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  1. Police investigate 'hit-and-run' in Plymouth
  2. Fireworks let off on railway line
  3. Medical student jailed for running 'large scale drugs operation'
  4. Police record '155 crimes linked to badger cull in seven weeks'
  5. Lidl distribution centre to open in Exeter creating '500 jobs'
  6. Police to commemorate serving officers in WW1
  7. Brewster the pheasant takes up residence at university
  8. Kitten rescued from fire engine
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Hayley Westcott

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Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

That's all from the Cornwall and Devon BBC Local Live team for today. We're back on Monday at 08:00 with more news, travel, sport and weather.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Scene set in Plymouth for remembrance ceremony

BBC Spotlight

The Plymouth Naval memorial is the setting for a poignant remembrance ceremony.

Poppy monument

The last post will be played at 18:00 in front of the monument to mark Armistice day this weekend.

It's currently the setting for a poppy sculpture which has attracted thousands of visitors to Plymouth Hoe.


Young migrants to stay in UK despite racism, says Plymouth University research

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

New research from Plymouth University has found the majority of young people from Central and Eastern Europe living in the UK say they expect to stay, despite a rise in racial abuse since the Brexit vote.

About 1,000 young migrants were asked about their reactions to the vote and changing attitudes since the UK decided to leave the EU.

Union and European Union flag

Almost half said they had noticed an increase in racism with more than three quarters the victims of physical and verbal abuse.

The research project, "Here to Stay?" also involved the Universities of Strathclyde and Durham.

Parents and residents help Plymouth drugs bust

Devon Live

Civilian tip-offs have led to police discovering a "quantity of suspected class A heroin and cocaine" in a flat opposite a Plymouth primary school.

Two suspects were arrested on scene, and have now been released under investigation.

Enlisted WW1 Police officers lost jobs after serving

BBC Radio Devon

With Armistice Day approaching, research is under way to commemorate the 350 Devon and Cornwall police officers who left their badges behind to serve in World War One, 30 of whom were never to return.

Returning home wasn't always the end of their hardship according to researcher Mark Rothwell, who added: "In Cornwall the attitude was that if you joined the army, then you were no longer the police's concern."

Over a third of the Cornwall force, including the Chief Constable, enlisted.

Research on police in WW1

Younger generations need 'future-proofing' as technology threatens jobs

BBC Radio Cornwall

A former south west teacher says children should be "future-proofed" as one in three jobs could be replaced by a machine in years to come, according to a new report.

Royal Society says a lack of qualified teachers means "too few schools are teaching IT" - fuelling concerns young people are not being prepared for the computer science changes ahead.


Cat Lamin from Cornwall gave up her job as a primary school teacher and now travels the world teaching people about computer science and coding.

She says, "You think about how technology has progressed in the last few years - the top jobs at the moment didn't exist 10 years ago - so we need to make sure we're future-proofing younger generations so they're able to function and work in the modern workplace."

Fire service work to help Hurricane Irma effort

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Firefighters have donated a large batch of equipment to the British Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue Service, whose resources were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The Category Five Hurricane blew the roof off the Caribbean headquarters with 200mph winds, damaged all six of their stations, and destroyed the homes of many officers.

After a request from the Chief Fire Officer of the British Virgin Islands, Zebalon McLean, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, along with the charity SAFE South West, joined with other branches nationwide to help out their colleagues from across the water.

Mr McLean said: "Many officers, including myself, are extremely grateful for the kit as many of our supplies have been either damaged or lost. The helmets were a God send!"

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Lamb-ear tags stolen in Barnstaple

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Lamb-ear tags have had to be cancelled after they were stolen from a farm in Landkey, Barnstaple, police have said.

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and local auction houses have been informed, and police are asking anyone with information to contact them immediately.

Sheep with tags

£2,000 of cannabis 'found in shoe boxes' in student bedroom

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Two students from Plymouth University have been jailed after being convicted of conspiring to supply cannabis in the city, Plymouth Crown Court has heard.

Sobanan Narenthiran and Partik Doshi, both 21, ran the "large scale drugs operation" at their shared accomodation from September 2015 until January 2016.

Officers found "£2,000 worth" of the Class B drug in Doshi's bedroom.

Narenthiran has been jailed for two years and nine months, while Doshi has been jailed for two years.

Beeching cuts station signs expected to fetch £60,000

BBC News England

Fourteen signs from "lost" English railway stations that closed in the 1960s and 70s are up for sale, including one in Devon.

They form part of a collection of railway memorabilia that could fetch up to £60,000, auctioneers said.

North Tawton railway station is included along with other stations such as Chilvers Coton, near Coventry and St Ann's Park, Bristol.

Items dating from the early 20th century up to the 1970s, are among the selection of items discovered in a garage in Wiltshire.

railways signs
The signs are part of a wider collection of station signs and memorabilia

Use of controversial weedkiller 'can no longer be justified'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A South West MEP says the use of a controversial weedkiller can "no longer be justified for use", as farmers in Cornwall welcome an EU decision to postpone a vote on banning it.

Molly Scott Cato, from the Green Party, says "The use of it on the farm and the convenience that gives you against the threat to public health means my own position is glyphosate can no longer be justified for use."

She added that seems to be "An opinion that's increasingly supported in Europe."

Farmers though say that not using the herbicide would mean much more expensive crops for the consumer.

One UN study called the chemical "probably carcinogenic", but other scientists said it was safe to use.

Kitten stuck in fire engine

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A three-month-old kitten has been rescued after being found stuck in a fire engine in Plymouth.

At about 09:00, crews at Camels Head Fire Station heard a "cat meowing" from one of the vehicles.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

A thermal image camera found the feline under the cab of the vehicle, above the engine.

The kitten was rescued and moved to a box. It was made comfortable with a blanket before being picked up by the RSPCA.

Christmas dinner in a box comes to Devon

Devon Live

Two dads have come up with an idea and been overwhelmed by the response after they started delivering Christmas dinner in a box, with all the vegetables and meat ready prepared.

Van 'destroyed' in 'deliberate' blaze

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a van was "deliberately" set on fire.

Officers were called to the Torre area of Torquay on Thursday evening.

Police said the blaze "destroyed" the green Citroën Relay and have appealed for witnesses.

Two banks to close in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Barclays Bank has confirmed its two branches in Hayle and Redruth will close in February.

In Hayle, the bank says it has only 117 regular customers who make transactions over the counter with a member of staff while in Redruth there are 181.

Barclays says it has not made the decision lightly and all of their customers will receive a letter with colleagues on hand to "assist customers with any concerns they may have."

Rural areas are most affected by bank closures as more people switch to banking online, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Barclays bank

Devon travel: Broken-down vehicle on M5

BBC Radio Devon

In Sowton, there's a broken-down vehicle on the A376 near the M5 J30 service areas. Drivers are being asked to approach the area with caution

Lottery funding for 'threatened' Devon and Cornwall dunes

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Sand dunes in Devon and Cornwall are among nine UK sites set to receive conservation funding.

Braunton Burrows in North Devon, and Cornwall's Penhale Dunes and the coastal stretch from Gwitihian to Mexico Towans will receive a share of a £4.1m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to restore and conserve the habitats.

Andrew Sells, Natural England’s chairman, said: “We’re really excited about this fantastic project to save our dunes and give more people the opportunity to learn about our fascinating wildlife.

"Dunes are not only a backdrop to a day at the seaside – they are home to some of our rarest species and are in desperate need of help. That’s why we’re working with our partners from across the conservation movement to tackle this problem together.”

Braunton Burrows

Conservationists told the BBC sand dunes are listed as the habitat most at risk in Europe and are a sanctuary for endangered plants and animals.

However, many are being smothered and fixed by a tide of invasive scrub, becoming sterile, grassy hillocks, they added.

Medical student jailed for running 'large scale drugs operation'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A medical student from Plymouth University has been jailed for two years and nine months after running a "large scale drugs operation" from his shared accommodation, the city court has heard.

Sobanan Narenthiran, 21, was convicted of conspiring to supply cannabis from September 2015 until January 2016. He has been suspended from his five year course.

Fellow student, Partik Doshi, 21, was jailed for two years after admitting to supply the Class B drug.

Badger cull 'necessary' despite 'crimes' in Devon

BBC Spotlight

The National Farmers Union (NFU) in Devon says the badger cull is "necessary" despite 155 crimes recorded as being linked to it over the course of seven weeks in autumn 2017.

Seven-and-a-half thousand police shifts have been devoted to cull-related activities in the South West which have been paid for by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).


Anti-cull campaigners believe vaccination is a better way to try to eradicate the spread of bovine TB and the police operation across the wider cull area is "a waste of public money".

But David George from the NFU says bovine TB is a disease that causes "immense misery for farming families" and that people mustn't forget "the cost of bovine TB to the farming industry and to taxpayers is hundreds of thousands of pounds a year."

Somme shrouds first seen in Devon to be displayed in London

BBC Breakfast

The 19,240 figures that were laid out in a park in Exeter last year to represent the death toll on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, are being displayed in London.

They'll be laid out in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark Armistice day.

Each 12in (30cm) figure represents a British soldier who was killed at the start of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.

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Devonport 'suspicious package' declared 'benign'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Bomb disposal experts investigating a "suspicious package" near Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth have declared the object "benign", the Ministry of Defence has said.

The package was discovered at about 11:00. The road in the Granby Gate area is set to re-open shortly.

'Quarter tonne bronze bell' stolen from St Austell garden

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A large bronze bell dating from 1884 has been stolen from a public garden in St Austell, Cornwall, police have said.

The Warner Bros London bell, weighing about a quarter of a tonne and worth an estimated £8,000, was taken from its chain in Pine Lodge Gardens during the night of 7 November.

Police are appealing for information, particularly from anyone who may have been offered the bell for sale as scrap metal or an antique.

Bronze bell
Devon and Cornwall Police

This weekend's weather: cloudy, cool, and a little damp

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Saturday looks cloudy, wet, and windy near the coasts for most of the day, although the east of the region may be lucky with some drier and brighter periods.

Maximum Temperature of 14C (57F).

Weather from Devon

A cool, breezy day on Sunday with sunshine, occasional showers, and a maximum temperature of 10C (50F).

New Lidl distribution centre represents '£55m investment in local economy'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A Lidl distribution centre, which opens in Exeter today, will "represent a £55m investment in the local economy", according to the chain's regional director.

Mark Henry says the expansion into the South West "shows the confidence we have in the region".

lidl shop sign

As part of the development, the supermarket said it has also negotiated deals with 14 local suppliers worth £100m over five years.

Five hundred people will be employed on the site, which is close to the M5.

Bomb squad investigating 'suspicious package' in Plymouth

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed bomb disposal experts are investigating a "suspicious package" found near Devonport Naval Base.

The road in the Granby Gate area was sealed off following the discovery at about 11:00, the Plymouth Herald reports.

The investigation is ongoing.

Severe disruption: A38 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A382 Newton Road and A384.

A38 Devon - A38 closed and stop-start traffic in both directions between Drum Bridges in Heathfield and Dartbridge Junction in Buckfast, because of a police incident.

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

Devon hotel 'risks losing licence' if high noise levels continue

BBC Radio Devon

A hotel in Paignton has been told to reduce noise or risk losing its licence.

The Torbay Court Hotel went before the local licensing committee on Thursday night.

It's been ordered to install its own PA system with noise limiters, and also to allow no more than six people to stand outside the hotel smoking at any one time.

The ruling come after complaints from some local residents.

Cornish farmers welcome EU postponement of weedkiller ban vote

BBC Radio Cornwall

Farmers in Cornwall using a controversial weedkiller have welcomed an EU decision to postpone a vote on banning it.

Some studies show glyphosate is bad for wildlife and could be carcinogenic.

But farmers say not using the herbicide would mean much more expensive crops for the consumer.


Naked man 'smashes up' police station door and van

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man has been taken to hospital after injuring himself "smashing up cars" as well as a "police station door and police van" in North Devon.

Police were called to reports "concerning the welfare" of a naked man in Princess Avenue in Ilfracombe on Wednesday night.

The man was taken to hospital where he remains.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 and J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a broken down caravan.

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

Fireworks let off on railway line

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Fireworks have been let off on a railway line in Devon, police have said.

It happened on the line at Shaldon Bridge, Teignmouth, on Thursday evening.

Police could not find those responsible. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

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Family pays tribute to 'devoted daddy' who died in motorbike crash

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The family of a 44-year-old man who died when the motorbike he was riding crashed, have paid tribute to him.

Steve Rossiter was "an adored husband, devoted daddy and a much loved son and brother" who "had time for everyone".

In a statement, the family added he was a "true gentleman".

The crash happened on 30 October at about 18:20 at Carn Grey near St Austell.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Steve Rossiter

Exeter guitar maker celebrates anniversary

Devon Live

Hugh Manson is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his guitar shop in Exeter’s McCoy’s Arcade in Fore Street, which has become a "renowned musical beacon".

Brewster the pheasant roosts with 'mirror friends'

BBC Radio Devon

A pheasant, nick-named Brewster, has taken up residence on campus at the University of Exeter.

The male bird is roosting in a mirrored piece of artwork that's part of the university's sculpture trail.

pheasant in mirror

Students and university staff say Brewster can often been seen peering at his own reflection.

Animal behaviour experts think he may believe he's looking at other pheasants when really it's just a mirror image of himself.

Devon boy writes song to raise money for sick children

BBC Radio Devon

A nine-year-old boy from North Devon has written a song to help raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Reuben Jones from Braunton worked on the project with his singer/songwriter dad over the summer holidays.

He was inspired by Jim who has performed live on BBC Radio 2 under the name, Small Town Jones.

The single is called When I grow up and Reuben wants all the money raised to go to charity.

He said: "I think it's a great thing to do, helping other children who are feeling unwell or in hospitals anywhere in the world, from Africa to America."

Reuben Jones

Tiny double yellow lines 'baffle' locals

Tiny markings have been painted on a section of road, baffling residents.

The lines were painted after a section of the road in Hayle, Cornwall was removed and then re-laid by a utilities company as part of gas service work.

Cornwall Council say the "new lines replace lines which had faded on the piece of road reinstated".

It has not yet been confirmed if the rest of the lines will be re-painted, as reported in Cornwall Live.

Tiny double yellow lines 'baffle' Cornwall locals

Devon students heading to Parliament

BBC Radio Devon

Students from Ivybridge Community College will be hearing about the workings of the House of Lords from one of the South West's peers today.

Lord Robin Teverson served as a Liberal Democrat MEP before entering the upper house.

He'll be explaining the role and work of the 800 Lords who scrutinise bills before they become law.

house of lords