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Summary

  1. A 74-year-old man who murdered his partner in bed in a row over a duvet has been jailed for life
  2. Police appeal after boy, 13, sexually assaulted
  3. A woman is in critical condition after an incident in Paignton
  4. A teenage girl with Down's syndrome was turned down eight times by different shops as she tried to get her ears pierced
  5. EU referendum: UK goes to the polls
  6. The number of sheep being killed on Dartmoor roads reaches a record high
  7. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thursday's live coverage

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back early tomorrow morning with the latest on the EU Referendum result, plus the rest of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Woman 'cried for weeks' after dog was stolen

    BBC Spotlight

    A woman says she cried "for weeks on end" after her dog was stolen from her garden in Devon last year, never to be found.

    Poppy

    Jackie Veale from Rattery, who offered a reward of £1000 for anyone who found her dog Poppy, said: "It upset our whole family - my youngest grandson's had night terrors over it for a very long time".

    A BBC investigation has found more than 100 dogs were reported stolen over the last two years to Devon and Cornwall Police. More on this story on Spotlight at 1.30pm.

  3. Marjorie Elphick's family pays tribute to 'kind and vivacious woman'

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    The family of Marjorie Elphick, murdered by her partner, have paid tribute to the 83 year-old.

    Marjorie Elphick

    Edgar Fairhurst, 74, has today been found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court and jailed for life for bludgeoning Mrs Elphick to death with a hammer in December 2015.

    Marjorie's niece, Stephanie Artress, said: "Although she was 83, she was healthy and active and had the promise of many more years in front of her".

  4. Holsworthy girl, 15, 'in living nightmare' due to topical steroid withdrawal

    North Devon Journal

    A Holsworthy mother whose 15-year-old daughter "in a living nightmare" is false due to Topical Steroid Withdrawal has started a petition to get the condition recognised.

  5. Latest weather: Friday starting dry and bright before showers arrive

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Patchy rain in the east clearing then dry for many overnight, with some clear spells for a time. Cloud will gradually increase from the west by dawn, introducing very isolated light showers. Minimum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday: A dry and bright start but scattered heavy showers will develop during the afternoon. Despite this there will still be plenty of dry and bright weather around, making it feel warm in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

  6. 'Disgust' at Down's girl's ear piercing rejection

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A body piercer said he was "disgusted" that an 18-year-old Down's syndrome girl was turned down for ear piercings.

    Emily Wheeler

    Nicholas Pinch of Voodoo Body Piercing in Barnstaple pierced Emily Wheeler's ears for her birthday after eight shops rejected her on the grounds of her having Down's.

    Mr Pinch said on Facebook: "I'm ashamed of the studios who turned her down!!!! She waited so long for her lobes to be pierced I'm really glad i could do it for her."  

  7. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Tiverton we've got reports of an incident on A3126 Kennedy Way near the B3137
    • A collision involving a car and a motorcycle is causing delays around Lyme Road in Axminster
    • There are delays on the A39 around Stratton because of roadworks 
    • Watch out for slow traffic on the A38 in Bodmin between the Launceston Road and Priory Road junctions 
    • Queues around the A390/A39 junction on Arch Hill in Truro
  8. Latest headlines from Devon and Cornwall

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    • A 74-year-old man who murdered his partner in bed in a row over a duvet has been jailed for life
    •  A teenage girl with Down's syndrome was turned down by eight different shops as she tried to get her ears pierced
    • Police have cordoned off the top end of Winner Street in Paignton after an incident which has left a woman in a critical condition
    • The number of sheep being killed on Dartmoor roads has reached a record high
    • Voters have until 22:00 to cast their votes in the historic referendum on Britain's future membership of the European Union
  9. Plymouth Argyle reject 'derisory' offer for Curtis Nelson

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Argyle have confirmed they turned down a "derisory" offer from newly-promoted Championship side Barnsley for captain Curtis Nelson.

    The 23-year-old centre back is out of contract at the end of the month, but has been offered a new deal, meaning the Pilgrims are entitled to compensation for the ex-Stoke trainee if he leaves.

    Curtis Nelson

    "We can confirm that we have rejected a derisory offer from Barnsley for the player," said a club statement. "Curtis remains under contract to us and any approach to him without our approval would be in contravention of EFL (English Football League) rules."

  10. Fairhurst 'determined to kill' partner, judge says

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A man who bludgeoned his partner to death with a hammer after a row over a duvet was "determined to kill" her, the judge presiding over the case has said.

    Edgar Fairhurst

    Edgar Fairhurst, 74, was today sentenced to life for murdering his partner of 40 years, 83 year-old Marjorie Elphick.

    Mr Justice Teare said: "There is no doubt you intended to kill her. You told the police you had to make sure she was dead. She died as a result of dreadful injuries."

  11. Can you help find pierced Penryn bus bag snatcher?

    West Briton

    Police have released CCTV images of a man with "distinct piercings" they want to speak to after a student's rucksack and games console were stolen from a bus in Penryn.

  12. Man leaves wife brain damaged in savage hammer attack

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A jilted husband stalked his wife before smashing her head in with a hammer and leaving her permanently brain damaged, a court has heard.

    Window cleaner Alexander Toth ambushed his wife Brigitta, stabbing her in the back twice and then bludgeoning her with a claw hammer.

    Mrs Toth, 41, had told her husband their 20-year marriage was over and that she was leaving him. Toth, from Torquay, has admitted attempted murder.

  13. Brazil's finest fencer, via Cornwall

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    BBC Spotlight meets Brazilian fencer Marta Baeza, who is preparing to compete at the Rio Olympic Games by training in Cornwall.

    The 24-year-old sabre swordswoman has already qualified for this summer's Olympics, which is to be hosted by the city in which she grew up.

    Video content

    Video caption: Brazil's finest fencer, via Cornwall
  14. Woman in 'critical' condition, man in custody

    BBC Radio Devon

    A woman is in critical condition after an incident in Paington this afternoon. 

    Police were called to Winner Street just before one o'clock where a woman was reported to be injured. 

    A man is currently in police custody in connection with the incident.

  15. Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    •  On the A390 at Grampound Road one lane is closed due to an overturned tractor  
    • In Exmouth we've got reports of an incident on Dinan Way near Salterton Road
    • In Bodmin on the A389 Priory Road Westbound there is slow traffic between Gilbert Road and Westheath Avenue 
    • In Barnstaple on the A39 Pilton Causeway there is traffic congestion Westbound near the A361 Boutport Street
    • At Five Lanes on the A30 Westbound we've got reports of animals on road between Five Lanes and Jamaica Inn Road, approach with care  
  16. BreakingDuvet row wife murderer jailed for life

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A 74-year-old man who murdered his partner in bed in a row over a duvet has been jailed for life.

    Edgar Fairhurst

    Edgar Fairhurst, 74, was found guilty of murdering Marjorie Elphick, 83, at their home in Riverside Close, Bideford in December 2015.

    Marjorie Elphick

    Fairhurst was told at Exeter Crown Court that he will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail.

    Senior investigating officer, Det Insp Sharon Donald, said "independent, active" Mrs Elphick was "subjected to an unprovoked, violent and sustained attack".

  17. Headlines from Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online