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  1. Man who filmed himself raping girls jailed for 18 years
  2. Bus passenger dies after being 'found on the ground'
  3. HIV doctor alert prompts recall of patients
  4. Rapper reported 'missing on Dartmoor'
  5. Man suffers serious head injuries in cyclist crash
  6. Prime Minister meets local fishermen during Cornwall visit
  7. Man trapped in bedroom after blaze breaks out in lounge
  8. Hopes that gig championships will launch rowing ambitions
  9. Latest updates on Tuesday 2 May 2017

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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 Wednesday 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. Missing rapper previously camped on Dartmoor 'on a fast'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A friend of a rapper who has been missing on Dartmoor said he had gone there before on a religious retreat.


    Joel Griffiths, 35, from Devonport, Plymouth, performs as J Reaper. 

    He was first reported missing on 28 April but has not been seen since 19 April. 

    His friend Tim Francis said the last time he went camping on Dartmoor "was for 40 days on a fast as he believes in the bible".

    Police and Dartmoor Search and Rescue have been searching for Mr Griffiths.

  3. Victims of paedophile Damien Treavartha 'immensely brave'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Victims of a Devon paedophile showed "immense bravery" speaking out against their attacker, a children's charity says.

    Damien Treavartha. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Thirty-four-year-old Damien Treavartha, from Newton Abbot, was jailed for 18 years at Exeter Crown Court for sexual assaults on three victims over three years, one of whom was aged only eight or nine.

    The NSPCC said: "Treavartha is a dangerous sexual predator who preyed on his young victims for his own gratification. This disturbing case shows how vital it is to educate pupils about abuse and empower them to come forward if they have been abused." 

    It added: "The victims in this case have shown immense bravery in speaking out and we hope they are receiving support to recover from their ordeal."

  4. Reporters send pic of door after block on filming Theresa May

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Two reporters were sent to cover the visit of Prime Minister Theresa May to Cornwall and all they got were these two pics.


    Equipped with mobiles to record the visit on Facebook Live, they were told by officials to stay in a room until they were allowed to fire just two questions at Mrs May.

    Cornwall Live editor Jacqui Merrington fumed: "To think that in this day and age - we were and still are a local newspaper - but we are a lot more than that.

    "We are digital media and that is the case for most local media nowadays and to be restricted on that basis seems very archaic." 

    The Conservatives said that Cornwall Live had requested on the morning of the visit to film it with broadcasters BBC and ITV and it was "not possible".

    "The organisation's journalists did interview the prime minister and their photographer accompanied the prime minister on a factory tour."

  5. Theresa May awkwardly eating chips in Cornwall could be 2017's 'bacon sandwich'

    The Guardian

    There’s nothing more traditionally British on a visit to the seaside than eating chips in the open air, but during a campaign visit to Cornwall on Tuesday Theresa May looked distinctly uncomfortable while tucking into a cone of them.

  6. Disqualified driver jailed for offences including knocking over schoolgirl

    Cornwall Live

    A disqualified motorist who continued to put lives in danger and take to the road to commit a catalogue of offences which included knocking over a 11-year-old girl, has been sent to prison.

  7. Latest weather: Getting cloudier but staying dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It'll be a dry and chilly night, with fairly light winds and clear spells. However, the cloud will increase from the east towards morning. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).


    Rather cloudy on Wednesday, but mainly dry with a few bright or sunny spells in the west making it feel warm there.

    An isolated light shower is possible later. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  8. Sailors aim to beat own dinghy long-distance record

    BBC Radio Devon

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    Two Devon sailors are attempting to beat their own dinghy long-distance world record by sailing from Plymouth to Scotland in the next three weeks - about 500 nautical miles. 

    Acting Petty Officer Phil Slade and MoD civilian staff member Mark Belamarich (pictured) will be making the voyage in a 14ft dinghy.

    Last year, they gained a Guinness World Record sailing 309 miles to Portsmouth via France. It was the furthest ever sailed in a double-handed boat.

    The pair said they planned to raise funds for a naval charity and for bowel cancer research.

  9. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Cornwall, on the A387 in Polperro, near Longcoombe Lane, there are reports of an accident
    • There's slow traffic on the A39 Near Penryn, approaching the Treluswell roundabout due to roadworks. There are queues back to Perranarworthal
    • The Glynn Valley is clear for traffic after a lorry came off the road earlier. The lorry itself will be recovered on Wednesday "whilst the road is shut for other road works", Highways bosses say
    • In Devon, there are reports of an accident in Barnstaple on Bear Street, near Bicton Street
    • In Exeter, Bonhay Road is closed between Exeter St David's station and St David's Hill for sewer work that began today and is due to carry on for three weeks. Diversions are in place and traffic is very busy
  10. Defibrillator breaking 'investigated as theft'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Devon are investigating a defibrillator being taken and broken as an incident of theft.

    Officers said on Facebook that the heart treatment machine in Kingsbridge was found abandoned and its pads, which are attached to a body, were missing, "rendering it useless".

    It was thought it was taken "sometime overnight between Saturday and Sunday" when it was removed from its case on the wall of a town pharmacy by the bus station.

    Police said the act "could have had fatal consequences". The machine has been repaired and put back in place.

  11. Council dishes out littering and dog fouling fines

    BBC Radio Devon

    "We're cracking down on littering and dog fouling" is the message from Mid Devon District Council, which has issued a number of fixed penalty notices for the offences over the last few months.

    The authority said it had issued four £80 fixed penalty fines for littering in the area, along with an on-the-spot fine for dog fouling, outside a play area in Cullompton.

    Councillors said it was part of a drive to keep the area free from antisocial behaviour and educate locals on the amount of money spent on clearing up litter and fly-tipping.

  12. Doctor at centre of HIV alert 'involved in orthopaedic ops'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    A locum doctor at the centre of an HIV alert was involved in orthopaedic operations in Cornwall, hospital bosses say.

    Nearly 60 patients in Cornwall are among hundreds across England being notified about the doctor who was later diagnosed with HIV.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We are writing to 57 patients offering the opportunity, as a precaution, to return to the hospital for a blood test. There is no need for individuals to take any special precautions in advance of receiving our letter. 

    "The doctor was involved in orthopaedic operations at the Royal Cornwall Hospital for a six-month period between 2011 and 2012."

  13. Tube bomb jury 'can draw inferences from accused not giving evidence'

    BBC News UK

    Jurors could draw inferences as they saw fit from a student accused of building a bomb and leaving it on a London Tube train not giving evidence at his own trial, an Old Bailey judge says.

    Damon Smith denies making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life, but he admitted perpetrating a bomb hoax.

    The 20-year-old - who has Asperger's syndrome and had lived in Newton Abbot, Devon - allegedly left a rucksack with explosives and ball-bearing shrapnel on a Jubilee Line train, the Old Bailey was told. The court previously heard Mr Smith admitted he only meant it to spew harmless smoke as a prank.

    Richard Carey-Hughes QC announced his client would not give evidence after prosecutors closed their case. The trial continues.

  14. 'Archaic' Tories ban Cornwall Live reporters filming PM

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Reporters covering Theresa May's visit to Cornwall were not allowed to film her and were restricted to just two questions.

    Theresa May

    The journalists, who were also not allowed to broadcast via Facebook Live, were treated in an "archaic" way by Conservatives, said Cornwall Live.

    A Cornwall Live photographer was only allowed to take stills of the PM.

    The Conservatives said the "last minute" request to film "was not possible this morning".

  15. Public say they want to buy up-for-sale South Devon hospital site

    Devon Live

    The people of Bovey Tracey have spoken and are all signing from the same hymn sheet in that they want to buy the Bovey Tracey community hospital site.

  16. Glynn Valley accident lorry 'not to be recovered until after rush hour'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A lorry which came off the A38 in the Glynn Valley in Cornwall will not be recovered until after Tuesday evening's rush hour, police say.

    The vehicle has caused slow traffic in the area of the turn-off for Bodmin Parkway railway station for much of the afternoon.

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  17. Churcher quits Redruth: Coach worried he 'spread myself quite thin'

    BBC Sport

    Marek Churcher

    Redruth head coach Marek Churcher is stepping down as head coach of Redruth Rugby Club having only taken on the role in August 2016.

    Churcher, who is a full-time rugby coach, admitted last week he was considering his future, telling BBC Radio Cornwall: "It's been quite tough this season, especially since Christmas, trying to coach three or four teams in a week.

    "I've spread myself quite thin. I've got to look at myself and be a bit selfish about it."

    He has since decided to quit as the Reds head coach following the 32-26 defeat by Henley Hawks in the club's final game of the season on Saturday.

    "Everyone at the club has been brilliant and I could not have asked for anything more," Churcher told the club's website.

  18. Frogmouth chicks hand-reared to 'give them best chance of survival'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tawny frogmouth chicks. Pic: Paradise Park

    Two chicks from a bird species usually native to Australia are being hand-reared at an attraction in Cornwall to "give them the best chance of survival", staff say. 

    The two 23-day-old tawny frogmouth chicks are at Paradise Park in Hayle.  

    Keeper Sarah-Jayne Cooke said: "The parents have sadly not been very successful in the past at raising their own chicks. So the decision was made to hand-rear these two to give them the best chance of survival."

    The unusual birds of prey are often mistaken for owls.

  19. Single dose of nature taken once a week in Cornwall pilot scheme just what the doctor ordered

    i Newspaper

    Convening with Nature for just two hours a week can work wonders for your mood, a new study has found.

  20. Tiverton promoted to Southern League Premier Division

    BBC Radio Devon

    Celebrations are being held in mid-Devon after Tiverton Town's promotion to the Southern League Premier Division.

    The Ambers beat Salisbury City 2-0 in their playoff final yesterday. Michael Landricombe and Tom Bath scored the goals.