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Summary

  1. Murder charge after city death
  2. Girl, 15, reported missing from Bodmin area
  3. Teenager 'seriously injured' after falling through roof
  4. Pedestrian 'left with life changing injuries after crash'
  5. Woman banned from keeping sheep for 10 years
  6. Cornwall care bosses 'struggle to pay wages and make profits'
  7. Head teachers campaign against government school funding proposals
  8. Somerset freight train derailment: Paddington to Penzance trains diverted
  9. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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    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. Man with severe cerebral palsy says life modelling teaches people about difference

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    A man with severe cerebral palsy and speech difficulties says he's challenging Devon people's perceptions of disability.

    Kevin French works as a life model at Plymouth University and believes he can use nudity to teach people about difference.

    Kevin

    The 53-year-old needs help from carers to wash, get dressed and eat, although he does live in his own home.

    Kevin communicates using an tablet computer by using his nose or a head pointer.

  3. People who break law can 'avoid police record'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    First-time offenders will be able to avoid a criminal record under a new project being introduced by Devon and Cornwall Police .

    Under the Pathfinder scheme people arrested for 'low-level offences' will be given the opportunity to sign a contract with a pledge not to commit further offences, to undergo restorative justice, to get help from other agencies and to carry out voluntary work.

    Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Pathfinder is not a soft option, and it will be harder to complete than all of the current out of court disposals currently available."

  4. Foals 'a real coup' for Eden Project

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Oxford quintet Foals will be playing at the Eden Sessions on 11 July, 2017.

    They have released four studio albums – all of which charted in the top 10 in the UK - and were named Best Act in the World Today at the 2015 Q Awards.

    Rita Broe, Eden’s marketing director, said: "It’s a real coup for the Sessions and for Cornwall that Foals have chosen to play Eden for their only non-festival show in England this year.

    "They are an incredible live act who have wowed audiences across the world with massive, energetic, emotionally-charged performances."

    Foals
  5. First bodysurfing championships to be held in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The first annual UK Bodysurfing Championships are to be held at Fistral Beach, Newquay in 2017, over the weekend of 16-17 September.

    Bodysurfing is riding a wave without using a surfboard or bodyboard.

    The Newquay event will involve 12 competitors from the UK along with four wildcard entrants from overseas.

  6. Weather: More showers ahead

    BBC Weather

    There will be some late sunshine in the east this evening but heavy rain will soon reach the Tamar and spread eastwards.

    It will be cold enough for some sleet and hail to fall on the moors.

    The main rain band will move away to the east during the early hours but more showers will follow. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be a day of sunshine and showers. One or two of the showers will be heavy and perhaps thundery. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

  7. Former Royal Marine dies in 'significant rock fall'

    BBC News England

    A former Royal Marine from Plymouth has died in an accident at the Savage River mine in Tasmania when a rock fell "directly on top of him", his wife Katie Beesley has said.

    The company Nathan Beesley, 32, was working for, SRG, described the incident as a "significant rock fall".

    Katie and Nathan

    Grange Resources , who own the mine, have re-opened parts of it, but the section where the incident happened last Friday remains closed.

    A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are ready to support the family of a British man, who has sadly died in Australia, if requested to do so."

  8. Devon MP brings up private car parks in Parliament

    BBC Radio Devon

    Complaints to one Devon MP about private car parks have gone up so much he's decided to raise the issue in Parliament.

    Torbay Conservative Kevin Foster says since he first brought up the problem, other MPs have contacted him about constituents getting threatening invoices in the post.

    Kevin Foster

    He said because private parking companies can access DVLA records, they can later send fines based on that information.

    "The focus of the debate today is to get into what exactly the rules are around this.

    "To put this into perspective, about four million transactions a year are taking place between private car parks and the DVLA."

  9. Tory cllrs switch sides for election

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Three current Conservative members of Cornwall Council will be standing as Independent candidates in the May elections, they have announced.

    Bill Maddern, who represents St Buryan, Roy Mann, from Ludgvan, and Tony Martin, who holds the seat of Penryn East and Mylor, will all switch sides.

    Andrew Mitchell, leader of the Independent group at Cornwall Council, said the move represented a "desire to join a group dedicated to do the best for Cornwall without any undue influence of party politics and a recognition of the positive impact that the Independents have played over the last four years".

  10. Exeter student creates online community for young wildlife photographers

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Adorable wildcat kittens, European brown bears and even elusive wolverines are just some of the subjects shared by young photographers from across the UK, thanks to a student at the University of Exeter.

    Young Wildlife Photographers UK is an online community set up by Danielle Connor, 21, a second year BSc Zoology student at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.

    Chris Packham and young wildlife photographers

    It allows the UK’s young photographers to share their pictures of wildlife with one another, and the public.

    A number of experts have praised the group, including Chris Packham at the RSPCA Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Conference.

  11. Removal of whale carcass a 'great team effort'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A whale carcass that washed up at Hartland Quay, Devon, two weeks ago has been removed.

    The operation involved a tele handler for loading, along with a swing shovel, two tractors and sealed trailers to transport the carcass to an approved handling site in Liskeard.

    Clean-up

    Councillor James Morrish, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling called the clean-up a "great team effort".

    "The environmental constraints posed a particular problem as did the rapidly decomposing body, which had the potential to be a serious bio hazard to people and animals."

  12. Woman 'failed to provide for the most basic needs of her animals'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Stephanie Pedrick, 50, from Roseland Farm, Bodmin has been banned from keeping sheep for 10 years after admitting animal welfare charges.

    She was also handed a three-month suspended sentence, and ordered to pay more than £5,000 in costs after admitting failing to prevent wild animals consuming sheep carcasses and failing to dispose of carcasses.

    Sheep

    Andy Burnside, from Cornwall Council, said: “This investigation involved some of the most serious welfare matters.    

    "The breach of a court order banning a person from keeping animals, and the ongoing failure to dispose of carcasses which presented a real risk to other animals and humans, will not be tolerated."

    Sheep

    "Miss Pedrick has been given advice over the last five years and prosecuted three times but still failed to provide for the most basic needs of her animals," he added.

  13. Wife of former Royal Marine who died in mine: 'He is my world'

    BBC News England

    The wife of a former Royal Marine who has died in a mining accident in Australia said she "can't fathom" their children's future without him.

    Nathan

    Katie Beesley, wife of 32-year-old Nathan said: "I can't fathom how I will even come close to giving my children the future and opportunities they deserve now that Nathan is gone. 

    "He is my world. Always has been and always will be." 

  14. Girl, 15, reported missing from Bodmin area

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police say a 15-year-old girl has been reported missing from the Bodmin area by her family.

    She was last seen at 10:30 yesterday morning. She's described as white, medium build with very long dark hair which was worn in a pony tail. 

    She was last seen wearing a green jacket, black jeans, and silver trainers. Police are concerned for her welfare.

  15. Planners slam 'inappropriate' student flats plan overlooking Exeter residents' homes

    Devon Live

    Plans for student flats behind a residential street in Exeter have been rejected by planners, after it was criticised for being in an "entirely inappropriate" place and for having a student resident in charge of 24 hour security.

  16. Latest travel in Cornwall: One lane closed on A38

    BBC News Travel

    • In Liskeard on the A38 southbound one lane is closed due to an accident between the Island Shop junction and the B3252 Horningtops
    • In Penryn there's slow traffic on A39 at the Treluswell Roundabout. In the roadworks area
    • In Falmouth there's slow traffic on the A39 Dracaena Avenue In the roadworks area
    • At Penzance Harbour, the Ross Bridge will be closed to traffic from 08:00 until 16:30 for a shipping movement 
  17. Latest Devon travel: A361 partially blocked

    BBC News Travel

    • In Tiverton, the A361 is partially blocked by an accident at the Bolham Roundabout
    • Also in Tiverton, Rackenford Road is blocked in both directions blocked due to a collision, near Washfield Lane
    • In Barnstaple on the A39 North Road there are delays due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks by the North Devon District Hospital 
    • At Bere Alston we have reports of an accident on the B3257 between Broad Park Road and the A390 at Gunnislake 
    • In Plympton there's queuing traffic on Sandy Road and the Ridgeway near the A38 at Deep Lane due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks
  18. Murder accused appears in court

    BBC News England

    A teenager has appeared in court charged with murdering a 47-year-old man in Exeter. 

    Delton Jones, 19, of Burleigh Mews, Liverpool, has been charged with murdering fellow Liverpudlian Jonathan Povey on 17 March. 

    Police were called to Bridge Court in Exeter by ambulance staff just before 01:50 last Friday. 

    Mr Povey was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mr Jones was remanded in custody by Exeter Magistrates' Court and will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday.

  19. Care homes 'can't compete' with supermarkets on wages

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Managers of some of the agencies which care for thousands of people in their own home in Cornwall say they only keep their companies going by dipping into their own pockets. 

    Many claim they're not paid enough by Cornwall Council and they're warning the home care system in the county would collapse overnight if they didn't run their companies at a loss.

    Care home

    David Smith is the chair of Cornwall Partners in Care and runs his own care home - he says he's had to give up care contracts in Mevagissey and Newquay because he can't attract people to work in the business.

    He said: "Society needs to recognise that care workers should be recognised more and should be paid more. The issue is that supermarkets are paying £10 an hour, we are paying the living wage. How can we compete on that basis?"

    Cornwall Council said its agreed prices were decided following a consultation.