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  1. Updates for Thursday 5 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Claire Hawke and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

That's all from Local Live Devon & Cornwall for today.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with a full round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Access to Great Western beach in Newquay may not be open in time for the summer after a landslide this afternoon

BBC Radio Devon: There's anger in Great Torrington after controversial plans for a Waitrose supermarket were approved by councillors.

Building a rail line

Louise Walter

BBC Spotlight

A man's been speaking about his grandfather's instrumental role in building the Victorian wall for the railway line in Dawlish which was

washed away one year ago.

Robert Hill

Robert Hill's grandfather William was a stonemason - he's told me of his tearful reaction to the collapse in 2014 and said: "The walls are never maintained and all of the sudden the wall is gone because of lack of maintenance....let's hope in the future they can maintain it."

Labour has 'a fight' in the SW

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted that his party has got "a fight on our hands" in gaining support in the South West during a visit to Plymouth.

Ed Miliband on BBC Spotlight

He also adds that ensuring Dawlish's rail line "has got to be a priority for the next Labour government". See him talk about this on BBC Spotlight, BBC1, 18:30.

Weather update

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Any wintry showers will dry out, but it will remain cold and dry with frost overnight. Temperatures will drop to -2C or -3C (28F or 27F).

The morning will be mainly dry and frosty with sunny intervals. However, it will get cloudier from the north through the day, with maximum temperatures of 6C-8C (43F-46F).

ID for buying fruit?

A baffled shopper was told she would need to show ID to buy fruit - in case it fermented and turned alcoholic - says the

Plymouth Herald.

Bungling Tesco bosses told Kate Lancaster they would only be selling fruit to over-18s amid fears it would get customers drunk.

Kate, who is 37, had been using a self-service checkout to purchase an innocent packet of vitamin-filled melon when the fruit flashed up as 'requiring ID'.

Storm anniversary

The BBC's John Danks

tweets: This is how Kingsand in Cornwall looked after the storm a year ago.

Kingsand storm damage

Rainbow crossing?

Plans for a permanent rainbow zebra crossing have been put forward in Totnes.

Pic: Proud2Be

Community group

Proud2Be said it had obtained support from the town council and it was to contact Devon County Council about the plans. A temporary crossing was painted in the High Street for Totnes Pride 2014.

News on the hour

The top headlines at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Environmental campaigners say they've won an important victory in their battle to end the dumping of dredged silt off a Cornish beach.

BBC Radio Devon: Labour leader Ed Miliband says he recognises that "transport links in the South West need to be made a priority".

Police helicopter base cut?

One-third of police helicopter bases in England and Wales could be closed because of government cuts, BBC News has learned.


National Police Air Service is considering plans to reduce the number of bases to 15 from its current 20, which was due to increase to 23 in 2016. The current bases include one at Exeter Airport.

Road shut after fatal RTC

BBC Travel South West

A road in St Day is still closed after a fatal accident this morning,

Goon Gumpass Lane to United Downs Road is shut in both directions while investigations into the incident continue.

Dog 'sensed' landslide

David George

BBC Spotlight

A woman sitting on a bench at a coastal lookout when a landslide caused cliffs underneath it to collapse, says her dog sensed it was about to happen.

Great western beach landslide

The incident has blocked access to Great Western beach in Newquay and police are urging the public to stay away from the area.

Argyle sign Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Plymouth Argyle have agreed to sign Charlton's 19-year-old left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on a youth loan until the end of the season.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

The deal will go through when the loan window re-opens on 10 February.

'Exercise Tiger' shell destroyed


Royal Navy bomb disposal team has destroyed an unexploded World War 2 shell uncovered at Strete near Dartmouth.

WW2 shell Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

The 21in-long, 6in-wide (53cm long, 15cm wide) shell was likely to have been used in the disastrous

Exercise Tiger: rehearsals in 1944 for the D-Day landings, the navy said. Hundreds of US servicemen died off the coast during the exercise when convoys were attacked by German torpedo boats.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Landslide under Cornish beauty spot

BBC Radio Devon: Fears for the future of Exeter's police helicopter base

A30 Temple road joy

BBC Radio Cornwall

Campaigners in Cornwall are celebrating after plans to

dual a three mile stretch of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake received the government go-ahead today.

Cornwall Council

Cornwall Councillor Chris Batters told BBC Radio Cornwall's

Laurence Reed the £59m project was worthwhile, adding: "People coming down into the county or leaving the county do not need to be held up for hours on end, which is what happens in the summer months especially."

Cliffs 'unstable'

A man sitting on a bench in Newquay had a narrow escape this afternoon after the cliffs underneath him caved away.

Great Western beach
Barbara May

Access to Great Western beach has been blocked after tonnes of earth shifted onto the road.

Torridge approves Waitrose

Councillors in north Devon, have approved plans for a Waitrose supermarket in Great Torrington.

Waitrose supermarket. Pic: Reuters

Eight members of the Torridge District Council

planning committee voted in favour of the plan, with one abstention. The proposals had divided opinion in the town, with some claiming it would drive business away from the High Street.

Landslide: update

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The public is being urged to stay away from the cliffs above Great Western beach in Newquay after a landslide.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon & Cornwall Police told me people should avoid the whole area, including the beach below, until engineers have visited the site.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's been a landslide on the cliffs overlooking Newquay's Great Western beach

BBC Radio Devon: Councillors have approved controversial plans for a new supermarket in Great Torrington.

Man dies after crash

A man has died after his car went down a ditch in St Day, near Redruth,

Devon and Cornwall Police say.

The 68-year-old, from Camborne, died at the scene after the single-vehicle collision at about 11:30. His family have been informed.

Cliff landslide

BBC Radio Cornwall

Road access to Great Western beach in Newquay is currently blocked after a landslide.

Great Western beach
Dave Meredith

Support for the road appears to have been completely undermined. We'll bring you more on this incident throughout the afternoon.

Lifesaving terrier

A Jack Russell's been credited with saving the life of a woman from Truro whose house caught fire last night.


'Mickey' raised the alarm by barking until his owner, James Spring, woke up. James lives next door to the fire damaged property in St Thomas Close.

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Feeling cold this afternoon, especially in the north east wind, but mostly dry with bright or sunny periods and only a few light wintry showers affecting west Cornwall and Scilly.

weather pm

Tonight, most places will be

dry and cold with a frost.

News on the hour

Devon and Cornwall Police officers investigating possible police misconduct in the case of a murdered schoolgirl are looking at an

eighth officer in West Mercia.

Jamie Reynolds, 24 , from Wellington, admitted murdering 17-year-old Georgia Williams in May 2013 before dumping her body in woodland.

Miliband visits factory

The BBC's John Danks

tweets: Ed Miliband visits a Plymouth factory. He'll be on @BBCSpotlight at 1830.

Ed Miliband visits a Plymouth factory

Pirates hooker on loan

Cornish Pirates hooker Rob Elloway is heading for the capital after

signing on loan with London Welsh after eight years at the Mennaye Field.

Simon Bryant

The Cornish Pirates have

tweeted: Good luck to @robelloway on loan spell at London Welsh.


David Lumb

BBC News, West Midlands

Here's a question -

is there culinary life outside London?


Food critic

Giles Coren has been quoted saying: "Honestly, if I'm going out of London to eat it's more productive to leave the country." But what about Devon & Cornwall eateries?
Let us know what you think.

Miliband in Plymouth

Plymouth councillor Neil Hendy

tweets: Great Q & A session with @Ed_Miliband in #plymouth, very positive answers to the public, What a genuine man too!

Ed Miliband and Neil Hendy. Pic: Neil Hendy/Twitter
Neil Hendy/Twitter

A30 Temple plans

Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that plans to dual the A30 between Temple to Higher Carblake on Bodmin Moor have been given government approval.

Cornwall Council

The £59m works are expected to take 19 months to complete, with two lanes open in each direction for summer 2016.

Paperweight fire

Cornwall Fire & Rescue has warned people to be careful with objects that can reflect the sun, after window blinds in Looe were

set on fire by a glass paperweight.

Looe Community Station Manager John Bowden told

BBC Radio Cornwall: "We've had similar situations with mirrors which have stood in windows which have set fire to curtains.

"This property was south facing so with the nice weather we had yesterday it was taking the sun on this particular window for about three or four hours."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Minister for Tourism Helen Grant has denied the government is damaging Cornish tourism by spending £10m on promoting tourism in the north.


On a visit to the Tate St Ives, Helen Grant said: "The Northern Tourism Fund is very much seen as a pilot - if it works well there, then it may well be spread elsewhere."

Ferry update

It's been confirmed that ferry passengers rescued by police in northern Spain had sailed from Portsmouth, not Plymouth.

Heavy snow had trapped them in their cars for up to seventeen hours.

Woman injured in 22ft fall

A woman has been taken to hospital after falling about 22ft (6.7m) from a garden in Devon, the Devon and Somerset

Fire Service says.

She fell in South Ford Road, Dartmouth, which has buildings and gardens atop high walls. Her condition is not known.

Dawlish in time-lapse

On the first anniversary of the storms which wrecked the railway line at Dawlish, Network Rail has released

time lapse footage of the work carried out by its 'orange army'.

David Cameron

More than 300 staff worked day and night to fix the track after it was left dangling in mid-air when the supporting wall was washed away,

earning praise from the Prime Minister.

Paperweight peril

Fire crews have dealt with a fire in Looe -

caused by a paperweight.

Two crews were called to the house in Pendower Road where they believe the fire had started after a glass paperweight reflecting sunlight onto blinds.

Dawlish storm celebrations

Hamish Marshall from BBC Spotlight

tweets: Orange is THE colour in #dawlish today - one of a number of places doing special menu's one year on.


Spain rescue

Dozens of British tourists have been rescued by police in northern Spain - including many who'd arrived in Santander by ferry from Plymouth.

Heavy snow trapped them in their cars for up to seventeen hours.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man who built Truro Fencing Club into a centre of training excellence and appeared in early 'Star Wars' films

has died aged 67.


Richard Bonehill oversaw the development of

three Olympic athletes at the club and was also a stuntman who appeared in a variety of movies.

Dawlish memories

Sophie Pierce from BBC Radio Devon

tweets: ‏Putting the bunting out in Dawlish for commemorations to mark the anniversary of the Great Storm.