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Man from MMO defends his organisation over quotas

The man in charge of statistics at the Marine Management Organisation has been defending his organisation over claims it's putting north Devon fishermen out of business.

The MMO has imposed a ban on catching skate and rays - which make up nearly three quarters of the normal catch in the Bristol channel - until the end of the year.

Kevin Williamson says it has no choice because the national allocation for England - known as quota - has been used up, and there would be penalties for exceeding it:

MP demands inquiry over fishing quotas

A Devon MP has today demanded an inquiry into the body that regulates fishing quotas.

Geoffrey Cox is accusing the Marine Maritime Organisation of incompetence and says the way it records fish stocks is a joke.

He's been speaking after the sudden ban on landing skate and ray, which make up 70% of the catch off north Devon. The industry there has now collapsed.


Fifth straight home win for Argyle

Peter Hartley scored Argyle's second goal just before half-time. Credit: Daniel Hambury/EMPICS Sport

Plymouth Argyle made it five wins in a row at Home Park after comfortably beating Cheltenham 3-0.

Reuben Reid and Peter Hartley scored in the first-half, with Lewis Alessandra adding a third fifteen minutes from the end.

Argyle remain 6th in League Two, four points behind leaders Luton.

Today's Football League results.

Exeter City travel to Morecambe tomorrow lunchtime (1pm).

But Yeovil Town's miserable season continues after they suffered a heavy 3-0 home defeat to Rochdale. The Glovers are now just one point off the bottom of League One.

Willand's cup dream is over

Today's FA Cup results.

Willand Rovers' FA Cup dream is over after they lost 3-1 at home to Gosport in the fourth qualifying round.

Torquay United lost 2-0 at Conference rivals Aldershot.

Dorchester are also out after losing 7-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

But Weymouth are in the hat after drawing 0-0 with Braintree. The draw for the first round is on Monday evening, with Weymouth's replay on Tuesday.


No charges against man after Saltash death

A police Scene of Crime Officer enters the property in Alamein Court. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man has been released without charge after a murder inquiry in Saltash was dropped.

Police were called to a building in Alamein Court on Thursday night, where a 50-year-old woman was found dead.

A post mortem has found there were no suspicious circumstances.

Murder investigation launched in Helston

Police have launched a murder investigation following an incident near St Keverne, Helston this morning.

Officers were called to a rural property outside the village just after 9am after being alerted by the ambulance service that a man had suffered a serious chest injury.

The injured man was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

A 28-year–old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody.

Man dies in A30 crash

A man has died in a crash on the A30 in North Cornwall.

Emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway near the Tolvaddon junction just before 6pm last night after reports of a collision between a car and a lorry.

The front seat passenger of the car, a man in his sixties, died at the scene. The female driver received minor injuries and was taken to Treliske for treatment. The lorry driver was uninjured.

The road was closed for several hours. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101.

Late night swimmer dies in Newquay

Newquay and Padstow Coastguard Rescue Teams, Newquay RNLI All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats and the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were involved in the search. Credit: Bing maps

A 23-year-old man has died after going for a swim in the middle of the night in Newquay.

Police and coastguards were called out to Towan Beach just before 3am this morning.

A search of the sea and local beaches led to the unnamed man being found near Great Western beach. He was taken to Treliske Hospital by the search and rescue helicopter, where he later died. His next of kin have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the police are now investigating on behalf of HM Coroner.

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