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By Amy Gladwell

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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. How do you tow a helicopter?

    This video shows a chinook flying off the Lizard in Cornwall this afternoon, with another helicopter being carried underneath.

    Video content

    Video caption: Helicopters in Cornwall
  3. Daggers sign Torquay midfielder Sparkes

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Dagenham & Redbridge have signed midfielder Daniel Sparkes after he turned down a new contract at National League rivals Torquay United.

    Sparkes joined Torquay from Braintree in June 2016, and scored six goals in 35 league games last season.

    Daniel Sparkes

    The 25-year-old started his career at then-Conference North side Histon before joining Braintree in 2012.

    Daggers sign Torquay midfielder Sparkes

    Daniel Sparkes

    Dagenham & Redbridge sign midfielder Daniel Sparkes after he turned down a new deal with National League rivals Torquay.

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  4. London based gang flooded Cornwall with drugs

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Twelve members of a London drugs gang that shipped large quantities of crack cocaine and heroin into Cornwall have been sentenced.

    The leader, Fidel Barzegar, called himself 'King Cornwall' and was jailed for six and a half years.

    He along with eight others, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    Two pleaded guilty to allowing their premises to be used for drug dealing, and another man to money laundering.

    Jailed persons

    The gang drove the drugs to Cornwall where they used local drug addicts to help prepare and distribute them in Bodmin, St Austell, Camborne, Penzance and Truro.

    Det Sgt Daniel Bickford, from South West Regional Crime Unit said: “The sole purpose of the group’s criminal activity was to make money and in order to achieve this they preyed on vulnerable members of the Cornish communities by "cuckooing" their homes in order to deal drugs from."

  5. Police cars get defibrillators

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Response cars in Bodmin are now equipped with life-saving defibrillators thanks to the fundraising effort of the FLEET charity.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Officers will be able to use the devices prior to the arrival of the ambulance in the vital few minutes after a person has suffered a cardiac arrest. Previously they had to rely on their first aid training and the use of CPR."

    The defibrillators cost £1,200 each.

  6. Torquay top-scorer Williams leaves club

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Torquay United striker Brett Williams has confirmed he will leave the National League club this summer.

    The 29-year-old was the Gulls' top-scorer with 10 goals in 39 appearances last season, as they avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign, but he could not reach an agreement on a new deal.

    "I was told they could not offer me the contract I was on," Williams said via Twitter. "Therefore financially I could never stay, being so far from home."

  7. Child, 11, questioned by police over fire that destroyed play park

    Devon Live

    An 11-year-old has been questioned by police over a huge fire that ripped through and destroyed a Plymouth play park. Devon and Cornwall Police is now pleading with parents to be aware of what their children are up to during the half-term break so they don't put themselves in danger.

  8. Man injured in fire at quarry site

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A man in his 50s has suffered burns to his leg after a caravan fire at Yealmpton Quarry in Devon.

    The fire is believed to have started accidentally and spread to two caravans being used as security offices at a boat storage area, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    Two fire crews were sent from Greenbank just after 8:30am and firefighters gave first aid before an ambulance arrived.

  9. Out-of-control caravan caught on dashcam

    Cornwall Live

    Out-of-control caravan caught on dashcam as it jack-knifes and blocks the A30 into Cornwall.

  10. Puffin paparazzi

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Do you fancy setting out on a mission to spot these beautiful little endangered sea birds for a research project?

    The RSPB is running a "Puffarazzi" project, or "Project Puffin" where it asks people to visit colonies this month and carefully photograph the birds feeding.


    There are four colonies off north Cornwall and Lundy off north Devon, and several in the Isles of Scilly.

    The charity says the birds are vulnerable to extinction and the project will help find out more about what puffins feed their chicks, where they go to find food and how their numbers are changing.

  11. Hot topic: Housing

    BBC Spotlight

    Housing is a hot topic again as it was revealed just over seven and a half thousand new private homes were built in the South West last year compared to just 170 new council houses.

    The figures have come from the charity Shelter.

    One issue for all the political parties in the election is that many people are paying high rents and can't afford a deposit for a mortgage.

    Building site

    Claire Baker from Devon has been trying to save a deposit to buy for ten years but can't.

    "We can afford a mortgage but can't get the mortgage... It makes me really angry," she said.

  12. Reported online child sex crimes increase

    BBC Spotlight

    There's been a large rise in the number of cyber-related child sex crimes here in the South West.

    Figures from the NSPCC show Devon and Cornwall police have tackled 17 cases already this year, compared to just one in 2015/16.

    Superintendent Steve Parker, Head of the Public Protection Unit at Devon and Cornwall Police, said the rise is in line with the national picture.

    "We have a number of dedicated and highly trained officers and staff working within the Public Protection Unit who investigate these reports, tirelessly usually working alongside colleagues from local authority children's services and other partner agencies," he said.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A374 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A374 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Embankment Lane and Lanhydrock Road affecting B3238 Tothill Road.

    A374 Devon - A374 Embankment Road in Plymouth closed and queuing traffic outbound between the Embankment Lane junction and the Lanhydrock Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to the B3238 Tothill Road junction and on A379 Billacombe Road to the Pomphlett Road junction.

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

  14. Drugs gang leader 'King Cornwall' sentenced

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Twelve members of a drugs gang have been sentenced for supplying large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin into Cornwall over the course of a year.

    The drugs were driven from London and delivered to local dealers who helped distribute them in Bodmin, St Austell, Camborne, Penzance and Truro between September 2015 and October 2016.

    The gang leader, Fidel Barzegar, 23, who gave himself the title 'King Cornwall', was jailed for six-and-a-half years at Truro Crown Court.

    Fidel Barzegar

    He and seven others pleaded guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    Two pleaded guilty to allowing their premises to be used for drug dealing, and one to money laundering.

    Police raided addresses in Cornwall and London, seizing drugs worth £21,000.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J31, A30 (Exminster), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  16. Dog uninjured after 60ft cliff fall

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A dog has been safely reunited with his family after falling up to 60ft down a cliff near Brixham.

    Rolo, a chocolate Labrador, was saved after two coastguard rescue teams and an RNLI lifeboat were called.

    Rolo and family

    She was hauled up in a "dog rescue bag" on a line, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

    The agency has urged owners to keeps their dogs on leads when they are walking near cliffs.

  17. Pigeon poo pavement 'power washed on average once a week'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Pigeon poo

    Droppings from roosting pigeons on pavements in the centre of Redruth have become such a problem for some locals and business people that they're calling for action to deal with the issue.

    One hotspot is Bond Street railway bridge where a large flock of pigeons set up home nearly eight years ago. The mess they create can make the narrow pavements below treacherous for pedestrians, residents claim.

    Cornwall Council said it was "responsible for cleansing the streets and at present the area under the bridge on Bond Street is power washed on average once a week unless there is a particularly bad occurrence".

    The council said it had received three complaints in the last three years and would "continue to monitor the situation and react accordingly".

    The council added it does not maintain the bridge which is owned by Network Rail.

    Network Rail is yet to comment.

  18. Exeter's ex-England forward Johnson retires

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Former England international Tom Johnson has retired after 10 years with Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.

    The 34-year-old back row, who won eight caps for his country, was part of the Chiefs side that won promotion from the Championship in 2010.

    Tom Johnson

    "I've been very lucky and privileged to be part of Chiefs for so many years and I will never forget the experiences they have given me," Johnson said.

    "Being part of the club for all these years has been amazing. Yes, I've been frustrated at times, but that happens."

  19. BreakingBody found in missing man search

    In a statement Devon and Cornwall Police have said: "At approximately 13:40 police search teams located the body of a man in Exeter Quay.

    "Cordons are in place in the area as recovery continues. Whilst at this time we are not in a position to confirm the identity of the body, the family of missing Exeter man Dex Johnston have been informed of this development."