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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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

We'll be back with a full roundup of the day's news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Bude Stratton Community Hospital's inpatient ward has reopened to patients after being closed for more than a month over fire safety concerns.

BBC Radio Devon: A former pub landlord from Seaton, Raoul East, who violently attacked a man who'd kissed his wife, is jailed for four years for punching, kicking and stabbing the man.

Owl box appeal

There's been a fresh appeal for people to put up owl boxes to help boost numbers of the birds.


The Community Barn Owl Project says it's already had a good response to its campaign in the South West, but says more can still be done.

Recognise these men?

Police in Plymouth have released

CCTV pictures of two men they are trying to trace and question after a handbag was stolen from a city pub.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The black clutch-style bag was taken at about 01:30 in the Two Trees pub on Union Street on Sunday 1 February.

Thomas to turn around 'rudderless' Gulls

Torquay United advisor Kelvin Thomas says he is ready to turn around the "rudderless" club, the Western Morning News

has reported.

Thomas, who arrived at Plainmoor three weeks ago, has also not ruled out staying beyond the end of the season with the Gulls as he bids to get the club "going in the right direction".

Rower turns columnist

It looks like Olympic finalist and World Champion rower Annie Vernon is moving into a new media career,


That's right, Cornwall... @CornishGuardian

Annie Vernon

Crashes cause road problems

BBC Travel South West

On the A379 in Kenton - near the road for Powderham - we have reports of an accident.

And there's been another accident in Polbathic on the A374 near Sunnyside.

Bloomin' lovely

John Danks

BBC Spotlight

Budding magnolia at the National Trust property Lanhydrock House this morning, where I was filming the Valentine's Flower Count for BBC Spotlight.

Magnolias at Lanhydrock House
John Danks

See my report on BBC1 at 18:30.

Blood test results 'could suffer'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Health watchdogs say patients waiting for blood test results could suffer

if outsourcing the service goes ahead.

Bosses at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust want to "market test" its IT, pathology and sterilisation departments to save money; but West Cornwall Healthwatch said taking away the pathology department's work on blood and urine testing could cause delays.

A30 clear at Zelah

BBC Travel South West

An earlier accident on the A30 westbound at Zelah has now been cleared.

Fifty shades

The West Briton reports an author from Truro is hoping to capitalise on the publicity of the big screen adaptation of steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.

Tony Wyld with his book, Fifty, Grey with Shades. Pic: Tony Wyld
Tony Wyld

Tony Wyld's book - Fifty, Grey with Shades - is an anthology of poetry which was released at the end of last year.

Mainly cloudy

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

The dry weather and light winds will continue through the evening and overnight and it will remain cloudy for many, keeping temperatures above freezing. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow it'll be another mostly dry day with large amounts of cloud. Winds, light at first, will increase in the evening as some patchy light rain spreads in. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F)

School to partially reopen

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bodmin will reopen to some pupils tomorrow after being closed for nearly a week because of boiler problems.

The school says it will be open to nursery, reception and years 1, 2, 5 & 6 only. School meals will be provided.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council has defended the way the authority is handling 400 job losses and nearly 200 million pounds worth of savings - saying cuts are being kept to a minimum.

BBC Radio Devon: A former county cricketer who beat a man unconscious and stabbed him in the chest has been jailed for four years at Exeter Crown Court today.

A30 Zelah delays

BBC Travel South West

On the A30 westbound between the road for Shortlanesend and the Allet turn-off there is one lane closed because of an accident near the Nissan dealership at Marazanvose.

Derelict house 'upsetting' neighbours

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The seizure of a derelict house by Plymouth City Council was done because "clearly it is upsetting" neighbours, a councillor says.

Derelict house in Plymouth

Labour's Chris Penberthy said the council compulsory purchased the bungalow in Eggbuckland because the "need to do something about that is there". More on BBC Spotlight, BBC1, 18:30.

Council chief exec on the spot

via Facebook

A phone-in with Cornwall Council Chief Executive Andrew Kerr has sparked a flurry of comments on the

Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page.


Debbie Sea-Kay said: Put a cap on how many homes are allowed to be changed into holiday lets to stop small village communities turning into business parks in the summer months.

Emily Dodge asked: I would like to know how private companies can provide the same or better services for a lower cost than the council and still make a profit for their shareholders?

Bude hospital ward reopens

Bude Stratton Community Hospital's inpatient ward has reopened to patients after being closed for more than a month.

A routine fire safety inspection in January

highlighted problems with several of the systems in place. Peninsula Community Health said work carried out included repairing the plumbing and heating system, as well dealing with other faults.

Cricketer jailed for attacking friend

A former county cricketer has been jailed for four years after attacking a friend he saw kissing his wife.

Raoul East. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Raoul East, 38, of Seaton, Devon, originally from Birmingham, attacked Andrew Hines after he spied the pair on CCTV at The Vault pub, run by East, in January 2014. He admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Exeter Crown Court.

Traffic light hold up

BBC Travel South West

On the

A391 through Scredda near St Austell, temporary traffic lights and roadworks are causing long delays.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council says the Prime Minister was badly advised after suggesting the council has cash reserves of £200m.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon and Cornwall Police have set up a special unit to target criminals who steal online identities and use them to post abusive messages.

Another gorse fire

Firefighters from St Just have been called to another large gorse fire - this time in the Pendeen area -

Cornwall Fire Service says.

Crews are monitoring the fire and "allowing it burn to a natural break under their supervision", it added.

Last night two large gorse fires - thought to have been started deliberately - ravaged moorland on the Lizard and Goss Moor.

Hoegh Osaka in Falmouth

David George

BBC Spotlight

An underwater survey will be carried out tomorrow on the stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka, which has arrived in Falmouth for extensive repairs.

Hoegh Osaka

The 51,000 tonne vessel was carrying 1400 vehicles when she began to list in the Solent and was run aground 3 January - her £60 million cargo, which included Jaguars, Rangerovers and JCB diggers, was unloaded in Southampton.

Cricket Club theft

Wadebridge Cricket Club

tweets: Please help! The cricket club was broken into last night just before 7pm, with some items stolen & considerable damage caused.

If anyone knows or hears anything regarding this please report it to the club or police. Other local clubs please be vigilant. Thank you.

Penlee lifeboats in action

BBC Radio Cornwall

It was an early start for the RNLI Penlee lifeboat volunteers, paged at 06:15 this morning to help a fisherman who had run aground on Mousehole Island.


The inshore boat rescued the man while the all weather boat towed the fishing boat into Newlyn harbour.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The chief executive of Cornwall Council defends the way the authority is handling financial pressure as 400 people face losing their jobs. Andrew Kerr says cuts are being kept to a minimum.

BBC Radio Devon: A former county cricketer has been jailed for four years for a savage attack on man at a pub in East Devon.

Newton Abbot accident

BBC Travel South West

In Newton Abbot

the A381 Torquay Road between the town centre and the Penn Inn roundabout is partially blocked following an accident.

Fires damage moorland

More than sixty acres of Cornish moorland have been ravaged by two separate fires - thought to have been started deliberately.

Gorse fire at Goss Moor
Robin Cornelius

Firefighters managed to protect properties from the flames on the Goss Moor and Lizard last night and a police investigation is now underway.

Tideford delays

BBC Travel South West

On the A38 in Tideford there is slow moving traffic between Kilna Lane and Trerulefoot Roundabout.

Emergency repairs are being carried out on the road.

£400 stolen from mine charity box

Thieves have stolen about £400 from an old sea mine which has been turned into a charity box, the

Western Morning News reports.

The thieves loosened 18 bolts on the top of the mine in Fowey, which is one of about 50 around the country collecting for the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society. The charity said the theft was a "real shame".

Charity Facebook page deleted

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A 10-year-old busker who raised £34,000 for charity is "devastated" after

her Facebook fundraising page was deleted because she is under-age.


Violinist Madison Glinski of St Ives, Cornwall lost hundreds of pictures and messages when the page was deleted.

Facebook said in a statement: "When an account with someone under 13 is reported to us, in accordance to our rules, we remove the account."

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's been a cloudy and dull day, but the cloud may break at times to give some brighter periods this afternoon. Winds will be mainly light from the southeast.


Tonight it's

remaining mainly cloudy and apart from a few spots of light drizzle over high ground, mostly dry. Winds will be light or moderate from the east or southeast. Min Temp: 2C (36F)

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council Andrew Kerr defends the way the authority has handled budget cuts.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth City Council seizes a derelict bungalow in Eggbuckland after years of complaints.

Flowers for Valentine's Day

National Trust gardeners are counting blooms in the annual Valentine's Day Flower count across its gardens in the South West.


The flower count has been conducted in

National Trust gardens in Devon and Cornwall each February since 2006 to provide an annual snapshot of the heralding of spring.

Hospital services: your comments

via Facebook

The potential outsourcing of IT, pathology and equipment sterilisation services at Cornwall's acute hospitals has sparked a lot of comments today.

Bob Hayes commented on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page: I am absolutely fuming listening to this gobbledegook smokescreen of waffle to disguise the dogmatic and idiotic pursuit of yet more privatisation of services.

Philip Donald Lowndes-Castle has

messaged Laurence Reed to say: The NHS organisation is just not fit for purpose. The NHS is the largest UK employer and should have the same buying power; the same strive for excellence, the same efficiency of equivalent private organisations.

Hospital services reassurance

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says quality remains its top priority as it prepares to investigate the possible outsourcing of IT, pathology and equipment sterilisation services.


The Trust's Nurse Executive Andrew McCullum said: "It's not privatisation like the 1980s where they sold off parts of the public sector and public utilities to shareholders, the Trust Board at the Royal Cornwall Hospital remains fully accountable and has a full oversight of these services, regardless who they're delivered by."

Road problems north Devon

BBC Travel South West

Near Acre Road Horns Cross on the A39 in north Devon,

the road is blocked in both directions after an accident involving two cars and recovery work. Slow traffic is reported near the Acre Road junction.

Island solar plan


plans to install solar panels on Burgh Island would only have a "minor impact" on its environment say planning officers.

Burgh Island

There have been objections to the solar power scheme by the

Burgh Island Hotel, with many saying they would be out of character and ruin views of the island.

Councillors will make a final decision next week.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A member of staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says plans to outsource more services amount to "dismantling the NHS".

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth City Council has taken legal action to buy an empty home after years of complaints from neighbours.

What is art?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

From 13:00 I'll be asking: does Devon need more modern art?

Councillors in North Devon claim Damien Hirst's 66ft tall bronze statue of a pregnant woman has bought in thousands of extra visitors and lowered unemployment.

But is 'Verity' really art? Get in touch: 0345 301 1034