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  1. Updates on Monday 9 May 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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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.

New Poldark series to be 'darker, more intense'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Aidan Turner, the star of Cornwall-set drama Poldark, is remaining tight-lipped about the second series of the hit drama.

Speaking after the show won the Radio Times Audience Award at this year's Bafta Television Awards on Sunday, he said: "I can't tell you anything, I would get fired."  


However, screenwriter Debbie Horsfield was a little more forthcoming, saying: "It's darker, more intense, a few more tears."

Latest weather: Rain clearing through the night but back on Tuesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

A few showers will continue this evening, but these should clear during the early hours, leaving it cloudy and very misty by the morning. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Tuesday will be cloudy and misty throughout, with more prolonged rainfall through the day. This is likely to be heavy at times, and again may perhaps turn thundery for some. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Two arrested after drugs found in Newquay police raid

Two men have been arrested for suspected drugs offences after police carried out a raid in Newquay.

Cannabis plants. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers said a "large number of cannabis plants were seized, along with equipment used in the cultivation of cannabis" during a search of a licensed premises in Bank Street on Monday morning. A large amount of cash was also seized.

Cannabis plants. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Two Newquay men, aged 44 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. Insp Dave Meredith said the operation "sends a very clear message that the police will always take robust action against the supply of controlled drugs".

Redruth homeless hostel plans slammed by councillors

West Briton

Plans to open a homeless hostel in the heart of Redruth have been condemned by furious councillors.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- The newly-elected police commissioner for Cornwall and Devon says she will not be involved with any officers carrying out an investigation into general election expenses

- The leader of Cornwall Council says it is up to councillors to decide whether to take a recommended 13% increase in their expenses

- Newquay Police seize a large quantity of cannabis and materials being used to grow it

- St Ives' MP says Cornwall Council is confident it will stand up to a judicial review about a referendum which saw people vote against any new houses in the town becoming second homes

'No police response' to man found in road, inquest told

David George

BBC Spotlight

An inquest into the death of a man from Newquay, who was found collapsed on a road in Bodmin, heard there were calls to the police from a number of witnesses but, it appears, no police response.

Christopher Rothwell, 46, died in hospital after being found collapsed on Dennison Road in Bodmin in August 2014. The inquest jury was told he was treated by a passing retired paramedic who called the police. At least two other witnesses had also called officers for help. 

A duty paramedic, Micheal Hancock, who was at the scene, said in a statement he'd called for the police to attend over his radio. He was at the scene an hour later and said he saw no police officers at any time. The hearing in Truro, due to last four days, continues.

Hospital league over reporting of concerns 'not reflective of culture'

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A league table which raised significant concerns about Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and said staff felt they could not always raise concerns about poor performance is "probably not truly reflective" of the culture there, a senior manager says.

Derriford Hospital

Many hospital staff across the South West were still afraid to raise concerns about poor performance, according to the table.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Dr Phil Hughes said: "I think we have to be very open to looking at these results and seeing whether or not they are valid. If you look at the recent CQC [Care Quality Commission] visit, they thought, culturally, we were very open and we were very clear that we wanted staff to report any issues."

Museum getting £50,000 towards repairs

BBC Radio Devon

North Devon's tourism industry is getting a cash injection from a new government initiative.

Ilfracombe Museum is to receive £50,000 from the Coastal Revival Fund towards repairs to "protect and preserve its unique collection of Victorian curiosities right on the seafront".

The fund aims to help spruce up seaside attractions.

Exeter make contract offer to Stockley

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the club has made the best offer it can to sign Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley on a permanent deal.

Jayden Stockley
Getty Images

The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in 22 appearances for City since joining the League Two side on loan in January.

"I would hope he wants to stay, we've made him a couple of offers now and the second offer is as good as we can make," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I'd like to have had that decision back by now," added the City boss.

Witnesses appeal after man, 77, dies after car crash

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are seeking witnesses of a car crash in Cornwall which caused the death of a 77-year-old man.

Emergency services were called at about 15:15 on Friday after the collision between a Ford Ka and a Ford Focus on the B3254 in Launceston, near the Pennygillam roundabout.

The man, who was from from Tavistock and driving the Ka, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he was pronounced dead. The female driver of the Focus, from Launceston, did not need hospital treatment. The road was closed for four hours for an investigation.

Man sought after Truro sex assault

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Cornwall are trying to identify a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in Truro.

Police CCTV
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers said the young woman was walking home alone at about 03:35 on Saturday 7 March 2015 after a night out when she was followed by a man who followed her from the city centre into Malpas Road.

She suffered a "slight injury" in the attack, but left "very distressed", officers said.

Five in court accused of kidnap and attack

Plymouth Herald

Five men have appeared in court charged with assaulting and kidnapping a Plymouth man.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, the A3047 Treswithian Road in Camborne is partially blocked due to an incident near Treswithian Park Road 

- In Devon, one lane is closed on the A38 Exeter-bound around Ivybridge and traffic is slow due to an incident and surface water

- There are long delays on Bridge Road, Exeter, due to lane closures Plymouth-bound on the M5

- Rail services have returned to normal after an incident at Exeter St Davids station and earlier signal problems at Slough

Late Cornwall win will 'galvanise' side

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Cornwall coach Graham Dawe says the county's dramatic win over Gloucestershire will help bring his squad together.

Cornwall v Gloucestershire
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

Rupert Freestone's try in the seventh minute of stoppage time helped Cornwall to a 33-27 win at Redruth.

"This game will galvanise us," Dawe told BBC Radio Cornwall. "There's a few things that the players will want to put right, they'll want to cut down the errors, cut down the penalty count and I think they'll play a more determined game."

Collapsed man 'had mental illness and was drug addict', inquest told

David George

BBC Spotlight

A man who was found collapsed after an appearance in court had a long history of mental illness and was a drug addict, an inquest has heard.

Christopher Mark Rothwell, from Newquay, died in hospital after being found collapsed on Dennison Road in Bodmin after an appearance at the town's magistrates' court. He was arrested in August 2014 after smashing the door at Tesco Express in Newquay. He was taking prescribed methadone and diazepam.

The inquest jury, in Truro, has been told it needs to decide how Mr Rothwell died, and if his death could have been avoided if he was treated more quickly. The hearing is due to last four days.

Police to bid for mental health 'places of safety cash'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police are among 10 forces in England who will be allowed to first bid for cash from a new £15m government fund to end the "scandal" of people being held in police cells when they suffer a mental health crisis.

Police cell

The cash is aimed at establishing new "places of safety" for those held under the Mental Health Act. Ministers announced the funding last year following controversy over the detention in police cells of individuals who had mental health problems, but who were not suspected of any crime.

Devon and Cornwall Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton brought the subject to national attention after a teenage girl in 2014 and a man in 2015 were kept in police cells for two days because there was nowhere else for them to go.

Hospital still 'a difficult place' to work in and report mistakes

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH) is still "a difficult place" to work in, with staff still not feeling they are able to report mistakes, a whistleblowing campaigner says.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

The RCH was recently ranked one of the worst in the country for learning from mistakes. Steve Turner, who campaigns for more openness in the NHS, said: “What I hear from staff is that... they’re trying to do their best, but it's difficult to raise concerns. I'd like to think that that’s changing, but it's been consistent over the last eight years."

Managers said they had "done a significant amount of work on reviewing deaths and learning from mistakes".

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- Devon and Cornwall new police commissioner is told she should "step aside" because of a  probe into general election expenses

- There's anger over how long some council-run care homes in Devon - closed a year ago to save money - have stood empty 

- An inquest starts into the death of a man from Newquay, who was found collapsed after an appearance at a magistrates' court

- Police investigating a young woman being sexually assaulted after a night out in Truro in March 2015 release pictures of a man they are trying to trace

Teenager rescued from rising tide

BBC Radio Devon

A 15-year-old boy has been rescued at Beer beach in east Devon after being cut off by the rising tide. 

Coastguards said he was about 15ft up a cliff on Sunday evening when he got into trouble. 

He did not need any medical attention, rescuers said.

Burst water main in Longacre

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Supplies were expected to be back on by 18:00, SWW said.

Cornwall remains on Eurovision banned flag list - despite policy U-turn

West Briton

Saddened Eurovision fans across Cornwall who had hoped to see St Piran's flag - which was banned alongside the flags of ISIS, Palestine and Nagorno-Karabach at the contest - may have to make do with the Welsh flag instead.

Person hit by train in Exeter taken to hospital

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A person who was hit by a "low speed" train in Exeter has been taken to hospital, British Transport Police (BTP) have said.

Emergency services were called to Exeter St Davids railway station just before 12:20 BST. A spokesman said: "Officers from BTP and paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service also attended, and a man was treated for injuries at the scene before being taken to hospital." 

All lines through the station were temporarily closed. Minor delays are now expected until mid-afternoon. Station Road was also closed due to the incident.

Torbay mayor post to go after 16,000 call for its scrapping

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council's elected mayor post is to be scrapped after nearly 16,000 people voted for the position to go in a local referendum.

Torbay Council

Torbay Council has had the directly elected post since 2005. The referendum was held after holders were accused of making wrong decisions and having too much power. Supporters of the role had said it was good to have a single visible figure who was above political infighting.

The turnout for the referendum was 25%, with 15,846 votes placed in favour of a leader and cabinet and 9,511 in favour of the current mayoral system, which will be scrapped in 2019.

Loss 'a blow' to retaining trophy

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Cornwall's hopes of retaining the Minor Counties Trophy took a major blow after they lost by five wickets to Dorset.

Cornwall cricket
Cornwall Cricket

Batting first, Cornwall made 283-4 after openers Matt Robins (87) and Matt Rowe (97) had put on 145.

But Lewis McManus' 135 for Dorset, as part of a 153-run opening stand with Mansoor Khan (70), helped the hosts to 286-5 with an over to spare - Cornwall must beat Oxfordshire in their final game to stand a chance of making the quarter-finals.

Person hit by train close to Exeter St Davids railway station

Monica Ellis

Producer, Radio Devon

A person has been hit by a "low speed" train close to Exeter St Davids railway station, police have said.

Station Road near the A377 Cowley Road at the level crossing is closed following the incident.

National Rail Enquiries said there were delays of up to 25 minutes through the station in both directions. The person's condition is unknown.

PCC Alison Hernandez 'should stand aside' over expenses probe

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) being investigated by police "should stand aside", it is claimed. 

Police are investigating Alison Hernandez's role in submitting expenses for MP Kevin Foster in 2015.

Alison Hernandez

Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "She's under investigation, her Conservative colleagues are being investigated and she's a politically controlled PCC."

On Saturday on BBC Radio Cornwall, Ms Hernandez said: "I haven't been approached by any authority." She added she would assist with any inquires and has put arrangements in place so she will have no contact with officers investigating expenses.

Elderly mortgages?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

I'm here debating the big stories of the day.

The age limit for paying off mortgages is being raised to 85 by one mortgage lender. Is this a good idea? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Councillor highlights new Exeter junction chaos

Exeter Express & Echo

Chaos on the roadside has come to Pinhow amid fears that there is "an accident waiting to happen".

Latest weather: Rain spreading and becoming heavy

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly cloudy afternoon with some bright spells at first in the east. Rain will spread from the southwest to all areas during the afternoon and become more persistent and heavy at times, clearing from the west late in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).


The bulk of the rain will clear tonight to leave just a few showers. It will be a humid night with mist, hill and coastal fog. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Lifeboat crew records rescue

Inquest into man who collapsed after court appearance

David George

BBC Spotlight

An inquest is taking place into the death of a 46-year-old man who was found collapsed after an appearance at Bodmin Magistrates' Court in August 2014.

Bodmin Magistrates' Court

Christopher Mark Rothwell, from Newquay, was found collapsed on Dennison Road in the town. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital were he was pronounced dead. The inquest jury has been told it will need to decide how Mr Rothwell died, and if his death could have been avoided if he was treated more quickly.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has carried out an investigation into the police reaction to reports of Mr Rothwell's collapse. Devon and Cornwall Police and the South West Ambulance Service Trust are represented by counsel. The inquest, in Truro, is due to last four days.

Tully proud of Truro after play-off loss

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is proud of his players after they lost the second leg of the National League South play-off semi-final 1-0 at Maidstone United.

Truro City FC
Truro City v Maidstone United

Alex Flisher's second-half goal sent the Kent side club into the final as the former Football League side won 3-0 on aggregate after a 2-0 win in Truro.

"If we can keep the core of the squad together hopefully we've got a great chance of being in the same position this time next year," said Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I'm very proud of the players and their effort and commitment over the two legs."

Newly-elected police commissioner under investigation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police are to bring in another force to investigate allegations of undeclared general election spending by the newly elected police and crime commissioner, the BBC has learnt.

Alison Hernandez

The allegations concern the use of the Conservatives' battlebus. Its expenses were declared nationally, rather than in the local areas. Alison Hernandez was the Conservative election agent in Torbay and responsible for declaring election spending. Ms Hernandez, who was elected commissioner on Friday, denies any wrongdoing. She is due to be sworn in tomorrow. 

Senior officers told us they were in discussions with several police forces about taking over the case as "openness and transparency is vital to maintain public confidence".

Councillors' 13% pay rise

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do Cornwall councillors deserve a 13% pay rise? They should get a rise of more than £1,600 in their allowances, according to an independent report.

John Pollard will be answering this and your other questions this afternoon. Get your call in early to secure a slot with the leader of Cornwall Council. 

Call 01872 222222.

Judge's anger at 'laughable' plea over attack on sister

Plymouth Herald

A judge has asked prosecutors to explain why they accepted a "laughable" plea from a man who admitted attacking his sister in front of her child before threatening his father with a knife.

Poldark wins audience award at Baftas

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall-set drama Poldark has won the Radio Times Audience Award, voted for by members of the public, at this year's Bafta Television Awards.


It saw off stiff competition, with other nominees including: drama Doctor Foster, The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4 science fiction drama Humans, documentary Making A Murderer and Peter Kay comedy Car Share.

Its star, Aidan Turner, who made headlines for THAT scene in which he appeared topless with a scythe, thanked the show's "supportive and loyal" fans.

GB's Glover & Stanning win European gold

BBC Sport

Great Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won gold in the women's pair at the European Rowing Championships in Germany at the weekend.

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover
BBC Sport

Afterwards, Glover, from Cornwall, said conditions were difficult, but also good training for this summer's Olympics.  

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.


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