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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall for today. Join us on Thursday for a full round up of 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: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is calling on care providers to make more places available for patients so people can be discharged from hospital in a bid to allow health and social care services to come off Black Alert.

    BBC Radio Devon: The Environment Agency has been testing water quality in a stream after allegations that a farm in East Devon may have contaminated it.

  3. Historic rape reporting 'challenging for victim'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police say a man who has come forward about 50 years after a suspected serious sexual assault in woods in Plymouth when he was aged between seven and 10 has only done so now because "these incidents are very challenging for a person to report".

    The man said he was raped in Whitleigh Woods in Plymouth between 1963 and 1968.

    Det Con Sarah Ronayne, from Devon and Cornwall's Sexual Offences Investigation Team said: "It's only now that he's felt he can come to the police and tell us what happened to him all those years ago."

  4. Diarrhoea and vomiting increases alert

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon hospital says it had to upgrade from Amber Alert before Easter to Red Alert because of a "high number of emergency attendances and admissions, coupled with a lower than expected number of patients being discharged".

    North Devon District Hospital

    Managers at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple added that the increase in demand had also been "compounded by restrictions on three wards due to cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, which affects the availability of beds and the flow of patients through the hospital".

  5. Guinea pigs 'targeted by thieves'

    The suspected theft of six prize-winning guinea pigs from a top breeder in Devon is being investigating by police, the Daily Mirror reports.

    Tony Tancock, 56, said thieves "knew exactly what they were looking for" when they took the animals from an outbuilding at his home in Crediton because a number of other animals were left behind.

  6. Historic rape appeal

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating reports of an historic rape which was believed to have happened in Whitleigh Woods, Plymouth, between 1963 and 1968.

    A male victim has come forward and told police he was seriously sexually assaulted by a man in the woods when he was aged between seven and 10 years old.

    Detectives want to speak to a white man who was tall, skinny and in his late teens to early 20s at the time. He had short blonde hair and a severely scarred complexion. A police spokeswoman said it was possible the man lived in a den in the woods.

  7. Councillor defrauded disabled brother out of inheritance

    A Plymouth councillor has admitted defrauding her disabled brother out of his inheritance, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Independent Moor View councillor Alison Casey pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position after acting as executor of a will and spending money due to her sibling on herself.

    The 44-year-old said she would not be seeking re-election to Plymouth City Council as a result, saying the fraud was a "moment of a crisis".

  8. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 17:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A senior Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust boss says huge demand on Cornwall's health and social systems over the Bank Holiday weekend has exposed its vulnerability as the county goes on Black Alert.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police appeal for information in relation to a report of a suspected rape in Whitleigh Woods in Plymouth between 1963 and 1968 after a man comes forward 50 years later.

  9. Cold overnight but warm on Thursday

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    It will be a quiet weather night for most with clear skies and a few mist patches in the valleys. This will allow temperatures to fall close to freezing in the countryside, with temperatures reaching a minimum of 3C (37F) in parts.

    Weather map

    Thursday is likely to start with another cool and bright morning. However, temperatures will soon recover and it will feel warm in the sunshine, with decent sunny spells and easterly winds. But it will be cooler along the south coast. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

  10. Hospitals on alert

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    As health services in Cornwall say they are on Black Alert because of high demand, some hospitals in Devon have also gone on some form of alert because of demand too.

    • Derriford Hospital in Plymouth: Red Alert (one rank lower than Black)
    • North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple: Red Alert, increasing from Amber before Easter.
    • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital: Amber Alert. However, the Express and Echo reports that more than 500 patients had operations cancelled in January and February as a knock-on effect of unprecedented pressure on the hospital's emergency department
  11. ‎Poldark‬ gets second series

    Cornish television drama Poldark‬ has been commissioned for a second series, the BBC has confirmed.

    Poldark. Pic: BBC

    The corporation said "Sunday's night new phenomenon" would see Aidan Turner return as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in a new eight-part series written by Debbie Horsfield.

    The new episodes would cover books three and four of Winston Graham's series, it added.

  12. Dementia expert criticises Hopkins' remarks

    A Plymouth dementia expert has slammed comments by reality TV star and newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins on dementia patients blocking hospital beds, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Katie Hopkins

    Ian Sherriff, academic partnership lead for dementia at Plymouth University, described a tweet by the former Apprentice contestant as "disgraceful remarks".

    He said it was "obviously made by somebody who has total disregard for individuals with dementia and their carers" and reinforced stigma about the disease.

  13. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 16:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A senior Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust boss says there's frustration that pressure on the whole health and social care system in Cornwall is leading repeatedly to Black Alert declarations as A&E servcies are forced to take the strain.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police say they are hunting for a man who may have lived in a kind of den in woodland as part of investigations into reports of a rape in Whitleigh Woods in Plymouth between 1963 and 1968.

  14. Technical problem with ferry

    Tamar Crossings tweeted: Two ferry service until further notice maintenance staff resolving technical problem. Updates to follow.

  15. Job ad results in 'red-hot' phones

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK has attracted global attention with the police station phones being "red-hot all weekend" from applicants.

    Isles of Scilly

    The job advert on Facebook went viral and applications for the role of constable have come from as far away as Thailand and Australia.

    Sgt Taylor admitted he may have "overcooked" the job advert, and pointed out that it was only open to Devon and Cornwall Police officers and applications closed on 3 April.

  16. 'Fragile system' causes alert

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A member of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust's shadow council of governors and a health campaigner with Health Initiative Cornwall has told the BBC local health services going back into Black Alert was not a great surprise because "the system is very fragile".

    Graham Webster said: "We were going to be lucky if we were to avoid going back to this status, which hasn't been the case."

  17. Dead horse 'was sleeping'

    Saltash PCSO Kirsty Down tweets: Responding to incidents, report of dead horse on one of our rural roads

    However, the equine call-out had a happy ending, as she later added: Horse was fine. Just sleeping in the sun..can't blame him!

  18. Villagers raise £2k for defibrillator

    BBC Radio Devon

    A former phone box now houses a potentially life-saving defibrillator after villagers raised more than £2,000 to help pay for the equipment.

    Converted phone box

    Residents from the Dartmoor village of Belstone bought the phone box from BT for £1.

  19. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 15:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says it's asked Cornwall Council to host a meeting to address social care problems so it can discharge patients and come off Black Alert status.

    BBC Radio Devon: Police appeal for information in relation to a report of a rape in woods in Plymouth between 1963 and 1968 after a man said he was seriously sexually assaulted there when aged between seven and 10.

  20. Car crashes into beach hut and catches fire

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A car crashed into a beach hut in Paignton and caught fire, Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

    Crews said the vehicle was completely destroyed and the hut, in Marine Parade, was severely damaged. Paramedics treated the owner of the vehicle, whose injuries are not known. The cause of the fire was deemed accidental, the service said.

  21. 'High demand' on NHS services

    NHS Kernow tweets: "There is high demand on services in the local health and social care system. Please use local services appropriately. http://ow.ly/LkLFG"

  22. Fight over basking spot

    Press Association

    It seems even animals compete for the best seat in the house after an extraordinary photograph shows a quietly-determined tussle between a West African dwarf crocodile and a red-eared terrapin at Paignton Zoo.

    West African dwarf crocodile and a red-eared terrapin

    University student Abigail Hewings took the photograph during a recent visit to the zoo and it shows the crocodile - one of the smallest of its species in the world - and the terrapin competing for the same spot.

    Mike Bungard, the curator of lower vertebrates and invertebrates, said: "We have multiple basking spots in the enclosure to prevent competition and allow plenty of choice, so why they decided to climb over each other, I don't know."

  23. Police job goes global

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Police on the Isles of Scilly say they have had applications from around the world for a vacant post.

    Isles of Scilly Police

    Sgt Colin Taylor (pictured, centre) posted the advert which said the job was "possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world". However, he added it was only open to officers in the Devon and Cornwall force.

    He said: "Commiserations go to hopefuls who contacted us from Ukraine, Texas, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Philippines, Thailand, Spain, Greece, loads from Italy, Australia, Germany, Portugal, South Africa; and a smattering from England, Scotland and Ireland."

  24. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 14:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: A senior hospital boss in Cornwall says there's frustration that pressure on the whole health and social care system is leading repeatedly to the black alert status being declared.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon charity says there needs to be a shift in the way society thinks about care in a bid to tackle the growing problem of loneliness.

  25. Long sunny spells, but cold night

    BBC Weather

    A fine day with some long sunny spells, but also patchy cloud from time to time.

    Warm in that sunshine, but cooler in the light easterly breeze that'll be moderate along the south coast. Maximum temperature 17C (63F)

    Wednesday's weather

    Tonight will be clear with temperatures falling close to freezing in the countryside. Low of 2C (36F)

  26. Crane blocks road

    BBC Travel South West

    A 65-tonne crane which has broken down on the A386 has partially blocked the road in Tavistock near Kelly College.

  27. Guards and catering staff jobs 'at risk'

    BBC Radio Devon

    The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers says it's in dispute with First Great Western over the staffing of new Super Express Trains between the South West and London.

    Current First Great Western train

    The union says it's balloting for industrial action over plans to axe guards and some catering services on the new trains, which will have centrally-controlled sliding doors.

    The train company says it's actually increasing the number of staff onboard the new trains, as more train managers and customer hosts will be needed.

  28. Social care problems causing Black Alert?

    via Facebook

    As Cornwall's health services are put back on Black Alert, here are some comments from the Lunchtime with Laurence Facebook page.

    • Christopher Burns says: "Why is the NHS being blamed when it's actually social care which is causing all of the problems? [I] was told this morning that there are over 500 people waiting for care assessments in Cornwall."
    • Steve Kingstone says: "First, it's not down to an exceptionally busy Easter - its normal demand for the time of year. Second, as Christopher [Burns, above] says, the major problem is the breakdown of social care services. It's what happens when you compartmentalise what should be integrated services - each person looking after their own budget with no care for the bigger picture!"
  29. Large jellyfish wash up

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A number of large jellyfish have washed ashore around the South West.

    Paul, from Torquay, tweeted this photograph of a jellyfish found near Shaldon.

    Large jellyfish
  30. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 13:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is calling on social care providers to make more care packages available so it can discharge patients to ease its current Black Alert status.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon charity, the Filo Project, says "keeping people engaged and involved in the world" are some of the ways that the growing problem of loneliness can be tackled.

  31. End of life care

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    From 13:00 I want to hear about your experiences of end of life care? How have you seen loved ones looked after at the end of their lives?

    A new report says more than 100,000 people every year don't get good enough end of life care.

    I'd love to hear your experiences. Call: 0345 301 1034.

  32. 'Extreme' pressure on NHS

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A hospital trust in Cornwall has declared a "black alert" for the second time this year due to "extreme" pressure on its services.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said it has been overwhelmed over Easter and is struggling to discharge patients.

    A ward closed at Truro's hospital on Monday because of an outbreak of Norovirus. People are being urged to avoid A&E unless absolutely necessary.

  33. University told to learn 'lessons from problems'

    Politicians have urged Plymouth University to learn lessons from a turbulent year, calling for greater transparency around spending and governance issues, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Plymouth University

    Last year saw several scandals hit the university, including the institution's vice-chancellor being suspended, chairman Judge William Taylor resigning after he was accused of sexual harassment, and the university being criticised when it planned to spend spend £95,000 on seven ceremonial chairs.

  34. NHS Black Alert and loneliness

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Have you had an operation or procedure cancelled? Cornwall's healthcare system has gone back to Black Alert status, where the NHS confirms services have officially been overwhelmed by demand. It's after a particularly busy Easter weekend saw services put under intense pressure.

    Hospital sign

    And would you consider yourself lonely? A report by the Campaign to End Loneliness says local services and councils should use existing data to predict where the most lonely and isolated residents live.

    Call us at BBC Radio Cornwall on 01872 22 22 22.

  35. Airport road closure

    Exeter Airport tweets: "IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Night Road Closure: The B3184 approach road from the A30 will be closed overnight TONIGHT... bit.ly/1CmMBBZ"

  36. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 12:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Health managers in Cornwall are asking people to choose options other than A&E if they become ill, to ease pressure on the NHS system as black alert status is resumed.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon charity says there needs to be a shift in the way society thinks about care, to tackle the growing problem of loneliness.

  37. Sturrock leaves after four days

    BBC Sport

    Paul Sturrock has left his role as an advisor to Conference side Torquay United after just four days in the job.

    The former Plymouth boss, 58, was appointed on Sunday after two years out of the game, but has left after being offered a permanent role elsewhere.

    Paul Sturrock

    "I am very disappointed but we wish Paul the very best of luck in his new job," said vice-chairman Bill Phillips.

  38. Services 'try to cope with demand'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's health services are on black alert for the second time this year. The status means they are overwhelmed by demand.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital

    NHS Kernow, which is the clinical commissioning group (CCG) for Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, said "Our number one priority is to ensure patients receive high quality and safe care. Partners in the local health and social care system are monitoring the situation and are working closely together to cope with the demand."

  39. Man injured at Exeter museum

    Early morning commuters in Exeter were faced with seeing blood on the steps of the city's museum and art gallery after a suspected assault on Tuesday night, the Express and Echo reports.

    A man was taken to hospital by ambulance at about 22:20 BST following an incident at the Queen Street attraction. He had suffered a serious head injury that was bleeding heavily, the paper said.

  40. Missing man appeal

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News

    Police are appealing for information on a 28-year-old man from Plymstock who has been reported missing since Tuesday afternoon.

    Lawrence Ewart. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Lawrence Ewart is believed to be wearing dark coloured trousers and a dark jacket. He is described as having dark brown hair and is believed to be driving a blue coloured Ford Focus estate.

  41. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 11:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's health services are back on black alert with the status being assessed later this morning.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon-based charity is urging councils to do more to help those affected by loneliness and isolation after a new report warns it can be as harmful to long-term health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

  42. False alarm warnings over bonfires

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People planning a large bonfires in Cornwall are being reminded by the county's fire service to inform them to avoid fire engines being sent to false alarms when they could be responding to a real emergency.

    Bonfire. Pic: Thinkstock

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue said people planning such burns should call control centre operators and inform them of the planned location of the fire, the time it is due to be started and they should later confirm when the fire had finished burning.

    The service also said it was illegal "to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it".

  43. 'First' basking shark

    Cornishman

    The first basking shark to visit Cornish waters this year has been spotted off the coast of Porthcurno, The Cornishman reports.

    Basking shark

    The sighting marks the start to the basking shark season, which each year attracts tourists to Cornwall who hope to catch a glimpse of the giant creatures.

  44. Thefts from great grandfather

    CCTV footage has been released of a woman who stole money from an 89-year-old great grandfather in north Devon, the Western Morning News reports.

    Hayley Adams, 29, was captured sneaking into the bedroom of William Tanner and taking cash from his coat on a hidden camera placed in the room by Mr Tanner's daughter. Adams, who is mother of two of Mr Tanner's great grandchildren, has been convicted of three counts of theft.

  45. Tide times

    BBC Spotlight

    If you're heading to the coast in Devon and Cornwall today, here are the high water times.

    Tide times
  46. Police ad gets 250,000 hits

    Ben Chapple

    Local Live

    Police officers from across the world have shown an interest in a job advert on the Isles of Scilly.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the police constable advert had received more than 250,000 hits.

    Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page

    Sgt Colin Taylor said: "Policing the Isles of Scilly is a genuine pleasure and although many of the incidents that we deal with are in many ways the same as everywhere else, everywhere else is not Scilly."

  47. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 10:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Cornwall's health services are back on black alert with the status being assessed later this morning.

    BBC Radio Devon: Air passengers travelling to France from the South West face disruption today because of a strike by French air traffic controllers.

  48. Trust's second black alert

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    For the second time this year the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has declared black alert.

    The status means the system is unable to take any patients other than those in extreme need and routine operations may be postponed.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital

    The trust - which covers St Michael's in Hayle, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and The Royal Cornwall at Treliske - also entered black alert in February with operations cancelled and patients kept on trolleys. Trust bosses are yet to comment on the current alert.

  49. 'Cannibal slugs'

    West Briton

    Newspaper

    Cornwall could be under siege from an invasion of foreign cannibal slugs after the six inch-long monsters were spotted for the first time 50 miles inland, reports the West Briton.

    Arion vulgaris slugs

    Giant Spanish slugs, or Arion vulgaris, are spreading across southern England destroying populations of native slugs and snails by eating them.

    The aggressive invaders cannot be stopped by normal methods - because they are almost completely immune to poison, the paper says.

  50. Enviable policing post

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A job advert by Devon and Cornwall Police for possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK has generated national interest.

    The force wants a police constable to serve in the Isles of Scilly.

    Boats setting sail from St Mary's

    On Facebook, Sgt Colin Taylor said one of the qualities needed was the "ability to explain cheerfully in infinite different ways to holiday makers that 'no you are not hallucinating I am a real police officer' and 'yes there are things for me to do here'".

  51. Motorcycle crash warning

    Ch Supt Jim Nye tweets: "2 serious collisions over the bank holiday weekend involving motorcycles. Please ride carefully in the sunshine @DC_Police."

  52. Defibrillator in old phone box

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Villagers have raised more than £2,000 to convert a defunct phone box into a potentially life-saving defibrillator.

    Belstone

    Residents of Belstone, on Dartmoor, helped pay for the equipment and transformation of the phone box.

    A defibrillator is used to help treat people suffering from a cardiac arrest and once opened gives the user step by step voice instructions on what to do.

  53. News on the hour

    The top local stories at 09:00 include:

    BBC Radio Cornwall: Black alert status has once again been declared across Cornwall's health services.

    BBC Radio Devon: A Devon charity says more needs to be done to help tackle the growing problem of loneliness.

  54. Impact of loneliness

    BBC Spotlight

    A report is warning loneliness and isolation are as harmful to long-term health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

    The Campaign to End Loneliness is recommending councils across the south west draw up maps to work out where people need the most support.

    People holding hands

    It's based on a range of factors including homes - where only one person lives - to people on low wages and with no transport of their own.

  55. Pair rescued from mud

    Belinda Dixon

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two people have been rescued after getting stuck in mud 150m from the shore at Exmouth.

    The inshore lifeboat crew and firefighters from Budleigh Salterton, Exeter and Exmouth were called to The Royal Avenue area of the town just before 19:00 BST last night.

  56. Road blocked

    BBC Travel South West

    In Plympton, Hillcrest Drive is blocked near Kenmare Drive due to an accident.

  57. Fights cancelled

    BBC Radio Devon

    Air passengers travelling to France face disruption today because of a 48-hour strike by French air traffic controllers.

    Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in a dispute over working conditions.

    Flybe aeroplane

    Flybe says its flights between Exeter and Paris are among 16 from various UK airports that are cancelled today.

  58. RCHT returns to black alert

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Black alert status has once again been declared at The Royal Cornwall Hospital.

    Hospital bosses say it's under extreme pressure after the Easter holidays and is asking people not to go to A&E unless absolutely necessary.

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    In February, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - which covers St Michael's in Hayle, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and The Royal Cornwall - also declared the status.

  59. Warm with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    After a bright and cool start to the day we'll see warm and prolonged sunny spells.

    Wednesday's weather

    Any remaining mist and fog patches should soon clear away through the morning. Temperatures will reach 19C (66F)

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    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

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