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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Miles Davis and Ben Chapple

All times stated are UK

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Ben Chapple

Local Live

That's all from the BBC Local Live service for Devon and Cornwall for Wednesday, 4 March. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Two men have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering in a counter-terrorism investigation linked to British extremists travelling to Syria. Two of the offences are linked to people being duped in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: Doctors say a joined up approach to health would benefit Plymouth under plans to bring all health and social care services under a single budget of more than £460m.

Cornish victims of large-scale fraud

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering in a counter-terrorism investigation into large-scale fraud linked to British extremists travelling to Syria, according to Devon and Cornwall Police.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The men, aged 23 and 29, were held at addresses in west and east London. Police said two of the offences relate to two victims in Cornwall who were defrauded of £130,000.

Truro burger restaurant in top ten

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An upmarket burger restaurant in Truro has been picked in the top ten "coolest restaurant interiors" worldwide by

the Guardian.

The newspaper's website picked the Hubbox for its list of favourites from restaurants that feature in the newly released book Let's Go Out Again.

TB confirmed at Torquay school

A case of tuberculosis in a pupil at Westlands School in Torquay has been confirmed according to the

Torquay Herald Express.

The pupil is off school and other pupils and staff are being screened by Public Health England.

New horse for Devon traveller

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

One of Devon's best known characters is hitting the road again thanks to

an online campaign. Traveller John Treagood, 79, said he was left stranded in Exeter following the death of his Irish cob horse Gildor in January.

John Treagood

Supporters have collected £9,500, enough to buy a horse called Misty and a new wagon.

Ban on Whitsand Bay as dredging disposal site

No dredging will be allowed to be disposed in the Whitsand Bay area of south east Cornwall following a decision by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) based on new advice from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

Whitsand Bay
No disposal of dredging will be allowed at Whitsand Bay in south east Cornwall

Phil Tuckett, chief executive of the MMO said: "We will not licence any applications to dispose at Rame Head whilst Cefas work continues to determine whether or not the site remains viable." The decision was welcomed by local MP Sheryll Murray.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The chairman of the private sector-led body that will replace Visit Cornwall insists the county has "a bright future".

BBC Radio Devon: Prime Minister David Cameron sees no reason why a deal cannot be done this month to secure land at Devonport dockyard for the development of a maritime industrial campus.

Aunt of fatal crash victim on the scene

The aunt of a 10-year-old boy who died when he was hit by a van in Crediton was one of the first people at the scene of the crash according to the

Exeter Express and Echo.

Police confirmed PCSO Sharon Crocker did not know the identity of the victim, her nephew Samuel Crocker, until she arrived at the scene on Saturday afternoon.

Poldark peril fear

BBC Radio Cornwall

Aidan Turner, the star of the new BBC One adaptation of Poldark, has revealed

how nervous he was of injuring himself while filming the new show.


Aidan said: "I have a responsibility to show up every day, to try to not get sick and not get injured. I mean the very first scene on my very first day I was galloping on a horse - amazing but if I come off that horse and slip a disc, or if I roll an ankle playing football that's going to shut down production."

Runners raise funds for fire-stricken family

Runners have set up a fundraising campaign to raise money for a family who lost everything when their pub was destroyed by fire overnight, the

Torquay Herald Express is reporting.

The Anchor

The Isca Hash House Harriers set up a

Go Fund to raise cash for the family affected by the blaze at the Anchor Inn, Chudleigh Knighton.

Dry and clear

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

This evening and overnight will stay dry and clear with light winds, allowing a frost to develop in many areas, especially in low-lying rural spots. Cloud will gradually spread in from the northwest by dawn. Min Temp: -2C (28F)

Weather map of south west of England

Thursday: After a cold and frosty start for many, cloud will continue to increase through the day. Some sunny spells are likely through the afternoon though, and it will feel milder than recently. Max Temp: 11C (52F)

Marine energy summit in Plymouth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

More than 60 industry professionals from across the UK will meet at Plymouth University tomorrow to discuss the wave and tidal energy sector.

The marine energy test centre at Plymouth University
University of Plymouth
The marine energy test centre at Plymouth University

Amber Rudd, Department for Energy and Climate Change minister, will be in charge at the annual meeting of the Marine Energy Programme Board (MEPB).

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson says half a billion pounds lost to the taxpayer through flytipping could be clawed back.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth is due to become the first place in the country to join all its health and social care services from 1 April.

Stein on Wales

BBC Radio Cornwall

The son of celebrity chef Rick Stein has said

Wales is not making the most of its fishing industry.


Jack Stein, who is taking over the reins from his father Rick, said Wales could be the next food-fishing tourism destination, similar to Cornwall.

Cornish language concerns

The Cornish language could "fade into obscurity", according to

ITV Westcountry.

Cornwall Council said it will have to close the Cornish language office at the end of this month unless a funding solution is found.

Lifeguarding Down Under

BBC Radio Cornwall

An RNLI lifeguard from Cornwall has won a prestigious award from Surf Life Saving Australia for a rescue he carried out whilst working on the beaches there this winter.

Penny Bradfield

Pete Geall (2nd on the left) worked with a fellow lifeguard to save a bodyboarder who'd suffered a spinal injury on a remote beach in the Yallingup area of south western Australia.

Pete said: "Australia is the ancestral home of surf lifesaving, so to win an award here is truly humbling."

Man, 41, died in hernia operation

A 41-year-old man died when he went into anaphylactic shock in reaction to a general anaesthetic at Tiverton Hospital, according to the

North Devon Journal.

Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland gave a narrative verdict at the inquest into the death of Jamie Hyde, from Morchard Bishop.

Visit Cornwall to be replaced

BBC Radio Cornwall

Members of Cornwall Council's Cabinet have approved the creation of a Visit Cornwall 'community interest company' led by the private sector to market the county as a tourist destination.


There had been concerns the withdrawal of council funding could impact on the tourism industry - Cabinet Member for Culture and Economy Julian German said: "We recognise the vital role of the visitor economy in Cornwall, but the need to make £196m savings means we have had to look at different ways of delivering a number of the services we provide."

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council is warning people to check their appliances after two men pleaded guilty to four offences relating to the unsafe and unregistered installation of wood burning stoves.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth is set to be the first place in the country to join all health and social care services under a single budget of more than £460m.

Poldark star went mining

BBC Radio Cornwall

The star of the new BBC One adaptation of 'Poldark' has revealed he went underground to research more about his character.


In a

behind the scenes blog for the BBC Aidan Turner said he learnt a lot about Cornish tin mining in his preparation for playing Ross Poldark, saying: "I went down a couple just to see what they were like, just to get that feeling and it's exactly what you'd think: completely claustrophobic and dark and dangerous and everything. They smell like wet granite, it almost smells cold."

A lovely spring afternoon

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's a fine and dry afternoon with long sunny spells. Moderate locally fresh northwesterly winds will become lighter inland.


Tonight it will be remaining dry with long clear spells and as a result a slight frost developing in some low lying, rural areas to the east. Light northwesterly winds will also back to the southwest by morning. Min Temp: -2C (28F).

Students go down to Sesame Street

Bodmin College is putting on the Sesame Street-inspired Broadway hit, Avenue Q.

Bodmin College students

The show is based on the format of Sesame Street, where puppets interact with humans and sing and dance - although the content is for adults only - video of rehearsals can be seen here on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

St Piran's day preparations

Cornwall is gearing up for St Piran's Day celebrations on 5 March. St Piran is the patron saint of tinners and his saint's day is marked throughout Cornwall.


The Western Morning News has a rundown of events across the county - plus
BBC Radio Cornwall is leading
a countywide singing of 'Trelawny' on Thursday night.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council decides to end its funding of the tourist board Visit Cornwall and replace it with a community interest company.

BBC Radio Devon: A new plan for the future of Devon's libraries.

Rail changes ahead

The rail company First Great Western

tweets: Travelling over Easter? "Please check your journey before travel as there are engineering works taking place."

You can

read more detail here.

Two children raise £70 for new lifeboat

Two nine-year-old children have raised £70 for the Penlee Lifeboat appeal, according to

the Cornishman.

Chloe Fice and Daisy Samuel sold toys and books to contribute to the local RNLI team which is hoping to raise £200,000.

Cider insiders concerned

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Small West Country cider makers could leave the industry if calls by the European Commission to end a subsidy are enforced, according to industry leaders.


The commission has called on the UK Treasury to end the current excise duty exemption for small producers - companies who produce less than 12,000 pints - the

National Association of Cider Makers says the change could see leave small producers unable to continue.

Devon library plans

BBC Radio Devon

Plans to set up

a new community-owned 'mutual' to run Devon's libraries have been unveiled by the County Council.


The authority has admitted funding cuts have made it increasingly difficult to keep libraries open - it's hoped a mutual service with charitable status could be eligible for up to 80% relief on its business rates and could also apply for grants not available to local authorities.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's biggest care provider, Cornwall Care, is considering cutting staff wages and benefits.

BBC Radio Devon: Fire investigators are trying to find out what might have caused a blaze at the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton just after 2.30 this morning.

First signings for Pirates

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish Pirates backs Matt Evans and Alex Dancer

have signed new contracts with the Championship club.

Brian Tempest

They are the first members of the first-team squad to commit themselves to the Pirates for the 2015-16 season - director of rugby Ian Davies said: "It is great news that these two guys have re-signed."

Council go-ahead for new tourism body

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A new private-sector led tourism body will be set up to replace Visit Cornwall after a vote by the cabinet at Cornwall Council.

Kynance Cove
Ashley Lewis

The council is withdrawing £850,000 a year of funding for Visit Cornwall. Tourism is worth £1.6bn every year to the Cornish economy.

War on waste says Lib Dem

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

A Cornish MP and Defra minister says companies who fly-tip to deliberately evade tax could face up to £9m in fines, if the Liberal Democrats are in government after the election.


As he launched the zero waste bill today, Dan Rogerson MP said he wanted to see more organisations prosecuted for illegal dumping and higher fines for those who damage the environment.

Immigration question

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

UKIP's Nigel Farage drops his immigration target and calls for a return to "normality". Why is immigration still the hot political potato and does it really affect you? And 'wolf-whistling' - Celia Imrie loves it and is telling women who complain to "lighten up".

I want to know what you think from 13:00 on

BBC Radio Devon on 0345 301 1034.

Internet cruelty fears

BBC Radio Devon

Police in the South West have condemned a rise in people boasting about wildlife cruelty and crime on the internet.


It's feared there's a growing trend in people hunting animals like hares and deer with dogs, then sharing graphic footage online - PC Martin Beck, wildlife crime officer, said: "These people seem to be getting some sort of joy, some sort of reaction, from sharing their information on the internet to their friends. Clearly there's nothing clever about it, I think it's quite sick what they're doing."

News on the hour

The top stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Councillors debate whether to withdraw County Hall funding from Visit Cornwall tourism board.

BBC Radio Devon: Chudleigh Knighton pub fire investigations continue.

Worried about your mental health?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

On today's programme we're talking about depression. It's a condition that can affect anyone at any time, but sometimes people are reluctant to admit to it for fear of being stigmatised.


We'll have experts in the studio from

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to answer your questions, call 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

Puppets take Bodmin College

BBC Radio Cornwall's Debbie McCrory

tweets: Great visit to @BodminCollege where they are putting on @avenueqmusical #fantasticpuppetsgreatcast


Accident appeal

Police are

appealing for witnesses to a serious collision between two buses and a motorcycle in Kenton between Exeter and Dawlish on Tuesday evening.

The 49-year-old male motorcyclist from Exeter suffered serious arm and leg injuries which are considered life-threatening and life-changing - he's in a 'critical' condition in hospital.

Uni defends leaders

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

The University of Exeter has defended its vice chancellor after

stinging criticism over the pay packets of senior university bosses from the lecturers' union.


The University and College Union claimed Professor Sir Steve Smith earned £400,000 in 2013-14 including £58,000 in performance-related remuneration - Exeter University has rejected the criticism and describes the analysis as "deeply flawed, ill-conceived and disingenuous".