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Summary

  1. Missing teenager: Friends appeal for information
  2. Body is discovered on beach
  3. Hospitals in the south west are operating at 'unsafe' levels
  4. Hundreds of packets of illegal cigarettes and tobacco are seized in three raids on homes in Cornwall
  5. Saltash minor injuries unit to close due to staff shortages
  6. Updates on Monday 6 February 2017

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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

Devon MP: Government plan to charge overseas patients for NHS care is 'a distraction'

BBC Radio Devon

The chairwoman of the Commons Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, has described government plans to charge overseas patients up front, if they are not eligible for free NHS care, as "a distraction".

The Totnes MP says the NHS already has a duty to charge ineligible visitors and that more attention should be paid to funding social care.

She told BBC Radio Devon: "When you look at the big picture it's important that people understand this will not plug the gap and will not go far enough to address the long term sustainable funding of social care that i and others have been talking about."

Everest climber Mollie Hughes sets her sights on another 'death zone' record

Torquay Herald Express

Torbay mountaineer Mollie Hughes is aiming to make history by becoming the youngest Briton to climb Everest from both sides.

Man found dead after potato stuffed in gas flu

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police found a 48-year-old disabled man dead in his home after a feuding neighbour had stuffed a raw potato into his gas flu.

Michael Horner was found dead on his living room floor wearing just underpants and with the heating turned up to 60C, having died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tests showed that the fumes would have become fatal in his kitchen within 14 minutes of the boiler being switched on, with the carbon monoxide spreading to other room shortly afterwards.

Daniel Burgess
Devon and Cornwall Police

Daniel Burgess, aged 38, of Chywoone Avenue, Newlyn, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for two years and eight months.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court said: "Your plan was simply to stop his boiler from working and make him cold. I accept your remorse is genuine and your culpability is at the lower end."

 "He had serious health issues and you knew of his disability and vulnerability."

Travel latest: Flooding and collisions in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

In Cornwall:

  • In Truro, Rosedale Road is partially blocked by a collision involving two vehicles around Copes Gardens - recovery is under way
  • In Trispen on the A39 the temporary traffic lights are stuck on red - proceed with care
  • In Devoran there's surface water on the A39 between Devoran Lane and Cove Hill
  • In Newbridge there's surface water on the A3071 between Bodinnar Lane and St Just
  • On the A39 at the Ponsharden Roundabout there's flooding. The road is passable but avoid the area if you can
  • Between Helston and Camborne B3303 there's lots of surface water
  • On the B3253 between Widegates and No Mans Land the road is partially flooded

And in Devon:

  • In Plymouth from Forder Valley to the sliproad from the A38 onto the Marsh Mills Roundabout there's very heavy traffic due to a three car collision
  • In Exeter on Bridge Road there is is stop-start traffic in both directions
  • On the A396 between Bickleigh Bridge and Burn Cross the temporay traffic lights have become partially hidden - approach with care

The Brixham Express Ferry has cancelled the remaining sailing today due to adverse weather conditions.

Traffic's flowing smoothly on the Tamar Bridge and there's up to a 10-minute wait with all three Torpoint Ferries running.

Tuesday's weather: Chilly with patchy frost, ice and fog

BBC Weather

On Tuesday it will be a chilly start with patchy frost, ice and fog. 

Spells of sunshine will be interrupted by a scattering of showers, which will be heavy at times, with a risk of hail and thunder. Brisk winds in the west too.

The maximum temperature will be 9C (48F).

BBC weather
BBC

Man discovers pile of bones on family walk on Haldon Hill near Exeter

Exeter Express & Echo

Photographs show a disturbing discovery made by a man walking with his family over the weekend.

Local voting figures shed new light on EU referendum

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The BBC has obtained a more localised breakdown of votes from nearly half of the local authorities that counted EU referendum ballots last June.

This information provides much greater depth and detail in explaining the pattern of how the UK voted.

Referendum
BBC

As a county Cornwall voted to Leave. But one of its six parliamentary constituencies, Truro and Falmouth, voted 53% to Remain, possibly linked to a significant student population.

Plymouth voted 60% Leave, but Drake ward which includes the university had the city's highest Remain vote at 56%.  

The James Bond director who went undercover in wartime

Patrick Clahane

Inside Out South West

That James Bond creator Ian Fleming drew literary inspiration from his wartime work in espionage is relatively well-known.

But the heroic World War Two exploits of the director of Bond films including Goldfinger and Live and Let Die are less well documented.

Guy Hamilton
The Ronald Grant Archive

Guy Hamilton, who grew up in France but was sent to boarding school to England, made an early foray into the film industry in the late 1930s, but after fleeing France at the outbreak of war his film-making career had to be put on hold while he joined the effort to defeat Nazi Germany.

Guy Hamilton
Rex/Shutter Stock

In June 1944, he found himself in the sort of dire straits that would have challenged Bond himself.

To hear the full story of Mr Hamilton, watch Inside Out tonight at 19:30 on BBC One. 

Severe disruption: A361 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A361 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Church Hill and A3123.

A361 Devon - A361 St Brannock's Road in Ilfracombe closed in both directions between the Church Hill junction and Mullacott Cross Roundabout, because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Padstow rescue teams called after seven-year-old boy falls from harbour wall

Cornwall Live

 A seven-year-old boy was taken to hospital after plunging from the harbour wall in Padstow on Sunday.

Struggling Devon hospitals part of wider debate

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Hospitals In Devon had planned for the winter by cancelling non-urgent operations, reopening wards and using recovery areas for extra beds - but most were operating at levels considered to be unsafe in December and January.

What hospitals can't control is the number of people turning up as emergencies.

Derriford Hospital
Getty Images

There is a much wider debate going on about how well other health services support people, stop them becoming ill and coming in to hospital, as well as that lack of funding for social care and the problems getting people out of hospital with support they need.

Man 'deeply regrets' killing neighbour by stuffing a potato in to his gas flu

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man who has been jailed for two years "deeply regrets" killing his neighbour by stuffing a potato in to his gas flu, a court heard.

Daniel Burgess, 38, from Newlyn, admitted manslaughter after trying to break the boiler of a neighbour he was feuding with.

Burgess believed victim Michael Horner, 48, had stolen his pre-paid gas cards, meaning he could not heat his home.

Daniel Burgess
Devon and Cornwall Police

Miss Kate Brunner, QC, defending, said Burgess suffered from paranoid schizophrenia which led him to blame his neighbour for the theft of his gas cards.

She said: "He wants to express his very deep regret. He is profoundly sorry. His intention was to stop the boiler working and that is what would have happened but for the tragic coincidence of the fault.

 "He did not intend or foresee any harm. He could not perceive the boiler's safety system would fail. His mental illness may go some way to explaining his bizarre actions."

Boys spend time with Cornwall fire crew after being recognised for their contribution to the community

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two boys who have been picking up litter to keep their local community tidy have been rewarded for their efforts by a visit to Truro Fire station.

Brothers Harry and Charlie Stodden were given the VIP invitation by Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker after he became aware of their community efforts during the Cornwall Volunteers Awards. 

Fire
Cornwall Fire and Rescue

The boys got to spend time with the Truro crew to have some hands-on experience and to talk about how a firefighter's work in the community goes beyond just emergencies.

Their mum Louise Reeks said: “I am so extremely proud of Harry and Charlie and how they help their community."

Police check CCTV in a bid to trace last known movements of missing teen Celeste Smith

Plymouth Herald

Police have been checking security cameras in the area where missing teenager Celeste Smith was last seen but still have no new information on her movements after she disappeared.

Death 'not treated as suspicious'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A body discovered on Treyarnon Bay Beach on Saturday has been identified as Patrick Foster, 46, from Newquay.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and police are waiting for the outcome of the post mortem.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the days leading to his death are urged to get in touch with police.

Plymouth's waterfront traders will decide whether to continue business district

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Plymouth’s waterfront traders have received their ballot papers ahead of a crucial “yes” or “no” vote to continue the area’s Business Improvement District.

Waterfront
Google

The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership has been lobbying its 877 members to back Waterfront BID2 and allow the organisation to continue its work for a further five years.

Traders – in a four-square mile area stretching from Stonehouse to Coxside - currently pay 1.5 per cent of their rateable value annually in return for enhanced services, projects, events and marketing.

Cornish Pirates handed suspended sanction by the RFU despite blowing the whistle on England ticket scandal

The Daily Mail

A championship rugby club who blew the whistle on ticket touting for Twickenham internationals are furious with the RFU for taking disciplinary action against them.  

Saltash minor injuries unit to close due to staff shortages

BBC Radio Cornwall

A minor injuries unit in Saltash is closing for three months because of staffing issues. 

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust says it's consolidating nursing resources from St Barnabas Hospital to Liskeard Community Hospital for three months to ensure patient safety.

Outpatient services will continue to be provided at St Barnabas through the temporary closure, and the cleaning and maintenance of the building will continue as normal.

The trust says recruiting registered nurses has been a challenge, despite recent drives. 

Man jailed for killing disabled neighbour by stuffing a potato in his gas flu

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for killing his disabled neighbour by stuffing a potato in his gas flu - causing fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

Daniel Burgess blocked the inflow and outflow pipes of victim Michael Horner's house with a large raw potato - as well as filling the door locks with glue.

Daniel Burgess
Devon and Cornwall Police

Exeter Crown Court heard Burgess was taking revenge because he believed Mr Horner had stolen his pre-paid gas cards, meaning he could not heat his home in Newlyn, Cornwall, over Christmas 2015.

His plan was to make his 48-year-old next door neighbour suffer in the same way by sabotaging his heating. But a fault in his boiler meant the automatic fail safe system did not work and the neighbour's house filled with gas.

Burgess, 38, of Chywoone Avenue, Newlyn, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for two years and eight months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

Travel latest: Car crash in Plymouth

BBC Travel

In Plymouth, Budshead Road is closed between Biggin Hill and Ringmore Way due to an overturned car  

Most Devon hospitals operating at unsafe levels

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Most Hospitals in Devon were so full during December and January they were operating at levels considered to be unsafe. 

RD&E
BBC

Derrriford was the most overcrowded, North Devon and Torbay hospitals were at least 90% full. 

But the RD&E was one of only two non-specialist acute hospitals in England to meet targets. 

Substance thought to be palm oil washes up on Wembury Beach

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Man's body is washed ashore

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man's body has been discovered on Perranporth beach

Travel update: Delays at roadworks in Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In the Glynn Valley the A38 westbound is closed for roadworks between the superstore and Drift Lane. A diversion is in place via the A390. Expect delays 
  • Near Penryn there are roadworks on all the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabouts so the traffic is likely to be slow-moving 
  • At Goonhavern on the A3075 there are temporary traffic lights for roadworks. Delays there too
  • In Hayle Queen's Way is blocked in both directions due to a collision between Penpol Avenue and Humphry Davy Lane. Traffic is moving past the scene
  • Traffic's flowing smoothly on the Tamar Bridge and there's now up to a 10 minute wait with all 3 ferries running from Torpoint. 

Travel latest: Accidents and roadworks causing delays in Devon

BBC Travel

  • Near Exminster the A38 Plymouthbound between the A30 and the A379 one lane is closed for recovery work. Traffic is coping well.
  • In Plymouth we have reports of an accident on Budshead Road near the Albermarle Roundabout 
  • On the A396 between Bickleigh Bridge and Burn Cross the temporay traffic lights are partially hidden causing traffic problems there
  • The Brixham Express Ferry is now departing Brixham from the Events Pontoon in front of Moorings Reach - the usual pontoon is closed for maintenance

Cornwall raids uncover illegal cigarettes and tobacco

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Three raids on houses and businesses in Illogan, Pool and Camborne have uncovered hundreds of packets of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

Cornwall Council Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police carried out the raids after tip offs from members of the public. 

Cigarettes
PA

Officers recovered more than 500 packets of cigarettes and over 300 pouches of hand rolling tobacco, across four properties. 

Three men were arrested and a further two have been helping with enquiries. 

Brrrrrrr-illiant effort as Arctic Survival Challenge team raise £7,500

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Six Samaritans volunteers have encountered temperatures of -20C, dug snow holes, and driven huskies as part of the Arctic Survival Challenege in the northern Swedish wilderness.

Trek
Samaritans

The team from Devon - including a railway worker and several care sector staff - had to undertake a series of tasks including ice fishing, building survival shelters and cross-country ski-walking.

The team raised more than £7,500 for Exeter, Mid and East Devon Samaritans, which relies solely on contributions to operate.

Mysterious shoulder tattoo could hold secret to disappearance of pregnant teenager

Daily Mirror

A mysterious co-ordinates tattoo on a missing pregnant teenager could hold the key to her disappearance, friends have claimed.  

Guy Hamilton: The James Bond director who went undercover in WW2

Patrick Clahane

Inside Out South West

One of the most prolific James Bond Directors has been revealed to have spent time on the Devon coast during World War Two carrying out his own spying missions.

Twenty years before making Goldfinger, Royal Navy officer Guy Hamilton was ferrying secret agents across the Channel from Dartmouth to Nazi-controlled France.

Guy Hamilton
The Ronald Grant Archive

Honorary French Consul Alan Sibril recalls how Hamilton was left stranded on the beaches after D Day and spent a month behind enemy lines..

You can watch the full story of Guy Hamilton's exploits in the south west on Inside Out tonight on BBC 1 at 19.30.

World Pasty Championship goes gluten-free

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The World Pasty Championship are introducing a gluten-free section for the first time.

The annual contest, held at the Eden Project, attracts competitive bakers from around the world.

Tony Trenerry, Eden’s head chef, said: “Gluten-free baking involves special expertise because the pastry doesn’t have as much elasticity and springiness as gluten-based pastry has - so we’re looking for pasty makers to really show off their baking skills."

Pasties
BBC

Travel update: Reports of accident near Clyst St Mary

BBC Travel

  • Near Clyst St Mary on the A379 at the Sandygate Roundabout we've got reports there's an accident.
  • At High Bickington in Devon the A377 is partially blocked due to a broken down lorry near Deep Lane.
  • Leedstown Praze Road, Cornwall, was partially blocked due to a broken down vehicle near Bosparva Lane. The car has now been removed.
  • In Cornwall on the road between Chacewater and Carnon Downs we've got reports there's an overturned car.

Council clears two tonnes of rubbish from A38 in Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth Council has cleared an incredible two tonnes of rubbish from the A38 during a night-time clean up operation.

Cornwall hospital among most overcrowded in south west

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Hospitals in the South West were so full during December and January they were operating at levels considered unsafe.

Royal Cornwall Hospital
Google

The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske was more than 90% occupied.

Plymouth's Derriford hospital was the most overcrowded at around 98% full.

Room on the broom? Try outs held for south west premier league Quidditch team

BBC Spotlight

A new premier league team is hoping to represent the region in an unusual sport which is taking off.

Quidditch
BBC

Try-outs were held at the weekend for the team called South West Broadside which will compete in the Quidditch premier league.

The game, which was created by JK Rowling in the Harry Potter series, is played by mixed teams with brooms between their legs.

Man's body found on beach

Police have confirmed the body found on the beach at Perranporth this morning was a male.

Emergency services were called to the beach shortly after 8.30am.

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Police recruitment drive starts today

BBC Radio Devon

A week-long recruitment drive for new police officers in Devon and Cornwall started at midday today.

Radio Devon
BBC

The force says officers recruited after a similar drive 30 years ago are now retiring.

Separately, the Police and Crime panel has approved an increase in council tax to help pay for 100 more police constables. 

BreakingBody found on beach

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A body has been discovered on the beach at Perranporth on the north Cornwall coast.

Police said they were called shortly after 8.30 this morning.

The Coastguard helicopter was also called to the scene and police officers are still on the beach.

Perranporth
Alan Webb

Headlines for Devon and Cornwall on Monday 6 February

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

  • Most Hospitals in Devon were so full during December and January they were operating at levels considered unsafe, new figures show.
  • Efforts are continuing today to find the missing Saltash teenager Celeste Smith, 19, who had just found out she was pregnant. 
  • A recruitment drive for new police officers in Devon and Cornwall starts at midday today and lasts for a week.
  • Housing Associations are welcoming the development of a factory for CIS UK Limited which will make pre-packed, ready to assemble homes on its site at the Enterprise Zone at Newquay Airport.

New factory in Cornwall will make pre-packed homes

BBC Radio Devon

Housing Associations are welcoming the development of a new factory in the south west which will make pre-packed, ready to assemble homes. 

example of pre-packed home
Precision Homes

CIS UK Limited is creating 20 jobs on its site at the Enterprise Zone at Newquay Airport - and the homes it produces can be assembled in just a few weeks.   

CIS UK hopes this will help solve the affordable housing crisis.