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Summary

  1. 'Skilled manipulator' paedophile, 54, jailed for 16 years
  2. Plymouth University student killed in stairwell fall
  3. Redruth Cricket Club raided twice in two days and alcohol stolen
  4. A report looking look into reopening South Crofty tin mine says it is "viable"
  5. Bodmin Moor's night skies could soon bring star-gazing tourists to Cornwall
  6. Updates for Monday 20 February 2017

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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 to bring you all Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Basking sharks' winter habits revealed

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Cuting-edge satellite tracking has been used to uncover the habits of basking sharks in the winter.

    It was previously thought the plankton-eating fish simply hibernated in the waters off the UK and Ireland.

    Basking shark

    The research by the Environment and Sustainability Institute, in partnership with the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus, has allowed scientists to piece together vital parts of their life cycle.  

    “Knowing where these animals are all year round allows us to understand the threats they face,” lead author Philip Doherty said.  

  3. Devon and Cornwall's weather for Tuesday: Cloudy with patchy rain

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Staying cloudy overnight, with hill fog likely for moorland and other high ground. 

    Outbreaks of rain and drizzle are expected after midnight, but it will be mild, with a minimum temperature of 9C (48F).

    Weather map for Tuesday

    Tomorrow will be cloudy with patchy outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at first. It'll then be dry for a while, but further more widespread outbreaks of rain are expected in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

  4. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall: Student dies in stairwell fall

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    • A 19-year-old student dies in a stairwell fall in Plymouth
    • The reintroduction of mining at South Crofty in Cornwall is viable, a report says
    • A man who sexually abused boys and girls in north Devon in the 1970s and 1980s is jailed
    • Local authorities warn services face cuts despite council tax increases to help pay for elderly social care
    • Cornwall promotes its ambitions to be part of the UK space age
    • A "green" hotel with 109 bedrooms is to be built at Cornwall's Eden Project
    • A village bus shelter gets a mystery makeover
  5. Travel updates: advance warning of evening and overnight road closures

    BBC Travel

    • In Devon, Plympton's Ridgeway will be closed at Sandy Road due to roadworks from 19:00 to midnight. Diversions in place will also affect Wolverwood Lane
    • At Smithaleigh, on the A38 Plymouth-bound near New Park Road, one lane will be closed due drainage works between 20:00 and 06:00  
    • On the A30 eastbound at the Woodleigh Junction, one lane will be closed due to roadworks between 20:00 and 06:00
    • In Cornwall, the A39 will be closed between Winnards Perch and the A389 due to resurfacing work between 19:00 and 07:00. Diversions will be in place
    • Resurfacing work in Cornwall means the A388 will be closed between Lezant and Treburley between 19:00 and 07:00
    • Between St Erth roundabout and Loggans Moor roundabout in Cornwall, the A30 will be closed in both directions from 20:00 until 06:00 for drainage works. Diversions will be in place
    • Station Approach in St Erth will be closed at the A30 due to bridge maintenance between 22:00 and 06:00. Diversions will be in place
  6. Fingerprint 'crumb of comfort' after cricket club burglary

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Cornish cricket club which suffered two break-ins in two days and had £300-worth of alcohol stolen says "some fingerprints" have been retrieved by investigators looking into the raids.

    Redruth Cricket Club. Pic: Google

    Redruth Cricket Club said on Facebook its clubhouse was attacked by vandals last Thursday, and burglars "completely gutted the club of all of its alcohol" during a break-in on Friday.

    It said: "We can take a slight crumb of comfort in knowing that after the second break-in, the authorities managed to retrieve some fingerprints which they hope to use to bring in those who were responsible for these mindless attacks."   

    Police didn't reveal how far their investigation had got but did say the club's doors and windows were damaged during the raids to get access to the stolen goods.

  7. Eco-friendly Eden hotel plans passed

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Revised plans for an energy-efficient hotel at Cornwall's Eden Project have been approved.

    The £8.5m hotel, with 109 bedrooms and classrooms, designed by architects TateHarmer, is expected to open in April next year.

    Artist's impression of Eden Project hotel

    A previous application was withdrawn following public comments about the visual impact.

    Work on the hotel, which will create up to 40 new jobs, will begin later this year, with existing features such as trees and stone walls incorporated into the design.

    New features, including a meadow and orchard, will be planted around the hotel.

  8. Analyis: Crofty mining restart attempts have cost £22m. Why keeping trying?

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The boss of a Vancouver-based company hoping to restart mining in Cornwall is in the county for meetings in the latest attempt to get production back to South Crofty.

    All the various attempts to restart Crofty since 1998 have cost a total of £22m. So why are they still at it?

    South Crofty

    Tin is now worth more than six times what it was when the mine shut in 1998. Back then, it was $3,000 a tonne. Today it's worth $20,000. 

    In 19 years of attempts to restart South Crofty, the publication of a preliminary economic assessment by Strongbow is a milestone, and the farthest anyone has yet got. So, quite impressive.

  9. Travel update for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • Expect delays in Lelant, Cornwall, on Tyringham Road with temporary traffic lights for roadworks
    • There is slow traffic near Saltash at the Carkeel Roundabout on the A38 and A388 
    • Four-way temporary traffic lights for gas main work at the junction of Honicknowle Lane and Ham Drive in Plymouth, with delays expected
    • Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly have been cancelled for the rest of the day due to low cloud and visibility
  10. Valuable paintings stolen in burglary

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Two paintings, described by police as valuable - including one by acclaimed Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz - have been stolen for a property in Plymouth.

    The burglary in the High St Budeaux area of the city happened overnight between Friday 17 February and Saturday 18 February.

    Images of stolen artwork

    The Lenkiewicz painting is titled "Anna" and the second is Sheree Valentines Daines' "After Practice".

    Anyone who may have seen or been offered these paintings for sale has been asked to contact the police.

  11. Hitler phone sale 'to benefit Devon charities'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Some money raised by the auction of Adolf Hitler's personal phone, which had been in Devon, is to benefit local charities, it is understood.

    The blood red phone has been in the Rayner family - who own the Ashcome Estate near Dawlish - since it was brought back from Berlin by a British Army officer as a trophy of war. 

    Hitler phone. Pic: EPA

    Soviet soldiers gave it to British officer Sir Ralph Rayner as a souvenir shortly after Germany surrendered. The phone was put up for auction by Sir Ralph's son, Ranulf, who lives in Devon.

    It has been sold for $243,000 (£195,744) at a US auction. The identity of the buyer, who bid by phone, has not been revealed. A percentage of the proceeds is being donated to two unnamed Devon charities.

  12. Why could there be a 4.99% council tax rise? Analysis

    BBC News UK

    All local authorities in England can raise council tax by up to 1.99% in April. Any higher, and they would need to hold a referendum to get residents to agree with the hike before they could put it in place.

    But the 151 social care authorities can also increase bills by an extra 3%. This is the social care precept, introduced by George Osborne in 2015 to allow local authorities to raise extra money to specifically pay for social care.

    The Local Government Association (LGA) says 147 of these have already agreed or are planning to raise the extra money. And three-quarters are set to introduce the maximum hike.

    Added together, this means most people in England will be looking at a 4.99% rise in council tax in the coming year.

  13. Car sharing solution for city congestion

    BBC Spotlight

    Car sharing could be one of the possible ways of dealing with growing congestion in Exeter.

    According to Exeter City Futures, at least 14,000 car journeys could be added to the city's roads within the next decade.

    Traffic congestion

    "For a city like Exeter, the future has got to be about much more shared transport," Glenn Woodcock, the company's founder and director, says.

    "Not just a little bit more - but profoundly larger amounts." 

  14. Cornwall promotes itself for major stake in UK space age

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall’s commercial spaceflight ambitions will be highlighted at a major UK Space Agency conference in London.

    A delegation led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership will outline why the county is ideally placed to offer a "complete launch solution" to commercial space operators to put small satellites into orbit, and offer spaceplane flights for science and tourism.

    Goonhilly Earth Station

    Newquay Airport and Goonhilly Earth Station's capabilities - including one of the UK’s longest runways, uncongested airspace, satellite operation and space vehicle tracking - will be promoted in the hope of sharing in a £10m government fund.  

    Goonhill's chief executive, Ian Jones, said: "This is Cornwall’s and the UK’s opportunity to participate in a £25bn industry.”

    Newquay Airport
  15. Basking sharks enjoy winter 'staycations'

    Some basking sharks choose a winter "staycation" around the UK and Ireland, scientists from the University of Exeter have discovered, while others swim far outside UK waters.

    The research into the winter habits of the species was carried out by the Environment and Sustainability Institute, in partnership with the University of Exeter's Cornwall campus.

    Basking shark

    Dr Matthew Witt, one of the report's lead authors, said dangers to the north-Atlantic population of the species - which is classed as endangered - may be posed by commercial fishing, boat strikes, marine litter and civil engineering. 

    Information gathered by cutting-edge satellite tracking will be used to protect the sharks who are the world's second-largest fish species.

  16. Newcastle sign brothers, including Redruth's Matavesi

    BBC Sport

    Fiji international Josh Matavesi and his younger brother, Joel, will join Newcastle Falcons in the summer.

    Centre Josh, 26, will arrive from Ospreys while his 21-year-old fly-half sibling, Joel, joins from Redruth.

    Josh was in the Ospreys side that beat Newcastle in the European Challenge Cup last month and will stay with the Welsh side until the end of the season.

    Director of rugby Dean Richards said he was a "proven and versatile performer who fits out style of play."

  17. Oxygen treatment for Torquay fire baby

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 13-month-old baby girl has been treated for the effects of breathing in smoke after a fire in Torquay.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the firefighters were called to Peregrine Close just before 15:00.

    A small fire in the dining room of the two-storey property was extinguished and the baby was given oxygen therapy at the scene.

  18. 'Skilled manipulator' paedophile jailed for 16 years

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A man who sexually abused boys and girls in the 1970s and 1980s in north Devon has been jailed for 16 years, police say.

    Fifty-four-year-old Owen Hill - of Spencer Drive, Tiverton, and formerly of Barnstaple - was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court on 13 counts of sexual assault, including the rape of a child.

    Owen Hill

    Det Con Dave Browne, from Devon and Cornwall Police, who led the investigation, described Hill as a "skilled manipulator" who exploited and coerced children by threatening them with violence.

    "The victims of these offences will live with these memories for the rest of their lives, and today's sentence quite rightly reflects the trauma and suffering that they have endured," he said. 

  19. More details emerge about death of Newton Abbot prisoner Noel Boylan

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Further details have emerged about a prisoner who died while serving time in a Devon prison.