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  1. Woman airlifted to hospital after being trapped by falling cliff
  2. Major gorse fire at St Agnes in Cornwall
  3. Headteacher 'dishonest' over husband's sex act
  4. Ex-care home manager jailed after neglect death
  5. Police 'to provide reassurance to Devon and Cornwall's Muslim communities'
  6. SW holidays offered to people involved in Grenfell Tower disaster
  7. Archaeologists unearth new evidence of how people lived more than 1,300 years ago
  8. Newlyn Fish Market to get £1.3m refurbishment
  9. Exeter wing Jack Nowell scores two tries in Lions win
  10. Glastonbury Festival goers warned to plan journey to avoid massive queues
  11. Burst water main floods main road in Plymouth
  12. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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 Wednesday 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. Fire crews tackle 'well alight' gorse

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews are tackling a large swathe of gorse that's burning on St Agnes Beacon.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says the affected area is currently about 100m in size and 'well alight'.

    Fire engines are on the scene of the blaze which started earlier this afternoon.

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    Image caption: This photo was taken from Towan Cross
    Image caption: This was taken from the coast path near Wheal Charlotte
  3. Headteacher 'dishonest' over husband's sex act

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A headteacher failed to tell employers her husband was being investigated for outraging public decency, a disciplinary panel has heard.

    Sarah Cooke was principal of Foxhole Academy in Cornwall, where Peter Cooke worked as a handyman.

    He was arrested after being caught by neighbours watching porn and masturbating in his garden.

    Mrs Cooke resigned at the time of his arrest and said a "misapprehension" was to blame for any oversight.

    As well as failing to tell her bosses about the police investigation, it is also alleged she failed to carry out proper background checks on both her and her husband.

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) professional misconduct panel heard that she did not inform her superiors of possible safeguarding issues.

  4. Latest weather: Warm and humid overnight, but cloudier later on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    It will be a warm and humid night, with patches of high level cloud and clear spells. Winds will be mainly from the east and light or moderate in strength, but locally fresh around the south coast. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).


    Wednesday will be continuing hot and mainly sunny, with patchy cloud. However, cloud will increase in the west during the afternoon, raising the risk of some isolated heavy and perhaps thundery showers breaking out towards evening. Some mist and patches of low cloud are also likely to develop in the far west late in the day. Maximum temperature: 29C (84F).

  5. Care home neglect death manager told colleague to give resident drugs

    Eleanor Parkinson

    BBC Spotlight

    A former care home manager from Cornwall jailed for neglect and fraud also told a colleague to give one resident a drug prescribed for another resident, a court has heard.

    Ismeer Home

    Forty-two-year-old Lisa Thomas, who worked at Ismeer Residential Care Home, near St Austell, told a colleague to give the male resident with dementia a drug normally prescribed for bipolar conditions and migraines which had side effects, Truro Crown Court was told.

    The colleague was told by Thomas that she was trialling something, the court heard.

    Thomas, from Landreath Place in St Blazey, who admitted charges of neglect, seven frauds and administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, was jailed for 21 months.

    The home, which specialised in caring for people with dementia, has since closed.

  6. Peregrine falcon chicks prepare to wing it

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Peregrine falcon chicks in a quarry near Plymouth are due to try and fly and leave the next soon, managers of a National Trust monitoring project say.

    The Plym Peregrine Project has been operating at Cann Quarry in Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth, since 2001.

    Peregrine falcon. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust

    The trust has shared some of its latest pictures of the birds with us here.

    Above, we have a photo of mum in flight, keeping a watchful eye on the nest.

    Peregrine falcon chicks. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust

    Then we have a photo of the chicks at about two-weeks-old, when they were covered in their white down feathers.

    Lastly, we have a photo of the chicks taken a few days ago, with all their flight feathers out - ready for that first flight.

    Peregrine falcon chicks. Pic: Steve Waterhouse/National Trust
  7. Gorse fire on St Agnes Beacon

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    People who live nearby say a fire on St Agnes Beacon has been burning for about two hours, and smoke is blowing across a large area.

    Crews from Tolvaddon and Perranporth are fighting the blaze which is believed to have started close to the top of the beacon.


    Smoke is visible from several miles away.

  8. Seeing beavers return to help prevent flooding 'a privilege'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Seeing the release of a pair beavers last week on farmland near Truro in an effort to help prevent flooding in a village was "a privilege", the Cornwall Wildlife Trust says.

    beaver. Pic: Jack Hicks

    The male and female European beavers were reintroduced to a five-acre enclosed area on Woodland Valley Farm on Friday in an effort to help prevent flooding in the village of Ladock. It's hoped their dam building will help slow the flow of water during periods of heavy rain.

    Trust head of conservation Cheryl Marriott said: "It is now over to them to exhibit their natural dam-building behaviour and create more ponds and pools for wildlife and begin coppicing willows.

    "We will be monitoring the effects of the beavers and will share the findings so we can all learn more about what these incredible animals can do."

  9. Devon holidays offer welcomed by victims and firefighters

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    An appeal for holidays in Devon for residents of the Grenfell tower block fire has been welcomed.


    Derrick Wilson of the Tabernacle Christian Centre in London which has been helping victims, said: "It's a brilliant idea and I'm sure it will be appreciated."

    The scheme set up by two friends from Ilfracombe has now been extended to firefighters.

    A Fire Brigades Union spokesperson said: "This is a wonderfully kind gesture for firefighters who have undertaken utterly courageous work in very difficult circumstances.

    "Firefighters have been inundated with goodwill messages since the Grenfell disaster which is particularly touching."

  10. Ipplepen dig: A timeline of archaeologists' work

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Archaeologists working in south Devon have unearthed new evidence showing how people made their living more than 1,300 years ago, saying the discovery of Roman pottery suggested there was a community trading widely with the Roman world.

    University of Exeter archaeologists and local volunteers have been working on and off in the Ipplepen area over the last six years.

    Ipplepen dig

    What have they been doing and finding during that time?

    • 2009: Roman coins are first discovered at Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot
    • 2011: Trial excavations begin
    • 2012: A Roman road, a square enclosure ditch of Roman date, and an Iron Age/Romano-British round house are discovered
    • February 2015: A Roman cemetery is been discovered, revealing 15 skeletons
    • June 2016: The boundaries of the Roman Empire are redrawn after it is discovered the settlement had trade links to the rest of the Empire
  11. Somerset prepare for match in Devon

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Somerset's cricket side are in action at Newton Abbot this evening, as they face South Devon in James Hildreth's testimonial match.

    All-rounder Craig Overton has been given permission to play despite being set to make his England debut in their Twenty20 international against South Africa on Friday.

    Craig Overton

    The game starts at 17:30 BST, with Ashes winner Marcus Trescothick also in the Somerset side and Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson featuring for South Devon.

  12. BreakingFire on St Agnes Beacon

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews are at St Agnes Beacon dealing with what is believed to be a gorse fire.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue say they've received more than 30 calls about the fire, and crews from Perranporth and Tolvaddon are at the scene.

    An eye witness has reported that a large amount of smoke is blowing towards Chapel Porth.

  13. Tower block residents not at fire safety meeting 'can ask for home visit'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tower block

    People who were unable to attend a meeting about fire safety at Cornwall's only high-rise tower block can ask for a home visit, social housing managers say.

    Managers from Ocean Housing and Cornwall Fire Service met residents of the 12-storey Park House building in St Austell today to reassure them over safety systems in place after the Grenfell Tower in London earlier this week.

    Cornwall Council said the building fully complied with current safety regulations, with each apartment designed to contain a fire. Ocean said sprinklers could be fitted at the block.

    In 2014, a fire broke out on the ninth floor of the 12-storey block in St Austell, which saw 11 fire engines called to the scene. No one was injured.

  14. Devon health services review: Analysis

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    An Acute Services Review into Devon's hospital services has recommended that emergency departments, maternity, paediatrics, stroke and neonatal care remain at all four of the county's main hospitals.

    The news that these key hospital services are recommended to stay will be welcomed by the many thousands of people who have signed petitions or marched against cuts.

    Derriford Hospital

    It’s important to remember, though, that this is just the start and there is more detailed work to be done into how it can be implemented.

    The changes would have an impact on some staff; with more junior staff being trained to take on roles previously carried out by people in a senior position. Some consultants may also have to work across more than one site.

    There is also further work to be done to look at how other vulnerable services, such as breast surgery and dermatology, can be given a more secure future.

    There are also areas that this review doesn’t cover. It doesn’t examine previous proposals in a leaked document which suggested almost one in six acute hospital beds could be cut.

    It also isn’t a solution to the projected £557m accumulated debt that Devon’s health and social care services were predicted to have by 2020/21.

  15. New operator of £48.5m 111 phone service contract in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The NHS non-emergency 111 phone service in Cornwall is being overhauled following a series of poor reports from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    From December, it will no longer be run by the South Western Ambulance Service, which has operated it since 2014, and it will also be integrated with the local GP out-of-hours service.

    111 operator

    The service came under particular scrutiny in December 2014 when an inquiry found it mishandled a call about 12-month-old William Mead, from Penryn, who died of sepsis. This April, the CQC said that, although improvements had been made, the service still required improvement.

    The service will be transferred to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Kernow Health and Vocare Ltd, a clinical out-sourcing company which currently manages the 111 service in Devon and Somerset.

    The new contract will run for five years and is valued at £48.5m over that period.

  16. Study to look at possible rail improvements for Plympton and Ivybridge

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A study is to explore if there is demand for a railway station in the Plympton area of Plymouth, as well as look at possible improvements to Ivybridge's station, Plymouth City Council says.

    The study is part of developing a long-term transport strategy over the next 16 years.

    Council leader Ian Bowyer said: "We first need to establish what sort of demand there might be for a station in the east side of Plymouth, as well as seeing what measures can be taken to improve journeys for commuters using the train from Ivybridge."

    The study will also be used to inform the future of a wider so-called Devon Metro transport scheme with Devon County Council.

    Rail tracks
  17. Torbay waste collections 'may take up to two months to be back to normal'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Waste collections in Torbay may take up to two months to return to normal, the local council says.

    Torbay Council says it is working closely with waste collectors to "resolve the issue of inconsistent waste collections" across the district.

    The authority admitted there had been "ongoing difficulties experienced by residents" with collectors, and it was working with TOR2 - its partnership with the Kier Group - to "return the service to a normal pattern of collections".

    "All services are expected to return to normal within in the next two months," it said.

  18. Burst water main floods Plymouth road

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    Police in Plymouth are telling people to avoid Tavistock Road in the Whitleigh and Crownhill area because a burst water main has affected part of it road, flooding under a flyover.