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  1. Man arrested by police investigating suspected hit-and-run in Dartmouth
  2. Number of people killed on roads in Devon and Cornwall rises sharply
  3. Victory for deportation earnings row woman
  4. Plymouth tungsten mining company makes £43.6m loss
  5. Sharp rise in number of parents requesting extra help for children in schools
  6. Scientists, including a University of Exeter professor, work on making computing chips that use light
  7. Updates on Friday 29 September 2017

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By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for this week, but we'll be back - bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't miss Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One with Justin Leigh and Janine Jansen and the late news with Janine at 22:30.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Weather: A cooler night before bright spells and rain on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    We will see a cooler night than of late, with showers, a few heavy, feeding in from the south west. There will be some blustery winds along exposed coasts too, but inland the winds will gradually ease.

    Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


    Saturday will see a mix of brighter spells and scattered showers at first. However, the skies will turn increasingly cloudy through the day with more persistent rain arriving for the afternoon and evening.

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

  3. Judge slams Jeremy Kyle Show in incest case

    A judge has been critical of the Jeremy Kyle Show after hearing how a defendant in an incest case appeared on the programme to deny knowing who her father was.

    Katie Buscombe (pictured right), 25, appeared on the show in February 2016.

    She was sentenced today at Truro Crown Court, along with her uncle, 57-year-old Philip Buscombe (left), after both admitted the charge of having sex with an adult relative, namely each other.

    Judge Robert Linford said: "Why the makers of a TV programme think there is money to be made from people such as you is entirely beyond me."

    Philip and Katie Buscombe

    The court heard Mr Buscombe's brother is the biological father of Mrs Buscombe.

    The incest happened while they were living together in Bugle, Cornwall, between August 2012 and August 2013, the court heard.

    The judge told them: "You both knew it was wrong but nevertheless you did it".

    Katie Buscombe, who is now married to another man, was given a 12-month supervision order.

    Mr Buscombe, a tractor driver from Cornwall, was also given a 12-month supervision order, and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid community work.

  4. Goal posts widened for educational needs support

    Anna Varle

    BBC News Online

    A steep rise in the number of requests for special educational needs assessments has been driven by a change in the rules, according to the leader of Devon County Council.

    In the past year, the number in Devon has increased by 99%, while Cornwall has seen a 61% rise.

    School child

    Council Leader John Hart said local authorities were now responsible for a much wider age range.

    "Instead of youngsters being the responsibility of the local authority from five to 15, they're now from nought to 25, and that's given us a wider catchment area," he said.

    "They've also changed the rules so parents have also got the right to ask for their children to be assessed."

  5. Man challenges decision to stop health monitoring service

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A seriously ill man from north Cornwall has successfully challenged the local NHS to review a decision to stop offering a health monitoring service which he says saved his life.

    Solicitors acting for Ian Wyness, from Davidstow, argued that service commissioning body NHS Kernow's decision to end the Telehealth service was unlawful.

    Telehealth remotely monitors patients' vital signs and transmits the information via phone or broadband.

    Mr Wyness said the service was vital in managing his chronic heart condition.

    Service commissioning body NHS Kernow has agreed to continue funding Telehealth until the review is complete. A six-week consultation with patients is under way.

  6. Uncle and niece sentenced for incest

    An uncle and his niece have been sentenced for having consensual sex with each other.

    Katie Buscombe (pictured right), 25, and her uncle Philip Buscombe (left), 57, both previously pleaded guilty to the charge of having sex with an adult relative.

    Philip and Katie Buscombe

    The offences happened while they were living together in Bugle, Cornwall, between August 2012 and August 2013.

    Both were given community orders at Truro Crown Court.

  7. Rise in South West road fatalities

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The number of people killed on Devon and Cornwall's roads has risen sharply, according to figures published by the government yesterday.

    In the 12 months to June, 54 people died - 10 more than the previous year.

    Police accident sign

    Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, head of roads policing for Devon and Cornwall Police, said 98% of crashes involved some form of driver error, and that motorists needed to moderate their behaviour.

    "We've got 22,000km (13,700 miles) of road network to police in Devon and Cornwall and we can't be everywhere," he said.

    "What we need is for people to take road deaths seriously."

  8. Deadly Portguguese man-of-war washes up at Challaborough

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A deadly Portuguese man-of-war has been found washed up at a popular south Devon surfing beach.

    Man of war

    It's the first time the creatures whose stings can be fatal have been found at Challaborough.

    Others have been spotted on the nearby River Dart, Blackpool Sands and at several other locations in Devon, Cornwall and Wales.

    The NHS recommends using tweezers or a clean stick, and gloves if possible, to remove man-of-war tentacles.

    If symptoms become more severe, or a sensitive part of the body has been stung, people should seek medical help.

  9. Passengers' views could shape branchline development

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Passengers who use the Maritime Line - the railway which links Truro, Penryn and Falmouth - are being encouraged to have their say on the future development of the line.

    There's been a huge increase in the number of people using it over the past few years, with more than 660,000 journeys made last year.

    Maritime line

    The branch line users are being asked to take part in a survey, the results of which will feed into the work of the Maritime Line Forum, and shape the future of the line.

  10. Gary Lineker Twitter row over UKIP's new lion

    Press Association

    UKIP and the football pundit, Gary Lineker, have become embroiled in a war of words over the party's new logo, which resembles the emblem of football's Premier League.

    The design depicts a lion in the party's traditional purple on a white background next to the slogan "Ukip. For The Nation", prompting a tweet with an eye-rolling emoji from Lineker that the Premier League "will be thrilled".

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    UKIP, which is holding its annual party conference in Torquay, responded with a "We're not that stupid", with a spokesman describing Lineker as a "very well-known, somewhat sanctimonious, extremely well-paid TV celebrity who has their own opinions".

    The ping-pong tweets continued, with Lineker hitting back with: "But I'm working hard on having someone else's opinions."

  11. Bolton elected UKIP leader at party conference in Torquay

    BBC Politics

    Henry Bolton has been elected as the new leader of UKIP at the party's annual conference in Torquay.

    The new leader, and former candidate for Kent police and crime commissioner, is the party's fourth leader in just over a year after a contest that divided the party.

    He beat anti-Islam campaigner and bookmakers' favourite Anne Marie Waters

  12. Age UK centre users get letter saying 'it will close'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People who've been using the Age UK centre in Truro say they have been receiving letters saying it will close at the end of November.

    The centre has been offering help for about 30 years, but has been under threat because of changes in funding from Cornwall Council and problems with the building.

    Cornwall Council previously said the premises were up a very steep slope, and had limited access and very restricted parking.

    The charity has been contacted for comment on the letters and possible closure date.

    Age UK centre Truro. Pic: Google
  13. Groundbreaking work on computer chip technology

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A professor from the University of Exeter is working on computer chips that use light rather than electricity.

    Photonic chips can also operate in a way that mimics the processes in the human brain, but 1,000 times faster.

    Professor David Wright said the technology was similar to what was already used with fibre optics in communications.

    David Wright

    "Moving from electronics to light has already been done ... what we're looking at is moving to using similar technology," he added.

  14. Travel update: Accident on M5 near Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    There are reports of an accident on the M5 Plymouth-bound, between Junction 30 Exeter Services and Junction 31 Exminster.

  15. Torpoint ferry fault 'traced, isolated and fixed'

    A mechanical fault which has kept one of the Torpoint ferries out of action for the past two days has been dealt with, Tamar Crossings has tweeted.

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    The service runs between Torpoint and Plymouth.

  16. Tunes in the Dunes festival at Perranporth under threat

    Cornwall Live

    Councillors in Cornwall have said that aspects of the last Tunes in the Dunes festival hosted by the Watering Hole on Perranporth beach earlier this summer “cannot happen again”.

  17. Saxo car witnesses sought in Dartmouth 'hit-and-run' probe

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Police who have arrested a man over a suspected hit-and-run death have appealed for anyone who saw a silver or metallic blue Citroen Saxo in Dartmouth to get in touch.

    College Way

    Officers said they would like to speak to anyone who saw a similar Saxo on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday in the area.

    Homeless Jamie Symons, 27, died after being hit by a car in College Way in the town just before 00:40 on Wednesday.

    Sgt Gary Williamson, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We are asking the public to contact police urgently with information on a vehicle we are seeking information on."

    A 20-year-old man from Dartmouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is being questioned by police.

  18. Met Offices issues severe weather warning

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A severe weather warning of heavy and persistent rain and strong winds has been issued for Sunday and Monday, including across the South West.

    The Met Office said conditions could lead to flooding and travel disruption.

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