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  1. Updates on Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Monday

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That's all from the BBC Local Live team for Devon & Cornwall for today.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Have a nice weekend.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 18:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Police are seeking a driver who left the scene of an accident involving a 95-year-old pedestrian at a Launceston supermarket.

BBC Radio Devon: A former NATO commander says Plymouth flagship HMS Bulwark will not be enough on her own to help protect migrants in the Mediterranean.

Sunshine and showers tomorrow

David Braine

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

Most places will become dry again overnight, although it will remain largely cloudy with fog patches possible over the hills. It will be breezy, but frost-free. Minimum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

Weather map

Some warm spells of sunshine are likely to develop on Saturday. However, showers will also break out, some of which could be heavy. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

'Agencies not holding NHS to ransom'

BBC Spotlight

An agency providing healthcare professionals in the south west has denied businesses like his are holding the NHS to ransom.


This comes after it was revealed that the

NHS spent more than £70m on agency healthcare workers in the region.

Oliver Yuille operations director of Dean Healthcare said: "It's a legal requirement to have a nurse on site for particular services and we have an agreed rate with the NHS that doesn't change whether its emergency shift or a shift 5 days notice."

Police seek driver who hit 95-year-old man

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The police are trying to find a driver who

hit a 95-year-old pedestrian at the Launceston branch of Lidl today before driving off.

The man was making his way across the car park with the aid of a walking frame when a grey/green coloured vehicle reversed out of a parking bay.

Members of the public ran across the car park to help him after he fell and the driver got out of his vehicle and spoke to one of them before returning to his car and driving off.

Dying dog sparks helicopter search

BBC Spotlight

A police helicopter was activated and sniffer dogs let loose when officers were alerted to a "long stream of blood" in a wooded area in Truro.

Josephine Blyth

Police mounted an emergency operation for several hours on Monday until it became clear the blood had come from a greyhound, Simp, who had to be put down after ripping large parts of his skin from his body on an abandoned shopping trolley.

His owner, Josephine Blyth, is urging flytippers to think about the consequences of their actions.

A38 closures

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

The A38 will be closed in both directions tonight and tomorrow night between the Saltash Tunnel and Carkeel roundabout.

Road closed sign

The Highways Agency is closing the road as part of its £3.27m project to install a pedestrian footbridge. The closures will be between 19:00 and 20:00 tonight and 19:00 tomorrow until 09:00 on Sunday.

Nudists take over Torquay hotel

BBC Radio Devon

About a hundred naturists will be taking over a Torquay hotel tomorrow to enjoy social nudity over the weekend.

Naked women drinking tea

The organisation

British Naturism said Devon's tourist industry could be boosted by hundreds of thousands of pounds if its nudist beaches and naturism events were better advertised.

Accidents affecting travel

BBC Travel South West

  • There's queuing traffic and one lane closed on the M5 southbound after J28 with the A373 at Cullompton because of an accident involving a single vehicle and debris on the road.
  • Another lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the M5 southbound between J30 with the A376 at Exeter and J31 with the A30 at Exminster because of an accident involving lorry and several cars.
  • In Truro on Lemon Quay near Lemon Street there are reports of an accident.
  • In Penryn Eastwood Road is partially blocked because of an accident near Commercial Road.

Bulwark centre stage in Gallipoli centenary

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Plymouth-based flagship HMS Bulwark is in Gallipoli for

events to remember the 57,000 Allied troops who lost their lives in the World War One campaign.

HMS Bulwark
Royal Navy

It's 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign against the Ottoman Empire, one of the bloodiest of the war. About 131,000 died in the campaign - which began in 1915 - including 86,000 Turkish troops and 45,000 Allied forces.

Pilgrims last home game hopes

Western Morning News

John Sheridan wants Plymouth Argyle to take the game to relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers from the kick-off at Home Park tomorrow and get the fans in full voice behind them, reports the

Western Morning News.

The Pilgrims' boss expects a "positive approach" from his players and "a positive result" as they try to strengthen their claim on a League Two play-off place.

Doing anything in 2018?

Julie Skentelbery

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A round-the-world yacht race is being planned for three years' time to mark the 50th anniversary of the first non-stop, solo unassisted circumnavigation of the globe.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

The Golden Globe Race will start off Falmouth on 14 June 2018, 50 years to the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston left the same waters on his epic voyage in 1968. There will be no modern equipment allowed. You can

read more here and
watch a video about the challenge.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 17:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: EU leaders are considering how to implement a deal aimed at protecting migrants in the Mediterranean. The measures include deploying Devonport-based HMS Bulwark and three Merlin helicopters from RNAS Culdrose.

BBC Radio Devon: A 6 year old Honiton boy and his parents are becoming the first family in thethe southwest to take part in brand new DNA research to help fight rare diseases.

Albion to hail stars

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth Albion's player of the year - as voted for by

Plymouth Herald readers - will be announced after tomorrow's match against Doncaster Knights.

A readers' poll has thrown up several contenders for the award, including flanker Eoghan Grace, number eight Rob Langley - who was having a storming season before being sidelined by injury, forwards Ted Stagg and Tom Fidler, dual-registered back Jack Arnott, who has been on loan at Brickfields from parent club Exeter Chiefs and captain and fly-half Declan Cusack.

Marathon boy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A young man from Cornwall will be the youngest person to run the London Marathon this weekend - as he turns 18 on the day of the race.

jonny innes

Jonny Innes from Mawnan Smith is running to raise funds for

the NSPCC - he said: "My dad's been a big help in my training, he's written out my schedule, and then mum's been helping me more nutritionally, getting the carbs in before and stuff like that."

Ignoring £1bn 'grey pound' is damaging tourism

Western Morning News

The westcountry

tourist industry could be missing out on a multi-million-pound pay-day by underestimating the power of the "grey pound", the
Western Morning News reports.

Cornish beach

Over-65s boosted the UK economy by an estimated £37 billion last year through their hotel and travel spending, according to a report.

Tourism bosses in the region admit some may be "missing a trick" by not capitalising on the older market, which is worth upwards of £1billion in Devon and Cornwall.

M5 Accident

BBC Travel South West

  • There's an accident on M5 southbound between J28, A373 at Cullompton and J29, A30 at Exeter.
  • At the Torpoint Ferry There's up to a 45 minute wait with two ferries running at Devonport. The third ferry is out of service for a refit.

League Two previews

BBC Sport

Exeter City

travel to Hartlepool this weekend, needing all three points to keep alive their distant hopes of a League Two play-off place.

The Grecians would also need Plymouth Argyle or Luton Town to drop points - Argyle could be without Birmingham City loanee Olly Lee when they

host struggling Tranmere Rovers at Home Park on Saturday.

Stalking awareness

Det Ch Insp John Trott of Devon and Cornwall Police

tweets: This is the last day of National Stalking Awareness Week. It doesn't mean that @DC_Police will stop listening & believing victims #NSAW2015

Joy of Pugs

BBC Radio Cornwall

Pugs will be on parade in Truro this weekend to raise money for meningitis research.


The pugs and their owners are gathering outside Truro cathedral at 11:00 on Saturday, Helen Brodie from Gulval will be bringing Custard and Cocoa, she said: "All pugs are very welcome and French bulldogs too, we regard them as honorary pugs."

News on the hour

The top local stories at 16:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with an acid attack on a businessman in Cornwall.

BBC Radio Devon: The United Nations' Human Rights Commissioner says the UK government needs to tackle "incitement to hatred" in British newspapers after an article in The Sun, in which the Devon columnist Katie Hopkins described migrants as "cockroaches".

Million pound prize still unclaimed

Torquay Herald Express

A £1m national lottery prize in Dawlish has not yet been claimed, the

Herald Express reports.

Lottery selections

Local residents and holiday makers are being asked to check trousers pockets and look behind the sofa to make sure they have not 'lost' the winning ticket of a Valentine's Day draw.

Flood prevention scheme completed

BBC Radio Devon

A major flood

alleviation scheme in Plympton has been officially completed today.

Firemen pumping water from home

The £2m project at Colebrook aims to protect 47 homes which have been

repeatedly flooded over the years.

Cornwall A&E waiting times improve

BBC Radio Cornwall

A&E patient waiting times for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust have improved.

Patient on stretcher

At the hospital in Truro 86% of patients were seen within four hours last week, which is a slight improvement of the previous seven days. The figures are still below the government target of 95%.

Devon's Katie Hopkins denounced

The Guardian

The UN's human rights chief has attacked the Sun newspaper for publishing an article by Devon columnist Katie Hopkins, the

Guardian reports.

Katie Hopkins

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein branded her use of the word

"cockroaches" to describe migrants as reminiscent of anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda.

Glastonbury ticket fraud in Croyde

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A con woman could be facing jail over a Glastonbury Festival ticket fraud when she appears in court next month.

Glastonbury festival

Christine Babb, who's 34 and from west Sussex, admitted one offence of fraud by false representation in the Braunton area when she appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court this week.

Earlier this month she was convicted of 29 similar frauds in the London area - she's now been remanded in custody and will appear at Exeter Crown Court in May to be sentenced for the frauds, all relating to Glastonbury tickets.

Accident in Plymouth & flight disruption

BBC Travel South West

  • There's an accident on A374 Western Approach in Plymouth near the Mayflower Street junction. It is affecting traffic travelling in both directions.
  • Because of the weather, all further flights from Land's End and Exeter to the Isles of Scilly today have been cancelled. Newquay flights have been cancelled, apart from the IOS515 due to depart at 17:05, however that is also dependent on weather conditions later this afternoon.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 15:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: The future of a five year old Cornish girl, whose mother died of breast cancer earlier this month, remains uncertain following an appeal court ruling today.

BBC Radio Devon: A con woman could be facing jail over a Glastonbury Festival ticket fraud when she appears in court next month.

Demolition at Ilfracombe holiday park criticised

North Devon Journal

Plans to demolish a series of ageing chalets at an Ilfracombe holiday park and build 80 homes have been criticised by councillors, the

North Devon Journal reports.

The Environment Agency and South West Water have both raised major concerns about the plans to develop land at John Fowlers Holiday Park. At a town council planning meeting councillors complained there was "inadequate detail" in the proposals.

Worse A&E waiting times for Plymouth patients

A&E patient waiting times for the

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have got worse.

Ambulance at A&E unit

At Derriford 89.5% of patients were seen within four hours last week, which is a slight fall from the previous seven days. The

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to meet the government target of 95%.

Weather slowly closing in

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Outbreaks of patchy rain will clear eastwards this afternoon to become drier from the west, but it will remain quite cloudy with some hill fog patches.


Tonight it'll be

generally dry, but mostly cloudy with low cloud covering some hills and also parts of the coast in the west. Winds will be mainly light or moderate, but fresher towards the north coast at times. Min Temp 9C (48F)

Scam warning for local businesses

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police are warning businesses to be on their guard after money was stolen from tills in a series of

distraction scams.

Police jacket
BBC elvis

Officers say two men took £410 from convenience stores in Newton Abbot, Saltash and Redruth and a restaurant in Falmouth.

The police said the men "confused shop assistants by asking to change various amounts of money" before stealing the cash.

News on the hour

The top local stories at 14:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: Fatal dog injury
sparked a police operation - now the owner calls for action to tidy up a local beauty spot

BBC Radio Devon: Spending on agency nurses in the south west has risen steeply,
according to new research from the Royal College of Nursing.

Large jellyfish found on beach

Patrick Clahane

Local Live

A large jellyfish has been found by dog walkers on an Exmouth beach.

Jellyfish on beach
Richard and Donna Lawrence

Richard and Donna Lawrence kindly sent us this picture of the creature which they've described as a "beastie".

Cannabis smokers in park protest

Exeter Express and Echo

Cannabis smokers will gather in an Exeter park tomorrow to openly smoke the drug during a protest picnic, according to the

Exeter Express and Echo.

A total of 88 people have signed up on Facebook for the Devon Cannabis Club at Flowerpot Playing Fields in Exeter between 1pm and 6pm. Last year about 60 people took part in a similar event at Flowerpot Fields and although there was a strong police presence in the park there were no arrests.

Hospital defends agency costs

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Managers at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have defended their use of agency staff, after it was revealed the hospital spent £6.1m in 2014 on 'bank staff', compared with £390,000 in 2010 - the highest in the South West.


Research by the Royal College of Nursing shows

spending on agency nurses in the South West reached more than £59m last year.

RD&E Deputy chief nurse Tracey Reeves said: "Our priority is providing safe, high quality care for our patients, and we are working hard to ensure that safe staffing levels are maintained."

'Elizabeth Poldark' on Today

Icelandic actor Heida Reed - who plays Elizabeth Poldark in the BBC One series - has been talking about the show's success.


BBC Radio 4 Today

tweets: Heida Reed says @BBCOne's #Poldark cast "all really enjoy working with each other" and she's "met friends for life"

News on the hour

The top local stories at 13:00 include:

BBC Radio Cornwall: A charity shop in Truro that was opened less than three years ago, is closing its doors as it can't make enough money to pay the rent.

BBC Radio Devon: Devon County Council has been granted a stay of execution on an order to reverse the traffic flow in Totnes town centre.

Chiefs prepare for Sunday Wasps

Exeter Express and Echo


Exeter Express & Echo reports Byron McGuigan will start for Exeter Chiefs against Wasps on Sunday as the only change to the starting line-up.

Phil Dollman misses out at full-back after picking up a knock during last weekend's EuropeanChallenge Cup semi-final defeat at Gloucester. However, there are returns for Damian Welch and Luke-Cowan-Dickie on the bench. Sam Skinner and Elvis Taione make way.

Head coach Rob Baxter believes the trip to Coventry's Ricoh Arena gives his side a chance to show they can win just as well away from home as they do at Sandy Park.

The 'Poldark effect' attracts visitors

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The new BBC TV adaptation of 'Poldark' comes to a climax this weekend, with many Cornish businesses reporting a big surge in trade - and some reporting almost double year on year bookings because of the public's fascination with Ross and Demelza.


"Many of our customers during the Easter period told me that they have been inspired to visit Cornwall, as a direct result of watching Poldark," said Kerry Baillie, Cottage Manager for St Aubyn Estates Holidays. "They are visiting Porthgwarra Cove to see where Ross famously swims while watched from the clifftops by Demelza, or the location of the pilchard fishing scene where the water is so brilliantly turquoise."