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Summary

  1. Councillor Douglas Hellier-Laing jailed for attacking wife
  2. Cornwall local football manager Trevor Mewton dies
  3. Nightclub death teenagers took ecstasy and amphetamine
  4. Man suffers life-changing injuries in A30 crash
  5. Police renew appeal for missing Devon teenager
  6. 'I cannot live in a Travelodge' says Devon mud hut woman
  7. People finding it more difficult to see GPs - watchdog
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Monday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Devon travel: Serious accident on Tavistock Road, Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Plymouth, Tavistock Road is blocked inbound for traffic heading towards Plymouth due to a serious accident between Bickleigh Cross and the Woolwell roundabout
    • In Axminster, there are reports of a collision involving a motorbike on Woodbury Lane between Wyke Road and the B3261
    • In Tavistock, Abbey Place is blocked in both directions between Bannawell Street and Drake Road, due to a vehicle which has broken down in the middle of the road, making it impassable
  2. Moped seized by police investigating helmet-less riders

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Police in Brixham who have been investigating reports that a motorbike was being used by youths without helmets on have seized a moped.

    Officers said on Facebook the bike was seized this morning and it had been reported stolen previously.

    Inquiries were continuing, police added.

    A crash helmet must be worn by law when riding a moped on the road.

    Seized moped. Pic: Brixham Police/Facebook
  3. Builders told to stop work on 1,600-home development

    Devon Live

    Work on a major housing scheme in Devon has been halted following complaints construction is going on beyond agreed hours at the weekends.

    Persimmon Homes has been told to stop working past 13:00 on Saturdays and Sundays on its Saltram Meadow development - a massive new estate in Plymstock.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A386 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon southbound severe accident, between Tamerton Road and Woolwell Road.

    A386 Devon - A386 Tavistock Road in Roborough closed and queuing traffic inbound between Bickleigh Cross and Tesco Woolwell Roundabout, because of a serious accident.

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

  5. 'Allergy to modern life' pair reject hotel offer

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A couple living in a mud-hut home have rejected a council offer of accommodation in a Travelodge.

    House

    Kate and Alan Burrows built their home in north Devon from tree trunks, mud and straw because they say they have an "allergy to modern life".

    North Devon Council has issued an enforcement notice for them to remove their home, which does not have planning permission, by Saturday.

    Travelodge

    The couple, who have lived on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley near Chulmleigh since 2015, say they would rather the offer was made to homeless people.

    Planning officer Mike Kelly said the authority was "supportive of sustainable development" but it "does not mean allowing people to develop wherever they wish".

  6. Devon travel: Accident on Tavistock Road, Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, on Tavistock Road, there are reports of an accident heading inbound between the Woolwell roundabout and the George Junction. There's slow traffic

  7. Rugby: Pirates need more fire in the belly - Paver

    BBC Sport

    The Cornish Pirates take on Scarlets Select this Sunday in a repeat of Monday's fixture.

    The Pirates lost 18-10 in Wales and will be looking for revenge at the Mennaye Field.

    Coach Alan Paver played at Aberavon, and the veteran prop said he was looking forward to another run out.

    He said: "We just need to see a little more fire in the belly and improvement in our performance."

  8. Councillor attacked his wife in 'moment of madness'

    Harriet Bradshaw

    Reporter

    A Devon district councillor jailed for attacking his wife hit her in a "moment of madness", a court has heard.

    Sixty-seven-year-old Douglas Hellier-Laing, a cabinet member at Devon's Teignbridge District Council, was sentenced to three years for the attack, where he hit her three times with a mallet in October.

    Hellier-Laing, of Clifford Street, Chudleigh, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at a previous hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

    Mrs Laing told the court in a statement that "I don't think I'll ever be the same again."

    The defence spoke of his "outstanding record of public service" as a local councillor, and that it was a "very sad case".

    Judge Graham Cottle agreed to a restraining order being put in place.

    Douglas Hellier-Laing. Pic: Chudleigh Town Council
  9. 'Look after friends' plea after teenagers' drug deaths

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A coroner has appealed for people to "look after your mates" at an inquest which heard how two teenagers died after taking a combination of drugs.

    Andrew Reilly, a mechanic from Chagford, Newton Abbot, and Joshua Lee Brock, a student from Hatherleigh, both 19, fell unconscious in Pryzm nightclub, Plymouth and were confirmed dead in the early hours of 9 December.

    Plymouth Coroner's Court, heard that the pair had taken "Mandy", a mix of MDMA (ecstasy) and amphetamines.

    Pryzm nightclub

    Senior Coroner Ian Arrow said: "In this party season, I do hope the publicity surrounding these tragic deaths will alert families to the importance of discussing what is safe to consume on a night out.

    "Tabs, tablets, powder or excess alcohol rarely result in a pleasant convivial evening with friends. Please, look after your mates."

    The precise medical cause of death was still currently unknown, the hearing was told.

    The inquest is due to resume on 13 April.

  10. 'I cannot live in a Travelodge' says Devon mud hut woman

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman living in a mud-hut home says she would be "bedridden" if she took up a council offer of accommodation in a Travelodge.

    House

    North Devon Council has issued an enforcement notice for Kate Burrows and her husband Alan to remove their home, which does not have planning permission, by Saturday.

    The couple have appealed against the enforcement order, citing illness from a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), but this was rejected.

    Mrs Burrows, who has lived in the house made of tree trunks, straw and mud at Chulmleigh since 2015, said: "I cannot live in that way. I have been in one before and I could not sleep, I would be so ill in 24 hours."

    Kate and Alan Burrows

    What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)?

    MCS is a chronic, physical illness affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. It causes sufferers to have allergic-type reactions to very low levels of chemicals in everyday products. Put simply, the immune and detoxification systems stop working properly and the body cannot process toxins efficiently.

    Besides reacting to things like cleaning products, shampoo, perfumes and pesticides, many sufferers are also sensitive to food, medicines, moulds and electromagnetic fields.

    Source: MCS-Aware

  11. Weather: Blustery showers to the west, drier elsewhere

    BBC Weather

    Weather

    Blustery showers will continue to affect parts of west Cornwall and Scilly, but elsewhere it'll be drier with sunny spells more widespread.

    Moderate or fresh northwesterly winds will be stronger around exposed coasts, high ground and generally to the west.

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

  12. BreakingNightclub death teenagers took ecstasy and amphetamine

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Two teenagers who died in a Plymouth nightclub had taken a combination of ecstasy and amphetamine, an inquest has heard.

    Reilly, Brock

    Aaron Reilly, a mechanic from Chagford, Newton Abbot, and Joshua Lee Brock, a student from Hatherleigh, both 19, fell unconscious in Pryzm nightclub, Plymouth and were confirmed dead in the early hours of 9 December.

    Providing evidence in Plymouth Coroner's Court, coroner's officer Mr Andrew Bolter said that Mr Reilly had told staff at the nightclub that the pair had taken "Mandy", a mix of MDMA (ecstasy) and amphetamines.

    CPR was administered on site by bar staff and continued by medical staff, but both were pronounced dead at 02:50 and 02:53 respectively on 9 December at Derriford Hospital.

    The precise medical cause of death was still currently unknown, the hearing in Plymouth was told.

    The inquest will resume on 13 April.

  13. Councillor's attacked wife 'thought she was going to die'

    Harriet Bradshaw

    Reporter

    A woman attacked by her local councillor husband with a mallet thought she was going to die, prosecutors have told a court.

    Sixty-seven-year-old Douglas Hellier-Laing, a cabinet member at Devon's Teignbridge District Council, has been jailed for three years for attacking his wife, hitting her three times.

    Hellier-Laing, of Clifford Street, Chudleigh, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at a previous hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

    During sentencing, the court heard how Mrs Laing was collecting her things from their home to go and stay with her mother. The couple had been living separate lives but under the same roof with the plan to divorce.

    She saw a flash of her husband with a Co-op bag with something in it. One injury needed nine stitches.

    Neighbours helped Mrs Laing when she came to them she was covered in blood with one main wound "pulsing with blood", the court heard.

    In a statement read in court, Mrs Laing said: "I don't think I'll ever be the same again. I'm not living, I'm just existing. I just want to hide away."

  14. BreakingCouncillor Douglas Hellier-Laing jailed for attacking wife

    Harriet Bradshaw

    Reporter

    A Devon district councillor has been jailed for three years for attacking his wife.

    Douglas Hellier-Laing, 67, a cabinet member at Teignbridge District Council, Devon, attacked his wife with a wooden mallet on 29 October, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Hellier-Laing, of Clifford Street, Chudleigh, had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at a previous hearing.

    Douglas Hellier-Laing
  15. Football: Truro going up against Sutton to win - McHale

    BBC Sport

    Truro City will be looking to cause a shock in the FA Trophy tomorrow.

    They're away to National League team Sutton United.

    Goalkeeper Tom McHale says his side are the underdogs, but they're going to give it their all.

    He said: "We're there to do a job. Who knows what will happen, but we are going up there to win."

  16. No cop out: Criminals' cash funds Brews With Blues scheme

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

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    Cash seized from criminals is being used in an initiative to bring police closer to hard-to-reach communities in Newquay, officers say.

    The #BrewsWithBlues project is being run in cafes across Newquay, and is seeing members of the public being invited to drop-in for a free cuppa with local police.

    The scheme - inspired by projects in the United States, Coffee with A Cop - is being funded by money recovered from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    Officers are initially running 45-minute drop-ins once a week for eight weeks.

    The dates and locations are being advertised locally in the town and on social media.

  17. Christmas market comes to festive nursing home

    Gordon Sparks

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    What happens if you want to visit a Christmas market, but getting out and about isn't easy because you're frail?

    One nursing home in Exeter has come up with a solution: bringing the outside inside and staging its very own Christmas market for residents and their families.

    It is a scaled-down version of the sort of market you would find in cities, according to the the organiser of the event at the Old Rectory Nursing Home in Exeter, manager Paul Courtney.

    He said: "We've got six stalls, plus a stage for acts going on, and a pretty authentic Christmas grotto for families and friends."