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Summary

  1. A stabbing victim walked to the scene of a fire to get help from police
  2. A woman is in hospital and her two dogs went missing after a crash
  3. Saltash girl scoops £100,000 euros TV talent show win
  4. 'Bored' pensioner 84-year-old Joe Bartley is enjoying his new job
  5. A hairdresser in Truro whose computer has been hacked is facing a ransom demand
  6. South West gets £20m to help with affordable housing
  7. Updates on Friday 23 December 2016

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Andrew Segal

Local Live

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day.

Mousehole Christmas lights
Andrew Segal

We won't be back until 08:00 next Thursday, so we hope you have a fantastic Christmas in the meantime. Here's a quick picture of the famous Mousehole Christmas lights display this year.

For news, the BBC Cornwall and and BBC Devon websites will have the latest on any big-breaking stories in the meantime, and don't forget Spotlight on BBC One over the festive period. There will also be news on your BBC Local Radio station.

'Last year I was flipping eggs in a bar' says German TV talent show winner Angel Flukes

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

"It's hard to believe but this time last year I was getting up at seven o'clock to flip eggs in a bar."

That's Angel Flukes, from Saltash, who has just won Supertalent - Germany's version of Britain's Got Talent.

Angel Flukes
RTL

"I have always wanted this, it's been my dream since I was a little girl," said Flukes who won 100,000 euros (£85,200).

She now wants to capitalise on her success with a single, album and tour and she hopes to become better known in England.

"I am not some 20-year-old wannabe, I want to grow this into a career," she said. "My dream has come true and it's unbelievable."

Coastwatch webcam to monitor Hayle Estuary

BBC Radio Cornwall

National Coastwatch Institution volunteers in St Ives have a new aid to help them keep an eye on sea users in the Hayle Estuary.

Hayle Estuary
BBC

The view to Hayle from the lookout is often obscured in bad weather, or out of sight altogether, so a webcam has been set up on Hayle Towans to allow volunteers to see what's happening.

Saltash girl scoops £100,000 euros TV talent show win

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A 28-year-old former bar worker from Cornwall has won Germany's version of Britain's Got Talent.

Angel Flukes
RTL

Singer Angel Flukes from Saltash won Supertalent 2016 and 100,000 euros (£85,200). 

She sang Think Twice by Celine Dion in front of an estimated five million TV viewers in Germany.

Flukes, who was working in a Mallorca bar last year, said she did not expect to win and would be spending some of her winnings on a wedding next year.

Property closed for three months because of anti-social behaviour

BBC Radio Devon

A property in Tiverton has been locked up by the police because the residents were causing considerable problems for their neighbours, a council says.

Police and the local housing service obtained a closure order at Exeter Magistrates' Court, which means the property at Westexe South will be shut for three months.

Mid Devon Council said there were serious anti-social behaviour issues at the property, and it had to take a "firm stance to ensure that a community is protected".

Plymouth Argyle sell 2,000 tickets for Liverpool game in an hour

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth Argyle say they have sold nearly 2,000 tickets in an hour for their FA Cup third-round tie at Liverpool after they went on sale this morning.

The team say they have been allocated 8,633 tickets for the match at Anfield on Sunday 8 January. They are currently only on sale to members. The remainder go on general sale on 3 January.

They secured the match after Graham Carey's extra-time penalty ensured they won their replay at Newport County on Wednesday.

The team said things had been "extremely busy", and asked for fans' patience if they were having difficulty securing tickets.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A property in Tiverton is locked up by police because residents were causing considerable problems for their neighbours
  • One of two Jack Russell dogs who ran off after a car crash near Lostwithiel, which left their owner needing hospital treatment, is found
  • North Devon will be "a safer place this Christmas" after the jailing of a burglar filmed in the act by CCTV at his victim's home, police say
  • Plymouth Argyle sell nearly 2,000 tickets in an hour for their FA Cup third-round tie at Liverpool, after they go on sale to members
  • A decision by the Church of England in Cornwall to spend £200,000 buying a house for Syrian refugees provokes strong reaction across the county

'I know how it feels to be homeless' says canteen manager serving up breakfast on Christmas Day

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

"It's a very lonely world being homeless and I know how that feels," he said.

Paul Goldie has first hand knowledge of what it's like to be homeless - so he's helping dish up breakfast for the homeless and lonely in Redruth on Christmas Day.

Poster
BBC

Paul found himself "with just a suitcase and a bin-bag" after he was made redundant and his marriage broke up.

His big break was meeting Christoper Watts who put him up in a shared house for free until he found a job.

Paul, who is now canteen manager at food firm Tulip in Redruth, will be dishing up at Gweal an Tops Centre, on School Lane between 9:30 and 11:30.

"It will be great to give people a meal and just give them someone to talk to," he said.

Exeter denies claims it is a 'no-go area' for Jewish students

Exeter Express & Echo

A baroness who was once tasked with the most senior role in the land dealing with student complaints claims Exeter University is now a 'no-go area'; for students because of rising anti-Semitism.

The university  said it was "an inclusive and friendly environment where all students are welcomed from all backgrounds".

Seats damaged at Newport's Rodney Parade during Argyle match

BBC Sport

Newport County
Huw Evans picture agency

Newport County have been forced to reduce the away allocation for their next two home games after 195 seats were damaged during their FA Cup replay defeat by Plymouth.

Pilgrims fans celebrating caused the floor to give way in the stand behind one goal, leaving broken seats. Newport have called in engineers but do not expect the work to be completed until the new year.

Home ties against Portsmouth and Exeter will be affected.

Latest weather: Rain clearing but staying breezy

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Tonight will be breezy, but mostly dry and clear. One or two light showers are possible along the north coast. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

Saturday: Christmas Eve will be bright, breezy and dry with hazy sunshine, though there will be cloud at times. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

CCTV burglar caught in the act previously

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A burglar from North Devon jailed after being filmed on CCTV carrying out his crime at a victim's home has been caught in the act before.

Ross Wyborn. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Twenty-two-year-old Ross Wyborn, from Barnstaple, was jailed for 876 days by a judge at Exeter Crown Court after admitting burgling a house on Salem Street in the town, which he was captured on CCTV doing whilst the occupants were asleep inside.

He was previously jailed for burglary in 2014 after being caught red-handed ransacking a farm worker's caravan when the worker came home for lunch, the Exeter Express & Echo reported.

Missing person inquiry relaunched - after 25 years

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police have relaunched an investigation - over a man that has been missing for 25 years.

Richard Gregory
Derbyshire Police

Richard Gregory lived in Thornhill Road, Derby, and was 40 years old when his brother reported him missing after he failed to return from a holiday in March 1991.

Financial checks showed he had withdrawn money from his bank account while in Plymouth in April that year. In the same year, he was issued with a passport that was never renewed. 

Officers at Derbyshire Police have now commissioned an artist's impression of how Mr Gregory may look now, aged 65.

Storm follows storm

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Storm Barbara hasn't even hit the UK yet, but Storm Conor is hot on its heels.

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Man injured in blacksmiths and flats fire

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been treated for burns to his arms after a fire broke out in a building which contained a blacksmiths and flats in Plymouth, emergency services say.

Crews were called to the scene in Albert Road at about 19:00 on Thursday, which left the building severely damaged.

An investigation is under way.

Hodges hails Neal's goalscoring form

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City manager Lee Hodges has praised the way Andrew Neal has adapted to life in National League South.

The forward joined City from South West Peninsula League side Bodmin Town in the summer and has scored eight goals, including four in the last five games.

Andrew Neal
Vaughan Pickhaver/Truro City FC

"It took him a little bit of time to settle and get used to it. But over these last few weeks he's starting to find his feet and with his work rate he's also adding the goals to that which is great," Hodges said.

"When things aren't going well he has to carry on doing this hard work and this never give up attitude, which is what we want at the club."

Former homeless man dishes up for homeless at Christmas

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Former homeless man Paul Goldie will be serving up a breakfast to homeless and lonely people in Redruth on Christmas morning.

Paul Goldie
BBC

A Christmas morning fry-up will be served up to anyone who needs some company in Redruth and Camelford in Cornwall thanks to the teams from Community Christmas Breakfasts.

Paul, 48, who is now canteen manager at food firm Tulip in Redruth, said he wanted to help because of his first hand knowledge of the plight of homeless people.

"I was a furniture maker and got made redundant and things spiraled down," he said.

His marriage broke up and he ended up sleeping rough for three months.

Good Samaritan appeal by police investigating crash death of woman, 91

BBC Radio Devon

Police in North Devon are appealing for a man who helped at a collision on Old Bideford Road in Barnstaple last Sunday evening to come forward.

A 91-year-old woman died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. Margaret Pine was a passenger in a vehicle which collided with a brick wall in thick fog.

Two other elderly women in the car were seriously injured and remain in hospital.

'I paid for two hours parking but was only given 10 minutes - and a £50 fine'

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth woman was given a £50 parking fine after she paid £2.80 to park for two hours - but was issued a 'pay and display' tickets for just ten minutes of parking.

Burglary victim left with 'significant impact on health'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A victim of a burglar who was filmed on CCTV raiding a home in north Devon was left with "a significant impact on her health" as result of the crime, police say.

Ross Wyborn CCTV. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Ross Wyborn, from Barnstaple, was captured on CCTV trying to burgle a house on Salem Street in the town in September, whilst the occupants were asleep inside.

The 22-year-old was jailed for 876 days after pleading guilty at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday.

Det Con Terry Hodgson, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "It is my hope that the sentence given by the court helps her to recover from the incident and to once again feel safe in her own home."

Stabbing victim found 'after he approached PCSOs'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A stabbing victim in Plymouth was found to have suffered knife wounds after he approached two Police Community Support Officers operating a cordon at the scene of a nearby fire, police say.

The 31-year-old man was taken to Derriford Hospital after he approached the PCSOs in Albert Road in the Stoke area. He is in a critical condition.

Exmouth Road. Pic: Google
Google

Officers said inquiries led to a property in Exmouth Road - about a third of a mile away - "where it is believed the assault took place".

Two men, aged 58 and 46, are awaiting questioning after being arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Former Exeter player apologises for blacking up for fancy dress party

Exeter Express & Echo

Former Exeter City player James Norwood has apologised for blacking up and dressing as a foreign sunglasses seller to go to the Tranmere Rovers Christmas party.

Christmas thanks from air ambulance

'Second homes problem cash': Cornwall issues 'need addressing'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The South West is to get £20m earmarked to help areas of England with high levels of second-home ownership because people who provide vital services - including lifeboats - often can't afford to live where they are needed, a minister says.

The region accounted for 21% of all such property ownership in England, and the money would go into providing "affordable" housing for first-time buyers in places where demand was high, the government. It has been raised through increases in stamp duty.

St Ives
BBC

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said Cornwall had particular problems.

He said: "I was looking at a couple of coastal towns in villages where it's a huge issue.

"People were saying to me we need someone to man the lifeboat, and people can't afford any of the homes that are in the village. It's a problem that needs addressing."

Watkins bid would not surprise Tisdale

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says he would not be surprised if offers come in for striker Ollie Watkins during next month's transfer window.

The 20-year-old has scored six goals this season, including both in City's 2-0 win over Mansfield last week.

Ollie Watkins
Rex Features

Championship clubs are reportedly interested in signing the striker.

"I'm sure there'll be lots of clubs interested in him one day, but at the moment he's our player and I don't really want him to go," Tisdale said.

Boy, 12, gives pocket money to help buy village defibrillator

BBC Spotlight

A 12-year-old boy from Devon has helped raise money to buy a life-saving defibrillator for his village.

Joel Sawyer
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Joel Sawyer, from Exbourne in west Devon, raised hundreds of pounds by completing two sponsored bike rides and donating his pocket money. 

The defibrillator, which can be used to treat people having a cardiac arrest, has just been installed outside the local community shop.

North Devon 'a safer place' after burglar jailed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

North Devon will be "a safer place this Christmas" after the jailing of a burglar who was filmed in the act by a camera at his victim's home, police say.

Ross Wyborn. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Twenty-two-year-old Ross Wyborn, from Barnstaple, was captured on CCTV trying to burgle a house on Salem Street in the town in September, whilst the occupants were asleep inside.

He was jailed for 876 days after pleading gulty at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday.

SW gets third of 'second homes problem' cash 'because it has 21% of such homes'

BBC Politics

The South West is to get a third of £60m earmarked to help areas of England with high levels of second-home ownership because the region accounts for 21% of all such property ownership in the country.

The money, to be shared by 150 councils over five years, will go into providing "affordable" housing for first-time buyers in places where demand is high. It has been raised through increases in stamp duty.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said the £20m for the South West would help those who struggled to get permanent accommodation.

Crash escape dog is found

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One of two small terriers who ran off after a car crash near Lostwithiel has been found, the owner's niece says.

Snowy and Dexter. Pic: Tiena Shiraishi
Tiena Shiraishi

The pair of Jack Russells - Snowy and Dexter - are brothers and were travelling with Linda Camborne-Paynter when her car flipped at Sweetshouse last night.  

Dexter has been found, Tiena Shiraishi said on Facebook. Snowy is still missing. 

Ms Camborne-Paynter remains in hospital with two broken arms. 

GWR train cleaners in second strike over agency contracts

BBC News England

A second 24-hour strike by contract cleaners on the Great Western Railway is under way.

GWR train
GWR

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union employed by Servest UK began the industrial action at 06:00 GMT. The union claims agency workers should be made permanent GWR staff and that there is currently a "two tier" system. 

The dispute involves almost 200 workers who also walked out on 16 December. 

GWR said it was aware of the strike and that rail services were expected to run as scheduled.

Traffic problems in Plymouth

BBC Travel

In Plymouth, there are queues of traffic on Exeter Street, Charles Cross and around Drake's Circus. Forder Valley is also congested.

Merry Christmas from HMS Ocean

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The helicopter carrier and flagship of the Royal Navy is based in Plymouth.

Collision leaves A361 in Barnstaple partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A361 in Barnstaple is partially blocked by a two-vehicle collision near the A39 Eastern Avenue, at the Portmoor roundabout.

Cancer patient mum thanks people's fundraising for treatment in Germany

BBC Spotlight

Kim Jenkins
BBC

A Devon mum who has Stage Four breast cancer says she's overwhelmed by the kindness of people who have raised money to help fund private treatment in Germany.

Friends, family and even strangers have donated more than two thirds of the money Kim Jenkins needs for the treatment she hopes will put her cancer back into remission.

Latest weather: Increasingly cloudy and strong to gale force winds

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will become increasingly cloudy with intermittent rain moving into the west this afternoon, and then turning more persistent and occasionally heavy.

The rain will start to clear towards the end of the day.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will become strong to gale force, but gusts around the coast are likely to be stronger at times before veering to the northwest and easing a little. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather map
BBC

Overnight, clear spells will develop and it will be mainly dry, apart a few scattered showers which will be mostly towards the north coast.

Winds will be from the west or northwest and mainly moderate or fresh, but with some stronger gusts still affecting the coast. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Hundreds of hospital and ambulance workers assaulted at work

BBC Radio Devon

Nearly 700 staff working across Devon's acute hospitals and in the ambulance service were physically assaulted at work last year. 

New figures show there were 518 attacks on staff at hospitals in Exeter, Barnstaple, Plymouth and Torbay in 2015-16, plus 160 assaults on ambulance staff in the same period. 

Jeannett Martin, from the Royal College of Nursing in the South West, said such incidents were unacceptable. She added that the figures could be higher as many staff didn't attacks.

Search is on for crash dogs

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The hunt is on to find two small terriers who ran off after a car crash near Lostwithiel which has left their owner needing hospital treatment.

The pair of Jack Russells - Snowy and Dexter - are brothers and were travelling with Linda Camborne-Paynter last night when her car flipped at Sweetshouse.

Dogs
Suzanne Smith

She's in hospital with two broken arms. Her son, Brett said "the only thing on her mind is what's happened to the boys".

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