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Summary

  1. Death of Scarlett Keeling: Two men cleared
  2. Scarlett Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown, 'devastated' at acquittal of two men, but vows to fight on
  3. Ms MacKeown 'regrets' allowing daughter to attend Goa party
  4. She plans to appeal the verdict
  5. Updates on Friday 23 September

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. The lynx effect: Flaviu is back on show

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A lynx which sparked a massive search after he escaped from his enclosure has gone back on public display in Devon.

    Flaviu escaped from Dartmoor Zoo in July, and spent three weeks roaming the Devon countryside before he was recaptured.

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    Video caption: Flaviu the escaped lynx is back on show

    The two-year-old has spent nine weeks in quarantine and his keepers have added a roof and reinforced walls to his enclosure.  

  3. Scarlett Keeling verdict analysis: Further legal action will not be easy

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Fiona McKeown

    Two men have been acquitted of raping and killing north Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa, India in 2008.

    Scarlett's mother Fiona MacKeown and her lawyer have been meeting - we heard from her yesterday saying she wanted justice.

    She will now see if she can take the case to a higher court. 

    But it has taken eight years to get here and the extra difficulties of dealing with a different legal system thousands of miles away means it will not be an easy process.   

  4. Van driver arrested on drink-drive offence after biker dies

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A motorcyclist has died and a van driver has been arrested on a drink-driving offence after a crash in Newton Abbot yesterday.

    Police generic

    The motorcycle rider, a 53-year-old man from Torquay, collided with the van on Shaldon Road at 14:20 BST and he died later in hospital, said police.

    The 68-year-old van driver, who was uninjured, was arrested for failing to provide a breath test and on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.

    He has been bailed until 21 October pending further inquiries.

  5. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • On the M5 Bristol bound around Taunton there's slow traffic. 
    • In Colyford on the A3052 Swan Hill Road near Coly Road we've got reports there's an incident. 
    • On the A361 heading between South Molton and Tiverton there's heavy traffic.
    • Between Ponsanooth and Gwennap the A393 is closed in both directions due to an accident. 
    • Diversions are in place. On the A30 eastbound between Innis Downs and Millpool there's slow moving traffic due to the roadworks and usual Friday busy traffic. 
    • On the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross there's slow traffic in both directions. 
  6. Two men cleared over Scarlett Keeling death: Coverage by the national papers...

    • The Telegraph: Two men accused of raping and killing British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa eight years ago have been acquitted on all charges by an Indian court
    • The Guardian: A judge in Goa has cleared two men of the rape and culpable homicide of British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling in the Indian state in 2008
    • The Daily Mail: The mother of British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling has vowed to continue fighting for justice after two men were cleared of raping and killing her daughter 
  7. Surf building through the weekend

    Sea swell will be building throughout the weekend to a peak of up to 11ft on Sunday at Sennen in west Cornwall according to surf website www.magicseaweed.com

    Surf levels
  8. Stirling return for Pirates?

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Former Cornish Pirates boss Chris Stirling could return to the club, according to director Dicky Evans,

    Chris Stirling

    Currently the high performance manager of the Hurricanes Super Rugby franchise in Wellington, Stirling coached at the Mennaye between 2008 and 2012, taking charge of the side from February 2009 until his departure.

    "He said if the time is right and there's a possibility, we could actually take it forward," Evans told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Chris is a superstar and the boys would love to have him back. There is a real possibility that Chris could come back."

  9. Weather outlook for Devon and Cornwall: Wind strengthening and cloud gathering

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It'll be a pleasant evening with some late sunshine, leading into a dry start to the night. The wind will strengthen later in the night and cloud will start to build in the west. Minimum temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

    Weather

    Saturday will then start fine for many, although cloud will continue to build bringing some rain across Cornwall and the west of Devon. 

    This rain will then turn heavier into the afternoon, accompanied by some very strong winds, making for an autumnal end to the day. Maximum temperature: 19 Deg C (66 Deg F).

  10. Cornish food celebrated

    The first day of the Great Cornish Food Festival has attracted thousands of people to its marquee site on Lemon Quay in Truro. 

    Food festival marquee
  11. Exeter University probes racist T-shirts reports

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A university has launched an investigation after students wore T-shirts featuring racist and anti-Semitic slogans at a social event.

    A series of offensive slogans were written on T-shirts for a university pub crawl in Exeter on Tuesday.

    A Palestinian student posted the photographs on Facebook.

    A University of Exeter spokesman said: "Anti-Semitic, racist or bigoted behaviour in any form is not tolerated".

    Exeter University
  12. Scarlett Keeling death: Inside the court

    Justin Rowlatt

    South East Asia Correspondent

    Two men have been cleared of all charges over the death of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling on a Goan beach in 2008.

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    Video caption: Scarlett Keeling death: Inside the court

    There was a moment of silence as the packed courtroom took on board what she had said. Scarlett Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown, said she was "devastated" by the verdict.

  13. Scarlett Keeling's mother demands judge to make reasons for acquittal public

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Fiona MacKeown, the mother of Scarlett Keeling, has said she wants the judge to make public her reasons for acquitting Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho, who were charged with the teenager's rape and death. 

    "I can't begin to imagine where she was coming from to acquit them of all charges," she said.

    Placido Carvalho and Samson D'Souza

    "I want to see her judgment and I want to scrutinise it and then I'm going to show it to the whole world so it better be good."

  14. Friends mourn 'wonderful' woman biker who died in crash

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Thirty-year-old motorcyclist Rebecca Watkins, who was killed after a crash in Falmouth, was a "selfless, wonderful human being" said friends on Facebook.

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    Ms Watkins, from Penzance, died after colliding with a car on the A39 at about 05:30 on Monday, said police.

    Her friend Emily Keevil wrote on Facebook: "Rest in peace Sweetie, you will be missed."

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  15. Argyle's Rooney joins Truro on loan

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle youngster Louis Rooney has joined National League South side Truro City on an initial 28-day loan.

    Louis Rooney

    The 20-year-old forward scored twice in his only first-team appearance for the Pilgrims when they beat Hartlepool 5-0 in the final game of last season.

    Rooney was called up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for the first time earlier this season.

  16. Council could cut number of members

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council could cut the number of its members in plans to reform the local authority.

    Cornwall Council is the largest rural unitary authority in the country and currently has 123 members.

    The council is considering reducing the number of councillors to between 105 and 115.

    It said the main aim of the review was to ensure that all councillors represented a similar number of voters.

  17. At the scene in court: Death of Scarlett Keeling - two men cleared

    Justin Rowlatt

    South East Asia Correspondent

    It took a matter of seconds for the president of Goa's Children's Court to give her verdict.

    There was a moment of silence as the packed courtroom took on board what she had said. 

    Scarlett Keeling's mother, Fiona MacKeown, was visibly shocked. Samson D'Souza, one of the two accused, smiled as he left the court. 

    He told the BBC he had always been confident that he would be acquitted. "There was no evidence against me", he said. 

    Ms MacKeown and her lawyer are now meeting to discuss whether to appeal the judgement.

  18. Rail enthusiast fell before train arrived into station

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Rail enthusiast Malcolm Johnstone fell from the platform at Goodrington Sands station in Devon while photographing a steam train.

    He was taken to hospital by paramedics with suspected neck injuries and was kept in overnight as a precaution. 

    Train
    Quote Message: Passengers alerted the driver, and the train stopped with just the engine on the far end of the platform some 300 yards away from Spokeman Goodrington Sands Railway Station
    SpokemanGoodrington Sands Railway Station
  19. Scarlett Keeling's mother: Local police were 'corrupt'

    Press Association

    Scarlett Keeling's mother Fiona MacKeown has told a press conference in Goa that the local police were "corrupt" after two men were cleared of all charges relating to the sexual assault and death of her daughter.

    "The medical evidence confirms that my daughter Scarlett was grievously assaulted, raped and murdered after some criminals gave her alcohol and cocaine," she said. 

    Fiona

    "It took a huge effort from me even to get the police to register a complaint."