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  1. Ex-soldier 'filled with remorse' after killing ex-girlfriend
  2. Police deal with increase in reports of grooming of children
  3. Footpath collapses in St Ives landslide
  4. Turtles 'cruelly abandoned' at aquarium
  5. Coastal communities get £4m boost, including Plymouth's Mayflower celebrations
  6. A skipping Jack Russell and her owner have set a new world record.
  7. Updates on Monday 3 April

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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 Tuesday 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. Misbehaving drone users 'could end up in hot water with police'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People run the risk "of finding themselves in hot water with the police" if they misuse drones in Devon and Cornwall, police say.

    Police forces in the UK are being "flooded"  with reports involving drones , an investigation by the Press Association said.

    Police officer with drone

    It said more than 3,456 incidents involving drones were recorded last year, compared with only 1,237 in 2015. Numbers suggested about 10 incidents per day were being logged, it added.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said: "[We] will attempt to educate and give words of advice to the user of the drone where suitable, but owners of drones must take responsibility and understand the rules and regulations set in relation to drone usage."

    People could "possibly find their equipment confiscated", officers added.

  3. Police hunt for cash card thief after woman has £1,400 taken from account

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Plymouth are hunting for a man who stole a cash card from a woman in her 80s who later had nearly £1,500 taken from her bank account.


    Officers said the woman was using the cash machine at the Morrison’s supermarket on Outland Road at about 09:15 on Saturday 25 March when a man took her cash card and fled the area.

    They said: "The victim then had in the region of £1,400 taken from her account."

    Police investigating the theft have released an image of a man they wished to identify.

  4. Ex-soldier 'used tracker device to track stabbing victim'

    An ex-soldier allegedly used a tracking device on a car to spy on a man before ambushing him and stabbing him repeatedly, a court has heard.

    Richard Grant stabbed Alexander Pierce in the chest and groin before running off and being found by police hiding up a tree, Exeter Crown Court was told.

    He is alleged to have spied on his victim - the ex-partner of his girlfriend, who he believed had treated her badly - for more than two weeks.

    Mr Grant, 46, of Drake Close, Cullompton, denies attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits having a bladed article. The trial continues.

  5. Wildlife trusts mussels in with conservation project

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A conservation project is aiming to save one of Devon’s most endangered animals, the county's wildlife trust says.

    Mussels. Pic: Devon Wildlife Trust

    The trust said the freshwater pearl mussel "might not look as stunning as some wildlife" but that it was a "remarkable animal... that can have a positive impact for us all" because it filters bacteria and algae.

    It added that the mussels were "declining significantly" and currently only found on the Torridge and the Taw in the county, and that "even these rivers are too polluted for the mussels to breed successfully".

    The trust said it was breeding mussels in captivity, so they could survive in healthy water at their earliest stage of life, before being released into the wild.

  6. Abandoned turtles: We could have faced legal action - aquarium

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Three turtles abandoned outside a Cornish aquarium have had a lucky escape because staff were initially advised to put the animals down, the aquarium says.

    Turtles. Pic: Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium

    The three yellow bellied sliders were dumped at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium by a man who claimed he "found them locally". However, European zoos or aquariums cannot accept any more since 2015, except under strict conditions, because it is classed as an invasive species.

    Curator Steve Matchett said: "Pet owners often expect zoos and aquariums to take their unwanted turtles when they no longer wish to care for them, and it is now a common problem for all zoos, aquariums and rescue centres that, if we did take them in, we can face legal action."

    The aquarium said "against all odds" the three examples of the north American species were found a new home at a rescue centre.

  7. Latest weather: Cloudy overnight before a brighter Tuesday

    BBC Weather

    Skies will be cloudy overnight with some patchy rain at times.

    Cloud will lower to give some hill fog in places such as Dartmoor and it will be dry for many by dawn. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).


    Cloud will gradually start to break up through Tuesday morning, with some bright spells by the afternoon.

    It'll be mostly dry, although some patchy light rain is possible at first. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

  8. Police car theft: 'Mere luck nobody was killed'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A judge sentencing a couple who stole a police car in Cornwall and drove it more than 200 miles told them it was "mere luck nobody was killed as a result of what you did".

    Daniel Toy, 24, and Samantha Poole, 31, both of no fixed abode, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after taking the car from Camelford Police Station last October. They were stopped near Slough in Berkshire.

    Truro Crown Court heard that, at one point, they were tracked doing 124mph and they also drove off without paying for fuel during a stop.

    Toy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Poole was given a 15-month sentence but released because of time in custody.

    Judge Simon Carr said it was "some of the worst driving I've ever had to pass sentence on".

  9. Storm of interest: Drone used to take competition entry of battered lighthouse

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Lighthouse in storm. Pic: James Bassitt

    A photograph offering a bird’s eye view of waves crashing against the craggy rocks around a remote lighthouse has been receiving some acclaim, a university says.

    The image, which shows a stormy view of the Fastnet rock, off the coast of Ireland, has featured among the top entries in the Science Photo Competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Exeter said.

    The photo, by engineering expert James Bassitt, was taken using a drone controlled by him when he was standing on the lighthouse's helicopter platform last winter.

  10. Concrete piles to support Exeter flood gates a 'key milestone'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Work to protect more than 3,000 properties from flooding in Exeter has reached a key milestone, project managers say. 


    Concrete piles are being installed to support floodgates at the Quayside in a  project costing £32m .

    Contractors are to pack up for the summer to allow people to use the area, managers added.

  11. Police car thieves sentenced

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A couple who stole a police car in Cornwall and drove it more than 200 miles have been sentenced.

    Police car

    Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Toy broke into Camelford Police Station by breaking a window and stole a set of car keys on 8 October 2016. He and Samantha Poole, 31, then travelled up the A30 before joining the M5, and then went on to the M4.

    The pair, of no fixed abode, were eventually stopped by police on the motorway near Slough in Berkshire using a stinger device.

    At Truro Crown Court, Toy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Poole was given a 15-month sentence but released because of time spent in custody.

  12. Plymouth out of title race - Adams

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has conceded the League Two title to Doncaster, with the leaders six points ahead of his side with six games to go.

    The Pilgrims, second in the table, were  beaten by Accrington  on Saturday, while Rovers won to extend their advantage.

    Derek Adams

    "We're out of the title race now. Six points behind, Doncaster have a better goal difference - that's out of the question now," Adams told BBC Radio Devon. "We've still got a job to do, we've still got 18 points to play for."

  13. Whale's second rescue 'much easier'

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    An operation to free a humpback whale for a second time after becoming entangled in fishing gear off Devon was "much easier" than its first rescue, divers say .

    It was cut free off Blackpool Sands on Saturday afternoon by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the RNLI Salcombe lifeboat crews.

    Two weeks ago, volunteers from the BDMLR had to cut the creature free from whelk pot ropes. 

    Whale rescue. Pic: RNLI

    Dan Jarvis, from the BDMLR, told BBC News: "The whale was quite exhausted, but they're very intelligent animals, so I'd like to think it knew we were trying to help and was very cooperative." 

    He added that the whale would be on its migration route north, possibly to Iceland or Norway, but it was likely to remain in the area while there is plentiful plankton and small fish.

  14. Tomorrow's Newton Abbot meeting cancelled

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Tomorrow's opening horse racing meeting of the season at Newton Abbot has been abandoned, due to heavy rain over the past week.

    The racecourse has apologised for having to make the decision, with refunds being made in the next 48 hours.

    Newton Abbot

    The next scheduled meeting at Newton Abbot is on Easter Saturday, 15 April.

  15. Beavering away on 'ground-breaking' project

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A project described as ground-breaking plans to bring beavers back to Cornwall.

    The county's wildlife trust said the animals, which were hunted to extinction several hundred years ago, were being re-introduced to a fenced area upstream of Ladock, near Truro, this summer.


    Scientists hope to show the animals can reduce flooding and make streams cleaner - and have been studying the area for more than a year in preparation. 

    Professor Richard Brazier, from the University of Exeter, said: “Data collected before and after will show the true impacts of the beavers once they’ve been introduced. That’s what makes this project unique in the UK."

  16. Consultation ending over East Devon Council boundary changes

    BBC Radio Devon

    This week sees the end of an eight-week public consultation in East Devon for residents wanting to have their say on new boundaries and new names for council wards.

    Ballot box

    Draft proposals  released in February  said the local authority wanted 60 councillors in future instead of 59, and 30 wards instead of 32.

    The council said it was about improving quality for voters.

  17. Teenager goes missing for a second time

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Cornwall are trying to trace a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing twice in a week.

    Chloe Timms. Pic: Handout

    Launceston Police  said on Facebook  that they were trying to find Chloe Timms, also know as Khloe, after she was reported as being missing from her home in the Callington area since Friday.

    Her going missing again was after she was found on 28 March, after she disappeared for the first time on Saturday 25 March.

    Officers said: "It is possible that she is with friends and deliberately avoiding police. However, she needs to be sighted by police officers to confirm that she is safe and well."

  18. Man faces jail for filming up skirts of 700 women

    Plymouth Herald

    A pervert faces prison for filming up the skirts of hundreds of unsuspecting women.

  19. Turtles 'cruelly abandoned' at aquarium

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Turtles. Pic: Blue Reef Aquarium

    Three turtles have been "cruelly abandoned" by a "callous member of the public" on the doorstep of an aquarium, staff say.

    Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium said the three yellow bellied sliders were dumped at its entrance in a dirty bucket by a man who claimed he "found them locally". He left quickly before staff could tell him they could not accept freshwater turtles or terrapins.

    Since 2015, European zoos or aquariums cannot accept them, except under strict conditions, because it is classed as an invasive species.

    The aquarium said that, "against all odds", the three examples of the north American species were found a new home at a rescue centre.