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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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Exeter's Jack Nowell says England aim to be 'world's most dominant team'

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Newlyn-born England wing Jack Nowell says they want to become "the most dominant team in the world" after completing the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this month.

The 22-year-old Exeter Chiefs player started all five games in the championship, scoring one try, and hopes to be part of his country's summer tour of Australia.

Jack Nowell
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"At the start of the tournament we said that we wanted to be the best side in Europe," Nowell told BBC Radio Devon. "To do that you have to win all five games, so to come back and to achieve that is massive for us."  

Cornwall tops solar farm league

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A new renewable energy league table produced by the Green Alliance has revealed Cornwall has more solar panels than anywhere else in England. 

The charity and independent think tank claims solar farms have generated more than 10,000 jobs across the South West.

Solar farm map
Green Alliance

Amy Mount from the Alliance said: “Counties are now generating a significant proportion of the energy they use with renewables. Yet in the March Budget, the government did nothing to clarify whether solar technologies have a future in the UK."

Weather latest: A chance of frost overnight with a bright start tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

With clear skies to start the night we're likely to see some frost forming and maybe an odd mist or fog patch. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

Weather graphic

A chilly but fairly bright start. However, cloud will thicken, the winds will pick up and there may be some outbreaks of rain along the north coast during the evening. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Daughter jailed for stealing from bed-ridden mother

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A woman has been jailed for stealing £17,000 from her 71-year-old bed-ridden mother's bank account.

Gail Penkeyman, 49, of Town Walk, Barnstaple, originally pleaded not guilty, but changed her plea and admitted four counts of fraud at Exeter Crown Court, after watching her mother Wendy Cumming giving evidence by video call from the care home.

Sentencing Penkeyman to 20 months in prison, Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, described her actions as "very dishonest".  

MP 'confident' of improvements to mental health services

A Cornish MP says she's confident there will soon be better mental health services for young people in the county.

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton's comments follow criticism by campaigners who say they're angry and frustrated that an NHS report has come to light, saying additional beds "should be procured immediately" - when it was written two years ago.

Sarah Newton

"The NHS Trust responsible for mental health services in Cornwall have pulled together a really good proposal... and I'm confident that we will see improvements," she said.

Arrests after human trafficking and modern slavery raids in Exeter

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Three people have been arrested following a series of raids connected to human trafficking, modern slavery and money laundering in Exeter

Devon and Cornwall Police said the multi-agency raids in the city were at three residential properties and two car washes and involved HM Revenue and Customs, UK Visa and Immigration Service and the British Red Cross.

Insp Jonathan Phillips said the three men arrested have been released on bail until September while investigations continue.  

Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- Three men are arrested after a series of raids in Exeter in connection with modern slavery offences

- Nearly 600 drivers were pulled over for speeding at more than 90mph during the Easter bank holiday weekend

- There's anger Cornwall has no mental health beds for young people - two years after a report said they were urgently needed

- Cornwall and Devon have more solar panels than anywhere else in the country, a green charity says

- One of Torquay's major hotels is closing for a deep clean after an outbreak of Norovirus

Crane and barge arrive for trawler re-float attempt

NHS is letting transgender people down, report says

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The NHS is "letting transgender people down" according to an independent report from Healthwatch Devon.

Author of report

The author of the report, Caroline Lee, said: "We found that lots of people waited for many years to get the treatment they are entitled to, and during that time a lot of people are becoming quite anguished and depressed."

A statement from NHS England said: "We're very grateful to Healthwatch for carrying out this work. In line with the report's findings we will be increasing investment from next months in local gender identity clinics to reduce waiting times."

Shine a light! Cornwall and Devon have most solar panels

Plymouth man posed as trainee cop to lure 15-year-old for sex

Plymouth Herald

A man pretended to be a trainee police officer to impress a vulnerable 15-year-old girl so that they could have sex, a court heard.

Cornwall woman's money managed by daughter in Australia

Press Association

A court has ruled that a woman in Cornwall is to have her money managed by her daughter - who lives 10,000 miles away in Australia.

The ruling, concerning the woman in her 80s with dementia, was made by the Court of Protection in London which deals with issues relating to vulnerable people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions.

Judge Denzil Lush said although there was an obvious geographical difficulty, the solution was "not insuperable" and the daughter was both willing and able to take on the role.    

Remembering why Ronnie Corbett made us laugh

Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Reports of an incident in Plymouth on Ham Drive near Beacon Down Avenue.

- An incident near Blackwater on the B3277 has led to the road being partially blocked near the Chiverton Cross roundabout.

- One lane of the Cornwall-bound A38 Parkway in Plymouth is closed due to a broken down vehicle.

- Temporary traffic lights for electricity work is causing slow-moving traffic in St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane.

- Slow traffic near Paignton on the A385 heading towards Tweenaway Cross due to roadworks. 

- The A3047 Barncoose Terrace in Redruth is partially blocked by a broken down vehicle.

Steve Tully urges caution following Truro victory

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side "won't get too carried away" despite a 2-1 National League South win at promotion rivals Oxford City.

Isaac Vassell and Matt Wright scored for the Cornish side, solidifying their play-off spot, having played fewer games than the teams around them.

Steve Tully
Truro City FC

"Everyone says we've got games in hand but I'd rather have points on the board," Tully told BBC Sport. "It's not about physically being right, you have to be mentally right too."  

Barge due in to Dartmouth to help raise capsized fishing boat

BBC Spotlight

A salvage barge with a crane and support vessel is due to arrive in Dartmouth later this afternoon to help recover a French trawler that capsized while moored up earlier this month.


The Saint Christophe sank on the low tide earlier this month.

Double the normal number of dolphin and whale deaths around Cornish coast

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Conservationists say they are alarmed that double the normal number of dolphins, whales and popoises have been found dead around Cornwall so far this year.

Sixty one have been found, but the Cornwall Wildlife Trust says post mortem examination results are not yet available. However, fishing nets are still a concern.

Dead dolphin

Paul Trebilcock from the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation told me: "Cornish fishermen have been at the forefront of developing acoustic pingers, these are devices that go on the nets that keep dolphins and porpoises away.. We still mantain our open door policy to observers... all of which is hopefully contributing to a reduction in interaction between fishing gear and the cetaceans."

£800k windfall: Where has all the money gone?

Falmouth Packet

Six years ago Helston was celebrating after receiving a cash windfall of close to £1m... but of the £825,268 given to the town by Tesco and Sainsbury’s, just over a third remains.

Bays at three hospitals affected by norovirus outbreak

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A vomiting bug which has caused the closure of a Devon hotel has also affected three hospitals in the county.


A small number of bays have been affected at Torbay Hospital, Paignton Community Hospital and Totnes Community Hospital.

The Bay Torbay Hotel will close for a deep clean this weekend after guests fell ill with the bug.

Parent slams 'rubbish' officials for lack of mental health services

Lynne French, BBC News Online

The father of a girl with mental health issues, who has travelled more than 25,000 miles to visit his daughter in other parts of the UK, has blamed "rubbish" politicians for Cornwall's lack of facilities.

Cornish poet Pol Hodge's daughter, Chloe, has been treated in Somerset, Stevenage, Colchester, Kent and is currently at a unit in Wales.

He told BBC Radio Cornwall improved facilities are desperately needed, adding: "What we've been through has been absolutely horrible...and it's down to officials in Cornwall not doing their jobs properly."  

Weather latest: Staying dry this afternoon with another chilly night ahead

BBC Weather

It will be a fine spring day with plenty of sunshine, patchy cloud and very isolated showers. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (53 Deg F).

Weather graphic

A mainly clear night tonight allowing for a frost and mist patches to form inland. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C  (32 Deg F).

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A39 Wadebridge Bypass is partially blocked between the roundabout and the Hals' Grave Junction due to an accident involving a motorcycle. 

- In St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road there is very slow moving traffic because of roadworks for electricity work. 

- Near Blackwater the B3277 is partially blocked due to a two-vehicle crash near the Chiverton Cross Roundabout.

- Roadworks are also causing problems on the A385 near Paignton heading towards Tweenaway Cross.

Police pull over nearly 600 speeding drivers in Devon and Cornwall over the long weekend

Police say they get "no pleasure" from pulling over speeding motorists, after nearly 600 were caught driving more than 90mph over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The top speed clocked was 110 miles per hour. 

This weekend has just proved that a lot of motorists feel they can exceed the speed limit and they can put not only their lives, but more importantly the lives of other road users at risk. You can only imagine the impact, on a bank holiday weekend, if we had to deal with a fatal collision.

MPC Ralph DelbridgeDevon and Cornwall Police

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- Devon and Police have revealed they pulled over nearly 600 drivers for speeding over 90mph during the bank holiday weekend

- A major hotel in Torquay is being closed this weekend for a deep clean, following an outbreak of Norovirus

- The lack of mental health facilities for young people in Cornwall has again been criticised by a father who has blamed "rubbish" politicians for the crisis

From The Walking Dead to the walking fed - Hollywood star pops into Tintagel bakery

Cornish Guardian

It's not every day you get to meet one of the world's biggest TV stars. But that's exactly what happened to this Tintagel shop worker when star of The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln, paid The Cornish Bakery a visit over the Easter weekend.

Is it time to re-nationalise the steel industry?

Bill Buckley

BBC Radio Devon

As David Cameron chairs a crisis meeting over the future of the UK steel industry, do you think it's time to re-nationalise?

Some say nationalisation is not the answer, as a long-term viable solution is needed, but Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government must recall Parliament and do what it takes to keep the UK steel industry alive.

What do you think? Join the debate by calling the phone-in on 0345 3011034.  

Vomiting bug shuts major Torquay hotel

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

One of Torquay's major hotels is being closed for a deep clean this weekend, following an outbreak of the winter vomiting Norovirus over the Easter bank holiday.

A spokesperson for the Bay Torbay Hotel said guests who were due to arrive on Friday will be relocated to a sister hotel.

Bay Torbay Hotel

The bug, which causes severe sickness and diarrhoea has also closed "a small number" of beds at Torbay Hospital.  

Mealworms 'could end world food shortages'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man, thought to be the first person in the South West to produce mealworms for human consumption, says they are packed with protein and nutrients.


Fred McVittie has decided to capitalise on the growing interest in insects as a food: "Once they've been frozen for 24 hours they're boiled, dried and then either fried or baked or ground to a powder and used as a substitute -  a protein powder."

In taste tests people described the mealworms as tasting "salty and crunchy".

Properties shut after 'rogue' landlord operation

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Nearly 20 rental properties in Torbay have been shut down after a month-long operation against so-called 'rogue' landlords.

The joint operation involving council officials, police, fire and the Home Office immigration service targeted landlords responsible for 325 dwellings in 51 properties. 

In addition to 18 properties that were closed, pending improvements, criminal activity was also identified at two properties and evidence gathered of potential fraudulent housing benefit claims.  

Enough is Enough! Residents gather to discuss escalating dog poo problem in Penzance

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A special meeting is being held tonight to press Cornwall Council to get tougher on people who let their dogs foul public places.

A group of local people say they've had enough of the problem and are demanding action on offenders.

What do you think is the answer? Should fines be increased? More dog bins made available? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Nearly 600 speeding offences over 90mph recorded over Easter

Nearly 600 drivers were caught speeding in excess of 90mph in Devon and Cornwall over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Police said it amounted to 42 offences an hour, with 66 offences recorded on the A380 alone. The top speed recorded was 110 miles per hour.

Recall for hearing aid batteries

BBC Radio Cornwall

Hearing aid users are being urged to check the make and model of their device after a recall was issued on versions of the ZeniPower brand following concerns that the battery may expand and could explode on rare occasions. 

hearing aid

The affected products, which have also been used in toys, remote controls, games consoles, watches, car key fobs and other small electronic devices, have a best before date of "08 2018" and "09 2018" on the outer blister packaging.

Streetlights shine on in £10m LED upgrade

BBC Radio Devon

Streetlights will be upgraded in Exeter, Tiverton and Crediton next month. 

It's part of a £10m project which has already seen work carried out in Barnstaple and Kingskerswell. 

Devon County Council bid for the money from the Department for Transport to convert streetlights to LED lighting. The authority said it was estimated the scheme would save it about £1m a year in energy costs.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're planning to take advantage of this glorious sunshine with a trip to the coast, here are the times of high water around the region.

Tide times

Join me for a full weather round-up in the lunchtime news on BBC1 at 13:30.

Ferry company cancels Plymouth to Roscoff overnight service

Dramatic pictures show Newquay sea rafters' accident

Cornish Guardian

The moment a group of sea rafters got into trouble at in Newquay Harbour have been captured by photographer Nick Panther.