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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday 12 April 2016

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By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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Monday's live coverage

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

Don't miss Spotlight on BBC One tonight at 18:30 and the late news bulletin at 22:30.

Tonight and tomorrow's weather for Devon and Cornwall

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Clear spells will lead to a chilly night with a few mist and fog patches, with a minimum temperature of 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

Weather map

Tuesday will start dry and bright, but by the afternoon we could see some heavy showers developing, perhaps turning thundery with a risk of hail.

Maximum temperature 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

Police consider doubling Taser-trained officers

Lynne French, BBC News Online

The number of police officers trained to carry and use Taser stun guns - which deliver a five-second 50,000-volt to incapacitate suspects - could double over the next few years.

The Devon and Cornwall force wants the public's views on increasing the number from 530 to 1,000, which it says could "better protect" communities and deal with incidents in rural areas where back-up is not always readily available when there's a threat of harm.

Taser stun gun

It's also hoped such a move would help to reduce the number of assaults on police officers - currently running at about 30 incidents a month.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Queueing traffic in Ottery St Mary on Gold Street near Brook Street due to roadworks.

- In Cornwall, at the A30 Innis Downs junction, one lane remains closed in both directions for barrier repairs.

- Advance notice of overnight road closures, including the A39 and the A30 in Cornwall and the M5 in Devon.

- At Redruth on the A3047 between the Avers Roundabout and Scorrier roundabout there are reports of an incident, with slow-moving traffic.

Fish victim's of South West's stormy weather

New Plymouth Albion owners pledge 'sustainable' club

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion have been taken over by former players David Venables and Bruce Priday after entering administration.

However, having entered administration on Friday, the National One side have been docked 30 points by the RFU, leaving them 10th in the table but safe from relegation.

Plymouth Albion
Getty Images

"We have serious plans to develop an infrastructure and team that can play at the highest level," the pair said in a joint statement. "We intend to run a club that will be ambitious, but fun, and one that clings strongly to its roots and traditions."

Wind and wave power captured on video

Woman who stole £34,000 from war veteran jailed for 15 months

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A teaching assistant who stole £34,000 from a 92-year-old war veteran has been jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to fraud.

Susan Campnell
Devon and Cornwall Police

Susan Campbell, 47, of Moorfield Road, Exmouth. was previously employed by Age Concern to clean the pensioner's flat. She emptied his bank account while helping with his shopping after registering with Devon County Council as being in charge of his financial affairs.

Paul Grumbar, defending at Exeter Crown Court, said Campbell was desperate for money to pay off payday loans and stave off eviction, and worked three jobs to try to make ends meet.

Man evacuated from Isles of Scilly with knife wound

Ex-captain David Axon loses privacy case against MoD

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A former navy captain who bullied junior officers to his "eternal shame" has lost his privacy claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

David Axon

David Axon sued the MoD after "top secret" details about him were leaked to the Sun newspaper for £5,000 by civil servant Bettina Jordan Barber. She was jailed for 12 months in 2015 over her seven-and-a-half year role as a paid informant for the newspaper.

Mr Axon was removed from his ship HMS Somerset, which is based at Devonport, in 2004, after a navy investigation found that he had fallen "significantly short of the exemplary standards the Royal Navy requires of its commanding officers".

Home advantage swayed tie, says Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says his side must learn from having to play away from home in their European Champions Cup quarter-final.

The Devon club topped their pool but three defeats meant a trip to Wasps in the last eight, where they were beaten by a last-gasp conversion.

Exeter Chiefs
Getty Images

"We could've taken control of our pool and we didn't - Wasps took control of their pool," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon. "It was that close a game, and you could probably put it down to the fact that we had to come here."

Missing doctor Rose Polge: Body examined after Dorset discovery

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The body of a woman believed to be of a missing Devon doctor is being examined by a pathologist.


The body was found near Portland Bill on 1 April. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police are currently working on the belief that the body is that of 25-year-old missing person Rose Polge, from Torquay.

"Devon and Cornwall Police are working with Dorset Police and the Coroner's Office on this matter, and await the results of the formal identification."

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall there are reports of an incident in Chacewater on High Street near Fore Street.

- In Exeter on the A377 we've reports the Cowley Bridge Roundabout is partially blocked due to an incident.

- Reports of an incident on the A38 at Splatford Split heading towards Plymouth.

- One lane of the A30 at the Innis Downs Junction remains closed in both directions for barrier repairs following an arlier incident.

- Reports of an incident in Penzance on New Road near Lidden Road.

- Slow-moving traffic in St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane due to temporary traffic lights for electricity work.

- Magdalen Street in Exeter is partially blocked due to incident near Bull Meadow Road.

- Delays on the A361 between Tiverton and the M5 following an earlier incident.

Waves and wind demonstrate nature's power

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Coastal communities are continuing to clear up after a combination of gale-force winds and high spring tides caused damage and disruption across Devon and Cornwall over the weekend.

Stormy weather
Kelsey-Jade James

Travel on trains was also affected as the sea topped defences in Dawlish and in Torcross, south Devon, some people were trapped in their seafront homes by the power of the waves.

Man critically hurt after going over 100ft drop into Falmouth Docks

Falmouth Packet

 A man is in a critical condition this lunchtime after going over a 100 foot drop in Falmouth.

Undercliff coast path reopens after two years

Monica Ellis

Producer, Radio Devon

A popular stretch of the South West Coast Path has been reopened for the first time in two years

The route through Natural England's Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs National Nature Reserve had to be diverted inland after landslips resulted in the area becoming unsafe for walkers.

Tom Sunderland/Natural England

Natural England manager Tom Sunderland said the new route takes in the "geological wonder" of Goat Island, which is famous for being the first scientifically described and recorded landslip on Christmas Eve 1839, when several fields slipped seaward.  

Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- A body thought to be missing doctor Rose Polge has been washed up in Dorset

- Several flood warnings and alerts remain in force after storms hit Devon and Cornwall

- Fire deaths in Devon and Somerset almost doubled last year, a report says

- Changes to the ownership of community hospitals in Devon is worrying fundraisers

-Two former rugby players become the new owners of Plymouth Albion RFC

Stormy weather takes its toll in the South West

Bullying captain loses 'privacy' appeal

Press Association

A former Royal Navy captain who lost command of his ship after his "bullying" behaviour against junior officers was published in the Sun newspaper, has lost a High Court privacy claim against the Ministry of Defence.

David Axon sued the MoD after an employee with access to information up to "top secret" level sold details about him to a journalist for £5,000. The employee was later jailed.

David Axon

But High Court Judge Mr Justice Nicol ruled Mr Axon "did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy" over the information leaked to the Sun.

Goalkeeper Moore extends Torquay loan deal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United have extended the loan of Fleetwood keeper Brendan Moore until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old was originally signed on an emergency basis following an injury to Dan Lavercombe.

Brendan Moore
Rex Features

The American has played eight times for the Gulls, keeping clean sheets in each of his first three games.

'No magic formula' for age and gravity, swimmer says

Press Association

Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies says it's still more acceptable for men to "go grey and have wrinkles".

The 53-year-old from Plymouth who's openly admitted to having botox injections and a non-surgical eyebrow lift, says there's no magic formula for age and gravity.

Sharron Davies

"Women aren't allowed to age as gracefully as men... but Helen Mirren is doing an amazing job of making us all feel better as we age," she said during an interview with Hello! magazine.

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy for many this afternoon with the best of the bright or sunny spells in the west, but the risk of a few showery outbreaks of rain in the east.

Maximum temperature 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

weather map

The rain will ease by the evening, leaving some clear spells following on overnight which could lead to a few mist or fog patches forming in the early hours, especially in rural spots. Minimum temperature 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

The calm after the storm!

Witnesses sought over linked A38 crashes

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witness after a lorry driver was killed and a man seriously injured in two "connected" accidents on the A38 on Saturday.

A 32-year-old Torquay man was pronounced dead at the scene, after the Isuzu HGV he was driving was involved in a single-vehicle collision between Chudleigh Station and Harcombe Bends just after 06:00.

A38 traffic following crash

About an hour later, a 36-year-old Ivybridge man sustained serious head and leg injuries when his silver Vauxhall Astra van was in collision with an HGV caught up in traffic on Haldon Hill near Exeter Racecourse as a result of the first collision.

Doctor's family wait for body identification

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The family of missing junior doctor Rose Polge are waiting for the formal identification of a body washed up near Portland in Dorset.

Dr Polge, a 25-year-old doctor at Torbay Hospital, hasn't been seen since her car was found at Anstey's Cover in Devon on 12 February.

Rose Polge
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police say the body was recovered from the sea on 1 April and they're working with Dorset Police and the Coroner’s Office on the matter, adding "the family of Ms Polge are aware of this latest development".

Driver battles to steer car through sea water

Should our MPs all publish their tax returns?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

As the fallout over the leaked Panama papers rumbles on, there are calls for all MPs to publish their tax returns.

It that the right thing to do or an invasion of privacy? 

Have your say on Devon Debates, by giving the phone-in a call on 0345 301 0134 

Former players take over Plymouth Albion

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Two former players have been announced as the new owners of Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club.

Businessmen David Venables, 62, and Bruce Priday, 58, played together for Albion during the 1980s.

Plymouth Albion's ground at Brickfieds
Getty Images

“We have become involved because we want the club with its long and proud history to thrive and Plymouth deserves to have a top flight professional rugby team,” they said in a joint statement.  

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall on the A30 at Lanivet, one lane remains closed in both directions for barrier repairs following an earlier collision.

- On the A38 in Devon, Haldon Hill Exeter-bound at Kennford has one lane blocked by a broken down vehicle near the Racecourse junction.

- Disruption to the St Mawes Passenger Ferry this afternoon between14:30 and 16:00 due to spring tides

- Slow traffic in St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane because of  temporary traffic lights for electricity work. 

- At East Taphouse there's slow traffic on A390 Eastbound between East Taphouse and the Twelvewoods Roundabout.

- There are reports on an incident in Torquay on the A379 St Marychurch Road,near Petitor Road.

Flood alerts and warnings remain in place

Lynne French, BBC News Online

The Environment Agency still has more than 20 flood alerts and warning in force across the South West.

St Mawes, Cornwall

It follows gale-force winds on Sunday, which combined with high spring tides to cause some flooding and damage in parts Devon and Cornwall.

BreakingWashed up body believed to be missing junior Doctor Rose Polge

Press Association

A body believed to be that of missing junior doctor Rose has been been found.

The 25-year-old, who worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon, has not been seen since 12 February. 

Rose Polge
Devon and Cornwall Police

The female body, recovered from the sea east of Portland Headland in Dorset on 1 April, has not yet been formally identified, but  Devon and Cornwall Police said Dr Polge's family have been informed.

Why do drivers put their lives at risk in stormy conditions?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Brave or foolish? What do you think of drivers who ignore storm warnings and potentially put their lives at risk?

Also, what's your opinion of David Cameron's plans to make tax evasion a crime?

Share your views with Cornwall, by giving me a ring after midday on 01872 222222.

Grey matter challenge for Devon!

You do not need to say anything, but anything you moo say....

Mystery surrounds Plymouth Albion's future

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth Albion have cancelled a press conference at their ground, scheduled for 10:30 this morning, at which they were expected to unveil the club's new owners.

Cornish primary wins after-school film club award

BBC Spotlight

A Cornish school has come top in the country for its after-school film club.

Pupils from Stratton Primary received their reward at a ceremony at the Odeon Cinema in London's Leicester Square after winning the under-12 category. 

Film club, Stratton Primary

"I feel quite proud of the film club for winning it, because it was a team effort," one pupil said.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

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

Tide times

Join me for a full weather forecast in Spotlight's lunchtime news at 13:30.

Firefighters called after electrical pole catches alight

West Briton

Six firefighters from Falmouth were called to an electrical pole in Mabe that caught on fire yesterday evening.

Cyber attack on South West police force