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Live Reporting

Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 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. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between A3075 and A3047 affecting B3284.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Chiverton Cross closed and queuing traffic westbound between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and Scorrier, because of an accident. Congestion to Perranporth Turn Off.

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

  3. Kingsbridge Community College quashes gun threat rumours

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A school has quashed rumours of a student planning to bring in a gun.


    Kingsbridge Community College was prompted to email parents in response to concerns about the threat.

    Vice principal Wendy Ohlson said in an email: "You may have heard through your child of a rumour among the student body that a student is planning to bring a gun into school on Friday.

    "Please be reassured that this has been fully investigated and we are confident that there is no substance to the rumour."

  4. Lorry tears hole in petrol station roof

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    This is the moment a lorry became wedged under the forecourt of a petrol station in Cornwall.

    Trapped Lorry in petrol station
    Lorry trapped in petrol station

    The Sparks Transport HGV became stuck at the Shell garage just off the A38 at Trerulefoot.

    Some of the pictures were posted on Facebook by Jason Jay.

    Trapped Lorry in petrol station

    With a visible hole torn in the roof of the forecourt and panels hanging from the sides, the aftermath didn't look too good either.

    Trapped lorry aftermath
  5. Housebuilder will abide by "stop notice"

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A national housebuilder which has been issued with a 28-day "temporary stop notice" by Plymouth City Council has said it will stop work at agreed times at weekends in line with planning permission.

    Persimmon Homes received what the council termed "a warning shot" following the firm's breach of agreed weekend working hours at its Saltram Meadow development on the former Plymstock Quarry site.

    The council said building work on the site has been continuing after 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, in contravention of the hours agreed under the terms of the developer's planning permission.

    According to the council it has happened on at least two weekends and possibly other occasions and despite being contacted about the breach, Persimmon Homes has failed to take steps to stop this activity.

    Persimmon Homes site

    Daniel Heathcote, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: "We have put the necessary processes in place and advised our contractors of the permitted development times as set out by the planning permission.

    “The stop notice does not mean we have to halt construction at Saltram Meadow. It simply means we must cease work after 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, which we will do."

  6. Man rescued by neighbour woke to house "full of smoke"

    BBC Radio Devon

    Melvyn Britton with dog

    A Devon man has been rescued from his burning home by a neighbour, after waking to a house "full of smoke".

    Melvyn Britton of Kentisbeare near Cullompton said: "Well I suppose I dozed off, and then I woke up at about quarter past 11 and it was full of smoke."

    Despite his first thought "being for the dog", he called his neighbour John Snell who swiftly came to the rescue.

    Mr Snell said: "I saw him at the window, phoned the fire brigade, then got the ladder up and got him out of the window and guided him down."

    Fire crews were called to the house in Broad Road just after 23:00 on Wednesday to reports of a fire in the living room and a man trapped upstairs.

    Fire crews broke down the front door and rescued Mr Britton's dog.

    The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

  7. £20,000 of meat stolen from lorry

    Meat worth an estimated £20,000 has been stolen from a lorry in Cornwall.

    The meat was taken from a lorry belonging to M&W Wholesale Meat on the Windmill Trading Estate in Fowey at some point between 19:00 on Wednesday and 05:00 on Thursday.

    Police are asking with any information to get in touch on 101.

  8. Two ice cream kiosks on Teignmouth Seafront burgled

    Devon Live

    Police are appealing after both the ice cream kiosks on Teignmouth Seafront were broken into.

    The two kiosks, at either end of the promenade, were both broken into overnight on December 13.

  9. Planners approve Home Park development

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Plans to redevelop Plymouth Argyle's Home Park have unanimously been approved by Plymouth City Council.

    The club's owner, James Brent, wants to redevelop and extend the 65-year-old grandstand and build a hotel and ice rink.

    Home Park plans

    Some fans had claimed the money could have been used to boost Argyle's playing squad of players, but Mr Brent told planners the proposals were "first and foremost about Plymouth Argyle Football Club".

  10. Hail storms prompt driver warning in Cornwall

    Police are warning drivers to take extra care on the road after a series of incidents in Cornwall following heavy hail storms.

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  11. Travel update for Cornwall: Hazardous weather conditions

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • Reports of a car on its roof between Helston and Four Lanes on the B3297 between Carthew Lane (Burras) and Loscombe Lane (Four Lanes), with ice and slush causing problems
    • Near Liskeard, there are reports of a car partially blocking the A390 near the Boconnoc Estate
  12. Windy with blustery showers

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will continue with sunny spells and frequent, blustery showers - sometimes mixed with sleet and hail and even some snow falling over moors and high ground.

    Windy, with gales around exposed coasts and hills, but with the wind easing in the east later and a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

    Weather map

    Showers will continue through the night, some wintry, especially over the hills. Gales will affect exposed headlands at first with lighter winds further east.

    Turning frosty with icy patches and a minimum temperature of 3C (37 F).

  13. Housebuilder ordered to stop development

    A national housebuilder has been ordered to stop construction on one of its developments at certain times at the weekend.

    Plymouth City Council has issued a 28-day "temporary stop notice" to Persimmon Homes because it's breached weekend working hours at its Saltram Meadow development on the former Plymstock Quarry site.

    Saltram Meadow development, Plymstock

    The council said building work on the site has been continuing after 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, in contravention of the hours agreed under the terms of the developer's planning permission.

    It has happened on at least two weekends and possibly other occasions and despite being contacted about the breach, Persimmon Homes has failed to take steps to stop this activity, according to the council.

    Persimmon Homes logo

    If the company fails to comply with the notice, it could face prosecution.

    "Planning conditions are there for a reason and contractors and developers need to take into account the needs of their neighbours when carrying out work," Councillor Patrick Nicholson, cabinet member for planning said.

    "People have a right to enjoy some peace and quiet at the weekend."

    The firm is yet to comment.

  14. Concerns grow for missing 15-year-old Daniel

    Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 15-year-old boy who's been missing since early Wednesday morning.

    Daniel Chambers from Tipton St John, in Sidmouth, was last seen at his home by his parents at about 07:30.

    Daniel Chambers

    He usually catches the bus to school from the Golden Lion in Tipston St John at 08:15, but was not seen getting on to the bus.

    Daniel, who likes to visit Sidmouth and Beer, is described as clean shaven, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair.

    He's thought to be wearing dark-coloured chinos, black suede shoes, a grey hooded top, dark bomber jacket and carrying a black rucksack with a green coloured DC Logo.

    Anyone who's seen Daniel or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

  15. One vehicle seized in off-road crackdown

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A police crackdown on off-roading in Cornwall has led to the seizure of one vehicle.

    Operation Blueranger covered off-road paths from the United Downs area to the rural communities around Truro and Camborne, following complaints from members of the public about the illegal use of off-road vehicles in the area.

    The operation on Sunday 3 December involved Devon and Cornwall Police, Dorset Police Alliance Roads Policing Team and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

    Officers also spent time educating off-road bikers.

    PC Ashley Fuller said: “We hope this operation sends out the message to local communities that their concerns about this problem are being taken seriously, we are listening, and that we are working at targeting the problem where possible.”

    Police off-roading crackdown
  16. Man shot by police in Devon town

    A man has been shot by armed police in the South Hams.

    It happened in Barnfield Walk, Kingsbridge, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    The 32-year-old man has been arrested and is receiving treatment for minor injuries.

    Police said: "Officers attended the scene and a baton gun, also known as an Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) was discharged."

    An AEP is a firearm designed to deliver a high amount of energy, while reducing the potential for life-threatening injury.

    Police were called to the town after reports of a concern of welfare.

  17. False alarm at Cornwall youth club

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews were called to a youth club in Cornwall after an automatic fire alarm went off.

    It sounded just before midnight on Wednesday in Treyarnon, but after checking the scene, fire crews found no blaze.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Automatic fire alarms can be set off for a number of reasons, from burning toast, to steam, to an electrical fault. It's best to be careful".

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  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 and J29 for A30 Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  19. Mutley assault: Appeal to trace silver Astra

    Police have issued an urgent appeal for "vital information" to help them find three men who assaulted a security guard with a metal bar as he filled up a cash machine outside a Plymouth supermarket on Wednesday morning.

    Officers want to trace a silver Vauxhall Astra, registration S758 LOD, which may have a missing hubcap from the front wheel on the driver's side.

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  20. 'Weaving' Dutch lorry driver on mobile phone

    Devon Live

    A Dutch lorry driver spotted "weaving around" on a major Devon road had been "thumbing through his mobile phone for several miles", according to police in Barnstaple.