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Summary

  1. Elvis impersonator Derrel Weaver jailed for 18 years for string of sexual offences involving children
  2. Barnstaple company is accused of overcharging the NHS for a drug by raising the price 12,000%
  3. Bail hearing for Alexander Blackman - Marine A - who was convicted for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent, is delayed
  4. Two injured in collision with bus in Plymouth
  5. Torquay United sale goes through
  6. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016

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By Jonathan Morris and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

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

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

BBC Panorama investigation care homes being sold

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owner of care homes at the centre of a BBC Panorama investigation into the standard of care in its homes in Cornwall has said it is selling its entire business to another care provider.

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The Panorama undercover filming showed one nurse saying she would give morphine to a resident "to shut her up" - an event described by an independent expert as "horrifying". Owner the Morleigh Group apologised.

The group said its care home staff would move with the business to Cornwallis Care Services Ltd, and it was making no financial gain.

Latest weather: Staying cloudy, mild and dry

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It will stay cloudy, mild and dry overnight. Some mist and fog will develop over the moors and other high ground. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

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Saturday will be a mostly dry day, but with large amounts of cloud at times. However, some bright or sunny periods are likely to develop and it will remain mild. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the north or northwest. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

The Cribbar: Only for the brave

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Surfers have been out tackling England's top big wave spot today.

The Cribbar, off Fistral beach at Newquay, only works when the conditions are right.

Stephen Brown, from the Newquay Surf Community Facebook group, was on shore, capturing some of the action.

Cribbar
Stephen Brown
Cribbar
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Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • An Elvis impersonator from Cornwall is jailed for 18 years for a string of sexual offences involving children
  • Former Devon-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, convicted of murdering of a Taliban fighter, has his application for bail at the Court of Appeal delayed until next week
  • A jury fails to reach a verdict in the trial of a student from Cornwall accused of raping a drunken Durham University undergraduate 
  • A woman who suffered serious leg injuries after being hit by a bus in Plymouth is freed after being left trapped under the vehicle
  • Plymouth Airport would be "financially vulnerable if it reopened", a government report says
  • Surfers have been out tackling England's top big wave spot today - the Cribbar, off Fistral beach at Newquay
  • Plymouth Airport would be "financially vulnerable if it reopened", a government report says
  • Torquay United have been sold to company Gaming International

No verdict for university student accused of rape

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a student accused of raping a drunken undergraduate.

Alastair Cooke, a third-year geology and geophysics student at Durham University, had denied three counts of raping the woman after a house party.

Durham Crown Court had heard the 22-year-old, from Perranarworthal, Cornwall, let himself into her house in June last year. The jury spent almost seven hours deliberating but was unable to reach a majority decision and was discharged.

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Take a 360-degree tour of Lizard Point and discover one of Britain’s most spectacular coastal locations.

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Severe accident: A38 Cornwall eastbound

BBC Travel

A38 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, between Church Road and Pound Hill affecting A374.

A38 Cornwall - A38 Mill Road in Tideford closed and heavy traffic eastbound between the Church Road junction and the Pound Hill junction, because of an accident involving a van and a motorbike. Congestion to Trerulefoot Roundabout and to the the turning for Trematon junction.

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Elvis impersonator a 'predatory paedophile'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An Elvis impersonator from Cornwall described by a judge as a "dyed-in-the-wool predatory paedophile" has been jailed for 18 years.

Derrel Weaver. Pic: Handout
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Derrel Weaver, 62, from Widegates near Looe, was found guilty earlier at Truro Crown Court of multiple charges, including: sexual assault and gross indecency with children, attempted rape and attempting to take indecent photographs of a child.

In sentencing, the judge said Weaver carried out "depraved activity".

Truro 'must take cup form to league'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City must take the form they showed in the FA Trophy into the league, says boss Lee Hodges.

The White Tigers lost to National League high-flyers Forest Green late in extra time in their first-round replay.

Truro City v Forest Green
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"The way they performed over the two games was phenomenal and they've set those dizzy heights now," Hodges said. 

"It's no good putting all that hard work into trying to win games and then going to underperform and get beaten at a whimper," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Royal Clarence Hotel will "rise like a phoenix', says owner

BBC Radio Devon

The owner of the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter is predicting a "phoenix rising from the ashes" as it is rebuilt after demolition work.

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Andrew Bronwsword, speaking for the first time since a fire destroyed the hotel seven weeks ago, said he hoped to recreate the original façade but bring the inside into the 21st Century.

"When we know all the debris has gone and also the archaeology has been done, then we can start the job of rebuilding," he said.

Doing their best: Cub Scouts celebrating 100 years of the movement

BBC Radio Devon

Cub Scouts across Devon are celebrating 100 years of the movement. 

Badges
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To mark the occasion, more than 1,000 young people will renew their promises at a candle-lit ceremony in Exeter tonight.

Were you in the Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides? Which badges did you get? Which were your favourites? What are your memories and highlights? Get in touch with Radio Devon Facebook.

Torquay United are sold

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United have been sold to company Gaming International, with the deal set to go through the National League next week.

The financially-troubled club was taken over by a group of local businesspeople in June 2015 after lottery-winning former owner Thea Bristow departed.

The sale comes after a previous agreement was reached with Swindon-based Gaming International. However, that collapsed in July after a deal to buy the freehold of Torquay's Plainmoor ground from the local council could not be reached.

TV singing champions Semi-Toned release charity Christmas single

BBC Radio Devon

University of Exeter a capella band Semi-Toned are releasing a festive medley.

Semi-Toned
BBC

The all-male group, which recently won the BBC2 show The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain, has released their charity single, A Very Semi-Toned Christmas. 

It features some of the best-known and loved hits of the Christmas season, including classics by Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, Wham! and Elvis Presley.

The single will raise funds for Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV), which encourages 17 to 29-year-olds to aid those less fortunate than themselves.

Callington prankster's hilarious video asking Cormac for ‘sit in van all day’ job and goes viral

Cornwall Live

This priceless prank call to Cornwall Council's construction and maintenance company by a worker who wants a job "doing nothing all day" has taken the internet by storm this week.

Christmas Jumper Day: One of us might be winging it a bit further!

Louise Walter

BBC Spotlight

Goalkeeper contest pleases Tisdale

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the competition for places as goalkeeper in his side is pleasing.

Bobby Olejnik, who played almost every game last season, has featured just three times since the start of October.

James hamon, Bobby Olejnik and Christy Pym
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Christy Pym has taken over as first-choice keeper - playing nine of the last 12 games - while James Hamon has also made two starts.

"The fact of the matter is we have three very good goalkeepers, that's how it should be," Tisdale told BBC Sport. "All players have light at the end of the tunnel in terms of good performances and I'm comfortable in selecting all three."

Councils angry at government's social care offer

BBC Politics

Councils say it is "hugely disappointing" that the government has not given them extra money to tackle shortfalls in social care funding.

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BBC

Ministers will let local authorities bring forward council tax rises, and money cut from a housing scheme will be spent on social care instead.

The government said it would create a "sustainable" system for everyone who needs social care. But the Local Government Association said the measures "fall well short".

You can find out the cost of care in your area by post code or council name here.

Elvis impersonator guilty of sexual assaults and attempted rapes

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An Elvis impersonator from Cornwall has been found guilty of a string of sexual offences involving children.

Derrel Weaver. Pic: Handout
Handout

Derrel Weaver, 62, from the village of Widegates near Looe, appeared at Truro Crown Court, charged with 22 counts of sexual assault and gross indecency with children and two of attempted rape. He also faced one charge of attempting to take indecent photographs of a child.

He was found guilty of all charges, except two, on the judge's advice, of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child. 

Weaver already pleaded guilty to eight voyeurism offences at a trial in February. He has yet to be sentenced.

Plymouth Airport would be 'financially vulnerable if it reopened'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Airport
BBC

A long-awaited government report has, as expected, poured cold water on the idea of Plymouth Airport reopening.

The study, which was promised last year, has concluded that if the airport were to reopen, it would remain "financially vulnerable". 

The report, out this afternoon, raises major questions about the future use of the vacant airport site in the north of the city.

Marine A bail delay: Prosecution submissions requested

Press Association

Alexander Blackman
Service Prosecuting Authority

A former Royal Marine serving life after being found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter faces a wait until next week to see if he will be freed, pending a new challenge against his conviction.

Lawyers for Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 42, of Taunton in Somerset, urged two judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London to grant him bail on Friday. 

After a hearing lasting more than an hour, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and Mr Justice Openshaw adjourned the case until next Wednesday. Lord Thomas said the court would decide the issue of bail at that stage after hearing further submissions from the prosecution. 

Marine A: Bail application delayed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A former Royal Marine convicted of the murder of a Taliban fighter has had his application for bail at the Court of Appeal delayed until next week.

Alexander Blackman. Pic: PA
PA

Forty-two-year-old former Devon-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, of Taunton in Somerset - known as Marine A - was convicted and jailed in November 2013 by a court martial of murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011.

Woman hit by bus left 'trapped under vehicle'

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

Bus. Pic: Plymouth Herald
Plymouth Herald

A woman who suffered serious leg injuries after being hit by a bus in Plymouth had to be freed after being left trapped under the vehicle.

The 66-year-old was walking four dogs with a man, 60, when the crash happened on Transit Road in Honicknowle at 19:30 GMT on Thursday, according to the Plymouth Herald. 

The man suffered minor injuries but two of the chihuahuas were killed. The two others ran off, prompting an appeal on social media to find them. They were later found.

The woman was taken to the city's Derriford Hospital for treatment. Police said the driver was uninjured.

Two injured after Redruth street attack

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Redruth that left two people seriously injured.

West End
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The incident took place last Sunday at around 03:30 in West End, Redruth. Police said an argument led to a woman being attacked and a man in his 20s having his jaw fractured.

A 34-year old man from Redruth was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until March.

The Christmas Must-Do List: What have you ticked off?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Christmas Must-Do List
BBC

Well, David White ticked off Item Three on his Christmas Must-Do List this morning. That saw him having some naughty sweeties before lunchtime.

And he's not the only one in the BBC Truro newsroom seeing how they can get through the 10 items before 25 December. On the wall, we have producer Rosie Dunkley and weatherman Kevin Thomas's efforts also on display.

Would you like to join in? You can download your the list from David's Facebook page here.

A special Christmas Jumper Day forecest from Deb'n Dan

BBC Spotlight

Turkey and tinsel holidays: Where Christmas lasts for months

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

At hotels across the country, Christmas has been going on for months.

Turkey and tinsel: Celebrating Christmas in October

The popularity of "turkey and tinsel" holidays means some have been celebrating the festive season since October. Hotels from Cornwall to Cumbria have attracted tens of thousands of holidaymakers keen for an early Christmas dinner. 

At the Torbay Hotel, people have been enjoying Christmas, making new friends, and eating a lot of turkey. We meet some of them.

Trucker caught cooking meal behind the wheel

BBC Spotlight

Police using an unmarked lorry caught a trucker cooking a meal while driving on a dual carriageway, they've revealed.

Truck
bbc

The vehicle was used in a crackdown on drivers talking on their mobile phones while driving. Its height gives officers a bird's eye view of drivers.

One man was pulled over for cooking a meal behind the wheel of a lorry, Devon and Cornwall Police said, and a teenage tractor driver was caught browsing Snapchat on a dual carriageway.

NHS drugs bill 'soar from from £522k to £70m' - Investigators

BBC Radio Devon

The NHS's drugs bill soared after a Barnstaple-based firm hiked the price of a pack of pills from £1.07 to £102.74 a pack, investigators claim.

Actavis
Goo

Actavis UK acquired the rights to make generic hydrocortisone tablets in 2008 from Merck Sharp & Dohme, which had produced a branded version of the treatment. Between 2008 and 2015, the NHS's spend on the drug rose from £522,000 to £70m.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) compared the price of 10mg and 20mg hydrocortisone tablets that Activis is charging now to Merck Sharp & Dohme's prices in 2008. Andrew Groves, from the CMA, said it was a "lifesaving drug relied on by thousands of patients, which the NHS has no choice but to continue purchasing". 

He added: "We allege that the company has taken advantage of this situation and the removal of the drug from price regulation, leaving the NHS - and ultimately the taxpayer - footing the bill for the substantial price rises."

Actavis UK was unavailable for comment.

Newquay Cribbar - Surfers get ready

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: A3059 closed in both directions

BBC Travel

  • Devon: In Seaton there are reports of an incident on Fore Street on the one-way system near Marsh Road
  • Also in Devon: There's queuing traffic in Plymouth City Centre at the Charles Church Roundabout, on Exeter Street, Albert Road and Drake's Circus
  • In Cornwall: St Mawgan A3059 closed in both directions due to an accident and recovery work near the turn for St Mawgan and Newquay Airport
  • Also in Cornwall, the A39 at Perranaworthal is partially blocked southbound by an accident between Cove Hill and the Treluswell roundabout

Timeline: How Royal Marine murder appeal led to fresh hope of release

BBC Spotlight

A former Royal Marine will find out today if he'll be allowed home on bail while he waits for an appeal into his case to be heard. 

Sgt Alexander Blackman, 42, formerly of Plymouth-based 42 Commando, was convicted of murdering an injured Taliban fighter while on duty in Afghanistan in 2011.

Blackman
Service Prosecuting Authority

  Here's how the events have unfolded:  

  • 15 September 2011: Murder took place after a patrol base in Helmand province came under fire from two insurgents. Footage from another marine's helmet-mounted camera showed Blackman shooting the Afghan prisoner in the chest at close range with a pistol
  • November 2013: Bulford Court Martial - Blackman, then only known as Marine A, convicted of murder
  • May 2014: Loses appeal at Court Martial Appeal Court in London. But minimum term he must serve reduced from 10 years to eight
  • December 2016: The Criminal Cases Review Commission decides to refer the conviction of Blackman to the Courts Martial Appeal Court for a second time following an 11-month investigation. His legal team say he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time

Woman seriously injured in Plymouth bus crash

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

A woman is in hospital with serious leg injuries after a bus hit two pedestrians in Plymouth last night. 

The crash happened on Transit Way in the Honicknowle area, at about 19:30. The pair were walking four chihuahuas at the time of the crash, two were killed and another two ran away.

One, called Angel was found in the early hours of the morning. The other, L'Oreal (pictured), was discovered close to the scene of the crash this morning.

L'Oreal the Chihuahua
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MP Mercer checks in to 'fantastic' veterans' self-build housing project

Severe accident: A3059 Cornwall both ways

BBC Travel

A3059 Cornwall both ways severe accident, near turn for St Mawgan.

A3059 Cornwall - A3059 in St Mawgan closed and slow traffic in both directions near the turn for St Mawgan junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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Marine A: 'This was war and exceptional circumstances'

Victoria Derbyshire

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Forty-two-year-old former Devon-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, of Taunton in Somerset, was convicted and jailed in November 2013 by a court martial of murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011.

He is due to attend a bail hearing which is listed to start at 14:00. It comes after his conviction and sentence was referred to the Court Martial Appeal Court for review.

Rock fall beside St Ives station car park