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Summary

  1. Man's body found in sea at Hell's Mouth
  2. Wheelie bin murder accused denies killing 30-year-old man
  3. Four months of roadworks on A38 in Cornwall
  4. Plymouth Argyle are through to the third round of the FA Cup to face Premier League giants Liverpool
  5. 'Generous donors' send aid from Cornwall to Aleppo
  6. Vandals damage Bodmin Christmas tree for second time this year
  7. Rail passengers from Devon to London warned to expect disruption
  8. A mile-long stretch of trees along the A38 has been chopped down - because of squirrels
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    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.

  2. Escaped sheep put in police car after baaaaad behaviour

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police officers in Plymouth cornered an escaped sheep and put it into their patrol car.

    With the help of local resident Katy Young, officers were able to catch the sheep in the rear garden of a house in Priory Drive, Plympton and eventually put the sheep in the rear of the patrol car.

    Sheep

    It was taken to a local farm for safe keeping until the owner could be found.

    Officers posted on their Plympton Police Facebook page saying it was: "All good fun."

    Sheep
  3. 'Bored Devon OAP' Joe Bartley's Christmas party cheer

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Bored pensioner Joe Bartley is all smiles as he celebrates Christmas with his new friends at the restaurant where he now works.

    Party

    Mr Bartley, 89, from Paignton in Devon, put an ad in his local paper, the Herald Express, pleading for a job to stop him from "dying of boredom".

    The Cantina made him a waiter and kitchen hand and last night he got a kiss from staff at the Christmas party.

    "They are lovely people here, I had a great time," he said.  

  4. Elderly woman fighting for life in Derriford after serious crash closes road this afternoon

    Plymouth Herald

    An elderly woman has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital after a serious two-vehicle crash this afternoon.

  5. Tonight's weather: showers will ease and frost will form

    BBC Weather

    Any remaining showers will ease through the evening with clear spells for most, allowing a local frost to form. 

    The cloud and wind will increase from the west towards dawn though. The minimum temperature will be 3C (37F).

    Weather

    Tomorrow will see very strong winds with local gales, especially over coasts and hills such as Dartmoor. 

    A band of locally heavy rain will then move south-eastwards, clearing all parts through the evening. The maximum temperature will be 12C (54F).

  6. Today's headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    • Two men from Exeter have appeared in court charged with the murder of 30-year-old James Woodhouse whose body was found in a wheelie bin. A trial has been set for July.
    • Plymouth Argyle can look forward to a Happy New Year after securing themselves a lucrative FA Cup tie with Premier League giants Liverpool in January.
    • Bodmin Christmas tree has been vandalised again - this time the string of lights has been cut in five places. The tree was hit earlier this month and two years ago when the townsfolk had to raise extra funds to pay for repairs.
    • Devon and Cornwall Police say they're investigating several incidents of theft from churches in Camelford, St.Germans, Wadebridge and Pelynt.
    • Squirrels have been blamed for the devastation of a mile-long stretch of trees on the A38 between Dobwalls and Bodmin.
  7. Cleaners to strike on Great Western Railway

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Cleaners from the transport union RMT will strike tomorrow over "serious bullying, claims of discrimination and poverty working conditions" on the Great Western Railway train cleaning contract operated by Servest UK. 

    Members have been instructed not to book on for any shifts between 0559 on Friday and 0558 on Saturday, RMT said.

    Cleaners will be picketing at Paddington Station from 06:00 tomorrow.

  8. Diocese hopes for warm welcome for refugees

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Bishop of Truro is "delighted" the Diocese has agreed to buy a house in Cornwall for Syrian refugees.

    The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop Of Truro, said: “I am delighted we can help assist those who have had to flee their homes and am sure they will be given a warm welcome here in Cornwall."

    The property will be to provide so-called ‘move-on accommodation’ for people coming to Cornwall under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. 

    Bishop of Truro
  9. Children in war-torn Aleppo receive aid from Cornwall

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of children have reached relative safety and been given aid from Cornish charity ShelterBox.

    Aleppo

    The aid shown is hats and scarves -  essential as it has started to snow in the region - and other non-food items supplied by the charity, and given out by aid workers from in-country partner, London-based Hand in Hand for Syria.

    Aleppo

    The children and their families have been taken by bus to displacement camps - the actual locations of this latest aid distribution are being withheld for security reasons.  

  10. Devon and Cornwall rail passengers travelling to London face disruption

    BBC Radio Devon

    Rail passengers planning to travel to London Paddington this Christmas are facing disruption. 

    London Paddington

    The London station will be closed for overground services from Christmas Eve, on Saturday, until Thursday 29 December. 

    Trains will stop at Ealing Broadway and passengers will be able to use the underground. 

  11. Squirrels blamed for tree devastation

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Squirrels have been blamed for the devastation of a mile-longstretch of trees on the A38 between Dobwalls and Bodmin. 

    The Boconnoc Estate, which owns the land, says the overgrown beech hedging along the Glynn valley had to be chopped down because branches were dropping onto the road.

    Trees cut back
  12. Car trapped by shifting sands of Burgh Island causeway

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A driver got into deep water after apparently failing to recognise the risks of trying to drive over the sandy causeway to Burgh Island.

    Burgh Island

    The causeway has been a graveyard for a number of vehicles in the past due to its soft sandy structure and the nearby sea, which covers it at high tide.

    This driver avoided being engulfed by the rising waters - his Audi estate was towed out by a friendly farmer!

    "Fun and games on the beach this morning," wrote Wendy Hodges-Jackson who took the picture. "Stay safe this Christmas."  

  13. Pictures show devastation following airing cupboard fire

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Residents in Trevarnon Lane, Connor Downs said a fire alarm fitted by Cornwall Fire Service "saved their lives" when a fire started in an airing cupboard.

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    At 22:11 on Tuesday crews from Hayle and Tolvaddon Community Fire Stations were mobilised to a report of a house fire.

    The fire was extinguished by a crew wearing breathing apparatus and using a hose reel.

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  14. Diocese to buy house for refugees

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Diocese of Truro is buying a house in Cornwall to provide a home for Syrian refugees.

    It is not yet know where the house will be  - the property will provide so-called 'move-on accommodation' for people coming to Cornwall under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme.

  15. Hot Fuzz eat your heart out: Police corner escaped sheep

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police in Plympton were called to some "early morning sheep herding".

    Sheep herding

    A post on Plympton Police's Facebook page says: "Local officers were called to a sheep making a break for freedom in the St Maurice area of the Stannary. 

    The wooly fella was running a mock all over the area, it even attempted to get into the dentist surgery, we were reliably informed that no appointment had been booked."

  16. Man's body found in sea at Hell's Mouth

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The body of a man has been found in the water at Hell's Mouth at Gwithian after the emergency services were called there late last night. 

    Police officers, the Portreath cliff rescue team and the St Ives lifeboat crew were all involved. 

    His next of kin have been informed and a formal identification has taken place. 

    The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner. 

  17. Henri Lloyd store targeted by thieves in early morning hammer raid

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Henri Lloyd store in Salcombe was targeted by thieves at about 03:15 this morning, police say.

    Henri Lloyd

    A blue Ford Ka was spotted outside the store on the High Street and at least two white men were seen to have used hammers to gain access to the store and steal clothing before fleeing the area in the car.

    Police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious, anyone who saw a blue Ford Ka in the area before or after the raid, and would like to hear from anyone who has been offered any items of Henri Lloyd clothing for sale.

  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A390 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A390 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, near B3275.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 Denas Water in Tresillian closed and very slow traffic eastbound near the B3275 junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for: