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Summary

  1. Hundreds of jobs are at risk at a major call centre in Plymouth
  2. Reports of sex assaults on children 'double in four years'
  3. Demolition work continues at Royal Clarence Hotel after a huge fire destroyed the building
  4. Police officers 'struggle to investigate crime and keep public safe due to cuts'
  5. A special wheelchair for disabled people in the African bush created by Cornish man
  6. Updates on Thursday 3 November 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jonathan Morris

    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. Commissioner and chief constable discuss 'best deployment' of officers

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is discussing with the chief constable "what resources can be made available for local policing and how those resources can be best deployed".

    Police

    It comes as large numbers of police officers in Devon and Cornwall believe cuts have left them struggling to investigate crime and keep the public safe, according to a survey.

    A spokesman for the commissioner said she is "committed to improving the connection Devon and Cornwall Police has with its communities".

    "Further discussions will take place in the coming weeks and their outcome will help form the centrepiece of the Police and Crime Plan, which is currently being developed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force."

  3. Railway holiday park sells for £261k

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A former holiday park which features eight chalets in converted rail carriages sells at auction for £261,000.

    Train carriage

    A former holiday park which features eight chalets in converted rail carriages has sold at auction for £261,000.

    The Brunel Camping Carriages site in Dawlish Warren, Devon, exceeded the guide price of £125,000 - £175,000.

  4. Drugs all clear in sniffer dog swoop

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A sniffer dog swoop on students at a Devon college found no drugs.

    Dog

    The police dog checked out students at the Petroc College Campus in Tiverton.

    Sgt Mike Warriner from Tiverton Neighbourhood Team said: "I was pleased to see that there were no drugs found, and would look again to work with the college and other educational sites to help safeguard and educate our local children about the dangers of becoming involved in drugs."

  5. Truro City set to sign defender Berry

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City boss Lee Hodges is hopeful that full-back Durrell Berry will join the National League South club in time for Saturday's game with Ebbsfleet.

    Berry has been recovering from a broken ankle he suffered while playing for Torquay United in March.

    Durrell Berry

    He has returned to training with the Gulls but is currently a free agent as he aims to get back to full fitness.

    "It'll be a short-term fix to see how his injury goes and then we'll take it from there," Hodges told BBC Cornwall.

  6. Exeter squad unaffected by contract talks

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says uncertainty surrounding his contract at the club is not affecting his players.

    The club's Supporters' Trust, who own the League Two side, passed a motion in October to try to renegotiate Tisdale's contract.

    Paul Tisdale

    "The players also know that I'm not going tomorrow," Tisdale said.

    "It's more of a strategy thing and there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before it would come to that," he told BBC Sport.

  7. Latest weather in Devon and Cornwall: A much milder night than last night

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry for many, but patchy rain will affect some, with higher ground such as Dartmoor most at risk. 

    Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather map
  8. Shanty group speak out after verdict

    Quote Message: "Sadly nothing will bring our two good friends back home to their families and our thoughts are with them today. It has been a long, difficult and emotional time for everyone connected with the case. We hope what has happened today will enable us all to move forward." from Fishermans Friends
    Fishermans Friends
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, at J28 for A373.

    M5 Devon - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M5 southbound at J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  10. Man cleared over shanty group gig deaths

    BBC News England

    A man has been cleared of the manslaughter of a shanty group singer and the band's promoter.

    David Naylor, 57, director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, was acquitted of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Trevor Grills and Paul McMullen. Pic: BBC/McMullen Family

    Fisherman's Friends vocalist Trevor Grills, 54, and Paul McMullen, 44, died when the steel door collapsed at G Live in Guildford on 9 February 2013.

    Mr Grills, from Port Isaac, Cornwall, and Mr McMullen, from Disley in Cheshire, were at the venue ahead of a performance due to be staged by the 10-piece group.

  11. Derelict building on fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire crews are tackling a blaze in a derelict building after reports of smoke coming from the roof.

    The two crews from St Austell Community Fire Station found the smoke coming from the first floor of the property and are using a hose reel and wearing breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

  12. Abused children 'weren't believed' says NSPCC

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    "Very often children tried to tell someone what had happened and they weren't believed."

    Children

    That's Sarah Allum, who manages services at the NSPCC in the South West, talking about a rise in child abuse reports in Devon and Cornwall.

    Figures have doubled in the past four years from 774 to 1,504.

    Sarah said: "Now there are more places to go to talk about what has happened and adults are more willing to listen than they were in the past."

  13. Parking ticket machine stolen with £800 inside it from Okehampton

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Thieves have stolen a car park pay and display machine with £800 inside it.

    Car park

    The machine was stolen from the Mill Road car park in Okehampton and will cost £3,500 to replace, said West Devon Borough Council.

    Councillor Robert Sampson, lead member for commercial services, said: "We are working closely with the police to trace and prosecute these criminals. We take such offences very seriously."

  14. Exeter's Francis named in Wales squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter prop Tomas Francis has been named among the replacements for Wales for their Test match with Australia on Saturday.

    The 24-year-old will win his 15th cap if he comes on at the Principality Stadium.

    Tomas Francis

    Francis has yet to start a game this season for Exeter, having made three replacement appearances.

    He was banned for two weeks in September after being sent off against Harlequins in a Premiership match.

  15. Fishermen's friends verdict: David Naylor not guilty of manslaughter

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    The jury has cleared a company boss of manslaughter after a door he supplied collapsed killing two men from the Cornish shanty band Fisherman's Friends.

    Trevor Grills and Paul McMullan

    Fisherman's Friends singer, Trevor Grills, 54, from Port Isaac, and the group's tour manager, Paul McMullan, 44, from Cheshire, died after being hit by a falling door at G Live music venue in Guildford on 9 February 2013.

    The steel door, which weighed more than two tonnes, collapsed without warning, striking both men.

    Mr McMullan died at the scene and Mr Grills a few days later in hospital.

    David Naylor, 57, from Bridgenorth in Shropshire was cleared of two counts of manslaughter and his company, Express Hi-Fold Doors, was found guilty of a health and safety breach.

    Sentencing is on Friday at Guildford Crown Court.

  16. BreakingFisherman's Friends manslaughter trial verdict

    Clare Woodling

    BBC Spotlight

    The man charged with causing the deaths of a shanty group singer and their promoter has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

    David Naylor, 57, director of Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, was found not guilty of two charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Fisherman's Friends vocalist Trevor Grills, 54, and Paul McMullen, 44, died after a steel door collapsed at G Live in Guildford on 9 February 2013.

    A jury at Guildford Crown Court found Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd guilty of a third charge of a breach of health and safety laws.