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Summary

  1. Ex-Royal Marine Alexander Blackman has murder conviction replaced with a manslaughter verdict
  2. Out-of-court settlement of £8m agreed over demolished primary school after it leaked
  3. Investigations into whether power surge caused fire in St Day which left families homeless
  4. Cornwall health bosses told community hospitals and funding should be "top priorities"
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jonathan Morris

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Live updates from across Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow morning. 

    Don't forget  Spotlight on BBC One  later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.  

  2. Shelling out. Stumbling upon St Piran's crabs

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

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    These 10 little fellows I stumbled across near Padstow are rare.

    The St Piran’s crab is a type of hermit crab which uses the empty shells of other molluscs to make a home.

  3. Latest weather: Clouding over

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Skies will cloud over from the west through the evening, with hill fog forming overnight over high ground. A few spots of light rain or drizzle are likely over the hills. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather

    Thursday will be mostly dry but cloudy, although there may be the odd spot of drizzle at times. It will be another mild day with light winds, but bright spells will be limited. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  4. Devon beavers win BBC Countryfile Magazine award

    BBC Radio Devon

    Beaver. Pic: Chris Townend/Wise Birding Holidays

    Devon’s wild beavers project has won BBC Countryfile Magazine's Wildlife Success Story of the Year 2017, the Devon Wildlife Trust says.

    The Devon project is joint winner of the public poll award, along with a similar trial in Scotland.

    Its work has seen it support beavers living on the River Otter in East Devon, which are thought to be the first wild beaver population in England in 400 years.

    The trust said it was "delighted" at the accolade.

  5. A golden legacy for Sidmouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    A host of golden daffodils is brightening up Sidmouth, thanks to a multi-million pound legacy. 

    Investment banker Keith Owen was born in Devon but moved to Canada. 

    When he died, he left £2.3m to the town to plant thousands of bulbs because of his dying wish for a " million flowers ".

    Daffodils in Sidmouth
  6. Friday the turtle moves to a bigger pad

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Friday the Green Turtle

    Plymouth National Marine Aquarium has welcomed a new Green Turtle to the family. 

    Weighing in at an impressive 120kgs, Friday had outgrown his former home at Bournemouth's Oceanarium. 

    The 30-year-old turtle munches his way through about 1.5kg of fruit and vegetables every day. His favourite treat is cauliflower.

  7. Four rescued from bottom of Torbay cliffs

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Four people have been rescued from the bottom of cliffs in Torbay, firefighters say .

    Emergency services were alerted at about 16:30 to "persons stuck at the bottom of the cliff at Daddyhole Cove".

    The adults were rescued by an inshore lifeboat.

  8. Marine A's murder conviction quashing: Judges' findings

    BBC News UK

    Former Plymouth-based Royal Marine Alexander Blackman has had a murder conviction quashed and replaced with a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    The 42-year-old, from Taunton, was jailed in 2013 for shooting an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. 

    Five judges reduced his conviction, finding that the 2011 incident was not a "cold-blooded execution" as a court martial had earlier concluded, but the result of a mental illness - an "adjustment disorder".

    Alexander Blackman

    In Wednesday's ruling, the judges said:

    • Blackman had been "an exemplary soldier before his deployment to Afghanistan in March 2011"
    • He had suffered from "quite exceptional stressors" which increasingly impacted on him the longer he was in command
    • It was "clear that a consequence was that he had developed a hatred for the Taliban and a desire for revenge"
    • At the time of the killing "the patrol remained under threat from other insurgents"
    • In concluding, they said the stressors and his adjustment disorder had been factors in "substantially" impairing his ability to form a rational judgment

    A further hearing is to decide how long he should be imprisoned for.

  9. Lizzie Kelly: The first female Gold Cup jockey for 33 years

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: A jockey in the 2017 Gold Cup will be the first female to compete in the race in 33 years.

    A jockey in this week's Gold Cup will become the first female rider to compete in the race in 33 years. 

    Lizzie Kelly, from Devon, has already broken records, becoming the first female jockey to win a British grade one race over jumps. 

    She'll be racing Tea For Two at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.

  10. Outline plans to reshape Cornwall's NHS 'not fit for purpose'

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Members of Cornwall's Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee have strongly criticised a business plan to reshape health services in Cornwall. 

    An outline business case for Sustainability and Transformation Plan, or STP, was discussed by councillors today. 

    They raised concerns about its financial viability, the quality of the engagement with members of the public, staff and stakeholders, and a potential reduction in beds. In a strongly-worded statement, the committee said it did not believe the business case was fit for purpose.

    Responding to the councillors' concerns, Dr Ian Chorlton, who was involved in drawing up the plan, said: "Our sole aim is to improve health and care services for our population. We will listen to and reflect upon the scrutiny committee views on our draft plans." 

  11. Man, 22, attacked in Plymouth

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 22-year-old man was assaulted in Plymouth. 

    The attack, which happened in the early hours on 29 January, took place at Derry's Cross. A male offender punched the victim in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw. 

    The offender was described as white, about 6ft tall, in his early 20s and of a muscly and stocky build, with a goatee beard.

  12. Mental health care in Devon 'good'

    BBC Radio Devon

    There have been big improvements in Devon's mental health trust, according to inspectors. 

    Following a recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission increased Devon Partnership Trust's rating from "requires improvement" to "good" and praised work being carried out to prevent suicide, and reduce violent incidents. 

    But it said that the trust must do more to improve patient access to psychological therapies, and identify areas on wards where patients could self-harm. 

    Devon Partnership Trust
  13. Marine A appeal ruling: Ministry of Defence 'cooperated fully' - Prime Minister

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    Alexander Blackman. Pic:

    Prime Minister Theresa May says she respects a court decision to replace the murder conviction of ex-Royal Marine Alexander Blackman with a manslaughter verdict .

    Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May said: "Of course we respect the court's decision. 

    "The Ministry of Defence will be looking very closely at the judgment, but I can assure the House that the Ministry of Defence has cooperated fully at each stage of Sergeant Blackman's case, and they will continue to provide support to the family, as they have done since the charges were first brought.

    "What I would just say on the general point is that our Royal Marines have a worldwide reputation as one of the world's elite fighting forces. They make an incredible contribution to our country and we should pay tribute to them all for that."

  14. Fire service makes film to warn of dangers of water after 23 deaths in a year

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    The film is being made after the brigade had to deal with 23 water-related fatalities in 2016, "the highest of any fire service in the country".

  15. Body discovered off north Cornwall coast

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Police and coastguards have been called to Watergate Bay Beach, near Newquay, following the discovery of a man's body. 

    The emergency services were called to the scene at about 13:40. 

    The man has not yet been formally identified. Police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.

    Watergate Bay
  16. Serious collision in Paignton

    BBC News Travel

    Marldon Road in Paignton has been closed between Edenvale Road and Blatchcombe Road following a serious collision. 

  17. £8m for Devon County Council after 'eco-school' had to be demolished

    BBC Spotlight

    Demolition notice

    Devon County Council says it has reached an £8m out-of-court settlement with the builders and architects responsible for a state-of-the-art "eco-school", which leaked so badly it had to be torn down. 

    Dartington was hailed as the greenest primary school in the country when it opened in 2010. But pupils had to be moved because it leaked. It was eventually demolished late last year.

    The council launched a claim  in 2014, with some of the money to cover the cost of relocating to temporary buildings. 

    The 310-pupil school suffered "considerable problems" with leaks.  A report commissioned by the council  in 2013 said the building started letting in water shortly after it was finished