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  1. A plane from Exeter Airport started emitting smoke after its wheels locked on landing at Guernsey Airport
  2. Serious road crash leaves 80-year-old 'critical'
  3. A major operation is underway on Bodmin Moor to try to stop its population of moorland ponies dying from starvation and disease
  4. Free life jackets with personal satellite tracking devices could soon be issued to all Plymouth fishermen
  5. Atomic Kitten gig coup for Pig's Nose village pub
  6. Updates on Friday 16 September 2016

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Exeter's new leisure centre aims to be the country's greenest

Plans for a leisure complex in Exeter's city centre aim for it to be the greenest development of its kind anywhere in the country.

Artist's impression of leisure centre
Exeter City Council

St Sidwell's Point, in the redeveloped bus station site, will be an ultra low energy building, saving at least 70% on its energy costs.

Emma Osmundsen, from Exeter City Council, said the green design makes sound financial sense: "We are all custodians of our natural environment and I feel strongly about protecting it. I am not your typical 'tree-hugger'," she said.

Latest weather: Mainly dry overnight

BBC Weather

It will be mainly dry, with the cloud well broken to give bright or sunny spells and perhaps a few very isolated light showers.

After a sunny evening, a dry night will follow, with long clear periods. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


Saturday should be a fine day for many. After a chilly and bright start it will turn cloudier from the east later on. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

Museum hosts 'massive, breathing, inflatable sculpture'

A "massive, breathing, inflatable sculpture" is "inhabiting" one of its galleries, says a spokesman for Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Artist Michael Shaw with his sculpture
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

He described artist Michael Shaw's work as "fun, dynamic, original and appealing to all".

The exhibition is free and on show from 17 September to 13 November.

Latest headlines for Devon & Cornwall

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

  • Free newspaper 'stops press'
  • Serious road crash leaves 80-year-old 'critical'
  • Microchipping project aims to cut deaths of ponies on Bodmin Moor
  • Free life jackets with tracking devices could be issued to all Plymouth fishermen
  • Atomic Kitten coup for village pub

Newspaper stops press over 'ongoing challenges'

BBC Spotlight

The printing presses have stopped at the Mid Devon Star while its future is reviewed.

The free newspaper printed about 18,000 a week - distributed across Tiverton, Cullompton, Crediton and Bampton.

"Due to the ongoing challenges facing the industry, publication of free newspaper The Star has been suspended while we review its sustainability," said Toby Granville Editorial Development Director, Newsquest.

"No journalist roles are affected," he added.

Bradshaw calls for Corbyn to apologise over "abusive"MPs list

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw says he is still waiting for an apology from Jeremy Corbyn after he was named on a list of MPs who had allegedly "abused" the Labour party leader.

Jeremy Corbyn

Yesterday the party's shadow chancellor John McDonnell apologised, saying it was a briefing note and he was "furious" it had been sent out by mistake.

Mr Bradshaw says he has written to Mr Corbyn, and is making a formal complaint to the chief whip, the general secretary and the chair of the parliamentary party.

Exeter MP calls for tougher mobile phone driving charges

BBC Radio Devon

Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw, says the Transport Secretary must impose tougher penalties on people caught using their mobile phone while driving.

The government is promising "tough action" on drivers who use their phones.

The motoring organisation the RAC says the illegal use of mobile phones in cars is at "epidemic proportions".

Teenage pupil put in isolation over shoe row

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 14-year-old girl from St Austell has been given detention and put in isolation for a day because of a row about her shoes.


Her mother Julie Savage paid £60 for the pair of black, leather Vans which had a small logo on them on a label. Penrice Academy says logos are forbidden under school rules.

"You know I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall. They're not listening to me, this is a label, it's just got out of hand," Ms Savage said.

Woman in her 70s in critical condition at Derriford Hospital after she was crushed by own car

Plymouth Herald

A woman in her 70s is in a critical condition at Derriford Hospital after she was crushed between two cars when her own car rolled as she washed it.

Microchip bid to 'save Bodmin ponies from starving'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A project to microchip moorland ponies in Cornwall aims to save the animals from starving to death in winter.

Dead horse
Julie Dowton

The Bodmin Moor Commoner's Council said chipping would allow it to alert owners when sick ponies were found.

Any sick ponies will be rounded up in a holding pen by members and microchipped by a vet. The council said it has helped rescue more than 100 ponies since January 2016.

Two men arrested over Plymouth crash

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Two men from Totnes have been charged after a crash in Plymouth.

Fleetmoor street

The collision took place on Fletemoor Road in St Budeaux on Wednesday, police said.

A 41-year-old is accused of failing to provide a specimen, driving without due care and attention, failure to stop and driving without appropriate insurance. Another man, aged 33, was charged with being in possession of a class A drug. Both men are due at Plymouth Magistrates Court on 28 September.

'I'm not aware of having abused Jeremy', Bradshaw says over leaked list

BBC Radio Devon

Ben Bradshaw has said he is "not aware of having abused Jeremy" after his name was on a leaked list of MPs accused of "abuse" towards Jeremy Corbyn.

Ben Bradshaw

Mr Bradshaw, the Labour MP for Exeter, said it was a "very serious allegation" and he was still waiting for a personal apology from Corbyn.

Yesterday, Labour's Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell made a public apology, saying it was a briefing note and he was "furious" it had been sent out by mistake.

Miraculous escape for Sidmouth man who was crushed by dumper truck driven by his brother

Exeter Express & Echo

An East Devon man has miraculously survived being crushed by a three-tonne dumper truck - driven by his brother.

'It means I'm not the only one'


Newsround asked some disabled children for their views about the Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics have been a massive success for ParalympicsGB - but what has it meant to children with disabilities in the UK?

Well, who better to ask than the children themselves?

If you want to find out more about disability sport click here - or find inclusive options on our full list of guides.

'Run down' Sidmouth area to be developed

BBC Radio Devon

A "run down" area of Sidmouth is to be transformed after an agreement between East Devon and Sidmouth Town Councils. 

The councils say Port Royal falls way below the quality of other parts of the town and want more investment to redevelop buildings and create housing. 

They have now approved a study to find out the best way forward. Local people, some of whom have expressed concerns about the loss of historic buildings, are being told they will be able to have their say at every stage of the project.

Flybe to 'return to normal as quickly as possible'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Airline Flybe has apologised to passengers on a flight that caused the runway in Guernsey to be closed after the plane burst a tyre while landing.

Flying in from Exeter, the plane started emitting smoke after its wheels locked on landing.

Guernsey Airport

Flybe would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience experienced by passengers as a result of this morning’s incident at Guernsey Airport. The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and we can confirm that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our flying programme returns to normal as quickly as possible.

Flybe Spokesperson

Body brought ashore in Falmouth

BBC Radio Cornwall

The body of a crewman has been brought ashore in Falmouth from a cargo ship which had just crossed the Atlantic.

The vessel arrived at Falmouth Harbour on Wednesday and told the coastguards that a crew member on board had died. The coastguards said the man died somewhere in the Azores and was not a UK national.

The exact circumstances of the man's death are not known, but it has been confirmed he was not pulled from the water. Devon and Cornwall Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.

This ugly Plymouth landmark is going to be demolished

Plymouth Herald

A 50-year-old industrial landmark in the River Plym which thousands of city people see every day is to be pulled down.

Burst tyre could be 'down to a number of issues'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Flybe says its engineers are investigating why a wheel on one of its aircraft locked on landing at Guernsey Airport this morning - prompting an emergency response.

Airport rescue and fire fighting teams were called out after smoke appeared, as it touched down from Exeter.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Flybe can confirm that on landing into Guernsey, the pilots received indications of a possible burst tyre on one of the main landing gear units."  

I'm not an engineer but it could just be the brakes have been applied a little too heavily, it could be the brake has snagged on something, it could be any number of reasons.

Ash NicholasGuernsey Airport Deputy Director

Beware of 'back of van fire hazard' mattresses

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Beware of buying a "back of van" mattress which could be a "fire hazard", trading standards have warned.

Devon & Somerset Trading Standards said there had been a 10-fold increase in reports of mattresses being sold from the back of vans since 2014. The group said in one case a mattress failed a fire safety test and immediately caught fire with a match, after its buyer complained of a peculiar chemical smell.

Somerset councillor David Hall, who is responsible for trading standards, said: "A new mattress or bed is a major investment and I would caution anyone against buying one from the back of a van. You could well lose money, and end up with a dangerous fire hazard." 

Tracking devices on life jackets 'saved life'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Free life jackets with personal satellites have been recommended by the RNLI after one saved a man's life.

Life Jacket

"I know of a chap who was sailing, lone sailor, he left Plymouth, fell over the rail, it activated the personal locator beacon and he was rescued by the helicopter from Culdrose," Dave Colmer from the RNLI said.

Plymouth City Council is considering becoming the first in the country to pilot the scheme after it was suggested by the Labour opposition.

South West Highways loses key Devon County Council contract

Exeter Express & Echo

South West Highways has lost a vital contract to Devon County Council, the Echo can reveal.

South West Highways likely to lose Devon roads contract

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

South West Highways is likely to lose its contract to maintain Devon's roads after Devon County Council recommended it be awarded to another firm.


The company has held the contract since it was set up in 1995 but the council has recommended it be given to Skanska Construction from April 2017 through to March 2024.

South West Highways, which currently employs about 600 people, would not comment on whether there could be job losses, but the council said it anticipated that a large number of current South West Highways employees would be eligible to transfer to Skanska Construction. South West Highways said it would make an official statement after it had consulted its shareholders.

Torquay drive themselves to away game

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United's players are driving themselves to Saturday's away trip to Boreham Wood as the club cannot afford both a coach and a night in a hotel.

Getty Images

The cash-strapped National League club is still looking for new owners and with finances tight, Nicholson asked the players whether they would prefer to be driven or have an overnight stay.

"Obviously it's not perfect but it's the position we are in where every penny counts at the club right now," Nicholson wrote on Facebook. "I'm proud that the players are willing to do whatever it takes to give themselves the best chance of winning and that how it looks comes second to what's most important."

Microchipping aims to stop ponies from starving to death

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

An operation to microchip moorland ponies in Cornwall is under way in a bid to save the animals from starving to death in winter.

The Bodmin Moor Commoner's Council said chipping would allow it to alert owners when sick ponies are found.

Ponies on Bodmin Moor

Any sick ponies will be rounded up in a holding pen by members and microchipped by a vet.

Any pony not claimed by an owner will be re-homed at a horse sanctuary.

Two charged with GBH after Tiverton assault

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Two men have been charged with GBH following a violent assault in Tiverton. 

A man was allegedly assaulted in Blundell’s Road, Tiverton, around 18:00 on Wednesday, police have said.

A 23-year-old man from Tiverton, has been charged with GBH, criminal damage and being in possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court today. 

A second man, 21 from Cullompton, has also been charged with GBH and criminal damage, as well as being in possession of a class B drug.  He is due before Exeter Magistrates' Court on 10 October.

Toddler flown to hospital with severe burns

BBC Radio Cornwall

A toddler has been flown to hospital after suffering severe burns at her home in Hayle.

The child, who's between one and two years old, was taken by Cornwall Air Ambulance to Derriford Hospital after the incident yesterday afternoon.

It is understood she was scalded by a cup of hot tea but her condition is unknown.

Vandals £3000 attack on parking machine

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Vandals have caused more than £3,000 of damage to Dartmouth’s Park and Ride pay and display machine, South Hams District Council have said.

Pay and display machine
South Hams District Council

The attack on the machine in the overflow field happened overnight on 5 September and although no money was taken from the machine, the council said the repair costs were "significant".  

The incident has been reported to the police and the council is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

School threatens exclusion over girl's Vans shoes

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A furious row has erupted over a pair of school shoes, that led a 14-year-old St Austell pupil to receive a detention and a day in isolation.

The mother of the Penrice pupil is refusing to back down, after the school said the pair of Vans contravened its school dress code.

Catch the full story with Laurence Reed just after midday on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Exeter salon owner's anger at syringe wielding robber who left staff in fear

Exeter Express & Echo

A hair salon owner has told of the trauma caused by a syringe wielding robber who left a young stylist too frightened to go to work.

Smoking plane due to possible 'burst tyre'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A plane from Exeter which closed a runway in Guernsey this morning after it started smoking may have had a "burst tyre", Flybe has said.

Guernsey Airport

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Flybe can confirm that on landing into Guernsey, the pilots received indications of a possible burst tyre on one of the main landing gear units."

The plane is currently being assessed by engineers and may need a tyre replacement, Guernsey Airport said. No-one was injured in the incident and flights are running as normal from the airport.

Atomic Kitten gig coup for Pig's Nose village pub

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A remote Devon village pub has scored a major coup with a gig by former chart-topping girl band Atomic Kitten.

Pig's Nose

The pop trio - which had had three number one singles in the noughties - asked the Pig's Nose at East Prawle if they could perform there.  

Pig's Nose

For Lesley Webber, landlady of the pub which has hosted Damon Albarn out of Blur, Paul Simenon out of The Clash, and the Boomtown Rats, said the gig on 12 November is "all in a day's work".

Ms Webber, who worked in the music business in London, said: "We sold out immediately, it's great to bring music to a village instead of having to travel miles to listen to bands."

Motorists asked to avoid M5 J30

BreakingTyre fault led to Guernsey runway closure, says airport

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Guernsey Airport's runway was closed for a short time earlier after a plane started emitting smoke after its wheels locked on landing.

It was a Flybe flight from Exeter and the airport says normal flight operations have since resumed. The airport said the aircraft was serviceable and taxied under its own power to a stand.

Ash Nicholas, deputy general manager, said: "The plane will be assessed by the engineers, it looks like it is a tyre that needs to be replaced. 

"Once they have done that it will be brought back into service and it will carry on with its schedules." Flybe is yet to comment.

Guernsey Airport

Traffic delays on Tamar Bridge

Forwards key to third Redruth win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Redruth boss Marek Churcher says their forwards will be the key to the team recording a third successive victory in National Two South.

Redruth RFC
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

The fourth-placed Reds travel to Chinnor, who are third, on Saturday.

"It's important we set the cornerstone of the team, so up front we've got a really strong front row. Craig Williams, Richard Brown and Tommy Phillips can set us a platform and hopefully the guys in the backs can play off that," Churcher told BBC Radio Cornwall.