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  1. 'Ukrainian nationals' arrested in Isles of Scilly raid
  2. Plymouth tower blocks' emergency plans 'upgraded'
  3. Helicopter makes 530-mile round trip to rescue sick yachtsman
  4. Hospital 'refused repeated requests' by mum for X-ray on child's broken arm
  5. Teen 'left with facial injuries after headbutting'
  6. Huge Roman coin hoard on display in Devon
  7. Play area for goats created at Cornish school
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 3 July 2017

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Sophie Malcolm

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 and the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Devon taxi driver receives Hero Award

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A Devon taxi driver, who stood up for an elderly couple being preyed on by gang of rogue traders, has been honoured with a Hero Award.

Chris Smith, 37, owner of Black Swan Taxis, Dawlish, was awarded the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Hero Award at their annual conference.

He was nominated by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service for his "outstanding contribution to consumer protection", when he intervened to prevent doorstep traders from ripping off an elderly couple in March.

The traders had quoted the couple £170 for cutting down and removing a tree - but after completing the work they demanded £700 which the couple didn’t have at home, so the lady called Black Swan Taxis to take her to the bank.

Mr Smith pretended he needed to stay and settle the couple’s taxi account, buying enough time to enable police and trading standards officers to arrive.

Newquay Zoo lynx gives birth to adorable kitten

Cornwall Live

This adorable video shows a Eurasian lynx kitten getting used to its new home at Newquay Zoo.

Drugs gang sentenced for stabbing rival in Exeter

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Seven members of a drugs gang have been sentenced for stabbing a rival gang member 18 times as he slept.

Connor Cain, 19, was left for dead in the attack in Exeter in April 2016 but survived, Exeter Crown Court heard.

While treating his wounds in hospital, doctors found large quantities of drugs concealed in his rectum.

One of the attackers boasted on Facebook afterwards, writing: "Ha, ha, ha. I stabbed the kid and the blade snapped so I could not pull it out."

The seven men all previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The convicted men
Devon and Cornwall Police
The convicted men

• William Toohey convicted and sentenced to 19 years (15 years in custody, 4 years on license) in his absence, after he went on the run and failed to turn up for court to face trial.

• Bart Wrighton, 22, of Trafalgar Close, Plymouth, 13.5 years custody 4 years on licence

• Liam O'Brien, 22, of Overbury Street, Liverpool; 13 years custody 4 years on licence

• Callum Cheetham, 22, of East Prescott Road, Liverpool, 13 years custody 4 years on licence

• Matthew Henney, 21, of Eaglehall Road, Liverpool; 10 years custody plus 4 years on licence

• Carl Mainard, 39, of Russell Walk, Exeter, had admitted unlawful wounding. - 2 years custody and 1 year on licence

• Drew Morgan, 28, of Wynford Road, Exeter; - 1 year in custody suspended for 2 years

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney told the offenders: "The events in the flat must have been entirely terrifying. He suffered terrible injuries which would have been fatal if he had not received immediate treatment. It was good fortune that he did not die."

"There was pre-planning and a significant degree of premeditation. You were all involved in class A drugs gang which decided to see off opposition on what you considered to be your turf."

Goat play time at Penzance

BBC Radio Cornwall

How lucky are these pygmy goats?

They've got their very own playgroud, complete with a slide!

Gulval School near Penzance has created a new play area in the middle of its grounds for the two goats, which were brought in to help children learn about animal care.

Goat playground

Plan to improve South West roads

BBC Radio Cornwall

A multi-million pound plan to improve roads in the South West has been announced by the Department of Transport.

There will be further developments on what the Government describes as a 'new strategic corridor' from London to the South West via the A303 and A358.

The Department for Transport says its part of plans to dual single carriageway sections between the M3 and the M5 at Taunton.

Other improvement proposals include upgrading the A30 single carriageway between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross roundabouts to help build an expressway from Camborne to the M5.

Weather update: clearing up before tomorrow

BBC Weather

A little more rain is likely through much of the night but it should turn mostly dry by dawn on Saturday.

It will stay rather mild under largely cloudy skies.

After a rather dull cloudy start for most tomorrow with mist and fog over the moors the day will brighten from the west bringing sunny spells, with most places seeing some very good periods of sunshine for the afternoon.

weather map

Psychosis experience trialled at Exeter Medical School

BBC Radio Devon

Psychiatrists are trying understand how patients with psychosis experience voices in their heads through a new recording being trialled by the University of Exeter Medical School.

The doctors listen to a recording of aggressive voices while doing simple tasks.

The university says it's helped to improve relationships with patients, which can help with their treatment.

Dr Charles Dixon is a psychiatrist and says it was "eye-opening".

"I think sometimes it is hard to imagine what it’s really like, quite how distressing or distracting it is, and this has given me a really good insight into that," he said.

"It’s a real eye-opener to me just how difficult it was to do anything when you’ve got this noise in the background, it was incredibly distracting."

Dead man's foot found a mile from body

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A dead man's severed foot that was found in woods near Truro, was discovered about a mile away from other bodily remains, an inquest has heard.

Lee Gilbert's foot was found in a walking boot, by a dog walker in October last year, prompting a large scale police search of Nansvallan Woods near County Hall.

Officers found further human skeletal remains a mile upstream, and believe the foot may have been moved by animals, or washed there by heavy rainfall.

Nansvallan Woods
Police cordoned off Nansvallan Woods after the foot was found.

The inquest in Truro heard the 39-year-old from Penryn was missing for four months, having been last seen on 9 June.

Emma Carlyon, the coroner for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said the lack of postmortem and toxicology evidence due to the small amount of bones found made it impossible to ascertain the cause of Mr Gilbert's death.

The real teddies of Derriford

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Derriford Hospital's children’s theatres have set up a Facebook page to capture the experiences of children’s teddies brought into hospital.

Noticing how important cuddly toys are to the children, particularly on the day of an operation when they are feeling nervous, Simon Courtman, Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital, decided to set up the page.

teddy bear
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Simon said: “What I find interesting is the type of toy, the name it is given and just how ‘loved’ it has been. It really does give you a little peek into the child’s world."

“On the page, we include pictures of the toys in the theatres and recovery areas, and also pictures of some of the staff that the children might meet on the day, which is often helpful when the children are preparing to come in for their operation, as it removes some of the anxiety that exists beforehand."

Smoking rates down across South West

BBC Radio Cornwall

The South West now has the lowest smoking rate in England and one of the lowest hospital admission rates because of smoking.

The percentage of the population who smoke in the region is now the lowest on record at less than 15%.

The figures from Public Health England have been released to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the indoor smoking ban.


Drug dealer Dean Miller from Truro who takes MDMA for breakfast sentenced with Punita Mitchell

Cornwall Live

A pair of young drug dealers - one of whom takes MDMA for breakfast - have avoided jail despite both having been in trouble with the law before.

How far could you go in one of these?


Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Travel update: Sheep on the road in Ilfracombe

BBC News Travel

In Ilfracombe on the A3123 there are sheep in the road near Mullacott Cross Roundabout.

Approach with care.

Helicopter makes 530-mile round trip to rescue sick yachtsman

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter made a 530-mile round trip yesterday to rescue an unwell yachtsman 203 nautical miles from the Isles of the Scilly, in rough seas in the Atlantic.

Mark Coupland, chief pilot for the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, said: "Our Coastguard helicopters have a range of just over 200 nautical miles dependent on the wind.

"Due to the long range involved, we were supported by military and Irish Casa fixed-wing aircraft to help us complete the mission successfully.

"When you’re operating at the limits of your range and endurance in a potentially life and death situation such as this one, every minute counts."

Travel update: Plymouth accident

BBC News Travel

In Plymouth we have reports of slow traffic due to an accident involving two vehicles on the B3413 near Fort Austin Avenue.

'Ukrainian nationals' arrested in Isles of Scilly raid

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

St Mary's Harbour

The Border Force has issued a statement about the yacht raid off the Isles of Scilly...

  • On Wednesday at about 06:40, a Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel, Nimrod, intercepted a yacht near the Isles of Scilly and towed it to St Mary’s Harbour.
  • The four people on-board presented themselves as Ukrainian nationals and, following checks, were arrested by Devon and Cornwall Police officers on suspicion of immigration offences and facilitation of illegal immigration.
  • The four men were questioned by Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations on Thursday, but will now be detained by Border Force pending removal from the UK.
Border Force
St Mary's Harbour

Travel update: Exeter delays

BBC News Travel

In Exeter we have reports of very slow traffic due to a broken-down bus on the A3015 at Topsham Road outbound near Matford Lane .

There are also reports of a broken-down vehicle on the A30 westbound between Alphington Junction and Five Mile Hill, but traffic is coping well.

Four people detained in yacht raid: What we know so far

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • A yacht was raided by Border Force and the police off the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday
  • Four people have been arrested
  • The 26ft (8m) vessel has been impounded and remains in St Mary's Harbour
  • The four occupants are being held on the mainland on suspicion of immigration offences and the facilitation of illegal immigration
St Mary's Harbour

It's time to celebrate cricket!


With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Irresponsible jet ski users are putting 'lives at risk' in Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Herald

Irresponsible 'jet ski' users are potentially putting lives at risk in Plymouth Sound, according to a harbour master.

Police time capsule to mark 50th anniversary

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the amalgamation of Devon and Cornwall Police which officially happened on 1 June 1967.

On 18 March 1967 Home Secretary Roy Jenkins signed the ‘Devon and Cornwall Police (Amalgamation) Order 1967’ requiring the Cornwall Constabulary, Devon & Exeter Police and Plymouth City Police to make preparations for amalgamation.

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Happy 100th birthday PC Normington!

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Ready for some more cream tea facts on National Cream Tea Day?

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Thought so.

Here's some history from our friends at the Cream Tea Society:

Britain’s love affair with tea began when Portuguese Catherine de Braganza married Charles II in 1662, bringing the custom of drinking tea at court with her and making tea popular worldwide.

In 1706, Thomas Twining opened London’s first tearoom. Before long, a flurry of tearooms appeared across the city, a far sight more inviting for a lady than the male-oriented coffee houses.

Tiring of the long wait between lunch and dinner, we have the Duchess of Bedford to thank for the invention of afternoon tea. What started out as simply ordering tea and treats to her room when peckish soon evolved into a gowns-and-all social affair, inviting friends to join her in her country house.

By the middle of the 19th century, afternoon tea was an every day occurrence; a spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones, cream and jam – the first hint of cream teas as we know them today.

The cream tea tradition flourished in the Westcountry following the tourism boom in the 1850s, brought on by the opening of the railway.

Visitors bustled south looking to relax and indulge, and hotels, tearooms, farmhouses and cafés were happy to oblige – offering delicious afternoon cream teas, made with the finest local ingredients.

The jam was invariably strawberry. And the cream was always clotted.

cream tea

Shipwreck survivor to attend Cornwall memorial

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

The last surviving member of a famous shipwreck off the Cornish coast is to return to Penzance after more than 50 years to pay his respects at a memorial ceremony at the start of July.

Two RNLI volunteers based at Penlee Lifeboat Station recently teamed up to raise £870 to mark the final resting place of four Spanish sailors who perished after their 640-tonne Spanish coaster - the Juan Ferrer - ran aground on the rocks of Boscawen Point on October 23, 1963.

The only surviving member of that crew, 71-year-old Benito Mayo Núñez, will travel back to Cornwall to see the memorial stone for himself and to pay his respects.

Juan Ferrer

Check out this vintage poster...

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

It's to celebrate the new Intercity Express train, which made its maiden voyage to Cornwall last week as part of a test journey from London Paddington to Penzance.

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Travel update: Busy on the A30

BBC News Travel

Traffic delays on the A30 eastbound heading out of Cornwall towards Devon near the A391 at Bodmin.

Allow some extra time if you're heading that way.

Police appeal after theft of sentimental jewellery

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Sentimental jewellery has been taken from a home in Ivybridge, police have said.

It happened between 08:00 and 20:00 on 12 June at a property in the Hazeldene Close area.

Police said the offender caused damage to a window and gained entry to the property.

A silver coloured bangle, another bangle with three bands along it, a white gold wedding necklace with a white gold bracelet, a collection of Pandora rings, a sliver locket and a white gold brooch of a riding crop with a saddle were all taken, police have said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Broken-down vehicle on A30

Happy National Cream Tea Day!

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Do you know it's National Cream Tea Day?

According to the Cream Tea Society, here is the etiquette for cream tea:

  • Loose-leaf is best. Brew loose leaves in a teapot, but remember to serve a second pot of hot water – just in case you’ve over-brewed.
  • If you don’t want to pour, don’t sit near the pot. The person nearest the pot should pour for everyone (if you’re clumsy, best make sure it’s not you).
  • Make the perfect brew. Allow the tea to brew for at least three minutes before pouring – time enough for the full flavour to infuse.
  • Tea before milk. Pour the tea first, followed by milk (so you can accurately judge the required strength) and then sugar.
  • Spoons on saucers, please. Once you’ve stirred, place your spoon on your saucer (think of the table cloth).
cream tea
The Cream Tea Society
  • No outstretched pinkies! Always hold the cup between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Simply break apart. The perfect scone should break apart with a simple twist. Just make sure you’ve got your saucer to catch the crumbs.
  • Spoon then spread. If the table is laden with bowls of jam and cream, spoon your desired amount onto your plate first, before spreading them thick on your scone.
  • Jam before cream. While there’s much debate around which goes first (a dispute dividing Cornwall and Devon), etiquette gurus Debrett's say you should spread your jam before dolloping cream on top.
  • A final word. Never use whipped cream. It’s utterly improper.

Teen 'left with facial injuries after headbutting'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A boy, 15, has been left with facial injuries after he was headbutted during a game of football, police have said.

It happened at the Torre Abbey Grounds in Torquay between 20:00 and 21:15 on 21 June.

PC Ant Moore said: “A group of visiting international students were enjoying a game of football with a group of local youths when towards the end of the match, one of the local youths became aggressive."

“The game was ended and one of the local youths headbutted and punched some of the students."

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Fire safety visits to double at high-rise buildings

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The fire service says it's doubling the number of fire safety visits and inspections to high-rise buildings in Devon and Somerset.

The move comes a week after it was discovered that three Plymouth tower blocks have similar cladding to London's Grenfell Tower.

The cladding is thought to have contributed to the spread of the blaze in Grenfell Tower that killed at least 80 people.

In Plymouth, an extra fire engine, aerial platform, water carrier and high volume pump will be deployed if a blaze breaks out at the towers in Mount Wise, Devon and Somerset Fire Service has said..

The Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell, said: "The service is inspecting all known high-rise premises in Devon and Somerset and is working with building owners and local authorities to give reassurance to residents.

“As part of this process, an enhanced operational response has been put in place in Plymouth for certain high-rise buildings until all investigations have been completed.”

Mount Wise tower blocks

Huge Roman coin hoard on display in Devon

Harriet Bradshaw


The third biggest hoard of Roman coins ever found in Britain is going on display for the first time.

Laurence Egerton discovered the 'Seaton Down Hoard' with his metal detector in Devon in 2013.

Some of the 22,888 coins have now been cleaned up and will be displayed at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Travel update: Accident in Copplestone

BBC News Travel

In Copplestone there are reports of a collision on Bewsley Hill around Fernworthy Park.

Devon power company fined £800,000 for worker's death

Devon Live

Devon's power company Western Power Distribution has been fined £800,000 after the death of one of its employees on the Devon border.

Rally postponed due to wet weather

Simon Alexander

BBC Spotlight

Organisers of the Padstow Vintage Rally have postponed the event today because of wet weather.

Those behind the event say it will run as normal tomorrow and Sunday.

Border Force and police raid yacht

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A yacht has been raided off the isles of Scilly on suspicion of carrying illegal immigrants - and four occupants have been held.

St Mary's Harbour
St Mary's Harbour
Border Force
St Mary's Harbour