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Summary

  1. Evidence migrants at Cornwall care homes 'were working illegally'
  2. New 12-bed mental health unit in Cornwall to be created for teenagers
  3. People miss appointments at Holsworthy Hospital "because they think it's closed"
  4. Disability groups claim parking charges in Plymouth will put people's safety at risk
  5. Perranporth's beach wheelchair out of action because of repairs costs
  6. Cornwall's Air Ambulance celebrating 30 years in the skies
  7. Updates on Friday 31 March

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By Victoria Gould

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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. 

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Boss urges Cornwall youngsters to enjoy final

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornwall Under-18 manager Glynn Hooper is urging his players to "enjoy the occasion" of their FA County Youth Cup final against Middlesex tomorrow.

    The game is being played in North London at the home of Barnet FC, as Cornwall aim to win the competition for the first time.

    Glynn Hooper

    "We've got to enjoy the occasion, and not let the occasion overtake us," Hooper told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "Most of them are already playing Peninsula Premier level and living in Cornwall, outside of Truro City. That's the highest they're going to play unless they end up moving away from the county."

  3. Police investigate peregrine falcon shooting

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Police in Devon are investigating the shooting of a peregrine falcon.

    The female bird was found in Tavistock on 6 March, next to Milton Abbot Primary School. It was taken to a vet's, where an X-ray revealed a piece of shot lodged in its shoulder.

    Peregrine falcon X-ray

    The RSPB said the bird was still alive and being cared for by a local falconer.

    Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were investigating, adding the birds had the same international protected status "as giant pandas and tigers, which shows how precious they are".

  4. Latest weather: Rain overnight and on Saturday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    The rain will spread further east during the evening, with some heavy bursts soon after dark. It will stay mild with clear periods later but also some showers. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Sunshine and showers will dominate Saturday's weather across the region, including some heavy downpours with the risk of hail and thunder. The southerly breeze will die down and it will become a little cooler. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Meanwhile, tree pollen will start to affect those who suffer from hayfever over the next few days. You can find out more at the  Met Office's website .

  5. Care homes stop using migrant staff over fears they were working illegally

    BBC Inside Out

    Bosses at a scandal-hit care home used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers, it has been claimed.

    The Morleigh Group ran six homes in Cornwall which were exposed last year  for "horrifying" levels of care.

    A BBC investigation has revealed the group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

    Entrance sign

    Ana Moras was one one six Croatians working for the Morleigh group who was advised to declare as self-employed. She said her work was controlled by the care homes owner Patricia Juleff.   

    Employment lawyer Jacqueline McGuigan said there was clear evidence of a self-employment sham.

    She said: "If they were genuinely self-employed, they would not be working for one care home. They would simply be running their own business and perhaps having two or three care homes and deciding what they would do day-in and day-out.“

    The Morleigh homes have since been sold. Their new owners, Cornwallis Care Services, said they believe the Croatian staff had no rights to work in the UK and have now “halted” their services. Ucruitment says the workers were legitimately self-employed.

    Watch Inside Out South West's investigation  on BBC One at 19:30 and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter. 

  6. Woman, 27, arrested for running naked through city centre

    Devon Live

    A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for running naked through a Devon city centre, carrying her clothes in a suitcase. 

  7. New mental health unit for mothers and babies to be built

    BBC Spotlight

    A new eight-bed mental health unit for mothers and babies is to be built in the South West.

    It's part of a scheme to increase the number of beds across the country by almost 50% with health staff "putting resources in areas with the most need", the NHS said. 

    Managers said as many as one in five women experienced mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after birth.

    The announcement comes on the same day that plans were revealed for a 12-bed unit in mid Cornwall for young people with acute mental health problems.

  8. Defence secretary doesn't deny cuts to Royal Marines

    BBC News UK

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    Video caption: Sir Michael Fallon refuses to be drawn on whether efficiency savings means cuts to Marines

    Costs in the armed forces are running so high that, according to the Times newspaper, there could be a £10bn shortfall. 

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the MoD has already committed to £1bn in savings a year. But, on the Today programme , he refused to be drawn on whether the Royal Marines would be cut in order to achieve efficiency savings.

    The Marines' 3 Commando Brigade has its headquarters in Plymouth, with 42 Commando Battalion based at nearby Bickleigh.

  9. Delight at 'much needed' teenage mental health unit

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Teenagers with acute mental health problems in Cornwall will no longer have to travel hundreds of miles away to be treated, after a new unit was announced .

    NHS England said building work would begin in Spring 2018 and the facility should open by Summer 2019.

    Phil Confue

    Phil Confue, chief executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been given the go-ahead for this unit, which will provide a much needed service to some of our most vulnerable young people".

  10. Croatian care homes staff: 'When I was in England, I didn't pay tax'

    BBC Inside Out

    It has been claimed that bosses at a group of care homes in Cornwall used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers.

    A BBC investigation has revealed the Morleigh Group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

    The BBC filmed Ucruitment at a job fair in Athens where they advised workers they could declare as self-employed to work legally. 

    Ana Moras

    Ana Moras (pictured) was one of six Croatians who worked for the Morleigh Group and were advised to set up as self-employed. But she said she failed to pay any tax when she was working in England and said her work was controlled by Morleigh care homes owner Patricia Juleff.

    She said: "You couldn't choose when you will work or not. They expect me to be always with my phone. It wasn't nice, it was really stressful."

    Ucruitment said the workers were legitimately self-employed.

    Watch Inside Out South West's investigation on BBC One at 19:30 and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  11. Changes to parking charges 'will put safety at risk'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Disability groups claim new arrangements for parking charges which are due to come into force in Plymouth will put people's safety at risk.

    Bruce Abbot

    From 1 April, blue badge holders will have to pay for a £40 permit to park in most central council car parks or get a ticket from a meter.

    Bruce Abbot, from the Plymouth Area Disability Action Network, said: "There's no safe walking area to get to the meter - we've got to walk on the road. Cars come round that corner quite quickly".

    Plymouth City Council said it has carried out a full public consultation on the plans.

  12. Exeter's Woodman out despite Tisdale broken arm claim

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says Craig Woodman will be out "for a while" with a fractured arm, having previously quipped that the defender could play with such an injury.

    After beating Cheltenham in December, Tisdale said Woodman "could've played with a broken arm, he was that good." However, the 34-year-old suffered that precise injury in Exeter's draw with Yeovil last Saturday.

    Craig Woodman

    Asked about the irony, Tisdale joked: "Maybe I won't mention that next time. He's as tough as old boots, Craig, so I wouldn't put it past him [playing with the injury]. I've rarely seen someone break their arm so clearly and literally not mutter a word." 

  13. Schoolchildren hospitalised after bus crash

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Ten children have been taken to hospital after a Plymouth school bus crashed with car in Outland Road.

    Officers were called at 11:00 following the collision between the double-decker bus and a Honda Civic car near Lyndhurst Road.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said one pupil suffered a sprained ankle and the others were treated for minor injuries, including bumps and bruises and shock.

  14. Evidence migrants at Cornwall care homes were working illegally

    BBC Inside Out

    Bosses at a scandal-hit care home used a self-employment sham to bring in illegal workers, it has been claimed.

    The Morleigh Group ran six homes in Cornwall which were were exposed last year  for "horrifying" levels of care.

    Care home

    A BBC investigation has revealed the group used recruitment agency Ucruitment to get workers from Croatia, who have restricted rights to work in the UK. The agency and the care home owners have denied any wrongdoing.

    The Morleigh Group closed one of its care homes following a series of damning inspections. The company's owner, Patricia Juleff, has sold the other five. 

    The homes’ new owners, Cornwallis Care Services, believes the Croatian staff had no rights to work in the UK and have now "halted" their services. 

  15. Cornwall Air Ambulance reaches 30th birthday

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's air ambulance service is celebrating its 30th birthday at its headquarters near Newquay.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance birthday gathering

    Since 1987, it's flown 26,372 missions.

    Today, its original pilot and paramedic joined volunteers, fundraisers and patients who've benefited from the service at the helicopter's base near Newquay Airport.

  16. Warning after 'highly toxic' chemical stolen

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Police are warning a "highly toxic" chemical that could be mistaken for drugs has been stolen from a caravan in Camborne.

    About 30 Oxalic tablets, which are used for cleaning in beekeeping, were taken during the break in on Rosewarne Terrace two weeks ago.

    Oxalic acid tablets

    Det Con Rebecca Exley-Deane said: "In its purest form [the acid] is highly toxic due to its bleach-like corrosive properties, both when coming in contact with skin or ingested.

    "We have concerns that the person who stole them, or anyone offered them may mistakenly take them for recreational use and cause themselves severe harm." 

  17. Outpatients clinics 'running as normal' at Holsworthy Hospital

    BBC Radio Devon

    There are concerns that patients are missing appointments at Holsworthy Community Hospital because they mistakenly think it has completely closed. 

    Inpatient beds on the site have been temporarily shut, but bosses have emphasized that outpatients clinics are not affected by the change. 

    Holsworthy Community Hospital
  18. Camborne to lose more greenfield land after efforts to halt development fail

    Cornwall Live

     A group of protesters say they have been "well and truly stuffed" after a desperate last plea for the Secretary of State to reconsider a controversial proposal to build 86 houses and a care home on greenfield land fell on deaf ears.