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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 13 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

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

The team will have more news, sport, travel and weather for you tomorrow. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Newquay's Alexandra House nursing home is to close, affecting 23 residents and 24 staff, its owner confirms.

BBC Radio Devon: A car owner says
he was shocked to find his vehicle being driven around Plymouth at speed after he left it at a Halfords garage for servicing work.

Cornwall remains on Black Alert

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's health and social care services remain on Black Alert, commissioning group

NHS Kernow says.

NHS Kernow managing director Joy Youart said services remained "very busy", but that the situation "continues to improve".

She added that the county would step down from the alert "when appropriate" and that staff were seeing "fewer admissions to Royal Cornwall Hospital, with improved patient flow and discharge to care or home settings with the right packages of care".

Camborne and Redruth 'have lowest tax payers in SW'

Residents in Camborne and Redruth have been named as the lowest tax payers in the South West, the

West Briton reports.

The constituency averages an income tax payment of £2,560 per taxpayer, compared to a national average of £4,363, according to research carried out by accountants UHY Hacker Young.

Chiefs 'must not carried away' after win

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says his side "must not get carried away" by their 21-10 victory over Premiership leaders Northampton.

Dave Ewers tackles Samu Manoa. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The win sent Exeter back into the top four with three games left to play as the Chiefs became the first side to do the double over Saints this season.

He told the BBC: "The time to enjoy today isn't today. The time to enjoy today is a few weeks' time when we see whether we've achieved things at the end of the season."

School cancels classes after water leak

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish school is to cancel some of its primary classes on Tuesday because of a water leak, staff say.

Nine Maidens AP Academy in Four Lanes, Redruth, said Primary Classes 1 and 2 would be closed because of what was described as "major" leak. They were due to resume on Wednesday, the school said.

Dry overnight before sunny spells

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will remain dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud and light winds but fog over moorland and the south coasts. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)

Weather map
BBC

Sunny spells should develop through Tuesday. Coastal regions may remain grey and misty throughout much of the day due to sea fog, especially along the north coast. It will feel very warm further inland in the sunshine with a maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Homes needed for 'ridiculously expensive' area

BBC Radio Devon

A member of a group of Devon villagers building their own affordable "eco-homes" joined in because housing in the area was "ridiculously expensive".

Building site. Pic: Broadhempston Community Land Trust
Broadhempston Community Land Trust

Six detached houses with three or four bedrooms

are being built in Broadhempston, near Totnes, by local families and couples. The scheme is only open to couples and families renting within a two-mile radius who have local ties to the village.

Mother-of-two Serena Bedford said she decided to get involved because of difficulty getting on to the property ladder: "There is no way you can afford to buy doing an everyday job."

Hunting for missing man in Dawlish

Police are hunting for a

missing man in Dawlish.

Gary Knight. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers said 52-year-old Gary Knight had not been seen since leaving the Haldon Terrace area at about 11:30 on Sunday, and was believed to be wearing jeans and a t-shirt or light jumper. He also carried a carries a black rucksack, they said.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The owner of a nursing home in Newquay says it is working closely with social services after announcing Alexandra House was to shut.

BBC Radio Devon: A Devon Halfords vehicle test centre has apologised to a Saltash man after a dashboard camera in his car caught a garage mechanic apparently driving at twice the speed limit around Plymouth.

And the hardest election assignment so far is...

BBC Radio Cornwall's Tamsin Melville

tweets: Hardest #GE2015 assignment so far: finding anyone who lives locally to speak to at #Land's End

Land's End sign
BBC

Four rescued from sinking boat

Four people have been rescued from the sea off Budleigh Salterton, Devon, by the RNLI after their powerboat started sinking.

Sinking boat. Pic: RNLI Exmouth
RNLI Exmouth

Both Exmouth lifeboats were launched on Sunday afternoon after reports of what was originally described as a broken down motorboat half a mile offshore. En route, the lifeboats received a mayday saying the vessel was sinking.

Four people were found in the sea, with the hull of their 18ft powerboat sticking out of the water. Only one of them, a 13-year-old, was wearing a lifejacket, the charity said. The sunken vessel was towed back to shore.

Dozen Mitie incidents classed as "major"

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Twelve incidents out of 51 where a firm hired to provide cleaning and catering in Cornwall's main hospitals failed to meet required standards where classed as "major" incidents, according to Freedom of Information figures seen by the BBC.

Royal Cornwall Hospital sign
BBC

The

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust employed Mitie to provide so-called "hotel services" in October 2014.

The trust said it would continue to work with Mitie to resolve the issues.

Mitie said it was "comfortable" with how its contract was progressing.

Argyle 'as good as anyone in the league'

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan says

his team can succeed in the play-offs after the Pilgrims got back into the top seven in League Two after Saturday's 2-1 win over Mansfield Town.

John Sheridan. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

He said: "On our day, we're as good as anyone in the league and I've told the players that."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's health and social care services remain on Black Alert.

BBC Radio Devon: A Halfords car mechanic has been sacked after a dashboard camera caught him apparently driving at twice the speed limit round Plymouth in a customer's car.

Mechanic who took car on 57mph spin 'abused trust'

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A Halfords customer whose dashboard camera

caught a mechanic speeding in his car while it was booked in for an MoT says he will "always wait by the car whilst it is being serviced" in future.

Dashboard cam. Pic: Shaun Ingram
Shaun Ingram

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, found footage showing his Ford Focus car being driven at 57 mph in a 30 mph zone while it was supposedly in Halfords Autocentre in Plymouth last month for servicing work.

He said: "When I saw the footage I was left open-mouthed. The mechanic was abusing my car and my trust." Halfords said the mechanic had been sacked.

Four charged with burglary

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Four men have been charged with burglary offences after a stand-alone cash machine was pulled from a Plymouth supermarket,

Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Three men from London - aged 19, 28 and 30 - and a 50-year-old from Plymouth have been charged after the break-in at Costcutters on Fleet Street in Keyham last Thursday. The stand-alone machine was found unopened at the scene.

Exeter bus station redevelopment delayed again

The multi-million redevelopment of Exeter's bus and coach station has been further delayed, the

Express and Echo reports.

An application for the plan, which includes a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes, new shops and a new bus station, has been dropped from a city council agenda for the second time.

Redruth 'got basics wrong' in Chinnor loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Redruth head coach Steve Larkins says his side failed to get the basics right as they were beaten 31-7 by Chinnor.

Redruth v Chinnor. Pic: Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

The result was the club's second-worst at home this season as they

conceded five tries.

Out-of-date dredging data claims refuted

The

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has rejected claims that the latest dredging of the River Tamar could be in breach of international convention and the UK Government could face substantial fines.

John Tuckett
BBC

Marine law expert Andrew Oliver said the MMO issued licences using out-of-date information.

However, MMO chief executive John Tuckett (pictured) said: "We would never licence any activity which involved shifting dredging material which contained contaminants above the levels that are described in international regulations from

Ospar [the international convention which works to identify marine environment threats]."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The owner of a nursing home in Newquay which is to close says 23 residents and 24 staff will be found places and jobs elsewhere within the group.

BBC Radio Devon: Motor repair chain Halfords is investigating after a customer caught a mechanic speeding through Plymouth in his car while it was booked in for an MoT.

Schizophrenic 'not given correct care'

A Plymouth man who was found dead after suffering severe depression and schizophrenia was not given the correct level of care, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

Plymouth Community Healthcare has been told to learn lessons from the case of 44-year-old Ian Dunton, who was found dead in December, an inquiry report due to be published later this week says.

The investigation into his death raised questions about communication, record keeping, confidentiality and training within PCH, the paper said.

Exeter City beaten 4-0 by Shrewsbury

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter City were

beaten 4-0 by League Two promotion chasers Shrewsbury at the weekend.

City boss Paul Tisdale admitted his side lacked "energy and spark" as the match brought an abrupt end to Exeter's eight match unbeaten run.

Taken car driven with 'pure neglect'

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A mechanic who took a customer's car while it was booked in for an MoT drove it an "appalling manner" and with "pure neglect", a

garage manager has admitted.

Car dashboard cam. Pic: Shaun Ingram
Shaun Ingram

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, found footage from his Ford Focus's dashboard camera showing the car being driven at 57mph (pictured) in a 30mph zone after it was left at Halfords Autocentre in Plymouth last month

Regional manager for Halfords Autocentres Daren Stone told Mr Ingram that the mechanic's behaviour was unacceptable and he had been "removed from working within the Halfords Autocentre Group".

Silt dredging data 'out of date'

BBC Spotlight

Marine law expert Andrew Oliver has told the BBC the latest dredging of the River Tamar could be breaching international convention because data about silt contamination is not current enough.

He said: "The data which is being used by the authorities in this particular case is somewhere in the region of five-years-old and fall outside the guidelines of

Ospar [the international convention which works to identify marine environment threats]."

The licensing authority, the

Marine Management Organisation, disputes this.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Alexandra House nursing home in Newquay is to close after running at a financial loss and struggling to find qualified staff, affecting 23 residents, it owner says.

BBC Radio Devon: A major campaign has arrived in Plymouth to encourage more people to be tested for diabetes while up to 17,000 in Devon may be affected by the disease but not know it.

Neil Bayliss hails Launceston after Canterbury victory

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Launceston boss Neil Bayliss has hailed his side's character after their

20-18 National Two South win at Canterbury.

Launceston RFC. Pic: Alastair Cowe
Alastair Cowe

"The performance and commitment the guys showed was outstanding, I'm really proud of all of them," Bayliss said.

(Ice) cream of local business share election views

Staff at Langage Farm Dairy, just outside Plymouth, share with the BBC News Election 2015 team

their views on the upcoming poll.

Worker at Langage farm
BBC

The company employs about 50 people, whose political opinions are just as varied as the ice cream flavours they help to create.

Plymouth Argyle in League play-offs

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle have moved into the League Two play-off places after

beating Mansfield 2-1 at Home Park.

Mansfield have now dropped further towards the relegation zone as a result of the loss on Saturday.

Election debates: Health

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

On BBC Radio Devon we have the latest in our series of pre-recorded election debates this lunchtime.

What do the main five parties have to say about health? NHS funding, social care and health tourism were all on the agenda at the debate held in the Life Centre in Plymouth.

Join me to hear the debate and then give me your reaction in the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been named as a finalist in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, getting on to the "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year" shortlist.

BBC Radio Devon: A marine lawyer claims the newest dredging licence for the River Tamar has been issued using out-of-date information.

Newquay nursing home to close

BBC Radio Cornwall

A nursing home in Newquay is to close, its owner says.

Alexandra House Nursing Home. Pic:
Google

The

Morleigh Group said Alexandra House was being shut after running at a financial loss for some time. and because of it being unable to recruit enough qualified nursing staff.

It said that the home's 23 current residents would be offered places at other homes within the group in Cornwall and that its 24 members of staff would also be offered other employment within the group.

Mechanic caught speeding in customer's car

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A driver's dashboard camera has caught a mechanic speeding in his car whilst it was supposedly in a garage for an MoT.

Dashboard cam. Pic: Shaun Ingram
Shaun Ingram

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, booked his Ford Focus in to Halfords Autocentre in Plymouth last month and later found footage showing his car being driven at 57mph in a 30mph zone.

Halfords said the mechanic was a temporary employee who had been sacked.

South East Cornwall election special

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

What are the main issues you think politicians looking for our votes they should be tackling?

Husting
BBC

Tune in today for the second of our special election programmes. This lunchtime we'll be hearing from the people who want to represent South East Cornwall.

Call us from midday 01872 222222.

Woman threatened during pub break-in

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been arrested after a robbery at a pub in Paignton,

Devon and Cornwall Police say.

A woman in her 40s was threatened during a break-in at the Beefeater in Long Road between late Sunday night and early Monday morning. She was later treated for minor injuries.

A 21-year-old local man was taken into custody on Monday morning, officers said.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been named as a Finalist in the 2015 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

BBC Radio Devon: A group of families is
constructing six detached properties at Broadhempston, near Totnes, costing about £150,000, compared to the local market rate of up to £400,000.

Hospital contract fine kept secret

BBC Radio Cornwall

The

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has refused to say how much a private contractor has been fined for failing to meet required standards over cleaning, catering and portering work.

Hospital food
PA

Mitie didn't meet required standards 51 times in February, a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio Cornwall revealed.

The trust said it would not reveal the figure because it was commercially sensitive. It added that it was continuing to robustly monitor the contract. Mitie said it was comfortable with how its contract was progressing.

Plymouth people encouraged to get diabetes test

A major campaign project is being held in Plymouth to encourage more people to be tested for diabetes.

Blood sugar testing. Pic: Thinkstock
Thinkstock

National charity

Diabates UK is holding awareness sessions in the city for the next two days, explaining the symptoms and treatments available.

It's thought there could be about 17,000 people in Devon who have the condition but don't know it.

BBC Radio Devon's Tony Beard in cancer fight

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon presenter Tony Beard has announced that he has bladder cancer.

Tony Beard
BBC

Former Dartmoor farmer Mr Beard, 79 - who has been a presenter for about 35 years and is also known as the The Wag from Widecombe -

told listeners to his Sunday show he was "determined to beat it". He also thanked well-wishers for their messages of support.

Cornish Pirates suffer narrow loss to Jersey

BBC Sport

The Cornish Pirates suffered a narrow loss, just two points, while playing

away to Jersey over the weekend.

Aaron Penberthy
BBC
Aaron Penberthy popped up with a late Jersey winner for the second home game in a row

Aaron Penberthy made a last-gasp conversion to give the Channel Island its 28-26 win over his former Cornish club.