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  1. Updates on Friday 13 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Matt Pengelly and Claire Hawke

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live Devon & Cornwall for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back on Monday with a full round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good weekend.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The A39's been closed for more than six hours between Truro and Falmouth after a man in his 20s died in a collision near Perranarworthal. The police are warning drivers to avoid the area as diversion routes remain gridlocked.

BBC Radio Devon: Opposition groups say they'll fight against some of the 46 million pounds of budget cuts approved by Devon County Council's cabinet today.

I love....eeuww

Couples out for a Valentine's Day meal in Cornwall are being warned to avoid getting food poisoning from their romantic dinner.


The team regularly inspect restaurants and other food businesses to check hygiene standards as part of

the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Cornwall key amnesty success

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's two weeks left in an amnesty in Cornwall for people who are illegally subletting or not living in their council homes

to hand back their keys.

Cornwall Council

69 calls have been received and two properties have been surrendered by tenants following the introduction of a two month key amnesty which runs until 28 February 2015.

Torquay on the road

BBC Sport

Torquay United

will travel to Eastleigh in the Conference on Saturday - the Gulls have Aaron Dawson available after he missed
the FA Trophy win last weekend because he was cup-tied.

Aaron Downes (hamstring) is a doubt, but Dale Tonge is back in training after knee surgery.

Lollipop crossings 'a road safety matter'

School lollipop crossing services in Devon are to get county council funding for another year after the authority had said schools should take on the financial burden.

lollipop crossing sign generic

Olivia Harker, who has been campaigning to save the patrol outside her children's school in Exeter

told BBC Radio Devon: "Ideally the council should should still be paying for it because I don't think it's an education matter, getting kids safely to school; it's a road safety matter."

Ebola scientist returns

A Biomedical Scientist from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has returned from Sierra Leone after

helping with the fight against Ebola.

Ebola scientist Katina Kraemer
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Katina Kraemer, who's based at Derriford Hospital, said: ""The decision to go was not made easily, but I knew I had the skills needed to make a difference where it really matters."

A39 crash fatal

The police say

a man in his 20s has died after his car left the road and hit a tree on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth.

The collision has caused long delays on all roads around the area with many diversions gridlocked.

The road will remain closed from Arch Hill in Truro to Treluswell Roundabout in Penryn while the Force Serious Collisions Investigation Unit carries out a forensic examination of the scene.

Chief Constable on Twitter

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has joined Twitter.

Shaun Sawyer on Twitter
Twitter/Shaun Sawyer

Tweeting BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed, he said: It has taken far longer than envisaged but at last my first tweet; to you of all people! #learning

Mainly cloudy

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Tonight it will be largely cloudy at first with showers easing and becoming fewer and further between through the night. The will ease and become generally northwesterly with some clear periods likely later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow there'll be another cloudy start with some isolated patches of light rain. Any rain should fade away later on, and the cloud should break in places, allowing some sunny spells to develop. Maximum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: There's widespread disruption on roads around Truro and Falmouth this evening as the A39 remains closed after a car crash which left a man with serious injuries.

BBC Radio Devon: The leader of Devon County Council has called for an end to the Government's 2% cap on council tax increases after the cabinet approved cuts of £46m for the next financial year.

Exeter v Newcastle

BBC Sport

Exeter bring scrum-half Will Chudley into the starting line-up to face his old team Newcastle Falcons tomorrow.

Prop Tomos Francis and flanker Ben White are also included as head coach Rob Baxter makes

three changes to the team that beat Bayonne last month.

Hang glider represents GB

A hang gliding instructor from Cornwall has been selected to represent Great Britain at the

World Championships in Mexico.


Graham Phipps from Illogan will be part of a six man team flying out for the competition later this month.

Council walk-in services 'not needed'

BBC Radio Devon

Torridge Council in north Devon is to close its offices in Great Torrington from the end of March.

The district authority said most residents no longer needed a walk-in service, as services such as rent payments were being handled by housing company Tarka Homes. The council's office in Holsworthy is also to open for five hours on Wednesdays.

'Unscrupulous' builders jailed

An "unscrupulous pair" of rogue builders have been jailed at Truro Crown Court for defrauding vulnerable and elderly people.

Nelson Richards and Johnny Jones. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Nelson Richards, 51, and Johnny Jones, 48, both from Boscarn Park, Tregajorran, were jailed for five and three years respectively after admitting a spate of frauds between 2012-14.

A39 still closed

BBC Radio Cornwall

The A39 remains closed in both directions between Truro and Falmouth after a crash this morning near Perranarworthal.

A man's in hospital with serious injuries after his car left the road and hit a tree and the diversions are causing traffic to build on all alternative routes.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Highways bosses say commercial vehicles should not use the A39 after a serious crash this morning near Perranarworthal in which a man was seriously injured. Cormac Highways Safety Inspector Steve Burrows said: "There is nowhere for them to turn."

BBC Radio Devon: The leader of Devon County Council, John Hart, says he's fed up with playing a "guessing game" of funding with central government. Councillor Hart said he was predicting local authorities would become much smaller if Westminster continued squeezes on funding.

Crash victim in hospital

BBC Spotlight

A man has been been seriously injured in a road accident which closed a major route in Devon for more than eight hours overnight.

A377 crash

The collision - involving two vehicles - took place on the A377 Crediton Road at Half Moon Village. The police are appealing for witnesses.

Suspicious cat deaths

Cat owners in Beacon in Cornwall have been urged to keep a close eye on their pets after three animals died in suspicious circumstances in a week, the

West Briton reports.

The RSPCA said antifreeze was believed to have been used in some of the cases. Police are investigating the deaths.

Say it with pasties

BBC Radio Cornwall

A bakery in Hayle is offering special romantic Cornish pasties for Valentine's Day.

Heart-shaped pasty

Staff at Philps Pasties are joining the marketing frenzy that surrounds 14 February.

Exeter rapist's appeal fails

A man who raped a woman and left her for dead in Exeter has failed in an appeal to clear his name, the

Exeter Express and Echo reports.

Jakub Tomczak was 26 when he attacked his victim in the street before dumping her naked body under a van July 2006. He was jailed in January 2008. Three judges at the Appeal Court in London ruled the conviction was safe.

Devon funding gap 'getting bigger'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon County Council leader

John Hart says the authority remains "between a rock and a hard place" financially and the county's funding gap is "getting bigger every year".

Devon County Council and money graphic

The council's Cabinet has backed a 1.99% rise in council tax for 2015/16, as well as a £500m budget, which will see the average household bill increase by about £22.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Drivers are being urged to avoid the area around the A39 between Truro and Falmouth after a serious crash this morning near Perranarworthal. An articulated lorry has also broken down in the area and a minor collision is being reported on the diversion route.

BBC Radio Devon: The leader of Devon County Council has called for an end to the Government's two per cent cap on council tax increases after the cabinet approved cuts of forty six million pounds.

A39 road chaos

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cormac tell me that the A39 between Truro and Falmouth is likely to stay closed throughout tonight's rush hour.

A man's been seriously injured after a car left the road and hit a tree near Perranarworthal this morning - diversions are in place causing long delays.

Weekend rugby preview

The Cornish Pirates welcome Doncaster Knights to the Mennaye Field on Sunday, hoping to bounce back from

their Moseley defeat.

Brian Tempest

Plymouth Albion take on London Scottish on Sunday. In National League 2 South, Redruth take on Worthing Raiders on Saturday; Launceston travel to Southend.

Police hunt art thieves

BBC Radio Cornwall

This painting is "Jug and Catkins" from 1960, the second of two Bryan Pearce paintings stolen from a remote cottage in west Cornwall.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall Police say the painting could be worth around £50,000 - it was

stolen from Zennor last month.

Truro delays

BBC Radio Cornwall's Johnny O'Shea

tweets: Very heavy traffic on main rd from @TCSportsAcademy into Truro. Avoid if possible @BBCCornwall @BBCTravelSW


Gorse fire damage

BBC Radio Cornwall

Lisa Jones has sent us this photo to update us on the damage caused by a suspected arson at Kennack Sands on the Lizard last night.

Lisa Jones

Lisa said she fears the landscape will take a year to recover, adding: "Luckily the footpaths created a natural fire break and the fire brigade did a fantastic job of containing it!"

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A man has been seriously injured in a road accident on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth - the police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon County Council's cabinet has approved budget cuts of £46m for the forthcoming financial year. Leader John Hart tells the BBC it's been "a very, very difficult budget to agree".

Totnes explosion update

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

The BBC's John Ayres

tweets: Town Bridge in Totnes fully reopen


added: Devon Fire Service confirm their presence at Totnes explosion today was purely precautionary.

Supermarket doctors' surgery

Patients can now see their doctor at the Sainsbury's Penzance store after a new surgery opened to support the existing Alverton, Rosmellyn and Sunnyside surgeries in the town.

Mount's bay Surgery

Dr Mathew Boulter from Alverton Surgery said: "This is a fantastic opportunity that will allow us to dramatically improve the level of healthcare we offer our patients, all in tailor-made premises that we helped design."

Weather update

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

This afternoon the showers will become more prolonged and fresh locally strong southwesterly winds will veer to the west or northwest - tonight it stays mostly cloudy and showery, chilly later.

pm weather

On Saturday

early showers will die out to leave most places dry with bright or sunny spells, but a few showers may return later in the day.

Totnes evacuees talk

Totnes residents Hazel and Steve Benkel said emergency services were "taking every precaution in asking use to come out of the properties" when they were evacuated from their home after an explosion.

Totnes evacuees Hazel and Steve Benkel

The pair said they didn't hear the explosion and only knew something had happened when a "fireman knocked on the door".

Totnes explosion in pictures

The Torquay Herald Express has

posted a gallery of photos after Bridgetown Hill in Totnes was closed and homes evacuated after an electrical mains explosion this morning.

Torquay Herald Express

Devon 'still needs £46m of savings'

Although Devon County Council's cabinet has approved plans for its £500m budget for 2015/16, there are still calls for £46m of savings,

the authority says.

Devon County Hall

The full council is due to debate the proposals on Thursday 19 February.

League Two preview

BBC Sport

Exeter City are

looking at making changes for Saturday's trip to Portsmouth.

Grecians' midfielder David Noble faces a late fitness test, David Wheeler, who came off the bench to equalise in

their 2-2 draw with Cambridge, and Christian Ribeiro could both start.

And Plymouth Argyle

welcome Cambridge United to Home Park - the U's have stayed in Devon since Tuesday's game.

Totnes explosion update

Police say an explosion in Totnes was reported at a residential property, opposite Waterside Bistro on The Plains, at about 10:25.

Explosion scene in Totnes

Officers added that a fire was believed to be started by an electrical mains and that a wall at the property - which is surrounded by a moat - was damaged. Two people were in the property, but there have not been reports of any injuries.

High waters

BBC Spotlight

If you planning to dodge the showers around the shores of Devon & Cornwall today, here are the tide times.


News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The A39 has been closed between Truro and Falmouth after an accident. Police said a man was been seriously injured in the Perranarworthal area after a car left the road and collided with a tree.

BBC Radio Devon: Twenty-two properties have been evacuated following an explosion in Totnes thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.