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Summary

  1. 'Devonwall' constituency still possible
  2. Poldark makers 'targeted by North Korean hackers'
  3. South West house price fall revealed in study
  4. Homeless train travel: Exeter council spends £4,651
  5. Dartmoor Zoo's Syrian bear dies
  6. Totnes riverside plans rejected
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Rob Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    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. Liverpool gangsters 'thought Devon was easy target'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    An eight-strong Liverpool gang who failed in a series of ATM raids in south Devon thought the area would be an "easy target" said police.

    ATM

    All eight were jailed for more than 48 years at Exeter Crown Court, which heard how each raid was unsuccessful when explosives failed to ignite and a tow bar didn't work.

    Judge Erik Salomonsen told them: "This type of crime is an increasing danger to society.

    "More and more desperate individuals are resorting to the use of explosives to raid machines and deterrence must play a part in sentences."

    Raid
  3. In pictures: Fudge, Dartmoor Zoo's Syrian bear

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    She's been a permanent fixture at the zoo since 1983, but it was with great sadness that owner Ben Mee announced the death of Fudge, Dartmoor Zoo's 39-year-old Syrian brown bear.

    The zoo said her long term companion, Hayley the European brown bear, will be "monitored closely" over the coming months for signs of distress.

    Fudge, the Syrian Brown Bear
    Fudge, the Syrian Brown Bear
    Fudge, the Syrian Brown Bear
  4. Weather update: Rain continues

    BBC Weather

    The cloud will thicken bringing some outbreaks of rain. It will also feel much fresher.

    Winds will remain light overnight with low cloud, mist and fog spreading north across all parts.

    The rain will turn patchier as it edges northwards through the night.

    South West weather forecast for Tuesday 17 October
  5. Explosive gas failed, tow bar and strap broke in series of bungled Devon ATM raids by Liverpool gang

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Liverpool gang tried to blow up Devon cash point machines by pumping them full of oxy-acetylene gas used in welding but it failed to ignite, a court heard.

    Clockwise from top left: Peter Atkinson, Ian Harris, James Brewer and Frederick Pearce
    Image caption: Clockwise from top left: Peter Atkinson, Ian Harris, James Brewer and Frederick Pearce

    Exeter Crown Court court heard that oxy-acetylene raids at NatWest in Newton Road, Torquay, and Barclays at St Marychurch on 7 and 8 December 2015 failed.

    The gang also tried to use a 4X4 to drag out ATMs at Co-Ops on Dartmouth but the tow bar broke and Paignton when a strap broke.

    A security guard robbery in Brixham, Devon, led to the gang's capture thanks to CCTV footage, the court heard.

    • Robin Vaughan Senior, 44, of Liverpool, admitted conspiracy to cause explosions. He was sentenced to 14 and a half years to run concurrent to a 10 year sentence he is currently serving for similar offences in Scotland.
    • Robin Vaughan Junior, 27, from Lyme Grove, Liverpool, admitted robbery, conspiracy to rob and to burgle. He was jailed for 10 years.
    • Johnny Vaughan, 21, from Lyme Grove, Liverpool, admitted robbery, conspiracy to rob and to burgle. He was sentenced to seven years and one month.
    • Peter Atkinson, 17, of Prescott, Liverpool, admitted robbery. He received three years and eight months.
    • Driver Joseph Field, 35, from Willow Grove, Warrington, admitted conspiracy to cause explosions. He was handed four and a half years.
    • Ian Harris, 36, from Torquay, admitted conspiracy to burgle. He was jailed for three years and seven months.
    • James Brewer, 36, of Brookwood Road, Liverpool, admitted conspiracy to burgle. He was given four years and eight months in prison.
    • Frederick Pearce, 53, of Torquay, pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary and is to be sentenced next week.
    Clockwise from top left: Joseph Field, Robin Vaughan Senior, Robin Vaughan Junior and Johnny Vaughan
    Image caption: Clockwise from top left: Joseph Field, Robin Vaughan Senior, Robin Vaughan Junior and Johnny Vaughan
  6. Exeter Council 'committed' to tackling homelessness

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Exeter City Council has defended its policy of funding train travel for homeless people.

    The council spent £4,651 reconnecting 107 rough sleepers in two-and-a-half years, the Victoria Derbyshire Show has found.

    It was one of 10 across England who told the BBC they are regularly buying one-way train tickets for homeless people out of their area.

    Some spent more than £1,000 a year on fares and charity Homeless Link called the scale "worrying".

    Councillor Emma Morse said the took every step to help the homeless "including funding tickets for them to get back to loved ones if they don't have the means."

    "We are 100% committed to tackling homelessness in the city and making sure everyone has a roof over their head.

    "We have always prided ourselves not only at being an open and honest authority but also a compassionate and caring council," she said.

  7. Falmouth nursery rated 'inadequate'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A nursery in Falmouth has been given an inadequate rating after Ofsted inspectors found failings in its management and the behaviour and welfare of the children.

    The First Friends Nursery on Dracaena Avenue had 34 children on its register aged up to eight when it was inspected in the middle of last month.

    Ofsted says it will take steps to cancel registration.

    There was no reply when the BBC approached the school a short time ago.

    A previous inspection in 2016 rated the nursery as good.

  8. Travel: Delays on the M5 northbound

    BBC Radio Devon

    • Expect delays on the M5 northbound between Clevedon and Portishead, three lanes are closed due to emergency repairs
    • At Stoke Canon, on the A396 Stoke Hill near Chestnut Crescent, we've got reports there is an accident
    • In Newton Poppleford, there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights on Four Elms Hill, traffic is slow moving.
    • On the trains, delays are possible to some mainline services to and from Paddington due to a track fault near London
    • Traffic's flowing well on the Tamar Bridge, and there's a 10 minute wait with three ferries running at Torpoint
  9. Bungling Devon cashpoint raiders from Liverpool jailed

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Liverpool gang who tried to blow up Devon cash machines in a series of failed raids have been jailed.

    Raid

    The gang tried to blow the machines out of the wall by pumping them full of oxy-acetylene gas used in welding but it failed to ignite, a court heard.

    They also tried to drag cashpoints from walls and failed.

    They were all jailed for a total of more than 48 years at Exeter Crown Court.

  10. Mike Samwell death: Stolen car 'driven backwards and forwards' over victim

    An ex-Royal Navy officer was run over and crushed to death trying to stop thieves stealing his car as his wife looked on, a court has heard.

    Mike Samwell, 35, had been woken in the early hours by a break-in at his home in Chorlton, Manchester, in April.

    Mike Samwell

    He had run out of the house, and when his wife followed she found him on his back with tyre marks on his chest.

    Manchester Crown Court heard he had been run over twice by Ryan Gibbons, 29, who denies murder.

  11. Cornwall party calls on PM to scrap boundary review

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dick Cole

    The leader of Mebyon Kernow, which campaigns for a National Assembly for Cornwall, has called on the Theresa May to scrap an electoral boundary review.

    Councillor Dick Cole is concerned it would lead to the creation of an "unpopular" cross-Tamar constituency.

    Under the plans, the voting district would cover Bideford, Bude, and Launceston.

    Councillor Cole said: “We will certainly be continuing with our campaigns to protect the territorial integrity of Cornwall, and for Cornwall to be treated as a distinct entity for the purposes of governance.”

  12. Otter conservationist 'like a kid' when he sees the animal

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist

    He might have been working to protect otters for 40 years, but Dave Webb, from North Devon, says he still gets excited when he sees the animal.

    Video content

    Video caption: The man who has been tracking otters since childhood
  13. Calls to cancel Katie Hopkins' appearance at Lewes Speakers Festival

    BBC News England

    Calls have been made to cancel an appearance by controversial columnist Katie Hopkins at a literary festival.

    Lewes Speakers Festival manager Marc Rattray said he would not cancel Ms Hopkins' talk in Sussex unless he was "forced" to.

    "People have gone to the council, tried to have her banned under the rules of the venue, and I've had a lot of emails suggesting I withdraw her," he said.

    Ms Hopkins, from Exeter, said: "It's ok not to agree, but please don't attack the organiser."

    Katie Hopkins
  14. 'Too many voters' for Cornwall-only districts

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Plans to redefine Cornwall's parliamentary constituencies enter their final consultation with a Cornwall-Devon seat still a central aim.

    The Boundary Commission's review manager Gerald Tassier says rules state each seat can only be 5% above or below the average size constituency.

    "Cornwall, with the Isles of Scilly, has too many electors to form five constituencies on its own."

    "One of the arguments that people from Cornwall have been raising is that it should be treated as a separate review area to the rest of the South West.

    "But unfortunately to do so, would be to create constituencies that are outside that 5% band," he said.

    The Boundary Commission wants to reduce the number of MPs by 50 so each of the 600 remaining represent the same number of voters across the country.

  15. Dartmoor Zoo's Syrian bear dies

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Fudge, Dartmoor Zoo's Syrian Brown Bear

    Dartmoor Zoo has announced "with great sadness" that its Syrian brown bear Fudge has died, aged 39.

    "Over the past several months she has been monitored closely by our keepers and vets and has shown ongoing deterioration in health, including chronic arthritis," zoo owner Ben Mee said.

    Born at London Zoo in 1978, the Syrian brown bear arrived at Dartmoor Zoo in 1983 to live in captivity with a group of European brown bears.

    Mr Mee said Fudge was "greatly loved by our staff, volunteers and visitors" and would be sorely missed.

    Mr Mee bought Dartmoor Zoo in 2006 and wrote a book about his family's battle to run it. In 2012, Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson starred in the film We Bought a Zoo, based on the book.

  16. Truro City chairman eyeing cup upset

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Truro City lift the 2007 FA Vase at Wembley
    Image caption: Truro City have won at Wembley before - they were the 2007 FA Vase champions

    The chairman of Truro City - the first Cornish side to get to the FA Cup first round since 1969 - says his side can cause an upset against League One's Charlton Athletic.

    Pete Masters says his National League South side are capable of showing their skills on the national stage.

    He hopes the game against Charlton will put Cornish football on the map.

    "Let's hope we can get it on the television as well because that will be a boost to the finances, but also it will be a boost for Cornwall as a whole.

    "It's a great opportunity for everyone to see it in Cornwall, it's great for Cornish football, it's going to raise the profile," he said.

  17. 'Normal' skies captured by our weather watchers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The skies are looking much less hazy and orange than yesterday.

    Thanks to our weather watchers Scuba, Lucy, and Clare for sending these lovely pictures in from across Cornwall and Devon this morning.

    Cloudy, rural scene in Callington, Cornwall.
    Skies above Topsham, Devon
    The coast at Shaldon, Devon