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  1. Woman, 79, 'crushed by own car' dies
  2. Sharp rise in NHS dentist waiting lists in south west
  3. Runway closed after plane has landing problems
  4. Spending on agency staff doubles at Royal Cornwall Hospital
  5. Updates on Tuesday 20 September

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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 later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Meet Theresa, who called Barnstable, USA; not Barnstaple, Devon

Dartmoor settlement launches legal challenge against dismantling order

BBC Radio Devon

Residents of an "eco" settlement on Dartmoor have launched a legal challenge against a planning decision forcing them to dismantle their homes.

Steward Community

The Steward Community has been living on the site near Moretonhampstead for about 16 years but have now been given until next August to move out.

Planners at the national park authority have rejected permanent permission because they said the community has a harmful impact.

Dumping of an unwell dog condemned as 'heartless'

BBC Radio Devon

The dumping of an unwell dog in Exeter has been condemned by the RSPCA as "heartless".

Inspectors said they were investigating after the animal was left tied up outside the One Stop shop on Topsham Road on 4 September. 

The Staffie/Shar Pei cross was found in "desperate" need of veterinary care with a skin condition and ear infection. It has since received treatment.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A 79-year-old woman who died after reportedly being crushed by her own car was washing it at the time, police say
  • Police in Plymouth investigate a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in one street
  • Residents of a Dartmoor settlement launch a legal challenge against a planning decision forcing them to dismantle their homes by next August
  • People in Newquay are concerned that the poor state of a central attraction - Trenance boating lake - may be putting off visitors
  • A woman from Barnstaple in Devon who accidentally called police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, blames a computer glitch for the call mix-up

Latest weather: Clear spells overnight and a brighter Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

There'll be clear spells at times overnight, allowing the temperature to fall, leading to the occasional mist or fog patch developing, especially over high ground such as Exmoor. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


Any mist or fog will clear on Wednesday to leave a brighter day, with spells of sunshine and perhaps an isolated shower for some too. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Latest travel updates in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of a collision in Wreford's Lane in Exeter, around West Garth Road
  • In Babbacombe, Fore Street is partially blocked due a collision
  • In Plymouth, there are reports of a collision on Shakespeare Road, around St Peters Road

Mitie profits warning: Analysis

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

Shares in outsourcing group Mitie, which, among other ventures, provides catering and cleaning services for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - have sunk by a quarter after it cut its profit outlook amid uncertainty over the UK's decision to leave the EU and other "economic pressures".

The City exacts a heavy price from companies whose profits don't live up to expectations. Even by the City's harsh standards, today's plunge was spectacular.

Mitie shares

The value of Mitie fell by a quarter because the reasons it gave were not flash-in-the-pan problems, but significant economic pressures which highlight trends of interest to a wider group than the outsourcing company's shareholders.

Mitie said profits will be hit by a triple whammy of a higher minimum wage, declining local authority budgets and Brexit concerns.

Mitie also provides social care and housing maintenance services to local councils, and the company said it was feeling the effects of cuts to their budgets. Mitie is in many ways a microcosm of some of the big issues facing UK businesses - and as the City reminded it today, not in a good way.

Gran fends off thief who tried to climb through bedroom window

Plymouth Herald

A disabled grandmother fended off a hooded thief who tried to climb through her bedroom window while she lay in bed this morning.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust needs a 'planned approach'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says the health organisation needs to change its approach to dealing with its finances and other aspects of its work.

The trust spent nearly £13m on agency staff last year, up from £7.5m spent the year before, a freedom of information request has revealed.

RCHT sign

Chief executive Kathy Byrne said she expected to see a fall in the amount spent on temporary staff. She also told BBC Radio Cornwall: "We need to shift the system from being reactive and disjointed to being proactive and planned in approach."

She also said she wanted staff to be "valued, happy, confident of their futures and proud of the service they provide".

Exeter's Tomas Francis faces hearing tomorrow

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Bristol tomorrow night to find out if he will be banned for being sent off on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Wales international was red-carded for the second time in six months after kicking out at a ruck during Exeter's 36-25 win over Harlequins.

Tomas Francis
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Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has defended Francis and called for more clarity in the sport's rules.

Tour of Britain: 90% of survey respondents 'would donate to bring race back'

BBC Radio Devon

More than 90% of respondents to a survey currently under way say they would donate money to see the Tour of Britain cycle race come back to Devon, the county council says.

Tour of Britain. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Thousands of people lined the streets of Devon to see stage six of the race on 9 September. It featured Sir Bradley Wiggins and was won by Dutchman Wouter Poels from Team Sky.

It was the ninth time it was in the county and it helped boost the local economy by £6m, the council said.

It added: "However, to host the Tour of Britain in Devon again will require funding. One option being explored is "crowd funding", where members of the public and others with an interest put money in to support the event."

South West Paralympians back from Rio 2016

BBC Spotlight

The British Paralympic team are back home after finishing in second place in the Rio games. 

South West athletes Jonathan Fox and Melissa Reid were among the medalists touching down in Heathrow, after winning a silver and bronze medal respectively.

Britain finished the Games with 147 medals in total, 64 of which were gold - the most won by a British team since 1988. The team finished second overall behind China.

Pedestrian crossing posts in middle of pavements 'since 1999'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Posts for pedestrian crossing buttons in the middle of pavements in Hayle have been in that position since 1999, Cornwall Council says.

Hayle crossing. Pic: Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council

Disability Cornwall said the design of the revamped crossing - with buttons placed on poles in the middle of the footpath - posed a real danger for those with visual problems.

The council said waist-high stub posts were installed "as part of our ongoing replacement programme" and pillars for the crossing had been in those locations since 1999, sending an earlier picture of the crossing.

However, it said it recognised the site "no longer meets the current Disability Discrimination Act" and and the stub post "was removed yesterday morning". It added that it could not remove the main posts "without removing the entire crossing".

'Psychotic monster' Anthony Martin jailed for child rape and sex assaults

West Briton

A "psychotic monster" who subjected his child victim to a vicious prolonged period of rapes and sexual assaults has been jailed as more details about his twisted past came to light. 

American police called to crash in Devon

Louise Walter

BBC Spotlight

American police called to crash 3,000 miles away in Devon

Cutting agency spending in hospitals 'is important'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Reducing the use of agency staff in hospitals in Cornwall "is important", the head of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has acknowledged.

The trust spent nearly £13m on agency staff last year, up from £7.5m spent the year before.

Kathy Byrne

Trust chief executive Kathy Byrne, said: "Reducing the amount we spend on agency staff is important and that is why we have recently recruited over 200 substantive clinical staff and changed our approach to using agencies.

"In August, we saw a £300,000 reduction in the amount spent on agency staff and we expect to see a further fall in September. Patient safety is always the top priority in deciding any additional spending."

Padbrook Park to close its golf course after 'decline in industry'

Exeter Express & Echo

Well known Mid Devon golf course Padbrook Park will close down.

New pet gets claws into family of Camborne, Redruth & Hayle MP

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NHS dentist waiting list: Slight rise in patients seen

Kirk England

BBC South West

There's been a big rise in the number of people on the waiting list to get an NHS dentist in parts of the South West, with some areas seeing a 300% rise in demand in a year. 

Dentist's tools

NHS England don't contest this sharp rise in people on waiting lists - the figures come from it.

But it does say that, if you look at the number of people being seen by a dentist across Cornwall in the last two years, those numbers are up - although only slightly up, from 307,000 to 310,000.

NHS England also said extra money had been put into dental services in Falmouth and Helston, and its continuing to look at "how we can increase capacity in other areas that are under pressure".

New uni students urged to get vaccinated

Hospitals cleaning and catering company issues profits warning

The company that runs cleaning and catering at Cornwall's main hospitals has issued a profits warning

Shares in outsourcing group Mitie have sunk by a quarter after it cut its profit outlook amid uncertainty over the UK's decision to leave the EU and other "economic pressures". 


Mitie took over so-called "hotel services" at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) in 2014 as part of a £90m contract. Its work has been criticised since. The trust previously said high standards were required from the company. 

Mitie said its profits would be "materially below" its expectations as a result of challenges it faced. It also said "uncertainty both pre and post the EU referendum" was to blame.

Police arrest suspect in hunt for Cowick Street flasher

Exeter Express & Echo

Police are questioning a man in connection with the hunt for a flasher who has been stalking Exeter's Cowick Street.  

Barnstaple police gaffe 'computer glitch'

A woman from Barnstaple in Devon who accidentally called police 3,000 miles away in Barnstable, Massachusetts, blames a computer glitch for the mix-up.

Officer Mark McWilliams said the response time would be 'more than six hours'

Teresa Saunders said "I haven't stopped laughing" after she ended up speaking to police in the USA after using Windows 'digital assistant' Ask Cortana to find the number.

Burglar targets four properties in Plymouth street

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Plymouth are investigating a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in one street.

Officers said four properties on Dawson Close in the St Budeaux area were targeted this morning, and items taken included ladies' handbags, a pale pink studded bag containing a laptop, and a small trinket box with crystals in.

Police are trying to trace a suspect described as "white, of a tall height with dark hair and a beard".

Increasing agency bill for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust: Analysis

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spent nearly £13m on agency staff last year, up from £7.5m spent the year before.


The figures from a freedom of information request come as the trust was also ranked as one of the worst acute trusts in England in a recent staff satisfaction survey.

Efforts have been under way at the trust to try to recruit staff - even looking abroad for nurses.

However, both recruiting and retaining workers won't be helped by a recent staff satisfaction survey that put the RCHT in the bottom 20% of all acute trusts in England.

Neighbours describe 'inferno' as Torquay house goes up in flames

Torquay Herald Express

Neighbours who were evacuated from houses near a raging fire in Wellswood, Torquay have described seeing an 'inferno' over the rooftops.

'With a pirate head and a pirate heart': Should Penzance go for record attempt again?

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Are you in this photo? It's the Guinness World Record attempt in Penzance to get the most amount of pirates in one place. The record was narrowly missed by 77 pirates

But now it's emerged 14,849 people were sold wristbands on the day in 2014. That number would have broken the record, but some of those pirates weren't present for the 16:00 official count. 

Now organisers are saying Penzance got so close, it should try again to get the record. Will the Penzance pirates reign?

Bideford Hospital will not be closing, says health trust

North Devon Journal

Bideford Hospital will not be closing, despite claims the facility will shut at the end of October, a healthcare trust official says.

This Ole House: Shakey talks about his family tree

David White

BBC Radio Cornwall

Singer Shakin' Stevens tells BBC Radio Cornwall's David White about his Cornish ancestry.

Boating lake silt 'making it unslightly'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

An iconic lake in Newquay - a recognised tourist attraction - is being described as unsightly and letting the area down as it's silted up.

Trenance boating lake

Some Newquay residents say they've waited for four years for Cornwall Council to sort out a build up of silt at Trenance Boating Lake

Councillor Dave Sleeman said it was the authority's responsibility to sort out the problems but there seems to be several arguments over money and the cause of the problem.

The council said it was "working with stakeholders (including the Environment Agency, other council officers and contractors) and reviewing options to identify a suitable, long-term solution."

Lack of NHS dentists make patient feel like 'second-class citizen'

Kirk England

BBC South West

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There's been a sharp rise in the number of people on the waiting list to get an NHS dentist in parts of Cornwall.

The Restormel area has seen a 200% increase in people who want to register in a year, with the waiting list now standing at just over 3,000 people. In Carrick, the increase is 190%, up from 600 to 1,700 over the same period. Carradon, Penwith and North Cornwall have also seen increases. 

Pat St Ledger, from Redruth, needed an NHS dentist back in April and said the closest one she could find at the time was 30 miles away in St Blazey. She said her search made her feel like a "second-class citizen".

School crossing patrol gets three-month reprieve

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A school facing having its crossing patrol axed has had a temporary reprieve.

Cornwall Council has agreed for King Charles Primary School in Falmouth to keep a patrol person on Albany Road for another three months after a petition by parents cited concerns about childrens' safety.

The council announced earlier this year it was cutting 19 school patrols. 

Row over state of Newquay lake

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

How important are some of the county's tourist attractions? Are they maintained well?

Well, angry residents and councillors in Newquay say they're fed up with the state of Trenance Lake, claiming in a dirty, filthy, and in a polluted state.

And ask any health question today to the chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Kathy Byrne is my live studio guest, taking your calls for the first time since her recent appointment.

Call in on 01872 222222.

Paul Tisdale expects Reuben Reid to offer something new to City

BBC Sport

Reuben Reid will bring something different to Exeter City's attack, according to manager Paul Tisdale.

Reid made his debut in Saturday's 2-0 derby defeat by his former club Plymouth Argyle, having joined City on 13 September after being a free agent since leaving the Pilgrims in June.

Exeter City
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"I think he's going to bring another dimension to us," Tisdale said. "The next game or two will tell how he'll settle into the team."

Tooth will out: Have you had trouble getting a dentist?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The number of people in Devon on the waiting list for an NHS dentist is on the rise. Have you got one and when did you last get your teeth checked out?

Also, smoking rates in England have fallen. What are your tips for quitting?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Royal Cornwall Trust agency spend doubles

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spent an extra £5m on agency staff in 2015 compared to the previous year, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

The trust spent £13.1m on agency staff, mainly doctors and nurses, in 2015 to 2016, compared to £7.5m the year before.

The FOI request also showed that one agency got more than £1.1m from the trust in 2015.

Police manhunt to find three Paignton shop raiders

Torquay Herald Express

Police hunting three men who raided a shop in Paignton have issued a public appeal for information.