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  1. Updates on Friday 4 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Friday's live coverage

    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. Have a good weekend.

  2. Gool Peran Lowen! Hundreds expected to mark St Piran's Day

    Pubs across Cornwall are preparing to mark St Piran's Day on Saturday with a mass sing-a-long of the Cornish anthem Trelawny, also known as the 'Song of the Western Men', written by Robert Stephen Hawker in 1824.

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  3. Plymouth Raiders looking for place in top eight play-offs

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth Raiders continue their bid to reach basketball's play-offs tonight at the Pavilions when they aim to beat Sheffield Sharks for the first time this season.

    Plymouth Raiders

    From struggling at the bottom of the league without a win last Autumn, the Raiders have turned their form around and are now serious contenders for the top eight showdown in April.

  4. Weather latest: Cold overnight with outbreaks of hill snow, becoming drier tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be cold and rather cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow. It will become windy too, especially along the north coast and over moorland. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Becoming drier from the west with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers and it will remain windy and feel very cold. Maximum Temperature: 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

  5. Three people sentenced for setting fire to homeless man in Exeter

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    One man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years and two teenagers have received 12 month detention and training orders for setting fire to a homeless person in Barnstaple.

    Adam Scott

    Adam Scott, 23, of no fixed abode, and Matthew Ogden and Quinn Britton, both 16 and from Barnstaple, set light to a pizza box and twice put it under the sleeping bag of 71-year-old Robert Newton, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Mr Newton, who the judge described as appearing to have been "somewhat disabled", escaped unhurt after he was helped by a passer-by.  

  6. Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    - Police have called in the RSPCA to assess how dangerous dogs in their care are looked after

    - Twenty three people living in an 'eco community' in woods on Dartmoor are facing a legal battle to keep their homes

    - Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 19-year-old man who went missing from a holiday chalet near Liskeard

    - The Virtual Jet Centre in Chudleigh could become a centre of dementia training for airline staff 

  7. Woman's death 'suspicious' say Newquay police

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Police are treating the death of a 69-year-old woman, whose body was found with the body of a 70-year-old man at a house near Newquay, as suspicious.


    The bodies were found at Quintrell Downs at 12:35 on Thursday, police said.

    Det Insp Ian Ringrose said: "This investigation is at a very early stage and enquiries continue to establish the circumstances around the deaths. However at this time we are not looking for any other person in connection with this incident."

  8. Travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    In Newton Abbot, there are reports of an accident on the A380 Torquay Road at the Penn Inn Roundabout.

    On the A38 in Plymouth there is very heavy traffic Cornwall-bound between Forder Valley and St Budeaux due to two broken down vehicles.

    At Landkey, the A361 is partially blocked by an accident at Blakes Hill Road.

    At Gittisham on the A30 westbound around the B3177 one lane is blocked by a broken down vehicle.

  9. Cannabis arrests in Exeter

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Police have seized a large amount of cannabis after reports of a strong smell coming from a house in Church Road, Exeter.


    Eight large bin bags of cannabis and 2kg of other drugs with an estimated street value of £120,000 were seized from the property. A 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were arrested at the scene, police said.

  10. RSPCA to assess seized dogs after public concern for their welfare

    BBC Spotlight

    The care given to dogs seized by Devon and Cornwall Police is to be independently assessed by the RSPCA.


    It's after footage emerged of a second dangerous dog - a Rottweiler called Vinnie - which had been caged for two years. Chief Superintendent Jim Nye says they are doing everything possible to ensure the welfare of animals.   

  11. Woodland community faces lengthy legal battle for planning permission

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    An 'eco community' in woods on Dartmoor - home to 23 people generating their own energy - is gearing up for a massive legal battle for its survival. 

    Steward Community Woodland, Dartmoor

    The Steward Community Woodland has existed on a series of temporary planning permissions for the last fifteen years, but has had its application for permanent permission rejected.

    A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for an appeal has raised £34,000 in 10 days. 

  12. Superyachts won't return to Falmouth until 2018

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A prestigious yacht regatta won't take place in Falmouth this year, it's been revealed.

    Pendennis Cup yacht race

    The Pendennis Cup won't return until 2018. Pendennis Shipyard said the decision was taken because the yard is too busy to commit to the work involved in organising the regatta.

  13. Haters bombard farm shop's Facebook page...over innocent name-the-calf competition

    Plymouth Herald

    Militant vegans have swamped a farm shop’s Facebook page with abusive and threatening comments after it invited customers to win a joint of beef by coming up with names for a new-born calf.

  14. Man and woman found dead inside house near Newquay

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A 70-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman have been found dead at a house at Quintrell Downs near Newquay.

    Police say they are treating the woman's death as suspicious. The bodies were found at around midday yesterday. The property has been cordoned off while police investigate.  

  15. Court told 'chances were missed' to identify poor care at two Devon care homes

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Bristol Crown Court has been told vulnerable residents at two care homes in Devon were put into isolation rooms if they did something wrong. In one case, a woman was shut away after wetting her bed. One man was sent 340 times, another 195 times.


    Alison Pointu, a recently retired executive nurse told the court it was "shocking that external agencies, placing authorities and the CQC, were not asking the right questions".

    Paul Hewitt, 70, who was managing director of Atlas Project Team Ltd, which used to run a total of seven care homes in Devon and Berkshire, denies charges of conspiracy to detain and imprison falsely and failure to discharge a duty. Four others deny related charges. The trial continues.

  16. WW2 veterans in Cornwall awarded France's top honour

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A World War Two RAF gunner who helped invade German-occupied France says he is "thrilled to bits" with his new French military award.

    Veterans receiving the Legion d'honneur in Truro

    More than 20 World War Two veterans have been awarded the Legion d'honneur, France's top honour, for their role in the country's liberation in 1944.

    William Stoneman, 88, who flew a Halifax bomber during the war, said: "I was astounded, I forgot, I thought it was all over, no more medals or things are coming my way."  

  17. Jess backs Launceston to recover

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Launceston will find their level next season, says Exeter winger and former Cornish All Blacks player Matt Jess.

    Matt Jess

    The club will be relegated from National Two South if they lose at fellow strugglers Southend on Saturday.

    "If they do go down then they're going to find their level next year, I've got no doubt about that. They've got a good man with Jimmy Tucker at the helm, he's very passionate about the club and he knows where he can take them," Jess told BBC Sport.

  18. Jet simulator helps dementia patients' fear of flying

    BBC Radio Devon

    People with dementia are getting help with their fear of flying from simulator experts in Devon.

    Virtual jet

    The Virtual Jet Centre in Chudleigh is researching how to help people with the condition and their carers and is also putting together a training programme for cabin crew and pilots. 

    It comes as experts from all over the UK hold talks in Plymouth on the rapid growth of people diagnosed with dementia.