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By Matt Pengelly and Andrew Segal

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from your BBC Local Live team for Devon & Cornwall for now.

    We will return at 08:00 on Wednesday with all of your news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Crewman honoured by Prince William

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    A Royal Navy helicopter crewman from RNAS Culdrose has been honoured at Buckingham Palace today.

    Award for helicopter serviceman

    Russ 'Patch' Adams was given a gallantry medal for the rescue of five French fishermen during last year's big storm.

    Meanwhile the Naval Air Station has revealed there will be a farewell flypast of Seakings on Thursday. The familiar red and grey helicopters will be in the South West until January when a private company takes over the rescue service.

  3. Stolen 15th Century saint pictures panels recovered

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two 15th Century oak panels stolen from a screen in a Devon church two years ago have been recovered by police.

    Torbryan panels

    The priceless panels, each containing a painting of a saint (the two figures pictured on the right) were "hacked out" of Holy Trinity Church at Torbryan, near Ipplepen, in August 2013.

    The screen and its decorative panels are one of only a handful of such artworks in England which survived the Reformation. The Metropolitan Police Art & Antiques Unit recovered them after they were seen in an online sale.

  4. Serious crash in Paignton

    BBC Travel

    In Paignton the A379 Dartmouth Road is closed in both directions because of a four-vehicle accident.

    The crash is between Fisher Street and Great Western Close at the Big Tree roundabout.

  5. Police cell used instead of mental health bed

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    The wife of a man from Cornwall who had a mental health emergency says she feels "disgusted and let down" after he spent more than 36 hours in a police cell.

    The man should have been taken to an assessment centre but there were no beds available anywhere in the UK.

    The Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust said: "under normal circumstances the police would detain a person under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act if there are concerns for the individual's welfare in a public place. This results in the person being taken to the Section 136 suite at Longreach House in Redruth instead of being taken into custody."

  6. Drier and brighter tomorrow

    David Braine

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    One or two showers will linger tonight with an odd heavy one. Clear spells mean it'll turn quite chilly, particularly around Dartmoor and other prone spots, though it should remain frost-free. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow's looking like a drier and brighter day with some decent sunny spells. The north-westerly wind will stay fresh, especially along the coast and over high ground. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F).

  7. Murder jury sent home again

    The jury, considering its verdict in the trial of two men accused of murdering David Alderson, have been sent home for a second night.

    The 72-year-old cyclist's body was found at the disused Wheal Maid copper mine near Redruth in January last year.

    Kevin Cooper, 33, from Carharrack and Trewen Kevern, 21, from Falmouth both deny murdering Mr Alderson.

  8. Stolen cats rescued after being dumped

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two stolen cats have been rescued after they were found dumped among rubbish bags the evening before bin collection, the RSPCA says.

    Abandoned cats. Pic: RSPCA

    The pair, both less than a year old, were discovered by a girl after they had been "left for dead" in a sealed cardboard box outside St Martin's Primary School in Liskeard last week.

    RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said it was said it was "completely unacceptable" for the animals to have been "treated like disposable objects that could just be thrown away like an old tin can".

  9. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • It's been revealed a man who needed mental health treatment had to be kept in a police cell in Cornwall for more than 36 hours because no beds were available anywhere in the country
    • Three men have been sentenced to a total of 21-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of 54 burglaries across Devon and Somerset
    • Plymouth City Council is being criticised for allowing a preacher with openly homophobic views to speak at the Guildhall
    • Controversial plans which will require business using some beaches in Cornwall to pay extra money to the Council have been put on hold
  10. Monkey born at zoo

    BBC Radio Devon

    A rare cherry-crowned mangabey monkey has been born at Paignton Zoo.


    The male baby has not yet been named but has been out and about with father Yengo, mother Kibibi and older brother Kumba. The species is originally from West Africa and is endangered in the wild.

  11. Beach business fees plans put on hold

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Controversial plans which would require businesses using some council-owned beaches in Cornwall to pay extra to the authority have been put on hold.

    Surfer. Pic: Andrew Segal

    Surf schools and other groups oppose the licensing scheme, saying they would have to pay about £2,000 on top of business rates. Cornwall Council said money raised would help care for beaches and provide a licensing system.

    The matter has been referred back to the Housing and Environment Policy Advisory Committee because a full council meeting could not agree a level of fees.

  12. Crime wave 'ceased after burglary gang arrests'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A crime wave in Devon and Somerset "ceased" after members of a gang - today jailed for a total of 21-and-a-half years - were arrested, police say.

    Burglars. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The trio were found guilty of 54 burglaries at jewellery shops and commercial premises across both counties between May and October 2012, causing losses and damage totalling more than £239,000.

    Det Insp Jim Tarr, of Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It is not a coincidence that that the crime wave has ceased upon the arrest of the gang."

  13. Live from Chelsea

    David Fitzgerald

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    I'll be broadcasting live from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this evening.

    Chelsea Flower Show

    Join me on BBC Radio Devon as I chat about all things horticultural and the South West's winners. Here's a sneak preview of what to expect.

  14. Pirates advice to fishermen

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The Cornish Pirates rugby team have shown their support for a sea safety campaign by wearing Personal Flotation Devices during a training session.


    The aim was to show how much freedom of movement the latest type of lifejackets allow - the team behind the Sea You Home Safe campaign hope all fishermen can be persuaded to wear a PFD on deck in the future.

  15. Man lit spliff in front of police

    Exeter Express and Echo

    A drug user was pepper sprayed after lighting a spliff in front of a police officer before punching him in the face, the Express and Echo reports.

    Edward Cullen, of East Village, near Crediton pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Graham Custance on April 20 and to possession of a controlled drug at Exeter Crown Court last Tuesday.

    Magistrates made Cullen the subject of a 12-month conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay compensation of £400, plus a further £180 in costs.

  16. Charity upset at 'thoughtless crime'

    BBC Radio Devon

    British Red Cross workers in Plymouth say they're 'very disappointed' after one of their mobility equipment vans was targeted by thieves.


    The police have released these CCTV images of two men they'd like to question after the van was damaged and items stolen from inside.

    Sam Snelling from the Red Cross said: "Apart from the inconvenience and the cost to the charity, its impact means that vulnerable people in our community, who rely on the Red Cross to supply them with wheelchairs and other mobility aids, have not received the equipment they need."

  17. NHS trusts' merger 'about delivering for the patients'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two Cornish NHS trusts carrying out talks about merging say such a move would benefit services.

    RCHT sign

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust said they believed it would mean higher quality care and more effective use of public money.

    Phil Confue, chief executive of the Cornwall Partnership Trust, said: "I think sometimes we get too hung up on different organisations and organisational structure. Actually, it's all one NHS, it's all about delivering for the patients. Let's actually just work it out and make it better for them."

  18. Torquay's Lavercombe handed Liverpool trial

    James Law

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe has been handed a week-long trial by Premier League club Liverpool.

    The 19-year-old only signed a professional contract with the Gulls last month and played the last five games of the Conference season.

    Dan Lavercombe

    "Liverpool have had him watched and like him, and they have asked us if they can have a closer look at him," Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves told the club website. "We're not talking about a permanent move for Dan, at least not yet."

  19. Gang of six wanted over Plymouth hotel fire

    Plymouth Herald

    A group of around six men are wanted by police in connection with a blaze at a derelict city hotel, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Quality Hotel arson

    Firefighters and police were called to a huge fire at the Quality Hotel in Cliff Road on the Hoe at around 9pm on 13 May. Five fire crews were involved in tackling the blaze which broke out on the first floor of the prominent building.

    Police say they want to trace a group of around six men seen at the property shortly before the fire, which is being treated as arson.

  20. Trout 'share ancestor'

    Julie Skentelbery

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been talking to Josephine Paris from the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Group at Exeter University.


    They've been looking at the effect of historic mining pollution on trout. It appears that all trout from metal-contaminated rivers are derived from a single common ancestor approximately 960 years ago. More on BBC Radio Cornwall after 17:00.

  21. New Coroner's office opens

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Plymouth Coroner has moved into a new £308,000 office near Derriford Hospital.

    It's hoped the new facility on Derriford Business Park for the coroner and six police coroners' officers will provide closer links with medical staff and reduce the need to book larger venues for inquests.

    Cllr Jon Taylor from Plymouth City Council said: "By bringing together a number of services under one roof and by being closer to the hospital, we hope to make it easier for people who use the service."

  22. Royal Navy lets the dogs out

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police dogs have been getting used to flying around in search helicopters as part of their training, the Royal Navy says.

    Police dogs and helicopter. Pic: Royal Navy

    Three Devon and Cornwall Police dogs - Manley, Sam and Ash - and their handlers have been training with crews from 771 Naval Air Squadron to prepare the dogs in case they have to be deployed in areas with limited road access.

  23. Cross-dressing trucker speaks of support

    North Devon Journal

    A trucker has spoken of the support she received from colleagues after deciding to make the biggest U-turn of her life and become a woman, the North Devon Journal reports.

    Roxy Cuthbertson. Pic: North Devon Journal

    Roxy Cuthbertson, 63, spent more than 40 years on the road as a heavily-tattooed HGV driver named Ian. But after years of living as a secret cross-dresser Roxy, she plucked up the courage to tell her boss - and was left weeping with joy when she was told it was not a problem.

  24. Police satisfaction as gang jailed

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Senior police officers say the convictions of a determined and ruthless criminal gang responsible for a £239,000 crime wave in Devon and Somerset prove that rural crime is a priority for the force.


    The trio were jailed for a total of 21-and-a-half years today. Exeter Crown Court heard they committed 54 burglaries in a six-month period, with jewellery shops and businesses targeted.

    Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Jim Tarr said: "The criminals left a trail of destruction behind them, thought they were untouchable and had an enormous impact on the rural communities of both Devon and Somerset."

  25. New leader for Torridge Council

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Councillor Jane Whittaker has been elected as the new leader of Torridge District Council, the local authority says.

    The appointment was made at the council's AGM on Monday evening, which saw 20 re-elected and 16 new members of the council come together for the first time.

  26. Video of newly discovered Dartmoor stone circle

    Western Morning News

    The first stone circle to be discovered on Dartmoor for more than a century has been captured in all its glory in a new aerial video, the Western Morning News reports.

    Dartmoor stone circle. Pic: Matt Cranfield

    Devon photographer Matt Cranfield of Skyflicks took a drone up on the moor in order to capture a view of the Sittaford Tor circle, after news of its discovery broke last week.

  27. Pirates land back

    BBC Sport

    The Cornish Pirates have signed fly-half/full-back Will Cargill as they assemble a squad for the 2015/16 season.


    The 26-year-old has played for Yorkshire Carnegie and England Students. Pirates Director of Rugby, Ian Davies said: "I am sure his strong work ethic will see him continue to develop and be an important member of the squad over the next couple of seasons."

  28. Plymouth assault

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police want to speak to a man about an assault outside Reflex Nightclub in Union Street, Plymouth last month.


    The man is described as being in his 20s with short hair and was wearing a black bomber jacket, light coloured cargo style trousers and black shoes.

  29. Wadebridge Council 'interested in taking on library'

    Cornish Guardian

    Wadebridge came a step closer to taking control of its own library last week as town councillors agreed to register their interest in taking over the service, the Cornish Guardian reports.

    Cornwall Council, which has a statutory responsibility to provide libraries, is looking to make deep spending cuts and is keen to find other ways to keep the service. It hopes that town or parish councils will step forward, even if this means raising their own council taxes locally. Alternatives include possible privatisation, or dramatic reductions in the number of hours a library would remain open.

    Wadebridge Town Council agreed on Wednesday (May 13) to register, formally, its interest in taking over the library. The building, close to the town's former railway station, is also set to become the focal point of Cornwall Council's "One Stop Shop" offices.

  30. Torquay United takeover talks resume

    James Law

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United have re-started takeover talks after a prospective buyer pulled out of negotiations.

    Plainmoor. Pic: Getty Images

    The Conference club are looking for a new owner after Thea Bristow stepped down as chairwoman.

    "Talks with other interested parties have already reopened," Gulls director Bill Phillips said on the club's website, adding: "There's also room for fresh bidders to enter the fray, and we invite people to contact the club."

  31. Crime gang jailed

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    This is the leader of a criminal gang responsible for a spree of 54 burglaries across Devon and Somerset with a combined value of £239,000.


    Reg Soper, 50, of Culmhead, Taunton, along with gang members Nicky Christian, 24, of Alfred Road, Plymouth, and Percy Soper, 56, of Molesworth Road, Plymouth were jailed for a total of 21 and a half years at Exeter Crown Court today.

    The court heard the trio "thought they were untouchable" as they targeted jewellery shops, offices and businesses with safes - it took the police six months to gather the evidence they needed.

  32. Road blockages

    BBC Travel

    • On A38 Plympton Bypass, two lanes are blocked Plymouth-bound due to a multi-vehicle accident just after the Deep Lane turn-off.
    • And a broken down lorry is blocking one lane of the A38 Exeter-bound between the Marley Head and Lower Dean junctions.
  33. Pilot school project hailed as success

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Teachers in Cornwall say a pilot scheme to give extra emotional support for school children has achieved 'astonishing' results.


    The THRIVE project, such as here at St Martin's School in Liskeard, aims to make children with behavioural and emotional problems more resilient.

  34. No smoking signs

    BBC Radio Devon

    Signs urging people not to smoke in children's play areas have gone up across Exeter.


    The signs have been provided by NHS Devon and have gone up in the nine most popular play parks in Exeter - city Cllr Keith Owen said: "It can be both unpleasant and unhealthy and that's not the sort of experience we want users of the play areas to have."

  35. Barbecue sets fire to caravan decking

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Ten firefighters were called to a Cornish camp site last night after a disposable barbecue caused a caravan's decking and awning to catch alight

    Crews from Newquay and Perranporth were called to Hendra Croft at about 00:30 to deal with the flames. One woman was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

  36. Should the drink-drive limit be lowered?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Is it time to lower the drink-drive limit in England and Wales? Scotland have already done it. The Police Federation is discussing the issue at its national conference this afternoon.

    Apparently the number of women's convictions is on the rise. Is having 'just the one' a risk worth taking? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling on 0345 3011034.

  37. Monkey business

    BBC Radio Devon

    Experts at Paignton Zoo says the birth of this endangered cherry-crowned mangabey monkey will be of interest around the world.


    Phil Knowling from the Zoo said: "In conservation terms every birth is important. There is a stud book for the species, which means births, deaths, movements between collections and other data are all recorded and analysed to make sure we are doing our very best for the species."

  38. Lifeboat yacht mission

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Falmouth lifeboat has gone to the aid of a stricken yacht 27 miles south east off the Cornish coast.

    Falmouth Coastguards says there are two people on board the Swedish vessel 'the Rebula' which has lost its sails and steering in rough weather - the lifeboat will now tow the yacht to Falmouth in an operation likely to take six hours.

  39. Cornwall Council Cabinet confirmed

    Cornwall Council tweets: Cornwall Council Cabinet members confirmed in post, while Adam Paynter is named as new deputy leader

  40. Axminster Hospital beds to reopen

    Kirk England

    BBC Radio Devon

    Sixteen inpatient beds are to reopen at Axminster Hospital in July.

    Axminster Hospital

    Health bosses moved them to Seaton earlier this year because of a shortage of qualified nurses. Since then, there's been a big recruitment drive and £300,000 donation from the hospital's League of Friends.

  41. Chiefs coach pays tribute to ex-captain Mumm

    James Law

    BBC South West Sport

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has paid tribute to departing captain Dean Mumm, who has played his last game before returning to Australia.

    Dean Mumm

    The 31-year-old international lock is re-joining New South Wales Waratahs after three years in England. He led Exeter out in their final-day 44-16 win over Sale, though they missed out on the Premiership play-offs.

    "I'm delighted personally that I've got to know a man of his quality," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon..

  42. Exeter Uni job cuts: analysis

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Exeter has fought hard over the past decade to become one of the UK's top universities and competition for students and the funding they bring is growing ever more intense.

    These changes represent a major restructuring and will be painful, but they demonstrate the determination at Exeter to retain its leading position.

  43. More gold medals

    BBC Spotlight

    There's been more golden success for Cornwall and Devon at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


    Kelnan Plants based at Gulval near Penzance, who specialise in Restios and South African plants like Proteas, Tale Valley Nursery in Cullompton and Westcountry Nurseries in Bideford have all landed gold medals in the Floral Marquee.

  44. Ann Kerridge new Cornwall Council chairman

    Cornwall Council tweets: Ann Kerridge is elected as Cornwall Council chairman following the vote by Full Council

  45. Hearing from Cornwall's NHS leaders

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    This lunchtime I've been joined in the studio by Bill Shields, chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.


    We're talking about the proposed merger with the body that runs Cornwall's mental health services, the future of Cornwall's hospitals, black alerts, Mitie and many other important topics. Make sure you tune in now and we'd love to take your calls on - 01872 222222.

  46. Possible Plymouth Waitrose 'not a done deal'

    Plymouth Herald

    A plan to bring Waitrose to the city as part of a new shopping and business park is not a "done deal", according to Plymouth's top planning chief, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Developer Petros recently held a public consultation over their plans for the former Seaton Barracks site in Derriford, and say they found 92% of residents they spoke to were in favour of the supermarket giant coming to the area.

    But the city council's assistant director of development, Paul Barnard, says three other rival plans to build a new out-of-town shopping complex in Derriford could still be proposed, including an intention to develop the defunct airport.

  47. Problems on the roads

    BBC Travel

    • On the A38 Plymouth-bound on Haldon Hill one lane is blocked due to a broken-down low loader carrying a train.
    • A3059 Rialton Road in Newquay is partially blocked around the Priory Road junction because of an accident.
    • In Newquay on Trevemper Road near the A3058 we've got reports there's a broken down vehicle.
  48. Burglars break into supermarket cash machine room

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Newquay are investigating an attempted break-in into cash machines at a supermarket.

    Morrison's, Newquay. Google

    Officers said the burglars broke into a secure room housing three machines at Morrison's on Treloggan Road between 23:00 on Tuesday, 12 May and 08:00 on Wednesday, 13 May, but alarms went off and they were unsuccessful in taking anything.

  49. Exeter defends job cuts

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Senior staff at Exeter University says plans to cut 200 support staff jobs are crucial to the institution's future.


    It's hoped the job losses can be found through voluntary redundancies at the campuses in Exeter and Falmouth.

    Vice chancellor Prof Sir Steve Smith said: "This is all about consolidating Exeter's position as a top ten UK university but increasingly moving to becoming one of the absolutely leading global players. We have to bring in staff to help us get there and that costs money."

  50. Chelsea joy

    A Cornish landscape designer has been awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Darren Hawkes tweets: Thank you to all of those who have helped to bring this dream to reality #RHSChelsea

  51. Beach charge debate

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Surf schools in Cornwall could learn today whether they will have to pay to operate on certain beaches in the county.


    Councillors are meeting to discuss whether to implement a charge for businesses at various locations including Harlyn, Polzeath, Widemouth Bay and Mawgan Porth - some surf schools claim it could cost them more than £2,000 each.

  52. Nursing worries

    BBC Radio Devon

    Concerns have been raised about the amount of temporary staff that are being used in hospitals across North and East Devon.


    A report by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has highlighted the number of times more than 20% of staff on wards were agency workers - the trust insists that it's working hard to recruit more full-time nurses and monitors its use of agency staff closely.

  53. Investigation launched after fishing boat sinks

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The sinking of a fishing boat off the Isles of Scilly, which resulted in five fishermen being rescued from a life raft, will be investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau.


    A major air and sea search was launched after the UK Coastguard received two distress calls just after 23:45 BST from the vessel, called the Kairos. All crew are believed to be unhurt and have been taken to Castletownbere in Ireland.

  54. High tide times

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning on visiting the coast today, here are the latest high water times.

  55. Paignton collision still in critical condition

    Torquay Herald Express

    A man who suffered a serious head injury following a collision on Marine Drive, Paignton, has been named locally as Michael Straughan, the Herald Express reports.

    The 20-year-old remains in a critical condition at Derriford Hospital following the incident which occurred at 1.45am on Sunday morning.

    Messages of sympathy and support have been flooding in on Facebook from friends and well-wishers. Over 50 people have so far taken to the site to express their best wishes.

  56. Latest headlines

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • Three separate rescues are carried out off the coast of Cornwall, including five fishermen being saved after their boat sank during gale force winds 75 miles off the Isles of Scilly.
    • The University of Exeter defends plans to cut 200 jobs as part of efforts to save £25m.
    • Campaigners welcome news that 16 inpatient beds are to reopen at Axminster Hospital after a big recruitment drive for staff.
    • A proposal of issuing discount card for locals using Cornwall Council car parks is to be considered by councillors later.
  57. 'Homophobic' preacher talk is 'backwards step'

    Patrick Clahane

    Local Live

    Plymouth City Council has "made a mistake" allowing a "homophobic preacher" to give a talk in one of its venue, according to a gay rights group.

    Plymouth Guildhall

    Andrew Wommack, who has said publicly "homosexuality is wrong from a moral and social point of view", is due to appear at God TV's Summer Celebration at the Plymouth Guildhall.

    Jo Lewis from Pride in Plymouth said it was "unacceptable" to let Mr Wommack to preach in a "publicly funded building".

  58. Police seek stone thrower

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to trace a man who threw stones at a couple at Redruth train station after jumping down onto the tracks.

    British Transport Police Appeal

    The incident happened on 21 April - PC Steven Kelley from British Transport Police said: "This sort of unprovoked attack is extremely rare on the rail network, and clearly we need to find the person responsible."

  59. Police helicopter in manhunt

    National Police Air Service Exeter ‏tweets: Assist local officers in the Seaton area regarding growing concern for male. Searches continuing.

  60. Road problems continue

    BBC Travel

    • One lane is closed on the A38 southbound in Kennford between the A379 junction and the A380 Telegraph Hill junction, because of a broken down low-loader.
    • A380 Marldon Way in Marldon is partially blocked southbound near Preston Downs Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle.
    • The A30 at Lifton on the Devon/Cornwall border, the entry slip road is partially blocked and there is slow traffic westbound around Polson, because of an accident involving two cars and recovery work.
    • Dawlish Warren Road in Dawlish Warren is still partially blocked around the Orchard Lane junction, also because of an accident.
  61. Union fears over Uni job cuts

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Union representatives say redundancies at the University of Exeter are "causing anxiety and uncertainty" for staff.

    More than 200 support jobs will be cut at Exeter University's campuses in Devon & Cornwall - it's hoped most will be voluntary redundancies.


    Jonathan Barry from the University and College Union said: "The main concern at the moment is just one of uncertainty as to who's going to be affected and how the changes will work out for the ordinary members of staff."

  62. Life raft stricken crew rescued

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Five fishermen have been rescued from a life raft during "gale force winds" and a large swell after their fishing boat sank 75 miles off the Isles of Scilly.

    Kairos sunk off the Isles of Scilly

    Jim Morrison, from UK Coastguard, said: "Thankfully all the crew were was not a pleasant night out there. Using the information from the distress alerts we were able to locate the fishing vessel's last position quickly and deploy resources to the scene."

  63. Criticism over Texas preacher booking

    Patrick Clahane

    Local Live

    A gay rights group has criticised Plymouth City Council for allowing a controversial American preacher to speak at one of its venues.


    Andrew Wommack, who has said publicly that gay people are "not normal", is due to appear at God TV's Summer Celebration, in Plymouth - the city council said it had "received verbal and written assurances" that its equality standards would be upheld.

  64. Cornish garden wins gold at Chelsea

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Cornwall's Burncoose Nurseries has won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

    Brenda Blethyn at Chelsea

    The 'Endangered in the Wild Garden', visited yesterday by actress Brenda Blethyn, was designed by Louisa Lazarowicz and Geraldine Hammond to increase awareness of plants threatened with extinction. The nursery also won a great pavilion award for trees, shrubs and perennials.

  65. Husband and wife to stand trial over sex offences

    Gloucester Citizen

    A husband and wife will stand trial on a catalogue of alleged sex offences against children, reports the Gloucester Citizen.

    David and Pauline Williams will stand trial at Exeter Crown Court, along with Herman Sims in September this year.

    The three deny a total of 45 charges between them. The charges relate to the alleged abuse of a number of different children in both Gloucestershire and Devon.

  66. Red Cross van targeted

    BBC Radio Devon

    A British Red Cross van used to deliver mobility aids equipment in Plymouth has been damaged in an attempted theft.


    The white Ford Transit van was parked outside the Red Cross centre on Catherine Street when it was broken into on Friday night and a number of items including a sat nav were stolen. Police have released these CCTV images of two men they'd like to talk to.

  67. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • Five fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank during gale force winds 75 miles off Scilly
    • Exeter University plans to cut 200 jobs as part of efforts to save £25m
    • Sixteen inpatient beds are to reopen at Axminster hospital in July after a big recruitment drive
    • Cornwall councillors will debate the idea of a discount car parking card for local people this morning
  68. Travel: latest

    BBC Travel

    • An accident is reported on the A393 Lanner Hill in Redruth around the Pennance Road junction.
    • There is an accident on A381 West Alvington Hill in Kingsbridge around the Ashleigh Road junction.
    • Dawlish Warren Road in Dawlish Warren is partially blocked around the Orchard Lane junction, because of an accident.
    • A traffic light failure is reported on A3022 Seaway Road in Paignton around the Seaway Gardens junction. Approach with care.
    • The A30 in Cornwall is open again after the earlier accident between Carminow Cross and Kennards House.
  69. Cool and showery

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Although there will be some sunny spells today, it will feel cool and there will also be some heavy, blustery showers.


    There is the risk of hail or thunder in some of the showers, while the moderate or fresh northwesterly winds will be strong at times along the north coast, to the west and around some showers. Max Temp: 13C (55F)

  70. Gold for Cornish designer

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish garden designer has scooped a prestigious Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


    The Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Darren Hawkes used more the 40,000 piece of hand cut slate and soft woodland planting to wow the judges.

  71. Rush hour road problems

    BBC Travel

    • There is slow traffic and one lane is closed on the A30 eastbound in Cornwall between Carminow Cross in Bodmin and Kennards House in Tregadillett because of an accident involving a single vehicle and recovery work.
    • Watch out for an accident on Dawlish Warren Road in Dawlish Warren around the Orchard Lane junction.
    • Traffic light failure is reported on A3022 Seaway Road in Torquay around the Seaway Gardens junction. Approach with care.
    • Traffic is flowing smoothly on the Tamar Bridge & there is a ten minute wait with three ferries running again at Torpoint.
  72. Uni jobs to go

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    The BBC has learnt up to 250 jobs are to go at Exeter University as it attempts to save £25m.


    The university says the redundancies will be among support workers and would be mostly voluntary, with the savings reinvested into employing more academic staff to enhance the institution's global reputation.

  73. Fishing boat crew rescued

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The crew of a fishing vessel which sank 75 miles west of the Isles of Scilly last night in a force 8 gale, have all been rescued.

    The Scottish skipper of the stern trawler 'Kairos' and four Phillipino crew were picked up from their life raft by another fishing vessel and flown to Castletownbere in Ireland.

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    Local Live

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