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Summary

  1. Exeter restaurant nail bomber, Nicky Reilly, dies
  2. Care home worker guilty of murder after resident died in fire
  3. The wife of a former Plymouth-based Royal Marine convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent says the process of reviewing his case is taking too long
  4. Man wanted for child sexual abuse sentencing has links to Cornwall
  5. Alton Towers founder's resort approved by councillors
  6. Serious crash causes delays on M5 and A38
  7. Alton Towers founder's resort approved
  8. Escaped gorilla helped himself to blackcurrant squash
  9. Updates on Thursday 20 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 Friday 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.

Exeter MP hits out at budget cuts to pharmacies

The MP for Exeter says budget cuts for community pharmacies in England will be damaging.

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The money's being cut from 2.8bn to 2.6bn. 

The government says there's a need to save money, as some areas have several pharmacies very close together. 

There'll be extra funding for isolated areas with fewer pharmacies but Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw said: "Cutting community pharmacies is the very last place you would begin, because they take the pressure off GP surgeries and hospitals. The government should be investing more in them, not cutting them."

Cornwall MP concerned EU funding will not create enough jobs

A Cornwall MP is raising concerns that hundreds of millions of pounds of EU regional funding for the county won't create enough jobs.

Scott Mann
BBC

The government's guaranteed some long-term projects which have already been given EU money. 

But the Conservative Scott Mann said: "Under Cornwall Council's own figures from the EU spend, only 1,300 jobs will be created from a £350m spend between now and 2020."

Brexit Minister David Jones replied: "The chancellor has guaranteed structural funding until 2020. It is important these programmes deliver value for money so the government will be liaising closely with devolved administrations and local authorities such as Cornwall."

Muslim convert jailed for attempting bombing dies

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Muslim convert who was jailed for 18 years for trying to blow up the Giraffe restaurant in Devon on 22 May 2008 by detonating bombs in bottles filled with nails has died.

Nicky Reilly had viable bombs that could have caused "dreadful destruction", but while he was preparing to detonate the bombs - containing about 500 nails, caustic soda and kerosene - one exploded in his hands.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said it was "sheer luck or chance that [the bombing] did not succeed in its objectives".

"The offence of attempted murder is aggravated by the fact that it was long-planned, that it had multiple intended victims and was intended to terrorise the population of this country," he added.

Police believe Reilly, from Plymouth, was encouraged by extremists in Pakistan.

Nicky Reilly
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Weather: Expect a chilly start to Friday

BBC Weather

It will be dry with clear spells tonight, which will allow mist and fog patches to form in places by dawn.

It will be a chilly night, with a patchy frost forming in places, such as Exeter by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will have a chilly start, with mist and fog patches clearing through the morning to leave a dry and fine day with sunny spells, and light winds. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Justice had to be done - former police officer on death of nail bomber

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A former police officer who led the response to a man's attempt to blow up a Devon restaurant with homemade nail bombs has said his thoughts are with his family.

"My sympathies go to his family and loved ones," said former Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable Bob Spencer after hearing of the death of Nicky Reilly.

Nicky Reilly
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"Reilly did attempt to commit a terrible crime, and justice had to be done in terms of him receiving a long prison sentence," he added.  

Reilly entering the restaurant
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McCormick ready for 300th Plymouth game

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick says he still has many years ahead of him as he prepares for his 300th game for the Pilgrims.

Luke McCormick
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The 33-year-old, who made his debut in May 2001, won two promotions with the club as they went from the old Third to First Division between 2002 and 2004.

"At the moment I'm feeling great," he told BBC Radio Devon. "I feel really good, feel robust and I'll hit the 300 target very soon and my next thought is then the 400."

Woman guilty of murder and arsons 'saved her family from blaze when she was 10'

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

A care home worker from Cornwall has been found guilty of the murder of a 96-year-old woman who died from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson at Truro Crown Court. The jury heard she had a "fascination with fire". 

Karen Pedley
Devon and Cornwall Police

The court heard, that at aged 10 Pedley - then Stringer - was living in Bedfordshire with her family when she woke them in the night and saved them from a fire that gutted the house. 

Prosecutor Nigel Lickley said for her actions she was rewarded with a trip on Concorde and he believed the incident in 1983 had caused Karen Pedley to develop a "fascination with fire". 

He said police found a file of newspaper cuttings recalling the fire and the trip when they searched her home.

New Cornwall resort 'will bring nearly 1,000 jobs'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A multimillion-pound six-star resort which has been given planning approval in Cornwall will create nearly 1,000 jobs, bosses behind the plans have said.

Crealy
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John Broome, who founded Alton Towers, will build more than 200 lodges, a tropical pool, restaurants and activities centre next to the former Crealy Adventure Park near Wadebridge.

"This gives Cornwall another world class destination," he said.

"With the Eden Project, hopefully the Spaceport and now Camel Creek Resort, the area can shift out of the pattern of seasonal employment and low wages and into a high-tech and upmarket future.

"We will be creating 997 permanent jobs at Camel Creek with at least double that in our supply chain."

Man who attempted to blow up Giraffe restaurant dies

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

I was there at the Old Bailey when Nicky Reilly was sentenced.

In the public gallery, his mother Kim wept through much of the hearing.

She always said her son was vulnerable and preyed on by extremists, who used him by pretending to be his friends.

But Reilly himself showed no remorse.

And he had viable bombs, which could have caused dreadful destruction had they detonated in the way Reilly intended on that spring day, back in 2008.

Reilly had learning difficulties and Asperger Syndrome.

BreakingExeter restaurant nail bomber dies

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A man who attempted to blow up a Devon restaurant with homemade nail bombs has died, the BBC has learnt. 

Nicky Reilly, 29, carried three glass bottles packed with chemicals into the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter in May 2008. 

He was the only person injured when he accidentally set off one of the devices in the toilets.

His mother, Kim, confirmed his death to the BBC, but said she was” far too upset” to comment further. 

Nicky
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Care home worker 'never intended to kill woman'

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

A lawyer representing a care home worker found guilty of murder says she never intended to kill a woman.

Gladys Rowe, 96, died in hospital of smoke inhalation following a fire at Rosewyn House in Truro in 2008. Her roommate was also hospitalised but recovered.

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson by a majority verdict at Truro Crown Court. She denied all charges and was found not guilty of attempted murder.

Gladys Rowe/care home
BBC

Sneaky pictures of Julie Walters filming in St Ives

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

St Ives Lifeboat has just posted on social media these pictures 'filming with actress, Julie Walters'.

St Ives
Chris Oates

Woman guilty of murder 'fascinated with fire'

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman who became "fascinated with fire" after saving her family from a burning house has been found guilty of killing a woman after starting a fire. 

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson by a majority verdict at Truro Crown Court. 

She denied all charges and was found not guilty of attempted murder. The care home worker started a blaze at her workplace which led to the death of one of the residents.

Karen Pedley
Devon and Cornwall Police

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle.

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A38 fully reopened after crash - police

  • Long delays and very slow traffic on A38 southbound in Kennford at Splatford Split, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M5 to J29, A30 (Exeter)

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News headlines in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Radio Devon

  • Care home worker, Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, has been found guilty of murder after a resident died in a fire
  • A tribunal has found a former medical director at the Royal Cornwall Hospital failed to take appropriate steps to protect patients of disgraced gynaecologist Rob Jones
  • There's been major disruption on the M5, A38 and A30 near Exeter after a car overturned on the Plymouth-bound carriageway near Kennford
  • A multimillion-pound resort for Wadebridge has been given the go ahead
  • The MP for Exeter says budget cuts for community pharmacies in England will be damaging
  • The government says it will remain committed to keeping South West beaches clean after Britain leaves the European Union
  • A Plymouth man has been convicted of fly-tipping rubbish in Bodmin

BreakingCare home worker found guilty of murder after resident died in fire

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman who became "fascinated with fire" after saving her family from a burning house has been found guilty of killing a woman in a fire.

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder by a majority verdict at Truro Crown Court.

Tribunal finds former medical director 'failed to protect patients' of disgraced gynaecologist

BBC Radio Cornwall

A tribunal has found a former medical director at the Royal Cornwall Hospital failed to take appropriate steps to protect patients of disgraced gynaecologist Rob Jones. 

RCHT
BBC

More than 200 former patients of Mr Jones, who also practiced as an obstetrician, are taking legal action against the hospital trust for the harm they say was done to them under his care. 

It was in 2008 that Robert Pitcher accepted assurances from Mr Jones that he had either not mismanaged patients or had learned appropriately from his failures. 

The tribunal found Mr Pitcher didn't instigate a further review of Rob Jones' practice and allowed him to return to full and unrestricted practice. A decision will now be taken whether to place sanctions on Mr Robert Pitcher.  

Delays of 45 mins on M5 after crash

Cornish surfer takes on the world in Fiji finals

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish surfer will swap the waves of Polzeath for the tropical waters of Fiji to compete in the World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships next month.

beach
BBC

Alex Murray, a surfboard maker and competitor, leaves Cornwall on 29 October to prepare for the event.

W195 - seagull public enemy number one

Plymouth Herald

The South West's most notorious seagull has been at it again - landing on a man's head to steal his ice cream.

Plymouth man pleads guilty to fly-tipping near Bodmin

A Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to fly-tipping in a country lane just outside of Bodmin.

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bbc

Joseph Buckingham, 30, of Woodend Road, Plymouth has been ordered to pay £2,095.

Cornwall Council receives about 4,000 reports of fly-tipping on public and private land a year. 

Cabinet Member for Communities Geoff Brown said: "This decision sends out a clear message that Cornwall Council will do everything possible to challenge fly-tipping and when taken to court this irresponsible action can prove extremely costly."

A waiting game for wife of convicted Royal Marine

Watch: Claire Blackman said "the waiting is the hardest part"

The wait continues for the supporters of a former Royal Marine from Somerset - serving an eight year sentence for murdering an Afghan insurgent.

They are calling for an urgent decision from the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which is examining the original conviction of former Sgt Alexander Blackman, who was based in Plymouth, in 2013. 

The case was referred to them 10 months ago.

His wife Claire says they want "confidence in the decision" but "the waiting" was the "hardest part".

The commission says it's more important to get the correct verdict than a quick one.

Major disruption on A38, A30 and M5

James Vickery

BBC Radio Devon

There's been major disruption on the A38, A30 and M5 near Exeter this lunchtime. 

A car overturned on the Plymouth-bound carriageway near Kennford this morning with one person taken to hospital by air ambulance. 

The road was completely closed for two hours - traffic remains very busy in the area.

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Beaches will 'remain clean' after Brexit

BBC Radio Devon

The government says it will remain committed to keeping South West beaches clean after Britain leaves the European Union.

beach
BBC

The Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, raised concerns in the Commons that the country won't be bound by strict EU laws on cleanliness after Brexit.

But Brexit Minister, Robin Walker, gave an assurance that beach standards will be kept up.

Critics of plans for 'six star resort' say roads will not cope

BBC Radio Cornwall

Critics of proposals to build what's been called "Britain's first six star resort" in Cornwall claim the development will have a negative impact on the environment and the local infrastructure.

The development on the former Crealy Adventure Park near Wadebridge was overwhelming voted through by councillors earlier.

Supporters say the scheme supports economic growth and will create jobs but Adam Tomlinson who owns the Old Mill Bistro a few miles away said: " I just don't think the area needs it. The roads around here can't support the volume they will need to survive."

Hopes for multimillion-pound plan for Devon's old mills and weirs

BBC Radio Devon

A multimillion-pound plan to bring Devon's old mills and weirs back to life to make electricity is moving apace this morning after a delegation went to Westminster to win ministerial support.

mill
BBC

Chris Shears, the Economic Development Officer at Mid Devon District Council, says it's too early to say the government is backing the idea but he wants to explore the feasibility study to see if the business model can be rolled out not just in the UK but in other parts of the world.

'Quality of food' vital for holidaymakers

BBC Radio Cornwall

A new report suggests the quality of food is a vital part of people's holiday experience. 

St Ives
bbc

The study carried out in St Ives by social scientists from the University of Coventry revealed that after travel and accommodation costs, food is the next big thing visitors spend their money on. 

They also found many holidaymakers tend to break with their normal habits, avoiding supermarket food and chains and opting for local fresh produce.

From football to fish

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth has announced Roger Maslin, former managing director of Wembley Stadium, as its new chief executive.   

National Marine Aquarium
National Marine Aqurium

Roger Maslin has spent 17 years at Wembley, initially as finance director and then seven years as managing director.

He said: "I look forward to working with the team here to make a significant difference in the world of marine conservation, research and education."

Overwhelming vote for luxury holiday complex

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Councillors have voted 17-2 to approve a luxury holiday complex on farmland near Wadebridge. 

The man behind the development created Alton Towers, and will now build 236 holiday lodges, a tropical pool, restaurants and activities centre next door to Camel Creek Adventure Park.

Rob Baxter

Exeter must beat Ulster to have a chance of making the knockout stages of Champions Cup, says boss Rob Baxter.

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One person injured in Callington fire

BBC Radio Cornwall

One person's been treated for burns after a fire at a garage in Callington. 

Fire crews were called to Valentine Road yesterday afternoon. 

The fire started accidentally and was confined to the garage, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

Crash causes major delays on A38

BBC Radio Devon

Drivers are facing major delays after a crash on the A38. 

It happened earlier on the Plymouth-bound carriageway at Kennford after a car overturned. 

Emergency services are there and the air ambulance has just left the scene. A diversion has been set up.

A38
BBC

'Six-star holiday resort' gets the go ahead

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall councillors have approved a luxury holiday complex on farmland near Wadebridge. 

development
BBC

The man behind the development created Alton Towers, and will now build 236 holiday lodges, a tropical pool, restaurants and an activities centre next door to Camel Creek Adventure Park, which he also owns.   

Traffic chaos on M5 and A38 after crash

BBC Travel

  • M5 entry slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Sandygate roundabout, Rydon Lane, Bridge Road
  • A38 in Kennford closed and slow traffic southbound at Splatford Split, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - off the M5 at J30 in to Exeter and along Bridge Road toward the A379 to re-join the A38 near Kennford. Congestion on M5 to J31, A30 (Exminster)
M5/A38
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Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J30 for A376 and J31 for A30.

M5 Devon - M5 closed and slow traffic southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Exminster), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Sandygate roundabout, Rydon Lane, Bridge Road.

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BreakingAlton Towers founder's resort approved