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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 18:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: Mitie says it has merely sent staff a reminder of its standard communications policy for dealing with journalists in response to staff claiming they have been gagged.

BBC Radio Devon: A 13-year-old boy has appeared in court in North Devon charged with raping another teenager.

NHS Trust shortlisted for award


Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a national award for excellent patient experience.

Customer Relations Team
Northern Devon Healthcare

The trust has been named as a finalist in the Patient Experience Network National Awards for its work to resolve complaints at the earliest possible stage.

South West tourism gifted £5m

Tourism in the South West is getting a £5m helping hand from the government to encourage more visitors to the region, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

Visit England will administer the fund on behalf of the government, using the money to back initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the South West of England as a tourist destination in Europe and beyond.

This fund, it says, will be used to promote transport links to Exeter, Bristol and Newquay and help businesses shout about their products.

Tributes to Devon councillor

Tributes have been paid to Councillor Donald Horn who has died suddenly from a heart attack, West Devon Borough Council said.

Mr Horn, who lived in Lifton, was aged 77 and a former Mayor of West Devon.

Councillor Donald Horn
Bob Arnold

Philip Sanders, leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: "We will all miss him and our thoughts are with his wife Mary and the family."

Cleaners and porters 'gagged'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cleaners and porters working for

Mitie at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust say they are effectively being gagged after letters from their employer arrived reminding them not to talk to the media.

It's been a

troubled relationship since the company took over hotel services in October and BBC Radio Cornwall has been contacted by a number of whistleblowers complaining that they had not been paid.

NHS drop-in event

Torbay Hospital is hosting a

drop-in event to boost apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience within the NHS.

The event is being held on Thursday 12 March from 10am - 5pm at the Horizon Centre as part of apprenticeship week.

Godolphin House commended in Civic Trust Awards

The National Trust's project to restore and open up

Godolphin House to visitors has received a commendation at the 56th annual Civic Trust Awards.

It was one of 91 national and international projects awarded out of 238 applications.

Godolphin House
©National Trust Images/Aerial-Cam

Ian Marsh, general manager for the National Trust in West Cornwall, said: "We are thrilled to have received such high recognition for the Godolphin House project."

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 17:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cleaners and porters working for Mitie at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust say they're effectively being gagged after letters from their employer arrived reminding them not to talk to the media.

BBC Radio Devon: The government is being warned that its plans to offer discounts to young people to get them on the housing ladder could reduce the number of affordable homes in parts of Devon.

Ultra-runner attempts world record

Ultra-runner Patrick Devine-Wright is

attempting to break a world record by running the entire South West Coast Path of over 630 miles in under 14 days.

The academic is completing the challenge to raise funds for the Wave Project, the RNLI and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Professor Devine-Wright, who works at the University of Exeter, will start his race on April 7 at Minehead in Somerset and hopes to finish at Weymouth in Dorset 13 days later.

Refuge to receive £200,000

BBC Radio Devon

The only remaining women's refuge in the Devon County Council area will receive almost £200,000 from the government to safeguard its future.

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse runs the home in Barnstaple, where it can now re-open beds for six adults and 12 children.

The refuge had its funding cut last April and said it was having to turn women away every day as a result.

Pink Pirates

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The Cornish Pirates will be 'pretty in pink' when they take on fierce local rivals Plymouth Albion later this month.

Simon Bryant

The Pirates will wear pink shirts as part of the 'Ladies Day At The Mennaye' celebrations on Sunday 29th March, also raising funds for Cornwall's specialist breast care unit, The Mermaid Centre.

Mother fined for son slap

BBC Radio Devon

A South Devon mother has admitted assaulting her nine-year-old son after she lost her temper with him.

The boy suffered some bruising but was not badly hurt after she slapped him twice in early December to reprimand him for swearing.

The 29-year-old woman from Torquay, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a one year community order with supervision by Torbay magistrates court and ordered to pay £145 costs.

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 16:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: The master and owner of a Dutch registered trawler has been fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to retaining on-board mackerel caught in the mackerel box in Cornish waters.

BBC Radio Devon: A 13-year-old boy has appeared before magistrates in Barnstaple charged with raping another teenager.

Dawn French to be installed at university

Dawn French will be formally installed as Falmouth University's first Chancellor on Thursday 26 March,

Falmouth University has announced.

Dawn French

The Installation ceremony will take place at King Charles the Martyr Church in Falmouth, and will be followed by a day of celebrations.

Appeal for cancer patients

The Exeter Leukaemia Fund has launched an appeal to raise £420,000 for patients diagnosed with blood cancer and blood disorders.

The Chevithorne Appeal aims to fund a family suite at The Yarty Ward at the

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Royal approval for Big Lunch

The Big Lunch

tweets: A lovely launch of @thebiglunch 2015. At Clarence House with The Duchess of Cornwall and some great Big Lunchers.

The big lunch


Big Lunch is a project managed by the Eden Project in Cornwall to encourage neighbours to get together on Sunday 7 June 2015.

New watch tower

BBC Spotlight

This is a design sketch of the new National Coastwatch Institution tower that is to be built on the seafront in Teignmouth.


£80,000 has been raised to replace the existing tower, which will be staffed by volunteers keeping an eye on sea users.

Watch tower demolition

BBC Spotlight

Work has begun today to knock down and rebuild a lookout tower in Teignmouth.


A new watchtower will be built in its place, staffed by volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution after more than £80,000 was raised to replace the existing tower which needed urgent repairs.

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 15:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police figures show hundreds of convicted sex offenders have gone missing across the UK.

BBC Radio Devon: The only remaining women's refuge in the Devon County area is getting almost £200,000 from the government to safeguard its future.

North Devon sex charges

A 13-year-old boy from Barnstaple has appeared in court

charged with raping another teenager and other sexual offences against children.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, faced six charges when he appeared before magistrates in north Devon - he will appear before a district judge at Exeter Magistrates' Court next week.

Large fish fine

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Marine Management Organisation has welcomed hefty fines levied on a Dutch trawler for illegally catching mackerel off the north Cornish coast.

The master and owners of the trawler "Frank Bonefaas" were ordered to pay just over £100,000 in fines and costs after admitting fishing inside the conservation area known as the 'mackerel box' - magistrates heard they had netted more than 600 tonnes of fish.

Nick Wright from the Marine Management Organisation said: "It certainly reflects the importance of the mackerel box and the penalties make sure that the fishermen are not going to profit from this."

Accident appeal

BBC Radio Devon

The police are appealing for the public's help after

a women and a child were badly hurt in a road accident near Ilfracombe on Monday morning.

A car and a lorry were involved in the crash on the A399 at Berrynarbor between Barton Lane and Mill Lane. The road was closed for approximately six hours.

New speed cameras for Cornwall

Four new sets of average speed cameras are to be installed across Cornwall from next month, the

Cornish Guardian reports.

They will be located in existing 30mph zones at Henver Road in Newquay, on the A390 at St Blazey, on the A388 at St Mellion and on the A394 Trewennack, near Helston.

In the rose garden

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon staff will swop studio faders for pruning shears at the memorial rose garden at Cockington Court in Torquay today.


Loyal listeners will join staff as part of the 'Action Station' community work, cutting back the rose bushes and ramblers and helping to refurbish the trellises.

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 14:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: A public meeting in St Austell backs merger plans for local GP surgeries.

BBC Radio Devon: A care worker at an NHS psychiatric unit in Devon has been arrested on suspicion of raping a young patient. Devon & Cornwall police have confirmed a 50-year-old man from Plymouth has been questioned and bailed.

Motörhead announced for Eden Sessions

David White

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Rock band Motörhead will headline at the

Eden Sessions 2015. this summer.

The Grammy-winners, who have sold more than 20 million records worldwide, will play on Saturday 27 June at the Eden Project.

Robert John Potography

Sir Elton John and Ben Howard have already been announced for other dates throughout the summer.

Dry, wetter tonight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's a dry, bright afternoon with spells of sunshine, hazy at times. Light northerly winds will veer to the east and become moderate.


Tonight it will be dry and also quite chilly initially, but

cloud will increase from the west during the small hours, with outbreaks of light rain moving into the west and then spreading slowly eastwards. Light or moderate east or south easterly winds will become fresh and locally strong. Min Temp: 3 C (37 F).

Govt cash for refuge

BBC Radio Devon

A women's refuge in North Devon has secured nearly £200,000 in extra funding to expand its work.

The money will allow staff at

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse to create an additional six adult beds, as well as 12 child bed spaces at the local refuge.

North Devon Council's executive member for housing, Councillor Faye Webber, says: "By creating the additional bed spaces, NDADA will be able to help support even more women and their children, who unfortunately are in vital need of somewhere safe to go."

Mission impossible for Cruise

BBC Sport

Torquay United left-back Tom Cruise

could miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.


The 24-year-old former Arsenal youngster has not played since the middle of January, having joined the Gulls in June 2012.

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 13:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: Marine management bodies say they're pleased following £102,000 illegal fishing fine.

BBC Radio Devon: A worker at Plymouth's Glenbourne Psychiatric Centre has been questioned and released on bail following an allegation of rape.

Special delivery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Marine experts at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay are taking extra precautions with their latest arrivals - a quartet of boxfish.

Blue Reef Aquarium

The baby boxfish are being looked after in the aquarium's nursery area - if attacked or threatened, the slow-moving fish will emit a highly poisonous toxin from its skin.

A19 retirement appeal

Payouts for police officers forced to retire now rest on whether five forces win an appeal against a 2014 tribunal that ruled A19 was age discrimination.

BBC News Online sent requests under the Freedom of Information Act to the 43 forces in England and Wales. 28 forces said they did not use A19.


Invoking the rule saved the forces more than £66m in wages, the BBC has found.

Kids in custody

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

From 13:00 I'll be asking if you'd ever report your children to the police after a Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary report revealed police are being called to homes where parents are struggling to discipline their own children.

Among those held in police cells were a girl who'd fought with her sister over a television remote control device...and a 17-year-old boy who'd pushed his step-father and damaged a garden fence.

So what's gone wrong with parenting? Get in touch on 0345 301 1034.

Monster Chiefs prop into Wales squad

BBC Sport

Wales have

drafted in the considerable bulk of Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis ahead of Saturday's Six Nations match with Ireland.

Getty Images

Francis, 22, is one of the heaviest forwards in the professional game at 6ft 1in and 21st - Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards said: "His scrummaging is absolutely outstanding but he's also a skilful player as well. He's big, he's young and he's coming from a great environment."

News on the hour

Here are some of the top stories at 12:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: A St Austell man says he's furious a crucial meeting about the future of the town's GP surgery was held somewhere without disabled access.

BBC Radio Devon: Police say a 50-year-old care worker at Plymouth's Glenbourne Psychiatric Centre has been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman patient.

A19 police retirement compensation

More than 1,000 former senior police officers are

seeking compensation after being forced to retire.

Under the A19 police regulation, those below chief officer rank are required to stand down after 30 years "in the general interests of efficiency".


In Devon and Cornwall there have been 160 A19 retirees since 2010 with £21,136,000 paid out in pension lump sums.

Future of GP surgery?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we'll be talking about the future of Polkyth Surgery in St Austell after a public meeting in the town last night.


Patients have been taking part in a consultation process to say whether they'd like the practice to continue on its own or merge with the other three practices in the town - we'll get the very latest from one of the partners and from local people. Call 01872 222222 from 12 noon.

Judi and her new best friend

BBC Radio Devon's Judi Spiers is having fun this morning, she

tweets: Another furry friend visits the studio! @BBCDevon


Devon's Action Station

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon staff and listeners will be hard at work at the memorial rose garden at Cockington Court in Torquay today.


The rose garden is an area of remembrance and a popular spot for locals but the 28 wooden trellis are in urgent need of refurbishment and were last treated in the early 1970s.

It's the latest in

BBC Radio Devon's 'Action Station' events - in January a group of listeners went to Killerton House to help to clear an area of scrub ready for the house and gardens re-opening.