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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 16 November 2015
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Latest weather: Mild overnight before gales and more rain

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Rain will gradually make its way north-eastwards before clearing later, but allowing a partly cloudy start for many on Tuesday. With the cloud and rain around it will remain mild overnight. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Gales and further outbreaks of rain will affect most on Tuesday, with some heavy downpours over the hills. By afternoon, clearer spells will develop but winds could gusts to 80mph . Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - Three people are jailed for life of murdering a man in Cornwall they sexually assaulted with a broom handle

    - Four members of a family from Wopking who were killed when their aircraft crashed in in Somerset while flying to Devon at the weekend are named by police

    - Two care homes in are - Phoenix Care and Domiciliary Service in Torquay and Southlands Court Residential Home in Holsworthy - are identified as requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission

    - The chief executive of Care England tells Cornwall's MPs that nearly one third of elderly people in the county could struggle to find a residential care home bed within five years

  4. Camilla in tug of war with flower girl

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A young girl from Cornwall received a bit of global media attention over the weekend, after giving a bouquet to the Duchess of Cornwall and then trying to snatch it back.

    Elizabeth Colqhhoun was photographed appearing to change her mind when offering the flowers to Camilla during a royal visit to Perth. 

    flowers

    The toddler's great aunt Alison Pooley from Illogan told BBC Radio Cornwall: "She's very very determined, we've seen her on Skype and with her eldest sister and she's quite tall - her dad's over six foot five - so she's quite tall for 22 months."

  5. Keeping Penzance's streets clean and tidy

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Residents in Penzance are taking it upon themselves to get rid of unsightly weeds from the town's side-lanes.

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    Community members working in a group of all ages to help with picking, sweeping and digging, say they've had to take this on after council cuts. 

    Jess Golding, Business Improvement District manager, said the initiative allows people in Penzance to come together: "We've got so many beautiful features and so many wonderful areas in the town we just need to make the most of them."

  6. Off-road wheelchair trialed on Dartmoor

    BBC Spotlight

    It's hoped a new high-tech wheelchair will allow users with disabilities to explore Dartmoor National Park better.

    The Genny XR is equipped with off-road tyres and uses Segway technology to tackle rough terrain and mud.

    Dartmoor

    One wheelchair user Lisa Jenkins said: "When I saw the Genny XR, it was one of those moments where I thought 'I want to have a go on that, it will give me the freedom to get out on Dartmoor, it will take me to places I haven't been able to get to before'."

  7. Children in Need smashes £1m in the South West

    Pudsey Bear

    It's been confirmed that your generous donations to the BBC's Children in Need appeal topped £1m in the South West for the first time.

    Pudsey

    An amazing £1,094,818 was donated during Friday's extravaganza, compared with £841,356 last year.

    BBC Spotlight broadcast live from Jersey as part of the celebrations.

  8. Airports review security after Paris attacks

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Airports in Devon and Cornwall have given updates to security arrangements following the attacks in Paris at the weekend.

    Exeter and Newquay Airport signs

    Exeter Airport said it had stepped up security measures, but added that passengers shouldn't experience any delays.

    Newquay Airport said its security arrangements remained the same as before as the threat status in the UK was listed as "severe".

  9. Terry Oldham murder: Killers thought victim was 'fair game'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A man bullied and murdered by three housemates - who have been jailed for life - was considered by his attackers to be "fair game" after they discovered he indecently assaulted a girl under 14 in 1987, a court was told.

    Aaron Mallen, 25 (pictured left); Michelle Casterton, 44 (middle); and Daniel Quinn, 24 (right); all from Falmouth, were found guilty of murdering 63-year-old Terry Oldham in his house in Camborne in April 2014.

    Aaron Mallen, Michelle Casterton, Daniel Quinn. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    As well as assaulting him, they also urinated on him, fed him dog faeces, prevented him from going to the toilet until he soiled himself, and stole his money and possessions, Truro Crown Court heard. Mallen is to serve at least 25 years, Quinn 24 years and Casterton 22.

  10. Exeter 'royally received a kick in the pants' - Baxter

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says his side must improve after their 25-13 European Champions Cup loss at Ospreys.

    Rob Baxter

    The Chiefs led 10-6 at half time, but 14 points from Dan Biggar and a try from former Exeter player Josh Matavesi saw the Welsh side get the win.

    "Sometimes what a team needs when it's on a winning run is a loss to give it a kick in the pants and we've royally received a kick in the pants," Baxter said.

  11. Twenty firefighters called to a blaze at four-storey house

    BBC Radio Devon

    Around 20 firefighters have been called to a blaze at a four-storey house in Plymouth.

    The fire started on the top floor of the house on Durnford Street shortly after 14:00.

  12. RSPCA 'considers position' after dog fighting charges dismissed

    Western Morning News

    The RSPCA said it is “considering its position” after a prosecution of seven people accused of offences relating to dog and animal fighting was dismissed by a trial judge.

  13. Plane crash family formally identified

    BBC News England

    Four people who were killed in a plane crash in Somerset on Saturday while flying to Devon have been formally identified as members of a family from Surrey.

    Plane crash scene

    Amateur pilot Philip Garvey, 56; his wife, Ann, 55; their daughter Emily, 23; and son, Daniel, 20, all, from Woking, died in the crash near Churchinford, police say.

    The plane had been flying from the Surrey area towards Dunkeswell Aerodrome in east Devon.

  14. Plymouth supports Paris after terror attacks

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth is showing its support to the people of Paris after Friday night’s attacks, the city council says.

    The French flag is being displayed on the city centre's Big Screen, and Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse on The Hoe was to be lit red, white and blue on Monday evening, the authority said. A city book of condolence has also been opened.

    Council leader Tudor Evans said: “All our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and those affected by this tragedy. Plymouth is in mourning with you all. We are proud to live in a multicultural and multi-faith society, and we stand for the unity of all communities.”

  15. Terry Oldham murder: Victim had 'extensive injuries'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A vulnerable man who was murdered by three of his housemates was found "covered with extensive injuries" by paramedics at his home in Camborne (pictured) after a series of attacks, Truro Crown Court heard.

    Terry Oldham murder scene

    The injuries on Terry Oldham, 63, suffered "the worst pain imaginable" when he was attacked by his housemates in Camborne in April last year. They included the "worst kind" of internal infection, "deep bruising" to his genitals, anal area and thighs, four fractured ribs and broken fingers, the court was told. 

    He was attacked by three people who "routinely bullied" him and who "went around like a pack of dogs". A fourth housemate was acquitted of the crime.

  16. Concern at rising alcohol abuse

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than 80% of people in the south west who're drinking too much alcohol only see themselves as "light" or "moderate" drinkers, according to research out today. 

    The survey, carried out as part ofAlcohol Awareness Week, also shows that people don't understand the health problems associated with excessive drinking, such as increased rates of breast cancer, stroke and dementia.

    Steve Brown, Assistant Director of Public Health at Devon County Council, said: "The data we have looks at hospital admissions, which is showing a year-on-year rise. If you look at the number of people dying from alcohol-related conditions, that's rising."

  17. Man who took axe to JobCentre gets suspended sentence

    West Briton

    A Police Community Support Officer who disarmed a disgruntled man carrying an axe outside Redruth job centre has been commended for his bravery by magistrates.

  18. Three guilty of broom handle sex assault murder

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Three people have been convicted of murdering a vulnerable man by "brutally" sexually assaulting him with a broom handle.

    Sixty-three-year-old Terry Oldham (pictured) suffered "the worst pain imaginable" when he was attacked by his housemates in Camborne in April 2014, Truro Crown Court heard. 

    Terry Oldham

    Aaron Mallen, 25; Michelle Casterton, 44, and Daniel Quinn, 24, all from Falmouth, will be sentenced later after being found guilty. A fourth housemate, Richard Rosevear 32, of St Austell, was acquitted of murder previously in the trial due to "insufficient evidence".

  19. New stadium puts pressure on Pirates

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies says news that work on the club's new stadium could start soon has put more pressure on the side.

    Cornish Pirates

    Central government decided not to call in plans for the Stadium for Cornwall over the weekend.

    "The news on the stadium is fantastic and I'm sure it gives the boys a lift. But it adds a bit more pressure as well because you've worked so hard to get the stadium, you have to make sure that you're playing Championship rugby in it," Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  20. Technology to make Dartmoor trails more accessible

    BBC Spotlight

    A new off-road wheelchair has been trialled on Dartmoor to make the countryside more accessible for the people with disabilities.

    wheelchair

    The Genny XR is an innovative powered wheelchair based upon Segway technology - it's hoped it will give people with mobility issues a chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

  21. Vigil planned in Plymouth to show Paris solidarity

    BBC Radio Devon

    A vigil will be held in Plymouth this evening for the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

    It's being organised by the Honorary French Consul, Alain Sibiril, at 17:00.

    It's being held on Madeira Road, near the Citadel, at the plaque unveiled to mark the 10 days Napoleon Bonaparte spent in Plymouth 200 years ago.

  22. Islands' police have 25 times more Facebook followers than residents

    Quirker

    Hilarious Isles of Scilly Police pass 50,000 Facebook followers with a population of just 2,000.

  23. Teaching union NASUWT boss denies 'lads culture'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A senior official at Britain's biggest teachers' union has denied there was "a lads, pub and beer culture". 

    Jim Quigley of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), has been accused of fostering a 'hostile, sexist and discriminatory environment'.

    Charlotte Revely

    Former union employee, Charlotte Revely, who is making a whistleblower and sexual discrimination claim, said the union "turns a blind eye to discrimination".

    The tribunal hearing in Exeter heard that between 2006 and 2014, nine people raised complaints about Mr Quigley - eight of which were women. The NASUWT and Mr Quigley strongly deny the claims.

  24. Weather: rain spreading and winds strengthening

    BBC Weather

    After a dry morning, cloud and rain will quickly spread to all areas. Winds will be moderate westerly at first but freshen from the south west as the rain approaches. 

    map

    Tonight there will be rain at first with low cloud, mist and fog, clearing after midnight to give dry, clearer conditions for a time. Winds will be strong to gale force south westerly at first, but ease strong westerly as the rain moves away. Lowest temperatures 10C (50F).   

  25. Police make vigilance call after Paris attacks

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Devon and Cornwall Police are asking the public "to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious" following the Paris attacks.

    Officers said the national threat level remained at "severe" and there was "currently no specific intelligence to suggest a threat to the UK or locally".

    However, although saying the public should not be alarmed, they added that it was "important that we all remain alert with a sense of awareness and be vigilant to any suspicious persons, incidents or behaviour".

  26. Travel update for the region

    BBC Travel

    -  An accident is reported on the B3227 Nadder Lane in South Molton around the Ford Down Lane junction.

    - There's queuing traffic on the A385 in both directions in Dartington between Shinners Bridge and Morrisons Roundabout in the roadworks area.

    - Watch out for queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A380 Torquay Road northbound in Kingskerswell between Kerswell Gardens roundabout and Penn Inn Roundabout. There's congestion to Gallows Gate roundabout.

  27. Royal Navy helicopter helps two fishermen

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two fishermen have been rescued off the coast of Cornwall after two separate incidents caused by winches.

    A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was scrambled to transfer the men - who both had hand injuries - to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

    The first incident happened on the Irish vessel Patrick and the second on the French vessel Le Nautile.

  28. Truro City to play games at Pirates' new ground?

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City could play games at the new Stadium for Cornwall, despite planning to build a new ground of their own.

    Truro City's planned new stadium

    Both planned new grounds moved a step closer to being built after central government decided not to call in plans for the developments.

    "If we get into the Football League, if the stadium is already built and has a 10,000 capacity, then it would be a simple matter for us to play our main games in the main stadium," Truro City chairman Peter Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  29. What next after the Paris attacks?

    Bill Buckley

    BBC Radio Devon

    We judge the reaction to this weekend's attacks in Paris as the French bomb Syria. 

    We'll be speaking a professor in International Relations at Plymouth University, and also to the Stop the War Coalition.

    Join me from 13:00 and give me a call with your views on 0345 310 1034.

  30. Church starts petition for government to not use 'Islamic State'

    BBC Spotlight

    A Plymouth church has started a petition asking the UK Government to change the name it uses for the Islamic State group.

    St Jude's Church (pictured) said such a change would bring benefits by stopping the "inferential slandering of good Muslims" and de-politicising "them and their 'branding' to just a terrorist group".

    St Jude's Church

    Vicar Tim Smith said: "As the closest church to Plymouth's largest mosque we want to be a good neighbour and also help them protect their name."

  31. Investigation underway after Newquay nightclub assault

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man's in a "stable condition" in hospital after a serious assault in a Newquay nightclub.

    The 29-year-old man was attacked in the Chy Bar nightclub on Beach Road early on Sunday morning.

    A man has been arrested and released on police bail - the police are appealing for witnesses.

  32. Woman treated by paramedics after Brixham blaze

    Torquay Herald Express

    Three fire crews from Brixham and Paignton were sent to a fire in a flat in Brixham's Milton Street on Sunday evening.

  33. Fire damage in a Padstow bedroom

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man's been treated for the effects of breathing in smoke and shock after a fire in Padstow over the weekend.

    fire

    Fire crews from Padstow, Wadebridge and Bodmin were called to Rainyfields Close after reports of smoke billowing from windows and the front door of a house.   

    The fire in a downstairs bedroom was swiftly brought under control, one man was suffering from smoke inhalation and shock. 

  34. On the weed patrol in Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People in Penzance are keeping their town tidy by going out in groups to get rid of weeds.

    weeds

    Residents decided to get organised after council cutbacks and created a group of all ages to help with picking up litter and digging out weeds in the town's streets and alleys.

  35. Reaction to the Paris attacks

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Britain and the rest of Europe stood still today as the world remembered those who were killed and injured in the Paris attacks. I'll be talking to Cornishman and former head of counter terrorism Chris Phillips.

    Plus, delight for two separate stadium application in Truro - now it seems the city's football club can finally relocate. We'll be accessing the impact two retail applications could have on city traders.

    Call us on 01872 222222 from 12:00.

  36. Adams hails 'outstanding' Carey

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has praised the impact of midfielder Graham Carey on his squad.

    Graham Carey

    Carey scored his eighth goal this term in the 2-1 win at York City as Plymouth kept their five-point League Two lead.

    "Graham Carey was absolutely outstanding. He was involved in a lot of the good work, he was unfortunate not to have scored more. He's created a number of opportunities and his all-round performance was top class," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

  37. Alcohol warning for south west

    BBC Spotlight

    One in three people in the south west is drinking more than the government recommends, according to new research carried out as part of Alcohol Awareness Week. 

    The survey of 500 people found those who are drinking more heavily, so-called 'at risk' drinkers, only see themselves as 'light' or 'moderate' drinkers.

    It also found men, parents and professionals are more likely to binge drink, but it goes on to reveal that seven out of 10 of us are not concerned about the amount we drink.

  38. Body found at Portreath after search for missing woman

    The Cornishman

    Police searching for a missing woman from Redruth have located a body at Portreath - a spokesman from Devon and Cornwall police confirmed that a body was found at the bottom of cliffs after an extensive search in the area attempting to locate the whereabouts of missing Redruth woman, Lucy Teuton.

  39. Jury sent out in Terry Oldham murder case

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    The jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of three people accused of murdering a vulnerable man from Camborne.

    Truro Crown Court has heard the body of Terry Oldham was found 'covered with extensive injuries' and he had been sexually assaulted with a broom handle at Dolcoath Road in April 2014.

    Housemates Aaron Mallon, 25, Michelle Casterton, 44, and Daniel Quinn, 24, all from Falmouth, deny murder. All three and a fourth housemate, Richard Rosevear, 32, from St Austell, also deny allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

  40. South west joins in silence for Paris victims

    BBC Spotlight

    People across the south west have observed a minute's silence at 11:00 in memory of people killed and injured in the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday.

  41. Police increase visible patrols after Paris attacks

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Devon and Cornwall Police say they are increasing visible patrols in light of the Paris attacks "to help maintain public reassurance and confidence".

    Officers said high-profile patrols would be carried out "particularly at sensitive sites and key areas... to ensure that people feel safe to go about their daily lives".

    Police motorbike

    Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: "We are working closely with our communities and partners to offer reassurance and advice following the attack in Paris."  

  42. Goalkeeper makes first League start .. 13 years after bench debut

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    A staggering 4,991 days and 86 games since he first sat on the bench, James Bittner finally made his first football league start on Saturday.

    goalie

    The 33-year-old, who has been second or third choice at a host of league clubs, got his chance as he helped Plymouth Argyle beat York City 2-1.

    Bittner was finally called into action after the Pilgrims' first choice Luke McCormick was ruled out with injury - "I've started with three points and hopefully I can carry on," he said.

  43. High tide times around the region

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    If you're planning a brisk coastal walk today, here are the times of the next high waters around Devon and Cornwall.

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    I'll have the latest weather forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

  44. Body found in search for missing woman

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police in Plymouth searching for a missing woman have found a body. 

    Christina Harding, 55, had been missing from her Stoke home since last Tuesday - a woman's body was recovered from the water in the Richmond Walk area of Plymouth on Saturday afternoon.

    The family of Christina have been advised of developments - the death is not being treated as suspicious.

  45. Plymstock fire destroys garage

    BBC Radio Devon

    Five commercial garages in Plymstock have been damaged in a fire overnight. 

    Four crews from across south Devon were called to the row of garages in Broxton Drive just after 04:00.

    One garage was completely destroyed, the fire is now out but the cause isn't known. An investigation is underway and the police are also at the scene.

  46. Paris attacks prompt extra security efforts

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The police in Devon and Cornwall will be mounting special patrols this week in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

    Officers will visit sensitive sites like RNAS Culdrose in Helston and Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth - mosques in the region will also be visited by police officers, to try to ensure there is no backlash against the Muslim community.

    Sawyer

    Commanders say there is no intelligence to suggest a threat locally but have asked the public to be vigilant for any suspicious activities, the Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: "This is all about community reassurance, not any evidence of an extra threat."

  47. Travel updates for the region

    BBC Travel

    - Traffic light failure is reported on Springfield Road in Plymstock, near the Reservoir Road junction. Approach with care

    - There's slow traffic on the B3416 Deep Lane in Plympton, near Deep Lane junction, in the roadworks area

    - On the A39 at Truro, there's slow traffic in both directions on Newquay Road between Bodmin Road and Carland Cross, due to roadworks

    - Watch out for slow traffic on the A390 in both directions in Threemilestone, between Maiden Green Roundabout and Chiverton Cross Roundabout, at the roadworks area

    - Skybus is warning the weather forecast for strong and gusty winds may cause disruption to flights to and from the Isles of Scilly

  48. Exeter Chiefs beaten by Ospreys

    BBC Sport

    Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi's late interception try condemned the Exeter Chiefs to a 25-13 defeat in the European Champions Cup.

    Chiefs

    Exeter had led 10-6 at half-time at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea thanks to James Short's try and the kicking of Gareth Steenson.

    A tight second half was decided by Matavesi's piece of opportunism, intercepting a long pass on his own 22 and racing away to score.

  49. Argyle win away, Exeter held at home

    BBC Sport

    There were mixed fortunes for Devon's League Two sides this weekend - Plymouth Argyle stay five points clear at the top of the table after defeating York 2-1.

    Exeter City were held 2-2 at home, thanks to a 90th minute equaliser for Crawley Town.

  50. Experts say caring shouldn't be 'barrier' to finding employment

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Devon County Council says "caring roles shouldn't be a barrier to employment", and is trying to highlight the support available for carers.

    Figures show that out of 84,000 people who care for a friend or relative in Devon, 14,000 have given up their jobs or reduced their working hours.

    A "Carers Into Employment" event will be held by the Devon Carers Partnership  on 20 November at Exeter Football Club.

  51. Windsurfer rescued off Doom Bar

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A windsurfer who was drifting out to sea north of the Doom Bar at Padstow had been rescued by Rock lifeboat at the weekend. 

    A spokesman for the RNLI said the windsurfer had become overwhelmed by the rough conditions with strong offshore winds and a twelve foot swell, she was found clinging to her board near Stepper Point unable to make her way to shore. 

    Some of the Rock RNLI crew said it was some of the worst conditions they seen for crossing the infamous sand bank.

  52. Weather: a dry, cloudy start but cloud thickening across the day

    BBC Weather

    A dry start to the day, mainly cloudy with occasional breaks this morning giving a few glimpses of the sun at times. This afternoon cloud will build from the west bringing rain to the west early afternoon and quickly spreading to all areas. 

    map

    Winds will be moderate westerly at first but freshen from the south west later. Top temperatures 13C (55F).

  53. Duchess in 'tug-of-war' with posy girl

    The Duchess of Cornwall found herself in a playful tug of war with a little girl determined to hang onto her bunch of flowers.

    The duchess was offered a posy from 22-month-old Elizabeth Colquhoun, who then decided she wanted to keep the bouquet and refused to hand it over.

    camilla

    Camilla was visiting Perth's state library on the final day of the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

    Elizabeth's mother Chantelle Colquhoun - who's originally from Camborne - said her daughter was "strong willed".

  54. Paris attacks spark extra police patrols

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Police will be reviewing security at Devon and Cornwall's military bases this week following the terrorist attacks in Paris, senior officers have told the BBC. 

    Plymouth

    Commanders say there is no intelligence to suggest a threat locally or elsewhere in the UK, but have asked the public to be vigilant for any suspicious activities. 

    Mosques in Devon and Cornwall will also be visited by police to ensure there is no backlash against the Muslim community. 

  55. Good morning from the Local Live team

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

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

    If you'd like to get in touch with the Local Live team, we'd love to hear from you on email.