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

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Bieber lookalike sought over phone theft

    Press Association

    A suspect bearing a "striking resemblance" to singer Justin Bieber is being sought by Devon and Cornwall Police in connection with a theft. 

    The force said officers were keen to speak to the lookalike about a £700 mobile iPhone which was stolen from the Vodafone store in Plymouth in December.

    Phone suspect

    Bieber, 22, was on tour in Tokyo for his new album Purpose when the theft occurred.

  3. Weather latest: Showers overnight and rain and hill snow tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Showers will push southeastwards across the region overnight, becoming less frequent as the night progresses. This will allow some clearer spells to develop, particularly in eastern parts. The brisk northwesterly wind will also weaken by morning with a minimum temperature of 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

    weather map

    Looking settled for much of Thursday with scattered rain showers and light winds. Rain spreading from the west later, bringing strong winds and some hill snow and a maximum temperature of 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).  

  4. Sepsis more lethal than heart attacks

    BBC Spotlight

    Leaflets highlighting the symptoms of sepsis have been sent to GP surgeries in Cornwall, following the deaths of two babies and a toddler, where the highly dangerous condition wasn't spotted.

    Although the leaflet targets parents of young children, doctors say adults are at greater risk from the disease going undiagnosed.

    Sepsis leaflet

    Every year, 44,000 deaths are caused by septic shock - making it a bigger killer than heart attacks.

  5. Truro 'can deal' with fixture backlog

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Truro City manager Steve Tully says his squad is capable of dealing with a backlog of fixtures.

    Truro City FC

    The White Tigers suffered another postponement on Tuesday as their game with Weston-super-Mare was called off.

    "That's the whole reason I asked the chairman about a month ago to get a couple more players in," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I believe I've got the players who can play two or three games a week, they're fit lads and we also have cover in depth which is what we needed."

  6. Medical records of 37 patients dumped in charity bin

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A woman whose medical records were dumped in a charity clothing bin by a hospital employee says she is "disgusted" by the incident, which affected 37 patients.

    Derriford hospital

    Vanessa Small, from Plymouth, received a letter from Derriford hospital last week informing her that a member of staff had discarded her records, which included her name, NHS number and future appointments.

    Derriford hospital said it no longer employed the staff member responsible and all affected patients had been contacted.

  7. Hundreds of properties without power

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Storm Jake has taken its toll as it swept through Devon and Cornwall, leaving nearly 900 properties without power.

    It brought heavy rain, hail, sleet and some snow to the region, with strong winds gusting up to 70mph. At Perranporth airfield in Cornwall, an RAF anemometer recorded a wind speed of 100mph.

    Perranporth anemometer

    Some structural damage has been reported and there has been widespread disruption to road, rail and air travel.

  8. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - One lane of the A38 at Buckfastleigh is blocked by a broken down lorry between the Lower Dean Junction and the Dartbridge Junction.  

    - An accident in Padstow's one-way system has partially blocked Church Street.

    Skybus flights are now operating again at Land's End airport, but there is still disruption at Newquay due to the strong winds.

    Fore Street in Totnes is partially blocked by an accident near Coronation Road at the Seven Stars.

    - Beacon Park Road in Plymouth has been closed between Langstone Road and Westeria Terrace due to an unsafe roof.

  9. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - Storm Jake has disrupted travel, damaged properties and  left hundreds of homes without power.

    Health bosses vote to close a respite care home for adults with learning disabilities in Torbay

    - A US animal sanctuary offers a home to a condemned dog caged by police for two years.

    - Confidential patient records from Derriford Hospital are found in a Cornish clothing bank.

  10. Carers' distressed at respite closure

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Carers who look after their adult children with learning disabilities say they're upset at the decision of hospital bosses to close a respite care centre, they say they "desperately" need.

    The board of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust voted to close Baytree House in Torquay, saying it did not have a legal obligation to provide in-house respite.

    Baytree carers meeting

    But carers, some of whom were in tears, say they feel their views have not been listened to.

  11. 'Animal' Blissett hailed by Gulls boss

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson has hailed striker Nathan Blissett after he scored both goals in the side's 2-1 win at Macclesfield.

    Nathan Blissett

    The victory was United's third in a row, cutting the gap to National League safety to five points.

    "Bliss was an animal. He got a bit of luck for his second goal, but if you throw yourself in there like he's done, those are the bits of luck that you get," Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon.

  12. Hospital appoints dedicated sepsis nurse

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A leaflet is being sent to GP surgeries in Cornwall warning parents how to spot the sign of sepsis in babies and young children.

    The move follows the deaths of two babies and a toddler, where the condition wasn't diagnosed.


    Mike Spythey, the lead on sepsis at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, says a dedicated sepsis nurse has now been appointed and new guidelines on how to spot the condition in adults have been drawn up. 

  13. Dawn over Cornwall

    Matt Pengelly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    This was the beautiful scene looking south east from Probus early this morning.


    However, about half an hour after taking this I had to run for cover as Storm Jake brought in a band of heavy rain and hail.

  14. 'Ewed' be amazed at Duchy's lamb quads

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Extremely rare quadruplet lambs have been born at Stoke Climsland's Duchy College

    Twins are relatively common and staff and students have helped to deliver triplets before, but it's the first time that a ewe has delivered four lambs at Duchy Home Farm. 

    Lamb quads

    James Coumbe, the farm's manager, said mother and offspring were all doing well, adding "this time of year is always very busy,but very rewarding at the same time."

  15. Gulval's PEAT Project future uncertain as funding runs dry

    The Cornishman

    A garden project set up in Cornwall six years ago to help people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their quality of life is facing the threat of closure because it has run out of funds.

  16. Hospital chapel service for missing doctor

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A service has been held for Dr Rose Polge who's been missing for nearly three weeks.

    The 25-year-old junior doctor's car was found, with a note inside it, on 12 February at Ansteys Cove near Torquay.  

    Rose Polge

    The service was held in the chapel of Torbay Hospital, where Dr Polge worked.

  17. Garras School classroom bid prompts safety concerns

    Falmouth Packet

    Traffic issues and child safety concerns could see planners putting a cross against Garras Primary School’s bid for a new classroom.  

  18. From yacht building to garden makeovers

    Matt Pengelly

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    These apprentices at Pendennis Shipyard will be heading out this month to help local community projects. 

    The idea is part of National Apprenticeship Week, raising the profile of the apprentice system.


    One of the projects they will tackle is the improvement of a garden for patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice at St Austell. David Johns from the hospice said: "It is a big boost, these jobs tend to be labour intensive."

  19. Campaign to raise awareness of risk to vulnerable adults from sexual predators

    BBC Radio Devon

    A scheme to help vulnerable adults protect themselves from sexual predators has raised awareness "seven fold", experts say.

    The project, which was trialled in Plymouth and North Devon, was run by people with learning disabilities themselves.

    Rod Landman, from the Association for Real Change, who set up the programme, said although there is no specific data, research in the UK indicates that the "best guess" is people with learning disabilities are at lease twice as likely to be targeted than the rest of the population.