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Summary

  1. Investigation after train doors closed on amputee
  2. Police officer sacked after serious sexual assault
  3. Rise in number of children treated in hospital for self-harming
  4. Norovirus spreading at double the rate of last year
  5. TB vaccination does not change badger's behaviour, study finds
  6. Hallett appointed Plymouth Albion boss
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sian Davies

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Goodbye from BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for this week. 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 tonight.

Weekend weather: Rain affecting all parts of Devon and Cornwall

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

The weather will remain rather breezy with outbreaks of patchy rain for many overnight. It'll be a mild night with low cloud and fog shrouding many coastal areas and higher ground such as Dartmoor. The minimum temperature will be 11C (52F)

Weather
BBC

On Saturday, the rain will move eastwards through the day to affect all parts. It will turn persistent and locally heavy, with drier, clearer conditions following during the evening. The maximum temperature will be 13C (55F)  

Island school board of governors resigns

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The entire board of the only school on the Isles of Scilly is going to resign.

The Council of the Isles of Scilly says an interim board should be in place at the Five Islands School by January.

Five Islands School
This is Scilly

Last month the school received an Ofsted rating of 'inadequate'. 

The governors decided to resign because they refused to accept an 'action plan' that's been drawn up for dealing with the problems highlighted by Ofsted.

In a statement the council thanked the governors for their work and said it has "taken advice and appropriate steps to ensure that the members of the interim board are well-placed to support and challenge the school to make progress to secure the necessary improvements".

Injured veterans take to the waves in world championship

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two surfers injured during military service will compete for Team GB in the US this weekend at the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship.

iSA World Adaptive Surfing Championship
Help for Heroes

Chris Jones, from Ivybridge near Plymouth and Martin Pollock, from Mullion, Cornwall, have arrived in San Diego, with the competition beginning today and 18 countries taking part.

Both athletes have been supported in their recovery journeys, which have culminated in competing at the championship, by charity Help for Heroes.

Drug runner given two years in jail for drugs offences

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A man from Liverpool has been jailed for two years after he was caught with 220 wraps of cocaine and heroin inside his body. 

Kieron Fallon, 27 of Radway Road, Huyton pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply at Exeter Crown Court on Friday.

The drugs runner was picked up by police on the M5 at Collompton with £5,500 worth of drugs inside his body.

Kieron Fallon
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police investigate burglary after second-hand dealer asked to clear home

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for a man after he arranged with a second-hand dealer to do a house clearance at a property which turned out to be a holiday home.

The dealer was given a key to the house in Pelynt to do the clerance, but became suspicious and returned the following day.

Appeal
Devon and Cornwall Police

Neighbours confirmed that the property was in fact a holiday home and the real owners were contacted.  

The man attended the second hand store two days later and was challenged by the dealer. The man then left in a black Mercedes which was missing its bonnet emblem and had damage to the bonnet.

Veteran who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan explosion to represent Team GB

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A veteran who lost both legs and his left arm while serving in Afghanistan, will represent Team GB at the ISA World Surfing Championship.  

Martin Pollock, 33,  from Mullion, joined the Army in 2008 was serving in Afghanistan when he was shot in the leg, and after returning to the front line, lost both legs and his left arm in an explosion.

Martin
Help for Heroes

Martin spent much of the following five years between Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey and running his fish and chip shop, The Galleon, in his home town in Cornwall with the support of family. 

Drug runner had 220 wraps of cocaine and heroin inside him

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A drug runner who was caught on his way to Devon with £5,500 worth of drugs inside his body has been jailed for two years.

Kieron Fallon, 27 from Liverpool pleaded guilty to two count of possession with intent to supply.

He was carrying 72 wraps of crack cocaine and 152 of heroin when he was stopped by police on the M5 at Collompton. 

Veteran who 'nearly died' surfing will represent Team GB

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A veteran who will represent Team GB at the ISA World Adaptive Sailing Championships was discharged from the Army Air Corps aged 25, barely able to walk. 

Chris Jones, 43, said: “I wanted to keep active after my injuries but had to find something I could do sitting down. 

Chris
Help for Heroes

"There was nothing else like surfing, but I had to give it up three years ago as my condition got worse. The fibromyalgia shut my brain down one day when I was out by myself paddling and I had to be rescued. I nearly died."

Chris got back in his kayak in July.

“There’s a saying in surfing, ‘only a surfer knows the feeling’, it’s hard to describe. You have to focus on that moment in time, you completely clear your mind and just let it happen. There have been times surfing has saved me from some real black spots."

Sex assault officer's conduct 'seriously breached expectation'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said the behaviour of a police officer who was sacked after the sexual assault of a woman directly contradicts the force’s values, the Code of Ethics and the standards of professional behaviour.

Bill Skelly
BBC

He said: "The public rightly sets high expectations of the police and on this occasion the officer’s conduct seriously breached this expectation.

"Discreditable conduct will not be tolerated within Devon and Cornwall Police. It is our duty to maintain the highest of standards and good reputation of what is an honourable profession."

Dartmoor Christmas tree outside Number 10

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A Dartmoor farm claims to be the first to provide 10 Downing Street with all three elements of its Christmas decorations - the outdoor tree, one for the Pilliard room, and a wreath for the front door.

The family behind Dartmoor Trees went to London to watch the switch-on yesterday.

Police investigate burglary after antiques dealer given key to holiday home

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a second-hand dealer was sold items from a house in Pelynt and given a key to clear the whole property - by a man (pictured) who did not own it.

Suspect
Devon and Cornwall Police

The burglary happened between 27 September and 30 September, when a man accompanied a second hand dealer to an address in Pelynt and sold him various items from the house.

The man told the dealer the property had belonged to his deceased parents - but it was actually a holiday home.

Travel update: Traffic light failure near school in Crediton

BBC Travel

  • In Crediton there are reports of traffic light failure on A377 Western Road at Landscore near Queen Elizabeth School, so approach with care
  • In Honiton on the A373 Dowell Street near the High Street we have reports of a collision
  • An incident on Plympton at Longbridge Road near Marsh Mills Park has nowbeen cleared
  • An accident in Camborne near Roskear Road has now been cleared

Cornwall Council makes £9.8m from parking charges and fines in one year

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The amount of money councils in England generated from parking charges and fines rose significantly last year, the RAC Foundation says.

The charity says that after deducting running costs, local authorities made an "eye-wateringly large" £756m.

Parking
BBC

The figure was calculated by taking income from parking charges and penalty notices and then deducting running costs.

The figures showed Cornwall Council had a surplus of £9.8m.

Vaccinating badgers against bovine TB does not increase risk of them spreading the disease

BBC Radio Devon

Scientists have found that vaccinating badgers against bovine TB does not change their behaviour or increase the risk of them spreading the disease.

Badgers
BBC

Concerns had been raised that vaccinating badgers against the disease could alter where they go and increase transmission of the disease to cattle, in the same way that culling can make badgers move around more and spread TB. 

But researchers, who were tracking the behaviour of 54 badgers with GPS collars on four farm sites in Cornwall, found that 15 animals which had received the TB vaccine at least once moved around their territory in the same way as the others.

Police officer sacked after serious sex assault will not be named

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police officer sacked after a woman was seriously sexually assaulted will not be named, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

The misconduct panel, held in Exeter, determined that the identity of the officer should not be made public in the interests of the complainant, who decided not to pursue criminal action against the officer, and other family members affected by the case.

The conduct was off-duty and did not arise from or relate to the performance of police duties, the panel said.

Hallett appointed Plymouth Albion boss

BBC Sport

Plymouth Albion player-coach Kieran Hallett is promoted to the head coach role of the National One club.

Hallett, who will continue his playing role, takes over following the resignation of Dan Parkes after five months in charge.  

Kieran Hallett
Brian Tempest

Travel update: Accident in Camborne

BBC Travel

  • In Salcombe on the A381 Main Road inbound between Onslow Road and Devon Road has now been cleared
  • In Camborne on the A3047 Roskear near Roskear Road traffic is slow moving due to an accident
  • In Exeter at St Davids Hill near Howell Road delays are possible due to tree cutting work
  • In Clyst Honiton, the A30 Honiton Road eastbound near B3184 (Exeter Airport) is partially blocked due to an incident
  • In Salcombe the A381 Main Road inbound between Onslow Road and Devon Road is partially blocked due to a collision

Norovirus spreading at double the rate of last year

Matthew Hill

BBC West health correspondent

The winter vomiting bug norovirus is spreading through south west communities at double the rate of last year, figures show.

Norovirus
Science Photo Library

There were 19 reported cases in schools and nurseries for the same period last year compared with 48 this year.

Schools, nurseries and care homes are especially at risk and public health experts are asking people to be vigilant to stop the spread.

Weather update: Cloudy but with occasional brighter periods

BBC Weather

Although cloudy at times cloud will be thinner and will also occasionally break to give some brighter periods and a little sunshine.

However, thicker cloud will move in again from the west towards the end of the day with some light rain in the far west towards evening. 

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be strong at times and up to near gale force at first in the far west. The maximum temperature will be 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Sacked sex assault police officer will not face criminal charges

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police officer sacked after a woman was sexually assaulted will not face criminal charges because the offence happened abroad, police have confirmed.

Middlemoor
BBC

A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The incident happened abroad and no criminal action in England and Wales was possible. The victim also decided not to pursue criminal action in this case."

The officer was sacked after an eight-day hearing where a panel found the allegations proved.

Soldier from Cornwall Private Richard Edwin Yeo gets gravestone almost a century after his death

Cornwall Live

A First World War soldier from Looe will be honoured this weekend after he has finally got a gravestone - 96 years after his death.

Critics of south Devon devolution bid say it is 'back-stabbing'

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Critics of the a new bid for a single mayor for south Devon question where it would leave the rest of Devon - the poor and sparsely-populated rural north - and there have been allegations of disloyalty.

A senior Conservative councillor on Torbay Council described the decision to pursue a rival bid to the one already agreed with the rest of the county as "back-stabbing".

The Local Government Secretary told the BBC he "looked forward to receiving" the bid.

Police officer sacked for serious sexual assault

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A police officer has been sacked without notice for the serious sexual assault of a woman.

Middlemoor
BBC

In an eight-day private hearing at Devon and Cornwall Police's headquarters in Exeter, a panel found the allegations proved and that the conduct amounted to gross misconduct.

The allegations were of serious sexual assault of an adult female and were said to amount to abuse of authority, respect and courtesy; unlawful use of force; and discreditable conduct under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.

Player-coach takes top role at Albion

Andy Birkett

BBC Spotlight

Player-coach Kieran Hallett has taken over as head coach at Plymouth Albion.

The news follows the surprise resignation of head coach Dan Parkes on Wednesday. 

Hallett said: "I'm obviously happy to be taking over at Albion and I'm looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started."

Kieran Hallett
Plymouth Albion

Hallett will be assisted by Exeter Chief’s back-row Julien Salvi and is expected to appoint another assistant coach in the coming days.

Headlines for Devon and Cornwall on Friday 9 December

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

  • The Football Association in Cornwall says safeguarding children is its main priority in light of the sex abuse scandal engulfing the game. Police forces have reported that 83 potential suspects have been identified in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse in football
  • Rail regulators are investigating after a man with one leg was left "disgusted" after his treatment at Bodmin Parkway railway station despite pre-booking assistance to help him off the train
  • The NHS in Cornwall is asking people to help stop the spread of sickness and diarrhoea, with cases of the norovirus doubling compared to this time last year
  • The number of teenagers in the south west being treated for self-harm injuries is on the rise. Figures from the NSPCC show almost 3,000 were treated in hospital last year - a third more than the previous year
  • Scientists have found that vaccinating badgers against bovine TB does not change their behaviour or increase the risk of them spreading the disease
  • Parents of a girl from Exeter have released a video of their daughter's epileptic symptoms to help other children get diagnosed more quickly

Mass resignation of governors at island school

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The entire Board of Governors of Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly are to resign, according to the website www.thisisscilly.com.

The resignations follow a critical Ofsted report which rated the school as "inadequate".

Residents plead for Christmas lights visitors to take rubbish home

BBC Radio Cornwall

Travel update: Accident causing delays in Penzance

BBC Travel

  • In Penzance, Alverton Road is partially blocked between Castle Horneck Road and Alverton Street due to an accident
  • Near Paignton on the A380 Kings Ash Road there's very slow moving and queueing traffic heading to and from Tweenaway due to roadworks
  • In Plymouth there is an incident on Stroud Park Road between Ham Drive and Langstone Road
  • Near Dartmouth the A3122 has reopened
  • In Holsworthy the A3072 Rydon Road partially blocked near Trewyn Park due to a broken down vehicle

Three adults rescued from lift in Marks & Spencer

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Three adults have been rescued from a lift in Marks & Spencer in Exeter.

A fire appliance from Danes Castle was mobilised following a call from staff at the store, requesting assistance three people who had got stuck.

Amputee left 'disgusted' after treatment at train station

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Rail regulators are investigating after a man with one leg was left "disgusted" after his treatment at a Cornish railway station.

Bob Walker was on his way home from Bristol when he says he ended up getting hit by the sliding doors of a train at Bodmin Parkway and got his crutch trapped.

Bob Walker
Paul Richards

Assistance at all the stations on his journey had been pre-booked but Mr Walker claims Great Western staff at Bodmin Parkway said they were unable to lift the wheelchair ramp onto the train.

In a statement Great Western Railway said: "We are investigating why this customer did not immediately receive the help he had asked for in getting off his train."

Torquay sign Millwall teenager on loan

BBC Sport

Torquay United sign centre-back Paul Rooney on a 28-day youth loan from League One club Millwall.

The 19-year-old has played one first-team game for the Lions since joining them from Irish club Bohemians in July.  

Plainmoor
Getty Images

Great Western Railway investigating after amputee's crutch 'trapped in train doors'

BBC Radio Cornwall

An investigation has been launched after amputee Bob Walker said he was hit by the sliding doors of a train at Bodmin Parkway and ended up with his crutch being trapped despite pre-booking assistance at the station.

Bodmin Parkway
Google

In a statement Great Western Railway said: "We are investigating why this customer did not immediately receive the help he had asked for in getting off his train.

"As he attempted to disembark he alerted on board staff, and our station staff were able to provide a ramp so he could alight safely."

Plans to unite south Devon in 'ambitious' devolution bid

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Plans to unite south Devon under a single elected mayor follow a visit to the county by the Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid in October when he made it clear that only "ambitious" devolution bids including mayors would get new money and significant powers.

It cuts across an existing devolution bid covering the whole of Devon and Somerset which has already been submitted to the government.

All of the councils involved in the new proposals had signed up to the earlier bid - but there has been growing frustration at its slow progress and the refusal of the councillors leading it to accept a mayor.

Video shows baby's epileptic symptoms

BBC Spotlight

A video of a little girl from Exeter shows the tiny convulsions she endured as a baby as a result of epilepsy.

The parents of Grace Hall have released the footage in a bid to help other children get diagnosed more quickly.

Video shows baby's epileptic symptoms

More traffic misery as gas workers start roadworks on A38 at Lee Mill this weekend

Plymouth Herald

Motorists are facing yet more roadworks misery as gas workers close a lane of one of the busiest stretches of dual carriageway in Plymouth in the run up to Christmas.

Investigation launched after amputee 'hit by sliding doors' at train station

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Health and Safety Regulator for rail is to launch an investigation after an amputee says he was hit by the sliding doors of a train at Bodmin Parkway and ended up with his crutch being trapped.

Bob Walker was returning from a medical assessment in Bristol.

Bodmin Parkway
Google

All his travel arrangements had been pre-booked for him by an insurance company including assistance at stations to get him off and on with a wheelchair.

But Bob says when he arrived at Bodmin Parkway staff there were abusive and initially refused to provide a ramp.

Weather: Staying mostly dry, cloudy but mild

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There'll be some bright spells for some of us but it'll be mainly cloudy through the day.

There is a risk of rain in the northwest later and the winds will be fresh. Remaining mild, despite the wind and cloud. The maximum temperature will be 14C (57F).

BBC weather for Devon and Cornwall on Friday 9 December