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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 28 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from your Local Live team for today. We will be back at 08:00 on Friday with a round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Mother and baby doing well

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Visitors to Paignton Zoo were given a ringside seat at a spectacular event today.

    Rare Rothschild giraffe Sangha went into Labour at 14:30 and despite being allowed to find her own place, decided to give birth on public display.

    Rare Rothschild's giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    Sangha gave birth standing up after a gestation period of around 400 days. The calf was on its feet within a few hours.

  3. Humpback whale spotted off Scilly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A very rare visitor has been spotted between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly.

    Humpback whale

    Wildlife watcher Paul Semmens was on the Scillonian when he spotted this humpback whale breaking the surface.

  4. Road problems

    BBC Travel

    • In Chideock the A35 Main Street is partially blocked eastbound and there is slow traffic due to a broken down lorry at Duck Street.
    • Near Ermington the A3121 is partially blocked because of an accident near the A379 - Hollowcombe Cross.
  5. Sunshine and showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Overnight it will be cloudy with rain, drizzle, low cloud and mist spreading from the west from early morning. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C.

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow there will be rain at first clearing to the southeast by lunchtime to be replaced by sunshine and isolated showers. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C.

  6. Weather warning

    Porthoustock Coastguard Search and Rescue team tweets: Early weather warning for Friday 29th May. Strong winds and heavy rain will pass over the Lizard during the morning. On the coast? take care

  7. Search for suspected armed robber

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Four firearms units, a dog handler and local officers are among police looking for a suspected armed robber in Barnstaple, north Devon, officers say.

    Barnstaple map. Google

    Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Coopers Jewellers in High Street at about 15:35 after reports of a robbery. Nothing was stolen from the shop and a suspect escaped in the direction of Green Lanes. There were no injuries.

    The suspect was described as short, wearing a sandy or khaki-coloured long trench coat, and possibly bald. He was also "believed to be in possession of a weapon," police said.

  8. Wiccan funeral creates 'space to say goodbye'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Hundreds of people have attended a Wiccan ceremony at Penmount crematorium in Truro for self-styled white wizard Ian Wilson, known as Eron.

    Eron the Wizard funeral attendees

    The service began with a "casting of the circle" by Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca, to create "a space in which to say goodbye". The service closed with a prayer including the line: "No farewell is the last farewell."

  9. Church promises to do better

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Today is a really difficult day for the Methodist church as people come to terms with the independent report looking into abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s.

    The church has made a public apology for any failings in the way it handled complains of abuse - 106 such cases have been revealed in the Exeter and Plymouth districts, 33 in the Cornwall district.

    The Chairman of Cornwall's Methodist District, Reverend Steven Wild - who will become President of the Methodist Conference in June - told me: "I've been a Methodist minister for 33 years and when I first came in, things like this were brushed under the carpet, things like this were not faced, and now we're facing it."

  10. Sheridan leaves Pilgrims 'for family reasons'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has left the Pilgrims after he "expressed a wish to relocate back to the north of England for family reasons", the Pilgrims have announced.

    John Sheridan

    Argyle owner James Brent paid tribute to Sheridan, saying he had "made a significant contribution to the Pilgrims' cause".

    Sheridan, who was appointed in January 2013, said he had "thought long and hard about the decision", but that it had been "a privilege" to manage Argyle. He also said he believed "I leave the club in a far stronger position to reclaim its place at a higher level of the Football League than it was when I first arrived".

  11. Rare giraffe born in front of zoo visitors

    A rare Rothschild's giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo.

    Rothschild's giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    Mother Sangha safely delivered her calf at 14:30.

    Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb: "We let her wander about and find her own place to give birth, rather than shut her in anywhere. She chose to give birth in the giraffe house, in front of visitors in the gallery and a crowd of excited keepers."

  12. Council 'working to keep public toilets open'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council says it is working with "town and parish councils and other organisations" to keep many public toilets open.

    Toilet sign. Pic: Thinkstock

    It comes after councillor Derek Elliot put up "closed" notices on toilets at County Hall and said staff should use a neighbouring supermarket's facilities in protest against the closure of many public loos.

    The council said it had "a legal duty to provide welfare facilities for its employees", adding: "We recognise the importance of public conveniences and have worked with town and parish councils and other organisations to keep many toilets open. We continue to explore other solutions for the remaining toilets."

  13. 'Anger' over fire chief's 6% pay rise

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The Fire Brigades Union says there'll be anger among firefighters and control staff after a 6.2% pay rise was approved for the chief fire officer - despite rises for firefighters being capped at 1%.

    Trevor French

    The wage rise, approved by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, sees Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell's pay go up from £137,392 to £146,031.

    Trevor French, from the FBU, said: "There won't be industrial action over his pay... however, our pay is falling behind."

  14. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • A man thought to be armed with a gun is being sought by police in Barnstaple town centre
    • Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Dorchester reveal he was last seen in Truro and appeal for information
    • Plymouth Argyle has announced Manager John Sheridan has left the club after "reaching a mutual agreement" to cancel the final year of this three-year contract
  15. Murder victim last seen in Truro

    Police say a man found murdered at a car dealership in Dorchester, was last seen in Truro.

    Compass House Dorchester murder investigation

    Elliot Handley, 46, from Eastleigh was in the city on Thursday 21 May and then made his way to Dorset.

    Det Insp Neil Devoto from Dorset Police said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Elliot between Thursday 21 May and Tuesday 26 May 2015, or had recent contact with him, to contact me urgently."

  16. Argyle boss John Sheridan leaves Pilgrims

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has left the club, the Pilgrims have announced on their website.

    John Sheridan. Pic: Empics

    The club said they and Sheridan "reached a mutual agreement" to cancel the final year of his three-year contract with immediate effect. Sheridan previously said he was considering his position after Argyle's 5-3 aggregate play-offs defeat to Wycombe.

    The club said Sheridan had made a "significant contribution". No successor has been announced yet.

  17. Police seek armed man in Barnstaple

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Police have confirmed that they're searching for a man who may be in possession of a firearm in Barnstaple town centre.

    It follows reports of an incident at a jewellery shop on the High Street.

  18. Two arrested after Truro attack on autistic man

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with an autistic man being attacked in Truro, police say.

    Trafalgar Roundabout

    The victim was repeatedly kicked and punched near Trafalgar Roundabout on 18 April.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said a 20-year-old woman and 18-year-old man had been taken into custody and released on bail, pending further enquiries.

  19. BreakingBreaking News

    North Devon Journal

    A man armed with a fire arm is currently being hunted by police through Barnstaple town centre, reports the North Devon Journal.

    An alarm was sounded from Coopers Jewellery on the High Street and police attended the scene just before 3.45pm.

    The man was inside the jewellery shop before fleeing the store, but police are yet to confirm whether he has stolen anything.

  20. Bodilly hopes to stay with two clubs

    BBC Sport

    Exeter's Max Bodilly expects another spell on dual-registration next season.

    Max Bodilly

    The 20-year-old has spent time with Championship club Cornish Pirates in the last two seasons, but has also broken into the Exeter first team.

    Bodilly scored two tries in Exeter's LV= Cup final loss to Saracens and made his Premiership debut against Sale. "I would imagine I'll be dual-registered, but hopefully if I can push myself up again, I'll be up at Exeter more often than not," he said.

  21. Councillor 'closes' council building toilets in public loos protest

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornwall Councillor has put up "closed" notices on all the toilets at County Hall in protest against his authority's closure of many public loos.

    County Hall

    The council is to end funding for public toilets from 1 April 2016. Four Lanes councillor Derek Elliot put up signs in the council building, saying: "Toilet closed....(water problems). Please use Sainsburys [the supermarket across the road]."

    He said: "I wanted create a reaction to see what people in County Hall really think and measure the support for keeping toilets open. I know how a lot of councillors feel."

  22. Young swimmer breaks record

    David Fitzgerald

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    It's always good to hear about the potential sports champions of the future from Devon - and here is one of them.

    Megan Bowen

    17-year-old Megan Bowen from Ivybridge who used to compete for Plymouth Leander and now swims for Mount Kelly, has broken Sharron Davies' 200m freestyle record at the ASA South West Regional Championships at the Life Centre.

  23. Latest headlines

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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

    • Three 16-year-old boys are questioned after a fire at the disused Quality Hotel in Plymouth overnight
    • Devon and Somerset Fire Service's chief officer is given a £9k pay rise, angering a union
    • A Cornwall Councillor puts up "closed" notices on toilets at County Hall in Truro in protest against closures of public loos
    • Elves, druids and fairies are among the guests at a Wiccan funeral of a white wizard from Tintagel
  24. Your photos

    Robin Willis tweets: On the beach, eventually! Quite atmospheric. Now for the climb back up #lanticbay #Cornwall

    Lantic Bay

    We love to see your amazing photos of Devon and Cornwall, like this one from Lantic Bay near Polruan. If you've got a picture you would like us to share you can email, tweet us or send it via Facebook.

  25. Barnstaple 'Jacko' performance 'was lookalike'

    North Devon Journal

    It has finally been confirmed that a "Michael Jackson" performance in Barnstaple in 1999 was actually just a lookalike, the North Devon Journal reports.

    There was a media frenzy after the star apparently performed at the Queen's Theatre on October 17, 1999 - but the Journal was one of the only papers to allege it was not actually the man himself.

    And now professional dancer Anthony King has written a blog claiming it was in fact his brother who played Michael Jackson on that day.

  26. Wizard came to Cornwall to 'follow his dream'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A self-styled "wizard of Tintagel", who has been commemorated at a Wiccan funeral in Cornwall, came to the South West "to follow his dream", his daughter said.

    Julia Stoiber

    A service for 63-year-old Ian Wilson - known as Eron, who died on 10 May - was led by Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca (pictured), at Penmount crematorium in Truro.

    Mr Wilson's daughter Rebecca said: "When he got cancer in 2008 that gave him the courage to follow his dream and he moved [from Gloucester] to Cornwall and followed the pagan way."

  27. Police cuts - your views

    via Facebook

    News that senior officers at Devon & Cornwall Police have begun planning for potential budget cuts of up to 25% from the new government has sparked some angry comments on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

    • Moira Chandler worries: That's 2.5 policemen for every square kilometer or 1 policeman for every 575 people in Devon and Cornwall. I know the crime rate is lower than other parts of the British Isles but is it legal? Surely there's a minimum provision?
    • Alexander Darracott adds: As well as shutting down police custody centres. From later this year, if you get arrested in Launceston you'll need to be taken to Bodmin, Newquay, or somewhere in Devon. This shall increase petrol expenses and more wear and tear on police vehicles therefore increasing maintenance bills.
    • Colin George writes: Crime figures down because no point in reporting...why not disband the police then crime figures will report as zero !!!
    • Marc Jockusch disagrees, saying: A professional police persons is worth 10 rubbish ones. Wheat from the chaff I say.
  28. Jellyfish washes up

    Plymouth Herald

    A 'monster' jellyfish was spotted in Plymouth today by an eagle-eyed reader of the city's Herald.

    jellyfish

    The creature was snapped at Mount Wise beach by Lisa Allwood. Andrew Whitehouse, South West manager at Buglife, said it looks like a barrel jellyfish, or Rhizostoma pulmo.

  29. Come on, Cornwall!

    As Cornwall prepares for the county championship final, the England and Exeter Chiefs rugby star - and proud Cornishman - Jack Nowell tweets: Good luck my bleedy booties this Sunday at Twickenham #geddon #blackandgold #properjob @Cornwallrugby @trelawnysarmy

  30. Florist cash stolen

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police in Newton Abbot would like to talk to this man following a theft at a florist's shop in Ipplepen.

    cops

    While the counter at Hollyhocks Florists at the Fermoy's Garden Centre was unattended, a quantity of cash was stolen from a handbag on Sunday 10 May.

  31. Takeover consortium given exclusivity

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United's commercial manager - who is leading a consortium hoping to buy the club - has told me: "We are working away furiously in the background in order to make this happen."

    Dean Edwards, who played more than 100 games for the Gulls between 1988 and 1991, twice scoring for them at Wembley, added: "The money we promised will be there on provision that the club agree on certain legal and financial requirements,"

    His consortium of 10 local businessmen have been given a period of exclusivity to try and take over Torquay United.

  32. Michael Gove and Ross Poldark - together at last?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's tourism chief says business is being boosted by an unlikely combination of Michael Gove and Ross Poldark this May half term.

    It's believed the government's tougher line on parents taking their children out of school during term time has led to more families going on holiday together at half term - dubbed the 'Gove Effect' after the former Education Secretary.

    ross

    And the Head of Visit Cornwall Malcolm Bell said about Poldark: "I think we're starting to see a lot more new people curious about Cornwall and that's just going to grow and grow, so in a way what we've seen is the start of the momentum of the 'Poldark Effect' turning into money."

  33. Four-hundred people hospitalised after animal attacks

    Plymouth Herald

    Almost 400 people in the Plymouth area have been hospitalised after being attacked by dogs, rats and even foxes in the last year, staggering new official figures reveal, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    The NHS figures show people in the area were also injured after being hurt by cats and horses.

    A total of 208 people needed hospital treatment for dog bites in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the last year. A further 180 in the region were bitten or hurt in other ways by 'other mammals' between March 2014 to February this year, according to the stats compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

  34. Fire chief pay rise 'conditional'

    Leigh Rundle

    BBC Spotlight

    A £9,000 pay rise to Devon and Somerset's fire chief is subject to conditions which have yet to be published by the Devon and Somerset Fire Service Authority.

    Lee Howell

    Lee Howell's 6.2% rise, which will see his pay increased to about £146,000, has been strongly criticised by fire brigade unions, who said it was inappropriate when other firefighters' pay was capped at 1%.

    In 2013, Mr Howell, took up a two-day-a-week post with the Welsh government as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors. The Fire Authority said Mr Howell had since returned full-time and independent research suggested his wage was "well below the median salary" in relation to the amount of people it served and the size of the organisation.

  35. Rain coming in overnight

    Wendy Wheatley

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It will be a cool afternoon with variable amounts of cloud, the chance of an isolated shower, and some bright or sunny spells at times. The best of the brightness or sunshine will be on the south coast and areas sheltered from the cool and moderate north westerly breeze.

    map

    Overnight a band of rain and drizzle will sweep in from the far west with heavier pulses of rain especially over the moors and along the north coast, where there will also be low cloud and mist. Winds will back westerly and increase fresh, gusting strong in the rain. Min Temperature: 6C (43F).

  36. Hundreds attend 'wizard's' funeral

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Hundreds of people dressed as elves, druids and witches have been attending a Wiccan funeral to mark the passing of "Eron the wizard".

    Ian Wilson, known as 'Eron the wizard'. Pic: Rebecca Wilson

    Sixty-three-year-old Ian Wilson, known as Eron, had travelled the country as a white wizard "healing" people and practising paganism. Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca, led the ceremony at Penmount crematorium in Truro.

    Mr Wilson's daughter, Rebecca, said her father had devoted the last years of his life to his pagan beliefs.

  37. Lancs coach ready for Sunday showdown

    Ross Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lancashire's rugby coach says Sunday's county championship final against Cornwall will be a 'great showpiece' after a long league season.

    rugby

    The Twickenham showdown will be the third time in three years the players have met - last time Lancashire won 36 -26. In 2013 the score was 36 - 25 to Lancashire.

    Lancashire's Head Coach Mark Nelson said: "The county championship is a great opportunity to play with different people from different clubs, but the real carrot is the potential to play at Twickenham and you simply do not get that in league rugby."

  38. More road problems

    BBC Travel

    • On the A390 in Truro, Green Lane is partially blocked and there is slow traffic westbound between the A39 Arch Hill junction and the Penwerris junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.
    • Limers Lane in Awliscombe is still partially blocked at the turn for Smeatharpe junction, because of an accident.
    • The accidents on Brunswick Place, Dawlish and Stoke Hill, Exeter have been cleared.
  39. 'Buckle failure' child car seat withdrawn from sale

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The manufacturer of a child's car seat - which it's claimed suffered a buckle failure - says it has withdrawn the seat from sale, adding "product safety is our top priority and we are taking this matter very seriously".

    Car seat video. Pic: Stacey Tennant

    Stacey Tennant told the BBC her 22-month-old son was left bruised and traumatised after he was catapulted to the front of the vehicle he was travelling when the car had to brake suddenly.

    Manufacturer Kiddu said it had conducted tests on its seats' buckles which "indicated no fault to date". But it added it had "requested that independent tests are carried out by the premier UK test authority as a matter of urgency". It said: "In the meantime, we have made the decision to temporarily withdraw the Kiddu Lane car seat from sale until the tests are complete."

  40. What's the attraction of caravanning?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Sales of caravans have gone up by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to the National Caravan Council.

    Are you a fan? I personally don't understand holidaying in a metal box when you can stay in a good hotel, but I am willing to be convinced! Get in touch on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

  41. Possible police cuts - analysis

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    We've been told the face of policing in Devon and Cornwall could change fundamentally under any cuts as officers plans for reductions of up to 25% in their budget from the new government.

    Devon and Cornwall Police sign

    The Conservative manifesto made no promises to protect police budgets and, with a sizeable deficit still to be tackled, the new government is looking to make billions of pounds of cuts in public spending.

    This planning for Devon and Cornwall Police illustrates the degree of concern among senior officers about the reality of the financial situation they expect to be facing over the coming years.

  42. Devon road problems

    BBC Travel

    • Brunswick Place in Dawlish is partially blocked around the Barton Hill junction because of an accident.
    • There's an accident on Stoke Hill in Exeter at the Prince Charles Road junction.
    • Limers Lane in Awliscombe in east Devon is partially blocked at the turn for Smeatharpe junction because of an accident.
  43. Arrests over hotel fire

    BBC Radio Devon

    Three teenage boys are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of arson following a blaze at the Quality Hotel in Plymouth last night - the second fire there this month.

    Crews from Camels Head, Greenbank, Plymstock, Crownhill and Totnes were called to the derelict Hoe hotel after 20:00 last night after smoke was seen coming from a window - the fire was brought under control in an hour.

  44. Safe stolen in Exeter Greggs burglary

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A "substantial" sum of money has been stolen from a bakery in Exeter during a burglary, police say.

    Greggs sign. Pic: PA

    Burglars broke into Greggs on Exeter High Street overnight and stole a safe during an "untidy search" of the store, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Officers were alerted to the break-in at about 06:50 after staff found the rear door had been forced. The store has been closed for the day.

  45. Devon and Somerset fire chief gets 6% pay rise

    BBC Spotlight

    The Devon and Somerset Fire Service Authority has voted to give its chief officer a pay rise of more than 6%.

    Lee Howell

    Lee Howell's 6.2% rise will see his pay increased by about £9,000. Fire brigade unions have strongly criticised the plans, saying it was inappropriate when other firefighters' pay had been capped at 1%.

  46. Methodist minister 'very sad' about abuse report

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The leader of the Methodist Church in Cornwall says the church is 'ashamed' about the extent of abuse exposed in a new independent investigation.

    It's been revealed there were nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse claims within the institution dating back to the 1950s - 106 cases of alleged abuse in the Exeter and Plymouth districts, 33 in the Cornwall district.

    wild

    The Chair of the Cornwall Methodist District, Reverend Steven Wild told me: "The Christian church should be the safest of places, so if you ask me 'Is the Church a safe place?' it's safer today than it was yesterday and safer than the day before that, but actually we've got a long way to go."

  47. Mankini 'ban' helping reduce anti-social behaviour in Newquay

    Western Morning News

    Police and community leaders say Newquay's decision to "ban" mankinis from public areas has helped reduce anti-social behaviour and resulted in a boom for the local tourist economy, the Western Morning News reports.

    Mankini. Pic: PA

    Officers in the Cornish town said a "robust" attitude to inappropriate behaviour in public has helped shed its "Wild West" image as a haven for stag and hen parties, in favour of a family-friendly destination.

    They say a determination to tackle anti-social behaviour such as excess drinking, public disorder and discourage the wearing of inappropriate clothing such as mankinis - skimpy male bikini-style bathing costumes popularised by the comedy character Borat (pictured) - has helped reduce crime in the town.

  48. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • The BBC has learnt that Devon and Cornwall Police have started planning for cuts of up to 25%, with senior sources saying more than 100 officers could be lost
    • A consortium of 10 local businessmen have been given a period of exclusivity to try and take over Torquay United
    • Police say a substantial sum of money has been stolen during a burglary at Greggs bakery in Exeter overnight
    • The fire authority is debating whether to give the Chief Fire Officer of Devon & Somerset a 6% pay rise, following criticism from firefighters
  49. New home for Holmes

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Winger Lee Holmes has agreed to agreed to join Exeter City when his contract at Preston North End expires this summer.

    holmes

    The 28-year-old former Derby and Southampton player featured eight times on loan at St James Park this season and had expressed his desire to move to Exeter on a permanent basis.

    Exeter manager Paul Tisdale said: "He is a very talented footballer and he ingratiated himself into our dressing room very quickly during his loan spell here."

  50. The worldwide power of Poldark

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been chatting to the head of Visit Cornwall about the tourism season this May half term - and whether the success of the BBC TV series 'Poldark' is really drawing more visitors to the county.

    poldark

    Malcolm Bell says they're planning how to spend £5m of government funding to promote the south west as a tourism destination to an international audience and confirmed 'Poldark' would be one of their central themes.

    He said: "It's already showing in America, Canada and Australia - that sort of exposure is not just good in the UK, it can really turn heads around the world about the beautiful place we live in and to come and visit it." Let us know what you're seeing in the tourism trade by calling today's phone-in on 01872 222222.

  51. New chairman for Eden Project's trustees

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The Eden Project's trustees have a new chairman, the charity has announced.

    Edward Benthall. Pic: Eden Project

    Edward Benthall, who is already a trustee, is to take over the role from Sir Anthony Salz - chairman since 2009 - at the beginning of June.

  52. Crews tackle hotel fire

    Plymouth Herald

    Firefighters were called to another incident at the derelict Quality Hotel last night, reports the Plymouth Herald.

    fire

    Fire crews were called to reports of smoke coming from the ground floor of the empty hotel on Cliff Road.

    Crews were initially sent from Camels Head and Greenbank fire station but further crews were later requested as back up from Plymstock and Crownhill, as well as the incident command unit from Totnes.

  53. Hub for 'creatives'

    Amika Saw

    BBC Local Apprentice

    Redruth's Old Grammar School is being turned into an arts studio for 100 craftspeople and local businesses.

    Krowji

    The £3.7 million cost has been funded by private contributions and the European Regional Development Fund. One of the artists, Kerry Harding, feels the community of "creatives" will help and inspire them.

  54. Developers defend homes near Scott memorial

    BBC Radio Devon

    Developers building a new housing estate, dubbed "an insult" to Plymouth explorer Robert Scott, say residents were consulted.

    Some people in Devonport say the flats and houses is overshadowing the memorial.

    But developer, Mount Wise, said local people were invited to submit their views before planning permission was granted and dialogue has since continued with English Heritage and conservation officers at Plymouth City Council.

  55. Free chips ...for dogs

    Torpoint Fire Station tweets: Like chips? Like free chips? Then bring your pooch, poodle or terrier down to our station today for free chipping by @CornwallCouncil

  56. Torquay takeover bidders get 'period of exclusivity'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    A consortium of 10 local businessmen have been given a period of exclusivity to try to take over Torquay United.

    The group has until 4 June to strike a deal with the Conference club's current board of directors.

    The consortium is led by the club's current commercial manager Dean Edwards, who played more than 100 games for the Gulls between 1988 and 1991 and twice scored for them at Wembley. Earlier this week the BBC revealed that the club was in talks with three different parties about a takeover.

  57. High waters

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning a trip to the Devon & Cornwall seaside, here are the times of the high tides.

    map
  58. Exeter MP on health debt

    Following the Exeter Express & Echo's story about NHS debts, the local MP Ben Bradshaw tweets: Exeter's @RDEhospital deficit up four-fold, while @NEWDevonCCG deficit doubles. Govt must grip NHS financial crisis

  59. Police funding settlement 'will be challenging'

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Devon & Cornwall Police have begun planning for cuts of up to 25% in their budget from the new government, the BBC understands.

    Police car

    Although the true scale of any cuts will not be revealed until July's Budget announcement from the Chancellor George Osborne, the Home Office told BBC South West police reform "is working".

    It said: "In Devon and Cornwall, total recorded crime fell by 8% for the 12 months to December 2014 compared with the 12 months to June 2010. While we acknowledge that the police funding settlement is challenging there is no question that the police still have the resources to do their important work. What matters is how officers are deployed, not how many of them there are in total."

  60. Sporting support for Cornwall

    Sports stars with links to Cornwall have been taking to Twitter to support the county's rugby players ahead of the County Championship final on Sunday:

    • Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover tweets: Best of luck #Kernow !! Have a good one x
    • Jersey rugby player Aaron Penberthy tweets: No doubt!!! Good luck to the boys in Black and Gold!!! #20,000Cornishman
    • London Scottish Number 8 Mark Bright cheers: hell yes good luck to all the boys #blackandgold
  61. Chilly in that breeze

    Wendy Wheatley

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It will be a cool day with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells at times. The best of the brightness or sunshine will be on the south coast and areas sheltered from the cool and moderate northwesterly breeze.

    map

    There is a low chance of an isolated shower, most likely in the north. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F)

  62. Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust has £11m deficit

    Exeter Express & Echo

    The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has revealed more evidence of the financial pressures it is facing, the Express and Echo reports.

    The trust, which runs the main hospital serving more than 400,000 people in Exeter, East Devon and Mid Devon, has reported an end-of-year deficit of £11.2m - an increase of £8.1m compared with the previous financial year.

    The rise is in line with NHS trusts across England, which have reported a combined deficit of £822m in 2014-15, compared with £115m the previous year.

  63. BBQ fire warning

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire officers in Cornwall say the large gorse fire on Carn Brea on Tuesday night must act as a wake-up call for the public in terms of fire safety in the countryside this summer.

    fire

    The cause of the fire is believed to be a disposable barbeque - Mark Hewitt from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said hot coals posed a serious risk of fire - he advised: "Take along a two litre bottle of water so you can finally extinguish it, then take it home - leave it until it's thoroughly cooled and dispose of it then."

  64. Church apologies for failings

    BBC News

    UK

    The Methodist Church has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

    The independent investigation uncovered 33 cases of alleged abuse in the Cornwall district, 106 in the Exeter and Plymouth District of the church.

    Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the Methodist Conference said: "On behalf of the Methodist Church in Britain I want to express an unreserved apology for the failure of its current and earlier processes fully to protect children, young people and adults from physical and sexual abuse inflicted by some ministers in Full Connexion and members of the Methodist Church."

  65. Housing development 'insult to explorer'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Residents of Devonport claim a new development is "an insult" to one of Plymouth's greatest explorers.

    Scott Memorial

    Dozens of new houses have been built at Mount Wise and the final phase of flats overlooks the memorial to Robert Scott. Mary Lacey, a former Wren who lives nearby, said the buildings are in danger of destroying one of the district's last green areas and overshadowing the statue.

  66. On yer bike, Richard!

    Simon Bates

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Drake's Trail has been named one of the best cycle routes in the country by the Times cycle route supplement, so we've sent Richard Green out on his bike to find out why.

    Richard Green

    It's the first time Richard (centre) has been on a bike for years. He's trying to get as far as he can before 10:00.

  67. Plymouth toddler injured as car seat fails

    Plymouth Herald

    Major retailers have withdrawn a car seat from sale after a Plymouth toddler was sent flying when the buckle failed, leaving him with head injuries, reports the Plymouth Herald.

    Horrified mum-of-five Stacey Tennant told The Herald how her young son was catapulted to the front of the vehicle when the car he was travelling in had to brake suddenly. Little Koby Booth, who is 22 months old, was left bruised and traumatised.

    Koby Booth thrown from car seat

    Stacey, 36, complained to the manufacturer and last night a string of chains thought to include Tesco, Asda and Amazon all took the car seat off the shelves. Manufacturer Kiddu says it will carry out independent tests on the Lane model amid the safety fears.

  68. Fire warning renewed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Officers from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service say they believe a disposable barbeque was responsible for the large gorse fire that swept across Carn Brea on Tuesday night.

    fire

    It left an area approximately the size of 14 football pitches blackened and destroyed - last night fire crews were called to two other small fires at Par and Hayle.

    The fire service says the incidents should remind people to be careful with fire in the countryside this summer.

  69. Fire chief pay packet decision

    BBC Radio Devon

    A decision is being made today on whether to give the chief officer of Devon and Somerset fire service a £9,000 pay rise.

    The fire authority is meeting to discuss whether to give Lee Howell a proposed 6.2% increase at a time when other firefighters' pay is capped at 1% - fire brigade unions have strongly criticised the plans.

  70. Anger at fire 'chaotic scenes'

    West Briton

    Newspaper

    An incensed resident has slammed the crowds who blocked access for firefighters trying to tackle a huge gorse fire on Carn Brea Hill on Tuesday night, reports the West Briton.

    fire

    The fire, which covered an area the size of 14 football pitches, was fanned by strong winds, illuminating the night sky and firefighters battled throughout the night to bring it under control.

    Police officers were later called to manage the crowds who had gathered to witness the spectacle - one local resident, Abigail Wyatt from nearby Illogan Highway, said that she couldn't believe the chaotic scenes.

  71. Hotel hit by fire again

    BBC Radio Devon

    Firefighters were called to deal with a blaze at a disused hotel in Plymouth last night - the second one there this month.

    Quality hotel

    Crews from five of Devon's fire stations were called to the former Quality Inn in Cliff Road near the Hoe just after 20:00. The fire - which is being investigated by the police - was on the first floor.

  72. Police 'plan for 25% budget cuts'

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Devon & Cornwall Police have begun planning for cuts of up to 25% in their budget from the new government, the BBC has learnt.

    Police motorcycle

    Across the force, senior officers estimate 10% is the most likely figure for the cuts. But in Cornwall, it's understood commanders are modelling for much bigger reductions.

    The police said they would make no comment until after July's Budget announcement from the Chancellor George Osborne.

  73. A30 problems in Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • There is an accident on the A30 westbound between the Mitchell turn-off and Carland Cross involving a number of vehicles - including a tractor. The emergency services are there, drivers are warned not to approach the scene too quickly.
    • The A379 Laira Bridge Road in Plymouth is busy but moving inbound between the Pomphlett Road junction and the A374 Gdynia Way junction.
    • There is the usual slow traffic on the A38 in Saltash at the Carkeel Roundabout because of roadworks.
    • And in St Mellion on the A388 between Paynters Cross & The Glebe - there are temporary traffic lights for water main repair work.
  74. Methodist Church reveals extent of abuse

    BBC Spotlight

    A major investigation by the Methodist Church has revealed there were nearly 140 cases of abuse in Devon and Cornwall dating back to the 1950s.

    Methodist Church

    Some of the abuse was sexual and nationally, a quarter of crimes were committed by ministers or post holders. In the Exeter and Plymouth district of the church, 106 cases of abuse were recorded. Cornwall saw 33.

    The independent inquiry looked at the Church's response to complaints and allegations dating back to 1950.

  75. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    We'll be bringing you all the news, sport, travel and weather updates you need for Thursday.

    If you've got a story or a picture to send us - like these bearded irises snapped during a garden open day at Penheale manor near Launceston - then please email us.