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Summary

  1. Murder arrest after Marazion woman disappears
  2. Police still to complete vetting of officers and PSCOs
  3. Liberal Democrats and Independents seek to lead Cornwall Council administration
  4. Driver admits killing woman in St Minver crash
  5. Exeter City book a place at Wembley
  6. Day two of the Devon County Show at Westpoint
  7. Updates on Friday 19 May

Live Reporting

By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across Devon and Cornwall

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later, which will have more on Day Two of the Devon County Show.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Devon County Show: Groovy catwalk snaps from shows gone by

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    While there isn't so much much of a catwalk at the Devon County Show these days, it did see parades of the latest fashions in the past.

    Check out these snaps from the 1960s, when top models would visit the show and strut their stuff.

    The show finishes on Saturday.

    DCS fashion show in the 1960s
    DCS fashion show in the 1960s
  3. Latest weather: Showers continuing

    BBC Weather

    A few showers are likely to persist overnight, but most places will stay dry. Clear spells and light winds will allow temperatures to fall and some mist or fog patches to form. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

    Saturday will be another day of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers locally heavy with a risk of thunder, but tending to ease through the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

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  4. Rugby: World Cup winner Dawson backs Cornwall

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    England’s rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson says he’s backing Cornwall to win their County Championship match against Hertfordshire.

    Matt Dawson

    The Black and Gold are aiming to reach their fifth Twickenham final in a row.

    Dawson told BBC Radio Cornwall: "Back in the day, when I was growing up, Cornwall were one of those counties always playing in finals. I wish them all the luck in the world.

    "I’m now supporting Cornwall at the weekend as opposed to anybody else."

  5. Football: Exeter turnaround 'poetic' - Wheeler

    BBC Sport

    David Wheeler

    Forward David Wheeler says the contrast in Exeter City's fortunes this season is "poetic" after reaching the League Two play-off final.

    The Devon club went bottom of the table after a last-gasp 3-2 loss at Carlislein November, 17 games into the season.

    But they beat the same opponents by the same score in similar circumstances to seal a trip to Wembley on 28 May.

    "To come back the way we have and get to within a game of going up to League One is just incredible," Wheeler said.

    "When it was Carlisle away in November - probably our darkest time - we were trying to get back into things, get out of the relegation zone, and then we lost at the death.

    "To contrast that feeling to this is poetic."

  6. 'Horsing around' expected this weekend

    BBC Spotlight

    Thousands of visitors are expected to attend one of Cornwall's free events this weekend.

    Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

    There will be polo demonstrations and horse jousting all weekend, as well as the main competition matches featuring some of the World's top players.

    The three-day event also includes live music, a firework display and a dog show.

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  7. Cornish wine given 'protected status' in Europe

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A dry white wine made in Cornwall has achieved protected status in Europe.

    Darnibole, made by the Camel Valley Vineyard, will join the Cornish pasty and clotted cream as a product that can't be reproduced elsewhere.

    It joins a list of more than 1,750 wines already protected in Europe.

  8. Murder arrest after woman disappears

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 22-year-old man from the Marazion area near Penzance has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a woman, police say.

    Thirty-two-year-old Kirsty Noden has not been seen by neighbours since January. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were "alerted after receiving a concern for welfare call from a member of public via another police force".

    Police have appealed for information in trying to trace Ms Noden, also known as Kirby. She is described as white, of heavy build about 5ft 8ins tall. She has dark brown hair and a northern accent.

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  9. Suitcase murder trial: Timeline

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Bulgarian man who murdered his ex-partner has been jailed for life. We follow what happened during the case:

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    Video caption: Exeter killer dragged ex's body in suitcase
    • 4 August 2016: 38 year-old Gergana Prodanova is last seen on Sidwell Street in Exeter and then reported missing on 8 August by colleagues after she fails to turn up for work
    • 14 August: Devon and Cornwall Police launch a murder investigation with about 30 officers. Shortly after, her ex-partner, 43-year-old Bulgarian Kostadin Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, is charged with murder
    • 16 August: Forensic officers recover Ms Prodanova's remains on waste ground off Blackall Road in Exeter. It takes two weeks to confirm the remains are hers
    Gergana Prodanova
    • 20 April 2017: Kostadin Kostov appears at Exeter Crown Court. A jury hears the pair had a "complex and troubling relationship". It is also told that Kostov had used violence against her on a number of occasions. The trial also hears Kostov may have killed her out of jealously of a new relationship she was in
    Kostadin Kostov
    • 21 April: The jury hears Kostov disguised himself in a baseball cap and dragged her body through Exeter city centre. CCTV footage shows a man struggling to haul a suitcase at 05:00 on 7 August, three days after Ms Prodanova's death. The jury is told about 19 CCTV sightings of a man with a baseball cap and an "uncanny resemblance" to the defendant. He denies it is him during the trial
    • 19 May: The jury convicts Kostov of murder at Exeter Crown Court. He's given a life sentence, with the judge recommending he serve a minimum of 19 years
  10. Rugby: Armand and Waldrom back for Exeter semi-final

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter Chiefs back-rowers Thomas Waldrom and Don Armand are among three players to return after injury for their Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park tomorrow.

    Phil Dollman is the other to return, with England international Henry Slade recalled to the bench, but wing Olly Woodburn misses out altogether.

    Don Armand

    "We've talked for a long time this season about what it would take to become champions, and one of the things you've got to be prepared to do is either beat the team that beat Saracens or beat Saracens yourself," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Spotlight.

  11. New tobacco rules apply from tomorrow

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Trading Standards services across the South West are reminding tobacco retailers that, as of 20 May, all tobacco products being sold must be in plain packaging.

    The law was changed last year when the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 came into force, and retailers were given a year to sell old stock. That deadline expires tonight.

    From tomorrow, it will be illegal to sell packs that do not comply with new rules.

  12. Man left with 'serious injuries' after Looe crash

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    An elderly man has been taken by air ambulance to hospital with serious chest and arm injuries after a two-vehicle crash in Looe, police said.

    A Citroen saloon and a Ford Ranger collided on Polperro Road, near Oaklands Caravan Park, at about 12:20.

    The man, trapped in the Citreon, was freed by firefighters and reported to be conscious and breathing before being taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

  13. Suitcase murder: Gergana Prodanova killer struggled to haul luggage containing body

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Disguised in a baseball cap, Kostadin Kostov is seen on CCTV dragging a suitcase containing the corpse of his former partner through several main streets in Exeter under cover of darkness.

    The Bulgarian cleaner killed 38-year-old Gergana Prodanova and put her body into the case last August.

    The images are captured at about 05:00 BST on 7 August - three days after the killing - and shown at his trial at Exeter Crown Court. They show a figure struggling to haul the luggage and occasionally stopping to catch his breath.

    Kostov, described as "jealous and controlling" by prosecutors, then dumped Ms Prodanova's body next to a railway. It was found almost two weeks later when a worker noticed a foul smell coming from an embankment, jurors were told.

    Kostov denied murder and had claimed the man on CCTV was not him, but he was found guilty by a jury.

    Kostadin Kostov on CCTV
  14. Jailed former PCSO 'would have been rejected if correctly vetted'

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    A BBC investigation has found that a Devon and Cornwall Police Community Support Officer who was jailed for misconduct would never have been employed if he had gone through the current vetting policy.

    According to data obtained by the BBC from Freedom of Information requests, about 14,000 police officers from forces across England and Wales were found to be similarly working without background checks.

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    Peter Bunyan was a PCSO employed by Devon and Cornwall Police. He was jailed for misconduct in 2013 after a court heard he used the police database as a "dating agency" and turned down his police radio on shifts while he had sex with women.

    Peter Bunyan

    He was employed in 2003, three years before Devon and Cornwall Police set up its central vetting unit, and nine years before the Association of Chief Police Officers' National Vetting Policy was introduced.

    A subsequent investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that, if Bunyan had gone through the current vetting policy used by the force, he "would have been rejected".

    In October 2016, Bunyan was jailed for 24 years for raping two girls aged between three and five.

  15. Cornwall Council: Liberal Democrats and Independents 'seek to form a joint administration'

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Council

    Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council say they and the Independent group have "come to an agreement this afternoon to seek to form a joint administration".

    The Lib Dems said the proposals would be put to the annual meeting of the full council on Tuesday.

    The Conservative group has 46 out of the 122 seats on the council, with the Liberal Democrats as their nearest rivals with 37 seats, followed by 30 Independent councillors.

    Negotiations around forming an administration broke down between the Independents and the Conservatives after the election.

  16. Community group promotes 'pop-up' retailers in Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A community group in Penzance is trying to address the large number of empty premises in the town centre by encouraging the opening of more pop-up shops.

    But Maria McEwen, co-director of Pop-Up Penzance, said negotiating with landlords to use empty shops could be difficult.

    Quote Message: We think that the retail side of high streets has changed ... We're not trying to get back to what it used to be, but we think there is an opportunity to have much more social interaction and community organisations, and art and culture, and other exciting things happening in what were shops." from Maria McEwen
    Maria McEwen
  17. Man arrested on suspicion of arson after fire in flat

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A 21-year-old man from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a flat fire this morning in Plymouth.

    Police were alerted by the fire service at 03:40 to the blaze on Union Street.

    The first floor flat and a neighbouring one had to be evacuated, according to police, and the surrounding road was closed.

    A 21-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested after being located nearby, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Officers added that they were remaining at the property as fire investigators carried out enquiries to determine the circumstances.