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Summary

  1. Release of inmates at Dartmoor Prison 'rushed and poor', inspectors say
  2. Seizures of drugs in Devon and Cornwall up 69% in the last year, Home Office says
  3. MP Anne Marie Morris has Conservative whip restored after racist remark row
  4. Level of damage to turtles caused by plastic revealed in Exeter research
  5. Devon and Cornwall Police 'good overall' but staff behaviour 'requires improvement'
  6. Injured turtle being cared for at Newquay aquarium
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Wednesday 13 December

Live Reporting

By Rob Byrne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Injured turtle 'responding well'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A turtle which usually inhabits the Gulf of Mexico but washed up injured on a Cornish beach is "responding well" to care.

    The Kemp's Ridley turtle, an endangered species, was discovered by an Exeter University conservation and biodiversity student on Holywell Bay in north Cornwall on Friday.

    It's now being cared for by staff at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

    An injured Kemp's Ridley Turtle washed up on a Cornwall beach

    Lara Heaney from the aquarium said the turtle's shell was damaged on arrival and it appeared extremely weak and dehydrated.

    She said: “There has been an initial response from the turtle who has been feeding and showing signs of getting stronger. Although it is still very early days we are hopeful for the turtle’s survival.”

  3. Housing need behind 'key amnesty'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    There are 723 households in east Devon with a "high need" for affordable social housing.

    It's hoped the waiting list could be eased by a month-long amnesty beginning in the New Year designed to root out council house tenants who are illegally subletting their homes in the area, according to East Devon District Council.

    Councillor Jill Elson said: "Our message is clear: If you are an illegal tenant, then we are giving you a month's grace to hand back your keys and give up your tenancy and no further action will be taken.

    "However, from February 1, if you are found to be illegally occupying your home, you risk a criminal conviction, unlawful profit orders and, of course, the loss of your council house."

  4. Weather: Breezy with spells of rain continuing

    BBC Weather

    It will be breezy during this evening, with spells of rain, which should clear by midnight.

    This will leave drier, less-cold conditions for a time before heavy showers return from the west by dawn.

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be feeling less-cold, but windy with heavy, showery rain through the morning.

    It will become less-windy during the afternoon, with drier conditions and just a few showers.

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  5. A millionaire lifestyle - for a raffle ticket

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Millionaire Mansion

    A mansion worth an estimated £2.3m is being offered as a raffle's star prize.

    The current owners, who want to remain anonymous, said they thought "selling the house through a competition would be a fun thing to do".

    The winning bundle also includes a Rolls Royce and staff for a year.

    20% of the £10 ticket price will go to the British Red Cross, the Make A Wish Foundation and Help For Heroes.

    Millionaire Mansion dining room

    The prize includes:

    • Four bedroom mansion worth £2.3m
    • Separate leisure complex with gym, sauna, swimming pool and changing rooms
    • Ten acres of land
    • Stamp duty
    • A gardener and housekeeper, with salary paid for a year
    • £50,000 cash
    • A Rolls Royce
  6. Bus station site coffin 'from 19th Century'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A lead coffin recovered during the demolition of Plymouth's Bretonside bus station is thought to contain the remains of the daughter of a well-known Plymouth Quaker and porcelain manufacturer.

    A name plate on the coffin identifies the remains as Elizabeth Cookworthy, who died on 9 October 1833, daughter of William Cookworthy.

    Staff from South West Archaeology and Plymouth City Council announced the find.

    Elizabeth was one of a set of twins born in March 1743 and would have been 90 at the time of death, the council said.

    The coffin was discovered at the site last week, which is being cleared ahead of the construction of a new cinema complex.

    Mr Cookworthy was a well-known local benefactor.

  7. Devon MP Anne Marie Morris has Conservative whip restored

    BBC Politics

    Anne Marie Morris

    Devon MP Anne Marie Morris has had the Conservative whip restored.

    The Newton Abbot MP was suspended from the party in July after it emerged she used a racist expression during a public discussion about Brexit [Warning: link contains offensive language].

    Anne Marie Morris said: "I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again for using such inappropriate and offensive language. It was a mistake and I regret it unreservedly.

    "I have learned from this experience and have a new determination to uphold the highest possible standards in public life.

    "I feel proud and privileged to be a Member of Parliament and I will continue to serve my community and my country to the best of my ability."

  8. Failings at 'inadequate' Devon care homes found

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two Devon care homes have been rated "inadequate" in the latest Care Quality Commission report.

    Greenhill Residential Home in Kingsteignton was rated the worst, with all five measures being rated as inadequate.

    Inspectors said people were not safe at the home and found the service to be understaffed and unorganised, despite staff being kind and caring.

    Greenhill Residential Home

    The CQC report also found Prestbury Court Residential Home in Bovey Tracey to be inadequate in three measures, but said the service provider needed to improve in two areas.

    Residents were not supported by staff, and were not always given help to receive enough food, drink and medicines, the report found.

    Prestbury Court (pictured below), which had 31 residents at the time of the inspection, was found to protect residents from the risk of abuse and did ensure regular visits from healthcare professionals.

    Prestbury Court
  9. Weather update: Rain moving in

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Clouds are moving in from the west, bringing in some spots of rain.

    There'll be outbreaks of rain overnight, but it won't feel as cold as yesterday.

    It will be turning windy and clearer skies will follow for a time.

    Alex Osbourne present the south west weather forecast
  10. Cocaine and ecstasy behind drug seizure rise

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Home Office says seizures of drugs in Devon and Cornwall have risen by 69% in the last year.

    Cocaine and ecstasy were largely responsible for the rise.

    Across England and Wales, drug seizures dropped by 7% over the last 12 months, meaning Devon and Cornwall are significantly bucking the national trend.

    Seizures of MDMA or ecstasy nearly tripled, the second highest jump in the survey and four times higher than the overall rate.

    At the weekend, two 19-year-old men died in Plymouth after taking what's believed to have been a strain of MDMA.

    Crack cocaine seizures were up by 156%, the highest since records began in 2009.

    There's been a recent campaign to arrest drug suppliers from the UK's bigger cities who've been sending dealers to the South West to peddle drugs in rural areas.

  11. Rail passengers 'misled' over festive tickets

    BBC News UK

    Rail firms - including some that run services in the South West - have been "misleading" customers by not opening reservations for journeys over Christmas despite regulations stating they should, a watchdog says.

    Transport Focus found that by 13 October - 11 weeks before Christmas - Great Western and South Western Railway were among companies who failed to release advanced purchase tickets for the festive period 12 weeks ahead.

    Industry body the Rail Delivery Group said its members would "develop a plan" to address the complaints.

    Great Western train
  12. Another spectacular Cornish sunrise

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    We're building quite a collection today.

    Thanks to Stephen Reynolds for sending this photo in from Heamoor, near Penzance, this morning.

    Cornish sunrise

    Have you any pictures you want to share? Just email them to us.

  13. Dartmoor Prison: 'Doubts over future' highlighted

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A report by inspectors identifying "shocking" failings in work by HMP Dartmoor has suggested the threat of closure may have led to a "reluctance to invest in upgrading poor infrastructure".

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales (HMIP) noted that the prison, built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, remained under threat of closure.

    HMP Dartmoor by air

    Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: "While we considered Dartmoor to be well led and making strides in some important areas, it was being hampered by confusion nationally about its role, doubts about its future and inadequate resources to do the job it was being asked to do."

    HM Prison & Probation Service said it prioritised public safety and a review of risk management arrangements had taken place.

    It added that a new senior probation officer w\s already in post to oversee the management of higher-risk offenders.

  14. Police praise bravery of victims of jailed rapist

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police have welcomed the jailing of a 23-year-old man from Redruth for rape and sexual activity charges against two 15-year-old girls.

    Paul Cook was sentenced to seven years at Truro Crown Court on Friday.

    Cook's first victim, 15, went to the police in May 2016 after a relative of hers confronted Cook. That August, another 15-year-old reported him to police.

    He denied all the charges but was found guilty of one count of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child and five counts of possession of indecent images of children on his phone.

    DC Kelly Browning, of Devon and Cornwall Police, commended the two victims for their bravery in coming forward.

    "Cook has forced them to go through the trauma of giving evidence in court when he knows that he has been guilty all along," she said.

  15. Amnesty for council subletters

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Tenants who illegally sublet their council houses in east Devon are being given a month to admit to it or face prosecution.

    Devon council houses

    East Devon District Council said it was holding a month-long amnesty in January, offering tenants the opportunity to hand back keys if they were subletting their home.

    Tenants who illegally sublet properties were breaking the law and, if convicted, faced an unlimited fine or imprisonment of up to two years for committing fraud, the council said.

    It added that it would "actively seek out" tenancy cheats from February.

  16. Grandfather praised for 40 years of ambulance service

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A grandfather from St Austell has been recognised by the South Western Ambulance Trust for his astounding 40 years with the service.

    Technician and former chip shop owner Graham Matthews joined the service after seeing an advert in a local paper.

    Even with four decades of service under his belt, Graham said he was determined to continue.

    He said: "I love all the people you meet and I genuinely couldn't ask for a better job. As long as I'm healthy, I want to be here for as long as I can".

    Steve Boucher, Head of Operations West, said: "Graham is a real asset to the trust and to his community, and there will be countless people whose lives he has touched during his extensive career."

    Graham Matthews
  17. Carpetright shares hit as profit forecast cut

    BBC Business News

    Floor coverings specialist Carpetright has said it expects full-year profits to be at the "bottom end" of expectations amid a "volatile and unpredictable" consumer market.

    The company has about dozen branches across Devon and Cornwall.

    Its comments came as it said profits for the six months to 28 October sank to £0.3m from £4.1m last year.

    The chain blamed the lack of consumer confidence, increased competition and discounting for the fall.

    Shares in Carpetright dropped by 7.5% on news of the weaker profit outlook.

    Carpetright branch
  18. Weather: Staying cloudy and dull

    BBC Weather

    It will continue a cloudy and increasingly dull afternoon.

    Outbreaks of showery rain will spread from the west during the afternoon along with increasing south westerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    It will be a breezy night with rain crossing during the evening.

    Cloud will break for a time with showers developing which will become more widespread by dawn.

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

  19. Missing man, 61, 'might be in Falmouth'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are asking for help to find a 61-year-old man who is missing in Cornwall.

    Officers said Eric Edwards was believed to be in the Falmouth area.

    He was described as white, of slight build, with short grey hair and may appear confused. He may also be wearing a dark-coloured winter coat, dark trousers and a black woolly hat.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the police via the 101 phone service.

  20. Met Office issues ice warning

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    The Met Office said that ice was expected to form on some surfaces from late Tuesday afternoon and last overnight into Wednesday morning across the greater South West, including parts of north Devon.