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Summary

  1. Suspended police officer charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
  2. Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Post-mortem 'inconclusive'
  3. South West health commissioners overspend by more than £220m in the last financial year
  4. Family pays tribute to boy who died after 'youth disco'
  5. Three arrests over Newquay serious assault
  6. Swabs left in patient at Plymouth hospital, bosses confirm
  7. Nine-thousand East Devon postal voters reassured their votes will be valid despite problems with papers
  8. Terrier gets stuck in rabbit hole
  9. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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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. Cornwall man Tasered by police had 'heart of gold'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Danny and Marc Cole

    Friends and family of a man who died after suffering self-inflicted knife wounds and being Tasered by police have paid tribute to him.

    Marc Cole (pictured right), 30, from Falmouth, Cornwall, who died on 23 May, was described as having a "great sense of humour" and a "heart of gold".

    His brother, Danny Cole (pictured left), told The Falmouth Packet the dad-of-two had not been trying to kill himself when police were called.

    "He was well respected in the area and I have had over 400 messages from people - everyone knew my brother," Mr Cole said.

    Painter and decorator Marc leaves behind his partner, Nadine Kinder, and their two sons: Caden, aged three, and Caleb, who is nearly one.

    "He worshipped them, they were his life," Mr Cole said.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating his death and has appealed for witnesses.

  3. Nature reserve warbles on about frequent flyer

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Reed Warbler

    Staff at a Devon nature reserve have been able to record a reed warbler visiting the area during what's believed to be its ninth migration between Britain and Africa, East Devon District Council says.

    The code on a ring on the bird's leg, which was put on by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group, revealed it was first caught on Seaton Wetlands as an adult in 2009.

    The group ring birds for conservation monitoring purposes and have been active on the Axe Estuary reserves for more than 10 years.

    Council reserves manager James Chubb said: "It is remarkable that this tiny little bird has made such an incredible journey not just once, but at least nine times, and each time we can be sure she is returning to the same small patch of reeds at Seaton Wetlands to feed and breed."

  4. Green candidate suspended for endorsing Labour

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A Green Party general election candidate has been suspended by his party for openly encouraging people to vote Labour.

    Josh Pope, 19, is standing in the Plymouth Moor View constituency, and said he is "disappointed but not surprised" to be suspended.

    Josh Pope

    It follows a blog expressing his hope "to put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street" by voting for Labour candidate Sue Dann.

    Conservative candidate Johnny Mercer said it was becoming a "farce".

    Other candidates are Wendy Noble, UKIP and Graham Reed, Lib Dems. A complete list can be found here.

  5. Metal price rises 'giving impetus to restart old mines'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The price of metals is continuing to rise, giving renewed impetus to attempts to restart old mines in a handful of places across the region.

    Mine site

    The company that's currently test-drilling for tin in east Cornwall has become one of the few firms of its type to turn a profit, although that's as a result of its mining overseas.

    The price rises are historically significant. Tin prices are higher then they were through most of the 20th Century, with today's tin price about 40% higher than 1900 in real terms.

    But even with these prices, it's far from easy to reopen an old mine. We've seen that at Hemerdon, near Plymouth. They've had quite bad technical teething problems and the tungsten price has been through a real wobble, but it is now moving quite steadily in the right direction.

    Their investors keep funding them because they think they will make money.

  6. Military personnel 'increasingly dissatisfied with service life'

    Jonathan Beale

    BBC defence correspondent

    Military personnel are increasingly dissatisfied with service life, according to the MoD's latest survey.

    About 35% of those military personnel in the Army, Royal Navy and RAF who took part in the survey said they were dissatisfied with service life in general - that's up 4% from 2016. The survey also showed a fall in satisfaction with pay and service accommodation.

    Plymouth Citadel

    Overall there's been a decline in morale, with the biggest fall among Royal Marines.

    However, 74% of those military personnel questioned still said they were proud to be in their service.

    In Devon and Cornwall, military facilities in Plymouth alone include Devonport naval base, the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade in Stonehouse and an Army base in the city's Citadel (pictured).

    Cornwall is home to facilities including RNAS Culdrose and HMS Raleigh.

  7. Keeper McHale eyes Truro promotion push

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Goalkeeper Tom McHale says Truro City are capable of pushing for promotion from National League South next season.

    McHale spent much of last term on loan at Weymouth, but impressed on his return and has signed a one-year deal.

    Tom McHale
    Image caption: Tom McHale

    "I think we've proved, as a young group of players, that we can kick it with the big boys in that league," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "I do want to repay the club and see if we can get promoted this year, and I really think that there's an opportunity to do that with the squad we've got now."

  8. Falmouth knife wound and Tasering death: Police watchdog carries out local enquiries

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Staff from the police watchdog have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and gathering statements while investigating an incident where a man from Falmouth died after suffering self-inflicted knife injuries and having to be Tasered by police.

    Thrity-year-old Marc Cole, of The Beacon in the town, died in hospital on Tuesday 23 May after police were called to Langton Road.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was gathering witness statements, including accounts from the officers involved, but added i was appealing for anyone else who saw what happened or had been in contact with Mr Cole to come forward.

    IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "My thoughts are with Mr Cole's family and friends and anyone affected following this traumatic event. It is important we establish all of the circumstances surrounding police contact with Mr Cole prior to his death."

    Langton Road
  9. Latest weather: Getting cloudier before clearing on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    It will be mild and dry tonight with some clear spells, though the skies will tend to cloud over for many towards dawn. Patchy mist and fog may well form too. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Thursday will see another predominantly cloudy start, but the cloud will gradually thin to allow warm sunny spells through the afternoon. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine too. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

  10. Students tackle flat phones

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A group of budding entrepreneurs from the University of Exeter's Falmouth campus are hoping to launch a new product that could stop us running out of phone battery when out and about.

    The 'Charged Up' is a portable battery that can be hired at major events to charge up your device at twice the speed.

    Hakeem Buge (pictured left) is one of the founders of the project, and says they also plan to help charities in the developing world.

    "We'll be giving part of our proceeds to energy charities in Africa. What they do is they give people in houses and little huts solar panels, so they will be able to have electricity at night so children can do their homework and families can charge their mobile phones as well."

    Phone charger
  11. St Erth sewage works smell 'unbearable'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People living in St Erth say they've been plagued by the smell coming from a sewage works in the village.

    Mike Matthews, who has lived in St Erth for more than 60 years, said the smell had become unbearable in the last few weeks.

    South West Water told us the recent spell of hot weather and the fact it was installing a new gas holder at the site had exacerbated the problem and it was trying hard to put it right.

  12. Festival project sees drawing boxes on Exmoor

    BBC Spotlight

    Sketch boxes are being left out as part of this year's Simonsbath Festival on Exmoor.

    The tins ask you to "scratch, scribble or scribe inside" and are a spin off from the successful Exmoor Poetry Box Project, which collected nearly 6,000 poems over three years.

    sketchbox
  13. Phosphorus ordnance destroyed in controlled explosion

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A controlled explosion has been carried out near Falmouth after a fisherman dragged up a phosphorus marker whilst tending to lobster pots.

    Coastguards said the man sensibly left the device in the water and sailed it to Gyllyngvase Beach (pictured).

    A bomb disposal team from Plymouth moved it to a quieter spot on the Helford and blew it up.

    Gyllyngvase Beach. Pic: Gyllyngvase Beach
  14. Body of man, 21, found in Exeter Quay

    Devon Live

    The body of a 21-year-old man was discovered by police divers in Exeter Quay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

  15. Broken-down vehicle on A38 Tamar Bridge

    BBC News Travel

    In Plymouth, there's slow traffic westbound on the A38 on the Tamar Bridge due to a broken-down vehicle between Plymouth and Saltash.

  16. Suspended police officer charged with inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A police officer who has admitted downloading child abuse images is to face a new allegation that he incited an under age girl to send him pictures of herself.

    PC Jonathan Fulcher, who is currently suspended, may face a trial at Exeter Crown Court after the new charge was added to the five which he has already admitted.

    His case has been adjourned until 6 July and he was released on bail.

    Jonathan Fulcher

    PC Fulcher, 34, of High Road, Crediton, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of making indecent images of children, one of possession ammunition with a certificate, and one of possession of a noxious pava spray.

    The new charge alleges he incited a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity and related to screenshots of an MSN Messenger conversation recovered from his computer.

    Tom Bradnock, defending, said he will be asking for the new allegation to be dismissed when the case returns to court in July.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A3022 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3022 Devon both ways severe accident, near Avenue Road affecting Falkland Road.

    A3022 Devon - A3022 Newton Road in Torquay blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near Torre Train Station, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Torre Abbey traffic lights.

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

  18. Road accident on Hayle's North Quay

    BBC News Travel

    On Hayle's North Quay, there's been an accident near the swimming pool, so expect delays there.

  19. Should Devon install contactless donation points for the homeless?

    Devon Live

    Contactless donation points which allow people to give £2 to the homeless by tapping their card on a machine in the street have been installed in Bristol.