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  1. Updates from Monday 23 April until Friday 27 April 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: Dry with spells of sunshine on Saturday

BBC Weather

Apart from the odd morning shower, tomorrow looks set to be dry with spells of sunshine, particularly during the afternoon.

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

Weather in Jersey and Guernsey on Saturday

Weather: Cloudy tomorrow but turning brighter with showers

BBC Weather

Saturday will continue to see a lot of cloud and perhaps a little light rain for a time.

A few bright or sunny spells could develop, but these may trigger some heavy, slow-moving showers.

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

Weather in Devon and Cornwall on Saturday

Police crack down on driving offences

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Several drivers have been caught committing vehicle offences in a targeted campaign today.

Operation Juggler was a joint operation run by police in Plymouth that involved the Environment Agency, Plymouth Trading Standards, HMRC Road Fuel Testing Unit, Plymouth City Council Taxi Licensing and scrap metal licensing officers.

75 vehicles were checked between 08:00 and 17:00, with offences including having no insurance, using red diesel, driving an overweight vehicle, having excessive window tints and having defective tyres.

Response Sergeant Colin Strachan said: “We stopped and spoke with a large number of drivers during the operation. Supported by our partner agencies, the aim of the day was to target illegal activity on our roads and to support law-abiding road users."

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Plea from Taxes Office in bid to avoid backlog

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey residents are being urged to submit their tax returns early in a bid to avoid the last-minute rushes seen in previous years.

Currently about 40,000 of the 64,000 returns are outstanding, with less than a month to the 25 May submission deadline.

"If taxpayers file close to the deadline, we will need to take on temporary staff to deal with the volume of returns received and for the subsequent return logging," said Richard Summersgill, the Comptroller of Taxes.

"Last-minute and late filing costs taxpayers money, because of the administration spike and, for those filing late, their £250 compulsory late-filing fee."

Uncovered photographs show pre-NHS Devon hospital

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Bideford Hospital
Staff attending to patients in the men's ward at Bideford and District Hospital in 1940

A photographic archive of pre-NHS healthcare has been published by Historic England.

It has an enormous array of images taken between 1938 and 1943, before the NHS was created in 1948.

It includes some pictures of Bideford and District Hospital, which was built in 1924 and replaced the town's infirmary on Meddon Street.

nurses playing table tennis
Bideford Hospital nurses having some down time in the nurses' recreation block

In the 1940s, Bideford and District Hospital consisted of three wards and three private rooms.

Mary Maine was evacuated to Bideford from Kent at the start of World War Two.

She had to have her tonsils out at the age of six and had the operation carried out in Bideford.

She has been sharing her memories of the hospital below:

Two men injured in Redruth attack

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Two 22-year-old men were attacked outside a nightclub in Redruth this morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police say three men jumped out on the pair as they were walking towards a car park near The Zone between 02:00 and 02:30.

They say it appears to have been an unprovoked attack.

The men, from Hayle, received facial and head injuries and were treated at hospital before being released.

Devon church marks 700th anniversary

BBC Radio Devon

Tavistock Parish Church

A concert's being held at a Tavistock church this evening to mark its 700th anniversary.

The Plymouth Police Area Choir will be performing at St Eustachius.

Parish records, church history, vestments and silver will be exhibited along with floral displays by local florists and community groups.

Two public meetings on assisted dying

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two extra speakers have been confirmed for a public meeting being held on the assisted dying proposals going before the States of Guernsey next month.

Dr Richard Scheffer, a retired palliative care consultant and former hospice medical director and Jonathan Romain, a rabbi, writer and broadcaster, will join Robert Preston and Dr Carol Davis at the event on Tuesday.

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Angela Rippon joins Plymouth ballet class for over-55s

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

Angela Rippon

The broadcaster Angela Rippon has been in Plymouth visiting a ballet class specifically for the over-55s.

Silver Swans was launched by the Royal Academy of Dance last September because of a growing demand in high quality ballet classes for older learners.

Classes are delivered by qualified dance teachers who have trained to safely adapt ballet techniques for adults over the age of 55.

Angela Rippon

It's important that we exercise and that we keep strong and that we keep our balance. The exercise that came out on top, ticking all the boxes, was dance. It's great for balance, it's great for core strength, it's an aerobic exercise, it gives you flexibility and it's social."

Angela RipponBroadcaster and Silver Swans ambassador

Quant has 'never shown any remorse' for sexual abuse

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police say Antony John Quant, 50, "has never shown any remorse for his horrific crimes forcing his three victims to give evidence at his trial".

Det Sgt Lynda McKenna said: "These victims have shown incredible courage throughout the case, having carried so much trauma with them for so many years.

"They have all been deprived of the innocence of children when they should have felt safe at the hands of a dangerous man.

"This case shows that no matter the passage of time the States of Jersey Police will work with victims to put an offender before court.

"This abhorrent behavior will not be tolerated in our society."

Quant was found guilty of eight cases of indecent assault, seven of rape and five of sodomy committed against three victims more than 30 years ago.

He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and 10 years on the sex offender’s register in Jersey's Royal Court.

Westward Ho! reintroduce dog restrictions

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Westward Ho!

From next Tuesday, 1 May, dog restrictions will be back in force at Westward Ho! beach in North Devon.

Dogs will be prohibited on the beach to the south of Sandymere Bridge and will be need to be kept on a lead on the promenade.

They will still be allowed at the north end of the beach between Sandymere Bridge and the Taw/Torridge estuary.

Anyone breaking the rules could be fined up to £100. The restrictions last until 30 September.

The dog restrictions at Westward Ho! means that we can provide both dog free and dog friendly areas on the beach. Not only is this an important part of meeting the criteria to attain a Blue Flag, it means that there is space for everyone to enjoy this fantastic beach and surrounding facilities.

Councillor Phil PenningtonLead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure

Hospital gold command 'not sustainable'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Councillors say a hard reset of urgent and emergency care at Cornwall's main hospital was a success but have warned it is not a "sustainable" way to fix problems.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) initiated a gold command last month to try and relieve pressure on the system.

Partners across various NHS organisations worked together on the initiative.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

The hospital saw an increase in the percentage of patients seen within four hours and an increase in the avoidance of unnecessary admissions. Additionally, since it was started, no patients have been cared for in corridors, no wards closed for infection control and elective surgery has been restored, councillors were told.

Cllr Rob Rotchell, cabinet member for health and adults, welcomed the successes but sounded a "note of caution" because it was "not sustainable".

He said: "Gold command was designed for a serious incident rather than sustained pressures and unprecedented pressures.

"We can't keep asking people to keep stepping up beyond the call of duty ... they were doing that before we went to gold command."

Public buildings to be streamlined in Guernsey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey are aiming to save up to £2.2m per year through better management of their properties.

The public estate is currently worth £2.5bn and includes more than 300 buildings.

As well as cutting costs by rationalising the portfolio, the States are looking to increase revenues from existing properties, and are budgeting £4m over four years from property sales.

Frossard House

Devon woman's first class post office challenge

BBC Radio Devon

Joanna Giles outside North Lowestoft Post Office
Joanna Giles

A postmistress from Devon has celebrated two years in the job by travelling to the most southern, northern, western and eastern post offices in the UK, with the added challenge of not paying for her travel.

Joanna Giles, who works at Ashburton Post Office, has already raised more than £2,000 for Cancer Research UK and Ashburton Arts, which brings performing arts and cultural activities to local community.

Her journey involved a vast amount of walking, supplemented by planes, trains and ferries - with some organisations offering her free tickets along the way.

Joanna visited St Agnes Post Office in Scilly (most southerly), Belleek Post Office (most westerly), Baltasound Post Office (most northerly) and North Lowestoft Post Office (most easterly).

The journey has been brilliant, and I've been privileged enough to see some amazing sites along the way - including some beautiful and much needed sunshine!"

Joanna GilesAshburton Post Office

'Suffering' La Mare schools to get £700k

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey will spend £700,000 on improvements to the La Mare de Carteret schools before the start of the next school year in September.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, said the schools, pupils and staff had "suffered" from lack of investment in recent years.

He said: "This [under-investment] has been allowed to happen on the premise that completely new facilities might be just a few years away, but our committee does not believe it is acceptable to maintain the facilities in their current condition any longer."

La Mare de Carteret

Devon exhibition commemorates Spanish refugees

BBC Radio Devon

A series of exhibitions and events gets under way this weekend commemorating the lives of two Spanish sisters who came to Devon as refugees from the Spanish Civil War.

They came on a ship in 1937 with 4,000 other children and settled in Dartington, near Totnes, where they became teachers and spent the rest of their lives.

It's hoped the sisters' story will get people talking about how we treat refugees today.

Competition inspires engineers of the future

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

children working on science project

More than 130 school children have been on the Royal Navy warship HMS Bulwark at Devonport to take part in a model rocket car race as part of a national competition.

Year seven pupils from 11 schools were competing in the south west regional final of the Race for the Line competition inspired by the Bloodhound land speed record attempt.

The competition is intended to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and scientists by encouraging young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths and following linked careers.

The winners will compete in the national final at RAF Wittering in June.

rocket powered model car

Man jailed for 20 sexual abuse charges

BBC Radio Jersey

A St Helier man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after previously being found guilty of historic sexual abuse.

Antony John Quant, 50, was convicted of 20 charges.

They included raping a boy and a girl between 1978 and 1989, relating to three victims aged from five to 14.

'Slow down' warning after car overturns on A38


Police are warning drivers to "slow down in wet weather" after a car overturned on the A38 near Drumbridges.

Officers added the driver was "very lucky" to have no injuries after "losing control on standing water".

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Dawlish Warren car park to get £220k improvements

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Dawlish Warren car park

Major £220,000 improvement works are set to be carried out at Dawlish Warren car park.

Work will include resurfacing, filling potholes, improving the drainage, relining parking spaces and providing better pedestrian walkways.

Work is expected to begin on 21 May.