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  1. Updates on 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday

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That's all from the Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall for now. We'll be back on Tuesday. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

Gig Championships: latest

Jack Murley

BBC Radio Cornwall

This year's World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly will be a truly international affair with crews from the US, Ireland and Holland among the 151 registered crews.


There will be full coverage of the action on

BBC Radio Cornwall throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, ahead of the veterans and super-veterans races, two rowers have tied the knot. Jan and Andrew had a guard of honour from the Appledore crew and joked they would celebrate with a glass of water as they're both competing later.

Wet & Windy tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Most places will become dry overnight but a few further spots of rain are possible in places. It will stay cloudy, with hill fog likely across western parts. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Saturday: Rain, heavy at times, and freshening winds will soon spread from the southwest, reaching eastern parts by midday. It should turn drier across Devon and Cornwall in the evening. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Nuclear plant fail 'huge loss' to economy

BBC Spotlight

Business leaders have warned of a "huge, huge loss to the South West economy" if the planned nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset fails to go ahead.


Tim Jones of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council and says he has real concerns about the EDF project which appears to have stalled. "The supposed Chinese investors have failed to materialise so we should be very cautious," he said.

Latest stories

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

  • Devon woman Annie Tinsley
    tells how lucky she is to be alive after being engulfed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
  • The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has the worst waiting times in A&E in England.
  • A young girl injured at Camborne railway station had grabbed a carriage door handle as the train was pulling in and was dragged down "almost instantly" says a witness.
  • Some businesses across the region are beginning to doubt the planned Hinkley nuclear power plant will go ahead.

Extra staff as hospital struggles

BBC Radio Cornwall

The NHS says extra staff are on duty over the bank holiday weekend at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as its A&E department struggles with demand.


The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has the worst waiting times in A&E in England with only 60.5% of patients admitted or discharged within four hours last week.

NHS Kernow governing body member Dr Iain Chorlton: "There has been a great deal of work that goes on a daily basis to assess what the health system needs in Cornwall."

Derriford Hospital, was seeing 90.3% within the four-hour period.

Pirates sign Light Blue

BBC Sport

The Cornish Pirates have

signed threequarter Toby May, who's played for Cambridge University in the last two 'Varsity' matches.

The 26-year-old full-back/centre has also been a member of the England Students Development squad - he's signed a two year contract.

Everest avalanche woman 'lucky to be alive'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Devon woman caught up in an avalanche on Mount Everest

says she is lucky to be alive.

Annie Tinsley

Annie Tinsley, 22, from Budleigh Salterton, said: "We were on our way to Everest base camp and heard the rumbling. We looked to the right and there was a massive avalanche coming our way.

"Our guide said 'run' so we just followed and tried to find some shelter behind some rocks. Five minutes later and we would have been on the glacier and there's not much to hold onto there."

Scilly travel warning

BBC Travel

Isles of Scilly Travel is warning that because of the poor weather forecast for tomorrow, there is strong possibility of disruption to Skybus flights during the World Gig Racing Championships.

Although no flights have been cancelled, it says on its

Facebook page that any passengers booked to travel to Scilly with Skybus on Saturday, may transfer to the Scillonian free of charge.

Hospital worst for A&E waiting time

BBC Radio Cornwall

The latest

figures from NHS England show that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has the worst waiting times in A&E in England.


Only 60.5% of patients attending the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro were admitted or discharged within four hours last week. In the previous week the figure was 86%.

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was seeing 90.3% within the four-hour period but neither service is reaching the government target of 95%.

Man still critical after restraint incident

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A man who became unconscious while being restrained outside a Paignton bar is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Police were called to a

fracas on the Esplanade on Wednesday. Four men who were arrested on suspicion of affray have been given police bail pending further enquiries.

The matter was referred to the IPCC and will now be subject to an independent investigation. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said they will "co-operate fully".

ShelterBox in Nepal

BBC Radio Cornwall

Workers for the Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox say the people of Nepal are facing appalling hardship as temperatures tumble and the monsoon season approaches.


Becky Maynard from

ShelterBox says the case of Santa Maharjan is typical - she is sheltering under a tarpaulin with her six children and seven adults, including her elderly mother.

Becky said: "The camps that have grown ad hoc in open spaces are really inadequate for the sort of weather conditions we are experiencing. Most families have been sheltering under plastic sheeting, and it has been raining quite a lot."

Noisy squirrelfish appear

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A shoal of squirrelfish has gone on display in Newquay after spending a month in quarantine.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Smallmouth squirrelfish are live close to tropical reefs and have unusually large eyes which help them to hunt at night. They are capable of producing a range of sounds underwater by vibrating their swim bladders, including sharp cracks, pops and low rumbles.

Doubts rise over Hinkley power plant

BBC Spotlight

Businesses in the region promised lucrative opportunities to supply the new Hinkley Point power plant in Somerset have told BBC Spotlight they are beginning to doubt it'll go ahead.


Suppliers of all kinds of goods and services have been waiting for building work to start by EDF but some have said their hopes are fading.

Energy expert Doctor Bridget Woodman, of Exeter University said: "The government after the election must get together with EDF and say this can't go on any more because the costs and timescales are out of control."

Moving art

BBC Radio Cornwall

An extraordinary kinetic sculpture called 'The Restless Temple' has been constructed in west Cornwall.


The exhibit at the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Gulval has a mechanical moving framework which allows the wooden temple to move in the wind. You can

watch a video of the temple moving here.

Rice for Globe

Cornish Guardian


Cornish Guardian reports Kneehigh Theatre's Emma Rice has been appointed artistic director of The Globe Theatre in London. Her appointment will start in April 2016.

Emma, who has been co-artistic director of Gorran Haven-based Kneehigh, for over a decades, said: "I am delighted and honoured to be taking over the artistic direction of Shakespeare's Globe. Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity. Mindful of the extraordinary artists I follow, I will take custody of this incredible organisation with an open heart, fierce passion and excited mind."

Diving success for Plymouth pair

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow

equalled their best result of the 2015 World Series with synchronised 10m platform bronze in London.


Couch and Barrow totalled 311.88 from their five routines, with pairs from China (332.88) and Malaysia (314.94) first and second respectively.

The Britons won Commonwealth silver together last year but had struggled in the early season World Series events.

Latest stories

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

  • The latest figures from NHS England show that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has the worst waiting times in A&E in England.
  • Mobile phone
    footage has emerged of a Devon woman caught in an avalanche following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal
  • An eyewitness said a young girl injured in a railway station yesterday had grabbed a carriage door handle as the train was pulling in and was dragged down "almost instantly".
  • Thousands pack the streets of Padstow for the May Day Obby Oss celebrations

Gigs ahoy!

BBC Radio Cornwall

Excitement is building on the Isles of Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships 2015, ahead of the Veterans' races this afternoon.


This crew have made it all the way from Arklow in Ireland.

BBC Radio Cornwall's
Jack Murley, Hannah Stacey and
Dick Straughan will be broadcasting live from Scilly all weekend.

Shrews host Pilgrims

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle travel to Shropshire this weekend for

a date with second-placed Shrewsbury in League Two.

Argyle need a point to make certain of the final play-off spot but the Shrews need a win to keep alive their hopes of topping the table.

Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan said: "They're going for the title, they'll come right at us and we've got to be prepared for that - we'll test ourselves against one of the best teams in the division."

Plans for £10m cruise ship terminal

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth is pushing ahead with plans for a £10m-plus international cruise ship terminal at Millbay, it has been confirmed, the Plymouth Herald


Cruise ship
Plymouth Herald

City chiefs could be poised to release details of the plan within weeks, it emerged last night.

The news comes as Plymouth business leaders declared there has never been a better time to build the facility, which could rake in £15m or more in knock-on effects for the whole peninsula.

Obby Oss welcomes Breakfast team

Debbie McCrory

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today was the first time I've ever been to the Obby Oss celebrations to mark May Day in Padstow.

What an amazing morning it was, thank you so much to the people of Padstow for letting us share your special day.

James Churchfield and Debbie McCrory

Oss oss wee oss! See you next year.

Fairly peaceful on roads

BBC Travel

  • In Paignton, Eastern Esplanade is closed for the 'Bikers Make A Difference Festival' which starts today and carries on over the weekend.
  • In Padstow the town will stay closed to traffic today for the May Day Obby Oss celebrations. There is a park and ride service in operation.
  • Slow traffic is reported on A377 Western Way out of town in Exeter at the Riverside traffic lights.
  • There's slow traffic on A377 Alphington Road in Exeter around Seven Stars traffic lights.

Schoolgirl hit by train

West Briton



West Briton reports how a schoolgirl who was hit by a train as it pulled into Camborne Station yesterday, is set to return home.

The 11-year-old was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital and subsequently treated for minor injuries to her legs and back.

Coaching slot for Oakley?

BBC Sport

Exeter City veteran Matt Oakley

hopes to join Paul Tisdale's coaching team at the club when he gives up playing.

Getty Images

The 37-year-old is out of contract in the summer, but wants to continue his career for at least another season.

Moment British woman was caught in avalanche

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Mobile phone

footage has emerged of a British woman caught in an avalanche following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal.

Annie Tinsley

Annie Tinsley was half an hour from base camp on Mount Everest when she and her fellow climbers were engulfed.

She later posted a selfie on her

Facebook page saying she was ok.

Grey and breezy

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will remain rather dull and cloudy for the rest of the day, with the light patchy rain generally easing and clearing. There is a moderate locally fresh to strong easterly breeze, this is expected to veer to the southeast later.


Tonight it will continue to be mostly cloudy with a few scattered outbreaks of rain. Further patchy light rain is expected to push in from the south later, becoming heavier towards the end of the night. There will be a moderate southeasterly breeze, fresh or strong towards the west. Min Temp: 7C (45F).

Doubt over supplying Hinkley

Neil Gallacher

Correspondent, BBC South West

Businesses in the region who were promised lucrative opportunities to supply the new Hinkley Point power plant in Somerset say they are beginning to doubt it'll go ahead.

Until now they have been reluctant to voice their growing scepticism, possibly because there might still be contracts for them to pitch for if it does get built: Why risk being seen as a nay-sayer?

On the plus side, the main local cheerleaders - the Somerset Chamber - point out that whatever happens about Hinkley, all their effort to build up a healthy supply chain will help us build all sorts of other infrastructure we're going to need. And few people are writing Hinkley off altogether, because this is as much about politics as economics, and the politicians remain under real pressure to ensure future home-grown energy supplies.

Latest stories

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • Mobile phone
    footage has emerged of a Devon woman caught in an avalanche following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal
  • An 11-year-old girl is recovering from her injuries after being falling onto the tracks as a train pulled in to Camborne railway station
  • Thousands pack the streets of Padstow for the May Day Obby Oss celebrations

Packing Padstow's streets for May Day

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

I managed to get this aerial shot of the May Day musicians and dancers in Padstow from our outside broadcast balcony.

Obby Oss

If you missed today's Obby Oss action you can catch up on the 10:00 and 11:00 dances on the

BBC iPlayer or catch the pictures in Spotlight at 13:30 on BBC One.

Rail injury: latest

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

An eyewitness has told me about the "horrible" moment a young girl was injured after falling from the platform at Camborne railway station.

Jade Willoughby saw the girl fall between the platform and the train as it came in, saying: "she slipped and screamed, the scream went right through me. I thought she was dead. It was awful, it was horrible."

The 11-year-old schoolgirl escaped with minor injuries after falling from the platform as the Paddington to Penzance train entered the station. British Transport Police is investigating the incident.

Estate warnings on fence cutting

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The Dartington Estate in Devon has appealed for people to stop cutting through wire fences.

Dartington Trust

It said: "It costs us money we don't have spare to repair them, it enables livestock to escape and there are now sheep and lambs and cows in some of the fields, with goats soon to join them."

Torbay's Mayoral Election Debate

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

We are broadcasting our debate featuring the candidates who want to be the next Mayor of Torbay on today's phone-in.

There are those who think the post should be abolished. Join us after 14:00 to tell us what you think and call us on 0345 3011034.

Sat nav anger

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

People in Kenton near Exeter say they're fed up with lorries following their sat navs into the village's narrow streets.


There have been several incidents recently when lorry drivers have become wedged in the village, causing delays and damaging trees.

One resident Ann Bond said: "The road itself is quite narrow, there are usually vehicles parked along here so they often have to drive along the pavement."

Achieving balance between Red and Blue

BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield

tweets: #PadstowMayDay #ossoss


Warning in Sidmouth as beachgoers sit under cliff fall hot-spot

Western Morning News

A young child has been pictured on a notorious beach at the exact spot where a huge cliff fall happened just hours later.


The near miss happened at Sidmouth where the boy was pictured playing on east beach on Sunday evening.

Incredibly hours later on Monday morning a holiday maker captured the moment hundreds of tons of rubble came crashing down at the exact spot.

Daley prepares for London

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Tom Daley says he is

more motivated than ever to prove he can be the best diver in the world again.

Getty Images

The London Olympic bronze medallist won World Championship gold in 2009, but has not topped a World Series event since April 2013.

However, the Briton came

an impressive second in Dubai earlier this month and contests the London leg of the World Series this weekend - Tom said: "I feel the fittest, strongest and most dedicated I ever have."

Are schools helping to feed and clothe the poor?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been talking to the senior figures from the National Association of Head Teachers who say schools are

becoming "mini welfare states" providing support for children from deprived backgrounds.

A survey by the union claims 84% of heads often provide food, clothes and washing facilities for some children. What do you think? Call 01872 222222 and

tune in now.

Don't get caught under the skirts, Tiff!

BBC Radio Cornwall's Tiffany Truscott

tweets: May Day in Padstow! #ObbyOss


Measles alert

BBC Radio Devon

Parents in the Ashburton area of Devon are being urged to get their children immunised, following a case of measles.

A ten-year-old child, who has not had the MMR vaccine, has caught the illness and more children are being tested.

Doctors say it is a serious illness which can leave children with disabilities, and can sometimes be fatal.