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  1. UKIP candidate 'barred' from public hustings
  2. Senior Devon councillor denies sex attacks
  3. Dead dog found near body of man in Falmouth
  4. Man 'struck by vehicle' in fight between two groups
  5. Agriculture should be 'part of the solution to climate change'
  6. Arson suspected in Redruth garage forecourt fire
  7. Updates from Friday 17 May 2019

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  1. UKIP candidate 'a risk to public order'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Carl Benjamin

    Exeter Cathederal has confirmed it has excluded a UKIP candidate from a public hustings because they may cause "a risk to public order".

    The party announced earlier today that their European Elections candidate Carl Benjamin had been barred from event on 22 May.

    UKIP Devon's chairwoman, Margaret Dennis, labelled the decision by Exeter Cathedral as "outrageous" and "an affront to democracy".

    Quote Message: Under the rules of the Electoral Commission we may exclude candidates from a non-selective hustings for a number of reasons, including concerns about public order. In this case, the Cathedral believes that the presence of one particular candidate may cause a risk to public order, given a number of incidents over the last few weeks. UKIP has been invited to send another candidate from its list of six candidates standing for election in the South West region." from Spokesperson, Exeter Cathederal
    Spokesperson, Exeter Cathederal

    Last week, two protesters threw milkshake at Mr Benjamin at a rally in Truro.

  2. Weather: Rain overnight but a bright day tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain may linger through the course of the night.

    However, it should become largely dry by dawn, though a few mist patches may develop.

    Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F)

    weather chart

    Tomorrow, any mist will clear early.

    It will be a bright day with sunny spells, variable amounts of cloud and a few potentially sharp showers.

    Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

  3. More than one suicide per week in Cornwall

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average.

    The statistic was given to Cornwall councillors at a special all-member briefing on suicide prevention on Friday.

    They heard that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and also heard what is being done to try to prevent suicide.

    There has been an average of 71 suicides a year in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017.

  4. Newquay airport opens discounted long-stay car park

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Newquay airport

    Cornwall Airport Newquay is opening a new car park offering a 50% discount for passengers staying for four days or more.

    P3 is a pre-book only car park and is a five to 10 minute walk from the main terminal entrance.

    Managing director, Al Titterington said the new car park had 94 spaces, which increased parking capacity "significantly".

  5. UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin 'barred' from public hustings

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    UKIP European election candidate, Carl Benjamin has been barred from appearing at a public hustings in Exeter, according to the party.

    They attacked the decision by Exeter Cathedral with its Devon chairman, Margaret Dennis calling it "outrageous" and "an affront to democracy".

    Police are currently investigating remarks made by Mr Benjamin after Labour MP Jess Phillips accused him of malicious communications.

    UKIP said Cathedral authorities told them they were unable to host Mr Benjamin because it was their opinion that he posed "a security risk" and they "could not condone his remarks about women".

    Mrs Dennis said Mr Benjamin is an "articulate and intelligent advocate" for UKIP and for free speech.

    Last week, two protesters threw milkshake at Mr Benjamin at a rally in Truro.

    Meanwhile, on Thursday, Mr Benjamin was read rape survivors comments on the Victoria Derbyshire show, after criticism of his 2016 social media comments in which he told Labour MP Jess Phillips "I wouldn't even rape you"...

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    Video caption: UKIP 'rape comments' candidate hears survivors' reaction
  6. South Hams to consider climate request

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The South Hams will consider a request from Teignbridge to work together to be carbon neutral by 2025.

    Teignbridge District Council recently declared a climate emergency and set a target of being carbon neutral by 2025, and earlier this week, sent an email to South Hams District Council asking them to join them and work together.

    A packed public gallery of climate change campaigners at Follaton House saw the council eventually agree to consider Teignbridge’s request, as well as to consider working with Devon County Council.

    Climate campaigners
  7. Lib Dems and Independents take control of council

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    The Liberal Democrats and Independents have joined forces to take control of Torbay Council.

    It follows the elections two weeks ago where no party won enough seats for outright control.

    The Conservatives are the largest party, but now the Lib Dems with 13 seats and Independents with eight are linking up.

    They say they have shared values and will work together on their priorities of housing, helping deprived areas and regeneration.

  8. Man 'struck by vehicle' in fight between two groups

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 40-year-old man was struck by a vehicle multiple times during a fight between two groups of people in Tintagel, police have said.

    The man, from Launceston, who was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, sustained multiple cuts and bruises and was also assaulted by three men.

    He was kicked and punched and hit with a wooden bat, a metal pole and a wooden baton, and the front and rear windscreens of his own vehicle were smashed.

    Atlantic Road Tintagel

    Police were called at 21:15 on Wednesday to what they described as a "large-scale fight" in Atlantic Road.

    Five other people also sustained injuries in the altercation including two women aged 40 and 22, from Launceston, two men aged 20, also from Launceston and a 30-year-old man from Egloskerry.

    All suffered minor injuries and four of them were taken to hospital.

    A 40-year-old man from Tintagel was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, affray and causing criminal damage to property.

    He has been released under investigation while inquiries are ongoing to locate two further suspects.

  9. Dead dog found near body of man in Falmouth

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online


    The body of a small dog was found in the water near to where the body of a man was found on the foreshore in Falmouth on Tuesday.

    The emergency services were called to a beach below Stratton Terrace at about 11:30 after the body of a man was discovered by a member of public.

    In a statement, Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said an inflatable kayak and paddle were recovered a short distance down river during a search of the shoreline.

    The small dog was found a little further along the beach and recovered from the water by coastguard officers.

    The statement said: "It goes without saying that our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman at this sad time."

  10. Scone row causes ‘split’ in the Exeter Chiefs camp

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    With the final Premiership league game of the season tomorrow, there are signs of a deep ‘split’ within the ranks at Exeter Chiefs - over the correct way to make a cream tea.

    While Devonian centre Sam Hill is a believer in cream first, Cornish wing Jack Nowell has publicly shot him down on Twitter, calling his view “ridiculous”.

    Traditionally, some believe a cream tea should be served on a split rather than a scone, but we had better not get into that.

    The Chiefs play Northampton tomorrow, ahead of the playoffs that begin next weekend.

  11. Senior Devon councillor denies sex attacks

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    A former leader of Devon County Council has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual assault at Exeter Crown Court.

    Brian Greenslade, 71, from Barnstaple is accused of the indecent assault of two women between January 1994 and December 1995.

    Mr Greenslade is also charged with the sexual assault of another woman between June 2005 and January 2006.

    He was granted bail and a trial date has been set for 24 February 2020.

    Brian Greenslade
  12. Memorial to historic regiment to be unveiled

    BBC Spotlight


    A unique memorial created in Devon, which commemorates more than 300 years of service by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, will be officially revealed today.

    The 18ft (5.5m) statue was built by sculptor Andrew Sinclair and weighs 1.5 tonnes.

    It recognises the service of more than 205,000 men, as well as the families who supported them.

    It will be unveiled at a ceremony in Halifax later.

  13. Converted camper and caravan raise money for RNLI

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    Video caption: A man rescued by the RNLI has converted a camper and caravan to fundraise for the charity
  14. Farmers tackle plastic waste problem

    Johnny Rutherford

    BBC Spotlight

    Farmers in the South West are finding new ways to address the problem of plastic waste.

    Farming has become a plastic-intensive industry in recent decades, and is used for everything from silage pit covers and bale wrap to crop covers and polytunnels.

    But a ban on burning plastics in the farmyard - as well as a year-long ban by China on importing plastic waste from Europe - has meant farmers have to find new ways of disposing of or reusing plastics.

    Phil Kennen runs Kernow Farm Plastics, which collects and recycles farm plastic across the South West...

    Quote Message: When I've got enough plastic to go away to a processor, I can send off a lorry load - about 25 tonnes - but that's got extremely difficult with the ban on the exports. Whereas 12 months ago I used to get paid a small amount for sending the plastic away, now it's completely reversed and I now have to pay them, and so I've had to pass that cost on to my customers." from Phil Kennen Kernow Farm Plastics
    Phil KennenKernow Farm Plastics

    Bruce Newport, Head of Plastics and Sustainability at the Environment Agency, said petrol-based plastic is used to cover crops to help them grow, but insists farmers are looking for more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

    Quote Message: We're working with the industry to try and encourage other ways of producing plastics which will break down much more readily and not be a risk to our countryside, soil health or its wildlife." from Bruce Newport Head of Plastics and Sustainability, Environment Agency
    Bruce NewportHead of Plastics and Sustainability, Environment Agency