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  1. Royal Clarence rebuild unanimously approved

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Rebuilding plans for the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter have been unanimously approved by city planners.

    The hotel, which is reputed to be the oldest in England, was destroyed by fire in October 2016.

    Royal Clarence Hotel

    The owner, Andrew Brownsword, says the plans will retain the frontage of the Grade 2 listed building, which faces onto Cathedral Green.

    They will also redesign the inside of the hotel and allow the adjoining Well House pub, which was also badly damaged, to be rebuilt.

    Exeter City Council planning officers recommended approval calling them a "welcome response" to the fire.

    Architect Martin Kirkpatrick told the meeting "the facade will be true to the original" and 98% of people at a public consultation event made positive comments.

    He said councillors approved the plans with a number of conditions after concerns were raised the roof would be higher resulting in light pollution or loss of views.

  2. 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 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.

  3. Weather: Few light showers, but some sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be largely cloudy tonight with light winds for most, and with a chance of a few light showers in the west and across the higher ground of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.

    Where the cloud does break, it will become cold with the risk of some patchy fog. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

    Weather map

    It will be a bright day with often large amounts of cloud, but also with a few sunny spells.

    There will be a few light showers through the day, these mainly in the west, with many places in the east staying largely dry. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

  4. £30,000 tractor stolen in Bovey Tracey

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A tractor worth £30,000 has been stolen from a farm in Bovey Tracey, Police have said.

    The red McCormick agricultural tractor was taken overnight between Thursday, 30 November, and Friday, 1 December.

    Police are appealing for information.

    Red tractor
  5. Plymouth railway murder: Man jailed for life

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man who stabbed another man to death on a train station concourse has been jailed for life.

    Wayne Fenton, 49, died in hospital following a stabbing attack at Plymouth railway station on 8 August.

    Jamie Skinner, 29, of Bodmin Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to murder at Plymouth Crown Court.

    Mr Kenton suffered "40 knife injuries" in total, the court heard.

    Skinner will serve a minimum of 22 years and six months.

    Jamie Skinner
  6. Top twitter cop in row again - this time over ambulance delay question

    BBC Radio Devon

    He's been in hot water before over his tweets and now Sgt Harry Tangye has done it again... with a tweet questioning the time ambulances take on 999 calls.


    The armed response officer's post came as South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said it was experiencing "electrical failure".

    It said: "Sgt Harry Tangye obviously hadn't heard we had a problem yesterday with our power supply."

    Mr Tangye, winner of the Police Twitter Awards in 2016, was unavailable for immediate comment.


    In August he sparked controversy after a tweet about drug addicts in which he said he was

    He later took down the tweet, saying: "It's too big a subject for 140 characters."

    He also came under fire online for tweeting a video of a police car driving at 140mph to a break in.

    Some people said the video should never have been tweeted but others said that police officers are highly trained and should not be told how to do their jobs.

  7. Library offers Christmas Day cheer... with mince pies!

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth's Central Library is opening on Christmas Day for people who would like some company.

    There will be free mince pies, tea and coffee, along with a festive film show and library computers for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family or friends.

    Mince pies

    "We know there are lots of people who may not have somewhere to go at Christmas," said Councillor Glenn Jordan, cabinet member for culture.

    "By opening the library on Christmas Day we are offering those who will be alone a safe and welcoming place to visit."

    The library on Armada Way will be open from 13:30 until 16:00 on Christmas Day.

  8. A very un-festive theft in St Austell

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A 3ft (91cm) light up Father Christmas and three decorative presents are among items reported stolen from a house in St Austell.

    Police are appealing for witnesses after the items were cut from their cables in a garden on Slades Road in the early hours of Sunday, 3 December.

  9. 'Tough choices' ahead of budget plans

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Changes to lifeguard cover, public toilets and parking charges are being considered as South Hams District Council prepares to set its budget for the next financial year.

    It says "tough choices" and "difficult decisions" will have to be made if the budget is going to balance, with a £4m reduction in grants from central government over the past 10 years.

    Bigbury beach, Devon

    Councillor Simon Wright, deputy leader of the council, said it now has to look closely at non-statutory services, which may include increasing charges and cutting services.

    "We consider cutting services the last resort and is not something we consider lightly, but we are running out of alternative options," he said.

    Final decisions on next year's budget will be made at a meeting of the full council in February.

  10. Devon travel update: Car in ditch

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A377 between Lapford Cross and Nymet Bridge a car has left the road and is in a ditch - drivers should approach the area with care.

  11. Radiotherapy could move from Cornwall to Plymouth

    Cornwall Live

    Cancer patients requiring radiotherapy treatment might have to go to Derriford in Plymouth as part of a move by NHS England to centralise services.

  12. Expenses complaint 'politically motivated' MP says

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer says he's confident an investigation into his expenses will be dismissed.

    Expenses claims by the Conservative member for Plymouth Moor View are being investigated by the compliance officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which was set up in 2010 after the expenses scandal.

    Johnny Mercer

    Mr Mercer said in a statement: "I am happy to comply with yet another investigation as a result of yet another politically motivated complaint against my office.

    "As with the previous complaints, I am confident this one will be dismissed as well and I can say now that I am unaware of any wrongdoing.

    "Both I and my office are working with IPSA to speed up this process and to bring this to a swift and satisfactory conclusion."

  13. Floating car sparks major 999 rescue

    Cornwall Live

    Coastguards, police, a lifeboat and fire engines were all called out after a report of a car in a Cornish creek - only for them to discover it was an amphibious vehicle.

  14. Devon travel update: Crash near Great Torrington

    BBC Radio Devon

    There are reports of a collision between Great Torrington and Beaford on the A3124 between the A386 and Green Lane.

  15. Cornwall travel update

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Slow-moving traffic on the A30 eastbound at Launceston, as a result of an accident just before the Hicks Mill turn-off.