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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 February 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Wednesday's live coverage

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

  2. Message in a bottle returned to sender

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A couple who found a message in a bottle on a beach in Newquay will be posted back to the person who originally threw it into the sea. 

    Message in a bottle

    Neil and Sandi Purdy found the message from Pouch Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, on Lusty Glaze beach.

    It's thought to have travelled 2,300 miles across the Atlantic.

  3. £1m project to uncover secrets of pottery and bone discovered 30 years ago

    BBC Spotlight

    Pottery and bone fragments discovered in Devon 30 years ago could reveal more about the history of Exeter thanks to new scientific techniques.

    A £1m project will see objects found in the 1970s and 80s properly tested for the first time by experts from the University of Exeter.

    Bones and pottery

    The artefacts are from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's collection in Exeter. Experts will use multi-isotope analysis and radiocarbon dating, as well as chemical analysis in a bid to find out more about the items.

  4. Busy hospital blamed for poor staff survey results

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The acting chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has blamed poor staff survey results simply on the hospital being too busy.

    The feedback has put the hospital in the bottom 20% of acute trusts in the country. Andrew MacCallum said: "Our staff are working in very challenging, difficult circumstance, particularly in busy A&E departments."

    He said they were doing a "great job" and he had experienced first-hand a much more positive moral.

  5. Weather latest: Cold again overnight, mainly fine tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Skies will be clear again overnight, allowing temperatures to dip once more and another frost to form. We also may see the odd wintry shower during the early hours. Minimum Temperature: -2 Deg C (28 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    It will be a cold and frosty but sunny start once again on Thursday and will remain mostly dry through the day, with again possibly the odd shower. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

  6. Rose Polge latest: Friends have not given up hope of finding missing junior doctor alive

    Plymouth Herald

    Rose Polge’s friends and family have not given up hope of finding her alive, despite a police search for the Devon junior doctor being scaled back to intermittent patrols.

  7. Annoyed councillors demand reassurances over health centre closure

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's scrutiny committee on health and adult social care has demanded answers from NHS England over future health care for thousands of people affected by the closure of Cardrew Health Centre.

    The NHS wants the funds currently used for Cardrew in Redruth to go towards bolstering services at Redruth and Camborne Community Hospital instead. 

    But today managers presented their plans to an unimpressed committee of councillors, who have asked for proof that the health centre's closure won't impact on patients. 

  8. Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - On the A38 Plymouth-bound at Manadon there are delays after an earlier car fire - traffic is very heavy back to Forder Valley

    - In Plympton on the A38 Plymouth-bound between Deep Lane and Forder Valley watch out for slow traffic through the roadworks

    - In Newton Poppleford on the A3052 there are queues at Otter bridge between Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford

    - In Torquay we have reports of an accident on Ilsham Road around Ilsham Marine Drive

    - In Tiverton, a crash is reported on Broad Lane 

  9. Devon care homes disabled adults 'soiled themselves'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Disabled adults living in care homes were shut in and left alone in empty rooms for so long they wet or soiled themselves, a court has heard.


    The rooms at Vielstone and Gatooma care homes in Devon had been used more than 1,000 times, Bristol Crown Court was told. 

    The "imprisonment" was likened by prosecutors to training an animal. The boss of the homes and four staff deny a string of offences.

  10. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - Disabled adults at two care homes in Devon were locked in rooms as part of a 'deliberately cruel culture', a court has heard

    - Cornwall Councillors have demanded the NHS proves that the closure of a Redruth health centre will not affect patients

    - The number of MPs in the wider South West will be reduced from 83 to 81 as part of changes being drawn up by the Boundary Commission

    - A toilet block in Newton Poppleford has been closed after a bearded man in a wedding dress reportedly propositioned people for sex there

  11. Appeal for information on handbag snatchers in north Devon

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Attackers have tried to snatch handbags from two women in two separate incidents in Bideford.

    Police asked anyone with any information to get in touch on 101 or 0800 555 111 or to get in touch online at

  12. 'Serious knee injury' for Pirates' Lee

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates' back-row Dan Lee could be out for a lengthy spell after suffering a knee injury.

    Dan Lee

    The 22-year-old, who is an ex-England Under 19's player, made his debut in December having joined in 2014.

    "He suffered a serious knee injury in training," Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I'm devastated for the lad because he was going to be playing a major part moving forward until the end of the season for us."

  13. Bill Buckley announces he's leaving BBC Radio Devon

    Bill Buckley

    BBC Radio Devon

    It has been announced today that BBC Radio Devon's lunchtime phone-in presenter Bill Buckley is leaving.

    “I'm leaving BBC Radio Devon for one reason only; I want to be nearer my husband, friends and family." Bill writes.

    "I have loved my time in Devon and all the radio programmes I've presented, especially the lunchtime phone-in which is endlessly challenging and rewarding."

  14. Police appeal for information on destroyed and damaged signs


    Police in Torpoint are appealing for help after a number of estate agents' for sale signs on empty properties around Millbrook, Kingsands and Cawsands were removed, damaged or destroyed

    Officers posted on their Facebook page that they were "anxious to hear from anyone who may have information" regarding the spate of thefts and criminal damage.

  15. Coldplay could make Brit Awards history tonight

    Press Association

    Coldplay could become Brit Awards record breakers if they take home the British group gong later. 

    The band, whose lead singer Chris Martin was born and raised in Exeter, have previously won the award in 2012, 2003 and 2001.


    The four-piece are up against Adele in the British album category, which they have also won three times before - in 2006, 2003 and 2001. 

  16. 50% of people quizzed happy with care at RCHT, survey shows

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The results of the latest NHS staff survey show only 50% of people questioned say they'd be happy with the standard of care provided by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust if a friend or relative needed treatment. 

    Although this puts the RCHT in the lowest 20% of acute hospital trusts in England some of the results are significantly better than last year.

    Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

    Sarah Woodward, from union Unison, said: "Staff are overworked and tired and that is shown in the results. The trust has to keep listening to their staff if they want to see an improvement."