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Summary

  1. Man stabbed in Hayle sparks police probe
  2. Murder accused 'dragged body in suitcase across city'
  3. Houses 'severely damaged' in Exeter car crash
  4. Rogue traders 'targeting elderly' in Plymouth and Exeter
  5. Van driver 'not wearing seat belt lucky to be alive' in M5 crash
  6. Air and water tests as locals claim slurry pit makes them sick
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 24 April

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the week, 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 weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Exmouth assault which caused serious head injury described as 'isolated incident'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An assault in Exmouth in which a man sustained a serious head wound is being described as an "isolated incident" by police.

    Rolle Street

    Officers said a 29-year-old man was assaulted by an unknown male near the NatWest bank branch in Rolle Street at about 03.30 on Sunday 9 April.

    Det Con Rob Poole said: "We would like to reassure the public that we consider this to be an isolated incident. However, we are still keen to speak to anyone who saw this assault, which was serious."

  3. New unit to treat mums with mental health problems

    BBC Radio Devon

    New mums from across the South West who have suffered from serious mental health problems are getting a new specialist mother and baby unit based in Exeter. 

    At the moment, women with such issues are treated out of county, or are admitted to a general psychiatric ward but have to be separated from their babies. 

    The Devon NHS Partnership Trust said the unit would cater for mums from Cornwall and Somerset, as well as Devon, and its eight beds should open by next March.

  4. Water tank death caused by water company 'failure'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The death of an employee who drowned after after falling into a water tank he was working to fix was caused by the "failure of South West Water to ensure he was safe at work," a judge has said.

    Robert Geach, 54, died in December 2013 after falling into a sand filtration tank in Falmouth.

    The water company has today been fined £1.8m.

    Water plant

    Judge Robert Linford told Truro Crown Court: "The dangers of falling into tanks was pointed out to South West Water on a number of occasions, and the fact that something needed to be done." 

    He continued: "No correct risk assessment for the procedure had been done. This was an accident waiting to happen."

    South West Water pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws, and said: "Robert was a valued colleague and we very much regret the devastating loss to his family and friends."

  5. Any Questions: Radio 4 debate coming from Truro High School

    BBC Radio 4

    Tonight's Any Questions, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby is to come from Truro High School.

    Jonathan Dimbleby

    The political debate's panel is due to include: the president of the European Movement and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Ashdown, Labour Whip Thangam Debbonaire MP, Farming and Fisheries Minister George Eustice MP, and The Express columnist, commentator and former MP Ann Widdecombe.

    The programme starts at 20:00, and you can catch it on the iPlayer afterwards here

  6. Latest weather: Staying fine but slightly fresher

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will remain dry overnight, with some clear spells and light winds, perhaps allowing it to turn chilly in higher places, such as over Dartmoor. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Saturday will be another fine but slightly fresher day, with variable cloud amounts and some sunny spells. These are likely to become increasingly more widespread as the afternoon progresses. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  7. Khurtidze bout 'big chance' for Langford

    BBC Sport

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    Video caption: Tommy Langford excited for 'big chance' against Avtandil Khurtsidze

    Devon-born British middleweight Tommy Langford talks to the BBC about Saturday's WBO interim title fight against Avtandil Khurtsidze in Leicester on Saturday. 

    Victory would make the Bideford boxer mandatory challenger for a shot at the world title, which is currently held by fellow British boxer Billy Joe Saunders.

  8. Man arrested after Falmouth fire released

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man arrested after a fire broke out in a property in Falmouth has been released from custody, police said.

    The fire in Boslowick Road was reported soon after 10:00 on Thursday. 

    Falmouth fire

    The road was temporarily closed and no injuries were reported.

    Officers said a 39-year-old man from the town arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life had been "released under investigation pending further enquiries".

  9. Devon Royal Marines be part of a new anti-terror unit

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    Royal Marines from Plymouth will be part of a new anti-terror unit to combat the threat to ships and ports around the UK coast, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. 

    The Maritime Operations Commando unit will fight terrorists and pirates, and protect naval ships at sea, but will also respond to terror incidents on UK soil. 

    The 600-strong unit will be made up of personnel from 42 Commando at Bickleigh, near the city, and 120 marines from the Fleet Protection Group in Scotland, who will relocate to Plymouth.

  10. BreakingWater company fined after worker dies in tank

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    South West Water has been fined £1.8m for health and safety offences relating to the death of an employee who fell into a filtration tank. 

    Robert Geach, 54, drowned when he fell into the tank at a water treatment plant in Falmouth, Cornwall in December 2013. 

    South West Water pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Truro Crown Court this afternoon.

    Robert and Sylvia Geach
  11. Hayle stabbing: Woman, 51, arrested

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed in a street in Hayle.

    Police were called to Fore Street at about 15:30 on Thursday after a man, believed to be in his early 30s, suffered non life-threatening injuries in the incident.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said a 51-year-old woman from the town was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and was in custody.

  12. Water tank death an 'accident waiting to happen'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The death of a worker who drowned after falling into a filtration tank was "an accident waiting to happen", a court has heard.

    Robert Geach, 54, was attempting to fix the tank at a water plant in Falmouth when he fell through a small hole and into the water below in December 2013.

    South West Water has pleaded guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees.  

    Prosecuting, Sean Brunton said South West Water had received warnings about the dangers of lone working at similar sites, and held a large number of meetings on the subject prior to the accident. 

    Mr Brunton said: "There was a lot of talk but not much action."

    Robert and Sylvia Geach

    He described Mr Geach's death as "an accident waiting to happen".

    David Travers QC, defending South West Water Limited, said the company is "a responsible employer seeking to learn lessons".

    He also alerted Judge Robert Linford to this being the first health and safety conviction in the company's history.

    The Judge has retired to consider his sentence at Truro Crown Court. 

  13. Suitcase murder trial: Body 'dragged in suitcase along main streets'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A killer dragged the body of his ex-partner along several main streets in Exeter city centre hidden in a suitcase, a court has heard. 

    Kostadin Kostov, 42, murdered the mother of his three children, Gergana Prodanova, at her flat in the city last August, a jury was told. 

    Exeter Crown Court heard he dragged the 38-year-old's body along in darkness before dumping it next to a railway line, while disguised in a baseball cap.

    Mr Kostov, who is Bulgarian, denies having anything to do with the murder. The trial continues.

  14. Girlfriend of young farmer battling cancer to run London Marathon

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The girlfriend of a young farmer recovering from cancer says the diagnosis made her realise cancer "gets even the strongest and healthiest of people".

    Dan Eames's daily regime of getting up at 05:00 to start milking on the family farm in Tregony, Cornwall, was interrupted when the 26-year-old was rushed to hospital where doctors found he had blood clots in his neck. 

    Nicola and Dan

    Nicola Woodley, 23, said: “Dan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin B lymphoma which was an awful time in both of our lives.

    “Every day I went into hospital and saw him, with tubes and beepers attached to him, so pale and sometimes even green. It made you realise that cancer gets even the strongest and healthiest of people.”

    Dan

    She will run the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of Cancer Research UK.  

  15. Travel: Delays in both directions on A30 near Bodmin

    BBC News Travel

    In Cornwall, the A30 west-bound is now suffering delays around the roadworks area at Temple, Bodmin, after earlier reports of up to two miles of stationary traffic east-bound.

  16. Suitcase murder trial: 'Accused seen on CCTV 19 times'

    A man seen on CCTV dragging a suitcase through Exeter believed to contain the body of a woman had to occasionally stop to catch his breath, a court has been told.

    The body of mother-of-three Gergana Prodanova, 38, was found near the railway line next to Exeter Prison last August.

    Prosecutors have told a jury at Exeter Crown Court that her ex-partner, 43-year-old Bulgarian Kostadin Kostov, was a person seen 19 times on CCTV and he struggled to haul the bag through the city after Ms Prodanova's death at her flat.

    The court heard an expert would be called to say the man on the CCTV and Kostov shared a physical build, walked the same way and even held a cigarette in the same manner.  

    Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, said it wasn't him in the footage. He denies murder and the trial continues.

  17. Developers pay up to save vital South Devon Number 88 bus service

    Devon Live

    A vital bus route between Newton Abbot and Totnes has been saved.

  18. Travel: Two miles of tailbacks towards A30 roadworks

    BBC News Travel

    • In Cornwall, there are reports of up to two miles of stationary traffic on the A30 east-bound, heading towards the roadworks at Temple, Bodmin
    • On the trains, there's possible disruption on GWR services to and from London Paddington due to an earlier incident
  19. Suitcase murder trial: Accused 'wore disguise while dumping body of Gergana Prodanova'

    A man accused of killing his ex-partner and hiding her body in a suitcase wore a disguise when he dragged the bag through Exeter, a court has been told.

    Gergana Prodanova

    The body of mother-of-three Gergana Prodanova (pictured), 38, was found near the railway line next to Exeter Prison last August.

    Exeter Crown Court was told 43-year-old Bulgarian Kostadin Kostov, wearing a baseball cap and tight-fitting clothes, was captured on CCTV struggling to haul the case through the city three days after Ms Prodanova's death at her flat.

    Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, said it wasn't him in the outfit. He denies her murder and the trial continues.

  20. Arsonists target Kingsteignton shed

    BBC Radio Devon

    Arsonists have set light to a shed in Kingsteignton. 

    The blaze, which broke out at about 09:50 at Willhays Close, spread to a fence, firefighters said. 

    Two crews were called to the scene, as well as police.