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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday as well as live coverage of the Cornwall rugby team's victory parade through Truro

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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. Family cat-astrophe reversed as missing moggy found a year on ...six miles away

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A cat in Cornwall which went missing for more than a year has been found - after being discovered just six miles down the road.

    Foage the cat

    Deborah Reeve's cat, Foage, went missing from Redruth and she said the family had all but given up hope of his return, until he was found alive and well in nearby Troon.

    The rather handsome ginger tom was known as a bit of a wanderer, and was quite partial to visiting neighbours for titbits. He was finally found after the family put the cat's picture up on Facebook.

  3. Car smashes into North Devon shop front in 'possible ram-raid'

    North Devon Journal

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a "potential ram-raid" after a car smashed through the window of a North Devon pharmacy this morning.

  4. Graham Dawe fears revamp of County Championship ahead of Wednesday's victory parade

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornwall coach Graham Dawe hopes the County Championship final won't be moved from Twickenham as part of a potential revamp of the competition.

    His side beat Cheshire on Sunday in-front of around 3,000 Cornwall supporters to retain the title they won last year.

    Graham Dawe (right) with Eddie Jones

    "Hopefully they don't take it away from the stadium, because young players want to play at this stadium," Dawe told BBC Sport. "It all depends on the RFU, doesn't it? How they keep this competition going, how they keep it alive."  

    Meanwhile the route has been revealed for the team's victory parade: 

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  5. Inquest told speedboat 'in wrong place at wrong time'

    A speedboat which capsized and resulted in the death of a 14-year-old girl was "in the wrong place at the wrong time", an accident investigator has told an inquest.

    Emily Gardner, from Gloucester, died in the speedboat accident in Brixham in May last year after the vessel was hit by a wave and capsized, but her lifejacket - which was the wrong size - trapped her under the stern, keeping her underwater.

    Emily Gardner. Pic: Gardner Family

    Nicholas Hance, from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, said: "The sea conditions were manageable but far from ideal." He added that, while the boat was in a vertical position after capsizing, Emily's buoyancy aid would have been behind her, so out of her reach. He said: "The sea is an unpredictable place". The inquest, in Torquay, is due to continue on Wednesday.

  6. Parts of Plymouth 'devastated' by the Battle of Jutland

    BBC Spotlight

    Large parts of Plymouth would have been affected by the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago, a senior Royal Navy officer says.

    The navy has held a special commemoration service in the city, also home to Devonport Naval Base, to mark the battle. Of more than 6,000 British personnel who died in the battle in the North Sea, near Denmark, about 1,600 were from Plymouth-based ships.

    Commodore Ian Shipperley

    Commodore Ian Shipperley (pictured) said: "It took two or three days for the news to get back to the city that there had been a huge battle. Whole areas of the city would have been absolutely devastated by sailors and marines not coming home."

  7. Latest weather: Cloud spreading and a grey Wednesday

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will continue to spread eastwards overnight, with one or two outbreaks of light patchy rain at times.The winds will stay brisk, especially in exposed areas. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    Wednesday looks to be cloudy and grey for most of the day with rain at times, which could turn heavy in some parts. It will be another breezy day. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

  8. South Devon gets £3.5million boost from Radio 1's Big Weekend

    Torquay Herald Express

    Radio 1's Big Weekend at Powderham Castle has been declared a massive economic success with £3.5million was bumped into the local economy.

  9. Police Commissioner says people can be 'reassured despite election investigation'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner has told the BBC that people should feel reassured she is continuing in her role.

    Alison Hernandez

    Alison Hernandez is being investigated by another police force over allegations she failed to declare expenses as election agent in Torbay in the 2015 general election. She denies any wrongdoing. 

    The force's Police and Crime Panel ruled last week she could carry out her role during the ongoing investigation. Ms Hernandez told the BBC: "For some reassurance for the public, there's been some scrutiny as to whether I can carry out this role and, unanimously and cross-party, it is actually there to support me and they want me to carry on."

  10. Cornwall to get Border Force 'hub' as part of campaign against people smuggling

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    New maritime enforcement powers have come into force that will allow Border Force officers to stop, board and detain vessels, and arrest anyone they suspect has broken immigration laws. 

    Cornwall is to house one of three maritime co-ordination hubs in England. The other two are in the Thames Estuary and the Humber.

    The powers were announced by the Home Office last week and are intended to crack down on illegal immigration and people smugglers.

  11. Wharves tenant may create new jobs after buying building

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Nearly 40 jobs could be created in Falmouth because a specialist marine contractor, which has been a tenant at Falmouth Wharves, has decided to buy the facility.

    KML, which operates specialist vessels, now plans to renovate the wharves and said it would create 39 new posts.

  12. Afrojack and Subfocus at MTV Crashes in July

    Plymouth Herald

    Not one, but two of the biggest names in the dance world will be playing to thousands on Plymouth Hoe this summer.

  13. Thousands join in Art Deco lido's reopening

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    More than 2,000 people joined in celebrations at Jubilee Pool in Penzance on Saturday to mark the Art Deco lido's reopening, Cornwall Council says.

    Jubilee Pool. Pic: Andrew Segal

    The pool underwent £3m of repairs after being wrecked in the storms that hit the South West in January and February 2014. Walls have been repaired, paving and handrails replaced, and drainage and electrical systems updated.

    Jubilee Pool. Pic: Andrew Segal

    The pool, which first opened in 1935, is one of a small number of saltwater tidal open air swimming pools in Europe. It previously closed in 1992 as it had fallen into disrepair, but was restored to reopen in 1995.

  14. Police search for train attacker

    Two men were left with cut lips after an assault on a London to Plymouth train on Monday evening.

    Officers on board carried out a search of the train but did not find the attacker who was thought to have left the train at Totnes at around 22:00.

    Police said the offender is in his 40s, around 6ft (180cm) tall, of large build and was wearing a dark tracksuit.

  15. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • The A38 is partially blocked and busy but moving westbound because of a broken down vehicle between Wrangaton Cross, Ugborough and Ivybridge
    • On the A303 near Upottery near the Yarcombe turning, watch out for temporary traffic lights for recovery work
    • The A379 in Brixham is busy but moving 
    • Delays likely on the A30 eastbound over Bodmin Moor because of long-term roadworks
  16. Plymouth marks the Battle of Jutland

    BBC Spotlight

    The Royal Navy has held a special commemoration service in Plymouth to mark the Battle of Jutland, the most devastating sea battle of World War One.

    Sailors at commemoration

    The service was held at the Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe. It ended with a 21-gun salute from frigate HMS Monmouth offshore.


    More than 6,000 British personnel and 2,500 Germans died in the battle, which involved around 250 ships, on 31 May 1916 in the North Sea, near Denmark. Of the British casualties, about 1,600 were from Plymouth-based ships. Relatives of some of those lost in the battle attended the service.

  17. Speedboat death inquest hears details of passengers trapped underwater

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    An inquest into the death of 14-year-old Emily Gardner, from Gloucester, in a speedboat accident in Torbay has heard that another passenger was also trapped underneath the boat.

    Emily died after the vessel was hit by a wave and capsized. Her buoyancy aid became snagged and trapped her under the stern.

    Today, Paul Pritchard, who was driving the boat, told the inquest that Emily's friend Gemma Gadsden, who was also on board, also got trapped under the boat but was pulled to safety by his daughter Holly.

    The inquest heard Mr Pritchard had driven with the girls down to Brixham the previous day and they had all slept in the car that night prior to going out in the boat the next day. The inquest continues.