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  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Grant awarded for animal behaviour study

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A mathematician and lecturer from the University of Exeter has been awarded more than £300,000 to study the collective behaviour of animals in the wild and how they decide when and where to migrate.


    Dr Colin Torney is one of two UK-based researchers to secure a grant from the US-based James S. McDonnell Foundation.   

    The study will include data on the wildebeest of the Serengeti, Canadian caribou and geese migrating across Mongolia.

  2. Updates for Wednesday

    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.

  3. Junior Doctors feel strike is only way to get message across

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are another 14 hours of this second junior doctors strike to go, and despite around 1,000 postponed operations in Devon and Cornwall, hospitals say they've managed to keep disruption to a minimum. 

    Junior Doctors strike

    While the Government's offering to hold further talks in an effort to resolve the dispute, junior doctors I've spoken to today say they're sad to be striking, but feel it's the only way to get their message across. 

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is so under pressure that it remains on black alert, and managers says their message to the public continues to be "only use the hospital if you really need to".

  4. RSPCA workers pray for news on missing inspector

    Press Association

    Colleagues of an RSPCA inspector who went missing in west Cornwall while trying to rescue sea birds from a cliff are continuing to hope he is found alive. 

    Mike Reid, 54, vanished after he went to the aid of around 30 gannets stranded on rocks near Porthcurno, shortly before Storm Imogen's hurricane force winds battered Britain. 

    The RSPCA's assistant director, said: "His disappearance while doing the job he loved is a tragedy", while the charity's acting chief executive, said he was: "heartbroken at Mike's disappearance."

  5. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Plymouth on the A38 Parkway near the Marsh Mills Roundabout we've got reports of an accident. 

    - Newton Abbot near Penn Inn Roundabout, Shaldon Road is blocked due to a collision. Traffic is very slow moving on approaches to the roundabout.

    - There's been an accident on the A30 at the Loggans Moor Roundabout. 

    - Delays at the Carkeel Roundabout on the A38 there's also a partial blockage caused by a broken down vehicle. 

    - On the A30 around Whiddon Down heading towards Okehampton a broken down car is causing problems. 

  6. Weather latest: Cold and frosty overnight, showers again tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    It should stay mostly dry for much of the night with often clear skies allowing temperatures to drop. A widespread frost is likely, especially away from cities and other more built up areas. It may then turn cloudier towards dawn with the odd shower possible. Minimum Temperature: 1 Deg C (34 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Some showers are likely through the morning but these will become more isolated by the afternoon. Again there will be some sunny breaks but it'll still be rather chilly. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

  7. MP quits council role after criticism

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Scott Mann, Conservative MP for north Cornwall, has confirmed he will resign from Cornwall Council on 16 February after criticism over his attendance record at council meetings.

    Scott Mann

    Between July and January he only attended three meetings at County Hall - one of the worst attendance records for councillors.

    "I knew that doing both roles was only an interim arrangement once I had tied up my commitments I made to the town's residents," Mr Mann said.

  8. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - An inquest in Truro has heard how a baby boy may have survived, if he'd been given antibiotics

    - A Torquay United player is undergoing tests after collapsing at a training session

    - Junior Doctors strike disrupts routine surgery and outpatients' appointments

    - Conservative MP for north Cornwall resigns from council seat

  9. Footballer to miss game after collapse

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United midfielder Aman Verma, 27, will miss Torquay's game with Chester on Saturday, having also sat out Tuesday's FA Trophy draw with Macclesfield, because he collapsed at home after a training session.

    Aman Verma

    "He's feeling fine now but the doctors have told him to do pretty much nothing, so he's bored out of his mind as he just has to rest until he's given the all-clear," Torquay manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Sport.

  10. Paignton: 'We're the forgotten town'

    Torquay Herald Express

    Poor Paignton is bottom of the pile when it comes to handing out Torbay Council cash for improvement projects, it was claimed today. Councillor Adrian Sanders spoke up for the town and said: "Paignton needs to catch up."

  11. Adelsbury completes Truro City move

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City have completed the signing of Bath City midfielder Ben Adelsbury.

    Ben Adelsbury

    The 24-year-old, who was with Truro before their financial problems in 2012, signed a deal on Tuesday after Truro's game at Bath was postponed.

    "He's a player that we tried to get in the summer. He's athletic, he's got a big presence about him, he'll bring competition for places and he's a player we want to get involved as soon as possible," Truro manager Steve Tully told BBC Sport.

  12. New spider population excites bug experts

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new population of Britain's rarest spider has been found and photographed alive for the first time, conservationists have said.


    The horrid ground-weaver has only ever been found at three sites in Plymouth, Devon. But a fourth population has been found on an industrial site in the Cattedown area of the city, according to charity Buglife. 

    Conservationists said they were "delighted" with the discovery. Video footage from John Walters from Buglife.   

  13. Flood warnings for Cornwall coastal communities

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency for the South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point excluding Mounts Bay.


    Flooding is expected for Lands End to Lizard Point including Mousehole, Praa Sands, Porthleven and Mullion Harbour over the high tide on Thursday morning. Immediate action required. Locations particularly at risk include Mousehole, Praa Sands and Porthleven which was hit by Storm Imogen.  

  14. Saunton car park barrier plans approved

    BBC Radio Devon

    Controversial plans for number plate recognition cameras and barriers at the car park for one of Devon's most popular beaches have been approved.


    Nearly 500 people have written to North Devon Council objecting to the plans at Saunton Sands.  

  15. McGlone injury blow for Cornish Pirates

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates lock Laurie McGlone is set to be out until at least March after injuring his shoulder in the 33-26 loss at Yorkshire Carnegie.

    Laurie McGlone

    "He's seeing a specialist to see the extent of it, but he's going to be out for a few weeks. We don't know the extent of it just yet," Pirates coach Gavin Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "Laurie's a massive man, not just on the pitch, but off the pitch for us. He's massive in stature and a massive personality around the club as well.

  16. Snow predicted for Dartmoor this weekend

    BBC Weather

    Snow could come to Dartmoor this weekend as temperatures fall, say forecasters.

    Dartmoor pony

    A Met Office spokeswoman said they were mostly expecting "cold rain" but added: "Across some higher ground you may get some sleet and snow, so Dartmoor and maybe the Cotswolds, across the Welsh mountains, the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and up to Snowdonia, and the high parts of the Midlands, Staffordshire, there may be some there as well."  

  17. Inquest continues into death of baby boy born at home

    BBC Spotlight

    An inquest into the death of a baby boy has heard from a midwife who saw his mother while she was in labour.

    Charlie Jermyn died in May 2015 - just 29 hours after being born at home in Penryn. Earlier, the inquest was told Charlie probably would have survived, had he been given antiobiotics for sepsis.  

    His parents went into hospital because they were worried the baby would arrive quickly. But midwife Jane Calvin said Hayley Jermyn was sent home after five hours because she "not in established labour" and there was "no sign of infection anywhere".

  18. Travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Plympton, Plymouth Road is partially blocked outbound. Surrounding roads and Marsh Mills also very busy due to that incident.  

    - Also in Plymouth on Tavistock Road outbound approaching the Derriford Roundabout there is slow traffic.  

    - In Axminster the A35 is partially blocked near the B3261 due to an accident.

    - Trains are now able to run normally between Par and Newquay following a fault at a level crossing.

    - Advance warning that the A38 from Goodstone Cross to Ashburton will have a Plymouth-bound lane closure/convoy from 20:00 until 05:00 for resurfacing.