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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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Monday's live coverage

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

Don't forget to watch Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 this evening and the late bulletin at 22:30.

Gorilla shows builders who's boss!

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Contractors building a new play area and food kiosk at Paignton Zoo are being shown who's in charge - by a 27-stone gorilla.

Paignton Zoo/Ray Wiltshire

N'Dowe, the zoo's 12-year-old Western lowland gorilla, has been keeping a careful watch on what the builders are doing, with regular chest-beating displays of strength.

Zoo builders
Paignton Zoo/Ray Wiltshire

“It’s a bit unnerving, being watched by a gorilla, but the lads are taking it all in their stride," the builder's boss, Adrian Lee said.

Latest weather: Dry overnight and a sunny Tuesday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll become largely dry overnight as any daytime showers fade away. Some clear spells will develop allowing some isolated fog patches to form in prone locations. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).


It'll be a bright start to Tuesday morning, with decent sunny spells developing through the day. Staying largely dry and feeling pleasant in the sunshine, with light winds. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

See the International Space Station over Devon tonight

Exeter Express & Echo

The International Space Station will pass over Devon at 21:47 tonight, and, with only "isolated fog patches" predicted, the spectacle could be visible for about four minutes.

Local people snap up 95% of Radio 1 Big Weekend tickets

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Radio 1 says 95% of the tickets for its Big Weekend at Powderham Castle in Devon have gone to people living in the South West.

It will be a home gig for Exeter's Chris Martin and his band Coldplay, who'll be performing with acts including The 1975 and Ellie Goulding at the end of May.

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The 50,000 tickets sold out in less than two hours, with 60% reserved for people within the Exeter City and Teignbridge District council areas, 35% for the wider South West and the remaining 5% available to anyone in the UK. However, those who missed out are being warned not to buy tickets from touts after pairs were being offered on eBay for more than £300.

Train crash investigators ask passengers to come forward

BBC Radio Devon

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is asking passengers on the train involved in yesterday's collision at Plymouth railway station to come forward to help with its investigation.

Emergency services were sent to the scene shortly after 15:30 when a local service was involved in what's been described as a "low impact" crash with an Intercity train standing at platform six.

Plymouth train crash

Of the 18 passengers injured, eight were taken to the city's Derriford Hospital, with two detained overnight.

Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- MP Sarah Wollaston likens the row between junior doctors and the government to a "festering boil"

- Fifty thousand tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter are given away in just over an hour

- A stricken French trawler will remain in slings on a barge in Dartmouth until safety issues are resolved  

- The Duchy of Cornwall wins an appeal against an oyster farm being scrutinised because it's not a public authority

- Divers searching for a missing crewman from Cornwall find a body in Wales

Stricken trawler remains in barge slings

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A French which sank in Dartmouth while sheltering from storms last month has been refloated.

Protective booms have surrounded the Saint Christophe since the trawler began leaking thousands of litres of fuel after it capsized on 10 March.

Saint Christophe

The operation to refloat the boat was carried out on Saturday, but Dartmouth Harbour Master Captain Rob Giles said the Saint Christophe would remain in slings on a salvage barge until some safety issues had been addressed by the insurer's representatives, including making the vessel completely watertight.

Volunteers checking River Torridge's health

BBC Radio Devon

Fifty volunteers are collecting water samples from the River Torridge in North Devon to check the health of the waterway.

Regular samples will be taken at various points along the river from now until September and analysed to look for signs of water-living mini-beasts - known as riverflies, which are very sensitive to changes in habitat and can act as an early warning system.

Fresh water pearl mussels

Local water quality is seen as vital for the future of protected local species, such as the endangered freshwater pearl mussel, and all the data gathered by the volunteers and overseen by Devon Wildlife Trust will be shared with the Environment Agency.

Fifteen dogs shot over livestock worrying concerns

BBC Radio 4

There have been 15 incidents in Devon and Cornwall of dogs being shot by farmers over the past five years, according to figures gathered by Farming Today

They were among more than 300 dogs shot by landowners for worrying livestock in England and Wales during that time, an answer to a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Legally, dogs which pose a threat to livestock can be shot - but the incident must be reported to police within 48 hours.

Tom Daley asks for help redesign Twitter profile image

The Independent

Plymouth diver Tom Daley was probably a bit naive when he asked the internet for creative input to redesign the cover image for his Twitter profile - see some of the suggestions.

Junior doctors' row like a 'festering boil'

Press Association

A Devon MP says the contract at the centre of the long-running row between the government and junior doctors is like "festering boil", with the dispute looking set to erupt into a full walkout.

GP turned MP Sarah Wollaston, who is chair of the Health Select Committee, claims the planned action at the end of the month is dangerous, could be "disastrous" for patients and put lives at risk.

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Writing in the Guardian, Dr Wollaston said both sides had spent so long "shouting at cross purposes" they had forgotten their common purpose and lost sight of patients, "the very people both claim to want to protect".

Exeter City 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

BBC Sport

A sensational stoppage-time winner from League Two Player of the Month Ollie Watkins' saw Exeter City come from behind to beat Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.

The victory saw Exeter do a league double over Plymouth for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Argyle drop out of the top three on goal difference after Bristol Rovers' comfortable 3-0 win over Crawley Town, while Exeter's hopes of making the play-offs stay alive as they move up to 10th place, two points off a spot in the top seven.

Rail inspectors 'gathering evidence' after crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Rail accident inspectors are still in Plymouth "carrying out a preliminary examination and gathering evidence" after a crash between two trains at the city's railway station.

Train crash. Pic: Dominic Parnell
Dominic Parnell

Eighteen people were injured when the trains were in a "low impact collision" on Sunday. Two people are believed to have been kept in hospital overnight.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said that if "any safety issues are identified, we may issue safety recommendations intended to prevent similar accidents in the future".

Argyle go for 'retro' away shirts

Turbine firm Centrax bought

BBC Radio Devon

Devon-based firm Centrax Turbine Components, which employs 430 staff, has been bought. 

An undisclosed sum was paid by the aircraft component manufacturer MB Aerospace, which has bases elsewhere in the UK, as well as in the US and Poland. 

Centrax would be rebranded MB Aerospace Newton Abbot and operations would continue at the same site, bosses said.

Big Weekend tickets: 'Well done to those who got them'

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- Rail accident investigators are gathering evidence after a train crash at Plymouth station

- The Duchy of Cornwall wins an appeal against an oyster farm in Cornwall being scrutinised because it is "not a public authority"

- Cannabis arrests in Devon and Cornwall drop by nearly 40% in the past five years

- Divers searching for a missing crewman find a body in Wales

Teignbridge 10-year strategy approved

Torquay Herald Express

A 10-year strategy that will help Teignbridge Council achieve a vision of making the region a healthy and desirable place where people want to live, work and visit has been approved.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Reports of an incident in Newton Poppleford, Devon, on the A3052 High Street, near Exmouth Road

- Exeter Road in Ottery St Mary is blocked by an overturned lorry between Toadpit Lane and Daisy Mount Cross

- There's slow-moving traffic on the M5 Exeter-bound, between Cullompton and Exeter, after an earlier incident

- Buses are replacing GWR trains between Liskeard and Looe, due to a staff shortage

- There is an amended GWR rail service between Truro and Falmouth Docks until about 18:30

- In Exeter, the B3181 is blocked around Langaton Lane due to an incident 

Hotel reopens after winter vomiting 'deep clean'

Lynne French, BBC News Online

One of Torquay's main hotels has reopened for business after being shut for a "deep clean" following an outbreak of the winter vomiting Norovirus.

Bay Torbay Hotel

At least 12 people are reported to have contracted the sickness and diarrhoea bug at the three-star Bay Torbay Hotel over the Easter bank holiday.

Arrests for cannabis possession fall 39%

BBC Breakfast

Arrests for cannabis possession in Devon and Cornwall have dropped by nearly 40% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.

Those taken into custody fell from 1,276 in 2010 to 782 in 2015, data released under the Freedom of Information Act showed - a drop of 39% .


Those charged for possession fell from 446 to 260 during that time; however, cautions for possession increased from 228 to 283. The Home Office said all crimes reported to the police should be taken seriously, investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts.  

Latest weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

Brighter this afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers, but the showers could turn heavy and thundery in places. Winds will remain light and, with the sunshine, it will feel warmer than yesterday, with a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

Weather map

It'll become largely dry overnight as any daytime showers fade away. Some clear spells will develop, allowing some isolated fog patches to form in prone locations. Minimum temperature 5C (41F).

Train crash victim's 'scary experience'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man says a train crash at Plymouth railway station, which left him battered and bruised, was a "scary experience".

Eighteen people were hurt in the collision on Sunday afternoon when a Great Western Railway train en route to Penzance collided with another engine standing at Platform Six.

Plymouth train crash

Matt Trevaskis, from Truro, said: "Out of nowhere I was waking up on the floor of the carriage and lots of people crying and moaning in pain... quite a scary experience."

Special constable assaulted in Truro

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Officers added later that their colleague was fine.

Charlton Heston's Kate Keown photo sells for more than £13,000

Falmouth Packet

A 150-year-old photograph of a girl who later found love and happiness in Falmouth when she met and married a local granite dealer, has sold for £13,176 at an auction in America.

Who's to blame for out of control animals?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Should farmers be allowed to shoot dogs? Who's to blame for out of control animals?

Join the debate by joining me and calling the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Duchy of Cornwall wins scrutiny appeal

BBC News England

The Duchy of Cornwall has won an appeal against a ruling which could have opened up its dealings to increased public scrutiny.

Prince Charles. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
AFP/Getty Images

The Prince of Wales' private estate has successfully challenged an order from 2011 that it was a "public authority" and must disclose environmental data about a controversial oyster farm it owns - Port Navas in Cornwall - after a campaigner claimed it was damaging the natural habitat.

An appeal tribunal has declared the estate "is not a public authority" under environmental information rules and Prince Charles was "under no obligation" to provide the information sought. The Duchy said it was reviewing the decision and it would be "inappropriate to comment."

Road closed by HGV ditch accident

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

In Devon, Station Road in Willand is partially blocked by an incident around Somerville Road

- An accident involving an HGV lorry has closed the B3174 Exeter Road in Ottery St Mary

- The A388 North Road in Holsworthy is partially blocked by an incident around Waterloo Road and Sanders' Lane

- In Seaton, Beer Road is partially blocked by an incident near Old Beer Road

- In Cornwall, there are temporary traffic lights in Par on the A3082 Par Moor Road near Lamellyn Road due to electricity work

- There are Stop/Go boards on the A374 near Milladon Lane in Trerulefoot for roadworks  

- Drivers should expect delays on the road between Connor Downs and Carnhell Green in Cornwall with the level crossing closed for the next two weeks

Children injured in Altarnun crash

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash which injured five people, including three children aged between four and 15.

The accident happened just before 13:00 on Sunday on the east-bound carriageway of the A30, near Altarnun in Cornwall. The driver of a dark blue Ford lost control of the car which left the road and crashed into a field.

The car's occupants were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance, with two of the children believed to have serious injuries.

Flood insurance changes

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

If you've been flooded and found it almost impossible to get insurance because of hefty premiums, then help could be at hand. A new scheme is launched today that will guarantee most home owners reasonable rates.

What do you think? Have you had insurance problems because of flooding? Call on 01872 222222.

Training launches for Salcombe's lifeboat

Pirates lose 15-try thriller at Bedford

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates twice threw away a lead as they lost 54-46 at Bedford in a try-filled Championship clash at the weekend.

The match left the Pirates eighth in the Championship table, while Bedford stayed fourth.

Staff shortages hit GWR trains in Cornwall

BBC Travel

Great Western Railway services in Cornwall are being disrupted because of staff shortages, the company says.

GWR said fewer trains were able to run between Truro and Falmouth Docks, and that some services may be cancelled until 18:30.

Replacement bus services are being put on between Liskeard and Looe from 13:20 until the end of the day because of a "shortage of train crew".

Train crash 'extremely unusual'

Plymouth Herald

Bosses at train operator Great Western Railway say Sunday's crash at Plymouth train station was "extremely unusual", with one manager saying it was unlike any other he had dealt with.

Woman, 61, in intensive care after Paignton collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 61-year-old woman is in intensive care after being hit by a car in Paignton, police say

It's believed a car driven by an 88-year-old man mounted the pavement and hit a shop on Hyde Road at about 15:20 on Saturday. The victim - a pedestrian - was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The driver was taken to Torbay Hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Properties in the immediate area were evacuated after smells of gas were reported after the collision. Police have appeal for witnesses.

Car flips over in M5 crash

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Police said they were called at 10:05 to the single-vehicle incident on the southbound carriageway near Junction 29.

Officers said the vehicle was believed to have flipped over, landing back on its wheels and damaging the central reservation. No injuries have been reported.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast today, here are the times of high water around the region.

Tide times

Join me for a full weather round-up on Spotlight's lunchtime news at 13:30.

Doctors' row 'loses sight of patients'

The Guardian

Devon MP and chairwoman of the House of Commons' Health Committee Sarah Wollaston says both sides in the junior doctors' row "have lost sight of the patient".