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Summary

  1. Death 'could have been avoided by earlier surgery'
  2. Plane engines worth more than £100k 'stolen'
  3. Possible reopening of Holsworthy Hospital beds gets cautious welcome
  4. Penzance heliport: Judicial review of planning permission
  5. Six libraries in Plymouth expected to close
  6. Row over free-range egg farm plans
  7. Newborn puppy found in Plymouth bin
  8. Castle Drogo renovation could be complete 'by next year'
  9. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

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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.

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

  2. New pancreatitis guidelines in place at hospital after death, inquest told

    Matt Small

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    New guidelines in the case of pancreatitis caused by gallstones have been put in place in a hospital after the death of a man from Cornwall whose life could have been could saved by earlier surgery, an inquest has heard.

    Terrence George

    Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on 7 January 2016 after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

    His death followed an earlier admission to hospital after Mr George collapsed. He had been discharged with a plan for him to be reviewed after six weeks, but there were delays.

    The inquest in Truro heard from a senior upper gastrointestinal surgeon and the director of surgery for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust who told the coroner's court a thorough audit and review of the case had taken place since his death.

    New guidelines and a new standard operating procedure in such cases had also been put in place, the hearing was told.

    The inquest continues.

  3. Cornwall Council to consider what action to take over Penzance heliport judicial review

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council says it is to consider what action to take over a judicial review into its granting planning permission for a heliport in Penzance.

    The council granted permission for the project, to provide a base for a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly, back in February.

    The judicial review bid was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoS), which operates Skybus flights to the islands and the ferries between Cornwall and the islands.

    Isles of Scilly

    IoS said it supported the return of a helicopter service, but added it was calling for an independent and evidence-based debate about the potential impact of a new heliport in the town.

    The council said it had "previously expressed its intention to robustly defend the decision" taken by its strategic planning committee.

    It added: "Necessarily the authority needs to keep its position under review and will now be considering what action to take in the light of the decision to grant permission for the judicial review to proceed."

  4. Man, 67, arrested on suspicion of being a loan shark

    BBC Radio Devon

    A pensioner has been arrested in Plymouth on suspicion of being a loan shark.

    Investigators said the England Illegal Money Lending Team, working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, raided a house in Barne Barton, seizing documents and electronic devices.

    A 67-year-old man is being questioned.

  5. Dead dog's remains pulled from water at quarry

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A dead dog's remains in a bag have been pulled from water at a Cornish quarry.

    Police confirmed they were investigating a Labrador dog being "found deceased within a holdall" at Carn Marth Quarry in Lanner, Redruth after it was found this afternoon.

    Bag dead dog found in

    Sam B'stard, from the Last Chance Hotel Animal Rescue, who helped retrieve the animal from Carn Marth Quarry in Lanner, Redruth, said the female black labrador was microchipped in 2016.

    She said: "She was young and quite decomposed. We don't know how long she was in the water for or why she was there."

    Police said they were "investigating the circumstances of the animal's death and carrying out inquiries to locate the owner of the animal".

  6. Latest weather: Patchy rain overnight but sunny on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    After some evening sunshine, there will be clear spells overnight.

    Towards dawn, the cloud will thicken though, with patchy rain and drizzle arriving from the west. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather

    Any early rain will soon ease on Thursday, and sunny spells will develop through the morning.

    It will feel fresher than today, though. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  7. Three accused of dealing cannabis and cocaine from flat

    Devon Live

    Covert surveillance caught 98 visits to a Devon flat over two weeks - with most people staying just minutes - consistent with drug dealing, a court has heard.

  8. Three arrested after 'extremely disappointing' disturbance at mosque after peace walk

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An alleged racially-aggravated disturbance at Exeter's mosque after a peace walk and vigil in the city has been described as "extremely disappointing" by police who are investigating the incident.

    Three men were arrested after alleged "racially-aggravated verbally abusive comments" were made to people inside the mosque at about 20:30 on Saturday, after the vigil in Bedford Square, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    The men - aged 31, 26 and 24 - were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and released under investigation, pending further inquiries.

    Supt Sam de Reya, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "These allegations are extremely disappointing, especially after such an uplifting event such as the vigil and we will not tolerate such appalling incidents of hate crime in Devon and Cornwall."

  9. Young man who almost died taking MDMA at house party wakes up

    Devon Live

    A young Devon man who was left in a critical condition at Derriford Hospital after taking the illegal party drug MDMA has been discharged from hospital.

  10. Vandals spray paint church

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Kingsbridge are hunting vandals who spray painted a church.

    Officers said blue and white paint was sprayed on Dodbroke Church and a banner was also ripped and damaged at the top of Church Street.

  11. Hospital plans to reopen beds 'not just pen-pushing exercise'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Looking at reopening beds at a Devon community hospital is "not just a pen-pushing exercise", health bosses say.

    There were protests back in March when the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust shut the 16 inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital because of staff shortages and low bed occupancy.

    Its managing trust said it was to look at both of those issues to see if it was possible to reopen the beds.

    Trust Deputy Director Katherine Allen said: "It is something we feel really strongly about. We want community involvement."

    Holsworthy Hospital
  12. Penzance heliport judicial review 'not to maintain monopoly'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The ferry and plane company that has been granted a judicial review into plans for a heliport in Penzance says it is not trying to maintain a monopoly over transport to the Isles of Scilly.

    Cornwall Council granted permission to Penzance Heliport Ltd to provide a base for a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly back in February.

    Penzance Heliport

    The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company (IoS), which launched the judicial review bid, operates Skybus flights to the islands and ferries between Cornwall and the islands.

    IoS said says the Penzance plans were flawed and such a service should be based at Lands End Airport.

    IoS Chairman Andrew May said: "We're all working to see the return of the helicopter service... and we accept that people want another mode of transport to the islands and another choice of operator. But using Lands End will use existing infrastructure and save the passenger money."

  13. The Reith Lectures: Hilary Mantel 'historical novel readers actively request a subjective interpretation of the past'

    BBC Radio 4

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    Video caption: Hilary Mantel argues that historical novels are subjective interpretations of the past.

    Devon-based author Hilary Mantel argues readers of historical novels are actively requesting a subjective interpretation of the past.

  14. Thatch roof fire severely damages property

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A property has been severely damaged after a thatch roof fire, firefighters say.

    Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall were called to the property in St Giles on the Heath at about 10:45, finding the roof "well alight", firefighters said.

    By 14:30, crews confirmed the fire was out, but that areas of the property not damaged by the fire itself were damaged by heat and smoke.

    Crews are damping down at the scene. The cause is believed to be accidental.

  15. Library closures 'a real hit on deprived people'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plans to close six libraries in Plymouth are "a real hit on deprived people in deprived communities", opposition city councillors say.

    Library in Plymouth

    Ten out of the city's 17 branches had initially been earmarked to shut before the proposals, but it has been reduced to six. Eggbuckland, Ernesettle, Laira, Stoke, Tothill and West Park are facing closing their doors for good.

    Ian Bowyer, leader of the Conservatuive/UKIP-run authority, said the move would mean keeping more of the "better used ones open".

    Tudor Evans

    However, Labour Group leader Tudor Evans (pictured) said his group was "still against it" because those affected would include people who used libraries' internet facilities in poorer areas to access support services and job-seeking help.

    He said: "What they're doing is closing a third of the city's library network. Having said it was going to be a 'complete disaster', they've only gone for 'disaster'."

  16. Abandoned puppy: Dogs home to 'do everything we can' in newborn's fight for life

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Abandoned puppy. Pic: Paul Slater Images

    A dogs and cats home is to "do everything we can" to fight for the life of a newborn puppy found abandoned in a bin in Plymouth, staff say.

    Gables Farm Home said the tiny dog, now named Dearie Me, was found by a member of the public in a bag inside a wheelie bin in the North Hill area of the city.

    Deputy Manager Ruth Rickard said: "We will be providing 24 hour care for her and feeding her every two hours in the hope that she will become stronger.

    "It is touch and go at the moment as she is so young and we don’t know how long she had been left in the bin. We will do everything we can to fight for her little life."

  17. Police at Brixham College after arrests made in end of exam celebrations

    Devon Live

    ​Police are continuing to be "present in numbers" every day this week around a Devon school where two arrests were made following public disorder linked to end-of-exam celebrations.

  18. Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall deal with thatch roof blaze

    Fire crews from Devon and Cornwall have been called to deal with a thatch roof blaze in Devon.

    Crews were called to the property in St Giles on the Heath at about 10:45.

    The roof was "well alight", firefighters said. The incident is believed to be ongoing.

  19. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Devon, the A386 is partially blocked near Little Down Lane due to an accident
    • In Plymouth, Risdon Avenue is blocked between River View and Laira Bridge Road due to an overturned car
    • In Cornwall, the A39 near Stratton is partially blocked near Stone Hill due to a broken-down lorry
  20. Holsworthy Hospital: 'Not yet time to celebrate bed reopening proposals'

    BBC Radio Devon

    The news that beds at a Devon community hospital could be reopened has been given a cautious welcome by campaigners, but the local mayor warns it's "not yet time to celebrate".

    Holsworthy Hospital

    There were protests back in March when Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust shut the 16 inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital because of staff shortages and low occupancy.

    The trust said it was going to look at both of those issues to see if it was possible to safely reopen the beds.

    Jon Hutchings

    Holsworthy Mayor Jon Hutchings said: "I think it's fantastic that the trust has taken on board the public response. There was a big outcry and they are now listening.

    "However, it’s not yet time to celebrate. It’s worth remembering the trust has never reopened beds after temporary closures."