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  1. A coach which crashed near Looe, killing two passengers, was travelling too fast, a collision investigator has told a court
  2. Police say that 'walking wounded' have been reported after a road crash between a tractor and a car near Holsworthy
  3. Bebo tycoon investing in 'sad state' village 'because he can'
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 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 cool night and more cloud on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    The evening will stay pleasant with plenty of late sunshine. It will be followed by a clear, dry and fairly cool night with bright moonlight. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


    Wednesday will start bright, warm and dry. Whilst the cloud will increase through the day, there will still be some decent bright spells. Later in the day a few showers may arrive. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). 

  3. Seeds sown in Plymouth allotments proposals

    BBC Radio Devon

    Stonehouse in Plymouth could be getting its first allotments thanks to a transfer of city council-owned land to the community.

    A patch of unused land on the side of Stonehouse Creek could be turned into a community garden, with allotments, possibly a small orchard with wild flowers and a herb garden.

    The council said it was authorising the transfer of the land on a 125-year lease to the Millfields Community Economic Development Trust.

  4. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A coach driver involved in a crash near Looe in 2014 in which two women died was travelling too fast, a collision investigator tells a court
    • A Bulgarian man appears in court, charged with the murder of Gergana Prodanova, who has been missing in Exeter for more than a week
    • A former Torbay MP says he is "delighted" a stalled development deal for Oldway Mansion has collapsed because it will allow things to "move forward"
    • A teenage high diver from Plymouth has had a new 20m platform built for him at a quarry in Cornwall so he can practise
    • The multi-millionaire founder of the social network Bebo is trying to transform and restore the village of Woolsery in Devon after buying several properties
  5. Crash coach's brakes had 'gross level of contamination in brake fluid'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The amount of water in hydraulic fluid in the front brakes of a coach which crashed, killing two passengers, had a "gross level of contamination", a court has heard.

    Coach crash

    Fifty-nine-year-old Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon, 68, died when their coach crashed on a steep hill at Morval on 13 May 2014.

    Collision investigator Marcus Rowe told a jury at Truro Crown Court there was 12% water in the fluid. But vehicle examiner Alan Maxwell later told the court that extensive tests showed the brakes were operating perfectly satisfactorily from a temperature point of view.

    Martin Chun, 59, of Whitestone, near Exeter, denies causing death by dangerous driving, or death by careless driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

  6. Abuse of politicians 'getting worse since Jo Cox's death' - Exeter MP

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Abuse dished out to politicians on social media has got worse since the death of MP Jo Cox, according to former cabinet minister and Labour Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. 

    Ben Bradshaw

    The former culture secretary said he believed people now felt it was "socially acceptable" to use Facebook and Twitter to abuse politicians and he hoped the death of Mrs Cox would lead to a "deeper reflection" about the political culture in the UK.

    The sentencing of a man who admitted leaving a death threat on Mr Bradshaw's answerphone has been adjourned. Geoffrey Farquharson, 37, from Exeter, previously admitted leaving a "message of venom" at Mr Bradshaw's Westminster office, ending with the words "I will kill you". It happened a day before Mrs Cox died.

  7. High diver has 20m-high platform built at quarry

    BBC Spotlight

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    Video caption: High diver has 20m-high platform built at quarry to practice

    A teenage high diver from Plymouth has had a new 20m platform built for him at a quarry in Cornwall so he can practise.

    Seventeen-year-old Owen Weymouth has dived from cliffs and structures up to 27m high during 11 years of diving . Earlier this year he became the youngest European cliff diving champion at a height of 20m. 

    He had been training at the city's Life Centre because there were no safe or suitable cliffs nearby. But special diving platforms have been built at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall so he can dive outside. He has to abseil down the cliff just to get to them.

  8. Funeral held for former Royal Marine who died in Alps

    Elisabeth Mahy

    BBC News Online

    The funeral has been held for former Royal Marine, Duncan Potts, who died in a climbing accident in the French Alps

    Mr Potts, 28, from Coldridge near Crediton in Devon, died climbing in the Mont Blanc range near Chamonix in July.

    Duncan Potts' funeral

    The service was held at Holy Cross church in Crediton before a private burial.

    Mr Potts had served in the Royal Marines, where he was a mountain leader, for 11 years and left in April.

  9. Motorcyclist sought after dangerous driving and assault on A38

    BBC Radio Devon

    A motorcyclist is being sought by police after reports of dangerous driving and an assault on the A38 near Saltash.

    Officers said two motorcycles were "believed to have been driving dangerously on the approach" to Trerulefoot roundabout, heading west, at about 14:00 on Sunday 7 August.

    This led to a row between a car driver and one of the riders at Route 38 restaurant "where a man in his 60s was assaulted and suffered bruising and cuts to his face", police said. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  10. Hunt for Gergana Prodanova continues

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    Police are still hunting for the body of a 38-year-old woman in Exeter after a man appeared in court charged with her murder.

    Kostadin Kostov, 42, is alleged to have killed his former partner, Gergana Prodanova between 4-10 August. She has been missing in Exeter for more than a week.

    Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, was remanded in custody earlier today after an appearance at Exeter Crown Court.

  11. Bogus environmental health officer warnings

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council's Environmental Health team has issued a warning following reports businesses have been contacted by someone pretending to be from the authority.

    The team said callers told firms in St Ives and Kelly Bray that they needed to check electrical wiring and see gas and electric safety certificates. 

    Malcolm Ball, from the team, said: "We are asking businesses to be wary of people contacting you, or turning up out of the blue, purporting to be from Cornwall Council. Always ask for formal identification."

  12. Roman coin hoard to stay in Devon 'thanks to donations and grants'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Roman coin hoard will stay in Devon because of a number of donations and grants made towards a museum's £50,000 purchase of the hoard, a council says. 

    Seaton Down Hoard. Pic: Devon County Council

    The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in the Exeter bought the Seaton Down Hoard, discovered in a field in east Devon in 2013, for £50,000. The collection of almost 23,000 coins, with some dating back to about AD350, is believed to have been buried by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping.

    Devon County Council said the purchase and conservation of the hoard was made possible by contributions from it, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Devon Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long,  and members of the public.

    A new display is being created for the entire hoard for 2017.

  13. Fire service in 'need to get there quickly' warning over bad parking

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People need to be more considerate in parking in narrow streets to allow emergency vehicles though because extra seconds taken to reach an incident can be "very, very important", a fireman says.

    Blocked road. Pic:Wadebridge Fire Station

    Wadebridge Fire Station has posted pictures on Facebook of Glen Road after it took 13 minutes for a fire engine to travel 250 yards down the road when the crew took the appliance out on Monday evening "to see how it would affect our response time in an emergency".

    Tim Jones, from Wadebridge Station, said: "Seconds are very, very important, and we need to get there as quickly as possible."

  14. Electrical products warning to charity shops

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Trading Standards team is advising charity shops how to make sure electrical products they sell are safe.

    It comes after tests showed one in 10 items in some shops failed to meet safety standards. The majority of such unsafe products seized during visits by inspectors had faulty or damaged wiring and unsafe plugs. 

    The team said all second-hand goods sellers were responsible for ensuring they met legal safety requirements, and may also be liable to pay compensation if they sold unsafe goods.

  15. Money raised to replace skatepark

    BBC Radio Devon

    More than £120,000 has been raised to replace a skatepark in Devon, councils say.

    Teignbridge and Newton Abbot's councils said they had teamed up with local organisations to find the money to build a new facility in Buckland.   

    The councils say they hope the park will open in summer 2017, and will be for people of all ages and abilities who use skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters and inline skates.

  16. 'Delight' over Oldway Mansion development agreement collapse

    BBC Radio Devon

    A former Torbay MP says he "absolutely delighted" an agreement between Torbay Council and developers over Oldway Mansion has collapsed.

    Oldway Mansion

    The building has been standing empty for more than three years despite a contract between developer Oldway Mansion Ltd (OML) and Torbay Council to turn it into a hotel. OML had been suing the council for £8m in a row over leases, seeking damages and costs. They announced on Monday they had "put differences aside" and terminated the agreement.

    Ex-MP Adrian Sanders, who is now a Liberal Democrat councillor on the Conservative-led council, said: "I'm absolutely delighted we have an opportunity to move things forward after many years of uncertainty".

  17. Residents out in force as council considers homeless centre plans

    West Briton

    Plans to open a day centre and living space for homeless people in the centre of Redruth have ran into a hurdle after town councillors elected to oppose the controversial proposal to the delight of the gathered masses.

  18. Man in court on Gergana Prodanova murder charge

    Leigh Rundle

    BBC Spotlight

    A Bulgarian man has appeared in court, charged with the murder of a 38-year-old woman who has been missing in Exeter for more than a week.

    Gergana Prodanova

    Forty-two-year-old Kostadin Kostov is alleged to have killed his former partner, Gergana Prodanova between 4-10 August. The body of the mother-of-three (pictured) has not been found.

    Appearing at a judge's chambers in Exeter Crown Court, Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, was remanded in custody and is due back in court for another hearing next month.