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  1. Woman, 31, dies in A30 tractor crash and one-year-old taken to hospital
  2. St Austell man 'stabbed', post-mortem shows
  3. Police were 'guardian angels' at Liverpool v Argyle match says father whose son died while he was at game
  4. 'Eggs thrown' at coastguard during search for missing person
  5. South West tourism industry 'growing strong'
  6. Weather forecast: Sleet and snow over the moors and wintry mix at lower levels
  7. Updates on Thursday 12 January 2017

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

We'll be keeping an eye on the snow so check in with us before you head out for the latest on the travel front.

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

Advice for using Dartmoor in the snow

With snow forecast over Dartmoor later, the park has issued advice for people planning to go there.

A spokesman said: "Whilst it is understandable that members of the public want to enjoy wintry conditions on Dartmoor, we are asking that a thought is spared for those whose daily lives and work can be severely affected by irresponsible behaviour during periods of snowfall."

A full list of guidelines can be found here.

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Photos of The Jam unearthed for new album

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Mike Searle's photos of a show by The Jam in 1979 have been used on a new live album.

The freelance photographer from Cornwall was 17 when he took the pictures of the Reading gig.

Flashback to The Jam in 1979

Weather: Watch out for snow in the hills

BBC Weather

Persistent rain and hill snow will quickly clear to leave a bitterly cold night with the risk of ice on untreated roads.

Sleet or snow showers are possible in places with winds remaining strong to gale force throughout. Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be another day of sunny spells and blustery showers, some of which may be wintry, that will be heaviest and most frequent towards areas of high ground.

Winds will remain strong making it feel bitterly cold with a significant wind chill. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Woman dies after tractor crash, and one-year-old child remains in hospital overnight

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A woman has died in a car crash after colliding with a tractor on a slip road. 

A one-year-old child was also in the car, but only sustained minor injuries in the collision, which occurred about 19:00 yesterday.

The slip road to Avers

Devon and Cornwall Police said the car collided with the back of a tractor on an A30 slip road near Redruth.

The woman, 31, died at the scene, while the baby was kept in Treslike Hospital overnight as a precaution.

The driver of the tractor did not sustain any injuries.

Snow falling steadily on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

Snow on Dartmoor
Snow on Dartmoor

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Disruption on the roads and ferry delays

BBC Travel

In Devon:

  • On the A38 around Lee Mill heading towards Exeter one lane is closed due to roadworks. Traffic is queueing for several miles
  • An incident on the A379 is slowing traffic in both directions
  • Devonport ferries have a 20-30 minute delay, but three ferries running and wind has dropped
  • In Teignmouth Lower Brook Street is closed due to an incident

In Cornwall:

  •  Reports of flooding on the Helston to Godolphin road and on the B3302 between Sithney and Carleen
  • In Camelford the B3266 is blocked in both directions between the A39 and Trevia Lane due to a fallen tree
  • In Bodmin Pool Street is blocked in both directions between Berry Lane and Berrycoombe Road due to a broken down lorry

Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe accident, between Exeter Street and Lower Brook Street.

A379 Devon - A379 in Teignmouth closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Exeter Street junction and the Lower Brook Street junction, because of an accident earlier on.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Snow on Dartmoor

There is definitely snow on Dartmoor - as pictured here by BBC Spotlight reporter John Henderson.

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Bank 'moved on' homeless people

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

NatWest bank confirmed it has "moved on" a group of homeless people sleeping in tents on the street outside the branch.

There were previously three tents on hard boards outside the branch on Boscawen Street in Truro.


A spokesman for the bank said: "The safety and security of our customers and employees is of paramount importance to us.

"We have taken the difficult decision to ask those sleeping outside of NatWest Truro to move on. We will continue to co-operate with local authorities."

This time last year...

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Severe disruption: A399 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A399 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Benton Road and Rockshead Hill.

A399 Devon - A399 in Brayford blocked in both directions between Benton and Charles, because of a fallen tree.

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Redruth forwards hailed by head coach

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Redruth boss Marek Churcher says his side's front row have been key to the club's good form.

The Reds, who are fifth in National Two South, beat third-placed Chinnor 29-12 for a second win in a row.

Redruth forwards
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

"Tommy Phillips, Ben Priddey and Craig Williams really led the team from the front," Churcher told BBC Cornwall.

"If your front row and front five are making 70-plus tackles in a game you're going to be doing well and that's what happened against Chinnor."

Underground springs prompt ice road signs in Cornwall

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

These road signs may be something you'd expect to see near a ski resort, or up a mountain, but they are in a low-lying part of Cornwall, on the A390 near Truro.

They've been put in place because of underground springs that can wash salt off the road after it has been gritted.

Peter Tatlow, Network Manager from Cormac Solutions said they are the first ice road signs in Cornwall, and gritting trucks will be applying more salt in the area as a matter of course.

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How cold is it really?

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Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world, including some of the hottest and coldest inhabited places. Enter your location or postcode in the search box to see your result.

Snow plan ready for A38 and A380

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A plan to keep two of the South West's most important trunk routes open if there's snow is ready to be put into action.

Hundreds of motorists have been stuck on Haldon Hill near Exeter in previous winters.

Haldon Hill

Police, councils, and the Highways England have met to review their strategy to keep the A38 between Exeter and Plymouth and the A380 into Torbay open.

Traffic could temporarily be held up to allow snowploughs and gritters to keep the roads clear if there's heavy snow, bosses warned.

Cornwall weather: Sleet and snow showers, bitterly cold in the wind

BBC Weather

Rest of today: Cloud and rain, heavy at times, will move eastwards today. The rain turning to sleet and snow over the hills, and perhaps in the far east, before clearing away eastwards by late-afternoon, followed by blustery wintry showers. It will feel rather cold in the wind. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

This evening and tonight: Further sleet and snow showers overnight across Cornwall, particularly over Bodmin. Mostly dry with clear skies elsewhere, with widespread frost and ice. Windy, with gales around exposed coasts. Minimum temperature: 1C (34F) 

Friday: Further sleet and snow showers on Friday, particularly over the hills. Elsewhere, there will be a good deal of sunshine. Windy at first, with gales in places. It will be feeling bitterly cold in the wind. Maximum temperature: 8C (46F) 

Adams against splitting FA Cup money

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The Football Association should not change how it distributes FA Cup money to clubs, says Plymouth's Derek Adams.

The FA plans to increase prize money, but could introduce a "unity" payment to split funds more equally - clubs currently receive an extra payment each time a tie they are involved in is televised live, meaning some earn much more money than others.

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams
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"I think it should be the same as it is now," said boss Adams, whose side have earned £1m from this season's FA Cup.

"A lucrative tie can help clubs massively, we've seen that in the past in being able to help clubs improve their infrastructure," added Adams.

Flood Alerts issued for North Cornwall coast

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Flood Alerts are in place for the entire North Cornish coast, from Land's End to Hartland Point.

North Cornwall rivers and the Upper River Tamar are also affected.

The areas are especially vulnerable at high tide which is at about 17:00 GMT this evening and 05:00 GMT tomorrow morning.

The Environment Agency's Flood Alerts mean "flooding is possible. Be prepared".  

Full details are available here.

Environment Agency

Devon weather: Snow showers overnight, widespread frost and ice

BBC Weather

Rest of today: Cloud and rain, heavy at times, will move eastwards today. The rain turning to sleet and snow over the hills, and perhaps in the far east, before clearing away eastwards by late-afternoon, followed by blustery wintry showers. It will feel rather cold in the wind. Maximum temperature: 8C (46F) 

This evening and tonight: Further sleet and snow showers overnight across Devon, particularly over Dartmoor and Exmoor. Mostly dry with clear skies elsewhere, with widespread frost and ice. Windy, with gales around exposed coasts. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F) 

Friday: Further sleet and snow showers on Friday, particularly over the hills. Elsewhere, there will be a good deal of sunshine. Windy at first, with gales in places. It will be feeling bitterly cold in the wind. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F)

Flooding on Plymouth road

Down's syndrome book going global

Emma Thomasson

BBC Spotlight

A book funded and created by parents in Cornwall to prepare children for primary school has been so successful, it's now being distributed all over the world.

It features children who have Down's syndrome. Thirty-thousand copies of "going to school" are being sent to every three and four-year-old in the county. 


The creators have had requests from as far away as Australia and the USA. 

Missing Falmouth woman found

Police have confirmed a 61-year-old woman who had been missing since yesterday has been found. Fire crews and coastguards were also involved in the search.

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Explosives hearing adjourned

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A court has ordered a psychiatric assessment on a Devon man charged with possessing an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Timothy Holman, who is 41, was arrested in Ilfracombe in December last year.

A major police operation was launched and a number of items were removed from a house in Osborne Road.

Explosive experts were called in and nearby homes were evacuated.

Mr Holman, who appeared at Exeter Crown Court via a video link, was remanded in custody.

The judge, Geoffrey Mercer QC, ordered a psychiatric assessment be carried out to determine Mr Holman's fitness to enter a plea to the charge.

The hearing was adjourned until 23 February.

Jack Nowell talks beards and beer

Cornwall's England rugby union star Jack Nowell may be used to facing some tough opponents on the pitch, but how does he cope with a gentle grilling from BBC Radio Cornwall's Dick Straughan?

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St Austell man 'stabbed', post-mortem shows

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A post-mortem examination on a body found in a St Austell park shows the man died after being stabbed with a knife, police have said.

Detective Inspector Ben Beckerleg said: "The post-mortem results have confirmed that the man died from a knife wound. The cordons around Truro Road Park and Bridge Road have now been lifted." 


The man has not yet been formally identified.

A 24-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and a 21-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody. 

Restaurants evacuated for grenade detonations

A major Plymouth road has again been closed to traffic after the discovery of further suspected white phosphorous grenades by roadworks staff. 

Police and fire crews were called to Tavistock Road at 11:20 GMT after seven suspected unexploded devices were unearthed by highways workers on the northbound carriageway opposite Pizza Hut. 

Eight Second World War white phosphorus grenades were found in the same location on Tuesday afternoon and controlled detonations were carried out by the Royal Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. 


A cordon has been put in place and Tavistock Road has been closed in both directions between Derriford Roundabout and Crownhill. 

Various properties have been evacuated including KFC and Pizza Hut on Crownhill Retail Park.

30,000 copies of Downs Syndrome book sold

A book written by parents in Cornwall has received orders from as far away as Australia and the USA. 

30,000 copies of "going to school", that features children with Downs Syndrome, have been sold. 

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BreakingGrenades discovered: road closed

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Grenades have been discovered during roadworks on a major road into Plymouth for the second time this week.

The Royal Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have been sent to the scene at Tavistock Road.

The road is closed in both directions.

On Tuesday afternoon eight white phosphorus grenades from the Second World War were found at the same place and detonated.

Argyle reassures members over tickets

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Plymouth Argyle is reassuring members that they have until Sunday to secure their ticket for the FA Cup replay against Liverpool next week.

There has been huge demand for tickets, prompting the club to suspend phone sales.

People who queued yesterday, but weren't processed, are being given priority today. Full details are available on the Argyle website.

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Woman who died in tractor crash not mother of injured baby

Police have confirmed the woman who died in a crash with a tractor on the A30 last night was not the mother of the one-year-old baby who was injured.

The 31-year-old woman from Penryn died after her car collided with the back of a tractor towing a trailer at the Avers slip road near Redruth.

The child was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro with minor injuries and remained there overnight.

The tractor driver was unhurt in the accident at around 19:00 yesterday.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Snow way I'm going out there...

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Bornean orangutan Mali checks on the weather from the door of her den at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon.

With strong winds and snow forecast for parts of the region, it’s probably not the best time to go outside and play.

Paignton Zoo

Mali, 21, and her daughter three-year-old Tatau, share their home with adult females Gambira and Chinta and Chinta’s daughter Natalia. 

Mali arrived at Paignton Zoo from Munster Zoo, in Germany, in November 2007.

Homeless tents cleared from bank site

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A small encampment of tents used by homeless people outside a bank on one of the main shopping streets in Truro has been cleared.

Three tents were in place on hard boards outside the Nat est branch on Boscawen Street with several homeless people sleeping there.

This morning the tents were no longer there and a rental van was parked in the same space.

Outside NatWest Truro

Pirates' Evans return date uncertain

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle is unsure when Matt Evans will return from his knee injury as the Canada back prepares for a second operation.

The 29-year-old was hurt in the British and Irish Cup tie with London Irish at the Mennaye in December and initially had surgery on the problem last year.

Matt Evans
Brian tempest

"We'll be able to gauge a timeframe from that, but he'll be returning to play at some point next season," Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"I don't want to speculate too much on it," added Cattle of Evans. "I know a lot of people want to know what's going on with Matt because he's a very popular member of our squad and been a star for us on and off the pitch."