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  1. Updates on Monday 27 April 2015
  2. Join us for the latest news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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

Have a good evening and join us from 08:00 on Tuesday for the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

SWW improvements

BBC Radio Cornwall

A £4.9m scheme to

improve bathing water quality off south east Cornwall has been completed in time for the start of the official bathing water season.


To improve water quality at East Looe, South West Water has constructed a 1,040 cubic metre underground storage tank in the Lower Sungirt long stay car park in Liskeard.

To improve bathing water quality at Seaton, the company has made improvements to Menheniot Sewage Treatment Works, including installing ultraviolet disinfection and monitoring devices on the storm overflows.

World Cup tickets

BBC Sport

An additional 25,000

Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets will go on sale tomorrow, including tickets at Sandy Park in Exeter.

Tickets for Tonga v Namibia; Namibia v Georgia and Italy v Romania will be made available - event organisers are urging fans to use

the 'Official Checker' tool to make sure they're buying from legitimate sources.

GP practice's future under question after doctor quits

The future of a GP practice in south east Cornwall is under question after a long-serving GP gave in his notice.

Lodge House. Pic: Google

Dr Francesco Scaglioni is pulling out of the

Millbrook and Lodge House practice, in Millbrook and Torpoint, after working at there for 25 years. In recent inspections, the doctor received a "requires improvement" rating in areas of treating people with respect and quality of management.

NHS England said it had asked for "expressions of interest" from other GPs for the running of the practice - which has have nearly 2,500 registered patients - in the shorter and longer terms.

Zoo's new jaguar 'very cautious and shy'

Dartmoor Zoo

tweets: New Jaguar, Chincha is being very cautious & shy about coming out to meet the public. Here's a pic in the meantime

Pic: Dartmoor Zoo
Dartmoor Zoo

Breezy then dry, but staying cool

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will stay breezy overnight, especially near the coast, with showers clearing away east during the evening to leave a mostly dry and clear night. It will turn cold under prolonged clear periods with a touch of frost. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).


Tuesday will be mostly dry, with plenty of sunny spells and just fair weather cloud. It will feel cool in the breeze though, especially along the coast with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

Burst water main near Newquay

BBC Radio Cornwall

A water main has burst at a farm near Newquay, affecting some local supplies,

South West Water says.

The water firm said inspectors were on site after the 24-inch main burst at Little Bejowan Farm in Quintrell Downs, and that all affected customers had been diverted to an alternative supply, but some may experience low water pressure.

The company said it apologised for any inconvenience and customers could find updates on its


Baxter warning over league proposals

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter has warned

Premiership clubs must be "morally correct" when it comes to the issue of expanding the league.

Getty Images

Discussions are taking place over a larger 14-team Premiership, with a temporary freeze put on promotion and relegation.

Baxter says he supports expansion as long as second-tier clubs are able to aspire to top-flight status, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "I would be very uncomfortable if we established a set of rules whereby a team that was successful on and off the pitch could never have the ambition of being in the Premiership."

Cardboard polling booths 'may be used'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A council which spent more than £11,000 on

"funky" cardboard polling booths, which have been abandoned for use during the general election, says it "may consider" using them for other polls.

Cornwall Council bought the 700 booths to save money because they cost about £15 each, compared to wooden booths costing about £92. They were used in European elections in 2014 when the council found "issues with their privacy and stability".

However, the authority said it may use them for Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • NHS England asks for "expressions of interest" to run the Millbrook Surgery and Lodge House GP practice in south east Cornwall after a long-serving GP gives in his notice
  • A 52-year-old Plymouth man remains on the International Red Cross list of British people missing in Nepal after an earthquake on Saturday
  • A paedophile coach driver from Devon who claimed young children should be allowed to have sex with adults is jailed for 25 years
  • Police try to trace a driver who left the scene of a three-vehicle collision on the A39 near Truro on Saturday afternoon

Devon woman, 76, safe after Nepal quake

BBC Radio Devon

A 76-year-old woman from Chudleigh, Devon, who was travelling in Nepal when an

earthquake struck, is safe, her family says.

Nora Arscott was visiting friends in the country when the quake struck on Saturday.

Her granddaughter, Claire Watson, from Kingsteignton, said waiting for news was "the worst 24 hours of my life", adding: "Knowing she is safe is the biggest relief ever."

Cocaine seized off Scotland by Devonport frigate

Press Association

Suspected cocaine has been seized from a boat off Scotland by a Devonport-based Royal Navy frigate and the Border Force, the

Press Association reports.

HMS Somerset

Ocean-going tug MV Hamal was intercepted by

HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast at the end of last week.

Nine men aged between 26 and 63 have been charged with drug trafficking offences. The joint operation also involved the National Crime Agency.

Poldark - your posts

via Facebook

Six million viewers tuned in to the emotional final episode of BBC One's 'Poldark' last night and many flocked on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page afterwards to share their views.

  • Helena Proudler said: Very very sad sobbed my eyes out. Don't know what I'm going to watch on Sunday now. can't wait for next series.
  • Christine Turner revealed: This series has been so good i have started reading the books as i had not read them before. Now on book 3 and loving them.
  • But Melvyn Pennell was not carried away in the emotion, writing: It's only acting!!! The only people likely to shed a tear are the type of people who believe that the characters in Corrie or Eastenders or similar live real lives!!

Keeper leaves Torquay

BBC Sport

Torquay keeper Martin Rice is

leaving the club after his second spell at the Launa Windows Stadium comes to an end.

Getty Images

Rice joined the club from Exeter in June 2007, before joining Truro City in 2010 and returning in July 2011.

Flights of fun

Johnny Rutherford

BBC Spotlight

A Cornish charity called

Feet Off the Ground (Fog) has been taking ill and disadvantaged children flying this weekend.


Despite the rain, young people from the

Little Harbour Children's Hospice were able to take off from Bodmin airfield for the flights.

Activities coordinator Jacqui Sweet said: "We had one mum that actually said 'I haven't smiled so much in months' - that's enough, that's absolutely brilliant."

Bright but feeling colder

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Many places will be dry this afternoon with bright or sunny spells. However, there will be some showers, which may be locally heavy later with hail possible over the moors. Light or moderate northerly winds will back to the northwest and become fresh at times later.


Tonight most of the showers will clear to leave

a largely dry night with clear spells, chilly with the risk of another ground frost developing in sheltered areas. Moderate or fresh northwesterly winds will be locally strong at times towards the north coast, but will ease later. Min Temp 2 C (36 F).

New bereavement facility

Anna Varle

BBC Spotlight

A couple who lost their baby daughter through stillbirth today opened a special bereavement suite at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Derriford Hospital

Greg and Jen Phillips set up the Snowdrop Appeal in 2009, after Jen gave birth to Jasmine, who was stillborn at 32 weeks.

As their dream of a special bereavement unit with its own dedicated entrance is still some way off, the couple agreed to £10,000 being released from the £120,000 raised to date to set up the special suite in the maternity unit.

More praise for 'Poldark'

The Daily Mail

Jim Shelley in the

Daily Mail reports there was only one way the nation's swooning viewers could find brooding, pouting, heartthrob Ross Poldark any more irresistible - make him Tragic. So it proved in the final episode of the swashbuckling Seventies revival.


Burdening Master Ross with another crisis involving the plummeting price of copper would not suffice, while our emotional turmoil about the smelting works had been exhausted. Poor Poldark had to suffer more than that.

Exercise Tiger veteran visits German E-boat

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A survivor of a World War 2 exercise in which 800 people died when German E-boats helped sink two ships,

has visited one of the boats that helped destroy the vessels.

The German Schnellboot S-130. Pic:
Wheatcroft Collection

Four E-boats opened fire on a convoy of eight US ships on 28 April 1944 during

an exercise off the Devon coast -
Codenamed Exercise Tiger - which was a practice for the Normandy D-Day landings.

Survivor John Casner, now 88, was 17 at the time, visited the E-boat which is being restored to honour the dead. He said: "I have no animosity to the men who were on this boat. They were sailors too, just doing their job."

Commissioner pays tribute to dead policeman

The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner has paid tribute to an officer whose tragic death led to a

public march through the streets of Falmouth.

Frame of photos of Andy Hocking
Frame of photos of Andy Hocking

Tony Hogg said the death of PC Andy Hocking (pictured) showed the force how much the public valued bobbies on the beat, but added the nature of investigating some crimes had changed.

He said: "There is a police argument that bobbies on the beat doesn't solve crimes. We're living in times with a very difficult nature of crime - cyber crime, child sexual exploitation.

"So, do we put all our policemen in a building where the Public Protection Unit is, or do we have them on the street where people feel safer, but they're not solving crime?"

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • A paedophile coach driver described as a "dangerous offender" by a judge at Exeter Crown Court is jailed for 25 years for assaulting girls as young as eight
  • Postal voters in East Devon are been sent ballot papers with incorrect information on them
  • The future of a GP practice in Torpoint in Cornwall is under question after a long-serving GP gives in his notice
  • New cardboard polling booths commissioned by Cornwall Council are withdrawn after trials showed they did not work

Tiny pony born

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Staff at the Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor are looking for names for their latest arrivals.

Miniature Pony Centre

This year's theme is mythological names - you can suggest names for this tiny colt on

the centre's Facebook page or via their

Cardboard polling booths 'did not work'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Cardboard polling booths that were touted as a "revolution" last year have been quietly shelved.

Cardboard polling booth

Cornwall Council spent more than £11,000 on the booths in 2014 but there were "issues with their privacy and stability" and overall they "simply did not work". The booths will not be used in the forthcoming General Election on 7 May.

Apology over postal vote error

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The returning officer for East Devon has apologised for an error on a postal voting statement sent to some voters last week.

Ballot paper. Pic: Thinkstock

Mark Williams said in some

local council wards with two or even three seats up for election, people could place up to three votes. The statement, posted on Friday, incorrectly said electors should vote for just one candidate.

Anyone who had already returned their green ballot papers after following the incorrect guidance could contact east Devon elections team and request a new ballot paper, he said.

Paedophile coach driver jailed for 25 years

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A "dangerous" paedophile coach driver has been jailed for a total of 25 years for 12 charges involving girls between the ages of eight and 15.

Robert Newsham. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

A judge at Exeter Crown Court said that Robert Newsham, 78, formerly of Attwill Almshouses in Exeter, showed no remorse for his crimes and posed a significant risk of serious harm to vulnerable young children.

The judge said Newsham had probably raped one of his victims more than 50 times when she was just 12 years old. In another case, a victim was taken by the retired coach driver to EuroDisney where she was indecently assaulted.

Chiefs' Steenson frustrated

Western Morning News


Western Morning News is reporting how Gareth Steenson said Exeter Chiefs let victory slip away from them as they went down to a 36-29 loss at Wasps on Sunday.

The fly-half slotted a drop goal with the last kick of the game to ensure Rob Baxter's men at least travelled back with a losing bonus point.

That meant the Chiefs matched their best tally of 59 points in a Premiership campaign - with two games to go - and also secured their place in next season's European Champions Cup.

Meningitis awareness

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Today we'll hear from Ben and Kate Turner about the dangers of meningitis in teenagers.


Ben nearly died after becoming infected with meningitis, at the weekend he and his mum joined campaigners in Truro raising awareness of the disease and collecting money to fund research - the group brought alone their pug dogs to draw in members of the public.

Travel problems

BBC Travel South West

  • An accident on
    the A30 southbound in Blackwater around the Chiverton Cross roundabout is causing congestion back to Perranporth turn-off.
  • The A3072 Rydon Road in Holsworthy is partially blocked and slow traffic around the Trewyn Park junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.
  • The A38 in Devon is partially blocked northbound around Chudleigh, because of a broken down lorry.

Family members safe after Nepal earthquake

BBC Radio Devon

A Plymouth couple have made contact with members of their family who they feared had been injured or killed in the

Nepal earthquake.

David and Susan Joryeff

David and Susan Joryeff (pictured) have had news that their son, Lewis; his wife, Laura; and her brother, Mark, are safe after the three were near Everest when it was hit by avalanches.

Mrs Joryeff said the three were "all OK", but "very tired".

She said: "They've got another four days trekking on top of what they would have had, and they've got no rest periods, but it's the safest way to get off the mountain. They're going to be a bit tired when they get home."

Care homes rated 'inadequate'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One care home in Devon has been rated as inadequate and two others told they require improvement in the latest round of reports published by the

Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Hilldales Residential Care Home in Ilfracombe, which looks after up to 56 adults with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, was told it was inadequate after inspectors found it was not safe, effective or well led.

Elsewhere in the county,

Park Lane Care Home in Barnstaple and
Georgian House in Torquay were told they needed to improve.

Nepal aid response

Falmouth Packet


Falmouth Packet reports a plea for emergency relief has come direct to Helston-based charity ShelterBox from a Rotary contact in Kathmandu, Nepal, close to the epicentre of a 7.8 magnitude quake that is thought to have claimed more than 3,000 lives. A ShelterBox response team is on its way.

'Poldark' devastatingly good

The Daily Telegraph

The rip-roaring series finale of Poldark is one of those rare occasions when a popular drama series delivers something that properly belongs to art, says

Allison Pearson.


Whatever the answers I await the return of Ross and Demelza far more impatiently than I do the next instalment of a certain Sunday-night ITV series. Now there's a tagline for Poldark 2: Better Than Downton.

Nepal earthquake - what can we do?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in

a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday.

More than 6,500 people have been injured and thousands are sleeping on the streets - our government is sending £5m in aid. Is it enough or too much?

Get in touch from 1300 on: 0345 301 1034

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • A Devon care home is rated as inadequate and two others deemed as requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission
  • A team from the Cornish charity Shelterbox is due in Nepal today to help with the relief effort following the devastating earthquake
  • A Plymouth couple find out three members of their family are safe after the Nepal quake

New A38 bridge

BBC Radio Devon

Devon cyclists who've been dodging the traffic to cross the A38 will

soon have safer passage between Bovey Tracey and Newton Abbot.

Devon County Council

Work to lift a new bridge into place over the A38 is due to start tonight. The 38m span will provide a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders as part of the

'Granite and Gears' project.

RNLI rescue

Plymouth Herald


Plymouth Herald reports a boat sailing from Plymouth had to be rescued by lifeboat crews after breaking down at sea - because of contaminated fuel.


Fowey's all-weather lifeboat Maurice and Joyce Hardy responded to a distress call from the commercial vessel, which had suffered engine failure.

Questions for Hogg?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has joined me in the studio to take your calls.


What are the crime problems where you live? Are there policing issues you want answering? Call me 01872 222222 to get your question in or

contact me via my Twitter account.

Pugs raise awareness of meningitis

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A group of dog owners brought their pugs to Truro to raise awareness of and funds for meningitis research this weekend.


Aisla Sugrue (pictured on the left) lost her son Teygan to meningitis in November last year - he was 19 and a student at Manchester University - she says events like the 'pug parade' in Teygan's memory give her great comfort.

Gulls goalie to leave

Torquay Herald Express

Goalkeeper Martin Rice has become the fourth player in the last week to leave Torquay United - with more departures expected today, reports the

Torquay Herald Express.

It is the end of a second spell with Torquay for the Exeter-born goalkeeper who was first signed by Paul Buckle from his hometown club in 2007.

Fire Service gets keys to new station

Cornwall's Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Phil Martin,

tweets: CFRS get the keys to Camborne, Pool & Redruth's new fire station today. Go live next month. Ambitious & modern.

Camborne, Pool & Redruth fire station