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  1. Updates for Monday 25 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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

  2. Latest weather: Dry and cold overnight before rain and gales

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Colder and clearer conditions will push in from the coast during the early evening resulting in a dry and cold night with light winds throughout. However, it will turn increasingly cloudy with strengthening winds arriving from the west by morning. Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).


    A dry and chilly start is expected on Tuesday, although it will soon become a wet and windy day with gales over exposed ground. The rain will be heavy at times, especially over the hills. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - Derriford Hospital in Plymouth failed to ensure the safety of patients four times during surgeries last year, including three so-called "never events"

    - There have been reports of big delays after the high street in Crediton, the A377, was closed for roadworks

    - Devon Count Council is to receive £1.5m from the government to develop a business case for North Devon Link Road A361 improvements

    - Cornwall's Steve Double is among a group of MPs calling for BT to be separated from Openreach to make the roll out of high-speed broadband more competitive

  4. Pacific Rowers: The Coxless Crew marches - or rows - on their stomachs

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The Coxless Crew, including Redruth's Laura Penhaul, have arrived in Cairns, Australia (pictured), setting two records, including becoming the first all-female team and the first four-person boat to row the Pacific

    But how do you find enough energy to do this? Well, the Coxless Crew ...

    Coxless Crew in Australia. Pic: PA

    - Burned about 5,000 calories each a day - roughly the same as running two marathons every 24 hours, or more than 510 26.2-mile races over the entire expedition

    - To achieve this, they each ate three meals of dehydrated food a day on average

    - The meals included about 770 servings each of freeze-dried chicken noodles, curries or spaghetti bolognese; supplemented by protein bars, chocolate, nuts and porridge

    - They also enjoyed pancakes cooked on the deck by the sun's rays, using a Coxless Crew postcard to flip them

    - And they took a Christmas cake on board as a treat on 25 December - a day, unsurprisingly, also spent at sea

  5. More men die at hands of abusers

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Don't miss BBC 1's Inside Out South West programme tonight which investigates a high proportion of men dying through domestic violence in Cornwall, compared to elsewhere.

    Sue McDermott

    One of the few male-only refuges nationally was introduced in the county just over a year ago, in a secret location.

    Sue McDermott from the refuge said: "What we try to explain to professionals in the field is that it's not the size of the man that means they couldn't defend themselves; often they've got values which means they won't hit back".

  6. Sharks splash out in new home

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two new 2.5m Lemon Sharks have gone on public display after being been put into the National Marine Aquarium's Atlantic Ocean tank.

    Lemon shark. Pic: National Marine Aquarium

    The pair have been in quarantine since they arrived from The Netherlands last November.

    Lemon shark. Pic: National Marine Aquarium

    The aquarium said staff had needed to teach the sharks how to behave as part of a their new marine community because they had only ever lived with their own species. They now share a tank with other breeds of shark; as well as rays, stingrays and barracuda.

  7. Armoured carrier's steering has a bit of leverage

    How do you drive a 1960s Armoured Personnel Carrier? Not with a steering wheel, apparently.

    Armoured Personnel Carrier. Pic: Andrew Segal

    We'd a chat with the crew of this FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier in United Nations livery which we saw parked next door to the Radio Cornwall studios on Sunday. And the secret of steering - two levers, as you can see below, in a slightly minimal driver's cab.

    Armoured Personnel Carrier controls. Pic: Andrew Segal

    And what do those levers get you? Control of a 15-tonne caterpillar track vehicle, which was seen going through Truro City Centre, trying to reach its top seed of 35mph.

  8. 'Mistakes happen', says hospital

    BBC Radio Devon

    Derriford Hospital has admitted "mistakes happen" after it failed to ensure the safety of patients four times during surgeries last year. 


    Phil Hughes, consultant radiologist and medical director for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We see and treat nearly half a million patients per year and, for hundreds of thousands of people, their investigations and treatment go well and they report being highly satisfied with their care.

    "But, for a small minority, mistakes happen and things do not go as planned. When mistakes happen it is essential that we are open and honest about them and, importantly, that we use them as learning opportunities to help us improve our services and make them safer."

  9. Playground lead paint levels 'expected to be the same around UK'

    BBC News Health

    Findings that paint on playground equipment across south and south west England contained up to 40 times the recommended levels of lead are "expected" to be the same all over the UK, a Plymouth scientist says.   

    Plymouth University scientists tested the content of paints on play equipment at 50 parks across Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire and Somerset.

    Playground swings. Pic: Thinkstock

    Expert Dr Andrew Turner said high levels were "completely avoidable". He added that his message to parents was "be vigilant", and they should make sure their children washed their hands after playing on equipment.  

  10. Universal Credit criticism 'scaremongering'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Unions are failing to accept that the new Universal Credit system is helping benefits claimants, the government says.

    The scheme is now being rolled out in Jobcentres in Devonport, Plymouth, Brixham and Torquay. Martin Manear, from the Unite union, said the system was "shocking" and would mean "people will not be able to feed their children" or "pay their rent".

    The Department for Work and Pensions said it believed such comments were "scaremongering" and were also a failure to accept claimants were moving into work faster and earning more under the new benefits system.

  11. Tanis Bhandari killers' sentences 'not unduly lenient'

    Plymouth Herald

    The sentences handed to the killers of Tanis Bhandari (pictured) -  Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams - will not be increased, The Herald has learned.

    Tanis Bhandari
  12. Hospital had four 'never events'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A major South West hospital failed to ensure the safety of patients four times during surgeries last year.


    There were three so-called "never events" - so called because they should never happen - in March and April and another in November at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth according to the hospital's trust's latest report.

    The last incident meant surgical equipment was inserted into the wrong side of a patient's body. No harm came to the patient, the report said.

  13. Passers-by 'filmed domestic abuse attack on man'

    Male domestic violence victims are being urged to come forward and report their suffering in spite of the "stigma" surrounding their plight. One victim describes an attack here.

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  14. Exeter through to European Champions Cup

    BBC Sport

    Exeter are in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after a stunning final round of games in Pool Two, winning 33-17 over Ospreys.

    They richly deserved a bonus-point win over Ospreys, who went to Devon as group leaders with hopes of a first quarter-final since 2010. But Bordeaux-Begles' shock 37-28 win at Clermont Auvergne helped the Chiefs top the pool on points difference.

    Thomas Waldrom and James Short each scored two tries for Exeter with Kai Horstmann also going over.

  15. Newquay outcrop house a rock solid purchase?

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    As a cottage with its own underground cave goes on the market, BBC News takes a tour of some of the other unusual homes that have challenged estate agents' descriptions, including one in Newquay.

    Towan beach house. Pic: Adam Gibbard

    Perched on a craggy outcrop above Towan Beach in Newquay, this property was sold by Lord and Lady Long for £1m in 2012. The island, which is known as both Towan Island and Jago Island, is reached by a private suspension footbridge.

    The current owners of the house, who do not want to be identified, lease the property out for holiday rentals - it costs £4,500 for a week in the summer.

  16. Porthleven Post Office under scutiny

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Another Cornish community is facing changes in post office services.

    Porthleven is under scrutiny as the Post Office reorganises services. Until now the branch has had a dedicated part of a local shop but, the Post Office wants people to use the same single counter they do for buying groceries.

    Local councillors and businesses have raised concerns about the proposals. A consultation currently under way. The Post Office said it already had more than 2,400 such branches successfully operating, and privacy and security arrangements would be put in place if required.

  17. Commissioner backs jail terms for assaults on police

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Calls for automatic prison sentences for anyone who assaults a police officer are being backed by the Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner.

    Last week, PC Alice Nicholas called for such sentences after a machete-wielding man who chased her was given a suspended sentence.

    Commissioner Tony Hogg, who is writing to the Home Secretary, said the judicial system "needs to send out a strongest possible message that this won't be tolerated. Anyone who assaults an officer should be under no illusion that they face an immediate custodial sentence."