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  1. Updates on Monday 16 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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By Matt Pengelly and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

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

The top stories at 18:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Eden Project has unveiled plans for a £6m, 115-bedroom hotel at the attraction's base at Bodelva near St Austell.

BBC Radio Devon: The man accused of stabbing to death 17-year-old Alex Peguero Sosa has told a court he had "no option" but to defend himself. Lee Dent, 42, from East Portlemouth, denies murder.

Eden hotel plan announced

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Eden Project has unveiled plans for a £6m, 115-bedroom hotel at the attraction's base at Bodelva near St Austell.

Funding will come from the private sector and plans have been submitted to Cornwall Council.

Eden Project

Eden says the new development would create about 25 jobs.

Rise in air ambulance call outs

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The Cornwall Air Ambulance sees a 5% rise in call outs in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Cornwall Air Ambulance

More than half of all shouts were to respond to medical emergencies, including cardiac arrests, medical collapses and several babies and toddlers with suspected meningitis.

The services, which was called out 713 times in 2014, is funded by charitable donations.

Heart funding secured

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Doctors from Plymouth are investigating whether routine heart scans for hospital patients with chest pains could help reduce heart attack rates.

The city's doctors will work with a team of researchers from across the UK after

£2m of funding was secured from the National Institute for Health Research.

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Prof Carl Roobottom said that to date there had been few studies looking into the benefits.

New Isles of Scilly chaplain

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Isles of Scilly will have a new chaplain from October as Canon Perran Gay leaves his role as the head of worship at Truro Cathedral.

He will replace Canon Paul Miller who is retiring.

Man attacked from behind

BBC Radio Devon

A man who was attacked from behind while he was walking to work in Plymouth has suffered serious head wounds.

The attack took place at about 08:00 in the Prince Rock area when

police believe the man was hit on the back of his head with a blunt weapon.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 40 to 50-years-old, who was wearing dark clothing with a dark hood. He was last seen heading towards Cotehele Avenue in Prince Rock.

No public cash for bus firm

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Cornwall Council says it would "not be lawful" for the authority to inject public cash into bus firm Western Greyhound which ceased trading on Friday.

Western Greyhound employees on Friday

The council said it would be would be "anti-competitive", would "breach state aid regulations" and replacement bus services had since been put in place.

First Kernow has stepped into

operate the majority of services and employ some of its staff.

New lifeboat to arrive

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Ilfracombe's new all-weather lifeboat will arrive in June, the RNLI has confirmed.

It will be named 'The Barry and Peggy High Foundation' after the two people who raised the majority of the money.

The Shannon class craft will replace the Mersey class boat, which has been in service for 25 years.

Flat fire funeral held

BBC Radio Devon

The funeral of a man who died in a flat fire in Plymouth on New Year's Day has been held.

George Somers, 43, was killed in the

fire which destroyed the property on Union Street.

New Year's Day fatal flat fire

About 35 firefighters tackled the blaze, alongside paramedics who treated four people at the scene.

Grecians boss cool on play-offs

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says

the club are still "not close" to getting into the League Two play-offs.

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3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon was their first home win in six and leaves the Grecians six points off the top seven with 10 games to play.

'Number of airports' for flights

BBC Spotlight

A campaign group hoping to reopen Plymouth Airport says there are "a number of airports" flights could travel to.

The comment follows a report which claims the airport - which closed in 2011 -

could reopen if it could gain access to future landings slots.

Richard Crocker

Richard Crocker, from campaign group Viable, said London City, Stansted, Southend and Gatwick were among the airports flights could travel between.

Maths aid from east

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish primary school is taking part in a national project to use the expertise of teachers from China to help children improve their maths skills.


Pupils in China score much higher in the international league tables for numeracy and the plan hopes to embrace some of the teaching methods used - Chris Li from Shanghai received a warm welcome at Chacewater Primary School near Truro this week.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: More people are being rescued by the Cornwall Air Ambulance as the charity sees a 5% rise in the number of missions in 2014 compared to the previous year.

BBC Radio Devon: A man accused of murdering 17-year-old footballer Alex Perguero Sosa told Plymouth Crown Court he had no option but to defend himself. Lee Dent, 42, from East Portlemouth, denies murder.

Enterprise Zone for Plymouth?


Western Morning News is reporting the far South West will get its second Government-backed enterprise zone to create hundreds of jobs in the region.

The paper says George Osborne will confirm in Wednesday's Budget a part of the Devonport area of Plymouth will be among the next wave of cities and towns to get preferential treatment to boost the economy.

An enterprise zone has been operating at Newquay Airport since 2011.

Recycling cash lost

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Three local authorities in England and Wales,

including South Hams District Council in Devon, are facing a loss in revenue of nearly £1m from waste paper after the collapse of a recycling plant.

Aylesford Newsprint in Kent went into administration in February.

Recycled paper

South Hams is facing losing £192,000 after prices for paper were slashed as a result, from £37 a tonne to £5 a tonne.

Chiefs loyal to cup squad

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs will

resist the temptation to draft in their Premiership regulars for the LV= Cup final against Saracens.

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The Chiefs made 14 changes for

the semi-final win at Leicester, with Ceri Sweeney, Adam Hughes and Jerry Sexton among those making rare starts.

"I think we're going to keep with the core of that squad, I think they deserve it," said coach Ricky Pellow.

Cancer survivors raise £16k

BBC Spotlight

More than £16,000 has been raised by a group of breast cancer survivors who bared all for a charity calendar.

Breast cancer survivors presenting the cheque

The women raised the funds for the Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer Centre at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital and said it was an "amazing way to bring back their confidence".

'More drivers to be recruited'

BBC Radio Cornwall

More Western Greyhound bus drivers are expected to be recruited by rival bus company First Kernow after the

Cornish firm ceased trading on Friday.

Western Greyhound bus

More than 150 people were affected by the company closing.

Twenty-three bus drivers have so far been employed by First and Alex Carter, managing director, said he expected more to be recruited.

Milder on Tuesday

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight: It will remain mostly dry and cloudy this evening and overnight. A few clear spells are likely to develop during the second half of the night. These breaks may allow for a few mist of fog patches to form across the region by morning. Minimum temperature: 2 C (36 F)

Tuesday: It will be another largely dry day, but it should also feel milder, with more in the way of sunshine around, particularly during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 11 C (52 F).

Weather on Tuesday

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council says 14 bus routes which were disrupted when Western Greyhound ceased trading on Friday are today up and running, although the replacement services may have new numbers and times.

BBC Radio Devon: The sky's the limit. That's the pledge today from an organisation which insists momentum is gathering to reopen Plymouth's Airport.

Funding for early years

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Nearly 1,000 children in Plymouth are set to benefit from the government's

Early Years Pupil Premium from next month.

Child drawing
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It was announced last June that the new premium would be worth £300 per pupil and it is hoped it will help narrow the attainment gap between young children from low-income families and their peers.

Children will qualify if they are three or four years old, are receiving government-funded early education, and their parents receive benefits used to access free school meals.

£4m sports centre planned

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Plans for a £4m community sports centre based at a university campus have been announced.

Subject to approval the centre at the Penryn campus - which is home to Falmouth University and the University of Exeter - will include a four-court sports hall, gym and a fitness studio.

Planned community sports centre

Work is expected to start in the summer and the centre could be finished by 2016.

Talbot recalled from Argyle

BBC Sport

League One side Chesterfield have

recalled defender Drew Talbot from his loan spell at Plymouth Argyle.

Drew Talbot
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The 28-year-old played nine games for Argyle in a variety of positions after joining from manager John Sheridan's former club in January.

Argyle only heard of Talbot's recall while the squad were on their way to Dagenham for Tuesday's League Two game.

Eclipse forecast

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

South West sun spotters hoping to watch

the partial solar eclipse on Friday morning might find cloud cover spoiling the party.

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In London, the eclipse begins at 08.24, reaches its maximum extent at 09.31, and ends at 10.41am, but cloud is forecast across southern England with a few sunny intervals predicted for Totnes and Barnstaple.

Nowell thinking of France

BBC Sport

England & Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell says the team are focused on their match with France following

the 25-13 win over Scotland on Sunday.

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The Cornishman scored his second try to keep England in the three-way race for the Six Nations title - Jack Nowell said: "The big thing for me is all the support that I'm getting back home so I'm most thankful for that."

Fellow Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade keeps his place in the 34-strong training squad.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Business owners in Cornwall are making an urgent call for improvements to the A38 between Plymouth and Bodmin as closures cause delays to their trade.

BBC Radio Devon: A business group claims it could have a plan in place to reopen Plymouth Airport within two to three years.

Fatal car crash

Exeter Express and Echo


woman has died following a serious collision in East Devon that left two other people seriously injured, the Express and Echo has reported.

Two air ambulances, one from Devon and one from Dorset, were sent to the crash on the A35 on Sunday.

The paper says a woman passenger, aged 59, from the Lincolnshire area died at the scene.

'Toughest footrace' for Fiennes

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The Exmoor-based explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is about to undertake what is known as the toughest footrace on earth.

The 71-year-old will be attempting the

Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert in April.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes training

Participants run 156 miles (250km) in six days - about a marathon a day - in 50C (122F) temperatures. He plans to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Devon care home row

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Devon County Council is to spend £274,000 a year on

maintaining closed care homes, claims a councillor.

The leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition Alan Connett said the council needed a plan to dispose of the homes, ten of which have been closed.

The Conservative-run local authority described Mr Connett's figures as "unrealistic" and the cost of maintaining the empty buildings was small "compared to the year on year savings generated by making these changes".

Road problems

BBC Travel South West

  • There's
    an accident on the A30 in the westbound carriageway near the Jamaica Inn at Bolventor.
  • The A361 in Bishop's Nympton between Tiverton and Barnstaple is partially blocked around the B3227 junction, because of an accident.
  • The A390 Tresawls Road in Threemilestone is partially blocked at the Treliske Roundabout, because of an accident.

Budget in-cider

The London Editor of the Western Morning News, Graeme Demianyk

tweets: How to illustrate your Budget preview? Picture of the Wurzels, of course.


You can

read Graeme's full article here.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: Leaders in the UK's energy industry are meeting in Cornwall today to discuss how the county can generate all of its own power.

BBC Radio Devon: Police are appealing for witnesses to an pub assault in Plymouth at the weekend which has left a Saltash man with serious injuries.

Cornwall Coliseum demolition

BBC Radio Cornwall

Work to demolish the old Cornwall Coliseum buildings at Carlyon Bay starts today ahead of a £250m redevelopment of the site.


The access road down to the site will be

closed to pedestrians from 08:00 to 18:00 weekdays but will be open in the evenings and weekends.

The public footpath beside the Coliseum will be closed but an alternative route to the beach is available via the Information Centre.

Air ambulances pass audit

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust has passed its first annual audit.

Air ambulances

The test means the charity, which has been involved in almost 22,000 missions since it started in 1992, meets all the operating and safety checks required by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The charity has been awarded an Air Operator's Certificate.

Mixed results for Cornish rugby

BBC Sport

Launceston coach Mike Lewis says

the threat of relegation from National Two South inspired his side to their 29-8 win at Clifton, the Cornish All Blacks' biggest win of the season.

ALAstair Cowe

Elsewhere, Redruth

lost 28-13 at home to Henley but Reds' boss Steve Larkins was pleased at how well his side competed with the league leaders.

'Black alert' for 12th week

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital remains on 'black alert' - the highest level the NHS has - for the 12th week in a row.

Derriford Hospital

The alert indicates a hospital has officially confirmed its services are overwhelmed by demand.

A hospital spokesperson said: "We are doing everything we can to discharge people as quickly but carefully as possible. Our staff have been amazing in responding to appeals to work extra shifts, as well as staying on longer and taking on more work."

Health latest

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

I'm standing in for Laurence Reed this week and I would like to have your experiences of the NHS at the moment, with Derriford Hospital in Plymouth still on 'black alert' and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust on step lower at 'red alert'.

Have you had a procedure cancelled? Have you had to wait for hours in A&E? I would love to

have your company and your calls on 01872 222222.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: Bus bosses claim Cornwall is back on the road after Western Greyhound collapse.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth's Derriford Hospital remains on 'black alert' for the 12th week in a row.

Care home question

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'll be asking whether we should take in our elderly parents.

Two hundred people have been forced to leave their council-run care homes as

Devon County Council tries to make savings. But why aren't we looking after them in old age?

It's common in many Asian cultures, so why aren't more of us doing it?

Tune in from 13:00 and get in touch on: 0345 301 1034