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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but the team will be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Don't forget that Spotlight is on BBC One at 18:30, and there is BBC South West's late bulletin at 22:30. There's also more news on your local BBC radio station.

  2. Watch: Scientists vacuum seafloor for conservation

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Scientists are taking samples of coral to find new ways of conserving ocean species.

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    Video caption: Scientists take samples of coral to find new ways of conservation

    The team led by Plymouth University is based on the research ship James Cook and is using remote-controlled submarines. 

    Team members said the genetic fingerprints of marine life could suggest how to identify areas which were most in need.

  3. Latest weather: Rain to ease, and a mostly dry but cloudy Thursday

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain are expected to ease during the evening, leaving most places dry overnight. It will stay rather cloudy though, and feel quite muggy. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    Thursday will be mostly dry but rather cloudy for most. There will be some bright spells in places, especially towards the evening. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

  4. Former Stella owner 'over the moon' at dog destruction order reprieve

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    The former owner of a pit bull dog seized by police and refused exercise for nearly two years is "over the moon" she has freed from a death sentence and adopted by a kennel owner, he has told the BBC.

    Stella the pit bull. Pic: Laura Khanlarian

    Stella was seized by police in 2014 as she was considered potentially dangerous. A destruction order was passed by magistrates in February, but she has been given a contingent destruction order - specifying certain measures to keep her under control - during an appeal at Exeter Crown Court.

    She has been taken on by Carolyne Pharaoh after Antony Hastie agreed to transfer ownership. Outside court, Mr Hastie said: "I've been emotional ... It's broken my heart for the last two-and-a-half years. Thank you to the lady who has adopted her. I really appreciate it and I am eternally grateful."

    Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We respect the court's authority in this matter and accept the court's decision that the new keeper is fit and proper."

  5. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A pit bull dog, which was locked up in a cage after being deemed too dangerous to be walked, escapes being put down
    • A tribunal drops some allegations against former Royal Cornall Hospitals Trust medical boss Dr Paul Utpon
    • Police appeal for help in finding the next of kin of the victim of a road crash near Ottery St Mary
    • The Cornish Fish Producers' Association says it is planning ahead for either result in the EU referendum
  6. Boundaries of Roman Empire redrawn after Ipplepen dig

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The boundaries of the Roman Empire have been expanded following the discovery of Roman coins in a rural village in Devon.

    Ipplepen dig. Pic: Steven Haywood

    Amateur metal detectorists Jim Wills and Dennis Hewings first unearthed the coins in Ipplepen, in 2009. Now archaeologists have uncovered a Romano-British settlement which had trade links to the rest of the empire. 

    Dr Sam Moorhead, from the British Museum, said the site raised "a whole series of new questions" about Roman Devon. Until now, there was little evidence of the Romans outside of Exeter, which is 20 miles north-east of Ipplepen.

  7. Bugaled Breizh French case closure: Analysis

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The confirmation by France's top judicial court to formally close the case of the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh may bring an end to legal aspects of the tragedy, but the incident itself still remains unexplained.

    Bugaled Breizh. Pic: AFP

    The five crew of the French trawler drowned when it sank 14 miles off the Lizard peninsula in January 2004. Relatives believe the vessel was dragged underwater when a submarine snagged its nets, but France's Court of Cassation said there was no evidence to support the claim, nor that it was a fishing accident. 

    And although French legal proceedings may be over, British ones are still ongoing more than 12 years on. The bodies of two crew were brought to Cornwall following the incident, and a pre-inquest hearing into their deaths is due to take place in the county on 18 July.

  8. 'Death Row dangerous dog' is freed and adopted

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A dog seized by police and refused exercise for nearly two years has been freed from a death sentence and adopted by a kennel owner.

    Stella. Pic: Laura Khanlarian

    Pit bull terrier Stella was seized by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2014 as she was considered potentially dangerous. She is now in the care of Carolyne Pharaoh after previous owner Antony Hastie agreed to transfer ownership. 

    A destruction order was originally passed by Torquay Magistrates' Court on 8 February, but, in an appeal heard at Exeter Crown Court, Stella was given a contingent destruction order, specifying certain measures to be taken to keep her under proper control.

  9. Devon tie topsy-turvy match with Herefordshire

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Devon lost their last three wickets for 16 runs as their Minor Counties Championship match at Herefordshire ended in a thrilling tie at Eastnor.

    Devon trailed by 102 on first innings after being skittled for just 97, but Jamie Drew broke a 110-year county record with figures of 7-15, as the hosts were dismissed for 105. This left Devon a victory target of 208.

    Josh Bess made 94 as they reached 191-7, but they were bowled out with the scores level and only nine balls remaining.

  10. Tribute to 'colourful' surfer headmistress who 'enjoyed cigars and wine'

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A Devon school has paid tribute to a retired headmistress who died at her home in Bovey Tracey last month.

    Anne Smith, was head at Stover School for 13 years, from 1969-1982, and was described as a "colourful individual".

    Anne Smith

    The school said Miss Smith "enjoyed the occasional cheroot and glass of wine" and often went surfing off the beaches in north Devon.

  11. Some allegations dropped against RCHT former medical director

    Julie Skentelbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A tribunal into a former medical director in Cornwall who allegedly failed to take appropriate steps to protect patients from risks posed by a consultant has found there is no case to answer in relation to some allegations.

    Dr Paul Upton was medical director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) between 2009-2013. He is alleged to have failed to take appropriate steps to protect patients from a risk of harm posed by gynaecologist consultant Rob Jones. Mr Jones was suspended and then left medical practice in 2012. The RCHT apologised unreservedly to patients. 

    Dr Paul Upton

    A hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal in Manchester heard it was also alleged that, in February 2013, Dr Upton (pictured) made misleading statements to the media in relation to the steps he took to protect patients from risks posed by Mr Jones.

    The tribunal is not to proceed in reference to seven allegations against Dr Upton, including some of those involving the media. A further 18 remain. The tribunal has been adjourned part-heard and will reconvene on 10 October.

  12. Pasty shop wants to stay open until 3am - would you rather have a pasty or kebab?

    Plymouth Herald

    pasty shop is hoping to serve the needs of hungry clubbers - and challenge the dominance of the doner kebab as the food of choice after a night out - by staying open until three in the morning.

  13. Partner of road worker killed in crash lost 'her whole world'

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The partner of a road worker who was killed when a driver veered into him says she has lost her "whole world" following his death.

    Exeter Crown Court

    Yesterday Anthony Tompkins, 47, from Tideford, pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to killing Steven Tolly by careless driving when he crashed into him on the A361 in north Devon in 2013.

    In a statement, Mr Tolly's partner, Janice Rainey, said: "He was a brilliant dad to my daughter, Jade, bringing her up as his own. She was like his shadow and they went everywhere together. He was like the father she never had."

  14. Falmouth student numbers: university says it wants "modest, phased growth"

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    Falmouth University has responded to concerns about growing student numbers in the town, saying it wants a "modest, phased growth".

    Campaigners went to a public meeting in Falmouth last night to protest against plans to increase the number of university students there.  

    Protest posters

    The university said it would keep working with local councils and community representatives to make sure any growth was "sustainable".

  15. Van crash victim is named

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A man who died in a road crash near Ottery St Mary has been named by police as 53-year-old Robert Christopher Trott, from Exeter.

    Mr Trott died when the white Nissan van he was in came off the road on the B3174, at the Daisymount roundabout, at about 18:40 on 16 June. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Police said they were trying to trace his next of kin, and it was believed he had a brother in the Exeter or Plymouth area. They appealed for him or any other family to get in contact. Officers added that an investigation into the crash was continuing, and a file would be prepared for the coroner.

  16. Inspector gives thumbs up for 52,500 homes to be built in Cornwall

    Cornish Guardian

    A government inspector has given provision approval for 52,000 new homes to be built in Cornwall by 2030.

  17. Cornwall snatch dramatic victory to go top

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornwall maintained their 100% start to the Minor Counties Championship season with a last-gasp victory at Wiltshire.

    Batting second, Kelvin Snell hit the winning boundary with only an over to spare in the second innings of a rain-affected match at Corsham.

    Matt Robins' 78 and Greg Smith's 66 not out proved crucial, leaving them top of the Western Division after two games.

  18. Man who killed partner with hammer 'not deluded'

    BBC News England

    A 74-year-old man who battered his partner to death with a lump hammer was "not deluded", a court has heard.

    Retired scientist, Edgar Fairhurst, killed Marjorie Elphick, 83, in their Devon bedroom on 30 December. Mr Fairhurst, of Riverside Close, Bideford, has admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at Exeter Crown Court, but denies murder.

    However, a consultant psychiatrist for the prosecution said there was "no evidence he was deluded". The trial continues.

  19. Record attempt plant tub 'kept getting bigger and bigger'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Cornwall tourist attraction hoping to make the record books with what it believes is the largest wooden plant tub in the world, only has the 5m high construction because it got "bigger and bigger" while being built, its owner says.

    The 4.8m high by 5.1m wide tub at Hidden Valley Discovery Park, near Launceston, is so big it has 30 trees growing in it rather than flowers. 

    Tub. Pic: Hidden Valley

    Owner Peter Jones said: "We added a new garden to the park this year, and I started making some little plants tubs just to set it off. I thought let's make one bigger, and it just got bigger and bigger. Now the tub is hopefully the biggest in Cornwall at least anyway."

    The record attempt for the world's biggest is still subject to Guinness World Records' verification.

  20. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    • A 74-year-old man who battered his partner to death with a lump hammer was not "deluded", a court is told
    • A French court confirms the case into Bugaled Breizh trawler sinking has been finally closed
    • Falmouth University says it's working closely with the community and is only planning a "modest increase" in student numbers following concerns from town residents
    • A new shuttle bus service between Newquay Airport and Truro is to be piloted
    • A Redruth man jailed for setting fire to his girlfriend's bedroom curtains fails in his appeal to have his sentence shortened
    • Two Plymouth sailors are hoping they've broken a world record for sailing non-stop for three nights - without sleep - in a double-headed dinghy between the naval ports of Plymouth and Portsmouth