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  1. Updates on Friday 20 March 2015
  2. More news, weather, travel and sport on Monday

Live Reporting

By Claire Hawke and Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Local Live Devon & Cornwall for this week.

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

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: An animal health inspector says a horrific animal cruelty case, which resulted in two farmers from Cornwall being given suspended prison sentences, was one of the worst he's ever seen.

BBC Radio Devon: Police have called the murder of teenager Alex Peguero Sosa in Kingsbridge last year "rare and horrific". A jury at Plymouth Crown Court today found Lee Dent guilty of Alex's murder and he was jailed for life.

Eclipse: in pictures

You've been overwhelming us with your amazing photographs of the

partial solar eclipse, like this one taken at Chudleigh Knighton, near Newton Abbot.

Chudleigh Knighton
Nigel Fowler

You can see the album of pictures on the

BBC Spotlight Facebook page. Thank you!

Bright again tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Across Devon tonight cloud moves in from the north, with the risk of the odd spot of drizzle overnight. Winds will remain light throughout. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Cloudy at first on Saturday, but soon becoming brighter with sunny spells developing for many again. It will remain dry with light winds. A chilly night will follow. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Father will "never forget" murdered Alex

The father of young footballer Alex Peguero Sosa, murdered in a racially aggravated attack in Kingsbridge last year, said his son was "still in my heart".

Alex Peguero Sosa

After tyre salesman Lee Dent was jailed for life at Plymouth Crown Court, Alexis Peguero Sosa said: "I wouldn't want any man to be in the situation I am in. It's not easy. Everyone has been really supportive in Kingsbridge. To me Alex is still alive for me and I love him and I will never forget him."

M5 junction closed

BBC Travel South West

On the M5 at Junction 27 at Tiverton, the Exeter bound exit slip road will be closed because of roadworks between 20:00 and 06:00. Diversions will be in place.

Footballer murder 'horrific'

Police have called the attack on Alex Peguero Sosa "rare and horrific" after a man was

jailed for life for his murder.

Alex Peguero Sosa

Lee Dent, 42, of East Portlemouth, Devon was told he will serve at least 22 years for the murder of Kingsbridge Community College pupil Alex last year. Det Insp Ian Ringrose, said after the case: "The young people in the town reacted to this tragic event with dignity and grace, and have been a credit to themselves and the local community. We hope the fact that justice has been served today will help them in their grieving."

Nowell urged: 'win it for Cornwall'

The people of Newlyn have been speaking of their pride that Jack Nowell will be in the England line up for the

crucial Six Nations match against France tomorrow.

Jack Nowell
Laurence Griffiths

The Newlyn wing had an impressive game against Scotland last week, a game in which he scored his first Twickenham try.

Listen to local people urging Jack to help win the game for England and - more importantly - Cornwall.

Off-roaders damaging Dartmoor

Parts of Dartmoor are being badly damaged by drivers who are using four by four vehicles on the land.


The Dartmoor National Park Authority says it's a criminal offence and drivers are damaging a valuable habitat at the start of the breeding season.


BBC Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 more on this story.

Remembering 1999

Former BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Tim Hubbard was in the thick of the action for the total eclipse of the sun in 1999. He

tweets: #Eclipse1999 - broadcasting for @BBCCornwall from @EnglishHeritage #Pendennis with lovely @TiffyTrus. #eclipse2015.


Hayles on the mend

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Truro City

striker Barry Hayles could feature for the club again this season.

Truro City FC

The former Leicester City and Fulham striker broke his hand and was

initially expected to miss the rest of the season, but now Hayles has been told that he only need to be in plaster for the next three weeks after hurting himself in a friendly with Exeter City.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A "bogus" counselling trainer from Cornwall with a fake doctorate who made her own certificates with tin foil for holograms has been jailed.

BBC Radio Devon: The father of 17 year old Alex Peguero Sosa, who was murdered in Kingsbridge last year, has been speaking about the decision to jail his son's killer for life, adding the process has been "extremely painful.

Mount fire practice

Problems facing firefighters called out to fight a blaze on St Michael's Mount will be the focus of a full scale exercise on Saturday, says the

Falmouth Packet.


Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and the National Trust are staging the full scale joint exercise at St Michael's Mount to test the effectiveness of the St Michael's Mount fire plan, developed by the fire service in conjunction with St Michael's Mount staff.

Flood alerts in place

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Environment Agency is warning peak spring tides this weekend could lead to flooding on the North coast.

It's issued

Flood Alerts for Lands End to Lynmouth and for the River Camel on Sunday morning. It says low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Cruelty farmers banned

Two farmers have been banned from keeping animals for the rest of their lives, after causing unnecessary suffering to their livestock.


Thomas Collins, 67, and brother Paul, 50, from Cornwall were found guilty of 17 charges of failing to care for cattle, sheep and pigs. Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown said: "The Collins brothers have shown total disregard for the most basic of needs of animals in their care."

A30 accident

BBC Travel South West

On the

A30 at the Okehampton Services the Exeter bound exit slip road is blocked because of an accident.

Live long and prosper

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

We managed to catch a tiny glimpse of the

partial eclipse, in between writing updates.

Local Live

Let us know what you made of the spectacle - and we'd love to see

your pictures.

Royal welcome for Queen

The Queen has

rededicated the Royal Navy's amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean after its £62m refit at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.


The Queen, who was on her fourth visit to the ship, was welcomed with a 21-gun salute. And you can see her visiting the warship on BBC Spotlight's

Facebook page.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A young farmer who broke a fellow member's jaw after a feud between the Devon and Cornwall groups descended into violence, has been given a suspended jail sentence.

BBC Radio Devon: A man from Devon has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a teenage footballer by stabbing him in the neck with a broken bottle.

Farm pregnancy warning


Public Health Team is warning pregnant women that they could be risking their health if they come into close contact with sheep during lambing.

The team says pregnant women should seek medical advice if they experience infection, fever or 'flu-like symptoms. Farmers and livestock keepers are also being urged to check their responsibility to minimise the risks to pregnant women.

Cattle signs

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates player-coach Gavin Cattle says he will be registered as a player again next season.

Brian Tempest

The 35-year-old scrum-half moved into a coaching role at the start of the season and has made just three replacement appearances this season. "If I am needed due to injury or if there's a lack of experience then I'll be used, but that's more of a last resort I think," he told

BBC Radio Cornwall.

Via Twitter

Royal Marines training doesn't stop for solar eclipses @RoyalNavy

tweets Richard White.


Footballer murder 'racial'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Lee Dent stabbed teenage footballer Alex Peguero Sosa in a "racially aggravated murder" said the judge sentencing him to life.

Lee Dent

Dent, 42, was jailed to serve at least 22 years after being found guilty of murdering the Plymouth Argyle youth squad player, 17, by stabbing him in the neck with a broken bottle in Kingsbridge.

Dent was heard using extreme racist language as he walked away from the scene. Mr Justice Nigel Teare said at Plymouth Crown Court: "You demonstrated hostility to the victim based on his race shortly after the murder. This was a racially aggravated murder in a public place."

It's a tie for the Queen

Plymouth city councillor Chaz Singh is dressed appropriately for the Queen's visit to the city, Karly Wilson


Chaz Singh and Michael Sparling

He's pictured here with fellow councillor Michael Sparling before the Queen's rededication of HMS Ocean.

Life for footballer murder

A man who stabbed teenage footballer Alex Peguero Sosa in the neck with a broken bottle has been sentenced to life in jail and told he will serve at least 22 years, after a two week trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Lee Dent

Drunken Lee Dent, 42, from East Portlemouth, stabbed Plymouth Argyle youth player Alex, 17, from Aveton Gifford in an attack at a Kingsbridge taxi rank last July.

The court heard the pair had been squaring up to each other at a taxi rank, when Dent picked up a bottle and smashed it into Mr Peguero Sosa's neck. Dent said it was possible in the heat of the moment he may have said Mr Peguero Sosa "deserved it", using racially abusive language as he walked away from the scene.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Two farmers from Cornwall have been given suspended prison sentences for causing unnecessary suffering to their animals. The brothers from Gweek were found guilty of failing to provide for the welfare of their cattle, sheep and pigs.

BBC Radio Devon: A Judge at Plymouth Crown Court has sentenced Lee Dent to life in prison, to serve a minimum term of 22 years, for the murder of Alex Peguero Sosa.

St Austell hopes for Vase glory

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Supporters of AFC St Austell say

the team's brilliant run into the FA Vase semi-final has provided a huge boost for the town.

Paul Williams/St Austell Voice

St Austell play Glossop North End in the first of their two-legged semi on Saturday - a crowd of more than 2,000 is expected.

Chairman James Hutchings told

BBC Radio Cornwall: "There's a real buzz around the town, everywhere you go you see the posters, you hear people talking about it, there is a real sense of achievement."

Moriaty on a roll

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Devon rockers

Moriaty are getting ready to support one of the biggest bands in the world,
Muse, tonight in Exeter, the Plymouth Herald


It comes after Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme guested on their latest single, Bones.

Through the darkness

BBC Spotlight

Thanks to Matt Elliott for posting this picture of the partial solar eclipse over Plymouth.

Matt Elliott

You can get involved by sending in your photos for our eclipse gallery on


Tooled up?

BBC Radio Devon

An assortment of

power and garden tools have been found by police in a commercial premises in Dawlish.

Devon & Cornwall Police

It's thought these tools may have been stolen in a spate of recent burglaries - if you believe some of this property could be yours, please contact Newton Abbot CID quoting 'Operation Jack'.

'Fantasist' jailed for posing as counselling trainer

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A 'fantasist' has been jailed for 18 months for conning counselling students out of thousands of pounds.

Jacqeline Crane
Devon and Cornwall Police

Jacqueline Crane, 52, from Polgooth pretended to have a doctorate but was caught out by students when they noticed the certificates she handed out used tin foil instead of a hologram. The Judge at Truro Crown Court said the case was "a fantasy from beginning to end".

Gulls boss begs for time

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves wants to be given the chance to turn around the financially-struggling club.

Getty Images

Hargreaves, who is in his first full season at Plainmoor, oversaw

the Gulls' worst home defeat in almost 20 years on Tuesday in the 5-1 loss to Braintree. Torquay play mid-table Kidderminster on Saturday.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Family doctors working in St Day say they're worried plans for a new pharmacy in the village will mean they have to cut their services.

BBC Radio Devon: Lee Dent who's today been found guilty of of murdering Kingsbridge teenager Alex Puegero Sosa is about to be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court.

M5 accident

BBC Travel South West

The M5 near Exeter is partially blocked because of an accident.

Traffic is slow moving on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 30 and 29.

New images of Exeter attack


Exeter Express & Echo is reporting detectives have released new images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an unprovoked attack that left the victim seriously injured in Exeter city centre.

Devon & Cornwall Police

A 25-year-old man, from the Exmouth area, was with a group of friends on Saturday 7 February when he was followed by two unknown men then attacked.

Fire exercise on Mount

A joint exercise is being staged at

St Michael's Mount this weekend to test the effectiveness of its fire response plan.

St Michael's Mount

The joint trial by the National Trust and the fire service will involve five crews. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Phil Martin said they've been working hard to develop the plan to overcome "specific and unique problems".

Eclipse in one minute

via Facebook

We've managed to condense the whole partial eclipse into just one minute!


Watch the video on our

Facebook page and don't forget to send us your photos.

Via Twitter

The Queen has had a big welcome from Plymouth for the rededication of HMS Ocean.


Local MP Oliver Colvile

tweeted: "It was a huge honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to Plymouth this morning for the re-dedication of #HMSOcean at HMNB Devonport."

Should sex offenders be anonymous?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'm asking: should people arrested for sex offences remain anonymous until they're charged?

The Home Affairs Committee says suspects

names should be kept secret unless they're due to appear in court - or police NEED to name them. But will this stop more victims coming forward? Call the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Two farmers from Cornwall have been given suspended prison sentences for causing unnecessary suffering to their animals.

BBC Radio Devon: A man has been found guilty of murdering Kingsbridge teenager Alex Puegero Sosa by stabbing him in the neck with a broken bottle.