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Summary

  1. Leader of Cornwall independent councillors admits non-payment of council tax
  2. Police investigate fire service's response to Devon blaze where woman died
  3. Fatal crash: Investigation after car hits wall on A388
  4. Concerns raised about affordability of homes in new town of Sherford in Devon
  5. Police search for thieves stealing parking ticket machines across Devon and Cornwall
  6. Plans to cut South Devon-North of England direct rail services criticised
  7. Eden submits new plans for £8.5m hotel
  8. Updates on Tuesday 15 November 2016

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Petition to save RMB Chivenor

Andrew Segal

Local Live

North Devon's former MP and ex-defence minister Nick Harvey is launching a petition calling for the RMB Chivenor military base to be retained.

RMB Chivenor
BBC

The government announced last week that the base and airfield was to close within the next 10 years as part of a Ministry of Defence plan to free up military sites for housing. 

Mr Harvey said that "closing RMB Chivenor will be a big blow to the local economy, will impact on local schools and makes no military sense at all". 

He said he hoped for a similar success to when the base became a Royal Marines barracks after the RAF moved out from the site.

GWR doubling all-day parking charges at Liskeard

Andrew Segal

Local Live

GWR is doubling the amount it charges for all-day parking at Liskeard railway station, it has announced.

Liskeard railway station. Pic: Google
Google

GWR said the increase from £1 to £2 would "match local car-parks" and represented "the first change to GWR's parking charges for five years".

The new charges will be in place from 11 December.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A woman who died as a result of a Plymouth house fire that took firefighters more than an hour and a half to get to was "inspirational", tributes say
  • An independent Cornwall Councillor says he is "utterly, utterly sorry" over receiving a court summons for non-payment of council tax of more than £500
  • The number of complaints made against Devon and Cornwall Police officers falls 20% in a year, the police watchdog says
  • Train operator CrossCountry says it is considering cutting back a direct service from Paignton to the north of England because it wanted to make "better use" of trains
  • A seal pup is taken to the Seal Sanctuary in Gweek after being found a bit underweight and suffering from a small abscess on a flipper

Fire call-out investigation: Death of Molly Wigmore 'a sad loss'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A woman who died as a result of a house fire which took firefighters more than an hour and a half to get to was "inspirational" and a "hard worker", according to tributes.

Molly Wigmore (pictured here in 2005) died after the fire broke out at her home Plymouth last month.

Molly Wigmore. Pic: Keyham Community Partnership
Keyham Community Partnership

Tributes left at the house at the time credited Ms Wigmore as being an "inspirational, kind, gentle and sweet lady".

She was a founding member of Plymouth Credit Union, according to former colleague Elizabeth Gray. Ms Gray added: "She was a very hard worker and did it as a voluntary. It's a very sad loss."

Fire scene
BBC

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a police investigation was under way and offered its condolences to her family after the "tragic death". A member of its control room staff has been suspended, it is understood.

Latest weather: Rain and drizzle overnight, clearing on Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Overnight, it will be cloudy and mild, with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle and fog over the moors, but turning drier in the north later. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

On Wednesday, remaining drizzle will clear, then it will be a generally dry, bright day; with sunny spells for most, although a band of showers are likely later.

It will be breezier and feel cooler too. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Cove seal pup taken to hospital

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A seal pup has been taken to Cornwall's Seal Sanctuary in Gweek after being found a bit underweight and suffering from a small abscess on a flipper, a cove preservation group says.

Panther the seal pup. Pic: Friends of Portheras Cove
Friends of Portheras Cove

The Friends of Portheras Cove said on Facebook that the pup, nicknamed Panther, had been in and out of the sea "for the past few days" and was being monitored by them.

Panther the seal pup. Pic: Friends of Portheras Cove
Friends of Portheras Cove

They said medics from British Divers Marine Life Rescue managed to give the pup, estimated to be four to five weeks old, a medical assessment before it was decided he would benefit from some time in the sanctuary's hospital unit.

CrossCountry South Devon route cut plans 'to make better use of trains'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Train operator CrossCountry says it is considering cutting back a direct service from South Devon to the north of England because it wanted to make "better use of all our available trains".

Paignton Railway Station. Pic: Google
Google

Under the new plans proposed in its future timetable consultation, the only remaining service would be the 07:00 train from Paignton (pictured) to Manchester Piccadilly. Torbay Conservative MP Kevin Foster has criticised the proposals.

CrossCountry said it wanted to concentrate its "long distance services on the core network where demand is highest" and it was proposing services between Exeter and Bristol be "almost doubled". It admitted the move would mean a "decrease in the current number of our direct services to and from the Torbay area".

73-mile diversion route set up for A377 roadworks near Crediton

Exeter Express & Echo

A 118km or 73-mile diversion route is currently in place to allow Devon Highways to complete resurfacing works.

Fall in complaints against Devon and Cornwall Police

BBC Spotlight

There's been a fall in the number of complaints made against Devon and Cornwall Police officers, the police watchdog says.

Police HQ
BBC

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said 1,218 complaints were made against the force in 2015/16, a 20% decrease on the year before.

The total number of appeals made by dissatisfied complainants was 251 - a 2% decrease, it added.

Polish flag raised above Exeter Guildhall

BBC Radio Devon

The Polish flag has been raised above Exeter's Guildhall.

The move commemorates the Polish 307 Squadron RAF that defended the South West during World War Two.

The squadron helped to prevent Exeter from being completely destroyed during the Blitz.

Airmen walking past a hangar
BBC
Airmen from 307 Squadron were based at RAF Clyst Honiton from 1942 to 1943

Councillor 'utterly, utterly sorry' over council tax summons

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Mitchell said he's "utterly, utterly sorry" and "embarrassed" to admit that he is the councillor who has received a court summons for non-payment of council tax.

Andrew Mitchell
BBC

Mr Mitchell said he offered to step down as leader of the Independent group on Cornwall Council but had so far been supported by other members of the group.

Builders 'committed' to affordable homes in Sherford

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The new town of Sherford has been discussed for years.

The development lies to the east of Plymouth, mainly in the South Hams, and will eventually be home to 12,000 people.

Sherford
BBC

Some of those homes are now on sale, starting at £174,000, but there is concern they are out of the price range of the average wage earner in and around Plymouth.

Sherford Homes said planning permits stipulated that 20% of the homes should be affordable, in order to meet local needs, and the Sherford Consortium was committed to delivering this. 

Local authorities confirmed that anyone wanting to be considered for an affordable home would need to apply to Devon Home Choice, and anyone wanting to register for a shared ownership home could do so with Help to Buy South West.

Missing woman found

Seven Poppy Appeal boxes stolen over Remembrance Weekend

Torquay Herald Express

A series of "gut-wrenching" thefts took place in Torbay over Remembrance Weekend, as a number of Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal boxes were stolen.

Fire call-out investigation: MP to demand explanation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Plymouth MP says he will speak to fire service bosses about its response to a blaze in Devon in which a woman died.

Police are investigating why it took more than an hour and a half from the first emergency call for firefighters to reach the Plymouth home of Molly Wigmore last month.

Fire scene
BBC

Conservative MP for the area, Oliver Colvile, said: "I will be writing to the fire brigade to ask them to explain exactly what happened and what we can do to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a police investigation was under way and offered its condolences to her family after the "tragic death". A member of its control room staff has been suspended, it is understood.

'Happy jolly guy' stopped while using mobile while driving

'Sentimental' jewellery and coins stolen in burglaries

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are appealing for information after two burglaries at sheltered housing bungalows in south Devon.

Burgled items
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police said items stolen from homes in Parsonage Road in Newton Ferrers on 8 or 9 November were of "particular sentimental value to the victims". 

They included a silver necklace with a ruby rose (pictured), a heart-shaped opal necklace, a silver opal ring and a Royal Mint Fifth Circulating Coinage Portrait 1st Edition coin set (pictured).

Police said anyone who might have been offered such items for sale should get in contact.

Road accidents reported in Bodmin and Lee Mill

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, on Boundary Road in Bodmin, near to Bodmin Hospital, we have reports of an accident
  • In Devon, one lane of the A38 in Lee Mill is closed, near New Park Road, due to an incident. Traffic is slow-moving

Former art school Falmouth University suspends art foundation course

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Falmouth University - which started off as an art school - has confirmed it is to suspend its foundation diploma in art and design for its 2017 students.

Falmouth University sign
BBC

It said it took the decision "after very serious consideration and as part of its ongoing work to constantly evaluate its course portfolio".

It added that there was to be a "further period of consultation and discussion before any conclusions about the future of the course are made".

The institution was founded in 1902, eventually becoming a university in 2012.

Latest weather: Staying cloudy and drizzly

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll continue generally cloudy, with low cloud covering high ground at times. There will also be some occasional light rain or drizzle that will become more persistent from the north during the afternoon. 

However, there will be some bright or sunny periods for areas east of the moors for a time. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Overnight, it will remain cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, which will start to clear from the north towards the end of the night. Extensive low cloud will continue to cover the hills and it will be mild with moderate or fresh southwesterly winds occasionally strong around the coast, veering to the west later. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Councillor admits not paying tax: 'I stick my hands up'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Mitchell says he had "absolutely no intention to deliberately not pay" his council tax. 

He accepts responsibility for the mistake that he says happened because he believed he was exempt due to personal circumstances. 

Andrew Mitchell
BBC

He says "I stick my hands up. I genuinely at that time did not think I owed that money."

Councillor Mitchell has now set up a direct debit for future payments.

Search for missing woman from Westward Ho!

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Police said they were "extremely concerned" for her welfare after she went missing from Westward Ho!.

She last made contact with friends and family at about 09:00. Officers are conducting local searches.

Latest travel in Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In St Austell, there is queueing traffic in both directions on the A390 Holmbush Road, near the A391 (Pine Lodge traffic lights) 
  • There are reports of an accident on the A30, near to the junctions for A39 and B3279 (Indian Queens) 
  • In Stratton, there is queueing traffic in both directions due to roadworks on the A39, near Stratton Road

Shelter sees 12% increase in SW calls

BBC Spotlight

Calls to the helpline of homeless support charity Shelter have risen by 12% in the South West in the past year.

The charity said families struggling to pay rent or maintain repayments on their properties had caused a surge in demand, resulting in 43,000 calls.

Leader of Cornwall independent councillors admits non-payment of council tax

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

The leader of the independent group of Cornwall councillors on the unitary authority has admitted he received a court summons for non-payment of council tax.

Andrew Mitchell
BBC

Andrew Mitchell told BBC Radio Cornwall that he was disputing his bill when he was summoned and there was no intention not to pay.

His admission comes after a Freedom of Information request by Private Eye magazine revealed a Cornwall councillor was summonsed to court for owing just over £590 unpaid council tax.

Windsurfer Chris Murray goes bottoms up

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

It was all going so well for windsurfer Chris Murray at the Cornwall Wave Classic event at Gwithian.

Chris Murray
Joe Cockle Wedding Photography

A perfect aerial off the lip...

Chris Murray
Joe Cockle Wedding Photography

followed by a superb bottom turn...

Chris Murray
Joe Cockle Wedding Photography

... and then it all went bottoms up. Chris won the Best Wipeout award at the event for this manoeuvre and escaped with nothing but his pride hurt!

Uproar as bar refuse to show certain football matches due to poppy ban

Torquay Herald Express

A Torquay bar owner caused a stir on social media after a refusing to show certain football matches over Remembrance Weekend.

City of Lights: Lantern makers prepare to illuminate Truro

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Work is well under way in preparation for the City of Lights Festival in Truro later this month - an event which was nearly cancelled because of budget constraints. 

About 30,000 people are expected to watch the parade on 23 November, and schoolchildren in the city are hard at work making some of the lanterns. 

Talking to Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke about Brexit

In Pictures: Lorry and bus collision

Fire service reveals full extent of Royal Clarence fire operation

Exeter Express & Echo

Following the devastating fire which destroyed The Royal Clarence Hotel last month, the fire service has revealed how many 999 calls were received, why the fire took so long to put out and why the fire spread to the hotel.

Teenage girl fights off bus stop sex attacker armed with knife

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A teenage girl has fought off a sex attacker armed with a knife during an assault in north Devon, police say.  

Officers said the 14-year-old was attacked at a bus stop in Westleigh, on the B3233 route between Barnstaple and Bideford, between 07:30-08:30 on Monday. She was approached by the unknown man who was carrying a map and asked for directions, officers said.

The girl was unharmed but left shaken by the experience, police said. 

The suspect fled along the Tarka Trail, heading towards Bideford. he was described as in his early 30s, about 6ft tall, broad shoulders, of slim build and clean shaven. He was wearing dark clothing.

Falmouth University 'suspends art diploma' - even though it started as an art college

Cornwall Live

Falmouth University's foundation diploma in art and design is facing closure, according to an online petition signed by thousands.

Lesser Exeter role is tough - Johnson

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Tom J
Getty Images

Exeter's former England forward Tom Johnson says it has been difficult for him to watch from the sidelines after losing his place in the team.

The 34-year-old, who is in his 10th season at Sandy Park, has not played in the Premiership since New Year's Day.

He has featured in the last two Anglo-Welsh Cup matches, captaining the side in Sunday's win over Cardiff Blues.

"It is tough, but it's part and parcel of the job," Johnson, who won eight caps for England, told BBC Sport.

Lorry and bus drivers injured in crash

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two drivers have been treated for injuries after a lorry and double-decker bus collided near St Austell.

The men were treated at the scene after the collision in Fernleigh Terrace in Nanpean at about 09:25, which has left the road blocked. One suffered leg injuries, police said.

There were no passengers on the bus. Highways officials are at the scene.

Pay and display machines 'cost £4,500 to replace' each one

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Thefts of pay and display machines from car parks across Cornwall have "inevitably caused some disruption to parking services", Cornwall Council says.

Parking ticket machines
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police is investigating 19 such incidents across both counties since the summer.

The authority said that "as well as leading to a loss of income, it also means the council has to pay around £4,500 to replace each machine". It added that such costs had "to be met by council taxpayers".

Anyone who has information or noticed anything suspicious in car parks - "especially outside of normal operational hours" - has been asked to contact police.

Plans to cut South Devon-North of England direct rail services criticised

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay's MP says he can't accept proposals to cut all but one of CrossCountry trains' direct services from South Devon to the North of England.

Rail tracks
BBC

Under the new plans proposed in its future timetable consultation, the only remaining service would be the 07:00 train from Paignton to Manchester Piccadilly. 

Conservative MP Kevin Foster said the proposal was hidden away in part of a 50-page consultation document.

CrossCountry said the consultation put forward more trains at Exeter, which would see an overall increase in long distance journey opportunities between Torbay, the Midlands and the North.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • An investigation has started into the response of firefighters to a blaze in Plymouth in which a woman died, the BBC learns
  • Torbay's MP criticises proposals to cut all but one of CrossCountry trains' direct services from South Devon to the north of England
  • A knife amnesty starts, with police hoping that so-called "zombie" weapons will be handed in at stations
  • Police hunt thieves responsible for a spate of parking ticket machine thefts after 19 are stolen since the summer