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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall. We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a round up of the days's news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then.

Patchy rain and sunny spells tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will be dry initially overnight with clear spells. However, outbreaks of rain will slowly spread across the region as the night progresses, perhaps turning heavy at times towards dawn. Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F).

BBC weather graphic

It will stay wet at times during the morning tomorrow with patchy rain. Turning drier and brighter into the afternoon with some sunny spells developing. An isolated shower is still possible in the south. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

Councillors 'may undergo enhanced checks'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The case of a Cornwall councillor described as "a risk to children" could prompt the county's authority to

introduce enhanced checks for all council members.

Alex Folkes

Cornwall Council warned youth groups about councillor Alex Folkes (pictured) last year based on a 2006 police investigation into sexual images of children.

The council is now looking at criminal records checks through the

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for all members in response to an expert review. Mr Folkes was not charged and said "no images were found" on his computer.

Drugs gang members had 'lavish lifestyles'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police who arrested a drugs gang based in Exeter which was "intent on flooding the streets ... with amphetamines" say members of it were involved "to fund their lavish lifestyles".

Drugs bust kitchen. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Five men have

begun jail sentences totalling 18 years and 10 months after admitting offences at Exeter Crown Court. A sixth man has yet to be sentenced. Some of the men had been "caught in the act" of mixing drugs in a kitchen (pictured) in a haul with an estimated street value of more than £150,000.

Det Sgt Rob Youngman said the lavish lifestyles "included high performance vehicles, clothing, gadgets and gambling", adding: "They were organising the mixing of drugs to maximise their profit and would use others to sell these drugs."

Truro City boss 'not nervous'

James Law

BBC South West Sport

Truro City boss Steve Tully has said

he is not nervous ahead of their Southern Premier League play-off semi-final at home to Hungerford Town.

Truro City FC

The one-off tie kicks off at Treyew Road at 19:45, with the winners coming up against either Poole Town or St Neots to decide who gets promoted to Conference South.

"The nerves aren't really there for me at the moment," Tully told

BBC Radio Cornwall. "I'm sure the players have woken up a little bit nervous but I thought if you had nerves before a big game that's always good."

Happy Birthday Nancy

North Devon Journal

A Devon woman whose mother skipped the Titanic's maiden voyage has celebrated her 100th birthday, reports the

North Devon Journal.

North Devon Journal

Nancy Langmead celebrated her 100th last week with a small party at Age UK's Patricia Venton House in Astor Drive, Mount Gould.

Bridge lifted into place

BBC Spotlight

A bridge has been lifted into place over the A38 at Heathfield.


The road had to be closed last night to allow lorries to manoeuvre it into place. The bridge is aimed at improving pedestrian and cyclist access to Dartmoor.

Cable fault causes power cut for 2,000

Andrew Segal

Local Live

About 2,000 customers lost electric power in the Truro area because of an underground cable fault,

Western Power Distribution says.

Two major circuit breakers tripped at about 16:30, a spokesperson said, but most people had supplies restored within half an hour.

The last 260 affected customers were expected to have supplies restored by 17:30, but customers could also experience fluctuations in supply while engineers continued to restore the system, the company added.

Badger reports may hit Exmouth redevelopment

Adrian Campbell

Correspondent, BBC South West

Investigations are underway to find out if a multimillion pound redevelopment to part of Exmouth's seafront will have to be delayed because of badgers.


East Devon District Council says it has received reports of badgers close to the proposed Queen's Drive leisure zone site.

Badgers are protected by law and

Natural England says if further investigations reveal badgers are present, then they could be relocated under licence to an alternative location.

Travel: latest

BBC Travel South West

  • The A38 is blocked at Landrake heading eastbound because of an earlier car fire. Traffic is slow moving with queues back to Tideford.
  • There's been an accident on Hill Barton Road in Exeter near Hart's Lane.
  • The A30 at the Chiverton Cross Roundabout is partially blocked heading westbound due to a broken down vehicle.

Latest headlines

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • Cornwall Council may introduce enhanced checks for all members after the case of a councillor described as "a risk to children".
  • Truro City's Chairman says the club is in a fantastic position as they prepare to face Hungerford Town in the Southern Premier League play-off semi-final
  • Badgers may hold up a multimillion pound redevelopment of Exmouth's seafront

Truro FC play-off place a 'fantastic achievement'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro City FC chairman Pete Masters says the club's position as they face their biggest game of the season on Tuesday evening is a "fantastic achievement".

The team face Hungerford Town in the Southern Premier League play-off semi-final at Treyew Road.

Speaking on

Laurence Reed's programme, he said: "Hungerford are a very good squad, but we're ready, we've got a full squad and we can really get on with it."

New leader for Jubilee Pool work

A project co-ordinator has been appointed to redevelop and reopen an outdoor swimming pool in Penzance.

Jubilee Pool

Cornwall Council, the

Friends of Jubilee Pool and Tempus Leisure said Kathryn Osborn would lead work paid for by a funding package of almost £3m, including repairs for major storm damage. The pool is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2016.

Cranbrook station due to open soon

Exeter Express and Echo

Cranbrook Station will open this summer say Network Rail, although they were unable to confirm if it would be as early as June or as late as September, reports the

Exeter Express and Echo.

However, they confirmed trains would be arriving at the new platforms by the autumn.

The station is on the Waterloo-Exeter line and will service the growing new town of Cranbrook.

Football memorabilia taken in burglary

Police investigating a burglary in Dobwalls in Cornwall in which football memorabilia was taken are trying to identify two men they would like to speak to, the

Devon and Cornwall force says.

Dobwalls CCTV. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Arsenal and Plymouth Argyle commemorative scarves and pins, cash and jewellery were among the items taken during the burglary in Five Lanes on Monday 13 April, officers said.

Rare film shows 1956 police centenary parade

Torquay Herald Express

Rare footage has emerged of a police parade which took place in Torquay almost 60 years ago, the

Herald Express reports.

The event was to mark the centenary of the Devon County Constabulary in 1956.

The Devon County Constabulary was formed in 1856. In 1956 a centenary celebration was held in Torquay on September 12.

PCSO shoulders explosives dog burden

Police Community Support Officer Kirsty Down

tweets: Meet Jarvis, an explosive search trained dog. Also a big softy who loves sitting on your shoulder!

PCSO Kirsty Down with explosives search dog Jarvis. Pic: Twitter/@SaltashPCSO

Roads warnings

BBC Travel

There are some advance warnings of roadworks which will be affecting local roads tonight:

  • The A30 between the Innis Downs Junction & Bodmin will be closed in both directions for drainage work from 20:00 until 06:00. Diversions will be in place.
  • On the A374 Plymouth Road inbound between Marsh Mills & Embankment Lane one lane will be closed from 21:00 until 06:00.
  • Between 19:00 and 04:00 at Lee Mill between Plympton and Ivybridge, the Exeter-bound exit slip will be closed with diversions in place.
  • On the A38 in Plympton from Deep Lane towards Voss there will be an Exeter-bound lane closure from 19:00 to 04:00 for resurfacing.
  • On the A30 at Alphington near Exeter there will be an Okehampton-bound lane closure between 19:00 and 06:00 for survey work.
  • Between Chudleigh Knighton & Drum Bridges the A38 will be closed in both directions due to roadworks from 19:00 until 06:00.

Mapping constituency opinion polls

Election 2015

This map of constituency-level opinion polls reveals where close battles are being fought with just over a week to go before the general election.

2010 map

Like all polls, these are snapshots, rather than a prediction of what will happen on 7 May and are subject to a +/-3% margin of error which may tip the result in some cases.

The map shows the result of three by-elections and 171 constituency polls carried out by Lord Ashcroft, Survation, and ICM since 1 March 2014.

St Austell car fire 'arson'

Cornish Guardian


Cornish Guardian reports how emergency services were called to a multiple car fire on Boldventure Road, St Austell, in the early hours of this morning.

Cornish Guardian

Concerned residents raised the alarm just before 1am, reporting that a car was on fire in the street.

A fire engine from St Austell raced to the scene, but crew members requested backup after discovering that the flames had spread to two nearby vehicles and a shed, and were in danger of setting houses on the street alight.

Toilet tenders - your views

via Facebook

Cornwall Council's "Your Convenience" initiative has sparked a flurry of comments on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page. The council wants to give people the chance to run small businesses from public toilet sites, as long as the loos themselves stay open.

  • David Parrott complains: "The first thing is to get more toilets in place in Cornwall, it is one of the worse places for lack of basic human facilities around. Even poor little New Zealand has toilets in every town, place of tourist interest etc, why not here?
  • Bernadette Veitch argues: "What are we paying council tax for? Crazy idea which will lead to much ruination of local beauty spots. How disgusting for disabled people and families with young children."
  • Geoffrey Robe writes: "Perhaps we should all urinate in the streets? Our council tax will pay for the clean up."

Cheep cheep!

Tiffany Truscott

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been to Newquay Zoo to meet some very small new arrivals.


These Asian grosbeak starling chicks are being hand-reared after their parents abandoned them. You can hear all about them on

my show from 15:00.

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall are:

  • A woman from Cornwall and a man from Plymouth, both believed missing in the Nepal earthquake, are both located safe and well
  • Cornwall Council says it has no choice but to find other ways of paying for public toilets as funding for all conveniences is due to end next year
  • Devon and Cornwall Police warn home-owners about an increase in rogue trading during the spring and summer months, and ask people to check on elderly relatives and neighbours
  • Researchers at the University of Exeter say they've identified two distinct forms of childhood obesity, affecting infants and teenagers

CCTV clue in £4K theft

BBC Radio Devon

Police have

issued a CCTV image of a woman they wish to speak to in connection with a theft.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Almost £4,000 was taken when a 91 year-old woman had her cash card stolen - the card was used to withdraw money between 27 January and 26 February from the Barclays cashpoint in Newton Abbot.

Is there anything wrong with wolf-whistling?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Staff at a building firm have been questioned by police after a woman complained about them wolf-whistling at her in the street.

A report in

The Telegraph today says it's believed to be the first time police have investigated wolf-whistling as a potential sex crime. Are you flattered or offended by wolf-whistling? Let me know on today's phone-in 0345 3011034.

Amphetamine gang members jailed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Five members of a drugs gang based in Exeter "intent on flooding the streets of the South West with amphetamines" have begun jail sentences totalling 18 years and 10 months, the South West's Regional Organised Crime Unit,

Zephyr, says.

Drugs. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The four men from Exeter and a fifth from Holsworthy were all sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on Monday after an operation which saw three of the men "caught in the act of mixing the drugs" with an estimated street value of more than £150,000 last year.

A sixth man from Newton Poppleford is to be sentenced at a later date.

Mother's joy at call from Nepal

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been speaking to the mother of a Cornish woman caught in the destruction of the Nepal earthquake

Amanda Ridgewell, who's 51 and a yoga teacher from St Neot, had been on the list of missing Britons until she walked into the British Embassy in Kathmandu today to phone home.

Her mother Judith Ridgewell said Amanada is waiting for a flight out of the country, adding: "I'm sure like most people she'll worry about all the Nepalese people, how they're going to cope when they haven't got homes to go back to."

South Hams National Park could be 'bothersome'

BBC Spotlight

Proposals to make the South Hams in Devon a national park could be "bothersome", the former head of Dartmoor National Park Authority says.

Former Dartmoor chief executive Prof Ian Mercer


South Hams Society said the area's current designation as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was not enough to protect it from developments which could damage it. Natural England said any national park plans would not be considered for at least another three or four years.

Former Dartmoor chief executive Prof Ian Mercer said: "The practicality is that, if it was proposed, it would have to be an extension to Dartmoor. It would be bothersome, I think, because it would dilute Dartmoor."

ShelterBox aiding more than just Nepal

Cornish aid relief charity ShelterBox

tweets: As well as Nepal @ShelterBox is currently helping families in Vanuatu, Cameroon, DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], Iraq, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines & Syria.

Nottingham raid Albion

BBC Sport

Championship side Nottingham Rugby has

announced the signings of four players from relegated Plymouth Albion.

Getty Images

Back-rower Rob Langley and prop Tom Heard have both previously played for Premiership side Gloucester - centre Ben Woods and fly half Lawrence Rayner is also joining the Green and Whites.

"These players have stood out in the face of adversity and have shown they're very capable of performing at this level", said Nottingham head coach Martin Haag.

Warmer tonight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

The afternoon will be mostly dry and there will be some bright or sunny spells before a few scattered showers develop this later afternoon. Light or moderate west or northwesterly winds will back to the southwest and also freshen later.


Tonight there will be a few scattered showers at first, but many places will start the night dry with some clear spells. However, cloud and outbreaks of rain will move in from the northwest later in the night. Some of the rain may be heavy for a time, while moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will become occasionally strong before veering to the northwest. Min Temp 6C (43F).

Lunchtime road problems

BBC Travel

  • The A30 in Penzance is partially blocked at the Madron Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.
  • At Coffinswell between Torquay and Newton Abbot, Waterwell Lane is partially blocked near Connybear Lane, also because of an accident.

Theatre pays tribute to Keith Harris

Plymouth's Theatre Royal

tweets: Very sad to hear that Keith Harris has passed away. A true professional & great guy to be around backstage. #ripkeith

Keith Harris and Orville. Pic: Robert C Kelly/PA Wire
Robert C Kelly/PA Wire

The ventriloquist, most famous for his green duck puppet, Orville, last appeared at the theatre in the 2011/12 pantomime Cinderella.

Devon and Cornwall people missing in Nepal 'are safe'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One person from Devon and one from Cornwall who were believed to be missing after the Nepal earthquake are safe and well, the BBC has been told.

Judith Ridgewell, 51, from St Neot, Cornwall, and 52-year-old Plymouth man Gary Williams had been among about 40 British people who were not immediately traced after the quake on Saturday.

Gary Williams contacted the Spirit of Adventure organisation to let it know he was well, the organisation told BBC Spotlight. Ms Ridgewell's mother, also called Judith, told BBC Radio Cornwall that her daughter had been slightly injured in a fall when the quake struck, but, apart from that, was well.

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall are;

  • A woman from Cornwall and a man from Plymouth, both believed missing in the Nepal earthquake, have both been located and are safe.
  • Nepalese families in Plymouth fear they can't return to their homeland because of the risk of aftershocks.
  • Campaigners try to make South Hams a National Park to protect it from housing development.

White Tigers up for semi

Truro City are preparing for their crucial Southern Premier League play-off semi-final against Hungerford Town. The club

tweets: Matchday programs just arrived for the big game tonight.

Truro City FC

Quake-hit families 'scared to go home'

BBC Radio Devon

A Nepalese woman studying in Plymouth says members of her family in Kathmandu are not going back home to begin repairs after an earthquake on Saturday because of the fear of


The quake is believed to have affected 8m people, the United Nations

has estimated.

Talking to

BBC Radio Devon's Simon Bates, Supriya Gurung, who's vice president of the
Nepalese Society at Plymouth University, said: "What's happened right now is that people are too scared to go back to their homes. They're just living in tents. At night times it's also really difficult because of rain. They're not getting much food and water."

Quarry firm defends plans

BBC Radio Cornwall

Managers at Dean Quarry on the Lizard say their plans to build a new 500m breakwater and jetties will not damage the environment.


Shire Oak Quarries want the new facility so they can ship rocks from Cornwall to

a tidal lagoon project in Wales - some local residents are fiercely opposed to the plans, worried about the potential impact on a Marine Conservation Zone.

Jonathan Kearsley from the quarry firm said: "We are an environmental company, we are absolutely passionate about protecting the environment and we don't believe anything we're doing here will impact on that."

Missing quake man 'safe'

Plymouth Herald


Plymouth Herald is reporting a Plymouth man who was on a list of people reported missing in Nepal is safe and well.

Gary Williams, aged 52, was listed by the International Committee of the Red Cross as being missing in the land-locked country following last week's earthquake. But this afternoon Martin Hibbs, of the Spirit of Adventure group, told The Herald Mr Williams and the rest of the party are "safe and well".

Surf school fees latest

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

We'll be talking about plans to charge surf schools to use Cornish beaches today.


Some business owners have reacted angrily to the suggestion they would have to stump up a chunk of their profits to use council-run beaches - now one councillor has proposed an amendment of an annual licence fee of £300.

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