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Summary

  1. Police find man's body at reservoir
  2. MSC Napoli: Ten years since massive container ship ran aground
  3. Seven people, including two children, rescued from house fire thought to be arson
  4. Sir Ranulph Fiennes forced to abandon challenge due to severe back pain
  5. Work to resume on Plymouth's Tavistock Road after grenades found
  6. National Trust to review hunt licence
  7. Liverpool players arrive ahead of tonight's game against Plymouth Argyle
  8. Clangers and Bagpuss bring 19,000 to Devon gallery
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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

Liverpool fans to unfurl banner in memory of Daniel May

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A banner in memory of Daniel May who died during the last FA Cup clash between Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle will be taken to Daniel's funeral on 7 February. 

Daniel May
Kevin May

Daniel's dad Kevin revealed the move ahead of the rematch tonight at Home Park where fans will join a minute's applause for Daniel on the 25th minute.

Mr May, 53, from Plymouth, said the response of the Liverpool fans who organised fundraising for the banner had been "absolutely outstanding". 

"The outpouring of love and condolences has been amazing," he said.  

Devon MPs say they will vote against government education plans over lack of funding

BBC Radio Devon

MPs from across Devon are warning they'll vote against the government's education plans - unless more funding is provided for the county's schools. 

Historically, our schools have received among the lowest amount of cash per pupil, but they had hoped things would improve under changes to the way money for schools is allocated. But, instead, many of our schools might actually lose out. 

Gary Streeter
BBC

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon said: "If this education funding settlement does not change in relation to Devon's schools. If there is no significant uplift - in whatever format it will come - in six months, nine months, 12 months time to be voted on by the house - I will vote against it."

The Schools Minister Nick Gibb responded for the government, arguing that plans for a new National Funding Formula would resolve what he called "unfair" funding levels.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to return to UK for medical treatment after abandoning challenge

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is to return to the UK for medical treatment after being forced to abandon his effort to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, due to back pain.

"I'm going to come home to the UK and get my back looked at before I do anything else," he said from Argentina.

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Marie Curie

Sir Ranulph had recently returned from successfully climbing Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica in December as part of his current record attempt. 

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Marie Curie

To complete his Global Reach Challenge in aid of Marie Curie and claim a world first, he still needs to successfully climb Aconcagua in South America, Carstenz in Indonesia and Denali in North America.     

Travel news: Advance warnings for roadworks tonight

BBC Travel

Advance warnings for roadworks tonight:

  • The A30 between St Erth roundabout and Loggans Moor roundabout closed in both directions for drainage work from 8pm to 6am. Diversions will be in place.
  • The A38 Glynn Valley will be closed in both directions between Dobwalls and Turfdown for roadworks from 8.30pm to 6am. Diversions will be in place. 
  • On the A38 between Drumbridges and Goodstone the Plymouth bound carriageway will be closed from 8pm to 6am for resurfacing. Diversions will be in place.

Argyle fans from across the globe prepare for Liverpool match

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Gary
BBC

Also in Argyle's list of international fans, are Gary watching in in Kabul, Afghanistan, Claire and Kevin watching from Honduras, Central America and Dan watching from from Michigan, in the USA.

Claire and Kevin
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Dan
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FA Cup tragedy dad reunited with 'guardian angels'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle's FA Cup clash tonight will bring together the father of a young man who died during the last Cup game and two men who comforted him.

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Anthony Grice

Daniel May, 25, who was quadriplegic, blind and had cerebral palsy following an operation aged six months, passed away during a 0-0 draw on 8 January. 

His father Kevin, 53, a Plymouth fan, was informed of the death while watching the game at Anfield. 

"It will be poignant, very nice, and very sad.

"But I am determined but I am determined to focus on the positives, with many thousand people thinking of my boy Daniel.

Mr May was told on the phone that Daniel had died as he watched the game alongside thousands of Plymouth supporters.

The distraught dad, who was taken to a quiet room away from the crowd after receiving the tragic news, later thanked a policeman and staff at Anfield for their support.

Nowzad the dog was 'war torn like the town' he was named after

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon man who set up a charity to rescue animals in Afghanistan said the dog who inspired the charity was "war torn like the town" he was named after.

Pen Farthing rescued Nowzad after breaking up a dog fight while working as a Royal Marine in the town of Nowzad in Helmand Province in 2006.

Pen Farthing
Pen Farthing

He said: "This dog had his ears docked and sadly his tail was missing and he was covered in scars, so he was battle scarred and war torn like the town.

"As Marines we had a certain amount of downtime when there wasn't anything happening. You'd just sit there and wait for the next attack to come or the next patrol. I'd just sit there and be with this dog.

"I'd sit there cleaning my weapon and he'd sit next to me. We formed that kind of bond."

Exeter's Hepburn to miss much of 2017

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter prop Alec Hepburn could be out for 10 months after injuring his knee.

The 23-year-old, who was part of the England Saxons squad last summer, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and damaged cartilage after slipping during a touch game in training.

Alec Hepburn
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Hepburn, who featured in last season's Premiership final defeat, had just got fit after breaking his hand in October but will now need to undergo surgery.

"It's a pretty significant injury," head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Sport. "I feel very sorry for Alec, he's worked extremely hard to get back fit and was just getting to that stage where everything was done. He had a bit of a freak incident and now he's going to be out until next season."

Alec Hepburn

Exeter's Hepburn to miss much of 2017

Exeter's England Saxons prop Alec Hepburn could be out for 10 months after injuring his knee ligaments in training.

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Cury Hunt asked not to use National Trust beach after dog chased

BBC Radio Cornwall

The National Trust has asked the Cury Hunt not to trail hunt on its land for the rest of the season after its hounds chased another dog across a beach. 

The hunt has said it regrets the incident at Gunwalloe last weekend and has met with the dog's owners. The National Trust says the licence to trail hunt on land it owns in a specific area is reviewed annually.

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Sarah from St Austell is a horse rider and thinks there has been a biased response to the story. She says all dogs need to be kept under control. 

"I ride in the forestry, the amount of dog walkers I see in the forestry and I say to them 'Would you mind catching your dog and put it on a lead please? And they say 'Oh, it's alright'.

"So I say to them 'If it gets kicked, it's not my fault'. It's irresponsible dog owners."

Newquay house fire: Police urge witnesses to come forward

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police say a suspicious fire at flats in Newquay is being treated as arson - but is an isolated incident. 

The alarm was raised just before 06:00 this morning to St Thomas Road when a resident saw flames at an external door of the three-storey property. Seven people were helped safely from the building, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the flames were put out quickly and there were no reported injuries. 

St Thomas Road
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Insp Dave Meredith is urging witnesses to come forward and said: "The police are treating this as an arson."

Weather updated: Cold night with clear spells and frost

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be a cold and dry night with plenty of clear spells allowing a frost to develop across many rural parts, and it'll possibly turn cloudier in some northern and eastern parts later. 

The minimum temperature will be 0C (32F) 

Weather
BBC

On Thursday, it will be a dry day with light winds and bright or sunny spells for most of us at times. The best of the sunshine is likely in the west. The maximum temperature will be 8C (46F).  

Argyle fans prepare to watch FA Cup replay from around the world

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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BBC

Not only are Argyle fans in Plymouth preparing for tonight's big match against Liverpool in the FA Cup, but also fans around the world.

Andy will be watching from Whangarei, New Zealand, and Mel, her mum Sue, and dad Mike will be watching in Perth, Australia

Andy
BBC
Andy
BBC

Tragic dad overwhelmed at tributes to son Daniel who died during Argyle and Liverpool FA Cup clash

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

"Home Park is where I go to worship and for them to be thinking of Daniel is beyond words."

Kevin and Daniel May
Kevin May

That's Kevin May, whose quadriplegic son Daniel, 25, died during the last FA Cup clash between Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle on 8 January.

Fans from both sides for the rematch at Argyle's Home Park ground will join a minute's applause in the 25th minute and a banner will be unfurled in memory of Daniel.

Number of dolphins washed up on Cornwall's shoreline far higher than same time last year

BBC Radio Cornwall

Marine experts say the number of dolphins washing up dead on Cornwall's shoreline is far higher than usual with 27 cetaceans reported in the first two weeks of January - compared to four fatalities within the same period last year. 

Porpoise
Charlie Whetter

Cornwall Wildlife Trust says the species being reported dead include harbour porpoise, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins.

The Trust's marine conservation manager Ruth Williams says they're keeping a close eye on the situation but its not always possible to complete post mortem. 

Body found at Burrator Reservoir as police search for missing man

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Officers have found a man's body in the Burrator Reservoir area of Dartmoor.

The man's death is not being treated as suspicious by police, and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Burrator
Google

The family of a 30-year-old cyclist from Plympton, who went missing at the weekend, have been informed, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

BreakingPolice find man's body at reservoir

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police searching for a 30-year-old man in the Burrator Reservoir area, have found a man's body.

Salt to be spread on Cornwall's roads

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Salt will be spread on Cornwall's roads tonight, CORMAC has announced.

This afternoon will be dry and largely sunny and tonight it will be dry with clear spells. Overnight, minimum road surface temperatures are expected to be: 

  • West -1.2°C 
  • Central -3.1°C 
  • North -1.6°C 
  • South -1.2°C

Missing man found thanks to night vision goggles

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police who were concerned for the welfare of a missing 24-year-old man, found him with the help of night vision goggles and a police helicopter.

The man was located on Dartmoor, near Tavistock, yesterday.

Missing
Devon and Cornwall Police

Adrian Taylor from the National Police Air Service said: “The police helicopter was deployed within six minutes of being called to assist in this missing person search.

“The missing man was found in an extremely remote area of Dartmoor. With the use of our night vision goggles, we were able to locate the man and illuminate the area to guide ground officers to him.”

In a separate incident, police are continuing to search Burrator Reservoir for a cyclist who went missing at the weekend. The 30-year-old man was reported missing from Plympton. Police have not yet released his name. 

Some councils oppose economy chief's £27,000 pay rise

BBC Spotlight

The man in charge of boosting the local economy has been awarded a pay rise of 26% despite opposition from some councils.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is a publicly funded body covering Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth.   

GV
BBC

Chief Executive Chris Garcia will now see his pay increase to £115,000.

Somerset Council Leader John Osman said: "I'm sorry to say that in the public sector we are not about giving 25% pay rises - even if you are very good at your job, we cannot afford 25%,"  

Dead harbour porpoise found washed up on Cornwall beach

BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall has been sent pictures of what is believed to be a dead harbour porpoise washed ashore at Port Holland in Cornwall.

Charlie Whetter sent in the pictures after finding the animal this morning.

Porpoise
Charlie Whetter

It comes after a dead dolphin was washed up on Polly Joke beach near Newquay on Sunday with injuries that could have been caused by a shark.

It is not clear whether the porpoise has any injuries.  

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Napoli remembered 10 years on

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Ten years ago the MSC Napoli grounded off Branscombe beach with a huge cargo on board. 

Here are some facts and figures:

• Total containers on board at start of journey: 2,318 

• Persons on board: 26 (all airlifted to safety by the Royal Navy) 

• Containers lost overboard: 114 (including two lost in French waters prior to vessel being beached) 

Container scavengers
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• Containers washed ashore: 80 

• Total oil spilled: 302 tonnes (estimated) 

• Cost of incident: £120m 

• Duration of incident: 924 days (2 years, 6 Months and 12 days) 

• Salvaged items: BMW motorbikes, a 4x4 vehicle, ladies' shoes, Bibles in a foreign language, nappies and personal items

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Paver and Cattle sign new Pirates deals

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle have signed new contracts at the Championship club.

The pair, who took over from Ian Davies in the summer, have agreed to stay at the Mennaye until May 2019 having led the club to fifth place in the Championship this season, one point off the play-off places.

Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver
Brian Tempest

Both had long playing careers with the club and were assistants to Davies before taking over after cost cuts forced Davies to leave.

The Pirates have also brought in former England forward and Nottingham coach Martin Haag on a part-time basis.

Weather: Mostly dry with bright spells

BBC Weather

Today it will be mostly dry with remaining cloud continuing to break as sunny spells develop. 

East or southeasterly winds will be mainly light or moderate.The maximum temperature will be 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Sir Ranulph Fiennes forced to abandon challenge due to severe back pain

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Ranulph Fiennes
Marie Curie

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced to abandon his latest challenge due to severe back pain.

The 72-year-old was attempting to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, but had to be helicoptered from the 6,962m mountain, when he was just a few hours from the summit on Monday. 

Ranulph Fiennes
Marie Curie

Sir Ranulph was climbing the mountain as part of his attempt to become the first person to cross both the polar ice caps and climb the seven highest mountains on each continent - all to raise money for the charity Marie Curie. 

Ranulph Fiennes
Marie Curie

Speaking from Mendoza in Argentina Sir Ranulph Fiennes said: "I was within just a few hours of the summit but problems with my back meant I couldn't continue. I'm very frustrated, but I've learnt that at my age you can't ignore any pain."   

Travel update: Roadworks halted for Argyle match

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth on Outland Road, two lanes will open in both directions from 15:30, and two lanes will open in both directions on Tavistock Road for the match
  • In Plymouth on the St Budeaux Bypass around Carlton Terrace temporary traffic lights are in place due to roadworks. Traffic is slow moving
  • In Devon, we have reports that Cockpit Hill is blocked in both directions due to an accident between the B3181 Fore Street and Duke Street
  • In Bodieve, the B3314 is blocked in both directions, with slow traffic due to accident
  • On the A38 at Dobwalls there are various lane closures due to barrier repairs
  • On the A3047 at Mount Ambrose there's slow traffic due to traffic lights and roadworks

Clangers and Bagpuss bring 19,000 to Devon gallery

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Visitors to a Devon art gallery have far exceeded expectiations thanks to the V&A Museum of Childhood exhibition - Clangers, Bagpuss & Co.

The Burton Art Gallery at Bideford has had the exhibition on display since 5 November and, with just four days to go before it ends, the venue's footfall visitor count for the 11-week period of the exhibition has reached 19,000. 

Bagpuss
BBC

The exhibition has been one of the most popular in the Burton's 65-year history as an art gallery. 

Liverpool players arrive ahead of tonight's game against Plymouth Argyle

There are just hours to go until tonight's big match between Plymouth Argyle and Premier League side Liverpool. 

Thousands of supporters will pack into Home Park tonight.

Because of the numbers attending the match, Plymouth City Council said it has agreed with its highways contractor that there will be two lanes open in both directions along Outland Road from 15:30 this afternoon. There will also be two lanes open in both directions on Tavistock Road, where work is taking place on the Derriford Transport Scheme.

Liverpool players
BBC
Liverpool players
BBC

Two Napoli motorbikes were never found

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

It's ten years since the MSC Napoli got into trouble off the Cornish coast before grounding off Branscombe beach in Devon.

Eighty containers washed ashore containing a range of items, many of which were scavenged by members of the public.

Motorbike with unknown men
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Among the loot were 17 BMW motorbikes.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says that of these 13 were properly reported, two were seized by Devon and Cornwall Police and two were never found.

Newquay fire treated as suspicious by police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a property fire in Newquay.

Insp Dave Meredith, said: “One of the residents inside the property [on St Thomas Road] had noticed flames in the area of the front door and contacted the fire service, who attended and quickly put out the fire.

Fire
BBC

“Seven people were evacuated from inside the property but thankfully no one was injured. There is some fire damage to the front door and surrounding frame, but the rest of the property is unaffected. We have a police scenes of crime officer at the scene and our enquiries are underway.

“At present the police are treating this fire as suspicious and are appealing for any witness or persons with knowledge of the incident to contact us. This appears to be an isolated incident; there have been no recent reports of similar incidents in the Newquay area.”

Hunt agrees not to meet on National Trust land after dog incident

BBC Radio Cornwall

A hunt has agreed not to meet for the rest of the season on land owned by the National Trust following an incident involving its hounds chasing a domestic dog at Gunwalloe near Helston.

Cury Hunt holds a licence to trail hunt on National Trust land over a restricted area, for a specific number of times per year.

Last weekend some of its riders went down to Gunwalloe beach to wash their horses off in the sea.

One horse was spooked, kicked out at a hound which then ran off and was involved in an altercation with a pet dog being walked by its owners.

National Trust
National Trust

The hunt says the hounds were removed from the area and the dog was checked and cleared as fit and well by a vet.

Today the National Trust says the hunt have told them they were not trail hunting on its land that day.

But following a meeting the hunt has agreed to not meet again for the duration of this season on National Trust owned land. The licence is also be subject to an annual review.

Ricky Gervais promises takings to Devon animal rescue charity

BBC Radio Devon

Comedian and writer Ricky Gervais has promised the takings from his latest warm-up gigs for his national tour to a Devon charity.

Former Royal Marine Pen Farthing is the founder Nowzad, which rescues stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan.

Pen Farthing
Pen Farthing

The charity was created after Pen, who was serving in the market town of Nowzad in Helmand Province in 2006, broke up a dog fight and became "best buddies" with one of the dogs. 

He managed to smuggle the pup out of Afghanistan and back to Britain.

Hero recalls Napoli rescue 10 years on

BBC Radio Cornwall

An RNAS Culdrose aircrewman has been recalling a dramatic rescue that happened 10 years ago today.

The container ship, MSC Napoli got into trouble 46 miles off the Cornish coast, and the crew was forced into the ship's lifeboat.

Jay O'Donnell managed to get all 26 crew winched to safety in atrocious conditions.

Jay O'Donnell
Royal Navy

He's been telling BBC Radio Cornwall: "The lifeboat they were in had very little control and was rolling all over the place. And the more people we got off, the lighter it was and the more unstable it became."

He said: "We were absolutely fuel critical - the helicopter crew was signalling how many minutes we had left. 

"When we got back we were literally on fumes. But I knew they'd come back for me if they had to."

He was awarded the Queen's gallantry medal for his part in the rescue.

Grenades found on Tavistock Road: Your questions answered

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Work on Tavistock Road has been halted after grenades were found at the site. Here Plymouth City Council answers your questions:

What happens if one ‘goes off’?

In the very unlikely event of one breaking and combusting it would expel smoke (and possibly some flame).

What would happen to the traffic?

The smoke (and possible flame) would be largely confined to the fenced off excavation area and dealt with quickly by on-site staff. It would pose a very low risk to passing vehicles but if there were any public safety concerns a cordon would be set up.

How long will this process take?

We expect to complete search and removal in the area where the SIPs [Self-Igniting Phosphorus] were found within a week. We will then begin a search of the wider area.

How many devices are thought to be buried at the site?

It is not yet known whether this is limited to two individual finds separated by a few metres or part of a wider cache of abandoned and buried UXO [Unexploded Ordnance].

A hill in Exeter will become a huge ski slope this weekend as 48 tonnes of real snow is shipped in

Exeter Express & Echo

An amazing 48 tonnes of real snow will be delivered to Exeter this weekend to create a huge ski slope.

'No good news' in school funding changes, says head teacher

BBC Spotlight

A head teacher says there is "no good news" in government changes to make education spending fairer - as it will leave more than a third of Devon's schools worse off.

Daryl Chapman
BBC

Daryl Chapman, Principal at Okehampton College said: "It will have a detrimental affect to everything we try to do, whether that's provide the extra curricular options for the youngsters. 

"Potentially class sizes will be affected, potentially staffing allocations will be affected. There's no good news in this."

The government says overall Devon will gain 0.5% in its education budget.   

Police continue to search for missing man

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police and Dartmoor search and rescue teams are continuing to search Burrator Reservoir for a cyclist who went missing at the weekend.

The search was called off as light faded yesterday but resumed this morning.

The 30-year-old man was reported missing from Plympton. Police have not yet released his name.

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BBC
Police searching the area on Sunday

Argyle cakes made ahead of big game

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Police helicopter finds missing man 'in remote part of Dartmoor'

A police helicopter has found a missing man in an "extremely remote area of Dartmoor".

Officers were concerned for the welfare of a 24-year-old man who was reported missing yesterday.

Adrian Taylor said: “The police helicopter was deployed within six minutes of being called to assist in this missing person search.

“The missing man was found in an extremely remote area of Dartmoor. With the use of our night vision goggles, we were able to locate the man and illuminate the area to guide ground officers to him.”

Missing man
Devon and Cornwall Police