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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Serious crash closes A30 in Devon
  3. A303 crash victims named as Robert and Brenda Newton, both 72 and from the Ottery St Mary area of Devon
  4. Collector admits stealing protected birds' eggs
  5. Dog owner seeks pals for pet's last walk
  6. Work on a new flood defence scheme in Braunton could start in January after councillors approve funding
  7. Looe landslide inquest: Daughter leaves hearing in tears
  8. Exeter-based airline Flybe has announced a fall in half-yearly profits
  9. Two-time Olympic champion Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from rowing, ending her partnership with Cornwall rower Helen Glover

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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 Thursday 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.

Dog owner seeks pals for pet's last day

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A dog owner is appealing for members of the public to join him and his dog Walnut for one last walk on Porth beach near Newquay on Saturday.

Walnut, now 18, is "on his last legs" and will be put down later that day.

Walnut
Mark Woods

Latest weather: Showers continuing

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

The showers will continue tonight. They will be often heavy, perhaps with hail. The winds will slowly ease though and it should stay frost free. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be a day of sunshine and showers, but it will become drier for most into the evening. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Braunton flood defence scheme could start in January

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Work on a new flood defence scheme in Braunton could start in January. 

Devon county councillors have approved the £500,000 project. 

The aim is to improve drainage and install a pump to take flood water away, but it still won't provide the higher level of protection that is usually aimed for. 

Flooding in Braunton
BBC

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A landslide which trapped and killed a woman in her flat in Looe pushed the building forward and caused windows to pop out, an inquest hears
  • A charity is to take over operating Cornwall's leisure centres next year
  • A bus left at a 45 degree in a ditch on the A377 in Devon after it overturns
  • Cornwall Olympic rower Helen Glover says she "hasn't decided" if she is going to follow the retirement decision of her crew mate, Heather Stanning
  • A thanksgiving service is to be held in Exeter Cathedral this weekend, dedicated to emergency crews who tackled the Cathedral Green fire last month
  • A man in Cornwall wins £100,000 after betting Donald Trump would become American president

Helen Glover: 'Not making retirement decision yet'

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish Olympic rower Helen Glover says she "hasn't decided" if she is going to follow her crew mate Heather Stanning's decision to retire.

Among their many accolades, she and British Army major Stanning took golds in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Pic: AP
AP

Penzance girl Glover said she "knew it [Stanning's decision] was coming" and "we'd spoken about it a lot".

She added she was taking "a few months without thinking" about such a move. She added: "Her decision doesn't affect mine. I'll make my own decision." 

You at the back! What are you looking at?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

It might look as if these teachers are not concentrating - but you would be deceived by that notion - they are actually taking a trip around the world thanks to virtual reality goggles.

Stoke Damerel Community College staff test out the Google Cardboard viewers during their training session
Stoke Damerel Community College

The low cost cardboard goggles are the latest teaching method at Stoke Damerel Community College in Plymouth.

Pupil
Stoke Damerel Community College

Teachers tested out the tech from Google before giving pupils the chance to take expeditions to Everest and the North Pole.

English teacher Justine Hardie asked Media Studies teacher Darren Towers to arrange a special session for pupil Sean Moore after he wrote a "heart-warming and descriptive story" about the Great Barrier Reef and thought of a way of bringing the reef to the classroom.

Landslide inquest: Building pushed 'like in slow motion'

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

A landslide which trapped and killed a woman in her flat in Looe pushed the building forward "like in slow motion", with windows popping out, an inquest has heard. 

Sixty-eight-year-old Susan Norman died in March 2013 when the landslide, during torrential rain, poured into her ground-floor hillside flat.

Landslide
BBC

Neighbour Peter Temlett told the jury he was "amazed" to see the building moving, and that there were massive amounts of very bright reddish water running down the sides of it.

The inquest, in Truro, continues.

Bus overturns into ditch

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The bus overturned at Lapford Cross, near Kelland Hill, leaving two people reportedly trapped on the top deck. 

A female on the lower deck suffered minor leg injuries, police said.

Walkin' the dog: Police puppies out and about

New operator to run Cornwall leisure centres

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Charitable social enterprise GLL is to take over running Cornwall's leisure centres and other leisure facilities from next April, Cornwall Council says.

Leisure centre
BBC

The day-to-day running of the centres is currently in the hands of charity Tempus Leisure, but the maintenance has been the responsibility of the council. The annual bill to the authority is about £4m, and the change is an attempt to cut that bill to zero.

Staff would "transfer over to the new operator on their existing terms and conditions", the council said. Tempus said it was "extremely disappointed".

Heather Stanning retirement: Glover describes 'most fun journey possible'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Helen Glover, the Cornish rowing team-mate of Olympian Heather Stanning, has thanked Stanning for their work together, saying it was "the most fun journey possible" and she was "friend first and crew-mate second".

Olympic champion and soldier Major Stanning (pictured right) has announced her retirement from rowing, ending her all-conquering partnership with Penzance's Glover (left). The pair took golds in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Pic: AP
AP

Helen tweeted that the 31-year-old British Army major and team-mate of six years had been "dependable, determined, and a formidable athlete". 

She added: "The Army has given us both incredible support and I am sure she will continue to flourish in her career. Thank you, Heather, not just for the success we shared, but for making it the most fun journey possible."

Severe accident: A30 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A30 Devon both ways severe accident, near B3260.

A30 Devon - A30 in Meldon closed and queuing traffic in both directions near Meldon Junction, because of an accident.

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Service marks emergency services' work in Exeter fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A special service of thanksgiving at Exeter Cathedral is being held this weekend to "thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts" at putting out the Cathedral Green fire last month, the cathedral's Dean says.

Exeter fire
BBC

The fire damaged several historic buildings and resulted in the demolition of the Royal Clarence Hotel

The Very Reverend Dr Jonathan Draper said: "I know we, and so many people in Exeter, are profoundly grateful to them. And though we are all immensely saddened by the damage that has been done, we also want to say thank you for the fact there were no fatalities or injuries."

The service is being held at 11:00 on Saturday.

Trump £100k bet win: 'I wanted to see if my analysis would work'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Severe disruption: A377 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A377 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Kelland Hill and B3220.

A377 Devon - A377 in Lapford Cross blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Kelland Hill junction and the B3220 junction, because of an overturned double decker bus.

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Rat map reveals where you are most likely to spot a rodent

Cornwall Live

Truro is the rat capital of Cornwall, with 55 reports of rats made to Cornwall Council in the last six months.

BreakingDouble-decker bus overturns on A377

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A double-decker bus has overturned and been left at a 45 degree angle after a road accident on the A377 near Chulmleigh.

The bus overturned at Lapford Cross, near Kelland Hill, and has been left wedged near or in a hedge, police say.

Some passengers are believed to be still on board, with two people reported trapped on the top deck. Only one injury has been reported so far - a female on the lower deck who suffered minor leg injuries, officers said.

Flat given closure order after antisocial behaviour

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A closure order has been granted on a flat in Plymouth following "repeated complaints of antisocial behaviour, drugs and noise nuisance", Plymouth City Council says.

The council said the order on the property in Teats Hill flats, in Coxside, was granted by magistrates because the 49-year-old tenant and visitors "caused nuisance to members of the public, disorder, loud music, and there was evidence of drug use".

The property will be closed for 10 weeks. Councillors said the move "sends out a strong message that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in Plymouth".

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, Barnfield in Crediton is blocked in both directions because of an incident near Spruce Park, and there's slow traffic
  • In the Honiton area, there are reports of traffic problems on the A30 around the A35. Police are investigating 
  • In Cornwall, the A39 between Trispen and Carland Cross is partially blocked due to a collision 
  • Minor delays are possible on GWR rail services between Truro and Falmouth Docks as trains run at a reduced speeds because of problems on the line 

'Think about what you're dumping' warning after recycling centre bomb find

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People who use recycling centres should "think about the waste which they are taking ... so as not to waste council and police time", a Devon council has said after an ordnance incident.

Mortar
BBC

About 100 people were evacuated from the Totnes industrial estate after an unexploded suspected World War Two shell (pictured) was found dumped in a general waste skip on Tuesday. It had to be removed by a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit.

Councillor Roger Croad, of Devon County Council, said "Some people may consider something that's been sat in their loft or garden shed for years as completely harmless, but it's a question of perception, so we would like to remind people to check and think about what they're planning to take to the recycling centre."

Cornish hotel owner says he 'always knew Trump would win'

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

A hotelier from Tintagel who has won more than £100,000 after betting that Donald Trump would become US President, says he was absolutely certain the Republican would win. 

John Mappin, 51, owner of the Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, says he placed 35 bets over the last 18 months on the billionaire businessman becoming the United States' commander-in-chief. 

John Mappn
BBC

The odds of a Trump victory were 33-1 when Mr Mappin placed his original bet in 2015. 

The businessman, who says he has never gambled before, told the BBC he placed the bet because he wanted to be able to prove to people that he always believed Trump would win. 

Egg collector fined: Man 'targeted rarer species in recent years'

Beaton/eggs
BBC/Devon and Cornwall Police

An egg collector from Devon has been fined £4700 after admitting stealing the eggs of protected birds. 

William Beaton, 73, from Dousland near Yelverton admitted five offences under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act at a hearing at Plymouth Magistrates' Court. 

The RSPB said it hoped the prosecution would "send out a message".

Statement
RSPB

Latest weather: Showers and possible hail

BBC Weather

Showers are continuing to move in from the northwest and they could be heavy, with hail likely. Winds will be strong, with coastal gales. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

The showers will continue tonight, especially in the west towards the River Torridge. They will be often heavy, perhaps with hail. The winds will slowly ease though and it should stay frost free. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Cornish RNLI volunteers at London Remembrance service

Lifesaving volunteers from Cornwall are preparing to represent the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the annual Remembrance Sunday service this weekend. 

Phillip Woodcock, 44, from St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, and Nathan Wilmer, 38, from Newquay, are two of 19 people from across the UK and Ireland who will represent the RNLI in the official Remembrance Sunday commemoration in London’s Whitehall on Sunday.

Knife situations 'quickly get out of control'

Heather Stanning: Champion rower 'doubted whether she could maintain standards'

BBC Sport

Two-time Olympic champion Heather Stanning has announced her retirement from rowing, ending her all-conquering partnership with Cornwall rower Helen Glover.

The 31-year-old, who followed her London 2012 gold (pictured) with a tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, said she doubted whether she had the desire to maintain the sporting standards she had set herself for the next Olympics. 

Helen Glover and Hather Stanning. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
AFP/Getty Images

She said: "If I was honest with myself and said I was going to commit to another four years, would I have the same drive and determination I had four years ago? Probably not - therefore is it worth half-heartedly committing to something?" 

She added: "There was no pressure on me to make a decision this year. I could have taken a whole year to make that choice, but I wanted to know what I was doing."

Landslide inquest: Daughter leaves hearing in tears

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

The daughter of a woman who died in a landslide in Cornwall has fled an inquest in tears.

Sixty-eight-year-old Susan Norman (pictured) died in March 2013 when the landslide, during torrential rain, poured into her ground-floor hillside flat in Looe, burying her in her bed.

Susan Norman
Handout

Her daughter, Helen Boden left the hearing at Truro Magistrates' Court, which has been shown photographs that showed damage to Sandplace Road after a landslip in 2012. 

Photographs by Sally Marsh, a neighbour, showed evidence of the edge of St Martins Road being undermined and that road surfacing had fallen away. Vehicles were still travelling up the road. Traffic measures were later introduced by Cornwall Council. The inquest continues.

Plymouth star of The Apprentice admits parking van in disabled bay in Exeter

Plymouth Herald

A former candidate on Sir Alan Sugar's "The Apprentice" from Plymouth has apologised for parking his van in a disabled space in Exeter.

BreakingBraunton flood defence scheme given the green light

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Work on a new flood defence scheme in Braunton could start in January after Devon county councillors approved funding for it.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “This is a very welcome scheme to tackle the risk of flooding in one of Devon’s high risk communities and will protect the commercial heart of the village. 

"The most recent flood event has demonstrated that the pumping station is essential to protect the community from similar flash flooding, which it has suffered frequently."

It will cost more than £500,000 and will involve improved drainage and a pump to take flood water away.

Braunton
BBC

BreakingCollector admits stealing protected birds' eggs

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

An egg collector from Devon has been fined £4,700 after admitting stealing the eggs of protected birds.

Eggs
Devon and Cornwall Police

Seventy-three-year-old William Beaton, from Dousland, near Yelverton, pleaded guilty to five offences under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act at a hearing at Plymouth Magistrates' Court. 

The court heard he was in possession of 435 eggs at his home. He admitted to taking barn owl eggs in Norfolk, and the eggs of other protected birds in Orkney.

Firefighters to be honoured in cathedral service after Exeter fire

Exeter Express & Echo

A special service of thanksgiving will be held this Saturday in Exeter Cathedral, two weeks on from the devastating fire which ripped through historic properties on the Cathedral Green and destroyed the historic Royal Clarence Hotel.

Severe accident: A388 Devon both ways

BBC Travel

A388 Devon both ways severe accident, near Loxdown Road affecting A386.

A388 Devon - A388 in Monkleigh blocked and queuing traffic in both directions near Monkleigh House, because of an accident involving two trucks and recovery work. Congestion to Landcross.

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Nearly 83,000 children 'living in poverty'

BBC Spotlight

Nearly 83,000 children in Devon and Cornwall are living in poverty, new figures suggest.

Children on road. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The End Child Poverty Coalition has released the figures and broken them down by parliamentary constituencies, local authorities and wards. 

Nationally, there are more than 3.5 million children living in poverty across the UK. The coalition warned low income families "won't be managing tomorrow" if prices rise and benefits are cut or frozen. The government said it was tackling poverty and its "root causes".

The coalition is made up of more than 100 organisations, including charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others.

Tintagel hotel owner wins £100k on Trump presidency

Press Association

A lucky punter is £100,000 better off after placing a string of bets on Donald Trump becoming US President.

John Mappin
BBC

John Mappin, owner of the Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, Cornwall, placed 30 bets with William Hill over the past 18 months on the billionaire businessman becoming the United States' commander-in-chief.

When Mr Trump announced his candidacy in June last year, he was 150/1 but overcame the odds to beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th US president in January. He became favourite to do so only at 02:00 on Wednesday, the bookmaker said.

'No black hole' in Flybe's finances

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Saad Hammad's recent departure as chief executive of Flybe is not because there is a black hole in the company's finances.

Flybe's executive chairman Simon Laffin has said people were wrong if they suspected Mr Hammad left for any reason connected to performance.

"There's no big surprise in these numbers," Mr Laffin said.

Hammand
BBC

"I know some people were saying 'Ooh, he's left, so that means there's going to be a black hole'. There's no black hole.

"The real clue as to why he's gone off to do other things is when we say we have completed our turnaround. Because Saad is primarily a turnaround man.  And as we finish that turnaround, I think he wants to go and do a turnaround somewhere else."

Landslide death inquest: 'Victim's photograph cannot displayed'

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

The family of a woman who died in a landslide in Cornwall has been told a family photograph of her cannot be on display during an inquest into her death.

Helen Boden with photo of Susan Norman
BBC

Helen Boden (pictured) had attempted put a photo of her mother, Susan Norman, beside the inquest jury to put a "face" to the person who died.

However, coroner Stephen Nicholls said the picture could not be on display during the hearing, which is in its third day at Truro Magistrates Court.

Landslide
BBC

Sixty-eight-year-old Mrs Norman died in March 2013 when a landslide, during torrential rain, poured into her ground-floor hillside flat in Looe, burying her in her bed.

The inquest, expected to last until 24 November, continues.

Heather Stanning: Retiring Olympian 'wanted to make right decision'

BBC Sport

Two-time Olympic champion Heather Stanning - and rowing partner of Cornwall's Helen Glover - has announced her retirement from rowing after winning her second Olympic gold only back in August.

Heather Stanning
PA

However, the 31-year-old Army major said: "I wanted things to get back to normal before I made the decision firmly and I wanted to make sure it was the right decision.

"It's about time I made the decision and it has helped me focus on what to do next, certainly with work and the army because I know that's something I want to go back to.

"It seemed the right time to make that decision."