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  1. Updates for Friday 22 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Friday's news, sport, travel and weather

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all of the latest information. 

  2. Prince Harry calls mid-Atlantic all-amputee rowing team after two injured

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Prince Harry has called an all-amputee rowing team aiming to cross the Atlantic after two members were injured and another member broke his prosthetic leg.

    Map of route

    The prince "wished them luck for the rest of their journey", said a team spokesman.

    Amputees

    The two members were injured because of the grueling shift of two hours on two hours off. The team which includes two members from Devon are part of the annual Talisker Atlantic Challenge which involves teams from around the world travelling from La Gomera to across the ocean to Antigua unaided.  

  3. Miss Cornwall turned cop blasts sentences given to thugs after being chased by machete-wielding yob

    Cornish Guardian

    A former Miss Cornwall winner turned cop from St Austell who was chased and threatened by a drunk man with a machete has criticised the light sentences given thugs who attack police officers.

  4. RNLI help in successful search for missing woman

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Officers from Devon & Cornwall Police say they've located missing woman Diane Renshaw from Nottinghamshire after a huge search in the Newquay area.

    lifeboat

    Coastguard teams and both Newquay lifeboats were deployed this morning, after concerns were raised for the 55-year-old's safety. She was eventually found near the Huer's Hut near Fistral.

  5. Electric prices slashed for hundreds of households when sun shines

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Hundreds of households in Cornwall are being offered cheaper electricity when the sun is shining.

    Solar panels

    The rate in Wadebridge will be slashed from 18p a unit to 5p a unit from 10:00 until 16:00 between April and September. 

    Organisers say using power as it's consumed will ease the strain on the South West electricity grid, which is struggling to cope with the growth in renewables

  6. Britain's 'oldest' dog was saved from being shot as a puppy, his owner says

    Pippa Quelch

    BBC Radio Devon

    There's life in the old dog yet! That's the verdict of the owners of what's thought to be Britain's oldest dog.

    Yentle is 24 years old and is fast becoming a local celebrity. Owner Charlie Martin from Wainhouse Corner, near Bude, said: "He still likes chasing the rabbits and he's doing alright for his age."

    Yentle

    Mr Martin said he bought Yentle for £15 when he was a puppy. He said the person who sold him was going to shoot him because he had too many puppies. 

  7. Weather latest: Dry overnight but rain coming in later on Saturday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Remaining dry overnight with often clear skies, though an increasing risk of some low cloud and perhaps some hill fog forming by dawn. Despite this, it will be much less cold than earlier this week. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

    weather graphic

    Tomorrow will be dry for much of the day with sunny periods after a grey and misty start, before some rain arrives from the southwest during the very late afternoon. Fairly mild but still breezy. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).  

  8. Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - On the A30 at Temple we have reports of an accident around Blacktor Downs Road

    - In Plymouth, near The George Park and Ride, a removal van is partially blocking Plymbridge Road.

    - In Launceston on the A388, Western Road is partially blocked by an accident and fuel spillage near Hendra Vale.

    - In Stithians there are reports of an accident on New Road at the junction with Tregonning Road, South Road and East Road.

  9. All female crew 100 miles from land in Pacific Ocean record rowing bid

    BBC Spotlight

    Four women aiming to row the Pacific Ocean are just 100 miles from Australia. The Coxless Crew - including one woman from Cornwall - are due to reach Cairns on Sunday morning UK time.

    Crew leaving America

    If the four make it, they will be the first ever all female crew to row the ocean. The Australian leg of the trip has been challenging, and they’ve battled heavy storms, ginormous waves and food rationing, as well as encountering flying fish, humpback whales and sharks.

    Whale and the crew

    On their blog the team wrote: “This is really happening. We are less than 100 miles from land. Emotions are beginning to run high and the food supplies are running very low.”

  10. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    - Fresh demands that Cornish businesses repay hundreds of thousands of pounds of EU grants have been made by the government, the BBC has learned

    - A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a university lecturer who was originally from Devon and killed near a London Tube station

    - A gross misconduct hearing against a police officer that had been due to be heard in public next week will now be held behind closed doors

    - Hundreds of householders in Cornwall are being offered cheaper electricity when the sun is out

    - A dog - thought to be Britain's oldest at the grand age of 24 - was saved from being shot as a puppy, his owner has revealed

  11. MP writes to government after it demands EU cash grants to Cornish businesses are repaid

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A Cornish MP has written to the government after it made fresh demands to businesses for the repayment of hundreds of thousands of pounds of European grants.

    The cash was handed out to businesses and public sector organisations in Cornwall to promote development.

    George Eustice

    George Eustice, the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth, said he had written to the Department for Communities and Local Government asking that it reviews projects "affected by claw backs and [those] unfairly penalised".

  12. Plymouth secures £3.4m for new walking and cycling paths

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Barbican

    Plymouth City Council has secured £3.4m to improve walking and cycling links in the city. Routes to be improved include:

    - A more direct cycling and walking link from North Cross to the Hoe through Armada Way, which will better link the railway station with the city centre and waterfront.

    -  Improvements between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge.

    -  Widening of a paths along The Ride for use by cyclists.

  13. Your Pictures: Rural life

    BBC News England

    This jolly picture taken at the Royal Cornwall Show has been featured in BBC online picture gallery 'Your Pictures: Rural Life'.

    rural

    The photographer Pete Evanson comments: "I just couldn't help capturing these two lovely ladies."

    You can see more pictures from all over the world here and learn how to submit your own images.

  14. Police appeal for information on missing man last seen in Penzance

  15. Asda's Exeter supermarket plans 'no longer viable'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Supermarket giant Asda has dropped plans to build a new store close to Exeter city centre.

    The retailer wanted to construct its first outlet in the city on the current site of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.

    But Asda has decided to pull out of negotiations due to challenges in the supermarket industry. An Asda spokesperson said: "The retail market has changed quickly and permanently over recent years, consequently some sites that had potential, including in Exeter, are no longer viable."

  16. Morpurgo's Private Peaceful to get network film premiere on BBC One

  17. Cashing in on solar power in the Cornish summer

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    When the sun's out, electric prices will be coming down for hundreds of Wadebridge residents in a pilot scheme aimed at balancing the supply of renewable energy with demand.

    Map

    Kevin Smith from community group Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (Wren), which is running the scheme, said: "We want to shift electricity usage to when solar generation is at its greatest. And it's likely that this shifted use of electricity during the day will be offset by corresponding reduced use of electricity in the evenings."

  18. Liskeard toddler Daisy 'saved mum's life' by calling 999

    Plymouth Herald

    A three-year-old girl has been given a bravery award for saving the life of her sick mum by calling 999 and standing on tiptoes to let in paramedics.

  19. Schizophrenic 'suffered cardiac arrest after being restrained in custody'

    Press Association

    A paranoid schizophrenic suffered a fatal cardiac arrest after being restrained by police officers for more than 20 minutes while in custody, a court has heard.

    Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after the incident in which he was held down, handcuffed and a large fabric webbing belt put across his face - to try and prevent him from biting or spitting.

    Thomas Orchard

    He was then freed from the restraints - making little or no movement - and left lying face down on a mattress in his cell at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter. 

    Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, are on trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of killing Mr Orchard. They each deny two charges of manslaughter.