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  1. Grenfell fire: Cornish firefighter 'pushed to limits'
  2. Woman dies after head-on crash near Newquay
  3. Man, 78, dies weeks after Looe crash
  4. Pedestrian 'seriously injured' in crash
  5. 'Youth' rescued from school roof by fire crews
  6. Beavers to be released in flood prevention trial
  7. Views sought on Kingsbridge regeneration plans
  8. Sailing boats to gather in Plymouth for The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit
  9. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Appeal for help after woman's disappearance

Kirby Noden, 32, was last seen on Wednesday, 11 January 2017.

Originally from Cheshire and living in Marazion, near Penzance, she has not been seen by neighbours and there has been no social media activity by her in five months.

Kirby, sometimes referred to as 'Kirsty', is described as white, of heavy build and 5ft 8in tall. She has dark brown hair and a northern accent.

Kirby Noden
Devon and Cornwall Police

Det Insp Ian Ringrose, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Kirby Noden had initially been treated as a high risk missing person following concerns for her welfare from her friends and relatives.

"She has links to Torquay, Ellesmere Port, Crewe, Cheshire and Merseyside. We are keen to speak to anyone who has had contact with or seen Kirby since December 2016."

Dean Lowe, 32, from Marazion, originally from Cheshire, has been charged with her murder.

Police urge anyone with any information to contact them.

Some opposition to Bodmin Jail hotel car park plans

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

The new 63-bedroom hotel planned for the site of Bodmin Jail has been approved by planners.

The Russian entrepreneur behind the scheme wants it to be Cornwall's top attraction. Some locals have opposed separate plans to use green space next to the jail for a car park.

Bodmin Jail

Jeremy Cooper is a newly elected Bodmin Town Councillor. He said: "I think everybody's pleased that the jail is being redeveloped and that one of the most iconic buildings in Bodmin is going to be preserved.

"What I'm opposed to is Hillside Park is a park, it's a play park, the jail is a very wealthy organisation with the money to do this development, they have other land behind their property which could be used as a car park."

Severe accident: A396 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A396 Devon both ways severe accident, between A3072 and Upexe Lane.

A396 Devon - A396 Exeter Road in Bickleigh blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A3072 junction and the Upexe Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Newquay police to patrol on segways

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Newquay police will again be patrolling the town's beaches on segways this summer.

Between June and September specially trained officers will have access to two segways as an additional resource for their community policing.


The segways will primarily be used for searching for missing people on the beaches. They will also provide public reassurance and neighbourhood officers will carry out crime prevention patrols on all beaches between Crantock and Watergate Bay.

Insp Dave Meredith said: "This is the second summer we are using segways on the town's beaches. I am delighted that Newquay police are again able to use this innovative equipment to enhance our patrol cover of the great expanse of beaches we cover."

Leading businessman Charles Howeson faces trial on sex offences

Cornwall Live

A prominent Westcountry businessman accused of sexual offences has again appeared at court to hear that his trial looks set to be heard in Bristol.

Latest weather: Often very warm or hot with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, especially during the afternoon.

It's going to feel warm in the sunshine as the winds will be light. The maximum temperature is 22C (72F).

On Saturday, inland fog will very quickly clear leading to another dry, sunny and very warm day.

However, there may be some mist along the coast at times.

Saturday weather

Youngest woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides given gold Blue Peter badge

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Mollie Hughes, who on 16 May became the world’s youngest woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides, has been given a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge.

The rare accolade was announced live on air last night during the programme, when the 26-year old climber was in the Blue Peter garden recounting her recent experience of ascending the north side of the world’s highest mountain - and entering the record books.

Mollie Hughes

The Torbay-born, Edinburgh-based climber, who works for the outdoor retail adventure specialist Tiso, had previously ascended the south side of Mount Everest in 2012 at the age of just 21.

Each year a handful of gold badges are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements, bravery, inspiration and citizenship.

Tim Peake the British astronaut, Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg and children’s author JK Rowling are among relatively few previous adult recipients of CBBC Blue Peter’s coveted top award that is a gold-plated brooch in the shape of the iconic Blue Peter ship logo.

Calls for government to invest more in Devon and Cornwall to protect against terrorism

BBC Radio Devon

The Devon and Cornwall Police Federation is calling on the government to invest more in the region to protect the public in the event of a terror attack.

It says the number of counter terrorism officers in the south west has been reduced in the government's national review and despite extra funding for training and equipment, there is no extra money to recruit armed officers.

It follows two police and crime commissioners this week who have suggested armed civilians could be used to help tackle a terrorist threat.

Historic England 'didn't mean to cause a stir' in pasty row

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A spokeswoman from Historic England has said she "didn't mean to cause a stir" when she said that Cornish pasties may have originated in Devon.

The comment kicked-off a Twitter spat between our two stations, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.

Celia Richardson was being interviewed by the radio stations about Historic England's new campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places.


Celia said: “Debate and argument are the meat and potatoes of history.

"We want to know which parts of England people think have changed the world. This was always going to bring out the country's competitive spirits - and nothing defines local character like food.

"We didn't mean to cause a stir.”

Warning that some baby sleep bags may not be up to standard

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Some baby sleep bags have failed quality tests, Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has warned.

Baby sleep bags are full length fabric bags with a neck opening and armholes but without sleeves or a hood. They are designed to keep the baby warm, when sleeping in a cot or Moses basket, without the need for extra bedding.

The service sent 10 different baby sleep bags for laboratory testing, sampled from across the range including high street retailers, supermarkets and department stores, to check that they lived up to the claims that they are compliant with the latest British Standard requirements.

Many of the products tested failed to live up to this claim. Some of the products had neck sizes which were too small or too large.

Several products tested were found to shrink following washing, fabric loops used for display purposes were a potential risk and could trap little fingers or had zips which did not meet the British Standard specification.

Woman dies after crash on Monday

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman has died after a head on crash near Newquay earlier this week.

Six people were reported as injured at the time of the collision on the A3075 on Monday morning. It involved a polo and a focus.

The driver of the polo a woman in her 40s sustained fatal injuries.

A passenger in the focus sustained injuries that have been described as potentially life altering.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Glastonbury security will be tighter than ever

BBC Radio Devon

The founder of the Glastonbury Festival has told the BBC security at this year's event will be tighter than it's ever been.


Following the terror attacks in London and Manchester, festival organisers have had a series of meetings with police to discuss the possibility of a threat.

Festival goers are being warned searches of cars and bags as people arrive on site will be much stricter than previous years, so ticket holders are being urged to travel light.

Distressing video shows horse being put to sleep at Newton Abbot racecourse

Devon Live

A video showing the final moments of a racehorse at Newton Abbot racecourse has been released by animal rights group, Devon Animal Save.

What do I do in the event of a fire?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice of what to do in the event of a fire if you live in a block of flats:

  • If there is a fire inside your flat their advice is to alert all the people in your flat and leave, closing doors behind you.
  • You should follow your escape plan and if there is lots of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer
  • Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place
  • If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors are designed to give you a minimum of 30-60 minutes protection from a fire
  • If there is a fire in your building, but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to say in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you
  • If you stay put, you should still call 999

The advice follows a major blaze that engulfed London's Grenfell Tower.


Orphaned pony 'likes the camera'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An orphaned pony, whose mother died while giving birth to him, has been raised in a family home.

I got to meet the foal, and the man who welcomed him into his house, Pip Lovelock.

Seeing Toffee happily grazing in the open green fields alongside a dozen or so other rescue ponies was a heartening sight.

Pip Lovelock

Having been born in such difficult circumstances he’s now passed his first birthday and is doing well.

He was raised in the house alongside Pip's young sons and their dogs.

He’s a sociable young pony, and seemed to like the camera – maybe being raised among people has made him like that. Pip Lovelock clearly has an amazing bond with him.

Dartmouth diver wins international award

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A deep-sea scuba diver on a mission to explore and preserve some of the planet’s most ancient corals has won a top international award.

Robert Whitton

Dr Sonia J Rowley, a British Sub-Aqua Club advanced diver from Dartmouth, uses the latest technology to enable her to dive to depths of more than 150 metres – exploring little-known "twilight reefs", where most humans never go.

Richard L Pyle

She has been awarded the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award by the world’s oldest biological society, The Linnean Society of London, in conjunction with the Systematic Association, which also champions international biological research.

She is only the second person to receive the prestigious accolade.

Concern for disabled residents in tower block following London fire

BBC Radio Cornwall

A meeting has been arranged between the fire service and residents of a tower block in Cornwall after concerns were raised over safety in the event of a fire.

Residents from the 11-storey Park House in St Austell have already contacted the housing association that runs it - Ocean Housing - to express their fears.

Park House

Stephanie lives on the top floor and says she has concerns about her neighbours with disabilities.

"I have heard that there are people who are say, wheelchair bound, who are living on high floors and we have had fire drills before when they have been unable to get out, and its very concerning."

Earlier, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issued safety advice.

Travel update: A39 blocked in both directions

BBC News Travel


  • In Truro on the A390 Highertown around the County Hall roundabout there's slow traffic
  • In Falmouth the A39 Dracaena Avenue is blocked in both directions between Laburnum Drive and Kimberley Park Road due to an accident
  • On A39 between Winnards Perch and Wadebridge there are temporary traffic lights for resurfacing work. Slow traffic in the area
  • On the A388 at Kelly Bray there's very slow traffic due to road resurfacing work
  • On the A30 eastbound around Bodmin there's slow moving and queueing traffic. Westbound around Temple is also busy


  • At Exebridge the A396 is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Grant's Hill and Perry New Road
  • On the A38 at Drumbridges all lanes have reopened after an earlier accident. Traffic is still slow moving

Therapy dog eases exam stress

Rob England

BBC News Online

Students stressed-out during exam season are getting help from a cuddly dog.

Anxiety appears to melt away when Labradoodle Omari turns up at Tretherras School in Newquay, Cornwall.

And Omari is taking it in her stride.

Therapy dog eases exam stress

Falmouth road closed after three-vehicle collision

Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between North Parade and Kimberley Park Road.

A39 Cornwall - A39 Dracaena Avenue in Falmouth closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the North Parade junction and the Kimberley Park Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Cornish firefighter describes conditions inside the Grenfell Tower blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornishman working for the London Fire Brigade has been telling BBC Radio Cornwall what it was like inside the Grenfell Tower, as the fire raged around him and his colleagues.

Ben Holehouse used to live in Camborne, but now works in the capital.

Firefighter Ben Holehouse helped rescue a family of four from the 10th floor

Bodmin Jail hotel plans approved by planners

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bodmin Jail

The new 63-bedroom hotel planned for the site of Bodmin Jail has been approved by planners.

The Russian entrepreneur behind the scheme wants it to be Cornwall's top attraction.

Some locals have opposed separate plans to use green space next to the jail for a car park.

Justice art exhibition thought to be first of its kind

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An art exhibition, opening in Plymouth Combined Courts in Armada Way, is thought to be the first of its kind in a UK courthouse.

Ann Chester King

Organised by HHJ Paul Darlow, the resident judge, and HHJ Miranda Robertshaw, the designated family judge for Devon, it opens on 19 June, displaying work from painter Ann Chester King and seven students from Plymouth College of Art’s BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking degree.

Created for the Justice Project
Cherie McMillan

The judges said: “All of us who work in the court service sees this exhibition as our chance to show the importance the criminal, family, civil and tribunal courts play in the Plymouth community.

"We hope as many people as possible will come to see the art on display. The enthusiasm with which the artists have embraced the project is truly humbling.”

Man, 78, dies weeks after crash

A man has died following a serious collision in Looe last month.

On 19 May the emergency services were called to the crash between a Citroen C3 and Ford Ranger on the A387, Polperro Road.

The Citroen driver, a 78-year-old man from Looe, received life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital. He died in hospital on Tuesday.

The driver of the Ford, a 52-year-old man also from Looe, was not injured.

Police closed the road for four-and-a-half hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Warm with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, especially during this afternoon.

It's going to feel warm in the sunshine as the winds will be light. The maximum temperature will be 22C (72F).


Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between A382 Newton Road and B3344 affecting B3352.

A38 Devon - Very slow traffic on A38 eastbound in Heathfield between Drum Bridges and Chudleigh Knighton turn off, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Ashburton Rockpark Cross.

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

Police appeal for female witness to road crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Crash site

Police are appealing for a female witness to a crash on Albert Road in Plymouth which left a woman with serious injuries.

The crash involved a pedestrian and a Fiat Punto outside The Pheasant Pluckers pub at lunchtime on 13 May.

PC Dave Stephenson of the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit said: "We are specifically appealing to a potential witness who is described as a white female of slim build with long blonde coloured hair and aged between 45 and 55-years-old.

"It is believed that she was the driver of a dark coloured car that was behind the car that was involved in the collision with the female pedestrian.

"This blonde female took possession of a person's mobile phone and spoke to the emergency operator. We are appealing to her to come forward as a potential witness."

Travel latest: Jack-knifed car and livestock trailer on A38

BBC News Travel


  • On the A38 Exeter-bound near Drumbridges there's been an accident involving a jack-knifed car and a livestock trailer. Traffic is slow.
  • In Exeter on the A379 and on Bridge Road there's queuing traffic due to the ongoing roadworks.
  • On the A30 eastbound between Scorrier and Chiverton Cross there's a broken down car on a bend - approach with care.
  • In Plymouth, Shakespeare Road is now clear following an earlier collision around Cobbett Road.
  • In Chudleigh, Market Way is now clear following an earlier accident near Chudleigh Library.


  • It's 'Three Ferry Friday' - there's up to a 10 minute wait with all three ferries running between Torpoint and Devonport.
  • In St Austell, Cypress Avenue is now clear following an earlier accident around Sea Road.
  • In Hayle the B3301 Beatrice Terrace is now clear following an accident near Pond Walk.
  • A39 between Winnards Perch and Wadebridge - temporary traffic lights for roadworks - very slow traffic.

Bodmin Jail hotel approved by planners

Cornish firefighter who tackled Grenfell Tower blaze says conditions pushed him to limits

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornishman who was one of the London firefighters tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower has been talking about the horrors he and his colleagues faced as they searched the burning tower block.

Ben Holehouse, 45, used to live in Camborne but moved away 10 years ago.

He's been telling BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed that he and his colleagues worked to their limits to try and save people.

We searched the ninth and 10th and 11th floors and you couldn't see a great deal. You were just working with thermal imaging cameras, and just trying to break down doors and calling out and looking for signs, signs of life. You couldn't see anything it was completely smoke logged"

Ben HolehouseFirefighter
Man rescued from Grenfell Tower blaze
Getty Images
Ben Holehouse looking directly at the camera at Grenfell Tower

Pedestrian 'seriously injured' in crash

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash involving a pedestrian and a Fiat Punto on 13 May.

Emergency services were called at 13:10 to Albert Road, Plymouth.


The pedestrian, a 45-year-old woman from the city, was taken to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries.

Police closed the road for seven hours while a specialist forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Student who lost dad when she was 10 becomes brain charity ambassador

Devon Live

At the age of just 10 years old, twin sisters Susannah and Harriet Keogh suddenly had their lives turned upside down when their dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The great Devon-Cornwall food fight continues

BBC Radio Cornwall

Celia Richardson from Historic England has admitted she had "no idea" what she was starting when she told BBC Radio Devon the Cornish pasty was first made in Devon.

Her comments have sparked quite a row between the two counties, let's not even start talking about scones...

Earlier, I have to confess I was speaking to BBC Radio Devon and I did happen to mention some research I'd done, where I understood from a 16th Century text that there was mention of the Cornish pasty in Devon and yes I had no idea what I was starting."

Celia RichardsonHistoric England

A huge water tank is being built underneath Stonehouse Creek car park

Plymouth Herald

A massive water tank is being built under the car park near Stonehouse Creek Social Club.

Murder accused still in custody

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man is still in custody following the suspicious death of a 64-year-old woman in Plymouth in May.

The woman was found dead at an address in Honicknowle on 25 May. Police said a post-mortem has since revealed that she had sustained a number of unexplained injuries.

Honicknowle Green

A 54-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody in Plymouth.

Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team are carrying out an inquiry into the circumstances of the death - anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police.

Fire service issues safety advice after fatal London blaze

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Park House

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about fire safety following the blaze at Grenfell Tower in London.

Group manager Justin Sharp said "Thankfully fires of this type are extremely rare. However, we understand that such an incident does cause alarm and raise concerns with people living in similar buildings.

“High-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape. Most fires do not spread further than the flat of origin.

“I would like to assure everybody that Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service carries out regular inspections of blocks of flats, including Park House, the only high-rise building in Cornwall, which is owned and managed by Ocean Housing, and fully complies with current fire safety regulations.”

Will Young adopts orphaned pony

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Singer Will Young has adopted an orphaned pony which was raised in a family home.

Pip Lovelock

Sheila arrived at human carers Pip and Kerrie Lovelock's home after her mother died on Bodmin Moor when she was a few days old.

They say she struck up a real relationship with the family and their dogs.

Toffee, a moorland pony foal, was also raised by the Lovelocks, alongside their young sons and their dogs inside their house in Cornwall.

His natural mother died giving birth but Toffee thrived with his adopted family who made him feel welcome.

Plans 'will destroy the best part of Kingsbridge'

BBC Radio Devon

People living in Kingsbridge are being asked what they think of plans for the quay side and cattle market site - which include 90 new homes.

There are also plans for cafes and restaurants and better traffic management in the area.

Fifty-seven parking spaces will be lost as part of the proposed scheme.


South Hams District Council says the plans will transform the town.

But Steve Mamatt - a local businessman - is concerned and said: "By putting housing there I can see that as a fantastic way for them being able to recoup a lot of money, but I just think it's going to destroy the best part of Kingsbridge."