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

    Don't miss Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Natalie Cornah at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Free safety checks on electric blankets

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Autumn is drawing ever closer and Cornwall Council is offering to carry out free safety checks on electric blankets, in a bid to reduce the number of house fires this winter.

    Faulty electric blankets are said to be the cause of about a thousand house fires a year in the UK.

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    Weekly testing will take place at venues throughout the county over the next four weeks.

  3. Witnesses sought after attempted robbery

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery in Plymstock, Devon.

    The victim, a man in his 30s, was sitting on a park bench eating when he was approached by a man thought to be 19 or 20 years old.

    The man tried to snatch the victim’s mobile phone from behind him, police said. After a brief struggle, the man ran off across the park towards Pomphlett empty-handed, officers added. It happened in the Dean Cross Road area on 18 September between 23:15 and 23:25 BST.

    The suspect is described as white and wearing a white hoody and dark jeans.

  4. Former racing driver died after accidentally set himself alight

    Devon Live

    A retired racing driver who was burning petrol outside his garage accidentally set himself alight and suffered fatal burns.

  5. Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Weather

    The sun's still shining so if you're planning to take an evening stroll or perhaps do a spot of angling, here are the times of high water around the region's coastline.

    Tide times

    There will be a full weather forecast in Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Porthleven arts centre plans delayed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    No decision has been reached over plans for an arts and enterprise centre in Porthleven.

    Members of the planning committee at Cornwall Council voted to defer the plans this morning.

    Porthleven councillor Andrew Wallis had urged the committee to refuse the plans, but councillors said they wanted to hear more from the applicant about the new building's impact on the harbour and listed buildings in the area and would visit the site themselves.

  7. Shopping centre investment agreed

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new £2m revamp of Newton Abbot has been given the go-ahead.

    This afternoon Teignbridge councillors unanimously voted in favour of spending the cash on re-cladding the shop fronts and replacing canopies with a larger glazed cover.

    Work is expected to start early next year

  8. Slade 'fighting for everything' - Hepher

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Ali Hepher has hailed the form of centre Henry Slade as he prepares to join England's training camp in Oxford this weekend.

    Slade, 24, has seven international caps and starred as Premiership champions Exeter beat Wasps on Sunday.

    Henry Slade

    "He's coming strong," Hepher told BBC Radio Devon. "He's pushing hard, he's fighting for everything and he's highly motivated.

    "His pace onto the ball is good, his carrying's good and obviously he's got his touches to put people into space."

    Slade 'fighting for everything' - boss

    Henry Slade

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Ali Hepher hails the form of Henry Slade as he prepares to join England's training camp in Oxford.

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  9. Overnight road closures could cause you delays


    Resurfacing work on the A390 in Grampound could cause you delays overnight.

    The road will be closed from 19:00 until 07:00 for five nights.

    Marshalls will be allowing access for residents and businesses.

    A diversion taking people via the A30 and A3058 will be in place for all other traffic, highways bosses have said.

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  10. Mineshaft victim ''comfy'' in hospital

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Rescuers have revealed the man who fell into a mine shaft near St Just has life threatening injuries after his 50ft (15m) plunge.

    Andrew Williams, an experienced 51 year old walker from South Wales, has pelvic and leg injuries after he fell through a wooden cover over the mine in the Cot Valley.

    Police said wood across an adit - that's a mine entrance - had given way yesterday, allowing Mr Williams to fall through.

    He was only saved because he landed on a ledge - but it took a six hour rescue operation to get him to the surface.

    He's being treated at Derriford Hospital where his condition has this afternoon been described as comfortable.

    Rescue workers at mineshaft

    The National Trust, which owns the land, warned the Cornish landscape ''is full of reminders of the past, including old mine shafts'' and said people walking in the area should take extra care and stick to the paths.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A390 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A390 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between Liskeard Road and Quethiock Road.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 in Callington closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Liskeard Road junction and Butchers Arms junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Jailed stalker threatened victim after being jailed

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A serial stalker sent his victim a threatening letter just hours after being jailed.

    Mark O'Neill was made subject to a restraining order when he was jailed in September last year for bombarding the unnamed woman with unwanted calls and texts.

    He got the letter past security checks by sending it in the name of another prisoner, but four more letters -written under his own name - were intercepted and stopped.

    O'Neill, 43, is now being treated at the Langdon Hospital in Dawlish after being transferred from HMP Exeter because of his mental state.

  13. Hospital staff coped 'magnificently' as tragic events puts Derriford under strain

    Plymouth Herald

    Plymouth's dedicated hospital staff have been praised for coping "magnificently" following an extremely busy weekend - with extra staff being called in from home to treat patients injured in a horrific crash.

  14. Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Staying dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    A bright end to the afternoon with most places staying dry into the evening with clear spells, except a few light spots of drizzle.

    Weather map

    Minimum temperature 9 C (48F)

  15. Rugby: Paver frustrated despite first Pirates victory

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Coach Alan Paver says Cornish Pirates "made hard work" of their 62-47 Championship win at home to Rotherham.

    There were 15 tries scored at the Mennaye Field on Sunday as Pirates recorded a first victory of the season against the league's bottom side.

    Cornish Pirates

    "It's not the game we wanted to play," Paver told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "We had an issue technically, around the ruck area, that left us exposed defensively and also discipline reared its head again."

    Paver frustrated despite first victory

    Cornish Pirates

    Coach Alan Paver says Cornish Pirates "made hard work" of their 62-47 Championship win at home to Rotherham.

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  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, between J27 for A38 and J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - Heavy traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an accident involving a caravan.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  17. Man arrested following suspected acid attack robbery

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 38-year-old man has been arrested following a suspected acid attack during a robbery to steal a mobile phone.

    The, as yet, unidentified liquid was sprayed into the face of the victim who was walking by Tiverton bus station in the early hours of yesterday morning,

    The victim, who is in his 30s and from the local area, was also punched.

  18. Support ship RFA Tiderace sails into Falmouth

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new support ship, RFA Tiderace, has arrived in Falmouth to begin a customisation programme.

    The 39,000-tonne vessel can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations around the world.

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    The four-month customisation work in Falmouth, installing armour, self-defence weaponry and communications systems, will help to support 300 local jobs.

    Along with her sister ship RFA Tidespring, she has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Portsmouth last month.