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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 for today from Local Live, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all of Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    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. Exeter hotel blaze cost fire service £250,000

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The fire which ripped through Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel cost Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service a quarter of a million pounds.

    A new report says the cause of the blaze at England's oldest hotel will never be known.

    It also found the construction in buildings of such substantial age, even with the most attentive fire prevention and protection measures, cannot always guarantee a fire will be prevented from causing destruction.

    The incident spanned over ten days last year after starting on 28 October.

    Royal Clarence Hotel
  3. New bridge for Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be installed over the M5 motorway at Exeter.

    The structure, which will be next to the existing overbridge at Tithebarn Lane just over junction 29, is expected to be lifted in overnight on 18 November.

    Road closures will be put in place to enable the lift to take place.

    Devon County Councillor Andrea Davis said: "It's important that infrastructure for sustainable travel is in place ahead of new homes being developed and this was always an integral part of the infrastructure plan. This will provide another vital link between Exeter and the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point."

  4. Father and son make film about canoe adventure

    Eleanor Parkinson

    BBC Spotlight

    A father and son from Cornwall who had never spent much time together, took a 500-mile journey down one the remotest rivers in Canada and have turned their adventure into a film.

    Chris and Niall Lucas from Zelah were inspired to make "The Yukon Assignment" and it has now sold out at cinemas across Cornwall.

    Canoe on Yukon

    Chris said: "It was really important that it was just us. It was literally just the two us, and the boat, and all the gear that we needed for a month."

  5. Reward offered for help with Kate Bushell case

    Charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone in relation to the murder of Kate Bushell.

    It's 20 years since the 14-year-old school girl was killed while walking her neighbour's dog in Exwich near Exeter.

    Devon and Cornwall police have launched a renewed appeal, and some officers have come out of retirement to help the investigation.

    Retired Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan, who is leading the review team and who worked on the original enquiry, said: “We are examining all relevant evidence as part of this review but we believe that someone out there knows who this person is.

    "For whatever reason they have never come forward - we are now appealing to someone to give us the last piece of the jigsaw.”

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  6. Clamping down on south west drivers

    BBC Radio Devon

    Officers from Highways England have pulled over 28 drivers and filed more than 200 traffic offence reports across the South West over the last two years.

    Highways England said 116 drivers were also caught using their mobile phone while driving in the region, with one pulled over by Devon and Cornwall Police sending 10 replies to 10 text messages within just one hour.

    The Highways England team say the success is down to the introduction of their unmarked HGV cab, which allows officers to catch offenders more easily.

    texting at the wheel
  7. Weather update: Cloud and sunny spells for Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain and also becoming breezy.

    However it will be milder than last night.

    On Tuesday, the band of heavy rain will continue quickly east, clearing by late morning as the wind eases.

    Broken cloud, sunny spells and scattered showers will follow.

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55 F)

    weather map
  8. Dog falls down mineshaft

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A dog has been rescued after falling down a mineshaft in South Zeal in Devon.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service dispatched one crew from Okehampton and specialist rescue teams from Exmouth and Barnstaple.

    The crews found the animal and used small tools to rescue it.

    The dog suffered minor injuries to its leg.

  9. Breast screening for women with learning disabilities

    An initiative in Cornwall to encourage more women with learning disabilities to attend their breast screening appointment is being hailed a success.

    The NHS in Cornwall uniquely employs two dedicated screening liaison nurses for adults with learning disabilities.

    The 2 nurses involved are Sharon Ashby and Debora Rees

    Both spend extra time before a screening with an individual allaying fears or misunderstandings they may have about the process.

  10. Cleaner taken to hospital after chemical spill

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has helped a cleaner who found himself covered in a dangerous mix of chemicals after trying to unblock a drain in Bideford.

    Two crews were called out to the incident this morning after two chemicals caused a pipe to split.

    On arrival the crews irrigated the man in the environmental shower until he was taken to hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.

    The chemical container was removed to the open air.

  11. More children in Cornwall eligible for free flu vaccines at school

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    For the first time, children in Cornwall aged between eight and nine will be eligible for free flu vaccines.

    Previously, only children aged between two and eight were able to access the vaccine - in the form of a nasal spray - free of charge.

    boy getting flu vaccine

    Health officials are concerned about the relatively low take-up rate of the flu vaccine among children, with only half of four to eight year olds in the South West taking up the offer of the free service last year.

    Experts say flu can be more dangerous for children and vaccinating young people indirectly protects the rest of the population.

    Last year 133 people in England died after getting flu.

  12. Kate Bushell murder: Brother speaks publicly for first time

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The brother of the murdered Devon teenager, Kate Bushell, has spoken publicly for the first time since her body was found near her home on the outskirts of Exeter 20 years ago.

    The 14-year-old was killed in a knife attack while walking a neighbour's dog near her home in Exwick.

    Her killer has not been caught and Devon and Cornwall Police is hoping a new witness will come forward.

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  13. Flood warning for South Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A flood warning is in force on the South Cornwall coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro.

    The Environment Agency says this includes the tidal rivers Helford and Fal, Penryn, Flushing and Par among others.

    Flooding is possible over the high tide tomorrow morning.

  14. Exeter fire: Hotel collapse meant investigation couldn't be completed

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A full internal fire investigation into the cause of the blaze which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, was not able to be completed because of the collapse of the building.

    A new report from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says the cause of the fire, which raged for three days, will never be known.

    About 100 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the fire which started early on 28 October last year.

    The fire service believe the fire spread through voids and spaces created by the age, material and proximity of the buildings on Cathedral green.

    Royal Clarence Hotel
    Image caption: The Royal Clarence is described as the oldest hotel in England
  15. Scully-Hicks murder: Adoptive dad's account of events 'inconsistent'

    BBC Wales News

    The adoptive father from Delabole, Cornwall, found guilty of murdering his 18-month-old baby, called 999 three months before her death after she'd fallen down the stairs.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks told his husband and a health visitor that a bruise on baby Elsie's face and leg fracture were caused by falls around the house and that she'd injured herself after a wooden stair gate accidentally opened.

    stairs
    Image caption: Scully-Hicks said Elsie fell down these stairs less than three months before she died

    But a doctor who examined Elsie after her death said his account was inconsistent with her injuries.

    On 25 May 2016, Scully-Hicks was on the phone to the emergency services again.

    This time he said he had changed Elsie's nappy in the living room, left the room before returning minutes later to find her unresponsive on the floor.

    He told the court: "I got closer and called her, there was no response. I got down and gave her a gentle tap and there was no response at all so I picked up the phone and called for an ambulance."

    Elsie died at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, on 29 May 2016 after doctors determined she could not be saved and her ventilator was switched off.

  16. Exeter hotel fire: Cause will 'never be known'

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    An official report into last year's fire which destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter has confirmed the cause will never be known.

    The report, from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, described the fire as the largest seen in Exeter since World War Two.

    The fire spread through voids and spaces created by centuries of developments.

    The report describes the fire as "an exceptional and unfortunate incident" and says there is no evidence that management and staff of the Royal Clarence could have done anything more.

    The rebuilding of the hotel is expected to take 18 months to complete and it is due to reopen in 2019.

    Royal Clarence Hotel
    Image caption: The blaze damaged buildings on Cathedral Green in Exeter before spreading to the Royal Clarence Hotel
  17. Cat 'shot nine times with air rifle'

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A two-year-old cat has suffered severe injuries and had a leg amputated after being shot nine times with an air rifle, police have said.

    It happened between Sunday 22 and Wednesday 25 October in the Broadwoodwidger area of Lifton.

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

  18. Devon travel: Accident blocks road

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Exeter, Hill Barton Road is blocked in both directions between Hart's Lane and Pinhoe Road due an accident. Traffic is slow moving in the area.

  19. Dad who killed baby 'emotionless' at guilty verdict

    BBC Wales News

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, has been found guilty of murdering his 18-month-old adopted daughter, Elsie.

    The court heard Scully-Hicks remained emotionless as the jury gave its unanimous verdict and did not suffer from a psychiatric illness or personality disorder.

    Baby Elsie died after suffering a "blunt head injury" which triggered a cardiac arrest and starved her organs of blood.

    A pathologist said the injuries she sustained were "very typical" of a shaken baby.