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Summary

  1. Police officer arrested in child abuse investigation
  2. Body pulled from water off Plymouth
  3. Woman and baby suffer life-threatening injuries in crash
  4. Rape conviction rates 'remain low' says report
  5. 'Human error' blamed for mock exam question appearing in 11-plus resit
  6. Bentley gets a paint-job with an angle grinder
  7. Truro City stadium developers could fund rival Stadium for Cornwall
  8. Electric bikes come to Exeter
  9. Eight-year-old quadruple amputee takes up martial arts
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Sian Davies

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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back 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. Plymouth body found in water

    BBC Spotlight

    The body of a man has been recovered from the water near the Citadel in Plymouth.

    Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 16:00 BST.

    Police said the body was transferred by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

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    Video caption: Emergency services at scene of body found in Plymouth
  3. Exam board takes 'full responsibility' for further 11 plus error

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    An exam board has said it takes "full responsibility" after an 11 plus exam resit contained a question which children had already seen in a mock paper.

    The resit was taken after pupils at two schools in Plymouth reported having already seen the paper.

    Greg Watson, chief executive of GL Assessment, said: "All previous standard 11-plus exams were checked for duplication but unfortunately all ancillary practice papers were not. The passage had appeared on one of those. 

    Exam

    "We take full responsibility for the passage duplication on the re-test paper, and we can only apologise to all parents and children affected." 

    He said that a further retest would not be necessary because "we have enough statistically robust data to be able to assess the children accurately and fairly".  

  4. Weather forecast: Mostly dry overnight

    BBC Weather

    It'll be mostly dry overnight, although perhaps with some showers near southern coasts. Some clear spells will develop, allowing another particularly chilly night. Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    It'll be a chilly start on Friday, perhaps with some showers breaking out. These the exception rather than the rule however, with many places experiencing a dry day, with some brightness later. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F)

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  5. Body in water off Plymouth: Police seek witnesses

    BBC Spotlight

    Police say a body has been recovered from the water off Plymouth and has been taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are asking for anyone who saw the person entering the water to come forward and say it is too early to speculate on how the person died.

    Plymouth

    A major rescue operation was launched this afternoon after members of the public reported seeing someone in difficulties in the sea near the Citadel.

    Coastguards, the Devon air ambulance, a search and rescue helicopter, and police all attended the incident just before 16:00 BST.

  6. 'Multiple' 999 calls to report body in water

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, Plymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat and the Plymouth Coastguard Rescue Team were all called out to reports of a body found in the water near the Citadel in Plymouth.

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there were "multiple" 999 calls to report the sighting of the body shortly before 15:50 BST.

    The body of a man is being transferred to hospital by air ambulance.

    Plymouth
  7. Air ambulance at scene of body found in Plymouth

    Police said the body of a man was recovered from the water after emergency services were called shortly before 16:00 BST.

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  8. BreakingBody recovered from water in Plymouth

    The body of a man has been recovered from the water near the Citadel in Plymouth.

    Police said the body was being transferred by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

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  9. Police officers will be investigated 'swiftly and transparently'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly has said that two investigations into police officers and online child abuse and extreme pornography will be investigated "swiftly and transparently".  

    Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly

    He said: "Our officers and staff are expected to behave with the highest levels of professional and ethical behaviour at all times.

    "The public rightly expect that any allegations against police officers or staff are investigated swiftly and transparently."  

  10. Councillors 'unaware' of Teignbridge chief's rise

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Councillors say they were unaware of the figures before approving the chief executive's 12% pay rise to £141,000. 

    Nicola Bulbeck

    Nicola Bulbeck's £15,000 pay rise has been called "excessive" by opposition Liberal Democrat politicians on Teignbridge District Council.

    But the ruling Conservative group says information about the rise was given to councillors in June and the Liberal Democrats voted for it last month. 

    Liberal Democrats say they had not "knowingly" voted for the rise. 

  11. Investigations underway after officers arrested and suspended from Devon and Cornwall Police

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Two separate investigations are underway after two police officers were arrested and suspended from Devon and Cornwall Police.

    On Wednesday 5 October a police officer was arrested and suspended in relation to an online child abuse investigation. 

    Police

    On Friday 7 October, as a result of the previous incident, officers found evidence that led to a second officer being arrested and suspended on suspicion of possessing extreme pornography in a separate investigation.

    Police said a further four officers have been restricted from frontline roles while both a criminal and internal misconduct investigation is conducted in relation to the use of a social media account. 

  12. BreakingTwo officers arrested in child abuse and 'extreme pornography' investigations

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Two police officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have been arrested and suspended as a result of two separate investigations into online child abuse and extreme pornography. 

    A further four officers have been restricted from frontline duties at Devon and Cornwall Police, the Exeter Express and Echo revealed. 

    Both officers have been released on bail pending further enquiries. 

    Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said the allegations will be investigated "swiftly and transparently." 

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  13. Rare crab is 'fine looking specimen'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A rare crab caught by a fisherman and on display at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium is a "fine looking specimen".

     Also known as the helmet or sand crab, the masked crab gets its common name from the markings on the back of its carapace which are said to resemble a human face.  

    Crab

    Blue Reef Aquarium’s Lara Mingay said: “This is an extremely unusual type of crab and it’s great for visitors to get the opportunity to see such an elusive species.

    “This particular crab is a fine looking specimen and in excellent condition and we’d like to thank the fisherman for bringing it in to us,” she added.

  14. Two Devon & Cornwall Police officers arrested after probes into online child abuse and porn

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Two police officers have been arrested and four put on desk jobs as part of investigations into extreme pornography and online child abuse, the Echo can reveal.

  15. 'I don't want to join the Stadium for Cornwall'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City chairman Peter Masters says he still wants the club to have its own ground, after the developers of his team's planned new arena offered to fund the rival Stadium for Cornwall.

    Peter Masters

    "I don't want to join the Stadium for Cornwall," Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall, adding that his team had an option to share with Torquay United.

    "The start date (for building work) was 21 October, it's now been put back to January, if there is a delay then we've got to find an alternative. I've purchased a two-year option at Torquay United, and if there is a two or three month overlap then we may go up there."

  16. Row over £141,000 council chief executive's salary

    BBC Radio Devon

    A row has broken out after the chief executive of Teignbridge Council Nicola Bulbeck received a 12% pay rise to £141,000 including pension contributions.

    Opposition leader Liberal Democrat Gordon Hook disagreed with the rise - but a Conservative councillor has said he voted for the rise. 

    Conservative Teignbridge District Councillor Douglas Hellier Lang said Councillor Hook was given the details of the pay rise in a document weeks ago.

    "He stated that the information came out of the blue – so is he saying that he failed to read the document? If so why did he, and the opposition, vote in favour of it?"

  17. 'Ratted' Bentley goes 'bonkers' on internet

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Matthew McEvoy's modified Bentley has "gone bonkers" on the internet after he gouged off the paintwork with an angle grinder.

    Bentley

    Tattoo removal man Matt, 48, from St Day, has lowered - or 'slammed' the Bentley and given it super-wide wheels to get the 'ratted' look on the car which he bought at auction.

    And the result is interest from around the world on the internet.

    Bentley

    "I wanted to do something creative with it," said Matt who is selling the mad motor on eBay.

    "Most old Bentleys like this go to the breaker's yard but I think this is a better fate for it."

    Matt says he's got another "even madder" project in mind, but won't let on yet. 

  18. Council leader defends 12% pay rise for chief executive

    BBC Radio Devon

    The leader of Teignbridge District Council has defended a 12% salary increase for the chief executive Nicola Bulbeck to £141,000 including pension contributions.

    Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said the council's management structure is under "continuing review" and the rise has come from the chief executive taking on additional duties after the management team was cut from 18 to six posts.

    “An external Peer Challenge in March 2016 praised Teignbridge’s ‘dedicated and talented officers, who are well regarded by members and by the various partners’ and this has been corroborated by recent awards.”

  19. Plans to return passenger helicopter services to Isles of Scilly submitted

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Plans have been submitted that could see the return of passenger helicopter services to the Isles of Scilly. 

    A group of local investors want to use fields on the edge of Penzance for a new heliport. 

    The planning application is expected to go live on Cornwall Council's website this week. 

    There will be a 21 day consultation process giving people the opportunity to make their views known.