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Summary

  1. Body found at quarry as police end search for missing person
  2. Councillors vote in favour of Truro culture bid
  3. Six taken to hospital after 'carbon monoxide leak'
  4. Scheme to 'reduce flood risk' to 400 buildings starts
  5. Painkiller addiction concerns Cornish doctors
  6. Shipwreck hero tankard bought by his family
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Johnny O'Shea

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Johnny O'Shea

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the day's news, travel, weather and sport updates.

Don't miss  BBC Spotlight at 18:30  and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Cornwall's BBC blue plaque suggestions

David White

BBC Radio Cornwall

A project to recognise an "innovative, influential and successful musician" from Cornwall who is no longer with us, or a "significant location" in the county, has generated dozens of suggestions.

The deadline for the Blue Plaque suggestions was last night, and a panel is now working on a short list.

Ideas include:

  • The Hall for Cornwall - where Queen played their first gig
  • The Beatles - who took their Magical Mystery Tour to Newquay
  • Cornwall Coliseum
  • Sawmills Recording studios

Blue plaque
BBC

The official BBC guidance says: “The Blue Plaque commemorates innovative, influential and successful people who’re no longer with us. 

"For BBC Music Day this could be a singer, musician, songwriter or producer from ANY genre of music. They can also celebrate significant locations which are a big part of our musical heritage (for example iconic venues & important events)."

Newquay votes to create hit squad to tackle dilapidated areas of the town

Cornwall Live

Newquay is to create a  team of workers to improve dilapidated areas of the town following a backlash over the neglect of facilities in the resort.

Family 'delighted' to buy shipwreck hero's tankard

The great great great great granddaughter of a man who rescued the crew of a shipwrecked Norwegian ship says she is "delighted" to have bought a tankard he was awarded by the King of Norway.

Henry Cuttance's tankard was amongst items  auctioned in Penzance over the weekend .

Tankard
W H Lane

Sue Morgan said: "We are really delighted. We are quite a big family. To get back a piece of history is lovely."

The family paid £8,100 for the lot, and hope to be able to keep it in Cornwall.

Residents urged to clean up Teignbridge

Councillors are calling on Teignbridge residents to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up litter as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

The new scheme runs from 3 March to 5 March and aims to bring together to clear litter in towns, villages, countryside and coastline across the country

Councillor Kevin Lake from Teignbridge District Council said: “We encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part." 

"There’s lots of events taking place across Teignbridge and we hope people get involved.”

Newton Abbott
BBC

Community events are planned for Sandringham and Decoy Parks on 3 March, Whitestone, Abbotskerswell and Ashburton on 4 March, and Bishopsteignton on 5 March.

To find out how to take part in the campaign visit  www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

Council votes to pursue culture bid

Cornwall will continue its bid to be a European Capital of Culture. 

The controversial decision was passed by an eight to one majority, by members of the council's cabinet. 

The cost for the initial process as been confirmed as £336,000. Supporters claim it will be good for the whole county if Truro wins. 

Truro Cathedral
BBC

But others believe it's a waste of precious resources at a time of budget cuts. 

Umea in Sweden won the title in 2014 and the man who led their bid, Frederick Linda-Gren, told BBC Radio Cornwall about the benefits. He said the following year "hotel bookings went up by 24 percent and the interest in coming to the city to have conferences and to explore the culture has increased".

Ice warning for Devon and Cornwall

A weather warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office for East Cornwall and most of Devon for this evening and tomorrow morning.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Ice is expected to form during Monday evening and overnight leading to difficult driving conditions on untreated roads and slippery conditions on pavements."

Weather warning
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Man charged with assaulting police officer

A man has appeared at Plymouth Magistrates' Court charged with causing actual bodily harm against a special police constable in Plymouth.

The 23-year-old from near Liskeard has been remanded on unconditional bail and will appear again to enter a plea on 20 March.

Plymouth Train Station
Google

He had previously been charged with attempted murder and maliciously causing gross bodily harm, but both charges have been withdrawn.

The incident happened at Plymouth train station on Saturday evening. 

Nowell scores twice for England

Cornwall's Jack Nowell scored twice for England as they beat a determined and crafty Italy side in the Six Nations yesterday .

The Exeter Chiefs wing came on the 56th minute and made a significant impact, meaning England have won their first three games and top the table.

Jack Nowell
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England's next game is against Scotland in two weeks.  

Body found at quarry as police end search for missing person

A body has been found at a quarry near Berry Head in South Devon.

Police said they have called off the search for a missing person after the body was found on Sunday.

Jacqueline Hudson's next of kin have been told, although police said formal identification has not yet been carried out.

Ice expected to form overnight

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The Met Office says : "Ice is expected to form overnight leading to difficult driving conditions on untreated roads and slippery conditions on pavements."

Police search for missing girl, 14, in South Devon

Plymouth Herald

Police are hunting for a missing 14-year-old girl last seen in Devon this morning at 8am.

Three rescued from vehicle that left road, rolled and landed in ditch

Three people have been rescued from a vehicle that left a road, rolled and landed in a ditch in North Cornwall.

The crash happened in St Thomas Hill, Launceston at about 13:40.

Police, ambulance and the fire service attended the crash. It is not known what condition the three people are in.

Whale watchers still out in force

BBC Radio Devon

Wildlife enthusiasts are still watching the coastline off Slapton this lunchtime in the hope of spotting a humpback whale.

The creature was first seen feeding in Start Bay last Friday and people have been flocking to the area to try to catch a glimpse.

Whale
Mike and Sue Shaw

Lindy Hingley has been running Brixham Seawatch for 26 years and said: "This is the very first humback I've had."

She went on to say there have previously been sightings of minke, killer and fin whales in the area.

Hole appears in road in Honiton

Devon Live

Temporary traffic lights have been erected in a road through Honiton after a large hole suddenly appeared in the road.

Ex-offender gets first job in 30 years

BBC Inside Out

Former heroin addict John Clarke, 47, has just started his first job in 30 years, after going to prison many times. 

The Londoner, who now lives in Devon, was addicted to heroin for nearly 25 years, but says he has been clean for three years. 

Now he's won a short-term contract as a support worker at Exeter's homeless hostel and he says it's turned his life around. 

Former heroin addict helps homeless

There is more on this story on Inside Out South West at 19:30 GMT on BBC One and after that on BBC iPlayer.

Can birdwatching treat depression?

BBC World Service

Researchers - including those from the University of Exeter - found that people living in neighbourhoods with more birds were less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress. 

As Tom Singleton explains, the findings apply to people from different ages and backgrounds, and is true whether they live in urban or rural areas.  

Scientists say people living near birds are less likely to suffer from depression

NHS misplaced half a million patient documents

BBC News Health

NHS England is investigating whether any patients have been harmed by an administrative mix-up .  

About 500,000 documents containing medical information were mistakenly put in storage rather than being sent to GPs or filed in the patients' records.

An investigation is under way into the error which happened between 2011 and 2016, in the East Midlands, the South West and north-east London.

So far, no harm has been reported.  

Documents
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Police appeal for man to come forward

Police investigating a hate crime have released a photo of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

A man is alleged to have racially insulted a young Muslim woman while waiting at a bus stop on Sidwell Street, in Exeter, at the end of January.

Officers believe the man pictured could assist them with their investigation.

Man
Devon and Cornwall Police

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • At Buckland St Mary the A303 is partially blocked between Priddles Lane and Giant's Grave due to an accident
  • At Drum Bridges on the A38 Exeter-bound one lane is closed on the entry slip road due to a broken-down vehicle
  • In Plymouth, Kings Road is partially blocked near Rectory Road due to an accident

Hail storm warning for motorists

Stormy weather on the horizon

BBC Weather Watchers

Newquay
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Latest travel: Accident causes delays at Buckland St Mary

BBC Travel

  • At Buckland St Mary the A303 is partially blocked eastbound due to a two vehicle collision between Priddles Lane and Giant's Grave.  
  • In Honiton there are temporary traffic lights on the High Street due to a large hole that has appeared in the road. Expect delays
  • In Pool, Cornwall we have reports of an accident on the A3047 Agar Road, near the petrol station.
  • The Dartmouth Higher Ferry is out of service for annual maintenance - the Lower Ferry is running as usual

Assaulted police officer out of hospital

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A special police constable is out of hospital and recovering at home after being assaulted in Plymouth on Saturday evening.

British Transport Police say a man has been charged with attempted murder following the incident which happened at Plymouth train station at around 19:45 GMT.

Plymouth train station
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The officer was on duty at the time.

The 23-year-old man is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court today.  

Culture bid gets go ahead from councillors

Cornwall councillors have voted to go ahead with an ambitious bid to try and make Truro the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

The cabinet voted eight to one in favour of the bid, which had previously been reviewed by a scrutiny committee.

Truro City Hall
BBC

The estimated cost to the taxpayer for the application is more than half a million pounds.

Critics argue it's a waste of money at a time when budgets are tight. 

Will Coleman from the company behind last year's successful Man Engine Project thinks Cornwall is well placed. He said: "Cornwall Council is saying this is a small amount of money and we can do something that matters."

Devon man is named the best young chef in Wales

Exeter Express & Echo

A Devon chef  has been named as the best young chef in Wales.

Man charged with attempted murder of special constable

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a special constable in Plymouth.

A 23-year-old man from the Liskeard area has been charged with one count of attempted murder after an incident at Plymouth train station at around 19:45 GMT on Saturday. 

He is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court this morning.    

Culture bid spend lower than expected

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says the amount it will spend on a bid to make Truro the European Capital of Culture in 2023 is £336,000.

This is lower than the £500,000 previously estimated.

The council has voted in favour of the bid by eight votes to one.

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Latest travel in Cornwall: Delays at Treluswell

BBC Travel

  • Near Penryn at the Treluswell Roundabout there's slow traffic through the roadworks
  • In Bude there's slow traffic on the A3072 Stratton Road at the A39
  • In Launceston an earlier accident on the A30 Eastbound by Western Road has been cleared

BreakingCouncillors vote in favour of Truro culture bid

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Councillors have voted in favour of Truro's bid for European Capital of Culture in 2023. Eight councillors voted in favour, only one - councillor Andrew Wallis - voted against.

Latest travel in Devon: Broken-down lorry in Plymouth

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth the A379 Laira Bridge Road is partially blocked outbound by a broken-down lorry near Finnigan Road
  • In Totnes the A385 is partially blocked by a collision at the Brutus Bridge Roundabout
  • In Monkton there are reports of an accident on the A30 at Hedgend Road
  • In Honiton on the High Street there are temporary traffic lights in place due to a large hole that has appeared in the road. Expect delays
  • The Dartmouth Higher Ferry is out of service for annual maintenance - the Lower Ferry is running as usual

Plymouth council tax could increase by up to 5%

BBC Radio Devon

Council tax in Plymouth could rise by up to 5%.

It means bills for the average band D household could go up by £67 a year.

The authority said more than half of this will be spent on social care. Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall and Devon have already voted in similar rises. 

The city council is meeting today to plan its budget.

Repairs start on incinerator roof damaged by Storm Doris

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Repair work on an incinerator roof damaged by Storm Doris is expected to start today.

Insulation material was blown from the roof as the storm hit the South West last Thursday and Friday.

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK said a 20m x 5m piece of the roof at the St Dennis site was damaged.

Roof damage
Kenneth Rickard

Staff were sent out to help collect the material that had blown from the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC). A crane and replacement panels have been ordered and the firm hopes to begin repairs today.

Body found at quarry as police end search for missing person

A body has been found at a quarry near Berry Head in South Devon.

Police said they have called off the search for a missing person after the body was found on Sunday.

Jacqueline Hudson's next of kin have been told, although police said formal identification has not yet been carried out.

Flood scheme 'will strengthen sea wall for 75 years'

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Work to strengthen the sea wall in Teignmouth "for the next 75 years" begins today.

Those behind the scheme say it will cost £1.3m and will help protect more than 400 properties in the resort from coastal flooding. 

Teignmouth
BBC

Councillor Humphrey Clemens from Teignbridge District Council said: "This work is really important and will help reduce the flood risk to homes and businesses. 

"The existing structure nearest the sea has weathered many a stormy battering and is coming to the end of its useful life." 

The work to strengthen the sea wall should be completed by the end of June.

Shipwreck hero tankard bought by his family

BBC Radio Cornwall

A tankard that was awarded to a Cornishman for his "brave and noble" actions after rescuing four men from a vessel that smashed into cliffs, has been bought by members of his family.

Henry Cuttance led an interesting life - he was both the landlord of the Ship Inn at Gunwalloe on the Lizard and a smuggler, and he rescued a ship's master and three other men from the Norwegian vessel.

Tankard
W H Lane

He was given the tankard by the King of Norway, which members of the Cuttance family thought was lost.

But they have now got it back. They paid £8,100, well over it's guide price (£5,500) at an auction in Penzance over the weekend.

Dragons' Den multimillionaires fought over Rugged Interactive from Fowey and invested £100,000

Cornwall Live

Cornish innovators in cutting-edge fitness technology had the famous BBC investors fighting over their business in the series finale of Dragons' Den on Sunday night.

Painkiller addiction concerns Cornish doctors

Patrick Clahane

Inside Out South West

Doctors in Cornwall are trying to stop people with long term medical conditions becoming addicted to strong painkillers. 

A new scheme has been launched involving contracts being drawn up between GPs and their patients to better manage medication. 

Pills
BBC

It comes after clinicians noticed a rise in patients being admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with signs of addiction.