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Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all Friday's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't miss Spotlight with Justin and Victoria this evening on BBC One at 18:30 and the late bulletin tonight at 22:30.

  2. Devon County Council raises council tax by nearly 5%

    Today councillors in Devon agreed a rise in council tax by 1.99% to a total rate of 4.99%.

    "The rise equates to an extra £60.30 a year for the average Band D council taxpayer", the council says. 

    The money will be spent on general services such as education, caring for children, roads and economic development.

    £18.7 million is expected to be used to boost adult health and social care.

  3. Former soldier denies Exeter murder attempt

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A former soldier has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of a man in Exeter.

    Richard Grant, of Drake Close, Cullompton, has admitted having a knife at the time of the attack in Leighton Terrace in January, but he denies using it to inflict  stab wounds to Alexander Pierce's legs, groin, chest and arm.

    Appearing at Exeter Crown Court by video link from the city's prison, the 46-year-old denied attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    Judge Brian Forster, QC, adjourned the case for a trial in March and remanded the accused in custody.

  4. Shaldon Bridge closed on Friday for maintenance

    Rob England

    BBC South West

    Shaldon Bridge from Torquay to Teignmouth will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians on Friday 17 February whilst maintenance crews carry out a "trial opening" Devon County Council has said.

    In October the council discovered a problem with the mechanical winding gear preventing the bridge being fully opened. By law it has to be able to allow vessels to pass through. 

    The alternative route for vehicles will be via Teignmouth Road, B3199, Riviera Way, A380, Torquay Road, Besignheim Way, and vice versa.  

    Quote Message: If our repair works have been successful the bridge should be fully operational. We appreciate that this closure will cause some disruption, and we have scheduled the work to take place during the half term break to minimise this.” from Cllr Stuart Hughes Devon County Council
    Cllr Stuart HughesDevon County Council
    Maintenance operations on Shaldon Bridge
  5. Stabbing suspect refuses to leave cell for court

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A 34-year-old man accused of a double stabbing in Holsworthy has refused to leave his cell to appear at Exeter Crown Court

    Philip Richards, formerly of Tower Street, Launceston, was due to appear by video link from Exeter Prison to face two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    The case was adjourned and Mr Richards was remanded in custody for a trial later this year.

  6. Weather: Friday mostly dry

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight will be dry with clear spells and light winds.

    Most places should remain frost free but under clear skies, some patchy mist or fog is possible with a minimum temperature of 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Once any mist or fog clears, Friday will be another mostly dry day, but turning cloudier and breezier through the day, with the odd spot of light rain possible later and a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).  

  7. Can you help find this Valentine good Samaritan?

    Ben Lodge from Falmouth was buying some flowers, steak and chocolate for his wife on Valentine's Day evening, but his payment cards were turned down.

    A good samaritan in the queue behind him stepped in to pay for the items so that he wouldn't have to return home empty handed.

    Ben left without getting his phone number - do you know who it was? Send us an email.

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  8. 'Computer asking the questions' on 111 call

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The NHS has apologised to a Devon woman who was asked the wrong questions when she dialled the non-emergency service NHS 111. 

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    Video caption: Listen to NHS 111 conversation

    Michelle Perryman rang for help saying she felt violently ill but said she was frustrated by the service which asked about 40 questions over a 10 minute call. 

    The non-emergency service call handler repeatedly tells Mrs Perryman: "The computer is asking the questions." 

    South West Ambulance, which lost the service in 2016 after a damning report, said the the call handler selected the wrong "pathway". 

  9. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

  10. Missing man sparks concern

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Concern is growing for a 70-year-old man from Exeter who is missing.

    Brian Scott, who suffers from dementia, was last seen about 11:30 GMT as his home in the Parkway area of the city.

    Brian Scott

    He is described as being about 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, with grey hair and a white beard. Mr Scott was wearing a striped burgundy and grey knitted jumper and grey jogging bottoms and slippers.

  11. M5 delays: 'Significant oil spill' after lorries crash

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    Highways England said there was a "significant hydraulic oil spillage in lane one of the northbound carriageway between junction 23 near Bridgwater and junction 22 following a collision involving two HGVs". The lane will remain closed for repair work to take place.

    Christian Morgan, operations manager, said: “Lane one will require extensive resurfacing work because it has been damaged following the spillage. We’re working hard to get the lane open as quickly as possible and we’d like to thank motorists for their patience while this takes place.” 

  12. Fix it - don't bin it! Repair cafe opening in Exeter

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    A cafe with a difference is opening in Exeter, aimed at teaching customers how to repair and transform items, such as faulty lawnmowers, broken lamps, torn clothes or anything that would otherwise end up being thrown away.

    St Sidwell's repair cafe

    Organiser June Dimuantes said people can bring "anything they can carry that needs fixing" to the repair cafe at St Sidwell's Community Centre.

    "We want to stop six million items a year going into landfill," she said.

  13. Exeter could be generating most of its own electricity by 2025

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Exeter could be generating most of its own energy within a decade, according to an Energy Independence report due to be published today by Exeter City Futures, which sets out 10 key recommendations to help reduce energy consumption and boost clean energy generation across Exeter and its travel-to-work area.

  14. NHS 111 service apologises for 'wrong' questions being asked

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    An unwell woman who was asked the "wrong" questions by an NHS 111 call handler has received an apology for the distress it caused.

    Michelle Perryman from Devon says she was asked "disturbing" questions and was treated disrespectfully by the call handler, who at one point during the call, was heard to laugh. 

    She also says she's "disgusted" at having to wait for a year for the apology.

    Ambulance trust letter

    The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, which ran the service at the time, said it was sorry for the distress Ms Perryman experienced as a result of the call in July 2015.

    It said the reason for the delay was further information and identification was required from her to progress the complaint.

  15. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    • NHS 111 apology and goodwill payment over "wrong" questions for patient
    • The National Trust is replacing a car park pay machine vandalised at Levant Mine
    • South West Water is fined £175,000 for a sewage spill in the Truro River
    • An underground cannabis factory is raided and drugs worth £250,000 seized
    • Head teachers in Devon say a cut in budgets could mean larger classrooms and job losses
    • Devon County Council could increase council tax by almost 5% to pay for elderly and vulnerable care
  16. Bodmin assault: Man 'has fracture to cheek and cut lip'

    A man has a potential fracture to his cheek and a cut to his lip after an assault in Bodmin, police have said.

    A person approached the victim from behind on Lower Bore Street at about 15:15 on 7 February, officers said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses.

  17. Weather: Generally dry and mild

    BBC Weather

    The rest of today will be largely dry with sunny spells and light winds making it feel pleasantly mild for the time of year, with a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

    Weather map

    A dry night will follow with clear spells and light winds. 

    Most places should remain frost free but under clear skies, some patchy mist or fog is possible and a minimum temperature of 4C (39F).