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  1. Updates for Monday 4 January
  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: Mixture of bright spells and showers

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    There will be very little change overnight, with a mixture of clear spells and occasional showers for many.

    The showers will be most frequent and heavy near coastal areas. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    Tuesday will see a mixture of bright or sunny spells and showers for many. The most frequent showers near coasts and hills, where they will be heavy with hail and thunder possible.

    A Yellow Warning for rain from the Met Office is in place until midday. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  3. Porthleven in the storms

    Peter Sincock has sent us this photograph of a stormy-looking Porthleven this morning.

    Porthleven. Pic: Peter Sincock

    If you'd like to get in touch with photos you think we'd be interested in - we'd love to hear from you on email.

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - A four-year-old girl is glued to a McDonald's toilet seat in Exeter in what is thought to be a prank

    - Care England says finances within care homes in the South West are so bad some could be forced to close or stop taking council funded clients in the coming months

    - Eleven snakes which were found dumped outside a vets in Devon have died, the RSPCA says. Another one is surviving

    - Exeter City Football Club warns people not to attempt to make money from selling ticket for the club's FA cup tie against Liverpool at inflated prices

    - Newquay Safe - which represents the authorities, businesses and residents of the town - is praised for creating a better atmosphere in the seaside resort during the New Year period

    - Cornish-based disaster relief charity Shelterbox is on standby to help people in India following an 6.7 magnitude earthquake

  5. Trust hopes damaged bee colonies will 'recover soon'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The National Trust says it hopes that bee colonies damaged when hives were vandalised at the weekend will "recover soon".

    Tens of thousands of bees are feared to have been lost after 10 hives, seven of them occupied, were knocked over and equipment damaged at Buckland Abbey in Devon - former home of Sir Francis Drake - on Saturday.

    Buckland Abbey. Pic: National Trust

    The trust said: “We’re sad about the damage to the hives and hope the bees that survived will recover soon, as they play such a vital role in nature; and commend the beekeepers for all their hard work at restoring the hives”.

  6. Hospice beneficiaries 'appreciate generosity'

    BBC Spotlight

    Families who have benefited from the work of Children's Hospice South West, which is marking its 25th anniversary, have "really appreciated the generosity" of the charity's supporters, its co-founder says.

    About 2,000 children across the region have been helped by the charity since it was founded in 1991. It has hospices in Cornwall, Devon and Bristol, with the bulk of its £8m annual budget coming from public donations. 

    Eddie Farwell

    Eddie Farwell (pictured) said the charity had had thousands of supporters "up and down this great peninsula of ours".

  7. Girl, four, glued to Exeter McDonald's toilet seat in 'prank'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A four-year-old girl was stuck to a restaurant toilet with super-strong glue in what is thought to be a prank.

    Police believe two girls had left the glue on the toilet seat at McDonald's in High Street, Exeter when the young girl entered.

    Nicole Langmead and Kaya

    Mother Nicole Langmead said Kaya (both pictured) was in tears and her skin "red raw" after getting stuck to the seat. Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for two girls seen leaving the toilets before Kaya went in.  

  8. Ajala returns to Torquay United

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United have re-signed winger Toby Ajala from National League rivals Dover on a free transfer.

    Toby Ajala

    The 24-year-old spent last season at Plainmoor, scoring six goals in 46 games for the Gulls.

    He has agreed a deal until the end of the season at struggling Torquay, who have won just four league matches and lie second from bottom of their league.

  9. Snakes found dumped die from respiratory problems

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Eleven out of 12 snakes which were found dumped outside a veterinary centre in Devon have died, an animal charity says.

    The dozen Royal Pythons were found in a cardboard box in Plymouth on 23 December. The RSPCA took them into care but said the reptiles had been "very poorly with respiratory problems and, overall, their body condition was not good."

    Dumped snakes. Pic: RSPCA

    The charity said there was "only one now surviving" and it was urging anyone with information on how the snakes came to be dumped to help an investigation into the incident.

  10. FA Cup 'ticket tout' warning from Exeter City

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Exeter City Football Club has issued a stark warning to any supporters attempting to make money from selling their ticket for the club's FA cup tie against Liverpool.


    It follows reports that people are trying to illegally sell the tickets for up to five times their face value. The club says it will follow up any such incidents 'vigorously'.


    Chairman Julian Tagg told me: "It's very important we take this seriously, we want our real fans who come week in, week out... and our community fans to get the tickets to the match."

  11. Exeter seek improvement - Tisdale

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Exeter City must improve on their form in both penalty boxes, according to manager Paul Tisdale.

    Paul Tisdale

    The Grecians lost for the fourth successive League Two game as they went down 2-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge at St James Park.

    "I'm more than happy how we've played box to box, from one 18-yard line to the other. We haven't converted our play into goals that matter, to defend the goal at one end and to score at the other," he told BBC Radio Devon.

  12. Boy 'embarrassed' over £10 note bus row

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A mother says she "can’t understand" why a bus driver apparently wouldn't take her son to school on a public bus because he tried to pay with a £10 note. 

    Emily Bawden, from Reawla, said her 12-year-old son was ready to pay the £2.50 fare, but the driver told him he didn't have enough change and her son couldn't take the trip.

    She said: “He's walked back home in the rain, upset and embarrassed in front of his school friends... I think it might nice to see maybe a duty of care from the driver to the children."

    First Kernow said the boy was offered a credit note and not asked to leave the bus.

  13. Floods in Devon - your photos


    Thanks to Bridget Rendall who has shared this photo of the floods near Chumleigh on the BBC Spotlight Facebook page.


    Bridget comments: "Thought you may like to see this of the floods at Bridge Reeve near Chulmleigh, strange to think that just to the left the river is crashing down and out over the banks and has risen with so little space left under the bridge."

  14. Teignmouth promenade hole being filled in

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    About 60% of a 10m (30ft) long and 2m (6ft) deep hole which appeared along a seaside promenade has been filled in, the Environment Agency says.

    The agency said about two-thirds of the hole had been filled with aggregate and that, once this material had settled, the remaining gap would be filled with concrete.

    Teignmouth hole

    Contractors were also planning to stabilise the foundations of the wall using steel sheet piles, it added. This would be done as soon as the tides were favourable, hopefully within the next two weeks, it said.

  15. Baxter unlikely to add to second row

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says it is unlikely that the club will bring in an extra second row, even if Mitch Lees is ruled out with injury.

    Mitch Lees

    The 27-year-old was forced off in the first half of Exeter's 8-3 loss at Northampton with a bicep problem.

    "We've got guys like Ollie Atkins, Jonny Hill, Sam Skinner and Jerry Sexton, who have played second row within our systems. Potentially, we're better off using those guys," Baxter said.

  16. New university college officially opens

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new £10.5m university technical college (UTC) has officially opened its doors in Newton Abbot.

    The first students at the South Devon UTC started back in September, but have been working at nearby Forde House while the college's new building was finished.

    The college is a state school with a focus on engineering and science, and is run in partnership with local employers including South West Water, Centrax and Galliford Try.

  17. Row over bus firm not accepting £10 note for fare

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A mother says she's angry a bus company wouldn't take her son to school on a public bus because he wanted to pay with a £10 note.

    First Kernow bus

    Emily Bawden, from Reawla, said her 12-year-old son was ready to pay the £2.50 fare but was told by the driver that he didn't have enough change and the boy couldn't continue the journey.

    Bus firm First Kernow said the boy was offered a credit note and he was not asked to leave the bus.