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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 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. Serious case review into baby death

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A serious case review is under way following the death of a four-week-old baby in St Blazey, Cornwall, last year.

    Cooper Johnson Hicks died of head injuries and a coroner ruled yesterday that he was unlawfully killed by his father, Tristan Hicks - who took his own life after he was questioned on suspicion of murder.

    Sarah Allum from the NSPCC says the police and social workers who were involved in the case before Cooper's death need to learn lessons.

    "All agencies will have to review all of their involvement with this family with this young baby and to look at all actions that took place and of course any omissions, and consider what might have been done to protect this baby," she said.

  3. Football: Torquay's Lee faces time out after chest pains

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Torquay United loanee Jordan Lee is undergoing tests after suffering chest pains.

    The 20-year-old right back, on loan from Bournemouth, went to hospital with club physiotherapist Gareth Law on Wednesday and now faces some time out.

    Jordan Lee

    "When it's chest or heart-related things you've just got to make sure," Gulls manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Radio Devon.

    "I'm pretty sure that it's nothing major, but until ourselves and Bournemouth are comfortable that he's 100% then, unfortunately, he's not available to us."

  4. First picture of man accused of Plymouth train station murder

    Plymouth Herald

    This is the man charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing at Plymouth Railway Station.

  5. Yacht rescued from Fastnet race

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    A yacht with 10 people aboard taking part in the Rolex Fastnet offshore race had to be rescued yesterday afternoon after getting into trouble.

    The RNLI said Vencom lost its rudder and was unable to steer so had to be towed back to shore with help from both St Mary's lifeboat from the Isles of Scilly and Ballycotton all-weather lifeboat based in Ireland.

    Fastnet race

    The notoriously tough race on Sunday saw 380 boats sail from the Solent round the Fastnet lighthouse off Ireland and back to the finish line in Plymouth.

    Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: "This was the furthest offshore rescue that I personally have ever been requested to.

    "We would like to commend both the crew members on board the yacht who were all wearing suitable lifejackets and also thank the crew on board the St Mary's lifeboat for their efforts in ensuring a positive outcome."

  6. Weather: A wet day ahead

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a fine end to the day, but cloud will increase overnight.

    There will still be some clear spells and a few isolated mist or fog patches may form, especially in prone spots such as around the River Exe and the Tamar Valley. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow cloud and rain will quickly spread in, with some heavy bursts at times over the hills.

    It will be breezy for many with intermittent rain and drizzle for much of the day. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

  7. Football: Argyle's Bradley cleared of alleged spitting

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    The Football Association has said Plymouth Argyle defender Sonny Bradley has "no case to answer" after reviewing video evidence of an alleged spitting incident against Peterborough on Saturday.

    After the match, Peterborough player Marcus Maddison claimed he had been spat at while on the floor injured.

    It means Bradley will serve no suspension and will be available as the Pilgrims host Charlton in League One this weekend.

  8. This is how a this pair of sandals sparked a search party in Perranporth

    Cornwall Live

    If you spotted lifeguards and coastguards searching the Penhale area of Perranporth yesterday afternoon, this is what sparked the search...

  9. Jeremy Corbyn - Cornwall absolutely in our sights

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Cornwall is "absolutely in the party's sights" for the next general election, on a visit to the county.

    Mr Corbyn is holding a rally on the NHS at Heartlands in Pool later, as part of efforts to raise Labour's profile in target seats.

    The party made significant gains in the 2017 general election but the Conservatives held onto all six parliamentary seats.

    Jeremy Corbyn with hospital staff

    After a tour around the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro he said a Labour government would "particularly look at the source of problems" for pressure on the NHS.

    "The social care is not available so they [patients] are stuck in hospital, as a result somebody else cannot go in hospital, as a result somebody else can't get elective social care," he told us.

    The Conservatives have pledged £2bn for adult social care in England over the next three years.

  10. Rugby: Evans targets November Pirates return

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Canada international Matt Evans says he hopes to return to the Cornish Pirates side in November after a knee problem.

    The 29-year-old wing has been out since December, and has had two operations on the injury.

    Matt Evans

    "I've found a new lease of life within myself. I was worried, at first, as mentally getting over something like this is sometimes really difficult," Evans told BBC Radio Cornwall.

    "I'm looking forward to getting the ball back in my hands in September hopefully, and then pushing into full training at the end of September and maybe get a run-out in November."

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between Whitford Road and B3261.

    A35 Devon - A35 Gammons Hill in Kilmington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Whitford Road junction and the B3261 junction, because of an accident.

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

  12. Hospital sees huge improvement

    BBC Spotlight

    There's been a dramatic turn around at a Devon hospital according to the latest Care Quality Commission report.


    Last year inspectors said the Emergency Department at Torbay Hospital was overwhelmed and rated "inadequate".

    The hospital's made a number of changes since then including improving the rota cover of senior doctors and nurses seven days a week. It's now rated "good".

  13. Hotel evacuated just before midnight thanks to vaping guest

    Devon Live

    Hotel guests were evacuated from their rooms late on Wednesday night after someone vaping in their room set off an alarm.

  14. Two jailed for life over wheelie bin murder

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

    Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a drug user whose body was found dumped in a wheelie bin.

    Drug dealer Thomas Killen, 33, and addict Brett Edwards, 37, attacked James Woodhouse, 30, over a £700 cocaine debt and left him dying in a squalid flat in Exeter, the city's crown court heard.

    He was knocked unconscious and died from an injury to his neck which he suffered as he fell over, the court was told.

    Thomas Killen and Brett Edwards

    The two men fled the flat but Edwards returned after a few days, found Mr Woodhouse dead, and then tried to dispose of his body using a stolen wheelie bin.

    Killen, of North Lawn Court, and Edwards, of Okehampton Road, both denied murder but were found guilty.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between The Hill and B3261.

    A35 Devon - A35 in Kilmington closed in both directions between The Hill junction and the B3261 junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Westbound traffic to divert via the A358 at Axminster and the A30 at Chard, Eastbound traffic to follow the same route in reverse. Traffic is coping well. Congestion to Axminster.

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

  16. Football remembers Exeter's Adam Stansfield

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Football is remembering former Exeter City striker Adam Stansfield, who died of cancer at the age of 31.

    The English Football League tweeted: "Seven years on. Adam Stansfield; gone but never forgotten."

    He was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a series of tests for an abdominal complaint in April 2010, after being admitted to hospital in March.

    More than 1,000 mourners attended his funeral.

  17. Plymouth fireworks extravaganza

    Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online


    Tonight is the second and final night of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth.

    The annual event kicked off last night, as the crowds turned out to watch teams from all over the world light up the skies with their finest displays. The lucrative event is now celebrating its 21st year in the city.

    Group watching fireworks
  18. Corbyn arrives to loud applause

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has begun addressing a crowd at a rally on the NHS in Heartlands, Cornwall.

    The county has had no Labour MP since 2005 although the party did make significant gains on the Conservatives in this year's general election.

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    Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard is also at the rally.

  19. Police try to find missing man

    Police are trying to find a 38-year-old man who has gone missing from Torbay.

    Paul Taylor, from Torquay, has been missing since 25 July.

    Paul’s family are getting "increasingly concerned" and want to know if he is safe and well, police said.

    Paul Taylor
  20. South Western rail franchise boss not committing to guard role

    BBC News England

    The boss of the new South Western rail franchise has refused to commit to protecting the role of train guards, despite calls from the RMT trade union.

    FirstGroup and Hong Kong's MTR take over on 20 August and will provide 90 new trains with doors that can be operated by the driver.

    Driver-only operated trains on Southern Rail services has led to 16 months of industrial action by the RMT. The union has called a meeting with FirstGroup on 17 August.

    The South Western rail service currently operates routes between London Waterloo, Reading, Bristol, Exeter, Weymouth, and Portsmouth, as well as Island Line on the Isle of Wight.

    Andy Mellors
    Image caption: Andy Mellors said he was "committed to recruiting additional staff" but would not commit to protecting the role of the train guard