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  1. Updates for Friday 19 February 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Monday

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By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Navy chopper engineer swaps monkey wrench for microphone

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A Royal Navy engineer who fixes Merlin helicopters in Cornwall will be swapping his monkey wrench for a microphone when he takes part in The Voice UK on Saturday night.

    David Williams, who serves with 824 Squadron at RNAS Culdrose, is hoping his tonsils will be able to persuade, Paloma Faith, Boy George or Ricky Wilson to turn round for him in the final week of the programme's blind audition.

    David Williams

    “I love my job, but when I heard about the first stage of auditions in Penzance, I had to go to see if I could get any further," the aircraft engineering technician said.  

  3. Latest weather: Further rain and possible gales, but mild temperatures

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It will stay cloudy overnight and there will be further outbreaks of rain at times. It'll be mild, thanks to the cloud blanket and a strong westerly wind. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).


    Saturday will be grey and windy, with occasional outbreaks of rain or drizzle, mainly during the morning. Temperatures will be mild for the time of year, though gales are possible in exposed areas. Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

  4. South West first deaf rugby centre of excellence

    Andy Birkett

    BBC News Online

    The South West is to be the venue for the country's first centre of excellence for deaf rugby.

    The sport's governing body, the RFU, has paired up with England Deaf Rugby to create a sporting hub for players and coaches to develop their skills at the Exeter Deaf Academy.

    Deaf rugby

    To raise awareness of the sport, the Deaf England team will be the guests of honour this weekend at Crediton Rugby Club.

  5. Prickly, but the new porcupettes!

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Twin baby porcupines - known as porcupettes - have been born at a Devon tourist attraction.

    Porcupine and babies

    The animals, born at Woodlands, who've not yet been named, are African Crested Porcupines - the largest rodent in Africa.

  6. Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - A teacher is found guilty of groping a student under the guise of giving her a sports massage

    - NHS Kernow managing director Joy Youart is suspended from her post

    - A woman formerly from Exeter who previously admitted murdering her baby son has changed her plea and now denies the charge

    - A primary school volunteer who made indecent images of children claims he was carrying out an investigation into internet pornography

    - A teenage girl is jailed for causing a "catastrophic" car crash on the A30 in Cornwall which left six people seriously injured

    - A coroner in Cornwall records a narrative verdict in the case of 79-year-old Audrey Prew, who died 10 days after a knee replacement operation

    - Singer Jess Glynne is to perform at the Eden Sessions in July

  7. Truro ready for Ebbsfleet challenge

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is looking forward to testing his squad when they host National League South leaders Ebbsfleet United.

    Truro City

    The White Tigers, who are unbeaten in their last nine matches, moved into the play-off places on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over Hemel Hempstead.

    "Ebbsfleet are undefeated away from home, so what a challenge that is. Can we be the first team to beat them away?" Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  8. Jail for trade union thief

    BBC Radio Devon

    A trade union treasurer who admitted stealing at least £40,000 from members to pay off her personal loans has been jailed for nine months at Exeter Crown Court.

    Cleaner Sarah Gorman took the money from the Unison branch at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital over a five-year period.

    The 50-year-old, of Spenser Avenue, Exeter, was caught when she took a three-month trip to America and colleagues spotted discrepancies in the accounts.

  9. 'Massage' teacher guilty of groping student

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A public school teacher has been found guilty of groping an 18-year-old girl under the guise of giving her a sports massage.

    Chay Roberts-Jones, who was suspended from Blundells School in Tiverton over the allegations, had denied of three counts of sexual assault

    Chay Roberts-Jones

    The 29-year-old, of Preston Street, Exeter, was cleared of sexually assaulting two other girls and will be sentenced in March.  

  10. Jailed mother denies baby killing

    Clark Ainsworth

    BBC News

    A 37-year-old mother jailed for killing her young daughter now denies murdering her baby son six months earlier in August 2003.

    Seven-month-old Harley Dunford was found dead in his cot at the family home in Camber, East Sussex.

    Lesley Dunford

    The Old Bailey was told Lesley Dunford (pictured right), formerly of Windermere Close, Exeter, was changing her plea to not guilty a month after she admitted murdering him.

  11. NHS boss suspended

    A health boss in Cornwall on a £150,000-a-year salary has been suspended, the BBC has learned.

    An internal investigation will be carried out at NHS Kernow - the organisation which commissions health services in Cornwall.

    Hospital sign

    The BBC understands Joy Youart has been suspended from her post as managing director. NHS Kernow did not confirm the identity of the suspended staff member and said no wrongdoing was implied. Ms Youart's lawyers said she was "disappointed to be suspended from the valuable work that she does there".

  12. Knee op woman who died 'fit for surgery'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 79-year-old woman from Cornwall who died after a routine knee replacement operation was fit for surgery and had consented to it, an orthopaedic surgeon has told an inquest. 

    Audrey Prew, from Camborne, suffered a coronary thrombosis 10 days after being admitted into the Royal Cornwall Hospital in June 2014.

    Surgeon Robin Kincade told the inquest the risks of death for such a routine operation were less than one in 100,000. Consultant anesthetist Sam Banks added: "She was actually relatively fit. Unfortunately, there was major surgery she was undergoing. That complicated it and patients can deteriorate quickly". The hearing continues.  

  13. Devon tops dolphin and whale watch survey

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    South Devon had more sightings of dolphins and whales last year that anywhere else in the UK.

    Figures released from the Sea Watch Foundation watch showed sightings at an average rate of one every 40 minutes. 

    Harbour porpoise

    More than a 1,000 people in the South West took part in the nine-day survey in the summer, recording 190 sightings, which included more than 1,000 cetaceans. The harbour porpoise being the most commonly seen.

  14. Time, please... possible pub venue for Post Office

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Post Office in Cornwall could be calling time and relocating to a former pub.

    The Post Office has confirmed it's launching a consultation on the future of Newlyn Post Office, which could see it move from its current premises in The Strand to the former Dolphin pub on Jack Lane.

    Post Office sign

    The Post Office is currently undertaking a major modernisation programme across its network.

  15. Toiletry factory's operation 'not ruled in or out'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The new owner of a Tiverton toiletries factory that closed earlier this month has not said whether it will continue operations there.

    Broad Oak Toiletries went into administration with the loss of 214 jobs, but its assets have been bought by Peterborough-based rival Potter and Moore. More than a dozen former workers are back at the Devon factory on short-term contracts.

    Broad Oak Toiletries

    Nick O'Shea, of Potter and Moore parent group Creightons PLC, said: "We're looking at what the operations and requirements are and we're developing our plans. They're at an early stage. We don't rule out a continuing operation in Tiverton, but we haven't ruled it in either."

  16. Porn volunteer banned from working with children

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A primary school volunteer claimed he was carrying out an investigation into internet pornography when he was caught with almost 2,000 child abuse images.

    Many of the images found on Ross Chesterton's computer were of children of primary school age.

    The 52-year-old, previously of Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, admitted four counts of making indecent images at Exeter Crown Court. He was sent on a sex offenders' course and banned from working with children.

  17. Polruan firefighters provide first medical emergency response

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Eight on-call firefighters from Polruan Community Fire Station are to provide the "first response" to medical emergency calls as part of a partnership with the South Western Ambulance Service.

    The ambulance trust will identify which emergencies are "appropriate" for the co-responders to attend. 

    Polruan firefighters

    The firefighters, who're trained in basic life support and the use of defibrillators, are expected to deal with about 160 medical emergency calls a year.

  18. 'Guardian' tenants protect empty homes

    Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The number of commerical and residential landlords using "guardian" tenants to protect empty properties from squatters is increasing in the South West.

    With about 26,000 empty properties in the region, the guardian initiative allows tenants to move in on short-term contracts and pay cheap rents in exchange for looking after the empty properties. 

    'Guardian' Marc Coventry

    "I don't feel like a security guard, but it does give me an excuse to be a nosey neighbour," guardian Marc Coventry said.