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Summary

  1. Paediatrician admits indecent images charges
  2. Woman arrested after car driven wrong way down A30
  3. Ten bus routes axed in South Devon
  4. Elderly woman robbed of £100 after making cup of tea for stranger
  5. £55m flood defence plans for Looe revealed
  6. Parking prices board blocked by ticket machine in Exeter
  7. Volunteers 'help to reverse the decline of some of Cornwall's rarest butterflies'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

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Four dogs 'abandoned in same area of Cornwall in recent weeks'

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Four dogs have been found abandoned in the same area of Cornwall in recent weeks, the RSPCA says.

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In the latest case, the charity said an underweight female German Shepherd (pictured above) was discovered collapsed in a ditch in Skinners Bottom, Porthtowan, on Sunday. She is now being looked after by a foster carer.  

Yesterday, the charity described an neglected elderly West Highland terrier (below) had to have half-a-kilo of matted fur removed after being found near a school playground last week.

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The RSPCA said it had also been called to rescue "two other very underweight dogs earlier this month after they were reported abandoned nearby".

Latest weather: Winds easing but rain possible

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It will be an overcast, frost-free night with winds easing. By dawn we could see some rain edge in to western parts. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

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Some heavy, and possibly thundery, bursts of rain will move eastwards during Wednesday morning. It will start to turn brighter from the west with just a few showers for the afternoon. Lighter winds too. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Indecent images paediatrician: 'Every picture a crime scene'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A paediatrician who admitted 17 charges over indecent images of children showed "no regard for the effects [of the images] on vulnerable young children", a charity says.

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Jonathan Walsh (pictured), 47, who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. He was sacked from North Devon District Hospital when charged, and will be sentenced at a later date. 

The NSPCC said: "Although it has been acknowledged that none of the images related to patients at this hospital, Walsh was working in a position of significant responsibility when he chose to commit these crimes."

It added: "Every image is a crime scene and every child will need support to recover."

Government 'encouraged Truro EU Capital of Culture bid'

BBC Radio Cornwall

There was "no doubt" discussions to approve a £500,000 bid for Cornwall to seek EU Capital of Culture status may have been rushed, a Cornwall Councillor has admitted, but he said the government "encouraged" it. 

The council's scrutiny committee voted 5-4 in favour to send the £500,000 bid for the title in 2023 back to the Cabinet for "reconsideration".

Supporters think a successful bid would bring huge economic advantages. But critics argued that if the first stage of the application failed, hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers' money would have been wasted. 

St Ives Councillor Andrew Mitchell said: "That was the timetable the government gave us. They announced that we would go for the bid, even though we at County Hall believed after the [European Union] referendum vote, we weren't going to proceed with it."

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Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

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  • A paediatrician who worked in north Devon and had indecent images of children showed "no regard for the effects" of his actions, the NSPCC says
  • A 58-year-old woman arrested after a car was driven the wrong away down the A30 in Cornwall is released on police bail
  • Plans for a £500,000 bid for Cornwall to seek EU Capital of Culture status was because the government "encouraged" it, a councillor says
  • Two Devon district councils - West Devon and South Hams - increase their council tax precepts by an extra £5 per year for a Band D property
  • Former Leeds United boss David Haigh joins the executive committee of Penzance Football Club

Ex-Leeds boss David Haigh joins Penzance FC committee

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Former Leeds United Managing Director David Haigh is a new member of Penzance Football Club's backroom team.

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Haigh, who went to Cape Cornwall School and now lives back in the west of the county, enjoyed great success at Elland Road but joins the Magpies at a time when they're bottom of the Peninsula League West Division. 

He'll take up a role as an executive committee member immediately and said he was relishing the opportunity to get back into football.

Binman airlifted to hospital after being crushed by own lorry in Shaldon

Plymouth Herald

A binman has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries after he was crushed by his own lorry.

Woman released on bail after car driven wrong way down A30

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A woman arrested after a car was driven the wrong away down the A30 in Cornwall has been released on bail, police say.

The car was stopped by police vehicles near the Camborne West junction after it headed west on the eastbound route of the dual carriageway this morning.

Police said the 58-year-old woman from the St Merryn area, near Padstow, was bailed until April while officers carried out further enquiries into whether a dangerous driving offence was committed.

Councils to increase share of council tax by £5 a year

BBC Radio Devon

Two Devon councils have set their budgets for the next financial year and say there'll be rises in their council tax precepts.

West Devon Borough Council said its share of the bill was to go up by 3.3% and South Hams District Council said its would increase by 3.3%.

Both authorities said their rises meant people living in a Band D property would pay an extra £5 per year.

Fishing haul valued at 'nearly £66,000'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A record haul of fish valued at "nearly £66,000" has been recorded in Newlyn this morning, a fishing company says.

Stevenson's said their top beam trawler, the St Georges, smashed the port record by more than £8,000, with a trip that included a tonne of megrim sole, which is valued at about £7 a kilogramme.

Indecent images paediatrician case 'showed agencies working together'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A case which has seen a paediatrician who worked in Devon plead guilty to 17 charges over indecent images of children has demonstrated "how effectively all agencies and professionals can work together", police say.

Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. 

Jonathan Walsh
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He was sacked from North Devon District Hospital when charged, and will be sentenced at a later date. 

Police said that they, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council "worked closely ... throughout this case".

Det Insp Andrea Kingdon, of the Devon and Cornwall Police Child Exploitation Unit, said the case also showed how agencies worked to "identify those perpetrating these types of crimes, no matter what their standing in the community".  

None of the charges related to any contact, and the images were not of children in his care.

Refugees to be given personalised plan to settle down in Plymouth

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Every refugee who arrives in Plymouth will be given a personalised plan to help them feel safe and allow them to settle into their new environment.

South Devon bus cuts: Analysis

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

Concessionary fares may be part of the reason a bus company is stopping routes in south Devon.

Local Link, which is one of the operators in the Torbay area, said it was cutting 10 services because of increasing overheads and reduced income. 

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Stagecoach is the main bus operator in Torbay, but Local Link picks up some of those more awkward routes down tight, hilly residential streets. By they very nature, this makes the buses highly-valued by their users.

But Local Link feel that the money they're receiving isn't enough to cover the people using their services, and a key part of the decision appears to be pensioners' bus passes. 

Torbay has a high proportion of senior citizens, so there is a great number of concessionary fares. These are a fraction of full fares. So, even though many people might be using the buses, Local Link are saying it's not enough to make it work for them.

Torbay Council said it's trying to find an alternative operator to run the routes.

Latest travel in Devon

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  • On the A3079 in Thorndon Cross, a collision is affecting traffic between Okehampton and the Halwill junction 
  • On the A377 in Umberleigh, there are reports of an incident near Pound Lane, the turn for High Bickington 
  • On the B3227 in South Molton, there are reports of a collision in Nadder Lane, near Ford Down Lane

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Hospital 'shocked' paediatrician admitted having indecent images

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Devon hospital is shocked by a paediatrician admitting 17 charges relating to indecent images of children, health bosses say.

Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted charges of making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. 

Jonathan Walsh
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The doctor, who previously worked at North Devon District Hospital, was sacked when he was charged. None of the images related to children in his care. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.  

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust Medical Director George Thomson, said "immediate action" was taken to exclude Walsh from the trust after a police investigation began in September 2015, and it also informed the General Medical Council. 

"This news has deeply shaken our whole team ... and we know it will also come as a shock to the community," he said.

He added that a support helpline had been set up "for anyone worried about this news and how it may have affected them". The number is 0300 123 1744.

Latest travel in Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • The A39 through Box's Shop, near Bude, is blocked in both directions due to a multi-vehicle accident near the turn for Widemouth Bay. Traffic is queueing 
  • In Hayle, there has been a collision on the B3302 Mellanear Road, near St Michael's Hospital. Traffic is slow-moving
  • In Stratton, there is slow-moving traffic on the A39 New Road, near Hospital Road, due to an accident. Approach with care 
  • In Widemouth Bay, we have reports of a car accident at Leverlake Road near Widemouth Bay Church

Police investigating crime report after suspected Camborne cat poisonings

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Camborne have confirmed they are investigating a crime report after a number of suspected cat poisonings in the area.

The police investigation comes after the Monument Vets practice in Redruth said on Facebook at the end of last week that it had seen "possible poisonings in multiple cats in the Beacon area of Camborne/Redruth".

The vets said that the symptoms had been consistent "with antifreeze exposure" and that "sadly some cats have passed away with this and some are missing".

Cornwall Council bid for European Capital of Culture 'sent back'

Rob England

BBC South West

The scrutiny committee at Cornwall Council has decided to send the £500,000 bid for the title of European Capital of Culture back to the cabinet for "reconsideration" according to one councillor.

The committee voted 5-4 in favour of sending the proposals back. 

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Tiverton area 'may have several distraction burglary victims'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police warning people in mid-Devon to be vigilant after a distraction burglary say there may be several victims of such crimes.

An elderly woman in the Tiverton area had £100 stolen from her purse by an unknown female visitor last Friday. 

Constable Tom Coulston, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Experience has taught us that this will usually be part of a wider number of similar incidents in localised areas." 

He added that householders should be "wary of people who you do not know calling at your home address unannounced", they should not let anyone they don't know into their home and people in the communities should "look out for each other".

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Paediatrician's indecent images 'at most serious end of the scale'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Indecent images and videos of children viewed and distributed by a paediatrician were "at the most serious end of the scale" - Category A - and "incredibly upsetting and challenging" for police to investigate, a senior officer says.

Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, has admitted seven charges of making indecent images and 10 charges of distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

Jonathan Walsh
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The doctor, who previously worked at North Devon District Hospital, was sacked when he was charged. None of the images related to children in his care. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Det Insp Andrea Kingdon, of the Devon and Cornwall Police Child Exploitation Unit, said Walsh "let himself and his profession down by his activities which he went to great lengths to hide".

Swastika graffiti at Exeter University 'concerning'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Offensive graffiti at the University of Exeter, including a swastika carved on a door with a "Rights for Whites" sign in a hall of residence, has been described as "concerning" by the Union of Jewish Students.

The university said it was investigating, but said the graffiti may have been an "ill-judged" joke. It has been removed.

University of Exeter sign
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Last September there was an investigation after students wore T-shirts featuring racist and anti-Semitic slogans to a pub crawl hosted by the university's Snowsports society.

The Union of Jewish Students said the latest incident - and "abhorrent suggestion" - came in the "same academic year as the phrase 'The Holocaust was a good time' was scrawled on a shirt at a University of Exeter society's event last September".

"We hope that this incident is treated with equal gravity," the union said.

Wadebridge garage killers the Firkins set to remain behind bars

Cornwall Live

A bid to clear two brothers of the murder of Wadebridge garage owners Graham and Carol Fisher more than 13 years ago looks set to fail, their legal team have admitted.

Latest weather: Cloud clearing before more rain

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Cloudy conditions in the east will clear early to leave a mild and bright afternoon with sunny spells for all.

Winds will be moderate south easterly. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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It will be a clear start to the evening. Cloud will then lower and thicken from the west later in the evening with rain reaching the Isles of Scilly by late evening.

It will work its way eastwards, clearing the far east late in the night. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

'Hidden' car park price board 'a boo-boo'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A car parking price list being blocked by the payment machines in Exeter has been described as a "boo-boo".

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An information board in Magdalen Street Car Park is so low it is behind the machines. It also blocks the terms and conditions.

One man trying to use the machine said: "Before the prices were on the top and anyone could see them. Now it's very very difficult and I'm afraid the council has made a bit of a boo-boo here."

Exeter City Council said it was getting contractors to make the board visible.

Fire crews remain overnight at pub thatch roof blaze scene

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Fire crews have remained overnight at the scene of a fire which saw a pub's thatch roof catch alight.

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Firefighters from across Devon and Cornwall were called to the blaze after the Bell Inn in Parkham, near Bideford, caught fire on Monday morning.

The fire service said firefighters had been "making steady progress" through Tuesday morning, using drag forks and hose reel jets to get it under control.

Rectory Lane remains closed at Barton Road due to the fire.

BreakingPaediatrician admits indecent images charges

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A paediatrician who previously worked at North Devon District Hospital has pleaded guilty to 17 charges relating to indecent images of children.

Jonathan James Walsh
BBC

Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan James Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted seven charges of making indecent images and 10 charges of distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

Dr Walsh, who was sacked from the hospital when charged, is due to will be sentenced at a later date.

None of the images related to children in his care.

Cat suffers severe injuries after being shot with air gun

Exeter Express & Echo

Police in North Devon have launched an appeal after a cat called Felix was shot at close range with an air gun and left with severe injuries.

Council makes £50k from car park overpayments

BBC Spotlight

Torbay Council parking ticvket machine
BBC

Torbay Council made more than £50,000 from people overpaying in its car parks in a year. 

The council revealed it took £50,827.45 - on average nearly a £140 a day - between 2014-15, and that doesn't include overpayments for on-street machines. 

The council said it used the money to support public transport and other highway-related activity.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

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  • In Cornwall, Valley View in St Keyne, near Liskeard, is blocked in both directions due to a fallen tree at the junction with the B3254
  • On the A394, between Edgcumbe and Rame Cross, there are several sets of roadworks. Busy traffic has been reported
  • In Devon, there's slow traffic on Forder Valley Road in Plymouth, near the A38 Parkway, due to a broken-down vehicle 
  • In Paignton, the A380 King's Ash Road is closed between Higher Ramshill Lane and Marldon Road due to roadworks. A diversion is in place

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Truro EU culture city bid being re-considered at County Hall

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A Cornwall Council decision to invest more than £500,000 to launch a bid to become the European Union Capital of Culture in 2023 is being debated at County Hall. 

Critics said it was a waste of money as they were not convinced the authority could make it through to the next stage of the process. But supporters said they thought that, if successful, the process would bring huge economic advantages. 

The council's Scrutiny Committee is examining the previous decision by Cornwall Council's cabinet to allocate the money.

Busy day for Totnes police

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Chief Inspector Lou Costin added on Twitter that the drugs arrest was a "great job", showing that it was "so important we have a strong relationship with community who are our eyes and ears".

Woman arrested after car driven wrong way down A30

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 58-year-old woman has been arrested after a car was driven the wrong away down the A30 in Cornwall, police say.

The car was reported heading west on the eastbound route of the dual carriageway between Chiverton Cross and Camborne.

Officers said the vehicle was stopped near the Camborne West junction in a "box manoeuvre", which saw police vehicles block in, slow down and lead the car to the side of the road, at about 09:35.

Witnesses had told the BBC earlier that a car appeared to flip over and end up on its roof. However, police said there "was a near miss with another car that did spin. The vehicle had to take avoiding action but [there was] no collision." 

Police said a 58-year-old woman from the St Merryn area, near Padstow, was taken into custody.

More rail disruption in Devon

BBC Travel

National Rail Enquiries says train services are expected to be disrupted between Barnstaple and Exeter St Davids until 12:00.

The information service said signalling problems could result in delays or cancellations.

Meanwhile, CrossCountry services between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth are now running normally after weather problems caused disruption yesterday and this morning.

A30 'wrong-way car flips over'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A car thought to be travelling the wrong way on the A30 appears to have flipped over and ended up on its roof, witnesses have told the BBC.     

Police had to establish a rolling roadblock on the dual carriageway after a car was spotted heading west on the eastbound route between Chiverton Cross and Camborne.