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  1. Updates from Monday 30 April until Friday 4 May 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: Outlook is good for a sunny bank holiday weekend

BBC Weather

Tonight is going to remain dry with some clear spells but there will be the risk of some mist or fog developing later on.

Light east to north-easterly breezes. Minimum Temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

Tomorrow is expected to see any early mist or fog clear to leave it dry with sunny spells.

A moderate north-easterly breeze. Maximum Temperature: 13 to 17C (55 to 63F).

Weather map

Sunday, another dry and warm day with periods of sunshine. Overnight will be dry with clear periods.

Staying dry and warm into Bank Holiday Monday with further sunshine likely. Clear periods overnight.

Tuesday will again be mild and predominately dry with sunny spells. Through the period, mist patches may linger, particularly along the coast.

Weather: Mostly sunny across the bank holiday weekend

BBC Weather

Tonight looks set to be dry with some clear intervals, but still a good deal of cloud at times and the chance of some mist or fog for the coasts and hills.

Winds will be light. Minimum Temperature: 4 to 9C (39 to 48F).

Tomorrow will see early patches of mist and fog lift to leave most places dry with sunny spells.

A few coasts may stay quite misty though.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 20C (59 to 68F).

Weather map

Sunday, another dry and warm day with periods of sunshine. Overnight will be dry with clear periods.

Staying dry and warm into Bank Holiday Monday with further sunshine likely. Clear periods overnight.

Tuesday will again be mild and predominately dry with sunny spells.

Through the period, mist patches may linger, particularly along the coast.

Bomb disposal starts bank holiday weekend with a bang

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police decided to mark May the fourth and the bank holiday weekend with a "small bang".

A bomb disposal officer was called to Grouville beach to destroy some ordinance at about 15:30 this afternoon.

Footage courtesy of States of Jersey Police

Decision not to stock iodine tablets 'reviewed every year'

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's one of the standing items on the agenda of the Guernsey radiation advisory group, says the island's emergency planning officer.

Concerns were raised about the lack of the tablets in the island after a fire in Flamanville nuclear facility in February 2017.

Kevin Murphy said: "We met late last year and the feeling was still in line with the advice received from Public Health England and our Jersey colleagues that it wasn't a good effective solution for us to stock these."

Communication plan updated after fire at Flamanville

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey has a new agreement with the French nuclear operators at La Hague and Flamanville to ensure details of any incident at the plants is communicated to the island's authorities immediately.

It comes after an incident in February 2017 when there was a delay in notifying Guernsey about a non- radioactive fire in the turbine hall at the Flamanville power plant.

Vandalised phone mast affecting signal

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Vodafone has apologised to mobile phone customers in part of Cornwall who have been having problems with signal after a local mast was vandalised yesterday.

The company said "essential cables have been cut" after several people in Perranporth took to social media to complain that they could not get any 3G or 4G coverage.

Some EE customers said they were also affected, but the company has yet to respond to the BBC.


We are awaiting delivery of replacement equipment and will get the site up and running as soon as possible."

Jane FrapwellVodafone Corporate Communications Manager

Former naval officer appointed Guernsey harbour master

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

I am absolutely thrilled to become Guernsey's harbour master. My time in Alderney gave me a deep affection for these islands and a healthy respect for the waters around them."

David Barker
David Barker
David Barker

The former Alderney resident and retired Royal Navy Officer is due to start in the role in August.

He was appointed after Captain Chad Murray announced in February he would be leaving after five years in the position.

Mr Barker's background includes:

  • Born in Colne, Lancashire but moved with his family to Alderney at the age of 13
  • Married to Sara, a former physiotherapist, and he has two adult sons
  • Began his working life with BP Shipping
  • Served in a variety of naval ships, from Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers through frigates and destroyers to the carrier HMS Invincible
  • Was on active service in the Arabian Gulf, Kosovo and Sierra Leone
  • Appointed commanding officer of HMS St Albans and HMS Somerset
  • Currently the head of defence business development at NATS, the UK's principal Air Traffic Control Service provider
  • His interests include running, choral singing, watching rugby, and sailing
  • He's also a chartered manager, a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, and a member of the Fleet Air Arm Officers Association.

Source: States of Guernsey

His skills and maritime experience in both merchant shipping and the Royal Navy will greatly assist our ongoing efforts to improve harbour facilities and customer service. David's wider experience in aviation will also help the ports management team as it continues to find efficiencies and better ways of working across the island's ports."

Stuart FallaChairman of the Guernsey Ports Board, for the States Trading Supervisory Board

Police appeal over cafe break-in

Rob England

BBC News Online

A cafe on Victoria Avenue, Jersey, was broken into on Tuesday, police say.

It happened shortly before or shortly after 04:00 by First Tower and officers are appealing for information.

Two arrested after 'loan shark' investigation

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two men were arrested in Torquay yesterday on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering, Torbay Council has said.

Officers said the men, aged 23 and 73, are in police custody after a joint investigation between the England illegal money lending team (IMLT), Torbay Trading Standards and police.

Further arrests were made on the 23-year-old on suspicion of assault, blackmail, driving whilst disqualified and possession of a firearm.

Torbay council said documentation, electronic devices and "a quantity" of cash was taken from two properties in Brixham.

Tony Quigley, head of the IMLT, said: "Loan sharks are a scourge on our communities; exploiting and extorting borrowers and often resorting to the worst kind of bully tactics to force people into paying back far and above what they have borrowed and can afford."

Man arrested over Penzance 'altercation'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man received minor injuries with "a sharp object" in Penzance after an "altercation" according to police.

Officers were called to Bread Street about 12.30 to the incident that involved three men and a woman.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Devon man finds a 'double banana'

Devon Live

A Devon man was left amazed when he discovered an extremely rare ‘double banana’ in his lunchbox yesterday.

Iron Age finds to go on display in Alderney

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A display of Iron Age finds that were dug up in Alderney are going on display in the island.

Guernsey Museums is also heading back to the island in July to carry out three archaeological excavations at the Nunnery, a Roman gate and a cemetery.

Guernsey Museums

Dr Jason Monaghan, head of heritage services at Guernsey Museums, said the Iron Age finds were of a "really high quality for such a small place".

"This must mean it was an important place - we think the trade routes may have come right past Alderney," he added.

Guernsey Museums

Campaign website for church group against assisted dying

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The "steering group" for Guernsey Churches has launched a website to support their campaign against assisted dying in the island.

Politicians will likely debate whether to consider legalising the practice - which allows people to voluntarily end their lives - on 16 May.

The proposals, lodged by the President of the Policy and Resources Committee, Deputy Gavin St Pier, have been opposed by church leaders in Guernsey who branded them "a danger" to islanders.

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BreakingMan jailed for emptying frail relative's account of £160k

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for stealing £160,000 from a frail relative's bank account so he could live a jet set lifestyle.

Gerald Weight, 54, of Kestor Drive, Exeter took his family on four holidays to Egypt and spent thousands more on gambling, designer clothes, and in restaurants and pubs.

His wife's 87-year-old great aunt, Joan White, was left totally penniless, Exeter Crown Court heard.

She sold her home in Plymouth and moved into Weight's home in Exeter in 2012. She gave Weight access to her bank accounts and within weeks he had started spending the money by taking his family of three children on a £9,000 luxury all-inclusive trip to the Red Sea.

Weight and his wife, Sally-Ann Weight 43, admitted fraud.

He was jailed for three years and nine months while his wife was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years.

Judge Timothy Rose told the couple their behaviour was "driven completely out of greed". "You have completely and utterly lost control of yourself - not done anything to stop. You literally emptied all her accounts."

John Curtice: What we learnt from local election results

BBC Politics

There were mixed results in the local election with the Conservatives and Labour failing to make decisive gains nationwide...

Dewberry House: First year stats

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Here are the first year statistics for Dewberry House, Jersey's first sexual assault referral centre.

Coordinator Laura Osmand said the centre needs more staff to cope with demand for its services.

"Going forward - for the vision for the SARC - as our numbers increase and more people are aware of our services, it's essential that we have more staff to be able to support those clients."

Dewberry stats
Dewberry House

‘Guernsey has the chance to make history’

Guernsey Press

Guernsey has the opportunity to make history, one terminally ill motor neurone disease sufferer has said.

Two-car road crash in Fort Road

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There's been a two-car road traffic crash in Fort Road, Guernsey.

It happened outside the Fermain Valley Hotel.

Guernsey Police and the Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene - with smoke allegedly coming out of one vehicle.

At this point it's not clear whether the road is blocked or not.

'Labour can win the next general election' - Bradshaw

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Labour "would have hoped to have done better" in the local elections but can learn lessons from Plymouth and Exeter, a Devon MP has said.

Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, says he is "confident Labour can win the next election".

The party held on to its majority in Exeter and Labour took control of Plymouth City Council by gaining four seats from the Conservatives.

Jersey soldiers get 'more challenges' after command change

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Soldiers from Jersey will now have more opportunities to serve overseas following a change in the command structure at the local army reserve unit.

The Jersey Field Squadron is now part of the British Army's Third Division, held in readiness to go overseas.

Soldiers from the division are currently on UN missions in Somalia and South Sudan.

Major Charlie Montgomery, who commands the Jersey Field Squadron, says it will mean more challenges for local soldiers.

I think people join the army reserves to challenge themselves and to develop their potential - and then they can really test themselves by mobilising themselves and deploying on operations with regular counterparts. It's a real opportunity for those who want to rise to the challenge and really put themselves under a little bit of pressure and see the best of themselves come out.

Major Charlie Montgomery

Did you know...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The things you find out on Twitter...

Belgrave Wanderers are taking on the Guernsey FA side tomorrow in preparation for the Muratti Vase against Jersey next weekend, but I had no idea that The Track had hosted such an illustrious group of players in the past.

George Best, Bobby Moore and Rodney Marsh have all played at The Track before, taking on the Guernsey Island XI.

There's no date on the match programme below, but George only played for Fulham for one season, so we can take a good guess at 1977.

Paying just £1.20 to see George Best, Bobby Moore and Rodney Marsh play football is a pretty good deal!

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Sour taste as food festival called off

Guernsey Press

A mini food festival planned for this weekend has been cancelled, with organisers Taste Guernsey saying they were refused permission to have the town seafront closed on Sunday because it was too close to Liberation Day.

Russia has 'no one to send' to Jersey after poison row

BBC Radio Jersey

There will be no Russian representative at this years Liberation Day slave memorial service in Jersey - because of a diplomatic row between Russia and Britain.

The dispute is over the alleged poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia - suspected to have been the work of Russian agents.

Yulia and Sergei Skripal

In an email to organiser Gary Font, the Russian embassy in London said that since the poisoning of Mr Skripal many of its diplomats and officers had been expelled from the country. As a result, it had no one to send to the island this year.

For the past 30 years Russia has sent a representative to Jersey to acknowledge the slave workers who suffered and died in the island during the war.

The Germans brought them to Jersey to dig tunnels and build bunkers. They were held in squalid conditions, and more than 100 died from mistreatment and starvation.

Mr Font said he was disappointed that such a long tradition would be broken - but that someone from the island would lay a wreath on Russia's behalf.

The Devon road with potholes 'as long as surfboards'

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Devon road with a "prize-winning sized collection" of potholes that are "as long as surf boards" is being repaired.

Councillor Rob Hannaford (pictured) complained to Devon County Council about the "plague of potholes" that had developed along Bowhay Lane, Exeter.

He said that a cyclist had a bad fall whist commuting to work last week and is considering a compensation claim against the authority.

Cllr Rob Hannaford

Yacht caught in fishing nets off the Cornish coast

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Padstow lifeboat was called out this morning to assist a yacht which had its propeller caught in fishing nets.

The crew were having difficulty because of the lack of wind and could not get under sail.

A coastguard spokesman told us the yacht is being towed back to shore.

Anyone for potato ice cream?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A chef at a restaurant in Jersey has come up with his own recipe for potato-flavoured ice cream.

The dessert, created by Steve Smith from Bohemia Bar and Restaurant, features the famous Jersey Royal as its featured ingredient.

Potato ice cream
Bohemia Bar and Restaurant

...I'm a mint choc chip man myself, but to each their own.

Travel update: two incidents in Truro affecting traffic

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • On the A39 Arch Hill in Truro, there's slow traffic due to a crash between an ambulance and a car around the junction with Green Lane and Falmouth Road.
  • Hendra Road in Truro is blocked in both directions by a crash at St George's Road.

No Russian envoy for Liberation ceremony after expulsions

Jersey Evening Post

Russia will have no official representation in Jersey on Liberation Day for the first time in more than 40 years – because of the diplomatic fallout between the UK and Moscow.

Road crash on Camp Du Roi, Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Three cars have been involved in a crash at the Camp Du Roi traffic lights in Guernsey.

Guernsey Police and the fire service are at the scene.

The Joint Emergency Services Control Centre said they're not aware whether the road is blocked or not.

Devon water tower transformed into work of art

BBC Spotlight

How do you disguise an ugly, functional concrete building?

You turn it into a piece of art!

This Newton Ferrers water tower has been given an eye-catching facelift after members of the community asked South West Water to make it look more appealing.

Newton Ferrers water tower
Paintel Ltd.
Newton Ferrers water tower surrounded by scaffolding
Paintel Ltd.
Newton Ferrers water tower painted with a blue and white skyscape
Paintel Ltd.

'No evidence' of worse bullying in larger schools

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There's "no evidence" to suggest bullying is worse in larger schools, according to the president of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture.

An increase in bullying has emerged as one of the main concerns for students moving to the new, two-school model of secondary education in Guernsey.

Members of the committee have been touring the island's high schools to get feedback from pupils.

Deputy Matt Fallaize said he accepts the concerns of some pupils and parents over how the larger number of pupils in schools could affect bullying.

We have to work hard to ensure those concerns do not turn into reality. The evidence does suggest that there's no need to fear any increase in bullying in slightly larger schools. There is some bullying in larger schools, there is some bullying in smaller schools - but schools work very hard to address those sorts of concerns.

Deputy Matt FallaizePresident of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture
Matt Fallaize

'Busy' lifeboat called out twice in one day

Rob England

BBC News Online

Lifeboat crews in Torbay were called out twice on Thursday to help stranded mariners.

The first call was at 03:15 where crews helped a fisherman who had fallen from the quayside at Brixham and suffered a "possible serious hip injury". The fisherman was rescued and taken to hospital.

The second, at about 13:55, was to assist a 22ft (6.7m) yacht which had broken its mast about two miles east of Ore Stone. The crew removed the mast, freeing the yacht, and escorted it to Brixham marina.

The two people on-board were not injured.

RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat
RNLI/Vicki Bowen

Overseas deployments more likely after command change

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's army reservists are now more likely to be deployed overseas, as the group commanding the island's Field Squadron has changed.

From today, they come under the control of a division which provides most of the British Army troops sent on operations - as well as those held on standby.

It means the island's reservists could be sent on missions in places such as Somalia, South Sudan or Iraq.

British soldier in Iraq

The move will also provide opportunities for squadron members to access training in Canada, Kenya or Cyprus.

Maternal mental health being highlighted in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

woman holding baby
Getty Images

More than 500 women sought help for mental health issues, either during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, in Cornwall during the last year, NHS Kernow says.

The help available to mothers in the county has been highlighted in this year's Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week, which draws to a close on Sunday.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance estimates as many as 20% of pregnant women or new mums will suffer from some form of mental illness.

This isn't just someone that's struggling a little bit that needs to pull their socks up, these are real illnesses with psychological, social and biological causes and they can be treated, so do come forward if you're struggling."

Dr Darren MackintoshConsultant psychiatrist with Cornwall's Perinatal Mental Health Team

Cara White from Lostwithiel suffered with postnatal and postpartum psychosis after the birth of her son Sebby.

She has set up a support group called Untangled. There are currently two groups – one in St Austell and one in St Blazey.

I really wanted to love my baby but it felt like there was this barrier that was between the two of us...I always knew I needed to protect him, but at the same time if somebody had come over to me and said 'do you know what, we can take your baby for you', then I would have said 'yes please' because I wasn't able to deal with it at the time."

Cara WhiteFounder of Untangled, a support group for mothers in Cornwall

Several police officers assaulted in the last 24 hours


A police officer receiving "racist abuse" and being "spat at" is one of several assaults on police officers in the region in the last 24 hours, according to Devon and Cornwall Police Federation.

It tweeted there were other incidents including an offender "kicking one officer in the chest and face" in Exeter and an offender "repeatedly kicking" the legs of two officers in Saltash.

Earlier this week, police officers revealed how colleagues faced "abuse and assault" while on overnight duty.

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Sexual assault centre 'needs more staff'

BBC Radio Jersey

A centre for people who have been sexually abused in Jersey has said it needs more staff to cope with demand for its services.

Dewberry House is the island's first sexual assault referral centre - also known as a SARC.

It's been open for a year, and has already helped nearly 100 victims.

Coordinator Laura Osmand said it was very successful in offering help - but needs more resources.

Going forward I think we're able to meet those clients' needs, and the staff are doing an amazing job to support the high demand that we have. Going forward - for the vision for the SARC - as our numbers increase and more people are aware of our services, it's essential that we have more staff to be able to support those clients.

Laura OsmandCoordinator, Dewberry House

Plymouth Labour part of 'solid set of results' - Corbyn

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour achieved "a solid set of results" in the local elections - with Plymouth's Labour team taking control of the city's council playing a big part in them.

In a statement, the Labour leader said the party has "consolidated and built on the advances we made at last year's general election".

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Labour campaigners in Plymouth earlier

"We won Plymouth from the Tories, who lost control of Trafford, their flagship northern council.

"And Labour has won even more council seats than at our high water mark of 2014."

Mr Corbyn added that the "energy, talent and enthusiasm" of his party will will continue to take Labour's message of "real change to communities across the whole country".

He earlier visited Plymouth to celebrate Labour gaining four seats from the Conservatives.

Police board up 'problem' house in Bodmin

Cornwall Live

Residents in Bodmin have welcomed the news that police have successfully applied to have one of the town’s problem properties boarded up.

Police said they wanted to board up the property in Vivian Road "in an effort to break the cycle of behaviour and disorder".