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

Live Reporting

By Tom Palmer and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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Tom Palmer

BBC News Online

That's all from the BBC Local Live service for Devon & Cornwall for Monday 2 March, it's been lovely to have your company.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need- and don't forget BBC Spotlight tonight at 18:30 and 22:30.

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: The police and ambulance service have promised to learn lessons following inquest into Paignton death of mental health patient Valan Pitts.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Price rises in Cornwall Council's car parks are defended by the authority.

Minister urges rail action

BBC Spotlight

A senior government minister has demanded faster work from the body looking at the region's rail routes.


The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "I'm asking today the South West Peninsula Taskforce to come up more quickly with plans for what are the right investments in the railways for this region, including Dawlish, including alternatives for the Okehampton line."

Driver in court

A lorry driver has

appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a cyclist on a Devon main road.

Torquay magistrates

John Noble, 42, from Plymouth has been bailed at Torquay Magistrates Court to reappear on 13 March.

Cyclist Chris Dennehy, 58, from Plympton, died following the collision on 5 September on the Exeter-bound carriageway of the A38 near Lee Mill.

Mayor defends ferry

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

The Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver has defended the Bay's new commuter ferry service, which is only taking between six and eight commuters every day.


The new service between Brixham and Torquay was supported with over £1m of public funds.

Mr Oliver says the Bay has never had an all-year round commuter ferry before, adding: "It's a bit brave, but we do those things. It is a challenge, we're trying to make it work and I hope that it will."

Uni Chancellor to step down


University of Exeter has announced Floella Benjamin is to step down as Chancellor after ten years.


The Winter Graduation event in 2016 will be the former TV star's last official appearance.

Mitie sorry for staff issues

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

The company that

controversially took over cleaning and catering services at Cornwall's acute hospitals last year has apologised to its staff for payroll problems.

Some Mitie staff staged an unofficial protest at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance this morning, saying they were unhappy with ongoing issues over pay and standards.

A spokesman for Mitie told me they valued staff highly, adding: "We are really sorry if any of our people have been affected by errors in their pay."

Torbay starlet DVD

A Hollywood movie featuring young Torbay actress Lily Laight was released on DVD in the UK today.

Dawn Ellis from the Western Morning News

tweets: Torbay film starlet in Hollywood rom-com @LoveRosieUK @lilylaight


You can

read more about the film 'Love, Rosie' here.

Cold and windy tonight

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight showers will continue through the evening and night, with some snow possible over the higher ground. Staying windy in exposure and turning cold under clear spells with the risk of icy patches. Minimum Temperature: 1 Deg C (34 Deg F)

Tuesday: Sunny spells and further showers, heavy at times with snow accumulations on hills. It will remain cold and windy through the day. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Officers from Devon & Cornwall join the search for
missing Bristol teenager Becky Watts.

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's criticism for Cornwall Council as new charges in the authority's car parks are revealed.

Campaign to save old newspaper offices

BBC Spotlight

A campaign has been launched to save one of Plymouth's most distinctive buildings from demolition.


The Western Morning News building at Derriford was designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and built in 1993 but the demolition application to Plymouth City Council claims the now empty building is "unremarkable".

Some campaigners are now trying to get it listed - Hilary Kolinsky from Plymouth Architectural Trust said: "For a building by an architect who's as internationally respected as Grimshaw to be lost to this city, it doesn't send out a good message about how Plymouth values its architectural heritage."

Gloom for Raiders

BBC Sport

Plymouth Raiders could not stop league leaders Newcastle Eagles'

serene progress into Basketball's BBL Trophy final this weekend.


The Eagles had taken a big advantage into Sunday's leg in Plymouth, having cruised to a 47-point win on Friday - despite 28 points from Plymouth forward Jordan Clarke, Newcastle won again, this time 104-99.

Supermarket 'signing' wins clicks


Plymouth Herald is reporting a teenager who tweeted news about his job as though he was signing for a Premier League football team has found worldwide fame.

Andrew Paterson

tweeted two photos of himself signing a "renewed contract" with the supermarket chain Asda.

Andrew paterson

Beach clean campaign

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The campaign group Surfers Against Sewage is calling for individuals, communities and businesses to do their bit to clean up beaches around Devon & Cornwall.

Surfers Against Sewage

This mysterious item washed up at Perranporth last year - it turns out to be a US Navy target boat from the other side of the Atlantic - SAS wants

people to sign up for a series of community beach cleans this month.

Boy death: Man in court

A Crediton man has appeared in court charged with

causing the death by careless driving of a 10-year-old boy who was knocked down.

Samuel Crocker

Cameron Trivett, 24, of Mill Street, is also accused of failing to stop after a collision.

Samuel Crocker from Crediton died in hospital on Saturday after he was hit by a white van in the town.

Mr Trivett was bailed by Exeter magistrates to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 27 March.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: A vigil is held at a Crediton primary school to remember
young road accident victim Samuel Crocker.

BBC Radio Cornwall: A government minister visiting Penzance says authorities will look into a new air link to the Isles of Scilly.

Road problems

BBC Travel South West

Cliff Road in Newquay is partially blocked near the Oakleigh Terrace junction, because of an accident.

A361 Church Street in Ilfracombe is

partially blocked around the Horne Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles and recovery work.

Could it be you?

Tom Palmer

BBC News Online


£1m lottery raffle prize from Valentine's Day has not been claimed, according to operator Camelot.


The million pound ticket was purchased in the Teignbridge District of Devon with a 'raffle code' PINK 6055 9722 - the winner has until 13 August to claim the prize.

Vikings ahoy!

David George

BBC Spotlight

Two Viking ships, one little and one large, have landed at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall today.


This iconic Viking boat, a 6m Norwegian Faering, has been constructed by apprentice boat builders from Falmouth Marine School - a full-scale replica 14m coastal cargo Viking ship will sit in the heart of

the new 'Viking Voyagers' exhibition.

Man charged after cyclist death

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision which took place at Lee Mill.

Cyclist Chris Dennehy, from Plympton, who was 58, died following the collision on the Exeter-bound carriageway of the A38 last September.

John Noble, 42, from Plymouth will appear in court later this month.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: A man's bailed after appearing in court charged with
causing death by careless driving after a schoolboy lost his life.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council has defended a hike in car parking changes, saying nearly £1m will be generated for vital services.

Truro boss angered by loss

BBC Sport

Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is unhappy with his side after

their 2-0 defeat at Cirencester Town.

Truro City FC

The White Tigers dropped a place to fifth in the Southern Premier League after the loss, which was only their second defeat in 11 league games.

Hogg tied to police?

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

The row over whether

Devon & Cornwall's Crime Commissioner should move into new offices is as much about independence as the £500,000 cost.


Tony Hogg's team say moving into renovated offices at police headquarters at Middlemoor will save money in the long term and will not compromise his independence.

But Exeter councillor Rachel Sutton, a member of the Police and Crime Panel, told me: "I was astonished to hear that he wants to move because he was making a great deal of the need to be independent of the constabulary."

New parking charges spark fierce debate

via Facebook

New parking charges in Cornwall Council-operated car parks have prompted plenty of comments on

the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page. The council points out car park income helps to fund key services, including road maintenance.

  • Mike Batt comments: Liskeard. Rapsons car park all day parking 50% increase to £1.50. That's a £130 increase year on year for people who use the car park every weekday. Hardly insignificant.
  • Richard Pearn says: By putting up parking charges the council are just forcing business out of the towns and to the supermarkets. I now think twice before popping into town as charges are a rip off.
  • Ria MacQueen believes: Councils need to be much more creative in generating revenue from peoples' use of their cars.

A dark & stormy night

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This afternoon it's feeling cold with sunny periods and some heavy, possibly thundery showers which may be wintry over the moors.


Tonight more bands of occasionally heavy showers will continue to move in from the west overnight. Moderate or fresh west or south westerly winds will veer to the northwest and will still be stronger at times with gusts to gale force. Min Temp: 2C (36F)

Mitie complaints

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

An unofficial protest has been staged by some cleaners and porters at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance this morning.


Staff say they walked out because they're unhappy with

ongoing issues over pay and standards after the private firm Mitie took over cleaning and catering contracts at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust last October.

Hospital managers say they continue to robustly monitor the contract, while Mitie has previously said ensuring correct pay is a priority.

Visa joy for family

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man who faced being deported because his British wife's salary was too low has been

given a visa to stay for 30 months.

Michael Engel, from South Africa, lives in Cornwall with his wife Natalie and young daughter Nyana.

Michael Engel

He said they had given up but after legal advice put in a fresh application, which was approved after six weeks. Mr Engel added: "It is a massive massive relief, you wouldn't believe it. We are all so happy."

The Vikings are coming!

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

tweets: Nearly here...14m viking cargo ship awaits! Big crane lift left to go & then 1st object of exhib installed #vikings


Smiling for the camera

After her appearance on BBC Radio Cornwall this morning, award-winning photographer Carla Regler

tweets: Hopefully I sounded ok..... wonderful experience at #BBCCornwall #photography #awards


News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: A lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a cyclist died in a collision on the A38 in September 2014.

BBC Radio Cornwall: A South African man who faced deportation due to his British wife's salary being too low is given a 30 month visa to stay.

Keeper swaps saving goals for sales goals

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United goalkeeper Jordan Seabright has

quit football to become a car salesman in his home town of Poole.

Getty Images

The 20-year-old has played six Conference games this term since joining from Dagenham in the summer, his latest on 17 January at Altrincham. "It's a really brave decision," Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves told BBC Sport.

New parking charges - are you affected?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has revealed its new parking charges - the authority tells me that overall car park income will rise inflation plus 1% but the impact on car park charges will be greater than that.

This is

the link to the official 39 page report on each car park - have a look and let me know what you see, then call me 01872 222222.

Ballots and eyesores - your views?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

More first time voters have taken part in polls for TV shows 'X Factor' or 'Strictly' than are likely to participate in the General Election. As the older generation, is it our fault? And how much does it really matter?


And eyesores or icons - which modern buildings would you save from the bulldozers? 0845 301 1034 - from 1pm

AFC St Austell draw

BBC Radio Cornwall

AFC St Austell will face Glossop North End or Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the semi-finals of the FA vase.

Paul Williams / St Austell Voice

St Austell became the first Cornish side to reach the FA Vase semi-finals since 2007 as they

came from 2-1 behind to beat Ascot United 3-2 in front of a partisan crowd of 1,433 on Saturday.


two-legged semi-finals will be played on Saturday 21 March, with second legs a week later on 28 March.

News on the hour

The top stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Crediton man appears in Exeter court charged over boy's death.

BBC Radio Cornwall: St Austell's footballers will face Glossop North End or Shaw Lane Aquaforce in FA Vase semi-final.

New love for lonely monkey

BBC Inside Out South West

Daisy the capuchin monkey has

gone on a successful first date following the death of her partner.


When her companion died, lonely Daisy's owners asked the Wild Futures monkey sanctuary in Looe to take her on and introduce her to new friends.

Keepers at the sanctuary were encouraged when they saw Daisy and her date Pepe "ganging up" on keepers. There'll be more on

Inside Out South West tonight.

Lock gate improvements

Work's starting today on a £250,000 upgrade of the lock gates at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.


The work's being paid for by the Environment Agency as part of its flood defence work.

Wise words on pasties

BBC Radio Cornwall

The official World Champion Cornish pasty maker has been sharing her secrets for perfect pasty baking, following

her triumph at the Eden Project this weekend.

The Eden Project

Betty Lethbridge, 88, advises: "Make good pastry, have a good butcher, and get some tender skirt. And get the seasoning right. And that's the main thing. And I don't like to eat a pasty with a knife and fork - I like to have it in my hand."

High waters

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're hoping to enjoy a bracing walk around the shores of Devon and Cornwall today, wrap up warm and here are the tide times.