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Summary

  1. Driver jailed for killing panto mum
  2. Ecotown given green light on the outskirts of St Austell
  3. Bude manhunt after person reported with carving knife and wearing underwear
  4. North Greenwich Tube train 'device' accused pleads not guilty
  5. Beach plunge pair thank 'marvellous' 999 crews
  6. Two GP practices to merge to create largest in South West
  7. Both MRI scanners 'out of action' in Cornwall
  8. New footage emerges of Torrey Canyon oil tanker's trail of death
  9. Updates on Thursday 30 March 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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 Friday 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. Coast path improvement plans put forward

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans to improve the South West Coast Path between Kingswear in South Devon and Lyme Regis are being put forward.

    Path

    Natural England wants to carry out work on the 68-mile stretch allowing people to access it in the event of erosion or a landslip. 

    The group says if the work goes ahead the route will become part of the England Coast Path - a 2,700-mile long trail which is being developed around the entire English coast. 

  3. Katie Hopkins cannot appeal libel case

    Exeter based columnist Katie Hopkins has been told she cannot appeal against a libel action which landed her with a six-figure bill.

    The pundit and radio host  was ordered  to pay £24,000 in damages to food blogger Jack Monroe earlier this month.

    Ms Monroe sued Ms Hopkins over two tweets posted in May 2015 which accused her of vandalising a war memorial.

    Katie Hopkins

    Mr Justice Warby said the grounds of Ms Hopkins' appeal would not have "a real prospect of success" in his view.

    Ms Hopkins has also been ordered to pay £107,000 towards the campaigner's legal costs within 28 days.

  4. North Greenwich Tube train 'device' accused pleads not guilty

    BBC News England

    A man accused of making a suspicious device that was blown up in a controlled explosion at a London Tube station has pleaded not guilty.

    Damon Smith, 20, is charged with making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.

    North Greenwich station was evacuated on 20 October last year after a suspicious item was found on a train.

    Mr Smith, of south-east London, who used to live in Devon, was given a provisional trial date of 24 April.

    Greenwich
  5. Latest weather: Rain and drizzle clearing overnight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight rain and drizzle will clear east and die out to become mainly dry with some clear spells developing. Min temp: 9C (48F).

    Tomorrow will be dry at first with some sunshine, but showers will develop through the afternoon with some of them heavy by evening. Max temp: 14C (57F). 

    Weather map
  6. Biker death crash driver's sentence slashed

    BBC Spotlight

    A young father who comforted a biker as he lay dying after crashing into him has had his jail term slashed by top judges.

    Allen

    Elliott Allen hit 27-year-old Matthew Smith's motorbike on the A30 in Cornwall in August 2015.

    Garage worker Mr Smith from Altarnun died after being trapped under Allen's 4X4.

    Allen, 22, of Elizabeth Close, Bodmin, tried to help Mr Smith and stayed with him until paramedics arrived.

    Smith

    He was jailed for two-and-a-half years for dangerous driving last year but Court of Appeal judges agreed it was too long and cut the sentence to one year.

    They refused to suspend his sentence and free him immediately despite a plea for clemency from Mr Smith's father, Ian Smith.

  7. Woman, 21, rescued after cliff fall

    A 21-year-old woman has been rescued after falling on the coastal path in Falmouth. 

    The alarm was raised at around 14:00. 

    The coastguard helicopter was called to help find the casualty, who fell near Pendennis Point. 

    The woman was taken by land ambulance to hospital.

    Rescue operation at Pendennis Point
  8. Teens urged to get meningitis vaccine

    Parents of 17 and 18-year-olds are being urged to get their children vaccinated against Meningitis.

    Teenagers and students are at higher risk because they mix closely with large numbers of new friends, some of whom will unknowingly be carrying the bacteria, enabling it to spread more easily. 

    Syringe

    Public Health England and NHS England says there's been a increase in people with Meningitis W, from 22 in 2009 to more than 200 in 2015/16.

    Schools and colleges are being targeted for vaccination programmes.

  9. Funding boost to help UK's rarest species

    Press Association

    Efforts to save some of the UK's rarest species including the shrill carder bee and the chequered skipper butterfly from extinction are being backed by £4.6m in lottery funding. 

    Little-known and exotically-named insects such as the bearded false darkling beetle and the royal splinter cranefly, as well as plants including the prostrate perennial knawel and interrupted brome are among the 20 species being targeted for action. 

    A further 200 threatened species will also be helped by the funding from the National Lottery, including pine martens, large garden bumblebees, lesser butterfly orchids and hedgehogs. 

    The money will support the "Back from the Brink" initiative to bring together leading charities and conservation bodies in the first nationwide coordinated effort to safeguard species from extinction and deliver conservation measures across England.

  10. Dawlish beach pollution lands South West Water with £150K fine

    BBC Radio Devon

    South West Water have been fined £150,000 for spilling sewage onto a bank holiday beach and polluting a village stream.

    Dawlish

    The water company allowed potentially dangerous sewage to flow down Dawlish beach in the height of the summer tourist season in one incident and caused fish to die in the other. 

    Engineers blamed blockages in their system caused by people flushing wet wipes down the toilet for one of the spills and a discarded brick for blocking a sewer in the other. 

    South West Water (SWW), which has 126 previous convictions for environmental offences, were ordered to pay a total of £175,475 in fines, costs and statutory surcharge at Exeter Crown Court.

    SWW admitted allowing an illegal discharge at Woodbury into the brook in September 2014. They also admitted discharging polluting matter into Dawlish Brook which was not in accordance with its environmental permits. 

  11. 'Deliberate' gorse fire 'destroys 20 hectares'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Twenty hectares of gorse have been destroyed by a large fire in Devon, police say.

    Fire crews were called to Molland Common, near South Molton, on Saturday night. Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately sometime between 18:50 and 20:10. 

    They are appealing for witnesses.

  12. Appeal for 'stolen' pony as owners 'desperately upset'

    Police are trying to find Jeremy, a charity pony believed to have been stolen from a field near Bude.

    Jeremy went missing over the weekend.

    He belongs to People4ponies, an equine charity specialising in helping wild and traumatised ponies.

    A police spokesman said: “The owners are desperately upset by the loss of Jeremy and are extremely concerned for his welfare.

    “Extensive searches of the surrounding area has been carried out but he is yet to be found. He may be missing but the presumption at this time is that he has been stolen."

    Pony
  13. Arrest after reports of man in underwear with knife

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man has been detained following a major police search for someone reported to be carrying a 9in carving knife, dressed in his underwear in Bude.

    Police

    Armed officers, search and rescue teams and the police helicopter joined the search.

    A 38-year-old man was found and detained under the Mental Health Act at about 23:00 BST last night, said police.

  14. Beach plunge pair thank 'marvellous' 999 crews

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two men trapped in their car after it careered 20ft down a hill and on to the beach at Porth, in Cornwall, have thanked emergency services for freeing them after a three-hour ordeal in the vehicle.

    Bowey Carter

    "To all the emergency services and people on the beach, thank you to everyone who helped us because you're all marvellous," said Hugh Bowey,70, who was at the wheel last Wednesday.

    "We lost control of the car and went down 20ft on to the beach," he told the BBC.

    Porth

    "I was absolutely terrified. I have never been through anything like that in my life."

    Both he and partner Steve Carter from Redruth were treated in hospital.

    Their nine-year-old dog Tyler was in the back and was uninjured.