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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Thursday's live coverage

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

Parents must 'trust their instincts' says mother of Esmee Polmear

BBC Spotlight

The mother of a girl who died after collapsing at school has urged parents to "trust their instincts" when it comes to their children's health.

Esmee Polmear
Polmear Family

Lynette Polmear's daughter Esmee Polmear died in July 2015 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and a post-mortem examination found she had pulmonary veno-occlusive disease.

At an inquest on Thursday a GP who treated her admitted he had never heard of the rare lung condition.

Death of Ted Gundry: Broadcasting has "lost someone very special"

Leo Devine

Head of BBC South West

It's a sad day for broadcasting in the South West after we learned that our friend and colleague, Ted Gundry, had passed day.

L-R Leo Devine, Ted Gundry, Tim Hubbard, Joyce Gundry
BBC

I know we over use the word legend, but that's what Ted was - a Cornish broadcasting legend. He had a wonderful, deep, distinctive Cornish voice that was the perfect sound of radio for so many people, first of all on Morning Sou' West and later on BBC Radio Cornwall. 

As a broadcaster, he was one of the best; as a friend, he was generous, loyal and kind. We lost someone very special today. The picture above shows me (L) with Ted (second left), celebrating his Smithkline Beecham Award for medical journalism, which he won after recording an audio diary of his own heart attack.

Weather latest: Cloudy with spells of rain and feeling cooler tomorrow

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Rain is likely to spread slowly northwards tonight, turning heavy at times. Winds will freshen too, especially along the south coast. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Friday: Cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain clearing, then brighter with sunny spells but breezy and feeling colder. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

Duran Duran will 'rock Biomes', says Eden Project

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Eden Project says it is "thrilled" to have Duran Duran "rock the biomes" as the grand finale of BBC Music Day 2016 on 3 June.

Duran Duran at Radio 1
BBC

Marketing Director Rita Broe said: “BBC Music Day is fast becoming a massive day in the UK music calendar, and Cornwall will be a fitting place to provide a very exciting climax to a great day of live performance up and down the country."

Controller of BBC Radio 2 Bob Shennan said the station would be live broadcasting the "perfect finale" to this year’s BBC Music Day, "so wherever people are in the UK, they will be able to enjoy their new music and sing along to their classic hits".

Closure plan proposal for four Devon Hospitals 'all about money' say critics

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Someone could die, an absolute disaster - and a service that can't be lost. That's how some are describing the news tonight that another of the region's community hospitals is facing closure. 

This time the axe is poised to fall on Paignton Hospital, but commissioners have also admitted the cuts could extend to Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Ashburton. 

The group in charge of health care for South Devon and Torbay says the closure is being considered as part of a new model of care designed to support people closer to or in their own homes. But unions say it's all about money and the local MP says he is also concerned. 

I'll have more in this evening's Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC One.

Charity man admits possessing unlicensed shotgun and air rifle

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man who set up an international charity has been given a community order for illegally possessing a shotgun and an air rifle.

John Henderson, from Copper Hill, Hayle, pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun and a powerful air rifle without the necessary licences after police raided his house in June 2013 as part of a wider investigation.

Truro Crown Court heard Henderson was a specialist engineer who worked around the world in areas affected by natural disasters. Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said he was "a remarkable man" and that the court should recognise his "personal  qualities" in passing sentence.

Family describe lorry driver killed in crash as a 'true gentleman'

A lorry driver from Torquay who was killed in a crash near Exeter was a "true gentleman" who was "loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him", his family have said.

Andrew Small
Devon and Cornwall Poilce

Andrew Small, 32, was killed at the scene after he veered onto the hard shoulder at Haldon Hill on Saturday. A van driver from Ivybridge was flown to Derriford Hospital after he collided with the lorry an hour later.

"We would now like the opportunity to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us, and we would now like the time and respect to be able to grieve the massive loss to our family", Mr Small's family said.  

Hospital closure plans criticised by union

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Proposals to close Paignton Hospital are about about "budget and accountancy, not health care", a union representative says.

Paul Raybould
BBC

Paul Raybould from GMB Union said Torbay and South Devon's Clinical Commission Group were "under pressure from the government" to make budget cuts and the proposals were being developed at "too fast a pace".

The Clinical Commission Group said new investment in community services would be made and a reduction in minor injuries units would be offset by longer opening hours, x-ray facilities and a broader range of services.  

It's also emerged Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Ashburton Hospitals could close.

Duran Duran 'proud' to headline BBC Music Day

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Duran Duran say they are "really proud" to be ambassadors for BBC Music Day this summer, a series of musical events across the UK which was launched last year.

Duran Duran
Duran Duran

"We love the idea of BBC Music Day, it’s a fantastic way to bring people together across the country and to promote live music" the pop group said.

The band, who will headline the finale of BBC Music Day at the Eden Project, will bring the Paper Gods tour to the "stunning surroundings" of the biomes and tropical gardens.

Latest travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Plymouth on the B3250 Mannamead Road, one lane is blocked inbound between Manadon Roundabout and Kneele Gardens due to an accident involving a car and a bus

- Roadworks are causing problems in St Austell again on the A390 Holmbush Road in both directions

- The A379 Dartmouth Road between Paignton and Brixham is blocked near the railway station due to a collision

- In Barnstaple the A361 is partially blocked near the Bishops Tawton Junction due to an incident and recovery work

- Near Exeter the A379 is partially blocked near Junction 30 of the M5 after an accident involving two cars  

Almost 150 sacks of litter collected off south west roads

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Nearly 150 sacks of litter were collected off roads in the South West in a three-day spring clean.

The figures come from Highways England, which collects rubbish from roads throughout the year.

Section of M5 in Devon
Google maps

The clean-up effort coincided with the national 'Clean for the Queen' initiative to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in May.  

Man finds mother's grave buried under mound of soil

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A former Mayor of St Ives has criticised Cornwall Council after finding soil all over his mother's grave.  

Grave covered in earth
William Thomas

William Thomas told me he was upset with the reaction he got from officials after finding the grave, at Longstone Cemetery in Carbis Bay, in "a mess", covered with earth from another plot.  

Cornwall Council has apologised for any distress caused, saying the practice of temporarily putting soil from an excavated grave onto another grave is national practice. 

Four hospitals in Devon could close under proposals being examined by NHS

Police car involved in crash in Devon

Plymouth Herald

Drivers are being warned to avoid the main road through Paignton after a collision involving a police car.

Man jailed for "callously neglecting" 14 dogs

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A supposed  animal-lover who "callously neglected" 14 dogs has been jailed for four months.

One of the dogs, a greyhound, was left severely emaciated and with a wound to its neck. The prosecution at Truro Crown Court said a vet who examined the dogs said it was the worst case she had ever seen.

Jonathan Champion, 43, of land at Higher Mill Farm near Callington, pleaded guilty to five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and was given a four-month sentence for each count.

Huge trampolining centre and climbing wall planned for Herald's old home

Plymouth Herald

Part of The Herald's former The Ship home could be turned into a climbing and trampolining centre – with the rest let to a single business user.

Weather latest: Blustery conditions returning

BBC Weather

Mainly cloudy this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells, the best of which will be in the north. Rain will spread from the south during the afternoon with increasing south easterly winds. Maximum temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Overnight occasionally heavy rain will clear to the north to be replaced by a scattering of showers, accompanied by blustery easterly, becoming northerly winds. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)  

Duran Duran to perform at the Eden Project for BBC Music Day

Duran Duran
Getty Images

Pop group Duran Duran will headline a concert at Cornwall's Eden Project at the culmination of BBC Music Day on Friday, 3 June.

The band will play hits from across their four-decade career, including Wild Boys, Rio and tracks from their current album, Paper Gods.

BBC Radio 2 will broadcast the concert live, while highlights will be shown on BBC One on Sunday, 5 June.

Accident involving police car causes delays between Paignton and Brixham

A tribute to BBC presenter Ted Gundry

Justin Leigh

Presenter, BBC Spotlight

One of the founding members of the BBC Radio Cornwall family Ted Gundry has died in hospital at the age of 81. 

Ted Gundry
BBC

Ted was everything a local broadcaster should be. He was Cornish born and bred, hugely knowledgeable, especially on Cornish history and above all was loved by thousands of listeners. 

He was wonderful company on and off air. In broadcasting you quickly learn no-one is irreplaceable. Ted IS one of the few who is irreplaceable.

Problems on A379 at Churston Ferrers

BBC announce death of much-loved presenter Ted Gundry

BBC Radio Cornwall broadcaster, Ted Gundry, has passed away in hospital.

Ted Gundry
BBC

Ted was one of the voices of Morning Sou'West before BBC Radio Cornwall's launch in 1983, when he hosted Duchy Today, bringing his extensive knowledge of Cornwall to the listeners. 

He was famed for his rich, deep and warm voice and instantly became the people's friend.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- Plans to close Paignton hospital are being discussed at a series of meetings this week before firm proposals are published on Friday 

- A memorial service is being held this afternoon for RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid who disappeared while working on cliffs near Lands End

- A landowner from Devon is calling for covert cameras to be installed in the countryside to try to catch fly tippers

- The charity Shelter says its figures show first time buyers in the South West won't be able to afford an average home by 2020, unless they earn £51,000 a year

Locals shocked by Paignton Hospital closure proposal

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Proposals which could see the closure of Paington Hospital are being described as "an absolute disaster" by one campaigner.

Paignton Hospital
BBC

Torbay and South Devon's Clinical Commissioning Group is considering replacing the hospital with community care. 

But that's come as a shock to local people who rely on its services. One told me: "It'll be an absolute disaster to lose this little hospital", while another said: "The nearest one is Torquay, which is very difficult to get to".

A&E targets at Cornwall's main hospital third worst in England

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust's Accident and Emergency figures, for dealing with patients within the government's 4 hour target, are the third worst in England. 

The RCHT saw just 72% of patients within that time.

The national average fell by nearly 1% to 87.8%.

Princess Anne takes salute at Dartmouth passing out parade

Princess Anne is in Devon today for the year's most prestigious passing out parade at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

The Princess Royal is also visiting the county's newest visitor attraction, Seaton Jurassic. 

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Memorial for missing RSPCA Inspector who disappeared during storm in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid
RSPCA

A memorial service is being held this afternoon for an RSPCA Inspector who went missing while working on cliffs near Porthcurno.

Mike Reid had gone to check on reports of stranded birds as Storm Imogen was taking hold two months ago.

His family say not knowing what happened to him is "very difficult".

Shakespeare's grave curse 'entirely unique', scholar discovers

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A curse etched on William Shakespeare's grave, warning church officials not to dig him up, was "entirely unique for the period", an academic has revealed ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

Shakespeare's grave in Stratford-upon-Avon
BBC

Professor Philip Schwyzer from Exeter University said while there were "a handful" of curses directed against vandals around the time of Shakespeare's death in 1616, it was an "extremely audacious" message to send to the official grave digger, whose job included digging up old graves to make room for new burials.

"Good friend, for Jesus' sake forebeare, To digg the dust enclosed heare; Bleste be the man that spares thes stones, And curst be he that moves my bones", warns the tomb at Stratford-upon-Avon.  

What should we do about flytipping?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

What needs to happen to stop the increase in fly-tipping in the South West? 

The cost to councils and private land-owners is horrendous. In Devon, landowner has demanded that covert CCTV cameras are installed to catch the culprits.

Have you been affected by flytipping? Get involved in today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Broken down freight train causing problems for rail passengers

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The main rail line between Cornwall and Devon is still blocked by a broken down freight train near Plymouth.

Great Western Railway said it was running delayed services, but buses are now replacing trains.

A spokesman said: "The railway line is blocked and services are expected to be subject to severe delay or alteration. Disruption is expected until 1400."

Father storms out of inquest after warning doctor he blames for child's death to 'watch his back'

The Daily Mail

A grieving father stormed out of the inquest into his seven-year-old daughter's death after warning a doctor who he blames for her passing to 'watch your back'.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- There are delays on the A379 near Strete which has been closed due to a lorry colliding with a wall at the junction with Norns Lane.

- Also on the A379, there are reports of an accident on Dartmouth Road near Goodrington Train Station.

- Train services between Penzance and Plymouth are severely disrupted because of a broken down freight train between Liskeard and Plymouth. Disruption will continue until early afternoon.

High tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're heading to the coast today, here are the latest times of high water.

Tide time graphic
BBC

I'll have a full weather forecast in Spotlight's lunchtime news on BBC One at 13:30.

MP 'very concerned' about possible closure of Paignton Hospital

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A Conservative MP says he is "very concerned" to hear about proposals to shut Paignton Hospital, and would "absolutely" back a campaign against its closure.

Paignton Hospital
Google

"The Paignton Hospital itself may be an older building but the needs it serves to the local community are very modern", MP for Torbay Kevin Foster said.

Torbay and South Devon's Clinical Commissioning Group said shutting the 28-bed facility was "an option" which will be considered by the group's Governing Body later this month.  

Devon Tory MP slams 'media frenzy' over tax avoidance - dodges questions about own investments

Plymouth Herald

A Devon MP and Foreign Office minister has hit out at the "media frenzy" over politicians' tax payments – while dodging questions over his own position on offshore tax havens.

Library scheme to help combat mental health issues

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Young people with mental health issues will be able to borrow up to 35 expert-endorsed books under a new "Reading Well" scheme launched today by Devon Libraries.

Mind your head book
Gemma Correll/Hot Key Books

The aim is to help young people manage their wellbeing and the books can be recommended by GPs, school nurses, counsellors and other health professionals.  

The list includes self-help books, non-fiction and novels like 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon and 'Mind Your Head' by Juno Dawson.    

Charity warns homeowner hopefuls will need a £51k salary to afford a property by 2020

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Shelter is warning that typical first time buyers in the South West will need to earn £51,000 a year to afford an average home by 2020.

The charity claims the figure is 30% more than the £38,000 needed for an average first home at the moment.

Houses taken from the air
BBC

It said its research looked at the salary and deposit needed for the average first time buyer today, and calculated what that would be in 2020, if house prices continue to rise faster than wages.

Calls for CCTV cameras to crackdown on flytippers

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A landowner from Devon wants security cameras installed in the countryside to try to catch flytippers.

Flytipping at Ashcombe Estate
BBC

Ralph Rayner, who owns the Ashcombe Estate near Exeter, says he's at his wits end because of constant dumping, which is costing him thousands to clear up. 

He says none of the culprits have been convicted, despite the discovery names and addresses. Teignbridge council says it will take legal action when there's enough evidence and does take the problem very seriously.