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Summary

  1. An experienced pilot died when his plane crashed into the ground from 150ft after a failed landing, an inquest has heard
  2. Pensioner, 89, appeals for work to escape 'solitary confinement'
  3. Large amount of cash stolen in armed robbery
  4. Terminally ill Devon baby 'may die before car funding'
  5. Rise in people dying from drugs in South West, figures show
  6. Cornwall care home rated 'inadequate in four out of five key areas'
  7. South West MPs are meeting with the boss of CrossCountry calling on him not to cut direct train services
  8. Ben Carter's Tommee Tippee cup search is 'incredible' success
  9. Updates on Tuesday 29 November 2016

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  2. Adults in Devon can learn for free as part of research project

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Adults across Devon can learn a new skill for free in 2017 as part of a government research project looking at ways to improve mental health and well being.

    Devon County Council’s adult education service, Learn Devon, is offering free leisure courses in subjects including arts and crafts.

    It is part of an England-wide project which aims to evaluate educational approaches to support mental health.

    The courses will be running at Learn Devon centres in Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Tavistock and Bideford until July 2017, when the project ends.

  3. Production on Tommee Tippee cups for autistic boy to start this week after not being made for almost 20 years

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Tommee Tippee said it has been "incredibly touched" by the story of 13-year-old Ben Carter who has only drunk from their double-handled cups since the age of two.

    A spokesman said as the cup hadn't been produced for nearly 20 years, they initially struggled to find any archived product samples.

    "We looked into the possibility of creating a special production run for Ben," a spokesman said.

    Tommee Tippee cup

    "Starting the production of a cup that hasn't been manufactured for almost two decades isn't a straightforward process, but we're thrilled to confirm that we're able to do it. 

    "Production will start on 500 cups for Ben this week and will delivered to his dad, Marc, early in the new year. 

    "We're confident that this production run, combined with the cups that have been sent by truly amazing people from across the world, will make a real difference to Ben, and give him enough cups for the rest of his life."

  4. Babcock welcomes report into Royal Navy shipbuilding

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Babcock International, which has dockyards at Devonport and Appledore, has welcomed a report that says Royal Navy shipbuilding should be shared among companies across the country.

    Appledore

    A spokesman said: "The government's National Shipbuilding Strategy is likely to play a critical role in determining the shape of warship building across the UK for many years to come.

    "Babcock welcomes the completion and publication of Sir John Parker's recommendations to the government on this strategy. We now need time to fully understand those findings."

  5. Devon business first ever chosen to provide 10 Downing Street with Christmas trees and a wreath

    Anna Varle

    BBC News Online

    A small family business in Devon is the first in recorded history to provide Downing Street with both its main indoor and outdoor Christmas tree and its wreath.

    Tree

    Dartmoor Christmas trees will be providing the tree for the billiard room; an 18ft tree for outside the PM's front door and the wreath to go on the door of number 10.

    Today the trees are being cut down before being transported.

  6. Driver reported for array of traffic offences

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Officers from the Devon and Cornwall Police roads policing team are out again this week in unmarked cars targeting motorists who flout traffic laws, in an effort to help keep our roads safe. 

    A car driver was seen joining the A30 from the M5 at junction 29.

    Driver

    This driver was stopped by police and has been reported for offences including no insurance, no tax, not wearing a seat-belt and the car had two bald tyres.

    The car has been seized and if collected will need to be put on a trailer due to having illegal tyres.

  7. Devon social workers scoop national awards

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Devon County Council has scooped a number of awards at this year's Social Worker of the Year Awards, placing it among the highest achieving authorities.

    A total of 78 social workers and social work teams from across England were selected as finalists across 15 different categories.

    The Devon awards include:

    • The Council's Daytime Adult Mental Health Practitioner Service, whose members won the Team of the Year category for adult social care
    • Exeter-based Maria Kneller, who took silver in the Adult Social Worker of the Year category
    • Joanna Armstrong, who took silver in the Practice Educator of the Year category
  8. Cold but sunny today, then another very cold night

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry and sunny through the rest of the day, but despite the sunshine it will still feel cold.

    The maximum temperature will be 7C (45F).

    Weather chart
  9. Father says response to campaign for special cups has been 'incredible'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Marc Carter, 42, said the response from well-wishers for his appeal for blue Tommee Tippee cups had been "incredible", and said it was a "huge surprise" to be contacted by the manufacturer.

    Marc Carter

    The company does not normally keep the moulds but had been searching factories around the world in the hope of finding the original plans.

    Mr Carter, from Devon, told the BBC his son has had his current blue cup for three years, but it is now falling apart and may only last a few more weeks. He said: "This tiny blue cup dictates our life."

  10. Jon Rudd 'honoured' to be appointed performance director at Swim Ireland

    BBC Sport

    Jon Rudd, who was instrumental in building the success of Plymouth Leander swimming club, has been appointed as Swim Ireland's performance director.

    He worked as head coach of the senior Great Britain and England teams in recent years, will spearhead Ireland's preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

    Jon Rudd

    "I am honoured to take on this role for Swim Ireland - it is an exciting opportunity," said Rudd.

    "I will now build a world-class team around me that can help Ireland find that elusive podium finish at World and Olympic level."

  11. Tommee Tippee 'delighted' to start production on cups for autistic boy

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A spokesman for Tommee Tippee confirmed the company will make 500 cups for an autistuc teenager who has only drunk from their cups since the age of two.

    Ben

    The spokesman said: "Today we are delighted to confirm that we are able to start production on a run of the original cup.

    "This will ensure that Ben has a lifetime supply and that his family won't ever have to worry about finding another cup."

  12. 'I was bored stiff' says OAP looking for work

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Eighty-nine-year-old Joe Bartley was so bored being retired he put an ad in his local paper asking for work.

    Joe Bartley

    And it turned out his ad was just the job because he's had two offers already.

    Ex-serviceman Joe, from Paignton, said he started getting really bored after his wife died two years ago.

    "I was bored to death sat here doing nothing not seeing anyone. I used to go to Paignton to do the shopping and to waste the day away.

    "Bored stiff, absolutely bored."

  13. Police stop motorbike doing 142pmh on A38 in Plymouth

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police stopped a motorbike on Friday doing a recorded speed of 142 mph on the A38 near the Deep Lane junction, near Plympton.

    Excess speed continues to be a problem, police say, with a number of motorists stopped in the last few weeks for driving at speeds in excess of 95mph.

    Roads Policing Inspector Pete Thomas said: "There is no excuse for travelling at such ridiculous speeds. Public highways are not a racetrack.

    "This behaviour is reckless and puts other road users and themselves at risk."

  14. Pilot was 'tired' when plane crashed

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    An experienced pilot was tired when he crashed his plane at Cornwall Airport Newquay, an inquest has heard.

    Tony Richards, 68, had purchased the twin engine Piper six days earlier and flown it back from the Czech Republic earlier on the day of the crash, 17 August 2015.

    Route map
    Image caption: Mr Richards had flown about 1,100 miles (1.8km) from the Czech Republic on the day of the accident

    The inquest heard how he told air traffic control he'd 'had a long day' and had the sun in his eyes approaching Newquay airport.

    He attempted to lift after a failed landing, but the plane lost speed causing it to fall from 150ft (45.7m).

    The jury concluded the death was an accident caused by impaired judgement due to tiredness and an unfamiliar aircraft.

  15. Road safety campaigners frustrated to miss out on government funding

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    People campaigning for a lower speed limit on the A374 between Trerulefoot and Torpoint say they're frustrated to have missed out on government funding for dangerous roads.

    Yesterday the government announced cash to upgrade two stretches of road in Cornwall where it deemed the risk of fatal and serious collisions to be highest.

    A374

    Mike Watkiss campaigns for the speed to be changed on the A374.

    He said: "This road is actually one of the 10 most favoured racetrack roads for bikers in the whole of the UK, and yet they do absolutely nothing."

  16. Devon company to provide Christmas trees for Downing Street

    Anna Varle

    BBC News Online

    A small family business in Devon is the first in recent history to provide Downing Street with both its main indoor and outdoor Christmas trees, and its wreath. Today is the day the trees are being cut down.

    Video content

    Video caption: Devon company supplies Christmas trees to Downing Street
  17. Man, 47, missing from Exeter

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Brian Pryce, aged 47 who has gone missing. 

    Mr Pryce, who lives in St Thomas, Exeter, hasn't been heard from for almost a week and police are appealing to the public to help them locate him. 

    Brian Pryce

    Mr Pryce is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, slim build, and short brown hair. He wears glasses and has a Japanese symbol tattooed on his left arm. 

    Anybody who has seen Brian Pryce in the past week, knows of his whereabouts or has any information that can help the police with their search, is asked to call 999.

  18. Bored OAP offered two jobs

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Bored pensioner Joe Bartley has been offered two jobs after putting an ad in his local paper, the Torquay Herald Express, asking for work.

    Joe Bartley

    Joe, 89, from Paignton, said he was "bored out of my mind" after his wife died two years ago.

    The former serviceman and sign writer has been offered work by a local cafe owner and Tesco.

    He said: "I had a couple of other offers including for painting and decorating but I can't climb up ladders any more."

    Joe Bartley
  19. Truro Cathedral awarded £500,000 grant towards new roof

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Truro Cathedral has been awarded £500,000 towards a new roof.

    Truro Cathedral

    The money from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will be used to repair the south aisle and baptistry roof.

    Grants totalling £5,423,000 have been awarded to 24 Church of England and Catholic cathedrals for repairs including to stained glass windows, stone pinnacles, and roofs as well as drainage and lighting.