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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 January
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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

  2. Latest weather: Showers dying out but more cloud coming

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Plenty of showers around at first this evening, but they should gradually become less numerous as the night goes on. Winds will also ease off a touch. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    There'll be a drier interlude through Wednesday morning, with most places seeing some sunshine for a time. However, cloud will soon gather once more, with rain reaching east Cornwall/west Devon by late afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  3. Jemma Simpson: I'm not giving up

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornish runner Jemma Simpson has said she hasn't given up on her dreams of qualifying for the Rio Olympics this summer, despite a major injury setback.


    The 800m and 1,500m runner has undergone surgery after snapping a tendon in her foot and will face a battle to get fit ahead of the GB trials.

    Jemma told me: "This was going to be my last push to make a real go at the Olympics but now the course of my plans is going to be completely changed."

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - Plymouth-based luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts is to cut 350 posts, the company confirms

    - The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spends twice as much money on agency staff as last year, and managers apologise after a patient was sent an incorrect cancer diagnosis letter, the latest committee papers show

    - More pink detergent bottles are found washed up on beaches in west Cornwall

    - A suspected prank in which a four-year-old girl was left glued to a toilet in a branch of McDonald's is being treated as assault, police say.

  5. Hospice's work 'means the world' to family

    BBC Spotlight

    The mother of a terminally ill child has described Children's Hospice South West as her saviour.

    The charity, which is marking 25 year of operation, cares for hundreds of families across the region every year. Sam Walter,12, and his parents have using it for six years and say it's just as much for the parents as the children.

    Sam Walter and Jo Boydd

    Sam's mother, Jo Boydd, said: "For those of us who have a child like Sam, who has got very complex needs... to have a good night's sleep, and to know he's being looked after by people who really understand his needs, means the world to us."

    Find out more on BBC Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Princess Yachts job cuts 'not undertaken lightly'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plans to cut 350 jobs at a luxury yacht builder were "not undertaken lightly", bosses say.

    Plymouth-based Princess Yachts, which has more than 2,000 staff, is starting redundancy consultations as part of a "large-scale restructuring".

    Princess Yachts sign

    Managing director Chris Gates said the firm needed to be able to "adjust the constitution of our workforce periodically".

    He said: "Today's announcement of job losses, although not undertaken lightly, is designed to maintain the business in the best possible shape for the next phase in its evolution."

  7. Flower power evidence of warm winter and early spring

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Gardeners at one of Cornwall's best known estates were amazed this New Year's Eve after one of their magnolias burst into bloom.


    Experts at Trewithen near Probus say the magnolia's buds have burst 36 days earlier than last year and 10 days earlier than the previous flowering record set in 2012.  

    We liked the picture of the magnolia bloom so much we've made it the banner picture on BBC Local Live: Devon and Cornwall today.

  8. Cornish crews face stormy seas in 'dash' to fishing grounds

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some fishermen in the Cornish port of Newlyn have ventured back out to sea for the first time since Christmas.


    Bad weather has trapped the fleet in port and led to a shortage of fish on the market.

    Newlyn harbourmaster Rob Parsons said: "Now Christmas is out the way, a lot of guys are taking on ice to make a dash for it, which is why it's one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, but they're good guys, they know what they're doing, they wouldn't go out unless they really thought they could."

  9. Thousands of plastic bottles 'turn the sea pink'

    Press Association

    A "tide of plastic bottles" turning the crests of waves pink has washed up on the Cornish coast.


    Thousands of bright pink bottles have been spotted on beaches along the Lizard Peninsula, with more expected, the National Trust said. 

    Tracey Williams from Newquay visited Church Cove to help with the clean-up, she said: "The crests of the waves were turning pink, there were so many."

  10. Cornwall hospital board papers reveal safety lapses

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There were 10 "serious incidents" affecting patient safety at Cornwall's acute hospitals in the month of November last year, it has emerged.

    Papers for a Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust board meeting revealed a case of "wrong site surgery", rated as a "never event" in medical terminology. The trust said it related to an eye operation planned for both eyes but not performed in the order documented. 

    Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust sign

    The other incidents included patient falls, delayed treatment and exposure to radiation. The trust said the "care and safety of patients is our top priority" and the open reporting of incidents was essential to "reducing risk of their recurrence".

  11. Plymouth's pioneer of stamp collecting remembered

    BBC Spotlight

    The Plymouth man credited as the 'godfather of stamp collecting' is just one of the stories being remembered as the Royal Mail celebrates 500 years.


    Stanley Gibbons began buying and selling stamps at his father's chemists on the Hoe - some historians think Gibbons' part in philately has been overlooked.

  12. Waves to 'distribute pink bottles across beaches'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Waves, winds and tides are to distribute pink bottles across beaches, coves and coast, an environmental charity has tweeted after hundreds of pink plastic bottles washed up along the Cornish coast.

    Surfers Against Sewage said a cargo ship lost several containers near Lands End last May which included 27 tonnes of detergent. "Recent winter storms will reanimated lost containers," it said.


    Bottles started arriving at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard on Sunday. Other nearby coves - including Gunwalloe, Polurrian and Marazion, near Penzance - have also been affected, conservationists said.

  13. Princess Yachts to lose 350 staff

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts is to cut 350 posts, the BBC understands.

    The company, which has sites across Plymouth and more than 2,000 staff, is believed to be starting redundancy consultations as part of a "large-scale restructuring". 

    Princess Yachts

    Jobs are expected to go across the company, including in back office areas, plus its development and production departments.

  14. Hospital trust doubles spend on agency workers

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall's hospitals are spending twice as much money on agency staff as they were last year.

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    The latest committee papers for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust board show the cost of agency staff averaged £1.19m per month in August to November 2015 - more than double the cost for the same period in the year before.

  15. Diabetes diagnoses up in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Devon has gone up by nearly 10% since 2012.

    Figures released today by Diabetes UK show the total is now at a record high of nearly 63,000.

    The figures are taken from GP patient data and show the increase in Devon is higher than a 6% rise seen across England.

  16. Simpson needs 'miracle' to make Rio Olympics

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Great Britain middle distance runner Jemma Simpson says she will need a "miracle" to make the Rio Olympic Games after rupturing a tendon in her foot.

    Jemma Simpson

    "I won't be able to run until at least April and then it's qualifying. It's a big ask," she told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "I'm not confident (of selection for the Olympics). It would be a miracle to do that now because I have to run the qualifying time and be ready for the trials, which is in seven months, and I've got three months off."