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  1. Grandmother died in pile of rubble after landslide engulfed her home and buried her while she was in bed, an inquest has heard
  2. A new £3m centre for cancer patients and their families opens its doors in Truro
  3. An event to discuss the historical impact of the Exeter fire has proved so popular that it's to be repeated this evening
  4. Burglary spate sparks police appeal in Barnstaple area
  5. Dog rescued from tree by fire crew
  6. Updates on Monday 7 November 2016

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Patients' families given virus warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

Several wards have been shut at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro because of norovirus.

Relatives and carers of people in hospital are being asked to phone wards before they visit to help reduce the risk of a spread of the sickness bug.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • The Royal Citadel in Plymouth is to be closed as a military base by 2024, and Chivenor airfield and barracks in north Devon by 2027, the Ministry of Defence confirms
  • Emergency services are called to the scene of a collision in Dartmouth involving two schoolgirls and a car
  • A grandmother in Cornwall died in a pile of rubble after a landslide engulfed her home and buried her while she was in bed, an inquest is told
  • A woman who lived in a caravan in a public car park in Cornwall for 11 years is evicted
  • The new chief executive of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospitals Trust is not taking up her new role next year following press reports about a financial deficit at her previous hospital in Australia

Police 'won't take tantrum children away'

Stray firework 'sets light to pre-school play area'

BBC Radio Devon

A pre-school in Devon had a lucky escape at the weekend after a stray firework set light to an outdoor play area next to its main building, staff say.

A passer-by spotted flames coming from the Woodlanders site in Ashburton and called the fire service before managing to put it out himself.

Woodlanders, which is a charity, said the play area was only recently installed and it would have to raise funds for a new one.

Looe landslide: Occupant says 'building jolted'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A neighbour of a woman who died when tonnes of rubble came into her home in Looe has told an inquest the building jolted and the ground dropped in front of him.

Ground-floor flat occupant Susan Norman died in March 2013 when a landslide hit the building in Sandplace Road, which was split into three apartments.

Landslide scene

Dwayne Bown, who lived in one of the first-floor flats, said he initially thought a tree behind the house may have fallen down.

He told the hearing: "The only way to get out was the back of the house and, to get to the landing, I had to knock the door down. I then saw mud and water coming down into the landing as I was trying to get out; the entrance was blocked completely and I had to climb over dirt and water and mud to get out."

The inquest continues.

ID plea after stolen bank cards used

Future of MoD at Citadel 'could be decided this week'

BBC Radio Devon

A decision on the future of Plymouth's Citadel could be made this week, it is understood.

Plymouth Citadel

There's been speculation about the Ministry of Defence leaving the 19-acre site (pictured), on the city's seafront, which is currently home to the Army's 29 Commando Royal Artillery.

The MoD announced in September that Stonehouse Barracks, headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, was to be sold off.

Looe landslide death: Daughter gives evidence

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The youngest daughter of a Cornish woman who died when a landslide engulfed her home has given evidence at the inquest into her mother's death.

Mother-of-three Susan Norman, 68, died after water and rubble poured into her home on Sandplace Road, Looe, in the early hours of 22 March 2013.

Her daughter Rachael Boden said in December 2012 there was an occasion when a "muddy waterfall" was cascading down the wall immediately behind the property so heavily the bricks were obscured. She said soon after this a bulge "like a pregnant lady", appeared in the wall. The inquest continues.

'Busy shift' for police custody team

Latest weather: Frosty overnight, bright with showers on Tuesday

BBC Weather

A few showers will continue to affect western-most areas overnight. Elsewhere it will be generally dry with clear spells. 

Turning frosty with a few fog patches forming by the morning. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).


Frost and fog will lift on Tuesday to leave bright spells and isolated showers. However, cloud will thicken from the west towards lunchtime, introducing increasingly wet and windy weather during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Pay and display machine theft 'caused safety risk'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Devon council has again appealed for information about the theft of a car park pay and display machine with £800 inside it.

Parking ticket machine. Pic: West Devon Borough Council
West Devon Borough Council

West Devon Borough Council revealed last week that the machine was stolen from the Mill Road car park in Okehampton. 

As well as costing £3,500 to replace, the theft of the machine left its battery, wires and sharp edges exposed, "causing potential safety risks to the public", the council said.

The tough road safety questions: 'When were dinosaurs born?'!

'I would choose educating a disabled child over weekly bin collection' - education boss

Plymouth Herald

A top councillor has sparked controversy by suggesting Plymouth must choose between weekly bin collections and education for disabled children.

Preview: Coastal Path

Paul Rose discovers the treasures of the South West Coast Path.
Paul Rose discovers the treasures of the South West Coast Path. He finds out about the path's history, wildlife, and traditions in this five part series.

Paul also visits some of the 'hidden places' along its route.

'Real' dolls for children

Jon Kay

BBC News

We're used to seeing children's dolls with heavy make-up and in skimpy outfits - but one woman's turning them into more realistic role models.

Jon Kay and Emma Cayley

Emma Cayley, who runs Devon Rescue Dolls, wipes off all their make-up, replaces their clothing and adds blemishes, freckles and sometimes disabilities.

I've been to meet her.

No gritting in Torbay, but a cold night expected

Looe landslide: 'Bulge formed in wall'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A bulge formed in a retaining wall behind a house in the weeks before a woman died in a landslide at the property, an inquest has heard.

Landslide scene

Susan Norman died in March 2013 when tonnes of rubble came into her home in Looe.  

She lived in the ground-floor flat of a house called Veronica in Sandplace Road, which was split into three apartments and built into the hillside with the retaining wall which rose up behind the property to St Martins Road. The inquest continues.

Severe accident: A3122 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A3122 Devon both ways severe accident, between Milton Lane and A379 Yorke Road.

A3122 Devon - A3122 Townstal Road in Dartmouth closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Milton Lane junction and the A379 Yorke Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a pedestrian. Police directing traffic.

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Rare glimpse of forest chimpanzees

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Conservationists have taken what's thought to be the first photographs of chimpanzees in part of Africa not widely recognised for its wildlife.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo, is a partner in the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Initiative, set up to combat the results of deforestation in south west Nigeria.  

OMO chimp
Paignton Zoo

The photos, taken by camera traps, are the first firm evidence of the chimps in the region for more than a decade.

"The survival of chimps and other large mammals in such a threatened forest so close to the huge city of Lagos gives us hope for the Initiative," the trust's Dr Andrew Bowkett said.

'Brilliant' Ampadu softens FA Cup loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has hailed the performance of 16-year-old Ethan Ampadu in their 3-1 FA Cup first round loss to Luton Town.

The Wales youth international played in midfield for the first time, and set up City's goal after his shot came off the post and was put in by Reuben Reid.

Ethan Ampadu
Getty Images

"He was brilliant and well done him," Tisdale said of Ampadu, who became City's youngest ever player in August. "It's a real delight to see him play, and you keep forgetting he's only 16."

Ampadu, who has previously played in central defence for Exeter this season, has been linked to a host of top clubs since his debut in an EFL Cup first round win over Championship side Brentford.

White Christmas - flurry of bets

William Hill is predicting a run of money for a white Christmas this week, with snow forecast across many parts of the country.

As it stands Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow are all 3/1 to see snow whilst London, Leeds and Manchester are all offered at 6/1. Penzance is at 8/1.

Injured builder sues for £200k over 30ft fall from scaffolding

Plymouth Herald

A Cornish builder who suffered a catastrophic head injury after a 30-foot plummet from a collapsed scaffolding platform is suing for massive compensation.

Calm sea in the autumn sun

Traveller family faces car park eviction

David George

BBC Spotlight

A woman who has lived in a caravan in a public car park in Cornwall is due to be evicted. 

Sally Bowers

Traveller Sally Bowers has been living at the car park in Coverack, on The Lizard peninsula, for 11 years. 

But the local parish council is due to send in bailiffs to clear the site after serving an eviction notice earlier this year

Ms Bowers said she had "nowhere else to go". Leaseholders St Keverne Parish Council previously said up to 25 parking spaces would be freed if the travellers were relocated, and it "strongly supports" a plan for a travellers' site on Goonhilly Downs.

Cornwall gritters prepare for 'precautionary' salting of roads

Burglary spate sparks police appeal

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A spate of burglaries in the Barnstaple area has sparked an appeal for information from Devon and Cornwall Police.

The incidents - between 27 October and 1 November - occurred in Gloster Road, Raleigh Lawn, Cat's Lane and Orchard Road and included two house burglaries and the theft of two cars.

A suspect, seen in the area, has been described as a white, aged 16 to 17-years-old, of a slim build, about 5ft 5in tall (1.7m) and wearing a light grey hooded top with dark wavy lines on the front.

Telecoms giant BT pumps £1.49bn into South West economy

Plymouth Herald

Telecoms giant BT has given the South West economy a £1.49billion boost in the past year, an independent report says.

Redruth fightback in vain in home loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Redruth showed "great heart" to almost beat Canterbury despite conceding three tries in the opening 10 minutes, says boss Marek Churcher.

Having been 21-0 down, the Reds led 26-24 before eventually going down 34-26 in an entertaining National Two South game at the Rec.

Redruth v Canterbury
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

A Shaun Buzza hat-trick and a try from Lewis Vinnicombe put the Reds ahead, before two late tries for the visitors.

"The character that the boys have shown has been fantastic," Churcher told BBC Radio Cornwall

"We've lost, it's not the end of the world, we've got positives to pick up on, we've got improvements, little bits of game management."

Looe landslide: What did Cornwall Council know?

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Evidence will be heard regarding what information was known to Cornwall Council about the stability of the surrounding area at an inquest into the death of a woman who died in a landslide.

Susan Norman died in March 2013 when tonnes of rubble came into her home in Looe.

At the start of the inquest today at Truro Magistrates, Coroner Stephen Nicholls said evidence would be heard regarding what may have been known, or ought to have been known, by council officials regarding the stability of the surrounding area, and what, if anything, was done to address any potential risks of a landslide.

Susan Norman's house

BreakingGrandmother died in pile of rubble

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A grandmother died in a pile of rubble after a landslide engulfed her home and buried her while she was in bed, an inquest has heard.

Susan Norman
Family handout

Susan Norman, 68, died after a massive landslide poured down the hillside behind her home in Looe on a night of torrential rain.

An inquest into Mrs Norman's death in March 2013 began this morning at Truro Magistrates Court.

Exeter Quay £32m flood protection work starts

BBC Radio Devon

Work starts today at Exeter Quay as part of the city's £32m flood defence scheme.

The project is expected to reduce the flood risk to more than 3,200 homes and businesses. 

Today's work will begin by diverting cables and water mains to make way for concrete piles which will support flood gates outside on the waterfront. 

Construction will also start on temporary barriers on Exeter Quay that can be put up when flooding is likely.

Tintagel bridge plans on show

BBC Radio Cornwall

Plans to build a bridge at the historic Tintagel Castle are being revealed to members of the public for the first time.

The English Heritage project attracted international interest with 130 architects applying to take on the ambitious design.

The organisation says it wants to show people the bridge won't change or damage the site, but will instead enhance the visitor experience.

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Honiton descendant of Victorian Agapemonites cult leader in £1million payout battle

Exeter Express & Echo

The female descendants of an extraordinary Victorian cult leader are battling in court for a £1 million payout they claim is their birthright. 

Dog rescued from tree by fire crew

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dog's been rescued after getting stuck up a tree in Newquay.

A fire crew from the town was called to Wildflower Lane in the early hours of this morning.

The dog was safely handed back to his owner and wasn't injured.

Susan Norman inquest: Jury sworn in

BBC Radio Cornwall

Jury sworn in at inquest into the death of Susan Norman. 

The 68-year-old died after a landslide partially destroyed her home in Looe in 2013.


Opening of cancer support centre

Solar increase plan opposed by council

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Government plans to increase business rates on rooftop solar installations would be a "backward step" for sustainable energey, according to Devon County Council.

The council claims it would deter organisations from installing the technology and has written to local MPs asking them to raise the matter in Parliament.

Solar panels

Counillor Roger Croad said the proposed changes would "all but eliminate the incentive for organisations, including Devon County Council, to install solar". 

Signal problem sparks rail delays