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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 15 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Devon and Cornwall's live coverage across the day

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

  2. 'Encouraging noises' between tigers at Paignton is a good sign for breeding

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Paignton Zoo is hoping for the sound of new tiger feet, after the arrival of a new eight-year-old maleas part of a European breeding programme.

    Fabi the Sumatran tiger has a proven track record, having already fathered seven cubs at Chester Zoo.

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    Paignton Zoo's Neil Bemment said Fabi was settling in quickly to his new surroundings, adding the early signs were good "with lots of encouraging vocalisations".

  3. Weather latest: Low cloud, drizzle and feeling mild tomorrow

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Overnight it will stay very mild and cloudy with outbreaks of rain pushing eastwards across most parts, turning heavy at times especially over Dartmoor. Minimum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

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    Tomorrow is looking like another generally overcast day with low cloud, fog, patchy rain and drizzle. Any brightness will be limited but it will be very mild, with the wind easing. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

  4. Shhhhhh! The South West's three quietest railway stations

    Press Association

    Three of the quietest railways stations in Britain are in Devon and Cornwall, according to a government report.

    Railway track

    Coombe in Cornwall made the second spot, with just 26 passenger exits and entries recorded in 2014/15 - a few less than the busiest station of Waterloo with 99,201,604.

    Across the Tamar in Devon and just making it into the Office of Rail and Road's top 20 quietest were Chapelton, with 192 and Sampford Courtenay with 196.

  5. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Kingsteignton on the A380 River Teign Viaduct, there is a reduced speed limit and a lane closure because of roadworks. Traffic busy Exeter-bound

    - In Uplyme, Lyme Road i blocked between St Mary's Lane and Yawl Lane due to a fallen tree

    - At Raymond's Hill on the A35 near Crewkerne Road we've got reports of an accident

    - Exeter Street in Plymouth is partially blocked inbound near Sutton Road, also due to an accident

    - In Penryn the A39 is partially blocked near the Treluswell Roundabout after an oil spillage. Approach with care. 

  6. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - The South West has the largest number of “inadequate” council-run children’s homes and has no “good” children’s services in the ones inspected by Ofsted over the past two years

    - The new South Devon Highway, linking Torquay to Newton Abbot has been opened today after years of delays on the A380 which have been blamed for Torbay's poor economy 

    - A man accused of manslaughter by gross negligence over the deaths of Fisherman's Friend singer Trevor Grills and their tour manager Paul McMullen will appear before Guildford Crown Court in January 

    - New rescue helicopters which will take over from the Royal Navy in the New Year, bringing 70 years of Naval search and rescue in Cornwall to an end, have been officially launched at Newquay     

  7. Plymouth welcomes refugee families from Syria

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two Syrian refugee families are starting their new lives in Plymouth today. 

    It's part of the UK Government's pledge to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

    City councillor Philippa Davey said: "Plymouth has a proud history of providing a safe haven for those escaping war and natural disaster, and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to help with this humanitarian crisis."

  8. Private search and rescue helicopters will fly 'faster and further'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency which will take over aerial search and rescue work in Cornwall from the Royal Navy in the New Year, says its helicopters are better equipped for the task.

    Bristow helicopter at Newquay

    There has been an official launch today at Newquay for private company Bristow, which got the contract for helicopter work from the MCA. 

    An MCA director Richard Parks said: "The Sea Kings, which have been offering amazing service to the United Kingdom for a long time, of course, are getting a little old - they're over 40 years old. We're using the latest technology with the latest sensors, so that means they can fly faster, fly further and detect and search at a higher level than we've done before."

  9. South West has largest number of “inadequate” council-run children’s homes

    The South West has the largest number of “inadequate” children’s homes and has no “good” children’s services among the council-run ones Ofsted inspected over the past two years.

    Councils rated inadequate face having children's services handed to charities or other authorities if they do not improve.

    One council leader has called for a review of Ofsted's inspection criteria, after fewer than a quarter of children's services inspected in the past two years were judged "good".

  10. Council accused of being 'anti-development' after planning appeals

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council's been accused of being 'anti-development' by a group brought in to sort out the planning process. 

    The authority welcomed inspectors and councillors from across the country to assess its decision making, after having to fork out payments to developers who successfully challenged planning decisions last year. 

    The team also suggested much shorter planning meetings saying nowhere else in the country spends 10 hours deciding on applications. 

  11. Christmas carol concert from Exeter Cathedral

    BBC Radio Devon is getting ready to broadcast its Christmas Carol Concert from Exeter Cathedral. Presenter Matt Woodley has found some shelter from the rain!

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  12. What? A new pussycat? Male Sumatran tiger arrives at Paignton Zoo

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    A Sumatran tiger called Fabi has arrived at Paignton Zoo.

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    The eight-year-old male has come to Devon from Chester Zoo as part of a European breeding programme.

    It's hoped there could soon be the pitter-patter of tiny paws if Fabi gets on well with the zoo's female tiger Shakira.

  13. Truro City in FA Trophy action tonight

    BBC Sport

    Truro City will try to reach the second round of the FA Trophy for the first time in their history as they travel to Cirencester Town for a replay. 

    The White Tigers conceded an injury-time goal to draw 2-2 when the teams met at Treyew Road on Saturday. This evening's match kicks off at 19:45 - the winners will face Macclesfield or Ashton Utd.

  14. Drivers flock onto new South Devon Highway

    It's been talked about for more than 60 years but the South Devon Highway finally opened early this morning. 

    The dual carriageway links Newton Abbot and Torquay and bypasses Kingkerswell - there were some queues, but on the whole traffic has been moving well.

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  15. Domestic violence victim cancels party to hide bruises

    West Briton

    A domestic violence victim cancelled her birthday celebrations to hide the bruises left by her partner who punched and strangled her, a court heard.

  16. Gulls back in FA Trophy action

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United are in FA Trophy action tonight with a replay away at Chesham United - the sides drew 0-0 at Plainmoor on Saturday.

    The winners will host Wrexham in the second round of the competition in January.

  17. RNAS Culdrose prepares to hand over search and rescue duties

    Debbie McCrory

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Navy has entered the last month of flying Search and Rescue mission from RNAS Culdrose.

    Royal Navy

    After 40 years' service, 771 Naval Air Squadron will hand over operations to Maritime and Coastguard Agency contractor Bristow after New Year's Day. 

    Commander Scott Armstrong told me the Royal Navy base still had a future: "There's over 3,000 people employed at Culdrose - even at its peak the Search and Rescue commitment only amounted to about 250 - so you can tell from that there's an awful lot else that goes on here."

  18. Plymouth-based sailor admits sex offences

    Press Association

    A Plymouth-based Royal Navy sailor has admitted two sexual offences at a court martial.

    Leading Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering) Mark Schofield admitted the offences of sexual assault and exposure at the hearing at Portsmouth Naval Base. 

    The 34-year-old sailor from the Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose will be sentenced in the New Year and has been ordered to sign on the sex offenders register.