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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Wednesday's live coverage

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

  2. Designers of new footbridge at Tintagel Castle announced by English Heritage

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A design idea has now been chosen for a new footbridge connecting two sites at Tintagel Castle, although English Heritage said the Belgian-UK entry was only a concept, not the final design.

    Tintale bridge design concept

    Civil engineer at Ney & Partners in Brussels, Matthieu Mallié, told the BBC: "We were surprised and also pleased of course to win the competition".  

    Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage said: "We will now work with them on a design that will both complement the spectacular landscape and unlock for the visitor the history of the site."

  3. Weather latest: Rain coming in tomorrow

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with some clear spells at first, which may lead to patchy frost and fog. However, cloud will increase from the west during the early hours, perhaps giving some hill fog across the moors. Minimum Temperature: 3 Deg C (37 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Rather cloudy on Thursday with rain spreading eastwards, turning heavy at times, particularly during the afternoon. Winds strengthening through the day which will make it feel chilly. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

  4. Six Nations: Increased intensity helped England win Grand Slam says Luke Cowan-Dickie

    BBC Sport

    England's upturn in form under Eddie Jones is down to the increased intensity in training, according to hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.

    Luke Cowan-Dickie

    The Exeter front-row, 22, who came on in England's last two games in their Grand Slam-winning Six Nations campaign, said: "The training's definitely changed, it's the intensity of the training." 

    It came six months after England were knocked out of the World Cup in the groups stages under Stuart Lancaster.

  5. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Devon, the one-way system in Torquay's Hartop Road is closed between Teignmouth Road and Petitor Road due to an earlier police incident.

    - There are reports of an accident in Cornwall on the A392 near Tregunnel Hill in Newquay.

    - Slow traffic on the A388 near Hatt due to temporary traffic lights for water main work. 

    - In Truro there is queuing traffic and the road is partially blocked at Arch Hill after an accident.   

    - In Exeter on Sidwell Street near York Road we've got reports there's an accident.

    - in Devon on the A30 heading from Exeter towards Okehampton near the Pathfinder Village turn off there are reports of a broken down vehicle.

    - An accident's been reported in Devon at Marldon on Farthing Lane around Totnes Road.

  6. Teenage heavy metal band thank Dave Grohl for support over noise complaint

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A teenage metal band who made the news when they were told to turn down the volume on their practise sessions in Cornwall, have thanked Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl for backing their campaign.

    Black Leaves of Plenty
    Dave Grohl letter to Black Leaves of Envy

    Black Leaves of Envy, who use a garage in Praa Sands to rehearse, were told to reduce the volume by Cornwall Council after complaints from neighbours. 

    Cerys Plenty, 17, his brother Dylan, 15, and pals Adam Jones, 17, and Lewis Cunningham, 15, said on Facebook: "A huge thanks goes out Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters for the amazing support about our campaign. This is a giant step forward for the campaign and we are so honoured for his help." 

  7. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl writes to Cornwall Council to support a Cornish band, told to keep the volume of their practise sessions down

    - English Heritage chooses the designers of a new £4m footbridge at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

    - Abseiling engineers stabilise a cliff at Newquay's Great Western beach after it was hit by a landslide

    - An elderly motorist is banned after driving the wrong way on a busy dual carriageway

    - A man and woman suffer serious injuries in an attack in Torquay

  8. Wholefoods menu adopted by Cornish school

    BBC Spotlight

    As the Chancellor prepares to bring in a tax on sugary drinks, a Cornish primary school wants the government to think more about food culture.

    School food

    Malborough School in Falmouth runs a wholefood approach and now other schools are visiting to copy their ideas. 

  9. Motocross and pedal bikes stolen

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses who can help them track down thieves who stole three motocross and four push bikes worth nearly £15,000 from a garage in Newton Abbot.

    The burglars drilled out locks and cut padlocks to get into the garage on Decoy Road.

    Motocross bike

    A pair of orange and black motocross boots and a black pair with a broken buckle were also stolen.

  10. Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl supports Cornish group over noisy band practise

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    Black Leaves of Envy have been told to quieten down their sessions in the family's garage in Praa Sands.

  11. Drivers stopped for safety operation

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    More than 20 drivers have been reported for motoring offences as part of a multi-agency road safety operation in Plymouth.

    Police officers, special constables, HM Customs and Excise staff, VOSA, taxi licensing and trading standards were involved in the operation in Plympton last Wednesday, which stopped a total of 54 commercial and private vehicles.

    Plympton safety operation

    The offences included vehicle defects, failing to wear seat belts and using mobile phones while driving.  

  12. Woman suffers head injury in serious double Torquay street assault

    Torquay Herald Express

    A 30-year-old  woman has suffered head injuries and a man facial wounds during an assault in Torquay near St Marychurch Primary School.

  13. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    Advance warnings of overnight road closures:

    - Between 20:00 and 06:00 on the A38 between Trerulefoot and Looe Road. Diversion via Widegates.

    - On the A38 at St Budeaux in Plymouth and at Weston Mill, the Cornwall-bound exit slip roads will be closed between 20:00 and 06:00, with diversions in place.

    - Also on the A38, between Forder Valley and Deep Lane, one lane will be closed in both directions for bridge works between 20:00 and 06:00.  

    - The A30 at Fingle Glen will be closed between 22:30 and 04:00.

  14. Repair cost for Newquay beach hit by landslide expected to be £3-500,000

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Repairs to the cliff above Newquay's Great Western Beach could end up costing half a million pounds.

    A landslide above the beach in February 2015 dumped 100 of tonnes of earth on the beach's main access road. 

    Great Western Beach
    Great Western Beach

    After a series of problems with the repairs, pedestrians will now be able to use the path from tomorrow. Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown said: "It's natural erosion but clearly if we'd lost the access to the beach, we'd have lost the use of the beach forever."

  15. Movement shows personality traits

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A pioneering new study by scientists, including academics from the University of Exeter, has revealed how an individual’s movement can give a unique insight into their inherent personality traits.

    The study has shown that people who display similar behavioural characteristics tend to move their bodies in the same way.

    It's hoped the work will help to improve treatment for mental health conditions.

  16. South West moorland parks 'essential part of heritage'

    BBC Spotlight

    Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks are among 10 sites named by the government as being an essential part of British heritage and national identity.

    Horse on moorland

    The government said it wanted more people to enjoy the parks, and is due to announce details of a plan to encourage more people to enjoy them. 

    It comes after research from Natural England which shows nature-based activities can reduce stress, depression and obesity.