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Summary

  1. Proposals to cut Cornwall Council from 123 members to 87
  2. Family of Josh Clayton claim he 'was murdered' on Isles of Scilly
  3. Cornwall mineshaft fall man 'amazed he survived'
  4. Policing operation after claims badger cull saboteurs are damaging farmland
  5. Plans for multimillion-pound industrial development on edge of Exeter rejected
  6. Plymouth's Mark Ormrod to debut at Invictus Games
  7. Updates on Tuesday 26 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    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. 'We are Generation Z'

    BBC Newsbeat

    Generation Z

    The BBC's biggest survey of the attitudes of 16 to 22-year-olds finds a generation wanting to fight back against a perception they're "lazy".

    People we spoke to include Charlotte Danks, who's from Newquay, who said young people needed an opportunity.

    She decided to start her own business selling cut-price food to locals after being laid off repeatedly.

    The 22-year-old said she always wanted a career where she could help her community.

  3. Latest weather: Dry overnight, but outbreaks of rain on Wednesday

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud. Where clear spells develop, the odd mist or fog patch may form.

    Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

    Weather

    Any mist and fog should quickly clear, leaving a dry Wednesday morning with sunny spells. However, outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds will spread east through the morning, possibly with the odd heavy burst at times.

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

  4. Strawberry fields for ... spiders? Rare arachnid in Devon

    If you're not too fond of eight-legged creepy crawlies, then look away now as we tell you about a rare and distinctive spider being discovered living at a north Devon nature reserve.

    The strawberry spider is classified as nationally scarce by arachnid experts.

    The discovery was thought to be one of only a handful of sightings in Devon since it was discovered near Ivybridge in 2008, according to the Devon Wildlife Trust.

    Strawberry spider

    It was found at the Meeth Quarry nature reserve, near Hatherleigh.

    Insect expert Rob Wolton made the discovery and said: "I was out recording insects like hoverflies on the reserve, when I spotted this huge red spider unlike any I had ever seen before. I took some photos and when I got home looked it up.

    "It was a real surprise to find such an eye-catching spider. It just goes to show what a special place Meeth Quarry is. Full of the unexpected."

  5. Plans of young people's mental health facility released

    BBC Spotlight

    It's been announced that building work will start in the spring on Cornwall's first specialist mental health unit for young people.

    The unit, which will benefit patients from around the South West, will be built in the grounds of Bodmin Hospital.

    Plans
  6. Bodmin parking charges returning

    Parking charges are to be reinstated in Bodmin now that recent road improvements have been completed, Cornwall Council has confirmed.

    The £7.5m project aims to improve traffic flows and make the town bicycle friendly.

    Parking has been free in Fore Street, Priory Road and Dennison Road for the past year, but the council said that was to end on 1 October.

    Road signs

    Geoff Brown, council cabinet member for transport, said: "Now this work is complete, disruption to local businesses has reduced and parking charges will be reinstated.

    "Income from council car parks is used to fund vital services in Cornwall, including maintaining the 7,000km of road network we have responsibility for."

  7. Sighting of invasive Asian hornet confirmed in Devon

    Press Association

    A sighting of the invasive Asian hornet which preys on honeybees has been confirmed in Devon.

    The National Bee Unit confirmed the sighting at an apiary near Woolacombe and work is under way to identify, destroy and remove any nests in the area.

    Experts said the Asian species, which at up to 2.5cm (1in) long is smaller than native European hornets, poses no greater risk to human health than bees. But it preys on important pollinating insects such as honeybees and could do serious damage to colonies here, which have not evolved to cope with the threat.

    Asian hornets arrived in France in 2004 and are now common across large areas of Europe, with experts on standby in the UK in recent years for the insect's arrival here, from imports such as plants or timber, or even by flying across the Channel.

    The species was discovered for the first time in Channel Islands Jersey and Alderney last summer.

    Asian hornet
  8. 'Tug-of-war' with police over Isles of Scilly death

    The family of a man found dead on the Isles of Scilly say they have been in a prolonged "tug-of-war" with Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Josh Clayton's body was discovered in September 2015 on rocks to the north of Tresco.

    The Devon and Cornwall Police investigation into the death has been reviewed by Dorset Police but the findings have not yet been made public.

    Mr Clayton's brother, Ashley Cox, said: "It feels like we are in a tug-of-war with the police to get them to investigate the death properly."

    Det Supt Steve Parker, senior investigating officer, said: "I have met with the Clayton family to inform them of our plans and intentions in relation to the investigation. I will continue to keep them fully informed of any developments."

    Josh Clayton
  9. 'Acid attack' suspect in court

    A man has appeared in court after a suspected acid attack at a Devon bus station.

    Peter Milne, 38, from Temple Crescent, Tiverton, was brought before Exeter magistrates, charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and throwing a corrosive fluid with the intent to burn, maim or disfigure.

    The charges related to a suspected robbery in Tiverton on Sunday where a man was sprayed in the face with an unidentified liquid.

    No plea was entered and the case was adjourned to Exeter Crown Court on 26 October with the defendant remanded in custody.

  10. Labradoodle dog missing after A30/M5 crash

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    A search is under way for a missing labradoodle dog which was in a car involved in a crash with an unmarked police vehicle.

    The dog was in a Nissan which was in the crash with a police Skoda Octavia on the southbound side of Junction 29 on the M5 for the A30 at about 12:30.

    The Nissan ended up on its roof. There were no reports of major injuries.

    The dog was last seen heading towards Exeter Airport, police said.

  11. Mysterious lights over Dartmoor

    Can anybody help Rae?

    He took this photo over Dartmoor yesterday and is a bit confused about what he saw.

    Dartmoor lights

    He emailed us saying: "I took this pic of sunset over Dartmoor. But can you tell me what the three bright lights were?

    "They didn't seem to move, but hung there for a few minutes while I went and got my phone."

    Email us here.

  12. 'Wonderful summer' at Penzance pool prompts later opening

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Video content

    Video caption: The Art Deco seawater lido is staying open to swimmers until the end of October

    Bosses of the Art Deco seawater lido say why they are staying open to swimmers until the end of October - the latest the pool has ever been opened in the year.

  13. Badger cull: Trust 'only supports peaceful protest'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Devon and Cornwall Police say an operation is under way to prevent criminality which may be caused over badger culls.

    Farms across the South West are part of the Defra-licenced scheme in a bid to eradicate bovine TB in cattle.

    Badger culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, but opponents say there is no evidence it is effective.

    A police senior officer confirmed the force was investigating reports of "significant damage to pheasant pens", estimated at £10,000, reported by a local shooting syndicate.

    The operation also includes extra patrols being carried out.

    The Badger Trust said it opposed culling, but chief executive Dominic Dyer told the BBC the trust only supported peaceful protest.

  14. Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in lorry crash

    A 71-year-old woman in a serious condition in hospital after her car crashed with a lorry in Cornwall.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the crash happened at about 11:30 yesterday, on the A389 at Lanivet, near Bodmin.

    Lanivet

    The woman, from Port Isaac, sustained life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Derriford Hospital.

    Police said they would like to talk to anyone with information, or dashcam footage.

  15. Flood scheme to protect 600 homes in Starcross approved

    Devon Live

    A major Environment Agency scheme to reduce the flood risk to 600 homes on the Exe Estuary has been approved.

  16. Unmarked police car involved in A30/M5 crash

    An unmarked police car has been involved in an accident on a motorway slip road in Devon.

    The Skoda Octavia collided with a Nissan car on the southbound side of Junction 29 for the A30 on the M5 at about 12:30, with the Nissan rolling onto its roof.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said there appeared to be no major injuries.

    A labradoodle dog that was in the other car fled the scene and was last seen heading towards Exeter Airport.

  17. Conservatives welcome Cornwall Council number cut plans

    Conservative members on Cornwall Council have welcomed a decision by the Boundary Commission to reduce the number of councillors by 36.

    The commission has recommended the number is cut from 123 to 87 by 2021. It is to hold a consultation about ward changes

    Phil Seeva

    Conservative Group Leader Phil Seeva said: "I am pleased to see that the Boundary Commission has again come back with a figure similar to ours when it comes to changing the number of councillors on Cornwall Council."

    “In the run up to the local elections in May, the Conservatives in Cornwall campaigned to reduce the level of waste and number of councillors on Cornwall Council."

    Mebyon Kernow condemned the recommendation, calling it an "assault on democracy".

  18. Weather: A bright afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It is a bright afternoon with sunny spells and light increasing moderate southerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

    Weather
  19. Family claim man 'was murdered' on Isles of Scilly

    The family of a young man found dead on the Isles of Scilly in 2015 say they believe he was murdered.

    The inquest into 23-year-old Josh Clayton's death in January 2017 was halted after new claims emerged of a row at a party on the privately-owned Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.

    Ashley Cox, Mr Clayton's brother, said Josh was found fully clothed and with his backpack on.

    "It became clear in my mind he had been murdered," Mr Cox said.

    The date for a second inquest into Mr Clayton's death has not yet been set.

    Nobody has been charged with any offences relating to Mr Clayton's death.

    Josh Clayton