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  1. Police investigate unexplained death in Padstow
  2. Man shot during Antigua robbery now blind
  3. Fire crews believe residential home blaze was started deliberately
  4. Former headteacher had 'cavalier attitude' to pupil safety
  5. Teen saves dad with CPR learnt from TV
  6. Fire crews leave large gorse blaze site
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.

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

  2. Cornwall spaceport backers welcome Queen's Speech

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall’s proposed Spaceport could be one step closer after the introduction of a Space Industry Bill.

    The bill, which was announced as part of the Queen’s Speech, will introduce new powers to allow launches from British soil.

    It will licence new commercial spaceflight technologies, including spaceplanes and satellite launch systems, and create a regulatory framework for the operation of UK spaceports.

    Spaceport director Miles Carden said: “We are determined that Cornwall will play an important role in the development of commercial space launch by offering safe and low-cost access to space from Newquay, with spacecraft tracking and communications facilities from Goonhilly.

    “The next step in our Spaceport Cornwall bid will be presenting our plans to the UK Space Agency alongside our commercial partners, and we expect that to happen in a matter of weeks.”

    Orbital Access aircraft
  3. Police seize drugs in Newquay 'after community concerns'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police in Newquay say they executed drugs warrants simultaneously in a housing estate "as a result of community concerns over the supply and use of controlled drugs".

    One man was arrested after officers executed three warrants on the Mayfield estate on Tuesday.

    A quantity of suspected Class A and B drugs were seized during searches of properties in Hawkins Road, Mayfield Crescent and Trelawney Road, officers said.

    Inspector Dave Meredith said the work was "sending a clear and robust message to persons involved in the supply and use of controlled drugs in Newquay".

  4. Latest weather: A warm evening before possible thundery rain overnight

    BBC Weather

    Another very warm evening is expected. However, it will cloud over on the Lizard before it gets dark and showery rain across the county during the night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Showers may become heavy and thundery for a time during the morning, particularly in the southeast. However, they will die out later, leaving a bright dry afternoon with sunny spells. However, it will feel much fresher. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

  5. Police warning about dogs in vehicles

    A police officer in Plymouth has taken to Twitter to warn dog owners about the risks of keeping dogs inside vehicles on hot days.

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  6. Family of man shot in Antigua robbery 'truly grateful' for £103k fundraising to fly him home

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The family of a man whose life was saved by a fundraising campaign say they are "truly grateful" to more than 1,700 people who paid for his return to the UK after he was shot during a robbery at his parents' restaurant in Antigua.

    Christopher Tester at wedding

    Thirty-seven-year-old Christopher Tester (picture here during a recent family wedding), from Torquay, was wounded on Christmas Day while trying to "shield his mother". He was flown back to Devon for treatment in February after 1,728 campaigners raised more than £103,000 for his travel and medical costs.

    His family said he had been "struggling" in the six months since he was wounded and was now blind. But his parents Tony and Gill said additional money was raised to adapt his home to make it comfortable.

    He was also said to be enjoying guitar lessons, playing the ukulele, walking, swimming and spinning, despite "struggling to come to terms with his blindness", according to his parents.

  7. Saltash rail station restoration to 'reflect the town correctly'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A derelict railway station house in Cornwall has been bought by Saltash Town Council for £165,000 to be restored and "reflect the town correctly", the local mayor says.

    Saltash rail station. Pic: Google

    The Saltash station building, which is about 130-years-old, used to house the stationmaster's office, a waiting room and a cafe. It is in a bad state of repair and fenced off from the public because the roof is dangerous.

    In the past, passengers and residents have complained about the neglected building, which greets people crossing the River Tamar on their journey across the Royal Albert Bridge.

    Critics said they were unsure if it was money well spent. But Mayor of Saltash Jean Dent said: "We've had feedback from passengers, but mainly from the people of Saltash themselves. They said they wanted it sorted out. It needs to be something that reflects the town correctly, that we are a good place to be ... and we need to project it."

  8. Exeter 'no place for hate crime' warning after anti-Islamic incidents

    BBC Radio Devon

    A string of anti-Islamic hate crimes across Exeter over just over a week have been condemned by the city council leader.

    Pete Edwards and the police said they were pledging zero tolerance to religiously-motivated hate crimes. He said: "There is no place in Exeter for hate crime."

    The first incident happened at Exeter Mosque on 10 June where three men were alleged to have shouted racially aggravated abuse at worshippers. Anti-Islamic graffiti appeared at Polsloe Bridge and in Whipton village on 12 and 13 June, and, on Saturday, a customer was abusive to staff at Chandos Deli in Princesshay.

    Police said they wanted to hear from anyone with information about any of the incidents.

  9. In the navy: Officers' college memories featuring in new exhibition

    BBC Spotlight

    The memories of officers at the Britannia Royal Naval College over the last 60 years are being featured in a new exhibition.

    Britannia Royal Naval College exhibition

    Interviews have been recorded detailing personal accounts of what it was like training in Dartmouth at different periods in time.

    The exhibition, launching today, features the memories of 65 cadets, including the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

  10. Why has Boxing Day been trending on Twitter?

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    It is one of the hottest June days on record and the pollen count is soaring - so why has Boxing Day been trending on Twitter?

    Far from yearning for TV specials and leftover turkey, football fans have been looking up and discussing who their team is playing over Christmas, with next season's fixtures released this morning.

    Plymouth Argyle

    Plymouth Argyle face a 227-mile journey to MK Dons on Boxing Day, a 454-mile round trip, while Rochdale only have to get 19 miles to Blackburn Rovers.

    However, given Plymouth's location relative to the other clubs, that is not really out of the ordinary. Even a trip to Bristol Rovers would take them more than 120 miles each way.

  11. Former Foxhole Academy head faces classroom ban over 'cavalier attitude' to pupil safety

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A head teacher at an academy in Cornwall showed "a cavalier attitude" to pupil safety and failed to tell employers that her school handyman husband had received a police caution for stealing ladies' underwear, a misconduct hearing has found.

    Sarah Cooke was principal of Foxhole Academy, where Peter Cooke worked as a handyman. She resigned after her husband of 30 years was arrested early last year over an allegation of outraging public decency in front of a teenage boy. He was later found guilty of the offence.

    Sarah Cooke and Peter Cooke. Pic: Cornwall Live

    A three-member National College for Teaching and Leadership professional misconduct panel found Mrs Cooke showed a "complete disregard" for safeguarding her pupils, and stated she was guilty of five charges of wrongdoing. She also failed to carry out proper staff background checks, for both her husband and herself, it ruled.

    It concluded Mrs Cooke had breached teachers' professional standards and recommended a prohibition order.

    Mrs Cooke, who was not present for the misconduct hearing, is facing a classroom ban. The Education Secretary will make a final decision on the case.

  12. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Devon, on the B3180 in Woodbury, there are reports of an accident near the junction with the B3179
    • In Tiverton, Newte's Hill is blocked both directions near Limetree Cross due to an accident
    • The A361 at Ashford is partially blocked between Limekiln Lane and Heanton Hill Lane due to a fallen tree
    • The A30 Cornwall-bound is partially blocked between Stowford Cross and the Lifton Down turn-off due to a broken-down tractor
    • In Cornwall, Chapel Road in Indian Queens, near Queens Close, is blocked because of an accident
    • On the A39 between Perranarworthal and Devoran, there are reports there's very slow traffic due to an accident
  13. Her word is her Bond: Dame Judi 'particularly pleased' to be Northcott Theatre patron

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Former James Bond boss and British acting legend Dame Judi Dench says she is "particularly pleased" to be patron of an Exeter theatre because she has been "associated with the Northcott Theatre for many years".

    Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi, who is patron of the theatre for its 50th anniversary year, was a long-time friend and colleague of the Northcott's first director, Tony Church, and was also patron of the theatre’s former Friends scheme, the venue said.

    She said: "I have been associated with the Northcott Theatre for many years, so I was particularly pleased to be asked to be a patron of the 50th birthday anniversary.

    "With so many regional theatres having disappeared, it is important to support those that still survive and help them to thrive."

    The theatre first opened its doors in November 1967.

  14. Residential home fire 'started deliberately'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Fire crews say they believe a fire at a residential home in Moretonhampstead was started deliberately.

    Coppelia House

    Firefighters from across south Devon and Dartmoor, along with an incident command unit from Totnes, were called to Coppelia House on Court Street just after 21:00 on Tuesday.

    It's the second fire at the home in four days.

  15. Wrong kind of sun on the line? GWR rail services delayed by hot tracks

    BBC News Travel

    Delays are possible on GWR rail services to and from Paddington due to a speed restriction because of high track temperatures between Reading and Newbury.

  16. A fine romance: Dame Judi Dench becomes patron of Exeter's Northcott Theatre

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Dame Judi Dench. Pic: PA

    Dame Judi Dench has become patron of Exeter's Northcott Theatre for its 50th anniversary year, the venue has announced.

    The theatre said it was "greatly honoured" by Dame Judi accepting the invitation "at such an important time for the theatre", and that she was a long-time friend and colleague of the Northcott's first director, Tony Church.

    The theatre first opened its doors in November 1967.

  17. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC News Travel

    • In Tiverton, there are reports of an accident on Newte's Hill, near Limetree Cross
    • In Bideford, Moreton Park Road is partially blocked due to an accident near Moreton Avenue
    • In Plymouth, on the A386 Tavistock Road inbound, one lane is closed between Powisland Drive and Derriford Roundabout due to an accident
  18. Macclesfield sign Torquay's Richards

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Torquay United midfielder Courtney Richards has signed for their National League rivals Macclesfield Town.

    The 23-year-old Jamaican was captain at the Gulls, and turned down a new deal to join the Silkmen.

    Courtney Richards

    Richards spent three seasons at Torquay, having joined the Devon club after coming through the academy at Brighton.