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Summary

  1. Alexander Blackman - Marine A - sentenced to seven years for manslaughter of insurgent
  2. Speeding driver 'wished he had died instead of victim'
  3. Woman injured in three-vehicle crash on the A30 in Cornwall
  4. Devon farmer challenges Tesco over promotional picture
  5. Young people with bowel cancer may get a quicker diagnosis after research by the University of Exeter
  6. Updates on Tuesday 28 March

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By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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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 Wednesday 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. Latest weather: Rain tonight and winds increasing

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    A mild and cloudy night will follow for all parts with further outbreaks of rain. The winds will also increase towards morning. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be cloudy and rather windy with further outbreaks of rain at times, especially over higher ground and in the west. The rain will also be interspersed with some drier and brighter spells though. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  3. See some more of the wolf cubs born in Devon

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    We told you earlier about three rare South American maned wolf cubs being born at Paignton Zoo.

    They are the first offspring of Tolock and Milla, who were introduced at the zoo last September.

    Maned wolf and cub

    The cubs are the first to be born at the zoo in seven years, and are part of the European Endangered species programme.

    Well, despite being described as "elusive" by staff, we do have one picture of one parent with two of the cubs, courtesy of the zoo.

    The wolves grow to be almost 1m tall. The males can be raised to display aggression.

  4. Organic farmer 'couldn't believe' his photo was used by Tesco

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    An organic farmer from Devon says he "couldn't believe" supermarket Tesco  used an image of him on its website .

    Martin Godfrey, from Okehampton, said he was angry because he felt the picture of him on the store website pulling carrots by hand was not a fair representation of how supermarket vegetables were grown. 

    Martin Godfrey

    Mr Godfrey, who has never worked for Tesco, said: "The image just couldn't be so far removed from the reality - me pulling carrots by hand from a field which doesn't supply a supermarket.

    "To grow carrots for a supermarket would be highly mechanised, big tractors, lots of soil cultivation. Those are OK pictures for them to use, it just needs to represent the real way they produce food." 

    Tesco said the image had been provided by an advertising agency.

  5. Exeter Uni rugby team heading back to Twickenham

    BBC Sport

    The University of Exeter Men’s rugby team are making their final preparations ahead of defending their status as the best student team in the country.

    They are playing in the final of the British University and College Sports (BUCS) Rugby Union Championship at Twickenham on Thursday.

    Rugby players

    Their opponents in the final are Hartpury College, from Gloucester.

    The players will be looking to secure a second successive victory in the competition, having defeated Loughborough 21-19 with a dramatic late drop-goal last year.

  6. Plymouth's next deputy Lord Mayor named

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth's Lord Mayor designate, Wendy Foster, has announced that fellow councillor Nick Kelly will be her deputy Lord Mayor when she takes office in May.

    Nick Kelly and Wendy Foster. Pic: Plymouth City Council

    Councillor Foster has been a Plymstock Radford ward councillor since 2000, Plymouth City Council said.

    Councillor Kelly represents Moor View ward, it added.

  7. Marine A: Video clips 'pose propaganda risk'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Three video clips of an Afghan insurgent being killed by former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman have not been released to the media because of risks they could become propaganda, judges say. 

    Blackman, 42, from Taunton in Somerset - known as Marine A - has been sentenced to seven years for  diminished responsibility manslaughter following the recent quashing of his murder conviction .

    The clips were recorded by another marine on his helmet-mounted camera. Appeal judges said the footage would "significantly endanger" a large number of people.

    Alexander Blackman

    The Ministry of Defence argued that, if they were made public, any broadcast would be recorded by terrorist organisations and used as propaganda to radicalise others.

    The judges, headed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, agreed, saying: "Releasing it would therefore present a real threat to life, the members of the armed forces and the wider British public, and to British interests overseas."

  8. Torquay tourist shelter boarded up after becoming home to rough sleepers

    Devon Live

    A seafront shelter created as part of Torquay's multi million pound Royal Terrace Gardens improvements has this week been boarded up after becoming home for a group of rough sleepers.

  9. Speeding driver 'wished he had died instead of victim'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A driver who caused the death of a young mother on Boxing Day 2015 wished he had died instead of his victim, a court has heard.

    Daniel Smith, 31, from St Teath, was driving on the wrong side of the road but had not lost total control of his car when the crash happened near Bodmin, Truro Crown Court was told.

    Sabrina Bellman. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sabrina Bellman (pictured), from Hampshire, died from her injuries. Her three year-old daughter, husband and mother-in-law were all injured in the collision.

    Mr Smith admits causing death by careless driving but denies causing death and injury by dangerous driving. The case continues.

  10. 'Reasonable' to ask people to buy some over-the-counter medicines

    BBC Politics

    There's been a mixed reaction to plans to scrap what are seen as "low priority" medicines on prescription in an effort to save money. 

    NHS England is to review whether products - which are available over the counter at low-cost - should continue to be offered by GPs. 

    It could involve things such as paracetamol, some cough and cold treatments, and gluten-free foods.

    Sarah Wollaston

    The Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston - who chairs the Commons Health Committee - said: "When I started as a GP, it was actually quite difficult to get hold of gluten-free products and they were very expensive.

    "Now the cost has significantly come down, I think it is much more reasonable to ask people to think of buying those, where possible, themselves."

  11. Woman whose son was left to eat dog biscuits found guilty of cruelty

    A mother whose son was left so hungry he sometimes ate dog biscuits or hamster food to survive has been found guilty of cruelty.

    Exeter Crown Court heard that 65-year-old Christine Copley, of Laburnum Road, Exeter, picked on her third son, Andrew, as he was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.

    She imposed a regime of painful and needless punishments and also succeeded in hiding what she was doing from teachers and social workers by moving him to her parents' home if he had bruises, the court was told.

    Copley, who denied seven counts of cruelty but was found guilty of six, was released on bail and is due to be sentenced in April.

  12. Fire crews tackle gorse fire

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    Fire crews from Perranporth tackled a gorse fire in St Agnes on Monday evening.

    They used beaters to extinguish an area of 50m by 30m at about 18:30.

    Cornwall Fire Service said safety advice for people when they were outdoors could be found on its website .

  13. New mining programme given funding

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A project aimed at developing a new approach to mining has received a 7m euro boost.

    The scheme is being led by geology experts at the Camborne School of Mines, based at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus, and will look to tap into a significant number of small, international metal deposits, staff said. 

    Mining lorry

    It plans to establish a new method of mining called "switch on-switch off". This approach enables miners to respond rapidly to changing markets, and excavate materials in demand at any given time.

    The funding has come from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

  14. Pups born to 'elusive' wolves

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Three rare wolf pups have been born at Paignton Zoo.

    It's the first litter of South American maned wolves at the zoo for seven years, and the first ones from parents Tolock and Milla, who were brought together at Paignton in September 2016.

    Mammals curator Neil Bemment said: "Judging by the parents' change in behaviour, the pups were born on 23 February. Being carnivores, we left them undisturbed to get on with it. 

    Wolf pup

    "The pups were not seen by the keepers for four weeks. Our maned wolves are quite elusive, but, with patience, can usually be seen mid-afternoon.

    "There will be a much better chance of seeing one now as there are five, and especially when the pups become more mobile."

  15. Palm oil warning to dog owners on Chapel Porth beach

    Plymouth Herald

    A warning has been issued for dog owners after a large chunk of deadly palm oil was found on a popular beach .

  16. Badger cull is 'right policy', says minister

    BBC Politics

    A Cornish MP has been defending the government's badger cull as part of attempts to tackle the problem of TB in cattle. 

    Campaigners say the practice - taking place in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset - isn't working. 

    But farming minister and Camborne, Redruth & Hayle Conservative MP George Eustice told MPs last night that it was controversial but necessary.

    Badger

    He said: "I would not sanction the cull unless I believed it were necessary to combat this terrible disease.

    "And the advice that we have from our chief veterinary officer is clear - that we cannot eradicate this disease unless we also tackle the reservoir of the disease in the wildlife population. That is why, contentious though this policy is, it is the right policy."

  17. Bowel cancer: 'It's a very scary thing'

    Victoria Derbyshire

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    GPs have been given access to a new risk assessment tool to help diagnose young people at risk of bowel cancer.

    Bowel Cancer UK told the  Victoria Derbyshire programme  all GPs should be given access to the "lifesaving" tool, which is based on research by University of Exeter .

  18. Flooding possible later in the week

    BBC Weather

    A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for a large section of the south coast of Cornwall.

    It's saying flooding is possible from high tide on Wednesday until the morning tide on Friday.

    Map

    Low lying coastal areas between Gribbin Head, near Fowey, and Lizard Point were said to be at risk. Truro is excluded from the alert.

    A flood alert is the lowest risk, meaning flooding is possible.