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Summary

  1. A 300ft deep mine shaft opens up under the patio of a house in Cornwall
  2. Exeter football boss slams 'stupid' smoke grenade stunt
  3. Police are trying to reduce "unacceptable" levels of homelessness in Devon and Cornwall
  4. There are calls for more action to tackle the spread of Pacific oysters in the Helford Estuary
  5. A man appears in court in connection with the death of a cyclist who was returning from a shout as a lifeboat volunteer
  6. Derriford Hospital's cardiothoracic centre has carried out 20,000 heart operations since opening in 1997
  7. Updates on Monday 14 March 2016

Live Reporting

By 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 today. We'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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

  2. Weather for Devon and Cornwall: A clear, cool night followed by a fine and sunny day

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    It will be a dry night across the region with largely clear skies allowing temperatures to drop and perhaps a patchy frost to form across sheltered inland locations.

    Minimum temperature: 1 Deg C (34 Deg F).

    weather map

    Tomorrow will be a largely fine day with good spells of sunshine, although it will feel chilly in the brisk easterly wind with a maximum temperature of 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  3. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A 300ft former mine shaft opens up under the patio of a Cornish house

    - There's been a rise in the number of rough sleepers in the region

    - A cyclist killed in the early hours of Saturday was a lifeboat volunteer returning from a shout

    - A Kingsbridge driver's car is superglued in a "pointless" attack

    - Smoke grenade stunt is branded "extremely stupid" by Exeter FC boss

    - Concerns are raised that farmed Pacific oysters could harm the Helford Estuary's ecology

  4. Specialists clear asbestos from Plymouth 'eyesore' ahead of demolition

    Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Specialists in asbestos removal are decontaminating the stairwells of a 10-storey building on Plymouth Hoe before it's razed to the ground.

    The Quality Hotel, which has been targeted by arsonists and vandals and described by the city council as an "eyesore" will be demolished in two or three months, once all the asbestos has been safely removed.

    Interior of formerQuality Hotel

    Plymouth City Council, which bought the building earlier this year, hopes it will be replaced with a four or five-star hotel that will attract tourists and businesses to the city. 

  5. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Cornwall, there's slow traffic on the A30 at Temple eastbound between Blacktor Downs Road and Jamaica Inn Road due to an earlier vehicle fire.

    - Reports of an accident in Probus on the A390 near the Trewithen Roundabout and the garden centre.

    - In Plymouth, Cobourg Street is closed one way for roadworks at Mayflower Street, resulting in traffic congestion.

    - Tamar Crossings say the service is "slightly off scheduled times" due to shipping movement.  

  6. World's tallest tree species planted at Eden Project

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    A forest of Redwood trees - the tallest species in the world - has been planted at the Eden Project in Cornwall. 

    The species can grow to be more than 300ft tall - about the size of Big Ben - and live for more than 4,000 years.  

    Redwood seedlings

    Children from Lanlivery School helped Eden's gardeners and apprentices to plant 40 Redwood seedlings among the daffodils at the venue's entrance. 

  7. Cyclist will be 'fondly remembered'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A cyclist who died in a crash in Plymouth early on Saturday morning was a "valued" volunteer with the RNLI.

    Nathan Dale, 34, was cycling home after attending a shout at Plymouth Lifeboat Station early on Saturday morning when the crash happened, and he died at Derriford Hospital as a result of his injuries.

    Outland Road

    David Lister, Plymouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, said: "Not only did Nathan dedicate his time to the operation of the lifeboat, he was also involved with many fundraising events at the station, as well as volunteering with other charities."

  8. Mine shaft area likened to 'Swiss cheese'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 300ft mine shaft has opened up under the patio of a house at Scorrier in Cornwall.

    The gaping hole was discovered when surveyors checked the site after the empty house was put up for sale.  

    Scorrier mine shaft

    Several old mines have opened up in the county recently - including one at Telegraph Hill in St Day - with a local surveyor likening the area to a "massive bit of Swiss cheese".

  9. Councillors vote in favour of new Mawnan homes, despite local ire

    Falmouth Packet

    A 46-home development in Mawnan Smith in Cornwall will get the go ahead despite the protestations of residents and the parish council, as long as an affordable housing agreement is reached.  

  10. Increase in number of rough sleepers

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The number of homeless people sleeping on the streets in Cornwall has increased from 40 to 65 over the past 12 months, according to figures from the YMCA

    The figures have also risen in Devon, with 45 rough sleepers in Exeter compared with just five, six years ago. 

    Rough sleeper

    Devon and Cornwall Police have called the level of homelessness "unacceptable"  and say officers are working with aid agencies to encourage people to use overnight shelters.

  11. Asbestos cleared ahead of hotel demolition

    Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Asbestos is being removed from a Plymouth "eyesore" ahead of its demolition.

    The 10-storey former Quality Hotel, which has been the target of several arson attacks, is expected to be replaced with a four or five-star hotel that the city council hopes will attract tourists and businesses to the city from around the world.

    Former Quality Hotel, Plymouth Hoe

    The asbestos removal is being carried out by teams of specialists under strictly controlled conditions, with the building being razed to the ground by Gilpin Demotion in about two months.

  12. Plymouth sanctuary for 25 Syrian families

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth has agreed to provide sanctuary to another 25 Syrian refugee families fleeing the conflict.

    Plymouth City Council has agreed to provide homes for the families over the next three years. In December 2015 the council agreed to accept three families of Syrian refugees, who are now settling into the city.

  13. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - Long delays on the A30 in Cornwall due to a vehicle fire at Temple, with one lane eastbound closed between Blacktor Downs Road and Jamaica Inn Road.

    - On the A38 in Devon, Haldon Hill Exeter-bound between Racecourse junction and Splatford Split one lane is blocked due to broken down vehicle. 

    - In Penzance the A30 Eastern Green is partially blocked near the Chy-An-Mor Roundabout due to an accident, with delays in both directions.

    - Very heavy traffic in Plymouth at Marsh Mills, with the slip road onto the  A38 Exeter-bound partially blocked by a broken down lorry. 

  14. Witnesses sought for Newquay hit-and-run

    Cornish Guardian

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left injured and "dazed in the middle of the road" in a hit-and-run incident in Newquay.