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  1. Bodies of man and woman found in Paignton
  2. Woman dies after being hit by tractor
  3. Missing Arthur Heeler-Frood found safe and well: Teenager 'sorry for the worry I have caused'
  4. Plymouth man arrested on suspicion of malicious communications
  5. A French fishing trawler sank in a Devon harbour due to 'language difficulties', a report has revealed
  6. Westfest music event attack - police release photo of victim from Cornwall
  7. Sheep farmer 'to shoot dogs' after livestock deaths
  8. Updates on Wednesday 16 November 2016

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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 Thursday 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. Mystery over WW2 shipwrecks vanished from Java Sea bed

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Seven World War Two ships - considered as war graves - have vanished from the bottom of the Java Sea, according to reports.

    report in the Guardian says three British ships - HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter and HMS Electra - and a US submarine have disappeared.

    Meanwhile, the Dutch defence ministry is investigating the disappearance of three of its wrecks saying "the desecration of a war grave is a serious offence".

  3. Landslide inquest: Surveyor 'would advise not to live in back of flat'

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A surveyor would have told people not to live in the rear of a property hit by a landslide because of his concerns about a retaining wall, an inquest has heard.

    Susan Norman's body was buried under rubble in her hillside flat in Looe after the retaining wall and rock slope, that stretched up to St Martins Road, collapsed in March 2013.

    Landslide scene

    Hywel Jenkins, a solicitor representing Rachael Boden, Ms Norman's daughter, asked independent surveyor Michael Foulkes - who was commissioned by the property's building's owner to examine it: "If you had been told that Mrs Norman was living in the property, what would you have done?"

    Susan Norman

    Mr Foulkes responded: "I would have told her: 'Please, do not live in the rear of the property.'"

    The jury inquest, at Truro Magistrates' Court, continues.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall westbound

    BBC Travel

    A38 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between A390 and The Turning For Bodmin Parkway Station.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 closed and queuing traffic westbound between Twelvewoods Roundabout, Doublebois in East Taphouse and The Turning For Bodmin Parkway Station junction in Lanhydrock House, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car and debris on the road. Diversion in operation - via the A390 through East Taphouse, Middle and West Taphouse towards Lostwithiel then north on the B3268 towards Bodmin.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. Police back calls to stop cells being used as 'place of safety'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police cell

    Devon and Cornwall Police say it's 100% behind calls to end the use of police cells as "places of safety" for people suffering mental health crises.

    The Policing and Crime Bill, currently making its way through the House of Lords, will end the use of cells for under-18's who are suicidal, self-harming or in psychosis.

    The mental health charity MIND wants the ban extended to adults as well.

    In 2013 almost 800 people with mental health problems were held in police cells in Devon and Cornwall, the force says in the 12 months up to September 2016 that figure was 87.

  6. Council chief's office spends £11k on hotel in just over a fortnight

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The chief executive's office at Cornwall Council spent more than £11,300 at a four-star central London hotel in 12 transactions in just over two weeks last year, figures show.

    Cornwall Council sign

    The payment card figures, published by Cornwall Live, were listed under Hotels and Accommodation in council documents.

    The charges for the hotel on the Strand, in the West End, between 30 November and 15 December range from one of £510, to two payments of £1914.55. They total £11,392.45.

    The council said the hotel costs were for the staff and witnesses involved with the BT Cornwall court case. It added that, because it won the case and was awarded costs, the expenditure was recovered from BT Cornwall.

  7. Latest weather: Showers continuing

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Rain will clear this evening, but blustery showers will arrive overnight with heavy bursts and perhaps with hail, and it'll feel colder than recent nights too. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).


    Thursday will be a windy day for most, with sunshine and further showers that will be heavy at times, giving a risk of hail and thunder, especially over moorland. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  8. Power substation problems hit Plymouth homes and street lights

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Problems at an electricity substation in Plymouth have left 1,500 homes without power.

    As well as leaving homes without power, the outage is also causing traffic problems across the PL2 area, causing street light and traffic light failures.

    Western Power said engineers are working on the fault at the Alma Road substation.

  9. 'Most threatened' butterflies to benefit from £318k of funding

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Conservationists claim three of the UK’s most threatened butterflies could be saved after more than £318,000 worth of lottery funding is given to a conservation project.


    Butterfly Conservation’s ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ scheme aims to help restore habitat across Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor.

    The money will also help educate landowners, farmers and residents about the high brown fritillary, heath fritillary and marsh fritillary. The project will launch in January and will run for three years.

  10. Latest travel: Problems on the A38 in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Cornwall, police say there has been a collision between a lorry and possibly two other vehicles outside Trago Mills' Liskeard branch on the A38. Officers said drivers should avoid the area
    • In Plymouth, one lane is blocked on the A38 eastbound and traffic is very slow-moving due to a serious collision between The Parkway/A374 Plymouth Road and Deep Lane
  11. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A surveyor tells an inquest into the death of a woman in a landslide in Cornwall that he would not have advised people to live at the back of the property
    • A Plymouth man is arrested on suspicion of committing offences under the Malicious Communications Act, counter-terrorism police say
    • Schoolboy Arthur Heeler-Frood apologises to police after disappearing for 10 weeks from his home near Axminster
    • A Devon dad searching to replace a blue cup for his autistic son says that although he has new cups coming his son will "need these for the rest of his life"
  12. Cups appeal: Autistic boy will 'need these for the rest of his life'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon dad searching to replace a little blue cup for his autistic son says that although he has some new cups coming - "enough to last us a few years" - his son will "need these for the rest of his life".

    Ben Carter and cup. Pic: Marc Carter

    Marc Carter, 42, from near Great Torrington, appealed on Twitter for people to search for a specific Tommee Tippee cup for son Ben. The 13-year-old has severe autism and will only drink out of the two-handle cup, which is no longer manufactured.

    The appeal has prompted help worldwide, with people promising to send their old cups. The manufacturer also said it was looknig to see if it still had any.

    However, Marc said on Twitter: "The reality is Ben is unlikely to change, so I will need these for the rest of his life. That's a lot of cups. It's got to be easier to collect them now than try in 10 years, less will be around then. I don't want to appear greedy. I'm being realistic. I hope that's ok."

  13. The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the Myth

    BBC Two

    A lavish new drama documentary by Ric Burns is revealing the truth behind the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620.


    The Pilgrims' story has come to define the founding moment of America and all it stands for, celebrated each year at Thanksgiving.

    Based on Governor William Bradford’s extraordinary eye-witness account, this film reveals the grim truth behind the myth.

    Sunday 27 November, 20:00, BBC Two

  14. Knife amnesty: 'Self-defence not an excuse'

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    The two-week knife amnesty is concentrating on ornate, and often serrated, so-called "zombie knives".

    It has been illegal to sell the weapons since the summer.

  15. Cup appeal: Support has 'moved dad to tears'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon dad searching to replace a little blue cup for his autistic son says support he has been offered from around the world has "genuinely moved me to tears".

    Marc Carter, 42, from Devon, has appealed on social media for people to search for a specific Tommee Tippee cup for Ben.

    Ben Carter

    The 13-year-old (pictured above) has severe autism and will only drink out of the two-handle cup which is no longer manufactured and is wearing out, so "doesn't have long left". Marc (below) says the cup "keeps him alive".

    Marc Carter

    The appeal has prompted help from as far away as Australia, with people promising to send Ben their old cups. The manufacturer also said it was hunting for any more.

    Marc said on Twitter they had "some coming". He added: "Some as in enough to last us a few years, so if that's all I get then that's great. No. it's amazing. Thank you."

  16. Exeter chairman backs league status quo

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg has welcomed the decision not to restructure the Football League.

    Plans to reduce the size of leagues to 20 teams and bring in eight new clubs have been cancelled after talks between the Football Association and the league broke down.

    Julian Tagg

    "People were very uncomfortable with it, and as a result were watching very carefully and trying to understand the nuances and reasoning behind it," Tagg told BBC Sport.

    "Many fans across the country didn't like the idea of change and I think that was the same with our club. I think there'll be a little bit of a sigh of relief."

  17. Flood alert for North Devon coast

    BBC Weather

    The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the North Devon coast from Hartland Point to Lynmouth.

    The agency said flooding was possible for coastal and tidal areas between Hartland Point and Lynmouth, including the Taw Torridge Estuary, between about 18:00 and 20:00.

  18. Travel problems in Devon

    BBC Travel

    • In Axminster, the B3261 - Lyme Road - is closed both ways due to a serious incident near Sector Lane. It's affecting traffic between the town and the A35
    • In Chudleigh, the Old Exeter Road is closed in both directions near Milestone Lane due to a serious accident
  19. Livestock attacks by dogs 'getting worse'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon farmer says he is warning people that he will shoot dogs who are worrying his sheep because attacks on his livestock "are getting worse".

    Phil Rogers

    Phil Rogers farms at Noss Mayo, which is on on the South West Coast Path, an area very popular with dog walkers. He said he had lost 26 sheep in 10 years.

    Livestock sign

    He said: "There are more dogs, people don't read the [warning] signs, or are blase to them. I've had livestock lost, or killed, or have gone over the cliff because of dogs."

    The National Trust, which owns many farms on the coast path, added that it believed such attacks were becoming a real problem.