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Summary

  1. Motorcyclist, 63, killed in A39 crash
  2. RMB Chivenor closure 'not a done deal'
  3. Work to restore power to Scilly faces further delays
  4. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster
  5. Crews tackle fire and explosion in shipping containers in Devon
  6. The Royal Navy bids farewell to the Lynx helicopter with a flypast over parts of southern England today
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday
  8. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Victoria Gould

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    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. Weather: A cloudy weekend ahead

    BBC Weather

    It will become increasingly cloudy tonight with some rain moving in by the end of the day, and becoming quite windy. Minimum temperature: 8C 47F 

    Tomorrow will remain cloudy with some light rain in places, but also brighter at times. Remaining breezy. Max temperature:12C 54F 

    Weather map
  3. Defence Secretary visits RMB Chivenor

    The defence secretary Michael Fallon has flown into RMB Chivenor today to reassure staff and nearby residents about the future of the base. 

    He told the BBC no firm decision had yet been made about closing the Royal Marines base, which has 1,200 staff. 

    In last year's defence review the government said it intended to sell off some military sites including Chivenor. 

    RMB Chivenor
  4. 'World's oldest living tattoo artist'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Doc Price, thought to be the oldest living tattoo artist in the world, shares some memories with the BBC at a tattoo exhibition in Falmouth.

    Video content

    Video caption: Doc Price is 85 and still working as a tattoo artist.
  5. Police name pedestrian killed in Penzance crash

    Police have named the woman who died following a collision with a van in Penzance on Monday 6 March. 

    Anna Maria Penn, 56, from Penzance, died following the crash on Larrigan Road in the town. 

  6. Warning as firefighters tackle five thatch fires in less than three months

    The fire service is urging people who live in thatched properties to make sure they do all they can to reduce the risk of a fire. 

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it's attended five thatch fires already this year. 

    Officers say the fires are hard to spot and spread rapidly, all too often with devastating consequences. 

    The fires are associated with regular use of a wood burner with an old or inappropriate liner, electrical faults, security lights too close to the eaves and thatch which is more than a metre deep. 

    Thatch fire
  7. Eight more Cornish beaches could get bathing water status

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    Defra has launched a consultation asking for views to designate an additional eight beaches in Cornwall as bathing waters. They are:

    • Booby’s Bay, near St Merryn
    • Godrevy, The Towans, Hayle
    • Gwynver, Whitesand Bay
    • Northcott Mouth, near Bude
    • South Fistral, Newquay
    • Mexico Towan, Hayle
    • Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
    • Upton Towan, Hayle

    Cornwall Council said there are 81 designated bathing waters, but some of the beaches are not currently designated. This means bathing water samples are not taken from them, and so the council has no official data on the quality of the bathing water at the beaches.

  8. Views of Dartmoor's residents sought

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    Residents will be asked their views on Dartmoor National Park Authority. 

    A survey aims to gauge how happy residents are and also how well the authority is communicating, engaging and responding to concerns and issues. 

    People will be called for a 10-minute phone survey between 20 March to 13 April. 

  9. Repairs to Scilly power cable further delayed by bad weather

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Power cables on Scilly

    Work to try and fix the main power cable linking the Isles of Scilly to the National Grid has been delayed again because of bad weather. 

    Western Power says cable experts have been working to asses the damage since Monday, but a poor weather forecast means they have had to return to their base in Portland. 

    The 2,000 islanders have been relying on generators at the islands' power station for electricity since the cable failed at the end of February. 

    The firm says it hopes to get the engineers back to the islands on Tuesday, and once repairs begin they could take anything between five and ten days to complete. 

  10. Night club drug dealer avoids jail

    BBC Radio Devon

    A night club drug dealer has been given a suspended sentence after a judge was told he was only selling to friends and acquaintances. 

    Thomas Melia, 21, of Cornhill in Ottery St Mary, was caught with 12 ecstasy tablets at the Move Club on Exeter Quay in November. 

    A judge at Exeter Crown Court spared him an immediate jail sentence after being told he has never been in trouble before and has a good job. 

    Melia admitted possession of MDMA, a class A drug, and was jailed for two years, suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.

  11. Attempt to break in to security hut near Royal Citadel

    Devon Live

    Police are investigating an attempt to break in to a security hut near the Royal Citadel, home to 29 Commando.  

  12. End of an era for Newlyn newsagent

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    A business that has traded in west Cornwall for almost a century is finally shutting up shop. 

    J.Barron and Son has been in business in Newlyn for 97 years. 

    Barrons newsagent

    David Barron took over the newsagent from his father and grandfather before him, but he says the time has come to retire.   

    David Barron outside his shop
  13. Work to restore power to Scilly faces further delays

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Work to restore electricity to Scilly has been delayed again because of poor weather, Western Power Distribution has said.  

    The company said cable experts have been working to asses the damage to the power supply since Monday, but the weather forecast has forced them to return to Portland. 

    They are hoping to return to work on Tuesday, if the weather has improved.

    The firm added that when repairs do finally begin they are expected to take between five and 10 days. 

    Isles of Scilly

    The cable, which links the islands to the National Grid failed at the end of last month. It's still not known what caused the damage. 

    Electricity supplies to the 2,000 people affected on the islands are being maintained by generators at the island’s power station.   

  14. A rum carry on at Liskeard hotel

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The owner of a hotel near Liskeard has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £1,800 for mis-selling rum. 

    The court case followed a routine inspection of the Wheal Tor Hotel at Pensilva last June. 

    Inspectors tested a bottle of the hotel bar's Bacardi Rum and discovered it had been substituted with a different product.    

    Mark Frost pleaded guilty to contravening the Food Safety Act and was fined £126 and also ordered to pay costs of £1,696 and a £30 victim surcharge after the hearing at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 15 March 2017.

  15. RMB Chivenor closure 'not a done deal'

    Kirk England

    BBC Radio Devon

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has told the BBC the future of RMB Chivenor has still not been decided. 

    He flew into the base near Barnstaple earlier today and told the BBC closure of the site was not a "done deal". 

    Michael Fallon

    He said various options for its future were still being considered, and would be discussed with the local community. 

    The government announced last year that it wants to dispose of some military sites including Chivenor as part of a review

  16. Fire crews investigate blaze and explosion in shipping containers

    BBC Radio Devon

    Investigations are continuing into a fire and explosion in Rattery in South Devon. 

    Crews from Buckfastleigh, Totnes, Ivybridge, Paignton and Newton Abbot were called to Dean Lane End overnight. 

    Two shipping containers were on fire - a gas cyclinder exploded and was blown from one of the containers, firefighters said.

    Fire crews are trying to establish the cause of the blaze.

  17. Missing hospital man found safe and well

    A man missing from Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has been found safe and well, police have said.

    Officers were concerned for the health and welfare of the man who went missing from Derriford Hospital this morning. 

    Ricky, 32, had travelled from Milton Keynes to Plymouth before disappearing. 

    Police have thanked the public for their help.

    Missing patient from Derriford
  18. Motorcross bikes stolen in Totnes burglary

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Stolen motorcross bikes

    Motorcross bikes and equipment worth £35,000 have been stolen from a workshop near Totnes.

    The burglary, at a farm in Halwell, happened at the end of January.

    Police are now asking the public to look out for anyone trying to sell the items which include seven bikes, a drill, pressure washers, and protective gear.