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Summary

  1. A girl, 12, is in hospital after a diving incident in Cornwall which resulted in the death of a man, 45, police say
  2. Penlee Lifeboat Disaster bravery medal 'stolen', say police
  3. Drones are being introduced to firefighting operations in the South West for the first time
  4. Police given more time to question Royal Marine in terrorism probe
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday 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 dry night and a dry, bright Thursday

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry tonight with some clear periods developing at times. Light winds will allow the odd mist or fog patch to develop, especially over higher ground such as Dartmoor towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Any early mist or fog patches on Thursday will lift to leave a dry, bright day with light west or south-westerly winds. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A 45-year-old scuba diver dies and a 12-year-old girl is in hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Portholland in Cornwall 
    • The RNLI tries to trace an "irreplaceable" gallantry medal to a lifeboat crew member, who died in the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, which has gone missing from its HQ in Dorset
    • Drones are to be used in firefighting operations by Devon & Somerset Fire Service
    • Three people are arrested by police investigating after a robbery in Torquay in which a gun was allegedly use
    • Police are given another week to question a Royal Marine arrested in connection with a Northern Ireland terrorism investigation that involved searches in Devon
    • 'Nonsense' double yellow lines painted across a road on a Cornish industrial estate are removed
  4. Reid extends Torquay United stay

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United have extended the loan of Exeter City striker Jamie Reid.

    Jamie Reid

    The 22-year-old has scored twice since joining the Gulls for a second time on loan in July, and will stay at Plainmoor until 3 January.

    He has made seven appearance for the Gulls this season, starting twice.

  5. Fire service drone a 'very significant innovation'

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Using a new drone "feels like a very significant innovation in firefighting", Devon and Somerset's chief fire officer has told the BBC.

    Drone

    The service said the aircraft would allow crews to plan tactics to fight fires and also detect possible hazards, which could help save lives.  

    Lee Howell said: "Incident commanders will be able to get a view of a fire they would not normally have, and that's a great tactical advantage. This is part of our desire to use the latest technology to improve public safety and reduce the risk to our firefighters."

  6. Slip of the tongue has Olympic gold medallists in stitches

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    It’s the kind of cock-up that strikes fear into the hearts of radio presenters. But luckily when 5live’s Clare McDonnell had an unfortunate slip of the tongue, Team GB’s coxless pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning saw the funny side.

    The Olympic gold medallists couldn’t contain their laughter at the Freudian slip, after presenter Nicky Campbell declared: “Don’t laugh, you two!”

    The pair dominated their event in Rio and have not lost a race together since 2011.

    This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on 31 August 2016.

  7. Penlee Lifeboat Disaster medal disappearance a 'devastating loss'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The disappearance of an "irreplaceable" gold gallantry medal to a lifeboat crew member who died in the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster is a "devastating loss" of an "important part of our heritage", the charity says.

    The medal - the RNLI's highest bravery award - was awarded posthumously to coxswain William Trevelyan Richards, of the Solomon Browne lifeboat, which sank after going to the aid of the coaster Union Star in December 1981. 

    William Trevelyan Richards gold medal. Pics: RNLI

    It disappeared from a "facility with multiple layers of security" in the RNLI's headquarters in Poole, the charity said. Police had been informed, it added.

    Operations Director George Rawlinson said: "Not only is the medal of historical significance to the RNLI, it also has huge emotional importance, particularly to the families of the crew members who perished and the local community in Newlyn. The medal represents the great courage, commitment and ultimate sacrifice made by the Penlee lifeboat crew."

  8. Arrests after 'pistol used in burglary'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Three people have been arrested by police investigating after a robbery in which it was alleged a gun was used, police say.

    Officers were were called to an address on Victoria Road, Torquay, at about 17:45 on Tuesday following a report of robbery. 

    Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It is alleged that the victim was threatened by three men, one of which was carrying a pistol. Money was handed over by the victim who was left shaken but unharmed."

    Three men - aged 23, 24 and 52 - were later arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in custody.

  9. Foreign Office should 'take the lead in post-Brexit relationships'

    BBC Radio 4

    A Devon MP and former Foreign Office minister says he believes the Foreign Office should "take the lead" in British relationships around the world, post-Brexit.

    Speaking to Radio 4's The World at One, East Devon Conservative Sir Hugo Swire said: "It is the Foreign Secretary who ultimately should be responsible for Britain's relationships abroad, that's what the office does."

  10. Double yellow lines across road are removed

    Martin Bailie

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Double yellow lines which were painted across a road on a Cornish industrial estate have been removed, a local business owner says.

    Yellow lines. Pic: Mark Mitchell

    The lines, put down on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro, were described by Mark Mitchell, owner of Stylehome, as "against all common sense". He confirmed to the BBC they had gone.

    Cornwall Council previously said although the lines were "technically correct", it has removed them. It added they had been painted because a traffic order had not been updated when the road was extended.

  11. Plastic surgeons on standby to help rhino (statues)

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plastic surgeons are on standby to tend to injured rhinos looked after by Paignton Zoo.

    Rhinos. Pic: The Great Big Rhino Trial

    The Great Big Rhino Trail is a free public art exhibition in Exeter and around the English Riviera, with life-sized statues featuring paint work by different artists. However, several of 40 artworks have been damaged.

    Money raised by the trail and auction of the figures in November will go to rhino conservation.

  12. Stacey moves to Exeter on loan

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Injury-hit Exeter City have made their second loan signing of the day with the addition of Reading midfielder Jack Stacey.

    Jack Stacey

    The 20-year-old will stay at St James Park until 23 January.

    Stacey, who can also play at right-back, played six times for the Royals in the 2014-15 season.

  13. Giant swing accident at Eden Project 'could have been fatal'

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A woman who suffered a rope burn to her neck in a safety failure while on a giant swing at the Eden Project could have been fatally injured, her partner says.

    Claire Hatch, 27, from Southampton, was on the gravity swing at Hangloose Adventures while she was on holiday in Cornwall earlier this month. 

    Hangloose swing. Pic: Richard Dawkins

    Her partner, Richard Dawkins, 47, who filmed the incident, said a rope which was used to start the swing was left dangling in Ms Hatch's face when it "wrapped around her throat". She was treated for her injuries in hospital. He said: "It could have been fatal. We just want to know that everything has been done to prevent it happening again."

    The Eden Project said that the swing was operated by a separate company, and it was "upset to learn about the accident". Hangloose Adventures apologised for "the regrettable accident".

  14. School transport cuts to be challenged

    BBC Radio Devon

    A decision to end sixth formers' automatic entitlement to school transport in Devon is to be challenged by opposition Liberal Democrat councillors. 

    Last month, Devon County Council's Conservative administration agreed the cutback to help reduce its £21m annual transport bill. 

    The matter will be addressed at a county council meeting next week.

  15. Lizard landmarks included in National Nature Reserve extension

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Some of Cornwall's most iconic landmarks have been included in an extension to the National Nature Reserve on the Lizard peninsula in west Cornwall. 

    Lizard Point

    Kynance Cove, Lizard Point (pictured) and Black Head are all part of areas of coastal heathland that will be added to the existing reserve, Natural England said.