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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Thursday's live coverage

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

  2. Exeter's Jack Nowell says England aim to be 'world's most dominant team'

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Newlyn-born England wing Jack Nowell says they want to become "the most dominant team in the world" after completing the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this month.

    The 22-year-old Exeter Chiefs player started all five games in the championship, scoring one try, and hopes to be part of his country's summer tour of Australia.

    Jack Nowell

    "At the start of the tournament we said that we wanted to be the best side in Europe," Nowell told BBC Radio Devon. "To do that you have to win all five games, so to come back and to achieve that is massive for us."  

  3. Cornwall tops solar farm league

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A new renewable energy league table produced by the Green Alliance has revealed Cornwall has more solar panels than anywhere else in England. 

    The charity and independent think tank claims solar farms have generated more than 10,000 jobs across the South West.

    Solar farm map

    Amy Mount from the Alliance said: “Counties are now generating a significant proportion of the energy they use with renewables. Yet in the March Budget, the government did nothing to clarify whether solar technologies have a future in the UK."

  4. Weather latest: A chance of frost overnight with a bright start tomorrow

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    With clear skies to start the night we're likely to see some frost forming and maybe an odd mist or fog patch. Minimum Temperature: 0 Deg C (32 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    A chilly but fairly bright start. However, cloud will thicken, the winds will pick up and there may be some outbreaks of rain along the north coast during the evening. Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

  5. Daughter jailed for stealing from bed-ridden mother

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A woman has been jailed for stealing £17,000 from her 71-year-old bed-ridden mother's bank account.

    Gail Penkeyman, 49, of Town Walk, Barnstaple, originally pleaded not guilty, but changed her plea and admitted four counts of fraud at Exeter Crown Court, after watching her mother Wendy Cumming giving evidence by video call from the care home.

    Sentencing Penkeyman to 20 months in prison, Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, described her actions as "very dishonest".  

  6. MP 'confident' of improvements to mental health services

    A Cornish MP says she's confident there will soon be better mental health services for young people in the county.

    Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton's comments follow criticism by campaigners who say they're angry and frustrated that an NHS report has come to light, saying additional beds "should be procured immediately" - when it was written two years ago.

    Sarah Newton

    "The NHS Trust responsible for mental health services in Cornwall have pulled together a really good proposal... and I'm confident that we will see improvements," she said.

  7. Arrests after human trafficking and modern slavery raids in Exeter

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    Three people have been arrested following a series of raids connected to human trafficking, modern slavery and money laundering in Exeter

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the multi-agency raids in the city were at three residential properties and two car washes and involved HM Revenue and Customs, UK Visa and Immigration Service and the British Red Cross.

    Insp Jonathan Phillips said the three men arrested have been released on bail until September while investigations continue.  

  8. Latest news headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    - Three men are arrested after a series of raids in Exeter in connection with modern slavery offences

    - Nearly 600 drivers were pulled over for speeding at more than 90mph during the Easter bank holiday weekend

    - There's anger Cornwall has no mental health beds for young people - two years after a report said they were urgently needed

    - Cornwall and Devon have more solar panels than anywhere else in the country, a green charity says

    - One of Torquay's major hotels is closing for a deep clean after an outbreak of Norovirus

  9. NHS is letting transgender people down, report says

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The NHS is "letting transgender people down" according to an independent report from Healthwatch Devon.

    Author of report

    The author of the report, Caroline Lee, said: "We found that lots of people waited for many years to get the treatment they are entitled to, and during that time a lot of people are becoming quite anguished and depressed."

    A statement from NHS England said: "We're very grateful to Healthwatch for carrying out this work. In line with the report's findings we will be increasing investment from next months in local gender identity clinics to reduce waiting times."

  10. Cornwall woman's money managed by daughter in Australia

    Press Association

    A court has ruled that a woman in Cornwall is to have her money managed by her daughter - who lives 10,000 miles away in Australia.

    The ruling, concerning the woman in her 80s with dementia, was made by the Court of Protection in London which deals with issues relating to vulnerable people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions.

    Judge Denzil Lush said although there was an obvious geographical difficulty, the solution was "not insuperable" and the daughter was both willing and able to take on the role.    

  11. Travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - Reports of an incident in Plymouth on Ham Drive near Beacon Down Avenue.

    - An incident near Blackwater on the B3277 has led to the road being partially blocked near the Chiverton Cross roundabout.

    - One lane of the Cornwall-bound A38 Parkway in Plymouth is closed due to a broken down vehicle.

    - Temporary traffic lights for electricity work is causing slow-moving traffic in St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road around Daniels Lane.

    - Slow traffic near Paignton on the A385 heading towards Tweenaway Cross due to roadworks. 

    - The A3047 Barncoose Terrace in Redruth is partially blocked by a broken down vehicle.

  12. Steve Tully urges caution following Truro victory

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side "won't get too carried away" despite a 2-1 National League South win at promotion rivals Oxford City.

    Isaac Vassell and Matt Wright scored for the Cornish side, solidifying their play-off spot, having played fewer games than the teams around them.

    Steve Tully

    "Everyone says we've got games in hand but I'd rather have points on the board," Tully told BBC Sport. "It's not about physically being right, you have to be mentally right too."  

  13. Barge due in to Dartmouth to help raise capsized fishing boat

    BBC Spotlight

    A salvage barge with a crane and support vessel is due to arrive in Dartmouth later this afternoon to help recover a French trawler that capsized while moored up earlier this month.


    The Saint Christophe sank on the low tide earlier this month.

  14. Double the normal number of dolphin and whale deaths around Cornish coast

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Conservationists say they are alarmed that double the normal number of dolphins, whales and popoises have been found dead around Cornwall so far this year.

    Sixty one have been found, but the Cornwall Wildlife Trust says post mortem examination results are not yet available. However, fishing nets are still a concern.

    Dead dolphin

    Paul Trebilcock from the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation told me: "Cornish fishermen have been at the forefront of developing acoustic pingers, these are devices that go on the nets that keep dolphins and porpoises away.. We still mantain our open door policy to observers... all of which is hopefully contributing to a reduction in interaction between fishing gear and the cetaceans."