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Summary

  1. Plymouth ex-soldier Jay Nava guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend
  2. Exeter knife attack was 'like scene from horror film Psycho'
  3. Pick-up truck collision girl, six, 'has internal injuries'
  4. Charity in financial trouble plans to cut jobs
  5. Woman in wheelchair suffers leg injury in car collision
  6. The Sunday Independent stops production
  7. Updates on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

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 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. Murdering ex-soldier fell asleep beside his victim's body

    BBC News England

    Natasha Wake

    A woman was murdered by her former soldier on-off boyfriend while three children slept upstairs.

    Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth, stabbed 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck at her home in Bournemouth in October. He then fell asleep beside her body, which he later hid in a cupboard under the stairs, Winchester Crown Court heard.

    The jury was told Miss Wake became angry with Nava on the day she died when she found out that he had been investigated by police for an alleged sexual assault on another woman.

    Nava tired to hang himself from a tree after the murder but police officers managed to resuscitate him, the court heard. A defence psychiatrist had told the jury Nava suffered an "abnormality in mental function". He will be sentenced on Thursday.

  3. Car up goes up grassy bank and into hedge

    BBC Radio Devon

    An elderly man has been rescued from a car after the vehicle went up a grassy bank on the side of a road and into a hedge, firefighters say .

    Emergency services were called to the scene in Transit Way at about 14:05.

    Fire crews said they stabilized the vehicle and administered first aid to the man before an ambulance arrived. His condition is not known.

  4. Latest weather: Staying dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will remain dry overnight but the skies will turn cloudier for many.

    There will be light winds and some clear spells, possibly allowing a ground frost in some rural areas by dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be another dry day, with variable amounts of cloud, light winds and bright or sunny spells for most, especially during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  5. Listen up: Dog recognised for work at school for the deaf

    Janine Jansen

    BBC Spotlight

    A hearing dog from Devon has been rewarded with a three-day holiday after being recognised for his volunteer work with children at the Exeter Deaf Academy.

    Niven the cockapoo

    Niven the cockapoo is thought to be the first ever listening dog in a deaf school and has been hailed a "hidden hero".

    You'll be able to find out more and meet him on  Spotlight tonight  on BBC One at 18:30.

  6. Closing Sunday Independent printed for nearly 210 years

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The South West newspaper the Sunday Independent, which has announced its closure, had been in circulation for nearly 210 years.

    Sunday Independent

    Up to 20 full-time staff based in Liskeard are to lose their jobs at the paper - which was founded in 1808 - with a further 300 freelance reporters and contributors losing work.

    It's understood the paper has failed to find new investors following the death of its previous owner. This is despite it "trading well in the past year", according to an email sent to contributors informing them of the closure.

    Management at the newspaper said they were not giving up hope that an 11th hour investor would come in to save the publication.

  7. Fake Trading Standards officers asking for claim cash

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People pretending to be Trading Standards officers have been visiting homes and telling people they can claim compensation if they pay money into a bank account provided by the bogus officer, genuine Trading Standards staff say.

    Trading Standards vehicle

    The Devon and Somerset Trading Standards service said fraudsters had been knocking on doors and "advising" residents they could obtain refunds and compensation following poor work carried out previously.

    But, to get that, they were told they had to pay £1,000 into a specific bank account, with the fake officer providing that account's details.

    Stephen Gardiner, of Trading Standards, said people should be "extra cautious about anyone unexpectedly knocking on their door" and that officers would "never ask for money from members of the public".

  8. Collisions in Exeter and Plymouth

    BBC News Travel

    • In Exeter, there are reports of a two-vehicle collision on Union Road, near Culverland Road
    • In Plymouth, there are reports of an accident on the A374 Chapel Street, near Cumberland Street
  9. Rules changed at trampoline park so children can play together

    Devon Live

    A Devon trampoline centre has changed its rules for the Easter holidays so children of different ages can play together .

  10. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Devon , on the A380 Hamelin Way in Torquay, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle near the Gallows Gate roundabout
    • In Cornwall , there's been an accident on the A392 between the Halloon roundabout and Quintrell Downs, on the narrow part of the road
    • In St Ives, on Gabriel Street, there are reports of an accident near the library
  11. Three detained after car fails to stop for police

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Three people have been detained and a car seized after it failed to stop for police in Totnes, officers say.

    Seized car. Pic: Totnes Police

    Totnes Police  said on Facebook  the black BMW made off up Harpers Hill after not stopping at about 11:30. It was found abandoned with damaged rear tyres a bit later.

    Three people were detained nearby after officers, a police dog and a police helicopter were involved in a search.

    One male was reported "for a host of driving offences" and his car "will soon be crushed", police said.

  12. BreakingSoldier guilty of Natasha Wake murder

    A former soldier has been found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend at her home in Bournemouth.

    Jay Nava, 27, from Plymouth, stabbed 26-year-old Natasha Wake 11 times in the chest and neck in October and hid her body in a cupboard.

    He was arrested after being found attempting to take his own life at Hengistbury Head.

    Nava will be sentenced tomorrow at Winchester Crown Court.

    Jay Nava
  13. Dame Hannah Rogers Trust hopes to cut redundancy numbers

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    One of the South West's biggest charities is facing cutting jobs, but says it hopes to reduce the number of possible redundancies.

    Dame Hannah Rogers site

    The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust says it is looking at having to cut up to 20 jobs at its Seale Hayne site, some 15% of its staff, because of financial troubles. Three of its five trustees are also being replaced.

    The trust - known as Hannahs - bought the former agricultural college in 2009. It provides care, education, training, job opportunities and support to disabled people and their families.

    About 1,500 disabled people use its services every year.

  14. Parking tickets: Are drivers successfully appealing?

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Have you had a parking ticket you feel is unfair?

    Almost every day we get calls from motorists who have a yellow and black sticker on their windscreen which they feel has been unfair or over-zealously issued.

    Parking ticket

    About 100 English councils  responded to a Freedom of Information request  asking how many parking tickets issued between January and October 2016 were appealed and how many appeals were successful.

    Runnymede Council, near Windsor, only refunded 9% of appeals, yet Waveney District Council in Suffolk refunded a staggering 72% of appeals.

    Here in Cornwall, we are about mid-table, with just over 3,000 appeals. Of those, 925 - just over 30% - were upheld.

  15. Dartmoor power station buildings an 'important part of history'

    Kirk England

    BBC Radio Devon

    So-called robot power station buildings on Dartmoor, which could be demolished if plans for a new whisky distillery get the go-ahead, are an important part of local history, a member of The Dartmoor Society says. 

    Built in 1959 and thought to be the world's first, the pocket power station unmanned electricity generator in Princetown was installed to provide a backup power supply.     

    Dartmoor power station

    The plant has been decommissioned and stripped of its generating engine but isn't considered suitable to be listed. 

    Tom Greeves, from the society, said: "These buildings, even though they're relatively modern and not aesthetically that beautiful, are such an important marker about the story of energy production on Dartmoor."

    The company behind the plans for the distillery declined to comment. 

  16. Police break up row between dinosaurs and tiger in Torquay

    Devon Live

    A row between a tiger and dinosaurs has broken out on a Devon harbourside after traders disagreed over plans for a new ice cream stand - and police had to intervene .