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Summary

  1. Eight injured in 'deliberate' hotel fire in North Devon
  2. Teenager due in court over Truro stabbing
  3. Arrest after two knifepoint robbery attempts outside shop
  4. Businessman 'horrified' at sexual offence allegations
  5. Gas leak in Ivybridge
  6. Man cautioned after school run mums block 'thieves'
  7. Call for prison for men and women to be built in Cornwall
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 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. Model and ex-singer lied after doing 82mph on 70mph road

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A model and former singer who claimed someone she never met was driving when she was speeding was caught doing 82mph on the A30 near Launceston, a court heard.

    Hannah Lewis was given a suspended jail sentence at Truro Crown Court after earlier admitting perverting the course of justice.

    When she received notice of the offence in the post, she nominated a woman she had never met who lived in Nottingham, and also gave a false address for her, the court heard.

    The woman only learned of it after a letter was sent to her actual address in Kent, at which point she contacted police.

    Pop! Pic: Getty Images
    Image caption: Hannah Lewis (second left) was previously in a band called Pop!

    Lewis continued to deny her involvement, but police used phone records to prove she was at the scene of the offence in February 2016.

    Lewis, 38, from Ascot, Berkshire, was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £500 compensation to the woman she falsely named as the driver.

    Sentencing, Judge Simon Carr said that Lewis had "attempted to frame somebody entirely innocent".

    He added: "You then attempted to lie your way out of it."

    Lewis, was in a group called Pop! (pictured) which had three top 40 hits in 2004 and 2005.

  3. Breakdancing breaking down barriers

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: Bringing disabled and able-bodied people together

    Young adults with disabilities are being encouraged to socialise with their able-bodied peers.

    The Pelican Project in Exeter was set up to help young disabled people feel less isolated after they leave full-time education.

    It uses the arts to bring disabled people together with others to collaborate and create works of art.

  4. Air passenger duty 'may be cut to support small airports'

    BBC Politics

    The government says it may look at cutting air passenger duty (APD) after Brexit to support smaller airports such as Newquay.

    It follows a question in the Commons from the Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, where he pointed that out that many flights from such airports were internal domestic trips, which meant people paid APD "on both legs of their journey".

    Treasury Minister Mel Stride said he thought it was an "interesting idea" that the government could revisit if Brexit agreements with the EU allowed it to happen.

    Newquay Airport
  5. Mail Online to pay damages to teacher over Hopkins column

    The Guardian

    Mail Online, the sister website of the Daily Mail, has apologised and agreed to pay "substantial damages" to a teacher whom the Exeter-based columnist Katie Hopkins falsely accused of taking her class to a Donald Trump protest in Westminster.

  6. Rescued seal pups tagged before return to sea

    Three seal pups released back into the wild in Dorset after being found rescued have been photographed and tagged to allow the county wildlife trust to record future sightings.

    The common seals - Kit, Enzo and Dodge - were cared for at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset, before being returned to the sea in Poole.

    Seal pup. Pic: Julie Hatcher

    Two, named Enzo and Dodge, were rescued from Portland Harbour in August, while the third, Kit, was found across the border in south Devon.

    All three were found severely underweight and had to learn to feed themselves and reach a weight of 35kg before being returned to the sea.

    Volunteer marine warden Sarah Hodgson said: "Releasing the seals back into the wild all looking happy and healthy was a special moment.

    "Being highly mobile animals, we don't know if they will choose to stay in Poole Harbour with the other resident seals, so it will be interesting to monitor their progress."

  7. Inside a police helicopter: Enough room to stretch(er) out

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    Exeter is one of 15 National Police Air Service bases providing air support to England and Wales' 43 police forces.

  8. Prank phone warning after 'I'm dead' caller

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Police in Ivybridge have warned against people making prank phone calls to emergency services after a female kept saying: "I'm dead".

    Officers said on Facebook that the ambulance service had told them that on Sunday they received "multiple calls" from phone kiosks in Harford Road by a female caller.

    They said: "We deployed a unit to the area to search all the kiosks but no one was located. We then advised ambulance who stood down.

    "Clearly this was prank calls. More importantly, this wasted police time and ambulance time. Both services are hugely busy and really don’t need to be attending prank calls."

  9. Weather: Staying clear but also cold

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight will see clear periods and will become dry for many, as showers clear away to the west. But there will still be a cold breeze, and a frost forming widely inland.

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will see frost at first, then dry and sunny but cold. However, showers will continue to affect west Cornwall, occasionally heavy with a risk of hail.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

  10. Charles Howeson 'would not have risked work', trial told

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Charles Howeson

    A prominent Plymouth businessman accused of historic sexual offences "would not have risked all that he worked for" by carrying out such acts, his defence barrister has told a court.

    Sixty-eight-year-old former Royal Navy officer Charles Howeson denies 12 charges involving males dating from 1985 to 1994.

    As he opened the defence's case at the trial in Bristol Crown Court, Daniel Janner QC said his client was a man of "great integrity, charm and popularity". He also recited a long list of appointments both in the public and private sector which Mr Howeson had taken up.

    These included a chairmanship of First Great Western, regional chairman of Coutts Bank and chairman of the South West Strategic Health Authority.

    His wife of 39 years and other family are also due to give evidence, as will a number of character witnesses.

    The defence case is expected to run until the end of next week. The trial continues.

  11. A395 closed overnight after tanker overturns

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    The A395 in Cornwall will be closed overnight for resurfacing after a gas tanker overturned on it, police say.

    Emergency crews have been at the scene all day, between Kennards House and Pipers Pool, after being called after 09:00.

    Callington Police said on Facebook that road engineers would "need to re-surface the road before it can be re-opened".

    Officers added: "Please follow diversions, leave adequate extra time for your travels and take care."

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  12. Man jailed for slicing partner's fingers with kitchen knife

    A prodigious offender has been jailed for slicing his partner's hand with a kitchen knife.

    Colin Lowndes, 47, of no fixed address but currently residing at Exeter Prison, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

    Truro Crown Court heard how he had been drinking heavily for more than 24 hours when he demanded to see his partner's phone at a house in Hayle.

    When she refused, he followed her into the garden carrying a 5in (13cm) kitchen knife and pushed it against her side.

    Truro Crown Court

    To protect herself, she grabbed the blade and pulled it down, slicing three of her fingers that later needed 18 stitches.

    Judge Simon Carr said Lowndes had been before the court 36 times for 164 offences, most for dishonesty but some also for public order offences.

    He said: "Your abuse tends to be directed towards women."

    Judge Carr said the behaviour of Lowndes had rendered his partner homeless as she had to move to a protective shelter.

    He jailed Lowndes for 21 months.

  13. Gas leak road in Ivybridge reopens

    BBC Radio Devon

    A road in Ivybridge has reopened after a gas leak, police say.

    Harford Road was closed after emergency services were notified at about 15:00 of a truck crashing into a gas main.

    People were asked to avoid the Papermill area as a result.

    Police said on Facebook the road had reopened, adding: "Thank you for your patience and understanding."

  14. New £15,000 sports activity wall for Budleigh Salterton

    BBC Radio Devon

    A brand new £15,000 sports activity wall is now up and running in Budleigh Salterton.

    The wall, next to the football club on Greenway Lane, includes football goals, basketball and netball nets.

    The money has come from local housing developers and has been organised by the town council, along with East Devon District Council.

    Those behind the project said it aimed to encourage people in the community to get involved with playing sport and becoming more active.

  15. Football: Plymouth sign Mannion on emergency loan

    BBC Sport

    Will Mannion

    Will Mannion is set to become League One club Plymouth Argyle's sixth goalkeeper this season after signing on an emergency loan from Hull City.

    The 19-year-old is set to make his debut on Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy fixture against Yeovil Town.

    He will replace Norwich loanee Remi Matthews after he was injured against Portsmouth on Saturday.

    First-choice goalkeeper Luke McCormick, Kyle Letheren, Michael Cooper and Robbert te Loeke are all injured.

  16. Gas leak in Ivybridge

    BBC Radio Devon

    Ivybridge gas leak

    People are being asked to avoid the Papermill area of Ivybridge because of a gas leak.

    Emergency services were notified at about 15:00 to reports of a truck crashing into a gas main on Harford Road. Gas engineers and police are at the scene.

    Police said no evacuation of nearby properties was required as there was no immediate danger to the public, despite the crash happening close to Ivybridge Community College.

    Local officers said students would be diverted to leave the college another way, down Marshals Field.

  17. Charles Howeson says 'no truth' in sexual offence charges

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Charles Howeson

    The prominent Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson, who is accused of a series of historic sexual offences, has told a court these is no truth in the allegations.

    The 68-year-old former Royal Navy officer began giving evidence at his trial in Bristol Crown Court this afternoon and denies 12 charges dating from 1985 to 1994.

    When asked by his barrister, Daniel Janner QC, if he was "guilty of these offences", he replied: "No I am not."

    He was then asked if he was attracted to men or boys. He answered "no" on both counts, adding that the allegations had left him "hurt and appalled" and there was no truth in any them.

    Mr Howeson described a sailor who accused him of indecent assault whilst on board HMS Cleopatra in 1985 as a "thoroughly nice guy", but denied that he groped him.

  18. How to move a helicopter on the ground: Get it trollied!

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    Exeter is one of 15 National Police Air Service bases providing air support to England and Wales' 43 police forces.

  19. Project helps disabled socialise after leaving education

    BBC Spotlight

    Pelican Project

    A ground-breaking project in Exeter is using the arts to get young adults with additional needs socialising with their peers.

    The Pelican Project was set up by a teacher after he realised that young people with disabilities felt isolated once they left full-time education.

    Activities include break-dancing and drumming are helping bring people together

  20. Former pop star framed innocent driver for speeding on A30

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A model and former singer has been sentenced for falsely claiming somebody she had never met was driving at the time of a speeding offence.

    Hannah Lewis previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

    She had been caught speeding on the A30 near Launceston, an offence that would typically earn three penalty points.

    Hannah Lewis

    The woman who she nominated only found out about the deception when she received a letter telling her she had been convicted in her absence.

    Judge Simon Carr at Truro Crown Court said: "The circumstances are as mystifying as they are depressing."

    Lewis, 38, from Ascot in Berkshire, was in a music group called Pop! which had three top 40 hits in 2004 and 2005.