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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Unearthing the archives: cow gives chase to policeman

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An archive of more than 30,000 photos, films and audio clips collected around Cornwall has been made available for the public online thanks to lottery money.


    The images, dating back to 1850, have been donated by local people. 

    This shot by Paul Yockney shows an escaped cow chasing Sgt Bill Smith at Wheal Dream near Helston in 1980.  

  3. No MoD 'song and dance' over HMS Ocean scrapping

    Martyn Oates, Political Editor

    The Ministry of Defence's press office has said that the scrapping of HMS Ocean was mentioned in yesterday's Strategic Defence and Security Review. However, I can't find it. 

    I asked when exactly it was previously announced, to which the press office responded: "Just because we don't make a song and dance about it in the media doesn't mean we haven't planned it."

  4. Weather latest: Mainly cloudy and windy tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    A few showers may continue to blow through overnight as it stays breezy. Later it is likely to become cloudier from the west. Minimum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow it will be cloudy but mostly dry. However it will remain windy and the cloud may be thick enough at times to give a little patchy light rain or drizzle, especially over Dartmoor. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

  5. Man 'waving knife around' in attack

    Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

    A man who who suffered cuts to his arm and neck in an attack on New Year's Day in Plymouth has told a court he saw a man "waving a knife around".

    George Walker, 21, told Plymouth Crown Court he "jumped in" to protect his girlfriend. He said: "I was just thinking of getting in between so she didn't get hurt. I thought he was going to kill me. He just wasn't going to stop until I was dead."

    Twenty-seven-year-old Tanis Bhandari was murdered in the attack in Tamerton Foliot. Donald Pemberton, 21, from Plymouth, has denied murder, wounding and assault. Ryan Williams, 22, from Plymouth, admitted the same charges yesterday. The trial continues.

  6. Marmoset appeal launched at Looe centre

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish animal charity has launched an urgent appeal to rescue tiny marmoset monkeys from abuse and neglect in the primate pet trade.


    Wild Futures needs to raise £60,000 to build a dedicated facility at The Monkey Sanctuary near Looe where the monkeys will be given intensive care to help them recover from the trauma they have suffered.  

  7. Goodbye to HMS Ocean after government confirms scrapping

    Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

    A naval expert has told the BBC he's not surprised that the Royal Navy's largest vessel - HMS Ocean - is being decommissioned in 2018.

    HMS Ocean

    Devonport-based Ocean has just had a £65m refit, but the editor of Warships International magazine, Ian Ballantyne, said she'd been a challenge to maintain.

    "She's not been the most reliable of ships, she has done wonderful things for the Navy, but really she was built to merchant shipping standards and they had to rebuild her when she first came into service inside", he added.

  8. Grave head stone used in jewellery burglary

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A St Ives jewellers which had about £30,000 worth of stock stolen in a burglary has revealed the shop was broken into with the headstone from a grave.

    Broken door of jewellers

    Amber Orchard, manager of Little Jem's, said: "They managed to get through the shutter and then used the granite headstone of somebody's grave to get through the door."

    Stone cross. Pic: Devon & Cornwall Police

    Devon and Cornwall Police say they are trying to trace where the stone cross came from. 

  9. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - Plymouth-based HMS Ocean is being scrapped in just three years, despite having a £65m refit 

    - Four people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a bungalow caught fire in Torquay 

    - It's been revealed that thieves stole £30,000 worth of jewellery from a shop in St Ives after breaking in using a granite gravestone 

    - Cornwall Council has announced its new Chief Executive will be Kate Kennally, who currently works for the London Borough of Barnet   

  10. Pictured: Pick-up truck badly damaged after transporter hits bridge on A38 near Exeter

    Exeter Express & Echo

    A lorry driver was left uninjured but red-faced after the car transporter he was driving hit a bridge over the A38 near Haldon Hill.

  11. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Exeter we have reports of an accident on the A379 near junction 30 of the M5 and the Exeter Chiefs Stadium.

    - Slow traffic between Truro and Playing Place because of a broken down vehicle.

    - Watch out for delays on the A390 in both directions between Threemilestone and Chiverton Cross because of roadworks

    - Very heavy traffic in Holmbush near St Austell 

    - There is congestion in Plymouth around Outland Road and busy but moving between the Camel's Head and Milehouse junctions 

  12. HMS Ocean has 'reached the end of her life'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy's Plymouth-based helicopter carrier, is to be decommissioned in 2018 as she will have "reached the end of her life", the Ministry of Defence says.

    That's despite it spending £65m upgrading the ship last year.

    HMS Ocean

    The vessel is currently on deployment in the Mediterranean, carrying out NATO exercises.

  13. Flying sharks drop in to Plymouth Aquarium

    BBC Spotlight

    Two Lemon Sharks are settling into a new home in Plymouth after a lengthy journey from the Netherlands.


    They will be one of the biggest shark species at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium. It took ten staff to lift the 150kg fish into their new tank.

  14. The new boss at Cornwall's County Hall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The leader of Cornwall Council has revealed the authority's new Chief Executive was a "unanimous choice."


    Kate Kennally - currently the Strategic Director for Commissioning and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet - will take up her new role in the New Year.

    Councillor John Pollard said: “I know she is fully committed to the future of the Duchy and I am looking forward to working with her to make Cornwall the best place it can be.” 

  15. Traveller pitches proposals criticised

    BBC Radio Devon

    East Devon's MP has accused the district council of making a rushed proposal for a gypsy and traveller site in the area of the Cranbrook new town.

    Cranbrook Town Council has opposed the plans and Conservative Hugo Swire said he also wanted the proposals put on hold.

    He said putting 30 of 37 planned pitches in the same place was an easy thing to do, but that "does not mean it is the right thing to do". He said other parts of the district should take their share of the pitches.

  16. Digital archive of 30,000 public and private collections now available to the public

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Organisers behind a digital archive of more than 30,000 photos, films and audio clips say they came up with the idea because hardly any collections were accessible to the public.

    People in Falmouth inspecting a shark's teeth in the 1960s

    Manager Claire White said the project "relied heavily" on volunteers and "we started work on the project in 2012 and still have thousands to add."

  17. £30,000 of jewellery stolen 'after door smashed'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Jewel thieves have stolen about £30,000 of goods after smashing the door of a jewellers in St Ives and taking the contents of two window displays, police say.

    Little Jem's Jewellers, in Tregenna Place, was broken into at about 05:30 on Saturday.

    Little Jems Jewellers window. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Police said they were appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary, or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time. Officers also said they were also "keen to speak to anyone who has been offered any of these items of jewellery for sale".

  18. Stabbing victim begged 'don't let me die'

    Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

    A man stabbed in an attack outside a Plymouth pub begged his mother "Please, don't let me die", a court has heard. 

    Jamie Healey, 22, had three operations after the attack in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day. Tanis Bhandari, 27, was killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Donald Pemberton, from Plymouth, has denied murder, wounding and assault. Ryan Williams, 22, from Plymouth, admitted the same charges yesterday. The case continues.

  19. Concern for missing Dawlish man

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police in Devon say they are concerned for a missing man in the Dawlish area.

    Ross Norman. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Twenty-three-year-old Ross Norman is described as 6ft tall, skinny, with gingery coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a black hooded parka-type coat, sandy coloured jeans and grey trainers.

  20. Anger over public health budget cuts

    Tamsin Melville, Cornwall Political Reporter

    Cuts to Cornwall's public health budget have been branded "disgraceful", with calls for the savings to be reversed in tomorrow's Autumn Statement. 

    Cornwall Council is due to lose £1.5m from the budget, and £7m across the South West. The government says councils have to contribute to sorting out public finances.


    Cornish Labour councillor Candy Atherton said: "It's about the core services in public heath - childhood obesity, addictions, smoking - if you can stop them now, they make a real difference in the future."

  21. HMS Ocean to be decommissioned

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth-based helicopter carrier HMS Ocean is to be decommissioned in 2018, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed to the BBC.

    HMS Ocean

    The ship is designed to deliver troops to the centre of action on deployment, and is capable of carrying 12 Sea King and six Lynx helicopters. 

    RAF Chinook helicopters are also "normally carried as an integral part of the ship's air group", the Royal Navy says on its website.

  22. Recycling trial looks at plastic pots, tubs and trays

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Plastic pots, tubs and trays are to be the focus of a new recycling trial in Cornwall.

    Cornwall Council said it was running a trial of 46,000 properties in the former Kerrier and Carrick areas from 30 November for a year.

    The authority said: "Plastic pots, tubs and trays make up a large proportion of our household rubbish and we currently can't recycle them. We want to see how much we can recycle if we could." 

  23. Two poisoned by carbon monoxide

    Torquay Herald Express

    Two people were taken to hospital after a potentially fatal carbon monoxide leak at a house in Torquay.

  24. Topsham Gap public inquiry venue too small

    BBC Radio Devon

    A public inquiry into the so-called Topsham Gap has been postponed after about 160 people turned up and the venue was deemed too small.

    Developers have appealed against Exeter City Council's decision to refuse plans for a care home and housing for older people on the pocket of land in an area that separates Topsham from Exeter. 

    However, this morning people were turned away after a planning inspector decided a last-minute change of venue wasn't fair.

  25. Making a difference in your community

    BBC Radio Devon

    We're staging one of our 'Action Station' events today - clearing up the Wildfox adventure playground in Paignton.


    As you can see - providing lunch for the workers is crucial! Thanks to everyone who volunteered.

  26. Travel latest in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

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    - The A379 Dartmouth Road in Torquay is blocked northbound between the Big Tree roundabout and Cypress Court mini-roundabout, because of an accident involving a cyclist and a car

    - There's queuing traffic on the A385 Bridgetown Hill in both directions in Totnes at the New Road junction in the roadworks area

    - On Great Western Railway services, there are delays to some trains to and from Paddington due to an incident near London  

    - In Plymouth, there are reports of an accident on North Hill around Armada Street, near St Mathias' Church

  27. How can we help children living with alcoholic parents?

    Bill Buckley

    BBC Radio Devon

    Labour MP Liam Byrne is calling for a major programme to support children with mums and dads who drink too much.

    It's estimated that 2.5m children in the UK are affected by the problem. Mr Byrne, a former Cabinet minister, grew up with a father who battled alcohol for years.

    Today a new campaign is being launched by a cross-party group of MPs and charities. Let me know if you've been affected on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

  28. Wadebridge aid group 'ignoring racist abuse'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A group in Wadebridge organising aid for refugees, says it is having to ignore racist abuse on social media towards those receiving the aid. 

    It says some have posted comments linking those genuinely fleeing Syria, to terrorists involved in the Paris attacks.

  29. HMS Ocean to be 'quietly scrapped by government'

    The Huffington Post

    The Government is to axe the Navy’s flagship to save costs despite spending £65million on upgrading the vessel a year ago.

  30. St Ives jewellery raid was 'high-value'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police have released descriptions of jewellery stolen during what they describe as a "high-value burglary" in St Ives. Thieves stole about £30,000 of goods from Little Jem's Jewellers on Saturday.

    Little Jem's Jewellers' stock. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Items taken include:

    - A 9 carat yellow gold Art Nouveau ruby necklace 

    - An 18 carat white gold sapphire and diamond petal cluster ring in a rub over setting

    - An 18 carat yellow gold handmade heavy-set emerald cut topaz ring with diamond inlay shoulder detail 

    - An 18 carat yellow gold handmade heavy-set pear-shaped topaz ring with claw set diamond surround and diamond inlay shoulder detail 

    - An 18 carat white gold multi-wear sapphire and diamond stud round earrings with detachable centre diamond stud

  31. Call for clarity about warships announcement

    BBC Radio Devon

    A former Labour parliamentary candidate for Plymouth says he is writing to the government about future ships for the city's naval base and work for its dockyard.

    The Prime Minister announced in Monday's Defence Review that eight rather than 13 new Type 26 Frigates would be built. It's hoped some will be based in Plymouth, but there's concern that may change now that fewer are promised.

    Plymouth Sutton and Devonport candidate Luke Pollard, who stood in May's General Election, said he wanted clarity about what the announcement meant for the city.

  32. Calls for reversal of public health budget cuts

    Tamsin Melville, Cornwall Political Reporter

    There are calls for cuts to the public health budget to be reversed in tomorrow's Autumn Statement.

    public health

    The cash funds things such as sexual health, drug and alcohol services, as well as suicide prevention work - South West councils are due to lose funding worth £7m this year.

    The government said it was increasing the overall NHS budget by £10bn and councils are expected to contribute to sorting out the public finances.

  33. A30 crash at Sourton sparks fresh witness appeal

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The police say they need the help of motorists in their investigation into a serious road accident on the A30 twelve days ago

    An elderly couple from Launceston are in a 'serious but stable' condition after a truck ploughed into their silver Volvo, which had broken down in the inside lane near Okehampton.

    Dan Mountain from Devon & Cornwall Police told me: "It was a busy time of day on the A30, we think people may have seen the silver Volvo, may have tried to avoid it prior to the collision."

  34. Exeter's Maunder impresses Redruth coaches

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Redruth head coach Steve Larkins says Exeter Chiefs youngster Jack Maunder is capable of playing Premiership rugby.

    Jack Maunder

    The 18-year-old has played three games since joining the National Two South club on loan earlier this month.

    "He's just got that little bit of class about him," Larkins said after his side beat Worthing 24-16 to go sixth in their division.

  35. Grass verge cutting 'becoming impossible'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new report suggests it'll become impossible for Mid Devon District Council to cut grass verges.

    Devon County Council is slashing its budget for grass verge cutting in mid Devon next year by £50,000 - the district authority gets the cash to do the work but a new report suggests it will become financially unviable.

    Some parish and town councils have been asked to do more to plug the funding gap, but many have replied saying they'd struggle to take grass verge cutting on themselves.

  36. Devon health campaigners lobby councillors over bed cuts

    BBC Radio Devon

    Health campaigners in Devon will today deliver a 10,000 signature petition to county councillors, calling on them to take action over the closure of community hospital beds. 


    Unions and campaigners say the recent loss of beds at Bideford and Ilfracombe leaves just 40 community hospital beds across the whole of north Devon. 

    Local NHS managers have said patients want to be treated at home rather than in hospital, but Brett Sparks from Unite said: "Devon County Council .. we feel they should be contacting central government to lobby on behalf of the people of Devon that these cuts shouldn't take place."

  37. Council announces new chief executive

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council has announced its new chief executive. 

    Kate Kennally will be taking on the top officer job, joining from Barnet Council in London.

    She replaces Andrew Kerr, who left earlier this year to take up the post of chief executive at Edinburgh City Council.

  38. Truro - about 115 years ago

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    You're loving these archive photos of Cornwall, preserved and put online with the help of the National Lottery.


    The Cornish Memory archive contains over 30,000 films and photos, including this shot of Truro's Boscawen Street in around 1890.

    Colin Daysh comments on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page: "What a brilliant photo! The Red Lion!! Wish Truro looked like that now," while Kenneth Thomas adds: "How things have changed over the last 100 years."

  39. Police seek witnesses to A30 crash near Okehampton

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An elderly couple from Launceston remain in a 'serious but stable' condition in hospital after a crash on the A30 12 days ago.

    The 84-year-old man and 79-year-old woman were in a silver Volvo which was hit by a lorry after breaking down on the westbound carriageway at Sourton.

    Sgt Jane Corkhill from Devon & Cornwall Police said: "We would like to speak to anyone who saw the silver Volvo broken down prior to the collision, as well as anyone who was travelling on either carriageway who may have witnessed the collision.”  

  40. 'It's horrendous' - Councillor warns Exeter is being tarnished by build-up of rubbish in residential areas

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Exeter’s image is being tarnished by a build-up of rubbish in residential areas, a prominent councillor has warned.

  41. High tide times for the region

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    If you're heading to the coast today, here are the times of the next high waters around Devon and Cornwall.


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

  42. Campion deserves better luck says Gulls boss

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson says on-loan striker Achille Campion deserves better luck after breaking his nose in the 3-1 loss to Lincoln City.

    Achille Campion

    The Port Vale forward's loan has been hindered by a postponement and being substituted for tactical reasons after a team-mate was sent off.

    "I hope he gets back fit and firing because he deserves it as he's a great character," said Nicholson.

  43. Elderly Launceston couple still in hospital after A30 crash

    Western Morning News

    Two elderly people remain in hospital almost a fortnight after suffering serious injuries when their broken down car was hit by a lorry on the A30.

  44. Housing association 'focusing on minimising job cuts'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A south west housing association which is facing 40 job losses says it is focusing "on minimising redundancies".

    DCH is reviewing services after the government announced a 1% rent cut for social housing in England.

    DCH HQ

    A spokeswoman said it was considering changes to 85 roles and there could be up to 40 redundancies in a bid to save up to £4.5m a year.

  45. Travel update for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

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    - There's slow traffic on the A39 in both directions between the Carland Cross junction and the Trispen junction in the roadworks area

    - There's heavy traffic on the A390 Holmbush Road in Holmbush, St Austell, at the Boscoppa turn-off

  46. New sharks for National Marine Aquarium

    BBC Spotlight

    The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is about to take delivery of two new Lemon Sharks - a brand new species to the aquarium's family. 

    shark tank

    The pair are travelling to Plymouth from The Netherlands where they've been based at Emmen Zoo since 1984. 

  47. Jewellery worth £30,000 stolen in St Ives raid

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Jewellery worth about £30,000 has been stolen in a burglary at a shop in west Cornwall, police say.

    Little Jem's Jewellers, in Tregenna Place, was broken into at about 05:30 on Saturday.

    Stolen jewellery. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Officers said offenders left with at least 10 diamond rings, five of which were white gold solitaire engagement rings; 15 gold bangles and 20 gold bracelets.

  48. Public inquiry to mind the Topsham Gap

    BBC Radio Devon

    A three-day hearing is being held to debate the future of the so-called Topsham Gap - the green space that separates the town from Exeter. 

    Developers who want to build a care home and housing for older people, are appealing Exeter City Council's refusal of the plans.

    The final decision is now in the hands of a planning inspector who will be gathering evidence at a public inquiry, which starts today.

  49. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - The A390 Newbridge Hill in Gunnislake is partially blocked by an accident.

    - Problems on the A379 Bridge Road in Exeter where there is disruption after a collision.

    - Slow traffic on the A380 northbound in Newton Abbot between Penn Inn roundabout and the A383 Teignmouth Road junction, because of a broken-down vehicle.  

    - Watch out for delays on the A385 westbound in Longcombe between the Glazegate Lane junction and Brutus Bridge Roundabout in the roadworks area.

    - The A3015 Holloway Street in Exeter is partially blocked and there are delays outbound because of a broken down lorry.

  50. Plymouth mum denies putting strong painkiller Tramadol in her children's milk

    Plymouth Herald

    A mum has pleaded not guilty to poisoning her two infant daughters. Rose Jones, aged 30, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court accused of giving a strong painkiller to the young children in their milk.

  51. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

      - Campaigners who want to see community hospital beds in North Devon stay open are handing over a 10,000-signature at Devon County Hall  

    - Recommendations to shut a number of play areas in Mid Devon are being discussed as the district council looks at making £800,000 of savings

    - There are calls for cuts to the public health budget in Cornwall to be reversed in the Autumn Statement, as the county council faces losing £1.5m

    - An archive of over 30,000 photos, films and audio clips collected from around Cornwall has been made available for the public online

    - Two lemon sharks are due to arrive at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth later

  52. Fresh police appeal over A30 crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to a serious collision on the A30 in Devon in which an elderly couple were seriously injured.

    The couple from Launceston were in a silver Volvo S80 which is believed to have broken down at Sourton near Okehampton, when it was hit by a DAF lorry on 12 November.

    They remain in a 'serious but stable' condition in hospital. 

  53. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

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    - There has been an accident on the A390 in St Ann's Chapel near the Old Mine Lane junction.

    - The A3072 in Holsworthy is partially blocked and busy but moving near the Rydon Lane junction, also because of an accident.

    - A collision has been causing problems on the A386 in Merton in north Devon near the Ryall's Corner junction.

    - Roadworks are causing problems on the A39 in both directions between Carland Cross and Truro as well as on the A390 in both directions in Threemilestone.

  54. Woman branded 'selfish and cowardly' for false accusation

    A woman who falsely accused her fiance's boss of a sex attack has been given an 18-month suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice.

    Sophie Tucker

    Sophie Tucker, 23, from Devon, admitted making up the allegation after the fiance saw his boss leaving her home.

    Police later found intimate photos and messages she had sent to the man. Judge Ian Lawrie called her "selfish and cowardly".

  55. Weather latest: Cloudy with a few brighter spells and showers

    BBC Weather

    Mainly cloudy with a few bright spells developing but also some isolated showers. Those showers are more likely in the north and east and they will be more frequent and prolonged towards the end of the day.


    Winds will moderate or fresh from the northwest, but strong along the north coast or over the moors. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

  56. Council told to take action over community hospital beds

    BBC Spotlight

    Health campaigners in Devon are due to deliver a 10,000-signature petition to the county council calling for action over the closure of community hospital beds.


    The petition calls for a debate of the full council over the funding of rural hospital provision. 

    The union Unite said the recent closure of beds at Bideford and Ilfracombe hospitals left Barnstaple as the only major town in north Devon with hospital beds.

  57. Good morning from the Local Live team

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

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

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