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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

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All times stated are UK

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Have a good evening

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

That's all from the Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall for today.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Four people have been remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the murder of a vulnerable man in Camborne. The case was adjourned for trial in Truro in October.

BBC Radio Devon: The old Victim Support system in Devon and Cornwall has come under criticism from the Police Commissioner for not reaching enough people. It comes on the same day he announced a new service called the Victim Care Unit.

Winds easing

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Winds will gradually ease overnight. There may be some isolated showers at first this evening, but these will soon ease away to leave a dry night with some clear spells. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow there will be a mostly dry and bright start to the day with some early sunny spells. Cloud will thicken from the west during the morning, bringing further showery outbreaks of rain. Winds will also continue to gradually ease. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Labour's NHS claims criticised

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Shadow care minister's statement that Cornwall needs a more integrated health system with more care in the community has been criticised by local Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs.

Andrew George, the MP for St Ives, criticised Labour's track record on health, saying: "I know, and recollect very clearly, that I opposed Labour when they outsourced our out-of-hours GP service to Serco - and I strongly criticised that and the way in which they also redirected 15% of all surgical care to the private sector which was monumentally unhelpful."

Your pictures

Gordon Sparks

BBC Radio Devon

Beautiful Fistral beach has been bathed in sunshine after the stormy conditions last night and this morning.


If you've got any pictures you'd like to share you can post them on

Facebook or
email them.

SW Peninsula League

BBC Radio Cornwall

St Austell are back in action this evening for the first time since their near miss in the FA Vase semi final. They play Stoke Gabriel and are currently 12 points off the top spot with eight games in hand.

Other games in the South West Peninsula League:

  • Camelford v Callington
  • Witheridge v Plymouth Parkway
  • Collumpton v St Blazey
  • Ivybridge v Elburton Villa

Hands-on history

Anna Varle

BBC Spotlight

A hands-on history hub has been created in the

Royal Cornwall Museum to encourage people to engage with treasure and artefacts.

Royal Cornwall Museum

The exhibition has been made possible through a grant from the Art Fund's

Treasure Plus programme, which allowed the Royal Institution of Cornwall to conserve a Bronze Age metalworker's hoard and a collection of Roman coins found in the parish of Luxulyan.

Albion survival hopes

BBC Radio Devon

Plymouth Albion have a two week break before they play their final three matches of the season.

Sunday's defeat at the Cornish Pirates mean that James Shanahan's men need to win their last three games against relegation rivals Doncaster and Moseley - and leaders Bristol - to have any chance of surviving.

Man shoots himself with nail gun

A man has undergone surgery after allegedly shooting himself in the chest with a nail gun, reports the

Torquay Herald Express.

Police and paramedics were called to Warren Road in Torquay on Saturday shortly after 7pm to reports of a man self-harming. The 44-year-old was taken to Torquay Hospital and some nails were removed from his body.

Yacht sinks in harbour

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Rescuers have failed to save a yacht which has sunk in Ilfracombe Harbour.

Ilfracombe Harbour
Anna O'Gara

The vessel failed to float with the rising tide despite a lifeboat crew pumping water from it. Items believed to be from the vessel were also recovered from the harbour.

Mark Weeks, from Ilfracombe RNLI, said: "Sadly, when we arrived with the yacht we could see that we were unlikely to be able to rescue her, as the incoming tide was already covering her deck. Thankfully, however, there did not appear to be anyone aboard the vessel, so no lives were at risk."

Cornwall road delays

BBC Travel South West

  • In Penzance at the Longrock Junction with Eastern Green one lane is blocked by an accident
  • At Carnon Downs on the A39 Westbound between Carnon Downs roundabout and Devoran Lane there is a lane still blocked by a broken down vehicle
  • At Holmbush in St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road at the Boscoppa turn-off we have reports of heavy traffic

Exeter players' road to success

BBC Radio Devon

Former Exeter City midfielder Matt Grimes says he's targeting a Premiership debut following his £1.75m move to Swansea in January. So far the Exeter-born youngster has only warmed the bench at the Liberty Stadium.

Matt Grimes

Meanwhile the Grecians' Ethan Ampadu has been called up to the England under 15 squad for the Torneo delle Nazioni at the end of next month.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Three men and a woman have pleaded not guilty to the murder of a vulnerable man who was found dead at his home in Camborne almost a year ago.

BBC Radio Devon: Surfers and other recreational users of the sea are at risk from bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics, according to new research carried out in the South West.

Charity's vandalism loss

BBC Radio Cornwall

Repeated vandalism at a charity shop in Saltash could mean money being diverted away from cancer care for young people.

The CLIC Sargant shop has just been damaged for the seventh time in 18 months - thieves broke through a roof and left donated items exposed to the rain. Manager Samantha Pratt says the staff are fed up of the situation and now they'll have to use charity funds to keep the vandals out.

Man suffers 'serious injuries' in attack

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 24-year-old man was

punched in the mouth and struck over the back of his head in Plympton.

Fore Street, St Maurice

The attack happened on Saturday in Fore Street, St Maurice and the victim suffered serious head and facial injuries. Officers believe the offender left the scene in a vehicle after the assault.

Ansah eager to start

BBC Sport

New Plymouth Argyle signing Zak Ansah will be pushing for his first start over the busy Easter period. The former Arsenal youngster took little time to impress after arriving on loan from Charlton - scoring his first goal just eleven minutes into his Football League debut on Saturday.

Pilgrims manager John Sheridan said: "It's going to be really tight, the fixtures everyone plays each other and there's teams who are probably four, five, six points off the play-offs who really think they can still get in it......I'm only worried about us."

Four plead not guilty to murder

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three men and a woman have pleaded not guilty to the murder of a vulnerable man who was found dead at his home in Camborne almost a year ago.

The four defendants also denied a second charge of allowing the death of a vulnerable adult at a time when they allegedly shared a house with 63-year-old Terry Oldham. They were remanded in custody and a trial is expected to be held in Truro in October.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Three men and a woman have pleaded not guilty to the murder of a vulnerable man who was found dead at his home in Camborne almost a year ago.

BBC Radio Devon: A new support service to give victims of crime in Devon and Cornwall fast and specialised help has been unveiled.

Fraud charges

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An Exeter woman has been charged in connection with a multi-million pound fraud and money laundering operation.

Grit Birch, 45, of Rifford Road in Exeter, is jointly charged with Joseph Birch, 62, of Horns Cross, North Devon on two counts of money laundering and four fraud charges.

Arrests after knifepoint robberies

Two men have been arrested in connection with two knifepoint robberies in Plymouth,

The Herald reports.

Police in Greenbank on Monday

The men, aged 35 and 41, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. Officers are linking the men to two alleged robberies of convenience stores in Lanhydrock Road in St Judes and Clifton Place in Greenbank on Monday.

Election campaign on NHS intensifies

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth has denied that the NHS is worse off under the coalition government .

It follows comments from a shadow minister who said more care in the community and at home was needed. But MP Sarah Newton said: "If you look at the whole of the NHS and how it's performed over the last five years there are more doctors, more nurses, more surgery."

Fake Scottish notes

Sergeant Steve Shepherd from Devon & Cornwall Police

tweets: "BUSINESS ALERT - Fake £20/£10 Scottish notes serial No's 893558/37993 in #Torbay please RT and spread the word."

Fake money

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The new Victim Care Unit in Devon and Cornwall is NOT a way of saving money according to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

BBC Radio Devon: Drivers in the south west who use a mobile, don't wear a seat belt or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol will all be targeted in the latest stage of Operation Vortex this week.

Murder accused in court

A man has appeared at Truro Crown Court Cole charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a car near Looe, the

Cornish Guardian reports.

David Cole, 36, from Hampshire, entered no plea and has been bailed. The body of Leonie Roberts was found in June 2013.

Fears over online porn

BBC Spotlight


figures suggest one in five young people have seen pornographic images online that have shocked or upset them.

Young person

Nearly 150 children aged 11 to 17 from the South West took part in the NSPCC Childline poll. It's part of the charity's campaign to raise awareness about the harm viewing such online content can do. More on

Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30.

Care service saved

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Exeter City Council has stepped in to fund a

warden and alarm service for elderly care residents after Devon County Council withdrew annual funding of £182,000 for these services.

Elderly hands

Councillor Rob Hannaford, lead councillor for housing and customer access, said: "We decided to pick up the necessary funding to ensure continuity of service its older tenants and to avoid the situation where people are not receiving the support they need."

Nurses 'code' updated

BBC Radio Cornwall

Nurses in Cornwall have cautiously welcomed an update of their code of conduct as the

Nursing and Midwifery Council issued new regulations on the use of social media and encouragement for nurses to report problems at work.

Nurse practitioner Jane Campbell from Coverack said: "In the light of the busyness in the NHS nowadays and much much more work on everybody; doctors, nurses, practices throughout the health services, it's just something else we've got to squeeze in."

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What a difference a day makes! The atrocious weather overnight brought down trees and blocked roads in Devon and Cornwall, so thank you Suzine Hill for reminding us on

twitter that the sun has been showing its face. This was from Rock in Cornwall this morning.

Suzine Hill

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Drivers in the south west who use a mobile, don't wear a seat belt or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol will all be targeted in the latest stage of Operation Vortex this week.

BBC Radio Devon: The Plymouth trial of five people from the Czech Republic accused of trafficking men into the UK has been adjourned after concerns were raised about one of the interpreters.

Refuse collections hit


Roads blocked by trees mean that refuse in black sacks may be missed in rural areas today says

Mid Devon District Council.

Rubbish truck
Mid Devon Council

A number of minor roads have been blocked overnight after gales brought down trees. Elsewhere, the Brixham to Torquay ferry morning's sailings have been cancelled due to the windy conditions. Catch up on the latest by following


Barn destroyed in fire

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A barn has been completely destroyed in a fire in Kergilliack, near Falmouth.

The electrical fire was confined to the 10m by 5m building which was well alight when fire crews arrived at about 12:15 BST.

No-one is thought to have been injured in the blaze.

Shadow minister visit

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People has been telling me about her plans for an integrated healthcare system.

Liz Kendall

Labour's Liz Kendall is visiting hospitals in Cornwall as part of the party's election campaign. When I asked her about recent problems with 'black alerts' and bed-blocking, she told me: "We are seeing more and more pressure on our hospitals because we've got an ageing population. To solve that problem, we need to provide more care in the community and at home."

Are you online?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

What are your excuses for NOT being online?

Baroness Martha Lane Fox who founded gave the

Dimbleby Lecture on BBC1 last night and said it's no longer good enough to say: ''I don't do the internet.'' But do you agree? I'm taking your calls on the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Big beach clean

More than 20 kilos of plastic and fishing line has been collected during a clean at Wembury Beach, the

Western Morning News reports.

Beach clean at Wembury
Western Morning News

Fourteen volunteers braved the elements in support of a national initiative run by Surfers Against Sewage, who have helped to clear rubbish from more than 160 beaches.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, Liz Kendall, has said her party would develop an integrated care service to try avoid problems recently experienced at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

BBC Radio Devon: The Plymouth trial of five people from the Czech Republic accused of trafficking men into the UK has been adjourned after concerns were raised about one of the interpreters.

Teacher 'struck off'

A teacher who drove 400 miles to Plymouth to have sex with a girl in a city hotel room after making her sign a 'slave contract' has been struck off, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

Teacher Kelvin Loraine, 31, met the then 15-year-old girl in chatroom in March 2013. He has already received a caution from Durham Constabulary for possessing an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of the child.

A hearing of the National College for Teaching and Leadership was told the Sunderland maths teacher also let her watch him perform a sex act on himself.

Help for crime victims

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

A new support service to give victims of crime in Devon and Cornwall fast and specialised help has been


Rosie Harrison


Victim Care Unit will cooordinate the work of more than 60 agencies, including those for people who've suffered rape and sexual offences, hate crimes and fraud. Victim of sexual abuse Rosie Harrison said: "I was a child at the time and the services that were recommended were not really fit for young people."

'Chuck recycling in skip'

A householder hoping to recycle his cardboard was shocked when it was not collected from the kerbside and he was told by Cornwall Council to "chuck it in the skip", the West Briton


Chris Snow recently had a new kitchen installed at his home in Mount Hawke and had a large amount of cardboard from the various fixtures and fittings.

Operation Vortex returns

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon & Cornwall Police's road safety campaign 'Operation Vortex' is to be staged again later this week.


Officers will be using a number of unmarked vehicles - including police motorbikes - to help identify and target motorists who disregard road traffic laws and cause danger to others. They'll be supported by the Armed Response Unit and will start by patrolling Junctions 26-30 of the M5 on Thursday.

Helping the victims of crime

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you been the victim of crime? Did you get enough support and if so, how long did you have to wait for it?

A new support service designed to give victims in Devon and Cornwall fast and specialised help has been unveiled today by the Police and Crime Commissioner. But will it work? Let me know by calling the phone-in on 01872 222222.