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Summary

  1. Wadebridge murders: Brothers in new fight for freedom
  2. Walker killed in Snowdonia fall named as Exmouth man
  3. BMW driver jailed for paying witnesses to change statements after crash
  4. 'Famous' swan killed in 'dog attack'
  5. Cornwall Council power talks break down
  6. Plymouth council criticised by doctors over permit price rises
  7. Torbay climber's latest Everest ascent breaks records
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday 17 May

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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. No more swanning around

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    There has been an outcry on social media after a "famous" swan was attacked and killed.

    The bird, thought to be nearly 20-years-old, is believed to have been savaged by a dog as she guarded her nest at Perranporth boating lake.

    "Mrs Swan", as she's known locally, has received national media coverage for parading her cygnets through the town.

    Swans

    Vets tried to treat her leg wound but she had to be put down on Sunday.    

    Mat Judge, who works for Perranporth Gardens Charities which manages the land, said: "She was a big friend of the community and a lot of people are really upset. The male is going to be lost". 

    He said they were contacting the RSPCA to see if another female could be introduced.

  3. Teignbridge Council boss who earns as much as Prime Minister is leaving and won't be replaced

    Devon Live

    A council chief who is paid almost as much as the Prime Minister is leaving her post next month

  4. Marjon job losses 'necessary to ensuring financial safety and longevity of institution'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The loss of about 11 full-time academic posts at Plymouth's Marjon University are "regrettable" but part of a "necessary procedure" to ensure the institution's future, student leaders say.

    The former teacher training college said it was undergoing restructuring "to ensure efficiency savings".

    Marjon Students' Union said: "Although we would prefer not to see any job losses, we also have a duty of care to ensuring the financial safety and longevity of the institution and therefore understand the necessity of this restructuring process."

    Marjon
  5. Cornwall Council: Former Tory leader 'let down' by party

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    John Keeling, the former leader of the Conservative group on Cornwall Council, says he feels "let down" by his party replacing him as leader. 

    He told me on air he "forgot" to hand in his nomination papers for the leadership of the party. He has been succeeded by Phil Seeva.

    The Tories have 46 seats on the authority after last week's local elections. There are also 37 Liberal Democrats, 30 Independents, five Labour and four Mebyon Kernow councillors. 

    Sixty-two seats are needed for an overall majority. Power talks between the Conservative and Independent groups broke down yesterday, with claims the Independents want disproportionate power. 

    Mr Seeva said he'd like to see an "inclusive" council.

    Cornwall Council
  6. Firefighters thanked for freeing trapped toddler

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    A picture of a toddler who locked himself in a car in Cornwall has led to "lost of positive messages" to firefighters who freed the trapped child.

    Brandon

    Bude fire station watch manager Matt Wonnacott said: "The response to the picture was crazy."

    Brandon and mum Kirsty thanked the crew who who were forced to smash the window of the car after Brandon accidentally set off the central locking system.

  7. Marjon University to lose equivalent of 11 full-time jobs

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Marjon. Pic: Google

    The equivalent of about 11 full-time academic posts are expected to be cut at Plymouth's Marjon University, bosses say.

    The former teacher training college said it was undergoing "difficult but necessary" restructuring "to ensure efficiency savings".

    It added: "These are in areas where there has been a reduction in student numbers, or growth has not been as expected, and so we expect the impact on students will be minimal."

  8. Doctors' practices 'may close because of increased parking permits charges'

    Anna Varle

    BBC News Online

    GP practices in Plymouth may close because of having to deal with increased charges by the city council for parking permits, medical staff say.

    Liz Brimacombe

    Surgeries used to pay £30 a year for each permit, but now have to pay a business rate of £300 for long stay or £150 for short stay paperwork.

    Liz Brimacombe (pictured), managing partner of the city's Adelaide Street Surgery, said: "We've already lost a few surgeries in the area. Surgeries are working incredibly hard to maintain some kind of service. For some of them, a £6,000 parking bill may be the straw that breaks the camel's back."

    The council said its final decision, which took into account all feedback received during the consultation, was published and publicised in March.

  9. Council funds leisure centre to allow time to finish off operator contracts

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon leisure centre is to remain open with council funding for two weeks to allow work to be finished off concerning its future, a council says.

    South Hams District Council said Totnes Leisure Centre was open "as usual" after "positive discussions" between it, national charity and centre operator Fusion Lifestyle and local charity and pool and gym operator Tadpool.

    Totnes Leisure Centre

    The council said Fusion had been operating the centre "whilst the final details of their lease are completed" since December but it had been facing closure this week because "agreements with Tadpool have not been concluded".

    It said it would fund the centre until 30 May to allow "a little more time to complete this process, which would involve the drafting and reviewing of contacts".

  10. Latest weather: Damp and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, cloud will thicken again from the east as rain returns westwards to all parts during the night. The rain will be occasionally heavy and persistent, while winds will become mainly northwesterly, but generally light. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be another damp and cloudy start with outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain slowly clearing eastwards. It will become drier from the west during the afternooon and also a little brighter with some late sunshine for the far west. Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the north or northwest. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  11. Wadebridge murders: 'Such a dreadful crime'

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The convictions of two brothers for one of Cornwall’s most violent and notorious murder cases are being challenged again.

    Graham and Carol Fisher were shot repeatedly after being bludgeoned with a sledgehammer at their isolated garage near Wadebridge in 2003. Two years later, Lee and Robert Firkins (pictured), from Weston-Super-Mare, were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    Lee and Robert Firkins

    It was such a dreadful crime, many will remember it. I covered the case, and even senior and experienced detectives described it as one of the most shocking they’d ever seen.

    But the conviction has always been controversial amongst lawyers - largely because no physical evidence was found to link the brothers to the crime scene.

    But the Firkins believe DNA evidence could be used to clear them. Their solicitors want exhibits from the Fisher’s bungalow to be tested for traces of DNA. The lawyers believe advances in DNA profiling could show other people, who may have been responsible for the killings, were in the bungalow.

  12. Death of swan 'too sad for words'

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    There has been an outpouring of sadness on social media after a 'famous' local swan was killed.

    The bird and its mate have been in the national media for their antics in the town, crossing the busy main road and waddling with surfers one the shore with their cygnets.

    However 'Mrs Swan' was attacked and wounded by a dog last week it is believed, and was put down on Sunday.

    Facebook comments
    Swan and two cygnets

    People took to social media to express their sadness with one, Jeanne Barsch, describing it as "too sad for words" and several more calling for dogs to be banned from the park.

  13. Cornwall Council: Independents leader 'certainly wouldn't deal with Conservatives'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Andrew Mitchell and Laurence Reed

    Andrew Mitchell, the leader of the Independent group at Cornwall Council, has ruled out a deal with the Conservative group to form an administration to run Cornwall Council, he has confirmed. 

    The Independents unanimously rejected the offer made by the Conservative group under newly elected leader Phil Seeva, who replaced previous leader John Keeling.

    Mr Mitchell (pictured) said Mr Keeling was "stabbed in the back" by the Conservatives and "I certainly wouldn't want to deal with people who deal like that".

    Mr Mitchell said he hoped a so-called rainbow coalition of other groups on the council could now be made.

    Mr Seeva said he'd like to see an "inclusive" council.

    The Tories have 46 seats. There are also 37 Liberal Democrats, 30 Independents, five Labour and four Mebyon Kernow councillors. Sixty-two seats are needed for an overall majority.

  14. Burglars take 'substantial amount of watches' in St Ives raid

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A "substantial amount of watches" have been stolen during a burglary at a jewellers in St Ives, police say.

    Calico, on Fore Street, was broken into early on Tuesday. Police said burglars gained entry by forcing a door, which they discovered after being called at about 04:00.

    Officers said they believed there were three offenders, with one described as a male wearing a blue tracksuit with a red stripe across the chest. They are also trying to trace a blue car seen heading down Fore Street. 

    Calico. Pic: Google
  15. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC News Travel

    • In Exeter, Pennsylvania Road is being closed due to a burst water main and a hole in the road near Oriole Drive. Closures were likely from Rosebarn Avenue to Union Road, Devon Highways said
    • On the M5 Plymouth-bound at Junction 29 - Exeter and Honiton - the exit slip road blocked by an accident. There is slow traffic on the A30 as a result
  16. Hayle's South Quay designs unveiled

    Cornwall Live

    The final piece of the South Quay regeneration jigsaw goes on display at the Passmore Edwards Institute in Hayle next week.

  17. Wadebridge murders: Criminal Cases Review Commission looks at case

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An organisation which looks into suspected miscarriages of justice has been told of an attempt to exonerate two brothers jailed for murdering a couple at their garage in Cornwall, it has confirmed.

    Graham and Carol Fisher

    Lee and Robert Firkins were found guilty in 2005 of murdering Graham and Carol Fisher (pictured) near Wadebridge on Bonfire Night in 2003.

    Solicitors said DNA from the Fishers' bungalow could show other people who may have been responsible for the killings were there. Their submissions are being examined by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

    The commission said: "We received submissions relating to forensics in this case - we are considering those at the moment." 

    If it agrees to back the submissions, and new evidence is found, the case could go to the Court of Appeal.

  18. Cornish aims for World Cup gold

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Sailor Ben Cornish says he is aiming for a gold medal at the World Cup Final in Santander next month.

    The 25-year-old, from Budleigh Salterton in East Devon, claimed his first major medal at the weekend, finishing third at the European Championships in Marseille.   

    Ben Cornish

    “Santander is a venue I love and I believe that with the right review process from last week we can be in a good place to challenge for that missing gold medal in 2017," Cornish said.

    Cornish continues on his quest towards selection for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  

  19. South West IT expert who foiled cyber attack gives £7,800 reward to charity

    The Daily Telegraph

    The 22-year-old British security expert who helped foil last week's global cyber attack will give a $10,000 (£7,800) reward to charity.

  20. Have you lost a wedding ring in Plymouth?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A wedding ring has been found close to the BBC Plymouth office and we're on the hunt to return it to its owner.

    The gold ring was found on Compton Avenue, Mannamead, yesterday and is inscribed with the words: "3 Oct 1998".

    If you know who it belongs to, please email us.  

    Lost ring