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  1. Updates on Friday 27 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Monday

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

We'll be back for a full round up of the news, sport, travel and weather on Monday, we hope you can join us then.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00

BBC Radio Cornwall: A holiday park in Marazion says a collapsed mineshaft which has opened up on the road outside their business means they're having to redirect all visitors arriving for the start of the Easter break.

BBC Radio Devon: Derriford Hospital says despite it still being on black alert, it can assure patients they will get safe, high quality care.

St Austell's FA Vase confidence

BBC Sport

AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty says he is "confident" going in to his side's FA Vase semi-final second leg away at Glossop North End, despite being 2-0 down in the tie.

Phil Lafferty

St Austell are aiming to be the first Cornish club to reach the final of the Vase since Truro City won it in 2007. "I'm incredibly confident and positive," Lafferty told

BBC Radio Cornwall.

It started with a kiss...

Six point two million people tuned into Poldark on BBC1 to watch Ross and Demelza get married last weekend.


The new adaptation is expected to benefit tourism in Cornwall as the start of the Easter season gets underway.

Murky but brightening up tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will remain rather cloudy overnight, with some patchy mainly light rain and drizzle spreading in from the west throughout the night. The cloud will tend to lower throughout the night, giving rather murky conditions to many parts by dawn, with fog affecting the higher parts of the moors. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).


Tomorrow a band of rain will sweep quickly east across the county during the morning, clearing by around midday with a mainly dry afternoon following with a few sunny spells. It will be windy with a risk of gales at times over higher parts. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

Pink Pirates

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornish Pirates will be 'pretty in pink' when they take on local rivals Plymouth Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Simon Bryant

The Pirates have

declared the derby 'Ladies Day At The Mennaye' and will be raising funds for the Mermaid Centre, Cornwall's specialist breast care unit.

Argus captain on rare honour

The Commanding Officer of RFA Argus says he's 'extremely proud' after

the ship was given a rare honour for its service.

Royal navy

Captain David Buck said: "The award of the Admiralty Board Commendation for Argus' lifetime contribution to defence is a huge honour that I am privileged to accept on behalf of all of those who have served in her over the course of 33 years service."

The ship sailed from her home port of Falmouth six months ago to support the international aid effort against Ebola, she's now on her way home.

Hot visit from trainee fire dog Archie

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: Just had a visit to HQ from @Nelson_FireDog [pictured right] and our new trainee fire dog Archie! [left]

Fire dogs Archie and Nelson. Pic: Cornwall Fire Service

Dissolution of Parliament

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

The dissolution of Parliament after this weekend will mean the end of the coalition partnership between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. It sets up an interesting battleground here in the South West where the two parties traditionally battle for votes. So what's the verdict on the past five years in the region? I spoke to some people on Plymouth Hoe:

  • "I think consensual politics is what it should be about, not the traditional confrontational stuff that we've been used to."
  • "As far as we're concerned it hasn't made a lot of difference to our way of life."
  • "I haven't thought they've done anything particularly positive together and just basically they're always back biting and bickering at each other."
Clegg and Cameron

Hammer time

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Students from Camborne School of Mines will be sawing, shovelling and hand drilling at the 37th

International Mining Games this weekend.


It's being staged at the Western Australia School of Mines, in Kalgoorlie. CSM student Rhys Hill said: "There are a lot of physical tasks and it can be quite demanding, but it also brings in so many of the traditional techniques that are associated with mining."

School getting £1m to complete refurbishment

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon school has been told it is getting more than £1m to complete building works.


The money for Chulmleigh Community College would allow the third and final stage of a major rebuild and refurbishment programme, staff said. The funding is the final chapter in a story which began about 10 years ago, when parents marched on Devon County Council to protest at the state of the school's former buildings.

Buoy painting stolen while drying

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A piece of artwork painted on a buoy has been stolen while it was hanging out to dry,

Truro and Penwith College says.

Buoy painting Pic via Truro and Penwith College
Truro and Penwith College

The piece, stolen in Perranuthnoe, is part of a final project by an HNC Diploma student who studies at Penwith College in Penzance. Anyone who can help return the piece is asked to

tweet the college; or it can can be returned to the college, or where it was found.

Shackleton 'saved'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Campaigners In Cornwall trying to

save an historic aircraft from the scrap heap are celebrating after being told their bid to buy the plane has been successful.


The Avro Shackleton at RAF St Mawgan was put up for sale by the MoD because of the cost of maintaining it. Now attention is turning to raising enough cash to restore the aircraft. Gary Perkin from the Save Our Shackleton group said: "I think it's important to Cornwall, that's what we're doing it for. There's a lot of history, RAF St Mawgan is the last RAF station in the South West."

Exeter delays

BBC Travel South West

In Exeter near Cowley Bridge Road we have reports of an accident by the Jolly Porter Roundabout.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has described a 'strategic alliance' with the Dorset force as a merger but says it will wait to evaluate its impact.

BBC Radio Devon: After a campaign which began ten years ago, a Devon school has been £1m to complete a major programme of re-building and refurbishment.

Skyride route announced

BBC Radio Devon

The route has been announced for a free cycling event taking place in Plymouth at the end of May.


SkyRide Plymouth' will start and end in the National Trust park at Saltram and take in the newly refurbished Laira Rail Bridge over the river Plym. It's aimed at getting more people cycling and exploring their local area.

Newquay and St Austell hustings

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

BBC Radio Cornwall is organising a series of hustings debates in the run-up to the General Election, in each of Cornwall's six constituencies.


The Eden Project is our venue for the Newquay and St Austell Seat on 14 April - please

send us an email if you're interested in being in the audience.

Lillywhites positive

AFC St Austell are travelling to Derbyshire for

the second leg of their FA vase semi-final, facing the challenge of overcoming a two nil deficit to get to Wembley.

The club

tweets: All packed and ready to head off to @Newquay_Airport for our FA Vase semi final trip up to @GlossopNorthEnd #believe

The Justice Gym

Plymouth Police

tweets: Great morning at Ford Youth & Community Gym, relaunching #JusticeGym to combat antisocial behaviour in the city!

Devon & Cornwall police

You can

read more about the project here.

No end to black alert in sight

Alison Johns

BBC Radio Cornwall

Derriford Hospital is still on black alert and its Chief Executive says it's difficult to say when that will end.

More than 700 operations were cancelled in February and more than 2,000 people are waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment. Ann James said they're taking action to make sure there's no repeat at Easter of the problems experienced at Christmas.

Mineshaft in road is assessed

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A geo-technical team from Cormac is examining a deep hole - thought to be a mineshaft - which has opened up in a road in Marazion.


Gwallon Lane has been closed and diversions are in place. The police have told

BBC Radio Cornwall it could be "up to 50 feet deep".

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Parents at Cornwall's only free school - St Michael's Catholic secondary - say they're worried it'll lose its religious identity if it's forced into partnership with Camborne Academy.

BBC Radio Devon: More than 700 operations were cancelled at Derriford Hospital last month - and bosses are today admitting it's difficult to say when it will be out of it's black alert status.

Truro and Exeter 'unaffordable'

Press Association

Truro and Exeter have been named in the top 10 least affordable cities in the UK in a survey by Lloyds Bank.

It said affordability in UK cities was back to the same level as in 2009, although it was still lower than at the peak of the housing boom in 2008.

Oxford is the UK's least affordable city, with the average house price standing at £361,469, nearly 11 times the local wage. In Truro and Exeter house prices are, on average, more than eight times local wages.

Previewing Devon's League Two fixtures

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Newly-signed loanee Zak Ansah could make his Plymouth Argyle debut as

the Pilgrims travel to Cheltenham on Saturday, chasing a play-off slot.

Exeter City welcome

Morecambe to St James Park, with Grecians' boss Paul Tisdale facing a choice whether to keep Christy Pym in goal or bring back James Hamon after the latter recovered from concussion.

Mineshaft 'extremely deep'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police say a mineshaft which has opened up in a road near Marazion is eight feet wide and could be as deep as 50 feet.

Gwallon Lane has been closed and traffic is being diverted. Cormac is assessing the damage.

Chiefs ready for Tigers

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs' England star Jack Nowell will

face four of his England team mates at Leicester on Saturday.

Laurence Griffiths

England quartet Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole and Geoff Parling start for the Tigers after international duty while Jack Nowell plays at centre and Henry Slade keeps his place at fly-half ahead of Gareth Steenson for the Chiefs.

Mineshaft opens in road

BBC Travel South West

A mineshaft has opened up in a road near Marazion.

It's left a large hole in Gwallon Lane near the Wheal Rodney Holiday Park. The road has been closed.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Parents at Cornwall's only free school say they're concerned about the news it's going into partnership with a local comprehensive.

BBC Radio Devon: Derriford Hospital is still on black alert and its Chief Executive says it's difficult to say when that will end. Bosses say they're taking action to make sure there's no repeat at Easter of the problems experienced at Christmas.

White Tigers boss 'delighted'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is

"delighted" about his first full season in charge of the club.

Truro city fc

The White Tigers are third in the Southern Premier League and have won nine of their last 12 league games, they host 14th-placed Dunstable Town on Saturday. "I'm delighted with the way the season's gone," said Tully.

Transat bid 'showed Plymouth commitment'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Organisers of the

Transat transatlantic yacht race said Plymouth's winning bid to host the start of the 2016 events showed the city is "committed to ensuring this race is an event for the people of Plymouth and its visitors".

Transat Race. Pic: Th.Martinez/Sea&Co

OC Sport's offshore sailing events director, Hervé Favre, said Plymouth City Council's bid was "extremely strong" and the city would "ensure the infrastructure and support required to host a race of this stature will be in place".

Misty, foggy, unpleasant

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

The patchy rain will continue to slip away to the southeast this afternoon as a southerly breeze develops. The wind is expected to veer to the southwest and ease. Thicker and lower cloud will give misty and foggy conditions, especially around exposed coasts and over the high ground.


Tonight it will continue to remain

rather dull and damp with low cloud mist and fog and patchy drizzle. The light southwesterly breeze will gradually increase, especially around exposed coastal areas. Temperatures no lower than 8 C (46 F).

Police defend Dorset deal

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Senior figures at Devon & Cornwall Police say

a 'strategic alliance' with Dorset Police has already revealed savings of £12m for the two forces.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall Tony Hogg told me: "We must explore every way of making efficiencies so that we can protect those front line policing priorities that really matter to the public. In entering into this strategic alliance, we will continue to explore all options to maximise efficiency and effectiveness in both forces, which may include using external providers for certain areas of our work."

More flytipping

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

Earlier in the week we were talking about the growing problem of flytipping in Cornwall.

Phil penna

Now Phil Penna has posted this disturbing picture on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page saying: Discovered this Fly Tipping on the moor down near Lands End today. All full of insulation. Only place between it and Lands End is Sennen Cove. Perhaps your listeners could help find the person responsible.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Parents at Cornwall's only free school - St Michael's Catholic secondary - say they're worried it will lose its religious identity if it's taken over by Camborne Academy.

BBC Radio Devon: More than 2,000 patients have been waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and more than 700 operations were cancelled in February because of extreme demand in services.

Police renew quad bike appeal

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police say they want to speak to

the driver of a white van after a north Cornwall quad bike rider was seriously injured last weekend.

A local man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after found lying in the road on the B3314 between Pendoggett and St Teath - the police say a van, similar to a large Ford Transit, was seen in the area.

Cornwall Spring Flower Show

Daphne Skinnard

BBC Radio Cornwall

This weekend we'll be at the

Cornwall Spring Flower Show at Boconnoc. Come along and meet some of our team, say hello and pick up information about the radio station.

Spring flower show
Emily Whitfield-Wicks/Apex/Eden Project

Nurseries and garden centres from all over the south west will be taking part - including the Eden Project with its show garden New Beginnings. On Sunday, Duncan Warren will be broadcasting his gardenline phone-in live from the show and thousands of people are expected. We'll see you there!

Uni to help safeguard global resources


University of Exeter is to take part in a £4.5m programme to help safeguard the UK's water, energy and food security, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council says.

Tamar Valley

The council said humanity was facing increasing demand and shortages of resources as its population was due to grow to 8bn by 2030. Case studies of the Tamar Estuary (pictured) will help in a national project exploring the interdependencies of food producers, retailers, utility companies, environmental agencies, local authorities and the public.

Miliband v Cameron

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Did you watch the first of the

special election programmes last night?

Prime Minister David Cameron refused to go head-to-head with Labour leader Ed Miliband, so they were interviewed separately by Jeremy Paxman. But who came out on top and will their performances change the way you vote? Let us know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's only free school - St Michael's Catholic secondary - is to be taken over by Camborne Academy after struggling to attract enough pupils.

BBC Radio Devon: Derriford Hospital is still on black alert because of extreme demand on services and its chief executive says it's difficult to say when that will end.

Rail picket line

Train passengers could face

delays to services because of a 24-hour strike by members of the RMT union working for First Great Western in Penzance.

Gemma Finnegan

tweets: Cornish Picket Line.

Gemma Finnegan