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  1. Weather: Overnight showers will clear tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be cloudy at first with a spot of rain possible.

    There is a risk of some showery rain spreading up from the south in the early hours.

    Minimum Temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F)

    Weather map, 7 April 2018

    Tomorrow, showers should clear northwards through the morning.

    The cloud should break to allow some sunshine later in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

  2. Delays continue on A38 after tractor fire

    Emergency resurfacing work is being carried out on the A38 following an earlier tractor fire.

    The Highways Agency says delays are still expected in the area as a result.

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  3. Exeter prisoners rated according to potential violence

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    HMP Exeter

    A new device that rates inmates according to their chances of being involved in violence and disturbances is being piloted at Exeter prison.

    Under the new scheme, prisoners are given a "score" based on their perceived likelihood of participating in assaults, fights or riots.

    Staff can use the data to help them make decisions such as which wing an individual should be placed in and prisoners' activity and work programmes.

    HMP Exeter is among 16 prisons piloting the scheme.

  4. Minister 'happy' to be back following investigation

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Rod Bryans says he is "happy" to return to his role as Education Minister after being found not to have breached the code of conduct for elected members.

    An investigation was launched following a formal complaint by health minister, Senator Andrew Green, earlier this year - prompting him to step aside.

    He was replaced by housing minister Deputy Anne Pryke during the investigation.

    The complaint alleged improper behaviour towards female members of staff.

    Deputy Rod Bryans

    Paul Kernaghan, States of Jersey's commissioner for standards, concluded Deputy Bryans had not breached the code of conduct for States members, but said he was "satisfied" Senator Green was "duty bound" to put the complaint forward.

    "It is vital to public confidence that elected Members are held to account and operate to the highest professional standards," he added.

  5. Police appeal for witnesses following Newquay assault

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Bank Street, Newquay

    Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Newquay on Easter Saturday.

    The incident took place on Bank Street at about 16:30 on 31 March.

    A police spokesperson said: "If any member of the public has filmed the assault, it is vital that these people make themselves known to police as part of this investigation."

    A man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and is due before Bodmin Magistrates Court at the end of April.

  6. Relax rules around listed buildings - Minister

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There should be "more flexibility" in what islanders in Jersey are able to do to their listed buildings without planning permission, a minister has said.

    The Environment Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, said a 2016 consultation found people wanted to be able to install "less contentious" items such as play equipment, sheds, gates and fences, decking, satellite dishes and solar panels, without having to go to the States.

    Mr Luce says he is working on a set of proposals which will "strike a balance" between regulation and freedom to make changes.

    The proposals mainly relate to works in people's homes.

    Of the applications made in 2016 affecting listed buildings, 84% were approved; 9% were refused; and 7% were withdrawn.

  7. New tax will help drinks companies to cut sugar

    BBC Radio Devon

    soft drinks bottles

    A soft drinks producer from Devon says the tax on sugary drinks will actually help manufacturers to reduce the sugar in their recipes.

    The new levy came into force today, and could add up to 24 pence onto each litre.

    Gabriel David, chairman of Luscombe Drinks in Buckfastleigh, says it means consumers will now expect less sugar in their drinks:

    "It the government comes in with this tax, they're beginning to talk about things, they're beginning to suggest that we don't want so much sugar, which helps companies likes ours to reduce our sugar on the expectation front.

    "People have choice, and if they're prepared for the reduction in sugar, then they're moving towards their own sugar intake."

  8. New £35 charge for garden waste collection in Torridge

    BBC Radio Devon

    garden rubbish

    People living in Torridge are being told that, from June, their green wheelie bins will only be emptied if they've subscribed to a new service costing £35.

    The district council says the initiative, which affects garden waste, is designed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

    A weekly food waste collection service and fortnightly black bag collections are also being introduced.

  9. BreakingDeputy cleared after complaint investigation

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey politician has been cleared over allegations he breached the code of conduct for elected members.

    Deputy Rod Bryans stepped aside as education minister in February whilst the investigation took place.

    The complaint was lodged by Senator Andrew Green after an anonymous letter alleged improper behaviour with women.

    Mr Bryans has been invited by Jersey's chief minister to resume his role.

  10. St Helier boat fire: Fisherman thanked for crew rescue

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A fisherman who rescued two people from a burning boat has been praised by Jersey's harbour master.

    The small vessel caught fire just outside St Helier harbour yesterday afternoon.

    RNLI and fire service crews witnessed several small explosions on the vessel as flares and gas cylinders were set off by the flames.

    Jersey's harbour master, Bill Sadler, expressed his gratitude to the fisherman who rescued the vessel's crew, who were uninjured.

    He said the States of Jersey's tug - the Duke of Normandy - which is equipped with water pumps, was requested, but was not required as the situation was dealt with by fire crews quickly.

    The fire service is investigating the cause of the blaze.

    boat fire St Helier
  11. Pictures of cliff rescue of boy, 11

    The first pictures have emerged of the rescue of an 11-year-old boy who fell 200ft (60m) down cliffs in north Devon.

    The boy is originally from Los Angeles and was visiting the Lynton area in north Devon.

    The victim has a double fracture of the fibia and an injury to his back and has been transferred to hospital in Bristol.

    Boy being winched
  12. Sugar tax impact to be 'monitored' by States

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The "local impact" of the UK's new soft drinks sugar tax will be monitored by the States of Guernsey, politicians have said.


    Soft drinks with a high sugar content are subject to the new tax in the UK from today, and companies can face extra charges of up to 24p a litre.

    The law was introduced to prompt drinks firms to reduce sugar content in their products, and campaigners say it has already proved a success.

    The levy is being applied to manufacturers - whether they pass it on to consumers or not is up to them.

    A States spokesman said: "The impact sugary drinks have on the health of populations has been recognised through Guernsey and Alderney's Healthy Weight Strategy."

    "The Committee for Health & Social Care has investigated whether Guernsey should introduce a similar sugar tax, however it has decided against pursuing such a move at this stage given the introduction of the UK levy," the spokesman added.

  13. Rare ants 'under threat' from 'smothering' plant

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A rare species of ant is in danger of being "smothered" by an invasive plant species in Guernsey, conservationists say.

    The Guernsey Conservation Volunteers is helping to preserve the black backed wood ant, Formica pratensis, in the island, which no longer exists in the UK.

    Angela Salmon, from the volunteers, says their habitat is being "smothered" by Hottentot Fig in the Tielle area on the South coast.

    Ms Salmon says if it is allowed to spread it is "probable" the rare ants' hives will be lost.

    Formica pratensis

    Formica pratensis facts:

    • The species is extinct in the United Kingdom but can be found along Guernsey's south cliffs, between Pleinmont and Icart
    • It's under threat in Guernsey – there are only approximately 60 nests, according to Guernsey's Biological Records Centre
    • They are under threat from disturbance, invasive species and encroachment of scrub
    • Each ant can grow up to 9.5mm in length
  14. Gollop joins Islanders Association

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy John Gollop has joined a political group in Guernsey.

    Deputy Gollop is currently the president of the Development and Planning Authority, as well as a member of the Committee for Employment and Social Security and the island's Transport Licensing Authority.

    John Gollop
    Quote Message: I am supporting the Islanders Association because I believe that it represents a real opportunity to significantly improve the focus and effectiveness of the States. To increase cooperation between deputies and the public and hopefully attract members of all ages." from Deputy John Gollop
    Deputy John Gollop

    He is the second deputy this week to join the association.

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  15. Camper van ban on Exmouth seafront may be introduced

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A proposed ban on camper vans parking on Exmouth seafront could be in place from next month.

    In December, East Devon District Council's cabinet voted in favour of allowing them to park in council-owned car parks instead.

    If a traffic regulation order - now issued by Devon County Council - to completely ban camper vans from parking in a section of Queen's Drive is confirmed, the ban could be in place in May.

    New overnight camper van bays would then be created in council-owned car parks - 30 in the Queen's Drive Echelon car park, 20 in the Imperial Recreation Ground and 20 in Maer Road.

    Camper vans parked on Exmouth seafront
    Quote Message: We do depend on tourism and visitors coming to Exmouth and we don't want to deter owner of camper vans from coming here for a few days. But what we are trying to do is to find more appropriate facilities for the camper van owners and their families." from Councillor Mark Williamson
    Councillor Mark Williamson
  16. Devon travel: Tractor fire on A38 in Bickington

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Bickington on the A38 Pymouth-bound near the Caton turn off, there are reports of queuing traffic due to a tractor on fire.

    traffic standstill
  17. 'No more building on green zone land'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An environmental group in Jersey has welcomed the decision to reject plans for 65 new homes for first time buyers on green zone land.

    States-owned housing company Andium applied to build the homes in fields opposite the George de Carteret pub in St Peter's Village.

    Jersey's Planning Minister, Deputy Steve Luce, refused the application, saying planners should avoid building on green fields.

    Nigel Jones, who chairs the group Jersey in Transition said the fields could have been lost "for generations."

    Quote Message: We don't want any more building on green land. If there is building to be done, it should be done by building up and by building in town. from Nigel Jones
    Nigel Jones

    The group has released a "manifesto" ahead of the general election on 16 May, calling for candidates to tackle what it claims to be "environmental issues" in Jersey, including poor soil and water quality.

    However, Mr Jones stressed the group was not a political party.

  18. Flower show a 'challenge' after cold and wet winter

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    This weekend sees the Cornwall Garden Society Spring flower show at the Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel.

    A fixture in the gardener's calendar, it traditionally marked the beginning of spring.

    But the cold and wet winter has been a challenge for growers and exhibitors.

    Daffodil grower David White won five times at last year's show but this time he is not so sure.

    "This year has been really difficult because they were all in the very cold weather we've had," he said. "They were all frozen, absolutely solid, literally a fortnight ago."

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