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Summary

  1. Matthew Hedges, from Exeter, has been jailed for life on UAE spy charge
  2. Dealer 'used ornamental fork in murder'
  3. RBS customer lost thousands in scam
  4. Authority plans to cut homeless B&B costs by buying homes
  5. Planning for end of life care 'patchy' in Cornwall
  6. Price of animal feed 'soaring' after hot summer
  7. Bopper the Whopper 'too fat for kennel'
  8. Updates from Wednesday 21 November

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  1. Weather: A cold night with a cloudy day for Thursday

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will die away to leave a mainly dry night with long clear spells, but there could also be a few mist or fog patches forming.

    It will be a chilly night with frost for some.

    Minimum temperature: 0 to 3C (32 to 37F).

    Devon and Cornwall weather

    It will be a cold and frosty start on Thursday with some sunshine.

    However, it will soon cloud over, leaving most of the day rather cloudy with the risk of some showers.

    Maximum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

  2. Exeter Uni 'saddened and concerned by life sentence'

    Sarah Ransome

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Matthew Hedges

    A British PhD student has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Matthew Hedges, 31, of Durham University and from Exeter, always denied the charge saying he had been conducting research.

    A court in Abu Dhabi has declared him guilty of "spying for or on behalf of" the UK government. His family claim the verdict is based on a false confession. The PM said the UK was urgently seeking talks with the Emirati government.

    Mr Hedges previously studied at the University of Exeter.

    Quote Message: We are all deeply saddened, shocked and concerned by the life sentence given to Matt Hedges today, following his detention and trial in the United Arab Emirates. The health and welfare of Matt and his family and friends now, through the forthcoming appeals process, and beyond is our paramount concern, and we are committed to offering and providing every level of support, help and assistance we can through this inconceivably distressing and traumatic time for them.
    Quote Message: Matt was in the UAE to carry out legitimate academic research, and has an undoubted passion and concern for the Arab Gulf and its people. It is absolutely vital that academics the world over are free to conduct research without fear of interference or arrest. Exeter will continue to do whatever it can to ensure Matt and his family can return home as soon as possible, and calls upon the authorities to work actively towards securing his return." from Professor Sir Steve Smith Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter
    Professor Sir Steve SmithVice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter
    Matthew Hedges
  3. 'No plans' for Muse homecoming gig

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Rock superstars Muse may have teased a homecoming gig in Devon as part of their Simulation Theory world tour - but no plans for any concert have officially been received.

    Fans of the Teignmouth-based band were left disappointed when their 2019 tour included no dates in the South West, but, taking to Instagram, frontman Matt Bellamy responded to one of his fans.

    One post read: "We want to do a Westcountry show for sure, investigating Devon options."

    Back in 2009, the band played two concerts on Teignmouth's Den on 4 and 5 September.

    Hopes were high that another homecoming gig could be on the cards However, Councillor Jeremy Christophers, leader of Teignbridge District Council, has confirmed that the band has not yet contacted the council about any potential concert next year.

    Muse
    Image caption: Back in 2009, the band played two concerts on Teignmouth's Den on 4 and 5 September
  4. Farmer ignored advice on keeping animals

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A 75-year-old farmer who admitted mistreating pigs and poultry ignored advice on how to better care for his animals.

    Vivian Exelby, from Carnhell Green near Camborne, was sentenced to a four-month curfew, as well as being banned from keeping farm animals for life, at Truro Magistrates Court.

    Animals were found in enclosures that were too small for them, with contaminated bedding and with no fresh water supply.

    Pig on farm

    Stuart Benson, from Cornwall Council, said: “It is regrettable that prosecution action had to be taken in this case against an elderly farmer.

    "However, despite many attempts over the years to advise him, he has continually failed to provide the most basic of needs to his animals. Consequently there was no credible option but to prosecute him."

    Exelby - who has lived on the same farm for his entire life - has since retired and sold off the remaining animals.

  5. Multimillion-pound plans for town given the go ahead

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major multimillion-pound plans for Newton Abbot have been backed - and they could be built by 2020.

    A new state-of-the-art multiplex cinema within Market Walk and a dining quarter of new restaurants for the town are all included in the next phase of the £180m regeneration.

    Teignbridge District Council's executive unanimously backed letting council officers move forward to deliver the next phase of regeneration in Newton Abbot town centre, which also could see a health and wellbeing centre built, a new hotel for the town, and turning the existing cinema into a performance venue.

    Councillor Jeremy Christophers, leader of the council, said: "Newton Abbot has a strong night-time culture. There are often debates about how people see the high street, but there is a bubbling economy in the evening and a cinema is a good place to start."

    Subject to approval and planning permission, it is hoped the cinema and dining quarter will be up-and-running in 2020.

    Councillor Jeremy Christophers
  6. 'Not enough support' for autistic student in Plymouth

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Plymouth mum has revealed her battle to get the right education for her son who has autism.

    After being diagnosed, he was given a place in a mainstream school, but because of his behaviour he ended up being excluded three times.

    His parents say the school did not make enough adjustments to take into account his condition, and ‘one-to-one’ care which they felt he needed was not provided.

    After his parents continued to argue the case that he needed specialist education, he was later given a place with a specialist provider.

    The boy’s mum said: “I know if I had given up and not continued to fight for my son’s right to be included and said I’d home-school him, then that would have been a relief for everyone.”

    The issue was highlighted at a meeting of Plymouth City Council, when cabinet member for education Jon Taylor said it was clear “that many young people with additional needs are not receiving the support they need to thrive in school”.

    Cllr Jon Taylor
    Image caption: Councillor Jon Taylor

    City councillors backed the proposal by Councillor Taylor for the Labour leader Tudor Evans to write to the Secretary of State for Education to call for an increase in Higher Needs Block Funding - which supports pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities.

    It would allow the council and schools to provide appropriate support for children and young people with the most complex needs, the council heard.

  7. Man, 34, missing for two weeks

    Police are trying to find a 34-year-old man missing from Cornwall.

    Daniel Clark, from Redruth, was last seen on Wednesday 7 November.

    Police say he likes to frequent the Redruth and Illogan areas, as well as Tehidy Woods.

    Daniel
  8. 'Accelerant poured through letterbox and ignited'

    A fire at an auction house in Devon is being treated as arson, police confirm.

    Accelerant was reportedly poured through the letterbox and ignited at Atkins Auctioneers in Axminster on 1 November between 23:00 and 23:30.

    Police said: "This caused damage to the door and had the potential to spread throughout the building.

    "Police would like to speak to a man seen in area driving a dark coloured Nissan Terrano 4x4."

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, between Green Lane and B3172.

    A3052 Devon - A3052 Boshill Hill in Rousdon blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Green Lane junction and the B3172 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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