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Summary

  1. Grandmother guilty of killing two women
  2. There've been more incidents of failing standards by the private company that took over cleaning and catering at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro
  3. Policeman warns: school zig-zag lines not 'reserved parking for the lazy or late'
  4. Driver in fatal crash 'was not asked to slow down', trial hears
  5. Architects appointed to rebuild Royal Clarence Hotel
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wedesday 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.

Balmy Plymouth warmest place in UK

You may have needed your coat today but the sunny souls at BBC South West Weather tell us Plymouth was the warmest place in Britain.

The city reached a heady 12 degrees in the sunshine - warmer than Paris (9C), New York (11C) and Copenhagen (4C).

We can thank the wind chill for our cold hands and feet though..

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Wednesday weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

Tonight: A windy and mainly dry night will then follow with clear spells and showers possible. It will be cold with a widespread inland frost. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F) 

Wednesday: Another chilly feeling day with sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers becoming less frequent and less wintry through the day, with northerly winds also easing. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F)

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Gran found guilty of killing two women

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A grandmother who killed two female pedestrians when she dozed for a second and then pressed the accelerator rather than the brake pedal is facing a jail sentence.

Teresa Sant, 58, has been convicted by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving of the two friends and colleagues who had just got off a bus in Torr Lane, Hartley, Plymouth.

Plymouth Crown Court heard she was seen to "panic" by a cyclist whose bike she clipped after she mounted the kerb and struck the two colleagues.  

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Victoria Hodge, 42, and 60-year-old Marie-Helene Gieblen - got off their regular number 39 bus from work and were saying their goodbyes.  

One victim died at the scene and the other died from severe head injuries in hospital six days later without regaining consciousness.

Sant will be sentenced tomorrow.

Trains suspended after lorry hits bridge in Plymouth

Pilgrims get a kick out of programme to help deprived areas

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Argyle says it wants to spread a sporting initiative, which they say steers youngsters away from drink and drugs, to as many deprived areas as possible in Cornwall.

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Plymouth Argyle says its PL Kicks, which is backed by the Premier League, has been really successful in helping to cut crime since it was launched in Plymouth in 2008. 

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It's been run in Redruth since September and Argyle said police and schools had already noticed a change for the better in the behaviour in many of the youngsters who took part. 

Train restoration project picks up steam

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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A locomotive which has not has moved under its own steam for about 40 years and has taken more than 20 years to restore is due to undergo testing before running on a heritage railway track later this year, its owner says.

The Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway said the former National Coal Board loco came to its station in 1995 after leaving service in the 1970s.

Releasing a video of the restored engine in operation, the charity said: "She will be running here over the summer after a period of testing and running in over the coming few weeks."

Driver in fatal crash denies 'showing off'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A teenager who was driving when his 16-year-old passenger died, has denied accusations he was showing off. 

Coree Lee Amonn, 19, was accelerating in his VW Golf on Castle Drive in Falmouth when he lost control on a right hand bend, Truro Crown Court heard.

Sophie Taylor from the town died in the crash in January 2016.

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Today Mr Amonn told the court: "I am not one to show off... I am not someone who drives like an idiot."

He denies causing death by dangerous driving and the trial continues.

Delays in Plymouth: Lorry stuck under bridge

Commuters facing a slow journey home in Plymouth this afternoon...

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Volunteers work to help Torbay homeless into accommodation

BBC Spotlight

A team of more than 30 volunteers is taking to the streets in Torbay this week to talk to rough sleepers in the area to try to help them into accommodation.

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Torbay, which has seen a spike in homelessness in the last 12 months, has joined an international campaign called End Street Homelessness.

It is among the first areas in the country to join the campaign, which, in America, has seen 100,000 re-housed in four years. 

Severe disruption: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Stuart Road and North Road West affecting A3064 Wolseley Road.

A386 Devon - A386 Alma Road in Plymouth closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Pennycomequick Hill Roundabout and the North Road West junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Congestion to Milehouse Interchange.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dozing Plymouth gran convicted of killing friends

BBC Radio Devon

A grandmother has been convicted of killing two women after she dozed off at the wheel of her car.

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Teresa Sant, 58, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving of the two friends in Plymouth last May. 

A court heard she ploughed into Victoria Hodge, 42, and Marie-Helene Gieblen, 60, in the car she had bought four days earlier. 

The victims had just got off a bus in Torr Lane and were saying their goodbyes when they were killed.  

Devon MPs asking PM for stop to schools funding changes

BBC Radio Devon

A group of Devon Conservative MPs have written to the Prime Minister, asking her to do everything possible to stop the county's schools becoming worse off.

In the letter, the seven MPs said they were deeply uneasy about about planned changes to the funding formula which would see many schools in the historically underfunded county losing more cash.

Driver in fatal crash was 'not asked to slow down'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 19-year-old man accused of causing the death of a 16-year old girl by driving dangerously in Falmouth has told a court he does not recall being asked to slow down at the time.

Sophie Taylor from the town died after the crash at Castle Drive in January 2016.

Coree Lee Amonn was driving Miss Taylor and her twin sister, Aimee at speeds of over 40mph in a 30mph zone when the car collided with a concrete post and crashed, the jury heard.

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Truro Crown Court had heard Aimee had asked him to drive slower, but today the defendant said: "I do not recall her telling me to slow down at all".

He denies causing death by dangerous driving. The trial continues. 

Lostwithiel 'bereft of vital public services'

BBC Politics

The town of Lostwithiel is "bereft of vital public services", its MP has claimed in Parliament. 

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South East Cornwall Conservative Sheryl Murray is urging ministers to do what they can to bring back a permanent post office and bank.

The town's branch of Lloyds Bank shut its doors as part of a national closure of branches. The Post Office, which had been based in a village store, closed when the shop shut down.

Government invests in device that aims to cut pollution and reward better driving

Harriet Bradshaw

Reporter

The government is stumping up almost £1m to help develop a piece of technology in the South West that aims to cut air pollution and reward better driving.

Developed in Exeter, Lightfoot is a gadget which sits on the dashboard and tells the driver when they're going too fast or revving too much. 

Rewards for better driving could include deals on car insurance, breakdown cover, car finance or other incentives with partner organsiations, the Lightfoot compay said.

It added that it hoped that going halves with the government on the investment would help create jobs as well as better drivers.

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Countryside fires 'devastating for local wildlife'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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There's been a spate of countryside fires across Cornwall after several weeks of dryer weather.

Arson is suspected in several of the cases, and the fire brigade is investigating three incidents in St Austell.

One particular fire, on 19 April, at Mexico Towans, near Hayle, was close to a holiday park and proved difficult for firefighters to reach. It left a large area of dunes badly scorched. 

Such fires can be devastating for local wildlife, according to experts.

Gran guilty of dangerous driving which killed two Plymouth women on pavement

Plymouth Herald

A grandmother who ran over and killed two women standing on a pavement faces jail after she was found guilty of dangerous driving.  

Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A381 Devon both ways severe accident, between Kingsbridge Hill and Woodland Road.

A381 Devon - A381 in Totnes blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Kingsbridge Hill junction and the Woodland Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Latest weather: Cold with blustery and heavy showers

BBC Weather

Feeling cold with blustery showers affecting many areas this afternoon. Some showers will be heavy and possibly wintry over high ground with a risk of hail and thunder as well. Moderate or fresh northerly winds will be stronger to the north and over the moors. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

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This evening and tonight, it will become mainly dry and also cold, with a frost developing for areas away from the north coast. Moderate or fresh north to northeasterly winds will ease inland. Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Man stabbed in back after pub altercation 'spills outside'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man is recovering from being stabbed in the back after an altercation inside a Cornwall pub "spilled outside", police say.

Officers said a 28-year-old man reported being wounded in Fore Street in Torpoint at about 03:20 on Sunday. He was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he was "expected to remain for a two to three days", officers said. 

He was wounded twice, but his injuries are not thought life-changing or life-threatening.

Officers added that they had identified a suspect but no arrests had been made yet.

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On the run: Royal Marines begin 100-day relay challenge

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

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The Royal Marines' 1664 Global Challenge will see different marine units take part in a relay over 100 days, with one unit handing a baton to the next after a 16.64-mile run.

This event is raising awareness of the marines around the country, and raising funds for the RM Charity.

It started at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth this morning.

Plymouth Park to receive £2.5m for improvements

BBC Radio Devon

Plymouth's Central Park is to have more than £2.5m worth of improvements. 

The work, which will take two years to complete, includes improving pathways and boundaries, a new cafe, changing rooms and improved sports pitches, . 

The cash is coming from Plymouth City Council's capital programme, plus developer contributions. 

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Huge jellyfish filmed off Cornwall
Ben Spicer filmed a barrel jellyfish swimming directly underneath his paddle board.

'Call 101' advice over dogs trapped in hot cars

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued advice to members of the public who find dogs shut in cars, saying the course of action depends on the level of distress. 

It follows the case of a man who broke a car window to reach a dog left in a car in St Ives. His actions went viral on social media (see below). 

In a statement, police said it was not advisable to force entry to a vehicle unless people were certain of their ground and unless they were prepared to defend their actions at court. 

Officers said the first step should be to call the police on non-emergency number, 101.

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Why has Vue Cinema in Plymouth suddenly closed?

Plymouth Herald

Vue Cinema at the Barbican Leisure Park has suddenly closed - with staff turning film lovers away until further notice.

Mum thanks mystery Good Samaritan couple for saving daughter from gang attack

Devon Live

A Devon mother has asked the couple who stepped in to help her daughter during an alleged attack by a gang to come forward.

Ex-Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson to stand for former seat

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Dan Rogerson
BBC

Former Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson (pictured) has confirmed he'll fight for the Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall in the general election, hoping to win back the seat he held from 2005-2015.

Meanwhile, Rob Nolan has announced he will be the Lib Dem candidate in Truro and Falmouth. He is currently a Cornwall Council member and the Mayor of Truro.

Architects appointed to rebuild Royal Clarence Hotel

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Royal Clarence Hotel fire
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Architects have been appointed to repair and rebuild the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, which was destroyed by a fire last October, its owner says.

The hotel, which was described as the oldest hotel in England, had to be demolished after the fire broke out in buildings on Cathedral Green before spreading to the Grade II listed hotel, which dated back to 1769.  

Owner Andrew Brownsword Hotels said Manchester-based firm Buttress would carry out the work with an intention to "preserve surviving features of historic and architectural importance and, where possible, incorporate them into the rebuild". 

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

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

Cornwall 999 team cleared of mix-up with North Yorkshire fire crew

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Call operators in Cornwall who sent a North Yorkshire fire crew to the wrong address have been cleared of blame.

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The Harrogate crew was wrongly sent two-and-a-half miles from where it should have been by Cornwall operators 400 miles away.

But an investigation found the 999 call had dropped out before the operator could get all the details. 

North Yorkshire and Cornwall fire and rescue services share control room operations at peak periods.

Basking shark carcass gives 'rare opportunity' for study

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Dead basking shark. Pic: Matthew Facey
Matthew Facey

The carcass of a large basking shark being washed up near a beach in Cornwall has been a "rare opportunity" to study the species, a strandings expert says.

The creature, estimated as 25ft (7.62m) long, came ashore at Chapel Point, near Mevagissey, over the weekend. The sharks are often seen off the Cornish coast during the warmer months. 

A team of volunteers working for the Marine Strandings Network (MSN) is at the site, gathering samples, as well as confirming the species, size and gender.   

Niki Clear, from the MSN, said: "Basking shark carcasses normally sink, so this is a very rare opportunity for us. It's really unusual, we get maybe one a year." 

Huge jellyfish filmed off Cornwall

Rob England

BBC News Online

A huge barrel jellyfish has been filmed swimming underneath a paddle boarder in Cornwall. 

The creature was one of several seen in clear waters near Port Isaac in Cornwall on Friday 21 April. 

Huge jellyfish filmed off Cornwall

Ben Spicer from Cornish Rock Tors Ltd was out on the water when he spotted the creature, which are the largest in UK waters. 

He said: "They're awesome and harmless to humans, feeding mainly on plankton. 

"They drift in with the currents and are very easy to spot in clear conditions due to their size." 

Telegraph pole row: 'There are poles everywhere'

BBC Spotlight

A parish councillor says he understands why a local lord does not want telegraph poles on his land to get local superfast broadband to a village, but added there were already "poles everywhere".

Most of the work to connect Upton Pyne, near Exeter, has already been done. But the project has been delayed after BT and the 5th Earl of Iddesleigh failed to agree on whether poles could be used across his land. The earl said he would prefer cables buried underground as poles would ruin an "unspoilt valley" on his estate.

Bob Short
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Councillor Bob Short, of Upton Pyne and Cowley Parish Council (pictured), said: "In the interests of keeping the countryside looking pretty for everybody, nobody wants poles. 

"But it's the case that they'd not be the only ones in the area: there are poles everywhere. Surely four more isn’t going to be too much of an inconvenience for the countryside?"

The earl insisted that he had not ruled out allowing poles to be put in.

Police uncover speed sign tree fib?

Gorse fire on Bodmin Moor

BBC Radio Cornwall

Firefighters have tackled a gorse fire on Bodmin Moor.

Six firefighters in one appliance from Bodmin where called to near Dozmary Pool at about 09:20.

They used beaters and a hose reel to extinguish the blaze, which spread across about 20 sq-m of gorse, the fire service said.

Fire which destroys shop fittings storage container 'started deliberately'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A fire in a commercial bin which spread to a neighbouring metal storage container in Dawlish was started deliberately, firefighters say.

Emergency crews were called to the scene behind a property in High Street at about 01:10. 

The 6m by 2m storage container, which had shop fittings inside, was destroyed in the blaze. The fire also damaged the rear light of a nearby car, Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

Broadband telegraph pole row lord 'would prefer cables underground'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

The lord at the centre of a row over telegraph poles which is currently leaving a village without superfast broadband says he would prefer any cabling necessary to be underground.

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Most of the work to connect Upton Pyne, near Exeter, has already been done. But the project has been delayed after BT and the 5th Earl of Iddesleigh failed to agree on whether poles could be used across his land.

The earl said he would prefer to have cables buried underground as poles would ruin an "unspoilt valley" on his estate.

BT said it had made every reasonable effort to find a viable way of bringing fibre broadband to the area, including holding two meetings with the earl. Lord Iddesleigh insisted that he had not ruled out allowing poles to be put in.

Fraudster 'used new victims' money to honour promises to old victims'

BBC News England

A bogus travel agent who swindled people out of a total of £130,000 did provide some holidays but used money from new victims to try to honour promises made to previous ones, a court heard.

Susan Lee got families to pay up to £8,500 in advance for holidays and then gave excuses when they called her to ask for confirmations of their bookings, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Mr David Sapiecha, prosecuting, told the court there were 13 victims who lost a total of £130,000, although £40,000 had been repaid from money paid by later customers. He said it was a "sophisticated fraud which continued over a number of years with a large number of victims".

Fifty-nine-year-old Lee, of Leaze Park, Okehampton, admitted fraud and was jailed for two years.

Woman, 81, seriously injured in Torquay road crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An 81-year-old pedestrian has suffered serious injuries in a road crash in Torquay, police say.

Officers said the woman was walking across St Marychurch Road at about 12:20 on Saturday when she was struck by a red Ford Fiesta ST.

She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where she is still undergoing treatment.

Police, who closed the road for six hours for an investigation, have appealed for witnesses to the crash or anyone "who saw the vehicle or pedestrian prior to the incident".