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Summary

  1. Murder investigation in Honiton
  2. Police appeal after three people killed in crash
  3. --- A van collided with a road sign before overturning on the A38
  4. --- The men, believed to be aged 20, 22, and 24 and from Plymouth, died at the scene
  5. Emergency call handler sacked after firefighters took 90 minutes to reach a fatal blaze
  6. Lifeboat crew member seriously injured during run-aground yacht call-out
  7. Hundreds of postal ballot papers 'lost' in Plymouth
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday 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.

Murder arrest in Honiton

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed and killed in Honiton this afternoon.

Officers found a man dead at a property in Dowell Street who had suffered stab wounds.

The 55-year-old man is in custody in Exeter awaiting questioning.

Detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances of the man's death.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information get in touch on 101.

Dowell Street
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M5 Exeter northbound to close overnight

D-Day heroes: Legion d'Honneur is 'something really very, very special'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Mike Lane
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The process of handing out more than 5,000 medals to British World War Two veterans who helped liberate France is nearly completed.

One of the recipients has been Captain Michael Lane RN (Rtd), from Hayle in Cornwall.

As a 19-year-old, he was a midshipman serving aboard HMS Ramillies during the Normandy landings in June 1944, supporting the airborne troops tasked with taking Pegasus Bridge.

HMS Ramillies was on station for 10 days, surviving torpedo and e-boat attacks, and firing more than "1,000 rounds of 15-inch shells - more than any other ship".

He received his Legion d'Honneur on 1 December 2016 at Hayle Town Hall.

He said: "I'm very fond of France, so this, in my twilight years, is something really very, very special. I was the only person to survive the war from my year at school, and that does make it pretty intense."

Latest weather: Showers easing

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

The showers will ease tonight, giving a dry night for most. The winds will ease during the early hours too. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will be the driest day of the week, with some sunshine. The cloud will thicken later though, with rain moving in from the west. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

BreakingMan stabbed and killed

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed and killed in Devon this afternoon.

Emergency services were called at about 15:40 to a property on Dowell Street, Honiton.

Police said a 55-year-old man was located nearby and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dowell Street
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Dartmouth memorial stone commemorates US WW2 troops in UK

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

Dartmouth memorial
BBC

A new memorial stone has been unveiled in Dartmouth on the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.

British, US and Canadian forces began invading Nazi-occupied France on 6 June 1944 in what is recognised as the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler's domination of Europe during World War Two.

The stone has been dedicated on behalf of the American Battle Monuments Commission in the town's Royal Avenue Gardens. It commemorates the US armed forces who served in the UK during the war.

Election 2017: What could happen in Cornwall?

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Ainslie suffers America's Cup blow

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall's Ben Ainslie suffered a major blow to their America's Cup hopes as a broken wing derailed the first day of the semi-final against New Zealand.

Ainslie's Great Britain team Land Rover BAR sustained damage to their wing in the first race and were forced to retire.

Ben Ainslie
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They could not complete repairs in time for the second race and had to forfeit - handing New Zealand a 2-0 advantage in the series.

Another two races take place on Tuesday in the first-to-five races playoffs.

Molly Wigmore fire death: Timeline

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A blaze which caused a woman's death saw it take more than an hour-and-a-half for fire crews to reach the scene.

Molly Wigmore, who was 76, died in the blaze at her home in Plymouth on 19 October last year. The nearest fire station was just 1.5 miles away.

Molly Wigmore's home
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Timeline:

  • First 999 call made at 05:17
  • No emergency services arrive by the time a second call is made at 06:44
  • First response vehicle arrives at 06:50

An emergency call handler was dismissed following disciplinary proceedings, Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

Electoral Commission 'aware' of lost Plymouth postal ballots

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The Electoral Commission says it has been "made aware" of hundreds of postal ballots being lost by Plymouth City Council.

The authority, which is responsible for providing election facilities for three parliamentary constituencies - Plymouth Moor View, Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, and South West Devon - has lost about 580 ballot papers.

The council said it had so far issued 370 replacement postal vote packs to those who have contacted it as polling looms on Thursday.

The commission said it was "satisfied with the steps being taken to rectify any problems". It added it was also satisfied with the measures to inform voters of what they could do if they had not yet received postal ballot packs.

Royal Mail said: "We are aware that a number of postal votes in Plymouth have not arrived with recipients. Royal Mail takes its responsibility of delivering election information very seriously and is investigating this matter urgently.

"We are currently working closely with the council to organise specific deliveries so that the individuals affected receive their ballot packs as soon as possible."

Future cop William found stolen handbag

Monica Ellis

Producer, Radio Devon

Terror attacks: 'There's a sadness across the country'

BBC News England

People tell us how they feel after the terror attacks

People around England, including Plymouth, tell us how they feel after the terror attacks in London and Manchester, and how they are trying to keep safe.

A38 crash: Men worked for engineering firm

Johnny Rutherford

BBC Spotlight

Three men who died in a crash on the A38 near Plymouth were all employees of R&M Utility and Civil Engineering, the company has confirmed.

The men, believed to be aged 20, 22, and 24, were fatally injured when their van came off the road and overturned yesterday afternoon. The road was closed for several hours for a police investigation.

The Woodbury Salterton-based business said: "It is with great sadness to share the news that we lost three of our employees in a tragic traffic accident on Monday afternoon. All of us at R&M are heartbroken following this dreadful event.

"We mourn the loss of these three fantastic young men. Our deepest thoughts are with the families and close friends.

"We will continue to support the families and our workforce throughout this tragic time."

Family 'devastated' by fatal crash

The family of a man who died following a collision near Beaford, Devon, on 27 May has paid tribute to him.

Ian Wyle, 64, from Tedburn St Mary was killed after his motorbike was involved in a collision with a white Volvo C30 car on the A3124.

His family said: “The whole family are devastated at the loss of our lovely husband, father, ‘Grumpy’, son and brother.

“Over his 30 years of service as a police officer across Devon, Ian became an integral part of the communities he worked with and became a friend to many.

“A seasoned biker who had been riding motorbikes for nearly 50 years, he was considerate and treated the road with respect and loved nothing more than riding out in all weathers.

“His family and friends are heartened that Ian died whilst doing something he loved. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Ian Wyle
Devon and Cornwall Police

Disappointment over development plans for former railway halt

Dick Straughan

BBC Radio Cornwall

Residents in a Cornish village say they are disappointed by plans to build four new houses on the site of a former railway stop.

Goonbell Halt, near St Agnes, was on the Chacewater and Newquay branch line until it was closed in 1963 under the Beeching review of Britain's railways.

Supporter of the site said they had devised their own plans to turn it into a community facility.

Developer Trevow Ltd said it was sympathetic to the heritage of the site, but it believed the plan for houses fulfilled a key need.

Goonbell Halt
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A377 blocked by fallen tree

BBC News Travel

At Bishops Tawton, the A377 has been blocked in both directions by a fallen tree between Village Street and the B3227 Atherington turn-off.

Glastonbury Festival: Terror attacks prompt security review

BBC News England

Music fans going to Glastonbury Festival have been warned by organisers that security checks will be stepped up in light of the terror attacks.

The festival website is also advising people to arrive on Thursday or Friday when queues are expected to be shorter.

"As a general rule, we would ask you to only bring as much as you can carry yourself," it said ahead of the festival, where gates open on 21 June.

Car park entertainment and facilities for early arrivals are also shelved.

Glastonbury
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Parling signs for Melbourne Rebels

James Law

BBC Sport Online

England lock Geoff Parling has signed to play for Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels for the 2018 season.

The 33-year-old will move to Australia after helping Exeter Chiefs win the Premiership title for the first time by beating Wasps 23-20.

Geoff Parling
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He is expected to have a spell in Japan with an as yet unnamed Top League side before joining Melbourne in January.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to test myself in the Southern Hemisphere," he said. "Hopefully I can add value to the Rebels, and help the team continue the great growth and profile of rugby in Victoria."

Poldark: It's back.

BBC One

Children heartbroken after thugs leave trail of destruction at nursery

Devon Live

A Plymouth nursery has been vandalised after preparing to enjoy their new play area for the first time.

How to get your postal vote pack after hundreds go missing

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Plymouth City Council has issued guidance to those who wanted a postal vote in the general election but have not yet received their voting pack.

Polling
BBC

Around 580 ballot papers issued by the city council have gone missing, said BBC South West's political correspondent Martyn Oates.

Both the local authority and Royal Mail have launched "urgent investigations".

The local authority, which said it has issued about 370 replacement packs so far, said anyone who had not received their postal vote pack should call the council on 01752 304866 or 01752 304936.

It has offered to send them out on same day Special Delivery and people can come in person at the Council House between 14:00 BST and 21:00 today and between 08:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday to get packs.

On polling day, it can issue replacement postal vote packs from 08:00 until 17:00 and votes must be received by 22:00.

Anyone who collects their postal vote pack from the Council House can place their vote immediately in a polling booth that has been set up there. They can also take completed postal votes to a polling station on polling day.

Anyone who cannot make it to the Council House (next to the old Civic Centre in Armada Way) to pick up a replacement pack can nominate someone to collect it for them. Anyone doing this will be asked to provide identification.

A38 crash: Fatally injured men aged 20, 22, and 24

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three men who were fatally injured in a crash on the A38 have yet to be formally identified but are believed to be aged 20, 22, and 24 and from Plymouth, police say.

The three died after the Ford Transit van they were in overturned after leaving the Plymouth-bound carriageway between Plympton and Marsh Mills yesterday afternoon. No other vehicle was involved.

The road was closed for several hours, but reopened fully this morning.

Formal identification was yet to be carried out but the families of the men had been informed, officers said.

A38
BBC

Lifeboat crew member seriously injured during run-aground yacht call-out

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A lifeboat crew member has been seriously injured during a shout on the Isles of Scilly, the RNLI has confirmed.

Coastguards said the St Mary's Coastguard Rescue Team and the St Mary's all-weather lifeboat were called out last night at about 19:00 after reports that a French yacht with six people on board had run aground.

Coastguards said it was understood that those on board the yacht managed to get themselves to safety.

The RNLI said that the lifeboat reported at about 20:15 that "one of their crew members had been injured during a call-out".

It added that the crew member "received medical attention at the scene and has since been taken to hospital for further treatment" after "incredibly quick reactions and casualty care" by the crew, coastguard and emergency services.

Tesco Roborough store remains closed

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth Tesco store which suffered a power failure yesterday remains closed today, with staff unable to pinpoint a reopening time.

Burning fireball plummets to Earth

A "very bright" light, believed to be a fireball, or meteor, has been seen by a beach camera over Dawlish beach in Devon.

Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said it was an "impressive sight" and "almost certainly" a fireball, namely a bright meteor burning up in the Earth's atmosphere.

"It just shows that a lot of astronomy can be enjoyed without any special equipment at all," he said.

It was recorded at 11:38 on Friday.

Rail lines blocked between Tiverton Parkway and Taunton

Council 'urgently investigating' as hundreds of postal ballots go missing

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Plymouth City Council which has lost hundreds of postal ballots says it is urgently investigating how it happened.

Ballot box
BBC

Plymouth City Council has lost about 580 ballot papers said BBC South West's political correspondent Martyn Oates.

The council covers three constituencies including two marginal seats won by the Conservatives at the last General Election.

It has issued 370 replacement postal vote packs to those who have contacted it as polling looms on Thursday.

A council spokeswoman said: "We have issued all postal vote packs in accordance with the regulations and this has been confirmed by our printers.

"However, we have been contacted by people who have not yet received their packs. We are urgently investigating this in conjunction with the Royal Mail."

'Truro city centre closed to all traffic'

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  • In Cornwall, St Clements Road in Truro is closed in both directions between Tregolls Road and New Bridge Street due to a building fire. Traffic is heavy
  • Elsewhere in the city, we've got reports Prince's Street is blocked at Boscawen Street due to an accident (pictured)
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D-Day heroes: 5,500 honoured by France

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The process of handing out more than 5,000 medals to British World War Two veterans who helped liberate France from Nazi occupying forces is nearly completed.

Legion d'Honneur
BBC

On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014, then President Hollande of France announced that all British soldiers involved were eligible for the Legion d'Honneur - France's highest military and civilian honour.

The process has been handled jointly by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the French Embassy, which said 5,500 had been awarded in the last three years, with some recipients in Devon and Cornwall.

Now, the embassy says there's only 100 more to be given out.

A38 crash: Police investigations continuing

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are continuing investigations into a fatal crash on the A38 near Plymouth yesterday afternoon.

Three people died after a van overturned on the westbound carriageway between Plympton and Marsh Mills.

The road was closed for several hours, but reopened fully this morning.

Sgt Olly Tayler, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers had appealed for witnesses so that "special investigators who are looking into this can establish exactly what happened".

A38 crash
BBC

Plymouth postal ballot papers go missing

BBC Spotlight

Hundreds of postal ballot papers for the general election have gone missing in Plymouth.

Vote
PA

Plymouth City Council has lost about 580 ballot papers reports BBC South West's political correspondent Martyn Oates.

The council covers three constituencies including two marginal seats won by the Conservatives at the last general election.

The council said it had issued about 370 replacement postal vote packs to those who had contacted it.

In the case of Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, it's the most marginal seat in the South West. The Tories held on to it with just over 500 votes last time so, clearly, quite aside from the issue of people being entitled to vote and not being able to in terms of political outcomes, it could be quite significant."

Martyn OatesBBC South West's political correspondent

Travel: Problems in Truro

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall, St Clements Road in Truro is closed in both directions between Tregolls Road and New Bridge Street due to a building fire. Traffic is heavy
  • Elsewhere in the city, we've got reports Prince's Street is blocked at Boscawen Street due to an accident (pictured)
  • In Lostwithiel, the A390 Queen Street is partially blocked near Castle Hill due to an accident
  • In Devon, there are reports of an accident on Trusham Road in Exeter, at Marsh Green Road
  • The M5 southbound entry slip road at Tiverton is partially blocked due to a broken-down lorry
Boscawen Street
BBC

Yellow Warning of Wind

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The warning is valid for Cornwall and Devon from now until 22:00.

Flybe signs five-year franchise with Eastern Airlines

BBC Radio Devon

Flybe has announced it's signed a five-year franchise with Eastern Airlines.

Under the deal, Eastern will operate its scheduled flights under the Flybe brand.

Flybe plane
Flybe

Eastern, which is based at Humberside Airport, has routes to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

A spokesman for Exeter-based Flybe said the agreement strengthened its network and enhances connections for passengers.

Cornwall man tells of hysteria as he fled terror attacks in Borough Market

Cornwall Live

A Cornwall man has described how he and his wife and friends were caught up the London terror attacks and heard gunshots as they fled the scene with people covered in blood.