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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Friday

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That's all from BBC Local Live for Devon & Cornwall for today.

We'll have more news, sport, travel and weather for you on Friday. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A woman discharged from hospital in Cornwall has had to go back in after several falls because a promised suitable care package was not in place, her daughter says.

BBC Radio Devon: A 49-year-old man arrested after over allegations that Devon firefighters were threatened with an axe in Plympton on Wednesday has been released on bail.

Running the world

BBC Spotlight

A former barman from Devon is hoping to become the fastest person to run around the globe.


Kevin Carr from Woolacombe has spent the past 20 months running - averaging between thirty and fifty miles a day - but has to finish this evening to beat the record. Find out if he makes it on the programme on BBC1 at 18:30.

Comments on disaster mine's Easter event

BBC Radio Cornwall

The National Trust has

had to defend an Easter children's event at a mine in Cornwall after a complaint by a relative of a miner who died there nearly 100 years ago.

Thirty-one men died at when a man-engine transporter broke at Wheal Levant, near Pendeen, in 1919. Comments from people BBC Radio Cornwall talked to included:

  • I don't think that's right. It if it's just outside [the mine site], then fair enough. But actually in the place, no.
  • I would say no. I know life has to go on, but a little bit more respect may be needed if that amount of people died.
  • I supposed it's fine if people enjoy it.
  • I can't see why not. My great grandfather was a miner and I don't think he would have minded.

Dry but breezier

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will remain dry overnight, with a gentle breeze and only patchy amounts of cloud. Areas of cloud are likely to feed in from the south later in the night, but some mist could still form in low-lying areas and temperatures will drop to 4C (39F) in parts.


There'll still be some warm sunshine around on Friday. However, it's likely to be breezier and a bit cloudier than of late, which could lead to the odd isolated shower late in the day. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Tagging to reveal shark secrets

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

This summer scientists plan to tag basking sharks which are visiting the waters off Cornwall in a bid to

learn more about the elusive species.

Experts are appealing for sightings of the fish and with hunting, fishing and climate change threatening their survival, scientists hope the tagging project will reveal more information about these huge animals.

Basking shark
University of Exeter

Dr Lucy Hawkes of the University of Exeter said: "Basking sharks are important regulators of the seas and, with other large plankton eating species, help keep things in check."

Car clocked travelling at 100mph

Devon and Cornwall Police

tweets: Cars stopped and drivers reported on the M5 Junction 27 southbound clocked driving at 100mph and 93mph #OpVortex

Woman back in hospital 'because of lack of care'

BBC Spotlight

A woman discharged from hospital in Cornwall has had to go back in because a promised suitable care package was not put in place, her daughter says.

Hilda Stone. Pic: Family of Hilda Stone
Family of Hilda Stone

Kay Deeming said her mother, Hilda Stone, fell several times after being discharged and that, after being "desperate to get home", she had now "become frightened and very insecure".

Cornwall Council said it was sorry to hear of concerns from families affected by care package problems and the "whole system is working together to get people home when they're ready to be discharged from hospital and ensure that appropriate packages of care are in place".

Conservatives criticised for Trident 'hypocrisy'

BBC Radio Devon

UKIP is accusing the Conservatives of "hypocrisy" for claiming Labour would be willing to sacrifice the renewal of the Trident nuclear submarines if it meant they could stroke a post-election deal with the Scottish National Party.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has denied the accusations and accused the Conservatives of running an election campaign filled with "deceit and lies". And UKIP's spokesman, Patrick O'Flynn said the Conservatives had presided over big cuts in the defence budget and made thousands of members of the armed forces redundant.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: NHS Kernow says bringing in extra doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department, introducing more pharmacy services and extending opening hours at an urgent care centre has reduced pressure on services.

BBC Radio Devon: Fire officers are asking people in the Halberton area of Tiverton to keep their windows closed tonight after a blaze on a farm.

Truro one point away from play-offs

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City need just one point from Saturday's match with Corby Town to guarantee their place in the Southern Premier League play-offs. The first Treyew Road encounter between the two sides was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

Wayne Carlisle
Truro City FC

Truro assistant manager Wayne Carlisle told

BBC Radio Cornwall: "We've got good players and we've got good supporters. The set-up is great. Everyone wants to do well and a club like this should be where we are."

Miliband denies Trident claims

BBC Radio Devon

Ed Miliband has denied claims made by the Conservatives that Labour would trade the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent to secure power in a deal with Scottish nationalists.

Trident missiles are carried on Vanguard submarines, which are re-fuelled and re-fitted in Plymouth. The Labour leader said: National security is too important to play politics with. I will never compromise our national security, I will never negotiate away our national security - and you know what? The Conservative Party can throw what they like at me, but I'm going to carry on concentrating on the issues that matter to the British people."

Cornwall health services stay on Black Alert

Andrew Segal

Local Live

NHS Kernow says Cornwall's health and social services have improved in the last 24 hours, but the county was still on Black Alert because services "remain very busy".

"Our priority is to get the system back on track and we have a range of services in place to reduce pressure across the system," adding it was working to ensure patients who did not need to be in the Royal Cornwall Hospital were safely discharged.

Cornwall Council said that the whole system was "working together to get people home when they're ready to be discharged from hospital" and extra care home placements had been brought in "together with additional nurses, social care and dementia specialists".

Former sailor stole waterproofs for fantasies

A former senior Royal Navy sailor from Cornwall has been convicted of stealing waterproof clothes so he could carry out his sexual fantasies about being a prisoner of war, reports the

Western Morning News.

Alan Reynolds developed the bizarre fetish after his career as a lieutenant commander at sea. Reynolds was granted bail to appear before the court for sentence on April 17.

'Peter Pan' salamanders come to Newquay

A type of salamander which never grows up and is thought to be the inspiration for the character Toothless in the movie

How to Train Your Dragon has gone on display at Newquay's
Blue Reef Aquarium.

Axolotl salamander. Pic: Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium

The tiny axolotl salamander was recently classified as critically endangered in their native Mexico where they are only found in the ancient water systems around Mexico City.

The creatures - known as the Peter Pans of the aquatic world - never grow up in that they remain in a juvenile form, not developing lungs and moving out of the water on to land, the aquarium said.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: NHS Kernow says the situation has improved across healthcare services over the last 24 hours - but the system is still on 'Black' status.

BBC Radio Devon: A pub in Exeter has temporarily closed after a suspected outbreak of Norovirus.

Bug-hit pub to stay closed until 'virus eradicated'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A pub and restaurant in Exeter at the centre of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug outbreak says it is unable to confirm when it will re-open.

More than 100 people may have been affected by the norovirus outbreak at the Toby Carvery at the Exeter Arms in Rydon Lane, Middlemoor, the Express and Echo reported.

Managers said the pub was was undergoing a deep clean and it was working closely with environmental health officers and the local council. It added that the adjoining hotel had also been closed until they were "confident that virus is eradicated completely".

'Exotic' hoopoe at Porthgwarra

South West Optics

tweets: Image of the hoopoe at Porthgwarra yesterday evening. @PZTony @CornwallBirding

South West Optics

The RSPB says this exotic looking species sometimes turns up on the south coast of England when birds migrating north from Africa to Europe overshoot. They don't breed in the UK but up to 100 birds can turn up during some springs.

Inheritance con councillor to seek re-election

A Plymouth councillor who conned her disabled brother out of his inheritance and said she would not seek re-election now says she will still stand for the city council after all, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

Independent Alison Casey previously said she would stand down from her Moor View seat next month after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position. She

tweeted the paper, saying she had "decided to still stand as I want to stand by my constituents & let them decide on May the 7th!"

Arrests after attempted cash machine theft

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Four people have been arrested in connection with the attempted theft of a cash point from a shop in Plymouth.

Abandoned cash machine. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The stand-alone machine was pulled from Costcutters on Fleet Street in Keyham but was found unopened at the scene.

Police have arrested four people in Wiltshire this morning in connection with the attempted burglary.

Yeovil Town appoints Sturrock

BBC Sport

Yeovil Town have appointed former Plymouth and Southend boss

Paul Sturrock as their new manager.

Paul Sturrock
Getty Images
Yeovil are the eighth club Sturrock has held the manager's post with

The 58-year-old, promoted five times as manager,

left his role as advisor to Conference side Torquay on Wednesday just four days after taking the job.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Chancellor George Osborne has been urging voters in Cornwall to back a Conservative plan that involves billions of pounds of investment in the south west economy.

BBC Radio Devon: Ed Miliband has denied claims made by the Conservatives that Labour would trade the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent to secure power in a deal with Scottish nationalists.

Sanctuary for refugees

Carys Edwards

BBC South West Community Affairs Correspondent

Campaigners are calling for Exeter to become the South West's first so-called "City of Sanctuary" for refugees and asylum seekers.



Exeter City of Sanctuary group, hopes it will make Exeter a more welcoming and understanding place for those seeking refuge. About 2% of asylum seekers living in the UK are in our region - fleeing from conflict in places like Syria, Sudan and Afghanistan.

Osborne: Cornish seats 'crucial'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

Chancellor George Osborne is the latest politician to hit the campaign trail in Cornwall.

George Osborne

He's been visiting apprentices at Hawkins Motors in in St Stephen and said Cornwall played a crucial part in the general election. "The thing that people should remember is the Conservatives need just 23 seats to make sure we have an economic plan that's working in Downing Street and David Cameron is our Prime Minister", he added.

Norovirus outbreak at restaurant

A suspected outbreak of norovirus at a popular Exeter pub and restaurant is believed to have affected large numbers of people across the city, as well as visitors and holidaymakers, the

Express and Echo reports.

It is thought the number of people affected by the outbreak - believed to be centred on the Toby Carvery at the Exeter Arms in Rydon Lane, Middlemoor - could be in excess of 100. An investigation led by Environmental Health is under way.

Basking sharks to be tagged

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Beach goers and coastal walkers are being asked to

report sightings of basking sharks in Cornish waters.

Scientists plan to attach cutting-edge satellite tracking tags to several sharks this spring in a bid to find out more about them.

Basking shark
Will Postlethwaite

It follows the

success of a similar project off Scotland's west coast.

Local businesses on awards shortlist

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Eleven businesses in Devon and Cornwall have been named finalists in this year's

Visit England Awards.

Farm cottages, touring parks, pubs and eco-lodges have all made the shortlist. The winners will be announced in Gateshead on 11 May.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The grandson of a miner killed in the Levant Mine Disaster in 1919 says he's angry an Easter egg hunt has taken place on top of it. The National Trust says it was a trail, not a hunt.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon and Cornwall Police has arrested a 49-year-old man after allegations that firefighters were threatened with an axe, after being called to a property in Plympton last night.

Conservationists make bee-line for insect highway

Conservationists says they want to create a so-called "bee highway" through Plymouth, stretching from the South Hams to Dartmoor.


Wild flowers are being planted on North Cross roundabout in a bid to provide a safe breeding ground for bees and other species.

Disaster mine Easter trail defended

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The National Trust custodian

of a mine which saw more than 30 men die in a disaster in 1919 has defended a children's Easter trail at the site after a relative of one of the dead miners complained.

Levant mine Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

Custodian Anthony Power said Tim James, whose grandfather died in the disaster, was "slightly misunderstanding what we're trying to do".

"It was an Easter trail, not a hunt. They would get an egg at the end of the trial, and they followed it around the site....People go away from here understanding more about Cornish mining and the lives these people led."

Launceston coach targets top eight

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Launceston's Director of Rugby Neil Bayliss says his side can finish in the top eight in National 2 South. The Cornish All Blacks have three games remaining, starting with a visit to Canterbury on Saturday.

Dan Barbary

Bayliss told

BBC Radio Cornwall: "We've set the challenge out to the boys. We've got three games left. I want us to finish as high as we possibly can. That starts with a long and tough trip to Canterbury."

Election debate special: Education

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

On BBC Radio Devon we have the second in our series of pre-recorded election debates from 13:00. Then after 14:00 I want your reaction.

I quizzed the main five parties at County Hall in Exeter on their education policies. They include Tony McIntyre for UKIP, Peter Heaton-Jones for the Conservatives, Ben Bradshaw for Labour, Stephen Kearney for the Lib Dems and Gill Coombes for the Green Party.

Listen Live and call the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Burst water main

BBC Travel South West

A burst water main is said to be causing "chaos" in Chacewater.

It's affecting traffic in both directions.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The grandson of a miner killed in the Levant disaster in 1919 says he's angry an Easter egg hunt has taken place on top of it. The National Trust said it was a trail, not a hunt.

BBC Radio Devon: A campaign is under way for Exeter to become the South West's first City of Sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers.

Disaster mine site 'should be treated like war grave'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man whose grandfather died in the

1919 Levant mining disaster has criticised an Easter trail at the National Trust site, saying children's games should not be played there.

Levant mine. Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

Tim James, from Penzance, said "We don't think that really fits in at a site that has the same kinds of atmosphere as a war grave or a [ship] wreck." He added: "We're not against children's games, but there is a time and a place for children to enjoy themselves, and Levant is not that."

Emergency engineering

National Rail

tweets: Trains are now running normally between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple following emergency engineering work at #MorchardRoad

Coach does U-turn on narrow ferry slipway

A coach has been forced to do a U-turn on a narrow slipway in Devon because it was too heavy to go on a ferry, the

Herald Express reports.

Coach doing a U-turn on slipway
John Widdecombe/Herald Express

The triple-axle coach, owned by tour French operator Sovetours, was told to turn around after attempting to board the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry on the Kingswear side of the River Dart.

Attempted cash point theft

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Four men have

attempted to steal a stand-alone cash point from a shop in Plymouth.

The men tried to load the machine on to the back of a large white Mercedes van, but failed to open it and fled on foot.

Costcutter in Keyham

The break-in happened at Costcutters on Fleet Street, Keyham, at about 06:25 BST. Police are appealing for information.

Memorials and 24/7 GPs

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Should places be left free from commercial activity and as a permanent memorial to anyone who died there?

A row has broken out after a man whose grandfather was killed in the Levant mining disaster in West Cornwall in 1919 criticised the National Trust for hosting an Easter egg hunt close to the shaft where 31 men perished.

And we talk to a Cornish GP who says it's ludicrous to expect such doctors to work seven days a week, describing how she gave up working for a practice because of the pressure and workload. Call the phone-in on 01872 222222.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Firefighters have tackled a gorse fire at Laneast Downs in north Cornwall which affected two hectares.

BBC Radio Devon: Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a convenience store in Plymouth after four men tried to steal a cash machine.