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Summary

  1. A care home worker murdered a 96-year-old resident as part of a string of arson attacks, a court hears
  2. There's concern that ambulances are taking too long to reach the most urgent patients in some of the most rural areas of the South West
  3. Call for public to get involved in tackling air pollution in Cornwall
  4. Plymouth man arrested in murder probe
  5. Opening of the trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of a member of Cornish shanty group Fishermen's Friends has been delayed
  6. Updates on Tuesday 4 October 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 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.

Rescue 193 'worthy winners' of bravery award

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The crew of Royal Navy Rescue 193 have won a national award after rescuing two fishermen from two different vessels in November 2015.

Lt Cdr Steven Hopkins, pilot and aircraft commander, Lt Philip Ross, second pilot, Lt Jason Sawyer, observer and CPO Aircrewman Mark Shaw, winchman, are picking up the award today.

Helicopter
BBC

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society chief executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: "Both rescues were carried out with great skill and cool professionalism by a highly efficient team in testing conditions. 

"They are worthy winners of this year’s Edward and Maisie Lewis Award."

Latest weather: Staying dry

BBC Weather

Overnight, it will stay dry, with clear spells and patchy cloud. It should be milder than Monday night for most, but still staying breezy. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather
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Wednesday will be another fine and dry day, with some sunshine, especially into the late afternoon.

It may feel rather chilly outside though, with stronger winds than Tuesday, particularly around coastal areas. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Horses slashed with knives in 'horrifying' attack

West Briton

Several horses have been slashed with knives during a "horrifying" attack on Bodmin Moor on Friday night.

Five people rescued from stuck lift

BBC Radio Devon

Five people have been released from a stuck lift in Paignton, firefighters say.

Two fire appliances were called to the scene in Torquay Road, at about 09:40.

All five were "released from the lift, uninjured, by firefighters with small tools", crews said.

Trading Standards 'disappointed' shops fail underage alcohol and tobacco sting

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Trading Standards officers say they are "disappointed" three out of seven shops in Launceston sold alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarettes illegally to an underage child.

Cornwall Trading Standards
BBC

In a recent covert operation, a 17-year-old tried to buy the substances where the legal age was 18. 

Trading Standards said, while the other four checked the volunteer's ID, most smokers developed a habit before they were 18, so it was important that shops were robust in preventing sales to help lower the number of future smokers.

Murder accused had 'fascination with fire since 10'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A care home employee accused of murdering a 96-year-old resident had a "fascination with fire" since the age of 10, a court has been told.

Rosewyn House
BBC

Gladys Rowe died after a fire at Rosewyn House in Truro in 2008. Karen Pedley, 43, of Carharrack, denies murdering her, and also denies other charges including 13 arson attacks between 2002 and 2010.

Prosecuting at Truro Crown Court, Nigel Lickley told jurors as a child Ms Pedley saved her family from a house fire and won a trip on Concorde. He said: "It appears that her fascination with fire started then. She became adept at fire-starting." He added she used her "cunning and skill" to commit the alleged crimes.

Ms Pedley, who is in custody, is being tried in her absence. The case continues.

Police 'will get involved in 11-plus leak investigation if needed'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police who investigated a claimed 11-plus exam security breach say they will get involved in the case again if asked. 

School exam
BBC

Devon and Cornwall officers said they were taking no action over the case after children in Plymouth said they had seen an English paper before taking the test. GL Assessment, which provides the tests, said last month it was investigating a "possible breach of security".

Devon and Cornwall Police investigated the case with Plymouth City Council and GL but no one has been arrested. Officers said they understood GL was still "carrying out its own investigations", but they would "respond to any further request for criminal investigation as necessary".

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A care home employee with a "fascination with fire" murdered an elderly resident during a "systematic string" of arson attacks in Cornwall, a court is told
  • The opening of the trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of a member of the Cornish shanty group Fishermen's Friends and the group's tour manager is delayed
  • Cornwall's health service commissioning body NHS Kernow is told it needs to improve cancer care
  • Police investigate a female driver being stopped by two men impersonating officers in an unmarked vehicle near Torrington in north Devon
  • Some shops in Launceston fail a Trading Standards test by selling an underage volunteer alcohol, tobacco or e-cigarettes
  • The RSPB and police appeal for witnesses after an illegal trap designed to kill birds of prey is found on farmland

Award after two fisherman rescued by navy air rescue crew

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The crew of Rescue 193 from 771 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, has won a national award after going to the aid of two fishing vessels in treacherous conditions in November 2015.

They first went to assistance of the Irish fishing vessel Patrick after she reported an injured crewman requiring urgent evacuation after his arm was crushed in the vessel’s hydraulic winch.

Helicopter
BBC

Having secured the first casualty, the crew switched their focus to a second injured fisherman on board the French fishing vessel Le Nautile, which was approximately 50 nautical miles from the first rescue position.

Both casualties were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Trains disrupted by sea conditions at Dawlish

Cat reunited with his family eight years after going missing

Plymouth Herald

A family cat who disappeared eight years ago has finally been reunited with its owners.

What's on the radio if you're in a police helicopter?

RSPB and police investigate pole trap found on farmland

Andrew Segal

Local Live

RSPB inspectors and police are investigating a trap designed to kill birds of prey being found on farmland in Devon, next to a pheasant release pen.

The RSPB said the "barbaric" spring-loaded trap on top of a pole - known as a pole trap and designed to smash birds' leg when they landed on it - was found near Dunkeswell in mid August, but disappeared after police photographed it. 

Such traps have been illegal for more than 100 years. The charity is now offering a £1,000 reward for more information if it leads to a successful prosecution.

Arrest after Torquay sex assault

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been arrested by police investigating an alleged rape in Torquay.

Officers said an 18-year-old woman was approached by an unknown man and sexually assaulted in an alley in the town centre on Saturday between 03:45 and 04:15.

A 23-year-old man from Torquay was arrested and questioned before being released on bail. Police appealed for any witnesses in the Park Lane area.

Care home worker denies 13 arson attack charges

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A care home worker has denied 13 arson attacks in Cornwall between 2002 and 2010.

They include two at Rosewyn House care home in Truro where resident Gladys Rowe, 96, died. 

Rosewyn House care home
BBC

Karen Pedley allegedly set fire to Trefula House nursing home in St Day in 2002, and Carharrack social club in 2006, Truro Crown Court was told. 

She is also charged with arson at her sister's home in Hayle, at a neighbour's house in Carharrack in 2010 and she faces three charges in connection with fires at the Seafarers Centre in Falmouth in 2007.

She also denies a charge of murder and one of attempted murder.

Swimmer rescued at Porthcurno

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A swimmer was pulled from the water by members of the public after he got into trouble near the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Porthcurno
Sally Newcomb

The incident was reported just before 16:00 yesterday.

Porthcurno
Sally Newcomb

Two lifeboat crews from Penlee were sent before the Land's End Coastguard Rescue Team airlifted him to hospital.

Visually-impaired man with guide dog victim of 'unprovoked' attack

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man with a visual impairment and guide dog has been punched in an "unprovoked assault" in Torquay, police say.

Officers said the the 52-year-old local man was walking home with his dog from Ryan’s Bar in Abbey Road when he was punched by an "unknown assailant and fell to the ground" at about 23:30 on Friday.

The suspect was described as a white man, in his late 30s to early 40s, with short hair, and wearing a dark hoodie with a white back and blue jeans. Police said they were also keen to speak to a driver who stopped to help the victim.

Infrastructure investment 'crucial to Cornwall' - Iain Duncan Smith

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith says more investment in Cornwall's infrastructure is crucial to the county making the most of Brexit.

Iain Duncan Smith. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Speaking to us from the Conservative Party Conference, the former work and pensions minister, and Brexit supporter, said Cornwall had a great future but needed money to take advantage of changing times.

He said: "If we extend and improve the communication links - and I have to tell you we need to put some acceleration behind it to areas like Cornwall - this will hugely increase the ability of companies to settle there."

Post-mortem exam on body of woman found dead in Bournemouth

BBC News England

A post-mortem examination has been carried out on the body of a woman who was found dead in Bournemouth, police say

Flowers at death scene
BBC

The body of 26-year-old Natasha Wake was found at an address in Harley Gardens on Sunday afternoon. A 26-year-old man from Plymouth was later arrested at Hengistbury Head. He remains in custody. Police said the arrested man and the victim were known to each other.

Although formal identification was yet to take place, Ms Wake's family were being kept updated, officers said. They added that the results of the post-mortem examination were not yet known, police said.

Nine-year-old girl sues Royal Cornwall Hospital over her own birth

West Briton

A schoolgirl left with lifelong disabilities due to alleged medical failings during her delivery is now bidding for compensation in the courts.

Care home employee 'murdered 96-year-old in string of arson attacks'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A care home employee murdered a 96-year-old resident while carrying out a "systematic string" of arson attacks, a court has heard.

Gladys Rowe (pictured) died after a fire at Rosewyn House in Truro, Cornwall, in 2008 after the curtains of her bedroom were set on fire, jurors at Truro Crown Court were told. 

Gladys Rowe
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Karen Pedley, 43, of Park Stenak, Carharrack, denies murdering Mrs Rowe. She also denies the attempted murder of Olive Ray, aged in her 70s, who shared the care home bedroom with Mrs Rowe. She also denies 13 arson attacks in Cornwall between 2002 and 2010, including two at Rosewyn.

Ms Pedley, who is being held in custody, is being tried in her absence. The case, expected to take about three weeks, continues.

Lifeboat and Coastguard rescue man in trouble near Minack Theatre

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A swimmer who got into trouble was rescued by lifeboat and Coastguard crews near the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno.

Penlee lifeboat
Sally Newcomb

Penlee Lifeboat was called at 15:47 BST yesterday, at the request of HM Coastguard, Falmouth, and the inshore lifeboat 'Mollie and Ivor Dent' was launched urgently from Newlyn.

Penlee lifeboat
Sally Newcomb

The male swimmer had been pulled from the water by members of the public, and the Coastguard rescue helicopter airlifted the man to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Latest weather: Staying dry

BBC Weather

Staying fine and dry through the rest of today, although there will be quite a bit more cloud than yesterday. It will feel warm in any sunshine away from the south-easterly breeze. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

Overnight, it will stay dry with clear spells and patchy cloud. The cloud should help to keep temperatures up, so it should be milder than last night for most, but still breezy. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Western Power chopper over Plymouth

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The electricity engineering company has a fleet of five aircraft it uses to check for damage to the power network.

Plans for new waste transfer station

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plans to build a new waste transfer station in Devon are to go on display next week, the county council says.

Waste transfer station. Pic: Devon County Council
Devon County Council

The authority said that, if given planning approval, the station would be built at   Brynsworthy Environment Centre, near Roundswell and would serve Torridge and north Devon.

It said would be a "fully enclosed building" where non-recyclable waste would be collected and "‘bulked up’ before being loaded onto larger vehicles for transport to a waste treatment facility". It could be operational by 2019.

Bad start for boat owner in St Ives harbour

More time to quiz murder suspect

BBC News England

Police have been given more time to question a man from Plymouth arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman in Bournemouth.

crime scene
BBC
Police sealed off a property in Harley Gardens, Bournemough

Natasha Wake, 26, was found dead at an address in Harley Gardens on Sunday afternoon. A 26-year-old man was later arrested at Hengistbury Head.

Magistrates granted Dorset Police a further 36 hours to question the suspect. Officers said the arrested man and the victim were known to each other.

Where the clouds meet the water

No-pulse patient 'waited 48 minutes for ambulance'

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

There's concern that ambulances are taking too long to reach the most urgent patients in some of the most rural areas. 

North Devon Councillor Philip Hackett (pictured) said he waited 48 minutes for an ambulance with a 43-year-old friend who had collapsed and had no pulse.

Councillor Philip Hackett
BBC

She later died despite resuscitation attempts. Mr Hackett said the situation was an "absolute agony" for all.

We don't know whether the patient would have survived had an ambulance arrived earlier, but we do know the target is for paramedics to reach at least 75% of the most urgent cases within eight minutes. 

In an email to Councillor Hackett, South Western Ambulance said the deployment of ambulances was constantly monitored and that it was part of a new trial which aimed to improve response times to critically ill patients.

Severe roadworks: A30 Cornwall eastbound

BBC Travel

A30 Cornwall eastbound severe roadworks, between A39 and A395.

A30 Cornwall - A30 closed eastbound between the A39 junction in Indian Queens and Kennards House in Tregadillett, because of roadworks. Diversion in operation - via the A39 and A395.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Waves crash into Teignmouth

Cathryn Hill from Teignmouth captured this image of the waves crashing into the seafront.

Teignmouth seafront
Cathryn Hill

Does it matter where your doctor is from?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The government wants more "home-grown" doctors to be trained up. But does it matter where your doctor comes from?

Also, a new guide to nip and tuck. Have you ever had cosmetic surgery? If not, what's stopped you? 

And, could something you have posted online put you at risk of crime?

Call in on 0345 3011034 between now and 16:00.

Severe roadworks: A38 Devon eastbound

BBC Travel

A38 Devon eastbound severe roadworks, between B3372 and A385.

A38 Devon - A38 South Brent Bypass in South Brent closed eastbound between Woodpecker Junction and Marley Head Junction, because of drainage works. Diversion in operation - through South Brent via Exeter Road. Between 20:00 and 6:00 Mondays to Fridays until 6:00 on 22nd October

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Retired Devon fire engine put to work in Romania

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Devon and Somerset Fire Service said the appliance, which was formerly based at Witheridge, was used twice within three weeks of its delivery to extinguish serious fires.

Swan adds to roadworks traffic delays

Exeter Express & Echo

Drivers stuck in an Exe Bridges traffic jam would have never guessed it was a swan, not roadworks, to blame.

No police action in 11-plus 'exam leak'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police say they are taking no action over a claimed school exam security breach after children in Plymouth said they had seen an 11-plus exam paper before taking the test.

GL Assessment, which provides the tests, said last month it was investigating a "possible breach of security" over the English exam.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were contacted by Plymouth City Council and worked with the authority's corporate fraud team and GL to investigate the matter. 

Police said: "No person has been charged or arrested in connection with the matter, and police will not at this time be taking any further action." 

Fishermen's Friends death trial opening delayed

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The opening of the trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of a member of Cornish shanty group Fishermen's Friends and of the group's tour manager has been delayed.

Fifty-four-year-old singer Trevor Grills (pictured left), from Port Isaac, and tour manager Paul McMullen (inset), from Cheshire, died when they were hit by a falling door at G Live in Guildford in February 2013. The group had been due to perform.  

Trevor Grills and Paul McMullen. Pic: BBC/Handout
BBC/Handout

David Naylor, 56, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, faces two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence. He is a director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, which made the door involved in the incident. 

The judge has decided to give jury members more time to decide if they will be able to sit for the expected eight-week duration of the case.

Air pollution: What are you breathing in?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do you really know just how much pollution from vehicles you're breathing in? 

A number of hot-spots have been identified in Cornwall and we assess the dangers of nitrogen dioxide, which can come from diesel engines. We also ask why is housing still built in the worst affected areas?

Also, I talk to Trading Standards as almost half of shops in Launceston covertly targeted by officers in sting operations are found selling tobacco and alcohol to under-age customers.

I'll be on BBC Radio Cornwall from midday - call in on 01872 222222.

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.

Tides
BBC

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