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Summary

  1. Opposition to build new pedestrian bridge at Tintagel Castle
  2. Inquiry into contaminated blood scandal 'too late', victim's wife says
  3. Exeter council committee approves £8m bus and leisure plan budget increase
  4. Devon MP fails to become Parliamentary group chairwoman after racist term row
  5. Decision taken to shut one of Cornwall's smallest schools on the Lizard
  6. No U-turn on controversial Porthleven yellow lines 'experiment'
  7. Updates on Wednesday 12 July 2017

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live for Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    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. There once was a wonky duckling ...

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    This little duckling was born with wonky feet at Dawlish Waterfowl Park, so wardens there have come to the rescue.

    Duckling

    They cut cardboard templates of his feet and made a small splint to straighten them out – with duck, sorry, duct tape, of course!

    It did the trick and now he’s waddling about with all the others.

  3. Latest weather: Staying dry

    BBC Weather

    Overnight, it will remain dry with largely clear skies and light winds, leading to a cooler night than of late, especially in rural parts. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Weather

    Thursday will see another generally fine and warm day with plenty of sunshine, although cloud will thicken through the day, perhaps giving the odd isolated shower. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A390 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A390 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between West Taphouse turn off and Two Trees Road.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 in West Taphouse closed and slow traffic in both directions between the West Taphouse turn off junction and the Two Trees Road junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Plymouth and Exeter to face Chelsea in cup

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Devon sides Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City have been drawn alongside Chelsea's under-21 side in the group stages of the EFL Trophy.

    They will also face Somerset club Yeovil Town, with the top two sides advancing to the knockout stages of the competition.

    EFL Trophy

    The competition features 16 under-21 teams from clubs with category one academies, in addition to the 48 League One and League Two clubs.

  6. Finn Layland-Stratfield: Drone, kayaks and boats involved in search for missing teenager

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Kayaks, fishing boats and a drone have all been used in the search for 17-year-old Finn Layland-Stratfield.

    He was last seen at about 18:00 on Saturday close to Tintagel's youth hostel.

    Poster on cliffs
    Searchers looking at maps

    At low tide this afternoon, teams have been looking along the shoreline, and others have been concentrating inland. A police drone has also been out.

    His rucksack was found on the cliffs above Hole Beach, near Trebarwith Strand, on Sunday evening.

    He's believed to be wearing a hoodie, with dark jeans, as well as black army boots with green and black laces.

    Police are urging anyone with information to get in touch.

  7. Newton Abbot MP compared to BNP ex-leader Nick Griffin

    BBC Radio Devon

    The MP for Newton Abbot has been compared to the former British National Party leader Nick Griffin after using a racist expression.

    Anne Marie Morris

    Anne Marie Morris has been suspended by the Conservative Party after using the term during a meeting at a think tank. She apologised and said it was "unintentional".

    At Prime Minister's Questions today, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry told the House of Commons it was unacceptable.

    Returning to the subject of Brexity, Ms Thornberry asked: "Before the member for Newton Abbot suddenly turned herself into Nick Griffin, this was the question she was actually trying to ask: 'What does 'no deal' [in leaving the European Union] actually mean?'."

  8. South West Water under special measures after missing pollution targets

    BBC Spotlight

    The Environment Agency is introducing special measures for South West Water until it better protects the environment.

    Sewage

    They come after the firm came significantly below its targets for pollution incidents, the EA said.

    An EA spokesman said: "We expect South West Water to make significant improvements to their environmental performance. They have not done enough to reduce pollution incidents and have repeatedly scored badly on this metric compared with other companies."

    South West Water said: "We continue to invest and innovate - for example, through using cutting-edge technology to monitor our sewerage network, and purchasing a fleet of fully-equipped rapid response vehicles to enable staff to undertake sewer cleansing, surveying and reporting in one visit.

    "This will help our response times and management of pollution incidents as we seek to drive numbers down."

  9. Finn Layland-Stratfield: Search continuing for 17-year-old missing near Tintagel

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Finn Layland-Stratfield was last seen on Saturday evening, and police have been looking for him along with a team of local volunteers.

    It's being coordinated from a hall in Tintagel town centre.

    Teams have been sent to search as far south as Newquay, and up to Bude along the coast.

    Out at sea, kayaks, fishing boats and paddle boarders have all been looking, as well as a drone over the surrounding area.

    Search
    Rebecca Stratfield

    He's 17-years-old, about 5ft 9in tall, with shoulder length dark hair, and tattoos on his left forearm and his rear shoulder. He also has a black ear stretcher in his left ear.

    His mum, Rebecca Stratfield, has been helping with the search.

    She said: "We are trying to build a picture of what may have happened. As far as Finn is concerned obviously we love him, everyone here loves him and you wouldn't have had this turnout here otherwise."

  10. Circus of Horrors needs 'pickled person' ... if you have the bottle

    BBC Radio Devon

    Could you fit into a bottle 2ft tall and 18in wide?

    Bottle

    Then you could be just the person for the Circus of Horrors, which is on the hunt for new blood for performances in WimborneTivoli Theatre on 27 July & Exmouth Pavilion on 28 July.

    Anyone thinking of auditioning to be the "pickled person" must be over 18, not suffer from claustrophobia, and be able to squeeze into tight spaces.

    I think we find it a bit too jarring ourselves!

  11. Travel: Accident on A38 Plymouth

    BBC News Travel

    In Plymouth, on the A38 around the Manadon roundabout, there are reports of an accident.

  12. TV geologist is new Devon Wildlife Trust chief

    BBC Radio Devon

    TV geologist Professor Iain Stewart has been revealed as the new president of top local conservation charity Devon Wildlife Trust.

    Prof

    Plymouth University academic Prof Stewart is only the third person to take on the honorary role since the conservation charity was founded 55 years ago in 1962.

    He said: "It’s a tremendously exciting opportunity. Wildlife conservation is fresh territory for me, and it’s going to be a big learning curve, but it will allow me to indulge myself in all the things I loved as a kid – the natural world and a sense of adventure."

  13. Warning on rogue roof repairers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Trading Standards teams say unscrupulous businesses are targeting residents all over Cornwall offering minor roof repairs.

    Roof

    The issue was raised last week on Radio Cornwall when a number of listeners from the Newquay and St Columb area called in to report concerns about rogue trading.

    Cornwall Council said the companies claimed to be from Cornwall or the surrounding areas but were known to have travelled from outside the county to target residents specifically.

  14. Modbury closer to flood defence scheme

    BBC Radio Devon

    Five years on from flash flooding which left parts of the county submerged, a £1m flood defence scheme has been agreed for the Devon town of Modbury.

    Flood

    Nearly 30 shops and businesses were washed out in 2012 after heavy rain.

    Devon County Council said it had agreed to help fund a scheme, which would use embankments on fields above Modbury to capture and slowly release flood water.

    It tweeted: "Vital flood improvements for Modbury approved, additional external funding now to be sought."

  15. 2017 a 'tough year for Cornish choughs'

    Cornwall Live

    Cornwall's iconic bird - the chough - has faced a tough start to 2017 with a worrying drop in numbers.

  16. Ex-Torquay defender Gallifuoco joins Dover

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Former Torquay United defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco has signed for their National League rivals, Dover.

    The 23-year-old Australian has agreed a one-year deal, having made 35 appearances for the Gulls last season.

    Giancarlo Gallifuoco

    Gallifuoco can operate as a central defender or right-back, and can also play in midfield.

  17. Devon health trust 'still waiting to fill posts advertised two years ago'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Northern Devon Healthcare has vacant posts that were first advertised more than two years ago, an investigation has revealed.

    Nurse

    Some NHS hospital trusts have more than 1,000 staff vacancies, while others have left crucial roles unfilled for up to two years, the ITV News probe across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland revealed.

    The biggest gaps were in nursing at each one of the 92 trusts that responded to freedom of information requests, the broadcaster reported.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the broadcaster: "We are rightly saying we want to have much higher standards of care after the tragedy of Mid Staffs, we cannot allow hospitals to skimp on nursing staff.

    "As a result of those changes, we now have 15,000 more nurses in our hospital wards, 6,500 more doctors."

  18. Scientists uncover St Columba's cell on Iona

    BBC News Scotland

    Wood samples

    Archaeologists say they have identified the remains of the cell of St Columba on the Scottish island of Iona.

    They have used radiocarbon dating to place samples of burned wood in the middle of Columba's time there almost 1,500 years ago.

    The charred remains of a hut were excavated in 1957, but it has taken until now for science to accurately date them.

    The cell, or scriptorium, is where he worked, prayed and spent his last day.

    The samples had been carefully stored at several universities - and latterly in a garage in Truro in Cornwall.

  19. Here it is: Now tell us what you think of planned Tintagel bridge

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The proposed bridge at the site of Tintagel Castle has had more than 30 objections.

    We thought you'd like to have a proper look at what English Heritage is proposing so you can make up your own minds and tell us what you think. You can email us here.

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