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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 23 April until Friday 27 April 2018
  2. Maisie Duncan death: Police seek three witnesses after Looe road crash
  3. Cornwall Council's £46k Cannes trip scrutinised
  4. Ten Devon and Cornwall Police officers assaulted in single night
  5. Parents campaigning to save 'inadequate' Plymouth free school due to close
  6. Parade to call for more affordable housing on Rame Peninsula
  7. Home-schooling stats reveal Cornwall in fourth place in UK

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  1. Exeter v sale

    Exeter ensure they end the season top of the Premiership for the first time as they end Sale's faint play-off hopes.

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  2. Weather: Cloudy tomorrow but turning brighter with showers

    BBC Weather

    Saturday will continue to see a lot of cloud and perhaps a little light rain for a time.

    A few bright or sunny spells could develop, but these may trigger some heavy, slow-moving showers.

    Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

    Weather in Devon and Cornwall on Saturday
  3. Police crack down on driving offences

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Several drivers have been caught committing vehicle offences in a targeted campaign today.

    Operation Juggler was a joint operation run by police in Plymouth that involved the Environment Agency, Plymouth Trading Standards, HMRC Road Fuel Testing Unit, Plymouth City Council Taxi Licensing and scrap metal licensing officers.

    75 vehicles were checked between 08:00 and 17:00, with offences including having no insurance, using red diesel, driving an overweight vehicle, having excessive window tints and having defective tyres.

    Response Sergeant Colin Strachan said: “We stopped and spoke with a large number of drivers during the operation. Supported by our partner agencies, the aim of the day was to target illegal activity on our roads and to support law-abiding road users."

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  4. Uncovered photographs show pre-NHS Devon hospital

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Bideford Hospital
    Image caption: Staff attending to patients in the men's ward at Bideford and District Hospital in 1940

    A photographic archive of pre-NHS healthcare has been published by Historic England.

    It has an enormous array of images taken between 1938 and 1943, before the NHS was created in 1948.

    It includes some pictures of Bideford and District Hospital, which was built in 1924 and replaced the town's infirmary on Meddon Street.

    nurses playing table tennis
    Image caption: Bideford Hospital nurses having some down time in the nurses' recreation block

    In the 1940s, Bideford and District Hospital consisted of three wards and three private rooms.

    Mary Maine was evacuated to Bideford from Kent at the start of World War Two.

    She had to have her tonsils out at the age of six and had the operation carried out in Bideford.

    She has been sharing her memories of the hospital below:

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    Video caption: Uncovered photographs show pre-NHS Devon hospital
  5. Two men injured in Redruth attack

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Two 22-year-old men were attacked outside a nightclub in Redruth this morning.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say three men jumped out on the pair as they were walking towards a car park near The Zone between 02:00 and 02:30.

    They say it appears to have been an unprovoked attack.

    The men, from Hayle, received facial and head injuries and were treated at hospital before being released.

  6. Devon church marks 700th anniversary

    BBC Radio Devon

    Tavistock Parish Church

    A concert's being held at a Tavistock church this evening to mark its 700th anniversary.

    The Plymouth Police Area Choir will be performing at St Eustachius.

    Parish records, church history, vestments and silver will be exhibited along with floral displays by local florists and community groups.

  7. Angela Rippon joins Plymouth ballet class for over-55s

    Heidi Davey

    BBC Spotlight

    Angela Rippon

    The broadcaster Angela Rippon has been in Plymouth visiting a ballet class specifically for the over-55s.

    Silver Swans was launched by the Royal Academy of Dance last September because of a growing demand in high quality ballet classes for older learners.

    Classes are delivered by qualified dance teachers who have trained to safely adapt ballet techniques for adults over the age of 55.

    Angela Rippon
    Quote Message: It's important that we exercise and that we keep strong and that we keep our balance. The exercise that came out on top, ticking all the boxes, was dance. It's great for balance, it's great for core strength, it's an aerobic exercise, it gives you flexibility and it's social." from Angela Rippon Broadcaster and Silver Swans ambassador
    Angela RipponBroadcaster and Silver Swans ambassador
  8. Westward Ho! reintroduce dog restrictions

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Westward Ho!

    From next Tuesday, 1 May, dog restrictions will be back in force at Westward Ho! beach in North Devon.

    Dogs will be prohibited on the beach to the south of Sandymere Bridge and will be need to be kept on a lead on the promenade.

    They will still be allowed at the north end of the beach between Sandymere Bridge and the Taw/Torridge estuary.

    Anyone breaking the rules could be fined up to £100. The restrictions last until 30 September.

    Quote Message: The dog restrictions at Westward Ho! means that we can provide both dog free and dog friendly areas on the beach. Not only is this an important part of meeting the criteria to attain a Blue Flag, it means that there is space for everyone to enjoy this fantastic beach and surrounding facilities. from Councillor Phil Pennington Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure
    Councillor Phil PenningtonLead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure
  9. Hospital gold command 'not sustainable'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Councillors say a hard reset of urgent and emergency care at Cornwall's main hospital was a success but have warned it is not a "sustainable" way to fix problems.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) initiated a gold command last month to try and relieve pressure on the system.

    Partners across various NHS organisations worked together on the initiative.

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    The hospital saw an increase in the percentage of patients seen within four hours and an increase in the avoidance of unnecessary admissions. Additionally, since it was started, no patients have been cared for in corridors, no wards closed for infection control and elective surgery has been restored, councillors were told.

    Cllr Rob Rotchell, cabinet member for health and adults, welcomed the successes but sounded a "note of caution" because it was "not sustainable".

    He said: "Gold command was designed for a serious incident rather than sustained pressures and unprecedented pressures.

    "We can't keep asking people to keep stepping up beyond the call of duty ... they were doing that before we went to gold command."

  10. Devon woman's first class post office challenge

    BBC Radio Devon

    Joanna Giles outside North Lowestoft Post Office

    A postmistress from Devon has celebrated two years in the job by travelling to the most southern, northern, western and eastern post offices in the UK, with the added challenge of not paying for her travel.

    Joanna Giles, who works at Ashburton Post Office, has already raised more than £2,000 for Cancer Research UK and Ashburton Arts, which brings performing arts and cultural activities to local community.

    Her journey involved a vast amount of walking, supplemented by planes, trains and ferries - with some organisations offering her free tickets along the way.

    Joanna visited St Agnes Post Office in Scilly (most southerly), Belleek Post Office (most westerly), Baltasound Post Office (most northerly) and North Lowestoft Post Office (most easterly).

    Quote Message: The journey has been brilliant, and I've been privileged enough to see some amazing sites along the way - including some beautiful and much needed sunshine!" from Joanna Giles Ashburton Post Office
    Joanna GilesAshburton Post Office
  11. Devon exhibition commemorates Spanish refugees

    BBC Radio Devon

    A series of exhibitions and events gets under way this weekend commemorating the lives of two Spanish sisters who came to Devon as refugees from the Spanish Civil War.

    They came on a ship in 1937 with 4,000 other children and settled in Dartington, near Totnes, where they became teachers and spent the rest of their lives.

    It's hoped the sisters' story will get people talking about how we treat refugees today.

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    Video caption: Exhibition commemorates Spanish refugees
  12. Competition inspires engineers of the future

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    children working on science project

    More than 130 school children have been on the Royal Navy warship HMS Bulwark at Devonport to take part in a model rocket car race as part of a national competition.

    Year seven pupils from 11 schools were competing in the south west regional final of the Race for the Line competition inspired by the Bloodhound land speed record attempt.

    The competition is intended to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and scientists by encouraging young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths and following linked careers.

    The winners will compete in the national final at RAF Wittering in June.

    rocket powered model car
  13. Dawlish Warren car park to get £220k improvements

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Dawlish Warren car park

    Major £220,000 improvement works are set to be carried out at Dawlish Warren car park.

    Work will include resurfacing, filling potholes, improving the drainage, relining parking spaces and providing better pedestrian walkways.

    Work is expected to begin on 21 May.

  14. 'Poisoned sandwiches' alert to pet owners in Starcross

    BBC Radio Devon

    Pet owners have been warned to beware of suspected poisoned sandwiches being dropped around Starcross.

    Bread

    The bread containing suspicious pellets - possibly for slugs - has been placed in and around Starcross village warned neighbourhood police.

    "We advise local residents and dog walkers to be cautious as this can be toxic to both humans and animals," said officers.

  15. Cornwall Council's £46k Cannes trip scrutinised

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Senior councillors are scrutinising the money spent by Cornwall Council on a trip to Cannes earlier this year.

    The audit committee will try to find out whether the £46,000 spent on the trip was necessary and cost-effective for the six delegates who went.

    Council leader Adam Paynter said he had nothing to hide, every penny spent had been disclosed and he was keen for councillors to know what the benefits of the trip are.

    Quote Message: We could have done half a job, if you like, and gone over and just spent a small amount of money with somebody wondering around the conference giving out business cards, chatting to odd people. We decided as it was the first time that we've done this conference, if we're going to do it, we'll do it properly." from Adam Paynter Leader of Cornwall Council
    Adam PaynterLeader of Cornwall Council
  16. Ten police officers assaulted in single night

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

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    Ten police offers were assaulted in Devon and Cornwall last night.

    This included an offender spitting in an officer's eye in Barnstaple, an officer being punched in the face in Plymouth, and homophobic comments being made online in Torquay, according to the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation.

    The news comes on the day that the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, which will bring in harsher penalties for attacks on emergency crews, is being discussed in the House of Commons.

    Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell voiced his anger on social media, saying he was "sick of this".

    He asked: "Our staff face this day in day out, in order to keep our communities safe. How comfortable does that make you feel?"

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  17. Three men banned from waste trade for fly-tipping

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    fly-tipped rubbish on rural footpath

    A Devon council has welcomed three men being banned from the waste trade for fly-tipping in Cornish beauty spots.

    Wayne Plummer, of Burrator Avenue, Princetown, Ashley Brown, of Tollox Place, Plymouth, and Michael Baggally, of Wolseley Road, Plymouth, were each given a community order by Plymouth magistrates requiring 100 hours of unpaid work.

    They were also ordered to pay £520 compensation and given a criminal behaviour order for five years.

    They dumped waste, including old sofas and carpets, in scenic locations including Cremyll on the Rame Peninsula and Bovisand, even setting fire to it on one occasion, a court heard earlier this month.

    The prosecution followed a joint investigation between the Environment Agency, South Hams Council, Plymouth City Council, Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Quote Message: I hope this sends a message that fly-tipping will absolutely not be tolerated, and we will prosecute offenders." from South Hams District Council
    South Hams District Council
  18. Cornwall travel: A30 eastbound queuing at Temple

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    On the A30 at Temple, heading eastbound, traffic is queuing back to Bodmin due to the roadworks.

    Westbound traffic is also slow moving.

  19. Police officer 'punched repeatedly in the head'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A police officer was assaulted by a teenage boy last night whilst attending a domestic incident in Exeter.

    According to Supt Matt Lawler, of Devon and Cornwall Police, the officer was punched repeatedly in the head.

    The officer visited hospital to be checked over.

    It was just one of 10 assaults on police officers across both counties overnight.

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