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Summary

  1. A boy who tweeted bomb hoaxes to US airlines and launched cyber attacks has been spared a jail term
  2. Devon and Cornwall Police's child protection work is criticised by the policing watchdog
  3. A man is arrested by police investigating a suspected hit-and-run near Wadebridge
  4. A union says the use of CCTV in secondary schools is 'excessive and too intrusive'
  5. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall carry out their final engagements on their tour of the South West
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Latest weather: Staying mostly dry

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells for most, allowing the odd mist patch to form in some locations, such as within Dartmoor. It will feel much fresher and a more comfortable night for sleeping for many. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells for most and perhaps some scattered showers during the afternoon. Feeling fresher, but still pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Devon and Cornwall Police say they're investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to address criticisms of child protection work raised in a watchdog report
    • A 16-year-old boy sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks and sending bomb hoax threats online says he is "really sorry"
    • A man is arrested in London following a fatal hit-and-run in Cornwall
    • About 50 children and staff are absent from a primary school in Devon following a suspected norovirus outbreak
    • Police appeal for witnesses after a man in a black Mini car approaches a group of children in Truro and offers them sweets
    • Cornwall's South Crofty tin mine could be in a fit state to work within a year, according to new owners Strongbow Explorations
    • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit Plymouth as part of a regional tour, with the Duchess officially opening the BBC South West's refurbished headquarters
  4. Paul Tisdale pleased with Exeter City continuity

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says pre-season at the League Two club has been "quite relaxed" because there have not been too many changes to his squad.

    They have lost nine players from last term and added four, with a further four academy graduates being promoted.

    Paul Tisdale

    "We've got one or two things to focus on when normally there's a lot more, which is nice for me," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I'm starting not with the task of trying out new things or having to give too much information to the squad."

  5. Airline Twitter threats: Who else did teenager target?

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks, as well as sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter.

    But who did the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attack? 

    Computer keyboard. Pic: PA

    His victims included:

    • American Airlines 
    • The Chinese Government 
    • Delta Air Lines 
    • Devon and Cornwall Police 
    • The Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
    • The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa 
    • SeaWorld in Florida, USA

    SeaWorld estimated the attacks had cost it about $465,000 (£353,000), with an additional indirect cost of $130,000 (£99,000) for improving cyber security, Plymouth Youth Court was told.

  6. Suspected norovirus outbreak hits primary school

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    About 50 children and staff have been absent following a suspected norovirus outbreak at a primary school in Devon.

    Topsham Primary School

    Public Health England (PHE) said it was investigating a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting among people connected to Topsham Primary School in Exeter since the first incident was reported on 8 July.

    A spokeswoman for (PHE) said it was not considered "an exceptional outbreak" given the ease with which norovirus spreads through contact and they were not aware of any hospitalisations.

  7. Police hunting man who offered sweets to children playing in street

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are hunting a man who approached a group of children playing in a street in Truro and asked them to have sweets, the Devon and Cornwall force says.

    Officers said they were called to The Crescent at about 18:00 on Tuesday after reports that a "young man, wearing a dark top and driving a black Mini" asked them "to come to the vehicle to have sweets". The force said: "The children did exactly the right thing and ran away to safety." 

    A police community support officer spoke to the children and conducted a search of the area. The car was thought to be a Cooper model, with "white stripes on the front and roof," police said.

  8. Plymouth Raiders appoint Australian as new head coach

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Raiders have appointed Australian Jonathan White as their new head coach on a two-year contract.

    The former Melbourne Tigers assistant will work with fellow countryman Daryl Corletto, who has signed a two-year extension as Raiders player-coach.

    Daryl Corletto and Jonathan White

    "Appointing Jonathan as the head coach allows Daryl to concentrate more on playing during games, which can only be a good thing for him and the team going forwards," said Raiders chairman Bob Widdecombe.  

  9. Missing person search boat owner left vessel after it wouldn't start

    BBC Radio Devon

    The owner of an abandoned boat in Torquay has been found safe and well after sparking a full-scale search by emergency services this morning.

    Hope's Nose. Pic: Thinkstock

    Coastguards, lifeboat and police were called out after the boat was spotted near Hope's Nose, and there was concern someone might have gone overboard. 

    However, it turned out the owner was safely at home after he had gone out for an evening barbecue. The vessel refused to start when it was time to leave, so he walked home.

  10. Airline Twitter threats: Bomb hoax teenager 'put family through hell'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    A 16-year-old boy who sent hoax bomb threats to two major US airlines via Twitter put his family "through hell", a judge says.

    American Airlines aircraft. AirTeamImages.com

    The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order at Plymouth Youth Court for cyber attacks against Florida's SeaWorld theme park, Devon and Cornwall Police, and threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

    District Judge Diana Baker, who noted that there was a significant level of planning involved in the "persistent" attacks, said: "I think you got carried away. You thought you were cool and clever." 

    She ordered he couldn't have his computer back or any seized associated items. She went on to say that she thought it was unhealthy for a young person of this age to spend so much time on his own, alone in his bedroom with a laptop. The boy apologised, saying: "I want to say sorry to my family."

  11. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC Travel

    • In Devon, the A38 Exeter-bound at Ivybridge is partially blocked due to a broken-down vehicle
    • Also on the A38, one lane of the Plymouth-bound carriageway is closed at Buckfastleigh for further recovery work after an earlier lorry fire
    • In Cornwall, Boscathnoe Way in Heamoor, near Penzance, is partially blocked near Parc Letta due to an accident
  12. Mental health cash boost 'to help work on parity of esteem'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A £9m Big Lottery boost to help children in Cornwall with emotional and mental health problems will help with work to give mental health the same prominence as physical health, its recipient says. 

    The funding means Headstart Kernow can roll out work to all the county's schools to help pupils deal with stress, friendships and behaviour. The idea is to encourage 10 to 16-year-olds to seek early support before problems and worries get serious.

    Richard Head, from Headstart, said: "There is a national drive towards what is known as parity of esteem, trying to make sure that mental health issues are regarded in the same way as physicial health issues. That isn't the case at the moment, and we well accept that the issues for young people are on the increase. That's certainly recognised through the teaching professon."

  13. CCTV in schools: 92% of Devon state secondaries use it

    BBC Radio Devon

    About 92% of Devon's state secondary schools questioned by the BBC say they have CCTV cameras keeping an eye on pupils in the playground, classroom and even going into the toilets. 

    The National Union of Teachers said the use of CCTV in secondaries in the South West was excessive and too intrusive. 

    Heads said it was about reducing bullying and vandalism.

  14. No other vehicles sought in Wadebridge suspected hit-and-run

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police investigating a suspected hit-and-run death near Wadebridge say they are not looking for any other vehicles after carrying out an examination of a Landrover at a Devon train station.

    The body of a 45-year-old local woman was discovered on Trewiston Lane, near St Minver (pictured), at about 04:45 on Tuesday.

    A Landrover Defender was examined after being found at Exeter St David's Railway Station, nearly 70 miles away, later in the day. A man was arrested in London on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision. He is awaiting questioning in Plymouth.

    Police looking down a drain
  15. Airline Twitter threats: Cyber attacks teenager 'really sorry'

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A 16-year-old boy sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks and sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter says he is "really sorry for what I have done".

    Computer keyboard. Pic: PA

    The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police, and was found guilty of threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

    After sentencing at Plymouth Youth Court, he said: "I did not know how serious it was. I want to say sorry to my family." He added his dreams of joining the RAF were unlikely to happen now, but he hoped to study computer science.

  16. Green party councillor defects to Lib Dems

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon's only Green party county councillor has defected to the Liberal Democrats

    Totnes councillor Robert Vint said he left because of disagreements over a local issue. However, the Greens said he left to pursue his own political ambitions. 

    He joins the Lib Dems at a time when their support seems to be rising. In the past year, they have done better than any other party in local council by elections, gaining 5 seats and holding on to two. 

    The leader of the Greens said it was "a pity" but they wished Councillor Vint well as he did his best to represent the interests of people, often facing a great deal of criticism.