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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 18 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 to bring you Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight tonight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30.

  2. Son's island death 'heartbreaking' to mother who is seeking answers

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A mother whose son was found dead in the sea off the Isles of Scilly has told BBC News she hopes to find out what happened to him.

    The body of Josh Clayton, 23, was recovered from rocks to the north of Tresco on 23 September following a major eight-day search.

    Tracey Clayton

    Tracey Clayton said: "You never expect it when you're kissing your son goodbye, how ever old they are. It's heartbreaking." Neither Devon and Cornwall Police nor the coroner's office could confirm if a post-mortem examination had been carried out or when an inquest into Mr Clayton's death was due to be held.

  3. Parents oppose proposed lollipop crossing cuts

    BBC Spotlight

    Parents have opposed potential cuts to lollipop crossing patrols in Devon as a full council meeting is underway to vote on cuts of £26m.

    Lucy Hinton

    Mum-of-two Lucie Hinton said: "I know that some schools struggle financially and don't have the means to fund this. This would take money away from things like text books.

    "Some children who go to rich schools would be able to be protected by lollipops but others might have their lives at risk so it would create inequalities. There shouldn't be inequalities when it comes to children's lives."

  4. Drug grower to pay back £15,000 'benefit' of crime

    A 60-year-old convicted drug grower has to pay £15,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    When Michael Felix was found with 98 cannabis plants at his Ilfracombe home in 2014, he claimed he was going to smoke the entire crop himself.

    Cannabis plants

    Following a financial investigation, Exeter Crown Court Recorder Mr Robert Linford ordered Felix to pay £15,000 - the amount he benefited from his crime - within three months or be jailed.

  5. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - The mother of Josh Clayton, who was found dead in the sea off the Scillies, still doesn't know what happened to him.

    - Devon county councillors vote to increase council tax by 3.99%.

    - A Winchester man denies killing Adrian Munday, who was found dead after a fire in Newton Abbot.

    - Devon and Cornwall Police are given a "good" rating by inspectors.

    - A Plymouth man is arrested on suspicion of possessing explosives.

  6. Murderer could challenge conviction after 'joint enterprise' ruling, campaigners say

    BBC Radio Devon

    Donald Pemberton, who was found guilty of murdering 27-year-old Tanis Bhandari in Devon last year, could have his case looked at again after the Supreme Court ruled the law of joint enterprise has been wrongly interpreted for 30 years.

    Pemberton and Williams

    Campaigners from Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) said Pemberton, who was convicted alongside his friend Ryan Williams for the Tamerton Foliot murder, is one of a number of cases which could be looked into again.

    His mum Susan Pemberton said: "I'm very pleased that the Supreme Court is looking at this law. I support JENGbA in their campaign against this joint enterprise law."

  7. Attempt to overturn Bhandari murder verdict

    Plymouth Herald

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the "joint enterprise" law is to be used by a campaign group to try to quash the conviction of Donald Pemberton, who was found guilty of killing Tanis Bhandari on New Year's Day 2015.

  8. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are overnight road closures for resurfacing on various parts of the A38

    - In Lostwithiel A390 there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks. 

    - Heavy traffic in Falmouth on the A39 with vehicles queueing from the police station to Penryn Bridge

    - Reports of an accident in Cornwall on the Chiverton Cross Roundabout at the exit to the A30.

    - Traffic is moving slowly in Truro on the A390 Tregolls Road with one lane closed inbound between Trevithick Road and Trafalgar roundabout due to an accident

    - An accident has blocked Barton Hill Way in Torquay near Barton Hill Road

    - The St Erth roundabout on the A30 is blocked in both directions due to an accident and fuel spillage. There are queues on A30 and surrounding roads are very congested

    - In Plymouth, the A38 Parkway heading towards Cornwall is partially blocked at the Marsh Mills roundabout due to an accident

  9. Strike vote by Met Office workers

    BBC Spotlight

    Staff at the Met Office in Exeter have voted to go on strike over pay.

    Met Office, Exeter

    Managers and specialists at the weather centre will take part in the 24-hour industrial action next Wednesday. The company says some disruption to services is possible.

  10. Weather in Devon and Cornwall: Scattered showers overnight and a cold start

    There will be further scattered showers tonight, which may continue to turn wintry at times over high ground.

    Away from the showers there will be clear spells which will cause a widespread frost to form and there is a risk of icy surfaces. Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

    Weather map

    On Friday cloud and outbreaks of rain will move in from the west. Misty conditions will develop across the moors. Temperatures will rise a little, but it will still feel chilly as the winds pick up. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F)

  11. 'Bee' kind appeal to save insects

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Cornwall Wildlife is trying to raise money to create more natural habitats to help halt a "dramatic" decline in many species of bees.

    It says with bees pollinating wildflowers, gardens and crops, their decline threatens the survival of wildlife, flower meadows and agricultural crops.

    Bee

    The UK has more than 270 species of bees and the trust fears if work to protect them is not done, some Cornish bees, already on the verge of extinction, could disappear forever.

  12. Slade targets Exeter play-off place

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    England centre Henry Slade says he wants to help Exeter make the Premiership play-offs for the first time, when he recovers from injury.

    Henry Slade

    The 22-year-old has been out since October after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle at Wasps.

    "Hopefully I'll get back in time to play a few games for Exeter before the end of the season. We're in a good position at the minute, second in the league, hopefully we can stay up there," Slade told BBC Sport.

  13. Josh Clayton's Isles of Scilly death remains a mystery to mother

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A mother whose son was found dead in the sea off the Isles of Scilly has said she still does not know what happened to him five months after he first went missing.

    Josh Clayton

    The body of Josh Clayton, 23, was recovered from rocks to the north of Tresco on 23 September following a major eight-day search. His mother, Tracey, said his disappearance was "heartbreaking". Authorities could not confirm whether a post-mortem examination had been carried out.

  14. Supermarket eggs had 'growing embryo'

    Cornish Guardian

    A box of eggs bought in a Cornish supermarket contained what the horrified customer who bought them believes to be a growing embryo.