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Summary

  1. Police and Crime Commissioner's stalker ex is sentenced
  2. Man, 73, arrested in Bideford under Explosives Act
  3. Man treated for smoke inhalation after St Ives flat fire
  4. Pupils sent home amid 'norovirus' outbreak
  5. Wasting 9ft tuna is 'madness'
  6. Torquay United appoint Johnson as boss
  7. Prince Harry to meet Devon's Royal Marine recruits
  8. Newlyn toilet block sold at auction for £73,000
  9. Updates from Thursday 13 September

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  1. Devon and Cornwall police complaints increase

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police

    Devon and Cornwall Police received a total of 1,216 complaints in the last year, an increase of two per cent.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said in a report that a total of 31,671 complaints were recorded by forces in England and Wales in 2017-18.

    The report ranked Devon and Cornwall Police as among the top ten most complained about forces.

    Devon and Cornwall Police took, on average, 200 working days to locally investigate an allegation, compared to 173 nationally.

    Regional director Catrin Evans said: “More important than the overall numbers, is the opportunity for forces to learn from the complaints they receive.

    “Police forces in the South West know how important it is to listen and act so that improvements are made to the way they handle complaints.”

    Devon and Cornwall Police is yet to respond.

  2. Body-worn camera trial starts at Torbay Council

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A trial that involves council workers using body-worn cameras has started in Torbay.

    Staff that are often lone workers, like parking enforcement officers and dog wardens, are all taking part.

    Councillor Robert Excel, Executive Lead for Community Services, said the council had seen "an increase in violence and aggression" towards some staff which is "not acceptable".

    body cam
    Image caption: Some police officers across the country already wear body cameras on duty

    "These types of cameras not only deter this type of behaviour towards officers but it also provides a clear record if criminal or civil proceedings need to take place," he said.

    Footage from the cameras will be stored on secure databases and automatically deleted after 31 days if there is no request to use the footage due to criminal proceedings.

    Local people are being asked to share their views on the trial here.

  3. Abusive boyfriend jailed for gouging eye attack

    An abusive boyfriend has been jailed for a drunken eye gouging attack on his partner.

    Christopher Cozens, 37, of Totnes Road, Paignton dug his thumbs into the eyes of his victim during a violent hour-long argument.

    He punched her in the face, smashed a picture frame over her head and beat her as she lay helpless on the floor.

    Neighbours called the police shortly after midnight on 26 June this year after hearing the attack, Exeter Crown Court was told.

    Cozens was jailed for two years and nine months after admitting causing actual bodily harm and possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch.

  4. Prince Harry offers support to marines on Devon visit

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Royal Marines with Prince Harry

    The Duke of Sussex has told young Royal Marine recruits at a Devon base they face "blood, sweat and tears" in the months ahead but are in one of the world's best jobs.

    Prince Harry's pep talk to the young men came as he visited the Royal Marines' main training base in Lympstone for the first time as the outfit's Captain General.

    He watched recruits being put through their paces on a rope course above a freezing tank of water, and saw a number haul themselves out dripping after falling in.

    Royal Marines with Prince Harry

    Speaking to another group who are a fortnight into 32 weeks of training to earn the coveted green beret, the duke quipped: "Are you all a bit like rabbits in the headlights? You're going to need each other, that's for sure."

    Harry, a former Army captain who served in the forces for 10 years, added: "It's going to be blood, sweat and tears.

    "It is without doubt probably one of the best professions you can ever be involved with. You guys are in one of the top jobs, you get to be a marine and get to do everything that comes along with it."

  5. Business council 'worried' European grant won't be spent

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The people in charge of giving out European grants across the South West have not yet managed to find takers for around £330m worth of available funding.

    In the past, European grant schemes have funded major improvements across the region.

    It's thought the prospect of Brexit is leading potential grant applicants to assume there's no longer any point in coming forward.

    There's a risk that unless suitable grant applicants can be found soon, some of the money will be sent to other parts of Britain or even go back to Brussels.

    Robin Daniels from the South West Business Council is worried a significant proportion of the money won't be spent in the region...

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    Video caption: In the past, European grant schemes have funded major improvements across the region
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J31 for A38 and J30 for Sidmouth Road J30 Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J31, A38 (Exminster) and J30, Sidmouth (Exeter), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Newquay's search and rescue recorded as busiest in the UK

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Newquay search and rescue helicopter

    Newquay's search and rescue helicopter was the busiest in the UK at the start of the summer.

    Figures published by the Maritime and Coastguard agency revealed it was the busiest out of the ten bases throughout May and June.

    Crew from the Newquay base, which opened in January 2016, attended 104 call-outs over the two-months.

    Mark Coupland, chief pilot at Newquay, said even when they're not on active duty the team "practice to keep their skills up to a high level."

    Quote Message: We've got an allocated number of training hours per month so that when we're not actually doing the job we'll go out and practice the various techniques that we might need. We have to do 12-hours in the simulator every six months which tests us for all the different emergencies we might come across." from Mark Coupland chief pilot
    Mark Couplandchief pilot
  8. South West fishing boats fitted with monitoring equipment

    BBC Radio Devon

    Small fishing boats have been fitted with monitoring technology so authorities know where and when they're fishing.

    Eighty-four boats across the South West have been equipped with the monitors.

    Until recently only the larger boats had to report where they were.

    Devon has 15 protected areas where the trawlers can't go and 42% of the south coast is protected for conservation value.

    If the vessels enter the protected areas the monitors allow the authorities to review their activity and "react accordingly".

    Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority says it will enable their "ability to monitor positions of vessels at the frequency of 10 minutes or less."

    The authority is the first in the UK to use the technology which tells them the name of the boat, it's exact position and where the vessel has been in the last three days.

  9. Newlyn toilet block sold at auction for £73,000

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A block of former toilets in Newlyn has been sold at auction for £73,000.

    The loos, on Fore Street, had an original guide price of £15,000.

    Auctioneers said there had been "a lot of interest" in the building which is metres from the harbour.

    toilet block
  10. Crowds gather to watch Antiques Road filming in Devon

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Crowds have gathered at Buckfast Abbey to watch the Antiques Roadshow being filmed.

    The presenter of the BBC programme, Fiona Bruce, is also at the venue meeting those who have brought their cherished objects along.

    Entry closes at 17:00.

    Buckfast Abbey crowds
    Fiona Bruce
  11. Double fatal across the border

    Two people have died and "a number of seriously injured people" have been taken to hospital after a crash on the M5 in Somerset.

    Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway of the motorway, about a mile north of Taunton.

    The motorway remains closed in both directions between junctions 24, at Huntworth, and 25, for Taunton.

    Nearby roads are reported as very congested and drivers are being advised to avoid the area if possible.

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    Video caption: The M5 in Somerset is closed following a crash involving two lorries and several cars.