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Summary

  1. Devon millionaire's death case in High Court
  2. Man arrested after 'making threats to kill' with firearm
  3. Disgraced NHS boss Vasco-Knight loses CBE
  4. Woman treated for smoke inhalation after bedroom fire
  5. Funding boost for Cornwall 'eco-town'
  6. Toys R Us confirm Devon store closures
  7. Fire service welcomes oxygen masks for pets
  8. Updates on Tuesday 5 December 2017

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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.

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Surgeons treat woman injured in Torquay street fight

BBC Radio Devon

A woman has had surgery for a leg injury after a fight erupted in a Torquay street.

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BBC

Two men were also injured, suffering facial injuries, in St Margaret's Road at about 20:40 on 29 November, said police.

Officers are asking anyone who saw the fight break out to contact them.

Derelict boat returns to home port after rescue

The only counter-stern lugger in the country has returned to Newlyn, where it was built about 100 years ago.

The Ocean Pride was found derelict in a Sussex boatyard and was transferred by low loader.

The transport got stuck in the narrow streets of Newlyn for two hours, but the fishing boat is now in place for restoration work to begin.

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Four injured in three car crash on A39 at Hartland in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

Four people have been injured in a three-car crash in north Devon.

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BBC

All casualties were treated at the scene of the crash on the A39 at Hartland at about 13:00 said emergency services.

Their condition is not known.

Weather update: Cloudy night with risk of gales tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy night with some outbreaks of light rain affecting coastal areas.

It will turn breezier by dawn especially around coasts and over high ground.

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BBC

Looking ahead to Wednesday, it will start cloudy and will turn wet as the day goes on.

Strong winds will also develop with a risk of gales in many parts by the evening, perhaps with severe gales around exposed coasts.

Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F)

Hodges expects tough Oxford City test

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City boss Lee Hodges says his side face a tough task when they travel to oxford City in National League South tonight.

Lee Hodges
Truro City FC

The White Tigers could go second with a win against an Oxford side who are just above the relegation zone, but were narrowly knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday by Notts County.

"Their league stats say they're right down there in the mix, but they're on a fantastic run and bringing in a lot of new faces, so it'll be a difficult game for us," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Former health boss stripped of CBE after fraud

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The disgraced NHS boss, Paula Vasco-Knight, is to be stripped of her CBE.

She came under fire earlier this year after she admitted fraudulently paying her husband for a publication that never existed, while working as the CEO at South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and national lead for equalities for NHS England.

The former health boss is one of eight people nationally to have had their honours annulled for bringing the system into disrepute.

Earlier this year she was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours unpaid work by Exeter Crown Court.

Paula Vasco-Knight
BBC

Millionaire death widow not 'in it for the money'

It was "nonsense" to say that a widow accused of involvement in the death of her businessman husband was engaged in legal proceedings "for the money", the High Court has heard.

Ukrainian Ganna Ziuzina, 38, has asked for a ruling that she did not murder millionaire Barry Pring from Devon, who died in a hit-and-run in Kiev on their first wedding anniversary in 2008.

Mr Pring's family, who are based in Tiverton, believe the 47-year-old IT consultant's death was deliberate and premeditated and that Ms Ziuzina, who has changed her name by deed poll to Julianna Moore, was implicated, said the the judicial officer.

If that belief was proved to be correct, the forfeiture rule - which precludes a person who has unlawfully killed another from benefiting in consequence - would "unquestionably" apply, he added.

Any hearing is unlikely before autumn 2018.

Barry Pring and Anna Ziuzina
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Mr Pring died shortly after his first wedding anniversary in 2008

Weather update: Dry afternoon for most with some showers

BBC Weather

It's going to be a dry afternoon for many, but a few light showers are possible around the coast with maximum temperatures of 10C (50F).

Looking ahead to this evening, it'll be largely cloudy with one or two light outbreaks of rain continuing to affect coastal areas.

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Firefighters deal with overturned car in Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Firefighters were called to an overturned car in Torpoint.

Crews from the town, Liskeard and Bodmin attended the single-vehicle crash at about 06:00.

The scene was made safe and the crews assisted the police.

Highways were also contacted because of mud on the road.

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GB weightlifter Webster's appeal fails

BBC Sport

Sonny Webster competed for Team GB at Rio 2016
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Rio 2016 British weightlifter Sonny Webster has admitted defeat after spending his life savings in an attempt to overturn a four-year doping ban.

Four months ago, an out-of-competition test showed trace amounts of ostarine - which is used to treat osteoporosis.

Webster, 23, who used to be an Ivybridge College student, has twice since rejected offers to halve the punishment by pleading guilty, insisting he does not know how it got into his system.

"I was prepared to do everything in my power to prove the truth," he said.

"I was never going to admit to something that I had not done intentionally, regardless of the consequences."

Webster was the only British competitor in the men's weightlifting at the Rio Olympics, and finished 14th in the 94kg category. He was fifth when competing for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Fishing vessel returns to Newlyn

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

A fishing vessel has returned to the Cornish town where it was built about 100 years ago.

Earler, the low loader, which was carrying the boat, got stuck for about two hours as the lorry navigated Newlyn's streets.

The vessel, called Ocean Pride, was discovered rotting away in a Sussex boatyard.

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Man quizzed by police after firearms incident

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man is still being questioned by police after a firearms incident near Liskeard, in Cornwall.

Police were called at about 19:30 on Monday to a property.

The force helicopter, officers and police dogs all attended. No-one was injured.

The 58-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and firing a weapon, police said.

Exeter Airport owner snaps up Bournemouth Airport

Rigby Group has snapped up Bournemouth Airport from Manchester Airports Group for an undisclosed sum, helping raise its profile in the south.

Bournemouth Airport - which currently offers flights to 22 European locations - serves as a base for Ryanair and TUI, and handled 700,000 passengers in 2016.

Rigby Group said the takeover helps boost its position as a "highly credible alternative to the major London Airports."

It adds to a portfolio that already includes Norwich, Exeter and Coventry Airports, alongside contracts to operate Solent, City of Derry and Blackpool airports.

Exeter Airport
BBC

Disgraced NHS boss Vasco-Knight loses CBE

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Former health boss Paula Vasco-Knight has been stripped of her CBE, after pleading guilty to fraud earlier this year.

She is one of eight people nationally to have had their honours annulled for bringing the system into disrepute.

Paula Vasco-Knight
NHS

Vasco-Knight admitted paying her husband £11,000 for work on a publication which never existed while CEO at South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and national lead for equalities for NHS England.

Earlier this year she was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours unpaid work by Exeter Crown Court.

She was awarded the CBE in the New Year's Honours list of 2013.

Man has broken nose after road rage incident

A man has a broken nose following a fight between two men after a road rage incident in Plymouth, police have said.

It happened between 15:50 and 16:10 on Sunday at Marsh Mills roundabout.

A grey Skoda Fabia and a grey VW Polo were both involved.

Following an altercation between the two drivers, one of the drivers, a man in his 20s, was assaulted by the other driver, officers said.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Marsh Mills
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Two sheep killed in livestock worrying incident

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Two sheep have been killed and one injured after being worried by dogs in Newton Abbot.

It happened in the Reddaford Water area of Dartmoor on Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Three sheep are still missing.

Dog walkers are being urged by the police to keep their animals under control when around livestock.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force.

Health monitoring service re-commissioned after challenge

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

NHS Kernow has agreed to re-commission a health monitoring service after a seriously ill man from North Cornwall challenged its decision to stop offering it.

Solicitors acting for Ian Wyness from Davidstow argued that ending the Telehealth service was unlawful - something NHS Kernow denied.

Telehealth remotely monitors patients' vital signs and transmits the information via phone or broadband.

Earlier, at an NHS Kernow meeting, commissioners agreed on a different Telehealth service for a much smaller group of patients from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from April 2018.

Toys R Us confirm Devon store closures

Carys Edwards

Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Toys R Us has confirmed that stores at Exeter and Plymouth are to close next year.

It's part of plans to close at least 26 UK stores to cut costs as it faces an increasingly competitive market from online retailers.

Toys R Us shop front
BBC

A spokesperson said that all stores will remain open throughout Christmas and the new year, and are expected to close their doors in the spring.

Both stores will continue to honour gift cards and Take Time to Pay agreements, and there will be no change to their returns policy.

Staff losing their jobs will be redeployed where possible.

Yellow warning for snow and ice in Devon and Cornwall

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for parts of Devon and Cornwall on Saturday and Sunday.

The Met Office said snow showers are expected as well as some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

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Police appeal after minibus 'arson'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after what's believed to be arson to a minibus in Cornwall.

It happened to the parked vehicle in Boyton, Launceston in the early hours of Monday morning.

Anyone with information is being asked to call 101.

Fishing vessel gets stuck on return to Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The fishing vessel that's returning to the Cornish town where it was built has got stuck on a low loader.

Ocean Pride was discovered rotting away in a Sussex boatyard and is on her way to Newlyn - where she was constructed about 100 years ago.

It is the only counter-stern lugger left in the country.

Lugger stuck by house
BBC

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

High Court 'only legal forum' for millionaire death widow

BBC Spotlight

The widow of a Devon businessman wants his case to go to the High Court so it can rule she was not involved in his murder.

Barry Pring and Anna Ziuzina
Pring family

Barry Pring was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Kiev, Ukraine in 2008.

His family, who are based in Tiverton, has accused his widow, Ganna Ziuzina of a pre-arranged conspiracy.

Ms Ziuzina says Mr Pring's family is "completely wrong" in their belief and she has told the High Court it is the only legal forum where she can answer the "unfounded allegation" against her.

Today's judgement could grant a High Court trial that would give Ms Ziuzina a chance to clear her name and get a share of Mr Pring's £2m estate.

Glass smashed in chemist burglary

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A store glass panel was smashed in a burglary at a chemist in Tiverton.

Police were called at about 04:20 on Monday after reports of an incident at Boots Chemist on Fore Street.

The suspect was male and wearing all dark clothing with a dark coloured woollen hat.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

'Derelict' fishing vessel returns home to Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A unique fishing vessel, discovered rotting away in a Sussex boatyard, is returning to the Cornish fishing village where she was built about 100 years ago.

The PZ 134 Ocean Pride is the only counter-stern lugger left in the country and she's on her way to Newlyn where the hope is she will be restored to her former glory.

Ocean Pride
BBC

Coxswain of the Penlee Lifeboat, Patch Harvey - whose grandfather used to own the Ocean Pride - said he stumbled across her by accident.

"One evening, looking at Facebook, some photographs popped up of this old, derelict boat not looking in a very good state. And then it just dawned on me it was the Ocean Pride.

"From then on, I just talked to a few people about it and the chances of maybe getting her back and it's just gone from strength to strength."

Devon travel: A383 blocked by accident

BBC Radio Devon

In Newton Abbot, the A383 Greenhill Way is partially blocked due to an accident at Priscott Way.

Human remains found in Plymouth

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Human remains have been found at the Drake Circus leisure extension site in Plymouth.

They are thought to date from the 18th or 19th Century although investigations into their origin are continuing.

In a statement, British Land said they "may have been missed when the Charles Church graveyard burials were moved to Ford Park cemetery during the re-modelling of the road system around Charles Church after the Second World War".

Funding for Exeter to encourage people to be more active

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The Exeter area is to share millions of pounds of Lottery funding to try to get people to become more active.

It is one of 12 places in the UK where efforts will be made to break down the barriers including poor routes, safety and cost which experts say stop people accessing sport.

Plans include creating better opportunities and easier access to many types of physical activities such as walking or cycling schemes.

The project will look at things like the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs.

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Cornwall fire service thanks donors for pet oxygen masks

BBC Radio Cornwall

Firefighters have been thanking donors of lifesaving equipment designed to help pets rescued from house fires.

Kits including pet oxygen masks have now been placed on 31 fire engines in Cornwall.

They have been donated by various organisations including the RSPCA.

Dogs, cats and even parrots have already been helped around the country with the equipment.

Dog handler, Mark Smith said: "It's great that people come together for a unique cause and that we can promote this among the service as a facility we can provide."

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Widow wants name cleared in millionaire husband's death

BBC Spotlight

The case of a Devon-born businessman who died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Ukraine could be looked at in a High Court trial - if his widow's request is granted.

Barry Pring died in Kiev nearly 10 years ago in February 2008, when he and his wife Ganna Ziuzina were trying to hail a taxi home after a meal celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

His family, who live in the Tiverton area, have accused Ms Ziuzina of taking part in a pre-arranged conspiracy or contract killing.

A judgement could grant a High Court trial which would give Ms Ziuzina a chance to clear her name and get a share of Mr Pring's £2m estate which has been frozen because of the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Pring and Ziuzina
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Barry Pring and Ganna Ziuzina were married in 2007

Back of the net! Footballers chosen for trials in Spain

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two young Cornwall football players have been invited to Spain to trial at Real Madrid's world famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Rosie Shipp from Gunwalloe and Aiden Jolliffe from Helston were spotted by coaches during an event hosted at partner club Culdrose Youth FC.

They'll take part in the trials next May.

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Dog stuck up tree after chasing squirrel

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has released pictures of a dog that had to be rescued from a tree after chasing a squirrel.

Firefighters were called to Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, after the animal was "too frightened to come down" on Monday.

dog up tree
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

The dog was stuck about 20ft (6m) up the tree that was at a 30 degree angle, the fire service said.

Fire crews used a triple extension ladder to rescue the animal.

dog in tree
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service