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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday

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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.

Zoo's orangutan gets the sack

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A three-year-old Bornean orangutan decided to provide a marvellous photograph while peeking out of a hessian sack at Paignton Zoo.

Three-year old’s Tatau's couture outfit was courtesy of a local coffee company which donated a number of sacks to the zoo.

Tatau the orangutan. Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

The zoo said keepers often gave the orangutans and other species "different things to play with in order to stimulate them mentally and physically".

Latest weather: Breezy with patchy rain

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There will be cloudy skies overnight with patchy rain in places, and perhaps the odd clearer spell too. This will keep temperatures up in comparison to Wednesday night, resulting in a frost-free night. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather
BBC

Friday will be breezy once again, with the odd spot of rain at times. It will turn wetter as a band of rain slowly moves eastwards through the day. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Warship HMS Bulwark spells out special Queen's birthday message

BBC Spotlight

The South West has been doing its bit to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen. 

Bells have been ringing out in celebration across the region, including those at Exeter's and Truro's cathedrals.

HMS Bulwark Queen's birthday message. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

Also, the crew of the Devonport-based warship HMS Bulwark spelled out a special message for Her Majesty whilst on exercise in the Bristol Channel (pictured).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- The government says it is "committed to Cornwall" despite cutting annual funding of £150k to promote and sustain the Cornish language

- Police in St Austell investigate two assaults on the same man in two days, on Sunday and Monday  

- Police Commissioner Tony Hogg welcomes the number of recorded crimes in Devon and Cornwall falling almost 4% in a year

- Chef Michael Caines exercises his rights to having the Freedom of Exeter by walking sheep through the city centre

- Work on Truro City's new stadium will start in October after the final legal document needed is signed, the club says

Pirates call for increased RFU funding

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates want the Rugby Football Union to review the amount of funding they give to Championship clubs.

Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

A new deal this summer will see sides in English rugby's fully-professional second tier receive around £500,000 of central funding from the RFU.

"We gratefully accept the increased funding from the RFU," Pirates chairman Ian Connell told BBC Sport. "But we believe that funding is still short to meet the ambitions and objectives that we've jointly set."

'There is a willow grows aslant...' and makes a bust of Shakespeare

A bust of William Shakespeare has been made by a craftswoman from Devon out of willow.

Willow bust of William Shakespeare
BBC

It took Hilary Burns, who lives near Paignton, about eight days to make the 6ft-high model of the Bard.

She used willow from the Somerset levels, as well as from Devon, to construct him. The bust will be on display at the British Museum this weekend.

Plymouth man, 81, says: 'Give us a job'

Chloe Axford

BBC Spotlight

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An 81-year-old man from Plymouth who is currently looking for a job says he's struggling to be taken seriously. 

Jack Smith, from Plymouth, has served with the Royal Navy and the London Fire Brigade, and also worked as a builder. But he said that any time he talked to potential employers about his age "they go quiet". He added his lack of computer knowledge could also be holding him back.

He said: "I can hardly use my mobile phone, so computers are way out. I suppose I am past it in many people's eyes eyes, but I'm still fit and healthy and can do a good day's work."

Government 'committed to Cornwall' despite language funding cut

BBC Radio Cornwall

The government has said it is "committed to Cornwall" despite cutting £150,000 of funding a year for the Cornish language.

Cornish flags
BBC

Cornwall Council criticised the move, saying the money had been provided since the language was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said Cornwall was the first county to benefit from a devolution deal and would have a "core spending power of £1.7bn" over four years. It added: "It is for local councils to decide what their priorities are and fund the services local people want to see."

Man assaulted twice in two days

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in St Austell are investigating two assaults on the same man in two days.

On Sunday morning, a van struck the 24-year-old local man in South Street, and a man inside the van grabbed and threatened him.

On Monday, at about 14:30 on the junction of Moorland Road into South Street, the victim was struck in the face and threatened by a woman who got out of a black Vauxhall Astra car. Police have appealed for witnesses to both incidents.

Culture Secretary's tribute to 'voice of Cornwall' Ted Gundry

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Culture Secretary has paid tribute to former Radio Cornwall presenter Ted Gundry, who died last week at the age of 81 following a long illness.

Ted Gundry
BBC

In the House of Commons, John Whittingdale told MPs that Gundry (pictured) was one of several much-loved celebrities and "distinguished figures" to have passed away in recent weeks, including Ronnie Corbett and Victoria Wood.

Mr Whittingdale said Gundry was the "voice of Cornwall".

GP practices struggling: Analysis

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Demand for GP appointments is rising at a time when it's becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new doctors, and up to a third in the South West are saying they're considering leaving the NHS.

GP with patient
BBC

NHS England has promised an extra £2.4bn a year for GPs. With many GPs potentially leaving, the NHS extra support is desperately needed and health bosses hope it will be enough to prevent the closure of struggling practices.

But that's little comfort to those whose surgeries already face closure. Some 3,000 patients at Cardrew Health Centre in Redruth are having to find another GP after it closes in July because NHS England has not renewed the contract.

Scotland prop Low signs new Exeter deal

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Scotland prop Moray Low has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Premiership club Exeter Chiefs.

Moray Low
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The 31-year-old has played 42 games for Exeter since moving from Glasgow Warriors in 2014 on a two-year deal.

Low has won 32 caps for Scotland after making his debut against France in the 2009 Six Nations.

Council will 'pay due regard' to Exmouth development poll

BBC Radio Devon

East Devon District Council (EDC) says it will "pay due regard" to what Exmouth Town Council decides to do following a public poll about controversial plans for Queen's Drive.

About 4,500 people took part in the town council poll, with 95% wanting more independent consultation over the plans, which include plans for a new watersports centre, flats, a cinema and shops. 

The town council said it "acknowledges" the poll showed people would like it to write to EDC "with the recommendation ... that further consultation is desirable". However, the district authority said there had already been "extensive consultation" and pointed out the poll was not legally binding on either authority.

New consultation into Cornish devolution

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A major consultation is about to begin on devolution in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council chamber
BBC

It is to look into whether 123 county councillors is the right amount for the area. 

It is also to consider whether Cornwall should have an elected mayor, similar to the mayor of London. However, skeptics say there's no appetite for such a role in the county.

Chef Michael Caines rustles up some sheep for Exeter Freeman walk

Missing French student, 11, 'found sleeping on park bench'

Plymouth Herald

Language school bosses say the disappearance of an 11-year-old French exchange student "should never have happened".

Shakespeare's second folio on display at cathedral

BBC Radio Devon

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An ancient book of Shakespeare's has gone on display at Exeter Cathedral. 

The second folio dates back to 1632 and has a hand coloured image of the playwright at the front. 

It is kept safe at the Cathedral's library, but will be out for the public to see until Saturday. The latest display coincides with the 400th Anniversary of the bard's death.

Plymouth waterfront owner 'may be sold'

Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

The owner of part of Plymouth's waterfront, and the lease of the city's former airport site, Sutton Harbour Holdings, may be sold, bosses say.

Managers said they had appointed Rothschild to help with a review and find possible buyers. 

Announcing its trading update for last year, the company said it believed it had significant growth potential, but it was "constrained by its existing capital structure". It said it was "appropriate" for it to look at other opportunities to maximise value for shareholders, including its sale.

Truro stadium overcomes final hurdle

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Work on Truro City's new stadium will start in October after the final legal document needed was signed.

Truro City's planned new ground
Truro City FC

The club has obtained a Section 106 planning order, which states that the club will move in to their new ground at Silver Bow on the outskirts of the city by 26 July 2017. 

"All the talking is finished," chairman Peter Masters told BBC Sport. "The diggers will go in in October this year, the building will commence in October or possibly before."

Plymouth man arrested in cold case rape investigation

BBC News England

Cold case investigators have arrested a 60-year-old man from Plymouth in connection with a rape that took place in Swindon in the 1980s.

The girl, who was 16 at the time, was attacked in a property in Swindon on 12 August, 1987.

'Evidence stacking up' in election expenses row

Plymouth swimmer Proud in Rio Olympics squad

BBC Sport

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ben Proud has been included in a 26-man squad for the Rio Olympics, but there's no place for Exeter's double Olympian Liam Tancock. 

Proud confirmed his place after he broke his own record in the 50m freestyle in last week's Olympics Trials in Glasgow. 

GP practices 'struggling and collapsing'

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Doctors in the South West are still struggling to meet the high demand for appointments despite some major changes carried out at surgeries to deal with pressures.

The failing Polkyth GP surgery was last summer reborn as the Carylon Health hub after other local GPs stepped in and merged to form St Austell Healthcare.

St Austell Healthcare
BBC

Healthcare medical director Dr Stewart Smith said: "The reality already is that practices are struggling and collapsing. It's a story we know only too well ... which forced us to come together and do what we're doing know. If we hadn't, the whole of general practice would have collapsed in St Austell." NHS England has announced a five-year plan to help GPs "get back on their feet".

Binge drinking: Not just by youngsters?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Up for discussion in Devon Debates: New research shows it's not just young people binge drinking at home. Where do you do your drinking?

This is your programme. Have your say by calling 0845 3011034.

Government cuts Cornish language funding

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it condemns a government decision to cut all funding for the Cornish language.

The authority said the government had provided up to £150,000 a year to support the language since it was recognised under the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in 2003. The cash has been cut with immediate effect.

Council cabinet member for culture Julian German said: "The government's decision not to support Cornish with any funding whatsoever goes against the international agreements they have signed up to and that makes no sense at all."

Councils 'expected' to take note of Exmouth development poll

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners concerned about proposals to redevelop Exmouth seafront say local authorities should take heed of a town council poll which voted overwhelmingly in favour of more independent consultation over plans for Queen's Drive. 

About 4,500 people who took part in the poll, with 95% wanting to make that recommendation to East Devon District Council. The poll had an 18% turnout. The proposals include plans for a new watersports centre, flats, a cinema and shops.

Campaigner Ron Metcalf said: "We expect that EDC [East Devon District Council], as well as the town council will recognise that people have voiced their concern and do want more consultation about what is developed on their seafront."

Drivers warned about other road users' 'vulnerability' after horse rider hurt

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Drivers should be mindful of the "vulnerability" of other road users with the improving weather, police say.

The call comes after a teenage horse rider was injured when a car spooked her animal in Ipplepen in Devon on Saturday morning. The 17-year-old girl sustained a suspected broken arm and sprained ankle. The driver went off without speaking to her. 

PC Daniel Furneaux said: "As summer approaches, more and more people are using the roads. These include cyclists, horse riders, walkers and vehicles. As always, we would remind people to be mindful of the vulnerability of other road users and to travel safely."

Queen's birthday celebrations on Isles of Scilly

A flag raising ceremony took place this morning outside the Town Hall on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

Flag raising
thisisscilly.com

Jon Mackenzie, from thisisscilly.com, said there were a few words from the Rev Penny Prince and the Rev Charlie Gibbs, followed by the assembled group of well-wishers singing the National Anthem and wishing Her Majesty a happy birthday.

'Patients will be safe' say senior doctors as they support strikes

Western Morning News

Senior medics from across the Westcountry have issued a vote of support to their junior colleagues who are next week planning an all-out strike.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- Two men are arrested on suspicion of assault after a man dies in Hayle

- The total number of recorded crimes in Devon and Cornwall falls almost 4% in a year, new figures say 

- The government cuts £150k annual funding for the Cornish language 

- A major consultation is to be carried out in Cornwall on numbers of councillors and whether the county should have an elected mayor, similar to London

- Police appeal for witnesses after a 17-year-old girl is knocked from her horse in Devon

- The owner of part of Plymouth's waterfront, and the lease of the city's former airport site, Sutton Harbour Holdings, may be sold 

Lane felt his position was untenable

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Former Plymouth Albion coach Simon Lane says his position was made untenable after new owners hired coaches from Exeter Chiefs to run the side in the wake of Graham Dawe's sacking.

Brickfields
Getty Images

Chiefs academy coaches Rob Gibson and Sam Morton were brought in on Monday to assist in coaching the squad.

"I couldn't see any real need to bring them in," Lane told BBC Sport. "The players are at the stage now where they could lead themselves for two games, if we're entirely honest."

Council considers devolution changes

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council is considering voting for a mayor and fewer councillors to sit on the authority. It's all about preparing for devolution.

What do you think? Call on 01872 222222.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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

Tides
BBC

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

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, the A392 East Road near Quintrell Downs is blocked eastbound between Bridle Way and the Halloon roundabout by an overturned car 

- The A394 near Wendron is partially blocked due to an incident near the turning for Seworgan

- In Devon, on the A30 between the Alphington junction near Exeter and the M5 at Exminster, there are reports of an incident

- In Cullompton, there are reports of an incident near Middle Mill Lane on Fore Street

Plymouth Airport firm Sutton Harbour Holdings may go up for sale

Plymouth Herald

The company which owns the lease of the former Plymouth City Airport site - and a key stretch of the waterfront - could be sold.

Men arrested after Hayle death released on bail

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two men arrested after the discovery of a body in Hayle have been released on bail, police say.

Hayle house
BBC

Officers were called to a property in Commercial Road (pictured) at about 18:10 on Friday after reports that a man suffered a cardiac arrest. A 55-year-old local man was found dead. Officers are treating the death as suspicious because of injuries on the body. 

Two local men, aged 42 and 53, were arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. They were released on bail until July.