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Summary

  1. Inquest into death of child who collapsed at school hears how she had struggled on a walk
  2. 177 dogs - suspected of being banned breeds - have been seized by Devon and Cornwall Police in the last three years
  3. Presenter Richard Madeley criticises photographers who flew drone over his Cornish garden
  4. Buzz Lightyear wins battle to get Driving Licence name changed
  5. Updates on Wednesday 13 April

Live Reporting

By Rachael Thorn

All times stated are UK

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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 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A consultant paediatrician tells an inquest into the death of a child from Perranporth, that her oxygen saturation levels should have been checked

    - A BBC investigation has found that police forces across the greater South West have seized hundreds of breeds of dogs that are classed as banned

    - Presenter Richard Madeley has hailed "Twitterpower" after a "peeping Tom" drone was allegedly flown over the garden of his idyllic seaside home.

    - The DVLA has reportedly allowed a man from Bideford to have his name - Buzz Lightyear - on his driving licence

  3. To the DVLA... and beyond! Buzz Lightyear will get his name on driving licence

    A man who changed his name to Buzz Lightyear after his favourite film to raise money for charity, seems to have won a small victory over the DVLA.

    Buzz Lightyear

    Buzz, formerly known as Sam Stephens, said the agency refused to change the name on his driving licence, citing reputational damage as a reason for rejecting his request. The DVLA has been contacted for comment.

    But, the 26-year-old from Bideford, told the BBC the DVLA had now changed its mind. He said his name meant it was a struggle to book restaurants and place online shopping orders. "I'm not married yet, [but] I am looking for Mrs Lightyear", he added.

  4. Peter Masters rallies Truro City fans after defeat

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City chairman Peter Masters says the club will need to almost double its attendances if they win promotion from National League South.

    The Cornish side were beaten 3-1 by strugglers Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday in-front of 472 supporters, but remain in the play-off places, three points clear of sixth-placed Maidenhead United.

    Peter Masters

    "We need at least 800 because that's the sort of crowds we'll need if we get in the National League," Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I won't be disappointed if we just reach the play-offs - we've had a good season, we can't argue about that."  

  5. Weather latest: More sunny spells and showers tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight, any showers will ease, but some are likely to persist overnight. There will be plenty of clear spells at first but the cloud will gradually increase towards dawn. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow sees a mixture of variable cloud and sunny spells with isolated showers. However, a band of locally heavy rain is likely to arrive from the south later reaching all areas by dusk. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

  6. Inquest told seven-year-old's oxygen levels should have been checked

    Jane Chandler

    BBC Spotlight

    A consultant paediatrician has told an inquest into the death of a seven-year-old girl in Truro, that the child's oxygen saturation levels should have been checked.

    Esmee Polmear

    Esmee Polmear was referred to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after suffering breathlessness. Last year she collapsed at school and died. A post mortem found she had been suffering from a rare lung condition.

    Dr Sharma Goyal told the inquest: "If I had seen Esmee again, I may have picked up her condition." When asked whether asthma was considered she said: "This is something that wasn't considered as a possible diagnosis. We had no reason to suspect asthma as she had no wheeze." The inquest continues.

  7. 'Dangerous' dogs can be 'as soft as butter' says animal trainer

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A Devon dog trainer has branded the seizure of 177 'dangerous' dogs by Devon and Cornwall Police over the past three years "ridiculous".

    Dog in cage

    The figures were obtained by the BBC.

    Patricia Franklin, a trainer with Honiton and District Canine Society, said: "Just because a dog is a certain breed, it doesn't automatically make it dangerous. A dog that is perceived to be dangerous can be as soft as butter."

  8. Madeley hails "Twitterpower" in drone battle

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    TV's Richard Madeley has hailed "Twitterpower" after a "peeping Tom" drone was allegedly flown over the garden of his idyllic seaside home.

    Madeley took to Twitter when he spotted the device above the house he shares in Cornwall, with his wife, 67-year-old fellow presenter Judy Finnigan.

  9. Sam Baird qualifies for Crucible World Championships

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Uffculme-born snooker player Sam Baird has qualified for the World Snooker Championships, which start at the Crucible on Saturday, after coming through three qualifying rounds.

    The 27-year-old, ranked 59th in the world, edged past Liam Highfield 10-9 in a final frame decider to reach the main draw in Sheffield.

    Sam Baird

    It will be Baird's second appearance at snooker's most high-profile tournament, after he was knocked out in the first round by reigning champion Stuart Bingham back in 2013.

  10. St Blazey police station to be sold to town council

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A deal to sell St Blazey's former police station to the local town council has been agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.  

    St Blazey police station

    A 15 year lease for two rooms to be used as a local policing team base and two parking spaces is part of the deal.

    St Blaise town councillor, Roy Taylor, said: "I know this will be welcome by many people who like me value the presence of police based in the town." 

  11. School transport discounts could be scrapped

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    Hundreds of sixth formers from low income families in Devon face losing a £300 discount on their college transport.

    Pupils on stairwell

    At the moment, 500 students benefit from the discount if they have to travel more than six miles from their home.

    But the council has no legal duty to do this and the Conservative administration wants to stop the funding from September 2017 to save money. 

  12. GP tells inquest he had 'never heard of' lung condition which killed child

    Jane Chandler

    BBC Spotlight

    A GP has told an inquest into the death of a seven-year-old girl from Perranporth that he had never come across the rare lung condition that killed her.

    Esmee Polmear

    Esmee Polmear collapsed at school and died in July last year.

    Dr Robert White said looking back on the condition, it was connected with breathlessness, which Esmee had been suffering from. However, an oxygen saturation test would not necesssarily have picked up her low levels of oxygen. The inquest continues. 

  13. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are reports of an accident in Bideford on Clovelly Road near Moreton Park Road

    - In Kingsteignton, Longford Lane is blocked in both directions near Humber Lane due to an incident

    - And a crash has also been causing problems in St Austell on Pentewan Road  

  14. Man injured on Isles of Scilly in fight over knife airlifted to hospital after loud music dispute

    The Cornishman

    A man was airlifted to hospital in the early hours of Monday morning after being wounded with a knife on the Isles of Scilly.

  15. Exeter Chiefs' Harry Williams thankful for Jersey 'prop school'

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter Chiefs' Harry Williams says spending a season with Jersey's "prop school" has helped him progress.

    The 24-year-old got his first try for the Devon side in their agonising European Champions Cup defeat at Wasps.

    Harry Williams

    "Jersey have got a real culture for props, they bring a lot of front-rowers through," Williams told BBC Sport. "They have a massive set-piece focus, so there's a lot laid on for you to go to other teams - it's a really good place."

  16. Buzz Lightyear wins battle over driving licence with DVLA

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A man who changed his named to Buzz Lightyear to raise money for charity, says he has beaten the DVLA in his struggle to get his name changed on his driving licence.

    Buzz Lightyear

    Buzz, formerly Sam Stephens, said the DVLA rejected his request for the change in May 2015 because it would bring the government body into "disrepute".

    Alongside the name change, the 26-year-old from Bideford got a tattoo of the character on his leg to help raise £2,000 for the cancer charity CLIC.

  17. Inquest hears how seven-year-old child struggled to walk to beach

    Jane Chandler

    BBC Spotlight

    An inquest into the death of seven-year-old Esmee Polmear who collapsed at her school in Perranporth, has heard a statement from a teacher who was with her the day she died.

    Eleanor Smitheram said: "As time passed Esmee appeared to get worse. Her lips were sometimes tinged with blue." She told the inquest that the day Esmee died, she struggled on a walk to the beach.

    Her Dad Mark met them on the way and Esmee asked him to carry her. When she got back from the walk, Eleanor Smitheram said Esmee: "Rested her head on my shoulder which was unusual as she didn't like to be touched when she was struggling to breathe. Her head then lulled back and she appeared to have a seizure."  The inquest continues.

  18. Weather latest: Sunny spells and isolated heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Variable amounts of cloud, bright or sunny spells and isolated showers this afternoon, some of which could be of hail or thunder. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Overnight it will be mainly cloudy, with mist patches forming where we see breaks in the cloud. There will also be some very isolated showers, especially later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).