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Summary

  1. Mother and two children killed in A361 car-lorry crash
  2. --- Woman's husband saw the crash happen from a vehicle in front
  3. --- Police describe it as one of the most shocking crashes
  4. --- Road expected to be closed for the rest of the day
  5. Royal Marine jailed for 18 years for terror offences
  6. Police appeal for witnesses to fatal crash in Sidmouth
  7. Police appeal after body found on Newquay beach
  8. 'Never event' at Royal Cornwall Hospital operating theatre
  9. North Devon Show cancelled because of weather
  10. Cornwall girl bullied for being a dwarf to compete in world games
  11. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 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. Care home nurse struck off for patient abuse

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    An adult nurse who abused patients and colleagues over three years has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    Yvonne Foley worked at care homes in Cornwall between 2012 and 2015.

    The misconduct included telling a patient she was walking as though she had defecated in her clothes, while working at the Cornwallis Care Home in St Ives in 2014 and 2015.

    Cornwallis Care Home

    The company dismissed her for gross misconduct, but she continued to work as an agency nurse with Nursefinders, after failing to tell them about it.

    May Coogan, manager at Nursefinders, said: "I would never have employed her if I'd known."

    The NMC said: "Mrs Foley's actions represented a course of conduct which was persistent and adversely affected patients, colleagues and the wider public."

  3. Crash death family thought to be from Milton Keynes area

    A woman and her two children who died in a crash in north Devon this morning are understood to be from the Milton Keynes area according to police.

    Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple at 08:25 BST after the woman's car hit an oncoming lorry.

    The woman's husband was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him.

    Crash on A361
  4. Car in which three died 'crossed centre white line' and hit truck

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A car in which a woman and her two children died 'crossed the centre white line' and hit a lorry on the A361 near Barnstaple, police said.

    The woman's husband, and children's stepfather, was travelling in a separate vehicle in front and witnessed the crash at about 08:20 this morning.

    Inspector Richard McLellan

    Inspector Richard McLellan said: "It would seem that a car travelling towards Barnstaple, for unknown reasons at the moment, has crossed the centre white line and hit an oncoming truck.

    "Unfortunately the family were travelling in two seperate cars but travelling together along this road so dad was there at the scene as well.

    "There is a significant amount of damage to the vehicles involved so it takes a while for our collision investigators to go through the scene, we owe it to the families to establish the full facts of what's happened as best as we can."

  5. Mother and two children die in crash

    Crash

    Two children and a woman, believed to be the mother, have died as a result of the collision this morning on the A361 near Lankey Junction, Barnstaple.

    Emergency services were called at 8.25am to the A361, near Aller Cross at Barnstaple following the crash involving a car and a lorry.

    Crash

    Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene near Barnstaple.

    Road closures are in place between the West Buckland junction and the Lankey junction on the A361.

  6. Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell had mines and other explosive equipment

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Royal Marine with links to dissident republicanism who made 14 pipe bombs also stashed away an assortment of other weapons and equipment in hides at various sites across England and Northern Ireland, a court was told during a sentencing hearing.

    Ciarán Maxwell, 31, who lived in Exminster and serviced with 40 Commando in Taunton, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey after admitting charges earlier this year of preparing terrorist acts.

    Mins. Pic: Police Service of Northern Ireland

    Along with the 14 pipe bombs, the court heard Maxwell also stashed:

    • Two anti-personnel directional mines (one is pictured)
    • Two explosively formed projectiles (EFPs)
    • 29 complete explosive firing systems
    • 33 initiators (part of a detonator for explosives), including two military initiators
    • 13 military "Igniter Safety Fuze Electric" initiators
    • Three fully-constructed improvised detonators
    • Other component parts for IEDs [improvised explosive devices]
    • Other materials and chemicals to make explosives
    • A replica handgun and ammunition
  7. From Boots to Lifeboat in 10 minutes

    BBC Newsbeat

    Michaela Howells one of the UK's youngest lifeboat crew members takes us on a call out

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    Video caption: Michaela Howells one of the UK's youngest lifeboat crew members takes us on a call out
  8. Man sees wife and children die in crash

    A woman and her two young children have died in a crash witnessed by her husband.

    Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple in Devon at 08:25 BST after a car and a lorry collided.

    Crash

    The man was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him.

    His family is believed to have been on holiday in Devon from elsewhere in England. The road was likely to be closed all day, police said.

    An investigation is under way and police have appealed for witnesses.

  9. Dinghy world championships in Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

    Dinghies

    The Mirror Dinghy World Championships get under way at Mylor in Cornwall today.

    Fifty-one crews of all ages from across the world are taking part, including: South Africa, Australia and Japan.

    It involves a series of 12 races staged across five days.

  10. Marine who "betrayed his position" is jailed for 18 years

    A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

    A judge passed the sentence on Ciaran Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

    The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

    Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces.

    The case raises serious concerns about how Maxwell was able to smuggle arms from the Somerset base and go undetected.

    Stephen Martin is the Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland:

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    Video caption: How the terrorist marine managed to steal arms from military base
  11. Man witnesses crash that kills wife and step-children in Devon

    What we know so far...

    • A woman and her two young children have died in a crash witnessed by her husband
    • Police were called to the A361 near Barnstaple in Devon at 08:25 BST after a car and a lorry collided
    • The man was travelling in a separate vehicle and saw the crash unfolding behind him
    • His family is believed to have been on holiday in Devon from elsewhere in England
    • Three ambulances, five rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance attended the scene near Barnstaple
    • Road closures are in place between the West Buckland junction and the Lankey junction on the A361
    Crash
  12. Royal Marine terrorist: Ciarán Maxwell jailed

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Ciarán Maxwell

    A Northern Irish Royal Marine who built explosives for an Irish republican dissidents has been jailed for 18 years.

    Ciarán Maxwell, who lived in Exminster and served with 40 Commando in Taunton, admitted preparing acts of terrorism at an earlier trial.

    The trial at the Old Bailey heard Maxwell, originally from Larne, stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were deployed - in 43 purpose-built hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

    Mitigating, his sentencing hearing was told the 31-year-old lived a "dangerous double life" as a terrorist bomb-maker and claimed he faked sympathies for the Irish republican cause because he was "paralysed" with fear.

  13. Plymouth’s got a major problem with sexually transmitted diseases

    Plymouth Herald

    Health experts have raised concerns about sexually transmitted diseases in Plymouth after new figures revealed the city has the highest rate in the South West.

  14. Mother writes of grief 'black humour' after daughter's death

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Jennifer Wilkin-Shaw has written about grieving for her daughter Charlotte Shaw

    A Devon mother has published a book she hopes will help people come to terms with the death of a loved one.

    Jennifer Wilkin Shaw's daughter, Charlotte, died 10 years ago whilst training for the Ten Tors challenge.

    In the immediate aftermath, Jennifer began writing down her thoughts and emotions, as a way of coping.

    She has now turned those notes into a book called A Testament of Grief.

  15. Ciarán Maxwell: The Marine who turned to terror

    BBC News Northern Ireland

    Ciarán Maxwell. Pic: Facebook

    A Royal Marine Commando from Northern Ireland has been jailed for 18 years after admitting preparing acts of terrorism linked to dissident republicanism.

    Ciarán Maxwell's case raises alarming questions of how he was able to penetrate the ranks of an elite British military unit and smuggle out arms.

  16. BreakingRoyal Marine jailed for 18 years for terror offences

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A Royal Marine, who hid explosives in a Devon wood to make bombs for terror attacks, has been jailed for 18 years.

    A judge has, this afternoon, passed the sentence on Ciarán Maxwell who lived in Exminster and was based with 40 Commando in Taunton.

    The 31-year-old admitted the preparation of terrorist acts for dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.

    Mr Justice Sweeney told Maxwell he betrayed his position in the armed forces. He said the Lance Corporal was motivated by hostility to the United Kingdom.

    Maxwell will spend another five years on licence in addition to his 18 years in jail.

  17. Latest weather: Some spells of sunshine and scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    Apart from a scattering of showers, many places will be dry with some spells of sunshine. Light or moderate southwesterly winds will be locally fresh around parts of the coast and to the west. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

    Weather

    Although a few showers will continue this evening and tonight, most will become confined to coastal areas as it becomes mainly dry and a little chilly inland with clear spells. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the southwest. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

  18. A361 is an 'unsafe road' - MP

    Janet Kipling

    BBC Radio Devon

    A main road in north Devon which has seen two major crashes in two days is an "unsafe road", an MP says.

    Two children and their mother died as a result of a crash involving their car and a lorry on the A361 North Devon Link Road this morning. Three people are still being treated in hospital after a crash on Sunday.

    Although acknowledging that investigations were still under way into both incidents, that the causes were yet to be determined and the crashes were a "tragedy", North Devon Conservative MP Peter Heaton-Jones said: "It is a unsafe road.

    "We don't know the causes [of the crashes] at the moment, but people are taking too many risks because there are short overtaking lanes that suddenly merge at not much notice."

    He said that he, Devon County Council and North Devon Council were working together to "get the money we need to get the improvements to this link road".

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