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  1. Our live coverage

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    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. Six people killed in road crashes in Devon and Cornwall since Friday

    Image caption: Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children James and Amy Gaskin, from the Milton Keynes area, died following the crash in on the A361 in Devon
    Map of crash sites
  3. Lucky escape for Teddy

    Fire crews in Cornwall attended a call to a puppy whose jaw had become trapped in the metal work of a dog cage earlier today.

    They managed to cut Teddy free, and left him, unharmed, in the care of his owner.

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  4. Torquay man stabbed and hospitalised

    Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack in which a 33-year-old man was stabbed and hospitalised.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said a group of up to four men in their 20s and wearing hoodies were involved.

    The local man was stabbed in his back and is expected to make a full recovery.

    Image caption: The steps between Fleet Street and Madrepore Road

    The assault happened between 02:45 and 03:15 on the steps between Fleet Street and Madrepore Road on Saturday 15 July.

  5. Mother and twins who died in crash are named

    Jane Baker-Lockett and her twins James and Amy Gaskin

    A mother and her 12-year-old twins killed in a crash while on holiday have been named.

    Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children James and Amy Gaskin, from the Milton Keynes area, died following the crash in on the A361 in Devon.

    Her husband was travelling in a separate vehicle with her 14-year-old son and saw the crash behind them.

  6. 'No excuse' to not check tyres, police say

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A police operation in Exeter found five illegal tyres on cars in two days.

    About 30% of 118 vehicles stopped had one tyre or more with a tread depth measuring 3mm or under; a point at which tyre performance begins to fall dramatically.


    PC Welch, who led the operation, said: “The condition of tyres and vehicle handling go hand in hand. Tyres are the only points of contact between a vehicle and the road.

    "The principle is the same with any wearable item on a vehicle; the more worn they are, the less effective they become.

    "There’s simply no excuse to not check your tyres regularly. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself there are more than enough garages and tyre centres around who will gladly check for you.”

  7. Shark record broken after 'hour and a half-long battle'

    The record for the biggest blue shark caught and released in Britain was broken after an "hour and a half-long battle".

    The shark was caught by John Dines during a fishing trip off Penzance.

    The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain said: "It was clear from the first run that this was an exceptional fish.

    "The first sighting came within 40 minutes and John then realised the full scale of the task.

    "It took another 50 minutes to get the fish to the point where it could be safely brought aboard."

  8. Metal hanging 'dangerously' off balcony removed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Corrugated metal hanging "dangerously" off a balcony over a street in South East Cornwall has been removed by firefighters.

    The metal, which was 8ft long, was removed from the balcony in Beach Hill, Downderry at 11:55.

    Crews used a 13m ladder to reach the second floor balcony.

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  9. Jouster's fitness is joust no joke

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    It's been joust no joke for visitors to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth this week.

    Medieval knights on horseback have been doing battle at the castle as part of a series of events organised by English Heritage.


    Recent tests on professional jouster Roy Murray have shown his fitness levels are comparable to top level athletes such as professional footballers, top tennis players and Formula One drivers.

    He says high levels of fitness are vital in ensuring safety in a sport where the physical contact and danger is real and not simulated.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A389 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A389 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Boundary Road and B3266 affecting A391 Westheath Avenue.

    A389 Cornwall - A389 in Bodmin closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Boundary Road junction and the B3266 junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A391 Westheath Avenue junction.

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

  11. Man jailed for murdering partner's missing ex-boyfriend Karl Bunster

    A man has been jailed for murdering his partner's ex-boyfriend whose body has never been found.

    Karl Bunster, 37, from Hastings, was last seen in Mann Street on 17 December 2015. Ben Walton, 49, of Cowick Hill, Exeter, Devon, was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice. He must serve at least 30 years in jail.

    Stacey McClymont, who once lived with the victim, was jailed for two years for perverting the course of justice.

    Ben Walton
    Image caption: Ben Walton
  12. Overturned lorry on A38

    BBC News Travel

    Near Exminster, the two outer lanes of the A38 southbound are closed, due to an overturned lorry near the Splatford Split - traffic is tailing back to Clyst St Mary.

  13. Officers offered counselling and support after dealing with multiple fatal collisions

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Road traffic officers are being offered counselling and support after dealing with multiple fatalities on the roads in the past week, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

    Six people have died in collisions on the region's roads since Friday, three of them children.

    Ch Insp Adrian Leisk described the number of fatalities as "unprecedented".

    Quote Message: Some of our staff have gone from fatal collision to fatal collision to fatal collision. We need to ensure they're adequately supported. from Ch Insp Adrian Leisk
    Ch Insp Adrian Leisk
  14. Haul of hi-tech goods and passports stolen in burglary

    Cornwall Live

    Burglars have made off with a haul of hi-tech kit after a raid on a home in Bodmin.

  15. 'Defective tyres can be deadly': More than 180 cars stopped in police check

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online


    Exeter police officers stopped 188 vehicles in two days in a crackdown on defective tyres.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said PC William Welch, who led the operation, learned the majority of motorists weren't checking their tyres more than twice a year which he said was "extremely worrying".


    Five illegal tyres were found on four cars which were dealt with by fixed penalties or reported to appear at local magistrates.

    The maximum penalty for driving with a defective tyre is three penalty points and a £2,500 fine.

  16. Parents of missing man appeal for information

    The parents of missing Exeter man, Gavin Heywood, has urged anyone with information to come forward.

    His parents said: “Our son Gavin has now been missing since 26 May. During this time he hasn't used his bank account or his phone.

    “This is totally out of character. We are very concerned and desperately need to know if he is safe and well. If anyone knows of his whereabouts or anything at all about his disappearance, please contact the police.”

    Gavin is described as a white man in his late 30's, 5"9 tall, of average build, shaved head, possibly short grey beard, possibly walking with a limp.

    Police said he may be in need of medical attention.

    Gavin Heywood
  17. Sherford developers given more flexibility

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC Radio Devon

    Planners at South Hams District Council have voted in favour of allowing the developers of the new town of Sherford more flexibility in the way they build houses at the site.

    A strict set of rules known as the 'town code' - affecting things like architectural style, where people park and how streets are laid out, will be replaced with a less rigid set of guiding principles.

    Last week Plymouth City Council voted against the changes out of concern that future houses would not be built to high enough design standards.

  18. French yachtsman rescued from Atlantic

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A French yachtsman has been rescued from the middle of the Atlantic after UK Coastguards picked up his satellite distress alert.

    The Belgium registered sailing yacht was 429 nautical miles southwest of Land's End when it got into difficulty.

    A mayday was issued to all vessels in the area. An oil tanker travelling to Trinidad - which was five hours away from the yacht - responded and arrived just after 03:00 to find the yacht taking on water and sinking.

    The casualty, a French national was safely taken on to the tanker. Despite his ordeal he required no medical attention. The yacht was not recovered.

  19. Huge catch breaks British shark record

    The record for the biggest blue shark caught and released in Britain has been broken during a sharking trip off Penzance.

    The Shark Angling Club of Great Britain confirmed the fish measured 2.69m (106 ins) from the nose to the fork of the tail and had a girth of 1.2m (44 ins).

    Its weight is an estimated 116.3kg (256.5lbs) and was caught by John Dines.

    Blue shark