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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Thursday

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall.

    We'll be back tomorrow - polling day - at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel and we hope you can join us then.

  2. Drier and brighter tomorrow

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Through the night it will become drier with most of the showers dying out and clear spells developing. The strong westerly wind will also ease. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    One or two showers are still possible on Thursday, although most places should have a much drier and brighter day with some sunny spells. The lighter wind will give things a more pleasant feel. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F)

  3. Wave Hub expansion

    Julie Skentelbery

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's wave hub is about to see a major expansion in operations after finding out a research project on wave energy will be based at the site in the sea off Hayle.

    Wave hub research project

    Finnish company Fortum has been given 17m euros to use devices like the one pictured to investigate how to harness the power of the ocean over the next five years.

    Johnny Gowdy, the South West Marine Energy Park Programme Manager told me: "It's taken quite a long time from when wave hub was first installed, but now we're seeing investment coming through and the opportunity to really step up to these larger projects."

  4. Musical delights

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The team behind the iOrchestra project say they're 'absolutely delighted' after their performances in Plymouth, Torbay and Truro (pictured) were recognised with a national award.

    music

    After collecting the 'Audiences and Engagement' Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, Project Director James Williams said: "iOrchestra has renewed our belief that by removing traditional barriers associated with our art form and presenting it in a fresh and innovative way, that orchestral music has the power to move and inspire people from all backgrounds and that orchestral music can provide a cultural catalyst for change within communities."

  5. Jailed PC sacked

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon & Cornwall Police have confirmed a shamed constable has been officially sacked by the force.

    police

    PC Chris Higgs, who was stationed in Helston, was jailed for five years and three months in March for a string of offences including blackmail, perverting the course of justice, witness interference and fraud.

    Plymouth Crown Court had heard he'd taken advantage of vulnerable woman to fund his gambling addiction.

  6. Nice to see you - or not?

    Jenny Kumah

    Political Reporter

    In Devon the general election campaign has been a straight fight between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, with Labour doing best in the urban areas of Exeter and Plymouth.

    Bennett

    Both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have concentrated their campaign visits on Cornwall and while Mr Cameron has been in Devon a couple of times during the official campaigning period, Nick Clegg hasn't visited at all.

    Neither has Labour leader Ed Miliband, UKIP's Nigel Farage nor Green leader Natalie Bennett. Read into that what you will about what that says about their chances in Devon.

  7. Crown Currency: latest

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    The wife of the director of Cornish online company Crown Currency Exchange, which collapsed with debts of nearly £20m, has been found guilty of using stolen money to buy a luxury home in Penzance.

    70-year-old Susan Benstead was convicted at Southwark Crown Court today - along with three other people also charged in connection with their roles in the collapse. The jury has yet to return verdicts on 10 charges against Peter Benstead for his alleged role in the collapse of Hayle-based company.

  8. High risk of sunburn

    The Met Office is warning of high UV readings tomorrow.

    UV graph

    It's urging people to seek shade in the middle of the day, cover up and wear sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt.

  9. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • There are concerns tonight for the future of a local engineering company after the news that 70 jobs are being cut at the firm.
    • A Devon council is finally agreeing to publish documents relating to its office relocation after losing a costly legal appeal to keep the papers secret.
    • Cornwall's wave hub is about to expand after Finnish compay Fortum was given 17m Euros to fund a new research project into wave energy which will be based at the hub in the sea off Hayle.
  10. Artists take up residence at Eden

    Two artists are joining forces at Cornwall's Eden Project to encourage a new generation of artists.

    Artists in residence at Eden

    John Dyer, the Eden Project's painter in residence, and Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an Amazonian Indian artist, are working in the rainforest biome until 15 May.

    Young artists can submit their work online from June 1, 2015 and the best of these will be displayed alongside John and Nixiwaka's work from 17 October.

  11. Council criticised over 'discourteous' attitude about headquarters

    Western Morning News

    Judges have criticised a Devon council for its "discourteous and unhelpful" attitude and ordered it to release withheld documents following a failed appeal, the Western Morning News reports.

    East Devon District Council headquarters. Pic: East Devon District Council

    The comments were aimed at East Devon District Council by members of the information tribunal assessing its case for turning down a request for environmental information [over plans to move its headquarters].

    The appeal concluded with Judge Brian Kennedy upholding the Information Commissioner's ruling that the local authority had wrongly refused to publish certain documents covered by the request.

  12. Could the south west hold the key?

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    Political pundits across the world will be eagerly awaiting the results from the St Ives Constituency on Friday.

    clegg

    It's expected most constituencies in Devon & Cornwall will have declared a result by 07:00 on Friday (recounts notwithstanding) but due to the challenge of flying ballot boxes from the Isles of Scilly, the results might not be declared until 16:00.

    The news on who has won in St Ives - where Lib Dem Andrew George had a majority of 1,719 in 2010 - could therefore have a significant national impact.

  13. Bomb scare device details 'to not be revealed'

    Exeter Express and Echo

    A suspicious device found in the back garden of a quiet residential street in Exeter is currently being investigated by a team of forensics, the Express and Echo reports.

    The package, found at the rear of a council house on Bramley Avenue in Whipton, led to the evacuation of 20 surrounding homes last Thursday.

  14. Home improvement call 'down to tougher inspections'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The chief executive of a care home company which has been told to improve says the instructions from the Care Quality Commission are down to inspections being much tougher.

    St Martins Care Home, was inspected by the Care Quality Comission in August last year and found it to be in breach of some legal requirements, including management of medicines, protecting people from potential risk and assessing and monitoring the quality of the service. During a return visit in February, inspectors noted some improvements, but added other problems needed tackling.

    Douglas Webb from Cornwall Care said: "It's much tougher than it was before, and we welcome that because that's good for people using the service."

  15. Wanna bet?

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Thousands of us are trying to liven up the general election 2015 by placing a bet on the results.

    ukip

    One bookmaker predicts the Liberal Democrats will suffer heavy losses in Devon & Cornwall - only hanging on to St Ives. And their assessment also says that UKIP will fail to win any South West seats.

  16. Devon travel problems

    BBC Travel

    On the A35 between Bridport and Charmouth, one lane is closed because of a broken down car transporter.

    In Newton Abbot the A382 Newton Road is closed in both directions between Drum Bridges and Jetty Marsh Road, also because of an accident.

  17. Watch out, thieves about

    BBC Radio Devon

    A spate of thefts of livestock, machinery and equipment in south Devon has inspired local officers to create a Farmwatch scheme in the area.

    dartmoor

    Sgt Mark Ruston, neighbourhood team leader, said: "The aim of Farmwatch is to reduce and prevent rural crime as well as to build beneficial relationships between the police and the rural community. Farmwatch can also help us to find out what is important to the farming community."

  18. BBC Introducing in Cornwall

    BBC Radio 1

    Some of Cornwall's unsigned bands have been enjoying national coverage, thanks to BBC Introducing in Cornwall.

    music

    Falmouth's Lost Dawn were the first to feature with BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens - check out the feature at about two hours 21 minutes in.

  19. 'Suspicious male' reported in Launceston

    Launceston Police Community Support Officers tweet: Report received of sus male @ Coronation Park #Launceston this morning, no evidence of offences but will be deploying in area #reassurance

  20. iOrchestra honoured

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    A pioneering project in the South West that brings classical music closer to the audience has won a national award.

    music

    The Philharmonia Orchestra's iOrchestra project performed in Plymouth, Torbay and here in Truro in 2014 - now the initiative has won the 'Audiences and Engagement' Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

  21. VE Day memories

    James Churchfield

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    It was great to hear from Joe Ridholls from St Agnes and his memories of VE Day ahead of Friday which will mark 70 years since the conflict in Europe came to an end.

    war

    Joe joined up in 1942 and was in Germany with the Royal Signals Corps on 8 May 1945 - he said: "That was a terrible thing when you saw the destruction and saw the refugees streaming along with no hope and so on, it was a strange, almost indescribable feeling."

  22. Devon farm security

    BBC Radio Devon

    The police hope a new Farmwatch initiative in south Devon will help to halt a recent spate of break-ins and thefts.

    Officers have written to 775 farms and small holdings in the Teignbridge and south Dartmoor area to encourage them to join - members of the anti-rural crime scheme will get alerts and advice messages from the force.

  23. Getting the vote out

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    The political parties will be looking to the skies, crossing their fingers and pounding the streets for one last day at the end of the general election campaign 2015.

    labour

    "Getting the vote out" will be one of the central concerns of the parties - making sure the people who've decided to pop their X beside their candidate's name actually make the effort to go out and vote tomorrow. A good forecast may well help turnout.

  24. Fallen tree blocks A375

    BBC Travel

    The A375 in Sidbury is partially blocked near the Seaton Road junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

  25. Blustery & blowy but bright

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    There will be some bright or sunny periods this afternoon, but there will also be some scattered blustery showers. Fresh and gusty west or southwesterly winds will be stronger around the coast, occasionally reaching up to gale force.

    map

    Tonight it'll become mostly dry apart from just a few isolated showers. It will also be quite cloudy at times, but there should be some clearer periods and winds will ease to become mainly light or moderate from the southwest. Min Temp 7C (45F).

  26. Scilly queues slowly reduce

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The numbers of people stuck on the Isles of Scilly is slowly reducing, three days after large crowds descended in the islands for the World Pilot Gig Championship.

    plane

    Flights to Land's End are going ahead with delays of 30 minutes, while it's still too windy to fly to Exeter and Newquay and the Scillonian III ferry is on her way.

    BBC Radio Cornwall's Hannah Stacey has just arrived back from Scilly, she said: "Many of the people who hope to fly out today will have been those affected by the Bank Holiday Monday flights that were cancelled. Some people have had to choose the boat option, so will be heading out into some quite choppy waves, some quite big conditions."

  27. Royal Fleet Auxiliary crews to go on strike

    BBC News

    UK

    Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have voted in favour of strikes and other forms of industrial action in a row over terms and conditions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union says.

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary aviation support ship RFA Argus. Pic: MoD

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said the RFA, which supplies the Royal Navy, was trying to "bulldoze through" major changes.

    RFA ships supply Royal Navy warships with fuel, food, stores and ammunition while at sea. One of them, Falmouth-based RFA Argus, recently brought aid to Sierra Leone to combat an Ebola outbreak.

  28. British Red Cross volunteers offer Ten Tors first aid

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    More than 60 volunteers from the British Red Cross are offering first aid to people at the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor, the aid organisation says.

    Ten Tors trekkers

    It's the fourth year the Red Cross has provided first aid at the Army-organised event, which will see hundreds of teams of teenagers walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across the moor. Youngsters with physical and educational needs will take part in the Jubilee Challenge, a trek of up to 15 miles.

  29. Camborne bottle assault

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Detectives are investigating after a man was attacked with a bottle in Camborne on Saturday.

    A local man in his 40s was talking to a woman in the cemetery on Church Street shortly before 5.30pm, when he was attacked by an unknown man. The victim is being treated in hospital for serious head and facial injuries.

  30. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • Devon and Cornwall police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a 76-year-old old woman from Plymouth.
    • Inspectors say a Camborne care home still requires improvement 6 months after their first visit.
    • More dogs have died as a result of the mystery illness Alabama Rot with new cases being confirmed here in the South West.
    • Dozens of people who've been stranded on the Isles of Scilly following the World Gig Championships are starting to make their way home this afternoon.
  31. Kite surfer rescue video released

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The RNLI has released video of a rescue operation, involving its D class and Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboats, which were called to rescue a kite-surfer trapped below cliffs at Kelsey Head near Polly Joke on Monday.

    RNLI rescue. Pic: YouTube/RNLI

    The man suffered minor injuries.

  32. Should paying for sex be banned?

    Bill Buckley

    Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

    Next month it will become illegal to pay for sex in Northern Ireland which is following Sweden and Norway in criminalising men who use prostitutes. Some campaigners want the rest of the UK to follow.

    At the moment it's not illegal to buy or sell sex here, but sex workers break the law if they loiter or solicit on the streets, keep a brothel or advertise their services. Do you think it should be made illegal in the UK too? Let me know on today's phone-in on 0345 3011034.

  33. Lostwithiel competing for 'shortest double yellow lines' claim?

    Caroline Lowbridge

    BBC Local Live

    We asked "Are these the shortest double yellow lines in England?" after a "ludicrous" set were spotted in Bristol.

    Monmouth Lane, Lostwithiel, Cornwall

    They clearly were not, as we have been inundated with photos of even tinier double yellow lines that have left people across the country scratching their heads in confusion, including Frank Seabright who found the above lines in Monmouth Lane in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

    He said: "We thought we could not even park a skateboard on it."

  34. Chihuahua puppy 'killed by seagulls'

    Exeter Express and Echo

    A pet owner has been left distraught after her beloved dog was killed by seagulls, the Express and Echo reports.

    Nikki Wayne, 57, found her chihuahua puppy Bella being attacked by the angry birds in her back garden. She had previously witnessed the gulls dive for Bella and had tried to never let the dog play outside alone.

    But tragedy struck when her owner was in the shower and Bella managed to nudge open a slightly ajar door and was killed by the seagulls. Mum-of-five Nikki, who moved to Honiton from Canada a year ago, described Bella as a "really playful puppy" who would always want to roam around the garden.

  35. Trial project to use Wave Hub

    Victoria Gould

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A research project trialling ways to harness energy from waves has been granted more than 17m Euros from the European Commission.

    Seatricity

    The cash will help fund a five year project developing the use of a wave energy convertor at the Wave Hub off Hayle.

  36. Sub honour

    BBC Radio Devon

    The crew of the Plymouth-based submarine HMS Torbay are to be granted the freedom of the Borough.

    sub

    The honour, by tradition, will give the submarine's crew the right to march through Torbay bearing arms. A ceremony will be held at Torquay Town Hall and a parade led by the Band of Her Majesty Royal Marines will take place on the 20th of May.

  37. Talking psychosis...

    Laurence Reed

    Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    On today's programme, we'll be hearing about psychosis - what is it, how does it manifest itself and what can be done to help people who have it?

    I'll be joined in the studio by experts from Cornwall's mental health services but it would be great to get your calls and comments on today's phone-in. Take part by calling 01872 222222.

  38. Person rescued off tall ship

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Torbay's all-weather lifeboat has been dispatched to rescue someone off the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos, the lifeboat's station says.

    Stavros S Niarchos. Pic: Reuters

    The lifeboat rendezvoused with the ship near Berry Head just after midnight and transferred the injured person to the lifeboat station, where they were picked up by ambulance and taken to hospital. Their condition is not known.

    The Stavros S Niarchos is owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust, a registered charity that is "dedicated to the personal development of young people through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels".

  39. Minor injuries caused by car fire

    Helston Fire Station tweets: 1 crew to RTC no persons trapped made scene safe minor injuries, 1 crew reported car fire out on arrival made safe crew returned to station

  40. The last leg in the election race

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    Politicians of all flavours will be making their final bids for your vote in the eighteen constituencies across Devon & Cornwall today.

    tory

    Many of the region's seats have wafer-thin majorities and candidates will be trying to persuade floating voters to float in their direction as well as making sure committed supporters turn out to vote tomorrow.

  41. Car park attendants to wear shorts

    Cornish Guardian

    Car park attendants in Wadebridge are to be allowed to wear shorts during hot weather - despite the concerns of some councillors that it might not convey an "image of authority", the Cornish Guardian reports.

    Some members of the council staff who patrol the town's car parks had asked for permission to wear shorts, rather than their current official uniform, following the recent spell of warm, dry weather, pointing out that postal workers, and some police officers are allowed to wear shorts.

    Wadebridge Town Council's car parks and traffic committee debated the issue last week and eventually voted to approve the request - but not before some councillors expressed the view that car park attendants must be dressed appropriately when representing the council.

  42. Exeter jobs analysis

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    News that seventy jobs are at risk at the Exeter engineering company Alcoa Howmet will cause concerns across the area.

    exeter

    Exeter has fared relatively well through the economic downturn, attracting some major investments, particularly in the growth area to the east of the city, with its new town of Cranbrook and science and business parks.

    But many of the jobs being lost at the company are highly-skilled and well-paid, which will make the redundancies a significant blow for the local economy.

  43. Tide times

    Owain Wyn Evans

    BBC Spotlight

    Today's high water times:

    tide
  44. At least the sun is shining

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are further travel delays on the Isles of Scilly today, with some people still stranded three days after the World Pilot Gig Championships.

    scilly

    Flights from Newquay are on hold and flights from Exeter have been cancelled because of strong crosswinds but flights are operating as scheduled from Lands End.

    The company that operates sea and air links to Scilly says everyone who has missed a flight has been offered a place on the Scillonian ferry, which will leave Penzance at midday and set off from Scilly at 15:00.

  45. Paignton drinker's final moments 'may be on camera'

    Torquay Herald Express

    Police investigating the death of a drinker outside a bar on Paignton seafront believe his final tragic moments may have been captured on film, the Herald Express reports.

    Murphy's Roadhouse
    Image caption: The man was restrained outside Murphy's Roadhouse on the Esplanade in Paignton

    A 38-year-old man from Widnes in Cheshire died in hospital, three days after being "restrained" outside Murphy's Bar on the Esplanade. He was taken unconscious to hospital on Wednesday April 29 after an alleged altercation with door staff outside the bar.

    Detectives think the man's crucial last moments may have been captured by members of the public who filmed what happened on their phones. They have appealed for information which could help them piece together the sequence of events.

  46. Chiefs to tackle local rivals

    BBC Sport

    Premiership clubs Exeter, Bath and Gloucester will play in a pre-season tournament during the 2015 World Cup.

    baxter

    The clubs will face one another home and away in September and early October in the West Country Challenge Cup - Exeter boss Rob Baxter said: "The opportunity to play the likes of Bath and Gloucester - two of our biggest rivals in the Premiership - will not only give us a good gauge of where we lie heading into the new season, but it will also provide us with four very competitive fixtures."

  47. Latest headlines

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • Police say they're treating the death of a woman in Plymouth yesterday as murder.
    • Seventy jobs are at risk at Alcoa Howmet Howmet, an American owned firm in Exeter.
    • Flights from the Isles of Scilly into Land's End have resumed but delays remain on the Newquay route following days of significant disruption caused by bad weather.
  48. Murder enquiry after Plymouth woman's death

    The death of a 76-year-old woman from Plymouth is being treated as a suspected murder, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    Ashleigh Close. Pic: Google

    Police and ambulance crews were called to a house in Tamerton Foliot on Tuesday following reports of a disturbance. The woman's body and an injured 79-year-old man were found inside. The man is in a serious condition in hospital.

    Detectives plan to speak to the man when his condition improved, the force said. The woman has yet to be formally identified and the house in Ashleigh Close has been cordoned off.

  49. Expert warns private work has negative impact on NHS

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Private practice may "prey on the needy" and doctors should question whether they can morally juggle it with NHS work, says a Devon consultant.

    Dr John Dean, who quit private medicine to work for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, describes it as "largely a con" in his opinion, as it does not necessarily lead to better care.

    He believes it has a negative impact on the NHS - taking staff away from wards. But the British Medical Association says there should be no conflict of interest between private and NHS work.

  50. Man jailed for beating girlfriend

    Plymouth Herald

    A thug has been jailed for "beating the living daylights" out of his girlfriend as she lay in bed - after falsely accusing her of having an affair, the Plymouth Herald reports.

    Martial arts instructor Barry Hartshorn, aged 27, repeatedly struck the woman, leaving the woman's face cut and badly bruised and splattering the room with blood,

    Jailing him for a total of 11 months, Recorder Robert Linford told him: "Because you believed your partner had been messing around behind your back you beat the living daylights out of her.

  51. MK 'not impressed' by high-profile visits

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The leader of Mebyon Kernow, Dick Cole, has told us he is not impressed with the recent high-profile political visits to the South West, saying: "where have they been for the past four or five years when Cornwall has been suffering under their policies?"

    Dick Cole, Mebyon Kernow

    The party for Cornwall is fielding candidates in all six Cornish constituencies. Mr Cole added: "I think we need a strong vote for MK to really send a shock wave through the system - just like the SNP in Scotland - to make sure that Cornwall gets the fair deal it's not had previously."

  52. Closure concerns

    Torquay Herald Express

    Roadworks outside a popular South Devon farm attraction have cost the family-run business thousands of pounds in lost takings, the owners claim, the Torquay Herald Express reports.

    Prickly Ball Farm co-owner Juliet Harvey says they are around £23,000 out of pocket as it has been difficult for customers to access the Newton Abbot farm due to intermittent roadworks since February. The farm specialises in caring for hedgehogs.

  53. Baggy Pole appeal

    BBC Radio Devon

    The National Trust is asking for help to restore one of the south west's iconic landmarks - the pole at Baggy Point.

    post

    Since it was first installed in the 1930s it's been used by coastguards as a training pole - to practise hoisting people to safety - now an appeal has started to raise the £3,000 needed to replace it.

  54. Police fail to attend intruder incident

    Cornish Guardian

    An 83-year-old who was left in shock after a drunken man barged into her home was told by emergency call-handlers just to lock her door "and draw the curtains", reports the Cornish Guardian.

    Wadebridge widow Maureen Smith was left "shaking like a leaf" - and her angry family and friends are now demanding an explanation from police chiefs as to why officers didn't respond to the scene.

    The news comes in the same week a senior police officer in Wadebridge said policing in the area has been reduced to dealing only with the immediate "threat or risk of harm" - and that residents may see more from officers on Twitter than they may on the beat.

  55. Tamerton Foliot latest

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man is still being treated in hospital after a woman's body was found at Tamerton Foliot yesterday morning.

    cops

    Police were called to the house in Ashleigh Close after reports of a disturbance, officers found the woman dead and the injured man collapsed. Officers say they are not seeking anyone in connection with the incident but are keeping an open mind.

  56. Latest headlines

    The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

    • Seventy jobs are under threat at Alcoa Howmet in Exeter after a staffing review.
    • A man is still in Derriford Hospital this morning after police found him collapsed in a house in Plymouth yesterday, along with the body of a woman.
    • The number of volunteers working in the South West is among the highest in the country according to a recent survey from the government.
    • The leader of Mebyon Kernow, the party for Cornwall, says he isn't impressed by visits from high profile politicians, adding Cornwall had previously been ignored by the main parties.
  57. Pavey to focus on Rio

    BBC Sport

    European 10,000m gold medallist Jo Pavey will miss the World Championships in Beijing this August to aid her preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    pavey

    The 41-year-old from Devon, who won gold in Zurich last year, said: "If I were to compete in Beijing and Rio it would mean three summers in a row with lengthy periods focused on championship running.

    "I feel this is not a good balance for my kids so I am going to stay at home. I am also aware I need to look after myself if I want to qualify for Rio."

  58. Bright, windy and showery

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    There will be some bright or sunny periods today, but bands of occasionally heavy showers will move across Cornwall & Devon this morning, before becoming less frequent this afternoon.

    map

    Moderate or fresh west or southwesterly winds will be stronger around the coast and occasionally reach up to gale force. Maximum Temp 13C (55F).

  59. M5 accident

    BBC Travel

    On the M5 at Junction 30 for Exeter Services heading eastbound there has been an accident on the hard shoulder. Traffic is slow but moving.

  60. Scilly strandings

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dozens of people remain stranded on the Isles of Scilly, three days after the climax of the World Pilot Gig Championships.

    airport

    Fog and strong winds have caused havoc with flights from Scilly to Exeter and Newquay - one spectator Mary Turner from Fowey said: "The people here in the airport have been very helpful and the whole atmosphere is lovely, people haven't got agitated or angry, it's been great."

    You can check out the latest travel information here.

  61. Exeter jobs at risk

    Simon Hall

    Correspondent, BBC South West

    Seventy jobs are at risk at a major engineering company in Devon.

    The jobs at Alcoa Howmet in Exeter, one of the county's biggest private sector employers, are under threat following a staffing review.

    The firm is one of the world's leading producers of turbines for the industrial, gas and aerospace industries and employs 550 people - the union Unite fears many of the job losses will be compulsory.

  62. Good morning

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    I'll be bringing you all the news, sport, weather and travel updates you need for Wednesday.

    If you've got a story you think we'd be interested in, please do drop us an email.