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  1. Updates on Monday 9 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

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

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Two elderly people had to be rescued by firefighters and treated by paramedics after a house fire in Newlyn this morning.

BBC Radio Devon: Police in Torbay are still searching for missing 16-year-old Toni Bellamy from Paington who's been missing since the early hours of yesterday morning.

Plymouth Raiders success

Plymouth Raiders will face Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Trophy semi-finals after

beating Surrey United on Saturday.

British Basketball League

Great Britain internationals Gareth Murray and Ben Mockford combined for 34 points as Raiders beat United 86-77. Leicester Riders and one of Sheffield Sharks and London Lions also await in the final four.

Saintly sculptor?

Harry Hems was a world-class Victorian sculptor whose work can be found in churches across the South West.

Rood screen by Harry Hems

BBC Inside Out South West takes a wander around Devon to explore the history of the crafty craftsman on BBC One at 19:30.

Dementia walks

Johnny Rutherford

BBC Spotlight

People with dementia in Cornwall are being urged to get involved in a new project designed to prevent the loneliness and isolation that often follows diagnosis.

Dementia walks

A series of walks are being offered by the

Sensory Trust's Creative Spaces Project, aimed at people in rural areas.

Osama mask wearer "unfairly sacked"


North Devon Journal reports that a dairy worker, sacked after he put on a rubber Osama bin Laden facemask at work and took a 'selfie', was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled.

Robert Mazur put the image on his Facebook profile - but it also partly showed the logo of his employers.

Cornwall's new Blood Bike service

BBC Radio Cornwall's

Debbie McCrory has been talking to Marc Holroyd, who's one of the volunteers with the new
Cornwall Blood Bikes service.

blood bike

The group is part of

the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes with volunteers supporting the NHS with their spare time and their horsepower.

Marc says: "We're carrying cancer products for people, tissue, blood samples, controlled drugs, all over the county."

O'Connor ponders Pilgrims future

Anthony O'Connor says he

will decide on his future after seeing where Plymouth Argyle end the current season.

Getty Images


moved from Blackburn on a permanent deal on transfer deadline day, having been on loan at Home Park for most of the season. He is an Ireland Under-21 international and has played 30 times for Argyle.

A39 delays

BBC Travel South West

At Playing Place on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth we have reports that a coach has broken down.

Please approach with care.

Warmer tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

This evening and tonight it will start clear and fine with a frost developing then clouding over with some mist and fog patches. Minimum Temperature: -1 Deg C (30 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow will remain rather cloudy and misty at first but mostly dry. Then brighter spells are possible in the afternoon with some hazy sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision near St Austell at the weekend which left a young driver with serious head injuries.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon and Cornwall Police have defended a cut in dedicated traffic officers, and has challenged Home Office figures picked up by the RAC which showed it lost 75% of its traffic officers between 2010 and 2014.

Stricken ship heads for Falmouth

A cargo ship that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days is now

on its way to Falmouth.

A piece of machinery is seen through rear door of the Hoegh Osaka cargo ship
Ben stansall/ getty images

The Hoegh Osaka, which had been listing at roughly 50 degrees, was run aground after developing problems on January 3.

It was carrying more than £60m worth of Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai and Mini cars, as well as JCB vehicles.

A373 blockage

BBC Travel South West

In Honiton, the A373 is partially blocked between

Winneford Lane and Northcote Lane due to a broken down lorry.

Reaction to school cash

The senior Cornwall Councillor with responsibility for education says while he's delighted schools in Helston, Newquay and Penzance have attracted government funding, he's disappointed others have missed out.

Cllr Andrew Wallis said: "The four other schools that haven't received any money really do need the money as they were a priority for rebuilds and refurbishment so it's disappointing that not all the bids were successful but we've got to work towards getting the rebuilds for these schools."

A30 coach

BBC Travel South West

On the

A30 heading west at Marazanvose a coach has broken down just before the Nissan garage.

It's on a bend so please take extra care in the area.

Torquay advisor 'to stay on'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas will

continue in his advisory role at Torquay United until the end of the current season.

Brent Pilnick


was brought in last month to conduct a review of the club, but has previously said that he has no plans to take over Torquay himself.

'Meteor' caught on camera

A meteor streaking though the night sky above the English Channel has been captured on camera, says the

Daily Mail.

The fireball, which was filmed off the coast of Dawlish by a webcam, appears to burn up in the sky before disappearing.

Stuck fast in Buckfastleigh

A driver is still in hospital after his

car became wedged between a house and a wall in Buckfastleigh.

Car trapped between house and wall
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

It's unclear what caused the bizarre collision at Hamlyns Way on Sunday.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: People in Cornwall living close to the coast have higher vitamin D levels than those living inland, according to a new study by the University of Exeter.

BBC Radio Devon: The Plymouth Treatment Centre hospital - threatened with closure at the end of last year - will stay open after after a campaign by patients.

League Two round up

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says

the decision not to give a foul on Grecians winger David Wheeler late in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bury was "shocking".

There were happier faces at Home Park on Saturday as

Plymouth Argyle beat Accrington Stanley 1-0.

Paralysed man misses twins' birth

A father who missed the birth of his twin baby girls after being paralysed in a freak cycling accident has spoken of the pain of being forced to live alone, says the

Plymouth Herald.

William Jones with daughters Elizabeth and Alodie and wife Kate
Plymouth Herald

William Jones, from Plympton, broke his back in a cycling accident last year and is now forced to live away from his wife and children as there are no suitable homes for them to live together as a family.

Helston crash cleared

BBC Travel South West

In Helston, Gay's Hill is now clear after the earlier accident near the airfield.

University thanks public

A spokesman for Plymouth University says they'd like to thank everyone involved in the earlier evacuation of its Davy building for their cooperation.

Several neighbouring buildings were also evacuated as a precaution the University says it will be working with the fire service to establish what triggered the alarm in the first place.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: Film director James Marsh from Truro has won the BAFTA for 'Outstanding British Film' for 'The Theory of Everything' - a portrayal of the life of Professor Stephen Hawking.

BBC Radio Devon: Police are asking for witnesses to a serious crash on Haldon Hill, which has left a man in a critical condition and closed part of the A38 for five hours yesterday morning.

St Austell ready for Vase challenge

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The manager of

AFC St Austell has told me they fear no-one in the FA Vase, after been drawn at home against Ascot United.

On Saturday

the Lilywhites beat Stanway Rovers 2-0 in a tense game which saw three red cards.

Phil Lafferty said it was "brilliant" to represent Cornwall in the competition, adding: "It's massive, there were about a thousand spectators or thereabouts on Saturday at Poltair Park."

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll be a dry afternoon, but although there will be some patchy cloud at times, many places will have some hazy spells of sunshine. Light or moderate northwesterly winds will veer to the north or northeast.

weather pm

Tonight some areas are

likely to become cloudy overnight, but where clear spells do persist then a patchy frost and some mist or fog patches may develop.

Bus smash damage

Truro Police

tweets: Attended an RTC in Cubert this morning. A van has driven at speed around a bend, swerved to avoid the bus but smashed the windows on the side of the bus, causing glass and debris to hit an elderly passenger on the bus.

Truro Police

Luckily no one was hurt. Please adapt your speed to the weather conditions and location.

University evacuation over

Students have been allowed to return to Plymouth University's Davey building after it was evacuated earlier when fumes set off a fire alarm.

Five fire crews were involved in the incident but nobody's been hurt.

Via Twitter


tweets: We think this tree has been around 252 years.


The Ash was felled earlier after dying because of old age and an infestation of bracket fungus.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council's welcomed new government cash for repairing crumbling school buildings, but says it doesn't go far enough

BBC Radio Devon: Five fire crews have been called to Plymouth University's Davey building this lunchtime after fumes were reported to be coming from a cupboard.

Lamb recovery

What's believed to be Europe's first sale of spring lambs took place this morning in Exeter.


Farmers say the market is more buoyant than this time last year with each animal fetching up to a hundred pounds.

Mary Tavy accident appeal

Devon & Cornwall Police are

seeking possible witnesses to a serious road crash near Mary Tavy on Saturday.

Two people remain in hospital after the four car accident at noon on the A386.

Blue skies above

BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield

tweets: #Truro cathedral bathed in sunshine - why would you want to fly off somewhere else? #notleavingonajetplane


Helston accident

In Helston on the A394 there are reports of an accident on Gay's Hill between the Community hospital and the town centre.

Uni building evacuated

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says the Davey building at Plymouth University has been evacuated after fumes were seen coming out of a cupboard in a laboratory on the 5th floor.

Five fire crews are on site to assess which chemicals may be involved but there are no reports of any injuries.

Gulls wait to know semi foes

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay's season is "still alive" after their

FA Trophy win over FC United of Manchester says boss Chris Hargreaves.

Getty Images

Ryan Bowman's 81st minute goal took the Gulls through to the semi-finals where they will face FC Halifax Town or Wrexham over two legs.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious car crash near St Austell which has left a male driver with serious head injuries.

BBC Radio Devon: Seven Devon schools have failed to make it onto the shortlist for new government cash, one head says her school has been waiting for decades for a brand new building

Have your say

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

From 13:00, I'll be asking if we should be giving parents advice on how to bring up their children?

Bus drivers in Exeter have been told they can stop their buses until parents get their children under control, after complaints that some are "running riot", but what do you think about today's parenting? Call me on 0345 3011034.

Devon lucky escape

Firefighters from Buckfastleigh have revealed on

Facebook how a man was saved from serious injury by his seatbelt after crashing his car into a narrow gully.

Car trapped in gully
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Two crews were called to Hamlyns Way yesterday and worked with paramedics and the police to release the man.

Clegg in Helston

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Wallis

tweets: DPM speaks to students at Helston College on the great news for the college's rebuild.

Andrew Wallis