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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 February
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That's all from the Local Live Devon & Cornwall team for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with a full roundup 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: Police are appealing for information after a series of knifepoint robberies in Cornish villages over the past few weeks, which they believe are linked.

BBC Radio Devon: More than a million Euros are being awarded to Plymouth University by the European Union to pay for fellowships for overseas researchers.

Health crisis: volunteers sought

BBC Radio Cornwall

Volunteer Cornwall is looking for people to help

the county's hard-pressed NHS by giving up their time to help patients back to their homes.

Volunteer Cornwall

Health managers are working with local charities to develop new ways of moving people through the system quicker without compromising on care -

the Welcome Home Project provides support for people who don't have family or friends waiting for them when they come out of hospital.

Local causes get lottery cash

Two parenting charities in Devon & Cornwall have been awarded lottery funding worth almost £400,000.


Plymouth Highbury Trust has received £187,820 to provide specialist help for parents with learning disabilities, while disability charity Scope has been given £293,916 for its
Face2Face Cornwall project for parents with a disabled child.

Tributes to A39 crash victim

A man who died in a car crash on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth on Friday has been named as

Matthew James Hodges, 27, from Falmouth.

Matthew James Hodges
Devon & Cornwall Police

His family have paid tribute to a son, brother, grandson and fiancé adding: "Life can be so cruel, but we only have the best memories of him. He was such a funny, loyal, caring and sensitive man. He enjoyed and lived his life to the full, both in his personal life and his career in the Army."

Rain spreading from west

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will remain largely cloudy and breezy overnight and in the early hours a band of rain, which will be heavy and persistent at times, will spread in from the west. Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow will be a generally cloudy, wet and windy day. In the late afternoon the main band of rain will clear eastwards, however a few showers are expected to develop in the evening. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Cornish health watchdog 'worried'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The head of Cornwall's patient watchdog has revealed she worked as a volunteer in the county's main hospital this weekend,

ahead of a 'black alert' being declared.

Debbie Pritchard from

Healthwatch Cornwall said it was widely known the health and social care system was under stress due to problems discharging patients, so she helped out as a 'gofer' on the wards.

She said: "We are quite worried about the 'care at home' situation and the issues and difficulties in actually getting those care packages in place in a speedy way, because of the way the industry is."

Warming up for Strictly

BBC Radio Cornwall's David White enjoyed his job this morning,

tweeting: ‏Getting to grips with the lovely @JManrara @BBCCornwall this morning!

Janette Manrara and David White from BBC Radio Cornwall on The People's Strictly

Professional dancer Janette Manrara will be dancing the foxtrot with Phil Barnett from the St Ives theatre company Kidz R Us in

"The People's Strictly" for Comic Relief.

Newton Abbot delays

BBC Travel South West

In Newton Abbot there's been an accident on The Avenue near St Johns Street.

There are also temporary traffic lights on the same road and delays have been reported.

Hospital managers blasted

BBC Radio Cornwall

A former vice chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has fiercely criticised his former colleagues over

the crisis affecting health and social care in the county.

Rik Evans said: "The health and social care system in the county belongs to the people of Cornwall and the people must demand that both robust expertise and suitable funding are brought to the county immediately."

NHS managers have confirmed operations have been postponed in the the "black alert" but say the situation is improving.

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The former vice chairman of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Rik Evans, has fiercely criticised his colleagues over the crisis affecting health and social care in the county.

BBC Radio Devon: A second
major road link into Devon and Cornwall could be built under plans by Devon County Council.


This scary piranha is one of the stars of "Predators Week" at the Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay.

Blue Reef Aquarium

The weird and wonderful lives of some of the aquatic world's most fearsome inhabitants are featured in the week-long show.

Major road changes

BBC Spotlight

The AA says plans for an alternative road link to Devon and Cornwall "makes sense".

A30/A303 improvements planned

Devon County Council's plans would see the A30/A303 upgraded from Ilminster in Somerset to Honiton, in a project expected to cost £220m.

The work involves a series of improvement schemes over the Blackdown Hills which the AA says "makes sense on hills providing priority is clearly given to climbing traffic".

Crown Currency

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

Defendants in Crown Currency trial "showed a blatant disregard for their duties and acted dishonestly", court told.

Knifepoint robberies: suspect


series of knifepoint robberies across Cornwall in the past few weeks are being linked by the police who've released CCTV images of a suspect.

Knifepoint robberies suspect
Devon & Cornwall Police

Since 31 January there have been five robberies at village shops and a petrol stations in Reawla, Cubert, Scorrier, Porthtowan and Lanner.

Footage shows the suspect entering the store, threatening the cashier with a knife and demanding cash.

Flooded supermarket reopens

Sainsbury's supermarket in Marsh Mills, Plymouth has reopened to shoppers on foot after its car park was flooded by a burst water main this morning.

Sainsbury's flood, Marsh Mills, Plymouth

Staff were forced to use

bags of cat litter to prevent the thousands of gallons of water from entering the store. The car park entrance is still closed.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The police are advising business premises in remote areas to be vigilant after a series of knifepoint robberies.

BBC Radio Devon: Parents in Devon are being warned about an increase in cases of scarlet fever. There have been 62 cases reported in the south west in the last three weeks.

Rare beach hut on market

A beach hut - last sold for just £10 back in 1924 - has gone on the market for £80,000.

Beach hut, Riviere Towans
Driftwood Properties

The two bedroom property at Riviere Towans between Hayle and St Ives is thought to be one of the oldest beach huts of its kind in Cornwall.

From Grecians to Gulls, via Weymouth

BBC Sport

Torquay United have

signed Exeter City forward Jamie Reid on a four-week youth loan.


The 20 year old began his career at the Gulls' academy and has been hampered by a hip injury for much of this season.

Charity rugby run

BBC Radio Devon

Runners, rugby players and an Afghan veteran will set off from Paignton Zoo this afternoon in a charity challenge to run nearly 300 miles for charity.

It's all part of the annual 'Rugby-run' where competitors head off in relays to Premiership rugby grounds - from Devon to Leicester - to raise cash for 'Save the Children'.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Health bosses say they're working flat out to tackle the crisis in Cornwall's health and social care system.

BBC Radio Devon: The AA has given cautious approval to plans by Devon County Council for a second major road link into Devon and Cornwall through the Blackdown Hills.

Afternoon weather update

This afternoon the cloud will gradually thicken from the west. Light winds will become moderate to fresh south westerly.


Tonight it will be dry at first but

cloud will increase from the west, bringing patchy rain and drizzle to all areas after midnight. Winds will freshen from the south west - lowest temperatures will be around 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

Crown Currency case latest

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

A jury in London has heard a director of the Cornish online company Crown Currency Exchange fled to France with cash and gold just days before the company collapsed with debts of £20m in 2010.


Peter Benstead denies the theft of more than £1.5m in cash from the business and more than 11kg of gold as well as fraud and false accounting. He's one of

six people on trial over the failure of the business.

Allowance cut threat

BBC Radio Devon

Councillors in West Devon will be asked to hand back some of their allowances if they go to fewer than 75% of official meetings.

The basic allowance for councillors is around £4,000 a year. National guidelines mean councillors have to attend a minimum of one meeting per 6 months to be able to keep their position.

Talking People's Strictly

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's entry in 'The People's Strictly' Phil Barnett says he's battling a knee injury to be fit for

the TV spectacular.


Phil from Kidz R Us, St Ives will be dancing the American smooth foxtrot with Janette Manrara - but lost three weeks' of training time after his injury.


the couple's chat with David White here from 1hr 30 min in.

Road problems

BBC Travel South West

  • Cornwall - The A39 in Penryn is
    partially blocked at Treliever Roundabout, because of an accident involving three cars.
  • Devon - there's an accident on Russell Way in Exeter near the Clyst Halt Avenue junction.

Scarlet Fever increase

There's been an increase in cases of

scarlet fever in the South West.

Torbay's Public Health Team says 62 cases have been reported in the region in last three weeks.

The bacterial illness causes a distinctive pink-red rash, which is like sandpaper to touch and often starts with a sore throat, headache and a high temperature.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's criticism of Cornwall's health bosses over the crisis in
the county's health and social care system.

BBC Radio Devon: Fire crews have cleared a major flood in the Sainsburys car park in Plymouth after a water main burst at Marsh Mills

Once bittern, thrice shy

BBC Radio Cornwall

Reeds are being removed from a Cornish nature reserve to help encourage a rare and internationally threatened bird, the bittern.


RSPCA volunteers armed with waders and pitchforks cut down part of the reed bed once every seven years to maintain water flow and encourage fish for the three bitterns to feed on.

Albion stars to leave?

BBC Sport

Plymouth Albion's head coach has

warned the club could lose some of its best players, even if it retains its Championship status.

Brian tempest

Bottom-of-the-table Albion are seven points from safety - James Shanahan has revealed: "Some of our best players have already been approached by various clubs in the Championship, but there's nothing I can do about it."

Fatal crash appeal

BBC Radio Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a

car crash near Lapford yesterday in which two men died.

A Subaru Legacy left the A377 at Nymet Cross, hitting a culvert wall and telegraph pole before colliding with a tree.

'Black alert' - your comments

via Facebook

The crisis in

Cornwall's health and social care system has attracted lots of reaction from you on the BBC Radio Cornwall
Facebook page.

  • Philip Richards said: When thousands of new houses are built in Kernow can we expect more Black Alerts?
  • Theresa Hitchman comments: We need another hospital, one is not enough for the growing population here in Cornwall. Wake up government!
  • Judith Oats reveals: And yet my dad was very nearly forced to stay overnight on Monday... For nothing medical, but simply because they lost his clothes!!

Ashburton rail plans

BBC Spotlight

A group of rail enthusiasts, keen to secure the future of the former Ashburton Railway Station, are about to submit their idea to planners.


The Friends of Ashburton Station are trying to convince Dartmoor National Park Authority to rethink a masterplan for the area so the old line could eventually reconnect with the steam railway here at Buckfastleigh.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's health managers say they are working flat out to tackle the
crisis in health and social care

BBC Radio Devon: Firefighters have left the site of this morning's Marsh Mills flood after clearing
thousands of gallons of water

Energy switching

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today on the phone-in, I'll be asking: have you ever tried to switch energy companies?

A report into the so-called "big six" says their most loyal customers are being overcharged by up to £200 a year! So have you switched - and if not why not? Let me know on 0345 3011034.

Marsh Mills flood latest

BBC Spotlight

A mopping up operation is underway at a Plymouth supermarket after

a flood caused by a burst water main at Marsh Mills.

Sainsbury's flood Marsh Mills

Paul Bray from Devon and Somerset Fire Service said: "Some water has seeped in but before the water got to the doors, staff from Sainsburys managed to get lots and lots of bags of cat litter along the edges of the doors to help prevent most of the water entering the store."

Tiverton accident

BBC Travel South West

In Tiverton on the A361 between Heathcoat Way and the Bolham Roundabout we've got reports of an accident. Expect some delays.

High waters

BBC Spotlight

If you're getting out and about this half term Wednesday, here are the tide times.


News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The number of daily conference calls between health and care agencies in Cornwall has been increased from one to three, as managers try to ease pressure on hospital beds.

BBC Radio Devon: Some homes in Plymouth have had their water supply disrupted after a mains pipe burst causing flooding and closing the Sainsbury's supermarket at Marsh Mills.

What are you seeing on the wards?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

As Cornwall's health and social care system remains on 'black alert', I've been speaking to Cornwall Healthwatch, the patients' watchdog about the crisis.

Let us know what you're experiencing in Cornwall - at acute hospitals, cottage hospitals, care homes or in your own home. Where are the problems? Call me on 01872 222222.