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  1. Human remains in woods confirmed as missing man's
  2. Royal Marines base closure 'could cost local economy £40m a year'
  3. Councillor calls for emergency Devon County Council debate to discuss "devastating" announcement
  4. In other news, authorities in Cornwall remove residents from care home because of safeguarding concerns
  5. Four Plymouth GP surgeries to close
  6. 'WW2 mortar' removed from recycling centre
  7. Controlled explosion at school in Plymouth
  8. Updates on Tuesday 8 November 2016

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

  2. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Human remains found in woods near Truro are confirmed as those of missing man Lee Gilbery, who was last seen in June, police confirm
    • Four Plymouth GP surgeries are to close at the end of March, NHS bosses say
    • About 100 people are evacuated from an industrial estate in Totnes after an unexploded artillery shell is handed in at a recycling centre, police say  
    • Devon and Somerset firefighters are to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights after tackling the Cathedral Green fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel
  3. Firefighters to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Somerset firefighters are to switch on Exeter's Christmas lights this year. 

    Cathedral Green fire

    There's been huge public support for them to do so after their tackling the Cathedral Green fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel

    The switch-on will be in Princesshay Square on Thursday 17 November.

  4. Industrial estate evacuated after 'WW2 shell' find

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    About 100 people had to be evacuated from workplaces on an industrial estate in Totnes following the discovery of an unexploded artillery shell, police say.


    The suspected World War Two device was found at the recycling centre after it was brought in among various other items. A cordon was set up while it was removed by the Royal Navy bomb disposal unit after emergency services were called this morning.

    Sgt Steven Cayless, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "It came in with a number of military equipment items - helmets and earphones and various blank bullets - but also this thing ... We just moved everyone out so the right people could go in and dispose of it properly."

  5. Latest weather: Dry overnight, but heavy showers on Wednesday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Rain will continue this evening with some heavy outbreaks. It will become dry overnight for most, though, and it will be a milder night than last night. The winds will stay strong though, especially over high ground and along the coast. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).


    There will be some brightness on Wednesday, but showers will move in from the west. The showers will be heavy at times, with hail likely, and the winds will stay strong. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  6. Chivenor base closure 'truly sad'

    A Devon council says it is "saddened" by an announcement that a local air base and barracks is to close.

    RMB Chivenor

    RMB Chivenor airfield and barracks is to close as part of a government defence review which will see dozens of sites cease being used by the military

    North Devon Council leader Des Brailey said he was "truly sad to hear this news". 

    He added: "However, it was requested for closure by the Royal Marines so we have to respect their decision".

  7. Grandmother jailed over taking man in care in Devon to Portugal wins appeal

    The Daily Telegraph

    A grandmother jailed for refusing to return an elderly man to Britain after placing him in a Portuguese care home was freed by the appeal court.

  8. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Devon, the A381 Totnes Road in Newton Abbot, near to Old Totnes Road, is partially blocked after an accident 
    • In Exeter, there is heavy traffic both ways on the A3015 Topsham Road between Burnthouse Lane and School Lane 
    • In Cornwall, there is slow-moving traffic in Saltash on the A38, between the B3271 and the Saltash Tunnel, in the roadworks area
    • In the Wadebridge area, the A39 is partially blocked due to an accident between Tredruston Road and Gonvena Hill
  9. Council taking over Cornwall's Wave Hub

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council is taking ownership of the Wave Hub - the county's offshore electricity generator testing facility, the authority says.

    Wave Hub

    The £30m device, normally anchored about 10 miles off Hayle, was installed in 2010 and acts as a socket to bring electricity to shore from power generators being tested in the ocean nearby.

    The council said it was taking over the device from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of a £14m investment package "to attract international inward investment to Cornwall and support local device [generator] developers and the supply chain".

  10. Council aware of 'number of safeguarding concerns' at care home

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Cornwall Council says it has been made aware of a "number of safeguarding concerns" at a care home which has closed.

    Clinton House. Pic: Google

    The Clinton House nursing home in St Austell has been closed and homes in Callington, Lostwithiel and Par are under investigation. All are owned by the Morleigh Group.

    The council said it was "working jointly with the group's owners, our health partners and the residents and their families to find new care homes for the residents to move to". About 30 residents are understood to be affected. It was hoped they would be re-homed by Chrstmas, the authority added

    The Morleigh Group said it closed Clinton House "to allow better consolidation of the care services" and that it was "fully co-operating" with investigations.

  11. Landslide death area 'had suffered landslip months earlier'

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Drains above hillside properties which suffered from a major landslide, killing a woman, had not been cleared by Cornwall Council and the area suffered another landslide months before her death, an inquest jury has been told. 

    Susan Norman

    Susan Norman, 68, died in March 2013 when a landslide, during torrential rain, poured into her hillside flat in Sandplace Road in Looe, partially destroyed her home and burying her in her bed.

    Neighbour Tim Topham told the inquest in Truro that he'd had problems with flooding from the road above for more than a decade, and that, four months before the death, there was a further extensive landslide next to his property.

    Landslide scene

    The council responded that a lack of funding had prevented them from carrying out repairs sooner. The inquest continues.

  12. Thieves steal tools from volunteer orchard

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Thieves have taken £4,000 worth of tools and equipment from Newquay Community Orchard over the weekend.

    Newquay Community Orchard

    Members of the team behind the project said it was "a devastating blow" for the project, which is working to create a community space for the town. 

    Volunteers said they were now trying to replace the equipment.

  13. Film-makers asked to make 'Poldark of the North'

    BBC News England

    Film-makers are being encouraged to produce "a Poldark of the North". 


    Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said tourism in Cornwall had been boosted since the BBC One series based in the county first hit the screens. 

    He's urging programme-makers to consider having a drama in the North of England to exploit the region's countryside.

    The second series of the hit drama finished on Sunday.

  14. HMS Raleigh 'considered for armed forces moves after bases shut'

    BBC Politics

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says HMS Raleigh in Cornwall could play a role in a major shake-up of military bases.

    HMS Raleigh. Pic: Google

    The Ministry of Defence has announced it is to close a further 56 sites around the country, including the Royal Citadel in Plymouth. This is after an announcement in September that Stonehouse Barracks, headquarters of the Royal Marines' 3 Commando Brigade, is to close.

    In the House of Commons, South East Cornwall Conservative MP Sheryll Murray suggested some Royal Marines could come to the Royal Navy's HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.

    Sir Michael said: "HMS Raleigh will be considered as a receiver site for some of these units which are being consolidated into the Devonport area, and into the excellent accommodation, which I have visited myself."

  15. Hidden Places: You need eyes like a hawker to find cliffside hut

    Video content

    Video caption: Inside Hawker's Hut on the South West Coast Path

    One of the most unusual buildings along the South West Coast Path is Hawker’s Hut, which was built in the 1840s from timbers retrieved from shipwrecks by an eccentric clergyman.

    Reverend Robert Hawker was a larger than life character who was the vicar of the church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. 

    Find out about how he spent many hours in his little hut smoking opium, meditating and writing poetry.

  16. Care homes owner 'fully co-operating' with investigation

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A care homes owner which is the subject in a multi-agency investigation says it has shut one home "to allow better consolidation of the care services provided across our homes".

    Clinton House

    The Clinton House nursing home in St Austell has been closed and homes in Callington, Lostwithiel and Par are under investigation. All four premises are owned by the Moreleigh Group. Cornwall Council, the Care Quality Commission, NHS Kernow and police are involved in the investigation.

    The Morleigh Group confirmed it was "investigating some concerns raised by Cornwall Council, with whom we are fully co-operating, and other agencies at three of our other homes". It added: "No further comment will be made by us until our investigations are concluded."

  17. Another look at the Totnes WW2 mortar shell

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    Earlier today a 'WW2 mortar' was removed from a recycling centre in Totnes.

    A 100m cordon was put in place after emergency services were called to the facility at about 10:20.