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Live Reporting

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 Thursday 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. Woman heard of affair 'days before boiling kettle attack'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A woman who poured boiling water on her husband's mistress found out about the couple's affair days before the attack, a court heard.

    Thirty-four-year-old Monika Fourie, of Glenholt, Plymouth, has been jailed for five years after she threw hot water from a cup and then a kettle on to Hannah Stokes at the matrimonial home.

    Monika Fourie. Pic: PA

    She caused burns to her victim's head, neck and chest in the attack two years ago, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

    Polish-born Fourie (pictured above) was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

    Her trial heard that, days before the attack, her ex-husband, South African-born Royal Marine Wouter Fourie (below), confessed to the relationship and she left their home to stay with a friend.

    She unexpectedly returned on the night of 24 October 2015, finding Mr Fourie and Miss Stokes (below) watching a rugby match on TV, the court heard.

    Wouter Fourie and Hannah Stokes. Pic: SWNS

    Miss Stokes, who has since split from Mr Fourie, told the court the defendant was “full of rage” when she attacked her.

    Mr Fourie said his now ex-wife had “just wanted to hurt Hannah”, while the defendant said she had no memory of the attack.

  3. St Austell to get £900k of lottery cash to improve centre

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lottery funding totalling £900,000 is to be spent improving St Austell town centre's appearance, Cornwall Council says.

    The authority said the funding would go towards "high-quality" repairs; reinstating shopfronts, signs and missing architectural detail in the conservation area around streets away from White River Place.

    It was hoped this, along with local property owners, the council and the local business improvement district, would generate £1.4m of investment in the town centre, the council added.

  4. Cancer patients grew cannabis in Brixham

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A group of cancer patients in Devon clubbed together to set up a cannabis plantation for pain relief purposes, Exeter Crown Court has heard.

    Former trawlerman Christopher Ostermeyer rented a small industrial unit in Brixham where the three cancer patients and one multiple sclerosis sufferer installed a high-tech growing tent.

    Cannabis plant

    Ostermeyer, 60, of Wallace Avenue, Torquay, admitted production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply and was given a suspended sentence.

    He told Judge Erik Salomonsen how two of the other founders of the plantation have since died from their cancers and he is still receiving treatment.

  5. Dartmoor conservation partnership gets £400k grant

    BBC Radio Devon

    A project which supports the conservation of the uplands of Dartmoor and areas of England's most iconic landscapes is in line for a major National Lottery grant.

    The partnership between the National Trust and Foundation For Common Land has been awarded more than £400,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The partnership said the money would be used to help develop skills of people working on the moor to protect wildlife and the local area.

    Dartmoor
  6. Mine-fall man hopes story will 'stop further accidents'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A man who fell 50ft (15m) into a disused mine says he hopes his story will stop further accidents.

    Fifty-one-year-old Andrew Williams, from near Penarth in Wales, is still recovering after a six-hour rescue operation near St Just in September.

    Andrew Williams

    He said there were "no barriers at all, and no obvious signs to show danger".

    Experts said there were hundreds of historic mines in the county and many were easily accessible.

    Cornwall Council said it was working with landowners the National Trust to secure "potentially dangerous" sites.

    Mr Williams, a breakdown recovery driver, is out of hospital but faces a lengthy recovery from pelvis and leg injuries, as well as the psychological impact of the experience.

    He said: "If one good thing has come out of this, hopefully it will stop it happening to somebody else."

  7. Weather: A cold but mainly night before a dry Thursday

    BBC Weather

    After a dry evening, it will be a cold and but mainly clear night. Patchy mist and fog may form over higher ground in the early hours.

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather

    Patchy fog on Thursday morning may take a while to clear.

    After that, it will be mainly dry and bright, with some long spells of sunshine and mainly light winds.

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  8. Householders 'have to ensure waste is not fly-tipped'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Householders paying for waste to be taken away have to ensure it's not fly-tipped, the Environment Agency has warned, after a man was duped by a waste collector who dumped it in the Devon countryside.

    John McDonagh, from Victoria Road, Plymouth, has been banned from working in waste collecting for two years by Plymouth magistrates after admitting fraud and illegally disposing of controlled waste.

    The agency said McDonagh was caught after rubbish he dumped from a home in the city in November 2016 was traced back to the householder who said he'd been duped.

    Adrian Evans of the Environment Agency said: "Householders have a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly and doesn’t end up fly-tipped.

    "If anyone offers to dispose of your waste in return for payment, make sure they are a registered waste carrier, and don’t forget to ask for a receipt. If in doubt, don’t hand over your waste."

  9. Girl, 4, 'will be scarred for life'

    Video content

    Video caption: 4-year-old Maisie was hit by a rogue firework

    A stray firework lodged in Maisie's scarf during a fireworks display at her home in north Devon.

  10. New permits for drivers with parking problems near home

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People struggling to find a parking space outside their home in Cornwall's towns are being offered a season permit in selected council-run car parks.

    It'll cost £50 a year and allow motorists to park during overnight hours.

    Geoff Brown, the councillor in charge of transport, said it was a good solution for those have parking difficulties.

  11. Possible EU tariffs after Brexit worrying farmers

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    Farmers from across the South West region are discussing how the industry will cope if Brexit negotiations fail to deliver a deal between the UK and the European Union.

    There's particular concern for beef and lamb trade, and this has been brought up at a House of Commons select committee - the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee - this afternoon.

    At the moment, of course, there is tariff-free trade with the rest of the EU.

    But the tariffs on things like beef and lamb - the default tariffs if we left the EU - would be enormous. Farmers are worried.

    Beef
  12. Helston Library to reopen after revamp

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Helston Library has been revamped and will reopen to the public on 20 November, Cornwall Council says.

    The reopened facility would include a new children's library, an interview room, and a space created for the Department of Work and Pension's Jobcentre Plus service. Information services will also be included.

    Cornwall Council said having some other services in the library building saved on costs and would bring in more potential library users.

  13. Boiling water attack a 'repeated assault in two parts'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Monika Fourie. Pic: PA

    A woman who poured boiling water over her estranged husband’s mistress carried out a "repeated assault on the same victim in two parts", a judge says.

    Thirty-four-year-old Monika Fourie, of Glenholt, Plymouth, threw hot water from a cup and then a kettle on to Hannah Stokes at the matrimonial home in October 2015.

    Polish-born Fourie (pictured), who was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing, caused burns to her victim's head, neck and chest in the attack, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

    Sentencing, Judge Paul Darlow said: "It was a repeated assault on the same victim in two parts, quite separate.

    "The throwing of boiling water from a cup you were holding, and then returning and picking up the kettle and throwing that over Hannah Stokes."

  14. North Devon rehab service told to improve

    BBC Radio Devon

    Inspectors have highlighted a series of issues with a rehabilitation service treating substance abusers in Bideford.

    The Care Quality Commission did not give Haywain Barn a rating, but said the service provider needed to improve in six areas.

    The CQC report identified a lack of governance and leadership, found staff had not completed essential training, and there were no nurses on site, among other concerns.,

    However, the service was found to be clean, staff kind and supportive, and there was good follow-up care for clients.

  15. Elsie Scully-Hicks: Murder trial jury considers verdict

    BBC Wales News

    Elsie Scully-Hicks

    The jury in the trial of a man from Cornwall accused of murdering his 18-month-old adopted baby has retired to consider its verdict.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, has denied inflicting catastrophic injuries on baby Elsie at his Cardiff home.

    On 25 May 2016, he called 999 and said he had found her unresponsive on the floor. She died four days later.

    A paediatrician told the jury Elsie's injuries were "very typical" of babies who have been shaken.

    Mr Scully-Hicks told the jury he does not know how Elsie sustained her injuries.

    The trial continues.

  16. Council works to ensure disused mine entrance 'is secured'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council says it is working to ensure the entrance to a disused mine where a man fell 50ft (15m) "is secured".

    Fifty-one-year-old Andrew Williams, from near Penarth in Wales, is still recovering after a six-hour rescue operation near St Just in September (pictured). He said there were "no barriers at all, and no obvious signs to show danger".

    Experts said there were hundreds of historic mines in the county and many were easily accessible.

    St Just

    Cornwall Council says it is working with landowners the National Trust to secure "potentially dangerous" sites.

    The National Trust added: "We manage any potential risk of harm to our visitors through a mixture of signage and fencing, asking walkers to keep to the footpaths where applicable.

    "We regularly review our health and safety policies and practices to ensure that we are doing everything we reasonably can to ensure the safety of the public."

  17. BreakingWife who poured boiling water on husband’s mistress jailed

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A spurned wife who poured boiling water over her estranged husband’s mistress has been jailed for five years.

    Thirty-four-year-old Monika Fourie, of Glenholt, Plymouth, threw hot water from a cup and then a kettle on to Hannah Stokes at the matrimonial home.

    She caused burns to her victim's head, neck and chest in the attack in October 2015, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

    Polish-born Fourie (pictured) was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

    She had admitted causing GBH without intent but the jury took less than three hours to convict her of the greater charge.

    The victim had to be treated for second degree burns down to her navel, and had surgery for a perforated eardrum, the court was told.

    Monika Fourie
  18. Cornwall travel: B3304 Porthleven blocked by collision

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    At Porthleven, the B3304 is partially blocked by a collision between Green Lane and Squires Lane.

  19. Ampadu named in Wales squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Former Exeter City youngster Ethan Ampadu has again been called up to the Wales squad.

    The 17-year-old, who left City for Chelsea in the summer, is yet to make his senior international debut.

    Ethan Ampadu

    Wales travel to France on 10 November before hosting Panama four days later.

    Ampadu made his first start for Chelsea last week in the EFL Cup, with former boss Paul Tisdale saying he was not surprised at the Exeter-born youngster's progress.