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  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal and Matt Pengelly

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the Local Live team for now.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a full round up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather. Enjoy your evening.

  2. Gardens move inside the Mount

    James Churchfield

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Staff at St Michael's Mount near Marazion have created a series of gardens inside the famous landmark - this is my picture of the Bottom Walled Garden.


    And this is how it's been recreated in the castle's Smoking Room.


    The idea of the week-long 'A Garden in a Castle' event is to highlight the wide variety of exotic plants grown on the island.

  3. Cloud thickening tomorrow

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    After a largely clear start to the night, it is going to turn cloudier, but it should remain mostly dry. Minimum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow's looking mostly fine with some sunny spells, though the cloud should thicken later, perhaps enough for some spots of rain. Risk of fog and low cloud for northern parts through the morning. Maximum Temperature: 22 Deg C (72 Deg F).

  4. Woman found with facial injuries

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Dawlish are investigating if a woman found with facial injuries in south Devon may have been hit by a vehicle.

    Officers said the 44-year-old local woman was believed to have fallen to the ground on Millin Way in Dawlish Warren at about 02:00 on Sunday. She was taken by ambulance to Torbay Hospital and was later discharged. Police have appealed for witnesses.

    A 22-year-old local man was later arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail.

  5. Glasto goers given train travel advice

    Revellers going to this year's Glastonbury Festival by train should only bring what they can carry and remember to charge their phone beforehand if they have an electronic ticket, rail company First Great Western says.

    Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage

    The company, which is running more than 50 extra trains to help festival goers, also said travellers should allow plenty time of time for their journeys.

    Also, when the festival was over, people should "Love the farm, leave no trace" when clearing up after themselves.

  6. Latest travel

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall, the A30 at the Chiverton Cross Roundabout has slow-moving traffic due to an earlier accident
    • On the A38 at the Carkeel Roundabout, near Saltash, there's slow-moving traffic due to roadworks
    • In Playing Place, near Truro, Penhalls Way has been closed in both directions between Carlyon Road and Holywell Road due to a police incident
    • In Devon, an accident on the A30 Honiton Road, near Exeter Airport, has affected traffic, but the road is passable
    • On the A38 though the Splatford Split, there's slow-moving traffic heading towards Plymouth
  7. Clutter concerns

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    There are warnings that people in the South West who compulsively hoard items in their homes could be putting themselves at serious risk of fire.


    There've been nearly sixty extreme hoarding cases in the region in the past two years - including a woman in Cornwall who had three tonnes of material cleared out of her flat by firefighters.

    One area manager with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service Mark Hewitt said: "There are a lot more properties at risk from hoarding and ultimately those occupants are at risk so we want to work with other agencies to reduce that risk and help where we can."

  8. Police officers suspended

    Plymouth Herald

    The Plymouth Herald says more than 40 officers and staff have been suspended by Devon and Cornwall Police over the past three years for matters ranging from dishonesty and disrespect - to allegations of sexual assault and even manslaughter.

    The shocking details have been released following a Freedom of Information request which revealed that between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015 a total of 24 police officers and 17 members of police staff - which included Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) - were suspended.

    This was broken down as including 21 constables and three sergeants.

  9. Coast path reopens

    Part of the South West coast path in Mevagissey has been reopened.

    rockfall mevagissey

    Cormac ordered the temporary closure of the section between Mevagissey Harbour and Pentillie Way last week after a small landslide.

  10. Suspect package to be investigated

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Two women have been treated by paramedics after receiving a suspect package at their home in Playing Place near Truro.

    Chief Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith said neither required hospital treatment and the package has been removed from the scene for examination by forensics experts.

  11. Torquay United 'still to seek young players'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torquay United's director of football says the club will still be actively searching for the best young players despite closing their youth academy as part of cost-cutting measures.

    The move means all young players at the club aged between eight and 17 will have to find a new club.

    Dean Edwards said: "There will be more opportunities for lads to come along and play as 16 to 18-year-olds and get them playing in our first team, rather than getting them all through the academies at ages of eight to 15 and then discarding them."

  12. Further education cuts 'will affect vulnerable learners'

    BBC Spotlight

    Plans to cut millions of pounds from further education budgets will affect the most vulnerable learners, campaigners in the South West against the proposals claim.

    Sharron Robbie

    Minister say savings of £450m have to be found at the Department of Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Those hardest hit will be older students in adult education, many returning to studies after years in work, or who missed out on qualifications for various reasons.

    Former mature student Sharron Robbie (pictured), who now works at City College Plymouth, said: "To be able to come back to study in my 40s was absolutely fantastic. I wasn't expected to go to college and university when I was at school." The government said it was ring-fencing funding for apprentices.

  13. Council apologises after military cancer son transport row

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Devon County Council has been criticised for the way it treated a military family whose son had cancer.

    The authority decided not to pay home-school transport for the three children of the unnamed family after circumstances meant they had to move home.

    Many councils have signed a covenant in recent years ensuring force families are not disadvantaged as a result of their active service. The authority has apologised and £2,000 has been awarded to the family after a ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman.

  14. Suspect package prompts medical treatment

    Ross Ellis

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two people have been treated by ambulance crews after they felt unwell when they came into contact with a suspicious package in Playing Place near Truro.

    Suspect package, Penhalls Way, Playing Place

    They were in Penhalls Way when the police were called to a bungalow at 13:45.

    It's not clear what substance was in the package - a cordon has set up at the scene. Specialist fire crews have also been called in. We will have the latest on Drive at 17:00.

  15. Tribute to Devon teacher killed in car crash

    Western Morning News

    Tributes have been pouring in for a "bright, talented and beautiful young woman" who died after a two-car collision in Devon last week, the Western Morning News reports.

    Charlotte Simpson has been named locally as the woman who died after her VW Golf collided with a Lexus IS300 at 4.30pm on Friday June 12, on the A3079 at Cookworthy Buddle, Halwill, near Beaworthy.

    The English teacher, 24, worked at Shebbear College in Devon and passed away at Derriford Hospital later that day. Shebbear College have released a statement on their website which reads: "It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Miss Charlotte Simpson has passed away this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

  16. Accident appeal

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road collision near Axminster last Friday.

    A 78-year-old man from Poole died when his blue Volkswagen Polo collided with a lorry on the A35 at Raymond's Hill on the Dorset-bound carriageway, close to the Devon and Dorset border.

    The road was closed for ten hours.

  17. 'So many jellyfish'

    Julie Skentelbery

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The BBC's Julie Skentelbery tweets: Never seen so many jellyfish off S coast of Cornwall

  18. Gillingham face longest journey in League Cup

    BBC Sport

    The League Cup provides a chance for clubs outside the Premier League to have their moment in the spotlight, and it is an opportunity many have taken in recent seasons.

    Plymouth v Gillingham League Cup

    BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole: "A round trip of more than 500 miles in the first week of the season probably wasn't Justin Edinburgh's ideal scenario before the draw was made. But the Gillingham manager might be encouraged by the club's recent record against Plymouth. They're unbeaten in the last six meetings, including the only ever League Cup tie between the two."

  19. Players should have hearts "bouncing out of their chest'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United director of football Dean Edwards says his club is aiming to recruit players who are totally dedicated to the team.

    He made the comment while trying to reassure supporters that they should not worry about the lack of players currently on the club's books. Torquay currently have just nine players under contract.

    Edwards told BBC Sport: "We're going to get players who are going to come to this football club and they're going to play for the club with their heart bouncing out of their chest."

  20. Young Chiefs help England to final

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Exeter Chiefs duo Jack Innard and Sam Skinner both came off the bench to help England under-20s reach a third successive World Rugby Under-20 Championship final after beating South Africa 28-20 in Italy on Monday night, reports the Exeter Express & Echo.


    Innard entered the fray with 10 minutes remaining and Skinner with five as England booked a final berth against New Zealand after a brutal contest at the Stadio San Michele in Calvisano.

  21. Three 'unwell' after suspicious package contact

    Three people who came into contact with a suspicious package near Truro have been left feeling unwell, emergency services say.

    The package was discovered at an address on Penhalls Way, in Playing Place, earlier this afternoon, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's hazard materials team is also on scene, along with police and ambulance crews. No other properties are believed to be affected at this time.

  22. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • A union rep claims it would be "virtually impossible" for the Royal Cornwall Hospital to cancel Mitie's contract, after news that it was still failing to meet service targets
    • Police are investigating a fire believed to have been started deliberately under the the bedroom window of a toddler in Plymouth on Sunday afteroon
    • People living near the railway line at Dawlish and Teignmouth are being urged to contribute their knowledge of how the cliffs are changing to protect the area from more landslides
  23. Mount with a view

    James Churchfield

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been to St Michael's Mount in west Cornwall to chat to the staff there about their new event, called 'A Garden in a Castle'.


    The team have carefully created miniature version of the gardens inside some of the the castle's rooms, the idea is to highlight the wide variety of exotic plants grown on the island.

  24. Suspicious package

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The emergency services are dealing with reports of a suspicious package in Truro.

    The police were called at 13:45. The Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service have also been called.

  25. Plymouth assault information sought

    Devon and Cornwall Police's Efford team in Plymouth tweets: Info required to identity a male victim who was assaulted on Rendle St, near The Foyer at 23:45 hrs 13/06/15. Ring 101 quoting CR/041185/15.

  26. Music of the mind

    BBC Spotlight

    Scientists from Plymouth University are using cutting-edge technology to interpret brain waves and turn them into music.


    The university is hosting the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music - the performers will be wired up to computer sensors that can read their brain waves.

    Professor of Computer Music at Plymouth University Eduardo Miranda said they had success with patient paralyses after a stroke: "With this technology we are providing the ability for these people to be able to make music together and this is a great achievement."

  27. A30 warnings

    West Briton


    Motorists are being forewarned to plan their journeys ahead of major construction work to dual the stretch of the A30 from Higher Carblake to Temple, warns the West Briton.

    By the end of this month the entire length of the road construction will be monitored by CCTV and average speed cameras which will enforce a new 40mph limit.

    Route restrictions which come into force from June 29 will affect all right turns at all junctions for drivers wishing to leave or enter the A30 throughout the length of the £56m scheme north east of Bodmin.

  28. Agatha Christie exhibition presented 'beautifully'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A new exhibition showing previously unseen photographs of Devon-born writer Agatha Christie has been welcomed by her grandson.

    Agatha Christie

    The event, at the Bankside Gallery in London in August, is marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Torquay-born Queen of Crime. She wrote more than 60 crime novels during her career and is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. She died in 1976, aged 86.

    Her grandson, Mathew Prichard, chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, said: "These wonderful photographs form a key part of the [Christie] Archive and it is very moving to see them presented so beautifully for everyone to enjoy. I cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate my grandmother's life in this 125th anniversary year."

  29. Mayor welcomes 'Barny Army' cleaners

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Barnstaple's mayor has called on everyone in the town to help maintain roadside areas after budget cuts from Devon County Council.

    Val Elkins said a new informal partnership - nicknamed the "Barny Army" - involving the town council, businesses, community groups and individual residents, had already emerged and was making progress in tidying up the town, but that more help was needed.

    She said: "The county council isn't going to change its mind, so the only way we'll sort this out is if we work together as a community."

  30. Enjoying the afternoon sunshine

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    It'll be a dry afternoon with sunny spells and patchy cloud. Light, variable winds will become mainly southwesterly and occasionally moderate this afternoon.


    Tonight it will be dry with some clear spells at first, but it will become more cloudy from the west by the end of the night with some low cloud developing around the north coast and in the far west by morning. Southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate. Min Temp: 9C (48F)

  31. From brainwaves to sound waves

    BBC Spotlight

    Music pioneers from around the world are in Devon this week using cutting-edge technology to compose and perform new work.


    The composers are attending the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music which is being staged at Plymouth University. Computers will play concerts by using sensors to read the performers' brainwaves.

  32. Exeter City v Westeros

    Clearly a Sky Atlantic fan, last night Exeter City FC tweeted: So #GameofThrones might be over... but it's not long until we're back to the Game of Throw-ins.

    Sadly not everyone on the internet thought it was funny.

    • Exeter City goalkeeper Christy Pym sniffed: what even is this tweet
    • AB ‏tweets: @OfficialECFC you deserve liquidation for this
    • But Antony Wilson tweets: @OfficialECFC I actually think that's Comedy Gold
  33. Naval waste screened from pool

    Eleanor Parkinson

    BBC Spotlight

    The sewage system at a west Cornwall military base has been improved in a bid to protect wildlife at Loe Pool, the county's largest freshwater lake.


    Almost £2m has been spent on a new water treatment plant at RNAS Culdrose near Helston - it's hoped the work will reduce toxic algal blooms in Loe Pool. There'll be more on BBC Spotlight at 18:30.

  34. Hospital contract concerns

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Union leaders and health campaigners in Cornwall have renewed their demands for the county's NHS managers to renegotiate a controversial hospital cleaning and catering contract.

    It emerged yesterday private contractor Mitie recorded 271 'service failures' in March and 196 in April in Cornwall's acute hospitals - the latest in a series of problems since they took over 'hotel services' - the hospitals trust says it's continuing its 'robust monitoring' of the contract.

    Health campaigner Rik Evans - who resigned from the hospital board on the issue - has now called on other board members to resign, saying: "I think it's almost a situation of disaster quite frankly, I'm so disappointed to see these new figures."

  35. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • A group of education campaigners from Devon and Cornwall have joined a national protest against cuts to further education funding
    • The Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills each have to make an extra £450million pounds worth of savings this financial year
    • A 24-year-old woman from Beaworthy who was severely injured in a car crash on the A3079 on Friday has died in hospital
    • Torquay United is closing down their youth department, bosses say, because of financial pressures
  36. Bloodhound supersonic car at Newquay in November

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Bloodhound supersonic car is to make its world driving debut in Newquay on 17 Nov, project lead engineer Conor La Grue has told us.

    Bloodhound artist's impression

    The vehicle, which its creators hope will reach about 1,000mph on land, will be coming to Cornwall for "slow-speed" testing on a runway. They hope to reach speeds of a mere 200mph.

    After that, crews hope to to try to drive it at 800mph in a dried-out lake bed of Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in 2016 to try to break the land speed record, before trying 1,000mph. The current land speed record is 763mph (1,227km/h).

  37. Torquay United closing youth department

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United have been forced to close down their youth department and academy structure.

    The club said they were making the move "with great sadness" but that the "painful and stark reality facing the new consortium that has taken over the football club was a financial decision between retaining a youth system and securing the future existence of Torquay United".

    The club's statement added that comments "made by former vice-chairman Bill Phillips in suggesting the youth department would be retained were both premature and misleading to the young footballers in our structure" and they were "extremely sorry for all the young boys who have been in the system".

  38. Thieves steal 25 church trestle tables

    West Briton


    The congregation at a Redruth church were left scratching their heads after thieves broke into an adjoining building and stole 25 trestle tables, the West Briton reports.

    Treleigh Church treasurer. Pic: David Rowe

    The theft was carried out some time between May 25 and June 12, when it was discovered, at Treleigh Church in the town.

    The odd crime has left David Rowe, treasurer at the church (pictured), bewildered. "None of us can really understand it," he said.

  39. We're here to remember the late...

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    No, I'm alive and kicking - but have you thought about your funeral? I want mine to be sad. After all, I will have just died.

    So I was really surprised to read these new figures suggesting more than half of us want a "celebration of life".

    What's wrong with wearing black, hearing sad readings and singing sombre songs? Can't life be celebrated at a later date when the death is less raw? What do you think? Maybe I'm on my own with this one! Call: 0345 301 1034.

  40. Arson suspects sought

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are searching for three young men who tried to start a fire outside a toddler's window in Plymouth.

    The men were seen pulling the branches from a tree in the Whin Bank Road area of Crownhill on Sunday afternoon - the branches were then set on fire outside the bedroom window of a young child, who luckily wasn't in the room at the time.

    You can read more about the incident including a description of one of the suspects here.

  41. Hoarders safety warning

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    People in the south west are being urged to be on the look-out for compulsive hoarders in their community.


    There are fears hoarders are at risk of fires in their homes and social isolation. There have been nearly 60 extreme cases in the region in the past two years and it's estimated there could be hundreds more.

    One Community Safety Officer at Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service Steve Rowell has been to some of these properties, he said: "Most of them have four to five feet high of cluttered materials. When you walk in, sometimes these people haven't had any visitors for a number of years and for them it becomes a normal way of living."

  42. Wind in the Willows display vandalised


    East Devon District Council says on Facebook: "Last night the frog in Blackmore Gardens, Sidmouth, which is part of the Wind in the Willows display by Britain in Bloom in partnership with East Devon District Council, was thrown out of the boat and rolled on the grass.

    "This has totally destroyed the plants and we will have to start from scratch with it and replant it all again. It took 5 men to move it back in place this morning.

    "We have contacted Sid Vale Foundry and they have visited the site this morning to see if they can fix it in place so this can't happen again. The Police have been notified."

  43. Roads latest

    BBC Travel

    • One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on A30 westbound in Okehampton around Meldon Junction because of an accident involving three vehicles
    • The A377 Alphington Road in Exeter is busy but moving around the Seven Stars traffic lights
  44. Torquay United director not worried about lack of signings

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC South West Sport

    Torquay United director of football Dean Edwards says supporters should not worry about the lack of players currently on the club's books.

    Dean Edwards

    Torquay have just nine players under contract and are seeking a new manager after parting with Chris Hargreaves.

    Edwards told BBC Sport: "There are 1,200 players on the transfer list at the moment who are actively looking for clubs. The players will not be an issue. All it is is getting a person in here who will have Torquay United at heart and will graft and graft."

  45. How clean are your wards?

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been talking to Stuart Roden from the health union Unison about the performance of private company Mitie in Cornwall's acute hospitals.

    Mitie controversially took over 'hotel services' in October last year, things like catering and cleaning on the wards, but there's been a series of worrying problems - just yesterday it emerged there were 196 'service failures' in April alone.

    Hospital managers say they're working together "to ensure the delivery of a safe, high quality service for our patients" - Stuart Roden told me he didn't blame Mitie alone, adding: "If it was 'Roden Services' doing this contract, it's probably impossible to make the damn thing work. Someone at some stage has got to bite the bullet and say 'Look, whoever did this screwed up, let's go back to square one and see if we can renegotiate something sensible." Call me with your experiences 01872 222222.

  46. Underemployment concerns

    BBC Spotlight

    Research by the TUC suggests 3.3 million people in the South West work fewer hours than they want to.

    In a new study published today, the figure of people under-employed has risen by nearly one million since the financial crisis in 2008.

    The findings come ahead of new unemployment data to be published this week, which is expected to show that underemployment is a major problem in the wider South West, even as the headline rate of employment may be continuing to improve.

  47. TV detective

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Devon & Cornwall Police has launched a new online initiative in the fight against crime.


    The Caught on Camera section contains a gallery of CCTV images showing various people police would like to speak to in connection with a variety of offences - such as this man, suspected of causing criminal damage at a health Centre in Torquay.

  48. X marks the....closed runway

    National Police Air Service Exeter ‏tweets: Do not use this runway! Large X makes sure pilots know Plymouth Airport is definitely closed - will it ever reopen?

    Plymouth Airport runway. Pic: Twitter/@NPAS_Exeter

    The airport closed in December 2011.

    The area is protected for airport use until 2021, but conflicting plans and campaigns have been proposed for the 113-acre site. They include reopening the airport and plans for a housing, shopping and theatre development.

  49. Yacht in distress

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The Sennen Cove Lifeboat has been launched to go to the aid of a yacht stranded off Pendeen Lighthouse.

    The Stella, which has two people on board, has a rope wrapped around her rudder and is currently 100 yards away from rocks.

  50. Further education 'cut to the bone'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Multi-million pound budget cuts to further education are a false economy, Devon campaigners claim.

    Hundreds of people are heading to Westminster to protest against the measures by Chancellor George Osbourne, with the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills each have to make an extra £450m-worth of savings this financial year.

    Philippa Davey, from the University and College Union in Plymouth, said: "FE colleges are absolutely cut to the bone, so we are very, very concerned. And it's money well spent: it keeps communities together ... and it enables employers to have the best-trained employees who can do the best job."

  51. Penny for a Princess

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The Royal Mint is urging new parents in the South West to apply for a silver penny - if their child was born on the same day as HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.


    Parents have two weeks to apply online to get the Silver Penny - which will be given to 2,015 babies born on 2 May 2015 to celebrate the arrival of the Royal Family's latest addition.

  52. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • Protestors heading to fight budget cuts Westminster claim multi-million pound budget cuts to further education are a "false economy"
    • Police are appealing for witnesses after a fire was started deliberately outside the bedroom window of a toddler in Crown hill on Sunday
    • The authorities are asking the public to let them know about potentially hazardous cases of hoarding after figure show there could be as many as 700 hoarders in Devon and Cornwall
  53. Sheryll Murray becomes PPS to second minister

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Cornish MP Sheryll Murray has been appointed to be the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Andrea Leadsom, the Department of Energy and Climate Change minister.

    Sheryll Murray. Pic: Conservative Party

    South East Cornwall Conservative Mrs Murray already serves as a PPS to Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy.

    PPSs are appointed by ministers to be their assistant. They are selected from backbench MPs to be the "eyes and ears" of ministers in the House of Commons.

  54. Uni denies accommodation social segregation claims

    BBC Radio Devon

    A university says it is "committed to reducing pressure on the city's housing stock by accommodating more students on campus" after claims large student accommodation blocks in Exeter were causing social segregation.

    The city's Citizens Advice Bureau said it was calling for much more of a mix in the city, so one social group did not dominate a particular area.

    Exeter University said: "£130m worth of new accommodation has recently been built on our Streatham Campus for 2,600 students. All decisions on the number and location of private developments for student-focused accommodation are entirely for the relevant planning authority to make, having considered the views of local residents."

  55. FE protest

    College staff and union activists from Devon and Cornwall are heading to a protest in London, to demonstrate their opposition to government budget cuts.

    The further education campaigners tweet: The #lovefe coach has left #Plymouth and has already spoken to @BBCDevon @BBCCornwall Thanks Simon and James!

  56. Road crash death

    BBC Radio Devon

    A young woman has died three days after a road accident in west Devon.

    Charlotte Simpson, who was 24 and from Beaworthy, died yesterday in Derriford hospital - her Volkswagen Golf collided with a Lexus car on the A3079 near Halwill on Friday afternoon. The police are appealing for witnesses.

  57. High tides

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    If you're hoping to enjoy the seaside sunshine around Devon & Cornwall, here are the times of the next high water.

  58. League Cup fixtures

    BBC Sport

    It may only feel like days since the football season ended - but next season's League Cup fixtures have just been published online.

    Plymouth Argyle will host Gillingham at Home Park, while Exeter City will travel to Swindon Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

    The fixtures are to be played in the week commencing August 10, 2015. Follow the reaction on the BBC's Sportsday live page.

  59. Porridge O'Clock

    BBC weather forecaster Kevin Thomas tweets: Please sir, can I have some more!? Early porridge for for "mummy bear" Christine Butler on @BBCCornwall

  60. Pirate Paver seeks improvements

    BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates player-coach Alan Paver says the side will target a top-four finish in the Championship next season.


    The Pirates were eighth last term after winning nine of their 22 matches - "If we don't aim for that top four, I think then we could be floundering around with nothing to head towards," Paver told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "But at the same time I am a pragmatist and if we finish one or two positions higher than we finished this year, then for me that's progression."

  61. Agatha Christie: Facts for your little grey cells

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    As a new exhibition showing previously unseen photographs of British writer Agatha Christie prepares to open in London later this year, here are a few facts you might not know about Devon's - and the world's - Queen of Crime.

    Agatha Christie. Pic: AFP/Getty
    • Christie, listed by Guinness World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time, was born in Torquay on 15 September 1890
    • She worked as a nurse with Voluntary Aid Detachment in a Red Cross Hospital in Torquay during World War 1, tending to wounded soldiers. It was during this time that she is believed to have gained much of her knowledge of poisons
    • She also came into contact Belgian refugees in Devon during the Great War. Some of them are thought to have helped inspire her most famous character, detective Hercule Poirot
    • Her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Poirot, was published in the UK in January 1921
    • Her novels have sold roughly 2bn copies, and she is still the world's most-translated individual author - her works are available in at least 103 languages
    • She kept links with her Torquay roots, keeping on a holiday home in the town, Greenway, where she and her family spent summers and Christmases. It is now owned by the National Trust
    • She died in 1976, aged 86
  62. Unseen Agathie Christie photographs

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A new exhibition showing previously unseen photographs of British writer Agatha Christie is to open in London in August.

    Agatha Christie. Pic: PA

    The event, at the Bankside Gallery in London, marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Torquay-born Queen of Crime.

    The images will each be accompanied by a Christie quote, drawn from her published works and unpublished personal correspondence. A portrait by painter Oscar Kokoschka, painted in 1969 for Christie's 80th birthday, will also be displayed.

  63. Roads update

    BBC Travel

    • The A379 Bridge Road in Exeter is partially blocked and slow traffic is reported inbound between the Glasshouse Lane junction and Countess Wear Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.
    • The B3192 Exeter Road in Teignmouth is now blocked in both directions and slow traffic is reported near the Exeter Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and van.
    • Torpoint Ferries - the technical issue has been resolved, there's now now a 10 minute wait with three ferries running.
  64. Education protest

    BBC Spotlight

    A coachload of campaigners from Devon and Cornwall is on its way to Westminster to join a protest against education cuts.

    Minister say savings of £450m have to be found at the Department of Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills - staff in the further and higher education sectors are especially worried about the impact of more budgetary restrictions.

    No specific cuts have been named but a government spokesperson has said savings will come from a "variety of measures".

  65. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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

    • There have been 29 cases of extreme hoarding in Cornwall in the last two years and the authorities are urging the public to be on the look out for others because it poses a fire and health risk
    • The Citizens Advice Bureau claims the development of purpose-built student housing in Exeter is causing "social segregation" in parts of the city
    • Campaigners from the South West are heading to Westminster to protest against £900m in cuts faced by the Department for Education and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  66. Welcome Sir Elton

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Tonight, Sir Elton John will play in Cornwall for the first time in 30 years as he takes to the stage at the Eden Project - and we at BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall have changed our banner picture in his honour

    Elton John

    The last time the star played in Cornwall was in 1985 at the Cornwall Coliseum in St Austell. Elton will play tomorrow as well after adding an extra date to his Eden Session when tickets sold out in minutes.

  67. League Cup draw

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City will learn their first round League Cup opponents later this morning.

    Neither side are seeded which means they could play former Premiership outfit Queens Park Rangers or a team from the Championship or League One in the southern section.

    The Pilgrims have won only one match in the last seven years in the competition while City's last win was at home to Yeovil in 2011.

  68. Another lovely summer day

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Early mist and low cloud will quickly clear to leave a dry day with sunny spells and patchy cloud.


    Light, variable winds will become mainly southwesterly and occasionally moderate this afternoon. Max Temp: 19C (66F). UV Index: Moderate or high, Pollen Index: Very high.

  69. Rush hour roads

    BBC Travel

    • The B3192 Exeter Road in Teignmouth is blocked and there is slow traffic near the Exeter Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and van.
    • There are waiting times of up to 15 minutes and two ferries running on the Torpoint Ferry in both directions in Plymouth between the Devonport junction and the Torpoint junction.
    • The A386 Alma Road in Plymouth is busy but moving northbound at Milehouse Junction.
  70. Hoarding warning

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    People in Cornwall are being urged to be vigilant for adults who may be putting themselves at risk by compulsive hoarding.


    It's feared large accumulations of clutter, it can be bad for health and also pose a serious fire hazard.

    There are an estimated 700 hoarders in the county - in a recent case three tonnes of items were removed by the fire service from a 62-year-old woman's flat.

  71. Student accommodation causing 'social segregation'

    BBC Spotlight

    Large student accommodation blocks in Exeter are causing social segregation in the city, the local Citizens Advice Bureau claims.

    Student room. Pic: Thinkstock

    The organisation has contributed to a national report on the impact of purpose-built student halls of residence on the private rental market.

    The CAB has called for a better mix of housing in the city so that one social group does not dominate any particular area.

  72. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

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

    If you've got a story or a photo you think we'd be interested in, please email us.