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  1. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning defend their women's pairs title in Rio
  2. Search for a women who went missing last week as murder inquiry continues
  3. A light aircraft crashed in Cornwall with two people on board
  4. Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud broke the British record at the Rio Olympics
  5. Updates on Friday 12 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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget to tune in to Spotlight on BBC One and your BBC Local Radio station for news throughout the weekend.

  2. Weather for the rest of Friday and Saturday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    A fine evening with some late spells of sunshine, however, it will cloud over through the early hours, with some patchy light rain by dawn for some, especially towards northern coasts such as in Bideford.

    Another mild night and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

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    Saturday will see a cloudy start to the weekend with patchy light rain across the county. This will gradually ease through the afternoon.

    The maximum temperature will be 21C (70F).

  3. 'A lovely girl' - former teacher on Helen Glover

    Kate Finch, Helen Glover's former PE teacher at Humphry Davy School in Penzance, has given this assessment of the pupil who became an Olympic champion.

    Helen Glover
  4. Tenant responsible for repair bill after 'trail of destruction'

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Cornwall Housing says the tenant of a property left severely damaged will have to foot the £50,000 repair bill.

    The family were evicted after an "reign of terror" in River View, Saltash, in which residents reported mass street brawls, intimidation and harrassment and drug dealing.

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    Video caption: Cornwall Housing asked the courts to evict her after an increase in anti-social behaviour
  5. Taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting teenager

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting a teenager in his car.

    Mukta Mia

    Mukta Mia, aged 46 of Torquay, drove the 19-year-old woman down a dark country lane before kissing and groping her in January, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Prosecutors said the teenager feared she would be "raped and killed". Mia, who admitted sexual assault, was jailed for 15 months and put on the Sex Offenders’ register for ten years.

  6. Dame Judi Dench drops in to celebrate Newton Abbot Racecourse's 150th anniversary

    Torquay Herald Express

    150 years of racing excellence was marked at Newton Abbot Racecourse this week – and a famous face even came along to celebrate.

  7. 'Significant step forward' for theatre redevelopment

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Hall for Cornwall in Truro has been awarded cash to push forward with major redevelopment proposals.

    The entertainments venue has been awarded more than £200,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop its bid for a full grant of more than £2.5m.

    Julien Boast, Director of Hall For Cornwall said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support and it is an exciting step forward in securing the long-term sustainability of one of Cornwall’s most significant civic buildings."

  8. Missing Gergana Prodonova: New CCTV image released of 38-year-old talking on phone

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    A CCTV image has been released by police of missing Bulgarian woman Gergana Prodonova talking on her phone on 4 August.

    The 38-year-old was last seen in a food shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter, at about 20:00.


    Detectives investigating her disappearance have been granted an extension to the custody of a 42-year-old Bulgarian man while they continue their investigations.

    He was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of her murder.

  9. Protecting a PM on holiday: Harold Wilson's former bodyguard 'never more than a metre away' from PM in Scilly Isles

    BBC Radio 4

    Prime Minister Theresa May will spend her holidays in the Swiss Alps this summer and her protection officers will never be more than 15m (50ft) away.

    John Warwicker was one of Harold Wilson's bodyguards and was always present when the former prime minister went on holiday to his beloved Isles of Scilly.

    Speaking to Today's Mishal Husain, Mr Warwicker said he was never more than 1m away from Mr Wilson during his holidays

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    Video caption: Harold Wilson's former bodyguard explains their holiday regime
  10. Totnes 'could take 30 houses'

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    Totnes town centre "could accommodate 30 houses" according to a planning professor at Plymouth University.


    More than 1,300 residents of the 14th Century market town have signed a petition to fight plans for its development, saying Totnes would be "destroyed" as a result.

    Professor Chris Balch, himself a Totnes resident, says people there have been given "poor information" about the plans, and that the town could accommodate some development.

    "It would not be impossible to think about that scale of housing accommodated in the town centre in a sensitive way."

  11. Pressure was immense - Glover on Olympic final

    BBC Sport

    Helen Glover, from Penzance, has described the pressure as "immense" as she and Heather Stanning defended their Olympic title in the women's pairs in Rio.

    "London was a home games and there was nothing more special but this is defending a title - it means so much," she said.

    Helen Glover and Heather Stanning

    The world champions, who won Britain's first gold of the London Games in 2012, led from the start as they finished 1.2 seconds clear of New Zealand with a time of 7:18.29s.

    Denmark finished third to take bronze.

    Glover and Stanning are now unbeaten in 39 races, a run that stretches back five years.  

    Their gold was Great Britain's 17th medal of the Games and moved them up to fourth in the table, ahead of Australia.

    Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
  12. Farmer back down to earth after Olympic glory

    Plymouth Herald

    Olympian Ed Ling was back on the family farm on Friday, harvesting wheat – with his bronze medal safely tucked away in his pocket.

  13. Investigation launched after two people had narrow escape from plane fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An investigation has been launched after two people had a narrow escape from a light aircraft which crashed at Perranporth Airfield and burst into flames. 

    Burned out plane

    The crash happened on Thursday and fire crews from across the county were called to deal with the plane, which had skidded off the runway and into long grass where it caught fire.  

    The man and woman who had been on board the plane were treated at the scene and sent to hospital to be checked over.

  14. Two men jailed for smuggling £512m of cocaine in tug boat

    BBC News Scotland

    Two men in charge of a boat carrying cocaine worth more than half a billion pounds have been jailed for a total of 42 years.

    Mumin Sahin, 47, and Emin Ozmen, 51, from Turkey, were caught after the MV Hamal was stopped in the North Sea east of Aberdeen in April last year.

    It was intercepted by the Devonport-based Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset and Border Force officials.

    Hamal being stopped by Royal Navy and Border Force officials
  15. Glover and Stanning defend their Olympic gold

    BBC Sport

    Helen Glover, from Cornwall, and Heather Stanning have defended their Olympic title by dominating the women's pairs final.

    Competing in Rio the London 2012 champions finished ahead of New Zealand and Denmark after establishing an early lead.

    They have an unbeaten track record reaching back to 2011 over 39 races.

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  16. Paediatrician in court over child porn offences

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A paediatrician has appeared in court charged with making and distributing indecent images of children.

    Jonathan Walsh

    Jonathan Walsh, aged 46 of Barnstaple, is accused of 7 counts of making and 10 counts of distributing the images between January 2014 and last August.

    He was dismissed in June by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) after his arrest last year but it is understood that none of the charges relate to patients at the North Devon District Hospital. Mr Walsh has been bailed and will enter his pleas when he returns to Exeter Crown Court on 9 September.

  17. Cornwall Council offers advice to avoid delays on A30 Bodmin Moor bottleneck

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council is offering advice on how to avoid being caught in delays on the A30 bottleneck at Bodmin Moor this summer as work to dual the road between Carblake and Temple continues.

    It says during peak times drivers can expect delays from anywhere between 10 minutes and two hours along the stretch where the dual carriageway reduces to one lane.

    For vehicles heading out of Cornwall eastbound between now and Sunday 4 September two lanes will be open to ease the flow.