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  1. Weather: Clear spells overnight but some showers likely

    BBC Weather

    There will be some clear spells to start the night, but a band of patchy showery rain will move in towards the end of the night.

    Winds will be mainly light from the south or southeast.

    Minimum Temperature: 0-3C (32-37F)

    Weather map

    Despite a mainly cloudy start with a little patchy rain in places it will become a mostly dry day with spells of sunshine and just the odd isolated light shower.

    Winds will be mainly light from the west or northwest.

    Maximum Temperature: 8-11C (46-52F).

  2. Retail property firm wins bid to develop land at police HQ

    BBC Radio Devon

    An eight-acre plot of land at Devon and Cornwall Police's Middlemoor headquarters in Exeter is being taken on by a firm of retail property developers.

    It has been announced that London-based Hammerson PLC has beaten 13 other bidders for the site.

    It came back on the market last year after supermarket firm Morrisons pulled out of a planned development.

    Devon and Cornwall Police's Middlemoor headquarters

    Devon and Cornwall Police had been relying on £20m from the sale of land to pay for a new criminal justice centre at its headquarters site at Middlemoor.

    Hammerson financed the construction of shopping centres such as Cabot Circus in Bristol and the Bullring in Birmingham.

  3. Weather: Dry night ahead but some showers on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Tonight looks set to be dry with some clear spells. However, there is likely to be a fair amount of cloud around at times too.

    Minimum Temperature: 3-7°C (37-45°F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow is expected to continue largely dry and bright with sunny periods. However, there is the very small risk of the odd shower during the afternoon.

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

  4. Coastguard staff dealing with big increase in call outs

    BBC Spotlight

    Coastguards in the South West say their staff and volunteers are having to cope with a significant increase in the number of calls to people with dementia, lost children and to incidents involving those considering suicide.

    New figures show a 24% increase in reports of missing people on the South West coast from 2016 to 2017.

    Robert Sansom

    Robert Sansom, senior operations officer for HM Coastguard, says the rise is putting a strain on its resources.

    "Every time you're calling a volunteer away, that is having an effect on their other life.

    "An increase in any area where they are being called away from home is going to affect family life.

    "If they're being called away from home it affects the good will of their employers, to either let them come away and attend these type of incidents, or if they're self-employed, it actually affects their income."

  5. Air ambulance deployed to two car crash in Cornwall

    Three people are believed to be injured following a two vehicle crash on the A38.

    Police, firefighters and air ambulance were deployed at about 16:30 to the A38 westbound turnoff for Looe and Widegates following reports of a crash.

    The westbound road remains blocked and a diversion is in place.

  6. Exmoor 'leading' in adventure holidays for disabled people

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Exmoor is "leading the way" in accessible adventure holidays for disabled people, according to the Minister for Disabled People, Health, and Work, Sarah Newton.

    Mrs Newton and local MP Peter Heaton-Jones visited the Calvert Trust today to see the facilities that enable disabled people to enjoy activities such as horse riding, abseiling, and canoeing.

    Mrs Newton said: "The Calvert Trust is a real asset to Exmoor. It's been great to see their work and how they're enriching people's lives.

    "The spending power of disabled people and their families is almost £250bn, so making tourism more accessible isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense."

  7. Old Jaeger factory could be used by art graduates

    BBC Spotlight

    The old Jaeger factory in Plymouth

    Textiles could be made in the old Jaeger factory on Union Street in Plymouth again.

    The city's College of Art is looking at creating a "sampling unit" in the building that could be used by recent graduates, new designers and small businesses.

    It would be part of a social enterprise run with the Millfields Trust.

    The idea was first proposed last July by Plymouth College of Art's director of development, Hannah Harris.

    Hannah Harris

    "We know it's very difficult for recent graduates to set up their own company or produce their first collection or range," she said.

    "So for us it was a desire to support our graduates into business and hopefully retaining some of them in the area, and also helping them move through the industry."

  8. Devon could charge utility companies for roadworks

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon County Council says it is thinking about seeking the power to charge utility companies for roadworks that cause disruption.

    Lane rental schemes have already been trialled in London and Kent, and the Department for Transport says they could be extended to the rest of England by the end of next year.

    Cabinet member for Highways, Stuart Hughes, says the council is looking at the idea of bringing in a permit scheme, which could lead to lane rental as a next step.

    Roadworks
  9. Camper vans could be banned from more Cornish car parks

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Sleeping in camper vans overnight could be banned from another 20 Cornwall Council car parks if plans being considered go ahead.

    Motorhome owners say it is short sighted and could stop some holiday makers coming to the county.

    Former Cornwall councillor Lisa Dolley, who owns a camper van, is lobbying for a rethink.

    "If you've got a towing caravan, you can unhitch your caravan and use your car and go and visit places," she said.

    Camper van at Fistral Beach

    "But if you're in a motorhome or a camper van, you can't do that.

    "If you go on to the continent, there are publicly-owned, designated parking areas for people with motorhomes and a lot of people spend a lot of money staying in them."

    Cornwall Council says it is taking the views of campsite owners into account, who are concerned about a loss of business, and local communities worried about rubbish left in car parks.

    The council also says there is a challenge around travellers setting up camps in car parks.

  10. Collapsed coast path to be rerouted, mayor says

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    After a major collapse on the coastal footpath connecting Porthleven and Loe Bar, it has been announced the footpath to be rerouted, the town mayor has said.

    In a statement posted on his website, Councillor Andrew Wallis wrote that discussions with the National Trust had led to the decision that "any repair to this area would be futile due to this area being prone to large-scale erosion".

    Porthleven coast path

    The route of this new path is yet to be decided, although Mr Wallis said behind Bar Lodge is being touted as the preferred route.

    Similarly where part of the path was before a bridleway, this new stretch is set to be a footpath only. According to the statement, horse and bike riders will be able to access the area from connecting paths.

    National Trust are seeking funding for the work.

  11. Warning over using cold callers for house work

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Trading standards officers in Cornwall are warning people again of the dangers of asking cold callers to do work on their property.

    It follows the case of an elderly couple from St Columb Major who used a rogue roofer.

    The man, 55-year-old Peter Foster from Bury St Edmunds, tried to charge them for work he had not been asked to do.

    He was arrested and is now subject to an eight-week curfew order.

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    The elderly couple's daughter Zenita says the whole affair was disgusting and frightened her father.

    "He had a knock on the door by a man dressed in a uniform and his two sons saying how dangerous his roof was.

    "He was scared."

  12. Take That tickets and poetry among gifts to ministers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Poetry books, food hampers and a ticket to see Take That were among the gifts given to ministers in Jersey's government last year.

    A freedom of information request lists the gifts declared by the politicians.

    Lower value items include tea and cake at a reception - declared by Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst - and a set of cufflinks given to Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, Minister for External Relations.

    One of the more expensive declarations included a £307 trip to Guernsey for Deputy Murray Norton - an Assistant Minister in the Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture department (EDTSC) - to attend the Guernsey Awards for Achievement, paid for by the States of Guernsey.

    Topping the list was Senator Lyndon Farnham - the Minister for EDTSC - who received a £500 ticket to Durrell's Rainforest Ball from the charity. Take That were the guest performers.

    The Code of Conduct for Elected Members, says all politicians must register the name and address of any person who gives them a gift which has a value greater than £466, but gifts of a lower value can also be declared if the minister wishes.

  13. Ombudsman issues further report into council's failings

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Council of the Isles of Scilly has been sanctioned for a second time over a serious failure to support a vulnerable person on the island.

    The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman first issued a statutory report in August 2017.

    Now it says it has had to take the unusual step of publishing another one because the council has failed to apologise, pay compensation and retrain staff.

    Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said: "While I appreciate the council is in a difficult position with regards to members discussing the original report in public, the council still needs to keep the communication channels open with my office and confirm its intended actions.

    View of the mainland on St Mary's Island, part of the Scilly Isles

    "Since we chased the council about its response to the initial report it has - albeit belatedly - sent an apology to the family and provided part of the financial remedy recommended.

    "The council’s failure to respond properly to the original report has shown a great deal of disrespect to the family, and can have only compounded their sense of injustice.

    "I am disappointed it took prompting and the threat of this further report for the council to provide part of the remedy it had previously agreed."

    The council will not comment but say it is going to discuss the issue next week.

  14. Draft housing guidelines released for Les Bas Courtils

    Guernsey Press

    More than 12 dwellings could be built at Les Bas Courtils if they were designed well, proposed guidelines have said.

  15. Icy roads cause crashes in Cornwall

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    Following a chilly night, Falmouth Police tweeted this photo from an ungritted country road in Cornwall:

    With temperatures set to fall to 0C (32F) tonight, caution is being advised when travelling.

  16. Lower court to deal with man who produced knife

    Jersey Evening Post

    A man who pulled a kitchen knife from the back of his trousers during a fight outside the front of the General Hospital on a Sunday morning will be sentenced in the Magistrate’s Court.