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  1. South West weather: A dry but cloudy night

    BBC Weather

    It should remain dry on Friday night, with some some clearer periods, although amounts of cloud will gradually increase through the night.

    A moderate to fresh southerly wind will also mean that it will be less cold.

    Any early brightness on Saturday will be short-lived as cloud continues to increase and thicken during the morning and patchy rain and drizzle starts to move in.

    Some hill fog patches are also likely to develop by the end of the afternoon.


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  2. Rapist sent to secure hospital after three attacks

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A "dangerous" rapist who carried out three sex attacks on strangers - including a 72-year-old Paignton woman in her own home - has been sent to a secure mental hospital.

    Daniel Stip, 21, tried to rape a Cambridge student on her second day at university and went on to carry out two more sex attacks in Paignton, Devon.

    Former music student Stip was detained in a mental hospital and arrested twice during his four months of offending but was freed on each occasion.

    Daniel Stip

    He was finally arrested after threatening to jump off Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. He told police: "I've killed, I've raped, I've stolen, everything."

    The victims of the first two assaults were young women who were attacked at random in Cambridge in September last year and in a park in Paignton in January this year.

    His final attack was on the 72-year-old widow, who he raped before robbing her of the ashes of her dead partner.

    Stip, of no fixed address in Paignton, admitted rape, robbery, burglary, and two attempted rapes and was sent to Langdon Hospital in Dawlish by Judge Peter Johnson.

  3. PM supports campaign for Lady Astor statue

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Prime Minister Theresa May is backing a campaign for a statue of Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe.

    Lady Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament.

    She was elected in Plymouth, a year after some British women first received the vote.

    Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard is aiming to mark the 100th anniversary of her election to the House of Commons.

    Lady Nancy Astor

    Born in Virginia in 1879, Lady Astor moved to England aged 26, and in 1919 was elected to her husband's former seat when he entered the House of Lords.

    She served as the MP for Plymouth Sutton until 1945, when she was succeeded by Lucy Middleton, who held the seat until 1951, when it was then won back into the family by Lady Astor's son.

    Theresa May said Lady Astor "paved the way for the many, but still too few, women who have followed in her footsteps over the last 100 years".

    Lady Nancy Astor
  4. Ex-police head calls for hunting law reform

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, a police unit, has called on the government to close what he calls "loopholes" in the UK's hunting law.

    Martin Sims said groups still hunted regularly in wildlife areas such as Exmoor, in Devon and Somerset, by using exemptions in the Hunting Act 2004.

    The Countryside Alliance said hunting with hounds was "natural" and the law should recognise the need for "wildlife management".

    Former police officers Martin Sims (R) and Andy Kendall (L)
    Image caption: Martin Sims (R) and Andy Kendall (L) said "loopholes" allows hunters to circumvent the law

    A government spokesman said it had "no plans" to change the law.

    Mr Sims, who now works for the League Against Cruel Sports, said hunting clubs such as the Devon and Somerset Staghounds use exemptions relating to research and observation to "carry on as before".

    The Devon and Somerset Staghounds said their hunting was legal because they were only using two hounds and their activities were in connection with "the research and observation of the deer".

    This is an exemption under the law, but Mr Sims said he did not understand the value of "chasing a deer for several miles" for scientific research.

    The Devon and Somerset Staghounds
    Image caption: Mr Sims said one hunting group on Exmoor still meets up to three times a week

    Jim Barrington, from the Countryside Alliance, said he would like to see a "sensible" law, which included provision for "managing wildlife".

    He added that hunting with hounds was "the most natural way" to do this.

  5. Newton Abbot: Police 'tried working with residents'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police officers tried to work with residents in Newton Abbot who have had their homes closed by the court, according to a neighbourhood sergeant.

    Three properties - 58 Prospect House and flats 9 and 11 at Russell House - were handed closure orders due to drug dealing, noise disruption and antisocial behaviour.

    John Dingle, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said there was a "sustained period of antisocial behaviour and drug use" linked to the properties.

    Quote Message: Police and partner agencies have tried working with residents but the situation has not improved, which has resulted in us obtaining these closure orders. This is a great outcome for the other residents of Prospect Terrace and Russell House, as well as for the wider community in Newton Abbot." from John Dingle Devon and Cornwall Police
    John DingleDevon and Cornwall Police
  6. Photographer, 25, found dead by mum died of drug overdose

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A photographer and filmmaker who was found face down on his bed died of a drug overdose, an inquest heard.

    Sean Van Dam was discovered in his bedroom by his mother at the family home in Ashburton, Devon, on 20 May 2018.

    The 25-year-old had a "lethal level" of cocaine, fentanyl and diazepam in his system, Plymouth Coroner's Court heard.

    His family described him as "creative, musical, kind and funny" and warned others about the dangers of drug use.

    Sean Van Dam

    The inquest heard that Mr Van Dam, a freelance photographer and filmmaker, had moved back into the family home in December 2017 to "sort his life out".

    His mother, Jackie Van Dam, told the court that he had previously ended up in hospital after taking "cocktails of drugs", but she believed he had "turned a corner".

    Senior coroner Ian Arrow said that the drugs reduced his ability to breathe and it was likely he would have "fallen asleep on his bed" and not woken up.

    Speaking after the inquest, Mr Van Dam's family described him as a "big character" who was well-known in the local community.

    Sean Van Dam's funeral

    Ms Van Dam told the BBC that his death was "a massive shock" that had "completely devastated" the town.

    "It kind of pulled the rug out from underneath Ashburton," she said.

    More than 100 people attended his funeral, which was described as a "celebration" of his life.

    Speaking after the inquest, Ms Van Dam warned about the dangers of taking drugs.

    She said: "We wanted to save him. I tried, I did everything I could. We are completely devastated."

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A385 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A385 Devon both ways severe accident, between Blagdon Road and the Berry Pomeroy turn-off.

    A385 Devon - A385 in Collaton Saint Mary blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Blagdon Road junction and the the Berry Pomeroy turn-off junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  8. 'Drug-dealer properties' closed for three months

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Three properties in Newton Abbot have been handed closure orders after multiple reports of "criminal, offensive, anti-social behaviour and drug misuse", police say.

    The properties are 58 Prospect Terrace, and flats 9 and 11 at Russell House.

    Magistrates granted the three-month closures hearing how the properties' tenants and associates had caused "serious and prolonged nuisance and distress to neighbours and the local community".

    Concerns of drug dealing and significant noise disruption in Prospect Terrace were raised to local police, and there had been reports the tenant and his associates caused continued distress to neighbours.

    The properties at Russell House were closed after reports of drug dealing misuse, "putting vulnerable people at further risk of crime", Devon and Cornwall Police said.

  9. Torbay's BMAD 2019 festival cancellation confirmed

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A huge motorbike festival which has been one of Torbay's big events for the last decade has been cancelled next year, its website has confirmed.

    The BMAD event - Bikers Make a Difference - has been held every year on Paignton Green for the last 13 years.

    The charity, which is run by volunteers and raises money for sick and disabled children, has cancelled next year's event due to rising costs and a lack of sponsors.

    Regular bike nights in Paignton will continue, it is understood.

    BMAD website
  10. Jury retires to consider milling machine death

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a farmer accused of the manslaughter of a 20-year-old volunteer who became fatally trapped in the drive shaft of a milling machine.

    Lauren Scott died while volunteering on a smallholding in Dawlish, Devon, on 4 March 2017 after her hair or clothes became entangled in the machine.

    Landowner Neil Carpenter, 45, of Dawlish, denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Lauren Scott

    Jurors were told to set aside their emotions as they were sent out.

    Ben Compton QC, defending, told jurors at Exeter Crown Court: “It won’t bring Lauren Scott back to convict a man of a crime you are not sure he had committed."

    David Sapiecha, for the prosecution, said the setup of the pre-1940s milling machine in a barn on Springfield Farm was “inadequate and dangerous”.

    The trial continues.

  11. Cornwall mental health service 'stretched to bursting'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Mental health services for young people in Cornwall have been described as "creaking" by the consultant in charge of them.

    It follows pleas from a family in Gunnislake to try to simplify treatment and counselling after their 16-year-old daughter, Trixie Hart, took her own life after suffering years of anxiety and depression.

    Dr. Elizabeth Myers, the clinical director of Children's Services in Cornwall, said the service was "stretched to bursting".

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    Video caption: Dr. Elizabeth Myers: Mental health service
  12. Finding a new owner for Appledore Shipyard is 'main focus'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon's business leaders say their main focus following the shock closure of Appledore Shipyard is to find another company to take it on.

    Babcock International has said it will end operations in north Devon in March, and is offering the 199 workers jobs at Devonport in Plymouth.

    The South West Business Council said it was hopeful that it was not the end for the yard at Appledore.

    Quote Message: A facility like this - purpose-built for marine shipbuilding - is something that will be looked at by other players in the market. It hasn't worked for Babcock - we've just got to accept that decision and move on - and that is our focus at the moment, as well as making sure that those who have been displaced are found jobs very quickly and their families supported." from Tim Jones South West Business Council
    Tim JonesSouth West Business Council
  13. Man arrested in indecent images investigation

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man has been arrested in the Tintagel area of Cornwall by police from Staffordshire investigating indecent images.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said detectives from Staffordshire, assisted by their officers, arrested the 44-year-old man on suspicion of being in possession of indecent images as part of an on-going investigation by Staffordshire Police.

    The man was being questioned "at a police station in the Devon and Cornwall area", officers added.

  14. Football: Truro City 'could be back home before Christmas'

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Truro City Football Club could be back in their home city before Christmas.

    The club has been given permission by the National League to return to the Treyew Road ground, subject to a ground inspection.

    They have been playing their home games in Torquay - a 200-mile round trip for home fans - as developers had been due to build a supermarket at Treyew Road. However, there has been speculation that the proposed deal for the supermarket is in jeopardy.

    Club chairman Peter Masters said the team still needed to talk to the Truro ground's owners, but added that it looked promising for a return.

    Treyew Road
  15. Torbay council tax to rise by nearly 3%

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    There’s no sign of austerity coming to an end yet in Torbay where the elected mayor has set out plans for £7.5m of savings in next year’s council budget.

    The proposals would see a 2.99% rise in council tax from April – that works out at just over £43.62 extra per year on an average Band D home.

    This year’s tax is currently at £1,459 and the lowest in Devon.

    The background to the challenge facing mayor Gordon Oliver in his effort to balance the books is a continuing fall in Government funding – down by £76m in seven years – alongside rising demand in key spending areas such as adult and children’s social care.

  16. Polish flag to be raised over Exeter

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Polish flag will be raised over Exeter on 15 November to mark "307 Squadron Day" in honour of the pilots who defended the region during World War Two.

    The RAF squadron, based near the city, was made up of Polish airmen who had escaped the Nazi occupation of their homeland.

    307 Squadron

    They flew night fighter planes against the German bombers over the skies of the South West and their actions protected Exeter from more severe damage during the concentrated period of air raids known as the "Exeter Blitz" in 1942.

    The squadron, known as the Lwow Eagle Owls, named after the Polish city, was based at Exeter airfield, now the site of the city's airport.

  17. Torbay Council publishes plans for £7.5m of budget savings

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    Torbay Council has published plans for £7.5m of savings in its budget for 2019/20.

    They include cuts to a drugs misuse service, plus reduced maintenance of roads, parks and street lights.

    Council tax could also go up by 2.99%.

    A consultation is to be carried out into the proposals.

    Torbay Council
  18. Crime commissioner welcomes return to 'core policing'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A senior police officer’s call for a refocus on core policing has been welcomed by Devon and Cornwall’s police and crime commissioner, who says police were spending too much time dealing with issues that are not crimes.

    Alison Hernandez

    Alison Hernandez said National Police Chiefs’ Council chairwoman Sara Thornton made some valid points at a conference hosted by the NPCC and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

    Ms Thornton argued that officers needed to concentrate on catching criminals, not spending time logging incidents that were not crimes.

    She said that while investigating gender-based hate incidents was not a bad thing to do “they just cannot be priorities for a service that is over-stretched”.

    Ms Hernandez said she agreed that, while resources should be allocated to crimes like burglary, she wanted to ensure that all victims were taken seriously, and hailed the work done by her own force to tackle hate crime.

    Quote Message: Police officers are not social workers or mental health workers, yet spend far too much of their time dealing with issues that would be better handled by the NHS or local authorities. I don’t think policing should be the main point of contact for people having mental health crises, and our officers shouldn’t be the lead negotiators for suicidal people. It was refreshing to hear similar sentiments aired by a senior and well regarded police officer." from Alison Hernandez Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner
    Alison HernandezDevon and Cornwall Police Commissioner
  19. Ambulance staff 'intimidated by pornography' at work

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Some staff at the South Western Ambulance Service have said they have been intimidated by sexual behaviour and viewing of pornography in the workplace.

    An independent report found pockets of bullying and harassment within the service.

    It follows a number of serious complaints about managers and other employees at the organisation.

    Other staff connected bullying or inappropriate behaviour to suicides within the service, however the report found these links were "impossible" to prove.

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    Video caption: Ken Wenman

    Among 10 key recommendations, the report suggested the service "redouble efforts" to educate staff about discrimination on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation and gender.

    Another suggestion was made to establish a "contract of respectful behaviour to enable managers to brief employees during induction, appraisals and team meetings".