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  1. Updates for Monday 16 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Claire Hawke and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back on Tuesday 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: Cornish MP urges rail company FGW to improve its service.

BBC Radio Devon: John Harvey has formally stepped down as Exeter's City Centre Manager after the County Council withdrew its funding of £20,000 a year.

Yellow wellies farm safety campaign

Farm safety campaigners are hoping

a social media campaign can reduce the death toll on farms in the South West and across the UK.

NFU Mutual

The Farm Safety Foundation's "Yellow Wellies" campaign urges young farmers to make a pledge to take care in the farmyard - to promote the initiative, the Wurzels have recorded a new version of their classic "Combine Harvester". You can

watch the video here.

MP on rail company performance

BBC Radio Cornwall

The St Ives MP Andrew George has warned First Great Western it needs to improve its performance following a

critical consumer report.

The rail company says its most recent passenger satisfaction rating stood at 81% but Andrew George said investment in faster journey times should not be the company's only goal, adding: "I'd far rather see that investment go into comfort, reliability, space for the passenger and competitive ticket pricing."

Lugger opportunity


Western Morning News is reporting the Cornish oar-maker, rowing club champion and historian Leon Pezzack is offering a "practical youngster with a passion for maritime heritage" the unique opportunity to restore a traditional lugger.

Phil Monckton

The 18ft wooden vessel 'CHJ' was acquired by Leon for just £100 from a couple who had been keeping her in Penzance Dock.

Exeter boss steps down

John Harvey has formally stepped down as Exeter's City Centre Manager after the County Council withdrew funding of £20,000 a year.

The role is likely to replaced by a new body - the Business Improvement District - which would be funded by the private sector.

Exeter City Council

has tweeted: Exeter Council staff say a fond farewell to @Mr_John_Harvey_

Exeter City Council

Tamar ferry delays

BBC Travel South West

The Tamar Bridge & Torpoint Ferry

has tweeted: Ferry: Due earlier reduced service this is now affecting home time traffic Devonport up to 30 min delay. Torpoint clear.

Heligan now

BBC Spotlight

This was the same scene today at the

the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

garden 2

We'll be talking to Tim Smit and some of the other people involved 25 years ago on tonight's programme at 18:30.

Heligan then

BBC Spotlight

This was the scene that greeted the team 25 years ago as they hacked their way through the scrub that had smothered

the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

garden 1
Lost gardens of Heligan

The 200 acre site near Mevagissey had been allowed to drift into ruin after the First World War.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western says 81% of passengers 'satisfied' despite
service criticism.

BBC Radio Devon: Exeter City Centre Manager steps down after council budget cuts.

Praise for online court concept

BBC Radio Devon

An Exeter University law expert is supporting

the creation of an online court system in England to resolve minor civil disputes.

Professor Sue Prince has been working on a report for the

Civil Justice Council which concludes a dedicated state-run 'Online Court' should be piloted as soon as possible.

Fancy visiting 'Luan Cang angle'?

That's Mandarin Chinese for "Land's End" in Cornwall. Visit England has been collecting Chinese names for 101 tourist attractions, events and foods, as part of

a campaign to attract more Chinese visitors.

lands end

A Cornish pasty is named "Kexin pie" - the Minack Theatre has been dubbed "Atlantic cliff garden".

Heligan rediscovery remembered

BBC Spotlight

Staff and volunteers at Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan are celebrating the 25th anniversary of its re-discovery.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Back in late 1990 Tim Smit and the late John Nelson cut their way into the mass of brambles and fallen trees which had covered the 200 acre site near Mevagissey - see what it looks like today

on BBC Spotlight tonight.

Housing boss hospice efforts

David Renwick is the Chief Executive of the Ocean Housing Group in St Austell - but today he's being hailed for his fundraising efforts for Cornwall Hospice Care.

Cornish Hospice Care

David's hiking exploits has raised nearly £20,000 over the last few years - today he is being featured on Twitter as part of

their #HospiceStories project.

Wurzels back farm safety

Legendary West Country performers The Wurzels have recorded a new version of their 1974 classic "I've got a Brand New Combine Harvester" to promote farm safety.

NFU Mutual

Farming remains the UK's most dangerous occupation with 27 people dying in farm accidents in the year to April 2014 - it's hoped

the Yellow Wellies safety initiative can reduce that figure.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall: Penzance police hunt Jerry the Birman cat thief.

BBC Radio Devon: Exeter legal expert working on online court project for civil cases.

Where have you been, Malcolm?

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon tabby cat

has been reunited with his owner after going missing for eight years.

Susan MacDonald

Malcolm disappeared from his home in Rockbeare near Exeter in 2007. Now he's been reunited with owner Susan MacDonald after he was found about 20 miles away and a vet scanned his microchip.

Plymouth councillor welcomes roads cash

There's delight in Plymouth at the news £12.26m has been secured for

the Derriford Transport Scheme.

City councillor Mark Coker, cabinet member for Transport, said pressure was growing on the A386 corridor, adding: "These three schemes will help to keep traffic moving as our city grows, improve bus journey times and reliability and provide better walking and cycling facilities along this key route."

Jerry the tom 'cat-napped'

Devon & Cornwall Police have

tweeted: Cat theft from Penzance hotel. Can you help locate Jerry the 12-year-old Burman cat?

Read more here or
watch the CCTV footage here.

Devon vicar banned

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon vicar who

admitted assaulting his wife and drinking and driving has been banned for the road and ordered to carry out community service.

Torquil MacLeod

The Reverend David Davies had assaulted his wife by grabbing her hair and pulling her to the ground, Torquay Magistrates heard, and was two and a half times over the drink drive limit when arrested.

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's mostly dry as the cloud breaks up to give some spells of sunshine along with a few isolated showers across Devon & Cornwall.

pm weather


any showers will die out to become dry and also mostly clear - it will become cold enough for a widespread frost to develop.

Devon 'hit & run' appeal


Torquay Herald Express says police have
issued an appeal to the public to help trace arsonists who torched a car in remote woodland after it was involved in a hit-and-run in Devon on Friday afternoon.

Torquay Herald Express

The car, a yellow Ford Escort, was found completely burnt out on a woodland lane, hemmed in by fields, north of Sidmouth.

HRH opens new ambulance centre

BBC Spotlight

HRH The Princess Royal opened a new ambulance centre in Exeter today.


Her Royal Highness was given a tour of specialist vehicles used by a hazardous response team and she met paramedics who work in the most difficult and challenging situations.

See the full reports in

BBC Spotlight tonight.

Cash for Plymouth roads

Plymouth City Council has secured more than £12 million in funding for transport improvements in the north of the city.

Plymouth City Council


Derriford Transport Scheme includes a major upgrade to Derriford Roundabout and provide additional traffic lanes, new bus lanes and improved traffic signals, as well as improvements to the William Prance Road junction.

Singing mascot in studio

BBC Spotlight

tweets: Special guest tonight is six-year-old Harry Westlake! He belted out the National Anthem at Twickenham on Saturday. He was team mascot.

Getty Images

Devon vicar banned

BBC Spotlight's John Ayres

tweets: Cockington Vicar Rev David Davies sentenced to 120 hours community service and banned from driving for 2 years for assault and drink driving.

More at 18:30

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall: A patients' group on the Roseland has raised £18,000 to buy 15 defibrillators for local area.

BBC Radio Devon: Mystery as
Malcolm the missing moggie returns to owner after eight years.

Nowell attitude praised

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has

praised the attitude of England winger Jack Nowell following their 46-17 win over Newcastle in the Premiership.

Getty Images

Cornishman Nowell has failed to make either of England's match day squads in this year's Six Nations but scored a try as

the Chiefs won to stay in fifth place in the Premiership.

Ottery police appeal

Devon & Cornwall Police have

tweeted: Did you witness a collision involving a yellow Ford Fiesta on Friday 13 February? If so we would like to hear from you.

You can

read more here.

Ponsanooth clear

BBC Travel South West

The A393 has reopened at Ponsanooth following an earlier accident near the junction with the A39.

Argyle boss dismisses Barnsley link

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has

played down speculation linking him to the vacant manager's job at Barnsley.

Getty Images

The Tykes, who are 19th in League One, sacked Danny Wilson last week and Sheridan is among the favourites with some bookmakers to fill the role.

Royal visit to Exeter ambulance centre

A new Ambulance Special Operations Centre in Exeter has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal today.


The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

tweets: Our Director of Operations @NeilLeChevalier now makes a short speech.

Ponsanooth problems

BBC Travel South West

There's an accident in Cornwall - the

A393 in Ponsanooth is partially blocked near the A39 junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Cornwall: One Cornish e-cigarette seller defends the devices after criticism from health campaigners.

BBC Radio Devon: Grants of £12.26m for road improvements in the north of Plymouth.

Great day out or rip-off?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'll be asking: how much is too much to pay for a good day out in Devon?

A BBC poll has found some of Devon's tourist attractions have put up their prices by EIGHT times the rate of inflation.

Call me on: 0345 301 1034 and be sure to

tune in from 13:00.

Double rainbow!

Sharon and Ted captured this photo of River rainbows over the Tamar from their home in Saltash on Friday.

Sharon & Ted

They shared the snap via the

BBC Spotlight Facebook page.

Rising tourism ticket prices

BBC Spotlight

A BBC survey suggests admission prices at south west tourist attractions are rising much faster than the rate of inflation.

BBC Spotlight researchers spoke to fifteen local sites and discovered an average price increases of 4.3% compared with the current inflation level of 0.5%.


Dick Wood from the South Devon Steam Railway at Buckfastleigh said they had decided to give staff yearly contracts rather than seasonal ones, adding: "We run trains 262 days of the year so there's a hundred days of the year when we don't have income from trains but we have year-round costs."

FGW admit problems

BBC Radio Devon

The rail company First Great Western has been

named as one of the worst rail operators for delays in a new customer survey.


Dan Panes from

First Great Western admitted there had problems with delays and overcrowding, adding: "Some of the things we're doing for that is converting First Class carriages into Standard Class carriages, that's about to create an extra 3,000 seats every day in the morning peak."

Truro riding high

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Truro City are still

looking to add to their squad after beating Banbury United 2-1 this weekend.

Truro City FC

City are now a point off second-placed Weymouth in the Southern Premier League and host top-of-the-table Poole Town next week.