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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 on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Flood warnings and alerts for the South West

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A number of flood warnings and alerts are already in place as the South West braces itself for some severe weather.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning with gusts of up to 55 miles an hour expected on the coast, particularly in the north. 

    Porthleven

    The Environment Agency currently has 15 "flooding possible - be prepared" alerts and two "flooding expected - immediate action required" warnings in force.

  3. Family devastated by guinea pig hutch arson

    Lynne French, BBC News Online

    A five-year-old Plymouth boy says he's devastated after his pet guinea pigs' hutch was destroyed in an arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday in the St Budeaux area of Plymouth.

    The female guinea pig, who was just over a year old, was found dead in a neighbour's garden, but the three-year-old male guinea pig has not been found.

    "It's just evil and sick - when I told my little boy what had happened, he said it was the worst day of his life and asked why anyone would do that to him," Cody's mother Amy said.

  4. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

  5. Latest weather: Winds will continue to increase overnight

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Winds will continue to increase overnight reaching gale force around exposed coastal areas like Croyde.

    Weather

    There will be some clear spells with most of the showers across western parts of the county.

    Minimum temperature: 14C (57F)

  6. Latest travel news

    BBC Travel

    • On the A38 at the Splatford Split one lane is blocked Plymouth-bound due to a broken down vehicle
    • On the A380 Hamelin Way one lane is blocked southbound due to a broken down vehicle at the Gallows Gate Roundabout 
    • The B3230 near Bittadon is closed due to a three-vehicle incident between Lynton Cross and Muddiford
  7. Arson attack on guinea pigs

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Arsonists set fire to a guinea pig hutch containing two pet guinea pigs belonging to a five-year-old girl in St Budeaux, Plymouth.

    Police are asking anyone with any information about the attack, which happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday, to get in touch on 101.

  8. Coach crash jury retires for weekend

    The jury in the trial at Truro Crown Court of a driver of a coach that crashed killing two passengers has retired for the weekend.

    Margeret Luxton and Carol Muldoon died when the vehicle, which was on a day trip from Exmouth to Looe, collided with a wall on a country road at Morval. Eighteen other people were injured.

    The driver Martin Chun, from Whitestone, near Exeter, faces a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and an alternative charge of causing death by careless driving. The jury will continue their deliberations on Monday.

  9. Massive storm swell to peak Friday evening

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Massive waves are heading towards the coast of Cornwall and Devon as a ferocious storm bears down on the south west, according to forecasters from the surf website magicseaweed.com

    Forecaster Ben Freeston said swell measuring more than 25ft was heading towards the south west and will coincide with large spring high tides.

    Swell
  10. Fishing trawler that became minesweeper protected

    BBC News England

    The sunken wreck of a fishing trawler that swept for mines during World War One has been given special protection.

    The steam boat Arfon had remained untouched on the bed of the English Channel for almost 100 years until it was discovered in 2014.

    Diagram of Arfon shipwreck

    The protection from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport follows protection for three shipwrecks in Devon - a medieval fishing boat and two 18th Century merchant vessels.

  11. Mass strandings of sea urchins 'caught out by storm'

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    "Thousands" of baseball-like sea objects strewn across beaches in the South West are a common type of sea urchin.  

    More formally known as burrowing sea urchins, Prof Martin Attrill, from Plymouth University, said they were about the size of a tennis ball and were usually covered with little spines.

    Sea Urchin

    He said mass strandings of sea potatoes were "not unusual", as they gathered to breed and could wash up together if caught out by a storm.

  12. Plymouth man in epic seven-day challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Assocation

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A man from Plymouth is doing a 1,500km cycle, ultra marathon and open water swim over seven days to raise funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Assocation after losing a friend to the condition.

    Rauri Haddlington is currently in the middle of the seven-day trek across Japan from Okaya to Lake Toya.

    His friend Stef died of Motor Neurone Disease in August 2014 and his mother died of the same condition when the pair were 16.

    He said: "It's going well, I'm just coming to the end of my bike ride, then swimming and running are to follow.

    "We've been incredibly well received... we're trying to raise money and awareness and remember an old friend."

  13. RNLI issues advice ahead of forecasted storms

    BBC Spotlight

    With gusts expected to reach 40-50mph inland, and 50mph along exposed coastlines on Saturday a Met Office warning has been issued.

    The strong winds and large waves are due to coincide with a period of spring tides this weekend.

    A giant wave hits the south Cornwall seaside town of Portmellon in 2004

    Guy Addington, Community Incident Reduction Manager for the RNLI, said: "Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but the sea is very dangerous and unpredictable and big waves can easily knock you off your feet.

    "We understand why people want to experience extreme weather, but we strongly urge people to respect the water and if you are planning a coastal activity, our advice is to watch the shore from a safe distance."

  14. Council claims trees 'did not develop as expected'

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A former councillor has accused Cornwall Council of wasting taxpayer's money by buying trees for the gateway to Pool, which did not grow properly.

    The council has responded by admitting the trees did not thrive as expected, even though they normally do well in urban environments.

    Video content

    Video caption: The London Plane trees came from Italy at a cost of more than £1,000 each
  15. Head coach of Redruth Rugby Club resigns

    BBC Sport

    Redruth head coach Steve Larkins has resigned from his role and will be replaced by backs coach Marek Churcher.

    Larkins had been in charge since 2014 and guided the club to fourth place in National League Two South last season.

    Rugby players

    "With a young family, Steve has found it hard with all the travelling and away games we do," chairman Treve Dunstan told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "We respect his decision. He leaves the club in a healthy position, on a high after where we finished last season."

  16. Breast pliers attacker Nigel Reeby spared jail to care for frail Dad

    BBC News England

    A man who used pliers on his former girlfriend's breast during a sustained attack has been spared jail in order to care for his elderly father.

    Nigel Reeby, 48, assaulted Rosalynd Davies in July 2013 after she told him to leave her farm near Okehampton.

    He admitted actual bodily harm at Exeter Crown Court and was jailed for 8 months, suspended for two years.