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  1. Updates for Monday 11 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today. We'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates. 

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A carer, manager and company director of the Ponsandane care home in Penzance have appeared in court accused of neglecting vulnerable residents.

    Fifteen Cornwall, the restaurant opened by Jamie Oliver in 2006, is consulting employees on restructuring its workforce, but says it is keen to avoid any compulsory redundancies.

    - A clinical trial, being led by Plymouth University, is using a drug normally prescribed to lower cholestrol, to help to slow down the effects of Parkinson's disease.

    - South west music fans pay their tributes to David Bowie, who's died at the age of 69  

    - Cornwall Council has denied being too soft over children's school attendance and handing out too few fines for 'unauthorised absences'

    - Beach goers, especially dog walkers, have been told to look out for chunks of rancid palm oil washing up in north Cornwall.

  3. Fifteen Cornwall 'keen' to avoid job losses

    Fifteen Cornwall, the restaurant created by TV chef Jamie Oliver in 2006, is consulting employees on restructuring its workforce.

    But the Cornwall Food Foundation, which owns it, says it is keen to avoid compulsory redundancies.

    Fifteen Cornwall launch, May 2006

    Matthew Thomson said some "difficult decisions" would be required, but the charity intends to "do our very best to look after all the brilliant people who have made Fifteen what it is".

  4. Vulnerable care home residents 'slapped' by carer

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A carer, a manager and a company director neglected vulnerable residents at a care home, a court was told.

    Carer Emma Morse, 50, of The Close, Penzance, who denies six counts of ill treatment or neglect, slapped and swore at an 85-year-old man at Ponsandane home in Penzance, Truro Crown Court heard.

    Care home manager Robert Rogers, 44, of Tremore Road, Redruth and the company's human resources director Anna Dalziel, 36, of Redannick Lane, Truro, also deny wilfully neglecting residents by failing to take action when allegations of abuse were made.  

  5. Grazing Dartmoor ponies protect hill fort

    BBC Radio Devon

    Dartmoor ponies are being used to protect an Iron Age hill fort at the National Trust's Killerton estate near Exeter.

    Trees have been removed from the area known as the "Clump" to prevent their roots disturbing the archaeology and the ponies will graze the area to help clear scrub and keep down the re-growth.

    Dartmoor ponies grazing at Killerton

    Lead Ranger Ed Nicholson said: "Their trampling of the ground allows more sunlight to reach the woodland floor and encourages a variety of flowering plants"

  6. Travel update for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - Two lanes have been closed on the M5 Exeter-bound at Cullompton between J28 Cullompton and J 29 Exeter & Honiton due to a police incident.

    - An accident has partially blocked the A382 Highweek Way in Newton Abbot near Courtenay Street.

    - In Kingsbridge an accident near Ashleigh Road has blocked West Alvington Hill in both directions.

    - In Barnstaple the A39 North Road is partially blocked by an accident near Higher Raleigh Road.

    - Reports of an accident in Kingsteignton on Newton Road near Homers Lane.

  7. Weather: Remaining windy, but showers becoming more isolated

    Showers will become more isolated tonight, allowing for some more extensive breaks in the cloud to appear.

    It will remain windy with fresh or strong north westerly winds, with a minimum temperature of 3 Deg C ( 37Deg F), meaning a frost is possible in sheltered inland areas.


    Tomorrow there will be few showers around and more sunny spells. 

    Still feeling chilly with fresh or strong north westerly winds and a maximum temperature of 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).   

  8. Dealer caught selling drugs near police station

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    An Exeter drug dealer who was caught openly selling heroin and cocaine just 150 yards from the city's main police station has been jailed for three years.

    Homeless 32-year-old Simon Mills, who was described by the judge at Exeter Crown Court as a "well-known and habitual user", was found with £1,200 in cash on him when he was arrested in December.

  9. Rare bats found in mental health care home

    Exeter Express & Echo

    A rare species of bats has been found in a mental health care home in Exminster, which is to be closed.

    Spurfield House is a listed building, but Guinness Care and Support says the cost of repairs means it is no longer "economically viable".

  10. Cornwall Council 'going soft' on school absence fines

    BBC Inside Out

    South West

    A council which has fined parents 16 times for taking children out of school without permission has been accused of 'going soft' as unauthorised absences increased by 20% in one year.


    Cornwall Council issued 16 fines since the absence policy changed in 2013 - Devon County Council fined parents 1,600 times in the same period - Cornwall Council said it was "not letting anyone get away with it", but there were "better ways" of making children go to school.

    The chair of Campaign For Real Education Chris McGovern said it appeared Cornwall Council was "going soft", adding it was better to persuade parents to not go on holiday during term times rather than fining them, which caused "antagonism".

  11. Horde of hamsters need new homes

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Twelve Syrian hamsters dumped in Exeter days before Christmas are still waiting to be rehomed.

    Four cages filled with 14 of the furry creatures were rescued by a member of the public outside a block of flats in King Street and taken to the RSPCA's Little Valley centre.


    Two have since been rehomed, but staff at the centre hope to find new homes for the remaining horde.

  12. Plymouth incinerator working around the clock

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A new incinerator in Plymouth is now producing energy from waste 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The MVV plant will generate nearly 200,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 60,000 megawatt hours of steam each year, by using about 245,000 tonnes of waste from Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon.

    Plymouth incinerator

    The energy produced by the Devonport plant is used by the dockyard and naval base, replacing the natural gas-based heating energy generation there and reducing CO2 emissions by about 77,000 tonnes a year.

  13. Chalk, blackboards and flat caps in the classroom

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Pupils at a school in North Devon have been finding out what school life would have been like 100 years ago.


    Pupils and Staff at Woolacombe Primary School are celebrating its centenary by dressing up in the style of 1916.

    Lessons being taught include embroidery and cookery and children have swapped paper and pens for blackboards and chalk.

  14. Black and white CCTV pictures on offer online

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Staff at Paradise Park in Hayle have set up a ‘Penguin Cam’ so people can follow the activities of their Humboldt's penguins.


    Curator David Woolcock explained: "Last year we completely refurbished their enclosure and for 2016 we are launching a new Penguin Cam so people can see what antics the penguins get up to during the day."

    The Humboldt’s Penguin lives along the coasts of Chile and Peru, this species is endangered in the wild due to human interference and pollution.

  15. Men jailed over underground cannabis factory

    Hamish Marshall, BBC Spotlight

    Two men who were part of a gang that built an underground drugs factory in south Devon have been jailed.

    A police raid on a building near Shaldon in 2012 found a bunker where 136 cannabis plants were being grown - it is estimated these could have had a street value of up to £94,000.

    Steven Loveridge from Torquay was jailed for six years. His accomplice Clive Plat-Lea was jailed for 32 months after they admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis. A third man, Christopher Kerr, was given a suspended sentence of 16 months.

  16. Sanctuary Housing defends £24,000 repair bill

    BBC Radio Devon

    The freehold owner of a block of flats in Paignton says a £24,000 repair bill sent to four leaseholders in not unfair.

    The residents claim they have been telling Sanctuary Housing about structural problems at the property for five years.

    Paignton housing

    However, Sanctuary says normally home owners would have to pay in advance, but it will do this "up front", adding in a statement that it "will work with them to agree repayment options".

  17. Controversial Zimbabwe cricketer signs for Newquay

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Ex-Zimbabwe Test player Mark Vermeulen, banned from all cricket by his national body for making racist comments, has signed for Cornish club side Newquay.

    Mark Vermeulen

    Vermeulen, 36, who described black people as "apes" in a social media post in 2015, will be the club's overseas player this summer.

    "We should embrace his cricketing abilities, embrace the positives and not the negatives," Newquay chairman of selectors Godfrey Furse told BBC Sport.

  18. Rugby world cup mementos help charity

    BBC Radio Devon

    Rugby fans are snapping up the chance to get hold of some of the official World Cup flags and banners used in Exeter during the autumn tournament.

    Rugby World Cup

    All proceeds of the sale, which includes the banners, flags and bunting that decorated the city will be split between the Lord Mayor's charity, the Exeter Foundation, and the Business Empowering Employment Programme.

  19. Cholestrol drug trialled as Parkinson's treatment

    BBC Spotlight

    A drug used to lower cholestrol could help to slow down the effects of Parkinson's - a progressive disease of the nervous system.

    Simvastatin is being trialled in Plymouth and 20 other centres in the UK, led by the Pymouth University's Peninsula Medical School.

    Parkinson's brain scan

    Chief researcher Dr Camille Carroll said the results of the trial "could lead to new and highly effective treatments" to tackle Parkinson’s.