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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Tuesday's live coverage

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

  2. Figures show 4,510 homes built in Devon last year

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Nearly 150,000 new houses were built in England last year - with 4,510 of them in Devon, according to government figures.

    East Devon had 900 new homes completed, followed by Plymouth with 870, Exeter with 550, Teignbridge and Torbay both with 450 and Torridge with 400. North Devon and South Hams had 240, Mid Devon built 220 and West Devon had 190.

    House building

    Central Devon MP Mel Stride said the figures were good news for young families especially in Devon "where wages are below average but house prices are relatively high".

  3. Firm fined £20k after worker fell through roof

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Cornish firm Clean Earth Energy Ltd has been fined £20,000 after a roofer fell through a fragile roof. 

    Solar panels

    He was installing solar panels at Homeleigh Garden Centre, Launceston in August 2015 when he fell 15ft and suffered multiple injuries including fractured vertebrae, Bodmin magistrates heard. 

    The Health and Safety Executive said the work was not properly planned or supervised. Clean Earth Energy Ltd, based in Wadebridge, admitted breaching health and safety rules and was fined £20,000 plus £1,704 costs.

  4. Weather latest: Heavy rain and gale force winds

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight an area of low pressure will bring rain - heavy, persistent and wintry at times. Winds increasing through the evening to gale force south westerly, veering severe gale force north westerly later in the night. Minimum temperature: 3 Deg C (37F).

    Weather map

    A wet start to the day tomorrow with the rain clearing during the morning, followed by a scattering of showers and some bright or sunny. Very windy conditions will persist, with severe gale force winds possible around the coasts.  Maximum temperature 8 Deg C (46F).

  5. Brunt set for nine-month absence

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle striker Ryan Brunt could be out for nine months after injuring his cruciate knee ligament.

    Ryan Brunt

    The 22-year-old was hurt in Argyle's 1-0 loss at Barnet last week and will be out for at least six months after further tests on Monday. The ex-Bristol Rovers player tweeted that his injury was 'not looking too promising' last week.

  6. Cornwall family suffer suspected styrene poisoning in own home

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A family has been warned by doctors not to return to their Cornwall home after showing signs of styrene poisoning. 


    Dick Ogilvie and his wife Joan say they suffered from burning eyes, abdominal pain, aching joints and memory loss at their Cawsand home. 

    Styrene is widely used throughout the UK to line water mains and sewers. South West Water which was carrying out work in the area said there was "no evidence" its work caused the family's ill health but said it had used styrene in the village.  

  7. News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - A helicopter crew would had to have been "naughty" to try a zero gravity stunt, an inquest hears

    - Male staff at Plymouth and Exeter universities earn more than female colleages, a union report claims

    - Plymouth-based HMS Enterprise rescues migrants trying to reach Italy from north Africa

    - Experts are calling for more support for mental health patients in the South West

  8. Plea to use A&E 'only in an emergency'

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    People in Devon are being urged not to use busy hospital accident departments unless it's an emergency as the current cold weather and a rise in the number of people with flu are putting the NHS "under strain".

    Dr Tim Burke, chair of the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said A&E departments need to be able to concentrate on the most seriously ill and injured patients.

    Accident and Emergency sign

    He added: "So before you decide to visit A&E, please stop and ask yourself - could I be seen by my GP or a pharmacist about this?"

  9. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - Mayflower Street in Plymouth is very congested due to the closure of Coburg Street for roadworks.

    - In Newton Abbot there are reports of an accident on the A383 around Kingsteignton Road.

    - In Cornwall there is an accident in Falmouth on Market Street around Killigrew Street and Market Strand. 

    - Reports of an accident in Plymouth on the A386 Outland Road near Segrave Road - near the turning for Home Park.

    - In Devon on the A38 between Chudleigh Knighton and Drum Bridges one lane is blocked Plymouth-bound by a broken down vehicle.

  10. Flood alert issued for Cornwall

    Sian Davies

    Four flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for the north Cornwall coast, from Land's End to Hartland Point early on Wednesday morning.

    Flooding is possible in areas including Trevellas, Perranporth, Newquay, Mawgan Porth, Porth and Polzeath.

    Flooding is possible over the high tide on Wednesday morning, at 05:15 in Padstow, which may lead to localised flooding of coastal roads, car parks and quays.

  11. Third foodbank addressing 'ever growing need'

    Falmouth Packet

    A new foodbank has opened at St Keverne in Cornwall to address the "ever growing need" of people struggling to even eat. It is the third to be set up and run by the Helston charity Mustard Seed.

  12. Gravity attempt would require crew to be 'actively naughty'

    BBC News England

    Five British servicemen who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan would have to have been "actively naughty" to attempt weightlessness onboard, an inquest has heard. 

    Last year, a service inquiry into the 2014 Army Air Corps Lynx crash near Kandahar airbase said the pilots may have been attempting to simulate the feeling of zero gravity just before impact, but the families of the crew have denied they would carry out such a stunt. 

    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 men who died were Captain Thomas Clarke, from Tiverton, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner, from Burghfield Common in Berkshire, Corporal James Walters, from Leedstown in Cornwall, RAF Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, from Cropston in Leicestershire and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas, from Brecon in Powys.  

  13. Pirates a Premiership 'stepping stone'

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies says he wants players to use his side as a way of getting to a Premiership club.

    Jack Nowell (left) and Blair Cowan

    The Pirates have given a host of players their chance, with both Scotland's Blair Cowan and England's Jack Nowell spending time at the club before gaining international recognition.

    "Guys look at the Cornish Pirates and they know it's a stepping stone to get to the Premiership. Thirty-four players since 2009, our record speaks for itself," Davies said.

  14. Met Office issues yellow wind warning

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Severe gales could disrupt travel and power supplies across Devon and Cornwall tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.

    yellow wind warning - valid from 01:00 until 15:00 - has been issued, with gusts of up to 70mph forecast.

    Yellow wind warning

    The Met Office says, combined with heavy rain, these high winds are likely to produce some difficult driving conditions, with the risk of disruption to transport and possible disruption to power supplies, as well as high waves overtopping some coastal routes.  

  15. Renovation of Penzance Jewish Cemetery marked

    The Cornishman

    The most westerly and southerly Jewish cemetery in Britain, which dates back to the 1740s, has been restored and the occasion will be marked with the first of two ceremonies on Sunday.

  16. Lib Dem candidate selected for Cornwall Council by-election

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Wadebridge mum and radiographer Karen McHugh has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Cornwall Council by-election in the division of Wadebridge West.

    Karen McHugh

    She was selected by a ballot of Lib Dem members in the Wadebridge West electoral division yesterday with an overall turnout of 65%.

    Speaking of her selection, Mrs McHughsaid: “I hope to campaign to fairly represent both the families I grew up with and new faces alike, and, if successful, to be an insightful Cornwall Councillor, with a new set of eyes and a fresh approach.”

  17. Appeal raising money for baby unit

    BBC Spotlight

    An appeal for North Devon District Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit, for sick, vulnerable and premature babies, has raised about £80,000. 

    Baby unit

    It's hoped to eventually raise £250,000 which will be spent on equipment,  including neonatal ventilators which help very small babies breath. 

  18. Coastguards from Cornwall involved in discovery of mummified round-world sailor

    Plymouth Herald

    Unseen footage shows the moment a sailor in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race discovered the mummified body of a man on a stricken ship. German sailor Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found by the LMAX Exchange crew east of the Philippines on board a Sayo yacht on 31 January.