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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 March 2015
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  1. Goodbye!

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall for Tuesday - we'll be back at 08:00 Wednesday 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 local stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Developers are trying again to get the Stadium for Cornwall approved by authorities. They're submitting new plans - after the previous proposals were deferred - this time without the additional supermarket.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police forces in the South West have dealt with 33 racist incidents involving football fans since 2012.

  3. Magic of the movies

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    This pretty Cornish cottage might look as if it's been there for years, but in fact it's made of wood and is part of a film set being built at Portholland near Mevagissey.


    'Peregrine's Home for Peculiars' will be directed by Tim Burton and stars Eva Green and Samuel L Jackson - it's not known if they'll be appearing in Cornwall.

  4. For the jump...

    BBC Spotlight

    Newton Abbot's new jump season starts tomorrow.

    The South Devon course has invested £200,000 to improve facilities at the popular track.

  5. SAS tattoo

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The campaign group Surfers Against Sewage is hoping specially designed tattoos will spread its message about the threat of marine litter.


    European Longboard Champion Ben Skinner has been inked with the 'Save Our Seas' marine litter tattoo, he said: "Our surf spots are amazing natural resources and it's vital that they are protected from all types of pollution, including the tide of litter washing up on our beaches."

  6. Bright again tomorrow

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    The showers will ease away tonight with clear skies then developing. Winds will remain fairly light so a cold night is expected, with a risk of frost, and some localised mist patches. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    After a cold start tomorrow, a fine day will follow. Most places will have sunny skies, light winds and only limited amounts of cloud. However some cloud could build from the west later. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  7. Plymouth delays

    BBC Travel South West

    In Plymouth on the A386 Manadon Hill near Southwell Road there are reports of an accident involving two vehicles.

    Delays are likely.

  8. A&E doctors paid £200 an hour

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    NHS hospitals have paid doctors as much as £200 an hour to cover shifts in Accident & Emergency departments, new figures show.

    One A&E doctor at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust was paid £2,142 for a 10 hour shift between Christmas and New Year.

  9. Hospital decision delayed

    BBC Spotlight

    A decision, which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital, has been delayed.

    A report by councillors recommended NHS bosses reversed their controversial decision to close the beds last year. The document was due to be voted on this afternoon, but has been deferred for more research to be considered.

  10. Cup disappointment

    Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow says plans to cancel next season's LV= Cup are bad news for the club's youngsters.


    The Chiefs lost in Sunday's final, having won the trophy 12 months earlier, but the tournament is set to be cancelled next season because of the World Cup.

    Ricky Pellow told BBC Radio Devon: "For our younger guys it'll be a shame that they don't get a chance to have a go at this next year."

  11. Drug 'preserves sight'

    Sally Mountjoy

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Doctors and NHS commissioners in Devon are lobbying to be allowed to use a drug treatment for a common eye condition, that could save the health service millions of pounds.

    Ron Phillips has been using the drug, called Avastin, three or four times a year and pays for it privately. He claims the treatment has preserved his sight.

    Ron Phillips

    Currently Avastin is licensed only to treat cancer and European law forbids its widespread use by the NHS as a treatment for AMD or wet Age-related Macular Degeneration.

  12. Train delays

    BBC Travel South West

    The 14:06 First Great Western service from London Paddington, due into Exeter at 17:02 and Plymouth at 18:00 is currently running 45 minutes late.

    The train is expected to make up most of the lost time by the time it reaches Penzance.

  13. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western is insisting train services out of Penzance will not be disrupted despite a strike scheduled for this Friday and Easter Sunday.

    BBC Radio Devon: A decision which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital has been delayed.

  14. Learning disabled vote help

    BBC Spotlight

    Adults with learning disabilities are being encouraged to register to vote ahead of elections on 7 May.

    Prospective voters

    At an event today they viewed the Plymouth City Council chamber, listened to talks about why voting is important and were helped to fill out registration forms.

  15. Airline crashes in Alps

    Newquay Airport tweets: "Our thoughts are with the family & friends of #Germanwings flight 4U 9525 and also to our colleagues within our airline partner @germanwings"

  16. Police PR man passes away

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Tributes have been paid to a Devon journalist turned police press officer, who has died aged 44.


    Joe Head worked for the Totnes Times before joining Devon & Cornwall Police in 2002 - the Force's Head of Corporate Communications Tanya Croft said: "His death, following a long illness, is a very sad loss, not only to his family, his friends and colleagues, but also to the Force."

  17. Exeter Uni lose points appeal

    Exeter University have lost their appeal against a 50-point penalty imposed by South West League officials, reports the Exeter Express and Echo.

    The University broke an agreement made when they entered the league system nearly four years ago not to field players from their Wednesday afternoon BUCS League 1st XV.

  18. Pool future looks secure

    The Friends of Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool say they're hopeful a deal soon can be done with the local authority, following concerns it would miss out on a £75,000 grant from Sport England because of council red tape.

    Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool funding

    Teignbridge District Council is now expected to agree to the transfer at an Executive Committee meeting on 14th April.

  19. Devon accidents

    BBC Travel South West

    In Pyworthy, the A3072 is partially blocked because of an accident near the road for Burnards House, close to Holsworthy Golf Club.

    And at Exebridge there are also reports of an accident on the A396 near Grant's Hill.

  20. Currency boss 'left before collapse'

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    An ex-director of a currency exchange firm that collapsed with debts of £20m says he resigned as a director a year before it went into administration.

    Edward James

    Edward James, 75, told the jury at Southwark Crown Court he had retired from Cornwall-based Crown Currency Exchange in 2009 - the firm collapsed the following year. Mr James from Glastonbury, Somerset, is accused of fraudulent trading and false accounting which he denies. The trial continues.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The government's being urged to let Cornwall take control of its own planning affairs, a campaign which the Deputy Prime Minister hasn't ruled out.

    BBC Radio Devon: A decision, which could have put pressure on doctors to reinstate the beds at Torrington Community Hospital, has been delayed.

  22. Train firm hits back

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The train company First Great Western has rejected union allegations of 'a culture of bullying and intimidation' at its Penzance depot.

    RMT union members in west Cornwall will go on strike at Easter in a dispute over the dismissal of a member of staff - Dan Panes from FGW said the decision had been carefully reviewed and steps would be taken to ensure there would be no impact on passengers.

  23. More powers for Cornwall?

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    The Deputy Prime Minister has said proposals to devolve further powers away from Whitehall to places like Cornwall should not follow a "fixed blueprint".

    Responding to the St Ives MP's demand for more planning powers for Cornwall, Nick Clegg said: "If in Cornwall it is felt that a Cornish assembly borne out of the existing county council - not inventing yet another talking shop for politicians, it could cut the number of politicians if it wished to - if it wanted to have powers in the planning areas you suggest, that is something I hope we would empower the future Cornish assembly to do."

  24. Marine litter tattoo

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Cornwall-based surfer and model Corinne Evans has shown her support for Surfers Against Sewage by being tattooed with an anti-marine litter slogan.


    The campaign group has warned the amount of litter recorded on UK beaches in 2014 was at its highest level ever with 2,457 pieces found for every kilometre of coastline surveyed.

  25. Loch Ness Monster believers

    Plymouth children think the Loch Ness Monster and mermaids are real, penguins can fly and fish fingers swim around in Plymouth Sound, the The Herald reports.

    Nessie in Plymouth Sound?

    One in ten said they thought sea dragons, which are similar to sea horses, were the size of actual horses. A London-based tourist attraction conducted the research, the paper says.

  26. Rail union blast

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RMT rail union has launched a venomous attack on First Great Western after announcing staff in Penzance are to go on strike.

    Union members will walk out at Easter in a row over what's described as 'a culture of bullying and intimidation' - General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT will not allow this culture to go unchallenged and the union will defend our individual members and the principle of workplace justice."

    A FGW spokesman rejected the union's allegation and said services would not be affected.

  27. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The developers hoping to deliver a stadium for Cornwall say they're working on a new proposal after planners delayed a decision on their previous bid.

    BBC Radio Devon: A court has heard that a former mayor of Glastonbury, accused of fraud over the collapse of Crown Currency, had not resigned from the company as he claimed.

  28. A chilly night ahead

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    There will be patchy cloud, sunny periods and scattered showers this afternoon. Some showers will be heavy and there is also a low risk of thunder and hail. Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher towards the far west and around the north coast.


    Most of the showers will die out during the night to become mostly dry and clear. It will become chilly again with a slight frost. Min Temp: 0 C (32 F).

  29. Police press officer mourned

    The Plymouth Herald is reporting Devon & Cornwall Police has paid a moving tribute to a press officer and former journalist who passed away last week following a long illness.

    Joe Head, a member of the force's media service team, was well regarded by journalists at The Herald and the Western Morning News, as well as his colleagues in the police force.

  30. Drone tracks coastal erosion

    Coastal erosion along Sidmouth beach and cliffs has been tracked and photographed by a small drone.

    Team behind the survey

    Flying for 45 minute periods at speeds of around 45 kmph, the drone has taken 1,500 photographs which will be "stitched" together electronically to produce a photo-mosaic and contour survey of the coast. It will then be used to measure changes to the coastline.

  31. Heroes Gig team

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A group of ex-servicemen are preparing to pit themselves against the best gig rowers in the world at this year's World Championships.


    The Help for Heroes Gig Rowing Team is made up of wounded, injured or sick forces personnel - the crew have been training in Fowey ahead of the Championships on the Isles of Scilly.

  32. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 14:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Rail workers in Penzance are expected to strike this Friday and again on Easter Sunday in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    BBC Radio Devon: Eight million pounds will be spent on resurfacing roads in Plymouth, the city council has announced.

  33. Fire warning

    Devon & Somerset Fire Service tweets: Please be aware that the major exercise taking place in Devon today involving a plane is vital practice and NOT a real event.

  34. Overturned van

    BBC Travel South West

    In Plymouth, Forder Valley Road is partially blocked by an overturned van near Blunts Lane.

    It's affecting traffic between Crownhill & Marsh Mills.

  35. 'Radical' new village

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A new Devon village could be on the cards as Torridge District Council considers the "radical" option of creating one.


    The authority says expanding existing settlements is controversial, so is considering the 'new village' approach. In recent years, the new town of Cranbrook was built near Exeter, and another community is expected to build near Plymouth in the future.

  36. Treating relationships on the NHS

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Is it realistic to expect the NHS to be treating your relationships as well as you?

    The charity Relate reckons the two are as important as each other when we're faced with a life-changing illness. But can the NHS cope with another demand on its resources?

    Let me know by calling today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

  37. Stadium latest

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The team behind the Stadium for Cornwall says it's hopeful its new reduced plans can rescue the ambitious project.


    Earlier this month councillors deferred a decision on the retail development that would have funded the Stadium's construction. Now the team has scaled back its plans and is hoping to sign up smaller retailers before Cornwall Council meets to debate the application again in May.

  38. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Rail workers in Penzance are expected to strike on Friday and again on Easter Sunday in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    BBC Radio Devon: £8m will be spent on resurfacing roads in Plymouth after a grant from the government's challenge fund.

  39. A39 Truro improvements

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    More than £5m is being made available to improve the A39 at Trispen near Truro.

    The money, from the Department for Transport's local highways Challenge Fund, is aimed at enabling highways departments to embark on maintenance projects that would otherwise be difficult to fund from the regular funding allocations they receive.

  40. Ebola 'vaccine'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Researchers from Plymouth University have led an international team of scientists who have developed a durable vaccine for Ebola.


    The target for the vaccine will be the great ape population of West Africa, which are a source of Ebola transmission to humans and have also been devastated by the disease.

  41. Carer concern

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Are you employed as a carer? Do you have enough time for each visit and do you get paid for your travelling time?

    The BBC has learned that some carers are being paid just over a pound an hour. Tune in now or give us a call with your experiences on 01872 222222.

  42. Racism at football matches

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    It's been revealed there have been 15 recorded racist incidents connected to football matches in Devon & Cornwall since 2012.


    The information gathered from 24 police forces showed there have been over 350 incidents since 2012 - but only half the forces across the UK responded to the survey.

  43. Film crews in Cornwall

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Production teams working on a Hollywood movie have been busy extending a remote Cornish village near Mevagissey.


    These houses look real but they are in fact made of wood - they're part of a film set for "Peregrine's Home For Peculiars" which is based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs and will be directed by Tim Burton.

  44. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Developers hoping to deliver a Stadium for Cornwall say they're working on a new proposal after planners delayed a decision on their previous bid.

    BBC Radio Devon: Torridge District Council says expanding existing villages has been so controversial, it's going to consider what it calls the more 'radical' option of a completely new settlement.

  45. Beavers return home

    Adrian Campbell

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The release of England's only wild beavers back into the River Otter in Devon has been welcomed by conservationists.

    The beavers were temporarily captured for testing which has since revealed they are free of bovine TB and a parasitic tapeworm.

    Released beaver

    Devon Wildlife Trust's Peter Burgess said: "They've tested free of serious infectious diseases and we're now looking forward to starting the next phase of our work: studying the long-term effects of these wild beavers on the local landscape, on local communities and local wildlife."

  46. Torquay among top-rated destinations

    A Westcountry seaside town is one of only two in the South of England to be amongst the best rated tourist destinations in the UK says the Western Morning News.

    Torquay was voted the fourth best-rated UK destination by review website TripAdvisor.

  47. Mystery charity donation

    Angela Kalwaites

    BBC Radio Devon

    A mystery donation of £1,020 has been left in a bag outside a Devon-based charity shop.

    It's the fourth time money has been given to Hospiscare by unknown donors - with £3,450 left in two bags outside its Cowick Street shop in Exeter last Christmas, £140 was posted to the charity last month and £350 was found outside another store last year.

    Amy Broadway, Hospiscare Fore Street shop deputy manager

    Store manager, Hayley Bond, said: "Our volunteer Gill opened up the bag and held up the quilt and the money just came flying out. I counted it and the pile just grew larger and larger. It seems Hospiscare has a mystery benefactor."

  48. Mental health concerns

    Alison Johns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A senior clinician with Cornwall's mental health service has defended its work after claims from a new campaign group that vulnerable people are being failed.

    Ellen Wilkinson from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said they'd be happy to meet with the campaigners to discuss their concerns, especially on out-of-hours care, but told BBC Radio Cornwall: "Any health person that comes into your studios is probably saying 'we'd love to have more resources to do the things we do, and if we had those, we'd do it differently or better'."

  49. Happy tails trail

    Pam Spriggs

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A coastal walk from Padstow to Harlyn Bay in Cornwall has been voted the 'best in the west' for dogs and their owners.


    The seven-mile circular walk on Cornwall's north coast won the support of readers of 'Your Dog' magazine - the competition is run by the South West Coast Path.

  50. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: First Great Western Rail workers are expected to walk out on Friday and again on Easter Sunday in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    BBC Radio Devon: Torridge District Council is looking at building a brand new working village to help provide homes for people in the years ahead.

  51. Cornwall rail strike

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Rail workers in west Cornwall are to go on strike in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    Members of the RMT union including guards, train managers and drivers at the First Great Western centre in Penzance plan to walk out over the Easter weekend.

  52. Footpath diverted after collapse

    BBC Spotlight

    Part of the South West coast path has been diverted inland because of a huge landslide.


    The cliff collapsed at Butter Cove near Bantham on Sunday. Thurlestone Golf Club, which owns the land, has created the temporary diversion following concerns about further erosion.

  53. A&E Doctors' wage concern

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph reports: NHS hospitals have paid doctors and nurses record sums amid a spiralling crisis in Accident & Emergency departments, new figures show.

    Locum medics were able to charge up to £3,200 each per shift, with agency nurses on unprecedented rates of up to almost £1,900 a day, as casualty units struggled to cope this winter, an investigation has found.

    Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust paid £2,142 for an A&E doctor to work 10 hours

  54. Devon General Election debate

    Jenny Kumah

    Political Reporter

    What transport questions would you put to a panel of wannabe MPs?


    BBC Radio Devon will be holding a General Election 2015 debate on transport, fuel and energy issues - it'll be on 30 March at 19:30 in Totnes. Email us if you'd like to come along.

  55. Crediton boy funeral

    The Mid Devon Gazette is reporting that hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of 10-year-old Samuel Crocker this afternoon.

    Samuel was killed in a tragic road accident on Saturday, February 28, after being hit by a van at Threshers in Crediton - a man has been charged in connection with his death.

  56. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Managers at the trust running Cornwall's mental health services have defended themselves, after a new campaign group claimed it's failing vulnerable people.

    BBC Radio Devon: Devon County Council has failed in its bid to get government cash for some major resurfacing and drainage schemes in Devon.

  57. High waters

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

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

  58. Concern for disabled workers

    The Exeter Express & Echo reports that two supported employment factories, which employ a majority of disabled workers, are under threat of closure after Devon County Council pulled its annual funding, it has emerged today.

    Pluss, a Social Enterprise that supports over 5,000 people with disabilities and other disadvantages into employment each year, is reported to be proposing to make 78 people redundant by closing its Exeter and Bridgwater factories and restructuring some of its other operations.

  59. Giant dairy sale

    BBC Radio Devon

    The auction of the biggest single herd of dairy cows to be sold in Devon for more than five years continues today.


    A normal auction at Kivells in Holsworthy would be for about 100 cattle, but this sale has 1,000 lots and is taking place over two days.

    The herd's owner Stephen Graham, who's retiring, said: "It's very, very sad, a very, very difficult thing to do, but sometimes in life you make a decision and you've got to go with it."

  60. Mental health concerns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Campaigners in Cornwall are claiming lives could be lost if urgent improvements aren't made to the county's mental health services, especially the out-of-hours phone system.

    A Facebook group for patients and their friends has attracted more than 250 supporters - clinicians at the Trust say they welcome any effort to improve services and reduce stigma and are happy to meet with the campaigners.

  61. LED streetlights for Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    The government's awarded Devon County Council £10m to replace 25,000 streetlights - that's a cost of £400 per light.

    LED streetlights

    The local authority says the new LED lights will save more than £1m in energy bills and reduce carbon usage by 60%.

  62. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Managers at Cornwall's mental health trust say people have unrealistic expectations of its out-of-hours helpline, after claims it's failing people with mental illnesses.

    BBC Radio Devon: £10m will be spent replacing 25,000 streetlights in Devon.

  63. Eye drug hopes

    Sally Mountjoy

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Doctors and NHS commissioners across the South West are lobbying to be allowed to use a cancer treatment for a common eye condition.


    The official treatment for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration is Lucentis, which costs £700 for one injection.

    Commissioning groups want to use the drug Avastin which is a tenth of the price, but European law forbids its widespread use as a treatment for AMD, as it's only licensed as a cancer drug.

  64. Exeter rescue

    BBC Radio Devon

    It's been a busy night for the emergency services in Exeter after a man fell eight metres from a footbridge onto the railway line at Longbrook Street.

    Fire crews, ambulance paramedics and the police were called out - trains on the main line had to be halted as the injured man was lying near the live track.

    After a complicated operation to remove the man, involving the aerial ladder platform from Danes Street, he was taken to hospital.

  65. Plymouth crash

    BBC Travel South West

    In Plymouth at the Crownhill flyover on Tavistock road there is a lane closed because of an accident.

    Inbound and outbound traffic is being delayed.

  66. Torrington talks

    BBC Radio Devon

    Talks are being held today over a new report which calls for Torrington Community Hospital to be re-opened.

    NHS managers closed the ten-bed unit last year after a study suggested treating people at home was a better option - sparking an angry campaign by local people.

    A second report being discussed by Devon councillors today concludes the evidence used to justify the closure was flawed and inpatient services should be reinstated.

  67. Thunder and hail possible

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    After a chilly start, it'll be a day of patchy cloud, sunny periods and scattered showers. Some showers will be heavy and there is also a low risk of thunder and hail with the heaviest showers.


    Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher around the north coast. Max Temp: 10 C (50 F).

  68. Chalet fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Sixteen firefighters have battled a fire in a chalet at Harrowbarrow near Callington overnight.

    Three crews were called out after fire spread from a woodburner through the chimney system into the roof of the timber chalet - the building was largely destroyed by the blaze.

  69. Beavers released

    Adrian Campbell

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Three wild beavers have been successfully released back into the River Otter in East Devon after being given a clean bill of health.


    The animals were tested for all kinds of diseases before being returned to the wild as part of a five year study involving the Devon Wildlife Trust and animal health teams from Defra.

  70. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

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

    Today's image on the Local Live page is Smeatons Pier in St Ives - if you've got a great picture you'd like us to use, please email us.