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Summary

  1. Appeal for witnesses after man found dead in St Austell
  2. Ship captain 'five times over legal alcohol limit'
  3. Two people arrested after man suffers 'life-threatening head injuries'
  4. 'Significant marine life found near quarrying site' off The Lizard
  5. Arrests of children drop in Devon
  6. Suspicious car fire damages two vehicles in Torquay overnight
  7. Disruption to South West Trains because of Waterloo works
  8. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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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 Tuesday 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. The Lizard quarrying sea transport plans 'still being investigated despite reef report'

    BBC Spotlight

    Developers who want to quarry stone near a Cornwall reef say options for sea transport are "still being investigated" despite claims new evidence shows significant species of marine life off The Lizard.

    The owners of Dean Quarry want to supply rock to the UK's emerging tidal lagoon industry and said the only viable way of transporting it was by boat.

    But a new report published for the Marine Conservation Society said the reef area - the Manacles - should be left undisturbed.

    Manacles. Pic: Matt Doggett

    A volunteer diver organisation, called Seasearch, also said it had found signs of a range of important marine life.

    In response to the report, the company said: "Options for sea transport are still being investigated so we believe this report is premature and is based on draft proposals from two and half years ago which are no longer under consideration.

    "Any significant new sea transport infrastructure would require a planning application and marine licence application, including a full impact assessment."

  3. Causing a stink: Smelly flower's pollen put on ice after early bloom

    BBC Radio Devon

    Paignton Zoo titan arum

    Rare pollen from a plant at Paignton Zoo has been sent 500 miles up to Scotland - but arrived too late to be put to use.

    The pollen was from a titan arum, which the zoo said is one of the largest and, when in bloom, one of the smelliest plants on Earth, hence it being known as the corpse plant.

    The plant's huge flowers only bloom once every few years and the pollen was sent to the Royal Botantical Gardens in Edinburgh to pollinate their own titan, but the plant took experts by surprise and bloomed early.

    The pollen from Paignton will now be stored there at -80C (-112F), meaning it could last for years.

  4. Germans who flock to south west confused over difference between Devon and Cornwall

    The Daily Telegraph

    It seems that German tourists, who flock to the south west in their thousands every year, think the county of Devon is just part of Cornwall.

  5. Blood donors may have to travel to new locations

    BBC Radio Devon

    Blood donors in the south west may have to travel to different locations to give blood following a review of sessions in the Plymouth area.

    The NHS Blood and Transplant Service said it expected to start a review of sessions around the city later this year.

    It confirmed it may reduce the number it held and could also ask some donors to donate at alternative venues.

    Blood donor. Pic: Getty Images
  6. Evening weather: Staying cloudy with rain

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will persist through the night, with further showery rain, which may turn heavy at times. But temperatures will be holding up as a result. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather map

    Tuesday will be a rather cloudy and cool day, with heavy showers or longer spells of rain, particularly across central parts.

    However, some brief brighter interludes are also possible. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

  7. Runner Jo Pavey get 10,000m bronze medal - 10 years after race

    BBC Spotlight

    Jo Pavey. Pic: BBC Sport

    Devon's Jo Pavey has finally received a 10,000m bronze medal - 10 years after she was unfairly denied it at the 2007 World Championships in Japan.

    She finished the race fourth, but has now been upgraded to third because of a rival's doping conviction. Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse had her result chalked off.

    The 43-year-old was beaten to bronze at the time by American Kara Goucher, who has been upgraded to silver.

    The achievement was recognised on Sunday night at this year's World Championships in London.

    It is Pavey's first global medal having won Commonwealth and European medals.

  8. Thugs jailed for nose bite attack at Christmas party

    Devon Live

    A drug debt enforcer and his hired thug have been jailed for an attack on a father whose nose was bitten off at a Christmas party.

  9. 'Fun house sun house' marks 70 years of listed buildings

    BBC News England

    Pillwood House. Pic: James O Davies/Historic England

    A building in Cornwall is among several that have been given listed status as Historic England marks 70 years of the practice.

    Listing was introduced in the Town and County Planning Act in 1947 in order to save important buildings from over-zealous post-war builders.

    Built between 1973 and 1974 as a holiday home in the trees, Pillwood House in Truro was described by architect John Miller as a "fun house as well as a sun house".

    Historic England praised the way its large windows "allow light to flood in and give wide views of the surrounding wood".

    "Miller made early use of glass-reinforced plastic, or fibreglass, to make the walls, which are lightweight but strong, and the steel frame was painted bright green to give it a visual connection with the surrounding trees," the organisation said.

  10. Three historic trails to be created for Mayflower 2020 commemorations

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    They will be part of a national network and are part of changes in Plymouth being done in a bid to bring the story to life.

    The Mayflower National Trail will connect 11 destinations across Britain to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey.

    Council leader Ian Bowyer has approved £3.5m of capital funding for start of the project.

    Quote Message: We are planning a year-long cultural programme including major events, but these projects are about improving areas so that Plymouth people, as well as visitors, can enjoy them for many years to come.The immediate impact of these projects during 2020 is estimated to be in the region of an additional 500,000 visitors, creating an additional economic impact of at least £18 million and 360 jobs." from Ian Bowyer Plymouth City Council leader
    Ian BowyerPlymouth City Council leader
  11. Seaside town decline 'an epidemic' - bankruptcy study firm

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Torquay and Plymouth are personal bankruptcy hotspots in what is seen "an epidemic" in seaside towns and cities.

    In a new study by accountants Moore Stephens, Torquay (pictured) was top in Britain for such bankruptcies, with 43 insolvencies per 10,000 residents, compared with a British average of just under 20.

    Plymouth was also in the top 10 at 35 insolvencies per 10,000 people.

    Torquay

    The report said problems included tourist areas often lacking the economic diversity of bigger cities, as well as many local entrepreneurs and educated young people leaving traditional holiday destinations and moving to areas such as London,

    Moore Stephens spokesman Jeremy Willmont said: "Bankruptcy in the more rundown of the British seaside towns has become an epidemic.

    "As seaside tourism declines, there is less chance for these areas to reinvent their image as exciting, vibrant places for business to thrive."

  12. Appeal after serious sexual assault on woman, 30, in Exeter city centre alley

    Devon Live

    A woman was sexually assaulted in a small Exeter city centre alley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

  13. Father dropped baby who died from head injuries

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A one-month-old baby died after "flying" out of the arms of his father when he tripped over a moses basket, an inquest has heard.

    Cooper Eddie Johnson-Hicks died on 26 June 2016 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. His father Tristan Hicks was found dead on 23 July 2016 and an inquest concluded he had taken his own life.

    The inquest in Truro has been hearing evidence given by Mr Hicks to police following his son's death.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital

    Mr Hicks told officers his mother had brought his son to him at home at Polgrean Place in St Blazey on the morning of 26 June after she looked him.

    He said he was holding Cooper in the crook of his right arm while carrying a bottle of milk in his left hand. The incident happened as he "rushed" into the living room of their flat.

    He said: "I wasn't holding him properly. I came rushing in, tripped over and he came flying out onto the floor."

    Cooper was initially fine, but "went all weird" two or three hours afterwards, he said.

    After attempts at resuscitation by neighbours, Cooper was taken to hospital by paramedics where he died from serious head injuries. The post-mortem examination found he also had fractured ribs.

    The inquest in Truro is scheduled to last for three days.

  14. Devon drunken sailor convicted in New Zealand

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Authorities in New Zealand say the conviction of a drunken sailor from Devon should act as a warning to others on their waters.

    Anthony Baker, 53, was five times over the legal alcohol limit while berthing his 40,000-tonne cargo ship Shansi on Friday.

    View of Marsden Point

    Local pilots helping him at Marsden Point near Auckland raised concern that he "smelled of alcohol" and he was arrested.

    He admitted breaching New Zealand's maritime law in court today and was fined 3,000 New Zealand dollars (US$2,222; £1,692) as well as being suspended by his employer.

  15. 'Tombstoning can kill': Police urge people not to jump off rocks

    A new campaign has been launched to try and stop people tombstoning in Plymouth.

    One man died from jumping from rocks into the sea in the city in 2016 and many more have received serious injuries.

    Quote Message: Police have seen an increase in calls regarding groups of people tombstoning in the waterfront areas of the city. We are working in partnership to tackle these issues, educate those individuals on the dangers and reduce the demand on the police and health staff. from Insp Robin Loveridge Devon and Cornwall Police
    Insp Robin LoveridgeDevon and Cornwall Police

    Dickon Berriman from the RNLI said: “Conditions can change quickly and anyone considering jumping into the sea from height should always check for hazards in the water like submerged rocks and know where the best access out of the water is.

    “It’s really important that people think about the possible dangers. People should never jump while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure. Coasteering with a registered company may be a safer alternative."

    Plymouth
    Quote Message: In recent years Plymouth has seen tragedy as a result of what some consider a fun activity. This includes the death of a man last year as he hit the rocks jumping from the Hoe foreshore and other tragic incidents where many people have been seriously injured. In August 2016 a 17-year-old received life-changing injuries and last year a 14-year-old was described as being lucky to be alive following diving headfirst on to rocks and being rescued by the coastguard. from Insp Robin Loveridge Devon and Cornwall Police
    Insp Robin LoveridgeDevon and Cornwall Police
  16. Escaped python explored vents and plumbing in flats

    BBC Radio Devon

    A snake that escaped from a flat in Exeter has been found and returned to his owner.

    The 14ft (4.3m) African rock python got into the vents and plumbing in a block of flats in the Hill Barton area of the city.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service used small cameras to find the reptile.

  17. 'Park considerately' plea from fire crews

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Firefighters in Cornwall are asking people to park their cars more considerately after they were delayed getting to a vehicle fire in Lostwithiel.

    Parking. Pic: Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

    A crew was called to a suspected arson attack at Bodmin Hill at about 01:20.

    Vehicle fire. Pic: Lostwithiel Community Fire Station

    The town's fire station said on Facebook said the crew was "delayed due to some unthoughtful parking which caused us a problem to pass".

    It added: "When parking your vehicle, please consider the likes of fire appliances who may require access."

  18. Adam Fenton: Newquay cancer survivor 'fell to his death'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Adam Fenton

    A man from Cornwall is thought to have fallen to his death on his first night out to celebrate being "clear" from cancer.

    Thirty-two-year-old father-of-two Adam Fenton, from Newquay, was found on Towan beach on 28 July.

    He was celebrating initial reports of his recovery after six months of chemotherapy to treat blood cancer.

    Police said the death was being treated as unexplained and inquiries were continuing.

  19. HMS Queen Elizabeth: Home port arrival date set

    BBC News England

    The Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier is expected to arrive in its home port within weeks, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to sail into Portsmouth following extensive preparations at the naval base.

    The exact date is weather-dependent but is expected to be no later than 22 August.

    The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in June.

    Its crew currently includes personnel based in the South West, including Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth