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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Devon taxi driver receives Hero Award

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A Devon taxi driver, who stood up for an elderly couple being preyed on by gang of rogue traders, has been honoured with a Hero Award.

    Chris Smith, 37, owner of Black Swan Taxis, Dawlish, was awarded the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Hero Award at their annual conference.

    He was nominated by the Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service for his "outstanding contribution to consumer protection", when he intervened to prevent doorstep traders from ripping off an elderly couple in March.

    The traders had quoted the couple £170 for cutting down and removing a tree - but after completing the work they demanded £700 which the couple didn’t have at home, so the lady called Black Swan Taxis to take her to the bank.

    Mr Smith pretended he needed to stay and settle the couple’s taxi account, buying enough time to enable police and trading standards officers to arrive.

  3. Drugs gang sentenced for stabbing rival in Exeter

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Seven members of a drugs gang have been sentenced for stabbing a rival gang member 18 times as he slept.

    Connor Cain, 19, was left for dead in the attack in Exeter in April 2016 but survived, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    While treating his wounds in hospital, doctors found large quantities of drugs concealed in his rectum.

    One of the attackers boasted on Facebook afterwards, writing: "Ha, ha, ha. I stabbed the kid and the blade snapped so I could not pull it out."

    The seven men all previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

    The convicted men
    Image caption: The convicted men

    • William Toohey convicted and sentenced to 19 years (15 years in custody, 4 years on license) in his absence, after he went on the run and failed to turn up for court to face trial.

    • Bart Wrighton, 22, of Trafalgar Close, Plymouth, 13.5 years custody 4 years on licence

    • Liam O'Brien, 22, of Overbury Street, Liverpool; 13 years custody 4 years on licence

    • Callum Cheetham, 22, of East Prescott Road, Liverpool, 13 years custody 4 years on licence

    • Matthew Henney, 21, of Eaglehall Road, Liverpool; 10 years custody plus 4 years on licence

    • Carl Mainard, 39, of Russell Walk, Exeter, had admitted unlawful wounding. - 2 years custody and 1 year on licence

    • Drew Morgan, 28, of Wynford Road, Exeter; - 1 year in custody suspended for 2 years

    Judge Mr Justice Sweeney told the offenders: "The events in the flat must have been entirely terrifying. He suffered terrible injuries which would have been fatal if he had not received immediate treatment. It was good fortune that he did not die."

    "There was pre-planning and a significant degree of premeditation. You were all involved in class A drugs gang which decided to see off opposition on what you considered to be your turf."

  4. Goat play time at Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    How lucky are these pygmy goats?

    They've got their very own playgroud, complete with a slide!

    Gulval School near Penzance has created a new play area in the middle of its grounds for the two goats, which were brought in to help children learn about animal care.

    Video content

    Video caption: Goat playground
  5. Plan to improve South West roads

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A multi-million pound plan to improve roads in the South West has been announced by the Department of Transport.

    There will be further developments on what the Government describes as a 'new strategic corridor' from London to the South West via the A303 and A358.

    The Department for Transport says its part of plans to dual single carriageway sections between the M3 and the M5 at Taunton.

    Other improvement proposals include upgrading the A30 single carriageway between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross roundabouts to help build an expressway from Camborne to the M5.

  6. Weather update: clearing up before tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    A little more rain is likely through much of the night but it should turn mostly dry by dawn on Saturday.

    It will stay rather mild under largely cloudy skies.

    After a rather dull cloudy start for most tomorrow with mist and fog over the moors the day will brighten from the west bringing sunny spells, with most places seeing some very good periods of sunshine for the afternoon.

    weather map
  7. Psychosis experience trialled at Exeter Medical School

    BBC Radio Devon

    Psychiatrists are trying understand how patients with psychosis experience voices in their heads through a new recording being trialled by the University of Exeter Medical School.

    The doctors listen to a recording of aggressive voices while doing simple tasks.

    The university says it's helped to improve relationships with patients, which can help with their treatment.

    Dr Charles Dixon is a psychiatrist and says it was "eye-opening".

    "I think sometimes it is hard to imagine what it’s really like, quite how distressing or distracting it is, and this has given me a really good insight into that," he said.

    "It’s a real eye-opener to me just how difficult it was to do anything when you’ve got this noise in the background, it was incredibly distracting."

  8. Dead man's foot found a mile from body

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A dead man's severed foot that was found in woods near Truro, was discovered about a mile away from other bodily remains, an inquest has heard.

    Lee Gilbert's foot was found in a walking boot, by a dog walker in October last year, prompting a large scale police search of Nansvallan Woods near County Hall.

    Officers found further human skeletal remains a mile upstream, and believe the foot may have been moved by animals, or washed there by heavy rainfall.

    Nansvallan Woods
    Image caption: Police cordoned off Nansvallan Woods after the foot was found.

    The inquest in Truro heard the 39-year-old from Penryn was missing for four months, having been last seen on 9 June.

    Emma Carlyon, the coroner for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said the lack of postmortem and toxicology evidence due to the small amount of bones found made it impossible to ascertain the cause of Mr Gilbert's death.

  9. The real teddies of Derriford

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Derriford Hospital's children’s theatres have set up a Facebook page to capture the experiences of children’s teddies brought into hospital.

    Noticing how important cuddly toys are to the children, particularly on the day of an operation when they are feeling nervous, Simon Courtman, Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital, decided to set up the page.

    teddy bear

    Simon said: “What I find interesting is the type of toy, the name it is given and just how ‘loved’ it has been. It really does give you a little peek into the child’s world."

    “On the page, we include pictures of the toys in the theatres and recovery areas, and also pictures of some of the staff that the children might meet on the day, which is often helpful when the children are preparing to come in for their operation, as it removes some of the anxiety that exists beforehand."

  10. Smoking rates down across South West

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The South West now has the lowest smoking rate in England and one of the lowest hospital admission rates because of smoking.

    The percentage of the population who smoke in the region is now the lowest on record at less than 15%.

    The figures from Public Health England have been released to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the indoor smoking ban.

  11. Drug dealer Dean Miller from Truro who takes MDMA for breakfast sentenced with Punita Mitchell

    Cornwall Live

    A pair of young drug dealers - one of whom takes MDMA for breakfast - have avoided jail despite both having been in trouble with the law before.

  12. How far could you go in one of these?


    Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales

    Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

    Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

  13. Travel update: Sheep on the road in Ilfracombe

    BBC News Travel

    In Ilfracombe on the A3123 there are sheep in the road near Mullacott Cross Roundabout.

    Approach with care.

  14. Helicopter makes 530-mile round trip to rescue sick yachtsman

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter made a 530-mile round trip yesterday to rescue an unwell yachtsman 203 nautical miles from the Isles of the Scilly, in rough seas in the Atlantic.

    Mark Coupland, chief pilot for the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, said: "Our Coastguard helicopters have a range of just over 200 nautical miles dependent on the wind.

    "Due to the long range involved, we were supported by military and Irish Casa fixed-wing aircraft to help us complete the mission successfully.

    "When you’re operating at the limits of your range and endurance in a potentially life and death situation such as this one, every minute counts."

  15. Travel update: Plymouth accident

    BBC News Travel

    In Plymouth we have reports of slow traffic due to an accident involving two vehicles on the B3413 near Fort Austin Avenue.

  16. 'Ukrainian nationals' arrested in Isles of Scilly raid

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online


    The Border Force has issued a statement about the yacht raid off the Isles of Scilly...

    • On Wednesday at about 06:40, a Border Force Coastal Patrol Vessel, Nimrod, intercepted a yacht near the Isles of Scilly and towed it to St Mary’s Harbour.
    • The four people on-board presented themselves as Ukrainian nationals and, following checks, were arrested by Devon and Cornwall Police officers on suspicion of immigration offences and facilitation of illegal immigration.
    • The four men were questioned by Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations on Thursday, but will now be detained by Border Force pending removal from the UK.
    Border Force
  17. Travel update: Exeter delays

    BBC News Travel

    In Exeter we have reports of very slow traffic due to a broken-down bus on the A3015 at Topsham Road outbound near Matford Lane .

    There are also reports of a broken-down vehicle on the A30 westbound between Alphington Junction and Five Mile Hill, but traffic is coping well.