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  1. Updates on Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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Matt Pengelly

Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall for Monday - we'll be back at 08:00 Tuesday bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need.

Don't miss

BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and 22:25 tonight.

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western will continue to run
trains in the South West until 2019, the secretary for transport who has been visiting Cornwall has confirmed.

BBC Radio Devon: The RNLI is warning beachgoers to avoid dangerous rip currents after nearly 2000 people are saved each year - with the majority being rescued off beaches in north Devon and Cornwall.

North Devon burglaries


North Devon Journal is reporting two families have been left picking up the pieces after burglars broke into two North Devon homes and stole thousands of pounds worth jewellery.

Police were alerted to both break-ins over the weekend after the home owners returned to their properties in Appledore and Barnstaple to find them ransacked.

Shades stolen

BBC Radio Devon

Police are trying to identify a man and woman after two pairs of expensive sunglasses were taken from a Plymouth store.

Devon & Cornwall Police

The sunglasses - worth a total of £635 - were taken from the Sunglass Hut in Drake Circus at around 11.45 on 11 March.

Rail promises

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

Rail passengers travelling between London and the South West have been promised more seats and better services after First Great Western's parent company

agreed to pay £68m to run trains until 2019.


However, proposals for brand new trains still need to be signed off by the government - Andy Mellors from First Great Western said: "They'll have more powerful engines to be able cope with the geography of Devon and Cornwall and they'll also have bigger fuel tanks to cope with the extended distances away from the electrified network."

Rain returning

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight the rain will soon stop, cloud will break up and it will get colder, and mostly clear skies will bring a risk of frost. The odd sharp shower is possible later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 1 C (34 F).


Tomorrow there will be

a mixture of sunny spells and showers. These are likely to be heavy at times, with a risk of thunder and hail. There might even be a snow shower or two on Dartmoor. Maximum Temperature: 10 C (50 F)

Minibus crash

BBC Radio Devon

Fire fighters have released

twelve woman from a minibus after a road accident with a low loader.

No-one was hurt in the accident at Ipplepen near Newton Abbot but the women were jammed in by the low loader, fire crews used hand tools and small electric tools to free them.

'Exceptional case'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A paramedic who was allowed to drive ambulances for four years with a bogus licence has admitted forgery.

Crowley had paid someone in Ireland to upgrade his normal licence to allow him to drive an ambulance and secure a job with the South Western Ambulance Service.


The judge at Exeter Crown Court said it was an "

exceptional case". Crowley, 41, of Doyle Street, Waterford, Ireland, was given a two-year conditional discharge and has been sacked from his job.

Spring lambs

Staff and students at Duchy College have their hands full after many of their ewes gave birth to triplets.

Duchy College

Sixteen of the youngsters are having to be hand reared after being pushed aside by their larger or stronger siblings.

Underwater mountain hunt

The Plymouth Herald

tweets: Underwater mountains taller than Mount Snowdon uncovered by Plymouth survey ship

HMS Enterprise

You can

read more here.

Doc Martin to return

The BBC's

Entertainment Live page is reporting Britain's favourite grumpy GP is returning to the small screen on ITV for a seventh series, with Martin Clunes reprising his role as Dr Martin Ellingham.


In the last series, Doc Martin's wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) decided to take their son James Henry to live with her mother in Spain while they try to work out their marital problems.

Clunes said: "I'm thrilled to be back on the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series seven of Doc Martin. The Doc has some serious work to do if he is going to persuade Louisa to come back."

Ambulance driver used forged licence

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

An ambulance paramedic drove patients around Devon for four years on a forged driving licence, a court has heard.

Edward Crowley, 41, of Doyle Street, Waterford, Ireland,

used the forged document to get a job with South Western Ambulance Service.


He admitted possessing a false identity document and using it to try to obtain a UK driving licence. He has been sacked from his job and given a two-year conditional discharge.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Some rail campaigners claim giving First Great Western
a franchise deal up to 2019 is not good for the taxpayer.

BBC Radio Devon: A two-day auction has begun to sell off the biggest single herd of dairy cows to be sold in Devon for more than five years.

Lifeboat drama


Torquay Herald Express is reporting how the town's lifeboat rescued an angler who slipped on rocks and fell into the sea.


The 49-year-old was fishing at Long Quarry when he tumbled into the water. The Teignmouth Lifeboat and Torbay Coastguard were sent to the scene and found the man back on the rocks.

Rush hour headaches

BBC Travel South West

  • We're getting reports of
    an accident on the A30 in Fraddon near the services.
  • There's an accident on Foundry Road in Camborne near the Park Lane junction.
  • On the M5 in Devon, there's queuing traffic on the exit slip road southbound at Junction 27, A361 (Tiverton) in the roadworks area.
  • Poltair Road in St Austell is partially blocked near the Graham Avenue junction, because of an accident.

Dolphin update

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

It seems the dolphin with the distinctive notched dorsal fin I photographed in Falmouth this morning is a bit of a celebrity.


I'm told this is Clette, probably the UK's most famous Dolphin. There will be more on

BBC Radio Cornwall at 17:00.

Swept away

Jemma Woodman

Inside Out South West

I've been finding out first hand what it's like to be

swept away by a rip current - and what to do to stay alive.


The RNLI rescue nearly 2,000 people every year from dangerous rip currents, the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall are a particular hotspot.

You can hear what expert advice the lifeguards had for me on

Inside Out South West tonight at 19:30.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Union concern as
violence and aggression towards ambulance staff

BBC Radio Devon: The biggest single herd of dairy cows to be sold in the UK this year will go under the hammer today in Holsworthy.

Lotto prize claimed

A £1m National Lottery prize has been claimed by a mystery Plymouth winner.

The EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker ticket had gone unclaimed since the draw on 20 February - a National Lottery spokesman said: "We're delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win."

Tigers surge

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side 'must not get carried away' after

moving up to third in the Southern Premier League.

Truro City FC

Goals from Isaac Vassell and Shane White helped Tully's side to a 2-1 win at mid-table Chippenham Town, City's third victory in a row.

Betting shop 'assault'

BBC Radio Devon

The police have released theses images of

a man they want to speak to following an assault in a Plymouth betting shop.

DEvon & Cornwall Police

A female employee working behind the counter at Betfred on New George Street was spat and sworn at in the incident, which happened on Sunday 8 March.

Kernewek success

BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield and Nina Davey have been honoured for their expertise in the Cornish language, winning the Myghal An Gov Shield.


tweets: And the winner is... delighted to have won speaking #Kernewek at the Cornwall Music Festival along with Nina Davey.


News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Timely
rip tide warning for north coast water users.

BBC Radio Devon: Was it you? Million pound Lottery win claimed in Plymouth.

Cops on cliff collapse

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Police are advising walkers to keep away from the coastal path at Butter Cove near Kingsbridge after

a significant landslip at the weekend.

Devon & Cornwall police

The footpath is closed between Bantham Beach and Thurlestone Golf Course - the police helicopter was deployed to make sure no one was on the coastal path at the time of the collapse and captured this dramatic aerial shot.

Plainmoor paupers

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United's manager Chris Hargreaves has revealed

his players earn an average weekly wage of £375.

Getty Images

The Gulls moved up to 15th in the table after

beating Kidderminster 2-1 on Saturday, just their second league win of 2015.

"I'm giving a reason why sometimes we might not be up there with the big boys," Hargreaves told

BBC Radio Devon as he revealed the size of his players' pay packets.

Union doubts over rail news

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

A rail union leader has questioned government claims

a new First Great Western franchise lasting until 2019 will represent good value for money for passengers and taxpayers.

The train company could invest in a new fleet of trains to provide services to the South West, together with other investment, but

Aslef leader Mick Whelan said: "I find it hard to see how creating yet another short-term, direct franchise award will deliver important and much-needed upgrades, including electrification."

Poldark on Poldark

Pam Spriggs

BBC Radio Cornwall

Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in the 1970s series, has paid tribute to the

new BBC One adaptation of the novels.


In the episode aired last night he played the Reverend Halse, a judge, in conflict with Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, and said: "It was quite amazing to play the same scene on the other side of the bench, as it were."

Transport Minister visit

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he's confident

brand new trains will soon be on the way for south west rail users.

The train company First Great Western says a fleet of new intercity trains could be introduced in just over three years as part of its new franchise deal - it has a preferred bidder but a contract has yet to be agreed.


On a visit to Cornwall, Patrick McLoughlin described the announcement as "probably the biggest upgrade that Cornwall and the area of the south west has ever seen in its railway stock, it is of that sort of magnitude".

Teignmouth investment

BBC Radio Devon

A new £2.5m business centre has opened in Teignmouth, marking the final stage of regeneration of what was once an old rubbish tip.

A supermarket has already opened at Broadmeadow, on the edge of town, and provided £8m which has funded work to decontaminate the land, build a new sports centre, and now a new industrial estate.

It's not easy being a dolphin

BBC Radio Cornwall's Julie Skentelbery

tweets: A dolphin with a distinctive damaged dorsal fin (I think Bottlenose) Falmouth Yacht Haven this morning @BBCCornwall


Ambulance attacks

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Violence and aggression towards south west ambulance staff is now so common

"it's almost part of the job", a union has said.


South Western Ambulance Service figures showed 130 members of staff were assaulted in 2014 - that's up from 121 in 2013.

Chris Hewitt, of Unison, said: "Some members of the ambulance service are beginning to feel the violence and aggression is almost part of the job and something that should be expected."

Food Waste

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'll be asking why we've become so wasteful with food.

An Exeter-based charity is redistributing three tonnes of perfectly good food from supermarkets every month - the food is not out of date, it's just the OLDEST stock the store has.

So is it our fault that we've come to expect perfect food with long dates?

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

Rip warning

BBC Inside Out South West

The RNLI is warning beachgoers to avoid

dangerous rip currents this Easter - nearly 2,000 people are rescued every year from rips, two-thirds of those incidents involve teenagers.


On tonight's

Inside Out South West programme, presenter Jemma Woodman experiences the dangers of a rip current first hand and learns how to survive with expert advice from RNLI lifeguards.

Planes, trains or automobiles?

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin is touring Cornwall making a series of announcements about the county's infrastructure, including cutting the first sod of the A30 road improvements at Temple with the shiniest Cornish shovel we've ever seen.

Department of Transport

Where do you think the money is most needed?

Tune in now or give us a call with your views on 01872 222222.

High waters

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the seaside in Devon and Cornwall, here are the tide times.


Tough task for St Austell

BBC Radio Cornwall

AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty has admitted his side have a "mountain to climb" if they are to make the FA Vase final after

losing their semi-final first leg 2-0 to Glossop North End.


Lee Blackshaw gave the visitors a 15th-minute lead at Poltair Park and Ben Richardson got the second in the final minute of the tie.

"We need now to climb a mountain next Saturday," Phil Lafferty told

BBC Radio Cornwall. "We only really turned up in the second half."

Road problems

BBC Travel South West

In Redruth,

Sandy Lane is closed in both directions near St Day Road due to an accident.

On the A38 around Ashburton in Devon, heading towards Plymouth we've got reports one lane is blocked due to a broken down vehicle.