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  1. Pilot who died in crash 'lost control' after bounced landing, report finds
  2. Missing schoolboy: Police 'increasingly concerned'
  3. Woman's arm could not be reattached after it got trapped in parked car
  4. Almost one in six acute hospital beds in Devon may be axed
  5. Plans on view for Scilly helicopter services
  6. Canadian 'ghost fishing gear' found in Cornwall
  7. Updates on Thursday 8 September 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 Friday 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. Weather: Cloud and rain overnight and in the morning

    BBC Weather

    After what's been a sunny afternoon, it will soon turn cloudy with rain affecting the north coast, so places like Ilfracombe, this evening. Many southern parts will have a cloudy, but dry end to the day.

    Overnight this rain makes it way eastwards to all parts, but will be mostly light. Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F)

    Weather map

    Friday will start fairly cloudy, with a few spots of light rain here and there, but it will be dry by lunch time. It will then turn increasingly sunny through the afternoon, but will become windy.

    There'll be some rain overnight. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F)

  3. Headlines from Devon and Cornwall

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    • Thousands of pregnant women are still not being vaccinated against whooping cough despite cases rising by 50% in the South West, NHS England has said
    • A man has been impersonating a police officer in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police have said
    • An 83-year-old nurse who still works 15 to 20 hours a week says she has "no plans" to retire
    • The mayor of Bideford says he is "absolutely dumbfounded" at plans to axe more than 400 acute hospital beds across Devon
    • A pilot who died in a plane crash while trying to land at Newquay Airport "refused additional training"
  4. Do not axe Devon hospital beds as cost-cutting measure, says MP

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    MP Ben Bradshaw says he does not want any changes forced on Devon's health care system purely because "the government is not providing enough money".

    Ben Bradshaw

    Today a report revealed health bosses in Devon were considering cutting hospital services in the county, including axing more than 400 acute hospital beds. Mr Bradshaw said it was fine if the reforms improved services but said he hoped they was not exclusively prompted by financial pressures.

    "We all know that Devon is in one of the worst financial straits of any bit of the NHS in the whole of the country and our local health managers are going to have to work within the spending limits set to them by government," he said.

  5. Tensions rising in Bodmin as residents prepare for nine months of traffic chaos

    Cornish Guardian

    Tensions are rising in Bodmin ahead of road closures which will be put in place on Monday as part of plans to "transform" the town for cyclists. The proposals have provoked uproar over the projected nine months of traffic chaos.

  6. Hopes for prosthetic replacement after woman's arm ripped off

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Friends of the woman whose arm was ripped off by a parked car in Cornwall say they hope she will be given a prosthetic arm.

    Maggie Hayes

    Claire Butler, who has been friends with Maggie Hayes for 25 years, says surgeons have been unable to reattach her arm after the accident which happened at the end of August.

    "Much to people's amazement, really and truly, people have said to me at the age of 78 she's lucky to be alive with an accident like that, and after that kind of trauma," Claire Butler said.

  7. Sister of missing teenager Arthur has said 'it's totally out of character' for him to skip school

    Exeter Express & Echo

    The sister of missing East Devon teenager Arthur Heeler-Frood has said it is "totally out of character" for her brother to skip school.

  8. Councillors using 'sledge hammer to crack nut' amid traffic chaos

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Residents in Lelant say the council is using a "sledge hammer to crack a nut" as it addresses ongoing traffic problems.

    Last night nearly 200 people attended a town meeting where residents called on their councillor Liz Penhaligon to resign. Her spokesman said she was likely to make a statement after the weekend.

    Residents discussed the introduction of double yellow lines which were painted on the Saltings Reach this morning. Bill Fry, who lives on the road says tourists had been parking on the road in the summer to use the park and ride but said a blanket parking ban all year round was "totally unnecessary".

  9. Devon Hospital cuts: Analysis from our health correspondent

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The draft plans to make cuts across hospitals in Devon include making major savings through “rationalisation of estate” – selling off buildings. 

    This will be of particular concern to campaigners fighting to save some of the smaller NHS sites such as community hospitals.

    Inside of a hospital

    This Sustainability and Transformation Plan is one of 44 being submitted across England. But Devon’s plan to make savings may be more drastic than some others. That's because much of the county is already in a so-called Success Regime to tackle a massive overspend by trusts and commissioners. If nothing changes the projected total overspend for all the county’s health trusts and commissioners would reach £572m by 2020/21.  

    The draft plan says the challenges are significant and calls for “a transformational mindset, courage and support from national bodies”. But, we are warned that if the NHS locally doesn't balance its books, national NHS bosses will decide what to cut for them.

  10. Confusion reigns and anger spreads over Cornwall Council after 5pm car park charges - or does it?

    The Cornishman

    Are the charges in car parks in Cornwall just too complicated, leaving motorists to fall foul of rules they fail to understand? The introduction of a flat rate charge after 5pm in some car parks appears to have caused confusion and consternation among the public.

  11. Pet oxygen masks to be issued to firefighters

    Special pet oxygen masks will be issued to fire teams in Cornwall to help save the lives of family pets in the event of a fire.

    Pup being rescued with mask

    The equipment was used to save a two-day-old pup in a barn fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday which took the lives of four other dogs.

    The kits have been provided by the not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws. The masks will be handed over later this month and will be carried on fire engines in Tolvaddon, Newquay, Padstow and St Dennis.

  12. Forty percent of pregnant women not vaccinated against whooping cough, says NHS England

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of pregnant women are still not being vaccinated against whooping cough despite cases rising by 50% in the South West, NHS England has said.

    Pregnant woman

    Whooping cough - known medically as pertussis - is an infection which can create serious breathing difficulties, particularly in babies and young children, and can lead to major health complications such as brain damage and pneumonia, which can be fatal. 

    But 40% of pregnant women are not taking up the vaccination despite the protection it offers to their newborn child.  

  13. No O'Kane transfer cash for Torquay

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United have not received any money as part of the transfer of former player Eunan O'Kane to Leeds from AFC Bournemouth, despite having a sell-on clause of 15% in his contract.

    Eunan O'Kane

    O'Kane, 26, moved to Leeds for an undisclosed fee last month, having joined Bournemouth from the Gulls for £175,000 in 2012.

    "Torquay United will not receive any monies at this present time due to the arrangement made between the two clubs," a Torquay statement said. "There is the possibility that the club will benefit from future payments."

  14. Beware of man impersonating policeman, says force

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A man has been impersonating a police officer in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

    The man is allegedly attempting to gain entrance to properties in the Beacon Heath area of the city by claiming that he is an officer, Devon and Cornwall Police said. 

    The man - who is not wearing a uniform and uses a handwritten ID - is described as a being white, in his 40s or 50s and wears a dark blue baseball cap.

    Police say they believe he is targeting the elderly.

  15. Daughter now able to travel to hospital with elderly mother, trust says

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A hospital trust in Cornwall says it has rearranged a 77-year-old woman's health appointments to allow her daughter to travel with her to the hospital.


    Diane Wheeler had criticised the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Patient Transport Service after she was told she could not accompany her mother to Treliske for vital cancer surgery.

    In a statement the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust said: "We have now been made aware of a number of other factors relating to Mrs Wheeler's mother's health and arrangements have been made to reschedule her appointment so that she can be accompanied on her hospital visit."

  16. Up to one in 20 take the train without valid ticket, research suggests

    Up to one in 20 rail passengers could be travelling without a valid ticket on some routes, according to new research.

    A sample of more than 23,000 South West Trains passengers found that as many as 5.5% avoid paying the correct fare.

    South West Trains train

    The study carried out in Autumn 2015 found forged tickets, child impersonation and passengers using tickets at the wrong time.

    Ticketless travel is estimated to cost the franchise £25m in lost revenue each year.

  17. Still working nurse, 83: 'I love my job'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    An 83-year-old nurse who still works 15 to 20 hours a week says she has "no plans" to retire.

    Nurse then and now

    Monica Bulman, who works at Torbay Hospital, began her career in the NHS aged 19 in 1952.

    When she's not working, the grandmother, who turned 83 on 1 September, is a gym-bunny and attends regular spinning classes.

  18. Pilot who crashed plane and died at Newquay Airport 'refused additional training'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A pilot who died at Newquay Airport after crashing on landing was offered more training just before the flight, it has been revealed. 

    Tony Richards, 68, from North Cornwall, was landing a small plane last August when the aircraft bounced on landing - it then entered a steep descent crashing on the runway. He was pronounced dead at the scene

    The Air Accident Investigation Branch report shows Mr Richards bought the plane in the Czech Republic just before the flight. 

    The pilot took part in some familiarisation training and an instructor had offered additional sessions. The offer was rejected by Mr Richards. The pilot was also reported to have said he was tired just before the last leg of the flight.