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  1. Updates for Friday 15 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Matt Pengelly and Miles Davis

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

Weather: Cold and sunny

BBC Weather

After a very frosty start on Saturday there'll be plenty of sunshine.

Weather map

It is expected to stay dry and it will feel cold despite winds being light.

News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

- A man has been ordered to pay £1,880 by magistrates after he refused to clear up his dog mess at a Cornish beauty spot

- Victims of child sex abuse in Devon and Cornwall are being turned away from support services that are being overwhelmed by a large rise in cases

 - Cars have been stuck in the snow on Dartmoor as the wintry weather sweeps in to the south west 

Man fined almost £2,000 for fly tipping

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man from Launceston has been ordered to pay £1,947 in fines for fly tipping bags of stripped electrical cable, cable reels, a vacuum cleaner and a bird cage over seven occasions on a country road between June and September. 

Cornwall Council said David Venner, 61, of Tavistock Road, pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court today to the offences which took place in an area under surveillance.

Travel update for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- On the M5 between Bridgwater North and Bridgwater South heading towards Exeter one lane is blocked and there is slow traffic due to an accident

- In Plymouth, Seymour Road is partially blocked by an accident around Mannamead Road and Dormy Avenue.

 - On the A394 at Edgcumbe in Cornwall there are reports of a man walking in the middle of the road

- In Plymouth on Mutley Plain a broken down vehicle at the junction with Greenbank Road and Alexander Road is causing delays

Help for people with depression in Cornwall

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Hundreds of people who suffer with depression in Cornwall are being invited to sign up to a new free online therapy service as part of a study by Exeter University to establish the most effective methods of online cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT).

I'll be speaking with Professor Ed Watkins from the university at about 17:50 on BBC Radio Cornwall to find out more.

Train passenger fined £767

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A Devon rail passenger has been ordered to pay £767 by a court - for not paying his £2.70 rail fare.


Andrew Davies, 49, of Portland Street, Exeter, was convicted of travelling on a First Great Western train in Paignton, south Devon, in June with an intent to avoid paying the fare.

Not all heroes wear capes - beer gets through despite the snow

Plymouth Herald

Delivery drivers aren't letting a little bit of snow get in the way of them getting their work done - ensuring the beer gets through whatever the weather.

B&I Cup: Cornish Pirates v Nottingham on Sunday

BBC Sport

The Cornish Pirates will be without hooker Aaron Carpenter against Nottingham as he still hasn't recovered from a calf injury he picked up a fortnight ago.

Flanker Alex Cheeseman is also sidelined after not having enough game time prior to the match following his recovery from a leg injury.

Brian Tempest

Locks Marcus Garratt and Laurie McGlone will not play after picking up knocks in a "physical" training session.  

Director of rugby Ian Davies said he was unsure of the type of side Nottingham would put out: "They had two competitive results over Christmas so it will be interesting to see if they're going to try and carry on trying to get momentum."

Cars stuck in snow on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

Drivers were getting stuck in snow on high ground on Dartmoor as wintry weather arrived in the south west.

Snow on Dartmoor

Cycleway closed after sea wall gives way

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A cycleway has been closed after a section of the sea wall near Penzance suffered "substantial damage" as a result of Storm Frank.

Sea wall
Jake Potter

Part of the sea wall at Longrock has given way and Cornwall Council said there was a risk to users of the cycle path because of the danger of the wall collapsing.

Kevin Nicholson hopeful new forwards can keep Torquay safe

BBC Sport

Kevin Nicholson is hopeful Torquay's new-look forward line can lead the National League side to safety.

Former Bristol Rovers striker Nathan Blissett (pictured) and Worcester City's Shaun Harrad joined this week, while Andre Wright returned on loan from West Brom.  

Rex Features

Tyrone Marsh, who has scored five goals in his last seven matches, completes the forward quartet.

"We now have four centre-forwards who will hopefully fire us to where we want to be," Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon. "All of them will be expecting to start and I'll have decisions to make, but they need to see themselves as a union rather than against each other."

Questions from Cornwall to the International Space Station

Pupils at Wadebridge school in Cornwall have been tweeting their questions to astronaut Tim Peake as part of a national competition.

Questions have included 'What do the stars look like?' and 'Do you watch TV in your spare time?'

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Weather: Feeling cold in the sunshine and wintry showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see a mix of patchy cloud and good spells of sunshine, but also some isolated showers at first, which may be wintry over high ground.

Winds will be fresh or strong north westerly, locally near gale force to the west.


Tonight will be dry and mainly clear, with light or moderate north westerly winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 4C (39F) near the coast, but closer to freezing in sheltered areas inland, giving a widespread frost.

Schizophrenic killed in custody was 'being abusive'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A paranoid schizophrenic who died after being restrained in custody was being aggressive and threatening police officers as he was arrested, a witness told a court.

Thomas Orchard

Thomas Orchard, 32, was seen shouting at shoppers in Exeter city centre and when police arrived he began shouting at them - saying he was going to kill them - and trying to bite them.

John Hunt, a retail manager, told Bristol Crown Court he stood and watched from the front of his shop as events unfolded between Mr Orchard and the uniformed officers just 10m away on the morning of 3 October, 2012.

People with learning disabilities learn to love lambs

BBC Radio Cornwall

A rare breed of sheep is helping people with learning disabilities in Cornwall to learn new skills - as well as getting them out in the fresh air.

Highdowns farm

Residents at Highdowns near Camborne are caring for a flock of Ryelands sheep - an ancient breed dating back 700 years.

They're being asked to feed and water them, look after their lambs and put them to bed in the barn.

Video: Snow causing problems on the roads but good for dog sledging

Emma Thomasson

BBC Spotlight

What are you doing next weekend? Get involved with the FA People's Cup

BBC Sport

Play five-a-side? Every fancied giving it a go? Vowed to get fit this January? Fancy the chance to be at the FA Cup final?

There’s one thing that could be the answer to all those questions – the FA People’s Cup.

Competitors taking part in the FA People's Cup

It’s a free-to-enter knockout competition (with the first round on 22-24 January) for male, female and disability players across 10 categories, ranging from under-14s through to the over-35s - with the chance to go to Wembley for the FA Cup final at the end.

But hurry - the deadline for entries is midnight today! You can find out all about it here.