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Summary

  1. Road worker death: South West Highways fined for failings
  2. Police hunt 'serial arsonist'
  3. HMS Monmouth returns to Plymouth
  4. Crews fight barn blaze in south Devon
  5. Redruth robberies: Second man charged
  6. RBS branches to close in Devon and Cornwall
  7. Campaigners 'concerned' over universal credit
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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BBC Sport

Four first-half tries help a rampant Exeter beat Bath to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership.

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Our coverage across the day

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

'Stolen lego' donated to hospital by police

Rob England

BBC News Online

Children staying at Royal Cornwall Hospital over the Christmas period will benefit from a surprise donation of Lego from the police.

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PC Ross Waite

An officer from Camborne delivered the toys to the children's ward after they were seized from a shoplifter who took them from various shops in west Cornwall.

After the man's arrest officers were unable to prove where the items came from and could not return them.

PC Ross Waite, who dealt with the arrest, got permission to donate the toys.

Hospital staff said they plan to have some of the toys on the ward and give boxes to sick children at Christmas.

The UK's dodgy Christmas displays

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The tree in Camborne is among the UK Christmas decorations that have not been greeted by all of the residents.

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The UK's dodgy Christmas displays

These UK Christmas decorations are definitely not lit.

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Extra beds made available for rough sleepers in Exeter

Consistent freezing temperatures have caused Exeter City Council to make extra beds available for rough sleepers.

The beds will be provided at Gabriel House in the city.

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Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, which runs the centre, will be running the service from 1 December through to the end of March.

If temperatures dip below zero for three consecutive days, a spokesman said, the council activates its "severe weather protocol", to provide winter accommodation.

Bunk manager Rachel Lewis said couples could access the beds, and some of them were specially reserved for "at risk women".

Cllr Emma Morse said: "The emergency bunks will ensure the most vulnerable rough sleepers have access to accommodation during the coldest months of the year and I am extremely grateful to BCHA for their support with this initiative."

Nowell back after two months out

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter's England and British Lions winger Jack Nowell returns to action after almost two months out.

The 24-year-old has been named on the bench for tomorrow's Premiership match with Bath having recovered from two operations to fix a fractured eye socket.

Harry Williams comes into a new-look front row after England duty, while Sam Simmonds is on the bench after his national team debut.

Jack Nowell injured
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England centre and Wales prop Tomos Francis are rested while there are recalls for Luke Cowan-Dickie, Alec Hepburn and James Short.

"Traditionally if you look at how close the scorelines have been between us and Bath over the last five or six years, normally with Bath on the right side of them, you've probably got to say that this is one of the most competitive games over four or five years that we've had in the Premiership," Chiefs boss Rob Baxter told BBC Sport.

"We've got to play very well this weekend, we've got to be very focused right from the start.

"Bath have shown they're very dangerous early in games, we've shown in the last couple of weeks that we've not been at our best early in games, there's an awful lot of things there in the recipe that makes for a very exciting weekend for us."

'No qualified foreman' on site where workman died

A court has heard there was "no qualified foreman" on a highway repair site where a road worker died.

South West Highways have been fined £500,000 over safety failings that led to the death of Steven Tolly, 48, as he repaired potholes on the A361 North Devon Link Road at Gornhay Cross.

Mr Tolly suffered fatal head injuries after he was hit by a van and knocked into a hot-box full of boiling tar.

In Exeter Crown Court Judge Mr Justice Dingemans said traffic should have been diverted away from the workers or put on a contraflow.

A warning about a similar near miss just four days before had not been heeded by the Highways company, which was contracted to repair roads for Devon County Council, the court heard.

The four workers in the group, including Mr Tolly should have had a protected safety area to keep vehicles 1.2m away from them, but it was not put in place.

Sentencing Mr Dingemans said: "There was, in my judgement, a high likelihood of harm resulting in the risk of death to unprotected workers. There were two causes of this accident, careless driving and the failure to protect worker by having safety zones."

'Powerfully hoppy' Cornish ale wins award

Rob England

BBC News Online

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A "powerfully hoppy" beer called Big Job has been named the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country.

The beer, brewed by St Austell Brewery, has an ABV of 7.2%, and was described by the Campaign for Real Ale as "anything but subtle".

The campaign group named Fullers' Vintage Ale as runner-up, followed by Oakham's Green Devil IPA.

'Inadequate' care homes respond to CQC report

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two residential homes in Devon which were rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in their latest report have responded to the commission's verdict.

A spokesman for Georgian House in Torquay said it was "disappointed" by the rating and was working to make improvements were made.

Sam Johnson, quality and compliance manager for the home, said: "In order to address the issues raised, we have recently employed a new highly qualified service manager, and have created a new position of quality and compliance manager, which has been filled by another experienced individual."

Avens Care Homes, which ran Prestbury Court Residential Home in Newton Abbott said the facility was now closed due to "difficulties recruiting and retaining quality care staff" and operating under "severe financial constraints".

Police look to reunite owners with stolen property

Rob England

BBC News Online

Officers from Camborne, Pool and Redruth say they are looking to reunite owners with a number of stolen items which have been recovered.

Police posted pictures of the items on social media, which include jewellery, clothing and power tools.

One man has been arrested and released under investigation following the recovery of the items.

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HMS Monmouth sails into port after nine-month tour

BBC Spotlight

Earlier today the Royal Navy's HMS Monmouth returned to Devonport after a nine-month deployment.

As the ship came into port it was greeted by the Royal Marines Band and about 850 family members of the crew on board.

The ship has travelled more than 40,000 miles since setting off in March.

The crew has overseen a major drugs bust as well as rescuing a shipwrecked sailor.

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Date set for Truro City of Lights festival

BBC Radio Cornwall

The City of Lights Festival in Truro, which was postponed because of bad weather, will now take place on Wednesday 31 January, according to organisers.

The team behind the festival announced the new date on Facebook.

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Fire service 'increase presence' in Exeter following arson

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire service have joined the police in calling on the public for information on a suspected serial arsonist, currently being hunted by police in Exeter.

Exeter Fire Station Manager, Nigel Deasy, said they had "increased" their presence in the area as a result.

"The impact that these deliberate fires are having on our community cannot be underestimated," he said.

So far police say they have recorded 14 incidents around Exeter of "deliberate fire" being started, usually involving fuel being pored on foliage and set alight.

Officers believe the incidents to be linked, and have released footage of a man starting a blaze in August.

Sheds, cars and camper vans have also been targeted.

Smart technology to read data from homes in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Homes in parts of Cornwall are being fitted with smart technology in a bid to improve people's health and wellbeing.

The devices have been installed in 350 Coastline Housing properties in Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth.

The project, called Smartline, is looking to monitor temperature, air quality and water usage.

Dr Andrew Williams from the University of Exeter is overseeing the data that is gathered and thinks it could give them some very important insights into health issues residents may have.

We know that there is a damp and mould condition in a number of homes across Cornwall which is producing a lot of respiratory ill health, [for example] asthma. We've been out taking questionnaires from people to find out what the state of their health is, and then we'll have this data alongside it to see what is happening in terms of the environment."

Dr Andrew WilliamsUniversity of Exeter

Pirates bring in hooker Frost on loan

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates have brought in hooker Dan Frost on loan from National Two South side Taunton for Sunday's Championship clash with Bedford at the Mennaye.

Frost, who is a former England Under 18's player, will start the game as all three of the Pirates regular hookers are injured.

Pirates Amateurs hooker Danny Toolan is again on the bench, having made his debut as a replacement last week.

Gavin Cattle (left), Dan Frost (centre) and Alan Paver
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"We are going to get better as the season goes on," coach Alan Paver told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We've got some real big players to return, I think the squad is going to be super-competitive, we've just got to get a bit of luck with the injury situation."

Cornish Pirates: May; Moyle, Laverick, De Battista (capt), Coronel; Cargill, Day; Andrew, Frost, Judge, Caulfield, Freeman, Cooper, Cheesman, Lawday.

Replacements: Toolan, Keast, Beukeboom, Duncan, Pope, May, Koster.

Severe accident: A30 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon both ways severe accident, between Hedgend Road and Viney Lane affecting A35 Monkton Road.

A30 Devon - A30 in Monkton blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Hedgend Road junction and the Viney Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to Honiton.

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

BreakingRoad worker death: South West Highways fined for failings

South West Highways has been fined £500,000 over safety failings that led to the death of a road worker who was hit by a van as he repaired potholes.

Steven Tolly, 48, from Tiverton, died in hospital in Plymouth after being hit by the wing mirror of a van which veered into a coned off area of the A361 North Devon Link Road at Gornhay Cross.

He was thrown against a hot-box full of boiling tar and suffered fatal head injuries in the accident on 29 January 2013 in which workmate Shaun Legg was also seriously injured, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The men were working inches from cars and vans which were passing at up to 70mph because a proper safety zone had not been set up.

South West Highways, which is based at Rockbeare, near Honiton, admitted two health and safety breaches and was fined £500,000 with £17,924.46 worth of costs.

Is this Britain's bossiest town?
A visitor to Dawlish has complained about the number of signs in the town.

Owers weighs up loan options ahead of transfer window

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay boss Gary Owers may need to slim down his squad if he is to bring in fresh talent.

The Gulls boss says he is facing an "element of uncertainty" as he ponders how to use his remaining loans.

Owers feels his plans to bring in new players have been hit by the size of the squad he inherited when he took over as Gulls boss in September.

Gary Owers
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"If I was coming in on day one I'd go with a squad of 18 outfield players and two goalkeepers and try to spend more money on less players," he continued.

"When I arrived I had a squad of 27, so that's what I've been dealt with and that's what I'm trying to sort out now.

"I am really looking at it at the minute and thinking about how we move forward.

"If I take a certain amount of loans in and I lose them all before the end of the season, in the later months we could be four or five down again and scraping through and I don't want to do that."

First Natwest branch to close in one week

BBC Radio Cornwall

Several branches of Natwest and RBS will close across Devon and Cornwall following a national announcement.

The first to close in Cornwall - Wadebridge - will shut its doors on Friday 8 December. Other branches will close between December 2017 and June 2018.

RBS has published figures which show transactions over the counter have fallen.

The lowest figure in Cornwall is for Wadebridge where bosses say just 36 customers "do business face-to-face every week". The highest is 68 transactions at the Newquay and Helston branches each week.

Natwest says it's "proactively communicating with customers affected by the closures" and will be contacting vulnerable customers and regular branch users.

A mobile branch will be in Wadebridge for 12 weeks because of the short notice of the closure.

Woman, 83, robbed in Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

An 83-year-old woman has been left with a broken wrist following an attack in the city.

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A visitor's online review of Dawlish said he felt 'bombarded' by the number of warning signs in the town.

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Dawlish: 'Britain's bossiest town' to review signs

BBC Radio Devon

A visitor to Dawlish has posted a scathing review online saying it is one of the "unfriendliest" towns in the country.

The person, who posted the comments on TripAdvisor, says the number of signs in the town is creating an unfriendly tone and is doing the area a disservice.

They claimed they saw more signs in the town centre than on a 14-mile drive over from Brixham.

Town Mayor, Martin Wrigley, says the objective visitors may have done them "a favour".

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They've probably done us favour. Sometimes it takes somebody from outside to look at the place and say 'there's too many signs here', because the locals just don't see them, they go up one by one over many years."

Martin WrigleyMayor, Dawlish Town

What do you think? Is Dawlish an unfriendly town? Send us your thoughts.

'Beautiful Devon' used as backdrop for series of novels

BBC Spotlight

A new series of detective novels set in Devon is getting readers involved in a locations guessing game.

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They are set in a fictional town called Temple Regis in the late 1950s, but the author Christopher Wilson, who writes as T P Fielden, has readily admitted that his inspiration was "beautiful" south Devon and the English Riviera.

The National Trust house, Overbecks, in Salcombe, is one of several places to appear in the novel under a different name.

Mr Wilson added there was "certainly a bit of Totnes in there" as well.

Argyle prepare for Bradford FA Cup test

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle will have emergency loanee Will Mannion available for their FA Cup second round tie at Bradford City.

Hull City's Mannion replaced fellow emergency loanee Remi Matthews who was injured in last week's loss at Portsmouth.

The Pilgrims are missing all three of their senior goalkeepers - Luke McCormick, Kyle Letheren and Robbert te Loeke - as well as Jamie Ness for the trip to Valley Parade, but Oscar Threlkeld is available after recovering from a fractured leg.

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"Bradford are the favourites because of the position they are in the league and they've done well this season," Argyle boss Derek Adams told BBC Radio Devon.

"But they were favourites the last time we went there and went up and won 1-0 with a good performance.

"We have to do exactly the same again, we have to take care of their danger players and they'll have to do the same to us."

Cliff fall in West Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Hundreds of tonnes of rock and earth have crashed on to the beach at Dollar Cove on The Lizard in West Cornwall.

People have been advised to avoid the area.

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Severe disruption: A38 Cornwall westbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Cornwall westbound severe disruption, between B3249 and A374.

A38 Cornwall - A38 in Tideford blocked and heavy traffic westbound between the B3249 junction and Trerulefoot roundabout, because of a collapsed manhole. Diversion in operation - B3249 towards Polbathic and join A374.

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

Dry and sunny today

BBC Weather

It will stay mainly dry and sunny today, with some patchy cloud.

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F)

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Waterspout spotted off north Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Keen-eyed Paul Turner saw this waterspout off the Cornish coast between Tintagel and Boscastle yesterday.

He filmed it from his garden in Trethevy.

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Travel: Road closures and blockages

Devon:

At the Marley Head Junction, the A38 is partialy blocked due to an accident.

Kings Ash Road in Paignton is closed in both directions due to roadworks, and should re-open at 18:00.

Initial reports are also coming in of an accident in Bovey Tracey on Ashburton Road, around Newton Road.

Cornwall:

In Callington, the A388 Saltash Road is partially blocked due to an accident around the A390 Southern Road.

Seaborne signing unveils Brown concern

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City fans will welcome the return of Danny Seaborne to St James Park.

Along with Dean Moxey and Ryan Harley, he is another of the side that helped the club to the heady heights of League One a few years ago who have returned 'home' after playing their trade higher up the tree.

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Danny Seaborne

But there will also be a worry for how long the club will be without Troy Brown.

Manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Sport he would be "out for a significant length of time", but was still unsure of the exact nature of the injury.

With the addition of Seaborne to the squad it appears that Brown could be out for months rather than weeks.

RBS branches to close in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Business News

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RBS is closing 259 branches - one in four of its outlets - and cutting 680 jobs as more customers bank online.

The closures involve 62 Royal Bank of Scotland and 197 NatWest branches.

RBS, which is 72%-owned by the taxpayer, said it would try to ensure compulsory redundancies were "kept to an absolute minimum".

The bank said use of its branches by customers had fallen 40% since 2014, but the Unite union, which represents bank staff, called the cuts "savage".

Here is a list of affected outlets in Devon and Cornwall:

  • Axminster
  • Bideford
  • Bodmin
  • Bude
  • Crediton
  • Crownhill, Plymouth
  • Dartmouth
  • University of Exeter
  • Helston
  • Holsworthy
  • Ilfracombe
  • Liskeard
  • Newquay
  • Plympton
  • Sidmouth
  • South Molton
  • St Ives
  • Teignmouth
  • Totnes
  • Wadebridge

Following the closures, the RBS group will be left with 744 branches.

Gary Owers

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay boss Gary Owers says he is entering a period of uncertainty as he juggles the side's remaining loan options.

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Footage released of suspected Exeter arsonist

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police have released footage after appealing for information regarding a suspected "serial arsonist" in Exeter.

Officers have described the suspect as a lone man wearing a "distinctive top which has a large dark strip across the front".

Footage courtesy of Devon and Cornwall Police

The footage relates to an incident on Mayflower Avenue at about 01:50 on Tuesday 15 August, police said.

The man is seen setting fire to a hedge. A total of 14 fires in the city are believe to be linked, police said.

Redruth robberies: Second man charged

Rob England

BBC News Online

A second man has been charged in connection with two robberies in West Cornwall.

The Post Office in Four Lanes, Redruth, and a shop in New Road, Stithians were targeted on Sunday, police said.

The man will appear in Bodmin Magistrates' Court this morning.

Another man previously arrested in connection with the robberies has been referred to Truro Crown Court and will next appear on the 19 December.

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Katie Silver

Health reporter, BBC News

Many might think type 1 diabetes is a "disease of childhood", but new research has found it has similar prevalence in adults.

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Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City re-sign centre-back Danny Seaborne after almost eight years away from St James Park.

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