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Summary

  1. Matthew Hedges praises 'brave and strong' wife
  2. Drug dealer who murdered man with carving fork jailed
  3. Ex-navy £46k fraudster jailed for assaulting partner
  4. 'UK's largest' sculpture built in Powys
  5. Palm oil 'washes up' on Devon beach
  6. Sepsis victim discharged from hospital 'too quickly'
  7. Updates on Tuesday 27 November 2018

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  1. Weather: Wet and windy on Wednesday but mild

    BBC Weather

    It will mostly be dry at first this evening, but more rain will spread from the south-west later and overnight.

    Winds will strengthen again.

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

    Weather in Devon and Cornwall

    On Wednesday, it will be very windy with gales expected.

    It will be mostly cloudy with rain at times, but some brightness should develop later in the day.

    It will be mild for late November. Maximum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

  2. Home care business ends contracts across Devon

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A home care business is pulling out of its contracts in Devon after the industry regulator raised concerns about its finances.

    Allied Healthcare looks after 112 people in Plymouth, Exeter and Barnstaple, with a mixture of local authority, NHS and private funding.

    Earlier this month, the Care Quality Commission issued a formal notice that the business had not been able to provide assurance of its funding beyond the end of the month.

    Devon County Council's County Hall

    The company said that had damaged its operation, causing some customers to switch to other providers and resulting in problems keeping and recruiting staff.

    Devon County Council has said it is in close contact with Allied to ensure continuity of care for its clients.

    In Plymouth, the city council is working with alternative service providers to ensure care is maintained.

  3. Seal pup recovering after eating plastic bag

    BBC Spotlight

    A seal pup named after Queen guitarist Brian May is regaining his health after swallowing pieces of a plastic bag.

    Staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary had to help the five-week-old pup after he ingested the plastic.

    Video content

    Video caption: Plastic pollution: Seal called Brian May swallows bag in Cornish waters
  4. Car parks around Cornwall free for a day for Christmas

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People in Cornwall are being encouraged to shop locally this Christmas as the council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across the county.

    The offer applies to one day selected by the authority to support local traders.

    Moorfield car park in Truro
    Image caption: Moorfield car park is one of nine car parks which will be free in Truro on 1 December

    Cornwall Council leader, Adam Paynter, says they want to encourage people into towns and villages and away from internet shopping.

    He says local cafes and restaurants should also benefit from the move as shoppers can park for longer.

    Almost 90 car parks will be involved in the scheme with many parishes choosing 1 December as the free day because it coincides with Small Business Saturday.

    See which car parks have a free day and when.

    Meanwhile, Cornwall Council has announced that Piggy Lane car park in Wadebridge is to be closed for 10 weeks for improvement works.

  5. Exeter 'recruiting retired bus drivers' over shortages

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Buses in Exeter

    Bus drivers in Exeter are being lured out of retirement because operators are finding it difficult to recruit new staff, according to a leading union official.

    Mick Lynch from the RMT Union, who was giving evidence to a committee of MPs, says young people do not see bus driving as an attractive career and they cannot handle the stress.

    "I presented a medal to a bus driver in Devon last week who'd been driving a bus for 55 years," he said.

    "He was 71, and they'd asked him to come back from retirement because they can't get any bus drivers in the Exeter area."

  6. Patients to be sent to pharmacies instead of GPs

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Pharmacy

    Some NHS 111 patients in Devon are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.

    The county, along with London and the East Midlands, is part of a pilot scheme which will see people with minor illnesses who call the helpline being sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.

    NHS England said specially-trained 111 operators could refer patients with minor health concerns for a consultation.

    A spokeswoman said pharmacists were clinically trained to advise and offer treatments for a range of conditions including sore throats, hearing problems, allergic reactions, and pain and swellings.

    A previous pilot in north-east England found that minor illness cases being referred to GPs from NHS 111 fell from 70% to 40%.

    Quote Message: Using a community pharmacy as the first point of call for clinical advice for minor health concerns will speed up access to excellent care for patients, help to free up GP time and reduce non-emergency A&E visits." from Dr Nikki Kanani Acting director of primary care, NHS England
    Dr Nikki KananiActing director of primary care, NHS England
  7. 'Iranian nationals' fly into airport without ID

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Two aircraft passengers flew into Exeter Airport on a flight from Spain without identity documents, the Home Office has confirmed.

    The government department said the two, on a flight from Alicante on Sunday, "presented themselves to Border Force officers at passport control without identity documents".

    It added that they claimed to be Iranian nationals "and their cases will be dealt with in line with the UK's immigration rules".

    Devon Live reported that concerned passengers contacted operator Flybe to ask how such a situation could occur.

    In response to one person's query, the airline tweeted that "all passengers in possession of boarding cards must pass through the relevant country’s immigration checks at their airport of departure to ensure they are in possession of the relevant documentation".

    Exeter Airport
  8. New £8m pet food factory opens in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new £8m pet food factory has officially opened in North Devon.

    The purpose-built site is for Devon-based natural pet food firm Forthglade and is based at the Okehampton East Business Park.

    Established in 1971 and previously based in Winkleigh, Forthglade produced 40 million meals for dogs in 2017.

    The company says it's set to increase the 130-strong local workforce to 150 and hopes to double the production number in the next few years.

    To celebrate the launch the firm has donated 6,000 meals to three Devon animal charities - Veterans With Dogs, ARC Animal Rescue Centre and The Blue Cross.

    The Forthglade team
    Quote Message: We were keen to keep the factory in Devon to retain as many of our staff as possible, in fact we've kept almost 100% of them and soon the team will be growing again, as the sector of natural meals and treats for dogs continues to see huge growth. from Gerard Lovell Joint managing director, Forthglade
    Gerard LovellJoint managing director, Forthglade
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J30 for Sidmouth Road J30 Exeter and J31 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J30, Sidmouth (Exeter) and J31, A38 (Okehampton turn off), because of an accident and recovery work.

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

  10. Funding boost for Plymouth building ahead of Mayflower 400

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Plans to restore and reopen Plymouth's Elizabethan House for the Mayflower 400 celebrations have been given a boost.

    The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government announced on Tuesday that a grant of £44,208 for the project is to be awarded from the Coastal Revival Fund.

    The city's council is fully restoring the building so that it can play a key part in the Mayflower 400 commemorations and beyond.

    The grant will fund development of the final designs for the restoration and the interpretation phases of the project.

    The restoration work of the building includes a small two-storey extension to the back of the building, which will provide space for new toilets, a kitchen for staff and storage.

    It will also support the deteriorated rear wall of the Grade II star listed building.

    Elizabethan House
    Quote Message: We've just unveiled our full plans for Mayflower 400 and this amazing building is going to play its part in attracting visitors and telling local people the stories of those who lived in this house. Funding is always a challenge, so this is extremely welcome news. The work will ensure that the historic fabric of the house is preserved but at the same time ensure it is fit for the public to visit." from Councillor Peter Smith Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council
    Councillor Peter SmithDeputy leader of Plymouth City Council

    Mayflower 400 will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers. The Mayflower arrived in "New Plymouth", Massachusetts on 21 December, 1620 at a spot now known as Plymouth Rock.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Messenger: 'UK's largest' sculpture being built in Powys

    The sculpture is too big to be built inside the foundry at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.