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Summary

  1. MP told to jump off Tamar Bridge and 'assassination too good'
  2. Drugs paraphernalia left in South Devon church
  3. Argyle star caught driving Porsche while chatting on mobile
  4. Scientists find Dartmoor hill pony 'genetically distinct' and 'not a hybrid'
  5. Teen injured in 'hit-and-run' in Plymstock
  6. Seals and birds 'disturbed by boats and kayakers'
  7. Row over who can wear Saltash mayoress' chain
  8. Johnny Mercer: I'd never voted before becoming an MP
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday 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 Air Ambulance on 387 missions

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Cornwall Air Ambulance says it flew 387 missions in the first half of 2017.

    They included 201 medical incidents, 56 road traffic incidents and 23 people who had suffered injuries while playing sport.

    The charity says if the missions continue at this rate, it will surpass last year’s total of 774.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance

    Paula Martin, Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care... But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county".

    Quote Message: Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care. But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county. from Paula Martin Chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance
    Paula MartinChief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance
  3. Sea species "chased" by humans

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A steady increase in incidents of disturbance to marine wildlife has been reported to Cornwall Wildlife Trust's hotline over the past few weeks, the charity says.

    The problems have mainly been caused to seals and sea birds by tripper boats and kayakers, but basking sharks and dolphins have also been vulnerable to being "chased".

    Grey seal

    Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group is reminding sea users of the following advice:

    • Keep your distance from resting animals such as seals and seabirds on land
    • Remain calm and quiet so resting animals are not disturbed and scared off
    • Move slowly and avoid sudden changes in direction and speed if animals are nearby
    • Stay side on to the animals while watching them rather than approaching directly
    • If there are other boats or kayaks or other water users nearby then ensure the animals have plenty of space and an obvious escape route should they choose to leave, and do not pursue them when they do
  4. Crewman suffered "horrific injuries"

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A crewman on board a cargo ship off Cornwall suffered "horrific injures" when he fell 5m (16ft) onto a deck below, the RNLI said.

    He had been carrying out maintenance on a crane on a Swedish boat moored near the King Harry Ferry in the Fal River when he slipped and fell this morning, it said.

    Both the Falmouth Inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboat were tasked and crews administered first aid, but the man was too badly injured to be transferred via rope.

    A coastguard rescue helicopter was scrambled and airlifted him to Derriford Hospital.

    John Blakeston, senior coxswain of Falmouth lifeboats said, "This was a classic example of all the rescue services working in harmony to save a person's life."

  5. Top dog tips

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    The RNLI have released top tips to keep your dog safe at the coast, after the second canine rescue operation in one place in two days.

    The Port Isaac lifeboat has been launched after reports a dog went over the cliff near Tintagel at lunchtime.

    Here's the charity's advice:

    • Keep your dog on a lead if you’re close to cliff edges or fast flowing rivers.
    • If your dog goes into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go after them. Move to a place the dog can get to safely and call them – they’ll probably get out by themselves.
    • Should your dog get into difficulty in the water or along the cliff edge call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
  6. The chain gang

    BBC Spotlight

    A row has broken out in Saltash about who should be allowed to wear the mayoress's chain.

    Last year the former mayor's husband was given permission to wear what has traditionally reserved for a female consort. Before this, the mayor's male consort wore a medallion.

    Past mayors of Saltash are angered at the changes and say it's against historical integrity. Councillors are meeting again tonight to discuss the matter.

    Mayoral chains

    Baz Gregory, the former mayor of Saltash claimed the matter was "all to do with arrogance and snobbery".

  7. People warned not to "chase" sea life

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    People are being warned not to "overcrowd or chase" sea life after an increase in reports of people causing disturbance around the Cornish coast.

    Seals, sea birds, basking sharks and dolphins are the species worst affected, according to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

    Jet skis in the sea
    Quote Message: We are incredibly fortunate that we have these animals here in the first place and it is a privilege that we’re able to see them, so we want to help people get the best out of these encounters by following some simple guidelines that will avoid causing distress and harm. from Dan Jarvis British Divers Marine Life Rescue
    Dan JarvisBritish Divers Marine Life Rescue
  8. Plymouth Argyle player drove on mobile phone

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Plymouth Argyle defender has admitted speeding and using his mobile phone while driving a sports car.

    Yann Songo'o pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates Court to driving the Porsche Boxster while using a phone in Mannamead Road, Plymouth, in December.

    He also admitted exceeding the 30mph limit in Peverell Park Road in January.

    Yann Songo'o

    The Plymouth Argyle defender also faces a charge of driving while uninsured and another of driving without a licence. He has not yet entered pleas.

    The case was adjourned to 21 August.

  9. Mum tells of Cornwall Air Ambulance "heroes"

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A mother has told of the moment her 7-year-old son "thought he was going to die" after a trampoline accident but was rescued by "heroic" paramedics from Cornwall Air Ambulance.

    Janet Kay has been speaking out as the charity has revealed details of its 387 missions so far this year.

    Henry Kay

    Mrs Kay said Henry broke his leg in four places.

    "It was so unbearable, he was going in and out of consciousness. He said to me, mummy, I think I’m going to die," she said.

    "They were true heroes. The care we received was incredible."

    The charity said in the first six months of this year, 50 of its missions were emergencies involving babies, children and teenagers.

  10. Goalkeeper scores with overhead kick

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

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    Video caption: Exeter City goalkeeper James Hamon scores overhead goal
  11. Age of man found dead in Newquay disclosed

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Police have now disclosed the age of a man who was found dead on Towan beach in Newquay at the weekend.

    Officers say the man was 32-years-old and that his next of kin have now been told.

    Devon and Cornwall Police would not say where the man was from. His death is being treated as unexplained.

    The discovery was made by a member of the public at 6.30am on Saturday morning.

    Police vehicles at Towan beach

    The death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue.

  12. Could new wetsuits be created from old ones?

    BBC Radio Devon

    Experts from the University of Exeter are working with hipster Cornish clothes firm Finisterre to come up with a way to recycle old wetsuits.

    Hipster

    The discarded neoprene makes up about 380 tonnes of waste every year according to the university experts.

    Exeter Technologies Group says the UK has more than 500,000 surfers and they replace their wetsuits every two years.

    Finisterre will be researching the materials science at its workshop at St Agnes and examining whether the old wetsuits can be turned into new ones.

  13. Steam fair delayed because of wet weather

    The Torbay Steam Fair was due to start tomorrow but organisers have decided to postpone the start because the ground is still wet.

    Instead the fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

    Quote Message: The ground is drying out, but it would be impossible to get them in tomorrow, they [the vehicles] would just slide around in the mud. from Martyn Hodge Torbay Steam Rally Association
    Martyn HodgeTorbay Steam Rally Association
  14. Latest travel: Several roads blocked by crashes

    BBC News Travel

    • In Torquay, Happaway Road is blocked in both directions due to an incident between Halsteads Road and Combe Lane
    • In Kilkhampton, the B3254 is blocked in both directions due to a three-vehicle collision between the A39 and Grimscott Estate
    • In Woolacombe, there's slow traffic on Station Road due to a two-vehicle collision between Mortehoe Station Road and the Mullacott Cross Roundabout
  15. Latest travel: Road closed in Plymouth because of large crane

    BBC News Travel

    • In Plymouth, Millbay Road is closed in both directions around Hobart Street due to a large crane occupying the road
    • In Torquay, there's heavy traffic on Barton Hill Road due to an accident near Fore Street
    • In Holsworthy, there's slow traffic on the A388 due a to fallen tree between Holsworthy and Clawton
  16. Second dog rescue for Cornish lifeboat

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Port Isaac lifeboat has launched to rescue a dog that has fallen down a cliff in north Cornwall, the UK Coastguard has said.

    The animal was reported missing in the area after going over the edge at Gullastem, north of Tintagel.

    Yesterday the same RNLI lifeboat rescued a husky from the bottom of a steep slope. The animal was not injured.

  17. Beach closed after hand grenade found

    BBC Radio Devon

    Across the border, part of East Cliff Beach at Lyme Regis has been sealed off after a suspected hand grenade was found.

    Police and the UK Coastguard were called shortly before 11:00 this morning. A team of bomb disposal experts are travelling to the scene.