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Summary

  1. Man, 88, arrested on suspicion of murder after body found
  2. An elderly woman has died after a fire at a bungalow in Wadebridge
  3. £43.6m worth of government funding 'to benefit 10 projects'
  4. Exeter bus station revamp on hold
  5. Storm Doris: Driver freed from van after tree falls on vehicle
  6. --- Torpoint Ferry damaged in high winds
  7. --- Hundreds of homes were without power across SW
  8. --- Incinerator workers evacuated after Storm Doris damages roof
  9. Updates on Thursday 23 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Morris

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us at BBC Local Live

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday 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. 'Communication disconnect' behind hunt for new £68K council official

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council has been told its suffering a "communication disconnect" with residents.

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    The council wants to controversially appoint a "head of communications and engagement" to make up ground - with a salary of up to £68,000.

    The Taxpayers Alliance has said councils miss the point that the best way to engage with local residents is just to provide services effectively.

    Council leader John Pollard said: "The Local Government Association said there was a communication disconnect between the council and its residents.

    "A survey in 2016 showed that only 35% of residents are clear about what we do and what we spend our money on."

  3. Devon and Cornwall weather outlook: Clear night followed by dry day

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    The wind will ease this evening and we'll get a dry and clear night.

    It will be significantly cooler than recent nights, though frost is unlikely. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather

    Tomorrow will be completely different to today: it will be dry and pleasant with light winds and plenty of sunshine.

    Cloud will cover the far west later. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  4. Rabbits return to Royal Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Competitive rabbit showing will be back at the Royal Cornwall Show this year.

    In 2016 show organisers - along with shows around the country - were forced to cancel the section at the event after a new strain of the deadly Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD2) was discovered in the country.

    Sharon Bresland, honorary secretary of the show’s fur section, said: "We know the section was missed last year as we received some lovely messages."

    Rabbit at the Royal Cornwall Show
  5. Bungalow inferno neighbour praised for trying to save woman

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A fire investigator has praised a neighbour who tried to save a woman in a fire at a property in Wadebridge.

    Bungalow

    The unnamed elderly woman died in hospital after the fire in Whiterock Road last night.

    Fire investigator Richard Gibbons said: "He heard the smoke alarm from the next door property and he's gone in as a good neighbour should to see how things are.

    "Unfortunately on this occasion he couldn't do anything about it but he's taken the right action by dialling 999."

  6. MCA response to Coastguards quitting

    Quote Message: We are aware of an issue with the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team. We will be working with those involved to bring about a swift resolution. Coastguard Rescue Teams are a much-valued part of our search and rescue capability which also includes helicopters and lifeboats so anyone who finds themselves in difficulty should be assured that they will always get help if they call 999 and ask for the Coastguard." from Maritime and Coastguard Agency
    Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  7. Senior members of Dartmouth Coastguard quit, BBC understands

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Senior members of the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team have quit in a dispute with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the BBC understands.

    The group carries out cliff rescues along the coastline in south Devon.

    It is not known exactly how many members have quit.

    The cause of this dispute is not yet known, although in recent weeks, crews in other parts of the country have quit following changes to their procedures.

  8. Public advised to take action to limit problems with aggressive seagulls

    Stephen Bardwell

    Local Live

    To head off annual problems caused by aggressive seagulls, Cornwall Council is offering advice.

    Seagull

    Large gulls can be intimidating when scavenging for food. They are most aggressive during the breeding season. "Extremely protective parent birds sometimes swoop on people and pets in an attempt to drive off potential threats," said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for Communities.

    "Just removing nests will not solve the problem. The birds will just build another in the spring. Remove all nests from buildings now, then discourage the gulls by fitting spikes in nesting and roosting areas."

    As food is a priority to gulls rearing young, people are asked not to feed the gulls, leave lids off bins or put rubbish out too early.

    Geoff also advises that "steps you take may be more effective if you join forces with your neighbours, and it may keep the cost down".

  9. Energy problems in new town - mum 'washes four children in kitchen sink'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A new town's faulty heating system has left a desperate mum bathing her children... in the kitchen sink.

    Emma

    Energy company E.On, who supply to 1,500 homes in Cranbrook near Exeter, has admitted there have been teething problems and it deals with problems as they arise.

    Mother Emma Rosier said: "It can be fine for a while then all of a sudden we've got no heating. So when we try to bath the children we've got no hot water.

    "I've been bathing four children in the kitchen sink for the last three weeks."

    A public meeting is being held at Cranbrook's energy centre at 18:30 on 8 March.

  10. Power restored to thousands of homes after Storm Doris cuts

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Engineers took 90 minutes to get power back to thousands of people hit by Storm Doris this morning.

    Plug

    Storm Doris has brought down trees and power cables across the South West. 

    John Nesbit, Western Power distribution manager for Redruth said: "We had 3,000 customers off which was the result of four incidents on the high voltage network."

    He said they were now working on a number of low voltage incidents which have affected about 30 households.

  11. Authority increases council tax by £5 a year for average property

    BBC Radio Devon

    East Devon District Council's part of the council tax will rise to almost £132 in April - an increase of £5 for the average property. 

    The council says the amount is the lowest in Devon and one of the lowest in the country.

    The £5 increase, which was approved by the council on Wednesday night is less than 10p extra per week.    

  12. Pensioner, 83, filmed driving the wrong way on the M5 fast lane causing an eight-car pile-up before dying in hospital had a chronic kidney disease and was 'confused'

    The Daily Mail

    An ill pensioner drove the wrong way down the fast lane of a motorway for five miles after becoming confused when he joined the road, an inquest has heard.

  13. Cliff rescuers walk out in dispute with coastguard bosses

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Members of a Dartmouth-based cliff rescue team have quit in a dispute with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the BBC has learned.

    Cliff

    It is not known exactly how many members have quit.

    The cause of this dispute is not yet known, although in recent weeks, crews in other parts of the country have quit following changes to their procedures. 

    In a statement, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency told the BBC: 'We are aware of an issue with the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team. 

    "We will be working with those involved to bring about a swift resolution."

  14. Newquay flats sealed off in hunt for offender

    Police are trying to find a "wanted offender" at a block of flats on The Crescent in central Newquay.

    Police

    A police cordon is in place to allow officers to carry out their work, which includes a detailed search of that location, officers said.

    "No further information is available at this time other than to reassure the local community that they are in no danger and this is not connected to any terrorism-related incident," the force added.

  15. Station revamp 'looks fantastic' says secretary of state

    BBC Radio Devon

    A regeneration project at Plymouth station "looks fantastic" says Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP.

    Station

    A regeneration project at Plymouth station and a hi-tech and digital centre at South Devon College are among 10 schemes in the South West which will benefit from an extra 43.6m from the government.

    The money's going to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to help create local jobs and growth. 

    Mr Javid said Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer was front and centre promoting the project.

    "At times it has felt that neither I, nor my team, or my ministers, were safe without Johnny springing up to talk about an 'essential renovation project in Plymouth that required a little investment'."

  16. Man, 88, arrested in murder probe

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    A murder investigation's started following the death of an elderly woman in Padstow.

    Police and ambulance crews were called to a property on Wednesday and found the body of a woman in her 80s. 

    Police say an 88-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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