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Live Reporting

By Hayley Westcott

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Hit-and-run driver jailed for dog-walker death

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A man who killed a dog walker with his car while trying to catch a train has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

    Jonathan Kane, 52, of Flood Street Chelsea, failed to stop after striking Catherine Bailey with his Land Rover near St Minver, Cornwall, in July last year.

    Jonathan Kane (centre)

    Kane, (pictured in the middle below) who has a second home near Polzeath, said he "simply didn't see" Mrs Bailey

    His victim's body was found later in a ditch later by her husband. The impact had severed her spine and broken 14 ribs.

    He was jailed for two years and disqualified from driving for five years.

  3. Public Health England to invest in helping smokers

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than 55,000 smokers are ending up in hospital across the South West every year, according to latest figures from Public Health England.

    It says it's advised frontline healthcare staff to work even harder to cut these numbers by giving patients advice or stop smoking support.

    From 2018, additional funding will be available to acute NHS providers to help achieve targets for delivery of quit advice.

    smoker
  4. Truro City - the FA Cup side on the brink of homelessness

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Whatever happens at Charlton Athletic on Sunday, Truro City have already made history, with the White Tigers being the first club from Cornwall to reach the first round of the FA Cup for almost 50 years.

    But almost five years ago the club almost folded after financial problems, leading City to sell their Treyew Road ground to developers for a retail park - with work due to start at the end of this season.

    Treyew Road

    City will have to share a ground, either with a Cornish side if they stay in National League South, or a club further afield if they gain promotion.

    They are due to move in to the planned new Stadium for Cornwall, but with work yet to start, chairman Peter Masters told BBC Sport that construction must begin soon in order for the club to survive:

    "Phillip Perryman (vice chairman) and myself are not quitters, we're investing in the club and we can see a sustainable future at some point, and that sustainable future involves us being in that Stadium for Cornwall and we need to be there within the next 24 months," Masters told BBC Sport.

  5. Public to have their say on fire service plans

    BBC Radio Devon

    People are being asked for their views on a new plan by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service which sets out how they'll protect the public in the future.

    The draft document highlights how its resources will be used and the ways the service can evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

    The service says only about a quarter of incidents they attend are fires.

    The public consultation will run until 31 December.

    fire engine
  6. Saturday's weather: Sunny spells and showers

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Cloud and rain will clear to the east on Saturday morning leaving a mixture of sunny spells and some heavy and blustery showers.

    It will feel cold in the northwesterly wind.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F)

    weather map
  7. Exmouth Deaf Academy plans approved

    Devon Live

    Plans to create a 'world class' academy in Exmouth providing education and care services to deaf children, young people, and their families have been approved.

  8. Devon teams vow to end use of pyrotechnics

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United have joined their fellow English Football League members in a pledge to help end the use of dangerous pyrotechnics within EFL football grounds.

    On the eve of Bonfire Night, the Chairman's Charter reflects concerns over the number of flares, fireworks and even smoke bombs entering football grounds.

    In 2013, a 15-year-old was hospitalised for lung damage caused by a smoke bomb, while children as young as eight have been used as "mules" to smuggle pyrotechnics into stadiums.

    Taking a hard angle, EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “Taking pyrotechnics into our grounds is a criminal offence and, where there is evidence that the law has been broken, the police will always seek to impose a football banning order as an appropriate measure."

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  9. BreakingDriver jailed for death of dog walker

    A man has been given a two-year jail sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

    Jonathan Kane (pictured in the middle below) was found guilty at Truro Crown Court.

    The 52-year-old, of Flood Street, Chelsea, killed Kate Bailey in St Minver, north Cornwall. Her body was found in the early hours of 19 July 2016.

    Kane has also been disqualified from driving for five years.

    Jonathan Kane
  10. Devon business school in new sport study

    BBC Radio Devon

    The University of Exeter Business School has found that football clubs that keep changing their manager could be putting the staff vital for achieving top results at risk.

    It found frequent changes at the top puts pressure on sports scientists - who are increasingly key to athletes achieving results.

    Some of the clubs in the study had up to five managers in as many years.

    Exeter University
  11. Local sports club awarded grant

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A water sports club near Plymouth has started building a new boat shed to store equipment after receiving a grant.

    The Weir Quay Community Watersports Hub Club in Bere Alston, has been awarded £20,000 from the National Grid's Community Grant Programme.

    The fund was set up for community organisations and charities in areas where work is impacting on local people.

  12. Devon bridge damaged by teenagers in crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    An ancient bridge near Killerton has been left damaged by teenagers who crashed into it.

    The incident took place on Ellerhayes Bridge at about 04:00 GMT on Thursday morning.

    Two 18-year-old men and one 19-year-old man are currently in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

    It's believed they stole a car from Foxhayes Road in Exeter at 21:00 GMT on Thursday night.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

  13. Cornish boy, 9, writes to Gary Barlow after missing out on gig tickets

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A nine-year-old boy from Redruth has written to the singer, Gary Barlow, after missing out on tickets to see the Take That star at the Eden Project.

    Zachary Simmons was looking forward to seeing him perform but when his mum Samantha tried to buy two tickets as a Christmas present, none of them were available on the official Eden Sessions website.

    Boy with letter

    Samantha has shared a copy of the letter on social media in the hope it will be spotted by Mr Barlow himself.

    Eden Sessions organisers say there was a "massive demand" for tickets which meant "that even people high up in the queue to enter the ticket buying process weren't successful." They also said they are aware that tickets are already appearing on re-seller sites, adding they "do not sell or provide tickets directly to any of these sites".

    copy of letter
  14. Tisdale not taking any FA Cup chances

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he will not play a weakened team when his side host Heybridge Swifts in Sunday's FA Cup first round tie.

    Eighth-tier Heybridge are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition having played seven matches to make it through the first round.

    Paul Tisdale

    City have Craig Woodman and Pierce Sweeney available after missing last week's 1-1 draw at Mansfield while Lee Holmes, who came off the bench to score the equaliser, is getting closer to being fit enough to start.

    "It's the first round of the FA Cup and we want to win it," Tisdale told BBC Sport.

    "I'll make a selection based on providing the best performance, but not about giving players games."

  15. Five police officers 'bitten by suspect'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Five police officers were taken to hospital in the early hours of Friday morning after being bitten by a suspect they were trying to detain in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Police has said.

    They each suffered varying degrees of bites, scratches and cuts after being called to the disturbance on Hoegate Street.

    The officers have now all returned to duty.

    A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

  16. Money invested to 'future-proof' Exeter Airport

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter Airport has announced a £6m investment in infrastructure to help future-proof it over the next 20 years.

    The airport's runway will be resurfaced and all runway lighting will be replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.

    The work will be carried out at night during weekends until March 2018 to avoid disruption to passengers.

    Exeter airport
  17. Have you ever seen a lorry as long as this?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    This very long vehicle was spotted today on the A39 in Cornwall on its way to Falmouth from Truro.

    Video content

    Video caption: Is this the longest truck in the world?
  18. Thieves steal poppy boxes in Devon

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Two poppy charity collection boxes have been stolen in Plymouth.

    The thefts took place in two shops in the Plymstock area of the city.

    Carole Arnold, from the Royal British Legion in Devon, says unfortunately it happens every year, but it's unusual for it to happen so early on, with thieves normally waiting until the tins are full.

    The charity is working with Devon and Cornwall Police to try and stop it from happening.

    poppy tin
  19. Teignbridge fills empty homes

    BBC Radio Devon

    The number of homes lying empty in Teignbridge is at an all-time low, it has emerged.

    Teignbridge District Council has cut the number of vacant properties with figures showing numbers have dropped by more than half from 735 empty homes in 2008 to 361 in 2017 so far.

    Teignbridge is the only Devon authority to have reduced the amount left unoccupied every year since 2008.