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  1. Updates on Monday 20 April 2015

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

Thanks for joining us and we'll be back on Tuesday at 08:00 with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

News on the hour

The top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police hunt for a car seen on CCTV snatching a Staffordshire bull terrier in Wadebridge.

BBC Radio Devon: Totnes town centre is to have its traffic flow restored to its original direction after a court ruling, but the current direction will remain in place for seven days, Devon County Council says.

Clear overnight before another fine day

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will remain dry with largely clear skies overnight, allowing some isolated mist or fog patches to form, especially in the river valleys. Winds will stay light and it will turn fairly chilly in places. Minimum Temperature 4C (39F).

Weather map

Tuesday will be another fine day with the dry weather and sunny spells continuing. Winds will remain light and it will feel warm in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F) with moderate UV.

Garage theft

BBC Radio Devon

Police are

appealing for witnesses following a garage burglary in Plympton St Maurice.

Thieves stolen tools worth about £2,000 from a garage behind the Foresters Arms public house - it is believed that a white car or van was used to transport the tools away from the scene.

Mystery over motive for stealing staffie

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The owner of a stolen Staffordshire bull terrier in Cornwall says he doesn't know why the dog was taken.

Stolen staffie. Pic via Devon and Cornwall Police
Via Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are trying to trace a Ford Focus car after CCTV footage showed the four-year-old bitch being snatched from the Bradfords Quay area on Thursday morning.

Andrew Burt said: "She's been spayed, so she's no good to breed; and she's got a chip." He added: "You hear a lot of things about dog baiting for dog fights."

Totnes traffic system appeal plea rejected

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A ruling to scrap a controversial traffic scheme in Totnes cannot be challenged, a County Court judge has ruled.


Devon County Council reversed traffic flow through the town centre in 2013 to make the area safer. However, some traders began legal action, claiming their businesses suffered because the main entrance to the centre was made no-entry.

The council wanted to appeal a decision the scheme should be dropped, but a County Court judge in Exeter said it could not appeal against it. The authority could take the case to the Supreme Court, but will still have to reinstate the original traffic flow in the meantime.

Girls 'locked away from mum's paedophile partner'

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

Two young Devon girls are sleeping behind a door fitted with locks and an alarm to protect them from their mother's paedophile partner, after a court allowed the man to stay the night at the family's home.

The case has been described as "bizarre and highly worrying" by some of those who campaign to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

Devon County Council told us "everything possible" had been done to keep the children safe.

Woods search after dog blood find

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police have searched an area of Truro after reports that a large amount of blood was found on the ground.

Officers were called to the edge of woods at Daubez Moor, near the Territorial Army centre, after a member of the public walking their dog made the find at about 09:00. It appeared to be trailing from woods towards the city.

Police said the trail came from a dog which was badly injured by an abandoned shopping trolley. The animal died later.

Library building transferred to community group

A library building near Exeter has been transferred to a community group,

Devon County Council says.

Topsham Library. Pic: Google

The authority's Library Service said the transfer of the Topsham library to the

Estuary League of Friends was a "long awaited milestone".

It added that although the council no longer owned the building, it would continue to manage the library service with its professional staff, supported by league volunteers.

News on the hour

The top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A man from Wadebridge says he's devastated his Staffordshire bull terrier might have been stolen for dog baiting.

BBC Radio Devon: Two young Devon girls are sleeping behind a door fitted with locks and an alarm to protect them from their mother's paedophile partner, it has emerged.


BBC Radio Devon's Gordon Sparks

tweets: Gorgeous day in #Plymouth


Fish glorious fish

Tiffany Truscott

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been chatting to the marine biologists and fishermen in Cornwall who have been working together to produce a new online guide to help you make good choices when it comes to Cornish seafood.



Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has information on fish species and fishing methods and has taken almost two years to put together with a detailed local survey of sustainable fish.

Stolen dog owner's 'baiting' concerns

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are hunting for thieves who stole a Staffordshire bull terrier dog from Wadebridge.

CCTV of suspect vehicle in Wadebridge dog theft
Via Devon and Cornwall Police

CCTV footage shows the dog was snatched from Bradfords Quay area by the occupants of a blue Ford Focus on Thursday morning.

Owner Andrew Burt said he was concerned his pet could have been taken for dog baiting. PC Helen Lentern, from Devon and Cornwall Police in Wadebridge, said such a theft was "really unusual" for the area.

Vintage bikers

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall Section of the

Vintage Motor Cycle Club is celebrating its 50th birthday this week.


Some of its founder members attended a rally at Porthpean Golf Club near St Austell over the weekend to show off their bikes - this 1966 BSA Thunderbolt was the bike used by police in Cornwall until 1973.

Police probe death

BBC Radio Devon

The police are

appealing for witnesses to a minor collision at a supermarket car park in Newton Abbot on Friday.

A 74-year-old woman driving a black BMW collided with a parked and unattended car and was taken to hospital for treatment - she was released from hospital the next day, but died shortly afterwards.

Sergeant Nick Bloomfield said: "Although it is highly probable that the cause of the collision was a medical episode, we would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision."

HM Coroner on TV

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Casualty and Waking the Dead star Claire Goose is to lead the cast of a new BBC TV drama series being filmed in south Devon.


The Coroner follows Jane, a high flying solicitor, who after a messy marriage break-up, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of coroner.

News on the hour

The top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A 48-year-old man from Sussex has denied launching an acid attack on man from Truro.

BBC Radio Devon: A 3D-printed bottle made by a Plymouth college was used in the trial of a man who went on to be convicted of murdering teenager Alex Peguero Sosa,
police reveal.

Newly-released seal 'died after being struck'

Falmouth Packet

Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary said they were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of a baby seal which was released back into the wild from the centre just last month, the

Falmouth Packet reports.

Sponge Bobby was found dead on a beach in Bournemouth with serious facial injuries - it is thought she was struck by a jet ski, the paper said.

Sunshine o'clock!

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll be a dry, mainly sunny afternoon, winds from the east or northeast will be mostly light or moderate, but locally fresh around exposed parts of the coast, making it feel cooler than inland.


Tonight it will be

dry and clear with a few mist or isolated fog patches developing by dawn in sheltered areas and becoming quite chilly again. Light or moderate northeasterly winds will be fresher around the coast at times. Min Temp 4C (39F).

Murder trial sees 3D printed bottle used in evidence

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Plymouth college has revealed how it was involved in producing a

replica of a murder weapon for a recent Crown Court trial.

3D printed bottle. Pic: City College Plymouth
City College Plymouth

Lee Dent, 42, was

jailed for life last month for murdering teenage footballer Alex Peguero Sosa by stabbing him in the neck with a broken bottle.

City College Plymouth said it was asked by police to assist the prosecution's case by using a
3D printer to make a replica of the bottle to show how the weapon was handled in the murder. Devon and Cornwall Police said it was the "first time we had used this technological approach".

Muse and Ben Howard sign

Torquay Herald Express


Torquay Herald Express reports Teignmouth rockers Muse have been announced as headliners for this year's BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

The rock band will headline on Saturday, 23 May, at the music festival in Norwich. Muse will be joined by Totnes singer-songwriter Ben Howard on the bill after they were announced this morning on the Radio 1 Breakfast show.

David White's 'terrifying' new look

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Not content with just enjoying his new look in the BBC Radio Cornwall studios, newly transformed David White ventured outside to gets people's reactions to his new make up.

David White and lady

One lady he bumped into said it was "terrifying" but admired his new hair, saying she thought he looked like "King Charles from afar" because of the wig.

News on the hour

The top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police describe an attack on a man with learning difficulties in Truro, who was punched about 20 times, as "cowardly" as they appeal for witnesses.

BBC Radio Devon: Teignmouth rock band Muse and Totnes singer-songwriter Ben Howard are announced as among the acts for the BBC Radio One Big Weekend festival next month.

New St Austell road

The road building company Cormac

tweets: We will be opening the new section of A391 to traffic for the first time this week #newroad


Stalking campaign

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging people to report any incidents of stalking during

National Stalking Awareness Week.

Devon & Cornwall Police

In a recent crime survey, as many as one in five women and one in 10 men report being stalked at some point in their lives.

Last chance to comment on buses

BBC Radio Devon

A consultation on

proposals to reduce bus services in Devon ends today.

The county council's planning to cut or change about 100 different routes - to save £1.7m from its public transport budget.

It says nowhere that currently has a bus service will lose it altogether, though the plans do include significant reductions.

The new 'monstrous' David White

The BBC's Amy Gladwell

tweets: We know some presenters can be monstrous but this is something else @davidwhiteshow

Monstrous David White and Amy Gladwell

Exeter City's play-off dreams

Exeter Express and Echo


Exeter Express and Echo provides this handy guide on what Exeter City fans are hoping for.

The paper reports following Saturday's defeat to Southend United, Exeter City have left themselves with a mountain to climb to get into the League Two play-off places with two games to go.

They are four points adrift of the play-off places with a vastly inferior goal difference to most of the sides above them.

Election hustings

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we've been hearing from the people fighting to win your vote in the Cornwall North constituency.


We recorded our election hustings event at St Petroc's Parish Church in Bodmin - you can read

more about the constituency here.

News on the hour

The top stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The judge in the
Crown Currency trial begins summing up at Southwark Crown Court.

BBC Radio Devon: A judge will today decide whether a ruling to scrap a controversial traffic scheme in Totnes can be challenged.

Crown currency case

BBC Spotlight's Scott Bingham

tweets: Judge has begun summing up in the Crown Currency fraud trial

'Gaps' in end-of-life care

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A patient watchdog in Cornwall is urging healthcare providers to

improve their end-of-life services.

Palliative care

New research from Healthwatch Cornwall showed people are being prevented from dying at home because of service gaps and a lack of staff training.

NHS Kernow said it is "reviewing its services across the county to ensure they meet people's needs".

More road issues

BBC Travel South West

  • The A391 Westheath Avenue in Bodmin is partially blocked and slow traffic between the Westheath Road junction and the Old Coach Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.
  • There's an accident on B3212 in Yelverton around the Lake Lane junction.

Man denies acid attack

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man accused of carrying out an acid attack in Truro has denied being responsible for the assault.

Businessman Andreas Christopheros, 29, was critically injured in the attack on his doorstep last December.

David Phillips, 48, from Hastings, Sussex, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Truro Crown Court. He is due to go on trial on 8 June.

David White: Before and after

Do you remember that BBC Radio Cornwall's David White was being transformed by make-up and prosthetics artist Danny Marie Elias? Well, feast your eyes on the finished work - just to be clear it's the one on the right!

David White - before and after

Muse sign up for Big Weekend

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

It's been announced

the Devon band Muse is to headline the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Norwich.


Matt Bellamy from Muse said: "I'm very excited to play. The last time we played Big Weekend, for us it was a disaster, so I can't wait to make up for it on this performance."

News on the hour

The top stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Devon and Cornwall Police have called off a search at Daubez Moor in Truro after blood was found trailing along the ground from woods.

BBC Radio Devon: A judge is to decide whether a ruling to scrap a controversial traffic scheme in Totnes town centre can be challenged.

Could you recognise Parkinson's?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

From 1300 I'll be talking about Parkinson's.

Do you live with the disease? There's some shocking research out today which shows a quarter of people have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Many have suffered hostility and rudeness from members of the public.

We want your experiences - call: 0345 301 1034

Who's David White going to be?

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

The BBC's Kevin Thomas

tweets: Some heavy makeup being applied to @davidwhiteshow this morning in the aid of prosthetics. Who's he going to be??

David White

Legs appeal

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A bright yellow van is driving through Cornwall collecting unwanted prosthetic legs.

Legs 4 Africa


Legs 4 Africa team are hoping to pick up 500 legs from mobility units at hospitals which will be sent to Africa for remodification.