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Summary

  1. Lorry tears hole in petrol station roof
  2. A30 closed following crash
  3. Man shot by police in Devon town
  4. Man rescued from burning home by neighbour
  5. Inquest opened into Dartmoor kayak death
  6. Decision expected today on Home Park revamp
  7. Totnes MP joins rebels in Brexit vote defeat
  8. Thousands spent on fly-tipping clean up
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between A3075 and A3047 affecting B3284.

A30 Cornwall - A30 in Chiverton Cross closed and queuing traffic westbound between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and Scorrier, because of an accident. Congestion to Perranporth Turn Off.

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

Kingsbridge Community College quashes gun threat rumours

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A school has quashed rumours of a student planning to bring in a gun.

Email
BBC

Kingsbridge Community College was prompted to email parents in response to concerns about the threat.

Vice principal Wendy Ohlson said in an email: "You may have heard through your child of a rumour among the student body that a student is planning to bring a gun into school on Friday.

"Please be reassured that this has been fully investigated and we are confident that there is no substance to the rumour."

Lorry tears hole in petrol station roof

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

This is the moment a lorry became wedged under the forecourt of a petrol station in Cornwall.

Trapped Lorry in petrol station
Jason Jay
Lorry trapped in petrol station
Route 38 Diner

The Sparks Transport HGV became stuck at the Shell garage just off the A38 at Trerulefoot.

Some of the pictures were posted on Facebook by Jason Jay.

Trapped Lorry in petrol station
Jason Jay

With a visible hole torn in the roof of the forecourt and panels hanging from the sides, the aftermath didn't look too good either.

Trapped lorry aftermath
Route 38

Housebuilder will abide by "stop notice"

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A national housebuilder which has been issued with a 28-day "temporary stop notice" by Plymouth City Council has said it will stop work at agreed times at weekends in line with planning permission.

Persimmon Homes received what the council termed "a warning shot" following the firm's breach of agreed weekend working hours at its Saltram Meadow development on the former Plymstock Quarry site.

The council said building work on the site has been continuing after 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, in contravention of the hours agreed under the terms of the developer's planning permission.

According to the council it has happened on at least two weekends and possibly other occasions and despite being contacted about the breach, Persimmon Homes has failed to take steps to stop this activity.

Persimmon Homes site
BBC

Daniel Heathcote, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes Cornwall, said: "We have put the necessary processes in place and advised our contractors of the permitted development times as set out by the planning permission.

“The stop notice does not mean we have to halt construction at Saltram Meadow. It simply means we must cease work after 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, which we will do."

Man rescued by neighbour woke to house "full of smoke"

BBC Radio Devon

Melvyn Britton with dog
BBC

A Devon man has been rescued from his burning home by a neighbour, after waking to a house "full of smoke".

Melvyn Britton of Kentisbeare near Cullompton said: "Well I suppose I dozed off, and then I woke up at about quarter past 11 and it was full of smoke."

Despite his first thought "being for the dog", he called his neighbour John Snell who swiftly came to the rescue.

Mr Snell said: "I saw him at the window, phoned the fire brigade, then got the ladder up and got him out of the window and guided him down."

Fire crews were called to the house in Broad Road just after 23:00 on Wednesday to reports of a fire in the living room and a man trapped upstairs.

Fire crews broke down the front door and rescued Mr Britton's dog.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

£20,000 of meat stolen from lorry

Meat worth an estimated £20,000 has been stolen from a lorry in Cornwall.

The meat was taken from a lorry belonging to M&W Wholesale Meat on the Windmill Trading Estate in Fowey at some point between 19:00 on Wednesday and 05:00 on Thursday.

Police are asking with any information to get in touch on 101.

Two ice cream kiosks on Teignmouth Seafront burgled

Devon Live

Police are appealing after both the ice cream kiosks on Teignmouth Seafront were broken into.

The two kiosks, at either end of the promenade, were both broken into overnight on December 13.

Planners approve Home Park development

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Plans to redevelop Plymouth Argyle's Home Park have unanimously been approved by Plymouth City Council.

The club's owner, James Brent, wants to redevelop and extend the 65-year-old grandstand and build a hotel and ice rink.

Home Park plans
ADG/Kensington Taylor

Some fans had claimed the money could have been used to boost Argyle's playing squad of players, but Mr Brent told planners the proposals were "first and foremost about Plymouth Argyle Football Club".

Hail storms prompt driver warning in Cornwall

Police are warning drivers to take extra care on the road after a series of incidents in Cornwall following heavy hail storms.

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Travel update for Cornwall: Hazardous weather conditions

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • Reports of a car on its roof between Helston and Four Lanes on the B3297 between Carthew Lane (Burras) and Loscombe Lane (Four Lanes), with ice and slush causing problems
  • Near Liskeard, there are reports of a car partially blocking the A390 near the Boconnoc Estate

Windy with blustery showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will continue with sunny spells and frequent, blustery showers - sometimes mixed with sleet and hail and even some snow falling over moors and high ground.

Windy, with gales around exposed coasts and hills, but with the wind easing in the east later and a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

Weather map
BBC

Showers will continue through the night, some wintry, especially over the hills. Gales will affect exposed headlands at first with lighter winds further east.

Turning frosty with icy patches and a minimum temperature of 3C (37 F).

Housebuilder ordered to stop development

A national housebuilder has been ordered to stop construction on one of its developments at certain times at the weekend.

Plymouth City Council has issued a 28-day "temporary stop notice" to Persimmon Homes because it's breached weekend working hours at its Saltram Meadow development on the former Plymstock Quarry site.

Saltram Meadow development, Plymstock
Google

The council said building work on the site has been continuing after 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, in contravention of the hours agreed under the terms of the developer's planning permission.

It has happened on at least two weekends and possibly other occasions and despite being contacted about the breach, Persimmon Homes has failed to take steps to stop this activity, according to the council.

Persimmon Homes logo
BBC

If the company fails to comply with the notice, it could face prosecution.

"Planning conditions are there for a reason and contractors and developers need to take into account the needs of their neighbours when carrying out work," Councillor Patrick Nicholson, cabinet member for planning said.

"People have a right to enjoy some peace and quiet at the weekend."

The firm is yet to comment.

Concerns grow for missing 15-year-old Daniel

Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 15-year-old boy who's been missing since early Wednesday morning.

Daniel Chambers from Tipton St John, in Sidmouth, was last seen at his home by his parents at about 07:30.

Daniel Chambers
Devon & Cornwall Police

He usually catches the bus to school from the Golden Lion in Tipston St John at 08:15, but was not seen getting on to the bus.

Daniel, who likes to visit Sidmouth and Beer, is described as clean shaven, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair.

He's thought to be wearing dark-coloured chinos, black suede shoes, a grey hooded top, dark bomber jacket and carrying a black rucksack with a green coloured DC Logo.

Anyone who's seen Daniel or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

One vehicle seized in off-road crackdown

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

A police crackdown on off-roading in Cornwall has led to the seizure of one vehicle.

Operation Blueranger covered off-road paths from the United Downs area to the rural communities around Truro and Camborne, following complaints from members of the public about the illegal use of off-road vehicles in the area.

The operation on Sunday 3 December involved Devon and Cornwall Police, Dorset Police Alliance Roads Policing Team and the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Officers also spent time educating off-road bikers.

PC Ashley Fuller said: “We hope this operation sends out the message to local communities that their concerns about this problem are being taken seriously, we are listening, and that we are working at targeting the problem where possible.”

Police off-roading crackdown
Devon and Cornwall Police

Man shot by police in Devon town

A man has been shot by armed police in the South Hams.

It happened in Barnfield Walk, Kingsbridge, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The 32-year-old man has been arrested and is receiving treatment for minor injuries.

Police said: "Officers attended the scene and a baton gun, also known as an Attenuating Energy Projectile (AEP) was discharged."

An AEP is a firearm designed to deliver a high amount of energy, while reducing the potential for life-threatening injury.

Police were called to the town after reports of a concern of welfare.

False alarm at Cornwall youth club

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Fire crews were called to a youth club in Cornwall after an automatic fire alarm went off.

It sounded just before midnight on Wednesday in Treyarnon, but after checking the scene, fire crews found no blaze.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Automatic fire alarms can be set off for a number of reasons, from burning toast, to steam, to an electrical fault. It's best to be careful".

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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

Mutley assault: Appeal to trace silver Astra

Police have issued an urgent appeal for "vital information" to help them find three men who assaulted a security guard with a metal bar as he filled up a cash machine outside a Plymouth supermarket on Wednesday morning.

Officers want to trace a silver Vauxhall Astra, registration S758 LOD, which may have a missing hubcap from the front wheel on the driver's side.

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'Weaving' Dutch lorry driver on mobile phone

Devon Live

A Dutch lorry driver spotted "weaving around" on a major Devon road had been "thumbing through his mobile phone for several miles", according to police in Barnstaple.

Exmouth accident blocks road

BBC Radio Devon

An accident in Exmouth has partially blocked Dinan Way at Breton Way.

Revamped Plymouth recycling centre finally about to reopen

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth recycling centre closed after the Environment Agency raised concerns over flooding and pollution is finally about to reopen - more than two weeks late.

Inquest opened into Dartmoor kayak death

An inquest has been opened into the death of a kayaker who drowned last week after becoming trapped under a fallen tree on the River Dart.

Tobias Hamer was part of a seven-strong group of kayakers on a "roaring" River Dart in the Dart gorge when the accident happend on Tuesday 7 December at Bel Pool following heavy rain and strong winds which had brought down some trees.

Dartmoor kayak incident
BBC

Gloucester-born Mr Hamer was a 23-year-old teacher at Milton Abbey School, in Milton Abbas, Dorset.

The inquest in Plymouth was told there were no suspicious circumstances and the cause of death was drowning.

The inquest was adjourned until a full hearing can take place on a date still to be decided.

Death teen mum defends All Saints Academy

Plymouth Herald

The mum of a schoolboy who died suddenly has leapt to the defence of his former school, after it was revealed it had failed to improve for 10 years.

Travel update for Cornwall: A30 lane closed at Redruth

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • Around Redruth on the A30 eastbound near the Avers Roundabout one lane is closed due to a number of accidents and recovery work. Westbound traffic is stop start
  • Flights from Land's End Airport to the Isles of Scilly have now commenced after previous delays

Councillors urged to reject plans for student village

Falmouth Packet

A decision is expected next week on plans to create a 2,000 bed student village in Cornwall, with the case officer urging councillors to refuse the scheme and the developers encouraging people to write in favour of it.

Brexit vote: Devon MP a ‘self-consumed malcontent’

Devon Live

There have been calls for Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston to be deselected as the town's Conservative MP after she joined a rebellion to defeat Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit in the Commons last night.

Traffic chaos as multiple crashes close A30

Cornwall Live

There has been traffic and travel disruption across Cornwall with a number of crashes reported, part of the A30 closed and reports of ice and trees blocking roads.

Mine fall dog rescued by firefighters

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Firefighters have rescued a dog trapped in a mine shaft in Cornwall.

The alarm was raised just before 07:30 after the dog fell about 50 - 65ft (15 to 20m) down a dry shaft at Wheal Boys in Redruth.

Line rescue equipment was used to recover the dog and reunite it with its owners.

Travel update for Cornwall: Penryn road blocked

BBC Radio Cornwall

An accident in Penryn has partially blocked the B3292 around Church Hill.

Vote 'not about Brexit obstruction', Totnes MP insists.

BBC Radio Devon

The Conservative MP for Totnes says she wasn't trying to obstruct Brexit by voting against the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons last night.

Dr Sarah Wollaston was one of 11 Tory MPs who backed a Labour amendment to the bill, calling for MPs to be given a vote before any deal is implemented.

The backbench revolt resulted in Prime Minister Theresa May suffering her first Commons defeat by just four votes - 309 to 305.

"It's not about obstructing Brexit at all," Dr Wollaston said.

"It was just to put in place the thing we all voted for, which was to bring back control to parliament."

Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston
BBC

The MP said she was not voting to "overturn the will of the people", but against a clause - Clause 9 - which gave a government minister the authority to take the UK out of Europe just by putting through a regulation rather than an act of parliament and "with almost no scrutiny".

"It's the duty of parliamentarians to look at these bills line by line and say 'we'd either like you to remove that bit, or amend it,'" she said.

In a tweet after the vote, the MP said she was "proud to #TakeBackControl".

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Fans applaud 'awesome' new Star Wars film

BBC Spotlight

Hundreds of Star Wars fans gathered overnight in Plymouth to watch the latest release in the film franchise, The Last Jedi.

Star Wars fan
BBC

Die hard fans, many dressed as Star Wars characters, queued up to see the first official screening just after midnight.

The majority gave the film, the "thumbs up", with comments such as "awesome" and "wicked".

"I really loved it. It was a lot less of a remake of the original, which was my problem with the last film," one fan said.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast today, here are the all-important times of high water.

Tide times
BBC

There's a full local weather forecast in the lunchtime news on BBC One at 13:30 and on Spotlight tonight at 18:30.

Strong winds ground Land's End flights to Scillies

Totnes MP joins rebels in Brexit vote defeat

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Totnes MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston, was one of 11 Conservative members who voted against her government last night by backing an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Sarah Wollaston
BBC
The moment defeat on Brexit vote was announced

The backbench revolt resulted in Theresa May suffering her first Commons defeat as prime minister by just four votes, as MPs backed a Labour amendment - calling for MPs to be given a vote before any final Brexit deal is implemented - by 309 to 305.

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Is it game over for Brexit?

Sword and baseball bat used in attack on security van

Devon Live

Police say a sword and a baseball bat were used in an armed robbery which targeted a security van in Devon on Wednesday.

Windy with blustery showers

BBC Weather

Today will see a mixture of sunny spells and frequent, blustery showers, these mixed with sleet and hail at times and with some snow falling over moors and high ground.

Weather map
BBC

Windy, with gales around exposed coasts and hills, but with the wind easing in the east later and a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

Fallen tree blocks Devon road

BBC Radio Devon

  • Reports of an accident at Honiton on the A30 around the A35 heading towards Upottery, with delays expected
  • At Chawleigh on the B3042 around Butts Close, there are reports of an accident
  • In Bickington, Old Bideford Road is partially blocked around Broadclose Road due to a fallen tree
  • Slow traffic on the M5 southbound around Cullompton due to an earlier accident. All lanes are open

Fallen trees block A30 and A38

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • A fallen tree and accident between the A30 and Shortlanesend is partially blocking the B3284
  • Near Doublebois, the A38 is also partially blocked in both directions due to a fallen tree, with slow-moving traffic