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  1. Updates for Wednesday 30 December
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Thursday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Latest weather: The rain will continue

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    The wet weather will continue tonight with further showery bursts of rain at times. This will ease towards dawn, leaving some clear spells, and temperatures dropping to 5C (41F).

    Weather map

    Thursday will have a dry and bright start for most. However, a band of heavy showers will move in from the west through the morning, with strong winds and possible thunder. This will then clear later during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - A couple are rescued from a car nearly submerged in floodwater near Plymouth, and a mother and child are rescued from car during a flash flood in Exton

    - Storm Frank causes problems in Devon and Cornwall, creating dangerous driving conditions and bringing down trees. Drivers on the A38 and A30 are told to be cautious because of significant surface water

    - A man buried in the wrong grave in Cornwall may have to be dug up and reinterred

    - Police appeal for witnesses after what they say was a "heartless" burglary at an elderly couple's Bodmin home on Christmas Day

    - About £80,000 is raised for the Special Care Baby Unit Appeal at North Devon District Hospital

  4. Large metal cylinder washed up in storms


    Thanks to Sally Stevenson for sharing this picture of a mysterious metal cylinder that's washed up at Lamorna.


    Sally comments: "Looks like a buoyancy section from a crude oil transfer line between an offshore platform and a tanker. Coastguard have been down and the helicopter passing over they are worried where it is from."

  5. Trapped submerged car couple had 'six inches of room left'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A delivery driver has described helping rescue an elderly couple from a car which was nearly submerged in water near Plymouth.

    Gary Brewer, 28, said the couple had "about six inches of room left" inside the car, which was trapped in rising waters at Sparkwell, before he "got a rock and whacked the window about 15 times" to break it.

    Submerged car. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    He said: "I got the glass out and managed to pull her out, she was disabled and partially blind. Another lad came running over the help. He managed to get the boot open and we dragged the man out ... When we got to him, he was above the headrest trying to get air."

  6. Volunteer doctors to help refugees with 'general GP-type stuff'

    Medical staff and volunteers from Devon who are to provide emergency care for thousands of refugees arriving in Lesbos will be helping people who have "not have had any medical care for many months", a doctor says. 

    The group, Totnes Refugee Medical Response, is to leave on 1 January to spend 10 days working in the temporary hospitals on the Greek island.

    Dr Abby Fearon

    Dr Abby Fearon (pictured) said: "We'll be dealing with primary care needs: replacing medication, dealing with things like chest infections, ear infections, all the general GP-type stuff."

  7. Torquay 'keeper set for Wigan move

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe is set to sign for League One side Wigan Athletic when the January transfer window opens.

    Dan Lavercombe

    The 19-year-old will join the Latics for an undisclosed fee, but be loaned back to Torquay for the remainder of this season.

    Lavercombe had been linked with a move to Bolton last month.

  8. NHS 'recognises' more youth mental health beds needed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    National health bosses say they recognise more beds are needed for young people with severe and complex mental health disorders, especially in the South West.

    It comes as a girl from Cornwall faces having to leave care in hospital in 20 days' time when she turns 18.

    NHS England said it had made real progress in the South West since the shortage was identified in 2014, with extra beds in Torbay and Bridgwater alongside existing capacity in Plymouth. It added that it was working with local health commissioners to strengthen care across the system.

  9. Latest travel headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Devon, the A38 Plymouth-bound has one lane blocked at Dean Prior due to an accident between the Rattery turn off and Marley Head junction 

    - Stoke Hill on the A396 in Stoke Cannon is now passable as flood water between Chestnut Crescent and Pennsylvania Road has dropped

    - There are reports of roads in Teigngrace being badly flooded - In Alfington, Alfington Road is now fully open between Summer Lane and Ottery St Mary 

    - In Plymouth, Gdynia Way is now clear after an earlier accident

    - In Fremington, Mill Hill is clear an earlier accident near Taw Meadow Crescent

    - In Cornwall, the B3247 in Antony is now passable near Military Road as flood water levels have dropped

  10. Elderly couple freed from nearly submerged car

    BBC Radio Devon

    An elderly couple have been freed from a nearly submerged car in Devon, police say.

    The couple's car got stuck in floodwater in Sparkwell, near Plymouth, and they were initially were unable to escape. A member of the public helped get the pair out.

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  11. Jellyfish top National Trust's nature surveys

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The National Trust says the region has seen an unprecedented jellyfish invasion in the last year, along with a steep decline in the wasp population.


    It's blamed extremes of weather along with overfishing and warming seas. 

    In its annual report for 2015, it says there've been a huge plankton blooms on our seas and a reduced number of natural jellyfish predators.

  12. Young person's mental health unit in Cornwall 'unlikely'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Campaigners for a 14-bed mental health unit in Cornwall for 13-25-year-olds say they were told just before Christmas their plans are unlikely to go ahead. 

    Sharon Cowburn and her family created the Invictus Trust charity following the death of her son, Ben, in December 2010 at Longreach House mental health unit in Redruth. 

    She said the trust had been told the emphasis was no longer on beds but on other approaches, such as care in the home. But she added the trust would be keeping up the pressure and launching a new campaign in 2016.

  13. Man in wrong grave may be dug up

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man buried in the wrong cemetery grave may have to be dug up and reinterred.

    Painter and decorator Gary Hawken was buried in St Dennis cemetery in Cornwall in September.

    St Dennis cemetery

    But a woman pointed out she had already bought the plot in 2006 following the burial of her mother in the cemetery.

  14. Latest flood alerts and warnings in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    In Devon, flood warnings have been issued for the the River Yarty from Yarcombe to Axminster; the lower River Teign, from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton; and the River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary. 

    In Cornwall, a flood alert has been issued for the River Lynher, flooding possible for the Rame Peninsula, Callington, Saltash, Rilla Mill, Pillaton and Landrake.

    The Environment Agency said flood warnings meant flooding was expected and immediate action was required. Flood Alerts meant flooding was possible and people should be prepared.

  15. BBC Spotlight sports reporter Dick Woodacre dies

    BBC Spotlight

    The former BBC South West presenter Dick Woodacre has died at the age of 76. 

    Dick was the face of Spotlight Sport during the 1980s.

    Dick Woodacre

    He died on Sunday morning after a short illness and leaves a wife, two children and two grandchildren.

  16. Storm boards overtopped by floodwater in Modbury as Storm Frank hits

    Alison Johns, BBC Radio Devon

    Torrential rain has flooded Modbury high street and a "number" of premises.

    Flooding in Modbury. Pic: Nicolle McKenzie

    Kate West, from the Old Bakery, said rain and blocked drains started to flood the property earlier this morning.

    She said: "We got the storm boards in, and within minutes it was starting to come up and over the boards. We then got the sandbags in, otherwise the whole shop would have been flooded."