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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May 2016
  2. Election, referendum and crime commissioner election results, plus more news, sport, travel and weather 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 on Friday with all of the results from council elections, referendums and the vote for a new police and crime commissioner. 

  2. Stranded turtle released 'back into the wild as quickly as possible'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A stranded sea turtle rescued and rehabilitated in Cornwall was got "back into the wild as quickly as possible", an aquarium says.

    Tallulah turtle release. Pic: Blue Reef Aquarium/Irish Naval Service

    Tallulah was washed up at Gwithian in Cornwall in January and had to be nursed back to health by experts. She was released in the Atlantic from a rigid inflatable boat by the crew of an Irish Naval Service vessel.

    Blue Reef Aquarium curator Steve Matchett said: "This is the end of the rescue mission for Tallulah but we hope it’s just the start of a whole new life for her." He added that other loggerhead turtles "were spotted swimming close by" the release area, "so it was clearly a great spot to choose".

  3. Latest weather: Staying dry but chilly overnight, sunny on Friday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    It will be dry and chilly into this evening and overnight across all areas, with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells at times. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).


    Friday will be warm again, with sunny spells through much of the day. But there will be a risk of some thundery showers moving into parts of South West come the evening. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).  

  4. Paedophile couple interviewed in prison over hunt for baby remains

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A paedophile couple have been interviewed in prison by police as excavations continue in the garden of their former home in Devon, senior officers have told the BBC.

    David and Pauline Williams. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for the remains of a baby at the property in Bradninch, near Cullompton, occupied by David and Pauline Williams before they were jailed for child sex offences. 

    The couple, friends of serial killers Fred and Rosemary West, "did not help" the investigation, the BBC was told. Police sources also told the BBC the dig would continue on Friday, but was expected to be completed then. 

  5. Jobs under threat at Exeter printers

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Jobs at an Exeter printing company are under threat after the business was forced to go in to administration - making more than 30 workers redundant.

    35 factory workers have lost their jobs at Polestar Wheatons in Marsh Barton, following the announcement on Tuesday 3.

  6. Man jailed after for child sex offences against girls

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years after admitting child sex offences against two girls under the ages of 13 and 16.

    Nigel Smith. Pic: Devon and Cornmwall Police

    Nigel Smith, 40, of Queensway, Newton Abbot, previously pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to a total of eight sexual offences against both victims - three offences of sexual assault on a girl under 13 and five counts of sexual activity with a child - plus two offences relating to supplying cannabis.

    After sentencing, Det Con Nadine Freestone said the case's outcome had "pleased the victims and it will undoubtedly help them in moving on with their lives".

  7. Reservoir water released to aid salmon migration

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    More than 300m litres of water is being released from an Exmoor reservoir to help young salmon - or smolts - move downstream on the River Exe, South West Water (SWW) says.

    Wimbleball Reservoir

    The work at Wimbleball Reservoir (pictured) is being carried out over three days, and the amount of water released will "equate to a rise of just a few centimetres by the time it gets to Exeter", SWW said.

    It added: "It is particularly useful to do this in the spring, if there are low flow levels, to assist the salmon smolts to move down river towards the sea. This helps encourage them to migrate without delay, protecting them from predators."

  8. South Pole paedophile loses appeal against conviction

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A man from Cornwall has lost an appeal against his conviction and three year jail term for committing child sex offences while working at the South Pole. 

    Simon Rouen

    Simon Rouen, from Redruth, was found guilty after communicating with two undercover Kent Police officers to say he wanted to abuse an eight-year-old girl, and 10 counts of possessing indecent images of children.

    Rouen's legal team argued his conviction was unsafe and should be overturned, saying there was insufficient evidence of intent, but the judge dismissed it saying she had no reason to doubt the jury's verdict. 

  9. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - A paedophile husband and wife whose former garden is being dug up by police in Bradninch, have been interviewed in prison, a senior officer has told the BBC

    - A man from Newton Abbot has been jailed for child sex offences against two girls

    - A man from Cornwall has lost an appeal against his conviction for committing child sex offences while working at the South Pole

    - Votes are still being cast in elections for councils, a new police and crime commissioner and local referendums, with polling stations closing at 22:00

  10. 'Orgy' reference in postcard from Fred and Rose West to Bradninch abuse couple

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A postcard from Fred and Rose West to David and Pauline Williams whose house is being excavated by police, appears to refer to an orgy.


    Andy Jones from the Crime Through Time Collection at the former Littledean Jail in Gloucestershire, said: "It shows in coded form and innuendo that the Wests ran a child sex ring and the Williams were part of it. They talk about the Williams menagerie - a menagerie means animals." 

    The card also says: "Colin says the 'birds' are very friendly here. Loads of wildlife", and is signed "Mum & Dad".

  11. Volksfest organiser apologises for refunds delay ... a year on

    Plymouth Herald

    One of the key organisers of Plymouth music festival, Volksfest, has spoken out after traders admitted they were still waiting for refunds a year on.

  12. Hockey club's fundraising for orphan 'a little bit of light'

    BBC Spotlight

    Members of a hockey club who have been raising money for an orphan, whose parents died within the space of three years, say the response to their fundraising efforts has "been amazing".

    Alex Rust

    Four-year-old Harvey Rogers lost his mother, Anna, in a car accident in 2013. His father, Simon, died of cancer earlier this year. Players from Truro Hockey Club, which Harvey's parents were members of, have raised almost £4,000. 

    Club team mate Alex Rust (pictured) said: "We're really amazed at how everybody's reacted to it. It's a little bit of light that has come out of a horrible situation."

  13. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - The A390 at Grampound is partially blocked and busy moving after an accident near the school

    - There is heavy traffic on the St Budeaux bypass travelling out of Plymouth from the Camel's Head junction to the A38 The Parkway

    - Traffic is very slow on Mutley Plain in Plymouth because of an accident involing a car and a pedestrian around Moor View Terrace

    - Golf Links Road in Westward Ho! is blocked causing long delays near the holiday park because of a collision

    - Roadworks are causing delays on the A379 Bridge Road in Exeter

  14. Exeter lock Damien Welch: Wales call-up 'not meant to be'

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Exeter lock Damien Welch has resigned himself to never playing for Wales.

    Damien Welch

    The 33-year-old Welshman has impressed as Exeter have secured their first-ever place in the play-offs.

    "It's just one of those things, for some people it happens and other people it doesn't, I'm pretty happy playing for the Chiefs," Welch told BBC Sport. "I would have loved to have had a chance to play at the highest level, but if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be."

  15. A sunny day for voting across Devon and Cornwall

    People are going to the polls to elect a new police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

    St Ives residents are also voting in a referendum on local housing and there are also council elections in Exeter and Plymouth and a governance referendum in Torbay.

    Among the most remote polling stations is sunny St Martin's in the Isles of Scilly, where police Sergeant Colin Taylor cuts a lonely figure on his island patrol.

    Police Sergeant Colin Taylor
  16. Badger cull impact 'will take years'

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    Nearly 1,500 badgers were killed in Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2015 as part of the government's badger cull as part of efforts to eradicate bovine TB.

    The government had said more than half of England was expected to be free of the disease by 2019. However, campaigners said there was no evidence killing badgers was reducing the level of the disease in cattle.

  17. Fehily in 'good spirits' after Newton Abbot fall

    Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

    Jockey Noel Fehily is "in good spirits" after avoiding serious injury in a fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday.

    Noel Fehily

    Fehily, 40, was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth after being unseated from the Nick Mitchell-trained Hinxworth in the handicap hurdle. Racing was delayed by more than 30 minutes as medics attended to Fehily, who was taken to Derriford Hospital for precautionary X-rays on his back.

    His agent Chris Board said "nothing too bad" showed up on scans: "He's very bruised and sore in the back area, but they've done all the X-rays and scans and couldn't find an issue," said Broad.

  18. Stranded turtle Tallulah released back into the wild

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A stranded sea turtle that was rescued and rehabilitated in Cornwall has been released back in to the wild, an aquarium says.

    Tallulah the turtle on Irish Navy ship

    Barnacle-encrusted loggerhead turtle Tallulah was washed up at Gwithian in January, very weak and dehydrated. She was nurtured back to health by the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

    She was returned to the sea by the crew of the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Róisín (pictured). Aquarium curator Steve Matchett said "she proved to be a real fighter".