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Summary

  1. Two men jailed for quarry murder
  2. Marine A: Bail application due at Court of Appeal
  3. Football sex abuse: Allegations 'relate to non-league and junior sides' in South West
  4. Arrests over parking meter thefts 'down to old-fashioned policing'
  5. Water firm tests drone to hunt out pipe leaks
  6. Fence fiasco as mix-up sees Devon estate divided
  7. Argyle prepare for Newport FA Cup second round replay
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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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. Thermal cameras on drones 'will help pinpoint water pipe leaks'

    Drone and camera technology being tested to spot problems in South West Water (SWW) pipes will pick up problems because of temperature differences caused by leaks, those involved with the project say.

    Reservoir

    The company's pipes are losing an estimated 80m litres of water a day, enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It is now experimenting with thermal cameras on drones after research carried out by Exeter University.

    Conrad Gillespie, from SWW, said: "We'll be able to see different temperatures signatures, which could potentially detect leakage or problems with pipes."

  3. Lucy Payne: 'More funding could help get Olympic recognition for Muay Thai'

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    More funding for Muay Thai would help ensure it "didn't take long" to get the kickboxing martial art into the Olympic arena, a kickboxer from Cornwall says.

    Lucy Payne

    The martial art received provisional recognition as an Olympic sport earlier this month, but the earliest it could be in the Games is 2024. 

    Twenty-four-year-old Lucy Payne (pictured), reigning WBC featherweight champion, said it would be a "dream" and she would be "overwhelmed" if she got an Olympic opportunity.

    She said: "Now that people are talking about it, hopefully we can get some funding behind it. Once you've got the funding, I don't see why it should take very long at all."

  4. Pitch covers at Newport to protect FA Cup second round replay with Plymouth Argyle

    BBC Sport

    Covers are installed at Rodney Parade

    Newport County host Plymouth in their FA Cup second round replay with a tie at Premier League's Liverpool the reward for the teams.

    Newport earned the replay in a battling 0-0 draw at Plymouth on 3 December.

    Pitch covers have been installed at Rodney Parade as Newport seek to avoid the sort of problems that have dogged them in recent times.

    With a trip to Liverpool the prize in the third round, staff are battling to protect the playing surface after County had three home games postponed or abandoned this term.

  5. David Alderson murder: Killers jailed because 'lies came undone'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two men who murdered a man from Falmouth found dead at disused mine have been jailed after their "lies have now finally come undone", police say.

    David Alderson

    At Truro Crown Court, Kevin Cooper, 35, of Carharrack, and 23-year-old Trewen Kevern, of Falmouth, were both found guilty of murdering of 72-year-old Falmouth man David Alderson (pictured) in 2014. The pair stole more than £30,000 from locked safes and cabinets at their victim's home afterwards.

    Det Insp Stuart Ellis said Mr Alderson was killed because he was "generous to those that befriended him and this, ultimately, was his downfall".

    He said: "Once it was known that he kept a large amount of cash at his home, a plan was devised to murder him and steal his money". He added that the pair spun a "web of lies ... to cover for Mr Alderson’s disappearance and the acquisition of his money".

  6. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Two men are jailed for the murder of pensioner David Alderson in Cornwall, who was found dead at disused mine workings near Bissoe in January 2014
    • Plymouth-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman - Marine A - who was found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011, is refused bail pending an appeal hearing
    • A new integrated strategy across all the health services in Cornwall aims to keep people out of hospital whenever possible and speed up discharges
    • The Boundary Commission proposes the Isles of Scilly Council is cut from 21 members to 16 for elections in 2017
  7. Latest weather: Rain clearing and staying dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    The rain will clear this evening, leaving a dry night. There will be clear skies and colder though frost will be confined to the valleys well inland. Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F) 

    Weather

    Thursday will stay mostly dry with lighter winds and plenty of sunshine. There will be one or two showers, but many of us will miss these. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

  8. Marine A: Blackman not in court for hearing

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A former Royal Marine, due to have an appeal against his conviction of murdering an injured Afghan fighter, was not in court when he was refused bail.

    Two judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London refused to grant bail to former Devon-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman - known as Marine A. He is serving a minimum of eight years for murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011.

    Forty-two-year-old Blackman, who served with 42 Commando, of Taunton, was convicted and jailed in November 2013 by a court martial. His bail hearing followed an announcement by the Criminal Cases Review Commission that his conviction and sentence should be reviewed.

    Blackman watched the bail proceedings via video link from jail. However, his wife, Claire, was in the packed courtroom with dozens of supporters.

  9. Howley dealt with critics well - Francis

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Wales prop Tomas Francis says Rob Howley dealt well with criticism of the way he has coached the national side.

    Howley is in charge as Warren Gatland has temporarily stepped aside to coach the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand next summer.

    Tomas Francis

    Wales lost 32-8 to Australia before close wins over Argentina and Japan and a comfortable win over South Africa.

    "I thought he handled it well in camp, he didn't put it back on us," said Exeter Chiefs forward Francis.

    Howley dealt with critics well - Francis

    Tomas Francis

    Wales prop Tomas Francis says Rob Howley dealt well with criticism of the way he has coached the national side.

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  10. David Alderson murder: Victim's home ransacked after killing

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    The murderer of a "vulnerable, elderly" pensioner in a "brutal and sustained" attack at a disused mine working in Cornwall went back to his victim's home and ransacked locked safes and cabinets, taking more than £30,000 in cash.

    At Truro Crown Court, Kevin Cooper, 35, of Carharrack, and Trewen Kevern, 23, of Falmouth, were both jailed for life for murdering of 72-year-old David Alderson. Their victim's body was found face down in a pond at disused mine workings near Bissoe in Cornwall in January 2014.

    Mr Cooper ransacked Mr Alderson's home after having previously been given £1,000 by his victim when he was down on his luck a year before the murder, the court was told. Judge Mr Justice Popplewell said the knowledge Mr Alderson kept larger amounts at home drove the pair to murder him. 

    Cooper immediately spent about £6,000 before going on the run, the court heard.

  11. Marine A: Two judges refuse bail at Alexander Blackman hearing

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London have refused to grant bail to the former Devon-based Royal Marine found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter.

    Alexander Blackman

    Forty-two-year-old Alexander Blackman, who served with 42 Commando, of Taunton - known as Marine A - was convicted and jailed in November 2013 by a court martial of murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011.  

    The bail hearing followed an announcement by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the independent body that investigates possible miscarriages of justice, of its decision to refer Blackman's conviction and sentence to the court for review.

  12. David Alderson murder: Pair guilty after retrial

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two men who killed a pensioner in a "carefully planned" murder have been jailed for life after a retrial.

    Kevin Cooper and Trewen Kevern. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police

    At Truro Crown Court, Kevin Cooper, 35, of Carharrack, and 23-year-old Trewen Kevern, of Falmouth, were both found guilty of murdering of 72-year-old Falmouth man David Alderson.

    It was the second time they faced the charges. Cooper successfully appealed against a guilty verdict returned in the case in May 2015. Kevern was always due to go on trial again after the jury failed to reach a verdict at that previous hearing.

  13. BreakingMarine A: Alexander Blackman refused bail

    Former Devon-based Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman, who is serving life after being found guilty of murdering an injured Afghan fighter in 2011, is refused bail, pending a new conviction challenge at the Court Martial Appeal Court in London. 

  14. David Alderson murder: Killer 'would benefit from sister inheriting victim's estate'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    One of two men who killed a pensioner in a "carefully planned" and "premeditated" murder may have been motivated by the fact his sister was being left everything in his victim's will, a judge says.

    At Truro Crown Court, 23-year-old Trewen Kevern, of Falmouth, and Kevin Cooper, 35, of Carharrack, were both jailed for life for murdering of 72-year-old David Alderson. 

    Their victim's body was found face down in a pond at disused mine workings near Bissoe in Cornwall in January 2014, and more than £30,000 taken from locked safes and cabinets in his home afterwards.

    Judge Mr Justice Popplewell said that because Trewen's sister, Tammy, was to be the beneficiary, Trewen thought he would benefit from Mr Alderson's death "in that way too".

  15. Cut in Isles of Scilly council members 'follows consultation'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A proposed cut in the number of members of the Council of the Isles of Scilly follows "public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year", the Local Government Boundary Commission for England says.

    It has proposed that 16 councillors should be elected to the Council of the Isles of Scilly in the future - five fewer than currently sitting. 

    It also recommended that 12 councillors should represent St Mary's, and one councillor "elected to each of the four off-islands" - St Martin's, St Agnes, Bryher, and Tresco. 

    If approved, the new arrangements would "come into force at the council elections in 2017", the commission said.

  16. David Alderson murder: Pensioner 'brutally killed for money'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two men "brutally murdered" a pensioner to steal money, a judge says.

    Mine workings

    Thirty-five-year-old Kevin Cooper, of Carharrack, and Trewen Kevern, 23, of Falmouth, were both found guilty at Truro Crown Court of murdering of 72-year-old David Alderson. His body was found face down in a pond at disused mine workings near Bissoe in Cornwall in January 2014.

    Judge Mr Justice Popplewell said the pair lured weapons collector Mr Cooper to the quarry on a pretext of arranging a deal for him to buy guns. They then hit him over the head and drowned him to gain access to a safe at his home which had tens of thousands of pounds in it.

    Their victim "put up a fight", the court heard, and neither of the killers had "shown the slightest remorse" and blamed each other for the actual killing.