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By Johnny O'Shea

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Eddie the Eagle takes on new flying challenge

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Eddie the Eagle takes on a new flying challenge

    We showed you a picture earlier of former Olympic ski jumper Eddie the Eagle appearing to be at some height somewhere in Cornwall.

    What was he doing?

    Well, we can tell you he was at the Eden Project to try out its new freefall experience.

    See the video above to find out what that entails.

  3. Latest weather: Largely dry before some showers on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    Showers will become mainly restricted to the south coast this evening, leading to a dry and clear night for many. Under the clear skies it will turn chilly, with some patchy mist or fog possible. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


    Friday will see a chilly start with a few mist and fog patches at first. Turning into a bright and largely dry with just a few showers. Feeling quite pleasant in the sunshine, with a gentle north-westerly breeze. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  4. Listeners remembering on anniversary of Diana's death

    BBC Radio Devon

    Twenty years on from the day that Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris, listeners have been telling BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall where they were when they heard the news.

    These are a few comments from the Radio Devon Facebook page:

    • Alicia Ann Fox said: "In Amsterdam, taking my daughter to the University of Leiden for a year's European study as part of her degree course. My husband and daughter went down to breakfast in the hotel while I was packing up our things ready to leave. When I joined them, Roly said 'Princess Diana's dead'. I thought they were joking so they pointed out the television on the wall where a reporter was giving the details of the fatal crash. It was a surreal moment. I felt stunned".
    Princess Diana
    • Carol Hancock commented: "Arrived back at Heathrow from Canada to be met by my brother who told us the dreadful news. Could not believe it. We traveled home to Devon accompanied by very sombre music. Always will remember this day as it is also our wedding anniversary."
    • Veronica Ann Astley posted: "In exactly the same place as I am now. In bed in our caravan on this same field in Perkins village and we turned the tv on and had a big shock!! We don't live here I might add, we are down a lot though."
  5. Football: Jayden Stockley, Hiram Boateng and West Bromwich Albion duo sign for Exeter City

    BBC Sport

    Hiram Boateng and Jayden Stockley

    Exeter City have re-signed striker Jayden Stockley from Aberdeen, while midfielder Hiram Boateng has joined from Crystal Palace on a free transfer.

    The Devon side have paid a club-record fee believed to be about £100,000 for Stockley, who spent part of the 2015-16 season on loan at St James Park.

    Ex-Plymouth loanee Boateng, 21, played three times for Premier League Palace.

    Exeter have also signed right-back Kane Wilson, 17, and striker Kyle Edwards, 19, on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

    Both players will be with the Grecians until January.

  6. Otterly brilliant creatures show problem-solving skills

    Otters can learn how to solve puzzles such as opening Tupperware containers with clips on the lid, screw-top lids or pull-off lids by watching and copying each other, new research shows.

    Scientists created a series of puzzles baited with food, and found smooth-coated otters watched and copied each other’s problem-solving techniques – with young otters more likely to copy than their parents.

    Otter and pot

    Interestingly, another species, Asian short-clawed otters, showed no sign of copying each other.

    Researchers at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall said their study may help improve efforts to reintroduce otters into the wild.

  7. Football: Torquay sign Norwich's Efete on loan

    BBC Sport

    Michee Efete

    National League side Torquay United have signed Norwich City defender Michee Efete on loan until 3 January.

    The 20-year-old, who can play at right-back or centre-back, has played every minute of the Canaries' Under-23s' games this season.

    He also has first-team experience from a loan spell this summer with Icelandic Premier League side Breidablik.

    Efete, who signed a one-year contract extension with Norwich in May, will join up with Torquay on 4 September.

  8. Council chairwoman defends meeting cancellation

    The chairwoman of Cornwall Council says she took advice before cancelling next month's full council meeting.

    The decision means there will be no meeting of the 123 councillors until November, with the most recent one being held in July.

    Mary May told BBC Radio Cornwall she consulted the group leaders and was told: "There haven't been any meetings where decisions have been made that need to be referred to [the full] council".

    Mary May

    She added that she'd be happy to chair the meeting, but was advised it wasn't necessary.

    "All councils have breaks, we don’t stand alone there. Councillors are still out there working hard and attending other meetings", she added.

  9. South Western Railway staff strike ballot over future of guards on services

    BBC News UK

    A union which is balloting members who work on the new South Western Railway franchise in a dispute over the role of guards says it wants "a guarantee of a second, safety-critical member of staff on all current services".

    The RMT said its members had not been reassured over the future of guards on services.

    The new franchise recently took over services in the south west, including out of London Waterloo to Exeter. They were formerly operated by South West Trains.

    The union said there had been several attempts to try to get a "water-tight pledge" on the issue. RMT's general secretary, Mick Cash, said the union had "no option" but to declare a formal dispute after "repeated opportunities" were given to resolve it.

    South Western Railway said it would provide more guards and drivers and work with the RMT to "deliver the best possible service".

  10. Some South West badger cull licences extended

    BBC News England

    Badger culling will take place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset for a further five years after new supplementary licences have been granted by Natural England.

    Culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.

    Existing licences already exist for parts of Herefordshire, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon and another area of Gloucestershire until 2018 and 2019.

    The previously issued licences for Somerset and the original cull zone in Gloucestershire expired in November.

    Badger. Pic: PA
  11. Devon hospital sues IT firm for £7.9million over 'dud' computer system

    Devon Live

    A Devon NHS trust which says what should have been a state of the art new computer system turned out to be a dud is suing for millions.

  12. No legal high convictions in South West

    BBC News England

    New Home Office figures show there have been no convictions relating to new laws on psychoactive substances in Devon and Cornwall since they were introduced six months ago.

    Nationally there have been 26 convictions, and more than 500 arrests following a ban on new drugs such as Spice.

    Psychoactive convictions graph
    Image caption: Convictions under Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 between 26 May to 31 December 2016

    The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 banned what used to be called "legal highs", including synthetic drugs that produce similar effects to cannabis.

  13. Bodmin bubbly brazenly burgled

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A thief managed to steal 54 bottles of prosecco from a supermarket in Bodmin at the weekend.

    They were taken at around 09:20 on Sunday from Sainsbury's on Dennison Road.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have asked for anyone with information to come forward.

    Sainsbury's Bodmin
  14. Football: QPR sign Exeter City winger David Wheeler for undisclosed fee

    BBC Sport

    David Wheeler

    Queens Park Rangers have signed winger David Wheeler from Exeter City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    Wheeler, 26, has missed the past three games through injury but leaves the Grecians having scored 39 goals in 171 games, including 21 in 46 last season.

    The move ends the Brighton-born forward's four-and-a-half year stay at St James Park.

    "This is a big deal for me and I can't wait to get started," Wheeler told the club website.

    Rs boss Ian Holloway said: "We're delighted to bring David in. He had a great season last year, and if you look at him, he has progressed every year. That's what we want him to continue now he's at QPR."

  15. Weather Watchers: Clouds over Callington

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Weather Watcher Scuba has sent us this picture from around Callington.

    Clouds over Callington. Pic: Scuba

    If you want to send in your pictures, please email us.

  16. Strike ballot for South Western Railway staff

    BBC News UK

    Workers on the new South Western Railway franchise are considering whether to strike in a dispute over the role of guards, the RMT says.

    The union said its members had not been reassured over the future of guards.

    The franchise's services includes routes from London to Exeter.

  17. Rugby: Champion Chiefs name side for opener

    Champions Exeter Chiefs have named their side for the first game of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

    They are playing Gloucester away on Friday, at 19:45, 97 days after being crowned champions at Twickenham by beating Wasps.

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    Jack Yeandle is captain, with Australian scrum-half Nic White the only new signing in the starting 15.

    Another new signing and former Gloucester favourite Matt Kvesic is on the bench, alongside Exeter's only British Lion, Jack Nowell.

    (Picture: Exeter Chiefs)

  18. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? ...

    No ... it's Eddie the Eagle!

    But what is the former Olympic ski jumper and cult figure been doing in Cornwall? Apart from hanging around, as you can see here.

    We shall reveal more later this afternoon.

    Eddie the Eagle