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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 29 May until Friday 1 June 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: A dry night with spells of sunshine on Saturday

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry night and cloud will continue to break up as clear spells develop.

South or southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate.

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

Weather in Devon and Cornwall on Saturday
BBC

The dry weather will continue and it will also feel warmer with spells of sunshine developing.

Light or moderate southerly winds will be fresher at times towards the far west and Scilly.

Max temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F)

Weather: Staying dry overnight with sunshine tomorrow

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Tonight looks set to continue being dry with mostly clear skies and just a few patches of cloud from time to time.

There will be a gentle south-westerly breeze.

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

Weather for Jersey and Guernsey
BBC

Saturday is expected to remain dry and fine with some prolonged spells of sunshine and just a little patchy cloud at times.

Winds will be mostly light.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F)

Call for daytime horse ban on Exmouth seafront

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Calls have been made to ban horses from Exmouth seafront.

The town council has backed proposals that would restrict the times when the animals could use the beach.

Under the proposals, horses would be banned from using the beach between 10:00 and 18:00.

There are currently no restrictions on riders using any beach in east Devon.

The ban was suggested after a waterfront working party received "one or two" complaints of horses "getting in the way" of dog walkers and beachgoers.

Horses on Exmouth Beach
LDRS

Dozens of objections to housing plan in Newton Abbot

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for Newton Abbot
LDRS

More than 100 objections have been received against plans for more than 1,000 new homes on the edge of Newton Abbot.

The proposals, submitted by PCL Planning on behalf of the Rew family, would see 1,275 houses built on green space in the Wolborough Barton area of the town.

A new primary school, employment space, two care homes, community facilities, and open space (including play areas, allotments, multi-use games area), are included in the plans.

Houses planned for the site
LDRS

There are also major road changes planned, along with a full application for the change of use of existing agricultural buildings at Wolborough farmstead into a 14-bedroom boutique hotel, restaurant and bar.

The objections have been raised in the past two weeks with two letters of support.

Appeal to former Lieutenant governor Cadets in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

All former Lieutenant governor Cadets are being invited to a reunion at Government House for the first time.

The first cadets were appointed 30 years ago in 1988.

cadets
Office of the Lieutenant Governor Guernsey
The 2017-2018 cadets at Government House with Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder

Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder says it's an "excellent scheme" and is looking forward to seeing former participants.

The event is being held on 15 December and islanders are being asked for help contacting former cadets.

It's believed there are around 70 eligible individuals out there, some of whom may be living outside of Guernsey.

Lifeboat engine stolen from secure lockup in South Hams

Del Crookes

BBC News Online

A Devon RNLI rescue boat has had its engine stolen after a break-in at the shed it was being stored in.

Lifeguards arrived for their daily beach at Bigbury-on-Sea patrols on Friday morning to find that the motor for their inshore vessel had been taken.

Dave Tunbridge and Alistair Williams discovered the storage unit housing the engine had been broken into overnight after being locked the day before at 18:00.

Bigbury-on-Sea
Google

We take great pride in our work and the equipment we use to keep beachgoers around the coast safe. It's extremely disappointing that our storage unit was broken into overnight. Having viewed CCTV we think it may have happened at just before 23:00 and we'd ask anyone with any information to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101."

Rebecca FoxLifeguard Supervisor for the South Hams

Cervical cancer screenings now free in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A £16 fee for smear tests at the Le Bas Centre has been dropped from today by the States of Jersey.

In April, when the decision was made to drop the fee, Former Health Minister, Andrew Green, said the department would be looking to expand the free smear tests to GPs in the island "by the end of the year".

Women can now go to the Le Bas Centre for their three yearly or five yearly screenings.

Dr Nigel Minihane, Chair of the Primary Care Body - which represents GPs in Jersey - said the move was a "positive step" until advances in technology allow self-testing, which would make early detection of cervical cancer easier.

Truro City owner denies owing newspaper workers money

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owner of Truro City Football Club has denied being responsible for outstanding wages and unpaid redundancy agreements to former employees of a newspaper he used to own.

Peter Masters sold the View From newspapers, which covered areas such as Axminster, Honiton and Seaton, in January.

Peter Masters
BBC

Now 27 workers are taking their case to an employment tribunal, claiming an estimated £250,000, which they say they are owed after losing their jobs.

But Mr Masters says the responsibility for that money lies with the person he sold the company to.

"The reality is that when the business got transferred over everyone got paid," he said. "If he hasn't paid any wages or anything after when he took it over, that's a matter for him.

"They were not in my employment."

He sold the company to Duncan Williams who told the BBC he bought it in good faith and "remains very pleased with the purchase of the intellectual property rights of these regional media brands."

New minister to reconsider 'foreshore claims'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The infrastructre department says it will consider a complaints board ruling that the States acted "unfairly" towards two property owners in Jersey.

One of the owners says he was fined £30,000 by the government after he tried to sell his house in Greve d'Azette, St Clement, which was found to be encroaching on the foreshore, owned by the States.

The former infrastructure minister, Eddie Noel, said the public owned the land and had the right to be compensated, so the matter went to a complaints panel, who ruled in the home owner's favour.

The complaints panel has ruled the States now needs to revise its policy on foreshore encroachment and refund the home owners.

We will consider the findings of the Complaints Board regarding the handling of foreshore encroachment claims, and discuss our response with our new Minister when he / she joins us.

The Minister has two months to make an official response to the Board. Until then it is premature to make any further comment."

Department for Infrastructure

Anti-social behaviour to be tackled in Penzance

BBC Radio Cornwall

Anti-social behaviour on the streets of Penzance could be tackled by security guard patrols, or a town warden.

A former deputy mayor of Penzance, Nigel Pengelly, says the situation is getting worse.

He says he was almost mugged in a frightening confrontation and many other people have faced similar situations.

Penzance
Google

Councillor Pengelly, who chaired the finance committee, said £25,000 has been set aside to tackle the growing problem.

It's got to the point where visitors are walking round the town and they're being followed by people asking for money. There are young people who are being hassled for money as well. I was nearly mugged myself a few months ago."

Nigel PengellyCouncillor

Devon travel: Traffic heavy and slow on A38 and A380

BBC Radio Devon

  • There's very slow traffic on the A38 heading towards Exeter, with congestion on the A38 up to A380 Splatford Split
  • There are also reports of one lane blocked on Telegraph Hill between Splatford Split and the B3192 due to a broken-down vehicle

Cornwall travel: Heavier than usual traffic

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • An accident has blocked the A30 in Crowlas in both directions between Gitchell Lane and the A394 Newtown roundabout. This is affecting traffic travelling between Hayle and Penzance
  • In Falmouth, Dracaena Avenue is busy, but moving near the Dracaena Community Centre

Brollies at the ready!

BBC Spotlight

Chris Weston has sent Spotlight this amazing photograph showing some seriously dark clouds above Penzance... looks like umbrellas might be needed!

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Family tribute to Scorrier crash victim

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being run over on the A30 in Cornwall last month.

Joseph Nickless, from Perranporth, was fatally injured in the accident near Scorrier in the early hours of Saturday 19 May.

His family described him as a "polite, engaging and genuinely happy person" who was an "absolute delight" to be around".

"Everyone who interacted with Joe, no matter how much, will feel a devastating loss now that he is no longer with us.

"Joe was easily the best version of all of us, be it as a son, a brother and a friend.”

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for witnesses.

They would also like to speak to the driver of an agricultural tractor which was on the A30 eastbound between Avers roundabout and Chiverton Cross shortly before the accident.

Devon travel: Exeter road closed by medical incident

Drivers are being asked to avoid Mary Arches Street in Exeter, which has been closed due to a medical incident.

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States could re-establish divers' medical facility

Rob England

BBC News Online

Authorities in Jersey are looking at "reviewing" the treatment options for divers suffering from decompression sickness.

In April, a spokesman for the island's health department said it was told "with no prior warning" the Jersey Hyperbaric Treatment Centre had been closed - the only hyperbaric chamber in Jersey.

scuba divers
Getty Images

The chamber is used to treat conditions such as the bends.

Ports of Jersey said the centre released a statement saying it had closed because of "a withdrawal of States funding" and it was unable to "maintain staff competence" in operating the chamber.

A States spokesman said the government had been making "considerable effort" to speak to the centre's operators about funding since 2015, but they were unresponsive and funding was stopped. They added the health department and Ports of Jersey was looking to "re-establish" a facility on the island, as transporting patients to Guernsey was "not a satisfactory long-term option".

The nearest hyperbaric chamber, at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey, costs £30,000 per treatment.

Salcombe man Rabs Johnston 'safe and well'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

A Salcombe man who's been missing for more than a week has been found.

A major search involving the police helicopter, lifeboat crews, coastguard teams and police, including a dog and handler was carried out over the bank holiday weekend after serious concerns were raised for his welfare.

Robert "Rabs" Johnston
Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police said 40-year-old Robert "Rabs" Johnson was safe and well and thanked members of the public for their assistance.

Fly-tippers ‘are getting away with it’ – shop owner

Guernsey Press

Fly-tipping in a Guernsey street needs to be addressed, one shop owner has said, after suffering with the problem for 18 months.

Fraudster jets around the world – owing over £60m

Jersey Evening Post

A convicted Jersey fraudster has been living a luxury lifestyle – taking private jets and first-class flights around the world – despite claiming he cannot access any of his accounts to pay back the £65m he owes UK taxpayers.