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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on 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. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston criticises hapless sailors after multiple rescues

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Falmouth Coastguard said it was not aware of anyone being rescued as many times in seven months, as American yachtsmen Bob Weise and Steve Shapiro, both 71.

    Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

    Veteran sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is the latest to join in criticism of the pair, saying: "This is no longer a joke... These guys are costing the RNLI a fortune. They need to frankly pack it in or, I hate to say it, get the hell out of our waters."  

  3. Poor weather disrupting Redruth's style - Larkins

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Redruth boss Steve Larkins says poor weather and pitches are stopping them from playing "expansive rugby".

    The Cornish side play in National League Two, English rugby's fourth tier, and have won nine of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

    Redruth RFC

    "At the moment I think most teams have got to grind it out in this weather," Larkins told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Fingers crossed the weather's going to improve, and the pitches will harden up a bit, because we want to play a more expansive brand of rugby."

  4. Weather latest: Cloud breaking up, leaving clear spells and a colder night

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    The cloud will break up as we go through the night leaving many places dry with prolonged clear spells. It'll be markedly colder than last night, with frost possible. Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).

    Weather graphic

    Thursday is going to be dry with plenty of sunshine through the morning. It will then turn increasingly cloudy during the afternoon, with strengthening winds and some patchy rain in the North later. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

  5. 'Disappointment' at lack of local Transat entires

    Louise Walter

    BBC Spotlight

    Preparations are well under way in Plymouth as it prepares to host one of the most gruelling transatlantic races, The Transat

    Transat

    Single-handed competitors will set sail at the beginning of May - 100 days time - and finish 3,000 nautical miles later in New York. 

    Peter Smith

    But, despite the global appeal of the event, and with four days until entries close, there isn't a single local entrant. Plymouth City Council deputy leader Peter Smith (pictured) said: "I'm disappointed, but keep your fingers crossed, there may be one coming through any minute."

  6. Latest headlines for Devon & Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A dog which ran away after his owner was tragically killed in a car crash in Torpoint, has been found after a campaign on social media 

    - David Cameron says the government has to "find the funding" to make sure Devon and Cornwall are never again cut off from the rest of the country because of problems on the rail line 

    - Coastguards say they'll continue to help the two American sailors - currently in Hayle - who've been in the news for being rescued nine times in recent months

    - Organisers of the Transat single handed yacht race have revealed that no local competitors have put themselves forward this year, despite it being hosted in Plymouth 

  7. 'Amazing' response leads to missing car crash dog being found

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    The family of a pensioner killed in a car crash say they are "touched" at the 'amazing' response which helped find her injured missing dog.

    Barney the cockapoo

    Pedestrian Jennifer Lowden, 72, died after being hit by a car in Torpoint on Monday afternoon. Her Cockapoo Barney ran off after being hurt in the crash.

    The heartbreaking story was widely shared on social media after Torpoint Police made an appeal on their Facebook page.

  8. Concerns over delays to plans for new nuclear power plant

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Supporters and opponents of a plan to build a new nuclear power plant in the South West are waiting to hear if there's yet another delay to the project.

    The scheme at Hinkley Point in Somerset coast is supposed to be a major boost for companies the length and breadth of the peninsula. 

    Hinkley Point power station artist's impression. Pic: EDF

    The board of French company EDF, which owns the site, was to vote on a final investment decision, but that's reportedly been taken off the agenda amid concerns about financing. 

  9. Walk-in health centre closure 'will help GP access'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The closure of a walk-in health centre in Cornwall will help improve services at the Camborne/Redruth Community Hospital, the NHS says.

    A councillor has criticised the move, saying there had not been enough public consultation. 

    The NHS said the move would "prevent confusion" and help ensure people would know where to go "should ... they need urgent - but not emergency - medical treatment."

  10. Government needs to 'find funding' to keep rail lines

    BBC Politics

    Prime Minister David Cameron says the government has to "find an answer" to make sure Devon and Cornwall are never again cut off from the rest of the country because of problems on the rail line.

    In 2014, a section of the sea wall in Dawlish collapsed and left railway tracks suspended in mid-air. 

    Dawlish railway

    At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said: "We need to find the funding to make this work. We can't have happen what happened in the past where a problem with the railway led to the peninsula being cut off."

  11. Torquay sell top scorer Marsh to Dover

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Torquay United have sold top scorer Tyrone Marsh to National League rivals Dover for an undisclosed free, after the striker handed in a transfer request earlier this week.

    He is the second forward to move away from Plainmoor today, with Waide Fairhurst leaving for personal reasons.

    Tyrone Marsh

    With Alex Fisher being released by manager Kevin Nicholson last month, Torquay's leading scorer this season is now Andre Wright with four goals.

  12. Dead woman's missing dog found after social media campaign

    A dog which went missing after his owner was killed in a accident in Torpoint, has been found after a campaign on social media. The family of Jennifer Lowden, 72, said they had been "touched" by the amazing response to find Barney the Cockapoo.

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  13. Your pictures: Devon's stunning coastline

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Today's main image on our BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall page was sent in to us by Matt Barber.

    Sheep, East Portlemouth

    This happy sheep was enjoying the sunshine at East Portlemouth. If you'd like us to use your pictures, please email us.

  14. Oldway Friends saddened over legal battle

    BBC Radio Devon

    A group campaigning on behalf of one of Torbay's most historic houses says it's saddened by a legal battle over its future. 

    Oldway Mansion has been standing empty for the last three years, despite a contract being signed between a developer and the council, to turn it into a hotel. Now the developer says it's suing Torbay Council for £8m in a row over the leases. The council says it will defend its position "robustly".

    The Friends of Oldway group said they hoped the dispute would be resolved as soon possible so that restoration work can begin. 

  15. Swift takes skeleton gold in Switzerland

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    British skeleton racer David Swift, from Newton Abbot, who's aiming for a spot in the GB team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, has won gold in a Europa Cup event in Switzerland. 

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  16. Separate Cornwall police force 'not right path'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Calls by Cornwall Council call for devolved police powers are not "the right path" and were "unlikely to be an efficient or effective solution", the Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner (PCC) says.

    The unitary authority said it would lobby for more powers because of government proposals which could see fire service control transferred to the police commissioner. 

    Falmouth Cornwall County Constabulary building. Pic: Andrew Segal

    Tony Hogg said the council was "entitled to its view", but added: "Government policy on policing governance is clear - that responsibility should rest with a single accountable elected representative of the people - be that a PCC or an elected mayor."

  17. Fire service to charge for multiple broken lift call-outs

    BBC News England

    Firms in Devon are to be charged if they repeatedly call the fire service for broken lift rescues.

    Lift sign. Pic: Thinkstock

    Devon and Somerset Fire Service said it cost £303 for each one-hour call out using one appliance and the move would save £30,000 a year. Neil Blackburn, from the service, added it would only charge "businesses where there are persistent problems." 

  18. Your views: Why do parents park so badly outside Cornish schools?

    Facebook

    Our story about councillors tackling the issue of bad parking outside Cornish schools has sparked a debate on the BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page:

    - Jan Pallet: We have no crossing patrol person so people have no 'focal point' to cross the road at. Cars park everywhere and anywhere, ignoring parking restrictions every day. We occasionally get a visit from the traffic warden which does have an effect but only on that day

    - Pippa Sandham: There is clearly an issue with school places in the county but the resolution appears to be councils closing their eyes, increasing existing sites and hoping everything will be ok

    - Beverley Young: There are always going to be certain parents who think the rules don't apply to them

    Geoff Streatfield: I have to drive my child to school but park quarter of a mile away and walking as I don't want to get involved in the chaos

  19. Striker Waide Fairhurst leaves Torquay United

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Striker Waide Fairhurst has left National League strugglers Torquay United for personal reasons.

    The 26-year-old made only three substitute appearances for the Devon side after suffering a knee injury at the start of the season.

    Waide Fairhurst

    The Gulls website has hinted a replacement will soon be brought in.