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  1. Fisherman's Friends: Manslaughter accused refuses to give evidence
  2. Earthquake confirmed in Cornwall by the British Geological Survey
  3. Elderly and disabled care 'crisis due to shortage of workers'
  4. Teenager remanded over 'suspicious device' found on Tube
  5. South West's poppy appeal launched today
  6. Salcombe lifeboat disaster: Sand bar claimed 13 lives in 1916
  7. Updates on Thursday 27 October 2016

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Local Live in Devon and Cornwall

Tom Palmer, BBC News Online

That's it from us today, but Local Live is back tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Devon and Cornwall.

And BBC Spotlight has all the latest headlines, on BBC1 at 18:30 tonight.

Latest weather: A dry and quiet night with occasional clear spells

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It'll be a dry, quiet night tonight, with occasional clear spells.

Some mist and fog patches are likely to form again in prone spots but they will be less widespread than last night.

Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)


Plymouth's best yet to come, says Slew

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jordan Slew says League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle are yet to hit their best form, despite being four points clear at the top of the table.

Jordan Slew
Rex Features

The Pilgrims are on a 12-game unbeaten run, having taken 32 points from a possible 36 since losing their first two league games of the season.

"We're not at our best, we're still getting better every game," the forward told BBC Radio Devon. "We're getting stronger, we look fit and we look like a good prospect for promotion," he added.

Poppy appeal launched in Cornwall

Exeter's Salvi out until after Christmas

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter flanker Julian Salvi has been ruled out for the rest of 2016 after injuring his bicep.

Julian Salvi
Getty Images

The 31-year-old Australian was hurt during the Chiefs' narrow Champions Cup loss at Ulster and needs surgery.

"We're still waiting to learn the full extent of it but it looks relatively serious," head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Sport.

Plymouth's History Centre to receive funding for £4,175,000

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Plymouth's History Centre is set to receive funding from Arts Council England of £4,175,000.

The decision officially unlocks the £15.8 million already secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund along with £8 million from the City Council, £150,000 from Plymouth University and £128,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, paving the way for building and construction work to begin.

Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: "This is yet more brilliant news - news that will really help us to achieve our ambitions.

"Arts Council England's support is really important as the History Centre is about arts and culture as well as heritage."

Truro city centre Post Office may move to WHSmith

BBC Radio Cornwall

The post office in Truro City centre may move into WHSmith by January.

The Post Office says the same services will be offered and existing staff will be employed.

The mayor of Truro, Rob Nolan, said: "You can't lose a major business. It's going to be at the back of Smiths."

A public consultation on the plans has been launched.

'It was boom, boom, boom, boom, boom'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Cornishman woken by the sound of an earthquake hitting the county described what it was like.

Earthquake shakes Cornwall

Patrick from Luxulyan heard the 2.3-magnitude earthquake which was felt by people living as far as 20 miles from the epicentre on Bodmin Moor. 

The quake, which hit at 03:00 BST, is not reported to have caused any damage or injuries.

The British Geological Survey said it was the largest earthquake in the area since 2011 and was one of about 12 tremors of a similar size that happen annually in the UK.  

Former boss Stirling helps out Pirates

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Cornish Pirates boss Chris Stirling has been helping the club during his holiday, according to current joint-head coach Alan Paver.

Stirling spent three years in charge of the Pirates before heading back to his native New Zealand in 2012 where he now works as high performance manager of Super Rugby's Hurricanes franchise.

Chris Stirling
Brian Tempest

"While he's been here we've been able to rack his brains," Paver said. "He's been in every day. We've been able to accelerate our learning in certain areas, especially how a high-performance team works, which has been much appreciated.

"For him to come in and share his expertise with us has been fantastic, and he's a good guy and we've had a couple of good beers with him and he's been good value for all three weeks.," Paver added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

Skipper of 2,500 tonne ship jailed for being drunk in charge

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A skipper in charge of a 2,500 tonne ship has been jailed for eight weeks after being found so drunk he had to hand over control of the vessel to his chief mate.

Russian skipper Sergey Safronov, 52, of Tolcarne Road, Newquay, was so intoxicated he was struggling to complete the necessary paperwork as he travelled up the Fowey River in Cornwall on 28 September.

Truro Crown Court heard Safronov failed a police breath test and had 80mg of alcohol in his breath – the legal top limit for shipping is just 25mg.

Court heard from witnesses over deaths of Fisherman's Friends members

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The court heard from a former client Rob Willets, who had known David Naylor for 25 years said his products were good and often more expensive.

He said Mr Naylor was "honest and fair" and that he would "take time to get it right and do it properly." Another client Simon Oliphant Hope bought five doors for helicopter hangers in Shoreham.

He said "we were happy with the maintenance contract until the company went into administration".

David Naylor

A former employee Kay Coughlan said in a statement that Mr Naylor was a "nice genuine person" and a "great employer".

She said she never had any complaints from customers and many were returning customers.

Mr Naylor's son Daniel who had also worked in the business described his father as a "caring, down to earth man."

The judge told the jury there will be closing speeches on Monday before she sums up the case. They may be sent out to consider their verdicts next Wednesday.

Torbay Council announces plans for the town centre festival period

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Torbay Council has announced new plans for animating Torquay town centre throughout the festive period.

The programme of activity includes installations, workshops and choirs, which will run from Saturday 26 November to Saturday 24 December 2016.

Torbay's elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: "I am delighted that there are going to be a number of different Christmas activities taking place in Torquay town centre. It will help bring business to our high street and create a friendly and festive atmosphere for shoppers."

Fishermen's Friends deaths: "I wish it had been me"

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The man accused of causing the death of a member of the Cornish shanty group Fishermen's Friends and the group's tour manager said on hearing of the tragedy "I wish it had been me".

The revaluation came at the start of the defence case in the trial of David Naylor whose company supplied the door which fell on the two men. However he has decided not to give evidence himself.

David Naylor
BBC/McMullen Family

Singer Trevor Grills, from Port Isaac, and the group's manager Paul McMullen from Cheshire, died when they were hit by a falling door at G Live in Guildford in February 2013.

His barrister Adrian Darbishire QC told the court Mr Naylor would not be giving evidence.

PM Teresa May in Newquay to discuss Heathrow expansion

BBC Spotlight

The Prime Minister, Teresa May, is at Newquay airport for a round table discussion with local businesses about the opportunities the Heathrow expansion could provide for local businesses.

Teresa May

Speaking about the news of Nissan confirming it will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant thanks to government "support and assurances", the Prime Minister said: "We wish to ensure and assure the competitiveness of the British economy."  

Devon and Cornwall Police officers have a busy day in North Devon

Fisherman's Friends: Statements read in court defending manslaughter accused

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A court has heard five statements in support of a man accused of causing the deaths of two Fisherman's Friends group members.

Singer Trevor Grills, from Port Isaac, and the group's manager Paul McMullen from Cheshire, died when they were hit by a falling door at G Live in Guildford in February 2013.   

David Naylor ran the company which supplied a door that hit the pair in Guildford, London.

Trevor Grills & Paul McMullen
BBC/McMullen family

His barrister Adrian Darbishire read five statements in support of Mr Naylor from former staff and clients of the company, as well as his son and brother.

The judge told the jury there will be closing speeches on Monday before she sums up the case.

Latest travel from Devon: A382 partially blocked

BBC Travel

Devon: On the A382 between Greycoat Lane and the A38 the road is partially blocked and traffic is slow because of an incident

Devon: Dawlish Warren Road is partially blocked due to a collision near Mount Pleasant Road

Drunk Russian skipper Sergey Safronov said to risk lives at helm of huge cargo ship in Fowey River

West Briton

A Russian skipper who was so drunk that his chief mate had to take over his 2,500-tonne cargo ship as it made its way into Fowey has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Man accused of causing the deaths of Fisherman's Friends group members refuses to give evidence

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The man accused of causing the death of a member of the Cornish shanty group Fisherman's Friends and the group's tour manager has decided not to give evidence at his trial.

Singer Trevor Grills, from Port Isaac, and the group's manager Paul McMullen from Cheshire, died when they were hit by a falling door at G Live in Guildford in February 2013.  

The defence case for David Naylor, who ran the company which supplied the door, began today as the trial entered a fourth week.

His barrister Adrian Darbishire told the court Mr Naylor would not be giving evidence.

David Naylor

Historic Bampton Charter Fair

BBC Radio Devon

The historic Bampton Charter Fair is taking place today.

The fair dates back to 1258 when it got a Royal Charter.

More than 100 stalls are lining the streets and rare breed ponies are on show.  

Bampton Charter Fair

Poppy Appeal launched in Plymouth

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

The Poppy Appeal has been launched today by the Royal British Legion. 

A special event at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth is marking the partnership between the Royal Navy in the South West and the Royal British Legion. 

A large model poppy has been lowered from a Royal Navy helicopter into the base before being transported to the Naval Heritage Centre.

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Police release images of stolen items in St Ives burglary

Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson to deliver 23rd annual Pilgrim Fathers lecture

One of the country’s most high profile legal figures is coming to Plymouth to deliver the 23rd annual Pilgrim Fathers lecture.

The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson, who chaired an inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of UK media from 2011-2012, will be speaking about criminal law in the 21st Century at the event on Friday 18 November.

He will become the latest leading lawyer to attend the lecture series, which commemorates the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America in 1620 and embodies the themes of freedom and human rights.

Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson

Dr Dan Gilling, head of the Plymouth Law School at the University of Plymouth, said: “The Pilgrim Fathers lecture has always been a highlight of the city’s legal calendar, and a chance to hear from some of the leading lights in the profession.

"Sir Brian Leveson is certainly one of those, and I hope our students and staff will be inspired by listening to someone whose work has had a major impact on public life as a whole.”

Your experience of the earthquake in Cornwall...


An earthquake in Cornwall has been causing quite a stir on social media. Here's some of your comments on the BBC Spotlight Facebook page...

Francis: I just woke up and heard a deep prolonged rumble....thought it was a quake....checked media... least now I know it was!

Graham: It woke me at 03.07 with shaking and rumbling noise.

Margaret: I was woken up at 3.06 according to my clock by what I thought was a gale roaring outside. It passed after a few seconds.... St Ives area.

BBC Radio Devon's David Fitzgerald has been in good company this morning...

Earthquake hits Cornwall: How the papers are covering the story...

The Herald: 'Earthquake' shakes Cornwall in early hours of this morning 

The Mirror: Cornwall hit by earthquake as residents report 'loud booming' noises in early hours of the morning

West Briton: 3am earthquake wakes Cornwall residents after 30 second rumble

Chief constable represents the UK at an international anti-slavery conference

BBC Radio Devon

Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, is in Rome this week representing the UK at an international anti-slavery conference.

Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police

Mr Sawyer is attending the conference, organised by the Catholic Church, on behalf of all UK Police Forces.

It will look at eradicating human trafficking and modern slavery.

Teenager 'could plead not guilty' over device found on Tube

Press Association

Damon Smith has appeared in court charged with sparking a security alert after an explosive device was found on a Tube train.

Mr Smith, 19, of Abbeyfield Road in Southwark, south-east London, was held by Metropolitan Police after two members of the public discovered a backpack on a Jubilee line service on October 20.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the item.

Police investigating the case also searched a home in Devon, where Mr Smith had lived until six months earlier.

Defence counsel Simon Eastwood indicated that his client, who has a form of autism, would be pleading not guilty on the grounds that it was a prank. 

Damon Smith

BreakingTeenager remanded over 'suspicious device' found on Tube

Press Association

A teenager has appeared in court charged with sparking a security alert after an explosive device was found on a Tube train. 

Damon Smith, 19, of Abbeyfield Road in Southwark, spoke only to confirm his name and address when he stood before senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. 

He entered no plea to the charge of unlawfully and maliciously making or possessing an unspecified explosive substance with an intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Police investigating the case also searched a home in Devon, where Mr Smith had lived until six months earlier.

Police appeal for help tracing missing man, 77

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Police are "increasingly concerned" for a missing man, 77, from Exeter.

Lesley Roger Irish is from the Heavitree area of the city and last made contact with his family on Monday evening.

Lesley Roger Irish
Devon and Cornwall Police

He is described as being 5’ 5” tall and is likely to be wearing a coat, walking boots and rucksack. He may be driving a seven-year-old red Mitsubishi Colt saloon.

It is thought Mr Irish might have travelled to the Jurassic Coast area of Dorset.

Latest travel in Cornwall: A30 lane closure

BBC Travel

  • On the A30 between Temple and Millpool there's a lane closure and a speed restriction of 40mph due to long-term roadworks. Very slow traffic eastbound
  • In St Austell, Tremena Road is partially blocked due to an accident around North Street
  • In Lelant, on the A3074 Abbey Hill is partially blocked between Vicarage Lane and Mill Hill due to an accident

Silence in Salcombe to remember lifeboat crew who died in disaster

Emma Thomasson

BBC Spotlight

Today marks 100 years since the Salcombe lifeboat disaster. 

The lifeboat had gone to the aid of a schooner off Prawle Point but her crew had already been rescued. 

The William and Emma turned for home, but capsized in gale force winds, Thirteen of the 15 crew drowned. 

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Latest travel in Devon: A3072 partially blocked

BBC Travel

  • Between Bickleigh and Cadbury the A3072 is partially blocked due to an incident
  • At Maidencombe, Steep Hill is partially blocked due to an overturned vehicle around Teignmouth Road
  • On the A30 Okehampton bypass one lane is closed due roadworks. Traffic is slow moving in the area