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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Kiwi is zoo's new screen star

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    The UK's only flightless kiwi bird has gone on show to the public at Paignton Zoo.

    The endangered bird, named Manu, has come to Devon from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany. 

    The zoo has put up a TV screen near its Avian Breeding Centre to help visitors catch a glimpse of five-year-old bird, who sleeps during the day.

  3. Woman rescued from Newquay estuary 'wouldn't have lasted much longer'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    A woman rescued by the Newquay lifeboat crew from the River Gannel yesterday evening, "would not have lasted much longer", the RNLI says. 

    She had been walking her dog when a bigger than normal spring tide raced in, cutting her off from dry land. She used her mobile phone to contact emergency services. 

    Lewis Timson is a lifeguard supervisor who went to the scene when the lifeboat struggled to get there. He said a fast rescue was essential and the tide was rising: "Even when you're young the cold affects you a lot, but when you're a little bit older, everything starts to go downhill quite quickly."

  4. Latest weather: Some sunny spells before rain

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly dry with clear spells for many tonight. However, there will be the risk of a few isolated showers. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather

    Friday will be largely dry and bright, with some sunny spells. Turning cloudy from the west, with outbreaks of rain gradually spilling in later in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

    However, high spring tides have sparked Flood Alerts from the Environment Agency along the north Cornwall coast for Friday morning. High water is due at Bude at 06:59.

  5. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - An RNLI lifeguard describes using a paddleboard to rescue a woman and her blind dog after the pair were cut off by the tide in Newquay

    - Devon County Council says £2m is not enough to repair all potholes in the county as it spends more than £60m a year just to keep highways running

    - Nominations close for candidiates in the election of Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

  6. David Haigh: 'I was told to confess'

    BBC Newsnight

    David Haigh, the former managing director of Leeds United, says he was mistreated in Dubai by police after his arrest in 2014 and, "hit over the head with the back of a broom" three weeks before being released.

    Talking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Haigh (pictured centre) who is from Cornwall, said that, in another incident, he was "hit with the back of the hand around the face and then tasered" while in prison for fraud. 

    David Haigh. Pic: Getty Images

    On one occasion he said he taken into a car park at night, with officers "trying to scare me, telling me that I needed to confess, that if I confessed everything would be fine, that I could leave, they would give me bail - but if I didn't, I was looking at 10 years". Dubai authorities have yet to comment on his allegations.

  7. Air ambulance flies 38 missions in a month

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Cornwall's air ambulance flew 38 missions in March, seven more than February, its managing charity says. 

    Its crews helped 11 children, toddlers and babies during those deployments - more than a quarter of the month’s missions.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance

    However, despite the increase in flights on the month before, the charity said it was a "relatively quiet Easter" with only six missions flown during that bank holiday weekend.

  8. Pothole fund: South West to get most cash

    BBC News England

    The South West is to receive the most cash from a £50m pothole fund being divided up between 118 English councils.

    Potholes

    The region is to receive £8,433,000 to deal with an estimated 159,000 holes in roads.

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government wanted to "tackle the blight of potholes". However, the Local Government Association said it would take £12bn to fix England's roads.

  9. 'Strong interest' in Cornwall leisure centres

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council says there has been "strong interest" from possible bidders wanting to take over leisure centres, despite concerns raised by supporters of the facilities. 

    Next April, all public money will be pulled from leisure centres. Campaigners in St Ives, who have gathered a 1,000-signature petition, said they were concerned companies would not want to take over the contract without extra subsidies, and that could have a knock-on effect on facilities.

    Cornwall Council said outline tender responses were due in by 3 May and the final decision would be made in early December.

  10. Weapons hunt after attack in Exeter

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are trying to find weapons which were possibly used in an attack on a man in Exeter.

    The victim of the attack was found with serious and life-threatening injuries in a property in the area of Lower Summerlands and Clifton Road at about 01:10 on Wednesday. He is now is in a stable condition in hospital. A man in his 40s is in custody in connection with the incident.

    Det Insp Ian Ringrose said: “We believe that knives and weapons were used during this attack, and police searches are now taking place in the area. If any member of the public discovers a knife, weapon, or anything suspicious that appears to have been discarded ... we ask that you do not touch it, and immediately contact the police."

  11. Man and woman charged following alleged Camborne daytime assault

    West Briton

    Two people have been charged following an alleged daytime assault in Camborne last month.

  12. 'UK's only largest egg laying' flightless bird arrives at Paignton Zoo

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    An endangered flightless bird which lays the largest egg of any species in relation to its body size, has been put on show at Paignton Zoo.

    The male kiwi, called Manu, is the only individual of its species currently living in a UK zoo.

    Kiwi

    The zoo said: "Its egg can weigh a quarter of the bird's body mass which is like a human mother giving birth to a baby the size of a four-year-old." The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums said London Zoo had previously kept one kiwi, but Paignton is the only zoo to currently have one.

  13. Police commissioner defends post as allowing him to be 'free to speak out'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon and Cornwall's outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, has defended his track record as he prepares to give up the role.

    Tony Hogg

    Nominations close at 16:00 today, with the election on 5 May. It has been controversial, with critics claiming PCC's amounted to politicisation of the police which cost too much. 

    Mr Hogg said he believed the job had been a success. He said: "It was a transition to a completely different model, with one person in charge, but lots of scrutiny around that person; and being really free to speak out, to challenge the government and challenge policing in a productive and respectful way."

  14. Redruth boss hopes to retain squad

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Redruth head coach Steve Larkins says he hopes to retain the bulk of his squad for next season.

    Redruth RFC

    The Reds have impressed in National Two South this season, with the fourth-placed club just four points off third place with four games left.

    "We're already thinking about what we're going to do next year, what kind of player we're looking for," he said. "We want to keep this squad together because every player has contributed in some way and really pushed us."

  15. 'More cash needed for Devon potholes'

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than £2m from the government's pothole fund is still not enough to repair every hole, Devon County Council says.

    Devon and Plymouth and Torbay councils have an estimated 40,000 potholes between them. The county council said the latest cash would make life better for road users but more government support was still needed.

    Pot hole

    David Whitton, Head of Devon Highways, said: "A lot of our unclassified roads are in a pretty poor state. Our data shows that about 23% of those roads need maintenance soon. That's about 1,500km of road, and £2m would resurface about 30km of roads. So this is making a small impact."