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  1. Updates for Monday 26 January 2016
  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. Loggerhead turtle recovery staff 'optimistic' for patient

    Matt Pengelly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Staff at an aquarium nursing a loggerhead turtle back to health after it washed up on the beach at Gwithian say they have their "fingers crossed" she will recover. 

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    The 20cm-long baby turtle was found freezing cold with a large number of goose barnacles attached to her shell.

    Ed Wainwright said it was "was very touch and go" when she first arrived, but they had been raising her temperature slowly. He said: "We're not quite out of the woods yet, but we're a lot more optimistic on the outcome, especially since she's able to feed herself."

  3. Weather latest: Wet and windy with gales possible

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be very windy with further gales possible over hills. The rain will persist for many, turning heavy over higher ground with hill fog. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

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    There'll be further rain tomorrow morning. However, the rain will slowly clear to showers and colder air will arrive by the evening. It'll be windy with gales at first, but this will ease by the end of the day. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - An American yacht and its crew of two are involved in a ninth incident needing to call emergency services after a fire on their vessel in Hayle Harbour

    - Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologises to the parents of a Cornish baby who died from blood poisoning after "serious failings" by the NHS

    - A teenager fell 30ft to his death while trying to slide down a banister at a wedding reception in Exeter died accidentally, a coroner rules

    - Three Lithuanian men are jailed for a total of 21 years by Exeter Crown Court today burglaries in Devon and Sussex

    - Emergency crews who rescued an inflatable doll after being alerted a person was struggling in the sea, say it was not a waste of time or money 

    - Singer and showbiz legend Sir Tom Jones is to perform at the Eden Sessions in Cornwall in June 

  5. Inflatable doll rescue 'not a waste of resources'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Rescue crews, who spent 90 minutes searching the sea after a report of a person struggling in the water - only to find it was an inflatable doll - say it was not a waste of time or money.


    An air and sea search involving about 40 people was launched in Newquay yesterday evening, after an angler dialled 999 to report a person in the water. 

    Gareth Horner, lifeboat operations manager at Newquay RNLI, said: "The 999 caller gave accurate information which led to a successful search and a positive outcome. If you think you see somebody in difficulties at sea, do not hesitate, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard."

  6. Wedding guest died in banister slide at Exeter Chiefs ground

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A wedding guest suffered a fatal head injury and multiple skull fractures when he attempted to slide down a banister at a wedding ceremony in Exeter, an inquest has heard.

    Gareth Mound, 19, was nearly three times the drink-drive limit when he tried to descend the handrail at the Exeter Chiefs rugby club ground.  

    Sandy Park Conference Centre

    The groom, Craig Hall, said: "It was Gareth's first ever wedding and he was very excitable all day. I was aware he had been drinking." The coroner concluded his death was accidental.

  7. Exeter City turn down bids for Tom Nichols

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City have turned down offers to buy top goalscorer Tom Nichols, manager Paul Tisdale has confirmed.

    The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and BBC Wiltshire understands League One club Swindon Town are one of the teams to have a bid turned away.

    Tom Nichols

    "We've had some offers in but nothing which is close to how we would value him," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "We've had interest that's then turned into strong conversations about money, but until there's a strong offer he'll remain with Exeter."

  8. Fire onboard 'tipped over' yacht as sea duo call rescuers again

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Two yachtsmen now involved in nine incidents where they have needed to call emergency services in recent months called for help again today after the boat "tipped over", causing a fire onboard.

    Bob Weise and Steve Shapiro, both 71, left Norway in July and plan to sail to North America.


    Mr Shapiro said the boat was tied up in Hayle, Cornwall, when it "tipped over". Fire crews extinguished a "small fire" on the 18 tonne yacht which Mr Shapiro said was caused by a candle.

  9. Fire service-police station sharing: Analysis

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon & Somerset Fire Service is in talks about sharing police stations to ease austerity cuts, the BBC has learnt.  

    This would be a significant strategic move in joining up the police and fire services' work. The government has said it wants to see emergency services working more closely together to achieve savings, and there’s already cooperation between fire and ambulance services day-to-day.

    But policing is an area which can involve considerable conflict, which is why is why this proposed alliance between the fire service and the police is proving particularly controversial.  

  10. Ninth rescue for American yacht crew

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Two American yachtsmen who've been involved in a series of rescues because of problems with their vessel have been rescued again after their yacht caught fire in Hayle Harbour.

    It's believed the fire may have been started by a candle on board the vessel, the Nora. It's the pair's ninth rescue.

  11. William Mead death: Mother calls for sepsis awareness

    BBC News Health

    More people need to be aware of the dangers of sepsis, the mother of a one-year-old who died from the condition says.

    William Mead, from Penryn, died in 2014 from septicaemia, treatable blood poisoning caused by a chest infection. Failures by GPs and the NHS 111 service contributed to the death, an NHS England report says.

    William and Melissa Mead

    Melissa Mead said: "I didn't think sepsis [after he became ill], because I didn't know about sepsis. And if GPs can't or aren't recognising it, then how are parents supposed to look out for it?"

  12. Holiday retreat for disabled 'will be beautiful'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    The man behind a proposed new holiday retreat for disabled people in Devon says it will benefit the area.

    A group of villagers in Slapton have launched a legal challenge against Paddy Costeloe's plans for the retreat, saying it would break planning regulations.

    Mr Costeloe, who uses a wheelchair, said: "I would love to be able to show people that we are genuine, that we want to do what's right for the countryside. Time will tell, we'll prove ... it will be a beautiful place."

  13. Mother 'immensely proud' of homeless campaigner son, 8

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The mother of an eight-year-old boy from Cornwall who has launched a campaign to help the homeless says she is "immensely proud" of his work.

    Ollie Darby said he launched the appeal because he was upset after seeing "so many homeless who were hungry and cold" in Truro and Penzance over Christmas.

    Ollie Darby and mother, Donna

    His mother, Donna, said: "We've lost the dining room which has now become the clothes collection room in our house, but I don't mind, it is supporting the Cornish homeless."

  14. Fire service-police alliance 'key to dealing with austerity'

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Proposals for Devon & Somerset Fire Service to share resources with police will help protect front line services, the chief fire officer says.

    The proposed alliance could mean police and fire officers sharing stations. The Fire Brigades Union has voiced concern, saying the service could be seen as too close to the police.

    Lee Howell

    Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: "I don’t think this will undermine trust, as the public won’t see any difference to our life-saving work. But it’s a key part of our plan to deal with austerity and could mean big savings for us".

  15. Teen falls to death at wedding reception after attempting to slide down banister

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A teenager fell 30ft (9m) to his death after attempting to slide down a banister at a wedding reception, an inquest has heard. 

    Gareth Mound, 19, was nearly three times the drink drive limit when he tried to slide down the banister at the Exeter Chiefs rugby club ground. 

    He suffered a fatal head injury in the fall at the civil ceremony in August. The Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland concluded an accidental death verdict.

  16. William Mead death: 'Determination to learn lessons'

    BBC News Health

    The NHS is "determined to make sure lessons are learned" from the case of a baby from Cornwall who died as a result of failures by GPs and the NHS, a senior NHS manager says.  

    William Mead

    William Mead, from Penryn, died in 2014 after GPs and 111 call handlers and failed to have him treated for blood poisoning.

    NHS England South West nursing director, Lindsey Scott said she wanted to ensure other families "don't go through the same trauma". She added: "None of this detracts from our profound regret at the loss of William. For that loss ... I would like to apologise publicly to Mr and Mrs Mead."

  17. Devon County Council 'should have two fewer seats'

    BBC Radio Devon

    The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Devon County Council. 

    It proposes that Devon should be represented by 60 county councillors in the future - two fewer than the current arrangement.