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  1. Gender reassignment 'improved my quality of life'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A woman who received gender reassignment surgery in Guernsey says it has improved her quality of life.

    Politicians voted in favour of publicly funding gender reassignment surgery in 2014.

    LGBTQ flag

    Back then, according to Rachel James, she says, there was a "mixed reaction" to the States decision to fund treatment, with some islanders disagreeing with the decision.

    Ms James said this was perhaps because people "didn't understand".

    She said at the time she "couldn't afford" the treatment herself and would be unlikely to be able to do so for at least 10 years.

    She says she, along with her doctor and psychiatrist lobbied the States to change their policy.

    "I did it mainly by writing letters explaining how I was feeling," she said.

    Ms James also presented a business case for the decision, saying the treatment would cost the government less money overall.

    A spokesman for the Committee for Health and Social Services said they were "pleased" the surgery has been of benefit to a service user.

    Commenting on whether providing the surgery would cost the States less overall, the committee said: "In general we always consider the clinical benefits of treatment, as well as the cost-effectiveness of any intervention."

    Adding: "However, in this case the focus was very much on the desire to respond to an unmet need. Meeting the need, not cost, formed the basis of the decision to fund."

  2. Cyclist suffers 'serious' injuries after crash in Newquay

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A cyclist has suffered "serious head and leg injuries" after a crash in Newquay, police have said.

    It happened at about 13:15 on the A3075 between Trevemper Road and High Lanes.

    Emergency services attended and the injured man was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    Localised closures were put in place but traffic in the area is now easing.

  3. Tailbacks in Newquay after crash between car and cyclist

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Traffic is queuing in Newquay on the the A3075 between the A392 at Trevemper Road and High Lanes due to a serious accident between a car and a cyclist.

    Lanes around Crantock and Cubert are all blocked.

    A police cordon is in place and the air ambulance is at the scene.

    tailbacks
  4. Pensioner collapses with 'suspected stroke' on Dartmoor

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has collapsed on Dartmoor after a "suspected stroke", the National Police Air Service has said.

    The Exeter branch of the force conducted a search of the area earlier.

    Police, ambulance and air ambulance also attended.

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  5. Condor's delayed services announced

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Condor Ferries has announced the services which will be affected by delays to the Condor Rapide.

    Condor Rapide

    The vessel left dry-dock earlier to resume services from St Malo to the Channel Islands, but turned back to Falmouth due to an issue with its "engine management software".

    The affected sailings are the 15:50 service from St Malo, arriving in Jersey at 16:10, as well as the return journey leaving Jersey at 17:00, arriving in St Malo at 19:20.

    The Rapide does not appear on the Guernsey Harbour arrivals and departures schedule.

    "We continue to plan to operate a delayed schedule today", a spokesman said.

    Condor Ferries apologised for the inconvenience, and said further information would be issued "as soon as it becomes available".

  6. Cornwall travel: Serious accident blocks Newquay road

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Newquay, the A3075 is blocked between the A392 Trevamper Road and High Lanes due to a serious crash between a car and a cyclist. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

  7. Anglican church 'should promote weddings'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Anglican Dean says the local church should do more to promote weddings, after it emerged the denomination has seen the largest reduction in the number of marriages since 2011.

    In 2017, there were 68 Anglican weddings, compared to 108 in 2011.

    However there were still more Anglican weddings last year (68) than other denominations (24 combined), and significantly fewer than civil ceremonies (189).

    Guernsey town church, St Peter Port

    The Very Reverend Tim Barker said the fall in the number of Anglican weddings was in line with a general reduction in the number of marriages, both locally and the UK.

    He said: "I think we should do far more to promote church weddings.

    "I noticed the other week that there had been a wedding fair at St James. I will certainly be looking to see whether we can be represented at future wedding fairs, so that we can talk to people about the tremendous opportunities that a church wedding offers.

    "Big moments and big changes in life, such as preparing for marriage, can lead to big questions, thoughts and feelings. We would encourage people who are planning weddings to feel free to ask what the Church of England can offer – without any obligation."

  8. Watch Condor Rapide's brief return from dry-dock

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Here's the brief journey made by the Condor Rapide as it was forced to return to dry dock in Falmouth earlier.

    A problem with the vessel's "engine management software" forced the return, Condor Ferries said.

    An update is expected later on how this afternoon's sailings will be affected.

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    Video caption: Condor Rapide's brief journey, courtesy of Marine Traffic

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  9. Man and woman assaulted on New Year's Day

    Police have renewed an appeal after a man and woman were assaulted on New Year's Day.

    Four men took the man's scooter with out asking him, and pushed him into the road outside the Waterfront pub in Westward Ho! at about 00:20, police said.

    The victim, a man in his 60s, was pushed to the ground and punched in the face breaking his glasses and causing visible injury, officers said.

    The woman was assaulted and thrown down a slope outside the pub by another woman, police said.

    PC Frank Morgan said: “The four male suspects were described as white, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft (1.7-1.8m) tall, between 20 and 30 years old and all of a medium size build. They all had short styled haircuts and were wearing light coloured shirts with dark trousers. One of the men also had a full beard.

    “The female suspect is described as white, 5ft 5ins (1.6m) tall with short black hair in a bob style. The woman was wearing a black bomber/loose jacket."

  10. Thirty-three people left homeless by fire at Torquay homeless shelter

    Devon Live

    More than 30 people have been left without accommodation as a result of a fire at a homeless shelter in the middle of Torquay. A man had to be rescued from a burning flat at the Leonard Stocks Centre in Factory Row on Wednesday night after 'smoking materials' set light to clothing.

  11. 'Software issue' forced Condor return

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Condor Rapide was forced to return to dry dock this morning due to an "engine management software" issue, Condor Ferries has said.

    The vessel was set to resume services to the Channel Islands from St Malo today, after several delays.

    Returning to dry dock in Falmouth, Condor said engineers and contractors were working to resolve the issue.

    A spokesman said: "We are expecting Condor Rapide to operate this evenings services to a delayed schedule."

    A further update is expected from the company at 14:00.

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  12. Woman's injuries 'potentially life-threatening' after crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman is in hospital with "potentially life-threatening" injuries after her car overturned in Monkton, police have said.

    Police were called to Old Chard Road at about 10:30 and the woman was airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

    The road remains blocked in both directions between Northcote Hill and Viney Lane whilst officers work at the scene.

    Any witnesses are being asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  13. Carers asked what more States could do to help

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Voluntary carers in Guernsey could receive more support from the States in the future.

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    The States has launched a survey on a new initiative - the "Carers Action Plan" - to identify where they might be able to provide more help in the future.

    Currently carers have access to an allowance and short break provision.

    Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health and Social Care, said input from carers themselves was "very important".

    "All of us need some support from our family and friends sometimes. Many of us will also, at some point in our lives have times where a family member or friend needs our care or support on a more intense and ongoing basis," she said.

    A new charity "Carers Guernsey" has also been set up in the island to provide "advice and outreach support" to voluntary carers.

  14. L'Ancresse wall work to be completed 'this week'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Work on the L'Ancresse anti-tank wall will be completed this week, the States has said.

    Rock armour protection haw been placed over the existing toe of the wall and three to four tonne rocks used to reinforce it.

    The rocks were transported over the wall - as opposed to workers cutting a route on to the beach - to put them in place.

    A trench was also dug in front of the wall and a layer of rock placed below the beach level as a "secure base for the structure".

    A spokesman for planning services said the department had received "several requests" to clarify details of the work.

    The department said two holes were dug to judge the height of rock required for the repairs, but said this "did not amount to development", and did not require planning permission.

  15. Car damaged after crash into tree by A380

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A car has been badly damaged after it crashed into a tree, police have said.

    The car had been travelling on the A380 at Kennford and part of the road was closed after the crash, but all lanes have now been reopened.

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  16. Bird dies after getting wrapped in 'fishing line'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A coastal zoo is warning people to "tidy up after themselves" after a cormorant died because it got "wrapped up in fishing line, hooks and weights".

    It was taken to Living Coasts in Torquay but died before the keepers could save it.

    Philip Knowling, from Living Coasts said it was a "shocking reminder".

    "A beautiful wild bird has died because someone didn’t tidy up after themselves. People simply need to be a bit more responsible and a lot more careful.”

    dead cormorant
  17. Housing law changes should be 'carefully considered'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Proposed changes to Jersey's housing laws should not be "rushed", the Citizens' Advice Bureau has said.

    Currently there is no provision in the law to prevent landlords turning families with children away.

    The issues was touched on by the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry Panel, who singled out restrictive housing practices in Jersey as one of the main reasons why children ended up in care and became vulnerable to abuse.

    Deputy Montfort Tadier and Deputy Sam Mezec - from the island's only political party Reform Jersey - have renewed their calls to change the current situation, as they say it is discriminatory.

    The head of Jersey's Citizens' Advice Bureau, Malcolm Ferey, says there is "no simple fix" to the problem, and changes should not be made to the law without consultation and careful consideration.

    Mr Ferey says housing is the "biggest issue" for the bureau, and accepted it was not easy to find "good quality, affordable" accommodation in the island.

    "But just removing the exemption within the law in itself is not a solution" he said, claiming this could cause "unforeseen" issues in the future.

    He advises families with children to "engage" with prospective landlords, who he says may assume families with children will cause more "wear and tear" damage to properties, and may struggle to pay rent.

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  18. Missing Plymouth man found 'safe and well'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 28-year-old man who went missing from Plymouth has been found "safe and well", police have said.

    Matthew Edwards was reported missing from the Derriford area of the city on Thursday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have thanked the public for their assistance.

    Matthew Edwards
  19. Devon travel: Overturned vehicle blocks road near Cotleigh

    BBC Radio Devon

    Near Cotleigh, Old Chard Road is blocked in both directions between Northcote Hill and Viney Lane due to an overturned vehicle.