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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather

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  1. Wednesday's live coverage

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. More Doom Bar beer to be brewed outside of Cornwall

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The South West's largest brewer, Sharp's, is to brew more of its beer in other parts of the UK as its North Cornwall base at Rock approaches full capacity. 

    Doom Bar brewery, Rock

    The national roll out of its newer bottled beers will rely on brewing at a recently acquired plant north of Warrington. It follows news last summer that bottled Doom Bar is made in Burton on Trent.  

  3. Porpoises could get protection zone

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    People going to sea off the north Cornish coast are being asked to have their say about a new proposed conservation area in the Bristol Channel designed to protect the UK's smallest marine mammal. 


    Five possible Special Areas of Conservation are being discussed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee to safeguard the Harbour Porpoise

  4. Weather latest: Turning chilly overnight, dry with occasional bright spells tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    The winds will ease into this evening with patchy cloud and clear spells overnight, this will lead to chilly conditions, allowing a slight frost to form in sheltered rural spots, such as within Dartmoor. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Thursday: It'll be a chilly start with patchy frost for some. Otherwise it will be dry with occasional bright or sunny spells and lighter winds for many. As a result it will feel less cold than of late. Maximum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

  5. Cash and carry damaged in high winds will carry out repairs as soon as possible

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A cash and carry in Newquay which was severely damaged in severe gales this morning says it is working with local authorities.

    Booker cash and carry

    A Booker spokesperson "Due to the strong winds on Tuesday night, part of the roof at Booker Newquay was blown off. We are currently working with authorities and are seeking to repair it as soon as possible." 

    The Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Geoff Brown said: "We're in the process now with contractors of fencing off the entire site so that there's no public access to it, unfortunately the winds haven't abated as yet they're still very strong from the north so it's probably going to be very late on this afternoon or this evening until they can open the road up again."

  6. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Severe gales which brought winds measuring up to 91mph to parts of Devon and Cornwall is being called 'The Storm with No Name' after the Met Office said it wasn't given a name because it didn't meet their criteria 

    - A cash and carry in Newquay which lost its roof in the storm says it's waiting for the gales to die down so that it can inspect the damage

    - A man arrested in connection with the death of a scooter enthusiast from Torquay will appear at Winchester Crown Court on 15 March

    - The crew of a fishing boat, who were rescued after their trawler capsized off the Isles of Scilly, were trying to retrieve a lost net, an official report has found 

  7. Dorset scooter rally death: Accused Jason James bailed

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A man accused of killing a member of a scooter club has been granted bail.

    David Coxon

    David Coxon, 36, from Torquay, died on Saturday. Jason James, 41, of Charles Road, Torquay, who is charged with his manslaughter, will appear at Winchester Crown Court on 15 March.

    Mr Coxon, a member of the Cyder Commando Scooter Club, had been at Sandford Holiday Park near Wareham for the 40th anniversary rally of the Modrapheniacs Scooter Club.

  8. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Plymouth on the A38 Parkway Cornwall-bound there are delays heading towards the Tamar Bridge where a lane has been closed to high sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes because of the gale.

    - Maker Lane in Millbrook is blocked in both directions due to several fallen trees. 

    - Between Hessenford and Seaton we have reports of a fallen tree on the B3247.

    - At the airports all Skybus flights to Scilly from Land's End are operating to schedule, but flights from Newquay Airport have been cancelled due to the very strong winds. Passengers are advised to contact Skybus for the latest information.

  9. PM vows to change law to boost broadband

    David Cameron has vowed to change the law so more mobile phone masts can be built to boost broadband and tackle "not spots", especially in rural areas.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, he said the focus should be on "ensuring everyone is connected to the information super highway".

    Network cables

    Last month plans were submitted for 120 masts to provide superfast broadband across Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks.  

  10. Very bad day for trees

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Yes, it's been a bad day if you're a tree with high winds bringing them down like skittles across Devon and Cornwall today.


    Here a fallen tree was blocking traffic on the Plymouth Road at Cot Hill in Plympton.

  11. Torquay harbour 'Blue Monster' owner tells moaners: 'Get a Life!'

    Torquay Herald Express

    The owner of a Torquay harbourside cafe bar dubbed the 'blue monster' because of its new bright blue paintwork has told objectors: 'Get a life!'

  12. Nets warning after fishing boat capsized

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A warning has been issued to fishing boat skippers about the dangers of trying to recover lost nets following the sinking of a trawler.


    The Kairos, from Banff, Aberdeenshire, was fishing in very rough conditions 70 miles west of the Isles of Scilly when it lost its nets last May. The crew tried to recover them but the boat developed a list and capsized

    The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said in a report the capsize was from the attempts to recover the net.  

  13. Operations cancelled as junior doctors walk out

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Cornwall's main hospitals have postponed operations after junior doctors started a 48-hour strike today in a row over their contract.


    Torbay Hospital has postponed 15 operations and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has postponed 423 outpatient appointments and 15 operations. The Royal Cornwall Hospital has cancelled 400 outpatient appointments and 50 operations. Derriford Hospital has cancelled 18 operations and 343 appointments.

  14. Lorries overturn on Bodmin Moor as gale force winds continue

    BBC Travel

    Drivers are being asked to take extra care on the A30 across Bodmin Moor after two lorries overturned in the roadworks area.

    There are long delays on the easbound carriageway around Jamaica Inn.

    Recovery work is underway.

  15. Dog exercise claims kennels to be investigated

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A Devon kennels, where dogs which had been seized by the police were not exercised, is to face an investigation. 


    Teignbridge Council says it will investigate allegations from former staff at Foredowne Kennels in Kingskerswell that dogs housed there were kept without exercise for up to two years. 

    David Clark - a former manager at the kennels - told the BBC he was told to stop some dogs being exercised for safety reasons. He said these included three puppies who were not exercised for six months after they were taken to the kennels by Devon and Cornwall Police. 

    The police said the puppies' parents were among four dogs which had a no-exercise order for safety reasons, but that didn't include the puppies. Foredowne Kennels has so far made no comment.  

  16. Judge sums up at police custody death trial

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A jury has been told it can only find three police staff guilty of the manslaughter of an Exeter man by gross negligence if they believe any breaches were a "significant contributory cause of his death." 

    Thomas Orchard, who had schizophrenia, died in October 2012 after being arrested and then restrained in a cell.

    Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden each deny two counts of manslaughter. The trial continues.