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Summary

  1. Human cannonball stunt boss given community order
  2. Man charged with murder after body found in Plymouth
  3. Renewed appeal for missing man 12 months after he disappeared
  4. Berlin attack: Section of market 'completely decimated' says former BBC Radio Cornwall reporter at the scene
  5. --- Twelve people are now known to have been killed. Another 48 people are in hospital - many seriously injured
  6. --- Officials are treating what happened as a suspected terrorist attack
  7. In other news, accident and emergency patients in Cornwall 'try to get help elsewhere'
  8. Two arrested over parking meter thefts
  9. Torquay United takeover confirmed
  10. Updates on Tuesday 20 December 2016

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday 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.

Wrapping paper recycling call

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council has reminded residents to "recycle as much paper and card as you can" over the Christmas and New Year period, including wrapping paper.

Christmas presents
BBC

The announcement comes after Exeter residents were told not to put "low quality" Christmas wrapping paper in recycling bins, with the city council saying it was too time consuming and expensive to separate it from better quality paper.

North Devon is also refusing wrapping paper, while most other councils across the South West won't take sparkly, plastic, or metallic paper.

Torquay United takeover: 'Relief the club is saved'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United's takeover by Swindon-based Gaming International (GI) ends months of speculation about the future of the Gulls, who were facing financial difficulties.

TUFC
BBC

"There is relief that the club is saved," outgoing chairman David Phillips told BBC Sport. 

The deal is subject to ratification by the National League.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A stunt show company is fined £100,000 and its director given a 12-month community order for safety breaches which resulted in the death of a "human cannonball" stuntman
  • A retrial is ordered after a jury is discharged in the trial of two people from Devon accused of murdering a man whose body had not been found
  • A 91-year-old woman dies after a car crash in Barnstaple on Saturday night
  • A renewed appeal is made to find missing Newquay man Chad Gibson a year after his disappearance
  • A man appears in court charged with murder after the discovery of a body at a flat in Plymouth
  • Torquay United Football Club are taken over by Swindon-based Gaming International 
  • The dumping of excess fish from ring nets is described as "not illegal, but not something we want to see happening" by the Marine Conservation Society after large numbers of small fish wash up on Cornish beaches
  • The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group lodges an objection to reinstate a helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly

Community award-winning landlady viciously assaulted in Camborne

Cornwall Live

An award-winning landlady who helps transform the lives of ex-convicts and addicts has vowed not to throw in the towel despite being the victim of a vicious assault.

Fire risks don't 'bear' thinking about

Latest weather: Rain continuing

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be staying cloudy with occasional outbreaks of patchy rain at first tonight, but this becoming more persistent as a rain band moves east during the latter half of the night. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

Bright at first on Wednesday, before a further band of rain, perhaps heavy at times, follows from the west, with clearer weather then spreading in towards evening. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

World War Two Normandy veterans awarded Legion d'Honneur

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

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The Legion d'Honneur is the highest military and civil decoration in France.

The French government said in 2014 it wanted to recognise the selfless acts of heroism and determination displayed by all surviving veterans of the D-Day landings, and of the wider campaigns to liberate France in 1944, by awarding people involved with the honour.

Human cannonball death: Matthew Cranch 'a genuine guy'

A human cannonball stuntman who died because a safety net malfunctioned was "a genuine guy", his family said after the company he worked for was fined over safety breaches.

Matthew Cranch (pictured), 24, from Newquay, died during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in April 2011. In court in Maidstone, Scott May, 40, of Higher Bosavern, St Just, near Penzance, and the company Stunts UK Ltd admitted failing to ensure the safety of workers at the event.

Matthew Cranch
Handout

Matthew's family - his mother, Pauline; his father, Michael; and older sister Elena said the case was "about getting justice for Matthew. It has always been about that".

They added: "Matthew was a ‘free spirit’, who truly was a genuine guy. He brought to the world a kindness, gentleness, sensitivity, fairness and incredible sense of humour, an unforgettable smile and the very best of big hugs... the loss of our son is a matter we can never accept or recover from."

Estate agent slammed Range Rover into garden wall at 4am while charging mobile phone

Exeter Express & Echo

A Devon estate agent crashed his Range Rover into a county council van and destroyed a wall in the middle of the night, a court heard.

'Disregard for life' of fish

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An artist who was on Marazion Beach when thousands of dead fish washed ashore has given her reaction to the fact they were dumped legally by ring netters who had caught more than they could handle.

Katrina Slack said: "The safety of fishermen is an absolute priority but my initial thoughts on ring netting are it demonstrates completely our utter disregard for life and our total irresponsibility towards any other species other than our own.

"Surely this situation should be avoided in the first place by using smaller nets that are not going to endanger a fishing boat and its crew."

Dead fish on beach
Katrina Slack

The fish are sometimes released as a safety measure by fishermen if they feel the boat is in danger of being pulled down by the weight.

Chad Gibson: Description of man missing for more than a year

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have reissued a description of a missing man from Newquay a year on from his disappearance in a renewed appeal to try to trace him.

Thirty-two-year-old Chad Gibson was last seen in Fore Street in the town at about 18:00 on 19 December 2015. He had been in St Austell earlier that day. His mother has offered a reward of £2,000 for information about his whereabouts.

Chad Gibson. Pic: Handout
Handout

He is described as:

  • 6ft 2in tall
  • Of athletic build, with brown eyes, short black hair, a black goatee beard. He may be unshaven
  • Has a tattoo on the left side of his neck saying "ANNAI" 
  • Has a scar from his right wrist to his elbow
  • Was last seen wearing a sky-blue hooded top, with a full frontal white zip and stitching; a denim blue shirt, dark denim jeans, and blue and beige shoes styled like ankle boots
  • He has links to St Austell, Newquay and the wider Cornwall area

New boss for airline Flybe

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter-based airline Flybe has named its new chief executive.

Flybe plane
BBC

Former Air France and City Jet exec Christine Ourmieres-Widener will take on the role from mid January.

Previous boss Saad Hammad left by "mutual agreement" in October after more than three years with the company.

Torquay United deal 'had to be done'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Outgoing Torquay United chairman David Phillips says the club had to be sold to Gaming International.

The Swindon-based firm have completed its takeover, subject to approval from the National League.

Plainmoor
Rex Features

"We were looking at a serous financial situation," he told BBC Sport.

"All of the other people that were supposedly in the background, I've spoken to Chinese, Hong Kong and American, we asked them to to put some money in to save the club and it was never forthcoming."

Objection to Isles of Scilly helicopter plans

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has lodged an objection to the planning application for a reinstated helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, according to www.thisisscilly.com.

The website reports the steamship group's claim that the proposals would cause "considerable damage" to the company by eating into its market share by as much as 45%.

Christmas dinner top tips

BBC News England

Dumping excess fish 'not illegal' as large numbers wash up

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The dumping of excess fish from ring nets has been described as "not illegal, but not something we want to see happening" by the Marine Conservation Society.

There have been two incidents this month of large numbers of small fish washing up on Cornish beaches.

The most likely cause is ring netters catching too many fish and so having to release some from the bottom of the nets, causing them to die, experts have told the BBC.

Dead fish
Louise Batty

Simon Cadman from the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority said: "This is not good in any respect and fishermen, like anybody else, don't want to see this amount of fish ending up as seagull fodder".

"We are talking to them about what has gone wrong to try and stop it happening again."

Hero dog has his day in rescue operation

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A dog which works with Cornwall Search & Rescue Team has been praised for his part in finding a missing woman in dense undergrowth in Falmouth.

Blitz. Pic: Cornwall Search & Rescue Team
Cornwall Search & Rescue Team

Blitz was involved in a search for a 51-year-old woman on Sunday night who had gone missing in the Swanpool area of Falmouth. She was taken to hospital in a critical condition with significant injuries after Blitz located her.

The team said: "Once again this demonstrates the importance of our search dogs, making the months and years of training so worthwhile."

Government cash to build houses in areas with high levels of second home ownership

BBC Spotlight

Some £20m of government money is to be made available to build houses in areas of the South West affected by high levels of second home ownership. 

Bricklaying
PA

Community-led housing groups will be able to apply for the cash from the Community Housing Fund through their local authority, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said. 

In the first year, the money could be used by groups to plan and review housing needs, he said. But, in the second year, the cash must be spent delivering housing.

One in three 'drinking more than recommended amounts'

BBC Spotlight

As the Christmas party season gets under way, health professionals are asking people to keep an eye on the amount they're drinking. 

Wine glasses. Pic: Thinkstock
Thinkstock

Figures suggest one in three people across the South West are drinking more than the government's recommended amounts, according to recent research. 

Guidelines published in January say men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week - equivalent to six pints of average strength beer or seven glasses of wine - in order to keep their health risks low.

In Cornwall alone, there are an estimated 84,000 binge drinkers and nearly 5,000 dependent drinkers. Campaigners said the national cost to the NHS and the economy runs into the billions.

Man in court charged with GBH following alleged stabbing in Penryn

Cornwall Live

A 26-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm after an alleged attack in Penryn which left a man in hospital.

Human cannonball death: 'Safety net not properly set'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A mechanism which triggered the release of the safety net in a human cannonball act was not properly set, resulting in the death of a stuntman, a court heard. 

Matthew Cranch
Handout

Stuntman Matthew Cranch (pictured), 24, from Newquay, died after sustaining multiple injuries when the net intended to break his fall collapsed as he hurtled to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in April 2011. 

Scott May, 40, of Higher Bosavern, St Just, near Penzance, and the company Stunts UK Ltd admitted failing to ensure the safety of workers at the event. 

At Maidstone Crown Court, company director May was given a 12-month community order. Stunts UK Ltd was fined £100,000.

Traffic lights fail in St Austell

BBC Travel

Traffic lights on the A390 in St Austell have failed at Cromwell Road and Porthpean Road. Approach with care.

Donald Trump's Cadillac is being stored in a Westcountry workshop

Exeter Express & Echo

An exclusive Cadillac prototype built for Donald Trump in the 1980s is now being kept in a Westcountry warehouse - and could be put up for auction for around £20,000.

Berlin attack: Lorry 'showed no signs of slowing down'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A lorry man which ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin "showed no signs of slowing down", a witness says.

The truck, which was loaded with steel beams, veered into the market at 20:14 local time (19:14 GMT), one of its busiest times, crashing through wooden huts and stands packed with tourists and locals. Twelve people were killed and 48 injured.

Berlin. Pic: AFP
AFP

Former BBC Radio Cornwall reporter Emma Rushton, was drinking mulled wine with a friend at the market. She said: "I think it was probably going at about 40mph.

"There are two main roads either side of the square [where the market was], the truck couldn't have accidentally just veered off. It was a horror ... in front of you."

Latest weather: Outbreaks of rain and drizzle

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll be cloudy and rather damp, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle affecting many areas throughout the day. Cloud will also cover the hills at times, but towards evening it should become a little drier from the west. Light or moderate south to southeasterly winds will be occasionally fresh and veer to the west or southwest later. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Further outbreaks of rain and drizzle will spread from the west during the evening, but it will clear to the east by morning with the cloud becoming more broken and some clear spells developing for a time. However, more rain returns to the southwest by dawn. The southwesterly winds will become strong for a time before veering to the west and easing. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Torquay United takeover confirmed

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Plainmoor

National League club Torquay United have been taken over by Swindon-based Gaming International (GI). 

The deal ends months of speculation about the future of the Gulls, who were facing financial difficulties. 

Plainmoor
Rex Features

"I would like to take this opportunity of assuring everyone connected with and supporting the club that we will try our best to secure the club's long-term future," said GI head Clarke Osbourne. 

The acquisition is subject to ratification by the National League.

Chad Gibson: Disappearance a year ago 'remains a mystery'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The disappearance of a man from Newquay more than a year ago "remains a mystery despite extensive enquiries to locate him", police say.

Chad Gibson was last seen in Fore Street in the town at about 18:00 on 19 December 2015. He had been in St Austell earlier that day. His mother has offered a reward of £2,000 for information about his whereabouts.

Chad Gibson. Pic: Handout
Handout

Det Con Ben Morris, from St Austell Police Station, said: "This has been an extremely difficult and distressing year for Sharon [his mother] and the rest of his family; more so that Christmas is fast approaching ... Chad if you read this, please get in touch."

New counselling service for young cancer patients

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A new counselling service has been launched for 16 to 24 year olds with cancer in Cornwall. 

A clinical psychologist is being funded by a local charity, Larf, to form part of the teenage and young adult team at the newly-opened Cove MacMillan Cancer Support Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. 

Larf Cornwall was set up in memory of Cornish teens Lauren and Rosie, who both died from the disease.

Retrial over missing man death

BBC News England

Karl Bunster
SUSSEX POLICE

The jury has been discharged in the trial of a man and a woman from Devon accused of murdering a Sussex man whose body has not been found.

Thirty-seven-year-old Karl Bunster (pictured), from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street in the town on 17 December last year. Ben Walton, 48, and Stacey McClymont, 28, both of Cowick Hill, Exeter, went on trial charged with murdering him.

Jurors were discharged on Monday and a retrial ordered at Croydon Crown Court.

Feasibility study cash raised for bike park plans

BBC Radio Cornwall

A project which hopes to create a new mountain bike trail centre in Cornwall has successfully raised enough funds to carry out a feasibility study, organisers say.

Those behind Bikepark Cornwall, proposed for a site near Bodmin, said £6,000 required for the study was secured via a crowdfunding campaign, which raised £2,261 from 120 supporters, and private investors.

Woman, 91, dies in crash

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A 91-year-old woman involved in a crash in Barnstaple on Saturday night has died, police have confirmed.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Margaret Pine was a passenger in the Daihatsu Move car whcih crashed into a brick wall in thick fog shortly after 10pm.

She died in the early hours of this morning. The other two women, aged 76 and 85 and both from Barnstaple, remain in hospital.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A show boss has been given a 12-month community order over the death of a man from Newquay during a "human cannonball" stunt at one of his events.
  • A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body at a flat in Plymouth at the weekend
  • Police arrest and bail a man and a woman on suspicion of theft of pay and display parking machines across Devon and Cornwall 
  • Cornwall is to get nearly £2m of government money to help people with disabilities live more independently

BreakingHuman cannonball stunt boss given community order

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Company director Scott May has been given a 12-month community order after the death of a 'human cannonball' stuntman at a daredevil show in Kent.

Matthew Cranch, 24, from Cornwall, died when a safety net collapsed during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show in Kent, in 2011.  

Stunts UK Ltd has been fined £100,000.  

Mr Cranch's family say they will never be able to accept or recover from his loss. 

Matt Cranch
Family handout

Severe disruption: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, near Chapel Street.

A39 Cornwall - A39 Fore Street in Camelford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions near the Chapel Street junction, because of an incident.

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Hundreds of thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach

The Guardian

Mass beaching at Marazion at St Michael’s Mount is the second such incident this month.

A whole village, including farm animals, has taken part in a nativity play
A whole village including farm animals has taken part in a nativity play ending at the village pub.

BreakingMan to go on trial for murder

Claire Hawke

BBC Spotlight

A man charged with murder over the discovery of a body at a flat in Plymouth has appeared before city magistrates. 

Scene of body find
BBC

The body of Gary Miller was found in the property in Union Street on Saturday.

A 35-year-old local man has been committed to Crown Court for trial, and is due to make his first appearance on Wednesday.

New appeal following anniversary of Chad Gibson's disappearance

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A renewed appeal has been made by police and the family of a man from Newquay who has been missing for more than a year.

Chad Gibson. Pic: Handout
Handout

Chad Gibson was last seen in Fore Street in the town at about 18:00 on 19 December 2015. At the time, police said his disappearance was "completely out of character" and extensive searches failed to locate him. His mother has offered a reward of £2,000 for information about his whereabouts.

Police said his family "remain extremely concerned for his welfare as they have had no contact with him since his disappearance".