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  1. Three people are arrested after a stabbing in Plymouth
  2. A man dies after a 100ft cliff fall in Torquay
  3. A bus collides with a cyclist in Exminster, police say
  4. Superdrug apologises after shopper is body-shamed in Truro branch
  5. Business owners in Bodmin say they've not been consulted on plans to shut the main road for nine months
  6. A sheep shearing world record is believed to be broken in Cornwall after 731 animals are shorn in nine hours
  7. Updates on Tuesday 26 July 2016

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

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

  2. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Three people are arrested after a stabbing in Devonport, Plymouth
    • More than 13,000 people sign a petition to stop the removal of a police sergeant role in Hayle and St Ives
    • A campaign to raise awareness of the condition sepsis is welcomed by a mother from Cornwall who lost her 12-month-old boy to the condition
    • High Street chain Superdrug apologises after staff at a branch in Cornwall body-shame a shopper
    • A £14m flood defence project for Dawlish Warren is granted planning permission
    • A man is believed to have broken a world record in Cornwall for the most number of sheep sheared in under nine hours, managing 731. The event has been watched globally
  3. Latest weather: Showers overnight, rain easing on Wednesday

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Any daytime showers should ease into the evening, but more widespread and persistent rain arriving from the west will affect most areas by the end of the night. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).


    Wednesday will start wet, although through the morning the rain will become lighter and patchier, with most places dry by late afternoon and perhaps the odd brighter spell. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

  4. Sepsis awareness campaign 'very important'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A new campaign to raise awareness of the illness sepsis, after pressure from a grieving mother from the South West, is due to start in September.

    Melissa Mead

    The new initiative will be led by the Department of Health and the UK Sepsis Trust. The trust said there were about 150,000 cases of sepsis in the UK each year, 44,000 of which are fatal.  

    The campaign for the initiative was spearheaded by Melissa Mead, whose 12-month-old son, William, from Penryn in Cornwall, died in December 2014. His blood poisoning was caused by an underlying chest infection and pneumonia, but his symptoms weren't recognised.

    William Mead

    Speaking after meeting Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Whitehall, Mrs Mead said she was "relieved and delighted". She added: "This isn't a one-off story, it effects so many people's lives and it's very important." 

  5. Plans to remove police sergeant role a 'really bad idea'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Plans to remove a police sergeant role in the Hayle and St Ives area is a "really bad idea", a town mayor says.

    Sergeant Mike Friday is a well-known policeman, but his role ends in January and he moves to support a team in Camborne. The removal of the role is part of cost-cutting by the force. Devon and Cornwall Police said it wanted to reassure people in the area that they would continue to be supported by a team of officers. 

    St Ives

    Linda Taylor, the mayor of St Ives (pictured), said: "Apart from being an integral part of the community, he is one of two sergeants that covers a really large area. To take a very active police officer who's very visible to the community and put him into a custody back office role is a really bad decision."

  6. Scam warning after people lose money to bogus officials

    Trading Standards officers in Cornwall are warning people to be on guard about possible bogus officials who could try to scam them.

    They said they'd recently been made aware of several incidents, including:

    • An elderly couple in Cornwall losing £900,000 - they were fleeced for £300,000 by cowboy roofers and a bogus official, thought to be part of the same gang, tricked them out of a further £600,000 in "up-front fees" with promises to recover the money
    • An 83-year-old woman being robbed of £30,000 by bogus police officers
    • A woman who lost £170,000 to conmen posing as Trading Standards officers 
    • A number of elderly people who were caught out by crooks who pretended they were NHS workers
  7. Sheep shearer 'breaks world record'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A sheep shearer is believed to have broken a world record in Cornwall.

    Matt Smith

    New Zealander Matt Smith had to beat a record of 721 sheep in nine hours, which was set in 2007. It's thought he sheared 731, completing the task just before 17:00.


    The attempt has been watched by thousands of people from around the world, with between 300 and 500 people watching at any one time.

    The record has yet to be officially verified.

  8. Analysis: Lidl depot is 'sign of the changing times'

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Work on a Lidl new supermarket distribution depot in Devon, is to begin next month, the company has confirmed to the BBC.

    Lidl depot site

    The site is at the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point economic development zone, near Exeter Airport. The depot is due to be operational by Autumn 2017 and it's part of their growth plans and will supply the company's stores across the South West.

    Lidl bought the site from Sainsbury's - a sign of the changing times in the supermarket sector, as the discounters expand at the expense of the established order of the big supermarkets.

  9. Woman 'did not mean Superdrug body-shaming post to be complaint'

    BBC Newsbeat

    A woman who says she was body-shamed by staff working in Superdrug, and wrote about it on social media, said she did not mean her post to be a complaint.

    Harriet Rae, from Perranporth in Cornwall, used Facebook to respond to two employees after they made fun of her shorts at a branch in Truro. She said Superdrug got in touch with her independently to say sorry.

    Harriet Rae in shors. Pic: Harriet Rae/Instagram

    She said: "I re-enforced that the intended message of the post was to spread kindness and positivity, not embarrassment or hurt."

    "They understood and accepted that I didn't want to give a description of the people or my location in the store when it happened. They have also said that my post will be used in training in the future to make sure it doesn't happen again."

  10. Council grants permission for dredging to replace beach sand

    BBC Radio Devon

    Teignbridge Council has granted planning permission for a £14m flood defence project.

    The scheme, proposed by the Environment Agency, will see sand dredged from the middle of the Exe Estuary and put on Dawlish Warren beach in a bid to protect hundreds of homes and the railway line. 

    Some traditional "hard" defences, including rock baskets, will be removed to try to return a sandspit - an extended stretch of beach material that projects out to sea - to its natural processes.

    The permission is subject to conditions, plus a further report looking at biodiversity.

  11. Legal action against Corbyn ballot vote 'very unhelpful'

    BBC Politics

    A legal challenge to Jeremy Corbyn automatically standing in the Labour leadership contest by a man who stood for election as an MP in Cornwall is "very unhelpful", Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson (pictured with Mr Corbyn) says.

    Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn. Pic:PA

    Donor and former Camborne, Redruth & Hayle general election candidate Michael Foster (pictured below) is contesting Labour's decision to allow Mr Corbyn on to the ballot paper without having to secure nominations from 50 other MPs and MEPs. 

    Michael Foster

    The case is being heard at the High Court in London.

  12. Teenager assaulted for £5 cash in robbery

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Plymouth are hunting two attackers after a teenager was assaulted and robbed.

    Officers said the 18-year-old male victim was walking home on Poole Park Road, when he was approached from behind by two men at about 23:00 on Friday. One of them struck him, making his nose bleed, before they made off with £5 in cash, a shoulder bag made of black material with a bright green lining and a computer hard drive.

    One attacker was described as white, aged 17-19, slim, about 5ft 10ins tall, and wearing a red hooded top with grey hood. The other was also white, aged 17-19, about 6ft tall, average build; with short, dark hair and wearing a button-up shirt with horizontal dark and light stripes.

    Police added that they wanted to trace a man driving a white van who stopped and picked up the victim on Wolseley Road and took him home.

  13. More than 1,300 people sign petition to keep police sergeant

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    More than 1,300 people have signed a petition to stop the removal of a police sergeant role in Hayle and St Ives (pictured). 

    Police vest

    Sergeant Mike Friday is a well-known local policeman but his role ends in January when he moves to support a team in Camborne. The removal of the role is part of cost-cutting by the force.

    Local people say they're angry about the decision but Devon and Cornwall Police said they wanted to reassure people in the area that they would continue to be supported by a team of officers.

  14. Three arrested after Plymouth stabbing

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Three people have been arrested after a stabbing in Plymouth, police say.

    Officers said a 33-year-old man was treated in hospital for a knife wound to his arm after an assault at Latitude 52 apartments on Albert Road in the Devonport area just after midnight. After police were called, a cordon was put place until about 02:00.

    A 43-year-old woman and two men, aged 30 and 34, were in police custody in connection with the assault and were awaiting questioning.

  15. Woman cyclist taken to hospital after bus collision

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    A woman in her 60s has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus in Exminster, police say.

    Officers said they were called to Sannerville Way at about 10:50. Partial road closures were put in place to allow an air ambulance to land. The roads were reopened by 11:30.

    The woman's condition is not known.

  16. Ewe must be joking! See the sheep shearer in action

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    Video caption: Farmer aims to be a cut above in sheep shearing record attempt

    Sheep shearer Matt Smith is working on a world sheep shearing record in Cornwall.

    The current record is 721 sheep in nine hours. Matt needs to shear 80 sheep an hour - that's one every 45 seconds - to beat it. The attempt has been watched by thousands of people from around the world, with between 300 and 500 people watching at any one time, it is believed.

    How quickly has he been working? Just check out the video above.

  17. New sepsis campaign after pressure from Cornish mother

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The government has announced details of a new campaign to raise awareness of the illness sepsis after pressure from a grieving mother from the South West.

    Melissa Mead's 12-month-old son, William, from Penryn in Cornwall, died in December 2014. He had sepsis caused by an underlying chest infection and pneumonia, but his symptoms weren't recognised.

    UK Sepsis Trust chief executive Ron Daniels and Melissa Mead. Pic: PA

    Now she says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to help lead a drive aimed at encouraging people to consider whether they or someone in their care might be suffering from the blood poisoning condition when ill. She met the health minister at the Department of Health in London with the chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, Ron Daniels (pictured).

  18. Fly-tippers face new £400 on-the-spot fine

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    New on-the-spot fines of £400 have been introduced in a Devon district in a bid to cut fly-tipping offences.

    Teignbridge District Council said the "new get-tough powers" of fixed penalty notices were targeting "small-scale fly-tipping offences by an individual or companies".

  19. Hayle hospital closing ward in August

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One of two wards at a hospital in Cornwall is closing for a month, managers have confirmed.

    St Michael's Hospital. Pic: Google

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said St Michael's Ward in St Michael's Hospital in Hayle would close in August because there was "less planned surgical activity".

    Trust Chief Operating Officer Paul Bostock said the trust was aiming "to utilise just one ward during August as we have done in the past during December". He added: "We need to use our staff and resources effectively over the summer holiday period to ensure we are able to respond to the rising demand for emergency and urgent care."

    The trust is currently on Red Alert, meaning it's finding it "extremely difficult" to cope with demand.