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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 30 April
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on 08:00 Friday

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Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

That's all from the BBC Local Live team today.

We'll be bringing you all the news, travel, sport and weather updates you need from 08:00 on Friday.

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Man recovers movement in severed arm

BBC Radio Devon

An ex-serviceman who lost his arm in a car accident 10 years ago can move his fingers again following pioneering surgery at a Swansea hospital.

Arm
ABMU HEALTH BOARD

Craig Stewart, 32, from Devon, was treated at hospitals in England but had no movement in his left arm. After three years of treatment at Morriston Hospital, he can move his previously paralysed arm. Surgeons from the Welsh centre for burns and plastic surgery have spent 12 years developing the pioneering treatment.

Cuckoos thrive on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

Cuckoo numbers have been in decline, but on Dartmoor it's a much better story.

Cuckoo
BBC

A research project has been launched to try and find out just why.

Professor Charles Tyler, environmental biologist at the University of Exeter, said: "If we can't protect a bird like the cuckoo I question whether we can protect anything."

Pirates add Maple Leaf lock to squad

BBC Sport

The Cornish Pirates have captured the signature of Canadian international lock Brett Beukeboom.

rugger
Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

The 24-year-old has signed a two year contract with the Pirates, crossing the River Tamar from Plymouth Albion.

Capped 11 times for Canada, Brett's arrival will also see him meet up with Aaron Carpenter and Matt Evans to form a trio of 'Canucks' at the Mennaye Field.

Latest travel news

BBC Travel

On the A38 between Wrangaton Cross and Ivybridge heading towards Plymouth one lane is closed due to a broken down vehicle.

In Plymouth at Roborough the A386 is partially blocked outbound near New Road and there's slow traffic due to an accident.

In Plymouth on Plymbridge Road near Novorossisk Road we've got reports there's an accident.

30 minute wait with 2 ferries running at Devonport. The third ferry is out of service for a refit.

Near Saltash on the A38 at the Carkeel Roundabout there's slow moving traffic in both directions due to the roadworks.

Surfboard appeal for seal

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do you have an old surfboard which you could donate to a seal?

Seal
Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

Grey seal Pumpkin has a bit of a thing for lying on top of a surfboard at the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary, but he has destroyed his old one.

Jenny Lewis, the senior animal care assistant at the sanctuary, said: "He jumps on it and skids across the water. No other seals like surfing as much as Pumpkin does. If it's a surfboard and it floats he'll absolutely love it."

Gig excitement grows

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Thousands of people will be planning their journey to the isles of Scilly for the World Pilot Gigs Championships this weekend.

gig
BBC

151 gigs are registered for the rowing spectacular - Ali Beavis and Beck McCowen-Brown from the Newquay Ladies A crew told

BBC Radio Cornwall their club was sending five ladies' crews and everyone was looking forward to the challenge.

Arson probe across Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

This is the scene at a timber yard near Bodmin where a large shed was destroyed by fire last night.

fire
BBC

Police are investigating whether the blaze is linked to other suspicious fires in Torpoint, Redruth and Tregantle last night.

Guy Herrington from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said: "The buildings that were alight were very similar - portable buildings adjacent to the road - speaking to the police last night, they had a similar thought that potentially this could be somebody driving around setting fire to buildings next to roads."

Cornish Pirates sign Brett Beukeboom from Plymouth Albion

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates have signed Canadian international Brett Beukeboom from Plymouth Albion on a two-year contract.

Brett Beukeboom
BBC

The 24-year-old lock will join up with fellow countrymen Matt Evans and Aaron Carpenter at the Championship club.

Beukeboom spent three seasons with Albion, who were relegated from the second tier this season.

Latest stories

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

  • A Devonport based ship has been involved in the
    seizure of cocaine from a tug in the North Sea which could be worth more than £500m - it is believed to be the biggest single class A seizure in the UK.
  • The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has admitted it's going to be more than 12 months before it gets it's finances out of the red.
  • A Plymouth man who sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman at a nightclub has had his non-custodial sentence overturned by appeal court judges.
  • A court has heard how a driver repeatedly
    punched a traffic warden in the head after he found a parking ticket on his car on Teignmouth seafront.

Cloudier with a chance of rain tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It should stay dry through the night, but it is going to turn increasingly cloudy from the southwest. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow is looking like a rather cloudy day, with some rain possible, especially along the south coast. Breezy. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Traffic warden attacked in parking ticket mix-up

BBC Radio Devon

A driver repeatedly

punched a traffic warden in the head after he found a parking ticket on his car, a court has heard.

Seafront
BBC

Joseph Smart, 41, wrongly assumed it was handed out by civil enforcement officer Joanna Morton. At Exeter Crown Court he admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest. Smart, of Wellington Street, Teignmouth, was jailed for a year.

Cliff-fall dog rescued

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dog has been

rescued after falling down a steep cliff on the north Cornwall coast.

Dog
Rachel Budzinska

Bee, a labradoodle, tumbled about 20ft (6m) down the cliff at Perranporth before becoming stranded on a loose ledge at about 20:00 yesterday.

A member of St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue team was lowered down to the dog before they abseiled about 80ft (24m) to the beach.

Man 'critical' after police restraint

Devon and Cornwall Police

An investigation has been launched after a man became unconscious while being restrained by police after a disturbance outside Murphy's Roadhouse in Paignton yesterday.

Murphy's Roadhouse
Google

The 38-year-old man was taken to Torbay District Hospital where he remains in a critical condition, said police. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Officers later arrested four men, aged 43, 54 and two both aged 35.

Trust won't be in black for a year

Victoria Gould

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust says it won't be able to balance its books for at least another 12 months.

It currently has a deficit of a £7m and today directors were told it's not likely to get back in the black until 2016/17. The news comes as the hospital reveals it's abandoning its application for foundation trust status.

Mobile phone evidence plea

BBC Radio Devon

A man remains in a 'critical' condition in hospital after a violent altercation in Paignton last night.

assault
Google Street View

The 38-year-old became unconscious as he was restrained by police officers outside Murphy's Roadhouse - four men have been arrested and the case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Superintendent Glen Mayhew said: "We believe a number of people may have recorded the incident on their mobile phones and we are keen to speak to these people and view any footage."

Running, cycling and swimming

Falmouth Packet

The

Falmouth Packet reports how West Cornwall's keen sportspeople and enthusiastic amateurs are being invited to take part in two unique and challenging events in aid of the RNLI this summer.

lifeboat
RNLI

The charity which saves lives at sea will be holding two sporting fundraisers which make the most of the county's stunning landscape this year, in the form of a 52 mile bike ride or a one and a half mile sea swim.

Overnight road closures

BBC Travel

Advance warnings of night time road closures for roadworks:

  • A38 between Lee Mill & Ivybridge there will be an Exeter bound lane closure from 19:00 and 04:00 for resurfacing work.
  • The A38 will also be closed in both directions between Chudleigh Knighton & Drum Bridges 19:00-06:00. Diversions will be in place.
  • The A30 between Innis Downs Junction & Bodmin will be closed both directions for drainage work between 20:00 and 06:00. Diversions.
  • A30 at Alphington near Exeter there will be an Okehampton bound lane closure between 19:00 and 06:00 for survey work.

Acid attack suspect's wife in court

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman whose husband is accused of throwing acid in another man's face has appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court charged with perverting the course of justice.

Andreas Christopheros
BBC

Nicole Phillips, 45, from Hastings, East Sussex made no plea and will appear at Truro Crown Court on 11 May. Andreas Christopheros, 29, was critically injured in the doorstep attack in Truro, Cornwall, in December. Mrs Phillips' husband David, 48, has denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

E-cigs ban?

BBC Radio Devon

A consultation ends today on plans to ban electronic cigarettes from communal areas of properties owned by Plymouth Community Homes.

The housing association wants to extend its existing ban on smoking in corridors, laundry areas and shared open spaces - it's likely to be at least two months before any changes come into effect.

Trust move 'makes no difference'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Health policy analyst Roy Lilley says the Royal Cornwall Hospital dropping its aim to be a Foundation Trust "doesn't make any difference".

RCHT
BBC

"Foundations trusts used to be the creme de la creme of hospitals," he said. "But in operational terms there's almost no difference between trust hospitals and non-trust hospitals. The only difference is a foundation trust can dispose of its assets without permission of the secretary of state."

Council rejects complaints

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon council has denied putting dreams of a new swimming pool for Dartmouth in jeopardy.

People in Dartmouth have been fundraising for a decade for an indoor pool and thought they had reached their target - now South Hams Council has said the project must go on hold while more evaluation is done.

The council's Executive Director Steve Jorden said: "We have a worthwhile strategy to try to secure a pool for Dartmouth people. Yes, I understand the timescales really frustrate them but this has to be done properly."

Can you help save dying Jo?

Exeter Express and Echo

An Exeter mum who has been given weeks to live has issued a desperate appeal for the public's help in finding someone, somewhere, who may know how to slow down the disease which is killing her, reports the

Exeter Express and Echo.

Former Exeter College student, Jo Smith is dying from rare and incurable heart and lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (IPAH).

The English graduate who lives near Stoke Canon, is thought to be the only person in the world suffering from the combination of terminal illnesses.

Via Twitter

Devon and Cornwall Police

tweet: A30 Victoria: HGV lorry from Romania, driver given on the spot fine for road offences. Skoda also written up for excess speed #OpVortex

Police
BBC

The force's Operation Vortex is a clampdown on drivers who disregard road traffic laws and cause danger to others.

Latest stories

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

  • A Devonport based ship has been involved in the
    seizure of cocaine from a tug in the North Sea which could be worth more than £500m - it is believed to be the biggest single class A seizure in the UK.
  • The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has admitted it's going to be more than 12 months before it gets it's finances out of the red.
  • A Plymouth man who sexually assaulted a vulnerable woman at a nightclub has had his non-custodial sentence overturned by appeal court judges.
  • A court has heard how a driver repeatedly
    punched a traffic warden in the head after he found a parking ticket on his car on Teignmouth seafront.

Assault sentence increased

BBC Radio Devon

A man who sexually assaulted a partially-sighted woman in a Plymouth nightclub has been sent to prison.

Stephen Hayes, 27, assaulted the woman after she kissed and cuddled him on the dance floor in the belief he was a friend. He was given a suspended sentence in February, today the Court of Appeal decided that was too lenient and jailed him for three years.

Surf's up, Pumpkin!

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been chatting to the folks at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary about their surfing seal called Pumpkin.

seal
Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Pumpkin likes to play on his board but has been too rough and has broken it - so the Sanctuary is asking people if they have an old board they can donate to keep Pumpkin happy. Join me after 17:00 for the full story.

Parents 'not racist' on mosque ban

BBC Radio Cornwall

A parent of a pupil at Lostwithiel School has emailed us to say why he feels upset about the planned visited to a mosque in Exeter.

Mosque
BBC

He wrote: "None of the parents concerns are based on racism and for the school management team and other parents to portray this is the case is wholly unacceptable. The children whose parents had not returned the form giving permission to attend were all asked to remain behind after assembly and were individually questioned by the head teacher as to why they were not attending. We have contacted the school and the council and asked for someone to respond to this email."

Sturgess stays with Chiefs

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs prop Brett Sturgess has agreed

a new one-year contract to take him into his ninth season at the club.

prop
Getty Images

The forward has played 166 games for the Devon club, scoring ten tries in the process - Sturgess said: "To be competing at the top level, clubs need to have a big, quality squad and that's what we're building here."

Gulls blamed for vandalism

Western Morning News

The

Western Morning News reports children's graves at a Westcountry cemetery have been vandalised - by seagulls.

There have been fears the graves of babies and children at Paignton Cemetery in Colley End Road had been desecrated by heartless thugs after stuffed toys and ornaments disappeared and were found broken, ripped apart and strewn around the graveyard in March.

Relatives started a petition and hundreds of concerned people called for better fencing and security measures. But after further investigation the culprits have been identified as seagulls.

Pioneering surgery reverses paralysis

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

An ex-serviceman who severed an arm in a car accident 10 years ago says it's a great feeling to

finally be able to move his fingers.

Craig Stewart (left) with surgeon Dean Boyce
ABMU Health Board

Craig Stewart, 32, from Devon, can now move the previously-paralysed arm after three years of treatment at Morriston Hospital in Wales.

Specialist consultant plastic surgeon Dean Boyce took muscle from Craig's thigh to act as a bicep, describing it as "a very complex area of surgery".

No compensation for Woolworths staff

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Thousands of workers at high street stores which went out of business have

lost their legal battle for compensation.

A European Court of Justice ruling means that 4,400 ex-employees of Woolworths and clothing chain Ethel Austin miss out because they worked in stores employing fewer than 20 staff, whereas their colleagues in larger sites qualified for compensation.

Barbara Wilson, who worked for Woolworths in St Ives for 23 years, said: "It is totally bizarre that just because I worked in a store which employed 19 people I should be treated differently. We did exactly the same job and everything was run at a national level - it just doesn't make any sense."

Another sunny afternoon

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will be a mostly dry afternoon with bright or sunny spells, however high level cloud will gradually increase from the southwest. Light or moderate west or northwesterly winds will become variable to the south and mainly northeasterly to the north.

map
BBC

Tonight's looking mostly dry, but becoming increasingly cloudy as rain moves into the far west after midnight. Winds will become east or southeasterly and increase fresh or locally strong further west. Min Temp: 6C (43F)

North Sea drugs bust

BBC News

UK

The Devonport-based warship HMS Somerset has helped in

a £500m drugs bust in the North Sea.

tug
National Crime Agency

The Tanzanian-registered tug 'Hamal' was intercepted by the Royal Navy frigate and the Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of Aberdeen.

More than three tonnes of cocaine has been recovered - believed to be the biggest single 'class A' seizure in the UK - nine men have appeared in court.

Plymouth party boat

BBC Radio Devon

A company that operates party boats out of Plymouth says none of its customers were in danger after one of its vessels got stuck last night.

55 people had to be taken off the 'Spirit of Plymouth' after she ran aground on a flat mud bank on the River Tamar.

Company Director Ben Squire said: "All Plymouth Boat Trips crew handled the situation extremely professionally. All emergency crew training and procedures came into place. The passengers were never in any danger and were then returned to the Barbican safely, although a little late."

Emu alert

Exeter Express and Echo

Many strange and wonderful things can be spotted on Devon roads, but one video may have taken the top prize for unexpected sightings, the Exeter Express and Echo

reports.

Emu
Exeter Express and Echo

And that is an emu running loose on a Devon road. The video was originally posted by Nikita Miles on Facebook showing the bird running along the A386, New Road past Budgens.

Fires 'may be arson'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A series of fires across Cornwall last night are being treated as potential arsons.

fire
BBC

A horsebox lorry at Torpoint, two buildings at a timber yard near Bodmin, a portable building at Redruth and another portable building near Torpoint were all

destroyed by fire. The police are investigating.

More older carers 'risking health'

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

A new report says the number of

carers over the age of 85 has more than DOUBLED in the last 10 years. In the South West alone there are more than 12,000.

Are you in your eighties and looking after a loved one? I'd love to hear about your experiences. Call the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Latest headlines

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

  • Cocaine
    seized by Devonport warship HMS Somerset from a tug in the North Sea would have been worth more than £500m - believed to be the biggest single class A seizure in the UK.
  • Tents provided by South West-based charity Shelterbox are being used as temporary mobile clinics in earthquake-hit Nepal.
  • A Cornish school is going ahead with a
    visit to a mosque as part of the religious studies curriculum despite a group of parents withdrawing their children from the visit because of "safety concerns".
  • A pregnant cat has had its leg
    amputated after an illegal trap "splintered its bone into shards".

Police on A30

Devon & Cornwall Police are carrying out one of their regular 'Operation Vortex' road safety exercises on the A30 between Truro and Launceston. The force

tweets: #OpVortex - A389 nr Lanivet Nissan Micra. No insurance and disqualified driver. Car now seized & driver in custody.

car
Devon & Cornwall Police