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Summary

  1. Royal Marine wins case for compensation from MoD
  2. Man charged with murder following Exeter death
  3. Beaches 'devastated by extreme storms in 2013/2014 are struggling to recover'
  4. Tungsten mine near Plymouth to remain open until 2036
  5. Environment Agency tests new equipment in a bid to protect Fowey from flooding
  6. Totnes votes in favour of community-led development plan for old Dairy Crest site
  7. The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Devon Air Ambulance Trust awarded grants of £1m each in the Autumn Statement
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Sian Davies

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Dry night but with brisk easterly wind

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night will follow with long clear spells. 

It'll be chilly, but with a brisk easterly wind persisting. Temperatures will remain above freezing, with the minimum temperature at 4C (39F).

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Travel news: Advance warning of closures

BBC Travel

  • Advance Warning: A38 Glynn Valley will be closed both directions due roadworks between Dobwalls and Turfdown Road from 8pm to 6am. Diversions will be in place.
  • Advance Warning: On the A38 in both directions between Plympton and Lee Mill one lane will be closed due to bridge maintenance from 8pm to 6am.
  • Advance Warning: On the A38 Exeter bound near the Dartbridge Junction one lane will be closed due to roadworks between 8pm and 6am.
  • Advance Warning: At Tiverton between the Bolham Roundabout and the M5 the A361 will be closed due to roadworks from 7pm to 7am. Diversions will be in place.
  • Advance warning: In Plymouth Southside Street and a number of other roads around the Barbican will be closed to traffic between 5.30pm and 6.15pm for an event.

Lathrope to miss most of the season

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United midfielder Damon Lathrope has been ruled out for much of the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old needs surgery on a groin injury that has restricted him to just 10 appearances this season.

Damon Lathrope
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"The chances are he's going to be out until sometime around April," manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon.

"It's really unfortunate for him as his season never really got going and it looks like it's virtually ended before he had had a chance to do anything."

Damon Lathrope

Lathrope to miss most of the season

Torquay United midfielder Damon Lathrope is ruled out for much of the rest of the season with a groin injury.

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Landslide inquest: Jury sent home for the day

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

The jury at the inquest into the death of Susan Norman has not yet reached a conclusion and has gone home for the night. 

Mrs Norman, a grandmother and great grandmother, died after a landslide engulfed her home in Looe on 22 March 2013.

The jury inquest at Truro Magistrates Court inquest began on 7 November. The hearing will resume on Friday morning.

Teenager selected for England Under 14 Alpine Ski Squad

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Ted Slade, a 13-year-old ski racer from Kingsbridge, Devon, has been selected to the England Under 14 Alpine Ski Squad and will also race for Great Britain in a Youth International FIS Race in Andorra next year.

The talented skier, who attends Kingsbridge Community College, currently trains with the British Ski Academy in Italy as well as training in the UK, including Alpine Squad training weekends throughout the year. 

Ted says his goals for the season are “to win the British Championships, and qualify for more international races”.

Ted Slade
Alpine Squad

Police investigations continue after body found in wheelie bin

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are continuing to investigate after a man's body was found in a wheelie bin.

Brett Edwards, 37, has appeared in court charged with murder after the body of 30-year-old James Woodhouse was found at Mr Edwards' address in Okehampton Road, Exeter.

The murder is alleged to have taken place between November 10 and 21.

Okehampton Road
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A second man is still being questioned in connection with the death of Mr Woodhouse, whose body was found by police on Monday afternoon.

Mr Woodhouse, originally from the North West, is thought to have lived in Exeter for seven years.

Judge Mercer adjourned the case for a plea and trial preparation hearing on Thursday December 22, 2016.

Recovery made in summers after 2013/14 storms wiped out in winters

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

New research has shown that while there has been some recovery to beaches in the summer months since the 2013/14 storms, these have largely been wiped out in the following winters.

Previous research led by Plymouth University – published in March 2016 – showed the 2013/14 storms were the most energetic to hit Europe’s Atlantic coastline since records began in 1948. 

Torcross
BBC

Regardless of this, it had been expected that most of the sand lost as a result of those storms would have been replenished.

Light and sound festival opens tomorrow

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Eden Project's Festival of Light and Sound opens to the public tomorrow.

The event has been devised by light artist Chris Levine, who led Glastonbury’s laser tribute to David Bowie. He says that the Eden event is his biggest and most ambitious yet.

Eden Project
Eden Project

Visitors will walk out on to the Eden viewing platform to see the biomes and the plant displays "painted with festive colours".

The Mediterranean Biome is the stage for an after-dark experience, with a choreographed performance of music and light.

Rice joins Truro for fourth time

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Goalkeeper Martin Rice has joined Truro City for a fourth time.

The 30-year-old, who has also played for Exeter City and Torquay United, was a free agent having left Gosport Borough by mutual consent.

Martin Rice
Truro City FC

He first moved to Treyew Road on loan from Torquay in the summer of 2008, moving permanently in 2009 after his release from the Gulls.

He returned to Plainmoor in 2011 but came back in 2015 for the season before initially leaving in May.

Martin Rice

Rice joins Truro for fourth time

Goalkeeper Martin Rice joins National League South side Truro City for a fourth time.

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Travel latest: Fallen tree and debris on road causing delays

BBC Travel

  • Near Combe Martin on A399 near Easter Close Cross there's a fallen tree
  • In Tavistock the A386 Mount Tavy Road is partially blocked due to an incident near Vigobridge Road
  • In Tavistock on the A386 Mount Tavy Road we've got reports there's an incident near Vigobridge Road
  • On the back road between Penair to Tresillian we've got reports there's debris on the road. Approach with care

Seaton Tramway among businesses nominated at South West Tourism Excellence Awards

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Seaton Tramway has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience’ category of this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Seaton Tramway
Seaton Tramway

The awards ceremony will be held on 2 February in the brand new Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

This year saw a record of 602 entries across the South West, and the team of judges undertook a record 380 visits, selecting a total of 132 Finalists and five Highly Commended in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

Cornwall named best UK holiday destination

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cornwall has been named as the best UK holiday destination for the eighth year in a row. 

Bude
BBC

The award was handed over at the British Travel Awards in London last night. 

Bude won the best coastal resort and the Lost Gardens of Heligan won the best UK leisure attraction with the Eden project in second place. 

Man in court charged with murder after body found in wheelie bin

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A 37-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing before a crown court judge charged with murder.

Brett Edwards spoke only to confirm his name during a short hearing in front of Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, the Recorder of the City of Exeter.

James Woodhouse
Devon and Cornwall Police

Mr Edwards, of Okehampton Road, is charged with the murder of 30-year-old James Woodhouse (pictured above), whose body was found in a wheelie bin at his address.  

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said Mr Edwards denies being involved in any incident of violence or any attempt to conceal the body. He did not apply for bail.

Diagrams show where flood defence barriers will be in Fowey

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Environment Agency has produced this graphic showing where the mobile flood defences will be placed in Fowey.

They are being tested in the town today.

Flood barriers
Environment Agency
Flood barriers
Environment Agency

Police appeal after man, 70, 'punched in the face' on coast path

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information to help trace this man in connection with an assault on a 70-year-old man in Falmouth.

The assault happened on the coastal footpath at Trefusis Point around 12:20 on Saturday 8 October.

Appeal
Devon and Cornwall Police

The victim, from West Sussex, was walking his dog with friends when the dog approached two Springer Spaniel type dogs being walked by another man.

Police said an argument broke out over the dogs and the 70-year-old was punched in the face, causing a black eye.

More than 50 people report sexual abuse in football

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The NSPCC says more than 50 people have contacted them on a new hotline to report concerns about sexual abuse in football, within the first two hours of its operation. 

Steve Walters
PA

Nearly 20 of those calls have resulted in information being passed to the police. 

The hotline was set up as four ex-footballers, including Steve Walters from Plymouth, spoke publicly about being abused by coaches when they were children.

Government urged to set out £700m flood defence plans

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The government's being urged to set out how it plans to spend the extra £700m pounds which has been allocated for flood defences. 

Yesterday afternoon the rail line at Cowley Bridge in Exeter finally reopened after the River Exe caused "severe damage" to the track. 

Cowley Bridge
BBC

The Labour MP Mary Creagh - who chairs the Commons Environmental Audit Committee - says ministers only promised £12m for mobile defences for infrastructure. 

She's calling for a nationwide strategy to ensure transport networks are protected.

Plymouth Argyle 'fans' are top of the football banning order league of shame

Plymouth Herald

Badly behaved Plymouth Argyle fans are on top of the football banning order league of shame.

Calls to cancel city reindeer plans

Animal campaigners have called for a shop in Truro to cancel plans to use live reindeer in a Christmas themed event next week. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigner Sonul Badiani-Hamment sent a letter to the manager of Mallett's Home Hardware saying: "There are many other ways that the people of Truro could celebrate the holidays that would be far more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than treating scared animals like decorations."

Reindeer in truro
BBC

The shop has replied to PETA saying they have been assured of the welfare and well-being of the animals by the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre who provide them.  

The shop says reindeer have been an annual feature of the 'Real Reindeer' event since 2007 and they say they've not witnessed any incidents that make them consider not booking them.

Read more on the Christmas reindeer debate.

Man charged with murder following Exeter death

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following the death of 30-year-old James Woodhouse (pictured below) in Exeter.

Police continue to investigate the death of Mr Woodhouse, whose body was found in flat 1, Okehampton Road, Exeter, on Monday 21 November. 

James Woodhouse
Devon and Cornwall Police

Brett Williams Edwards, 37, from Okehampton Road, Exeter, has been charged with murder and appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

A 47-year-old local man was also arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed by police until the 1 February 2017 pending further enquiries. 

What do you think of Fowey flood defences?

BBC Radio Cornwall

Business owners and residents in Fowey say they're "pleased" that an emergency mobile flood defence system will be tested in the town today. 

Engineers from the Environment Agency will ferry in these large metal brackets which then support a flexible plastic wall designed to keep flood water out. What do you think? Drop us an email.

Barriers
Environment Agency

Weather: Mainly dry but windy

BBC Weather

It'll be mainly dry with the cloud breaking to give some bright or sunny spells. 

However, it will be windy, particularly around the coast and over high ground where moderate or fresh northeasterly winds will be strong and may gust to gale force around the headlands. 

The maximum temperature will be 12C.

Weather
BBC

Police warn masked avenger to stop 'hunting paedophiles'

Plymouth Herald

A "paedophile hunter" has been warned to stop trying to entrap people online after he submitted his latest dossier to police.

Over 65s encouraged to keep warm as it's revealed 250,000 more people die over winter

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

People over 65 are being encouraged to prepare for colder temperatures in a new campaign Stay Well This Winter.

About 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared to other times of the year and there are a range of conditions worsened by the cold weather – 80% of these deaths are accounted for by people with circulatory diseases (such as heart disease, lung illnesses and stroke), dementia and respiratory diseases (such as asthma).

Pensioner
PA

Deputy Mayor and Torbay Councillor Derek Mills said: "This national campaign highlights the importance preparing for the winter months.

"Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia."

Judge refuses request to give MoD more time in Royal Marine case

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Mrs Justice Andrews has refused a Ministry of Defence request to have more time to submit documents in defence of claims that it didn't do enough to prevent Philip Eaglesham catching Q Fever while serving in Afghanstan.

She said: "Even though this was not a case of a deliberate flouting of a court order it is not an appropriate case in which to grant the defendant any further indulgence."

Royal Marine
BBC

It means 35-year-old Cpl Eagelsham, who is weak, lethargic and has suffered depression has won. His lawyers want compensation of more than a million ponds to fund future care, house adaptions and to cover his inability to work.

The exact amount will be decided at a future hearing.

The MoD had said the delay was because it had found more documents than first thought and national security and a shortage of resources were to blame. It has no right of appeal but can ask for a hearing to do so.

A382 now clear but A386 partially blocked

BBC Travel

  • At Bovey Tracey the A382 is now clear following an earlier incident near Southbrook Lane 
  • The A386 is partially blocked by a collision of two vehicles between Dousland Road and Little Down Lane, Roborough

MoD runs out of time to defend claims it didn't do enough to protect Royal Marine

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A High Court judge has today ruled that the Ministry of Defence has run out of time to submit its defence to claims that it didn't do enough to prevent Philip Eaglesham catching Q Fever while serving in Afghanistan.

Philip Eaglesham
BBC

The Corporal, who now uses a wheelchair, was with Taunton-based 40 commando on tour in 2010. He trained in Devon and used to live in Plymouth. 

Mrs Justice Andrews refused a Ministry of Defence request to have yet more time to submit documents. 

BreakingRoyal Marine wins case for compensation from MoD

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Marine who contracted a debilitating fever after serving in Afghanistan has won his case for compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

Philip Eaglesham, who trained in Devon and used to live in Plymouth, was diagnosed with Q Fever which made him weak, and depressed. He now uses a wheelchair.

Philip Eaglesham
BBC

Fallen tree cleared from road in Coombe Martin

BBC Travel

  • In Roborough there are reports of an accident on the A386 near New Road and the Dartmoor Diner
  • In Plymouth, the incident on Embankment Road has been cleared
  • In Combe Martin a fallen tree has just been removed from Leigh Road near the Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
  • At Connor Downs, Gwinear Road is closed between Trenawin Lane and Station Road in Carnhell Green for repairs to the level crossing
  • In Chybucca the accident on the A30 near the Allet Turn Off is now cleared

Landslide inquest: Coroner summing up

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

The coroner at the inquest into the death of Susan Norman has started summing up at Truro Magistrates Court.

Mrs Norman, a grandmother and great grandmother, died after a landslide engulfed her home in Looe on 22 March 2013.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust to get £1m for night landing sites

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is getting £1m for night landing sites. 

It was announced in the Autumn Statement that further grants will be made from the Libor Bank Fines Fund to charities, including the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust which will also get £1m.

The fund comes from fines imposed on banks.

Devon Air Ambulance
Devon Air Ambulance

Nigel Hare is operations director at Devon Air Ambulance Trust: "The money that's being provided could help fund the installation of up to 300 sites across Devon so probably 300 communities, it really could benefit the whole of the county. It's great news."  

People 'upset' about extended permission for mine

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A mine has been granted permission to continue operating for the next 20 years despite noise complaints from local residents.

Robin May
Robin May

Many local people have complained about noise levels around the Wold Minerals site at Drakelands near Plymouth.

Robin May, chairman of Sparkwell Parish Council said: "People who are suffering badly, I'm sure, will be quite upset about it. But for the parish we'll carry on going."

Beaches 'decimated' by 2013/14 storms 'have not recovered'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Beaches left decimated by the "severe" winter of 2013/14 have still not recovered almost three years later, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth.

The study, published in Marine Geology, examined 38 natural beaches, and showed around eight weeks of storms left many beaches along the UK’s Atlantic coastline in their most eroded state since records began.

Storms
Carl Stevenson
Storms battered the South West coast in 2013/2014

Dr Tim Scott, who led the study alongside colleagues in the University’s Coastal Processes Research Group, said: “As of October 2016, Perranporth had only recovered about half of the sand lost in 2013/14, while Slapton Sands has seen a marked and lasting shift of sand from the western end of the beach to the east. 

"Since 2013/14, wave conditions have remained southwesterly-dominated and that is why we are seeing the current, and dramatic, effects.”

Torquay girl 'heartbroken' after school wouldn't give her day off to star in Cadbury's advert

Torquay Herald Express

A six-year-old girl from Torquay has been left 'heartbroken' after her school denied her a day off to take part in a Christmas advertising campaign.

New temporary flood defences tested in Fowey

BBC Radio Cornwall

People living in Fowey are welcoming tests on a new emergency mobile flood defence system in the town today. 

Engineers from the Environment Agency will ferry in large metal brackets that are bolted in the quayside, which then support a flexible plastic wall designed to keep flood water out. 

Ann Willmore, who runs Bookends Bookshop, says lots of businesses have been affected by flooding in the past.

Bookends
BBC

'My violent ex walks free while I'm a prisoner in my own home'

Plymouth Herald

A brave woman who faced up to her violent ex has spoken of how she now lives "like a prisoner" in her high-security home.

Truro celebrates City of Lights

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Thousands of people lined the streets of Truro last night for the 20th City of Lights Festival.   

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Reports of accidents near Bovey Tracey and Plymouth

BBC Travel

  • At Bovey Tracey there are reports of an accident on the A382 near Southbrook Lane
  • In Plymouth there are reports of an incident on the A374 Embankment Road near Embankment Lane
  • In Plymouth city centre there is congestion at Charles Church Roundabout on Exeter Street and at Drake Circus
  • On the M5 all lanes are open, debris has been removed between J30 Exeter Services and J31 Exminster
  • In Plymouth, Plymbridge Road is now clear following an accident near Darklake View