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  1. Fatal blaze: Firefighter told 'if she's dead, it's on you'
  2. Girl gets £20m for birth injuries at Devon hospital
  3. Firefighters tackle roof fire at pub
  4. Woman fatally injured after being found by car
  5. Plymouth nightclub deaths a 'moment of madness'
  6. Man fatally injured in Truro motorcycle crash named
  7. Cause of scrapyard fire involving 30 cars 'accidental'
  8. 'Hundreds of fish' thrown away due to sea bass quota
  9. Couple interrupted by dog cliff fall to go on second date
  10. Updates on Monday 11 December 2017

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Lynne French

BBC News Online

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 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.

'Thousands of pounds' of seabass discarded

Fishermen are being forced to throw "thousands of pounds" worth of seabass away due to strict fishing quotas.

Plymouth fisherman Steven Walker said: "Years gone by we used to jump up and down to see the bass come onto the boat.

"Now we are very sad that we have to throw it away."

Another Plymouth-based fisherman, Joel Dunn believed that in one trip, a colleague was forced to throw £23,000 worth of fish back into the sea.

Fisheries ministers from across the EU are meeting today to set next year's sea bass quota.

Firefighters rescue trapped child

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Firefighters were forced to break a car window in the Plymouth area to rescue a two-year-old child trapped inside.

The mother called the fire service after realising that the car had become locked with the keys, and her child, locked inside.

The child was uninjured.

Weather update: Freezing fog possible

BBC Weather

Tonight there will be a few showers with clear spells in between, but isolated freezing fog patches may form in prone spots across Devon.

Temperatures will tumble under clear spells with a widespread frost, leading to a minimum temperature of -2 Deg C (28 Deg F)


Tomorrow: Any showers will ease away to leave a fine morning with some sunny spells, although it will still feel cold.

Skies will turn cloudier through the afternoon with patchy rain arriving by evening.

Maximum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F)

Fatal Truro crash victim named

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist who died in a three-vehicle crash in Tregony near Truro has been named by police as 53-year-old David Lawrence from the St Austell area.

Mr Lawrence was riding his motorbike out of Tregony when he collided with a Land Rover on Friday 1 December.

He later died in Treliske Hospital of his injuries.

No one else was injured in the accident.

'Big flames and thick black smoke' in Crafthole pub blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

Eyewitnesses have described "big flames coming out of the main chimney and thick black smoke" in a serious fire at the Finnygook Inn at Crafthole.


"It doesn’t look good. It's a fantastic pub, I'm crying for them," said local Mike Luker.

Firefighters from Torpoint, Saltash and Liskeard along with crews from Launceston, St Austell and St Dennis are there with an aerial ladder.


Police are advising people to avoid the area due to the traffic with the B3247 blocked in both directions says BBC Travel South West.More travel news tweets here.

BreakingFirefighters tackle fire at Finnygook Inn pub in Crafthole

BBC Radio Cornwall

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a pub in Crafthole.

Claire Abbot

Appliances from Torpoint, Saltash, Liskeard, and Looe were called to the Finnygook Inn pub.

"Please be ok lovely little pub, you are my favourite!" tweeted Claire Abbot.

'Milestone' reached in £1m Teignbridge savings plan

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Sixty council employees have now made the "milestone" move into the new "Riverside" building in Bideford, as part of Torridge District Council's plan to deliver £1m of savings.

The council have now realised £878,000 in savings against the £1,000,000 target.

The move is part of the Council's "Transforming Torridge" plan, in which all council services will move to one site to improve efficiency and decrease expenditure ahead of planned government funding cuts.

Cllr Jane Whittaker, leader of Torridge District Council said: "The overall aim is to continue to find ways to save money in the face of reducing Central Government grants but without compromising the level of service we offer residents and visitors".

Bretonside coffin uncovers Cookworthy link

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A lead coffin unearthed during demolition of Bretonside bus station has been revealed to be the daughter of well-known Plymouth porcelain manufacturer and Quaker, William Cookworthy.

Investigations discovered a name plate on the coffin, identifying the remains as those of Elizabeth Cookworthy, who died on 9 October 1833 at the age of 90.

The area was cleared and levelled in 1956 for the construction of the bus station, but Elizabeth's coffin remained undiscovered due to the depth of the grave, a symbol of her status.

Her coffin has been taken to a secure chapel of rest, and measures are being taken to ensure that she is re-interred in Plymouth in a Quaker fashion.

Christmas tree causes problems on Devon road

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It is believed that this festive obstacle has now been cleared.

A snowy day on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

BBC weatherwatcher Selisnaps has sent in this beautiful view of the snow-capped moors from Okehampton:

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BreakingGirl gets £20m for birth injuries at Devon hospital

A girl has been awarded £20m in damages for birth injuries suffered in a Devon hospital.

Her brain was starved of oxygen during her delivery at Barnstaple’s North Devon District Hospital.

The eight-year-old, who cannot be identified, is described as "bright and outgoing" but is severely disabled by cerebral palsy, London's High Court heard.

Her condition affects all four limbs, said her barrister, Christopher Gibson QC.

Firefighter told 'if she's dead, it's on you'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of a Plymouth woman has heard a call handler told a worried neighbour the smell from a house fire was "only smoke in the area".

Crews did not arrive at the scene of the blaze for 90 minutes after the first call, by which time Ms Wigmore, 76, had died from smoke inhalation, the inquest heard.

One of the firefighters attending was shouted at when he arrived at Sussex Road, Plymouth, by a neighbour who said "you should have been here two hours ago" and that "if she's dead, it's on you", the inquest also heard.

Station manager David Roddy who led an investigation confirmed that one officer in the control room was dismissed with immediate effect and another officer received a final written warning and re-training.

He said: "This was an individual failing rather than an organisational failing".

Molly Wigmore's house

The coroner Ian Arrow recorded a narrative conclusion.

Fire deployment 'overruled' in 'breach of procedure'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of Molly Wigmore, 76, in a Plymouth house fire has found that a crew deployment was "overruled" in a "breach of procedure".

According to station manager David Roddy, who led an investigation, following a call reporting a smell of smoke a minimum of one pump should have been deployed immediately to Ms Wigmore's house, about a mile-and-a-half from Camel's Head Fire Station.

However, the senior operator overruled sending a pump to a call about "smoke in the area", the inquest heard.

Mr Roddy called it "an individual failing rather than an organisational policy failing".

Molly Wigmore died at her home on 19 October 2016 after fire crews took more than 90 minutes to reach her.

Ms Wigmore's sister Sheila said: "Molly was a loving lady. I am satisfied this was a one off but it is too tragic".

Molly Wigmore's house

The coroner Ian Arrow recorded a narrative conclusion.

Officers 'failed to deal with calls with due diligence'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A Plymouth inquest heard that two fire control room officers "failed to deal with calls with due diligence".

Molly Wigmore, 76, died at her home on 19 October 2016 after firefighters took more than 90 minutes to get there.

One senior officer was sacked from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the second call-handler was given a final written warning and given re-training.

Station manager David Roddy who carried out an investigation said the control operators should have taken 'more care' over three calls to take the right course of action.

The coroner Ian Arrow recorded a narrative conclusion.

Molly Wigmore
Sheila Wigmore

Elderly woman 'robbed of late husband's gift'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

An elderly woman has been robbed of a Christmas gift from her late husband, police have said.

The woman was shopping in Barnardo's charity shop in the St Marychurch area of Torquay on 6 December when her handbag was stolen.

The bag was a gift from her partner last Christmas. He has since passed away and the item was of "great sentimental value", police said.

PC Leah Taylor said: "This is such a heartless crime. Not only has the aggrieved suffered a financial loss but an emotional one too".

"The impact of losing a cherished link to a loved one is difficult to measure".

The handbag is red with a shoulder strap. Police are appealing for information.


Cause of scrapyard fire involving 30 cars 'accidental'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Firefighters that battled a blaze that involved 30 scrapped cars have confirmed the cause of the fire was accidental.

Crews are still monitoring the scene at the Milber Trading Estate, Newton Abbot.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received 30 calls reporting the blaze earlier on Monday.

At its peak, five fire engines were at the scrapyard tackling the blaze.

Plymouth garage damaged by 'severe fire'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A garage has been damaged by a "severe fire" in Plymouth.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a blaze at a property on Oreston Road just before 13:00.

Two fire engines were sent to the garage which was detached and separated from the main house.

On arrival, smoke and flames were seen coming from the building, the fire service said.

The fire was kept contained to the garage. The cause of the blaze was accidental, the fire service said.

Gulls boss Owers concerned after Tranmere loss

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United boss Gary Owers says his side deserved their 3-0 loss at Tranmere Rovers.

The Gulls dropped back to 22nd in the National League after their first loss in four games.

Gary Owers
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"In spite of being much improved in recent weeks I didn't think that we went out there with any real belief in the first 45 minutes," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"I suppose I'm concerned now that we seem to have a weakness defending crosses and opposition teams are scoring goals in our six yard box from bog-standard balls into the box.

"We just needed to play with a lot more intent and conviction - they were the words I was using at half time, we've had that in recent weeks, but it was missing today for some reason. We have to find that conviction very quickly."

Woman fatally injured after being found by car

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A woman has died after she was found lying on a pavement in front of her car near Hayle, police have said.

It happened on Trevere Close in Connor Downs on Sunday.

Officers were called at 07:35 to reports of the woman lying in front of her red Daewoo Matiz.

The woman, 66, who was local to the area, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, in Truro, where she later died. Her next of kin have been informed.

The death is not believed to be suspicious. However, the circumstances surrounding her death are being investigated and a post-mortem is due to take place.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Fatal fire: 'Service won't face manslaughter charges'

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service will not face corporate manslaughter charges after taking more than 90 minutes to reach a fire in which an elderly woman died, an inquest has heard.

Molly Wigmore, who was 76, was found in the bedroom of her Plymouth home on 19 October 2016.

An inquest in the city heard that a neighbour called 999 at 05:13 reporting a smell of smoke and an alarm going off.

Det Con Glenn Harrop, from Devon and Cornwall Police, told the inquest another neighbour called emergency services at 06:43 and it was at 06:46 that a fire engine was dispatched.

He also told the inquest that Ms Wigmore was in poor health and for these reasons it "couldn't be proved beyond all reasonable doubt" whether the delay in sending the fire engine resulted in Ms Wigmore's death.

The inquest continues.

HM Coroners office Plymouth

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J29, A30 (Exeter) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), 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

Extra armed officers in region 'purely for reassurance'

BBC Radio Devon

A greater armed police presence in Devon and Cornwall is "purely for reassurance", the region's police force has said.

Officers with visible weapons and sniffer dogs will be patrolling key locations and events throughout the region over the festive period.

Ch Supt Jim Nye said: "There is no increase in threat so I'd like to reassure the public that nothing has changed but it's only right at certain locations at this time of year which get quite busy and quite crowded.

"I think it's the reality of the times. There is a terrorist threat right across the country so it's only sensible that we take precautions. But I'd like the public to come up and speak to the officers and they'll explain what they're doing. This is purely for reassurance and I hope the public see it as that."

officers in Exeter

Mousehole harbour lights damaged before switch on

Cornwall Live

With less than a week to go, Mousehole's volunteers are working to repair illuminations that have been damaged.

Cash machine 'ram-raid' at shop

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A car has been driven into the front doors of a Devon shop in an attempt to steal a cash machine.

The "ram-raid" happened at the Co-op store, on the Trago Mills site in Newton Abbot, at 02:00 on Sunday.

A black coloured Mitsubishi Shogun was used to force entry through the front doors of the shop, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The offenders fled the scene empty-handed in a silver estate car, leaving the Mitsubishi Shogun behind.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Police appeal after woman goes missing from Plymouth

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Police are asking for help to find a 38-year-old woman who has gone missing from Plymouth.

Charlie Lee, also known as Charlotte, was last seen at an address in the city at about 00:30 on Sunday.

She is described as white, of slim build, with dark hair normally worn in a ponytail.

She normally wears a short black leather jacket and denim jeans, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact 101.

Charlotte Lee

Horses loose on road in Truro

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police has received a report of three horses on the loose in Cornwall.

The animals were spotted on a road near the Shell Garage at Playing Place in Truro at 11:15, police say.

People are being asked to make checks on any horses they may have in the area.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact 101.

police statement

Tisdale unhappy with 'wishy-washy' Exeter

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says his side were 'not good enough' after their 3-1 loss at Colchester United.

City were 3-0 down inside the first 30 minutes as they lost their third successive away game in League Two.

Paul Tisdale
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"I think generally it was a poor performance. A really wishy-washy first half," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"I'm really disappointed with the way we played, I don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water just yet, but we need to respond.

"That's two away games recently where we've played like that and it's not good enough."

Devon travel: Accidents on A361, A373 and A30

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A361 between the Rackenford turn off and the Knowstone turn off, the road is partially blocked by a crash. Delays are expected in the area
  • Between Dulford and Kerswell the A373 is blocked in both directions due to an accident
  • On the A30 Exeter bound between Cheriton Bishop and Whiddon Down, there's queuing traffic due to an accident
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Weather update: Brighter afternoon, remaining cold

BBC Weather

It will start brightening up this afternoon but it will also remain cold across the region.

It will gradually become dry as the wind eases with highs of 5C (41F).

weather map

Smoke warning in Newton Abbot after scrapyard fire

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Residents in Newton Abbot are being warned of smoke hazards after a scrapyard fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received 30 calls from the public reporting a car fire at Milber Trading Estate at about 06:20.

Six cars were "well alight" when fire crews from across South Devon arrived at the scene.

Devon and Cornwall Police issued a community message to warn local residents of the smoke and its associated hazards.

The incident is now under control, the fire service said.

It added that fire investigation are now on scene to try to establish the cause of the blaze.

Roos unsure how long he will stay at Argyle

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle's seventh goalkeeper of the season says he does not know how long he will be at the club for.

Kelloe Roos cancelled a trip to see his family for Christmas in his native Netherlands to join the Pilgrims on emergency loan and made his debut in the 2-1 win over Gillingham on Saturday.

He was brought in after Luke McCormick was hurt in training on Thursday, meaning there were no senior keepers left fit.

Kelle Roos
Rex Features

"I've got no idea," he said when asked how long he could stay at Home Park.

"It depends on injuries and that's up to the medical department.

"At this moment I played on Saturday and I'm getting ready for Rotherham. What happens after that, I wouldn't know."

Man fatally injured in Truro motorcycle crash named

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man who died after a three-vehicle crash in Truro has been named.

David Lawrence, 53, from St Austell was fatally injured on 1 December after the motorcycle he was riding crashed with a Land Rover when he was travelling out of Tregoney, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force added that an Audi, driven by a 36-year-old woman from Mevagissey, then crashed into the Land Rover.

Mr Lawrence was taken to Treliske Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

The road was shut for five-and-a-half hours whilst officers carried out investigations.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Armed officers at Christmas 'not a terror threat response'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

Police in Devon and Cornwall will be patrolling key locations and events over the festive period and the new year.

It includes support from armed officers who will visibly be carrying weapons and have sniffer dogs.

There is no increase in the threat level and this isn't in response to any specific threat, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

Armed officers are at Exeter's Christmas Market today.

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Police say armed officers at Exeter's Christmas Market are not due to a specific terror threat
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