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Summary

  1. Pensioner stabbed friend in neck
  2. Anorexic woman 'would still be alive' with better treatment, report finds
  3. Penzance heliport plans given initial green light
  4. Stabbed Truro man has 'life changing injuries'
  5. Exploding power cable 'could have killed someone'
  6. A local council says it's committed to reopen two theatres in north Devon
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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BBC Spotlight

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.

We need more cycle paths call to ease congestion in Exeter say campaigners

BBC Radio Devon

Cycling campaigners in Exeter say the only way to relieve the city's notorious congestion is by creating a network of cycle routes that are safe to use

Bike
Thinkstock

About 88,000 commuters hit the roads of the city every morning - and that figure is likely to nearly double over the next decade. 

Jules Denning cycles into work in Exeter from Exmouth every morning - because it's quicker than using the car.

She said: "If you feel less confident about cycling it will put you off so having a safe place for people to cycle would be a really positive thing."

Theatre pitches in to help touring production hit by closures

BBC Radio Devon

A theatre in Paignton has stepped in to help a touring production which was due to start its national tour in North Devon.

Palace Theatre
Chris Talbot

The Palace Theatre heard that Swansea Opera was without a venue after the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple closed last week. 

The show will now take place at the Palace theatre. North Devon Council, which owns the Queens Theatre and The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, has said it's committed to reopening the venues and will look at how the theatres are funded in the longer term.   

Tourism 'badly affected' on Isles of Scilly by lack of helicopter link

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

Steps to re-establish a helicopter link between mainland Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have moved a step closer today.

Cornwall Council has approved a plan to allow a new heliport to be built in Penzance on land just behind the old heliport, subject to conditions. 

Heliport
Penzance Heliport Ltd

If it goes ahead there could be 17 flights a day in the summer.

The man behind the scheme, Robert Dorrien-Smith from Tresco Estates, said since British International Helicopter pulled out in 2012, tourism on the islands had been badly affected. 

At the moment, the link between the islands and the mainland is covered by a seasonal ferry and fixed wing planes.

Attempted murder: Pensioner 'lost his temper' while driving

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A pensioner who has been jailed for attempted murder says he "lost his temper" with his victim.

Plymouth Crown Court heard how Michael Wilkes, 71, had been driving his friend Lynette Newell along the B3303 in Camborne when he lost his temper with her, and stabbed her repeatedly with a fruit knife.

Defending, Jo Martin said: "He went into a kind of black fog. This was completely out of character."

Wilkes - who described Mrs Newell as his "best friend" - has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.

Gales bring joy for kite-surfer at Long Rock

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

So, the gales have brought trees down and even a power cable, leading to dramatic scenes in Hayle.

Marazion
Richard Stokoe

But making the most of the wind and waves was this kite-surfer at Long Rock near Penzance.

With St Michael's Mount in the background, the scene is beautifully captured here by Richard Stokoe.

Jewellery of 'huge sentimental value' stolen from Exmouth home

BBC Spotlight

A large amount of jewellery has been stolen from an Exmouth home.

Police
BBC

Offenders got inside the property in Valley Way at some point between 24-26 January.

Police said items of "huge sentimental value" which were stolen include a 100-year-old 18ct gold ring with diamonds and an 18ct pearl and amethyst ring which is around 70-years-old, plus a very old garnet bracelet and set of garnet earrings.

Watch 'Cornish Donald Trump' threaten to build a wall on the Tamar Bridge

Plymouth Herald

A hilarious spoof video in which a “Cornish Donald Trump" threatens to build a wall across the Tamar Bridge has gone viral.

Pensioner stabbed friend in neck several times

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A pensioner has pleaded guilty to attempted murder after stabbing a friend in the neck several times.

Michael Wilkes, 71, of Nancegollan, Helston, attacked Lynette Newell with a small fruit knife.

Michael Wilkes
Devon and Cornwall Police

Wilkes had been acting as an unofficial carer to Mrs Newell, who suffers from serious medical conditions, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Mrs Newell has been left "scarred, scared and traumatised".

Investigating Officer DC Ella Clarke said Mrs Newell's life was saved thanks to an "incredible response from officers at Camborne Police station".

High winds bring down tennis dome

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The tennis dome at Callington Community College has collapsed due to the high winds.

Winds of more than 50mph have been recorded in Cornwall today.

Collapsed tennis dome
BBC

BBC Radio Devon

Figures out today claim that one in four people in the South West wouldn't call 999 if they saw someone who was having the first symptom of a stroke.

Head
SPL

Public Health England is launching its Act FAST campaign saying that a quarter of those asked said they'd wait to call an ambulance because they wrongly believe they need to see two or more symptoms of a stroke before making the call.

Since Act FAST launched in 2009, an additional 38,600 have got to hospital within the vital three-hour window meaning that stroke sufferers receive the immediate medical treatment required.  

Royal Blood show announced at Eden

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

We love these guys at BBC Local Live - Royal Blood will be bringing their incendiary live show to the Eden Sessions on 22 June.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood

The Brighton pair, aka Mike Kerr (vocals and bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums), caused a major splash with their self-titled debut album in 2014, with many critics and fans lauding them as the saviours of British rock music.

The record was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2014. In 2015, Royal Blood won Best British Group at the BRIT Awards, Best Live Band and Best New Band at the NME Awards, Best Live Act at the Q Awards and Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards. Need we say more?

Defences defy sea rise at Dawlish Warren

BBC Radio Devon

Work has started on the multi-million pound project to protect Dawlish Warren from sea level rise. 

Dawlish Warren
BBC

The Warren sits at the mouth of the Exe estuary and acts as a natural flood defence for around 3,000 homes and the railway line to London. 

Some existing defences have already been removed. Later this year the Environment Agency has plans to protect the most vulnerable stretch of the dunes.  

Flood alerts on Devon rivers

BBC Radio Devon

Several flood alerts are in place across Devon.

The Environment Agency has issued 11 alerts covering rivers including the Axe, Clyst, Otter and Sid as well as the south Devon coast from Start Point to Seaton.

It means flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

Stabbed Truro man has 'life changing injuries'

BBC Radio Cornwall

An 18-year-old man stabbed in Truro has "life-changing injuries" say police.

Police
bbc

Officers investigating the knife attack at Baynards Close at 16:50 on Wednesday said the man was helped by a passer-by who gave first aid before police applied pressure to the wound until paramedics arrived.

The man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where he remains.

Police are appealing for witnesses.              

Branch hanging from power cable leads to lane closure

Police search for rope-wielding man who chased terrified dog walker

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A rope-wielding man chased a terrified woman through a park as she walked her dog, police have said.

Duncombe Park
Google

The victim was walking at Duncombe Park in Kingsbridge at 06:15 when the man ran after her - all the way to her front door before making off.

The large muscular man is about 6ft tall with stubble or a short beard. He was wearing a black hooded top and grey jogging bottoms.

"At this stage we do not know the motive or reason for this incident," said police who are hunting the man.

Police advise walkers to carry mobile phones and an alarm if possible.

New unit boost for kidney patients

BBC Radio Devon

Patients in north Devon can now access a brand new renal facility in Barnstaple to undergo their life-saving kidney dialysis treatment.

Dialysis
BBC

The opening of the satellite renal unit was officially marked by staff and patients from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

The new unit replaces existing facilities in South Molton, which no longer meet the needs of the growing service.

The purpose-built facility at Roundswell includes 20 state-of-the-art dialysis stations which can provide treatment for up to 60 patients a day.

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Pictures show power cable explosions and clear-up

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

This is the moment when a power cable brought down in storm-force winds in Hayle last night exploded in a shower of sparks - followed by the clear-up operation by firefighters and Western Power engineers.

Hayle
Blake Evans

No-one was injured when the power cable was brought down in Bodriggy Street at about 03:00.

Blake Evans, who captured the dramatic pictures said he feared a fire might break out and gathered buckets of water in readiness.

Hayle
Blake Evans

He said that if the cable had come down during the day, someone could have been killed in the street which is used by children to get to school.

Hayle
Blake Evans

The terrifying shower of sparks and explosions only inches from Mr Evans's house lasted for about 20 minutes before engineers from Western Power made the area safe.

Hayle
Blake Evans

Hope rises for new Scilly chopper link

BBC Radio Cornwall

Planners have said an initial yes to a new heliport for Penzance.

Penzance
Penzance Heliport Ltd

Cornwall Council has given initial approval to a plan to allow a new site to be built near the entrance to the town, on land just behind the old heliport.

Helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly stopped over four years ago, but a group of investors - including the owner of Tresco - wants to get the service started up again.

Helicopter
Penzance Heliport Ltd

The £2m project to bring back the air link with the Isles of Scilly, is expected to create about 30 permanent jobs and is due to launch in spring 2018.

Watch: Wild weather at Sidmouth

Rivals relish Argyle scalp - Donaldson

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle midfielder Ryan Donaldson says League Two teams see the Pilgrims as a major scalp.

The 25-year-old was on the periphery of Newcastle's 2011 Championship-winning squad, and sees comparisons with the promotion-chasing Devon side.

Ryan Donaldson
Rex Features

"When teams beat us they celebrate like they've won the league, which is a bit similar," he told BBC Sport. "It's the same - people up their game against us, which you've got to deal with when you're a big club like us."

Severe disruption: A3022 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A3022 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Wheatridge Lane and A379 Torbay Road.

A3022 Devon - A3022 Torbay Road in Torquay closed in both directions between the Wheatridge Lane junction and Abbey Park Lights, because of high tides and sea water. Diversion in operation - signed.

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Power cable 'could have killed someone'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A power cable which was brought down in a shower of sparks and series of explosions in storm force winds could have killed someone if it had happened during the day, someone living close to the explosion has told the BBC.

Sparks
Blake Evans

Blake Evans captured the dramatic incident on video and said: "There are children that use this street to get to school."

He said he was not aware of any damage but suspected his van might have a few scratches.      

Torquay seafront closed because of waves

BBC Travel

  • In Torquay the seafront is closed in both directions due to waves coming over the sea wall. Diversions are in place
  • In Exeter on St Andrew's Road between Cowley Hill and Kinnerton Way we've got reports of flooding
  • In the Pathfinder Village area on Tedburn Road we've had reports of flooding near the White Horse Garage. Drivers should approach with care
  • On the trains there's possible disruption to some CrossCountry services due to the forecast tides and winds between Exeter and Plymouth
  • Buses are replacing trains between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding on the line

Flooding in Fowey

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Fowey
Fowey Harbour/Twitter

Earlier during high tide there was some overtopping in Fowey which caused some flooding.

Fowey Harbour said the Environment Agency was on standy to rig the flood barriers.

Fowey
Fowey Harbour

Watch: Hayle power cable explodes in shower of sparks

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Storm force winds brought down an electricity cable creating a "terrifying" series of bangs and showers of sparks.

The terrifying moment a power cable unleashes its destructive force after being thrown to the ground in a storm

People in Hayle, Cornwall, were woken by the fireworks-like racket at about 03:00 GMT. 

Blake Evans, who captured the dramatic moment on video and was woken by the explosions, said: "It went on for about 20 minutes - I saw it all, inches from our bedroom window.

"The cables came down and hit my van. 

"There was a strong smell of burning - I was filling buckets of water in case there was a fire."

Engineers from Western Power made the area in Bodriggy Street safe.

BreakingPenzance heliport plans given initial green light

BBC Radio Cornwall

Planners at Cornwall Council have said an initial yes to a new heliport for Penzance. 

Cornwall Council has resolved to approve a plan to allow a new heliport to be built in the town on land just behind the old heliport.

If it goes ahead there could be 17 flights a day in summer. 

The flights stopped more than four years ago, but a group of investors - including the owner of Tresco - wants to get the service started up again.

Latest travel: Roads flooded, ferry services cancelled and possible disruption on trains

BBC Travel

  • In Penzance, Western Promenade Road is closed in both directions between Battery Road and New Road due to flooding
  • Between Gweek and Mawgan, Gweek Drive is partially blocked due to an accident
  • In Seaton on the B3247 there's flooding near the countryside park
  • The King Harry Ferry is out of service at the moment because of the weather conditions
  • The St Mawes and Cremyll Ferries are both out of service today due to the weather conditions
  • At Land's End and Newquay airports there's disruption to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to the weather conditions
  • On the trains there's possible disruption to some CrossCountry services due to the forecast tides and winds between Plymouth and Exeter
  • Also buses are replacing trains between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding

'I knew she was going to die'

Harriet Bradshaw

Reporter

After six years of pursuing complaints, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has agreed there was a catalogue of errors in an anorexic woman's treatment by the Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Charlotte Robins
Andrew Robins

Charlotte Robins from Devon died in 2010 aged 29 weighing the same as a small child.

An investigation into Charlotte's death concluded "that she would have survived had the care and treatment been different".

Charlotte's father, Andrew Robins said: "I knew she was going to die. They let Charlotte come home to her mum, and they thought this would be okay - it was not."

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust has apologised for what it calls shortcomings in the way it originally investigated the incident. It says important changes have been made to its services.     

Angry motorist confronts police camera van parked on yellow lines and films the whole thing

Plymouth Herald

An angry motorist who confronted a police van parked on yellow lines claims his friend was forced to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid it.

Wild weather warning at Penlee

Nowell only on bench for England opener

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell has been left out of England's starting XV for their Six Nations opener against France on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, from Newlyn, has missed two days of England training this week for personal reasons, and will be on the bench for the game, with Elliot Daly taking his place in the side.

Jack Nowell
Rex Features

Nowell's Chiefs team-mate Henry Slade will not be involved in the squad for the match at Twickenham, and has been sent back to Exeter.

Stay clear of shore warning

Following a very high tide this morning on the Isles of Scilly, St Mary's Harbour is warning people to stay well clear of the shore.

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