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Summary

  1. A30 'wrong way driver' sought by police
  2. Woman dies in Penzance crash
  3. Campaigners and safety experts are calling for greater awareness of illegal drug use among fishermen in the South West
  4. Two men released on bail after Paignton death
  5. Woman rescued from cave after being 'cut off by tide'
  6. The region's leading cosmetics maker, Swallowfield PLC, has announced strong business growth
  7. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the day's news, travel, weather and sport updates.

    Don't miss  BBC Spotlight at 18:30  and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. UKIP MEP: BBC ambushed me over wind farm

    Earlier we told you how UKIP MEP William Dartmouth denied involvement in a Yorkshire wind farm in a 2014 BBC interview.

    Here's his response: "Had I been given proper notice of your intention to ask me about this, all this could have been made clear, but, as it was, the interviewer broke BBC Guidelines in order to ambush me - and we were at cross purposes.  

    "In conclusion, during the period of time you have referred to, there are and were no wind turbines on the land.  

    "I did not own the land when asked on the programme in 2014 nor do I own the land now. 

    "I had no financial interest in the unsuccessful application made in 2014 for installing wind turbines and in fact lodged my opposition to the application." 

    William Dartmouth
  3. Council mental health care probe 'unfocused and aggressive'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A mental health care home has called a probe by Cornwall Council "unfounded, unfocused, irrelevant, and increasingly aggressive".

    Council

    Bowden Derra Park in Launceston has banned investigators after the council launched a probe last month into "a number of allegations" about care.

    "It has now become increasingly clear that we must take steps to protect the safety and wellbeing of the people we support from these spurious allegations, which do not relate to direct care whatsoever," said the directors in a statement.

    The council could not make an immediate comment on the ban at the home which cares for 74 people with mental health needs, learning or physical disabilities.

  4. Planners try to protect 'rare' bat species

    BBC Radio Devon

    Planners in Devon are trying to protect bats by making sure they're not threatened by new housing developments.

    South Devon has one of the largest concentrations of the rare Greater Horseshoe Bat in the country - it contains 30% of the UK's population of the species.

    Teignbridge Council is updating its policy on bats as a result.

    Quote Message: We want people's views so that everybody's views are taken into consideration to make it better for the future, so we don't harm our endangered species." from Humphrey Clemens Teignbridge Councillor
    Humphrey ClemensTeignbridge Councillor
  5. Cornwall Council: £11m to be invested in adult social care next year

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The leader of Cornwall Council has said an extra £11m will be invested in adult social care next year.

    John Pollard says the pressures Cornwall experiences on health services are part of a nationwide problem.

    Commenting on the council's role in the NHS 'sustainability and transformation plans' Mr Pollard said they were doing "all they can" to improve care packages to help reduce pressures on hospitals.

  6. Contaminated silt from dockyard to be disposed of at new site

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The Marine Management Organisation has announced a new disposal site for contaminated silt from Devonport Dockyard.

    For years it has routinely been disposed of in Whitsand Bay off south east Cornwall.

    Tens of thousands of tonnes of waste are due to be disposed of in the coming days but they will now go to the new location, which will be known as Plymouth Deep.

    Some fishermen have already expressed concern about the new site but Stop Dumping in Whitsand Bay campaigners are pleased.

  7. Woman dies after crash in Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A pedestrian has died after a collision involving her and a van in Penzance, Cornwall.

    The woman, in her 50s, and from Penzance, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed.

    The emergency services were called at 12:45 after the incident involving a Mercedes Sprinter van on Larrigan Road.

    The road remains closed while officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Team carry out an examination of the scene. Diversions are in place.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and asking anyone with information to contact them.

  8. European funding supports 'employment space' in Cornwall

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Up to £2.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to build new high quality employment space on the Business Park at Scorrier, Redruth.

    The Cornwall Business Park West will be home to a development of 14 new "hybrid" office/industrial units that will be available to small and medium-sized businesses.

    Quote Message: The Cornwall Business Park will create potential jobs for our residents in the surrounding area which will not only enhance wellbeing but will also contribute to the economy." from Julian German Cornwall Councillor, Economy and Culture
    Julian German Cornwall Councillor, Economy and Culture
  9. Weather: Further outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mostly dry and chilly night with some clear spells developing, allowing for a patchy overnight frost to form. Skies will turn cloudier from the west in the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather map

    Skies will be rather cloudy by dawn, with outbreaks of rain quickly pushing in from the west.

    Rain will turn persistent in the afternoon with some heavy bursts over high ground like Dartmoor. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F). 

  10. 'Staggering series of lies' by bogus NHS boss

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A bogus NHS boss who lied about his qualifications and raked in more than £1m has been told his life was "based on a staggering series of lies".

    RCHT

    Jon Andrewes, 63, from Totnes, misled a Somerset hospice in 2004 and Torbay Care Trust when he became chairman in 2007.

    He also misled Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust where he became chairman in 2015.

    Exeter Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Mercer, sentencing Andrewes to two years jail, told him: "For a period of 10 years your outwardly prestigious life was based on a lie - in fact a staggering series of lies."

    "You received income you should not have received."

  11. Daley wins bronze in World Series opener

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Two-time Olympic medalist Tom Daley won a bronze medal in the first leg of the Diving World Series in Beijing yesterday.

    He came third in the 10m individual in China, having finished off the podium in his two synchro events.

    Tom Daley

    Fellow Plymouth diver Tonia Couch could only finish fifth in the women's 10-metre pair, alongside partner Lois Toulson.

    Both will be back in action this weekend as the World Series continues in Guangzhou.

  12. Cornwall mental health patients home Bowden Derra Park blocks probe

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A mental health care home under council investigation has banned the local authority's officials .

    Bowden Derra

    Bowden Derra Park in Launceston blamed Cornwall Council's "persistent intrusive and disruptive behaviour".

    Last month the council suspended placements to look into "a number of allegations" about care.

    It could not make an immediate comment on the ban at the home which cares for 74 people with mental health needs, learning or physical disabilities.

    The home's directors David and Judith Cash said in a statement that the Cornwall Council investigators were "impacting on service users' care" and they had "suspended Cornwall Council from accessing its care provision".

  13. BreakingFormer hospitals chief jailed for lying about qualifications

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The former chairman of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has been jailed for two years after lying about his qualifications which helped him earn £1m from three senior roles in health services in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

    Andrewes

    Jon Andrewes, 63, from Totnes, ran St Margaret's Hospice in Somerset after exaggerating his qualifications and experience before taking charge of the Truro-based Trust in July 2015. He resigned a year later citing "personal health reasons".

    His CV contained false claims about his academic and professional background including that he had worked at the Home Office. He was, in fact, a probation officer at the time.

    Andrewes admitted obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception when he secured a job at the St Margaret's Hospice in Somerset in 2004, and two counts of fraud.

    These related to making misleading statements before he was appointed as chairman of the Torbay Care Trust in 2007 and of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2015.

  14. Canadian takes the top spot at World Pasty Championships

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Canadian baker triumphed this weekend at the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall, the spiritual home of the pasty.

    Gerry Ramier, a Canadian Army veteran from St Catherine’s in Ontario, runs the Piskie Pie Company with his wife Marlee.

    As well as entering the competition, they traveled to Cornwall to visit Gerry’s mother, Melanie Lampshire, who lives in Redruth and who taught Gerry how to make pasties.

    The Canadian won with a score of 96 out of 100.

    Gerry and his wife Marlee
    Quote Message: I’m overwhelmed and it’s a little mind-boggling to be honest. I didn’t expect that whatsoever. My mother will be pretty excited - we’re going to head straight over there and tell her." from Gerry Ramier Baker
    Gerry RamierBaker
  15. Hodges bemoans poor first half in Truro loss

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City manager Lee Hodges says a few "choice words" were used at half time in their 2-0 National League South defeat at Eastbourne.

    The White Tigers improved after the break but have slipped to 18th in the table - two places and eight points above the relegation zone.

    Truro City

    "In the first 45 minutes we never turned up at all, and we allowed them to dominate us at both ends," manager Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.  "Second half I felt that they put in an absolute shift and had a right go, but you can't just put in 45 minutes."

  16. European funding made available for 'digital technology' in Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

    New funding is to be made available in Cornwall to help make local businesses more competitive through increased use of digital technology.

    It works by linking up small businesses with advisers who can help them adopt new ways of working.

    The scheme is called "Superfast Business Cornwall" and is being funded by the European Regional Development Agency until March 2019.

  17. Rescue teams help deer with 'antlers caught in fence'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    'Oh deer'.

    That's right, rescue teams were called this morning to help a stag with its antlers caught in a perimeter fence on the lower sports field at the University of St Mark and St John, in Plymouth.

    A Stag caught in a fence

    Crews worked with the RSPCA to "calm the animal" as best they could before it was sedated by a vet with a tranquiliser gun.

    The deer was then freed using "small tools" and then released, unharmed, back into the wild.

  18. Road closed after serious crash in Penzance

    BBC News Travel

    Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious crash between a van and pedestrian on Larrigan Road in Penzance  

    The woman pedestrian has sustained serious injuries and the road is expected to be closed for a while.

    Police and ambulance were called at 12:45. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. 

  19. Wannabe YouTubers - what to expect at UK's first vlogger masterclass academy

    Instagram

     The UK has opened its first YouTube Training School, for young people aged 7 to 18.

    View more on instagram

    Exeter-based Tubers Academy - which runs masterclasses for wannabe vloggers - says it wants to address a growing demand for digital skills across job markets.

    Here's a chance to see what it's all about and how YOU could be the next PewDiePie, possibly!