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Amy Gladwell

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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 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.

  2. Dementia-friendly 'pub' set up at care home

    Heidi Davey

    BBC Spotlight

    Residents at a care home in Plymstock now have their own dementia friendly 'pub'.

    Staff at Selkirk House have transformed the lounge area complete with a jukebox, darts board and pool table to give the people who use it a boost, and remind them of pub trips when they were younger.

    'Bar' sign
    'Pub' at care home
  3. Weather: Blustery showers and gales possible

    BBC Weather

    There will be a mixture of clear spells and blustery showers tonight, with lower temperatures accentuated by continuing strong winds.

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).


    Tuesday will be a day of sunny spells and blustery showers, with the showers turning increasingly wintry, perhaps allowing a little snow over high ground. Remaining cold and very windy, with severe gales possible in places.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  4. Boats and car damaged at Appledore quay

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Police in north Devon say they are investigating a "spate of criminal damage" over the weekend at the quay at Appledore.

    Officers said they were looking at three incidents which occurred between 06:00 Friday and 10:00 Saturday.

    A hooker fishing vessel was damaged in the first incident "when an unknown offender cut safety lines and buoys".

    The second incident saw a different boat have "its back door ripped off and the deck slashed".

    A silver Peugeot 206 had its front tyres slashed in the third incident.

    The crimes were "believed to be linked" and police appealed for witnesses.

  5. No cut-off law 'plays part in water debt cases'

    BBC Inside Out

    Water companies not being able to cut off those behind in payments is partly why South West Water has had to instruct bailiffs to recover debts from thousands of customers, a charity says.

    The utility has used bailiffs in more than 3,400 cases in three years, but added it was working hard to help customers who were struggling to pay.

    Vanessa Handley, of Homemaker South West, said high bills also played a role in the situation.

    Taps. Pic: Getty Images
    Quote Message: We have the biggest charge in the country, but, equally, we have people down here that are relatively poor. When it comes to paying bills, very often water is the one that kind of falls off because you can't be cut off." from Vanessa Handley Homemaker South West
    Vanessa HandleyHomemaker South West

    There's more on BBC Inside Out South West on BBC One at 19:30.

  6. 'Danger to life' warning as storm set to hit

    Cornwall Live

    A severe weather warning has been issued for Cornwall this week with gale force winds strong enough to cause a 'danger to life' forecast.

  7. Joy to the world: Care residents finally have Christmas

    Victoria Graham

    BBC Spotlight

    Residents of a care home in Torquay have celebrated Christmas today after missing the real thing because of technical issues.

    The lift at Didsbury Court broke down just before the festive season, meaning many of the people living there were stuck in rooms on the second and third floors.

    They had a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and also swapped presents.

    Didsbury Court Christmas
  8. Travel: Tamar Bridge manhole cover repairs hit traffic

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, on the A38 Parkway heading towards Cornwall, there's very slow-moving traffic due to a lane closure on the Tamar Bridge for emergency repairs to a manhole cover.

    There are queues back to Manadon.

  9. Windows smashed in Dartmouth control tower

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Control tower. Pic: Dartmouth Police

    A control tower in Dartmouth has had its windows smashed, causing about £1,500 worth of damage, police say.

    Dartmouth Police said on Facebook that the structure, believed to have been built in the 1960s for Britannia Royal Navy College, was damaged overnight on Friday.

    No longer operational, the tower, beside a local indoor swimming pool, is treated as a local landmark.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

    Control tower. Pic: Dartmouth Police
  10. Carillion collapse: Analysis of effects in Devon and Cornwall

    Carys Edwards

    Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Carillion graphic

    The impact of the Carillion collapse will be felt across the South West.

    The company lies behind numerous construction and public services in the region.

    For example, six schools were rebuilt in Exeter by Carillion under a private finance initiative, although its maintenance work was later taken over by another company.

    As well as schools, other projects include the maintenance of prisons - Channings Wood near Newton Abbout, Dartmoor and Exeter - as well as providing infrastructure and housing services to the armed forces.

    And Carillion was behind the £27m Camborne to Redruth link road in Cornwall, as well as Hayle's North Quay redevelopment.

    The Devon and Cornwall Business Council estimates that up to 200 jobs are at risk in Devon and Cornwall from the collapse. However, the impact will also be felt in the supply chain and those affected by any bad debt of the company.

    Government minister David Lidington said all employees should keep coming to work and would continue to get paid. He added that staff that are engaged on public sector contracts "still have important work to do."

  11. Gas leak closes Torquay road

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A road in Torquay has been closed due to emergency gas repairs.

    Wales & West Utilities said Upton Road had been shut between Magdalene Road and Lymington Road for the work.

    It added: "This is a complex job, and we do not yet know how long our work will take to complete.

    "We appreciate that working on roads such as these is not ideal, but it is important that we fix this leak now, in order to continue to provide a safe and reliable supply of gas to homes and businesses."

  12. Weston's tribute to 'remarkable' Falklands surgeon

    BBC News UK

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    Video caption: Weston's tribute to 'remarkable' Falklands surgeon

    Falklands veteran Simon Weston has paid tribute to Capt Rick Jolly, who "changed the face" of field hospitals.

    Royal Navy medical officer Capt Jolly, from Torpoint, who saved the lives of hundreds of British and Argentine troops during the Falklands War, has died at the age of 71.

    Mr Weston, a former Welsh Guard who suffered horrific burn injuries when the Sir Galahad ship came under fire in 1982, said Capt Jolly did a "remarkable" thing and says he saved his life.

  13. Devon travel: Lane closed off A38 Plymouth Parkway

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, one lane is closed on the A38 Parkway slip road, heading between Marsh Mills and Forder Valley, due to an accident.

    Traffic is slow-moving on the embankment outbound due to the closure. Surrounding roads are also busy

  14. Where did it go wrong for Carillion?

    Dan Thomas

    Business reporter

    Construction giant Carillion is going into liquidation after its huge financial troubles finally overwhelmed it.

    The UK's second-largest construction company buckled under the weight of a whopping £1.5bn debt pile.

    Despite discussions between Carillion, its lenders and the government, no deal could be reached to save the company.

    Carillion van

    The big concern is over the disruption this might cause, given Carillion holds so many government contracts - from building hospitals to managing schools.

    It also employs about 20,000 people in the UK, including about 175 in Devon and Cornwall, and has more staff abroad.

    So how did the company get into such dire straits?

    We have a look here.

  15. Cat owner banned form having pets after abandoning pet

    Cornwall Live

    A woman from Cornwall has been banned from keeping animals for five years after repeatedly abandoning her cat and locking him in a toilet.

  16. Two Lithuanians face 'noxious substance weapon' charges

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Five Lithuanian men have appeared in court charged over an armed robbery in Truro last week.

    Tomas Bakierskis, 24, Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, Andrius Buinevicius, 41, Saulius Mickus, 28 and Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, all from Lithuania and with no address in the UK, appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court to face charges.

    They were all charged with robbery, conspiring to commit robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

    Truro robbery scene

    Tomas Bakierskis and Saulius Mickus were also both charged with having a weapon with intent to disperse a noxious substance. Mr Mickus also faces a further charge of having such a weapon on another day.

    The five were all remanded in custody and are due to appear at Truro Crown Court on 13 February.

    Independent jewellers Michael Spiers was raided on the morning on Wednesday 11 January. It has not been revealed what was stolen during the robbery.

  17. Devon travel: A30 lane blocked and wide load on B3193

    BBC Radio Devon

    • On the A30 around Whiddon Down, heading towards Okehampton, there are reports one lane is blocked due to an accident
    • In Teignmouth, the A381 Teignmouth Road is partially blocked near The Lea due to an accident
    • On the B3193 heading towards Dunsford, there are reports there are two wide loads so expect delays
  18. Five men in court over Truro jewellers armed robbery

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Five Lithuanian men have appeared in court charged in connection with an armed robbery in Truro.

    The men appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court, charged with robbery, conspiring to commit robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

    The men were:

    • Tomas Bakierskis, aged 24
    • Andrius Buinevicius, aged 41
    • Haroldas Ivanovas, aged 20
    • Saulius Mickus, aged 28
    • Rogertas Slekaitis, aged 25

    The men spoke only to confirm their names, ages, and to say they had no address in the UK. No pleas were entered.

    They were all remanded in custody and are due to appear at Truro Crown Court on 13 February.

    Michael Spiers Jewellers was raided on the morning on Wednesday 11 January.

    Michael Spiers Jewellers