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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 19 February
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Goodnight

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

We'll be back with a full roundup of the news, sport, travel and weather on Friday. Have a good evening.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The NHS in Cornwall has apologised for cancelled operations but warns continued pressure on health and social care services means that a 'Black Alert' status is to remain in place until Monday.

BBC Radio Devon: Within the last hour Devon councillors have voted in favour of a 1.99% rise in council tax.

More rain on way

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Rain will become patchier this evening, perhaps with some short-lived breaks in the cloud developing, but from the early hours further persistent rain will affect southern areas. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Tomorrow areas of persistent and occasionally heavy rain will move east across the region early in the day. It will then become mostly dry with sunny intervals. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

Russia responds to bomber incident

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The ice cold relationship between the UK and Russia has been made clear after news that

Britain scrambled RAF Typhoons when two Russian bombers were seen off the coast of Cornwall.

Russian Bear Bomber
MOD

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has accused the Russian President of posing a "real and present danger" to three Baltic states.

But Russia's Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said: "The Russian Airforce is just returning back to the previous practices of regular training flights in international airspace. Compared to the number of flights by Royal Air Force and other NATO air forces, the number is minimal."

Controversial budget approved

Jenny Kumah

Political Reporter

People living in Devon will have to pay more for County Council services after councillors voted in favour of a 1.99% rise in council tax.

The authority also approved £46m of cuts for 2015/16 as it deals with a 13% drop in its government funding. Around 20,000 bus journeys could go as a result of plans to cut bus subsidies.

Pollution concern

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council's looking at how to tackle excessive levels of traffic pollution in parts of Truro.

The Councillor in charge of Communities, Geoff Brown, says some areas have almost double the guideline amounts of Nitrogen Dioxide and will gather evidence before asking DEFRA to declare the city an Air Quality Management Area.

Flood alerts

BBC Spotlight

Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for several parts of the coast in Devon and Cornwall.

The north coast from Land's End to Lynmouth is at risk, particularly at coastal car parks, harbours and quays.

The South coast from Land's End to Gribbin Head also has a flood alert in place, with places where there are tidal rivers most likely to bear the brunt of the higher than average tides between Friday and Sunday.

Cake in cathedral

An exact replica of the Magna Carta, made out of cake, has

gone on display at Salisbury Cathedral.

cake
Christine Jensen

Baker Christine Jensen, from Penzance, took 94 hours to make the clone of the document, which

sets out the ideals of liberty and justice in 1215.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The public is once again being urged not to attend the Royal Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department unless it's urgent and serious after news that a 'black alert' crisis will stay in place until Monday.

BBC Radio Devon: The MP for North Devon, Nick Harvey, believes the increased presence of Russian forces close to the UK is a result of increased international tension.

Chough-watch

BBC Radio Cornwall

The National Trust is

looking for volunteer rangers to help prevent nests of Cornish choughs on the Lizard from being disturbed.

chough
National Trust

There are only about 20-30 choughs in Cornwall, and their survival is reliant on each pair being able to breed successfully.

Riverbank rescue

BBC Radio Devon

A man's been

rescued by firefighters after getting stuck on a river bank in Ivybridge.

The man had fallen ten feet and was brought to the top using rope rescue equipment. He was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene.

More political reaction to Russian planes

Politicians are continuing the Russian rhetoric after RAF jets

intercepted two bombers in international airspace off Cornwall.

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is under fire from Moscow for suggesting the Russians pose a threat to three eastern European countries.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says in both cases it's important to send a clear message to President Putin, adding: "We did the right thing by scrambling and making it clear we're not going to be messed about at all."

Knight down under

BBC Sport

Plymouth's cricketer Heather Knight had admitted the side's one-day batting has not been good enough, in

her blog from the England Women's cricket tour to New Zealand.

cricket
Don Miles for the ECB

The vice captain has proved an unexpected hit with the ball, however, with

three wickets in the side's T20 win overnight.

Heather Knight jokes: "I haven't imagined that I'd be opening both the bowling and batting for England since I was playing in the back yard as a six-year-old!"

Crown Currency defence

The trial of two former directors of the collapsed Cornish online company Crown Currency Exchange has been hearing the outline of their defence today. Peter Benstead and Edward James deny charges of fraud and false accounting.

crown
BBC

Four other defendants have also

denied the charges against them. Crown Currency collapsed in October 2010 leaving thousands of investors out of pocket.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says continuing pressures on the healthcare system mean a Black Alert status will stay in place until Monday.

BBC Radio Devon: Bosses at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital say IT'S been in "critical internal incident mode" since January - but the situation is NOT a major incident.

Council budget accusations

BBC Radio Devon

The deputy leader of Devon County Council has accused the Prime Minister of being out of touch when it comes to local government budgets.

John Clatworthy who's one of the councillors debating £46m of cuts, said David Cameron wrongly believes councils have enough money to provide services.

Hospital problems continue

BBC Radio Cornwall

A spokesman for the Royal Cornwall Hospital says a 'black alert' will be in place until Monday.

The crisis - which has seen operations cancelled, staff leave scrapped and patients left waiting on trolleys for hours - has been blamed on problems releasing patients because of a lack of onward care.

England women T20 joy

BBC Sport

Plymouth's Heather Knight shone with the ball as

England women beat New Zealand in the first of three Twenty20 matches.

cricket
Don Miles/ECB

The spinner took three wickets for ten runs as the White Ferns were all out for 60 - England then knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets.

Castle damaged

BBC Spotlight

BBC Spotlight's Hamish Marshall

tweets: The damage vandals caused to windows of a restaurant in a castle at Carn Brea in Cornwall.

bbc
BBC

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Prime Minister has accused Russia of "trying to make a point" by flying two of its bombers along the coast of Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: Another World War Two device, used in Exercise Tiger to prepare troops for the Normandy Landings, has been found on a coastal path near Dartmouth.

Russian planes - your comments

via Facebook

The news that two RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off the Cornish coast has got you talking on

the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

  • Kevin Trebell says: Putin is doing this more and more, posturing to try to display his strength by the looks of it.
  • Simon Bromage writes: It's about time this Government and probably the next will need to start investing in our armed forces. The Royal Navy's present contingent of ships would have been sunk in a week during WW2.
  • Janet Kersey jokes: They'm after the pasty recipe!

Weather latest

The earlier heavy rain has been replaced by frequent blustery showers and it will turn drier and brighter in the west towards the evening. Winds will be strong on the coast, fresh inland, from the southwest, veering westerly as the rain clears.

weather
BBC

Tonight

further persistent rain will be moving in from the south to affect mainly southern parts of Devon and Cornwall. Winds will be moderate from the west.

Bomb squad deal with rocket

BBC Radio Devon

A

World War Two rocket used in Exercise Tiger to prepare troops for the Normandy Landings has been found on a coastal path in Devon.

bom
Royal Navy

The 40-inch (1m) long rocket was discovered at Strete near Dartmouth on Wednesday by contractors working on the path.

PM on Russian bombers

BBC Radio Cornwall

On the

two Russian bombers spotted off the Cornish coast, the Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"I want to reassure people, when this happens what we do is we launch our Typhoon aircraft and they escort these planes out of the UK area of interest and when this happened most recently at no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.

"I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the UK. I suspect what's happening here is the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point. And I don't think we should dignify it with too much of a response."

Hospital crisis continues

BBC Radio Cornwall

The

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust is on 'black alert' for the third day in a row, after a high number of admissions and problems with bed-blocking.

Meanwhile

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is also seeing a very high number of sick patients needing to be admitted into hospital for emergency care, although it has not declared a major incident.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Politicians accuse Russia of 'getting a bit cheeky' after
bombers 'escorted' away from airspace off Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: Some Devon potato growers are giving up on the crop because of an oversupply.

Cat statue makes £52K

David George

BBC Spotlight

An Egyptian bronze cat's head has

sold at auction in Cornwall for £52,000, way beyond its estimate of £5,000-10,000.

cat
Picasa

The statue was nearly thrown away in a Penzance house clearance before being spotted by auctioneer David Lay - this morning it was sold over the phone to a "prominent London dealer".

Demonstration of 'military reach'

Jonathan Marcus

BBC diplomatic correspondent

The interception of

Russian bombers off the coast of Cornwall is just the latest in an increasing pattern of Russian flights intended to demonstrate that Moscow too has military reach.

Often the Russian aircraft take steps to avoid broadcasting their positions - thus posing a

real danger to civil air traffic.

The comments from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon noting that Mr Putin poses "a real and present danger" to the Baltic Republics is another indication that NATO countries believe that what began as a crisis over Ukraine has now turned into " a Russia problem" that will last as long as Mr Putin remains on his current trajectory.

Tackling racism

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Today I'm asking: is it punishment or education that's needed to stop racism?

The man

pushed off a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans chanting racist slogans wants them punished and said the publicity of the incident had given him the confidence to file a police complaint.

I'd love to know your thoughts and experiences in the phone-in. Call me on 0345 301 1034

Missing man: police warning

BBC Radio Devon

People are being told not to approach a man

police are hunting in Plymouth.

Hassan Bolat
Devon & Cornwall Police

Hassan Bolat, 20, from Turkey, is descibed as having short dark hair and a tattoo of the word 'blessed' on the right side of his neck of his neck. Anyone who's seen him should dial 999.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The Prime Minister reassures public over
Russian bombers 'escorted' away from airspace off Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: South West Water has been fined more than £40,000 for killing fish in a Devon stream two years ago.

Dive pair ready for action

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch are

diving at the peak of their form, according to their coach Andy Banks.

dive
Getty Images

Great Britain's leading 10m synchro duo - who won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and were 2012 European champions - are preparing to defend their British title in their home pool in Plymouth.

Rail tweets

More than 45,000 tweets about delays were sent to the South West's main rail operator last year, new data has revealed, reports the

Western Morning News.

This was the highest number received by any of the fourteen train companies surveyed by rail monitoring firm Commute London, but a spokesman for Westcountry-based FGW claimed the figures were merely evidence of its proactive approach to social media.

Russian bombers: latest

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

An aviation expert says Britain should not be "preparing for nuclear war", despite two Russian bombers being spotted off the coast of Cornwall.

The 'Bears' were escorted by RAF Typhoon fighters yesterday afternoon, but Ross Mahoney, an historian from the RAF Museum said: "Last year we had about eight Russian aircraft go around the coast of the UK, most recently there were a couple in late January. This is very much a show of strength, part of Putin's rhetoric towards the west."

Delayed op finally happens

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman from Newquay who made news around the country when she walked into BBC Radio Cornwall in her hospital gown to protest at her cancelled surgery, has finally had her operation.

Iona Hevican
BBC

A month ago, Iona Hevican, 55, had just had her hysterectomy called off for the third time. Today her husband told us she's now had the procedure and is recovering.

Russian frigate tracked

A Devonport warship tracked a Russian frigate through the English Channel earlier this week, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate fitted with advanced Artisan radar, used her Lynx helicopter and sensors to locate and monitor the movement of the ship.

The Russian warship Yaroslav Mudryy is a Neustrashimy class frigate and was sailing with her accompanying tanker, the Kola.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 12:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The former Armed Forces Minister and Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon, Nick Harvey, believes the increased presence of Russian forces close to the UK is a result of increased international tension.

BBC Radio Devon: Derriford Hospital in Plymouth says it's seeing and treating a "very high" number of sick patients needing admission for emergency care.

A30 flooding

BBC Travel South West

Heavy rain is causing problems on the

A30.

One lane was already closed because of roadworks and now the remaining lane is flooded. Diversions are in place.

Russians 'bit cheeky'

Laurence Reed

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The North Devon MP and former defence minister Nick Harvey has told me Russia is "getting a bit cheeky" after two of its bombers were

intercepted by RAF jets off the Cornish coast.

plane
BBC Archive

The MP said: "The Russians aren't seriously going to come and drop bombs on us, they're just cocking a snook at us. It's all part of the rather elaborate and messy game that's going on between Putin and NATO."

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