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  1. Trains are cancelled as fire crews tackle a huge blaze at a tyre recycling plant in St Erth
  2. Nathan Wood search: Mother's warning against 'horrendous' drugs
  3. Rio Olympics: Plymouth's Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win synchro 10m platform bronze
  4. Legal challenge to St Ives second homes referendum
  5. Updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016

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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 later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Latest weather: A dry night, clouding over on Wednesday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    There's a drier night to come tonight, with some clear spells developing, leading to a cool night, especially in any rural spots such as Dartmoor. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


    Wednesday will see a dry and bright at first, although the skies will cloud over through the morning. Outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west from lunchtime. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Fire crews spray thousands of gallons of foam over a fire at a tyre recycling plant at St Erth to try to suffocate the blaze
    • Police confirm that a man died on a Dartmoor farm in July when he was crushed by a hay bale
    • The mother of a teeange boy who went missing in Devon warns people against taking drugs formerly known as legal highs after a body is found in the search for her son
    • Newquay is described as "a safer place" by police after a 20-year-old man who threatened a woman in a store with a knife in an attempted robbery is jailed
    • Plymouth's Tom Daley celebrates his Olympic bronze win in Rio as fellow city diver Tonia Couch gears up to take part in the 10m synchro final on Tuesday evening
  4. Rio 2016: Tonia Couch's medal hopes in synchro diving final

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth's next hope for an Olympic medal, Tonia Couch, will be competing this evening at the Rio Games.

    Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

    The 27-year-old and diving partner Lois Toulson, 16, take part in the women's synchronised 10m platform final at about 20:00.

  5. Loneliness causing health problems 'equivalent to smoking and obesity'

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    A new campaign is under way in the South West to end the problem of loneliness, which is having a chronic effect on people's health.

    Public Health Devon and the Campaign to End Loneliness want businesses to contact them if they suspect their customers are suffering from social isolation. 

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    Video caption: It is causing a growing health problem
  6. Olympic diver Daniel Goodfellow's mother hits out at front pages

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    The mother of Olympic bronze medal-winning diver Daniel Goodfellow has hit out at newspapers after some did not feature her son in photographs of the success. 


    Daniel and diving partner Tom Daley came third in the men's synchronised 10m platform dive in Rio on Monday. 

    Sharon Goodfellow said she was "surprised" a number of papers featured only Tom on their front and back pages. Ms Goodfellow took to Twitter to thank people for their support.

    However, Daniel said: "To me it doesn't really matter."

  7. St Erth fire: Parish to seek health advice

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A parish council is to seek advice from public health officials about the aftermath of a blaze at a tyre recycling centre in west Cornwall.

    St Erth fire. Pic: Justin Hayward

    Fire crews are still at the scene in St Erth after the fire broke out at about 20:00 on Monday. Thousands of gallons of foam are being sprayed over the fire to try to suffocate the blaze.

    Ted Taylor, chairman of St Erth Parish Council, said the "very acrid" smoke had been "leaving a really sooty deposit in some parts of the village". He added: "This is something we will be discussing with public health to find out what's going to happen."

  8. People in Plymouth 'healthier, but still facing inequality'

    BBC Radio Devon

    People in Plymouth are healthier than they were 70 years ago but there are still worrying levels of inequality, a new report says.


    The study's been written by the city council's Director of Public Health and looks at the links between poverty and wellbeing since the 1940s.

    Recommendations include improving housing and helping disadvantaged children gain better qualifications.

  9. Daley and Goodfellow's Olympic bronze win watched by 8m

    The Guardian

    Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow’s bronze medal victory drew a peak UK audience of almost 8m – the biggest live TV audience for any event at the Rio Olympics so far.

  10. Policing in the Scillies: When a fried egg is the only clue

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Policing can be especially tough when there aren't many clues available. For instance, a shed door was forced open at a football club, but one of the only clues available was, believe it or not, a fried egg.

    Sgt Colin Taylor said he was surprised at how this post was picked up, with the photograph going on to appear on the BBC show Have I Got News For You. 

    We follow some more of the team's social media exposed exploits here.  

    Fried egg clue. Pic: Isles of Scillies Police/Facebook

    He said that humanising policing had brought him followers from across the world, but that it hadn't all been a barrel of laughs, and sometimes the team needed to tow the line.

    He said: "I'm not here to be liked. I've crossed swords many times with people who don't want to talk to me anymore. Sometimes you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelette, I'm not here to make friends.

    "But I've also built great relationships with many people. That mix is what policing is all about."

  11. Work to prevent loneliness 'epidemic'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A loneliness epidemic will soon engulf Devon and the rest of the South West, according to Public Health Devon. 

    The county is facing 25% of its population being over the age of 65 by 2030, and suffering chronic loneliness has the same negative effects on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, speeding up dementia and leading to an earlier death. 

    This is why a campaign to end loneliness is holding a symposium in Exeter with Healthwatch Devon and other charities to get businesses to help spot lonely older people.

  12. Newquay 'a safer place' after robber jailed

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Newquay has been described as "a safer place" after the jailing of a 20-year-old man who threatened a woman working in a store with a knife, a senior police officer says.

    Kieran Wait, from Newquay, was jailed last Friday at Truro Crown Court for 21 months after pleading guilty to attempted robbery. The court heard he tried to rob Central Pet Supplies at the Chester Road market in the town on 7 April. He fled empty-handed.

    Insp Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Armed robbery is a very serious offence and Newquay is a safer place with Mr Wait behind bars. The custodial sentence imposed by the court reflects the gravity of the offence committed."

  13. Nursing home kept in special measures

    BBC Radio Devon

    A nursing home in Yelverton that cares for people with dementia has been kept in special measures. 

    Inspectors from the Care Quality Commissions made an unannounced visit to Devonia House in June. They deemed the service inadequate, with people's health, safety and welfare put at risk. 

    The home was put in special measures in April 2015 but, on subsequent visits, inspectors have found improvements have not been achieved.   

  14. Plymouth 'proud' to have 'so many divers and swimmers' at Rio

    “What an amazing result for Dan and Tom – and for Plymouth Diving," said city councillor Glenn Jordan, after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow won bronze at Rio.

    He said: "We’re so proud to have so many of our divers and swimmers representing Team GB out in Rio. They’ve all worked incredibly hard to be there and I’m sure the city is behind me in saying a massive congratulations to our new Olympic bronze medallists.

    “Good luck to Tonia Couch, who is competing with Lois Toulson in the women’s 10m synchro tonight and to swimmer Ben Proud in the men’s 100m freestyle qualifiers.”

    Daley and Goodfellow
  15. Nathan Wood search: Mother's warning against 'horrendous' drugs

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A mother has warned people against taking "horrendous" drugs, formerly known as legal highs, after a body was found in the search for her missing teenage son.

    Nathan Wood. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    A body was found on Sunday by search teams looking for Nathan near the River Dart, in Totnes in Devon, where he was last seen. It was feared he had fallen into the river after taking a "new pyschoactive substance" (NPS). 

    His mother, Mandi Retter, said the death of the 16-year-old had "screwed up our lives forever". She added that NPS should be "avoided like the plague", saying she did not want any other young lives to be lost so needlessly.