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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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

We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a full round-up of news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A 51,000 tonne ship which was run aground in the Solent is on its way to Falmouth for repairs.

BBC Radio Devon: A Conservative MP is calling on her Government to do more for rural parts of Devon, telling the Commons her constituency gets less Whitehall cash per head than urban areas.

Costly restoration

Plymouth's Civic Centre has been sold to developers Urban Splash, but it would have

cost the authority around £30m to restore it had they kept it, councillor Mark Lowry, member for finance and assets, has said.

The Queen opening the Civic Centre

The former council building, which was opened by The Queen in 1962 has been sold for an undisclosed amount.

'Sustainable' fish on the menu

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online


National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth has defended serving fish in its restaurant after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the attraction to take them off the menu.

Fish caught by a Cornish fisherman
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Dr David Gibson said all fish and seafood served were "ethically sourced" and "we aim to educate consumers on how best to source and eat them responsibly".

Roman diets and diseases

BBC Radio Devon

Archaeologists hope the

discovery of 15 skeletons at a major Roman cemetery near Exeter will allow them to find out about their diets, what diseases they had and how old they were when they died.

Jim Wileman

Expert Danielle Wootton hopes further analysis will also reveal whether they were from Devon or from the wider Roman Empire.

Health boss to retire

The Chair of

NHS Kernow - the group of GPs which decides how the majority of the health service budget in Cornwall is spent - has announced he plans to step down in the next few months.

Dr Colin Philp has been at the helm of the organisation since it took over from the PCT two years ago.

Weather latest

Tonight it will stay mostly cloudy, preventing temperatures dropping below freezing, however where the cloud does break some mist and fog patches may form once again. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F)

Weather graphic

Tomorrow it will be a cloudy day, but most places should remain dry. However a few spots of drizzle are possible at times, most likely over higher ground such as Exmoor and Dartmoor. Winds will remain light and temperatures will be around normal for the time of year. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)

A30 incident

BBC Travel South West

There are warnings of delays on the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

A paramedic is controlling the traffic because of reports an ambulance is blocking one of the lanes.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A cargo ship that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days has left Southampton to undergo repairs in Falmouth.

BBC Radio Devon: South Hams Council has put back a decision on where to build thousands of new homes by a year.

Mobility scooter crackdown


Western Morning News reports that Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, wants compulsory training to be given to people using mobility scooters.

Woman on a mobility scooter
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The paper says figures published in Parliament show that at least five mobility scooter drivers were killed in 2013 with a further 17 suffering serious injuries and another 102 slight injuries.

Award for surfing couple

BBC Radio Devon

The Prime Minister has praised Helen and Joel Blackman from North Devon who volunteer hundreds of hours each year to help eight to 19 year olds tackle emotional problems such as bereavement.

Surfer and camper van
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The couple volunteer with the

Wave Project and provide surfing sessions for young people and are the latest recipients of the government's
Point of Light award.

School closed again

BBC Radio Cornwall

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bodmin will be closed again tomorrow due to a major boiler problem.

Civic Centre 'challenge'

Developer, Urban Splash, which has purchased Plymouth's Civic Centre says it is "excited about the challenge" of transforming the listed building which used to be the city's council offices.

Royal William Yard

Director Nathan Cornish said the building "had its fans and its detractors". The company helped transform the city's Royal William Yard from a disused Naval supplies base to a residential area with several big named restaurants.

Aquarium fish menu debate

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth has been asked to stop serving fish in its restaurant by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth

The charity has written to the attraction saying a facility that is supposed to promote respect for sea life does not need to put them on the menu. The aquarium is yet to comment.

Advice on Safer Internet Day

The Police in Torbay have

launched a new website offering information and advice to parents, young people and professionals today.

Devon and Cornwall Police

It's part of

Safer Internet Day - Inspector Louise Costin from
Devon & Cornwall Police said: "The opportunities the internet gives are endless, but like the physical environment, the online environment has risks."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Britain is being urged to put more pressure on the European Union to ensure more than £500m earmarked for Cornwall is handed over.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth's Civic Centre is sold for an undisclosed amount, but the developer Urban Splash refuses to rule out turning the building into a hotel or flats.

Laira Bridge work

Keith Game has shared this photo of the refurbishment of an old railway bridge in Plymouth into a new cycling and walking route on the

BBC Spotlight Facebook page.

Keith Game

Plymouth City Council says three of the six spans on the Laira Rail Bridge over the River Plym have now been gritblasted, repaired and painted - new decking and handrails have also been installed ahead of the bridge's completion.

Split cricket captaincy

Devon have

split the captaincy of their county cricket side between the one and three-day teams.

Devon cricket
Devon CCC

Opening Batsman Rob Woodman will lead Devon in their one-day Unicorns Trophy campaign, while Torquay wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Thompson will skipper the three-day Minor Counties Championship side.

Civic centre plans

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

New civic centre owners Urban Splash say they're planning offices for the upper floors and "active ground floor use" for Plymouth's Civic Centre, after buying it for an undisclosed sum.

The company also refused to rule out turning the building into a hotel or flats in the future.

Overturned car

BBC Travel South West

In Ide at

Tedburn Road, the junction with Bakers Hill is partially blocked due to an overturned car.

Sign of spring?

BBC Spotlight

Weather presenter Bee Tucker has spotted the first snowdrops in the BBC garden.

Bee with the first snowdrop at the BBC

We would love to see your pictures -

do get in touch.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A cargo ship that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days is set to leave Southampton to undergo repairs in Falmouth.

BBC Radio Devon: The company that's bought Plymouth's Civic Centre says it's unable to reveal any firm plans for the building - but isn't ruling out apartments or a hotel.

No huffing and puffing please

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Would you buy a house made of straw? We've been talking to

Igloo Regeneration who are behind a new housing scheme at Pool.


This is an artist's impression of the development

planned at Heartlands some of which will be built using straw - it's claimed they are cheaper to buy and could save home owners up to 90% on their fuel bills.


Thanks to Richard Green for sharing this fabulous photo taken on Bigbury Beach.

Richard Green

If you've got some pictures you'd like to share you can post them on

Facebook or
email us.

Caravan death 'unexplained'

The death of a man, whose body was found in a caravan in South Devon, is being treated as unexplained, police have said.

The 69-year-old man is thought

to have died several weeks ago and a 42-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of concealing the death.

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

If you're lucky you'll be enjoying some spells of hazy sunshine this afternoon, the best of which will be towards the north coast and the far west.


Tonight most places will be cloudy, where breaks in the cloud do develop then this too will lead to

some patches of mist or fog as well as a patchy frost.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Britain is being urged to put more pressure on the European Union to ensure money earmarked for Cornwall is handed over.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth's Civic Centre has been sold to developers Urban Splash for an undisclosed figure.

Cemetery "best preserved"

The site of an archaeological dig in Devon has been described as the best preserved Roman cemetery in the county.

Skeleton archaeology dig
Jim Wileman

Fifteen skeletons and two Roman roads have been uncovered near Ipplepen by a team from the University of Exeter.

Civic centre revamp

Within the last few minutes it's just been announced the Civic Centre in Plymouth is being sold to a developer.

Plymouth Civic Centre

The 15 storey building, opened by the Queen in 1962 was formerly the city's council offices, but will now be part of a regeneration project.

Fawlty Towers inspiration closes


Western Morning News reports that the world-famous hotel that inspired the classic comedy Fawlty Towers has been forced to close.

But the future of the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay remains uncertain after councillors rejected a plan to convert it into a retirement home.

The owners, Ocean Hotels group, are adamant the Gleneagles will reopen in the spring.

EA reject flood failing fears

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

People in Cornwall & Devon have been reassured that the region's flood defences are well maintained, after

documents seen by the BBC showed that almost one hundred have failed inspections.


Damaged weirs, sea defences, culverts and drainage channels were some of the issues uncovered but Steve Douglas from the

Environment Agency said some problems were very minor, adding: "I would liken it to if you own a vehicle it would be a light bulb in the vehicle has broken or a cracked wing mirror."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A former care home worker has appeared in court in Truro to face murder and arson charges.

BBC Radio Devon: A woman is being questioned by police in Devon after the body of a pensioner was found in a Paignton caravan.

Gulls wait for Trophy opponents

Torquay United will find out tonight who they will play in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

Getty Images


the Gulls' tight win over FC United of Manchester on Saturday, the Devon side was drawn against either FC Halifax or Wrexham, who
play tonight.

Body in caravan

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of concealing a man's dead body in a caravan in South Devon for several weeks says the

Plymouth Herald.

Police were called to Paignton after concern was raised for the welfare of the occupant and following a search inside the caravan, a 69-year-old man was found dead.

Is fat good or bad?

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Is it now OK to eat butter and cheese to our heart's content?

Research has suggested that

previous advice about fat was wrong, so I'll be quizzing a nutritionist from Plymouth University and local cheese & butter maker Mary Quicke.

If you'd like to get involved call me from 13:00 on 0345 3011034.

Exmouth badminton nomination

Exmouth badminton player

Ben Lane has been nominated for 'European Young Player of the Year'.


The 17 year old, who's the European doubles champion, reached the final of the men's doubles and mixed doubles at last week's

English Championships.

Vets worried about cat shootings

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

On the phone-in this lunchtime I'll be talking to the British Veterinary Association about their survey showing four in 10 vets have seen cats with airgun injuries in the last year, with many of the animals seriously injured or even killed.

Hayle Veterinary Surgery

The BVA is demanding tougher penalties for people who shoot at cats and other pets - the x-ray shows 'Target', a cat who survived despite being
peppered with 40 shotgun pellets in Hayle.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A woman accused of murdering an elderly woman at a care home in Truro in 2008 has been remanded in custody for trial at Exeter Crown Court.

BBC Radio Devon: The South West economy would grow by more than £130m if more affordable housing was built in the region, according to the National Housing Federation.

Stricken ship heads to Falmouth

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

about to leave Southampton bound for Falmouth.

Door opens on Hoegh Osaka
Ben Stansall/ Getty IMages

The Hoegh Osaka will sail to Falmouth under its own power for repair work which is expected to take 2-3 weeks.