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  1. Updates from Friday 17 April 2015

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

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then, have a great weekend.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Devon: The number of people out of work and claiming benefits falls again.

BBC Radio Cornwall: The health secretary defends the government's performance on health during a visit to Cornwall.

Crunch games for Albion

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Plymouth Albion chairman Peter Vosper says he will do his best to help director of rugby Graham Dawe

rebuild the squad if they are relegated.

Albion must win their last two matches to have any chance of retaining their place in the Championship - they travel to second-from-bottom Moseley on Saturday, knowing defeat will relegate them to National One.

ShelterBox success

A cheque for £1,300 from St Ives Rotary Club has taken donations to ShelterBox since Cyclone Pam to more than £250,000.



Helston-based disaster charity has delivered 1,000 aid boxes to the remote island of Vanuatu since the cyclone struck in March.

Roads update

BBC Travel South West

  • Rosslyn Park Road in Plymouth is blocked near the Peverell Park Road junction because of an accident.
  • Very slow traffic and the road is just passable on B3413 Crownhill Road westbound in Plymouth near the B3873 Budshead Way junction because of an accident involving a car and lorry.
  • An accident on Woolwell Road in Plymouth near the Woodend Road junction is affecting traffic in both directions.

'Community won't lose buses completely'

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

Devon County Council has responded to criticism of plans to cut bus services in Dartmouth.

Bus on bridge

A 700-signature petition against the proposed cuts was presented to the council today.

Its leader John Hart said: "We've endeavoured to make sure that no local community loses its bus service completely, but the bottom line is we've had to reduce our expenditure the same as every other local authority."

Criminal cash on offer

Officers at Devon and Cornwall Police are encouraging people and organisations in Devon to apply for grants of up to £500 of criminal cash.

Crimebeat grants are available to people who can show their project will have a positive impact on the local community and help cut crime - the money comes from the Proceeds of Crime Act and the seizure of offenders' assets.

Glover ready for British trials

BBC Sport

Penzance rower Helen Glover and her pairs partner Heather Stanning are favourites to win the British trials this weekend.

Getty Images

The Olympic champions will row in the semi-finals of the women's pairs in Caversham on Saturday - Helen said: "Lots of pairs have been training really well and so have the singles. I do think the standard is coming on. It will be interesting to see what happens when it comes to forming the crews for the summer."

Three services in one

BBC Radio Cornwall

The UK's first tri-service safety officer has started work at Hayle's first emergency services hub.

Emergency services

Andrew Hichens is a qualified on-call firefighter with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, an emergency first responder for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and has also been trained in specific crime and disorder duties with Devon and Cornwall Police.

Tall ship docks in Plymouth

A Westcountry tall ship The Irene has dropped anchor in Plymouth's Sutton Harbour.

Tall ship in Sutton Harbour

The traditional trading ketch has previously been hired by celebrities like Mick Jagger and Pierce Brosnan and will be open to the public over the weekend.

A sunny but breezy weekend

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will become generally dry across the county overnight with some clear spells developing at times. However, the easterly wind will gradually strengthen, especially around exposed areas of the south coast. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).


Saturday promises to be a fine day with prolonged spells of sunshine. There will be a fresh to strong easterly wind though, and some cloud will develop along the south coast. Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F)

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The government's performance on healthcare is defended by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt during his visit to Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: Unemployment and benefit claims in
Devon fall

Pasty wars

BBC Radio Cornwall

Pasty wars between Devon and Cornwall could soon begin again.

Cornish pasty

A new restaurant on Plymouth Hoe says it's using a 16th Century recipe to recreate the original Plymouth pasty.

A spokesman from Plymouth City Council said: "The pasty's coming home and it's a winning idea to have it on sale on the Hoe gazing across to Plymouth's friends in Cornwall."

Cornish club to host bowls stars

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Two of the country's top bowls players are at Chacewater Bowls Club on Saturday as Commonwealth medallists Natalie Melmore and James Chestney will be taking on local players.


Chacewater Bowls Club chairman Chris Instance told me: "We're absolutely delighted to get Natalie and James down because they are two quality players. They've won a clutch of gold medals and silver medals."

Parade 'to continue'

West Briton



West Briton is reporting the new captain of RNAS Culdrose has vowed the Freedom of Helston Parade will continue - after hearing impassioned speeches to keep the long-running tradition alive.

West Briton

The navy had considered holding the parade every other year instead of annually.

Unemployment and benefit claims fall

BBC Radio Devon

The number of people out of work and claiming benefits in Devon fell again last month.

Woman entering a jobcentre
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New figures put the total at just under 4,300 people which is significantly better than the figure for February.

Exeter Cathedral School to open £500k nursery

Exeter Express and Echo

Children at Exeter Cathedral School are getting ready to move into a £500,000 new nursery, the

Exeter Express and Echo reports.

The new facility will include two new classrooms, a sensory room and landscaped gardens and will be opened by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE in May.

Princess Anne Devon visit

BBC Spotlight

Princess Anne has been in Lynmouth and Lynton today to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Cliff Railway.

Princess Anne in Devon

Delighted crowds turned out to see the Princess Royal unveil a plaque at the historic water powered railway. Lynton Mayor Tony Meakin said: "We feel privileged that she can spend the time to come here."

Poldark ponies rescued

The Mirror

Three ponies rescued from Bodmin Moor have been named after Poldark characters after being found in an area where the hit BBC drama was filmed.

Ponies on Bodmin moor
Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The stallion, mare and a foal - names Ross, Demelza and Julia - were described by vets as being starving and "near to death" after running loose on the moor.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt defends the government's performance on health while on the election campaign trail in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: The number of people out of work and claiming benefits in Devon falls again.

Tri-service officer

Cornwall Fire and Rescue

tweets: A first for the UK in #Cornwall with the new tri-service role! #bluelighthub

Cornwall Fire & Rescue

Former soccer star jailed

BBC News


Former Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United forward Chris Zebroski has been

jailed for four years and four months for two attacks.

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The 28-year-old admitted four charges of robbery, attempted robbery and assault relating to two incidents - the Recorder at Swindon Crown Court Ian Lawrie said: "Whatever talent you had as a footballer has been squandered because of alcohol abuse."

Education courses 'stopping phone use'

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police says its driver education courses are reducing the number of people using their phones while behind the wheel.

The force only issued 113 fines last year -

one of the lowest amounts in the country. Inspector Richard Pryce said: "The courses have a much more longer lasting affect on somebody's approach to driving rather than just accepting the fine and penalty points."

'Must win' game for Grecians

BBC Sport

Exeter City will try to bounce back from

their late penalty disappointment this weekend, knowing a home win is vital for the play-off ambitions.

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welcome Southend to St James Park on Saturday, manager Paul Tisdale said: "This is a very important game for us, we made life difficult by coming away with nothing from Adams Park on Tuesday, but this game is an absolutely vital game, there's no way around it, it's a must-win game."

Touching history

Tiffany Truscott

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been to

Port Eliot House in south east Cornwall to hear about their new exhibition of historical artefacts.

port eliot

The exhibition is called 'Touch' as visitors are invited to get a hands-on feel of history.

Tune in this afternoon to hear all about it.

Thousands spent on Totnes traffic scheme

Devon County Council has spent up to £42,000 implementing and defending a controversial traffic scheme in Totnes.

Totnes street

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the council has so far spent £15,000 on legal fees and set aside £5,000 to reverse the changes.

Some local traders

have complained their businesses had suffered because the main entrance to the town centre was made no-entry to traffic.

Totnes hotelier, Margaret Stone, said the changes "have been a disaster".

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall:
Sponge Bobby the seal dies after being released by a Cornish animal sanctuary.

BBC Radio Devon: Former Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United forward Chris Zebroski is jailed for
four years and four months for two attacks.

Pirates hope for last home hurrah

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Cornish Pirates are looking to

avenge their heaviest Championship defeat of the season when they host promotion-chasing Worcester Warriors at the Mennaye Field.

Brian Tempest

Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies accused his players of looking like "frightened rabbits" when they

went down 62-26 at Sixways in January - Saturday marks the side's last home game and there'll be
full live commentary on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Seal pup 'Sponge Bobby" killed

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A seal pup has been killed, possibly by a boat,

a month after being released into the wild from a sanctuary.

Seal in water
Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The seal called 'Sponge Bobby' was found with head injuries including a broken jaw on the beach at Highcliff near Bournemouth. It was identified as coming from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary by a tag on its flipper.

Hundreds buy MTV Crashes tickets

Plymouth Herald

Hundreds of Plymouth music fans have snapped up the first batch of tickets to the MTV Crashes events in the city this summer, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

The tickets went on sale at 18:00 on Thursday to Plymouth people only and the sale of the first batch was over within two hours.

Cuts would affect 'elderly, poor and young'

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners in Dartmouth are warning planned bus cuts would affect the "elderly, the poor and the young".

The town has already lost its bus to Torbay hospital and the new proposals would reduce three more services to save £1.7m from Devon County Council's transport budget.

Local man Teddy Cranmer said: "We cannot get to Torbay hospital and we desperately need to."

Queen star touches down

Truro and Penwith College

tweets: .@DrBrianMay just landed at Penwith College

Truro & Penwith College

Roads update

BBC Travel South West

  • One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A30 eastbound between Carland Cross and Innis Downs Junction in Victoria because of an accident.
  • The A396 in Bampton is partially blocked around Black Cat, because of an accident.
  • The A380 in Newton Abbot is busy but moving in both directions at Penn Inn Roundabout. There's congestion to Kerswell Gardens Roundabout.

A mixed bag

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Although most places will be dry this afternoon, it will be more cloudy at times and there will also be a few scattered, showery outbreaks of rain for a time. Light or moderate easterly winds will be fresh to strong along the south coast and in the far west.


Tonight it will become dry with some clear spells developing. The east or northeasterly winds will continue to be stronger along the south coast and will gust to gale force at times. Min Temp 5C (41F).

Lowest driving phone fines

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

The number of fines issued to people in Devon and Cornwall for

using a mobile phone whilst driving is one of the lowest in the country.

Police car

BBC research has revealed 113 fixed penalty notices were handed out last year compared to just over 1,000 the year before.

Devon and Cornwall police say it is because drivers are offered education courses, which they have to pay for, rather than taking a fine and points on their licence.

Long distance fixture for Argyle

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle

travel to Carlisle on Saturday, seeking to reinforce their position in the play-off places.

Getty Images

The Pilgrims' only injury doubt is midfielder Olly Lee, who injured his groin in the final stages of

the draw with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, top scorer Reuben Reid is likely to feature despite suffering from a long-standing foot injury.

St Mellion 'for sale'

Plymouth Herald

A plush golf resort near Plymouth has been put up for sale, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

Plymouth Herald

The owners of St Mellion International Resort have put the complex on the market. Crown Golf, which owns 24 clubs across the country, carried out a "strategic review" of its portfolio and made the announcement this week.

Walkers tread in Poldark footsteps

BBC Radio Cornwall

Poldark fans will be able to follow in Ross and Demelza's footsteps around Truro today.


Many Cornish businesses are hoping to cash in on

the huge success of the BBC TV series - including Viv Robinson who has created a 'Poldark's Truro' walking tour visiting some of the Georgian locations featured in the books and TV show.

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include

BBC Radio Cornwall: A Camborne head teacher
had been under investigation by school governors when he quit.

BBC Radio Devon: Hill ponies and cattle in east Devon have been fitted with GPS equipment as part of a new study.