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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 later.

  2. Is that Poldark kissing a baby?

    Irish heart-throb actor Aiden Turner has been pictured holding and kissing a baby in-between filming the next series of Poldark in Cornwall.

    The photos were taken by Craig Lloyd at Holywell Bay, near Newquay, where several scenes of the popular series have been filmed.

    Poldark and baby

    They have generated an excited response on Facebook, with Yasmin White posting "we need to get down there asap", and Amy Salmon commenting "Ahhhh god my ovaries!!!!!"

    It's not known whether the baby is part of the cast, or just happened to be there at the time.

  3. Latest weather: Showers and rain clearing overnight, but more showers on Friday

    BBC Weather

    Scattered showers will continue through the evening and start of the night, and it will turn rather chilly during any clear spells. Later in the night, these showers will merge into a longer spell of heavier and persistent rain.

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Any persistent rain will soon clear to leave another day of sunny spells and showers on Friday. Some of these will be heavy with the risk of thunder. It will be a rather breezy day, especially towards coastal areas, making it feel cool.

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

  4. Money from St Ives ex-council house - sold for £1.44m - to 'go into affordable housing'

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    Video caption: A former council house has sold at auction for £1.44m

    A former council house with one of the finest views in Cornwall has sold at auction for £1.44m.

    The three-bedroom property overlooking Porthmeor Beach at St Ives went under the hammer in London on Thursday.

    Its former owners, a housing association, say the proceeds will be ploughed into affordable housing.

  5. Doc Martin offers support for Cornish charity

    Cornish disaster relief charity Shelterbox has welcomed support from the county's most famous (television) doctor.

    Actor Martin Clunes, who plays Dr Martin Ellingham, better known as Doc Martin, posed for photos with the charity's famous green box, along with some of his co-stars.

    Martin Clunes and Shelterbox

    He said: "ShelterBox is a simple solution to a global problem. When families lose everything they own because of a hurricane, earthquake or conflict ShelterBox volunteers pack up a box containing everything a family needs to rebuild their lives."

    Other actors from the show, including Caroline Catz, Dame Eileen Atkins and Hollywood star Sigourney Weaver, who is guest-starring in the series, also gave their support to the charity and posed for photos.

  6. Seth Lakeman thought career-changing call from Robert Plant was a prank

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    He's got eight albums and a Mercury Prize nomination under his belt, but Devon's Seth Lakeman is about to reach his biggest audience yet.

    Seth Lakeman/Robert Plant

    Starting this week, the Dartmoor-based musician is joining Robert Plant's touring band, playing alongside the Led Zeppelin star every night on a six-month world tour.

    He'll also be Plant's support act, meaning he'll be on stage for up to four hours at a time.

    "We'll be ripping it up, basically," he tells the BBC.

    Lakeman got the gig after working on Plant's forthcoming album, Carry Fire.

  7. A3047 carriageway closed after hole appears

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A section of the north east-bound lane of the A3047, near Redruth, has been closed after a hole appeared in it.

    Cornwall Council said the carriageway between the Avers roundabout and the Treleigh Industrial Estate roundabout was shut "for further essential investigatory works to assess a historical mining feature, following a hole becoming apparent in the carriageway last week".

    A3047 hole
  8. Football: FA Cup visits Bodmin Town

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Bodmin Town manager Darren Gilbert says it has been "magic" for the club to have the FA Cup trophy visit their Priory Park ground.

    The Cornish side host Devon neighbours Bideford in the second qualifying round of the competition on Saturday.

    Bodmin Town

    "This is an absolute bonus and this is what the players deserve," Gilbert told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "To actually be able to pick the trophy up and have photographs with it, it's a magic day for the club."

  9. Penzance heliport plans 'go back to the drawing board'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Isles of Scilly

    Robert Dorrien-Smith's Penzance Heliport Ltd has been forced back to the drawing board.

    He wants to revive the helicopter link to the islands, which ceased in 2012.

    His company's successful planning application to build a heliport at the Penzance site was challenged at judicial review by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which operates the Skybus air link.

    Now Penzance Heliport Ltd has accepted that the planning permission should be quashed by a High Court order on a number of detailed legal points - certain factors had not been given proper consideration by the planning authority.

    Cornwall Council, the planning authority, has accepted this verdict too.

    Land’s End Airport

    It doesn't mean that the plan for a heliport on the edge of Penzance is necessarily dead – the way is open for Penzance Heliport Ltd to resubmit the same plan.

    However, it is certain to face even more scrutiny with its next submission, so this is certain to mean a delay at the least.

    The steamship group has said all along that it is happy with competition, but that the helicopters should use its facility at Land’s End Airport.

  10. Several car crimes in Redruth

    Police are investigating a spate of car crime in Redruth that happened one night last week.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said three cars were broken into, and another damaged overnight between Wednesday 6 September and Thursday 7 September.

    The first car was broken into in a residents' car park on Jubilee Drive, Redruth, between 21:00 on 6 September and 07:00 on 7 September. Thieves made off with a wallet.

    Between 22:00 and 07:00, a second car was broken into on Tremore Road. A man entered a car and damaged the driver side door and stole cash, luggage, driving documents and clothing.

    At about the same time, a car parked on Boscarn Road was broken into, with a small amount of cash and binoculars stolen.

    Another car was damaged while it was parked on Bellevue, officers said.

  11. Your Portuguese man-of-war questions

    BBC News England

    Portuguese man-of-war

    Scores of Portuguese man-of-war have washed up on beaches along the coast of Cornwall and Wales this week, in what experts say is the biggest stranding since 2012.

    Perranporth beach was closed after a large number of the creatures appeared.

    Their long purple tentacles can give a painful sting which in extremely rare cases can be fatal, said the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

    But where does the name come from? How do they reproduce? What do they eat? Do they live on their own or in groups?

    Dr Peter Richardson from the society has answered your questions about Portuguese man-of-war.

  12. Man sought after train sex assault

    Police have launched a renewed appeal for information about an alleged sexual assault against a 17-year-old girl on a train in Cornwall.

    Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, which took place on the Newquay to Plymouth service at about 20:45 on Saturday 12 August.

    The victim was on her way home from the Boardmasters music festival.

    Man

    Officers said they would would like to speak to the man pictured, as they believed he had information which could help the investigation.

    Det Con Matt Grieve said: “I would like to thank everybody who has provided us with information following our last appeal. However, I am still looking to identify this man.

    “If you know who he is, then I would urge you to get in touch as soon as possible."

  13. Devon travel: Multi-vehicle accident on A30 Rawridge

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A30 at Rawridge, near Honiton, there are reports of an accident involving five vehicles near Pound Lane.

  14. Stowe's Pound stone stackers 'damaging' ancient site

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Stone stackers are 'damaging' ancient site

    Visitors to a 6,000-year-old site who are removing stones and piling them up to be "artistic" could be causing significant damage, experts say.

    Stones from Stowe's Pound on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, are being used to build the "fairy stacks" by people "probably unaware" they are breaking the law.

  15. Plymouth flat on market for £1.4m

    BBC Spotlight

    We've told about the former council house in Cornwall that's just been sold today for £1.44m.

    If you're a little short for that kind of outlay, then there's an apartment in Plymouth has gone on the market for a mere £1.4m.

    When the building is finished, it will have its own exclusive roof top swimming pool and terrace.

    House

    If sold would be one of the highest prices the city has ever seen a flat go for.

  16. Firearms officers involved in arrest in Truro

    Truro Police say firearms officers were involved in an arrest in the city yesterday.

    A 46-year-old local man was arrested for witness intimidation.

    The firearms officers were used as a "purely precautionary measure due to the mention of a handgun", Inspector Rick Milburn said on Facebook.

    Firearms officers

    The weapon has not been found, but officers said they believed it to be a low-powered BB gun.

    Inspector Milburn continued: "I'd like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and the victim appears to have been specifically targeted as a result of his association with these persons".

  17. Weather: Thundery hail possible later

    BBC Weather

    Breezes sunny spells and scattered showers will continue. Some heavy showers are likely and may turn thundery with hail.

    Max: 16C (61F).

    Weather

    Tonight, showers will continue and become more frequent and heavy after midnight.

  18. Devon travel: Accident in Culmstock

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Culmstock, the B3391 is partially blocked by an accident between Blackwater Road and the A38 at Burlescombe
    • In Wilmington, the A35 is partially blocked by an accident between Hayne Lane and Smiter's Pit Lane
    • On the A38 Parkway in Plymouth, one lane is blocked westbound by a broken-down vehicle between Forder Valley and Manadon roundabout