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By Andrew Segal

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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 Monday 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.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Wild life: Dormouse scuttles up ranger's back and down his leg

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dormouse. Pic: National Trust

    A National Trust ranger got "the shock of his life" after a rare hazel dormouse scuttled up his back, the trust says.

    Ranger James Robbins, who works on the Cotehele Estate, near Saltash in Cornwall, was checking 60 dormouse nest boxes in a wooded valley on the estate earlier this month when, after taking one box off a tree to look inside "the dormouse jumped out".

    The licensed dormouse handler said: "I was caught off guard. It went up my t-shirt and was scurrying around my shoulders for a little while. Then escaped down my leg and away into the wood."

    The rare animals are now protected by law. The trust said it planned to install an additional 40 nest boxes in the woodland this year.

  3. Myttin Da! Boardmasters to offer Cornish on festival website

    Boardmasters website

    Cornwall's Boardmasters Festival is to have Cornish translations available on its website, organisers say.

    Bosses said they were working with Cornwall Council Cornish translators Mark Trevethan and Sam Rogerson to allow people to "access key information in the native language of the area".

    As the saying goes: "Boardmasters ha Konsel Kernow warbarth a omre dhe Gernewek gwir" ("Boardmasters and Cornwall Council go proper Cornish together" - we hope that's right. That's what Boardmasters told us!).

    The festival is on in August.

    (And Myttin Da means "Good Morning", of course!)

  4. Penzance-Isles of Scilly helicopter link petition gains 5,000 signatures in two days

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A petition backing a new helicopter link between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland has gained more than 5,000 signatures in just two days.

    The petition calls on the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to drop its planned legal challenge against Penzance Heliport Limited, which has already started preparatory work on its new site in the town.

    The steamship company, which runs Penzance-islands ferry and Skybus aeroplane service, has begun proceedings for a judicial review of Cornwall Council's decision to approve planning for the heliport.

    The company said it did not object to the proposed new helicopter service, and embraced the principle of competition, but it was concerned that the effect of doubling the number of airports in west Cornwall had not been properly analysed.

  5. Latest weather: Dry overnight before sunny spells and showers on Saturday

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    The earlier cloud and rain will clear to the east leaving a brighter end to the day for many. There will then be some clear spells overnight. Winds will be light westerly, moderate around the coasts. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


    Saturday will be mainly bright and sunny. Fair weather cloud will bubble up through the morning. We will then see a band of showers crossing the county in the afternoon, but not all of us will see the rain. It will then be a return to fine conditions with decent sunny spells. Winds will be moderate south westerly, veering westerly in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  6. Heavitree paddling pools set to reopen

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Paddling pools in an Exeter park are set to reopen this weekend, the city council says.

    The authority said the pools in the Heavitree Pleasure Ground had been closed to "carry out essential maintenance work".

    It added that they had been repainted "with a grippier surface following reports of some children slipping over while playing".

    The pools will be open from 10:00 until 19:00.

    Heavitree pools
  7. Insurance Premium Tax rises: How can young drivers bring down their premiums

    BBC Newsbeat

    We told you earlier about young driver Sean Robinson from Plymouth, and how he and other young people are telling Newsbeat the rising price of car insurance is making it harder and harder for them to be able to afford to drive.

    Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rises today from 10% to 12% and insurers are warning this could affect premiums.

    Sean said: "It's just not fair on us."

    Well, Gareth Shaw from consumer group said there were some things young people could do to keep their premiums down.

    Steering wheel

    He said: "One thing you might want to consider is something called black box insurance, also known as telematics. Your insurance company will install a little tracker in your car and it will monitor your driving performance.

    "Insurers tend to think younger people are more risky drivers. If you keep within the speed limit, you don't drive at night and you take corners well, it will reward you as a safer driver with lower premiums."

    He also said people could add a parent to the policy to keep costs down, but that it was really important they did not add them as the main driver "as that's considered fraudulent by insurers".

  8. Body found at Exeter Quay confirmed as missing man Dex Johnston

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A body found by police search teams at Exeter Quay yesterday has been confirmed as that of missing man Dex Johnston, officers say.

    Mr Johnston disappeared in the city in the early hours of Sunday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained whilst enquiries are ongoing, and police await the outcome of post-mortem results."

    Dex Johnston
  9. Green candidate backers offered money back

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    People who contributed to a Green Party fundraising campaign in Plymouth have been offered their money back, after the candidate publicly endorsed the Labour party.

    Josh Pope wrote a blog post asking people to vote for Labour rival Sue Dann in the general election, as she "has the best chance of beating the Conservatives and helping to create a more balanced Parliament".

    Josh Pope

    The Green Party suspended him for breaching its constitution but he will still appear on the ballot paper in the Plymouth Moor View constituency.

    Using a crowdfunding page, Mr Pope had raised £110 towards his campaign.

    He said: "All those who donated have been contacted explaining what has happened as well as to ask whether they would like their money back."

    Conservative candidate Johnny Mercer branded the episode a "farce".

  10. Problems on the M5 at Exeter

    BBC News Travel

    On the M5, traffic is barely moving between Exminster and Broadclyst.

  11. Helston junction turning ban trial to 'improve road safety'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    Drives are to be banned from turning in and out of a junction in Helston in a bid to improve road safety in the area.

    Highway bosses said drivers would be banned from turning right out of the Penhellaz Hill junction (towards Penzance) and turning left into the junction (from Penzance) from 14 June until the end of July.

    Contractor Cormac said one concern was because two schools were situated in the vicinity and "removing additional traffic from the area will help to improve road safety, particularly for children walking to and from the schools".

    It added that results from the trial would be assessed "before a decision is made whether or not to make the trial permanent".

  12. Shock baby eight months after dad's death

    A woman says she was stunned to discover she was pregnant eight months after the child's father died.

    Stephanie Thompson's boyfriend, twenty-nine-year-old Dan Muirhead, died in his sleep at their Plymouth home in May 2016.

    She did not realise she was pregnant until January 2017 when a doctor revealed the news, and she gave birth four weeks later, the Plymouth Herald reports. The couple had been trying for a baby for two-and-a-half years.

    Stephanie and Jesse

    Twenty-four-year-old Stephanie said: "We had always talked about being parents. Dan always said how much he was excited to be a dad.

    "Jesse was one of the names we discussed for a baby. I must have been caught pregnant a few weeks before Dan died."

  13. Man ordered to pay £2,000 over abandoned cars

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A man has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 in fines, compensation and costs after being found guilty in his absence of two charges of abandoning a vehicle in what Cornwall Council says is the first such prosecution it has carried out.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Kristopher Danks, from Bude, was fined £440 and ordered to pay more than £1,600 in compensation and costs by Bodmin Magistrates this week for abandoning the vehicles near his former home in Launceston.

    The council said it had to remove and dispose of two vehicles.

    It said: "This is the first time the council has prosecuted a member of the public for abandoning a vehicle, and the authority hopes that it sends a clear message to others that they will face enforcement action if they fail to remove or dispose of a vehicle when asked to do so."

  14. Foodbank honoured with Queen's Award

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank

    One of Cornwall's independent foodbanks has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

    Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank provides support for hundreds of local people.

    Its co-ordinator, Don Gardner, said the award was real recognition for the hard work of volunteers.

  15. Couch leads Plymouth contingent at diving championships

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Tonia Couch is one of six Plymouth-based divers competing at the British Championships in Edinburgh across the weekend.

    She will pair up with Lois Toulson in the women's 10m synchro, while Matthew Dixon is competing both individually and alongside partner Noah Williams.

    Tonia Couch

    Former world champion Tom Daley had been scheduled to dive at the event, but has pulled out because of a minor injury.

  16. Extra jail time for prisoners caught with mobile phones

    Exeter Prison

    Prisoners who are caught with mobile phones in jail are being given extra sentences in a new crackdown, staff say.

    Since January, about 16 inmates who were in Exeter Prison have appeared in court, charged with possessing mobile phones; and this week two inmates were given six-month jail sentences for the offences by magistrates.

    Other inmates have faced even stiffer sentences after appearing before judges at the city's crown court.

    Phones are often thrown over the perimeter walls at the prison, and drones carrying illicit goods have also been causing problems for staff.

    Prison governor Pete Elbourn said it was an "ongoing major issue".

  17. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J26 for A38 and J20 for B3133.

    M5 Somerset - Stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J20, B3133 (Clevedon). Travel time is one hour and ten minutes.

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