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

Live Reporting

By Tom Palmer and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Tom Palmer

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the BBC Local Live service for Devon & Cornwall for Monday 2 March, it's been lovely to have your company.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need- and don't forget BBC Spotlight tonight at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. News on the hour

    The top stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Devon: The police and ambulance service have promised to learn lessons following inquest into Paignton death of mental health patient Valan Pitts.

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Price rises in Cornwall Council's car parks are defended by the authority.

  3. Minister urges rail action

    BBC Spotlight

    A senior government minister has demanded faster work from the body looking at the region's rail routes.


    The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "I'm asking today the South West Peninsula Taskforce to come up more quickly with plans for what are the right investments in the railways for this region, including Dawlish, including alternatives for the Okehampton line."

  4. Driver in court

    A lorry driver has appeared in court charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a cyclist on a Devon main road.

    Torquay magistrates

    John Noble, 42, from Plymouth has been bailed at Torquay Magistrates Court to reappear on 13 March.

    Cyclist Chris Dennehy, 58, from Plympton, died following the collision on 5 September on the Exeter-bound carriageway of the A38 near Lee Mill.

  5. Mayor defends ferry

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver has defended the Bay's new commuter ferry service, which is only taking between six and eight commuters every day.


    The new service between Brixham and Torquay was supported with over £1m of public funds.

    Mr Oliver says the Bay has never had an all-year round commuter ferry before, adding: "It's a bit brave, but we do those things. It is a challenge, we're trying to make it work and I hope that it will."

  6. Uni Chancellor to step down

    The University of Exeter has announced Floella Benjamin is to step down as Chancellor after ten years.


    The Winter Graduation event in 2016 will be the former TV star's last official appearance.

  7. Mitie sorry for staff issues

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    The company that controversially took over cleaning and catering services at Cornwall's acute hospitals last year has apologised to its staff for payroll problems.

    Some Mitie staff staged an unofficial protest at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance this morning, saying they were unhappy with ongoing issues over pay and standards.

    A spokesman for Mitie told me they valued staff highly, adding: "We are really sorry if any of our people have been affected by errors in their pay."

  8. Torbay starlet DVD

    A Hollywood movie featuring young Torbay actress Lily Laight was released on DVD in the UK today.

    Dawn Ellis from the Western Morning News tweets: Torbay film starlet in Hollywood rom-com @LoveRosieUK @lilylaight


    You can read more about the film 'Love, Rosie' here.

  9. Cold and windy tonight

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    Tonight showers will continue through the evening and night, with some snow possible over the higher ground. Staying windy in exposure and turning cold under clear spells with the risk of icy patches. Minimum Temperature: 1 Deg C (34 Deg F)

    Tuesday: Sunny spells and further showers, heavy at times with snow accumulations on hills. It will remain cold and windy through the day. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)

  10. Campaign to save old newspaper offices

    BBC Spotlight

    A campaign has been launched to save one of Plymouth's most distinctive buildings from demolition.


    The Western Morning News building at Derriford was designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and built in 1993 but the demolition application to Plymouth City Council claims the now empty building is "unremarkable".

    Some campaigners are now trying to get it listed - Hilary Kolinsky from Plymouth Architectural Trust said: "For a building by an architect who's as internationally respected as Grimshaw to be lost to this city, it doesn't send out a good message about how Plymouth values its architectural heritage."

  11. Gloom for Raiders

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Raiders could not stop league leaders Newcastle Eagles' serene progress into Basketball's BBL Trophy final this weekend.


    The Eagles had taken a big advantage into Sunday's leg in Plymouth, having cruised to a 47-point win on Friday - despite 28 points from Plymouth forward Jordan Clarke, Newcastle won again, this time 104-99.

  12. Supermarket 'signing' wins clicks

    The Plymouth Herald is reporting a teenager who tweeted news about his job as though he was signing for a Premier League football team has found worldwide fame.

    Andrew Paterson tweeted two photos of himself signing a "renewed contract" with the supermarket chain Asda.

  13. Beach clean campaign

    Julie Skentelbery

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The campaign group Surfers Against Sewage is calling for individuals, communities and businesses to do their bit to clean up beaches around Devon & Cornwall.


    This mysterious item washed up at Perranporth last year - it turns out to be a US Navy target boat from the other side of the Atlantic - SAS wants people to sign up for a series of community beach cleans this month.

  14. Boy death: Man in court

    A Crediton man has appeared in court charged with causing the death by careless driving of a 10-year-old boy who was knocked down.

    Samuel Crocker

    Cameron Trivett, 24, of Mill Street, is also accused of failing to stop after a collision.

    Samuel Crocker from Crediton died in hospital on Saturday after he was hit by a white van in the town.

    Mr Trivett was bailed by Exeter magistrates to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 27 March.

  15. News on the hour

    The top stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Devon: A vigil is held at a Crediton primary school to remember young road accident victim Samuel Crocker.

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A government minister visiting Penzance says authorities will look into a new air link to the Isles of Scilly.

  16. Road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    Cliff Road in Newquay is partially blocked near the Oakleigh Terrace junction, because of an accident.

    A361 Church Street in Ilfracombe is partially blocked around the Horne Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles and recovery work.

  17. Could it be you?

    Tom Palmer

    BBC News Online

    A £1m lottery raffle prize from Valentine's Day has not been claimed, according to operator Camelot.


    The million pound ticket was purchased in the Teignbridge District of Devon with a 'raffle code' PINK 6055 9722 - the winner has until 13 August to claim the prize.

  18. Vikings ahoy!

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Two Viking ships, one little and one large, have landed at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall today.


    This iconic Viking boat, a 6m Norwegian Faering, has been constructed by apprentice boat builders from Falmouth Marine School - a full-scale replica 14m coastal cargo Viking ship will sit in the heart of the new 'Viking Voyagers' exhibition.

  19. Man charged after cyclist death

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision which took place at Lee Mill.

    Cyclist Chris Dennehy, from Plympton, who was 58, died following the collision on the Exeter-bound carriageway of the A38 last September.

    John Noble, 42, from Plymouth will appear in court later this month.

  20. Truro boss angered by loss

    BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is unhappy with his side after their 2-0 defeat at Cirencester Town.


    The White Tigers dropped a place to fifth in the Southern Premier League after the loss, which was only their second defeat in 11 league games.

  21. Hogg tied to police?

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The row over whether Devon & Cornwall's Crime Commissioner should move into new offices is as much about independence as the £500,000 cost.


    Tony Hogg's team say moving into renovated offices at police headquarters at Middlemoor will save money in the long term and will not compromise his independence.

    But Exeter councillor Rachel Sutton, a member of the Police and Crime Panel, told me: "I was astonished to hear that he wants to move because he was making a great deal of the need to be independent of the constabulary."

  22. New parking charges spark fierce debate

    via Facebook

    New parking charges in Cornwall Council-operated car parks have prompted plenty of comments on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page. The council points out car park income helps to fund key services, including road maintenance.

    • Mike Batt comments: Liskeard. Rapsons car park all day parking 50% increase to £1.50. That's a £130 increase year on year for people who use the car park every weekday. Hardly insignificant.
    • Richard Pearn says: By putting up parking charges the council are just forcing business out of the towns and to the supermarkets. I now think twice before popping into town as charges are a rip off.
    • Ria MacQueen believes: Councils need to be much more creative in generating revenue from peoples' use of their cars.
  23. A dark & stormy night

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    This afternoon it's feeling cold with sunny periods and some heavy, possibly thundery showers which may be wintry over the moors.


    Tonight more bands of occasionally heavy showers will continue to move in from the west overnight. Moderate or fresh west or south westerly winds will veer to the northwest and will still be stronger at times with gusts to gale force. Min Temp: 2C (36F)

  24. Mitie complaints

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    An unofficial protest has been staged by some cleaners and porters at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance this morning.


    Staff say they walked out because they're unhappy with ongoing issues over pay and standards after the private firm Mitie took over cleaning and catering contracts at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust last October.

    Hospital managers say they continue to robustly monitor the contract, while Mitie has previously said ensuring correct pay is a priority.

  25. Visa joy for family

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man who faced being deported because his British wife's salary was too low has been given a visa to stay for 30 months.

    Michael Engel, from South Africa, lives in Cornwall with his wife Natalie and young daughter Nyana.


    He said they had given up but after legal advice put in a fresh application, which was approved after six weeks. Mr Engel added: "It is a massive massive relief, you wouldn't believe it. We are all so happy."

  26. The Vikings are coming!

    The National Maritime Museum Cornwall tweets: Nearly here...14m viking cargo ship awaits! Big crane lift left to go & then 1st object of exhib installed #vikings

  27. Smiling for the camera

    After her appearance on BBC Radio Cornwall this morning, award-winning photographer Carla Regler tweets: Hopefully I sounded ok..... wonderful experience at #BBCCornwall #photography #awards

  28. News on the hour

    The top stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Devon: A lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a cyclist died in a collision on the A38 in September 2014.

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A South African man who faced deportation due to his British wife's salary being too low is given a 30 month visa to stay.

  29. Keeper swaps saving goals for sales goals

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United goalkeeper Jordan Seabright has quit football to become a car salesman in his home town of Poole.


    The 20-year-old has played six Conference games this term since joining from Dagenham in the summer, his latest on 17 January at Altrincham. "It's a really brave decision," Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves told BBC Sport.

  30. New parking charges - are you affected?

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council has revealed its new parking charges - the authority tells me that overall car park income will rise inflation plus 1% but the impact on car park charges will be greater than that.

    This is the link to the official 39 page report on each car park - have a look and let me know what you see, then call me 01872 222222.

  31. Ballots and eyesores - your views?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    More first time voters have taken part in polls for TV shows 'X Factor' or 'Strictly' than are likely to participate in the General Election. As the older generation, is it our fault? And how much does it really matter?


    And eyesores or icons - which modern buildings would you save from the bulldozers? 0845 301 1034 - from 1pm

  32. AFC St Austell draw

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    AFC St Austell will face Glossop North End or Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the semi-finals of the FA vase.


    St Austell became the first Cornish side to reach the FA Vase semi-finals since 2007 as they came from 2-1 behind to beat Ascot United 3-2 in front of a partisan crowd of 1,433 on Saturday.

    The two-legged semi-finals will be played on Saturday 21 March, with second legs a week later on 28 March.

  33. News on the hour

    The top stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Devon: Crediton man appears in Exeter court charged over boy's death.

    BBC Radio Cornwall: St Austell's footballers will face Glossop North End or Shaw Lane Aquaforce in FA Vase semi-final.

  34. New love for lonely monkey

    BBC Inside Out South West

    Daisy the capuchin monkey has gone on a successful first date following the death of her partner.


    When her companion died, lonely Daisy's owners asked the Wild Futures monkey sanctuary in Looe to take her on and introduce her to new friends.

    Keepers at the sanctuary were encouraged when they saw Daisy and her date Pepe "ganging up" on keepers. There'll be more on Inside Out South West tonight.

  35. Lock gate improvements

    Work's starting today on a £250,000 upgrade of the lock gates at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.


    The work's being paid for by the Environment Agency as part of its flood defence work.

  36. Wise words on pasties

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The official World Champion Cornish pasty maker has been sharing her secrets for perfect pasty baking, following her triumph at the Eden Project this weekend.


    Betty Lethbridge, 88, advises: "Make good pastry, have a good butcher, and get some tender skirt. And get the seasoning right. And that's the main thing. And I don't like to eat a pasty with a knife and fork - I like to have it in my hand."

  37. High waters

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    If you're hoping to enjoy a bracing walk around the shores of Devon and Cornwall today, wrap up warm and here are the tide times.

  38. Mitie protest

    BBC Radio Cornwall's political reporter Tamsin Melville tweets: There's been an unofficial protest at West Cornwall Hospital by workers for the private company Mitie @BBCCornwall


    The company has faced a series of problems after taking over cleaning and catering services at Cornwall's acute hospitals last year.

  39. PCC office move defended

    There's a strong defence of plans for Devon and Cornwall's Police & Crime Commissioner to move offices, at a cost of £500,000.


    PCC Tony Hogg and his staff are planning to move into offices at police headquarters once renovation work is completed.

    Chief Executive Andrew White said: "It make no sense whatsoever to keep paying out substantial rent for a self contained commercial office when vacant space is available within Middlemoor. We would be failing the public if we continued this arrangement and took resources away from the police."

  40. Extra skiing for Cornish school party

    A Cornish school party is expected to arrive home today after being trapped in a French ski resort by a landslide.


    Hundreds of tonnes of rock closed the only road out of Les Menuires - Pool Academy trip leader Jason Webb told BBC Radio Cornwall they had been well looked after during the delay, adding: "It was an adventure but it was more of an inconvenience."

  41. England star thanks fans

    After England's disappointing loss to Ireland in Sunday's Six Nations, Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell tweets: Thank you for all messages yesterday and last week. It's a massive honour to wear that shirt again. Sorry we couldn't get the win yesterday

  42. Storm shot wins award

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    This impressive photo titled "Porthleven Washout" has won a national title for its Cornish photographer.


    Carla Regler from the Lizard scooped the 'British Weather' Category in the inaugural British Life Photography Awards.

  43. Man charged over Crediton death

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Crediton man will appear in court this morning charged in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy in the town.


    Samuel Crocker died after being hit by a van on Saturday - his classmates at Landscore Primary School will be offered counselling this morning as they come to terms with his death.

    Cameron Trivett, who's 24, of Mill Street, Crediton, faces charges of driving a vehicle that failed to stop after a road traffic collision, and causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

  44. Cornish ski party delayed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A school party from Cornwall had an unexpected holiday extension after a landslide stranded them in their ski resort for two days.


    Geologists deemed the only road out of the French resort of Les Menuires was unsafe after huge boulders fell onto the tarmac. The group from Pool Academy should arrive home later today.

  45. Ferry concerns

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new ferry service for commuters in Torbay, which is being subsidised to the tune of £750,000, has been described as a waste of public money.


    Three months after it started, the service is still using a pleasure boat to carry between an average of six to eight commuters a day between Brixham and Torquay - a promised purpose-built catamaran has not yet materialised.

  46. A blustery cold March day

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It's a raw start to the day and there's a mix of sunny periods and showers to come - some of the showers will be heavy with a risk of hail or thunder, while over the moors some may be of sleet or snow.


    It will feel cold with moderate or fresh west or northwesterly winds, increasing strong to gale force in gusts around showers, over high ground and around parts of the coast. Max Temp: 7C (45F).

  47. Crediton boy mourned

    BBC Radio Devon

    Classmates of a 10 year old Devon boy who died in a road accident at the weekend will be offered counselling later.


    Samuel Crocker died in hospital after colliding with a van in the Threshers area of Crediton - a 24-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving. The head teacher at Landscore Primary School has opened a book of condolence in Samuel's memory.

  48. PCC move criticised

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The Police & Crime Commissioner in Devon and Cornwall will spend £500,000 on relocating his offices, the BBC has learned.


    Tony Hogg will move from offices at Pynes Hill Business Park in Exeter, which cost approximately £100,000 a year, to the Police HQ at Middlemoor.

    The commissioner's office said the move represented "value for money" - some local councillors have criticised the renovation costs of £500,000.

  49. Cornwall disruption

    BBC Travel South West

    There's an accident in St Austell - the A3058 Edgcumbe Road is blocked near the Trevone Crescent junction, because of two accidents and ice.

    There's a large branch in the road on A3082 Par Moor Road in St Blazey near the Cypress Avenue junction. Approach with care.

    There's disruption on the minor road between Pillaton and Blunts due to a broken down lorry.

  50. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the news, weather, travel and sport updates for Monday - hope you had a good weekend.

    If you want to get in touch about this new service or anything you want to share, please do email us.