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Summary

  1. Care home arsonist will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison
  2. Marines sentenced for failing to stop game which inflicted 'gratuitous violence'
  3. A teenage girl with mental health problems has described her "terrifying" experience of being cared for on an adult ward
  4. Ministry of Justice statement on Nicky Reilly death
  5. South West remembers Aberfan disaster
  6. A South West rival to the Northern Powerhouse will be launched today in a drive to attract investment and create jobs
  7. More sites on 'at risk' register in Devon and Cornwall
  8. Updates on Friday 21 October 2016

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'Families are owed an apology' after teenager was 'was treated alongside terminally ill people'

BBC Inside Out

The head of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said "families are owed an apology" after a teenage girl with mental health problems was cared for on an adult ward.

Sascha, 16, from west Cornwall, says she was treated alongside terminally ill people and patients with dementia.

Hospital data
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The latest figures show that in September this year, 19 children from Cornwall who needed highly specialist psychiatric help were cared for out of the county.

The number of children at Royal Cornwall Hospital's emergency department with mental health problems has risen from five in 2012 to 76 in the first six months of 2016.

Ritual for new joiners designed to 'inflict gratuitous violence'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

In giving four marines suspended sentences a judge has called their actions a "calculated course of conduct designed to inflict gratuitous violence on new joiners".

Judge Advocate Robert Hill was referring to a hazing, or reefing, ritual at barracks in Bickleigh in 2008.

Sgt Richard Melia, Sgt Ian Spence, Cpl Robert Wake and Cpl John Arnett all admitted the offences at 42 Commando barracks at Bickleigh in October 2008 and were given a four-month prison sentence suspended for a year.

The judge added: "You failed, each of you, to stop it... with rank comes responsibility and in this case you failed to discharge your responsibility."

Argyle's Rooney extends Truro City stay

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle youngster Louis Rooney has extended his loan spell at Truro City until January.

Louis Rooney
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The 20-year-old, who has played once for the Pilgrims, is a Northern Ireland Under 21 international. 

"I'm really chuffed to bits that Argyle has allowed us to carry on and have Rooney on loan," Truro boss Lee Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Hopefully he'll do the business for us and then get back to Argyle."

Severe accident: A383 Devon westbound

BBC Travel

A383 Devon westbound severe accident, between Love Lane and A38.

A383 Devon - A383 in Bickington exit slip road closed and slow traffic westbound between the Love Lane junction and Goodstone Junction, because of an accident involving a motorcycle and a car.

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Marines were 'struck on bare backsides' in hazing ritual

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Four marines have been given four-month prison sentences suspended for a year after a hazing ritual left other marines with bruises and cuts.

Sgt Richard Melia, Sgt Ian Spence, Cpl Robert Wake and Cpl John Arnett all admitted the offences at 42 Commando barracks at Bickleigh in October 2008.

Lt Col Victoria Phillips, prosecuting, told the court martial: "They were struck on bare backsides by an implement called Big Red.

"Big Red... was a red plastic rubber gel wrist support ordinarily used for wrist support when using a computer keyboard."

Weather: A cold night followed by a weekend of sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be dry with clearing skies tonight, which will lead to a cold night with a touch of frost in sheltered spots.

There will also be some patchy mist and fog forming in rural spots, especially around the Torridge Valley and Bodmin Moor. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather map
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On Saturday mist and fog will once again lift slowly to leave a bright and dry day with sunny spells.

It will feel cool in the north-easterly breeze. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Sunday will be windy with sunny spells after a chilly start. Monday may see rain pushing north, but this should clear on Tuesday with some sunshine later.

Marines sentenced over spanking ritual

Four decorated marines are given suspended jail sentences for failing to stop assaults in a hazing ritual.

Sign outside barracks at Bickleigh, Devon
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Nice afternoon for most after a misty start

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Woman says dozens of bin bags left at her home because the bin lorry won't pick them up

BBC Radio Devon

A North Devon woman says she's livid that dozens of full bin bags are being left for collection outside her house every week, because the bin lorry won't pick them up from a new housing estate nearby.

Sue Butland from Halwill Junction claims the new road on the estate hasn't been adopted by Devon County Council, so Torridge District Council won't collect the rubbish because their insurance won't cover them.

She said: "Nobody seems to be taking responsibility or control of the issue or getting it sorted out."

James Morrish, who's in charge of Waste and Recycling at Torridge, said: "If our vehicles were to go on there and there was a catastrophe of one shape or another, Torridge District Council taxpayers insurance would not cover that. 

"That is a huge risk for us to take."

But the county council says there's no reason why the bin lorry can't use the road.

Slade returns for Exeter's trip to UIster

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter have made a number of changes in their key Champions Cup match at Ulster.

Henry Slade
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Henry Slade is recalled and rekindles his successful partnership at centre from last season with Ian Whitten as Sam Hill and Ollie Devoto drop out.

James Short takes Whitten's place on the wing while Jack Yeandle comes in at hooker for the injured Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Karen Pedley

A "fire-obsessed" care home worker who killed a 96-year-old resident by setting fire to her room is given 14 life sentences.

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Police say family of Gladys Rowe 'conducted themselves with great dignity and courage'

Det Insp Ben Beckerleg of Devon and Cornwall Police welcomed the sentencing of Karen Pedley, who will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison. 

He said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for Gladys Rowe’s family, and throughout the investigation of Mrs Rowe’s death and the subsequent trial they have conducted themselves with great dignity and courage.

Serial arsonist Pedley was also convicted of starting a series of fires between 2002 and 2010, including the one which killed Mrs Rowe.   

Gladys Rowe
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Det Insp Beckerleg said: “Pedley’s conviction reveals the truth in relation to the cause of the fire at Rosewyn Care Home and fully vindicates the owners of any wrongdoing.

“We are satisfied that Pedley has been found guilty of these additional arson offences, any of which could have had equally tragic results and which exposed innocent members of the public to great risk of harm.

"The impact of these offences cannot be underestimated, including the damage to businesses and livelihoods that resulted.”

Three swimmers given GB funding

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Three swimmers from Plymouth Leander have been picked for British Swimming's squad for the next Olympic cycle through to Tokyo 2020.

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British record-holder and Commonwealth Games champion Ben Proud, who was fourth in the 50m freestyle at Rio 2016, is named in the top-tier Podium squad.

Laura Stephens and Tom Fannon have been selected for the Podium Potential squad.

Nicky Reilly death: Ministry of Justice statement

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Nicky Reilly who injured himself with a home-made nail bomb when he tried to blow up a restaurant in Exeter died in prison on Wednesday.

Reilly, then 22, carried three devices held in glass bottles into the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter in 2008.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice said "As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman." 

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BreakingMarines sentenced for failing to stop game which inflicted 'gratuitous violence'

Press Association

Four decorated senior marines have escaped a jail sentence for failing to stop junior ranks "reefing" each other's bare backsides using a 2ft gel keyboard wrist support nicknamed "Big Red".

Sergeants Richard Melia and Ian Spence and Corporals Robert Wake and John Arnett all pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to perform their public duty during celebrations of the Royal Marine Corp's 350th anniversary on October 28 2014.

They were sentenced to a four-month prison sentence suspended for a year. 

Wake and Melia were also punished to dismissal from the services while Spence and Arnett have already left the forces. Judge Advocate Robert Hill told the court martial at Portsmouth Naval Base that the behaviour was not a form of "character building, forming a strong spirit of camaraderie in an elite brotherhood of soldiers". 

It took place at 42 Commando barracks at Bickleigh, near Plymouth, Devon.

Police appeal after man hospitalised following crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash left one man in hospital.

Officers were called to the A38 at Kennford yesterday after two vehicles had crashed.

Both north and southbound carriageways were closed and a 54-year-old man from Cullompton was taken to Derriford Hospital where he has since been released.

Police are appealing for witnesses, in particular, the driver of a red Audi A4 or A5 Saloon which stopped at the scene.

Reward for heroism started 'fascination with fire'

Waking up her family and saving them from a fire that gutted a house started a "fascination with fire" for a woman jailed for a minimum of 27 years.

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson at Truro Crown Court on Thursday.

The court heard the fire in her family home when she was aged 10 led to her being praised and rewarded with a flight on Concorde.

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

Newspaper clipping of Karen Pedley from file found at her home
Crown Prosecution Service
Picture of Karen Pedley in front of Concorde from file found at her home
Crown Prosecution Service

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Slow traffic on the A3125

BBC Travel

Cornwall: Reports of an accident on Southgate Street near Albany Road South

Devon: In Bickington there's slow traffic on the A3125 around Bickington Road, in the roadworks area

Devon: On the A38 at Deep Lane there are temporary traffic lights for roadworks so expect delays

Care home killer started blazes at nursing home, social club and residential properties

Press Association

Karen Pedley, 43, had started the blaze at Rosewyn House care home in Alverton Terrace, Truro in November 2008, while she was employed there. 

Gladys Rowe, 96, died in hospital a week after the blaze as a result of smoke inhalation. 

The jury acquitted Pedley of the attempted murder of Olive Ray, also a resident of Rosewyn House at the time of the fire.

But she was convicted of four other offences linked to the Rosewyn House fire and a further eight arson-related incidents at other premises. These charges relate to fires at:

  • Trefula House Nursing Home in St Day in 2002
  • Carharrack social club in 2006
  • Three charges in connection with fires at the Seafarers' Centre in Falmouth in 2007
  • Blazes in 2010 at residential properties in Hayle and Carharrack

She will have to spend a minimum of 27 years in prison.  

Rosewyn House
BBC

Dr Robert Pitcher struck off the medical register

BBC Radio Cornwall

A former medical director at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, who was responsible for overseeing the work of disgraced gynaecologist Rob Jones, has been struck off the medical register.

A tribunal has today concluded that Dr Robert Pitcher had put patients at real risk of harm by allowing Rob Jones to continue to practice unsupervised despite serious concerns.

Cornwall care home killer with 14 life sentences was "fascinated with fire"

A care home worker who became "fascinated with fire" after saving her family from a burning house has been given 14 life sentences after she killed a woman by setting fire to her room.

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

Gladys Rowe
BBC

The court heard at the age of 10 Pedley 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 she was rewarded for her actions with a trip on Concorde and he believed the incident in 1983 had caused her to develop a "fascination with fire".

Karen Pedley (nee Stringer) rewarded with Concorde flight tickets
Crown Prosecution Service

Cornwall care home killer imprisoned for a minimum of 27 years

A care home worker imprisoned for a minimum of 27 years had "never intended to kill the woman", her defence told the court.

Simon Laws told the jury Karen Pedley never intended to kill the women, knew there was a working fire alarm, knew the midnight check on the residents was due and even tried to rescue the residents herself, but was driven back by the dense smoke.

Karen Pedley
BBC

Mr Laws said his client might have been trying to turn the clock back to that "glorious day" in 1983 when aged 10 she saved her family from a fire, however, killing two nice old ladies does not make you a hero, it makes you a villain of a very dark hue.

'I've grown up' says Exeter keeper Pym

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City goalkeeper Christy Pym says he has matured in the past year.

Christy Pym
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The 21-year-old has started the last three matches after impressing boss Paul Tisdale in training, having missed a large chunk of last season after breaking his finger in November.

"I've grown up a lot in the past 12 to 15 months, especially when I got injured," he told BBC Sport. "It made me realise what I've got and how I've got to work for that spot and how easy it can be gone."

Emergency services take part in crash exercise

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Brixham Express Ferry is out of service until 16:00

BBC Travel

Devon: In Honiton on Lower Marlpits Hill near the golf course there's been a spillage of wet concrete. Approach with care

Cornwall: On A30 between Bodmin and Temple heading eastbound there's slow moving traffic

Devon: Brixham Express Ferry is out of service until 16:00 for maintenance work

Residents celebrate as building work starts on access lane on Cornish road blackspot

BBC Radio Cornwall

People living by a notorious accident blackspot on one of Cornwall's busiest roads are celebrating after building work started to provide a safe access lane to their homes.

Up until now, residents living along the A39 on the route to Falmouth have had to walk along the main road to get through their front gates.

It's led to numerous accidents and the post office refusing to deliver letters.

The campaign to resolve the situation has lasted for 30 years.

'Public needs protection from Pedley'

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson at Truro Crown Court on Thursday. 

She will have to spend at least 27 years in jail. 

At sentencing, Justice Nigel Teare said: "It was totally remarkable that she continued to commit arson even after Gladys had lost her life."

Given the length of time Pedley spent committing arson "the public needs the protection which imprisonment of life can give", he said.

The court heard psychiatric report showed Pedley was of "low intelligence and has a personality disorder".

BreakingCare home arsonist will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison

Denis Nightingale

BBC Radio Cornwall

A care home worker who killed a resident by setting fire to her room will have to spend at least 27 years in jail. 

Karen Pedley, 43, from Carharrack, Cornwall, was found guilty of murder and 12 counts of arson at Truro Crown Court on Thursday. 

Sentencing, Mr Justice Teare said: "The public needs protection, which imprisonment for life can give."

Karen Pedley
Devon and Cornwall Police

South West remembers Aberfan disaster

BBC News UK

Wales has fallen silent as the country remembered the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago.

On 21 October 1966, a mountain of coal waste slid down into a school and houses in the Welsh village, killing 144 people, including 116 children.

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Last week we broadcast a recording of singing by Sunday school children. It came from the Reverend Irving Penberthy, who was serving the Welsh village.

He spoke publicly about the disaster for the first time since it happened. Cornishman Mr Penberthy ran the busy Sunday School in the village's Methodist chapel.

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Car fire tackled on A38 slip road

BBC Radio Devon

Fire crews have tackled a car fire on an A38 slip road.

Firefighters were called to Haldon Hill at the racecourse turn off at about 06:30.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it recorded the fire as accidental and no-one was injured.

Nicky Reilly dies in prison: How the papers covered the story

  • The Mirror: British terrorist Nicky Reilly who was groomed online and tried to nail-bomb restaurant found dead in prison
  • The Guardian: Man who tried to suicide bomb Exeter restaurant dies in jail
  • Daily Mail: Radicalised nail bomber, 30, jailed for life after his homemade bomb blew up in restaurant toilet has died in prison 
  • Express and Echo:  Exeter nail bomber attacker Nicky Reilly has died in prison
Nicky Reilly
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Eight-year-old quadruple amputee takes up martial arts

BBC Radio Cornwall

A little boy who had his arms and legs amputated after contracting meningitis has taken up martial arts. 

Marshall Janson, from Perranporth, was recently invited to the Ultimate Fighting Championships in Manchester as a special guest. 

Marshall Janson with a martial arts belt signed by competitors at the Ultimate Fighting Championships
BBC

His parents say he's never let his disability hold him back. 

Torquay will not be 'overnight' success

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson is confident his squad will improve as the season goes on.

Kevin Nicholson
BBC

The Gulls have had an indifferent start to the campaign and have won just once in their last eight games with the club also being knocked out of the FA Cup.

"I've got no doubt that they will become as good, if not better than the team that finished last season," Nicholson told BBC Sport. "But it's just not something that's going to happen overnight."