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Summary

  1. Damon Smith guilty of planting Tube bomb
  2. Pair sentenced for setting dog on fox
  3. Man sprayed in face with corrosive liquid
  4. A swab was left inside a patient during an operation in Cornwall in March
  5. Missing rapper J Reaper found 'safe and well'
  6. Prostate cancer clinics in Cornwall 'overwhelmed'
  7. Lifeboat tows in fishing vessel after engine failure
  8. Solar farm owner applies for 15-year extension
  9. Latest updates on Wednesday 3 May 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 Thursday 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. Men heard laughing as they watched dog attack

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The RSPCA says it hopes the conviction of two men for setting a dog upon a fox and sharing films of the attack on Facebook sends out a clear message about animal cruelty.

    Jack Crocker, 41, of Chacewater and Robbie Long, 21, of Redruth, were given six week suspended jail sentences at Bodmin Magistrates' Court in Cornwall after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

    Jack Crocker was also given a two week suspended sentence for killing a wild rabbit with a crossbow.

    Jack Crocker

    RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: "The footage clearly shows these two men watching as the fox was subjected to what would have been a painful and drawn out death. 

    "Far from deal with the situation responsibly and humanely, instead they filmed the incident and could be heard laughing as the fox was being attacked.

    "We hope this case being brought before the court will encourage others to report any concerns they have about animal welfare to report them to the police or RSPCA."

  3. Diving coach Andy Banks 'so grateful to Plymouth'

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    Andy Banks

    Diving coach Andy Banks, who helped Tom Daley's Olympic dream, says he is "so grateful to the city of Plymouth and other partners who have supported me for the last 25 years".

    Banks, who has also worked with Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow is joining Diving Australia as national coach.

    An integral part of Team GB as a coach for the last three Olympic Games, Banks set up the UK's first full-time professional diving programme in Bradford in 1988, before moving to Plymouth in 1992.

    He will formally begin his role with Diving Australia in the next few months.

  4. Tube bomb: Device 'designed to cause horrific injuries'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Damon Smith, Pic: Metropolitan Police

    A bomb left on a Tube train by a student "was clearly designed to cause horrific injuries", prosecutors say.

    Twenty-year-old Damon Smith - of Rotherhithe, south London, but who had lived in Newton Abbot - has been convicted at the Old Bailey of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life. He left a bomb on a Jubilee Line carriage last October but claimed it was a prank.

    Speaking after his conviction, Sue Hemming, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Damon Smith's actions were incredibly dangerous and the consequences had the device worked do not bear thinking about."

    Cdr Dean Haydon, from the Metropilitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said it was hard to believe the device "can be construed as anything but an attempt to endanger life".

    He said: "It is fortunate that the device failed to work and that no-one was injured."

  5. Tube bomb: More weapons found during search of home

    BBC News UK

    A man who planted a bomb on the Tube had professed an interest in Islam as he felt it was "more true" than Christianity, jurors were told.

    Twenty-year-old Damon Smith - of Rotherhithe, south London, but who had lived in Newton Abbot - was convicted of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life after leaving the bomb on the Jubilee Line carriage last October.

    Damon Smith. Pic: Metropolitan Police

    The jury heard he had posed next to an image of the Brussels-born Islamic terrorist alleged to have masterminded the attacks in Paris in November 2015, but had denied being an extremist.

    His lawyer, Richard Carey-Hughes QC, told the trial he was no "hate-filled jihadi" and never meant to harm anyone. He added that there was "no evidence that he changed from clinging to his mother's apron strings to a soldier of Islam and a would-be soldier".

    During a search of his home, officer found a shredded article on how to build a bomb and a "shopping list" of bomb materials was found on his iPad. A blank firing pistol, a BB gun, a knife and knuckleduster were also discovered.

    Smith is due to be sentenced next month.

  6. Police investigate historic abuse of girl in Looe

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Cornwall say they are investigating a report of a series of serious offences in the Downs area of Looe between 1999-2005.

    Officers said a young girl was befriended and groomed by an abuser during school holidays over a number of years when she was aged 12-18 before she was the subject of "serious physical and sexual offences".

    The suspect they are seeking was a man they believed lived locally and frequented the Downs during the afternoons, they added.

    He was described as white, about 6ft tall, with dark hair and stubble, brown eyes, and was likely to now be in his 40s. He often dressed casually, with paint-flecked clothes and battered white trainers. He also possibly owned or had access to a dog named Molly and a large blue van.

    Det Con Sarah Robinson, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "I appreciate that these incidents happened a long time ago, but if anyone has any memory of this man or can offer any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then please get in touch."

  7. Latest weather: Staying dry

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy, mild and mostly dry tonight, though the odd patch of rain or drizzle are possible in places where the cloud is particularly thick, most likely on hills. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be bright, warm and mostly dry again. There will be more cloud at first and maybe the odd shower over moors. However, sunshine will break through too. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

  8. Young mongooses keep it on the quiet to survive

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Young mongooses may conceal their identity - even from their own parents - in a bid to survive, according to a new study from the University of Exeter.

    Mongoose. Pic: Getty Images

    The killing of pups is common in mongoose social groups, and researchers said they believed this encouraged any offspring to hide which adults they were related to in a bid to reduce the risk of attack by less-related adults.

    However, the strategy also meant mothers might not be able to tell pups apart, and therefore could not pay special attention to their own young, the study added.

  9. Torbay Council 'aware of concerns' over future of Plainmoor football ground

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Torquay United. Pic: Getty Images

    Torbay Council says it is "aware of the issues and concerns" relating to the future of Torquay United's ground at Plainmoor.

    Gaming International bought the club in December, with chairman Clarke Osborne later saying he was keen to buy the freehold of the ground.

    A petition launched by United supporters has called for the council and the bay's elected mayor, Gordon Oliver, to ensure Plainmoor is not sold to the club's owners. 

    It said fans feared this would not be in the best interests of the club. It has gained more than 6,300 signatures.

    Torbay Council said: "We would like to reassure Torquay United supporters and other Torbay residents that any proposals put forward by the club will be carefully considered and a decision is unlikely to be made by Torbay's elected mayor before June."

  10. Exeter semi-final playoff tickets on sale

    James Vickery

    BBC Radio Devon

    Tickets for Exeter City's home semi-final playoff match have gone on sale to the club's gold, silver and bronze members.

    City made absolutely certain of a playoff place last weekend, with a 3-1 win at Doncaster

    The home match is likely to take place on Thursday, 18 May, unless there a huge turnaround in goal difference this weekend.

  11. English vineyards hit by 'catastrophic' frost, wiping out half of harvest

    BBC Spotlight

    English winemakers have warned that at least half of this year's grape harvest has been wiped out by heavy frost.

    Vineyard

    The air frost that hit last week caused "catastrophic" damage to buds that had bloomed earlier than usual thanks to a warm start to the year.

    England's 133 wineries, including those in Devon and Cornwall, produced five million bottles in 2015.

  12. Tube bomb: Student checked internet for news reports about device

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Damon Smith. Pic: Metropolitan Police

    A student who planted a bomb on a Tube carriage then went to college and, when he returned home that evening, checked the internet for news reports about what he had done, a court was told.

    Twenty-year-old Damon Smith - of Rotherhithe, south London, but who had lived in Devon - left a rucksack containing the bomb and shrapnel on a Jubilee line carriage last October, the Old Bailey heard.

    The court was told Smith had been interested in making bombs since the age of 10 and said it was "something to do when he was bored". He was also shown the Anarchist Cookbook at 14 by a friend.

    He was found guilty of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life. He is due to be sentenced on 26 May.

  13. Tube bomb: Device was 'Halloween prank'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A man who planted a bomb on the Tube when he was a teenager said he meant it as a Halloween prank and that he had been inspired by someone on a YouTube video making a bomb prank, a court has heard.

    Scene after bomb find

    Twenty-year-old Damon Smith - of Rotherhithe, south London, but who had lived in Newton Abbot - left a rucksack containing the bomb and shrapnel on the Jubilee Line carriage last October, when he was 19, the Old Bailey heard.

    His lawyer also told the trial he was no "hate-filled jihadi" and never meant to harm anyone.

    But a jury convicted him of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life after two hours of deliberations.

  14. Dog-fox attack man previously used bow to kill rabbit

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Two men who uploaded a dog attack on a fox to social media have had their dogs taken away.

    Jack Crocker, 41, of High View Farm, Chacewater, and Robbie Long, 21, of Lower Tolgullow Vean Farm, Redruth, have been given suspended jail sentences after pleading guilty at Bodmin Magistrates' Court.

    Judge Diana Baker said the "only reason to put it [the video] on Facebook was to gain some level of gratification when you view it again".

    The pair have not been disqualified from keeping dogs in the future, but the two pets involved in the films have been taken from them.

    Crocker had previously pleaded guilty to using a bow to kill a rabbit. This also came to the attention of the RSPCA after a photo was put on Facebook.

    He has been given an eight-week sentence, with Long getting six weeks, both suspended for a year.

  15. St Ives homes plan shelved after arguments over environmental impact study

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A controversial application to build more than 160 homes in St Ives has been officially withdrawn after arguments that no environmental impact study had been submitted in connection with the plans.

    Plans for 165 houses - half of them affordable - at Joannie's Fields, at Consols, on the edge of the town, had been approved by Cornwall Council despite popular opposition.

    Local campaigners who opposed the development had lobbied the Secretary of State's office. A public inquiry was to be held into the scheme but has been cancelled after the developer withdrew its application.

    Agents Amethest Ltd confirmed to BBC Cornwall that the plans had been shelved.

  16. Moth artist to spread his wings at Chelsea Flower Show

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    He's known as the mothman but shied away from the spotlight until now. 

    South West artist Andre Daniel's work is about to get an international stage at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. 

    He creates intricate wooden moth sculptures from fallen trees near his cottage in Yealmpton in Devon.

  17. Tom Daley's diving coach Andy Banks to join Diving Australia

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plymouth diving coach Andy Banks, who helped Tom Daley's Olympic dream, is joining Diving Australia as a national coach.

    Andy Banks

    Banks has been in the city for more than 20 years and also worked with Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow. 

    He will travel Down Under shortly to see the Australian National Diving Championships before relocating to Melbourne later in the year. 

  18. VIDEO: Tube bomb student caught on CCTV

    BBC News UK

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    Video caption: CCTV captures moment home-made bomb was left on Tube

    CCTV captured the moment a home-made bomb was left on the London Tube.

    Twenty-year-old Damon Smith - of Rotherhithe, south London, but who had lived in Devon - left a rucksack containing the bomb and shrapnel on a Jubilee line carriage last October, the Old Bailey saw.

    Smith was found guilty of making or possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.