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  1. Teacher 'completely shocked' by teenager's death at school
  2. --- Dagmara Przybysz, 16, died at Pool Academy in Redruth in May 2016
  3. --- She complained of 'nasty' girls before, inquest hears
  4. Man, 20, charged with drugs offences after teenager's death
  5. Terror attack medical training for firefighters
  6. Sixteen cars destroyed in suspected arson attack
  7. Knife amnesty across Devon and Cornwall
  8. Police warn about parking on zig-zag crossing lines - even if it's for a kebab
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

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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.

New £3m pedestrian bridge being lifted into place

BBC Radio Devon

A new pedestrian bridge costing almost £3m is to be lifted into place tonight on the A39 near Barnstaple.

The road at Roundswell would be closed every night until Friday as part of the work, highways bosses said.

Teenager found dead at school asked 'What would you do if I killed myself?'

The boyfriend of a teenager found dead at school said she asked him "What would you do if I killed myself?" the night before her death, an inquest has heard.

Lewis Simpson said both he and 16-year-old Dagmara Przybysz had got upset about false rumours that they were going to split up.

They had a Facebook call about it and Dagmara said she was so angry she "wanted to jump off a bridge", the inquest heard.

But by the end of the call she seemed calmer, he said.

"She never said she was worried about racism or that it was an issue at school," he said.

When asked about her death he told the court "I can't explain it".

The hearing will continue tomorrow.

Rough sleeping strategy to 'work with people before they are on the streets'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Helping people before they end up sleeping rough on the streets is a key part of a new strategy launched in Cornwall.

More than £1m is being invested in various agencies in tackling what's been a rising problem in the county.

Government figures suggest 99 people were sleeping on the county's streets one night last November, but it's estimated the real number over a month is more like 130.

Dave Brown, from homeless charity St Petroc's, said such initiatives had to "look at people who are likely to sleep rough, as well as rough sleepers".

Of the new initiative, he said: "It's much more of a joined-up approach [with other agencies] than some of the approaches we've had in the past."

St Petroc's

Concerns over home life of girl found dead in school toilets, inquest heard

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There were concerns over the home life of a girl who was found dead in a school toilet, an inquest heard.

Susan Kent, a pastoral support manager at Pool Academy, Redruth, had made a social care referral over the home life of Dagmara Przybysz, 16.

Ms Kent said that Dagmara had told her about an incident when her mother Ewelina Przybysz got "very angry" at her and her sister over a broken mobile phone.

Dagmara's mother threw their school things around the kitchen and told them to clean them up - and when they did not do it fast enough she threw their things around a bedroom and they were given lines to do, Ms Kent told the inquest in a statement.

Dagmara Przybysz

Dagmara also told Ms Kent she had eaten soap before to hurt herself.

In another incident, Dagmara had come to school with a bruise on her head, which she said was because she had blacked out on the stairs at home.

Ms Kent had called her parents to suggest they should take Dagmara to the doctor, but they did not as she seemed fine, the court heard.

Dagmara told Ms Kent that her parents wanted her to do well in everything - and a grade C would not be good enough. She said she got a grade C in her Polish GCSE and they thought she should have got an A*.

Ms Kent said that before her death things had improved at home and Dagmara had got a place at Truro College to study photography, and seemed excited.

The inquest continues.

Latest weather: Dry overnight and mostly fine on Tuesday

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight with clear spells at first, although more cloud will arrive later. There may be a few mist and fog patches forming in some rural areas. It will start to feel rather muggy, particularly in urban areas. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).


Tuesday will be mostly fine, with sunny spells. It will become hot and humid, with thundery showers arriving from the south later in the afternoon and evening. A breezy day, with moderate to fresh easterly winds along the south coast. Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Self-build housing schemes get government support

BBC Politics

The government says self-build housing schemes - like one in Cornwall - can help solve the housing crisis.

The comments came in response to North Cornwall Conservative MP Scott Mann, who's been praising a local initiative in the House of Commons.

Mr Mann pointed out that Cornwall had recently received £5m for "community-led self-build housing"

He asked Communities Secretary Sajid Javid if he supported neighbourhood plans instead of providing social landlord properties, "so we can not only provide the ladder but also the spade, the spirit level and the trowel too".

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said he agreed that more must be done so that supply meets demand.


Torquay sign striker Gray after trial

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United have signed former Wrexham and Accrington striker James Gray following a successful trial.

The 25-year-old played for Southport and Glenavon last season, and has agreed an undisclosed-length contract at Plainmoor.

James Gray
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"If he keeps up his work ethic he's the type of player our fans will take to, and will do well in our environment," said Gulls player-boss Kevin Nicholson.

Yellow lines for Newton Abbot streets 'will lead to bunting being hung out'

Devon Live

Streets parties will be held and the bunting will be hung out in two Newton Abbot streets when double yellow lines will be painted on the road, a councillor says.

Girl found hanged in school toilets 'seemed happy' and spoke about prom shortly before death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A girl who was found dead in a school toilet told her friend to go on to their next lesson as she didn't want to make her late shortly before her death, a inquest heard.

Megan Drake said in a statement that she left maths class with Dagmara Przybysz, 16, on the day of her death.

She said Dagmara "seemed happy" during the lesson at Pool Academy, Redruth, as she had been accepted for a photoshoot with a big company, and the pair discussed what they would wear to the school prom.

Pool Academy

She said that Dagmara "did seem upset" about an incident during her PE lesson the day before, when she had got frustrated with other pupils not taking a game of rounders seriously.

When they left maths class, Dagmara said that she would be late for the next lesson.

Megan offered to wait for her but Dagmara said she didn't want to make her late, and went into the toilet near their maths classroom, the inquest heard.

Megan went on, but 25 minutes later Dagmara had still not arrived at their science lesson, the inquest heard.

The inquest continues.

Plymouth Raiders takeover: 'We're fans,' new bosses say

BBC Sport

Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard

The new bosses of the Plymouth Raiders basket ball team hope to appoint a new head coach by the end of the month, with the new season starting on 30 September.

The Basketball League side have been sold to businessmen Richard Mollard and Ross Mackenzie for an undisclosed sum.

Both Mollard, whose father Keith helped found the team in 1983, and Mackenzie are former Raiders players themselves.

"We're fans - we want to bring the club closer to the fans," Mackenzie told BBC Spotlight.

"If we can do that and we can move the club forward and break some good news for the fans, then I think really our job in some respects will be well under way."

River Otter could cost up to £40m to restore

BBC Radio Cornwall

It could cost up to £40m to restore the lower reaches of the River Otter to its original state.

The Environment Agency said it wanted to protect the waterway from climate change and rising sea levels.

In particular, there are concerns one existing embankment is becoming unstable.

River Otter

Fire service terror training supported by union 'if firefighters properly equipped'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Medical training

The Fire Brigades' Union says it supports firefighters in Devon and Somerset being trained to give emergency medical treatment to victims of a terror attack as long as firefighters are properly equipped.

More than 40 volunteers are being trained to provide back up to paramedics at the scene.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said he hoped the capability "will never be needed" but that crews needed "to be as prepared as possible".

The union said: "We support the plan, so long as firefighters are properly trained and equipped."

Girl who died in school toilet entered more than 90 minutes before being found

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A girl who was found dead at school entered the toilet where she died an hour and a half before being found, CCTV showed.

A summary of the CCTV footage was read out at the inquest into the death of Dagmara Przybysz, who died at Pool Academy, Redruth on 17 May last year.

The cause of death was hanging, the inquest heard.

The 16-year-old entered the toilets after leaving a maths lesson at 12.14 BST.

There were more than 20 movements of other pupils in and out of the toilets before two girls knocked on a nearby office door at 13.50 to alert a member of staff, the inquest heard.

The inquest continues.

Raiders bought by Plymouth businessmen

BBC Sport

British Basketball League side Plymouth Raiders have been sold to businessmen Richard Mollard and Ross Mackenzie for an undisclosed sum.

Raiders have missed out on the play-offs for the past four seasons, and head coach Johnny White left in May after his coaching CV was queried.

Richard Mollard (left) and Ross Mackenzie

The pair have taken over from Bob Widdecombe, who was owner for 10 years.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster the last couple of years, but this is why Ross and I are putting the heads above the parapet, to actually do something about it," Mollard (pictured left) told BBC Spotlight.

Teenager had 'told lies' before death

A teenager found dead at a school in Cornwall had previously "told lies" as a way to get attention, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, had lied about taking tablets and drinking alcohol on the morning of her death, her parents said.

They said she did not appear ill and did not smell of alcohol, and she went to school at Pool Academy, Redruth, as usual.

The school was not told about what had happened that morning, her parents told the inquest in Truro.

They said she had cut herself once after hearing pupils talking about it [cutting themselves], but it did not happen again after having a conversation with her mother Ewelina Przybysz.

Her mother told her a better way to get attention would be to excel at school, the court heard.

The inquest continues.

Yellow warning for rain in the South West

Holly Green

BBC Weather

World Aquatics Championships: British divers Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson struggle

Nick Hope

BBC Sport

Great British divers Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson. Pic: Getty Images
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Olympians Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson missed out on automatic qualification for the 2018 World Series by finishing seventh in the synchronised 10m World Championship final in Budapest.

The British divers - including Plymouth-based Couch - who were fifth at Rio 2016 - were seeking a top-six position in the event.

Great Britain totalled 300.48 from their five routines, as USA (306.96) claimed sixth.

China took gold, North Korea silver and Malaysia bronze.

Girl found dead at school heard 'horrible' things about her, inquest hears

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The boyfriend of a girl found dead at a school said she had mentioned pupils making comments about her being Polish, an inquest has heard.

Lewis Simpson said he didn't know how much of the bullying towards his girlfriend Dagmara Przybysz, 16, was related to racism or jealousy because she was good looking.

Lewis attended Redruth School while Dagmara attended Pool Academy, where she was found dead in May 2016.

He said she had told him she heard girls in the changing rooms at school saying "horrible" things about her taking PE too seriously after a lesson the day before her death, the court heard.

Of comments she made the night before her death about "wanting to jump off a bridge", Lewis said: "I didn't think it was serious, I didn't think it was attention seeking, I think she was angry and she was just lashing out."

Travel: Collision involving motorbike in Plymouth

BBC News Travel

In Plymouth, there are reports of a collision involving a motorbike on Hooe Road, near Hooe Baptist Church.

Plymouth man who went missing in Tenerife has been found

Plymouth Herald

A 21-year-old who went missing after taking a one-way flight to Tenerife has been found and his family are on their way to the Canary Islands to bring him home.

Basketball: New owner for Plymouth Raiders

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Raiders Basketball team is under new ownership.

Local businessmen Richard Mollard and Ross Mackenzie have bought the club from previous owner Bob Widdecombe

They now have six weeks to get a coach and players together for the start of the new season.

Teenager told family she may have taken tablets on day of her death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A teenager who was found dead in a school toilet had told family members she may have taken painkillers and drunk alcohol earlier in the day, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, told her uncle and boyfriend's grandmother she woke up on the bathroom floor with an empty packet of painkillers and an empty bottle of alcohol on the morning of her death.

She visited her boyfriend Lewis Simpson at about 06:30 on 17 May last year.

In a statement read out to the court, his grandmother Louise Janet Simpson said Dagmara was crying and didn't know if she had taken the tablets, and was confused.

Dagmara Przybysz

Ms Simpson said Dagmara did not appear sick but she was concerned.

Following her death a toxicology report showed she had no alcohol in her blood and that the quantity of paracetamol was within normal therapeutic levels, the inquest heard.

The inquest in Truro continues.

The Black Farmer backs race row MP Anne Marie Morris

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Black Farmer backs racial language row MP Anne Marie Morris

A black businessman says he feels sorry for the Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris who has been suspended from the Conservative Party after using a racist expression.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, better known as sausage maker The Black Farmer, believes Mrs Morris has been unfairly vilified for her choice of language, something which she has since apologised for.

Mr Emmanuel-Jones, a Conservative supporter, has a farm in Devon.

Teenager found dead at school described as 'friendly and happy"

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A teenager found dead at a school in Cornwall has been described as "friendly" and "happy" by her teachers.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, died at Pool Academy in Redruth last May.

Dagmara's PE teacher and form tutor Sharon Bright said she was "very sporty" and "friends with everyone" but would "keep herself to herself".

Science teacher Jennifer Ruth Gill said the teenager was "lovely".

"She always took time to stop and talk" and was a "friendly, happy" person, she said.

Severe accident: A3075 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A3075 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Rejerrah and Goonhavern.

A3075 Cornwall - A3075 in Rejerrah blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Rejerrah junction and the Goonhavern junction, because of an accident.

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

Cornwall Council spending £1.1m in new rough sleeping strategy

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has launched a new rough sleeper reduction strategy.

It'll see more than £1.1m invested in tackling the issue of rough sleeping in Cornwall.

Last year, about 99 people a night were thought to be sleeping outside - a significant increase on the estimated 65 reported the previous year.

Daley qualifies for World Championships final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

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Tom Daley has qualified for the 10 metre synchro final with partner Dan Goodfellow at the World Diving Championships in Hungary.

The top 12 pairs made it through to tonight's final, with Daley and Goodfellow finishing second, behind China.

Teenager found dead at school complained of 'nasty' girls before

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A girl found dead at school had complained about a group of girls being nasty to her, an inquest has heard.

Dagmara Przybysz died at Pool Academy in Redruth in May 2016.

Her parents Jedrzej and Ewelina Przybysz said that Dagmara had told them a girl had banged into her and she had previously heard comments like "stupid Pole" in the year before her death.

Her parents told the court they weren't sure whether the potential bullying was related to racism or jealousy, because Dagmara was a "beautiful lady".

The court heard she had a photo shoot coming up and ran a successful fashion website with her mother.

On the morning of her death Dagmara was upset, "but did not want to disclose the reason", her father told the court.

She had also previously mentioned that her younger sister might also be being bullied.

The inquest continues.

Broken windscreen glass on road

Terror attack medical training 'as a contingency, not because of known threat'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Firefighters in Devon and Somerset are being trained to give emergency medical treatment to victims of a terror attack as a contingency, not because there is intelligence of a specific threat, the chief fire officer says.

Lee Howell

A team of 42 volunteers have been taught how to deal with bullet wounds, shock, and injuries caused from being hit by fast-moving vehicles.

Their role would be to provide back up to paramedics at the scene. Firefighters will also help if casualties need evacuating from the scene of an attack

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell (pictured) said: "The ambulance service might be very stretched in the event of a terrorist attack. This could help save lives.

"Hopefully, the capability will never be needed. But, if the worst happens, we need to be as prepared as possible."

Teenager found dead at school felt 'pressured' over exams

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old girl found dead in her school toilets felt pressured over her exams, an inquest has heard.

Special needs manager Karen Yvonne Adams said in a statement that Dagmara Przybysz had told her that her parents wanted her to do "really well" in her exams and she felt pressured.

She was found dead in a toilet at Pool Academy, Redruth on 17 May 2016.

Her parents, Ewelina and Jedrzej Przybysz told the Truro inquest Dagmara seemed happy at home and hadn't spoken about exam stress and she had good support from school.

She seemed fine the night before, but on the morning of her death she told her parents she had "big problems" at school but didn't tell them any more, the inquest heard.

She already had a place at Truro College to study photography.

They said her death was out of the blue, there was no significance about the date of 17 May and no family or friends had done anything similar before.

The inquest continues.

Armed robbery at Plymouth newsagents

Plymouth Herald

Police are hunting an armed robber who targeted a convenience store on Sunday night.

Car recycling centre fire 'had potential to damage more vehicles'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Firefighters who tackled a large fire at a car recycling centre in Truro said it had the potential to damage more vehicles.

Four fire engines were called went to the scene in Newham Road at about 04:30.

Sixteen cars were destroyed in the suspected arson attack and there were fears the fire could spread to gas bottles on the site.

Matt Worthington, of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: "There were large plumes of fire and smoke with the potential for it to have spread even further to the rest of the vehicles here."

Daley in 10m synchro action at World Championships

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Tom Daley is in 10m synchro action at the World Championships in Hungary, as he and partner Dan Goodfellow look to qualify for tonight's final.

Daley, 23, trains in London and has opened up about the ups and downs he has gone through in his diving career.

Tom Daley
Getty Images

"Success at these World Championships would mean everything," Daley said.

"It would definitely help me feel content with the way that the year's gone and make me feel a little bit more like I've achieved what I wanted to achieve."

Tributes to 'golden boy' son who died in A38 Landrake tragedy

Cornwall Live

The family of a much-loved man have spoken of their shock and heartbreak after he was killed in a horror A38 crash which also claimed the lives of a mother and son.

Latest weather: Staying dry

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Although it will be a little cloudy at times, in general it will be a fine, dry and bright day with warm spells of sunshine developing.

Winds will be mainly from the northeast and light or moderate in strength. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).


Tonight, it will become quite cloudy for a time, but it will remain dry with some clear periods during the first part of the night.

Light or moderate northeasterly winds will be fresher over some headlands on the south coast. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Knife amnesty in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

A 10-day long knife amnesty in Devon and Cornwall has begun.

Police are supporting Operation Sceptre, which is aimed at detecting and reducing knife-related crime, and a local knife amnesty is being held as part of the work.


People can dispose of unwanted bladed items - without fear of prosecution - such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles.

There will be collection bins at these police offices until July 26:

  • Heavitree Road in Exeter
  • Torquay
  • Totnes
  • Teignmouth and Newton Abbot
  • Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth
  • Camborne
  • St Austell
  • Bodmin
  • Barnstaple

Teacher 'completely shocked' by teenager's death, inquest hears

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A teacher at Pool Academy, Redruth, where a 16-year-old girl was found dead says she was "completely shocked" by the incident.

Dagmara Przybysz, 16, was found dead in a toilet at the school on 17 May last year.

The cause of death was hanging, the inquest heard.

Dagmara Przybysz

Science teacher Jennifer Ruth Gill said she had seen Dagmara at school the day before and she seemed upset over unfair scoring during a rounders game.

In a statement read to the Truro inquest, Ms Gill said Dagmara had told her that she was frustrated over the game and had punched a wall and hurt her hand.

Dagmara told the teacher she knew it was something she shouldn't have got so stressed about, and said her emotions were heightens because of exams, the inquest heard.

Ms Gill said she was a "lovely" and "conscientious" girl who "always took time to stop and talk and always had a smile".

She said the death "completely shocked" her and she "could not believe it".