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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 January
  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: Rain overnight, bright and breezy later

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Rain turning heavy for a time tonight, but largely clearing to a few showers by the morning. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    However, Environment Agency Flood Alerts are in place for the River Lynher, River Fowey and for the North Cornwall rivers.

    Weather

    Thursday will be bright and breezy. Scattered showers will move eastwards though, turning heavy at times with hail possible. However, there will be some good periods of sunshine in between. Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

  3. Blooming marvellous in the warm weather

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    The warm weather is having a remarkable effect on gardens in Devon and Cornwall - and it's just the same at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

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    This is a Nepalese Paper Plant in full bloom and we've made it the banner image at the top of the BBC Local Live page for Devon and Cornwall.

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - An incident where a 12-year-old girl was knocked over by a police car in Camborne is "very sad and terrible incident for everyone involved and a police officer’s worst nightmare", a senior officer says

    - Natural England and the makers of Vanish satin remover are to test the solution inside thousands of pink plastic bottles which have washed up in Cornwall

    - Exeter's Labour MP says Jeremy Corbyn's changes to his shadow cabinet are a "revenge reshuffle"  

    - Devon County Council announces it plans to increase council tax bills by 2% while cutting its roads budget by 3.5%

    - Cornwall Council puts up warning signs at beaches after suspected palm oil washes up

    - The Western Morning News scraps its Sunday edition because of a lack of demand, hitting six jobs

  5. Olympian at Wadebridge point-to-point

    Press Association

    Olympic cyclist turned jockey Victoria Pendleton will be reunited with According To Sarah at North Cornwall point-to-point in Wadebridge on Sunday.

    Pendleton rode the Alan Hill-trained mare in a point-to-point race at Barbury Castle in December, but the eight-year-old pulled up two fences from home.

    Victoria Pendleton

    Alan Hill said: "Victoria has been very busy and is going along great. She had a gallop with According To Sarah [on Wednesday morning] and also schooled two other horses. It's very much hands-on at the moment."

  6. Pink bottles 'a marine tragedy' say campaigners

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Volunteers have been back on the beaches of west Cornwall helping to pick up thousands of pink plastic bottles washing up on the shore.

    It's thought the bottles of detergent come from a container lost overboard in May - investigations are continuing.

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    bottles

    Dom Ferris (above) from the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, who organised today's clean-up operation, said: "Obviously there is a huge amount of people appalled by this... marine tragedy."

  7. Mourners scale gates to enter locked St Ives cemetery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    'Distraught' mourners were forced to scale the gates of a Cornish graveyard to lay flowers after they were left locked.

    Twenty people were shut out of Longstone Cemetery in St Ives before being let in at lunchtime on Christmas Day, with some stuck outside for hours.

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    One mourner Martina Anscombe told the BBC: "About 10 minutes after I left I heard that someone had actually come with bolt cutters as they were so upset." The company involved has apologised.

  8. Yacht builder 'must account for public money use'

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    A Plymouth luxury yacht builder must explain why it took millions of pounds of public money to secure jobs and is now laying off hundreds of staff, a city MP says. 

    Oliver Colvile

    Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Oliver Colvile (pictured) said Princess Yachts took £4.6m of public money to "secure 400 jobs" in 2013 and is now laying off 350

    Princess Yachts said it did not have any comment.

  9. Camborne crash: Incident is 'worst nightmare'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An incident where a 12-year-old girl was knocked over by a police car in Camborne is "very sad" for everyone involved and a "police officer’s worst nightmare", a senior officer says.

    A police Ford Focus was responding to reports of a violent incident in Camborne when the girl was hit this morning. She is in hospital in Bristol with serious head injuries.

    Collision scene

    Supt Ian Drummond-Smith said: "All our thoughts are with the child and her family at this extremely difficult time."

    He added: "We do not yet fully understand the circumstances of this incident. We are carrying out all necessary actions as part of a very thorough investigation."

  10. Mayor: Potential job losses 'tragic' for Bodmin workers

    People in Bodmin are waiting to discover what the future might hold for the town's biggest employer, after it announced 430 jobs are at risk.

    Tulip Ltd said "supplier reviews" meant it was now looking at restructuring parts of its meat-processing business.

    Tulip
    Tulip 2

    Town mayor Lance Kennedy said: "The lose of 430 jobs especially just after Christmas is tragic for the individuals involved, as far as the community is concerned we need a lot more detail from Tulip, they've got a great number of agency workers."

  11. Knicker nicker who 'wasted chance to reform' jailed

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A serial knicker nicker has been jailed after being caught red handed inside a house in Devon as he searched for underwear.

    Carl Nicholson

    Carl Nicholson, 44, from Exmouth, went out stealing just five days after he was freed on a suspended sentence for previous burglaries carried out to feed his obsession with women's clothing.

    He was jailed for four and a half years after a judge at Exeter Crown Court told him he had wasted his last chance to reform.

  12. Western Morning News Sunday edition folds

    BBC News England

    The Sunday edition of the Western Morning News newspaper has been scrapped because of a lack of demand, with the loss of about six jobs, bosses have confirmed. 

    The Sunday paper was launched in June 2014 and sold 20,000 copies on its first day.

    Western Morning News

    Editor Bill Martin said it had ceased publication with immediate effect as there was not "sufficient demand". The paper, owned by the Trinity Mirror group, covers Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

  13. Child protection inadequate rating 'not acceptable'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Child protection experts in Torbay have acknowledged that it is "not acceptable" services were found to be "inadequate" by inspectors.

    Ofsted said child protection services leaders had been ineffective. They also found services for vulnerable children were too slow.

    Torbay Council, Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police and Torbay Safeguarding Children Board said they "accepted the inspector’s conclusions in their entirety".

    They added they were "already aware of some of the required improvements" before the inspection.

  14. Dan Lavercombe: Wigan Athletic sign Torquay goalkeeper

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Wigan Athletic have signed goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe from Torquay, but will loan him back to the National League side until the end of the season.

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    Lavercombe, 19, who has featured 11 times for the Gulls this season, joins the Latics on a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    "Dan has lots of potential. He's impressed us during the time he's been with us," manager Gary Caldwell said. "He'll go back to Torquay to play, but he's a real find for the future."

  15. Resurfacing work on A30 in Devon

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    Drivers are facing overnight delays and diversions as work starts to resurface sections of the A30 between Fingle Glen to Junction 31 of the M5 in Devon.

    The work will start on Wednesday and take place overnight between 19:30 and 06:00 until Thursday, 14 January.

    Roger Stribling, from Highways England, said: “During the work it will be necessary to put some road closures in place, but drivers will be able to continue their journeys by following a clearly signed diversion route."

  16. MP says Corbyn carried out 'revenge reshuffle'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter's Labour MP says Jeremy Corbyn's changes to his shadow cabinet are a "revenge reshuffle".

    Ben Bradshaw, the only Labour MP in Devon or Cornwall, said four months ago Mr Corbyn said everyone should be allowed to debate and disagree.

    Mr Bradshaw said: "In order for us to regroup, we had to have an open and honest debate. He appears to be trying to close that debate down now with this discipline-driven revenge reshuffle, and I think that's regrettable.

    "In the process, he's losing some very good talent from the Labour front bench."

  17. Women's cricket: Heather Knight makes England squad

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth's Heather Knight has been selected to tour South Africa with England women's cricketers.

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    England women's new coach Mark Robinson keeps faith with the players that lost the 2015 Ashes against Australia.

    England will play three ODIs, starting with a meeting in Benoni on 7 February, before three Twenty20 matches against their South African counterparts.