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  1. Updates on Monday 9 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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Matt Pengelly

Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon and Cornwall for Monday 9 March.

Thanks for your company, we'll be back at 08:00 Tuesday to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need.

The 'Poldark effect'

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The new BBC One adaptation of the Cornish classic 'Poldark' has led to a huge rise in the number of people looking at Cornwall as a possible holiday destination.


The period drama got nearly seven million viewers last night - 29% of the TV audience. The head of Visit Cornwall Malcolm Bell says their website got a huge spike in the number of visits and the shots aired last night were worth millions in advertising.

'No Parknig' sign error

BBC Spotlight

Somebody made a little spelling mistake while painting this notice.

The road markings appeared outside one of the units at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

'No parking' sign mistake

Air Day excitement

BBC Radio Cornwall


Breitling Wing Walkers have confirmed they will be bringing their spectacular stunts to the RNAS Culdrose Air day.

Royal Navy

The event on Thursday 30 July is expected to attract thousands of people to the west Cornwall airbase, with a Swiss F-18 jet making its debut.

Tractor speed limit changed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Changes have been made to the speed limit and weight for tractors on the roads.

Tractors will now be able to travel at 25 miles per hour, an increase from the current limit of 20 miles per hour.

Changes have been made to the speed limit of tractors

The new rules are aimed at easing the problem of drivers overtaking slow-moving farm vehicles on country roads.

Dry and clear forecast

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight it will become dry with some lengthy clear periods developing. It will stay dry thereafter and will turn chilly, with a patchy frost forming inland as winds fall light. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F)


After a chilly start, tomorrow will be fine and dry with light winds, though it will probably be quite cloudy along the south coast. It will feel pleasant on and near the north coast in spells of hazy sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F)

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth jury hears of 'racist' bottle attack in murder trial.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's tourism chiefs pleased as 'Poldark Effect' leads to a sharp rise in internet inquiries.

New school for Plymouth

A new Healthcare Studio School has been announced for Plymouth.

Plans for the 375-place studio school sponsored by Stoke Damerel Community College have been

announced by the Department for Education.

The school, which is set to open in September 2017, will offer places to pupils aged between 13 and 19 to develop vocational skills for the wider healthcare sector.

Gulls boss breaks hand


Torquay Herald Express is reporting Torquay United have picked up a match day injury with a difference - to manager Chris Hargreaves.

The Gulls' boss emerged from the dressing-room after Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to AFC Telford United with a bruised and fast-swelling right hand after he whacked a tactics board during a 40-minute post-match session with his players.

Hargreaves eventually went to Exeter's Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, where it was confirmed that he has broken a bone in his hand.

Pubs signs up to toilet scheme

The Ship Inn pub in Looe has become the latest business in Cornwall to sign up for the council's Community Toilet Scheme.

The pub will make its facilities open to members of the public without the need to make a purchase.

The Ship Inn in Looe has become the latest business to sign up for the council's Community Toilet Scheme.

Under the scheme local businesses like hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops are being encouraged to make more clean, safe and accessible toilets available.

Tiny king born at Paignton Zoo

A rare king colobus monkey was born at Paignton Zoo on Saturday.

The pure white monkey was born to father Martin and mother Ivy and will develop black markings when it is one-month-old,

Paignton Zoo said.

king colobus monkey

There are only six zoos in Europe holding king colobus monkeys and the breed is listed as 'vulnerable' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: A Barnstaple drug addict has been jailed for attacking and robbing an elderly family friend in his own home.

BBC Radio Cornwall: The new BBC 1 series 'Poldark' set in Cornwall has led to a huge rise in the number of people looking at the county as a holiday destination.

Boardmasters festival expansion

Music festival Boardmasters is planning to expand to attract more people to the event, the

Cornish Guardian reports.

Organisers of the festival near Newquay, which annually attracts a line-up of top music names, are aiming to increase the visitor capacity from the current 29,999 to almost 40,000 for the next five years.

Watch station to be demolished

BBC Spotlight

Work is due to start tomorrow on demolishing the historic lookout station in Teignmouth.


Staff have moved into a temporary building and will maintain watches as normal -

Teignmouth NCI Station hopes a new building will be running by mid-June.

Who is Plymouth's new millionaire?

BBC Radio Devon

The National Lottery is hunting for the lucky Plymouth person who's won a £1m jackpot in the

EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw.

The winning code on Friday 20 February was XMN947162 - the ticket-holder has until Wednesday 19 August, 2015 to claim their prize.

Election hustings

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

We're planning a series of General Election hustings in every constituency across Cornwall - would you like a place in the audience?


It'll be an opportunity to grill your prospective parliamentary candidates - you can

read more about the hustings here or
send an email if you want to apply for a ticket.

Runners compete in Dart Trail

BBC Spotlight

Hundreds of runners in South Devon combined food and sport as they took part in the Delicious Dart Trail.

The event, along the River Dart, is a fun run where participants sample some of the best of Devon's produce on route.

Dart Trail runners

The runners covered 15 miles and were raising money for the

CHICKS charity, which provides respite breaks for disadvantaged children.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: A jury in Plymouth has been told a Devon teenager was stabbed to death with a bottle after being racially abused at a taxi rank.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council said it has been successful in getting businesses in Cornwall to offer toilet facilities for free.

Sosa trial

The teenage footballer who was stabbed to death and the man charged with his murder were squaring up to each other before altercation, Plymouth Crown Court has heard.

Lee Dent, 42, from East Potlemouth, then picked up a bottle and smashed it into Alex Peguero Sosa's neck, the court heard.

Mr Dent's partner, Devon Rowe, said: "You have killed him, you have killed him."

Dent denies murder.

Grecian joy

BBC Sport

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale is pleased that Ryan Harley has

scored his first goals since rejoining the Grecians.

Getty Images

Harley got the opening two goals in

City's 3-1 win at Carlisle United, their first victory since 17 January.

Official tribute to officer

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two books of condolence have been opened in Falmouth

in memory of PC Andy Hocking, who died unexpectedly at the weekend.

Devon & Cornwall Police

The books are available at the police station and the Art Gallery in the Falmouth Municipal Building.

Inspector Ian Thompson said: "Andy will be sorely missed by his family, colleagues and the community which he served with a smile for many years. For many Andy is the face of Falmouth and the town has lost one of its greatest icons."

New family court to open in Plymouth

A new Family, Drug and Alcohol Court is to open in Plymouth for vulnerable children,

Plymouth City Council has announced.

The court will work with parents where the council has started court proceedings to protect children from harm or neglect.

Councillor Sue McDonald said the court will help ensure that "more parents stop misusing drugs and alcohol, fewer relapses, more children returning home and that there is no abuse and neglect after they return home".

Rain clearing

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's looking like a rather dull and wet day with outbreaks of rain and or drizzle, turning heavy and persistent at times with associated low cloud, but this area of weather is expected to begin clearing to the southeast later.


Tonight the cloud will continue and lift with

lengthy clear periods developing mainly after midnight. The winds will continuing to ease further as they veer to a more north westerly direction. Minimum temperature 3 C (37 F) with a light frost possible.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth Crown Court has heard how
a man accused of killing a 17-year-old footballer with a glass bottle used racist language at a taxi rank.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Devon and Cornwall Police pay tribute to a serving officer who died while off duty yesterday.

Sosa trial starts

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

A teenage footballer was stabbed to death with a bottle after being racially abused at a taxi rank, Plymouth Crown Court has been told.

Plymouth Argyle

Alex Peguero Sosa, who was of mixed race, was attacked in Kingsbridge, south Devon, in the early hours of the morning last July.

Lee Dent, 42, from East Portlemouth, denies murder. The case continues.

National Trust celebrations

The National Trust has launched a year-long Coastal Festival of fundraising events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the

Neptune Coastline campaign.

©National Trust Images/John Millar

The campaign was set up in 1965 to protect the coast from the threat of development, since then more than £65m has been raised to safeguard 745 miles of coastline, including 300 miles in the South West.

Travel problems

BBC Travel South West

  • The
    A30 in Ottery St Mary has reopened after an earlier accident, traffic is easing around Daisy Mount Cross.
  • The A399 in Berrynarbor in north Devon is still closed near the Mill Lane junction following an accident.
  • Skybus flights are on hold to and from Newquay and Land's End airports due to poor visibility.

Chiefs grateful for points haul

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs coach Ali Hepher says

points difference could be key to his side's chances of a top-four finish after their record Premiership win.

Getty Images

Exeter ran in 10 tries as they

thrashed bottom side London Welsh 74-19 at Sandy Park, the third time the Exiles have conceded over 70 points this season.

High speed tractors?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

The speed limit for tractors has been increased - today I'll be asking if the increase to 25mph is a good idea? Do farmers and contractors even stick to the current limit of 20mph?

Get in touch on: 0345 301 1034

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Wind turbine firm to investigate complaints of 'increased lightning strikes'.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Books of Condolence open in Falmouth for community to pay tribute to a popular local policeman.

Tributes for Falmouth PC

BBC Radio Cornwall

This is the scene at Falmouth Police station after the death of the popular community policeman, PC Andy Hocking.


It's understood Mr Hocking suffered a heart attack while out walking yesterday.

The business development manager for Falmouth Richard Wilcox said: "There are too few people I think in any community who go the extra mile to help out their town, but Andy was certainly one of those."

All Blacks slump

BBC Sport

Launceston director of rugby Neil Bayliss was left unhappy with how his side played in

their 28-7 loss at home to Cambridge in National Two South.

ALAstair Cowe

The defeat was their fifth loss in seven games as they dropped to 12th in the league, five points above the relegation zone. "It was not a good performance from us," Bayliss admitted.

Royal Navy helps divers

BBC Radio Devon

A group of divers have been rescued by the crew the Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans.

Royal navy

The divers had been missing for some time before they were recovered on Sunday in Plymouth Sound.

Fittingly on International Women's Day the Royal Navy vessel, which was also assisted by the RNLI, had an all-female crew.

Questions for the leader?

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

I'm standing in for Laurence Reed today - after 13:00 I'll be joined in the studio by the leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard.


He's ready to answer your questions, so give us a call 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

News on the hour

The top stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Search for mystery Plymouth EuroMillions winner.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Tributes pile up following death of Falmouth policeman.

Watchdog pleased

BBC Radio Cornwall

The head of Cornwall's patient watchdog says she's pleased ambitious plans to outsource NHS services have been shelved.

NHS Kernow had wanted to put £75m of services out to tender, including follow-up appointments and non-complex planned operations, but have now withdrawn the proposals.

Debbie Pritchard from

Healthwatch Cornwall said: "What we have to focus on is that NHS Kernow are perhaps listening to what people are requiring in their services and taking some note of that."

Free School developments

BBC Radio Devon

The Government has announced three new

Free Schools are to be founded in Devon.

The Digital Primary Academy will bring 420 new school places to Exeter; there'll be a new primary school in Kingsteignton and the Stoke Damerel Healthcare Professional Studio School will specialise in healthcare, together with the local colleague and health partners.

Poldark figures success

It's looks like the BBC's new adaptation of 'Poldark' has won the first battle for Sunday night viewers, attracting more than twice as many people as its ITV rival.

The Media Guardian

tweets: BBC's Poldark launches with nearly 7 million viewers.


News on the hour

The top stories at 11:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: Three new Free Schools announced for Devon.

BBC Radio Cornwall: Tributes pour in after Falmouth policeman dies.