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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

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

We'll be back tomorrow with a round up of the day's news, sport, weather and travel. We hope you can join us then.

Fire breaks out at builder's yard

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Fire crews have been called to a blaze at a builder's yard in Plymouth.

The fire affected the first and second floors and the roof of a building in Wingfield Road in the Stoke area after it broke out at about 13:50. Gas cylinders were suspected to be at the scene, Devon and Somerset Fire Service

said.

Nearby residents were

asked by police to keep their windows closed due to the amount of smoke in the air. It is not clear if anyone was inside the building when the fire broke out.

Fine and dry again tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Overnight will stay dry and mostly clear, giving a cold night for the time of year, especially in more prone spots such as the Exe Valley. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

After a cold start tomorrow, it will be another fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine across the area. In the sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm. Maximum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F). UV High, Pollen High.

Town crier regains voice after throat cancer treatment

Plymouth Herald

A top town crier diagnosed with throat cancer and told he would never even talk again has beat the odds - and is back on shouting duties, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

Gutted Clive O'Shaughnessy believed his days as a crier were over when he was diagnosed with cancer in his neck and doctors discovered a tumour on his tongue. He had spent years spreading loud messages through his home town of Millbrook, in South East Cornwall.

But after six weeks of total silence and a gruelling round of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, he stunned medical staff by slowly began regaining his sound.

Mary Berry's holiday home for sale

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Want to cook in Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry's shoes? Well someone can look forward to cooking in her kitchen, because her holiday home in Devon has just gone on the market.

Mary Berry. Pic: Getty
Getty Images

The house in Salcombe - The Old Manse - is

up for sale at about £800,000, but she has told the
Western Morning News she is not leaving the town, only trying to "get closer to the waterfront" as "the children want moorings".

And as to the question about what she cooking method she prefers to bake with, we're not entirely sure - the kitchen has an Aga and an electric stove.

Latest travel news

BBC Travel

  • There are reports of slow-moving traffic on the A361 between Barnstaple and Chivenor in north Devon due to an accident.
  • An accident has closed the A388 near Vallard's Lane, near Hatt in Cornwall.
  • Plymouth's Wingfield Road is closed between Wingfield Way and Molesworth Road due to an earlier fire.
  • There are 30-minute delays on the Torpoint Ferry at Devonport.

New political group on East Devon Council

BBC Radio Devon

Members of a new political group have won their first seats on a Devon council.

The

East Devon Alliance - "an umbrella organisation for independent candidates" - won 10 seats on
East Devon District Council in last week's election.

The ruling Conservatives lost three but are still the authority's biggest party with 37 seats. Non-alliance Independents won six seats, and the Liberal Democrats also won six.

Cornwall Council selling off farms

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council's Cabinet has agreed to dispose of two farms and a portion of one at Par, Tywardreath and Mevagissey.

The council has also announced there's to be a review of the strategy for managing such sell-offs and maintaining acreage. Council portfolio holder Edwina Hannaford said that, at a time of big cuts to budgets, all areas were having to look at making savings.

Plymouth's ship building renamed

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth's iconic ship building, and former home to the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald, is to be renamed the Spirit of Enterprise, people involved in its redevelopment say.

Plymouth's iconic ship building
BBC

The building is to be used as office space for between 30-40 small businesses. Mark Edworthy, founder of Thrive Hubs, said: "People can take one desk or 50 days for one day up to five years. We very much hope this to become a deal den for entrepreneurs."

Analysis - Devon's child protection services

Simon Hall

Correspondent, BBC South West

We're reporting today how child protection services in Devon have improved but still need to get better, according to a new report from the regulator Ofsted. But continuing to improve child protection services in Devon will not be easy.

The workload is high and council leaders admit they expect significant new cuts following the election of a government committed to further austerity. All council budgets are going to be under strain, with child protection competing for a share of reduced resources.

Councillor defends St John's Hall work

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

One of Penzance's councillors has strongly defended building work to provide better access to St John's Hall

hall
Cornwall Council

£5.7m is being spent on the historic structure but some residents have complained the look of the imposing granite facade will be compromised. Cllr Cornelius Olivier told me: "There's actually an element of restoration taking place, the ground level outside the front of the building is being restored to the level at which it was built."

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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

  • New concerns are raised over the care of vulnerable children in Devon after Ofsted inspectors tell the County Council's Children's Services Department it still requires improvement
  • A Royal Marine from Plymouth
    sues the Ministry of Defence for up to £8m after breaking his neck while on a training exercise
  • Concerns are raised about the future of Cornwall's county farms after a strategy review is announced for managing sell-offs
  • A seasonal by-law is in place to restrict surfing at Towan, near Newquay, during the bathing season, Cornwall Council confirms

Scientists get £500,000 for Huntington's research

Anna Varle

BBC Spotlight

Scientists in Plymouth are to carry out a study which could lead to a cure to

Huntington's disease.

Brain scans. Pic: Thinkstock
Thinkstock

Researchers at the

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have been given £500,000 to investigate whether a protein, bim, contributes to the progression of the neurological disease because it causes cell death in various tissues, including the brain's.

The disease affects muscle co-ordination, often causing involuntary writhing movements called chorea, and it leads to cognitive decline. Research carried out in 2012 found that the number of people affected by the condition was about 12 per 100,000.

Former nurses asked to return

BBC Radio Cornwall

Former nurses in Cornwall who left the profession to raise families are being encouraged to come back.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said it needed to recruit 120 experienced staff. It added that it would also be looking abroad to make up the shortfall because it spent £3.7m on agency workers last year.

However, the deputy chief executive of the trust and nurse executive, Andrew McCallum, said he understood that nurses were put off by the hours as it "is one of the few professions that has no down time. It's 24 hours a day, seven days a week".

Nature 'disaster' fears

Western Morning News

The

Western Morning News reports that cherished areas for nature face what conservation charities are calling the "biggest disaster for wildlife in the Westcountry in our lifetime" if EU leaders press ahead with plans to weaken environmental protection.

The RSPB is leading a campaign, launched today to ask people from across the South West to help defend these laws as part of a continent-wide campaign coordinated by Birdlife Europe.

If it fails, the RSPB warns, vital wildlife sanctuaries in our region, like the Cornish coast, Dorset Heaths, Somerset Levels, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor and the Exe Estuary could all be at risk from inappropriate development.

Best night ever?

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Young people are being urged to

have fun but stay safe during summer proms and parties.

sign
Devon & Cornwall Police

"The Best Night Ever" campaign by the police aims to provides safety advice on getting home, drinking alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and sex. Officers will be visiting schools and colleges and using social media to spread the message.

Morrison thanks Exeter fans

BBC Sport

Veteran striker Clinton Morrison has

thanked Exeter City fans after being released by the club.

The former Republic of Ireland international failed to score in his 25 appearances for the League Two side - he

tweeted: "These things happen in football I would of loved to stay it's nothing to do with wanting loads of money I played for free last season."

He

added: "Hope next season you get promoted its a good club but these things happen so good luck and I hope our paths cross again."

Crown Currency director faces retrial

Press Association

A former mayor of Glastonbury is facing a retrial over a collapsed currency firm in Cornwall.

Crown Currency Exchange
BBC

At a previous trial, a court heard about 12,500 customers were left out of pocket to the tune of nearly £20m when Crown Currency Exchange went under in October 2010.

Edward James, 75, former director of the company, is due to stand trial in October at Southwark Crown Court, accused of two counts of fraudulent trading between December 2006 and October 2010.

Warning after charger fire

Newquay Fire Station

tweets: Very concerned about this. Please ensure you use the manufacturer's genuine chargers for all devices. Lucky escape!!!

Burnt charger Twitter/@NewquayCFRS
Twitter/@NewquayCFRS

Marina would 'take last bit of greenery'

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners fighting plans for a marina scheme in north Devon are demonstrating outside a public inquiry.

If approved, the proposed

Torridge Marina Village could cover about 50 acres and also includes a hotel, care home and 80 holiday homes.

Local resident Carol Price said: "I think it will be horrendous and they will be taking the last bit of England's greenery that we've got on the doorstep." Developers LPTH Properties Ltd previously said the scheme would help boost tourism and create jobs.

Police probe city death

Plymouth Herald

Police were called after a 19-year-old man was found dead in Plymouth this morning, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

cops
Steve Minns / Plymouth Herald

The body was discovered at about 11.40am in an area near to Kinnaird Crescent, Southway. A police spokesman said the death is currently being treated as 'unexplained', but it is understood to be non-suspicious.

ShelterBox eyewitness to latest Nepal 'quake

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A ShelterBox volunteer has been describing the moment

a powerful earthquake rocked Nepal, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a previous quake.

nepal
ShelterBox

At least 37 people have been killed.

Aid worker Liam Arthur said: "As we were standing, we were engulfed in clouds of dust. The few buildings left standing around us are now starting to fall down and everyone has started to stream towards the remaining areas of open space."

Hear more from Liam after 17:00 on

BBC Radio Cornwall.

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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

  • Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in Southway, Plymouth, which is being treated as "unexplained"
  • Former nurses in Cornwall who left the profession to raise families are being encouraged to come back
  • The opening of a major new visitor attraction in east Devon - Seaton Jurassic - has been delayed until spring next year
  • Surfers start a social media campaign against a longstanding by-law put on a Newquay beach to prevent collisions between surfers and swimmers, saying they were originally brought in during the days of bigger boards

MP calls for 'rethink' over St John's building work

via Facebook

The new Conservative MP for

St Ives has raised concerns over the refurbishment project on the iconic St John's Hall in Penzance.

St John's Hall, Penzance
Jos Morris

Derek Thomas wrote on

his Facebook page, "This can not be right - St John's Hall is one of the finest buildings in West Cornwall. This needs a rethink - please comment."

The new MP has set up a meeting with the Cornwall Council Planning Officer in charge to discuss the potential new look of the listed building.

Care worker 'charged with residential home sex attacks'

Western Morning News

A female care worker has been charged with sex attacks on two vulnerable elderly women at a Devon residential home, the

Western Morning News reports.

Christina Sethi, 25, of Woodville Road, Torquay, faces three counts of sexual assault over a 16-month period. The woman, a night care assistant, has been remanded in custody.

Police said the charges relate to two women at a residential care home in south Devon sometime between January 1, 2014 and May 10, 2015. Ms Sethi appeared before Torquay Magistrates' Court on Monday and has been remanded to Plymouth Crown Court on 26 May 2015.

MoD sued for £8m: Paralysed Royal Marine denies 'Baywatch' dive

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine who is suing the Ministry of Defence for up to £8m, has denied that he broke his neck performing a "Baywatch-style" dive.

Spencer Vaughan
BBC

Spencer Vaughan, 27, of Campbell Road, Plymouth, suffered spinal damage after hitting his head on a sand bar in Gran Canaria while on a training course in 2009.

He is seeking damages from the MoD, who deny he was on duty at the time of the incident, for not warning about the dangers of diving into shallow waters.

Mr Justice William Davis has now reserved his judgment on the case and will give his ruling at London's High Court, at a later date.

Concern over St John's Hall

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A row is brewing in Penzance over building works to the front of the historic St John's Hall.

hall
Jos Morris

Cornwall Council is investing £5.7m in refurbishing the building - including better access facilities - and says it's obtained all the necessary permissions for the work.

But concerns have been expressed the changes will ruin the Victorian granite facade of the much-loved hall.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a road collision near Exeter,

Devon and Cornwall Police say.

The male rider collided with a Vauxhall van on the A376 at Ebford at about 20:30 on Monday.

He was taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with what officers said were "life-changing" injuries. The road was closed for nearly six hours while investigations were carried out. Police have appealed for witnesses.

New fire station for Cornwall

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Firefighters in Camborne and Redruth will be shortly making the move to Tolvaddon after being given the keys to Cornwall's newest fire station.

fire
Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

The brand new custom-built Camborne, Pool & Redruth Community Fire Station will open its doors later this month to fire crews, appliances, a rescue tender and a 'rope rescue' vehicle.

Calling today a "momentous occasion", Station Manager Mark Salter said: "I very much look forward to serving at the new community fire station and feel immensely proud of what Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service has achieved."

Delight for Poldark-lovers

The Daily Telegraph

Poldark fans bereft that the drama is off our screens at present can rejoice: another five series are on the cards, enthuses the

Daily Telegraph.

poldark
BBC

Ben Stephenson, the outgoing head of drama and responsible for commissioning Poldark, "firmly believes" that all of Winston Graham's 12 novels will be adapted at a rate of two per series. A second series has already been confirmed, with Aidan Turner reprising his role as the hero, Ross Poldark.

Sunny day, chilly night

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll be dry this afternoon with some long sunny spells and just patchy cloud. Light or moderate west or southwesterly winds will be fresher further west and along the north coast at times.

map
BBC

It will be clear and dry for much of the night, becoming quite chilly as a result, with a few pockets of ground frost likely to develop in rural areas. However, further west it will turn more cloudy later in the night. Winds will become light and variable and then light or moderate from the east by dawn. Min Temp: 3C (37F).

Sex charges

Western Morning News

A female care worker has been charged with sex attacks on two vulnerable elderly women at a Devon residential home, reports the

Western Morning News.

Christina Sethi, 25, of Woodville Road, Torquay, faces three counts of sexual assault over a 16-month period. The woman has been remanded in custody.

Road problems

BBC Travel

  • The A30 in
    Tedburn St Mary is closed and slow traffic eastbound around Fingle Glen, because of a serious multi-vehicle accident.
  • Also in Devon, the A30 in Exeter is blocked and queuing traffic southbound at Alphington Junction, because of an overturned van and recovery work. Diversions are in operation - exit and entry slip road.
  • In Cornwall at the top of the road from Tresillian through to Penair School reports a van is stuck under a bridge. Approach with care.
  • There's slow traffic on the A38 westbound in Saltash between the B3271 junction and Carkeel Roundabout in the roadworks area.

Dew korev ha sagh a knowenn dhor, mar pleg*

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

A pub near Helston is encouraging drinkers to have a go at using the Cornish language.

pub
Star Inn

Staff at the Star Inn at Porkellis have learnt some basic Cornish phrases and have organised

'Yeth an Werin' (language of the people) events to allow people to try using Cornish in a friendly setting.

*Two beers and a bag of peanuts, please.

Life after a stroke

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today we're asking how you cope with life after having a stroke? More and more younger people are having them and surviving - but what happens next?

We'll hear from a north Devon man who had a stroke 15 years ago, aged just 54, to find out what difference it has made to him. Call the phone-in with your experiences on 0345 3011034.

Police investigate deaths in Devon village

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

The bodies of a man and a woman have been found in a bungalow in a Devon village.

Police tape and house
BBC

A 58-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man were found dead in the property in Dalwood, near Axminster, on Sunday afternoon. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the "circumstances of the deaths" but are not seeking anyone in connection with the incident.

Travel: latest

BBC Travel

  • The A390 Holmbush Road in St Austell is partially blocked around the A3082 Par Moor Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.
  • In Devon one lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A30 in both directions in Exeter at Alphington Junction because of an overturned campervan.
  • The A393 has reopened at Lanner.

Ex-MP blasts new Govt

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The former

St Ives MP Andrew George has launched a venomous attack on the new Conservative government, days after losing his seat.

Andrew George
BBC

In

a lengthy statement, Mr George wished his successor well, but made his objections to the new administration very clear, saying: "If you are poor, sick, disabled, a young person seeking hope for your future, poorly housed, dependent on public services, work for or are passionate about the NHS or even a creature who'd prefer not to be pursued to their death across our countryside just for fun, then you have much to fear during these next five years."

Computer crime arrest

Zephyr - a collaboration between local police forces to fight organised crime in the south west -

tweets: Man from Cornwall arrested by Zephyr's Cyber Crime Team as part of ongoing international malware investigation #crimedoesntpay @DC_Police

Public inquiry into marina plans

BBC Radio Devon

A public inquiry has started into plans for a new marina and up to 300 new homes along the River Torridge, near Northam.

River Torridge
BBC

If approved, the

Torridge Marina Village would cover about 50 acres, and also include a care home and a hotel. Torridge District Council has refused the scheme planning permission so far.

Campaigners fighting the proposals said it would mean the loss of the last piece of open green space between the villages of Northam and Appledore. Developers LPTH Properties Ltd have previously argued that the scheme would help boost tourism and create jobs.