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Live Reporting

By Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all Thursday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss Spotlight this evening on BBC One with Justin Leigh and Victoria Graham at 18:30 and the late news bulletin at 22:30.

  2. Night trial to extend paramedics critical care road cover

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A critical care road service provided by Cornwall's air ambulance paramedics when the weather's too bad to fly, is to be extended for a trial period.

    In addition to the helicopter crew's 12-hour road shift from 07:30 to 19:30 using fully equipped critical care cars, there will be an evening shift added from Wednesday to Saturday between the hours of 18:00 and 02:00.

    Cornwall air ambulance and critical care cars

    It will be run by the same paramedics who fly the helicopter missions, providing the same level of critical care, including the administration of strong pain relief with medication such as Ketamine.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance's air operations officer Steve Garvey said the evening trial means paramedics will be able to reach people in need of emergency care at a time when there's less traffic on the roads.

  3. Royal Marine 'put off cycling for life' after driver cut corner and left him in intensive care

    Devon Live

    A delivery driver cut a corner while turning and drove into a Royal Marine on his bicycle as he waited at a junction, a court heard.

  4. Heroin dealer granddad drove on wrong side of road in 100mph police chase

    BBC Radio Devon

    A granddad drug dealer drove on the wrong side of the road during a 100mph chase with police a court heard.

    Police

    A motorist coming in the opposite direction had to swerve out of the way when addict Alan Johnson, 60, overtook another car on a zebra crossing.

    Police abandoned the chase as being too unsafe when Johnson reached speeds of 100mph and went back to pick up a package of heroin which Johnson had thrown out of the car.

    Exeter Crown Court judge Erik Salomonsen said it was "fortunate" no-one was injured.

    Johnson, of Foxhayes Road, Exeter, was found guilty of possession of heroin with intent to supply.

    He was jailed for two years and six months and was banned from driving for a year after his release after admitting dangerous driving.

  5. Violent storm-force winds forecast for Saturday

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Its time to batten down the hatches again, with violent storm-force winds forecast for the weekend.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow "be prepared" warning valid from 04:00 on Saturday until midnight, with damaging gusts of up to 70mph expected on exposed coasts.

    Met Office yellow warning for Saturday

    Some coastal routes and communities could be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties.

    Travel disruption is also possible, as is damage to trees, property and power lines.

    Weather warning
  6. Views sought on planned city 'health hubs'

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth residents are being asked for their views on proposals to introduce 10 new health hubs across with city.

    The hubs will offer advice on alcohol consumption, smoking and healthy eating, as well as providing mental health support, information and advice and other activities.

    Derriford Hospital

    Councillor Lynda Bowyer, cabinet member for health and adult social services, says the aim is to join up services across the city and also to make better use of local resources.

    Engagement events are being held to allow residents to have their say on the proposals.

    The 10 suggested locations for the hubs and the communities they serve are:

    • Derriford Hospital - Leigham, Mainstone, Estover, Glenholt, Derriford and Widewell
    • Four Greens Community Trust or Ernesettle Medical Centre - Whitleigh, Honicknowle, West Park, Ernesettle, Manadon and Widey
    • Rees Centre or GP practice (Mudge Way) - Plympton St Maurice, Underwood, Yealmpstone, Woodford, Chaddlewood, Colebrook, Newnham and Ridgeway
    • Plymstock (possible new build) - Elburton and Dunstone, Goosewell, Turnchapel, Hooe, Oreston, Mount Batten, Plymstock and Radford
    • Mount Gould Local Care Centre, Ernest English House or Cattedown Primary Care Centre - Lipson, Mount Gould, Greenbank, East End (Cattedown) and Mutley
    • Mannamead House or Efford Youth Centre - Compton, Mannamead, Efford, Laira, Eggbuckland, Peverell and Hartley
    • The Beacon or Jan Cutting Centre Ham - Pennycross, North Prospect, Weston Mill, Ford and Beacon Park
    • Tamar View or Stirling Road Surgery - Barne Barton, St Budeaux and Kings Tamerton
    • Cumberland Centre - Devonport, Stoke, Keyham, Stonehouse and Morice Town
    • Southway Medical Centre: Southway, Crownhill and Tamerton Foliot
    Mount Gould Local Care Centre
  7. 'Creative' solutions needed at failing hospital, surgeon says

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It could be up to 10 years before the lack of senior staff is improved at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, according to one of its surgeons.

    Adam Wilde, clinical director for head and neck surgery, was speaking after the hospital was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission and put into special measures earlier this month.

    Royal Cornwal Hospital sign

    He said the lack of senior medical staff was being addressed, but it would take time.

    "They're increasing medical student numbers as of next year, but that's going to take probably 10 years to filter through to the specialist level," he said.

    "So we do have to start looking at being creative and looking at roles that traditionally were medics roles and traditionally nursing roles and putting those out to allied health professionals.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A361 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A39 and A361.

    A361 Devon - A361 Rumsam Bridge in Barnstaple closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Lake Roundabout and Chestwood, because of a police incident.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J30 for A376 and J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Exminster), because of an incident.

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

  10. Granddad drug dealer threw £3k heroin from car in 100mph police chase

    BBC Radio Devon

    A granddad drug dealer caught by police throwing £3,100 worth of heroin out of his car window has been jailed.

    Alan Johnson

    Alan Johnson, 60, reached 100mph in Exeter in August last year after police tried to flag him down for a vehicle check.

    Exeter Crown Court heard he threw away a tennis ball sized package of heroin weighing 24 grams out of the window.

    Johnson, of Foxhayes Road, Exeter, was found guilty of possession of heroin with intent to supply at the crown court last month. He admitted dangerous driving.

    He was jailed for two years and six months and was banned from driving for a year after his release.

  11. What a lot of rubbish! Teams clear streets after Goose Fair

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Nearly 10 tonnes of rubbish has been cleared up after Tavistock's annual Goose Fair.

    The event, which is held every October, regularly attracts about 25,000 visitors, making it the busiest day of the year for the town.

    Goose Fair, Tavistock, 2009

    West Devon Borough Council said within hours of fair-goers and stall holders leaving the town, 9.98 tonnes of rubbish had been cleared, 1.4 tonnes of which was recycled.

    The Goose Fair has been held in the town since the 13th Century.

  12. Residents voice concerns over housing for Dartmoor towns

    BBC Radio Devon

    Worried residents living around Dartmoor have voiced their concerns about how many new homes could be built in moorland towns.

    Discussions at a packed public meeting at Moretonhampstead on Tuesday evening included sites which could have the potential for development.

    House construction

    Campaigners say they're worried new housing estates could overwhelm existing towns and change their character, but Dartmoor National Park Authority says it has to balance the need for housing with protecting the nationally important landscape.

  13. Hospital staff 'in tears' after damning report

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital says staff were in tears when the trust was rated as inadequate and put into special measures earlier this month.

    According to the report by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, patients died whilst waiting for heart treatment and others lost their sight because of delays to treatment.

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    Adam Wilde, the hospital's clinical director for head and neck surgery, says staff across the board were in shock when the report was released.

    "The nurses in outpatients were in shock - there were tears, they were that upset at their service being called inadequate," he said.

  14. Learn to spot the signs of modern slavery, crime commissioner urges

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    To mark Anti-Slavery Day, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has urged people to learn how to spot the signs of modern slavery.

    View more on twitter
  15. Appeal to help find missing Leicester man

    Twitter

    Devon and Cornwall Police are asking for the public's help in tracing a man who's missing from his home in Leicester.

    Michael Moore, 47, who hasn't been seen since Tuesday morning, is thought to have friends in the Devon and Cornwall force area.

    View more on twitter
  16. Flybe warns of big fall in profits

    BBC Spotlight

    The Exeter-based airline Flybe has warned its profits for the first half of this year could be as low as £5m, compared to more than £15m in 2016.

    The firm has blamed the drop on maintenance work costing more than expected. Shares have fallen by 15% today.

    Flybe
  17. Welfare award for otter protector

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A Devon man who escaped bullies at school by tracking otters has been recognised for his work to protect the creature.

    Dave Webb, from Barnstaple, has spent the past 40 years educating the fishing community and river users about otters and dispel the notion that they're pests.

    The award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare was presented by naturalist and comedian Bill Oddie.

    (l-r) Baroness Gale, Dave Webb, IFAW Director Philip Mansbridge and Bill Oddie
    Image caption: (L-R) Baroness Gale, Dave Webb, IFAW Director Philip Mansbridge and Bill Oddie