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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

  2. Back in black: Eden Project makes trading profit for second year

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Cornwall's biggest visitor attraction, the Eden Project, is consolidating its recovery from a time a couple of years ago when it was in the red, when visitor numbers reached a low point and staff had to be laid off.   

    Today's news that it made a trading profit for the second year in a row is significant because Eden is so dominant as the lead attraction. It has twice as many visitors as the second-most popular attraction, Land's End. 

    And a crucial point about today's set of accounts is that Eden is avoiding a negative rather than gaining a positive. It badly needed to correct its downward trajectory of two years ago, and the signs are that it has.

  3. English Heritage seeks your views on Tintagel Castle footbridge designs

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Six concept designs for a new footbridge at Tintagel Castle have been put on display in the village as part of a public consultation by English Heritage.

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    The brief for this oak and stainless steel design by WilkinsonEyre with Atelier One (UK) reads: “Our modern, light touch intervention uses minimal foundations to recreate a connection over the narrow isthmus between the two parts of Tintagel Castle. It seeks not to compete with the historic remains, but rather serves to enhance the site’s dramatic nature while improving accessibility for all.”

  4. Ferries cancelled as gales are forecast

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A forecast of gale force winds and huge swells means Brittany Ferries has diverted one sailing and cancelled another. 

    Weather

    Tomorrow evening's 22:00 Plymouth-Roscoff sailing will now go to St Malo instead - and the 23:00 Plymouth-St Malo trip on Saturday has been scrapped.

    A spokeswoman said: "We apologise to all customers affected by these changes, and would like to ask anyone who needs information or assistance to call our Plymouth contact centre on 01752 648637."

  5. Weather latest: Rain clearing overnight, breezy and dry tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Rain will clear from western areas first this evening, then all parts will turn dry and the winds should ease. There'll be some clear spells before patchy cloud moves in from the West. Minimum Temperature: 5 Deg C (41 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday: Breezy and dry with some some sunny spells around. Temperatures will be near the seasonal average. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

  6. Man questioned after body is found in van in East Devon

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A 66-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in a van in Devon.

    Scenes of crime officers will continue to examine the vehicle and the area of Fenny Bridges where she was found yesterday. 

    The woman has not been formally identified, but is believed to be a local 71-year-old.

  7. Countryside campaigners’ outrage after ‘illegal hunting’ trial against Lamerton Hunt collapses

    Western Morning News

    Countryside campaigners have branded a trial against six huntsmen accused of illegal hunting as a ‘vindictive’ abuse of the criminal justice system after the case against them collapsed when a key prosecution witness was found to have close links to the League Against Cruel Sports.

  8. Police investigate Plymouth schoolgirl assault

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed they are investigating after a 15-year-old pupil was assaulted at school by three "female intruders".

    Notre Dame School

    Officers say the girl was not seriously hurt during the incident at Notre Dame School in Plymouth - an all-girl Roman Catholic school.

    Head teacher Katherine White said: "We have increased security measures for the protection of our pupils; in the short term this means locked gates with staff in attendance. We will be taking advice on further long term security measures this week."

  9. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    - The A38 is partially blocked at Notter Bridge because of an accident. Westbound traffic is queued back to Carkeel roundabout. 

    - One lane is closed on the Tamar Bridge because of strong winds.

    - On the A38 The Parkway in Plymouth, the exit slip road is blocked at Weston Mill.

    - We have reports of lots of surface water and strong winds between Chiverton Cross roundabout and Redruth on the A30.

    - The B3230 at Muddiford is partially blocked near Rookbear Lane due to an accident.

    - Another accident is blocking the A381 at Harbertonford.

    - On Tavistock Road in Plymouth, traffic is very slow moving between Crownhill and Derriford because of the earlier burst water main. 

  10. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A burst water main which has been causing flooding and long tailbacks on one of Plymouth's busiest roads - as well as leaving 4,000 properties without water - may have been caused by ground movements, South West Water has said 

    - A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of a woman's body in a van in Fenny Bridges, East Devon 

    - The Notre Dame girl's school in Plymouth is taking extra security precautions after a gang of three teenage girls attacked a pupil

    - The public are being invited to have their say on a shortlist of six new architect-designed bridges for Tintagel Castle 

  11. Plymouth burst main 'most likely caused by ground movements'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    South West Water says the pipe burst which caused traffic chaos in Plymouth this morning was caused by "ground movements".

    Burst water main Plymouth
    James King

    Spokesman James King said: "We get failures from time to time." Water supplies are starting to return to normal after households in the Tavistock Road area were affected. "Hopefully things will be restored this evening," said Mr King.

  12. French design proposed for new Tintagel Castle footbridge

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    What do you think of this bridge design? English Heritage has released its shortlist of the six design concepts for a new footbridge to span the 72 metre chasm at Tintagel Castle.

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    This proposal from RFR and Jean-François Blassel Architecte, with Engineers HRW, and WSP (France) reads: “High above the waves, the stone arch bridge evokes the solidity of the ancient pathway and isthmus that once existed in its place. The narrowing form of the granite structure echoes the “choke point”, the “Din Tagell”, which gave the island its name."

  13. Trial date for man accused of double attempted murder in Paignton

    Torquay Herald Express

    A 45-year-old has appeared in court accused of stabbing two men in the neck in a Paignton pub.

    Pub

    Mark Woodman is charged with two offences of attempted murder at the Cork and Bottle in Torquay Road.

  14. Body found in search for missing woman

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The search for a missing woman from London has been called off after a body was found near Land's End.

    Alicja Stawkowski, 37, went missing from her home address in Hackney last month - Alicja's family has been informed of this development. 

    Formal identification has not yet taken place but the death is not thought to be suspicious. 

  15. University art spend attacked by unions

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Union leaders have criticised universities for spending around £20m on artworks over the past five years - including a spend of £110,000 by the University of Exeter.

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    A Unison spokesman said: "As nice as they might be to look at, paintings, statues and sculptures don't enhance teaching, and leave the lowest paid staff on campus unable to have a decent standard of living."

    The universities have told the BBC the works of art often went on public display and were used for teaching and research.

  16. Spotlight reporter Jane Chandler gets on her bike

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Intrepid BBC Spotlight reporter Jane Chandler was unstoppable this morning despite traffic chaos caused by a burst water main in Plymouth.

    Jane Chandler

    She got on her bike to get our first pictures back from the scene in Tavistock Road by mobile phone, as queues of traffic stretched back for miles.

  17. Could this be the new footbridge to link Tintagel Castle to the mainland?

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The public are being asked for their views on six designs by architects for a new 72m footbridge at Tintagel Castle, shortlisted by English Heritage.

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    This stone arch is proposed by Niall McLaughlin Architects with Price and Myers (UK) who said: "Its segmented construction speaks of the compressive force that holds it aloft, and of the masonry castle walls and stone strata of the site.”  

  18. Water supplies returning after pipe burst chaos

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Water supplies are returning to normal says South West Water after a mains pipe burst in Tavistock Road this morning led to supplies drying up at about 4,000 properties in the Crownhill, Whitleigh, Hartley Vale, North Hill and Efford areas.

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  19. Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw: Why I voted to bomb Syria

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has outlined his reasons for backing the vote to approve bombing operations over Syria. Mr Bradshaw, who described the situation as " genuinely ghastly and depressing" said it was possible for reasonable people to reach different conclusions on the matter.

    Ben Bradshaw