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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel on Friday

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By Matt Pengelly and Chris Ellis

All times stated are UK

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Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

That's all from your BBC Local Live team for now.

Join us again tomorrow for more news, sport, weather and travel. Enjoy your evening.

Mostly dry tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Any remaining rain or showers in the east will clear away this evening, leaving rather cloudy conditions for most of the night until a few clear spells develop later. Winds will also become lighter. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Dry for most of tomorrow with plenty of sunny spells. Through the afternoon thicker cloud will spread eastwards, possibly giving a little drizzle over higher ground, such as Exmoor, by evening. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

Kickboxer jailed for raping teenager

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

An "evil and twisted" kickboxing instructor has been jailed for 15 years and six months for

raping a teenage girl at his martial arts studio.

Paul Drury

Paul Drury, 57, admitted three rapes and four offences of making indecent images at Exeter Crown Court.

He raped the girl shortly before her 13th birthday at his home and at the Black Belt Academy he ran in Dawlish. The attacks took place more than a decade ago.

HMS Bulwark docked in Sicily

BBC Radio Devon


HMS Bulwark has docked in Sicily to take around 600 migrants ashore.

HMS Bulwark

The ship and a helicopter crew from RNAS Culdrose have been rescuing people from boats 40 miles off Libya. Four inflatables were carrying about 100 people each; including pregnant women and children.

Anger at hospital parking charges

via Facebook

On the issue of so-called "obscene" hospital parking charges in the South West people have been commenting on the

Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page.

  • Patricia Hurlock said: "Went to Christies cancer hospital in Manchester recently we were there for about ten hours, really worried how much it would cost but we had a big shock it was only about £1.45, be nice if they only charged us that here in Cornwall."
  • RuthShivani Allen said: "Of course the car parks ought to be no charge. when people are sick /ill/ injured they dont need or want to be stressing about costing."
  • Nathan Trevivian said: "If the money goes back into the hospital I'll happily pay it. Hospitals need the money. If it goes to a private management company then they can do one."

Knife threat in dog steal attempt

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man was

threatened with a knife by two men who attempted to steal his dog in Bodmin.

Athelstan Park

The 22-year-old man was approached from behind in Athelstan Park on 7 May. One man grabbed the victim while the other grabbed the dog. But the victim and the dog managed to escape. Police are appealing for information.

Wembley could be on the cards

Gordon Sparks

BBC Radio Devon

The Pilgrims have the chance to reach Wembley for the first time in 19 years tonight if they can win this League Two play-off semi-final.

The weather may play a part as it's been raining for a while here in High Wycombe, which could impact on the teams.

The Wycombe Wanderers manager says his team will play a normal attacking game, so it promises to be an open match with

Argyle looking to overturn a one goal deficit form the first leg.

'Shocking incident' in Kingsbridge

David Fitzgerald

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Two police officers who were injured when they were

attacked with a power tool are "doing well" in hospital.

Kingsbridge siege

Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Eastwood said both officers remained in hospital - one has been operated on and the other man will have surgery tomorrow.

About 35 officers were involved in the "significant incident" in Kingsbridge and police remain in the town to reassure the community. He added it was a "shocking incident" which was "very rare".

Latest headlines

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

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

  • Devon and Cornwall Police has thanked the public for the "touching" support for two officers injured in a
    siege at a house in Kingsbridge yesterday. The force says it has received dozens of messages.
  • An
    "evil and twisted" kickboxing instructor has been jailed for 15 years and six months for raping a teenage girl at his martial arts studio.
  • Families of sailors
    killed in a shipwreck off Cornwall express outrage after a French court dismissed their last-ditch bid to find out what happened.
  • Argyle fans are
    posting their good luck messages to the team ahead of their match against Wycombe Wanders tonight.

Man denies axe attack charges

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

A man accused of murdering a builder in an axe attack in Plymouth has denied all charges.

Tanis Bhandari was killed near the King's Arms pub

Donald Pemberton, 20, of Haydon Grove, St Budeaux, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, three counts of wounding with intent and one count of actual bodily harm.

Ryan Williams, 21, of Landulph Gardens, also in St Budeaux, is yet to plead.

Tanis Bhandari, 27, was killed in the early hours of New Year's Day near the King's Arms pub in Tamerton Foliot.

A38 blocked in Glynn Valley

BBC Travel

In Cornwall, on the A38 in the Glynn Valley westbound near Bodmin Parkway Station, there are reports that one lane is blocked due to an accident and traffic is very heavy in the area.

Masters keeping an eye on Torquay United situation

James Law

BBC South West Sport

Truro City chairman Peter Masters has been linked with buying Conference club Torquay United, who are currently looking for a new owner after

Thea Bristow stepped down.

Truro beat St Neots Town in the Southern Premier League play-off final to get promoted to the Conference South, just one division below Torquay.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I had one eye on their situation, but to be frank about it I wouldn't buy anything at the expense of Truro City. Truro City is my passion, and that's really it," added Masters.

Social media 'hampers negotiations'

BBC Radio Devon

A man who was posting updates on social networks during an armed siege in Kingsbridge yesterday hampered negotiations, police say.

It resulted in about 50 members of the public turning up at the scene after reading the posts.

Siege in Retreat Close in Kingsbridge, Devon

Police said they wanted a line of clear communication with him and this became "very difficult". A 53-year-old man was then

arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police stop 64 vehicles

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Sixty-four vehicles have been stopped by neighbourhood police officers in the Honiton area, with four traffic offences found, including drivers speeding, not wearing a seat belt and having no insurance.

Police stopping vehicles
Devon and Cornwall Police

Sgt Jim Humphrey said: "There have been numerous reports about speeding and antisocial drivers across the area and we are focusing our road safety efforts on dealing with those drivers who present a risk to both other road users and themselves."

Come on you Greens!

via Facebook

Could Argyle be on the way to Wembley? They take on Wycombe Wanderers in the League Two play-off semi-final, second leg tonight with a 3-2 deficit to make up.

Manager John Sheridan says the fans make a massive difference so we are asking for your good luck messages. You can post them on the

BBC Spotlight facebook page.

  • Dave Summers writes: Good luck to the lads, see you there! COYG!
  • Neil Sleeman sends a message from Down Under: Good luck lads all the way from Australia
  • Bill Murray says: Argyle should be in at least The Championship, I really hope that tonight they move towards that goal.

Epilepsy app

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

People with epilepsy are being urged to

sign up for a potentially-lifesaving app which will assess their risks in between visits to the doctor.


The technology EpSMon is designed to help people self-monitor and take action if needed - it was created by a team of partners based at Plymouth University, Sudep Action, Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Martial arts instructor ‘evil and twisted’

Exeter Express and Echo

An 'evil and twisted' kick boxing instructor has been jailed for 15 years for raping a teenaged girl at his martial arts studio, reports the

Exeter Express & Echo.

Paul Drury groomed the girl for sex when she was just 11 and raped her shortly before her 13th birthday at the Black Belt Academy he ran in Dawlish.

Drury, of Maudlin Drive, Teignmouth, admitted three rapes and four offences of making indecent images and was jailed for 15 years and six months by Judge Simon Carr at Exeter Crown Court.

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • Devon and Cornwall's acting police commander has praised the "professionalism and bravery" shown by the officers involved in a
    siege at a house in Kingsbridge yesterday. Two were injured.
  • A
    major building project that would create 350 new jobs in Exeter is in question after a planning deadline was missed.
  • The newly re-elected MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton, has been given a new job as Assistant Government Whip.
  • Argyle fans are
    posting their good luck messages to the team ahead of their match against Wycombe Wanders tonight.

Tempah Tempah

BBC Spotlight

It's been confirmed that the Brit award winner Tinie Tempah and pop star Jess Glynne will be headlining the first night of MTV Crashes in Plymouth.


Last year's event attracted crowds of 20,000 and organisers are expecting this year's gig on 22 July to be just as big.

Travel: latest

BBC Travel

  • In Bishopsteignton, the A381 Newton Road is partially blocked near Cockhaven Road due to an accident.
  • The traffic lights have failed in Kingskerswell on the A380 Newton Road at the junction with Coffinswell Lane.

Youth alcohol and drugs unit

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall will soon have its first ever dedicated treatment centre for young people hooked on drink or drugs.

A grant of nearly £500,000 from Public Health England has been pledged for a specialist unit at Bosence Farm near Hayle, run in partnership with Cornwall Council's

Drug & Alcohol Action Team.

Commissioning manager Kim Hager said: "If you've got really complex mental health, drug and alcohol problems - most people have a history of abuse and early life trauma - you need somewhere safe to come off alcohol and drugs and actually get a perspective and we can only do that if we've got somewhere that's possible."

Award for Slade

James Law

BBC South West Sport

Exeter Chiefs flyhalf Henry Slade has been chosen as 'Young Player of the Year' at

the RPA Awards.

Exeter Chiefs

The 22-year-old

tweeted: "Can't believe I won! Really honoured to have received the award. Sorry wasn't there to accept."

Torbay mayor welcomes devolution

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Torbay's Conservative mayor Gordon Oliver said he "would certainly welcome the cascade of powers to local government" and greater control of finances.

Gordon Oliver

Plans to

give English cities powers over housing, transport, planning and policing will be set out in George Osborne's first post-election speech later. Mr Oliver said he welcomed what Mr Osborne had to say but wanted to see the "small print".

Arson investigation

BBC Spotlight

An investigation is underway into a suspected arson at a derelict hotel on Plymouth Hoe.

Quality Hotel arson

It is the latest in a number of attacks on the former Quality Hotel. It took six crews from all over the city to put the fire out.

Truro City to play in Devon?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been talking to Pete Masters, the chief executive of Truro City Football Club, about where the newly-promoted club could be playing in future.


Mr Masters confirmed he had agreed the principle of a groundshare with Torquay United, the timescale depending on what happens to two planning applications - one for

the retail redevelopment of City's Treyew Road ground, one for
a new stadium at Silverbow on the outskirts of Truro.

'Obscene' hospital parking charges

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Patients and visitors at Derriford Hospital have told BBC Radio Devon that parking charges are "very unfair" and "out of order". Charges for two hours range from £2 to £3.70 across the south west.

Parking metre

In a motion condemning the cost, the Commercial Worker's Union says charges have to be paid whether people can afford it or not. Ann James, chief executive of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has previously told us: "Legally, the trust cannot use the money it receives for patient care to pay for the provision of car parking or to subsidise it."

Quarry surveys start

Adrian Campbell

Correspondent, BBC South West

Opponents of a proposed quarry on the Lizard in Cornwall have begun their own undersea surveys of an area close to the Manacles.


Developers want to build a jetty to allow the removal of rock for a

tidal lagoon power plant to be built off South Wales.

Campaigners say the jetty would be close to important undersea habitats, but the developers say they hope to work closely with the local community.

Child porn charges

BBC Radio Devon

A 62-year-old Dawlish man will appear in court in Torquay later this month to face 10 sex offences.

Stephen Clark, from Luscombe Terrace, has been charged with two counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, and eight counts of possession, making and distribution of indecent images of children.

A mixed bag overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Today is becoming drier and also brighter at times from the west as rain clears away, but there will be some showers moving in, heavier further west. Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be strong towards the far west at times before veering to the northeast later.


Tonight, showers will

clear away to the southeast and it will become generally dry with some clearer periods developing. It will remain cloudy towards Scilly and there may be a few scattered outbreaks of light rain developing by dawn. North or northwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate. Min Temp 6C (43F).

Trust 'BioBlitz' planned

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Hundreds of wildlife lovers and nature experts will help the National Trust carry out

its largest ever survey of coastal wildlife this summer.

Steven Haywood / National Trust

Twenty four places along the 775 miles of coastline looked after by the National Trust will host a 'BioBlitz', a race against the clock to record as many different species as possible. It includes three locations in the south west.

A-Level and GCSEs axed

Plymouth Herald

The futures of dozens of students hang in the balance after City College Plymouth announces it's axing its A-Level and GCSE teaching - just months before their studies were due to begin, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

City College Plymouth

The move will affect 64 students and it is unclear whether any jobs will be at risk.

Outrage at shipwreck ruling

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

Families of victims killed in a mysterious shipwreck off the Cornish coast 11 years ago have

expressed outrage after a French court dismissed their last-ditch bid to find out what happened.

Bugaled Breizh trawler

Relatives believe the Bugaled Breizh was dragged under when a submarine became snagged in its nets. But an appeal court confirmed the case was closed, saying it was unclear why the fishing boat sank.

All five crew members died when the

vessel went down off Cornwall in 2004..

Butterfield's coaching role

BBC Sport

Veteran Exeter City defender Danny Butterfield has been

given a player-coach role at the League Two club.

Getty Images

"Danny is a perfect candidate for development into the coaching rank," Exeter manager Paul Tisdale

told the club website. "He has a lot of football in him and we're still expecting a contribution on the field, but we're delighted he's thinking about moving into coaching."

Supermarket 'not clear about' police land plans

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police say a supermarket giant "isn't being at all clear about its plans" for a new store which could result in a £20m payout for the police.

The current Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters at Middlemoor

The force is

relying on the money from the sale of the land to Morrisons to pay for a new criminal justice centre at its headquarters at Middlemoor in Exeter.

Morrisons failed to start construction work in April, which means stricter new energy efficiency standards will now be required, making the project significantly more expensive to build.

Is killing animals on TV acceptable?

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

I'm sitting in for Bill Buckley from 13:00 - I'm asking whether it's right to kill animals for TV entertainment? There are concerns about some of the scenes in Bear Grylls' Channel 4 programme The Island.

Also as Chancellor George Osborne reveals plans for

the devolution of powers from Westminster, should Devon's cities be at the front of the queue? You can calling today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Roads and ferries latest

BBC Travel

  • The A388 in Hatt in south east Cornwall is blocked and slow traffic is reported in both directions near the Vallard's Lane junction, because of an accident, recovery work, debris on the road and a fuel spillage.
  • There are waiting times of up to 15 minutes and two ferries running on Torpoint Ferry in both directions in Plymouth between the Devonport and Torpoint.
  • On the
    Roscoff to Plymouth Brittany Ferry a medical evacuation delaying the ferry from Spain means the 'Armorique' not be able to berth in Plymouth until 23:00. The Plymouth to Roscoff sailing will depart at 22:30.

More powers to the West?

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Plans to give English cities

powers over housing, transport, planning and policing will be set out in George Osborne's first post-election speech.

George Osborne

As part of the devolution plan, only cities that elected their own mayor would be given control of local transport, housing, skills and healthcare.

The new communities and local government secretary Greg Clark said: "Rather than it being a new layer of government, what it's doing is taking from central government and putting it in the hands of local people."

The Big Picture

BBC News


Edd Jones' photograph, taken inside a breaking wave at Porthchapel in Cornwall, has made it onto our

Big Picture page.

Porthchapel Beach
Edd Jones

If you have a photo you'd like to share,

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tweet it. You can also find us on Instagram - use #englandsbigpicture to get involved.

Training for disaster

The Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox

tweets: While our @ShelterBox response teams are busy helping families in #Nepal, we're training the next batch of hopefuls.


Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again ..

Debbie McCrory

BBC Radio Cornwall

This morning I met up with some hardcore fans of the novelist Daphne du Maurier, hoping to beat a world record at the

Fowey Festival.


The team has been reading du Maurier's books for 24 hours on the anniversary of her birth. The 24 hours finished at 10:00 and organisers face an anxious wait to find out whether they've set an official record.