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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Friday 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.

    Get the latest news for your area from the BBC.

  2. Totnes MP Wollaston's coffin stunt anger 'shows her egotism' says Labour

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Totnes Labour group has hit back at claims by MP Sarah Wollaston that a coffin left outside her constituency office was a "crass" stunt.

    Coffin

    The coffin was left in Totnes in a demo by Save Our Hospital Services that included members of Totnes Constituency Labour Party (CLP).

    Peter McIlven, chair of Totnes CLP, said: "Using coffins in demos is a standard prop, we were not criticising Sarah personally, we were drawing attention to the effects of austerity on the NHS.

    "For her to criticise it in this way and not look at the message says something about egotism.

    "I think her calling it a vile gesture is wilfully misunderstanding."

    Demo

    Conservative Dr Wollaston, referring to the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year, said the effect of "delivering a coffin effigy" had passed some people by.

    She tweeted: "It was not a ‘protest board’, it was a large model coffin that someone had taken some time to construct & the march was with an actual coffin as clear from the photographs of the demonstration @TotnesLabour should apologise."

  3. Pictures from scene of Dartmoor kayaker tree trap tragedy

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man who died when he got trapped under a tree was with four others on the River Dart between Dartmeet and Newbridge, park rangers said.

    Dart

    Part of the river has been closed off while the emergency services recover the body.

    Dart
    Dart

    Police, ambulance, fire service and mountain rescue are all at the scene, which is a popular area for kayaking.

  4. Sherford 'green space' corridors to reduce flood risk

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    The plan for the growth of Sherford, a new town on the edge of Plymouth, could be changed to make it more resistant to flooding after heavy rain.

    Sherford

    The plan involves having corridors of green space to soak up excess water. Within these areas will be drainage basins, which when the weather is dry, will be useable public spaces, including recreation areas.

    However, when the weather is exceptionally wet, the basins can take excess water from the town, transforming into ponds and wetlands that allow the water to drain away naturally.

    These new areas will safely transport and store rainwater, cutting water pollution, reducing the amount of surface run-off, easing the pressure on drains, and significantly decreasing the threat of flooding.

  5. Work begins to increase lowland heathland on road verges

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Highways England is working to increase low heathland areas on road verges in Devon and Cornwall.

    Described as a "rare and threatened habitat", the lowland heathland has been in decline for about two centuries.

    Heather gathering

    Following targeted surveys locations along the A30 and A38 heather will be planted and managed to increase and improve the habitat for plants, animals and birds such as the nightjar and Dartford warbler.

    The areas will include Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Goss Moor adjacent to the A30, and Haldon Hill adjacent to the A38.

    In total, eight locations across the Highways England network in the region have been selected as offering "excellent opportunities for heathland to be created, extended and/or restored".

  6. Fallen tree traps canoeist in 'roaring' river

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A park ranger has described the river that claimed a canoeist's life this morning as "roaring".

    The man was with a group of canoeists when he became trapped under a tree in the Dart Gorge between Darmeet and Newbridge, on Dartmoor.

    Rob Steemson, from Dartmoor National Park Authority, said: "The river obviously rises and falls quite quickly, but this morning it was roaring.

    "With the heavy winds as well, quite a few trees have come down overnight and unfortunately that's what's trapped this person."

  7. Man killed in canoe accident was part of group

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has died in a canoeing accident on the River Dart.

    Rob Steemson, a Dartmoor National Park ranger, said the victim was with a group of six to eight canoeists, when be became trapped under a tree in the Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge.

    "One canoeist has been trapped under a tree and unfortunately the person has passed away," he said.

    Part of the river has been closed off while the emergency services recover the body.

  8. Sunny spells, but some showers later

    BBC Weather

    Mainly dry this afternoon, with some spells of sunshine developing.

    However, some scattered showers will move in towards the end of the day and may turn to sleet or snow this evening.

    Fresh or strong northwesterly winds will make it feel colder, with a maximum temperature of 9C (48F).

    Thursday's weather map
  9. Woman, 94, with broken shoulder waits hours for ambulance

    Plymouth Herald

    A 94-year-old Plymouth woman who broke her shoulder in a fall and was left screaming in pain had to wait almost four hours for an ambulance.

  10. BreakingMan dies in Dartmoor canoe accident

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has died after his canoe became trapped under a tree in the Dart Gorge between Dartmeet and Newbridge, emergency services have confirmed.

    Police, ambulance, fire service and mountain rescue are all at the scene.

    The river has been closed between Dartmeet and Newbridge while the body is recovered, emergency services told the BBC.

    Emergency services
  11. Time for cake

    A giant cake modelled on Britain's largest warship has been presented to the Queen.

    The 8ft-long (2.44m) creation has taken centre stage at the commissioning ceremony for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier in Portsmouth.

    An Edinburgh cake designer created the edible replica of HMS Queen Elizabeth for the event. It took more than 100 hours to complete, and required 7kg of flour as well as 160 eggs.

    The commanding officer's wife Karen Kyd and the youngest member of the ship's company Steward Callum Hui, 17, from Lynton, Devon, have cut the cake.

    Cake
  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between A39 and A3058 Beacon Road Summercourt Central.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 closed and queuing traffic westbound between Indian Queens and Summercourt Central, because of an accident involving a van and tractor.

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

  13. Smaller fire engines considered because of parked cars

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A fire service is considering buying smaller engines so it can squeeze through car-filled streets.

    Firefighters have been delayed in attending a number of emergencies because of "inconsiderate" residential parking.

    In Plymstock, Devon, firefighters have attended two shouts recently on foot because they couldn't get a truck through.

    Katherine Billing, from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said firefighters will put on sirens, go door-to-door knocking but - in an emergency - getting the truck through is a priority.

    "Sometimes we try to physically push them [cars] out of the way. When we can't get the hoses to reach the property, then in that event we may cause damage to someone's vehicle, but that is the last resort."

    Fire engine
  14. Dartmouth man pleads guilty to child sex offences

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A Devon man has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of attempted sexual communication with children, including one count of attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl after sexual grooming.

    The case against 56-year-old Michael Watton, of Dartmouth, relied on evidence gathered by so-called paedophile hunters who mount stings to catch sex offenders by posing as child decoys in internet chat rooms.

    Michael Watton

    Watton was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on 4 January.