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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Thursday's live coverage

    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. Parents must 'trust their instincts' says mother of Esmee Polmear

    BBC Spotlight

    The mother of a girl who died after collapsing at school has urged parents to "trust their instincts" when it comes to their children's health.

    Esmee Polmear

    Lynette Polmear's daughter Esmee Polmear died in July 2015 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and a post-mortem examination found she had pulmonary veno-occlusive disease.

    At an inquest on Thursday a GP who treated her admitted he had never heard of the rare lung condition.

  3. Death of Ted Gundry: Broadcasting has "lost someone very special"

    Leo Devine

    Head of BBC South West

    It's a sad day for broadcasting in the South West after we learned that our friend and colleague, Ted Gundry, had passed day.

    L-R Leo Devine, Ted Gundry, Tim Hubbard, Joyce Gundry

    I know we over use the word legend, but that's what Ted was - a Cornish broadcasting legend. He had a wonderful, deep, distinctive Cornish voice that was the perfect sound of radio for so many people, first of all on Morning Sou' West and later on BBC Radio Cornwall. 

    As a broadcaster, he was one of the best; as a friend, he was generous, loyal and kind. We lost someone very special today. The picture above shows me (L) with Ted (second left), celebrating his Smithkline Beecham Award for medical journalism, which he won after recording an audio diary of his own heart attack.

  4. Weather latest: Cloudy with spells of rain and feeling cooler tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Rain is likely to spread slowly northwards tonight, turning heavy at times. Winds will freshen too, especially along the south coast. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday: Cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain clearing, then brighter with sunny spells but breezy and feeling colder. Maximum Temperature: 13 Deg C (55 Deg F).

  5. Duran Duran will 'rock Biomes', says Eden Project

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The Eden Project says it is "thrilled" to have Duran Duran "rock the biomes" as the grand finale of BBC Music Day 2016 on 3 June.

    Duran Duran at Radio 1

    Marketing Director Rita Broe said: “BBC Music Day is fast becoming a massive day in the UK music calendar, and Cornwall will be a fitting place to provide a very exciting climax to a great day of live performance up and down the country."

    Controller of BBC Radio 2 Bob Shennan said the station would be live broadcasting the "perfect finale" to this year’s BBC Music Day, "so wherever people are in the UK, they will be able to enjoy their new music and sing along to their classic hits".

  6. Closure plan proposal for four Devon Hospitals 'all about money' say critics

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Someone could die, an absolute disaster - and a service that can't be lost. That's how some are describing the news tonight that another of the region's community hospitals is facing closure. 

    This time the axe is poised to fall on Paignton Hospital, but commissioners have also admitted the cuts could extend to Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Ashburton. 

    The group in charge of health care for South Devon and Torbay says the closure is being considered as part of a new model of care designed to support people closer to or in their own homes. But unions say it's all about money and the local MP says he is also concerned. 

    I'll have more in this evening's Spotlight at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Charity man admits possessing unlicensed shotgun and air rifle

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man who set up an international charity has been given a community order for illegally possessing a shotgun and an air rifle.

    John Henderson, from Copper Hill, Hayle, pleaded guilty to possessing a shotgun and a powerful air rifle without the necessary licences after police raided his house in June 2013 as part of a wider investigation.

    Truro Crown Court heard Henderson was a specialist engineer who worked around the world in areas affected by natural disasters. Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said he was "a remarkable man" and that the court should recognise his "personal  qualities" in passing sentence.

  8. Family describe lorry driver killed in crash as a 'true gentleman'

    A lorry driver from Torquay who was killed in a crash near Exeter was a "true gentleman" who was "loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him", his family have said.

    Andrew Small

    Andrew Small, 32, was killed at the scene after he veered onto the hard shoulder at Haldon Hill on Saturday. A van driver from Ivybridge was flown to Derriford Hospital after he collided with the lorry an hour later.

    "We would now like the opportunity to thank everyone for the love and support shown to us, and we would now like the time and respect to be able to grieve the massive loss to our family", Mr Small's family said.  

  9. Hospital closure plans criticised by union

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Proposals to close Paignton Hospital are about about "budget and accountancy, not health care", a union representative says.

    Paul Raybould

    Paul Raybould from GMB Union said Torbay and South Devon's Clinical Commission Group were "under pressure from the government" to make budget cuts and the proposals were being developed at "too fast a pace".

    The Clinical Commission Group said new investment in community services would be made and a reduction in minor injuries units would be offset by longer opening hours, x-ray facilities and a broader range of services.  

    It's also emerged Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Ashburton Hospitals could close.

  10. Duran Duran 'proud' to headline BBC Music Day

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Duran Duran say they are "really proud" to be ambassadors for BBC Music Day this summer, a series of musical events across the UK which was launched last year.

    Duran Duran

    "We love the idea of BBC Music Day, it’s a fantastic way to bring people together across the country and to promote live music" the pop group said.

    The band, who will headline the finale of BBC Music Day at the Eden Project, will bring the Paper Gods tour to the "stunning surroundings" of the biomes and tropical gardens.

  11. Latest travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - In Plymouth on the B3250 Mannamead Road, one lane is blocked inbound between Manadon Roundabout and Kneele Gardens due to an accident involving a car and a bus

    - Roadworks are causing problems in St Austell again on the A390 Holmbush Road in both directions

    - The A379 Dartmouth Road between Paignton and Brixham is blocked near the railway station due to a collision

    - In Barnstaple the A361 is partially blocked near the Bishops Tawton Junction due to an incident and recovery work

    - Near Exeter the A379 is partially blocked near Junction 30 of the M5 after an accident involving two cars  

  12. Almost 150 sacks of litter collected off south west roads

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    Nearly 150 sacks of litter were collected off roads in the South West in a three-day spring clean.

    The figures come from Highways England, which collects rubbish from roads throughout the year.

    Section of M5 in Devon

    The clean-up effort coincided with the national 'Clean for the Queen' initiative to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in May.  

  13. Man finds mother's grave buried under mound of soil

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A former Mayor of St Ives has criticised Cornwall Council after finding soil all over his mother's grave.  

    Grave covered in earth

    William Thomas told me he was upset with the reaction he got from officials after finding the grave, at Longstone Cemetery in Carbis Bay, in "a mess", covered with earth from another plot.  

    Cornwall Council has apologised for any distress caused, saying the practice of temporarily putting soil from an excavated grave onto another grave is national practice. 

  14. Man jailed for "callously neglecting" 14 dogs

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A supposed  animal-lover who "callously neglected" 14 dogs has been jailed for four months.

    One of the dogs, a greyhound, was left severely emaciated and with a wound to its neck. The prosecution at Truro Crown Court said a vet who examined the dogs said it was the worst case she had ever seen.

    Jonathan Champion, 43, of land at Higher Mill Farm near Callington, pleaded guilty to five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and was given a four-month sentence for each count.

  15. Huge trampolining centre and climbing wall planned for Herald's old home

    Plymouth Herald

    Part of The Herald's former The Ship home could be turned into a climbing and trampolining centre – with the rest let to a single business user.

  16. Weather latest: Blustery conditions returning

    BBC Weather

    Mainly cloudy this afternoon with some bright or sunny spells, the best of which will be in the north. Rain will spread from the south during the afternoon with increasing south easterly winds. Maximum temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Overnight occasionally heavy rain will clear to the north to be replaced by a scattering of showers, accompanied by blustery easterly, becoming northerly winds. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)  

  17. Duran Duran to perform at the Eden Project for BBC Music Day

    Duran Duran

    Pop group Duran Duran will headline a concert at Cornwall's Eden Project at the culmination of BBC Music Day on Friday, 3 June.

    The band will play hits from across their four-decade career, including Wild Boys, Rio and tracks from their current album, Paper Gods.

    BBC Radio 2 will broadcast the concert live, while highlights will be shown on BBC One on Sunday, 5 June.