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Summary

  1. A man dies after a house fire in Newton Abbot
  2. 'Killer clown' armed robber gets seven year increase in sentence
  3. People smuggler who brought Afghans into Plymouth is jailed
  4. Demolition work expected to start this week at fire-hit Royal Clarence Hotel
  5. Exeter firms 'may never recover' from hotel inferno says dean
  6. Home Secretary Amber Rudd to visit Exeter fire site
  7. Woman in charge of reducing pressure on Cornwall's hospitals resigns
  8. Businesses claim they are losing thousands of pounds because of an accident blackspot
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Jonathan Morris

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Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & 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.

Latest weather in Devon and Cornwall: Dry overnight

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be generally dry overnight, but stay mostly cloudy at first.

Weather
BBC

The skies will clear towards the end of the night allowing temperatures to fall towards dawn, especially in inland rural spots.

Minimum temperatures between 2 and 5C.

Man who smuggled Afghan families into Plymouth is jailed

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A Romanian man caught smuggling nine people including children into the UK has been jailed for four years at Plymouth Crown Court.

Mircea Sandu admitted illegally bringing in two families hidden in a lorry on a Brittany Ferries ship.

Border guards found nine people including three children and a baby hidden on board the Armorique after sailing from Roscoff to Plymouth.

Sandu, 31, who had been living in Spain, admitted facilitating illegal immigration into the UK on 9 October.

Dodgy kebab

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

We don't want to put you off your dinner but a kebab shop owner has been fined and banned from opening any other food business in the future, according to Cornwall Council.

Environmental health officers found Ramazan Kaya "had let the standards slip quite dramatically over time" at Penzance Grill on Market Jew Street in Penzance and closed the restaurant.

Food container
Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council said Kaya pleaded guilty on Monday at Truro Magistrates to food hygiene and licensing charges and was fined £2,750 with a £120.00 victim surcharge and full prosecuting costs of £1969.22 awarded to the council.    

South West Water 'making improvements' after facing £1.7m fine

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

South West Water says it's "committed to making significant improvements" as it faces a £1.7m fine by watchdogs for allowing sewage to spill into the sea.

SWW
SWW

The water firm said its performance "did not meet the stretching targets it set itself" and "progress is already being made" on improvements.

Ofwat said that the company allowed sewage to spill into the sea seven times between April 2015 and March 2016. 

It's now holding a consultation on the level and timing of the penalty which SWW has asked to be put off until 2019.

Emergency response to Exeter fire ends, police confirm

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed the emergency response phase has ended following the fire in Exeter.

In a tweet, officers confirmed Exeter City Council will take control of the recovery phase.

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'No wrongdoing' as NHS boss quits

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

NHS leaders said there was no wrongdoing by a senior manager who has resigned.

Joy Youart
Kings Fund

Joy Youart was suspended as managing director at NHS Kernow earlier this year during an investigation into finances and the structure of health services in Cornwall.

Chairman Dr Iain Chorlton said: "After much consideration Joy has decided she is not the right person to take the CCG forward" and "it was time for new challenges for her and a new leader for the CCG".

Major city blaze: Homeless cafe moved to Exeter Mosque

Police trying to trace two men in connection with assault

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Police are trying to trace two men in connection with a serious assault in Plymouth.

A man was allegedly punched in the face during an unprovoked assault which took place outside the old Plymouth Snooker Club in Union Street, police said.

The victim, a 26-year-old man, was treated at Derriford Hospital for serious facial injuries including a fractured eye socket.

Detectives are keen to identify the two men pictured in connection with the incident on 11 September.

Men
Devon and Cornwall Police

Exeter fire: Experts assess 'what can be salvaged'

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Historic England said: "We are saddened by the fire affecting Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel and the nearby buildings, many of which are listed at Grade II. 

"These historic buildings at the heart of the city frame the cathedral and its green, creating one of the most powerful and historic pieces of townscape in the whole of the South West.

"Our structural engineer and fire safety officer visited the site yesterday with Exeter City Council's building control department to assess the scale of the damage. 

"We are working with the council to discuss the next steps, and are hoping to call in our experts to record what remains and see what can be salvaged."

Exeter
BBC

'Killer clown' armed robber gets seven year increase in sentence

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An armed robber who wore a 'killer clown' mask in raids has had his sentence increased by seven years.

Leggatt
Devon and Cornwall Police

Oliver Leggatt was originally sentenced to nine years and nine months imprisonment by Exeter Crown Court for a number of offences including two robberies, an attempted robbery, possessing a knife and an imitation firearm. 

Leggatt wore a 'killer clown' mask, threatened staff and stole thousands of pounds in a series of raids on Beefeater restaurants in south Devon. He planned the raids after harbouring a grudge when he was given the sack.

Oliver Leggatt
Devon and Cornwall Police

After a referral by Attorney General Jeremy Wright, the Court of Appeal increased Leggatt's sentence to 16 years nine months.

Mr Wright said after the case that Leggatt's former colleagues had been "subjected to a violent and extremely frightening ordeal". He said: "The original sentence failed to take proper account of the nature of the offence and the aggravating features of the case, so I am pleased the court has seen fit to impose a longer prison term."

South West Water faces £1.7m fine over 'sewage-sea spills'

Press Association

South West Water is facing up to a potential £1.7m fine from Britain's water regulator over "serious wastewater pollution incidents". 

Ofwat said that the company allowed sewage to spill into the sea on seven different occasions between April 2015 and March 2016. It means South West Water - which provides services to customers throughout Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset - failed its own outcome delivery incentives (ODI) targets to eliminate all wastewater pollution incidents. 

Water
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Ofwat is now holding a consultation on the level and timing of the penalty. 

South West Water has requested that the penalty be deferred until 2019 in the hope that it could be offset by ODI rewards for beating targets over the coming years.

Flowers laid at house after fatal fire

BBC Radio Devon

Flowers have been laid at the scene of a fatal house fire in Devon.

flowers
BBC

Emergency services were called to the property on King Street, Newton Abbot yesterday afternoon and found a man with serious injuries. He later died. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.  

Cornwall - the warmest part of the UK earlier

BBC Weather Watchers

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Weather Watchers
St Day
Weather Watchers

Woman in charge of reducing pressure on Cornwall's hospitals resigns

BBC Radio Cornwall

Joy Youart oversaw Cornwall's "Living Well" vision and strategy - a scheme designed to relieve pressure on GPs and hospitals. 

She was on a salary of £150,000 a year. Ms Youart was suspended earlier this year during an investigation into finances and the structure of health services in Cornwall.

In December, NHS England ordered NHS Kernow to produce a recovery plan as it was heading for a year-end deficit of £14m. 

Now, Joy Youart has resigned saying she is not the right person to take cornwall's clinical commissioning group forward. NHS Kernow said there was no implication of any wrongdoing. 

Fire having 'significant impact on Exeter Cathedral and businesses'

BBC Radio Devon

The Dean of Exeter says the devastating fire that ripped through the Royal Clarence Hotel is having a significant impact on the Cathedral and neighbouring businesses. 

The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper has just returned from a trip away and has been assessing the damage for the first time. 

It's not yet clear how long demolition work will take. 

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Crashes 'lose firms thousands of pounds'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Businesses on a busy stretch of the A39 in north Cornwall say they are losing thousands of pounds because of damage caused by cars crashing into their properties.

Bridge
Google

A number of vehicles have crashed on a bend at Knights Mill near St Teath. 

Cornwall Council says it plans to renew the road markings and signs but it is not on the list of the 200 worst accident blackspots. 

Jamie Rix, who runs a fireplace shop which has been damaged, said: "Customers can't come in to see the products we sell and none of it is covered by insurance so it's a loss of earnings."

Exeter Cathedral remains closed after fire

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Exeter Cathedral remains closed while work continues on the fire-hit Royal Clarence Hotel.

Exeter Cathedral
Pengannel

The Chapter House is being used for regular services, but is closed outside of these times.

The Cathedral Shop and Cathedral Café are also closed.

The Wednesday Night Café for the homeless will take place at Crosslines, with food provided by Exeter Mosque, the Cathedral said.

Missing woman 'found safe and well'

Tina Gibbons, 53, who was missing from Newquay has been found safe and well by police.

Tina
Devon and Cornwall Police

Exeter fire: Stagecoach diversions continue

Council vows to fight Devonwall proposal

Councillors voted 78 to 12 to continue lobbying the government and boundary commission, keeping up the pressure not to change the constituency boundaries. 

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Exeter firms 'may never recover' from hotel inferno

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The devastating fire that ripped through the Royal Clarence Hotel may mean neighbouring businesses 'never recover' says the dean of Exeter Cathedral.

Fire
Nick Groom

The Very Reverend Jonathan Draper told Radio Devon: "It's obviously going to take a long time for businesses to recover, if they ever do.

"I think it's going to have an effect on the wider economy of the city and it's certainly having an effect on us at the cathedral."

Fire
bbc

Some shops are still out of bounds - it's not yet clear how long demolition work will take and cordons will remain in place to allow the work to progress safely. Here's a map from the city council showing which shops are open.

Maggot infested guinea pig put down

This poor guinea pig had to be put down after it was found dumped at Bodmin Beacon Nature Reserve, in a recycling bag, with an infestation of maggots.

Guinea pig
RSPCA

The RSPCA says some of the eggs had hatched back into flies and it's one of the worst cases seen in Cornwall.

The organisation is now appealing for information. Hear the full story with Laurence Reed on Radio Cornwall after 12:30.

No Trust ownership for Torquay

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United's board of directors have rejected a request from the club's Supporters' Trust (TUST) to have a period of exclusivity to try and buy the club.

Yesterday the club announced they were talking with two bidders as they try and find new oweners for the struggling National League side.

Plainmoor
Getty Images

"The Board of Directors does not feel that they are able to grant an exclusivity period to the TUST due to the nature of the offers received by other investors," saud a club statement.

"The idea of community ownership has not been precluded; merely a period of exclusivity is impractical at this stage. The board would like to assure all supporters that they are will endeavour to get the best deal to take this club forward."

Police hunt bank cards fraudsters

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

This man and woman are wanted in connection £5,000 of theft and fraudulent use of bank and store cards around Totnes and Plymouth.

Wanted
Police

It follows the theft of a purse from a 72-year-old woman at Morrisons in Totnes, said police.

Her cards was then used to withdraw hundreds of pounds of cash from the Post Office and bank accounts in Totnes.

Wanted
Police

Other cards were used to buy gift cards at Debenhams in Plymouth and these were then spent on purchases through the store. A further £1,200 was also withdrawn from the Post Office.

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify the man and woman pictured in connection with the offences.

Exeter fire: Roads and areas closed

Exeter City Council has created a map of cordons and road closures following the major fire.

Exeter
Exeter City Council/Google

Businesses escorted into premises after hotel fire

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Businesses based on Cathedral Green are being escorted into their premises to fetch belongings needed to continue their work.   

Cathedral Green
bbc

Exeter Chamber of Commerce said the financial impact of the fire, which started on Friday, has been substantial.  

A303 crash: Two who died were aged in their 70s

The two people who died in a crash on the A303 in Somerset on Monday were aged in their 70s, police say.

The collision happened near Buckland St Mary at about 1pm.

Officers say a van had just gone around a "sweeping right hand bend" when it "appears to have crossed the centre of the road".

The van driver was taken to hospital in Devon. He suffered facial injuries but has since been released from hospital.

A303 in Somerset
Google

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Demolition team moves in to take down inferno hotel

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The bulldozers are moving in to the centre of Exeter to start demolishing what remains of the fire-ravaged Royal Clarence Hotel.

It means the cordons will stay up for safety reasons, although more shops were able to reopen yesterday. 

Cathedral Green
BBC

Tyres and matting have been placed on the ground to try to protect the cobbles and road as the high reach excavator goes over it.  

Control of fire scene expected to be handed to council

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Control of the Exeter fire scene is expected to be handed from the emergency services to the city council later today, sources tell the BBC.

The blaze consumed buildings on the city's Cathedral Green, including what is described as England's oldest hotel - the Royal Clarence.  

Cathedral Green
BBC

Crash man, 71, has serious head injuries

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A 71-year-old man had serious head injuries and four others were hurt in a crash between two cars.

Roundabout
Google

The man was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after the crash on Saturday.

The cars collided on the A39 at Winnards Perch Roundabout, near Newquay in Cornwall.

Flashback to Royal Clarence Hotel's grand past

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The Royal Clarence was the "place to be" said historian Todd Gray last week and this picture from Julie Jolley's archive serves as a reminder of its grand past.

Hotel
Julie Jolley

The hotel was visited by such famous luminaries as Beatrix Potter. Reports also claim Edwin Lutyens the architect of the Cenotaph and New Delhi also stayed there while working on Castle Drogo. 

The Royal Clarence has been largely destroyed by the intense fire which started on Friday. 

View over Cathedral Green this morning

Harriet Bradshaw

Reporter

Demolition equipment weighing 70 tonnes is poised to start work on Cathedral Green in Exeter this morning.

The high reach excavator has been wheeled in to tear down the remains of the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Firefighters still can't confirm the fire is out. An aerial platform and three fire engines will remain on site today.   

Cathedral Green
BBC

Royal Clarence Hotel fire: 'I can't believe so much history has been lost'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Many of you have contacted us with your memories of when you stayed or visited the hotel. If you'd like to contact us, drop us an email.

"I cannot believe that we have lost so much history from these buildings in such a short space of time and unfortunately the area will never be the same again," writes Jane Green about the fire which ripped through the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter.

Fire
BBC

Jane, who has lived in the area for three years, also thanked the emergency services "for their dedication" in tackling the blaze and "doing the best they could in the circumstances".

She urged the people of Exeter and the surrounding areas to "rally round and offer their support to businesses so that they can get back on their feet as fast as they can with the busiest time of year (Christmas) coming up".

Nine heartwarming stories that came from the devastating Exeter fire

Exeter Express & Echo

This weekend saw a devastating fire rip through England's oldest hotel the Royal Clarence. However, the people of Exeter showed that despite the devastating blaze, they were determined to remain upbeat and pull together with several good will gestures, from offering firefighters pizza, to one couple marrying in the city centre.

Schoolkids get day off in gas leak scare

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Cornish secondary school is being forced to send students home today because of a suspected gas leak. 

Pool Academy
Google

Pool Academy says all students are safe in the sports hall and parents are being contacted individually.