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Summary

  1. Robber found guilty of ammonia attack
  2. Undertaker jailed for stealing £5,000 worth of donations
  3. Police crackdown on Exeter drug gangs with several raids
  4. Cornish rugby legend Brian 'Stack' Stevens dies aged 77
  5. Emergency meeting amid potential Royal Navy cuts
  6. Police hunt bogus charity collector who stole money from an elderly blind woman
  7. Saltash toilet block fire 'treated as arson'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Sophie Malcolm

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  1. Our coverage for the day

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    That's all from your Local Live team for today.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Friday with a round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather update: mild night tonight

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken overnight, but for most it should remain dry although there will be an increasing breeze.

    As a result, it will be milder than last night.

    Friday will be mostly dry, although cloudy with a keen southwesterly breeze.

    A few breaks may develop in the cloud giving some sunny spells, and it will feel warm.

    Top temperature 16C (60F).

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  3. Cash payment for GPs in rural and coastal areas

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Newly-qualified GPs could be offered a one-off payment of £20,000 if they start their careers in areas like Cornwall which struggle to attract family doctors.

    The £4m scheme from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, plans to get more doctors into surgeries in coastal and rural areas.

    The Royal College of GPs backed the plan, saying there was a "serious shortage" of family doctors.

    The one-off payment will be offered to 200 GPs from 2018.

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  4. Firefighters in Halloween costume warning

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist

    Firefighters in Devon are warning parents of the dangers posed by naked flames near fancy dress costumes in the run up to Halloween.

    The latest figure show that 94 people in England were admitted to hospital as a result of their clothing either igniting or melting in 2014, of which 21 were children.

    Experts say parents don't realise how quickly clothing can ignite nor do they appreciate quite how serious burn injuries to young skin can be.

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  5. RFU tribute to 'Stack' Stevens

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has paid tribute to former England prop Brian 'Stack' Stevens, from Cornwall, who died this week aged 77.

    The RFU said it was Stevens' "outstanding and athletic county performances" which brought selection for the national team.

    His debut came against South Africa on 20 December 1969, and it coincided with England’s first victory against the Springboks. He went on to earn 25 Test caps between 1969 and 75.

    "Stack Stevens was the epitome of a modern, mobile forward in the days when this was a rarity," said RFU President John Spencer.

    "He was one of the great characters of rugby and served his native Cornwall, England and the British & Irish Lions with great distinction and will be missed by all who knew him in the game."

    Brian 'Stack' Stevens
  6. Plans for Guildhall revamp

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans for a major new development at Exeter's Guildhall Shopping Centre have been unveiled.

    The new proposals include downsizing the current WHSmith store, changing facades of buildings onto Paul Street and Market Square and creating a new bowling alley and bar at an underground level.

    The centre, first built in the mid 1970s, has seen significant investment over the last couple of years with a new dining quarter created in the City's former Higher Market.

  7. Rail disruption for south west

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist

    Rail passengers from the south west face disruption this weekend as engineering work continues ahead of the introduction of electric trains to Paddington.

    No services will run through Reading on Saturday or Sunday with buses used instead.

    Rail managers expect the line from Exeter to Waterloo to be very busy.

  8. Could Newquay be the home of the UK's first space port?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall has been strengthening its links with the space industry in America prior to a government decision about where the UK's first space port will be located.

    Newquay airport is one of five sites shortlisted for a £10m grant to develop plans to launch satellites and offer space tourism.

    The head of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Sandra Rothwell says Cornwall needs to be more pro-active and stand on its own two feet now it faces the loss of european funding.

    Two senior Cornwall Councillors travelled with members of the LEP on the trip to the US which cost £30,000.

    Newquay airport
  9. Diabetes-related amputations on the rise

    BBC Spotlight

    The number of diabetes-related amputations in the south west is at an all time high.

    A survey by Diabetes UK found more than a thousand patients a year are affected in the region, with complications from the condition meaning a simple blister on a foot can develop into something far more serious.

    It also found nearly 3 in 10 people in the region are unaware of the dangers of diabetes-related foot ulcers.

  10. Log store severely damaged in blaze

    A fire has severely damaged a log store in Exeter.

    Firefighters tackled the blaze in Sylvan Road in the shed which was 16ft (5m) by 13ft (4m).

    Police also attended the fire that happened in the early hours, and the cause is yet to be confirmed.

  11. Recyling rates falling short

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Recycling rates in parts of Cornwall are falling woefully short of government targets.

    Ministers want half of all household waste to be recycled by 2020 - the villages surrounding the clay tips in mid Cornwall are recycling just 15%.

    Yet at comparable West Devon Borough Council, targets are being exceeded.

    The council collects recycling every week and black bin bags every fortnight.

    Bins
  12. BreakingUndertaker jailed for stealing £5,000 worth of donations

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist

    An undertaker has been jailed for stealing £5,000 worth of donations given to charities by mourners during funerals he conducted.

    Robert Loveridge pocketed cash which was given in memory of family members or friends by the congregations at 26 different funerals. He failed to pass on the money and left cheques in a filing cabinet instead of passing it on to the good causes it was intended for.

    Loveridge, 62, was the sole operator of his Harris and Loveridge Funeral Directors in Teignmouth and used some of the charity cash to pay off pallbearers who he employed by the day.

    He was jailed for eight months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

    Robert Loveridge
  13. Brian 'Stack' Stevens - one of Cornwall's finest rugby players dies

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Cornish rugby legend Brian 'Stack' Stevens has died at the age of 77.

    He won 25 caps for England and played for the British and Irish Lions.

    For many 'Stack' Stevens was Cornish rugby. A giant of the game he made over 500 appearances for the Cornish Pirates.

    He played 83 times for Cornwall and was also called up for England. 'Stack' made his debut against South Africa at Twickenham in 1969 and scored a try against the All Blacks in New Zealand in 1973. In doing so he became a member of the first of the four home countries teams to beat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil.

    'Stack' toured with the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 1971. He also played for the Barbarians, Harlequins, plus the Combined Counties teams.

    The word legend is often over used. But there's no doubt it's applicable to Brian 'Stack' Stevens - one of Cornwall's finest rugby players.

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  14. BreakingRobber found guilty of ammonia attack

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Dawlish

    A masked robber has been found guilty of taking part in an ammonia attack on a shopkeeper who was almost blinded as his takings were snatched.

    Victim Neil Warner feared he was going to die or lose his sight when he was ambushed by robbers Rikki Ward and Paul Rowntree as he walked from a shop in Dawlish to a nearby Post Office with £5,129.90 of cash.

    Ward, 28, of Chatham Road, Sunderland, sprayed undiluted ammonia into his face while Rowntree grabbed a bag which contained the takings from the Costcutter shop during the attack on The Strand in Dawlish on 20 January.

    Ward was found guilty after a jury at Exeter Crown Court was shown CCTV of him laying in wait for Mr Warner before the attack.

    Rowntree, 37, of Oswald Street, Sunderland, but who was staying at Exeter Road, Dawlish, denied but was convicted of robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent.

    They will be sentenced later by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, who remanded them in custody.

  15. £20,000 payment for rural GPs

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Newly trained GPs who choose to work in Cornwall could be in line for a £20,000 one-off payment.

    It's part of the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt's plan to boost the numbers of doctors in places in the UK struggling to recruit - especially coastal and rural areas.

    The Royal College of General Practitioners backed the plan, saying there was a "serious shortage" of family doctors.

    Mr Hunt said it will help "reduce the pressure" on practices in those areas.

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  16. Weather update: Cloudy but dry

    BBC Weather

    It will be breezy for most but in the sunshine it will feel warm. Cloud will thicken overnight, but it should remain dry and mild. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

    weather map