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  1. Body found in Church Street in Paignton
  2. Holsworthy Community Hospital inpatient services 'temporarily closing'
  3. Missing 14-year-old girl found safe and well
  4. Local energy scheme 'puts Cornwall on global stage'
  5. Students breathe life into former cinema
  6. Humpback whale spotted again off south Devon
  7. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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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. Wolves monitored for release in Scotland

    BBC Spotlight

    Meet Devon's newest inhabitants.

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    Six wolves have just arrived from Sweden to a wolf enclosure at Wildwood in Escott.

    It's one of the steps on the road to re-introducing wolves to the wild in the UK - most likely in the Scottish highlands.

    Researchers from Sweden will be monitoring them for at least a year.

  3. Warning over efforts to preserve great forest

    BBC Radio Devon

    Efforts to conserve the remaining fragments of the great forest of Caledon in Scotland may be doomed to fail unless a new strategy is rapidly adopted, new research by Exeter University suggests.


    These forest fragments are characterised by the dominance of Scots pine and are a unique feature of the Scottish Highlands.

    They are categorised as a Priority Habitat under the EU Habitats and Species Directive with 10 of the remaining areas designated Special Areas of Conservation by Scottish Natural Heritage.

    However, a team found that the present climate is more suitable for oak trees than the Scots pine.

    The research team included colleagues from the universities of Durham, Exeter, York and Lund in Sweden, with the findings published in the journal Conservation Letters.

  4. Plymouth hospitals hit 19 of 22 targets for surgery

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is meeting the highest number of standards in the region according to a review looking at how emergency general surgery (EGS) is provided at hospitals in the South West.


    The review, commissioned by the NHS South West Clinical Senate, looked at the 14 NHS Trusts within the South West Peninsula and measured them against 22 specific standards relating to EGS. It found that Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust met 19 of these.

    Dr Phil Hughes, Medical Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I would firstly like to take this opportunity to applaud the efforts of our staff, who work incredibly hard to ensure our patients are cared for, seen and treated as quickly as possible, whether this is for surgery, an investigative and/or diagnostics procedure."

  5. Police dog nabs OAP push suspect

    BBC Radio Devon

    A police dog has tracked down a man suspected of pushing over a 80-year-old woman as he ran from a shop in Exeter.

    Police were called to the Tesco Metro store on the high street on Wednesday afternoon. 

    The woman was taken to hospital with a broken leg. 

    Jakob Kolter, 22, from Exeter, has been charged with theft from a shop and grievous bodily harm.

  6. Weather outlook: Rain easing, staying cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Further rain through the first part of the night will ease by the early hours.

    Cloud will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing a frost from forming. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).


    A grey, cloudy day with moisture leaden skies. Most places will see some rain through the day, but there will be a few dry spells too. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  7. Accident fears at congestion-hit school

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Congestion problems at one Cornish School have become so bad the head teacher fears there could be a major accident.

    St Mewan

    Now St Mewan Primary School near St Austell is getting lottery funding to pay for a campaign to encourage more families to use the bus or walk or cycle to school.

    Head teacher Elaine Badger said: "People have very busy lives so lots of people drop their children off by car because they don't see any alternatives so we do get gridlock and a backlog of traffic goes out into the main road so there could be a major accident."

  8. Hospitals chief says more patients need to be sent home

    BBC Radio Devon

    Health chiefs have defended a decision to close community hospital beds in Devon.


    Beds at Holsworthy, Honiton, Okehampton, Seaton and Whipton in Exeter are to close. 

    Rob Sainsbury, chief operating officer of the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We know that 40% of our hospitals have patients who do not need to be there.

    "So we can't allow that to continue and that is exactly why we have to shift the balance from the hospital to the home."

  9. Boy, 13, starts epic cycle trek across Australia

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 13-year-old boy from Cornwall is cycling facing searing heat, and ferocious winds in a 2,768 mile charity ride across Australia.

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    Si-am Juntakereket, from Bodmin, is cycling from Sydney to Perth in just 32 days.

    He will attempt to set a new British record for the youngest Briton to cycle across Australia and raise £100,000 for a number of charities.

  10. Humpback whale spotted again

    BBC Radio Devon

    The humpback whale is back off south Devon according to a sighting.


    The whale which has been feeding off Start Bay for several days was spotted by nature watcher @seaskywatch off the Skerries Buoy in the bay at 15:00.   

    Large crowds gathered last weekend after the whale came close to shore.

  11. Missing girl found safe and well

    A 14-year-old girl reported missing from the Ivybridge area has been found safe and well.

    Officers have been searching for Abigail Moseley who was last seen at her home around 22:45 last night.

    Abigail made contact with family members just after 14:00 today and has been found safe and well in Plympton.

  12. Magic moments from FA People's Cup


    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

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    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  13. Police await post-mortem on street death

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police are investigating after a body was found in a street in Paignton early this morning.


    Emergency services were called to Church Street just after 05:30 after concerns were raised about the welfare of a person who was later declared dead at the scene.


    Police are treating the death as unexplained and say they're waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination later.

  14. Monkeys are 'victims of UK primate trade'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Marmoset monkeys Coco and Kiki have been handed to a Cornwall-based charity after their owners realised they were "inappropriate" pets.


    Wild Futures' monkey sanctuary, which has offered them both a home, said they were "just two of the many victims of the UK primate pet trade".


    It said sadly there were many more marmosets, just like Coco and Kiki, that were waiting to be rescued.

  15. Pregnant women with severe sickness ‘not told of treatments’

    BBC Spotlight

    Two-thirds of women with extreme sickness in pregnancy are not given enough information or the drugs to treat it, charities say.

    Sick woman

    In a survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), half also said accessing care was difficult.

    The illness is so bad for some that 1,000 wanted pregnancies are terminated each year, the Midirs journal reported.

    But better treatment for the condition - which the Duchess of Cambridge had - was reported in specialist units.

    The charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, which carried out the research with Plymouth University, said women were often misled about the risks of taking certain drugs to treat HG, which were actually safe.  

  16. Devon-based TV drama ends run

    BBC Radio Devon

    The BBC has confirmed that it's not going to recommission the daytime TV series The Coroner, which was largely shot in Devon. 

    The Coroner

    Two series of the drama starring Claire Goose and Matt Bardock had been sold around the world, from Japan to Canada.

    Locations such as Hope Cove in Devon featured strongly in the TV drama.