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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    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. BreakingMurderer jailed for 'brutal assault'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Thomas Norman

    A 28-year-old man has been jailed for life with a minimum 17-year sentence for murdering a man in what police have described as a "brutal assault".

    Thomas Norman, of Town Mills Close, Launceston was sentenced today at Truro Crown Court having been found guilty of the murder of 48-year-old Charles ‘Charlie’ MacDonald on 9 March 2017.

    The victim sustained widespread injuries to his face, arms, hands, chest, back, legs and 17 fractures to his ribs at Norman's flat, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Outside the court Det Ch Insp Jo Hall said: "This was a brutal assault by Norman on a man described by friends as a gentle soul. He had only lived in Cornwall for a short time having moved from Scotland around a year before.

    “Our thoughts are with Mr MacDonald’s family at this difficult time. While today’s sentence cannot bring Charlie back we hope that it brings some comfort to his family that justice has been done.”

  3. Dog poo laws 'not unreasonable' say wardens

    BBC Radio Devon

    On-the-spot fines for dog owners who let their pets poo in public places are "not unreasonable" say environment wardens.


    Teignbridge Council is consulting on the plans.

    Community environment warden Pete Howell said: "The majority of dog walkers are very responsible.

    "It's about people who perpetually ignore regulations relating to dogs and it gives us the power to apprehend those people."

  4. Threats to councillors 'could hit local democracy'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Threats against councillors could deter people from putting themselves forward to represent their local communities, warns a member of Devon County Council.


    About 40% of councillors who responded to a BBC South West questionnaire say the abuse they get from the public is getting worse - with a handful saying they received death threats.

    Devon County Councillor Stuart Hughes, who has been in politics for 24 years, said: "The abuse that is going on could put people off going into local politics.

    "And that's a shame because you do need people to get involved in their local communities."

  5. Man, 74, dies in crash between three cars

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 74-year-old local man has died after the car he was travelling in was involved in a three-car crash on Park Road in Silverton, Devon.

    Park Road

    The Honda Civic driver died after the crash at about 16:20 last Friday.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  6. Statues 'enduring emblem of Devon and Dorsets regiment'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Col Robert Steptoe, who served with the "Devon and Dorsets", said new statues in honour of the regiment were an "enduring emblem of a regiment that sadly doesn't exist any more".


    Statues honouring three former Devon and Dorset Army regiments have been officially dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    He said: "It's something I'm afraid the British Army has now lost. All county regiments have now amalgamated or been disbanded and it's very sad.

    "This bond, this team-building, is a very strong motivation when you're at war. One doesn't want to let one's friends, one's fellow countrymen, down so you do that much more for them."

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A373 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A373 Devon both ways severe accident, between Broad Road and Horn Road.

    A373 Devon - A373 in Dulford blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Keepers Cottage Inn and the Horn Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  8. 'Unsafe for patients' says doctor in charge of 400 patients

    Press Association

    A doctor who was on shift at Derriford Hospital with one other medic in charge of more than 400 patients said it was "very unsafe" for patients.


    The doctor's report was revealed in the July board papers of the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

    It said the two junior doctors were left to care for more than 400 patients at a Plymouth hospital during a night shift.

    The report was published as part of the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust board papers from July, and said the doctor was pulled from a breast surgery day job at 11am to be asked to cover medical nights.

    The trust said it took the "working lives of our junior doctors and the responsibilities we place upon them very seriously".

    "We do recognise that we have to do more to meet the challenges with doctor recruitment and that is why we have established a group, with an executive leadership, to look at how we can improve things with our rotas.

    "Our staff work exceptionally hard and we would like to publicly acknowledge and thank them for this."

  9. MPs tell of death threats and abuse at 2017 election

    BBC Politics

    Standing for Parliament in the UK can mean facing death threats, online intimidation, verbal abuse and vandalism, according to MPs surveyed by BBC Radio 5 live.


    All 650 MPs were contacted by 5 live and asked for their experiences, under condition of anonymity.

    Of the 113 who replied, just over half - 51% - said the 2017 general election campaign had been the worst they had ever experienced.

    This was especially true among Conservative MPs, with 41 out of 47 saying they had been targeted.

    They included Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray who was branded a witch on social media. Swastikas were also carved into a promotional poster in her home constituency of South East Cornwall.

  10. Language school students fined for graffiti

    BBC Spotlight

    A group of students have been fined by a language school after they spray-painted graffiti on buildings in Exeter.

    St David's Hill

    The students were each fined £75 by the Globe English School in St David’s Hill, Exeter, after they defaced parts of the Quay.

    Exeter City Council, who were called in to remove the graffiti, said the total £1,125 in fines would go towards the cost of chemicals used to remove graffiti in the city.

    The school handed out the punishment after learning that its students had carried out the graffiti.

    The city council cleans off any offensive or racist graffiti from private homes for free, provided the owner signs a disclaimer form.

  11. Last post marks advent of poppies at war memorial

    BBC Spotlight

    A performance of the Last Post will take place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Plymouth Naval Memorial every Friday at 18:00 until Friday 17 November.


    The Royal Marines Band, Plymouth, along with the 6 Rifles Band will be part of the service.

    The Act of Remembrance will start with a bugler playing the Last Post, followed by a reading of the Laurence Binyon exhortation For the Fallen and a minute's silence. The bugler will then play the Reveille.

    It's part of free events organised by Plymouth City Council and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark the spectacular poppies sculpture which has been placed there.

  12. Crowley and Reid win Para-triathlon medals

    BBC Sport

    Exeter's Steve Crowley and Melissa Reid, from Cornwall, both won medals at the Para-triathlon World Championships Grand Final in Rotterdam on Friday.

    Crowley took silver in the PTS4 category, while Reid clinched a bronze in the women's PTVI.

    Melissa Reid

    In all Great Britain secured eight medals, with Andy Lewis and Dave Ellis taking home golds.

  13. Former naval officer pleads not guilty to abuse charges

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Charles Howeson

    A former Royal Navy officer has pleaded not guilty to a series of sexual abuse charges.

    Charles Howeson, 67, of Stonehouse, Plymouth, faces 15 charges against 10 boys and men between December 1985 and September 1994 at Bristol Crown Court.

    Mr Howeson has held a number of prominent positions in the public and private sector, including acting as chairman of NHS Property Services, regional chairman of Coutts and Co bank, and chairman of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

    The trial is expected to start on 13 November and is scheduled for five weeks.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A3015 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3015 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Barrack Road and Topsham Road.

    A3015 Devon - A3015 Topsham Road in Exeter closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Barrack Road junction and the Topsham Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

  15. 'Car was damaged in councillor attack'

    Jenny Kumah

    Daily and Sunday Politics reporter

    A councillor has told how her car was damaged in an attack, as a questionnaire reveals the amount of abuse local authority members get from members of the public.

    Angela Davis

    Forty percent of councillors who responded to a BBC South West questionnaire say the abuse they get from the public is getting worse.

    Devon councillor Angela Davis said: "My car was very badly damaged last winter, in the middle of the night. It was not a casual attack.

    "There's no reason in my personal life for that to happen so it was something to do with me being a councillor."

  16. Sunny spells, but cloud will build to give the odd shower

    BBC Weather

    Although a largely dry day with some sunny spells, cloud will build to give the odd shower. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).


    Tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells, but a few showers may affect eastern areas. Chilly again by dawn with the odd mist or fog patches possible. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

  17. Truro given another home tie in FA Cup

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City have been drawn at home to Isthmian League Division One North side AFC Sudbury in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

    Lee Hodges' side beat AFC Portchester on Saturday to reach this stage and are now two wins away from the first round, when the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City come into the competition.

    Lee Hodges

    Bodmin Town's second round qualifying match against Devon side Bideford was postponed at the weekend, but the winners of that tie will go to Haringey Borough in the next round.

  18. Ploughman Tom gets hitched with field proposal

    BBC Radio Devon

    A farmer hitched up his plough to write Marry Me in a down-to-earth proposal to his girlfriend.


    Tom Plume from East Anstey had to ask his future father-in-law for permission to etch the message into a hillside on the farm where his girlfriend Jenna Stimpson grew up.

    Jenna said "He fireman lifted me across the field and said 'Open your eyes' and on the other side of the valley on my dad's farm he had ploughed Marry Me."

    We dig it Tom!

  19. Ryanair under pressure to publish full list of cancelled flights

    BBC Radio Cornwall


    Ryanair is under pressure to publish a full list of the flights it plans to cancel every day amid growing anger among customers.

    The airline said on Saturday it would cancel 40-50 flights every day for the next six weeks, after it "messed up" the planning of pilot holidays.

    However, it has so far only published a list of affected flights up until this Wednesday. Consumer rights group Which? said passengers needed more notice.

    A spokeswoman at Cornwall Airport Newquay told the BBC: "To date, no Ryanair services to or from the airport have been affected by the current situation and we are not aware of any cancellations at this time."