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Summary

  1. Teacher jailed for 14 years for 'systematic abuse'
  2. Baby death dad 'did not know of violence'
  3. Man rescued from vehicle crash in North Devon
  4. Teens rescue drunk man from Tamar Bridge
  5. Bus strike called off
  6. Cannabis discovery closes lane of A30
  7. Police still hunting Sutton Harbour rapist
  8. Gender identity support service calls 'rise sixfold'
  9. Hip replacement to silver medal in 10 weeks
  10. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Sophie Malcolm

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sophie Malcolm

    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. House was 'filled with love and happiness'

    BBC Wales News

    Cardiff Crown Court

    A man whose husband is accused of murdering their adopted daughter says their house was "filled with love and happiness, all the time".

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, from Delabole in Cornwall, is accused of abusing 18-month-old Elsie over several months and causing "catastrophic" injuries before she died in May 2016.

    He denies murder.

    Craig Scully-Hicks told Cardiff Crown Court that if he had suspected any violence, he would not have tolerated it.

    When asked over his preference to adopt a boy or girl, he said: "I just wanted a daddy's little princess really."

    He said they had decided Matthew Scully-Hicks would stay at home and look after the children. "He wouldn't have had if any other way," he added.

  3. Weather update: Cloudy day ahead of wind tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will be a rather cloudy night tonight with some clear spells at times.

    The winds will gradually increase but most places will remain dry.

    A windy day on Wednesday and early bright spells will be replaced by increasing amounts of cloud as outbreaks of rain arrive through the afternoon.

    Top temperature 16C (60F).

    weather map
  4. Travel update: roadworks overnight in Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    Advance warning - In Exeter Bridge Road will be closed between 10pm and 5:30am for overnight roadworks.

    Diversions will be in place.

  5. Bus strike called off

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A planned strike by bus drivers in the south west has been called off after bosses came up with a new pay offer, according to the union behind the strike.

    The RMT union said planned industrial action by Stagecoach South West staff on 13, 17 and 30 October would now no longer take place.

    RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "This shows yet again what can be achieved when trade union members stand together.

    "It is a tribute to our members that the union has been able to make Stagecoach South West come back to the table with an improved offer."

    Stagecoach confirmed the strike action had been called off "pending a referendum of members on a revised proposal".

    A spokesman said: "We are therefore pleased to confirm our services will operate as normal on these days, avoiding any disruption to vital transport links for the community."

  6. Cannabis discovery closes lane of A30

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A discovery of cannabis plants on the A30 at Daisy Mount Cross in Ottery St Mary has prompted police to close one lane of the dual carriageway today.

    Officers were called at 11:15 BST this morning, and are still on the scene.

    Highways officers have helped close one lane of the road so the police can deal with the findings.

  7. Million-pound investment for marine industry in south-west

    BBC Spotlight

    A new vision for the future of the marine economy is developing here in the South West.

    The global company Thales UK is investing £1m to test and trial unmanned vessels, creating 20 highly-skilled jobs.

    The move highlights how traditional industries are changing with the times, and embracing hi-tech, innovative technologies.

    Thales
  8. Speed humps a cheaper alternative to slow down drivers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The man in charge of the county's roads says if it wasn't for speeding drivers - there'd be no need to introduce more road humps and other calming measures.

    Some drivers in Cornwall say there are so many humps that their cars are suffering damage.

    Councillor Geoff Brown says humps don't cost much compared to other measures, but he is open to alternatives.

    speed humps
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A385 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A385 Devon both ways severe accident, between Clay Lane and A384.

    A385 Devon - Very slow traffic on A385 in both directions in Totnes between the Clay Lane junction and Shinners Bridge, because of an accident involving a car and coach earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Brutus Bridge Roundabout.

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

  10. Travel update: Crash on A380, Telegraph Hill

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A380 at Telegraph Hill heading towards Newton Abbot near the turning for Ashcombe we've got reports there's an accident.

  11. Weather update: Cloudy but dry evening ahead

    BBC Weather

    Bright or sunny spells are possible this afternoon, especially in the east. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

    weather map

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with some clear spells at times. The winds will gradually increase but most places will remain dry. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

  12. Travel update: Fallen tree in Looe

    In Looe, on Barbican Road between Pendennis Road and Bodrigan Road we've got reports there's a fallen tree. Approach with care.

  13. Global firm to build £1m trial centre

    BBC Radio Devon

    The global company Thales is building a £1m centre in the South West for its maritime trials of unmanned vessels.

    The company says its Turnchapel Wharf development will create 20 highly skilled jobs.

    Bosses said the site was ideal because they have access to deep water just outside the Sound where the craft can be tested.

    Thales is a multibillion-pound company.

    Quote Message: We can take those traditional skills in the city and move them into a new generation using new technologies. It'll also give graduates opportunities. from Ian McFadzen Chief executive of Plymouth Science Park
    Ian McFadzenChief executive of Plymouth Science Park
    Turnchapel Wharf
  14. Teacher jailed for 14 years for 'systematic abuse'

    A former primary school teacher has been jailed for sexually assaulting two girls, including one under the age of 13.

    Stephen Higgitt, 60, had earlier been found guilty of two counts of assault on a child under 13 by penetration, three assaults by penetration and one charge of sexual assault.

    Higgitt, previously from Wadebridge, Cornwall but who has since moved to Redditch, Worcestershire, was sentenced to 14 years at Truro Crown Court. The judge said it amounted to "systematic abuse" over five years.

    Stephen Higgitt

    Sentencing, judge Simon Carr told Higgitt, who walked in court carrying a guitar case: "You have shown not a scintilla of remorse for what you have done. You have shown no insight, and no empathy. You abused trust in the most appalling way. You used your position as evidence she was lying and you were telling the truth".

    The offences happened over five years, between 2008 and 2013.

  15. Travel update: Broken-down lorry on A390

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • At Grampound on the A390 near Mill Lane we've got reports there's a broken-down lorry
    • Near Dartington the A385 is blocked in both directions between Shinners Bridge and Clay Lane due to an accident.