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Summary

  1. Missing woman from Bristol whose car is found in Devon is a junior doctor
  2. Nazi salute councillor getting "diversity training" described as "extraordinary" by MP
  3. Dartmoor school closes for three days after sickness bug outbreak
  4. Redruth industrial estate fire tackled by emergency crews
  5. Exeter leisure centre fire "caused by plastic packaging dropped in sauna"
  6. Demand in Devon and Cornwall for help from Citizens Advice hits five-year high
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday 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. Beady eyes are watching the daffodils at Heligan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    This pair of beady eyes at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall are enjoying a feast of spring-time flowers.

    Heligan

    Visitors to the gardens between March and April can witness the woodland floor bursting into life, with gentle mellow yellows and whites of over 30,000 Cornish daffodils.

    Heligan

    "As these bulbs begin to flower, the power they give to the woodland is immense. We will continue to build on this spring extravaganza every year, to create a wonderful collection”, said Iain Davies, head of gardens and estate.

  3. Poem sees the lighter side of Ashburton roadworks

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon town has taken to poetry to try and encourage shoppers to come and visit during gas works.

    Ashburton

    The centre of Ashburton has one of its major roads closed for 16 weeks but is determined to get the message out there that it's still open. 

    Local poet Sarah Lace has written a humorous poem which is being  promoted on YouTube  to persuade people to keep coming.

    Poem

    She said: "People seem to like it, it's got many likes and hopefully it'll make a difference."

  4. Latest weather: Staying cloudy for many

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be cloudy, mild and mainly dry tonight. However, patchy hill fog and light rain or drizzle will continue in southern and western areas. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather

    Any of the remaining patchy rain will die out through the morning, although it will remain rather cloudy along the south coast. Elsewhere, it will be a mild and bright day with lighter winds. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

  5. Andrew brothers among trio to sign Pirates deals

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Brothers Paul and Jack Andrew have signed new two-year contracts with Championship side Cornish Pirates, along with fly-half Will Cargill.

    Paul, 28, has made 135 club appearances since making his debut in 2008, and spent the 2013-14 season at Worcester.

    Paul Andrew

    Fellow prop Jack, 26, joined the Pirates in 2013 from Plymouth Albion and has played 87 times. Cargill arrived at the Mennaye from Yorkshire Carnegie in 2015 and has scored 157 points in 38 games.

  6. Junior doctor search: 'No other traces besides car'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A hunt for a missing junior doctor who has not been seen for almost two weeks has yielded no other traces of her than her car, police say.

    Dr Lauren Phillips - who works for North Bristol NHS Trust, but has also worked in Cornwall - was last seen on Thursday 23 February. The 26-year-old's car was found in Woolacombe in Devon five days later.

    Lauren Phillips

    Searches have been carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police, assisted by HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service.

    Quote Message: We continue to do everything we can to find Lauren and we're making sure her family are regularly updated about our investigation." from Det Insp Mark Langdon Avon and Somerset Police
    Det Insp Mark Langdon Avon and Somerset Police
  7. 'Mutiny' voyage 'most difficult of my life' says round-world yachtsman Conrad Humphreys

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon round-world yachtsman who helped recreate an epic voyage for a new Channel 4 documentary says he was tested to the limit.

    Conrad Humphreys

    Exeter-born Conrad Humphreys stars in  Mutiny , in which a team re-live Captain Bligh’s 4,000-mile voyage of survival after the mutiny on the Bounty 230 years ago.

    “We experienced very similar conditions to Bligh’s crew – rough seas, no shelter, no cabins, no toilet,” said Humphreys.

    Mutiny

    "It’s was remarkable voyage because the boat was 23ft long – that’s about a metre per man – and we were on it together for 60 days."

    Humphreys, who has circumnavigated the world three times, will give a talk at the University of Exeter's Forum on 27 March.

  8. Getting rid of DIY waste? It's going to cost you

    BBC Radio Devon

    People will have to pay to get rid of all DIY plastic, skirting boards, water tanks and sinks at Devon's household recycling centres from next month, the county council says.

    Oil tanks will also no longer be accepted at local tips.

    Waste

    Devon County Council said it wanted to "improve health and safety on the sites".

    Pick-up trucks towing trailers and long wheelbase vans over 6m long will also no longer be able to dump waste at the centres.

  9. Missing doctor Lauren Phillips 'depressed at state of NHS'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Missing Bristol doctor Lauren Phillips was "getting increasingly depressed with the state of the NHS", according to a former colleague.

    Video content

    Video caption: Police hunt for missing junior doctor Lauren Phillips

    Lauren worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust during her foundation year.

    One of her former colleagues, who wanted to remain anonymous, described her as "a very sweet doctor". He said: "She makes sure everything is OK and stays three hours late to get everything done. She works crazily hard."

    Police are searching for Lauren, who was last seen on 23 February, after her car was found at Woolacombe in Devon five days later.

  10. Sewage flowed on to beach after engineer went to wrong place

    BBC Radio Devon

    A South West Water engineer went to the wrong place after sewage started flowing on to a holiday beach in Devon on a bank holiday weekend, a court heard.

    Beach

    An automatic alarm alerted the company's headquarters to a discharge on 28 August 2015, but, as the engineer had been sent to the wrong place, he reported back that there was no problem.

    This caused a delay before the company identified the true source of the discharge and sent teams to clear the blocked sewer and flush out the system.

    South West Water admitted discharging polluting matter into Dawlish Brook. Exeter Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Mercer adjourned sentence until he has heard another case involving South West Water. 

  11. Council revamp websites for all platforms

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two Devon councils have launched new websites with the promie of "making it quicker and easier for residents to interact with the council".

    Website

    South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have moved pages which are visited most frequently to the top of the homepage.

    This includes things like ordering recycling sacks, reporting missed waste collections, a new planning search, applying for a benefit or setting up a Council Tax Direct Debit and viewing a Council Tax Bill. 

    All of these functions for the first time on a South Hams District Council website, are now available through any device, a laptop, PC, tablet or mobile phone.

  12. Thomas Orchard death trial: Jury sent home for second night

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A jury in the case of three police staff accused of the manslaughter of a man in custody has been sent home after a second day of deliberations.

    Thomas Orchard

    Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest in a cell in an Exeter police station in 2012 and died a week later in hospital.

    Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, all deny gross negligence manslaughter. The trial at Bristol Crown Court continues.

  13. MP Colvile takes a lead role in Mayflower 400th anniversary celebrations

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth Conservative MP Oliver Colvile is to help coordinate UK-wide events for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing.

    Mayflower Steps

    The government announced he would be its representative for the 2020 event, which will also be marked in the USA and Holland.

    US President Donald Trump has been invited to visit the UK to mark the celebrations. That's because 28m Americans living today can trace their genealogy directly back to one of the 23 families on board the Mayflower, which left Plymouth for the New World in 1620.

  14. Lauren Phillips: Missing doctor's description

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police searching for a  missing junior doctor , who has not been seen for almost a fortnight, have issued a description of her in an appeal for help in their search.

    Lauren Phillips' car was found in Woolacombe in Devon on 28 February, five days after she was last seen. The 26-year-old currently works for North Bristol NHS Trust but in the past worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro. 

    Lauren Phillips

    She is described as:

    • About 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build
    • With brown eyes and long, dark brown hair.
    • It is thought she may be wearing a dark brown waxed cotton mid-length coat, with cream wool-lined hood 
    • She may also have on a long cream-coloured woollen cardigan with orange and blue detail
    • She could also be wearing Converse trainers and a beige woollen hat with a purple flower on the side
  15. Police officer charged with indecent images offences involving a teenager

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    PC Jonathan Fulcher, 34, who serves with Devon and Cornwall Police, has been charged indecent images and firearm offences. 

    The charges include causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity. 

    Police car

    They also include making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child.

    The Exeter-based officer is due to appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 4 April.

  16. Woman found dead in Dartmouth public toilets named as Michelle Chamber, 35, during inquest

    Devon Live

    A woman found dead in public toilets in South Devon has been named as the inquest into her death has opened .

  17. Budget millions for science, tech and maths get warm welcome at Exeter University

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter University says it's "delighted" at £300m to support science, technology, engineering and maths announced in the Budget.

    Maths

    Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Quine said the university was "a leader in the region in these subjects", and added the investment would help create "new highly-skilled employment" locally.

    The uni also welcomed support for specialist maths schools, one of which it has sponsored in Exeter.

  18. Police 'growing increasingly concerned' for missing doctor

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Police searching for a missing junior doctor say they are doing everything they can to find her. 

    Lauren Phillips has not been seen for almost a fortnight. 

    The 26 year-old currently works for North Bristol NHS Trust but in the past worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro. 

    Her car was found in Woolacombe in Devon on 28 February, five days after she was last seen.

    Lauren Phillips

    Detective Inspector Mark Langdon, of Avon & Somerset Police, who is leading the search said they were asking for help from "surfers or ramblers who may have passed through the area in the past fortnight".

    They have also asked for any hotel, guest house or B&B operators to get in contact if she has booked into any accommodation.

    Det Insp Langdon said: "Lauren hasn't been seen for some days now and we're growing increasingly concerned. We really need the public's help in finding her."

  19. Digging it! Charity helps in garden makeover for Curtis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    WellChild, the national charity for sick children, is giving a garden in Cornwall a makeover. 

    Ten-year-old Curtis has Charge Syndrome , a genetic condition which means he's seriously ill and needs a safe space he can use. The rare condition affects about one in every 10,000 births.

    Thanks to a team of volunteers, a project is under way to transform his play space.