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  1. A man, 75, and an elderly woman die after Hooe Lake car plunge
  2. Boat users are urged to wear kill cords in new South West safety campaign
  3. The High Sheriff of Cornwall was found shot in the head, an inquest hears
  4. The RNLI warns people to 'respect the water' after 12 people die in sea-related incidents around Britain in the last week
  5. Updates on Friday 26 August 2016

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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 and there will be news through the bank holiday weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend: Mostly sunny!

BBC Weather

Through tonight, it'll be mostly dry with lengthy clear periods at first. However, it will gradually become cloudier towards the end of the night, with some isolated mist patches particularly through the Exe Valley. Minimum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F) 

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Saturday will be a cloudier day than today, with the best of any brighter spells towards the west. Showery rain will affect some eastern parts, perhaps becoming heavy at times. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

Sunday will see some sunny spells and showers, these occasionally heavy. Meanwhile, Monday will be much drier with only isolated showers and more sunshine.

Roads closed for weekend as terrorist search continues

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Roads around Exminster will stay closed through the weekend as police continue searching the area following the arrest of a man on Wednesday on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Devon and Cornwall Police

Det Ch Insp Antony Hart said: "Local officers will be in the Exminster area and will be speaking to residents to help offer reassurance. Searches are expected to continue throughout the weekend at the property in question. Searches are also continuing at the nearby wooded area.

“Road closures will be in place on some of the minor roads surrounding the wooded area and are also expected to remain in place throughout the weekend."

Negotiation over bus drivers' terms and conditions continues

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Bus drivers working for Stagecoach in Exeter could take industrial action over a move to a new bus depot.

The drivers are angry over rotas and other conditions which are being introduced when they move to the new out of town depot at Matford. 

Union reps and bosses met this afternoon and new proposals are now being considered - a formal ballot for action won't take place while these negotiations continue.

Stagecoach bus

A Stagecoach spokesman said: "We are currently making preparations for our depot relocation from the city centre to Matford which is taking place at the end of September.

"Naturally, the move entails a lot of logistical challenges which we are determined to get right.

"This is why we are discussing anything that affects our staff with them directly so we can listen to their suggestions and ensure, together, we agree solutions that work for everybody."

Ollie receives gifts from across the world - including an Xbox - after Exmouth mum's Facebook post

Exeter Express & Echo

Thousands of cards, cash and even an Xbox have been delivered to the autistic Exmouth boy at the heart of a heart-warming worldwide social media appeal.  

Call outs for emergency services

BBC Radio Cornwall

Lifeguards and the ambulance service have been called to Sennen where a male is "having difficulties". Falmouth Coastguard say it is not a maritime incident.

They are also dealing with an incident at Crantock where a young boy has injured himself diving into the water.

South West Regional Organised Crime Unit help to detain 16 people over trafficking

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Sixteen people have been detained in Romania following a joint agency operation involving Zephyr, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU).

Early morning raids were carried out in Prahava targeting a Romanian-based organised crime group which was involved in the trafficking of people into the UK for purpose of sexual exploitation and membership of an organised crime group.

Kate Garbers, managing director of charity Unseen, which supports survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, said: "Unseen supported police forces across the South West as they visited brothels to identify potentially trafficked people. We welcome this action and the commitment to partnership working."

Demolition of former Whitleigh Community Centre in Plymouth for planned starter homes

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Work has started on the demolition of a derelict former community centre in Plymouth with plans for 27 starter homes on the site.

The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past eight years and has been vandalised, is being demolished to help pave the way for new housing.

Councillor Steve Ricketts from Plymouth City Council said: "I am delighted that the demolition work has started on this building, which had become an eyesore over the years and had been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour after it closed in 2008."

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • An accident is understood to be slowing traffic on A38 Haldon Hill westbound near Harcombe Road
  • In Saltash, the A380 westbound around the Carkeel Roundabout traffic is slow moving
  • There's reports of an incident in Plymouth, on Novorossisk Road between Plymbridge Road and Forder Valley Road

Calls for bollards after car plummets in river

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

People living near a Plymouth lake where an elderly couple died after their car plummeted into the water from the quayside have called for bollards to be put in place to prevent such a tragedy happening again.

A 75-year-old man and an elderly woman were pronounced dead in hospital yesterday after they had been pulled from their car.

The vehicle had fallen 20ft into the water at Hooe Lake. Social media has shown a picture of a man who made heroic efforts to free the couple from the car.

But although they were rescued after a major emergency services operation they could not be saved.

Details of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to Cornwall next week released

BBC Radio Cornwall

Details of the visit to Cornwall next week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been released.

The visit takes place on 1-2 September and will begin at Truro Cathedral where the couple will meet representatives of the City and the cathedral.

From there they'll visit the Wave Project in Newquay, a charity that invovles local surfers helping young people with their mental health.

On the second day, their Royal Highnesses will be on the Isles of Scilly where they'll meet rowers from St Mary's Gig Club and visit a food festival. It's not thought they'll be bringing their children George and Charlotte.

Olympic hero Giselle Ansley at Hope Cove in Devon for 'I Am Team GB'

BBC Sport

A member of the gold medal-winning women’s hockey team is due to be at Devon's picturesque Hope Cove as part of a national sports day.

Giselle Ansley is set to attend 'I Am Team GB' - a collaboration between The National Lottery and ITV - where thousands of venues will open their doors for free, encouraging the nation to get out and get active and with the chance to meet some of their Olympic heroes.

Hope Cove is set to have a host of activities including beach volleyball, volleyball and live music.  


Police confirm man and woman who died in tragic lake crash were local

Torquay Herald Express

Police have not yet formally identified the bodies of a man and a woman who died after the car they were in plunged 20ft into Hooe Lake - but have confirmed they were both elderly and from Plymouth.

BBC Radio Cornwall: #FlashBackFriday

David White

BBC Radio Cornwall

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Dartmouth roads closed to traffic for the regatta

BBC Travel

  • In Dartmouth, Hauley Road, Spithead and part of the Embankment are closed to traffic for the regatta. Park and ride services are running
  • In Exeter, on the A377 inbound from Alphington Junction to Exe Bridges there is slow going traffic
  • In Bolventor, on the A30 southbound between Jamaica Inn Road and Launceston Road there is very slow moving traffic

Tributes paid to "beautiful angel" Jaime Fisher, 17, killed in crash between Fowey and Par

West Briton

Friends and loved ones have paid tribute to a "beautiful" 17-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.  

Paralympian makes own prosthetics

BBC Spotlight

An athlete has made his own prosthetic attachments to help him in his bid for a medal at the Paralympic Games. 

A joiner by trade, the athlete was born without a left forearm. 

David Hill, from Exmouth, was just 15 years old when he was selected as the youngest member of the British team in Athens in 2004. 

He will be competing in the Paratriathlon in Rio.  

Paralympic triathlete makes his own prosthetic attachments

Latest headlines from Devon and Cornwall

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Side of road 'unsafe' due to subsidence

Cornwall Council is warning road users that temporary traffic lights will be in place on the B3247 between Seaton and Hessenford from today due to subsidence of the carriageway.

Workers said the subsidence, which was being monitored, has deteriorated to an unsafe level.

Cornwall Council said it would carry out site investigations to look at design options for a future solution to stabilise the side of the carriageway.

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South West terror suspect held in London

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The 30-year-old man arrested on Wednesday in Somerset on suspicion of terrorism offences remains in custody at a London police station, police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the searches are continuing at an address in Exminster, Devon and at a nearby wooded area with some road closures in place.

Latest weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and sunny afternoon with just a scattering of fair weather cloud.

It will feel less humid than recently, although it will still be warm in the sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F)


'Heaviest UK common lobster since 1931' arrives in Plymouth

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

The National Marine Aquarium says the heaviest common lobster to have been landed in the UK for more than 80 years has arrived in Plymouth.

National Marine Aquarium
National Marine Aquarium

The lobster was discovered in waters off Lannacombe Beach in North Devon by a local diver, Joe Pike, and renamed JJ in honour of the British super heavyweight boxing silver medalist, Joe Joyce.

James Wright, curator at the aquarium, said: "After weighing JJ in at 7.65kgs, it does indeed look like he is the heaviest common lobster to be discovered in UK waters since 1931."

Queues on A38 remain

There are still queues in both directions on the A38 near the Trerulefoot roundabout after a lorry shed its load this morning.


Flowers left at scene of tragedy

Mid Devon District Council to consider whether to accept Syrian refugees to the area

BBC Radio Devon

Mid Devon District Council is the latest to consider whether to accept Syrian refugees to the area.

Five districts across Devon have agreed to take around 70 families by 2020.

A recent report showed that none arrived between January and March this year.

Watch how firefighters used a crane to rescue a cow

BreakingHigh Sheriff was shot in head

The High Sheriff of Cornwall was found shot in the head, an inquest has heard. 

Anthony Fortescue, 69, was found dead on 9 November 2015 at the historic Boconnoc estate near Lostwithiel in Cornwall. 

Anthony Fortescue

The inquest at Truro City Hall heard Mr Fortescue had suffered periodic bouts of depression but never talked about suicide. 

Barrie Van den Berg, assistant coroner for Cornwall, recorded an open verdict.  

Next of kin told after man, 75, and elderly woman die in Hooe Lake car plunge

Police, the air ambulance, coastguard and lifeboat crews were among those who tried to save two people who were in a car that plunged into Hooe Lake in Plymouth.

Police said formal ID had not yet taken place, but next of kin had been informed.


Officers said the vehicle had been recovered and was being examined by experts.

Police said, in a statement, the death was being treated as unexplained and they were appealing for witnesses.

Latest travel in Devon: Slow moving traffic on A385 and A3022

BBC Travel

  • On the A385 though Totnes there's slow moving traffic in both directions
  • On the M5 around Exeter heading towards Bristol there are reports of busy traffic
  • In Paignton, the A3022 Totnes Road is partially blocked near Dartmouth Road due to a broken down lorry. Traffic is reported as being slow moving

Police warn about 'disruption and tailbacks' as lorry sheds load on A38

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are advising drivers to avoid the area after a lorry shed its load on the A38 outside the filling station at the Trerulefoot roundabout.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "This is causing traffic disruption and tailbacks, and drivers are advised to avoid the area until recovery of the lorry, trailer and load is complete which may take some time and may require a road closure.

"Police and Highways Agency are in attendance. There are no injuries."

Do you know what this pattern on Looe Beach is?

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

John Martin has contacted BBC Spotlight trying to find out what this pattern on Looe Beach is. Do you know?

Mr Martin said: "I was looking at this Google Earth image of Looe beach and discovered a strange pattern, similar to a peace sign and moon like craters. Any idea what they might be?"

Please email us with your thoughts..  

Google Earth
Google Earth

Safety campaign launched to remind boat users to wear kill cord

BBC Spotlight

A new safety campaign has been launched in the South West to remind pleasure boat users to wear a kill cord.

Kill cord

The message comes as many people are expected to take to the water over the bank holiday weekend.

The cord attaches to the boat's instrument panel and cuts the engine if the driver falls overboard.

Major rise in cost to clean up graffiti in Exeter

BBC Spotlight

Exeter City Council is spending more than £62,000 a year to clean up graffiti, which has risen from £2,000 five years ago.

The council is offering to clean graffiti from private properties for free, to try and stop it happening again.