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Summary

  1. Cornwall councillor admits benefits fraud
  2. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a holidaymaker in the sea at Polzeath
  3. Exe flood protection scheme to use giant 'sausage full of sand'
  4. Council backs down on confiscating bedding from homeless
  5. Club bowled over by Liverpool boss's birthday wishes
  6. A new building planned for one of Devon's most iconic islands has been described as a "monstrosity" by the previous owner of the island's hotel
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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    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.

  2. Benefits fraud councillor: Hanna Toms not standing at next election

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A Cornwall Councillor who admitted two counts of benefits fraud is not to stand at the next elections because of the pressure she has been under, she says.

    Hanna Toms didn't tell the authority about a rise in income between 2008 and 2014, affecting her benefits calculations. Truro magistrates sentenced her to 40 hours of unpaid community work for the offences.

    Hanna Toms

    The 40-year-old Falmouth Penwerris councillor, who was suspended from the Labour Party after being charged, said she admitted her "genuine mistake" two years ago and would not resign, but was also not standing again next May after her current term ended. The money has since been repaid using a bank loan.

    The authority said the case was "a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions and the councillor concerned".

  3. Fuel detours after petrol station suddenly closes

    Dick Straughan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Motorists in mid-Cornwall face detours to other fuel stops and disruption to their journeys after a busy petrol station suddenly closed at the end of last month. 

    The pumps at the Gulf service area at St Kew Highway ran dry without warning and there is no prospect of the site re-opening soon, it is understood.

    Other local shops said they had seen a decline in passing trade since the closure. 

  4. Latest weather: Staying mild

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It'll will be cloudy overnight, with some mist and fog reforming, and with occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle later. However, it will be milder than previous nights. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Tuesday will be a dull and overcast day, with fog and hill fog persisting in many areas, but staying on the mild side. It'll be mostly dry, with light to moderate southerly winds. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  5. Cornish children 'need to learn values of tolerance'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The government's cohesion tsar says tolerance should be taught in Cornwall's schools even though there isn't much ethnic diversity in the county. 

    Dame Louise Casey has written a report saying segregation and social exclusion had reached "worrying levels" and was fuelling inequality in some areas of Britain

    She said schoolchildren should be taught British values of tolerance democracy and respect and there should be a new oath of integration.

    She added that Cornish children needed to learn the same values.

  6. Men arrested at cannabis farm freed because they were slaves

    Exeter Express & Echo

    A gang of Vietnamese cannabis growers have been freed after prosecutors decided they were modern slaves who had been trafficked into Britain.

  7. Alan Paver wants answers after Pirates defeat

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornish Pirates coach Alan Paver says he will have "tough conversations" with his team after their 26-23 Championship loss to bottom-of-the-table Richmond.

    Tom Channon, Tom Hendrickson and Matt Evans scored tries for Pirates, who led for most of the game.

    Cornish Pirates v Richmond

    "From a coaching perspective I've got to really rethink what I'm doing," Paver told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "We'd talked about complacency, and it looked like we were over the lessons of the past, but obviously not."

  8. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A Cornwall Councillor pleads guilty to two counts of benefits fraud totalling more than £10,000
    • A "highly experienced" glider pilot has died in a crash on Dartmoor over the weekend
    • "Don't suffer in silence" is the message from Devon and Cornwall Police in its domestic abuse awareness campaign
    • A traveller served with an eviction notice from a car park in Cornwall last month gets extra time to remove her property
    • The leader of Cornwall Council defends controversial new residents parking plans in towns across the county
  9. White porpoise spotting a 'rare event'

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Marine experts say the rare sighting of a white porpoise off north Cornwall will help them learn more about the creatures. 

    White porpoise. Pic: Henry Kirkwood/Sea Watch Foundation

    The partially albino animal was photographed off the coast of Morwenstowe, north of Bude.

    Dr Peter Evans, from the Sea Watch Foundation, said it was believed to be only the sixth documented harbour porpoise with all-white colouration ever seen in UK waters since the early 20th Century. He said: "It's quite a rare event."

  10. Glider pilot dies in Dartmoor crash

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A glider pilot has died in a crash on Dartmoor, a gliding club has said. 

    Matt Wright, described as an "highly experienced pilot" by the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club, died in the crash at about 13:00 on Sunday. 

    Matt Wright. Pic: Facebook/Balleka

    Police said a "man in his 40s from the Tiverton area" died in the incident and nobody else was on board.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said its inspectors had begun an investigation.

  11. Jurgen Klopp congratulates Cornwall bowling club: 'Delight' over letter

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp wrote to a Cornish lawn bowls club after a member got in contact with him as a result of seeing a picture of the Premier League boss on the internet playing bowls.

    Norman Way

    Jurgen Klopp has written to Grampound Bowling Club, congratulating them on their 90th anniversary. The letter also thanked bowling club chairman Norman Way (pictured) for his "continued support" of the football club. 

    Norman said the club member "wrote to him, asking if there was anything he could do for us, and we'd be delighted if he could. She also mentioned I was a Liverpool supporter".

  12. Asbestos removal 'carried out while children in classroom', cancer teacher inquest told

    BBC Radio Devon

    An inquest in Exeter has heard how builders carried out the removal of asbestos at a school while teachers and children were still in the classroom. 

    The inquest into the death of retired teacher Susan Stephens, from Crediton - who died earlier this year of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung - heard how she thought it was odd that the work hadn't been done outside school hours. 

    The coroner recorded a conclusion of death by industrial disease.

  13. Domestic abuse victims should 'not suffer in silence'

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    "Don't suffer in silence" is the message from Devon and Cornwall Police to victims of domestic abuse.

    The force has launched a new campaign to encourage victims to seek help, with one victim - a Police Community Support Officer - warning potential victims that controlling behaviour was one of the sings of abuse.

    Domestic abuse leaflets

    Police added that:

    • One in four women and one in six men had been affected by such abuse at some point during their lifetime 
    • Some 75% of victims were women and 25% men
    • On average, a victim would suffer 35 attacks from their abuser before seeking help
  14. Benefits fraud councillor: Hanna Toms 'not resigning'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A Cornwall Councillor who has admitted benefits fraud says she is not resigning from the authority.

    Hanna Toms

    Hanna Toms, member for Falmouth Penwerris, was overpaid housing and council tax benefits of more than £10,000. Before Truro magistrates, she admitted failing to tell the authority about a change in her circumstances between 2008 and 2014. 

    The 40-year-old former prospective parliamentary candidate, from Cowlands Kea, Truro - who was suspended from the Labour Party after being charged - was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid community work. She has repaid the money.

    She said she apologised for the mistake when she first became aware of it.

  15. Traveller evicted from car park given extra time to remove property

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    A traveller who was evicted from a car park in Cornwall last month has been given extra time to remove her property. 

    Sally Bowers

    Sally Bowers, who set up home in the car park in Coverack about 11 years ago, was given until today to remove a number of vehicles, caravans and a mobile home. 

    St Keverne Parish Council, which owns the car park, said it had given Miss Bowers another two weeks to clear the site.

  16. BreakingCornwall councillor admits benefits fraud

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A councillor has pleaded guilty to two counts of benefits fraud.

    Hanna Toms

    Cornwall Council member Hanna Toms was overpaid housing and council tax benefits of more than £10,000. The member for Falmouth Penwerris, who was suspended from the Labour Party after being charged, failed to tell the council about a change in her circumstances between 2008 and 2014. 

    The 40-year-old, who was due to stand for the 2015 general election but withdrew after the situation came to light, from Cowlands Kea, Truro, was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid community work by city magistrates. She has since repaid the money.