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  1. "Show off" driver banned for horrific crash

    A man who sped "like a racing driver" through Torquay with his new girlfriend in the car has been banned from driving for causing her horrific head injuries in a crash.

    Jake Madelin drove at up to 60mph before losing control on a bend and hitting a tree and a wall on 28 February 2017.

    Back seat passenger, 18-year-old Serena Gardner, had to be cut free from the wreckage and suffered brain injuries comparable to a serious stroke.

    Exeter Crown Court heard car owner, Samuel Pallett, was also a passenger. He and Serena pleaded with Madelin to slow down in the seconds before the crash.

    Judge David Evans ruled he was probably showing off to Serena, who he had started going out with a few weeks earlier.

    Madelin, 22, of Babbacombe Road, Torquay, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years.

    He was ordered to do 240 hours unpaid community work, receive ten days supervision, and banned from driving for three years

    The court heard Madelin was "truly remorseful" and had been visiting Serena to help with her rehabilitation. She has returned to college but still suffers problems with balance.

  2. Sunday trading could be discussed 'within six months'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A motion to allow shops in Jersey to open on a Sunday could be put to the island's politicians soon, a minister has said.

    Lyndon Farnham

    The president of Jersey's Chamber of Commerce warned the island's shopping areas could become a "wasteland" unless the government shows "more support" for struggling stores.

    Eliot Lincoln says high-street stores are facing competition from online businesses - and having problems finding staff.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham, the island's economic development minister says it could happen within the next six months as part of the next retail strategy.

  3. Waves parent goes into liquidation

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The parent company of a Guernsey airline has gone into voluntary liquidation.

    A statement from the company said the decision to liquidate Waves Technologies Limited was taken following "pressure from Waves' recent Royal Court and Petty Debt judgements".

    The company stressed the Waves aviation company, WO1 Ltd, and the sub company which delivered all Waves flights is still trading and isn't being liquidated.

    Waves aircraft

    The airline suspended its flight services at the end of June, stating that they would return on 1 September.

    There has been no sign of any flights so far.

    The "Uber-style" airline has encountered interruptions to its service before, when it was forced to apply for an air transport licence last year after a judicial review was initiated by its competitor, Blue Islands.

    Quote Message: At this sad time, it would be easy to point fingers and lay blame, however this is a time to reflect on the achievements of the team. We hope that if nothing else, the travelling public have seen that there is an alternative. Competition is healthy and choice and customer service is something that should not be taken for granted but should be an everyday standard for the local travelling community. from Nick Magliocchetti Founder, Waves
    Nick MagliocchettiFounder, Waves
  4. Cornish beaches undergo annual clean up

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dozens of Cornish beaches will be getting an autumn clean over the next few days.

    The 25th annual Great British Beach Clean, run by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) began on Friday.

    The aim of the project is to help protect some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.

    Mark Burnell, organiser and volunteer for the Great British Beach Clean said it can "make a real difference."

    Quote Message: I believe there is a point now where we can make a difference and a change. I think that it's important if everyone can get onto the beach and just pick up little bits there and be aware of what they're doing with their own plastics and rubbish." from Mark Burnell Organiser and Volunteer for the Great British beach clean
    Mark BurnellOrganiser and Volunteer for the Great British beach clean
  5. Stage is being set for Theatre Royal statue

    Diggers prepare the site for new statue

    Work has begun outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth in preparation for the arrival of Plymouth’s contemporary and controversial giant bronze sculpture nicknamed Bianca.

    Contractors have fenced off an area outside the theatre's main entrance which will eventually become home to seven-metre tall, nine-metre wide bronze female figure.

    Work over the next few weeks will involve excavating and installing a concrete sub-structure strong enough to hold the sculpture, which will weigh more than an African bull elephant.

    A bespoke lighting system will illuminate the sculpture, designed by award-winning Plymouth firm The Pyramid Group.

    Adrian Vinken OBE, chief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, said that while the sculpture had been commonly known by a working title, it's creator, artist Joseph Hillier, would announce it's formal name in due course.

    Quote Message: Installing such a large piece of public art in the centre of Plymouth involves all sorts of complex challenges and we just need to make sure that these are all properly resolved before the sculpture comes home.” from Adrian Vinken OBE Chief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth
    Adrian Vinken OBEChief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth
  6. Guernsey seeks 'clarification' of bluefin tuna fishing

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's government is looking into whether UK restrictions on recreational bluefin tuna fishing apply to the island's waters.

    Bluefin tuna

    The species is thought to have declined by at least 51% over the past 39 years.

    A States of Guernsey spokesman said commercial fishing vessels were not permitted to catch the endangered species, but added officials were seeking "clarification" on restrictions for recreational fishing.

    "Whatever the outcome of these enquiries, bluefin tuna are currently classed as an endangered species and should not be targeted by recreational fishermen," the spokesman added.

    Recently all bluefin tuna fishing was banned in Jersey waters, which has been the case in UK since 2017.

  7. South West Coast Path closed after tidal flooding

    Geographical map showing the path closure

    A section of the South West Coast Path has been closed due to flooding.

    The path which runs along the River Otter between Budleigh Salterton, Lime Kiln car park and White Bridge on South Farm Road has been temporarily shut by council contractors.

    High tide and a failed drainage culvert has led to flooding on a nearby cricket pitch which has damaged the public footpath.

    Council contractors have closed the path until the flooded area recedes and repairs are made.

    An "alternative route is available via the footpath parallel to Granary Lane", Devon County Council has said.

  8. New high-speed train breakdown in Devon a 'single issue'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The breakdown of a new GWR high-speed train in Devon is a "single issue" and not a "significant" problem when it comes to the rest of the fleet, a GWR spokesperson has said.

    Hundreds of passengers were left stranded for six hours when the 14:00 Penzance to Paddington service came to a halt at 17:15 just north of Exeter on Thursday.

    About 400 passengers had to be assisted off the Hitachi 800 train with ladders and transferred to another train which took them back to Exeter.

    Dan Panes, from GWR, says the new trains are more reliable than the trains they're replacing...

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    Video caption: Hundreds of people were stranded on the train just north of Exeter for six hours

    GWR said every effort was made to get the train moving on Thursday and it's looking into the cause of the breakdown.

    Full refunds have been offered to passengers affected.

  9. Storm Helene: Yellow warning of wind

    Storm Helene is expected to bring a period of very strong winds to western parts of the UK late Monday and for a time on Tuesday, the Met Office has said.

    The warning is in place between 18:00 on Monday and 12:00 on Tuesday.

    What to expect (from the Met Office):

    • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.
    • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.
    • Some roads and bridges may close. Fallen trees may be an additional hazard.
    • There is a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.
    • There is a chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
    South West
  10. Watchdog rules First Tower shop can remain open

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    First Tower residents in Jersey will get to keep their local supermarket, after a ruling from the competition watchdog.

    Checkers Express first tower

    Last year, retailer SandpiperCI bought some Costcutter stores, but a condition of the merger was the Checkers Express store at First Tower had to be sold or rented to another company.

    CICRA, the Channel Island's Competition Watchdog, wanted SandpiperCI to close it because the company already owned other shops at Benests and St Andrew's Park nearby.

    But no-one wanted to buy the shop and SandpiperCI applied to turn the site into flats instead, but faced public backlash from locals who wanted to keep it.

    After an investigation the watchdog released SandpiperCI from the relevant condition of the merger, allowing the shop to remain open.

  11. Early medevac takes patient to UK

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A few people on Twitter have asked if there were any aircraft in the sky at 05:00...

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    Guernsey Airport has confirmed there was an emergency medical evacuation in the early hours and a helicopter from HM Coastguard flew into the island at 05:00.

    The helicopter left the island at 06:07, transporting the patient to the UK.

    There are no updates on their condition.

  12. Costs of living 'too high' for hospitality staff

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The hospitality sector across the Bailiwick of Guernsey has "struggled more than ever" this year, an industry boss has said.

    Craig Senior, director of hospitality in Herm, says a shortage of staff has lead to increased stress in his employees.

    In some cases he says staff have needed mental health support from charities.

    Mr Senior believes the high cost of living in Guernsey, especially for those travelling from the UK, has caused the shortages.

    Quote Message: We've got to make flights cheaper and more economical for staff to come and work for us. When they get here, we've got to make it a lot easier for them to live here otherwise we're going to end up with a lot more restaurants and hotels shut." from Craig Senior Director of Hospitality in Herm
    Craig SeniorDirector of Hospitality in Herm
  13. Want to be a judge?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Royal Court has posted an advert for the job of a judge.

    It's looking for a "Judge of the Magistrate’s Court to assist in the discharge of the judicial business of the Magistrate’s Court whether criminal, civil or family".

    The position will be vacant from May 2019, as Judge Cherry McMillen is due to retire.

    Magistrates Court

    The necessary qualifications of a judge are set out in section two of the Magistrate's Court (Guernsey) Law, 2008.

    If you want to apply, you must be an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey.

    You also have to be a member of one of the following for no fewer than five years:

    • Be a member of the Bar of England and Wales, the Bar of Northern Ireland, or the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland
    • Be a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland or Scotland, or hold judicial office in the United Kingdom, Jersey or the Isle of Man.

    I don't think my CV is quite right for the job...

  14. Defibrillator to be installed in memory of Bude man

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A defibrillator will be installed in Bude in memory of a 28-year-old man who collapsed and died while jogging.

    Jay Osborne, who grew up in the area, was found to have an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition.

    His family and friends set up a charity which aims to help reduce the number of young people who die of sudden cardiac death.

    The charity, Jay's Aim, has three main objectives:

    • Provide information on how you can check if you or a loved one might be suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition
    • Spread knowledge of cardiac conditions in the young
    • Provide emergency life-saving equipment and life-saving training

    The defibrillator will be installed at Bude Football Club.

    Jay's brother, Dan Osborne, said it was a "fitting tribute".

    Quote Message: If I was to say that 12 young people every single week in Great Britain die from sudden cardiac arrests, and that's young people between the ages of 14 to 35, I think that most people would be quite shocked." from Dan Osborne Jay's Aim
    Dan OsborneJay's Aim
  15. Hurricane Helene is expected to affect Cornwall

    Satellite image of the tropical storms

    The tail end of Hurricane Helene is expected to batter the South West, the Met Office has warned.

    She is currently one of several tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the United States.

    The stormy weather is expected to affect the Cornish peninsular when Helene hits land on Tuesday.

    A small section of Wales and the tip of Ireland could also be affected before the storm is expected to die out on Wednesday.

    Emma Smith, meteorologist at Exeter-based Met Office said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

    Quote Message: Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us. Hurricane Joyce is also in the Atlantic so we need to see how those two systems are going to move around each other because that could have an impact. It looks like Helene will move towards Ireland on Tuesday morning. It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon." from Emma Smith meteorologist
    Emma Smithmeteorologist
  16. Woman rescues pets in Ottery St Mary fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    fire damage

    A woman rescued her pets and took them to a nearby shop after her flat was involved in a fire in Ottery St Mary.

    The blaze started on the second floor and roof of the building in Brook Street at about 09:00, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    The building has a pine shop on the ground floor and it's believed there are two flats above.

    Tina Chauhan runs the shop nearby...

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    Video caption: The fire started on the second floor and roof of a property above a shop

    Firefighters remain at the scene damping down with part of the town cordoned off.

  17. 'Not enough staff for MOTs in Jersey'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Garages in Jersey do not have enough staff to cope with regular MOT style tests, according to a motor industry spokesman.

    Andrew Ruellen, president of the island's motor trade association, says staffing the checks would be a "fundamental problem".

    The States of Jersey and Guernsey recently said island owned cars "will need to undergo testing" to be allowed into Europe post Brexit.

    Jersey's infrastructure minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis, says he will approach the island's politicians to back plans for the check, which will ensure all vehicles are "safe and roadworthy".

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    Video caption: Jersey does not have enough staff for MOT checks, Mr Ruellen says
  18. Man arrested after park fight

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A 27-year-old man was arrested for grave and criminal assault after a fight in Jersey, police have said.

    Another man, in his 40s was left with an injury to the back of his head after the fight in Parade Park, St Helier, on Thursday.

    Officers said the fight happened at about 17:35 and the injured man did not go to hospital for treatment.

  19. Man has 'life-changing' injuries after motorcycle crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has "life-changing" injuries after a crash on the A383, police have said.

    The head-on crash between a car and a motorcycle happened at about 06:50 on Ashburton Road in Newton Abbot.

    The motorcyclist was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth while the driver of the car sustained "minor injuries", Devon and Cornwall Police added.

    The road was blocked for several hours but has since reopened.

    scene of crash