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  1. More than 40 dead pigeons have been found placed in a line along the middle of a road near Honiton
  2. Two people reported to have been taken to hospital after road crash in Lanner
  3. Dozens of parents are asking for their term-time holiday fines to be refunded
  4. A woman is left 'shaken up' after a tree hits her car on the A39
  5. Two Frenchmen aim to cross the English Channel from Plymouth to St Malo in a human-powered submarine
  6. A dog has been rescued from a mineshaft after falling 20m
  7. 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. Seaside towns should aspire to Newquay's improvement efforts

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Newquay's Business Improvement District - a group of local businesses who pay rates into a pot for improving Newquay - has made an "enormous difference" to the town, Chairman Jonathan Start told me.

    Mr Start, who's also an estate agent, said it was one of a combination of factors which had turned Newquay around and made it a lifestyle destination.

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    Video caption: Newquay BID helps transform town
  3. Latest weather: Cloud overnight and sunshine and showers on Thursday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    There'll be patchy cloud and clear spells overnight, with perhaps the odd spot of rain. Winds will gradually ease through the latter part of the night, but it will stay mild. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Thursday sees a mixture of sunshine and showers for all, but it will become less windy than Wednesday and feel pleasant in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Two people are taken to hospital after a road accident in the village of Lanner in Cornwall
    • More than 40 dead pigeons are found lined along a road on the A35 near Honiton in Devon
    • Police in Cornwall appeal for witnesses after a 52-year-old man from West Yorkshire drowned in the sea off Perranporth 10 days ago
    • Rural communities are advised to be vigilant by Trading Standards officers following recent livestock thefts in the South West
  5. Surfing 'is lifeblood of community'

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    The seaside town of Newquay prides itself on being the home of British surfing.

    Rob Barber, Newquay Activity Centre

    Rob Barber runs the Newquay Activity Centre, teaching surfing, bodyboarding and coasteering, and has lived in the town all his life. 

    He told me: "I think it's a fantastic coastal town which has a myriad of beautiful beaches and fantastic waves - the best in the UK - and, as a result, it's a fantastic place to live.

    "Surfing is essential to the local economy. It's the bread and butter of a lot of industries, particularly the one that I'm involved in ... and the popularity of surfing, and its continued growth, is the lifeblood of the community."

  6. Cross-Channel submarine crew prepare in Plymouth

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Two French engineers are planning to take a pedal-powered submarine across the Channel.


    Antonine Delafargue and Michael De Lagarde have designed and built the sub with the help of Plymouth designer Paul Moorhouse.

    They aim to take seven days to cross the Channel from Plymouth to St Malo.

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  7. National company expands workforce in Newquay

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A national company which has its headquarters in Newquay has increased its workforce from three to 40 people in just three years.

    Jess Ratty, head of public relations at Crowdfunder UK, said they specialised in helping local entrepreneurs and community groups raise funds - and that did not have to revolve around London.

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    Video caption: Crowdfunder UK has expanded from 3 to 40 members of staff in three years
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  9. 'Check your pigeons' request after dead birds found on road

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Pigeon fanciers in east Devon are being asked to check their flocks after more than 40 dead birds were found in a line along the middle of a road near Honiton.

    Bag. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    The dead birds were found on Tuesday on the A35 "a few hundred yards apart from each other", police said. Officers also found a discarded animal feed bag which they believed was used to transport the dead birds, and a large amount of feathers.   

    The force said it was "asking for any pigeon fanciers in the area to check their flock to make sure all are accounted for". It added: "If you have any birds missing, please get in touch."

  10. Handbag snatched by moped rider

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are searching for a scooter or moped rider who snatched a woman's handbag while she was walking in Plymouth.

    Officers said the woman, in her 50s, was in Milford Lane in the Whitleigh area between 18:00-18:15 on Sunday when she was passed twice by the dark coloured motorcycle. The rider then took her navy blue handbag on a third pass and rode off in the direction of Budshead Road. She was left shocked but unhurt. 

    The rider was described as of medium height and slim build, and wearing a light navy waterproof jacket with a hood and dark long trousers. His helmet was black with either purple or pink markings on the side. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  11. Facebook provides platform for community to get involved in helping seaside towns

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

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    A man who set up a series of community Facebook groups, after his epilepsy left him registered disabled, said he was providing a place for people to "moan and groan" about the things that needed doing in Newquay.

    Jon Goodman said enjoyed living in the resort, which he said was completely full in summer and emptier in the winter months.

  12. Tree fall driver cashing in on 'lucky escape' with lottery ticket plan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman whose car was damaged by a falling tree in Cornwall says she's "going to buy a lottery ticket" because of her "lucky escape". 

    Kirsty Howard's car and fallen tree. Pic: Kirsty Howard

    Kirsty Howard had her windscreen damaged when a limb from a 40ft-tall tree fell on to the A39 between Falmouth and Truro at Perranarworthal this morning. The entire tree was chopped down by highways staff because of safety concerns. The incident caused serious traffic jams.

    Kirsty Howard

    Kirsty said: "It happened so fast. I'm a bit shaken but I've had a fortunate escape, I think I've got to buy a lottery ticket now."

  13. South West beach water 'affected by raw sewage', water bosses admit

    South West Water has admitted raw sewage is being pumped into the sea around the region after heavy rain overwhelmed drainage systems. 

    Pollution sign

    The company said intense rainfall led to run-off from fields and towns combining and affecting bathing water quality. Warnings have been issued on affected beaches. 

    Campaign group Surfers Against Sewage said the drainage infrastructure needed to be upgraded.

  14. Ambulance bosses want to clarify to care providers when to call

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Ambulance bosses say they want to clarify to care providers when it's appropriate to call for help after a steep rise in demand to deal with elderly people falling.


    Analysis by the University of Exeter Medical School is being used by South Western Ambulance Service to try to tackle a 24% increase in 999 calls over the last four years. 

    The increase is down to more emergency call-outs to people with mental health problems and elderly people who've fallen. 

    Joanna Garrett, from the service, said: "We're interested in working quite closely with a lot of our care home providers to understand when they should call an ambulance or not. We’re looking at ensuring that our care providers feel confident to mobilise people off the floor if they’ve fallen, and they're not injured, and they don't require an ambulance."

  15. Understanding visitors key to seaside towns' revival

    The Business Improvement District (BID) in Newquay says it has been working hard behind the scenes to change the way the town is perceived...

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  16. Lanner road crash 'sees two taken to hospital'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are reports of a serious road accident in the village of Lanner, with the road closed in both directions after a crash involving a blue Ford Fiesta and a VW van. 

    A local councillor said police were at the scene just outside Lanner Square on the A393, and two people were taken to hospital. 

  17. Debt advisors welcom Ofgem prepayment meter changes

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Debt advisors in Cornwall have welcomed gas and electricity regulator Ofgem's endorsement of proposals to cut customers' energy bills - including a price cap for prepayment meters - because people are "often forced" to have prepay energy. 

    The energy regulator said four million pre-pay customers would be protected by an interim price cap from next April.

    Becky Moore, Citizens Advice Bureau area co-ordinator for east Cornwall, said: "A lot of people haven't had a choice, because they've got into arrears and received a court order to go on prepay; and private rental landlords often prefer prepayment meters, so people have to use it if they want to accept that housing."

  18. Devon lose to bottom side Oxfordshire

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Devon lost to bottom side Oxfordshire by 51 runs in a rain-affected Minor Counties Western Division game at Exeter.

    A draw had seemed likely, but visiting captain Jonny Cater declared on 142-2, leaving Devon needing 282 to win.

    Despite the efforts of Josh Bess and Matt Golding, the hosts were bowled out for 230 with 19 overs left.

    Oxfordshire took 19 points from the game, while Devon are third-bottom after taking just four points.