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  1. Updates from Friday 6 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from BBC Local Live Devon & Cornwall today.

We'll be back with a full roundup of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 9 February.

News on the hour

Top stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Households in Cornwall will pay - on average - an extra 3 pounds 31 next year, after the Police and Crime Panel approved Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg's budget.

BBC Radio Devon: A dementia conference in Plymouth has been told of the need for better co ordination between hospitals and social care.

Heathrow link to West

Plans for a new £500m rail link connecting the main line into London from the west with Heathrow Airport

are going on public display.

Rail line from west

Given the go-ahead by the government in 2012, the plan would save up to 30 minutes for passengers travelling from south Wales, the west of England and the Thames Valley on the Great Western main line.

Weather update

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight will be mainly dry with some clear spells which will lead to frost in places. It was still feel particularly cold in the strong northeasterly winds. However cloud will increase from the north by dawn. Minimum Temperature: -2 Deg C (28 Deg F)


Saturday will be rather cloudy, although a few sunny spells are expected in the morning. It will be a generally dry day with isolated outbreaks of light rain in a few places. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F)

Questions for BT

BBC Radio Devon

People living in parts of Devon will lobby BT for better broadband this evening at a public meeeting.

Homeowners and businesses in Upottery and Yarcombe are angry they haven't yet been included in the rollout of high speed broadband.

Cold warning

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Warnings are being issued for elderly and vulnerable in the South West to take care as the cold weather continues.


The Met Office has issued what's known as a 'Level 3' alert, used when average temperatures drop to 2 degrees celcius or below - or when there's widespread ice and heavy snow.

School safeguarding criticised

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Homophobic attitudes and racism at a Cornish secondary school have resulted in Ofsted criticising it for its lack of safeguarding.

Ofsted report

Students at Callington Community College, which became an academy several years ago, told inspectors "sexting" [sending explicit text messages] was prevalent and "accepted as typical". Inspectors said staff "needed to urgently develop a strong culture of safeguarding, tolerance and respect".

News on the hour

Top stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Inspectors from the education watchdog, Ofsted, raise concerns about discipline and safeguarding at a Cornish school.

BBC Radio Devon: People living in the village of Torcross say they're unimpressed the local council has let thousands of tonnes of shingle - spread after storms eroded the beach - be naturally distributed by the sea.

Devon League Two team news

  • Plymouth Argyle will be
    making changes for Saturday's visit of Accrington Stanley to Home Park, hoping to stem a run of poor results.
  • Exeter City
    face a long trip to the JD Stadium to face Bury, also in Sky Bet League Two.

Booze initiative 'a success'

BBC Radio Devon

The police say a trial to

breathalyse people on their way into pubs and clubs in Torquay town centre has reduced violent crime there by 39%.


In December door staff tested more than 800 people suspected to be drunk - more than a third were then refused entry. There are now plans to extend the scheme in Torbay and to other parts of Devon & Cornwall.

Torbay Tesco refused

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Supermarket chain Tesco has lost an appeal to build a new out-of-town store on the edge of Torbay, next to the new

South Devon Link Road.

A planning inspector said the store would harm shops in Torquay town centre.

Torbay Council said it was delighted at the decision.

Cornish All Blacks ready for Lydney

Launceston's rugby players are hoping to

pull clear of the relegation zone with a win this weekend.

all blacks
ALAstair Cowe

The Cornish All Blacks have not won any of their last three games,

drawing with second-placed Dorking. last time out, but they are still 13 points above the drop zone ahead of Saturday's game against struggling Lydney.

News on the hour

Top stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A&E figures for Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust have continued to weaken, according to the latest statistics from NHS England. The trust appears fifth from the bottom in the list of trusts for the week of 1 February.

BBC Radio Devon: Households in Devon and Cornwall will pay an average extra £3.31 a year after the force's Police and Crime Panel approved force Commissioner Tony Hogg's budget plans.

Beach shingle 'hasn't gone'

BBC Radio Devon

Shingle on Slapton Beach in Devon that looked like it had disappeared was deliberately spread by the tide,

South Hams District Council said.

A council spokesman said the shingle was stacked on the beach so tidal actions would naturally spread it to a sustainable angle.

Landslide 'to cost up to £300k'

Repairs after a

landslide blocked access to a beach in Newquay are "likely to cost" between £200,000-£300,000, Cornwall Council contractor
Cormac says.


Engineers said natural erosion was likely to blame, but the recent cold snap may have opened up fractures in the rock. It's likely to be "several months" before the road reopens.

West Lyn accident

BBC Travel South West

On the A39 in Devon, West Lyn Road in West Lyn the road is

partially blocked because of an accident by the B3223 Shamble Way junction.

Old dog, new tricks?

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Who says you're too old to try something newish!

Laurence Reed

What do you think Michael Flatley? Want me in your next show?

Pirates target Moseley

The Cornish Pirates are hoping to build on

their great win against Bristol in their tricky away game at Moseley on Saturday.

Brian Tempest

In the last four visits to Moseley, the Cornish side have drawn three times and lost once. Reflecting on

the Bristol win, Pirates coach Ian Davies said: "I think we fully deserved it, we scored some cracking tries and to score almost fifty points against a side that were unbeaten and at the top of the table took some doing."

News on the hour

Top stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A landslide which has blocked access to a beach in Newquay could cost up to £300,000 to repair, engineers say.

BBC Radio Devon: Villagers in the South Devon village of Torcross say twenty-seven thousand tonnes of shingle imported to shore up sea defences seems to have disappeared.

Chimneys continue wobbling

BBC Radio Cornwall

Concerns are being voiced again about 300 feet chimney stacks on the site of Cornwall's new incinerator which have been

wobbling in the wind.

Sita UK which is behind the incinerator project in St Dennis says: "We are sorry that this issue is continuing to cause concern within the local community and we are now close to being able to put in place the permanent arrangement. The final, top sections of the stack include the stabilisers (oscillations dampers) to mitigate the effect of wind speeds."

Beaver debate

The future of a small population of beavers living on the River Otter will be discussed at

a public drop-in session from 15:00.


A licence has been granted so the beavers can stay for the next five years while a trial is carried out to find out what impact they have on the environment.

Devonport 21-gun salute

John Danks

BBC Spotlight

A 21-gun salute has been fired at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth to mark the anniversary of the Queen's Accession to the Throne.

21-gun salute has been fired at Devonport Naval Base

The salute was made by the Royal Navy's armoury team. The 63rd anniversary was also be marked by all ships in the base raising their flags, known as 'dressing overall'. Pictures on

BBC Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC1.

School "falling short"

A Cornish school which was criticised for failing to get a grip on homophobia, racism, and 'sexting' among its pupils has acknowledged that it is "falling short in some areas" says the

Western Morning News.

Inspectors from the education watchdog, Ofsted, raised concerns about discipline and safeguarding at Callington Community College following their recent "surprise" visit to the school which was triggered by complaints about the "effectiveness" of safeguarding provisions at the school.

A very full moon

Brian Townsend-Marlow, from Paignton, contacted us, simply saying: Hi, Picture of full moon for you.

Full Moon. Pic: Brian Townsend-Marlow
Brian Townsend-Marlow

Have you any pictures of last night's sunset or the morning's full moon? You can

email us your photos. You can also contact us via BBC Spotlight's
Facebook page, and we're on Twitter:

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is fifth from bottom in the latest list of A&E performance figures.

BBC Radio Devon: A failed attempt to bar surgery for obese people in Devon will help increase debts by millions of pounds, according to a new report.

Prince enjoys 'Wolf Hall'

The Prince of Wales has told 'Wolf Hall' author Hilary Mantel he's "enjoying very much" the

BBC TV adaptation of her book about the court of King Henry VIII.

Hilary Mantel
Getty Images

The Devon-based author was

made a Dame at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today. When asked if she could imagine the Prince's household being similar to her novel, she laughed and said: "I couldn't possibly comment on that!"

St Austell 'up for the Vase'

Players and supporters of

AFC St Austell are preparing for one of the biggest games in the club's history as Stanway Rovers visit Poltair Park on Saturday in the fifth round proper of the FA Vase.


The club's manager

Phil Lafferty has revealed he had travelled to Colchester to watch the opposition, adding: "We were fairly impressed with what they offer, but definitely it was well worth going to have a look - doing the homework is quite important at this stage of the FA Vase."

A&E figures weaken

A&E figures for the Royal Cornwall Hospital have continued to weaken, according to the

latest statistics from NHS England.


Royal Cornwall Hospital appears fifth from the bottom in the list of Trusts for the week of the 1 February, 2015.

Obese surgery ban lift 'costs millions'

A failed attempt to bar obese people from surgery will result in NHS debts increasing by millions of pounds, Devon NHS managers say.


The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group had hoped the ban would cut a £14.5m deficit. Group bosses said debts were now expected to rise to £26.7m by the end of the financial year.

Lizard beach clean

NT Lizard Rangers

tweets: Marine based litter almost doubled in the past 15yrs! @mcsuk @NTSouthWest #2minutebeachclean

National Trust

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A&E figures for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust have continued to weaken, according to the latest statistics from NHS England.

BBC Radio Devon: More than 1,000 people who are obese and can not lose weight are being offered free slimming classes paid for by Devon County Council.

Custom-ised visitor centre

Richard Green

BBC Radio Devon

The old Custom House on Exeter Quay is going to be turned into a visitor centre.

Exeter custom house


city council says the new attraction, replacing the existing centre in Quay House, will be bigger and will also explore the history of customs and excise in Exeter.

TB challenge dropped

Anna Varle

BBC Spotlight

A legal challenge - against a Government decision to provisionally award one group of vet practices a contract to provide TB testing across England - has been withdrawn.

Xperior Farm Health decided to drop legal proceedings because of high legal costs and time pressure.

Cornish sunset

Amanda Hosking has sent us this photo of Thursday's sunset over Penzance.

Penzance sunset. Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

Have you any pictures you'd like us to see? You can

email us your photos. You can also contact us via BBC Spotlight's
Facebook page, and we're on Twitter:

Wages fear

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall is lagging way behind the national and regional averages when it comes to the number of workers earning less than the living wage, according to

the GMB union.

Figures show 31% of jobs in Cornwall are paid less than £7.85 an hour - the figure needed to keep pace with the cost of living. The South West average is 22.6%, nationally the average is 21.7%.

Wolf Hall author made Dame

Wolf Hall author and Devon resident Hilary Mantel has been made a Dame by the Prince of Wales for services to literature.

Hilary Mantel

The 62-year-old was honoured during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. She has won critical acclaim with her novels about the life of Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell, which has been dramatised for

BBC2 Television.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There are claims the planning strategy for Cornwall is wrong and the focus should be on creating jobs before building new houses.

BBC Radio Devon: Torbay Council says it's delighted that Tesco has lost its appeal to build a huge store on the outskirts of Torbay.

Rugby support

After missing out on the

Six Nations opener against Wales tonight, England and Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell
tweets: Big day today, big test! Been a good training week, looking forward to seeing the boys out there tonight! #CarryThemHome

Elderly offence

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

What do you make of phrases like 'over the hill' and 'past it'?

From 12:00 I'll be taking your calls from on whether they're offensive after the government's older workers champion said language like this should be as unacceptable as racist or sexist words.

Get involved by phoning 0345 301 1034.

Torquay in FA Trophy action

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United will be hoping to make home advantage and league status pay off when

they face FC United in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Getty Images

Conference side Torquay host the Northern Premier League team in the quarter-finals and Torquay United captain Luke Young said: "We're the higher-league team and we've got to try and show that the difference is there."