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  1. Updates from Friday 15 March 2019

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  1. Protesting students march through Plymouth

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It started as a gathering outside Plymouth's Civic Centre, but after a few laps around the square, more than 100 students started marching through the city to get their message across to the public.

    The protests are taking place all over the world in a bid to get governments to tackle climate change.

    Dylan

    Dylan (pictured) led much of the chanting, including "System change, not climate change", and "Climate, change it back".

    He said it was time for the government to start hitting the targets laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Elouise

    Elouise said she wanted to make a change for the planet and for the future of all the other students on strike.

    Students in Drake’s Circus Shopping Centre

    The tour through the city was quite sporadic, but included a trip through Drake's Circus shopping centre.

    Security guards shepherded the crowds away from the main shopping route.

  2. Community order for knife-carrying footballer

    Plymouth Live

    An international footballer - 22-year-old Gladston Burke, has been given a community order by magistrates after he was caught with a knife in Plymouth.

  3. Doors close on 15th Century Staverton inn

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A 15th Century Devon Inn has closed after the company who were leasing it suddenly ceased trading yesterday.

    But the Sea Trout Inn's owner, Palmers Brewery, said it hopes to reopen as soon as possible.

    Sea Trout Inn

    A brewery spokesman said meetings with "interested parties" have already taken place.

    "It is a lovely pub, so we hope the temporary closure does not last much longer," he said.

    The Sea Trout Inn has 11 en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant, two bar areas, and a beer garden and a car park.

  4. Hopes remain for future of Appledore Shipyard

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A task-force is looking at ways of reopening Appledore Shipyard after it formally closes today.

    The group has been speaking to private businesses about the potential to commission new vessels.

    It hopes to establish a consortium to take over the site in the coming weeks or months.

    Parties involved in the task-force are Torridge District Council, Devon County Council, Langham Industries (the owners of the premises), Geoffrey Cox MP and the South West Business Council.

    Appledore Shipyard
    Quote Message: We continue to work tirelessly to achieve a new start for this business and to support the existing workforce and those within the Bideford area who have been part of its success. Negotiations to date are active and we are encouraged by the number of strong inquiries received from companies seeking to place new marine contracts with the business. We expect to make good progress with the consortium over the next 6-8 weeks.” from Tim Jones Chairman of South West Business Council and Chair of the Taskforce
    Tim JonesChairman of South West Business Council and Chair of the Taskforce
  5. Plymouth MP addresses student crowd

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    After marching through a local shopping centre, about 100 students descended on the Plymouth offices of Luke Pollard MP.

    They were initially told that he wasn't there, but he was on his way.

    Luke Pollard MP’s office

    Ten minutes later he arrived and faced some tough questions.

    One students asked why he didn't attend a recent parliamentary debate on the environment, while another asked what he was personally doing to try and push through environmental legislation.

    Mr Pollard said he had missed the debate as he was talking to another group about sustainable fishing at the time.

    The Labour MP described the government's approach to environmental policy as "rubbish", and said the country needed more onshore wind farms and solar panels.

    Luke Pollard addressing students

    He brushed off several questions from adults in the crowd, saying it was "the children's turn to talk".

    Luke Pollard addressing students
  6. Warship returns to Plymouth after nine month mission

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    About 900 family and friends today cheered HMS Argyll home to Plymouth after a nine-month mission to the Pacific.

    The Royal Navy warship sailed to Tokyo and back via Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Diego Garcia, Greece and Malta.

    Earlier this week they were involved in rescuing all the crew of a burning container ship off the French coast.

    The frigate had 210 sailors and Royal Marines on board.

    Quote Message: After spending 270 days deployed from the UK across both hemispheres and as far East as Japan, my ship’s company will now enjoy some well-deserved leave at home before resuming operations in the summer.” from Commander Toby Shaughnessy Commanding Officer
    Commander Toby ShaughnessyCommanding Officer
    Returning crew
    Returning crew
    HMS Argyll
  7. Fresh food supplies flown in to Scilly

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    The first of two special flights has arrived in the Isles of Scilly with supplies of fresh food.

    The Cooperative store on the main island of St Mary's has run out of fresh food items over the past week due to weather conditions disrupting freight deliveries.

    The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group agreed to fly the produce in at its normal shipping charge, while the council also waived its landing and freight handling fees.

    St Mary's Co-operative

    The Steamship Group is still hoping to do a freight run by sea on Saturday, but adverse weather conditions could delay the crossing until early next week.

    Council Chairman Robert Francis, said: "The weather over the past week has unfortunately restricted sea operations to such an extent that food supplies on the islands are now critically low.

    "I'd like to thank the Steamship Company for agreeing to bring groceries in by plane at a reduced charge."

    The council said it was closely monitoring supplies of other essential items, including pharmaceuticals, and although there were no immediate concerns, it wouldn't hesitate to take action if the situation changed.

  8. Police and coastguards search Truro river bank

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Police are continuing to search for evidence that could help them identify a woman who died in Truro this morning.

    The woman was found on the river bank at Garras Wharf shortly after 10:00.

    Devon and Cornwall Police received a call from a member of the public with concerns for the woman's welfare.

    Emergency services attended, and she was taken to hospital but declared dead just after 11:30.

    Coastguard teams and the police helicopter have been carrying our searches of the river bank. These were described by police as "evidential searches particularly trying to find any items that would assist with ID."

    Areas of the river bank remain cordoned off.

    Police and helicopter
  9. Concerns over mental health facilities in Cornwall

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Councillors have raised concerns about facilities in Cornwall for people detained by police under the Mental Health Act.

    Data from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, shows 365 were detained last year, with the majority being taken by police to a dedicated unit at Longreach House in Redruth.

    Longreach House

    Under section 136 of the act, police can detain someone they believe to be mentally ill and in need of immediate help to ensure their safety and/or the safety of others.

    Detaining them in a police cell should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and this had not happened in Cornwall for more than two years.

    The trust's report was put before Cornwall Council's health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee earlier this week.

    Councillor Bert Biscoe said he was worried about the increase in mental health issues police have to deal with and whether they have the capacity to take on the extra work.

    He suggested that if another facility was needed, it could be provided at the new police headquarters in Bodmin.

  10. The works of art that can charge your phone

    BBC Spotlight

    solar art

    Two artists from Devon have launched a project to turn solar power into an art form.

    Chloe Uden and Naomi Wright have set up the community interest company Art and Energy, and have been given EU funding to develop a more aesthetically pleasing way of harnessing the power of the sun.

    Ideas include fashioning panels in the shape of flowers and being able to charge a mobile phone from a solar powered sculpture.

    people looking at artwork
    Image caption: Batteries and converters are connected to solar cells, so people can charge their devices from works of art
    Quote Message: One of the main complaints that people have is about the look of solar panels. I think most people agree that solar panels are fantastic and brilliant and an important part of dealing with the climate emergency, but people hadn't really thought about the problem of how solar panels can be more beautiful." from Chloe Uden Artist
    Chloe UdenArtist

    The new solar artworks will be on display at Kaleider Studios in Exeter on 15 and 16 March.

    solar art
  11. Cornish premiere of Fisherman's Friends film

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The film about Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends had its premiere in Newquay last night.

    It's inspired by the true story of the folk singers who became an unexpected hit with their authentic sea shanties.

    Fisherman's Friends film poster

    Lobster fisherman Jeremy Brown - from the real Fisherman's Friends - was at the premiere. He said it had been a nerve-wracking experience, but he was "very pleased" with the result.

    "Obviously because we've got quite close links - the band is very tight - it could have all been dreadful if they hadn't captured it," he said.

  12. Devon homeowners making huge profits from Right to Buy

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some homeowners in Devon are making huge profits when they sell on their former council houses, a BBC investigation has found.

    In the wider south west, there have been about 9,000 Right to Buy sales since January 2001.

    The homes are kept for an average of eight years, and sold on having made an average profit of £37 per day.

    council houses

    In one instance, a tenant bought their home in Exeter under Right to Buy in 2006 for £310, and sold it on a month later for £205,000.

    The average profit across Devon is more than £55,000.

    But while thousands of people in the south west have benefited, Devon-based housing consultant Brian Moore says Right to Buy has had a "catastrophic effect" on the availability of social housing.

    Quote Message: With Right to Buy coming along, probably half the [social housing] stock has gone...and the big problem is the government has not replaced them...It was great for the generation that had the Right to Buy - my parents were one of them, and it transformed their lives in a wonderful way. However the damage is, it's ruined the opportunities for millions of people in our country to bring up their families in a stable situation." from Brian Moore Independent housing consultant
    Brian MooreIndependent housing consultant

    The government says Right to Buy has enable nearly 2 million people to achieve their dream of home ownership.

    It also says tenants who use the scheme must pay the council back some of their discount if they sell the property within five years, and give the local authority to opportunity to buy it back.

  13. Global climate protest starts in Plymouth

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    They’re up and running at the Youth Strike 4 Climate in Plymouth.

    Around 100 students from across the city are asking the government at all levels to do more to tackle climate change.

    Thousands of schoolchildren worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest.

    Chants of “Climate, change it back” are sporadically ringing around the reception area of the Civic Centre.

    Protestors

    There are plenty of inventive signs, some of which have taken a week to make.

    Security guards at the Civic Centre weren’t too happy that the protest moved from the public footpath to a more sheltered area in what they described as “a private car park”.

    Protesters were asked to move and are now marching around the square.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A390 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A390 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from A390 to B3275.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 in Probus closed and heavy traffic in both directions from Trewithen Roundabout to the B3275 junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Young woman found on Truro river bank has died

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A young woman who was found on a river bank in Truro this morning has died, police say.

    Officers responded to a call from a member of the public shortly after 10:00, reporting "concern for the welfare of a woman on the river bank" at Garras Wharf.

    Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the woman but she was declared deceased at hospital at 11:35.

    An investigation is under way and police cordons remain in place on both sides of the Truro River.

  16. 'Young female' found on Truro river bank

    Rebecca Wills

    BBC South West

    A "young female" has been found on a river bank in Truro police say.

    Emergency services have cordoned off a section of the Tesco car park and also areas on the northern side of the Truro River.

    Police and fire crews attended the scene at Garras Wharf after receiving a call from a member of the public just after 10:00 this morning reporting "concern for the welfare of a woman on the river bank".

    An investigation is under way.

    A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said she had been taken to hospital and is undergoing CPR.

    Police cordon
    Quote Message: What we are trying to do is rule out any third party involvement or any suspicious activity and that's what we are trying to do today." from Inspector Rick Milburn Devon and Cornwall Police
    Inspector Rick MilburnDevon and Cornwall Police