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  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

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That's all from the BBC Local Live service for Devon & Cornwall for now. We'll be back on Wednesday with a full round up of news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is in Cornwall, telling a rally "it's time British people had a say about Europe."

BBC Radio Devon: The Exeter-based airline Flybe is cancelling 16 flights tomorrow because of a 48-hour strike by French air traffic controllers and transport workers.

Sam Cam Poldark fan

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

David Cameron's speaking at a rally at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

David Cameron

"Samantha wanted to see where they film Poldark", the Prime Minister and Conservative leader told the party faithful. Full reports on BBC Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC1.

Frost warning tonight

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Skies will remain clear tonight, allowing temperatures to fall. A ground frost is possible in more rural spots, such as Dartmoor. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).


The sunny theme will continue into Wednesday with decent spells of sunshine. There will be variable amounts of cloud in places, but with sunshine too. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F).

Busy weekend for Air Ambulance


Cornwall Air Ambulance responded to 14 emergencies over the Easter weekend.

Cornwall Air Ambulance

The busiest day for crews was Easter Monday, when five missions were flown in one day. Incidents included equestrian accidents, road traffic collisions and a man who was crushed by a cow near Bodmin.

David Cameron in Cornwall

Martyn Oates

Political editor, South West

Conservative leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is addressing a rally of the party faithful in a cow shed in Cornwall.

The cattle exhibition area at the Royal Cornwall Showground will also be where the election count for the three eastern Cornish constituencies takes place next month. Cornwall's three Lib Dem-defended marginals are high on the Conservatives' election wish list.

Virgin Atlantic Challenger for sale

She was once the fastest boat to cross the ocean between the USA and Britain and now the Virgin Atlantic Challenger II can be yours - for a cool £725,000, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

Virgin Atlantic Challenger II
Plymouth Herald

The 72ft slice of boating lore, originally commissioned by money-no-object Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, has been put on sale by her Plymouth owner, two years after he rescued her from obscurity in Mallorca marina.

Argus crew 'safe'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

RFA Argus is back in Falmouth after almost

six months helping in the fight against Ebola off the West African coast. During her deployment, she's been the maritime base for personnel building medical facilities in Sierra Leone.

RFA Argus

Professor Paul Cosford from Public Health England, said the ship posed no risk to the general public, adding: "We are grateful for the contribution of all our partners in the fight against Ebola, including the crucial role played by the RFA Argus....All standard protocols to screen and monitor the military personnel returning on the Argus will be followed."

Sale of Goering uniform 'repellent'


sale of a uniform said to have belonged to Nazi Hermann Goering is "repellent" according to a member of the Jewish community.

Goering uniform

Jonathan Arkush, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said the sale at Parade Antiques in Plymouth should not go ahead, adding: "Anything that tends to glorify a regime that was guilty of murder on an industrial scale is absolutely anathema to a civilized society and the owner of this artefact would do us all a favour if he would just burn it."

Duncan signs new Pirates contract

The Cornish Pirates have agreed a new contract with back-row forward

Tom Duncan for next season.

Tom Duncan
Brian Tempest

The 25-year-old, who first joined the Pirates from Redruth in 2012, has not featured since the final game of last season after a serious knee injury. "Tom was making great strides in skill development last pre-season when injury struck," said Pirates boss Ian Davies.

Labour pledges more power to Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman has told us there would be more funding and devolved powers for places like Cornwall if the party wins the general election.

Their plans include giving local councils power to set bus routes and fares. Harriet Harman said "if councils get it wrong then they will be held to account, but at least they will be accountable to local people rather than far away government ministers."

The value of tourism

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Experts estimate the two week Easter holiday is worth around £150m to the tourism industry across the South West.


Early indications show accommodation providers, tourist attractions, pubs and restaurants all had a bumper weekend - traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. Visit Devon tells me its website had 58% more traffic than it had last Easter.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Labour is promising to pass control of £30bn of funding from Whitehall to cities and counties and give local councils devolved power over bus routes and fares.

BBC Radio Devon: A car has collided with a tram on a level crossing on the Seaton Tramway at Colyton. There have been no reports of serious injuries.

Flight disruption

BBC Travel South West

Flybe is cancelling 16 flights on Wednesday, including services from Exeter to Paris, because of a strike by French air traffic controllers and transport workers.

Unless flights have been cancelled, passengers are being urged to

check in on time. Meanwhile there will be delays to flights to and from Exeter Airport for rest of day due to weather conditions elsewhere.

Egg hunt organisers raid sweet shop

So many youngsters turned up to take part in the annual Easter egg hunt at Portreath beach on Sunday that organisers had to raid the local sweet shop for extra prizes, says the

Falmouth Packet.

Easter egg hunt
Falmouth Packet

This year's Camborne Redruth & District Lions Club event saw a sea change from last year when rain and wind kept numbers down to just over 150. Expecting a few more due to the sunny weather on Sunday, the Lions were stunned to see over 500 turn up to the eleventh hunt.

Plymouth Herald columnist on the move

A columnist who has written for the same Plymouth newspaper for 19 years is on the move.

Martin Freeman has entertained readers of the Plymouth Herald for almost two decades but is now taking up a new position on the Herald's sister paper, the Western Morning News. Mr Freeman announced his move in

his final column.

Could rollercoaster screams block housing?

BBC Radio Cornwall

The mayor of Helston said the town council was not involved in the pre-planning application by developer David Martin to build 480 homes next to the Flambards theme park.

Visitors to Flambards

Noise experts were brought in to monitor noise levels at the park to see if levels might be cause for complaint from residents at the planned development. Mayor Mike Thomas told Laurence Reed: "If we had been at a meeting I would have hoped this would have been raised as an issue."

Uniform 'does not glorify' atrocities

The owner of a shop selling a uniform which he claims once belonged to

Herman Goering is a "reminder of Nazi atrocities" and did not glorify them.

Herman Goering and the uniform
Getty Images and BBC

John Cabello who bought the uniform at auction said: "You can see the historical side without being sucked into the political side of it." Jewish leaders have told the BBC the £85,000 uniform should be burned and not sold.

Seaton accidents

BBC Travel South West

The A3052 is blocked at Seaton because of an accident near Seaton Down Hill by the services. It's currently affecting traffic between Seaton and Sidford.

There's been another, separate accident in Beer on Common Hill near the car park.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council leader John Pollard says that attempts to transfer the running of libraries to other organisations is necessary because the libraries budget is being halved. A consultation is underway.

BBC Radio Devon: Jewish leaders say a uniform - alleged to have once belonged to Nazi Hermann Goering - should be burned and not sold by a Plymouth shop.

RFA Argus returns - in pictures


Falmouth Packet has put together a picture gallery of the crowds welcoming home servicemen and women from the RFA Argus.

The ship was greeted by hundreds of family and friends when it arrived at Falmouth docks after six months fighting Ebola off the coast of West Africa.

One man and his police dog

A police officer is "heartbroken" following the death of his "legendary" dog who accompanied him for more than 10 years.

Paul Glennon and Spud
Paul Glennon

Writing on the Devon and Cornwall Police

dog support blog, officer Paul Glennon described Spud as "the most remarkable dog I ever worked with".

St Austell retain Senior Cup

AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty says his side

deserved to retain the Cornwall Senior Cup. Lafferty's team ran out 3-0 winners over Godolphin Atlantic in the final to keep the trophy they won last year.

Phil Lafferty

"I think the best teams over the years, particularly of my generation, always retained things and won back-to-back trophies and leagues. We stifled them really well and ran out very deserved winners," Lafferty added to

BBC Radio Cornwall.

Nazi uniform 'should be burned'

A uniform claimed to have belonged to Nazi Hermann Goering should be burned and not sold,

Jewish leaders have said.

The uniform thought to have been worn by Hermann Goering

The uniform is on sale for £85,000 at Parade Antiques in Plymouth - a city that Goering's Luftwaffe planes bombed extensively in World War Two.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A consultation on the future of Cornwall's libraries has been prompted by the council's need to avoid getting into trouble as it transfers their running to community organisations according to council leader, John Pollard.

BBC Radio Devon: Controversial social commentator Katie Hopkins - who lives in Exeter - has responded to criticism for being chosen to present the Exeter Express and Echo's business awards.

Sunshine for many

Wendy Wheatley

BBC Weather Forecaster

A dry afternoon with variable cloud and sunny periods. The sunshine will become more extensive this afternoon, except around the coasts, where it could remain more cloudy. It will feel warm once again in any sunshine. Winds will be light easterly, but moderate along the south coast. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).


It will be mainly clear overnight, allowing for temperatures to fall to around 2 Deg C (36 Deg F), with light easterly winds. So there is a chance of a ground frost in sheltered inland areas.

Katie Hopkins defends business awards role

BBC Radio Devon

Television presenter Katie Hopkins has said she is the right choice to host the Exeter Express and Echo business awards. Some readers have said they will refuse to buy the paper after hiring the former Apprentice contestant who has aired a series of controversial views.

Katie Hopkins

Ms Hopkins told Bill Buckley on the phone-in: "What I'm able to do is to bring voice to a story. We are talking about them and I think that's to be applauded." She said she did not set out to offend people but agreed that some took offence.

Returning RFA Argus serviceman is 'lovely boy'

BBC Radio Cornwall

One of the servicemen on the RFA Argus, which has returned to Falmouth after six months, is Ben Brunel who was welcomed back by four generations of his family.

Brunel family

Grandmother Fifi Brunel was delighted to see her grandson return from fighting Ebola off the coast of West Africa and described her grandson as "a lovely boy".

A35 long delays

BBC Travel South West

There are long delays heading out of Devon

on the A35 after a fire gutted a 16th century inn in Chideock.

Chideock Fire

Temporary lights are in place while experts try to make the area safe following yesterday's incident. Big tailbacks are being reported in both directions.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Manager of a Cornish theme park says it's crucial that a developer wanting to build five hundred homes nearby warns prospective buyers about noise.

BBC Radio Devon: Fire crews have been called to a hazardous bonfire, on an allotment in Torquay this lunchtime.

Health hustings

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

Do you have a question about the future of the NHS for prospective parliamentary candidates ahead of the general election?

Representatives from the Conservatives, Labour, UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party will be joining us for a BBC Radio Devon hustings debate on health in Plymouth at 18:30 on Thursday. If you'd like to be in the audience, please

email us.

Tourism boss heralds good season

BBC Spotlight

The Easter break is proving to be profitable, so far, for those local businesses involved in the tourism sector.

Malcolm Bell

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said the long weekend was critical, adding: "It's the first time to get some real cash into the industry, but it also sets up for the summer so if you have a good Easter it tends to bode well for driving business for the rest of the year."

Accident on A3083 Lizard road

BBC Travel South West

The Lizard to Helston road is partially blocked after an accident near Cury involving three vehicles.

Recovery work is underway and the road is passable with care, but drivers are being to urged to approach the area with caution.

'Largest passenger ship ever' for Isles of Scilly

The Magellan will become 'the largest passenger ship to ever call at Scilly' this summer according to

The Cornishman.

The newspaper says the the 46,052-tonne, adults-only Magellan is one of the 50 scheduled cruise liners due to visit Scilly this summer.

Tisdale eyes League Two play-offs

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says his side's good run must go on if they are to reach

the League Two play-offs.

Paul Tisdale

City's 2-0 win over rivals Newport County, their fifth victory in an eight-game unbeaten run, left the Grecians a point off the top seven. "If we want any prospect of success this year, it's got to continue," Tisdale told

BBC Radio Devon.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Bosses at the Flambards theme park near Helston say it would be impossible to tone down the noise from its visitors if a plan for 500 homes nearby goes ahead.

BBC Radio Devon: Tourist attractions and businesses in Devon are reporting brisk trade over the long weekend, with one recording its busiest Easter ever.

Accessing your pension pot?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

The banks are open for business after the Bank Holiday and

new pension changes are in force.

A pensions advice leaflet

If you're over 55, you now have access to your cash. So will you be drawing it out and if so what are you going to spend it on? Let me know how the changes affect you by calling today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Lilywhites' delight

BBC Radio Cornwall

Supporters of St Austell football club are celebrating after their side won the Cornwall Senior Cup.

The Lilywhites beat Godolphin Atlantic 3-0. Manager Phil Lafferty says it's been a real "team effort".

Anger over presenter decision

BBC Radio Devon

The Exeter Express & Echo newspaper has been defending a controversial decision to use Katie Hopkins as the presenter of its business awards.

The paper's decision has prompted complaints from readers, with some saying they're refusing to buy the paper because of the former Apprentice contestant's controversial views.

Editor Jon-Paul Hedge says he may not not concur with Ms Hopkins' views but does recognise her business acumen and these are business awards.

Argus at sunset

Del Folds from Helston has emailed us this picture of RFA Argus returning home after six months delivering aid in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.

RFA Argus
Del Folds

The ship returned to Falmouth after passing Gunwalloe Cove yesterday evening. "Good to see her and the crew home after a long deployment", said Del.