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Summary

  1. Royal Navy could lose 'fight on beaches' Plymouth-based ships in planned cuts
  2. Bank steps in to save Cornwall swim group hit by Monarch crisis
  3. Royal Cornwall Hospital doctors say systems in place to ensure urgent cases "are seen quickly"
  4. Portuguese man-of-war wash up in St Ives
  5. Cornwall Air Ambulance commissions new helicopter
  6. Public consultation on merger of South Hams and West Devon councils draws to close
  7. Updates on Friday 6 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Lynne French

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live for another week, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss Spotlight on BBC One tonight at 18:30 and the late bulleting at 22:30.

  2. Students create app in bid to avoid nightclub queues

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: University students develop app to dodge nightclub queues

    Long queues outside nightclubs could be a thing of the past, after a group of students developed an app to track queue lengths.

    University of Exeter students developed QTRKR to monitor how long queues at each club in the city are, as well as wait times and ticket availability.

    It also helps nightclub owners to control crowds outside.

    They came up with the idea after waiting for hours in nightclub queues around the city.

  3. Saturday's weather: Heavy rain clearing later

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    After rain overnight,. Saturday will be a cloudy day with rain at times and with some heavy bursts of rain possible over moors.

    Drier, brighter weather will spread in from the north in the evening.

    Weather map

    Maximum temperature 16C (61F).

  4. Jethro steps in to help Monarch crisis-hit swimmers

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Jethro with Radio Cornwall's David White

    Legendary Cornish comedian Jethro stepped in to help a group of swimmers whose training camp abroad was threatened by the collapse of Monarch Airlines.

    Trip organiser Helen Tooley said the comic contacted her after he saw the story of the plight of the young swimmers from the North Cornwall Dragons on BBC Spotlight.

    Mrs Tooley said Jethro (pictured left with BBC Radio Cornwall's David White) offered to contribute £5,000 to help pay for new flights.

    The swimming club also raised more than £5,000 through donations from the public.

    Barclays Bank has paid back the £11,000 spent on flights and also made a donation of £4,000 to cover extra costs, so the group is all set to go ahead with the trip at the end of the month.

  5. Whole Lotta Love: Lakeman joins Led Zep's Plant for track

    Devon fiddle star Seth Lakeman joined Robert Plant for the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love.

    Lakeman

    Former Zeppelin frontman Plant, who was performing at the BBC's Maida Vale studios for BBC 6 Music, brought in Lakeman for a violin interlude while he played a bhodran drum.

    Plant was taking part in 6 Music Live with support from his band, the Sensational Space Shifters.

    Plant and Lakeman
  6. Adopted woman discovers she's related to ex-US president

    A Devon woman who was adopted at birth says she's reeling from the news that she's related to former US President Barack Obama.

    Jan Rolfe, from Exeter, said that, after finding her birth mother, she started looking into her family history and was astonished to discover she and the 44th president of the United States were distant cousins.

    Barak Obama

    The 67-year-old said President Obama's ninth great-grandfather was her seventh great-grandfather.

    "My cousin in Texas has assured me it's correct, and she's being doing genealogy for many years ... so there's no doubt."

  7. Rugby: May to skipper Pirates against Nottingham

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Full-back Toby May will captain Cornish Pirates in their Championship match with Nottingham on Sunday.

    He takes over from Nicolas De Battista after he suffered a knock in last week's loss at Yorkshire Carnegie, but the Argentine centre does make the bench.

    Dan Koster replaces De Battista in one of three changes as prop Jack Andrew comes in for his 100th Pirates appearance, and Toby Freeman joins the second row.

    Toby May

    Cornish Pirates: T May (capt); O’Meara, Koster, Laverick, Moyle; L May, Day; Walker, Cowan-Dickie, Andrew, Freeman, Caulfield, Cooper, Bolwell, Lawday.

    Replacements: Channon, Judge, Keast, Duncan, Taylor, Cargill, De Battista.

  8. All Plymouth MPs condemn specialist landing ships threat

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    All of Plymouth's three MPs have condemned plans to take two Plymouth-based Royal Navy specialist landing ships out of service.

    BBC Newsnight understands HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark (pictured) are under threat under plans being considered in the Ministry of Defence.

    Critics said the proposal would also deprive the Royal Marines of its core mission.

    Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said the proposal was poorly thought through and would hit national security, as well as being bad for the city.

    Plymouth Moor View Conservative Johnny Mercer said the cut in amphibious capability had to be questioned and that the Royal Marines were a national asset.

    HMS Bulwark

    South West Devon Conservative Gary Streeter tweeted that he gave his "complete support" to Mr Mercer's points on the Royal Marines.

    He added: "Any attempt by MoD to reduce amphibious fleet will be resisted."

    The MoD told the BBC that no decisions have been made yet and that discussion of options was "pure speculation".

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  9. Offenders' art benefits city charities

    BBC Radio Devon

    Works of art, made by young offenders in Plymouth, are being sold to make money for local charities.

    It's part of a creative reparation scheme by the city's youth offending team, designed to make up for harm caused through crime.

    Wood art

    St Luke's Hospice has made £115 in sales of the art, which is all made from surplus wood donated by local building sites.

    Sarah Henfrey, from the charity's Shabby Chic shop, said: "We are delighted to support these young people with their wood art projects and are also grateful for the funds we receive when we sell these products."

  10. Devon councils' merger consultation ending at weekend

    BBC Spotlight

    A public consultation on the merger of two Devon councils ends this weekend.

    South Hams and West Devon want to merge, saying it will save both councils £500,000 a year.

    However, they also admitted that council tax payers in the South Hams would have bigger council tax increases in the first few years than those in West Devon.

    The consultation, which started in August, ends on Sunday.

  11. Top award for special needs assistant

    BBC Spotlight

    A Plymouth teaching assistant who helps children with special needs has won a top award.

    Rebecca Ward, from Courtlands Special School, is the South West's Outstanding Higher Level Teaching Assistant of the year.

    Rebecca Ward

    She said that, while she's thrilled with the accolade, doing the job she loves was reward enough.

    "It's very rewarding: you see them grow in confidence, and the progress they make is unbelievable.

    "I just enjoy it, and every day is different.

  12. Football: Tillson in contention for City's Carlisle trip

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City could have Jordan Tillson available for Saturday's League Two trip to Carlisle United.

    The defensive midfielder had been a doubt after badly bruising his ankle against Morecambe last Saturday, but has returned to training.

    Centre-back Jordan Moore-Taylor could also feature having missed the last two games, but Ryan Harley and Robbie Simpson are still out with long-term injuries.

    Jordan Tillson

    Meanwhile, Paul Tisdale missed out on a second consecutive Manager of the Month award.

    Fellow nominee Kevin Nolan took won the accolade after leading Notts County to six successive wins.

  13. Tribute to 'kind-hearted mischief maker' crash victim

    The family of a homeless man killed by a car in Dartmouth last week has paid tribute to a "loving" man, describing him as a "kind-hearted mischief maker".

    Jamie Symons died after being hit on College Way by a vehicle that failed to stop.

    A 20-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released pending further investigations.

    Jamie Symons

    Members of Mr Symons family said they were heartbroken, adding: "You were the lead mischief maker for certain but this made you who you are.

    "You had your tough times but you would always find your way through them and through it all, deep down you remained a kind-hearted gentleman with a gentle soul."

    Devon and Cornwall Police have appealed to anyone with information to contact them.

  14. Owl be seeing you! Missing Errol is found

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A young barn owl who went missing from a wildlife park in Cornwall has been found, staff say.

    Errol disappeared from his home at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Portreath on 26 September while staff were training him.

    Errol the owl. Pic: at Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre
  15. Eight-seven Jobcentres to be axed across Britain

    Daily Mirror

    The Department for Work and Pensions has exclusively revealed the full list to the Daily Mirror - with 87 due to close.

    They include Helston and Liskeard in Cornwall, plus Newton Abbot and Totnes in Devon, between December 2017 and February 2018.

  16. Football: Owers hopes to bolster Torquay squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United manager Gary Owers says he could bring in some new players to bolster his struggling side.

    Tuesday's win against Maidenhead was their first of the season, but they remain bottom of the National League.

    Gary Owers

    With seven loan players already, Owers says permanent signings are his only realistic option.

    "The players that would suit our situation at the moment are out of contract free agents, so I'm exploring that market," he told BBC Sport.

    "If I can get a top-quality loan signing in and I can bring him to the club I will do that, but it would be at the expense of someone else unfortunately," he added.

  17. Threatened landing ships: MP Mercer criticises reports

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A second Plymouth MP has criticised reports that Royal Navy could lose its ability to assault enemy held beaches under plans being considered in the Ministry of Defence.

    BBC Newsnight understands that specialist landing ships HMS Albion and Bulwark, both based in the city, would be taken out of service under the proposals.

    Critics say the proposal would deprive the Royal Marines of its core mission.

    HMS Albion

    Plymouth Moor View Conservative and former Army officer Johnny Mercer wrote several tweets in response.

    He tweeted:

    • It’s about ‘assured access’. What’s the point of carriers if you can’t land that force?
    • Successive Gov’ts have reviewed amphibious capability and decided to keep. Why is this Gov’t different?
    • Royal Marines are a strategic, National asset- should not be in the mix when First Sea Lord is trying to balance the Navy budget.
    • RM [Royal Marines] contribution to SF [special forces] is unsurpassed. SF must be protected at all costs and I will not support anything in that direction, which this is.

    The MoD told the BBC that no decisions have been made yet and that discussion of options was "pure speculation".

  18. Portuguese man-of-war wash up in St Ives

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Man-of-war

    Beach users are once again being warned about the amount of Portuguese man-of-war washed up - this time on Porthmeor beach in St Ives.

    The numbers have reached unprecedented levels on Cornwall's beaches and, now that lifeguard patrols have ended, people are being warned there will be nobody to pick up the creatures.

    Man-of-war

    The invasion of potentially fatal jellyfish-like creatures has been spreading along the English Channel.

    They were first spotted in Cornwall and have been seen as far east as Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire.

  19. Two sexual assaults investigated

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating reports that two 15-year-old girls were seriously sexually assaulted in two separate incidents in Newton Abbot in the past week.

    The first assault happened at Courtenay Park between 18:00 on Saturday 30 September and 09:00 on Sunday 1 October.

    Courtney Park, Newton Abbot

    The second incident happened in grounds near Forde House, Brunel Road, and near the Sainsbury's Local shop on East Street between 20:30 on Tuesday 3 October and 02:00 on Wednesday 4 October.

    Scenes of Crime Officers have been conducting forensics in the two areas and the girls, who are known to each other, were being supported by officers, police said.