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  1. Updates on Monday 15 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

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

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

  2. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A police drone is being used in the search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge

    - A public school teacher appears in court accused of sexually assaulting three pupils

    - Mental health patients are being taken to overstretched A&E departments as police crackdown on the number locked up in cells

    - Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium helps a valentine propose to his sweetheart

    - Devon County Council says two new church schools could be built in Exeter and Barnstaple

  3. 'Ocean of need' for mental health resources

    BBC Radio Devon

    An emergency department consultant says there's an "ocean of need" in Devon for better resources for mental health patients. 

    Dr Anne Hick's comments follow statistics from Devon and Cornwall Police showing a 73% drop in the number of mentally ill people being locked up in cells.

    Mental health

    Dr Hicks, a consultant at Derriford Hospital, says many of them are being taken to accident and emergency instead, putting more pressure on already stretched hospital resources.

  4. Plymouth railway death 'unexplained'

    Plymouth Herald

    The death of a man whose body was found on the main railway line in Plymouth this morning, bringing services to a halt, is being treated by British Transport Police as "unexplained".

  5. Icy roads in Devon 'treated multiple times'

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Devon County Council says its gritters treated more than 1,600 miles of the county's roads "multiple" times between last night and this morning.


    Black ice is thought to have been responsible for a spate of more than 30 minor accidents across Devon and Cornwall.

    The council said the network would be treated again tonight, but motorists should always "travel with caution" and drive appropriately for the conditions "even if a road has been treated".

  6. Pupil 'shocked' by teacher's sex assault

    A public school teacher sexually assaulted three teenage girls by groping them, a court has heard.

    Chay Roberts-Jones was a physics teacher at Blundells School in Tiverton when he sexually abused the girls who were aged 16 and 18 at the time.

    Chay Roberts-Jones

    Exeter Crown Court was told the 16-year-old was shocked when he touched her breasts during a camping trip.

    Mr Roberts-Jones, 29, of Preston Street, Exeter, who denies three counts of sexual assault, was suspended in 2014 over the allegations.

  7. BT job boost for Exeter call centre

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    BT is recruiting 40 more people in Exeter as part of plans to employ 1,000 new contact centre staff nationwide.

    Its centre at Exbridge House already employs nearly 500 people.

    BT logo

    "It is a great opportunity for people to develop a career with one of the UK's leading companies at a particularly exciting time," customer care chief Libby Barr said.

  8. Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Clear and cold

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight skies will be mostly clear with light winds, so another widespread frost is likely to develop.

    Minimum temperature -3C (27F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be a similar day with a cold, frosty but bright start and plenty of sunshine. Skies clouding over later into the evening. 

    Maximum temperature 8C (46F).

  9. Garden of the Year win for Caerhays

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    People living in Cornwall are to given free entry to the Caerhays Estate to celebrate it being named the 2016 Garden of the Year.

    It's the first the award from the Historic Houses Association has been won by a South West garden.


    Caerhays, which has more than 70 types of magnolias, says people with proof they live in the Duchy, will be given free entry on 28 February.

  10. Researchers to assess LGB numbers

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Researchers from Plymouth are to assess the size of the lesbian gay and bisexual population (LGB) across the country.

    The work has been commissioned by Public Health England.

    Rainbow flag

    Dr Kerryn Husk from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry said providing an accurate estimate of the current LBG population and also a "robust" method to estimate the size of that population would "help understand the health needs and outcomes of the LGB community" compared with the rest of the population. 

  11. Snow tourist 'code of conduct'

    Plymouth Herald

    Dartmoor Forest Parish Council has created a code of conduct to protect the moor from so-called townie "snow tourists".

    Local people claim inconsiderate visitors block roads, cause damage and leave farm gates open.

  12. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are reports of an accident in Devon on the A38 at Kennford near Splatford Split.

    - Also in Devon, an accident's been reported on the A381 at Woodleigh near Torr Lane.

    - Delays expected on the railway between Plymouth and Newton Abbot until 16:30. 

    - Across the border in Cornwall, traffic is slow in Lostwithiel on the A390 because of are two sets of temporary traffic lights due to roadworks

    - Roadworks on the A361 at Chivenor in Devon is causing slow traffic

  13. Public school teacher denies sexual assaulting pupils

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A public school teacher has appeared at Exeter Crown Court charged with sexually assaulting three teenage pupils.

    Chay Roberts-Jones was a physics teacher at Blundells School in Tiverton when he allegedly groped the girls who were aged 16 and 18 at the time.

    Blundells School

    The 29-year-old, of Preston Street, Exeter, was suspended from Blundells in 2014. He has denied the charges.  

  14. Marine cleared of tipper truck death

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    The Supreme Court has upheld a verdict clearing a Royal Marine of causing the death of a supermarket worker in a tipper truck crash in 2012.

    Jack Taylor, 27, of 42 Commando, was found not guilty of aggravated vehicle taking and causing death while driving with no insurance last year on the directions of a Judge at Exeter Crown Court, after the prosecution accepted it could not prove his driving caused the fatal accident. 

    Steven Davidson-Hackett

    Steven Davidson-Hackett, 20, was killed when he fell off his moped on the way home from work and was hit by the tipper truck in Ludwell Lane, Exeter. 

    Mr Taylor and tipper passenger David Marriott are still facing charges of taking the tipper truck without consent.

  15. 'Disillusioned' councillor joins Lib Dems

    Falmouth Packet

    An independent councillor in Cornwall has joined the Liberal Democrats after becoming "increasingly disillusioned" over cuts to local authority budgets.

    Lisa Dolley, who represents Redruth North, says she believes it's the most effective way to fight the cuts.