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  1. Updates on Friday 18 March
  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.

  2. World's 'first 24 carat gold-leaf surfboard'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Feast your eyes on this - Devon shaper Ellie Miller and partner Danni Bradford have produced what is thought to be the world's first 24 carat gold-leaf coated surfboard.

    Surfboard

    You'll have to wave goodbye to £125,000 to get your hands on it - making it one of the most expensive boards every produced.

    It's on show at the White Moose gallery in Barnstaple tomorrow. Watch BBC Spotlight tonight for more.

  3. Weather latest: Becoming cloudy overnight with drizzle, some bright spells tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    It will become increasingly cloudy overnight, with drizzle falling over higher ground like Dartmoor. However the cloud will keep temperatures up in low single figures. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

    weather graphic

    The cloud will break up a little during Saturday afternoon, allowing some bright or sunny spells to develop. Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

  4. 'No objection' to Tintagel's Merlin rock carving at application stage, says council

    BBC Spotlight

    No-one objected to a rock carving of Merlin at Tintagel when the application was announced, Cornwall Council has said.

    English Heritage, which commissioned the artwork, has been accused of "commercialising" Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur by a councillor.

    Merlin

    But Cornwall Council said: "As there were no public objections and neither the parish council nor the local member objected to the application, it was not referred to a committee. There was no sustainable planning reason to refuse the scheme."

  5. Princess Yachts job cuts has 'drastic effect' on workforce

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A union has criticised 172 compulsory job cuts at Princess Yachts in Plymouth.

    Dave Springbett, from Unite, said: “It’s a very bad day for some people, coming to the end of a worrying period for most of the work force.

    Princess Yachts

    “The fact the union and management together have managed to protect the number of compulsory redundancies by a big margin is good news, but that shouldn’t take away from the drastic effect it’s going to have on some workers."

  6. Mining could start at South Crofty within 4-5 years, boss says

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The man in charge of the company bidding to take over South Crofty in Pool has told me that tin mining could resume there in four or five years.

    Strongbow Exploration Inc. is expected to pay in the region of £1.4m for the site, which has been in administration.

    South Crofty

    Richard Williams said: "If the market works in our favour and the tin price gets back to a level where we anticipate, which is in the $20,000 a tonne plus range,  we hope to be in production within the next four or five years. We're aiming for something like 1,000 tonnes per day range, so I imagine it would generate several hundred jobs if it did come to fruition."  

  7. Latest headlines from across Devon and Cornwall

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    - A woman has pleaded guilty for the second time to murdering her baby son, months before she killed her young daughter.

    - The driver of a car which flipped onto its roof with eight people inside has been jailed.

    - Luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts will cut 172 jobs following a large-scale restructuring of its headquarters in Plymouth.

    - An agreement has been reached for a Canadian company to buy South Crofty tin mine.

  8. Mother admits second baby murder charge

    Press Association

    A woman has pleaded guilty for the second time to murdering her baby son, months before she killed her young daughter. 

    Lesley Dunford, 37, was charged in October last year over the death of seven-month-old Harley Dunford in 2003. In January, Dunford, formerly of Windermere Close, Exeter, Devon, admitted his murder but the following month changed her plea to not guilty. 

    Today, Dunford appeared at the Old Bailey and changed her plea again. The defendant's three-year-old daughter Lucy died six months after Harley, on February 2 2004. In June 2012, Dunford was jailed for seven years for Lucy's manslaughter. 

  9. Latest travel news across Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - On the A38 in Plymouth, between Forder Valley and Manadon Roundabout, one lane is closed due to an accident. 

    - In Maenporth, Maenporth Road is blocked in both directions due to a traffic collision near The Cove restaurant.

    - In Exeter, Princesshay Car Park is cordoned off while police deal with an incident. Parts of the shopping centre remain open.

    - Highways England will close the A38 near Dartbridge tonight to clear a chemical spillage. The spillage is between Dartbridge and Peartree Cross. The eastbound section will be closed to traffic tonight between 20:00 and 06:00 and during the closure, motorists will be diverted off the A38 at Dartbridge to follow the country road to Peartree.

  10. Jury in custody death trial sent home after fourth day

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The jury in the case of three Devon and Cornwall Police staff accused of two counts of manslaughter of a man with mental health problems, has been home for a fourth night.

    Thomas Orchard, who had paranoid schizophrenia, died after his heart stopped at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter in October 2012.

    Custody Sergeant Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden each deny two counts of manslaughter.

    The jury has been deliberating for around 23 hours and will resume their deliberations on Monday.

  11. Exeter's Princesshay closed by police after men seen on roof

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Part of Exeter's Princesshay Shopping Centre has been closed off by police this afternoon after concerns for the welfare of a man. Police were called to the scene at 3:25pm following a call from a member of the public.

  12. Number Ten 'committed' to changes to disabled benefits despite MPs opposition

    BBC Radio Devon

    Downing Street says it remains committed to changing the way some benefits are paid to disabled people - despite opposition from Conservative backbenchers and Labour MPs. 

    Number Ten issued a statement after a cabinet minister hinted there might be a re-think.

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    The Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer has expressed reservations about the plans, saying on Twitter: "Concerned by proposed changes to PIP. Not sure right direction."

  13. Eight-in-car crash driver is jailed

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The driver of a VW Golf which flipped onto its roof with eight people inside has been jailed. A woman travelling in the boot of the hatchback lost her sight in the crash near the Lizard, Cornwall.

    Christopher Ensink

    Driver Christopher Ensink, 28, from Kuggar near Helston, previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing serious injury to five passengers. Ensink, who said he was unaware two people were in the boot, was jailed at Truro Crown Court for 18 months.  

  14. Local councillor and ex-miner welcomes news of buyer for South Crofty

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    News that South Crofty tin mine is about to be bought out of administration by Canadian company Strongbow Exploration Inc, has been welcomed by an ex-miner.

    South Crofty

    Mark Kaczmarek, who is a Cornwall councillor and lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines said: "If this sale goes through, and I hope it does go through and goes through smoothly, there are huge amounts of tin at South Crofty, and other minerals, and it's there for the taking, but it is going to be quite costly to reopen."

  15. Devon diver recognises individual fish from distinctive face markings

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The discovery of distinctive face markings on one of the UK’s most charismatic and inquisitive fish has enabled an underwater photographer to reveal new information about its behaviour.

    Blennies

    Paul Naylor, from Wembury, recently discovered that each fish has distinctive face markings, allowing him to get to know individual blennies.

  16. Devonport-based ship to remain in the Mediterranean for the summer

    Press Association

    Devonport-based HMS Enterprise will remain in the Mediterranean for several more months, David Cameron has announced.

    The Prime Minister wants to deploy Royal Navy vessels close to the coast of Libya to deter thousands of migrants from making the journey to Europe by sea.

    HMS Enterprise

    He told European leaders that HMS Enterprise, which is involved in anti-trafficking operations, will remain there until at least the summer.

  17. ​Falmouth crowned best place to live in the South West by The Sunday Times

    West Briton

    Falmouth has been crowned the best place to live in the South West. The beautiful seaside town has snatched the number spot in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide for the region.