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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 March 2015
  2. More updates on Wednesday

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Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall for Tuesday - we'll be back at 08:00 Wednesday 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 local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Developers are trying again to get the Stadium for Cornwall approved by authorities. They're submitting new plans - after the
previous proposals were deferred - this time without the additional supermarket.

BBC Radio Devon: Police forces in the South West have dealt with 33 racist incidents involving football fans since 2012.

Magic of the movies

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This pretty Cornish cottage might look as if it's been there for years, but in fact it's made of wood and is part of a film set being built at Portholland near Mevagissey.


'Peregrine's Home for Peculiars' will be directed by Tim Burton and stars Eva Green and Samuel L Jackson - it's not known if they'll be appearing in Cornwall.

For the jump...

BBC Spotlight

Newton Abbot's new jump season starts tomorrow.

The South Devon course has invested £200,000 to improve facilities at the popular track.

SAS tattoo

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The campaign group Surfers Against Sewage is hoping

specially designed tattoos will spread its message about the threat of marine litter.

Greg Martin

European Longboard Champion Ben Skinner has been inked with the 'Save Our Seas' marine litter tattoo, he said: "Our surf spots are amazing natural resources and it's vital that they are protected from all types of pollution, including the tide of litter washing up on our beaches."

Bright again tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

The showers will ease away tonight with clear skies then developing. Winds will remain fairly light so a cold night is expected, with a risk of frost, and some localised mist patches. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

Weather graphic

After a cold start tomorrow, a fine day will follow. Most places will have sunny skies, light winds and only limited amounts of cloud. However some cloud could build from the west later. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Plymouth delays

BBC Travel South West

In Plymouth on the A386 Manadon Hill near Southwell Road there are reports of an accident involving two vehicles.

Delays are likely.

A&E doctors paid £200 an hour

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

NHS hospitals have paid doctors as much as £200 an hour to cover shifts in Accident & Emergency departments, new figures show.

One A&E doctor at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust was paid £2,142 for a 10 hour shift between Christmas and New Year.

Hospital decision delayed

BBC Spotlight

A decision, which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital, has been delayed.

A report by councillors recommended NHS bosses

reversed their controversial decision to close the beds last year. The document was due to be voted on this afternoon, but has been deferred for more research to be considered.

Cup disappointment

Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow says

plans to cancel next season's LV= Cup are bad news for the club's youngsters.

Getty Images

The Chiefs

lost in Sunday's final, having won the trophy 12 months earlier, but the tournament is set to be cancelled next season because of the World Cup.

Ricky Pellow told

BBC Radio Devon: "For our younger guys it'll be a shame that they don't get a chance to have a go at this next year."

Drug 'preserves sight'

Sally Mountjoy

Correspondent, BBC South West

Doctors and NHS commissioners in Devon are lobbying to be allowed to use a drug treatment for a common eye condition, that could save the health service millions of pounds.

Ron Phillips has been using the drug, called Avastin, three or four times a year and pays for it privately. He claims the treatment has preserved his sight.

Ron Phillips

Currently Avastin is licensed only to treat cancer and European law forbids its widespread use by the NHS as a treatment for AMD or wet Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Train delays

BBC Travel South West

The 14:06 First Great Western service from London Paddington, due into Exeter at 17:02 and Plymouth at 18:00 is currently running 45 minutes late.

The train is expected to make up most of the lost time by the time it reaches Penzance.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western is insisting train services out of Penzance will not be disrupted despite a strike scheduled for this Friday and Easter Sunday.

BBC Radio Devon: A decision which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital has been delayed.

Learning disabled vote help

BBC Spotlight

Adults with learning disabilities are being encouraged to register to vote ahead of elections on 7 May.

Prospective voters

At an event today they viewed the Plymouth City Council chamber, listened to talks about why voting is important and were helped to fill out registration forms.

Airline crashes in Alps

Newquay Airport

tweets: "Our thoughts are with the family & friends of #Germanwings flight 4U 9525 and also to our colleagues within our airline partner @germanwings"

Police PR man passes away

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Tributes have been paid to a Devon journalist turned police press officer, who has died aged 44.


Joe Head worked for the Totnes Times before joining Devon & Cornwall Police in 2002 - the Force's Head of Corporate Communications Tanya Croft said: "His death, following a long illness, is a very sad loss, not only to his family, his friends and colleagues, but also to the Force."

Exeter Uni lose points appeal

Exeter University have lost their appeal against a 50-point penalty imposed by South West League officials, reports the

Exeter Express and Echo.

The University broke an agreement made when they entered the league system nearly four years ago not to field players from their Wednesday afternoon BUCS League 1st XV.

Pool future looks secure


Friends of Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool say they're hopeful a deal soon can be done with the local authority, following concerns it would miss out on a £75,000 grant from Sport England because of council red tape.

Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool funding
Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool

Teignbridge District Council is now expected to agree to the transfer at an Executive Committee meeting on 14th April.

Devon accidents

BBC Travel South West

In Pyworthy, the A3072 is partially blocked because of an accident near the road for Burnards House, close to Holsworthy Golf Club.

And at Exebridge there are also reports of an accident on the A396 near Grant's Hill.

Currency boss 'left before collapse'

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

An ex-director of a currency exchange firm that collapsed with debts of £20m says he resigned as a director a year before it went into administration.

Edward James

Edward James, 75, told the jury at Southwark Crown Court he had retired from Cornwall-based Crown Currency Exchange in 2009 - the firm collapsed the following year. Mr James from Glastonbury, Somerset, is accused of fraudulent trading and false accounting which he denies. The trial continues.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The government's being urged to let Cornwall take control of its own planning affairs, a campaign which the Deputy Prime Minister hasn't ruled out.

BBC Radio Devon: A decision, which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital, has been delayed.

Train firm hits back

BBC Radio Cornwall

The train company First Great Western has rejected union allegations of 'a culture of bullying and intimidation' at its Penzance depot.

RMT union members in west Cornwall will go on strike at Easter in a dispute over the dismissal of a member of staff - Dan Panes from FGW said the decision had been carefully reviewed and steps would be taken to ensure there would be no impact on passengers.

More powers for Cornwall?

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

The Deputy Prime Minister has said proposals to devolve further powers away from Whitehall to places like Cornwall should not follow a "fixed blueprint".

Responding to the St Ives MP's demand for more planning powers for Cornwall, Nick Clegg said: "If in Cornwall it is felt that a Cornish assembly borne out of the existing county council - not inventing yet another talking shop for politicians, it could cut the number of politicians if it wished to - if it wanted to have powers in the planning areas you suggest, that is something I hope we would empower the future Cornish assembly to do."

Marine litter tattoo

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Cornwall-based surfer and model Corinne Evans has shown her support for

Surfers Against Sewage by being tattooed with an anti-marine litter slogan.

Greg Martin

The campaign group has warned the amount of litter recorded on UK beaches in 2014 was at its highest level ever with 2,457 pieces found for every kilometre of coastline surveyed.

Loch Ness Monster believers

Plymouth children think the Loch Ness Monster and mermaids are real, penguins can fly and fish fingers swim around in Plymouth Sound, the

The Herald reports.

Nessie in Plymouth Sound?
The Herald

One in ten said they thought sea dragons, which are similar to sea horses, were the size of actual horses. A London-based tourist attraction conducted the research, the paper says.

Rail union blast

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RMT rail union has launched a venomous attack on First Great Western after announcing staff in Penzance are to go on strike.

Union members will walk out at Easter in a row over what's described as 'a culture of bullying and intimidation' - General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT will not allow this culture to go unchallenged and the union will defend our individual members and the principle of workplace justice."

A FGW spokesman rejected the union's allegation and said services would not be affected.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The developers hoping to deliver a stadium for Cornwall say they're working on a new proposal after planners delayed a decision on their previous bid.

BBC Radio Devon: A court has heard that a former mayor of Glastonbury, accused of fraud over the collapse of Crown Currency, had not resigned from the company as he claimed.

A chilly night ahead

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

There will be patchy cloud, sunny periods and scattered showers this afternoon. Some showers will be heavy and there is also a low risk of thunder and hail. Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher towards the far west and around the north coast.


Most of the showers will die out during the night to become

mostly dry and clear. It will become chilly again with a slight frost. Min Temp: 0 C (32 F).

Police press officer mourned


Plymouth Herald is reporting Devon & Cornwall Police has paid a moving tribute to a press officer and former journalist who passed away last week following a long illness.

Joe Head, a member of the force's media service team, was well regarded by journalists at The Herald and the Western Morning News, as well as his colleagues in the police force.

Three sign for Pirates

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Three members of the Cornish Pirates squad have

committed themselves to the club for next season.

Cornish Pirates

Fly-half Kieran Hallett, back Laurence May, and prop Tyler Gendall have all signed for the Cornish side as they

plan for the next Championship season.

Drone tracks coastal erosion

Coastal erosion along Sidmouth beach and cliffs has been tracked and photographed by a small drone.

Team behind the survey
East Devon District Council

Flying for 45 minute periods at speeds of around 45 kmph, the

drone has taken 1,500 photographs which will be "stitched" together electronically to produce a photo-mosaic and contour survey of the coast. It will then be used to measure changes to the coastline.

Heroes Gig team

BBC Radio Cornwall

A group of ex-servicemen are preparing to pit themselves against the best gig rowers in the world at this year's World Championships.



Help for Heroes Gig Rowing Team is made up of wounded, injured or sick forces personnel - the crew have been training in Fowey ahead of the Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Rail workers in Penzance are expected to strike this Friday and again on Easter Sunday in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

BBC Radio Devon: Eight million pounds will be spent on resurfacing roads in Plymouth, the city council has announced.

Fire warning

Devon & Somerset Fire Service

tweets: Please be aware that the major exercise taking place in Devon today involving a plane is vital practice and NOT a real event.

Overturned van

BBC Travel South West

In Plymouth, Forder Valley Road is partially blocked by an overturned van near Blunts Lane.

It's affecting traffic between Crownhill & Marsh Mills.

'Radical' new village

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A new Devon village could be on the cards as Torridge District Council considers the "radical" option of creating one.

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The authority says expanding existing settlements is controversial, so is considering the 'new village' approach. In recent years, the new town of

Cranbrook was built near Exeter, and another community is expected to build near Plymouth in the future.

Treating relationships on the NHS

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Is it realistic to expect the NHS to be treating your relationships as well as you?

The charity Relate reckons the two are as important as each other when we're faced with a life-changing illness. But can the NHS cope with another demand on its resources?

Let me know by calling today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Stadium latest

BBC Radio Cornwall

The team behind the Stadium for Cornwall says it's hopeful

its new reduced plans can rescue the ambitious project.


Earlier this month

councillors deferred a decision on the retail development that would have funded the Stadium's construction. Now the team has scaled back its plans and is hoping to sign up smaller retailers before Cornwall Council meets to debate the application again in May.

M5 J30 accident

BBC Travel South West

There's been an

accident just off Junction 30 of the M5 near Exeter heading towards Clyst St Mary.

One lane of the A376 is blocked.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Rail workers in Penzance are expected to strike on Friday and again on Easter Sunday in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

BBC Radio Devon: £8m will be spent on resurfacing roads in Plymouth after a grant from the government's challenge fund.