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Summary

  1. Cornish Pirates ban singer over Holocaust denial song concerns
  2. New homes 'built without fire barriers'
  3. Senior Devon councillor charged with sex attacks
  4. TV presenter Carrie Grant criticises councillor's home-schooling comments
  5. 'No suspect identified' in 20% of race hate crimes
  6. Police introduce drink spiking testing kits after rise in reports
  7. Updates from Wednesday 20 March

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  1. Weather: Clear overnight, cloudy later but staying mild

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Some clearer spells overnight at first but cloud is likely to become fairly extensive.

    The cloud may give some mist or fog over higher ground. Mild.

    Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

    Weather

    Thursday will continue mild. The morning is likely to be misty and damp with hill fog and drizzle.

    A lot of cloud in the afternoon too, but the chance of the odd break. Light winds.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

  2. Virtual reality to be used in region's historic houses

    BBC Spotlight

    Some of the South West's historic houses are using virtual reality technology to help boost visitor numbers.

    The owners of the Port Eliot Estate in Cornwall are using it to tell the stories behind the house for festival-goers this summer.

    They have also invited the owners of other historic estates in the region to show the digital art and interactive technologies they've had created.

    These include places such as Torre Abbey and Mount Edgcumbe.

    Louis Eliot is the creative director at the Port Eliot Festival...

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    Video caption: The Port Eliot Estate in Cornwall is using virtual reality to tell stories about the house
  3. Airport site protected from development for five years

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    Plymouth Airport

    The site of Plymouth Airport, which closed in 2011, will be protected from having houses built on it for the next five years.

    A government inspector has agreed the land should be safeguarded as part of a local plan, which sets out guidelines for development over the next 20 years.

    The inspector stated that the five-year safeguard was long enough for any potential business plans to be considered.

    A longer period of protection was rejected out of concern the site would be left vacant and unused for much longer than it already has been.

    The site, owned by the city council, had been used for flying since the mid-1920s and the airport was officially opened in 1931.

  4. No action over alleged 'sex on coach' couple

    BBC Radio Devon

    Police say are taking no action against a man and a woman who were arrested following claims they were having sex on a coach in public.

    Coach

    The National Express bus had been travelling along the M5 near Cullompton on 4 March when officers were called.

    The pair, a 29-year-old Bristol man and a 32-year-old woman from Barnstaple, were arrested on suspicion of an act of outraging public decency.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said CCTV from the bus was "inconclusive, so, therefore, no further policing action will be taken into this matter".

  5. Concerns over 'vulnerability' of local beauty spot

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    People living in a South Devon town fear a local beauty spot could be vulnerable to development.

    Bonds Meadow at Bovey Tracey, which is owned by the National Trust, is allocated for housing in Teignbridge District Council's local plan and a developer is applying for permission to build new homes in the adjoining fields.

    There are suggestions local people should be given the option to buy the land, possibly raising money through crowd funding or sponsorship, in order to preserve it for future generations.

    Sally Morgan, who lives nearby and is also a local Liberal Democrat councillor, said people had "really got to try" because the land was "really important to wildlife".

    Locals in Bovey Tracey
    Image caption: Locals are concerned for wildlife at the beauty spot in Bovey Tracey
    Quote Message: The land owned by the National Trust at Bonds Meadow is investment land, given to us with the intention that it could be sold to provide funds for the National Trust Park Estate on the edge of Bovey Tracey. Our land - along with four pieces of adjacent land - has been identified by Teignbridge District Council in its local plan as suitable for new homes." from Tim Linnington National Trust
    Tim LinningtonNational Trust

    But the trust added that it would be open to selling the land to a community group that was "adequately set up to conserve the land for future generations".

    Teignbridge Council said its local plan included "policies to protect environmentally important places".

  6. Major diesel spill closes roads in Mabe Burnthouse area

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    The council said that access to private properties in the area was "unaffected by the closures, but we're urging people to avoid the area for the next few hours at least".

    It added that it was likely the closures would affect the school pick-up period for Mabe School.

    "Whilst all efforts will be made to ensure access to the school is permitted, this should be considered by parents and carers prior to their journeys," the council said.

  7. Date revealed for Cineworld IMAX cinema in Plymouth

    Plymouth Live

    Plymouth’s £53m multiplex development is rapidly taking shape and will see its cinema seats go in next month.

  8. Truro park and ride hours to be extended

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Truro park and ride site is set to extend its hours to help visitors and staff at Cornwall’s main hospital nearby, and people visiting the city at night, local councillors say.

    Cornwall Council is set to change the opening hours of the park and ride service at Langarth so that it opens from 06:00 to 22:00 every day.

    In addition, there are plans to extend the operating hours even further on nine days of the year when it will be open until midnight.

    Truro park and ride, Langarth

    Currently the bus service runs from 06:45 to 19:30 Monday to Friday and 07:00 to 19:00 on Saturdays. The actual site is open from 06:30 to 20:00, except on Sundays and bank holidays.

    Councillors said it was hoped the new opening hours would be in place by 1 May.

    However, the council needs to get approval to amend current planning conditions in place for the site.

  9. Should seaweed on Cornish beaches stop being cleared?

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's a plea from some environmentalists to stop mechanically clearing Cornwall's beaches of seaweed.

    They said it was an important habitat for flies, beetles and other insects - which are all in decline.

    Wildlife photographer Steve Trewhella said it should be left alone.

    But Antony Scarah, who manages Looe beach, said some cleaning had to take place because most tourists did not like the seaweed...

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    Video caption: Groups are calling on landowners and councils to stop clearing beaches of seaweed
  10. Cornwall travel: Disruption to Skybus flights

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • Between the A394 and Mabe Burnthouse, Antron Hill is partially blocked in both directions due to accident and fuel spillage
    • At Land's End Airport and Newquay Airport, there's disruption to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to foggy weather conditions
  11. 'Strong levels' of interest in Appledore Shipyard site

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Appledore Shipyard site

    The agent selling Appledore Shipyard in North Devon says "strong levels" of interest have already been shown in the site from across the world.

    The owners of the site said they were committed to finding a new tenant that would continue with shipbuilding or ship repairs.

    The yard dates back to 1855 and more than 350 vessels have been built there - from military craft, bulk carriers and ferries to super yachts.

    The hope is that jobs will once again be created and the long heritage of shipbuilding on the Torridge will continue.

    Tim Western is the marketing agent...

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    Video caption: The closure of Appledore Shipyard was announced in November

    Owner Babcock said it regretted it was shutting it operations there, affecting about 200 staff, but had to do so because of financial difficulties.