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  1. Woman bit police officer in golf party fracas
  2. Elderly man hit by coach in Torquay dies
  3. Five injured in A303 Yarcombe two-vehicle crash
  4. Shops armed robberies 'believed to be connected'
  5. Homeless shelter near children's nursery 'not appropriate'
  6. Flood alert on Exmoor rivers
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

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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.

One-hundred vehicle batteries stolen in break-ins

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

More than 100 vehicle batteries and diesel have been stolen during break-ins in Ivybridge, police say.

Ivybridge Police said on Facebook that the recycling centre and South Hams Council depot, both in Ermington Road, were broken into sometime overnight between Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November.

Officers said: "At least 100 car batteries have been stolen, along with an amount of diesel."

They added: "We are waiting to see if CCTV may have caught anything."

Adams bemoans 'rubbish' Portsmouth game

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has described their League One game at Portsmouth as "rubbish"

The Pilgrims lost 1-0 in a game of few chances, with goalkeeper Remi Matthews making a mistake to allow Kai Naismith to score the only goal.

The two sides have faced each other seven times during Adams' reign.

Derek Adams
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"From my point of view it's the worst game that I've been involved in between Portsmouth and Plymouth, it was rubbish," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

Plymouth were pipped to the League Two title by Pompey last season, having knocked them out of the League Two play-offs with a last-minute goal at Home Park the season before.

"We were the better team in the first half, second half we pushed on and we went for it, but overall as a spectacle it wasn't great," said Adams.

Dartmoor quarry buildings 'were important markers'

BBC Radio Devon

The demolition of quarry buildings on Dartmoor means the loss of "such important markers" of the history of the area, a local charity says.

The Dartmoor Society said it asked the Duchy of Cornwall to reconsider plans to demolish the buildings at Merrivale, arguing they were an important part of the heritage of the moor, especially as it was the last quarry to close there. However, they have been taken down.

Society chairman Tom Greeves said: "These buildings are such important markers.

"This was the last granite quarry working in hundreds of years, and it would have served as a marker for all the lives that were connected with it, and would have been an educational resource for the future."

The duchy said the structures were taken down because they had declined in their condition. It added that it planned to "maintain the building's foundations to provide a reminder of the structures".

Weather: Rain clearing before a cold Tuesday

BBC Weather

Rain will clear to scattered showers this evening and tonight in northern locations. Further east and south it will become mainly dry, clear and with localised rural frosts developing.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).


Tuesday will be a cold day with northern locations still seeing showers, some heavy.

Dry and fairly sunny further east, but clouding over later with some evening showers possible. Also on the breezy side.

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Mum's suspicion over Torquay drugs death

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A Devon drug dealer's family said "someone's got away with murder" at an inquest into a man's death.

David Earnshaw, 36, was found dead with 54 "varying degrees" of injury and three fractured ribs at his Torquay home on 16 November 2015.

His death "could" have been caused by a series of assaults but also a pre-existing medical condition, a Plymouth inquest heard.

The coroner said it was "sadly, a very unusual case".

Mr Earnshaw's mother, Susan Earnshaw made the comment when asked if she had any questions for the pathologist.

David Earnshaw
David Earnshaw was described as a 'soft touch' by police

Tisdale pleased with Grecians' repsonse

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is pleased with the way his players responded as they beat Accrington 2-0.

Tisdale strongly criticised his side after their 3-1 loss at Crawley Town last week.

Paul Tisdale
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"The biggest factor about our performance was how determined we were, and we needed it off the back of Tuesday's dire performance at Crawley.

"We needed to get back into the top three challenging, I know we're not there yet, but we were four points behind Accrington so this pulls us back into contention.

"We want to stay there, by the time we get to Christmas and New Year we want to be in those areas of the league, so this was a really important win for us."

People with autism 'more likely as domestic abuse victims'

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

People with autism and learning disabilities are "much more likely" to be victims of domestic abuse, a charity worker says.

There's been a significant rise in the number of domestic abuse crimes being reported to Devon and Cornwall Police. In the last year, the figures have risen by a third to more than 15,000 incidents.

Roxanne Sutherland

Roxanne Sutherland (pictured), of Cornwall People First, said people with such conditions were more likely to be abused because they had "much less access to resources", particularly financially.

She added: "They're much more likely to be socially isolated, and less likely to have a support network, or have a knowledge of support systems available to them."

There is also concern many victims in other parts of society are still not coming forward, including the elderly, the deaf and those within the LGBT community.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Week is seeing a push to encourage the more vulnerable to seek help.

Police said they wanted victims to come forward

Lost treasures - and a Devon father's mission to help

BBC News Health

A year ago, a father-of three from Devon put out a desperate tweet for a little blue cup - the only vessel his 14-year-old autistic son, Ben, would drink from.

Ben had used the same type of cup since he was two and it was no longer sold.

The search went viral, with responses from around the world. And it changed Ben's father, Marc Carter's, life.

Today Ben has 591 identical cups - and Marc runs LittleBlueCup, dedicated to finding missing items that "mean the absolute world" to children like Ben.

LittleBlueCup. Pic: LittleBlueCup/Facebook

Scores of children, most with autism or other learning difficulties, were searching for treasured items that had typically been lost on holiday or needed replacing.

"Everybody has a favourite something," Marc said. "But when you are autistic that favourite something can mean the absolute world."

Through appeals on its websites and social media, the LittleBlueCup project has helped 230 families find nearly 1,800 items - ranging from cups and cuddly toys, to blankets and hats. The items are often out of production, limited edition, or were bought on holiday and are just difficult to track down.

Here are some of LittleBlueCup's current success stories.

Defence cuts: Tory MPs to take on government

The Daily Politics

Conservative Johnny Mercer on defence spending and cuts

Up to 30 Conservative MPs are prepared to hold the government’s feet to the fire on defence, a Tory member of the defence select committee said after calling on the chancellor to protect its funding.

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer said they were “not prepared to see a further degradation in this country’s military, in either budget or capability”.

Ahead of Gavin Williamson addressing the Commons for the first time as defence secretary, Mr Mercer told Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn British taxpayers would not “be prepared to see something like the size of Belgium in the UK’s armed forces”.

Gold coins stolen during Barnstaple museum break-in

BBC Radio Devon

Thousands of pounds' worth of gold coins have been stolen from Barnstaple's museum after a break-in early this morning.

Staff at the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon said the thieves made off with two limited edition Royal Mint collections worth about £15,000.

They also damaged other exhibits, as well as display cabinets and a window where they got in.

Coin display. Pic: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Shelter plan near nursery 'for people who want to improve'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A proposed homeless shelter for up to 18 people near a children's nursery in Cornwall is for people who want to "improve their lives", the housing association behind the scheme says.

Coastline Housing wants to build a shelter for up to 18 people in the Heartlands development, near Camborne.

Objectors include the manager of the Little Hearts nursery, who said the site was "not appropriate" and she was very worried that some occupants with drugs and alcohol problems would be living just across the road from dozens of children.

Coastline chief executive Allister Young said: "We're working with people who have chosen to enter into a supported environment, they've chosen to try and improve their lives.

"We work with them 24 hours a day and, during the day time, which seems to be a big concern, we run an awful lot of activities for people to try and get their lives back in order and back into a stable home."

Planning permission for the project has been applied for.

School run mums block in suspected scrap thieves

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Parents on the village school run blocked in suspected thieves with their cars, police said.

The mums from Devon reportedly saw two men stealing scrap lead from a garden and loading a Ford Transit van in Fillace Park, Horrabridge, at about 08:45.

Officers said: "The van was then blocked in by parents on the way back from the school run. Two men were arrested on suspicion of theft."

The men, aged 31 and 28 and from Birmingham, remain in custody.

Domestic abuse levels a 'greater issue than police record'

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

The amount of domestic abuse in Devon and Cornwall is a "much greater issue that we currently record", a senior police officer says.

In the last year, the figures have risen by a third to more than 15,000 incidents.

Today marks the start of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week and there's a big drive to encourage the elderly, the LGBT community and those with learning disabilities to seek help.

Det Ch Insp Craig McWhinnie, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said it was impossible to know the scale of what is happening behind closed doors.

He said: "We do believe it's a much greater issue that we currently record."

He added: "It also says to me that people are becoming more confident to report to the police and to other agencies that support people who are vulnerable."

Police officer and domestic abuse poster

Rugby: Exeter target Premiership top spot

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter boss Rob Baxter says his side are aiming to end the season on top of the Premiership for the first time.

The reigning champions finished second behind Wasps but beat them in last season's final at Twickenham.

Sunday's 20-18 win over Saracens put Exeter five points clear at the top.

Exeter Chiefs
Rex Features

"We've never won the Premiership over the regular season - that's something that we should be prepared to fight really hard for and work really hard for," Baxter said.

"We're top of the Premiership and we've got to enjoy that, we've got to relish it and not let it make us nervous or edgy."

The Chiefs came back from a 15-6 half-time deficit to beat Saracens - the first time the European champions had lost at home since March 2016.

Two suffer life-threatening injuries in crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Two people are in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Devon at the weekend, police say.

Officers said a Seat Ibiza and Land Rover Freelander crashed on an unclassified road at Batsworthy Cross, near Rackenford at about 13:40 on Saturday.

The Seat driver, a woman from the Midlands, and a male passenger were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple with "serious life-threatening injuries".

The driver of the Land Rover, a man from Exeter, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officers added.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Football: Torquay United 3-0 Leyton Orient

BBC Sport

Leyton Orient tumbled to a new low in the shape of a 3-0 humbling by fellow strugglers Torquay at the weekend.

Josh McQuoid compounded Orient's current woes with a smart finish early on at Plainmoor, courtesy of a fine cross by Ruairi Keating.

Luke Young soon made it two, intercepting a loose ball, driving at the Orient defence, and drilling home decisively.

The half-time interval did little to break Torquay's excellent momentum, and Jamie Reid extended the lead just after the break after a visiting attack broke down.

Woman bit police officer in golf party fracas

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Bethany Glasson

A woman has been fined for biting a police officer after a fight broke out at a party.

Twenty-two-year-old Bethany Glasson was ordered to pay £460 for biting the officer in the leg after being arrested at Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives in Cornwall on 10 November.

She also smashed a window and spat in the face of a security guard who was removing her after an incident broke out at the West Cornwall Golf Club annual dinner dance being held at the hotel.

Glasson, of Vellan Parc Avenue, Angarrack, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court to four offences, including assault and criminal damage.

She was ordered to pay £765 in fines, damages and compensation to her victims.

Homeless shelter near children's nursery 'not appropriate'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's concern in Camborne as Coastline Housing wants to build a homeless shelter for up to 18 people opposite a children's nursery.

The manager of the Little Hearts facility at Heartlands said she was very worried that, if approved, some occupants with drugs and alcohol problems would be living just across the road from dozens of children.

Kim Parker said it was "not appropriate" to house vulnerable residents who "may have drug and alcohol issues and as a result could be a risk to the children in the area".

Coastline Chief Executive Allister Young said it would be used to help people turn their lives around.

Planning permission for the project has been applied for.

Katie Hopkins leaves Mail Online as column dropped

The Independent

Exeter-based Katie Hopkins' column for Mail Online has been scrapped after a slew of complaints over her comments on terror attacks and other controversies.

Cornwall travel: B3275 closed after car left on roof in crash

BBC Radio Cornwall

The B3275 between Ladock and Brighton is closed due to an accident which left a car on its roof near Three Acres Farm, close to a bend.

Shop staff member thought armed robbers 'were play-acting'

David George

BBC Spotlight

Armed robberies map

Police are investigating two armed robberies in Cornwall, including one where a store staff member thought the robbers were play-acting.

The first incident was just after 14:00 on Sunday at the Post Office Stores in Four Lanes, near Redruth. The second took place 20 minutes later at a Spar shop in Stithians.

Officers said men wearing balaclavas and armed with handguns entered the premises and demanded money before fleeing in a blue hatchback car, possibly a Honda or Hyundai.

The robbers pointed a handgun at staff in both stores. Armed police and a police helicopter were involved in a search for the suspects.

The manager of the Four Lanes store said a female staff member thought the two robbers "were play-acting" when they came in, but then she "suddenly realised" when the weapon was pointed at her that "it was all very serious".

She was left "very shaken up", he added.

No-one was hurt during the robberies, but cash was stolen.

Two lorries catch fire in A38 Chudleigh crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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Two lorries have caught fire in a crash on the A38 near Chudleigh, firefighters say.

Two fire crews, police and ambulance were called to the scene at about 11:20.

Devon and Somerset and Fire and Rescue Service said: "On arrival of the crews, the lorries were well alight, however all persons involved were free and clear from both lorries."

'Hit-and-run' woman 'stable'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

A 26-year-old woman seriously injured in a "hit-and-run" is in a "stable" condition, Derriford Hospital has said.

The van was driven off from the scene in the direction of Ilfracombe where it was found by officers
The van was driven off from the scene in the direction of Ilfracombe where it was found by officers

Karma Worthington, from North Devon, was hit by a small silver van near the SQ restaurant in Exeter Road, Braunton, at about 21:25 on Friday.

The van was driven off in the direction of Ilfracombe, where it was later found, police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to the crash.

Gulls boss Owers wants 'upward trend'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay boss Gary Owers hopes United's first back-to-back wins of the season can start an upturn in results.

The Gulls beat Leyton Orient 3-0, to add to a midweek win at Sutton United, to lift the club up to 22nd in the National League.

"Hopefully this is the start of an upward trend," Owers said.

Torquay United
Rex Features

"Back-to-back victories, with another home game coming up, we should be full of confidence and optimism," he told BBC Radio Devon.

Torquay gave a debut to former Marseille and France Under-21 striker Guy Gnabouyou as a substitute as they won for the first time on a Saturday this season.

"It wasn't perfect, we could have done better in the first half and if I'm honest one or two really good chances went begging," added Owers.

"So there's always room for improvement, and that's apparent still if you look at the league table and I've warned the players about that."

Weather: A mainly cloudy afternoon but some bright spells

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly cloudy afternoon with some bright spells developing and also a scattering of showers.

These showers will merge later this afternoon and this evening to give a longer spell of rain.

It will be blustery with cool and gusty northwesterly winds. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).


Squally showers will clear during the evening to leave the rest of night with a mixture of clear spells, broken cloud and showers.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Call for homeless man to get job after he tidies up town

Cornwall Live

A Penzance taxi driver has sung the praises of a man who is believed to be homeless who spent his morning tidying up the town and is now calling for someone to employ him.

Horrendous meltdowns: Why I home-educate my daughter

Branwen Jeffreys

Education Editor

Lorna Lynch and her mother

Lorna Lynch is one of a growing number of parents home-educating a child with special needs.

In the last five years, their numbers have grown by 57% across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Almost 1,000 children with recognised needs are waiting for a school place.

For the past year, 11-year-old Emily has been educated at home, with extra educational activities arranged by her mother Lorna. Emily found school confusing and overwhelming.

"I want to learn things that I'm interested in - but it's like I can't learn anything because I don't know how and they don't tell me how."

She would become angry and lash out at other children. "The meltdowns were horrendous," says Lorna, who tried three different schools before deciding to home-educate.

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In England, where the increase in home education is highest, at 64% over the last five years, the government said it is creating more places at special schools, and is spending £222m over four years on reforms of special educational needs and disability support.

Culdrose sailor performs Changing of the Guard at palace

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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Able Seaman Stacey was among 86 sailors who performed the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace for the first time in the ceremony's 357-year history.

The sailors from 45 Royal Navy ships and establishments spent a month preparing ahead of the first ceremony on Sunday morning.

The ceremony is usually carried out by one of the five Foot Guards Regiments from the Army's Household Division.

Devon travel: Vehicle fire at A38 Chudleigh

BBC Radio Devon

The A38 near Chudleigh, Exeter-bound, is blocked due to a collision and a vehicle fire. There are long queues of traffic back to Drum Bridges.

Sky is the limit: Air ambulance marks year of night flying

BBC Radio Devon

It's a year since the Devon Air Ambulance started flying at night.

Managers said it had responded 74 times to incidents after dark, which meant people did not have to rely on being taken to hospital by land ambulance, which could take longer.

A new network of floodlit landing sites that are operated by remote control have been set up across the county as part of the work to make night flying possible.

Crews also need special equipment and training to pilot the aircraft at night.

Devon Air Ambulance

Depleted Pirates get rare Richmond win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle has hailed his depleted squad after a first win at Richmond in six years.

Pirates were without a host of dual-registered players recalled by Exeter, along with injuries and an call-up for Canada's Brett Beukeboom.

Redruth's Chris Fuca, Camborne's Kieran Westlake and Pirates Amateur hooker Danny Toolan were called to the side.

"I want to give the boys who played a lot of credit because they deserved that win," Cattle told BBC Cornwall.

Cornish Pirates at Richmond
Brian Tempest

After the 28-15 win, Cattle said he was delighted with Westlake, who plays in the fifth tier South West Premier, and Toolan, who plays in the eighth tier Cornwall and Devon league.

"The most pleasing thing was in that last 10 minutes when Kieran and Dan came on and Dan's first thing was to carry off a turnover," said Cattle.

"He's not proven at Championship or even National League level, but what we did know was that he'd bring a lot of aggression.

"They've shown a lot of commitment in and around work to train this week so I'm chuffed."

High tide times for the region

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

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


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

Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between B3193 and B3344.

A38 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A38 eastbound between Chudleigh Knighton turn off in Chudleigh Knighton and Harcombe Cross in Chudleigh, because of an earlier vehicle fire and recovery work. Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Five injured in A303 Yarcombe two-vehicle crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Yarcombe crash

Five people have been injured, three seriously, in a two-vehicle head-on crash on the A303 near Honiton, Devon, police say.

A Peugeot Partner and a BMW 218 crashed in Knightshayne Bottom, at Yarcombe, at about 16:30 on Sunday.

Officers said two women in the Peugeot were taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The 64-year-old driver, from France, sustained serious multiple injuries and her passenger, aged 79 and from Middlesex, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Three people from the BMW were taken to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. One sustained a serious leg injury, police said.

The road was closed for seven-and-a-half hours by police for an investigation. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Football: Exeter City 2-0 Accrington Stanley

BBC Sport

Hiram Boateng scored his first Exeter City goal to help end fellow League Two promotion hopefuls Accrington's seven-game unbeaten run at the weekend.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder lashed home on the stroke of half-time, then Pierce Sweeney converted an 86th-minute penalty to to get the Grecians back on track following successive away defeats.

Exeter's seventh home win of the season took them back to within a point of the automatic promotion places, while Accrington stay third.

Tourist from Oldham, 70, dies after Torquay coach crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Police vehicles at the scene of the crash

A man who has died in hospital after being hit by a coach in Torquay was a 70-year-old man on holiday from Oldham, police say.

The crash occurred at about 09:15 on Sunday at the junction of Belgrave Road and Lucius Street.

The man, who has not yet been named, was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth to be treated but died on Sunday afternoon from his injuries.

A local 49-seat coach was involved in the crash, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Illegal fishermen caught in new big-money war off Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

Intelligence has led covert teams to boats illegally landing crab and lobster in Plymouth - and it's become a serious business.

'Significant rise' in domestic abuse reports to police

BBC Spotlight

There's been a significant rise in the number of domestic abuse crimes being reported to Devon and Cornwall Police.

In the last year, the figures have risen by a third to more than 15,000 incidents.

Today marks the start of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week and there is a big drive to encourage the elderly, the LGBT community and those with learning disabilities to seek help.

Domestic abuse poster

Row over Dartmoor quarry buildings' demolition

BBC Radio Devon

It's claimed the Duchy of Cornwall has ignored a plea by a Dartmoor group to keep old quarry buildings at Merrivale.

The Dartmoor Society said it wrote to the duchy, asking it to reconsider plans to demolish the buildings, arguing they were an important part of the industrial and social heritage of the moor, especially as Merrivale was the last quarry to close.

It claimed the duchy did not reply to the letter and had knocked the buildings down.

The duchy said the structures had declined and it removed them to "mitigate the safety risks posed".