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Summary

  1. Fire crews tackle large warehouse blaze in Exeter industrial estate
  2. Three in hospital after three-vehicle crash at Landrake
  3. Man dies after having cardiac arrest in pub
  4. Teenage girl severely injured after fall on to rocks
  5. Weather worries postpone Truro's City of Lights
  6. Car parked on top of another car
  7. Camborne's Christmas tree vandalised days after going up
  8. Drivers 'may have to pay more to cross Tamar Bridge'
  9. Man 'suffocated his wife because he couldn't cope with dementia', court hears
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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 Tuesday 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. Student in Falmouth parks on top of another car

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A woman reverse parked so badly her vehicle ended up on top of the car that was parked behind her.

    The unnamed student performed the parking blunder in Falmouth, late on Saturday night.

    Cars

    Devon and Cornwall Police say they were "informed at around 11:20pm that a Mercedes had reversed into a stationary Saab, resulting in it ending up on top of the car".

    Nobody was injured and the vehicle was removed.

  3. Quit call ambulance boss says 'staff are most valuable'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    The boss of an ambulance trust facing calls by a union to resign has said "staff are our most valuable asset".

    Members of the GMB union at the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST) published an open letter calling for trust chief executive Ken Wenman to resign "in order to protect patients and staff".

    They accused the trust of "failing to address major issues" and causing "general despair and frustration [for] staff working within a service and role they love".

    Mr Wenman said the trust recognised the pressure staff were under and "we are working hard with them and with Unison, the recognised union, to improve resource levels, to improve our response to our patients and to improve the health and wellbeing of our staff".

    He added it was "disappointing" the letter had "gone to the media, rather than to us here at the trust".

    The trust covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

    South West Ambulance Service
  4. Adams bemoans 'terrible defending'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Derek Adams says 'terrible defending' was the reason his Plymouth Argyle side lost 4-0 at home to Oxford United.

    The Pilgrims were reduced to 10 men when Ryan Edwards was shown a straight red card after conceding a 14th-minute penalty which led to the first goal before Oxford struck three times in the second half.

    "The goals were far too easily given away, the way that some of the players waltzed around our players," he said.

    Derek Adams

    The loss ended a six-game unbeaten run for Adams' side which had seen Plymouth move off the bottom of the League Two table.

    "The three goals we conceded in the second half are terrible defending," he told BBC Radio Devon.

    "We can probably say that if it was a penalty, the first goal was exactly the same."

    Adams added: "We've had a lot of praise defensively and how well we've defended, but the three goals in the second half were far too easy from my point of view."

    Adams bemoans 'terrible defending'

    Derek Adams

    Derek Adams says 'terrible defending' was the reason his Plymouth Argyle side lost 4-0 at home to Oxford United.

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  5. Weather: Rain overnight, and cloudy with rain on Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    This evening we are likely to see a few outbreaks of rain.

    However, it should become drier through the early hours, with fog on the hilltops. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Tuesday will be mainly cloudy again, with the risk of a little rain or drizzle where the cloud is thickest, and it will be breezy and mild.

    Rain is expected again later in the day.

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  6. Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

    Hugh Pym

    BBC News Health Editor

    Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England.

    They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a "sustainable settlement".

    The letter to Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond said patients were being "failed" by the system.

    One-third of the MPs who have signed the letter are Conservative, including Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston, who is also chair of the health select committee.

    The letter said: "The need for action is greater now than ever.".

    A government spokesperson said it was "committed" to making the sector sustainable.

    The government had already provided an additional £2bn to social care over the next three years, the spokesperson added.

    Care
  7. Man 'killed wife because he couldn't cope with dementia'

    A retired policeman allegedly killed his 88-year-old wife at their home in Cornwall because he was overwhelmed by caring for her as a result of her advanced dementia, a court has heard.

    The case of 89-year-old Douglas Addison is being held at Exeter Crown Court in the defendant's absence because his own dementia is so severe he is unable to enter a plea.

    The jury is taking part in a fact-finding hearing rather than a conventional trial, with members being asked to rule if he committed the acts alleged about his wife's death.

    The court heard she had been suffocated, suffered significant bruises, and attempts were made to strangle her.

    It was also told that, before her death in February, a GP and social workers tried to get Mr Addison to accept help to look after his wife but he would not.

    Prosecuting, Anna Vigars QC said there was no doubt Mr Douglas, of Trehemborne Road, St Merryn, wanted to care for his wife but things went badly wrong as a result of appalling circumstances.

    The case continues.

  8. Arson investigation into car fire

    BBC Radio Devon

    A car fire in Devon is being investigated as a suspected arson attack, firefighters say.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said a crew from Ashburton station was sent to a report of a car on fire near the village of Woodland near Ashburton at about 02:10.

    The vehicle was was severely damaged and police were informed "as the fire is believed to have been started deliberately", firefighters said.

  9. Council calls for M5 to be extended to Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    There are calls for the M5 to be extended another 40 miles to reach Plymouth.

    It currently finishes at Exeter, with the A38 then providing a dual carriageway route on to Plymouth.

    Plymouth City Council has voted to press the government to commission an appraisal so the cost and timescale can be established.

    Proposals for better rail links are already being considered.

    The council said a lack of connectivity by road prevented the Plymouth area playing its part in improving productivity and economic growth and that, at the moment, the city "cannot fulfil our potential".

    M5 motorway
  10. Farm uses new tech to store power from renewable energy

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A farm in Cornwall is using new technology to store much more of the renewable energy it produces from its solar panels.

    Storing energy from renewable sources is becoming much more important as the electricity grid moves away from its dependence on fossil fuels.

    The system being used near Wadebridge uses a liquid containing an element called vanadium which it is claimed will never degrade and can be used over and over again.

    Electric equipment
  11. Chiefs boosted by Cowan-Dickie return

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter head coach Ali Hepher says Luke Cowan-Dickie's return to the squad has been a welcome boost.

    The England hooker played for the first time in the Premiership this season when he came on as a replacement in the 31-17 win over Harlequins on Sunday.

    Luke Cowan-Dickie

    The 24-year-old Cornishman, who has played four times for England, has been missing since being injured in pre-season.

    "It's great to see him back, he's a real energy-setter, he's a tone-setter in training and the guys really respond to him," Hepher told BBC Radio Devon.

    "He'll definitely add a little bit and also then we're able to manage that group of players with all those hookers back."

  12. Penlee Point fall: Teen rescuer 'deserves praise'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 15-year-old boy who helped rescue a teenage girl after she fell 6m (20ft) on to rocks in Cornwall deserves praise, an RNLI crew member says.

    The 16-year-old girl is in hospital after falling at Penlee Point on Sunday afternoon. It's understood she hit rocks and ended up in shallow water, suffering head and hip injuries.

    She was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth after the boy, who saw her fall, raised the alarm before going into the sea to keep her above the water until help arrived.

    Police said her injuries were "not thought to be life-threatening".

    Penlee Inshore Lifeboat helmsman David Pascoe said: "I'd certainly heap praise on the lad, because he's only a teenager.

    "When something like that happens in front of you ... a lesser lad could turn his back and walk away."

  13. Union calls for ambulance chief to resign

    Members of the GMB union at the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST) have published an open letter calling for trust chief executive Ken Wenman to resign "in order to protect patients and staff".

    They accuse the ambulance trust of "failing to address major issues" and causing "general despair and frustration [for] staff working within a service and role they love".

    The letter also issues an apology to families, friends and the community, for failings in the service.

    GMB regional NHS campaign organiser Gary Palmer said: "The chief executive Mr Wenman has clearly not only lost touch or interest with his employees and the service, but has now also lost their respect as well."

    "It’s time for the chief executive to stand down and for any replacement to be clear on wanting to do more to protect and support the trust’s most valuable resource, its own staff."

    The trust has been contacted for comment.

    The trust covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

    Ambulances
  14. Tamar Bridge: Study 'to see if variable tolls worthwhile'

    Jenny Kumah

    Political reporter

    A study is needed to see if changing tolls for crossings across the Tamar Bridge is worthwhile and if such changes could persuade travellers to change habits, a senior Plymouth councillor says.

    Forecasters said the bridge was to run out of capacity in 10 to 15 years' time.

    Plymouth and Cornwall councils are looking at spending £20,000 on the study to see if offering lower charges for off-peak crossings could alleviate problems.

    Councillors are also considering starting a new park and ride bus service based in South East Cornwall.

    Patrick Nicholson, deputy leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "Tolls are in the bridge are actually regulated by Parliament, so there is no local discretion.

    "There is no profit element to the toll. We need to undertake this study to see if a variable tolling option is worthwhile."

    Plymouth City Council voted in favour of the study on Monday. Cornwall Council is due to vote on the study proposal tomorrow.

    Tamar Bridge
  15. Air ambulance called after toddler is injured by horse

    Devon Live

    The Devon Air Ambulance was called after a toddler was injured by a horse in Paignton on Sunday.

  16. Tisdale pleased despite Exeter loss

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he was "disappointed to lose, [but] delighted with the performance" after his side's 1-0 loss at Chesterfield.

    The Grecians dropped a place to fourth in League Two as they ended a three-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

    Paul Tisdale

    "The discipline, the positional play, the attitude of the players, the details were pretty good, not perfect, but pretty good," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

    "I have very little to moan about other than we conceded a goal from a set play and we didn't take our chances.

    "We showed we knew how to win, we just didn't finish things off and we conceded a corner which suddenly changed the game."

  17. Sheikh helps village buy ex-church to be village hall

    Cornwall Live

    Villagers in Godolphin Cross have bought their chapel and hall after a generous helping hand from the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.