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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 11 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Tom Palmer and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

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

We'll be back on Tuesday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel, so join us then.

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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

  • A 21-year-old man accused of murdering a pensioner whose body was found in a disused mine in Cornwall is "a fool but not a killer", his defence team tells a court
  • Proposals to close inpatient beds at Teignmouth Hospital and move services to Dawlish are broadly approved by respondents to a consultation, health bosses say
  • Former North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson says Conservatives scared the electorate into voting for the Tories by saying the SNP could take too much power in Westminster
  • Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw urges Lord Sugar to reconsider quitting the Labour Party
  • Torquay United advisor Kelvin Thomas has said the club's prospective takeover is 'at a
    critical stage'

Acid suspect's wife denies charge

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A woman whose husband is accused of carrying out a doorstep acid attack has denied perverting the course of justice.

Nicole Phillips, 45, from Hastings, East Sussex, entered a not guilty plea when she appeared at Truro Crown Court.

Andreas Christopheros, 29, was critically injured in the doorstep attack in Truro, Cornwall, in December. Mrs Phillips' husband David, 48, who has denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent, also appeared in court and the couple will be tried jointly on a date to be decided.

A fine evening, but rain likely

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will remain dry this evening with some bright or sunny spells, giving way to some initial clear spells tonight. However, cloud is set to build overnight, bringing the chance of some showery outbreaks of rain. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

Tuesday will see a rather cloudy, damp start, with some rain in places. However, things will soon cheer up, with the cloud and rain clearing away to allow some lengthy spells of sunshine through the afternoon. It will feel a little cooler in a gentle breeze, but still pleasantly warm especially in the sunshine towards Exeter. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

Bus assault hunt police seek man

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police investigating an assault on a bus driver in Plymouth have

released a picture of a man they would like to speak to.

Bloke on bus. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

A man is alleged to have chased after a bus travelling on the A386 Tavistock Road and spat at the male driver as he got on the bus at the Manadon roundabout.

He was also allegedly verbally aggressive towards the driver during the incident that happened sometime between 4.50pm and 5.05pm on Wednesday 11 March, officers said.

Plymouth's UKIP 'considering Labour coalition'

BBC Radio Devon

Meetings have been taking place between Plymouth city councillors after last week's election left

no party with overall control of the city.

The city's UKIP chairman, David Salmon, said his party was not ruling out a coalition with Labour "despite vitriol recently poured on UKIP by Labour".

He added that the party was still considering its position and it was hoping for a decision within 2-3 weeks.

He said: "We are looking to look after the people of Plymouth, irrespective of what parties are involved. They have to come first, they haven't in the past."

'Devonwall' constituency fears 'resurfacing'

West Briton

Newspaper

Fears over the creation of a 'Devonwall' parliamentary seat have resurfaced after last week's general election, the

West Briton reports.

The Conservatives attempted to push through boundary changes, including the creation of a seat including parts of North Cornwall and North Devon in 2011. However, the proposals, which would see the number of MPs in Parliament cut from 650 to 600, were blocked by their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.

Now, with a majority government, it is believed the plans will be put forward again.

Welcome to Westminster

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

It'll be a whole new world and a whole new set of challenges for Cornwall's three brand new Conservative MPs this week.

Speaking to

BBC Radio Cornwall, North Cornwall's Scott Mann said his win over Lib Dem Dan Rogerson was "still sinking in", but he is already up at the House of Commons taking part in an induction.

The former postman will be joined by Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay and Derek Thomas, St Ives MP - finding their way around the Commons, sorting out somewhere to live in the capital during the week and setting up their offices.

And of course it's not all about Westminster - the ousted Lib Dems will be handing over all their local casework, so there's a lot to be getting on with before Parliament returns next week for the swearing-in of members.

Penzance coast path to close for repairs

Cornwall Council contractor Cormac

tweets: Coast path from Marazion-Penzance will be closed in parts for 3-4 weeks Mon-Friday for repairs.

Penzance cyclepath. Pic: Cormac
Twitter/@CORMACltd

Exeter MP urges Lord Sugar not to quit Labour

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Exeter's Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, has urged Lord Sugar not to quit the Labour Party.

Lord Sugar
PA

Lord Sugar (pictured) has

announced his resignation from the party, saying he had become "disillusioned" with its business policies under Ed Miliband's leadership.

In a

tweet to the party donor and star of TV show The Apprentice, former culture secretary Mr Bradshaw said: "This is just the time *not* to leave but to stay & help us back to sanity ensuring we win in 2020."

Torquay takeover 'at critical stage'

James Law

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United advisor Kelvin Thomas has said the club's prospective takeover is 'at a

critical stage'.

Kelvin Thomas. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The Conference club have been looking for a new owner since

chairwoman Thea Bristow stood down in March.

Mr Thomas (pictured) told BBC Sport "It's all at a critical stage for the club - we want a resolution, but it has to be the appropriate resolution. There are numerous conversations going on in the background, so there's no conclusion at this point."

Camborne toilet block sells for £17,500

Falmouth Packet

Cornwall Council is £17,500 richer following the sale at auction of former public toilets in Camborne, the

Falmouth Packet reports.

Public toilets block. Pic: Clive Emson
Clive Emson

The council had instructed Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneers, to place the Gurneys Lane loos in its latest auction and the block sold in just minutes. [The block had a

guide price of £15-20,000].

Graham Barton, auctioneer and regular on BBC1's Homes Under the Hammer, said: "Former public conveniences always gain interest, especially blocks of this size and location in a town centre. The new owner may well have any eye on redevelopment subject to the necessary consents being gained."

Murder accused 'a fool, not a killer'

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

A man accused of murdering a pensioner whose body was found in a disused mine was "a fool but not a killer", a court has been told.

David Alderson's body was found beaten and in a pond at Wheal Maid mine in Cornwall in January last year. Trewen Kevern's defence team said the 21-year-old lied to cover up the killing because he was afraid what his co-accused, 34-year-old Kevin Cooper, might do to his family.

Mr Kevern, of Ashfield View, Falmouth; and Mr Cooper of Poldary View, Carharrack, deny murder. The trial at Truro Crown Court continues.

Litter ship

BBC Radio Devon

A special litter-collecting boat is helping to keep Plymouth's waterfront clean this year.

litter
Sutton Harbour

Sutton Harbour is stumping up £38,000 to pay for the vessel which will pick up any rubbish that's blown or deliberately thrown into the harbour - around 200 tonnes of waste has already been collected.

Tributes paid to collapse death referee

via Facebook

Tributes have been left on the

Facebook page of a Devon football league after the death of a popular referee.

Brian Cummins. Pic: The Cummins Family
The Cummins Family

Devon Junior Minor League referee Brian Cummins (pictured) was supervising an under-16s cup final between Woolwell Juniors and Tavistock in Elburton on Sunday

when he collapsed. He died later in hospital

Tributes included:

  • Steve Conteh: RIP Brian from all at Friary Mill Youth FC, I was shaking your hand laughing with you then 25 mins later assisting in trying to revive you totally shocked and emotional day for all, true gent, always had a good chat.
  • Mark Davies: Very sad news indeed and our thoughts go out to Brian's family and friends. It's a shame that it takes such awful circumstances to unite the local footballing community but in Brian we know we have lost a true gent. RIP Brian.
  • Mark Evans wrote: RIP Brian. Grassroots football has lost an amazing guy and great referee. Deepest sympathies from all Devon FA referees.
  • Teresa Hill: Our thoughts are with the family. A true gent and loyal ref to youth football. Will be sadly missed. From all at chaddlewood.miners. RIP Brian x

Lib Dem ex-MP describes 'painful' election swing

BBC Radio Cornwall

Former North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has spoken of his disappointment at a "painful" swing away from his party in the general election.

Dan Rogerson
BBC

Mr Rogerson said the swing to the Conservatives followed a Tory scare story to stop the SNP from securing too much power in Westminster, but added that there was still significant support for the Lib Dems.

He said: "What I take great strength from is that, on what was clearly a bad night for us, 15,000 people came out in North Cornwall voted Liberal Democrat, so there's a strong base for us to build on in the future."

Beryl Cook 'would love' art trail plans

BBC Spotlight

The sister-in-law of Plymouth painter Beryl Cook says the artist "would have loved" the idea of an art trail through the city featuring life-sized statues of some of her creations.

Teresa Cook
BBC

Organisers of the

Beryl Cook Trail want to bring her cheeky voluptuous characters to life by placing between 15 and 30 life-size statues around the city as part of plans to promote it. The artist
died in 2008, aged 81.

Sister-in-law Teresa Cook said: "I think Beryl would have loved it to see her images going through the city centre and down to the Barbican... she always liked to help the locals."

A mixed bag

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

The last of the low cloud, rain and drizzle will clear and it will continue to become brighter from the west with spells of sunshine. However, it will become more cloudy again later. Winds will be from the southwest and mainly light or moderate.

map
BBC

Tonight it'll be

generally quite cloudy with some further outbreaks of mostly light rain moving in from the southwest during the night along with some patches of low cloud. Light southwesterly winds will be moderate along the north coast and further west. Min Temp 10C (50F).

£8K motorcycles stolen

BBC Radio Devon

Police in Paignton are appealing for information after two motorcycles, both worth £4,000, were stolen.

bikes
Devon & Cornwall Police

A red and silver Aprilia RSV motorcycle and a black Honda CBR were stolen from Adelphi Lane - officers believe both bikes are likely to have been taken away in a van because they cannot be driven off without a key.

Medals for junior dwarf star

BBC Radio Cornwall

A girl from west Cornwall who has a rare form of dwarfism is celebrating after coming home from the National Dwarf Games with 10 medals.

dwarf
Meegen Birch

Abi Birch, who's 12 and from Madron near Penzance was diagnosed with hypochondroplasia at the age of three - it's a form of dwarfism which affects the long bones of the arms and legs - her family say they've been astonished and delighted at her success through the

Dwarf Sports Association.

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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

  • Former North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson says there is still a "strong base" for his party
  • Plymouth councillors meet to discuss which direction the council should take after elections leave no party in overall control
  • Unmarked police cars again patrol roads in Devon and Cornwall to catch people breaking motoring laws in Operation Vortex
  • Fire crews have battled a blaze at a derelict school in Plymouth
  • Plans are announced to celebrate one of Plymouth's most famous artists - Beryl Cook - by creating an art trail

Home Park roars heroes on

Western Morning News

It is advantage to Wycombe, but only just, after a pulsating end to the League Two play-off semi-final first leg at Home Park on Saturday night, reports the

Western Morning News.

Argyle substitutes Zak Ansah and Jason Banton scored two late goals in front of a raucous Devonport End to put the Pilgrims back in the tie.

They had seemed well and truly beaten but, from somewhere, found the strength of character to keep going and got their reward as Home Park exploded into noise.

Minack memories

Tiffany Truscott

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been down to the Minack Theatre in west Cornwall to take a look behind the scenes and have a chat with the Theatre Manager Phil Jackson.

minack
BBC

You may well have been among the masses who've visited the open air cliff top venue and watched productions over the years, but have you ever wondered how the performers cope with such an unusual location? Tune in to find out the answer to that question and more.

Missing man - fresh image

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police in Cornwall have released a new image of a missing man as they appeal for the public's help to find him.

man
Devon & Cornwall Police

Andrew Lambert from Camborne has

not been seen since Tuesday, 5 May - Ch Insp Mark Bolt said: "Andrew suffers from a condition which causes amnesia so may be in confused state, and may not even respond to his name. Andrew has disappeared before and has been found in locations across the UK such as South Wales and a forest in Somerset. He also has family in Norfolk, Kent and Hertfordshire."

Roads latest

BBC Travel

  • Holmbush Arch Road in St Austell is partially blocked between the A390 Holmbush Road junction and the Porthmeor Road junction
    because of an accident.
  • Advance Warnings - in Plymouth on the A38 Parkway at Forder Valley the Cornwall-bound entry slip road will be closed for work 20:00 - 06:00.
  • At Splatford Split the A38 Exeter-bound will be closed for roadworks between 20:00 - 06:00. A diversion will be in place.
  • Ponsanooth - the A39 will be closed in both directions between A393 and Arch Hill due roadworks 19:00 - 07:00.
  • On the A30 between Scorrier and Chiverton Cross there will be lane closures in both directions for survey work between 19:00 and 06:00.

Fire devastation revealed

Plymouth Herald

Police have launched an investigation after arsonists torched the old Mannamead Centre which has lain derelict for the past three years, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

fire
Plymouth Herald

Firefighters were called to the large property on Eggbuckland Road shortly after 04:00 after the fire tore through the site.

Argyle boss thanks fans

James Law

BBC South West Sport

John Sheridan has said the Plymouth Argyle supporters were "outstanding" during

their 3-2 play-off semi-final first leg defeat by Wycombe.

The Pilgrims were three goals down after an hour, but late strikes from substitutes Zak Ansah and Jason Banton gave them hope ahead of the away leg.

"I'm relieved and I'm chuffed obviously," Sheridan said. "I thought our supporters - and this is not me creeping - were absolutely outstanding and played a big part."

Sport joy at Dwarf games

BBC Radio Cornwall

The family of a 12-year-old girl from west Cornwall say they're astonished at her 10 medal haul at the National Dwarf Games.

dwarf
Meegen Birch

Abi Birch, from Madron, near Penzance has a rare form of dwarfism that affects the long bones of the arms and legs, but proved to have a real knack at the sports event, even winning medals in the pool despite only learning to swim four weeks ago.

After meeting her hero Warwick Davis, Abi said: "I didn't expect to come back with them [the medals] because since I'm short, I thought I wouldn't win anything because I'm not that good at stuff."

Plans for Beryl Cook art trail

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plans have been put forward to create an art trail to celebrate one of Plymouth's most famous artists, Beryl Cook.

Artist's impression of Beryl Cook Trail. Pic: Simon Cauty
Simon Cauty

The organisers of the

Beryl Cook Trail want to bring her cheeky voluptuous characters to life by placing 15 to 30 life-size statues around the city. It's hoped the proposed attraction will promote Plymouth to tourists as a cultural destination.

Cook,

died in 2008, aged 81. She had no formal training and did not take up painting until her 40s, but her distinctive work went on to become hugely popular.

Missing man

BBC Radio Cornwall

The police are becoming increasingly concerned about

the welfare of a man with amnesia and other medical problems who's gone missing in Cornwall.

man
Devon & Cornwall Police

Andrew Lambert, who's 58, was last seen at Treliske Hospital in Truro last Tuesday, carrying a sleeping bag.

Riders injured in crash

BBC Spotlight

Two well-known event riders from Devon were among those seriously injured in a fatal road accident near Dorchester on Friday evening.

crash
BBC

Dan Sibley from Bovey Tracey and Aaron Millar, who are both 28 and from Exeter, are both in hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in their car, Louiza Covey from Bridport, died as did a man from Poole - he was driving a van which was involved in the head-on collision with their car.

Life in Nepal

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Disaster relief workers are facing a race against time in Nepal to help people rebuild lives before the monsoon rains arrive, after

the earthquake that hit the remote country.

nepal
ShelterBox

Volunteers from

the Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox are discovering heartbreaking stories in the ruined mountain villages, such as Pampa and her goat - Liz Odell explains: "Pampa's home in Pipaldanda was destroyed. She carries water up the mountain to try to nurse her last remaining goat. The rest of her livestock was killed in the earthquake. The goat has a broken leg, and probably won't make it either."

Roads latest

BBC Travel

  • Holmbush Arch Road in St Austell is partially blocked between the A390 Holmbush Road junction and the Porthmeor Road junction because of an accident.
  • There are waiting times of up to 15 minutes and two ferries running on Torpoint Ferry in both directions between the Devonport junction and the Torpoint junction.

Affordable home joy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A ceremony will take place at St Newlyn East this afternoon to mark the 1000th affordable home built in Cornwall in the last year.

Chelsey Williams and her family have just moved into the house in Halt Road and will be presented with flowers today by councillors responsible for housing in the county, Joyce Duffin.

The authority has approved a plan to deliver 1,000 affordable homes a year working with local housing associations.

Bradshaw 'not to run for Labour leadership'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Exeter's re-elected Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, has ruled himself out for any bid for the leadership of his party.

Ben Bradshaw
BBC

Speaking on the BBC's

Sunday Politics South West, Mr Bradshaw jokingly started his "categorical no" with the words: "My husband wouldn't wear it."

However, he added: "There's an important point to make here: I really firmly believe we need a leader from the new generation so that we can leave the baggage of the Blair/Brown era behind.

"It shouldn't be me, it shouldn't ne be anyone who was a Cabinet member in those times. We need a new, young, vigorous leader."

Election aftermath

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

On the lunchtime programme we're asking 'What next for British politics?', including live interviews with the Liberal Democrats in Torbay and UKIP in Plymouth.

I'd be interested to hear your views on BBC Radio Devon today -

tune in now and call on 0345 301 1034.

Appalling destruction in Nepal

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

ShelterBox volunteers are

unearthing terrible stories of hardship and suffering as they move deeper into the countryside following the earthquake that devastated Nepal.

nepal
ShelterBox

This is the primary school in the village of Pipaldana - it was built only three years ago - one volunteer Liam Arthur said: "The effect of the earthquake on everybody's lives here is hard to describe, children have no schools to go to, doctors have no hospitals to work in, and the local communities are trying to dig their lives out of the rubble."

Questions for the Leader?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I'll be joined in the studio today by the Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor John Pollard for one of our regular chats.

pollard
BBC

There's lots to talk about: the results of the general election, the future of Cornwall's public toilets and the Stadium for Cornwall.

If you've got a question for the 'top man' give us a call 01872 222222 and

make sure to tune in from 12 noon.

Cliff fall death 'not suspicious'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The death of a climber who fell from cliffs on the Devon / Cornwall border this weekend is not being treated as suspicious, say

Devon and Cornwall Police.

Bude cliffs
BBC

The 34-year-old man, who's not local, had been climbing with friends when he fell about 60ft (18m) at Marsland Mouth, near Bude on Saturday.

His family had been informed and a file was being prepared for the

Coroner, police said.

Campus 'sex assault'

Plymouth Herald

A woman was sexually assaulted in the centre of Plymouth early on Sunday morning, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

Police say a female student was sexually assaulted by an unknown man at 04:55.

The attack happened next to the Student Union bar on the campus at Plymouth University - the victim fought the offender off and he left the area.