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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 30 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Tom Palmer and Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from Local Live

Thank you for joining us at BBC Local Live. We'll bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Get in touch with your stories and photos.

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A care worker who stabbed a driver just millimetres away from his heart in a road rage row is jailed for 10 years.

BBC Radio Devon: Derriford Hospital is treating the death of man who died after two heart operations were cancelled as a "serious incident requiring investigation".

Cornwall from the air

BBC Spotlight

BBC Spotlight's cameraman Alec Collyer has been flying over the Cornish coast with a crew from the Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose. Go to Spotlight's

Facebook page to see the clip.

RNAS Culdrose
BBC

Torquay United chairwoman quits role early

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay chairwoman Thea Bristow has

formally stood down from her role at the club, a month earlier than planned.

Thea Bristow
BBC

Bristow had said she would quit at the end of the season, but has relinquished her position with immediate effect. "It has become increasingly obvious to me that the interests of the club are better served by allowing the board to continue the plans for the rest of this season," she said in a statement.

Road rage stab man jailed

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A care worker's been

jailed for 10 years for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack on the A30 in Cornwall.

Michael Johnson
Devon and Cornwall Police

Michael Johnson attacked Carl Watson with a knife after their cars clipped each other near Launceston. The court heard they pulled over near a disused quarry to exchange insurance details when 50-year-old Johnson stabbed his victim after a short struggle.

Crash brings M5 tailback

BBC Travel South West

BBC Travel South West

tweets that traffic is tailing back about one mile after a three-vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway of the M5 before junction 28 at Cullompton.

Wind and rain on way

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

This evening and tonight:

It will be a very windy night to come with gales at times, locally severe, especially over Dartmoor. Rain will clear away around midnight, with clear spells and perhaps the odd shower following.

Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F)

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow:

It will be another windy day to come with gales likely in places. There will be sunny spells, variable cloud and a few blustery showers with some hail possible at times. It'll feel cold in the strong winds.

Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F)

Last call for air museum

The Classic Air Force museum has announced plans to close its Newquay site, moving all of its operations back to its traditional base at Coventry, the

Falmouth Packet reports.

Plane
Falmouth Packet

The organisation has blamed high operating costs at Newquay Aerohub.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A care worker's been sent to prison for 10 years for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack on the A30 in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: A blind darts player from Devon,
who was investigated for benefit fraud because he was so good, says he feels vindicated.

Blind man anger at fraud probe

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A blind man has been

investigated for benefit fraud after being too good at a charity darts event.

Robert Boon
BBC

Robert Boon, 50, from Paignton, was involved in a 10-hour event to raise money for guide dogs. Mr Boon said he received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions questioning his eligibility to claim benefits. See more at 18:30 on

BBC Spotlight tonight on BBC One.

Baxter wants defensive improvement

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter must be better defensively, according to head coach Rob Baxter.

Rob Baxter
Getty Images

The Chiefs dropped out of the Premiership's top four after conceding four first-half penalties as they lost 25-18 at Leicester Tigers. "Let's be more steely next time," Baxter told

BBC Radio Devon.

Hospital on red alert

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has moved to being on red alert after being the highest level, black alert, since January.

Black alert means a hospital's services are overwhelmed by demand while red alert is the immediate level down from black. The hospital said it was still having to cancel some routine operations.

Key amnesty 'success'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A "key amnesty" allowing anyone not living in their council home or illegally subletting it to hand back their keys rather than face possible criminal investigation has been a success says Cornwall Council.

The campaign during January and February resulted in nearly 70 calls to a dedicated fraud hotline and the recovery of three properties, says the authority.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A care worker's been sent to prison for 10 years for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack on the A30 in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: An investigation is to be launched at Derriford Hospital after a man awaiting heart surgery died. It's emerged his operation had been cancelled twice.

Sister's anguish

BBC Radio Devon

A woman from Devon is embroiled in a red tape nightmare, trying to get her war hero brother back from Brazil.

Dawn Major's brother Anthony James who lived in Brazil died suddenly back in December. Ever since she's been trying to get him cremated, and his ashes brought home.

Marine litter 'doubles'

The amount of marine litter washed up on beaches has almost doubled, the Plymouth Herald

reports.

Caps
Plymouth Herald

There has been a 50% increase of wet wipes found on UK beaches since 2013, and approximately 40,000 bottle caps were picked up by voluntary beach cleaners on the Cornish coast last year.

Obese children warning

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A nurse has warned that parents often fail to spot whether their children are becoming obese.

Fat person
BBC

Alison Jeffery, lead researcher on the Early Bird project which monitored the weight and lifestyles of 300 youngsters across Plymouth, told

BBC Radio Devon overweight children were now seen as "normal".

Wind and rain warning

Wind and rain

warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the South West and most of the UK for today and tomorrow.

Map
Met Office

A yellow warning is the lowest of the Met Office alerts and means be aware.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A care worker has been jailed for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack on the A30 in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: An investigation is to be launched at Derriford Hospital after a man awaiting heart surgery died after his operation was cancelled twice.

Man threatened teen with sword

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man who held a samurai sword to the throat of a 16-year-old boy he thought had stolen from his grandmother has been spared jail.

Fuelled by four pints of lager, David Sheppard, 28, carried out the attack at a youth club in Plymouth in October. The judge at Exeter Crown Court

sentenced him to nine months in prison but suspended the sentence for two years after hearing Sheppard had been tackling an alcohol problem.

Unaffordable homes

Westcountry cities are among the UK's top ten most unaffordable places to buy a home, new research shows, the Western Morning News

reports.

Truro was rated the eight priciest with homes 8.61 times average local wages with Exeter not far behind in tenth place, with a multiple of 8.04.

Get involved

@Salcombeblog

tweets this great picture of the south Devon town this morning.

Salcombe
@salcombeblog

If YOU have any pics, we'd love to see them. Just

tweet us or
email us.

Crew suffer acid burns

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Three man have suffered

burns from nitric acid while on board a ship off Cornwall.

The ship took shelter near Mounts Bay after an initial rescue at 22:00 BST on Sunday failed due to poor weather conditions, the coastguard said. The men were airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Three council houses in Cornwall which were illegally sublet or left empty have been recovered after a so-called "key amnesty" in the first two months of this year.

BBC Radio Devon: An investigation is to be launched at Derriford Hospital after a man awaiting heart surgery died after his operation was cancelled twice.

Via Twitter

The Royal Navy

tweets: "Tickets are now on sale for this year's #CuldroseAirDay which takes place 30th July."

RNAS Culdrose
Royal Navy

The

event enables people to experience life at one of Europe's largest helicopter bases.

School absence anger

BBC Spotlight

A cancer patient from Devon says she had been refused permission to take her children out of school to mark the end of her chemotherapy,

BBC Spotlight reports.

Robyn Dylan
BBC

Watch Robyn Dylan's reaction to getting a note from Modbury Primary chool saying it wouldn't approve the holiday in between her hospital appointments.

Cornwall's hustings

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

We're staging hustings events in each of Cornwall's constituencies ahead of the General Election and we'd like you to be part of the audience.

election
BBC

We're at the Liskerret Centre in Liskeard for the South East Cornwall Constituency on 8 April, please do

drop us an email if you've like to put your questions to the candidates.

Does campaigning affect your vote?

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon's

Bill Buckley says: I'm asking if you've decided how to vote. The General Election
campaign is now formally under way.

Bill Buckley
BBC

For the next five weeks there will be leaflets, door-knocking and saturation media coverage. But will it make ANY difference to how you vote on 7 May? Get in touch on: 0345 301 1034

Travel update

BBC Travel

tweets: Torpoint A374 Antony Road is blocked near Moor View due to an accident. Diversions are in place.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The General Election campaign is under way - but which way are the people of Truro going to vote?

BBC Radio Devon: An investigation is to be launched at Derriford Hospital after a man awaiting heart surgery died after his operation was cancelled twice.

St Austell boss proud

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty says he is proud of his players and his club after they were knocked out of the FA Vase at the semi-final stage.

Phil Lafferty
BBC

Top-scorer Liam Eddy's late goal gave St Austell a 1-0 win at Glossop North End, but they could not overcome the 2-0 deficit from the opening leg. "I am absolutely proud of every single person in the dressing room and everyone behind the scenes," he said.

Devon economy hustings

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

Is the economy an important general election issue for you - and what question would you like to put to the candidates in Devon?

Dartmouth
BBC

We're staging a hustings event on Monday 20 April - if you're interested in being in the audience then please do

send us an email.

Travel update

BBC Spotlight

The A375 is closed between Seaton Road and Sidbury near Honiton due to a fallen tree. A diversion is in place.

And there's a speed restriction of 40mph on the A38 at Rattery because of roadworks.

Pensions warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall's

Laurence Reed is talking about pensions later, after some industry experts warned the new pension freedoms could be an "open season" for fraudsters trying to steal people's savings.

Laurence Reed
BBC

Laurence is joined by Peter Matthew from Jacksons Wealth Management in West Cornwall.

What do you think about the pension changes? Call Laurence 01872 222 222.

Ferries cancelled

BBC Travel South West

BBC Travel

tweets: Enterprise Boats 15:00 sailing from Falmouth to Truro and 16:00 sailing from Truro to Falmouth cancelled. The Place Ferry will stop at 15:00.

News on the hour

The top stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Three council houses in Cornwall that were illegally sublet or left empty have been recovered after a so-called "key amnesty" in the first two months of this year.

BBC Radio Devon: Controversial plans to build accommodation for older people in Topsham are under scrutiny tonight.

Blind man 'benefits' quiz

A partially blind man from Devon who held a charity marathon darts event was investigated over benefit fraud because he was too good, the Western Morning News

reports.

Robert Boon
SWNS.com Andy Styles

Visually impaired Robert Boon, 50, was quizzed by the Department for Work and Pensions to assess his eligibility to claim benefits. It took no action but Robert said he felt "humiliated".

Tide times

The

time of the next high tide tide at Salcombe is at 15:30 and at Ilfracombe it's 15:54.

The next high tide at Falmouth is at 15:09 and at Padstow it's 15:17.

Tides
BBC

Local food for local people

More than 400 people have signed up for a new way of buying food, Radio Cornwall

reports.

Graphic
BBC

The

Bude for Food Assembly has attracted 16 producers with 180 products to sell. Food is ordered online by local people who then pick them up from the producers at a weekly meeting. Now the Assembly has reached the finals of the
BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Surfers health warning

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Sea swimmers, surfers and water skiers may be at risk of picking up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a

study suggests.

E Coli
BBC

Scientists at the

University of Exeter warned of the danger after analysing data collected from beaches across England and Wales in 2012. And you can watch more on this story on
BBC Spotlight tomorrow.