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Summary

  1. Armed police begin regular patrols in Devon and Cornwall
  2. Plymouth drink-driver jailed for Christmas Eve crash death
  3. Number of people who drowned in Cornwall doubles in 12 months
  4. Almost 300,000 people in South West taken to court for not paying council tax in five years
  5. New breeding centre and reserve opening for Cornish Black bees
  6. Updates on Thursday 25 May 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

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 Friday 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. Armed police on streets of Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Armed police will be regularly out on the streets of Devon and Cornwall from this evening following the terrorist attack which killed at least 22 people in Manchester.

    Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said this was the first time armed police would be carrying out "overt foot patrols" in the region.

    Armed police officer

    The move is being mirrored across the country and follows the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that the UK has been moved from severe to critical alert level.

    ACC Middleton said: "Our priority is to provide as much reassurance to communities as possible, but we do recognise that some may feel anxious.

    "The firearms officers will be engaging and talking with people, and we would actively encourage you to approach the officers and ask any questions you may have."

  3. Latest weather: Staying dry and sunny on Friday

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine evening with plenty of late, warm sunshine on offer. A dry night will then follow with clear skies across most areas. It will be a mild night and rather humid for all. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather

    Friday will be dry, sunny and very warm again. The sunshine may become a little hazy later in the west as high cloud spreads in. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

  4. Cornwall's unpaid council tax 'is collected'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council claims much of £60m owed in council tax over the last five years has now been recovered.

    A BBC Freedom of Information request revealed the authority has issued more than 100,000 liability orders since 2010.

    New council leader Adam Paynter said people had to pay up in the end.

    He said: "Nearly 97.5% of council tax bills that went out were paid last year. For that 2.5% that we don’t collect, we then go through various stages of trying to agree with people payment plans, so we do continue to collect council tax in the years following.

    "If you don’t pay one year, we don’t just say: 'Fine, we'll let you off'; we will take you to court. It’s one of those taxes that you have to pay."

    Cornwall Council
  5. New film celebrates work behind conserving the Cornish chough

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    Students from Falmouth University have produced a short film for the RSPB about Cornwall's choughs and met people who work behind the scenes to support the birds' conservation.

  6. Torquay United: Luke Young midfielder signs new contract

    BBC Sport

    Luke Young

    Torquay United midfielder Luke Young has signed a contract extension of undisclosed length to stay with the National League club.

    Young was out of contract at Torquay, who he joined from League Two side Plymouth in June 2014.

    The 24-year-old has played in 87 league games for the Gulls, and won their player of the season award in 2016-17.

    "Last season he got stronger and better with each game," player-manager Kevin Nicholson told the club website.

  7. Christmas Eve drink-drive victim 'in constant pain'

    John Danks, BBC Spotlight

    A teenage girl run over by a drink-driver on Christmas Eve has been left in constant pain, a court has heard.

    Ruby-Tuesday Hobbs was crossing the road with friends when Ashley Godber's blue BMW collided with her near Drake's Circus shopping centre in Plymouth.

    Ruby-Tuesday Hobbs

    She had to be freed from railings before being taken to hospital, where she remained for 16 days. She spent 18 hours in surgery and had a metal rod and metal plates put into her legs.

    In an impact statement read out in Plymouth Crown Court, the 18-year-old said that, as well as the pain, the incident had left her self-conscious due to the "disgusting scars" on her legs.

    Godber, 27, from Plymouth, was more than twice the legal alcohol and speed limits when he crashed. He was jailed for two years and four months after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    The court heard that he was "truly ashamed and very sorry" for what he'd done. Outside court, a member of Miss Hobbs' family said his sentence was "disgusting".

  8. The high life: A job where you tower above everyone else

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Do you fancy a job where you literally go up in the world?

    In this case, it's another photo we have of someone at the top of the tower of the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

    Those of us without a head for heights took a look at it and went "Argh!"

  9. GP payout for cancer misdiagnosis

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A musician dying from skin cancer whose GP misdiagnosed his condition as a fungal nail infection has won almost £180,000 in damages.

    Devon man Peter Cosgrove, 60, went to see family doctor Asaad Al-Doori at Blake House Surgery, in Black Torrington, in September 2011 and was prescribed anti-fungal medication.

    In June 2012, he went back to the surgery and a different doctor referred him to hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer.

    At London's High Court, Mr Justice Goss said: "The disease will cause his death, the latest prognosis is that he may have 10-30 months of life left."

    Mr Cosgrove, of Market Street, Hatherleigh, Devon, sued Dr Al-Doori, claiming his negligence cost him years of life.

    Peter Cosgrove
  10. Divers deployed to recover 'misfired ordnance'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A dive unit from Devonport has successful recovered two rounds that failed to fire properly from a Dutch Navy ship off Plymouth.

    The rounds from the cruiser De Ruyter were chaff, containing small strips of metal used to deter enemy fire and protect the ship, but they failed to detonate.

    The vessel was there as part of a military exercise.

    De Ruyter

    Divers recovered them at Tinker Shoal off Plymouth Breakwater at 07:00. They disposed of them in a marked seabed away from shipping.

  11. Manchester attack minute's silence: The South West pays tribute

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    A minute's silence has been held across the UK, including in Devon and Cornwall, for the 22 people killed and the 64 others wounded in the bomb attack in Manchester.

    In Cornwall, tributes included St Columb Major's church ringing half-muffled bells.

    Other tributes include flowers being left at memorials, including some at Truro's war memorial (pictured).

    Flowers at Truro war memorial
  12. Float to stay alive, says RNLI

    BBC Spotlight

    The RNLI is advising people who at risk of drowning to "fight your instinct and try to float" in a new campaign.

    It comes on the day the charity has revealed figures for the number of drownings in the last year.

    Lifeguards

    In Cornwall, there were 21 drownings in 2016, more than double the number in 2015 when there were nine. In Devon, the number of deaths fell by almost half to eight last year.

    Steve Instance, RNLI community safety partner for the South West, said: "If people in danger in the water can help themselves initially by floating and regaining control of their breathing, they stand a much greater chance of surviving."

  13. Mr Boots, the passport-eating dog, a TV star

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    Rugby player Matt Shepherd talked to us yesterday about being left in a "nightmare" predicament after his dog chewed up his passport ahead of an overseas tour.

    Seven-month-old cocker spaniel Mr Boots destroyed the document less than two weeks before Matt's flight to Spain for a two-match England Counties tour.

    The Plymouth Albion player was forced to make an eight-hour round trip to south Wales to get a new passport.

    It was an interesting variation on the old theme of "the dog has eaten my homework", we thought.

    But as you can see from his tweeted video above, Matt seems happy that Mr Boots is now a TV star.

  14. Blazing sunshine, 4ft waves and an offshore breeze

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    If, like us, you're sitting in an office somewhere, you may not want to read this post.

    It's sunny across the South West and, according to surf forecasting website www.magicseaweed.com, there are 3-4ft waves and an offshore wind on Devon's north coast.

    May be a good day to sneak off early.

    Surf forecast
  15. Elderly man injured in crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An elderly man's been seriously injured and flown to hospital after a road accident between Bude and Bideford.

    The police say a tractor and a motorbike were involved in the crash this lunchtime on the A39 between Kilkhampton and Higher Clovelly.

    The road is still understood to be closed.

  16. Historic Exeter print firm goes into administration

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A printing company that dates back to 1780 has gone into administration.

    Wheatons, based in Exeter, has annual sales of around £6m and currently employs 37 staff.

    Wheatons

    KRE Corporate Recovery was appointed as administrators to the book and journal printers on 16 May.

    Gather Roberts, from the company, said there has been some interest: "We have narrowed it down to five or six interested parties. We need a deal to be made in the next week."

  17. Family demand answers after 'mentally ill' prisoner found dead at HMP Exeter

    Devon Live

    A man found dead at HMP Exeter had a history of mental illness and was on remand at the jail accused stabbing his mother, it has been confirmed.