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  1. Updates on Friday 11 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 from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. 19th Century vase owned by 'topflight' art dealer

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A 19th Century Ming-style vase, which sold for £60,000 at Penzance auction room after it was found in a shipping container, was previously owned by a "topflight" 1930s art dealer, an auctioneer says.

    Cecil Doward
    Ming-style Chinese vase

    David Lay said art dealer Cecil Doward, a former Spitfire pilot, had "premises in a very posh address in London and also in New York", and spent much of his life travelling between the two on luxury liners.

    The vase, which had recently been stored in a shipping container in Redruth by a descendant, "was an expensive thing, and it would have gone to a royal palace, almost certainly", Mr Lay said.

  3. Easyjet apologises to doctor who helped woman on flight

    Airline Easyjet has apologised to a former doctor who treated a passenger on a flight and was offered a free coffee but asked to pay for a KitKat.  

    Ed Southall

    Dr Ed Southall, from Totnes, who is retired, was on a flight from Gatwick to Thessaloniki in January when he was asked to help an elderly Greek woman.

    Easyjet said it was "grateful" for his help and has now offered him a free flight.

  4. Weather latest: Dry overnight with a chance of frost, staying dry tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Overnight it will remain dry and we will have enough clear sky to allow some frost and fog to form once again, especially in prone spots such as our river valleys. Minimum Temperature: 2 Deg C (36 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow will be a little cloudier than today but we should still have some sunny spells, with temperatures remaining on the mild side. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  5. Woman's anger after brain tumour operation is cancelled twice

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A woman's brain tumour operation has been put back twice by Derriford Hospital in Plymouth because of "extreme pressure" on services.

    Lynne Roper, 54, from Yelverton, Devon, was diagnosed with the tumour in February. She said the cancelled operations had been "very stressful". 

    A spokesperson for Derriford apologised for the cancellations and said it was experiencing "a substantial increase in emergency admissions". 

  6. 'Some way to go' before sunken trawler is lifted

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A harbour master says "there is some way to go" before a trawler which sank in Dartmouth can be lifted afloat again.

    Submerged trawler in Dartmouth

    Rob Giles said here were "many ways" of raising a vessel, including the use of "lifting bags" and "a recovery barge", but the method had not been yet decided and would need approval from all the regulatory bodies.

    Emergency services received the call to the sinking Saint Christophe just after 00:35 on Thursday. A boom has since been placed round the vessel to prevent an oil spill.

  7. Couple 'very lucky' to escape with their lives in rocks rescue drama

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Coastguards said a couple airlifted off rocks at Crackington Haven were "very lucky" to escape alive.


    A helicopter winched the pair to safety shortly after 15:30 on Thursday, after the couple's friends raised the alarm. 

    Coastguard spokesman James Instance said: "They were in a precarious position and the force of the waves actually knocked one of them off the rocks and into the water."

  8. Thomas Orchard: Judge concludes summing up

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The judge at the trial of three Devon and Cornwall Police staff, on trial for the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard who died in custody, has concluded his summing up.

    Thomas Orchard

    Mr Justice King reviewed the defendants' evidence, which included claims that Mr Orchard had been aggressive and that none saw him having any breathing difficulties.

    Mr Orchard died seven days after police put an emergency restraint belt across his face - the jury is expected to start considering verdicts next week.

  9. Re-opening of Cornish leisure centre delayed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The re-opening of the Ships and Castles leisure centre in Falmouth has been delayed until 9 April.

    It's been closed for refurbishment as part of a £4.2m programme across the county. 

    But the pool has needed new tiles and Cornwall Council says it can't be refilled until the cement has set properly.

  10. Teacher who assaulted girl moves to France

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A public school teacher who sexually assaulted a teenager has been spared a jail sentence and has moved to France to work teaching adults.

    Chay Roberts-Jones, a physics teacher at the £31,000 a year Blundells School at Tiverton, had become "infatuated" with the 18-year-old girl, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Chay Roberts-Jones

    Details of the conviction will be supplied to authorities in France to ensure the 29-year-old will not be able to work with children again. He was given a nine-month sentence suspended for two years.  

  11. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    - A woman's brain tumour operation has been put back twice at a hospital because of a "shortage of beds" at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth  

    - Airline Easyjet has apologised to a former doctor from Totnes, for offering him a free coffee but charging him for a Kit Kat, after he treated a passenger on a flight

    - A public school teacher found guilty of groping an 18-year-old girl is spared a jail sentence

    - The judge at the trial of three Devon and Cornwall Police staff on trial for manslaughter after the death of a man in custody, has concluded his summing up

    Dramatic footage has been released of the moment two people clinging to rocks off the Cornish coast were plucked to safety

  12. Three children hospitalised after taking drugs on way to school

    Plymouth Herald

    Three children have been hospitalised after taking drugs on the way to school. The headteacher of All Saints Academy has reassured parents after the incident, which has not left any of the children seriously harmed.

  13. Fire hazard warning over tumble dryers

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall TradingStandards is highlighting further recall information following warnings that some brands of tumble dryer may catch fire.

    Melted tumble dryer

    In November, Whirlpool - the owner of the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands -revealed a massive repair campaign following fires in owners' homes.

    Jane Tomlinson from Cornwall’s Public Protection Service said buyers of electrical items should ensure they complete the guarantee registration, so the manufacturer could contact them if the product needed recalling.

  14. Man charged after discovery of anabolic steroids in police raid

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been charged with the production of anabolic steroids and the concealment of criminal property after a police raid in Plymouth in December.

    Officers seized 30kg of steroids four vehicles and a large amount of paraphernalia linked to the class C drug. 

    James Bickley, 26, of Slade Close in Plymouth will appear before Plymouth Magistrates on 30 March.

  15. Gary Sawyer: Plymouth Argyle will not give up on League Two title

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle will not give up on trying to win the League Two title, according to defender Gary Sawyer.

    Gary Sawyer

    The Pilgrims are third behind Northampton Town, who have won 11 of their last 13 games to go 13 points clear of Plymouth. "If you look at it on paper, it looks like it is over," said the full-back.

  16. New £34m History Centre for Plymouth could attract extra 220,000 visitors

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A new £34m History Centre is expected to bring in 220,000 more museum visitors a year, Plymouth City Council says.

    Designs for the History Centre

    Plans have been submitted for the tourist attraction, which include a pedestrianised piazza for street entertainment and food outlets, as well as 3,500 sq m of gallery and exhibition space.

    Councillor Peter Smith said: “The History Centre is by far the biggest and most exciting culture and heritage project that the South West has seen for many years."  

  17. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    Near Yealmpton on the A379 the temporary traffic lights have failed. An engineer is on site but there are long delays from the Plymouth direction.

    - In Plymouth we have reports of an accident on Clearbrook Avenue 

    - Another accident has been reported in Barnstaple on the A39 Pilton Causeway, close to the petrol station.

    - A broken down bus is causing problems on the A38 at Tideford.

  18. Free school meal grants to end at small primaries

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The end of extra funding for free school meals at primary schools with fewer than 150 pupils is "yet another initiative" from the government which "isn't sustained", a local union representative has said.

    School boy eating a meal

    Andy Woolley from the National Union of Teachers, says the policy, which gave small schools an extra £5,300 over two years to help provide free meals, should be properly funded.

    The Department for Education says the contributions were only ever meant to be temporary. 

  19. Epileptic man who suffered seizure in Exeter hopes to trace women who came to his aid

    Exeter Express & Echo

    An epileptic man who suffered a seizure in the street is anxious to trace two women who came to his aid. Steve Atkin, 29, was near his home at Geneva Court, Wonford Road, when he was struck down and left unconscious on the pavement.