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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. Police search for man who handed in missing person's phone

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police investigating the death of a man whose remains were found near Newquay are trying to trace who handed his phone into a shop in the town.

    Darren Witcome and phone. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The remains of 45-year-old Darren Witcome, were found in the Tregurrian area last August. The Welshman, who lived in Newquay, was last seen in December 2015. His death is being treated as unexplained.

    Devon and Cornwall Police  said  they were keen to identify a man who brought Darren’s phone (pictured) into the Carousel Amusement Arcade, Newquay, after finding it behind a car in the Glamis Road area of Newquay a few days before New Year’s Eve 2015.

  3. Skate park closed after structural defects found

    BBC Radio Devon

    Bideford's skate park has been closed.

    Torridge District Council said defects in the structure were found during an inspection.

    It comes as a consultation on plans for a new park is under way. The council said it would put in a temporary park, which will be incorporated into the new facilities.

  4. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: What is it?

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman in Devon is facing eviction from a mud-hut home which she says is a refuge from an "allergy to modern life".

    Kate Burrows (pictured) and partner Alan built their home on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley, near Chulmleigh. North Devon Council has given them until December to move out, despite her saying she is ill as a result of a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

    But what is this condition?

    Kate Burrows

    The charity MCS Aware describes it as a chronic, physical illness affecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

    It said it caused sufferers to have allergic-type reactions to very low levels of chemicals in everyday products and that, put simply, the immune and detoxification systems stopped working properly and the body could not process toxins efficiently.

    It added that, besides reacting to things such as cleaning products, shampoo, perfumes and pesticides, many sufferers were also sensitive to food, medicines, moulds and electromagnetic fields.

  5. Drowning inquest: Girl in incident 'on first scuba dive'

    Matt Small

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 12-year-old girl who got into difficulty in the sea off Cornwall in an incident in which her mother's partner drowned was having her first scuba diving experience, an inquest heard.

    Forty-three-year old Paul Dold, from Horsham is West Sussex, died in the waters off East Portholland in August last year. 

    The inquest in Truro heard how, during a shallow dive, the girl dropped her regulator twice and started to panic. When it was clear that both were in difficulty, the alarm was raised by Mr Dold's partner, sparking a major rescue operation.

    Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon praised the actions of teenage local canoeist Jago Bayley, who swam out and helped get Mr Dold's body ashore. A conclusion of accidental death was recorded.

  6. Weather: Largely dry overnight, rain spreading later

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Largely dry at first overnight, with only isolated showers, although a band of rain approaches from the south-west by dawn.

    It'll be windy at first, although this should ease later and it will be milder than last night. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).


    Rain will spread north-eastwards through Wednesday morning. It'll then become mostly dry in the afternoon, with some sunshine possible later.

    Winds will increase again towards evening. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

  7. Mud-hut is 'sanctuary from modern life'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Devon mud-hut woman 'allergic to modern life'

    A woman is facing eviction from a mud-hut home which she says is a "sanctuary" from her "allergy to modern life". 

    Kate Burrows and partner Alan built their home on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley, near Chulmleigh in Devon.

    It took the couple six weeks to build the roundhouse which has an outside compost toilet, kitchen, living area and two bedrooms.

    North Devon Council has given them until December to move out. 

  8. Student turns dead animals into pencil cases

    Devon Live

    A Devon student has sparked anger from animal lovers after using his design skills to turn dead animals in pencil cases and selling them online.

  9. Tunisian resort attack: Hotel and holiday firm 'could possibly made difference'

    Press Association

    Tunisian attack families. Pic: PA

    The owners and staff at a Tunisian hotel where 30 British tourists were brutally killed by an Islamic extremist could have done nothing more than "possibly make a difference", a coroner said.

    Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said he could not include "neglect" by holiday firm TUI or the owners of the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel when ruling on the deaths of the British victims of Seifeddine Rezgui. 

    Rezgui opened fire on the beach and grounds of the Sousse hotel in June 2015, but the judge, sitting as coroner at the victims' inquest in London, said the law regarding neglect did not cover tourists on holiday. 

    Lawyers for more than 20 victims had wanted this included after the lengthy inquest heard evidence from survivors that they were not warned of the danger of holidaying in Tunisia before they left. Members of the victim's families (pictured) were at the hearing.

    The coroner concluded that they were all unlawfully killed.

    The dead included Bodmin father of three 59-year-old Stephen Mellor, who died protecting his wife, Cheryl. Mrs Mellor suffered life-changing injuries.

  10. Latest travel: A303 blocked after accident

    BBC Travel

    • On the Devon/Somerset border, the A303 is blocked in both directions between Upottery and the Southfields roundabout due to accident investigation work
    • In Devon, Plymouth's Old Laira Road is partially blocked due to an accident near Dunclair Park
    • In Torquay, there are reports of an accident on Barton Hill Way, near Barton Hill Road
    • In Cornwall, Commercial Street in Gunnislake is blocked due to an accident at A390 Newbridge Hill
  11. Bodmin Treatment Centre: 'Listed operations will be carried out'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Bosses at a medical treatment centre in Cornwall, which is to close, say existing operations and treatments "currently listed" will be carried out.

    Bodmin Treatment Centre - which specialises in cataracts, hernias and other day surgeries - will close at the end of next month. More than 5,000 patients a year are treated at the facility, set up 10 years ago.

    Bodmin Treatment Centre. Pic: Google

    Ramsay Healthcare, which provides its services, said the contract was ending as it could not come to an agreement with clinical commissioning group NHS Kernow.

    However, centre general manager Chris Gendall said: "Patients currently listed to be seen at the treatment centre, we will complete their pathways of care.

    "After that, we would look or transfer patients the Duchy Hospital [private hospital in Truro], or one of the other providers, in close work with the Kernow clinical commissioning group."

  12. Plymouth council scraps charges for child burials and cremations

    Plymouth Herald

    Grieving parents in Plymouth will no longer have to pay hundreds of pounds to the council to bury their children .

  13. Elderly man dies after A303 car-lorry collision

    BBC Spotlight

    An elderly man has died after a collision involving his car and a lorry on the A303 on the Devon/Somerset border.

    Five fire appliances, police and an ambulance were called to the scene after the collision occurred at about 13:30.

    The Highways Agency said the A303 would be closed between the A30 and the A358 for about another three hours.

  14. Police investigating Plymouth councillor's Nazi salute during debate

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Nazi salute during Plymouth City Council debate

    Police say they are investigating whether a Plymouth councillor making a Nazi salute during a council debate is potentially a public order offence. 

    Labour city councillor Jonny Morris  directed the salute towards opposing members during a debate on a council tax rise on Monday. 

    Councillors said the action was "an utter disgrace". Mr Morris said he apologised "unreservedly". Labour Group leader Tudor Evans confirmed Mr Morris was suspended "immediately" after the meeting.

    Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a report has been received that an "elected member of Plymouth City Council made a Nazi salute gesture to other councillors at a council meeting". 

    The force added: "Police will now make further inquiries to ascertain circumstances before taking any further action."

  15. Devonwall proposals: Public input 'invaluable'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Public input into a second consultation into proposals to create a new parliamentary seat straddling the Cornwall-Devon border will be "invaluable", election boundary bosses say.

    The government wants to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK from 650 to 600. It said the changes would be more democratic and save money. 

    Devon and Cornwall signs

    However, some campaigners are unhappy about plans for a so-called Devonwall cross-border constituency of Bideford, Bude and Launceston, saying it wouldn't take into account unique situations faced by either county

    The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) said: "Comments made during both consultations will help us develop a well-rounded picture of how local communities live and work together across the country. This local knowledge will be essential when we revise our proposals."

    The new consultation is  on until the end of March .

  16. Cornwall asks for Government funding after Brexit and doesn’t get it

    i Newspaper

    Cornwall is about to go “off a cliff” because the Government has not given the area enough money to fill the funding black hole that will be created by Brexit, according to a one Cornish councillor .

  17. New affordable homes near St Agnes

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    St Agnes homes

    Twenty-two affordable homes near St Agnes have all been made available to local residents. 

    The houses in Blackwater are part of a scheme which will develop more than 400 affordable houses throughout Cornwall. 

    It's a mix of rented and shared ownership and Cornwall Council said it would only be available to those with strong local connections.

  18. Tunisia attack: Bodmin man 'sacrificed himself'

    BBC News UK

    A Bodmin man who was among 30 Britons who were unlawfully killed in a terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort was "a hero", his wife has told an inquest.

    Stephen and Cheryl Mellor. Pic: SWNS

    Fifty-nine-year-old Yorkshire-born engineer Stephen Mellor died protecting his wife, Cheryl, when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015. 

    He died after being shot in the chest and abdomen. Mrs Mellor, who was shot in the leg and wrist, suffered life-changing injuries.

    In a statement , Mrs Mellor told the inquest in London: "I am only here today due to the bravery of my husband Stephen. He sacrificed himself. Stephen is a hero to me."

    Mr Mellor did not live to see the birth of his third grandchild, a boy called Thomas Stephen, who was named after him.

  19. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall, the A394 in Sithney is partially blocked near the B3302 due to an accident
    • In Hayle, Carnsew Road is partially blocked between Chenhalls Road and Foundry Lane due to an accident
    • In Devon, on Kingswear Road in Brixham, there are reports of an accident near Gattery Lane
    • On the A380 South Devon Highway, just before the junction for Torquay and Paignton, there are reports there's a broken-down vehicle.
    • At Churston, on the A3022 Dartmouth Road, near Bridge Road, there are reports of an accident
    • In Plymouth, on Efford Road, there are reports of an accident near Eggbuckland Road
    • In Horrabridge, there's very slow traffic on the A386, around Graybridge Road, due to roadworks
  20. Food safety 'not sufficiently emphasised' at pub

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The company that owns a pub where a woman got food poisoning from eating roast dinner and later died, did not have adequate systems in place for food safety, a judge has said.

    Judge Simon Carr said at Truro Crown Court: "There were systems in place probably in a brightly coloured file on a shelf in the kitchen but this was not sufficient. Food safety was considered, but not sufficiently emphasised. There was simply no supervision and control for food handling."


    Christine Morgan, 71, died on 12 August 2015 after eating roast lamb at the Clock and Key pub in Trispen near Truro.

    Diane Burrow who managed the kitchen pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching food safety and hygiene regulations and was fined £750.

    Lake Inns & Leisure Limited who own the pub also pleaded guilty and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £23,000.