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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 17 February 2016

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18.30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Weather hampers search for missing doctor

    Strong winds and heavy rain are hampering the search for missing doctor Rose Polge.

    The 25-year-old's car was found on Friday at Anstey's Cove near Torquay, the town where she worked. 

    Police drone

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they've been unable to deploy a drone which they've previously used, however the search is continuing and divers are expected to rejoin the effort on Thursday.

  3. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A former public schoolteacher says sex claims against him were like a "punch in the stomach"false

    - The use of a belt restraint on a man in custody who later died was "not inappropriate", a court hears

    - Heavy rain and strong winds hamper the search for missing junior doctor Rose Polge

    - Woolacombe in Devon is named as the UK's best beach for the second year running

    - Plans to build 5,000 new homes in Plymouth over the next five years are approved

    - Armed police called to reports of a man with a rifle to find the suspect carrying a lightsaber

  4. Patient backs air ambulance onboard doctors

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The family of a 12-year-old boy who was airlifted to hospital has backed a scheme which will see eight qualified doctors take to the skies to help get patients to the right hospital as soon as possible.

    Ross

    Ross Hollett, 12, from Wadebridge fractured his skull after losing his balance during a day crabbing at Padstow Harbour, Cornwall. 

    Ross's mum Lynette Hollett said: "The Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics are absolutely brilliant and they were really good with Ross. 

    "But obviously a doctor being there if the decision had to be made that he needed airlifting to Bristol would have been great."

  5. Sex claims like a 'punch in the stomach'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A public school teacher accused of sexually assaulting three teenage students says he felt as if he had been "punched in the stomach" when he heard the allegations. 

    Chay Roberts-Jones, of Preston Street, Exeter, told the city's crown court he'd never touched a girl inappropriately and the allegations were untrue. 

    Chay Roberts-Jones

    The 29-year-old, who denies three counts of sexual assault, was suspended from Blundells School in Tiverton over the allegations.  

  6. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Exeter on the A377 Cowley Bridge Road there's slow traffic due to an earlier accident

    - On the A30 eastbound between the Boxheater junction and Carland Cross in Cornwall, one lane is closed due broken down vehicle

    - In Devon, temporary traffic lights are being set up on the B3180 between Four Firs and Blackhill Quarry

    - The B3180 has been closed in Devon between Woodbury and Exmouth in both directions due to a poor road surface

    - Slow traffic in Lostwithiel on the A390 due to two sets of temporary traffic lights for roadworks

  7. Pony express? Letter arrives 25 years after it was posted

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A Bristol woman has received a letter sent to her from a Teignmouth hotel nearly 25 years ago.

    The letter, containing a receipt for a deposit from the Cliffden Hotel, was in a plastic bag with a sticker which said "We're sorry this item has been delayed in the post".

    Missing letter

    Royal Mail is unsure exactly why the letter arrived so late, but a spokesman said it was probably put back into the postal system by someone, rather than being "lost in the post". 

  8. Weather: Rain overnight perhaps turning icy

    The rain band will continue to clear this evening. It will turn drier later but frost and ice may form in places.

    Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

    Weather map

    A cold and perhaps icy start in places but a much drier day with some sunny spells and just a scattering of showers. Still a chilly feel but with lighter winds and more sunshine.

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F)

  9. Dementia pilot for farming families

    BBC Radio Devon

    A study into how dementia affects farming families and rural communities is to be piloted in Devon.

    The Alzheimer's Society has estimated that by 2051, two million people will be affected by dementia, with the burden falling on rural areas which have "significantly higher" proportions of elderly people.  

    Dementia patient

    Funded by the Seale Hayne Educational Trust, the project will be carried out by Dr Richard Yarwood and Dr Claire Kelly from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University.  

  10. Dog poo threat to nature reserve visits

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Dog poo is threatening school visits to a nature reserve in Cornwall.

    The RSPB says faeces left behind at Marazion Marsh by irresponsible dog owners is a health risk to children.

    Dog

    Reserve warden Phil Catton said: "My message is a simple one - dog mess is a genuine problem and unpleasant for other users and visitors to the reserve."

  11. Thomas Orchard belt restraint 'not inappropriate'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    One of three officers accused of causing the death of a man who asphyxiated when he was restrained with a belt has told a court he did not believe its use was inappropriate.

    Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being handcuffed, and held down with a large fabric webbing belt across his face while he was in custody in an Exeter police station. 

    (left to right) Jan Kingshott, Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley

    Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 38, and Michael Marsden, 55, each deny two charges of manslaughter in the trial at Bristol Crown Court. 

  12. Temporary shuttle bus service for Torcross

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A temporary shuttle bus is runing between Kingsbridge and Torcross along the A379 at Slapton. The Stagecoach service was suspended on Friday after the collapse of the sea wall between Slapton and Torcross.

    Torcross sea wall collapse

    The shuttle service, which begins today, is being funded by Devon County Council until the Stagecoach service can resume.  

  13. Truro move into play-off places

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City moved up to fifth place in National League South after Tuesday's 4-2 win over Hemel Hempstead.

    Isaac Vassell

    Isaac Vassell opened the scoring after 16 minutes, but Jamie Slabber equalised for the visitors seven minutes later.

    City were back in front soon after when Ryan Brett scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Vassell, Dan Green got a third before half-time and Cody Cooke wrapped it up with 17 minutes left before Jamie Potton scored a late consolation for Hemel Hempstead.

  14. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Cornwall on the A30 at Indian Queens there are reports of a mattress and other debris on the eastbound carriageway. Approach the area with care.

    - There's flooding on the A381 in Devon between Halwell and Churchstow.

    - A slow-moving heavy load is being escorted along the A38 towards Plymouth.

    - Slow traffic on Tavistock Road in Plymouth between the George junction and Derriford roundabout due to tree felling work.

    - Reports of an accident in Tavistock on Old Exeter Road near Barley Market Street.

    - In Cornwall, Poldhu Road in Mullion is partially blocked due to accident near The Commons.

    - Flooding between South Molton and Chittlehampton on the B3227. Approach with care.

    - Heavy rain has caused flooding on the railway line between Liskeard and Looe. Replacement coaches in operation.

  15. Woolacombe beach named best in UK

    Press Association

    Woolacombe beach in Devon is the best in the UK, according to the travel website TripAdvisor

    It's the second year in a row travellers have voted for the three-mile long stretch of sand based on their reviews and ratings. 

    Woolacombe

    The website describes Woolacombe as having "rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers".