoping out people's properties, and even cash point scammers recording PIN numbers.

Motorcyclist dies in crash with car

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Cornwall, police say. 

Officers said the rider and a Volkswagen Polo collided near the Turnpike Inn on Turnpike Road, at Connor Downs, near Hayle, just before 22:30 on Saturday. 

The male motorcyclist, thought to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed, officers said. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Family of angler who drowned near Newquay thank RNLI heroes

West Briton

The grieving family of an angler who drowned near Newquay have thanked the RNLI heroes who battled to rescue him.

A30 in Cornwall very busy near Bodmin

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A30 in both directions between Temple and Callywith in Bodmin.

It seems holiday traffic combined with roadworks at Temple-Millpool are causing the delays.

Is there a place for grammar schools?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Grammar schools: Do they still have a place in society? New Prime Minister Theresa May seems to think so

And, should public displays of affection be restricted to young people? One 70-year-old journalist for a national newspaper thinks middle-aged people holding hands is "creepy". Do you?

Call in on 0345 3010134.

'Steer clear of seals or risk injury' says wildlife expert

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

An expert has backed calls for swimmers in St Ives to steer clear of wild seals.

St Ives
Chris Oates

Gill Bell, from the Marine Conservation Society in Wales, said any wild creatures should not be interfered with.

"You would not allow a child to approach a wild dog with food, so why allow them to approach a seal?

"Seals are like toddlers, they will put anything in their mouth."

It comes after harbour master Steve Bassett put up warning signs to holidaymakers to keep away from wild seals amid concerns they "could take a child's arm off".

St Ives
Chris Oates

Threatening flyers left on cars in city parking row

BBC Radio Cornwall

Angry residents have taken to leaving notes threatening to damage cars parked on a residential street in Truro. 


They include a two-page flyer being found on a car parked near the Higher Trehaverne road area. It details why local residents have become increasingly fed up with other people parking outside their houses, and goes so far as to threaten the vehicle, saying drivers were being watched and that their cars could be damaged. 

At the moment, there are no restrictions on roads in the area and anyone can legally park there. Parking in some city residential areas is currently the subject of a Cornwall Council consultation and review

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Lane blocked on A38

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, one lane is blocked on the A38 near Marley Head, heading towards Exeter, due to a broken-down vehicle
  • In Exmouth, the A376 Marine Way is partially blocked near Imperial Road due to an incident
  • Between Newton Abbot and Daccombe, St Marychurch Road is closed for repair work due to fallen power cables. Traffic slow in the area
  • In Cornwall, there is very slow traffic on the A3075 northbound at Rejerrah, heading towards Newquay
  • On the A392 at Quintrell Downs, there's very slow traffic westbound between Quintrell Downs and Newquay
  • There's busy traffic on the A30 heading westbound from Camborne

Baby seal rescued after it went for a dip in lido this morning

Plymouth Herald

Members of the public came to the aid of a baby seal that went for a swim in a public lido this morning.

Floral tributes laid to missing teenager Nathan Wood

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Floral tributes have been laid to a teenager who went missing in Devon.

Floral tributes

Nathan Wood was last seen near the River Dart in Totnes, Devon, on Friday evening in a "distressed state", police said. A body was found on Sunday by police searching the river for the missing 16-year-old. 

It was feared he had fallen into the river after taking a so-called "new psychoactive substance" (NPS), officers said.

Nathan Wood
Devon and Cornwall Police

The body has not been formally identified, but Nathan's family have been informed. Search teams recovered a body which would "appear to be a male of the right age range", a police spokesman said. 

Exeter City sweat on injury news

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City are assessing the extent of ankle injuries to two of their key players.

Jordan Moore-Taylor
Getty Images

Central defender Jordan Moore-Taylor and winger Lee Holmes were both hurt as the Grecians beat a Cardiff City side 3-0 in a pre-season friendly on Thursday night.

"It could be anything from four days, to four weeks, to four months, you just don’t know until you have them in and you see the reaction from it," manager Paul Tisdale told the club website.

Groups asked to consider looking after Torbay libraries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People living in Torbay could see the way their libraries and public toilets are provided change as the council looks to deal with government funding cuts. 

The authority has to save £19m by 2020. Groups who are interested in running the Bay's four libraries have been asked to come forward. 

Councillors are also considering saving £200,000 from the flower beds and parks' budget.

Road concerns: Threemilestone busgate and parking flyers

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today's the day that work on the hugely controversial busgate at Threemilestone is scheduled to start. 

It's going to take eight months to complete, and it's beginning at a time when that part of Cornwall is already severely impeded by roadworks near Chacewater. Kenwyn Parish Council is poised to take legal action against Cornwall Council.

Truro parking flyer

There's also fury over people parking outside other people's front doors in Truro. In one street, some residents have taken things into their own hands by posting flyers (pictured) on people's windscreens. What do you think?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Power cut in Totnes area

Seal 'could take a child's arm off' says St Ives harbour master

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Holidaymakers have been warned to keep away from wild seals amid concerns they "could take a child's arm off", a habour master has said.

St Ives
Chris Oates

People swimming with seals in St Ives, Cornwall, has increased over the past few years, said the harbour master Steve Bassett.

Now he has put up warning signs around the harbour.

One expert said that "powerful" male seals can be very territorial and females will protect their young if they feel threatened.  

St Ives
Chris Oates

Never event during surgery at Exeter hospital

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital had one so-called never event in June, managers have confirmed.

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

A patient, undergoing surgery for a thumb trigger release to the left hand under local anesthetic, underwent a partial carpal tunnel surgical incision instead before the mistake was realised. 

The surgeon stopped immediately, so it was not a complete incision, and the correct procedure was undertaken, the hospital said. A full investigation was under way, managers added.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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


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

Rio 2016: Daley due to make first dives

BBC Sport

Plymouth's Tom Daley is due to make his first appearance of Rio 2016 in the men's 10m synchro on Monday, with the diver scheduled in the pool alongside Dan Goodfellow at 20:00 British time.  

Tom Daley

You'll be able to follow their progress here.