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Mike Henson

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Munster won their 12th successive home match in Europe to knock out Exeter and claim a Champions Cup quarter-final spot.

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Girl, 11, approached by two men in van on way to school

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A warning has gone out to parents and school children in Exeter after an 11-year-old girl was approached by two men in a van, police have said.

It happened between Cowick Lane and St Hill Close on Wednesday at about 08:00 while the girl was walking to school.

Officers added that the girl did manage to get into the building safely.

Letters handed out to parents of West Exe School said the two men in the white van involved were in their 40s.

One had a shaven head with a "mini mohican" hairstyle the other had a receding hairline.

West Exe

Insp Simon Arliss said Devon and Cornwall Police have recently received other reports "where children have felt that they have been followed, approached or simply felt uneasy on their walk to school for a range of reasons".

"Public safety is our primary concern and we would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspicious incidents to police," he said.

"But we must stress that at this time there does not appear be an increased risk to your children, nor any new matters that are causing us concern from a policing point of view."

Tunnel improvement works set to close rail line

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The rail route from Taunton to Exeter St Davids will be closed from 18 February until 8 March while maintenance works are carried out at Whiteball Tunnel.

Great Western Railway (GWR) added that further work at Marley Tunnel will mean a reduced rail service will operate between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids.

Services will be diverted but passengers should expect delays of up to 60 minutes.

Before the tunnel maintenance starts, track renewal work between Newton Abbot and Plymouth will also close the railway on three Sundays: 20 and 27 January and 17 February.

Track renewal work is also to take place between Truro and Penzance, including the St Ives branch line, over the weekend of 9 February; and on the Barnstaple branch line on 2 and 3 February and on 9 and 10 February.

Great Western Railway

We would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience, as Network Rail continues its Rail Upgrade Plan to maintain and modernise the railway in the South West.

Rob MullenGreat Western Railway

Jo Pavey targets sixth Olympics: 'I just love running'

Andy Birkett

BBC News Online

Devon runner Jo Pavey says she "just loves running" - after announcing on Thursday she is targeting her sixth Olympic Games next year.

She'll be 46 when the games kick off in Tokyo in July 2020.

Pavey was the oldest woman to win a European Championship gold medal when claiming the 10,000m title in 2014 aged 40 - just 11 months after giving birth.

She said she loves how running makes her feel...

Jo Pavey will be 46 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the high water times around Devon and Cornwall.

tide times map

We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

Weather: Heavy showers with some sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This morning will see some heavy spells of rain, which will then clear to leave sunny spells.

The showers will, however, continue this afternoon, and there could be a risk of thunder.

Maximum temperature: 11C

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Row over erection of flagpoles at police HQ in Bodmin

BBC Radio Cornwall

A row's broken out in Bodmin about whether Devon and Cornwall Police should install two 20ft (6m) high flag poles at its Cornish headquarters.

Some residents have started an online petition against the plan - complaining it's a waste of money at a time when the Police and Crime Commissioner wants to charge residents in Cornwall more for policing.

It's thought the cost of the work is about £1,100.

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We are able to make that investment because of prudent management of the capital budget, which is not to be confused with the budget that pays for day-to-day expenditure like police officer salaries. We have spent a relatively modest £1,160 on installing two flagpoles to allow us to fly the Cornish flag outside this important building. I hope the public would agree with me that improving facilities in Cornwall for our community, our hard-working officers and staff is money well spent.

Alison HernandezPolice and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall

Exeter City set to bolster squad

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City are close to signing two players from Premier League clubs.

A left-back and a winger have almost agreed terms on moving to St James Park, with one on loan and the other on a permanent deal.

Exeter manager Matt Taylor hopes to have the players registered in time to be available for City's trip to Newport County on Saturday.

Matt Taylor

"It's been an intense search, we've been as patient as we possibly could, but when these players became available we moved as quickly as we could," Taylor told BBC Sport.

"It'll mean we've fought off competition not only from our league, but the league above as well.

"That shows our reputation as a club for developing young players."

Global change can start with a local focus, study says

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

People’s love for their local areas could help tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.

Parochialism is often seen as a negative thing, but researchers from the University of Exeter argue that "positive parochialism" could be a foundation for environmental action and change.

Their study looks at the impact of the Parish Maps Project, which started in the 1980s and saw local communities come together to create maps of their local area, charting the things that they value locally.

It led to a huge upswell in local environmentalism... there’s no necessary conflict between feeling connected to your local area and feeling connected to the wider world. For a long time, the consensus has been that if we want people to think about global issues they need a cosmopolitan world view – but this may not be the case. Given where we are now in terms of trying to encourage people to make changes to help the environment, 'positive parochialism' offers something that has been overlooked."

Professor Patrick Devine-WrightUniversity of Exeter
University of Exeter
The Parish Maps project saw communities chart the things that they valued in the local area

The study examined Parish Maps archive materials held at the University of Exeter, and researchers also carried out in-depth interviews with people who were involved in the original project to examine its legacy.

Prof Patrick Devine-Wright added that the research highlights how the project encouraged people to engage with environmental policy and planning in "emotional and creative ways".

Devoto and Cowan-Dickie get England recalls

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter centre Ollie Devoto and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie have been recalled to the England squad ahead of the first Six Nations Test in Ireland next month.

Devoto has not been involved with the national side since 2016 when he was still with Bath, while Cowan-Dickie's last cap came against South Africa last summer.

Ollie Devoto
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But there is no place for prop Alec Hepburn, although fellow front-row Harry Williams does keep his place.

Jack Nowell is recalled after returning from injury against Castres last week while Henry Slade is also in the squad.

Andrews extends Torquay loan

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United have extended the loan of Bristol City youngster Jake Andrews until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who has also had time at Cheltenham Town and Chippenham Town, initially joined the club at the end of August.

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BreakingRail services disrupted after person hit by train

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Rail services between Exeter St Davids and Dawlish are subject to delays and alterations due to a person being hit by a train, the British Transport Police has said.

Officers were called to Starcross station at about 10:00.

Disruption is expected until 14:00, National Rail added.

Love is still in the air for Devon couple after 60 years

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Colin and Betty Hampson

A couple from Devon have been reminiscing about the day met more than 60 years ago - as they mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

Colin and Betty Hampson got married in Exeter on this day in 1959.

They had met less than a year previously, when Colin, who was in the Royal Marines, was in Devon on shore leave.

They "danced the night away" at the Regal Dance Hall in Exmouth and Colin said he could remember Betty being "just gorgeous".

The pair said they had their critics who said it wouldn't last but they were determined to "prove them wrong".

"We just get on. It's about give and take," Betty said.

Weather: A chilly day but sunshine expected

BBC Weather

Apart from the odd morning wintry shower, it will be a dry day with sunny periods.

The sunshine will turn hazy through the afternoon as high cloud increases.

It will be chilly but with the brisk winds easing down.

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

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Genetic disorder rates higher than thought, scientists say

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The UK's most common genetic disorder is causing serious health problems in far more patients than previously thought, according to scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School.

It was thought that haemochromatosis only caused health issues in around one in 100 patients, but scientists say it's actually far higher.

Their research has found one in five men and one in ten women have the faulty genes.

Conditions like diabetes, liver damage and severe arthritis can be caused.

The scientists are calling for the NHS to introduce screening for the condition so people can be diagnosed earlier.

It tends to only be diagnosed late on when a lot of damage has been done and treatment is only partially successful. We are really hoping the NHS looks at routine ways of testing for it."

David MelzerProfessor in epidemiology and public health
Professor David Melzer

Woman remains 'critical' after lorry and car crash on M5

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A 22-year-old woman remains in hospital in a "critical" condition after a crash between a lorry and a car, police have said.

It happened on the M5 at junction 29 - near Exeter - at about 05:50 on Monday.

The woman was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital before being airlifted to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

The three other people in the car and the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

The M5 was closed for about six hours while emergency services attended.

Devon and Cornwall Police is now appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101.

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New defibrillator installed at Exeter City's ground

BBC Radio Devon

A new defibrillator has been installed at Exeter City Football Club after supporters raised funds for the equipment.

Fans donated about £1,400 to buy the kit - which is in the Adam Stansfield Stand at St James Park.

Elaine Davis from the Exeter City Supporters' Trust said: "We hope we'll never have to use the defib but it's certainly reassuring to know that it's there if ever we need it.

"A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us with this project."

St James Park
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Brexit: 'Oh, I should have thought about this a bit more'

BBC Radio Devon

Theresa May is facing a vote of no confidence later after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal.

It was the worst defeat on a government in modern British politics with 432 against and 202 for the deal.

The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT.

These people in Devon have been giving their views on Mrs May's defeat...

Skinner gets Scotland Six Nations call-up

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Sam Skinner
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Exeter lock Sam Skinner has been named in Scotland's squad for the Six Nations.

The 23-year-old, who made his debut during the autumn internationals, has played played three times for the Scots.

Scotland begin their campaign against Italy at Murrayfield on 2 February.

Snow and ice warning across Devon

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across parts of Devon.

It is in place from 12:00 until 12:00 on Thursday.

snow and ice warning
Met Office

Weather: A windy day with showers and bright spells

BBC Weather

A few bright or sunny spells possible but with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west.

Turning clearer again later in the day with one or two showers and it will be rather windy.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

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Devon travel: Accident on Haldon Hill

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A38 at Haldon Hill Exeter-bound, one lane is blocked due to an accident. Traffic is queuing.
  • On the A376 and A3052 both heading towards Clyst St Mary, there's very heavy traffic.

May's historic defeat: How did your MP vote?

BBC Spotlight

Devon's Conservative MPs Sarah Wollaston, Anne Marie Morris, Hugo Swire and Johnny Mercer all voted against Theresa May's Brexit deal last night.

Labour's Ben Bradshaw and Luke Pollard also voted against the deal.

Cornwall's MPs were largely against Mrs May's deal, only George Eustice and Sarah Newton voted for it.

Peek-a-ewe! A tree-mendous snap of some sheep

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Barry Quick from Ipplepen has sent us this great photo of a sheepish encounter he had while out near Haldon forest, near Ashcombe.

Sheep behind tree. Pic: Barry Quick
Barry Quick

Have you any pictures you want to share with us? If so, please email them in.

Exeter 'plants more than 10,000 trees since year 2000'

BBC Radio Devon

More than 10,000 trees have been planted in Exeter since the year 2000, according to the city council.

It said many of the trees were planted across the city as part of the council's urban woodland project, but that others had been introduced into parks and open spaces over the years.

The council said it placed a "high value on trees across the city".

It said: "Damaged trees are replaced with new ones and the council works hard to ensure the city stays green, benefiting the lives of residents, visitors and the environment itself."


Reservoir's bat boxes 'providing valuable insight'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Bat boxes put up at a Devon reservoir have provided "valuable insight into the activities and preferences of eight protected species", those behind their installation say.

One-hundred-and-twenty boxes of five different designs were erected in three woodlands around Burrator in 2010, South West Water and South West Lakes Trust said.

Since then, volunteers had undertaken nearly 7,000 box checks in all types of weather, every month between April and October.

Project leader Paul McNie, from South West Water, said: "Bats are important because they represent over one-third of British mammal species and are indicator species for the health of the environment".

Burrator Bat Box Scheme
Burrator Bat Box Scheme

Understanding our bat population helps us understand the health of our woodland ecosystem and informs future habitat management decisions."

Paul McNieSouth West Water

Species of bat found using the boxes have included:

  • Common pipistrelle
  • Soprano pipistrelle
  • Brown long-eared
  • Daubentons
  • Natterers
  • Whiskered
  • Barbastelle
  • Noctule

Police told to 'man up' in paperwork grumble debate

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bodmin Police's comments on how much time paperwork can take up has sparked a heated debate on Facebook.

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The police said that "four statements written by one local officer" had taken up "almost the entire shift".

"One of a number of tasks which keep us out of public view," said the post.

"Gotta be done in order to obtain witness evidence but no less frustrating."

Dean Andrew told officers to "man up".

"This is your job. It is what the tax payer is paying you to do," he commented.

Eileen Gearing said: "My dad was a copper and the main part of his job was gaining respect and trust from the public. Paperwork was always part of his day but it didn't stop him cycling 17 miles policing 'his patch'."

But Alice Hickmore replied: "They are making a point... they are always moaned at about not being on the streets, it's frustrating they can't be on the streets to help everyone but they have to do paperwork too."

Bodmin Police replied: "Nobody is complaining or moaning and it has been done properly thank you!"

Four Devon MPs to vote for Brexit deal, and five against

Jenny Kumah

BBC South West politics reporter

At least four Devon MPs will vote in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal and five are expected to vote against, the BBC understands.

Supporting it are Conservatives:

  • Sir Gary Streeter (South West Devon)
  • Mel Stride (Central Devon)
  • Geoffrey Cox (Torridge and West Devon)
  • Peter Heaton Jones (North Devon)

Against are:

  • Sarah Wollaston (Totnes, Conservative)
  • Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot, Conservative)
  • Hugo Swire (East Devon, Conservative)
  • Labour's Ben Bradshaw (Exeter, Labour)
  • Luke Pollard (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Labour)

Weather: A cloudy day with drizzle possible

BBC Weather

There's a lot of cloud on Tuesday morning with just the odd glimmer of brightness.

The cloud will remain in the afternoon with patches of drizzle possible.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

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Ikea wardrobe 'falling off car roof' causes M5 problems

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

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Responses to the officers' cheeky tweet after the incident on Monday evening included:

  • "So it can't be glued back together then??"
  • "The joys of an even flatter flat pack"
  • "Any meatballs?"

Weather: Staying cloudy and mainly dry

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Cloud will increase through Monday evening with it then lingering into the night.

Most areas will remain dry. However, the odd patch of drizzle cannot be ruled out.

Minimum temperature: 1 to 4C (34 to 39F).


There will be plenty of cloud around on Tuesday, with limited amounts of bright or sunny weather.

It should be largely dry. However, thicker areas of cloud could produce one or two drizzly spells.

Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

Exeter's House of Fraser store 'to stay open'

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter's branch House of Fraser store is to stay open, it is understood.

It follows a number of closures of the chain across the country, and the city's High Street store displaying signs last October advertising a closing down sale ahead of its planned shutting this month.

The company said "an agreement with the landlord" had enabled it to remain in occupation, Devon Live reported.

The chain's Plymouth branch was earmarked for closure when the company went into administration. It was saved after the company was then bought by Sports Direct.

New owner Mike Ashley, of Sports Direct, is attempting to turn the chain around.

Exeter House of Fraser

Exeter man in court charged with terrorism offences

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Old Bailey
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A 51-year-old man from Exeter has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.

Tristan Morgan, of no fixed abode, appeared at the Old Bailey in London.

Mr Morgan, who has been remanded in custody, was charged with encouraging terrorism and collecting information contrary to the Terrorism Act.

He will appear again on Friday 1 February.

Supt Matt Lawler said there was "no increased threat" to public safety as a result of the announcement.

He also warned the public not to speculate about the case, as it could affect the court proceedings.

I hope that everyone will understand that, given the nature of these charges and due to the ongoing court proceedings, we are legally not able to share any further specific information at this stage. It is crucial that we maintain the fairness of the court process and avoid unnecessary speculation. Further court hearings are planned, and we do intend to release further information when it is appropriate for us to do so.”

Supt Matt LawlerDevon and Cornwall Police

M5 reopens after serious crash between car and lorry

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online


The M5 southbound has reopened following a serious crash between a car and a lorry.

A woman in her 20s remains in a "critical condition" in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth following the early morning crash.

The motorway was closed between junction 28 and 29, near Exeter, while police carried out investigations.

Three other people in the car and the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

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Road will remain closed for 'at least two more hours'


The M5 southbound will remain closed for at least two more hours, Highways England says.

The road was closed following a serious crash near Exeter shortly before 06:00.

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M5 crash: Woman in her 20s in a 'critical condition'

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Lorry in crash

A woman in her 20s is in a "critical condition" after a crash between a car and a lorry on the M5 on Monday.

She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with serious injuries after the incident on the southbound carriageway.

The M5 southbound between junction 28 and 29, near Exeter, is expected to remain closed into the early afternoon, police said.

Three other people in the car and the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

The scene of the crash