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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Friday's live coverage

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

  2. Ban on building second homes in St Ives 'onerous'

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The director of the architecture firm which has launched a judicial review against Cornwall Council's decision to hold a referendum in St Ives, has described support for a ban on building second homes as "onerous".

    St Ives

    Steve McTier of RLT Architects acknowledged the policy would have "an adverse effect" on his business, but claimed that "a lot of other businesses" would be hit by the measure.

    "The only way you're going to get affordable housing is to enable development in the area, and allow developers to contribute towards that affordable housing, which they're not going to do with such an onerous restriction on what they can sell their open market housing for", he said.

  3. Latest Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    - The Labour and Conservative candidates for the police and crime commissioner election go through to a second round 

    - A dig at the former home of a paedophile couple who knew Fred and Rose West has ended after search teams found "nothing of significance"

    -  Health bosses in Cornwall are asking people to use alternative services to hospitals where possible, as Norovirus spreads through the community

    - A care home in Newton Abbot has been closed over fears for the safety of residents

  4. Hospital warning after Norovirus spreads in Cornwall

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Hospitals in Cornwall are asking people to use alternative services where possible, because of a high level of Norovirus cases.


    The highly contagious bug, which causes sickness and diarrhoea, has hit community hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

    NHS Kernow said if it spread to hospitals, it could lead to cancelled operations and delayed recoveries. It's advising people suffering from the bug to avoid going to the emergency department if they can manage the symptoms themselves.

  5. Weather latest: Risk of showers overnight and thunderstorms tomorrow

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    After a fine end to the day, it will remain largely dry with clear spells overnight. However, there is the risk of the odd isolated shower or thunderstorm pushing up from the south later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Saturday will be mostly fine and dry with some warm hazy sunshine. However, it will feel increasingly humid through the day with the risk of thunderstorms. Maximum Temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

  6. Referendum vote against new second homes in St Ives 'will affect businesses'

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A fish merchant in St Ives has been telling me why he voted against a ban on any new second homes being built in yesterday's referendum.

    Almost half of people eligible turned out to vote - a 42% turnout - and they gave resounding support to the 'neighbourhood plan' which says all new-build open market homes must be used as a primary residence. 

    Matthew Stevens said the town used to be dead in the winter: " I voted no because St Ives main industry is tourism and I employ 54 people and every restaurant that I know of now.. .they all stay open in the winter time - it creates a lot of business."

  7. Police investigation into MP expenses

    BBC Parliament

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    Eight police forces, including Devon and Cornwall's, are investigating whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election. 

     The allegations centre on overnight accommodation for the Conservative Party's "battle buses" of activists. 

    The party says it was an administrative error.

  8. No more lines of enquiry in dig at paedophile couple's former home

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    Police in Devon have ended their investigation at the former home of a paedophile couple, David and Pauline Williams, who are believed to have been friends of Fred and Rose West.

    Police at property

    A police spokesperson said: "The investigation is now complete and we are not pursuing any other lines of enquiry in relation to this investigation.

    "We appreciate that Bradninch this week has attracted significant media attention and we would like to thank the residents of Bradninch for their patience and support shown."

  9. St Ives townspeople join 10m others under neighbourhood plans

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    More than 170 neighbourhood plans affecting about 10m people have been approved at referendums so far across the UK, the government has said, in the wake of the St Ives referendum.

    St Ives

    People there have voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning second homes from being built, as part of the St Ives Area Neighbourhood Development Plan.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government said the government could not comment specifically on the St Ives plan because of a legal challenge, but added neighbourhood planning was giving people "a real say over what gets built where in their community".

  10. Police investigate racial abuse of woman wearing hijab

    Police are trying to trace a man who racially abused a woman who was wearing a hijab.

    Officers say he subjected her to racist language before following her onto a bus where he became threatening.

    The incident took place on Bank Holiday Monday in Exeter's High Street.  

  11. Will St Ives vote to block second homes have any effect?

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

    Cornwall Council has said it will respect the decision of the people of St Ives when considering future planning applications, after residents voted to stop the building of new second homes in the town.

    St Ives

    However, with little land left in St Ives on which new builds could be proposed, it's not immediately obvious how this measure will affect property prices.

    Of course all planning decisions are open to legal challenges and it will be interesting to see how developers react to the St Ives vote.

    Meanwhile the government is looking at changing the rules so that communities can only have a vote on issues that a parish council has responsibility for. Ministers say they want to make sure the system isn't abused.

  12. Ten Tors teams turn up to take on Dartmoor

    BBC Spotlight

    Thousands of youngsters will be making camp at Okehampton today ahead of this year's Ten Tors challenge, which is being held this weekend.


    Teams from all over the country will be arriving in Devon from about lunchtime for the event, which sees teenagers taking on the elements during a yomp across Dartmoor and camping out overnight. 

    It begins at 07:00 on Saturday, with the Jubilee Challenge for youngsters with special educational or physical needs starting at 07:30.

  13. Cornwall prepare for first match of County Championships

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Cornwall rugby team kick off their County Championship campaign tomorrow.

    The Black and Golds, who won the Bill Beaumont Cup at Twickenham last year, take on Gloucestershire tomorrow at Redruth. 

    We'll have live commentary of the game on BBC Radio Cornwall tomorrow from 14:00.

  14. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - At St Columb Major we've had reports of an incident on the A3059 near Trekenning Roundabout for the A39

    - On the outskirts of Launceston we've had reports of an accident in St Stephens on the B3254 Roydon Road near the Church 

  15. St Ives new second homes ban 'one of the biggest changes in recent times'

    As St Ives votes in support of a ban on new second homes, the debate has reverberated around the world.

    "I've been interviewed by media in Canada, New Zealand and Israel who have similar problems", town mayor Linda Taylor said.

    St Ives count

    She said she was "overwhelmed" by the "remarkable support for the mandate" and the "tremendous turnout". Ms Taylor said: "St Ives should be incredibly proud", adding it was "one of the biggest changes for St Ives in recent times".