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Summary

  1. Damning Ofsted report for multi-academy trust
  2. South west couple in US wildfire
  3. 'Road rage' attack on A30 prompts police appeal
  4. Teenager held over Facebook blackmail
  5. Dumper truck death ruled an 'accident'
  6. Vandals attack Christmas tree lights
  7. Updates on Friday 2 December 2016

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

Possible attempted abduction of 12-year-old girl

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Police are warning people to be vigilant after the possible attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl.

The teenager was walking along Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, when a dark blue 'long' car, possibly an estate, pulled up nearby.

It's understood the male driver got out of the car and asked the girl if she wanted a lift.

The girl then ran away, to a nearby friend's house.

The driver is described as bald, about 5ft 10in tall who was wearing a short sleeved shirt, with 'sleeve tattoos' on both arms.

Cornwall doctor builds tiny vacuum cleaner

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

A doctor from Cornwall has built what he hopes will become officially the world’s smallest vacuum cleaner.

Toby Bateson made the vacuum cleaner from a hamster blood bottle, a tiny motor from an iPhone and a fan made out of a small piece of aluminium.

Mr Bateson, who works at Royal Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department, says he’s been building vacuum cleaners since he was a child.

He’ll know whether it has broken the world record in the new year.

Cornwall man makes world's smallest hoover

South west schools trust 'failing' disadvantaged pupils

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

The chief executive of a multi-academy trust responsible for 36 Catholic schools has been "placed on leave" following a damning Ofsted report.

School inspectors visited 10 schools run by Plymouth CAST in October.

They branded leadership at the trust "not fit for purpose" and raised concerns about how £2m of government money was spent.

Plymouth CAST, which runs schools across the south west, said its CEO John Mannix had been "placed on leave", following the "deeply disappointing" report.

'Dominatrix prostitute is keeping our kids awake'

Exeter Express & Echo

With its sweeping views across the city's skyline capturing the towers of the cathedral and beyond – Berkshire Drive in the popular area of St Thomas should be one of the most desirable places to live in Exeter.

Cadets get a little wet in wildcat exercise

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Weather: Overnight should be frost free

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It'll be cloudy tonight but the good news is - there'll be no frost. There'll be some light rain in the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow there'll be some light showers in the morning but more sunshine in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Gun-running Penryn businessman Justin Young jailed despite taking overdose outside court

Cornwall Live

A 'Walter Mitty' businessman due to be sentenced over the illegal importation of assault rifle parts using a dark corner of the internet took an overdose outside court - and was then sentenced to eight years in jail while in hospital.

Damning Ofsted report for south west multi-academy trust

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

The man in charge of a multi-academy trust responsible for 36 south west Catholic schools has been placed on leave following a damning Ofsted report.

John Mannix is chief executive of Plymouth CAST.

School inspectors visited 10 of its schools in October and said more than half of those were not providing a good quality of education and that leadership was not "fit for purpose".

Plymouth CAST, which runs schools across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, said it was "taking swift and robust action to turn this situation around".

John Mannix
BBC

Lib Dem success - without a Goldsmith in sight

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The success of the Liberal Democrats was not only in Richmond last night. At an admittedly slightly lower key event in Devon, Bob Wright was voted onto Crediton Town Council according to this report in the Crediton Courier.

Devon's newest school could stop care for under 2s

BBC Radio Devon

Devon's newest school for 40 years - Cranbrook Educational Campus is proposing to close its provision for under 2s.

School
Strode

It says it can't do it as well as extended free childcare for two to five year olds, as promised by the government.

The school says it's working very hard to find out what it can do in the short term. A decision will be made over the weekend and details sent to all those affected on Monday.

Urgent appeal for blood donors

BBC Radio Cornwall

An urgent appeal for blood donors has been issued across Cornwall.

The NHS says about a third of all appointments to give blood are missed in December.

Donors from ethnic backgrounds are particularly sought after.

Blood donor
BBC

12 pictures of stunning Cornwall touched by frost

Cornwall Live

Subzero morning temperatures have hit Cornwall for a few days now and the county has had its first frost of the season. 

Deep and Crisp and Eden

The Eden Project has launched a festive laser show today. 

The lasers will light up the Mediterranean Biome and the outside area, where there will also be live music.

Laser show
Eden Project
The Festival of Light and Sound is running on selected dates during December

There's also a special herd of reindeer - in the form of six electric cars that have been given a makeover including antlers, reindeer fur livery, fluffy brown noses.. And in one case, a red nose.  

Woman in her 90s hit by bin lorry

BBC Spotlight

A woman in her 90s has been hit by a bin lorry in the centre of Sidmouth.

The lorry hit the pensioner on the High Street around the junction with Fore Street near Tesco.

The road is still closed while accident investigation work takes place.

Police said the lorry was travelling at low speed at the time.

The woman is thought to be suffering from a broken hip bone and has been taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Elderly woman injured in bin lorry incident

Farmers call for seasonal worker visa scheme

BBC Radio Cornwall

Farmers in Cornwall are calling for the return of a visa scheme to ensure they can employ seasonal workers post-Brexit. 

seasonal workers
bbc

Tens of thousands are needed each year to help with things like fruit and veg picking. Many currently come from the EU.

News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

  • Police investigating a fake Facebook account targeting young girls in south Devon have arrested a teenager on suspicion of blackmail.
  • Today's the last day that some people in Cornwall can have their say about residents parking permits.
  • The jury at an inquest into the death of a contractor who died when a dumper truck fell on him on the Lizard, has concluded it was an accident.
  • A man's in a critical condition in Derriford Hospital after a collision on the A379 at Holcombe in South Devon
  • The issue of how the demand for adult care is affecting Cornwall's plan for the future of health services is being discussed at a public meeting in Marazion this afternoon.  

Warning of yellow box on A38 in Plymouth

BBC Travel

Police have issued a warning after they received reports of a yellow box on the A38 in Plymouth.

The box is reported to be on the Exeter-bound side, just past the flyover at Marsh Mills.

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Have your say on paying £50 to park outside your home

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today's the last day that some people in Cornwall can have their say about residents parking permits. Cornwall Council is proposing a £50 permit to park outside homes in seven towns from Bude to Penzance. Consultation in Bude, Newlyn and Penzance ends in a fortnight's time. 

permit
BBC

The council says it'll help residents to find a space on their own street and the money raised will go to providing more traffic wardens to police the scheme.    

How to save wayward ferrets in the wild

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Lost ferrets are not a problem many of us face - but for Katie Brown, who runs a ferret sanctuary in Malborough, south Devon, it's a very real problem.

Ferrets

She was called out to catch a ferret near Loddiswell but sadly it had died by the time she got to it - so here is her advice on dealing with any lost ferrets you may find.

The basic rules are: 

  • Ferrets are friendly so don't be afraid to handle them
  • Call the sanctuary or the RSPCA

Devon teenager held on schoolgirl 'Facebook blackmail'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Police investigating a fake Facebook account targeting young girls in south Devon have arrested a teenager on suspicion of blackmail.

Facebook
Reuters

It came after school pupils in the South Hams were allegedly asked to send photos of themselves to the account, and then blackmailed if they broke off the conversation. 

A police spokesman said: "A 17-year-old youth from Dartmouth has been arrested and interviewed on suspicion of blackmail.

"They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until January 30, 2017."

Police have warned young people not to accept friend requests from people you don't know.

Helicopter pilot celebrates 4,000 hours

A helicopter pilot at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is celebrating after reaching 4,000 flying hours.

On returning from a training sortie in one of the squadron’s Merlin Mk 2 anti-submarine helicopters, Lt Cdr Dave Thomas was greeted by 829 Naval Air Squadron’s Commanding Officer Lt Cdr Kay Burbidge, with a bottle of Champagne along with a celebratory flag in his honour.

4,000 hours
RNAS Culdrose

Plans for new psychiatric intensive care unit in Devon

BBC Spotlight

Plans for a new psychiatric intensive care unit for Devon have been submitted.

Over the last year, 116 people had to travel outside the county for intensive treatment. Among them was James Wooldridge (below), whose family were unable to visit him while he was being cared for in Bradford.  

care
BBC

Check out Looe lifeboat's mannequin challenge... Excuse the slight nudity!

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Dumper truck death an 'accident'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The jury at an inquest into the death of a contractor who was crushed by a dumper truck on the Lizard has concluded it was an accident.

The inquest at Truro City Hall heard John Sweeney from Ballymena, Northern Ireland wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and didn't have the relevant ticket for driving the truck.

He was on site in Coverack with a small team as part of a contract to lay cable for BT broadband.

The jury heard how his job was to operate an excavator to dig a trench, but towards the end of the working day on 11 June 2015 decided to take the dumper truck to offload spoil and fetch gravel from a car park in the village.

He was found on his front, trapped underneath the one-tonne vehicle which was on its side.

His wife Geraldine gave a statement to the coroner's court in which she said the couple had two children, the second of which was born just weeks after her husband died.

Severe accident: A375 Devon southbound

BBC Travel

A375 Devon southbound severe accident, from All Saint's Road to Holmdale.

A375 Devon - A375 High Street in Sidmouth closed and queuing traffic southbound from Sidmouth Post Office Min-Roundabout to The Co-Operative Store, because of an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Couple awoke to find town threatened by wildfire deserted

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A couple from Devon awoke on holiday to find the town they were staying in deserted apart from the emergency services.

Wildfire had broken out near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, but Adrian and Lesley Hughes, from Axmouth, thought the evacuation had been called off.

Mr Hughes said: "Reception was locked, no staff, no other guests and having walked down the road a bit there was no one in the town other than the emergency services."

Map
BBC

Firefighters told him the couple should pack up their belongings, get in the car and make their way to the police line at the edge of the town for more information.

The couple said they have heard many upsetting stories from the residents of Gatlinburg and their thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost family and homes.

Legion d'honneur for naval officer

A retired naval officer has been presented with France's highest award, the Legion d'honneur.

Capt Michael Lane RN received the award from Andrew Munson, the Consulate of France for Penzance at the offices of Hayle Town Council.

Andrew Munson and Capt Michael Lane
David Lane

Capt Lane was a 19-year-old Midshipman serving aboard HMS Ramillies during the Normandy landings in June 1944, supporting the airborne troops tasked with taking Pegasus Bridge.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A38 in the Glynn Valley there's slow moving traffic westbound
  • Exeter, Sandygate roundabout cleared after accident - queues starting to clear 
  • In Callington on the A388 Back Lane near Church Street we've got reports there's an accident
  • On the A38 Haldon Hill heading towards Plymouth we've got reports there's slow moving traffic

Dumper truck death accidental

Pedestrian in critical condition after car collision

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A pedestrian is fighting for his life after a collision involving a car in Dawlish.

The man in his 50s was air-lifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the collision with a Citroen Picasso on the A379 at Holcombe at around 3pm yesterday.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to contact them.

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Calls for change in law over asbestos in schools

BBC Spotlight

A Devon woman whose mother died from mesothelioma - a type of lung cancer which it's thought she contracted while working as a teacher -  is calling for a change in the law over access to information on asbestos in school buildings.

Lucie Stephens
BBC

Lucie Stephens submitted more than 150 freedom of information requests about the issue to the UK's local authorities. In Devon, 221 schools were reported as having asbestos.

Camborne flood victims pay a builder £1,400 to sort out their home and he's not been back

Cornwall Live

A couple whose home was flooded during a torrential storm say they have been left more than £1,400 out of pocket after a builder employed to carry out essential repair work didn't return to their property to finish the job.  

Memory tree tribute to stillborn babies

BBC Radio Cornwall

A specially designed memory tree has been built at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro as a tribute to babies who've been stillborn. 

tree
bbc

The idea is that parents of stillborn babies can add engraved metal leaves to the tree to remember their babies.

Mostly dry with some sunny spells

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After a cold, frosty start, any fog patches may be slow to clear today. 

There will be some brightness, especially in the west, with cloudier skies in the east. The maximum temperature will be 8C (46F) 

BBC weather for Devona and Cornwall on Friday 2 December

Couple who slept through evacuation said town was 'pretty smokey'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A couple from Devon said when they arrived at an American resort threatened by wildfire the air was "pretty smoky".

Adrian and Lesley Hughes from Axmouth were staying at a hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee when at about 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT) they noticed a small line of fire about 1,640ft (500m) up the mountain.

Mr and Mrs Hughes
Lesley Hughes

"The wind really began to blow and soon the fire spread along and down the mountain", said Mr Hughes.

Staff rang their room and told them the hotel was being evacuated but Mr Hughes said he was unable to drive as he had been drinking.

He said he was told transport would be arranged, but when they did not get another call they assumed the evacuation was off.

Did you see this road rage assault?

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A 'road rage' attack on the A30 in Cornwall has left a man injured.

The 56-year-old man was assaulted after he flashed his lights at a car in front of him to warn him to slow down in a speed restricted area. 

But the driver in front of him stopped, got out of his car and then started punching the man in the shoulder.

The offender then walked back to his car and ripped off his own number plate.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened on the A30 near the Launceston junction at around 9.30pm on Sunday to get in touch.

First December meeting at Exeter Racecourse cancelled due to frost

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The first December meeting at Exeter Racecourse has been abandoned due to frost, the venue has confirmed.

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