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Summary

  1. Man killed and teenager injured in crash
  2. Police to pay respects at funeral of Westminster terror attack victim
  3. 'Rusty ordnance' removed from North Devon
  4. Care home boss stole £9,000 from resident
  5. Numbers of young people self-harming on the rise, figures show
  6. Beach next to Poldark harbour closed after rock fall
  7. Dartmoor whisky distillery given the go-ahead
  8. Dead bottlenose dolphin found on Cornish beach
  9. Updates on on Friday 7 April 2017

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    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. Exeter's Bridge Road closed for the weekend

    BBC Radio Devon

    Bridge Road in Exeter will be closed from 22:00 tonight for ongoing widening works, Devon County Council says .

    Bridge Road. Pic: Google

    The authority said the works, which would see the road closed until 05:00 on Monday was part of plans to installation the first few spans of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge

    Remaining spans would be lifted "into place in the coming weeks", it added. Diversions will be in place.

  3. Dartmoor power buildings' demolition 'a significant loss'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Proposed demolitions of an electricity station building from the 1920s and a 1950s unmanned power station shed will be a "very significant physical loss to the 20th Century heritage of Princetown and Dartmoor", the Dartmoor Society says.

    Whisky makers have been given the go-ahead for a new distillery on the site of the Richardson & Gill building and the 1950s pocket power station shed on the outskirts of Princetown.

    Dartmoor building

    Dartmoor Brewery's application for the distillery, a visitor centre and car park was approved with conditions by national park planners.

    Dr Tom Greeves, chairman of the society, said "future generations will undoubtedly regret the unnecessary loss" of the Richardson & Gill building (pictured).

    Dartmoor Brewery, which already has a spot in the town, said the distillery could attract more visitors to the area.

  4. Lambs killed after being mauled to death in fields near Newquay

    Cornwall Live

    Police are appealing for dog owners to control their pets after lambs were mauled to death in fields at Mawgan Porth.

  5. Teen spared jail for 'despicable offence'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A teenager who stole jewellery from an elderly woman who paid him to cut her grass "just wanted money for drugs", a court has heard.

    Mikey Fox had knocked on the door of his victim, asking if she had any work available. She agreed to pay him £20 each time he mowed the lawn at her house, Truro Crown Court heard. 

    Fox, 19, of St Austell, took jewellery including a sentimental engagement ring from inside the woman's home last October, the court was told.

    He was sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders' institute, suspended for two years.

  6. Latest weather: Staying dry and clear

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Overnight, it will remain dry with plenty of clear spells, allowing for another cold night.

    There will be some patchy mist and fog, as well as a touch of frost in rural parts. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather

    After another chilly start, Saturday will be a fine, sunny and warm day, with most seeing almost clear blue skies by the afternoon.

    However, it will be cooler on the coasts. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  7. Poldark harbour beach to get 'more permanent signage' to warn of rock fall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    New signs are being put up at a beach, next to where scenes from BBC drama Poldark have been filmed, to warn of the dangers of a rock fall this week, its owner says.

    Charlestown beach. Pic: Atishoo Gallery

    Tonnes of rock fell on to East beach, to the left of Charlestown Harbour, near St Austell, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Square Sail Ventures, which owns the port and neighbouring beaches, said the affected area would be closed for the "foreseeable future".

    Temporary barriers are in place to stop people getting on to the beach. Current signs were to be replaced with "more permanent signage", Square Sail said. The site's other beach and the harbour itself remain open.

    The Grade II-listed harbour has  stood in for Truro  during filming of Poldark.

  8. Care home boss who took resident's money is spared jail

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A former care home manager sobbed in court as she avoided prison for deceiving an elderly resident out of £9,000. 

    Fifty-two-year-old Sharon Smith, of Burraton, received a jail sentence of two years, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of fraud at Truro Crown Court.

    Truro Crown Court

    Smith, a gambling addict, convinced her victim to withdraw cash over a period of about a year, telling him it was for fees for his care.

    In sentencing, Recorder Andrew Maitland said Smith's actions were an "appalling breach of trust" and she had abused her position at the care home.

  9. Ex-drug cartel pilot tried to kill lodger after squatter's rights threat

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A former drug cartel's pilot tried to kill his unwanted lodger after a threat to claim squatter's rights and barricade himself in the flat they shared, a court has heard.

    Andrew Barnes, 61, hit 29-year-old Luke Down four times in the head with a heavy axe while he slept last September, leaving him with brain injuries. 

    Andrew Barnes and court building

    Exeter Crown Court heard how the injuries would have been fatal if Barnes had removed the protective cover over the blade.

    Mr Down had been staying at Barnes's flat for free and had been paying his way by bringing round alcohol and food, the court was told.

    Barnes, from Topsham, Devon,  admitted attempted murder and was jailed for 15-and-a-half years . He was once a drug cartel pilot, flying cocaine from Colombia to the United States.

  10. Cornish trainer Venetia Williams has two horses running in National

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornish trainer Venetia Williams has two horses running in the Grand National

    They are Tenor Niverais and Houblon Des Obeaux, who both are on at 40-1. 

    Venetia trained 2009 winner Mon Mome was a 100-1 outsider, so you never know what will happen!

  11. Boy, 15, missing for seven days

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Police are appealing for help to find a teenager who's been missing for seven days. 

    Officers said they were "becoming increasingly concerned" about the welfare of Steven Carr, from St Austell, who also has links with Bodmin and Plymouth.

    He is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall, slim, with brown eyes and brown spikey hair. He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black Superdry jacket and Nike trainers.

  12. Sleeping rough vicar: 'Worst thing is the fear'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon vicar who has been sleeping rough for Lent says the challenge has been "much worse than I thought it was going to be".

    Father Gary Deighton, who's the vicar of St George's in Goodrington, wanted to raise money and awareness for homelessness.

    Fr Gary Deighton

    He said: "It’s been awful, actually... I thought the real issue would be the cold and the wet, and they are bad. But the worst thing is the level of fear you’ve got.

    "Any noise, any tin can, any whistling in the wind and, straight away, you’re alert and worried that something might be happening."

    Lent ends in the middle of April, but his last night will be tonight because of work commitments.

  13. Dead dolphin dragged from beach

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A dolphin washed up on the beach at Porth near Newquay was dragged away by Cornwall Council workers yesterday.

    The animal was the latest in a spate of animals being found on beaches around the south west.

    Dolphin
  14. Musician dying from skin cancer sues GP for saying it was 'fungal nail infection'

    Devon Live

    A musician dying from skin cancer who says his GP misdiagnosed his condition as a minor fungal nail infection is  suing him for over £300,000 in compensation .

  15. Suspect device in Woolacombe 'may be landmine'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A piece of suspected unexploded ordnance in Woolacombe which caused emergency services to put up a 100m cordon may possibly be a landmine, police say.

    Woolacombe device. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The "rusty" device was found at Parade House at about 10:00 by contractors carrying out work at the site.

    An ordnance disposal team had examined the item and said it would be "removed for safe disposal", police said.

  16. Horse and pony's owners found

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Do you remember the story we told you on Wednesday of the horse and pony which were found in the Liskeard area at the weekend?

    Found horse and pony. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The pair were rounded up on Sunday after being seen inadvertently heading towards the A38 from the New Road area.

    Police have  tweeted that they have been "reunited with their rightful owners".

    Hopefully the investigation to trace who owned them didn't involve too much horsing around.

  17. Starling murmurations investigated by Devon scientist

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A scientist from the University of Exeter will lead a project to discover the secret of starling murmurations and other groups of animals that work together in complex ways.

    The three-year project, led by Dr Alex Thornton from Exeter’s Centre for Ecology and Conservation, has received a $1m grant from the  Human Frontiers Science Programme  to study the ways in which individuals in groups respond to one another to operate as a single, super-organism.

    Starlings
    Quote Message: The mechanisms that allow thousands of individuals to move as one, such as flocking birds or huge schools of fish, have begun to be better understood in recent years. Scientists have used mathematical models to show how a collective ‘order’ can emerge as a by-product if those individuals follow a set of simple rules to interact with their neighbours." from Dr Alex Thornton Senior lecturer at University of Exeter
    Dr Alex Thornton Senior lecturer at University of Exeter