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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather, as well as all the goings-on at the Royal Cornwall Show.

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

  2. Royal Cornwall Show: What's the weather going to be like for day one?

    Kevin Thomas

    BBC Weather Forecaster

    Are you heading to the first day of the Royal Cornwall Show tomorrow?

    Well, I can give you a little heads-up: Expect a damp start, but it will brighten up for the afternoon, with a scattering of lively showers around. The maximum temperature will be about 17C (63F).

    We'll have full forecasts on Local Live throughout today and, of course, tomorrow.

  3. Bess brothers help Devon hold on for draw

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Devon made history - fielding brothers Josh, Zak and Luke Bess in their team - as they held on for a draw at Dorset in the Minor Counties Championship.

    After Dorset posted 328-6, Devon were all out for just 106 then reached 90-3 while following on.

    Bess brothers

    Luke Bess batted for over two hours for his 16 not out, to help Devon avoid defeat at Sherborne.

  4. Shark bite chemistry teacher dubbed 'sharkbait' by Kingsbridge Community College pupils

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Pupils at Kinsgbridge Community College, where shark bite victim Rich Thomson teaches chemistry, have bought him shark ties and have dubbed him Sharkbait and Nemo.

    Rich Thomson

    "I have never caught any fish while fishing but the biggest one I've ever caught attached itself to my leg," he said.

    "I went home and told my wife I was late because I had been bitten by a shark," he said.

    "She said 'I've heard that one before', but it was true."

  5. Masters supports 'radical' Hodges plans

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City chairman Peter Masters says the club backs manager Lee Hodges' plans to overhaul his squad.

    The Cornish side released seven players after finishing one place above the National League South drop-zone last season, making three signings since.

    Peter Masters

    "Lee came up with some very radical plans, and that meant basically replacing quite a few players," Masters told BBC Sport.

    "It was a case of either back him or sack him - that was the situation, and along with [co-owner] Philip Perryman we decided to give him the backing for next season."

    Masters supports 'radical' Hodges plans

    Peter Masters

    Truro City chairman Peter Masters says the club backs manager Lee Hodges' plans to overhaul the squad.

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  6. Latest weather: Rain becoming heavy showers

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Rain will continue in the evening and it will become windy again on the coast and over hills. The rain will continue sporadically all night with the moors shrouded in cloud. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


    On Thursday, heavy rain and stronger winds will affect us at first. There will be some respite in the middle of the day but heavy showers are likely everywhere later. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  7. Flurry of voting to name giraffe Florrie

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Florrie the giraffe. Pic: Andy Styles

    Paignton Zoo's latest giraffe calf now has a name after a flurry of voting: Florrie.

    Nearly 2,500 people took part in the vote to name the female calf, who was born to mother Sangha on Wednesday 19 April.

    It was the most popular choice in the poll, which also included options of Kaleena, Chloe and Afya.

    Florrie is described as "lively, boisterous, bold, confident - and, of course, incredibly cute".

    Zoo spokesman Phil Knowling added: "I know there’s another big vote on Thursday, but at least this very important matter is settled."

  8. Plymouth post ballots mix-up: Analysis

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    Post vote

    Plymouth City Council has confirmed that more than 1,500 ballot forms have not been sent to postal voters for Thursday's general election. It said a computer problem was to blame, it was investigating, and it was trying to get papers out as soon as possible.

    It's clearly embarrassing for a major local authority to have to be running around at the eleventh hour to make sure more than 1,500 voters living in three different constituencies are actually able to vote in a general election.

    The bigger challenge now, though, is trying to get ballot papers to postal addresses outside the Plymouth constituencies.

    The council says it will "make arrangements to get voting packs to as many people as possible outside".

    It sounds as if some people willing and entitled to cast a vote in Plymouth will now be unable to through no fault of their own.

  9. Doctor who immunised sons against HPV 'would be happier knowing boys were equally protected'

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    A mum-of-two who wants boys to receive a vaccine currently only given to girls - to protect against cancer - says she wants to see boys "equally protected".

    The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) jab is offered to teenage girls in the UK to protect against cervical cancer.

    Human Papilloma Virus

    Dr Kirsty Bonney, from Devon, said she paid privately for sons Zak, 13, and 11-year-old Finn to be immunised with the HPV vaccine rather than risk cancer in later life.

    She made the decision after working on a chemotherapy unit where she looked after two young men with HPV-related throat cancers.

    She said: "I'd be much happier knowing all the boys' friends were equally protected. I wouldn't want to be seeing one of their friends in my surgery in a few years' time [with cancer] because they hadn't been vaccinated."

  10. Ainslie's GB team get first win after capsize

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

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    Video caption: The moment New Zealand capsize in America's Cup

    New Zealand suffered a spectacular capsize in their America's Cup semi-final against Great Britain, led by Cornwall's Sir Ben Ainslie, but lead the best-of-nine series 3-1.

    Three of the crew were thrown overboard but all of New Zealand's crew were accounted for.

    "In 30 years of racing I've never seen anything like that," said Ainslie, skipper of GB's Land Rover BAR boat which was awarded its first win.

    "Most importantly everyone is fine. It's the first time we have sailed in this much wind. It's full-on and it's mind-blowing."

  11. Brain-images could be used to help find treatments for Alzheimer's

    BBC Spotlight

    Brain-images from people in Devon and Cornwall could be used to help find new treatments for Alzheimers disease.

    Scientists at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth are creating a database of brain scan images to find out the effects of age and the environment on the condition.

    The study is being funded by Alzheimer's Research UK. About 84,000 people in the South West are affected by dementia.

    Brain scan
  12. Axeman girl groomer 'may have had Walter Mitty fantasy'

    A man who had an axe in his car in which he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex may have had "some form of Walter Mitty fantasy", a judge says.

    Parking attendant Patrick Brezovsky had arranged to meet the girl at Exeter bus station after sending her Facebook messages after making contact with her last November, but was intercepted by police, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Patrick Brezovsky
    Image caption: Patrick Brezovsky was jailed at Exeter Crown Court

    The 23-year-old, of Canon Way, Exeter, also had a balaclava, duct tape, ladies' tights and CS spray in the car, along with a blue flashing light which could be put on the car dashboard to make it look as if he was connected to emergency services, the court was told.

    He admitted six offences and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

    Sentencing, the judge, Recorder Mr Ignatius Hughes QC, told him: "The presence of the items in the car at the very least suggests some form of Walter Mitty fantasy, although it is impossible to know precisely what you had in mind.

    "I have no doubt you pose a serious and significant risk of causing serious harm to the public, and, in particular, to young women by further offending."

  13. Shark 'struck out' at Bantham surfer

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Ali Hood, director of conservation at the Plymouth-based Shark Trust said a small shark which apparently bit a surfer at Bantham "would likely have been disorientated" by the "turbid, dynamic water" of the river mouth.

    Rich Thomson

    "British waters are home to a wide diversity of sharks with a number of coastal species such as smooth hound, tope and cat sharks often reported by beach goers and water users," she said.

    Marc Dando, wildlife publisher and illustrator, said he thought the shark was probably a smooth hound.

    "It would be a shock because all sharks have powerful jaws," he said.

    "All sharks can be very territorial. It was probably just telling the person to go away and struck out."

  14. Mousehole to set up 'world class' football academy

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    A Cornish football team who play in the 11th tier of English football say they are planning to set up a "world class long-term player development academy."

    Mousehole AFC, based in the village near Penzance, have appointed Leeds United Under-23 coach Jason Blunt to head up the academy on a full-time basis.

    Jason Blunt

    Blunt, 39, is from Newlyn and was a professional footballer before spending seven years as a youth coach at Leeds.

    “We are certainly breaking new ground here, and we mean business," he said. "I am excited by the challenge to make this new academy the best in Cornwall and the South West."

  15. Shark 'bites surfer' at Bantham

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A surfer said he fought with a "small shark" after being bitten off a south Devon beach.


    Teacher Rich Thomson, 30, was left with a bruised leg and cuts to his hands after he hit it on the head.

    No other incident of this type has happened to surfers in UK waters according to experts who said the shark could have been a smooth hound.

    Mr Thomson said the shark, estimated at about 1m (3ft) long, "grabbed me on the leg" at Bantham.

  16. Cornwall Council's new cabinet: Analysis

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    It's more than a month since the local elections, but it's only today the new cabinet members at Cornwall Council have been announced by new leader Adam Paynter (pictured).

    Cornwall Council

    Despite the Conservatives winning the most seats in the local elections, they didn't have enough to take overall control of the council. Two weeks of power-sharing talks led to cross words between the Tories and the Independents, with claims of unreasonable demands on both sides.

    So it's ended up with the Independents and Lib Dems once again seeking to join forces and form a coalition.

    Adam Paynter

    There are five Liberal Democrats and five Independents, with six new faces in the 10-strong cabinet line-up, and there will be interesting times ahead.

    These councillors are controlling an annual budget of more than £1bn while facing further budget cuts and a restructure. Leader Mr Paynter has already said the next four years will be challenging.

  17. Mum of 'terrified' son speaks out over care home abuse

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The mother of a man cared for at a home where residents were held in cold and bare isolation rooms said her son was "terrified".

    Thirteen people have been convicted of the of the "organised and systemic abuse" at two care homes for adults with learning disabilities in Devon.

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    Video caption: He spent 195 sessions in a 'quiet room', including 13 overnight stays.

    Residents at Vielstone near Bideford were routinely punished by being held in empty rooms without food, heating or a toilet, Bristol Crown Court heard.

    This woman's son, who cannot be named, spent 195 sessions in a "quiet room", including 13 overnight stays.

  18. Chiefs pre-season game in France cancelled

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter Chiefs say French side Clermont Auvergne have cancelled a proposed pre-season friendly between the sides scheduled for August.

    The game had been due to be played in France on Friday 4 August but Clermont have told Chiefs the fixture will not now go ahead.

    Exeter Chiefs

    Rob Baxter's Premiership champions still have matches against Cornish Pirates, Newport-Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues in their pre-season calendar.