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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Hundreds of birders visit Land's End to see pelican

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A rare Dalmatian pelican has been spotted in the UK the first time in Cornwall. 

    Hundreds of bird enthusiasts travelled to the Land's End area in Cornwall to catch a glimpse after the sighting was widely shared on social media. 

    Pelican. Pic: Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick

    Paul Freestone, from the Cornwall Birding website, said the pelican, with a 1.6m (5ft 3in) wingspan, had been previously spotted recently in Germany and Poland. He said a slight abnormality in one of its feathers established it was not an escapee from a zoo or wildlife park.

    Birdwatchers. Pic: Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick

    Brian Egan from the Rare Bird Alert network said there was strong evidence for the bird to be officially verified as the first one to visit the UK. He said a final decision will be made by the British Ornithological Union Records Committee later in the year.

  3. Autistic boy Josh Wills goes home

    BBC News Health

    Josh Wills

    Autistic boy Josh Wills is settling into life at his new home in Cornwall after three years living in a specialist hospital unit in Birmingham, almost 300 miles away from his family.

  4. Latest weather: Misty and damp overnight, and a mainly bright Wednesday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be mild, misty, and damp with further outbreaks of rain across the east, which again will turn heavy at times. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


    It'll be a misty but mostly dry start on Wednesday, but it will gradually turn brighter through the morning. However, there is still the risk of the odd heavy or thundery shower during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).  

  5. St Austell football player Marcus Martin banned over referee attack

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    The incident happened after he was sent off, having reacted angrily to a penalty awarded against his side.

    Martin pleaded guilty to improper conduct under FA rule E3, which covers physical contact, violent conduct and threatening and/or abusive language or behaviour against a match official.

  6. Tooth decay rates vary in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Cornwall have seen variations in tooth decay levels in five-year-olds compared to national figures.

    The number of five-year-olds with tooth decay in England has dropped to its lowest level - about 25% - in almost a decade, according to figures from Public Health England. In 2008, it was nearly a third.

    Child brushing teeth

    Across the South West, the figure is 21%. Within the counties, Plymouth is the best with a figure of 15% and Torbay fares worst with nearly 27%. Devon as a whole comes in at just under 20%, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly sees a rate of 22%.

  7. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    - A man's body is found in a car near Plymouth city centre

    - AFC St Austell midfielder Marcus Martin is suspended from all football-related activity for 27 months and fined £150 after admitting a charge of improper conduct after injuring a referee

    - A police radio controller did not send an ambulance to a man found collapsed in Bodmin despite a request to do so from a retired paramedic, an inquest is told

    - Cornwall Council wants to hear views about a potential new link road between the A30 and St Austell after getting £1.5m for a feasibility study

    - Hundreds of bird enthusiasts travel to the Land's End to see a Dalmatian pelican, which is believed to be the first one spotted in the UK

  8. PCC under siege: 'It's the right thing to do'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The newly-elected and besieged Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall insisted that taking up her new position was "the right thing to do" at the ceremony to swear her in to the new role in Exeter this afternoon.

    Alison Hernandez

    Conservative Alison Hernandez was elected on Friday but is now being investigated by police regarding her role in signing off election expenses in last year's General Election. She denies any wrongdoing.

  9. Police controller 'did not send ambulance to collapsed man'

    Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

    An inquest into the death of a 46-year old man, who was found collapsed by the side of the road in Cornwall, has heard a police radio controller did not send an ambulance despite a request to do so from a retired paramedic.

    Christopher Rothwell, 46, from Newquay, was eventually taken to hospital, where he died, in August 2014 after being found collapsed on Dennison Road in Bodmin. He had appeared at the town's magistrates' court earlier in the day.

    The controller did request a police officer was sent to the scene but a computer issue meant the request was not received, the hearing was told. The inquest, in Truro and in its second day, continues.

  10. Jailing of 'extremely dangerous' paedophile welcomed

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police have welcomed an "extremely dangerous" predatory paedophile being jailed for 28 years for historic sexual abuse dating back to the 1990s.

    Thirty-three-year-old Robert Singleton, from Starcross, was convicted in April of committing 10 serious sexual assaults against four young girls in the area between 1995 and 2013. He was jailed on Friday at Truro Crown Court and ordered to serve at least 22 years, with another six years on licence.

    Robert Singleton Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Det Ch Insp Neil Ralph said: "This disturbing case has resulted in an extremely dangerous man being given a lengthy custodial sentence, which reflects the seriousness of his offending, to protect the local communities." He added he hoped the sentence would "bring some closure to the affected families".

  11. North Devon hospital changes 'led by local clinicians'

    BBC Politics

    The government has sought to allay fears over the future of the North Devon District Hospital following suggestions some key services could move away. 

    The prospect is contained in a document that forms part of the so-called Success Regime - a major review of health services across Northern, Eastern and Western Devon. North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said he told regime managers that local geography and the high standard of acute services at Barnstaple meant they should think very carefully about changes.

    North Devon District Hospital

    In the House of Commons, Health Minister Ben Gummer said: "I do recognise the unique geographical circumstances of the constituency. That is precisely why the Success Regime is being led by local clinicians, and I hope that they take into account all the views and all the clinical needs of constituents."

  12. Truro City needs £500,000 investment to progress, says owner

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City chairman Peter Masters says he is looking for investment of at least £500,000 to help the club reach the National League.

    Along with co-owner Philip Perryman, Masters says he has put in £25,000 every month this season to support the Cornish side, who finished fourth in National League South.

    Treyew Road

    "I want to take the club forward into the National League if possible and that's going to take a substantial amount of investment," Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I've already had a number of people who have been in contact with me in regards to putting investment into the club and one in particular appears to be a good suitor, but the door's open for anyone."  

  13. Subsidised ferry 'losing out heavily' over catamaran delay

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Bosses of a ferry service in Devon given more than £500,000 in public subsidy say they have "lost out heavily" because of a long delay in obtaining a promised purpose-built catamaran for the route.

    Ferry. Pic: Brixham Express

    The Brixham Express, which started in November 2014, is currently operating a small fishing boat (pictured) between Brixham and Torquay instead of the 100-seat catamaran. Mary O'Driscoll, of Brixham Express, said the catamaran was waiting for a safety certificate in Donegal, Ireland, from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). 

    There had been "inexplicable and significant delays", she said, and the firm had "lost out heavily because of this long delay". The MCA said it was "awaiting confirmation that the noted defects have now been rectified".

  14. Truro Mayor: 'Include young people in prosperity'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The new Mayor of Truro called on everybody in Cornwall to meet up and work together to improve jobs and housing in the county.

    Rob Nolan

    Speaking at the mayor-making ceremony in Truro last night, Rob Nolan said: "I believe the greatest challenge we face is how to include our young people in the prosperity of modern Cornwall, and make sure that they don't end up as bystanders watching success from behind a bar or shop counter."

  15. Man's body found in car

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man's body has been found in a car in the Bretonside area of Plymouth, police have confirmed.

    Officers said they were informed at about 14:10 of a dead body of a man, believed to be in his 40s, in the back seat of a stationary car in North Street, near The Swallow pub.

    Investigators are at the scene and a cordon has been set up.

  16. New fines to tackle problem parking at Plymouth Life Centre

    BBC Radio Devon

    People who do not park in designated bays at Plymouth's main leisure centre risk getting £70 penalty charge notices under new measures being introduced by the city council.

    The authority said the measures, starting on 6 June, were "to tackle inconsiderate and dangerous parking around the Plymouth Life Centre" following a public consultation.

    Plymouth Life Centre. Pic: Google

    It said the measures would "address ongoing problems with vehicles being left around the edge of the Life Centre car park ... which obstructs access for other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians". It added vehicles were often found "blocking access for emergency vehicles and restricting access to the disabled parking bays".  

  17. High arsenic levels found at homes with with private water supplies

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    About 5% of homes with private water supplies tested in Cornwall have been found to have high levels of arsenic, a study has found.

    The British Geological Survey and Health Protection Agency study tested 127 homes, and 5% exceeded World Health Organisation guidelines of 10 micrograms per litre. About 3,500 properties in the county have a private water supply. 

    The British Geological Survey said there was strong evidence people living with high arsenic concentrations in water were exposed to concentrations potentially detrimental to health.

    Householders could install treatment systems to reduce exposure and were advised to routinely test groundwater supplies, it added.