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Summary

  1. Man, 39, dies after 'tombstoning' at Plymouth Hoe
  2. Gutter cleaning boss jailed for manslaughter of teenager
  3. Wildlife conservationists call for an "urgent inquiry" after the escape in London of a 29-stone gorilla, originally from Paignton Zoo
  4. Main rail line could be moved further out to sea to dodge cliff falls
  5. Dockyard Derby: Police warning for football fans
  6. Yacht washed up after breaking moorings
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Andrew Segal

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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 Monday 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: Rain through the night, some sun on Saturday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There will be spells of rain at times through the night, but for some it will remain dry and cloudy. This will help to keep temperatures up compared to recent nights. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Saturday is going to have a dry and fine start to the weekend, with some spells of sunshine in the morning. Through the afternoon, cloud will increase, bringing with it some heavy rain or showers. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Gutter firm boss 'put people through trial ordeal'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police have criticised the owner of a gutter cleaning company for putting people "through the ordeal of a trial" over the manslaughter of his teenage employee.

    Seventeen-year-old Beau Jennians died after falling from a ladder while working at the Coach House in Abbotskerswell in December 2014. 

    Utterley Gutterley boss Colin Jeffery, 58, from Durham Close, Paignton, has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Exeter Crown Court.

    Police said Mr Jennians' family, girlfriend, friends, as well as the owners of the property, were affected by the case after Jeffery "distanced himself from any responsibility for Beau's death".

  4. Breeze block thrown at car in cigarettes row

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are trying to trace a group of young men after a man's car was damaged by a breeze block thrown at it, police say.

    Officers said it happened after the group approached at Co-Op in Beacon Lane, Exeter, at about 14:15 on 9 July. They asked them to buy cigarettes for them as they had just been turned away by staff.  

    Youths in shop. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    After he refused, the group threw liquid over his car and one threw a "large piece of breeze block" at the vehicle, damaging the left wing.

    Officers said the incident caused "substantial criminal damage" and warned that the block "could have potentially gone through the windscreen and into the victim".

  5. Student landlords 'should pay towards bin collections'

    BBC Spotlight

    Student landlords should be asked to pay tax to cover the cost of bin collections at houses of multiple occupation in Plymouth.

    Full bin

    Compton ward city councillor Richard Ball has put forward the idea, saying it was not fair that tax-paying residents had to pay for the clean-up from overflowing bins, while student landlords were often exempt.

    The council's website confirmed "homes occupied entirely by full time students" were exempt from the levy.

  6. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A gutter cleaning company boss is jailed for manslaughter over the death of a teenage employee who fell off a ladder
    • Emergency services warn against "tombstoning" after a 39-year-old man has died after "tombstoning" off cliffs on Plymouth's seafront   
    • Police make a fresh appeal for witnesses to a crash between a school bus and a 4x4 near Helston on Wednesday
    • Police warn anyone planning trouble at the weekend's Plymouth Argyle -v- Portsmouth match that they will be "dealt with swiftly and robustly"
  7. South Devon railway line: Interviews

    Martyn Oates

    BBC South West Political Editor

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    Proposals are being considered to rebuild the South West's main railway line in part of Devon because of it being repeatedly battered by storms.

    Network Rail wants to build a 400m (1,300ft) causeway near Teignmouth about 30 yards out to sea in a project possibly costing up to £500m. It would replace the flood-hit Dawlish line, which connects the region to the rest of the country.

    Tracks in the area have suffered severe damage in the past, with them left dangling in mid-air in the wake of storms in 2014. The line was closed for several weeks in March 2014 and cost the economy up to £1.2bn.

  8. Witnesses appeal after school bus and 4x4 crash on A3058

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to a crash between a school bus and a 4x4 vehicle on Wednesday near Helston. 

    The bus driver and a school boy were injured and taken to hospital after the crash on the A3083 at about 15:30.

    The road was closed for an investigation for more than six hours.

  9. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC Travel

    In Torquay, the A380 Hamelin Way remains closed after an earlier road accident

    In the Bickleigh area, there are reports of an incident on the A396 Exeter Road between Bickleigh and Tiverton

  10. Truro sign Todd on player contract

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    National League South side Truro City have signed former Eastleigh manager Chris Todd as a player.

    Chris Todd

    The 35-year-old has agreed a short-term deal, having been sacked as player-boss by Eastleigh in August and the central defender had been training with former club Torquay United.

    "I'm looking for a little bit of experience, it'll only be a short deal as he'll want to go on and manage somewhere else," Truro boss Lee Hodges told BBC Sport. "I played with Toddy at Torquay when we got promoted from the Conference, I've worked with him and he's a winner."

  11. Gutter clean boss had 'flagrant disregard' for safety laws

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The working practices of a gutter cleaning company boss jailed for manslaughter were "inevitably going to lead to the serious injury and death of one his employees at some point in time", police say.

    Utterley Gutterley boss Colin Jeffery has been jailed for five years after being found guilty at Exeter Crown Court of the manslaughter by gross negligence of 17-year-old Mason Beau Jennians in 2014.

    Detective Inspector Steve Davies, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said Jeffery - 58, from Durham Close, Paignton - had employees working on ladders "with a flagrant disregard for the regulations which govern work at height, which are there to protect workers from death and injury". 

    "He completely failed to consider or implement even the most basic of safety measures," he said. 

  12. Incinerator does not take trade waste

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    If you've driven through mid Cornwall, you can't have missed it - two towers that are 300ft-high that mark the location of Cornwall's new incinerator. It's now working at 80% capacity. 

    Incinerator

    Is it your understanding that the incinerator is dealing with all of Cornwall's waste? Well, you'd be wrong. It only handles domestic waste that fits certain criteria, and it's causing real problems for companies that handle trade waste.

    Cornwall Council said it "appreciates the challenge that some businesses are having to find suitable outlets for their commercial and industrial waste", but added it was "not our statutory function to do so".

  13. BreakingGutter cleaning boss jailed over teenager's ladder fall manslaughter

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The owner of a gutter cleaning company has been jailed for five years for the manslaughter of a teenage employee who fell off a ladder.

    Colin Jeffery. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Seventeen-year-old Mason Beau Jennians, known as Beau, died after falling while working at the Coach House in Abbotskerswell in December 2014. 

    Utterley Gutterley boss Colin Jeffery, 58, from Durham Close, Paignton, had denied manslaughter by gross negligence but was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court. 

    Welcoming the sentence, Devon and Cornwall Police said Jeffery "operated his business with total disregard for the safety of his employees and had a cavalier attitude to health and safety".

  14. Former Paignton Zoo gorilla Kumbuka: Some facts

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Lowland gorilla and former Devon resident Kumbuka made a brief bid for freedom on Thursday at his current home of London Zoo. He recaptured after only getting into a secure keepers' area.

    Kumbuka. Pic: PA

    What do we know about him?

    • Born in Belfast Zoo in 1997, he was transferred to Germany after being rejected by his mother, Delilah. He was hand-reared in Stuttgart Zoo with other youngsters
    • In 2006, he was transferred to Paignton Zoo in Devon, where he found a home alongside two other western lowlands, Kivu and Kiondo, also from Stuttgart
    • While there, he found a passion for art, making walking sticks that were sold on eBay to raise money for international ape conservation
    • He was moved to London Zoo in 2013 
    • He is the father of Gernot, a young male, who was born in November last year to female Effie

    Source: PA

  15. Tombstoning: The warnings

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A 39-year-old man has died after "tombstoning" off cliffs on Plymouth's seafront. 

    The activity sees thrill-seekers leap from high places into open water, and the latest figures show it has led to an average of two deaths a year over the past 10 years.

    Tombstoning

    Emergency services warn against the activity for many reasons, including: 

    • Water depth alters with the tide - the water may be shallower than it seems
    • Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible. They can cause serious injury if you jump onto them
    • The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim 
    • Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away 

    Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

  16. Dockyard Derby: Police warning for football fans

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Anyone intent on causing a disturbance during the Plymouth Argyle -v- Portsmouth game, in the 100th Dockyard Derby, "will be dealt with swiftly and robustly", police say.

    Officers said that the "majority of football fans are a pleasure to work with", but that "any supporters are deemed to be drunk then you will be refused entry into the ground." 

    Supt Glen Mayhew, added: "If you are caught using foul and abusive language, then you run the risk of being ejected from the ground and arrested." 

    Kick-off is at 15:00 on on Saturday, and you can follow the game on BBC Radio Devon.

  17. 'Two deaths a year from tombstoning'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Tombstoning has led to an average of two deaths a year over the past 10 years  coastguards have said after a man died jumping off cliffs in Plymouth.

    Plymouth Hoe

    Between 2005 and 2015 coastguards dealt with more than 200 incidents of tombstoning, with 83 injuries and 20 deaths. 

    An 11-year-old boy died in July after reportedly tombstoning from a bridge into a canal in Rotherham. 

    Cornwall Council issued a warning after receiving reports of alcohol-fuelled young people in Bude, St Ives, Newquay and Portreath leaping from road bridges, locks and closed-off piers.

    Simon Blackburn from the Local Government Association, said: "The message is clear - if you don't know that the depth of the water is safe or you cannot see what is below the surface, don't jump."