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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel on Thursday

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

We'll be back on Thursday at 08:00 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: The Care Quality Commission says it's targeting high risk services before rating every nursing home in Cornwall. It follows the closure of a home in Newquay because of a shortage of qualified nurses.

BBC Radio Devon: Rail unions are seeking reassurances over the Laira train maintenance depot in Plymouth after First Great Western said the workload there could be affected by the replacement of 40 year old trains.

Peacocks cause hundreds of pounds of damage

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

Wild peacocks in Clyst St Mary are repeatedly attacking cars causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Penny Hill who works at a business estate in the village, said her Audi TT was repeatedly violently attacked by a bird. "The pecking has completely ruined the paintwork and it is going to cost around £500-£600 to fix.

Scratched car
Penny Hill

"They're attacking the car because it's mating season and they think the reflection is another bird which it's jealous of."

Tim Burton movie being filmed in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Parts of Cornwall are being used as film locations in a new movie by director

Tim Burton.

Filming location

Portholland and Minions are to feature in the movie based on the teen novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

The film - starring Eva Green, Samuel L Jackson and Dame Judi Dench - tells the tale of a 17-year-old boy who follows clues to a derelict orphanage where the former occupants had incredible powers. Burton's previous films include Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, and Alice in Wonderland.

'Miss Carlyon Bay' remembers

Debbie McCrory

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bulldozers have started knocking down the derelict Cornwall Coliseum which was a well known music venue for four decades. I've been chatting to Jacqui Fusco who was the only 'Miss Carlyon Bay' in 1963.

Jacqui Fusco

She told me: "I remember being kissed by Johnny Leighton and it was very exciting, I had this silly little crown like a little pimple, but all my school colleagues were there watching and it was lovely."


Warm and sunny for most again tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

This evening and overnight the dry weather continues across the region with mostly clear skies and some shallow mist by the morning. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).


Thursday will be another mostly fine day with spells of warm sunshine, however cloud amounts will tend to increase throughout the day. Many places will be dry, but an isolated shower is possible. Maximum Temperature: 19 Deg C (66 Deg F).

New boss for NHS Kernow

BBC Radio Cornwall

A family doctor from Gunnislake has been appointed as the new chairman of Cornwall's health services commissioning body, NHS Kernow.

Iain Chorlton is taking over the post from Dr Colin Philip, who is retiring from the clinical commissioning group, the

organisation said.

Reassurances sought over train depot's future

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

Rail union members are seeking reassurances over the future of a train maintenance depot in Plymouth.

Laira Depot. Pic: Google

Laira Depot, which has worked on high-speed trains since the 1980s, is set to be affected by the replacement of 40-year-old high-speed trains with newer locomotives planned for 2017.

RMT union regional organiser Phil Bialyk said members were "feeling worried about their livelihoods and their future". First Great Western said the depot would not close and it was working with staff to help them understand any changes.

Coliseum in ruins

BBC Radio Cornwall

Developers at Carlyon Bay have offered assurances over continued public access to the beach on the day the derelict Cornwall Coliseum is being pulled down.

Cornwall Coliseum demolition

Once demolition is complete, sea defences will be put in, followed by roads and infrastructure before 350 holiday houses and apartments

are built.

Jon Kenny, from developer CEG, said that although some of the properties would have private space "we want local people to come down here and use these facilities in the short, medium and long term".

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Care Quality Commission says it's targeting high risk services before moving on to check and rate every nursing and home in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: Rail unions are seeking reassurances over the future of the Laira train maintenance depot in Plymouth.

Medal for community stalwart


West Briton is reporting a Penryn community group leader has received a long service medal after 35 years as a member of the St John's Ambulance.

West Briton

Alison Williams MBE is the unit manager with Penryn Badgers (the youth section of St John Ambulance) and a member of Helston Adult Division, she was presented with the 'serving sister award' at a ceremony in London.

Labour defends road delay

BBC Radio Devon

Labour has defended its plan to delay the dualling of a key arterial route for Devon in favour of rail investment.

The A358, which links the M5 at Taunton to the A303 in Devon, is

due to be dualled in December. But Labour wants to halt the scheme in favour of a one year rail price freeze.

Labour's Shadow Policing Minister, Jack Dromey, said: "It cannot be right that we have 40-year-old rolling stock, therefore what we need to do is to ensure that we have a modern railway for modern times to connect Plymouth and the rest of the country."

Lifeboat thanks

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A west Cornwall paddleboarder is raising money for the RNLI to thank them for saving his life last year.

RNLI Nigel Millard

Joe Holtaway spent six hours drifting in the darkness off Marazion before he was found by the crew of the Penlee lifeboat, he's now organising a concert as part of

the RNLI's Mayday fundraising campaign.

Exeter motorsport concerns

BBC Radio Devon

Villagers living near the Westpoint Centre on the edge of Exeter are concerned about plans to introduce motorsport trials at the venue.

Westpoint is currently not allowed to hold time trials, but is seeking permission from the council to get the restriction removed - managers say the sport is growing in popularity and there are very few safe locations for it in the South West.

Collapsed road to reopen for Flora Day

A road near Helston which has been partially closed since February will temporarily re-open over the

Flora Day weekend,
Cornwall Council says.

Roadworks were started on Sithney Common Hill after part of the road collapsed into a farmer's field. The council admitted the works had caused significant tailbacks and were likely to be in place until the end of August.

However, council contractor Cormac said it will be able to re-open the road in both directions temporarily during the weekend of 8-9 May, but a contraflow was expected to return until the end of August.

Devon rhino enjoys the sun

Paignton Zoo Education

tweets: Sita sittin' in the sun -- Black #Rhino this morning.

Paignton Zoo rhino Sita. Pic: Twitter/@PaigntonZooEdu

ShelterBox 'exasperated' with South Sudan aid problems

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornish disaster relief organisation ShelterBox says it has been left "exasperated" at being unable to get aid into

South Sudan.

Family in Sudan. Pic: OCHA

More than 1m people have fled their homes since fighting broke out in December 2013, and a further 500,000 had since quit the country, the charity said.

Operations team leader James Luxton said problems getting aid in included "complicated in-country logistics" involving the need to partner with "several agencies on multiple conflict front lines". He added: "Having explored all the options, I fear we may have to draw a line under this for now."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council says a road near Helston which has been partially closed since February will temporarily re-open over the Flora Day weekend next month.

BBC Radio Devon: Drivers around Clyst St Mary says that frisky wild peacocks have caused hundreds of pounds' worth of damage to cars after mistaking reflections in car panels for love rivals.

Excitement for birders

A rare North American Great Blue Heron has been spotted on the Isles of Scilly. Local naturalist Will Wagstaff

tweets: After a quiet day this happened. Great Blue Heron at Old Town courtesy of Ashley Fisher- his 2nd! Hope this one stays

Will wagstaff

Anger over road priorities

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Liberal Democrat candidate for North Devon says Labour's plans to delay a key road improvement scheme are "appalling news for the economy".

Labour wants to halt the

dualling of the A358, which links the M5 at Taunton to the A303 in Devon, in favour of a one year rail price freeze.

But Nick Harvey said: "It's absolutely essential as an arterial for Devon that we can get traffic down the A303 along that dualled stretch of the A358 and onto the M5 at Taunton - and delaying that just seems to me to be appalling news for the economy of Devon and indeed Cornwall."

Torbay ferry catamaran to arrive 'imminently'

BBC Radio Devon

The operator of a ferry service in Torbay says the vessel commissioned to operate the service is "imminent" in arriving in Devon.


The publicly subsidised Brixham-Torquay commuter service has suffered some problems since starting in November, including still waiting for a purpose-built catamaran, and no service running on eight days in the last two months.

Mary O'Driscoll, from operator

Brixham Express said: "We never anticipated the boat taking this long to come here. The vessel is ready in Donegal and but various things are being finished off and need to be signed off."

Mebyon Kernow publishes election manifesto

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornish political party Mebyon Kernow has published its

manifesto for May's general election.

The party is fielding a candidate in each of Cornwall's six Parliamentary constituencies.

Deputy leader and South East Cornwall candidate Andrew Long said people would have "the opportunity to vote for an MP who will not be ruled by paymasters in Westminster but will put getting the right deal for Cornwall at the top of the agenda".

Octopus surprise

North Devon Journal

A walker has rescued an octopus which he found stranded on a misty beach, the

North Devon Journal reports.

Dave Browne

Dave Browne was walking his dog in Instow this morning when he noticed a "white ball" on the sand.

"I gently nudged it with my foot and it started to move," he said. "I then realised it was a living octopus which had been washed up on the shore.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Another plan to secure a new ground for Truro City Football club has been submitted to Cornwall planners.

BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth schools have joined together to set up a catering company to provide thousands of meals a day.

Sunny afternoon

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It's a mainly dry afternoon with warm spells of sunshine, but late in the day an isolated shower is possible inland. Light, variable winds will be mainly east or northeasterly.


Tonight will be

dry with clear periods and patchy cloud, there remains the small risk of an isolated shower affecting inland areas but any remaining mist and low cloud on the north coast should clear. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the east or northeast but locally fresh or strong near southern headlands. Min Temp 7 C (45 F).

Could it be you?

BBC Radio Devon

The search is on for some lucky Devon person who has won £1m plus a dream car.

The winning

EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code is KRD143088 and was bought on Friday 27 March 2015 in mid & north Devon - the lucky ticket-holder has until Wednesday 23 September, 2015 to claim their prize.

Future for Truro City?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been talking to one of the team behind multi-million pound plans to build a new ground for Truro City Football Club.

Helical Retail

The plans for the Silver Bow site to the east of Truro have been submitted to Cornwall planners, but the plan hinges on planning permission being granted for a retail development on the Treyew Road site.

Coliseum comes down

David George

BBC Spotlight

Demolition work has started on the former Cornwall Coliseum.

Cornwall Coliseum demoilition

The ex-entertainment venue - in Carlyon Bay near St Austell - has been standing derelict for many years. It held its last concert in 2000.

Bone-eating worms dined on reptile carcasses

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Scientists at Plymouth University have discovered a species of bone-eating worm was alive in prehistoric times when it fed on the carcasses of giant marine reptiles.

Plymouth University

The research team found that Osedax, popularised as the 'zombie worm',

originated at least 100 million years ago and subsisted on the bones of prehistoric reptiles such as plesiosaurs and sea turtles.

Mediation charity struggles with demand increase

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today we talk to a local charity which says it's struggling to cope with the number of families needing help.


National Family Mediation says enquiries to its free helpline have gone from 1,200 calls a month to well over 3,000 since a key change in the law a year ago where couples planning to divorce must first attend a meeting to learn about mediation.

And are you a lover or hater of social media? Let me know by calling the phone-in on: 0345 3011034.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Staff at the Helston-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox says they're 'exasperated' as they struggle to get aid into South Sudan.

BBC Radio Devon: The search is on for a £1m EuroMillions winner who bought their ticket in mid & north Devon last month.

Marginal activity

BBC News


With the general election campaign well underway, one Cornish seat is

attracting a great deal of interest from pundits and politicians alike.


Camborne and Redruth is a four-way marginal and in 2010 the seat was taken by the Conservatives by just 66 votes.

Polling expert Prof John Curtice says marginal seats will be more fiercely fought over than ever this year, adding: "The last time an election was this close and unpredictable was more than 40 years ago, if opinion polls are to be believed."

Council meets pool running costs

BBC Radio Devon

Teignbridge District Council is to spend up to £50,00 on the upkeep of Buckfastleigh outdoor swimming pool which has been formally handed over to a community group.

The Friends of Buckfastleigh Pool are taking on the site in Victoria Park, after being given a £75,000 grant by Sport England. But the running costs for the first year, including staffing, will still be met by the council.

Especially for you

There's been a huge response to

BBC Radio Cornwall's appeal for memories of the Cornwall Coliseum as the bulldozers move in to demolish the old building.

Nicki Le Masurier

tweets: Just found this classic Jason Donovan pic circa 1990 @ Cornwall Coliseum classic waistcoat & curtains combo

Nicki Le Masurier

Lovelorn peacocks attack reflections in cars

The Guardian

A pride of feral peacocks is causing havoc by attacking their own reflections in the bodywork of cars parked too close to their territory around a West Country estate,

The Guardian reports.

Peacock. Pic: Getty/AFP

Apparently mistaking their own images for encroaching love rivals, the birds of Clyst St Mary, Devon, are causing thousands of pounds of damage by clawing away at vehicles.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council has yet to agree a deal with a landowner before significant repairs can be made to a collapsed road just outside Helston.

BBC Radio Devon: An Exeter-based charity says it is worried by a huge rise in the number of calls it gets from people whose relationships are splitting up.

Rabbit dumped in Exmouth car park

Exeter Express and Echo

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a member of the public found an overweight rabbit with painful looking skin and overgrown fur in Exmouth on Good Friday, the

Express and Echo reports.

Chocolate - named as she was found over Easter - was found in a plastic pet carrier in the car park and then taken to the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Centre in Exeter.

Argyle rue dropped points

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan said

it was a 'crying shame' that the club did not take three points from their game with AFC Wimbledon.

Getty Images


1-1 draw at Home Park leaves Argyle three points clear in the final play-off place, but three points behind sixth-placed Stevenage.

"It's a crying shame we didn't get three points, because we know the importance of getting them," said Sheridan. "But we move on, it's a point and we're still in the top seven."

Legal action against care home owner

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Inspectors are

taking legal action against a care home owner after they found elderly residents were being put at risk.

Angela Court

All 37 residents were moved out of the Angela Court nursing home, in Tipton St John, Devon, after the Care Quality Commission rated it as inadequate. The watchdog said PSP Healthcare was failing to provide care which was safe, effective or well led.

End of the Coliseum

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A Cornish music venue which had its heyday in the 80s and 90s, hosting acts like The Who, Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey and Paul Young, is due to be demolished later.

Paul Young

The Cornwall Coliseum has stood derelict for several years, but now luxury apartments will be built on the site after a

lengthy planning battle.