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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Police appeal after van burnt out and quad bike stolen

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a Transit van was stolen, along with a quad bike and tool box.

    Quad bike

    The van, stolen from a garage on Wheal Rose Scorrier in Redruth between 09:00 and midday on Friday 10 March, was later found burnt out.  

    Police want to speak to anyone who may have been offered this bike for sale.

  3. Cornwall's highest point Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor has been sold for millions of pounds

    Cornwall Live

    Brown Willy - one of the twin peaks that mark Cornwall's highest point on Bodmin Moor - has been sold.

  4. Rare geese hatch at Paignton Zoo

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Three of the world's rarest geese have hatched at Paignton Zoo. 

    The Hawaiian goose or neh-neh is named after its call and is officially classed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

    Paignton Zoo is home to nine neh-neh, including these three goslings.

  5. Giles prepared for first tournament as pro

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornwall golfer Sammie Giles says she is excited and cannot wait to play in her first tournament as a professional next week.

    The 22-year-old confirmed on Monday that she would be leaving the amateur ranks, and will compete in the Azores Ladies Open in Portugal on the LET Access Series.

    Sammie Giles

    "It'll be a lot of new faces that I'm not used to and probably a little bit more passion because it'll be professional, and there's more riding on it than just ranking points," Giles told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "It's definitely going to be new, exciting and different - it's all about trying to enjoy it."

  6. Healthcare faces nationwide crisis unless government changes approach, research finds

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The University of Exeter has warned that healthcare faces a nationwide crisis unless the government fundamentally changes its approach.

    Their survey of 2,000 GPs across the South West of England found that about a third of them are planning to quit.

    The report says many are not convinced by governmental assurances of providing extra support for doctors.

  7. MP: 'Government needs to be more realistic about demands on GPs'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Forty percent of GPs in the South West say they intend to quit within the next five years. 

    The University of Exeter Medical School says its findings expose the magnitude of the region's impending healthcare crisis. 

    Sarah Woolaston

    The MP for Totnes Sarah Wollaston used to be a GP. 

    She says the Government needs to be more realistic about the demands it put on the profession and make it easier for medics to retrain.

  8. Will The Rock be joining the Royal Navy?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Royal Navy has encouraged Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to join after a fan asked whether he could actually move a fired torpedo with his bare hands, as shown in his latest movie.

    The Rock - an actor and professional wrestler - was asked the question when a fan shared a clip from film The Fate of the Furious - the eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious series.

    The Royal Navy said on Twitter: "We could use a man with your talents".

    The Rock said he was "texting The Queen now" for a special UK permit for his pick-up truck.

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  9. Conservatives back apology over Twitter account

    A Conservative Party spokesman said it was right for a Cornwall Council election candidate to apologise for sharing posts on social media from the founder of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson.

    Jan Allen, who is standing for the Conservatives in Truro, has now deactivated her Twitter account.

    Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP who has endorsed Mrs Allen's campaign, declined to comment.

    Mrs Allen is standing for public office for the first time following a career as a teacher including being headteacher of Whitemoor primary school near St Austell.

    Information about all of the candidates in the elections to be held on 4 May is available on the Cornwall Council website.

  10. Hall to represent Europe in tournament

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Hayle golfer Harry Hall has been named in the European team for the Arnold Palmer Cup, a competition between American college players and those at European universities.

    The 19-year-old is based in Las Vegas but is a member at the West Cornwall Golf Club in Lelant.

    Hall is the first player from the University of Las Vegas to feature for the European side, with the tournament taking place in June in Atlanta. 

  11. Three more free schools approved in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Three more free schools in Cornwall have been approved by the government. 

    They will be in Launceston, Newquay and an ACE Sky Academy in the St Austell area, which is a joint venture with the Eden Project. 

    Free schools can be set up by parents, teachers, charities, cultural and sporting groups, or other bodies - in response to demand from local communities. 

  12. Shocking dash cam footage shows gang's hammer attack on van driver

    Devon Live

    Newly released footage shows a vicious hammer attack filmed on a dash-cam which left a van driver with a broken back.

  13. Long hours and stress behind GP crisis, doctor says

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    A south west GP says longer hours and increasing stress are among the reasons why two in five GPs in the region intend to quit in the next five years.

    The University of Exeter research says the findings point to a deep and more imminent national crisis than has previously been anticipated.


    Mark Sanford-Wood, a practicing GP and a South West spokesman for the doctors union the BMA, blames two main factors for the decline in morale.

    He said: "The rapidly increasing workload for GPs who are now routinely working 12 or 14 hour days, and that's harnessed also to a rapidly rising complexity of cases which all combine to create increasing stress."

  14. Picture of first Sports Direct employee to join board

    Khia Lewis-Todd

    BBC Local Live

    Here's Alex Balacki - he is the first Sports Direct employee to be a representative on the company board.

    The 30-year-old runs a store in Barnstaple and has been with the company for 13 years.

    Alex Balacki
  15. Cornwall's highest point Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor has been sold for millions of pounds

    Cornwall Live

    Brown Willy - one of the twin peaks that mark Cornwall's highest point on Bodmin Moor – has been sold.

  16. GP quit because of 'strain on family'

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    Video caption: Watch: GP Michael Sproat quit because of "strain on family"

    About 40% of GPs in the South West say they intend to give up their jobs in the next five years, according to a new survey.

    For Michael Sproat, that has already happened. The former GP is starting a new life this week which he hopes will mean seeing more of his family. 

    He's just given up his GP partnership at his surgery in Downend and he will now be doing endoscopies for a private company as well as some locum work. 

    It's all to get a better work-life balance, he says.

    The University of Exeter surveyed 2,000 family doctors and found seven in 10 plan to change their working patterns so they can have less contact with patients.

  17. Isles of Scilly care home: 'Publicity generates renewed interest in jobs'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Isles of Scilly's only residential care home, Park House, will remain open for the time being, bosses have confirmed.

    In March the island's council said it might have to close because it couldn't find enough staff to work there. 

    After the announcement the authority called a public meeting to address the concerns of the families and residents. Now they say the consequent publicity has generated renewed interest in job opportunities at the home. 

    They say they've identified single person accommodation and have agreed to pay care workers a supplement on top of their wages to make the roles more attractive.

    A statement issued this morning says there are now no plans to close Park House in June - but warns there are still underlying concerns about recruitment in the future. The council has thanked staff for their dedication and the families for their patience and understanding. 

  18. Latest travel: Very busy in Plymouth on Tavistock Road

    BBC News Travel

    • In Paignton we have reports of an accident on the A3022 Totnes Road near Midvale Road
    • In Plymouth, on Tavistock Road there's very heavy traffic and delays outbound at the junction with the retail park
    • On the A30 between Honiton and Upottery there's slow traffic due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks
    • On the A3052 at Newton Poppleford there are 'stop/go boards' in operation for roadworks. There's queuing traffic in both directions
    • On the A30 traffic is heavier than normal westbound between the Loggans Moor Roundabout and St Erth Roundabout
    • Near Penryn there's slow traffic on the A39 approaching the Treluswell Roundabouts due to the road improvements
    • In Marazion, there's heavy traffic on the A394 around the B3280
    • In Davistow there's slow traffic on the A395 at Lillpark 
  19. Rowe-Turner confident of avoiding drop

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner says he is confident Torquay United will evade relegation from the National League.

    In the last two seasons the 26-year-old has played in teams that have gone down from the division, and the left-back is keen to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

    Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

    "I don't want to do it [relegation] any more - it's not fun," he told BBC Sport. "Everyone wants to do well for the manager. Everyone's working hard so I honestly think we'll be all right."