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  1. Updates on Monday 7 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today. We'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 tonight and the late bulletin at 22:30.

  2. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A Torquay man appears in court charged with killing a scooter club member during a rally at a holiday park

    - Falmouth-based RFA Mounts Bay is deployed to help prevent people smuggling in the Aegean 

    - Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says she'll tackle uneven levels of funding 

    - So-called "paupers funerals" have almost doubled in the region in the past five years, at a cost of £2m

    - An eco-powered steam engine is built in a garden shed in Cornwall 

  3. Afghanistan helicopter crash inquest begins

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    An inquest has begun into the deaths of five British servicemen, including one from Cornwall, who were killed when a Lynx helicopter crashed on a routine training flight in Afghanistan.

    The five members of the crew are pictured
    Image caption: The killed crew were (clockwise from top left): Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner, Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan, Cpl James Walters and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas.

    The Army Air Corps Lynx was destroyed in the crash about 12 miles from the Kandahar airbase in April 2014.

    All five men on board, including Corporal James Walters, from Leedstown in Cornwall, were killed.

    A previous official report concluded the helicopter was serviceable and under the control of the crew when it was accidentally flown into the ground.

  4. Witnesses sought over Southway robbery

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    CCTV images have been released of a man Devon and Cornwall Police want to speak to about a robbery in Plymouth last month, in which a 72-year-old woman had her handbag stolen and she and her one-year-old grandson were hurt.

    The incident took place at the junction of Skerries Road and Alderney Road in Southway, abount midday on Tuesday 23 February.

    Police CCTV image

    Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any information that can help, is asked to contact police.

  5. Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Mainly dry overnight, overcast and drizzly on Tuesday

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    This evening and tonight it will be mainly dry and clear, with a widespread frost forming after dark, especially to the east. 

    Isolated sleety showers will ease towards midnight, before thickening cloud later in the night will bring occasional rain to the west. Minimum temperature 1 Deg C (34 Deg F).


    Tomorrow cold and overcast with occasional light rain or drizzle, mainly across higher ground such as Dartmoor. Becoming a little brighter in places later in the afternoon with a maximum temperature of 9 Deg C (48 Deg F).

  6. Man in court over scooter rally death

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    A man has appeared in court charged with killing a member of a scooter club during a rally at a holiday park.

    Sandford Holiday Park

    Police were called to reports of a serious assault at about 02:20 GMT on Saturday at Sandford Holiday Park, near Wareham, in Dorset where Dave "Chewie" Coxon, 36, of the Cyder Commando Scooter Club, was found dead.

    Jason James, 41, of Charles Road in Torquay, Devon, is charged with manslaughter.

    Bournemouth magistrates remanded Mr James in custody until a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday to decide whether he should be granted bail.

  7. Davies proud as Cornish Pirates push Bristol

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies said he was proud of his side as they took two losing bonus points from a narrow 29-24 defeat at leaders Bristol.

    Brett Beukeboom, Tom Duncan, Craig Holland and Kyle Moyle went over for Pirates, who had made 14 changes.

    Bristol v Cornish Pirates

    "You look at their internationals - no-one should be anywhere near them, but rugby's a funny old game," Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall. "We had belief the team we picked would score and we knew, to win, we probably needed five tries - we've scored four."

  8. Witness appeal after abandoned car 'obliterated' in crash

    Cornish Guardian

    Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses after an abandoned care was left "obliterated' in a collision with a lorry on the A30 near Launceston.

    The force said it received reports of a man - the driver of the abandoned car -  lying in the A30's central reservation on Thursday morning between Liftondown and Launceston.

  9. Independent cinema to seat 130 across two screens

    Eight full-time jobs could be created by the opening of a cinema - the first in Newlyn for 50 years.

    Owner Suzie Sinclair said the two-screen cinema, with seating for 77 and 55 people, would cost about £1m to develop.

    Montage of pictures from the cinema including owner

    The two-screen cinema is being created in the former JH Turner and Co fish merchants building.

    Sean Stephenson, one of the builders on the project, said: "It is nice for Newlyn to have a cinema back and I think it will be well used."

  10. Dartmouth killer Dean Rosser 'hid in wardrobe'

    Torquay Herald Express

    Dartmouth drug dealer Dean Rosser, who hid in a wardrobe after killing his friend Colin Edwards at a former church in the town last September, has been jailed at Bristol Crown Court.

    The 49-year-old, who admitted manslaughter and possession of a class A drugs with intent to supply, was sentenced to a total of seven years and four months.

  11. Truro City 'below par' despite winning - Tully

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City manager Steve Tully admitted his team were "below par" despite their 1-0 National League South victory at home to Chelmsford, which keeps them in the play-offs spots.

    Substitute Craig Duff scored to make it 10 games unbeaten for the Cornish side, who had Aaron Bentley sent off.

    Steve Tully

    "We didn't play very well but sometimes you have to do the rough stuff," Tully told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "Sometimes you have to grind out a result when you sometimes don't deserve it. This was one of those days."

  12. Oh, oh heaven... could Poldark be the new James Bond?

    The Cornishman

    Poldark fans were left shaken but not stirred this morning following rumours Aidan Turner could be the next James Bond.

    The Irish hunk, who plays Ross Poldark in the hit BBC One drama, is thought to be in the running for the iconic role, along with Mad Max star Tom Hardy.

  13. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Chagford, Devon, the B3206 is partially blocked by an accident near the recycling centre

    - An accident has blocked the B3267 in St Teath in both directions near the camp site

    - On the M5 in Devon between Junction 29 - Exeter and Honiton - and Junction 28 for Cullompton one lane is blocked by a spillage.

  14. Launceston's future 'sound' despite relegation - Tucker

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Launceston boss Jimmy Tucker says the club's future "is sound" despite suffering relegation from National Two South after a 19-13 loss at Southend.

    The Cornish All Blacks had led but a converted try in the last play of the game sealed their fate, leaving them bottom with 22 defeats and a draw this season.

    Launceston RFC

    "We'll take a step down next season, gather ourselves together, but we will have the team," Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall. "The relegation thing, to be fair, we were resigned to weeks ago so that wasn't an issue for us."

  15. Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Largely dry with some bright spells

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be largely dry, although there will be a few showers for some which may turn wintry at times, especially over the hills.

    Away from the showers, there will be some bright or sunny spells , most prolonged in the east with a maximum temperature of 8C (46F).

    Weather map

    This evening and tonight will be dry with some clear spells for most with temperatures falling quickly and a widespread frost likely by dawn with some icy patches and a minimum temperature of -1C (30F).   

  16. Exeter nurse returns from Calais 'jungle'

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Jonathan Probets, a registered nurse from Exeter, has just returned from a mercy mission to the Calais refugee camp, known as The Jungle.

    The medic took locally-donated items such as coats, sleeping bags, blankets and children's wellies.