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Summary

  1. Updates on 20 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Goodnight!

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 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. Cheers all.

  2. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 18:00 include:

    It's been confirmed hospital trusts across the south west are on a crisis footing due to problems discharging patients and other winter pressures.

    • Managers at Derriford Hospital have revealed they've been in 'critical internal incident mode' since January.
    • Cornwall's health and social care system has been in 'black alert' since last Tuesday.
    • Yeovil Hospital in Somerset has also declared a 'black alert' today - Dorset county hospital, Torbay and the RD&E are on 'red alert'.
  3. Big waves 'on way'

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    A very large swell is expected to roll in from the Atlantic and affect the coasts of Devon and Cornwall overnight and tomorrow morning, resulting in surf of up to 20ft or more.

    Large swell

    People should be very wary about staying safe at the water's edge - the bigger waves will be combined with some strong winds and should only be tackled by the most proficient and experienced surfers.

  4. 'Black alert' crisis - the inside story

    BBC Inside Out South West

    It's been a extraordinarily tough week for the health and social care system in Devon and Cornwall, after problems discharging patients and winter pressures sent Cornwall into 'Black Alert' status.

    nhs

    Now managers at Derriford hospital in Plymouth have revealed this afternoon they've been in 'black alert' since January - and Torbay Hospital and the RD&E in Exeter are at 'red alert'.

    Cameras from the BBC's Inside Out South West programme were at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance when the black alert was called last week, you can see their special report tonight on BBC One at 19:30.

  5. Full extent of SW hospital alerts revealed

    Sally Mountjoy

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    It's been revealed that Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been in 'critical internal incident' mode since January - with managers blaming 'unprecedented and sustained demand' on its services.

    Managers at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust declared a 'black alert' last Tuesday because of problems discharging patients and other problems in the health and social care system.

    The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital have been on red alert for the past week too. BBC Spotlight will have the very latest at 18:30 - get in touch if you've been affected.

  6. News kiosk burglary attempt

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted burglary at the Bretonside bus station in Plymouth early on Sunday morning.

    It's thought the offender used a power tool to cut through two large bolts and padlocks in order to gain entry to the news kiosk.

  7. 'Serious mistake' on benefits by former Labour candidate

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The former Labour parliamentary candidate in Truro & Falmouth has said the revelation she had been overpaid benefits came as a 'great shock'.

    Toms

    Hanna Toms from Falmouth stood down earlier this month when she realised she had been paid housing and other benefits she should not have received.

    Cornwall Council Labour group leader Tim Dwelly said: "I am sure Hanna had no intention whatsoever to receive benefits any higher than she was entitled to. However she would be the first to acknowledge she made a serious mistake."

  8. Plymouth dive delight

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth's diving coach says it's been a great weekend for the city's divers at the British Diving Championship.

    dive

    14 year old Matt Dixon from Ivybridge took silver in the men's 10 metre platform event which was won by Tom Daley - Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch won gold in the women's ten metre synchro, with silver and bronze respectively in the individual event.

    Coach Andy Watts said "If you look at the standard of diving across the board, not only does it bode well for Plymouth but it bodes well for British diving as well." Andy and Matt will be live in the studio in tonight's BBC Spotlight.

  9. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's Labour leaders say ex-candidate Hanna Toms made 'serious mistake' on benefits.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth's councillors have started voting on controversial budget and council tax measures.

  10. Decision time for Plymouth City Council

    BBC Radio Devon's political correspondent Jenny Kumah tweets: Plym CC's budget vote could be tight. Absences mean there are 27 Lab councillors and opposition include 23 Tories, 3 UKIP 1 Ind.

    Labour gets its amendments on 4m for city centre refurb and 200k for living wage through on casting vote of Lord Mayor

  11. Truro tree down

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed tweets: BIG tree down in Kenwyn hill #Truro closes main road at rush-hour! Latest updates @BBCCornwall.

    tree
  12. Plymouth film wins Oscar

    A film co-written by Plymouth's Rebecca Lenkiewicz scooped an Oscar at the Academy Awards celebration last night, says the Plymouth Herald.

    Ida wins best foreign language film at Oscars

    Ida was written by the city playwright together with director Pawel Pawlikowski and scooped the Oscar for best foreign language film last night.

  13. Oh deer! You're very cute

    Tiffany Truscott

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been to see a rare Philippine spotted deer that's been born at Newquay Zoo.

    deer

    The Animal Collections Manager John Meek told me they're all delighted the fawn is a female, saying "This is the rarest deer in the world, there are very few of these left in the Philippines and it's a worldwide breeding programme."

  14. Council leader in hotseat

    Matt Woodley

    BBC Radio Devon

    Today is Budget Day for Plymouth and it looks like if you live in the city, your council tax could be going up as the authority has to cut £18m from its budget.

    Tomorrow, you get the chance to question the leader of Plymouth City Council as Simon Bates puts Tudor Evans in the Hotseat after 8am. What would you like to say to him? E-mail your question now to simon.bates@bbc.co.uk

  15. Labour ex-PPC admits benefits 'genuine mistake'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A Labour Cornwall Councillor has confirmed she stepped down as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate in Truro and Falmouth after an overpayment of benefits.

    hanna

    Hanna Toms has confirmed she was overpaid housing and other benefits after she failed to tell Cornwall Council of her changed circumstances. She's apologised and paid back the money, now she says she wants to focus on representing her Falmouth ward.

  16. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornish Labour PPC reveals she stepped down after 'benefits overpayment'.

    BBC Radio Devon: A man is in hospital with 'serious head injuries' after an assault and robbery in Torquay - a woman has been arrested.

  17. Flower power charity success

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A charity event to raise money for the Cornish charity ShelterBox has topped all expectations to raise more than £4,000 - enough for seven ShelterBoxes.

    garedn

    Wendy Perry lost her daughter Hannah in the Boxing Day Tsunami ten years ago - this weekend she threw open her Truro garden to visitors and sold hellebores to raise funds.

  18. Pirates sign for Bristol

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Cornish Pirates prop Jamal Ford-Robinson has followed scrum half Tom Kessell and signed for Bristol, although both have been loaned back to the Cornish side.

    rugby

    Kessell will join Northampton Saints next season after dividing his time between the Pirates and Bristol this season - on Ford-Robinson Bristol coach Andy Robinson explained: "Sometimes there's a shortage of props so he's going to have to stay with the Pirates until they no longer need him. We'll hopefully probably have him for the run-in to the play-offs."

  19. Torquay assault arrest

    BBC Radio Devon

    A woman has been arrested following an assault in Torquay that left a man in his 60s with serious head injuries.

    The man was found by an ambulance crew in the doorway of Cafe Grill in Fleet Walk, Torquay on Thursday evening.

    The victim is in a stable condition in Derriford Hospital - a 25 year-old woman from Torquay was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on police bail.

  20. Cold and windy night

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It's a cold and windy afternoon with squally showers and fresh to strong sometimes gale force westerly winds, veering to the northwest.

    pm weather

    Tonight it will be cold and there will be further showers, which will continue to be wintry, particularly over high ground. The strong northwesterly winds could reaching gale or severe gale force in exposed areas before easing a little later in the night.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's main hospitals remain on the NHS's most serious alert status meaning they are still under intense pressure to treat an increasing backlog of patients.

    BBC Radio Devon: Vandals have ruined a popular children's party venue in a National Trust forest in Plymouth. It's the second time the Snowdrop Wood Forest School has been attacked by arsonists.

  22. Road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    • In Cornwall, there's an accident on the A30 westbound, affecting the B3275 at Fraddon Services.
    • In Devon, the A379 Fore Street in Yealmpton is partially blocked around the Yealmbury Hill junction, because of an accident involving a single car.
  23. Mobile pledge 'let down'

    A £150m government project to get mobile phone coverage to the hardest to reach rural areas has seen just two masts erected in the four years' since it was launched, the Western Morning News reports.

    Chancellor George Osborne announced at the Tory party conference in 2011 the subsidy would result in "hundreds" of masts going up in areas where phone companies claim it is unprofitable to install them.

    But the Government has revealed just two masts have been added- one in Devon, another in North Yorkshire - transmitting to 400 extra homes and businesses.

  24. '16 hour trolley wait' claim

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    It's claimed a patient suffering breathing problems spent 16 hours on a trolley at a Cornish hospital that hours later was put on crisis measures.

    nhs

    The woman's daughter contacted the BBC after Cornwall's health and social care system was placed in 'black alert' last Tuesday, the highest level the NHS issues.

    NHS managers say winter pressures and 'patient flow' difficulties mean the 'black alert' is still in operation.

  25. Change for change?

    BBC Radio Devon

    The money overpaid into parking meters in North Devon could soon be used to pay for women's refuges and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

    ticket

    Torridge District Council makes around £40,000 a year from overpayments and is looking at the idea of donating the extra cash to local good causes and community organisations.

  26. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 14:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Claims of a '16 hour trolley wait' as Cornwall's health system remains in crisis.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth's council tax bills could be going up by almost two per cent as City councillors meet to set the authority's budget.

  27. Community radio link-up

    James Churchfield

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    This morning Pam and I were joined by three volunteer radio presenters from Source FM in Falmouth, including Jess Dymond Barber, as part of a new agreement between the BBC and the Community Radio Association.

    community

    The Source FM team brought us stories about the Prince of Wales pier in Falmouth, LGBT history month and urban art - all fascinating stuff!

  28. Building awards

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A shortlist has been drawn up for the finest new and regenerated buildings in the south west.

    Restronguet Barton Barns in Falmouth

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has picked 42 projects with the winners going forward to compete on a national level.

  29. Daley targeting World Series

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Plymouth diver Tom Daley says he's pleased with a gold medal in his first tournament in five months and is now focusing on the World Series in Beijing.

    Daley

    Tom notched up a fifth individual 10m platform title at the British Diving Championship on Sunday, saying: "It's always a bit rusty at the beginning of the season - hopefully I'll get into the swing of things soon."

  30. Pool saved

    Campaigners determined to save Buckfastleigh's open air pool have been awarded a £75,000 grant from the Lottery and Sport England.

    Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool funding

    The pool's future has hung in the balance for around a year because of spiralling maintenance costs. The money will spent on urgent repairs.

  31. Seaton wall repairs

    BBC Spotlight

    Work begins today to reconstruct a one hundred metre section of the sea wall at Seaton in east Cornwall after it was damaged in last year's storms.

    wall

    The level of the beach was reduced by around three metres and left the nearby road without sufficient support or protection against further storms.

    The new wall will be made out of 10m sheet piles with a reinforced concrete capping beam. The work's due to be completed in June.

  32. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Some Cornish landlords fear the impact of rule changes over the energy efficiency of their properties.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth city councillors prepare to vote on budget and council tax levels.

  33. Icy roads warning

    BBC Travel South West

    In Saltash we have reports of hazardous driving conditions on the A38 and around Liskeard Road.

    Police are warning drivers to beware of snow and hail in places.

  34. Pensioner perks?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Today I'm asking whether pensioners should keep freebies like bus passes, TV licenses and winter fuel payments?

    David Cameron says if he's re-elected he won't introduce means-testing because they are not unnecessary luxuries. But Labour and the Liberal Democrats said they would remove some benefits from better-off pensioners. Let me know what you think by calling the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

  35. A30 lane closed

    BBC Travel South West

    One lane has been closed on the A30 near Blackwater after a car and trailer jack-knifed.

    The westbound carriageway is affected between Chiverton Cross roundabout and the Avers junction

  36. Icy blasts

    via Facebook

    Mags Sloggett‎ posted this photo on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page saying: Snow & hail Wadebridge right now...

    snow
  37. Mixed fortunes for League Two sides

    BBC Sport

    Redruth boss Steve Larkins says he was pleased with his side's ruthless edge in their 41-5 win, as the Reds ran in seven tries against Shelford.

    rugger

    Also in National Two South, the Cornish All Blacks went down 25-13 away at Worthing on Saturday.

  38. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Research by the TUC today reveals that 40% of workers in some parts of Cornwall are paid less than the 'living wage'.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plymouth City Council - which has had its funding cut by £18m - meets to set its budget today with council tax bills likely to rise by just under 2%.

  39. A30 incident

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A car towing a trailer has jack-knifed on the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Scorrier.

    Traffic is building westbound.

  40. Landlords to feel the chill?

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    We're been talking to the Property Ombudsman Chris Hamer about changes to energy efficiency rules for rented properties.

    The Government is toughening up legislation - but some landlords and letting agents are worried the changes will drive up costs and reduce the number of homes available - let me know what you think by calling the show on 01872 222222.

  41. Plymouth council tax decision

    BBC Radio Devon

    It's decision day as Plymouth city council meets to set its budget, with people in the city face council tax rises of just under 2%.

    city

    The Labour councillor responsible for finance Mark Lowry said: "Nobody wants to pay more tax, me included, however our budget has been cut by £18m this year."

  42. Very high high waters!

    The tides are still quite extreme after the 'super tides' this weekend so please take care around the shores of Devon & Cornwall.

    tides
  43. Pirates scrum half off

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Cornish Pirates scrum-half Tom Kessell is to move to Aviva Premiership champions Northampton next season - via Bristol.

    scrum

    The 25-year-old will join Saints in time for next season after completing a short-term stint with the Pirates' Championship rivals Bristol.

  44. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: It's been revealed 280 beds were blocked at Cornwall's hospitals last week by people with no care package in place. A health and social care 'black alert' is still in place, although a meeting to discuss the latest is taking place this morning.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police are trying to identify a man whose body has been recovered from the sea of Torbay this morning.

  45. Traveller horse appeal

    BBC Radio Devon

    A fund has been set up to help one of Devon's best known travellers after his Irish cob horse Gildor died last week.

    John Treagood

    John Treagood, 79, has been stranded on a roundabout in Exeter ever since. The appeal to raise money for a new horse has now exceeded more than £3,000.

  46. Daley delight

    Olympic diver Tom Daley tweets: Successful start to the season :) national champion and my new twister used in competition :)

  47. Pirates coach praises attitude

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies was impressed with the improved attitude of his side as they won 16-14 at Nottingham in the Championship.

    pirats

    Friday night's result moved Pirates up to sixth in the Championship, seven points off Nottingham who occupy the final play-off spot.

  48. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A meeting's being held this morning to establish whether Cornwall's health and social care should remain on black alert.

    BBC Radio Devon: The police helicopter, a lifeboat and the Coastguard have been involved in a big operation to recover a man's body from the sea off Torbay.

  49. Security pilot

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon & Cornwall Police are handing out a thousand free bottles of security-marking fluid to householders in Plymouth.

    sign

    The colourless SmartWater is sprayed onto property and will glow if placed under a UV light, allowing it to be traced back to its owners.

  50. Daley delighted with dive gold

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Tom Daley won a fifth individual 10m platform title on his return to Plymouth for the British Diving Championships.

    dive

    The 20-year-old - who was competing in Plymouth for the first time since moving to London- scored 493.70 from his six dives. Matt Dixon, 14, from Ivybridge took silver.

  51. Torbay body recovered

    Sergeant Steve Shepherd from Devon & Cornwall Police tweets: Officers from my section have been involved in the recovery of a body at sea near #Torquay investigations are now underway. #Baycops

  52. Feeling wintry

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It's going to be a cold and windy day with occasionally heavy and possibly thundery showers falling as rain, hail, sleet or perhaps snow over high ground.

    weather

    Fresh to strong westerly winds will veer to the northwest and reach gale force at times in exposed areas and around the heavier showers. Max Temp 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

  53. Snow warning

    BBC Travel South West

    In North Devon there are reports of snow around Ilfracombe and Lynton.

    The police are urging drivers to take care.

  54. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The Black Alert status across Cornwall's health and social care remains in place this morning, meaning there are severe pressures on the system.

    BBC Radio Devon: News is coming in about an operation in Torbay involving the police helicopter - the coastguard is also thought to be involved.

  55. A30 delays

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are reports of long delays on the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross roundabouts.

    It follows reports of a three vehicle accident at Zelah.

  56. A38 accident

    BBC Travel South West

    BBC Radio Devon's Anna Byles has filed this photo of the delays on the A38 near Ivybridge.

    road

    One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A38 westbound in Bittaford near Wrangaton Cross, because of an accident involving three vehicles and a fuel spillage. Congestion to Marley Head Junction.

  57. Pilgrims derby joy

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle supporters have the bragging rights over their Exeter rivals on their return back at work this Monday morning after Argyle's 3-1 success.

    goal

    Reuben Reid was the hero after his hat-trick gave 10-man Plymouth victory at Exeter in the 100th game between the Devon rivals. John Sheridan's side have now won their last four games, while Exeter are winless in six.

  58. Plymouth council tax decision day

    BBC Radio Devon

    Council tax bills could be going up by almost 2% in Plymouth, as city councillors meet to set the authority's budget today.

    They will vote on £16m of proposed cuts - the council also hopes to make savings of £5m through pooling its social care budget with the local health body.

  59. South Devon delays

    BBC Travel South West

    On the A38 in south Devon there's slow traffic on A38 westbound in Lee Mill near the Lee Mill Road junction, because of an accident involving a single vehicle.

    And on the A38 in Bittaford the road is partially blocked and there's slow traffic westbound near Wrangaton Cross, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

  60. Health & social care 'still in crisis'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's health and social care system remains in black alert status this morning, with NHS managers still struggling with 'patient flow'.

    nhs

    Health professionals have renewed their appeal for relatives and carers of patients ready to be discharged from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, to pick them up promptly to free up bed space.

  61. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Hello there, I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Monday.

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