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  1. Motorcyclist dies after crash
  2. Convict who 'thought about killing everyday' made knife in prison
  3. 'Record rise' in reports of child neglect in the South West, says NSPCC
  4. Pedestrian injured in St Ives crash
  5. Claims trees 'killed off on purpose' at planned holiday village
  6. Damaged pipe 'causes' huge water plume
  7. Surfers help track changes in sea temperature
  8. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the Cornwall and Devon BBC Local Live team for today.

    We're back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, travel, sport 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. Cat rescued after trapped behind staircase for five days

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A 12-year-old cat has been rescued after being trapped behind a staircase for five days.

    Hattie’s worried owners contacted the RSPCA after unsuccessfully trying to encourage the her from a gap under the stairs outside their Truro home.

    RSPCA Inspector Jonathan Phipps said: “We eventually managed to pull her through a hole we’d made under the steps and coaxed her to come towards us with a can of tuna but it was certainly a struggle getting her out.


    "We’d first visited on Saturday and tried to encourage her to climb a towel to free herself from the steep drop and she’d gamely tried to struggle her way up but just kept dropping back down.

    "Her owners had spent Sunday trying to get her to come out with no success and when I arrived on Monday it became clear she’d be unable to get out so I called Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to help, and they were absolutely amazing."


    Hattie’s owner Heather McPherson thanked the rescuers and said: "We’d only just moved into the house and she managed to get through a stupid pipe and fell down into the space.

    "We could hear her crying but couldn’t get her out. The team from the RSPCA and the retained firefighters were absolutely superb."

  3. Weather: Fine day with spells of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Thursday will be a fine day with spells of sunshine. Any showers will be very isolated and most places will stay dry.

    Temperatures will reach the low 20s with light winds.

  4. Tea for tou-cans

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Two rare toucan chicks which hatched at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon are being hand-reared by their keepers.

    The zoo is the only collection in the UK to have hatched the Toco Toucan species this year.

    The baby birds are being looked after by keepers because their parents have failed to rear previous chicks.

    They tuck into baby bird formula and fruit every two hours from 07.00 until 22.00.

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    Video caption: Tea time for two Toco Toucans being hand reared at Paignton Zoo
  5. Night ramble in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    You can take a walk on the wildside in east Devon with a night-time ramble through Cranbrook tonight.

    The park ranger will help you explore - there'll be stargazing and campfire snacks.

    There's also a bat walk at Seaton Wetlands tomorrow night and you can spend twilight with the Devon Bat Project looking for the flying, furry critters.

  6. People urged to speak up if they suspect child is being neglected

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People in Cornwall are being urged to speak up if they suspect a child they know is being neglected.


    It follows a report from the NSPCC that says reports of suspected child neglect in the county have risen by nearly 30% in the past year.

    The concerns included young children being left alone and allegations of alcohol and drug abuse with youngsters in the house.

  7. Car stuck on grass bank after crash

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A car got stuck on a grass bank after a crash in Devon.

    Firefighters were called to Home Park, in Ashburton at 11:04 this morning after reports of a collision.

    They discovered a car had left the road.

    Crews used a winch and small tools to release the car and make it safe.

  8. Man suffers facial injuries after being assaulted by large group of men

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A man was assaulted and had his £1,000 necklace stolen, police have said.

    Detectives from Camborne are appealing for information about the assault and robbery which happened in between 03:00 and 03:30 on Saturday 12 August in Redruth.

    A 21-year-old man was assaulted in the lane leading to the Zone nightclub and had his gold necklace stolen during the assault.

    The victim had a bottle thrown at his car and was then assaulted when he got out of his vehicle.

    He suffered bruising and swelling to his face and his car was damaged.

    The main suspect is described as a white man, in his mid-20s, bald or shaven head, slim build, between 5ft 10in to 6ft tall. He was wearing a white jacket with an Adidas logo on the front.

    One of the men in the group was wearing a brown jacket and the other was large build with a beard.

  9. Treasure hunting pair unearthed nearly 2000 Roman coins in a field in Cornwall

    Cornwall Live

    A pair of metal detecting enthusiasts have spoken of their disbelief and joy after they unearthed nearly 2,000 Roman coins in a farmer’s field in Cornwall.

  10. Looe RNLI have four shouts in five hours

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Volunteer crews with Looe RNLI were kept busy yesterday afternoon, launching to four service calls within five hours.

    The calls included two children who had got into difficulty while swimming, three people cut off by the tide and an exhausted swimmer who was at risk of hypothermia.

    All the incidents ended well and there were no injuries.


    Dave Haines, lifeboat operations manager with Looe RNLI said: “What started off with two routine service calls quickly changed with two more serious incidents as the wind increased and the sea state became rough.

    "As sea conditions worsen you can become exhausted very quickly if out swimming or rowing. Staying parallel to the shore line makes it easier to get ashore if conditions change."

  11. Travel latest: Fallen tree blocks road

    BBC News Travel

    • In Lympstone, Nutwell Road is blocked in both directions between the A376 Exmouth Road and Meeting Lane due to a fallen tree
    • In Bishopsteignton, the A381 Newton Road is blocked between Cockhaven Road and The Lea due to investigations following a serious crash. Police say it will remain closed until early evening
    • In Plymouth, Sutton Harbour footbridge across the lock is closed. A ferry is operating between the Barbican and the Fish Market, charges apply
  12. Electrical pole fire tackled

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters were called to an electrical pole fire in North Devon earlier today.

    Fire crews were called to a field close to the A39 near Clovelly just before 10:00.

    Western Power Distribution was called and police shut the road for a short time.

    The firm isolated the pole and crews used one hose reel jet and foam to extinguish the fire and make the area safe.

  13. Male biker in his 20s dies after crash

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Bishopsteignton, Devon.

    Police and paramedics were called to the A381 Newton Road at 09.30 following the collision between the motorcycle and a Vauxhall Astra car-derived van.

    Newton Road

    The male motorcyclist, who was in his 20s and from Teignmouth, had serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where he later died.

    His family has been told.

    The road remains closed while specialist officers carry out an investigation work.

  14. BreakingMotorcyclist dies after road crash

    A motorcyclist has died following a serious road crash in Bishopsteignton this morning, police have said.

    More to follow.

  15. BreakingConvict who 'thought about killing everyday' made knife in prison

    BBC News England

    A man jailed for life for murdering a builder in Plymouth told a prison officer he "thought about killing everyday", Leeds Crown Court has heard.

    Tanis Bhandari

    Donald Pemberton (below) was convicted alongside Ryan Williams of murdering Tanis Bhandari (above) near the Kings Arms pub in Tamerton Foliot in 2015.

    Donald Pemberton

    The 22-year-old, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years, was found covered in blood and possessing a makeshift knife by a prison officer at HMP Wakefield in April.

    He had removed the blade from his razor to make an eight-inch weapon and told the officer he "could not stop thinking about killing".

    Pemberton, who pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, was jailed for two years concurrent to his original sentence.

  16. Travel latest: St Ives road blocked

    BBC News Travel


    • In St Ives, Higher Stennack is blocked between Parc-An-Creet and the B3311 due to an accident
    • On the A30 at Summercourt there is slow traffic in both directions between the Newquay turn off and the Mitchell turn off due to roadworks
    • In the Glynn Valley A38 has reopened but traffic is still slow moving
    • Advance warning: At Carkeel on the A38 there will be lane closures in both directions between 19:00 and 06:00 for roadworks
  17. Travel latest: Road closed for accident investigation work

    BBC News Travel


    • In Bishopsteignton the A381 Newton Road is closed in both directions between Cockhaven Road and The Lea due to accident investigation work
    • In Pymouth, Wolseley Road is partially blocked near Saltash Road due to an accident
    • On the A380 Telegraph Hill between Splatford Split and Ashcombe heading towards Newton Abbot there are reports of an accident
    • On the B3357 between Dartmeet and Poundsgate we've got reports there are cows on the road. Approach with care
    • In Dartmouth, the South Embankment and a number of other roads in the town centre are closed to traffic for the regatta
    • Advance warning: In Instow there will be temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Anstey Way to replace street lamps. Work begins from 18:30