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Summary

  1. Exeter fire: Royal Clarence Hotel facade demolished
  2. Exeter Cathedral reopens after major city blaze
  3. In other news, a rugby player is in a coma after a head clash
  4. Two band members of Oll an Gwella in hospital after crash
  5. Nearly 250 police officers and staff 'assaulted at work' this year
  6. Plymouth Palace Theatre restoration bosses under investigation by charity watchdog
  7. Work has started in North Devon to reunite young migrants with their families
  8. Updates on Wednesday 2 November 2016

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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.

Exeter fire: The sun sets on day 6 of the devastation

Drivers warned 'not to be complacent' in mild conditions

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Most of us have got used to the mild temperatures but we can't be complacent, particularly at this time of year. It's worth bearing in mind that there may be hoar frost on some of the county's roads overnight and tomorrow morning and it may be colder this coming weekend, so I would appeal for everyone to take extra care."

Councillor Stuart HughesDevon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention
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The council has given out the following advice:

  • Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential
  • Never assume a road has been salted
  • Showers or rain can wash salt off roads, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice forming
  • Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions
  • If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how you help them
  • Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions

Motorcyclists 'ripping up ancient' Dartmoor

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Dartmoor's wide, open spaces are a magnet for off road motorcyclists, but they're damaging the ancient landscape according to the people who manage the park.

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Bikers are being warned not to use Dartmoor for trial biking, after reports of riders flouting the rules.

Rob Steemson, Head Ranger at Dartmoor National Park, said: "It's illegal to use bridleways and footpaths and you could get a criminal conviction if prosecuted."   

Appeal for missing 15-year-old girls

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police are concerned for the welfare of Chloe Timms and Tiegan Lewis, who both went missing from the Bude area and have not been seen since Saturday.

Police believe they are together and could be in the Plymouth area and urge anyone who has seen them to call 101 quoting log 945 of the 29 October.

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Officers have given out the following descriptions:

Chloe Timms is 5ft 4in tall, of a slim build, with long, high-lighted brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue leggings, a mid-length cream fluffy jacket cardigan over a white top. She is also wearing new Nike trainers which are black at the top and white at the bottom.

Tiegan Lewis is 4ft 12in tall, with shoulder length wavy blonde hair with a hooped nose piercing. She was wearing black, ripped jeans, and grey Nike-top White Air Force trainers.

Weather forecast for Devon and Cornwall: Another cold night ahead

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Another cold night, with widespread frost, and the risk of fog, particularly in rural areas.

Mostly clear, although perhaps a little cloudier further west, but staying dry for all. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

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Another cold start on Thursday with cloud thickening through the morning, with patchy rain slowly spreading in from the west towards the end of the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Gritters out for the first time this season

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Tonight will see gritters out on some of Devon's major roads for the first time this season.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop close to freezing in parts of the county overnight.

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Although conditions are dry, 19 of Devon's 37 key routes will be treated with the main activity around Torridge, Mid, West and North Devon, and inland areas of East Devon.

Hotel demolition to continue on Thursday

What we know about the fire in Exeter

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

The fire started at about 05:30 on Friday, above the Castle Fine Art gallery where renovation work was under way.

It then spread to the Well House Tavern, a cafe, and the Royal Clarence Hotel.

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The exterior walls of the hotel were all that was left, and have been monitored by lasers to detect any movement over the past few days.

Nearly six days after the start of the fire, crowds are still gathering around the site on Cathedral Green.

Charity watchdog 'assessing information' in theatre revamp managers probe

Patrick Clahane

Inside Out South West

The Charity Commission says it's "assessing information from a number of sources" as it probes the organisation behind Plymouth's Palace Theatre.

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It follows the recent resignation of the charity's patron and more than 100 volunteer musicians from the community choir and orchestra set up to raise funds for the project.  

A commission spokesman said: "A trustee can also act as a chief executive in certain circumstances, although we expect that a charity would only appoint an employee to a trustee body where the trustees are satisfied that this is in the best interests of the charity. 

"We are currently determining whether the charity's governing document allows or prohibits payments to trustees."

Potatoes thrown at police in riot training

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have been testing their riot control methods with a hail of potatoes.

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Fire, petrol bombs and potatoes were thrown at officers as they worked to bring the mock disorder under control with Exercise Conquer on Salisbury Plain.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said: "The sole aim is to protect the public."

Appeal for Exeter fire reaches £3,000 in donations

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

An official appeal to help those affected by the fire in Exeter has reached £3,000 in donations.

The fire started at about 05:30 on Friday, above the Castle Fine Art gallery where renovation work was under way.

It then spread to the Well House Tavern, a cafe, and the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter is demolished after fire
The demolition of a hotel that was on fire for days has begun.

Exeter fire: Facade and top two floors knocked down

BBC Radio Devon

The demolition of Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel has begun. 

A fire completely gutted the building on Friday - and the facade of the top two floors has been knocked down by demolition teams in the last 30 minutes. 

An official appeal to help those affected by the fire has raised over £3,000 in just 24 hours. 

Exeter fire: Current view of the fire-hit hotel

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Going, going, gone: Royal Clarence Hotel bites the dust

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

The facade of the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter is demolished after a fire swept through it last week.

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Royal Clarence Hotel facade demolished in second

BreakingDemolition starts on Royal Clarence Hotel

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Demolition has started on the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter after a fire swept through the building last week.

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Torquay Christmas display gets green light

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Torquay's Christmas lights will now go ahead after a radio station came forward to offer funding.

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Susie Colley, chair of Torquay Chamber of Commerce said that The Breeze amongst others came forward and offered the funding after the chamber said it could not afford the lights.

She said: "I negotiated with them and happy to report that they have increased the funding so the lights are going to be even more fantastic than we originally hoped for this year."

Facebook Live: Demolition of Royal Clarence Hotel

BBC Spotlight

Onlookers 'devastated' as Royal Clarence Hotel faces demolition

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Hundreds of people have been to Cathedral Green in Exeter to see for themselves the demolition of the Royal Clarence Hotel after the huge fire.

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Contractors have put up fencing to keep people away from the area, as specialist structural engineers assess the stability of buildings around the Royal Clarence before demolition, which is expected to begin at 15:00.  

"I'd just like to see it before they knock the facade down," said one onlooker.

Another said: "It's devastating, it's part of the city - everyone is saying the same."

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Exeter fire: Crowds gather for start of demolition

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Newton Abbot Rugby Club's thoughts with coma player

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Newton Abbot Rugby Club says its thoughts are with player Sam Harrison who is in an induced coma after collapsing to the ground during a game.

The 20-year-old had been playing for Newton Abbot’s second XV against Barnstaple at the weekend. 

Roy Henderson, director of rugby who saw the incident, said:”There was a clash of heads between Sam and another player which didn't look anything untoward at the time. 

“Sam got up then collapsed on the ground. 

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Sam and his family at this difficult time.”

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J27 for A361.

M5 Devon - M5 entry slip road partially blocked southbound at J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a broken down lorry.

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Exeter fire: Top two floors to go

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

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I am told work to demolish the top two floors of the Royal Clarence Hotel will start at 15:00.

The hotel was gutted in a huge fire on Friday.

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Up, up and away with Flying Tigers air rescue crew

Exeter fire: Demolition work expected to start this afternoon

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

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The BBC has been told demolition work is expected to start at 15:00.

The Royal Clarence Hotel was destroyed by a huge blaze on Friday.

This morning, engineers have been checking the stability of nearby buildings.

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Teignbridge Council to invest £20m to help build new affordable homes across the district

Torquay Herald Express

Teignbridge Council will commit and invest £20million over the next four years to help build 200 homes.

Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between B3289 and A390 Green Lane.

A39 Cornwall - A39 in Playing Place closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Playing Place Roundabout and Arch Hill, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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Goodwill messages pour in for injured Oll an Gwella band members

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Messages of goodwill have been flooding in on the Facebook page of Cornish band Oll an Gwella after three members were injured in a crash.

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Oll an Gwella

Nick Brown, Andy Pappin and David Bendall were travelling back to the St Columb area from a gig in Newquay on Saturday night when they collided with another vehicle on the A39.

Nick has been released from hospital, but Andy and driver David remain at Derriford Hospital and Treliske respectively.

Gareth Price said on Facebook: "Glad things are starting to settle.The three of them remain very much in our thoughts."

Rena Chaplin said: "Hope you are all on your feet soon."

Rob Spowart from the band said the men would be recovering for several months. Police said two people in the other car were injured but their condition is unknown.

Exeter fire: Official appeal reaches almost £3,000

Call for tougher sentences for assaults on police officers

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Nigel Rabbitts of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has called for tougher sentences after it was revealed that nearly 250 police officers and staff have been assaulted at work in the first 10 months of this year.

Today, the Labour Party will be leading a debate about the issue in the House of Commons - and is calling on the government do more.

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Exeter fire: Demolition work still hasn't started

Two band members in hospital after crash

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Two members of the well known Cornish singing group Oll an Gwella are in hospital after an accident that closed the A39 near Newquay at the weekend.

Oll an Gwella
Oll an Gwella

The acapella singers were involved in the crash on their way back from a gig early on Sunday morning. Two remain in hospital, and a third was released yesterday. 

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the accident that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Rob Spowart, one of the band members, says they will continue to honour all engagements.

"The prognosis is optimistic but it will be a month or two before they are back singing with us," he said.

"We just want to extend thoughts and prayers to them and their families and look forward to having them back."

Child migrants in Devon: Mayor angered by online comments

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Oppositions to child migrants temporarily based at a Devon accommodation centre have angered the local mayor.

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Mayor of Great Torrington Margaret Brown said: "I think maybe it's fear and maybe lack of information so I'm hoping as more information comes out it will quell those fears and people will think 'there but by the grace of God go I'."

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Opponents have been online calling for protests against the arrival of 20 child migrants, all said to be under the age of 18, who were brought from the Jungle in Calais to an accommodation centre near Great Torrington last week. 

Decision to be made on Royal Clarence Hotel demolition

Police dismantle growing operation

Rugby player in coma after head clash

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An amateur Devon rugby player is seriously ill in an induced coma after he collapsed following a clash of heads in a match.

Sam Harrison was airlifted to a neurological unit at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital after he collapsed to the ground five minutes from full time. 

The 20-year-old had been playing for Newton Abbot’s second XV against Barnstaple at the weekend. 

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • At Kennford around the Splatford Split Exeterbound one lane has been blocked by a crash involving two vehicles. There are long queues of traffic on the A380 back towards Ashcombe
  • Traffic is moving well on the A38 Exeterbound.  In Plympton there's queuing traffic on Sandy Road near the A38 Deep Lane due to roadworks
  • In Exeter, the High Street remains partially closed following last week's fire
  • The Dartmouth Higher Ferry is out of service until 06:30 tomorrow morning