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Summary

  1. RNAS Culdrose Air Day is cancelled
  2. Thomas Orchard death: 'Police faced bite threats'
  3. Hate crime 'up 63% in Devon and Cornwall' after Brexit vote, figures show
  4. Cancer patient 'stuck like beached whale' after 'drop'
  5. Fisherman 'had to discard 1,000kg of seabass' - government urged to relax quotas
  6. Argyle report Orient captain Kelly to FA after ballboy 'shove'
  7. New GWR trains 'will get past Dawlish'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday 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.

More councils 'should provide speech therapy for young offenders'

BBC Spotlight

The former chief inspector of prisons says more councils in the region should provide a full-time dedicated speech and language therapy service for young offenders.

Speech therapy session
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Lord Ramsbotham said 60% of young offenders had problems with speech and language and, if they were helped, it would cut their reoffending. 

In Devon, the county council employs two speech and language therapists to work with young offenders, but across the greater South West only 7% were offered the service last year.

Torquay sign winger Crichlow on loan

BBC Sport

Gianni Crichlow
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National League side Torquay United have signed QPR winger Gianni Crichlow on loan until the end of the season.

Crichlow, who can also play as a forward, has yet to make his first-team debut for the R's. The 18-year-old is in the third year of a scholarship deal at Loftus Road, and is out of contract in the summer.

"He is a quick, explosive player who likes to get at his man and deliver crosses," player-manager Kevin Nicholson told the club website.

Obese cancer patient left on ground after ambulance crew lose control of wheelchair

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An obese cancer patient says an ambulance crew were unable to help after a wheelchair toppled over outside his house.

Twenty-three-stone Robert Wiley, 62, said he was left on the ground after the crew of three lost control of the specially adapted wheelchair.

"They started taking me through the door and the next thing I knew I was on my back. I thought 'what the hell'.

Saltash
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"If it was not for my son they would have never got me up."

He has complained to the private contractor after the incident outside his home in Berry Park, Saltash last Thursday.

Mr Wiley, who has been bed-ridden for several years, eventually made his scan appointment at Derriford Hospital on Plymouth but now has a bruised ankle as a result of the fall.

Wayne Spedding, operations director at E-zec Medical Transport, said Mr Wiley was not dropped, but ambulance personnel used a “controlled lower to the ground”.

Culdrose Air Day 2017 cancellation a 'regrettable decision'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose has made a "regrettable decision" to not to hold its annual air day this year "in order to focus our resources on delivering our primary roles", the base's commanding officer says.

Culdrose Air Day 2016
Andrew Segal

On the Royal Navy base's Facebook page, Captain Dan Stembridge said the decision about the event near Helston "involved much deliberation". He said: "We appreciate that many will be disappointed. However, operations must come first". 

He said work already included protecting the UK's nuclear deterrent, supporting counter-terrorism and defending navy carrier task groups. Base aircraft and personnel are also due to be involved with the navy's new aircraft carrier and flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, later this year.

About 3,000 people are based at Culdrose.

Ex-Leeds United boss joins Penzance 'through power of social media'

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

The power of social media brought together Penzance Football Club and former Leeds United Managing Director David Haigh, Penzance's chairman says.

Haigh, who left the Elland Road boardroom in 2014, has joined the west Cornwall team's executive committee, admitting that he has been looking for a way back in to football. 

Penzance Football Club Twitter page
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Chairman Terry Burges said it all "came about with our Twitter feed". 

He said: "It was on Twitter that we're always looking for volunteers to help, and David contacted us and said he would like to get involved in a club that is developing a grassroots structure."

The Magpies are currently bottom of the South West Peninsula League West Division.

Leyton Orient 3-2 Plymouth Argyle: Liam Kelly 'should have been sent off'

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient's captain should have been sent off for a tackle during Plymouth Argyle's away game, Pilgrims boss Derek Adams says

Following Tuesday's League Two defeat, Adams criticised referee Chris Sarginson for not sending off 27-year-old Liam Kelly.

"The referee didn't have a good night. I'm really unsure how Leyton Orient had 11 players on the park," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

"Kelly should have been sent off for his tackle on [Antoni] Sarcevic. [Nicky] Hunt should have been sent off as well, how he stayed on the park I'll never know. The referee didn't have his best night."

Meanwhile, Argyle have reported Kelly to the Football Association, claiming one of their ball boys was "shoved to the ground". Leyton Orient said they are aware of the incident.

Thomas Orchard custody death: 'A nightmare for everybody'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The mental health issues of a schizophrenic man who died in police custody were not flagged up on the police computer, nor was there a warning that he may be violent, a court has heard

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012. 

Heavitree Road Police Station
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Mr Orchard, who had stopped taking his medication, had been arrested for a public order offence and taken to the detention centre. While in custody, he had a cloth belt held around his face after it was put on by officers for five minutes when he threatened to bite people.

Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Jan Kingshott told Bristol Crown Court: "I knew nothing about him - or what he was suffering from or his mental state or drugs. There were no markers to indicate any warnings for anything." 

He also added that it was "our worst nightmare in custody" and the "worst thing that can happen to Mr Orchard". Fighting back tears while testifying, he said: "I realised what a nightmare this was going to be for everybody".

Mr Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.

Teenager arrested in Buckfastleigh after police gun inquiry

Exeter Express & Echo

A teenager has been arrested in Buckfastleigh by police investigating reports of a man carrying a gun near a skate park.

Latest weather: Mostly dry overnight and mild on Thursday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll stay mostly dry overnight, perhaps with the odd isolated shower. Clear spells will develop, allowing some mist and fog patches to form and perhaps a grass frost too. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather
BBC

A chilly start to Thursday morning, with some mist and fog which gradually clear through the morning. Then a dry and mild day with some sunshine. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

What's the future for RNAS Culdrose Air Day?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The annual air day at a Cornwall Royal Navy base may be combined with a similar event in Somerset, the navy says.

RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016
Andrew Segal

RNAS Culdrose said on its Facebook page, it had made the "regrettable decision" to not to hold its annual air day this year near Helston to focus on its primary defence roles.

However, it added that one possibility "in future years" was to combine its air day with one at sister air station RNAS Yeovilton "to create one South West Fleet Air Arm event".

However, the statement was not specific about where such an event would be held.

Severe accident: A38 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon both ways severe accident, near A385.

A38 Devon - A38 in South Brent blocked and slow traffic in both directions near Marley Head Junction, because of an accident.

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Hate crime increase: 'Only some offences related to EU referendum'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police say that "only some" of hate crimes reported recently in Devon and Cornwall "were actually related to the [EU] referendum". 

New figures compiled by Victim Support and the Press Association showed a majority of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crimes in the first full three months following the EU poll. 

Police lights
BBC

More than 14,000 hate crimes were recorded between July and September. Devon and Cornwall Police had 220 incidents, a rise of more than 60% on the three months before. 

However, Det Supt Ken LaMont said officers had also looked deeper into available statstics. 

He said: "When we examined the full data set, we saw a large spike in October 2016, this spike coincided with Hate Crime Awareness week. There is a direct correlation between how high-profile hate crime awareness is, linked to confidence in reporting."

Large sea bass catches: Minister 'shows shocking ignorance'

BBC Radio Devon

The head of a South West fish producers group says he is "shocked" at a minister's "ignorance" that fishermen shouldn't be in some areas.

Under current rules, authorised vessels with fixed nets can only land 250kg per month but this has led to a problem with discarded by-catch. One fisherman in the region was forced to throw 1,000kg of dead sea bass overboard, according to the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation. 

Bass
BBC

Fishing minister and Cornish MP George Eustice said fishermen "shouldn't be fishing in that area if they're catching that amount of bass".

Jim Portas, chief executive of the South Western Fish Producers Organisation, said Mr Eustice's comment "shows a distinct lack of understanding about bass".

He said: "They can be found anywhere in the English Channel, and are a popular by-catch that is often caught accidentally, and this is why it is so difficult to regulate."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant accused of the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard in custody tells a court Mr Orchard was put in a restraning belt after threatening to bite officers
  • Plymouth Argyle reports Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly to the Football Association after a Pilgrims ballboys was allegedly "shoved to the ground"
  • A 23-stone cancer patient who claims he was "dropped" on his household steps was actually being "lowered to the ground", an ambulance firm says
  • Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose base cancels its annual air day
  • Former Leeds United boss David Haigh says he is looking forward to helping Penzance Football Club now that he is on the team's executive committee

Thomas Orchard death: Corporate manslaughter investigation into police

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A corporate manslaughter investigation is being carried out into Devon and Cornwall Police by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of a schizophrenic man in custody, a manslaughter trial has been told.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard died a week after suffering a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012. 

Thomas Orchard
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He had stopped taking his medication and was arrested for a public order offence. While in custody, he had a cloth belt held around his face after it was put on by officers for five minutes after he threatened police staff.

The HSE's investigations were "substantially completed", with decisions to be taken in the near future over what would happen next, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Three Devon and Cornwall Police staff - Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56 - are on trial for manslaughter by gross negligence. They deny the charges and the trial continues.

BreakingNo RNAS Culdrose Air Day for 2017

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose has cancelled its annual air day this year, it has said on its Facebook page.  

RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016
Andrew Segal
RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016
Andrew Segal

The navy base near Helston said it was because 80% of its front line aircraft and personnel were "already serving on operations or at very high readiness to deploy all around the world" and it had to focus on "existing operational commitments".  

Holsworthy football and cricket clubs to get new facilities

BBC Radio Devon

Work has started on improved sports facilities for Holsworthy. 

Holsworthy youth football and cricket clubs will finally get dedicated facilities in Stanhope Park. 

The project, which should be complete in just over a year, has been funded by the town and district councils, the Football Foundation, the English Cricket Board and local contributors.

Faster route from Devon to London as A303 gets an upgrade

Exeter Express & Echo

The most direct route between Devon and London is set for further improvement after the Government announced plans to dual a vital part of the A303 in Somerset.

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Thomas Orchard death: Bite threats 'make you take notice'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A police sergeant accused of the manslaughter of a man who was in police custody said police staff received an "unusual and directed threat" from the schizophrenic man they were detaining.

Heavitree Road Police Station
BBC

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012. While in custody, he had a cloth belt held around his face after it was put on by officers for five minutes when he threatened to bite people, the court heard.

Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Jan Kingshott told Bristol Crown Court it was "said more than once" and the sort of threat that "makes you take notice". 

Mr Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.

New GWR trains to be tested in Britain 'this year'

BBC Radio Devon

The testing of new trains to connect Devon and Cornwall to London will begin on British tracks later this year, operator GWR says.

Work to build 36 new AT300 intercity trains has started in Italy. They are being built by Hitachi. GWR said the trains should be quieter, more efficient, more comfortable and speed up some journey times. 

James Davis, from GWR, said trains were "due on to the GWR network for driver testing later this year".

He said: "We can see the first of the passenger services by the summer of next year." 

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Leyton Orient aware of alleged Liam Kelly ballboy 'shove'

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient have told BBC Sport they are aware of accusations that one of Plymouth Argyle's ballboys was "shoved to the ground" by team captain Liam Kelly. 

On their website, Argyle said they had reviewed videos of the incident and regarded "any physical or oral assault against our ballboys, to be utterly unacceptable". 

They've confirmed the ballboy, although shocked, was otherwise alright.

Leyton Orient told BBC Sport they were aware of the incident.

Memories of Dartmouth cadets to go on show this summer

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A collection of memories from former Royal Navy officer cadets who've trained at Dartmouth will go on show this summer.

Dartmouth Royal Naval College
BBC

Interviews have been recorded with officers from across the decades, giving personal accounts of what it was like training for life in the Royal Navy at different periods in time.

The Britannia Royal Naval College, beside the River Dart, opened in 1905.

Thomas Orchard death: Cloth belt 'held around man's face for five minutes'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A schizophrenic man who died in police custody had a cloth belt held around his face after it was put on by officers for five minutes, a court has heard.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012. 

Jan Kingshott
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police Sergeant Jan Kingshott (pictured) told Bristol Crown Court Mr Orchard threatened to bite officers on a number of occasions.    

A cloth emergency response belt (ERB) was held around Mr Orchard's face to prevent him biting. Sgt Kingshott told the jury he had seen the ERB used in this way on about 50 previous occasions and it was a method of restraint he had been trained in.

Mr Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.

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Thomas Orchard death: 'Police faced bite threats'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant accused of the manslaughter of a man in custody has told a court the man threatened to bite officers on a number of occasions.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in 2012. 

Thomas Orchard
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Giving evidence at Bristol Crown Court, Sgt Jan Kingshott said Mr Orchard repeatedly shouted words to the effect "I'm going to bite your effing face off". 

Mental health issues of Mr Orchard, who had schizophrenia, were not flagged up on the police computer, the court heard.

Mr Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.

Argyle report Orient captain Kelly to FA after ballboy 'shove'

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle has reported an incident between one of its ballboys and Orient captain Liam Kelly to the Football Association. 

On its website, the club said it had reviewed videos of a boy being shoved to the ground and regarded "any physical or oral assault against our ballboys, to be utterly unacceptable". 

They've confirmed the ballboy, although shocked by the incident, was otherwise alright.

The BBC has contacted Leyton Orient for comment.

Asylum seekers find refuge in Torbay

Torquay Herald Express

Five young refugees have found sanctuary in Torbay, it has been confirmed.

'Beached whale' patient was 'lowered to ground' in 'controlled manoeuvre'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A cancer patient who claims he was "dropped" on his household steps was actually being "lowered to the ground" said an ambulance firm.

Robert Wiley
BBC

Saltash man Robert Wiley, 62, who weighs 23-stone, told the BBC he fell on his back after the specially adapted wheelchair he was in toppled over. 

Wayne Spedding, operations director at E-zec Medical Transport, which sub-contracted Lifestar Medical Ltd for the job, said Mr Wiley was not dropped.

"If staff feel continuing a manoeuvre may become unstable they gradually lower to the ground and reposition," he said.

"I understand it may feel like he has been dropped, and that it may have been a bit of a shock, but it was a controlled manoeuvre."

Collision in King's Nympton

BBC Travel

There are reports of a collision on the B3226 in King's Nympton near Kingsnympton Road.

Gang leader jailed for reign of terror, including shooting of stranger

Cornwall Live

Gun-toting gang leader has been jailed for 13 years for bringing terror to the streets of a seaside town.

Ex-Leeds boss Haigh joins Magpies' committee to get back into football

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Former Leeds United Managing Director David Haigh says he is looking forward to helping Penzance Football Club now that he is on the team's executive committee.

Haigh grew up in Cornwall, went to Cape Cornwall School and, since leaving the Elland Road boardroom in 2014, has - by his own admission - been looking for a way back into football.

David Haigh. Pic: Getty Images
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He is now linking up with the Magpies, who are currently bottom of the South West Peninsula League West Division, saying he is hoping for fewer "headaches".

He said: "It's a community club, so you don't have owners and investors as such, so that's a big headache you don't have to deal with. What the club has to do is look for sponsors, and I will be sponsoring them. 

"I also know one of the projects we're looking at is that the floodlights aren't working. Once we get them working, we can get the kids playing in the evening again."

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Obese patient 'injured after ambulance crew lost control of wheelchair'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An obese cancer patient says he should have been taken to A&E after he claims an ambulance crew lost control of his wheelchair.

Robert Wiley, 62, from Saltash in Cornwall, was left on the ground outside his house when the specially adapted wheelchair toppled over as he left for Derriford Hospital to have a scan for his bladder cancer.

"I was stuck like a beached whale"

Mr Wiley, who weighs 23 stone, says he still has a sore back and neck and a bruised ankle after the accident last Thursday.

"I think the girl behind me slipped," said Mr Wiley who has complained to the private ambulance firm.

"I should have been taken straight to A&E but they just took me for the scan."

Wayne Spedding, operations director at E-zec Medical Transport, said Mr Wiley was not dropped, but ambulance personnel used a “controlled lower to the ground”.

Plymouth aunt pays tribute to schoolboy who died in Topshop tragedy

Plymouth Herald

The aunt of of a schoolboy who was reportedly crushed to death by a till display has paid tribute to the boy who "never knew how many people truly loved him".

Latest weather: Cloudy and a risk of showers

BBC Weather

It is a mild day with variable cloud, bright or sunny spells and isolated showers.

More cloud and the risk of more showers may happen later in the day from the northwest.

Winds will be mainly light and south westerly. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Most of the cloud will clear to the east during the evening.

There will then just be a little cloud around and plenty of clear spells.

This will allow for a cooler night and also some isolated mist and fog patches to form by dawn.

Winds will be light south westerly. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Severe disruption: A3052 Dorset both ways

BBC News Travel

A3052 Dorset both ways severe disruption, between Cobb Road and B3165 Silver Street.

A3052 Dorset - A3052 Pound Street in Lyme Regis closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cobb Road junction and the B3165 Silver Street junction, because of a building fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time