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Summary

  1. Three Devon and Cornwall Police staff found not guilty over Thomas Orchard death
  2. Accidental verdict for fishing boat deaths off Cornwall
  3. South West farmers say there've been ups and downs since the vote to leave the EU
  4. Penzance bus stop crash "every mother's worst nightmare"
  5. Teen gives sanitary products to homeless in Cornwall
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    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 to tune into  Spotlight on BBC One  later. 

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio stations in Devon and Cornwall .

  2. Growing number of Cornish brewers 'boosts pub trade'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The growing number of independent breweries in Cornwall has boosted the pub trade, according to one Redruth brewer.

    The Keltek Brewery bought the Mount Ambrose Inn and The Railway in Illogan and will reopen them both later this year.

    Both pubs recently closed and there were fears they would be permanently lost to the community.

    Keltek's head of business development, Richard Heath, says there is a "renewed interest" in craft beer which is "bringing back the punters".

    Craft beer
    Quote Message: We started 20 years ago this year. In that time since we started we've seen at least another couple of dozen breweries open up. The market share is there for there to be this many breweries, so people are obviously pretty happy with their pubs." from Richard Heath Keltek Brewery
    Richard HeathKeltek Brewery
  3. Latest weather: A murky night but mostly dry on Wednesday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It's a mild and murky night to come with hill and coastal fog. Outbreaks of light rain and drizzle are likely in places, particularly over moorland. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather

    Staying mostly dry for all through Wednesday although dull and cloudy at times but some good sunny spells possible in the east. Feeling mild. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  4. Thomas Orchard death: Chief constable expresses 'condolences'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The chief constable of Devon and Cornwall says he fully recognises the impact of the "long-running and difficult proceedings" on the family of Thomas Orchard, who died in police custody.

    The 32-year-old died in 2012. Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

    Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

    Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said that his thoughts and condolences remained with the family of Mr Orchard, as well as "his loved ones and friends".

    He added: "The investigation and criminal proceedings has had a significant impact on all three Devon and Cornwall Police colleagues. That impact has also fallen on their families.

    "All three colleagues, and other members of the force involved in this matter, have maintained their professionalism throughout."

    He also said that a "further investigation" into the officers was being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

  5. Bus stop crash 'every mother's worst nightmare'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A woman whose 16-year-old son was hit when a car collided with a bus stop has described the incident as "every mother's worst nightmare".

    Josh Ladd suffered multiple injuries - including a punctured lung, fractured leg, broken ankle and broken collar bone - when the vehicle crashed into a bus shelter in Penzance and then hit him, Marlene Ladd told the BBC.

    Josh Ladd

    She said her "really brave" son was hit as he walked to Penwith College on Monday morning. He is currently in hospital in Plymouth.

    "When I found out, I went into meltdown. I burst into tears in the supermarket and started screaming, I think," she said.

  6. Plymouth students 'eco-pod' unveiled

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    An "eco-pod" designed by students from the University of Plymouth has been unveiled on the Dartington estate in South Devon.

    Eleven teams of second and third-year students were set the task of designing a sustainable structure that "positively contributed" to its surroundings.

    The winning pod, Tiny House, was created using local and renewable materials from the estate, including larch, Douglas fir and sheep’s wool. 

    Tiny House and the team behind it

    The team behind Tiny House was made up of third-year architecture students Tom Kimberley, Elliott Dennis and Matthew Fox, with second years Tom Simmons and Callum Swift.  

    The students said: “It has been a brilliant opportunity and given us a better understanding of the whole design and construction process."

  7. Accidental verdict for fishing boat deaths off Cornwall

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    JMT

    Two fishermen died when their trawler capsized "suddenly and without warning", an inquest has heard .

    Michael Hill, 22, and Shane Hooper, 33, were on board the JMT scalloper when it sank on 9 July 2015. A jury concluded a verdict of accidental death and found "multiple factors" caused the JMT to sink off Rame Head in Cornwall.

    The two-day inquest at Plymouth Coroner's Court heard the vessel was found on 10 July 2015, 51m under water, 3.8 nautical miles off the coast.  

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch recommended the Maritime and Coastguard Agency introduce stability criteria for new and existing vessels under 15m in length.

  8. Thomas Orchard death: Timeline of events

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Thomas Orchard
    • 3 October 2012:  Paranoid schizophrenic Thomas Orchard is arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in Exeter and taken to Heavitree Police Station. He is restrained while in custody and taken to hospital later after being found unresponsive in a cell. He suffers a cardiac arrest
    • 10 October 2012:  The 32-year-old church caretaker dies in hospital
    • November 2013:  The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announces possible charges of corporate manslaughter, manslaughter by unlawful act, gross negligence, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office against Devon and Cornwall Police
    • December 2014:  CPS begins process to prosecute three police staff on a charge of manslaughter
    • January 2016:  Trial starts at Bristol Crown Court of Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden
    • March 2016:  Trial halted for legal reasons after 11 weeks. CPS announces it will seek a re-trial
    • January 2017:  Retrial commences at Bristol Crown Court 
    • 14 March 2017:  Verdicts of not guilty against all three defendants, who had denied gross negligence manslaughter
  9. Pain of police custody death 'diminishes' Thomas Orchard's family

    BBC News England

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    Video caption: ORCHARD FAMILY STATEMENT

    The family of a man with mental health issues who died in police custody wants to see a change in the way vulnerable people are treated. 

    Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were cleared of the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard at Bristol Crown Court. 

    Mr Orchard, 32, who had schizophrenia, died in hospital a week after he suffered a cardiac arrest in an Exeter police cell in 2012. 

    His mother, Alison Orchard, said the family's "fight for truth and transparency continues". 

  10. European silver medallist joins Plymouth College as coach

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    European Championship silver medallist and 2012 Olympian Roberto Pavoni has joined Plymouth College as deputy director of swimming.

    The 25-year-old retired from competing in the sport last month, and will team up with director Robin Armayan, who took over from Jon Rudd earlier this year.

    Roberto Pavoni

    Rudd, who had coached Ben Proud and Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte in Plymouth, left the club in November to take charge of Ireland's swimming programme.

  11. Thomas Orchard death: Jurors 'wept' as verdict given

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Bristol Crown Court. Pic: Google

    A number of jurors wept as verdicts of not guilty were delivered against police staff accused of killing a man in custody. 

    Six men and six women formed the jury during the six-week trial at Bristol Crown Court (pictured) against three Devon and Cornwall Police staff over the death of 32-year-old Thomas Orchard in 2012.

    Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were found not guilty after all denying gross negligence manslaughter.

    After the verdicts were delivered, the judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, said: "The defendants can be discharged from the dock. Members of the jury, thank you very much for your attention in this case." 

  12. Bus stop crash boy suffered multiple injuries

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A 16-year-old boy who was hit by a car at a bus stop suffered a punctured lung, broken collar bone, leg fracture and broken ankle, his mother says.

    Marlene Ladd told the BBC her "brave" son, Josh Ladd, underwent several hours of surgery last night after being flown to Derriford Hospital.

    He had been walking to college in Penzance when a car careered into a bus stop, hitting him, yesterday morning.

    Penzance bus stop crash. Pic: Garry Clemo

    Marlene said her son, who is due to take his mock A-Level exams, had been "really brave" but couldn't speak of the incident without visibly shaking. He is still in hospital.

  13. Thomas Orchard death: Acquitted officers described as 'men of honesty'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall custody sergeant Jan Kingshott and detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were described as "men of honesty and integrity" during their trial at Bristol Crown Court over the death of Thomas Orchard.

    They were found not guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of church caretaker, following his death in 2012. 

    However, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said disciplinary proceedings were "under consideration" for the police staff involved in the arrest and restraint of the 32-year-old.

  14. Hotel in Looe fined more than £6k for mis-labelling spirits

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A hotel near Looe has been fined a total of £6,270 after inspectors found bottles behind the bar labelled as containing Smirnoff vodka and Gordon's gin did not contain those brand of spirits, Trading Standards officers say.

    RHR Kernow Ltd and Ross Lewin, a director of the owning company, were ordered to pay a fine of £3,000, costs of £3,000, and a combined victim surcharge of £270 at a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on 8 March.

    The case followed a routine Trading Standards inspection of the Trelaske Hotel in May 2016 by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service.

    Spirit bottles
    Quote Message: Trading Standards’ inspections of businesses allow us to ensure that consumers in Cornwall can have confidence in the authenticity and safety of their purchases. It also promotes a fair and level playing field for businesses. We hope the outcome of this case will reassure consumers that we consider the truthful description of food products to be a priority area of work in protecting the public.” from Matthew Collings Trading Standards Officer
    Matthew CollingsTrading Standards Officer
  15. Thomas Orchard death: Disciplinary proceedings 'under consideration' for acquitted officers, IPCC

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said disciplinary proceedings are currently "under consideration" for the police officers and staff involved in the arrest and restraint of 32-year-old Thomas Orchard.

    Mr Orchard died in hospital on 10 October 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest in his cell. 

    The IPCC launched an investigation after the death, which prompted the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue charges of manslaughter by gross negligence against police personnel.

    Today Police Sergeant Jan Kingshott and detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were acquitted of the charges.

    
          Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley
    Image caption: Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley
  16. North Devon garden waste collections to cost residents £36 a year

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Free collections of garden waste are to stop in North Devon later this year, a council says .

    North Devon Council said its currently free service is being replaced with an "optional garden waste service" costing users £36 a year.

    "Free collections of garden waste will stop when the new service begins at the start of June," it said.

  17. College offers counselling after Penzance bus stop crash

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    College leaders say they are offering counselling to students after a 16-year-old was seriously injured in a car crash at a bus stop in Penzance.

    The Penwith College student was flown to hospital by air ambulance after a blue Ford Focus hit him and smashed into the bus shelter in St Clare Street yesterday morning.

    Destroyed bus stop

    Another student was treated for shock.

    Penwith Principal David Walrond said: "The college’s wider support and counselling services are available to any other students who may have been affected."