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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Tom Palmer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall for Monday - we'll be back at 08:00 Tuesday bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and 22:25 tonight.

  2. News on the hour

    The top stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western will continue to run trains in the South West until 2019, the secretary for transport who has been visiting Cornwall has confirmed.

    BBC Radio Devon: The RNLI is warning beachgoers to avoid dangerous rip currents after nearly 2000 people are saved each year - with the majority being rescued off beaches in north Devon and Cornwall.

  3. North Devon burglaries

    The North Devon Journal is reporting two families have been left picking up the pieces after burglars broke into two North Devon homes and stole thousands of pounds worth jewellery.

    Police were alerted to both break-ins over the weekend after the home owners returned to their properties in Appledore and Barnstaple to find them ransacked.

  4. Shades stolen

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are trying to identify a man and woman after two pairs of expensive sunglasses were taken from a Plymouth store.

    sunglasses

    The sunglasses - worth a total of £635 - were taken from the Sunglass Hut in Drake Circus at around 11.45 on 11 March.

  5. Rail promises

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    Rail passengers travelling between London and the South West have been promised more seats and better services after First Great Western's parent company agreed to pay £68m to run trains until 2019.

    train

    However, proposals for brand new trains still need to be signed off by the government - Andy Mellors from First Great Western said: "They'll have more powerful engines to be able cope with the geography of Devon and Cornwall and they'll also have bigger fuel tanks to cope with the extended distances away from the electrified network."

  6. Rain returning

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    Tonight the rain will soon stop, cloud will break up and it will get colder, and mostly clear skies will bring a risk of frost. The odd sharp shower is possible later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 1 C (34 F).

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    Tomorrow there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers. These are likely to be heavy at times, with a risk of thunder and hail. There might even be a snow shower or two on Dartmoor. Maximum Temperature: 10 C (50 F)

  7. Minibus crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    Fire fighters have released twelve woman from a minibus after a road accident with a low loader.

    No-one was hurt in the accident at Ipplepen near Newton Abbot but the women were jammed in by the low loader, fire crews used hand tools and small electric tools to free them.

  8. 'Exceptional case'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A paramedic who was allowed to drive ambulances for four years with a bogus licence has admitted forgery.

    Crowley had paid someone in Ireland to upgrade his normal licence to allow him to drive an ambulance and secure a job with the South Western Ambulance Service.

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    The judge at Exeter Crown Court said it was an "exceptional case". Crowley, 41, of Doyle Street, Waterford, Ireland, was given a two-year conditional discharge and has been sacked from his job.

  9. Spring lambs

    Staff and students at Duchy College have their hands full after many of their ewes gave birth to triplets.

    lamb

    Sixteen of the youngsters are having to be hand reared after being pushed aside by their larger or stronger siblings.

  10. Underwater mountain hunt

    The Plymouth Herald tweets: Underwater mountains taller than Mount Snowdon uncovered by Plymouth survey ship

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    You can read more here.

  11. Doc Martin to return

    The BBC's Entertainment Live page is reporting Britain's favourite grumpy GP is returning to the small screen on ITV for a seventh series, with Martin Clunes reprising his role as Dr Martin Ellingham.

    doc

    In the last series, Doc Martin's wife Louisa (Caroline Catz) decided to take their son James Henry to live with her mother in Spain while they try to work out their marital problems.

    Clunes said: "I'm thrilled to be back on the beautiful North Cornish coast to shoot series seven of Doc Martin. The Doc has some serious work to do if he is going to persuade Louisa to come back."

  12. Ambulance driver used forged licence

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    An ambulance paramedic drove patients around Devon for four years on a forged driving licence, a court has heard.

    Edward Crowley, 41, of Doyle Street, Waterford, Ireland, used the forged document to get a job with South Western Ambulance Service.

    Ambulance

    He admitted possessing a false identity document and using it to try to obtain a UK driving licence. He has been sacked from his job and given a two-year conditional discharge.

  13. News on the hour

    The top stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Some rail campaigners claim giving First Great Western a franchise deal up to 2019 is not good for the taxpayer.

    BBC Radio Devon: A two-day auction has begun to sell off the biggest single herd of dairy cows to be sold in Devon for more than five years.

  14. Lifeboat drama

    The Torquay Herald Express is reporting how the town's lifeboat rescued an angler who slipped on rocks and fell into the sea.

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    The 49-year-old was fishing at Long Quarry when he tumbled into the water. The Teignmouth Lifeboat and Torbay Coastguard were sent to the scene and found the man back on the rocks.

  15. Rush hour headaches

    BBC Travel South West

    • We're getting reports of an accident on the A30 in Fraddon near the services.
    • There's an accident on Foundry Road in Camborne near the Park Lane junction.
    • On the M5 in Devon, there's queuing traffic on the exit slip road southbound at Junction 27, A361 (Tiverton) in the roadworks area.
    • Poltair Road in St Austell is partially blocked near the Graham Avenue junction, because of an accident.
  16. Dolphin update

    Julie Skentelbery

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    It seems the dolphin with the distinctive notched dorsal fin I photographed in Falmouth this morning is a bit of a celebrity.

    dolphin

    I'm told this is Clette, probably the UK's most famous Dolphin. There will be more on BBC Radio Cornwall at 17:00.

  17. Swept away

    Jemma Woodman

    Inside Out South West

    I've been finding out first hand what it's like to be swept away by a rip current - and what to do to stay alive.

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    The RNLI rescue nearly 2,000 people every year from dangerous rip currents, the north coasts of Devon and Cornwall are a particular hotspot.

    You can hear what expert advice the lifeguards had for me on Inside Out South West tonight at 19:30.

  18. Lotto prize claimed

    A £1m National Lottery prize has been claimed by a mystery Plymouth winner.

    The EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker ticket had gone unclaimed since the draw on 20 February - a National Lottery spokesman said: "We're delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win."

  19. Tigers surge

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side 'must not get carried away' after moving up to third in the Southern Premier League.

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    Goals from Isaac Vassell and Shane White helped Tully's side to a 2-1 win at mid-table Chippenham Town, City's third victory in a row.

  20. Betting shop 'assault'

    BBC Radio Devon

    The police have released theses images of a man they want to speak to following an assault in a Plymouth betting shop.

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    A female employee working behind the counter at Betfred on New George Street was spat and sworn at in the incident, which happened on Sunday 8 March.

  21. Kernewek success

    BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield and Nina Davey have been honoured for their expertise in the Cornish language, winning the Myghal An Gov Shield.

    James tweets: And the winner is... delighted to have won speaking #Kernewek at the Cornwall Music Festival along with Nina Davey.

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  22. Cops on cliff collapse

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Police are advising walkers to keep away from the coastal path at Butter Cove near Kingsbridge after a significant landslip at the weekend.

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    The footpath is closed between Bantham Beach and Thurlestone Golf Course - the police helicopter was deployed to make sure no one was on the coastal path at the time of the collapse and captured this dramatic aerial shot.

  23. Union doubts over rail news

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    A rail union leader has questioned government claims a new First Great Western franchise lasting until 2019 will represent good value for money for passengers and taxpayers.

    The train company could invest in a new fleet of trains to provide services to the South West, together with other investment, but Aslef leader Mick Whelan said: "I find it hard to see how creating yet another short-term, direct franchise award will deliver important and much-needed upgrades, including electrification."

  24. Poldark on Poldark

    Pam Spriggs

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in the 1970s series, has paid tribute to the new BBC One adaptation of the novels.

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    In the episode aired last night he played the Reverend Halse, a judge, in conflict with Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, and said: "It was quite amazing to play the same scene on the other side of the bench, as it were."

  25. Transport Minister visit

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says he's confident brand new trains will soon be on the way for south west rail users.

    The train company First Great Western says a fleet of new intercity trains could be introduced in just over three years as part of its new franchise deal - it has a preferred bidder but a contract has yet to be agreed.

    minister

    On a visit to Cornwall, Patrick McLoughlin described the announcement as "probably the biggest upgrade that Cornwall and the area of the south west has ever seen in its railway stock, it is of that sort of magnitude".

  26. Teignmouth investment

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new £2.5m business centre has opened in Teignmouth, marking the final stage of regeneration of what was once an old rubbish tip.

    A supermarket has already opened at Broadmeadow, on the edge of town, and provided £8m which has funded work to decontaminate the land, build a new sports centre, and now a new industrial estate.

  27. It's not easy being a dolphin

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Julie Skentelbery tweets: A dolphin with a distinctive damaged dorsal fin (I think Bottlenose) Falmouth Yacht Haven this morning @BBCCornwall

    dolphin
  28. Ambulance attacks

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Violence and aggression towards south west ambulance staff is now so common "it's almost part of the job", a union has said.

    999

    South Western Ambulance Service figures showed 130 members of staff were assaulted in 2014 - that's up from 121 in 2013.

    Chris Hewitt, of Unison, said: "Some members of the ambulance service are beginning to feel the violence and aggression is almost part of the job and something that should be expected."

  29. Food Waste

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Today I'll be asking why we've become so wasteful with food.

    An Exeter-based charity is redistributing three tonnes of perfectly good food from supermarkets every month - the food is not out of date, it's just the OLDEST stock the store has.

    So is it our fault that we've come to expect perfect food with long dates? Tune in from 13:00 and get in touch on 0345 301 1034.

  30. Rip warning

    BBC Inside Out South West

    The RNLI is warning beachgoers to avoid dangerous rip currents this Easter - nearly 2,000 people are rescued every year from rips, two-thirds of those incidents involve teenagers.

    rip

    On tonight's Inside Out South West programme, presenter Jemma Woodman experiences the dangers of a rip current first hand and learns how to survive with expert advice from RNLI lifeguards.

  31. Planes, trains or automobiles?

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin is touring Cornwall making a series of announcements about the county's infrastructure, including cutting the first sod of the A30 road improvements at Temple with the shiniest Cornish shovel we've ever seen.

    men

    Where do you think the money is most needed? Tune in now or give us a call with your views on 01872 222222.

  32. High waters

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning a trip to the seaside in Devon and Cornwall, here are the tide times.

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  33. Tough task for St Austell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty has admitted his side have a "mountain to climb" if they are to make the FA Vase final after losing their semi-final first leg 2-0 to Glossop North End.

    austell

    Lee Blackshaw gave the visitors a 15th-minute lead at Poltair Park and Ben Richardson got the second in the final minute of the tie.

    "We need now to climb a mountain next Saturday," Phil Lafferty told BBC Radio Cornwall. "We only really turned up in the second half."

  34. Road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    In Redruth, Sandy Lane is closed in both directions near St Day Road due to an accident.

    On the A38 around Ashburton in Devon, heading towards Plymouth we've got reports one lane is blocked due to a broken down vehicle.

  35. Camborne fire

    A woman was rescued from a house fire in Camborne overnight, Cornwall's chief fire officer Paul Walker tweets: @CornwallFRS crews rescue occupant from house fire. Thank you to fire control, operational crews & officers involved.

  36. Train promises

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    First Great Western is promising more seats and better services for passengers after extending its franchise on south west rail routes.

    FGW will run services on the Great Western rail network until 2019, after its parent company FirstGroup agreed to pay £68m to operate the franchise.

    train

    The Chief Executive of FirstGroup Tim O'Toole said: "The franchise will see new or refurbished trains on every part of the network, resulting in more frequent and faster journeys and an increase in the number of seats."

  37. News on the hour

    The top stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A north Cornwall man is seriously ill in hospital after a quad bike crash.

    BBC Radio Devon: A fleet of new trains could be on the way for south west rail users as First Great Western agree a fresh franchise deal.

  38. Delegated powers

    BBC Radio Devon

    There's criticism in the south west of how many planning decisions are being made behind closed doors without any debate on the applications.

    farm

    The permission for this 43-acre solar farm in Ashcombe near Dawlish was decided by a planning department rather than councillors. In some districts, more than 90% of planning applications are decided this way to speed the process up and save money.

  39. Quad crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man's seriously ill in hospital after a quad bike crash in north Cornwall on Sunday evening.

    A member of the public raised the alarm after finding a red Honda quad bike lying on its side on the B3314 between Pendoggett and St Teath - the rider, a local man in his late fifties, had suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to Derriford hospital in Plymouth.

  40. Bid for fire witnesses

    The Plymouth Herald is reporting police are treating a large tyre fire which destroyed a warehouse as suspected arson.

    Detectives say they are still unable to examine the scene of the fire, Malvern Tyres in Richmond Walk, due to the hazardous conditions.

  41. Mumm's away

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm is to leave the club at the end of the season.

    dean

    The 31-year-old second row is returning to his former team, the New South Wales Waratahs, after two seasons as the Chiefs' captain.

  42. 'Substantial' Devon cliff collapse

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A "substantial cliff collapse" on the South Devon coastline between Bantham Beach and Thurlestone Golf Course has closed part of the coast path.

    The landslide followed a warning about sightseers being put in danger by standing near the unstable cliff.

  43. Lifeboat rescues

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Newquay's inshore lifeboat rescued eight people and two dogs trapped by the high spring tide yesterday.

    lifeboat

    In two separate jobs, the RNLI volunteers ferried the groups to safety after they became trapped by the rising tide at Watergate Bay and Towan Island on Sunday afternoon.

  44. Cloud rolling in

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It'll be a dry morning with some bright or sunny periods at first. However, cloud will steadily build as outbreaks of mostly light light rain move in from the northwest during the afternoon.

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    Light, variable winds will become south westerly and moderate at times before starting to veer to the north or northwest towards evening. Max Temp: 11 C (52 F)

  45. Giant clone trees

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Clones from the oldest, biggest trees in the world have arrived at the Eden Project as part of an ambitious project to re-forest the globe.

    A batch of one hundred specimens of Champion Coast Redwoods from California are to be reared at Eden's nursery for planting above the biomes.

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    Coast redwoods are the tallest living things and can grow to nearly 400 feet in height - the photo shows the Fieldbrook stump, the remains of a famous northern Californian redwood which was felled in 1890 when it was around 3,500 years old.

  46. News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western promises new trains and better services after holding onto rail franchise.

    BBC Radio Devon: Last kick despair for Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup final.

  47. Dolphin watch

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Julie Skentelbery tweets: Dolphin watching in Falmouth. Monday 8am

    dolphin
  48. Concerns over food charity

    BBC Radio Devon

    The future is uncertain for an Exeter charity looking for a new home.

    Staff at the Devon and Cornwall Food Association say their work recycling some of Exeter's surplus food saves the city's charities around £90,000 a year.

    Now the lease has run out on its current premises in South Street, the charity says if it isn't able to stay in a central location then other charities will lose out.

  49. Truro & Falmouth hustings

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    Are you interested in General Election Hustings in Cornwall? BBC Radio Cornwall's is holding an event for the Truro & Falmouth seat on 2nd April at the National Maritime Museum.

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    If you'd like to get involved, send us an email.

  50. Agonising Cup final loss for Chiefs

    BBC Sport

    Exeter Chiefs lost the LV= Cup Final to Saracens with the last kick of the game at Franklin's Gardens yesterday.

    try

    After trailing for most of the match, Cornish full back Max Bodilly had scored two late tries for the cup holders Exeter to level the scores, but a penalty from Ben Spencer gave Saracens the win.

  51. Camborne fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman has been taken to hospital after a house fire in Camborne.

    Fire crews from three stations in west Cornwall rescued the woman from the property in Trevenson Street early this morning - it's thought the fire was started by an electrical fault.

  52. FGW wins rail franchise

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    First Great Western will continue operating trains to the South West until 2019 after winning an extension to its franchise.

    The train operator has promised faster trains, more seats, newer carriages and a multi-million pound investment in station facilities.

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said passengers were getting a railway fit for the 21st century, adding: "This is a fantastic deal which will give them more seats, more services and brand new fleets of modern trains."

  53. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    I'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather you need for Monday.

    Hope you had a good weekend - if you'd like to let us know about a story, please do drop us an email.