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The sacrifice of a husband to save his wife.


Emotional moments in court as a woman from Cornwall recounts


the day of a Tunisian beach massacre in which her husband was killed.


Also tonight: a bus carrying school children has crashed in Cornwall


An investigation is under way after the coach left


the road near Penzance, the driver was taken to hospital.


Staff left stunned and a charity out of pocket, as one of the regions


There was no money on the safe, no stock on the train so they set about


trashing things and stealing what they could.


a warning to poultry owners who don't follow the rules


And we have a cold feeling day tomorrow. Because of the strength of


wind it will feel like -2 four minus three. I will have all the details


later in the programme. "I am only here due


to the bravery of my husband - The words of a woman from Cornwall


at the inquest into the death of those killed by a gunman


in an attack on a beach in Tunisia. Cheryl Mellor was on holiday in 2015


with her husband Stephen and today the inquest was told he died trying


to save her. Hamish Marshall was at


the Royal Courts of Justice The couple had been


married for ten years. They were having a morning


of the beach, they'd been doing a crossword and were looking forward


to lunch, but then they were alerted by a booming sound and a gunman


came closer to them. Stephen Mellor said this is real,


get down, if either of us survives The couple were clutching


each other in fear. She said please don't


shoot, I've got a family. The gunman paused and then


he shot that woman. Stephen Mellor was shot trying


to protect his wife. Cheryl Mellor was also


shot but she survived. And in her evidence what did


Cheryl Mellor say about the gunmen? She said he was looking


straight at them. She thought he was enjoying looking


at them and making them squirm. She said, I believe the gunman


wanted to kill me but he didn't succeed because she pretended


to already be dead in the hope She said of her husband,


I'm only here today And I understand Stephen


Mellor's mother was also Yes, Dorothy Ingram took


to the stand and spoke She said they moved to Cornwall aged


14, he was a wonderful person She said he was an excellent family


man who enjoyed motor sport, She said he was a wonderful son


who was always at the end of a phone and available


to help her whenever he could. This is the second week of these


inquests into the deaths We're not expecting them to conclude


for about another five weeks or so. Hamish Marshall at the Royal Courts


of Justice, thank you. A coach carrying school children


crashed in West Cornwall today. All the children are safe and none


needed hospital treatment. Police say the coach left the A30


near Penzance between the Newton The coach was carrying 28 children


and a teacher from St Ives School to a swimming gala in Penzance


and was just a few miles from Eyewitnesses say the vehicle crossed


over the opposite lane It's clear from the tracks


that the coach came over the grass verge, over this public footpath


and then came to rest, destroying fencing here


at the entrance to this field. The children were described as upset


and shocked but unhurt. The driver was taken


to the Royal Cornwall Hospital No-one would be interviewed


from the school but in a statement it said none of the children


were injured and they were brought back to school


on a replacement vehicle. It also said the coach


was travelling at a low speed The coach is owned


by Williams Travel. They haven't as yet


commented on the accident. The coach was towed away and will be


tested and examined to find out A court has been told the former


boss of the NHS Trust that runs Torbay Hospital committed an extreme


breach of trust for giving work to her husband without declaring


a personal interest. Paula Vasco Knight denies two counts


of fraud while she was the chief executive of the South Devon NHS


Trust. John Henderson reports


from Exeter Crown Court. Paula Vasco Knight with her husband


Stephen, wearing a green He denies one count of fraud,


she denies two counts of fraud while she was the boss of NHS


services in South Devon, including Torbay Hospital


where she was based up to May 2014. The prosecution alleged


the frauds total about ?20,000 and centre on two contracts


authorised by Paula Vasco Knight for a firm run by her husband,


a graphic designer. One was for newsletters


for ?9,000, and others The court heard Paula Vasco Knight


was also the national lead for Habib Natalie denies two counts


of assisting an offence. Gareth Evans told the court


that the prosecution's case is that is that Paula Vasco Knight


with the assistance of Natalie avoided any declaration of interest


when her husband was contracted to carry out the production


of newsletters for The court was told that the work


on the document was never completed, even though Paula Vasco Knight


authorised a payment Mr Evans described that work


as a complete sham and he told the court that when a MacBook pro


was returned by Knight, all the graphic design software


she had asked for had been deleted and the computer had been reset


to its factory settings. A look at some of the other


stories making the news A Plymouth Argyle footballer


who was declared a rapist following a civil action in Scotland


has left the club. David Goodwillie and a former


Dundee United team-mate, David Robertson, were ordered to pay


damages to the woman. The striker has now left Argyle


after asking to be released from his contract to focus


on a potential appeal The union Unison is taking


legal action over workers who lost their jobs when the NHS 111


service in Devon was transferred from South Western Ambulance


to the company Vocare which was subcontracted


by Devon Doctors. Unison says their terms


and conditions should The case is ongoing and Vocare,


Southwestern Ambulance and Devon Doctors are yet to respond


to Unison's claims. Truro is to bid to become


a European Capital of Culture for 2023 after Cornwall council's


cabinet voted in favour of spending Officers believe, if successful,


it could bring ?100 million to the county, but critics say it's


the wrong time with so many Politics is defined by highs


and lows and in the South West the Liberal Democrats have


experienced both in recent years. With plenty to celebrate


as they created a stronghold here at the 2005 general election,


ten years later their faces told a very different story


as they were wiped out in Cornwall - some well-known MPs


losing their seats. But their current leader insists


the party is staging a fightback. Tim Farron is in Cornwall


to launch their campaign ahead of local elections in May,


and Tamsin Melville has spent the day with him,


and joins us now from Truro. Yes, it has been a lovely day to be


out and about across Cornwall. Tim Karen's team started in Redruth and


ended up in Lawrence and this evening knocking on doors, and it is


this pavement politics that the party says is staging a revival in


its fortunes. It is one council by-elections in recent months but is


that enough to say things are on the up? Here is what Tim Farron said.


The gains we have made since the summer have been staggering, Ford


gains on Cornwall Council. The membership of the party has doubled


in the last 18 months in Cornwall, and every election starts at zero,


zero, you have to start and go out and earn the vote. So what was the


mood on the doorstep? I would say it was mixed. Brexit was the hot topic.


The Lib Dem 's have pinned their pro-EU colours to the mast and that


goes down in the next way. In Cornwall, where the majority vote


was to leave, is that a risky strategy? Having the courage of your


convictions is risky but not doing it is riskier, and saying to British


people who voted to leave or remain, it is right for one party to


challenge the government to say people may have voted to deed the


youth but is it really right to extract is from the single market?


So there will be local elections here at Cornwall Council in May. Tim


Farron says he will be back in the region and he could be coming to a


doorstep near you soon. And you can hear more


from Tim Farron on this That's here on BBC One


at 11am this Sunday. Volunteers and staff at a heritage


railway have been left shocked and upset after vandals broke


in and damaged some The charity which runs


the South Devon railway says the cost of repairing the damage


will run into As John Danks reports, a police


investigation is now underway. It's the second time in less


than a year that vandals have struck But this latest attack has


been more extensive. Repairs have already been carried


out on the window of this 1930s coach as volunteers and staff tried


to keep the elements out. We've had to replace


five train windows. That's 350 quid a pop


for the glass alone. They stole a pair of two way radios,


that's about ?700 worth They can't use those


either because they're They even stole a bar


of chocolate which belonged It was a big trail of damage


and it's about ?5,000 all in. The break-in happened


last Thursday evening. Thieves smashed a window


to access the booking office, No arrests have being made


but police are studying CCTV footage It's a damn shame when something


like this happens because it undoes all the good work and really


cheeses people off. We've had great support


from members of the public, a lot of donations from people,


a lot of offers of volunteer help to This coach had only


recently been used as part The railway is planning to reopen


in February as planned. The South Devon Railway is a charity


and it says thousands of pounds worth of criminal damage is a cost


it could do without, especially at a time when it's not


even open for business. It's the end of an era for two men


crucial to the smooth running They've got more than 85 years'


experience between them. We'll meet the two admiralty pilots


who're about to retire. Now, they may not seem all that


similar but there is one major challenge which connects


all the following places - the blocks, avenues and streets


of the Big Apple, the burgeoning skyline of Melbourne,


Australia and somewhere They've all been named as markets


where prices for typical houses far outstrip what families on middle


incomes can afford. Dorset is also mentioned


in the research which focussed on different areas in


a range of countries. Janine Jansen has been to see


what effect it's having on those Lucy Stokes is an estate


agent in South Brent. All day long she sells houses


but she's also trying She has just moved here


from Worcester and she There is a huge


difference in the prices. Up there you'd be looking around 150


as a first-time buyer for a three-bed and down here you'd


be looking to start from about 250. The US property consultancy says


the least affordable place to live in the world out of nine countries


surveyed was Hong Kong, with houses at 18 times


the average household income. Second was Sydney,


with prices at 12 times. Listed tenth most unaffordable place


was Bournemouth and Dorset, nine times the income,


with Plymouth and Devon coming 14th. This survey focuses


on the middle of the market - housing affordability


for average households. So in Devon and Plymouth the average


house price is ?215,000 - the average household income


is just over ?30,000. This means house prices are seven


times the average household income. The authors of the report say


the answer is to build more houses, something the British Government


says it is doing. The government's made some steps


in the right direction recently with some changes to buy to let


mortgages and tax and stamp duty by investors, but they're


fiddling around the edges. We need a massive increase


in supply, a sustained increase in supply, building 300,000 homes


a year to meet projected household demand and backtrack


on all the unaffordability that Lucy and her boyfriend bring


in the so-called average household income of ?30,000 but she can't buy


what she wants. You have a guide price


of 245 for this one. How does that fit


in with your budget? Slightly out of my reach


unfortunately, we're only Lucy regularly hands over keys


to new buyers and she's waiting for the day she gets


to keep her own. If she would like to comment on that


story, please send us an e-mail. If you let your birds run free


you could face jail. The warning to owners who still need


to keep their birds undercover in a bid to prevent the spread


of avian flu. Only yesterday the virus


was confirmed in a flock of 10,000 But as our environment


correspondent Adrian Campbell reports, not everyone


is following the rules, despite a warning of


fines or even jail. Nigel Stevens is very


careful about bio-security He has put up a poly tunnel


to ensure they can't come into contact with wild birds


or their droppings which might Defra introduced strict


controls in December - they're still in force but Nigel


says they are very confusing. As to whether you should keep them


in cages but have a roof properly plasticed over,


it's all a bit of guesswork really. We went out and put up


a temporary poly tunnel to house ours in which does the job


and still gives them You don't have to look far to see


there is widespread confusion We filmed these birds


a week ago in east Devon. They should have been covered over


to protect them from the virus. Their owners told us they have


since been advised by trading standards that everyone must comply


with the law. The Government's chief


veterinary officer agrees. This particular strain isn't


a problem for people or for the food chain but it is very severe


in birds, especially chickens and turkeys but also potentially


ducks and geese causing severe It's not just hens and it's


not just in East Devon. Birds which should be undercover can


easily be found in the countryside. We just happen to be in the area


filming nearby and noticed this comic geese left out in the open


unattended. No evidence of any covering for these birds to keep


them separate from wild birds. The owners of these birds told us


they needed to be outside But even people like Nigel


who are doing the right thing say I don't think I know


who is policing it at all. I don't know whether Defra


know who is policing it. But Defra insists we all


have an obligation to inform Trading Standards where the law


is being broken. It was their first job


after leaving school, and now with more than 85 years


service between them two admiralty The men have helped


guide ships in and out They've seen plenty of changes


in Devonport as David found out when he met them on board HMS


Sutherland during their The World Pilot Gig Racing


Championships, but it wasn't In the 1800s there were lots


of square riggers coming into port and they needed the local knowledge


of a pilot to come alongside. The pilots race in their gigs to get


the work, and a fast crew Today's pilots do the same job


but it's no longer a race. When we first started


there was very little on the bridge to give you a hand,


you had a radar and now you have GPS, electronic charts,


you can see exactly where you are. Why does the captain need to have


one of you guys on board? We're there to give the captain


as much advice as we can, the support of Plymouth,


local conditions which The wonderful thing about our pilots


here in Devon Port is they know every inch of the river


inside and out. For us to be able to tap


into that experience For us to be able to tap into that


experience is hugely Is it a lot of pressure,


do you feel the pressure and stress? Yes, it's pressure but it's job


satisfaction to feel that you moved a ship 200 metres in length


in perhaps a ninth and a half metre draft from the sound


to the dockyard alongside, We've had some close shaves,


you are bound to over 26 years but we've never any major incidents


in this port in a long time. Presumably if it's really blowing


a gale and there's a big sea running, it's quite a hard


thing to do. Actually getting on and off


the ships, particularly at night on big ships you can go up to 9


metre ladders and a big swell running, it gets very difficult


and as you get older it gets What are you going to do now you're


going to retire, what's the plan? I've got a boat with a friend that


we've got a partnership in so I'm going out,


doing a bit more fishing. I think that was they know they're


at the end. You didn't take them a bottle, then?


They're leaving do is tonight so I hope they enjoy themselves.


Do you think we will clock up 85 years between us?


We probably nearly have! It feels like it. They do a fantastic service


and people do not always realise what goes on outside Plymouth Sound,


all weather, if the wind is up at night they still have to do it. It


looks like we will see a change in our weather pattern in the next 24


hours. We have some cold weather tomorrow but you have been out


catching a glimpse of some interesting weather. This is a


picture of a formal bow, a rainbow created by sunshine and fog. We have


also had some lively winds across parts of Cornwall. It is the wind


that is a feature of the weather, especially tomorrow, and it is a


cold winter so we will see more clout by the start of the day, it


will feel a truly cold with high wind-chill because of low


temperatures out of Europe but also strengthening winds which could


reach gale force for the western end of the English Channel. Those


weather fronts are out to the west, they creep a little closer during


tomorrow but at the same time they squeeze those isobars, that is why


they have such a strong wind, especially for Cornwall where it


will be at gale force, then we see weather fronts of the Atlantic,


slowly opening the door to milder error, and by Saturday we are back


into Atlantic air and temperatures hopefully back up into double


figures. At the moment it's bitterly cold. It will be a cold start


tomorrow with a widespread frosts but the wind-chill there are real


feature, you end up with temperatures feeling like -2 4-3


tomorrow morning, so some very cold conditions. This is Karen Cross,


many of our wind turbines have been pretty busy this afternoon because


winds have increased. It has been a fine day but feeling cold and it


will get even colder tonight, so despite the fact we will have a


breeze and more cloud in the second half of the night, we will see


temperatures plummeting, getting as low as zero 4-1 in a few places.


There is more cloud creeping in from the south-east, just about it enough


for a few showers and with these low temperatures one or two of those


showers could be wintry. Winds increase and we start tomorrow


morning wintry, cold, even frosted with temperatures starting from


three or 4 degrees above freezing to as low as -1 or minus two. So cold,


cloudy, gradually it will brighten up but for all of us it will not


feel warm. We may see temperatures of five or 6 degrees but it will


feel colder than that because of the wind. That is the forecast for the


Isles of Scilly, gale force winds and feeling cold. Times of high


water that Penzance and Plymouth, and this fight that -- and for


surfers there could be some good wins, messy along the south coast,


and the Met Office has winds of occasionally gale for


straightforward Cornwall, then the outlook for the weekend, it looks


milder, less frost but not what everyone wants because there is a


lot of cloud and the potential for some rain. On Friday, some Shari


outbreaks, on Sunday the cloud is that enough to produce some light


rain or drizzle but the big story is that we lose the night-time frost


and daytime temperatures get back up into double figures.


On tomorrow's programme we'll be marking the 100th anniversary


of the destruction of a Devon village which was washed


Homes in Hallsands had been left vulnerable after shingle


was dredged from the area for the new dockyards at Devonport.


A high spring tide and easterly gales on January 26th 1917 destroyed


Tomorrow we'll find out more about the history, and the concerns


Just before we go, you know, good to talk to you on BBC Radio Devon. I


promised I would show you my work shoes. I hope you approve. Good




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