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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 20 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Goodnight

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

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good weekend.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The A38 is still closed this evening after an accident in the Glynn Valley between Bodmin and Dobwalls. Two people have been injured

BBC Radio Devon: It's been confirmed that Exeter will keep its police helicopter after the National Police Air Service announced the closure of 10 bases elsewhere.

Turning cold again

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Scattered showers will continue this evening and overnight and it will be cold with some showers possibly turning wintry over the moors. A patchy frost may also develop inland. Northwest winds will be fresh increasing strong along the north coast. Minimum Temperature: -1 Deg C inland, but 3 Deg C (37 Deg F) around the coast.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tomorrow it will be a chilly and breezy day, with sunshine and a scattering of showers, which could be wintry over high ground. Most of the showers will fade away later with clear skies overnight and a frost developing in many places. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

'Super tides' may bring flooding

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Environment Agency is urging people around the coast to be prepared ahead of exceptionally high tides which are likely to cause flooding.

Paul Gainey from the Agency said: "Localised disruption to travel, and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties, is possible along the north Cornwall coast from Saturday into Monday. Strong winds on Sunday into Monday may also continue to affect communities along the south west coasts with a risk of large waves."

Several

flood alerts and warnings are in place.

'Super tide' photo

The lowest - and highest - spring tides for twenty years are taking place around Devon & Cornwall this weekend.

Bryher spring tide
Gareth Tibbs

High water - which could be up to 6m in places - is likely to cause flooding in many coastal locations. Meanwhile the low tides mean people have been walking between the islands of Bryher and Tresco on the Isles of Scilly.

Dog blood sample debate

via Facebook

A Devon campaign to get DNA samples from dogs at the same time they're micro-chipped has prompted plenty of debate on the

BBC Spotlight facebook page:

  • Lee Wright: DNA testing? Not sure about that, expensive, time consuming, who would police the data base, it's difficult enough getting owners to update address details for the microchip.
  • Jan Holmes: If the dogs owners are responsible enough to have the dog chipped it is unlikely they would allow them to attack live stock
  • Barbara Murchie: As it stands, microchipping does not prove ownership. Dogs that are stolen and sold on do not get returned to their original owners even though they are shown as stolen on pet databases.
  • Alan Frost: Great idea, plus it can be used for dog owner who don't pick their dog mess up.

Warning over 'travelling gangs' in Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A warning about "travelling gangs" selling cheap generators, power tools and kitchen knives has been issued by Cornwall Council.

Kitchen knife
Wikimedia Commons

The authority said the county had been "plagued" by gangs selling cut-price goods and urged the public to be on their guard.

Coffee shop fire out

The earlier blaze at a Torquay coffee shop has been successfully dealt with.

The aerial ladder platform was needed to deal with the fire at the Costa Rica Plantation Company in Abbey Road.

Police prepare for derby match

BBC Radio Devon

Police are allocating extra officers to Saturday's west country derby between

Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle at St James Park.

Superintendent Craig Downham from

Devon & Cornwall Police said: "We are operating a low-key approach to policing this game and as ever we are looking at engaging with all the public, whether they are football fans or shoppers, in a friendly manner."

Village's last bank closes

A "peaceful protest" was held in a Cornish village this morning over the closure of a Barclays branch.

Barclays in St Agnes
Golow Dhyd

Campaigners said losing the last bank in the village will damage local businesses and are dismayed an appeal to the Business Secretary Vince Cable couldn't keep the branch open.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Environment Agency is warning people to take immediate action to prevent flooding on most parts of the coastline around Cornwall and Devon because of unusually high tides. Bude is especially at risk, it says.

BBC Radio Devon: Firefighters are still dealing with a blaze at a coffee shop in Torquay which started in coffee roasting equipment in the building's basement.

Plymouth dive gala

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

The best divers in the country have

come together in Plymouth this weekend for the British Championships.

dive
BBC

The city's stars Tom Daley, Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch will all compete over three days - Plymouth's European champion and her synchro partner will try to perfect their latest routine, with Tom

diving in the 10 metre individual event on Sunday.

A38 severe delays

BBC Travel South West

Delays of up to an hour are being reported on the A38 between Bodmin and Dobwalls after

an accident in the Glynn Valley.

The Highways Agency has confirmed the road is blocked in both directions with diversions in place.

Exeter keeps police helicopter base

BBC Radio Devon

A police helicopter base will remain at Exeter as part of a national reorganisation by the National Police Air Service.

Police helicopter
BBC

Exeter is one of 15 police helicopter bases to remain in place while 10 will be closed over the next two years.

A38 blocked

BBC Travel South West

There are long delays in both directions on the A38 between Bodmin and Dobwalls following an accident.

A38 crash map
Google

Police said one person has been airlifted to hospital and another taken by land ambulance following the crash near Trago Mills in the Glynn Valley.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The A38 is blocked after an accident in the Glynn Valley. The road between Bodmin and Dobwalls is affected.

BBC Radio Devon: Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a coffee shop in Torquay for two hours and are still on the scene.

Torquay fire ongoing

The

Herald Express reports that four fire engines and the aerial ladder rushed to a blaze in Torquay's Abbey Road on Friday afternoon.

Torquay fire Costa Rica coffee shop
Herald Express

The fire started in the basement of the coffee specialists Costa Rica Plantation Company. Witnesses at the scene of the Abbey Road fire have described how the whole road was engulfed in smoke and nobody could see the cars.

Bounce back, Pirates

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies says his side must

learn from their poor performance at Doncaster for Friday night's away game at Nottingham.

rugger
Brian tempest

The Pirates lost 30-13 at home to the Knights, who played most of the game with 14 men.

Fire in coffee shop

A fire has broken out at the Costa Rica coffee shop in Abbey Road, Torquay.

Costa Rica coffee shop
Google

The blaze is understood to have started in the basement and firefighters are on the scene.

Cafe 'boarded up'

BBC Radio Devon

A couple of young entrepreneurs in Exeter have opened what's thought to be the first board game café in Devon.

Luke Mildenhall-Ward, Board shop
BBC

Brother and sister Beth and Luke Mildenhall-Ward said it was tough to get it going, adding: "because it's such a strange and weird concept, people weren't willing to take a risk on it so that's why we're appreciative of the council's pop-up shop scheme."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The owner of a surf school in Widemouth Bay says plans for a new licensing charge could cost them thousands of pounds.

BBC Radio Devon: Firefighters are dealing with a blaze at a coffee shop in Torquay.

City College Plymouth to get £2.7m

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

City College Plymouth will get up to £2.7m for a new science, technology, engineering and maths site, it has been announced.

City College Plymouth
Google

The college is the only further education institution in England to get money from the latest round of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills' Regional Growth Fund.

Flood warning for Bude

A

flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Bude because of exceptionally high tides.

It means flooding is expected tomorrow morning in the Strand, Bencoolen Road, the Crescent, the Parkhouse Centre, recreation ground and adjacent car parks.

Cold night ahead

It's a bright day with sunny spells and a scattering of showers late in the afternoon.

weather
BBC

It will be a cold night with

some showers possibly turning wintry over high ground. A patchy frost may develop in some far eastern locations inland. North westerly winds will be fresh increasing strong along the north coast.

Hospital complaint

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman from St Ives says she believes her daughter was sent home too early, following surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Julie Richardson's daughter Heidi had a gastric by-pass last week, before

the 'black alert' status was announced, but was sent home the next day. She was later readmitted for emergency surgery.

Hospital managers say they can't comment on any individual cases but they do stress that home is the best place for people to recover.

Carbon Monoxide alert

BBC Radio Devon

Fire crews have been dealing with a

carbon monoxide incident in Paignton.

The people inside the property managed to escape before firefighters arrived and ventilated the property. An investigation is underway.

Plymouth Saturday sport previews

BBC Sport

Exeter City have few injury concerns ahead of

Saturday's meeting with fierce Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle - the 100th meeting of the sides in all competitions.

rugger
Sue Trower

In rugby,

Plymouth Albion welcome Jersey, the city side hoping to build on last week's 12-12 draw with London Scottish.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Surf school owners in Cornwall are accusing the council of "money grabbing" over plans to introduce a licence fee to operate from council-run beaches.

BBC Radio Devon: The leader of Devon County Council says the government hasn't given them enough funding to cover the cost of free bus passes for people over 60.

Devon slider in World Championships

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon man has been picked to represent Britain in the skeleton at the World Championships in Germany.

David Swift
Getty Images

David Swift from Newton Abbot said: "This will be my first world championships and I am excited to race against the top sliders in the world and put in the best performance I can."

Tidal warning

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The highest tides for 20 years are expected to hit the south-west of England this weekend.

MCA advice
MCA

The so-called "super tides" have prompted warnings from the

Maritime and Coastguard Agency and flood alerts around the coast.

Dry January

It's been revealed that nearly 2,000 people have taken part in the first ever campaign to give up drinking alcohol in Plymouth.

Dry January
BBC

Plymouth City Council joined forces with
Alcohol Concern to encourage people to sign up for the nationwide Dry January movement.

King of the swingers

BBC Radio Devon

Kivu, a 13-year-old western lowland gorilla at

Paignton Zoo, has been showing off his strength by performing a series of acrobatics.

Gorilla at Paignton Zoo
Chris Rockey

Photographer Chris Rockey, who captured the moment, said: "One minute he was just sat there and then he started climbing and swinging."

Council rejects surf school complaints

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Cornwall Council has rejected criticism over a new charging and licensing scheme for beach-based activity businesses.

From May, surf schools and other beach sport providers will have to pay a set percentage of their income for a three year licence to work from Cornwall Council-managed beaches - one Bude councillor says he's "very upset".

beach
BBC

Joyce Duffin, the Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment, said: "The stark reality is that if we want to maintain front line services to keep our beaches clean and safe it is only right that the industries that directly depend on the beaches contribute towards this."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's outrage from surf school owners about plans to charge them to operate on council-run beaches.

BBC Radio Devon: The Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society is campaigning for dogs to have DNA samples taken at the same time they're microshipped, to help them track down pets which attack sheep.

Big Painting Challenge

David White

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

An amateur artist from Cornwall has been picked to compete in the BBC's

Big Painting Challenge.

Anthea Lay, BBC Big Painting Challenge
BBC

Anthea Lay from Kelly Bray - known to friends as 'Arty Anth' - beat 6,000 hopefuls to get a place on the show which starts on Sunday on BBC1 at 18:00.

Ad complaints

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'm asking for your most and least favourite adverts of all time.

It comes as the Advertising Standards Authority has published 2014's top 10 most complained about ads. Let me know your thoughts by calling the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Very high waters

BBC Spotlight

If you're out and about on the coasts of Devon & Cornwall today, here are the tide times.

tide
BBC

It's a very high tide this evening - the highest for 20 years - due to the alignment of the moon and sun.

Argyle goalie: 'I've changed'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick has said he

has matured and his life is "completely different" since his time in prison.

goalie
Getty Images

He was sentenced to seven years and four months after

causing the deaths of two children in a drunken car crash in 2008. "My life's completely different now," the 31-year-old told BBC South West.

Fire cuts 'disproportionate'

BBC Radio Devon

The Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset has written to the Government criticising a cap that's been put on the amount of council tax it can charge for its service.

fire
BBC

The fire authority has just voted for an increase of 1.99% - or £1.53 for each household - Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell, has told the Government there are disproportionate cuts to the budget for rural areas.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Surf schools operating from Cornwall Council run beaches say they could be forced out of business because of plans to make them apply for a licence.

BBC Radio Devon: The leader of Devon County Council says the government hasn't given them enough funding to cover the cost of free bus passes for people over 60.