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  1. Updates on Friday 4 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Friday's live coverage

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

  2. Rosalie the Shackleton towed away from RAF St Mawgan

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    One of the few remaining Shackleton aircraft, that stood as gate guardian at the entrance to RAF St Mawgan for more than 25 years, has finally been moved.

    Shackleton leaves RAF St Mawgan

    The Save our Shackleton group bought the 1950s plane called 'Rosalie' for an undisclosed sum in March, after it was put up for sale by the Ministry of Defence.

    The Avro Shackleton flew with the RAF for 40 years until it was retired in 1991.

  3. Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson cleared of fraud charges

    Hamish Marshall, BBC Spotlight

    A hearing to decide whether there should be a retrial for Tom Henderson, the founder of Shelterbox, has been told there will be no further action against him.

    The Crown Prosecution Service said they would not pursue the fraud case against Mr Henderson, 65, and two other men because of "evidential issues that arose in the course of the trial".

    The judge said he was impressed at the ability to assess what happened in the trial and he "entirely" agreed with the decision.

  4. Weather latest: Cloudy with bright spells but gales on the way

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be windy, especially around coastal locations. It is likely to stay cloudy but dry. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Saturday: It'll be a cloudy day with some bright spells at times. Winds will strengthen throughout the day with gales likely on the coast and the moors during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).  

  5. Unsung hero shortlist for Plymstock rugby man

    BBC Spotlight

    We've been meeting the five people who have been shortlisted for the final of this year's South West Unsung Hero Award today.

    One of them is Nigel Higginson, who took on the role of chairman of Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby club when it formed from a merger of two other clubs eight years ago.  

    Nigel Higginson

    At the time it had limited facilities and few members, however it now boasts a new club house and has junior and adult teams for boys, girls, men and women.

  6. Plymouth Uni team to attempt new hand cycle land speed record

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    An arm-powered "hand cycle" built by a team from Plymouth University is to be used in a renewed attempt at a land speed record next year.

    The vehicle, nicknamed "Beluga", took part in the World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada earlier this year, but an injury to paracyclist Liz McTernan meant it could not compete at full power.

    Beluga hand cycle in Nevada

    Despite never having ridden before, project leader Adam Kyte reached 30mph which gave the team enough data "to calculate what might be possible" next September.

  7. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - The founder of ShelterBox, Tom Henderson, his son and another man have been cleared of conspiracy to defraud the Cornwall-based relief charity.

    Gale force winds and huge swells forecast for the weekend have resulted in Brittany Ferries diverting one sailing and cancelling two others.

    - A  61-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering a 71-year-old woman whose body was found in a van in a field in Devon.

    - Romany Gypsies in Cornwall claim they are being discriminated against by the council, after it failed to address a problem with rats and rubbish on the authorised site.

    - A Shackleton which has stood at the gates of RAF St Mawgan for more than 25 years has finally been moved after being bought by the 'Save Our Shackleton' group

  8. Hello and goodbye for Plymouth submarines

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    It was "hello and goodbye" for two of the Royal Navy's nuclear submarines sailing in and out of Plymouth today.

    For the 135-strong crew of HMS Vengeance, it was back to sea after a three-year £350m refit at Devonport dockyard, which included a new reactor core.

    HMS Vengeance (foreground) passing HMS Vanguard

    Meanwhile, sailing into Plymouth for a slightly "cheaper" £200m refit was sister vessel HMS Vanguard, with the four-year programme expected to secure the future of more than 2,000 jobs at Babcock.

  9. Paddling his own canoe into the shortlist for the Unsung Hero award

    BBC Spotlight

    Let's meet the fourth of our five finalists competing for this year's South West Unsung Hero Award - the people that work tirelessly behind the scenes at grassroots sports clubs.  

    unsung 4

    Brian Greenaway coached kayaking at three Olympic Games, but came to Cornwall 14 years ago and had given up coaching the sport. 

    He was tempted back when he got involved with Fowey River Canoe Club and now he's helping young paddlers in a remote part of Cornwall compete for national honours.

  10. Discrimination claim by Romany Gypsies in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It's been claimed that rats and rubbish are putting people's lives in danger at an authorised Romany Gypsy site.

    Residents at the site in St Day, which has undergone a partial refurbishment, say the council is discriminating against them by refusing to clear the site, but the council says it is waiting for further funding before it can finish the work.

    Romany caravans at St Day

    Local MP George Eustace says he understands the frustration and is working with families and the council to address the problems, adding: "Health and safety and the safety of children is a priority."

  11. Ferries cancelled in gales forecast

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A forecast of gale force winds and huge swells means Brittany Ferries has diverted this evening's 22:00 Plymouth-Roscoff sailing to St Malo and cancelled two sailings tomorrow.


    A spokeswoman said: "We're offering a full refund to anyone who chooses to cancel. 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."  

  12. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Barnstaple the A39 North Road is partially blocked because of an accident.  

    - A crash is also causing problems at Upottery on the A30 which is partially blocked in both directions. Traffic is very slow moving.

    - In Exeter we've got reports that Bartholomew Street West is partially blocked.

    - There's a partial blockage In Newton Abbot on the A382 is partially blocked due to an accident.

    - In Paignton we've got reports Shorton Valley Road is partially blocked at Sleepy Lane.

    - There's an overturned car on the A381 at Marlborough.

  13. Student's battle to balance studies with business

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A former Exeter University student has spoken of his struggle to balance studies with setting up his own company.

    Tom Carson and Chris Rea

    Chris Rea, 23, was at the university studying business when, with fellow student Tom Carson, he set up Young Ones Apparel, which now has annual sales of £200,000 and gross profits of about £40,000.

    Mr Rea, who graduated with a 2:1, said: "In my second year, I got the balance wrong. It was all new to me, and when we received a big deal I would just see dollar signs flashing in my head. I wasn't thinking about the end goal of my degree."

  14. School celebrates as six pupils qualify for Mensa

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Half a dozen pupils at a school in Cornwall have a high enough IQ to enter Mensa, scoring at least 152.

    Mensa students

    Richard Lander School teacher Holly Rickatson, who arranged for her year 11 pupils to sit the IQ test said she was "surprised" at the score.

    All of the 25 pupils at Richard Lander School in Truro who sat an IQ test scored over 140 - and 80% scored in the top 15% in the UK.

  15. Who will be the South West's Unsung Sporting Hero?

    BBC Spotlight

    It's that time of year when we hear about the Unsung Heroes you've nominated who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make grassroots sports clubs what they are. 


    One of our finalists is young football coach Matt Robinson from Penzance Football Club, who helps coach both the Under-9s and the disability team, despite being disabled himself.