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Summary

  1. Ambulances in south west wait 90 hours a day to transfer patients
  2. Torquay United board agree a deal to sell club
  3. Police review decision to carry out criminal investigation into landslide death
  4. £7m 'eco-school' being demolished after buildings started leaking
  5. Dawlish Air Show cancelled again
  6. Live grenades found in shop renovation
  7. Disqualified driver caught going at 111mph in a Bentley
  8. Updates on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Eden voted top UK attraction at National Geographic Traveller Awards

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

The Eden Project has been voted UK Attraction of the Year in the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards in London.

Eden Project
Lawrence Jones

Eden faced competition from the British Museum and Edinburgh Castle.

How a £7m eco-school became a pile of rubble in six years

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Dartington Primary School was called "visionary" for its green credentials when it opened in 2010.

It had solar power and rainwater recycling in its specification.

Now it lies in a pile of rubble and splintered wood...

Leaking £7m eco-school is demolished

Dumper truck inquest: Decision to drive made on 'spur of the moment'

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man who died when he was crushed by a dumper truck was only driving it due to a "spur of the moment decision", another worker has told an inquest.

John Sweeney, 45, from County Antrim resident died in the incident in June 2015 while working on a project digging trenches for fibre optic cable in Cornwall.

Michael Gallen told the inquest he was the person operating the dumper truck that day, he knew Mr Sweeney was experienced at driving a dumper, but he wasn't aware John didn't have a ticket to drive the dumper on that site.

He said he had seen Mr Sweeney move the dumper truck before so someone could get to their car but driving it wasn't part of his normal working practice.

Mr Gallen said while drivers are supposed to wear a seatbelt they sometimes didn't bother when making short journeys.

He said he had been using the truck all day and couldn't see why it had turned over - the slope wasn't ideal but the gravel was level enough.

The inquest continues.

Weather: Expect another chilly start

Skies will stay mostly clear again tonight, so we will get another very cold night with temperatures well below freezing.

There will be a widespread frost, and perhaps a few mist and fog patches. Minimum Temperature: -3C (27F).

Weather map
BBC

Mist patches could be slow to clear tomorrow but most places will be sunny and cold again.

in Cornwall eastern parts will be sunny and cold, while in Devon it will be cloudier in Plymouth and on Dartmoor so it will be milder there. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Unmarked police cars on patrol

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Unmarked police cars are going to be out and about this week targeting motorists who are breaking the law.

driver
Devon and Cornwall Police
This driver was stopped by police and has been reported for other offences including no insurance, no tax, not wearing a seat-belt and the car had two bald tyres.

They'll be looking for those who are speeding, wearing no seat-belts and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

A number of motorists have been stopped driving at speeds in excess of 95mph during the last few weeks.

Dumper truck inquest: Worker 'didn't have ticket' to drive

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

Construction worker John Sweeney, who died under a dumper truck in June 2015, was not wearing a seatbelt and did not have the ticket needed to drive it, an inquest in Truro has heard.

A statement from his wife said he had a dumper truck at home and was a safe and competent driver of all the vehicles he owned.

Neill Gallagher, foreman at GCU which was contracted to dig trenches and lay cables for BT fibre optic broadband, told the inquest whatever your level of experience you needed a ticket to prove your training before operating such machinery.

He said he had worked with Mr Sweeney since November 2014 and had never seen him drive a dumper truck during this time.

Mr Gallagher said it was the last day of the job at Coverack, but the team of four was under no pressure.

The inquest continues.

Live hand grenades found in shop

BBC Spotlight

Two hand grenades have been found in a Kingsbridge shop by workers carrying out renovations.

hand grenades
bbc

It was thought they were disabled but explosive elements were found inside and they were in fact live.

A Royal Navy bomb disposal team from Plymouth took them to a quarry where they were detonated.

Plymouth students vote to ban 'hate-filled' tabloids

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth University's campus shop has been banned from selling three tabloid newspapers on the basis that they promote "hate speech".

Air show organisers disappointed by lack of council support

BBC Radio Devon

In announcing the cancellation of the 2017 Dawlish Air Show the organisers say it was "especially frustrating seeing" other events being given council support.

A statement from the organising committee said the free event brought about 100,000 visitors to the area and significantly benefits businesses in Dawlish and other local communities.

It questioned the benefit to the community of other events supported by some local councils.

The committee hopes to stage another air show in the future and in the meantime will provide help and support to the Dawlish Celebrates carnival committee, if needed.

airshow
BBC

Witness appeal to serious car crash

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash that has left a man and a woman with serious injuries.

Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The 83-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital before being transferred to Derriford Hospital.

The collision between a silver Microcar Dynamic SEI and a Toyota Hilux took place on the A30 junction A3015, Honiton Road, Exeter at 4.30 yesterday afternoon.

Proposals for more double yellow lines on Devon's roads

BBC Radio Devon

Do you think there should be more double yellow lines on our roads?

lines
bbc

Proposals to add new lines or change those already in place are being considered at more than 200 locations across Devon.

Devon County Council says in many cases local people have suggested the idea and the lines help keep highways clear -  but it's not going down so well with some who say the extra lines will make it impossible for them to find somewhere to park.

Dumper truck inquest: Workers 'tried to lift truck off him'

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

Workers who spotted John Sweeney, 45, trapped under a dumper truck used an excavator to try to move it off him, an inquest in Truro has heard.

The County Antrim resident was digging trenches for fibre optic cable in Cornwall as part of work he was doing to fund building his family a new home.

Coworker Alan Shimmon said the only time he ever saw Mr Sweeney operating the dumper truck was right before the accident.

He said Mr Sweeney had driven the dumper to a car park to get stones in pouring rain, but had not returned after 10 minutes.

Mr Shimmon said they found the dumper truck on top of John and tried to lift it off him with an excavator.

The inquest continues.

Dawlish Air Show cancelled again

BBC Radio Devon

Next year's Dawlish Air Show has been cancelled.

A statement on the event's official website blamed a lack of funding and donations for the decision.

Vulcan bomber
PA
The Vulcan bomber was among the displays at the last air show in 2015

The show's organisers say they'll try to seek funding for an air show in the future.

The show was axed this year due to increased insurance premiums and tougher safety rules after the Shoreham air disaster.

News Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

  • The ambulance service in the South West is taking hundreds more calls a day than it did a decade ago - and it's causing big delays in getting people out of ambulances and into A and E departments.
  • An inquest has heard how a construction worker died in Cornwall after being trapped under a dumper truck. 
  • A jury has heard that a man being tried for a murder in a disused quarry in Cornwall admitted the crime to a fellow prisoner.
  • A six million pound "zero-carbon" school in Devon is being demolished after water started leaking into the buildings. 
  • Two more local bank branches are to shut in Cornwall.

BBC Weather

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

We'll have clear skies overnight with temperatures falling well below freezing again. There'll be a widespread frost, with some mist or fog patches around. Minimum Temperature: a bracing -3 Deg C (27 Deg F) 

Thursday: Any mist or fog could be slow to clear through the morning, otherwise it will be a mostly sunny but cold day again. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F)

weather
BBC

Dumper truck death inquest: Worker found face down in gravel

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

An inquest has heard that a construction worker was found face down in gravel with a dumper truck on top of him.

John Sweeney, 45, died from compressive traumatic asphyxia suddenly and unexpectedly according to the pathologist's report.

He was involved in digging trenches for fibre optic cables in Coverack on the Lizard.

The inquest continues.

Review into landslide death criminal investigation 'no further action' decision

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

The decision to take no further action in a criminal investigation into the death of Susan Norman in a landslide will be reviewed to ensure it "remains appropriate".

At the time Devon and Cornwall Police carried out a two-year investigation into what it said was an "incredibly complex case".

It also considered evidence dating back more than 10 years, including a 60-page dossier of complaints that the residents had compiled and given to the council a month before Mrs Norman was killed.

Devon and Cornwall Police provided a file to Crown Prosecution Service at the end of 2014, which made the decision that no further action should be taken.

This decision was then independently reviewed under the victims Right to Review Scheme, with the same conclusion being reached.

I have requested a written copy of the narrative verdict and once received, I will discuss the matter with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure the original decision reached in 2014 remains appropriate."

Ch Supt Jim ColwellDevon and Cornwall Police

Do you fancy adopting a book?

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter's putting some of its rarest books up for adoption.

books
bbc

The new scheme by the library is working to restore rare volumes so they can be viewed again thanks to public donations.

Much of the collection of ancient books stored in the library's special archive was itself donated and the plan is to have 10 books up for repair at any one time at a cost of between £100-600 each.

Demolished eco-school rubble will be recycled

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Most of the material from a £7m eco-school will be recycled, says the head teacher.

Dartington
BBC

Dartington Primary School near Totnes is being demolished after water started leaking into the buildings.

Head teacher Jill Mahon said 90% of the material would be recycled locally.

Dartington
BBC

"How can you be sad when it is being reused," she said.

"We are seeing a whole process which couldn't be much richer for the children."

HSBC closes two more branches

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two more local bank branches are to shut in Cornwall. HSBC has announced it'll shut its Helston and St Ives banks in February.

hsbc
AFP/Getty Images

The bank says it's seen 40% fewer customers at its regional branches. It says it's not taking the decisions lightly and will support customers in any way possible.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Slow traffic on A381 Teignmouth Road through roadworks - affecting traffic between Bishopsteignton and Teignmouth
  • In Holsworthy the A3072 Windmill Road is partially blocked by a collision involving three vehicles near Waterloo Road
  • Plymouth A374 Devonport Hill is partially blocked and there's slow traffic due to an accident at the Richmond Walk Roundabout
  • In Stratton the A3072 Hospital Road remains blocked in both directions between New Road and Union Hill due to incident
  • Kennford the A380 Telegraph Hill - reports of an incident between the A38 Haldon Hill and Ashcombe

Defendant 'admitted murder' to fellow prisoner

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man being tried for murder admitted the crime to a fellow prisoner, a jury has heard today.

Kevin Cooper and Trewen Kevern are both charged with the murder of David Alderson in a disused quarry near Redruth in January 2014. Both men deny the murder.

David Alderson
Devon and Cornwall Police
David Alderson was killed in January 2014

In defence of Mr Kevern, Simon Laws QC called James Morris to give evidence. He told the court Mr Cooper had admitted the murder to him and said he had committed the crime alone.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard Mr Morris and Mr Cooper had shared a cell at Exeter Prison.

Mr Kevern has chosen not to give evidence. The trial continues.

Ambulances fail to reach 30% of people with life-threatening conditions

BBC Spotlight

Ambulances failed to reach 30% of people with life-threatening conditions across the south west last month within the target time of eight minutes.

ambulance
BBC

Part of the problem is ambulances being unavailable because they're waiting to discharge patients into the care of A&E departments. The service is also receiving 500 more calls a day compared to five years ago.

Morgan steps down from Cornwall role

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Ian Morgan has stepped down from his role as backs coach for Cornwall's County Championship side.

He says he is finding it difficult to balance his Cornwall job with his family and work commitments and his role in charge of Camborne RFC.

Ian Morgan
Getty Images

Morgan was appointed to the role when Graham Dawe took over before the 2014 County Championship campaign and has helped Cornwall to three successive finals at Twickenham, winning the last two.

"I have a full-time job at Bodmin College along with the director of rugby at Camborne, and of course family commitments, and I have found it increasingly difficult to juggle them all," Morgan said in a statement.

Diggers demolish Dartington £7m eco-school

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A £7m "zero-carbon" school is being demolished after water started leaking into the buildings.

Dartington Primary School being demolished
BBC

Diggers and dumper trucks are turning the former Dartington Primary School near Totnes in Devon into rubble.

Children have been accommodated in temporary buildings since moving out in July 2014.

Building of a new school on the site will start in January.  

Education authority Devon County Council is seeking compensation from the architects and builders.

Hospitals urged to ban smoking on grounds

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Hospital sites across the south west are being urged to ban smoking to improve the health of their patients and staff.

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has written to every NHS Trust asking them to become tobacco free in all hospital buildings and grounds.

smoking
Thinkstock

The number of people smoking is on the decline but about 15.5% of adults in the region still light up and tobacco use remains the single largest cause of health problems and early death.

Blissett 'fantastic' in Torquay win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson has hailed the impact of striker Nathan Blissett after the club's 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Blissett has been relegated to the substitutes' bench since the arrival of Kieffer Moore on loan, but the target man came on to inspire the Gulls to just their second away victory of the season.

Nathan Blissett
Rex Features

"When he came on, it turned the game around in our favour," Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon.

"He set up two other great chances, if not three, he's worked and worked and worked and he's allowed Kieffer to get hold of it," added Nicholson.

Roman ingot fails to sell

Roman ingot
Southern Detectorists Club

Earlier we mentioned an ingot of Roman lead, found on a Somerset farm, being sold at auction.

Bricklayer Jason Baker, 31, from Plymouth, found the very rare bar, called a pig, near Wells.  

It's the only known pig found in the UK to survive from the Antonine period, the 2nd Century AD.  

It was expected to fetch up to £60,000 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams in London.

Now we've heard that it failed to sell.

The highest bid was £38,000 - which was £2,000 below the reserve.

No action decision in landslide death criminal investigation reviewed

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A decision to carry out no further action in a criminal investigation into the death of Susan Norman who died in a landslide in Looe more than three years ago is being reviewed by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Susan Norman
Susan Norman's family

It follows a three-week inquest, where Cornwall Council were found by the jury to have failed to listen to the concerns of residents about the risk of landslips caused by blocked drains, surface water run-off and cracks in the road.

Susan Norman died when tonnes of soil and rubble engulfed her ground floor flat in Sandplace Road on 22 March 2013.

Drug dealer jailed for killing his girlfriend Natalie Jones in car crash

Exeter Express & Echo

A drug dealer has been jailed for killing his girlfriend in a car crash as he delivered cocaine.

News Headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

  • The ambulance service in the south west is taking hundreds more calls a day than it did a decade ago - and it's causing big delays in getting patients out of ambulances and into A&E
  • Police are asking people to be on the look out for signs of terrorist activity
  • Devon and Cornwall's traffic police are out again in force this week targeting speeding motorists and other offenders
  • A mystery benefactor has come forward to fund a specially adapted car for a Devon boy who has a life limiting condition

Fans will be relieved when Torquay sale happens

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The deal to sell Torquay United to new owners will come as a relief to all concerned with the National League club.

After lottery-winning owner Thea Bristow ended her backing in 2015 the current board took over to save the club from extinction and had little financial firepower to mount a serious challenge to get back into the league.

Plainmoor
BBC

Finances have been tight since - Torquay have closed their youth academy, dispensed with one manager because his wages were too costly and another because they could not pay him at all, while current boss Kevin Nicholson has also had to double up as bus driver at times.

Torquay have already had one failed takeover this year when Gaming Internaitonal pulled out.

All Gulls fans want now is someone who can come in, bring stability to the club and possibly finance a challenge to get back into the Football League in the seasons to come.

Big increase in 999 calls for South West ambulances

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

There's been a big increase in the number of people dialling 999. The South West Ambulance Service has 500 more calls every day than it did five years ago.

It also lost almost 90 working hours a day waiting outside hospitals last month. That's risen by almost a third in the last year.

Ambulance
BBC

The service's chief executive Ken Wenman says this is likely to be a difficult winter and they'll be keeping a close eye on those handover delays and working closely with A&E departments.

Series of crashes on Cornwall roads after icy start

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's been a series of accidents on roads across Cornwall amid reports of icy driving conditions.

Police incident sign
BBC

Fire crews used crash rescue equipment to free a woman from her vehicle after a collision on the A39 at Davidstow.

Another person had to be released from a vehicle by firefighters after a crash at Stratton.

Torquay United board agree deal to sell club

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United's board of directors have agreed to a deal to sell the club.

The club had been in advanced talks with investors from the Midlands after talks with a Canadian consortium ended earlier this month and it is hoped that the deal will go through by Friday 16 December.

Plainmoor
Getty Images

"The Board of Directors are pleased to announce that they entered into an agreement to sell the club, subject to final contract and due diligence," a statement from the Gulls said.

"Due to a contractual requirement for confidentiality, the board will not release any further statements until the 16 December (or completion of the sale if earlier)."

One person treated for smoke inhalation following Bodmin fire

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A person's been treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at a house in Bodmin.

Firefighters were called to the mid-terraced property just after 09:00. They put out a fire in the lounge.

fire
bbc

Drug addict scheme 'keeps women out of prison'

BBC Spotlight

Figures show more than two thirds of female drug addicts end up back for more treatment after rehab.

But organisers of a new scheme to help support addicts after treatment say there are huge savings to be made keeping women out of prison and their children out of the care system.

sunflower
BBC

Part of the Sunflower Recovery Project involves former addicts mentoring women when they leave rehab to prevent them from relapsing.

Roman ingot found in Somerset is set to be auctioned off

Roman ingot
Southern Detectorists Club

An ingot of Roman lead unearthed on a farm is being auctioned off this morning and is expected to fetch up to £60,000.

Bricklayer Jason Baker, 31, from Plymouth, found the very rare bar, called a pig, near Wells.

The 2ft (60cm) ingot dates from AD 164 and is inscribed with the name of emperor Marcus Aurelius Armeniacus.

Auctioneers Bonhams said it was the only known pig found in the UK to survive from the Antonine period, the 2nd Century AD.

The auction got under way just a short time ago.