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  1. Weather: Heavy showers clearing overnight

    BBC Weather

    This evening and tonight it will stay mostly cloudy with further showery rain, which could be heavy at times.

    However, the showery rain is expected to clear towards the end of the night.

    On Saturday it will be a warmer day with spells of sunshine, but also the chance of some showers breaking out.

    These showers could potentially be heavy with the risk of thunder.

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  2. CI weather: A cloudy night, some early showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    There will be quite a lot of cloud around tonight, with showery rain pushing in from the north-west.

    The showery rain could be heavy at times with a light westerly breeze.

    It's going to be a rather cloudy start to Saturday with some showers around.

    It's then expected to become a mainly dry and fine day with long spells of sunshine breaking through.

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    Jersey

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  3. Hornet nest removed from L'Islet

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A nest of Asian hornets that was found at L'Islet has been removed.

    The nest was confirmed as belonging to the bee killing insect on 11 July, and is now being studied.

    The nest - which is the size of a small football - was found in a garden shed.

    It was found just 250m and 750m away from sightings of lone hornets earlier this year.

    Asian hornet nest
  4. Islanders urged to 'leave dolphins alone'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Islanders shouldn't attempt to approach dolphins in Guernsey waters according to the president of the animal shelter.

    Dr John Knight, from the GSPCA, was commenting on reports of dolphins regularly being spotted in Guernsey waters.

    He said it's rare that they attack humans but is urging people in Guernsey not to take the risk.

    Dolphins
    Quote Message: They will kill each other quite happily if they are competing for females - males will attack others. And if things go wrong they may attack people - it's fairly rare but if they feel under pressure or something like that then speed and headbutting in water can break ribs. It's not something that you want to encourage." from John Knight President, GSPCA
    John KnightPresident, GSPCA
  5. Fire crews sent to Dartmouth blaze

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue are "en route" to this "very large fire" in Dartmouth.

    Eight fire crews have been sent to the blaze.

    Fire
  6. Blue Islands to cut winter schedule

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An airline in Guernsey has said it will cut down its winter schedule after the government's decision to remove air licensing in the island.

    The "open skies" policy was passed by the States of Guernsey by 22 votes to 14.

    It means that operators will no longer have to obtain a licence to fly in or out of Guernsey Airport, as the government tries to increase competition in the industry.

    Blue Islands aircraft

    Chairman Derek Coates said the "regrettable unintended consequences" of the "open skies" decision meant they would operate under "Plan B".

    Quote Message: It is with deep regret as an Island airline, that part of this refocus will inevitably be the removal of all of the non-profitable off-peak flights in the winter months, that used to lose us money. Passengers will in future have no alternative but to pay higher fares on the available seats that remain unsold on our revised winter schedule to help fill the empty seats on our aircraft.
    Quote Message: We will now be able to use the resulting aircraft availability to focus on the more profitable routes of our network, thereby maintaining our own business viability. We apologise to the people of Guernsey that we will now be compelled to make these changes." from Derek Coates Chairman, Blue Islands
    Derek CoatesChairman, Blue Islands
  7. Livestock worth £32,000 stolen in Exeter

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of livestock in Exeter.

    The incident took place between 18:30 on Wednesday and 12:30 on Thursday from a field in Doddiscombleigh.

    It's thought that unknown offenders gained access to the field and barn by cutting metal chains before taking about £32,000 of sheep from the premises.

    It's unknown how the animals were transported from the field.

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  8. States changes trading board make up

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    An additional Guernsey politician serve on the board responsible for government-owned trading companies such as Guernsey Post, Aurigny and Guernsey Electricity.

    The States Trading Supervisory Board will now consist of three States members and two non-voting non-political members.

  9. Asian hornet nest found in Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The nest is on private property near St Peter's Church, in an area described by the States as "difficult to reach".

    The authorities are hoping to treat and remove the nest next week.

    Asian hornet
  10. Jewellery store thanks police after robbers are jailed

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    The director of jewellers Michael Spiers has thanked police after seven members of the gang that robbed their store in Truro were jailed.

    Adam Spiers also thanked customers for their "overwhelming support".

    Staff were threatened with an imitation pistol while the other robbers used crow bars to force open cabinets and steal £1m of jewellery and watches.

    Quote Message: We would like to share our sincere thanks and gratitude towards Devon and Cornwall Police for their continued efforts and hard work during the investigations and court process.
    Quote Message: We would also like to thank the public and our customers who have shown an overwhelming amount of support for our Truro team over the past few months. As a local family run business we are so proud to be a part of such an amazing community who have pulled together at a difficult time." from Adam Spiers Director, Michael Spiers
    Adam SpiersDirector, Michael Spiers

    The jewellery has not been recovered.

  11. Guernsey 'will work with Ofsted' on inspection plans

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey will "work with Ofsted" to develop an inspection framework and not "take their approach wholesale" according to Guernsey's education committee president.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize was responding to concerns raised by teaching union NASUWT into the appointment of Ofsted as the Guernsey school inspectors from September 2019.

    He said the decision to appoint Ofsted came after "considerable research and discussion" including informing head teachers of the plans.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize
  12. Newlyn harbour reopens after drugs arrests

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Newlyn Harbour has reopened after National Crime Agency officers swooped on the port and arrested two men on drugs trafficking offences.

    Their yacht was intercepted by the UK Border Force in the English Channel and brought into the harbour on Thursday.

    The harbour had been closed "for safety reasons" since just after 10:00.

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  13. Nearly four million drivers on 'frantic Friday'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Nearly four million drivers are expected to hit the road as the great summer getaway begins.

    It's the last day of term for most schools and breakdown service RAC has dubbed it "frantic Friday".

    M5
    Image caption: The M5 heading west is expected to be particularly busy.

    The company is warning there could be severe congestion as day-trippers and tourists battle for road space with regular commuters.

    Transport data firm Inrix says hotspots will include the M5 between Gloucester and Devon, and westbound on the A303.

    Quote Message: This weekend tends to be one of the busiest on the roads for leisure journeys, second only to Easter and Christmas. On some popular routes this may well mean gridlock, especially through the second half of Friday, when commuters and holidaymakers will be sharing space on the same stretches of the UK's roads. As a result, it will almost certainly feel like a frantic Friday for some." from Rod Dennis RAC traffic spokesman
    Rod DennisRAC traffic spokesman
  14. Armed robbery: Gang members 'still at large'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Members of the international gang that was responsible for robbing a jewellery store in Cornwall are "still at large", according to the detective on the case.

    Five more members of an armed gang which stole £1m of jewellery and watches from Michael Spiers in Truro have been sentenced.

    DI Pete Found said that while other gang members are still at large, they were out of the jurisdiction of Devon and Cornwall Police, and there was no reason for the public to be worried.

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  15. Fuel and travel fares contribute to Jersey inflation spike

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A sharp rise in the cost of fuel and travel fares has pushed up inflation to its highest level in Jersey for six years according to government figures.

    The latest retail price index (RPI) figures show inflation is currently 4.5%, an increase of 1.5% since March.

    RPI figures

    The biggest increases were for fuel, lighting and travel, which went up by more than 8% in the year to June 2018.

    Household and leisure services and the cost of motoring were up. Food and alcohol were up by not as much and the cost of clothes got cheaper.

    Inflation is still lower than it was 10 years ago when it peaked at 6.4% at the height of the financial crisis.

  16. Girl, 15, missing from Truro area

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a teenage girl who went missing from the Truro area earlier.

    Amelie Harris-Lovett, 15, was last seen at about 09:30.

    She is described as 5ft 5in (1.6m) tall, of slim build and with long brown hair.

    girl

    She’s believed to be wearing a navy blue T-shirt and dark three-quarter length trousers or black and white shorts. She has a grey puffer jacket and blue rucksack with her.

    Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

  17. Business body calls for cut in airport landing fees

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A Guernsey business body says the States should consider removing landing fees at the airport over the winter months to encourage more airlines to operate.

    Guernsey Airport

    The Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA) welcomed the States move to introduce an open skies policy at the airport.

    Chairman David Oxburgh said the main local airline operators have committed to pass on any reduction in landing charges to passengers, so the States should make this possible as a trial from October.

    The States is yet to comment.