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  1. Two armed robberies in Plymouth in 24 hours
  2. - Till stolen from North Road West shop and gun left at scene
  3. - Staff threatened with gun and cash taken from Barbican ice cream shop
  4. House fire caused by lightning strikes
  5. Exeter man charged with possession of explosives
  6. Man, 102, seriously injured in crash
  7. Captain commends HMS Albion crew as it returns to Plymouth
  8. Worms in space: South West nematodes arrive in US ahead of blast off
  9. Updates from Friday 23 November

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  1. BreakingMatthew Hedges: Uni staff vote to suspend UAE links

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Staff at the University of Exeter have passed a motion calling for the suspension of its academic relationships with the UAE over the conviction of Matthew Hedges for spying.

    Hedges, originally from Exeter, was jailed for life but denies the charges.

    The university runs a Dubai-based education doctorate.

    Matthew Hedges
  2. Weather: Possible hail and thunder overnight

    BBC Weather

    The risk of showers is likely to increase through this evening and overnight, with possible hail and thunder.

    Minimum temperature overnight of 4C (39F).

    Saturday is looking cloudy with some rain expected which will be heavy at times. Highs of 9C (48F).

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  3. Seth Lakeman talks about Mayflower 400 music project

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon folk musician Seth Lakeman says he hopes new music he's producing to mark Mayflower 400 will be exciting and powerful.

    A host of events have been announced to commemorate 400 years since the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth to America in 1620.

    While he was touring with Robert Plant in the USA, Seth went to meet native American people and wants his music to tell their story, along with people from Plymouth.

    He said he wanted the project to be a joint effort...

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    Video caption: Seth Lakeman Mayflower 400
  4. BreakingPolice hunt second armed robber who left gun at scene

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man armed with a gun has stolen a till from a shop in Plymouth - the second armed robbery in the city in 24 hours.

    Police say the suspect stole the till from the Premier store on North Road West at about 14:00.

    Officers say the man left his gun at the scene as he left the shop.

    Premier store, North Road West

    On Thursday, a man armed with what is thought to be a handgun robbed an ice cream parlour on the Barbican.

    The suspect, described as a white male in his late 40s, threatened staff before fleeing with cash from the till.

    The robberies are not thought to be linked and police are searching for both suspects.

  5. Safeguarding cases in Cornwall 'double' in a year

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    New figures show the number of safeguarding concerns reported in Cornwall has almost doubled in a year.

    Cornwall's Safeguarding Adults Board revealed the figures in its annual report which is set to go before Cornwall councillors next week.

    It shows in 2017/18 there were 5,433 safeguarding cases started, compared to 2,955 the year before, amounting to an extra 2,478. The report also shows 4,834 individuals were involved in those cases, nearly double the 2,494 the previous year.

    The report states the figures are not directly comparable to previous years because of how they have been collected.

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    The report states that despite this change in recording figures there has been "a steady upward trend of safeguarding concerns reported throughout 2017/18".

    It also adds "this is generally considered a positive trend as it indicates improved awareness and reporting of safeguarding issues".

    The report also gives information about what safeguarding concerns have been reported with the largest number concerning neglect and acts of omission. The next highest forms were financial or material abuse and psychological abuse.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A396 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A396 Devon both ways severe accident, between Lea Road and Park Hill.

    A396 Devon - A396 in Tiverton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Lea Road junction and the Park Hill junction, because of an accident.

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

  7. Councillors block Totnes rainbow crossing

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to install a permanent rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing on a road in Totnes have been blocked by councillors.

    The Totnes Rainbow Crossing Action Group has been working on establishing a permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes following the success of the temporary crossing set up for the town's pride event in 2014.

    The crossing, which was created outside St Mary's Church in the High Street, was removed after the Pride event.

    The South Hams Highways and Traffic Orders Committee in 2017 had initially welcomed the suggestion and called for a further report on specific plans and location to be brought forward to a future meeting.

    However a meeting earlier saw officers and councillors agree a rainbow crossing on the highway itself was not something they could support.

    Rainbow crossing
    Quote Message: We were asked to look at this and looked at a number of sites around the town, but we had some concerns about a crossing on the highway as the markings could be seen as ambiguous and people might not be sure what it was. For us, the best solution is not to put it on the highway." from John Fewings Highways manager
    John FewingsHighways manager
  8. Jury out in fork stabbing murder case

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Matthew Jackson

    A judge has started to sum up the case of a drug dealer who is accused of using an ornamental carving fork to murder a customer.

    David Ablett, of Teignmouth, has been accused of murdering 38-year-old Matthew Jackson.

    Mr Jackson was stabbed in the chest six times at his flat in Teignmouth.

    The 52-year-old denies murder but has admitted being involved in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

    The prosecution has claimed he used the unusual weapon to stab Mr Jackson repeatedly and the force used went far beyond self-defence.

    Mr Ablett said Mr Jackson tried to strangle him and said he was going to kill him.

    He told the jury he was attacked by Mr Jackson after he had smoked £30 worth of heroin and asked for more to be supplied 'on tick'.

  9. Elderly man rescued from river

    BBC Radio Devon

    An elderly man's been rescued from his car after he reversed it into a shallow river in Kingskerswell.

    Firefighters from Torquay went to Manor Drive to help him as he was trapped in the vehicle.

    They released him and left him with paramedics.

  10. Firefighters remain at lightning strike house blaze

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Firefighters remain at the scene of a house blaze caused by lightning strikes.

    The property was hit twice by lightning during storms which crossed the South West earlier.

    The fire started in the roof and spread to the main building, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

    Fire crews from across west Cornwall are at the scene near Coverack.

  11. Journalism students move next door to BBC

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Students in the new building

    Aspiring journalists will be getting closer to the action in a new site next door to the BBC's South West headquarters.

    Plymouth Marjon University students will be learning their trade next to the largest newsroom in the South West, which houses BBC Radio Devon, BBC Spotlight, BBC Inside Out and BBC News Online from early 2019.

    The new building is next door to the BBC

    Leo Devine, head of BBC South West, said: "We're delighted to welcome Marjon journalism students to the BBC campus in Plymouth.

    "They are the ideal tenants for our former home - a building steeped in broadcasting history since 1939 which will now see the next generation of 21st Century journalists honing their skills in radio, television and digital media."

  12. HMS Albion arrives back in Plymouth

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    The Royal Navy's flagship vessel HMS Albion has arrived back in Devonport.

    It's spent nearly 10 months away, mainly in the Pacific and the Middle East.

    It's a double cause for celebration among the families as two months ago it was announced proposals to scrap the vessel, along with sister ship, HMS Bulwark, had been shelved.

    Capt Tim Neild said the crew members had all been great ambassadors.

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    Video caption: HMS Albion arrives in Plymouth
  13. Captain commends HMS Albion crew as it returns to Plymouth

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    As the Royal Navy's flagship vessel, HMS Albion, returns home to Devonport in Plymouth, its commanding officer has praised the crew.

    Capt Tim Neild said they have all been great ambassadors...

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    Video caption: Capt Tim Neild