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  1. MP Anne Marie Morris has whip suspended after racist remark
  2. Parents could be asked to help fund schools 'in near future'
  3. Nurse: Salary cap may force me out of a job
  4. Updates on Tuesday 11 July 2017

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  1. Our live coverage

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Surfers honour legacy of Jack O'Neill with paddle-out

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Surfers in Newquay joined people around the world in a paddle-out to celebrate the life of Jack O'Neill, a pioneer of the neoprene wetsuit.

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    Video caption: Surfers honour legacy of Jack O'Neill with paddle-out

    Paddle-outs were also held in the US, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Japan and South Africa.

    Mr O'Neill, who opened his first surf shop in San Francisco in 1952, died in June aged 94.

  3. Anne Marie Morris defended after racist language suspension

    BBC Spotlight

    A Conservative MP suspended for using a racist expression has been defended by the president of her local party.


    Sylvia Russell said Anne Marie Morris "hasn't got a racist thought in her head".

    The MP, who has apologised unreservedly, had been "looking for a metaphor to illustrate a point about Brexit", Ms Russell said.

    Announcing the suspension, PM Theresa May said she was "shocked" by the "completely unacceptable" language.

  4. Weather outlook for Devon and Cornwall: Becoming drier overnight

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Rain will continue into the evening and occasionally it will be rather heavy, there'll also be a lot of hill fog.


    There will be a fair breeze along the south coast. During the second half of the night it will become dry though remain rather cloudy. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

    Although it may be cloudy to start, Wednesday will be dry with sunny spells quickly developing. The winds will be light meaning that it will feel pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

  5. Con couple ordered to pay back £200,000

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A businessman and his ex-girlfriend, who are serving prison sentences for a multimillion-pound tax fraud, have been ordered to pay back more than £200,000 or face further time behind bars.

    Satpal Singh Mahal, 49, from Walsall, was ordered to pay back £100,000 and chiropodist Louise Brown, 54, from Plymouth ordered to pay £100,684.43, the HMRC said.

    The couple, who used bogus identities to set up fake companies to steal more than £2.3m in VAT, are currently serving 10 years in jail.

    The pair were found to have used fake names and stolen identities to set up the companies and bank accounts online.

    They claimed each of the seven companies sold UK media advertising to overseas clients but the investigation found that none of the companies actually traded and the couple had used them solely to fraudulently claim VAT repayments on fabricated expenses.

    The couple faced a confiscation hearing at Blackfriars Crown Court on 5 July 2017 and were ordered to pay the amount owing within three months or each face a further 15 months in prison.

  6. Dry conditions see Cornish chough numbers decline

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RSPB say numbers of Cornish choughs have gone down this year.

    There were just 14 chicks recorded in the county.

    Prolonged dry conditions are thought to be a factor.

    The bird - which features on the Cornish coat of arms - disappeared from Cornwall in the 1970s.

    But it naturally reappeared 30 years later.

  7. Aircraft engine thefts across the region

    BBC Radio Devon

    Amateur pilots around the South West and Devon are being warned to be vigilant following a spate of thefts of a particular type of aircraft engine.

    Four Rotax engines were recently stolen from light aircraft at a small airfield in South Devon.

    The other planes at the South Hams Flying Club had different engines and were left alone.

    It's feared they're being stolen to sell abroad.

  8. Plymouth businesses told post-Brexit trade crisis threatens economy

    Plymouth Herald

    Plymouth firms must export more in order to help the UK beat a post-Brexit trade crisis, a major conference has heard.

  9. Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced

    BBC News Health

    An inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed.

    A spokesman for Theresa May said it would establish the causes of the "appalling injustice" that took place in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Thousands of NHS patients were given blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV.

    It's been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

  10. Exeter murder victim dumped in wheelie bin

    BBC Radio Devon

    A murder victim was trussed up and concealed in a wheelie bin in a flat, a jury heard.


    Drug dealer James Woodhouse was wrapped up in bedding held in place with black duct tape and put in the bin, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Brett Edwards, 37, and Tommy Killen, 32, both deny the murder of Mr Woodhouse on 11 November last year at the flat in Exeter, Devon.

    The court heard Woodhouse, from York, owed Mr Killen £700 for cocaine and was "scared" of him.

    Prosecutor Simon Laws QC said Edwards had stolen the wheelie bin the day before the body was discovered "in order to use it in the disposal of the body of James Woodhouse".

    The case continues.

  11. Weather update: a rainy night ahead

    BBC Weather

    Rain will continue into the evening, remaining heavy in the east accompanied by strong winds on the Dorset coast.

    Rain will die out in the second half of the night.

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  12. Travel update: delays on the A390

    BBC News Travel

    In St Austell, on the A390 near Penny's Lane, traffic is very slow due to roadworks.

    There's congestion up to Par Moor Road.

  13. People who become homeless in Exeter can now access new Rapid Response service

    Devon Live

    A new Rapid Response service which aims to reduce the time people new to homelessness spend in temporary, emergency accommodation has been launched in Exeter.

  14. Police investigating aircraft engine thefts

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Cornwall Police have launched an investigation into a number of light aircraft engines which have been stolen from planes, while they've been parked up in their hangars.

    All of them were made by the same firm called Rotax and are thought to be shipped abroad as it's almost impossible to sell them in the UK because of their serial numbers and log books.

    Detective Constable Emma Youngman is working on the case.

    "We've established a database of where the thefts occurred and we're already in touch with the other forces to see if there's any information they've obtained to see if we can locate the offenders," she said.

  15. Police renew appeal for missing teenager

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police say they're extremely concerned about a missing teenager from Camelford.

    Finnian Layland-Stratfield, 17, was last seen between 17:00 and 17:30GMT on Sunday 9 July by a walker on the cliffs above Hole Beach in Tintagel.

    His family and the police are appealing to anyone with any information about his whereabouts.

    Finnian is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall with a slim build. He has tattoos on his arms and shoulder.

    Finnian Layland-Stratfield
  16. Travel update: Newton Abbot crash

    BBC News Travel

    In Newton Abbot, on the A380 at Torquay Road, there's reports of an accident near the Penn Inn Roundabout.

    Approach with care

  17. Travel update: tree felling at Ponsanooth

    BBC News Travel

    On the A393 at Ponsanooth, there are temporary traffic lights due to tree felling work.

    Expect delays in both directions.