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  1. Children at a school for the deaf were mishandled by staff, allowed to misbehave and engaged in sexual activity, a whistleblower has said
  2. A giant mechanical puppet - The Man Engine - begins a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall
  3. Five years behind schedule, the first black bags of rubbish have arrived at Cornwall's new energy from waste incinerator
  4. The search for a lynx is continuing almost three weeks after it escaped from Dartmoor Zoo
  5. Coins from one of the UK's largest Roman hoards are to go on display in Exeter
  6. Updates on Monday 25 July 2016
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

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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 Tuesday 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: Clear overnight, before becoming cloudy with rain

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Any showers will die out in the evening, and overnight it will stay dry and mild with clear spells. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    Tuesday will be rather cloudy with rain at times, although there will be the odd spell of sunshine breaking through, particularly towards eastern areas. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

  3. The Man Engine: 'Honouring the achievements of miners'

    A mechanical puppet making a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall will be accompanied by theatrical shows with music and storytelling to celebrate local mining heritage, those behind the project say.

    Man Engine in Tavistock. Pic: PA

    The 40-tonne, 10m tall Man Engine, unveiled in Tavistock earlier, marks the 10th anniversary of Cornish Mining World Heritage status being granted by Unesco. It will be on show at 20 locations as part of a two-week journey, which finishes at Geevor Tin Mine on 6 August. It will be in Kit Hill later.

    Man Engine in Tavistock. Pic: PA

    Artistic director Will Coleman said: "We have all worked together to drive a colossal scale and excitement into him, honouring the achievements, the harshness, the beauty and the significance that the work, energy and brainpower that these [mining] people brought to our entire world."  

  4. Salcombe flood alleviation work finishes in time for summer holidays

    BBC Radio Devon

    Work on a £1.5m flood alleviation scheme in Salcombe has finished in time for the summer holidays, South West Water says.

    The company and its partners said they had been upgrading the sewerage network in the resort since November 2015 and had laid more than 2,000m of new surface water drains during eight months of work.

    Project manager Andy Young said: "We have successfully removed large volumes of surface water from the foul sewerage network, which will alleviate flooding to roads and properties during heavy rain. Surface water from the Fore Street area now discharges to the sea from a new surface water outfall at Whitestrand Quay, which will ease the pressure on the network."

  5. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A woman from Dartington scores a High Court victory against South Hams District Council in Devon, overturning planning permission to knock down bungalows and replace them with flats and other houses
    • Two used car dealers working from Bideford are sentenced to unpaid work for selling dangerous and unroadworthy second-hand cars, Trading Standards officers say
    • People in Cornwall are being urged by Trading Standards teams to guard themselves against fake officials who may try to scam them
    • A giant mechanical puppet - the Man Engine - begins a 130-mile journey from Tavistock to Geevor to celebrate world recognition of local mining heritage
  6. Ocelot bedding, mother's calls and thermal imaging cameras all used in a bid to catch the escaped lynx

    BBC Spotlight

    The owner of Dartmoor Zoo says he still believes they'll catch a lynx which escaped three weeks ago. 

    Last night trackers went out again with thermal imaging cameras. 

    The zoo is also playing the call of its parents every evening and lining traps with bedding used by an ocelot - another breed of cat, which it should be attracted to. The animal escaped from its enclosure just hours after arriving at the zoo from Kent.

    Ben Mee with thermal imaging cameras
  7. Exeter Deaf Academy continuing "to cooperate fully" with ongoing investigation

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A school for deaf children in Devon says it is continuing "to cooperate fully" with an ongoing investigation by the local council and police.

    Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education

    The investigation was started after a whistleblower made claims of drinking by staff of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education on residential trips, allowing children and young people to misbehave and engage in sexual activity. There were also allegations students were manhandled by staff, the BBC has learnt.

    The school - a mixed, residential facility with 76 students aged between four and 24 - said it "cannot and should not comment until this [investigation] is complete and the facts have been properly established".

    But it added: "We care deeply about the welfare of our students, and will act quickly if it is found that any improvements need to be made at the academy."

  8. Getting the Cornish miner standing

    BBC Spotlight

    A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken his first steps in Tavistock. He's 10m high and takes a while to stand so we've increased the speed of this film.  Next stop Liskeard. 

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    Video caption: A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.
    Man Engine graphic
  9. Devon derby kick-off time moved

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    The first clash of the season between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle will be a 13:00 kick off after police advice.

    Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle

    The League Two game on Saturday 17 September has been brought forward from its normal kick-off time of 15:00.

    It will be the 50th meeting of the two clubs at St James Park.

  10. Devon MP becomes ministerial aide

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon MP has become ministerial aide in Prime Minister Theresa May's new government.

    North Devon Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones MP - who became an MP in the 2015 General Election - said he had been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to work at the Department for Work & Pensions, to assist ministers duties and provide "a link between the government and backbench MPs".

    He said: "I feel privileged to have been asked to take on this job after a relatively short period as an MP, and look forward to working as part of the new government team."

  11. Decision to not ban Russia from Olympics 'disappointing'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A decision by the International Olympic Committee to not give Russia a blanket ban from the Rio Olympics following the country's doping scandal is a "disappointing decision", Devon-born Olympian Jo Pavey says.

    Jo Pavey. Pic: Getty Images

    The committee said it would leave it up to individual sports' governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors were clean and should be allowed to take part.

    On Twitter, Pavey (pictured) said the decision "does not send out a strong message that doping will not be tolerated".

    The European gold medallist and soon-to-be five time British Olympic distance runner was beaten at the 2006 European Championships by a Russian athlete who was later banned for doping.

  12. Brixham Express catamaran begins ferry work

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    The Brixham Express catamaran was due to begin operating in December 2014 but was delayed because of safety certificate issues, its owners said. 

    It finally came into its new home port last month.

    Up until now, stand-in ferries ran for the first five months and were subsidised with a government grant of £544,000, equivalent to £170 per passenger.

  13. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Staff from a school for deaf children in Devon drank on residential trips, allowing children and young people to misbehave and engage in sexual activity, a whistleblower claims
    • Environmental effects of Cornwall's new multimillion-pound incineration plant are being tested as it undergoes its first burns
    • Police appeal for witnesses after a suspected hit-and-run in Polperro at the weekend which injures three people
    • Police searching for a man who went missing in the Bude area at the weekend find a body
    • The owner of Dartmoor Zoo owner says he is "very anxious" about missing lynx Flaviu nearly three weeks after the wild cat escaped
    • A giant puppet of a tin miner - the Man Engine - takes its first steps in a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall
  14. Taxi driver assaulted after teenagers fled vehicle without paying

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault on a taxi driver on Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth.

    A Taxi First blue Ford Mondeo estate picked up four teenagers near the Carpe Diem pub, North Hill, at about 04:50 on Sunday.

    When they arrived at the lane the four teenagers left the taxi without paying. The driver followed one of the group who, along with another person, assaulted the taxi driver, police said.

    The victim, a 46-year-old man, sustained head and facial injuries and was treated in hospital.

  15. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: A385 blocked in both directions

    BBC Travel

    • In Devon, the A385 between Axminster and Colyford is blocked in both directions due to an incident
    • Belladown Hill at Newton Tracey is blocked due to a road incident 
    • On the B3257 at Bere Alston, near the turning for Morwellham Quay, there are reports of an incident
    • Forder Valley Road in Plymouth is partially blocked between Novorossisk Road and A38 due to a broken-down lorry. Traffic is slow-moving   
    • On the M5 in Somerset, Devon-bound between Wellington and Tiverton, there's slow traffic due to an earlier incident. All lanes have reopened
    • The are train delays between Exeter St Davids and Taunton
    • In Cornwall, there are narrow lanes and speed restrictions of 40mph on the A30 between Temple and Millpool due to roadworks. It's slow westbound
  16. MP backs Heathrow's new runway plans

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has joined others urging the government's rapid approval to build a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport.

    He and an influential group of Cornish business chiefs and politicians have written to new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, saying "that following the vote to leave the EU, the economic case for a new runway has never been stronger" in order to "do more trade with the rest of the globe".

    Heathrow is competing with Gatwick for government permission to expand increasing capacity in the south east. A decision has been delayed until "at least October".

  17. Exeter's Reid joins Torquay on loan

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City striker Jamie Reid has joined Torquay United on a three-month loan deal.

    Jamie Reid

    Last season the 22-year-old former Northern Ireland Under 20 international had a spell with National League South side Truro City and played 17 times for Exeter City, including the 2-2 FA Cup third round draw with Liverpool.

    "He's a guy who we haven't just brought in to warm the bench, this is a guy who's going to come in and bring the best out of the other two strikers at the club and make sure he's pushing for a start," Torquay boss Kevin Nicholson told BBC Sport.