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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Friday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Were you April Fooled? Getting shiggy with it

BBC News England

April Fool's Day is here again and local newspapers have taken the opportunity to play pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes on their readers. And Cornwall features among a little selection the BBC has spotted.

Workers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan say they have managed to crossbreed a Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep with a Tamworth pig, according to the Cornish Guardian

Shig. Pic:
Cornish Guardian

The new heritage hybrid is reported to have been named a "Shig" described as "docile, friendly, with an approachable manner" and a woollen coat.

Police appeal to find driver involved in crash with pedestrian

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Police are trying to trace the driver of a 4x4 who was involved in a crash in Bovey Tracey which left an elderly pedestrian with serious leg injuries.

The victim was crossing the road yesterday when the collision with the vehicle took place.

The man driving put her in his vehicle, took her to the local health centre and then left. Police are now appealing for both witnesses and the motorist himself to come forward.

High hopes for Camborne as they try for place in the national leagues

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

It could be an historic day at Camborne rugby club tomorrow. 

A bonus point win over Newent at the Recreation Ground will see Camborne promoted to the national leagues. They haven't been there for nearly 20 years.

Hi-vis police patrols on Dartmoor

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Dartmoor
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police are to carry out high-visibility patrols across Dartmoor over the summer to disrupt criminals operating in isolated rural areas.

Officers said the moor historically saw a seasonal rise in crime in the summer months, with an influx of visitors, and crimes often reported including thefts from vehicles, livestock theft, wildlife crime, theft of farm equipment and fly-tipping.

Officers added that car parks and beauty spots surrounding the national park were often targeted.

Latest weather: Cloudy but mainly dry, sunny spells and a chance of showers tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Cloudy overnight with patchy rain, (more so along the north coast). The winds will ease and it should turn dry into the early hours. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

weather graphic
BBC

Saturday will see a cloudy start but it will hopefully brighten to give some sunshine. It will be mainly dry, but some outbreaks of rain may affect the far west of Cornwall at times. There may also be some showers elsewhere later in the day. A breezy southerly wind. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Brain op Yemeni girl 'so inspiring'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Rufa
BBC
Luke Judge
BBC

A man from Cornwall who organised and helped fund a life-saving operation for a girl in Yemen with a brain tumour says she is "so inspiring".

Luke Judge, from Hayle, learned of 11-year-old Rufa Fahmi's plight after meeting her uncle while volunteering in Greece. He then secured a visa for her to be treated in Paris after pooling his life savings and raising an additional £10,000.

He said: "She's been discharged from hospital, is learning to walk again, is learning to eat properly and getting some strength back before her next operation... She's always smiling, waving and you can tell she's full of love and energy. She's so inspiring."

Actual human trafficking numbers 'higher'

BBC Spotlight

A significant proportion of the 10,000-13,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery nationally are in Devon and Cornwall, a senior police officer believes.

New National Crime Agency data revealed 44 potential victims in the region last year. Det Supt Jim Colwell said he thought it would be much higher "simply because of the nature of our geography and the types of the business sectors we've got down here". 

He said: "We've got a large amount of agriculture and tourism, there are lots of low-paid seasonal jobs and a large amount of migrant workers coming into the region. And we are seeing more and more criminal acts of exploitation as we become more adept at finding it."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- Police charge a 45-year-old man with attempted murder after a woman is seriously assaulted in Torquay

- Dartmoor National Park Authority drops a planning masterplan for Ashburton after spending £100,000 on it

- A fire at a stable block near Bodmin takes more than four hours to extinguish

- Agencies call for help in gathering information following increased concerns about the welfare of ponies and other livestock on Bodmin Moor

- Plymouth Speedway has survived the threat of closure after the Plymouth Devils supporters. raise more than £20,000.

Premiership: Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

BBC Sport

Exeter have England winger Jack Nowell back as they concentrate on securing a place in the Premiership play-offs for the first time in their history.

Nowell is one of six changes following last week's 36-18 defeat at Saracens.

Fellow Cornishman Sam Betty returns for Worcester at openside flanker, one of two changes to the starting XV on duty for the 12-6 win over London Irish.

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- There is severe congestion on the A30 in both directions over Bodmin Moor because of roadworks and a 40mph speed limit  

- Near Helston, the A394 Sithney Common Hill is blocked between Newham Lane and Porthleven Road due to a two vehicle accident

- There is still congestion on the A377 in Exeter between the Alphington Street junction and Buller Road - and on the B3212 Western Way

- Traffic is also very busy on the main routes through Plymouth 

Man jailed after joining in attack and boasting about violence

BBC Radio Cornwall

A drinker who joined in an attack outside a pub has been jailed for eight months after he bragged about his violent behaviour to fellow customers. 

Care worker David Headington a bar in Bodmin when he saw three friends attacking John Wilkes and leaving him with blood pouring from his face.  

Headington, 38, of St Leonard's in Bodmin, pulled him to his feet, but instead of helping him he hit him in the face and boasted he had "sorted out" the incident. He was found guilty of actual bodily harm but cleared of grievous bodily harm.

Exeter City boss relishing Devon derby contest

BBC Sport

Paul Tisdale
Rex Features

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits Saturday's Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle is "not just another game".

The Grecians, who will have forward Alex Nicholls back in the squad, are five points outside the League Two play-offs. "There's an element of anxiety and excitement about it," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

Helston man pretended to be police officer to impress underage girl for sex

West Briton

A man who pretended to be a trainee police officer to impress a vulnerable 15-year-old girl so that they could have sex, has been sent to prison.

Parish council to discuss referendum after park and ride rejected

BBC Radio Devon

A village parish council to is hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss a referendum which rejected plans for a 500 space park and ride scheme 

Nearly half of Ide turned out in the poll looking at a proposed scheme for fields near the village.

Devon County Council, which proposed the scheme on fields near to the village, said the site delivered an important part of the transport strategy for Exeter by increasing travel options and providing additional capacity on the Alphington Road corridor.

Were you April Fooled? Hot footing it to the beach

BBC News England

April Fool's Day is here again and local newspapers have taken the opportunity to play pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes on their readers. And Cornwall features among a little selection the BBC has spotted.

Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth is reported to be having under sand heating installed to make it an all-year-round holiday destination.

Gyllyngvase Beach. Pic: Falmouth Packet
Falmouth Packet

The Falmouth Packet says the pilot scheme begins on 1 April and includes the installation of two large commercial gas boilers, 30 heating outlets and metres of under floor heating pipework installed.  

Cornwall Sport: A weekend preview

Advert scammers targeted firms

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Small firms have been warned by police about a telephone scam after three businesses in north Devon were targeted last week by fake callers offering cheap advertising in newspapers and magazines.

Each time, they were offered discounted advertising space and asked for credit card details over the phone.

In one case, a business agreed to place a £20 advert but scammers attempted to bill the firm for £3,500. This and three further transactions of £1,000 were declined by their card operator. Police said: "Other targets may not be so fortunate.”

Speedway survives after supporters dig deep

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Speedway
BBC

Plymouth Speedway has survived the threat of closure after supporters raised more than £20,000 to plug a budget shortfall. 

Six new investors have formed a consortium and will work closely with the fans to ensure the Devils continue. 

Council 'must take notice' of anti-park and ride referendum

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners say the result of a referendum in a village near Exeter - which voted against plans for a 500 space park and ride scheme - "must be taken notice of".

Nearly half of Ide turned out in the poll looking at a proposed scheme for fields near the village.

Peter Hayes, from the Save Ide Gap group, said: "It’s not legally binding; but, unlike a petition or a public meeting or anything like that, this is the collective voice of an entire village ... this is a formal election process - it must be taken notice of, and we expect it to be so."

"Who's who?" Laurence ponders

Cannabis plants found at St Austell address

Cornish Guardian

Nine cannabis plants were found in the attic of a St Austell address after police responded to reports of a smell of the Class B drug emanating from the property.

Latest weather: Staying mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through the day, with outbreaks of rain through the afternoon. The winds will be strong too, especially at coastal sites like Bideford. 

Weather
BBC

It will be cloudy overnight, with patchy light rain in the west and along the north coast. The winds will ease and it will stay frost free for most. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Three car crash in Paignton injures three people

BBC Radio Devon

Up to six people have been involved in a three car crash in Paignton. 

An elderly man and woman had to be cut free from one of the vehicles in Kings Ash Road.

Fire, police and ambulance crews were involved and three people have been taken to Torbay Hospital.

Hospital trust 'working with private contractor over missed targets'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says it's continuing to require high standards from private company Mitie to ensure consistent delivery of cleaning, catering and portering services.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
BBC

The latest figures show Mitie has continued to miss targets over the winter and was fined up to 67% of its monthly profit in the past four months. 

The union Unison has called on the new chief executive of the RCHT to take decisive action over the troubled contract. Mitie has declined to comment.

Man charged with attempted murder after violent attack in Torquay

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a violent street attack in Torquay.

A 41-year-old woman was assaulted on Hartop Road on 23 March and suffered life-threatening injuries. She's in a serious but stable condition at Derriford Hospital. 

Alexander Toth is also charged with possessing a blade or sharply pointed article and will appear before magistrates later. 

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Paignton, the A380 King's Ash Road is still blocked in both directions due to a three car crash near Foxhole Road  

- There are tailbacks on the A30 eastbound because of roadworks on Bodmin moor, traffic is stretching back as far as Lanivet 

- On the A39 around Wadebridge there is slow moving traffic in both directions

- On the B3253 at Widegates near the junction with the A387 the road is partially blocked by an accident

 - At Exeter inbound on the A377 there are queues between Alphington Junction and Exe Bridges 

Led up the garden path by sat nav?

Bill Buckley

BBC Radio Devon

New research suggests we're losing our navigation skills.

Can you still read a map, or do you rely on sat-nav? And has it ever sent you on a wild goose chase? 

Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0845 3011034.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A 45-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a violent street attack in Torquay

- Police say figures, showing there are 44 potential victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in Devon and Cornwall are 'just the tip of the iceberg'

- Plymouth Speedway has survived the threat of closure after supporters raised £20,000 to meet a budget shortfall

Stranger from Cornwall funds tumour operation for Yemeni girl

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A stranger has organised and helped fund a life-saving operation for a girl with a brain tumour who lives more than 3,500 miles away. 

Luke Judge, from Hayle, volunteered helping refugees in Greece and met Rufa Fahmi's uncle in 2015.

Rufa and Luke
BBC

The 11-year-old girl needed urgent treatment, Mr Judge, 34, told BBC News. He spent £25,000 of his own savings on paying for Rufa's treatment.

Re-float attempt for capsized French trawler

BBC Spotlight

Salvage experts are hoping to re-float a French fishing boat which sank in Dartmouth earlier this month. 

Saint Christophe
BBC

Five crew members had to be rescued when the Saint Christophe capsized while sheltering in the port's harbour during stormy weather.

Booms have been placed around the trawler to try to prevent thousands of litres of fuel from leaking out.  

CCTV: Does it keep crimebusters in the picture?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do you think there are just too many CCTV cameras around these days?

One council up-country is getting rid of many of its systems, and we're asking do they really work in cutting crime.

Call on 01872 222222.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A361 is blocked westbound at South Molton between Bishop's Nympton and Aller Cross because of a shed load of bricks and recovery work

- The B3275 New Road in St Enoder is blocked because of an accident

- Watch out for delays on the A30 heading eastbound over Bodmin Moor because of roadworks and a 40mph speed limit 

- On the A380 at Paignton, the road is blocked at the Foxhole Road junction because of a three vehicle accident

Lags go to A&E in drug racket

The Daily Star

Prisoners in Channings Wood prison in Newton Abbot are faking accidents and illness to get sent to hospital where pals have hidden drugs for them in toilets, a whistleblower claims.

Human trafficking victims 'become commodities'

BBC Radio Devon

Victims of human trafficking and modern slavery are being "stripped of their humanity", the Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable says, as National Crime Agency data revealed 44 potential victims in the South West last year.

Shaun Sawyer, who is also the National Policing Anti-Slavery Lead, said: "Behind every single one of those, you will find someone who's been stripped of their humanity, who's been potentially sold, who’s been forced to live a lie.

"They often live in squalor and actually become a commodity themselves, who has been bought and sold and moved without free will."

Councillors debate controversial Route 39 Academy site

BBC Spotlight

Plans for a controversial new school for 700 pupils in North Devon could be set back today, if local councillors decide to challenge the government.

Torridge councillors will vote on whether to launch a judicial review into the government's decision to allow the Route 39 Academy to build a new school on fields nearby. 

Route 39
BBC

Those against the plans say it is wrong to build a large school in the open countryside, while supporters argue a legal challenge would be a waste of taxpayers money.

Decline in hospital service provider's performance

BBC Radio Cornwall

The performance of the company that runs cleaning, catering and portering services in Cornwall's main hospitals has continued to decline over the winter.

Mitie has been fined on a number of occasions for failing to meet required standards since it took over the £90m contract in 2014. 

Hotspital 'hotel' services
BBC

But figures for November show there were were 546 critical service failures, prompting claims from the public service union Unison that the current points and fines system is not working.  

High tide times for the region

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

Tides
BBC

We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Woman's death 'may remain a mystery'

Plymouth Herald

The death of a woman whose body was discovered at the bottom of a Devon cliff may remain a mystery, an inquest has heard.

A Dozen ponies die on Bodmin Moor

BBC Radio Cornwall

About a dozen ponies on Bodmin Moor are reported to have died in the last few weeks and many others are in a dreadful state of health, a charity says.

People For Ponies said it was appealing for urgent action. 

Moor pony
Andrew Segal

Faye Stacey, from the charity, said: "I am worried that we will lose more before we see any big action. It's very frustrating to see ponies deteriorating further and further when we have an Animal Welfare Act which is supposed to protect the ponies and allow them to have care."