South West councils spent £16.5m on agency social workers last year, up from £6.8m in 2012, it has emerged.
The hotel that inspired the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers is to be knocked down and replaced with retirement flats.
Armed police are deployed to major public events in Devon and Cornwall as a precaution following the Paris attacks
Plans to put car park pay barriers on one of Devon's best known beaches cause an outcry among local people.
Exeter University is among a group rated the best in the world at helping scientists turn their creativity into cash.
Friends of the serial killers Fred and Rose West are jailed for sexually abusing children over a 15-year period.
A town's Christmas lights are said to resemble giant sparkly pants on a washing line.
HMS Ocean, the "flagship of the Royal Navy", is to be decommissioned after a multi-million pound refit.
A man who was stabbed in a fatal New Year's Day attack outside a pub begged his mother "please don't let me die", a court hears.
Dozens of jobs could go at one of the largest housing associations in the South West due to planned rent cuts, according to the association.
A woman who falsely accused her fiance's boss of a sex attack is given an 18-month suspended jail sentence for perverting the course of justice.
A man accused of killing a builder on New Year's Day pleads guilty to his murder halfway through his trial.
A mother suffers "life-changing" injuries and her six-year-old daughter has been left seriously hurt after they were hit by a car while walking on the seafront.
South West Water raises more than £900,000 selling off 30 disused sites, including a sewage pumping station, at auction.
Reflective paint, which could "save hundreds" of Dartmoor's livestock from being killed by vehicles, is put on ponies after an initial trial is deemed a success.
Gareth Steenson scores 21 of his side's 26 points as second-placed Exeter hang on for a Premiership win over Harlequins.
A dramatic late Ryan Brunt strike helps Plymouth Argyle snatch a point at Dagenham & Redbridge
Jamie Reid's injury-time goal earns Exeter a point against Bristol Rovers in a dramatic finish to their League Two encounter.
Global leaders are to gather for a UN global warming summit in Paris, with the shadow cast by the recent attacks expected to boost chances of a deal.
The suspect in a deadly gun attack on a Colorado family planning clinic said "no more baby parts" during his arrest, US media report.
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledges to bring to justice the killers of pro-Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci, as unrest breaks out in Istanbul.
Russia announces a package of economic sanctions against Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday.
Polls have opened in Burkina Faso to elect a new president and parliament after a year of political turmoil.
Egyptian officials say they now think it is "90% likely" that there is a hidden chamber in King Tutankhamun's tomb.
Clashes between riot police and migrants angry at being prevented by a new fence from entering Macedonia from Greece leave up to 40 people injured.
A booby-trapped mass grave feared to hold more than 100 bodies is found near Sinjar, northern Iraq, after the town was freed from IS fighters.
Police in Kosovo arrest a prominent opposition MP and 86 members of his party after he addresses a big anti-government protest.
Several of the weapons used by militants during the Paris attacks were made in Serbia in the 1990s, the head of a Serbian arms manufacturer says.
Three people have been killed in a rocket attack on a UN peacekeepers' base in northern Mali, the UN says.
Commonwealth countries must lead the fight against extremism, corruption and climate change, David Cameron says in a speech in Malta.
A growing controversy over a Singapore concert starring gay singer Adam Lambert has highlighted the widening cultural divide in the strait-laced city-state.
Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow.
The Queen has joked that she was made to feel old by the new Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, after he spoke of her historic visits to Canada.
Eyewitness Ozy Licano describes being shot in the car park outside a family planning centre in the US city of Colorado Springs, where a gunman killed three people.
A new radiation scanner has been developed for babies in order to reassure Fukushima families affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in Egypt as speculation mounts about a hidden chamber inside.
Tunisian feminist Amina Sboui looks back on the topless photo that made her famous and explains why she decided to publish an such an incendiary image.
An Australian man has set a new world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.
Rugby great Jonah Lomu has been remembered at a traditional Pacific Islander funeral service in Auckland.
Macedonia erects a fence on its border with Greece to limit the flow of migrants to the country.
The past that some Swiss villagers tried to forget
...and other novel ways Indians have escaped jail
Can Pope Francis end the cycle of killing in Central Africa?
Drone footage shows retreat of Switzerland's Rhone Glacier
Why Iranian women are freer than most in the Middle East
Britain's Tyson Fury is world heavyweight boxing champion as he beats Wladimir Klitschko on a unanimous points decision.
British boxer James DeGale outpoints former champion Lucian Bute to retain his IBF super-middleweight title.
Fernando Alonso could take a sabbatical from Formula 1 next year, McLaren boss Ron Dennis says.
Unhappy fans, sniping old boys, boring football - are Van Gaal's Man Utd betraying the team's attacking traditions?
Jamie Vardy breaks Ruud van Nistelrooy's record as he becomes the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was substituted as a "precaution" and is not injured, says boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Stuart Bingham makes a break of 143 and Jack Lisowski comes from 5-2 down to beat Graeme Dott 6-5 at the UK Championship.
Nico Rosberg out-qualifies Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the sixth race in a row to seal pole for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Britain are one win from a first Davis Cup title in 79 years after Andy and Jamie Murray's doubles victory against Belgium.
Wladimir Klitschko wants to use his rematch clause and fight new WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury again.
Britain's women win two silver medals at the 2015 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline World Championships.
Saracens run in six tries to hammer Worcester Warriors in the London double header at Twickenham.
Aberdeen recover from a poor first half to beat Ross County and move into second place in the Premiership.
Lionel Messi scores as Barcelona move seven points clear at the top of La Liga with an emphatic win over Real Sociedad.
Charl Schwartzel leads by three shots after the penultimate round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane.
Mark Williams bemoans bad luck, but praises England's Tom Ford who beats him 6-5 in the second round UK Championship.
Scotland's women are defeated by Russia in the final of the European Curling Championships in Denmark.
League One side Chesterfield part company with manager Dean Saunders after just six months in charge.
Britain's Ali Jawad and Micky Yule claim IPC Powerlifting European Championships gold medals in Hungary
Gareth Steenson scores 21 of his side's 26 points as second-placed Exeter hang on for a Premiership win over Harlequins.
Junior Stanislas nets a 98th-minute equaliser as Bournemouth twice come from behind against Everton in an astonishing game.
Paris St-Germain move 16 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after a fine win over struggling Troyes at the Parc des Princes.
BBC Sport introduces My Sport, allowing users to see news, reports and scores for all sports and teams they follow in one page.
Watch highlights as Great Britain win the doubles against Belgium, putting them on the brink of their first Davis Cup title in 79 years.
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer criticises Newcastle for having "too many Monday to Friday players", after the Magpies lose 5-1 away at Crystal Palace.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is "disappointed" with his side's 1-1 Premier League draw against Leicester at the King Power stadium.
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray tackle questions from sporting celebrities before the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Watch a selection of Tyson Fury's pre-fight antics before Saturday's heavyweight world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he has "done it the hard way" having risen from non-league football to a Premier League scoring record.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren says his team need to fight after losing 5-1 away to Crystal Palace.
The BBC F1 team discuss reports that McLaren's Fernando Alonso could be taking a sabbatical in 2016.
Highlights of Great Britain's 3-1 win over Canada in their opening game in the men's competition at the World League Final in Raipur, India.
Nico Rosberg beats Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he "would not laugh" at the possibility of Tottenham mounting a challenge for the Premier League title, ahead of the two clubs meeting on Sunday.
Nico Rosberg out-qualifies Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the sixth race in a row to seal pole in Abu Dhabi.
Dan Walker is joined by Dion Dublin and Graeme Le Saux to discuss Jack Grealish's future after the midfielder was dropped from Aston Villa's first-team squad.
Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is "very happy" after an "amazing" performance gave his side a 3-2 Premier League win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Inside F1 from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes a look at the news that Mercedes have reported Ferrari to the FIA.
Take a look back at some of the best shots of the 2014 UK Championship, featuring Ronnie O'Sullivan's cheeky double and an incredible safety from Shaun Murphy.
Verdict of BBC pundits as British boxer Tyson Fury shocks Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion.
Football has been the USA's sport of the future for years - Matt Slater investigates why that future is now for English clubs.
Dutch legend and former AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf says it would be "an honour" to manage in the Premier League.
Voting is now open after the six-name shortlist for the BBC's Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award is announced.
In his latest BBC Sport column, Andy Murray answers questions on the Davis Cup final, changing-room pranks and his 2016 plans.
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on NBA star Luol Deng in his Premier League predictions.
Lewis Hamilton on preparing for the final race of the season, the strategy of Formula 1 and the attraction of Nascar.
This week's sport on the BBC, including the Davis Cup final, Champions League and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
New Zealand's Pacific Islander community remembers rugby great Jonah Lomu, who died earlier this month at the age of 40.
A look at how Stoke City are inspiring young entrepreneurs across the region to improve their business skills.
Which of these 10 young sports stars will win the BBC Young Sports Personality award on 20 December?
An anti-doping expert accuses the IAAF of trying to "muddy the waters" in the investigation into doping in athletics.
British heavyweight Tyson Fury's team demand that two layers of sponge are removed from the ring floor or they threaten to cancel his world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
New Zealand reach 116-5 in their second innings to lead Australia by 94 runs in the first ever day-night Test.
UK Sport defends its decision to spend £182,000 on the presidential campaigns of Lord Coe and four others in the last two years.
British Paralympic leaders are confident the team can continue to deliver medals despite increased global competition.
Manchester City get their Premier League title challenge back on track with a win over Southampton.
Lewis Hamilton slamming into the position panel in Monaco came from immense frustration, but it showed a human side fans rarely see.
World number one Jordan Spieth cuts Matthew Jones' lead in the Australian Open to three shots ahead of Sunday's final round.
Smad Place, a 7-1 shot trained by Alan King, wins the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
Great Britain hockey boss Bobby Crutchley says fringe players can use the World League Final to boost their 2016 Olympic chances.
Sam Burgess' contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs is yet to be registered as it will take the club over the salary cap.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones scores a crucial second-half try as Ospreys come out on top in the Pro12 derby against Cardiff Blues.
Former world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan says there is no timescale on when he will return to playing competitive snooker.
Double world champion James Guy wins 400m freestyle gold as Britain claim six medals at the World Cup in Dubai.
Details of BBC Sport's live coverage of Britain's Davis Cup final against the Belgians in Ghent.
Britain's Laura Deas secures gold at the season-opening skeleton World Cup, while Mark Lewis-Francis is eighth on his bobsleigh debut.
Veteran Bobby Zamora's second-half goal earns unbeaten Brighton victory over Birmingham and takes them top of the Championship.
Free-scoring Partick Thistle win to leapfrog opponents Kilmarnock and move up to ninth in the Scottish Premiership.
Cardiff City need to be more ruthless according to boss Russell Slade after letting a two goal lead slip against Burnley.
Linfield slump to a fourth straight defeat in the Irish Premiership as Portadown seal a 2-0 victory at Shamrock Park.
Ray Johnson, father of Elliott Johnson, has welcomed the resignation of Grant Shapps amid claims he failed to act on allegations of bullying.
Prince Harry lost his seating from a polo pony as he played in a fundraising match in South Africa.
The victim of an online romance scam tells how she got sucked into giving a stranger money.
Actor Mark Rylance joins Stop The War protesters in London and explains his opposition to air strikes in Syria.
Kent Police warns people posting abuse online to teenagers who tortured a dog that they could face prosecution.
Royal Navy bomb disposal experts destroy a German mine found on the seabed in the Solent.
A Dutch man has been found guilty over a £1.6bn drugs smuggling operation where he posed as a handyman on a fake ambulance.
British Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams is glad people now view her as a "good boxer" where her gender does not come into it. She also feels the fact she is 'out and doesn't care about it' helps young people deal with their sexuality.
The father of a Conservative party member who died in an apparent suicide is calling for an inquiry into alleged bullying in the organisation.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency find what they believe is a Nasa rocket which blew up moments after take-off in June.
An experimental drone fitted with sensors is being deployed to monitor gases rising from rubbish dumps.
Taxi driver Mike Harvey's photos of his passengers in Neath and Swansea have become an internet hit.
Road traffic accidents have claimed the lives of more British soldiers in the past 13 years than the war in Afghanistan.
Shoppers swap from shopping in-store to buying online.
Students angry that former TV Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins was speaking at a Brunel University debate have walked out in protest.
James Robbins explains the history behind the Commonwealth and looks at whether it is still relevant.
The Danish Girl, a film about a transgender pioneer, is the movie no-one would fund as the topic was not seen to be commercially viable.
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray tackle questions from sporting celebrities before the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in Malta for a three day tour of the island.
The shadow chancellor said throwing a copy of the Chinese Communist leader's Little Red Book at the chancellor made a serious point.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme asked people involved in the prison system in England and Wales to write anonymous letters about their experiences of life inside.
John Maguire visited Bristol, which has been serving as Europe's official Green Capital, to see what the city has achieved in 2015.
A town vicar takes a tumble on church ice rink
Chancellor George Osborne does a U-turn on cuts to tax credits and vows to protect police funding in his Spending Review.
From an airbase in Lincolnshire, RAF crews are flying unmanned drones over the skies of Iraq and Syria against Islamic State.
Tiverton in Devon has unveiled its new Christmas lights - but many local residents have mocked them saying the lights look like underpants hanging on a washing line.
The chancellor has said that he listened to the public ahead of his Spending Review
There are nearly 100,000 bus drivers in England, but this year for the very first time the title of "top driver" goes to a woman.
The first black Lord Lieutenant of Greater London has topped a list of Britain's most influential black people.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, tells a noisy MP who disrupted George Osborne's Spending Review speech that he should "take up yoga".
A UK student who lobbied to change the A-level music syllabus after spotting it featured no female composers has spoken to the BBC's 100 Women about her campaign.
A primary school teacher from Wolverhampton has designed flat-pack cardboard beds for homeless people which he's giving away for free.
Female genital mutilation is banned in the UK and somebody carrying it out can be jailed for up to 14 years. We rarely hear women of different generations from the affected communities discussing the issue. This is one Somali family's story where attitudes have changed through the generations.
A four-year research project claims to have "rewritten the history of Glastonbury Abbey" after archaeologists at Reading University found the site was occupied 200 years earlier than previously estimated.
MP Damian Collins MP says Lord Coe should leave his advisory role with Nike, after the former athlete faced allegations of a conflict of interest.
Babies born in English NHS hospitals at weekends are more likely to be stillborn or to die in the first week of life, than those delivered on weekdays.
Meet the RSPB's 'gadget man' who builds devices to help conservation scientists gather data.
People working with drug addicts are concerned about the rise in the use of "spice".
Steroid abuse is "off-the-scale" in Welsh grassroots and semi-professional rugby, it has been claimed.
More than 60 years since Henri Matisse created his iconic work The Snail, it is on show in the UK outside London for the first time.
Tim Muffett looks at why more people do not car share with their colleagues to get to and from work.
More than one in ten children have a family member who has dementia, according to figures from Alzheimer's Research UK.
Two 5,000-strong "strike brigades" that can be rapidly deployed are to be created by 2025 to help the UK respond to "diverse" threats, the PM is to say.
David Cameron has said he will take his case to parliament to extend air strikes by the UK from Iraq into Syria.
Dr Rebecca Redfern of the Museum of London explains what the bones of a 14-year-old girl tells us about London 2,000 years ago.
The use of so-called legal highs in jail is "getting worse by the day", the chief inspector of prisons has said.
Child sex abuse victim Yehudis Goldsobel tells Professor Tanya Byron how she suffered abuse by a family friend.
School children tell BBC Panorama how their families have been affected by the closure of Redcar's steel works
A gay drama teacher's texts between him and a parent who objected to his homosexuality have been shared on social media.
David Cameron says that the world is coming together to hunt down Islamic State militants in their heartland of Syria and Iraq.
An operation to fix a mute rooster's beak raises hopes he will cock-a-doodle-doo for the first time
Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell speaks to BBC Breakfast about Blackpool.
Roadside tests have seen the number of arrests for drug-driving increase by 600% in some areas, but how are they actually carried out?
Olivier award-winning actor Mark Rylance reveals how
Nicole Kidman was named best actress for her role as pioneering British scientist Rosalind Franklin in the play Photograph 51.
The Church of England says it is "disappointed and bewildered" by the refusal of leading UK cinemas to show an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told BBC Breakfast the defence budget will increase by an extra £12bn on top of current plans
Alek Wek, one of the most recognised fashion models in the world and a passionate campaigner for refugees, talks to the BBC's 100 Women season.
Britain is to speed up the purchase of new fighter jets under plans to be unveiled on Monday, the Chancellor confirms.
The Archbishop of Canterbury says the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.
Police in New Zealand have named the four British people killed when a helicopter crashed in the country's South Island.
Chancellor George Osborne has refused to rule out cuts to the number of frontline police officers in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr.
Weather forecast for the UK
Banks and building societies are to simplify mortgage information, to help borrowers find the cheapest deal.
Inequality in school funding across England is expected to be addressed in George Osborne's Autumn Statement on Wednesday.
Peter Dimmock - the first presenter of Grandstand, Sportsview and the Sports Personality of the Year awards - has died aged 94.
Figures recorded by the Met Police show a 25% increase in hate crimes against transgender people this year.
Peter Robinson says Northern Ireland "is a place transformed" in his final leader's speech to the Democratic Unionist Party's annual conference.
A comprehensive solution is needed to end the civil war in Syria so that IS can be "isolated and defeated", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suggested.
A 17-year-old victim of bullying at school tells BBC Breakfast about how she endured years of torment.
BBC News NI looks back at some of the memorable moments that defined one of the founding members of the DUP.
Emergency doctors and safety campaigners are calling for a national scheme to help parents prevent injuries to toddlers in their own homes.
Two women who had relationships with men they did not know were undercover police officers have described their feelings about the issue.
An estimated £1.2bn hike in the cost of electrifying the Great Western Main Line is "staggering and unacceptable", Parliament's public spending watchdog says.
Now that the Redcar steelworks has closed, what can be done to redevelop the land?
Homeless charities have criticised plans to ban people from sleeping rough in city centres as Newport is the latest place to consider imposing fines of up to £1,000.
UK Muslims call for solidarity among different communities in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris.
Several people are reported to be injured following an explosion at a steelworks in Cardiff.
Acid Survivors Trust International is calling for tighter controls on the sale of acid to help reduce the number of people injured in attacks.
Tens of thousands of drones have been sold in the UK in the past year alone, but complaints to the police have also soared.
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