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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Friday's live coverage

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall this Friday, but we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Weekend weather: Sunshine and showers tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

The band of rain will move eastwards during the first part of the night, turning heavy at times. Clear spells and heavy, perhaps wintry showers will follow behind. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

On Saturday, we'll see a mixture of sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will turn heavy and thundery in places and possibly wintry over higher ground. Feeling chilly. Maximum Temperature: 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).  

Video shows cliff crumbling after previous landslide

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Shortly after we filmed this, the remaining stack fell away.

Cancer patient's concern over kidney donation

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

A woman from Cornwall who donated one of her kidneys to a stranger says she's concerned for their well being after discovering she had cancer at the time it was donated. 

Helen Webster from Botusfleming near Saltash says doctors failed to detect the tumour on a scan taken in 2014. 

Helen Webster
BBC

NHS guidelines suggest people with cancer do not become organ donors.  

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates: Bob Spencer (Independent)

Bob Spencer
Bob Spencer

Former senior police officer and magistrate Bob Spencer is standing as an independent candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5 May.

He describes himself as a strong leader who will not shy from unpopular decisions, saying he wants to strengthen our police and give them the resources they need.

"My priority as your Police and Crime Commissioner is to keep the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly safe. I will make this happen by focusing on neighbourhood policing and with a zero tolerance to violent crime and abuse," he added.

Controversy over surf helmet campaign

BBC Spotlight

Croyde Surf Academy is encouraging its younger members to wear a safety helmet. 

Surfer, Croyde Beach
BBC

The safety campaign follows an incident in Hawaii, when a professional surfer suffered a serious head injury.

But European longboard champion, Ben Skinner, from Truro, does not think it will catch on on the pro-circuit, saying: "They kind of feel like a bucket on your head... so if you're in the water and suddently a wave clips your head, it'll just fill up with water and feel really heavy and generally just pull you straight down."

'Unbearable pain' of murder victim's family

An amateur boxer jailed for four years for killing his friend, failed to remember the disciplines taught to boxers of keeping fighting within the ring, the victim's family have said.

Dave "Chewie" Coxon, 36, from Torquay, died in March after being punched by 41-year-old Jason James, an amateur boxer, also from Torquay, after a night of heavy drinking.

Jason James
Dorset Police

In an impact statement read out at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Coxon's brother Jonathan said: "That David was killed by this man – someone he seemed to trust – will be a horrific tragedy that will cause us unbearable pain long after he is released from prison.”

Wind warning issued for Sunday

Lynne French, BBC News Online

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds across the South West on Sunday.

It says there will be gusts of 45-55 mph "quite widely" inland and 60 mph on exposed coastlines and hills.

Wind warning, Sunday 10 April
Met Office

The strong winds will be accompanied by a band of rain, which could be heavy and persistent at times, with the potential for some travel disruption.    

Matt extends Plymouth loan spell

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Fleetwood Town striker Jamille Matt has extended his loan spell at Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season.

Jamille Matt
Getty Images

Matt, 26, agreed a four-week loan spell last month and was due to return to his parent club on Friday if no new deal could be agreed.

He has scored in each of Argyle's last three matches, having made five appearances for the Pilgrims in total, and would be available for the play-offs should the Pilgrims fail to win automatic promotion from League Two.

Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

- A Torquay man is jailed for killing his friend at a scooter rally after he urinated on his leg

- A kidney donor is concerned after discovering she had cancer when her organ was donated

- Six candidates are vying to become Devon and Cornwall new police and crime commissioner

- Drugs worth £300,000 are found "by chance" by a Plymouth police community support officer

- Severe weather and saturated ground is blamed for three recent cliff falls in Cornwall

Trio of Grand National runners for Devon trainer David Pipe

BBC Spotlight

A Devon trainer has three horses running in the Grand National at Aintree tomorrow.

David Pipe, who's based in east Devon, has tasted victory before, having won the prestigious race in 2008 with Comply or Die.

David Pipe
Getty Images

His three runners are Grand National novices Ballynagour, ridden by Tom Scudamore and Vieux Lion Rouge, ridden by James Reveley, while Soll, jockeyed by Conor O'Farrell finished ninth in last year's race.

Hundreds apply for 11 jobs at new Plymouth Tesco Express

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth's newest Tesco store will open next week on the site of the old Texaco garage on Alexandra Road.

Scooter rally death: Fatal blow 'delivered in anger'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A man who killed his friend with a single blow after a night of heavy drinking claimed it was a "little whack".

Jason James, 41, from Charles Road, Torquay said he punched Dave "Chewie" Coxon [pictured], also from Torquay, because he'd urinated on his leg at a scooter rally they were attending in Dorset in March.

Dave "Chewie" Coxon
BBC

But jailing James for four years at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Keith Butler said it had been a deliberate blow, adding: "It was not a little whack, it must have been a forceful punch delivered in anger."

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates: Gareth Derrick (Labour)

Gareth Derrick
Gareth Derrick

Gareth Derrick is the Labour candidate for the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5 May.

Mr Derrick, from Ivybridge, who served in the Royal Navy for 36 years, said on his website that he will do everything possible to complete the current PCC’s efforts to get a fair funding deal for Devon and Cornwall.

He adds: "Critically important will be the introduction of much better technology to improve the effectiveness of police at the front line, to ensure that we all get more policing where and when it’s required to protect our communities."

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Plymouth, the A386 Tavistock Road is partially blocked outbound near the George junction due to an incident. 

- Reports of an incident in Penzance on the A30 near the A3071. 

- Temporary traffic lights for electricity work is causing slow traffic in St Austell A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane. 

- Land's End flights to the Isles of Scilly are currently on hold due to a deterioration in the weather. 

Launceston job 'brutally tough' - Tucker

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Launceston boss Jimmy Tucker says he has been surprised at how difficult his job has been at the relegated National Two South club.

Jimmy Tucker
Getty Images

The Cornish All Blacks have yet to win a game this season, were relegated last month and were crushed 109-0 at leaders Cambridge last week.

"It's been brutally tough at times," Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Sometimes you feel like you're carrying the world on your shoulders, it's quite a lonely place sometimes."

One Direction clothing fraudster ordered to pay £4,000

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man from Cornwall who sold fake One Direction and Little Mix clothing has been ordered to pay £4,000.

Fake 1D jacket
Trading Standards

Bodmin Magistrates heard David Scott, 43, of St Newlyn East, earned around £20,000 by selling illegal clothing bearing the logos of famous groups throughout the UK and as far afield as Singapore.

Scott was ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after pleading guilty to five charges brought by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards department.

Sidmouth headteacher wants to spend afternoon repainting graffiti with vandal responsible

Exeter Express & Echo

A headteacher from Sidmouth wants to meet the vandal who spray-painted a slogan on the side of his school building, so he can spend the afternoon repainting the wall with the culprit.

Cliff fall which caused part of coast path to collapse 'may not be over'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cliff collapse
Trethias Farm

A cliff fall, which has destroyed a part of the South West coast path near Treyarnon Bay, could result in further landslides, a local business is warning.

cliff collapse
Trethias Farm

The collapse is one of three to affect the north coast after recent heavy rain, with the others at Trevone and Morwenstow. 

Leroy Chandler, who runs the Trethias campsite near the Treyarnon Bay fall, said: "There are still cracks there that haven't actually fallen and pieces that are still halfway down the cliff haven't gone all the way yet, so we've got to be careful not to attract too many people to the area because it hasn't actually finished yet."

'Gentle giant' killed with single punch from friend

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A 41-year-old Torquay man has been jailed for four years for killing his friend with a single punch, after he urinated on his leg.

Dave "Chewie" Coxon, also from Torquay, who was described in court as a "gentle giant", died after being struck by Jason James [pictured] at a scooter rally in Dorset where they'd been drinking heavily.

Jason James
BBC

Jonathan Coxon told Winchester Crown his brother's life had been ended "by a man he seemed to trust".  

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates: Jonathan Smith (UKIP)

Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith/UKIP

The UK Independence Party's candidate for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election is Jonathan Smith, from Tiverton.

The former police constable is a councillor on Mid Devon District Council and is pledging to get police back on the streets by increasing foot patrols.

His website says he wants to put local community issues before government performance targets and will bring back "proper policing". He adds: "Crime should be tackled with visible, physical and preventative policing rather than by manipulating crime figures."

Police cadets in Exeter speed checks

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Sunny spells and showers replaced by cloud and rain

BBC Weather

Stay dry for the early part of the afternoon with some sunshine, but later on thicker cloud and rain will move in from the west. Maximum temperature  12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

The rain will continue through this evening and the first part of the night, turning heavy at times, but clearing in the early hours. Minimum temperature 3 Deg C (37 Deg F). 

New Isles of Scilly park and ride in Lelant gets the go ahead

The Cornishman

A new park and ride system for passengers travelling to the Isles of Scilly on the Scillonian proposed to go on land near Lelant has been given the go ahead.

David Cameron's finances - has Downing Street handled the issue well?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

What do you think of the way Downing Street has handled the issue of David Cameron's finances.

Labour has accused the Prime Minister of "hypocrisy" after he revealed he had owned shares in an offshore fund set up by his late father.  

It comes after the leak of the 'Panama Papers' - 11.5m documents that lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Join the debate by calling the phone-in on 0345 3011034.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The Dartmouth Higher Ferry is currently out of service

- On the A30 around Bodmin heading eastbound, there's queueing traffic due to roadworks and holiday traffic

- There are reports of an accident in Plymouth on Sutton Road near Shepherd's Lane

- Temporary traffic lights for electricity work in St Austell are causing slow traffic on the A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane

- In Collaton St Mary, there will be temporary lights for telecoms work on the A385 Totnes Road between Borough Road and Blagdon Road between 19:00 and 06:00

- In Plymouth, Forder Valley Road is partially blocked in both directions between Blunt's Lane and the A38 due to stop/go boards in place for manhole repairs

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates: Alison Hernandez (Conservative)

Alison Hernandez
Alison Hernandez

Alison Hernandez has been announced as the Conservative candidate for the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5 May.

The former Torbay councillor, who is a management consultant, believes crime needs tackling from all angles - not just from a police perspective.

Her website says she "has a track record in helping promote the needs of the most vulnerable in order to ensure their protection and has an inclusive approach... Keen on a restorative approach to justice, she organised and worked alongside young offenders in the community to help put things right in the aftermath of their criminal offences."

Exeter's Watkins has plenty to prove - Tisdale

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says young striker Ollie Watkins must be able to prove himself during the bad times as well as the good.

Ollie Watkins
Getty Images

Watkins, 20, has scored six goals in the last seven games, including a spectacular winner against Plymouth Argyle last week.

"He's gone in at the right time, the team around him has been functioning very well," Tisdale told BBC Sport. "But we've got to make sure if he's going to prepare himself for a good career, he's got to prepare himself for all sorts of eventualities."

Big drugs seizure follows 'chance find' in Plymouth

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Drugs worth an estimated £300,000 have been seized following a "chance find" by a police community support officer in Plymouth.

While looking for a man suspected of breaching a court order, the officer discovered a pile of bin liners and a sports bag in a shed, filled with about three kilos of suspected heroin and crack cocaine. 

A police spokesperson described it as "excellent police work and a significant find".

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A 41-year-old man from South Devon has been jailed for four years for killing a fellow scooter enthusiast at a gathering in Dorset 

- The public is being urged to take care around the Cornish coast after three cliff falls in the last few days - all between Treyarnon Bay and Morwenstow 

- On-the-spot fines have been handed to more than 600 people in Torbay since a private firm was brought in to issue penalties last September 

- Six candidates will stand in the election for a new Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner next month

Severe weather and saturated ground blamed for cliff falls

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

The combination of severe weather over the past few months and the saturated ground means there is a potential risk of further cliff falls in Cornwall.

The warning from Cornwall Council, following recent incidents at Fox Cove near Treyarnon, Newtrain Bay, near Trevone and Cornakey in Morwenstow.

Fox's Cove
Trethias Farm

In each case, the South West coast path has been moved back a safe distance, but the public is being warned to remain vigilant.  

Dorset scooter rally death: Jason James jailed

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A man has been jailed for four years for killing a fellow scooter enthusiast who had urinated on his leg at a rally.

Dave Coxon
Dorset Police

Jason James, 41, of Charles Road, Torquay, admitted manslaughter at a hearing at Winchester Crown Court. 

Dave "Chewie" Coxon, from Torquay, died after being struck once by his friend James as they headed home after a night of heavy drinking. Mr James and Mr Coxon were part of the Cyder Commando Scooter Club, attending the rally near Wareham in Dorset.  

Are instant fines for littering a good way to go?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

How would you feel if Cornwall Council hired a private company to dole out instant fines for littering, like they're doing across the Tamar in Torbay?

Also, how far are you forced to travel to get an NHS dentist?

Join the debate by calling me on 01872 222222.

Polish traffic warden racially abused

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen a Polish traffic warden being racially abused and assaulted after issuing a parking ticket in Ilfracombe.

The incident, outside Fudgies sweet shop at lunchtime on Wednesday 23 March, left the 36-year-old civil enforcement officer "shaken and distressed".

The two male suspects were in a Ford Transit van parked on double yellow lines. One was in his late 20s and the other in his mid to late 30s, about 6ft 2in tall, of average build with short dark hair and wearing a work-style slightly dirty body warmer.   

Housing scheme gets new zebra crossing

BBC Spotlight

Residents of a housing scheme in Plymouth are celebrating after raising enough money to install a zebra crossing outside their home.

Elderly and visually impaired residents at The Rise in Plympton have been campaigning for nearly a year, asking for a wider path for wheelchair users and a safer crossing. 

Originally, Plymouth City Council said the area had other safety measures in place and was not considered an accident hot spot. The official opening of the crossing takes place later.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, the A30 at Longrock is partially blocked and is busy but moving due to a broken down vehicle near the Newtown Roundabout

- There are reports of an incident in Sidmouth on Woolbrook Road around Bennetts Hill

- In Paignton on Brixham road there are delays heading towards Brixham near Long Road after an earlier traffic light failure 

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates: William Morris (Independent)

William Morris
William Morris

Former farmer, William Morris, from Penzance, has announced he's standing as an independent candidate in Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5 May.

On his website he is pledging to halt further cuts in the force's numbers by finding efficiencies elsewhere.

He writes: "I stand because I am from the West Country, and I am concerned about those of us who are vulnerable - the very young and the very old, the disabled, the mentally ill, as well as the unemployed. The vulnerable are less able to secure those rights and freedoms we all hold dear."

Police search for duo after Torquay car crash

Torquay Herald Express

Emergency services were called after a car crashed into a tree in Torquay early on Friday morning after a couple left the scene.

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast today, here are the times of high water around the region.

Tide times, Friday 8 April
BBC

Join me for a full weather forecast in Spotlight's lunchtime news at 13:30.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Reports of a traffic light failure in Paington on the A3022 Brixham Road at Long Road. Approach with care.

- In Plymouth Forder Valley Road is partially blocked in both directions with slow traffic due to stop/go boards for emergency repairs. 

- Part of the A396 near Tiverton and Bampton will be closed for tree work between until 15.30. Diversions are in place.