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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage for Devon and Cornwall

    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. River Otter beavers 'have relocated'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Staff at Devon Wildlife Trust said they "knew" Devon's wild beavers had not disappeared from the River Otter, despite national media reports that they had.

    The trust said fresh evidence had been discovered at four sites and the animals were "very much alive".

    Beaver

    Mark Elliott, from the trust, added: "Beavers are mobile animals and it's quite common for them to shift their lodges and feeding grounds. There's lots of room for beavers on this river, so it's unsurprising that they have relocated from the places that we saw them last spring and summer."

  3. Weather latest: Mostly dry with sunny spells tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight: Rain will soon clear away and it will be a cooler night than recently, with clear spells and scattered showers. Winds will become increasingly strong and gusty again though, especially in exposed areas Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

    weather graphic

    Wednesday will be a largely dry day with sunny periods and just isolated showers, though these could be heavy. It will stay windy too. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  4. Health trust car parking charges 'reinvested into care'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    More than £1.5m a year raised from hospital parking charges is "reinvested directly into patient care" the NHS says.

    The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust makes £1.61m, figures released under a Press Association Freedom of Information request reveal.

    Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust sign

    The Patients Association said such charges nationwide were "morally wrong". But the trust said that, as well as money going back into care, the charges also help "subsidise other transport initiatives, such as the hospital's park and ride service for patients, visitors and staff".

  5. Rugby player Lily saves four lives by donating organs

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A female rugby player who died after being hurt in a tackle during a game has saved the lives of at least four people by donating her organs, it's been revealed.

    Lily Partridge

    Exonian Ladies player Lily Partridge suffered a head injury.  

    The part time teacher and zookeeper, 23, from Exeter, carried two donor cards. Her organs were retrieved before her life support machine was turned off. 

    Around 400 mourners, some wearing rugby shirts, turned up for her funeral at Exeter Cathedral today.  

  6. Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are still some delays on the A38 at Wrangaton Cross after an earlier accident. It has now been cleared but it may take a while for the traffic to thin. 

    - In Helston Godolphin Road is just passable near Cades Parc due to a collapsed wall.

    - On the A389 Dennison Road in Bodmin we've got reports of an accident. 

    - There are also reports of a crash at Westleigh on the A39 near the Instow turn-off. 

  7. Seized tents taken from homeless 'can be reclaimed'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A Devon city council which seized 57 tents from homeless people in the past 18 months says people get a week to reclaim their items.

    Those taking shelter under canvas on council land are given 24 hours to move on by Exeter City Council, or their belongings are taken. The council said it did try to engage with those found sleeping rough.

    It added: "We do give people seven days to reclaim their items before they are disposed of."

  8. West Cornwall's latest tourism attraction removed

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    An overturned car on a west Cornwall verge that inspired a joke Facebook group has finally been removed.

    car

    The white Vauxhall Corsa had been the subject of some heavily Photoshopped posts on the group called 'Get World Heritage status for the upside down car at Ludgvan Leaze'.

    car

    After the story featured on BBC Radio Cornwall this morning, the car was removed by lunchtime.

  9. Car crash victim was 'extremely popular nurse'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Royal Navy officer and nurse who died after a crash in Dorset was a "well-respected civilian member of nursing staff" before achieving a "life-long dream of becoming a naval officer", a senior hospital manager says.  

    Sub Lieutenant Anna Bolam died after two cars collided on the A35 near Dorchester shortly on Sunday. The 28-year-old, from Newton Abbot, worked at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. 

    NHS Director of Nursing Professor Greg Dix said: "Anna was a very strong surgical nurse and she was particularly good at caring for critically ill patients. She was extremely popular, enthusiastic in all she did and a real team player."

  10. Latest headlines in Cornwall and Devon

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - Three people jailed for life for murdering Terry Oldham in Camborne in 2014 lodge an appeal against their convictions

    - Tributes are paid to a Royal Navy officer and nurse from Devon who died in a road collision in Dorset

    - Devon and Cornwall Police asks people to think carefully before calling 999 or 101 over Christmas, and to only do so in an emergency or to report non-urgent crime

    - The Devon Wildlife Trust says there is new evidence of beavers at four sites along the River Otter

    - People living on the Isles of Scilly top a national table for energy consumption

  11. Natalie Cornah chats to Apprentice contestant Charleine... over a haircut

    Charleine Wain has been telling us about her time on The Apprentice.

    Charleine, from Plymouth, served in the Royal Navy for eleven and a half years before leaving the service to start her own hair and beauty salon, and online clothing boutique.  

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  12. Police warning over inappropriate 999 calls

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People who think they need to call 999 are being asked by Devon and Cornwall Police to think about whether their call is appropriate this Christmas.

    The force said its two contact centres in Plymouth and Exeter received more than a million calls a year and there are still a "significant number" of people who, through ignorance or impatience, are wasting police time. 

    Police call handler

    On Christmas Day last year, officers were "incredulous" at receiving a call from a lady who used 999 to ask if there was somewhere open where she could buy nail glue as a false nail had come off. You can listen to some other examples here.

  13. Putting out all the stops in Padstow

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    One of Cornwall's finest Victorian church organs has been lovingly restored - just in time for Christmas. 

    organ

    The Padstow church organ, which was built in 1865, has been refurbished with new electronic equipment to operate the stops. 

    It will be in use every day for services over the Christmas period. 

  14. Scilly people top of the table for electricity consumption

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    People living on the Isles of Scilly have topped a national table for electricity consumption.

    The data from the Department of Energy & Climate Change reveals households on Scilly used an average of 7,933 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in 2014 - the national average was 4,048 kWh.

    power

    Cornwall's households used 5,352 kWh - the highest energy users in Devon live in the South Hams, using 5,478 kWh.

  15. Your photos: local schoolchildren take part in nativity

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The main image on today's BBC Local Live page for Devon and Cornwall has a very festive feel.

    banner

    The photo shows some of the children from Lerryn School performing their nativity at St Veep Church in Cornwall - Merry Christmas!  

  16. Pit bull terrier spared court destruction order

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A pit bull terrier which was ordered to be destroyed has been saved, after an animal behaviour specialist told a court she would adopt it. 

    The bitch, named Sky, was classified as a dangerous dog after incidents in August and November 2014. Former owner Amanda Claxton, 53, from Barnstaple, won an appeal against the order made by magistrates despite admitting dog offences in March 2015.

    The dog has been spared after Exeter Crown Court was told that further examinations revealed it was friendly.

  17. Police seek woman who may have witnessed bus attack

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police investigating an assault on a bus in Plymouth are trying to trace a passenger who was travelling on it at the time.

    Woman at bus stop

    Officers said a 31-year-old woman was assaulted on the Stagecoach number two service from Plymouth city centre to Saltash on Thursday 19 November.

    The bus was stopped at Weston Mill when the incident occurred.

  18. Camborne broom handle murder trio appeal against conviction

    Three people jailed for life for murdering their housemate by sexually assaulting him with a broom handle are appealing against their conviction.

    Aaron Mallon, Michelle Casterton and Daniel Quinn

    Terry Oldham, 63, died after the attack in Camborne. 

    Aaron Mallon, 25, his former partner, Michelle Casterton, 44, and Daniel Quinn, 24, all from Falmouth, were found guilty at Truro Crown Court. Sentencing them last month, the judge said Mallon should serve a minimum of 25 years, Quinn 24 years and Casterton 22.