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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 16 December
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 your BBC Local Live team will be back from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Driver gets lorry wedged under roof of petrol station

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A lorry driver managed to get his vehicle stuck under the parapet of a petrol station in north Devon.

    Lorry stuck

    Taxi driver Rik Wall stopped to snap the stricken lorry as he drove past the garage in Bideford.

  3. Weather latest: Staying mild with locally heavy rain tomorrow morning

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Drizzly rain will clear northeastwards this evening with a few sharp showers following. It will be windy at times before further rain moves into the west around dawn. Very mild too. Minimum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow: A dry start for eastern parts but, locally heavy rain will soon move in from the west and spread to all areas during the morning. That rain will clear during the afternoon though, leaving most places dry with some sunny spells. Maximum Temperature: 15 Deg C (59 Deg F).

  4. Steve Tully: Truro City manager happy with groundshare

    BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says he and the club "can look ahead" now that their ground share with Torquay United has been confirmed for 2016-17.

    Having sold their Treyew Road ground to developers, the Tinners had hoped to have a new stadium by next season.

    "I think it's a great thing. Everyone knows where they stand now," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall. "It gives me and Wayne (Carlisle) a great chance to sign players on the back of that. We can look ahead."

  5. Care home manager jailed for stealing from residents

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A Devon care home manager has been jailed for stealing more than £25,000 from elderly residents.

    Sandra Brown

    Sandra Brown spent the money on spa treatments, a new £700 television and paying parking tickets, a court heard. 

    Brown, 64, of Shorton Road, Paignton, took control of clients' finances at the Manor Cottage care home. She admitted four counts of fraud and one charge of money laundering and was jailed for 28 months at Plymouth Crown Court.   

  6. Insolvency figures for the South West: Analysis

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Torbay and Plymouth are again among the 10 worst places in England and Wales for the number of people unable to pay their debts. 

    There's a well-established link between this sort of financial distress and coastal towns. 

    But they both used to be even worse in the national rankings. During the credit crunch and recession, Torbay spent three years as the worst-hit constituency nationally. Now it's down to third place. 

    In those same years, Plymouth was second, now it's seventh. So both are moving in the right direction in the rankings - but not very fast.

  7. Emotional widow blames Western Power Distribution's 'failings' for husband's death

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    The widow of an engineer for Western Power Distribution, who died after the pole he was working on fell, said she is "appalled" by the company's "organisation failings".

    Zara Thomas

    An inquest has concluded Ryan Thomas' death was accidental. Western Power said new training policies and risk assessment procedures have since been put in place to protect employees.  

    His widow Zara cried as she read out a statement: "There was no planning, no consideration was given to staffing and the level of experience that was required... Our family has been devastated by the loss of Ryan".

  8. Care packages add to NHS Kernow's £14m deficit

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Health bosses in Cornwall say they have gone from a surplus to a projected £14m deficit because of "a number of financial pressures".

    NHS Kernow, has been ordered to produce a "credible" recovery plan showing how it will operate within its annual £700m budget.

    Hospital sign

    NHS Kernow said its situation worsened recently due to a "number of financial pressures - particularly an overspend on individual packages of care for patients with complex health needs".

  9. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - An inquest jury concludes that an engineer for Western Power Distribution died accidentally, after the pole he was working on near Cawsand collapsed

    - NHS Kernow has been warned to come up with a credible plan to improve it's finances after news it was heading for a £14m deficit

    - The case of former Plymouth-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who was convicted of murdering a Taliban insurgent, has been referred for review after his legal team handed over new evidence

    - A Cornish MP says fishermen in Looe are not impressed with the latest quotas agreed in Brussels, calling it all but a total ban on their species

  10. Blooming marvellous in mid December as winter chill is delayed

    James Churchfield

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It seems as though South West gardens are enjoying unexpected blooms after weeks of unseasonably warm weather. 

    After a damp summer and a warm autumn, gardeners have been noticing some plants flowering earlier than usual.

    flowers

    Head Gardener at the National Trust's Lanhydrock estate, Tommy Teagle, said the seasons had mingled into one: "Summer just gone has been pretty rotten - we didn't really have a summer - and autumn has continued with the usual rain."

  11. Ryan Thomas death: Accident was 'one too many'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Western Power Distribution says it has acknowledged the decision of a coroner's court after a jury at the inquest into the death of an engineer concluded his death was accidental. 

    Ryan Thomas died after a pole supporting power cables near Cawsand in 2013 (pictured) collapsed. Western Power said it extended its sincere condolences to his wife, daughter and family.

    Scene of Ryan Thomas's death

    It added: "Fortunately, accidents like this are extremely rare. However, one accident is always one too many, which is why we have introduced additional training policies and risk assessment procedures to protect our employees."  

  12. Witness appeal after robbery attempt

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Exeter have appealed for witnesses after an attempted robbery

    A man tried to steal a 21-year-old woman's handbag after kicked her ankle, causing her to fall on to her hands and knees on Sunday 6 December in Pennsylvania Road, officers said.

    A vehicle travelling in the direction of Union Road disturbed him and he ran off down the road. The victim was not seriously hurt but was left "very shocked", police said.

  13. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - On the A388 between Saltash and Carkeel traffic is moving slowly because of an accident

    - A collision has also been causing problems on the A38 The Parkway in Plymouth between Forder Valley interchange and Manadon Roundabout

    - There are reports of an accident on the A388 at St Mellion. 

    - Traffic may be heavier than usual around Truro this evening because of late night shopping, the park and ride service is running until 10pm.  

  14. Jack Nowell: Exeter Chiefs ready for French test

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Exeter Chiefs back Jack Nowell says the side are prepared for a ferocious backlash from Clermont Auvergne when they travel to France this weekend.

    Nowell shone at centre as the Chiefs beat last season’s beaten finalists 31-14 at Sandy Park in the European Champions Cup.

    Nowell

    “It’s going to be another tough game,” Nowell told the Exeter Chiefs website. “French sides tend to step it up at home, so the key thing for us has been to recover well this week and prepare right for the next game.  

  15. Analysis: NHS Kernow warned to come up with credible financial plan

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    NHS Kernow, has been told to prove how it is going to recover from a projected deficit of £14m.

    Health commissioners are accountable to NHS England and if it thinks there is a serious problem it can demand action. 

    The "credible" plan should show how it will operate within its annual budget next year and for the next few years. 

    NHS Kernow is the sixth commissioning group in England to be placed under legal directions this year. Another one is the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, commonly known as the NHS NEW Devon CCG.

  16. Making a difference in the front line of the refugee crisis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two young Cornish women have been telling BBC Radio Cornwall how they've been taking practical steps to help refugees in the Greek islands.

    refugees

    Ruby Brookman-Prins from Mount Hawke (R) scrapped her plans for a gap-year and used her savings to travel to Lesbos to help refugees instead.

    Ruby said: "The registration queue was crazy, there was tear gas, rioting and people collapsing." Her friend Ruby Ingleheart raised funds back in Cornwall to send to Lesbos.