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Summary

  1. Mental health patients forced to travel hundred of miles for treatment
  2. More police officers to be Taser trained
  3. Marine cleared of groping student
  4. Fatal RTC on A38
  5. Rogue trader warning for vulnerable people
  6. Site confirmed for new nursing school
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no... it's a nurse

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Nurses at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have been taking part in World Nurses Day 2017.

    Some of them have been getting into the spirit by dressing up. We can't quite see if their underpants are over their trousers.

    View more on twitter
  3. Gull found with can stuck on beak prompts litter warning

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RSPCA has asked people to dispose of their litter "with care" after a seagull was found in Bodmin with a drinks can stuck on its beak.

    A seagull

    The young gull was "unable to eat or use it's beak properly", the charity said.  

    They added that there is usually a spike in these types of incidents in the summer months.

    On average the RSPCA says it receives around 14 calls a day concerning animals affected by litter.

    Quote Message: This just shows how destructive litter can be and how much pain it can cause. We do not know how long the gull had his beak stuck in the can but he is very underweight so we are thankful we were contacted by the member of the public otherwise he may have starved to death." from Simon Kite RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer
    Simon KiteRSPCA Animal Welfare Officer
  4. What would you name a beaver?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A competition to name two Cornwall-bound beavers has been launched.

    The Cornwall Beaver project plans to release two of the animals upstream of Ladock as a way of tackling flooding.

    The Cornwall Wildlife Trust needs to raise £15,000 in the next six weeks to make the project happen.

    Beaver

    Chris Jones, the farmer at Woodland Valley Farm where the beavers will be released, said: “I am hoping the beavers will transform the site by digging new ponds and water channels, making it much better for wetland wildlife. 

    "I’m expecting to see a lot more frogs, newts, toads and even birds and bats over the coming years. 

    "I’d like to thank anyone in advance who can make a donation to this project; it really is one of Cornwall’s most exciting wildlife stories.”

    Early suggestion for names include Justin, and Sigourney...

  5. Offshore wind takes paddleboarder out to sea

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A woman out paddleboarding at Sennen in west Cornwall got into difficulty when she was separated from her board and pushed out to sea by offshore winds.

    RNLI lifeguards saw the woman drifting out to sea and managed to reach her to bring her back to shore.

    Olly Shilston from the RNLi said they were seeing many more paddleboarders in the water and urged them to follow basic safety precautions such as using a leash.

    SUP
  6. Oy, what are you rooking at?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A vets surgery in Cornwall has been looking after a bird that was found sitting in the road.

    Initially the staff at Rosemullion Veterinary Practice in Falmouth, including Naomi Blackbourn (pictured), decided that Russell Crow would be a suitable name.

    Rook

    But upon closer inspection it was found the creature was actually a juvenile rook.

    And so, with the General Election coming up, they went with the name Jeremy Corvin. 

    Jeremy has been taken to a new home at the Mousehole Bird Hospital this afternoon.

  7. Exeter prepare for play-off first leg

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City left-back Craig Woodman is back from a broken arm and midfielder Matt Oakley is fit after a hip problem as the Grecians go to Carlisle for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final on Sunday.

    Lee Holmes is expected to remain on the bench as he approaches full fitness, with Robbie Simpson (ankle) still out.

    Paul Tisdale

    "We're proud to have got to this point when you consider what a tough season it's been, especially early on," boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Spotlight. "I think there must have been a few people looking at me rather strangely when we were bottom of the league and I was saying this is the best team I've had in a few years."

    Carlisle United 3-3 Exeter City

    Carlisle v Exeter

    Carlisle score twice in two second-half minutes to salvage a draw against Exeter in a frenetic play-off semi-final first leg.

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  8. Calls for people to report scams

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall's Trading Standards is working with other organisations to try to reach out to people who might have fallen victim to rogue traders.

    It's thought that about 7,000 residents in Cornwall fall victim to scammers and scam mail but only 7% report the crime.

    At a conference representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Adult and Children Services and several charities who work with vulnerable people, are learning how to spot the signs of a potential victim and helping them get support.

  9. No south west hospitals hit by cyber attack

    BBC Spotlight

    The cyber attack on the NHS has not affected hospitals in the south west it appears.

    The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Torbay Hospital, North Devon Hospital and the Royal Cornwall Hospital have all told the BBC they are not experiencing any problems. 

    We have approached Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but have not yet had a response.

    The attack has shut down telephone and IT systems at hospitals across the country.

  10. Feline homesick - Cat left on ferry

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A cat has been left on the Torpoint ferry travelling between Devon and Cornwall this morning.

    The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Facebook page said the black and white cat was found "hitching a lift".

    They are appealing for anyone with any information about the cat to get in touch on 01752 812233.

    Cat on ferry
  11. Scilly flights continue to be disrupted

    No flights have left Exeter, Newquay or Land's End for the Isles of Scilly today because of heavy fog and low lying cloud.

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  12. Royal Marine sniper cleared of groping

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Royal Marine sniper has been cleared of groping a student at a graduation ball after telling a jury his hands had gone nowhere near her private parts.

    Thomas Telford, 23, was found not guilty of sexual assault by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

    He told the court he was 'photo-bombing' a picture which another male guest was taking of two women at the Exeter University Graduation Ball.

    Thomas Telford

    Telford was ejected by security men and thrown off the campus after the woman complained he had rubbed a hand over her crotch.

    He said he may have touched the woman by accident as he tried to get into the picture but denied there was any sexual intent.

  13. Reading release Argyle loanee Tanner

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Reading have announced that former Plymouth Argyle loanee Craig Tanner will leave the club this summer.

    The Championship side will release the forward at the end of his contract, meaning the Pilgrims could sign him on a free transfer.

    Craig Tanner

    Tanner, 22, made 84 appearances for Plymouth during a two season-long loan spells at Home Park, but only featured seven times after January as he fell out of favour with Derek Adams.

  14. Fire crews rescue mum and child from locked bedroom

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A fire crew from Paignton was called out to rescue a woman who had become locked in her bedroom with her child.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the hinges on the door had broken and the woman couldn't get out at 00:30 last night.

    Fire engine

    The crew had to wait for the landlord to arrive with a key to the property, before they were able to release the mother and child, unharmed, from the first floor bedroom.

    The incident happened on Blatchcombe Road.

  15. Licensed to thrill – Devon festival brings the world of film up to speed

    Devon Live

    Next month's English Riviera Film Festival has been given a Bond-style launch.

  16. Survey found public support for more Tasers

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police are significantly increasing the number of officers trained to use Tasers.

    It's understood the number of officers using them will be increased to about 1,200 by September 2019. 

    A new twin-cartridge Taser will also be introduced into the force, which will enable the devices to be fired twice, if required.

    Taser

    Jim Nye, Ch Supt of Devon and Cornwall Police, says it has the backing of the public: "We decided to have a public consultation to see the appetite to increase the number of officers with Taser.

    "88% of the responders were happy that the police had an uplift in the number of officers available to use Taser."

  17. EFL Trophy format to stay despite Plymouth and Exeter objections

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with a increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

    Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format, though both Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City both voted to revert to the old 48-team knockout format.

    Plymouth Argyle

    Prize money for the competition has increased from just under £2m to £3m - the bulk of which comes from the Premier League - and regionalisation of the competition will remain until the quarter-final stages.

  18. Rogue trader warning for vulnerable people

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Older women who live alone are the main target of scammers in the county, Cornwall Trading Standards says.

    It is working with other organisations to try to reach out to people who might fall victim to rogue traders.

    It's estimated about 7,000 residents in Cornwall fall victim to scammers and scam mail but only 7% report the crime.

    Elderly person

    Leanne Mclean, lead officer for doorstep crime with Cornwall Trading Standards, said: "The typical victim of these types of crime is an 81-year-old female living alone.

    "We know that rogue traders look for warning signs that somebody is more vulnerable or perhaps suffering from a disability, like grab rails or unkempt gardens."

  19. Weather: Rain but brighter later

    BBC Weather

    The rain affecting most of Devon and Cornwall may become heavier on occasion this afternoon before becoming drier from the south later and perhaps brighter too as the low cloud lifts.

    Light or moderate southwesterly winds will become fresh or locally strong at times before easing to the south later.

    Max Temp 15C (59F).

    Weather