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Summary

  1. Driver of crashed coach says he had problems with brakes before the accident
  2. Man charged with murder following the death of Michael Horner in West Cornwall
  3. British firework champion crowned after two-day competition
  4. Public spending on SW bus services 'falls by £10m in five years' campaigners claim
  5. Hundreds of thousands of teenagers get their A-Level results this morning
  6. Public meeting to be held over plans for major new road in Devon
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Claire Jones

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight later tonight.

  2. Storm warning: 'Tie the trampoline down'

    Garden furniture and trampolines should be tied down or put away ahead of ferocious weather heading towards the south west at the weekend, according to a warning from Cornwall Council.

    The council said people organising community events over the weekend are "advised to undertake their own risk assessments".

    Trampoline
  3. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    • Driver of crashed coach says he had problems with brakes before the accident
    • Man charged with murder following the death of Michael Horner in West Cornwall
    • British firework champion crowned after two-day competition
    • Public spending on SW bus services 'falls by £10m in five years' campaigners claim
  4. Genghis Khan comments 'normalise racism'

    Comments made by a Devon MP about gypsies and travellers "normalise racism" according to the chief executive of the Traveller Movement group.

    Gary Streeter MP said a group who parked their caravans in a local park were "as vulnerable as Genghis Khan".

    Yvonne Macnamara, chief executive of the Traveller Movement said: "In our experience hostile comments such as these normalise racism and hate crimes against the community."

  5. M5 blocked after lorry and car crash

    BBC Travel

    • The M5 Northbound is blocked from Junction 29 for Exeter to Junction 28 for Collumpton due to a crash involving a lorry and a car
    • Infirmary Hill in Truro is partially blocked due to an accident involving a car and a motorcyclist  
  6. Storm could 'overturn caravans'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The storm due to hit the south west at the weekend could "overturn caravans and high sided vehicles" according to a warning issued by Cornwall Council.

    Gusts of 40-50 miles per hour are expected inland and up to 60 miles per hour along exposed coasts on Saturday.

    The council is advising people living in areas which are prone to flooding "to make sure they take the necessary precautions" and asking drivers to take care. 

  7. 'Last-ditch attempt' to save the eyesight of a pygmy slow loris hailed a success

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A last-ditch attempt to save the eyesight of a rare primate has been hailed a success.

    Gloria the pygmy slow loris has undergone double cataract surgery due to her failing eyesight, which has meant she has struggled to find food to eat.

    Pygmy

    Ghislaine Sayers, head of veterinary services at Paignton zoo, said: "Gloria arrived in July 2014 and already had cataracts in both eyes.

    "The only option was to carry out surgery to remove the opaque lenses, allowing light to get to the retina - it was the only way to restore her sight."

    Ms Sayers added: "Slow lorises have large eyes because they are nocturnal and they have a very big light-reflecting area at the back of the eye to maximise the available light at night, but as far as I know they are not prone to eye problems."

  8. Social media explodes at 'worst ever' summer traffic chaos in Cornwall as August bank holiday looms

    Cornish Guardian

    Incensed road users have vented their frustrations at what is being described as "Cornwall's busiest summer ever" ahead of the looming August Bank Holiday weekend.

  9. Mayor of St Austell defends town over "increase in anti-social behaviour"

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Mayor of St Austell is defending her town after the local MP highlighted what he called an increase in anti-social behaviour.

    Steve Double said he believed there had been an increase in street drinking and fighting and it was putting people off from visiting the town.

    But Mayor Jackie Bull said it was unfair to pick on St Austell.

  10. Guide dog falls off train platform

    A guide dog was rescued by its owner after it fell in the gap between a train and the platform at Exeter St Davids.

    Owner Leonard Trueman said the gap was too wide and 10-year-old Labrador Kim misjudged it.

    Kim

    He said he luckily managed to pull the dog up by its lead before it fell down all the way to the track.

    In a statement Great Western Railway said it was investigating: "During a booked customer assist, a gentleman’s guide dog has fallen between train and track as our staff member was loading their suitcases onto the train. The dog was retrieved uninjured."

  11. Plates crackdown results in six taxis that cannot carry passengers

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Six taxis which had their defected plates removed after a crackdown by police and the council can no longer be used as taxis, officer have said.

    The six vehicles have to fix the problems identified and then have them re-examined before being allowed back on the road as taxis.

    The drivers - who had their plates removed - will be sent before a committee regarding their conduct, police said.

    PC Jason Mullard said: "The checks were at random to show a true reflection of the condition of day-to-day vehicles on our roads. This goes to show that these checks are worthwhile and are important in maintaining a high standard of road safety."

    Taxi plates
  12. Lost and found: Social media steps up to save the day

    If you have lost someone or something you love, gone are the days of relying on the authorities or word of mouth. Social media is now in charge and it is proving to be very successful.

    Ring

    Thanks to the power of Facebook, and the honesty of the Cornish public, a couple from Cornwall were reunited with their missing engagement ring after a successful social media campaign.

    BBC News has examined other occasions social media has saved the day and reunited an individual with something dear to them or found them something they desperately need.

  13. Dr Sarah Wollaston speaks about changes to government strategy on child obesity

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Speaking of the changes to the government's strategy to tackle child obesity, the Totnes MP and chair of the Health Select Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, said she was pleased with the new measures around sugar, like the tax on sugary drinks, but she said she was concerned it wouldn't come in for some time.

    Obese child

    Referring to the speech Prime Minister Theresa May made on the steps of Downing Street where she pledged to tackle inequality, Dr Wollaston commented: "If you say you're going to tackle the burning injustices of health and inequality then you shouldn't, as the first litmus test of that, put the interests of advertising and marketers ahead of the interests of children."  

  14. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Serious accident involving lorry and pedestrian in Torquay

    BBC Travel

    • Renown Street in Keyham, Plymouth, is partially blocked near Keyham Barton Primary School, because of an accident
    • The B3199 Hele Road in Torquay is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Hele Cross and Teignmouth Road double roundabouts, because of a serious accident involving lorry and pedestrian
    • Very slow traffic on A38 in both directions in Bodmin around the A389 Launceston Road junction
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  15. Craig Tanner: Plymouth Argyle re-sign Reading midfielder on loan

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle has re-signed Reading midfielder Craig Tanner on a loan deal until January.

    Craig Tanner

    The 21-year-old spent last season with the League Two club, scoring six times Argyle reached the play-off final.

    Tanner was part of the Reading squad which defeated Derek Adams' side 2-0 in the EFL Cup first round on 9 August.

  16. Coach driver denies he was 'distracted by phone' before crash

    BBC Spotlight

    The trial of a coach driver accused of causing death by dangerous driving has heard how he was on his mobile phone using a hands free device at the time of the accident. 

    The coach was taking 51 passengers on an Age Concern trip from Exmouth to Looe, when it crashed into a wall on a steep hill a few miles from its destination in May 2014. Margaret Luxton, 59, and Carol Muldoon, 68, were killed.

    Some of the passengers have told the court that they didn't think driver Martin Chun, 59, was concentrating and say as he came down the hill he approached a bend too quickly. 

    He was asked by the defence Paul Dunkells "did you feel distracted by being on the phone?" Mr Chun replied: "No". Mr Chun was asked if the brake failure was something he had invented because he knew he had done something wrong . He replied: "No". 

    Crashed coach

    Mr Chun from Whitestone near Exeter denies one count of causing death by dangerous driving and an alternative count of causing death by careless driving. He also denies a third charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

  17. Some Metropolitan Police officers live as far away as Cornwall, report says

    Press Association

    Scotland Yard is a force of "commuter cops" - with officers living as far away as Cornwall and the South of France, a new report claims.

    The Policy Exchange think-tank argued that the trend makes it harder to deploy personnel in emergencies such as riots or terrorist attacks.

    New Scotland Yard

    The study cited figures showing that as of September last year, of 18,179 Metropolitan Police borough officers - 8,896, or less than half, lived in the capital.

    Policy Exchange said many travel in from the Home Counties, with Hertfordshire seen as a "bit of a police conclave" - while some were living "very far from London".

    In one interview for the report it was suggested that some officers "live in the South of France because they work 14 days in a row and then they go home for the remaining two weeks of the month".