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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 April
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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

Jewellery worth £40,000 found hidden in bureau

Sometimes it snows in April

BBC Spotlight

Flurries of snow have hit the South West on high ground today.

This picture of snow settling at Minions in Cornwall was sent in to BBC Spotlight.


Snow was also reported in part of Plymouth and on Dartmoor.

Latest weather: Showers overnight and a chilly Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Occasional showers will continue overnight, with some hail possible at times. It will be a cold night, with clearer spells at times, leading to a widespread frost forming by dawn. Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).


Wednesday will feel chilly, with sunshine and further showers, these turning wintry at times, especially over higher ground such as moors. Hail and thunder is also possible, and showers perhaps merging into a more prolonged spell of wet weather later. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Tonia Couch 'competition ready'

BBC Sport

Plymouth diver Tonia Couch says she is "competition ready" to end Britain's 56-year wait for a women's Olympic diving medal at Rio 2016.

Tonia Couch. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Couch (pictured) said: "At my first Olympics in 2008 I was there to enjoy diving for Team GB and there was no chance of a medal, but now I have more experience and I'm competition ready, so it would be lovely to achieve my [Olympic medal] dream."

Elizabeth Ferris was the last GB woman to secure an Olympic diving medal - getting bronze in Rome in 1960. Couch's next major event will be the European Championships at the London Aquatic Centre in May, ahead of the Olympic selection trials in Sheffield the following month.

Counting down to the World Pilot Gig Championships

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A Paignton hotel owner is fined £14,000 after admitting fire and safety offences

- The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital says it has taken action after an inquest finds a "number of errors" contributed to a man dying in a corridor

- Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula is joining Duran Duran at the Eden Project on BBC Music Day on 3 June, it's been revealed

London Marathon death: Tribute due at forces rugby match

BBC News England

A minute's applause is to be held at a rugby game this weekend to commemorate a Plymouth-based soldier who died after the London Marathon.

Capt David Seath and Gaby Schoenberger. Pic: PA

Thirty-one-year-old Afghanistan veteran David Seath (pictured with his partner, Gaby Schoenberger), from 29 Commando Royal Artillery, had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish on Sunday.

The applause is due to take place at 15:23 BST during the Army v Navy rugby match at Twickenham this Saturday. Friends are also planning to complete the marathon in his honour, starting at the place where he collapsed. More than £140,000 has so far been raised in his name for charity.

Hospital 'takes action' after man dies in corridor

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon hospital says it has taken a "number of actions" after a patient collapsed and died in a hospital corridor.

Calvin Marchant. Pic: Irving of Exeter
Irving of Exeter

Father-of-four Calvin Marchant, 48, was admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Friday, 2 January, 2015 with acute pancreatitis but died the next day, and was not seen by any medical staff on the Saturday. A coroner ruled a "number of errors, omissions and oversights" contributed to his death.

The hospital expressed its condolences to Mr Marchant’s family. It added: "We have carried out a full internal investigation into the circumstances of Mr Marchant’s death and taken a number of actions including strengthening our clinical handover process."

Speakerphone warning from police

Dartmoor community given support at planning inquiry

BBC Spotlight

Supporters of a woodland community in Dartmoor National Park have given evidence at planning inquiry.

The Steward Community Woodland near Moretonhampstead has lived on its site for 15 years. Planners at the national park authority have rejected permanent permission because they said the community has a harmful impact. The community is appealing against this.

Steward Community

Aaron Custence told the inquiry he was "very skeptical" when they moved in. He said he originally thought they had "moved in to trash the place". He added: "They are thoroughly decent people. They have an enormous respect for nature and a desire to live with it." Jules Smith, said the project was "a possible experimental solution to the global crisis". The inquiry continues.  

Hotel owner admits fire and safety breaches

Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Devon hotel owner has been fined £11,400 after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to comply with fire and safety legislation, putting lives in danger.

Torbay magistrates heard that 58-year-old Gary Gregory, of Torquay, failed to take action on recommendations in a fire risk assessment at the Cambria Hotel in Paignton in July 2015.

Cambria Hotel. Pic: Google

He also failed to ensure there were sufficient fire detector equipment or fire alarms, and failed to ensure that, in the event of danger, it would be possible for people to evacuate the hotel quickly and safely, the court heard. His defence team said fire safety was now "up to scratch".

Cornwall Council to lobby against academies plan for schools

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has voted nearly unanimously to lobby the government against plans to turn all schools into academies.

Cornwall Council

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has put forward plans for all schools in England to be required to become academies. But many local councils - which are local education authorities - and many MPs, including some backbench Conservatives, have criticised the move.

During a full meeting of Cornwall Council, 95 voted in favour of lobbying, three against and one councillor abstained.

School TB case 'likely' to be linked to previous outbreak

BBC Radio Devon

A new case of TB at a Devon school is "quite likely" to be linked to an outbreak last year, a senior health official says.

Teign School

A Year 11 pupil at Teign School in Kingsteignton is "recovering well" ater being diagnosed with the disease, Public Health England said. Last year, about 200 children from the school were found to have latent TB, a form of the disease which is not infectious.

Dr Sarah Harrison, a consultant in health protection for Public Health England, said: "The tests that we do to establish which strain it is do take some weeks, but it does seem quite likely... we're arranging testing for those who have had the most close prolonged contact with the case as a precaution."

MPs vote against refugee children coming into Britain

West Briton

All six of Cornwall's MPs last night voted against a plan to allow 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children into Britain.

Cornwall in top five for Council of the Year awards

Cornwall Council made it through to the final five in the Local Government Chronicle's Council of the Year awards.

Council logo
Cornwall Council

In a statement to the full council, leader John Pollard told members: "We did not win but the experience of reflecting on what we have achieved and benchmarking this against other councils was very worthwhile."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- Thousands of junior doctors across the South West take part in strike action over a new contract, including not providing emergency cover

- More than £140,000 has been raised in memory of a Plymouth-based soldier who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during the London Marathon 

- A planning inquiry is under way into an appeal by people from an eco-community on Dartmoor

- Cornwall Councillors vote to lobby the government to scrap plans to make every school an academy by 2022

- Steamship enthusiasts in north Devon celebrate after being given a grant of £155,000 to help save SS Freshspring, thought to be the last sea-going small coastal steamer

- The owners of Burgh island's famous Art Deco hotel off Devon are planning to build a contemporary suite teetering on the top of a cliff

Doctors' strike: March in Truro

Police hunt 'despicable' distraction burglar

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 90-year-old woman has had her purse stolen during a distraction burglary in what police have described as a "despicable crime".

Officers said the theft took place between 14:00-15:00 on Sunday after a man knocked on the woman’s front door in Wolborough Street in Newton Abbot, saying he had been running, asking to use her toilet and to have a drink. Her purse containing £50 was taken.

The suspect was described as white, slim, between 17 and 18 years old and 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall. He had dark, ruffled hair, spiked at the front; and was wearing a dark jacket, dark jeans and dirty white trainers. Det Con Rich Jones said: “This is a despicable crime involving the deliberate targeting of an elderly person."

Dartmoor planners 'out of step' over woodland community

BBC Spotlight

A planning inquiry into whether a community can remain on land within Dartmoor National Park has been told there is "lack of understanding of the holistic nature of this project". 

The Steward Community Woodland near Moretonhampstead has existed on temporary planning permissions for 15 years. Planners at the national park authority have rejected permanent permission because they said the community has a harmful impact.

Steward Community

David Stephens, for the community, told the inquiry the park authority's opposition was "out of step with local opinion" and on-site living was an "essential part of the project". Stephen Whale, for the authority, said the development was "harmful to the character and appearance of the park", adding the "benefits do not outweigh the harm". The hearing continues.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, the A30 westbound at Launceston is partially blocked due to an incident near the A388 Tavistock Road (the Callington turn-off) 

- In Devon, on the A361 in South Molton, there are reports of an incident at the A399 Aller Cross

Attend hospital 'unless you're contacted by staff'

Latest weather: Cold with variable cloud and sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be an afternoon of variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells. There will some scattered showers which could be wintry over moors and possible of hail. Feeling cold, especially in and around any showers in a fresh northerly wind.

The wind will be strong at times along the north coast. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).


Overnight we will see some showers that could be wintry. We will have some clear spells too allowing for a patchy frost inland. Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F).

Coroner slams hospital over Calvin Marchant death

A coroner has slammed a hospital over the death of a man who was able to leave his bed and was found by a porter collapsed in a main corridor. 

Assistant coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon Lydia Brown ruled: "There were a number of errors, omissions and oversights that contributed to his death."

Calvin Marchant's life may have been saved had it not been for "missed opportunities", lawyers for his family told the inquest. The 48-year-old jewellery shopkeeper had been admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 2 January 2015 and died the next day.

Devon Debates: Junior doctors not covering emergencies - have things gone too far?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Up for discussion on Devon Debates today: Junior doctors are on strike and, for the first time in NHS history, it includes emergency cover.

Have things gone too far? Have your say by calling us on 0845 3011034.

Council approves St Piran's public holiday work

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has approved a motion to look further at making St Piran's Day a local public holiday.

St Piran flags
Andrew Segal

A day to mark the patron saint of tinners is held in the county on 5 March every year.

At the full council meeting, Councillor Bert Biscoe said St Piran's Day didn't need to be public holiday, and that people should just enjoy it. But a motion was carried for further work on the proposal.

London Marathon death: £100k raised in honour of Capt David Seath

BBC News England

More than £100,000 has been raised for charity Help For Heroes following the death of a Plymouth-based Army captain after the London Marathon on Sunday.

David Seath. Pic: MoD

Afghanistan veteran David Seath, 31, who served with 29 Commando Royal Artillery, had a cardiac arrest three miles short of the finish, near the 23-mile mark, close to Southwark Bridge. 

More than £50,000 has been donated to his own online page, while a separate campaign set up yesterday has raised more than £70,000. A series of events has also been announced to pay tribute to Capt Seath. His friends are planning to complete the marathon in his honour, starting at the place where he collapsed.

Doctors' Strike: On the picket line

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

School 'working closely' with health bosses after pupil gets TB

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon school says it is "working closely" with public health officials after a pupil had to begin treatment for tuberculosis at a school that had an outbreak last year.

The Year 11 pupil at Teign School in Kingsteignton was "recovering well" and a "low infectious risk", Public Health England said. About 200 children from the school were found to have latent TB, a form of the disease which is not infectious, last year.

Teign School

Head teacher Mark Woodlock said: "It is always difficult to share news that one member of our community is not well.

"We are working closely with Public Health England to ensure that immediate action is taken to locate and treat any individuals who may also be affected and that parents are provisioned with all necessary information."

Hillsborough inquests: Verdicts reaction

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Inquests have concluded that 96 football fans who died as a result of a crush in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed.

I'll be talking to one man from Cornwall who was at the fateful game. 

Call in on 01872 222222.

Inquest continues into man who died in hospital corridor

BBC Radio Devon

An inquest is continuing into a man who collapsed and died in a hospital corridor.

Father-of-four Calvin Marchant, 48, had been admitted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Friday, 2 January, 2015 with acute pancreatitis but died the next day, and was not seen by any medical staff on the Saturday.

Calvin Marchant. Pic: Irving of Exeter
Irving of Exeter

Mr Marchant's life may have been saved had it not been for "missed opportunities", lawyers for his family said.

Pensioner works on Exmoor pony showjumping to help charity

BBC Spotlight

A pensioner from London has set himself the challenge to learn how to showjump an Exmoor pony in just three months.

Michael Woodcock

Seventy-two-year-old Michael Woodcock aims to jump round a course of jumps at the Dunster Country Fair in July.

He's raising money for the Exmoor Pony Centre at Dulverton to raise awareness about the Exmoor being on the Rare Breeds "endangered" list.

Doctors' strike: 'Only losers' in dispute

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The Totnes Conservative MP is a former GP and head of Parliament's Health Select Committee.

Dementia roadshow demonstrates disease symptoms

BBC Radio Cornwall

Carers of people with dementia can get a better idea of what patients go through at a special roadshow in Cornwall today.

It's the first time that the Virtual Dementia Tour, being held in Launceston, has been in the region. Volunteers are asked to carry out everyday tasks with some of their senses artificially impaired.

It's thought that better awareness of the condition and how it influences people will help care home staff be better informed and have more understanding of those with dementia.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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


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