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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal and Ben Chapple

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the BBC Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall on Thursday 5 March. Thanks very much for joining us.

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

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's been a mixed reaction to Liberal Democrat proposals for a Cornish Assembly, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying devolution would mean more decisions made locally, but Mebyon Kernow dismissed the plans as ill conceived.

BBC Radio Devon: A number of state secondary schools in the South West are failing their brightest pupils, a report by Ofsted warns.

Sally Ann recognition

A Plymouth volunteer who helps homeless people has received national recognition from the

Salvation Army.

Plymouth Lifehouse

Lyndsey Withers - a regular volunteer at the Plymouth Lifehouse in the city's Devonport area (pictured), a residential centre for homeless people - has been given the Exceptional Contribution Award at a ceremony in Derbyshire.

SW schools 'not helping pupils'

BBC Spotlight

Schools in the south west are among the poorest in England when it comes to helping able pupils reach their full potential, an

Ofsted report says.

Ofsted graphic

The education watchdog said the most able students in non-selective schools were not being challenged to achieve the highest levels of scholarship, and too few schools set high enough expectations of what these students could achieve. Ofsted regional director Bradley Simmons said those students "will be tomorrow's leaders and they will take our nation forward".

Ministers dismiss BT rural domination

Ministers have dismissed claims of "anti-competitive behaviour" by BT in the roll-out of superfast broadband in the south west as MPs warned of rural areas plunging into "digital darkness", the

Western Morning News reports.

The firm bagged the main £94m contract to get the quickest connections to 90% of properties in Devon and Somerset.

Planners against Truro FC plans

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Council officers have recommended refusal for retail development plans on the current Truro City Football Club site

which would pay for a planned new ground for the club.

Truro City Football Club ground. Pic: Google

It is among recommendations that also include turning down

plans for a supermarket which would fund a stadium for Cornwall.

Lorry sheds load

BBC Travel South West

BBC South West travel has warned of problems on the A30 near Camborne, in Cornwall, as a lorry has shed its load near the Loggans Moor roundabout, on the westbound carriageway.

In Newton Abbot, Devon, there are reports of an accident on the A380 Torquay Road near the Penn Inn roundabout; and Queensway is blocked due to an accident near Haldon Rise.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £5m boost for tourism in the South West.

BBC Radio Devon: More than £50,000 has been spent in Lynmouth to improve flood protection in the town.

Arrests after 'hit and run'

Two men from the Liverpool area have been arrested after a pedestrian was injured in a suspected hit and run in Tiverton,

Devon and Cornwall Police say.

The man, in his 20s, was hit by a white Ford Transit van in the Barrington Street area at about 18:30 on Tuesday. Police said six detectives were working on the case.

Cloudy night

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight will be rather cloudy overnight but it should stay dry with some clear periods. Despite this, it will be frost-free and noticeably milder than of recent nights. Min Temp: 4C (39F)

Weather map of the south west of England

Friday will be rather cloudy at times but it should remain dry, with further bright or sunny intervals. Winds will strengthen through the day with some strong gusts over Dartmoor and other areas of high ground. Max Temp: 12C (57F)

Motorcycle left embedded in van

A crash on a busy Plymouth roundabout left a motorcycle embedded in the front of a van, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

The incident, believed to only involve the two vehicles, happened at about 14:00.

Cat shooting 'thuggish'

A man who

spent £10,000 to find out who shot their kitten has criticised the lack of a "credible" investigation by police.

Neil Tregarthen and cat
Neil Tregarthen

Neil Tregarthen told the BBC: "The police were very respectful. But there's a huge difference between getting a crime reference number and having someone credibly investigate what was a very thuggish-type event."

Stadium 'kick in teeth'

Planning officers have

recommended permission be turned down for a supermarket that could fund a stadium for Cornwall.

Cornwall Stadium graphic. Pic: Inox

Inox, the company behind the proposals, said it needed planning permission for a supermarket at Langarth to be granted so £8m from that could fund the 6,000-seat stadium. Peter Marks, from the Stadium for Cornwall Group, said the planners' recommendation was a "kick in the teeth" for the project.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says plans for an Assembly for Cornwall would see Cornwall Council abolished and replaced with a much smaller body.

BBC Radio Devon: A piece of Gibraltar is to be installed at an historic east Devon beauty spot as a memorial to the Royal Marines and all commandos who've trained on Woodbury Common, near Exmouth, since 1940.

Saintly parades

People across Cornwall have been celebrating St Piran's Day.

St Piran's Parade

See some of the parades and celebrations from around the county on BBC Spotlight, at 18:30 on BBC1.

Flybe to open Cardiff base

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Exeter-headquartered airline Flybe is to open a

new UK base in Cardiff in June, managers say.

Flybe aircraft

The company said the move would create 50 jobs and it would be operating 11 routes from Cardiff.

Objection over bus station move

BBC Radio Devon

Eleven letters of objection have been sent to

Plymouth City Council about plans to move the city's bus station.

Bus station

People against £4m plans to move the station from Bretonside to Mayflower Street said they were worried about disabled access to the new site and whether there was enough room for buses to turn. Councillors are to vote on project next Thursday, which has been recommended for approval.

Painting sale

A Beryl Cook oil painting has sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms for £19,200 to a collector in Canada.

Plymouth Auction Rooms

The painting titled Kissing Time is in the Plymouth artist's distinctively vibrant and fun style - Paul Keen of

Plymouth Auction Rooms said: "It was a fantastic piece and I'm not surprised it achieved our estimate and sold for the price it did."

Tie grilling for Clegg

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has been put on the spot by junior journalists from the

BBC School Report project for not wearing a tie.

BBC School Report

An open-shirted Deputy PM seems momentarily bemused after one of the children at Newquay Treviglas School asked him why he wasn't wearing a tie and told him he should because it was "more formal".

Mr Clegg apologised to the pint-sized Paxman and explained: "I just find having a tight collar round my neck I just don't find very comfortable, so where I can I don't do it and secondly I quite like a little bit of informality, I think so much of politics is a bit stuffy."

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Plans for a Stadium for Cornwall could be abandoned next week if councillors follow the advice of local planning officers, who have recommended permission for a supermarket which would fund the project be turned down.

BBC Radio Devon: People in the EX35 postcode area of north Devon are to benefit from rural fuel rebates after the European Union approved proposals.

Online safety

Inspector Lou Costin, of Devon and Cornwall Police,

tweets: Check out the fab new website for online safety advice for parents, young people and professionals. @BeVirtuallySafe

Absconding aunt killer jailed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man who fled to Australia almost two decades ago after walking out of an open prison in Gloucestershire has been

sent back to jail.

Robert Hennessey
Avon and Somerset Police

Robert Hennessey, 51, absconded from HMP Leyhill in 1998, while serving a life sentence for the manslaughter of his aunt in Plymouth in 1978, when he was aged 14. He was found in Australia and has been jailed for 16 months after admitting escaping lawful custody.

Trelawny singers shout out

BBC Radio Cornwall

Julie Skentelbery and Duncan Warren are hoping to have the pleasure of your company for the

Trelawny Shout this evening.


Duncan will be

broadcasting live from the Golden Lion pub in Port Isaac from 19:00 and getting warmed up with those Fisherman's Friends - the plan is for a mass sing song of 'Trelawny' from 21:00.

Muddy dog warning

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency

tweets some advice: Some tips for dog lovers everywhere #Crufts2015 #999Coastguard


Private prosecution against 'cat shooter'

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

A family who

spent £10,000 on an investigation to find out who shot their kitten say they are considering bringing a private prosecution against those they believe were responsible.

Neil Tregarthen

Neil Tregarthen hired private detectives who carried out a six-week investigation and found a prime suspect near where Farah was shot in Exeter, but police officers refused to back a prosecution. Devon and Cornwall Police insisted the crime was fully investigated.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he is 'throwing his weight' behind a Cornish Assembly proposal.

BBC Radio Devon: Cornwall & Devon to share in new £5m tourism fund to promote the South West.

You're my type(writer)

via Facebook

BBC Radio Devon said

on Facebook: Today in the Judi Spiers' office we received a letter written on a typewriter and got all nostalgic about typewriters. We actually found the BBC standby systems for when the computers break.

Judi Spiers with typrewriter

'Hand job' council ad

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tavistock Town Council announced a vacancy for a "General Hand job vacancy" in an absent-minded bit of Facebooking,

The Independent reports.

The ad was posted on Your Guide to Tavistock's Facebook page, and swiftly edited to "General Hand Level 1 Job vacancy" after followers commented on it possibly being misinterpreted.

Law and order?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

After a businessman

spends £10,000 on a private detective to investigate the shooting of a cat, we're asking 'have you ever taken the law into your own hands?'


Did it make you feel better and what happened? Call Bill on 0345 301 1034.

MK blast Lib Dem promise

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

A senior Mebyon Kernow councillor has ridiculed the Liberal Democrat promise of a Cornish Assembly as "ill considered" and a "nonsense."

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is on a St Piran's Day tour of Cornwall and has pledged to offer the people of Cornwall

a legislative assembly with powers to run local services - if his party are still in government after the general election.


Councillor Loveday Jenkin said: "There must be an election on - the Lib Dems are talking about a Cornish Assembly. It is an abject shame they have done nothing about meaningful devolution to Cornwall whilst in government over the last five years."

Sheds damaged in 'deliberate' fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A fire which severely damaged two sheds in Exeter is thought to have been started deliberately,

Devon and Somerset Fire Service says.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze in Chestnut Avenue, by "numerous calls" at about 00:20. As well as damaging the sheds, the eaves and front door of an adjacent property was also affected, the service said.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says a Cornish Assembly "could make a massive difference" as he visits the county to promote moves for greater devolution.

BBC Radio Devon: St John Ambulance volunteers have accused the charity of "taking their money" in a row over the sell-off of halls - including in Ashburton and Chudleigh - and widespread changes in the organisation.

Dead dolphin found on beach

A dolphin has been found washed up on a north Devon beach, the

North Devon Gazette reports.

The creature was found at Putsborough by a woman out walking her dog. It is not known how the animal died.

Trelawny Shout

Excitement is growing ahead of the Trelawny Shout - a mass community singing of the Cornish anthem 'The Song of the Western Men' at 21:00 tonight.

BBC Radio Cornwall will be broadcasting live from the Golden Lion in Port Isaac this evening.

St Austell Brewery

tweets: "Gool Peran Lowen! Happy St Piran's Day from @StAustellBrew. Want to join us?"

St Austell brewery


here for more details of pubs joining in with the sing song.

Cloud moving in

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's dry with some spells of sunshine, but it will become increasingly cloudy through the afternoon. Winds will be mainly from the south west and light or moderate.


It will be

quite cloudy tonight, but it should remain dry and there may be some clearer periods developing from time to time. It will also be milder as light to moderate southwesterly winds back to the south and become fresher in the west by morning. Min Temp: 4C (39F).

Truro 'hopes to extend home run'

BBC Sport

Truro City manager Steve Tully says

he is hoping his side can extend their recent impressive home form after winning nine of their last 10 league games.

Despite drawing 2-2 with Poole Town, he said: "[I'm] delighted by the way we played and if we can keep that tempo and momentum going at home I think we'll be alright."

Fuel rebates approved for Devon

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The European Union has approved the rollout of rural fuel rebates in Devon.

Petrol station

The county is one of

17 areas in Scotland and England which will allows retailers to claim back up to 5p per litre duty relief on unleaded petrol and diesel, and pass on the savings to customers. It will be introduced on 31 May. The rebate has been in operation in the Isles of Scilly since 2012.

St Piran's Day in Derbyshire

Andy "in exile" Delbridge emails: We are celebrating [St Piran's Day] here in Derbyshire! Sally, landlady at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook near Derby is making pasties for me and my friends to mark the occasion!

News on the hour

The top stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Mebyon Kernow says Nick Clegg's offer of a Cornish Assembly is "ill considered" and a "nonsense".

BBC Radio Devon: Plans have emerged to spend nearly £70,000 of public money on a new shop for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Cornish Assembly - your views?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

So Nick Clegg is in Cornwall today offering voters a promise of a Cornish Assembly - we'll hear from the Deputy PM after 12 noon - Mebyon Kernow have blasted the promise as a "nonsense". Call us with your views on 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

You're already commenting on

the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

  • Maire Wilcox says: "It would be awesome if someone could stop the greedy Londoners coming and buying up houses for second homes and pricing the locals out of the economy."
  • Derek Rule warns: "Given the complete and utter pig's ear the present Council is making of Cornwall, if they are elevated to the same status as the Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly, I hate to think what further damage they can do to our county."