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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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. Boat users also given Torbay Airshow restrictions

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Boat users as well as car drivers are being warned about restrictions over where they can be during the Torbay Airshow this weekend. 

    More than 70 roads in Torbay are being closed or restricted over three days as part of new measures introduced after the Shoreham disaster that killed 11 people in 2015. 

    Torbay Council said water restrictions would also be in place periodically throughout the airshow "ensuring watercraft are kept out of the designated flight paths and are at a safe distance". The restriction zones are under flight lines parallel to Paignton beach, and will be 230m out for when fast jets are flying and 150m out for all other aircraft.

  3. Latest weather: A dry night, and more sunshine on Wednesday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Evening sunshine will give way to a dry night with clear spells, particularly inland, although there may be thick cloud or mist drifting onto the north coast. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


    On Wednesday, any mist affecting the coast and inland will soon lift, then there'll be some patchy cloud around. However, many places should see plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Police say two men narrowly escaped death in Cornwall after taking contaminated or unusually high strength heroin
    • Torbay Council says it is doing its best to balance the needs of locals and business with safety by employing parking restrictions ahead of this weekend's airshow
    • Managers at Torbay Hospital say they have addressed many areas identified as needing improvement after a critical report by health inspectors
    • Tankers are deployed on the north coast of Cornwall after a power cut causes a sewage discharge from a pumping station in St Mawgan
  5. Bat protection measures often 'a box-ticking exercise'

    Press Association

    Many measures to try and protect bats from road collisions are often "a box-ticking exercise", an Exeter-based scientist has said.

    Horseshow bats. Pic: Thinkstock

    Researchers investigated more than 1,200 bat deaths caused by collisions with cars and found evidence the animals were avoiding roads, leading to disruptions in their ability to reach feeding and roosting areas.

    Dr Fiona Mathews, from the University of Exeter said: "Because bats and their habitat are now highly protected throughout Europe, we might think that there is no cause for concern, and there has been widespread media interest in the public money spent on 'bat bridges' and acoustic surveys for bats. Unfortunately these measures are often more of a box-ticking exercise than a means of offering real protection."

  6. Torbay Hospital A&E patients 'at risk of harm'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Patients in Torbay Hospital's emergency department are "at risk of avoidable harm" say inspectors. 


    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) blames a "lack of urgency" to treat people because there are not always enough senior doctors or nurses. 

    The emergency department has been rated inadequate and the trust has been rated as requiring improvement. 

    The trust said it had addressed many of the areas identified as needing improvement.  

  7. Are you celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday?

    Heidi Davey

    BBC Spotlight

    Are you getting ready for Her Majesty the Queen's official 90th birthday this weekend?


    Let us know if you're baking or making bunting over the next few days.

    Or are you choosing an outfit because you're lucky enough to have an invite to the official lunch on The MaIl in London? If so, please post a message on BBC Spotlight's Facebook page.

  8. Schools 'live in fear' after crossing patrol cut news

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Teachers in Cornwall have condemned Cornwall Council for threatening the safety of children after news that 19 school crossing patrols in the county are to be axed. 

    The posts are being cut following a review of the levels of children and cars at each site. The affected sites can be found on BBC Radio Cornwall's Facebook page.

    Lollipop patrol

    Daniel Symons, from Trewirgie Junior School in Redruth, one of the schools affected, said: "We live in fear of just one person having an accident. it's happened before, and it might happen again."

  9. Councils 'are working on Exeter transport goals'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon councils say they are working on transport goals for Exeter after concerns were raised by campaigners.

    The Campaign for West Exeter Smarter Transport has asked three Devon councils for an urgent review of those goals, saying the whole traffic strategy for the city needed immediate attention. It follows Devon County Council withdrawing an application for a park and ride near the village of Ide.

    Devon County Council said work was ongoing to resolve traffic issues, and it planned to resubmit an application for the park and ride. Teignbridge District Council said improvements were being considered at the moment, and Exeter City Council said it would work closely with both councils on whatever they came up with.

  10. A&E rebuild among measures being looked at by RD&E

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Among the measures being looked at to try and cope with record numbers of people seeking urgent medical attention at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is rebuilding the A&E department..

  11. Power cut causes sewage discharge at village pumping station

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Sewage has discharged from a village pumping station after it suffered a power cut, South West Water (SWW) has confirmed.

    SWW said there was a short discharge after the power cut in St Mawgan this morning.

    It added: "We deployed tankers to control the discharge until Western Power restored the electricity. Precautionary signs have been posted at Mawgan Porth beach and at the stream [from the station]. It is possible that bathing water quality might be affected but this is not anticipated."

  12. Medieval Dartmoor church screen 'brought back to life' after restoration

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A medieval rood screen in a Dartmoor church has been "brought back to life" after being cleaned and restored, the Dartmoor National Park Authority says.

    Rood screen. Pic: Sue Viccar

    The cleaning of the screen - sometimes known as a choir screen - at St Peter’s Church in Buckland-in-the-Moor was partly funded by money from the Dartmoor Communities Fund 2015/16.

    The cleaning and restoration work was carried out by Eddie Sinclair, and the work saw the "removal of the accumulation of centuries of dirt and grime", the park authority said. it revealed "the beautiful medieval colours as they were in 1520, when the screen is thought to have been painted", it added.

  13. Royal Navy alleged rape case court martial considers verdict

    Press Association

    A panel of senior Royal Navy officers has retired to consider its verdict in the court martial of an officer accused of raping a colleague in Devon who "was too drunk to consent". 

    Twenty-seven-year-old Samuel Mitchell, now a sub lieutenant, is accused of going into the room of the cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, following a Victory In Europe Day dinner dance attended by students, staff and guests, on 8 May 2014. He denies two counts of rape. 

    A panel of five senior officers act as the jury in a court martial, with a judge advocate providing legal guidance.

  14. Matt and Pippa on the search for Rod

    There's limited parking around Home Park this afternoon as thousands of Rod Stewart fans start to arrive ahead of his concert there tonight. 

    There's no parking at the ground - warning signs are up on all the main routes - but there is a park and ride service from the city centre.

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  15. Criticised hospital 'hopes to increase staffing levels'

    BBC Spotlight

    Managers at Torbay Hospital say they have addressed many areas identified as needing improvement after a critical report by health inspectors.

    Torbay Hospital

    Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was rated overall as "requiring improvement" by the Care Quality Commission. Some areas were highlighted for high praise, but the emergency department was condemned as "inadequate", with concerns raised over delays. 

    Mairead McAlinden, trust chief executive, said: "Staffing, in terms of the numbers of staff and the times of day we have them on, is an ongoing challenge for the trust. We very much hope to increase the staffing levels. But, while we do that, we’re also working with staff to ensure we have the right staff at the right time in the right place."

  16. Vote registration plea: 'Once is enough!'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People in Cornwall who have recently registered to vote in the upcoming EU referendum are being asked by Cornwall Council not to do so again, and that once is enough.

    Electoral Commission ad

    The authority said its elections team had been dealing with people who were so worried at it being the last day, particularly as a result of coverage by the media, that they were registering two or three times to make sure, creating a huge amount of work.

  17. Cornish Pirates sign Argentine centre

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Gavin Cattle and Nicolas De Battista

    Argentine centre Nicolas De Battista joins the Cornish Pirates ahead of the 2016-17 Championship season.

    He has played for Jockey Club de Rosario in his homeland alongside ex-Pirate Alberto Di Bernardo, who recommended him to the Cornish club.

    The 25-year-old has represented his country at under-19 and under-20 level.

  18. Torbay Airshow safety road closures 'over the top'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Safety measures at a seaside air show following the Shoreham air disaster are "over the top", it has been claimed.


    More than 70 roads in Torbay are being closed or restricted as part of new measures introduced after the disaster that killed 11 people in 2015. 

    Some residents said three-day closures were excessive and a money-making ploy by Torbay Council.

    The council rejected the claim and said it had to keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.