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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016
  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.

Pygmy slow loris gets to grips with being seen

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A pygmy slow loris born at Paignton Zoo in March is becoming easier for visitors to spot as it can be seen clutching one of its parents while out and about.

Pygmy slow loris Pic: Ray Wiltshire/Paignton Zoo
Ray Wiltshire/Paignton Zoo

The single youngster was born on 8 March to an experienced breeding pair with the less-than-exotic names: 8504 (Dad) and 8605 (Mum). The un-named and as yet unsexed baby weighed about 25-30g when born.

The zoo currently has seven of the animals, which are rare among mammals due to having a toxic bite.

Latest weather: Clear overnight before a dry Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Cloud will melt away overnight to leave clear spells with light winds. This will allow temperatures to fall quite rapidly. A minimum temperature of 3C (37F) will see a light frost forming in a few low-lying sheltered areas.

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be dry with sunny spells, and temperatures will rise a little higher than on Tuesday, making it feel warm in the light winds. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A yacht competing in the Transat race, VandB, heads to France after colliding with a cargo ship 

- Two men and a woman are arrested after a mass brawl breaks out following a baby naming ceremony

- A Royal Marine who was over the drink-drive limit when he collided with a moped rider is fined £1,500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months

- The government praises a partnership between Petroc College in Tiverton and the Northern Devon Health Care Trust which aims to encourage more people to train for health jobs

- A new scheme to involve ordinary people in policing in Newquay - Street Net - is hailed a success

- Cornwall is set to recieve up to £1.5m worth of European investment to develop a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Access Hub

Interest in Eden's flowers is not to be sniffed at

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Two titan arums have flowered within a day of each other, which Eden Project horticulturist Tim Grigg said was an "incredibly rare occurrence".

The titan arum is a rare and striking flower that usually lives for between seven and 10 years before flowering for as little as 48 hours and then dying. It's infamous for its "horrendous odour", which has been been likened to decaying flesh which attracts pollinators.

Police turn down dance-off challenge

Police on the Isles of Scilly have turned down a dancing challenge by their counterparts in New Zealand.

New Zealand Police
New Zealand Police

Police from New Zealand created a video showing off their best moves and asked police in the Isles of Scilly to pick up the gauntlet. However, Sgt Colin Taylor from Scilly said he and his colleagues' dancing and body-popping days had long since passed.

Moped rider death sentence a 'total disgrace'

BBC Spotlight

The father of a moped rider who died after he collided with a tipper truck driven by a Royal Marine Commando who was over the drink-drive limit says the punishment handed out by the court was a "total disgrace and a total let-down".

Twenty-eight-year-old Jack Taylor, who serves with Bickleigh-based 42 Commando, hit 20-year-old Steven Davidson-Hackett in Ludwell Lane, in Exeter, in June 2012. Taylor admitted taking a tipper truck without authority, drink-driving and having no insurance. He was fined £1,500 at Exeter Crown Court and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Ray Davidson-Hackett
BBC

The judge said the Crown had been unable to proceed against Taylor "in relation to a more serious offence" because of a Supreme Court ruling. Ray Davidson-Hackett (pictured) said: "My son's life is worth fifteen-hundred quid. The courts have let us down, the CPS have let us down and the legal system have let us down."

New fire control room system: Analysis

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A new computerised emergency response system is being introduced by the fire service in Devon and Somerset.

The £8m Vision 4 system allows 999 calls not answered within six seconds to be transferred to backup operators in Hampshire.

Fire control room system
BBC

We were given access to the fire control room to see the new system being put into action. It seemed to work smoothly and effectively. 

But the real test for Vision 4 will be longer term. Commanders said it could help save lives by cutting call-out times, but the Fire Brigades Union said it was "not convinced it’s safe". With such conflicting views about the system, both the service and the union will be monitoring its performance closely.

Launceston boss Tucker positive about chances next season

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Launceston boss Jimmy Tucker says he is upbeat about his side's chances next season despite going down from National Two South without winning a game.

The Cornish club lost 90-3 in their final game against Old Albanian and ended the season with just 10 points.

Launceston
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

"We've been absolutely annihilated in this league in this current season," Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall. "But the boys that have stayed have stuck together and they are positive and motivated."

You must be kidding... record goat entries for Royal Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A record number of dairy goats will be competing at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, which will run from 9-11 June.

Goat
Royal Cornwall Show

Organisers said 111 entries had been submitted this year, surpassing the previous record of 99.

Woodland grows after sewage work finished

Anger as thieves break into charity shop

The Cornishman

A break-in at a Penzance charity shop has left staff and local police questioning who could have sunk so "low" to have done such a thing.

Life ban for Plymouth baby name brawlers

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Anyone involved in a mass brawl at a Plymouth club following a baby naming ceremony will be banned for life, club bosses say.

Parkway
BBC

Two men, aged 23 and 29, and a 24-year-old woman were arrested for affray after about 15 people were reported to be fighting at the Parkway Sports and Social Club.

Managing director Chris Carwithen said the fracas started in the bar after the naming ceremony as "an altercation that escalated out of control". He said: "We are holding our own investigation and anyone involved will be banned for life. We don't tolerate that kind of behaviour."

McGuigan and Botha to leave Exeter Chiefs in the summer

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs pair Byron McGuigan and Chrysander Botha will leave Sandy Park in the summer, the club has confirmed.

The Namibian full-backs have been on the fringes of the Premiership side's squad this season, making only two appearances between them.

Byron McGuigan (left) and Chrysander Botha
Getty Images

Botha has had his time in Devon disrupted by a broken leg and dislocated ankle in November 2014, while McGuigan has scored four tries for the club.

Fire control system 'thoroughly tested'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A new fire control room system in Devon and Somerset has been "thoroughly tested here and in other areas", the authority's chief fire officer says.

Fire control room
BBC

The £8m Vision 4 system allows 999 calls not answered by the local control room within six seconds to be transferred to backup operators in Hampshire. It can also locate where 999 calls are made from. However, the Fire Brigades Union said the system "sometimes crashes and freezes".

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: "We have back up plans in place if there are problems. We believe it is safe and can help us respond more quickly to emergencies in exactly the way the public wants."

And then there was one: Single bobby covers beat

Cornish Guardian

The number of full-time police officers patrolling the Wadebridge-Padstow area has been reduced to just one.

Phew's company: Eden's smelly flowers bloom together

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A pair of rare "corpse flowers" nicknamed after their terrible stench have bloomed at the same time.

Titan Arum. Pic: Eden Project
Eden Project

It is the first time two Titan Arum, housed at Cornwall's Eden Project, have opened together, staff said.

The larger of the two blooming flowers opened on Monday, after the smaller of the pair opened on Sunday night.

Woman, 91, robbed of £200 in distraction raid

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 91-year-old woman had £200 stolen from her during a during a distraction burglary in Cornwall, police say.

The victim was at home in Tower Close in Pelynt, near Looe, on Friday when a man selling tea towels knocked on her door at about 13:45. He stole the money from an envelope in the woman's front room when she went to find a pen after he asked for one.

The man also called at a neighbours just beforehand, officers said. He was described as white, between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 6ins tall, and may have had a foreign accent. He was wearing a blue anorak and carrying a folder.

Royal Marine fined £1,500 in moped rider death case

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine Commando who was over the drink-drive limit when he collided with a moped rider has been fined £1,500 at Exeter Crown Court and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Steven Davidson-Hackett
Family of Steven Davidson-Hackett

Twenty-eight-year-old Jack Taylor, who serves with Bickleigh-based 42 Commando, hit 20-year-old Steven Davidson-Hackett (pictured) in Ludwell Lane in Exeter in June 2012. Taylor admitted taking a tipper truck without authority, drink-driving and having no insurance.

Sentencing, Judge Graham Cottle said he understood Mr Davidson-Hackett's family and friends would feel let down by the criminal justice system, but added the Crown had been unable to proceed against Taylor "in relation to a more serious offence" because of a Supreme Court ruling.

The Bank of Mum & Dad

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The so-called "Bank of Mum & Dad" will lend their children a total of £5bn this year.

How much have you dished out to help your kids? 

Let us know on 0345 3011034.

Latest weather: Largely clear, but a chance of overnight frost

BBC Weather

It will remain dry and bright with patchy cloud and some good spells of sunshine for the rest of the day. Winds will be light to moderate north-westerly turning to south-westerly later. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight there will be largely clear skies. There is, however, a slight risk of some short-lived patchy mist and fog forming later in the night for a time. Winds will be variable light, mainly southerly. Minimum temperature will be 2C (36F), causing frost in a few low-lying sheltered areas.

Sats protest: No school for Inigo

Man charged with drink-driving after car smashes into house

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has been charged with drink-driving after a car crashed into a house in Helston on Sunday, police say.

The Audi A3 hit the house in Pasmore Road at about 06:00. A woman in her 80s was inside at the time. She was not hurt but had to stay with family while the property was made safe. The driver was uninjured.

A 21-year-old local man was due to appear at Truro Magistrates' Court later this month over the incident, police said.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- Two men and a woman are arrested after a mass brawl breaks out following a baby naming ceremony in Plymouth

- A 91-year-old woman has £200 stolen from her during a distraction burglary in Cornwall 

- People in Braunton say they want action over levels of air pollution 

- A new computerised emergency response system is introduced by the fire service in Devon and Somerset

Plymouth Argyle's play-off dates confirmed

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The dates of Plymouth Argyle's League Two play-off semi final games against Portsmouth have been confirmed.

The Pilgrims will face their dockyard rivals on Thursday, 12 May and Sunday, 15 May with the winners playing in a Wembley final for the chance of reaching the third tier of English football.

Plymouth Argyle
Rex Features

The only thing yet to be decided is whether Argyle will play the first or second leg at Home Park, with their last regular-season game coming on Saturday against Hartlepool.  

Mary Berry discusses retirement plans in Salcombe - she doesn't have any!

Torquay Herald Express

Baking queen Mary Berry says she has no plans to retire - because there is "plenty of time to rest in heaven".

Looks who's on this afternoon

Fire control room system 'crashes and freezes'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A new fire control room system in Devon and Somerset is concerning because it "sometimes crashes and freezes", the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says.

Fire control room
BBC

The Vision 4 system allows 999 calls not answered by the Devon and Somerset control room within six seconds to be transferred to backup operators in Hampshire. It can also locate where a 999 call is made from. Service bosses said it could cut call-out times.

But Trevor French, Devon and Somerset secretary of the FBU said: "It’s ... been known to send fire crews from the wrong stations, and with the wrong equipment to fight a fire."

Plymouth baby naming ceremony ends in brawl

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Two men and a woman have been arrested after a mass brawl broke out following a baby naming ceremony.

Parkway Sports and Social Club
Google

Police were called to the Parkway Sports and Social Club in Ernesettle Lane, Plymouth, on Sunday after about 15 people were reported to be fighting in a bar. Police said it broke out at 19:55.

"A number of people suffered minor injuries following the brawl," said police. Two men, aged 23 and 29, and 24-year-old woman were arrested for affray and later bailed until 23 May.

Should seven-year-olds be tested at school?

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

Welcome to the phone-in with me today.

Do you think it's right for children as young as seven to be tested at school? Hundreds of parents are keeping their children off school today to protest about Sats.

Call me on 01872 222222.

Repairs hit Buckfastleigh water supplies

Author Morpurgo writes Leicester football fairytale

BBC Radio 4

The Devon-based author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, has written a new fairytale, titled Fox and the Ghost King, to celebrate Leicester City fulfilling a football fairytale of winning the Premiership against the odds.

Michael Morpurgo
BBC

Some fans have attributed Leicester’s miraculous season to Richard III being laid to rest after his remains were discovered in a car park in the city.

Mr Morpurgo wrote and performed Fox and the Ghost King (or Uneasy Lies The Head That Dreams The Impossible Dream) for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Biker suffers serious head injury in crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have appealed for witnesses after a motorcyclist came off his bike in Newquay and suffered a serious head injury.

The male rider came off his bike on the A392 Gannel Road at about 19:30 on Saturday, police said. No other vehicles were involved.

He was initially taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but was later transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He remains in a critical condition.

Home care service gets outstanding rating

BBC Radio Devon

Inspectors have rated a home care service in Budleigh Salterton as outstanding. 

The CQC said the service provided by Home Instead Senior Care in Brook Road was good for being safe, effective and caring and outstanding for being well led and responsive to people's needs. 

The Deputy Chief Inspector said people got support from staff with the right skills who treated them with kindness, compassion and dignity. She added that other providers should read the report to see what they can learn.

Fire service brings in new emergency response system

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A new computerised emergency response system is being introduced by the fire service in Devon and Somerset.

Fire control room
BBC

The Vision 4 system allows 999 calls not answered by the Devon and Somerset Fire Service control room within six seconds to be transferred to backup operators in Hampshire.

Commanders said it could help save lives by cutting call out times by up to several minutes. But the Fire Brigades Union said the £8m system, which has been funded by the government, has caused problems in other areas and they were "not convinced it’s safe".

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

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.