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CI Weather: A cool, dry night ahead

BBC Weather

This evening it will remain sunny, and will then stay dry through tonight with mostly clear skies.

Jersey:

Jersey weather
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Guernsey:

Guernsey weather
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Chalmers qualifies for world final with British record

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Alastair Chalmers has qualified for the final of the 400m hurdles in the World Under-20 Championships.

After winning his heat yesterday, Chalmers came second in today's semi-final, meaning he qualifies for the final.

He finished in a new British under-20 record time of 50.11 seconds, behind South Africa's Sokwakhana Zazini.

Alastair Chalmers
Lesley Chalmers

Weather: Staying dry and fine

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Friday evening will remain generally dry and fine with spells of late sunshine.

Mostly dry with long clear spells throughout tonight, although there could be some areas of mist and fog forming.

Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

Weather
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Early areas of mist and fog will lift to leave a mainly dry and fine day on Saturday, with long spells of sunshine.

A warm day for most with just a light breeze.

Maximum temperature: 21 to 24C (70 to 75F).

Sark's dairy sells remaining cows

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The cows at Sark's only dairy farm have been sold and have left the island.

Chris Nightingale has been running the dairy for more than 30 years, but has decided to retire from the industry.

The 77-year-old farmer said he was "a bit sad" after seeing the remaining cattle leave on a boat, but added that he couldn't keep going.

Mr Nightingale said his family didn't want to carry on the business, and the dairy "hadn't made much money" in recent years, partly because "tourism isn't what it was".

Sark cows
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NHS at 70: The South West's tiny bundles of hope

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

This summer, as the NHS turns 70, BBC Spotlight is looking at how healthcare has changed here in the South West.

One in every 13 babies in the UK are born preterm - that's before 37 weeks gestation - and their chances of surviving have increased dramatically in the last 70 years.

baby
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Neonatal care for the most pre-term babies from Devon and Cornwall is now centralised at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Plymouth.

Treatments and technology have improved with steroids given in the womb, ventilators, more sophisticated monitoring and incubators, and surfactants to help babies' lungs work.

couple with baby
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But attitudes have also changed.

Parents are now much more involved with their own child and some, like Donna Wade, go on to support other new mums and dads.

They seem very open to wanting to talk to you, engaging and just basically hearing what you've gone through. It's also about being able to talk to them about what's going on outside the hospital and just giving a bit of normality to them as well."

Donna WadeParent Peer Support Worker

And while there is sometimes a long-term bond formed with the unit, babies tend to stay here for a shorter time.

They are discharged earlier and supported at home so parents and siblings can enjoy the normality of family life outside hospital.

Police warning over mobile phone scams and thefts

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Police in Jersey are warning islanders about the dangers of mobile phone roaming scams and thefts ahead of the summer holidays.

The island’s mobile phone companies have seen an increase in mobile phone thefts that have resulted in thousands of pounds worth of charges.

We are concerned with the number of islanders falling victim to mobile phone roaming scams and thefts whilst travelling abroad and wanted to raise awareness prior to the summer school holidays commencing. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy their holidays without the worry of losing their mobile phone and the risk of incurring substantial roaming charges."

Det Ch Insp Chris BeecheyJersey Fraud Prevention Forum chairman

Weather watchers: The view from Herm

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Chris Cumulus for this photo from Herm, looking back towards St Peter Port.

Herm
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And thanks to Cloud Nut for this shot over Guernsey's west coast.

I'm still trying to pinpoint exactly where it was taken from.

Any suggestions?

West coast beach
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If you know, please feel free to email us.

No rest for Penlee's volunteer lifeboat crews

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Penlee's volunteer lifeboat crews have been called out on no less than nine shouts in the last seven days.

Here's their diary for the week so far:

  • 7 July: Towed a 14ft dory which broke down between Roskilly and Mousehole to Newlyn Harbour
  • Called to assist police help to a vulnerable person near Porthleven
  • Towed a 9m yacht with three people on board that suffered engine failure a mile off Newlyn back to harbour
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Pierre Le Breton
  • 8 July: Towed pleasure craft La Dolce Vita back to Penzance Harbour (pictured above)
  • Towed a 10m motor cruiser with engine failure two miles south of Porthcurno to Penzance Harbour
yacht
RNLI Penlee Lifeboat
  • 9 July: Called to assist a French yacht that run aground in Newlyn Harbour (pictured above)
  • 11 July: Towed a 38ft French yacht which suffered engine failure near the Low Lee Buoy to Newlyn
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RNLI Penlee Lifeboat
  • 12 July: Rescued a man who had suffered shoulder injuries after being thrown from his water craft near St Michael's Mount (pictured above)
  • 13 July: Assisted the 55ft yacht Odyssey which had suffered engine failure nine miles off Newlyn

Phew! Let's hope the volunteer lifeboat crews get a well-earned rest over the weekend.

Date for meeting to examine Torbay councillor allegations

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A date has been fixed for a preliminary hearing into allegations of impropriety in public office against a Torbay councillor.

There has been an independent investigation into the allegation against the councillor - who has not been named - and they have been called to answer an allegation of misconduct before the authority's standards hearing sub-committee.

A preliminary hearing of the sub-committee will take place on 20 July at Torquay Town Hall, and the meeting is expected to be held behind closed doors.

It will not be the actual standards hearings but purely a meeting to determine the procedural elements of the actual hearing.

Torbay Council
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The Spike Islander: Take a look around

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The Spike Islander took it's first paying customers between Alderney and Guernsey on Friday.

The vessel, which is operated by the Little Ferry Company, will be running for an 11-week trial.

Golf: Cornwall under-18s win South West Championship

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall under-18s golf team have won the South West Championship.

They were victorious in the event at Perranporth Golf Club and will now go on to the national championships.

Age means nothing when it comes to making new friends

BBC Spotlight

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Children from Compton Pre-school in Plymouth have been spending one day per week with residents at Greenacre Care Home, and the older people have been making return trips back to the school.

Weather watchers: Contrasting outlooks in Cornwall

BBC Weather Watchers

This picture of Holywell Bay from weather watcher PopandRosies Pa could have been taken straight out of a scene from Poldark.

Holywell Bay, PopandRosies Pa
PopandRosies Pa

And just in case you've forgotten what it's like to not be bathed in continuous sunshine, here's a picture of Callington under fog on Friday morning, courtesy of Weather Watcher Scuba.

Callington Scuba
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Have you any pictures you want to share with us? If so, please email them in.

Police reminder about weekend roadworks across Guernsey

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Teen deaths reignite drug debate

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornwall head teacher has spoken out about the dangers of drugs following the deaths of three teenagers from the South West.

Debate about the UK's drugs policy has been reignited after 15-year-old Shakira Pellow, from Camborne, became the third teenager from the region to die after taking drugs in as many weeks.

Drugs
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Shakira Pellow died after taking blue tablets marked "duplo"

A rise in drugs use was probably also because of an increased availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the region also said.

The head teacher of Brannel School, near St Austell, Andy Edmonds, said he did not believe legalisation was the way forward.

I do think we need a cultural decision about whether or not drugs are right or wrong. My personal view is that we need to continue to have a very strict regulation. We need to be very clear about the impact that they're having, the damage that they're having on families and individuals."

Andy EdmondsHead teacher, Brannel School

The Home Office said there were no plans to legalise drugs and the government's approach remained clear: to prevent drug use and support people through treatment and recovery.

Totnes MP tells Trump 'where to stick his dog whistle'

BBC Politics

Devon Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston says Prime Minister Theresa May should tell Donald Trump "where to stick his dog whistle" after his comments about immigration.

The US president told The Sun newspaper "I think you are losing your culture," as he began a visit to the UK.

The Totnes MP said she believed many people would cheer Mrs May is she did so.

Tory MP: Tell Trump 'where to stick his dog whistle'

Brexit white paper welcomed – but 'more work to do'

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Brexit white paper
UK government

The UK government has published its Brexit blueprint for the Channel Islands.

The long-awaited white paper outlines plans for the UK’s future relations with the EU, including specific arrangements for Jersey and Guernsey.

The White Paper suggests there will be:

  • Specific economic arrangements for the Channel Islands in relation to the Economic Partnership
  • Protection of the Common Travel Area arrangements between the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies
  • Close monitoring of data protection polices in relation to the UK and the EU
  • Conservation and management of local fisheries

Senior Channel Island politicians have welcomed the proposals.

The UK’s continuing commitment in the White Paper to ensure that the Bailiwick’s interests will be included throughout the future partnership negotiations is extremely welcome. Moving forward, there is still much work to do to ensure that the UK’s commitments to us will be respected in wider UK-EU negotiations and that the islands’ views will be taken into account throughout the process."

Deputy Gavin St PierGuernsey Policy and Resources Committee president

Devon travel: New Road in Oakhampton closed

BBC Radio Devon

In Okehampton, New Road is closed in both directions due to fallen power cables between the High Street and Moyses Lane.

Actor Henry Cavill apologises after #MeToo rape backlash

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Superman actor Henry Cavill has apologised for claiming that the #MeToo movement has left him scared to date women for fear of being "called a rapist".

In a statement, Cavill addressed the "confusion and misunderstanding" over his GQ interview.

Henry Cavill
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"Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention", he continued, confirming he holds women in "the highest regard".

The Jersey-born British actor made the outspoken comments during an interview with GQ Australia, as part of his promotional activities for Mission Impossible: Fallout.

When asked how #MeToo affected him, Cavill said that while society "had to change" regarding the treatment of women, the altered landscape has left him feeling unsure about "chasing a woman".

The comments sparked both empathy and anger online. Many were quick to attack Cavill for his "absurd" views, but a number of men echoed Cavill's sense of confusion.

Minister hails future of Cornish athletics track

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A project which has enabled a Cornish community to take on the running of an athletics track is a good example of ultra-localism, according to Secretary of State James Brokenshire.

The housing, communities and local government secretary visited Par on Friday to see how devolution had secured the future of its much-loved track.

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James Brokenshire (second right) celebrates the handover of Par Running Track to the local community

The future of the facility had been uncertain until a community group offered to take over the running and ownership of the site.

Mr Brokenshire is no stranger to the track as he used to go there in his youth as his family lives in the St Austell area.

He said he was "delighted" to see the track in such good condition and in such good hands.

Guernsey set for school watchdog shakeup

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Guernsey will be getting new school inspectors from September 2019.

UK education watchdog Ofsted will be taking over from Education Scotland, which pulled out of Guernsey and Alderney to focus its resources on Scotland.

Until then, schools will be inspected by private firm Terry Carr Consultancy using Eductation Scotland’s current guidelines.

Classroom
BBC

The withdrawal of Education Scotland obviously required us to form a partnership with a different inspectorate. Ofsted is a very experienced inspector of state schools and is well placed to provide all stakeholders with assessments of how our schools are performing. They are also prepared to work with us to adapt their inspection framework to ensure it is fully relevant to local circumstances.

Matt FallaizeGuernsey Education Committee president

NHS at 70: A fighting chance for pre-term babies

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

This summer, as the NHS turns 70, BBC Spotlight is looking at how healthcare has changed here in the South West.

One in every 13 babies in the UK are born preterm - that's before 37 weeks gestation - and their chances of surviving have increased dramatically in the last 70 years.

baby
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Baby Connor was born 12 weeks early.

When the NHS was formed, children born much earlier didn't survive - records from Plymouth in 1946 show a baby weighing 2lb 3oz and another born at about 27 weeks gestation.

These days, babies born at 23 or 24 weeks and weighing around 1lb can survive, but sometimes with long-term health problems.

doctor
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That's a very difficult thing for the baby and for the family concerned and that's one of the costs of the care that we provide. We have a lot of technology that we can use and we have a lot of skills at our hands and with the nursing care babies come through. But we know that there is a cost to some of those babies."

Dr John MadarConsultant Neonatologist, University Hospitals Plymouth

Dark web is being blamed for a drugs use increase in Cornwall

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A rise in drugs use in Cornwall is probably because of the availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the county have said.

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It follows the death last weekend of Shakira Pellow, 15, who collapsed in Camborne after taking an unidentified substance.

Three other teenagers were admitted to hospital having taken the same drugs.

The substance was made into small blue pills marked Duplo, the name of a Lego toy, and is being analysed by police.

Jersey Overseas Aid marks 50 years with stamps

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The 50th anniversary of Jersey Overseas Aid, the government body that provides funds to projects around the world, is being marked by a set of stamps.

Issued by Jersey Post, the stamps show some of the good work the organisation has achieved.

  • Featured on the six stamps are:
  • The Jersey Cow Programme in Rwanda
  • Famine Relief in South Sudan
  • The Tropical Diseases Programme in Uganda
  • Economic Development in Nepal
  • The Rural Livelihoods Programme in Madagascar
  • Sand Dam Construction in Kenya
Jersey Overseas Aid
Jersey Post

The Rwandan cow project is one of my favourites. It celebrates who we are, island identity and everything. It is the cheapest stamp so hopefully that will be the most used."

Deputy Carolyn LabeyChairman, Jersey Overseas Aid

New homeless campaign launches in Torquay

BBC Radio Devon

A new scheme to discourage people giving money to beggars is being launched in Torquay.

The campaign has the backing of local retailers, police and the council.

They want people who'd like to make a donation to put money into special collection boxes in shops, which will then be spent on helping the homeless in the area.

John Doherty, who runs Dots Pantry in Torquay, says he's hopeful it will help the town centre flourish.

Water main burst hits supplies in Dousland

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Blood left on floor of shopping centre after assault

Devon Live

Blood was left splattered across the pavement in Exeter's Princesshay shopping centre following a violent assault during the early hours of Friday.

Public property: Sell the poor performers

Jersey Evening Post

Underused and low-income States-owned buildings should be sold to the private sector to raise money for projects such as building a new hospital, a pressure group has said.

Devon travel: A361 Tiverton and A38 Haldon Hill problems

BBC Radio Devon

  • On A361 between South Molton and Tiverton, heading towards the M5, there's slow-moving traffic in places
  • On the A38 Haldon Hill heading towards Plymouth, one lane is closed and there's slow-moving traffic due to an accident
  • In Plymouth, Ford Hill closed at the junction of St Levan Road due to a burst water main. A diversion is in place
  • In Torquay, Anstey's Cove Road is closed in both directions, from the A379 Babbacombe Road to Ilsham Road, due to an unsafe structure

Alderney Airport operates on reduced hours

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Alderney Airport has been forced to operate on reduced opening hours from Friday until Tuesday as a result of staff shortages.

It was originally announced at the end of June that the airport would operate from 08:00 until 12:00, and then 13:30 to 18:30 over the weekend.

Officials said flights would be moved to different times during the period, but warned a few would be cancelled and passengers would need to be rebooked.

Emergency medical evacuation flights out of Alderney are not affected.

Alderney Airport
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Teen deaths spark calls for a review of drug policy

BBC Radio Cornwall

girl on hospital bed
Family photograph
Shakira Pellow's family released this photo as a warning to other young people.

There are calls for a review of the UK's drugs policy following the deaths of three teenagers from the South West.

Fifteen-year-old Shakira Pellow from Camborne, 15-year-old Hannah Bragg from Tavistock and 16-year-old Reece Murphy, from Taunton, all died in the past few weeks after taking drugs.

Sue James, a Liberal Democrat Cornwall Councillor and cabinet member for public protection, said young people needed more information at the very least.

In Cornwall, we do follow a harm reduction strategy that's about education, giving people access to information on drugs, because the drug dealers aren't giving out information. There's nothing on the drugs that young people take to say what's in them."

Councillor Sue James

The Home Office said there were no plans to legalise drugs and the government's approach remaineds clear - to prevent drug use and support people through treatment and recovery.

New nature reserves for Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

Three new nature reserves are being created in Plymouth.

The city council is designating Kings Tamerton woods, Newnham Meadows and the Seaton and Lower Bircham Valley as "local nature reserves".

Council Officer Chris Avent said that the new reserves would benefit local people and wildlife...

New nature reserves for Plymouth

Comments on Alderney money relationship 'a tired mantra'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Comments on the financial relationship Guernsey has with Alderney are repeating "a tired mantra" that the smaller island is costing Guernsey too much, according to a senior Alderney politician.

The comments were made by the States of Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee, which said there should be a review of the 1948 agreement outlining the financial arrangements between the two islands.

Under it, the relationship of the islands' individual States are enshrined in law, including their financial workings.

James Dent, from the States of Alderney, said Alderney contributed a lot to the Bailiwick, with examples including the work of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

New Torquay scheme 'will get beggars off the streets'

BBC Radio Devon

A businessman in Torquay is hoping a new scheme to stop people giving to beggars will, in his words, "get them off the streets".

John Doherty is part of a new campaign, which is supported by local retailers, Torbay Council, the local MP, police and banks in Torquay, to urge people not to give directly to street beggars

The campaign encourages people to donate money into collection boxes in shops, which would then be spent on helping the homeless.

Torquay
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It's hoped the scheme will bring shoppers back to Torquay high street.

The scheme launches on Friday, with posters going up in shops in the town.

Mr Doherty said he was hopeful it would will help the town centre flourish and help home those whose needs "are genuine".

Hot weather sees surge in insect bites

BBC Radio Cornwall

The hot weather has proved a bonanza for bugs and insects in Devon and Cornwall.

The number of people seeking medical help after being bitten has gone up, with horse flies, gnats and ticks being the most common.

tick
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Luke Huntley, a pharmacist in St Ives, said people could have varied reactions to insect bites.

Some people will react badly to gnats or horse flies, some people might not and just have a little localised red bump. Some people will get blisters, lots of swelling, could have fever-like symptoms, but it’s all down to the individual. It's important that people monitor themselves and come into the pharmacy if they're unsure."

Luke HuntleyPharmacist, St Ives

Mr Huntley said people should see a doctor if you experienced any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling around the face, mouth or throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Dizziness or feinting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of consciousness