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  1. Ninth day of missing boy search: Parents 'desperately worried'
  2. Councils in the South West have warned the government there isn't enough money to fund social care
  3. A pilot scheme is launched to help schools tackle self-harming issues among its pupils
  4. Jonathan Fox wins his second silver medal at the Paralympics
  5. The finishing touches are being made to a replica Spitfire which will be sent from Cornwall to Lesotho
  6. Updates on Thursday 15 September 2016

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By Jonathan Morris

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 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: Friday due to be a cooler day

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be turning cloudier for a time overnight, with perhaps a little light rain, most likely over Dartmoor and other high ground. This easing before dawn. Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather map

    Friday will be a cooler, fresher and dry day with plenty of sunny spells and a noticeable north westerly breeze. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    • Parents 'desperately worried' and repeat appeal in day nine of missing boy search
    • Councils warn the government there isn't enough money to fund social care
    • Spitfire flights school performing flypast starting at Exeter Airport to mark 76th anniversary of Battle of Britain
    • Appeal goes out for more foster carers in Devon
    • A pilot scheme is launched to help schools tackle self-harming issues among its pupils
    • A replica Spitfire will be sent from Cornwall as a thank you to the African country of Lesotho
  4. Call for more foster carers in Devon

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    More foster carers for children are needed in Devon says the county council.


    It is currently recruiting new foster carers across Devon to care for 0–18 year olds, including children with disabilities, plus specialist Child and Parent carers.

    A spokesmand said: "We are looking for dedicated people with safe and stable homes to provide care for young people in Devon who can’t live with their birth families.

    "We are particularly keen to hear from prospective carers with the knowledge and skills to provide for young people with complex and challenging needs."

  5. Council's gold award for stray dog care

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement team has been awarded an RSPCA Gold Community Animal Welfare Footprint Award for the high quality way in which the Council handles stray dogs.


    The accolade, the sixth in a row for the authority, recognises that Council Cornwall has put in place clear procedures to deal with stray dogs including the treatment and welfare of dogs whilst in the Council’s care.

    In the last 9 months the council has also started an out of hours stray dog return process for weekends and bank holidays to get dogs back to owners quicker.

  6. Rain warning for parts of Devon

    The Met Office is warning slow-moving thunderstorms may develop later, leading to locally torrential downpours with the risk of hail and frequent lightning.

    It says this bring the risk of flash flooding.

  7. Goldfinches make dramatic farm picture

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Our farm is very much on the goldfinches guide to stop-overs on their southern migration says the Village Farm in south Devon - adding their numbers are growing daily.

  8. News homes plan takes shape in Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council's cabinet has approved the first phase of the authority’s direct delivery housing programme.


    The ambition is to build 1,000 homes by 2020/21 across key towns in Cornwall.

    This first phase is for the construction of 113 homes on two sites at Tolvaddon and Bodmin, representing an investment of £20m. 

    The cabinet also authorised work to identify and acquire more land to expand the programme.    

  9. Exeter 'right to push budget for Reid'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale the club were right to stretch the club's budget to sign former Plymouth Argyle striker Reuben Reid.

    Reuben Reid

    The fan-owned club operates on a tight financial base with a budget of about £1.5m for the squad this season.

    "There's a spectrum of being ultra safe and frivolous and reckless, and you've got to find a balance somewhere in the middle," Tisdale told BBC Sport.

    "Speculation is a large part of it and how far do you speculate? For the 10 years plus I've been here, every pound that we spend is discussed and thought through and decided upon, and you take responsibility as a manager for the money you spend."

  10. Police hunt for man in connection with serious assault

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Police wish to speak to the man pictured below, in connection with a serious assault in Teignmouth.


    Just after midnight on Saturday 31 July, police received reports of a disturbance between four men on Regent Street, Teignmouth.

    One man, a 33-year-old local man, sustained a significant injury to the stomach and was taken to hospital where he later required surgery.

  11. Spitfire named after Exeter at ceremony

    The Boultbee Flight Academy - the world’s only Spitfire flying school - will be commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a Spitfire flypast scheduled to depart from Exeter Airport at 1800.  

  12. Cornwall chlamydia trial to target young women

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Young women aged 15 to 24 will be targeted by pharmacies in Cornwall to encourage them to be tested for chlamydia.

    Chlamydia remains the most frequently diagnosed sexually transmitted infection - most people don’t realise they have it as it often has no symptoms, and therefore going undetected and untreated may lead to serious health complications.

    Six pharmacies have been chosen where chlamydia tests will be offered to young women who are accessing emergency contraception.

  13. Bradshaw says clampdown on phone drivers 'totally inadequate'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Labour MP for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw, says government plans to increase the fine to £150 for drivers who use their mobile phones at the wheel is "totally inadequate".


    Motoring organisation the RAC says the illegal use of mobile phones in cars is at "epidemic proportions".

    Mr Bradshaw said: "Use of mobile phones impairs drivers' ability more seriously than drinking. The increase is a totally inadequate response to this deadly menace on our roads."

  14. Radio Cornwall's Debbie McCrory at Antiques Roadshow

    Debbie McCrory

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The BBC's Antiques Roadshow is taking place today at the National Trust's Trelissick House, near Truro.

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