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Summary

  1. A man, 75, and an elderly woman die after Hooe Lake car plunge
  2. Boat users are urged to wear kill cords in new South West safety campaign
  3. The High Sheriff of Cornwall was found shot in the head, an inquest hears
  4. The RNLI warns people to 'respect the water' after 12 people die in sea-related incidents around Britain in the last week
  5. Updates on Friday 26 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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One and there will be news through the bank holiday weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend: Mostly sunny!

    BBC Weather

    Through tonight, it'll be mostly dry with lengthy clear periods at first. However, it will gradually become cloudier towards the end of the night, with some isolated mist patches particularly through the Exe Valley. Minimum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F) 

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    Saturday will be a cloudier day than today, with the best of any brighter spells towards the west. Showery rain will affect some eastern parts, perhaps becoming heavy at times. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).

    Sunday will see some sunny spells and showers, these occasionally heavy. Meanwhile, Monday will be much drier with only isolated showers and more sunshine.

  3. Roads closed for weekend as terrorist search continues

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Roads around Exminster will stay closed through the weekend as police continue searching the area following the arrest of a man on Wednesday on suspicion of terrorism offences.

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    Det Ch Insp Antony Hart said: "Local officers will be in the Exminster area and will be speaking to residents to help offer reassurance. Searches are expected to continue throughout the weekend at the property in question. Searches are also continuing at the nearby wooded area.

    “Road closures will be in place on some of the minor roads surrounding the wooded area and are also expected to remain in place throughout the weekend."

  4. Negotiation over bus drivers' terms and conditions continues

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Bus drivers working for Stagecoach in Exeter could take industrial action over a move to a new bus depot.

    The drivers are angry over rotas and other conditions which are being introduced when they move to the new out of town depot at Matford. 

    Union reps and bosses met this afternoon and new proposals are now being considered - a formal ballot for action won't take place while these negotiations continue.

    Stagecoach bus

    A Stagecoach spokesman said: "We are currently making preparations for our depot relocation from the city centre to Matford which is taking place at the end of September.

    "Naturally, the move entails a lot of logistical challenges which we are determined to get right.

    "This is why we are discussing anything that affects our staff with them directly so we can listen to their suggestions and ensure, together, we agree solutions that work for everybody."

  5. Call outs for emergency services

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Lifeguards and the ambulance service have been called to Sennen where a male is "having difficulties". Falmouth Coastguard say it is not a maritime incident.

    They are also dealing with an incident at Crantock where a young boy has injured himself diving into the water.

  6. South West Regional Organised Crime Unit help to detain 16 people over trafficking

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Sixteen people have been detained in Romania following a joint agency operation involving Zephyr, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU).

    Early morning raids were carried out in Prahava targeting a Romanian-based organised crime group which was involved in the trafficking of people into the UK for purpose of sexual exploitation and membership of an organised crime group.

    Kate Garbers, managing director of charity Unseen, which supports survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, said: "Unseen supported police forces across the South West as they visited brothels to identify potentially trafficked people. We welcome this action and the commitment to partnership working."

  7. Demolition of former Whitleigh Community Centre in Plymouth for planned starter homes

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    Work has started on the demolition of a derelict former community centre in Plymouth with plans for 27 starter homes on the site.

    The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past eight years and has been vandalised, is being demolished to help pave the way for new housing.

    Councillor Steve Ricketts from Plymouth City Council said: "I am delighted that the demolition work has started on this building, which had become an eyesore over the years and had been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour after it closed in 2008."

  8. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • An accident is understood to be slowing traffic on A38 Haldon Hill westbound near Harcombe Road
    • In Saltash, the A380 westbound around the Carkeel Roundabout traffic is slow moving
    • There's reports of an incident in Plymouth, on Novorossisk Road between Plymbridge Road and Forder Valley Road
  9. Calls for bollards after car plummets in river

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    People living near a Plymouth lake where an elderly couple died after their car plummeted into the water from the quayside have called for bollards to be put in place to prevent such a tragedy happening again.

    A 75-year-old man and an elderly woman were pronounced dead in hospital yesterday after they had been pulled from their car.

    The vehicle had fallen 20ft into the water at Hooe Lake. Social media has shown a picture of a man who made heroic efforts to free the couple from the car.

    But although they were rescued after a major emergency services operation they could not be saved.

  10. Details of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to Cornwall next week released

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Details of the visit to Cornwall next week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been released.

    The visit takes place on 1-2 September and will begin at Truro Cathedral where the couple will meet representatives of the City and the cathedral.

    From there they'll visit the Wave Project in Newquay, a charity that invovles local surfers helping young people with their mental health.

    On the second day, their Royal Highnesses will be on the Isles of Scilly where they'll meet rowers from St Mary's Gig Club and visit a food festival. It's not thought they'll be bringing their children George and Charlotte.

  11. Olympic hero Giselle Ansley at Hope Cove in Devon for 'I Am Team GB'

    BBC Sport

    A member of the gold medal-winning women’s hockey team is due to be at Devon's picturesque Hope Cove as part of a national sports day.

    Giselle Ansley is set to attend 'I Am Team GB' - a collaboration between The National Lottery and ITV - where thousands of venues will open their doors for free, encouraging the nation to get out and get active and with the chance to meet some of their Olympic heroes.

    Hope Cove is set to have a host of activities including beach volleyball, volleyball and live music.  

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  12. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Dartmouth roads closed to traffic for the regatta

    BBC Travel

    • In Dartmouth, Hauley Road, Spithead and part of the Embankment are closed to traffic for the regatta. Park and ride services are running
    • In Exeter, on the A377 inbound from Alphington Junction to Exe Bridges there is slow going traffic
    • In Bolventor, on the A30 southbound between Jamaica Inn Road and Launceston Road there is very slow moving traffic
  13. Paralympian makes own prosthetics

    BBC Spotlight

    An athlete has made his own prosthetic attachments to help him in his bid for a medal at the Paralympic Games. 

    A joiner by trade, the athlete was born without a left forearm. 

    David Hill, from Exmouth, was just 15 years old when he was selected as the youngest member of the British team in Athens in 2004. 

    He will be competing in the Paratriathlon in Rio.  

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    Video caption: Paralympic triathlete makes his own prosthetic attachments
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    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online