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Summary

  1. Police warn of 'dangerous' pink pills thought to be ecstasy in North Cornwall
  2. Devon and Cornwall local elections 2017 results
  3. --- Devon County Council: Conservatives keep control of 60-seat authority
  4. --- Cornwall Council: Conservatives win most seats but no overall control
  5. Safes targeted in South Hams burglaries
  6. Hundreds of fishermen could be given free GPS equipped life jackets in a bid to cut sea deaths
  7. Tom Daley in hospital ahead of wedding
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage on election day

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Well that's a day of elections over with large amounts of coffee and the occasional bit of chocolate duly dispatched.

We've seen a straight Conservative victory in Devon and the Conservatives winning the most seats in Cornwall but without the numbers to take overall control.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

Deals to be done this weekend

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The Tories are the largest group with 46 seats but they would need need 62 seats to have overall control of Cornwall Council.

They could form a minority administration or there could be deals to be done.

Over the weekend there will be talks going on between all the main parties to decide who is going to be in charge for the next four years.

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'Strong endorsement for Theresa May'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The Conservative victory in Cornwall is "a strong endorsement for Theresa May" according to Lelant and Carbis Bay councillor Linda Taylor.

She said success for 46 Tory candidates out of 122 seats being contested was also an endorsement for the Cornish Conservative candidates in the General Election.

She added: "We are the largest party and it will be up to the leadership of the Conservative group to sit down and make their decisions about the way forward."

Linda Taylor
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Cornwall communities ban new-build second homes

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Two Cornwall communities have voted to ban new-build second homes.

Rock
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The parishes of St Minver, which includes second home hot-spot Rock, and Rame Peninsular approved the referendum to reserve new homes for full-time residents. 

It follows a vote in St Ives last year which also approved the same restrictions in a bid to curb house price rises and help local home-buyers.

That move was challenged in the High Court by a developer but the referendum result was upheld.   

No Lib Dem 'surge' in Cornwall

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The surge that had been hoped for by Liberal Democrat supporters did not materialise on the day.

The Liberal Democrats, who have been in charge of the authority in coalition with the Independents, took 37 seats compared to 46 for the Conservatives.

Adam Paynter, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "It will be up to the Conservatives to form the administration."

Adam Paynter
BBC

Cornwall Council election: Winners and losers

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Where we are now compared to 2013:

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with car

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash with a car on the road between Avonwick and Totnes, police say. 

Officers said the rider was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance after the crash next to Totnes Christmas Trees on Higher Plymouth Road, Totnes, at about 09:00. The female driver of the car sustained minor injuries.

Police have appealed for the driver of a white van travelling from Avonwick to Totnes between 08:45 to 09:00 who may be a "vital witness" to come forward.

BreakingCornwall Council election: Tories gain most seats

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall Council
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The Conservatives have won the most seats in the Cornwall Council elections, results show

The Tories have 46 out of the 122 seats up for grabs this week, with their nearest rivals being the Liberal Democrats with 37 seats, followed by 30 Independent councillors. 

Labour have five seats and Mebyon Kernow four.

The unitary authority's remaining 123rd seat, Bodmin St Petroc, will be contested at a later date. It was delayed following the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Steve Rogerson.

Although the Tories have the most seats, they do not have overall control of the council.

The council had been led by a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Independents since 2013.

BreakingTories take Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The Conservatives have won the most seats in Cornwall with 46 seats.

Full results to follow shortly.

Man robs shop with 'machete'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A robber has stolen £200 to £300 worth of cash and goods after threatening staff and demanding money, tobacco and cigarettes while carrying a "machete-type knife" in a shop in Plymouth, police say.

The Premier Store on Regent Street in the Greenbank area was robbed at about 19:45 on Thursday.

The man was described as 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, of medium build, and wearing a balaclava but "appeared to have some kind of brown facial hair". He also had a local accent.

Camps setting up for Dartmoor's Ten Tors

BBC Spotlight

Tens on Dartmoor
Alex Bodman

Thousands of youngsters will be setting up camp near Okehampton today ahead of this weekend's Ten Tors challenge. 

Teams from all over the country are arriving in Devon today for the event, which is organised by the Army and sees teenagers taking on the elements on Dartmoor during treks of 35, 45 or 55 miles over two days. 

The event starts at 07:00 on Saturday.

Devon elections 2017: Conservatives increase seats

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Voters have given the Conservatives another four years in charge at Devon County Council.

The Conservatives won 42 of the 60 seats, four more than they won at the last elections in 2013. They have been in control of the county council since wrestling it from the Liberal Democrats in 1989.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have seven seats each, Independents have three and the Green Party has one with UKIP losing all its seats.

Two arrested after 'substantial' suspected drugs seizure

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two men have been arrested after armed police stop-checked a vehicle in Cornwall and found a "large amount of controlled drugs" including what was believed to be cocaine.

Police said the vehicle was stopped on the A30 at Roche that was "believed to be heading into Newquay" on Thursday afternoon.

Two men from Newquay, aged 26 and 24 years, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs, and a search of a property used by the men found suspected drugs and a large amount of cash, officers added. 

The two were later released under investigation while further enquiries were being conducted into the "substantial" seizure, police said.

Cornwall Council: Conservatives on 40+ seats

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The Conservatives have tipped the 40-seat mark in the Cornwall Council elections, results show

The Tories have 41 out of the 122 seats up for grabs, with their nearest rivals being the Liberal Democrats with 35 seats, followed by 26 Independent councillors. 

Labour have five seats and Mebyon Kernow four.

Child knocked down in Camborne

BBC Radio Cornwall

A child has been knocked down on a road in Camborne.

South Terrace is closed in both directions between Trevu Road and Wesley Street due to the collision.

Police said the road may be shut for some time. The child's condition is not known.

Latest weather: Rain possible

BBC Weather

After a bright evening in the east, it will become fairly cloudy overnight with a risk of the odd patch of rain moving in across southern and western areas. However, the rest of the county should remain dry. It will be milder than last night, although breezy. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather
BBC

On Saturday, rain is possible across some southern and western areas during the morning before petering out later. Otherwise it will be largely dry and fairly cloudy, with the best brightness in the east. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Elderly cat found with burns 'miles from home'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

An 18-year-old cat has been found with burns and injuries more than two-and-a-half miles from her home in Torbay after what is thought to have been a "shocking and upsetting" deliberate attack, the RSPCA says.

Spook the cat. RSPCA
RSPCA

The animal welfare charity said Spook was discovered injured with burns to her face, foot and around her bottom near Goodrington Beach on Tuesday. 

Insp Beccy Wadey said: "It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to deliberately hurt an animal in this horrific and callous way." 

Spook's owner said his family was "devastated" by what had happened and appealed to for any information to help an investigation which could result in a prosecution.

Cornwall Council: Election map taken down

Andrew Segal

Local Live

If you've been trying to watch the live updates on the Cornwall Council elections, the council's interactive map has been taken down due to technical issues, the authority says.

The results are still being published on its website.

Election map. Pic: Cornwall Council
Cornwall Council

Devon County Council: Tory vote up 10%, UKIP down 18%

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

The Conservatives in Devon have seen an increase their vote in the Devon County Council elections of more than 10%, while UKIP has seen a drop of nearly 20%.

The changes include:

  • Conservatives: +10.1%, 
  • Liberal Democrats: +5.4%
  • Labour: +1.8%  
  • Green: -0.5%
  • UKIP: -18.1% 

Cornwall Council: Tories and Liberal Democrats in tight race

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are currently a running a tight race as to who will have the most seats on Cornwall Council, with the Tories on 33, just ahead of the Liberal Democrats with 30.

Independent councillors have just reached the 20s, with 21 seats held.

Labour has five seats and Mebyon Kernow three.

Former Cornwall Council leader John Pollard has held his Hayle North seat but announced he won't be running to lead the authority again.

Winds blow down Trewithen trees

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Winds have been gradually strengthening with gales developing around exposed coasts through the day. However, strong east, or north-easterly winds are due to gradually ease during the night to become light or moderate, away from the south coast by morning. 

We'll have a full forecast later.

Abuse images PC faces sack

BBC Radio Devon

A police officer who admitted downloading child abuse images is likely to be dismissed from the force, a court heard.

Scales of Justice
BBC

Exeter-based PC Jonathan Fulcher, who is currently suspended, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, one of possessing ammunition without a certificate, and one of possession of a noxious pava spray.

Fulcher, 34, of High Road, Crediton, denied attempting to cause a child to watch him perform a sexual act, but prosecutors are considering whether to proceed with the charge.

Exeter Crown Court heard that four of the images were of the highest category, which shows children having sex with adults. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Cornwall Council: Labour holds two seats

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Labour has seen a hold in the Gunnislake & Calstock ward for Dorothy Kirk.

And former Falmouth and Camborne Labour MP Candy Atherton has been re-elected to the Falmouth seat.

Another Labour seat in Exeter

Lib Dems ahead in Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The Liberal Democrats are ahead in Cornwall with 18 seats against 15 wins for the Conservatives.

Labour and Mebyon Kernow have picked up three seats each with the Independents taking nine seats so far, according to Cornwall Council.

Election pie
Cornwall Council

Political correspondent tackles giant pasty

Now that's how to cover an election in Cornwall.

I was most insistent my pasty had to be a large one. @benwoolvin took me at my word.

I was most insistent my pasty had to be a large one. @benwoolvin took me at my word.

Lib Dem peer fails to win seat

Cornwall Council: Election results latest

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The latest results in the Cornwall Council elections are:

Liberal Democrats  - 10

Conservatives - eight

Independents - three

Mebyon Kernow - two

There are a total of 122 council seats to be filled today.

Lib Dem group leader holds seat

Rugby Union Premiership: Home comfort for Exeter?

BBC Sport

There is still everything to play for in Rugby Union as the Premiership enters its final round.

Rugby Union Premiership top six
BBC

So who is going to enjoy the home comforts on 20 May? If Premiership leaders Wasps beat reigning champions Saracens at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps and Exeter will get home ties.

If Exeter overcome Gloucester at Kingsholm, they will guarantee themselves a play-off match in the south west, but their fate could be decided in Coventry. 

You can find out more here.

Delays on council results website

The "extremely high demand" for information on the Cornwall Council election results website is causing delays.

CC website
Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council: Results coming in thick and fast

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • John Keeling (CON) wins Breage, Germoe & Sithney  
  • John Pollard (IND) wins Hayle North
  • Joyce Duffin (LD) elected in Mount Hawke and Portreath  

Fallen trees causing problems on the roads

BBC News Travel

  • On the A30 around Bodmin heading eastbound there's slow traffic
  • In Camborne, Boundervean Lane is blocked between Pendarves Road and Fernside Road due to a fallen tree
  • At Sheviock the A374 is partially blocked near Sheviock Lane due to a fallen tree
  • Between Godolphin and Townsend at Godolphin Bridge we've got reports the road is blocked due to a fallen tre
  • In St Erth we've got reports The Green Lane is blocked due to fallen tree near Church Street
  • In Gulval on the B3311 near Pendrea Road we've got reports there are fallen power cables

BreakingFinal count for Devon County Council

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

  • 42 Conservatives
  • Seven Liberal Democrats
  • Seven Labour
  • Three Independent
  • One Green  

UKIP lose seats

Cornwall Council: Tories and Liberal Democrats take four seats each

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats in Cornwall have won four seats each in the local elections so far.

The Tories' victories include taking Camborne Treslothan from Labour, Liskeard North from the Independents and St Blazey from the Liberal Democrats. They have also gained St Stephen in Brannel.

The Liberal Democrats have Bodmin St Leonard, Newquay Central, St Austell Bethel and Wadebridge East.

Meanwhile. Mebyon Kernow have held Callington, their second seat. Independent Mark Kaczmarek has taken Carharrack, Gwennap & St Day.

Conservatives make gains in Cornwall

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Mum's warning after son dies of tragic 'dead in bed' syndrome

Devon Live

The family of a young man who died to a little-known "dead in bed" syndrome have spoken out to makes others aware of the complication.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • At Kennford, the A38 is blocked Plymouth-bound due to an accident. Traffic is queueing back to Junction 29 on the M5
  • Due to an accident on the A38, the A30 approaching M5 Junction 31 at Exminster is queueing back to Alphington
  • In Plymouth, we've got reports that Mannamead Road is partially blocked near Seymour Road due to a fallen tree. Police are attending 
  • In Marldon in Torbay, there are reports Smallwell Lane is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Kiln Road
  • Staying in Torbay, there are reports of an accident on Shiphay Lane in Torquay, near Summerfield Road