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Summary

  1. New junior doctors' contracts "taking millions from hospitals' budgets"
  2. Rail track trespassing incidents up 14%
  3. Drivers heading to the South West for Easter are warned about hold-ups
  4. Speedway returns to Plymouth - a sight many fans feared they wouldn't see again
  5. Doris the whale gets some air time off Falmouth
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday following the Easter weekend

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By Sian Davies

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for this week. We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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

Have a fantastic Easter weekend.

Tourism industry hopeful for Easter weekend

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

Devon's tourism businesses are hoping that a late Easter and last weekend's sunny weather will bring visitors flocking this weekend. 

Travel companies are warning there could be delays on the roads heading into the South West this afternoon as the big getaway begins. 

Tourists
BBC

Alastair Handyside, chairman of the South West Tourism Alliance, said he was hoping for big crowds but thinks the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that parents can't take children on holiday during term-time, unless the school agrees, is short-sighted.

High Sheriff sworn in in 1,000-year-old tradition

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Devon gets its 10th Lady High Sheriff today with the swearing in of Heleen Lindsay-Fynn at a Ceremony of Declaration at her family home on the edge of Budleigh Salterton.

The role of High Sheriff goes back more than 1,000 years but the first woman wasn't appointed to the office until 1992. 

The High Sheriff is appointed each year by the Queen, who traditionally pricks the list of nominations with a silver bodkin.

Poultry show plans to go ahead despite ban

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Show says plans for the poultry side of the event will go ahead - despite a ban currently in place on fairs and gatherings of domestic birds. 

DEFRA announced today that chickens and other poultry can be let outdoors again following the ban imposed in December because of the threat of bird flu. 

Chickens
AFP

But they said they won't yet allow poultry shows. 

Chris Riddle is the Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association said: "At the moment that rule does very much apply. What we've decided to do at this stage is to proceed with the planning for the poultry show as part of the Royal Cornwall Show and then there is the chance it would need to be cancelled should the rules still be in place in June."

£250k boost for Plymouth History Centre

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Plymouth History Centre project has been given a £250,000 funding grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation. 

History Centre
Playmouth City Council

The successful funding bid was led by the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) who are one of the main partners for the History Centre project.

Alongside Plymouth City Council, the University of Plymouth and the South West Image Bank, SWFTA is working towards the creation of a world class cultural and heritage centre, which is set to open in spring 2020 on the site of the former City Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke's Church.

Latest weather: Getting cloudier and rain expected

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be dry with clear spells at first tonight. However, cloud will thicken as the night progresses, perhaps giving some sporadic rain in the west later, and it will be milder than last night. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

Good Friday will be largely cloudy but dry at first, then rain across the South West later in the day for much of the day. There may be occasional brighter spells and here it will feel warm. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Hens roam free as bird flu risk subsides

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Around the country chickens are being set free with the easing of bird flu restrictions which have forced owners to keep their birds in captivity.

Freedom day for chickens

Government restrictions have meant chickens have been under house arrest - holed up in their coops - since December. 

But bird flu is no longer as big a threat as it was say officials. 

So just in time for Easter, poultry will be allowed to roam free - and among them are Sleepy and Stripe. 

Their owner, Andrew Lebbon from Teignmouth in Devon, is now looking forward to taking on more hens.  

Plymouth Speedway: 'It would be great to get the crowds back'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Speedway returns to Plymouth tomorrow evening - a sight many of the sport's fans feared they wouldn't see again. 

The Plymouth Devils folded amid financial issues at the end of last season and the sport, which returned to the city in 2006, seemed set to be lost again. 

Speedway
BBC

But new promoters have worked to upgrade facilities and hope to attract more supporters. One of them, Laurence Rogers, said he believed the sport had a future in the city.

He said: "It’s been successful here before, when Mike Bowden opened it in 2006, the crowds were fantastic. Where are those people? It would be lovely to get them back.”

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon, Crownhill Road in Plymouth is partially blocked due to a collision between a car and a van. Expect delays
  • In Cornwall, Green Lane Hill in Gulval is blocked in both directions due to a collision between a car and motorbike near Trythogga Road

Your thoughts: Should we bring back grammar schools?

BBC Radio Cornwall

Education Secretary Justine Greening says the government wants to put what she called "ordinary working families" at the heart of its plans to introduce new grammar schools in England

Recent analysis said more than half of places at existing grammars were taken by families with above-average incomes.

Schools
PA

Here's what shoppers in Cornwall thought:

  • "I'm hoping that it will be a good thing. I think a lot of the better pupils are struggling in the secondary modern schools - there's so many people to concentrate on that they can't really concentrate on those who can achieve more."
  • "I totally disagree with them entirely. I don't think there should be any disparity between education depending on whether you're rich or whether you're poor, and I think that education should be free for everybody."

Wellies, barbecues and asbestos 'all fly-tipped in a day'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in south Devon have found multiple incidents of fly-tipping in the South Hams, all believed to be have been dumped in one day.

Rubbish. Pic: Ivybridge & Rural Police
Ivybridge & Rural Police

Officers took photos of what appeared to be fly-tipped sheets of asbestos, as well as abandoned rubble and sand in bags, as well as other litter, while on patrol on Wednesday.

Other waste left included a barbecue, a pair of wellington boots and a camping chair. The officers, from the Ivybridge & Rural Police team, said on Facebook that, in one case, "someone had actually taken the time to put their rubbish in bags, but still left it all behind".

South Hams Council had been informed to remove the waste, police said.

Near miss near Truro as motorist commits to risky overtake

Cornwall Live

A concerned Cornish motorist has shared alarming dashcam footage of his near miss with a car that overtook him near Shortlanesend.

Hit-and-run detectives try to trace dog walker and VW driver

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police investigating a hit-and-run which has left a young dad in hospital with life-threatening injuries would like to speak to a dog walker and VW driver who were in the area at the time.

Twenty-five-year-old Jason Bunce was hit on Gestridge Road in Kingsteignton at about 12.50 on Saturday.

Jason Bunce
Ashleigh Ackerley

Inspector Rich McLellan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We are examining a lot of CCTV footage, but are still keen for as much information as possible."

Officers are trying to trace a person walking their dog in Gestridge Road "at or near to the time of the incident". They are also looking for the driver of a VW Lupo "in the area at the time", as well as anyone else who may have been driving in the area.

Firefighters called to holiday park

Viral hit councillor designs range of T-shirts

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Plymouth City Councillor Chaz Singh has designed a range of T-shirts after a Twitter post of his went viral.

He said he had been toying with the idea for "some time" after his "TUrban Outfitters" post in 2014, adding he had more ideas for designs in the future.

T-shirt
Smart-FX

The first order for one of the T-shirts came from Massachusetts, USA, he said.

Chaz Singh
Chaz Singh

SW Ambulance 'expecting 11,300 incidents'. Will they all be genuine 999 emergencies?

Car on fire on petrol station forecourt

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Firefighters have been called to a car on fire at a petrol station in Barnstaple.  

A crew was called at 11:51 to the filling station at Asda, and confirmed there had been "a small fire in the engine compartment of the car on the forecourt".

The vehicle was moved away and crews confirmed that the fire was out on arrival. They made sure the vehicle was safe and released it back to its owner, the fire service said.

Fallen hay bales on A30

Rail track trespassing incidents up 14%

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

More people are risking their lives by trespassing on rail tracks in the South West. 

Last year, there were around 553 incidents in the region - up 14% compared to the previous year. 

Police said the reasons for the increase included people taking shortcuts across the railways and young people thrill-seeking. 

Travel latest: Broken-down lorry causing delays in Paignton

BBC News Travel

Devon

  • In Plymouth, Ham Drive is now clear after an accident near Beacon Down Avenue
  • In Whitestone, there are reports of a tree stump in the road on Tedburn Road near Pound Lane. Approach with care
  • In Paignton, on Kings Ash Road, we have reports of a broken-down lorry causing queuing traffic
  • In Barnstaple, the A39 North Road has queuing traffic due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks by North Devon Hospital
  • In Plymouth, a collision on the A386 Outland Road, near Plymouth Life Centre, has been cleared
  • On the M5, an earlier accident between Junctions 29 and Junction 30 is clear - traffic has returned to normal

Cornwall

  • On the B3280, between Praze-an-Beeble and Goldsithney, there are reports of an accident blocking the road
  • At St Anne's Chapel, a collision on the A390 near Old Mine Lane has been cleared

This weekend 'will be the first really busy one on the roads'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

This Easter weekend is expected "to be the first really busy one on the roads this year" despite some differences to previous years, traffic experts say.

Travel data company Inrix said traffic was set to peak at 28% above typical levels at 17:00 tonight as drivers set off on bank holiday getaways. The M5, the A30 and A38 will all be busy.

Traffic jam
BBC

Greg Hallsworth, a traffic analyst at Inrix, said: "There are one or two differences year on year, Easter obviously moves around the calendar, this year being quite late.   

"A number of schools have been off for a few weeks already, so that does complicate matters. And last weekend the sun came out and everyone came out on to the roads."

Planning decision notices issued to Drake's Island owners

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Planning decision notices have been issued to the owners of Drake's Island, pushing the scheme closer to the starting line.

Listed building consent and planning notices have been sent to Rotolok, the company behind the scheme to transform the island in Plymouth Sound into a multi-million hotel and spa resort.

Drake's Island
Janipewter

Concerns raised by critics over the scheme had included the future of a colony of rare birds - little egrets.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "We believe we have struck the right balance between protecting what makes this location special and forging an exciting new chapter for this incredible island."

Man jailed for supplying vulnerable girl, 16, with drugs for sex

Cornwall Live

A predator who plied a vulnerable 16-year-old with illegal drugs in order to have sex with her has been jailed.

Latest weather: Mostly cloudy, but dry with some bright or sunny periods

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cloud will tend to thin and break through the afternoon, allowing plenty of sunny spells to develop through the day. In the sunshine and light winds, it will feel pleasantly warm. 

The maximum temperature will be 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Forget Easter eggs... knitted ducks are the new Easter tradition

BBC Spotlight

Move over Easter eggs - knitted ducks are fast becoming the new Easter tradition in Dulverton, on the edge of Exmoor.

Ducks
BBC

A knitting group started the trend a few years ago to help raise money for the local town hall.

They knit a different version every year.

The stadium to transform Cornish sport?

James Law

BBC Sport Online

As Cornish Pirates and Truro City agree to share the Stadium for Cornwall, BBC Sport looks at what the ground may do for the area.

Stadium for Cornwall
Inox

More than seven years after plans for a Stadium for Cornwall were tabled, the county's leading two teams have agreed to share a new home with the potential to bring both to a new level.

While construction of the £10m ground will not start until the summer, for the first time there is confidence from Cornish Pirates and Truro City that this long-awaited project has come to fruition.

Home blaze 'caused by children playing with fire'

'Increasingly difficult' to recruit junior doctors

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Some hospitals in the South West say the new contract negotiated after the bitter junior doctors dispute last year is putting severe pressure on finances.

Health campaigner Graham Webster, the vice chairman of Health Initiative Cornwall, says we're beginning to see the early signs of the effect the imposition of the contract is having.

Graph
BBC

He said: "It’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit junior doctors. 

"Obviously the contract has been imposed, the expectations on junior doctors are high, and there's pressure on services and trying to meet demand at a time when there’s so much cost constraint in the NHS."

Tributes paid to Oliver Woods who suddenly died in Bude aged 21

Cornwall Live

Tributes have been paid to a young man who died suddenly in north Cornwall over the weekend.

Ramblers' shelter set on fire

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A ramblers' shelter on a disused railway line in Ilfracombe was set on fire last night.

Two fire crews went to Kingsley Avenue yesterday evening and confirmed the blaze had been started deliberately.

It was brought under control just before 19:00.

Bottlenose dolphin pictured in Cornwall

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

This bottlenose dolphin was pictured leaping around in the surf at Sennen in Cornwall.

Malcolm Barradell from the World Catacean Alliance was sitting on the beach eating a pasty when he saw the creature.

He's photographed whales and dolphins all over the world but said "its always great to see them in home waters".

Dolphin
Malcolm Barradell

"I grew up in Cornwall and was walking a favourite stretch of coast, stopped to eat a pasty on Sennen beach and watch the surfers when the bottlenose turned up.

"Hopefully they will show up over Easter and many more people will get to see them and see why its so important to protect our seas."

Traffic 'will peak at 17:00' for Easter getaway

Alison Johns, BBC Radio Devon

A late Easter and warmer weather mean more delays are predicted on Devon's roads in the next few days.

Traffic jam
PA

That's according to travel data company Inrix, which said traffic was set to peak at 28% above typical levels at 17:00 tonight as drivers set off on their bank holiday getaway. 

Drivers heading towards the South West on the M5 this afternoon are being warned to prepare for hold-ups. The A30 and A38 will also be busy.

Poultry allowed outside from today

BBC News UK

All poultry in England are allowed outside again from today, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu.

The government has carried out a new assessment of the risk they had of becoming infected by wild birds.

The move brings the rules for poultry in higher-risk areas in line with the rest of England.

Chickens
BBC

Poultry and bird keepers have to continue to comply with strict bio-security measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. A ban on poultry fairs and gatherings remains in place. 

Doris the whale gets some air time off Falmouth

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Humpback whale's amazing display

Amazing pictures have emerged of a humpback whale breaching off Falmouth. 

The whale, spotted on Tuesday, is thought to be the same whale - dubbed Doris - that has attracted onlookers to Start Bay in Devon. Doris made headlines not only for her dramatic appearances but also for getting snagged twice in fishing nets. 

Captain Keith Leeves, who spotted the whale with passengers on Falmouth-based AK Wildlife Cruises, said: "It's definitely Doris, you can see the burn marks from ropes that she got stuck in. 

"She put on an amazing show and we kept our distance," said Capt Leeves, 

There was no further sign of Doris on Wednesday. He said the last humpback whale he spotted off Falmouth was in April 2016.

Fire brigade called after 'large flames' spotted

Business leader appears at court charged with sex crimes

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A business leader and former Royal Navy officer has appeared at court charged with 15 sexual offences.

Sixty-seven-year-old Charles Howeson, of Stonehouse, Plymouth, has held a number of prominent positions in the public and private sector. 

Charles Howeson
BBC

The offences were alleged to have taken place against 10 boys and men between 1985 and 1994, Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard.

The case has been transferred to Plymouth Crown Court, where he due to appear on 15 May.

Speedway returns to Plymouth

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Speedway returns to Plymouth tomorrow evening - a sight many of the sports fans feared they wouldn't see again.

Speedway
BBC

The Plymouth Devil's folded amid financial issues at the end of last season and the sport, which returned to the city in 2006, seemed set to be lost again.

But new promoters have worked to upgrade facilities and hope to attract more supporters.

'Wrong' council candidate sets out vision for Scilly

This Is Scilly

A project manager from Preston called Steve Watt has responded to Radio Scilly after an email was mistakenly sent to him instead of his islands' namesake.  

Two men to appear in court after police officers injured

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two men will appear in court after a male police sergeant was punched and a female police officer was left with a knee injury in Tavistock.

The officers were injured after being sent to an incident Plymouth Road in the town at about 01:00 on Wednesday.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with driving a vehicle while above the alcohol limit, wounding with intent, grievous bodily harm and using a vehicle in a public place without insurance.

Plymouth Road
BBC

A 35-year-old man has been charged with aiding and abetting the driving of a vehicle while above the alcohol limit, causing the use of a vehicle with no insurance and obstructing a constable in execution of their duty.They were both due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court later, police said.