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  1. Adopted baby 'murdered' after two weeks
  2. Man, 54, dies after car hits tree
  3. Disabled woman sexually assaulted in Plympton
  4. Wadebridge garage murder: Victim 'predicted' killer's identity
  5. Safety concerns meeting after boy stabbed in Truro
  6. Police hunt Jennycliff Bay flasher
  7. Dartmoor car park charges to go ahead despite public outcry
  8. Steam engines expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds
  9. Shag donation box stolen from bird hospital
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Sophie Malcolm

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Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

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

Weather update: Showers tonight, with rain on the way tomorrow

BBC Weather

There will be a mixture of clearer spells and cloudy conditions this evening.

Occasional light and drizzly showers will continue overnight with some areas of hill fog; but it will remain mild.

Tomorrow will be generally cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain throughout much of the day.

However, it will clear from the west later with a chance of some evening sunshine.

Top temperature 16C (60F).

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St Ives parking space with £40k price tag is set to go under the hammer

Cornwall Live

A car parking space close to St Ives town centre is set to go under the auctioneer's gavel with a guide price of £30,000 to £40,000.

South West MEP 'not a rebel'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Conservative MEP in the south west says she's disappointed the party has withdrawn the whip after she supported a motion in Strasbourg that Brexit talks had not made sufficient progress.

Julie Girling says she's not a rebel and hasn't altered her beliefs.

Ms Girling and South East England MEP Richard Ashworth were suspended from the party after supporting a resolution in Strasbourg declaring that "sufficient progress" had not been made in the Brexit talks to move on to discussions on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

In a statement to BBC Radio Cornwall Ms Girling said she'd been active in the party for 40 years - 20 as an elected representative - and for 39 of those years the Conservative policy has been pro-Europe.

She added: "It's the party that's changed, not me, but that does not stop me feeling sadness that such a response (withdrawing the whip) was felt to be appropriate."

Julie Girling
Julie Girling (Twitter)

'Sexually assaulted' disabled woman 'left very shaken'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted and punched in Plympton.

The 28-year-old was in her wheelchair on the Ridgeway on 25 September, when she was grabbed by a man.

Police have released a description of the suspect.

This was an appalling act where the offender has targeted a wheelchair-bound woman, possibly for her money.

She was left very shaken by this incident but thankfully has no visible injuries.

We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward as well as anyone who recognises the description of the offender. We are particularly keen to speak to the driver who appears to have disturbed the offender and caused him to run off."

Det Con Phil Trevains

Diagouraga makes Plymouth Argyle move

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle have signed midfielder Toumani Diagouraga on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has been a free agent since leaving Leeds United by mutual consent in August.

Toumani Diagouraga

The Paris-born midfielder has spent his entire career in England, starting at Watford and making his name at Brentford, where he played 250 times and helped them into the Championship.

He joined Leeds in January 2016 but played just 20 times, spending the first half of 2017 on loan at Ipswich.

Toumani Diagouraga

Diagouraga makes Plymouth Argyle move

Plymouth Argyle sign free-agent midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, who left Championship side Leeds United in August.

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South West pension 'blackspots'

BBC Radio Devon

Many workers in key parts of the South West economy are not enrolled in a pension, according to the Trades Union Congress.

It found that some of the worst blackspots are in the agriculture and hospitality sectors with six in ten workers currently not paying into a pension.

The TUC says huge numbers of people in work are missing out on a decent retirement because they earn less than £10,000 - the level of earnings at which employers must enrol someone into a workplace pension.


Devon council is one of six to only collect rubbish once every three weeks

Devon Live

More than three quarters of English councils now pick up household rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted just once a fortnight, a survey reveals - with a Devon authority only picking up once every three weeks.

Offensive jackets point to 'lad culture', student says

A University of Exeter student says he fears students wore jackets covered in offensive comments because of a "lad culture" at one of the campuses.

The messages, written on high-visibility tabards and worn on a night out by Camborne School of Mines students, included comments about the Las Vegas massacre, the war in Syria, rape and Nazi swastikas.

Falmouth campus student, 24-year-old Alex Welsford, said he feared it was part of a "lad culture" at the campus.

He said first year students at the mining school would go on a "pub crawl" wearing "hard hats and high-vis vests scrawled on by the second and third-year students".

"The comments are absolutely disgusting. There is a limit and this went way beyond that limit."

However, other students claimed social media comments had blown what was "drunken exploits" and "banter" out of proportion.

Parking charges "against the spirit" of Dartmoor

BBC Radio Devon

It's being claimed that parking charges on Dartmoor will adversely affect local people and may not even make economic sense.

The National Park Authority's replacing honesty boxes with pay and display machines in four car parks - Meldon, Newbridge, Postbridge and Haytor- even though half of the people asked in a public consultation said they were against the idea.

Simon Rines is a Buckfastleigh Town Councillor, and says he's concerned about the effect on regular visitors.

"If you want people to be walking and active, it's putting a big disincentive in, and it could cost some people around £240 a year to do what they're doing at the moment at no charge," he says.

"It sort of goes against the spirit of what the moors are about."


Matthew Scully-Hicks 'murdered' adopted baby after two weeks


A father murdered his baby daughter just two weeks after formally adopting her with his husband, a court heard.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is accused of killing 18-month old Elsie in Cardiff after "assaulting and abusing" her over several months.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Elsie suffered traumatic head injuries in May 2016 and she died at the city's University Hospital of Wales.

The defendant from Delabole, Cornwall denies murder.

Matthew Scully-Hicks
Wales News Service

Police search for missing Torbay man

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are searching for a missing 44-year-old man from Torbay.

Daniel Brian was last seen at his home in Paignton on Sunday.

He is described as 6ft 1in tall, of a slim build, with blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt, black trousers and may be wearing a red coat.

He is believed to be driving a blue Astra.

Daniel Brian
Devon and Cornwall Poilce

Camborne School of Mines students slammed for offensive tabards

Students on a night out sparked outrage and "shame" after wearing jackets covered in offensive comments.

The messages, written on high-visibility tabards, included comments about the Las Vegas massacre, the war in Syria, rape and Nazi swastikas.

The students were from the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) - part of the University of Exeter's Falmouth campus.

The university apologised "unreservedly" and said those involved would face disciplinary action.

Camborne School of Mines

Severe disruption: A3078 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A3078 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between Frog Lane and A390 Denas Water.

A3078 Cornwall - Slow traffic and the road is just passable on A3078 in both directions in Tregony between the Frog Lane junction and the A390 Denas Water junction, because of an earlier tractor fire. Police directing traffic.

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

Travel update: Crash in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

North Hill is partially blocked near Alton Road due to an accident.

The crash involves two cars.

One vehicles was on its side with an elderly woman trapped inside, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has said. The woman has since been rescued.

Queues in the area.

Kayak found close to Exmouth shore


Weather update: Showers this afternoon and evening

BBC Weather

Some brighter spells will develop this afternoon and it will feel mild, but occasional light showers will continue. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Tonight there will be a mixture of clearer spells and cloudy conditions. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

weather map

Boy stabbed: Councillors and police work to reassure residents

BBC Radio Cornwall

A meeting has taken place on a housing estate in Truro to reassure residents about safety in the area after a boy was stabbed.

Police and councillors met people living on the Trelander Estate after the 14-year-old was stabbed and seriously hurt at the end of September.

Councillor Loic Rich, who represents the estate, said: "Something quite terrible happened in this area recently, which was very much out of character, it took a lot of people by surprise, and everyone was in shock.

"So we had this meeting, because I wanted residents to feel safe, to be reassured by the council and by the police."

Truro estate

A 16-year-old was arrested but later released.

Simmonds form impresses Exeter coaches

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Sam Simmonds' form could give Exeter a tough choice to make at number eight when Thomas Waldrom returns to fitness, says forwards coach Rob Hunter.

The 22-year-old scored in the 34-24 win over Newcastle to take his tally to eight tries in his past 12 games.

Simmonds has deputised for the injured Waldrom, who was the Premiership's top try-scorer in 2015 and 2016.

Sam Simmonds
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"It may be they play together, but however that works out it is a very nice position to be in," Hunter said.

"When you start to have two guys threatening the defensive line like that it actually creates space for the others," Hunter added to BBC Radio Devon.

"We'll be working hard to see if we can get space to get them both on and hopefully both scoring."

Disabled woman sexually assaulted in Plymouth street

A disabled woman was sexually assaulted and punched in Plympton, police have said.

The man touched her inappropriately several times while trying to grab her bag. He then punched her in the face, officers said.

The 28-year-old was in her wheelchair on the Ridgeway, near Hillcrest Drive roundabout at about 15:00 on Monday 25 September, when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

Police want to speak to a man in connection with the attack. He's described as being 25-30 years old, of stocky build with short spiky brown hair. He was wearing a green/khaki hoody and grey ripped jeans.


Travel update: Traffic lights out at Umberleigh

BBC Radio Devon

At Umberleigh on the A377 after the Atherington turn off the traffic lights have failed.

Police hunt Jennycliff Bay flasher

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are hunting a man who exposed himself to a family in Plymouth.

It happened at Jennycliff Bay between 15:45 and 16:45 on Monday 4 September.

Police said: "An unknown man exposed himself in front of a girl and her family who were all on the beach near the rocks at the time."

PC Laura Watson said police had released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident. “He is described as a white male, in his late 60s to early 70s, of a thin stature with a pot belly," she said.

“He is distinctively short for a male at approximately 5ft 3in and was wearing a baseball cap, an outer gilet, light brown knee-length shorts, walking boots, and a green backpack."

Devon and Cornwall Police

Council bans 'noisy' children's rugby side from using park


A children's rugby team has been banned from training in their local park after residents complained they were too noisy.

Torbay Council stopped Paignton's under-10s side from playing tag rugby after complaints of "increased noise".

An online petition to rescind the ban has received more than 4,000 signatures.

Torbay MP Kevin Foster said the decision made the council look like "killjoys".

He said the ban was a "total overreaction".


Police search for missing St Ives man

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police are searching for a man who is missing from St Ives.

Peter Land was last seen on Friday evening.

He is described as white, 53 years old, 5ft 8in tall, of a stocky build, with short grey/black hair and facial hair. He also wears glasses.

Peter was last seen wearing a grey top and beige trousers. He is thought to be driving a Blue Fiat Panda.

Ciftci to wait for Argyle chance

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says on-loan Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci will have to wait to get another chance to start at Home Park.

The 25-year-old is yet to score for the Pilgrims and has lost not appeared in their past three League One games.

Argyle are Ciftci's third loan club since moving to Celtic for £1.5m from Dundee United in the summer of 2015.

Nadir Ciftci
Rex Features

"It's about waiting his time to get that opportunity again, but he'll get that," Adams said.

Ciftci only joined Argyle towards the end of August as the Pilgrims returned to the third tier after six seasons in League Two.

"He'll play in the reserve game on Tuesday and hopefully we'll get some games into him then," added Adams.

Four rescued from Budleigh Salterton beach

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Crews have rescued four people, including two children, at Budleigh Salterton beach.

Exmouth's lifeboat was sent just after 17:00 yesterday to help the four people, who were having difficult landing a boat on Budleigh Salterton beach.

The Exmouth Coastguard Response Team secured the swamped 16’ Raider in the surf.

The uninjured casualties had already been taken ashore to warm up, as one woman had entered the water.

A volunteer was placed on board to bale out the water until it was dry and to start the engine.

The D class lifeboat escorted the leisure boat to Exmouth Marina under its own power.

budleigh salterton beach

Deadline for council consultation extended

BBC Radio Devon

People living in the South Hams and West Devon now have an extra day to express their views on a proposed merger between the two authorities.

The deadline to complete the 'One Council' survey's been extended until 09:00 tomorrow.

The public were unable to complete the online form yesterday due to what the council's say was a technical problem beyond their control.

Hodges happy with point as Truro's winning run ends

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City's run of eight successive wins ended with a 1-1 draw at home to Hampton and Richmond.

Connor Riley-Lowe's 78th minute equaliser cancelled out Jack Cook's second-half opener as Truro dropped from first to third place in National League South.

"We knew the first goal was accrual, so to go a goal down was hard to take," manager Lee Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Truro City
Truro City FC

"But it showed character to get back into the game. We're on a good run, we had eight wins on the trot and it's something special to do that, but we were playing a team that are nine games unbeaten themselves."

The two sides face one another on Saturday in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup - the furthest Truro have ever been in the competition.

Travel update: Broken-down vehicle in Kingskerswell

BBC Radio Devon

In Kingskerswell there are reports of a broken-down vehicle on Riviera Way at the Kerswell Gardens traffic lights.

Approach with care.

Shag donation box stolen from bird hospital

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A donation box carved in the shape of a seabird has been stolen from a wildlife hospital in Cornwall.

The shag collection box "is of great sentimental value and a direct link to the founders" of the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, bosses said.

It was carved in 1968 and is up to 1m (3ft) tall. The hospital said it was very heavy even without any cash in it.

"He was put out Thursay morning and we believe he was still on site at lunchtime, but was missing by 5pm," the hospital said.

Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital

Students face action over offensive slogan jackets

BBC Radio Cornwall

Students reportedly from Camborne School of Mines could face disciplinary action after photos emerged of them wearing high-visibility jackets in Penryn, which had been covered with offensive slogans.

In a statement Exeter University said it was extremely disappointed by what it called "unacceptable actions displayed by a small number of students" and have apologised for any offence caused.

Steam engines expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds

BBC Radio Cornwall

The famous Dingle family, who built roads in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly using steam locomotives, has decided to bid farewell to a historic collection of vintage and rare vehicles.

The road locomotives, which have taken Richard Sandercock many years to restore, are likely to fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds when they are auctioned later in October.

The sale includes all the tools and machinery that Richard and his engineers have used to restore the heritage vehicles.

Worker, Dave Trebilcock, told the BBC it marked the end of an era. He said over the years there has been "blood, sweat and tears and it's going to be a great loss".

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Torquay 'bullied' in Dover defeat

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Gary Owers says his players were not strong enough in their 2-0 loss at home to Dover.

The result came days after they got their first won of the season - a 4-0 victory over Maidenhead United.

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But Saturday's loss kept the Gulls at the foot of the National League table, six points from safety.

"Following on from the Maidenhead game and result that was my biggest fear come true today," Owers told BBC Radio Devon

"We've allowed them to come here and bully us a little bit and take the points home."

Wadebridge garage murder: 'Original witness statement does not mention claim'

BBC Inside Out

The Firkins
Devon and Cornwall Police

A man who was shot and bludgeoned with a sledgehammer had told a friend he feared he would be killed by someone he knew, the BBC has learned.

Graham Fisher and his wife Carol were murdered in their home near the petrol station they ran in Cornwall in 2003.

Lee and Robert Firkins were jailed for life in 2006. Their solicitors said the revelation made by the victim's friend could "add weight" to an appeal.

Devon and Cornwall Police said his statement did not contain a specific reference about who the killer might be. A spokesman said: "An appropriate summary of the statement was disclosed to both defence teams prior to the trial." The force added it had always "supported and responded" to any requests to "further review or supply material" on the case.

The Firkins have always denied repeatedly shooting the couple, claiming they were at a pub and seeing relatives.

They were convicted after a former cellmate of Robert Firkins told the police he had confessed to the crime.

Inside Out South West is on BBC One on Monday 9 October at 19:30 BST and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

Teen stabbing: Residents to tell 'those in power' their concerns

BBC Spotlight

Safety assurances are being demanded on a Cornish estate where a teenager was stabbed.

The 14-year-old was attacked on Truro's Trelander Estate at the end of September.

A 16-year-old was arrested but later released.

Today, police and council officers will answer questions from residents. Councillor Loic Rich, who represents the area, says he wants those with the power to listen to concerns.


Police stations sold to make nearly £3.5m

Cornwall Live

Devon and Cornwall Police has made more than £3m from selling off its stations over the past five years.

'Captain Fantastic' secures incredible win for Mildenhall Speedway

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Mildenhall Fen Tigers staged a remarkable comeback to seal a thrilling victory in the National Trophy Final yesterday.

Jon Armstrong
Jeff Higgott

Trailing Plymouth Devils by 18 points after the first leg, the Suffolk side beat them 54-36 at West Row to force a race-off, in which Mildenhall skipper Jon Armstrong (pictured) beat Josh Bailey.

"This was a wonderful day for the club and yet again we have seen some incredible speedway at Mildenhall," said chairman Kevin Jolly.

"What can you say about Armo? He truly was 'Captain Fantastic' today, leading both on and off the track, as he does.

"When riding like he did today he is the true master of our track."

Dartmoor car park charges to go ahead

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Parking charges will be introduced on Dartmoor because honesty boxes "don't work", the national park authority says.

It has decided to implement the charges at Haytor, Postbridge, Meldon Reservoir and Newbridge car parks from 2018.

About 50% of those who responsed to a consultation objected to the plans.

Andrew Watson, from the authority, said the current honesty box system did not work and they were "facing increased challenges to effectively fund the maintenance of the car parks and associated facilities it has responsibility for".

He added: "With greatly reduced resources the national park has to make tough decisions in order to continue to effectively carry out its primary purpose of conservation."


Coaches take wrap for Pirates poor start

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Alan Paver says he and joint-head coach Gavin Cattle are responsible for the Cornish Pirates poor start to the season in the Championship.

The Pirates were beaten 24-31 at home by Nottingham for their fifth loss in six games this season.

Gavin Cattle (left) and Alan Paver
Brian Tempest

"We've got to improve and we've got to improve quickly and that's what me and Gav are here to do," Paver said.

"We've got to take responsibility for what goes out on that pitch and ultimately we've got to get better."

Despite only winning once the Pirates are ninth in the 12-team second tier having got five bonus points from their six games - more than any other side in either the Championship or Premiership.