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By Andrew Segal

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  1. Dishing it out: From footballer to ice cream entrepreneur

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Video content

    Video caption: Rory Fallon: International footballer turns ice cream entrepreneur

    Footballer Rory Fallon has retired from the game to concentrate on his ice cream business.

    The former New Zealand international is trying to prove he's cream of the crop after hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

    He describes how ice cream has been "a passion of mine since I was young".

  2. New town plans have to be revised because of flood risk

    Plymouth Herald

    A new town being built on the outskirts of Plymouth will be at major risk of flooding unless changes are made to the proposed layout, it's been revealed.

    The Sherford Consortium, which intends to build 5,500 new homes on the Plymouth-South Hams border, is seeking permission to alter its plans for the next phase of the £1bn scheme in a bid to mitigate the flood risk.

  3. Staff at Ilfracombe hotel praised after fire

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Bay Delkhusa Grand Hotel

    Guests at a fire-hit Ilfracombe hotel have praised staff after the building had to be evacuated.

    Eight people were injured, with four taken to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, after the blaze broke out at the Bay Delkhusa Grand Hotel at about 02:40.

    Fire crews from across north Devon and Exeter were called to the site, and about 180 people staying overnight had to be evacuated from the building.

    Roger Abbott, who is from Cambridge and was staying at the hotel with his wife, Jackie, to celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary, said staff were "excellent" in taking care of guests after the evacuation.

    He added: "Another five or 10 minutes and the whole floor could have gone up. But two or three people did a really good job with fire extinguishers before the fire brigade got there."

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it believed the fire was started deliberately. Police are investigating.

  4. Rescued seal pups returned to sea

    BBC News England

    Rescued seal pup being released

    Three seal pups rescued after being found severely underweight have been released back into the wild.

    The common seals - Kit, Enzo and Dodge - were cared for at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset, before being returned to the sea in Dorset.

    Two, named Enzo and Dodge, were rescued from Portland Harbour in August, while the third, Kit, was found across the border in south Devon.

    All three had to learn to feed themselves and reach a weight of 35kg before being returned to the sea.

    They were released at Poole Harbour by Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPCA.

    Conservationists said they usually rescued just one or two pups in Dorset each year but had seen "lots" of young seals in recent weeks following storms Ophelia and Brian.

  5. Cornwall travel: A39 Playing Place blocked by collision

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The A39 at Playing Place has been blocked by a collision heading towards Falmouth between Chyreen Lane and Carnon Downs roundabout. Expect delays.

  6. Arrest after two knifepoint robbery attempts outside shop

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of robbery after two attempted knifepoint robberies outside a Spar shop in Newton Abbot.

    Officers said the incidents happened in Battle Road, Heathfield, on Friday evening.

    The arrested 30-year-old from Newton Abbot has been released under investigation.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  7. Weather: Feeling cold with scattered showers and sun

    It will continue to feel cold today, with scattered showers and sunny periods affecting most. Some of the showers will be heavy and may be wintry, falling as hail, and over moors, perhaps as sleet or snow.

    Eastern areas will become drier towards evening and moderate or fresh north to northwesterly winds will be strong at times around the coast as well as near some of the heavier showers.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).


    Tonight, showers will clear to the west during the early evening leaving most areas dry, clear and cold.

    There is the risk of some patches of ice developing and a widespread frost for inland areas. Northerly winds will be mainly light or moderate, but fresher around exposed coasts.

    Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

  8. Cornwall prison 'would keep people on straight and narrow'

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's a call for a prison for men and women to be built in Cornwall with a new approach to rehabilitating offenders.

    There are no prisons in Cornwall, and the three in Devon are for men. The nearest prison for female offenders from the south west is in Gloucestershire.

    Prison hall

    The organisation Konnect Cornwall, which works with ex-offenders, said being far from home could lead to family breakdown and reoffending.

    John Gofton, from Cornwall, served a four-year sentence in Devon as a result of drug addiction and now works with Konnect Cornwall.

    He said a local facility was much needed because "the further distance you go, the struggle gets exponentially more difficult to maintain relationships".

    He said: "The likelihood of reoffending goes through the roof because there's nothing to keep you on the straight and narrow."

  9. Devon travel: A386 Okehampton blocked by collision

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A386 in Okehampton is blocked by a collision between a car and a lorry between Hatherleigh Road and Prisam Lane. Avoid the area if possible.

  10. Bus driver assault

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A passenger allegedly attacked a bus driver in Truro on Monday.

    The bus stopped on Morlaix Avenue shortly after 18:00 and police were called to the scene where they interviewed passengers.

    Police said the alleged attacker got off the bus and left the area.

    Officers will be examining CCTV and dashcam footage of the incident.

    Anybody with any information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 or emailing

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between Hatherleigh Road and B3216.

    A386 Devon - A386 blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Hatherleigh Road junction in Folly Gate and the B3216 junction in Hatherleigh, because of an accident involving a lorry and car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. A395 near Launceston remains closed after gas tanker rolls

    A main road in Cornwall remains blocked in both directions after a gas tanker rolled over near Launceston.

    It's on the A395 between Kennards House and Pipers Pool.

    Fire crews are at the scene and police said there was currently no sign of a leak, and no reports of any injuries.

    Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

  13. Businessman 'horrified' at sexual offence allegations

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Charles Howeson

    A Plymouth businessman has said he was "horrified" when he heard he was subject to allegations of sexual offences, a court has been told.

    Former Royal Navy officer Charles Howeson, 68, is facing 12 counts against males at Bristol Crown Court dating back to the 1980s and 90s. He denies the charges.

    In police interviews read to Bristol Crown Court, Mr Howeson answered questions by officers after he was arrested.

    In one case, he is alleged to have indecently assaulted a man on Drake's Island, off Plymouth, while the boss at the the Groundwork Trust charity in the early 1990s.

    "Did you touch the man indecently?" he was asked. "No I did not. I don't know who we are talking about," he replied.

    He told officers that he didn't recall another man who he was alleged to have sexually assaulted on three occasions whilst up a ladder checking the condition of a roof.

    "I don't know who the people are and the incidents didn't occur," he said.

    The prosecution has concluded its evidence. The defence case is due to start this afternoon. The trial continues.

  14. Man cautioned after school run mums block 'thieves'

    Chloe Axford

    BBC Spotlight


    A suspected thief has been formally cautioned by police after parents on the village school run barricaded them in with their cars until officers arrived.

    A mother who "led" the blockade said she saw two men stealing scrap lead from a garden in Horrabridge and loading it into a van when she blocked and confronted them on Monday morning.

    Two men, aged 31 and 28 and from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of theft.

    Police said after the arrests: "Several mothers on their way back from school stood and would not let the offenders leave the scene.

    "We would thank the public for their assistance with this matter. They were all very professional and calm in the way that they dealt with the incident."

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the 28-year-old man was given a police caution "in connection with this matter".

    The 31-year-old was released under investigation, pending further inquiries, the force added.

  15. Devon travel: Accident closes A38 lane on Haldon Hill

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A38 Haldon Hill at Harcombe Bends, heading towards Exeter, one lane is closed due to an accident. Traffic is slow-moving.

  16. Ilfracombe hotel fire: Police confirm investigation

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel

    Police in north Devon have confirmed they are investigating a fire in a hotel in Ilfracombe.

    Some 184 residents had to be evacuated from the Bay Dilkhusa Grand Hotel in Wilder Road after the alarm was raised at about 02:40.

    The blaze started in the toilet of a third-floor guest room of the four-storey building.

    Eight people were injured, four taken to hospital. Most were suffering after breathing in smoke and one had chest pains.

    Firefighters said earlier that they believed the blaze was started deliberately.

    Barnstaple Police confirmed the investigation on Twitter, adding that there were no fatalities and they were "thinking of those affected by this incident".

  17. Swapping soccer for sorbet - Fallon's unusual new career

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Rory Fallon

    One of the biggest questions a footballer faces is what to do after they finish their playing career.

    Many move into coaching, others become agents or become media pundits. Back in the day, opening a pub was also a career of choice.

    But how many have ever started their own ice cream business?

    Former New Zealand international Rory Fallon has done just that after hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

    The striker's last involvement in the game was his country's World Cup qualifying exit at the hands of Peru, but by then he already had his eye on sorbet over soccer.

    "Ice cream's been a passion of mine since I was young," he said as we sat down at one of the restaurants in the south west of England that he and his wife supply through their Plymouth-based Cowlick Creamery business.

    You can find out more here about how he has been bowled over by this part of the dairy industry.

  18. Using the (police) force to find stolen Star Wars Lego

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Millennium Falcon lego

    Police are investigating the theft of a special edition Lego Star Wars set where the box was left behind and filled with other items to conceal that its contents were taken.

    Officers said the Millennium Falcon set, which had more than 7,500 pieces, was believed to have been stolen from a property in Keyberry Park, Newton Abbot, between 20 September and 26 November.

    PC Phil Johnson, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "The victim is extremely upset about this incident. It is a very rare Star Wars Lego product.

    "It is likely he will never get the opportunity to purchase one again. It is not about the monetary value of the loss, but the fact that this was a collector’s edition."

  19. Police called about locked-out wi-fi and noisy helicopter

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

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    Recent calls to Devon and Cornwall Police have included people saying that they have been locked out of their WiFi and someone complaining about not sleeping because of a helicopter, a force call handler says on social media.

    Twitter user Call Handler said a male reported the wi-fi problem after calling on the force's non-emergency 101 number.

    However, the helicopter complaint came through on 999, they said, with a query of: "I can't sleep because of a helicopter. If it's the police helicopter, what should I do?"

    The Exeter-based police helicopter crew tweeted that it was "searching for suspects after a burglary in Torquay town", adding: "Apologies for the noise."

    Call Handler responded: "No apologies required. The caller was promptly reminded that if it was the police helicopter then it would be working."