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By Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday 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. Free parking days to 'give boost' to retailers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Free parking days across Cornwall in the run up to Christmas are being welcomed by retailers and local politicians.

    The charge-free days start this weekend in towns across Cornwall with Redruth among them.

    The town's mayor, Henry Biscoe, said being able to park in market towns was "key" to their regeneration.

    "It's something that's going to be a great boost for all the retailers," he added.

  3. Two Devon care homes rated 'inadequate' by commission

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Two care homes in Devon have been found to be "inadequate" and placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    The CQC said they inspected Georgian House in Torquay and Prestbury Court Residential Home in Newton Abbot in August, following concerns.

    At Georgian House inspectors found residents were "not always protected from the risk of abuse".

    The commission said they identified "incidents of alleged abuse" which went unreported to the local authority, including residents hitting one another.

    At Prestbury Court inspectors expressed concern there was no registered manager for the site, and said the provider "had not taken sufficient action to ensure people received safe and high quality care from well trained and competent staff".

    A spokesman for Georgian House said it was "working closely with the CQC and the local Torbay Quality Team to ensure that improvements are made going forward".

    The spokesman said the company had taken on a "new management team" with "a wealth of knowledge and experience in the social care sector".

    He added: "We previously had a rating of ‘Good’, and continually strive to make improvements at Georgian House."

    Prestbury Court has been approached for comment.

  4. Showers to ease, with temperatures dropping

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Any showers should ease away westwards during the first half of the night.

    It will be cold and clear, with temperatures soon falling below freezing.

    A widespread sharp frost is then expected to develop by dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)


    Looking ahead to Friday, a frosty start is expected, with a largely sunny morning following.

    Whilst it will be less windy than on Thursday, it will remain cold.

    Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F)

  5. Pub landlord offers to pay customers parking

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Penzance pub landlord has said the cost of parking in the area is "wrong", and has previously offered to pay the cost of parking tickets for his customers.

    Mark George from the Yacht Inn on Penzance Promenade says he thinks it is wrong people should pay £2.50 whether they park for 10 minutes or 24 hours in the St Anthony's car park.

    He said until quite recently there was much cheaper short stay parking.

    It comes as many town centres in the county - including Penzance - are introducing free parking days in the run up to Christmas.

    Mr George said the charge is putting people off.

    parking meter
    Quote Message: If people want to come into, not just my place but other places around here, and have a cup of coffee the coffee costs £1.85 and the parking is £2.50." from Mark George
    Mark George
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A381 Devon both ways severe accident, between Ashleigh Road and B3197.

    A381 Devon - A381 West Alvington Hill in West Alvington blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Ashleigh Road junction and Langworthy's Barn Junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  7. Millions invested to tackle fuel poverty in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Millions are being invested to tackle fuel poverty in Cornwall.

    Cornwall council say the county is one of the 10 worst in England for fuel poverty, affecting an estimated 36,000 homes.

    The Warm and Well Cornwall fund of £8m will provide about 1,000 homes with central heating, and target those with underlying health issues.

    Jenny from west Cornwall, who wished to remain anonymous, says she struggles with her household bills because of the cost of fuel.

    Quote Message: Some bills have had to go unpaid, so I've been having to make a very difficult choice, week by week, as to what gets paid first and what's more important. Mortgage, food and heating, those are the three main things, everything else has to wait." from Jenny

    Cornwall Council Deputy Leader Julian German said: “Part of this funding is also because of our devolution work. New ways of delivering insulation improvements to Cornish homes agreed with the Government means we have more control over the decisions on which homes can receive this support.

    He added: "This will make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of people currently living in cold and damp homes."

  8. Free flood warnings for Devon and Cornwall residents

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Environment Agency has said it will be registering Devon and Cornwall residents on the O2 mobile network for free flood warnings.

    The agency said people should expect a message next week to confirm they had been registered automatically.


    The message will include the option to opt out of the service, and instructions on what to do if you receive a flood warning, the agency said.

    Spokesman Ben Johnstone said the service could give people "crucial time to prepare" in the event of a flood.

    He said: "If you get the text, it is because you live in an area at risk of flooding, so we would urge people to stay registered to the service."

    The agency said the move is part of an initiative to register thousands of people across England, and had plans to add customers on the Vodaphone and Three network "in due course".

    You can read the government's free flood guide here.

  9. Man who attacked wife remains councillor 'until convicted'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Douglas Hellier-Laing

    A Conservative councillor from Devon who admitted to attacking his wife in court will remain in office until he is convicted, the local authority has said.

    Teignbridge District Council said councillor Douglas Hellier-Laing, 67, who represents the Chudleigh ward, could only be disqualified if he was "convicted of a criminal offence and given a sentence of over three months, without the option of a fine".

    This is in line with the Local Government Act, the authority added.

    An elected member can also be disqualified if they fail to attend meetings for six months, according to the council, and councillors can choose to resign or step down at any time.

    A spokesman said: "As the matter is still before the court, Teignbridge is not in a position to comment further and will continue to act in accordance with the law."

  10. Widow 'still hopes' to get prosthetic limbs back

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman who had her prosthetic limbs stolen in London has said she still hopes to get them back.

    Victoria Milligan had part of her leg amputated after a boat crash in 2013 off Padstow, Cornwall.

    Three prosthetic limbs, including a specially designed running blade, were stolen whilst she was eating lunch at a restaurant in Chelsea.

    Thieves smashed a car window and grabbed her case containing the limbs.

    She said they would cost £30,000 to replace, a process which could take three months.

    Milligan family
    Image caption: The Milligan family (from left to right Emily, father Nick, mother Victoria, Olivia, Kit and Amber) were all thrown from the out-of-control speedboat
    Quote Message: I hope that once they opened it [the case] they would have abandoned them or taken them somewhere obvious, or informed someone. They don't realise how precious they are to me, and how difficult and time consuming they are to make." from Victoria Milligan
    Victoria Milligan
  11. Plans for Truro bridges put to the public

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Plans to make Truro a more cycle and pedestrian friendly city are being put to residents.

    The Truro Loops scheme has been put together by a team of architects and environmentalists.

    It could see two new bridges being built over the Truro River, with new cycling and pedestrian routes.

    David Pollard, who is coordinating the project, said traffic and a lack of foot and cycle paths has made the river difficult to navigate, and the project aims to make the city more "accessible".

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  12. Mine is 'biggest unexploded ordinance found in UK'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A World War Two mine found off the Cornish coast is thought to be "the biggest unexploded ordnance found in the UK", according to a historian.

    unexploded mine

    The explosive, believed to be a parachute mine, has been "made safe" by the Royal Navy off Maenporth Beach.

    It is thought to be about 9ft (2.7m) and contain around 700 kilos (110 stone) of explosives.

    Historian David Gibbins scuba-dived over the device two days ago and said it is now "unlikely to be dangerous".

  13. 'Bogus callers' target Teignbridge offering 'compensation'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Devon council is warning residents of a scam that has already cost one person £800.

    Teignbridge District Council said the scam involves insulation companies, with bogus callers, claiming to work for the council, contacting residents about shoddy cavity wall insulation.

    Scammers are offering to claim compensation from the companies, saying their work was not "up to standard".

    "In one instance a customer was charged £800 just for a survey before they could even proceed to making a claim.", the authority said.

    The council has advised residents not to give out personal details over the phone and said trading standards was involved.

  14. Threlkeld ready to return after injury

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle defender Oscar Threlkeld says he will not shy away of any challenges, despite only just returning from a broken leg.

    The 22-year-old was injured in a 50-50 challenge during an EFL Cup tie against Bristol City in August.

    He returned to action on Tuesday having missed 21 matches.

    Oscar Threlkeld

    "If it came up again I'd definitely go in full steam ahead, that's the sort of player I am, I'm not going to back out of anything," he told BBC Radio Devon.

    Threlkeld tried to return from his injury two months after it happened, but lasted just one half in the League One loss at home to Fleetwood.

    "The initial diagnosis was four to six weeks, but it took a lot longer than it should," added the former Bolton youngster.

    "That was down to the bone healing itself, you can't do anything about that, it's just the way it is.

  15. Boat crash widow 'devastated' after prosthetic legs stolen

    BBC London News

    A woman who lost her leg in a speedboat accident that killed her husband and daughter has had prosthetic limbs worth about £30,000 stolen in London.

    The prosthetics were taken as Victoria Milligan, 45, had lunch at Megan's restaurant on Kings Road, Chelsea.

    Ms Milligan lost her left leg below the knee in an accident in the Camel Estuary near Padstow in 2013.

    "I was left on the floor devastated and crying my eyes out when I found out," she told the BBC.

    prosthetic limbs
    Image caption: Among the prosthetic limbs stolen was her blade, used for running, as well as two lifelike limbs

    She said it could take three months and cost £30,000 to replace them.

    All six members of the Milligan family, from London, were thrown out of a boat during a holiday in Cornwall.

    Her husband Nick, 51, and eight-year-old daughter Emily suffered fatal injuries.

    Ms Milligan's son Kit, nine, required 12 operations to save his leg while 16-year-old Amber suffered wounds to her left thigh and hand.

    Her daughter Olivia, 14, was unhurt.

  16. The team travelling 175 miles to train

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Pirates could be the next big thing in British ice hockey - if they can find somewhere to play.

    Ice hockey has been played in Plymouth for many years, but the city's kidney-shaped ice rink does not lend itself to competitive ice hockey - so rather than wait for a planned new rink near Home Park the group of enthusiasts for the sport do a monthly 350-mile round trip to Gosport in Hampshire to train.

    "We meet up around six in the morning as a group and share rides up," said Peter Hooper, who helped start the team.

    "It's a good three-and-a-half hour trip, it's a bit of a slog and some of us are used to it, others aren't.

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    Video caption: Plymouth Pirates: Ice hockey team travelling 175 miles just to train

    "But it's one of those things - you get hooked and you'll travel to play."

    They plan to register with the English Ice Hockey Association and start playing 'home' games in Gosport.

    "The dream is to make Plymouth into a hockey town," said goalkeeper Damian Suparasiri.

    "We do have a thriving scene, it's just a lack of facilities. With a new rink it would open up new doors, we could even have a professional team.

    "The dream for the Pirates is to play in our home town in front of our home crowd and show them what we've got."

  17. World War Two bomb 'made safe'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A World War Two bomb found off the coast at Maenporth has been "made safe" by bomb disposal teams, and was thought to be inert.

    The device was found 2,600ft (800m) offshore by divers, the coastguard said.

    Experts say it is thought to be a parachute mine.

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