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Summary

  1. Human remains in woods confirmed as missing man's
  2. Royal Marines base closure 'could cost local economy £40m a year'
  3. Councillor calls for emergency Devon County Council debate to discuss "devastating" announcement
  4. In other news, authorities in Cornwall remove residents from care home because of safeguarding concerns
  5. Four Plymouth GP surgeries to close
  6. 'WW2 mortar' removed from recycling centre
  7. Controlled explosion at school in Plymouth
  8. Updates on Tuesday 8 November 2016

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By Andrew Segal

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday 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.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Human remains found in woods near Truro are confirmed as those of missing man Lee Gilbery, who was last seen in June, police confirm
  • Four Plymouth GP surgeries are to close at the end of March, NHS bosses say
  • About 100 people are evacuated from an industrial estate in Totnes after an unexploded artillery shell is handed in at a recycling centre, police say  
  • Devon and Somerset firefighters are to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights after tackling the Cathedral Green fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel

Firefighters to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Somerset firefighters are to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights this year. 

Cathedral Green fire
BBC

There's been huge public support for them to do so after their tackling the Cathedral Green fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel

The switch-on will be in Princesshay Square on Thursday 17 November.

Industrial estate evacuated after 'WW2 shell' find

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

About 100 people had to be evacuated from workplaces on an industrial estate in Totnes following the discovery of an unexploded artillery shell, police say.

Mortar
BBC

The suspected World War Two device was found at the recycling centre after it was brought in among various other items. A cordon was set up while it was removed by the Royal Navy bomb disposal unit after emergency services were called this morning.

Sgt Steven Cayless, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "It came in with a number of military equipment items - helmets and earphones and various blank bullets - but also this thing ... We just moved everyone out so the right people could go in and dispose of it properly."

Latest weather: Dry overnight, but heavy showers on Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Rain will continue this evening with some heavy outbreaks. It will become dry overnight for most, though, and it will be a milder night than last night. The winds will stay strong though, especially over high ground and along the coast. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

There will be some brightness on Wednesday, but showers will move in from the west. The showers will be heavy at times, with hail likely, and the winds will stay strong. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Chivenor base closure 'truly sad'

A Devon council says it is "saddened" by an announcement that a local air base and barracks is to close.

RMB Chivenor
BBC

RMB Chivenor airfield and barracks is to close as part of a government defence review which will see dozens of sites cease being used by the military

North Devon Council leader Des Brailey said he was "truly sad to hear this news". 

He added: "However, it was requested for closure by the Royal Marines so we have to respect their decision".

Grandmother jailed over taking man in care in Devon to Portugal wins appeal

The Daily Telegraph

A grandmother jailed for refusing to return an elderly man to Britain after placing him in a Portuguese care home was freed by the appeal court.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, the A381 Totnes Road in Newton Abbot, near to Old Totnes Road, is partially blocked after an accident 
  • In Exeter, there is heavy traffic both ways on the A3015 Topsham Road between Burnthouse Lane and School Lane 
  • In Cornwall, there is slow-moving traffic in Saltash on the A38, between the B3271 and the Saltash Tunnel, in the roadworks area
  • In the Wadebridge area, the A39 is partially blocked due to an accident between Tredruston Road and Gonvena Hill

Council taking over Cornwall's Wave Hub

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council is taking ownership of the Wave Hub - the county's offshore electricity generator testing facility, the authority says.

Wave Hub
BBC

The £30m device, normally anchored about 10 miles off Hayle, was installed in 2010 and acts as a socket to bring electricity to shore from power generators being tested in the ocean nearby.

The council said it was taking over the device from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of a £14m investment package "to attract international inward investment to Cornwall and support local device [generator] developers and the supply chain".

Council aware of 'number of safeguarding concerns' at care home

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall Council says it has been made aware of a "number of safeguarding concerns" at a care home which has closed.

Clinton House. Pic: Google
Google

The Clinton House nursing home in St Austell has been closed and homes in Callington, Lostwithiel and Par are under investigation. All are owned by the Morleigh Group.

The council said it was "working jointly with the group's owners, our health partners and the residents and their families to find new care homes for the residents to move to". About 30 residents are understood to be affected. It was hoped they would be re-homed by Chrstmas, the authority added

The Morleigh Group said it closed Clinton House "to allow better consolidation of the care services" and that it was "fully co-operating" with investigations.

Landslide death area 'had suffered landslip months earlier'

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

Drains above hillside properties which suffered from a major landslide, killing a woman, had not been cleared by Cornwall Council and the area suffered another landslide months before her death, an inquest jury has been told. 

Susan Norman
Handout

Susan Norman, 68, died in March 2013 when a landslide, during torrential rain, poured into her hillside flat in Sandplace Road in Looe, partially destroyed her home and burying her in her bed.

Neighbour Tim Topham told the inquest in Truro that he'd had problems with flooding from the road above for more than a decade, and that, four months before the death, there was a further extensive landslide next to his property.

Landslide scene
BBC

The council responded that a lack of funding had prevented them from carrying out repairs sooner. The inquest continues.

Street cleaning turns over a new leaf ... or several thousand

Thieves steal tools from volunteer orchard

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Thieves have taken £4,000 worth of tools and equipment from Newquay Community Orchard over the weekend.

Newquay Community Orchard
Newquay Community Orchard

Members of the team behind the project said it was "a devastating blow" for the project, which is working to create a community space for the town. 

Volunteers said they were now trying to replace the equipment.

Children weather forecaster Kevin

Film-makers asked to make 'Poldark of the North'

BBC News England

Film-makers are being encouraged to produce "a Poldark of the North". 

Poldark
BBC

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said tourism in Cornwall had been boosted since the BBC One series based in the county first hit the screens. 

He's urging programme-makers to consider having a drama in the North of England to exploit the region's countryside.

The second series of the hit drama finished on Sunday.

HMS Raleigh 'considered for armed forces moves after bases shut'

BBC Politics

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says HMS Raleigh in Cornwall could play a role in a major shake-up of military bases.

HMS Raleigh. Pic: Google
Google

The Ministry of Defence has announced it is to close a further 56 sites around the country, including the Royal Citadel in Plymouth. This is after an announcement in September that Stonehouse Barracks, headquarters of the Royal Marines' 3 Commando Brigade, is to close.

In the House of Commons, South East Cornwall Conservative MP Sheryll Murray suggested some Royal Marines could come to the Royal Navy's HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.

Sir Michael said: "HMS Raleigh will be considered as a receiver site for some of these units which are being consolidated into the Devonport area, and into the excellent accommodation, which I have visited myself."

Hidden Places: You need eyes like a hawker to find cliffside hut

Inside Hawker's Hut on the South West Coast Path

One of the most unusual buildings along the South West Coast Path is Hawker’s Hut, which was built in the 1840s from timbers retrieved from shipwrecks by an eccentric clergyman.

Reverend Robert Hawker was a larger than life character who was the vicar of the church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. 

Find out about how he spent many hours in his little hut smoking opium, meditating and writing poetry.

Care homes owner 'fully co-operating' with investigation

BBC Radio Cornwall

A care homes owner which is the subject in a multi-agency investigation says it has shut one home "to allow better consolidation of the care services provided across our homes".

Clinton House
BBC

The Clinton House nursing home in St Austell has been closed and homes in Callington, Lostwithiel and Par are under investigation. All four premises are owned by the Moreleigh Group. Cornwall Council, the Care Quality Commission, NHS Kernow and police are involved in the investigation.

The Morleigh Group confirmed it was "investigating some concerns raised by Cornwall Council, with whom we are fully co-operating, and other agencies at three of our other homes". It added: "No further comment will be made by us until our investigations are concluded."

Parents of missing teen Arthur Heeler-Frood say he 'may not be back for a year'

Exeter Express & Echo

The parents of missing Axminster teenager Arthur Heeler-Frood appeared on national television this morning and say Arthur may not be back for a year.

Another look at the Totnes WW2 mortar shell

View more on twitter

Earlier today a 'WW2 mortar' was removed from a recycling centre in Totnes.

A 100m cordon was put in place after emergency services were called to the facility at about 10:20.

BreakingHuman remains in woods confirmed as missing man's

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Human remains found in woods near Truro have been confirmed as those of a man who went missing in June, police say.

The remains of Lee Gilbert were found in Nansavallan Woods last month.

Woods
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police said that DNA analysis confirmed "the skeletal remains are that of missing Lee Gilbert". They added: "Next of kin have been advised and a post-mortem on the remains is being arranged.

Thirty-nine-year-old Mr Gilbert, from Penryn, was last seen at Truro train station on 9 June.

Latest weather: Rain clearing in the evening but windy overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Rain will reach all parts by the end of the afternoon and become heavy at times. Moderate westerly winds will back to the south west, and become fresh in the west later. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

The rain along with associated low cloud and hill fog patches, will start to clear from the west this evening to become mainly dry with some clear spells developing. It will be windy as fresh to strong reach up to near gale or gale force around exposed coasts and hills. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Exeter sign Bath scrum-half Matawalu

BBC Sport

Exeter have signed Fiji international scrum-half Niko Matawalu from Bath until the end of the season, with a view to a longer term deal.

Matawalu has made 10 Premiership appearances since joining Bath from Pro 12 club Glasgow ahead of last season. The 27-year-old, who can also play as a winger, has won 28 international caps.

"He's an exciting player, someone you describe as an 'X-Factor' type player," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told the club's website.

Cornwall beaches meet water quality standards

BBC Radio Cornwall

All of Cornwall's beaches have met water quality standards, according to the latest figures.

Beach
Andrew Segal

Water was tested by the Environment Agency at more than 80 beaches in the county, with the results the best on record.

Environment Minister Therese Coffey said a lot of work had gone into making sure Cornwall's beaches had cleaner water than ever.

Exeter shops work to reopen after Cathedral Green fire

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Some businesses in Exeter city centre remain closed and others are hoping to reopen soon after the Cathedral Green fire.

Thorntons note in Exeter
BBC

The fire on 28 October destroyed historic buildings, including what is described as the oldest hotel in England - the Royal Clarence - which dated back to 1769.

In nearby and neighbouring buildings, work is continuing by businesses to allow them to open their doors again. 

Exeter fire
BBC

At Thorntons, a note on the door says it hopes to reopen tomorrow. 

On Exeter High Street, Laura Ashley and Costa remain closed and fenced off. Waterstones' High Street branch is still closed but staff said there was little damage to stock and they hoped to reopen soon. There is another branch nearby.

Ilfracombe toilet block to close because of declining use

BBC Radio Devon

A toilet block in Ilfracombe will close at the end of the month, a council says.

North Devon Council said the facilities at the Cove were to be closed because their use had been "gradually declining and vandalism at the toilet block was an on-going problem". 

It added that the closest alternative toilets were at the Pier.

Four Plymouth GP surgeries to close

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Four Plymouth GP surgeries are to close at the end of March.

Hyde Park Surgery. Pic: Google
Google

The announcement comes despite patients campaigning to keep open Cumberland, Hyde Park (pictured), St Barnabas and Saltash Road surgeries. 

NHS England is writing to patients and said it would support people to find a new GP. It added it was "unable to keep them open after the GP contracts were given back".

It is also due to announce by the end of the year who will take over a practice in Mount Gould and run a new practice in Barne Barton. 

Armed forces hit by base closures 'could move to HMS Raleigh'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Navy's HMS Raleigh base in Torpoint could benefit after the government announced a raft of closures of military bases across the country. 

Nationally, 56 sites will close. In the South West, they include the iconic Royal Citadel in Plymouth, along with Royal Marines barracks at Chivenor in north Devon.

HMS Raleigh. Pic: Google
Google

The base in Cornwall has not only been saved but could be expanded as forces from some of the other camps could be redeployed there, South East Cornwall Conservative MP Sheryll Murray said.

She added it would help the local area and provide a "real opportunity for Torpoint, the wider Rame Peninsula and for Cornwall as a whole".

Exeter hospital trust seeks new boss

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust needs to look again for a new chief executive officer because the person due to take on the role next year has decided not to take the job, it says.

Julie Hartley-Jones. Pic: Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Julie Hartley-Jones has changed her mind about leaving Australia to come to the RD&E in January.

Man hospitalised after being 'battered with traffic cone'

Plymouth Herald

A man is set to appear at court next month charged with battering a man with a concrete lump, a fence post and traffic cone, leaving him hospitalised and needing a course of surgery.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A care home in Cornwall is closed because of safeguarding concerns, and three more homes run by the same company are under investigation
  • A 'WW2 mortar' has been removed from a recycling centre
  • The announcement that two more Devon military establishments are closing RMB Chivenor in north Devon and the Royal Citadel in Plymouth - is criticised by local communities 
  • All of Cornwall's beaches meet water quality standards, according to new figures
  • People are being invited to share their memories of the Royal Clarence Hotel by writing in a book of remembrance at Exeter Guildhall

Cordon lifted after 'WW2 mortar' taken away

Andrew Segal

Local Live

View more on twitter

Police have tweeted that a cordon has been lifted at a recycling centre in Totnes after a suspected World War Two mortar shell was found by staff.

The 100m cordon was put in place after emergency services were called to the facility at about 10:20.

PC Josh Marshall said that Royal Navy bomb disposal experts took the device away.

Hep C programme 'will cut NHS financial burden'

BBC Spotlight

A programme that's been piloted in the region to increase access to hepatitis C testing, education and treatment, will reduce the financial burden of the virus on the NHS dramatically, according to those running it. 

Hep C test
BBC

Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. It is passed on by the blood, or bodily fluids of an infected person, and can be transferred through tattoo needles, or people taking drugs and sharing needles.

It's estimated healthcare costs at the moment will rise by millions over the next few years if nothing is done to tackle it. 

Those involved said the pilot had shown such good results, and brought so many partner organisations together, the plan was to now roll it out nationally.

No gritting on Cornwall's roads

Tragedy as lung transplant survivor is told she only has 'months' to live

Exeter Express & Echo

Inspirational double lung transplant survivor Kirstie Tancock is being sent back home by doctors because there is no more than can do for her.

Recycling centre shut after 'WW2 mortar' find

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 100m cordon has been put in place around a Devon recycling centre after staff found what is believed to be World War Two mortar shell, police say.

Bomb squad
BBC

Officers were called to the facility in Totnes at about 10:20 and the public has been told to avoid area.

They said bomb disposal experts were dealing with the device.

The latest on safeguarding issues at care home

St Boniface controlled explosion: What is 2,4-DNPH?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

St Boniface's Catholic College in Plymouth is the latest school to call in a bomb disposal unit to safely dispose of a chemical used in A-Level chemistry classes - but what is 2,4-DNPH?

  • 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine is used in chemistry lessons and is perfectly safe if stored correctly
  • A-Level syllabus, where 2,4-DNPH was used in organic chemistry, has changed
  • Action needs to be taken if there is evidence it has dried out because it could cause burns
  • Destroying it with an explosion is one option
  • Government advisory science service CLEAPSS said the situation has arisen in a number of schools across the country

Police confirm care homes investigation

Claire Hawke

BBC Spotlight

Police have confirmed they are involved in a "multi-agency investigation" looking at a number of care homes in Cornwall run by a single company, including one that has been closed.

Clinton House
BBC

The Clinton House nursing home in St Austell has been closed and homes in Callington, Lostwithiel and Par are under investigation. All four premises are owned by the Morleigh Group.

Police said they were looking "into a number of allegations regarding levels of care received by residents at the homes". They added: "The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made."

The Morleigh Group said it closed Clinton House "to allow better consolidation of the care services" and that it was "fully co-operating" with investigations.

Cottage 'not safe to enter' after fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A building has been declared "not safe to enter" by firefighters after a blaze.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service said they found two floors of Greta Haye Cottage in Lamerton, near Tavistock, well alight after they were called at about 05:50. 

Electricity supplies to the detached building were isolated by engineers and a building control officer was to assess it, the fire service said