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Summary

  1. Man 'hid body in suitcase' court hears
  2. Teenager charged with Exeter flat murder
  3. Falmouth property fire 'treated as arson'
  4. Motorist 'caught driving 117mph' over Dartmoor
  5. Cancer Research UK speaks out over charity haircut boy
  6. Exeter Chiefs players called to England squad
  7. Updates on Thursday 20 April

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 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. Marathon aim for man paralysed in motocross accident

    A Devon man who was paralysed following a motocross accident is aiming to tackle the London Marathon.

  3. Playtime made fun again

    BBC Spotlight

    A boy who has had to give up most sporting activities, due to a rare hip condition, has had a games room built for him at school.

    Harry Johns, eight, has previously had to sit down while his classmates run around at playtime, but now the community at Leedstown in west Cornwall has paid for a new facility so he can have fun too.

    Harry Johns

    Harry can now play table football and snooker with other children.

    More than half of children with his condition, Perthes' disease, return to normal activities within a few years from the beginning of the disease.

  4. Running the London Marathon?

    BBC Weather

    It'll continue to be a dry one, with some sunny spells.

    About 8-9C (46-48F) at the start and 15-16C (59-61F) by mid-afternoon.

    London Marathon
  5. Weather: Chilly but dry night

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will remain mostly cloudy and generally dry with a few clear spells.

    With light winds it will turn chilly in places, but it will be frost free. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map

    Friday will be another largely dry day with variable amounts of cloud, but some bright or sunny spells too.

    With light winds, it will feel warm in the sunshine, particularly towards urban areas. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).

  6. Thriller being filmed in Devon

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    A new movie could be coming to a cinema near you at the same time as providing a big boost for tourism in North Devon.

    It's a psychological thriller called Winter Ridge and it's being shot entirely on location around Lynton and Lynmouth. It's due to be released worldwide later this year.

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  7. Put those shorts and T-shirts away

    BBC Weather

    Late April it may be, but any thoughts of shorts/T-shirt weather can be put on hold early next week...

    Weather
  8. England call-up for Chiefs players

    BBC Sport

    Four Exeter Chiefs players have been named in the England squad which will tour Argentina this year. 

    It's a first call up for 20-year-old scrum half Jack Maunder and prop Harry Williams. They're among 15 uncapped players who've been selected.

    Jack Maunder, Harry Williams, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan Dickie

    They join Henry Slade and Luke Cowan Dickie and will head off for the two test tour in June.

  9. 'Mad' speeds on Dartmoor as one motorist recorded 'driving 117mph'

    BBC Spotlight

    Motorists are driving at 'mad' speeds on Dartmoor, campaigners say.

    The national park has been looking at data from newly installed signs, that measure how fast people are driving and flash a warning if they're speeding.

    Speed sign

    Around a quarter were driving too fast with some of the speeds described as 'frightening'.

    Karla Mckechnie from the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society said: "This year alone we're already up to 25 animal deaths on these roads, people have got to slow down, it's absolutely horrendous."

  10. Langford eyes future Saunders fight

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Bideford middleweight Tommy Langford is confident victory over Avtandil Khurtsidze on Saturday will pave the way for a shot at compatriot and WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.

    Langford, based in Birmingham, is undefeated in 18 contests and captured the British title in his last bout. He is the WBO's number-three ranked fighter, with Khurtsidze number one.

    Tommy Langford (right)

    "I've got a lot of following from north Devon and Bideford, people travel all the way up," he told BBC Sport.

    "They've not got a boxer from down there really, so the whole area's behind me - they all show a huge amount of support. When I get to go home and celebrate with them all, that's always good as well."

  11. Murder accused 'jealous of new relationship'

    Press Association

    A man killed his former partner because he was jealous of her new relationship, a court has heard.

    Exeter Crown Court has been told Kostadin Kostov, 43, had an "unhealthy and obsessive interest in Gergana Prodanova" after the 38-year-old mother-of-three found love with another Bulgarian man in Exeter.

    "On August 4 last year Ms Prodanova disappeared in Exeter," said Simon Laws QC, prosecuting. 

    "She had not been in this country very long but she had made a small circle of friends and she had started a relationship with a man. She had a job and she was a dependable employee, so her new friends and her colleagues were surprised at her disappearance. 

    "Then messages were sent by text and Facebook that looked as if they came from her. Those messages were intended to explain her sudden absence. Nearly a fortnight later her body was found here in Exeter.

    "It was concealed in a suitcase by the side of the railway not far from the prison. She had not disappeared at all. She had been killed by the defendant."

    Mr Kostov denies murder and the trial continues.

  12. Latest travel for Devon

    BBC News Travel

    • In Barnstaple the A361 Western Bypass is partially blocked at the Lake Roundabout due to a broken down vehicle
    • Also in Barnstaple Newport Road is partially blocked near Portland Street due to an accident
    • In Torquay we've got reports Grenville Avenue is blocked due to an accident near Davis Avenue
    • In Exeter on Wreford's Lane there's a broken down lorry near West Garth Road
  13. Analysis: Green pact with Labour

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    The Greens are hoping to arrange deals locally with Labour on targeting marginal seats - including Plymouth Sutton Devonport - the most marginal seat in the South West.

    Oliver Colvile

    It's traditionally a Tory Labour contest. The Conservative defender Oliver Colvile held on in 2015 but by just 523 votes.

    The Greens got more than 500 so the logic's pretty obvious.

    Arguably the perfect seat for this is St Ives in Cornwall which was Lib Dem from 1997 to the last election.

    There the Green vote alone, had it switched to the Lib Dems, would have seen the Lib Dem holder hold the seat.

    And the previous Lib Dem MP Andrew George has done lots of campaigning with the Green Party's Caroline Lucas so there could be a perfect fit there.

  14. Suitcase murder: Couple had 'complex and troubling relationship'

    Press Association

    A mother was killed by her former partner who stuffed her body into a suitcase before dumping it near train tracks, a court has heard.

    Gergana Prodanova, 38, went missing on 4 August last year from the home she shared with her ex-partner, Kostadin Kostov, who is on trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of murdering her.

    Simon Laws, QC, prosecuting, said the couple had been in a relationship for 15 years prior to Ms Prodanova moving to Exeter, Devon, in December 2015.

    "It was a complex and very troubling relationship," said Mr Laws. "He had used physical violence against her on a number of occasions.

    "He was a jealous and controlling man. He would lose his temper, especially when he had had a drink, and he would hit her. She stuck with him for many years. She seems to have found it very hard to break free from him."

    The jury heard Ms Prodanova moved to England on her own, leaving Kostov and her children at home in Bulgaria and soon formed a relationship with another man, who Mr Laws said treated her "kindly" and made her happy.

    Mr Kostov denies murder and the trial continues.

  15. BreakingMother-of-three's body was found in a suitcase, court hears

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A "jealous and controlling" Bulgarian man murdered his ex-partner and hid her body in a suitcase which he dumped near a railway line, a court has heard. 

    Exeter Crown Court has been told Kostadin Kostov, 43, had an "unhealthy and obsessive interest in Gergana Prodanova" after the 38-year-old mother-of-three found love with another Bulgarian man in Exeter. 

    Prosecutor Simon Laws QC told the jury her body was found near the railway line next to Exeter prison last August and that the motive for the murder was "old fashioned jealousy".

    Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, denies her murder and the trial continues.

  16. Teenager charged with Exeter flat murder

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A teenager accused of murdering a man at an Exeter flat in March has appeared in court.

    Delton Jones, 19, was not required to enter a plea at Exeter Crown Court and the case was adjourned.

    Mr Jones, of Burleigh Mews, Anfield, Liverpool, is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Jonathan Povey.

    Mr Povey died from suspected chest injuries after he was found by police at a flat at Bridge Court, Exe Street.

  17. Latest travel across Devon

    BBC News Travel

    • In Barnstaple on Newport Road near Portland Street we've got reports of an accident
    • In Crediton on Mill Street we've got reports of an accident near East Street
    • In Torquay, Warren Road is blocked in both directions between Warren Hill and Abbey due to a broken-down car