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  1. Updates from Tuesday 3 April until Friday 6 April 2018

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  1. Weather: Sunny spells, a few showers and mild

    BBC Weather

    A mild day with sunny spells, but also one or two showers, which could be heavy with the risk of thunder this afternoon.

    It will remain breezy through the day.

    Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

    Alex Osborne
  2. England and Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds

    Joe Simmonds kicks a penalty five minutes from time to send Exeter 11 points clear at the top of the Premiership.

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  3. Pair treated after inhaling chemicals in Falmouth

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Two people from Falmouth have been taken to hospital after accidentally mixing chemicals and inhaling the fumes.

    Paramedics treated them at the scene before transferring them to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for further examination.

    Firefighters entered the property to find the chemicals, before removing them and ventilating the home. They established the gas inhaled was chlorine.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue say they were called to the incident at 15:00, and sent crews from Falmouth and Tolvaddon.

    A support vehicle from St Just and the environment support vehicle from Penzance was also called out.

  4. Drug couriers jailed following Exeter arrest

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Shahbaz Malik and Martell Ramocan

    A pair of drug couriers have been jailed after bringing £4,000 worth of heroin and cocaine to Exeter inside their bodies.

    Shahbaz Malik and Martell Ramocan (pictured above) were arrested when police raided the home of a vulnerable drug user in Harrington Lane, Exeter, on 10 May 2016.

    They had both been recruited by a drug gang, which offered Malik a place to stay as his reward and Ramocan settlement of a £200 cannabis debt.

    Malik, 30, and Ramocan, 21, both of Hayes, West London, admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and were jailed for two years four months and two years respectively at Exeter Crown Court.

  5. Two jailed over horrific assault in Paignton

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Two men responsible for an attack which left a man with his ear bitten off and brain injuries, have been jailed.

    Stephen Doyle and Samuel Bullen (pictured below) admitted to chasing down and violently attacking Colin McLean in Torbay before beating him unconscious in Lower Polsham Road, Paignton on 11 January.

    The victim was left with part of his right ear missing, a bleed on the brain, a broken eye socket, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

    Stephen Doyle and Samuel Bullen

    Doyle, 29, of St Mary’s Park, Collaton St Mary, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, and a separate assault by beating on a woman on the same evening.

    He was sentenced to eight years and two months in prison.

    Bullen, 22, of Mimosa Way, Paignton, admitted unlawful wounding but denied GBH and received 20 months in prison.

  6. Weather: rain overnight will dry up through Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

    Fresh southeasterly winds should turn to the northeast by morning.

    There will be some low cloud over higher ground.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    Weather map for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 24 March

    Saturday will remain largely cloudy with rain becoming increasingly patchy.

    Most places will be dry by the evening with some brighter periods also developing.

    Northeasterly winds will ease throughout the day.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

  7. Former health boss must repay stolen NHS funds

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A former NHS executive will have to repay more than £10,000 she stole from the health service.

    Paula Vasco-Knight was the NHS's lead on Equality and Diversity and chief executive of the Torbay NHS Trust ,when she used health service funds to pay her husband for work that never existed.

    The order was made at Exeter Crown Court after a year-long financial investigation into the couple's assets.

    Paula and Stephen Vasco-Knight

    Vasco-Knight, 54, of The Seasons, Runcorn, and her husband Stephen, 46, of the same address, both admitted a single count of fraud in January 2017.

    The couple have now been ordered to repay the £11,072 to the NHS within three months or serve six weeks in prison, and must also pay £2,500 costs.

    They were given suspended prison sentences for the offences in March 2017.

  8. Boy, 17, in hospital with hip injury after bike crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 17-year-old boy is in hospital with a hip injury after colliding with a pedestrian while on his bike, police have said.

    Police and ambulance were called to Carlyon Road in St Austell, Cornwall at 16:35 on Thursday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the cyclist's hip injury is "potentially serious". The pedestrian was not injured.

    The road was blocked for a short time but has since been reopened.

    Carlyon Road in St Austell
    Image caption: It happened on Carlyon Road in St Austell
  9. Duke of Cornwall watches performance by prison inmates

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Prince of Wales has been watching inmates at Dartmoor Prison perform songs from Carmen and Les Miserables.

    He's in Devon to find out about the work of the Prison Choir Project - which is aiming to find a way to reduce reoffending by building self-esteem.

    The inmates were joined by professional performance artists for the show. Adam Green, the founder of the project, said the project was a "wonderful experience" for the prisoners.

    "They can really sing, they really can. I think they would stand up against any professional chorus. It has been, for all, an extraordinary experience."

    More than 400 prisoners and prison staff have engaged with the project's work to date, including an opera in Dartmoor Prison and further programmes in HMP Kirkham and HMP Drake Hall.

    Prince Charles
  10. Prince Charles in Devon on Dartmoor Prison visit

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Duke of Cornwall has been in Devon today.

    Prince Charles visited Dartmoor Prison in Princetown where he was told about the Prison Choir Project - which aims to rehabilitate prisoners and ex-offenders through the performance of opera, song, and choral music.

    He listened to a brief performance by participants.

    Prince Charles
  11. Train services suspended between Penzance and Truro

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Great Western Railway services have been suspended between Penzance and Truro due to a broken-down train at Camborne. Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

  12. Cornwall travel: Road partially blocked in Perranarworthal

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    At Perranarworthal, there are reports that the A39 is partially blocked near Cove Hill due to an accident.

  13. Plymouth schoolchildren do their bit for Sport Relief

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Tonight is the culmination of this year's Sport Relief appeal with a special programme on BBC 1, straight after BBC Spotlight.

    People across Devon and Cornwall have been taking up sporting challenges throughout the week to help fundraise.

    These children from Pilgrim Primary School in Plymouth have been singing the official Sport Relief Schools' song and getting to grips with some exercise.

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    Video caption: Schoolchildren learn a new song and dance for Sport Relief
  14. Nursery safeguarding closures are not a police matter

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police says the closure of four nurseries in north Devon for safeguarding reasons is not a police matter.

    In a statement a spokeswoman for the force said: "The suspension of the licence for ‘Claire’s Nurseries’ in North Devon is not related to any police investigation and is a matter for Ofsted.

    "We understand that Ofsted will be in contact with families in due course."

    The nurseries affected are Claire's Flying Start Nursery, Claire's Little Bears Nursery and Claire's Newport Nursery in Barnstaple and Claire's Little Robins Nursery in Bideford.

    Ofsted confirmed it has: "Suspended the registration of these four nurseries in Devon because we have received information that gives us cause to believe safeguarding arrangements are not secure."

    Claire's Little Bears nursery
  15. Devon travel: Kingsbridge road blocked by accident

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Kingsbridge, the A379 Ilbert Road is blocked in both directions at West Alvington Hill due to an accident.