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  1. Plymouth-based Marine A: 'Freedom's a really good feeling'
  2. Speedboat victim faced trial over double death crash
  3. House fire 'started when man tried to make bin from old gas canister'
  4. Breast implant death: Mother had 'overwhelming infection'
  5. Deflated dinghy pair rescued
  6. People told to remove elaborate displays on north Devon graves
  7. Hunt for wallaby 'seen at pub'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.    

  2. Trucker's 'grave bad driving' led to death crash

    BBC Spotlight

    A judge told a lorry driver who killed a great-great-grandmother it was a "grave episode of bad driving".


    Lord Justice Fulford at the High Court in London increased the two years and eight months sentence handed to Joseph Smith at Truro Crown Court in February by a year.

    Smith, 30, of Gillingham, Kent, killed Jeanette Wattmore on the A30 near Bodmin in May last year.

    He admitted causing death by dangerous driving but the Attorney General said his sentence was too short and asked for a review.

  3. Cornwall death crash trucker gets another year on his sentence

    BBC Spotlight

    A lorry driver who was using his mobile phone before a crash in Cornwall which killed a great-great-grandmother has seen his 32-month prison term increased by a year.


    Judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with the Attorney General that the two years and eight months sentence passed on former soldier Joseph David Smith at Truro Crown Court in February was unduly lenient.

    Smith, 30, of Gillingham, Kent, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers during 10 years in the Army, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. 

    He was reaching down to tune the radio just before his Skania car-transporter hit the back of a car in which 79-year-old Jeanette Wattmore was travelling back to Bristol from holiday in May last year on the A30 near Bodmin in Cornwall.

  4. Lorry fire in east Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    Crews have been dealing with a large lorry fire in east Devon this afternoon.

    Firefighters were called to Lower Wadden in Southleigh just after 15:00 BST - when they arrived they found three lorry beds well alight.

    Three fire engines and a water bowser from Exeter are on the scene. 

  5. House fire which left man with burns started by gas canister

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire officers say a house fire in Roche started when a man tried to make a waste paper bin from an old gas canister. 

    Station manager Richard Gibbons from Cornwall Fire and Rescue says the man thought the canister was safe to use. 

    "They vented the gas cylinder, it was almost empty so there wasn't a lot of gas left it it, but they vented it, thinking it was safe and they commenced to use a drill to make the hole in it," he said. 

    "The temperature of the drill and the residual gas in the cylinder in the atmosphere in the workshop sent it into a soft explosion."

  6. CQC Report: Bowden Derra needs improvements

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A care home that banned Cornwall Council officials from its site has been rated as requiring improvements by inspectors. 

    The Care Quality Commission was called to Bowden Derra Park care home near Launceston following concerns about high staff turnover.

    Inspectors said the home was caring and residents felt safe but criticised the home for not cooperating with the local authority. 

    The report criticised the home for not cooperating with the local authority, called for more meaningful activities in the evening, identified some inconsistencies with information in care plans and said people were not protected from some identified risks such as hot water from the taps and choking on food they had taken while staff weren't around.

  7. Falmouth University students protest against course cuts

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A protest organised by students at Falmouth University has taken place this afternoon in the centre of the town.

    Around 30 students gathered to highlight how they are unhappy about the cutting and suspension of some of the courses - contemporary crafts, MA Fine Art and an art foundation course.

    There are also claims management is not listening to their concerns.

    Falmouth University students protest

    The university says there are more students studying art and design courses than at any time in its 114-year history - and it says that is reflected in record-breaking investment in teaching, facilities and specialist equipment.

  8. Theresa May not drawn on fox hunting

    BBC News UK

    Theresa May is refusing to be drawn on whether she would seek to lift the ban on fox-hunting if she wins a large majority at the General Election.

    Her predecessor David Cameron dropped plans to repeal the legislation - introduced when Tony Blair was Prime Minister - because of opposition by MPs.

    Pro-hunt campaigners are pressing for the measure to be outlawed in the event of a decisive Conservative victory. The Prime Minister says it's a matter for parliament.

    Fox hunt
  9. This is how Plymouth partied in the 1960s

    Plymouth Herald

    Going out in the Sixties? Are you old enough to have done that, and if so what did that mean to you? Clearly something quite different depending on how old you were.

  10. Wallaby pops by for a snack

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Here's something you don't see every day - a wallaby in Cornwall. 

    Maggie Elder spotted this little wallaby having afternoon tea in their garden yesterday afternoon. 

  11. Diabetics facing prescription problems

    BBC Radio Devon

    One in five diabetics surveyed in the south west say they've had restrictions on test strips for monitoring their glucose levels. 

    Diabetes UK, which carried out the survey, warns inadequate monitoring could lead to serious complications such as amputations or sight loss. 

    Health commissioners in the region say they don't restrict prescriptions for those who need them but Diabetes UK says, despite that, an increasing number of people are reporting problems.

  12. Police appeal for information after machete robbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police have issued CCTV footage of staff being threatened with a machete during a convenience store robbery. 

    The Regent News Store in Plymouth was raided just before 8pm last Thursday. 

    The robber demanded money, tobacco and cigarettes and then left with about £200-300 worth of cash and goods.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are asking anyone with information to contact them. 

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    Video caption: Man robs store in Plymouth using machete
  13. Eden Project's Aussie garden opens

    Denis Nightingale

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Eden Project has opened an exotic garden devoted to the flora of South West Australia. 

    The High Commissioner of Australia officially opened the Mediterranean Biome which has had a major makeover and is now home to plants such as the kangaroo paw and wax flowers. 

    Eden has collaborated with a botanic garden in Perth to re-create one of the planets most barren and infertile landscapes.  

  14. Bodmin residents claim many did not vote for town council after local election confusion

    Cornwall Live

    Bodmin residents claimed that many people did not vote for the town council elections because they were led to believe they were postponed after Councillor Steve Rogerson's death.

  15. Wallaby on the loose: Bruce or Shelia?

    BBC Spotlight

    A wallaby is still on the loose in Cornwall, after turning up in a backyard is Trecrogo yesterday. 

    Andrew Elder said he spotted the wallaby grazing in his garden, before it hopped away, and hasn't been seen again - despite reports of a sighting at a local pub. 

    Nobody seems to know where the wallaby has come from. 

    "I couldn't tell at first whether it was a he or a she, I didn't know whether to call him Bruce or Sheila," Andrew said. 

    "I did a double take, I couldn't quite believe what I'd seen and it stopped and just stood back looking at it."

    Andrew Elder in his garden
  16. Graveyard tributes in Barnstaple 'must be removed'

    BBC News England

    Mourners have been told to remove any tributes from a graveyard that are not touching head stones.  

    North Devon Council said people were breaking rules by spreading photographs, messages, lights and other items down the length of graves. The authority, which runs Bear Street cemetery in Barnstaple, said it made it difficult to cut the grass and to reopen graves to bury relatives.


    Peter Hull has been told to remove the flowers from his brother-in-law's grave.

    "For my wife it's very upsetting, for me it is more annoying that a council do not want to listen," he said. "We live in a world of democracy but they're making me feel like they're dictators."

    North Devon Council said it had tried to deal "sympathetically and tactfully" with the families.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J31 for A30 and J30 for A376.

    M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 northbound between J31, A30 (Exminster) and J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  18. House fire 'started when man tried to make bin from old gas canister'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A major blaze which seriously damaged a house in Roche, Cornwall, was started accidentally when a man tried to make a waste paper bin from an old gas canister, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has said.

    Crews from across the country attended the blaze on Monday evening which damaged three buildings.

    The man escaped with superficial burns, the service said.

    House fire
  19. Taliban fighter death a 'moment of madness'

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    Video caption: Watch: Alexander Blackman speaking to BBC Points West's Clinton Rogers

    Alexander Blackman says he "doesn't know why exactly" he did it, and called it a "moment of madness".

    The former Plymouth-based Royal Marine, from Taunton, was released from prison at the end of last month after having his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter following an appeal.  

    In his first television interview since being released, he said it was "not exactly the proudest moment" of his life.

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