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  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Updates for Tuesday

    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. Budget 'will protect frontline services'

    The budget set by Cornwall Council will protect frontline services from further government cuts, its leader says.

    Councillors voted in favour of spending cuts of about £40m and increasing council tax by nearly 4%.

    Cornwall Council

    John Pollard says the "fiscally prudent" budget will provide support for vulnerable people and allow the council to invest in transport, build affordable new homes and create jobs for local people.  

  3. Hoodie could belong to missing doctor

    A hooded top found during the search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge is believed to be hers.

    Police divers are continuing to search the water around Anstey's Cove, where the 25-year-old's car was found on Friday.

    Anstey's Cove map

    Dr Polge has campaigned against plans to change junior doctors' working hours and it's believed her car contained a note which made a passing reference to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

  4. Mayor breached code of conduct rules after removing man from council meeting

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An investigation has found that the Mayor of Penzance did breach code of conduct rules when he ordered a member of the public to be forcibly removed from a council meeting

    Councillor David Nebesnuick has been told that he must undergo re-training. 

    He has told the BBC he realised he had made a mistake within 24 hours of the incident last November, and has apologised to the man involved.  

  5. Weather latest: A wet day tomorrow with a chance of sleet or snow on moors

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Largely dry this evening, but a band of rain will spread southeastwards overnight, turning heavy in places. It will become milder with a minimum temperature of 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

    Weather map

    Wet for much of tomorrow, with the risk of sleet or wet snow across the moors. Feeling cold with temperatures dropping further into the afternoon and a maximum temperature of 8 Deg C (46 Deg F). 

  6. Police defend emergency response times

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Cornwall Police is defending the way it responds to 999 calls.

    Figures obtained by the BBC show in more than one in four cases, officers failed to get to 999 calls within its target. 

    Police car

    The Police Federation blames the loss of hundreds of officers caused by budget cuts, but Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly says it is because of a rise in demand from the public.  

  7. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A note found in missing doctor Rose Polge's car is believed to refer to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

    - Claims about the South West NHS 111 service prompts an early inspection by the care watchdog

    - Councillors in Cornwall agree to increase council tax by nearly 4%.

    - Devon and Cornwall Police figures show about 25% of 999 calls are not reached inside its target time.

    - A driver who ploughed into traffic cones, causing a pile-up is being sought by police.

    - Teignmouth band Muse win a Grammy for the best rock album.

  8. Teacher touched student's breast 'by accident'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A public school teacher accused of sexually assaulting three teenagers, touched one girl's breasts by accident, a jury has been told.

    Exeter Crown Court heard 29-year-old Chay Robert-Jones of Preston Street, Exeter, "accidentally hit" one girl "somewhere around the chest".

    Chay Robert-Jones

    Mr Roberts-Jones, who denies three counts of sexual assault, was suspended from Blundells School in Tiverton in 2014 over the allegations.

  9. Eating disorder service hailed a success

    BBC Spotlight

    A specialist service for people with severe eating disorders in the South West is being hailed a success by the NHS.

    Redhills in Exeter offers short-term accommodation and support for vulnerable people who have previously been receiving 24-hour hospital care.

    Redhills, Exeter

    In the five years the centre has been open, it's helped about 150 patients.

  10. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are reports of an accident in Torquay on Warren Road around Warren Hill.

    - Temporary lights for roadworks on the A390 in Cornwall at Lostwithiel is causing delays.

    - Roadworks are also causing slow traffic in Newton Abbot, Devon, on East Street near Union Street.

    - Slow traffic on the A361 in Chaloners Road Braunton at the junction of Caen Street with temporary lights for sewer works.

    - At Haytor Vale the B3387 is partially blocked near Green Lane due to an accident.

    - There are a number of overnight closures on the A38 in Devon for resurfacing works.

  11. Health department's thoughts with missing doctor's family

    The Department of Health has issued a statement about a Devon junior doctor who's been missing for several days.

    A major search has been taking place around Anstey's Cove after Dr Rose Polge's car was found on Friday, containing a note that made a "passing reference" to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. 

    Jeremy Hunt

    The department said: "Our thoughts are with Dr Polge's family and friends at an extremely difficult time."

  12. Child rearing costs more than semi-detached house

    Bringing up a child in the South West to the age of 21 costs more than the average semi-detached house.

    According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for insurance company LV, child rearing costs £236,534 - compared with an average semi price of £230,962.

    The data shows that at £74,430, the biggest single expense is education - excluding private school fees.  

  13. Approval for 4% council tax rise in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Council tax for an average band D property in Cornwall is to rise by about £50 a year, after councillors voted for a 3.97% hike in bills.

    The increase is split into two - a 1.97% rise in council tax and a further 2% specifically for adult social care.

    Council tax bill

    In the vote, 67 members were in favour of the rise and 13 against. There were 21 abstentions.

  14. Missing Junior Doctor Rose Polge left 'Jeremy Hunt note' before she walked out of shift

    The Daily Express

    The Junior Doctor currently at the centre of a major police search left a note mentioning Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt before she walked out in the middle of her hospital shift, it has been claimed.

  15. Businesses' young communications 'struggle'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Businesses in Cornwall say they are struggling to find young people who have "basic communication and customer care" skills. 

    The Chamber of Commerce says at least 60% percent of its members have reported problems with teenagers unable to cope in face-to-face situations - as opposed to online or on smart phones.     

  16. Cannabis psychosis gene identified

    Press Association

    Scientists have identified a gene that can predict how susceptible cannabis smokers are to mental illness. 

    The research by the University of Exeter and University College London, also shows that female cannabis smokers are potentially more susceptible to short-term memory loss than men.

    Cannabis joint

    "We need further research in this area, but our findings indicate that men could be less sensitive to the memory impairing effects of cannabis than females", Celia Morgan, a professor of psychopharmacology at Exeter said.   

  17. Actor poses for selfies with Poldark fans

    West Briton

    Ross Poldark, aka, Aidan Turner, thrilled fans by posing for selfies on a Westcountry train at the weekend, shortly after finishing filming the second series of the BBC Cornish mining drama.