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  1. MP: Someone sent a dirty adult nappy to my wife

    Conservative MP and veterans minister Johnny Mercer says a dirty adult nappy was sent to his home, addressed to his wife.

    Speaking to 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake, Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, Johnny’s wife, said she washed her hands "until the soap ran out” after opening the “squidgy” package.

    Johnny said this level of abuse is why “far better people than me don’t get involved in politics”.

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    Video caption: Johnny Mercer MP says a dirty adult nappy was sent to his home, addressed to his wife.
  2. Fewer patients referred to Plymouth’s hospital specialists

    BBC Radio Devon

    Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is reporting a big drop in the number of patients being referred to its specialists.

    In October, there were more than 1,200 fewer referrals compared to the same month in 2019, according to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

    At its board meeting on Friday, the members will be told that it's likely to be because people are reluctant to ask for help from their GPs or the wider NHS during lockdown.

    Derriford Hospital in Plymouth
  3. BreakingCornwall to enter tier 1 and Devon tier 2 after lockdown

    BBC Spotlight

    Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will enter tier one and Devon will enter tier two of coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday, the government has announced.


    Differences between the tiers include limits on where households can meet up - for instance, in the new tier one, the rule of six applies indoors and out.

    In tier two, the rule of six remains outdoors but there is no household mixing indoors.

  4. Police search ongoing for missing Plymouth man

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are searching for a man who has gone missing from his home in Plymouth.

    Wayne Walling has not been seen since Friday, officers said.

    Searches have been ongoing for the last few days in the vicinity of Long Timber Woods, Ivybridge, with the assistance of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams, National Police Air Service helicopters and specialist water rescue teams from the fire service.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Wayne Walling
  5. The Spending Review: Will it help the South West?

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out what the UK government will spend on health, education, transport and other public services next year.

    He also briefed MPs about the state of the UK economy and the latest forecasts for the UK's public finances, which have been battered by the Covid pandemic.

    But it was a broad brush speech. So, what parts of it will benefit the South West?

    And will there be any replacement for EU cash that the UK is about to lose because of Brexit?

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    Video caption: Martyn Oates on Spending Review's impact on South West
  6. Legal action to recover Plymouth council tax debt restarts

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth City Council has started legal action to recover council tax debts after a pause over the summer due to the Covid pandemic.

    The council confirmed it had started the process to obtain liability orders for non-payment from the magistrates court. But a spokesperson urged anyone struggling to pay their council tax to get in touch as early as possible to seek help.

    People on low incomes, both in and out of work, can claim Council Tax Support, giving a discount of up to 80% on the bill, based on the income and circumstances of the household.

    In March, the city council announced an extra £150 discount for people claiming the support.

    It was estimated about 12,000 would benefit from the government scheme, designed to help those whose income has been hit by the pandemic.

    The council also has a discretionary Exceptional Hardship Fund, to cover the shortfall left by the support scheme in some circumstances, designed as short-term emergency help.

    Councils are concerned that the economic impact of the pandemic will affect the amount of council tax and business rates they are able to collect, and the government has allowed them to spread recovery over three years instead of one.

    The latest financial position for the council is that it is facing an overspend of just under £1m this year on its revenue budget of £194m, which covers its day-to-day spending on services.

    Plymouth City Council website
  7. Four die with Covid-19 in Devon hospitals

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    A further four people have died with Covid-19 in Devon's hospitals.

    According to the latest figures, there was one death at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, one at the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, one at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and one at Torbay Hospital.

    It brings the total number of hospital deaths in the county related to coronavirus to 293.

    In Cornwall, there have been 96 coronavirus-related deaths.

  8. Plymouth sees decrease in new Covid cases

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Plymouth has seen a decrease in new Covid-19 cases, the city council has said.

    The authority said that, during the week 14 to 20 November, there were 362 new cases confirmed in Plymouth, a decrease on the previous week total of 613.

    It saw a rate of 138.1 per 100,000 people, below the current rate for England, which is 177 per 100,000.

    The total number of confirmed cases in Plymouth since the start of the outbreak was 3,776, the council said.

    The city had seen 105 deaths associated with Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak, it added.

  9. Covid-19: Up to 33% of schools see pupils self-isolating

    BBC Radio Devon

    About a third of schools in Plymouth and Torbay have pupils self-isolating because of coronavirus.

    In the Devon county area, it is about 10% of schools.

    The latest figures available from Torbay Council show there are 865 pupils and 74 teachers in the area that have tested positive.

    Paul Gosling, of the National Association of Head Teachers in the South West, is the head at Exeter Road Primary School in Exmouth.

    He said this term had been tough for everyone.

    Quote Message: School isn't normal because we want to make sure that the children, their families, their communities, are safe and as free as possible from the virus. So it's taken a lot of hard work and effort from everybody, from cleaning staff, to meal-time staff, plus teachers and governors - lots of people - all pulling together to keep our communities safe." from Paul Gosling Head Teacher, Exeter Road Primary School, Exmouth
    Paul GoslingHead Teacher, Exeter Road Primary School, Exmouth
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    Video caption: Bookstagram: The influencers turning pages for reading

    During lockdown, people fell back in love with reading, shown by the growth in book influencers.