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Summary

  1. Rail passengers experience further disruption as main line 'severely damaged' between Tiverton and Exeter St Davids
  2. No trains are running between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway, Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple, Liskeard and Looe
  3. Network Rail - no trains through Cowley Bridge for 48 hours
  4. Cowley Bridge rail track flood barriers 'overwhelmed' - Network Rail inspecting the main line
  5. South West has many flood warnings and alerts in place
  6. Man arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a body in Exeter
  7. Five arrested after Plymouth stabbing
  8. Care homes secret filming: Owner apologises
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    After another wet and windy day, we've finished our live updates for Devon and Cornwall for Tuesday. We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and the all-important weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Flood warnings: Five areas in south west still under threat

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    There are still five flood warnings in place across the south west.

    The Environment Agency issues the warnings which mean flooding is "expected" and "immediate action required".

    Flood warnings
  3. Latest weather: Skies clearing but staying cold

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be mainly dry and with clearing skies in places a few patches of frost in rural parts. Hill fog later in the night is possible Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be generally cloudy and dry with a few brighter breaks, especially later. Despite this, it will stay cold and the breeze will increase by the evening. Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

  4. Nursing Homes Undercover

    BBC Panorama

    Panorama goes undercover in two nursing homes in Cornwall and finds evidence of cruelty and neglect.

    Reporter Janice Finch booked into the homes as a resident and witnessed staff rushed off their feet, leaving the privacy and dignity of some fellow residents often ignored. 

    The company, which has a chain of homes in the county, earns millions from NHS and local authority placements and has already been told to make improvements. 

    An emergency safeguarding plan is now in place after the programme-makers raised their concerns with the Care Quality Commission and other agencies.

  5. Beaches see '40% reduction in plastic bags'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's been a 40% reduction in the number of plastic bags found on Cornwall's beaches, according to the Marine Conservation Society.

    Bag on beach

    It said volunteers cleaned up an average of seven plastic bags for every 100m of coastline this year, down from 11 in 2015.

    The charge 5p plastic bags introduced in October last year was though to be partly responsible, the society said.

  6. Woman who died after being hit by tractor named

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A woman who died after being hit by a tractor near St Austell has been named by police.

    Sixty-three-year-old Mrs Christine Dew, from Trelowth, St Austell, died after being struck by the passing tractor last Tuesday.

    She had been driving a car thought to be involved in a collision with another car, both of which were on a grass verge near St Mewan, when she and the two cars were struck. She died at the scene.

    The tractor driver, a 25-year-old man from Bodmin, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and currently on police bail, officers said.

  7. Station Road: The desperate renter

    BBC News Magazine

    Video content

    Video caption: Gina is nearly £10,000 in debt - is there anything she can do about it?

    It is the most common residential road name in Great Britain, so what can Station Road tell us about housing today?

    There are more than 2,000 Station Roads. How have the people living in them been affected by the housing crisis?

    Gina, from Exeter, is nearly £10,000 in debt and she has lost her credit rating. Can she find a solution?

  8. South West will 'lose Tory MPs if election promises not delivered'

    BBC Politics

    The South West will lose many of its Conservative MPs unless the government delivers on its pre-election promises, a local MP has warned.

    Gary Streeter

    Leading a debate in Parliament, the Tory MP for South West Devon, Gary Streeter, urged ministers to take note of the South West Growth Charter - a plan aimed at boosting prosperity, as well as improving transport, energy and broadband infrastructure.

    He said: "In 2020 [at the next scheduled general election], we will be be judged on what we deliver for our region."

  9. Fields turn into a lake around Stoke Canon

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The fields around Stoke Canon near Exeter have turned into a giant lake with livestock forced on to higher ground.

    Photographer Helen Disberry took this film as her train passed through the flooded landscape. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Flooded fields at Stoke Canon
  10. Crackdown on mobile phone use by drivers hailed a success

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A campaign to crack down on drivers using mobile phones has been hailed a success by Devon and Cornwall Police.

    The week-long campaign called #Don'tRiskIt resulted in 48 drivers being stopped for using a mobile phone, while a further 84 were stopped for speeding - some at more than 95mph.

    Driver using mobile phone

    Insp Pete Thomas said: "People are killed or seriously injured as a direct consequence of drivers distracted by a mobile device.  These tragedies are avoidable."

  11. Exeter to host England rugby match

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter's Sandy Park will host England's opening match in the Under 20's Six Nations next year.

    The game against France is on Saturday 4 February at 1200 GMT.

    Sandy Park

    "It will be a special occasion playing at Sandy Park for the first time as England U20," England coach Rory Teague said.

    Exeter duo Josh Caulfield and Jack Maunder are currently members of the England Under 20's squad.

  12. Flooding after effects an 'economic tsunami'

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A business leader in Cornwall has likened the after effects of the South West's storm damage to an economic tsunami, which will need "more than a sticking plaster" to fix.

    Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just two days, causing flooding and severe damage to the main rail line in and out of the South West at Cowley Bridge near Exeter.

    Damaged rail line near Exeter

    Ann Vandermeulen, development manager for Cornwall's Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Even when the damage is in Devon, Cornwall can get completely cut off, so it’s a massive issue and it needs to be sorted out.

    “Every which way you look, there’s a whole economic tsunami that follows the storm – not just the clear up – like the loss of trade and businesses struggling to get insurance... and sadly it needs more than a sticking plaster."

  13. Migrant children's hostel 'always to be temporary'

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A north Devon hostel for migrant children from the so-called Jungle camp in Calais, which is to close, was always to be a temporary measure, the Home Office has always said.

    Great Torrington

    The children were brought to the hostel, near Great Torrington (pictured), on 24 October. Some 37 vulnerable young people, from Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria, have been resettled, we’ve been told, with the “vast majority” reunited with families in Britain.

    It was designed to provide a safe and welcoming base, before the children were moved on to other areas of Britain.

    Those children not now with families are still in the care of councils.

  14. Murder arrest and 'stolen bin appeal' after Exeter body find

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Okehampton Road. Pic: Google

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating a suspicious death.

    Officers were called to a property in Okehampton Road in Exeter, Devon, at about 14:00 on Monday and "discovered the body of an unidentified man". 

    Devon and Cornwall Police said a 37-year-old local man had been arrested and was awaiting questioning. 

    Officers have also asked if anyone "had their black rubbish bin stolen recently". Anyone who had a black wheelie bin stolen has been asked to contact officers.

  15. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in Exeter following the discovery of a body
    • Flooding and stormy weather continues to cause travel problems across Devon and Cornwall
    • The main railway line in and out of the counties - between Exeter St Davids and Taunton - is to stay closed until Thursday for repairs
    • A north Devon village Lee, near Ilfracombe, becomes inaccessible because of flooding
    • Police investigating a stabbing in Plymouth, and who arrested five people over the incident, appeal for witnesses
    • Cornwall Council votes through a budget for next year that includes £34m worth of cuts
    •  A yachtsman is rescued after winds gusting more than 60mph rip the mast from his vessel off St Ives
  16. Financial flooding costs for small businesses

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    About a third of small businesses in Devon and Cornwall have been affected by severe weather and flooding in recent years, with nearly one in 10 being forced to temporarily cease trading.

    According to an infrastructure survey for Cornwall's Federation of Small Businesses the average loss sustained by small businesses was about £4,000 - although 15% of those affected put the cost at more than £10,000. 

    Flooding advice

    Of those who responded to the survey, about 14% said they did not have full insurance, prompting the FSB to call for a government grant scheme.

    "It's urgent that we find a solution for the thousands of small firms who struggle to find affordable flood insurance... they shouldn't be forgotten about, national chairman Mike Cherry said.