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  1. Motorcyclist, 63, killed in A39 crash
  2. RMB Chivenor closure 'not a done deal'
  3. Work to restore power to Scilly faces further delays
  4. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster
  5. Crews tackle fire and explosion in shipping containers in Devon
  6. The Royal Navy bids farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over parts of southern England today
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday
  8. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

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By Victoria Gould

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Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

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.

Weather: A cloudy weekend ahead

BBC Weather

It will become increasingly cloudy tonight with some rain moving in by the end of the day, and becoming quite windy. Minimum temperature: 8C 47F 

Tomorrow will remain cloudy with some light rain in places, but also brighter at times. Remaining breezy. Max temperature:12C 54F 

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Defence Secretary visits RMB Chivenor

The defence secretary Michael Fallon has flown into RMB Chivenor today to reassure staff and nearby residents about the future of the base. 

He told the BBC no firm decision had yet been made about closing the Royal Marines base, which has 1,200 staff. 

In last year's defence review the government said it intended to sell off some military sites including Chivenor. 

RMB Chivenor

'World's oldest living tattoo artist'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Doc Price, thought to be the oldest living tattoo artist in the world, shares some memories with the BBC at a tattoo exhibition in Falmouth.

Doc Price is 85 and still working as a tattoo artist.

Police name pedestrian killed in Penzance crash

Police have named the woman who died following a collision with a van in Penzance on Monday 6 March. 

Anna Maria Penn, 56, from Penzance, died following the crash on Larrigan Road in the town. 

Warning as firefighters tackle five thatch fires in less than three months

The fire service is urging people who live in thatched properties to make sure they do all they can to reduce the risk of a fire. 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it's attended five thatch fires already this year. 

Officers say the fires are hard to spot and spread rapidly, all too often with devastating consequences. 

The fires are associated with regular use of a wood burner with an old or inappropriate liner, electrical faults, security lights too close to the eaves and thatch which is more than a metre deep. 

Thatch fire
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Eight more Cornish beaches could get bathing water status

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Defra has launched a consultation asking for views to designate an additional eight beaches in Cornwall as bathing waters. They are:

  • Booby’s Bay, near St Merryn
  • Godrevy, The Towans, Hayle
  • Gwynver, Whitesand Bay
  • Northcott Mouth, near Bude
  • South Fistral, Newquay
  • Mexico Towan, Hayle
  • Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
  • Upton Towan, Hayle

Cornwall Council said there are 81 designated bathing waters, but some of the beaches are not currently designated. This means bathing water samples are not taken from them, and so the council has no official data on the quality of the bathing water at the beaches.

Views of Dartmoor's residents sought

Sarah Gosling

BBC Radio Devon

Residents will be asked their views on Dartmoor National Park Authority. 

A survey aims to gauge how happy residents are and also how well the authority is communicating, engaging and responding to concerns and issues. 

People will be called for a 10-minute phone survey between 20 March to 13 April. 

Repairs to Scilly power cable further delayed by bad weather

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Power cables on Scilly

Work to try and fix the main power cable linking the Isles of Scilly to the National Grid has been delayed again because of bad weather. 

Western Power says cable experts have been working to asses the damage since Monday, but a poor weather forecast means they have had to return to their base in Portland. 

The 2,000 islanders have been relying on generators at the islands' power station for electricity since the cable failed at the end of February. 

The firm says it hopes to get the engineers back to the islands on Tuesday, and once repairs begin they could take anything between five and ten days to complete. 

Night club drug dealer avoids jail

BBC Radio Devon

A night club drug dealer has been given a suspended sentence after a judge was told he was only selling to friends and acquaintances. 

Thomas Melia, 21, of Cornhill in Ottery St Mary, was caught with 12 ecstasy tablets at the Move Club on Exeter Quay in November. 

A judge at Exeter Crown Court spared him an immediate jail sentence after being told he has never been in trouble before and has a good job. 

Melia admitted possession of MDMA, a class A drug, and was jailed for two years, suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.

Attempt to break in to security hut near Royal Citadel

Devon Live

Police are investigating an attempt to break in to a security hut near the Royal Citadel, home to 29 Commando.  

End of an era for Newlyn newsagent

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

A business that has traded in west Cornwall for almost a century is finally shutting up shop. 

J.Barron and Son has been in business in Newlyn for 97 years. 

Barrons newsagent
Barron family

David Barron took over the newsagent from his father and grandfather before him, but he says the time has come to retire.   

David Barron outside his shop

Work to restore power to Scilly faces further delays

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Work to restore electricity to Scilly has been delayed again because of poor weather, Western Power Distribution has said.  

The company said cable experts have been working to asses the damage to the power supply since Monday, but the weather forecast has forced them to return to Portland. 

They are hoping to return to work on Tuesday, if the weather has improved.

The firm added that when repairs do finally begin they are expected to take between five and 10 days. 

Isles of Scilly

The cable, which links the islands to the National Grid failed at the end of last month. It's still not known what caused the damage. 

Electricity supplies to the 2,000 people affected on the islands are being maintained by generators at the island’s power station.   

A rum carry on at Liskeard hotel

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owner of a hotel near Liskeard has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £1,800 for mis-selling rum. 

The court case followed a routine inspection of the Wheal Tor Hotel at Pensilva last June. 

Inspectors tested a bottle of the hotel bar's Bacardi Rum and discovered it had been substituted with a different product.    

Mark Frost pleaded guilty to contravening the Food Safety Act and was fined £126 and also ordered to pay costs of £1,696 and a £30 victim surcharge after the hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 15 March 2017.

Why is Torbay losing so many of its trees?

Devon Live

Tree felling work has seen wooded areas disappear across Torbay in recent years.

RMB Chivenor closure 'not a done deal'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has told the BBC the future of RMB Chivenor has still not been decided. 

He flew into the base near Barnstaple earlier today and told the BBC closure of the site was not a "done deal". 

Michael Fallon

He said various options for its future were still being considered, and would be discussed with the local community. 

The government announced last year that it wants to dispose of some military sites including Chivenor as part of a review

Fire crews investigate blaze and explosion in shipping containers

BBC Radio Devon

Investigations are continuing into a fire and explosion in Rattery in South Devon. 

Crews from Buckfastleigh, Totnes, Ivybridge, Paignton and Newton Abbot were called to Dean Lane End overnight. 

Two shipping containers were on fire - a gas cyclinder exploded and was blown from one of the containers, firefighters said.

Fire crews are trying to establish the cause of the blaze.

Missing hospital man found safe and well

A man missing from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been found safe and well, police have said.

Officers were concerned for the health and welfare of the man who went missing from Derriford Hospital this morning. 

Ricky, 32, had travelled from Milton Keynes to Plymouth before disappearing. 

Police have thanked the public for their help.

Missing patient from Derriford
Devon and Cornwall Police

Motorcross bikes stolen in Totnes burglary

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Stolen motorcross bikes
Devon and Cornwall Police

Motorcross bikes and equipment worth £35,000 have been stolen from a workshop near Totnes.

The burglary, at a farm in Halwell, happened at the end of January.

Police are now asking the public to look out for anyone trying to sell the items which include seven bikes, a drill, pressure washers, and protective gear.

Cheltenham Festival: First female jockey in Gold Cup for 33 years

Lizzie Kelly
Getty Images

Lizzie Kelly will later become the first woman to ride in the Gold Cup race for 33 years.

Only once has a female jockey taken part and that was in 1984 when Linda Sheedy rode 500-1 outsider Foxbury, although they did not reach the finish.

At 3.30pm, the Devon-based 23-year-old will be on board Tea For Two in the big race.

If anything I do is good for women in racing or women in sport, I always think that's a good thing, but it's a total by-product. I'm selfish, I'm doing it for me, I'm not doing it for females in general - I'm doing it because this is what I've worked towards and dreamed about since I was a kid. It's great if people look at me and think 'I can do better than her' - go on then, come on, let's do it, because why not?

Lizzie Kelly

Torrey Canyon disaster: 'A milestone in the environmental world'


It's 50 years since the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon ran aground as it tried to take a short cut between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - spilling millions of gallons into the sea and killing thousands of sea birds.

A week after the super tanker ran aground in 1967 the government made the decision to bomb the marooned tanker to try to burn off the oil before using huge amounts of detergent to disperse it.

          The smoke from the bombed tanker could be viewed at Land's End 15 miles away
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A young David Bellamy, at the time an environmental consultant, was asked to comment on the disaster. 

Speaking 50 years later he said: "The Torrey Canyon Disaster was a milestone in the environmental world. 

"It was a tragedy that [it] had to happen before the public became focused on potential loss of natural life, in this case marine."

Tattoos: Fashion or fine art?

BBC Radio Cornwall

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An exhibition marking Britain's tattoo history - including a wall of 100 silicon hands decorated by leading artists - has gone on display.

Organisers say the display at Cornwall's National Maritime Museum is the largest collection of British tattoo-related objects ever assembled.

There are also sections of tattooed human skin that have been preserved, and recreated tattoo studios from different decades of the 20th Century. The show is on until January 2018.

Final flypast for Lynx helicopters

BBC Spotlight

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The Royal Navy's helicopters are taking part in a flypast of southern England today as they prepare to enter retirement.

The Lynx helicopters will be decommissioned at the end of the month, after 41 years of service. 

The flypast will tour military sites associated with the Lynx including the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, Devonport and Portland.

Crew of a lynx helicopter
Royal Navy
Royal Navy

Travel update: Delays on A390 diversion

BBC News Travel

  • In West Taphouse there's slower traffic than normal on the A390 on the diversion from the A38 Glynn Valley westbound closure
  • The A39 Fore Street is busy but moving westbound in Camelford following a collision between the Co-op and the Darlington Inn
  • In Woolacombe, Station Road has been closed for recovery and clear up following an earlier collision around Turnpike Cross

Torrey Canyon: Clean up only caused greater destruction

BBC Radio Cornwall

Fifty years ago this weekend the supertanker SS Torrey Canyon ran aground between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the UK's worst environmental accident. 

One-hundred thousand tonnes of crude oil spilled into the English Channel. 

The boat was eventually bombed in the hope of dispersing the oil. 

          Data picture showing use of bombs and chemicals to disperse oil
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More than two million gallons of a chemical called BP 1002 was sprayed on to the affected waters

Hoses were squirted over beaches, volunteers used watering cans, fishermen pumped the chemical into the sea from their boats. The Army even punctured holes into barrels of it and rolled them off cliffs.

The chemical killed any kind of marine life it came into contact with, from seaweed to limpets to fish. 

A39 fatal crash: Police appeal for witnesses

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police investigations are continuing following the death of a motorcyclist on the A39 near Wadebridge. 

The crash involved a red Nissan X-Trail and a Honda XL 1000V motorbike. Emergency services were called about 16:40.

The 63-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene. 

The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. 

Police appeal for missing Derriford patient

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

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Ricky, 32, has been reported missing from Derriford Hospital and was last seen at about 09:10 this morning. 

He is described as white, 6ft tall, with short straight dark hair. He wears spectacles and has no teeth. 

Ricky travelled from Milton Keynes to Plymouth and police believe he plans to travel to the Penzance area.  Officers are concerned for his health and welfare. 

Car on roof, man arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Devon Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a  car left the road and ended up on its roof early this morning. 

Navy bids farewell to Lynx helicopter

BBC News England

The helicopter is being retired from the Navy fleet after 41 years

The Royal Navy is bidding farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over southern England.

It is a chance for fans to say goodbye to the maritime aircraft, which is being decommissioned after 41 years. 

Four Mark 8 Lynxes are taking a tour of military sites associated with the helicopter after departing from their Yeovilton base. 

They will fly over locations including Devonport, Weston-super-Mare, Lyme Regis and Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth.

Large cannabis farm found in Devon village

BBC Radio Devon

Nine people have been arrested after a police anti-drugs operation across four Devon towns. 

The arrests were made in Totnes, Ivybridge, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge this week. 

Warrants, vehicle checks and foot patrols were used in the towns. During the raids police found a cannabis farm with 1,000 plants in Marldon.

Devon and Cornwall drugs dog with his discovery
Devon and Cornwall Police

Brexit: Will the fishing industry be better off?

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Fishing leaders in Cornwall say their community is owed a good deal from ministers. 

Fishing regions like Cornwall voted heavily to leave the EU, but in the months following the vote, there have been warnings the industry could miss out during negotiations. 

Fishing bosses say there's a question mark over how deliverable the wish list is of better access to fishing grounds, markets and quotas post-Brexit. 

Fishing boats at Newlyn

Everyone wanted to see that Taliban guy dead: Colleagues of Marine A said they'd have killed him too because saving him would have risked British lives

The Daily Mail

Comrades of Sergeant Alexander Blackman said yesterday he shot a wounded Taliban fighter to protect junior colleagues.

Kelly prepares for Cheltenham Gold Cup history

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Lizzie Kelly will this afternoon become the first female jockey to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1984, as she rides Tea For Two in the showpiece race at the festival.

The 23-year-old, based in George Nympton, near Barnstaple, has odds of around 66-1 to win the race, which is scheduled to start at 15:30.

Lizzie Kelly
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"It's our first Gold Cup, it's his [Tea For Two's] first Gold Cup, my first Gold Cup, mum's first Gold Cup - so I think the only way I can try to feel is excited," she said.  

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz gets tattooed by artist Lal Hardy

Will Gompertz

BBC Arts Editor

An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall is trying to dispel the bad boy image of tattoos, and reposition them as an art form.

BBC arts editor gets tattooed by artist Lal Hardy

Arts Editor Will Gompertz may have got more than he bargained for when he visited Falmouth for a preview.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed runs 17 March 2017 - 7 January 2018

Fatal crash near Wadebridge shows 'vulnerability of motorcyclists'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash in which a 63-year-old biker died.

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His black Honda XL 1000V motorbike collided with a red Nissan X Trail car on the A39 St Kew near Wadebridge yesterday.

The car driver, a man in his 60s, escaped with minor injuries.

Farewell flypast for the Lynx

The Royal Navy bids farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over parts of southern England today.

Four Mark 8 craft will travel eastwards from Lyme Regis to Portsmouth from about 11:44 GMT to 13:18 GMT, before heading north to Odiham and returning to their Yeovilton base later in the afternoon.

The helicopter is being decommissioned on 31 March after 41 years' service.  

Lynx helicopter
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