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Summary

  1. Whale freed from fishing gear
  2. Driver airlifted after car cliff fall in Cornwall
  3. Up to six cars involved in A30 accident as 10 people have minor injuries
  4. Teen accused of murder remanded in custody
  5. Poor mobile signal 'leaving many in the Dark Ages' says Devon MP
  6. Properties flooded after heavy rain in South Molton
  7. Isles of Scilly power cable repair 'complex and challenging'
  8. Plan to save Isles of Scilly care home announced
  9. Updates on Wednesday 22 March 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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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 Thursday 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. Police say it is 'fortunate' no pedestrians were on Newquay beach

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Scene of accident

    Two men have been cut free from their car after it plunged off a road on to Porth Beach near Newquay. 

    The driver, in his 40s, was airlifted to hospital with head and neck injuries. 

    The passenger, who's in his 70s, was taken by land ambulance. 

    Police, ambulance crews, fire engines and coastguards were called to the incident this morning.

    Quote Message: It could have been a lot worse for the occupants of the vehicle, but it could have been a lot worse for any pedestrians that could have been walking along, or dog walkers. There was a pavement there and there was a path off the beach, so I think we are very fortunate there were no pedestrians nearby that could have been hit by the vehicle. from Inspector Dave Meredith Newquay Police
    Inspector Dave MeredithNewquay Police
  3. Breeding success for colour changing frog

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A Devon zoo has successfully bred a critically endangered species of frog.

    The tiny lemur leaf frog can fit on the end of your finger, and changes from bright green in daytime, to brown after nightfall. 

    Lemur leaf frog

    Julie Matthews, Education and Research Officer at the Shaldon Wildlife Trust said: “We are extremely proud of this breeding success.

    "The numbers of these little frogs has declined by over 80% in recent years due to habitat loss and the effects of Chytridiomycosis - a disease caused by a fungus which infects the delicate skin of amphibians - interfering with their breathing."

  4. Planned train disruption for Sunday

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Rail passengers heading to London on Sunday will expect some disruption.

    Trains from Devon and Cornwall will end at Reading, with replacement buses running from the town. These will got to Heathrow from where passengers can connect to Paddington.

    It's to allow Network Rail to conduct work between Reading and Hayes and Harlington. 

    Passengers are advised to check before they travel and plan their journeys to start after 13:00 if possible.

  5. Anyone know a decent electrician?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    This picture shows the extent of damage to the undersea power cable connecting the Isles of Scilly to the National Grid.

    The damage is 10 miles off Land's End, and a specialist cable recovery vessel has been investigating.

    Scilly power cable

    Western Power Distribution hopes repair work can begin on Friday. Since the damage happened at the start of the month, islanders have been relying on generators for their electricity.   

  6. Exeter's Ampadu on Wales standby list

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City's 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu has been put on standby for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.

    He is one of 11 players on the standby list, meaning he could be called into the squad if there are any injuries.

    Ethan Ampadu

    Ampadu only played his first game for Exeter in August and has made 10 appearances this season, though he has not played for the League Two side since November.

  7. BreakingWhale freed from fishing gear

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Rescuers have freed a humpback whale which was entangled in fishing gear off South Devon.

    Dave Jarvis, from The British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said the "rope has been cut".

    "We're now monitoring the whale to check all of it has been removed.

    "The animal has moved off at speed across the area."

    Whale
  8. Latest travel: M5 northbound blocked after accident

    BBC News Travel

    • Just outside Devon, the M5 northbound is blocked by an accident between Junction 26 for Wellington and Junction 25 for Taunton 
    • The A382 near Newton Abbot is blocked by an accident between Forches Cross and the A38 at Drum Bridges
    • On the South Devon Highway, Paignton-bound there's a broken-down vehicle blocking one lane - long queues of traffic reported there
  9. 'Still no freed whale'

    Rescuers are still working to free a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear off South Devon.

    The animal has been seen off the coast for more than three weeks.

    The coastguard, RNLI and British Divers Marine Life Rescue are involved in the operation.

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  10. 'Little Star' award for seven-year-old girl

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A seven-year-old girl from Cornwall has been honoured for the way she helps look after her severely disabled brother. 

    Evie Gwilliams from Helston is even able to give her younger brother Freddie his daily medication. 

    Evie and Freddie

    She also helps to feed him and put him to bed. 

    She's just won a Little Star award for all the help she gives at home.

  11. Devon MP says concern of 'coordinated attack' at Westminster

    BBC Radio Devon

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    Video caption: Moment area around Houses of Parliament evacuated

    A Devon MP has said there is concern at Westminster of more attacks after  the terror incident close to Parliament earlier this afternoon. 

    South West Devon MP Gary Streeter said: "The real concern is if this is a coordinated attack".

    "Someone comes in, and then half-an-hour later other people take action."

    A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London and a police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police.

    The attacker had struck several pedestrians as he drove a car on the bridge, before crashing into railings.

    Police said there were "a number of casualties... including police officers" and a "full counter-terrorism inquiry" was under way.

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  12. New Truro ground 'not viable' - Masters

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City Chairman Peter Masters says the developers of the club's proposed new Silver Bow stadium have told him it is "no longer financially viable".

    The National League South side do not own their current Treyew Road home and must leave at the end of the season.

    Truro City

    "I've got to say it is very worrying off-field and it is a distraction," he told  BBC Radio Cornwall.  "If the decisions are not made in the favour of Truro City, there won't be any Truro City around."  

    New Truro ground 'not viable' - Masters

    Truro City

    Chairman Peter Masters says developers of Truro's proposed new stadium have told him it is "no longer financially viable".

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  13. Rescue teams plan to cut rope from whale's tail

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Rescue teams trying to free a whale from fishing gear off south Devon hope to cut the ropes from the animal's tail.

    Dave Jarvis from The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: "It could potentially go on for several days, we're hoping it won't."

    The whale, estimated to be about 50ft long, is still surfacing for air and is currently situated around 1km offshore.  

    Whale
    Image caption: The whale and lifeboat crew photographed by Henry Kirkwood
  14. Devon schoolchildren's overweight labels angers parents

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Parents have said they are appalled by an " insensitive " letter describing their children as "very overweight".

    The four and five-year-old children from Devon were weighed and measured as part of the government's  National Childhood Measurement Programme .

    Parents of children at Tor Bridge Primary School contacted  The Plymouth Herald about the letters.

    Plymouth's director of public health Dr Ruth Harrell said support was in place for parents to discuss the results.

    Children
  15. Whale rescue: 'It's a big animal and it's a dangerous procedure'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Conservationists are trying to get fishing gear off a humpback whale which is entangled off the south Devon coast.

    Dave Jarvis from The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: "It's a big animal and it's a dangerous procedure.

    "If the animal catches the lifeboat with its tail it will have them all out of the boat.

    "The animal can breathe so it's not in a life threatening situation."

  16. MP 'shocked' by shooting outside Parliament

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish MP has been giving his reaction to an terror incident outside Parliament today.

    A police officer was stabbed, and the alleged assailant has been shot by armed police. 

    Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay had just left the House of Commons and was in his office when he heard. 

    He said: "I feel a sense of shock. Although we all suspected this could happen when it actually happens obviously it is a shock.

    "But I'm also incredibly grateful that our police and security services obviously dealt with the incident very swiftly and dealt with the threat."

    Parliament