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Summary

  1. Grandmother guilty of killing two women
  2. There've been more incidents of failing standards by the private company that took over cleaning and catering at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro
  3. Policeman warns: school zig-zag lines not 'reserved parking for the lazy or late'
  4. Driver in fatal crash 'was not asked to slow down', trial hears
  5. Architects appointed to rebuild Royal Clarence Hotel
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wedesday 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.

Balmy Plymouth warmest place in UK

You may have needed your coat today but the sunny souls at BBC South West Weather tell us Plymouth was the warmest place in Britain.

The city reached a heady 12 degrees in the sunshine - warmer than Paris (9C), New York (11C) and Copenhagen (4C).

We can thank the wind chill for our cold hands and feet though..

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Wednesday weather: Sunshine and showers

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Tonight: A windy and mainly dry night will then follow with clear spells and showers possible. It will be cold with a widespread inland frost. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F) 

Wednesday: Another chilly feeling day with sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers becoming less frequent and less wintry through the day, with northerly winds also easing. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F)

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Gran found guilty of killing two women

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A grandmother who killed two female pedestrians when she dozed for a second and then pressed the accelerator rather than the brake pedal is facing a jail sentence.

Teresa Sant, 58, has been convicted by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving of the two friends and colleagues who had just got off a bus in Torr Lane, Hartley, Plymouth.

Plymouth Crown Court heard she was seen to "panic" by a cyclist whose bike she clipped after she mounted the kerb and struck the two colleagues.  

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Victoria Hodge, 42, and 60-year-old Marie-Helene Gieblen - got off their regular number 39 bus from work and were saying their goodbyes.  

One victim died at the scene and the other died from severe head injuries in hospital six days later without regaining consciousness.

Sant will be sentenced tomorrow.

Trains suspended after lorry hits bridge in Plymouth

Pilgrims get a kick out of programme to help deprived areas

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Argyle says it wants to spread a sporting initiative, which they say steers youngsters away from drink and drugs, to as many deprived areas as possible in Cornwall.

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Plymouth Argyle says its PL Kicks, which is backed by the Premier League, has been really successful in helping to cut crime since it was launched in Plymouth in 2008. 

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It's been run in Redruth since September and Argyle said police and schools had already noticed a change for the better in the behaviour in many of the youngsters who took part. 

Train restoration project picks up steam

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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A locomotive which has not has moved under its own steam for about 40 years and has taken more than 20 years to restore is due to undergo testing before running on a heritage railway track later this year, its owner says.

The Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway said the former National Coal Board loco came to its station in 1995 after leaving service in the 1970s.

Releasing a video of the restored engine in operation, the charity said: "She will be running here over the summer after a period of testing and running in over the coming few weeks."

Driver in fatal crash denies 'showing off'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A teenager who was driving when his 16-year-old passenger died, has denied accusations he was showing off. 

Coree Lee Amonn, 19, was accelerating in his VW Golf on Castle Drive in Falmouth when he lost control on a right hand bend, Truro Crown Court heard.

Sophie Taylor from the town died in the crash in January 2016.

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Today Mr Amonn told the court: "I am not one to show off... I am not someone who drives like an idiot."

He denies causing death by dangerous driving and the trial continues.

Delays in Plymouth: Lorry stuck under bridge

Commuters facing a slow journey home in Plymouth this afternoon...

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Volunteers work to help Torbay homeless into accommodation

BBC Spotlight

A team of more than 30 volunteers is taking to the streets in Torbay this week to talk to rough sleepers in the area to try to help them into accommodation.

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Torbay, which has seen a spike in homelessness in the last 12 months, has joined an international campaign called End Street Homelessness.

It is among the first areas in the country to join the campaign, which, in America, has seen 100,000 re-housed in four years. 

Severe disruption: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Stuart Road and North Road West affecting A3064 Wolseley Road.

A386 Devon - A386 Alma Road in Plymouth closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Pennycomequick Hill Roundabout and the North Road West junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Congestion to Milehouse Interchange.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dozing Plymouth gran convicted of killing friends

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A grandmother has been convicted of killing two women after she dozed off at the wheel of her car.

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Teresa Sant, 58, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving of the two friends in Plymouth last May. 

A court heard she ploughed into Victoria Hodge, 42, and Marie-Helene Gieblen, 60, in the car she had bought four days earlier. 

The victims had just got off a bus in Torr Lane and were saying their goodbyes when they were killed.  

Devon MPs asking PM for stop to schools funding changes

BBC Radio Devon

A group of Devon Conservative MPs have written to the Prime Minister, asking her to do everything possible to stop the county's schools becoming worse off.

In the letter, the seven MPs said they were deeply uneasy about about planned changes to the funding formula which would see many schools in the historically underfunded county losing more cash.

Driver in fatal crash was 'not asked to slow down'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 19-year-old man accused of causing the death of a 16-year old girl by driving dangerously in Falmouth has told a court he does not recall being asked to slow down at the time.

Sophie Taylor from the town died after the crash at Castle Drive in January 2016.

Coree Lee Amonn was driving Miss Taylor and her twin sister, Aimee at speeds of over 40mph in a 30mph zone when the car collided with a concrete post and crashed, the jury heard.

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Truro Crown Court had heard Aimee had asked him to drive slower, but today the defendant said: "I do not recall her telling me to slow down at all".

He denies causing death by dangerous driving. The trial continues. 

Lostwithiel 'bereft of vital public services'

BBC Politics

The town of Lostwithiel is "bereft of vital public services", its MP has claimed in Parliament. 

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South East Cornwall Conservative Sheryl Murray is urging ministers to do what they can to bring back a permanent post office and bank.

The town's branch of Lloyds Bank shut its doors as part of a national closure of branches. The Post Office, which had been based in a village store, closed when the shop shut down.

Government invests in device that aims to cut pollution and reward better driving

Harriet Bradshaw

Reporter

The government is stumping up almost £1m to help develop a piece of technology in the South West that aims to cut air pollution and reward better driving.

Developed in Exeter, Lightfoot is a gadget which sits on the dashboard and tells the driver when they're going too fast or revving too much. 

Rewards for better driving could include deals on car insurance, breakdown cover, car finance or other incentives with partner organsiations, the Lightfoot compay said.

It added that it hoped that going halves with the government on the investment would help create jobs as well as better drivers.

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Countryside fires 'devastating for local wildlife'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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There's been a spate of countryside fires across Cornwall after several weeks of dryer weather.

Arson is suspected in several of the cases, and the fire brigade is investigating three incidents in St Austell.

One particular fire, on 19 April, at Mexico Towans, near Hayle, was close to a holiday park and proved difficult for firefighters to reach. It left a large area of dunes badly scorched. 

Such fires can be devastating for local wildlife, according to experts.

Gran guilty of dangerous driving which killed two Plymouth women on pavement

Plymouth Herald

A grandmother who ran over and killed two women standing on a pavement faces jail after she was found guilty of dangerous driving.  

Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A381 Devon both ways severe accident, between Kingsbridge Hill and Woodland Road.

A381 Devon - A381 in Totnes blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Kingsbridge Hill junction and the Woodland Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Latest weather: Cold with blustery and heavy showers

BBC Weather

Feeling cold with blustery showers affecting many areas this afternoon. Some showers will be heavy and possibly wintry over high ground with a risk of hail and thunder as well. Moderate or fresh northerly winds will be stronger to the north and over the moors. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

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This evening and tonight, it will become mainly dry and also cold, with a frost developing for areas away from the north coast. Moderate or fresh north to northeasterly winds will ease inland. Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).