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  1. Weather: Showers possible but a largely dry Saturday

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Some showery rain into Friday evening.

    However, skies will clear into tonight with just the odd isolated shower drifting in on the north-westerly breeze. Turning rather chilly.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).


    Saturday will be largely dry with some sunshine and just the small chance of a morning shower.

    The sunshine will turn hazy later. Winds becoming lighter.

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

  2. Islanders urged to report Asian hornets after man is stung

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Islanders are being urged to report Asian hornet sightings in Jersey after a man was stung and sent to hospital.

    The man, whose condition is currently unknown, went into anaphylactic shock at the Sun Bowls Club in St Helier on Friday.

    Asian hornets

    He was working nearby a nest, which was "disturbed" by a greenkeeper who was trimming a hedge.

    Tim de Feu, Director of Environmental Protection for the States of Jersey, says the government will now be contacting landscape gardening companies and farms to ensure workers inspect areas for flying insects.

    "Given that Asian hornet nests can be anywhere from house roof spaces to sheds, trees, hedges and brambles, people working in these areas should inspect them for flying insects," he said.

    He is also calling on islanders to visit the governments Asian hornet website, and to report any sightings.

    Asian hornets are an invasive species and feed on all pollinators. About 30 nests have been found in Jersey this year and beekeepers say they are now established across the Channel Islands.

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  3. Arrest after bus station protest

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Exeter Bus Station has reopened after being closed for several hours while a woman protested on the roof, police said.

    The bus station and surrounding roads were closed while negotiations took place and the woman was brought down safely by fire fighters.

    The closure lasted for more than three hours.

    A woman in her 20s was arrested on suspicion of aggravating trespassing, criminal damage and public order offences, officers said.

  4. Two men 'seriously hurt' in Exeter crash

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A motorcyclist and a pedestrian have been seriously hurt in a crash on Topsham Road in Exeter, police say.

    The air ambulance was called to the site of the crash by an Aldi store at 15.10.

    Both casualties are men but no more details have been released.

    Exeter crash

    The road was shut between Admiral Way and the rugby ground along with the Aldi store, the police said.

    Officers urged people to stay away from the scene and said the road would remain closed for a "significant amount of time".

  5. Weather: Cloud clearing before a fine Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy on Friday evening and for a time overnight with some patchy rain. However, it should turn clearer again during the early hours. Winds will ease down. Minimum Temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F) .

    Saturday will be mostly dry and fine with periods of sunshine, but there is the chance of an isolated shower, mainly during the morning. Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).


    Jersey weaher


    Guernsey weather
  6. Paignton regeneration plans halted

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to kick-start the regeneration of Paignton town centre may find themselves on the scrapheap.

    Torbay Council in February unanimously approved bringing forward the spending of £1.2m to improve the area around Paignton Station Square - the area between Victoria Street and Torbay Road.

    But the council's recent cash crisis, which has led to an immediate block on all non-urgent spending being imposed by chief executive Steve Parrock, means that "it would not be prudent for the council to invest in this scheme at this time", a report to the ruling Policy Development and Decision Group says.

    However, the report does recommended that rather than the scheme being scrapped, the council should explore alternative sources of funding and that a detailed business case is produced before any further work is carried out on this scheme.

    A further council meeting will discuss the situation in September.

    Paignton regeneration
  7. Calls for higher wages expected as inflation rises

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There could be more calls in the next few years for pay increases to keep up with the costs of food and energy bills, according to Jersey's citizens advice bureau.

    Between June 2017 and June this year the average worker saw wages increase by 3.5%, according to States of Jersey figures, but the cost of living jumped by 4.5% over the same period.

    It is the first time in six years earnings have failed to keep pace with inflation.


    Malcolm Ferry says rising overall costs of living were largely "out of consumer's control".

    "I think going forward there will be more demanding calls for higher pay claims to keep pace with what's happening in the real world," he added.

    The figures show the average weekly earnings in a number of the island's different industries in June 2018.

    Finance workers were the best paid: the average full-time worker took home £1,020 per week.

    The lowest was those working full-time in hotels restaurants and bars, who were paid a weekly average of £440. Overall, the average Jersey staff member earned £740 a week.

  8. Devon MP supports Philip Hammond's Brexit warning

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A Devon MP says Philip Hammond's decision to reiterate a warning that a "no-deal" Brexit could damage the economy was "absolutely right".

    The Conservative MP for Totnes in Devon, Dr Sarah Wollaston, is chairman of the health committee and a remain supporter.

    She said it sets out the "real reality".

    "I think he was absolutely right to put this out. This is project reality not project fear and it does complement the first tranche of these impact assessments and technical advice.

    "This sets out the real reality facing small and medium sized businesses and the vast increases in their costs and red tape that will follow from a hard Brexit."

    Sarah Wollaston
  9. Round Britain and Ireland sailing world record confirmed


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    A new world record for sailing round Britain and Ireland has been confirmed by a team including a man from Jersey.

    Phil Sharp was part of the Imerys Clean Energy team that won their class and set a new record in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. They crossed the finish line in a time of eight days, four hours, 14 minutes and 43 seconds.

    The race was one of Sharp's last events before taking on the Route Du Rhum Atlantic Challenge in November.

  10. Exeter bus station closed in homeless demo

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter Bus Station has been closed after a homeless woman staged a protest on the roof.

    Exeter bus station

    Witnesses said the woman was chanting slogans and throwing tiles onto the ground.

    Bus services have been moved to Bampfyld Street, Stagecoach tweeted.

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  11. Devon travel: One lane blocked on A30 westbound

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A30 westbound, between Okehampton and Sourton Cross, one lane is closed due to a broken-down vehicle.

  12. No criminal investigation after estate agent fears

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A criminal investigation has not been started by police in Guernsey after tenants voiced concerns over an estate agent.

    Customers of Sarnia Estate Agents claim tenants have been left homeless or lost their deposits and that landlords have been left abandoned.

    A local deputy said a third party agency may be set up in Guernsey to help protect residents' deposits in the future.

    Officers said the Economic Crime Division (ECD) were "aware" of the developing situation, but "no criminal investigation" had been put in place.

    "ECD are recording details of individuals who have been in contact with us for a variety of reasons and we expect to be back in contact with these individuals next week," they said.

    Police added it had been indicated Sarnia Estate Agents had been listed "for strike off" by the Guernsey Registry.

    The BBC has been unable to contact Sarnia Estate Agents for comment.

  13. Man left with horrific injuries after unprovoked attack

    Devon Live

    The mum of a man who was kicked in the head and left with a black eye in an unprovoked attack in Teignmouth has spoken out in hopes of catching the culprits.

  14. House of Fraser in Plymouth saved from closure

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The House of Fraser store in Plymouth, previously known as Dingles, is to remain open after a deal between the new owner of the department store chain and landlords.

    Mike Ashley's Sports Direct acquired the chain out of administration two weeks ago for £90m.

    The deal will safeguard 82 jobs, Sports Direct said.

    The Plymouth store had been announced as one of 31 earmarked for closure in June.

    The proposed closure was described as a massive blow for the city.

    Sports Direct has also recently struck deals to keep the Oxford Street and Telford House of Fraser branches open.

    Plymouth House of Fraser
  15. 'Exhausted' sailor rescued

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    An "exhausted" lone yachtsman had to be rescued in 10ft (3m) waves, the RNLI said.

    Ilfracombe RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 15:35 on Thursday after the man raised the alarm in "near gale-force winds," the charity said.

    Yacht being towed

    He was struggling to make headway towards a safe harbour whilst in the area of Copperas Buoy, near Combe Martin.

    The yacht was then towed back to the safety of Ilfracombe harbour.

    Quote Message: The casualty was carrying a means of calling for help which meant he could contact the coastguard as soon as he required assistance. The RNLI always advises that you carry a VHF radio and preferably a waterproof one." from Andrew Bengey Ilfracombe RNLI coxswain
    Andrew BengeyIlfracombe RNLI coxswain
  16. States 'dictating' to people over planning

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A politician has called on Jersey's government to stop "interfering" in people's lives, after a damning complaints board hearing.

    John Le Bailly

    The Constable of St Mary, John Le Bailly, has praised one of his parishioners, Ivor Barette, for "standing up" to authorities and lodging a complaint against the way he was treated by officials overseeing the renovation of his grade three-listed property.

    He was fined in 2016 for making changes to the windows and flooring of the protected building.

    But the States of Jersey Complaints Board subsequently ruled in his favour, saying enforcement officers discriminated against him during the renovations.

    Mr Barette said protest signs he put up around his property would not be coming down until he received "compensation".

    Constable Le Bailly said the signs were an eyesore, but they drew attention to Mr Barette's situation.

    He said he agreed the parishioner was "wronged" and that a simple written application and guidelines should be the only requirements for make changes to the property.

    "We're being dictated to," he said. "The government is not listening to the people out there".

    The department previously said it tried to work with clients to agree the best way to protect the island's heritage.

  17. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display in Sidmouth off

    Sidmouth Herald

    High winds have caused the cancellation of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast in Sidmouth on Friday after weather conditions meant its aircraft have been unable to leave their base at RAF Lincolnshire.

    The Red Arrows are still scheduled to appear at 18:30.

  18. Brexit: Cornwall ‘most vulnerable’ to a no-deal ordeal

    Cornish Stuff

    Cornwall is wide-open and vulnerable to be one of the worst affected places of a no-deal Brexit, says the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, given the huge proportion of fishing and agricultural businesses in the area that rely on EU nationals.

  19. MP 'disappointed' by children's services Ofsted rating

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A Devon MP has said the Ofsted rating of Torbay's children's services is "disappointing" after an inspection found it "inadequate" for a third time.

    Torbay Conservative Kevin Foster said the service had "simply not been good enough".

    Plymouth City Council took over the running of services in April after previous damning reports.

    Ofsted said conclusions from an inspection in 2015 remain unchanged - except for the adoption process which has been rated "good".

    Torbay Council said improvements had been made but not quickly enough.

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  20. Cow stuck on rocks in south Devon

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A cow is stuck on rocks on the south Devon coast between Hallsands and Start lighthouse.

    The farmer who owns the animal, along with the RSPCA, are trying to come up with a plan of how to rescue it.

    The cow is being given food and water while it is stranded on the coastline.

    Cow stuck on rocks

    The RSPCA has released a statement: "We have been made aware about a worrying situation involving a cow stuck on rocks in south Devon. The farmer who owns the cow is also aware and is providing food for the cow every day.

    "The RSPCA is working on a plan, with the help of other agencies, to rescue this cow. As a charity we don't always have the resources to be able to carry out difficult, technical rescues at the speed we would like. However we would like to reassure the public that work is ongoing behind the scenes to ensure this cow is returned to safety.

    "If anyone is concerned about the welfare of an animal they can ring the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 123 4999."