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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel on Wednesday

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That's all from BBC Local Live Devon and Cornwall for now.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Mental health campaigners in Cornwall have welcomed an announcement of a major cash injection to treat young people - a part of the NHS which has been described by the health minister as the "cinderella of the cinderella service."

BBC Radio Devon: Traders in Plymouth have voted to keep the City Centre Business Improvement District going for another five years.

Poldark locations revealed

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The new version of the BBC series Poldark is

thrilling TV viewers with its enticing views of Cornwall - and Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark.

Aidan Turner

And there is a growing interest in where the series was filmed, so here we reveal all.

Visit Cornwall has produced its own

guide, with aerial views in a
YouTube video.
Get in touch if you recognised your favourites places.

Ski death charges

A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a British teenager after a school trip to the French Alps.

Kieran Brookes

Kieran Brookes, 14, from Devon, was strangled when the straps of his backpack became entangled as he tried to get off a ski lift in Chatel. Lawyers for SAEM Sports et Tourisme a Chatel confirmed the firm and Richard Cettour, who was supervising, will face trial this year.

Sunny spells

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Tomorrow, some areas may start with low cloud, mist and fog, but this should lift and break up through the morning to leave the rest of the day dry with sunny spells. Feeling mild with light winds.


Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Al fresco culture for Dartmouth?

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

If you think of a French seaside town, like La Rochelle, pictures of pavement cafes with people enjoying a glass of red wine in the sunshine might spring to mind.


Well, Dartmouth is hoping to follow suit and re-create the same sort of al fresco culture. But just how practical is it with our typical British weather? I've been finding out more, join me on

BBC Spotlight on BBC1 at 18:30.

Torbay long road delays

BBC Travel South West

There are long delays between Paignton and Brixham because of an accident.

The area around Windy Corner is heavily congested. Avoid if possible.

Yard's new lease of life

Part of Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, is expected to get a new lease of life by being named an

Enterprise Zone by Chancellor George Osborne in the Budget tomorrow.

Princess Yachts
Princess Yachts

The move is expected to free up millions of pounds of investment in the disused South yard which is owned by the Ministry of Defence.

Volcano video game could save lives

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Inhabitants of a Caribbean island will soon be able to recognise signs that a volcano near their home is about to erupt, thanks to a

video game created at Plymouth University.

Game grab

The video shows residents of St Vincent how to save themselves if La Soufriere, which killed 1,500 people in 1902, erupts.


Lara Mani said: "There are around 110,000 people living on St Vincent, and about 20,000 would have to evacuate their homes in the event of La Soufriere erupting."

Local charities 'win lottery'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two Cornish charities have benefitted from

The Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Programme.

Brook Incredible Dads based in St Austell and Newquay has been given £249,060 for working with young fathers whose children may be at risk, while West Cornwall Women's Aid has received £500,000 for supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Plymouth rush hour accident

BBC Travel South West

In Plymouth on the A379 Exeter Street, we've had reports of an accident.

Delays are likely.

Back to classroom for drink-drive course woman

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman who delivered drink-drive awareness courses has been told to attend one herself after being

convicted of driving while three times over the limit.

Alison Baker

Alison Baker from Exeter was reported to police after buying a bottle of wine at a garage shop on 13 May last year.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls at Exeter Magistrates Court gave her an 18-month community order, ordered her to pay £430 in costs and disqualified her from driving for 26 months. That disqualification can be reduced if she attends one of the courses she used to run for Devon County Council.

Vanuatu appeal

The Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox has launched an appeal for victims of Cyclone Pam.

TV presenter Ben Fogle

tweets: Please help the families of #Vanuatu in the South Pacific after #CyclonePam


Read more about the ShelterBox aid mission.

Mental health concerns

Sally Mountjoy

Correspondent, BBC South West

The doctor who leads children's mental healthcare in Cornwall says only the most severely ill can be sure of getting services because of what feels like "dwindling resources".


The government has now promised a 'complete overhaul' of

mental health services for children and young people in England - Dr Liz Myers from the Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust said : "...we do feel like we're putting sticking plasters on some of it and fire fighting the rest of it."

'Stuck' lorry freed

BBC Spotlight

Our cameraman Tony Wilson has captured this picture of a lorry which had been stuck under the rail bridge in Scorrier.

Lorry damaged by rail bridge

The A3047 has been closed for recovery, but rail services are unaffected.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: First Kernow bus company says it will employ 12 more bus drivers made redundant from Western greyhound in Cornwall last week.

BBC Radio Devon: A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a Devon teenager following a school trip in the French Alps.

Paignton accident closes road

BBC Travel South West


A379 in Paignton has been closed because of an accident.

Traffic is very slow between Paignton and Churston Ferrers.

Lifejacket clinic

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The organisers of a lifejacket 'clinic' in Fowey say the event was a great success and could result in lives being saved.


184 lifejackets were checked and 12 were condemned -

organiser and RNLI crew volunteer Marcus Lewis explained: "Three had been damaged by mice, three were punctured, three were unserviceable because the necessary parts were unavailable, and three had firing mechanisms that are now obsolete or condemned."

Ski death charges

A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a Devon teenager after a school trip to the French Alps.

Kieran Brookes, 14, a pupil at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, was strangled when the straps of his backpack became entangled as he tried to get off a ski lift in the Alpine resort of Chatel in February 2011.

Richard Cettour, 50, of Bonnevaux, France, who was supervising the lift at the time of the tragedy, and operator SAEM Sports et Tourisme a Chatel, will face a criminal trial in October accused of a series of serious health and safety breaches.

We can clean up beaches says SAS

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Cornwall-based Surfers Against Sewage is aiming to slash UK beach litter by 50% by 2020.

Surfers Against Sewage


report highlights what it calls the "true scale of the marine litter crisis". SAS says it has mapped out "practical and achievable solutions" across industry, government and communities.

Cannabis grown in furniture shop

BBC Radio Devon

A businessman has been jailed after he used his furniture shop as a cover for a cannabis growing operation.

Anthony Scouler, 55, was caught with 112 plants when police raided the shop in Barnstaple in 2012. Scouler admitted production, supply and personal possession of cannabis and having a shotgun without a certificate.

He was found guilty of eight counts of money laundering last month at Exeter Crown Court and has today been jailed for four years and six months.

Rare pine marten 'spotted'

A pine marten, one of Britain's rarest wild animals, has been spotted in Cornwall for the first time in more than 100 years, reports

The Times.

Pine Marten

The paper reports that the animal was filmed foraging on the ground by Jack Merritt, 18, who at first thought it was a polecat. Derek Gow, an expert in rare British mammals, identified it as a pine marten.

'Synthetic' human debate

Plymouth model former Miss England Charlotte Holmes has waded into the row between Dolce & Gabbana and Elton John, says the

Plymouth Herald.

Charlotte Holmes
Plymouth Herald

The former Face of Plymouth has hit out at the fashion duo for their comments, calling IVF babies 'synthetic'.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The A3047 through Scorrier has been closed after a lorry got stuck under a railway bridge just off the A30.

BBC Radio Devon: Police are hunting two men who robbed a woman at knifepoint, outside a post office in Plymouth.

'Cotty' is 'finest big wave surfer'

Braunton-based surfer Andrew Cotton is England's "finest big wave surfer" according to this revealing


Andrew Cotton
Jeff Flindt

Cotton, or "Cotty" to his mates, tells how his wife Katie loves the ocean but hates big waves. "I think she secretly hopes our kids may take up a sport other than big wave surfing," he says.

Jesters assault

BBC Radio Devon

The police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Jesters nightclub in Union Street in Plymouth.

Devon & Cornwall Police

A 25-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries in

the attack on Saturday 31 January. Police would like to identify the man in the photo.

Watch your eyes

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Eye health experts are

warning of the dangers of staring directly at the sun ahead of a solar eclipse this Friday.


The eclipse will be visible across the UK but the last solar eclipse to be visible from the UK was in 1999, with the best views in Devon and Cornwall.

Here's the advice from BBC2's Stargazing Live.

Veterinary care study

Anna Varle

BBC Spotlight

A new study claims the amount of veterinary care given at a sheep farm directly affects the number of lambs born.


I've been filming at Dupath Farm in Callington to hear how their lambing season is going. See my report on

BBC Spotlight tonight.

Lorry stuck

BBC Travel South West

A road through Scorrier has been closed because a lorry is stuck under a bridge.

The incident is on the busy junction between the A30 and the B3298.

'Broken' mental health system

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb MP has admitted to me that the system to help young people with mental health issues is 'completely broken'.


Today the government has announced

a complete overhaul of mental health services for children and young people in England. Mr Lamb said: "The way services are organised and commissioned - purchased in other words - is completely broken. It's a service that doesn't provide support actually for a majority of youngsters who need mental health support."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The care minister is promising a major overhaul of mental health services for young people in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: A Devon GP says plans to have pharmacists within doctor's surgeries are just the start of a revolution in the health service.

Accused denies he is racist

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The man accused of killing a former Plymouth Argyle youth player has told Plymouth Crown Court he is not a racist.

Alex Peguero-Sosa
Plymouth Argyle
Former Plymouth Argyle youth squad player Alex Peguero Sosa died from his injuries

Lee Dent from East Portlemouth is standing trial for the murder of 17-year old-Alex Peguero Sosa who was stabbed with a bottle at a taxi rank in Kingsbridge last July.

Dent told the court it's possible in the heat of the moment he may have said Alex 'deserved it' using racially abusive language, but added he has Asian, black and Muslim friends and doesn't remember making the racist slur. Dent denies murder and the case continues.

Devon road problems

BBC Travel South West

  • There's slow traffic on
    the A39 westbound in Bideford around Northam because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.
  • Slow traffic is reported on B3212 Pinhoe Road in Exeter at the Thackeray Road junction because of a broken down coach and recovery work.

League Two preview

BBC Sport

Exeter City could

give a debut to Preston loanee Lee Holmes for tonight's home match versus Stevenage - the Grecians are six points adrift of the top seven with ten games to play.

Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle

travel to Dagenham & Redbridge. Top-scorer Reuben Reid should feature despite a foot injury, but the Pilgrims will be without Drew Talbot who has been recalled from his loan by parent club Chesterfield.

Young people mental health

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

South west campaigners for better mental health provision for young people have cautiously welcomed

promises of reform and more funding from the Care Minister Norman Lamb MP.

Steve Cowburn from Cornwall founded

the Invictus Trust after his teenage son Ben took his own life - he said: "£1.25bn sounds like a great deal of money but when Norman talks about making mental health and physical health being treated equally, it's nowhere near the amount of money we spend on physical health, but it is definitely a step in the right direction."

Pine martin in Cornwall?

The London editor of the Western Morning News Graeme Demianyk is very excited at today's wildlife news, he

tweets: The wild beaver's back. Now it's the turn of the pine marten. What a time to be alive.

Jack Merrett

You can

read more on the story here.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Mental health campaigners welcome government promise of reform and extra funding for young people.

BBC Radio Devon: Defendant in
Kingsbridge taxi rank murder trial tells Plymouth Crown Court "I am not a racist".

Road rage father and son jailed

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A father and son have been jailed for a vicious road rage attack on a driver they thought had carved them up.

Paul and Phillip Horrocks leapt out of their car "like Batman and Robin" before beating Timothy White at traffic lights in Newton Abbot, Devon, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Horrocks, 55, of Coles Lane, Kingskerswell, was convicted of causing actual bodily harm and jailed for 15 months. His son, aged 27, of the same address, admitted the same offence and was jailed for 12 months.

Castle appeal success


Falmouth Packet is reporting a campaign to raise funds to repair Carn Brea Castle, after mindless vandals smashed dozens of windows, has raised its £500 target.

Falmouth Packet

The Grade 2 listed 14th Century building at Carn Brea, near Carnkie, Redruth is run by Mounir Sawalha and his family and specialises in Jordanian cuisine.

Otter success

The TV cameras are to follow a man who has created a business in Cornwall combining his talent with wood with his passion for surfing. ESF Convergence

tweets: @OtterSurfboards on crest of a wave as his unique surfboards are to feature on @DiscoveryUK

ESF Convergence

James Otter says a business start-up scheme helped

him realise his dream.