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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday

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  1. Have a good weekend

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

    We'll be back with a full round up of the news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday, after the long Easter weekend.

  2. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 18:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A new campaign to make people aware of the dangers taking so-called Legal Highs has been launched in Cornwall today.

    BBC Radio Devon: A gambler who emptied a Plymouth man's bank account of nearly half a million pounds, blowing it within hours in a London casino, has been jailed for seven years.

  3. Three Plymouth Albion players suspended

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Three Plymouth Albion rugby players have been suspended, the club has said.

    The board of the team said it took the decision "pending the outcome of a police investigation". It has not confirmed who the players were.

  4. Wet and cloudy but becoming brighter

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    It will stay cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain that will become more frequent during the early hours. It will also be a mild night with fog over the hills. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).


    After a fairly wet start, Friday will become drier during the morning and brighter but also breezy, with a maximum temperature of 11C (52F).

  5. Car hits petrol pumps

    BBC Travel South West

    A car has smashed into the pumps at a petrol station in Plymouth.

    Police and fire crews are at the scene of the accident on The Embankment heading towards Marsh Mills. There are delays in the area.

  6. Tanker dwarfs docks

    Falmouth Packet

    Falmouth docks have been dwarfed by this huge tanker coming in for repairs, reports the Falmouth Packet.


    BP Tanker British Courtesy arrived from Brazil to Duchy Wharf for repairs, before sailing for Denmark earlier this week. Here she is seen being turned in the inner harbour by Capt Nick Martin, Falmouth pilot, aided by the harbour tugs.

  7. Tiverton homes planning decision deferred

    BBC Radio Devon

    A planning decision on proposals for 700 new homes, an industrial estate, a care home and primary school on land near Tiverton has been deferred.

    The move has been made so officers from Mid Devon District Council can speak to developers about proposals to build to on part of the site near West Manley Lane. Critics have been campaigning to retain a green area.

  8. Scilly police page 'best ever?'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The Guardian says: Can we just take a minute to appreciate the Isles of Scilly police force's Facebook page?


    It's garnered quite the following, with more than 14,000 likes to date - a huge accomplishment when you bear in mind the Scilly Isles have a population of 2,200. They drew a fair bit of internet love on Thursday morning after Sergeant Colin Taylor wrote a job advertisement for a police constable.

  9. Health service fragmentation criticised

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fragmentation of the health service needs to be prevented to ensure its survival, Meybon Kernow says.

    Speaking on Radio Cornwall's Lunchtime with Laurence, Loveday Jenkin - the party's Parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle - said: "It's been fragmented into different pieces being controlled by different organisations. We need a Cornwall-wide health board and, ideally a health board managed by a Cornish assembly, which would work more efficiently and be able to merge between health and social care much more efficiently than when you're trying to pull in all the players and get them all to agree."

  10. Police enquiries after sheep attacks

    The police are making enquiries and steeping up patrols after a Dartmoor farmer was forced to move 100 pregnant sheep after a spate of dog attacks in years.


    In the last three weeks alone, Richard Cole who farms on Roborough Downs has lost eight ewes and countless lambs. He claims the bylaws, which should ensure dogs are on leads at this time of year, are not being enforced.

  11. Library debate

    via Facebook

    News that Cornwall's libraries may have to be taken over by a private company or merged with Devon's services have sparked anger.

    Cornwall Council has to almost halve the library budget as part of cost-cutting plans and is asking people to take part in a consultation with a number of options. People on the Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page have been letting us know what they think:

    • Abz Munro Field says: It won't be long until everything in the UK is run by private companies.
    • Tracey Quin comments: And what about all the people who do not have internet access for job searching how are they supposed to adhere to job centre rules!!!!!
    • Pat Liddicoat told us: If all the services are being cut or reduced - if the staff are being made redundant - why is the Council tax going up and why are all the Councillors still in place?
    • Derek Rule fumes: One assumes therefore that the element of our Council Tax which pays for library services will also be cut in half and we will get a rebate? Some hope!
  12. Rollercoaster screams fear on housing

    West Briton

    The screams of people on the roller coaster at Flambards theme park could cause a major stumbling block to plans for 480 new houses in Helston, the West Briton reports.


    The new owner of Flambards said he was stunned to hear no one had realised the homes will be built right alongside his noisy tourist attraction. Ian Cunningham said: "There will be music and screams from the roller coaster. It is a theme park."

  13. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A new campaign to make people aware of the dangers taking so-called legal highs has been launched in Cornwall.

    BBC Radio Devon: A farmer from Dartmoor who's lost up to 10 ewes and countless lambs in dog attacks which he has described as a "slaughter" says he's been forced to move his flock.

  14. Foodbank Friday

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Newquay police and the local foodbank are working with bars in the town to collect food for those in need.

    Inspector Dave Meredith said: "This is an excellent example of partnership work between the police, Newquay Foodbank and the participating licensed premises who are all part of Newquay Pubwatch. I am particularly grateful for the support of these licensed premises.

    The following premises will have collection bins on Good Friday:

    • Sailors Arms - Fore Street
    • Walkabout - The Crescent
    • Bullpit Smoke House and Bar - Beach Road
    • Cribbar - Gover Lane Lane
    • Whiskers - Gover Lane
    • Towan Blystra (Wetherspoons) Cliff Road
  15. Early Easter eggs for children in hospital

    BBC Spotlight

    There's been a special treat for patients on the children's ward at Derriford Hospital today.

    Easter eggs

    Staff have been playing Easter Bunny and delivering chocolate eggs which have been donated by local care homes.

  16. Stokes rides waves in Papua New Guinea

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall surfer Alan Stokes has been taking time away from the chilly waters of his homeland to explore the waves, culture and coastline of Papua New Guinea - one of surfing's last frontiers.

    Alan Stokes

    The trip came as part of Carve magazine's partnership with the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea.

  17. Accidents causing delays

    BBC Travel South West

    There are a series of accidents causing problems in Devon and Cornwall this afternoon. Here are the locations affected:

    • Holsworthy on the A3072 Rydon Road near Trewyn Park
    • A30 near the A39 junction for Indian Queens
    • Redruth East End near School Lane
  18. Inventor rides on water

    BBC Spotlight

    An inventor's sea rescue inspired him to make a bike that can ridden on water.

    Sea bike

    Andy Lang from Torquay said he was recued from his yacht by the RNLI and wanted to create something to raise money for the charity. "I thought it would be nice to repay them," he said. The so-called 'sea bike' will be ridden for charity across the sea between Brixham and Torquay tomorrow to raise money for the RNLI.

  19. Greens say NHS privatisation 'not working'

    Privatising the health service is "not working" in ensuring its survival, the Green Party in Cornwall says.

    Speaking on Radio Cornwall's Lunchtime with Laurence, prospective parliamentary candidate for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Slade, said: "There's no profit in healthcare. You've got to stop using private companies. You've got to link it up with social care so people, when they leave hospital, they're looked after. And we shouldn't be shutting community hospitals, we should be opening them around the county to take the pressure off [the Royal Cornwall Hospital] Treliske."

  20. Easter rail strike

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Rail workers in Cornwall are to stage a 48-hour Easter strike in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    RMT picket

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by First Great Western at the Penzance depot will walk out from 06:00 on Sunday. A ban on overtime will also be held from Good Friday, following a 24-hour strike last month. The company said it did not expect the action to affect services, which are being reduced over Easter because of engineering works.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Twelve people are reported hurt after a bus crash near Bodmin involving a single-decker CityLink bus and a car on the A389.

    BBC Radio Devon: The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital says it is looking at how it can improve cancer treatment targets, after failing to meet them for the fifth successive quarter.

  22. 'Is Devon in Cornwall?'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Humour website has done a roundup of Google autocomplete predictions - where the search engine displays possible queries based on what is typed so far - about English counties. In this case it is the main suggestions if a search includes "Is [name of county]...?", or "Why is [name of county]...?"

    Devon and Cornwall Google map

    And the answers for Devon and Cornwall? Well, they're "Is Cornwall in England?" and "Is Devon in Cornwall?"

    We have looked this up for ourselves. It is true!

  23. Warships in Falmouth

    A multi-national fleet of ten NATO warships is visiting Falmouth docks today, making it the largest fleet to call at Falmouth for many years.

    HMS Pembroke

    It's part of an international mine counter measures group from eight countries including the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey. The vessels include HMS Pembroke (pictured).

  24. NHS warned on locum nurse costs

    Plymouth Herald

    NHS bosses in Plymouth have been urged to train more staff after figures showed £2.5 billion a year nationally is being spent on locum doctors and agency nurses, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    A larger pool of dependable permanent staff would also enhance workforce stability and patient safety, according to a cross-party think-tank.

  25. Charger warning after burnout

    Newquay Fire Station tweets: Make sure that you purchase genuine manufacturers chargers for your mobile devices. Another lucky escape [pictured]

    Burnt out charger. Pic: Twitter/@NewquayCFRS

    The incident was reported this morning, the fire station said.

  26. Plymouth v Burton

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle could hand a debut to Wales Under-21s captain Gethin Jones following his loan move from Everton.

    Zak Ansah is pushing for a start after scoring in the 3-0 win over Cheltenham last week, while Lee Cox, Kelvin Mellor and Ben Purrington are all fit.

  27. Tide threat

    The RNLI is urging people to beware of the tide times before they head out on local beaches this weekend.


    The RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager at Newquay, Gareth Horner, said over the last spring tide eight people were rescued in his patch alone, adding there were more spring tides this weekend: "With the low water at about lunchtime, it means that when people go on the beach in the early afternoon, the tide is a long way out and when it starts to come in, it's going to come in fairly quickly and there's every possibility they could be caught out."

  28. Broken down vehicle in Truro

    BBC Travel South West

    In Truro the A390 Tregolls Road is partially blocked by a broken down vehicle near the A39 Newquay Road junction.

    There are also roadworks in the area which means one lane is closed. Drivers are being urged to approach with care.

  29. Police, internet, action

    Devon and Cornwall Police is tweeting today about Operation Vortex, a clampdown on drivers.

    Police generic

    Search for #opvortex on twitter to follow officers as they deal with offences on the M5. They are watching for the so-called "fatal four"; excessive speed, driving under the influence, not wearing a seat belt and use of mobile devices.

  30. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Twelve people are reported to have been hurt after a bus crash near Bodmin.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police are investigating a serious assault which happened at about 22:00 last Friday during a Royal Blood rock concert at the Plymouth Pavilions.

  31. A389 bus crash

    BBC Travel South West

    The A389 between Bodmin and Wadebridge is still blocked in both directions after an earlier accident involving a bus and a car.

    There is also a fuel spillage at the scene in Washaway and traffic is building.

  32. 12 hurt as bus and car collide

    Cornish Guardian

    Emergency services are dealing with a serious accident involving a bus and a car on the outskirts of Bodmin, the Cornish Guardian reports

    Police sign

    Police and ambulance crews were on the scene quickly and have dealt with 12 casualties near Washaway. The road has been closed both ways. The collision happened on the A389 between Boundary Road and Rosevallon Lane this lunchtime and firefighters from Bodmin used tools to free a casualty from one vehicle and also made both safe.

  33. Visit Cornwall to cut staff by more than two thirds

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The new organisation set up to promote tourism in Cornwall will have less than a third of the previous staffing levels of Visit Cornwall.

    Kynance Cove

    The council-run Visit Cornwall, which had 13 staff, has been disbanded and replaced by a community interest company, also called Visit Cornwall, which will have four staff according to its boss Malcolm Bell.

  34. Sidmouth man accused of knife threat

    A 35 year old man has appeared in court charged with an aggravated burglary in which a seven year old boy was allegedly confronted by a knifeman, reports the Exeter Express & Echo.

    Sean Day, of Lock Close, Sidmouth, Devon, is accused of burgling the isolated cottage near Sidmouth on the night of Monday March 30. Bail was refused by the court and Day was remanded in custody and will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court later this month.

  35. Coastguard Easter warning

    Coastguards are warning people to stay safe on the region's beaches over the Easter Holiday. It follows a dramatic rescue at Challaborough yesterday evening after two teenagers were cut off by the tide.


    Local photographer Mike Wynne-Powell took these shots of the rescue which involved Salcombe lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. The teenagers were airlifted off rocks to safety. Coastguards are urging people to check tide times before heading to the beach.

  36. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 14:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Library users say they're upset at news that Cornwall's libraries could be taken over by a private company or even merged with Devon, as part of plans to save money.

    BBC Radio Devon: The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has failed to meet cancer treatment targets for the fifth successive quarter.

  37. Long delays on A30

    BBC Travel South West

    The A30 is partially blocked at Canonstown near St Erth after an accident involving two vehicles.

    Traffic is queuing back to the Loggan's Moor Roundabout in Hayle.

  38. Weather forecast

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Generally cloudy and rather dull this afternoon with scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Weather map

    Remaining cloudy tonight, but rain will becoming more persistent after midnight with the occasional heavier outbreak possible. Low cloud, hill and coastal fog will become quite extensive and some sea fog patches before the rain clears later on. Minimum temperature: 7 Deg C.

  39. Sheep attacked by dogs have 'no chance'

    A Dartmoor farmer who says he has been forced to move 100 pregnant sheep off the moor after what he calls the worst spate of dog attacks in years says his animals have "no chance" of fighting off any aggressor.

    Dartmoor sheep

    Richard Cole said he had lost eight ewes and a countless number of lambs in the last three weeks. He said: "It's the hardest time of the year [lambing]. They're not going to run off a dog, they wouldn't even if they're well. They're just being slaughtered."

  40. Privatising libraries 'an option'

    An option facing the future of Cornwall's library service is a private organisation or company running it under plans to slash the library budget from £4m a year to £2.2m, a senior councillor has said.

    Books on shelves. Pic: Thinkstock

    Other options, which are currently under public consultation with Cornwall Council, include them being run by local volunteers or merging services with other local authorities.

    Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown told BBC Radio Cornwall the private company option was less likely because "nobody seems to be interested in running rural library services." He said: "A lot of town and parish councils are expressing interest in delivering library services", but added that "potentially there is the risk of job losses".

  41. The meaning of Easter

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Have we lost the true meaning of Easter? Is it all about chocolate and a long weekend now? I'll be chatting with a vicar about it today.

    Join me on BBC Radio Devon from 13:00. Call the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

  42. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Rail workers in Penzance who are members of the RMT union are to stage a 48-hour strike over Easter in a row over the dismissal of a colleague.

    BBC Radio Devon: Coastguards are warning people to stay safe on beaches over the Easter holiday after two teenagers were cut off by the tide at Challaborough, near Bigbury, on Wednesday evening.

  43. Legal highs warning

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A project advising people about the dangers of so-called legal highs has been launched in Cornwall.

    Legal highs

    Drop-in sessions and workshops are being set up in Liskeard, Bodmin, Truro, St Austell, Penzance and Redruth by drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction. Manager Darren Jones said: "We will be getting out to colleges, clubs, pubs, and anywhere else in the community where there may be people affected, to offer support. People need to be aware how dangerous these synthetic drugs can be."

  44. Verger attacked

    Police are appealing for witnesses after the verger at Exeter Cathedral was attacked during a school concert by a thief he had tried to detain, says the Exeter Express & Echo.

    The 64-year-old was repeatedly punched by an intruder at the cathedral and was treated in hospital for facial injuries.

  45. Companies should offer menopause support

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The former government adviser on older workers is warning that women in Cornwall are being forced out of the workplace because of a lack of support during the menopause.

    The South West has the highest percentage of women workers in the country and 400,000 of those are over the age of fifty.

    Dr Ros Altmann who's also a pensions experts says more local companies should become aware of its impact, saying: "Many women will leave the labour market unnecessarily, we'll lose their skills, we'll lose their experience, we'll lose their contribution to the workplace. They themselves will end up poorer than they need to be in later life - that means there's less spending power in the economy."

  46. Ruta on Rio

    BBC Sport

    Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte says she is solely focused on defending her title in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ruta Meilutyte

    The 18-year-old from Lithuania, who trains and lives in Plymouth, surprised the swimming world when she won gold as a 15-year-old in London. But she has gone on to win the world title and break the world record in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

  47. Libraries and first-time voters

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Are libraries a vital meeting point for communities or a thing of the past? Cornwall's libraries could be run by private companies, local volunteers or town and parish councils as Cornwall Council decides how to fund the service with about half of its current £4m annual budget.

    And we hear from a first-time voter from the South East Cornwall constituency about what the upcoming general election means to her and how she is making her mind up. Join the debate by calling the phone-in on 01872 222222.

  48. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's Libraries are under threat and could end up being sold off to a private company or even merged with Devon, as part of plans to save money.

    BBC Radio Devon: Plans for 700 new homes, an industrial estate, a care home and primary school on land near Tiverton have been deferred.

  49. Pair sought after concert assault

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Plymouth have released pictures of two men they want to talk to after what has been described as a "serious assault" at a rock concert.

    CCTV pics

    A man in his late 50s was pushed to the ground and then kicked in the face and head several times at the rear of the concert hall at Plymouth Pavilions during a show by Royal Blood on 27 February. The victim suffered a fractured eye socket.

  50. 'No choice' in discrimination bailout help request

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    A police source has told the BBC it has "no choice" but to ask the government for help with a legal challenge.

    Devon and Cornwall Police is in discussions with the Home Office about a multi-million pound bailout if it loses a case by 124 officers who are claiming age discrimination for being forced to retire.

    The source added that any payouts would be "completely unaffordable given how forces have already suffered severe budget cuts".

  51. Cold calling over alarm systems

    Cold callers have been pressurising older people into buying domestic alarm systems for their homes over the past week, local Trading Standards officers say.

    Cornwall Council Trading Standards van

    The department said complaints included high-pressured selling techniques and systems "have appeared to be significantly overpriced and unsuitable for their intended purpose". It added: "Trading Standards encourage consumers not to purchase goods or services from traders who call at their door unexpectedly, or following an unsolicited phone call."

  52. New hols firm takes over

    West Briton

    The new company responsible for promoting Cornwall's tourism industry is "up and running" according to bosses who were due announce the launch of the private sector trade body today, the West Briton reports.

    Visit Cornwall, which used to be supported by public sector funding, has relaunched as a Community Interest Company (CIC) after Cornwall Council withdrew its annual budget of around £800,000.

  53. 'Most enviable' policing job

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Isles of Scilly Police are advertising "possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world".

    Isles of Scilly Police

    Some of the attributes recommended by the current team include:

    • The resolve to issue a parking ticket to your spouse so tactfully so as not to find dinner in the dog thereafter.
    • At 2am whilst still wearing pyjamas under your uniform and wiping sleep from your eyes having been called out on duty from deep REM sleep, resolve a disagreement originating hours beforehand regarding the merits of sea salt versus rock salt between a couple of drunk chefs.
    • Unflinching confidence to know what to do when you are alerted to an abandoned seal pup making its way up the main street.
  54. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Work is under way to fight stigma about the menopause and keep older women in Cornwall's workforce.

    BBC Radio Devon: Annie Meston from Brixham, who was 111, is being buried today. If she'd lived for just a few more days she'd have become the longest-lived person ever born in Devon.

  55. Police Federation threatens more court action

    BBC Spotlight

    The Police Federation says it will go back to court if Devon and Cornwall Police wins legal action over forcing officers to retire because of their age.

    Nigel Rabbitts

    An employment tribunal in February 2014 decided five police forces had been discriminating, but the forces have appealed against the ruling and a judgment is expected by the end of May.

    Devon and Cornwall federation branch chairman Nigel Rabbitts (pictured) said the case should have been accepted as resolved when the tribunal found in favour of officers, adding if the force won its appeal "we will be back in court seeking redress for our members".

  56. Menopause 'affecting economy'

    Alison Johns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some of Cornwall's biggest employers are offering specialist health advice to older female workers as part of efforts to stem the flow of women leaving the workplace because of the menopause.

    The South West has the highest percentage of women workers in the country - and 400,000 of those are over the age of 50.

    Lizzie Sullivan, 55, said she felt powerless during her menopause and couldn't work to the best of her ability, adding: "It's not something that was discussed in the workplace....when it was referred to, it was something that was a little bit more jokey."

  57. Fire boss cooks up TV praise

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Cornwall's chief fire officer has had a taste of television stardom by appearing on the BBC's Masterchef programme.

    Paul Walker with Gregg Wallace

    Paul Walker (pictured above with judge Gregg Wallace) didn't make it through the first stage of the competition last night, but was praised for the taste of his chicken kiev and chicken & bacon stroganoff.

    He told BBC Radio Cornwall that the county played a role in his cooking, saying: "We're spoilt for great food, for good local produce, independent traders, and I think that inspires you if you have a passion for cooking."

  58. Woman hurt in suspected hit and run

    North Devon Journal

    A woman has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car and police are trying to trace the driver who appears to have fled the scene, the North Devon Journal reports.

    Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman Steve Grant said it is believed a driver fled the scene in Churchill Road near Chubb Road, East-the-Water, at 7.20am today.

  59. Easter 'vital' for Truro play-off chances

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says the club's Easter fixtures are vital to their hopes of securing a Southern Premier League play-off place.

    Truro FC

    Third-placed City travel to Redditch United, in seventh, on Saturday before hosting fourth-placed Weymouth on Easter Monday. "After these two games we'll know where we are," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  60. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall Council's considering transferring libraries to a private company as part of controversial plans to save £1.8m from the library budget. A public consultation is underway.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police say they're keen to speak to a driver who left the scene of an accident in East-the-Water which has left a female pediestrian with serious injuries.

  61. Former uni Vice Chancellor 'still on £250,000'

    Wendy Purcell, the former vice-chancellor of Plymouth University, remains on the £250,000 salary that she enjoyed in the role, despite moving to a new job as president and no longer running the institution, reports the Times Higher Education website.

    Professor Purcell left her role as vice-chancellor in January, two months after she returned to work following a major dispute with Plymouth and its former chair of governors, William Taylor.

    But the university has confirmed that she remains on the £250,000 salary that she received as vice-chancellor, in its response to a Freedom of Information request from retired academic Paul Watkins.

  62. Road problems

    BBC Travel South West

    • Near St Columb Major we've got reports that a broken down lorry is partially blocking the Trekenning Roundabout.
    • There is an accident in Exeter on Russell Way.
    • Another accident is causing problems on the A388 at Holsworthy Beacon.
    • And a fallen tree is blocking the A375 at Putts Corner. Drivers are being urged to approach the area with care.
  63. Police patrol M5 in unmarked cars

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Unmarked police cars are patrolling the M5 in Devon as part of a crackdown on bad driving.

    Driver using mobile device

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the patrols, part of Operation Vortex, aimed to tackle "complacent and arrogant behaviour", targeting what they called the "fatal four" behaviours: excessive or inappropriate speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not wearing a seat belt and distractions such as using a mobile phone.

  64. Hoax call warning

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Firefighters are warning about the dangers of hoax calls after the Newquay crew was called out to two fake incidents overnight.

    Newquay Fire Station said hoax calls could cost lives as crews may be unable to respond to genuine emergencies.

  65. Hospital misses cancer target again

    BBC Spotlight

    The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital has failed to meet cancer treatment targets for the fifth successive quarter.


    The target is 62 days between an urgent GP referral and a patient's first treatment. But demand from prostate patients has doubled in the past seven years, because Exeter is the only hospital in the South West able to carry out certain procedures like robotic surgery.

  66. Dull & drizzly

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Generally cloudy with scattered outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. Low cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast at times, but the cloud may thin to give some brighter spells in Cornwall. Moderate or fresh, but quite gusty, westerly winds will back to the southwest and become light or moderate. Max Temp: 12C (54F).


    Remaining cloudy tonight with the rain becoming more persistent and locally heavy for a time. Min Temp: 7C (45F).

  67. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The future of libraries in Cornwall is in doubt after the council launched a public consultation on their future - options include a potential takeover by a commercial organisation.

    BBC Radio Devon: Devon and Cornwall Police asks the Home Office about a multi-million pound bailout in case it loses a legal challenge by officers claiming age discrimination for being forced to retire.

  68. Exeter Chiefs prop to stay

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Exeter Chiefs prop Alex Brown has agreed a new contract to keep him at Sandy Park until 2017.

    Alex Brown

    The 25-year-old has made 50 appearances since signing for the club from Doncaster in 2012. Exeter have also signed Nottingham hooker Shaun Malton on a two-year deal from next season.

  69. Traffic delays

    BBC Travel South West

    • In East-the-Water, Churchill Road is partially blocked by an accident.
    • The traffic lights are broken in Kingskerswell on Newton Road at Jury's Corner.
    • And roadworks have been causing delays in Falmouth at the Union Corner junction.
  70. Libraries' future in doubt

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A consultation's been launched on the future of Cornish libraries.

    Cornwall Council says it has to make £1.8m of savings from the library budget and is considering either devolving the operation of libraries to interested parties or completely transferring them to a commercial organisation, trust or social enterprise.

    The cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: "We want to hear from as many people and organisations as possible."

  71. 'Worst' dog attacks on Dartmoor

    A Dartmoor farmer has been forced to move 100 of his pregnant sheep off the moor following the worst spate of dog attacks in years.

    Richard Cole

    In the last three weeks alone, Richard Cole has lost eight ewes and countless lambs. He says, it's left him with no option but to move his flock.

  72. Charity bike ride to make a splash

    BBC Radio Devon

    An inventor from Torquay has created a bicycle that can be ridden on water.

    Sea bike

    Andy Lang, who calls the pedal-powered vessel a "sea bike", is preparing for a charity ride with his brother on Good Friday, across Torbay between Brixham and Torquay, to raise money for the RNLI.

  73. Police press Home Office for bailout

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Cornwall Police has begun discussions with the Home Office about a multi-million pound bail out if it loses a legal challenge by scores of officers claiming age discrimination for being forced to retire.

    Police generic

    A senior police source has told the BBC the sums involved in the case, which includes four other forces, "could run into tens of millions of pounds". A total of 124 officers from Devon and Cornwall contested their forced retirement under police regulation A19.

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