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Summary

  1. Exeter murders: Suspect to stand trial later this year
  2. 'Disgusting' priest jailed for child abuse
  3. Hospitals apologise over cancer blunder
  4. Head teacher banned for test dishonesty
  5. MP ridiculed over knife GPS tweet
  6. Scientists blend phones to find out what's really in them
  7. Joss Stone performs in North Korea
  8. Updates from Thursday 14 March 2019

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  1. BreakingMPs reject amendment calling for another referendum

    Independent Group MP Dr Sarah Wollaston's amendment, which called for an extension of Article 50 for another referendum to take place, has been rejected by 334 votes to 85 - a majority of 249.

    Earlier, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer confirmed that Labour will not be supporting the amendment.

    The official 'People's Vote' campaign has also expressed a will for MPs to not vote in favour of the amendment, as "it is not the right time."

    Sarah Wollaston is the MP for the Totnes constituency.

  2. Calls for Cornish respite centre to get 12-month reprieve

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are calls for Oakleigh House - the respite centre in Menheniot for people with mental health problems - to get a 12-month reprieve.

    Also known as Sanctuary House, it's under threat of closure within three months by its joint operators, NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council.

    At a committee meeting at Cornwall Council on Wednesday, it was decided there would be a three-week period to gather evidence before a final decision was made.

    Councillor Jackie Gammon is a supporter of Oakleigh House and said the alternatives on offer are not enough...

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    Video caption: Oakleigh House is under threat of closure within three months by its joint operators
  3. Head teacher banned for test dishonesty

    Bere Alston Primary School
    Image caption: Kim Wild worked at Bere Alston Primary School for more than 30 years

    "Exceptional" head Kim Wild corrected SATs exam papers on one day of dishonesty, regulators hear.

    Head teacher banned for test dishonesty

    Bere Alston Primary School

    "Exceptional" head Kim Wild corrected SATs exam papers on one day of dishonesty, regulators hear.

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  4. Police appeal to identify Newton Abbot robbery victim

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing to identify and speak to the victim of a robbery in Newton Abbot.

    It happened at about 17:20 on Tuesday on Wolborough Street.

    Police said it was reported a man had taken a handbag from a woman.

    A 17-year-old man was arrested and later released under investigation pending further inquiries, police said.

    Officers are now appealing to identify and speak to the victim.

    It’s believed she collected her bag, which had been thrown to the floor, and left the scene before police arrived.

    She is described as a white female, about 50-years-old and of slim build.

    She had shoulder length auburn hair and was carrying a large rectangular bag with a shoulder strap.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  5. Dementia croquet sessions bring young and old together

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    It's hoped a project to bring people with dementia and young people together - which started at a Plymouth secondary school six years ago - will be rolled out across other schools in the city.

    The Jiminy Wicket dementia croquet sessions take place regularly at Stoke Damerel Community College - with younger students and residents of local care homes participating too.

    Councillor Ian Tuffin from Plymouth City Council said it shows how "amazing" it is to see young people display their care for people in the community.

    "I really want to spread this around the city, it can play an important part in our work to tackle loneliness and social isolation," he added.

    Children with woman
  6. Liam Gallagher to play at the Eden Project

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Liam Gallagher is set to perform at the Eden Project this year.

    He'll make his return to the venue after headlining a session there with Oasis in 2009.

    The gig is part of a series of concerts called the Eden Sessions which is currently in its 18th year.

    The Stereophonics, The Chemical Brothers and Kylie Minogue are among the other artists set to perform there this year.

    Tickets for Liam Gallagher go on general sale on 21 March.

    Liam Gallagher
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A3052 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3052 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Back Lane and Higher Way.

    A3052 Devon - A3052 Four Elms Hill in Bowd blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Back Lane junction and the Higher Way junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

  8. Devon travel: Plymouth road closed due to a collapsed wall

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, Lancaster Gardens is closed in both directions due to a collapsed wall between Huntingdon Gardens and Fair Glen.

  9. Devon's Joss Stone performs in North Korean bar

    BBC News

    Devon singer, Joss Stone, has performed in a bar in North Korea, as part of her effort to play in every country in the world.

    The star was shown on social media singing in front of a small crowd in the capital, Pyongyang.

    She announced the visit as part of her Total World Tour, which has already seen her perform in Syria and Iraq.

    Joss Stone
    Image caption: Joss Stone is trying to perform in every country in the world, and was pictured here singing in Havana in January
  10. Exeter murders: Suspect to stand trial later this year

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Alexander Lewis-Ranwell
    Image caption: Alexander Lewis-Ranwell is charged with three murders

    A man is set to stand trial later this year accused of the murder of three men in their 80s in Exeter.

    Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, of no fixed abode, is charged with the murders of twin brothers Dick and Roger Carter, who were 84, and 80-year-old Anthony Payne.

    Mr Lewis-Ranwell - who was not present at the hearing at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday - is also accused of two offences of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on 9 February in Goodleigh, North Devon and 11 February in Exeter.

    Prosecutor Richard Smith QC said: "This is a case that has three fatalities, five victims, two crime scenes and a wealth of investigation and forensic information."

    The body of an 80-year-old man was found in a house in Bonhay Road
    Image caption: The body of an 80-year-old man was found in a house in Bonhay Road

    Mr Payne was found dead at his Bonhay Road house on Monday 11 February.

    The Carter brothers were found dead in Cowick Lane about 1.5 miles (2.4km) away the following day.

    Mr Lewis-Ranwell was first arrested that evening.

    The court heard two potential trial dates had been identified - of 15 July and 11 November.

    A further case management hearing was set for 7 June.

  11. Orphaned baby otter saved and reintroduced to wild

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    A baby otter that was found orphaned and abandoned in South Devon has been successfully reintroduced to the wild.

    The animal, known as Chestnut, was found nine months ago and has been nursed back to health by a North Devon charity called the UK Wild Otter Trust.

    She's the third otter the charity has successfully rescued and rehabilitated.

    Stephen Hussey is from the Devon Wildlife Trust which has found Chestnut a new, secret home...

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    Video caption: The animal, known as Chestnut, was found nine months ago
  12. Chiefs trio get England recalls

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter Chiefs trio Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Ben moon has all been recalled to the England side for the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Twickenham.

    The trio were all on the bench for last week's big win over Italy, and England have an outside chance of winning the Six Nations should Ireland beat Wales.

    Ben Moon and Jack Nowell

    Nowell replaces Joe Cokanasiga on the right wing, Slade starts at outside centre and Ben Moon is picked at prop.

    Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie is on the replacements bench.

  13. Power cuts in Helston and Truro

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Power cuts are affecting properties in Truro and Helston, Western Power Distribution has said.

    The postcode areas affected are:

    • TR2 - 105 properties
    • TR13 - 48 properties

    Engineers said power supplies should be restored by 12:00.

    Power cut map