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  1. Updates on 25 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Thursday from 08:00

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK


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

We'll be back on Thursday at 08:00 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: NHS Kernow says it's taken a herculean effort to bring Cornwall's black alert situation under control, but the health and care system isn't out of the woods yet. Director Peter Stokes said an action plan was in place to ensure things continued to improve.

BBC Radio Devon: Health minister Dan Poulter insists Devon's hospitals are safe - despite all of them continuing to face massive pressures on services. Derriford in Plymouth remains on a black alert, whilst red alerts are still in place in Torbay, Exeter and Barnstaple.

Poldark back in Cornwall

A new version of historical drama BBC Poldark is due to hit the screens later this year. But some people in Cornwall, where it is set, will be able to see an early screening at a specially-invited viewing in Truro's Plaza cinema on Thursday.

Aidan Turner playing Ross Poldark

Being Human actor Aidan Turner plays Ross Poldark, a soldier who returns from the American War of Independence to begin a new life as a mine owner in his native Cornwall, in the latest adaptation based on the novels of Winston Graham.

A wet outlook

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Patchy drizzle will continue for much of tonight with persistent low cloud, which will allow temperatures to stay well above freezing. By dawn, a band of rain will move in from the northwest with winds increasing too. Minimum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow rain will clear during the morning, with sunshine and colder conditions following. It will be a dry day, although it will feel quite chilly in exposed locations in a brisk northwesterly wind. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C.

A30 night closure warning

BBC Travel South West

BBC Travel Southwest

tweets: ‏#Cornwall On the A30 at Helland there will be a westbound lane closure between 7pm and 4am for survey work.

Minister: 'Stop talking down NHS'

The health minister Dan Poulter says the region's hospitals are coping well despite some of them operating under significant levels of pressure.

Health minister Dan Poulter

He admits more operations have been cancelled than normal for the time of year, but said: "the sickest patients are seen first and they also get the best care and I think we should stop talking down our NHS and start backing our frontline staff who are doing a great job, backed by that additional government cash in what has been a difficult winter."

Argyle to host international

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle have welcomed news that Home Park will host the

England Under-20 side's friendly against the USA on Sunday 29 March.

England Under 20's
Getty Images

It will be the first England game to be held at Home Park since the Under-21s beat Poland 2-1 in 1989.

Former Argyle youngsters Lloyd Jones (Liverpool) and Christian Walton (Brighton) have been included in previous England Under-20 squads.

Glynn Valley crash

BBC Travel South West

The A38 through the Glynn Valley is closed westbound between Twelvewoods Roundabout and Drift Lane because of an accident.

A diversion is in place and we are being warned to expect delays.

Henry VIII 'divorce help' book at Lanhydrock

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A book that helped Henry VIII build his case against the pope and annul his first marriage has been discovered in a library at a Cornish country home.

Summary of works by philosopher and theologian William of Ockham. Pic: National Trust/PA
National Trust/PA

The volume, dated 1495, and

found at the National Trust's Lanhydrock is a summary of works by philosopher and theologian William of Ockham. The king's agents scoured the country for texts such as Ockham's, which questioned the authority of the pope and argued for the monarch's independence.

A30 Redruth delays

BBC Travel South West

The A30 heading westbound between Redruth and Tolvaddon is blocked due to an accident. There are traffic queues.

Artist at sea

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An artist who undertook several trips with two Plymouth-based vessels during the past four years

displays some of his paintings during his time away.

Jules George painting. Pic: Jules George
Jules George

Jules George documented day-to-day life on board Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll and Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine HMS Tireless.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: NHS Kernow says that, although Cornwall's health and social services have been taken off black alert after nine days, services are still under immense pressure.

BBC Radio Devon: The boss of a Plymstock company says he's considering relocating staff because he can't get a decent broadband connection for his premises. Fairway Furniture is close to a BT exchange, but the company's told Peter Harding he can't get the superfast service because there's no roadside cabinet for cables.

NHS management blasted

BBC Radio Cornwall

A union leader in Cornwall has blamed the fear of privatisation, underfunding and weak leadership for

the poor results of a staff survey at the county's acute hospitals.

RCHT managers admit the survey results are 'extremely disappointing' - Stuart Roden from UNISON said staff were concerned about job security and higher car parking charges, adding: "The Trust management team seems to change more often than most people change their socks."

Warden service 'may be saved'

BBC Radio Devon

An old people's warden service in Exeter under threat because of Devon County Council funding shortfalls may be saved by the

city council.

Exeter City Council, which manages such local accommodation, said it would step in with an offer to fund the service after residents said how much they valued the support. A final decision is expected on 17 March.

'Low has bright Scotland future'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter prop Moray Low will gain "plenty more Scotland caps",

according to the club's head coach Rob Baxter.

Moray Low
Getty Images

Low, 30, has been named in Scotland's squad to face Italy this weekend, his first call-up since moving to Exeter.

NHS staff survey - your comments

via Facebook

The news that

a staff survey at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has revealed the trust is bottom in England for many key performance areas, has drawn comments on
the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

  • Kay Thomson comments: Sad and depressing in the extreme
  • Fiona Floyd complains: Is it any wonder when they're trying to sell us all off to private companies? We want to work for the NHS not people making money out of others being ill....
  • Micki Hemens says: There's a low morale everywhere, especially in A& E, too many managers with 'gold' responsibilities and not enough caring staff to do the work! so sad.

Exeter bikes theft

BBC Radio Devon

Three bikes have been stolen following a break-in on Stuart Road, Exeter including a Trek Madone US Postal Services bike worth £2,000.

Devon & Cornwall Police

This bike particularly identifiable as the pedals were originally black but have been filed back to look silver/chrome, and has a silver and blue coloured frame. A white ladies bike and a grey/silver Trek bike was also taken at the same time.

Hopes for green alert

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The deputy chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust says the organisation wants to "move away from black and red [alerts] and get solidly on green".

Andrew McCallum

The trust has just moved from black alert to red. Deputy chief Andrew McCallum said: "We are cancelling too many operations on the day due to bed pressures and we need to put that right."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust says it's vital managers improve their communication with staff. Andrew McCallum's comments come in response to a nationwide NHS staff survey which puts the RCHT at the very bottom on a number of key indicators.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon County Council is bidding for an extra £44m of Government cash to make repairs to crumbling roads.

Councils sell-off earnings

BBC Spotlight

Local authorities in Devon and Cornwall have

raised more than £50m over the past three years by selling off land and buildings.


A Freedom of Information request by the BBC has revealed sales have generated £28m in Cornwall; in Devon the figure is £14.3m; Plymouth £4.7m and in Torbay £4.2m.

Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver added: "We have reduced our commitment to repairs and renewals by £20m from £40m in the last three and a half years because we have got rid of the buildings we don't need."

Men 'sat on sex attacker'

Three men have been hailed as heroes after chasing down and sitting on a sex attacker until police arrived, the

Western Morning News reports.

They captured 20-year-old Brian Vian, of Liskeard, Cornwall, while he was running away from his female victim after the attack last August in the town. Vian was given a two-year suspended sentence at Truro Crown Court.

Local firefighters rally

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Cornish firefighters bring central London to a standstill in a strike over pensions.

Firefighters strike rally Westminster

The FBU rally in Westminster is taking place on the day of

another 24 hour strike. A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said the strike was "unnecessary" and contingency plans were in place to deal with emergencies.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the rest of the health and care system in Cornwall says it's no longer on black alert.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon's four main hospitals are still under massive pressure this afternoon with Derriford in Plymouth still on the most significant alert system.

'Faithless' to play Boardmasters

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Every August, Watergate Bay in Cornwall mixes a cocktail of some of the biggest live music acts, with surfing and skating to form



Today organisers announced Faithless will be joining the impressive line-up, in a series of posts on


Wide load warning

There are warnings of possible delays caused by a wide load in north Cornwall - TeahanConvoiService

tweets: CORNWALL: Very wide load soon to move north from A30 Kennards House - A395 - A39. Expect delays of approx 20 mins.

More rain on the way

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This afternoon it's mainly cloudy with some brighter intervals. However, cloud will lower once more as more persistent rain or drizzle returns later.


Tonight there will be

more rain along with extensive low cloud, hill fog and some sea fog patches.

Towards the end of the night occasionally heavy and more persistent rain will move in from the west. Moderate southwesterly winds will become fresh or strong. Min Temp 9C (48F).

Bank fines for Air Ambulances

BBC Radio Cornwall

Staff and volunteers at Devon and Cornwall's Air Ambulance say they're delighted at the news they'll be sharing in a £5m fund of LIBOR fines levied on bankers.


Paula Martin, chief executive of

Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: "We are delighted at this news and will be thinking carefully where to invest this money wisely to improve the service we offer to the people of Cornwall."

Cornwall NHS staff survey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Senior managers at Cornwall's acute hospitals say a

staff survey revealing the worst results in England for a series of key performance points are "extremely disappointing".

RCHT Director Nick Macklin said: "These results also reflect the unpopular decisions on hotel services and staff car parking - and given the current financial challenges in the NHS we will need to continue to make difficult choices to prioritise patient services."

However, he praised workers for responding "fantastically" to

the 'black alert' crisis that's impacted the county's health and social system since early last week.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's health bosses promise to work together better after downgrading care 'black alert'.

BBC Radio Devon: Cash-strapped local authorities in Devon
have raised £23m selling off unwanted property.

Plymouth op cancellations

A grandmother whose hysterectomy operation has been cancelled four times has dubbed Derriford Hospital "mentally cruel", the

Plymouth Herald is reporting.

Plymouth Herald

Linda Taylor, 49, from Mount Batten, was supposed to have her womb removed on 8 December, but two and a half months on she has still not had the operation.

Health chiefs confirmed the operation had been cancelled three times and Linda was unable to make a further date offered to her.

Khloe latest

Khloe Kardashian

tweets: Dolls, I am NOT appearing in Plymouth in the UK. Someone is selling tickets to an event that isn't planned or happening! Not cool!

Cornwall's NHS bosses say hard work ahead

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's NHS managers say they will continue working together to tackle the county's health problems after announcing a step-down from 'black alert' status.

The whole of Cornwall's health and social care was

placed on a 'crisis' footing last Tuesday due to overwhelming pressures - this lunchtime the alert was downgraded.

NHS Kernow's Dr Iain Chorlton said: "The reasons for the unprecedented demand are complex, but what's clear is that we must continue with our plans to create an integrated and sustainable system. Partners have been working collaboratively and these new ways of working must now become embedded as everyday working."

Tasers drawn on 400 children

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police were among forces more likely to deploy Taser stuns guns, including on under-18s, in 2013,

figures obtained by the BBC show.

Police with taser
Rui Vieira

More than 400 children have had tasers drawn on them by police in England and Wales in 2013, figures obtained by the BBC show.

The Home Office said Theresa May has asked for a review of their usage.

Liskeard accident appeal

BBC Radio Cornwall

The police are

appealing for witnesses to a crash in the Glynn Valley after a man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The three car collision on the A38, near Trago Mills, happened around 15:00 last Friday - the man suffered life-changing internal and leg injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the rest of the health and care system in Cornwall says it's no longer on black alert. The announcement comes on the same day the health minister Dan Poulter is visiting the county.

BBC Radio Devon: Teignbridge District Council has frozen council tax for the sixth consecutive year.

Cold calls get you hot under the collar?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

From 13:00 I'll be asking: how do you deal with cold callers?


The Government says today companies which make nuisance phone calls will

face tougher regulations including fines of up to £500,000. It'll also be easier to prosecute them when they break the rules. Let me know your thoughts on 0345 3011034.

Black alert for Cornwall downgraded

BBC Radio Cornwall

The health and social care system in Cornwall is no longer on black alert.

NHS Kernow has told us that despite the alert level being downgraded, all of the partners involved in the sector will continue to work together in a control room at the Royal Cornwall Hospital over the next week.

International football comes to Plymouth

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Argyle will host the England v USA under-20 international on Sunday 29 March.

The match will take place at Home Park with a 15:00 kick off.

Fire strike: latest

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Firefighters from across the South West are on their way to London for a rally at Westminster.

Fire demo

Today marks the 50th strike to be held over pensions. Devon's fire chief has told the BBC that he has just over 50% of his usual cover available, but is confident the service can operate sufficiently.

Mum's the word

BBC Radio Devon

A young mum from Crediton's says she's had a fantastic response to a website she set up to help mums stuck at home with babies.

Jose Barron has had 6,000 people sign up to the free site

Mummysocial, which aims to help them make friends in their local area. She said: "It's just been very overwhelming."