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Summary

  1. Human remains in Exeter confirmed as missing woman Gergana Prodanova's
  2. Town centre closed for several hours in stabbing probe
  3. Badger cull extended to Devon and Cornwall
  4. Three people arrested after man suffers 'pellet wounds from air rifle'
  5. Firefighters tackle a large barn fire on the Roseland Peninsula
  6. A care home in Devon is bringing the outside, inside, in a bid to help people with dementia
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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. Poldark: Cameraman concussed by freak wave

    Radio Times

    A freak wave which hurt Poldark star Aidan Turner also injured a cameraman, he has told the Radio Times.

    Poldark, Aidan Turner. Pic: BBC

    Turner revealed he and the crew member were hurt when a wave slammed a boat into them during filming on the Cornish coast.

    He said: "One of the underwater cameramen got cracked as well and he was concussed. These waves, you wouldn't think there's anything to them. But, once you get out, there you're at the mercy of Mother Nature, and she doesn't care how well the previous season rated," he said.  

    The second series of the drama, based on Winston Graham's novels, starts next weekend.

  3. Delays on A38 in Glynn Valley

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A multi-vehicle crash on the A38 between Trago Mills and Bodmin Parkway is causing delays.

    Police are on their way to the scene. It is not yet clear if there are any casualties.

  4. Latest weather: A clear night before patchy, light rain on Wednesday

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    There will be a sunny end to the day, followed by a dry night with clear spells. There will be some hill fog and perhaps a little drizzle on higher ground. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather

    On Wednesday, low cloud and patchy, light rain will move eastwards during the morning before skies brighten into the afternoon. A little breezier than today but still feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

  5. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Human remains discovered in Exeter by police searching for a missing Bulgarian woman are confirmed as those of Gergana Prodanova
    • A former teacher and Truro Diocese spokesman denies indecently assaulting a boy in the 1970s at the start of a Crown Court trial 
    • An 18-year-old man is injured in a suspected stabbing in Torquay 
    • A 30-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a woman is seriously assaulted in Plymouth
    • Badger culling is rolled out to Devon and Cornwall in a bid to tackle bovine TB
    • Double yellow lines are drawn across a road on an industrial estate near Truro
  6. University has 'record number' of local applications for places

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Falmouth University says it has had a record number of applications from local students wanting places for the new academic year. 

    Falmouth University sign

    This summer, more than 300 students applied for a place - an increase of nearly 20%.

    The university has set itself a target of recruiting a quarter of its students from within Cornwall. This year it has reached the figure of 16%.

  7. Middle-of-road yellow lines 'technically correct'

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Double yellow lines drawn across a road on an industrial estate were "technically correct" but down to an "unfortunate error", Cornwall Council says.

    The lines on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro, went "against all common sense", one local business owner said.

    Double yellow lines. Pic: Mark Mitchell

    The council said the road had stopped where the double yellow lines were painted until it was extended in 2013. It said a traffic order to change the lines was not changed when the road was, so the lines were still in force.

    It added: "However, we recognise that it is highly unlikely that anyone would park a vehicle across the highway at this point, and we will therefore remove the offending section."

  8. Police welcome jailing of 'violent armed robber'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police have welcomed the jailing of a man who carried out "violent robberies" and "believed himself above the law".

    Oliver Leggatt. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Oliver Leggatt, 23, from Paignton, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court on Friday for nine years and nine months after admitting two robberies, an attempted robbery, possessing a knife and imitation firearm, four frauds and two offences of transferring the proceeds of fraud.

    The former Beefeater employee carried out an attempted robbery at the Kingsteignton branch of the restaurant chain in a clown mask, plus robberies in the Paignton and Newton Abbot branches between 2014-15 involving a knife or a handgun. He was also involved in a £65,000 fraud against his grandparents.

    Det Insp Kay Chapman, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said witnesses in the robberies were "subjected to a violent and extremely frightening ordeal".

  9. Badger culling: Bovine TB strategy 'delivering results'

    BBC News England

    Badger culling to control bovine TB is part of a "comprehensive strategy" which is "delivering results", a minster who is also a Cornwall MP says.

    Badgers. Pic: PA

    Culling is being rolled out in parts of Cornwall and Devon in a bid to tackle bovine TB. Opponents said there was no evidence culling was effective.

    Farming minister George Eustice - who is also Camborne, Redruth and Hayle's MP - said: "Our comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine TB in England is delivering results, with more than half the country on track to be free of the disease by the end of this Parliament.

    "Bovine TB has a devastating impact on farms, which is why we are taking strong action to eradicate the disease, including tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger control measures in areas where the disease is rife."

  10. Former teacher and church spokesman in child abuse trial

    BBC Spotlight

    A former teacher has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a boy whilst he was working as a lay preacher in Cornwall.

    Jeremy Dowling, 78, who also worked as a press spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, is alleged to have carried out the assaults on the boy, who he first met when the boy was 10, during the 1970s. At the time he was helping out at two churches in the Bude area.

    Mr Dowling has denied six counts of indecent assault involving a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child. The trial, at Truro Crown Court, continues.

  11. Man spared jail after racist outburst towards Penzance Lidl customers

    West Briton

    A man who squared up to three customers of Eastern European appearance in Penzance Lidl and told them to go back "to where you come from" has been spared jail.

  12. Cornwall man who died at Cheshire festival named by police

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man who died at a festival in Cheshire has been formally named by police as a 26-year-old from Cornwall.

    Joseph Michael Sheppherd was found collapsed in a campsite at the Creamfields festival event at Daresbury, near Warrington. He was discovered on Friday 26 August and emergency services were unable to save him.

    Cheshire Police said the death was currently being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination was set to take place later this week. Officers added: "The family of Mr Sheppherd have requested for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time."

  13. Row over 'mini quarry' pothole

    BBC Spotlight

    A pothole in north Devon is being described as a "mini quarry" by one resident.

    Allin Bewes and pothole

    Eighty-five-year-old Allin Bewes said the hole in West Putford was about 11ft long and 3ft deep in places. He added that he was disgusted it still had not been fixed after months of complaining.

    Devon County Council said the repair would be carried out as soon as possible.

  14. Torquay stabbing: Victim was 18-year-old man

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police have appealed for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was injured in a suspected stabbing in Torquay.

    Officers said they were called to The Strand just after 04:45. A man was taken to Torbay Hospital for treatment after being found "with a puncture wound to his abdomen". He is described as in "a stable, non life-threatening condition". 

    The area was cordoned off for an investigation. The roads have now re-opened. Police said they would like to speak to witnesses, "in particular, a bald man believed to be 40 to 50-years-old, who was wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans".

  15. 'Crazy' double yellow lines painted across middle of road

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council is to remove double yellow lines painted across a road.

    Lines

    The lines were discovered on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro.

    Mark Mitchell, owner of Stylehome, said: "It goes against all common sense to draw lines across the middle of the road". 

    Cornwall Council said although the lines were "technically correct", it would remove them.

  16. Music fans celebrate Folk Cottage's heritage

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A ramshackle old barn that played a key role in the folk movement of the 1960s has been remembered at a gathering in Cornwall. 

    Folk cottage

    The Folk Cottage at Mitchell was an iconic venue that attracted the very best performers on the British folk circuit at a time when simply getting to mid-Cornwall from London took about 13 hours. 

    Ralph McTell

    Today it's a private house, but veterans of the 1960s folk scene, including Ralph McTell (pictured right) reunited in the grounds to share memories.  

  17. Badger culling: League Against Cruel Sports criticises 'calamitous' move

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Culling badgers is "calamitous for cattle and a dead end for farmers", a senior member of the League Against Cruel Sports says.

    Badger

    The league's comments come after the government confirmed seven new licences for culling had been granted across England, including areas in Cornwall and Devon. The government said the move would help control bovine TB.

    League deputy director of campaigns, Chris Pitt, said: "All the unbiased scientific opinion suggests that we'll never get rid of bovine TB this way.

    "Instead of shooting badgers, we need to be looking to Wales as an example, where no culling takes place, but instead rigorous TB testing, strict cattle movement control and tight biosecurity has been more successful in preventing the spread of TB in cattle."

  18. Investigations continue into woman having arm ripped off by car

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are continuing investigations into how a woman's arm was ripped off after it was trapped in a parked car at the weekend, officers say.

    Penmare Close, Hayle. Pic: Google

    The 78-year-old is understood to have leant into the car outside a house in Penmare Close, Hayle, on Saturday afternoon, when it lurched forward, trapping her arm. She was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth.

    Police said her injuries were "not believed to be life-threatening but are deemed to be life-changing". Her exact condition is not known.

  19. Latest weather: Staying sunny, but cloudier overnight

    BBC Weather

    Sunny conditions in the east will work their way westwards to leave a brighter and sunnier day for most, with just patchy cloud. However, it will remain cloudier in the far west. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

    Weather

    There will be some evening sunshine in the east, but the cloudier, damper and misty conditions in the west will spread to all areas overnight. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).