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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 27 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

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By Matt Pengelly and Amy Gladwell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    That's all from us on BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall for today. We'll be back with news travel sport and weather updates from 8am on Monday.

  2. Scilly no stranger to unusual Flotsam and jettsam

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The Isles of Scilly is in the news today after a large section from an American space rocket was recovered from the sea - but it's not the first unusual thing to appear on the Isles.

    bottle

    Earlier this year a 'message in a bottle' travelled more than 4,000 miles (6,400km) from the Bahamas to Scilly.

    IN 1990 an aeroplane wheel of unknown origin washed up - while in 2008 birdwatchers were delighted to spot a rare Sociable Lapwing on the islands.

  3. Latest headlines for Devon & Cornwall

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

     - A 10 metre long section of a giant space rocket that was discovered off the Isles Of Scilly has now been removed from the beach on Tresco 

      - A consultation has started on a review of how school crossing patrols should be funded and provided in Devon  

    - Police say a man has been arrested after reports of a man firing a crossbow in Redruth

    - New high speed intercity trains for Devon and Cornwall will definitely start running in 2018, train operator Great Western says

  4. Farm leaders say urgent action is vital to close BPS payment gap

    Western Morning News

    Farming leaders have today urged Defra and the Rural Payments Agency to step up efforts to increase the number of farm businesses who will receive Basic Payment Scheme payments by the end of December and into January.

  5. Strange things spotted off the Isles of Scilly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The large sector of American space rocket is not the only unusual item to have appeared in the seas off the Isles of Scilly over the years.

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    The archipelago of five inhabitable islands and many smaller rocky outcrops 26 miles off Land's End has been the site of hundreds of shipwrecks over the years.

  6. Weather: windy and cold

    BBC Weather

    Tonight: There will be largely clear skies for the start of the night. Later in the night, cloud will tend to thicken from the west to give a few scattered showers. Winds will remain strong throughout the night and it will be much colder than of late, with a ground frost in more rural areas. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow, after a mainly dry start, it will soon turn cloudier as showery rain pushes across all parts through the morning, lasting throughout much of the afternoon. Some of the rain will be heavy and winds will stay strong with gales in exposure, making it feel rather cold. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  7. Christmas warning for revellers

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Christmas party goers are being urged to enjoy themselves but drink responsibly across Devon and Cornwall this festive season.

    The police say crimes such as domestic abuse, assault and sex offences all increase during the festive period.

    Christmas poster

    Sgt David Vickery said: “Alcohol can change people’s behaviour, causing them to take unnecessary risks. We ask that people stay in control and recognise the effects alcohol can have on their judgment and behaviour.”

  8. Blue from black Friday

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some small businesses in the south west say Black Friday has caused a nightmare for them with trading going right down recently.

    Toy shop

    Traditionally Black Friday was the name given to the day after American holiday Thanksgiving, when shops in the US drop their prices for 24 hours, but it has grown in the UK. 

    Richard Waggett who owns a toy shop in Kilkhampton says trade is down by 70 percent: "Certainly here there is virtually nobody out shopping. I opened before nine o'clock and I've had three customers... Certainly the internet side of Black Friday is taking over - their growth is massive".

  9. Nicholson - Torquay are improving

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says his side are making progress, despite dropping to third-from-bottom of the National League.

    Kevin Nicholson

    Torquay have not won in six matches and are five points from safety, having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches.

    "They've made steps forward. Anyone who's watched our games will see that they're a better side than they were six weeks ago," Nicholson insisted to BBC Radio Devon.

  10. House, cars and car port damaged in Torquay fire

    Western Morning News

    A house, three cars, and a car port have been severely damaged in a fire that required the attention of crews from all across South Devon.

  11. Don't you wish it could be Christmas every day?

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A large crowd is expected in Bodmin tonight as the town's Christmas tree is switched on.

    tree

    Last year the tree wascut down by vandalssparking fury in the town and sparking a huge community effort to replace the tree in time.

  12. Pennon Group profits climb

    Press Association

    The owner of South West Water Pennon Group said its pre-tax profits climbed almost 7% to £106.8 million, due to strong operational earnings. 

    Its South West Water arm supplies water to 1.7 million households in Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset. 

    Shares in the group lifted 29p to 866p.

  13. Cornwall astronomers' intrigue in rocket debris discovery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's growing intrigue in a piece of American rocket debris the size of a small whale which has washed up on the Isles of Scilly.

    rocket

    Experts believe it may be part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 - Brian Sheen, an astronomer from the Roseland Observatory said: "The reason it floated is because it's very much like a thermos flask. It's a vacuum chamber and that's to keep the lox inside it cool." 

    "People who are James Bond fans will know about lox - it stands for liquid oxygen and that's the main propellant for the rocket," he said.

  14. Tucker aims for Launceston upset

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Launceston head coach Jimmy Tucker says his side are capable of causing an upset when they host high-flying Cambridge at Polson Bridge.

    Jimmy Tucker

    Cambridge are level at the top of the table, having lost just one of their 11 games, while bottom-of-the-table Launceston are still in search of a first win of the season.

    "We look on this as a real challenge. I'm convincing the boys that teams like Cambridge are beatable, " Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  15. Crossbow arrest in Redruth

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man's been arrested in Redruth after reports of a crossbow being fired from a house in the town.

    Officers, including armed police, were called to Montague Avenue in the early hours.

    A 47-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted assault. No-one was hurt.

  16. Travel latest for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - The A303 on the Devon / Somerset border is closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A30 junction in Upottery and Southfields Roundabout in Southfield, because of an overturned vehicle. Diversions are in operation. 

    -  Watch out for slow traffic on A39 in both directions between the Carland Cross junction and the Trispen junction in the roadworks area.

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  17. Scilly rocket debris 'an extraordinary sight'

    John O'Shea

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    I've been reporting live from New Grimsby beach on Tresco, standing next to the piece of American rocket debris which has washed up at the islands. It's quite an extraordinary sight.

    rocket

    The ten-metre-long section was spotted  floating off Bryher yesterday and dragged in by a boatman - when I got here, a man with a power hose was cleaning off thousands of barnacles.

    People here are obviously quite keen to try and keep their hands on it - they also want to be sure what it's made of. They don't want to start cutting into it to find that it may have some damaging materials in it.

  18. Weather: rain and strong wind sweeping in

    BBC Weather

    It's cloudy with some patchy rain or drizzle, low cloud and hill fog at first, but this afternoon a band of more persistent, heavier rain will cross the area. Fresh south westerly winds will become strong to gale force, gusty north westerly.

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    Tonight the rain will clear all areas by the end of the afternoon to leave colder, drier conditions for the first part of the night but showers will develop towards morning. Winds will be fresh to strong north westerly and lowest temperatures 5C (41F).    

  19. Carpenter impresses as Pirates skipper

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates' Canadian forward Aaron Carpenter has impressed boss Ian Davies after taking on the captaincy.

    Aaron Carpenter

    Carpenter was made skipper in last week's British and Irish Cup win at Nottingham and kept the armband for the Championship clash with Bedford.

    "He got a lot of plaudits from me because I thought he captained very well and played very well. He's captain again this week, which helps us spread that leadership as well," Davies told BBC Cornwall.

  20. South West women speak out against sexual violence

    BBC Radio Devon

    About 250 women marched through the streets of Exeter last night to highlight the issue of rape and sexual abuse.

    Protest banner

    The demonstration was held as part of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week - Devon Rape Crisis say they have seen a big increase in people coming forward to seek help after sexual assaults.

    Maggie Parks from the Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Cornwall says a march is being held Penzance tonight too: "Despite many years of activism women still don't actually feel safe on the streets... and sadly often in their own homes."

  21. Scilly surprise at space rocket debris discovery

    BBC Spotlight

    A boatman from the Isles of Scilly said it was 'pretty shocking' to discover a large section of a space rocket floating in the sea.

    rocket

    It's thought the ten metre long metal section came from an unmanned American Falcon-9 rocket which broke apart minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in June.

    rocket

    Joe Thomas from Tresco Boat Service spotted the flotsam, he told the BBC: "We were all quite intrigued to what it actually was. First thoughts, we thought it might be part of a plane, it was pretty shocking to scrap the barnacles off and find it was part of a rocket ship."

  22. ​Truro driver's lucky escape from A39 crash

    West Briton

    A driver has spoken of his lucky escape after thinking he could die in the mayhem of a crash involving several people in the early hours.

  23. Tully targets FA Trophy bonus

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City boss Steve Tully says he would like a good run in the FA Trophy to bring in more money to the National League South club.

    Steve Tully

    The White Tigers travel to Kingstonian in the third qualifying round, with the winners earning £4,000.

    "Money coming into the club is always a good thing. I think the chairman will always realise that if you can win a couple of games in the FA Trophy you're bringing money into the club," ," Tully told BBC Cornwall.

  24. Popular US resident of Falmouth fights possible deportation

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A grandfather who's lived in Cornwall for over four decades has been told he could be deported from Britain with just 72 hours notice. 

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    Thomas Podgoretsky, who is 71 and lives in Falmouth, is a US citizen, but has been told he lost his right to stay in the UK after a lengthy stay in the US because of illness.

    The Home Office told us all cases were considered on their individual merits, adding: "Foreign nationals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK forfeit that status if they live outside the UK for a period of more than two years."

  25. Helping people into the workplace

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new scheme in South Devon is trying to help adults with learning disabilities get into work.

    work

    Project Search is run by Torbay Hospital and its partners - currently, only 6% nationwide will ever find meaningful work, and much of that is only part time. The programme is one of the first schemes of its type. 

  26. Tisdale hails Oakley's exeperience

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is pleased to have Matt Oakley's experience back in his squad.

    Matt Oakley

    The 38-year-old former England Under-21 international, has featured as a substitute in the last two games after recovering from a knee injury.

    "Some players will have lots of games under their belt, but perhaps won't pick up the finer points and make good decisions. He understands the game particularly well and he reads the game," Tisdale told BBC Sport.

  27. Excitement over space craft discovery off Isles of Scilly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The discovery off Scilly of part of an American rocket which blew up moments after take-off earlier this year has been described as "very exciting".

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    Ian Jones from Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station on the Lizard said this kind of find is rare: "I've not come across it before," he said.

    "After previous disasters there are extensive search programs to try and find the pieces, just as if there's an aeroplane crash, the engineers and scientists want to find out what went wrong so I'm sure there'll be a lot of interest in it." 

  28. Cat rescued from a tree in Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    Fire crews in Plymouth have rescued an injured cat from a tree this morning. 

    It had become stuck between branches after racing up a tree in Honicknnowle after being hit by a car - ladders, rescue lines and hydraulic cutting equipment was used by two crews.

    The cat is now being treated by RSPCA staff, who called the fire service in.

  29. Rocket debris causes 'stir' amid Tresco community

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Investigations are underway to confirm a mysterious piece of metal recovered off Scilly is in fact part of an American space rocket.

    The unmanned American Falcon-9 rocket disintegrated minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in June  - you can watch the dramatic video here - now this large piece of metal has been towed ashore on Scilly.

    rocket

    Mike Nelhams from the Tresco estate said: "It's been very interesting for everyone, the schoolchildren have found it quite interesting, looking at it, standing on it, to me it looked like a slow-moving whale - it's quite a size."

  30. Black Friday hits Plymouth with queues for hours outside

    Plymouth Herald

    Shoppers have queued through the night to get their hands on Black Friday bargains at shops in Plymouth.

    Queues started before midnight at Tesco - including at the large Tesco supermarket in Lee Mill on the edge of Plymouth.

    Queue

    Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving and is an American tradition where US shops sell their goods at a huge discount. It has been running in the UK for about five years with more and more retailers taking part.

  31. Flood alerts issued for north Cornwall coast

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Several flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for north Cornwall today.

    Flood Alert symbol

    That means flooding is possible, be prepared. The latest is from The Rumps to Hartland Point excluding Bude. 

    The full details of all the warnings can be viewed here.

  32. Sexual violence protest march

    BBC Radio Devon

    A protest march against sexual violence has been held in Exeter.

    Fee Scott

    Fee Scott from Devon Rape Crisis which helped organised the event, said: "We are seeing a huge increase in referrals across the board from people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape".

    The police said over the past three years in the south west there's been a 30% rise in under 24s reporting sexual offences.

  33. Travel latest for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - The A386 in Lydford in mid Devon is partially blocked northbound near the Station Road junction, because of an accident involving a single vehicle.

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

    - At Tresillian on the A390 near Heron Close there are temporary traffic lights due to construction work. Traffic is slow moving.

    - Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly are now on hold due to poor visibility.

  34. Audio: Maritime & Coastguard Agency on rocket debris found off Scilly

    BBC Breakfast

    Debris from a space rocket which blew up moments after take-off has reached the Isles of Scilly.

    rocket

    The unmanned Falcon-9 SpaceX rocket exploded as it left Cape Canaveral in Florida in June - this section was discovered off the Isles of Scilly.

    Richy Williams from the agency spoke to BBC Breakfast about what they found - you can listen to the interview here.

  35. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    - Part of an American rocket which blew up moments after take-off earlier this year has been towed onto Tresco after being discovered by fisherman off the Isles of Scilly 

    - Women from across the South West are taking part on protest marches against sexual violence 

    - A pensioner who's lived in Falmouth for 30 years is fighting deportation to the US 

    - A new scheme in south Devon is trying to help adults with learning disabilities get into work

  36. 'Hugh Town, we have a problem'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The boatman on the Isles of Scilly who first spotted a section of an American space rocket has said he thought it was a dead whale.

    rocket

    It's thought the 10m (33ft) long section comes from a Falcon-9 rocket which broke apart minutes after lifting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida in June.  

    rocket

    Joseph Thomas from Tresco Boat Services first spotted the debris as gulls pecked at the goose barnacles on it, adding: "I didn't know what it was. We tried to drag it ashore using a hook, but it bent it. It was too heavy for us to tow, so a local freight boat brought it ashore."

  37. Climate change sculpture to debut at Eden

    BBC Spotlight

    A huge work of art intended to send a powerful message about climate change is coming to the Eden Project this weekend.

    art

    The Rising Tide is by world-renowned sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor  and forms the centre-piece of Eden's Festival of Hope on the eve of the climate negotiations in Paris.

    It depicts working animals and draws attention to an ongoing dependency on fossil fuels.

  38. Fire crews tackle barn blaze - twice

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire crews in Cornwall have twice tackled a barn fire at Lane near Newquay.

    The fire in the barn full of hay bales was initially dealt with by fire fighters from Newquay yesterday afternoon.

    More than eight hours later crews from Newquay, Perranporth, St Columb and a water carrier from Wadebridge were back at the scene to put out the reignited blaze.  

  39. High tide times for the region

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

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

    tides

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

  40. Road congestion in south Devon as new road nears completion

    BBC Radio Devon

    Thousands of drivers travelling to Newton Abbot from Torquay this morning are facing a complicated diversion onto the new South Devon Link Road.

    Road

    It's the last major disruption before the multimillion-pound new road opens next month.

    Traffic will be taken off the A380 at the new Aller roundabout just after the Barn Owl pub, and will have to travel in a loop away from the main route, and onto part of the new road.

  41. Travel update for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - On the A30 between Chiverton Cross & Shortlanesend turn off eastbound, one lane is blocked due to a broken down lorry. Traffic is very heavy

    - Deepway Lane in Exminster is blocked in both directions near the Townfield junction, because of an accident.

    - Roadworks are causing problems - on the A39 between the Carland Cross junction and the Trispen junction; on the A30 at Temple and on the A390 in Threemilestone.

  42. Police target Christmas drinking in seasonal campaign

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Alcohol is at the centre of Devon and Cornwall Police's Christmas safety campaign under the slogan 'Know When To Stop'.

    Christmas poster

    The advice is: - Drink responsibly, know when to stop drinking alcohol and drink water regularly during the evening

    - Always walk away from trouble. Stay in control and prevent one night’s actions leaving you with a criminal record for years to come

    - Plan how to get home before you go out and pre-book a licensed taxi if required

    - Look after your friends and stay in a group

    - Avoid pre-loading with alcohol before you leave the house

  43. Investigations underway as 'rocket debris' recovered off Scilly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it believes the large piece of metal found off the Isles of Scilly yesterday was part of a US rocket.

    rocket

    The unmanned Space X Falcon 9 blew up shortly after take-off from Cape Canaveral in June - you can watch the dramatic video of the explosion here.

    rocket

    The 10m by 4m (33ft by 13ft) piece of alloy has been hauled onto the beach on Tresco by local boatmen.

  44. Eden Project wins National Geographic award

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Eden Project has won the Green category at the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards, after being voted for by readers of the magazine.  

    Eden Project

    Eden managing director Gordon Seabright said staff were "thrilled to be recognised by one of the world’s most prestigious publications".

  45. Exeter marchers protest over sexual violence

    BBC Radio Devon

    About 250 people marched through the streets of Exeter last night, protesting against sexual violence.

    march

    One of the organisers of the event - Devon Rape Crisis - is concerned the fastest growing group getting help is young women - it says that may be partly because growing numbers of young people are viewing pornography online.

  46. Police issue Christmas booze warning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Officers at Devon and Cornwall Police are urging Christmas revellers not to let excess alcohol spoil their seasonal celebrations this year.

    Christmas poster

    Alcohol-related incidents such as domestic abuse, assault, criminal damage, rape and anti-social behaviour all increase during the festive period. 

    Officers are especially concerned about 'pre-loading' - when people drink cheap alcohol at home before enjoying a night out.

  47. Weather: starting cloudy but rain, wind and cold on the way

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be mild and cloudy with some patchy rain or drizzle at times, low cloud and hill fog. Winds will be fresh south westerly.

    map

    This afternoon a band of more persistent, heavier rain will cross the area, bringing strong to gale force, gusty north westerly winds, and temperatures will drop by to about 10C (50F).

  48. 'Rocket debris' recovered off Scilly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A piece of metal recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly appears to be debris from an American space rocket.

    rocket

    The metal - a large section of alloy about 10m by 4m (33ft by 13ft), was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco.

    The metal section has been left on the beach at Tresco.

  49. 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 Friday.

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