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  1. Torbay mayor plans £10m cuts and council tax rise
  2. Sister of kayaker killed at sea asks water users to make sure they can raise the alarm
  3. Porthleven quayside redevelopment scheme refused permission
  4. Motorcyclist suffers life-threatening in north Devon crash
  5. New safety measures being introduced on fishing fleets
  6. Queues through the night for new Perranporth flats
  7. Bloodhound rocket car gears up for Newquay test drive
  8. Updates on Monday 23 October 2017

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By Hayley Westcott

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the Devon and Cornwall BBC Local Live team for today. We're back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, travel, sport and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Victoria Graham at 18:30 on BBC One, and the late news at 22:30.

  2. A cut above: Cornwall's boy's long locks chopped for charity

    Kevin Hay

    BBC Spotlight

    Eight-year-old Gabriel Gutierrez is having his hair cut for the first time for two years.

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    Video caption: Long locks chopped for charity

    He made up his mind to grow it to donate his locks to charity the Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for children with cancer.

    Gabriel, from St Germans in Cornwall, has also raised more than £1,000 for the charity.

  3. Weather: More rain tonight, turning heavy on Tuesday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will turn increasingly grey and murky through the evening, with further outbreaks of rain likely.

    These could turn heavy and persistent during the early hours of the morning.


    Tuesday will be breezy and cloudy although any rain will ease away north.

    The odd brighter spell could then develop with top temperatures of 18C (64F).

  4. Can you ape this gorilla's hand jive?

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist


    A gorilla at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon has been photographed doing what looks like a 1950s dance.

    Fourteen-year-old male Western lowland gorilla N'Dowe appears to be doing the hand jive in a picture released by the zoo.

    Keepers describe N'Dowe as a "great thinker" and a "gentle soul" who would eat anything and everything he's given.

    And he's now a dancer too, it appears.

  5. T-Charge: New London traffic charge an 'important step'

    BBC News England

    A charge which now sees drivers of older, more polluting vehicles have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London is "an important step in the right direction", an Exeter academic says.

    Mayor Sadiq Khan's £10 T-Charge, which mainly applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, has come into force.

    It covers the same area as the existing congestion charge zone, bumping up the cost to £21.50 for those affected.

    Professor Nadine Unger, an expert on air pollution and public health at the University of Exeter, said: "London is still one of the most polluted cities in Europe in the 21st Century, even after decades of control strategies. Dirty road vehicles are the major cause.

    "The business cost assessments are extremely misleading because they ignore the short- and long-term NHS costs associated with serious public health damage from breathing in toxic pollution."

  6. Elsie Scully-Hicks: Murder accused 'denied struggle to cope'

    BBC Wales News

    Elsie Scully-Hicks
    Image caption: Elsie Scully-Hicks died two weeks after being formally adopted

    A man from Cornwall accused of murdering his adopted 18-month-old daughter denied struggling to cope when questioned by police, a court has heard.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, denies murdering Elsie Scully-Hicks at their Cardiff home.

    She died of catastrophic injuries in May 2016 at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales, two weeks after being formally adopted by Mr Scully-Hicks and his husband, Craig.

    A transcript of his police interview on 23 June 2016 was read to Cardiff Crown Court on Monday.

    The jury was previously told he sent texts to his husband saying he was "struggling to cope" and describing Elsie as "Satan in a babygro".

  7. Inventor wins European award for low-cost mapping robot

    BBC Spotlight

    A Tavistock inventor has won an international award for his low-cost robot.

    Sam Martin, 22, has been named the best computer science student in Europe in the Undergraduate Awards 2017.

    His invention, which cost less than £100 to make, could be used to go into collapsed buildings to create 3D maps and images of inside.

  8. Football: Matthews set for extended Argyle stay

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Goalkeeper Remi Matthews could be in line for an extended period at Plymouth, says Argyle boss Derek Adams.

    Matthews, 23, joined the League One club from Norwich City on an emergency loan on Friday.

    Kyle Letheren, Luke McCormick and Robbert te Loeke are all injured, which allowed Argyle to bring in a loanee outside the transfer window.

    Remi Matthews

    "I don't see any speed in any of the three goalkeepers coming back," Adams said after Matthews' debut.

    Under the EFL's rules Argyle must re-apply to the league to have Matthews' loan extended every seven days, providing proof that their professional goalkeepers are still injured.

    Argyle's only other fit goalkeeping option is youth team player Michael Cooper, who replaced Letheren after he was injured at Blackburn on 17 October.

  9. Swimmers brave the cold to give man fitting send-off

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Friends and family have braved the chill at Swanpool in Cornwall in memory of an 80-year-old man who died there earlier this month.

    Paul Fehrenback, from Falmouth, died after falling ill whilst swimming.

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  10. Porthleven quayside redevelopment scheme refused

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council planners have turned down an application to develop the quayside area of the town.

    Developers planned a multi-use site for the boatyard which would have included work units for up to 70 people, internet cafe, bus shelter, showers and public toilets.


    Officers had recommended the scheme for approval.

    Local councillor and town mayor Andrew Wallis said people were concerned it would have changed the fabric of the town.

    Trevor Osborne, who owns the Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company, which submitted the application, said he did not agree with the decision and would appeal against it.

  11. RNLI urges sea users to keep mobile phones 'close at hand'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RNLI is urging kayakers and canoeists in the South West to make sure they keep vital safety equipment close at hand.

    The charity's new safety campaign is being backed by Ellie Jackson, from Looe in Cornwall.

    Her brother, Dominic, died earlier this year when he was unable to call for help after getting into difficulty because his mobile phone was sealed inside a compartment.

    The RNLI said it was crucial water sports enthusiasts kept mobile phones nearby and urged sea users to also wear personal locator beacons (pictured).

    personal locator
  12. Pop-up brothels 'see police investigating trafficking'

    Victoria Derbyshire

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    Devon and Cornwall Police warned owners of holiday lets in January to beware of sex workers using their properties as pop-up brothels.

    Police discovered 14 such establishments in Newquay alone in some six months, and the county continued to be home to a number of such criminal enterprises, officers said.

    Sex workers typically rent properties out for a week, advertising their services online, before packing up and moving on.

    Insp Dave Meredith, based in Newquay, said the approach to dealing with such cases was now "victim-centred", which would see them checking welfare and investigating trafficking.

  13. Football: Owers pleased as Gulls move off bottom of league

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United manager Gary Owers says his side's showing in the 1-1 draw at Halifax was the most impressive since he took over.

    Jamie Reid equalised for the Gulls as they moved off the bottom of the National League on goal difference.

    Gary Owers

    "I think that's the best performance I've seen from the team since I got here, and that includes the victory over Maidenhead," he told BBC Radio Devon.

    "I thought we started the game really positively, always took the game to them, looked a threat and if we can just find that killer instinct we could have been out of sight."

  14. Man jailed after 365th offence in a year

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A shoplifter has been jailed after clocking up a conviction for every day of the year in Devon and Cornwall.

    Carl Ascott was caught for the 365th time when he was seen stuffing packs of steak down his trousers at a supermarket in Tiverton in September.

    He also had a knife hidden in his boot which he claimed had been to cut off security tags, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Ascott, 44, of Barrington Street in Tiverton, was a recovering heroin addict who committed many of his crimes while living rough in the region, the court was told.

    Jailing him for 29 weeks after he admitted possession of a knife in public and three counts of shoplifting, Judge Erik Salomonsen told him: "The answer to your problems lies in your own hands."

    Carl Ascott
  15. Exeter lab uncovers city's secrets

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new state-of-the-art digital lab in Exeter is uncovering the secrets of the past.

    The £1.2m building at the University of Exeter would allow academics to examine historical objects and make 3D models of artefacts too fragile to be handled, staff said.

    It officially opens this week, but already they've looked at bone fragments from an archaeological dig, rare books from Exeter Cathedral and a vintage pair of Exeter City football boots.

    University of Exeter
  16. Boy, 12, hurt in Plymouth hit-and-run

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 12-year-old boy has been injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Plymouth, police say.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the boy was crossing Old Laira Road next to a bus stop at about 18:00 on Sunday when he was hit by a car.

    PC Colin Strachan said the boy had "numerous bruises and grazes" and the suspected vehicle would have a cracked windscreen.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

    Police van
  17. Torbay mayor plans £10m cuts and council tax rise

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torbay's mayor is proposing cuts of nearly £10m for its budget next year and a council tax rise of nearly 5%.

    The savings are part of £18m of cuts over the next three years.

    However, elected mayor Gordon Oliver promised there would be no major job losses.

    The unitary authority blames government reductions in local government grants, and increasing demands on council services for the proposed cuts.

    Gordon Oliver
  18. Hodges wants another Truro unbeaten run

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City boss Lee Hodges says his side must try to build another winning run after a first defeat in 10 matches.

    City were beaten 2-1 at Wealdstone in National League South as they lost for the first time since the end of August.

    Truro City

    Truro's run saw them become the first Cornish club to make the FA Cup first round since 1969, and put them top of the sixth tier for the first time.

    "We have to start again because we've enjoyed winning games of football and working extremely hard," he said.

    "Their keeper was on fire, whatever we threw at him he made some unbelievable saves," added Hodges, whose side were 2-0 down before Tyler Harvey pulled one back.