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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

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That's all from the Local Live team for Devon & Cornwall for now.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then. Enjoy the sunshine!

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Two men beat a 72-year-old who they called "granddad" about the head and left him in a pond face down where he drowned, a murder trial in Truro Crown Court has heard.

BBC Radio Devon: A box of bullets was among 9.5 tonnes of rubbish collected along the North Devon Link Road, a council reveals.

Murder accused called dead man 'granddad'

David George

BBC Spotlight

A jury has been told the two defendants accused of murdering a 72-year-old cycling enthusiast knew the victim and called him "granddad".

The body of David Alderson was found at former mine workings near Carharrack January 2014. The prosecution at Truro Crown Court said Kevin Cooper and Trewen Kevern were distant cousins and knew that Mr Alderson, a licensed gun collector, kept a large sum of money in his ammunition safe at his home in Falmouth.

The court also heard that Mr Kevin Coopers went on a spending spree the week after the body was found. Mr Cooper, 33, from Carharrack, and Mr Kevern, 21, from Falmouth, both deny murder.

Dry and warm again tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will stay dry overnight with clear skies for most and it may turn chilly inland, especially in rural areas such as across moorland. It also will be a little breezy around the south coast. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).


The warm and dry theme is set to continue on Wednesday with clear skies set to last throughout the day and overnight. Breezy. Maximum Temperature: 18 Deg C (64 Deg F)

Swanning around

BBC Radio Cornwall

Our studios in Truro had some majestic visitors this morning.

Swans outside Radio Cornwall

The 18 swans and some older cygnets have been paddling along the Truro River.

Accidents: latest

BBC Travel South West

There are a couple of of rush hour problems on local roads this evening:

  • There are delays on the A39 Truro to Falmouth road which is blocked between Cove Hill and the Treluswell Roundabout because of a crash involving three vehicles. Police are awaiting recovery and the road may be closed for 'some time'.
  • At Launceston on the A30 westbound between the A388 Western Road and Kennards House, one lane is blocked because of a broken down vehicle.
  • And there's an advance warning of an overnight road closure on the A38 between Marley Head and the Dartbridge Junction between 20:00 and 06:00 in both directions for bridge work.

Rail bridge 'in pipeline for very long time'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A rail bridge to replace a "notorious" level crossing on the Paddington-Plymouth line in Berkshire has "been in the pipeline for a very long time", Network Rail

has admitted.

Train crash victims Stanley Martin and Emily Webster. Pic: Getty
Getty Images

Julian Burnell, from the rail track operator, said "notoriety" and "misuse" of the level crossing near Ufton Nervet had led to the need for a bridge. Two people from Devon were among seven killed in a collision involving a train and a car at the site in November 2004: train driver Stanley Martin and passenger Emily Webster. Four people have also died at the site since then.

The firm said work would start in 2016, subject to planning permission, and take less than 12 months to complete.

New cycling project

John Danks

BBC Spotlight

A new project has been launched to record incidents of poor driving and near misses involving cyclists in Cornwall.

John Danks

It's being run by

Devon and Cornwall Police which has turned to social media to reach out to drivers and cyclists to target hotspots and improve safety on the roads. Watch my report in
Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC1.

Stalking 'should be reported'

Det Ch Insp John Trott of Devon and Cornwall Police

tweets: Stalking is taken seriously by @DC_Police. We're at the forefront of national training to ensure victims are safe. Pls report #NSAW2015

'Albion can make instant return'

Plymouth Albion club captain Declan Cusack believes they can

emulate Doncaster's instant return to the Championship next season.

Declan Cusack
Brian Tempest

The club's relegation from the second tier was confirmed after a 29-0 loss at second-from-bottom Moseley. "We can (emulate Doncaster) if we get player recruitment right," Cusack told

BBC Spotlight.

'Hate crime' warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

An organisation representing people with disabilities in Cornwall says hate crime is a growing issue.

It comes after what police describe as

a "vicious and unprovoked attack" by four people on a vulnerable man in Truro.

Vaughan Temby from

Disability Cornwall said: "Our perception as a organisation that represents disabled people and carers is this problem is not only pernicious but it is one that is slowly but steadily increasing."

Police renew missing man appeal

Police have renewed an appeal to find a

missing man from Dawlish.

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

Officers said Gary Knight, 52, had not been seen since leaving the Haldon Terrace area at about 11:30 on Sunday, 12 April.

The last confirmed sighting of him was in the Gresham House Inn, Dawlish. Officers added he may be in the Exeter area. He usually wore jeans and a t-shirt or light jumper with a long black overcoat and also carried a black rucksack, police said.

Poldark producers defend steamy scenes


Western Morning News reports that Poldark's producers have said that Aidan Turner's nude scenes in the hit TV series follow the plot of the book and insisted that "he's a farmer, and it's very hot in Cornwall."

The producers of the Cornish saga said that they had no idea the effect that lead actor Turner's nude scenes would have on viewers - because they "didn't audition him with his clothes off".


Damien Timmer, one of the drama's executive producers, told Radio Times magazine: "Honestly, we were pretty innocent about the shirt taking-off stuff .... No, really, Ross does it in the book, he goes swimming, he washes himself clean."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of six people charged over the collapse of a Cornish online currency company four years ago.

BBC Radio Devon: Network Rail is to build a bridge over a notorious level crossing where two people from Devon died in 2004.

Policeman given lost phone while repairing boat

Devon and Cornwall Police's Isles of Scilly sergeant, Colin Taylor,

tweets: While fibreglassing my boat I've just been handed a found LG mobile. Collect from Police Station when paint dry

Colin Taylor.with phone. Pic: Twitter/@ScillySergeant

Study reveals farmers' money worries

Western Morning News


Western Morning News reports a price squeeze by ruthless supermarkets has doubled the number of farmers facing financial ruin, according to a study.

Retailers are putting huge pressure on suppliers as they seek to compete with low-cost competitors such as Lidl and Aldi, but analysts say their tactics are in danger of destroying small and medium-sized farms and producers.

Soothing jellyfish

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

It's hoped

an artificial jellyfish tank at Derriford Hospital will make the environment more welcoming and calming for dementia patients.

Derriford Hospital

The multicolour tank in the patient day room on Hembury Ward has been paid for by the hospital's league of friends.

Prosecution outlines murder case

David George

BBC Spotlight

The prosecution has started outlining its case in the trial of two men accused of the murder of 72-year-old former driving instructor David Alderson from Falmouth.

Martin Meeke QC said: "On the 17th January 2014 the two defendants took a man called David Alderson to a disused quarry [sic - it was a mine] near Carharrack. There he was beaten about the head and dumped into a pond face down. There he drowned. After David Alderson had been murdered the defendants returned to Falmouth. Using the dead man's keys Kevin Cooper stole around £40,000 from a safe in his flat."

Kevin Cooper, 33, from Carharrack and Trewen Kevern, 21, from Falmouth both deny murdering Mr Alderson.

Mine operation

Cornish Guardian

A company which is researching the possibility of mining tin near St Columb Major says it is still committed to its exploration programme in the area, reports the

Cornish Guardian.

Cornish Guardian

Treliver Minerals started "near-surface" drilling at Treliver Farm two years ago and claimed initial research showed there could be tin deposits worth as much as $1 billion beneath the ground in mid-Cornwall.

Main roads blocked

BBC Travel South West

  • The A39 between Truro and Falmouth is blocked at Perranarworthal between Cove Hill and the Treluswell Roundabout because of an accident.
  • And a crash has also closed the A388 at Milton Damerel between Derworthy Lane and Heddon Cross in Holsworthy.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Truro Crown court has been told that two men from Cornwall beat an elderly man about the head and left him in a pond face down where he drowned.

BBC Radio Devon: Network Rail is to build a bridge over a level crossing where a train driver and a teenager from Devon died in 2004.

Hoax 999 call in Saltash

Police Community Support Officer, Kirsty Down,

tweets: Another prank 999 call made from phone box on Alamein Rd #Saltash Please speak to your child about the appropriate use of 999

Nine key on phone

'Notorious' level crossing replacement bridge unveiled

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A design for a bridge replacing a "notorious" level crossing in Berkshire - where two people from Devon were among seven killed in a

train crash - has been unveiled by Network Rail.

Artist's impression of the bridge planned for Ufton Nervet rail crossing. Pic: Network Rail
Network Rail

All carriages of the 17:35 First Great Western Paddington-Plymouth service were derailed in the crash near Ufton Nervet in November 2004, killing six passengers and a car driver. Four people have also died at the site since 2004.

The firm said work on the structure would start in 2016, subject to planning permission. The rail operator
has previously been criticised for not building a bridge sooner.

Dishwater 'blamed for river pollution'

Exeter Express and Echo

Environment Agency officers who are investigating the pollution of the River Axe at Axminster today are calling on local residents to provide any information regarding the source of the pollution, the

Express and Echo reports.

Agency staff have been concerned that for the past few years some residents in Willhayes Park, Axminster, have had to suffer with a foul smelling and odorous drain that discharges into a tributary of the River Axe next to their homes.

It is believed the dirty water is more than likely coming from either a misconnected washing machine or dishwasher, possibly both, within the Willhayes Park estate.

Pirates plan for next season

James Law

BBC South West Sport

Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies has accepted that

the club is a breeding ground for the Premiership.

Brian Tempest

The Penzance side have lost hooker Dave Ward and full-back Rob Cook to top-tier clubs in recent years.

"Until a Stadium for Cornwall is built, we can do no more," Davies told

BBC Radio Cornwall. "There's no point putting a war chest together to go for promotion, because we can't do it, so we're here to be a vehicle for players to develop."

UKIP man blames 'large fingers' for retweet

Plymouth Herald

A UKIP candidate who appeared to mock the victims of the Mediterranean migration crisis just days after hundreds drowned has been forced into a humbling apology, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

Peter Endean, who is standing for Nigel Farage's party in the council elections in Plympton and is UKIP's communications manager for Plymouth, retweeted an image of some of the rescued migrants with a caption that said: "Labour's new floating voters. Coming to a country near you soon".

Mr Endean has now apologised, blaming his "large fingers" for retweeting it by mistake.

Bullets among roadside rubbish

BBC Spotlight

Nine and a half tonnes of rubbish have been collected along the North Devon Link Road by the council.

North Devon Link Road


litter pick started last month and covered a 34 mile stretch of road. More than 1,000 bags of rubbish were filled, most of it fast-food packaging but a box of bullets, mobile phones and a wallet were also found.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A Truro man with learning difficulties beaten up by a group of people in the city last weekend says he's
lost his confidence to go out alone.

BBC Radio Devon: A UKIP candidate standing in Plymouth's local elections has apologised unreservedly for retweeting a message relating Labour's immigration policy to the migrant boat disaster.

Tin mill owners create archive

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owners of Cornwall's last working tin streaming mill say they want people to share their memories as part of its relaunch.



Tolgus Mill near Redruth processed tin ore for nearly 200 years - the mill's owners, Cornwall Gold, now want to amass anecdotes, photos and items related to its history to build up an archive.

Eden Sessions hit Gold with Spandau Ballet

Eighties band Spandau Ballet are the latest group to be announced for this year's

Eden Sessions.

Spandau Ballet
Via Eden Project

They'll be performing on 9 July as part of their Soulboys of the Western World tour.

Other artists featuring in this year's sessions include Paolo Nutini, Elton John, Paloma Faith, Motorhead, The Stranglers, and Ben Howard.

Have you seen this bike?

Devon and Cornwall Police's Launceston PCSO

tweets: Hand built bike stolen in Launceston overnight 14-15/04/15 any info please call 101 quoting CR/025356/15

Devon & Cornwall Police

It's worth about £250.

Lead ban 'caused Penryn clock tower leaks'

West Briton


A ban by Cornwall Council on using lead in repairing Penryn's clock tower has been blamed for leaks which could now cost £70,000 to fix, the

West Briton reports.

The town council has agreed to set aside £20,000 as match-funding towards the work and will seek grants for the rest of the cost, which mayor Gill Grant estimated at between £60,000 and £70,000.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: An unprovoked assault on a Truro man with learning difficulties has been described as "cowardly" by the police.

BBC Radio Devon: An anti-racism campaign group has slammed a Plymouth UKIP candidate for his error of judgement in retweeting an 'offensive' picture of migrant boat people in the Mediterranean.

Fatal crash survivor visits police

BBC Spotlight

A woman whose

husband, young son and unborn daughter were killed when a suicidal driver crashed into their car in Torquay has returned to the town to see the police who dealt with the incident.

Elber and Con Twomey
Provision Photography Ltd

Elber Twomey from Ireland has already made the journey back once to thank medical staff for saving her life.

She's now campaigning for greater training within the police force to help them deal with suicidal drivers and has been invited back by the police to witness the training for herself.

'Murder' probe

Matt Pengelly

Local Live


investigating the death of a man in west Cornwall are reassuring the public as searches and investigations continue.

The man died in hospital earlier this month from unexplained injuries - two men and a women all from the Helston area have been arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed.

DI Sharon Donald said: "While clearly concerning, we would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident."

Gig excitement builds

BBC Radio Cornwall

This is the scene on the Isles of Scilly ahead of this year's World Pilot Gig Championships.

Scy TV

The Gig Rower website

tweets: Just confirmed - there are 151 gigs registered for this year's World Championships in Isles of Scilly ‪#‎wpgc2015

Fraud trial jury considering verdict

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of two former directors of the Cornwall-based online company Crown Currency Exchange, which collapsed with debts of nearly £20m four years ago.

Peter Benstead from Penzance has denied stealing more than one and a half million pounds and more than 11 kilograms of gold as well as charges of fraud and false accounting.

Fellow director and former Mayor of Glastonbury Edward James has also denied fraud and false accounting.

Poldark team 'didn't know actor's shirt was off so often'

The Independent

Poldark producers claim they had no idea Aidan Turner's torso would cause such a flurry of national interest,

The Independent reports.

Aidan Turner

Damien Timmer, one of the BBC drama's executive producers, claims the team who cast the crusading lead actor was "pretty innocent" about the amount of times Turner's Ross takes his shirt off.

Supermarket 'special offers'

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

The consumer group Which? is

using its legal powers to bring what's known as a 'super-complaint' arguing supermarket deals and discounts are often confusing and misleading.

They're worried about things like the price of a packet of biscuits being cut from £1 to 79p and advertised as a reduction, when the biscuits had only been £1 for a short time, or deals offering two pizzas for £3, when in the past, the pizzas were only £1.50 each.

Do you shop for special offers? Or will you only buy when they're on products you'd normally buy? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The trial of two men accused of the murder of a former driving instructor from Falmouth is due to start later.

BBC Radio Devon: Research by Exeter University, published in the Lancet, says mindfulness-based therapy to treat depression may not be any more effective than drugs in preventing relapses, but may give people another treatment option.