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

Poldark star: 'I can't understand Cornish accent'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

TV hunk Aidan Turner admits he can't understand the Cornish accent of his colleagues in Poldark.

Aidan Turner

He admitted to the Radio Times that he still struggles to understand his co-stars who do speak with the accent, saying: "When I listen to Jud and Prudie (played by Philip Davis and Beatie Edney), I can't understand a single word of it! 

"And even Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) at times, I look at her script, which is written phonetically, and I can't work any of it out."

The second series is due on BBC One this autumn.

Weekend patient who died in hospital 'not seen by medical staff'

A Devon man collapsed and died in a hospital's main corridor on a weekend when he was not seen by any medical staff, an inquest heard today.

Calvin Marchant's life may have been saved had it not been for "missed opportunities", lawyers for his family said. He had been admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter in Exeter on 2 January 2015 with acute pancreatitis but died the next day.  

Latest Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

- A nurse has been struck off after assaulting a 90-year-old dementia patient in a Cornish care home

- Tributes have been paid to a Plymouth-based army officer who died while running the London Marathon yesterday

- A rare motorcycle discovered in a Cornwall barn set a new world record after selling for more than £300,000

- Hundreds of people in a small town on Exmoor have signed a petition to stop their local church from selling two cottages

- The first marine stewardship council certified Cornish hake is hitting a major supermarket's shelves this week

Thousands queue for Titanic exhibition in Plymouth

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A382 is blocked in both directions between Newton Abbot and Forches Cross, and there's queuing traffic due to a collision at the junction of Ringslade Road

- A lane is blocked on the A374 Embankment Road outbound in Plymouth at the A379 Laira Bridge Road junciton because of emergency repairs

- The A39 High Street in Camelford is just passable but there is slow traffic in both directions between the B3266 Clease Road junction and Pencarrow, because of an overturned car

- In Stockley, just outside Okehampton, the B3260 is blocked in both directions due to a collision near the Garden Centre

- Pembroke Street in Devonport is partially blocked near George Street due to an incident

Plymouth businessman accused of £40,000 fraud

Plymouth Herald

A businessman has appeared in court accused of a series of frauds adding up to more than £40,000.

Cornwall care home nurse struck off for hitting woman, 90

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A nurse has been struck off after assaulting a 90-year-old dementia sufferer in a Cornish care home.

Care generic

A Nursing and Midwidery Council (NMC) panel heard Daniela Musca slapped the woman twice in the face at the Collamere Nursing Home in Lostwithiel in January 2014. Miss Musca, 47, told the panel the woman had hit her in the face. 

But the panel agreed her response had been "excessive" and ordered her to be struck off the nursing register.   

Weather latest: Dry and cold as skies clear

BBC Weather

It will stay cold overnight but it does turn drier as skies clear, with fewer showers. It remains on the breezy side with frost developing in rural spots - minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Weather forecast for Tuesday 26 April

Tomorrow there will be fewer showers than there were on Monday, with some decent sunny spells.  

Any showers may have a wintry flavour though, particularly over the moors. Feeling chilly in the keen northerly breeze. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Twelve-year-old chorister to represent Exeter at super choir event

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A 12-year-old chorister from Exeter cathedral has been chosen for a super-choir event to be hosted by Aled Jones and Alexander Amrstrong later this week.

Gabriel Beamish will join 60 other representatives from cathedrals across the country for the Cathedral Choristers of Britain concert, held at St Paul's cathedral.  

Police issue snake warning

Full RNLI season begins this weekend

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

RNLI lifeguards will take up daily posts on beaches in Devon and Cornwall from this weekend as patrols for the 2016 summer season get underway.

Nigel Millard

With the Bank Holiday weekend approaching, the RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to listen to the charity’s safety advice and use beaches where lifeguards are on patrol.

Church says it had permission for sale in low-rent Dulverton cottages row

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A church leader has hit back at criticism from local people for selling two cottages rented to young people.

Joyce Burton

The properties in Dulverton, Exmoor, were left to the church by local woman Joyce Burton who had always rented the houses out at affordable prices to try to keep young local people in the town. Relatives say she wanted that to carry on - but the church says her will says differently. 

The Rev Stephen Stuckes, Rural Dean for Exmoor said: "The cost of maintenance has prevented the church from carrying out its wider mission in the parish. She said in her will the church could do what it seemed fit with the cottages."   

Heart-throb Aidan Turner says he did not audition for Poldark role

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Aidan Turner has admitted that his lead role in Poldark is the first part he has not had to audition for.

Aidan Turner

Turner, 32, whose naked torso set pulses racing in the BBC series, told the Radio Times: "I usually audition for things but they just sent me the scripts and the books, and asked me if I wanted to play the role. Everybody else must have been busy."

The second series is expected to transmit this autumn on BBC One.

War medals stolen

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Police are trying to trace a number of war medals that have been stolen from a Devon home and may have been sold in Buckinghamshire.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The war medals were taken in a burglary in Plymstock, Plymouth on 29 January and belonged to the late Col James Rowland Walkey who served in both world wars and the late Brig John Gurney.

PC Andrew Kay said the medals were of "huge sentimental value" to the families of the servicemen and police believe they may have been sold in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire.

Sun sets on Bude

Cornwall Council member for Bude, Nigel Pearce, took this spectacular picture of Sunday's sunset.

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Derek Adams: Plymouth Argyle boss says automatic promotion is 'extremely difficult'

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams has conceded that it will be tough for his side to win automatic promotion from League Two after losing 3-2 at home to bottom side Dagenham and Redbridge.

Derek Adams

The Pilgrims were five points clear at the top of the league in November. They are now in fifth place, three points off third position.

"If you can't win against the bottom side in the table when you need to win, then it's going to be extremely difficult," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

Hundreds protest church cottage plan

Hundreds of people in a small town on Exmoor have signed a petition to stop their local church from selling two cottages. 

The cottages in Exmoor

The properties were left to the church by local woman Joyce Burton, who had always rented the houses out at affordable prices to try to keep young local people in the town. 

Relatives say she wanted that to carry on but the church argues her will has different instructions.

Plymouth sea trials for drone boats

School children in Plymouth are helping a company test marine drones that the manufacturer says could "revolutionise how we use our oceans".


The trial will see the drones operate on the surface of the sea off Plymouth. AutoNaut director, David Maclean, said he could see swarms of them operating on the world's oceans in the future.

The boats run on minimal power and can travel long distances, staying on the ocean for up to three months at a time.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

- Plymouth Army captain, Capt David Seath, died after taking part in the London Marathon.

- Consultation has begun on new sites for Gypsies and travellers in Cornwall. 

- Hundreds of people in a small town on Exmoor have signed a petition to stop their local church from selling two cottages.

- The first Cornish hake certified by the Marine Stewardship Council is hitting a major supermarket's shelves this week.

Brough motorcycles sell for £750,000

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Eight rare Brough bikes found on Bodmin Moore in December last year have sold at auction for £752,625.

George Brough chatting to Lawrence of Arabia

One of the bikes, a 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 sold for £330,000, breaking the record for the most expensive bike sold at auction.

Brough bikes were made famous by TE Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, who owned eight of them.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- On the A382, there are reports of a crash between Newton Abbot and Forches Cross at the junction of Ringslade Road

- In Fowey the A3082 is partially blocked and there is slow traffic, due to a crash near the caravan park, around the B3269

- On the A30 at Bodmin there is slow traffic in the roadworks area eastbound between the A38 Launceston Road at Callywith and Millpool Lane at Preeze Cross

Public consultation launched in Cornwall over more gypsy and traveller sites

BBC Radio Cornwall

People in Cornwall are being asked for their views on how and where more sites for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople could be provided by the council.

Sally Bowers and her son at the car park in Coverack

More than the current three public sites are needed and evidence suggests that by 2030 Cornwall will need an additional 318 residential pitches, Cornwall Council said

The council previously admitted it had no "alternative site" for a traveller who had raised her family in a car park in Coverack, after she was served an eviction notice.

London Marathon 2016: Tragic Plymouth-based Army captain David Seath a "hero"

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Help for Heroes said a Plymouth-based Army captain who collapsed four miles from the finishing line of the London Marathon was their "friend and hero".

Ben Hoskins

Afghanistan veteran David Seath, a fire support team commander for 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Plymouth, had a cardiac arrest near the 23-mile mark near Southwark Bridge. 

Mr Seath's friends are planning to complete the marathon in his honour, starting at the place where he collapsed. They are raising money for Help For Heroes, a cause he had "ran and died for".

Woman whose daughters had meningitis urges vaccine to be given to all children

BBC Radio Devon

A woman from north Devon whose two children both had meningitis says we "need to get prevention" for all children, as MPs debate whether young children should receive the meningitis B vaccine as well as newborn babies.

Lydia, Jodie and Millie Cross
Jodie Cross

Jodie Cross' daughters, Millie and Lydia, were given slim chances of survival when they were both diagnosed with the infection in 2003.

Politicians only seem to look "short-term, they don't look long-term", Mrs Cross said.

Titanic exhibition attracts thousands

BBC Spotlight

About 3,000 people turned out to a free one-day exhibition showcasing Plymouth's part in the story of the Titanic.

Discharge papers

On 15 April 1912 RMS Titanic sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives - almost two thirds of those on board.

Two weeks later the first survivors from the crew came ashore at Plymouth's Millbay Docks.

Find out more about the city's part in the tragedy at 13:30 on BBC One.

Silverware and crockery

Poundworld to open new south Devon store

Plymouth Herald

Value retailer Poundworld has announced it is to open a new Devon store.

Army captain based in Plymouth dies after London Marathon

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

An army captain who collapsed four miles from the finishing line of the London Marathon has died.

David Seath

Afghanistan veteran David Seath, who was based in Plymouth with the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, had a cardiac arrest near the 23-mile mark near Southwark Bridge. 

He received immediate medical attention and was rushed to St Thomas' Hospital but died later.

Bath overtakes Exeter as top university in South West

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The University of Exeter has been overtaken by Bath as the South West's top university, according to the latest national league table.

University of Exeter
University of Exeter

Of the 12 regional institutions included in the survey, 10 have fallen down the ranks. The only climber in Devon, Plymouth University, is currently ranked 84th in the country.

The annual table considers student satisfaction and research quality as part of its criteria.

Man pulled from River Lemon remains in hospital in “stable condition”

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A man who was pulled from the River Lemon at Newton Abbot is in a "stable condition" in hospital.

The man, in his sixties, had serious, "potentially life threatening" head injuries when he was rescued byfire crews on Saturday.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the man was taken to Torbay Hospital and then transferred to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

Bodmin hit by power cut

New beach safety partnership announced

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A new partnership has been formed to promote beach safety and clean bathing waters.

Porthminster Beach in St Ives
Adam Gibbard/Visit Cornwall

Beachwise is supported by various organisations, including the Environment Agency and Visit Cornwall.

The online site will give advice on topics such as understanding the different beach flags, tides and rip currents.

Family from north Devon backs extension of Meningitis vaccine to all children

BBC Radio Devon

A family from north Devon is backing the call for the Meningitis B vaccine to be made available to older children, as well as babies.

Nurse should a syringe

Millie and Lydia Cross from Braunton both contracted meningitis and septicaemia as infants with Lydia, now 15, having had both legs amputated. Their mother Jodie has been leading the call for the vaccine to become more widely available.

MPs will debate an e-petition today calling for more funding, but the department of health says extending the vaccine to older children is "not cost effective".

Fox gets Rio qualifying time

BBC Sport

Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox, from St Stephen near St Austell, was among five backstrokers to achieve qualifying standards for the Rio Paralympics at the Para-swimming trials in Glasgow.  

It means all five of the swimmers can be considered for selection for Rio.

Police appeal after woman in her sixties assaulted

Woman from Exeter, paralysed from the waist down, abseils for Girl Guides

Exeter Express & Echo

A wheelchair-bound woman from Exeter abseiled down a 150ft cliff on Saturday to raise funds for a Girl Guide group in the city.

Rare motorbikes smash world record at auction

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A rare motorcycle discovered in a barn in Cornwall has set a new world record by selling for more than £300,000 at auction.

1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4

The 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 was one of eight iconic Brough Superiors found on Bodmin Moor in December last year, which were previously thought to have been destroyed.

Together the eight bikes, described by auctioneers Bonhams as the "last known collection" of unrestored Broughs, fetched £752,625.

Cornish students to star with Royal Shakespeare Company actors

BBC Radio Cornwall

A group of Cornish students are preparing to present their Peaseblossoms, Moths and Mustardseeds at the Hall for Cornwall.

Year seven students rehearsing with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Launceston College

The 29 year sevens from Launceston College are playing fairies in a special touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, together with stars from the Royal Shakespeare company.

It's all part of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the Bard's death.

Remembering the blitz 75 years on

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Poppy seeds will be scattered today in honour of those who lost their lives in the Plymouth Blitz.

Plymouth Blitz: Damage In Plymouth
Getty Images

Nearly 1,200 people died in Plymouth due to the bombings carried out by German aircraft during World War Two.

The seeds, which were blessed by the Bishop of Plymouth during a remembrance service on Sunday, will be planted around Charles Church - a bombed out ruin left as a permanent reminder of those who died.