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Summary

  1. Teenage boy injured as car collides with Penzance bus stop
  2. Man charged with murder after body found in Launceston
  3. Woman airlifted to hospital with "serious head injury" after A3072 crash
  4. Plans for dozens of new apartments overlooking Falmouth beach approved
  5. Exeter Cathedral dean to retire months after bishop criticism
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 Tuesday 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. Whales at play off Devon coast

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Incredible video footage of whales breaching the water off the south Devon coast was captured this morning.

    Andrew Humphries, who filmed the whales between Berry Head and Thatcher Rock, said: "It was incredible. The two whales were slapping their fins on the water, then one disappeared and the other one came back and breached out of the water a couple of times. It was absolutely amazing to see.”

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    Video caption: WHALE
  3. Latest weather: Mostly dry overnight, cloudy on Tuesday

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Staying mostly dry tonight, although it will be murky with low cloud and sea fog in place. Feeling warmer than last night. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather

    Tuesday will start rather cloudy and grey with low cloud and patchy coastal and hill fog. Staying cloudy, with some brightness and some light outbreaks of rain or drizzle but feeling mild. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Deep impact: Study to examine quakes below earth’s surface

    A cracked pavement

    A new research project looking at the causes of earthquakes below the earth's surface is being led by the University of Plymouth.

    Academics have been granted £450,000 by the Natural Environment Research Council to develop "greater understanding about the short and long-term behaviour of the lower crust".

    Lecturer Dr Luca Menegon said earthquakes originating below the earth's surface had "killed significantly more people" than those occurring after tectonic plates shifted on the earth's surface.

    He said: "We have a very poor understanding of them. By combining geological and satellite observations with laboratory work and imaging, we hope to go some way to changing that."

  5. Council to claim for whale removal costs

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torridge District Council says it will be claiming for the cost of removing a 10m (32ft) whale carcass that washed up on Hartland Quay in North Devon.

    The claim with go to the Reciever of Wreck , who deals with cases of voluntary salvage wreck material across the UK. 

    Whale washed up on Hartland Quay
    Quote Message: We will ... be in contact with the Receiver of Wreck to approve any plans and initiate the process for submitting a claim for the cost of removal. There will be a short delay while the plans are finalised and properly costed, but we hope that the work to remove the carcass can begin as soon as this is completed." from Torridge District Council
    Torridge District Council
  6. Exeter council plans 'safer' waterways

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter City Council is proposing to work on making its port, river, quay and canal safer and cleaner.

    A report into the management of Exeter's waterways says there's "a significant issue with vessels berthed within the harbour that have fallen into disrepair", which, in the past two years, has cost taxpayers £15,000, it says. 

    Officers are looking into employing a harbour master.

    Quote Message: We need to be smarter in how we do things, to be brutally honest. People expect it, but it doesn't come at low cost, I'm afraid. It comes at a price." from Phil Bialyk Exeter City Councillor
    Phil BialykExeter City Councillor
  7. Attacked Good Samaritan: 'He hit me three times. Bang, bang, bang'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A woman has described the moment she was attacked and left unconscious on the side of a road after trying to be a Good Samaritan and stopping to help a man.

    Road

    The attack happened after Lucy Hawthorn went on an errand from her home in St Eval to St Columb Major in Cornwall at about 23:00 GMT on 7 March.

    "I saw this man on the side of the road and he was bent in half, holding himself," she said. She pulled over, asked if he was alright when "he just turned round with a metal object and hit me on the head". 

    She said: "Then he hit me three more times on the head. Bang, bang, bang. 

    "I fell on the verge and he was strangling me. I really thought I was going to die."

  8. Fishing boat deaths: Fisherman's jawbone recovered 'a year after sinking'

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    An inquest into the death of fishermen Shane Hooper and Michael Hill has heard that the jawbone of Mr Hill was found nearly a year after he went missing. 

    Skipper Michael Hill and crewman Shane Hooper were on the 36ft scalloper JMT when it went missing on 9 July 2015. The vessel was found more than 170ft underwater, five miles north of Plymouth's Eddystone Lighthouse a day later.

    The remains of Mr Hill were found on the sea bed, along with a wooden spirit level and metal plaque, by another vessel dredging for scallops on 6 July 2016.

    His body was not recovered, despite his father commissioning private divers to search the wreck.

    Tributes left at Teignmouth for the missing fishermen

    The body of Shane Hooper was recovered with the vessel  after he was spotted floating in a life ring by the crew of a yacht.

    The inquest, being heard at Plymouth Coroner's Court and expected to last two days, continues.

  9. Devon schools will 'lose out under new funding system'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Devon county councillor has written to the Prime Minister, criticising a new national funding system for schools. 

    James McInnes signed the joint letter to Theresa May with councillors from across the country in the campaign group F40. 

    Two years ago, Devon council won an extra £16m a year to fund schools, but Mr McInnes said: "Every child in Devon is still funded at £290 less than the national average."  

    A primary school classroom

    The government is proposing to guarantee schools a funding reduction of no more than 3% per pupil under the new formula. 

    The councillor said the new funding system "locks in" historical differences.

    The government said schools were "already receiving record levels of funding".

  10. The right note? Orchestra to be created by returning conductor

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A new orchestra will be formed to perform in Devon and Cornwall from 26 March.

    The Dartington Sinfonietta is being created and will be conducted by Simon Capet, who grew up in Exeter.

    Mr Capet is returning to his home region after two decades living and working in Canada and the United States.

    A conductor
    Quote Message: Our goal for the Dartington Sinfonietta is very simple: we want to serve the people and communities of Devon and Cornwall by taking fantastic music into all communities, however small or remote." from Simon Capet Conductor, Dartington Sinfonietta
    Simon Capet Conductor, Dartington Sinfonietta
  11. New Falmouth development 'oppressive'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Campaigners opposing controversial plans for the former Falmouth Beach Hotel, which burned down in 2012, are calling the new development "oppressive".

    The new development was given the go-ahead today. The proposals say about £30m is to be invested in 64 residential apartments, a shop, restaurant and cafe complex overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach.

    The scheme, known as the Flotilla, is an amendment to an earlier planning application which had already secured consent in 2014. 

    Cornwall councillors approved the application by seven votes to five, with one abstention.

    A prediction of the new Falmouth development
    Quote Message: There will be three huge buildings very near the pavement, up to seven stories high. When you walk underneath it, I think you'll feel like you are walking through the city of London, not a nice beach front. It's going to feel very oppressive." from Paul Hills Save Our Falmouth
    Paul HillsSave Our Falmouth
  12. Exeter Quay footbridge repairs start

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    The Mallison footbridge was closed after an inspection revealed "some rotten timbers", the council said.

    The repairs are expected to take "two to three weeks" and the council said it hoped to "get it open again by Easter".

  13. Fall in EU student numbers 'damaging' to UK universities

    BBC Radio Devon

    The vice chancellor of Exeter University has said a 10% fall in the number of students coming to the university from the EU after the Brexit vote is "damaging" if it indicates a trend where EU students are less willing to come to the UK.

    Across the UK, overseas applications from Europe are down by an average of 7%.

    Exeter University
    Quote Message: We think it's very damaging because we need to be, as top universities, open to the very best students from all over the world." from Sir Steve Smith Vice Chancellor, Exeter University
    Sir Steve Smith Vice Chancellor, Exeter University
  14. Fishing boat deaths: Scallop vessel capsized 'without warning'

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A scallop vessel capsized "without warning", an inquest has heard.

    Skipper Michael Hill and crewman Shane Hooper were on the 36ft scalloper JMT when it went missing on 9 July 2015. The vessel was later found more than 170ft underwater, five miles north of Plymouth's Eddystone Lighthouse a day later.

    At Plymouth Coroner's Court, Sean Friday, from the Marine Accident Investigations Branch, told the hearing that the capsize happened "suddenly and without warning".

    He said there was a very slight swell, the wave height was up to 1m, and there was no evidence of a collision. The inquest continues.

  15. Council looks at beach whale carcass removal

    BBC Radio Devon

    A council says it is beginning the process of removing the 10m (32ft) whale carcass that  washed up on the rocks at Hartland Quay in North Devon.

    Torridge Council said it had hoped the carcass would be washed out to sea with the high tide over the weekend.

    Whale carcass
    Quote Message: Unfortunately, the high tides over the last few days have not taken the whale carcass back out to sea. The council are now exploring methods of removal, and are in contact with several local companies who have indicated they have the expertise to undertake this work." from Torridge District Council
    Torridge District Council
  16. Latest travel updates

    BBC News Travel

    • In Cornwall , there are delays in Falmouth after an accident near Falmouth Cemetery on Pennace road
    • St Clare Street, near the West Cornwall Hospital, remains closed following a collision of a car into a bus stop
    • In Penryn, on Commercial Road, the road surface has collapsed near to the bridge. There are temporary traffic lights in place, so expect delays
    • In Tregony, at the top of Tregony Hill, there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights
    • In Devon, the entry slip road of the A38 southbound at South Brent, the A385 Marley Head Junction, is partially blocked due to a broken-down crane 
    • the A35 Exeter Road at Honiton, near Sidmouth Road, is partially blocked following an incident. Traffic is slow moving
    • In Easton, the A382, near the turning for Chagford, is partially blocked following a collision. It's affecting traffic between Whiddon Down and Moretonhampstead
    • In Crediton, the A3072 is closed between Crediton and Bickleigh due to drainage repair work at Stockleigh Pomeroy. Diversions are in place
    • In Teignmouth, on A379 Bitton Park Road at Second Avenue, there is queueing traffic in the roadworks area
    • There are currently delays of up to 30 minutes on South West Trains between Honiton and Exeter St Davids
  17. 'Lucky escape' after terrier gets stuck in rabbit hole

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    In an spirited attempt to relive the classic piece of fiction Alice in Wonderland, this little terrier found itself in a bit of trouble over the weekend.

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    Terrier with fire crews
  18. Adams denies 'best manager' claim

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams has denied telling Mansfield manager Steve Evans that he is the 'best manager in the English Football League'.

    The pair argued during Argyle's  2-0 win at Field Mill  on Saturday.

    Derek Adams

    "He failed last year, he's got a huge budget this year and that was a big result for them," Evans told BBC Radio Nottingham. "When somebody tells you in the tunnel they're the best manager outside the Premier League, it's hard to palate."

    But Adams told  BBC Radio Devon:  "I don't think that's quite right, but Steve's one of these guys that talks a lot."