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By Andrew Segal

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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 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.

  2. Teen impaled through chest on rusty pole while swimming in river

    Devon Live

    A 15-year-old boy was left with an horrific injury after being impaled on a rusty pole while swimming in a Devon river - and his mum says it could have been much worse. Warning: Graphic images

  3. Latest weather: Cloud and light rain overnight, sunnier on Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    Cloud and light rain will become more widespread in the evening, but any rain will clear away during the early hours. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Tuesday will be dry for all of us, with increasing amounts of sunshine. With winds staying light, it will continue to feel pleasantly warm in any sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

  4. Travel: Accident in Sidmouth

    BBC News Travel

    In Sidmouth, there are reports of an accident on High Street southbound, near Holmdale, so approach with care.

  5. Grant to help diabetes treatment in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than £2m is being spent to improve the health of diabetics in Devon.

    The £2.4m was to support GPs and nurses, and pay for improved resources for specialists dealing with foot disease, eye and kidney problems often associated with the disease, health managers said.

    They added that the money would support patients to manage their diabetes in a way that enabled them to be as informed, healthy and active as possible.

  6. A30 dualling: Route 'still needs fine tuning'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A preferred route for dualling the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross announced by Highways England still needs "a lot of fine tuning", an MP says.

    The work will cost £290m, and Highways England said it aimed to improve journey times and clear one of the last bottlenecks in Cornwall. It's thought work will start by 2020, subject to consultations and planning permission.

    Truro and Falmouth Conservative MP Sarah Newton said: "As you can imagine, there is going to be disruption. Some people are going to be blighted by the development, and adversely affected."

    She added that she was working Highways England to "minimise such disruption" and further consultation was to be carried out by Highways England to "refine the route".

  7. Fifty windows smashed on Dartmoor Railway carriages

    BBC Radio Devon

    Dartmoor Railway carriage

    Fifty windows have been smashed on carriages used for Dartmoor Railway's Polar Express train ride at Okehampton, staff say.

    The attraction's general manager said it was expected the bill to repair the damage after the "mindless and shocking" incident would reach about £20,000.

    Police are investigating.

  8. Industrial estate tyres fire to 'smoulder for next few days'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tyres fire. Pic: Wadebridge Fire station

    Firefighters who have been tackling a blaze involving tyres near St Austell overnight have left the scene but are to re-inspect it to ensure there are no further problems, the fire service says.

    The fire broke out at the Gwindra Industrial Estate at about 23:40 on Sunday. People living nearby in Trewoon were warned of smoke blowing in their direction and told to keep their windows closed while fire crews allowed the tyres to burn out.

    Crews left the area by 15:15, but Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the fire would still smoulder "for the next few days" and they would "re-inspect it periodically".

  9. Tony Hadley announces he is leaving Spandau Ballet two days after Exeter gig

    Devon Live

    Just two days after performing at Let's Rock Exeter, Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley has announced his departure from the band.

  10. Pub adventure team trek from north to south

    BBC Radio Devon

    A team of car enthusiasts from Devon are heading off on a journey to visit the northernmost pub on the planet to the southernmost.

    Ben Coombs

    Ben Coombs and his team will travel in convoy and cover 20,000 miles between Norway and Patagonia over the next six months.

    They're raising money for the mental health charity Mind.

  11. Stolen bikes worth more than £21k

    Police were called to Rockin Bikes in Yelverton on Sunday to reports of a "high value" burglary.

    Offenders broke through rear basement doors to the bike store on Harrowbeer Mews and took approximately £21,000 worth of bicycles. The offenders escaped with the bikes using a Ford Transit van.

    The Transit van was later located in Horrabridge by police and all items were recovered in the van.

    DC Mike Lugger said: “We are specifically appealing to anyone who has seen a long-wheelbase white Ford Transit van with the registration of YL03 AYV.

    “The van is believed to have come from out of the force area and has no registered owners and is uninsured."

  12. Fisherman's Friend Jon Cleave told to stop singing after 'intermittent faints'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Jon Cleave. Pic: Andrew Segal

    Fisherman's Friends member and self-proclaimed moustache ambassador Jon Cleave has been told to stop singing for a while by his doctor, he says.

    The Port Isaac-based shanty singer said he'd been suffering "from intermittent faints for the last four years and need to get it all sorted out".

    He added: "I hope to return to the fray with the buoys sooner rather than later."

  13. Exeter stalking victim's years of being ignored

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman who was stabbed repeatedly is calling for every front line police officer to be trained to deal with stalking.

    Video content

    Video caption: Stalking victim's years of being ignored

    Helen Pearson from Exeter was stalked for five years and finally attacked in Exeter by neighbour Joseph Willis in 2013.

    She says she logged 125 complaints, but the police did not believe her.

    Devon and Cornwall Police has now apologised and the chief constable is meeting her.

    The force added that since 2014 all its frontline officers had received training on stalking and harassment.

  14. Crown Currency: Firm went bust owing thousands of customers a total of £20m

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    One of the people involved in the Crown Currency fraud has been ordered to pay back more than £868,000 to her victims.

    Susan Benstead, 72, who got a two-year suspended jail term for money laundering for her part in the scam, was ordered to pay the money at a proceeds of crime hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

    Crown Currency website

    Crown Currency, based in Hayle (pictured), was one of the UK's largest personal currency exchange businesses before it collapsed.

    Established in 2004, Crown allowed individuals and business customers to pre-order foreign exchange at a set price up to a year in advance. It provided money in 80 currencies, as well as travellers' cheques and money transfers, sometimes for people to buy property.

    It went bust in October 2010, owing 12,500 clients a total of £20m.

    Crown Currency office

    At Benstead's trial in 2015, where she was one of five people found guilty of offences connected to its collapse, Southwark Crown Court heard the firm used new customers' cash to pay off existing clients.

    Up to 12,500 people are believed to have lost money, the court heard.

  15. Stalking: How common is it and how is it being dealt with?

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An Exeter woman who was stabbed repeatedly by her stalker is calling for every front line police officer to be trained to deal with such cases.

    But how common is the problem?

    • One in five women and one in 10 men will be affected by stalking in their lifetime
    • According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 4.6% of women and 2.7% of men aged 16-59 were victims in 2015/16 alone
    • In the year to June 2016, the police recorded 4,168 stalking offences, an increase of 32% since the previous year (3,166)
    • There were a record 12,986 CPS prosecutions for stalking and harassment in 2014-15, the highest volume ever recorded
    • Of these, 1,103 prosecutions commenced under new stalking offences
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A30 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A382 Whiddon Down and Cheriton Bishop Road.

    A30 Devon - A30 closed in both directions between Whiddon Down and Woodleigh Junction in Cheriton Bishop, because of a police incident.

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

  17. Teenage gorillas on 'vandalism spree' after getting into secure area

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Kiondo the gorilla. Pic: Miriam Hass

    Three gorillas have damaged dens at a Devon zoo that may cost thousands of pounds to repairs, staff say.

    Paignton Zoo said the teenage trio - 14-year-old N’Dowe, Kiondo (pictured) and Kivu, both aged 15 - pulled out water pipes and ripped up electrical wiring and ducts after getting into a space "to which they usually don’t have access" - a secure corridor in off-show dens of the Ape Centre at Paignton Zoo on Friday night.

    The Western lowland gorillas, who all weigh between 150 and 200 kilos, were "at all times behind two layers of security" and there was "never any possibility of them escaping into public areas", the zoo said.

    On Saturday morning, two of the gorillas were shot with tranquiliser darta and the third tempted with food to an area where a door could be closed behind it.

    No-one - human or gorilla - was hurt, the zoo said.

  18. Cornwall Council planning committee recommended to approve Falmouth Premier Inn plans

    Cornwall Live

    It may be opposed by residents, businesses and even Historic England and Visit Cornwall, but plans for a Premier Inn in Falmouth town centre are being recommended for approval by planners.