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Summary

  1. Plymouth ex-soldier Jay Nava guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend
  2. Exeter knife attack was 'like scene from horror film Psycho'
  3. Pick-up truck collision girl, six, 'has internal injuries'
  4. Charity in financial trouble plans to cut jobs
  5. Woman in wheelchair suffers leg injury in car collision
  6. The Sunday Independent stops production
  7. Updates on Wednesday 5 April 2017

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday 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.

Murdering ex-soldier fell asleep beside his victim's body

BBC News England

Natasha Wake
Family photo

A woman was murdered by her former soldier on-off boyfriend while three children slept upstairs.

Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth, stabbed 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck at her home in Bournemouth in October. He then fell asleep beside her body, which he later hid in a cupboard under the stairs, Winchester Crown Court heard.

The jury was told Miss Wake became angry with Nava on the day she died when she found out that he had been investigated by police for an alleged sexual assault on another woman.

Nava tired to hang himself from a tree after the murder but police officers managed to resuscitate him, the court heard. A defence psychiatrist had told the jury Nava suffered an "abnormality in mental function". He will be sentenced on Thursday.

Car up goes up grassy bank and into hedge

BBC Radio Devon

An elderly man has been rescued from a car after the vehicle went up a grassy bank on the side of a road and into a hedge, firefighters say .

Emergency services were called to the scene in Transit Way at about 14:05.

Fire crews said they stabilized the vehicle and administered first aid to the man before an ambulance arrived. His condition is not known.

Latest weather: Staying dry

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will remain dry overnight but the skies will turn cloudier for many.

There will be light winds and some clear spells, possibly allowing a ground frost in some rural areas by dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be another dry day, with variable amounts of cloud, light winds and bright or sunny spells for most, especially during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Listen up: Dog recognised for work at school for the deaf

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

A hearing dog from Devon has been rewarded with a three-day holiday after being recognised for his volunteer work with children at the Exeter Deaf Academy.

Niven the cockapoo
BBC

Niven the cockapoo is thought to be the first ever listening dog in a deaf school and has been hailed a "hidden hero".

You'll be able to find out more and meet him on  Spotlight tonight  on BBC One at 18:30.

Closing Sunday Independent printed for nearly 210 years

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The South West newspaper the Sunday Independent, which has announced its closure, had been in circulation for nearly 210 years.

Sunday Independent
Sunday Independent

Up to 20 full-time staff based in Liskeard are to lose their jobs at the paper - which was founded in 1808 - with a further 300 freelance reporters and contributors losing work.

It's understood the paper has failed to find new investors following the death of its previous owner. This is despite it "trading well in the past year", according to an email sent to contributors informing them of the closure.

Management at the newspaper said they were not giving up hope that an 11th hour investor would come in to save the publication.

Fake Trading Standards officers asking for claim cash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People pretending to be Trading Standards officers have been visiting homes and telling people they can claim compensation if they pay money into a bank account provided by the bogus officer, genuine Trading Standards staff say.

Trading Standards vehicle
BBC

The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards service said fraudsters had been knocking on doors and "advising" residents they could obtain refunds and compensation following poor work carried out previously.

But, to get that, they were told they had to pay £1,000 into a specific bank account, with the fake officer providing that account's details.

Stephen Gardiner, of Trading Standards, said people should be "extra cautious about anyone unexpectedly knocking on their door" and that officers would "never ask for money from members of the public".

Collisions in Exeter and Plymouth

BBC News Travel

  • In Exeter, there are reports of a two-vehicle collision on Union Road, near Culverland Road
  • In Plymouth, there are reports of an accident on the A374 Chapel Street, near Cumberland Street

Rules changed at trampoline park so children can play together

Devon Live

A Devon trampoline centre has changed its rules for the Easter holidays so children of different ages can play together .

Hotter weather doesn't mean hotter water, RNLI warns

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Devon , on the A380 Hamelin Way in Torquay, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle near the Gallows Gate roundabout
  • In Cornwall , there's been an accident on the A392 between the Halloon roundabout and Quintrell Downs, on the narrow part of the road
  • In St Ives, on Gabriel Street, there are reports of an accident near the library

Three detained after car fails to stop for police

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three people have been detained and a car seized after it failed to stop for police in Totnes, officers say.

Seized car. Pic: Totnes Police
Totnes Police

Totnes Police  said on Facebook  the black BMW made off up Harpers Hill after not stopping at about 11:30. It was found abandoned with damaged rear tyres a bit later.

Three people were detained nearby after officers, a police dog and a police helicopter were involved in a search.

One male was reported "for a host of driving offences" and his car "will soon be crushed", police said.

BreakingSoldier guilty of Natasha Wake murder

A former soldier has been found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend at her home in Bournemouth.

Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth, stabbed 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck in October and hid her body in a cupboard.

He was arrested after being found attempting to take his own life at Hengistbury Head.

Nava will be sentenced tomorrow at Winchester Crown Court.

Jay Nava
Police

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust hopes to cut redundancy numbers

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

One of the South West's biggest charities is facing cutting jobs, but says it hopes to reduce the number of possible redundancies.

Dame Hannah Rogers site
BBC

The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust says it is looking at having to cut up to 20 jobs at its Seale Hayne site, some 15% of its staff, because of financial troubles. Three of its five trustees are also being replaced.

The trust - known as Hannahs - bought the former agricultural college in 2009. It provides care, education, training, job opportunities and support to disabled people and their families.

About 1,500 disabled people use its services every year.

Parking tickets: Are drivers successfully appealing?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you had a parking ticket you feel is unfair?

Almost every day we get calls from motorists who have a yellow and black sticker on their windscreen which they feel has been unfair or over-zealously issued.

Parking ticket
BBC

About 100 English councils  responded to a Freedom of Information request  asking how many parking tickets issued between January and October 2016 were appealed and how many appeals were successful.

Runnymede Council, near Windsor, only refunded 9% of appeals, yet Waveney District Council in Suffolk refunded a staggering 72% of appeals.

Here in Cornwall, we are about mid-table, with just over 3,000 appeals. Of those, 925 - just over 30% - were upheld.

Family of abuse victim thank police with card

Dartmoor power station buildings an 'important part of history'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

So-called robot power station buildings on Dartmoor, which could be demolished if plans for a new whisky distillery get the go-ahead, are an important part of local history, a member of The Dartmoor Society says. 

Built in 1959 and thought to be the world's first, the pocket power station unmanned electricity generator in Princetown was installed to provide a backup power supply.     

Dartmoor power station
BBC

The plant has been decommissioned and stripped of its generating engine but isn't considered suitable to be listed. 

Tom Greeves, from the society, said: "These buildings, even though they're relatively modern and not aesthetically that beautiful, are such an important marker about the story of energy production on Dartmoor."

The company behind the plans for the distillery declined to comment. 

Three 'detained after vehicle failed to stop'

Police break up row between dinosaurs and tiger in Torquay

Devon Live

A row between a tiger and dinosaurs has broken out on a Devon harbourside after traders disagreed over plans for a new ice cream stand - and police had to intervene .

Keep it steady! Culdrose flyers practise landing on ship

Woman in wheelchair suffers leg injury in car collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A woman in a wheelchair has been injured when she was hit by a car in Plymouth city centre, police say.

The woman and the Rover 414 collided in Market Way, outside the city's pannier market. Emergency services were called at about 13:20.

Officers said the woman sustained a leg injury, but the extent of it is not known.

The road has been blocked between New George Street and Cornwall Street.

Knife attack was 'like scene from horror film Psycho'

A knife attack in a street was like a scene from horror film "Psycho", a jury has heard.

Alex Pierce was stabbed in the chest, arm and thigh in his car in Exeter during the attack in January, Exeter Crown Court was told.

His girlfriend, Emma Watkiss, said in recorded interviews played to the court she was terrified when a man wearing black clothes and a hood slashed at Mr Pierce. She described alleged attacker, Richard Grant, as an "an evil man".

Mr Pierce and Mr Grant had never spoken but knew each other because Mr Grant's partner was Mr Pierce's ex-girlfriend, and that relationship had ended in acrimony, the court heard.

Ex-soldier Mr Grant, 46, of Drake Close, Cullompton, denies attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits having a bladed article. The trial continues.

Rising pollen count hitting hay fever sufferers

BBC Radio Devon

Hay fever and allergy sufferers are being hit by the rising pollen count as the weather gets warmer.

Flower
Andrew Segal

Allergy trackers show that pollen in Devon and Cornwall is high. The Met Office said levels would drop to moderate for the remainder of the week, but were expected to climb again at the weekend. 

Marlene Hochstrasser, clinical director of the Devon Allergy Clinic, said there were ways of trying to prevent the symptoms, including using something that can "put barriers between us and the outside world".

She said: "Looking after our immune system is another terribly important thing. If your immune system is not great, then you're terribly susceptible."

Pedestrian hit by car in city centre

Plymouth Herald

A pedestrian has been hit by a car this lunchtime, on one of Plymouth's busiest thoroughfares.

Bogus Scottish £20 notes in Paignton prompt police warning

Devon Live

Shop staff in Paignton have been warned by police after fake Scottish banknotes started circulating in the town .

Rubbish roadshows for Plymouth!

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Roadshows are taking place across Plymouth as the city prepares to move to alternating collections of general waste and recycling next month.

The city will see green recycling bins collected one week and non-recyclable waste in brown bins collected the following week from Monday 8 May.

Plymouth bins
BBC

The council said the changes were to "increase recycling rates but also to run a smoother and more efficient, cost effective service for local residents". 

It added that such systems were already "running successfully in a number of other cities across the UK".

The roadshows are running until 10 April.

Anyone missing a horse and pony in Liskeard?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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No, unfortunately it's not two new recruits for the Devon and Cornwall force's mounted division.

This horse and pony were found on Sunday after reports that the pair, seen in the New Road area, might have been inadvertently heading towards the A38, where they would have been in danger.

PC Craig Powell, from Liskeard Response, added that a 12-year-old boy was among members of the public who were "incredibly helpful in assisting us in the capturing and returning of them both to a nearby field".

Hopefully the rescued pair won't be horsing too much while the hunt for their owner continues.

Latest weather: Sunny spells before clouding over tonight

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a bright afternoon with sunny spells. The best of the sunshine will be in areas sheltered from the light or moderate northerly winds and temperatures will reach a maximum of 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

It will be a mainly cloudy and dry night with light north easterly winds. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Sunday Independent stops production

James Vickery

BBC Radio Devon

One of the South West's leading sports newspapers the Sunday Independent has ceased production with immediate effect.  

Up to 20 full-time staff will lose their jobs and 300 freelance reporters are to lose work.

It's understood the paper has failed to find new investors following the death of the previous owner.

Management at the newspaper say they're not giving up hope that an 11th hour investor will come in to save the publication.    

University launches online-only Masters degree course

BBC Radio Devon

University of Exeter
BBC

The University of Exeter has become one of the the UK's first academic institutions to launch an online degree course which can be completed without attending a single lecture on campus.

Staff said it was hoped that the two-year Masters degrees in finance and business would open up a new international group of students deciding to study with the university.

Redruth church 'under siege from doggers and drug dealers'

Cornwall Live

Residents living next to a historic church have called for increased police patrols to put a stop to drug taking and dogging which has plagued the area in recent months .

Police helicopter and dogs hunt suspects

Minted! How much is your loose change actually worth?

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Do you know how much the coins in your pocket or purse could be worth? 

Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield said he was very excited to find a 2016 new pound coin in his change the other day, even though the coin wasn't legal tender until a few days ago.

There have been various reports that some coins have been fetching as much as 300 times their face value. 

We decided to see if anyone had a Kew Gardens commemorative 50p piece. The coin, from 2011, celebrated the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Just over 200,000 were made. 

Unfortunately, our  numismatic hunt was unsuccessful.

Student flats may stand empty 'because wrong ones built'

Plymouth Herald

A leading Plymouth businessman is predicting up to 2,000 student flats could be empty when the new academic year starts in September – because the wrong sort of accommodation is being built.

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust job cuts 'painful, but necessary'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Job cuts planned by one of the South West's biggest charities are "painful, but necessary", its chair of trustees says. 

The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust is planning to cut up to 20 jobs at its Seale Hayne site because of financial troubles, but they hope to reduce that number. Three of its five trustees are also being replaced.

The charity bought the former agricultural college in 2009.

David Coslett
BBC

Trustees chairman David Coslett (pictured) told the BBC the new board was trying to streamline and turn around the charity. He said: "I'm confident they will secure the charity's services for the future."

The trust - known as Hannahs - provides care, education, training, job opportunities and support to disabled people and their families. About 1,500 disabled people use its services every year. 

The charity, which is preparing its 250th anniversary celebrations, said scheduled events such as weddings would not be affected.

Road crash in Camborne

BBC News Travel

In Camborne, on Union Street around Tolcarne Street, there are reports there's been an accident.

True blue, baby! Was there a shirt memo at BBC South West?

Faulty fryer sparks takeaway break-in by firefighters

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

Firefighters had to break into a takeaway in Exeter after they were called to reports of burning oil smells.

Two crews were sent to the premises in Sidwell Street, shortly before 09:00. 

After breaking in, they found a faulty fat fryer which had left the kitchen slightly smoke-logged. The crews had dealt with the call-out by 9:28.

Police support A&E 'partners' by arresting abusive man