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Jonathan Morris

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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 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's handling of complaints 'remains inconsistent'

    Devon and Cornwall Police's handling of complaints remains inconsistent, the police watchdog has announced.

    Figures released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is calling for the complaints system to be simplified across the country.

    The IPCC says just over 34,000 complaints were recorded across the country last year, an almost identical figure to the year before. But there's a great deal of variation between forces, both in the number of complaints and the way they are handled.

    Devon and Cornwall Police

    Devon and Cornwall recorded 1,188. Just over half were investigated by the force, and 34% were dealt with through local resolution.

    The watchdog says there will be significant changes to the police complaints system in 2018, including a greater role for police and crime commissioners, who will decide on appeals that do not go to the IPCC.

    A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the force is reviewing the figures and will publish a response later.

  3. Cable urges investment in South West rail and broadband

    BBC Radio Devon

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has called for a "massive injection" of infrastructure investment in the South West including in railways and broadband.


    In a speech today at his party's autumn conference the former business secretary set out policies to tackle regional inequality and rebalance the economy, including boosting investment in railways, broadband and housing.

    He said: "We need to lift Britain from what at present is a dangerous over-dependence on property markets and banks in the South East corner of England."

  4. Schoolchildren fill container with aid for Sierra Leone malaria village

    BBC Spotlight

    Pupils at a Cornish School have pulled off a mammoth fund-raising effort to help a malaria-struck village in Sierra Leone.


    Penrice Academy in St Austell has raised enough money to pay for a container and fill it with donations of medical equipment, desks and chairs and thousands of clothes and toys.

    It's leaving tomorrow and will be shipped from Felixstowe before arriving in Sierra Leone in 30 days time.

  5. Forces teams from South West help hurricane-hit islanders

    BBC Spotlight

    Navy teams from the South West are working "around the clock" trying to ensure that those hit by the hurricanes in the Caribbean can withstand the next potentially-lethal storm.

    Mounts Bay

    Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the British Virgin Islands early on Wednesday and the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday said the Ministry of Defence.

    A team on board Plymouth-based RFA Mounts Bay, which includes sailors from RNAS Culdrose and RNAS Yeovilton, has been delivering relief supplies.

  6. Police weed out disqualified driver

    It's a bad day for this driver who was nabbed in his van with a bag of what is suspected to be illegal drugs.

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  7. Sunny shots from the South West

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Image caption: SueL took this stunning photo on Monday evening
    Image caption: It looks pretty nice on the north coast this Tuesday afternoon
  8. Big rise in dolphin deaths and strandings in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A conservation group says there's been a worrying increase in dolphin deaths in Cornwall.


    Cornwall Wildlife Trust says it's 2016 Marine Strandings Network report shows a 50% increase in cetacean fatalities including dolphins, porpoises and whales compared with the previous year.

    A total of 205 animals were recorded as stranded in Cornwall in 2016, compared with only 10 in 2015. One hundred and thirteen were short-beaked common dolphins and 61 were harbour porpoises.

  9. Arrests hit 170 thanks to CCTV in Barnstaple

    BBC Spotlight

    One hundred and seventy people were arrested last year after calls from CCTV operators in Barnstaple.


    There are more than 100 cameras that are monitored around the clock in and around the town.

    There were 1,600 incidents recorded last year and police attended about 1,400 of those.

    The majority of incidents were in connection with anti-social behaviour and public order offences. The CCTV system costs about £200,000 a year to operate.

  10. Pups abandoned by bins on collection day

    BBC Radio Devon

    A litter of seven puppies were left in a cardboard box by bins in Torquay.


    The puppies were left on collection day said charity Animals in Distress.

    The incident has been reported to the RSPCA and the police.


    "The puppies are now here at our rescue centre in Ipplepen, and are all doing very well so far," said Animals in Distress.

    "It can be touch and go for young animals at this age, when they are taken away from their mother so soon, as their immunity can be low, but we hope they will all pull through."

    So do we.

  11. Kingsbridge churches hit by series of thefts

    BBC Radio Devon

    A pair of candlesticks were stolen from a Kingsbridge church in the latest in a spate of thefts from places of worship in the town.

    St Thomas

    The theft from St Thomas Church in Dodbrooke means that both it and St Edmunds have suffered seven thefts between them since June.

    Mostly this has been by forcing open the collection box in the wall and stealing loose change, said Kingsbridge Police.

    Items in the churches have now been security tagged to make them traceable.

  12. Wait at Royal Cornwall Hospital emergency department more than two-and-half hours

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Managers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are still urging people to avoid the emergency department at Treliske if they're seeking treatment for non-urgent medical conditions.


    This morning the hospital's emergency department was saying people could be waiting more than three hours.

    Now it's gone down to more than two hours 40 minutes but bosses are urging people to consider alternative services for less urgent conditions such as the Urgent Care Centre in Penzance, minor injury units, GPs, and pharmacies.

    The trust also says if people can support their relatives or friends to be discharged more quickly when they are ready to go home it would help ease the situation.

  13. Children evacuated from nursery after 'unexploded shell' unearthed on site

    BBC Spotlight

    A children's nursery has been evacuated after a suspected unexploded shell was found on the site.


    Two nearby businesses were also cleared and a 100m cordon put up "as a precaution" after the discovery at the Happy Days nursery in Derriford Business Park, Plymouth.

    A bomb disposal team confirmed the shell was safe and will dispose of it, said police.

  14. BreakingDerriford businesses evacuated in unexploded shell scare

    BBC Spotlight

    Part of Derriford Business Park has been evacuated after a suspected unexploded shell was found.

    A cordon has been put in place at the site in Plymouth.


    Police said two buildings had been evacuated "as a precaution whilst officers assess the situation".

    They said: "The shell appears diffused", but a bomb disposal team is on the way.

  15. 'Without volunteers, I'd never have been Olympic champion'

    Get Inspired

    Those are the words of sprint gold medallist Darren Campbell, who has been helping BBC Get Inspired in the search for the Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for 2017.

    Here's more from Darren...

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    Video caption: Darren Campbell - Unsung Hero 2017 call-to-action

    The award recognises the amazing work that volunteers do in grassroots sport and fitness around the UK.

    Last year, Marcellus Baz from Nottingham scooped the award for his work as a community boxing coach. Could it be someone from your region this year?

  16. 'Uncommon' and 'rare' bat species found in Teign Valley


    Three species of bats - one uncommon, and another rarely seen - have been found by the Devon Bat Group near a nature reserve in the county.

    Soparano pipistrelle, barbastelle and long-eared bats have all recently been recorded near Devon Wildlife Trust's Woodah Farm, in the Teign Valley.


    The trust said pipistrelle bats are common.

    But, the Bat Conservation Trust said barbastelle was an "uncommon species in England and Wales and it is absent from Scotland and Northern Ireland".

    It added the grey long-eared bat was considered "one of the UK's rarest species".