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Andrew Segal

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Three Barclays branches to shut in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    Three branches of Barclays in Devon are to close in the October and November, the bank has confirmed.

    They are:

    • Holsworthy on 13 October
    • Axminster on 20 October (pictured)
    • Brixham on 3 November

    The bank said the decision had been made because only between 89 and 113 customers were using the branches exclusively for their banking, that the number of counter transactions had decreased, and people were also using other ways to bank, including online and by phone.

    The bank previously announced that its Cullompton branch was to shut on 1 September.

    Barclays, Axminster
  3. Latest weather: Dry though the night, but cloudier by morning

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will ease later to leave a fine evening. It will stay dry though the night, but will turn cloudier by the morning. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    It will be a fine start to Wednesday, but skies will continue to turn increasingly cloudy into the afternoon, with rain expected by the evening. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  4. Totnes beggars 'returning donated food to shops to get cash from refunds'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Beggars in Totnes have been taking food handed out to them and getting money for it by returning to shops it was bought from for refunds, local police say.

    The move was among a number of activities revealed by local police who said on Facebook they were continuing to work "to deal with street begging and other anti-social behaviour associated with drug use".

    Other activities apparently included one person trying to "busk" by hitting a saucepan with a stick.

    Totnes Police said: "We are helping individuals engage with drug and alcohol support services by removing some of the barriers they face in getting that help, and likewise with housing."

  5. Fancy doing some moor stargazing?

    A stargazing event will be held on Bodmin Moor to mark its being officially announced as an International Dark Sky Landscape.

    The event, run by Caradon and Tolcarn Observatories, will be held at the Jamaica Inn on Saturday.

    The stargazing will begin at 20:30 and would be a "breathtaking experience", Dr Wayne Thomas of Caradon Observatory said.

    The moor was granted the status in July, making it the fourth Dark Sky Park in the UK, and the 44th in the world.

    The main purpose of the designation is to protect the quality of the sky over the moor.

  6. Consultation into Devon councils' merger plans

    BBC Radio Devon

    A consultation has been launched on proposals for South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council to merge and create one single authority.

    The consultation, approved by the majority of councillors from both areas, is allowing the public to have their say before proposals were submitted to the Secretary of State, the authorities said.

    Events will be held in towns and parishes to allow people to talk to local councillors and find out more.

    The authorities previously said combining would "help address the combined £1.9m gap in finances brought about by successive reductions in central government funding since 2010".

    The councils already share some services, a chief executive and other staff.

    However, the move could mean council tax bills for some in the South Hams increasing by an extra £25 a year for three years as its rates are lower.

    The consultation runs until 8 October.

  7. The Zoo: Is this what really goes on behind closed ... enclosures?


    Paignton Zoo features in a new children's TV programme featuring talking animals which has started on CBBC.

    The Zoo is a cross between a documentary and a comedy, where we get to hear what the animals really think of what is going on around them.

    In the second episode, Jürgen the gorilla thinks the zoo selling the animals' poo, so he calls a poo strike. We daren't ask!

  8. Woman seeks mystery hero who saved her life after allergic reaction to hair dye

    Devon Live

    A woman from Torquay who suffered a severe allergic reaction to some hair dye is trying to track down the mystery gas man she believes saved her life so she can thank him properly.

  9. Marcus Hutchins: Security researcher to live in Los Angeles until next court appearance

    James Cook

    BBC's North America Correspondent

    The Devon cyber-security researcher accused in the US of creating and selling malware will live in Los Angeles - where his employer is based - until his next court appearance, scheduled for 17 October.

    Marcus Hutchins, who is 23 and from Ilfracombe in Devon, was released on bail after his appearance in court in the state of Wisconsin yesterday.

    Among his fellow computer experts, Mr Hutchins is regarded as a hero for his role in stopping the so-called WannaCry virus which spread to 150 countries in May.

    Marcus Hutchins

    He appeared in a packed federal courtroom in Milwaukee on Monday to deny writing and distributing computer code designed to steal banking details in 2014 and 2015.

    The judge said he could be released on bail. He will have to wear a GPS tracker and will not be allowed to leave the country, but has been permitted to access the internet so he can continue his cyber-security work.

    He was arrested at Las Vegas airport two weeks ago before he was due to fly home from the city where he had been attending a cyber-security conference.

    He is going to "vigorously defend himself" against the charges, one of his lawyers says.

  10. Last week to fill in residents' survey in Wadebridge and Padstow

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Residents in Wadebridge and Padstow (pictured) are being urged to make their views known about what they want for the future of their area.

    They have less than a week now respond to a Cornwall Council questionnaire distributed through the area.

    The council said the survey would "help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money".

    It closes for submissions next Monday.

  11. Begging 'busker' seen in Totnes 'playing' saucepan and stick

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Totnes say beggars are being "more robust" in their attempts to get cash by getting busking licences and, in one instance, "busking" by hitting an upside down saucepan with a stick.

    Officers said earlier this year they were cracking down on begging after several reported cases of shoppers being aggressively harassed and threatened with violence by beggars who were apparently making up to a £100 a day.

    Police said on Facebook they were still seeing individuals coming in via train or bus from elsewhere "as they see Totnes as a soft touch".

    They warned that there was a code of practice for busking licences, and that licences would be revoked "if this 'busking' is causing a public nuisance".

    They added that they were also concerned that this activity would "deter genuinely talented buskers performing in the town centre".

  12. Primark sets the record straight on pronunciation

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Now, is it "Pry-mark" or "Pree-mark"?

    How to pronounce the budget retailer's name has caused a basket-load of debate, with some claiming "Pry-mark" is an upmarket affectation. Others say "Pree-mark" is a northern thing.


    But Primark - which has branches in Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Truro - has tried to settle the matter once and for all, writing on its website: "We like to use Pr-Eye-Mark."

    However, this is a little unsettling for at least one person - me.

    I was brought up in Belfast, where there has been a city centre branch for as long as I can remember, and the company was founded in the Irish Republic, opening its first store in Dublin in 1969 (although under the name Penneys).

    However, it has always locally - in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, I think - been "Pree-mark".

    Indeed, my sister told me off only last week for "mispronouncing it" Pry-mark, although it now transpires that I was actually correct - albeit completely inadvertently as the product of living in Britain for decades.

    What do you think? You can email us your thoughts.

  13. Latest weather: Dry with clear spells but cloudier overnight

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells will become more widespread this afternoon and with west or northwesterly winds mainly light or moderate through the day, it will also feel a little warmer. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).


    Tonight, it'll be mostly dry with some clear spells at first. However, it will become more cloudy from the west later in the night as high cloud increases and may result in a light shower developing by morning. Winds will be light or moderate from the southwest, but will freshen and back to the south later. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

  14. Porthleven owner given a month to file application or remove illegal double yellows

    Cornwall Live

    The owner of a picturesque harbourside on the Lizard peninsula has been given a month to file the right highways application or remove his "illegal" double yellow lines.

  15. BreakingRAF wing commander cleared of sex assault on boy

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Brian Wills-Pope, the officer commanding the Devon and Somerset Wing Air Training Corps, has been cleared of sexual assault.

    At Taunton Crown Court Judge David Ticehurst ruled there was no case to answer and the trial, which began yesterday, was dismissed shortly after midday.

    Mr Wills-Pope MBE, 64, from Torquay, had been charged with one count of sexual assault against a teenage boy.

    Brian Wills-Pope
  16. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    • On the A30 between Stowford Cross and Sourton Cross heading towards Okehampton, there's a broken-down caravan
    • In Combe Martin, on the A399 Leigh Road, near Wood Lane, there are reports of an accident
    • In Holsworthy, there is concrete on the road surface of Hawthorne Road. Devon Highways says: "We are attending asap," adding it is "messy, so please avoid if at all possible"
  17. Dog owners face £100 fines if on pooch ban beaches

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dogs on beach sign

    Council officials are out on Cornwall's beaches this summer, armed with new powers to fine people flouting dog bans.

    Seasonal bans have been around on some beaches for years, but this summer is the first when new Public Space Protection Orders are in place. These give the council more powers to issue on-the spot fines of up to £100.

    Fifteen people have been fined under the new orders between April and June - about the same level as previous years, the authority said.

    Senior environmental health officer Kevin Brader said people "should do their research".

    He added that offenders could end up before magistrates if fines were not paid.

  18. Travel: Road blocked in Antony

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Antony, the A374 Antony Road is partially blocked near Trevol Road due to an accident.