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

    Don't forget Spotlight will have the latest news on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Truck driver death a 'tragedy'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    The employers of a truck driver crushed under the wheels of his runaway vehicle said his death was a "tragedy" and "deeply felt by colleagues".


    Waste firm Viridor said Lee Jane, 56, had worked with the company for nine years before he was killed trying to stop the lorry at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in June last year.

    An inquest jury heard he had left the truck's handbrake off before hitching up a trailer and was dragged under the truck and later died of multiple injuries. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

    "The wellbeing and safety of our employees is always an utmost priority," said Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay.

  3. Weather: Scattered showers ahead

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Tonight will be a breezy and mostly cloudy night, with frequent outbreaks of light and patchy rainfall clearing by morning.

    Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F)

    Weather map

    Friday is due to be a day of sunny intervals and scattered showers. After a cloudy start it will become brighter during the afternoon. A brisk wind will make it feel cool, particularly in exposed areas such as Dartmoor.

    Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

  4. Just over half of nearly 20,000 Somme shrouds laid

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Dozens of volunteers have been laying shrouds at a memorial to the soldiers that fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.


    The Shrouds of the Somme memorial in Exeter will see one 12" figure laid for each of the 19,240 fallen.

    Army veterans, soldiers and school children have been among the volunteers. Just over half of the figures have been laid after 10 hours.

  5. Reports of post Brexit racism in Exeter - but we find flowers and kindness

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Hate crime has more than doubled across the country since the result of the EU Referendum, but in Exeter acts of kindness and support have been shown to migrant communities.

  6. Runaway truck driver's family thank nurses

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    The family of a truck driver crushed under his runaway vehicle thanked nurses who tried to save his life.

    Lee Jane

    Father of two Lee Jane, 56, had left the handbrake off before it careered down a hill at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth an inquest heard.

    His family said in a statement that they "would very much like to thank those who attended Lee after this tragic accident".

  7. Crime commissioner to go ahead with office move

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Devon and Cornwall's new police and crime commissioner is to go ahead with a £400,000 office move despite criticism.

    Alison Hernandez

    Alison Hernandez says relocating her offices will save substantial sums of money within four years, which can be reinvested in front-line policing.    

    Devon and Cornwall Police’s Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer has previously said the move “sends the wrong signal” financially.

  8. Exmouth teenager believes he has broken two sailing records

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Exmouth teenager Guy Bridge, 16, believes he has set two new world records in kitesurfing and single-handed sailing. 

    Guy Bridge

    The records are still pending ratification, but the race organisers also believe he's claimed them. Guy was taking part in a 55-mile Isle of Wight speed course along with his mum and older brother Olly. The current record was just over 2 hours 21 minutes.

    Guy said: "It feels amazing to have hopefully taken a World Record today, my legs were burning it was tough".

  9. Less than 10% of EU projects approved so far

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Of a promised £500m in European Union grants for Cornwall, only £36m have been approved so far.

    Falling 50 euro note

    Officials in Cornwall are now pressing their London counterparts to sign off more before Brexit. 

    The chief executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership Sandra Rothwell said: "Whilst the figure relates to projects with a contract in place, there are a significant number of investments on the verge of starting and that is our priority in getting clarification from government, so we can move those projects forward right now."

  10. Runaway truck driver 'died trying to save others'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A lorry driver who was crushed under the wheels of his runaway truck died "trying to prevent injury to others", said the trucker's family.


    Lee Jane, 56, died in June last year when he was pulled under the truck at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after he left the handbrake off, an inquest heard.

    His family said after the inquest in Plymouth: "We are very proud that Lee died trying to stop the lorry and preventing injury to others."

    The inquest jury in Plymouth returned a verdict of accidental death.

  11. Truro MP says 'time to get on and govern'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton, said it was important to focus on governing at such a difficult time.

    Sarah Newton MP

    She said: "We must focus on the fact we have a country to govern. We are the government and it is important we give security, stability and confidence to people at a difficult time. 

    "We were clearly elected with a manifesto to deliver. We need to chose a new leader and I am confident we will chose somebody capable of leading our nation."

  12. Death under runaway truck ruled accidental

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A truck driver who was crushed under the wheels of his runaway vehicle died an accidental death an inquest jury has found.

    Lee Jane

    Lee Jane, 56, died in June last year when he was pulled under the truck at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. 

    An inquest in Plymouth heard that he had failed to secure the truck's handbrake before hitching up a trailer.

    The weight of the trailer pulled the truck down a hill before hitting a wall of the hospital.

    Witnesses said Mr Jane had tried unsuccessfully to climb back into the cab of the moving vehicle, but was dragged under it.

  13. Car park bus stand plans scrapped

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Plans to use Exeter's Triangle Car Park as a temporary site for bus stands have been dropped. 

    Exeter Triangle Car Park

    The location had been identified for use for 18 months, while a new bus station was built. But the proposals were met with fierce local opposition and now the city council says it wants to create a line of bus stands on Sidwell Street. 

    Ron Blair, who set up a petition against the car park plans, said: "There was utter relief. People were distraught at the thought of having this, they were distressed and talked about nothing other than the prospect of it going there."

  14. Shrouds laid out to mark Somme anniversary

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Nearly 20,000 shrouds are being laid in Exeter as part of an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

    Laying the Shrouds

    A spokeswoman said: "It's heartbreaking, they've been laying for 10 hours and they still haven't finished. We've got soldiers from 6th Rifles laying them out. It is a very emotional experience, you can't look at this and not be moved."

    The project involves laying a shroud for each of the 19,240 soldiers who died during the first day of the battle.

  15. Hospital boss apologises to families

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The head of a hospital found to be putting patients at risk of harm has apologised to families and accepts the finding of a review.

    Robert Woolley

    An independent review into Bristol Royal Hospital for Children's cardiac unit, which treats youngsters from Cornwall, found staff numbers were below recommended levels and there was a breakdown of communication with parents.

    Chief executive, Robert Woolley said: "I would like to say sorry, particularly to those families where the review has found our care fell below acceptable standards. Where we didn't properly listen to their concerns and complaints and where we didn't give them the information they needed in a prompt and full fashion."

  16. Tributes paid to Exeter's Polish community

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Exeter councilor Paul Bull has described attacks on the Polish community as "a dishonour" to their forebears who helped fight for Britain in World War Two.

    He said: "Our local Polish community appears to be bearing the brunt of this abuse. I want to pay tribute to the brave Polish airmen of 307 Night Fighter Squadron - "The Eagle Owls" - who protected the skies above Exeter."

    The comments come after the council said it had received reports of migrants being "verbally abused and physically attacked" in the city. Mr Bull said: "It is vital that we all work closely to promote the message that any instances of 'hate' such as abuse, harassment or violence are completely unacceptable and will be dealt with robustly, with a zero tolerance approach."

  17. Cornwall MP seconds Liam Fox for Tory leader

    North Cornwall MP Scott Mann described Dr Liam Fox as being "compassionate, dignified and experienced." He is supporting him for the Conservative party leadership.