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Summary

  1. Police appeal after man found dead in alleyway
  2. Baby death dad told girl to 'shut up'
  3. 'No police' for 999 calls in Cornwall, warns sergeant
  4. Unexploded bomb 'used as doorstop'
  5. Tate St Ives £20m extension unveiled
  6. Junior doctor took her own life
  7. Councillors to ask government to fund £88m upgrade for North Devon Link Road
  8. Pet fostering for domestic abuse victims in Cornwall and Devon
  9. Marine life 'at risk from bio-beads'
  10. South Devon footballers help FA's video referees
  11. National Trust pulls Christmas food fair because of popularity
  12. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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 Thursday 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. Tate extension unveiled

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A new £20m extension to the Tate St Ives art gallery in Cornwall has been unveiled.

    The extension creates nearly 600 sq m (6,460 sq ft) of extra space.

    It has been built into the cliff face after local objectors said the scheme would block views of the sea and take up car parking space.

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    Video caption: Buried art treasures at the new Tate St Ives extension
  3. Weather update: Chilly night, with a warmer day tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain will clear through the evening leading to a dry night with clear spells and lighter winds.

    It will turn chilly for many, with some patchy mist and fog.

    Thursday will begin chilly, with any mist and fog steadily clearing to leave a fine day with plenty of sunny spells.

    It will feel pleasantly warm come the afternoon.

    Top temperature 16C (60F).

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  4. New coastal erosion program could have prevented 2013 damage

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Scientists say they'll be able to predict coastal flooding and erosion in Cornwall in the event of more heavy storms like those in the winter of 2013.

    They've developed a computer program which can forecast how sand and dunes can move depending on the wind and sea conditions so people living near the coast can be warned about possible damage.

    It's being tested at the moment but Dr Mark Davidson from Plymouth University says looking back on the storms of 2013, it would have helped to predict the damage.

    "If for example the beach levels were already low, that may have caused severe coastal flooding," he says.

    storm
  5. Air Race 1 World Cup: Meet the Brits competing in the world's fastest motorsport

    BBC Sport

    As Yves Clarke fell from the sky and crashed to earth, breaking his back and puncturing his lung, he decided that flying would best be done with wings and engine propelling him.

    The crash ended the former builder's thrill-seeking ways as a paraglider and prompted him to earn his wings as an airline pilot.

    And now the Devon pilot is among a select group that will be going wing tip to wing tip in specially made Formula 1 planes at more than 250mph - and just 50ft off the ground - in pursuit of Air Race 1 World Cup glory.

    "I always wanted to fly and the cheapest way when I was 17 was with a parachute on your back and jumping off mountains," Clarke told BBC Sport.

    Yves Clarke
  6. Junior doctor took drugs from emergency department to take her own life

    Hayley Westcott

    Broadcast Journalist

    A 'remarkable' junior doctor from Devon took drugs from her own emergency department and took her own life, a coroner has concluded.

    Dr Rebecca Ovenden, 32, who worked at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was found dead at her home on 28 March.

    The coroner was satisfied the hospital had the correct systems in place.

    Assistant coroner Andrew Cox concluded: "Rebecca was better at helping and treating others than she was at helping and treating herself."

    Dr Ovenden was the third female junior doctor to die or go missing in the south west of England between February 2016 and March 2017.

    Rebecca Ovenden
  7. Police appeal after mountain bike robbery

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Exeter where a man was set upon and his distinctive mountain bike stolen.

    The man was cycling home along Cowick Street when he was assaulted by at least two people.

    They took his mountain bike, iPhone and a men’s balance trainer.

    The victim, a 33-year-old man from Exeter, sustained facial injuries in the robbery which happened somewhere between St Thomas Pleasure Ground and Wardrew Road.

    Police are appealing to anyone with information about the stolen bike.

    They say it is a men’s Kross mountain bike, believed to be 21-speed, and luminous yellow in colour

    It also had a bicycle light which shines a red light.

    Cowick St
  8. Father swore at baby girl, court hears

    BBC Wales News

    A man accused of murdering his adopted baby daughter was heard swearing and shouting at the child by neighbours, a jury has heard.

    Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall denies the murder of 18-month-old Elsie, who died in May 2016 after suffering catastrophic injuries.

    Neighbour James Bevan told Cardiff Crown Court he heard offensive swear words being shouted at the infant.

    Mr Bevan, who lived in the semi-detached house next door to Matthew Scully-Hicks in Cardiff, said: "The first initial time I heard anything (unusual), I heard like a tantrum, like a 'argh', an adult's voice, a baby crying, and as the baby was crying I heard a door slam… I identified the crying as being that of a baby.

    "I would normally hear similar occasions happening once a week. Shouting, babies crying, tantrums."

  9. Passengers angry after last minute flight cancellation

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Passengers who were given just three hours notice about the cancellation of a RyanAir flight from Newquay say they've been left disappointed and angry.

    Many of the customers were already at the airport when they got a text saying their flight to Portugal last night wouldn't be leaving.

    Ryanair says it was because of a strike affecting French Air Traffic Control and they couldn't have done anything about it.

    Isobel Hughes from Fowey was one of those affected, and she says she wants more than just a refund

    "You get a refund, but then obviously you are entitled to compensation, but it's very unclear and they're very difficult to get that from, I think," she says.

    RyanAir says the European Commission needs to do more to prevent the strikes in France and say they've advised customers about refunds or alternative flights.

  10. Scientists model new way to predict coastal erosion

    BBC Radio Devon

    Scientists from Plymouth University have developed a way of predicting how much coastal erosion is likely to occur on individual shorelines.

    The computer model uses past wave observations and beach assessments.

    They've also developed a traffic light system based on the severity of approaching storms.

    Plymouth University
  11. Falmouth Harbour commissioners say increasing fees not an option

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Falmouth Harbour commissioners say increasing fees is not a viable option despite operating at its worst loss for 20 years.

    Blame is being placed on a downturn in commercial shipping.

    The commissioners have reviewed their costs to ensure they don't lose £200,000 again this year, one casualty being the decision not to fund the Red Arrows this past summer.

  12. 'Pure speculation' on specialist landing ships

    BBC Radio Devon

    Theresa May is insisting that reports the Royal Navy is considering taking two Plymouth-based specialist landing ships out of service is "pure speculation".

    It's understood that HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark are under threat in plans being considered by the Ministry of Defence.

    Devon Tory MP, Gary Streeter, raised concerns on the issue during Prime Minister's Questions.

    But the prime minister applauded the contributions of the Royal Marines and reiterated the government's commitment to defence spending.

    HMS Albion
  13. Man dies after collapsing on footpath

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A man has died after collapsing on a footpath in Plymouth.

    Emergency services were called to the path close to McDonalds on Pomphlett Road, Plymstock at 09:10 on Wednesday.

    Police said the man became unwell and collapsed. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

    Plymstock
  14. Travel update: Broken-down vehicle on A38

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A38 Plymouth-bound near Ivybridge we've got reports there's a broken-down vehicle.

  15. Fifty cannabis plants found by side of A30

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Workmen found about 50 cannabis plants by the side of the A30 in Devon.

    One lane of the road was closed for much of the day on Tuesday while police investigated.

    The drugs were found at Daisy Mount Cross in Ottery St Mary.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

    Cannabis
  16. Travel update: Crash at Devoran

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    At Devoran on the A39 near the turning for Perranwell Station we've got reports there's a crash.