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  1. Fisherman dies after boat capsizes off Plymouth
  2. Paedophile policeman put on sex offenders course
  3. Murder probe after man found dead in suspected hit-and-run
  4. People in Torbay could pay an extra £72 in council tax as authority struggles to balance books
  5. Fishermen in Cornwall say they're catching tuna that can't be landed and sold
  6. Plymouth's Mark Ormrod wins two silver medals at Invictus Games
  7. Updates on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

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

    Don't miss Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One, or the late news bulletin at 22:30.

  2. Shoulder carry celebration for Invictus medal winner's son

    Triple amputee Mark Ormrod, who lost both his legs and an arm while on deployment with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan, gives his son a shoulder carry to celebrate a double medal win at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

    Prince Harry, who founded the games, presented Plymouth's Ormrod with the second of his two silver medals, both for indoor rowing.

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  3. Latest weather: Rain and fog clearing before a dry Thursday

    BBC Weather

    Rain will continue to move east during the evening, clearing away during the early hours. Some clear spells will develop allowing some isolated mist and fog patches to form in prone spots.

    Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


    Mist and fog will steadily clear on Thursday morning, leaving a dry day with some sunny spells. Winds will also fall light so it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Tate St Ives revamp makes national headlines

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tate St Ives

    The revamped Tate St Ives is making national headlines today with its reopening after a revamp.

    A multimillion project at the gallery is seeing its space for showing art doubling. It is due to reopen to the public later this month.

    In its article, the Guardian - although calling it "clever" - says it "could have been truly great if local resistance hadn't cramped its style".

    However, the Daily Telegraph has given it four stars out of five in a new review, calling it "one of Britain's most beautiful galleries".

  5. Schoolboy's legs crushed by art exhibition

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A schoolboy's legs were crushed by a falling art exhibition at his school, his parents said.

    Doctors said the injuries were "like being in a head-on car crash", according to the 15-year-old boy's family.

    Promising rugby player Morgan Durant was flown by air ambulance from Penrice Academy in St Austell, Cornwall, to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident. The school has yet to comment.

    Morgan Durant
  6. Football: Tisdale backs Exeter to 'draw a line'

    BBC Sport

    Exeter's Lee Holmes

    Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale back his side to "draw a line and start again" after defeat at home in their top-of-the-table game with Notts County.

    The Grecians went down 3-0, three days after losing 2-0 at Coventry City.

    Their double setback followed an eight-game unbeaten run to start the season.

    "We've lost some points, but we have to make sure it's not more than points, not our confidence, not our belief and not our unity as a team," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

  7. 'Don't touch anything jellyfish-like' warning

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People who find any jellyfish, or anything that looks like a jellyfish, should not touch them, Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium (NME) says.

    The warning comes after reports that Portuguese man-of-war have been seen in the River Dart in Devon.

    Hundreds of the jellyfish-like man-of-war have been washed up in Cornwall over the past couple of weeks.

    Aquarium curator James Wright confirmed man-of-war were "usually found in warmer Mediterranean waters but, due to tidal behaviour, [it] has been spotted on our local coasts".

    He said: "Our advice for anyone visiting local beaches is to be cautious if you are considering swimming in the sea at this time of year, and, under no circumstances touch any jellyfish, or anything that looks like a jellyfish, washed up on shore. Even if the jellyfish appears to be dead, it can still eject a powerful sting."

    He added that anyone who had been stung should seek immediate medical attention.

    Portuguese man-of-war. Pic: Joanna Clegg
  8. 'Sadistic' father who abused children jailed for 30 years

    A father who subjected four children to more than two decades of physical and sexual violence has been jailed for 30 years.

    The 50-year-old, from Redruth in Cornwall, who cannot be named for legal reasons, regularly beat his children and raped his daughter between the ages of eight and 10, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    The court was told he would also force his sons to fight each other, force washing-up liquid into the children's mouths if they said something he did not like, and shot them with a ball-bearing gun.

    He was found guilty of five counts of rape, 11 of indecent sexual assault, one of wounding and 14 of child cruelty over a 22-year period from the late 1980s. He had denied the charges.

    Judge Robert Linford described the crimes as "sadistic and wicked".

  9. Man suffered cracked ribs in unprovoked assault

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A man in his 60s suffered cracked ribs in what police described as an "unprovoked attack".

    The assault, in Camborne, took place between 21:00 and 22:00 on Wednesday 16 August at the bottom of Tuckingmill Hill.

    One suspect was described as a white man, in his early 60s, wearing a navy blue baseball cap, turquoise hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

    The second man was also white, in his late 20s, and wearing dark blue tracksuit bottoms and a black body warmer with a T-shirt underneath.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  10. Body of dead fisherman recovered

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A body has been recovered after the capsizing of a fishing boat off Plymouth last night, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has said.

    A fisherman has been missing since the vessel, the Solstice, overturned near the Eddystone lighthouse last night.

    The alarm was raised when the boat failed to return to its home port.

    Skipper Nick Jones and crewman Chris Wonnacott were found clinging to the upturned hull of Solstice at about 01:00 and taken ashore, but the search for the skipper's father, Tony Jones, was later suspended.

    The MAIB confirmed "a body was recovered".

    Fishing boat capsize map
  11. Paedophile policeman spared jail over bipolar disorder

    BBC Radio Devon

    A paedophile policeman who posted internet images of his private parts to US detectives posing as a 13-year-old has been spared jail partly because he has bipolar disorder.


    Thirty-four-year-old Jonathan Fulcher admitted three counts of making a total of 290 indecent images of children.

    He was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years.

    Exeter Crown Court heard Fulcher, of High Road, Crediton, Devon, suffers from bipolar disorder which made him "feel invincible" and drew him to risk-taking behaviour.

    Judge Geoffrey Mercer said he had "no doubt" about giving Fulcher a suspended sentence.

    He said: "You have lost your career and your marriage and your personal life is in disarray, but above all I have read reports on your mental health."

  12. Residents call for CCTV to 'catch' antisocial school parking

    BBC Radio Devon

    Residents living near a school in Devon are calling for a CCTV camera to monitor what they describe as "constant antisocial parking" by parents.

    They claim when people drop children off and pick them up at Kingskerswell Primary, they are blocking drives, parking on corners, and generally causing problems.

    The school has declined to comment.

  13. Man, 80, charged with indecently assaulting children

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    An 80-year-old man has been charged with indecently assaulting girls and boys under the age of 14.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the 11 counts related to allegations of historic abuse.

    The man, from Plymouth, has also been charged with one count of indecent assault on a woman over the age of 16.

    He is due appear before Plymouth Magistrates' Court next month.

  14. BreakingMissing fisherman confirmed dead

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A fisherman missing since his boat capsized off Plymouth last night is confirmed to have died as a result of the incident.

    Two other crew members were rescued from the upturned hull of the Solstice several hours after the alarm was raised when the boat failed to return to its home port.


    A major air and sea search for the missing man - involving two coastguard helicopters, two Royal Navy vessels, three RNLI lifeboats and the UK Border Force - was suspended earlier.

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said in a statement that it had "sent inspectors to investigate the capsize of UK-registered fishing vessel Solstice about nine miles south of Plymouth harbour on 26 September 2017 with the loss of one life".

  15. Double silver joy for Invictus triple amputee Mark Ormrod

    Plymouth's Mark Ormrod has won two silver medals in the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.

    The former Royal Marine lost both his legs and his right arm when he stood on an explosive device in Afghanistan 10 years ago.

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  16. Distance warning to drivers as rain hits Cornwall

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    The forecast is for a band of rain and brisk winds spreading in from the west, with heavy bursts possible at times.

    We'll have another forecast before the Local Live finishes for the day.

  17. Travel update for Devon: Accidents in Bovey Tracey and Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    • There are reports of a three-vehicle accident in Bovey Tracey, on the A382 near Southbrook Lane
    • The A374 Shapters Road in Plymouth is partially blocked by an accident at the Cattedown roundabout
    • There are reports of a three-vehicle accident in Bovey Tracey, on the A382 near Southbrook Lane
    • In Buckland Brewer, Main Road is blocked by a broken-down lorry between Buckland Brewer and Littleham
    • Stop/Go boards are in operation for drainage works on the A385 between Berry Pemeroy and Longcombe Cross
  18. Travel update for Cornwall: Roadworks and traffic lights in Liskeard

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • Temporary traffic lights in Liskeard on the A390 near Callington Road for water mains work
    • Between Bissoe and Cross Lanes, the road is closed for water main work. A diversion is in place
    • Slow traffic on the B3302 between Crowntown and Sithney Common Hill due to roadworks
    • The St Mawes Ferry and Place Ferry are both out of service today, and the Enterprise Boats are not calling at St Mawes