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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Thursday

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Goodnight

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

We'll be back tomorrow - polling day - at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel and we hope you can join us then.

Drier and brighter tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Through the night it will become drier with most of the showers dying out and clear spells developing. The strong westerly wind will also ease. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

One or two showers are still possible on Thursday, although most places should have a much drier and brighter day with some sunny spells. The lighter wind will give things a more pleasant feel. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F)

Wave Hub expansion

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's wave hub is about to see a major expansion in operations after finding out a research project on wave energy will be based at the site in the sea off Hayle.

Wave hub research project
Wello

Finnish company Fortum has been given 17m euros to use devices like the one pictured to investigate how to harness the power of the ocean over the next five years.

Johnny Gowdy, the South West Marine Energy Park Programme Manager told me: "It's taken quite a long time from when wave hub was first installed, but now we're seeing investment coming through and the opportunity to really step up to these larger projects."

Musical delights

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The team behind

the iOrchestra project say they're 'absolutely delighted' after their performances in Plymouth, Torbay and Truro (pictured) were recognised with a national award.

music
BBC

After collecting the 'Audiences and Engagement' Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, Project Director James Williams said: "iOrchestra has renewed our belief that by removing traditional barriers associated with our art form and presenting it in a fresh and innovative way, that orchestral music has the power to move and inspire people from all backgrounds and that orchestral music can provide a cultural catalyst for change within communities."

Jailed PC sacked

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon & Cornwall Police have confirmed a shamed constable has been officially sacked by the force.

police
Police

PC Chris Higgs, who was stationed in Helston, was jailed for five years and three months in March for a string of offences including blackmail, perverting the course of justice, witness interference and fraud.

Plymouth Crown Court had heard he'd taken advantage of vulnerable woman to fund his gambling addiction.

Nice to see you - or not?

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

In Devon the general election campaign has been a straight fight between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, with Labour doing best in the urban areas of Exeter and Plymouth.

Bennett
Reuters

Both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have

concentrated their campaign visits on Cornwall and while Mr Cameron has been in Devon a couple of times during the official campaigning period, Nick Clegg hasn't visited at all.

Neither has Labour leader Ed Miliband, UKIP's Nigel Farage nor Green leader Natalie Bennett. Read into that what you will about what that says about their chances in Devon.

Crown Currency: latest

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

The wife of the director of Cornish online company Crown Currency Exchange, which collapsed with debts of nearly £20m, has been found guilty of using stolen money to buy a luxury home in Penzance.

70-year-old Susan Benstead was convicted at Southwark Crown Court today - along with three other people also charged in connection with their roles in the collapse. The jury has yet to return verdicts on 10 charges against Peter Benstead for his alleged role in the collapse of Hayle-based company.

High risk of sunburn

The Met Office is warning of

high UV readings tomorrow.

UV graph
Met Office

It's urging people to seek shade in the middle of the day, cover up and wear sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt.

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • There are concerns tonight for the future of a local engineering company after the news that 70 jobs are being cut at the firm.
  • A Devon council is finally agreeing to publish documents relating to its office relocation after losing a costly legal appeal to keep the papers secret.
  • Cornwall's wave hub is about to expand after Finnish compay Fortum was given 17m Euros to fund a new research project into wave energy which will be based at the hub in the sea off Hayle.

Artists take up residence at Eden

Two artists are joining forces at Cornwall's Eden Project to encourage a new generation of artists.

Artists in residence at Eden
John Dyer

John Dyer, the Eden Project's painter in residence, and Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an Amazonian Indian artist, are working in the rainforest biome until 15 May.

Young artists can submit their work online from June 1, 2015 and the best of these will be displayed alongside John and Nixiwaka's work from 17 October.

Council criticised over 'discourteous' attitude about headquarters

Western Morning News

Judges have criticised a Devon council for its "discourteous and unhelpful" attitude and ordered it to release withheld documents following a failed appeal, the

Western Morning News reports.

East Devon District Council headquarters. Pic: East Devon District Council
East Devon District Council

The comments were aimed at East Devon District Council by members of the information tribunal assessing its case for turning down a request for environmental information [over plans to move its headquarters].

The appeal concluded with Judge Brian Kennedy upholding the Information Commissioner's ruling that the local authority had wrongly refused to publish certain documents covered by the request.

Could the south west hold the key?

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

Political pundits across the world will be eagerly awaiting the results from the St Ives Constituency on Friday.

clegg
BBC

It's expected most constituencies in Devon & Cornwall will have declared a result by 07:00 on Friday (recounts notwithstanding) but due to the challenge of flying ballot boxes from the Isles of Scilly, the results might not be declared until 16:00.

The news on who has won in St Ives - where Lib Dem Andrew George had a majority of 1,719 in 2010 - could therefore have a significant national impact.

Bomb scare device details 'to not be revealed'

Exeter Express and Echo

A suspicious device found in the back garden of a quiet residential street in Exeter is currently being investigated by a team of forensics, the

Express and Echo reports.

The package, found at the rear of a council house on Bramley Avenue in Whipton, led to the evacuation of 20 surrounding homes

last Thursday.

Home improvement call 'down to tougher inspections'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The chief executive of a care home company which has been told to improve says the instructions from the Care Quality Commission are down to inspections being much tougher.

St Martins Care Home, was inspected by the
Care Quality Comission in August last year and found it to be in breach of some legal requirements, including management of medicines, protecting people from potential risk and assessing and monitoring the quality of the service. During a return visit in February, inspectors noted some improvements, but added other problems needed tackling.

Douglas Webb from Cornwall Care said: "It's much tougher than it was before, and we welcome that because that's good for people using the service."

Wanna bet?

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Thousands of us are trying to liven up the

general election 2015 by placing a bet on the results.

ukip
BBC

One bookmaker predicts the Liberal Democrats will suffer heavy losses in Devon & Cornwall - only hanging on to St Ives. And their assessment also says that UKIP will fail to win any South West seats.

Devon travel problems

BBC Travel

On the A35 between Bridport and Charmouth, one lane is closed because of a broken down car transporter.

In Newton Abbot the A382 Newton Road is closed in both directions between Drum Bridges and Jetty Marsh Road, also because of an accident.

Watch out, thieves about

BBC Radio Devon

A spate of thefts of livestock, machinery and equipment in south Devon has inspired local officers to create a Farmwatch scheme in the area.

dartmoor
BBC

Sgt Mark Ruston, neighbourhood team leader, said: "The aim of Farmwatch is to reduce and prevent rural crime as well as to build beneficial relationships between the police and the rural community. Farmwatch can also help us to find out what is important to the farming community."

BBC Introducing in Cornwall

BBC Radio 1

Some of Cornwall's unsigned bands have been enjoying national coverage, thanks to

BBC Introducing in Cornwall.

music
Lost Dawn

Falmouth's Lost Dawn were the first to feature with BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens -

check out the feature at about two hours 21 minutes in.

'Suspicious male' reported in Launceston

Launceston Police Community Support Officers

tweet: Report received of sus male @ Coronation Park #Launceston this morning, no evidence of offences but will be deploying in area #reassurance

iOrchestra honoured

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A pioneering project in the South West that brings classical music closer to the audience has won a national award.

music
BBC

The Philharmonia Orchestra's

iOrchestra project performed in Plymouth, Torbay and here in Truro in 2014 - now the initiative has won the 'Audiences and Engagement' Award at
the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

VE Day memories

James Churchfield

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

It was great to hear from Joe Ridholls from St Agnes and his memories of VE Day ahead of

Friday which will mark 70 years since the conflict in Europe came to an end.

war
BBC

Joe joined up in 1942 and was in Germany with the Royal Signals Corps on 8 May 1945 - he said: "That was a terrible thing when you saw the destruction and saw the refugees streaming along with no hope and so on, it was a strange, almost indescribable feeling."

Devon farm security

BBC Radio Devon

The police hope

a new Farmwatch initiative in south Devon will help to halt a recent spate of break-ins and thefts.

Officers have written to 775 farms and small holdings in the Teignbridge and south Dartmoor area to

encourage them to join - members of the anti-rural crime scheme will get alerts and advice messages from the force.

Getting the vote out

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

The political parties will be looking to the skies, crossing their fingers and pounding the streets for one last day at the end of the

general election campaign 2015.

labour
BBC

"Getting the vote out" will be one of the central concerns of the parties - making sure the people who've decided to pop their X beside their candidate's name actually make the effort to go out and vote tomorrow. A good forecast may well help turnout.

Fallen tree blocks A375

BBC Travel

The A375 in Sidbury is partially blocked near the Seaton Road junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

Blustery & blowy but bright

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

There will be some bright or sunny periods this afternoon, but there will also be some scattered blustery showers. Fresh and gusty west or southwesterly winds will be stronger around the coast, occasionally reaching up to gale force.

map
BBC

Tonight it'll

become mostly dry apart from just a few isolated showers. It will also be quite cloudy at times, but there should be some clearer periods and winds will ease to become mainly light or moderate from the southwest. Min Temp 7C (45F).

Scilly queues slowly reduce

BBC Radio Cornwall

The numbers of people stuck on the Isles of Scilly is slowly reducing, three days after large crowds descended in the islands for the World Pilot Gig Championship.

plane
BBC

Flights to Land's End are going ahead with delays of 30 minutes, while it's still too windy to fly to Exeter and Newquay and the Scillonian III ferry is on her way.

BBC Radio Cornwall's Hannah Stacey has just arrived back from Scilly, she said: "Many of the people who hope to fly out today will have been those affected by the Bank Holiday Monday flights that were cancelled. Some people have had to choose the boat option, so will be heading out into some quite choppy waves, some quite big conditions."

Royal Fleet Auxiliary crews to go on strike

BBC News

UK

Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have

voted in favour of strikes and other forms of industrial action in a row over terms and conditions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union says.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary aviation support ship RFA Argus. Pic: MoD
MOD

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said the RFA, which supplies the Royal Navy, was trying to "bulldoze through" major changes.

RFA ships supply Royal Navy warships with fuel, food, stores and ammunition while at sea. One of them, Falmouth-based RFA Argus, recently brought aid to Sierra Leone to combat an Ebola outbreak.

British Red Cross volunteers offer Ten Tors first aid

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than 60 volunteers from the British Red Cross are offering first aid to people at the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor, the

aid organisation says.

Ten Tors trekkers
BBC

It's the fourth year the Red Cross has provided first aid at the

Army-organised event, which will see hundreds of teams of teenagers walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across the moor. Youngsters with physical and educational needs will take part in the Jubilee Challenge, a trek of up to 15 miles.

Camborne bottle assault

BBC Radio Cornwall

Detectives are investigating after

a man was attacked with a bottle in Camborne on Saturday.

A local man in his 40s was talking to a woman in the cemetery on Church Street shortly before 5.30pm, when he was attacked by an unknown man. The victim is being treated in hospital for serious head and facial injuries.

City plan for future

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Truro City boss Steve Tully says he will

open negotiations with his players in the next few weeks as he builds a squad for the Conference South.

Tully
Truro City FC

City won promotion after

beating St Neots Town 1-0 in the Southern Premier League play-off final - Tully said: "We'll offer contracts and things like that to players. Some will sign them, some won't. But we want to keep the core of this squad together."

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • Devon and Cornwall police have
    launched a murder inquiry into the death of a 76-year-old old woman from Plymouth.
  • Inspectors say a Camborne care home still requires improvement 6 months after their first visit.
  • More dogs have died as a result of the mystery illness Alabama Rot with new cases being confirmed here in the South West.
  • Dozens of people who've been stranded on the Isles of Scilly following the World Gig Championships are starting to make their way home this afternoon.

Kite surfer rescue video released

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The RNLI has

released video of a rescue operation, involving its D class and Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboats, which were called to rescue a kite-surfer trapped below cliffs at Kelsey Head near Polly Joke on Monday.

RNLI rescue. Pic: YouTube/RNLI
YouTube/RNLI

The man suffered minor injuries.

Should paying for sex be banned?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Next month

it will become illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland which is following Sweden and Norway in criminalising men who use prostitutes. Some campaigners want the rest of the UK to follow.

At the moment it's not illegal to buy or sell sex here, but sex workers break the law if they loiter or solicit on the streets, keep a brothel or advertise their services. Do you think it should be made illegal in the UK too? Let me know on today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Lostwithiel competing for 'shortest double yellow lines' claim?

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC Local Live

We asked "Are these the shortest double yellow lines in England?" after a "ludicrous" set were spotted

in Bristol.

Monmouth Lane, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Frank Seabright

They clearly were not, as we have been inundated with photos of even tinier double yellow lines that have left people across the country scratching their heads in confusion, including

Frank Seabright who found the above lines in Monmouth Lane in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

He said: "We thought we could not even park a skateboard on it."

Chihuahua puppy 'killed by seagulls'

Exeter Express and Echo

A pet owner has been left distraught after her beloved dog was killed by seagulls, the

Express and Echo reports.

Nikki Wayne, 57, found her chihuahua puppy Bella being attacked by the angry birds in her back garden. She had previously witnessed the gulls dive for Bella and had tried to never let the dog play outside alone.

But tragedy struck when her owner was in the shower and Bella managed to nudge open a slightly ajar door and was killed by the seagulls. Mum-of-five Nikki, who moved to Honiton from Canada a year ago, described Bella as a "really playful puppy" who would always want to roam around the garden.

Trial project to use Wave Hub

Victoria Gould

BBC Radio Cornwall

A research project trialling ways to harness energy from waves has been granted more than 17m Euros from the European Commission.

Seatricity
Wave Hub

The cash will help fund a five year project developing the use of a wave energy convertor at the Wave Hub off Hayle.

Sub honour

BBC Radio Devon

The crew of the Plymouth-based submarine HMS Torbay are to be granted the freedom of the Borough.

sub
BBC

The honour, by tradition, will give the submarine's crew the right to march through Torbay bearing arms. A ceremony will be held at Torquay Town Hall and a parade led by the Band of Her Majesty Royal Marines will take place on the 20th of May.

Talking psychosis...

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

On today's programme, we'll be hearing about psychosis - what is it, how does it manifest itself and what can be done to help people who have it?

I'll be joined in the studio by experts from

Cornwall's mental health services but it would be great to get your calls and comments on today's phone-in. Take part by calling 01872 222222.

Person rescued off tall ship

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torbay's all-weather lifeboat has been dispatched to rescue someone off the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos, the

lifeboat's station says.

Stavros S Niarchos. Pic: Reuters
Reuters

The lifeboat rendezvoused with the ship near Berry Head just after midnight and transferred the injured person to the lifeboat station, where they were picked up by ambulance and taken to hospital. Their condition is not known.

The

Stavros S Niarchos is owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, a registered charity that is "dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels".

Minor injuries caused by car fire

Helston Fire Station

tweets: 1 crew to RTC no persons trapped made scene safe minor injuries, 1 crew reported car fire out on arrival made safe crew returned to station