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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Tuesday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Bake Off v Poldark in TV Baftas

Two of Britain's best loved TV shows are competing to win the Radio Times audience award at the 2016 TV Baftas.

Great British Bake Off

Cornish favourite Poldark and the Great British Bake Off are up against Doctor Foster, Humans, Peter Kay's Car Share and Making a Murderer.

Last year's winning show was Benedict Cumberbatch's hit drama series Sherlock.

Latest weather: More showers but getting drier

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Some showers will persist through the night, but many places will turn drier. It will be a chilly, breezy night with clear spells and there may just be a touch of frost and ice. Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).


Wednesday will be a day of sunny spells and showers. The showers will be less frequent than today, but with a continued risk of thunder and hail in places. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine with lighter winds. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

New helicopters land on HMS Ocean

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Merlins from 846 Naval Air Squadron have joined Britain’s flagship, Plymouth-based HMS Ocean, for amphibious training.

They will carry Royal Marines commandos into action around the globe, the Royal Navy says.  

Merlin helicopter. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

With the veteran Sea King helicopter now retired, the burden of flying commandos now falls to the bigger, faster, more powerful Merlin, the navy said.

Plymouth fans react to Puddle of Mudd front man after on-stage meltdown

Plymouth Herald

Gig goers were left stunned after a popular front man had an on-stage meltdown during a sold-out show at the weekend. 

Fisherman's death 'not treated as suspicious'

The death of a man found entangled in fishing gear in the water is not being treated as suspicious, police say.

Emergency services were called after a boat was seen going around in circles near the mouth of the River Helford early on Monday afternoon. Falmouth lifeboat crews said they found man in the water and he had been there for some time.

Rosemullion Head
Ken Cooper

The 56-year-old from the Lizard area was airlifted to hospital in Truro but pronounced dead a short time later.

Man who knocked down woman spared jail

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man who admitted knocking down and killing a grandmother has been spared prison.

Daniel Roberts, 23, from Plymouth, was speeding and playing music at an "excessively loud level" when he hit 58-year-old Linda Donohue on the A386 near Yelverton in November 2014, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

He admitted causing death by careless driving last month and today was handed a sentence of nine months, suspended for 18 months. He was also sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £2,000 costs and banned from driving for 18 months.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A fisherman has died after being found tangled in his own nets in the River Helford

- A farmer on Exmoor shoots 10 foxes after losing 28 lambs 

- The Royal Cornwall Hospital had one of its busiest days in Accident and Emergency for 10 years on Easter Sunday, with 865 patients using the unit overall between Good Friday and Easter Monday 

- A theme park in Devon has banned screaming on its rollercoaster to avoid upsetting its neighbours

Arrest after girl suffers broken back in road crash

BBC Radio Devon

A suspected drink-driver has been arrested after a crash in Plymouth which left a teenage girl with a broken back, police say.

The two-vehicle collision happened on Hooe Road in Turnchapel, at about 20:40 on Thursday. The 18-year-old male driver of the Clio suffered a minor hand injury, but a 16-year-old girl in the car was seriously hurt.

The driver of the Jeep fled the scene but was later located and detained. A 44-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and released on bail. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- There has been an accident on the A361 in Barnstaple.

- In Exeter, Cowick Street is partially blocked near Buller Road due to an incident.

- Heavy traffic near Paignton on the A385 heading towards Tweenaway Cross.

- In St Austell there are delays on the A390 Holmbush Road because of roadworks.

- The traffic lights on Pinhoe Road in Exeter have failed at the Polsloe Bridge junction. Approach with care.

- On the trains, delays are reported between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil until 18:00.

Truro City match rearranged for Wednesday

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Truro City's clash with Oxford City has been rearranged for Wednesday evening.

Truro City
Truro City FC

The National League South clash was due to be played on Easter Monday, but was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Fourth-placed Truro are just two points ahead of Oxford as both sides vie for a place in the play-offs.

Register for budding home builders

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cornwall Council has set up a register for people interested in building their own home.

It is hoped the ‘Register of Interest in Self and Custom Build in Cornwall’ will help the council understand where the demand for such housing is. 

Council planning cabinet member Edwina Hannaford said: “Although it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone looking for a plot will be successful in finding one, the register will be used to indicate to developers and land owners levels of local interest.”

Watkins eyes move to 'bigger team'

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Exeter City forward Ollie Watkins says he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Matt Grimes and secure a big money move away from St James Park.

Ollie Watkins
Getty Images

The 20-year-old has scored four goals this month, a run that has coincided with Exeter going unbeaten in their last six League Two games.

"It's better for the club and for your career," he told BBC Radio Devon. "The aim is to do something like Matt Grimes has done, play 50-odd league games and move onto a bigger team."

Cornwall libraries see drop in paid staff and volunteers

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The number of paid staff and volunteers working in libraries across Cornwall has dropped since 2010, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Penzance Library
Andrew Segal

Six years ago, 247 people were employed. Now it's down to 217. The number of volunteers has also reduced, from 301 in 2010 to 236 now. 

Cornwall Council said it had opened 13 new libraries. However, these are "micro" libraries housed within pubs. Three mobile services have instead been withdrawn, while the St Dennis Library turned into one of the micro libraries.

M5 fuel signs 'will help drivers make proper decisions'

BBC Radio Devon

Electronic signs telling drivers about the cheapest places to buy fuel on the motorway will help people "make proper informed decisions", a highways official says.

M5 fuel sign

The southbound carriageway of the M5, between Bristol and Exeter, has been selected for the trial, where boards show prices at five service stations.

Julian Strong, from Highways England, said 4,000 vehicles ran out of fuel on the motorway last year and the signs should help to prevent that. He said: "There's a real safety benefit here by getting people to make decent decisions as to when they stop."

Fisherman dies after being found entangled in fishing gear

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A fisherman has died after being found entangled in his fishing gear in the water.

Emergency services said they were called after a boat was seen going around in circles near the mouth of the River Helford early on Monday afternoon. 

Falmouth lifeboat crews said they found man in the water, where he had been for some time. 

Descriptions of aggravated burglary pair who attacked couple in St Austell

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police have released descriptions of two men they are hunting after a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s were attacked by burglars in Cornwall, police say.

The pair were injured during the aggravated burglary in Carylon Road in St Austell on Saturday night. They were both were taken to hospital after the male victim was hit in the face with a wooden mallet and the woman punched, officers said. Mobile phones were stolen in the raid.

Both suspects were described in their late 20s to early 30s and both wearing dark clothing with hoods. One was described as skinny, the other as stocky.

Pigs on the run on motorway

Urban foxes 'killing lambs'

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A farmer on Exmoor, on the Devon-Somerset border, is blaming urban foxes for killing more than 30 lambs in one week.

Shot foxes

Alan Collins said he had never known such a bad situation involving foxes in his 60 years of farming. A marksman was brought in to deal with some of the foxes. 

The farmer said he believed the urban foxes had been dumped in the countryside, but the RSPCA said there was no evidence to suggest this was happening.

Barcode scheme at hospitals trust extended

BBC Radio Cornwall

The use of barcodes at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is being extended to improve patient safety and save money.

The scanning technology, known as GS1, helps medical professionals keep track of people, products and places. 

The trust has been awarded £2.2m by the government to extend the scheme. Managers said the system would deliver safer and more efficient healthcare at the hospital.

Three injured in A38 crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three people have been taken to hospital after a crash in Cornwall last night, police say.

Two cars collided on on the A38 between the Twelvewoods and Turfdown roundabouts, near Dobwalls, at about 19:20.

The injured people were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, but are not thought to be seriously hurt. The road was closed until 22:00.

Newquay Airport's £5 development fee ends

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

An unpopular £5 airport development fee at Newquay Airport has ended, following criticism from airlines and tourism bodies.

Newquay Airport development fee sign

All passengers aged 16 and over have had to pay the charge since 2006.

Ryanair said the "significant fee" was a reason for pulling its flights from Newquay in 2011. It agreed to return to the airport after Cornwall Council confirmed in September it was scrapping the fee.

Teenagers arrested for suspected firearms offences

Press Association

Six boys aged between 13 and 17 were arrested in Devon and Cornwall last year for suspected firearms offences, up from two in the previous year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The figures, in answer to an FoI request by the Press Association, showed the incidents in 2015 included: discharging an electrical incapacitation device, possession of air weapons and the possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and violence.   

In 2013, there were seven incidents.

Rapper and ex-Plymouth student jailed for Angola rebellion plot

Plymouth Herald

Former Plymouth student Henrique Luaty da Silva Beirao, who went on to become a prominent rapper, has been jailed in his native Angola for planning a rebellion against its president.

Devon theme park asks people not to scream on new rollercoaster

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

A tourist attraction is asking people not to scream on its new rollercoaster because of concerns over noise. 

The Big One

The Big One opened at the Big Sheep in Bideford this Easter.   

The owners say they are trying to keep noise levels to a minimum after people living nearby raised concerns over the new ride.   

Latest weather: Sunny spells and continuing showers

BBC Weather

An afternoon of sunny spells and blustery showers, some of which will be of hail and thunder. However, they will become more isolated. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).


There will be a scattering of showers overnight, some of which may bring hail - and also some clear spells. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A North Devon tourist attraction has confirmed it's asking people not to scream on its new rollercoaster because of concerns over noise

- A man and woman have been taken to hospital after being attacked during an aggravated burglary in St Austell

- The number of paid library staff in Devon and Cornwall is falling, figures show

Poldark faces Bake Off for Bafta audience award

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Poldark will go head-to-head with the Great British Bake Off in the competition for the Radio Times audience award at the 2016 TV Baftas.


The shows are on a shortlist of six from 2015, which also includes the Peter Kay comedy Car Share.

Quiet if you want to go faster!

Bill Buckley

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon theme park has banned visitors from screaming on its new rollercoaster to keep nearby residents happy. Whatever happened to fun?

Big One sign

Let us know what you think by calling 0345 3011034.  

Mamma Mia ticket rush crashes theatre's website

BBC Spotlight

The Theatre Royal website crashed earlier after Abba fans rushed to book tickets for the musical Mamma Mia.

They went on sale to the general public at 10:00 for the tour which comes to Plymouth next January.

View more on twitter

The theatre tweeted an apology and said the problems with booking online, which have now been rectified, were down to the high volume of traffic to its website. 

Motorway fuel price signs switch-on

BBC Spotlight

Electronic signs telling drivers about the cheapest places to buy fuel on the motorway are being switched on today.


The southbound carriageway of the M5 between Bristol and Exeter has been selected for the trial, which will feature boards showing prices at five service stations. 

Highways England said more signs would go up if drivers liked the idea.

Two hospitalised after aggravated burglary

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s have been treated in hospital after being attacked by burglars in St Austell, police say.

Two men forced their way into a house in Carlyon Road on Saturday night, one hit the man inside in the face with what's believed to be a wooden mallet, injuring his eye and face. He was also threatened with a meat cleaver and the woman was punched, officers said.

The pair demanded money but it appeared only mobile phones were stolen during the during the aggravated burglary. Both were taken to hospital as a precaution and have since been released.

Homelessness in Cornwall 'getting worse'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

What's it really like being homeless? Today we hear that the situation in Cornwall is getting worse.

Get involved in today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Argyle needed to be ruthless - Adams

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle should have been more ruthless in their 3-2 win over York City on Easter Monday, according to manager Derek Adams.

Derek Adams
Getty Images

The Pilgrims led 3-0 after 42 minutes, before York scored two second-half goals to set up a tense finish.

"We probably weren't ruthless enough today in the second half or the first half," Adams told BBC Radio Devon. "We had opportunities to go forward and get more goals, we had some good areas, but we haven't taken the chances."

Warning of heavy wintry showers

Councillor apologises for sexist comment

Exeter Express & Echo

A councillor has apologised after he was heard making a "sexist" remark during a meeting, saying the Mid Devon authority ought to not employ young women after a committee heard how the planning department was struggling while two staff were on maternity leave.

Fire crews tackle blaze in house on A386

BBC Radio Devon

Fire crews have been called to a blaze in a terraced property on the A386 going through Great Torrington.

Three crews were initially called to the scene at about 09:35 after flames were seen coming from the upper floor. 

No-one was inside, the fire service said. Two crews remain at the scene. Traffic has been diverted in the area between Warren Lane and Stonemans Lane.

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Bodmin Town ease into Senior Cup win

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Bodmin Town won the Cornwall Senior Cup for the fifth time in seven years as they crushed Godolphin Athletic 7-0 in the final at Treyew Road.

Bodmin Town
Jack Murley

Andrew Neale hit a second-half hat-trick, Steve Bowker scored two and Adam Carter and Shane Jewell also netted.

Bodmin are still on course for a Cornish treble this season - they are unbeaten at the top of the South West Peninsula League (SWPL) and face either Godolphin or Launceston in the SWPL League Cup final in May.