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Summary

  1. Axe-wielding robbers attack Devon post office
  2. Girl, 4, taken to hospital after being hit by car
  3. Gove opens multimillion-pound flood scheme
  4. 'White vans' caught travelling 'over 100mph'
  5. Poorly seals serenaded by flautist
  6. Nurse struck off for twerking comments
  7. Small fire at National Trust's Killerton House
  8. Day centre for adults with disabilities in Plymouth to close
  9. Devon council defends record on helping the homeless after claims it's not doing enough
  10. Torpoint council to discuss nuclear siren set off by accident
  11. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Hayley Westcott

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 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. Torbay nurse touched patient's bottom

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A nurse has been struck off for "sexually motivated conduct" towards a patient at Torbay hospital.

    Rodwell Ndoro was working at the hospital in March 2016, when he kissed the 29-year-old on the lips, as well as administering a suppository without her consent and inappropriately touching her lower back and bottom.

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) also found he had failed to declare a serious health condition to his employers for six years, and continued to work after being suspended.

    Torbay Hospital

    The victim told the NMC in her witness statement, that at one occasion she was "wiggling (her) bottom" as she was in a lot of pain. Mr Ndoro said: "If you could twerk, I'd take you to Zimbabwe with me."

    In response she said: "I can't twerk, I'm not a very good dancer."

    The NMC found the comments to be inappropriate and they crossed professional boundaries.

    A total of 17 charges were proved and Mr Ndoro has 28 days to appeal.

  3. CCTV footage of axe attack on post office

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    CCTV footage has emerged of the moment two men wielding axes robbed a Devon post office.

    Wearing balaclavas and boiler suits, the men entered the store in Whitchurch, Tavistock at about 18:00 on Wednesday, demanding money from the till.

    The owner of the post-office Martin Summers was punched in the face by one of the suspects, but was not injured.

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    Video caption: Two men in balaclavas and boiler suits held up the shop with axes.
  4. Nurse struck off for twerking comments

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A nurse has been struck off for "sexually motivated conduct" towards a patient, including telling her "if you could twerk, I'd take you to Zimbabwe".

    Rodwell Ndoro was working for the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust at the time.

    Torbay Hospital

    He also administered a suppository without the 29-year-old's consent, and kissed her on the lips on a ward at Torbay Hospital in March 2016.

    A professional misconduct panel found "serious breaches of trust" and that he "took advantage of her vulnerability".

  5. Howeson trial: Jury sent home for a fourth night

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The jury in the trial of Plymouth businessman and former naval officer, Charles Howeson, who is accused of sexual offences, has been sent home for a fourth night.

    Earlier the judge at Bristol Crown Court said he would accept majority verdicts on the charges the 68-year-old faces.

    Mr Howeson has denied 11 counts of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence against nine different men.

    The jury of six men and six women has been deliberating for almost 20 hours.

    The deliberations will continue in the morning.

    Charles Howeson

    Judge Mark Horton said the jury can either convict or acquit on any charges on which at least ten of them are agreed.

  6. Poorly seals serenaded by flautist

    Poorly seals have been serenaded by a classical flautist to help them relax.

    The casualties at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall, have been given a festive treat in the form of professional musician Claire Rowe.

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    Video caption: Seals serenaded by classical flautist in Cornwall
  7. Axe-wielding robbers caught on CCTV

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Axe-wielding robbers

    CCTV footage has emerged of the moment two men wielding axes robbed a Devon post office.

    Wearing balaclavas and boiler suits, the men entered the store in Whitchurch, Tavistock at about 18:00 on Wednesday, demanding money from the till.

    Unable to gain access to the tills, they instead made off with a bag containing damaged and foreign notes, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    A male member of staff was assaulted by one of the suspects but was not injured.

    One axe has since been found near the scene and seized by police.

    Axe-wielding robbers attack post office

    Police said the suspects were wearing distinctive blue boiler suits, yellow gloves and black masks.

    One man is described as being tall and of slim build and the second as tall and of stockier build. Witnesses said both men spoke with Liverpudlian accents.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police via 101.

  8. Fire caused by laundry over light fitting

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews were sent to a Devon house after a pile of laundry which had fallen onto a light fitting caused a small fire.

    The fire in Hawkchurch near Axminster was confirmed to be out by the time crews from Devon and Somerset Fire Service arrived at about 13:20.

    The fire service recommended caution and gave safety advice to ensure that a similar situation would not happen again.

  9. Cornwall travel: A393 blocked after crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Ponsanooth the A393 is blocked in both directions after a crash between two vehicles between Speech Lane and the Treluswell Roundabout.

  10. Devon travel: A379 lane blocked by broken-down vehicle

    BBC Radio Devon

    Near Exeter on the A379 between the Marsh Barton Roundabout and the A38, one lane is blocked by a broken-down vehicle.

  11. Police appeal after 'arson attack' at Cornish car port

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a car port was set on fire.

    It happened at The Green in St Austell, in a block of car ports, between 20:45 on Tuesday and 10:15 on Wednesday.

    Plastic was set alight and a wall has been damaged, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police via 101.

  12. Charles Howeson trial: Jury can return majority verdicts

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The jury in the trial of a prominent Plymouth businessman and former naval officer, who's accused of sexual offences, has been told it can return majority verdicts on the charges he faces.

    Sixty-eight-year-old Charles Howeson from Stonehouse in Plymouth has denied 11 counts of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence against nine different men.

    The jury of six men and six women has been deliberating for almost 18 hours.

    On Thursday, the judge Mark Horton told them they should try to reach verdicts on which they are all agreed, but they can either convict or acquit on any charges on which at least 10 of them are agreed.

    Mr Howeson is alleged to have indecently assaulted one man whilst second in command of HMS Cleopatra in 1985.

    Six of the alleged indecent assaults date from the early 1990s when Mr Howeson was executive director of the Plymouth Area Groundwork Trust Charity.

    Mr Howeson has pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges.

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    Charles Howeson
  13. Girl, 4, taken to hospital after being hit by car

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A four-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Plymouth, police have said.

    It happened on Efford Road at about 11:30.

    The girl was taken to the city's Derriford Hospital as a precaution, Devon and Cornwall Police added.

    Then road remains blocked between Old Laira Road and Higher Efford Road.

  14. Man jailed for drug offences

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has been jailed for a number of drug offences in Devon.

    Andrew Hodges, 46, of Brockhurst Park in Paignton was arrested in August 2016 as part of an ongoing police investigation into the supply of drugs in Devon.

    Hodges pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of class A and B drugs and also pleaded guilty to five counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs between August 2016 and January 2017 at Exeter Crown Court.

    He pleaded not guilty to three other similar offences.

    Hodges was sentenced to eight years and five months.

    Andrew Hodges
  15. Weather update: Remaining mild with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    The weather is looking a little brighter this afternoon with one or two sunny spells likely.

    It will also remain mild with light winds.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

    weather map
  16. Bus delays due to heavy traffic

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Heavy traffic on Devon's roads is causing delays to some bus services.

    Stagecoach is urging bus users to allow plenty of time for journeys.

    The areas affected are Exeter, Barnstaple, Plymouth and Torquay.

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  17. Barn blaze 'under control' in Ide

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    barn fire in Ide

    A barn blaze in a Devon village is now under control, a fire service has said.

    Four fire engines from Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the blaze in Ide, in which a barn containing 100 bales of hay and several tonnes of woodchipping was on fire.

    The service said: "Officers are now focussing on dampening down, which due to the amount of hay present and the possibility of it reigniting, may take some time."

    Three engines remain at the scene.

    Fire officers on site in Ide
  18. People urged to 'look after each other' this winter

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    People are being asked to look after each other - particularly the elderly and vulnerable - this winter.

    Torbay Council is supporting the Stay Well This Winter campaign, and recommends:

    • Houses are kept to at least 18C (65F) where possible
    • Neighbours ensure that the vulnerable are stocked with their prescriptions
    • All eligible persons receive a free flu vaccination

    Councillor Jackie Stockman, lead for health and eellbeing, said: “Older neighbours, relatives, friends and elderly members of the community are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help this winter.

    “It is important to keep in touch and check if they are feeling under the weather, help them stock up on food supplies and make sure they have their necessary medications before the Christmas holiday or a spell of bad weather begins.”