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Summary

  1. Woman, 72, dies in house fire
  2. Ambulances wait outside Royal Cornwall Hospital on Wednesday evening
  3. Building's roof stripped after fire
  4. South West hospitals make £7.5m from parking charges
  5. Newquay man's 'Christmas saved' after train cancellation
  6. Devon village wins broadband battle
  7. Updates on Thursday 28 December 2017

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  2. Titanic exhibition busks lifeboat replica build

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Titanic lifeboat replica

    A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth due to open next year will explore the myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

    It will feature a replica lifeboat currently under construction at the museum.

    The 30ft (9m) vessel will be the centrepiece of the display which aims to debunk some of the myths surrounding the sinking in 1912, as well as telling the story of Cornish people on board the liner.

    Boatbuilders said they had a slightly difficult task because they could find no original plans for the lifeboats.

    Lead boatbuilder Andrew Nancarrow said: "We dug around quite a lot and could not find any drawings of the actual lifeboats that were built in Harland and Wolff [shipyard in Belfast].

    "But we've found pictures of the lifeboat shed in Harland and Wolff, and there were some lifeboats being built on stocks in those."

    The project is also making use of other photographs and plans for similar lifeboats of the time.

    Titanic lifeboat plans
  3. Hunt for missing man from Cranbrook

    James Miles

    Police in east Devon are searching for a man who has gone missing in Cranbrook.

    Officers said they were concerned for the welfare of 32-year-old James Miles.

    He is described as white, 6ft 1in tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair.

    He was last seen wearing a grey thigh-length Craghoppers waterproof coat, dark green sweatshirt with DC logo, grey skinny jeans, and a pair of navy blue Etnies deck shoes.

  4. Devon travel: A35 Honiton partially blocked

    BBC Radio Devon

    At Honiton, the A35 is partially blocked near the A30 due to a broken-down vehicle.

  5. Weather: Rain overnight, brighter spells on Friday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Cloud and outbreaks of rain spreading from the west through the evening.

    This will turn persistent and perhaps heavy at times, perhaps a little lighter in the west by dawn.

    Winds will strengthen from the south west. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

    Weather

    Rain will clear through Friday morning, giving way to intermittent heavy showers. Windy throughout with gales, perhaps severe along the coast.

    Some drier and brighter spells are likely into the afternoon as the showers ease.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  6. Un-gritted roads 'getting very icy'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Roads off the gritting network in Devon are getting very icy as evening temperatures drop, county highways bosses say.

    Devon Highways' warning on Twitter comes after it said emergency services were dealing with a accident near Northcote Hill, Honiton.

    Officials said: "Avoid or take extreme care on roads off the A and B network."

  7. South Western Railway to run 75% of trains during New Year's Eve RMT strikes

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    South Western Railway will run 75% of its trains during New Year's Eve RMT strikes

    During the previous strike it managed 60%, so this will be an increase.

    It will include services from Salisbury to Exeter, which did not run last time.

    There will be no trains between Southampton and Salisbury, nor on the line through Camberley, or on the Isle of Wight.

    Continuing Network Rail engineering work means there were already no trains between Southampton Central and Eastleigh or between Southampton Central and Fareham.

    Shuttle services will run between Southampton and Poole, with buses replacing trains from Poole to Weymouth.

  8. Devon travel: Accident In Barnstaple

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Barnstaple, on Belle Meadow Road, at Summerland Street, there's slow traffic due to an accident.

  9. North Devon Police search for missing teenager

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Police in north Devon are searching for a missing teenager.

    Officers said 15-year-old Zennon Faulder, from Bideford, was last seen at 06:30 and they had "concerns for his welfare".

    He was described as white, about 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with brown hair in an uneven cut, and possibly wearing a blue Manchester City coat.

  10. Cornwall travel: A38 Glynn Valley partially blocked

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The A38 in the Glynn Valley is partially blocked and there's heavy traffic due to a broken-down vehicle before Drift Lane.

  11. GPs deal with 1,350 Christmas repeat prescriptions

    BBC Radio Devon

    It's emerged that out-of-hours GPs were called out to about 1,350 Devon patients who had run out of their medicines over the Christmas weekend and bank holidays.

    Doctors are urging people to think ahead and to pick up their repeat prescriptions before the new year bank holiday.

    They said out-of-hours doctors were already working flat out to see patients with urgent health issues and they didn't want to waste precious time writing repeat prescriptions.

    Doctor writing prescriptions
  12. Titanic exhibition 'looks at story's commercialisation'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Titanic in newspaper. Pic: Getty Images

    A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth next year will explore the myths surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

    It'll look at questions such as did the band play on to the very end, and were third class passengers denied places on lifeboats.

    The centre piece of the new 2018 display will be a replica lifeboat currently under construction at the museum.

    However, museum director Richard Doughty added that they were also trying to take a fresh look at the story.

    He said: "A lot of the stories are about about the ship or the actual tragedy. We're also picking that story up and looking at how the Titanic has been commercialised over time."

  13. BreakingWoman, 72, dies after South Molton house fire

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A 72-year-old woman has died after a house fire in north Devon, police say.

    Firefighters were called to the two-storey property in Queens Nympton, in the South Molton area, at about 08:05 after several emergency calls.

    The blaze broke out in the upstairs area of the property and firefighters found the body of a woman inside the premises a short time later.

    Her next of kin had been informed and the cause of the fire was being investigated, but it was not believed to be suspicious, officers said.

  14. Driver 'safe' after A38 car fire

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    Fire crews said the vehicle was "totally destroyed" after it caught alight on the Westover to Wrangaton section of the A38, near Ivybridge, at about 12:40.

  15. Cornish MPs join campaign to build new £120m royal yacht

    Cornwall Live

    Three Cornish MPs are helping lead the campaign to build a £120m new royal yacht.

    Sheryll Murray, Steve Double and Scott Mann have signed up to MP Craig Mackinlay's plans for a new ship.

  16. Car 'totally destroyed' in A38 fire

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A car has been destroyed by fire after it caught alight on the A38 in Devon, emergency services say.

    Firefighters said were called to the scene on the Westover to Wrangaton section of the dual carriageway, near Ivybridge, at about 12:40 after "numerous calls".

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the car was "extinguished but was totally destroyed".

    Police were also called to the scene.