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Summary

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

  2. Were you April Fooled? Getting shiggy with it

    BBC News England

    April Fool's Day is here again and local newspapers have taken the opportunity to play pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes on their readers. And Cornwall features among a little selection the BBC has spotted.

    Workers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan say they have managed to crossbreed a Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep with a Tamworth pig, according to the Cornish Guardian

    Shig. Pic:

    The new heritage hybrid is reported to have been named a "Shig" described as "docile, friendly, with an approachable manner" and a woollen coat.

  3. Police appeal to find driver involved in crash with pedestrian

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to trace the driver of a 4x4 who was involved in a crash in Bovey Tracey which left an elderly pedestrian with serious leg injuries.

    The victim was crossing the road yesterday when the collision with the vehicle took place.

    The man driving put her in his vehicle, took her to the local health centre and then left. Police are now appealing for both witnesses and the motorist himself to come forward.

  4. High hopes for Camborne as they try for place in the national leagues

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It could be an historic day at Camborne rugby club tomorrow. 

    A bonus point win over Newent at the Recreation Ground will see Camborne promoted to the national leagues. They haven't been there for nearly 20 years.

  5. Hi-vis police patrols on Dartmoor

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Dartmoor

    Devon and Cornwall Police are to carry out high-visibility patrols across Dartmoor over the summer to disrupt criminals operating in isolated rural areas.

    Officers said the moor historically saw a seasonal rise in crime in the summer months, with an influx of visitors, and crimes often reported including thefts from vehicles, livestock theft, wildlife crime, theft of farm equipment and fly-tipping.

    Officers added that car parks and beauty spots surrounding the national park were often targeted.

  6. Latest weather: Cloudy but mainly dry, sunny spells and a chance of showers tomorrow

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy overnight with patchy rain, (more so along the north coast). The winds will ease and it should turn dry into the early hours. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    weather graphic

    Saturday will see a cloudy start but it will hopefully brighten to give some sunshine. It will be mainly dry, but some outbreaks of rain may affect the far west of Cornwall at times. There may also be some showers elsewhere later in the day. A breezy southerly wind. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

  7. Brain op Yemeni girl 'so inspiring'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Rufa
    Luke Judge

    A man from Cornwall who organised and helped fund a life-saving operation for a girl in Yemen with a brain tumour says she is "so inspiring".

    Luke Judge, from Hayle, learned of 11-year-old Rufa Fahmi's plight after meeting her uncle while volunteering in Greece. He then secured a visa for her to be treated in Paris after pooling his life savings and raising an additional £10,000.

    He said: "She's been discharged from hospital, is learning to walk again, is learning to eat properly and getting some strength back before her next operation... She's always smiling, waving and you can tell she's full of love and energy. She's so inspiring."

  8. Actual human trafficking numbers 'higher'

    BBC Spotlight

    A significant proportion of the 10,000-13,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery nationally are in Devon and Cornwall, a senior police officer believes.

    New National Crime Agency data revealed 44 potential victims in the region last year. Det Supt Jim Colwell said he thought it would be much higher "simply because of the nature of our geography and the types of the business sectors we've got down here". 

    He said: "We've got a large amount of agriculture and tourism, there are lots of low-paid seasonal jobs and a large amount of migrant workers coming into the region. And we are seeing more and more criminal acts of exploitation as we become more adept at finding it."

  9. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - Police charge a 45-year-old man with attempted murder after a woman is seriously assaulted in Torquay

    - Dartmoor National Park Authority drops a planning masterplan for Ashburton after spending £100,000 on it

    - A fire at a stable block near Bodmin takes more than four hours to extinguish

    - Agencies call for help in gathering information following increased concerns about the welfare of ponies and other livestock on Bodmin Moor

    - Plymouth Speedway has survived the threat of closure after the Plymouth Devils supporters. raise more than £20,000.

  10. Premiership: Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

    BBC Sport

    Exeter have England winger Jack Nowell back as they concentrate on securing a place in the Premiership play-offs for the first time in their history.

    Nowell is one of six changes following last week's 36-18 defeat at Saracens.

    Fellow Cornishman Sam Betty returns for Worcester at openside flanker, one of two changes to the starting XV on duty for the 12-6 win over London Irish.

  11. Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There is severe congestion on the A30 in both directions over Bodmin Moor because of roadworks and a 40mph speed limit  

    - Near Helston, the A394 Sithney Common Hill is blocked between Newham Lane and Porthleven Road due to a two vehicle accident

    - There is still congestion on the A377 in Exeter between the Alphington Street junction and Buller Road - and on the B3212 Western Way

    - Traffic is also very busy on the main routes through Plymouth 

  12. Man jailed after joining in attack and boasting about violence

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A drinker who joined in an attack outside a pub has been jailed for eight months after he bragged about his violent behaviour to fellow customers. 

    Care worker David Headington a bar in Bodmin when he saw three friends attacking John Wilkes and leaving him with blood pouring from his face.  

    Headington, 38, of St Leonard's in Bodmin, pulled him to his feet, but instead of helping him he hit him in the face and boasted he had "sorted out" the incident. He was found guilty of actual bodily harm but cleared of grievous bodily harm.

  13. Exeter City boss relishing Devon derby contest

    BBC Sport

    Paul Tisdale

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits Saturday's Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle is "not just another game".

    The Grecians, who will have forward Alex Nicholls back in the squad, are five points outside the League Two play-offs. "There's an element of anxiety and excitement about it," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

  14. Parish council to discuss referendum after park and ride rejected

    BBC Radio Devon

    A village parish council to is hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss a referendum which rejected plans for a 500 space park and ride scheme 

    Nearly half of Ide turned out in the poll looking at a proposed scheme for fields near the village.

    Devon County Council, which proposed the scheme on fields near to the village, said the site delivered an important part of the transport strategy for Exeter by increasing travel options and providing additional capacity on the Alphington Road corridor.

  15. Were you April Fooled? Hot footing it to the beach

    BBC News England

    April Fool's Day is here again and local newspapers have taken the opportunity to play pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes on their readers. And Cornwall features among a little selection the BBC has spotted.

    Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth is reported to be having under sand heating installed to make it an all-year-round holiday destination.

    Gyllyngvase Beach. Pic: Falmouth Packet

    The Falmouth Packet says the pilot scheme begins on 1 April and includes the installation of two large commercial gas boilers, 30 heating outlets and metres of under floor heating pipework installed.  

  16. Advert scammers targeted firms

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Small firms have been warned by police about a telephone scam after three businesses in north Devon were targeted last week by fake callers offering cheap advertising in newspapers and magazines.

    Each time, they were offered discounted advertising space and asked for credit card details over the phone.

    In one case, a business agreed to place a £20 advert but scammers attempted to bill the firm for £3,500. This and three further transactions of £1,000 were declined by their card operator. Police said: "Other targets may not be so fortunate.”

  17. Speedway survives after supporters dig deep

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth Speedway

    Plymouth Speedway has survived the threat of closure after supporters raised more than £20,000 to plug a budget shortfall. 

    Six new investors have formed a consortium and will work closely with the fans to ensure the Devils continue. 

  18. Council 'must take notice' of anti-park and ride referendum

    BBC Radio Devon

    Campaigners say the result of a referendum in a village near Exeter - which voted against plans for a 500 space park and ride scheme - "must be taken notice of".

    Nearly half of Ide turned out in the poll looking at a proposed scheme for fields near the village.

    Peter Hayes, from the Save Ide Gap group, said: "It’s not legally binding; but, unlike a petition or a public meeting or anything like that, this is the collective voice of an entire village ... this is a formal election process - it must be taken notice of, and we expect it to be so."