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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Monday

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

  2. Latest weather: Cloudy with rain

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    The evening and night will stay cloudy with more outbreaks of rain spreading north-eastwards across the region, turning heavy at times, especially over Dartmoor. It will become rather windy too, especially in coastal areas. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


    Saturday will be cloudy with spells of rain, turning heavy at times. Strong winds will ease a little through the day and rain may gradually clear eastwards during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Excitement builds ahead of Cornwall's County Championship match

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Thousands of Cornish rugby supporters are expected to cheer on their team at Camborne rugby club on Saturday.

    Cornwall rugby supporters

    Cornwall are playing Surrey in the County Championship – and if they win, the Black and Golds will go to Twickenham for the fourth year in a row.

    Cornwall rugby secretary Roger Watson told BBC RadioCornwall: “It’s difficult to keep grounded. It’s very exciting, we want to pack Camborne to the rafters. We want people to get the Black and Gold out and bring plenty of noise.”

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

  5. 'No long-term effects' for baby given painkillers in milk as mother jailed

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A baby who was given an opium-based painkiller in her milk has suffered no long-term effects from the drug, a court has heard.

    Det Sgt Mark Beavan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Rose Jones misused the opium based painkiller Tramadol and satisfied her addiction by lying to and defrauding members of the public and professionals." He said her sentence of seven years and two months "most importantly meant her children are not at risk of any further harm".

    Jones, 31, from Keyham, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to child cruelty, drug possession and perverting the course of justice and used the painkiller to try and calm her daughter down, the city's court heard.

  6. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall, there are long tailbacks on the A30 eastbound around Launceston after a lorry overturned between Kennards House and the A388 junction. A further two incidents were also reported in the queue
    • On the A30 westbound, the carriageway at Temple is partially blocked due to a broken-down car. Traffic is queueing
    • The A39 at St Kew Highway is partially blocked near Allen Park due to an incident
    • In St Columb Major, on Church Street, near Leader Road, there are reports of an incident
    • In Devon, one lane of the Exeter-bound A38 between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross has reopened after an earlier incident. However, traffic is still queueing and slow-moving
    • The Devon County Show is affecting traffic in the Exeter area: The A3052 is very slow moving in both directions; traffic is also slow-moving and queueing at Junction 30 of the M5, Plymouth-bound, and Junction 29 - the A30 Honiton Road - is also busy
  7. EgyptAir crash: Passenger Richard Osman 'very admirable'

    Press Association

    The younger brother of a geologist who was among the 66 people on board the crashed EgyptAir flight described him as a workaholic and a very admirable person. 

    Welsh-born Richard Osman, 40, is a mining company executive for Centamin on Mulcaster Street, Jersey, and has previously worked in Australia and Egypt. He has a masters degree from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall.

    His younger brother, 35-year-old, Alastair Osman said he "never deviated from the straight path".

  8. Falmouth University vice chancellor's £60K rise a 'disgrace'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Falmouth University's vice chancellor had an overall pay rise of nearly £60,000 last year, meaning her salary was £285,900 last year.

    Anne Carlisle

    Anne Carlisle's pay rise was one of the highest increases to UK vice chancellors according to The Times Higher Education rankings.

    Lecturers called it a "disgrace" as they continue to fight a 1.1% pay offer.

    The university said it was "a reflection of the continued growth and success of the university".

  9. Dartmoor Prison murder: 'Lost soul' victim 'failed by every establishment'

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    The adoptive mother of a man who was murdered in jail by another prisoner with a jail-issue kitchen knife says "every establishment in the country has failed him". 

    Alex Cusworth (pictured right) was stabbed by 51-year-old William Tolcher (pictured left) in Dartmoor Prison last November. Tolcher, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury at Plymouth Crown Court found him guilty yesterday.

    William Tolcher and Alex Cusworth. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The victim's adoptive mother, Ann Edgeller - a former Mayor of Stafford - said Alex was "an unloved ward of court, a lost soul" and a vulnerable young man with mental health issues before he was adopted at the age of 12. She added: "Alex, I am very, very sorry. Please God, give him a life in heaven because he didn't have one on earth."

  10. Mother Rose Jones jailed for attempted child poisoning

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A woman who gave her one-year-old daughter painkillers in her milk in a bid to calm her down has been jailed. 

    Rose Jones, 31, from Keyham, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to child cruelty, drug possession and perverting the course of justice.

    Rose Jones and milk bottle

    Plymouth Crown Court heard she had "carried out a calculated act to poison" her child with an opium-based painkiller. Jones - a mother of eight children - was jailed for seven years and two months.

  11. Conservative leader for Plymouth City Council after 'BlueKIP' agreement

    Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

    Labour has officially lost control of Plymouth City Council with Conservative leader Ian Bowyer being elected as the unitary authority's new leader.

    Local elections this month left the authority with no overall control, as Labour and the Conservatives ended up with the same number of councillors - 27. UKIP has three seats. The Tories and UKIP struck a deal - a "working agreement" - to form a majority.

    The new deal has been nicknamed "BlueKIP" by former Labour leader Tudor Evans. There were cheers from Conservatives and UKIP at the leader announcement. Labour sat in silence.

  12. Plymouth man admits teen rape almost 30 years ago

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A man has admitted raping a teenager in Swindon almost 30 years ago, after police re-opened a cold case.

    David Mears, 60, from Plymouth pleaded guilty to the attack on the 16-year-old girl on 12 August 1987 when he broke into her home. 

    He was arrested by Wiltshire Police last month after new evidence was found using forensic techniques which were not available 30 years ago. Mears will be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on 8 July. He pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault. 

  13. Latest travel: Problems continue on A30 at Launceston and A38 at South Brent

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall, there are tailbacks up to five miles-long on the A30 eastbound around Launceston after a lorry overturned between Kennards House and the A388 junction. A further two incidents have been reported in the queue
    • In Liskeard, traffic is slow-moving on Plymouth Road because of temporary traffic lights for electricity work
    • The A38 is still closed, causing delays Exeter-bound between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross at South Brent, due to investigations after a fatal collision between a lorry and a pedestrian. There are long queues back to Plympton and diversion routes through Ivybridge and Bittaford are very slow moving. Drivers are advised to avoid the area
    • One lane is closed on the Plymouth A38 Parkway, heading between Forder Valley and Manadon roundabout due to a vehicle fire  
    • Problems on the A38 mean that there is very heavy traffic on the A379 out of Plymouth and the B3121 around Ugborough as drivers try to avoid the delays  
    • The A386 New Road in Bideford is just passable near Torridge Hill after an incident 
  14. Rise of the (sea exploration) robot

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    A pioneering marine robot has set off from Newlyn on a two-week odyssey to chart one of the richest biodiversity hotspots off the UK coast.

    Thomas the robot

    The British built robot - called Thomas - is being used in a data-gathering project by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. 

    The robot is part powered by wind and solar energy, and controlled remotely by satellite.

  15. Woman resuced after fire crews break into flat over gas alert

    BBC Radio Devon

    Fire crews have broken into a flat in Exeter where there was a smell of gas and rescued an elderly woman. 

    They were called to the block of flats in Emmanuel Close just after 21:15 on Thursday and confirmed there was a strong smell of gas in the ground floor flat.

    After forcing their way in, they took the woman out and left her with an ambulance crew to be checked over.

  16. Pensioner, 80, who caused death of friend in A30 crash spared jail

    Cornish Guardian

    An 80-year-old woman has been handed a suspended prison sentence after causing the "tragic" death of her best friend by driving carelessly on the A30.