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  1. London Tube bomb-maker Damon Smith jailed
  2. Armed police begin regular patrols
  3. Headteachers call on parents to challenge election candidates on education funding
  4. Exeter Chiefs, Cornwall Rugby and Exeter City all playing in finals in London
  5. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

Live Reporting

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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great bank holiday weekend in the meantime.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Cornall Rubgby at Twickenham: 'You can't get used to finals'

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornwall coach Graham Dawe has spelt out the enormity of playing at Twickenham, as he prepares to take his side there for the County Championship final on Sunday against Lancashire.

    They will be playing in their fifth final in a row in the competition, and will be aiming to win it for the third year running.

    Graham Dawe

    "You can't get used to making finals - that's the aspiration of most rugby players that play the game," Dawe told BBC Spotlight.

    "When I was a young lad, I always wanted to play at Twickenham - I achieved that playing a few times and it's just a great atmosphere to walk out onto, and to walk out onto that turf.

    "If there's any turf you're going to walk out to in England, Twickenham has got to be it."

  3. Latest weather: Thundery showers overnight but a sunny and warm Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Heavy and thundery showers will soon arrive overnight. These will be heavy enough to cause some short-lived surface flooding. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Saturday will be fresher but still sunny and warm, though not as warm as Friday. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

  4. Man admits St Austell murder

    A man has admitted murdering another man whose body was found in a park in St Austell.

    The body of 31-year-old Stephen Bull was discovered in the park off Bridge Road in January.

    Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Altass, of Truro Road in the town, admitted the murder of Mr Bull at Exeter Crown Court.

    Two other men, aged 24 and 21, deny murder and are due to be tried at Truro Crown Court in July. Altass will be sentenced after that trial.

    St Austell murder scene
  5. Seven times Katie Hopkins hit the headlines

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Katie Hopkins. Pic: Getty Images

    Broadcaster Katie Hopkins is to leave her show on LBC.

    The Exeter-based presenter is known for her controversial opinions and regularly attracts criticism for her views.

    But she will be leaving the station with immediate effect, just over a year after she joined to host a weekly show, the national talk radio station has confirmed.

    We have a look at some of her most controversial moments from recent years here, including her Manchester bombing comments, the Jack Monroe libel case, and her saying she would not let her children play with lower class children with names like Chardonnay and Tyler.

  6. Cornish surfer school kids stoked

    Dick Straughan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Primary school children have been hanging loose in Newquay, taking part in what's thought to be the biggest school surf competition in England.

    More than 100 children donned their wetsuits at Tolcarne Beach.

    Isaac Dakin from Mount Hawke Academy took the top prize, but surfers of all (or no) abilities took part.

    Surfing children

    Tanya Williams, from the Aspire Academy Trust, was at the event with her team from Probus Primary School.

    She said: "None of us are great surfers. We had a couple of bodyboarders, but we do have a certain young man who had never surfed before and stood up three times and looked rather cool doing it. So job done."

  7. Premiership final: Wasps' Kurtley Beale ruled out of clash against Exeter Chiefs

    BBC Sport

    Kurtley Beale

    Wasps back Kurtley Beale (pictured) has been ruled out of Saturday's Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.

    The Wallaby, 28, has not recovered from a hamstring injury picked up in their semi-final victory over Leicester.

    Willie Le Roux switches to full-back, with Josh Bassett, who scored the winning try against the Tigers, starting on the wing.

    Exeter make one change to the starting XV which overcame Saracens, with wing Olly Woodburn replacing James Short. Short is Exeter's top try-scorer this season, scoring 11 tries in the Premiership and going over 14 times in all competitions.

  8. Tube bomb-maker: Damon Smith jailed - Analysis

    Daniel De Simone

    BBC Home Affairs Producer

    Devon student Damon Smith has been jailed for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a London Tube last year.

    Smith grew up in Devon and only moved to London to attend university three months before leaving his homemade bomb on the Tube.

    An only child who lived with his mother from a young age, he has a form of autism that impairs social communications but not his intelligence.

    Damon Smith on Tube CCTV

    An able student, Smith also displayed a persistent fascination with Islamic terrorism and mass murders. Friends were shown violent propaganda by so-called Islamic State and Smith created YouTube videos of himself using computer games to re-enact infamous real-life mass killings.

    In a shopping list of the components for his bomb, he had written: "And keep this a secret between me and Allah #InspireTheBelievers."

    He tried to cover his tracks by shredding the manual and deleting the list from an iPad, but detectives were able to recover them.

    Dismissing Smith's claim that the device was a "prank" smoke bomb, explosives experts said it was viable and would have caused mass casualties had it been constructed slightly differently.

  9. Contactless cards fraud risk

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The amount of money stolen from contactless bank cards and mobile devices has soared.

    Almost £7m was taken in 2016 and, in some cases, stolen contactless bank cards can continue to be used by thieves - even after they've been cancelled.

    A judge recently slammed the technology, which does not require a PIN, for making life "too easy" for criminals during the sentencing of a fraudster in Devon.

    The issue has been raised with the Financial Conduct Authority by MPs.

    Contactless fraud
    Image caption: Total fraud on contactless cards (£m)

    The UK Cards Association said measures were being put in place to stop it happening by this summer.

    Fraud on contactless cards has more than doubled in the last year, but levels remain low compared to other bank cards.

    There is a £30 limit on contactless cards, and banks also limit the number of consecutive transactions that can happen before a PIN is requested.

  10. Armed police patrols 'not what I want' - chief constable

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Devon and Cornwall's chief constable says he will stop regular patrols of armed officers as soon as he can.

    Armed police

    Armed police have been deployed on the streets following the terrorist attack which killed at least 22 people in Manchester, although senior officers stressed there was no specific risk in the South West.

    More than 140 police staff are now trained to use firearms in Devon and Cornwall.

    Ch Con Shaun Sawyer said of the patrols: "It's not what I want and the sooner I can reverse it, we will go back to normality ... It wasn't an easy judgement call. If I can, I'll be the first to lift it."

  11. Verma and Sparkes leave Torquay

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Aman Verma

    Torquay United have confirmed that winger Dan Sparkes and vice-captain Aman Verma (pictured) have left the club after rejecting new contracts.

    Sparkes, 25, was one of the Gulls best performers as they avoided relegation from the National League this season, while the versatile Verma played at both right-back and in midfield.

    "I’m really sorry to see these guys move on," said player-manager Kevin Nicholson.

    "Both are going for perfectly good reasons, and I genuinely wish them well for the future."

  12. Chiefs looking for glory at Twickenham

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Exeter Chiefs are attempting to be crowned champions of English rugby for the first time on Saturday.

    They are in the final of the Premiership at Twickenham against Wasps.


    It's the second successive season the Chiefs have made it to the showpiece final, having lost to Saracens 12 months ago.

    Full coverage of the match will be on BBC Radio Devon. Kick-off is at 14:30.

  13. Travel: Sections of A38 and A39 closed

    BBC News Travel

    • In Devon, the A38 Exeter-bound at Haldon Hill has been closed between Exeter Racecourse junction and the A380 Splatford Split
    • In Cornwall, the A39 between Truro and Falmouth remains closed between Arch Hill and the Treluswell rounabout after an earlier crash
  14. Penzance outdoor pool not reopening this weekend

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Penzance's Jubilee Pool is not reopening on Saturday for its spring and summer season, as had been expected.

    Jubilee Pool

    The Friends of Jubilee Pool said it was because of a "delay in securing the services of a commercial pool operator at an affordable cost".

    The management of the Grade II-listed lido was recently transferred to the Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society, established by Friends of Jubilee Pool with financial support from Cornwall Council and Penzance Town Council.

    The Friends said the delay was because "contractual negotiations with the selected operators have taken much longer than expected to complete; despite the very best efforts of all concerned".

    Managers said they would announce later when the pool would open.

  15. Inquest opened into Tasered man

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a man who died after suffering self-inflicted knife injuries and being Tasered by police in Falmouth earlier this week.

    Marc Cole, of The Beacon in Falmouth, died on Tuesday night at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

    Langton Road

    The 30-year-old died after Devon and Cornwall Police officers Tasered him in Langton Road at about 21:00 BST on Tuesday.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the case.

  16. Exeter City at Wembley

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter City have one team standing between them and promotion to League One.

    They are playing Blackpool in the final of the League Two play-offs, with the winners getting promotion.

    Jack Stacey

    They reached the final in dramatic circumstances with a 95th minute winner against Carlisle in the semi-final.

    The game at Wembley kicks off at 15:00 on Sunday. There will be live coverage on BBC Radio Devon.

  17. Man has 'life-threatening injuries' after A39 crash

    A man's being treated for serious life-threatening injuries after a four-vehicle collision on the A39, south of Truro. The road is likely to be closed for some time while a full investigation takes place.

    The police say the crash happened at about 11:00 at the bottom of Arch Hill.

    The fire service was called to cut a person free from one vehicles involved. Ambulances were also sent the scene.

    The A39 road is closed between Arch Hill and Playing Place, and minor roads leading from Kea are also cordoned off.

  18. 'Our children's schools need more funds'

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Head teachers in Devon and Cornwall are calling for parents to challenge election candidates on education funding.

    David Barton

    David Barton, executive officer at the Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers, said: "We've tried not to, but I daresay if you want to find a political tone in it, it is there.

    "It is certainly political in as much as we need education to be up there with the other public sectors. We know the NHS, social care, and the police need more funds. So do our children's schools and education system."

  19. Tube bomb-maker's mum: 'My son is not a terrorist'

    BBC News England

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    Video caption: Jailed bomber mum: 'My son is not a terrorist'

    The mother of a jailed bomb-maker Damon Smith says her son is "just a vulnerable little boy".

    The 20-year-old, from Newton Abbot, has been jailed for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a London Tube train last year.

    His mother, Antonitza, who moved from Devon to live in London with her son when he started university last autumn, said it was "a stupid prank".