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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. School 'could have made punishment exception for charity haircut boy'

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    The mother of a teenager who shaved his head for a cancer charity says "an exception" should have been made for her son's "extreme hairstyle" instead of his being removed from classes.

    Taylor Jones. Pic: Lesley Jones

    Taylor Jones, 15, was told his hairstyle was inappropriate when he returned to Launceston College in Cornwall after the Easter holiday. 

    His mother, Lesley, said he should not be punished for trying to help others. 

    She said: "Everywhere has rules, but I just think in this circumstance, they could make an exception. They could have had an assembly and recognised what Taylor had done, but pointed out that normally, this haircut wouldn't be appropriate for school."

    The college said he was being given "individual specialist tuition" for four days until it grew back. 

    According to the college, Taylor was advised before the holiday to have his hair cut to a "very short but acceptable length" and he "went against this advice" by having it cut "extremely short in the days immediately before term began".

  3. Watch Exeter celebrate Nowell's Lions call-up

    Jack Nowell celebrates with his Exeter Chiefs team-mates after finding out he had been selected for the British and Irish Lions.

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    Video caption: British and Irish Lions 2017: Exeter Chiefs squad celebrate Jack Nowell call-up
  4. Conman's jailing 'should reinforce warnings against unannounced tradesmen'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The jailing of a double glazing conman from Hayle reinforces a message that people should not deal with unannounced tradesmen they are unsure of, Trading Standards officers say.

    Thirty-six-year-old Liam Hawkins was jailed for 38 weeks by magistrates in Truro on Tuesday after admitting three frauds were he deliberately targeted vulnerable residents, taking cash from them - in one case more than £3,000 - for work he failed to complete.

    Cornwall Trading Standards said it was "particularly concerned" at the case, saying Hawkins' victims had an increased fear of crime, had lost trust in other people and suffered "anxiety and upset".

    Officers added that people should "never deal with anyone who turns up at your door unannounced, no matter how convincing they may seem and no matter how tempting their special offers may sound".

  5. Exeter's closed BHS store set to become a city centre gym

    Devon Live

    Plans have been handed in to the council, seeking to transform an empty Exeter store into a gym.

  6. Call on prime minister for more help for Cornwall's small businesses

    BBC Politics

    Small businesses in Cornwall are likely to be getting a special visitor as Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she'll be stopping by on the campaign trail after calling a snap election for 8 June.

    In the House Commons, Conservative MP for St Ives Derek Thomas called on Mrs May for more policies to help small businesses in the coming election.

    She responded that she would be happy to talk to local businesses about the problems they faced.

  7. Rugby: Nowell's Lions call-up 'not quite sunk in yet'

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornishman and Exeter Chiefs rugby player Jack Nowell says news he is a British and Irish Lions player has "not quite sunk in yet".

    Jack Nowell

    The Chiefs and England wing was born in Newlyn and played mini-juniors rugby for the Cornish Pirates.

    He has been confirmed as a back in the British and Irish Lions 2017 team for the tour to New Zealand.

    He said: "It's pretty special, not just for myself, but for my family. it's a dream for any rugby player to not just play for their country but to go on a Lions tour, so I'm very happy with that."

  8. Latest weather: Staying mostly dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    It will stay mostly dry overnight, with some light rain or drizzle possible over the hills.

    The cloud will help keep the temperatures above freezing, meaning all should remain frost free. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


    It will be staying mostly dry once again on Thursday, with some partly cloudy skies.

    There will be some spells of sunshine at times, especially to the lee of high ground where it will feel pleasant. Maximum temperature: 13-14 C (55-57F).

  9. Teenager arrested after McDonald's stabbing charged with multiple offences

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A teenager arrested after a stabbing at a McDonald's branch in Devon has been charged with multiple offences, police say.

    The 19-year-old male was arrested on Monday after a 20-year-old man received a stab wound to his back during a fight at the Bridge Retail Park branch in Torquay (pictured) in the early hours of Monday.

    McDonald's branch

    Police said the teenager, from Newton Abbot - who was arrested after another alleged assault with a hammer elsewhere in Torquay - had been charged with: using violence to secure entry to premises, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, possession of a Class B drug and possessing a knife blade/pointed article in a public place.

    He was remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates in Plymouth. He is due back before the court on 8 May.

    A 20-year-old man arrested at McDonald's was "released under investigation". A third man arrested after the stabbing was released without charge.

  10. General election: South West road trip

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    I've been spending the day on a road trip between three of the South West's key battleground areas in Devon: Exeter (the South West's sole Labour constituency), Torbay and Plymouth.


    There are a number of other seats which fell to the Conservatives in 2015 that they'll also be keen to hang on to, such as St Ives, Devon North, St Austell & Newquay and Taunton Deane.

    And, did you know that Torquay (pictured) was the South West Brexit capital, according to the 2016 Referendum.

    You can found out more on BBC Spotlight at 18:30.

  11. Out-of-control bonfire damaged hedge, fence and garage

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    An out-of-control bonfire has damaged a hedge, fence and disused garage in Cornwall, firefighters say.

    Cornwall Fire Service said two crews were called to the scene at Trewoon, St Austell, at about 14:45 to extinguish it.

  12. Scilly faces 48 hours on generators during cable protection work

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People in the Isles of Scilly will have to go back to being powered by generators for up to 48 hours while work is carried out to further protect the islands' recently repaired National Grid cable, utilities bosses say.

    Isles of Scilly

    The 33,000-volt, 55km-long cable, was damaged by the anchor of an unidentified boat at the end of February. It took more than a month to repair.

    Jon Nesbitt, from Western Power Distribution, said the "additional works should reduce further incidents. It would involve using 64 tonnes of gravel and three, five-tonne concrete mattresses to cover over the cable on the sea bed, about 70m (200ft) down, he added.

    The work is weather-reliant, and a date has not yet been set.

  13. Chudleigh facilities receive £1,500

    BBC Radio Devon

    Chudleigh's pre-school, youth centre and community project are each to get more than £500. 

    The money's been raised by shoppers at the local Co-op food store through a national loyalty card scheme.

  14. 103-year-old says she wishes she'd got drunk more

    Devon Live

    Sprightly Iris Essary celebrated her 103rd birthday with prosecco - and said her biggest regret in life was not getting drunk more.

  15. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC News Travel

    • In Cornwall, on the A3074 St Ives Road, in Carbis Bay, near Trencrom Lane, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
    • On the A3058 in Quintrell Downs, near Trethiggey Crescent, there are reports of an accident
    • In Devon, one lane is blocked on the A30 Exeter-bound between Daisy Mount Cross and Clyst Honiton, near West Hill, due to a broken-down vehicle
    • In Exmouth, the A376 Exeter Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Iona Avenue
  16. Lots of lolly: Uma's sweet stall raises money for charity

    BBC Spotlight

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    Video caption: Nine-year-old Uma runs a sweet stall for charity

    A nine-year-old girl has set up her own miniature sweet stall. 

    One day Uma Calvert hopes to have a shop of her own, but for now she sells lollipops at a market. She had to get a food hygiene certificate to be able to run the sweet stand. 

    She is raising money for the Marie Curie charity through her stall in Launceston, Cornwall. 

  17. Rugby: Jack Nowell's British and Irish Lions pick 'thoroughly deserved'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    The Cornishman and Exeter Chiefs player has been confirmed as a back in the British and Irish Lions 2017 team for the tour to New Zealand.

    The Chiefs tweeted their congratulations. His former college also welcomed the news.

    Martin Tucker, from Truro and Penwith College, said: "It is thoroughly deserved. Jack is a great ambassador of the sport and an inspiration to young rugby players. This really is a great moment for everyone who is involved in his successful rugby career."

  18. Jersey chough project inspires work in UK

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's success in reintroducing a popular bird to the wild, which saw it working with the Cornwall Choughs organisation, has inspired a new push to bring the bird back to Kent.

    Chough. Pic: Getty Images

    Choughs have a long history with Kent. The distinctive red-billed member of the crow family can be seen on the coat of arms of the City of Canterbury and has a long association with its martyr saint, Thomas Becket.

    A chough colony was released in Jersey in 2013 and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology will be working with the University of Kent and Cornwall Choughs to bring a population back to the English county.

  19. School punishes charity haircut boy

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A teenager who shaved his head for a cancer charity has been removed from classes.

    Taylor Jones, 15, was told his "extreme hairstyle" was inappropriate when he returned after the holiday.

    Launceston College, in Cornwall, says he is being given "individual specialist tuition" for four days until it grows back.

    But Taylor's mother Lesley says he should not be punished for trying to help others. 

    Taylor Jones