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  1. Man, 88, charged with wife's murder
  2. Major leisure centre blaze 'caused by sauna heater'
  3. More than 100 jobs at risk at Tulip Food Company in Redruth
  4. Devon cliff rescue team in talks on settling walkout dispute
  5. Teenager faces Scotland or Ireland trip for mental health treatment
  6. Whale hunting for food serves up spectacular images
  7. Updates on Friday 24 February 2017

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

Council tenant fined for 'unlawfully letting property on AirBnB'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Council tenant has been ordered to pay £5,872 to Cornwall Council after letting out his property on the website AirBnB.

Peter John Wootton, 46, from Coastguard Flats, West Looe, was charged at Bodmin Magistrates Court on Wednesday 22 February.

The council's corporate fraud investigations team received an anonymous tip off that Mr Wootton was advertising his property on the website, which under the terms of his tenancy, he did not have permission to do.

Pete Jarman, landlord services director for Cornwall Housing Ltd, said: "It is important that such a scarce resource as social housing goes to individuals and families who are in genuine housing need."

Man left with broken jaw in city mugging

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man had his mobile phone and bank card stolen and was left with a broken jaw following an attack in Plymouth, police have said.

The man, who is in his 20s, approached two men who were arguing on Union Street, and told the pair to calm down.

Police said, one of the men then punched the victim in the face causing him to fall to the ground before returning to his feet. The victim believed he was then hit again and had his mobile phone and bank card taken, officers said.

The victim was taken to Derriford Hospital with a broken jaw following the attack at 01:10 on Thursday 2 February.

Police want to speak to a taxi driver who took the man to hospital between 01:00 and 02:00.

Weather outlook for Devon and Cornwall: Cloud thickening and getting milder

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Cloud will generally become thicker overnight, although it should stay dry with a strengthening breeze developing through the early hours, noticeable around exposed coasts.

As a result, it will be milder and frost free. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).


Saturday will be cloudy and mostly dry at first but quickly turning wet and windy through the afternoon with some heavy rain across higher ground in the west.

Despite this, it will be mild. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Flu outbreak at St Austell Community Hospital closes ward

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

One ward has been closed at St Austell Community Hospital following a flu outbreak.

Visitors are being asked not to visit family and friends in Heligan ward, where patients are suffering from Influenza type A.

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs the hospital says it hopes to be able to reopen the ward over the weekend or early next week.

Fake SAS soldier jailed for seriously injuring toddler

A man who falsely claimed to have served in the SAS has been jailed for seriously injuring a two-year-old girl .

Andrew Brooks, 35, of New Mill, Penzance admitted wounding and was jailed for three years at Exeter Crown Court.

The toddler was left with a fractured skull and brain damage after Brooks had been looking after her in 2006.

He escaped justice for more than a decade but was caught after an ex-girlfriend contacted the police when Brooks told her he had injured the child by pushing her against a table.

He also told a series of ex-girlfriends about his SAS background, but the court heard he had in fact been kicked out of the army after six weeks basic training.

Top speed guns! This crew have got their sights set on road menaces

BBC Radio Cornwall

Speeders beware - this team of eagle-eyed road watchers are on your case!

Community Speedwatch volunteers
Devon and Cornwall Police

They are the Community Speedwatch volunteers from Cornwall and they were presented with a special Volunteer Team of the Year Award for 2016 by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.

Representatives of the teams in Antony, Sheviock, Deviock, Maker, Rame and Millbrook parishes and Saltash town received the certificate at police HQ in Exeter.

In one operation the teams worked jointly on the A374 and A38 during which 1,488 vehicles were monitored, 23 of which were exceeding the limit. The drivers of those vehicles all received warning letters.

Fancy yourself as a speed watcher? More on the police website .

Inspectors check ferry chain after link failure

BBC Radio Devon

A chain on a ferry between Devon and Cornwall will get an independent inspection to find out why it failed.

Torpoint Ferry

The chain on the Torpoint ferry in Plymouth was found to have a broken link for the third time in the last year said the ferry firm.

Two large chains, linked to an engine on board the ferry, are used to pull the vessel across the River Tamar.


The entire faulty chain is being replaced today, six months earlier than scheduled, at a cost of £100,000.

General manager David List said the firm needed a "clear indication of the cause" of the failure of the chain that stretches 700m across the river.

It's the first time a chain has had to be replaced earlier than the normal three-year scheduled replacements.

Girl who went to war and never returned will have name added to memorial on 100th anniversary

Plymouth Herald

A girl who left a tiny Dartmoor village on the outskirts of Plymouth and went to war but never returned has had her name added to a war memorial on the 100th anniversary of her death.

Daughter could be sent from SW to Scotland or Ireland for mental health care

BBC Radio Cornwall

A teenager from St Ives with mental health problems may have to be treated as far away as Scotland or Ireland after medical staff in Cornwall were unable to find her a suitable bed in England. 

It comes weeks after the  prime minister pledged to stop young people being sent out of their local area for treatment by 2021.

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Sasha is currently being treated in Somerset meaning a 300-mile round trip for her mother Mariem, but she says she may have to travel even further in the future.

The BBC contacted the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Cornwall who said it was unable to comment on this occasion.

Have you seen this man? He's on the run from police after burglary charge

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are hunting an on-the-run burglary suspect.

Devon and Cornwall Police

Keith Bowden, 53, from Falmouth, is wanted for recall to prison.

He's believed to be in west or mid Cornwall and is not considered a direct threat to the public.

He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build and may or not be clean shaven as he has had a beard in the past.

Plymouth Raiders take part in BBL action tonight

Worcester Wolves v Plymouth Raiders (19:30 GMT)

BBC Sport

British Basketball returns to BBC Sport this evening for the second leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final as Worcester Wolves host Plymouth Raiders.

In the first leg, Plymouth beat Worcester 96-78 but can Worcester bring it back on their home turf? Worcester need to win the leg by 19 points to advance to face either Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix in the final on 19 March in Glasgow.

Coverage is live from 19:30 GMT across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. To watch online  click here  and to learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL  click here.

Worcester Wolves v Plymouth Raiders
BBC Sport

Three St Austell men plead not guilty to murder of Stephen Bull who was found unconscious in a park

Cornwall Live

Three residents of a hostel have pleaded not guilty to the  murder of a 31-year-old in St Austell  who was discovered unconscious by a dog walker in a park last month.

New £40m rail depot planned for Exeter

BBC Radio Devon

Proposals for a new rail depot at Exeter have been sent to city planners.


It's to cope with new electric trains in the London and Thames Valley area, and new Intercity Express Trains across the Great Western Railway network.

GWR's regional development manager Dan Okey said the new depot would bring "more carriages, and more frequent services to the area".

BreakingHospital wards closed 'because of flu outbreak'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two wards have been closed at St Austell Community Hospital in Cornwall because of a flu outbreak, health chiefs have confirmed.

Matthew Hicks denies murdering adoptive daughter, 18 months

BBC Cymru Wales

A man has denied murdering his 18-month-old adoptive daughter.

Matthew Scully Hicks, 31, entered a not guilty plea to the charge at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Hicks, whose address was given in court papers as being from Cornwall, is accused of killing Elsie Scully Hicks on 29 May, 2016.

A trial has been fixed for 12 June and it is expected to last four weeks. Mr Hicks was released on bail.


Whale hunting for food serves up spectacular images

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Amazing pictures have emerged of what is thought to be a humpback whale diving off south Devon.

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The whale has been spotted at a number of places including Slapton and Blackpool Sands, tracking up and down apparently hunting for food.  

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Latest travel: Plymouth road closed because of gas leak

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth on Burleigh Park Road we've got reports there's an accident near Weston Park Road
  • Also in the city, King Street is closed in both directions between Stoke Road and Octagon Street due to a gas leak. A diversion is in place
  • In Bideford, Northam Road is just passable near Kingsley Road after an accident

Cathedral closed as musicians collaborate

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro Cathedral will be closed to the public this afternoon as musicians collaborate to record a new CD.

The Cathedral Choir, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and composer Philip Stopford are working together. The Cathedral will also be closed for most of tomorrow.

Truro Cathedral

Man, 88, in court on wife murder charge

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

An 88-year-old man's appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court today charged with murdering his wife in Padstow.

Avis Addison was found dead at their home in St Merryn on Wednesday.

Douglas Addison has been remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Monday for a bail hearing.

The case is then scheduled for trial at Truro Crown Court on 28 March.  

Storm Doris - 24 hours ago

BBC Weather Watchers

This time yesterday Storm Doris was battering the UK . Here are a couple photos you took in the South West...

Calm before the storm taken by pete in Padstow, Cornwall
Pete/Weather Watchers
Calm before the storm taken by pete in Padstow, Cornwall
James Higgin
Tree uprooted at Ilsington in Devon.

SW employees urged to leave on time

BBC Radio Cornwall

South West employees worked almost one day each week in unpaid overtime during 2016, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

It claims that's worth about £5,000 to the average wage earner who's effectively worked this year so far for nothing. 

The union is urging managers to set an example by leaving on time.

Girl who went to war and never returned added to war memorial

A Cornish charity will commemorate the life this weekend, of a 17-year-old girl who left the South West in 1916 to join the war effort in France. 

Kitty Trevelyan died there from pneumonia after joining the Voluntary Aid Detachment - but her name was never added to the war memorial in her home village near Yelverton. 

The charity 'Wenches in Trenches' will unveil her newly inscribed name on the memorial on Sunday and sound the Last Post in her memory.

Humpback whale off Devon coast

Alison Johns, BBC Radio Devon

There have been sightings of a humpback whale in Start Bay. 

Devon Wildlife Trust said it was first spotted yesterday near Torcross and is still offshore.

The charity says it's rare for this species of whale to be seen in our waters.

Police warn young and new drivers not to use mobiles

BBC Radio Cornwall

Young and new drivers could lose their driving licences if they're caught using their mobile phones. 

That's the warning from police in the South West. If motorists are caught driving while on their phones, they now get six points - which means people driving for less than two years will face an immediate ban.

Driver on the phone

Charges for car parks frozen for second year

BBC Radio Cornwall

Charges in car parks run by Cornwall Council have been frozen for the second year running. 

The council runs 254 car parks in the county and most charge during the summer months, with just over 100 charging during the winter. 

A Cornwall Council spokesman said the move will be good for businesses, town centres and holidaymakers.

Car park sign

Major leisure centre blaze 'caused by sauna heater'

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight


A major fire at leisure centre in Exeter was caused by a sauna heater, fire bosses have confirmed.

At its height 120 firefighters attended the blaze and up to 50 people were evacuated from Exeter's Riverside Leisure Centre.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it's not clear whether it was a technical problem with the heater or if something happened to it, such as something was put on it.


Small wedding business in tatters after vandals smash up Chrysler and limousine in St Day

Cornwall Live

A father who runs a classic car hire business said his family were living in fear after vandals targeted his two vehicles in the dead of night causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Cliff rescue team in talks on settling walkout dispute

BBC Radio Devon

The Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team will meet bosses from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) today to try to settle a dispute which has seen the group refuse to go out on shouts. 

The team of 12, which carries out cliff rescues in south Devon, is unhappy over changes to procedures. 

Two senior members have quit and the other 10 say they'll resign if they can't find a resolution. 

The MCA says it's working to do that and people who call 999 during this time will still get help.  

BreakingMan, 88, charged with murder of wife

BBC Radio Cornwall

An 88-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his wife in Padstow.

The woman was found dead at their home on Wednesday.

The man is expected to appear at Bodmin Magistrates' Court this morning.

Tulip 'fully committed' to Redruth despite 110 jobs at risk

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bacon firm the Tulip Food Company in Redruth says it wants to make the site "the best bacon business in the country" despite it announcing 110 jobs are at risk of redundancy.


There are 660 workers at the plant, which will be revamped under plans to increase efficiency, the firm said.

Jose Peralta, managing director said: "We aim to produce the best quality products, produced in the most efficient way possible, to give best value to our customers and consumers.

"Redruth and Cornwall remains very important for the future of Tulip and Danish Crown."

Lib Dems surge to victory in South Hams

BBC Radio Devon

Liberal Democrats saw a huge surge in support to take the Charterlands wards at South Hams District Council. Full details here.

Lib Dems
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Police dogs show respect for LGBT rights

Cornish Seal Sanctuary says goodbye to Flipper one of its oldest seals

Cornwall Live

One of the oldest seals housed at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary passed away today at 36 years old.