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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Thar she blows! Whale sighted near Land's End

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A couple have spotted a whale while walking near Land's End. 

    Whale sighting. Pic: Tina Barrott

    Tina Barrott, from St Austell, said she and her husband were walking between Porthgwarra and Nanjiza at the weekend when they spotted and photographed what they thought was a dolphin at first. She said: "We then realised it was much bigger. We watched it for an hour ... it was absolutely amazing." 

    Although the species has yet to be identified, the mammal was believed to be about 25ft long, she said.

  3. Weather latest: Heavy rain with a risk of gales overnight

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    It will turn milder overnight as the rain turns heavier and more persistent. Winds will also continue to strengthen with the risk of gales in places. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather graphic

    Tuesday morning will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain, often heavy and persistent. It will turn brighter through the day with scattered showers which will turn increasingly wintry over Dartmoor and other areas of high ground. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. 'Good evidence' for Rock swim veto

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A harbour master says there is "good evidence" to dissuade swimmers from using water near Rock in Cornwall.

    Rock ferry

    Padstow Harbour Commissioners want Rock removed from lists of designated bathing waters, saying that - with speed boats, water skiers, wakeboarders and kite surfers in the area - it's not a safe place to go for a paddle. A public consultation has begun.

    Harbour master Rob Atkinson said the local ferry service "regularly " had to get exhausted swimmers and out of the water and speedboats went though the area "at about 40 knots". He added: "If there's a little bit of chop in the estuary, you just don't see people."

  5. Chiefs boss Baxter praises Parling for playing through illness

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has praised England lock Geoff Parling for playing through illness in their 26-17 Premiership victory against Bath.

    Baxter had already been forced into one second-row change, with Ollie Atkins stepping in for the injured Jonny Hill.

    Geoff Parling

    "Geoff was actually really quite ill but understood our resources were pretty stretched and fair play to him," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon. "The way the game was going from lineout to lineout it was important to maintain that stream of lineout possession. I thought Geoff did extremely well there for us."  

  6. Plymouth increases council tax by 2%

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth City Council is increasing its share of council tax by 2% to help fund care for the vulnerable. 

    The Labour administration could have raised bills to a maximum of 4% - as Devon County, Torbay and Cornwall have done - but it went for the lower rise. It had raised council tax by the maximum it could do for the past three years.

    The opposition Conservatives said Labour was mindful of a crunch election in May which could see it losing control if the Tories won just two seats.

  7. Legal adjournments that led to dog being caged for two years, 'not caused by police'

    Devon and Cornwall Police has responded to a BBC investigation which shows that a dog has been locked in a kennel for two years without exercise and only limited human contact.

    A spokesperson said: "In the past two years, in the region of a hundred dogs have been seized by Devon and Cornwall Police. During this time, Stella, an illegal breed that had to be seized, has been the only dog deemed too dangerous to walk due to her aggressive behaviour.   

    Dog graphic

    "Once the dog was seized, an initial review was made in which the decision was reached that Stella was too dangerous to be exercised by kennel staff."

  8. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A court has been told that an emergency belt tied round the mouth of a man with mental health problems in a Devon and Cornwall Police cell did not cause his death

    - An investigation is under way after an elderly woman dies in a house fire near Redruth

    - A consultation is under way into whether Rock's famous estuary should become a no-go area for swimmers because of the number of boats using it

    - What's thought to be a minke whale has been spotted off Land's End by fishermen and walkers

  9. Tucker hopes Launceston learn lessons after 21st loss

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Launceston head coach Jimmy Tucker says he hopes his side are learning lessons after they lost at home against Canterbury 39-12 and are now 30 points adrift at the bottom of National Two South.


    "That was the best attacking performance we've had for three months probably," Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  10. E-cigarette secret shopper work 'to protect children from nicotine'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A recent secret shopper operation in Plymouth which found more than half of 15 shops illegally sold electronic cigarettes to children is part of work to ensure that youngsters "are protected from nicotine", a senior city councillor says.

    New laws banning selling e-cigarettes to children were introduced last year. Retailers who break this could be fined up to £2,500.

    E-cigarette. Pic: Thinkstock

    Council cabinet member Philippa Davey said: "We asked pupils in Year 10 if they had ever used an e-cigarette, and 18% replied that they had done so, so this is a very real concern for Plymouth."

  11. Restraint belt did not cause custody death, court is told

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A court has been told that an emergency belt tied round the mouth of a man with mental health problems in a police cell did not cause his death.

    Three police staff are on trial for manslaughter following the death of Thomas Orchard who was arrested in Exeter in 2012. 

    The barrister for one of the men, Patrick Gibbs QC, said: "There is not reliable evidence of prolonged occlusion of the airway by the ERB (Emergency Response Belt). On the balance of probabilities this is probably a heart death." 

    Simon Tansley, 38, fellow civilian detention officer Michael Marsden, 55, and custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 44, deny manslaughter. The trial continues.   

  12. Seized dog 'too dangerous to get exercise'

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A dog was kept for two years without exercise by kennel staff after being seized by police because it was "too dangerous", police say.

    Stella (pictured) was seized after her owner was arrested on an unrelated matter. An order has been issued for it to be destroyed. 

    Stella the dog. Pic: Laura Khanlarian

    Police said an assessment of the dog "remained under constant review and a number of further examinations were made by independent external experts" who found the dog had "unpredictable and dangerous behaviour patterns".

  13. Warning over so-called Microsoft Scam

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman from Newquay has been defrauded of a large amount of cash in a computer scam, a senior police officer says.

    Inspector Dave Meredith said the woman was conned in a so-called "Microsoft scam", where victims are cold-called and told there is a problem with their computer which can be fixed for a fee.

    Computer keyboard

    He said: "Police are asking for people to be aware of the scam and report to Action Fraud Online if they feel they have received this type of call. Microsoft are aware of this scam and will never call people at home stating they will fix their home computers."

  14. Nicholson unhappy with Torquay players after FA Trophy exit

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson says there was "no excuse" for their 1-0 FA Trophy quarter-final defeat at Bognor Regis Town.

    Kevin Nicholson

    "We didn't work hard enough - whether that was fear or complacency, I don't know," Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon. "There's no reason why that should happen other than maybe a mentality, maybe we got too relaxed."  

  15. Plans to dissuade swimmers at Rock

    John Danks, BBC Spotlight

    Swimmers could be discouraged from using one of Cornwall's most popular beaches before the start of the summer season on the grounds of public safety. 


    Rock could be taken off the list of designated bathing areas. The Cornish estuary is known for being popular with speedboats users and water skiers, and Padstow Harbour Commissioners want it set in stone that it's not a good place for swimmers as a result.

    A public consultation has begun into the proposals.

  16. More than half of shops tested sell e-cigarettes to children

    BBC Radio Devon

    Nine out of 15 shops in Plymouth tested in a recent secret shopper operation illegally sold electronic cigarettes to children, Plymouth City Council says.

    New laws on selling e-cigarettes to children were introduced last year, and the council said Trading Standards officers have been checking whether they are being applied.

    E-cigarettes. Pic: iStock

    Council cabinet member Philippa Davey said: "We will not be taking any formal action on this occasion ... we want to work with retailers in the first instance to raise their awareness of their legal obligations." 

  17. Elderly woman dies after house fire

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A woman has died after a house fire, police say.

    Police were called to Tolgus Mount, near Redruth, at about 10:45. Officers said the fire was contained within one room and the 84-year-old woman was the only person inside the property. 

    An investigation is under way with the Fire Service into the cause. The woman has not been formally identified, but her family had been informed, police said.