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By Hayley Westcott

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  1. Devon villagers 'have great evening watching bonfire' in broadband protest

    BBC News England

    Residents in a Devon village set fire to an effigy of a BT Openreach van to send a message about slow broadband speeds.

    Roger Lindon lives in Templeton, and is not convinced by the company's promise to improve coverage.

    He said they have been waiting for three years: "They managed to get a cable to the nearby hamlet of Nomansland, but just eight kilometres further and there's nothing.

    "It's incompetence of the first order... but we all had a great evening watching the bonfire."

    With a speed of 0.7 megabits per second, Mr Linden says - like many others in the village - he cannot stream anything and is only able to look at emails and occasionally browse the internet.

    BT said Templeton in Devon is extremely rural, which made the rollout of fibre broadband "more challenging".

  2. Young fan gets personal invite from Gary Barlow

    BBC News England

    Gary Barlow has invited a nine-year-old fan from Redruth and his mother to his concert after the boy wrote to him saying he could not get a ticket.

    Zachary Simmons' mother Samantha was 164th in the queue when 6,500 tickets went on sale on the Eden Sessions website, but they sold out in minutes.

    In the letter, Zachary said he was angry people bought tickets just to sell them for a profit.


    "When Zak found out he could go, he burst into tears," Ms Simmons said.

    She said her son wrote the letter because he wanted to tell the singer that genuine fans were missing out.

    After Ms Simmons posted Zachary's letter on social media, where it was shared a number of times, Barlow tweeted: "I'd love this young man and his mum to be my personal guests for the show."

  3. Ursula Shepherd: The 88-year-old who has just learnt to read

    BBC News England

    Video content

    Video caption: Storytime with Ursula: The 88-year-old who has just learnt to read

    A year ago Ursula Shepherd could not read. Now the 88-year-old from Exmouth, Devon has reached her goal of reading to a group of children.

    Inside Out South West is on BBC One on Monday 6 November at 19:30 GMT and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  4. Exeter overcome dogged Heybridge Swifts

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City overcame a brave display from eighth-tier Heybridge Swifts to progress to the FA Cup second round.

    Jayden Stockley headed in a Lloyd James corner and then slotted in unmarked inside the area around the hour.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Exeter City 3-1 Heybridge Swifts highlights

    Isthmian League North Heybridge pulled a goal back as Sam Bantick poked in Lewis Godbold's ball back across goal.

    But substitute Liam McAlinden netted a decisive third after Heybridge goalkeeper Danny Sambridge failed to stop his shot creeping under his body.

  5. BT Openreach van effigy set alight by frustrated villagers

    BBC News England

    A giant effigy of a BT Openreach van has been burned at a village bonfire in frustration over slow broadband speeds.

    Templeton residents chose to turn up the heat on the telecommunications company as many are struggling with speeds of less than 1 megabit.

    Roger Linden said villagers were told the problem would be looked at three years ago, but nothing has happened.

    BT said Templeton in Devon is extremely rural, which made the rollout of fibre broadband "more challenging".

    BT Openreach van effigy
  6. Hodges proud after Truro City cup loss

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Lee Hodges has praised his side after their FA Cup run came to an end with a 3-1 first round loss at Charlton Athletic.

    The White Tigers had never progressed beyond the third qualifying round before this season's competition.

    "I'm very proud of making it to the first round, it's an achievement in itself," Hodges told BBC Cornwall.

    Truro City

    "On another day - we did create a hell of a lot of chances - who knows what might have happened."

    City became the first Cornish side for 48 years to make it to the first round.

    Goalscorer Tyler Harvey had another chance well saved, while also having an effort cleared off the line and hitting the bar in stoppage time.

  7. Devon travel: Heavy traffic at Wrafton

    BBC Radio Devon

    • At Wrafton, the A361 is clearing after a collision near Chivenor Services. Traffic is still heavier than normal in both directions
    • In Torquay, the A380 South Devon Highway is blocked in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision at Penn Inn Roundabout
    • Between Crediton and Bickleigh on the A3072 - reports of a broken-down lorry on a bend in the road. Approach with care
  8. Cornwall travel: Accident in St Austell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • In St Austell, Slades Road is partially blocked by an accident around Sandy Hill
    • In Perranporth, Budnick Hill is being resurfaced for the next 10 days. There are temporary traffic lights
    • In Lanner the A393 Lanner Hill is partially blocked by an accident around Rough Street
  9. Officers out of retirement to examine unsolved murder

    BBC Inside Out

    Some police officers have returned to work after retiring, in a bid to solve the murder of Kate Bushell.

    The 14-year-old was killed in a brutal knife attack while walking a neighbour's dog on the outskirts of Exeter 20 years ago.

    Kate Bushell

    Stephen White worked on the case with Devon and Cornwall Police in 1997, and is one of those to come out of retirement.

    He said: "We strongly believe that the person involved in this attack is likely to have some form of connection to the Exwick area".

    Inside Out South West is on BBC One on Monday 6 November at 19:30 GMT and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  10. Raging St Agnes gorse fire extinguished

    BBC Radio Cornwall


    A fire that illuminated acres of heathland overlooking St Agnes has been put out by fire crews.

    The blaze started during a firework display in the village at around 19:05.

    It's believed the fire near The Driftwood Spars pub in the valley leading to Trevaunance Cove was started by a stray firework from a Bonfire Night display.

    There are reports that firefighters initially struggled to reach the fire due to cars obstructing the road leading to the cove.

    Firefighters from Perranporth, Tolvaddon, Hayle and Truro attended and brought the blaze under control soon after midnight.

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  11. Man's body identified after being pulled from sea

    Plymouth Herald

    Police have released more details about a man whose body was pulled from the sea in Plymouth as thousands celebrated Bonfire Night on the Hoe.

  12. Weather: Sunny start, cloudy later

    BBC Weather

    After a dry and generally sunny start, with perhaps some localised air frost in rural locations, cloud will gradually increase from the west.

    Later the wind will strengthen and some outbreaks of light rain may arrive, especially across west Devon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  13. Truro City's FA Cup dream is over

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City's FA Cup run came to an end after a 3-1 loss at League One side Charlton Athletic.

    The first Cornish side to make the first round of the cup since 1969 were 2-0 down just after half time before Tyler Harvey pulled one back.

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    Video caption: FA Cup: Charlton Athletic 3-1 Truro City highlights

    But the Addicks increased their lead before Harvey hit the woodwork late on.

    Over 1,000 of the White Tiger's fans made the trip to the Valley, their biggest away support since they won the 2007 FA Vase.

  14. Police looking again at unsolved Kate Bushell murder

    BBC Inside Out

    Detectives are re-examining the unsolved murder of teenager Kate Bushell 20 years after her body was found near her home on the outskirts of Exeter.

    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. Police are hoping a new witness will come forward.

    Inside Out South West is on BBC One on Monday 6 November at 19:30 GMT and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

  15. Large gorse fire after St Agnes firework display

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online


    Dramatic pictures show the extent of a gorse fire in St Agnes last night.

    It started during a Bonfire Night display near The Driftwood Spars pub, with spectators believing it was caused by a firework blown off course by the wind.

    The fire quickly spread across heathland behind the pub.

    Crews from four fire stations attended and manged to put it out soon after midnight.

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  16. News, sport, weather and travel for Monday

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Good morning from BBC Local Live. We'll be bringing you the news, sport and travel for Devon and Cornwall today.

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