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Summary

  1. Evidence migrants at Cornwall care homes 'were working illegally'
  2. New 12-bed mental health unit in Cornwall to be created for teenagers
  3. People miss appointments at Holsworthy Hospital "because they think it's closed"
  4. Disability groups claim parking charges in Plymouth will put people's safety at risk
  5. Perranporth's beach wheelchair out of action because of repairs costs
  6. Cornwall's Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years in the skies
  7. Updates on Friday 31 March

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By Victoria Gould

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Boss urges Cornwall youngsters to enjoy final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall Under-18 manager Glynn Hooper is urging his players to "enjoy the occasion" of their FA County Youth Cup final against Middlesex tomorrow.

The game is being played in North London at the home of Barnet FC, as Cornwall aim to win the competition for the first time.

Glynn Hooper
BBC Sport

"We've got to enjoy the occasion, and not let the occasion overtake us," Hooper told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"Most of them are already playing Peninsula Premier level and living in Cornwall, outside of Truro City. That's the highest they're going to play unless they end up moving away from the county."

Police investigate peregrine falcon shooting

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police in Devon are investigating the shooting of a peregrine falcon.

The female bird was found in Tavistock on 6 March, next to Milton Abbot Primary School. It was taken to a vet's, where an X-ray revealed a piece of shot lodged in its shoulder.

Peregrine falcon X-ray
Westmoor Vets

The RSPB said the bird was still alive and being cared for by a local falconer.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were investigating, adding the birds had the same international protected status "as giant pandas and tigers, which shows how precious they are".

Latest weather: Rain overnight and on Saturday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

The rain will spread further east during the evening, with some heavy bursts soon after dark. It will stay mild with clear periods later but also some showers. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

Sunshine and showers will dominate Saturday's weather across the region, including some heavy downpours with the risk of hail and thunder. The southerly breeze will die down and it will become a little cooler. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Meanwhile, tree pollen will start to affect those who suffer from hayfever over the next few days. You can find out more at the  Met Office's website .

Care homes stop using migrant staff over fears they were working illegally

BBC Inside Out

Bosses at a scandal-hit care home used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers, it has been claimed.

The Morleigh Group ran six homes in Cornwall which were exposed last year  for "horrifying" levels of care.

A BBC investigation has revealed the group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

Entrance sign
BBC

Ana Moras was one one six Croatians working for the Morleigh group who was advised to declare as self-employed. She said her work was controlled by the care homes owner Patricia Juleff.   

Employment lawyer Jacqueline McGuigan said there was clear evidence of a self-employment sham.

She said: "If they were genuinely self-employed, they would not be working for one care home. They would simply be running their own business and perhaps having two or three care homes and deciding what they would do day-in and day-out.“

The Morleigh homes have since been sold. Their new owners, Cornwallis Care Services, said they believe the Croatian staff had no rights to work in the UK and have now “halted” their services. Ucruitment says the workers were legitimately self-employed.

Watch Inside Out South West's investigation  on BBC One at 19:30 and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter. 

Woman, 27, arrested for running naked through city centre

Devon Live

A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for running naked through a Devon city centre, carrying her clothes in a suitcase. 

New mental health unit for mothers and babies to be built

BBC Spotlight

A new eight-bed mental health unit for mothers and babies is to be built in the South West.

It's part of a scheme to increase the number of beds across the country by almost 50% with health staff "putting resources in areas with the most need", the NHS said. 

Managers said as many as one in five women experienced mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after birth.

The announcement comes on the same day that plans were revealed for a 12-bed unit in mid Cornwall for young people with acute mental health problems.

Defence secretary doesn't deny cuts to Royal Marines

BBC News UK

Costs in the armed forces are running so high that, according to the Times newspaper, there could be a £10bn shortfall. 

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the MoD has already committed to £1bn in savings a year. But, on the Today programme , he refused to be drawn on whether the Royal Marines would be cut in order to achieve efficiency savings.

The Marines' 3 Commando Brigade has its headquarters in Plymouth, with 42 Commando Battalion based at nearby Bickleigh.

Delight at 'much needed' teenage mental health unit

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Teenagers with acute mental health problems in Cornwall will no longer have to travel hundreds of miles away to be treated, after a new unit was announced .

NHS England said building work would begin in Spring 2018 and the facility should open by Summer 2019.

Phil Confue
BBC

Phil Confue, chief executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given the go-ahead for this unit, which will provide a much needed service to some of our most vulnerable young people".

Croatian care homes staff: 'When I was in England, I didn't pay tax'

BBC Inside Out

It has been claimed that bosses at a group of care homes in Cornwall used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers.

A BBC investigation has revealed the Morleigh Group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

The BBC filmed Ucruitment at a job fair in Athens where they advised workers they could declare as self-employed to work legally. 

Ana Moras
BBC

Ana Moras (pictured) was one of six Croatians who worked for the Morleigh Group and were advised to set up as self-employed. But she said she failed to pay any tax when she was working in England and said her work was controlled by Morleigh care homes owner Patricia Juleff.

She said: "You couldn't choose when you will work or not. They expect me to be always with my phone. It wasn't nice, it was really stressful."

Ucruitment said the workers were legitimately self-employed.

Watch Inside Out South West's investigation on BBC One at 19:30 and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

Beached shipwreck gets out in the open

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Debris from a shipwreck at Holywell Bay in north Cornwall can be see here in full view at low tide.

What discoveries have you made on the beach? Send us your pictures .

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Changes to parking charges 'will put safety at risk'

BBC Radio Devon

Disability groups claim new arrangements for parking charges which are due to come into force in Plymouth will put people's safety at risk.

Bruce Abbot
BBC

From 1 April, blue badge holders will have to pay for a £40 permit to park in most central council car parks or get a ticket from a meter.

Bruce Abbot, from the Plymouth Area Disability Action Network, said: "There's no safe walking area to get to the meter - we've got to walk on the road. Cars come round that corner quite quickly".

Plymouth City Council said it has carried out a full public consultation on the plans.

Exeter's Woodman out despite Tisdale broken arm claim

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says Craig Woodman will be out "for a while" with a fractured arm, having previously quipped that the defender could play with such an injury.

After beating Cheltenham in December, Tisdale said Woodman "could've played with a broken arm, he was that good." However, the 34-year-old suffered that precise injury in Exeter's draw with Yeovil last Saturday.

Craig Woodman
Rex Features

Asked about the irony, Tisdale joked: "Maybe I won't mention that next time. He's as tough as old boots, Craig, so I wouldn't put it past him [playing with the injury]. I've rarely seen someone break their arm so clearly and literally not mutter a word." 

Schoolchildren hospitalised after bus crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Ten children have been taken to hospital after a Plymouth school bus crashed with car in Outland Road.

Officers were called at 11:00 following the collision between the double-decker bus and a Honda Civic car near Lyndhurst Road.

Devon and Cornwall Police said one pupil suffered a sprained ankle and the others were treated for minor injuries, including bumps and bruises and shock.

Evidence migrants at Cornwall care homes were working illegally

BBC Inside Out

Bosses at a scandal-hit care home used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers, it has been claimed.

The Morleigh Group ran six homes in Cornwall which were were exposed last year  for "horrifying" levels of care.

Care home
BBC

A BBC investigation has revealed the group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

The Morleigh Group closed one of its care homes following a series of damning inspections. The company's owner, Patricia Juleff, has sold the other five. 

The homes’ new owners, Cornwallis Care Services, believes the Croatian staff had no rights to work in the UK and have now "halted" their services. 

Cornwall Air Ambulance reaches 30th birthday

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's air ambulance service is celebrating its 30th birthday at its headquarters near Newquay.

Cornwall Air Ambulance birthday gathering
BBC

Since 1987, it's flown 26,372 missions.

Today, its original pilot and paramedic joined volunteers, fundraisers and patients who've benefited from the service at the helicopter's base near Newquay Airport.

Warning after 'highly toxic' chemical stolen

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are warning a "highly toxic" chemical that could be mistaken for drugs has been stolen from a caravan in Camborne.

About 30 Oxalic tablets, which are used for cleaning in beekeeping, were taken during the break in on Rosewarne Terrace two weeks ago.

Oxalic acid tablets
Devon & Cornwall Police

Det Con Rebecca Exley-Deane said: "In its purest form [the acid] is highly toxic due to its bleach-like corrosive properties, both when coming in contact with skin or ingested.

"We have concerns that the person who stole them, or anyone offered them may mistakenly take them for recreational use and cause themselves severe harm." 

Outpatients clinics 'running as normal' at Holsworthy Hospital

BBC Radio Devon

There are concerns that patients are missing appointments at Holsworthy Community Hospital because they mistakenly think it has completely closed. 

Inpatient beds on the site have been temporarily shut, but bosses have emphasized that outpatients clinics are not affected by the change. 

Holsworthy Community Hospital
Google Maps

Camborne to lose more greenfield land after efforts to halt development fail

Cornwall Live

 A group of protesters say they have been "well and truly stuffed" after a desperate last plea for the Secretary of State to reconsider a controversial proposal to build 86 houses and a care home on greenfield land fell on deaf ears.

Lost Gardens of Heligan: We help celebrate their 25th birthday

Debbie McCrory

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cyclist injured in Plymouth crash

BBC Radio Devon

A woman cyclist has been injured in a collision with a car in Plymouth, police have confirmed.

It happened on Alexandra Terrace in Ford. Emergency services have been called.

Daley and Goodfellow win bronze at World Series event

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth diver Tom Daley has won a bronze medal alongside Dan Goodfellow at the latest World Series event in Russia.

They finished third in the men's 10 Synchro with 406.38 points, matching their performance at the Rio Olympics last year.

Tom Daley
Getty Images

Tonia Couch finished fifth with her partner, Lois Toulson, in the equivalent women's event.

Latest travel: Car and cyclist in collision in Plymouth

BBC News Travel

  • In Plymouth, there are reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Alexandra Terrace, at St Levan Road and Ryder Road
  • In Barnstaple, on the A39 North Road, there's queuing traffic due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks by the North Devon Hospital
  • On the A394 Marazion bypass, there's slow traffic due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks

Bodmin Treatment Centre closing as part of work to find 'significant savings'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bodmin Treatment Centre closes its doors for the final time today. 

NHS Kernow said it had to make such significant savings that it could not afford to look for another company to take over the contract. 

The centre was run by Ramsay Health Care and treated about 5,000 people a year for problems such as cataracts and hernias.

Bodmin Treatment Centre
BBC

Latest weather: Clouding over and rain

BBC Weather

After a bright start to the afternoon, it will cloud over with outbreaks of rain arriving later. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

The rain will continue into the evening and there will be some heavy bursts soon after dark. It will stay mild with clear periods later, but also some showers. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Meanwhile, tree pollen will start to affect those who suffer from hayfever over the next few days. You can find out more at the Met Office's website .

In a whirl: Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrates 30 years in service

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall Air Ambulance is celebrating its 30 year anniversary and, since 1987, it's flown more than 26,000 missions - averaging about two call-outs a day.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was the first area in the country to have its own air ambulance. It costs £5m a year to run and is entirely funded by charitable donations.

Air Ambulance
Matt Sudol

Harriet Eastwood was nine-years-old when she was rescued by the helicopter after getting into difficulty in the sea off the south coast of Cornwall. 

Her mum, Jackie, said her daughter's rescue prompted a long association with the charity, and she now has a full-time job with them. 

As a family, we had no idea about air ambulances - that they weren't funded, that they don't get anything to help them run. As a consequence, we decided to raise some money ... and it's grown from there and I've sort of got myself a full-time job with them."

Jackie Eastwood Spokesperson for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Plea to get 'country's only beach wheelchair' back in action

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Money has run out to repair a beach wheelchair at Perranporth, thought to be the only one in the country.

Beach wheelchair
Beach Wheelchairs in Cornwall

Charity Beach Wheelchairs in Cornwall said the chair has been out of action over the winter as there was a shortage of nearly £2,000 to pay for a new motor and brakes.

Louise McOvens, from the charity, said: "The benefit is users can go wherever they like, as far and as fast as they like. They can even go up small sand dunes".

Hear more on my phone-in programme  on BBC Radio Cornwall.

Devon schoolboy covers thousands of miles for charity

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

James Clarkson
BBC

This 11-year-old from Devon has spent the week running around every single National Hunt race course in England.

James Clarkson will have run 50 miles, although his dad will have driven him 1,659 miles between Lingfield, where he began his challenge, and Newton Abbot, where he will finally finish. 

He dreamt up the idea, and has already raised more than £8,000 for the Injured Jockey's Fund.

Torquay manager calls for owner 'transparency'

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson has called on the club's owners to be "more transparent" and quash speculation about their motives at Plainmoor.

Gaming International bought the club in December, with chairman Clarke Osborne keen to buy the freehold of the ground.

Kevin Nicholson
Rex Features

"They've got to show with their actions, not just words, they're in it for the real reasons," Nicholson told BBC Sport.

"I think they need to come out and build a relationship with the fans because rumours are a dangerous thing."

Devon grandparents of two boys missing with their on-the-run mum plead for their safe return

Devon Live

The Devon grandparents of two boys missing with their mother Samantha Baldwin are pleading for her to hand herself in to police .

Attempted robbery in Barnstaple

BBC Radio Devon

Police are hunting two people who attempted to rob a woman in north Devon. 

The incident took place at about 12:30 on Wednesday 15 March on Sunflower Road in the town. 

A woman in her 50s was approached by a man and a woman in their 20s who pushed her into a wall and demanded her car keys. They then fled after the victim went to set off a personal alarm. 

Officers, who have appealed for witnesses, said the victim was left shaken by the ordeal but unharmed.

New mental health unit for teenagers will have 'massive impact'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A new mental health unit for teenagers in Cornwall will have a 'massive impact', campaigners say.

NHS England has announced the construction of the 12-bed unit in mid Cornwall, which will mean young patients will not have to travel hundreds of miles for treatment.

Steve Cowburn
BBC

Steve Cowburn, whose son Ben took his own life aged 18 in 2010, said: "It’s going to have a massive impact. We’ve supported 15 families in the last year who are travelling as far as Norwich, Kent and Cheshire.

"The first Cornish child will be cared for in Cornwall within 10 years of Ben’s death and that will be a great legacy."

CCTV released of missing man James Thompson

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Officers said the family of 51-year-old James Thompson were "growing increasingly concerned for his welfare".

The last known sighting of him was at about 05:10 on Tuesday, 7 March, in the forecourt of the Asda petrol station on Exeter Street in Plymouth. He was heading towards Cattedown roundabout.

Mental health unit for teenagers announced

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A mental health unit specifically for teenagers will be built in Cornwall, after many years of campaigning, it's been announced. 

The 12-bed unit, announced by NHS England, will mean many vulnerable and at-risk teenagers will no longer have to travel hundreds of miles away to be treated.

Ben Cowburn
BBC

Steve Cowburn and his family have been calling for the facility since the death of his son, Ben (pictured), from Truro, in December 2010.

He said: “We’re astonished that it has finally happened. This morning there were a lot of tears of relief and disbelief."

Firefighters free casualties from car crash

Four people had to be cut free from the wreckage of a car following a crash in Plymouth last night. 

The accident happened on Exeter Street at about 22:50. 

Firefighters said the vehicle left the road on the roundabout near Cattedown Road and hit a lampost. It is unknown if there were any injuries.

Beach wheelchair out of action

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A motorised beach wheelchair is out of action ahead of the Easter holidays, managers say.

Charity Beach Wheelchairs in Cornwall said the vehicle in Perranporth had to be taken off the sand during the winter as there was no money to replace its worn-out motor and brakes.

Beach wheelchair
Beach Wheelchairs in Cornwall

Efforts are being made to raise about £2,000 in order to buy new parts from America.

Doggy's bad morning after being trapped has happy ending

Truro to stay at ground 'until further notice'

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City have announced they are to remain at their Treyew Road home "until further notice".

Last weekend, chairman Peter Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall they will start next season at the ground, despite agreeing a groundshare with Bodmin Town as a back-up.

Treyew Road
Vaughan Pickhaver/TCFC

It all comes after the club's proposed new Silver Bow stadium was branded "not financially viable", and Truro could still be moved out of Treyew Road if the owners of the ground take action.