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  1. French Consul surprises D-Day veteran with medal presentation
  2. Contractor 'offered extra £600 to clear drains' near landslide-hit home
  3. High Court rules second homes ban stays in St Ives
  4. Fatal plane crash 'due to mental lapse' report finds
  5. Welfare charities helping farmers say it's been one of their busiest ever years
  6. Nigel Farage should be appointed as ambassador to USA, says UKIP MEP
  7. Walnut the dog will have to be carried on his last walk
  8. Helen Glover still pondering future in rowing
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Victoria Gould

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

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

  2. Redruth sign former Scarlet Matavesi

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    National Two South side Redruth have signed former Ospreys fly-half Joel Matavesi.

    The 20-year-old, who is the younger brother of Cornish-born Fiji internationals Josh and Sam, left the Pro12 side in the summer and had been playing for hometown side Camborne.

    Joel Matavesi

    "Joel just wants to try and challenge himself a bit more. He wants to progress and get another professional contract somewhere," Redruth head coach Marek Churcher told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    Matavesi came through the Exeter youth ranks before joining Scarlets as an 18-year-old in 2014.

    Redruth sign former Scarlet Matavesi

    Joel Matavesi

    National Two South side Redruth sign Cornish-born former Ospreys fly-half Joel Matavesi.

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  3. 100-year-old D-Day veteran gets surprise presentation of Legion D'honneur

    BBC Spotlight

    This is the moment we surprised 100-year-old D-Day veteran Verdun Hayes, by bringing the French Consul, Alain Sibiril into the studio to present him with the Legion D'honneur. 

    The medal is the highest French order for military and civil merits, and is awarded to those who liberated France during World War Two.

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    Video caption: Verdun Hayes: Legion D'honneur

    You can watch the full interview on BBC Spotlight tonight at 18:30.

  4. 'No evidence' to support man's assertion that he did not kill deer

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    There is "no evidence" to support a man's assertion that he did not kill a deer with a dog, a court heard.

    Daniel Ravenscroft, 37, from Grange Road, Buckfast, had filmed his dog getting on well with other animals and did not have any marks to show she had been involved, Plymouth Magistrates' Court heard.

    But at Plymouth Magistrates District Judge Diana Baker said there was "no evidence" to support him and found him guilty. 

    Mr Ravenscroft will be sentenced in December.

  5. Trust yet to talk to Tisdale over contract

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the club's supporters' trust has not approached him since voting to ask for details of his contract.

    Paul Tisdale

    The trust, which owns the League Two club, wants to know if Tisdale has a notice clause in his contract, with a view to negotiating a new one with him.

    "I've still not yet had anyone speak to me from the trust about it. Hopefully that happens soon and we can all move on and get on with what we're doing," he told BBC Sport.

  6. Judge 'certain' man took part in illegal killing of deer

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A judge has said she is "certain" that a man took part in the illegal killing of a deer in Devon.

    Philip Cross, 36, from Tonypandy, Rhondda, had been part of a group who arranged a meet-up in Devon to go hunting with dogs in November 2014. 

    Mr Cross said despite being invited to the meet he did not turn up, and that he was only ever involved in rabbiting.   

    But District Judge Diana Baker sitting at Plymouth Magistrates rejected these claims and found him guilty of killing a deer at night. He will be sentenced in December.

  7. Primark more popular than planning

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The opening of Cornwall's first Primark in Truro this morning attracted 730 people through the doors in the first ten minutes.


    However the referendum on the Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan was not attracting similar queues.

    Polling station
  8. St Ives High Court ruling a 'good day for democracy'

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Councillor responsible for planning on Cornwall Council says the High Court ruling that a ban on second homes in St Ives can go ahead, is evidence of "democracy and localism" in action. 

    Edwina Hannaford said the judgement will have national ramifications. 

    St Ives

    The ruling follows a referendum in May where more than 80% of voters backed a neighbourhood housing plan for St Ives, which included a clause that any new builds would only get planning permission if they are reserved for full-time residents. 

    A firm of Penzance architects challenged Cornwall Council's decision to allow the referendum in the first place. 

    But today the High Court has ruled the policy is compatible with human rights, and the outcome of referendum standards. 

    Ms Hannaford said now Cornwall Council will work with St Ives Town Council and the neighbourhood plan group to decide how the ban is enforced in the future. 

  9. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall the B3266 is congested both ways following an accident near the A39 Atlantic Highway at Valley Truckle.
    • There's an accident on the A39 at Penstowe Road in Kilkhampton. 
    • On the A390 in Truro there's an accident near Station Road. 
    • In Devon there's an accident near Sorely Lane in Churchstow. 
    • In Plymouth there's congestion on the A38 the Parkway, and at Embankment Lane on the B3238. 
  10. Two men found guilty of killing deer by setting dogs on them

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Two men have been found guilty of killing deer by setting dogs on them.

    Philip Cross, 36, from Tonypandy, Rhondda, was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, a black and white lurcher named Judge, by failing to get it treated for a fractured leg.

    He was found guilty at Plymouth Magistrates' Court of killing a deer on 21 November 2014.

    Daniel Ravenscroft, 37, from Grange Road, Buckfast, was found guilty of killing a deer on 24 October 2014.

    Both will be sentenced in December along with nine other men who face similar charges.

  11. Missing schoolboy Arthur Heeler-Frood left because he was 'bored' of life but will return in a year

    Cornwall Live

    A schoolboy who disappeared nine weeks ago has left a letter for his anguished parents saying he was 'bored of life' - but would return within a year.

  12. Second homes ban will have 'repercussions' for St Ives town centre

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The High Court has ruled a Cornish seaside town will keep its ban on new build second homes. 

    The legal battle came after a referendum in May which had been challenged in the High Court by a firm of Penzance architects. 

    St Ives

    RLT Built Environment Ltd argued the policy was an attack on the town's two main industries - tourism and construction. 

    Chris Toft, the solicitor representing the firm, said he really didn't think the policy would achieve its plans, saying it would "hinder development and make affordable properties harder to come by". He said a number of developers were now reviewing their plans for St Ives.

    But the councillor responsible for planning at Cornwall Council, Edwina Hannaford, said today was a "good day for democracy". 

  13. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    • A clampdown on second homes in St Ives can go ahead after Cornwall Council won a High Court legal battle
    • The mayor of Looe has told the inquest into the death of Susan Norman that CORMAC was offered an extra £600 to clear drains near her landslide-hit home
    • A man flying a plane before a fatal crash on the approach to Dunkeswell Airfield in Devon was "less able than average pilots at multi-tasking and poor at prioritising under pressure", according to his instructors 
    • A 100-year-old D-Day veteran says his recent trip to Normandy to pay his last respects to those who died was "deeply emotional"
  14. Attempted knifepoint robbery in Liskeard

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Police are hunting three men after an attempted knifepoint robbery in Liskeard. 

    A 19-year-old was walking home in the early hours of Sunday 23 October when he was approached by a group of men who demanded his wallet, police have told BBC News.

    One of the men had a knife. Officers are trying to trace a black man, aged 19-22, who is between 6ft 2ins and 6ft 5ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black hoody and black jeans. 

    The victim was not hurt, and nothing was stolen.

  15. Plymouth boss questions EFL Trophy fines

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth boss Derek Adams says it will be interesting to see if clubs playing weaker EFL Trophy sides are fined.

    EFL teams must feature either five players who either played in the last or will play the next game, or the five that have played most often, with sides that fail to do so liable to a fine of £5,000 by the EFL.

    Derek Adams

    "Some teams have changed 11 players on a Tuesday night and have been able to field a different team on a Saturday," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

    "I'll be interested to see how that works out if a fines system comes into play because there's £10,000 per game at stake and some teams have changed 11 players and some teams have abided by the rules."

  16. Latest weather: Cloudy at times with further heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Although there will be some bright or sunny periods it'll be quite cloudy at times with further showers that will be occasionally heavy. 

    However, the showers will gradually become less frequent and more isolated this afternoon. 

    Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will be locally strong before easing later. Maximum temperature 12C (54F).

    Weather map 10 November
  17. Black boxes: Can you trust them to lower your car insurance?

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Young drivers trying to save money on insurance by fitting monitoring devices to their car could be being let down. 

    Black boxes are supposed to use GPS to monitor 'good' and 'bad' driving. But an investigation by the BBC's Watchdog programme indicates they could be recording false results. 

    Black box being fitted to engine

    Black boxes monitor drivers' every move to give a "score" to insurers which could lower the premium if they're classed as good.   

    Eva Jonas, 18, from Cornwall says she was shocked when Autosaint cancelled her insurance policy after her black box caught her allegedly driving at 119 mph on a B road during rush hour in a 15-year-old car. 

    Ms Jonas did receive an apology from Autosaint which said it believed a GPS interference error was to blame for the speeding result. 

  18. Calls for lorries to be banned from Camelford

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Experts say pollution levels in Camelford exceed government limits. 

    Nitrogen dioxide amounts have increased in the Cornish town, over the last five years. 

    Cornwall Council says a rise in the number of diesel vehicles using the A39 are responsible. 

    Mayor Rob Rotchell says he wants to see lorries diverted around the town. Now an Air Quality Management Area is to be declared and an action plan drawn up to recommend changes.  

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