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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget  Spotlight on BBC One  later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Council tenant fined for 'unlawfully letting property on AirBnB'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Council tenant has been ordered to pay £5,872 to Cornwall Council after letting out his property on the website AirBnB.

    Peter John Wootton, 46, from Coastguard Flats, West Looe, was charged at Bodmin Magistrates Court on Wednesday 22 February.

    The council's corporate fraud investigations team received an anonymous tip off that Mr Wootton was advertising his property on the website, which under the terms of his tenancy, he did not have permission to do.

    Pete Jarman, landlord services director for Cornwall Housing Ltd, said: "It is important that such a scarce resource as social housing goes to individuals and families who are in genuine housing need."

  3. Man left with broken jaw in city mugging

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A man had his mobile phone and bank card stolen and was left with a broken jaw following an attack in Plymouth, police have said.

    The man, who is in his 20s, approached two men who were arguing on Union Street, and told the pair to calm down.

    Police said, one of the men then punched the victim in the face causing him to fall to the ground before returning to his feet. The victim believed he was then hit again and had his mobile phone and bank card taken, officers said.

    The victim was taken to Derriford Hospital with a broken jaw following the attack at 01:10 on Thursday 2 February.

    Police want to speak to a taxi driver who took the man to hospital between 01:00 and 02:00.

  4. Weather outlook for Devon and Cornwall: Cloud thickening and getting milder

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Cloud will generally become thicker overnight, although it should stay dry with a strengthening breeze developing through the early hours, noticeable around exposed coasts.

    As a result, it will be milder and frost free. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).


    Saturday will be cloudy and mostly dry at first but quickly turning wet and windy through the afternoon with some heavy rain across higher ground in the west.

    Despite this, it will be mild. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  5. Flu outbreak at St Austell Community Hospital closes ward

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    One ward has been closed at St Austell Community Hospital following a flu outbreak.

    Visitors are being asked not to visit family and friends in Heligan ward, where patients are suffering from Influenza type A.

    The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs the hospital says it hopes to be able to reopen the ward over the weekend or early next week.

  6. Fake SAS soldier jailed for seriously injuring toddler

    A man who falsely claimed to have served in the SAS has been jailed for seriously injuring a two-year-old girl .

    Andrew Brooks, 35, of New Mill, Penzance admitted wounding and was jailed for three years at Exeter Crown Court.

    The toddler was left with a fractured skull and brain damage after Brooks had been looking after her in 2006.

    He escaped justice for more than a decade but was caught after an ex-girlfriend contacted the police when Brooks told her he had injured the child by pushing her against a table.

    He also told a series of ex-girlfriends about his SAS background, but the court heard he had in fact been kicked out of the army after six weeks basic training.

  7. Top speed guns! This crew have got their sights set on road menaces

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Speeders beware - this team of eagle-eyed road watchers are on your case!

    Community Speedwatch volunteers

    They are the Community Speedwatch volunteers from Cornwall and they were presented with a special Volunteer Team of the Year Award for 2016 by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.

    Representatives of the teams in Antony, Sheviock, Deviock, Maker, Rame and Millbrook parishes and Saltash town received the certificate at police HQ in Exeter.

    In one operation the teams worked jointly on the A374 and A38 during which 1,488 vehicles were monitored, 23 of which were exceeding the limit. The drivers of those vehicles all received warning letters.

    Fancy yourself as a speed watcher? More on the police website .

  8. Inspectors check ferry chain after link failure

    BBC Radio Devon

    A chain on a ferry between Devon and Cornwall will get an independent inspection to find out why it failed.


    The chain on the Torpoint ferry in Plymouth was found to have a broken link for the third time in the last year said the ferry firm.

    Two large chains, linked to an engine on board the ferry, are used to pull the vessel across the River Tamar.


    The entire faulty chain is being replaced today, six months earlier than scheduled, at a cost of £100,000.

    General manager David List said the firm needed a "clear indication of the cause" of the failure of the chain that stretches 700m across the river.

    It's the first time a chain has had to be replaced earlier than the normal three-year scheduled replacements.

  9. Daughter could be sent from SW to Scotland or Ireland for mental health care

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A teenager from St Ives with mental health problems may have to be treated as far away as Scotland or Ireland after medical staff in Cornwall were unable to find her a suitable bed in England. 

    It comes weeks after the  prime minister pledged to stop young people being sent out of their local area for treatment by 2021.

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    Sasha is currently being treated in Somerset meaning a 300-mile round trip for her mother Mariem, but she says she may have to travel even further in the future.

    The BBC contacted the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Cornwall who said it was unable to comment on this occasion.

  10. Have you seen this man? He's on the run from police after burglary charge

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police are hunting an on-the-run burglary suspect.


    Keith Bowden, 53, from Falmouth, is wanted for recall to prison.

    He's believed to be in west or mid Cornwall and is not considered a direct threat to the public.

    He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build and may or not be clean shaven as he has had a beard in the past.

  11. Plymouth Raiders take part in BBL action tonight

    Worcester Wolves v Plymouth Raiders (19:30 GMT)

    BBC Sport

    British Basketball returns to BBC Sport this evening for the second leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final as Worcester Wolves host Plymouth Raiders.

    In the first leg, Plymouth beat Worcester 96-78 but can Worcester bring it back on their home turf? Worcester need to win the leg by 19 points to advance to face either Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix in the final on 19 March in Glasgow.

    Coverage is live from 19:30 GMT across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. To watch online  click here  and to learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL  click here.

    Worcester Wolves v Plymouth Raiders
  12. Three St Austell men plead not guilty to murder of Stephen Bull who was found unconscious in a park

    Cornwall Live

    Three residents of a hostel have pleaded not guilty to the  murder of a 31-year-old in St Austell  who was discovered unconscious by a dog walker in a park last month.

  13. New £40m rail depot planned for Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    Proposals for a new rail depot at Exeter have been sent to city planners.


    It's to cope with new electric trains in the London and Thames Valley area, and new Intercity Express Trains across the Great Western Railway network.

    GWR's regional development manager Dan Okey said the new depot would bring "more carriages, and more frequent services to the area".

  14. BreakingHospital wards closed 'because of flu outbreak'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two wards have been closed at St Austell Community Hospital in Cornwall because of a flu outbreak, health chiefs have confirmed.

  15. Matthew Hicks denies murdering adoptive daughter, 18 months

    BBC Cymru Wales

    A man has denied murdering his 18-month-old adoptive daughter.

    Matthew Scully Hicks, 31, entered a not guilty plea to the charge at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

    Mr Hicks, whose address was given in court papers as being from Cornwall, is accused of killing Elsie Scully Hicks on 29 May, 2016.

    A trial has been fixed for 12 June and it is expected to last four weeks. Mr Hicks was released on bail.

  16. Whale hunting for food serves up spectacular images

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Amazing pictures have emerged of what is thought to be a humpback whale diving off south Devon.

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    The whale has been spotted at a number of places including Slapton and Blackpool Sands, tracking up and down apparently hunting for food.  

  17. Latest travel: Plymouth road closed because of gas leak

    BBC Travel

    • In Plymouth on Burleigh Park Road we've got reports there's an accident near Weston Park Road
    • Also in the city, King Street is closed in both directions between Stoke Road and Octagon Street due to a gas leak. A diversion is in place
    • In Bideford, Northam Road is just passable near Kingsley Road after an accident