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Summary

  1. Boy, four, dies after being found in activity centre pool
  2. Man awarded £165,000 over claims of educational neglect
  3. Man convicted of punching, kicking and stamping on dog
  4. Woman dies after Barnstaple nightclub collapse
  5. People in Cornwall twice as likely to be in hospital with alcoholic liver disease
  6. Updates on Tuesday 29 August

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By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday 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. What ought we to do? Penzance pirate record bid fails

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The official numbers for the bid to break the record number of pirates in one place have been released.

    The total number was 10,574 - well short of the 14,231 needed to enter the world record books.

    Pirate

    Organiser Andy Hazlehurst said he was surprised they were 3,657 short.

    He said: "To those of us who were there at the count, we could not believe it ourselves.

    "We recounted twice. The first time we did it electronically. The second time we went back to the old fashioned way of counting stubs. Literally nobody could believe we hadn't got it."

    Two years ago they were just 77 pirates short.

    Mr Hazlehurst confirmed organisers would be back for another attempt next year.

    And of course you know that "What ought we to do?" is the title of one of the songs in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

  3. Latest weather: Rain through the night before easing on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving during the early hours. This will then become heavier and more widespread towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Wednesday will be cool and cloudy, with outbreaks of rain continuing through the morning, before gradually easing and spreading eastwards later. The west will turn brighter later, but with a few showers. Feeling a good bit cooler than recent days. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

  4. Abused dog had three fractured teeth

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A dog repeatedly beaten by its owner was left with three fractured teeth.

    Ivan Zhelyzakov, 36, of Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, was convicted of kicking, punching and stamping on the paws of his labrador, Rex, on three separate occasions in January, February and March.

    At Zhelyzakov's trial today, a vet told Bodmin magistrates the dog had three fractured incisors and his injuries were not consistent with chewing stones - the explanation offered by the defendant.

    Zhelyzakov was given a 20-week sentence suspended for one year. He was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and banned from keeping animals.

  5. Anger over Porthtowan parking machine fault

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's been an angry response to a story about parking machines not working at a busy Cornish beach over the bank holiday weekend.

    People have reported that enforcement officers were telling people to pay by phone or online, but many couldn't get a signal.

    Cornwall Council said no parking tickets were issued to people using the car park.

    Porthtowan

    This is a sample of the comments on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page:

    • Steve Kingstone said: "There was no free parking, as Cornwall Council decided to send their enforcement officer down to turn cars away and ticket anyone parked without a ticket. In other words, everyone who parked!"
    • Margaret Hardging commented: "Destroy tourism and local access to beaches. No thanks to the Cornwall County Council for another terrible idea. Will some one be able to do something about these despicable officials?"
    • Sandy Martin wrote: "Also what happens if you haven't got a phone?"

    The council said the onsite enforcement officer only issued fines on vehicles parked on yellow lines.

  6. Man convicted of punching, kicking and stamping on dog

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man who kicked and punched his dog has been banned from keeping animals.

    Ivan Zhelyzakov, 36, from Lostwithiel Road, Bodmin, also stamped on the paws of his labrador, Rex.

    Zhelyzakov was found guilty of three offences of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by magistrates at Bodmin.

    He was disqualified from keeping animals and sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for a year. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

  7. Staffie attacks horse pulling carriage through Devon village

    Devon Live

    Operators of the iconic horse and carriage rides at Cockington Village in Torquay are appealing for information after one of their horses was attacked by a dog while on a tour around the village last week.

  8. Plymouth care homes put into special measures

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two care homes in Plymouth have been given the worst rating after visits by the Care Quality Commission.

    The Meadowside and St Francis Care Centre (pictured) and the Mount Care Home in Plymouth were both put into special measures.

    Meadowside & St Francis Care Home

    Under the CQC's programme of inspections, all adult social care homes are given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

    Meadowside and St Francis was found to be inadequate in every measure.

  9. Van blocks entrance to fire service building

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    Firefighters repeatedly warn of problems for crews caused by inconsiderate parking, saying lives could be in danger if emergency vehicles cannot get through.

    In this case, the van was outside the service's fleet maintenance workshop in Camborne.

  10. Four ambulance vehicles called to centre where boy, 4, died

    Press Association

    A four-year-old boy has died after being discovered in a swimming pool at anactivity centre, police said.

    The boy was found after being reported missing at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam, Bideford, at 14:55 on Monday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the circumstances and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.

    South Western Ambulance Service said two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances attended the incident after being called at 15:30.

    Knapp House Activity Centre, which was established in 1982, is a family-run business offering a range of activities on site and nearby.

  11. 'Abused' teen chef fights deportation

    BBC News England

    Ali and Simon Hulstone

    A teenager who says he fled domestic abuse in Albania is fighting for his right to remain the UK.

    Ali said he ran away to the UK after being tortured by his father and kept locked in a shed.

    He has been in the UK in foster care with John Stokes in Kingswood, Bristol, since 2015 and is now an apprentice to star chef Simon Hulstone, who runs The Elephant restaurant in Torquay, Devon.

    The Home Office said now he is 18 he must return home and he has not shown he faces a real risk if he goes back.

  12. Man's skull fractured in Plymouth assault

    A 42-year-old man was assaulted by three men in Plymouth on Tuesday 15 August.

    Police said three men - aged 39, 28 and 19 - have been arrested and released under investigation.

    The incident happened in Anstis Street and Francis Street in the Stonehouse area of the city.

    Anstis Street and Francis Street

    The victim sustained facial injuries and a suspected fractured skull for which he has received treatment at hospital.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Car parking problems over bank holiday

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Businesses in a Cornish beach town have complained that parking machines weren't accepting coins over the bank holiday weekend.

    Many people were also unable to pay by text message or online because they couldn't get a phone signal in Porthtowan, they added.

    Parking machine

    Cornwall Council said no penalty charge notices were issued while machines were out of order.

    The council said it was very busy and the onsite enforcement officer only issued fines on vehicles parked on yellow lines.

  14. Man found on verge with 'serious internal injuries'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 32-year-old man was found lying on a verge in Barnstaple with serious internal injuries on Sunday morning.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said he was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he was "diagnosed as having serious internal injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle or being assaulted".

    Officers said were called at 06:45 to Eastern Avenue, and believed he was dropped off in a taxi on Long Meadow Drive at 04:45.

    They said he was local, and described him as being of slim build, about 5ft 10ins tall, with a beard and dark spiky hair.

  15. Boy, 4, 'drowned in pool at activity centre'

    Kirk England

    BBC Radio Devon

    A four-year-old boy found dead at an activity centre in north Devon "drowned in the swimming pool", according to the people who run the centre.

    Police were called to Knapp House near Northam shortly before 15:00 on Monday to reports of a missing boy. His body was later found in the pool.

    The venue was staging an event organised by the Devon Narcotics Anonymous organisation.

    Knapp House has issued a statement which offered its "deepest sympathies" to the boy's family and friends.

    It said: "The group had the use of the pool on a self-supervised basis for recreational use - it was not part of the planned activity program that we provide."

    Knapp House
  16. Council reviewing special education needs assessments

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council says it has recently carried out a review into its provision of special education needs after it paid out £165,000 to a man on the autism spectrum who claimed to have suffered from educational neglect.

    Andrew Evans, from Par, settled out of court with the authority, having claimed his own Special Education Needs and Disability Statement was never acted upon while a pupil at Fowey Primary School in 2006 and 2007.

    Cornwall Council

    The council also said it had a young person's autism strategy.

    Fowey Primary School said it didn't comment on individual, historic cases.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, at J30 for A376.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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