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  1. Updates from Monday 5 February 2018 until Friday 9 February 2018

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Weather: Dry overnight before rain, sleet and snow

    BBC Weather

    A few wintry showers this evening.

    It will then be dry and cold through the first part of the night with clear spells, but cloudier and windy later with some rain pushing in from the west.

    Minimum Temperature: -2 to 2C (28 to 36F).

    Weather map

    It will be a windy, milder and unsettled day on Saturday with spells of rain, which will become heavy and persistent.

    Maximum Temperature: 9-12C (48-54F).

    A cold and windy day on Sunday with a mixture of bright spells and scattered rain, sleet and snow showers.

    Turning drier on Sunday night with a frost.

  2. Slavery raid: 'It went all around the world'

    BBC Spotlight

    A man who works on the flower farm in Cornwall that was raided by police yesterday as part of an anti-slavery operation described it as "well run", and said migrant workers are "well looked after".

    Brindley Hosken

    After the raid three men were arrested under suspicion of modern slavery offences, but have since been released by police while inquiries continue.

    But Brindley Hosken - who owns a farm but helps out at Bosahan as a tractor driver during busy periods - says he "couldn't believe" the allegations.

    "It's well run, everyone knows their job and as far as I'm concerned we all get on well together," Mr Hosken said.

    Whilst he did not know details of the migrant workers pay, he said they lived in caravans which were "always being updated" and were able to access to the internet through a computer room.

    "I would have thought the majority of them are happy" he said. "As far as I can see."

    Commenting on the events after the raid, Mr Hosken said many of the Romanian workers were contacted by their families "to make sure they were alright and not locked up".

    "It went all around the world", he added.

    After the raid, about 100 migrant workers gathered outside a police station to protest against the arrest of their bosses.

  3. Weather: Milder and clear spells but remaining windy

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mainly dry with long clear spells, although cloud is likely to start to thicken from the west towards the end of the night.

    Minimum Temperature: 2-5C (36-41F).

    Weather map

    Following a mainly fine start it will stay generally dry through Saturday morning with cloud will thicken.

    Rain will then push in from the west through the afternoon. Windy and milder.

    Maximum Temperature: 6-9C (43-48F).

    Sunday will be cold and windy with periods of sunshine and localised snow flurries.

  4. Council still helping three workers from Bosahan farm

    Cornwall Council is continuing to provide support for three people after an anti-slavery operation was carried out at Bosahan Farm near Helston on Thursday.

    About 200 workers live on the farm where they pick flowers. Police inquiries are continuing.

    Fourteen people came forward on the day of the raid with 11 of them taking up other work today and the council says it will continue to provide help to the remaining three people until tomorrow.

    It stated it was "winding down our support having listened to people’s concerns and ensured people’s ongoing safety and wellbeing".

  5. Information appeal after hay bales taken from field

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Eight bales of hay were removed from a field in Ruette De La Tour, the Castel, without the owner's permission, say Guernsey Police.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 01481 725111 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  6. Wonky traffic light 'still safe'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A traffic light damaged in a crash on Guernsey east coast last night is still safe, despite being "somewhat less than vertical," the States said.

    Traffic and Highway Services said arrangements are being made to carry out repairs to the light near Admiral Park, but an engineer confirmed the light is currently safe, despite its wonkiness.

    Damaged traffic light
  7. Police appeal after cyclist hit by car

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was hit by a car on a St Martin road on Thursday morning.

    The incident occurred about 07:30 at the junction next to the Fermain Tavern.

    The cyclist was hit by a car described as a white Mitsubushi Evo with a white spoiler, tinted rear windows and silver rimmed wheels.

    Police would like to speak to the driver of that vehicle, or anyone in the area who may have witnessed the incident.

    You're asked to contact police or Crimestoppers, anonymously.

  8. Mikus Alps: Forensic examination to take place next week

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A further forensic examination is due to take place next week to try to determine how a Latvian man whose remains were found in a burnt out car, died.

    Mr Alps' remains were identified last month and today it was confirmed a "sombre" letter handed to police which gave detailed instructions relating to his possessions, was written by Mr Alps.

    Guernsey Police Chief Officer Patrick Rice said the examination is due to take place on 13 February.

    "This was the earliest date this examination could be carried out, as the UK Home Office Pathologist requested the presence and input of an additional expert.

    "It is hoped that we will have further information after that work has been completed."

  9. Fire crews called to blaze in Polperro

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters are at the scene of a fire at a property in Cornwall.

    Crews from from Looe, Polruan, Liskeard, Launceston, St Austell and Callington Community Fire Stations were called to the house in Polperro at about 10:00.

    Police are also in attendance.

    fire engine in polperro
    Image caption: Local residents say Polperro village is blocked by the fire engines in attendance
  10. Police chief re-iterates 'no evidence' of Ukraine link

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief police officer has re-iterated there is "no evidence" between dead man Mikus Alps' car being found burnt-out in Guernsey and his activity in Ukraine.

    Mr Alps' remains were identified last month and today it was confirmed a "sombre" letter handed to police which gave detailed instructions relating to his possessions, was written by Mr Alps.

    Mikus Alps

    Investigating officers previously said there was no evidence linking the incident and Mr Alps' involvement with an anti-Russian movement in Ukraine, something the force has re-affirmed today.

    Guernsey Police Chief Officer Patrick Rice said: "Following the result of the handwriting examination, I would again repeat that at this stage there is no evidence linking Mr Alps’ activity in Ukraine with his car being found burnt-out in Guernsey."

  11. Weather update: Fresh, strong and gusty winds ahead

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    It will be a bright afternoon with sunny spells and isolated showers, some of which could be wintry over the moors.

    Winds will be fresh, strong and gusty.

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F)

    weather map
  12. Actress Jenny Agutter opens new birthing unit in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital's new birthing unit has been officially opened by actress, Jenny Agutter.

    The Call the Midwife star met the staff and some newborn babies and said the unit was "absolutely wonderful".

    "It's clearly doing a fantastic job since it opened - there's been almost 160 babies and I think there were four last night! Obviously the staff here care wonderfully for people and always have but they have great facilities now in which to give that care."

    The midwife-led facility opened within the existing maternity wing at the end of 2017 and will handle about 1,200 births a year.

    jenny agutter and staff
  13. Breaking'Sombre letter was written by Latvian man'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A "sombre and reflective" letter handed to Guernsey Police was written by Mikus Alps, officers have confirmed.

    Mr Alps' remains were found in a burnt-out car last month.

    Mikus Alps

    Patrick Rice, Guernsey Police Chief Officer said: "We have received confirmation from a UK handwriting expert that the letter handed into police, which was sombre and reflective in nature and gave detailed instructions relating to Mr Alps’ possessions, was written by Mr Alps.

    "A further forensic examination is due to take place on 13 February in the UK, to try and help determine cause of death," Mr Rice added.

  14. Shelter rescues 'weak' birds covered in sticky substance

    Sue Coryndon

    Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of seabirds are being washed ashore in Guernsey covered in a clear sticky substance, animal welfare charity the GSPCA says.

    A bird covered in a sticky substance
    Image caption: A guillemot and razorbill were found unable to swim or fly and were "thin and weak"

    Manager Steve Byrne says recent stormy weather may have stirred substances from the seabed to the surface.

    Islanders are being asked to look out for more injured birds and to bring them to the GSPCA's animal shelter or the nearest vet, if possible.

    Mr Byrne says it's important to avoid touching the substance, described as being like "clear glue or oily".

    The best way to catch a bird is to throw a towel or something similar over it's head and keep it in darkness until you can get professional help, he says.

  15. States pay deal 'about fairness'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Pay reforms put forward by the States of Jersey will see £37m invested to create a fairer and more consistent pay structure, the chairman of the States Employment Board says.

    Members of Unite, which represents manual workers and other staff, overwhelmingly rejected new pay and conditions, describing the government as "austerity-obsessed".

    But Senator Andrew Green says it's a fair deal, which will see only 200 public sector staff taking pay cuts after 2020.

    Senator Andrew Green
    Quote Message: I'm aware of the anger, but I think we need to get real. In the world that we're working in now, all staff need to treated equally - and that's one of the main drivers for me on the workforce modernisation." from Senator Andrew Green Chairman of the States Employment Board
    Senator Andrew GreenChairman of the States Employment Board
  16. Romance your valentine in Guernsey French

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Romantic phrases have been added to an app for people wanting to expand their Guernsey French vocabulary.

    Fairy Ring
    Image caption: Why not take a wander to the Fairy Ring with your romantic interest?

    Why not try this one out?

    T'es mon solael, ma leune et toute mes eteiles.

    In English: You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars.

    Or if that's a bit tricky, just shorten to: T'es mon solael.

    If you'd like to expand your repertoire to include an invitation to cuddle, or perhaps slip in a reference to a fairy ring, details on how to download the app are available here.

  17. 'Austerity-obsessed States should recognise worker anger'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey could be heading for a spring of industrial action, as States employees react angrily to their latest pay deals.

    Members of Unite, which represents manual workers and other staff, overwhelmingly rejected new pay and conditions while some teachers say it's outrageous they have been forced to accept a 2% pay rise.

    Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said the government was "austerity-obsessed" and was making its workers suffer.

    He said: "Unite members have had enough and sent a clear message that they will not accept plans which could lead to pay freezes and pay cuts alongside detrimental effects to their pensions and collective bargaining arrangements."

    The chairman of the States Employment Board says the pay deal is about fairness, with only 200 public sector staff taking pay cuts after 2020.

  18. Jersey business activity 'up 5%'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Jersey businesses are reporting a largely positive picture for the final three months of 2017, according to figures released today.

    The Jersey Business Tendency Survey shows business activity increased 5% in the three months to December.

    Six out of the eight current indicators were positive, with only profitability and input costs negative.

    New business and optimism indicators also improved on the previous quarter.

  19. Plymouth Argyle Ladies hope to make FA Cup history

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth Argyle Ladies are looking to keep their FA Cup run going and book a place in the last 16 for the first time in their history.

    The team has won its last 22 league and cup games and go into their rearranged tie with Leicester as the lowest ranked side left in the competition.

    Goalkeeper Michaela Phillips says the team is confident.

    She added: "We believe in ourselves. We like it when the pressure's on us because we know how well we can play. Whatever happens, we know that we have something to be proud of."

    If they win on Sunday they'll be through to the fifth round draw.

    Plymouth Argyle Ladies