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Summary

  1. Paediatrician admits indecent images charges
  2. Woman arrested after car driven wrong way down A30
  3. Ten bus routes axed in South Devon
  4. Elderly woman robbed of £100 after making cup of tea for stranger
  5. £55m flood defence plans for Looe revealed
  6. Parking prices board blocked by ticket machine in Exeter
  7. Volunteers 'help to reverse the decline of some of Cornwall's rarest butterflies'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday 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. Spotlight presenters dancing the night away

    Presenters from BBC Spotlight will be showing off their finest dance moves at a charity gala dinner.

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  3. Four dogs 'abandoned in same area of Cornwall in recent weeks'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Four dogs have been found abandoned in the same area of Cornwall in recent weeks, the RSPCA says.

    German Shepherd. Pic: RSPCA

    In the latest case, the charity said an underweight female German Shepherd (pictured above) was discovered collapsed in a ditch in Skinners Bottom, Porthtowan, on Sunday. She is now being looked after by a foster carer.  

    Yesterday, the charity described an neglected elderly West Highland terrier (below) had to have half-a-kilo of matted fur removed after being found near a school playground last week.

    Freddie. Pic: RSPCA

    The RSPCA said it had also been called to rescue "two other very underweight dogs earlier this month after they were reported abandoned nearby".

  4. Latest weather: Winds easing but rain possible

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    BBC Weather

    It will be an overcast, frost-free night with winds easing. By dawn we could see some rain edge in to western parts. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Some heavy, and possibly thundery, bursts of rain will move eastwards during Wednesday morning. It will start to turn brighter from the west with just a few showers for the afternoon. Lighter winds too. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  5. Indecent images paediatrician: 'Every picture a crime scene'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A paediatrician who admitted 17 charges over indecent images of children showed "no regard for the effects [of the images] on vulnerable young children", a charity says.

    Jonathan Walsh

    Jonathan Walsh (pictured), 47, who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. He was sacked from North Devon District Hospital when charged, and will be sentenced at a later date. 

    The NSPCC said: "Although it has been acknowledged that none of the images related to patients at this hospital, Walsh was working in a position of significant responsibility when he chose to commit these crimes."

    It added: "Every image is a crime scene and every child will need support to recover."

  6. Government 'encouraged Truro EU Capital of Culture bid'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There was "no doubt" discussions to approve a £500,000 bid for Cornwall to seek EU Capital of Culture status may have been rushed, a Cornwall Councillor has admitted, but he said the government "encouraged" it. 

    The council's scrutiny committee voted 5-4 in favour to send the £500,000 bid for the title in 2023 back to the Cabinet for "reconsideration".

    Supporters think a successful bid would bring huge economic advantages. But critics argued that if the first stage of the application failed, hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers' money would have been wasted. 

    St Ives Councillor Andrew Mitchell said: "That was the timetable the government gave us. They announced that we would go for the bid, even though we at County Hall believed after the [European Union] referendum vote, we weren't going to proceed with it."

  7. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A paediatrician who worked in north Devon and had indecent images of children showed "no regard for the effects" of his actions, the NSPCC says
    • A 58-year-old woman arrested after a car was driven the wrong away down the A30 in Cornwall is released on police bail
    • Plans for a £500,000 bid for Cornwall to seek EU Capital of Culture status was because the government "encouraged" it, a councillor says
    • Two Devon district councils - West Devon and South Hams - increase their council tax precepts by an extra £5 per year for a Band D property
    • Former Leeds United boss David Haigh joins the executive committee of Penzance Football Club
  8. Ex-Leeds boss David Haigh joins Penzance FC committee

    Dick Straughan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Former Leeds United Managing Director David Haigh is a new member of Penzance Football Club's backroom team.

    David Haigh. Pic: Getty Images

    Haigh, who went to Cape Cornwall School and now lives back in the west of the county, enjoyed great success at Elland Road but joins the Magpies at a time when they're bottom of the Peninsula League West Division. 

    He'll take up a role as an executive committee member immediately and said he was relishing the opportunity to get back into football.

  9. Binman airlifted to hospital after being crushed by own lorry in Shaldon

    Plymouth Herald

    A binman has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries after he was crushed by his own lorry.

  10. Woman released on bail after car driven wrong way down A30

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A woman arrested after a car was driven the wrong away down the A30 in Cornwall has been released on bail, police say.

    The car was stopped by police vehicles near the Camborne West junction after it headed west on the eastbound route of the dual carriageway this morning.

    Police said the 58-year-old woman from the St Merryn area, near Padstow, was bailed until April while officers carried out further enquiries into whether a dangerous driving offence was committed.

  11. Councils to increase share of council tax by £5 a year

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two Devon councils have set their budgets for the next financial year and say there'll be rises in their council tax precepts.

    West Devon Borough Council said its share of the bill was to go up by 3.3% and South Hams District Council said its would increase by 3.3%.

    Both authorities said their rises meant people living in a Band D property would pay an extra £5 per year.

  12. Fishing haul valued at 'nearly £66,000'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fishing nets

    A record haul of fish valued at "nearly £66,000" has been recorded in Newlyn this morning, a fishing company says.

    Stevenson's said their top beam trawler, the St Georges, smashed the port record by more than £8,000, with a trip that included a tonne of megrim sole, which is valued at about £7 a kilogramme.

  13. Indecent images paediatrician case 'showed agencies working together'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A case which has seen a paediatrician who worked in Devon plead guilty to 17 charges over indecent images of children has demonstrated "how effectively all agencies and professionals can work together", police say.

    Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. 

    Jonathan Walsh

    He was sacked from North Devon District Hospital when charged, and will be sentenced at a later date. 

    Police said that they, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council "worked closely ... throughout this case".

    Det Insp Andrea Kingdon, of the Devon and Cornwall Police Child Exploitation Unit, said the case also showed how agencies worked to "identify those perpetrating these types of crimes, no matter what their standing in the community".  

    None of the charges related to any contact, and the images were not of children in his care.

  14. Refugees to be given personalised plan to settle down in Plymouth

    Plymouth Herald

    Every refugee who arrives in Plymouth will be given a personalised plan to help them feel safe and allow them to settle into their new environment.

  15. South Devon bus cuts: Analysis

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Concessionary fares may be part of the reason a bus company is stopping routes in south Devon.

    Local Link, which is one of the operators in the Torbay area, said it was cutting 10 services because of increasing overheads and reduced income. 

    Local Link bus

    Stagecoach is the main bus operator in Torbay, but Local Link picks up some of those more awkward routes down tight, hilly residential streets. By they very nature, this makes the buses highly-valued by their users.

    But Local Link feel that the money they're receiving isn't enough to cover the people using their services, and a key part of the decision appears to be pensioners' bus passes. 

    Torbay has a high proportion of senior citizens, so there is a great number of concessionary fares. These are a fraction of full fares. So, even though many people might be using the buses, Local Link are saying it's not enough to make it work for them.

    Torbay Council said it's trying to find an alternative operator to run the routes.

  16. Latest travel in Devon

    BBC Travel

    • On the A3079 in Thorndon Cross, a collision is affecting traffic between Okehampton and the Halwill junction 
    • On the A377 in Umberleigh, there are reports of an incident near Pound Lane, the turn for High Bickington 
    • On the B3227 in South Molton, there are reports of a collision in Nadder Lane, near Ford Down Lane
  17. Hospital 'shocked' paediatrician admitted having indecent images

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Devon hospital is shocked by a paediatrician admitting 17 charges relating to indecent images of children, health bosses say.

    Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh (pictured), who used to live in Barnstaple and now lives in Lancashire, admitted charges of making and distributing indecent images during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. 

    Jonathan Walsh

    The doctor, who previously worked at North Devon District Hospital, was sacked when he was charged. None of the images related to children in his care. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.  

    Northern Devon Healthcare Trust Medical Director George Thomson, said "immediate action" was taken to exclude Walsh from the trust after a police investigation began in September 2015, and it also informed the General Medical Council. 

    "This news has deeply shaken our whole team ... and we know it will also come as a shock to the community," he said.

    He added that a support helpline had been set up "for anyone worried about this news and how it may have affected them". The number is 0300 123 1744.

  18. Latest travel in Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • The A39 through Box's Shop, near Bude, is blocked in both directions due to a multi-vehicle accident near the turn for Widemouth Bay. Traffic is queueing 
    • In Hayle, there has been a collision on the B3302 Mellanear Road, near St Michael's Hospital. Traffic is slow-moving
    • In Stratton, there is slow-moving traffic on the A39 New Road, near Hospital Road, due to an accident. Approach with care 
    • In Widemouth Bay, we have reports of a car accident at Leverlake Road near Widemouth Bay Church