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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 17 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Devon and Cornwall's live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but your BBC Local Live team will be back from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Devon and Cornwall Police funding settlement 'good news', says Police and Crime Commissioner

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A funding settlement for Devon and Cornwall Police has been branded "good news" by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg.

    It gives the force improvement of 0.5% next year, he says. But, he added that Devon and Cornwall, like all forces, will see further reductions in the next few years as national policing initiatives are financed.

    Devon and Cornwall Police HQ

    Mr Hogg said savings were still required and welcomed the "breathing space that this settlement provides in order to plan for the different way policing services will need to be delivered in the future". 

  3. Christmas lunch for lonely people 'just seemed to be a good idea'

    BBC Spotlight

    A pensioner from Camborne who arranged a free Christmas lunch for lonely people in the community has said it "just seemed to be a good idea".

    Around 40 people turned up at the town's rugby club today 

    LONELY

    Peter Campbell, who's 87, had planned to fund the whole meal himself but has received help, saying: "Local people and businesses have been very generous and supported the event."

  4. Devon County Council faces 'unprecedented austerity savings' in government settlement

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The budget settlement for Devon County Council makes it "crystal clear" the county is still facing "unprecedented austerity savings", the leader has said.

    John Hart said: "We have been planning for around £35 million of cuts to services in Devon for 2016/17 in order to balance our budget. That was based on very pessimistic assumptions of what our government grant would be and assuming a cut of about 14.3%. 

    "But I have to tell you that today's announcement from the government means a cut of 15.7% which is £2.5m less than we had forecast." Mr Hart added the authority "would cope" but the savings will not be "achieved without pain".

  5. Weather latest: Staying mild with some rain possible tomorrow

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A mostly dry night with some clear spells around but cloud will start to thicken around dawn. It will be another very mild night. Minimum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow: although it will be largely cloudy with the odd spot of rain possible, most areas will remain dry with a brighter break possible towards the east. The cloud continuing to thicken and lower later, maybe with some hill fog. Despite winds staying strong, it will remain very mild. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

  6. 'Brutal' bar attack caused man to lose an eye

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A young law graduate who lost an eye in a brutal attack in a bar in Newquay has been left living 'in constant fear'.

    Miguel Lopez

    Miguel Lopez (above) was jailed for seven years at Truro Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury of wounding with intent against AJ Patton-Wiggan.

    The victim had to have his eyeball removed following the drug-fuelled attack at Belushi's bar in August 2014.

  7. Mastiff-type dog seized by police after allegedly attacking two people in Totnes

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Police have seized a Mastiff-type dog in connection with two alleged attacks on people in Totnes.

    The animal is alleged to have attacked a woman, 67, and a man, 27 in the Bridgetown area on 25 November and 1 December. Both reported being bitten on their lower backs and thighs.

    The dog has been taken to kennels to protect the public and the owner will be interviewed by police in due course, a spokesman confirmed.

  8. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    - Police and Crime Commissioner brands government funding settlement 'good news', but councils are disappointed with the grants

    - A 61-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering a pensioner whose body was found in a 4x4 vehicle in a field

    - A Spanish man has been jailed for a tequila and drug-fuelled attack in which his victim lost an eye

    - The number of Gypsy and traveller pitches in Cornwall is expected to rise sharply after a report said projections were far too low

    - A hedgehog summit will be held by the government after a Plymouth MPs campaign

  9. Councillor accuses government of "smoke and mirrors" tactics

    Tamsin Melville, Cornwall Political Reporter

    A senior Cornwall Councillor says he's "disappointed" with the amount of money the authority is being given by the government.

    Adam Paynter, Cabinet member for finance and resources, has accused ministers of using "smoke and mirrors" to hide cuts to local settlements.

    The government claims local authorities in England will see their funding fall by nearly three per cent next year, a figure Mr Paynter said he didn't recognise.

  10. Former soldier jailed for second rape

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A former soldier has been jailed for nine years after being convicted of rape for a second time.

    Carl Murdoch

    Carl Murdoch, 36, left his latest victim with "serious psychological trauma" after pulling her into an alleyway and raping her in Barnstaple in January last year, Exeter Crown Court heard. 

    Murdoch, who's from Devon but now lives in Bedfordshire, had been based at RMB Chivenor. The court heard he "appeared to have settled down to family life" after serving a seven year sentence for raping a 15-year-old in 2004.

  11. Newquay summer crime drop as police work 'more and more' with the community

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    As figures show summer crime in Newquay is down by 8% compared with last year, police say they're working more and more with the local community.

    Newquay

    Officers say Street Net, where local officers raise issues with residents and police volunteers and initiatives such as Pubwatch have all helped.

  12. Hedgehog summit to be held after Plymouth MP campaigns for change

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The Environment Secretary says she wants hedgehogs to have a "very happy Christmas" and has agreed to hold a summit with campaigners to help boost numbers.

    It comes after Oliver Colvile, Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, raised the plight of the species in the Commons after campaigners said numbers had dropped by a third in the last 10 years.

    Oliver Colvile and Liz Truss

    Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, said: "I'm very willing to meet with my honourable friend and the Hedgehog Preservation Trust to see what we can do to ensure we have a good population of hedgehogs in the future."

  13. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - At Chybucca the A30 eastbound is partially blocked near the Allet turning because of a collision

    - At Abbotsham the A39 is partially blocked near Clovelly Road after an accident

    - Exeter and Plymouth both have late night shopping tonight so traffic may be busier than normal on roads in and around both city centres

    - There are delays to trains through Bristol because of engineering work

    - Camborne's town centre roads will be closed to traffic from 18:30 for a lantern parade.

  14. Council admits mistake on travellers' pitches

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council has admitted mistakes in assessing the need for travellers' pitches after the estimate tripled when a new, clearer survey was carried out.

    Travellers site

    "We held our hands up. We did not understand the nature of travellers' movements and needs and their family make-up," said Councillor Edwina Hannaford.

    "We want to do the right thing for this minority group." But she admitted that plans for more pitches would be a "challenge" because of opposition in some areas. 

  15. Fire service to lose 25% of government grant in funding settlement, chief claims

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it will lose 25% of its government grant by 2020, under a funding settlement announced today. 

    Chief Officer Lee Howell said the service could be £7m worse off every year.

    Chief Officer Lee Howell

    He said: "As part of our plan, currently we have no plans to close fire stations, what we will be doing is operating with far fewer support staff." The service said it it had a net revenue budget of £74,710,000 for 2015/16.

  16. Planned renewable subsidy cuts 'could cost jobs'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon county councillor fears thousands in the South West's renewable energy sector will lose their jobs if subsidies for solar power are cut too quickly. 

    Currently there is financial support for people who fit solar panels to their house or business. But the government is expected to announce that's being cut.

    Solar panels

    Those, such as Councillor Claire Wright, who are against the changes, said they were concerned such cuts would put people and businesses out of work, and stop greener energy. Those in favour said the move would reduce general household bills and stop solar farms being built on rural land.