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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Goodnight

That's all from us here on the Local Live Devon & Cornwall desk for today.

We'll be back on Wednesday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Surgery is almost at a standstill at the Royal Cornwall Hospital because of a beds crisis. The public's being asked to stay away from A&E unless absolutely essential.

BBC Radio Devon: The Commanding Officer of Devonport's HMS Argyll says a surveillance operation to monitor a Russian frigate in the English channel was "cordial".

Another dry night

Staying dry and largely clear overnight which will allow a frost to form, away from the South Coast. Minimum Temperature: -2 Deg C (28 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be another dry day but cloudier with some sunny intervals and temperatures should be a little higher. Southwesterly winds will freshen a little in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

'Neglected' paths

"Starved of funds, neglected and downgraded" that's how

Ramblers say they view Cornish rights of way.

St Clether overgrown footpath
Cornwall Ramblers

It's now launched a campaign called Cash For Cornish Paths to try to get landowners to remove obstacles for walkers.

Night road closure Exeter

Exeter Airport has

tweets: Night road closures and one way traffic: Approach road closed both ways from 9pm.

You can

read more here - the road reopens at 05:00, the night-time roadworks will last all week.

Getting fruity in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish fruit producers want to encourage more local people to eat local produce and grow their own fruit.

food
BBC

The best of local fruit was on display at the 6th annual Cornwall Fruit Focus meeting at Duchy College in Stoke Climsland yesterday.

Help for 999 police call handlers

BBC Radio Devon

Senior officers at Devon & Cornwall Police say they're the first Force in the South West to introduce special training for call handlers to deal with suicidal calls.

There's been an increase in calls from distraught people threatening to harm themselves - Supt. Glen Mayhew said: "Talking to someone over the phone who is threatening to harm themselves is extremely challenging and we want to prepare call handlers as much as we can and give them a model to work to."

Tide warning

St Agnes lifeboat

tweets: If you're going to the beach in #Cornwall this week, beware of fast moving incoming tides in the afternoon.

Nowell retained in England squad

BBC Sport

Exeter Chief winger Jack Nowell has been retained in England's training squad this week following the side's great start to the Six Nations.

nowell
Getty Images

Cornishman Nowell missed out on selection for the

Wales and
Italy games, but will stay with the squad as
the build up begins towards the Ireland match on 1 March.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Patients are being forced to wait on trolleys at the Royal Cornwall Hospital because of another bed blocking crisis

BBC Radio Devon: Police say they're still continuing a search for a missing man after a body was found on Goodrington Beach in Paignton.

Harbour improvements

A four month project to improve the stability of the cliffs at Ilfracombe Harbour gets underway this week.

Ilfracombe harbour
BBC

The stabilisation work is aimed at improving safety for those working in the harbour and improving views from the South West Coast Path.

Carkeel road closure

BBC Travel South West

The A388 near Saltash is closed due to an accident between Carkeel Roundabout and Stokerton Cross.

Police are urging drivers to avoid the area.

Hospital crisis debate

Facebook

News of a "significant incident" across Cornwall's health and social care system, caused by bed blocking has prompted a debate on

Facebook.

The RCHT is asking people to stay away from A&E unless absolutely necessary.

  • Lucy Brown comments: The whole system is in crisis management every day. Care is a secondary measure in order to cope, awful situation which could be avoided if community services are properly invested and maintained.
  • Lou Diamond: Not enough capacity to meet the demand!
  • Patricia Reed: Poltair should not have closed and numerous care homes have closed over the years and now Patients are suffering.
  • Sharon Long: Hope this includes all the drunks!

Attack on teenager

Police are

appealing for witnesses after a teenager was subjected to an unprovoked attack by a man and a woman on a bus in Plymouth.

The attack took place on Thursday morning when the 14 year old victim was was kicked in the ribs by the woman and subjected to verbal abuse, then threatened by the man she was with - both attackers are unknown to the victim.

'Hedge fund' to save Maze

The team at the National Trust's Glendurgan garden is

asking for the public's support to raise a £50,000 'hedge fund' to maintain the garden's iconic maze.

maze
©National Trust Images/John Millar

The maze beside the Helford River is more than 180 years old but the cherry laurel plants are in need of pruning and the footpaths need repair.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is urging people not to use A&E unless absolutely necessary as a 'black alert' is declared.

BBC Radio Devon: A rise in distraught people threatening to harm themselves has prompted Devon and Cornwall Police to run specialist training for some of its call handlers.

Via Twitter

Devon and Cornwall Police

tweets: Two men have died following a single vehicle collision at the A377 near Lapford, Crediton. Road remains closed for scene investigation work

Daley 'overwhelmed' by support

BBC Sport

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley says he

"couldn't be happier" with the positive support he's getting from the public since announcing he is in a relationship with a man.

tom daley
BBC

Daley, who's 19 and from Plymouth, revealed his relationship in an online video last month. Last year he

left his long-term base in Plymouth to train at the London Aquatics Centre.

Council 'acted correctly'

David George

BBC Spotlight

An independent report into Cornwall Council's handling of child protection concerns over one of its members has concluded the council did act in the interest of child safety.

The report says the issue was stressful for all concerned especially Alex Folkes the councillor concerned and says the issue was badly handled when it was first drawn to the attention of the council in 2010 and again in 2013.

Mr Folkes says the report "ignores many key issues and seeks to create scapegoats rather than deal with endemic problems at the authority."

Patients left on trolleys

BBC Radio Cornwall

Patients are being left waiting on trolleys at the Royal Cornwall Hospital for up to eight hours because of a 'black alert' or significant incident being declared.

Non-urgent operations are being cancelled and patients are being urged to avoid A&E unless they're in urgent need of care and attention.

The hospitals trust says alternative support and services are available by calling NHS 111.

Fresh dredging talks

BBC Spotlight

The new boss of the Marine Management Organisation has said he wants to engage in a 'constructive dialogue' with all parties involved in the controversial disposal of silt from Devonport Dockyard to Whitsand Bay.

campaign
BBC

John Tuckett said he'd met privately with some campaigners from the protest group "Stop Dumping in Whitsand Bay" and said the MMO would look at any proposals about alternative dumping sites.

The meeting follows a ruling that silt had been

'unlawfully dumped' off the Cornish coast.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has declared a 'black alert' with patients stuck on trolleys at A&E for up to eight hours because of a lack of beds.

BBC Radio Devon: Plans for a new Muslim community centre in Exeter have been withdrawn, after reports of a racist campaign in the area.

Hospital and social care 'black alert'

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has admitted its had to cancel some staff leave to cope with the current demand for beds which has lead to a 'significant incident' being declared.

Its Nurse Executive Andrew MacCallum has told me there are currently 70-odd patients who don't need to be in the hospital, but can't be released because there isn't enough care in place for them.

Campbell new Gull

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United have

signed Oxford United striker John Campbell on loan until the end of the season.

gull
Empics

The 26-year-old moved to the Kassam Stadium in November, having impressed on trial after scoring 24 goals in 19 games for Jarrow Roofing in the Northern League Division One.

Crown Currency trail starts

BBC Spotlight

Two directors of the Cornish online company Crown Currency Exchange, which collapsed in 2010 with debts of £20m, have gone on trial for fraud in London.

Peter Benstead, who's 72 from Penzance and Edward James, who's 74 and from Glastonbury, deny fraudulent trading and false accounting. The trial is expected to last at least 11 weeks.

Flipping pancakes

The World Pancake Racing Championships have been taking place in Exeter to mark Shrove Tuesday.

World Pancake Racing Championships, Exeter, Shrove Tuesday
BBC

Fifteen teams took part - the winners, Crowdcube, say they're delighted with their victory.

MP blasts health system

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish MP has said: "we cannot carry on like this" after

a 'significant incident' was declared across Cornwall's health and social care system.

Residents have been urged to avoid A&E unless they're seriously ill as the county's hospitals struggle with admitting and discharging patients.

St Ives MP Andrew George said: "Years of cutting hospital beds, the revolving door of perpetually changing executive chiefs of the Trust and the burden of the massive legacy debt caused by underfunding have left our only acute Trust in this position."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Pressures force the declaration of a 'significant incident' across Cornwall's health and social care system.

BBC Radio Devon: Part of Goodrington Beach in Paignton has been cordoned off today after a member of the public found a body.

A38 incident cleared

BBC Travel South West

The A38 has reopened in both directions after a crane went off the road earlier.

Traffic is now easing between Liskeard and Trerulefoot Roundabout.

Weather update

Dry with plenty of sunshine, light north westerly winds and highs of 8C (46F) this afternoon.

weather
BBC

Dry and cold tonight with a frost in sheltered areas where temperatures will drop to 2C (36F).

Centre plans 'withdrawn'

BBC Radio Devon

Plans for a new Muslim community centre in Exeter have been withdrawn, after reports of a racist campaign in the area.

Stickers appeared in St Thomas, where the new centre had been planned, saying "Caution Jihad Zone" and depicting two people without heads. Police were treating them as a

'public order hate crime'.

A377 closed Devon

BBC Travel South West

There's

a serious accident around Pope Lapford on the A377 in mid Devon, the road at Lapford is closed and there's queuing traffic around the Pope's Lane junction. Diversion in operation down local B roads.

Scary creatures of the deep

Visitors to Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium will be meeting some of the aquatic world's most fearsome inhabitants during a special

'Predators Week' event this week.

stonefish
Blue reef Aquarium

The stars of the show range from this stonefish, poison-tipped lionfish, moray eels, octopus, cuttlefish and puffer fish.

Earlier sex education?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'm asking: what is the right age to learn about sex and who should be teaching it?

A group of MPs want to make it compulsory for all state primary and secondary schools in England to teach sex-and-relationships classes.

Get involved by calling me on 0345 3011034.

'Significant incident' declared at Cornish hospital

Cornwall's hospital managers are urging the public to

avoid using A&E services as the county's hospitals are struggling to admit and discharging patients.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says: "To ensure that we can continue to provide high quality and safe care, the health and social care partners in Cornwall have declared a significant incident to respond to pressure on services.

"To help doctors and nurses focus on the sickest patients please only use the Emergency Department in Truro if you are in urgent need of care and attention. Alternative support and services are available by calling NHS 111."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: Managers at Royal Cornwall Hospitals say health and social care partners in Cornwall have 'declared a significant incident' due to pressure on services.

BBC Radio Devon: Police investigating after the body of a man was found on Goodrington beach at Paignton.

Cornwall Council 1.9% tax hike 'approved'

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Wallis

tweets: Cornwall's Council Tax rate for 2015/16 has been set and voted on with 63 for, 19 against and 19 abstentions #ccwebcast

Celeb support for local scouts

BBC Radio Cornwall

A teenager from Cornwall has organised a special folk gig to raise money for local Scouts who are going to the

World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Scouts from Cornwall off to World Scout Jamboree
BBC

Steve Knightley, the song-writing force behind Show of Hands, is lending his support to Maddy Roberts by donating some of his profits from his latest tour.

Off the high board - or in the penalty area?

BBC Sport

There's a lot of chat about 'diving' in football at the moment - but what does a real diver think about it?

daley
BBC

BBC Sport has asked Olympic diver Tom Daley from Plymouth for

his expert view on some famous football 'falls'.

'Intense' training for police call handlers

Call handlers at Devon & Cornwall Police are receiving enhanced training to deal with

calls from distressed people threatening suicide.

police
Police

The move follows an increase in calls from distraught people threatening to harm themselves.