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  1. Rise in men dying from skin cancer in the South West
  2. Scarlett Keeling's mother gives evidence at son's inquest
  3. Man dies diving off Salcombe, police investigation launched
  4. Hunt could be asked to review Devon bed closures decision
  5. Private ambulance catches fire on A380
  6. Shark seen off favourite swimming spot in St Ives
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Andrew Segal

Local Live

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

Hope you enjoy some evening sunshine.

Seal pup has furry dramatic birth

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Seals. Pic: Living Coasts
Living Coasts

A Devon zoo has released pictures of its newest seal pup, whose arrival surprised staff when her mother went into labour in the middle of the day last month.

South American male fur seal Tamar arrived at Living Coasts in Torquay on Thursday 25 May in what staff said was a birth that featured "some tense moments when it became clear that this was a breech birth and the pup was emerging tail first".

Staff said pup and mother Grace were were currently staying "off-show ... to allow them to bond in peace".

Living Coasts curator Clare Rugg said: "He is a very vocal pup and he’s certainly strong and active. Then, every so often, he settles down to a suckle and a sleep".

Ex-care home manager admits £7k frauds, neglect and administering prescription-only product

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

The former manager of a Cornwall care home has admitted carrying out frauds totalling more than £7,000 while working at the home.

Forty-two-year old Lisa Thomas, worked at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, which specialized in caring for people with dementia. The home has since closed.

Thomas pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud totalling more than £7,000 over a four-year period while she was at Ismeer.

She has also pleaded guilty to neglect after the death of a resident in 2014, and earlier pleaded guilty to administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, relating to another resident.

Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Devon NHS reorganisation chief to leave

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The chief executive in charge of reorganising much of Devon's hospital services has announced she's to leave.

Angela Pedder

Angela Pedder, who heads the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP), is to work her contractual notice.

She said she always planned to rebalance her working life on turning 60 this year. The NHS said it was looking to appoint her successor.

Those behind the STP said it would "create clinically and financially sustainable health and care services that will improve the health, wellbeing and care".

Critics said the programme's proposals would "devastate" services and should not go ahead.

Liquidators step in to help teachers fight for redundancy after school closes

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Liquidators have stepped in to help a group of teachers from Cornwall fight for thousands of pounds in lost redundancy.

Bolitho School site

The action follows the closure of Bolitho School last year, one of the oldest independent schools in Cornwall.

About 40 teachers lost their jobs after pupil numbers at the private school in Penzance plummeted.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker (pictured), of Begbies Traynor, said: "I think it's very good news for creditors. The statement of affairs essentially showed they weren't going to get a penny. We have been in discussions with various parties involved. Those discussions are reaching a climax now and should result in us being in a position to pay a very reasonable dividend to creditors."

Halloran Keeling inquest: Brother 'blamed himself for Scarlett Keeling's death'

Halloran Keeling. Pic: Facebook

The brother of teenager Scarlett Keeling, who died on a beach in Goa in February 2008, took a fatal overdose after nearly a decade of blaming himself for his sister's death, their mother says.

An inquest into the death of 28-year-old Halloran Keeling concluded that he died from a morphine overdose in Newquay in 2016, but coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said it there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he had intended to take his own life.

The inquest heard Mr Halloran had a history of mental health problems and drug use. However, after the hearing in Truro, his mother, Fiona MacKeown, added that he "just never got over his sister's death".

She said: "He was very close to Scarlett. He couldn't have done anything and was not to blame at all, but he didn't accept that.

"He just felt if he had been there he could have looked after her. He wanted to come on the trip to Goa but couldn't get a passport in time ... He thought if he had got his passport sorted out, he would've been able to look after her. He tried to block it out with overdoses."

Latest weather: Dry and clear overnight, mainly hot and sunny on Tuesday

BBC Weather

Any cloud will melt away this evening and tonight to leave a warm and sunny evening. Overnight, it will stay dry with some clear spells, but it will feel very warm and muggy too. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).


Tuesday will be another hot, sunny and largely dry day across the board. Wall-to-wall sunshine for many with light winds, but the odd thundery shower is possible later. Maximum temperature: 30C (86F).

Torbay to work on improving quality of care

BBC Radio Devon

There's a chance for more people in Torbay to have their say about care homes with the possible launch of a charter.

The local unitary authority said it was keen to improve the quality of care on offer and will be talking about what it can do at a meeting this evening.

Documents for the meeting say that, out of all the local authorities across England, "Torbay has the third highest rate of care homes and beds, per 10,000 population aged 65 and over".

They also said that "the quality of nursing home provision in Torbay in particular is a concern" with five homes graded as either 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' (2)".

But they added that "on-going work is taking place with partners to support Torbay nursing homes in particular to improve, as well as any other 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' homes".

Care home

Bude surfer declares Team GB hopes

BBC Spotlight

A teenage surfer from Bude is hoping to be part of Team GB when the sport is included in the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo in 2020.

Ellie Turner

Ellie Turner has already won the senior English title and is now competing on the world stage, recently finishing as runner-up in the Under-16 World Championship in Brazil.

Ellie Turner

She said: "I never really realised [my ambition] until I was 12 or 13. I just did an English competition and I won, and then I did a few more, and it kept growing from that."

Man arrested after 'hit-and-run' leaves pedestrian with leg injuries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been arrested after a suspected hit-and-run collision in Plymouth which left a pedestrian with serious leg injuries, police say.

Officers said the 34-year-old local man was hit by what was believed to be a small black car when he was walking home along Tamerton Foliot Road with a female friend at about 01:50 on Saturday. He underwent surgery at nearby Derriford Hospital.

A 69-year-old man from Plymouth was later arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He was released under investigation pending further enquiries, police said.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Torbay Council website back online

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torbay Council's website is back online after being down for what is understood to have been all weekend.

The council earlier said it had "issues with our IT infrastructure".

The authority said after the site was restored: "It appears this was related to a hardware component failure and our engineers have worked hard to fix this problem and restore all the systems. We will continue to monitor this situation to ensure that there are no more issues."

Torbay Council website
Torbay Council

Ex-care home manager admits neglect after death of resident

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

The former manager of a Cornwall care home has pleaded guilty to neglect after the death of a resident more two years ago.

Marjorie Barrett had been living at the Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, which specialized in caring for people with dementia. She died at the end of 2014. The home has since closed.

Forty-two-year old Lisa Thomas, who had been due to stand trial on a charge of neglect at Truro Crown Court, today entered a guilty plea.

The court heard how staff on duty at the time when Marjorie Barrett became ill were not medically qualified and unable or trained to resuscitate her. Only one of them was qualified to administer drugs.

Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Netter spots whale off coast

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The whale was spotted by Padstow-based netter the Karen of Ladram.

Even butterflies are enjoying the sunshine

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The trust's Woodah Farm is at Doddiscombsleigh, near Exeter.

Picture: Simeon Cathcart.

Halloran Keeling inquest: Scarlet Keeling's brother's death was drug-related

An inquest into the death of Halloran Keeling has concluded that his death was drug-related.

Twenty-eight-year-old Mr Keeling, who was found dead in Newquay in August 2016 in temporary accommodation for vulnerable people, was the brother of Scarlett Keeling who died on a beach in Goa in February 2008.

The inquest at Truro City Hall, heard he had taken an overdose of morphine.

However, coroner Dr Emma Carlyon said it could not be proved whether or not he did it intentionally and there was insufficient evidence to conclude that he had intended to take his own life.

Public behaviour on Dartmoor 'ruins great weekend'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Selfish behaviour by some members of the public on Dartmoor has "ruined a great weekend" and could "potentially put people’s lives at risk", national park staff say.


Rangers said cattle grid gateways at Spitchwick and Deeper Marsh were blocked and vehicles were parked on narrow roads, "blocking access for farm vehicles and emergency vehicles".

The situation was "repeated right across the national park at popular locations", they said, adding that such actions "could literally cause a death" if bad parking blocked emergency vehicles.

The park said: "Rangers and volunteers are now spending their time trying to get these locations back to how they looked before the weekend onslaught, repairing burnt ground where barbecues have scorched the earth, collecting piles of rubbish and assessing damage."

Torbay Council website 'continuing to experience issues'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torbay Council says it is "continuing to experience issues with our IT infrastructure" which is affecting its website.

The council's website has been down all weekend, it is understood.

The local authority is partly having to rely on Facebook to get its statements out.

It said in a post: "Engineers are working to rectify the issue and we will keep you updated on their progress. Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

Torbay Council website

First new GWR train for Devon and Cornwall arrives in UK

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Train. Pic: Hitachi

The first of GWR's new Intercity trains for Devon and Cornwall has arrived in the UK.

It was shipped into Southampton from Japan, ready for testing over the summer, builder Hitachi said.

The new trains are due to go into service next year connecting Penzance to Paddington. It's hoped they'll help cut journey times and be more resilient to bad weather.

The manufacturer said: "The train will now be made ready to begin testing in the coming weeks prior to entering passenger service from summer next year. Two further test trains are due to arrive in the UK shortly."

North Devon friends doing something awesome for the Grenfell Tower fire victims

Plymouth Herald

Two friends rocked by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire tragedy are doing something truly special for the survivors - organising holidays to North Devon for those who lived in the tower block and no longer have anywhere to stay after their London home went up in flames.

Torbay Council website down

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torbay Council's website has been down all weekend, it is understood.

The local authority said IT staff had been trying to get it running again since becoming aware of its malfunctioning and were "working to restore it as soon as possible".

Torbay Council website
Torbay Council

Liquidators to help former Bolitho School teachers fight for lost pay

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Liquidators have stepped in to help a group of teachers from Cornwall fight for thousands of pounds in lost pay.

Bolitho School sign

The action follows the sudden closure of Bolitho School last year, one of the oldest independent schools in Cornwall. About 40 teachers lost their jobs after pupil numbers at the private school plummeted.

It was founded in 1889 and moved to its last site in Penzance in 1918.

The liquidation firm is investigating the sale of assets worth £1.5m, and why the school was left with just £23,000. Total losses for all creditors amounts to about £500,000.

Hundreds flock to Penzance lido during heatwave weekend

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Jubilee Pool
Andrew Segal

Penzance's Jubilee Pool had more than 1,200 visitors over the heatwave weekend, staff have said on Facebook.

Queues were forming "from first thing to late afternoon", and stands on site sold out of ice cream, which staff apologised for, adding that "luckily", some local suppliers "are on speed dial".

Latest weather: Continuing hot and dry

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll continue to stay hot and mainly sunny. Some cloud will develop and move in during the afternoon, but it will be dry and winds generally will be from the east or northeast and light or moderate in strength. However, developing sea breezes will make it feel cooler around the coastline. Maximum temperature: 30C (86F).


Cloud will dissipate during the evening to become largely clear. It will also be another warm and humid night with light or moderate winds from the east or northeast. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Halloran Keeling, Scarlett Keeling's brother, was 'physically abused' as child

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Halloran Keeling was "physically abused" by his mother's partners as a young child, an inquest has heard.

Mr Keeling, who was found dead in Newquay in August 2016, was the brother of Scarlett Keeling, who was killed on a beach in Goa in February 2008.

At the inquest at Truro City Hall, a statement from Susie Theobald, psychiatric liaison officer at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, said Mr Keeling had experienced "physical abuse from his mother's partners from the age of four".

Mr Keeling was the oldest of his mother Fiona MacKeown's nine children.

The inquest is expected to conclude later this afternoon.

Knifeman on the loose in Plymouth after armed robbery outside Poundland

Plymouth Herald

A knifeman who stole cash from a man in the city centre is still on the loose, say police.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

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  • In Cornwall, on the Treluswell Roundabout on the A39 and A393, there are reports there's a broken-down tractor. Traffic is very heavy
  • In Truro on the A390 Green Lane at A39 Arch Hill, there are reports of an accident

Scarlett Keeling's mother gives evidence at son's inquest

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of Halloran Keeling has heard evidence from his mother Fiona MacKeown regarding his early use of anti-depressants and cannabis.

Mr Keeling, who was found dead in Newquay in August 2016, was the brother of Scarlett Keeling who died on a beach in Goa in February 2008.

At the inquest at Truro City Hall a statement by Mrs MacKeown was read out which said Mr Keeling was the eldest of her nine children.

She said: "He became depressed around the age of 15 and they prescribed anti-depressants and valium. A year later he was self-medicating with cannabis."

The inquest is expected to conclude this afternoon.

Exeter trio help England defeat Argentina

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs trio Harry Williams, Henry Slade and Jack Maunder all featured as England wrapped up a 2-0 series win against Argentina with victory in another hugely entertaining Test.

Williams (pictured left) and Slade both started the match, with Maunder coming off the bench in a game which England won 35-25.

Harry Williams
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Another Chiefs player, Josh Caulfield, also played for England Under-20s in their heavy 64-17 defeat by New Zealand in the final of the World Under-20 Championship in Tbilisi.

RNLI warning to 'check tide times before coast walks'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Rescue of pregnant woman. Pic: RNLI

The RNLI is reminding anyone planning a walk around the South West coast to check the tide times before they go, and to remember it's possible to get cut off by the tide as much as two to three hours before high tide.

It's after a pregnant woman had to rescued by the Newquay lifeboat on Saturday evening (pictured).

She and her husband were trapped by the tide below steep cliffs near the Barrowfields about two hours before Saturday evening's high tide. Her husband had to swim out of the cove and around to Tolcarne Beach to raise the alarm.

It's hot outside the car, but even hotter inside

Devon skin cancer deaths up 50% in less than 10 years

BBC Radio Devon

Figures show the number of men in the South West diagnosed with skin cancer has gone up dramatically.

In Devon alone, a total of 145 men were diagnosed with the disease in 2005. By 2014, that figure had leapt up to 289. The number of deaths also went up, from 23 men in 2005 to 34 in 2014 - a rise of about 50% in less than 10 years.

NHS England said farmers, builders, gardeners, sportsmen, and fishermen were most likely to be affected and has launched a campaign urging them to cover up.

Peter Fox, a retired agricultural contractor, said his melanoma was only detected by chance. He said: "I was having my blood pressure checked and, for some unknown reason, my doctor decided to do it on the other arm from usual. She saw a mole on my arm and said: 'I think that's malignant'. I've had four taken off since."

Poldark recap: Surprise! The bare chest is back!

The Guardian

This is a spoiler alert, Poldark fans!

It’s Cap’n Ross, setting sail for France – but before he comes over all ‘Allo ‘Allo, there’s time for torso-bearing bedroom scenes and a spot of nude sea-swimming

In Pictures: Cornwall and Devon bask in glorious sunshine

BBC News England

Most of the UK is basking under blue skies and brilliant summer sunshine with temperatures expected to continue soaring beyond the weekend.

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far, with the mercury peaking at 30.2C (86.36F) in Teddington, south-west London, the Met Office said.

Forecaster Charles Powell said Sunday and Monday would be the same. He said there would be a lot of "dry, sunny, warm, humid weather with high UV, high pollen".

Here are some pictures of what the weekend was like in Devon and Cornwall. And don't forget you can share your pictures by emailing them to us.

Godrevy beach in Cornwall
There was an offshore breeze and 3ft waves at Godrevy beach in Cornwall
OtillO Swimrun on the Isles of Scilly
Jakob Edholm/OTILLO Isles of Scilly
Athletes from 17 different countries took part in the second Otillo Swimrun on the Isles of Scilly
Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit, Plymouth
The conditions were perfect for the Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit in Plymouth on Saturday
Squirrel in Truro. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal
Even the wildlife enjoyed the sunshine, including this squirrel in Truro

Hundreds form 'conga cordon' as they bid to Save Exmouth Seafront

Devon Live

Hundreds of protesters formed a conga cordon around Exmouth seafront on Saturday to around businesses that will have to close at the end of the summer as a result of multi-million pound redevelopment plans.

Tincknell guides team to second place at Le Mans

James Law

BBC Sport Online

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Racing driver Harry Tincknell, from Exeter, helped Ford Chip Ganassi Team finish second in the GTE Pro class at the Le Mans 24 hours race.

The 25-year-old was in a team alongside Andy Priaulx and Brazilian Pipo Derani in France, and overtook one of their rivals on the last lap to move them a step further up the podium.

Travel: Car and motorbike collide on A379 in Modbury

BBC News Travel

In Modbury, on the A379, there are reports of a collision between a car and a motorbike around Church Lane.

Shark seen off favourite swimming spot in St Ives

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Astonishing footage of a porbeagle shark off a favourite Cornish swimming spot has emerged.

Shark seen off favourite swimming spot

The shark was filmed in the shallows off Smeaton's Pier in St Ives on Saturday afternoon.

Its shape and fins can be seen clearly in the sea where youngsters jump into the water at high tides.

Colin Walker, maritime assistant at St Ives Harbour confirmed it was a porbeagle.

"We hardly ever see them here, let alone so close in but there were also a number of dolphins in the water on the same day.

"It was an amazing sight but there was no-one in the water at the time because the tide was out."

A porbeagle is a "large, streamlined mackerel shark" with a "powerful body", the Shark Trust said. The sharks are usually less than 10ft (about 3m) in size.

Porbeagles are related to notorious great whites but are renowned for their inquisitiveness and are not a threat to humans said the Shark Trust.

Film by Tristan Campion

Travel: Broken traffic lights in Exeter

BBC News Travel

In Exeter, traffic lights are out at Holloway Street, South Street and Western Way at the roundabout.

Grenfell Tower disaster: Minute's silence at 11:00

A minute's silence is to be observed nationwide at 11:00 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London.

The number of people dead or missing, presumed dead, has now risen to 79, police have said.