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Sian Davies

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for this week. We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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

    Have a fantastic Easter weekend.

  2. Tourism industry hopeful for Easter weekend

    Heidi Davey

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon's tourism businesses are hoping that a late Easter and last weekend's sunny weather will bring visitors flocking this weekend. 

    Travel companies are warning there could be delays on the roads heading into the South West this afternoon as the big getaway begins. 


    Alastair Handyside, chairman of the South West Tourism Alliance, said he was hoping for big crowds but thinks the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that parents can't take children on holiday during term-time, unless the school agrees, is short-sighted.

  3. High Sheriff sworn in in 1,000-year-old tradition

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Devon gets its 10th Lady High Sheriff today with the swearing in of Heleen Lindsay-Fynn at a Ceremony of Declaration at her family home on the edge of Budleigh Salterton.

    The role of High Sheriff goes back more than 1,000 years but the first woman wasn't appointed to the office until 1992. 

    The High Sheriff is appointed each year by the Queen, who traditionally pricks the list of nominations with a silver bodkin.

  4. Poultry show plans to go ahead despite ban

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Cornwall Show says plans for the poultry side of the event will go ahead - despite a ban currently in place on fairs and gatherings of domestic birds. 

    DEFRA announced today that chickens and other poultry can be let outdoors again following the ban imposed in December because of the threat of bird flu. 


    But they said they won't yet allow poultry shows. 

    Chris Riddle is the Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association said: "At the moment that rule does very much apply. What we've decided to do at this stage is to proceed with the planning for the poultry show as part of the Royal Cornwall Show and then there is the chance it would need to be cancelled should the rules still be in place in June."

  5. £250k boost for Plymouth History Centre

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Plymouth History Centre project has been given a £250,000 funding grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation. 

    History Centre

    The successful funding bid was led by the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) who are one of the main partners for the History Centre project.

    Alongside Plymouth City Council, the University of Plymouth and the South West Image Bank, SWFTA is working towards the creation of a world class cultural and heritage centre, which is set to open in spring 2020 on the site of the former City Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke's Church.

  6. Latest weather: Getting cloudier and rain expected

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be dry with clear spells at first tonight. However, cloud will thicken as the night progresses, perhaps giving some sporadic rain in the west later, and it will be milder than last night. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


    Good Friday will be largely cloudy but dry at first, then rain across the South West later in the day for much of the day. There may be occasional brighter spells and here it will feel warm. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  7. Hens roam free as bird flu risk subsides

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Around the country chickens are being set free with the easing of bird flu restrictions which have forced owners to keep their birds in captivity.

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    Video caption: Freedom day for chickens

    Government restrictions have meant chickens have been under house arrest - holed up in their coops - since December. 

    But bird flu is no longer as big a threat as it was say officials. 

    So just in time for Easter, poultry will be allowed to roam free - and among them are Sleepy and Stripe. 

    Their owner, Andrew Lebbon from Teignmouth in Devon, is now looking forward to taking on more hens.  

  8. Plymouth Speedway: 'It would be great to get the crowds back'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Speedway returns to Plymouth tomorrow evening - a sight many of the sport's fans feared they wouldn't see again. 

    The Plymouth Devils folded amid financial issues at the end of last season and the sport, which returned to the city in 2006, seemed set to be lost again. 


    But new promoters have worked to upgrade facilities and hope to attract more supporters. One of them, Laurence Rogers, said he believed the sport had a future in the city.

    He said: "It’s been successful here before, when Mike Bowden opened it in 2006, the crowds were fantastic. Where are those people? It would be lovely to get them back.”

  9. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Devon, Crownhill Road in Plymouth is partially blocked due to a collision between a car and a van. Expect delays
    • In Cornwall, Green Lane Hill in Gulval is blocked in both directions due to a collision between a car and motorbike near Trythogga Road
  10. Your thoughts: Should we bring back grammar schools?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Education Secretary Justine Greening says the government wants to put what she called "ordinary working families" at the heart of its plans to introduce new grammar schools in England

    Recent analysis said more than half of places at existing grammars were taken by families with above-average incomes.


    Here's what shoppers in Cornwall thought:

    • "I'm hoping that it will be a good thing. I think a lot of the better pupils are struggling in the secondary modern schools - there's so many people to concentrate on that they can't really concentrate on those who can achieve more."
    • "I totally disagree with them entirely. I don't think there should be any disparity between education depending on whether you're rich or whether you're poor, and I think that education should be free for everybody."
  11. Wellies, barbecues and asbestos 'all fly-tipped in a day'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in south Devon have found multiple incidents of fly-tipping in the South Hams, all believed to be have been dumped in one day.

    Rubbish. Pic: Ivybridge & Rural Police

    Officers took photos of what appeared to be fly-tipped sheets of asbestos, as well as abandoned rubble and sand in bags, as well as other litter, while on patrol on Wednesday.

    Other waste left included a barbecue, a pair of wellington boots and a camping chair. The officers, from the Ivybridge & Rural Police team, said on Facebook that, in one case, "someone had actually taken the time to put their rubbish in bags, but still left it all behind".

    South Hams Council had been informed to remove the waste, police said.

  12. Near miss near Truro as motorist commits to risky overtake

    Cornwall Live

    A concerned Cornish motorist has shared alarming dashcam footage of his near miss with a car that overtook him near Shortlanesend.

  13. Hit-and-run detectives try to trace dog walker and VW driver

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police investigating a hit-and-run which has left a young dad in hospital with life-threatening injuries would like to speak to a dog walker and VW driver who were in the area at the time.

    Twenty-five-year-old Jason Bunce was hit on Gestridge Road in Kingsteignton at about 12.50 on Saturday.

    Jason Bunce

    Inspector Rich McLellan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We are examining a lot of CCTV footage, but are still keen for as much information as possible."

    Officers are trying to trace a person walking their dog in Gestridge Road "at or near to the time of the incident". They are also looking for the driver of a VW Lupo "in the area at the time", as well as anyone else who may have been driving in the area.

  14. Viral hit councillor designs range of T-shirts

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth City Councillor Chaz Singh has designed a range of T-shirts after a Twitter post of his went viral.

    He said he had been toying with the idea for "some time" after his "TUrban Outfitters" post in 2014, adding he had more ideas for designs in the future.


    The first order for one of the T-shirts came from Massachusetts, USA, he said.

    Chaz Singh
  15. Car on fire on petrol station forecourt

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters have been called to a car on fire at a petrol station in Barnstaple.  

    A crew was called at 11:51 to the filling station at Asda, and confirmed there had been "a small fire in the engine compartment of the car on the forecourt".

    The vehicle was moved away and crews confirmed that the fire was out on arrival. They made sure the vehicle was safe and released it back to its owner, the fire service said.

  16. Rail track trespassing incidents up 14%

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    More people are risking their lives by trespassing on rail tracks in the South West. 

    Last year, there were around 553 incidents in the region - up 14% compared to the previous year. 

    Police said the reasons for the increase included people taking shortcuts across the railways and young people thrill-seeking. 

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    Video caption: Trespassing incidents up 14%