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Summary

  1. Crash leaves pensioners fighting for their lives
  2. Teachers take Paignton school to court in pay row
  3. Multimillion-pound Plymouth revamp to mark Mayflower
  4. Radiotherapy consultation extended
  5. Burial ground given protected status
  6. Updates on Monday 18 December 2017

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Tuesday 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.

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Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 and J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Howeson trial: Jury sent home

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Charles Howeson
BBC

The jury in the case of a prominent Plymouth businessman and former Naval Officer, who's accused of sexual offences, has been sent home for the night.

Charles Howeson, 68, has denied 11 counts of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence against nine different men.

The jury was sent out today at midday and had not reached verdicts before His Honour Judge Mark Horton told them to resume their deliberations in the morning.

Earlier, the judge told the six men and six women to consider each count separately and to try to reach unanimous verdicts, and pressed that they were under no time pressure.

The trial, which is entering its sixth week, has heard that Charles Howeson indecently assaulted one man whilst second in command of HMS Cleopatra in 1985.

Six of the alleged indecent assaults date from the early 90’s when Mr Howeson was executive director of the Plymouth Area Groundwork Trust Charity.

Some were said to have happened in dark tunnels on Drake's Island.

Mr Howeson has denied all 12 charges.

Ring found in estate back garden is officially treasure

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

medieval ring
Royal Institution of Cornwall

A ring found in a back garden in Cornwall in 2005 has today been officially recognised as treasure.

The ring, which was discovered on a housing estate near Newquay when the tenant was building a new fence, was kept for two years before the owner thought to declare it.

Now though, a treasure inquest by the British Museum has found that the ring is originally from between 1200AD and 1300AD.

Historians believe the lack of tin within the gold or around the sapphire on the ring suggests that it's not originally from Cornwall.

Roman coins
Royal Institution of Cornwall

It wasn't the only treasure discussed either - Roman coins discovered by keen detectorists in Hayle, Callington and Penzance dating to the 1st Century BC have been added to a haul of thousands recognised as treasure.

If you discover an item which you believe may be 300 years old or more, then you must report it to the coroner's office. Failure to do so carries an unlimited fine or up to three months in prison.

Date set for St Martin primary school closure

BBC Radio Cornwall

After struggles with funding and falling attendance levels, the closure of Cornwall's St Martin-in-Meneage Primary School has been confirmed.

The board of trustees came to the "reluctant decision" to close the small school on the Lizard Peninsula on 31 January 2018, after pupil numbers dropped to single figures.

Pam Miller, chair of the trustees, said: "We feel real sadness in making this announcement. Our first priority now is to ensure that the children currently at St Martin are well cared for as they move into their new schools.

"Learning in such small groups seriously impacts upon the educational experience of the children, and restricts their creative and social interactions."

Weather outlook for Devon and Cornwall: Frosty tonight

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

This evening and overnight will be dry with largely clear skies and very light winds, allowing a frost to develop in the east, and also patchy fog.

The fog could become locally freezing and also dense, especially around Honiton and Colyton. Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F).

Weather map
BBC

On Tuesday early patchy fog will slowly lift into low cloud, with some sunny spells developing, but it will remain cold.

Later milder conditions with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle, accompanied by hill fog, will arrive across Barnstaple, Bideford and other western locations. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Element School

The independent Element School is facing court action and has seen many pupils leave.

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Tesco petrol station closed after cars break down

BBC Radio Devon

A petrol station in Barnstaple has been closed for investigation after a number of cars broke down immediately after being filled up.

Tesco
Google

There are fears the pumps may have been contaminated at the Tesco Extra petrol station at Seven Brethren.

Tesco said it was aware of the incidents which took place yesterday afternoon and it is investigating the issue. A spokesman said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Witnesses appeal after attack outside Plymouth nightclub

BBC Radio Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on Derry’s Cross outside Revolution nightclub in Plymouth on Saturday.

Police
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It happened at about 03:30 when a man in his 20s was punched several times in the face sustaining an injury above his eye that required hospital treatment.

Police would like anyone who witnessed or was involved in the incident to contact them.

Two men were arrested in connection with the matter and were released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Car crashes into Devon man's room while he watches TV

Plymouth Herald

A Devon man has told how a car crashed into his front room leaving huge cracks down his wall as he sat watching a film with his partner.

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between Lewannick Road and B3257.

A30 Cornwall - A30 in Polyphant closed and queuing traffic westbound between Two Bridges and Bodmin Moor Services, because of an accident involving four vehicles and recovery work.

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

Seaside village faces multimillion-pound bill to fix wall

BBC Radio Devon

A south Devon seaside village faces a multimillion-pound bill to repair its crumbling harbour wall.

Hope Cove
BBC

The harbour wall has withstood the massive power of waves from storms since it was built in the 1920s.

But now cracks have appeared and today engineers are assessing what needs to be done.

Brian Clavin of Friends of Hope Cove Breakwater said: "We don't know the cost yet but it's likely to be in the millions."

A fundraising campaign has started to maintain the breakwater until a long-term solution is found with a lobster-pot decorated Christmas tree set up on the harbour in a bid to gather support and donations.

Hope Cove
BBC

Dry and bright this afternoon - fog in the east tonight

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

The afternoon will be dry and sunny with hardly any wind. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

This evening and overnight will be dry with largely clear skies and very light winds, allowing a frost to develop in the east, and also patchy fog.

The fog could become locally freezing and also dense, especially around Honiton and Colyton. Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F).

Argyle 'threw two points away'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle striker Ryan Taylor says Saturday's 1-1 draw at Rotherham felt like a loss.

The Pilgrims would have moved out of the League One relegation zone but for a 93rd-minute equaliser at the New York Stadium.

Ryan Taylor
Getty Images

"It feels like we threw two points away," Taylor, who scored Argyle's goal, told BBC Radio Devon.

"But we'll take the positives out of the game, in the attacking third we weren't good enough in the first half, but that's something to work on which we will do ready for next week."

Charles Howeson: Jury considers verdict

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Charles Howeson,
BBC

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a prominent Plymouth businessman and former naval officer, who's accused of sexual offences.

Charles Howeson, 68, has denied 11 counts of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence against nine different men.

The trial has been running for five weeks. The jury of six men and six women has heard Mr Howeson indecently assaulted one man whilst second in command of HMS Cleopatra in 1985.

Six of the alleged indecent assaults date from the early 90s when Mr Howeson was Executive Director of the Plymouth Area Groundwork Trust Charity.

Some were said to have happened in dark tunnels on Drake's Island.

Mr Howeson has denied all 12 charges.

His Honour Judge Mark Horton told the jury to consider each count separately and to try to reach unanimous verdicts and that they are under no time pressure.

Drake's Island
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Man, 29, found safe and well

A 29-year-old man, who was reported missing from Plympton on Saturday, has been found safe and well.

Daniel Manley was found by police in the Plymouth area on Monday morning.

Tisdale wants league focus for Exeter City

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says his side must not focus on their FA Cup match with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion yet.

The Grecians beat Stevenage 2-1 at St James Park on Saturday to move up to third in League Two.

Paul Tisdale
Getty Images

"There's five league games, that's 15 points, before the next FA Cup game," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"I think that speaks for itself. There's plenty of opportunity for us to try and get ourselves into the top three come the start of that second half of the season, which essentially we look at as the new year.

"The players have got to redeem themselves a little bit, there's been a couple of away average performances and they need to show me some consistency now over the next two or three games - we have to look to play with that kind of intent and purpose every game."

Thirty six calls about child sex abuse referred

BBC Radio Cornwall

Thirty six calls from adults in Cornwall who were worried that a child was being sexually abused, were referred to the police or children's services last year.

Child
SPL

The figures from the NSPCC show there were nearly 5,000 calls across the UK from people worried a child was being sexually abused - up 31% on the year before.

A further 4,000 calls were received where helpline staff gave advice about sexual abuse against young people - 29 of which were from the Cornwall area.

The charity has launched a campaign today called Light up Christmas for Children where a small cash donation can be made by sending a simple text.

A spokesman for the NSPCC said whilst the figures were worrying - they did indicate that more people are willing to come forward to share their concerns.

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between Lewannick Road and B3257.

A30 Cornwall - A30 in Polyphant closed and queuing traffic westbound between Two Bridges and Bodmin Moor Services, because of an accident involving four vehicles and recovery work.

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

Plymouth Jobcentre workers to walk out on strike

BBC Radio Devon

Jobcentre workers are to stage a 48-hour strike over fears of redundancies, under plans to close part of their offices.

Job Centre
BBC

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union in Plymouth will walk out on Thursday and Friday as part of a campaign to halt the closure of the section of their office dealing with benefits.

Gary Owers

Torquay United manager Gary Owers says he is to blame for his side's "pathetic" 4-0 loss at home to Maidstone in the FA Trophy.

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Exeter Chiefs dejected after loss

Exeter boss Rob Baxter has not given up hope of his side making the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

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'Wonderful news' says archbishop about new London bishop

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby has welcomed the appointment of former bishop of Crediton the Right Reverend Sarah Mullally as the new bishop of London.

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'Great honour' for new bishop of London

BBC Radio Devon

Former Bishop of Crediton The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally said it was a "great honour" to become bishop of London.

Sarah Mullally
Church of England

"Having lived and worked in London for over 32 years, the thought of returning here is about returning home," she said.

She will be introduced to representatives from across the Diocese of London at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning, before meeting staff and students at the Urswick Secondary School in Hackney.

Former bishop of Crediton takes up bishop of London role

BBC Radio Devon

Former Bishop of Crediton The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally will be the new bishop of London, Downing Street has announced.

Sarah Mullally
PA

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Rt Rev Mullally to succeed the Rt Rev Richard Chartres in the role, Number 10 said.

Before becoming bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev Mullally was chief nursing officer at the Department of Health and a parish priest.

Consultant says older cancer patients will suffer

BBC Radio Cornwall

A consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) says he has concerns about proposals to move some radiotherapy services from Cornwall to Plymouth or Exeter.

Cancer
SPL

The controversial move has outraged many former patients and their families who say that making very sick patients travel so far is wrong.

The public consultation was due to end today but will now go on until the end of January.

John McGrane, consultant oncologist at the RCHT, said: "The majority of our cancer patients are older and some may not take up the option of curative treatment or intensive treatment if they have that additional travel burden.

"We already deliver top quality cancer outcomes from Cornwall and we would like to be supported to continue to do that."

The NHS says the new plans "encourage radiotherapy providers to work together in networks to concentrate expertise and improve pathways".

Multiplex project 'will disrupt traffic'

Plymouth Herald

Roads and pavements around the former Bretonside coach station will be closed to traffic and pedestrians as work on a £48m multiplex accelerates in the new year, council bosses warn.

Alan Paver

Alan Paver plays for the first time since February as Cornish Pirates beat Scarlets in British and Irish Cup.

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Lee Hodges

Truro City boss Lee Hodges says his side deserved something from their FA Trophy loss at National League high-fliers Sutton United.

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Case of missing computer wrapped up for police inspector

BBC Radio Devon

A police inspector in Torquay arrived at work this morning to find quite a lot of things wrapped up for him by his colleagues.

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"Pretty much everything in the office has been wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper," he said.

"The notices on the wall, computer screen, stapler, coffee cup, telephone, just everything was wrapped up.

"So yeah, a bit of a suprise, but funny nevertheless.

"At times when police feel they can have some fun, that should be embraced.

"They are human beings at the end of day and I'm really, really pleased that they feel feel comfortable enough to do this with me."

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We'll keep gym club going vow organisers after blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

Organisers of a Cornish gym club destroyed by fire say they are determined to keep the club going.

Fire
Wadebridge Fire Station

The blaze at the Carvinick Holiday Park near Newquay on Saturday left the gym used by the Kernow Gymnastics and Acro Academy, a smoking ruin.

It had recently undergone a major renovation and £100,000 of equipment was also lost.

Head coach Beth Fowler said: "Some of the other gym clubs in Cornwall have been really supportive, they've offered us to use their training space. It's really nice of them. We're looking for a temporary space to keep our classes going."

Multimillion-pound Plymouth revamp to mark Mayflower

BBC Radio Devon

Plymouth city centre will get a £175m makeover for the 2020 Mayflower celebrations, the city council has revealed.

Plymouth
BBC

It commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Plymouth to America, carrying the pilgrims who founded the modern United States.

The investments include work at Drake Circus Leisure development at Bretonside, which will help link the waterfront with the city centre.

More investment's planned in the West End following on from the Pannier Market's multimillion-pound makeover.

More progress is expected on a new 1,600 bed hotel overlooking the Hoe with contractors due on site in the new year.

Further announcements about the boulevard between Millbay and Colin Campbell Court are expected and historic Mayflower trials will also be created across the city.

'World's Strongest Man' lifts Daley with one hand

BBC Sport

Watch the moment Plymouth diver Tom Daley is lifted by World's Strongest Man Eddie Hall on the red carpet at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

University probes UK child deaths from sepsis

Health experts are to investigate why the UK has more childhood deaths from treatable infections than comparable European countries.

William Mead
William Mead's family

The research will examine concerns raised by Melissa Mead from Cornwall and Sue Morrish from Devon, who both lost young sons to sepsis after high profile failures in the health system.

Sweden and Italy both have better survival rates from conditions such as pneumonia and sepsis, and the study will look at why delays in hospitalisations for these conditions - which often turn out to be fatal - occur.

The hope is the project will identify ways to speed up admissions and ultimately save lives, the University of Northampton, which is leading the project, said.

Have you seen missing Daniel Manley from Plympton?

BBC Radio Devon

Police are concerned for the safety of 29-year-old Daniel Manley, missing from his Plympton home since Saturday morning.

Daniel Manley
Devon & Cornwall Police

Daniel is described as a white male, 5ft 7in tall and of large build with short dark hair.

He wears glasses and was possibly wearing a dark blue jacket and black trainers.

He was last seen about 08:00 on Saturday walking in the area of Plympton Castle.

Teachers take Paignton school to court in pay row

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Twenty-three teachers are taking a Devon school to court after saying they've not been paid.

School
BBC

They all work at the Element School in Paignton, formerly Tower House School - a small independent school which came under new ownership earlier this year.

The lawyers representing the teachers say they have been working without pay for some months.

A court hearing will take place on Tuesday, when the teachers will also attempt to get the school put into administration.

Kirsten Clayton, co-owner of the school, told the BBC she's committed to its future and is working hard to resolve current issues. A financial and strategic solution is being sought.

Help floods in for blaze-hit country club

BBC Radio Cornwall

Members of a gym club which was destroyed in a major fire at Carvynick Country Club in Summercourt, near Newquay say they've received offers of help and fundraising from across the UK.

Wadebridge
Wadebridge Community Fire Station

The blaze at the Carvinick Holiday Park destroyed the main reception, swimming pool and spa and the gym used by the Kernow Gymnastics and Acro Academy.

It took firefighters 28 hours to put out the blaze.

Witnesses said the buildings were "completely burnt to the ground". No-one was injured but people staying in residential units were evacuated.