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Summary

  1. Coroner urges for new guidelines after pensioner's death
  2. BBC Crimewatch - Exmoor body appeal: Man 'spent time in Bude and Plymouth'
  3. Dead dog dumped in bag had 'severe head trauma'
  4. Scilly embarks on £10m future energy plan
  5. Holidaymaker's dog missing after head-on crash near Newquay
  6. BT closes Dartmoor phone boxes 'without consultation'
  7. Sidmouth to receive blue plaque
  8. Updates on Thursday 15 June 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    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. Coroner to put forward 'new care guidelines' after death inquest

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    New guidelines for care will be put forward after the death of a man from St Austell, a coroner has concluded.

    Terrence George, 72, died in January 2016 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gall stones.

    Terrence George

    The inquest in Truro heard a "catalogue of errors" and "systemic failures" meant potentially life-saving treatment was never given to Mr George.

    Senior Coroner for Cornwall, Dr Emma Carlyon, said she would be writing to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, urging them to introduce new guidelines in treating pancreatitis.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said it has since implemented a new standard operating procedure and "completely overhauled" the way it treats such patients in the light of Mr George's death.

  3. Man dies in "single vehicle collision"

    A man has died in a “single car collison” at Summercourt in Cornwall, police say.

    Emergency services were called to the scene on the A3058 Newquay Road near to Castle Cars at lunchtime.

    Officers say they are keen to talk to the male driver of a silver taxi “with a white logo on the side” as they believe he may be able to help with inquiries.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact 101.

  4. £30m to help older people regain independence

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Devon County Council’s cabinet has supported a £15.15m increase in adult social care funding to help older people regain their independence following NHS treatment.

    The money was announced in the spring 2017 Budget as part of a national directive.

    In total £30.34m will be provided over three years through the Better Care Fund.

    County Hall

    Part of the money will be invested into Devon County Council’s Reablement Service, helping people to get back on their feet and regain their independence after being discharged from hospital.

    Quote Message: If we can help people regain their independence by providing them with what they need to take back control of their lives and by signposting them to the appropriate support it is more likely they will remain independent for longer and less reliant on care. from Councillor Andrew Leadbetter Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services
    Councillor Andrew LeadbetterDevon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services
  5. Man arrested following 'suspicious death' in Plymouth

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the suspicious death of a 64-year-old woman in Plymouth, police said.

    The woman was found deceased at an address in Honicknowle, Plymouth on 25 May.

    Police launched a murder investigation, saying a post-mortem examination revealed the woman had sustained a number of "unexplained injuries".

    The man remains in police custody and police are carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

    A cordon remains in place at the property.

  6. Weather update: Dry overnight, highs of 22C on Friday

    BBC Weather

    It will be a sunny end to the day, and it will remain dry overnight with some clear spells. It will also feel cooler than last night. The minimum temperature will be 12C (54F).

    Friday will stay largely dry and bright, with some decent sunny spells. With light winds it will also feel warm in the sunshine. The maximum temperature will be 22C (72F).

    Weather
  7. Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A water ferry will operate in Plymouth's Sutton Harbour this summer while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

    The ferry will connect the Barbican with the Fishing Quarter and run daily between West Pier, opposite the Real Food Kitchen, by the Mayflower Steps, and Shepherd's Wharf, in front of Lockyers Quay pub.

    The service is expected to start on 1 July to help people cross the harbour and visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.

    Sutton Harbour

    Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: "We understand and appreciate that the bridge closure is inconvenient for visitors to Plymouth's waterfront, as well as an issue for some of our prime businesses like the NMA and Rockfish, so we are investing in enabling and supporting the ferry service to help bring people from the Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter to visit these venues more easily."

  8. Politics lets you 'serve others'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The newly re-elected conservative MP for St Ives Derek Thomas says he doesn't think being an MP clashes with being Christian.

    Derek Thomas

    It follows news that the leader of the liberal democrats, Tim Farron is resigning - partly because he believes his Christian faith conflicts with political life.

    Derek Thomas disagrees: "The Bible is very clear that we should love one another, we should serve and love our neighbour as we love ourselves, and so the one job, or one of the jobs you can do where it's available to do that is in politics."

  9. Children in Cornwall learning about sharks

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Children on the Lizard will be settling down to some rather different lessons today - forgetting maths and English and instead learning all about sharks and their environment.

    The live lessons will be happening via video link with experts from a conservation group in Florida called Sharks 4 Kids.

    It's been organised by Cornish dive wear company Fourth Element. Co-founder Jim Standing says sharks have a bad reputation: "These are creatures to be admired and respected and if possible to be loved and cherished in the same way we love and cherish whales and dolphins.

    "That is the mission, is to get people to understand their place in our environment and how they add value to our environment and Cornwall is a great example."

  10. Devon County Council underspends by £43k

    BBC Radio Devon

    County Hall

    Devon County Council says it has balanced its books for the 26th year in a row.

    Despite having to make millions of pounds in savings, it underspent by £43,000.

    It says it has agreed 325 more packages of care for people with disabilities than were budgeted for.

  11. Firefighters remove bedridden elderly lady's ring

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters helped to remove a ring from a bedridden elderly lady's finger to help reduce swelling.

    A fire crew was called to Exeter Road, Oakehampton at 13:46 - after initial assessments they requested a ring cutter from North Tawton.

    Fire crews removed the ring using ring cutters.

  12. Highways firm faces paying up to £2.4million after death of roadworker in hot tar crash

    Devon Live

    South West Highways faces a multi-million pound fine after health and safety failings which led to the death of a road worker on the North Devon link road.

  13. Torquay sign Southport defender Higgins

    BBC Sport

    Ryan Higgins

    Torquay United have signed defender Ryan Higgins from Southport.

    Higgins, 23, made 38 appearances for Southport last season and now joins National League side Torquay following the Sandgrounders' relegation.

    The former Chester and Telford right-back becomes the club's fourth summer signing following Josh Gowling, Jon-Paul Pittman and Jake Gosling.

    "His athletic potential is fantastic and he's hungry to climb the league again," manager Kevin Nicholson said.

  14. BreakingCoroner urges for new guidelines after pensioner's death

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's coroner will write to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence urging them to introduce new guidelines in treating pancreatitis.

    It follows the death of a grandfather from St Austell at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, died after suffering a severe attack of pancreatitis brought on by gallstones.

    Terrence George

    His condition had first been diagnosed almost five months earlier. Doctors acknowledge it could have been successfully treated at the time by the removal of his gallbladder.

    At the conclusion of the inquest, Mr George's family said they were devastated by his "entirely unnecessary death".

    The hospital said it has implemented a new standard operating procedure and completely overhauled the way it treats such patients in the light of Mr George's death.

  15. Dead dog dumped in bag had 'severe head trauma'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The RSPCA has appealed for information after the body of a female Chihuahua was found in a bag in Plymouth.

    The charity was called by a member of the public who found the bag to the Ridgeway on Thursday 8 June at 19:40.

    Ridgeway

    RSPCA inspector Jim Farr said: "We are appealing for information to see if anybody knows anything about this dog which has been found with a severe head trauma.

    "We don't know what has happened or how she came to be dumped in the bag and sadly she has no microchip so we can't identify the owner."

  16. Suspected cannabis plants found in Plymouth

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    A man is being interviewed by police after a large quantity of suspected cannabis plants were found at a house in Plymouth.

    Police were called to an address in Plympton at 17:20 on Wednesday.

    The plants were found along with suspected drugs equipment.

    A man in his 40s is due to be interviewed by police. Officers are currently seizing the suspected cannabis plants.

  17. Inquest into pensioner's death expected to end today

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An inquest in Truro is expect to formally decide today whether a pensioner's death could have been avoided.

    Terrence George

    Terrence George, 72, from Polgooth, near St Austell, died in January last year at the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones.

    The inquest heard that he'd first been admitted to the hospital with mild pancreatitis the August before.

    It also heard - and The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted - that Mr George should have had his gallbladder removed, but that because of a catalogue of errors and systemic failures the potentially life-saving treatment never happened.