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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday

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Have a good weekend

That's all from BBC Local Live Devon and Cornwall for now.

We'll be back with a full round up of the news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday, after the long Easter weekend.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A new campaign to make people aware of the dangers taking so-called Legal Highs has been launched in Cornwall today.

BBC Radio Devon: A gambler who emptied a Plymouth man's bank account of nearly half a million pounds, blowing it within hours in a London casino, has been jailed for seven years.

Three Plymouth Albion players suspended

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three Plymouth Albion rugby players have been suspended,

the club has said.

The board of the team said it took the decision "pending the outcome of a police investigation". It has not confirmed who the players were.

Wet and cloudy but becoming brighter

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will stay cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain that will become more frequent during the early hours. It will also be a mild night with fog over the hills. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

After a fairly wet start, Friday will become drier during the morning and brighter but also breezy, with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

Car hits petrol pumps

BBC Travel South West

A car has smashed into the pumps at a petrol station in Plymouth.

Police and fire crews are at the scene of the accident on The Embankment heading towards Marsh Mills. There are delays in the area.

Tanker dwarfs docks

Falmouth Packet

Falmouth docks have been dwarfed by this huge tanker coming in for repairs, reports the

Falmouth Packet.

Ship
BBC

BP Tanker British Courtesy arrived from Brazil to Duchy Wharf for repairs, before sailing for Denmark earlier this week. Here she is seen being turned in the inner harbour by Capt Nick Martin, Falmouth pilot, aided by the harbour tugs.

Tiverton homes planning decision deferred

BBC Radio Devon

A planning decision on proposals for 700 new homes, an industrial estate, a care home and primary school on land near Tiverton has been deferred.

The move has been made so officers from

Mid Devon District Council can speak to developers about proposals to build to on part of the site near West Manley Lane. Critics have been campaigning to retain a green area.

Scilly police page 'best ever?'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The Guardian says: Can we just take a minute to appreciate the Isles of Scilly police force's Facebook page?

Facebook
Facebook

It's garnered quite the following, with more than 14,000 likes to date - a huge accomplishment when you bear in mind the Scilly Isles have a population of 2,200. They drew a fair bit of internet love on Thursday morning after Sergeant Colin Taylor wrote a job advertisement for a police constable.

Health service fragmentation criticised

BBC Radio Cornwall

Fragmentation of the health service needs to be prevented to ensure its survival, Meybon Kernow says.

Speaking on Radio Cornwall's

Lunchtime with Laurence, Loveday Jenkin - the party's Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle - said: "It's been fragmented into different pieces being controlled by different organisations. We need a Cornwall-wide health board and, ideally a health board managed by a Cornish assembly, which would work more efficiently and be able to merge between health and social care much more efficiently than when you're trying to pull in all the players and get them all to agree."

Police enquiries after sheep attacks

The police are making enquiries and steeping up patrols after a Dartmoor farmer was forced to move 100 pregnant sheep after a spate of dog attacks in years.

Sheep
BBC

In the last three weeks alone, Richard Cole who farms on Roborough Downs has lost eight ewes and countless lambs. He claims the bylaws, which should ensure dogs are on leads at this time of year, are not being enforced.

Library debate

via Facebook

News that Cornwall's libraries may have to be taken over by a private company or merged with Devon's services have sparked anger.

Cornwall Council has to almost halve the library budget as part of cost-cutting plans and is

asking people to take part in a consultation with a number of options. People on the
Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page have been letting us know what they think:

  • Abz Munro Field says: It won't be long until everything in the UK is run by private companies.
  • Tracey Quin comments: And what about all the people who do not have internet access for job searching how are they supposed to adhere to job centre rules!!!!!
  • Pat Liddicoat told us: If all the services are being cut or reduced - if the staff are being made redundant - why is the Council tax going up and why are all the Councillors still in place?
  • Derek Rule fumes: One assumes therefore that the element of our Council Tax which pays for library services will also be cut in half and we will get a rebate? Some hope!

Rollercoaster screams fear on housing

West Briton

The screams of people on the roller coaster at Flambards theme park could cause a major stumbling block to plans for 480 new houses in Helston, the

West Briton reports.

Rollercoaster
Flambards

The new owner of Flambards said he was stunned to hear no one had realised the homes will be built right alongside his noisy tourist attraction. Ian Cunningham said: "There will be music and screams from the roller coaster. It is a theme park."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A new campaign to make people aware of the dangers taking so-called legal highs has been launched in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: A farmer from Dartmoor who's lost up to 10 ewes and countless lambs in dog attacks which he has described as a "slaughter" says he's been forced to move his flock.

Foodbank Friday

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Newquay police and the local foodbank are working with bars in the town to

collect food for those in need.

Inspector Dave Meredith said: "This is an excellent example of partnership work between the police, Newquay Foodbank and the participating licensed premises who are all part of Newquay Pubwatch. I am particularly grateful for the support of these licensed premises.

The following premises will have collection bins on Good Friday:

  • Sailors Arms - Fore Street
  • Walkabout - The Crescent
  • Bullpit Smoke House and Bar - Beach Road
  • Cribbar - Gover Lane Lane
  • Whiskers - Gover Lane
  • Towan Blystra (Wetherspoons) Cliff Road

Early Easter eggs for children in hospital

BBC Spotlight

There's been a special treat for patients on the children's ward at Derriford Hospital today.

Easter eggs
BBC

Staff have been playing Easter Bunny and delivering chocolate eggs which have been donated by local care homes.

Stokes rides waves in Papua New Guinea

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Cornwall surfer Alan Stokes has been taking time away from the chilly waters of his homeland to

explore the waves, culture and coastline of Papua New Guinea - one of surfing's last frontiers.

Alan Stokes
Carve

The trip came as part of

Carve magazine's partnership with the
Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea.

Accidents causing delays

BBC Travel South West

There are a series of accidents causing problems in Devon and Cornwall this afternoon. Here are the locations affected:

  • Holsworthy on the A3072 Rydon Road near Trewyn Park
  • A30 near the A39 junction for Indian Queens
  • Redruth East End near School Lane

Inventor rides on water

BBC Spotlight

An inventor's sea rescue inspired him to make a bike that can ridden on water.

Sea bike
BBC

Andy Lang from Torquay said he was recued from his yacht by the RNLI and wanted to create something to raise money for the charity. "I thought it would be nice to repay them," he said. The so-called 'sea bike' will be ridden for charity across the sea between Brixham and Torquay tomorrow to raise money for the RNLI.

Greens say NHS privatisation 'not working'

Privatising the health service is "not working" in ensuring its survival, the Green Party in Cornwall says.

Speaking on Radio Cornwall's

Lunchtime with Laurence, prospective parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Slade, said: "There's no profit in healthcare. You've got to stop using private companies. You've got to link it up with social care so people, when they leave hospital, they're looked after. And we shouldn't be shutting community hospitals, we should be opening them around the county to take the pressure off [the Royal Cornwall Hospital] Treliske."

Easter rail strike

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Rail workers in Cornwall are to stage a 48-hour Easter strike in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

RMT picket
Gemma Finnegan

Members of the

Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by
First Great Western at the Penzance depot will walk out from 06:00 on Sunday. A ban on overtime will also be held from Good Friday, following a 24-hour
strike last month. The company said it did not expect the action to affect services, which are being reduced over Easter because of engineering works.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Twelve people are reported hurt after a bus crash near Bodmin involving a single-decker CityLink bus and a car on the A389.

BBC Radio Devon: The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital says it is looking at how it can improve cancer treatment targets, after failing to meet them for the fifth successive quarter.

'Is Devon in Cornwall?'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Humour website ThePoke.co.uk has

done a roundup of Google autocomplete predictions - where the search engine displays possible queries based on what is typed so far - about English counties. In this case it is the main suggestions if a search includes "Is [name of county]...?", or "Why is [name of county]...?"

Devon and Cornwall Google map
Google

And the answers for Devon and Cornwall? Well, they're "Is Cornwall in England?" and "Is Devon in Cornwall?"

We have looked this up for ourselves. It is true!

Warships in Falmouth

A multi-national fleet of ten NATO warships is visiting Falmouth docks today, making it the largest fleet to call at Falmouth for many years.

HMS Pembroke
Royal Navy

It's part of an international mine counter measures group from eight countries including the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey. The vessels include HMS Pembroke (pictured).

NHS warned on locum nurse costs

Plymouth Herald

NHS bosses in Plymouth have been urged to train more staff after figures showed £2.5 billion a year nationally is being spent on locum doctors and agency nurses, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

A larger pool of dependable permanent staff would also enhance workforce stability and patient safety, according to a cross-party think-tank.

Charger warning after burnout

Newquay Fire Station

tweets: Make sure that you purchase genuine manufacturers chargers for your mobile devices. Another lucky escape [pictured]

Burnt out charger. Pic: Twitter/@NewquayCFRS
Twitter/@NewquayCFRS

The incident was reported this morning, the fire station said.

Plymouth v Burton

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle could hand a debut to Wales Under-21s captain Gethin Jones following his loan move from Everton.

Zak Ansah is pushing for a start after scoring in the 3-0 win over Cheltenham last week, while Lee Cox, Kelvin Mellor and Ben Purrington are all fit.

Tide threat

The RNLI is urging people to beware of the

tide times before they head out on local beaches this weekend.

Tides
BBC

The RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager at Newquay, Gareth Horner, said over the last spring tide eight people were rescued in his patch alone, adding there were more spring tides this weekend: "With the low water at about lunchtime, it means that when people go on the beach in the early afternoon, the tide is a long way out and when it starts to come in, it's going to come in fairly quickly and there's every possibility they could be caught out."

Broken down vehicle in Truro

BBC Travel South West

In Truro the A390 Tregolls Road is partially blocked by a broken down vehicle

near the A39 Newquay Road junction.

There are also roadworks in the area which means one lane is closed. Drivers are being urged to approach with care.

Police, internet, action

Devon and Cornwall Police is tweeting today about Operation Vortex, a clampdown on drivers.

Police generic
Devon and Cornwall Police

Search for #opvortex on

twitter to follow officers as they deal with offences on the M5. They are watching for the so-called "fatal four"; excessive speed, driving under the influence, not wearing a seat belt and use of mobile devices.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Twelve people are reported to have been hurt after a bus crash near Bodmin.

BBC Radio Devon: Police are investigating a serious assault which happened at about 22:00 last Friday during a Royal Blood rock concert at the Plymouth Pavilions.

A389 bus crash

BBC Travel South West

The A389 between Bodmin and Wadebridge is still blocked in both directions after an earlier accident involving a bus and a car.

There is also a fuel spillage at the scene in Washaway and traffic is building.

12 hurt as bus and car collide

Cornish Guardian

Emergency services are dealing with a serious accident involving a bus and a car on the outskirts of Bodmin, the

Cornish Guardian reports

Police sign
BBC

Police and ambulance crews were on the scene quickly and have dealt with 12 casualties near Washaway. The road has been closed both ways. The collision happened on the A389 between Boundary Road and Rosevallon Lane this lunchtime and firefighters from Bodmin used tools to free a casualty from one vehicle and also made both safe.

Visit Cornwall to cut staff by more than two thirds

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The new organisation set up to promote tourism in Cornwall will have less than a third of the previous staffing levels of Visit Cornwall.

Kynance Cove
Ashley Lewis

The council-run Visit Cornwall, which had 13 staff, has been disbanded and replaced by a community interest company, also called Visit Cornwall, which will have four staff according to its boss Malcolm Bell.

Sidmouth man accused of knife threat

A 35 year old man has appeared in court charged with an aggravated burglary in which a seven year old boy was allegedly confronted by a knifeman, reports the

Exeter Express & Echo.

Sean Day, of Lock Close, Sidmouth, Devon, is accused of burgling the isolated cottage near Sidmouth on the night of Monday March 30. Bail was refused by the court and Day was remanded in custody and will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court later this month.

Coastguard Easter warning

Coastguards are warning people to stay safe on the region's beaches over the Easter Holiday. It follows a dramatic rescue at Challaborough yesterday evening after two teenagers were cut off by the tide.

Rescue
Mike Wynne-Powell

Local photographer Mike Wynne-Powell took these shots of the rescue which involved Salcombe lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. The teenagers were airlifted off rocks to safety. Coastguards are urging people to check tide times before heading to the beach.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Library users say they're upset at news that Cornwall's libraries could be taken over by a private company or even merged with Devon, as part of plans to save money.

BBC Radio Devon: The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has failed to meet cancer treatment targets for the fifth successive quarter.

Long delays on A30

BBC Travel South West

The A30 is partially blocked at Canonstown near St Erth after an accident involving two vehicles.

Traffic is queuing back to the Loggan's Moor Roundabout in Hayle.

Weather forecast

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Generally cloudy and rather dull this afternoon with scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

Weather map
BBC

Remaining cloudy tonight, but rain will becoming more persistent after midnight with the occasional heavier outbreak possible. Low cloud, hill and coastal fog will become quite extensive and some sea fog patches before the rain clears later on. Minimum temperature: 7 Deg C.

Sheep attacked by dogs have 'no chance'

A Dartmoor farmer who says he has been forced to move 100 pregnant sheep off the moor after what he calls the worst spate of dog attacks in years says his animals have "no chance" of fighting off any aggressor.

Dartmoor sheep
BBC

Richard Cole said he had lost eight ewes and a countless number of lambs in the last three weeks. He said: "It's the hardest time of the year [lambing]. They're not going to run off a dog, they wouldn't even if they're well. They're just being slaughtered."

Privatising libraries 'an option'

An option facing the future of Cornwall's library service is a private organisation or company running it under plans to slash the library budget from £4m a year to £2.2m, a senior councillor has said.

Books on shelves. Pic: Thinkstock
Thinkstock

Other options, which are currently

under public consultation with Cornwall Council, include them being run by local volunteers or merging services with other local authorities.

Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown told BBC Radio Cornwall the private company option was less likely because "nobody seems to be interested in running rural library services." He said: "A lot of town and parish councils are expressing interest in delivering library services", but added that "potentially there is the risk of job losses".