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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 Wednesday 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. Football: Devon sides in action tonight

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    All three of Devon's professional football sides are in action tonight, with a mixture of league and cup matches to look forward to.

    The first round of the EFL Cup has offered a mouthwatering west country derby as Plymouth Argyle make their first trip to Bristol City’s new-look Ashton Gate since 2009, while Exeter City are at home to Charlton – the lowest placed of the seeded teams in this year’s draw.

    In the National League, Torquay United’s tough start to the season continues as they travel to Hampshire to take on Aldershot, another of last season's play-off teams.

    You can hear full coverage and live commentary on BBC Radio Devon Sport from 19:00.

  3. Portugal picks up some penguins after paperwork push

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Penguins. Pic: Living Coasts

    Penguins have been sent from Torquay to Portugal in the name of species conservation, and, like any other travellers these days, they had to have their paperwork in order, a zoo says.

    The 20 birds travelled 1,700 miles from Devon to the Parque Zoologico de Lagos by road in a temperature-controlled van, before taking a ferry across the English Channel before being driven on to the Algarve.

    The group, two breeding pairs and a collection of younger birds, is to start a new colony and the move was a recommendation from the European endangered species programme for African penguins, Living Coasts said.

    Zoological collections don’t buy and sell animals – they loan, donate or swap, the Devon zoo said.

    Paperwork needed to move them included: vet certificates, a letter from a vet, a letter of origin, a letter of donation and TRACES [Trade Control and Expert System] certification – the European Union accreditation for controlling the import and export of live animals and animal products.

    And did they appreciate all the administrative hurdles that had to be jumped over? We won't know.

    But Living Coasts curator Clare Rugg said: "They arrived and all went for a swim. They seem to be fine after their journey."

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, between Higher Way and B3176.

    A3052 Devon - Very slow traffic on A3052 Four Elms Hill in both directions in Newton Poppleford between the Higher Way junction and the B3176 junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Turfdown Road and Drift Lane.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 in Bodmin blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Turfdown Road junction and the Drift Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  6. Torbay Council property portfolio 'could mean £400m of borrowing'

    BBC Radio Devon

    A row has broken out in Torbay over whether the council is getting into too much debt by buying up commercial buildings.

    The unitary authority has taken out loans for about £80m to fund a property portfolio that includes two retail parks and an office block.

    Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver wants to put a limit of a £100m on the council's borrowing, but Conservatives want it to be twice as high. A decision on what the ceiling should be will be made at a meeting tonight.

    Mr Oliver said that, if his cap was not accepted, the council's total borrowing would reach £400m.

    Torbay Council
  7. Wheels in motion for skating copper's work with young people

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Cornwall police officer is literally getting her skates on to work with young people and discourage them from getting involved in anti-social behaviour, the Devon and Cornwall force says.

    PC Jodie Fellows

    Devon and Cornwall Police said youth intervention officer Constable Jodie Fellows would patrol skate parks in Truro, Camborne and Penzance areas on her roller skates with the aim of breaking down barriers and to try to engage with the park users

    PC Fellows said: "Historically we experience increases in crime during the summer months from the 13 to 18-year-old age group. There has been some criminal damage to the council’s skate parks - mostly by those who don’t use the equipment - and graffiti. It is not pleasant for dog walkers and families with children to see."

    The force added that the initiative would link into a project between police and Cornwall Council to get young people to help decorate parks and "encourage them to take some responsibility for their environment".

  8. Maternity wards closed 382 times last year in England

    More than 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once in 2016, data obtained by the Labour Party suggests.

    Responding to a Freedom of Information request, 42 out of 96 trusts said they had shut maternity wards temporarily on a total of 382 occasions. The most common reasons given were too few staff and not enough beds.

    The government said closures are "well rehearsed" and it was "misleading" to say they were down to staff shortages.


    However, health bosses in Devon said last month that they had no option but to stop birth services at some maternity units because of staffing problems.

    Units in Honiton and Okehampton were closed for three months at short notice.

    The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, which runs the service, said it did have a staff shortage due to sickness, unfilled vacancies and maternity leave.

    Em Wilkinson-Brice, the trust's chief nurse, also told a health scrutiny committee that births were suspended at Tiverton on 17 occasions in June due to staffing issues.

  9. Plymouth Station stabbing: Railway 'remains a safe place'

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth station
    Quote Message: We have a 29-year-old male in custody, he's currently in hospital receiving some treatment for a wound to the hand that he suffered during the incident and our investigations will be ongoing over the coming days from Acting Ch Insp Shawn Taylor British Transport Police
    Acting Ch Insp Shawn TaylorBritish Transport Police

    He said the railway "remained a safe place", but if anyone does have any concerns they should approach the officers on duty.

  10. Latest weather: Cloudy and rain overnight but brightening

    BBC Weather

    This evening it will be staying cloudy with further spells of rain that will be heavy at times.

    Winds will strengthen through the night adding to the chilly feel. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Weather map

    After a wet morning with heavy rain in places, Wednesday will turn drier and brighter from the west through the afternoon, with spells of sunshine developing for most.

    Despite this, it will stay breezy and rather cool. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  11. Bus tours South West to give people cancer advice

    BBC Spotlight

    A special bus is touring the South West, giving people advice about cancer.

    Cancer bus

    Staff on board are offering help to everyone from those worried about a cancer diagnosis, to those who have loved ones with the disease.

    The service is being run by the charity Macmillan and will also be giving out more specialist advice.

    Skin cancer rates are higher than average and rising in the South West, according to NHS England.

  12. Baby inquest: Doctor had 'never seen injuries that severe'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A consultant paediatrician has told an inquest she has never seen a baby with such severe injuries as those of Cooper Johnson-Hicks, who died last year.

    Dr Katherine Mallam was on duty at the Royal Cornwall Hospital when Cooper was brought in on 26 June 2016. He died later that day with serious head injuries.

    Cooper Johnson-Hicks

    Dr Mallam, who has worked in paediatrics since 1998, said: "I've never seen injuries that severe. I've never seen skull fractures to that extent."

    Tristan Hicks, Cooper's father, told police he'd informed the family he had tripped over a Moses basket, causing Cooper to injure his head, earlier in the day.

    Mr Hicks took his own life weeks later after being questioned on suspicion of his son's murder.

    He told police he had told Cooper's mother about the fall, but other accounts at the hearing in Truro state that he did not tell anyone for at least six hours.

    The inquest continues.

  13. Football: Truro score three again to go top

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City have gone top of National League South after a 3-0 win at Gloucester City last night.

    Ed Palmer, Ben Gerring and Jordan Copp scored the goals as the White Tigers built on their opening-day 3-2 triumph over Welling on Saturday.

    Truro City
  14. Extras council tax on second homes and holiday 'not the solution' - MP

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One of Cornwall's MPs says he doesn't believe proposals to increase council tax for second home owners and holiday lets is a solution to Cornwall's shortage of housing.

    Labour Party campaigners have started a petition arguing that second homes are pushing up the prices of all housing in Cornwall, not just in resorts such as St Ives (pictured) and St Mawes.

    St Ives Conservative Derek Thomas said: "The high streets that I represent in Helston, St Ives and Penzance could not survive if we didn't have a buoyant tourism industry that is fed largely by holiday lets.

    "Ultimately, council tax is about providing services, so you pay your council tax in return for a service. It shouldn’t be seen as a cash cow for people we think we should penalise."

    St Ives
  15. Baby had multiple fractures that were 'days old'

    A pathologist found numerous fractures on a one-month-old baby who died last year that were "days old" an inquest has heard.

    Cooper Johnson-Hicks died on 26 June 2016. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after an incident earlier in the day when his father said he tripped over a Moses basket, causing him to fall and hit his head.

    His father Tristan Hicks failed to tell anyone about the incident for about six hours, and took his own life after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

    The inquest in Truro heard details of a report from Professor Charles Mangham that he found severe fractures to the skull, and 24 rib fractures in a post-mortem.

    When questioning Cooper's mother, Bryony Johnson, police told her Professor Mangham said the rib injuries "would have been caused by squeezing his chest" and they were "non accidental".

    He determined the most recent fractures would have been caused between two and 12 hours before his death, with others "most likely two to three days before".

    When asked by the coroner, Dr Emma Carlyon if she could explain how Cooper came to have such severe injuries, Miss Johnson replied, "no".

    The inquest continues.

    Cooper Johnson-Hicks
  16. Murder probe after station stabbing: What we know so far

    • A man stabbed on a train station concourse has died, police say
    • British Transport Police were called to the Plymouth railway station at 10:00
    • They found the man - in his 40s - with serious stab wounds
    • Paramedics took the man to hospital where he died
    • A man, 29, had been arrested on suspicion of murder
    • He was initially taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury
    • Detectives believe the two men knew each other and had an argument at the station
    • They're now asking any commuters who witnessed what happened this morning to come forward
    • There will be extra police officers in the area during the coming days and detectives are reassuring the public that such assaults are very rare
  17. Neal can emulate Vassell success - Hodges

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Truro City boss Lee Hodges says striker Andrew Neal can emulate Isaac Vassell by going on to play for a club in the English Football League.

    Vassell, 23, left the Cornish side for League Two Luton in July 2016 and has been linked with a move to a Championship club, while Neal scored 18 goals for Truro last season.

    Andrew Neal and Isaac Vassell

    "He's in his early 20s, so there's a chance for him to do it," Hodges told BBC Sport.

    "I think he's got a chance to go like a Vassell, and all it needs is for someone to take that chance to make him play at a higher level."

  18. Terrified mum and children hid behind shelves during station stabbing

    Plymouth Herald

    A Plympton mum has spoken of the terrifying moment she and her two young children scrambled for safety while a man was stabbed at Plymouth Railway Station.