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Summary

  1. Ambulances "leave elderly people who fell - if uninjured - for hours for other cases"
  2. Police car catches fire on A38 Exeter
  3. Torbay's elected mayor 'has no intention of resigning' despite no confidence motion
  4. Heritage experts to help save 250 historic sites deemed "at risk" in Cornwall
  5. Archaeologists reveal "feast of historical finds" at Tintagel Castle
  6. Updates on Thursday 13 July 2017

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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 Friday 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. Police car fire: Explosion 'most likely an air bag'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An explosion seen on the video of a police car on fire was "most likely an air bag", police say.

    A male officer avoided injury after the car caught fire at about 10:30 on the A38 northbound, near the Splatford Split, Exeter. The vehicle was destroyed in the blaze.

    Police said the officer "noticed that car had developed engine problems" and he was taking the vehicle off the road "when he noticed flames coming from under the engine".

    Two lanes of the four-lane carriageway road were temporarily closed.

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    Video caption: Police car explodes at Exeter
  3. Weather update: Showers clearing

    BBC Weather

    Any residual showers will soon die away this evening, leaving mostly dry conditions for the rest of the night with some clear spells. However, cloud may increase later in the night and bring a few scattered outbreaks of very light rain. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather

    It'll be a mostly cloudy start to Friday, with a few scattered outbreaks of light rain possible at first. But it will become dry and also brighter as some sunny periods develop going into the afternoon. Winds will be light or moderate from the northwest. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  4. Persuasion: Historic Jane Austen letter to go on display

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, Torquay Museum will be displaying the finest surviving letter written by the author to her sister, Cassandra, in 1799.

    Curator of Collections Barry Chandler said it contained the first mention of Pride and Prejudice.

    "This is probably the finest surviving example of correspondence from the novelist to her sister, and was acquired by Hester Pengelly, daughter of one of the founders of Torquay Museum, William Pengelly," he said.

    Hester Pengelly was an avid collector of autographs and letters from a huge range of famous people – from writers and artists to scientists, explorers and royalty – and bequeathed her collection to Torquay Museum in the 1930s.

    Jane Austen letter
  5. Penzance win Vinter Cup cricket title

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Penzance are the Vinter Cup champions after beating Falmouth by 70 runs in the final at Camborne last night.

    Nathan Pobega was man of the match for the victors, taking three wickets as Falmouth finished on 86-9.

    Cricket

    With the bat, Ant Angove and Brad Wadlan each scored 52 runs as Penzance were comfortable winners.

  6. Reminder about consultation into Cornwall Councillor numbers

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    The commission is carrying out an electoral review of Cornwall Council.

    Cornwall Council currently has 123 councillors. The commission is proposing that the council should have 87 councillors in future.

    The authority itself has previously suggested slimming down to 99 members.

  7. What exactly is a Public Space Protection Order?

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth City Council says it is going to help tackle antisocial behaviour in Stonehouse by introducing protection orders.

    But what exactly is a PSPO?

    They have replaced the Designated Public Place Order and Gating Orders and conditions include:

    • Preventing the drinking of alcohol and drug use in a public place
    • Surrendering an open vessel(s) of alcohol in a public place when requested to by an authorised officer
    • Approaching members of the public for money in any public place, street, highway or passage to include private residences
    • Begging on the ground in a public place, street, highway or passage
    • Urinating or defecating in a public place
    • Displaying any form of sign associated with begging.
    • Nuisance drivers

    Acting Inspector Dominic Nicholls, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “The introduction of a PSPO in Stonehouse shows real intent that the police and Plymouth City Council will always work together to take positive action against antisocial behaviour."

  8. Travel: Extra traffic around Exeter because of Bryan Adams concert

    BBC News Travel

    Bryan Adams in is concert at Powderham Castle this evening. Gates open at 18:00, so expect extra traffic in the Exeter area.

  9. More alcohol seized from under-18s by police in Newquay

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    The seizure is a continuation of work which last week saw seven bottles of vodka taken from teenagers visiting the town, plus alcohol and canisters of suspected nitrous oxide seized earlier this week.

    The town is expected to see thousands of teenage visitors over the next few months, with many being allowed to travel to Cornwall alone with friends to celebrate the end of exams.

    Police have appealed to parents to "be responsible" and not give alcohol to teenagers heading for the resort.

  10. Cornwall's crime commissioner Alison Hernandez dumps plans for £30,000-a-year deputy

    Cornwall Live

    Cornwall's under-fire crime czar Alison Hernandez has abandoned plans to appoint a deputy who once chained himself to railings to protest about the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

  11. Finn Layland-Stratfield: Missing teenager's mum says support is 'absolutely amazing'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The mother of missing teenager Finn Layland-Stratfield has described the pain of not knowing where he is as the local community rallies around them.

    The 17-year-old, who attended Truro College, hasn't been seen for four days. His rucksack was found by a walker on the cliffs on Sunday evening.

    Police have used a drone in the search and said they were increasingly concerned for Finn's welfare.

    Friends and locals have joined an extensive search. His mum, Rebecca Stratfield, said public support was what had been keeping them going.

    "The local community have been absolutely amazing. Everyone's been assigned certain places to search and they've been out 12 hours a day," she said.

    Finn Layland-Stratfield
  12. Plans to introduce Exeter littering fines

    BBC Radio Devon

    A crackdown on dog fouling and littering in Exeter could soon be brought in, the city council has revealed.

    The authority is looking at ramping up its enforcement of dog fouling and littering across Exeter as part of a 12-month pilot project.

    If approved, offenders would be issued with fixed penalty fines.

    The initiative was given backing by the council's executive last night and is due to go before the full council next Wednesday.

  13. Penzance's Jubilee Pool closed for a clean

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Jubilee Pool

    Penzance's Jubilee Pool has been closed for a clean, relatively soon after reopening for the summer.

    Staff at the pool, which reopened at the beginning of June, said on Facebook it was decided to close the pool "for a few days for an early season clean" because the water quality "isn't up to the standards we would like".

    They added: "As the school holidays approach, we're obviously keen the pool is looking its very best."

    The pool is due to reopen by Sunday 16 July.

  14. Illegal Porthleven yellow lines could go

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Unauthorised double yellow lines at Porthleven may be removed by Cornwall Council, the authority says.

    The company that owns the harbour-side Commercial Road said it had to paint the lines on a 200ft (60m) stretch of road to "calm" congestion.

    However some local businesses claim it is causing "absolute chaos".

    Yellow lines

    Cornwall Council - which said the lines were not legally enforceable - said the Harbour and Dock Company could be fined for painting the lines, as they broke the law.

    A spokesperson said: "The council could remove the lines ... and recover the costs. No decision has yet been made as to what action, if any, is going to be taken."

    Owner Trevor Osborne said on Wednesday that the lines "must be given a chance to work".

  15. Suspended MP cancels surgery for constituents

    BBC Spotlight

    Constituents of the Newton Abbot MP who was suspended from the Conservative Party for using a racist expression were turned away from a scheduled surgery today and told it was cancelled.

    Others with appointments to meet Anne Marie Morris were apparently notified by phone that the session was being relocated away from a library in the town.

    Ms Morris was suspended by her party this week after using the term during a meeting at a think tank. She apologised and said it was "unintentional".

    Anne Marie Morris