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Summary

  1. South West flooding: Roads closed and trains diverted
  2. The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings in place in Devon
  3. Several schools closed in Devon because of flooding
  4. In other news, secret film exposes care home failures in Cornwall
  5. Retired soldier 'stabbed wife before gassing them both'
  6. Cornwall coroner writes to the health secretary calling for a review of acute mental health beds in the county
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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A flooded street

A ferry is stranded at sea, roads are closed and trains cancelled as floods hit England and Wales.

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Our live coverage across the day

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Many of us might be glad to see the back of that wet and windy Monday. Our 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.

Care homes secret filming: Home manager sacked and nurse suspended - owner

BBC Panorama

The owner of care homes in Cornwall which are the subject of secret filming by the BBC's Panorama programme denies it failed to give proper attention to the quality and safety of residents' care.

Clinton House sign
BBC

The Panorama undercover filming shows one nurse saying she will give morphine to a resident "to shut her up" - an event described by an independent expert as "horrifying". 

One of the homes, Clinton House in St Austell, is being closed. Owner the Morleigh Group has suspended the nurse, pending an investigation. 

The group, said it had already identified problems, and that it had always acted quickly to improve care when asked to do so. It also said it had already dismissed Clinton House's manager before it became aware of Panorama's investigation.

Panorama: Nursing Homes Under Cover - BBC One, 20:30

Man in balaclava 'chases schoolchildren'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Truro are investigating reports of a man in a balaclava who has twice chased schoolchildren.

Quadrant. Pic: Google
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Officers said the man was spotted around the Quadrant, in the Trelander area.

They said that "no child has been harmed nor taken", but appealed for any information.

Rail tickets valid tomorrow as flooding stops trains

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Due to severe flooding across the Great Western Railway (GWR) network, rail passengers are being advised not to travel.

GWR said tickets for today will be valid tomorrow.

Flooding affects Ottery weir

Sand spread on rails in front of train during storms

BBC Radio Cornwall

Rail staff were seen manually spreading sand on rail tracks in front of a train on Sunday, as operator GWR dealt with services affected by Storm Angus.

GWR said that in "very extreme circumstances the train's driver can manually spread sand on the rails to improve traction". 

Latest weather: Heavy showers and staying windy

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Showers will continue tonight with some further heavy outbreaks. They will become more isolated towards dawn but the winds will stay strong around the coast. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F)

Weather
BBC

Tuesday will start grey and cloudy with further showers expected. They will be heaviest and most frequent towards the west, where the winds will be strong too. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

There is still further risk of flooding. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and alerts, telling communities in the South West to be prepared as the extreme weather continues into Tuesday.

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Rail passengers advised not to travel to south west

Morgan eyes move into coaching

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates captain Chris Morgan hopes to take a coaching role at the club when his playing career ends.

The 35-year-old celebrated his 200th game for Championship club in their 35-24 loss to leaders London Irish.

Chris Morgan
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Morgan, who is in his 11th year at the Mennaye, has already been helping with lineout coaching this season

"Hopefully I can move upstairs and help out in any way I can, and be a coach if there's a position there for me," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Chris Morgan

Morgan eyes move into coaching

Cornish Pirates captain Chris Morgan hopes take on a coaching role at the club when his playing career eventually ends.

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Owen Jones brands Cornwall train service 'dire' as he misses Hall For Cornwall talk

Cornwall Live

Guardian columnist and political author Owen Jones has criticised Great Western Railway and Cornish MP Steve Double after train delays meant he was unable to make a talk at Hall For Cornwall, leaving 800 people asking for their money back.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A series of shocking incidents in privately-run residential nursing homes in Cornwall are secretly filmed by BBC Panorama
  • A man stabbed his wife and poisoned himself and her with car fumes after the collapse of his marriage, an inquest hears
  • Controversial plans for a student accommodation block on the site of a bowling alley in Falmouth are turned down by a council planning committee
  • Devon and Cornwall suffer flooding and transport problems as a result of Storm Angus as the counties prepare for another night of heavy showers and strong winds

Man 'killed himself and estranged wife over marriage collapse'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man who stabbed his wife before poisoning them both with car fumes felt humiliated about the collapse of his marriage, an inquest has heard.

Graham McCartney and Jane McCartney
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Graham McCartney stabbed his 59-year-old estranged wife, Jane, in her chest and arm at their home in Dalwood, Devon, in May 2015. He also connected the exhaust pipe of his MG car to the window of their rural bungalow, poisoning them with carbon monoxide the inquest in Exeter was told.

The inquest heard that the 63-year-old left his son a note reading: "I just cannot stand the humiliation anymore. Sorry, Dad."

Assistant Devon coroner Luisa Nicholson concluded that Mrs McCartney was unlawfully killed by her husband who then killed himself.  

Storm Angus: Police commissioner's office flooded

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Commissioner office. Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Storm Angus has flooded the controversial new offices of the Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner. 

Staff only moved in three months ago as part of a £500,000 renovation project of the suite at police headquarters in Exeter. But they've been forced to move out today. It's thought leaves clogged drains on the roof, leading water to pour in.

A source told us there was considerable damage, and it wasn't clear how long it would take before the offices would be in use again.

Rainfall totals across the South West

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Meanwhile, there are currently 23 flood warnings and 31 floods alerts in force in Devon, the Environment Agency says.

Cornwall has nine flood alerts in place.

Flood warnings mean that "flooding is expected and immediate action is required". Alerts mean flooding "is possible" and people should be prepared.

Rail replacement buses 'sourced' after lines blocked

Something to be aware of if you're travelling out of Devon and Cornwall today...

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'Avoid driving through floods and walking near swollen rivers'

BBC Radio Devon

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Clare Dinnis, National Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Storm Angus caused heavy rain over the weekend across large parts of the south and more heavy rain is forecast today and tomorrow across England. 

"People in the South West and north in particular need to be prepared for the risk of flooding and we urge people check their flood risk on GOV.UK or call Floodline for advice on 0345 988 1188. 

"We want to remind people not to take unnecessary risks and avoid driving through flood water or walking near swollen rivers. People should also take care if walking by the coast as there is a risk of large waves caused by strong and gale force winds. 

"The South West is expected to see some of the heaviest rainfall today and tonight and these areas face an increased risk of river and surface water flooding following heavy rain over the weekend."

Torquay Christmas Parade: MP Kevin Foster has the perfect response to critic

Torquay Herald Express

Crowds turned out despite the heavy rain for the Torquay Christmas Parade on Saturday evening.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A30 westbound in east Devon, one of two lanes re-opened between Honiton and Fenny Bridges. However, the exit slip road for Fenny Bridges remains closed
  • In Cornwall, there are reports that the road from Perranarworthal to Perranwell is closed due to floodwater

Flooding: Lines 'blocked' between Bristol and Taunton

BBC News Channel

If you're heading out of Devon and Cornwall today on the trains, there's severe disruption on some routes.

From CrossCountry trains: Due to flooding between Bristol and Taunton all lines are blocked. 

Retired soldier 'stabbed wife before gassing them both'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Graham McCartney and Jane McCartney
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A retired soldier stabbed his wife with a serrated bread knife before fatally poisoning them both with carbon monoxide, an inquest has heard

Graham McCartney, 63, stabbed his 59-year-old estranged wife, Jane, in her chest and arm at their home in Dalwood, Devon, in May 2015, the inquest in Exeter was told. 

Police discovered their bodies in the locked sitting room. A pathologist ruled out a suicide pact. 

The inquest continues.

Weather forces schools to close

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A number of schools around Devon have closed because of flooding and other weather-related situations.

You can find a complete list here on the Devon County Council website.

Falmouth Ocean Bowl: Student flats block plans turned down

BBC Radio Cornwall

A controversial plan to build a student accommodation block on the site of a bowling alley in Falmouth has been turned down by a Cornwall Council planning committee. 

Ocean Bowl
BBC

The redevelopment of the Ocean Bowl site would have created a block with 249 bedrooms as well as communal facilities, including a gym, cinema and café. However, some residents in the Pendennis area were angry about the plans. More than 200 objections were filed. 

Members of the Save Our Falmouth group said they were delighted at the refusal.

Weather continuing to affect travel

BBC Travel

The A376 Exmouth Road at Clyst St George, heading toward Exeter, is closed and traffic is slow due to flooding between Clyst St George and Clyst St Mary

On the trains, services between Liskeard and Looe have been suspended for the rest of today due to flooding. Some services on Tuesday morning have been cancelled, operators said.

They include: 

  • Liskeard-Looe - 06:05, 07:14, 08:33
  • Looe-Liskeard - 06:37, 07:46, 09:09

Exmoor poetry boxes anthology published

Jon Kay

BBC News

The boxes left out across Exmoor collected thousands of poems written by members of the public.  

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Fire damages Bodmin house

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Three fire crews were called to the incident in St Lawrence Road on Sunday night, the fire service said.

Care homes secret filming: Council apologises

BBC Panorama

Investigative TV show

Cornwall Council has apologised over a series of shocking incidents in privately-run residential nursing homes in Cornwall secretly filmed by BBC Panorama.

The Panorama team raised safeguarding concerns with the local authority after its filming showed one nurse saying she would give morphine to a resident "to shut her up", and an out-of-date prescription supplement being re-labelled and issued to a patient for whom it had not been originally prescribed.

Nurse
BBC

One of the homes, Clinton House in St Austell, is being closed. The council, which placed residents at Clinton House, said it was "sorry that the standard of care provided by homes owner Morleigh Group had fallen far short of what residents, their relatives and the general public have a right to expect".

It added that it was now investigating two more Morleigh Group homes. The Morleigh Group, which runs the homes, said it had already identified problems, and that it had always acted quickly to improve care when asked to do so.

A hotline has been set up for anyone in Cornwall with concerns or stories to share with the authorities. It is: 01872 224210.

Panorama: Nursing Homes Under Cover - BBC One, 20:30

In pictures: Flooding round-up

BBC Spotlight

Exeter
BBC
Marsh Barton, Exeter
Plymouth
BBC
In Plymouth
Cars in Exeter on Sunday
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Cars in Exeter on Sunday

Severe disruption: A361 Devon eastbound

BBC Travel

A361 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between A396 Bolham Road and A396 Heathcoat Way.

A361 Devon - A361 in Tiverton closed and very slow traffic eastbound between Bolham roundabout and Gornhay Cross, because of flooding.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Modern slavery crisis 'may be worse than feared'

Plymouth Herald

The number of people exploited as “modern slaves” could be far higher than official estimates, the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police has warned.

Nine schools closed in Devon because of flooding

Devon County Council said nine schools have closed because of flooding.

The authority said some schools had been flooded, while in other cases the surrounding area and roads were flooded.

It added that one school has been closed because it has no electricity. 

School
Devon County Council

School closed because 'roads becoming impassable'

BBC Radio Devon

Anne Billington, headteacher of Offwell CofE Primary School, near Honiton, told BBC Radio Devon the reason for closing the school was because the roads nearby were becoming impassable. 

She said they need to make sure children can get home safely. She added she hoped the school would reopen tomorrow.

Plymouth Argyle: Injuries 'not helping our cause'

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle's injury woes continue to grow as striker Jimmy Spencer is the latest player to join the expanding casualty list at Home Park. 

The striker broke his ankle in training on Friday and is likely to be out until February. 

Paul Arnold-Garita was fit enough to make his first start in two months in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at home to Grimsby, but manager Derek Adams admitted that it was a blow. He said: "It's not helping our cause."

City centre riverside walk blocked

Flooding closes primary school

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A village school near Honiton has closed because of flooding, staff say.

Offwell CofE Primary School has advised parents to collect children as soon as possible.

Severe disruption: A376 Devon northbound

BBC Travel

A376 Devon northbound severe disruption, between B3179 and A3052.

A376 Devon - A376 Exmouth Road in Clyst St George closed and slow traffic northbound between the B3179 junction and the A3052 junction, because of flooding.

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Severe disruption: A30 Devon westbound

BBC Travel

A30 Devon westbound severe disruption, between A35 Exeter Road and B3177.

A30 Devon - A30 in Honiton closed and queuing traffic westbound between the A35 Exeter Road junction and Fenny Bridges, because of flooding.

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MPs concerned over timetable to replace frigates

BBC News UK

Frigate. Pic: PA
PA

A group of MPs says it is not convinced the Ministry of Defence will be able deliver new warships on schedule.

The Royal Navy has 19 frigates and destroyers, and ageing Type 23 frigates (pictured) - some of which are based in Devonport at Plymouth - are due to be replaced by eight Type 26 frigates plus five General Purpose frigates.

The first Type 23 is due to retire from service in 2023, but a Defence Select Committee report said a clear timetable was needed for replacing older vessels.

The MoD said it was investing billions of pounds in the navy's fleet.

Twelve flood warnings in Devon

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Twelve flood warnings are in place across Devon, the Environment Agency says.

The warnings mean that "flooding is expected and immediate action is required".

Car on flooded road
BBC

They are:

  • River Axe (Lower) from Axminster to Axmouth 
  • River Axe (Upper) from Winsham to Axminster including Chard Junction and Weycroft 
  • River Barle from Simonsbath to Brushford. including Withypool 
  • River Batherm at Bampton 
  • River Char at Dolphins River Caravan Park 
  • River Clyst from Broadclvst to Clyst St Mary 
  • River Coly from Colyton to Colyford 
  • River Mole at North Molton 
  • River Mole from South Molton to Newnham Bridge. including Alswear 
  • River Sid at Sidbury and Sidford 
  • River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster 
  • Washford River, riverside properties from Kingsbridge to Lower Roadwater  

About 30 flood alerts are also in place around the county. The alerts mean flooding "is possible" and people should be prepared.

Girl, six, fighting for her life in hospital after A35 horror crash

Exeter Express & Echo

A young girl and her mother are fighting for their lives in hospital today after a serious crash that left three other people seriously injured.