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Summary

  1. Woman charged with murder after death in Paignton
  2. Man arrested after Post Office burglary in Exeter
  3. Dolphins 'distressed' by water scooters near Falmouth
  4. Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston faces by-election calls after quitting Tories
  5. Arrests in Cornwall in county lines drugs raids
  6. Brexit delay would be worst of all worlds - Cornwall MP Eustice says after quitting as minister
  7. Updates from Friday 1 March 2019

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  1. Flood-hit Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club could be on the move

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club is being relocated after nearly 100 years at their Ottermouth home.

    Clubhouse

    The move of the club to a new home on the northern edge of the town is required as part of a £9m scheme to help restore the River Otter and to help avoid a "catastrophic breach" of the failing 200-year-old sea defences.

    Greg Evans, chairman of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club, said: “Everyone in the area knows that for years we have faced problems with flooding at Ottermouth, so we would very much welcome a solution which would mean we could use our facilities year-round."

    The Lower Otter Restoration Project is investigating the possibility of restoring the estuary to a more natural state, reducing the impact of climate change while creating new habitats for wildlife and improving water quality.

    The preferred option for the project, led by landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the Environment Agency, would see the Big and Little Marsh floodplain restored.

    Breaches would be created in the Little Bank, the Big Bank and the River Otter Embankment, allowing water to flow through.

    It will mean the relocation of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club, but if plans are approved, the club could be playing at their new home in time for the 2022 season.

  2. New Plymouth school sought for students with autism

    BBC Radio Devon

    Sixty new school places are being created in Plymouth for high functioning pupils with autism.

    Pupils

    The government has approved an application by the city council to set up a new specialist school for children aged between seven and 16 with spectrum disorders.

    The authority is now looking for a trust who will run it as councils are no longer allowed to open and operate new schools.

  3. Man whose car crashed 1,000ft over cliffs has suffered 'serious injuries'

    Devon Live

    Police have revealed that the driver who walked away from his car after a 1,000ft cliff plunge was later found to have suffered serious injuries.

  4. Family of US bomber airman visit St Mawgan crash site

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The family of a US Airforce navigator has thanked the people of Cornwall who saved his life during World War Two.

    Plane

    Floyd Keller was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator, which crashed soon after take off from RAF St Mawgan in 1943.

    Local people rushed to the scene and helped care for the survivors.

    Floyd's grand-daughter Kami Beaty said: "It could have turned out very differently. Four of the eight people on that plane passed away and that could have very easily been my grandfather.

    "If that had been the case we wouldn't be here so just finding out the history and what he went through is just fascinating."

    Ten members of Mr Keller's family from Texas visited the site in a field in Colan, about two miles (3.2km) from the runway.

    Family
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    Video caption: Royal Navy save crew from burning container ship

    Watch as the Royal Navy rescues 27 people from a burning container ship in rough seas.

  6. Plea to report 'bad owners' after more than 100 pets saved

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    The RSPCA has urged the public to report "bad owners" after more than 100 animals were kept in squalid conditions by a couple who had been banned from owning dogs.

    Jonathan Champion, 46, and Amanda Miles, 45, from Callington, admitted breaching an existing ban, along with further offences relating to dogs, cats, and birds in their care.

    The animal welfare charity said it had been contacted by a member of the public in September 2018 who raised concerns for animals that were in their care.

    Squalid conditions

    RSPCA inspector Claire Ryder said: “We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously - as do the courts.”

    Seven dogs, four cats, and 93 birds were removed after they were discovered in filthy conditions.

    Champion was jailed for eight weeks, while Miles received an eight-week suspended sentence at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

    The couple were already banned from keeping dogs for life at Truro Crown Court in 2016.

    Squalid conditions
  7. Man, 23, 'rescued from under bus'

    A 23-year-old man has been rescued from under a bus in Plymouth city centre, police have said.

    The male pedestrian was freed from under the vehicle by the fire service.

    He has a hip injury and minor injuries to his head and arms.

    He has been taken to Derriford Hospital.

    Exeter Street, outbound, remains closed - traffic is being directed down Sutton Road.

    Emergency services were called to the road at 16:40 following reports a cyclist had been injured.

  8. Porpoise rescued from Cornish beach

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Volunteers have battled stormy conditions to rescue a porpoise which got stranded on a beach in St Ives.

    The animal was found on Porthmeor Beach by members of the public on Sunday.

    They kept it wet until marine mammal medics could reach the scene.

    Conditions were too rough to refloat the porpoise there so it was taken to the harbour where it eventually swam out to sea.

    Porpoise
  9. Ethiopian Airlines crash: Uni 'deeply saddended'

    Sarah Ransome

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Investigators have found the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday.

    The plane was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, when it crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

    Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, and Sarah Auffret, a University of Plymouth graduate died in the crash.

    The University of Plymouth said: "The university was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Sarah Auffret over the weekend and sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends.

    "Sarah was an exemplary student who fully embraced university life and took every opportunity to develop herself while she was here.

    "She is remembered as someone who had a passion for learning about Europe and a strong moral compass.

    "In her role at the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, Sarah had also met several of the university's leading scientists at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso this year. They, like many others in the audience, had been deeply impressed with her presentation on plastic pollution and her evident passion for the planet."

    Sarah
  10. High-rise Torquay plans rejected by planners

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans to build a multimillion-pound high-rise development on Torquay Harbour has been rejected by planners.

    Last year the Save Carey Green campaign succeeded in getting a judicial review of plans for an 11-storey block of flats and a five-storey hotel.

    The scheme was rejected by planners today after council officers said the developer had failed to come up with enough evidence to justify the scheme.

    Torquay protestors
  11. Service staff protest outside Cornish hospital

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A demonstration is under way at Royal Cornwall Hospital by employees of the outsourcing company Mitie.

    Staff from the hospital at Treliske, Truro, say they want a pay rise and similar working conditions to those employed by the NHS.

    In a statement Mitie said: "Our team provide a valuable service at Royal Cornwall Hospital.

    "We have been pushing for a pay increase for our staff but we can only do this with support from the trust."

    Protest outside RCHT

    The firm took over the so-called "hotel services" which includes cleaning, portering and security in a seven-year contract that started in 2015.

    At a similar protest in August one employee told the BBC that he earned £1 above the minimum wage when he was employed by the NHS, but that figure now stands at 3p under with the Mitie contract.

    A spokesperson for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said the hospital was "aware of the pay issue Mitie staff have been trying to resolve with their employer", adding that Mitie "holds the contractual obligation in relation to all aspects of the terms and conditions of employment, including the rates of pay for its staff".