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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 February 2015
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That's all from the BBC Local Live Devon & Cornwall team for today.

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

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The government has confirmed that Cornwall will NOT have a direct role in decision-making on future projects that are funded out of the county's top-level European grant programmes.

BBC Radio Devon: An inquiry has been unable to confirm if Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted a boy at the Colleton Lodge Children's Home in Exeter in the 1980s.

Poldark - then and now

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The red carpet has been rolled out at a Cornish cinema for the first local premiere of the new Poldark drama series by the BBC.

Robin Ellis and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

The last series - a nationwide hit - ended 38 years ago, with Robin Ellis (L) playing the part of Ross Poldark. The new series stars Aidan Turner (R), who said Cornwall was a "real character in the show" and "very evocative".

Cold overnight

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight will be cold, with clear spells developing and winds easing. This will lead to a risk of frost and some localised icy patches, especially in the countryside and moors. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow will be generally fine with plenty of sunshine, especially in the morning. However cloud and rain will spread in from the west by dusk. Winds will strengthen overnight. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

A30 partial closure

BBC Travel South West

The A30 eastbound will be closed overnight between the Innis Downs and Bodmin junctions.

It's because of drainage works. The road will be shut between 20:00 and 06:00 but diversions will be in place.

Uni in disabled sacking row

A students' union has been criticised for allegedly

sacking a disabled woman without warning.

Plymouth University

Unison said the unnamed employee from the University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) was dismissed by letter. UPSU said it "would never dismiss an employee on disability grounds".

Cornwall will star in TV serial

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall will be one of the stars of the new BBC One adaptation of 'Poldark', says the man playing the villain, George Warleggan.


Actor Jack Farthing said: "It's the expanse of the drama of the landscape that allows the actors to work around this and they all match; the adventure and the romantic coastline. It was interesting to understand just how big the landscape is, and all the factors that played into why people behaved the way they did at the time."

Football coach jailed

A former Exeter football coach has been jailed for 21 years for drugging and raping young boys in his team during the 1970s.

Exeter Crown Court heard how some of Anthony Mitchell's victims only came forward after the Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris scandals.

The 78 year old was a night shift worker at the time - and persuaded his GP to prescribe him huge quantities of the strong sleeping pill Mogadon which he used to drug his victims.

Chef pins hopes on £230 pasty

BBC Radio Cornwall

A chef is to create a luxurious Cornish pasty costing £230 - using Wagu beef from Japan, peppercorns from India, potatoes from the Untied States; onions from France and swede from Scotland - for his entry in the World Pasty Championships this weekend at the Eden Project.

Pasty. Pic: Thinkstock

Richard Shaw, who runs Southwick Village Stores in Hampshire, said he hoped to "beat the Cornish on their own doorstep", telling Radio Cornwall: "I've got the worlds best ingredients. Hampshire's coming for you, so you'd better be ready."

France move councillor 'can still serve'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The leader of Devon County Council says he has been assured a councillor who has moved to France can still represent her constituents.

Newton Abbot councillor Eve Barisic moved to Roscoff seven months ago. John Hart said she was still in her ward regularly and she "has assured me she can continue to serve her electors".

Appeal over beach body

Police are

appealing for information following the death of a man whose body was found on a beach in south Devon.

Steven Bennett. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The body of 37-year-old Steven Bennett, from Bristol, was found on Goodrington Beach, Paignton, on 17 February. He was last seen in the Foxhole area of the town on 13 February. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Army officer rewarded

An Army officer based at RMB Chivenor is to be given the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for helping in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Lt Col Benedict Campbell-Colquhoun, of The Corps of Royal Engineers, developed plans for delivering humanitarian aid to those on the ground. His citation mentions his exemplary conduct and dedicated service, adding: "His energy, leadership and professionalism were conspicuously instrumental in ensuring the success of Operation Patwin."

Boardmasters plans to increase capacity

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall's Boardmasters festival is applying to increase its capacity to 40,000, with 35,000 of those attendees being allowed to camp.

Boardmasters 2014 Pic: Sam Neil
Sam Neil

The 2014 event had a planned arena capacity of 29,999 and a camping capacity of 25,000. However, its last day was cancelled due to

bad weather. Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee will discuss the decision on 5 March.

Ex-teacher jailed for abusing Kenyan children

Trystan Jones

BBC News

A British charity boss and former Devon teacher who abused Kenyan street children after luring them to his home

has been jailed for more than 17 years.

Simon Harris
West Mercia Police

Simon Harris, 55, was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of eight counts of indecent and sexual assault on boys in Gilgil and possessing indecent images of children. Before the trial, Harris also admitted indecently assaulting boys when he was a teacher at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A elderly man has been treated for the effects of breathing in smoke following a fire in two static caravans in Troon near Camborne. Firefighters say a woman has been left homeless following the blaze.

BBC Radio Devon: A former teacher from Devon has been jailed for 17 years and four months today after being found guilty of indecent and sexual assaults on boys in Kenya while working for a charity.

Tower of lights

Plans have been submitted to install LED lighting in and around Plymouth's historic Grade I listed lighthouse, Smeaton's Tower, the

city council says.

Smeaton's Tower

If the planning application for listed building consent is approved, the work will include installing spotlights from the ground, as well as around the balcony, costing £32,000.

Cricket joy for England's women

BBC Sport

England's women's cricketers have set up a one-day series decider against New Zealand after

winning their latest game by nine wickets.

Don Miles for the ECB

Vice Captain Plymouth's Heather Knight was the only wicket to fall as her side chased down a total of 169 against the White Ferns.

EU cash control concern in Cornwall

Neil Gallacher

Correspondent, BBC South West

The government has confirmed that Cornwall will not have a direct role in decision-making on projects funded out of the top-level European grant programmes, despite lengthy negotiations.


The European Commission has insisted that Cornwall's Local Enterprise Partnership will only play an advisory role - Cornwall councillor Julian German has criticised the news that the process will be led from London, saying businesses and communities of Cornwall know best.

Pilgrims' progress?

An MP has said in Parliament the Pilgrim Fathers were from Essex as Plymouth was handed £35,000 of government cash to promote the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the Mayflower setting sail for America from the city, the

Western Morning News reports.

Colchester Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell told the House of Commons the ship's journey began at the Essex port town of Harwich and that the pioneers "merely stopped off at Plymouth en route".

Councillor's work in France 'stuff of Monty Python'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The case of a Devon councillor who claims

she can work for her constituency from France has been described as "a disgrace and the stuff of a Monty Python sketch" in a petition calling for her to step down.

Councillor Eve Barisic
Devon County Council

Conservative Eve Barisic moved to Roscoff seven months ago, a commute of more than 150 miles (240km) by ferry and road to her ward in Newton Abbot. She has declined to comment.

Plymouth delays

BBC Travel South West

Crownhill Road in Plymouth is still closed between Jubilee Road and Budshead Way because of an earlier accident. The road is likely to remain shut closed for some time.

Meanwhile a lane on the Embankment has been closed inbound after subsidence.

Grampound crash

BBC Travel South West

There's been an accident at Grampound on the A390 near Mill Lane.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Fire crews are tackling a blaze involving two caravans and a building at Troon near Camborne. Sixteen firefighters from Camborne and Helston are at the scene.

BBC Radio Devon: A former Exeter football coach has been jailed for 21 years for drugging and raping young boys in his team during the 1970s.

Troon fire

Cornwall Fire Service

tweets: Crews from #Camborne and @HelstonCFRS are at an incident in #Troon - 2 caravans and adjoining building containing timber are well alight.

Corset constriction for stars

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Filming the new BBC One adaption of 'Poldark' was hard work, says Ruby Bentall who plays Verity Poldark.


Ruby said: "I seem to have the pain of corsets in all my roles. You can see why women couldn't do anything in those days because everything was such hard work - walking upstairs, lying down, eating! You look nice but it is so impractical."

Hospital trust fined over skin problems

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has been ordered to pay £19,620 in fines and costs after failing to take measures to prevent or monitor cases of dermatitis among staff.

Magistrates heard that health staff were at increased risk of developing skin issues like dermatitis as they needed to wash their hands often, use hand gels and wear gloves for some procedures. The Trust admitted a breach of health and safety legislation at Torquay Magistrates last Friday.

Number 10 dilemma for Chiefs

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has admitted he finds it "difficult" deciding whether to select

Gareth Steenson or Henry Slade at fly-half.

Getty Images

Steenson is the Premiership's leading points scorer this season, having scored 174 points in 15 games, but Slade has started the last two games ahead of Steenson, kicking 36 points and scoring two tries.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Police Federation in Cornwall is warning that response times for 999 calls are only going to get worse if more planned budget cuts go ahead. Assistant branch secretary Steven Gardner added he was not surprised by recent deteriorations in the service.

BBC Radio Devon: A Devon councillor who lives in France is facing calls to resign. Newton Abbot North Conservative councillor Eve Barisic has claimed more than £10,500 in allowances and expenses.

Challenging attitudes

A physical training instructor who has spent the past few years training women in Afghanistan has been

recognised in the military honours.

Staff Sergeant Kate Lord
Kate Lord

Staff Sergeant Kate Lord from Exmouth has been given the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for challenging the opinions of young men while mentoring them at the Afghan National Army officer academy in Kabul.

Her citation says: "Nobody in this mission - male or female - has done more to further the standing of women in the Afghan National Army."

Woolacombe view

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon's Kirk England

tweets: A shot from #Woolacombe earlier this week


New rescue choppers marked

The launch of the civilian UK search and rescue helicopter (SAR) service has been marked in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Humberside Airport.

Search helicopter. Pic: Bristow

Bristow Helicopters Ltd is to operate the service on behalf of HM Coastguard. The SAR service will fly from 10 bases, including Newquay in Cornwall.

Police seek 'wanted man'

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Police are

appealing for the public's help in tracing a Manchester man who they want to speak to as part of an investigation into a drugs conspiracy.

devon & cornwall police

Officers from the north-west regional organised crime unit 'Titan' say Glenn Phillip Madden has links to Devon and Cornwall, as well as Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Met Office strike

BBC Radio Devon

Staff at

the Met Office in Exeter are staging their first ever strike as Prospect union members walk out for three hours in protest at an ongoing wage freeze.


The union says it is unfair the government won't allow the Met Office to give staff a rise considering it does so much work for the private sector.

Managers say they have contingency plans in place.

Cornish accent 'hard to master'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The actor playing Demelza in the new BBC One adaptation of 'Poldark' has revealed how much effort the cast have invested in getting the Cornish accent right.


Eleanor Tomlinson, who's originally from East Yorkshire, said: "I had never really ventured to Cornwall as a kid so that was a continual experience for me as well. I worked very hard with the voice coach who was fantastic and so helpful.

"The accent is hard to master and the Cornish people are so passionate about Poldark, they're going to be listening for the accent and want it to be perfect."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A Royal Navy pilot who avoided crashing an aircraft with a failed engine into crowds at Culdrose Air Day has been awarded the Air Force Cross.

BBC Radio Devon: There'll be no hikes in council tax for residents in North Devon after the district council approved its budget at a full cabinet meeting on Wednesday night.

Chilly night ahead

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This afternoon it's getting brighter with sunny spells developing and perhaps the odd shower later.


Tonight it will be

mostly dry and also cold as clear spells develop along with a slight frost in sheltered areas, becoming more cloudy in the far west. Moderate or fresh northwesterly winds will become light inland. Min Temp 2C (36F).

Navy pilot talks of 'pure terror' crash

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Royal Navy pilot says he is 'shocked but extremely pleased'

to be awarded the Air Force Cross for a crash landing in west Cornwall.

Royal Navy

Despite a serious engine failure, Lt Cdr Chris Gotke

managed to land his Sea Fury on the grass away from the crowd at RNAS Culdrose Air Day last year.

The commanding officer of the Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton said: "It was a terrifying experience and there were conflicting thoughts in my head at first about what I should do, but once I decided I could get the aircraft down safely I knew that was the choice I was going to make. "

Plymouth delays

BBC Travel South West

Crownhill Road in Plymouth has been closed because of an accident.

The area between Jubilee Road and Budshead Way is affected. Diversions are in place and the road is likely to remain closed for sometime.

Lifeboats in action

The Cornishman is reporting two lifeboats were involved in the rescue of a fishing boat which suffered engine failure overnight.


The crew of Sennen Lifeboat were called out after The Algria, lost power several miles off Cape Cornwall. Because of poor weather, the lifeboat was out on the call for eight hours before calling in the Penlee crew to take over.

TV Licence debate

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

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