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  1. Updates for Wednesday 27 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Thursday

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By Andrew Segal and Matt Pengelly

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

We will be back at 08:00 on Thursday with a round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

PM wants 'Salmond and Sturgeon' tips from Sheryll Murray

Martyn Oates

Political editor, South West

Prime Minister David Cameron has referred to South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray in his first speech in the House of Commons since the General Election.

Prime Minister David Cameron


said that no one in the House of Commons knew "better how to deal with skate, hake, bass and bream" than Mrs Murray.

He added he was "hoping for tips on Salmond and Sturgeon" for her.

Hospitals beds cut 'not thought out'

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners against plans to reduce 74 beds across community hospitals in Devon to just 40 say they move "hasn't really been properly thought out".


Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is reviewing beds in Bideford, Ilfracombe, South Molton and Holsworthy. It said it believed it would be more cost-effective to treat people at home.

Campaigner James Cragie said: "Clinicians instead of spending their time treating people, will be travelling between patients. We feel that the proposals are nothing more than the CCG trying to save money when they should be fighting with the government to get a proper allocation off funds to deliver the service that we all require."

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • A number of weapons have been recovered and a man has been arrested in Redruth following the theft of air rifles and sports guns from Carnon Downs Garden Centre near Truro
  • Truro Methodist Church has responded to criticism by the Charity Commission, saying it did not file missing papers because of confusion over whether they needed an independent examination
  • The Devonport-based HMS Ocean is replacing Plymouth's HMS Bulwark as the Royal Navy's new flagship from next week
  • There's been criticism of the decision the close nearly half of the community hospital beds in North Devon

A38 Plymouth accident

BBC Travel

In Plymouth, the A38 is blocked Cornwall-bound between the Forder Valley Interchange and Manadon Roundabout because of a two vehicle accident. Traffic is queuing.

Loe Pool sonar survey 'will help conservation'

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A survey of the bottom of a lake in Cornwall which has produced evidence of a crashed World War Two plane will help plan local conservation work, the

National Trust says.

Sonar image
Camborne School of Mines

Exeter University's Camborne School of Mines used sonar technology to produce images of the bottom of Loe Pool, near Porthleven. It revealed images believed to be debris of a plane and a floating target used during the Second World War.

Mike Hardy, of the trust, said the survey was "really helping to build our understanding of the pool, the history, how it works and helping us to plan our conservation work".

Taekwondo coach criticises lack of funding

BBC Spotlight

The coach of a teenage Taekwondo champion has criticised the lack of funding available for her student, which means the girl's had to drop her aim of getting to the Olympics.

Tiegan Flay

Seventeen-year-old Tiegan Flay, from Newton Abbot, has had to pull out of a training programme aimed at getting her to the Olympics because she's had no sponsorship and can't afford frequent overnight trips to Manchester for training.

Her coach, Wendy McColl, said: "She is a phenomenon. In other countries, for example Argentina, it's a televised sport. Some countries fund their entire training programmes. Yet, in this country, we can't even get a [subsidised or free] gym membership."

Methodist Church accounts not filed because of 'confusion'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro's Methodist Church did not file complete accounts to the Charity Commission for two years because of "confusion", it says.

Truro's Methodist Church

The commission said

in a report that
the church had carried out "mismanagement and misconduct" in its the administration by not submitting accounts for the financial years ending in 2012 and 2013. The missing documents were filed in February.

The church said it "did not file the accounts due to confusion over whether or not they were required to undertake an independent examination or audit of the accounts". It added that it submitted the accounts "as soon as the trustees had clarified the requirements", and that trustees were "now fully aware of their legal and statutory obligations".

Notts County sign Exeter captain

BBC Sport

Notts County have signed versatile

Exeter City captain Scot Bennett on a free transfer.

Scott Bennett

The 24-year-old came through Exeter's youth ranks and played 141 games, but he was out of contract and has signed a two-year deal with Notts, who were relegated to League Two this season.

Bennett began his career as a defender, but has featured in midfield and has also played up front. "This is the right club for me. They are a massive club," Bennett said.

Gorse fire 'difficult' for crews

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

The Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service says its firefighters had a difficult time putting out a

big gorse fire on Carn Brea last night.

Carn Brea gorse fire

Two hundred people called 999 to report the fire and 24 firefighters were involved. The fire service says the fire appears to have been accidental.

Tolvaddon fire station manager Kathryn Billing said: They [crews] were faced with quite a large fire front - probably 30 to 40 metres - that was actually speedily making its way up the front of the carn."

HMS Ocean is to become Royal Navy flagship

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth-based helicopter carrier HMS Ocean is to become the Royal Navy's flagship, the

navy says.

HMS Ocean

The carrier and amphibious assault vessel is taking over the role from HMS Bulwark, which is also based in the city, on 1 June.

Series of accidents cause road delays

BBC Travel

  • The A303 at Ilminster is closed in both directions with long queues after a serious accident between Southfields Roundabout & Martock. The road is expected to be shut for some time
  • On the
    A386 at Yelverton we've had reports of an accident near the Old Station Road junction
  • The A3075 is partially blocked at Rejerrah and there is slow traffic because of an accident near the crossroads for Cubert and St Newlyn East
  • On the M5 Northbound at J23 one lane is closed on the exit slip because of a broken down car

Rescue helicopter 'blocked by photographers'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People keen to photograph helicopters from the

Royal Navy's 771 Squadron should ensure they and their pets do not get in the way, the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team
says on Facebook.

SeaKing helicopter

The team said people had been "extra keen" to take photos since coverage of the closure of the squadron, and during a recent incident "we had not one, not two but three separate people drive in and block us in, [and] block access to the parking bay for the ambulance".

They added that dogs should be kept on as lead because "a Seaking [helicopter] will not think twice about sucking a Jack Russell into an engine intake. Not only does this present a clear and present danger to your dog, it will cause catastrophic damage to the aircraft and possibly the surrounding area!"

Illegal tattoo shop shut down

Torquay Herald Express

Torbay Council has successfully closed an illegal tattoo shop in Paignton and prosecuted the owner, the

Herald Express reports.

Adam Jones of Winner Street was found guilty of tattooing at an unregistered studio in Church Street, Paignton at Torquay Magistrates Court. He did not attend court and was fined £1,000, ordered to pay £120 costs and £120 victim surcharge in his absence.

A council environmental health officer discovered evidence of a tattooing shop being run during investigations into complaints about an illegal tattoo studio. Among the evidence found were contaminated and discarded needles, clinical waste and other tattooing related items.

Sonar scans at Loe Pool

BBC Radio Cornwall

A team of experts from the Camborne School of Mines have been conducting a sonar survey at Loe Pool near Helston.

loe pool

The Pool is Cornwall's largest naturally formed freshwater lake. According to local legend it was was created when the giant Jan Tregeagle dropped a bag of sand - it's also rumoured to be the last resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur.

Watching paint dry

BBC Radio Devon

Staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth are preparing to unveil their new helipad next month.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

The hospital says: "The 'H' symbolises that this is a helipad and that it is operational - when it is not in operation, the 'H' is covered with a 'no fly' signal, which is a yellow cross with a red square." You can

watch a timelapse video of the painting work here.

Watch and jewellery stolen

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

Police in Newton Abbot are

appealing for information after a watch and jewellery were stolen in a burglary in Kingskerswell.

Devon & Cornwall Police

The burglars smashed a conservatory window and took a number of items, including a rose gold pocket watch similar to the one pictured above - the watch has special sentimental value as the victim's grandfather had carried it throughout World War Two.

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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

  • Around 40 air rifles and sports guns
    stolen from a garden centre near Truro have been recovered by the police and one man has been arrested
  • A sonar examination of a freshwater lake in Cornwall reveals evidence of a crashed World War Two plane
  • Campaigners accuse NHS bosses in North Devon of not properly thinking through proposals to lose 34 community hospital beds
  • Coastguards warn of the dangers of photographing Royal Navy rescue helicopters after ambulance access gates were blocked by keen snappers

MP congratulates PM on Cornish 'six pack'

Martyn Oates

Political editor, South West

South East Cornwall Conservative MP

Sheryll Murray has seconded the Queen's Speech, part of a Parliamentary tradition which sees the first debate of the new House of Commons session be led from the backbenches.

During her speech, Mrs Murray

said: "Like Ross Poldark, the Prime Minister can tell his wife he has a six pack", referring to actor Aidan Turner's recent shirtless performance in BBC television drama Poldark, and the Conservatives' clean sweep of Cornwall in the General Election which saw the Tories take all six constituencies.

Teenager sexually assaulted on bus

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in South Devon are investigating the sexual assault of a teenage girl on a bus.

Officers said the 17-year-old was assaulted near the Arcades in Torquay on the top deck of the No 12 Stagecoach bus from Paignton to Newton Abbot between 20:30-20:45 on Thursday 23 April.

Her assailant told her his name was Andrew and that he was from Torquay. He was described as an "extremely fat" man in his mid 30s who "smelled strongly of alcohol". The victim informed the driver and fled the bus.

Cornwall vows revenge

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

One of Cornwall's rugby coaches says the side is determined to learn its lessons and tighten up its defence as the Black and Golds face Lancashire in the County Championships final on Sunday for the third time in three years.

Brain Tempest

In last year's final, Cornwall led at half time but allowed Lancashire to run in

four unanswered tries in the second half to win 36-26 in the Twickenham sunshine.

Cornwall coach Ian Morgan said: "I was disappointed last year, they did a good job on us - we went in comfortably in the lead and obviously they turned the tables on us - I'm quite looking forward to being able to put that right."

Children in Exeter 'see pocket money increase'

Exeter Express & Echo

Children in Exeter are bucking the national trend when it comes to pocket money, the

Express and Echo reports.

The latest findings of Halifax's annual Pocket Money Survey show that the average amount children receive from their parent or guardian has fallen 4.8 per cent in the last two years, from a six-year high of £6.50 in 2013.

But the figures for Exeter show a 4.8 per cent increase on last year, to £5.60 a week. The number of children who receive weekly pocket money has also declined, dropping 4 per cent since 2014, to 78 per cent.

Sheepish picture of Radio Devon's Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon's Matt Woodley

tweets: My fave post [of reporter Kirk England] from last week's @DevonCountyShow that it just has to be posted AGAIN!

Kirk England

Firearms seized following burglary

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A number of air rifles and sports guns have been seized from an address in Redruth following a burglary earlier in the week.

Police said a burglary took place at Carnon Downs garden centre overnight on Monday in which dozens of weapons were stolen. A 34-year-old man was arrested in Redruth on Tuesday evening and has been released on bail.

Dry but clouding over

Wendy Wheatley

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry day with plenty of sunny spells for most of the region, but cloud will spread in from the west later, bringing some patchy light rain or drizzle during the evening. Winds will be southwest, light picking up to moderate this afternoon.



thicker cloud and patchy rain will clear to the east to leave a few breaks in the cloud. Winds will veer to the west as the rain leaves and will then become northwesterly later in the night, remaining moderate. Min Temps 8C (46F).

Hunting the Wood White

Adrian Campbell

Correspondent, BBC South West

You've heard of trapping and ringing birds for identification purposes - but butterflies?

Devon Wildlife Trust is about to do just that in a nature reserve near Okehampton.

Kevin New, DWT

The Wood White is a 'Species of Conservation Concern' but it appears to be flourishing at Meeth Quarry. To find out why, volunteers will catch the butterflies, mark their wings with a harmless ultraviolet pen and then release them in the hope of recapturing them later in the year.

Anger over Torbay flower bed cuts

BBC Radio Devon

Residents of Torbay are bloomin' angry about parks losing flower beds.

Budget cuts mean 25 out of 140 displays are being turfed over to save

Torbay Council about £20,000. The council said reductions in government funding meant it had to make difficult decisions.


Facebook campaign group has been set up to get people involved in saving the flowers. Former local Labour councillor Darren Cowell said other beds in the borough had been saved and the council could "work with the community in trying to identify ways of retaining those flower beds."

Carn Brea fire from above

Western Morning News

Firefighters last night battled to contain a giant gorse fire the size of 14 football pitches on the outskirts of Camborne-Pool, reports the

Western Morning News.

Cornish Drones

The fire at Carn Brea has saw giant flames dominate the night skies across the area as crews from Camborne, Hayle and Helston all attended the scene. You can watch

dramatic aerial drone footage here.

Horse rescue

Plymouth Herald

The specialist animal rescue team at Camels Head fire station had an adventurous morning after being called on to the moors to rescue a stuck horse, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

The team travelled 40 minutes out of the city to assist colleagues from Ashburton station shortly before 08:00 this morning after reports of a horse struggling to get out of a bog in Widecombe on Dartmoor.

The special rescue team from Plymouth were able to free the 12-year-old horse with the use of a mud mat and reunited it with its owner at Bonehill Down.

A caterpillar answer

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Do you remember these caterpillars we showed yesterday after we discovered them at the weekend?

Caterpillars. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

We asked for any information anyone might have about them because we don't have a

lepidopterist on the team. Esme Tackley emailed us and said: "It's difficult to tell from the picture, without knowing the size and where exactly they were, but they could be Buff Tip moth caterpillars."

For those who want more information, the little creepers were found very close Zennor Head in Cornwall and were just over an inch (2.5cm) long. If you think you know, please

email us.

NUT attack on Queen's Speech

BBC News


Education proposals in today's

Queen's Speech have been fiercely attacked by a local union leader.


The new government's legislative programme includes

a pledge for new powers to speed up the process of changing a failing school's leadership and turning it into an academy.

The Secretary of the National Union of Teachers in the South West Andy Woolley said: "The Government justifies this extended and accelerated privatisation of our school system by claiming that it cares about standards. Yet there is now a mountain of evidence which shows that there is no academy effect on standards in schools."

Coastguard rescuers in helicopter photograph warning

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Coastguard rescuers have said people need to be careful when taking photographs of search aircraft.

771 helicopters. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

said on Facebook that "since the press coverage of the closure of
771 Search and Rescue Sqn [pictured here during a recent flypast], people seem extra keen to be taking photos of the aircraft".

It added that it was "not a problem ordinarily", but photographers should ensure they don't interfere with a landing site, respect the dignity and privacy of anyone on board the aircraft, particularly patients; avoid obstructing emergency vehicles, and should keep any dogs on a lead.

Ashes to ashes

BBC Radio Cornwall's Johnny O'Shea

tweets: The scorched ground at Carn Brea following last night's gorse fire @BBCCornwall @BBCCornwallNews


A fire investigation has now taken place - the incident has been classified as 'accidental and spread'.

Can't cook, won't cook?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Have you ever been taught to cook? I love it! But then, my Nan was a professional cook.

Apparently 1 in 3 women and half of men have never been shown how to. Now the BBC wants to help with its new

Dish Up campaign.

What are the signature dishes that cook? Or will you admit that you don't even know how to boil an egg? Give me a ring on today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Jubilee Pool memories

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today marks 80 years since Penzance's Jubilee Pool was opened. This is what the Art Deco lido looks like today - the pool was badly damaged in the storms in 2013 but work is underway to restore it to its former glory by next summer.


And this was the opening day at the Jubilee Pool on 27 May 1935.

Cornwall Council

Grecian skipper off to Notts County

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Notts County have signed

versatile Exeter City captain Scot Bennett on a free transfer.


The 24-year-old came through Exeter's youth ranks and played 141 games, but he was out of contract and has signed a two-year deal with Notts, who were relegated to League Two this season.

White wizard to have 'first pagan funeral in Cornwall for centuries'

Cornish Guardian

A white wizard from Tintagel has chosen to have what is believed to be the first pagan funeral of its kind in Cornwall for centuries, the

Cornish Guardian reports.

And a high priestess is even travelling from Austria to head the ceremony at Penmount Crematorium, near Truro.

Ian Alexander Wilson, known as Eron the Wizard, died of cancer two weeks ago, aged 62. It was his wish that his life be celebrated in the way of Wicca, the modern pagan, witchcraft religion.

Taekwondo champ drops Olympic dreams

BBC Spotlight

A teenage Taekwondo champion from Devon says she's had to drop her dreams of Olympic success due to a lack of funding.

Tiegan Flay

Tiegan Flay from Newton Abbot is world champion in one style of the sport - she said she had to pull out of a training programme aimed at getting her to the Olympics because she'd had no sponsorship and couldn't afford frequent overnight trips to Manchester for training.

Road problems

BBC Travel

  • There's a broken down vehicle on
    the A30 in Thrushelton near Stowford Cross in west Devon.
  • Slow traffic is reported on the A386 southbound in Horrabridge around the Old Station Road junction.
  • The A388 in St Mellion is partially blocked and busy but moving near the turn-off for St Mellion, because of a burst water main.
  • There is heavy traffic on the A394 in both directions between the Red Lane junction in Rosudgeon and Newtown Roundabout in Longrock.

Carn Brea gorse fire 'accidental'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A gorse fire at Carn Brea has been "classified as accidental", Cornwall Fire Service has


Carn Brea gorse fire. Pic: Tony Picture
Tony Picture

It tweeted: "Following the gorse fire at #CarnBrea, a fire investigation has now taken place. The incident has now been classified as accidental & spread."

At the height of the blaze, 24 firefighters, five fire engines and a water carrier were deployed after about 200 people called 999. Fire chiefs said a natural break in the gorse helped them extinguish the flames. Crews have left the scene but are monitoring the area.