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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 March
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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from BBC Local Live Devon and Cornwall for now.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a good evening.

  2. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Mental health campaigners in Cornwall have welcomed an announcement of a major cash injection to treat young people - a part of the NHS which has been described by the health minister as the "cinderella of the cinderella service."

    BBC Radio Devon: Traders in Plymouth have voted to keep the City Centre Business Improvement District going for another five years.

  3. Poldark locations revealed

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The new version of the BBC series Poldark is thrilling TV viewers with its enticing views of Cornwall - and Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark.

    Aidan Turner

    And there is a growing interest in where the series was filmed, so here we reveal all.

    Visit Cornwall has produced its own guide, with aerial views in a YouTube video. Get in touch if you recognised your favourites places.

  4. Ski death charges

    A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a British teenager after a school trip to the French Alps.

    Kieran Brookes

    Kieran Brookes, 14, from Devon, was strangled when the straps of his backpack became entangled as he tried to get off a ski lift in Chatel. Lawyers for SAEM Sports et Tourisme a Chatel confirmed the firm and Richard Cettour, who was supervising, will face trial this year.

  5. Sunny spells

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Tomorrow, some areas may start with low cloud, mist and fog, but this should lift and break up through the morning to leave the rest of the day dry with sunny spells. Feeling mild with light winds.


    Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

  6. Al fresco culture for Dartmouth?

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    If you think of a French seaside town, like La Rochelle, pictures of pavement cafes with people enjoying a glass of red wine in the sunshine might spring to mind.


    Well, Dartmouth is hoping to follow suit and re-create the same sort of al fresco culture. But just how practical is it with our typical British weather? I've been finding out more, join me on BBC Spotlight on BBC1 at 18:30.

  7. Torbay long road delays

    BBC Travel South West

    There are long delays between Paignton and Brixham because of an accident.

    The area around Windy Corner is heavily congested. Avoid if possible.

  8. Yard's new lease of life

    Part of Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, is expected to get a new lease of life by being named an Enterprise Zone by Chancellor George Osborne in the Budget tomorrow.

    Princess Yachts

    The move is expected to free up millions of pounds of investment in the disused South yard which is owned by the Ministry of Defence.

  9. Volcano video game could save lives

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Inhabitants of a Caribbean island will soon be able to recognise signs that a volcano near their home is about to erupt, thanks to a video game created at Plymouth University.

    Game grab

    The video shows residents of St Vincent how to save themselves if La Soufriere, which killed 1,500 people in 1902, erupts.

    Student Lara Mani said: "There are around 110,000 people living on St Vincent, and about 20,000 would have to evacuate their homes in the event of La Soufriere erupting."

  10. Local charities 'win lottery'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two Cornish charities have benefitted from The Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Programme.

    Brook Incredible Dads based in St Austell and Newquay has been given £249,060 for working with young fathers whose children may be at risk, while West Cornwall Women's Aid has received £500,000 for supporting victims of domestic abuse.

  11. Plymouth rush hour accident

    BBC Travel South West

    In Plymouth on the A379 Exeter Street, we've had reports of an accident.

    Delays are likely.

  12. Back to classroom for drink-drive course woman

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman who delivered drink-drive awareness courses has been told to attend one herself after being convicted of driving while three times over the limit.

    Alison Baker

    Alison Baker from Exeter was reported to police after buying a bottle of wine at a garage shop on 13 May last year.

    District Judge Stephen Nicholls at Exeter Magistrates Court gave her an 18-month community order, ordered her to pay £430 in costs and disqualified her from driving for 26 months. That disqualification can be reduced if she attends one of the courses she used to run for Devon County Council.

  13. Vanuatu appeal

    The Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox has launched an appeal for victims of Cyclone Pam.

    TV presenter Ben Fogle tweets: Please help the families of #Vanuatu in the South Pacific after #CyclonePam


    Read more about the ShelterBox aid mission.

  14. Mental health concerns

    Sally Mountjoy

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The doctor who leads children's mental healthcare in Cornwall says only the most severely ill can be sure of getting services because of what feels like "dwindling resources".


    The government has now promised a 'complete overhaul' of mental health services for children and young people in England - Dr Liz Myers from the Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust said : "...we do feel like we're putting sticking plasters on some of it and fire fighting the rest of it."

  15. 'Stuck' lorry freed

    BBC Spotlight

    Our cameraman Tony Wilson has captured this picture of a lorry which had been stuck under the rail bridge in Scorrier.

    Lorry damaged by rail bridge

    The A3047 has been closed for recovery, but rail services are unaffected.

  16. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: First Kernow bus company says it will employ 12 more bus drivers made redundant from Western greyhound in Cornwall last week.

    BBC Radio Devon: A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a Devon teenager following a school trip in the French Alps.

  17. Paignton accident closes road

    BBC Travel South West

    The A379 in Paignton has been closed because of an accident.

    Traffic is very slow between Paignton and Churston Ferrers.

  18. Lifejacket clinic

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The organisers of a lifejacket 'clinic' in Fowey say the event was a great success and could result in lives being saved.


    184 lifejackets were checked and 12 were condemned - organiser and RNLI crew volunteer Marcus Lewis explained: "Three had been damaged by mice, three were punctured, three were unserviceable because the necessary parts were unavailable, and three had firing mechanisms that are now obsolete or condemned."

  19. Ski death charges

    A ski lift operator and his employer have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of a Devon teenager after a school trip to the French Alps.

    Kieran Brookes, 14, a pupil at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, was strangled when the straps of his backpack became entangled as he tried to get off a ski lift in the Alpine resort of Chatel in February 2011.

    Richard Cettour, 50, of Bonnevaux, France, who was supervising the lift at the time of the tragedy, and operator SAEM Sports et Tourisme a Chatel, will face a criminal trial in October accused of a series of serious health and safety breaches.

  20. We can clean up beaches says SAS

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall-based Surfers Against Sewage is aiming to slash UK beach litter by 50% by 2020.


    Its report highlights what it calls the "true scale of the marine litter crisis". SAS says it has mapped out "practical and achievable solutions" across industry, government and communities.

  21. Cannabis grown in furniture shop

    BBC Radio Devon

    A businessman has been jailed after he used his furniture shop as a cover for a cannabis growing operation.

    Anthony Scouler, 55, was caught with 112 plants when police raided the shop in Barnstaple in 2012. Scouler admitted production, supply and personal possession of cannabis and having a shotgun without a certificate.

    He was found guilty of eight counts of money laundering last month at Exeter Crown Court and has today been jailed for four years and six months.

  22. Rare pine marten 'spotted'

    A pine marten, one of Britain's rarest wild animals, has been spotted in Cornwall for the first time in more than 100 years, reports The Times.

    Pine Marten

    The paper reports that the animal was filmed foraging on the ground by Jack Merritt, 18, who at first thought it was a polecat. Derek Gow, an expert in rare British mammals, identified it as a pine marten.

  23. 'Synthetic' human debate

    Plymouth model former Miss England Charlotte Holmes has waded into the row between Dolce & Gabbana and Elton John, says the Plymouth Herald.

    Charlotte Holmes

    The former Face of Plymouth has hit out at the fashion duo for their comments, calling IVF babies 'synthetic'.

  24. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The A3047 through Scorrier has been closed after a lorry got stuck under a railway bridge just off the A30.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police are hunting two men who robbed a woman at knifepoint, outside a post office in Plymouth.

  25. 'Cotty' is 'finest big wave surfer'

    Braunton-based surfer Andrew Cotton is England's "finest big wave surfer" according to this revealing interview.

    Andrew Cotton

    Cotton, or "Cotty" to his mates, tells how his wife Katie loves the ocean but hates big waves. "I think she secretly hopes our kids may take up a sport other than big wave surfing," he says.

  26. Jesters assault

    BBC Radio Devon

    The police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Jesters nightclub in Union Street in Plymouth.


    A 25-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries in the attack on Saturday 31 January. Police would like to identify the man in the photo.

  27. Watch your eyes

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Eye health experts are warning of the dangers of staring directly at the sun ahead of a solar eclipse this Friday.


    The eclipse will be visible across the UK but the last solar eclipse to be visible from the UK was in 1999, with the best views in Devon and Cornwall. Here's the advice from BBC2's Stargazing Live.

  28. Veterinary care study

    Anna Varle

    BBC Spotlight

    A new study claims the amount of veterinary care given at a sheep farm directly affects the number of lambs born.


    I've been filming at Dupath Farm in Callington to hear how their lambing season is going. See my report on BBC Spotlight tonight.

  29. Lorry stuck

    BBC Travel South West

    A road through Scorrier has been closed because a lorry is stuck under a bridge.

    The incident is on the busy junction between the A30 and the B3298.

  30. 'Broken' mental health system

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb MP has admitted to me that the system to help young people with mental health issues is 'completely broken'.


    Today the government has announced a complete overhaul of mental health services for children and young people in England. Mr Lamb said: "The way services are organised and commissioned - purchased in other words - is completely broken. It's a service that doesn't provide support actually for a majority of youngsters who need mental health support."

  31. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The care minister is promising a major overhaul of mental health services for young people in Cornwall.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon GP says plans to have pharmacists within doctor's surgeries are just the start of a revolution in the health service.

  32. Accused denies he is racist

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The man accused of killing a former Plymouth Argyle youth player has told Plymouth Crown Court he is not a racist.

    Alex Peguero-Sosa
    Image caption: Former Plymouth Argyle youth squad player Alex Peguero Sosa died from his injuries

    Lee Dent from East Portlemouth is standing trial for the murder of 17-year old-Alex Peguero Sosa who was stabbed with a bottle at a taxi rank in Kingsbridge last July.

    Dent told the court it's possible in the heat of the moment he may have said Alex 'deserved it' using racially abusive language, but added he has Asian, black and Muslim friends and doesn't remember making the racist slur. Dent denies murder and the case continues.

  33. Devon road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    • There's slow traffic on the A39 westbound in Bideford around Northam because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.
    • Slow traffic is reported on B3212 Pinhoe Road in Exeter at the Thackeray Road junction because of a broken down coach and recovery work.
  34. League Two preview

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City could give a debut to Preston loanee Lee Holmes for tonight's home match versus Stevenage - the Grecians are six points adrift of the top seven with ten games to play.

    Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle travel to Dagenham & Redbridge. Top-scorer Reuben Reid should feature despite a foot injury, but the Pilgrims will be without Drew Talbot who has been recalled from his loan by parent club Chesterfield.

  35. Young people mental health

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    South west campaigners for better mental health provision for young people have cautiously welcomed promises of reform and more funding from the Care Minister Norman Lamb MP.

    Steve Cowburn from Cornwall founded the Invictus Trust after his teenage son Ben took his own life - he said: "£1.25bn sounds like a great deal of money but when Norman talks about making mental health and physical health being treated equally, it's nowhere near the amount of money we spend on physical health, but it is definitely a step in the right direction."

  36. Pine martin in Cornwall?

    The London editor of the Western Morning News Graeme Demianyk is very excited at today's wildlife news, he tweets: The wild beaver's back. Now it's the turn of the pine marten. What a time to be alive.


    You can read more on the story here.

  37. Road rage father and son jailed

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A father and son have been jailed for a vicious road rage attack on a driver they thought had carved them up.

    Paul and Phillip Horrocks leapt out of their car "like Batman and Robin" before beating Timothy White at traffic lights in Newton Abbot, Devon, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Horrocks, 55, of Coles Lane, Kingskerswell, was convicted of causing actual bodily harm and jailed for 15 months. His son, aged 27, of the same address, admitted the same offence and was jailed for 12 months.

  38. Castle appeal success

    The Falmouth Packet is reporting a campaign to raise funds to repair Carn Brea Castle, after mindless vandals smashed dozens of windows, has raised its £500 target.


    The Grade 2 listed 14th Century building at Carn Brea, near Carnkie, Redruth is run by Mounir Sawalha and his family and specialises in Jordanian cuisine.

  39. Otter success

    The TV cameras are to follow a man who has created a business in Cornwall combining his talent with wood with his passion for surfing. ESF Convergence tweets: @OtterSurfboards on crest of a wave as his unique surfboards are to feature on @DiscoveryUK


    James Otter says a business start-up scheme helped him realise his dream.

  40. A sunny afternoon

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It'll be cloudy at times, but apart from a few isolated showers it will be mostly dry with some bright or sunny spells. Winds will be mainly from the east and light or moderate in strength.


    Any showers will die out to leave a dry night with clear spells. A few mist patches may form by dawn and a slight frost may also develop in some low lying eastern areas. Winds will be from the east or northeast and mainly light, but moderate around parts of the coast. Min Temp: 2C (36F)

  41. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A Cornish GP says a national move to get pharmacists to take on patient caseloads in surgeries is unlikely to happen in Cornwall.

    BBC Radio Devon: Children and young people in the South West are facing long waits for mental health services because of what local psychiatrists call a lack of resources.

  42. Life after suicide

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Today I'm asking: why don't we talk more about suicide?

    A new programme is being aired on BBC1 tonight called Life After Suicide which will explore why people take their own lives and how those left behind cope.

    It's presented by a woman whose husband took his own life 11 years ago leaving her with two young children. Get in touch on 0345 301 1034.

  43. Search success

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Cornwall Search and Rescue Team had a busy night after volunteers were called in to help find two people who had gone missing.


    One man was found in the Nanpean area near Helston and a woman with Aspergers syndrome was located at Nancegollan near St Austell.

    Volunteers were supported by police officers, a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and Izzy the search dog, who was on her first mission.

  44. Seaweed on the menu

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Next time you go to the seaside, you could find lunch on the sea shore.


    Top chefs and catering students have joined forces with foraging experts to promote the use of local edible seaweed and they've been telling me all about it. Tune into BBC Spotlight tonight for more.

  45. Yard tax breaks hope

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A former naval yard in Plymouth could become an enterprise zone in an attempt to make it more attractive to firms.

    South Yard

    South Yard in Devonport is expected to be confirmed as a new site in Chancellor George Osborne's budget on Wednesday. The status would let companies take advantage of tax breaks and relaxed planning.

  46. Tresillian traffic problem

    BBC Travel South West

    On the A390 in Tresillian near Truro we're getting reports that a vehicle has broken down.

  47. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Children with only the most severe mental health problems are being treated in Cornwall because of a lack of resources, according to the doctor who leads the service.

    BBC Radio Devon: A woman from Devon who delivered drink drive awareness courses has been told to attend one herself after being convicted of driving while three times over the limit.

  48. Sea pool appeal

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Campaigners in Newquay are hoping to win public support to repair a popular paddling sea pool.


    A 'Friends of Towan Beach Sea Pool' Facebook page has attracted more than 4,000 'likes' - but Cornwall Council says repairing the concrete retaining walls would be too expensive.

  49. World title joy

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A kickboxer from west Cornwall is celebrating after winning a world title in Weston Super Mare.


    Victoria Church from Connor Downs beat a tough Spanish opponent at the weekend to bring the total full contact world title back home to Cornwall.

  50. Be dog smart

    School children across Devon will be taught how to spot a dog that is about to turn nasty, as part of a national 'Be Dog Smart' campaign by the Dog's Trust.

    Be Dog Smart

    Its research shows that 98% of parents don't know the signs of aggression in dogs and 44% admit leaving their children alone with a dog.

  51. Sandy Road

    via Facebook

    Robert Kneebone‎ posted this photo of the road near Porthtowan Beach on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.


    He comments: "No kidding..."

  52. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Residential homes managed by Cornwall's largest care provider are now being monitored after several "disappointing" inspections.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon woman, who ran drink drive offender courses for more than 20 years, has been given an 18 month community order and disqualified for driving for 26 months, after being caught three times over the limit.

  53. CQC care home concerns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A senior manager at the Care Quality Commission says they will be mounting more unannounced inspections of homes operated by Cornwall Care.

    One home in Newquay was rated as 'inadequate' and three other homes as 'needing improvement' following CQC visits - the company says it welcomes the feedback.

    The CQC's Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care Adrian Hughes told BBC Radio Cornwall: "One of the things that comes through from all of our inspections - both from the people who use the services and their families - is that staff are caring and treat people with dignity and respect. But the issue is that there's not always enough staff, there's not always enough activity and the environment in which people are living is not good."

  54. Drink-drive campaigner sentenced

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman who ran drink-drive awareness courses for Devon County Council for more than 20 years has been disqualified from driving for 26 months after being caught three times over the limit.

    Alison Baker, 59, from Exeter, was arrested after she was seen stumbling into a garage's store for a second time to buy a second bottle of wine.

    Exeter magistrates also gave her an 18 month community order and ordered her to pay £430 costs.

  55. A38 Carkeel delays

    BBC Travel South West

    Drivers are being urged to take care on the A38 because of a broken down vehicle between Callington Road and the Carkeel Roundabout.

    Traffic is very busy, but moving, on the westbound carriageway.

  56. Truro's River

    BBC Sport

    Truro City have signed Plymouth Argyle midfielder River Allen on loan until the end of the season.

    The 19-year-old has made four appearances for Argyle as a substitute this season, three of which have come in League Two. He could make his debut at Chippenham Town on Saturday.

  57. High waters

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning a trip to the coast around Devon & Cornwall, here are the tide times.

  58. Harvesting seaweed

    BBC Spotlight

    A company in Cornwall is harvesting fresh seaweed and selling it to Japanese restaurants.

    Edible seaweed

    An event has now been held to encourage Cornish chefs and catering students to use varieties like sea lettuce, serrated wrack, dulse and nori in their cooking. Enthusiasts say it can be used as a vegetable or condiment.

  59. News on the hour

    The top stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The sea pool on Newquay's Towan beach could be about to get a new lease of life after a campaign was started to re-open it.

    BBC Radio Devon: A senior psychiatrist is warning that children are falling through the gaps of mental health care because there's too much pressure on the system in the South West.

  60. Paper cuts for council

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon council faces losing more than £190,000 pounds in revenue after the collapse of a recycling plant.


    South Hams council has been sending about 6,000 tonnes of paper waste to Aylesford Newsprint in Kent, but it went into administration last month.

    The waste is going elsewhere instead but now the council is only getting £5 per tonne rather than £37.

  61. Care bosses improvement pledge

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Managers at the largest care home provider in Cornwall say they will address concerns about the quality of care and facilities at their homes.

    Earlier this year inspectors from the Care Quality Commission rated Penberthy in Newquay as 'inadequate' - now problems have been identified at three more homes in Carbis Bay, Falmouth and Camborne.

    In a statement Cornwall Care said: "It is rare that an inspection of any care service does not point out areas for improvement. We welcome that feedback and always act quickly to make sure we are offering the best possible service to our clients."

  62. Assault appeal

    Police are searching for a young woman who is believed to have witnessed an assault in a Plymouth pub.

    Appeal for woman who witnessed assault

    Two women were involved in the incident in the Two Trees pub on Union Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

  63. A38 partial blockage

    BBC Travel South West

    On the A38 in Devon at Chudleigh Knighton there is a blocked lane because of a car fire.

    The Exeter-bound lane is closed between the Chudleigh turn off and Haldon Forest.

  64. Via Twitter

    Devon & Cornwall Police tweet: Cyclist hit by car on Ham Drive in Plymouth this morning-only cuts and grazes this time - motorists, please give cyclists space #police

  65. Cheers, Tally Ho!

    BBC Spotlight

    Volunteers and regulars at south Devon's first community pub are raising their glasses in a toast to success after their first year in business.


    It's been exactly twelve months since the Tally Ho Inn in Littlehempston was taken over by the community - with more than 150 shareholders now having a stake in the business. The group's chairman says everyone should be proud of the pub's achievements and profits will be re-invested.

  66. News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: CQC inspectors flag up concerns at four Cornwall Care homes.

    BBC Radio Devon: There are fears over pressures on mental health services for young people in the South West.

  67. Sun breaking through

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It will be cloudy at first this morning with some mist and patches of low cloud, but apart from an isolated shower it will be mostly dry and bright with sunny spells developing.


    Winds will be mainly from the east and light or moderate in strength. Max Temp: 11C (52F).

  68. New recruit for Grecians

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City have signed Preston North End winger Lee Holmes on loan until the end of the season.


    The former Derby County and Southampton man could make his debut for Paul Tisdale's side in Tuesday's home game against Stevenage.

  69. Road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    There's an accident in north Devon on the A377 New Road in Bishop's Tawton, the road is partially blocked between the Village Street junction and the turn for Enis junction.

    In Cornwall the A39 heading into Truro is partially blocked, due to a broken down vehicle near Carland Cross.

  70. Care concerns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Care Quality Commission says Cornwall's largest care provider Cornwall Care has "taken its eye off the ball' when it comes to providing a high quality service.

    Earlier this year it was revealed that one Cornwall Care home in Newquay was rated as 'inadequate' - now four more inspections have revealed problems at homes in Carbis Bay, Falmouth and Camborne.

    Cornwall Care says it's worked closely with the CQC and commissioners for many years and it is rare that an inspection of any care service doesn't point out areas for improvement.

  71. Mental health concerns

    Sally Mountjoy

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Children and young people with mental health problems in the South West are being let down because there aren't enough resources to support them, according to senior psychiatrists.

    Many youngsters face long waits for appointments - the doctor who leads children's mental healthcare in Cornwall says only the most severely ill can be sure of getting services.

    NHS commissioners say they're doing all they can to meet the needs of patients at a time of rising demand. Meanwhile the Government will today announce an overhaul of youth mental healthcare.

  72. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    We'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need for Tuesday.

    The photo at the top of our page is Pencarrow House near Bodmin - if you've got a photo you'd like to share with us then please do get in touch.