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  1. Disruption for bus users as Western Greyhound ceases trading
  2. Exeter stalker loses appeal
  3. Bretonside Bus Station to be demolished
  4. Argyle/Exeter prepare for League Two action
  5. Updates on Friday 13 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Claire Hawke and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the BBC Local Live Devon & Cornwall team for now.

We'll be back with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather on Monday 16 March.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A woman has been rescued after she sank in sand up to her thighs at Perranporth beach this afternoon.

BBC Radio Devon: A stalker jailed for trying to murder his victim following a five-year campaign of harassment has had an appeal against his life sentence rejected by the Royal Courts of Justice.

Misty and damp

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

A cloudy and misty night, with perhaps the odd spot of drizzle at times, mainly over the higher ground. By morning outbreaks of rain will have spread in to affect western areas giving a damp end to the night. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow there will be a rather murky and cloudy start, with areas of mist and some fog cloaking the hills. Outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards during the day, becoming persistent over the moors in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

Rival steps in to fill bus routes

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Managing Director of First Kernow says they've operated a number of services free of charge today, after passengers were left stranded when local firm Western Greyhound suddenly stopped trading.

Employees gather at the Summercourt depot

Alex Carter says he has spent most of the day in talks with Cornwall Council and hopes they will be able to cover the majority of routes by Monday. The jobs of 125 Western Greyhound workers are under threat.

Car fire death 'probably caused by lubricants'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A car fire which killed a chef who worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Cornwall was probably caused by lubricants igniting after leaking on to a hot exposed catalytic convertor, an inquest in Truro has heard.

Joseph Tyres, from Rutland - who worked at Nathan Outlaw's restaurant in Rock - was poisoned by fumes after his car came off the B3314 last September. Fire investigator Richard Gibbons said such fires were "not common but it does happen".

Red Nose Day: outside broadcast

Duncan Warren

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

To mark the 30th Anniversary of Red Nose Day, I'll be broadcasting from Cornish Mutual in Truro which is the only call centre for the charity's fundraising in Cornwall.

Duncan Warren

We'll have beard shaving, a bikeathon and a fun run - and the Cornish Pirates and the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service will be joining in the celebrations live on air from 19:00. I'll also be chatting to some of those who have received funding from Comic Relief in Cornwall.

Red Nose-paper

Esme Ashcroft from the West Briton newspaper

tweets: Happy #rednoseday from the #WestBriton office!

Esme Ashcroft

Carmel Coaches crash driver rebailed

The driver of a coach which crashed,

leaving two people dead and several others seriously injured, has been rebailed again by police, the
Exeter Express and Echo reports.

Coach crash

The Carmel Coaches vehicle was taking 50 elderly people from Exmouth on a day trip to Looe when it crashed last May. The 58-year-old driver, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been rebailed until 12 August 12, pending further inquiries.

Preparations for PC memorial

BBC Radio Cornwall

The centre of Falmouth is expected to come to halt on Saturday lunchtime as thousands of people gather to remember popular policeman Andy Hocking, who died unexpectedly last weekend.

Floral tributes

Crowds for the memorial walk should gather on The Moor at 12:30 before setting off for Event Square at 13:00. You can

can read more details, including road closures here.

New Bard for Exeter

BBC Spotlight


City of Exeter has a new Bard: 27-year-old Mantie Lister.

Exeter Bard Mantie Lister

The English teacher from Exmouth is thought to be the youngest poet to take up the position, which she will hold for a year and a day. Find out more on BBC Spotlight on BBC1 at 18:30.

Eurodisney trip abuse driver faces 'substantial' jail term

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A retired coach driver who abused a girl on a trip to Eurodisney in the late 1990s has been told he faces a "a substantial" jail term by a judge.

Robert Newsham, 78, was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court of two counts of indecently assaulting the 11 year old. He also admitted 10 charges of raping or indecently assaulting another girl and of having 256 indecent images of young girls on his computer.

Child in hospital with meningitis

A child from a Plymouth primary school has been taken to hospital with meningitis,

staff have confirmed.

High View School. Pic: Google

High View Primary School said it had probably been caused by meningococcal bacteria. It added: "No further action is necessary at the present time. There is no reason to make any change in the school/nursery routines and no reason for children to be kept at home."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A £150,000 rescue package to save the promotion of the Cornish Language has been awarded by the Government.

BBC Radio Devon: A child from a Plymouth school is in hospital with meningitis. High View School in Efford has texted parents to tell them there is no need to take further action as the bacteria does not spread easily.

Fraud victim conned out of £113K

A fraud victim has been conned out of £113,000 by scammers, police raising awareness of fraudsters say.

The victim was among 30 people - who suffered total losses of more than £170,000 - who were visited by police in north west Devon as part of Operation Jessica. The operation aims to protect the elderly and vulnerable from fraud. Officers said another 30 people were to be visited after being identified as giving money to fraudsters.

Delight in Dartmouth

Devon has been named one of the best places to live in the UK by

The Sunday Times.


Its study considered factors like community spirit, good local shops and and attractive outdoor spaces.

U20 rugby international

Exeter Chiefs players Sam Skinner, Jack Innard and Stuart Townsend will be turning out for England in

their Under 20s Six Nations clash against Scotland tonight.

Proud of their Cornish connections, Trelawny's Army

tweets: Good luck to @J_Innard2 & @StuartTownsend9 with @EnglandRugby under 20s tonight.

Bus boss 'feels for staff'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The managing director of

failed bus firm Western Greyhound says they're doing all they can to look after their staff.


The jobs of 125 workers are under threat after the decision to cease trading - Michael Bishop from Western Greyhound confirmed the reports, adding: "They took it - to be fair to them - very well, very emotionally, and I completely understand each and everybody's position. I feel for them, I really do."

Chef death crash cause 'never known'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The circumstances why a chef who worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Cornwall came off the road and died will never be known, an inquest in Truro has heard.

Joseph Tyres, from Rutland, worked at Nathan Outlaw's restaurant in Rock died on the B3314 last September after his car caught fire. PC Mike Lackey told the hearing there was no intoxication, no evidence of distraction and the road was "bendy enough to keep a driver alert".

Red News Day

BBC Spotlight

TV presenter Natalie Cornah joined the

Red Nose Day fun this lunchtime.


You can see more pictures of us being funny for money on the

BBC Radio Devon Facebook page.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The head of transport for Cornwall Council, Bert Biscoe, says alternative bus services are being sought after local company Western Greyhound ceased trading, blaming insurance problems.

BBC Radio Devon: A stalker who carried out a five year campaign of harassment before attempting to murder his victim in Exeter has lost his appeal against his life sentence.

Woman rescued after sinking in sand

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman has been rescued after she sank in sand up to her thighs at Perranporth beach earlier this afternoon.

The St Agnes Coastguard Rescue Team and the fire brigade rescued her from an area by Chapel Rock.

"Eyesore" coach station to go

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Plymouth's "eyesore" coach station is to be demolished to make way for a £42m leisure complex, the

city council has ruled.

Artist impression of new Bretonside developement
Plymouth City Council


council's planning committee has agreed the "bleak" station at Bretonside will be pulled down and replaced with a cinema and restaurants. There are also plans to create 400 car park spaces, and to build a new coach station at the site of the city's former Mayflower West Car Park.

Bishop lessons call

The new Bishop of Exeter has weighed into the education debate, calling for schools to put people and communities above pupil results, says the

Western Morning News.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell told a conference that "community has fragmented" in parts of Devon and says schools can "help generate the social capital that glues society together" .

Red Nose Cake!

BBC Radio Cornwall

We like a bit of cake here at BBC Radio Cornwall - especially

Red Nose Day cake.


Mel Osborne, Tiffany Truscott and Tamsin Melville will polish off this plateful in seconds!

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The managing director of Western Greyhound, Michael Bishop, has confirmed the company's ceased operating because of a financial issue with its insurance. He says he's trying to secure jobs for the workforce at other firms.

BBC Radio Devon: A burst water main has left a number of properties in Newton Abbot without water. South West Water expects supplies to be restored soon.

Rugby honour for Slade

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs' Henry Slade has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for February.

David Rogers

Slade was in sensational form in February as the Chiefs moved into the Aviva Premiership top four and won a call-up to the England training squad.

Former England star Austin Healey said: "Every time Henry Slade touches the ball something happens. There is no doubt in my mind the lad has the potential to win 50 caps or more for England."

Stalker loses appeal

A stalker jailed for trying to murder his victim following a five-year campaign of harassment

has had an appeal against his life sentence rejected by the Royal Courts of Justice.

Helen Pearson after the attack

Joseph Willis, 49, from Exeter, was convicted last July of attempting to murder neighbour Helen Pearson, 34. He was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court to serve a minimum of 13 years. Judges at the Royal Courts of Justice in London said the term was justified for such a vicious attack.

Union 'shock' over bus firm failure

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The RMT transport union has described

the announcement of the Western Greyhound bus company failure as "deceitful and brutal".

Union leaders say they met with managers yesterday and were given no warning the business was on the verge of collapse - the jobs of 125 workers are under threat and the bus firm says it's focusing on finding new jobs for its staff.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT is shocked and dismayed that once again we see private businesses treating their employees with contempt with no personal regard for their futures and we shall be looking into all aspects of this company's collapse, including the role played by its major shareholders."

Do not adjust your set

The TV gallery staff at BBC Spotlight

tweet: Ready for the lunchtime news! Gallery team have dared @NatalieCornah & @HollyJGreen to wear theirs on TV #rednoseday


Colder tonight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This afternoon the cloud will increase from the east with patchy rain edging westwards. Moderate or fresh north to northwesterly winds will be locally strong over hills and parts of the coast making it feel quite cold.



the patchy rain will clear away to the west and it will become dry with some clearer spells developing leading to the chance of a slight frost in sheltered areas. North or northeasterly winds will be mainly light or moderate. Min Temp: 1C (34F)

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Transport union slams "deceitful" bus company after closure.

BBC Radio Devon: Exeter stalker loses appeal against his sentence.

Rugby cash 'not enough'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

The Rugby Football Union's funding boost for Championship clubs is

"nowhere near enough", says Plymouth chief operating officer James Coulton.


The RFU has

increased its financial support, understood to rise to more than £500,000, from next season - Plymouth Albion, who almost went into administration earlier this year, argue second-tier clubs still need more money if they are to survive.

Assault at Royal Blood gig

The police are

appealing for witnesses after a serious assault which took place during a Royal Blood concert at Plymouth Pavilions, which left a man with a fractured eye socket.

The victim, in his late 50s, was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head and face several times during the gig on 27 February. Officers say they're particularly keen to speak to two women who approached a security guard to report the incident.

Surfer's legacy

A fund set up in memory of a young Devon surfer described as 'fearless', has donated £1,500 to the

Wave Project, which runs free surf courses for isolated and disadvantaged youngsters.

Paul Brewer
PAulo Memorial Fund Association


Paulo Memorial Fund was set up by the family and friends of Paul Brewer, from Ashburton, who died in a road accident in Morocco in 2010, aged 26.

Stadium decision - your views?

via Facebook

The news Cornwall's planners have backed two major housing and retail developments to the west of Truro - but deferred a decision on plans for a Stadium for Cornwall - has prompted a fierce reaction on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

  • Naomi Kilby fumes: Absolutely disgraceful, from what I hear (a Cornish lass living up North) everyone in Cornwall seems to want the stadium except the planners and councillors and how on earth is the hospital/infrastructure supposed to cope with all these new people?
  • David Townsend complains: Hang your heads in shame Cornwall Council, the youth will leave and Cornwall will become Britain's first retirement County.
  • James Senese disagrees: A stadium for the benefit of Truro City and Cornish Pirates. Glad it's on hold.

Extra £150,000 to promote Cornish

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The government is investing an extra £150,000 to help promote the Cornish language.

Cornish leaflets

More than £500,000 has has been given to the

Cornish Language Partnership since 2010 to help the language grow. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Communities Minister Stephen Williams said the new funding would extend this support for another year.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: More than 150 members of staff at Western Greyhound have been affected by the company's decision to cease trading - with many drivers given redundancy notices when they turned up for work this morning to find the vehicles behind lock and key.

BBC Radio Devon: None of Devon's hospitals have managed to meet their emergency department targets in the last week.

White Tigers on prowl

BBC Sport

Truro City manager Steve Tully says his side are good enough to make the Southern Premier League play-offs at the end of the season.

Truro City FC

City are still fourth in the table despite having won just two of their last five league games - they travel to Slough Town on Saturday.

Tully told

BBC Radio Cornwall: "We think we're a good enough squad and team to be in the play-offs, but we've got to earn the right to do that."

Mixed feelings over decisions

BBC Radio Cornwall

Supporters of the Stadium for Cornwall project have been

left upset and unhappy after councillors delayed a decision on the proposals.


Last night permission was given for two planning applications for nearly 1,000 homes, two large retail developments and two primary schools on land to the west of Truro - but three other applications, including one that promised a Stadium for Cornwall, were deferred.

Developer Rob Saltmarsh said: "I can't see a way forward. Members decided our application wasn't suitable or didn't offer enough benefit for Cornwall."

Afghanistan: worth the sacrifice?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'm asking whether the sacrifices made in Afghanistan were really worth it.

A service, parade and flypast has taken place in London this morning to mark 13 years of operations in the country, but 453 British troops lost their lives fighting in the conflict. Call the phone-in from 13:00 on 0345 301 1034.