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Summary

  1. Junior doctor took her own life 'after doubts over continuing in profession'
  2. Murder investigation: Police name dead man
  3. Penlee lifeboat disaster: 35th anniversary
  4. Man critically injured in tractor accident
  5. Exeter's Katie Hopkins apologises for extremist slur
  6. MP wants action to help cut suicide rates
  7. South West farmers in upland areas say they've been badly hit by delays at the Rural Payments Agency
  8. CCTV to remain in Truro and seven Cornish towns
  9. Exeter City Council is banning Christmas wrapping paper from household recycling bins
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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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.

Strictly finalist Danny 'Sleepless in Plymouth'

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac will be treading the boards in Plymouth for the premier of a new musical based on the Tom Hanks film Sleepless in Seattle.

Danny Mac, previously best known for his role in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, will star in the romantic comedy Sleepless, alongside leading lady Carley Stenson.

Danny Mac with Strictly professional Oti Mabuse
PA

The production will open at Theatre Royal in April after which it will go to Salford and Dublin prior to a run in London's West End.

Katie Hopkins sorry for al-Qaeda slur against family

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A family wrongly accused of having links to al-Qaeda has received an apology from columnist Katie Hopkins.

When the Mahmood family were refused entry to the US for a planned holiday in 2015, the outspoken former Apprentice candidate from Exeter said  "you can't blame America for not letting this lot travel to Disneyland - I wouldn't either", claiming Mohammed Tariq Mahmood and his brother, Mohammed Zahid Mahmood, were extremists.

Katie Hopkins
Getty Images

The Mail Online, which published her claims, has paid the family "substantial damages" and removed the story from its website.

Helicopter pilot's tribute to 'salt of the earth' lifeboat crew

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Solomon Brown lifeboat crew who died trying to rescue the stricken cargo ship Union Star 35 years ago today were "the salt of the earth", according to an American helicopter involved in the disaster.

Russell Smith paid tribute to the Penlee crew in a BBC Four documentary ten years ago.

Solomon Brown launch
RNLI

Hurricane-force winds and waves up to 64ft high (20m) in 1981 meant the helicopter was unable to help with the rescue and the pilot could only watch the disaster unfold as the lifeboat crew tried repeatedly to save the people on board the Union Star.  A total of 16 people died.

"You can't imagine the bravery of people like that to put their lives on the line - they're the salt of the earth, the fathers, the brothers, the sons... the sons of Mousehole," he said.

Mystery surrounds second fish stranding

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Thousands of fish remain on Marazion beach near Penzance after a mass stranding at the weekend.

It's the second time in two weeks that large numbers of small fish have washed ashore on a Cornish beach.

Fish stranded on beach
Louise Batty

There are several theories as to why it's happened. 

Jean-Luc Solandt from the Marine Conservation Society said: "Usually mass strandings are weather related, or linked to extreme tides. We have looked into whether any oil and gas companies have been doing any testing in the area that's caused seismic activity but can't find any evidence. 

"Fishermen dumping the catch at sea is a reasonable explanation as they don't want useless fish clogging up their vessels."

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Tuesday dull with mist and fog

BBC Weather

A mostly cloudy night, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle and although chilly, frost is unlikely with a minimum temperature of 5 Deg C (41F).

Weather map
BBC

Tuesday will have a dull start, perhaps with some mist or fog patches. It will then stay cloudy, with occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle and feeling less warm than today with a maximum temperature of 9C (48F).

Junior doctor family call for action over NHS 'crisis'

In a statement read in the coroner's court at Torquay, Rose Polge's tearful family called for action to tackle the "crisis" in the health service.

Dr Polge took her own life at the time of a strike by colleagues.

It said: "Many doctors work under terrific pressure and over incredibly long hours. They cope with fatigue and heavy workloads in extremely busy departments.

"Doctors' awareness of patient safety issues, together with an emphasis on self-reflection and personal responsibility, can generate massive levels of anxiety." 

Ring netters 'likely' to be behind strandings

Fishing industry experts say that pilchard ring netters are likely to be behind two recent mass beachings of small fish on Cornish beaches.

On Saturday thousands of fish came ashore at Marazion near Penzance, following another incident at Pentewan Sands near St Austell two weeks ago.

Paul Trebilcock from the Cornish Fish Producers' Organisation does not think fishermen have been intentionally throwing away their by-catch; "Sometimes they simply catch too many fish for the ring netters to handle and they escape. 

"This has nothing to do with quotas but simply too many fish in the sea in this case."

Fish on beach
Katrina Slack

Simon Cadman from the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority said: "There's a strong likelihood this is to do with ring netters. This is not good in any respect and fishermen don't want to see this amount of fish ending up as seagull fodder. 

"We are talking to them about what has gone wrong to try and stop it happening again."

Rose Polge inquest: Trainee doctor was 'lively and lovely'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

‪The family of junior doctor Rose Polge said in a statement that she was a "lively and lovely person who brought light into a room wherever she went".

‪They added: "She was also a conscientious and dedicated young doctor, described by her colleagues as one of the best they had worked with."‬

Rose Polge
Rose Polge/Facebook

An inquest has heard how Ms Polge went missing on 12 February from Torbay Hospital.

She went into the sea to take her own life an inquest heard. Her body was found in April in Dorset. 

Her family has criticised the long working hours of junior doctors and called for and end to the "crisis" in the NHS.

Rose Polge inquest: Trainee doctor was 'very highly regarded'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Trainee doctor Rose Polge, who took her own life by walking into the sea, was "very highly regarded" an inquest heard.

South Devon coroner Ian Arrow said her death was a "tremendous loss to her profession and to her family".

After the inquest in Torquay Ms Polge's family criticised the long working hours of junior doctors and called for action to end the "crisis of morale".

Ms Polge left work at Torbay Hospital early on 12 February and her body was found in April in Dorset.

Mr Arrow said she had intended to take her own life and died either of drowning or hypothermia.

Doctor feared 'not being able to hold it together'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Trainee doctor Rose Polge was "afraid of working the weekend" after five days of an 11 day stretch, an inquest heard.

Her boyfriend Dr Alasdair Hawley said she feared she might be "unable to hold it together".

Rose Polge
Devon and Cornwall Police

She started her shift at 08:30 on 12 February when she went missing later in the day. 

A coroner said she walked into the sea to take her own life. 

Her family has criticised the long working hours of trainee doctors.

Junior doctor killed herself at height of government-NHS dispute

Press Association

A junior doctor who killed herself at the height of the dispute between the government and NHS workers had serious concerns about remaining in the profession in the hours before she died, an inquest has heard. 

Rose Polge, 25, struggled with crippling self-doubt and considered a change of career despite being described by colleagues at Torbay Hospital in Devon as "one of the best". 

Her long-term boyfriend, fellow doctor Alasdair Hawley, described how Dr Polge had spent the night before her death walking along the beach near their home in Torquay trying to decide what to do. 

In a statement read during the inquest in Torquay, Dr Hawley said he left work early to talk with his girlfriend after becoming increasingly concerned about her mental state. 

Rose Polge inquest: 'Heavy workloads hitting doctor training and patient safety'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

‪The family of junior doctor Rose Polge said in a statement read at the inquest that a report by the General Medical Council had shown that "increasingly heavy workloads for both trainees and trainers are impacting both on training and on concerns about patient safety".‬

S Devon
BBC

Ms Polge, a trainee doctor at Torbay Hospital, went missing after walking into the sea.

A coroner said she had taken her own life.

Junior doctor death: Family call for action on 'crisis of morale' among medics

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The family of trainee doctor Rose Polge who took her own life after walking into the sea in Torquay have called for "something to be done" about the "crisis of morale" affecting young medics.

Letter
BBC

Rose Polge death: Timeline of events

BBC News England

  • Friday 12 February - Rose Polge's car is found in a car park near Ansteys Cove in Torbay
  • Saturday 13 February - The family and boyfriend of Dr Polge join more than 100 people searching the area around Ansteys Cove
  • Sunday 14 February - Torbay Hospital confirmed that Rose Polge works there as a junior doctor. "We will do whatever we can to support the authorities," a statement said.
  • Monday 15 February - Colin Smith, from Royston Hockey Club where Dr Polge used to play, said: "We just don't know what we can do."
  • Tuesday 16 February - Dr Polge's family release a statement saying they are "overwhelmed" by the support from her friends and colleagues
  • Friday 1 April - A woman's body is recovered from the sea east of Portland Headland in Dorset
  • Monday 11 April - Police announce the discovery and say relatives of Dr Polge have been informed
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Junior doctor 'had researched ways of taking her own life'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Trainee doctor Rose Polge took her own life by walking into the sea in Torquay, a coroner has said.

Ms Polge had worked five days of an 11-day stretch at Torbay Hospital and was depressed, her inquest heard. 

She had searched the internet looking into aspects of suicide before she went missing.

Junior doctor 'tremendous loss to profession'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

An inquest has heard how a junior doctor at Torbay Hospital took her own life after having doubts over continuing in the profession. 

Rose Polge who was 25 is believed to have waked into the sea at Anstey's Cove after leaving a shift early.

The coroner Ian Arrow returned a verdict of death by immersion in water and said Rose was highly regarded and was a tremendous loss to the profession.

Junior doctor asked boyfriend is he would stay with her if she left the profession, inquest hears

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A 25-year-old junior doctor is believed to have walked into the sea at Anstey's Cove after leaving a shift early at Torbay Hospital.

An inquest into her death heard Rose Polge's boyfriend Alasdair Hawley was awoken last February when she was in a distressed state and had been walking down the beach. 

She asked if he would stay with her if she left the profession, He said yes. later that afternoon she walked into the sea. 

Rose left two notes but their contents were not read out in court. Her family said in a statement that doctors work under terrific pressure and over incredibly long hours adding that they can feel a dreadful sense of personal failure and inadequacy if they struggle to keep working. 

Rose P
Devon and Cornwall Police

BreakingJunior doctor took her own life 'after doubts over continuing in profession'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

An inquest has heard how a junior doctor at Torbay Hospital took her own life after having doubts over continuing in the profession. 

Rose Polge who was 25 is believed to have walked into the sea at Anstey's Cove after leaving a shift early.

She had earlier told her boyfriend she was struggling at work with self doubt.

CCTV to remain in Truro and seven Cornish towns

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

CCTV will stay in Truro and seven Cornish towns as local councils team up to maintain and pay for coverage. 

The West Cornwall Town Councils CCTV stakeholder group is working with the fire service, and police to use cameras to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

Footage from the systems in Camborne, Hayle, Helston, Penzance, Redruth, Truro, Penryn and Falmouth will be monitored by staff at the control centre in Tolvaddon. 

Newquay installed a network of cameras in the town a few years ago with a monitoring station staffed by civilians.

Car driver fled scene after collision with bus on A38 closed Marsh Mills flyover, say police

Plymouth Herald

The Marsh Mills flyover was closed to westbound traffic this afternoon after a collision involving a bus and a car - with the car fleeing the scene.

Winger Ducker 'out of this world'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Redruth boss Marek Churcher says winger Alex Ducker is one of the best players he has ever coached.

Ducker scored four tries in their 46-15 win over Devon rivals Barnstaple in National Two South to take his tally to 21 in 18 appearances.

Alex Ducker
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

"I've never coached a guy or been involved in rugby with a guy that's got such quick feet and the ability to finish like he's got," said Churcher.

"It's out of this world and he made Barnstaple look silly just by himself."

Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic in Plymouth on the A38 Parkway Cornwall-bound due to an earlier incident near the Manadon Flyover
  • Across the border in Cornwall, Highertown in Truro is partially blocked by a collision near the County Hall roundabout
  • In Plymouth there are reports of an incident on Royal Parade at the St Andrews Cross roundabout

Suicide death rate 'higher' than recorded

Lynne French, BBC News Online

The "true" number of people who killed themselves in England last year is likely to be higher than the 4,820 recorded deaths, Totnes MP and GP Sarah Wollaston has said.

The Conservative MP chairs the Health Select Committee, which is calling on the government to take more action to reduce the suicide rate.

Mental health
BBC

Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 49 and the committee said the government's 2012 suicide prevention strategy had been characterised by "inadequate leadership, poor accountability and insufficient action".

Dr Wollaston said: "4,820 people are recorded as having died by suicide in England last year, but the true figure is likely to be higher."

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Dull and cloudy

BBC Weather

The rest of the afternoon will be cloudy with light winds. Outbreaks of patchy rain or drizzle are possible at times, with a maximum temperature of 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

A mostly cloudy evening and night, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Although it will be chilly, frost is unlikely with a minimum temperature of 5 Deg C (41 Deg F).

Police warning after 'group use fake £50 notes'

Exeter's Katie Hopkins apologises for extremist slur

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Columnist Katie Hopkins has apologised to a Muslim family she accused of being extremists.

When the Mahmoods were refused entry to the US for a Disneyland trip in 2015, Hopkins, who is from Exeter, wrongly claimed the family had links to al-Qaeda.

Katie Hopkins
PA

Her apology has been shared more than 3,500 times on Twitter, including by the Mahmood family's MP, Stella Creasy.  

The family has also been paid "substantial damages" by the Mail Online, which published her claim.

Jewellery stolen in Teignmouth burglary

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Police are investigating a burglary in Teignmouth last week in which a gold coloured watch and a 22ct gold necklace were stolen.

The theft from a ground floor flat on Regent Street is thought to have taken place between Monday 12 and Friday 16 December.

Appealing for information and witnesses, Detective Constable Rich Jones from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered these items for sale."  

Athlete breathing device 'could help obese people'

BBC Spotlight

Scientists at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth are looking into whether a breath training device used by elite athletes can help obese people. 

Breathing device
BBC

The device makes it more difficult to inhale and over time can strengthen muscles around the lungs, helping people to breathe more easily.

News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Tisdale relief at 'hideous' home win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he found it tough to watch his side's first home win since April.

The Grecians beat Mansfield 2-0 to end a 259-day wait for a victory in front of their own fans at St James Park.

Paul Tisdale
Rex Features

"In many ways that was hideous to watch," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I loved the last two minutes, other than that it was hard work, but we got it and the boys have deserved it with what they did today, but also how they've continued their work."

Ollie Watkins scored his second goal late in the game to seal the win, which was Exeter's third in a four-game unbeaten run.

Fishing industry 'needs close ties with Europe'

Cornish Times

A parliamentary committee has said Britain’s fishing industry will need to maintain close ties with Europe – and may have to allow European fleets greater access to British waters than our fishermen might want as a price for access to the single market.  

BreakingMurder investigation: Police name dead man

BBC Radio Devon

A 35-year old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder after a body was discovered at a flat in Plymouth.

The deceased has been named as Gary Miller, 44, from Chapel Street, Devonport, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The victim had suffered significant head injuries by an undisclosed weapon, the force told BBC News.

Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose, leading the investigation said: "This is still early in the investigation and we're busy piecing information together to gain a picture of what has taken place. 

"It's possible someone may have some useful information that will help us. I'd like to appeal to anyone who believes they have any information that they think may help, no matter how small, to contact us."

Union Street
BBC

Thousands of letters ask MMO to turn down dredging

Falmouth Packet

Campaigners hoping to save a unique area of aquatic wildlife off Falmouth have joined two environmental charities to deliver thousands of letters to the UK's marine licensing body.

Pirates boss unhappy at Irish loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle says his side wasted the chance for a first win over London Irish this season.

Pirates were beaten 17-16 in the British and Irish Cup, their third defeat by the same opponents in the space of five weeks.

Cornish Pirates v London Irish
Brian Tempest

"I know we can produce a lot better than that," Cattle said. "To run them close is good, but when you reflect on that performance and what we could have controlled, we could have come away with a win."

London Irish, who have won all their matches since being relegated from the Premiership last season, lead second-placed Pirates by nine points in their cup pool with only 10 still to play for.

Anniversary of Solomon Brown lifeboat disaster

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Cornwall's worst lifeboat disaster is being remembered 35 years on.

On 19 December 1981, a total of 16 people died when hurricane-force winds and massive waves blew the cargo ship Union Star off course after it suffered engine failure.

Solomon Brown
BBC/RNLI

The Penlee lifeboat Solomon Browne was launched, but its eight-strong crew, together with all eight hands aboard the Union Star perished.

Another mass fish stranding in Cornwall

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Thousands of fish have washed up on Marazion beach near Penzance over the weekend.

A carpet of mackerel and other fish was left on the beach, overlooking St Michael's Mount.

Katrina Slack was there as they were coming ashore and said "I've never seen anything like it. It was like the waves were made of fish."

Fish on beach
Katrina Slack

The incident follows a similar event at Pentewan Beach near St Austell two weeks ago.

It's not  clear why the mass strandings are happening.

Goodwillie 'will come good' for Argyle

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams insists David Goodwillie will prove to be a good signing for the club.

The 27-year-old former Scotland forward has yet to score for the Pilgrims this season, but set up Craig Tanner's goal in their 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley to keep the club top of League Two.

David Goodwillie
Rex Features

"He's a top player and probably too good for this division," said Adams.

"We're lucky to have him, but he hasn't had the break at this moment in time to get him the goal that he deserves."