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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 11 February 2016

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  1. Updates for Thursday

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. 'Other commitments' prevent Red Arrows from preforming at Torbay Royal Regatta

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The Red Arrows will not display at the Torbay Royal Regatta because of "other commitments", the RAF has confirmed.

    The team has performed at the event for nearly 30 years.

    Red Arrows

    A spokesman said: "The RAF receives multiple conflicting requests for the team during the summer display period and therefore, look to task efficiently in order to ensure displays are delivered to as many areas and people as possible." However, the team will be displaying at the Torbay Air Show in Paignton on 12 June.

  3. Devon residents to pay almost £50 more due to council tax hike

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon County Council residents will be paying more tax as papers reveal a 4% rise next year.

    It means the council tax bill of the average band D property in Devon will increase by almost £50 a year, to a total of just over £1,200.      

    The rise is 20 times the current rate of inflation.

  4. Cold night ahead and cloudy weather expected for Friday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    The showers will continue during the early evening, with some more prolonged rain possible later. 

    It will be another cold night with frost in places. Minimum temperature: 1C. 

    Weather for Friday

    On Friday it will be rather cloudy through the day with some patchy rain later. Winds will be light but it will again feel cold. Maximum temperature: 8C.

  5. Prof tells inquest sepsis baby 'would have survived' if in hospital

    BBC Spotlight

    A professor in infant health has told an inquest that a baby born in a toilet at his parent's house would have survived if he was in hospital.

    Charlie Jermyn died of sepsis in May - he was barely 30 hours old. The inquest heard he was making grunting noises - known to be 'red flag indicators' of the condition.

    Mark and Hayley Jermyn

    Prof Peter Fleming said that if Charlie had been in hospital when he started grunting he would have been examined by a member of staff.

    "Had Charlie been in hospital and been receiving appropriate treatment in accordance with guidelines, on balance of probability I think he would have survived."

  6. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    - A professor in infant health tells an inquest that a baby born in a toilet at this parent's house would have survived if he was in hospital.

    - Council tax in Devon is going up by 4% next year, council papers reveal.

    - North, East and West Devon health services are likely to be £442m in the red by 2021, a document claims.

    - Barnstaple Crown Court and Torquay Magistrates’ Court are to close under government cuts.

    - The Red Arrows will not display at the Torbay Royal Regatta because of "other commitments", the RAF confirms.

  7. Torquay United hope to stay as full-time club even if relegated

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United chief executive Steve Breed says he wants the club to continue being fully professional, even if they are relegated in April.

    The Gulls are bottom of the National League and 10 points from safety. They were relegated from League Two in 2014 and have struggled financially since millionaire owner Thea Bristow sold the club in the summer.

    Steve Breed

    "There are no plans or thoughts at this moment to doing anything other than being a full-time club," Breed said.

  8. Cornish junior doctor 'incredibly disappointed' as government plans to impose new contract

    BBC News Health

    Junior doctor, Sebastian Wallis, from Cornwall, said he is "incredibly disappointed" with the government's announcement that it will impose a new contract to those working in the NHS in England

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had been left with no choice but to act - just hours after the latest strike by doctors ended.

    Striking doctors

    Mr Wallis, who is also a British Medical Association spokesman, said: "Never before have we felt so undervalued. This contract is a direct threat to the NHS."

  9. Planners approve buildings on edge of flood plain despite petition by villagers

    Alison Johns, BBC Radio Devon

    There's anger in a Mid Devon village at plans to build on the edge of a flood plain. 

    Planners have approved an application for industrial buildings near Fordton, despite a 65-strong petition from almost all the residents of the village. 

    They are concerned about the scale of the development, potential flooding and the amount of traffic.

  10. Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Hayle, Trelissick Road is blocked in both directions between Albertus Gardens and Mellanear Road due to an accident

    - In Paignton, on Tor Park Road around Aspen Way we've got reports there's an accident

    - In Plymouth, Gdynia Way will be closed tonight from 1900 – 0400 for vegetation clearance works

    - Also in the city, the A38 Cornwall bound exit slip road at Manadon will be closed for resurfacing 20:00 - 06:00

    - On the A38 westbound between Trerulefoot Roundabout and Looe Road will be closed for resurfacing between 20:00 - 06:00

  11. Midwife tells inquest care given to sepsis baby was inadequate

    BBC Spotlight

    A consultant midwife has been highly critical of the care given to a family whose newborn baby died of sepsis.

    Julie Frohlich told the inquest several parts of the care Charlie Jermyn and his parents received was inadequate. She said: "There was a failure to recognise that Mrs Jermyn was in labour, was in imminent labour."

    Ms Frohlich said the sound of the grunting noises, Charlie's altered behaviour and feeding difficulties were signs which "should have promoted transfer" to hospital.

  12. Youngsters chewing sugar-free gum 'could save NHS £8.2m' in dental treatements

    Press Association

    The NHS could save £8.2m on dental treatments each year if all 12-year-olds chewed sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, a study suggests. 

    Research published in the British Dental Journal estimates the saving - equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups - for chewing three pieces per day.


    This is thanks to the role chewing gum plays in helping prevent tooth decay, researchers from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry said.  

  13. Devon council tax to rise by 4% next year, papers reveal

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Council tax in Devon is going up by 4% next year, county council papers reveal.

    Devon County Council plans to increase its share of the tax by just under 2% – the maximum allowed before a referendum must be called.

    It’s also taking advantage of a government scheme to allow councils to raise an additional 2% for adult social care.