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  1. Updates from Monday 16 April until Friday 20 April 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: dry overnight with risk of thunder tomorrow

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry and mild with largely clear skies and only a few clouds.

There could be some localised mist.

Minimum Temperature: 10 to 13°C (50 to 55°F)

weather map for the Channel Islands

Tomorrow will be warm with spells of sunshine.

There is the risk of one or two thundery showers throughout the afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F)

New health centre could replace Teignmouth Hospital

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Teignmouth Hospital could close if proposals for a new health centre in the town go ahead.

The purpose-built site could see GPs, the multi-disciplinary health and wellbeing team, voluntary sector partners, and some outpatient clinics brought under one roof.

Several different sites in the town are being considered, with the current hospital site and East Cliff Car Park both viable options.

The proposals will go to public consultation for six weeks from 20 April.

Teignmouth Hospital

Weather: dry and clear, with showers tomorrow afternoon

BBC Weather

Tonight will be dry and often clear with only the odd patch of cloud and mainly gentle winds.

Minimum Temperature: 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F)

weather map for devon and cornwall

Tomorrow morning will be dry and rather sunny.

Some cloud will bubble-up in places by the afternoon bringing the risk of one or two sharp showers.

Maximum Temperature: 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F)

Jersey Reds semi-final 'massive for island'

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds forwards coach Neil Tunnah says Saturday's British and Irish Cup semi-final with Leinster 'A' is "massive for the island".

The islanders lost dramatically in last year's final to Munster's 'A' side and Jersey are hoping to go one better in the final running of the event.

"The league was important, but this is massive for the island as well," Tunnah told BBC Radio Jersey.

Neil Tunnah

"The boys have been on point all week working really hard. There's a level of excitement kicking around here and the island, everyone seems to be buying into it, so it's a great week for the island and the club."

Jersey keep faith with the side which beat Doncaster Knights in the quarter-finals three weeks ago.

Backs Jason Worrall, Apakuki Ma'afu and Mark Best are included while Jake Woolmore, Nick Selway and Jake Armstrong make up the front row.

Jersey Reds: Van Breda (co-capt); Pincus, Ma'afu, Best, Worrall; Cope, Hardy; Woolmore (co-capt), Selway, Armstrong, Sexton, Bartle, Argyle, Joyce, Rogerson

Replacements: Saunders, Godfrey, Atalifo, Kolo'ofa'i, Upfield, Dudley, Eastwell.

Two injured in A30 crash near Launceston

Kieran Bell

A man has been left with serious injuries after the car he was driving crashed on the A30 westbound near Launceston at about 04:40 this morning.

A man and a woman in their 30s were in the car when it left the road and struck a number of trees, police said.

Both were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, the woman with minor injuries.

One lane of the A30 remained closed whilst an examination of the scene took place and was reopened at 11:00.

Alderney care home trials new dementia equipment

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Royal Connaught Care Home in Alderney has introduced a new piece of equipment to improve cognitive problems for residents with dementia.


It's the first place in Guernsey to introduce the Dutch invention called a Tovertafel, which translates as Magic Table.

John Ramsay, the man who's brought the kit to the island says it features a range of activities to help some of the most disadvantaged in society relax.

He said: "We judge ourselves on how many people are experiencing moments of happiness every day, especially with cognitive challenges."

Power loss for 1000 properties in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

A power cut in Plymouth is currently affecting more than 1000 properties. Western Power Distribution hopes to have it resolved by 19:00.

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Fast rescue for slow worm stuck in BBQ kit

BBC Radio Devon

slow worm stuck in bbq scraper

A woman had a shock when house sitting for friends after she discovered a slow worm wedged in a BBQ tool.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Paul Adams was called on 19 April by a member of the public who found the slow worm in the garden shed in Exeter.

Mr Adams had to take the reptile, still stuck in the tool, to RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.

Staff at the centre used a saw to carefully cut the slow worm free.

Mr Adams said: “Hopefully she can now be released back into the wild where she belongs."

Cornish mum jailed for poisoning daughter with salt

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

A Cornish mum who deliberately poisoned her 18-month-old daughter with more than a tablespoon of salt has been jailed for four years.

The 29-year-old mother, who is from the St Austell area, gave her toddler between 21 and 24 grams of salt in April 2016.

The child survived after treatment at two hospitals.

The woman was found guilty of administering a poison or noxious substance to endanger life at Truro Crown Court in March and cannot be named for legal reasons.

Truro Crown Court

New solution unveiled for bin collections in Cornwall

Kieran Bell

Wheelie bins could help reduce the amount of litter on the streets of Cornwall and drive up recycling rates, councillors were told this week.

Current figures show that just 35% of waste in Cornwall is currently recycled but the council has set itself a target of 48%.

Following an inquiry into rubbish collections held by the neighbourhoods overview and scrutiny committee, new container options were on display at County Hall, with wheelie bins, seagull-proof sacks, trolley boxes and an assortment of other bags and sacks being proposed.

No firm proposals have been drawn up but a decision is expected to be considered on 24 May when a recommendation is made by the committee.

Verity Palk, team leader for waste and environmental contracts at County Hall, said: “There are benefits in that we can control the amount of waste that is put out and there are also benefits from a health and safety perspective for collecting crews."

Recycling bags
Cornwall Council

Jersey household waste charge 'inevitable'

Freddie Miller

Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

The Department for Infrastructure in Jersey has considered introducing a per bag waste charge for the island, similar to the one Guernsey has recently introduced.

Guernsey politicians voted to charge £2.50 per bin bag plus an £85 per year standing charge for all households.

Eddie Noel

Outgoing infrastructure minister, Deputy Eddie Noel, who is not seeking re-election on 16 May says a charge for household waste is inevitable.

He said: "We would have done something similar, we were looking at a charge per green wheelie bin. It is going to happen in the future.

"I'm a big believer in user pays charges where you want a behavioural change, and we want a behaviour change, as we want as a society to produce less product and consume less waste."

Police investigate Cornish care home

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Police are investigating a care home in Perranporth over safeguarding concerns.

Residents of Sunningdale House have been removed by Cornwall Council after concerns were raised over the quality of care.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We are in the early stages of what is likely to be a protracted and fairly complex investigation."

Sunningdale House remains open but the owners, South West Care Homes, have replaced the home's management team.

care home with trees and garden in foreground
Sunningdale House remains open while police investigate

The company said: "Care wasn't reaching its usual high standards."

In a statement, Cornwall Council said: "We are working closely with families and partners and support is available for those people who fund their own care if they wish to move."

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have visited the home twice in the last month.

A CQC report is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Elderly man's house burgled in Plymouth

Del Crookes

BBC News Online

An elderly man who has lived in the same area of Plymouth for 53 years has had several valuable items stolen during a daytime burglary.

The break-in happened on Epworth Terrace, Keyham, on Monday afternoon between 13:30 and 14:30.

The items stolen included:

  • A gold Omega De Ville men’s watch with links bracelet. It has a round watch face with an analogue display with date function.
  • A silver men’s Heuer Carrera chronograph watch with brown leather strap and a white watch face. Within the watch face are three other smaller faces.
Epworth Terrace, Plymouth

We would like to hear from members of the public who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the offence or if anyone has tried to sell you these items. This crime has left the victim feeling saddened and angry that these people have not respected his personal property. He has lived in the area for 53 years and this has upset him greatly."

DC John-Paul EcclesDevon and Cornwall Police

Police appeal for information over wanted man

Del Crookes

BBC News Online

Police say they are still looking for a man accused of criminal damage and threatening behaviour who has failed to appear at magistrates' court.

Jason Harris, 33, is thought to be in the St Budeaux area of Plymouth.

Officers say he is not a direct threat to the public and is 5' 9" (1.75m) tall.

Jason Harris
Devon and Cornwall Police

Bigbury beach cafe replacement 'complete nonsense'

BBC Radio Devon

A developer's proposal to replace a beach cafe at one of south Devon's most popular tourist destinations has been dismissed as a "ploy" to get planning permission.

Galion Homes wants to knock down the Bay View Cafe at Bigbury-on-Sea and replace it with four luxury homes, including one with a cafe on the ground floor.

It follows a previous application for four homes on the site which was rejected by South Hams District Council, a decision backed by an inspector at a planning appeal.

Bay View
Mike Wynne-Powell

Bigbury Parish Council called the new proposal a "complete nonsense" and said there was no "real intention" to replace the cafe which has been on the site for about 60 years.

It also said putting the cafe below a maisonette "is also likely to cause undue disturbance and nuisance to the occupiers of the residential properties".

The cafe, which is protected as an Asset of Community Value, sits on the South Devon Coast Path of the Heritage Coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and looks out to Burgh Island, famous for its art deco hotel, the inspiration for two novels by Agatha Christie.

Today is the final day for comments on the application, with South Hams District Council due to make a decision on 4 May.

Gymnastics academy 'happy to be home' after fire

Kieran Bell

A Cornish gymnastics academy that was destroyed by fire before Christmas, has reopened.

Kernow Gymnastics and Acro Academy lost equipment worth £100,000 in the December fire. It also destroyed the main reception, the swimming pool and spa at Carvynick Holiday Park in Summercourt near Newquay.

The facility has now been rebuilt, and £3,500 has been raised to pay for some of the personal items which were lost.

Beth Fowler

"We've had the equipment installed this week. We've got a couple of things still to put up but it's all been replaced and the kids are just really happy to be home."

Beth FowlerHead coach and director

John Ainsworth: Death 'not linked to living conditions'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A review into the death of an 89-year-old man who is said to have been living in "squalid conditions" found that there was no evidence his death was directly linked to his living conditions.

The man has not been named in the serious case review by the Jersey Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board, citing a need to respect his privacy, but the BBC has previously reported his name as John Ainsworth.

John Ainsworth's home in St John

He lived among broken down cars, rusty boats and old microwaves for more than 40 years.

It was found Mr Ainsworth developed an infection and decided against having the lifesaving surgery.


The review found Mr Ainsworth lived "off-grid" in wooden containers with no electricity, no toilet, the presence of rats, no running water and no cooking facilities.

It found there was no evidence he had any mental impairment and a number of agencies had been involved in an attempt to help him with the perceived "self neglect".

Chair of the commission, Glenys Johnston said although there was clear evidence of good practice from certain agencies involved in his care there was more training and awareness needed around the issue of self neglect.

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Devon travel: Broken-down bus on the A380

BBC Radio Devon

Near Paignton on the A380 heading between the Preston Downs Roundabout and Churscombe Cross, there are reports of a broken-down bus.

Resident of 53 years 'sad and angry' after burglary

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

An elderly man has had jewellery stolen - including two expensive, old watches - in a burglary at his Plymouth home, police have said.

It happened between 13:30 and 14:30 on Epworth Terrace on 16 April.

A gold Omega De Ville men’s watch with links bracelet and a men’s Heuer Carrera chronograph watch were among the items stolen.

Police say the man has lived in the area for 53 years and is "saddened and angry".

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

Cornwall travel: Cows on the road on the A3083

BBC Radio Cornwall

Between Culdrose and Helston on the A3083, there are reports of cows on the road. Approach with care.

Cornwall travel: Accident blocks A30

BBC Radio Cornwall

The A30 is partially blocked at the Chiverton Cross roundabout due to an accident.

Catering company to pay staff 'living wage'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey catering company will pay all its staff the suggested living wage - more than £2 per hour higher than the island's minimum wage of £7.50 per hour.

JP Restaurants runs establishments across the island including Banjo and the Crab Shack. From this summer it will pay workers over the age of 18 £10.20 per hour.

The company says about 160 staff will be paid the new higher wage.

Finance director Paul Woodman says they won't put up prices in their restaurants, but may make increases in cafés and their catering company to allow for the pay rise.

The group wants other businesses to follow their example, to encourage more people to consider working in the industry.

Man in court over jet ski crash

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A 37-year-old man has appeared at Jersey's Magistrates Court in connection with a collision between a boat and jet ski in St Brelade's Bay last Summer.

Giles Corbin (pic below), was seriously hurt in the incident.

Giles Corbin

Michal Bartlomiej Dorynek, 37, from Gdansk in Poland is charged with four counts of grave and criminal assault, operating a vessel recklessly or dangerously, failing to report an incident to the harbour master and being the owner and master of a dangerously unsafe ship.

The court will decide if the case should be referred to the Royal Court in four weeks time.

Falmouth PCSO invited to royal wedding celebrations

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A Falmouth-based police community support officer has received a special invitation to the wedding celebrations of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

PCSO Ellie Grey thought "someone was playing a joke" on her when she received the invitation from the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho.

She said: "It is really heartwarming to be recognised like this - lots of colleagues deserve it just as much. It is a real privilege and I feel very honoured."


Ellie is one of 1,200 members of the public from across the country who have been nominated on the strength of their contribution to their local community.

She has been recognised for her work with the police cadets and engagement with youth and local community groups.

Ellie can enter the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrival of guests, listen to a live broadcast of the wedding and view the departure of the bride and groom's carriage procession.

I just hope the weather is good - I don't want to have to turn up in my wellies!

PCSO Ellie GreyFamouth police community support officer

Devon travel: Long queues of traffic on A361

BBC Radio Devon

On the A361 from Tiverton to Barnstaple at South Molton, there is a long queue of standing traffic.

Cocaine found by member of the public in the South Hams


Drugs found by a member of the public in the South Hams have tested positive for cocaine and crack cocaine, police have said on Twitter.


BreakingRunaway truck death: Waste firm fined £238k

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Lee Jane

A waste firm has been fined £237,500 after a truck driver was killed by his runaway vehicle.

Viridor worker Lee Jane, 57, was killed as he tried to stop the vehicle rolling down a slope at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in June 2015.

Viridor Waste Management admitted failing to make an adequate risk assessment, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

It was cleared by a jury of failing to ensure safety of employees and exposing hospital staff to danger.

The court was told that the firm "sincerely regrets" the death.

The firm was also ordered to pay costs of £128,428.


Devon travel: Broken-down vehicle closes M5 lane

BBC Radio Devon

A vehicle has broken-down on the M5 southbound between junction 28 at Cullompton and junction 29 at Exeter. One lane is closed.

Police apologise for drone noise during Penzance body find

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Police have apologised to people in Penzance who were "disturbed" by the noise of a drone after a body was found in the town on Thursday night.

Officers said the drone will "only fly when absolutely necessary".

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BreakingThree arrested on suspicion of murder after body found

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in Penzance, police said.

Officers were called to a property on Penare Road late on Thursday evening.

The body has not yet been identified.

Two men, aged 49 and 22 and a 27-year-old woman "surrendered themselves to police".

All three remain in police custody and await questioning.

Penare Road

Burst water main disrupts supplies in Plymouth

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Water supplies are currently disrupted in the PL6 area of Plymouth due to a burst water main, South West Water has said.

It added that Burnett Road is most affected.

Engineers are on-site to fix the problem and hope to restore supplies by 13:15.

Water treatment work 'slightly behind schedule'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Work to expand an existing water catchment site into a water supply and treatment facility is "slightly behind schedule but progressing well", according to Guernsey Water.

Juas Quarry in the Vale is one of the largest storage reservoirs.

When Juas is ready, it'll mean that Longue Hougue will only be used for water storage - currently water is treated and distributed from the site to properties in the north of the island.


Cornwall travel: Broken-down tanker on A30 in Truro

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Truro, on the A30 Tregolls Road southbound, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down tanker. Traffic is slow-moving in the area.

Marilyn Carre to stand for constable again in 2022

BBC Radio Jersey

Former election candidate Marilyn Carre says she intends to stand for the position of Constable of St Brelade at Jersey's next election in four years time.

The Reform Jersey candidate pulled out of the election earlier this week, after officials noticed discrepancies with her nomination paper.

The Royal Court has since declared Mike Jackson - the only other candidate - the new constable.

Ms Carre says she's devastated about what has happened.

St Aubin

Clear blue sky in Truro

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Thanks to BBC weatherman, Kevin Thomas for sharing this picture of the clear blue sky in Truro.

He says there's "more of a breeze than yesterday so feeling a bit cooler".

weather in truro

Consequence warning over Guernsey waste charge

BBC Radio Guernsey

A senior parish constable for St Peter Port says States members shouldn't ignore the problems which will come with the new waste charges.

States members agreed to the cheapest per bag charge meaning householders in Guernsey will have to pay £2.50 for a sticker to put on bags of rubbish they throw out from the start of next year as well as an £85 annual standing charge for dealing with waste.

St Peter Port parish constable, Dennis le Moignan believes people will struggle to pay and look for other means of getting rid of there waste as a result.

Waste bags