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Live Reporting

Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall today, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

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

  2. PTSD veteran affected by fireworks

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A military veteran has appealed to people not to set off their own fireworks, because of the impact it has on people suffering with PTSD.

    Mike Waters, known as "Oggy", said fireworks cause significant problems to sufferers who often develop a fear of sound and a difficulty in tolerance and volume that would not be considered loud by normal hearing individuals.


    He said explosive sounds, flashes of light and smell of gunpowder can trigger unwelcome memories for some veterans which can cause problems for weeks afterward.

    In some instances, veterans can injure themselves by diving for cover, which is a natural response, or even lash out to those around them having been temporarily taken back to the cause of their trauma.

    Mr Waters, who's part of the Armed Forces Bikers charity, said if PTSD sufferers know of a fireworks display near to them, they can better prepare and cope with any symptoms they may experience.

    "This year, perhaps leave the back garden fireworks to the experts at an organised event - you don't know who could be suffering around you," he added.

  3. Driver 'lucky to be alive' as car cuts across junction at speed

    Devon Live

    A woman says she is lucky to have not been seriously injured or even killed after a car cut across a junction as she drove down a busy A road - a manoeuvre captured on a dash cam inside her Ford Fiesta.

  4. Hotel plan is 'investment in Exeter's future'

    Plans for a new £25m hotel near Sandy Park have been described as an "investment in the future of Exeter".

    City councillors have approved plans for the 250-bed building, with recommendations about access from Rydon Lane.

  5. Weather for Friday: Cloudy with some rain

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Friday will be rather cloudy, with some patchy light rain or drizzle at times.

    There will be some brighter spells in the east, but more persistent rain is likely later and overnight.

    weather map

    Maximum temperature 14C (57F).

  6. Daughter's death blamed on 'professional indifference and neglect'

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The father of a schizophrenic woman who died alone and malnourished in an unheated flat says her death was caused by "professional indifference and neglect".

    Ruth Mitchell died in September 2012 after the condition caused her to isolate herself from family and health professionals.

    Ruth Mitchell

    A Safeguarding Adults Review published today says opportunities to help the 40-year-old were missed and the organisation responsible for her care - Livewell South West, formerly Plymouth Community Healthcare - has apologised for its failings.

    "I think professional indifference and neglect was responsible for the demise of my daughter and I think that's the tragedy of it as it needn't have happened," Russell Mitchell said.

    He and his wife, Anne, are to ask Devon and Cornwall Police to consider a charge of corporate manslaughter.

  7. Concern over hospital mobility aids

    BBC Radio Devon

    Some people in Devon claim they've been unable to return NHS items given to them as a temporary help with their mobility or health.

    The Royal Devon and Exteter said it supplies about 80 pairs of crutches a month and approximately 70% of these are returned and re-used following after being checked and cleaned.


    Some mobility aids for acute patients that cannot be re-used due to strict NHS criteria for single use are donated to charities.

    "If patients received a mobility aid at the RD&E's main Wonford site, they can return them to the Wonford site anytime," a trust spokesperson said.

    NHS Improvement says there isn't a national policy on the matter and it's up to individual trusts to decide their return policy on things like crutches, walking frames and sticks.

  8. Blooming marvellous! Cotehele flowers ready for Christmas garland

    More than 30,000 flowers will make up this year's Christmas garland at Cotehele in Cornwall.

    Traditional garlands have been made at the National Trust property since the 1950s.

    Most are about 60ft (18m), but the length depends on the number of flowers grown and collected, which can vary from 20,000 to 40,000.

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  9. Lifeboat rescue for boys stranded on rocks

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Two "very embarrassed" boys have been rescued by a lifeboat after getting stranded by the tide at Port Isaac in Cornwall.

    The RNLI launched its inshore D-class boat when the alarm was raised at lunchtime.

    Port Isaac

    The pre-teens - who are not thought to be local - had walked out to the breakwater, but became surrounded by the incoming tide and had to climb on to rocks near the harbour.

    "They were unhurt, but very embarrassed," an RNLI spokesperson said.

  10. Remaining dry and sunny for the rest of this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    The rest of this afternoon will remain mainly dry with broken cloud cover and some sunny intervals.

    Feeling pleasant too, with a maximum temperature of 14C (57 F).

    Weather map

    Cloud will continue to increase overnight, with some clear spells possible, allowing the odd patch of mist or fog to form in sheltered river valleys.

    Minimum temperature 6C (43F)

  11. Adams targets lucrative FA Cup run

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams is hoping his side can repeat their FA Cup run of last season.

    The Pilgrims drew Premier League giants Liverpool in the third round and held them to a 0-0 draw at Anfield before losing the replay 1-0 at Home Park.

    Argyle's run last season, with three televised matches, earned them £1m.

    Derek Adams and Jurgen Klopp

    "We've got to try to progress through the first round and get through the second round to get a very good tie again," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

    "It's always important that you have moments like that in your career," added Adams, who masterminded Ross County's run to the 2010 Scottish Cup final, when the second-tier side beat Celtic 2-0 in the last four.

    "For a manager it's always nice to take your team to these Premier League grounds and pit your wits against better opposition.

  12. Accident blocks Uffculme Road

    BBC News Travel

    An accident in Devon on the B3391 has blocked Uffculme Road in both directions, between Craddock and Culmstock.

  13. Beeston man 'buzzing' over bee photo prize

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A photo of a bee perched on a flower in front of a giant sculpture of the insect has won the Eden Project's annual photo competition.

    The picture was taken Jamie Laughton from the aptly-named Beeston in Nottinghamshire.

    More than 14,000 entries were submitted this year - the highest number since the competition began four years ago.

    Winning photograph

    "Capturing this photo was the combination of a beautiful environment, an excellent subject, a decent camera phone, and of course a lot of luck," Mr Laughton.

  14. Apology for neglect death victim's parents

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The organisation responsible for the welfare of a schizophrenic woman, who died from malnourishment through self neglect, has apologised for its failings.

    When Ruth Mitchell, died in September 2012, she had only a kitchen chair and table, a microwave and a fridge in her home. She had been sleeping on a bare floor.

    Her flat had no heating or hot water for the last four years of her life, and she had isolated herself from her family and professionals.

    A Safeguarding Adults Review published on Thursday has found there were missed opportunities to help her.

    Mr and Mrs Mitchell

    Livewell Southwest - which was called Plymouth Community Healthcare - says it will participate with any further investigation, but her parents, are calling for the organisation to be charged with corporate manslaughter.