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  1. Pair fined over Falmouth crash that left woman injured

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Gavin Bentley and Paul O'Toole

    Two men have been fined over a lorry crash that left a visually impaired woman from Cornwall with life changing injuries.

    Kay Kitto was "catastrophically crushed" as she was loading her car outside her home in Falmouth in 2016, Truro Crown Court heard.

    Kay Kitto

    Gavin Bentley from Midland Poling Services in Staffordshire and its maintenance manager Paul O'Toole, who pleaded guilty to aiding or abetting dangerous driving at an earlier hearing, were fined £9,000 and £2,000 respectively.

    The lorry driver, Paul Ince, has admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and will be sentenced on Tuesday.

    The crash in Falmouth

    Kay’s guide dog Jackie was thrown out of the car during the crash but was uninjured.

  2. Image of new £750,000 Devon footbridge unveiled

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Computer-generated images of a proposed new footbridge at Sidmouth have been unveiled by Devon County Council.

    The authority says installing the £750,000 structure would lead to the closure of the Ham seaside recreation ground for six months.

    A planning application for the new bridge near Sidmouth seafront is due to be submitted to planners in the next few weeks.

    Proposed new bridge in Sidmouth

    If approved, the bridge would be located about 120ft (40m) upstream from the existing Alma Bridge across the River Sid.

    The plans will be on display as part of a public exhibition being held by East Devon District Council on its East Beach Beach Management Scheme at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, on Thursday, 19 April, from 13:00 to 19:00.

  3. Rugby player thanks off-duty lifeguards for quick response

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A rugby player has thanked the off-duty RNLI lifeguards who treated him after he was injured during a match at St Just Rugby Club on 11 April.

    Ben Donnithorne from Perranporth RFC was knocked unconscious after clashing heads with a team mate and suffered a seizure as a result.

    Off-duty lifeguards Tom McRitchie, Jackson Edwards and George Hudson, alongside volunteer lifeguard Will McRitchie, who also play for Perranporth, responded straight away.

    rugby player Ben Donnithorne

    Mr Donnithorne said: "I was very agitated and restless but all the boys were very reassuring to me, which helped."

    Ben is recovering at home: "I’m doing fine, concussed, but all the scan results came back clear, which I am relieved about."

  4. £45m road improvements in Exeter backed by government

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major £45m plans to improve one of the main roads into Exeter have been backed by the government.

    Devon's County Council's bid has passed the first stage of a two-stage government funding process.

    The initial proposal includes signal junctions and a roundabout on the A379 around Exeter, as well as the realignment of Chudleigh Road and improvements in Alphington village.

  5. Call for review into politician's pay

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Two politicians are calling for a mid-term review of the pay of Guernsey politicians and the non-political members of committees.

    Deputies Shane Langlois and Dawn Tindall are asking for a States agreement - made in January 2016 - for an independent review to be set up before the start of May to be acted on.

    They have also suggested that an intermediate band of renumeration be brought in for the presidents of States Assembly and Constitution Committee, Scrutiny Management Committee, States Trading Supervisory Board and the Development and Planning Authority.

    Current arrangements:

    • President of the Policy and Resources Committee: £63,315-£66,164
    • Presidents of the principal committees, Scrutiny Management Committee, States Assembly and Constitution Committee and members of the Policy and Resources Committee: £48,648-£50,837
    • All other deputies: £36,009-£37,629
    • Non-States member with a seat on the States Trading Supervisory Board: £8,000
    • Any other non-States member: £2,000

    There is also a set of rules governing pay for Alderney representatives that would be considered in any review.

    The proposal has been made alongside the call for a reduction in the pay of the president of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

  6. Number of home schooled children in Cornwall doubles

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The number of children being home schooled in Cornwall has more than doubled in the past four years.

    1,024 children are currently registered as being electively home educated (EHE), compared to just 411 in 2014, according to Cornwall Council figures.

    a mother homeschooling her son

    Kelly-Marie Ryan from Par has chosen to home educate her daughter, who is now 15, as she felt there was "close to no support" for children with special educational needs.

    "It seems that children are learning what they need to know to pass tests," she added.

    "At home children are free to learn and grow naturally."

    A report on EHE is set to go before the council's Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny committee next week, with a concern that funding for two EHE co-ordinators provided by the council could be at risk.

  7. Alderney-Southampton being a lifeline route 'ludicrous'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A senior Guernsey politician believes the idea of having more than one lifeline link "is frankly ludicrous".

    Deputy Lyndon Trott, Vice President of Policy and Resources, made the comments at an Institute of Directors seminar.

    He told the BBC: "I think it needs one and if I was an Alderney resident I would think don't bite the hand that feeds you... clearly as a consequence the lifeline route for Alderney should be Alderney-Guernsey.

    "[Alderney residents] think there should be two because that's what they've got used to. Frankly make the case and lets have a proper debate on it.

    "All the evidence that I've seen suggests there should be one lifeline route and the others should be designated under some different category whether that's of economic enablement, social importance or whatever the case may be."

  8. Exeter-Cranbrook link road fully open

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A congestion-busting road linking Exeter with the new town of Cranbrook and the Science Park that avoids M5 Junction 29 is fully open.

    The Tithebarn Link Road provides a permanent alternative to the M5 Jct 29/A30 junction for traffic travelling into the city from the east.

    Tithebarn Link Road

    The 600m section of road will provide the final link between Cumberland Way and the old A30 and connects the city to the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, including the developments of Cranbrook, Skypark and the Exeter Science Park.

    The route includes a 60m-span pedestrian and cycle bridge alongside the existing bridge just north of Junction 29 of the M5. The bridge opened for use in February.

    The road follows more than £100m of transport infrastructure investment in recent years to support growth in the East of Exeter area, including the development of Cranbrook rail station, Clyst Honiton bypass and improvements to junctions 29 and 30 of the M5.

  9. #StrongerTogether theme for CI Pride 2018

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Organisers have confirmed the theme for Channel Islands Pride celebrations this year.

    LGBT flag

    The parade will take place in St Peter Port on Saturday, 8 September, and the theme is Stronger Together.

    Ellie Jones, vice chair of Liberate in Guernsey, said the theme was chosen to represent how communities as a whole are stronger when they co-operate, and as a show of support for individuals who announce a change in their sexuality later in life, whose families may not accept it.

    In 2017 Jersey hosted the event under the theme of "I Do" - cerebrating equal marriage rights for same sex couples. However, a day before the parade the States announced a delay to Jersey’s same-sex marriage legislation, prompting an apology from the chief minister.

    Same-sex marriage legislation has now been approved in Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney.

  10. Being an outsider gives you that edge - Tom Daley

    Rob Adcock

    BBC Sport on the Gold Coast

    Plymouth diver Tom Daley has said homophobia is still "a massive thing in sport" and sharing a personal story can "change hearts and minds".

    He's been speaking in Australia's Gold Coast after winning a gold medal in the synchronised 10m platform.

    The 23-year-old said he felt "extremely lucky to compete openly as who I am, not worry about ramifications".

    He has though called for more Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality.

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  11. Weather: A dry night with a risk of showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud.

    A few patches of fog may form later on, with the possibility of isolated showers.

    Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

    weather map for the Channel Islands

    Saturday will be sunny but with the risk of thundery showers drifting up from the south.

    Winds will be light and mostly southerly.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

  12. Weather: A misty night, but dry and bright tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry with clear spells.

    Patches of mist, fog and low cloud are likely to form later in the night.

    Minimum temperature: 2 to 5C (36 to 41F).


    On Saturday, early patches of mist and fog will clear to leave most places dry with sunny spells.

    There's a chance of an isolated heavy shower or thunderstorm later on.

    Maximum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

  13. Cornish schoolgirls win UK Space Agency competition


    A group of schoolgirls from Cornwall have won a competition run by the UK Space Agency for ideas on how satellites could improve life on Earth.

    The girls came up with the Safe Surf wristband, which uses rip tide data to track and identify people approaching dangers.

    The SatelLife Challenge sought fresh thinking from people aged between 11 and 22, encouraging them to be part of the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

    Some of the girls have been to the Goonhilly Earth Station on the Lizard explaining how the wristbands work to Emily Gravestock from the UK Space Agency - who seemed suitably impressed...

    Video content

    Video caption: Cornish schoolgirls win UK Space Agency competition
  14. Electricity cable works across St John's village

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Starting on Monday, Jersey Electricity says it will be doing "excavation works" for eight weeks to install a "high voltage cable".

    St John's village
  15. Penzance Dry Dock seals deal with American yacht firm

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Penzance Dry Dock has made a deal with an American firm to provide maintenance for yachts from around the world.

    YachtProjects International has completed work worth more £175m in remote commercial shipyards across the globe.

    It said that Cornwall, which boasted Europe's oldest dry dock, would offer a cheap but high quality way to carry out annual, five and 10-year survey work.

    Penzance Dry Dock
  16. Brewery boss defends council's £46k Cannes trip

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The boss of St Austell Brewery, James Staughton, says Cornwall Council's trip to Cannes was "a lot of hard work" and that they made "a lot of good contacts for the future".

    Earlier this month, the council admitted to spending £46,000 on the excursion to the MIPIM real estate conference.

    The council said the trip was necessary to gather investment for the county.

    Mr Staghton, who was also on the trip, said: "We are not going to attract the investment that we need in our infrastructure - whether it's education, whether it’s housing whether it's transport - for the future by sitting at County Hall."

  17. Jersey general election 2018: The data

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Here is some analysis on what we know about Jersey's general election based on data collected after nominations closed for senators, constables and deputies earlier this week.

    Islanders go to the polls on 16 May.

    Jersey elections chart
    Image caption: Seeking re-election - 33, seeking re-election after a break - 6, new candidates - 53
    Jersey General election chart
    Image caption: Male candidates - 64, female candidates - 28
    Jersey general election chart
    Image caption: Senator seats - 8, senator candidates - 17; constable seats - 12, constable candidates - 14; deputy seats - 29, deputy candidates - 61

    More on the Jersey general election:

  18. Truro residents warned about gardening rogue traders

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Residents in Truro are being warned not buy services from cold callers, following an alleged gardening services scam in the city this week.

    In one incident, an 83-year-old man was charged a large amount of money for having trees and shrubs trimmed.

    The cold callers are thought to have returned to the area on at least two other occasions and quoted one woman almost £400 to cut a hedge.

    Paul Caruana, a neighbour of the people involved, said: "They know how to hard sell, and they don't tell you what it's going to cost to start with, normally.

    "As you get one job done, it's: 'You need this doing, you need that doing', and before you know it you've paid out a lot of money."

    Hedge trimming. Pic: Getty Images