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  1. Four seriously injured and A38 closed in both directions
  2. SW Police chief calls for more resources after London attack
  3. Man dies after being found in Brixham street
  4. Police investigation under way after body found in Torquay
  5. Flooding possible along South Devon coast
  6. Police appeal after Exeter sexual assault
  7. Lake crash inquest: Couple were on a test drive
  8. Boy falls from Cornwall cliff
  9. Sand-filled sausage used in beach protection scheme
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Miles Davis

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

A38 to stay closed 'for some time'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The westbound carriageway of the A38 will remain closed "for some time" following a van crash.

Police said four people travelling in the van were "seriously injured" in the crash at about 3:50pm which did not involve any other vehicles.

The eastbound carriageway was also closed due to a fallen tree but that has now reopened.

Police appealed for any witnesses to get in touch on 101.

War veteran, 101, hands out medals at Dartmoor race

BBC Radio Devon

Runners taking part in an ultra marathon on Dartmoor this weekend were presented with their medals by a very special guest of honour.

War veteran Verdun Hayes, who is 101 years old, was on hand to congratulate the 250 participants in the 32-mile race.

The Dartmoor Discovery is the UK's longest single lap ultra marathon.

One lane closed on Tamar Bridge


Exeter's Ampadu released from Wales squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City defender Ethan Ampadu is one of three players who have been released from the Wales senior squad after taking part in a training camp in Portugal.

The 16-year-old, who has also represented England at youth level, has played for Wales Under-19s but is yet to play for the full side.

Ethan Ampadu
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Ampadu made 13 appearances last season for the Grecians, who were beaten in the League Two play-off final.

Police investigate two deaths in Torbay

BBC Radio Devon

Police are investigating two deaths in Torbay - which are not believed to be linked.

Officers were called to an alleyway off Dartmouth Road in Brixham just after 06:00 where they tried but failed to revive a man. His identity is not yet known.

It comes after the body of a woman in her 50s was found at a property on Scarborough Road in Torquay on Saturday morning. A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released while an investigation continues.


Dog dies in cliff fall

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The RNLI were called to rescue a dog which had fallen down cliffs at Portreath - but unfortunately the dog did not survive the fall.

The St.Ives Inshore Lifeboat Donald Dean was requested to launch by Falmouth Coastguard to assist the Portreath Coasguard Cliff Rescue Teams with the rescue at 19:36 yesterday.


With the help of the cliff rescue teams, the crew located the spot where the dog had fallen and crewman Barney Stevens was dropped onto the beach to search for the canine casualty.

Barney found the dog but it did not survive.

The dog was brought back to shore to be reunited with its owner.

Four seriously injured in A38 crash

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Four people are understood to have been seriously injured in a crash on the A38 near Plymouth.

Police said a van overturned about a mile before the Marsh Mills roundabout heading towards Plymouth at around 3.50pm.

The road has been closed in both directions and the air ambulance has been called to evacuate casualties.

Police advised drivers to avoid the area.

Tree down on A38

A tree has reportedly come down on the A38 heading out of Plymouth towards Exeter.

This is near the scene of an earlier accident in which a lorry overturned on the opposite carriageway.

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Candidate's foodbanks comment sparks controversy

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Conservative candidate for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, is at the centre of a row with constituents after she told a local hustings she was "really pleased we have foodbanks" in the area.

The hustings became heated members of the audience became angry at Mrs Murray's comments.

David Berry runs Liskeard and Looe foodbank which feeds around 30 people every week.

He says foodbanks are regrettably a feature of modern British life.

Lorry overturned near Plymouth

On the A38 heading towards Plymouth a lorry has overturned and the road will be closed for some time according to police. The nature of any injuries is not yet known.

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Exeter's Chris Martin plays One Love Manchester

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Chris Martin has joined an all-star line up to remember the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack.

The benefit concert was held in memory of the victims of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

Visibly moved at times, the 23-year-old US singer performed with Miley Cyrus and the Black Eyed Peas, while other highlights were provided by Katy Perry, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher and Justin Bieber.

The concert at Old Trafford cricket ground was watched by an average of 10.9 million viewers, peaking at 14.5 million as the gig drew to a close.

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Cornwall man caught up in London attack would 'return to capital tomorrow'

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A Cornwall man who was in the area of the terror attack in London on Saturday said he hasn't been put off returning to the capital in the near future.

Richard Semple, from Gorran, was out with his wife and some friends when when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.

Mr Semple's group were not injured in the attack.

He said that while he was in "disbelief", he would "go back tomorrow".

"You've got to pay respect to the people of London, they are living with this every day and it deserves enormous amounts of respect," he said.

"I would go back and I would urge everybody else to."


Garage worker met with test drive couple before car plunged into lake

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

A garage worker has told an inquest how he met with a couple to organise a test drive before the pair plunged into a lake in the car they were trying out.

Barry Froggatt, 75, and Barbara Lavery, 76, both drowned when the silver Peugeot 407 went into Hooe Lake in Plymouth on 25 August 2016.


Mr Froggatt had gone to McMullins garage on Barton Road to ask about a part exchange for his Mazda Bongo van, Plymouth Coroner's Court heard.

Trevor Nichol, from the garage, said he drove the Bongo with Mr Froggatt to test it.

During the drive they collected Ms Lavery and took her back to the garage. The couple then took the silver Peugeot 407 for a test drive.

Coroner Ian Arrow recorded a verdict of accidental deaths.

High tide and waves at Dawlish cause train problems

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Exeter's Dollman ruled out of Wales tour

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs full-back Phil Dollman has been forced to withdraw from Wales' tour to play Tonga and Samoa due to injury.

The uncapped 32-year-old suffered a knee injury in Exeter's Premiership final win over Wasps.

Phil Dollman
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"With Phil Dollman, the last I heard he was awaiting a consultation following a significant injury to his knee... he's out of the tour," said Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde.

"The time it [the injury] occurred and the manner in which it happened, it was a bitter-sweet day for Phil having spoken to him."

Flooding 'possible' around high tide along South Devon coast

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Flooding is possible around high tide today along the South Devon coast, the Environment Agency has said.

High water at Exmouth is at 17:00, and times of high water will vary along the coast.

Strong force seven southerly winds and offshore wave heights of over two metres are forecast to cause "wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray" in exposed coastal locations in the Torbay area.

The agency warned people to expect tides to be around 270mm higher than predicted due to the weather conditions.

People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast. Keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio. We will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as required.

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SW police urge people to stay calm but alert

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police has asked people to remain calm but alert following the terror attack in London.

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said: “As details emerge from this Metropolitan-led investigation, our thoughts are with all those affected and to all our colleagues in the emergency services who bravely responded.

“The threat level remains the same at ‘severe’ and we continue to monitor the intelligence picture and keep all policing under review to ensure the appropriate security is in place.

“I would like to reassure the public that there is no intelligence or information that suggests a specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly."

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Hunt continues after sex assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Exeter over the weekend.

Officers said the woman, in her 20s, was approached from behind by an unknown man who sexually assaulted her at the junction with Mount Pleasant Road and Thurlow Road in the city between 03:15 and 03:40 on Sunday.

Det Sgt Guy Biggar said: “The man is described as having tanned skin, aged around 30 years old, with very short black spikey hair, and of a big build.

"He possibly had an Eastern European accent and was wearing a black T-shirt with white writing on the front and dark jeans.

“We would like to remind the public that these incidents are rare, however, we would always remind people to walk in groups and to stay in well-lit areas, particularly those females walking home following an evening out.

Ferries cancelled because of sea conditions

BBC News Travel

  • Near Exeter on the A379 near the M5 services heading into the city one lane is blocked by a collision
  • Eastbound on the A30 at Bodmin there's slow-moving traffic
  • At Redruth there's slow traffic on the A3047 at Mount Ambrose due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks
  • On the ferries now and all sailings of the St Mawes Ferry, Place Ferry and Enterprise Boats have been cancelled due to the sea conditions
  • No problems reported on the trains but at Exeter, Land's End and Newquay airports there are disruptions to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to the weather conditions

Travel update: Cows on the road

BBC News Travel

At South Petherwin there are reports of cows on the B3254 near School Hill. Approach with care

Dramatic moment boy's rescued by helicopter after cliff fall

Cornwall Live

Amazing footage shows the dramatic moment an eight-year-old boy was rescued by helicopter after falling from the cliffs at Pend Vounder near Porthcurno.

BreakingAccidental death verdict in car lake plunge case

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

A couple who died when the vehicle they were in plunged into a lake in Plymouth were taking the car for a test drive a coroners court has heard.

Barry Froggatt, 75, and Barbara Lavery, 76, both drowned when the silver Peugeot when into Hooe lake on 25 August last year.

The coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental deaths at their inquest.

Hooe Lake

Fire in strip light at Derriford Hospital

A small fire in an electrical strip light at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has been extinguished, fire crews have said.

Two fire crews were called to the hospital this morning.

The fire had already been put out, and the cause was deemed accidental, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

Olejnik among three released by Exeter

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City still hope to offer Bobby Olejnik a new contract despite releasing the Austrian goalkeeper.

The ex-Peterborough player, 30, made 23 appearances last season for the League Two side, who were beaten in the play-off final by Blackpool at Wembley.

Bobby Olejnik
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"We are yet to establish whether we are able to carry three goalkeepers in the squad," said Exeter boss Paul Tisdale. With Bobby's contract expiring, he has not received an offer, although we would love to keep him if it were possible."

Christy Pym and James Hamon are the other keepers on the Grecians' books.

Cornwall man praises police in London terror attack

BBC Radio Cornwall


A Cornwall man who was caught up in the London attack on Saturday night has praised police and emergency services, as well as members of the public who rushed to help.

Richard Semple was out with his wife and some friends in the area when the attack happened - his group narrowly missed the attack.

Mr Semple said the work of police should be acknowledged.

"They eradicated this problem in eight minutes and it's incredible they did. Some of the members of the public, the have-a-go types, who took these guys on, [they're] incredible, he said.

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Police investigating Saturday night's terror attack in London say they know the identity of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48.

The Met Police said their names would be released "as soon as operationally possible" as officers work to establish if they were part of a wider network.

PM Theresa May said victims included a "number of nationalities", saying it was "an attack on the free world". It comes as police have searched more addresses in east London.


Lake crash inquest: Couple were on a test drive

BBC Spotlight

A couple who died when the vehicle they were in plunged into a lake in Plymouth were taking the car for a test drive, a Coroners court has heard.

Barry Froggatt, 75, and Barbara Lambert, 76, both drowned when the silver Peugeot went into Hooe lake on 25 August last year.

Hooe Lake

Witness Melanie Hogan was on the phone in her car which was parked next to the lake. She told the court that noticed a car pull alongside her.

She said she glanced up and saw the male driver look straight at her.

The driver Barry Froggatt was described as a former lorry driver with many years driving experience.

The inquest continues.

Flooding possible along South Devon coast

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding over the high tide this afternoon on the south Devon coast.

The alert is in place for the coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren.

High water at Exmouth is at 17:00 and times of high water will vary along the coast.

Strong force seven southerly winds and offshore wave heights of over 2m are forecast to cause wave overtopping of sea defences and sea spray in exposed coastal locations at Torbay.

People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast and keep up to date with weather and tide conditions on local radio.

King moves closer to World Championships spot

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Hurdler David King has moved closer to competing in his first global event after running the World Championships qualifying standard in Poland.

The 22-year-old, from Plymouth, ran a lifetime-best time of 13.48 seconds in the 110m hurdles.

David King
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The World Championships will be held in London in August, though King must secure a top-two finish in the British trials to confirm his place in the squad.

Flood alert issued for Devon coast

Devon Live

Flooding is possible along the Devon coast on Monday afternoon, the Environment Agency has warned.

Standing water and poor visibility

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

RSPCA warns of exotic pets being abandoned after dragon was found dumped in hedge

Plymouth Herald

The RSPCA is warning of a rise in the number of exotic pets being abandoned after a tarantula was found dumped at a motorway service station and a dead bearded dragon was dumped in a hedge in the Westcountry.

Police investigate two deaths in Torbay

Police investigate Brixham street death:

  • Police were called to an alleyway off Dartmouth Road just after 06:00, after a member of the public found him and was concerned for his welfare
  • On arrival officers found the man and carried out CPR before paramedics arrived. The man died at the scene
  • Police are trying to identify him

'Suspicious death' in Torquay:

  • Police were called at 09:30 on Saturday after the body of a woman in her 50s was found at an address on Scarborough Road, Torquay
  • Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team are currently treating this death as unexplained and are appealing for witnesses
  • A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries, police said

Police said the deaths are not thought to be linked.

Couriers apologise for missing Devon parcels

BBC Radio Devon

A courier company has apologised to customers in Devon after some parcels ordered online weren't delivered.

Humphrey Pullar is one of those affected and says he didn't receive the car parts he ordered, even though tracking of the parcel showed it had been delivered successfully.

Courier Hermes says it's changed contractors in the area and adds it's "working closely with customers to ensure a quick resolution".

Grass skirt-wearing stag party become traffic heroes

Cornwall Live

They weren't the heroes the city wanted, but they were the ones it needed. When traffic gets really bad and everyone is getting hot and bothered, the last thing you expect is a bunch of lads wearing grass skirts to save the day.

Couch wins British Championships gold

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth's Tonia Couch took home a gold medal from the British Diving Championships in Edinburgh over the weekend.

The 28-year-old won the 10m synchro event alongside partner Lois Toulson.

Tonia Couch
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There was also success for Matthew Dixon, who claimed silver in both the 10m individual and synchro disciplines.

House fire - arson suspected by fire crews

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Fire crews from across south-east Cornwall tackled a kitchen blaze on Saturday in Liskeard.

The fire started in the kitchen and police were called as crews suspected the cause to be arson.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service