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Summary

  1. The number of deaths and assaults in South West prisons "at record levels"
  2. Police officer has leg broken in "racial assault"
  3. Travellers take up 50 spaces at Exeter park-and-ride site for hospital
  4. Councillors to debate plan to end cheaper winter parking in Torbay
  5. Bomb removed after being dragged into Plymouth harbour
  6. Abandoned Dartmoor hill ponies saved by Cornwall sanctuary
  7. Updates on Thursday 19 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Friday's news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Don't forget Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One with Justin Leigh and Victoria Graham and the late news at 22:30.

  2. Abandoned Dartmoor hill ponies saved by Cornwall sanctuary

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Cornwall horse sanctuary has stepped in to save nine abandoned Dartmoor hill ponies.

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    Video caption: Abandoned Dartmoor hill ponies saved

    Hundreds of ponies are left unclaimed on the moor every year, and face being culled if homes cannot be found for them.

    Shires Holt Horse Sanctuary, near Bodmin, is among a number of charities which help rehome the ponies.

  3. Weather: Coastal gales before a dry start to Friday, but rain later

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be windy and wet to start the night, with coastal gales affecting some parts.

    The rain will die away by morning, with winds easing too.

    Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Friday's weather map

    It will be a dry and bright Friday morning for most parts, with some sunny spells.

    Thickening cloud will spread rain eastwards through the afternoon, although eastern parts may stay dry until evening, with a maximum temperature of 15 C (59F).

  4. Hospital 'called in mediators over porters' dispute'

    The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (RD&E) says it has called in mediators to resolve a dispute with porters.

    Porters are planning to strike for 24 hours from 06:00 on Friday, the Unison union said, in a dispute over proposed 12-hour shifts.

    The RD&E health trust said it was "fully committed to bringing this dispute to a peaceful conclusion without the need for strike action", but it was "deeply disappointed" the union planned to go ahead with industrial action while talks were taking place.

    Unison said that 12 hour shifts were "a mistake" that could not "be achieved safely, either for patients or the porters".

    The trust said all patients were advised "to attend their appointments as normal" unless they were contacted otherwise.

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
  5. No confidence vote in police commissioner cancelled

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Alison Hernandez

    A proposed vote of no confidence in Cornwall and Devon's police and crime commissioner has been cancelled just hours before it was due to take place.

    Torbay Council's Liberal Democrats had tabled the motion for a council meeting today.

    Alison Hernandez (pictured) has survived other such votes since she made comments on BBC Radio Cornwall over whether civilians with gun licences could be utilised in the event of a terror attack in the two counties.

    Ms Hernandez said at the time her comments had been misinterpreted.

  6. Painters wanted for Exmoor signpost project

    BBC Spotlight

    Exmoor National Park Authority has started a £75,000 project to refurbish its distinctive cast-iron black and white signposts.

    Exmoor signport

    It's gained Heritage Lottery funding to do the work and is asking for volunteers to do the painting - and also help trace the history of the signs.

  7. Some sunny thoughts before Storm Brian

    With all this talk of gales and weather bombs and Storm Brian approaching, we thought we'd have some sunny thoughts as well.

    Mounts Bay

    Thanks to Ann for sharing this glorious photo of Mounts Bay early this morning. That's some view from a Penzance balcony.

    If you have any pictures you;d like to share, please email us.

  8. Fly-tipping moron from Plymouth caught at same spot twice

    Plymouth Herald

    A fly-tipping pest from Plymouth who was paid to get rid of household waste was caught for the second time within a year - at a hot-spot which was being watched by council spies.

  9. Flood barriers put up in Fowey ahead of high tide

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Flood barriers have been put up in Fowey by the Environment Agency, ahead of tonight's high tide due at 18.14.

    The agency said it was deploying the temporary barriers "to give Fowey better protection from potential coastal flooding".

    Flood barriers in Fowey. Pic: Environment Agency

    It said: "This type of flood defence has been used to prevent flooding from rivers for a number of years but this is the first time they have been used on the Cornish coast."

    The agency added that it was "urging people to remain vigilant to potential flooding as a low pressure coastal storm is forecast to hit the south coasts of Cornwall and Devon on Saturday".

    We'll have a full forecast later.

  10. Exeter hospital porters to strike

    Porters at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (RD&E) are planning to strike for 24 hours, a union says.

    Unison said members would walk out from 06:00 on Friday after management "refused to back down" on proposed 12-hour shifts.

    In a meeting in Parliament today, porters put their case to city Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

    Mr Bradshaw, who sits on the Health Select Committee, called on RD&E management to avert the strike.

    The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals Trust has been contacted for a comment.

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
  11. 'Massive lobbying' if Royal Navy ships and marines cut

    BBC Radio Devon

    South West Devon's Conservative MP Gary Streeter says there will be "massive lobbying" if a defence review results in plans to axe Devonport-based ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and cut 1,000 Royal Marines.

    Mr Streeter, one of three local Tory MPs to discuss the issue with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon last night, said a decision was expected before Christmas, but any differences he'd had with Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard would not not stop him working to protect the South West's defence capabilities.

    Devonport Naval Base

    "Massive lobbying will take place if it goes the way we don't want," he said.

  12. Devon and Cornwall 'safe' despite rise in crime

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A senior police officer says Devon and Cornwall is a safe place, despite a rise in crime.

    According to the lastest figures from the Office of National Statistics, in the 12 months to June, there were 12,858 crime incidents recorded - a rise of 17%, which is higher than the national average of 14.1%.

    Due to changes in recording, each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales saw a rise in crime.

    Police car

    Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said Devon and Cornwall had the "fifth lowest crime rate" and although more sexual offences were being recorded "at the first point of contact", it reflected the force's hard work in giving victims the confidence to come forward.

    He also said the rise in violence against the person incidents was due to a new Malicious Communications Act, covering online harassment, which was previously recorded as a telecommunications offence.

    “I remain confident that, not only are my staff and officers working hard to protect and serve our public, but Devon and Cornwall remains a safe place to live, work, and visit; and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low," he said.

  13. Military veterans publish poetry book

    BBC Spotlight

    Two South West military veterans have collaborated to publish a collection of poetry.

    Sounds of the Sea contains poems written by Royal Navy veteran Stu Lawson and photographs taken by Army veteran Phil Coker.

    Sounds of the Sea

    The Plymouth-based pair have also set up their own publishing company, which they said they hoped would help other local authors get into print.

  14. Storm Brian heads to Cornwall as strong winds lash county

    Cornwall Live

    Cornwall is battening down the hatches again - in preparation for a storm on Saturday which promises to deliver 35 ft waves, gale force winds and widespread downpours.

  15. Lorry crashes into wall in Exeter

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    Cowley Bridge Road was blocked in both directions between New North Road and St David's Hill due to the crash.

    Police tweeted that the road was "now running clear" after "lots of traffic built up".

  16. Growing concerns for missing Torquay man

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Concern is growing for a 22-year-old man who's gone missing from his home in Torquay.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said Sean Campbell was last heard from in the early hours of this morning and officers were carrying out searches and enquiries to find him.

    Sean Campbell

    He's described as white, 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall with short dark brown hair.

    Anyone who's seen Sean, or knows of his whereabouts, should contact police.