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  1. Channel Islands weather: Dry and clear night

    BBC Weather

    Friday evening and overnight will remain dry with long clear spells.

    It is expected to start to turn increasingly windy later in the night with freshening south-easterly winds.

    On Saturday it will be a windy, but dry and fine day with long spells of sunshine.

    There will be fresh to strong south or south-easterly winds through the day.


    Weather chart


    Weather chart
  2. South West weather: A dry but cloudy night

    BBC Weather

    It should remain dry on Friday night, with some some clearer periods, although amounts of cloud will gradually increase through the night.

    A moderate to fresh southerly wind will also mean that it will be less cold.

    Any early brightness on Saturday will be short-lived as cloud continues to increase and thicken during the morning and patchy rain and drizzle starts to move in.

    Some hill fog patches are also likely to develop by the end of the afternoon.


    Weather chart


    Weather chart
  3. Lower alcohol duty rise will 'help hospitality'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's assistant treasury minister hopes a below-inflation rise in the cost of alcohol will help the island's hospitality industry.

    If States members pass the 2019 budget, alcohol duty will go up by 1% less than the cost of living.

    Deputy Lindsay Ash said she wasn't convinced that previous above-inflation price rises - aimed at discouraging binge-drinking - have worked, claiming they merely force drinkers into supermarkets, and away from pubs, bars and restaurants.

  4. Rapist sent to secure hospital after three attacks

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A "dangerous" rapist who carried out three sex attacks on strangers - including a 72-year-old Paignton woman in her own home - has been sent to a secure mental hospital.

    Daniel Stip, 21, tried to rape a Cambridge student on her second day at university and went on to carry out two more sex attacks in Paignton, Devon.

    Former music student Stip was detained in a mental hospital and arrested twice during his four months of offending but was freed on each occasion.

    Daniel Stip

    He was finally arrested after threatening to jump off Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. He told police: "I've killed, I've raped, I've stolen, everything."

    The victims of the first two assaults were young women who were attacked at random in Cambridge in September last year and in a park in Paignton in January this year.

    His final attack was on the 72-year-old widow, who he raped before robbing her of the ashes of her dead partner.

    Stip, of no fixed address in Paignton, admitted rape, robbery, burglary, and two attempted rapes and was sent to Langdon Hospital in Dawlish by Judge Peter Johnson.

  5. PM supports campaign for Lady Astor statue

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Prime Minister Theresa May is backing a campaign for a statue of Nancy Astor on Plymouth Hoe.

    Lady Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament.

    She was elected in Plymouth, a year after some British women first received the vote.

    Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard is aiming to mark the 100th anniversary of her election to the House of Commons.

    Lady Nancy Astor

    Born in Virginia in 1879, Lady Astor moved to England aged 26, and in 1919 was elected to her husband's former seat when he entered the House of Lords.

    She served as the MP for Plymouth Sutton until 1945, when she was succeeded by Lucy Middleton, who held the seat until 1951, when it was then won back into the family by Lady Astor's son.

    Theresa May said Lady Astor "paved the way for the many, but still too few, women who have followed in her footsteps over the last 100 years".

    Lady Nancy Astor
  6. Newton Abbot: Police 'tried working with residents'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police officers tried to work with residents in Newton Abbot who have had their homes closed by the court, according to a neighbourhood sergeant.

    Three properties - 58 Prospect House and flats 9 and 11 at Russell House - were handed closure orders due to drug dealing, noise disruption and antisocial behaviour.

    John Dingle, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said there was a "sustained period of antisocial behaviour and drug use" linked to the properties.

    Quote Message: Police and partner agencies have tried working with residents but the situation has not improved, which has resulted in us obtaining these closure orders. This is a great outcome for the other residents of Prospect Terrace and Russell House, as well as for the wider community in Newton Abbot." from John Dingle Devon and Cornwall Police
    John DingleDevon and Cornwall Police
  7. Ex-police head calls for hunting law reform

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, a police unit, has called on the government to close what he calls "loopholes" in the UK's hunting law.

    Martin Sims said groups still hunted regularly in wildlife areas such as Exmoor, in Devon and Somerset, by using exemptions in the Hunting Act 2004.

    The Countryside Alliance said hunting with hounds was "natural" and the law should recognise the need for "wildlife management".

    Former police officers Martin Sims (R) and Andy Kendall (L)
    Image caption: Martin Sims (R) and Andy Kendall (L) said "loopholes" allows hunters to circumvent the law

    A government spokesman said it had "no plans" to change the law.

    Mr Sims, who now works for the League Against Cruel Sports, said hunting clubs such as the Devon and Somerset Staghounds use exemptions relating to research and observation to "carry on as before".

    The Devon and Somerset Staghounds said their hunting was legal because they were only using two hounds and their activities were in connection with "the research and observation of the deer".

    This is an exemption under the law, but Mr Sims said he did not understand the value of "chasing a deer for several miles" for scientific research.

    The Devon and Somerset Staghounds
    Image caption: Mr Sims said one hunting group on Exmoor still meets up to three times a week

    Jim Barrington, from the Countryside Alliance, said he would like to see a "sensible" law, which included provision for "managing wildlife".

    He added that hunting with hounds was "the most natural way" to do this.

  8. Photographer, 25, found dead by mum died of drug overdose

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A photographer and filmmaker who was found face down on his bed died of a drug overdose, an inquest heard.

    Sean Van Dam was discovered in his bedroom by his mother at the family home in Ashburton, Devon, on 20 May 2018.

    The 25-year-old had a "lethal level" of cocaine, fentanyl and diazepam in his system, Plymouth Coroner's Court heard.

    His family described him as "creative, musical, kind and funny" and warned others about the dangers of drug use.

    Sean Van Dam

    The inquest heard that Mr Van Dam, a freelance photographer and filmmaker, had moved back into the family home in December 2017 to "sort his life out".

    His mother, Jackie Van Dam, told the court that he had previously ended up in hospital after taking "cocktails of drugs", but she believed he had "turned a corner".

    Senior coroner Ian Arrow said that the drugs reduced his ability to breathe and it was likely he would have "fallen asleep on his bed" and not woken up.

    Speaking after the inquest, Mr Van Dam's family described him as a "big character" who was well-known in the local community.

    Sean Van Dam's funeral

    Ms Van Dam told the BBC that his death was "a massive shock" that had "completely devastated" the town.

    "It kind of pulled the rug out from underneath Ashburton," she said.

    More than 100 people attended his funeral, which was described as a "celebration" of his life.

    Speaking after the inquest, Ms Van Dam warned about the dangers of taking drugs.

    She said: "We wanted to save him. I tried, I did everything I could. We are completely devastated."

  9. Jersey people 'need incentives' to downsize

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A psychologist in Jersey has said there should be better incentives to encourage islanders to move out of empty family-sized homes if they don't need the space.

    Housing Minister Sam Mezec wants to encourage downsizing so younger, bigger families can make better use of these houses.

    But psychotherapist Marilyn Carré said the States should stop taxing people as much, so they had the motivation to move into a smaller property...

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    Video caption: Marilyn Carré
  10. 'Drug-dealer properties' closed for three months

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Three properties in Newton Abbot have been handed closure orders after multiple reports of "criminal, offensive, anti-social behaviour and drug misuse", police say.

    The properties are 58 Prospect Terrace, and flats 9 and 11 at Russell House.

    Magistrates granted the three-month closures hearing how the properties' tenants and associates had caused "serious and prolonged nuisance and distress to neighbours and the local community".

    Concerns of drug dealing and significant noise disruption in Prospect Terrace were raised to local police, and there had been reports the tenant and his associates caused continued distress to neighbours.

    The properties at Russell House were closed after reports of drug dealing misuse, "putting vulnerable people at further risk of crime", Devon and Cornwall Police said.

  11. 'No prospect' of quick machinery of government review

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief minister says there is "no prospect whatsoever" of a review of how the island's government operates before the next political term.

    The States assembly currently operates a committee system, but there has been an appetite from some political commentators to look at a change to an executive government, as is operated in Jersey.

    An executive system sees individuals within a government given more power, with supporters arguing it leads to less time being spent in debate.

    On Twitter, Gavin St Pier said the next government would be "a committee system, with deputies elected island-wide".

    "The quicker everyone accepts and prepares for that reality - rather than wishing for something else - the better," he added.

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    Considering the committee responsible for any such review has been tasked with introducing island-wide voting, it does seem unlikely it will have the time for another major review before the next political term.

  12. Torbay's BMAD 2019 festival cancellation confirmed

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A huge motorbike festival which has been one of Torbay's big events for the last decade has been cancelled next year, its website has confirmed.

    The BMAD event - Bikers Make a Difference - has been held every year on Paignton Green for the last 13 years.

    The charity, which is run by volunteers and raises money for sick and disabled children, has cancelled next year's event due to rising costs and a lack of sponsors.

    Regular bike nights in Paignton will continue, it is understood.

    BMAD website
  13. Jury retires to consider milling machine death

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a farmer accused of the manslaughter of a 20-year-old volunteer who became fatally trapped in the drive shaft of a milling machine.

    Lauren Scott died while volunteering on a smallholding in Dawlish, Devon, on 4 March 2017 after her hair or clothes became entangled in the machine.

    Landowner Neil Carpenter, 45, of Dawlish, denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Lauren Scott

    Jurors were told to set aside their emotions as they were sent out.

    Ben Compton QC, defending, told jurors at Exeter Crown Court: “It won’t bring Lauren Scott back to convict a man of a crime you are not sure he had committed."

    David Sapiecha, for the prosecution, said the setup of the pre-1940s milling machine in a barn on Springfield Farm was “inadequate and dangerous”.

    The trial continues.

  14. Plastic pollution video highlights island sea connection

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A film about the role of the sea in island life is highlighting efforts to reduce the use of plastic in Jersey.

    The Plastic Free Jersey group made the short video to encourage people to look after the environment.

    Jane Burns, from the campaign, said simple changes to people's daily routines, like how they drink coffee, could make a difference.

    "A really easy quick win for them [takeaway coffee drinkers] would be to carry a re-usable cup.

    "Most of the coffee retailers will give you a discount if you take your own cup," she added.

    Plastic Free Jersey
  15. Cornwall mental health service 'stretched to bursting'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Mental health services for young people in Cornwall have been described as "creaking" by the consultant in charge of them.

    It follows pleas from a family in Gunnislake to try to simplify treatment and counselling after their 16-year-old daughter, Trixie Hart, took her own life after suffering years of anxiety and depression.

    Dr. Elizabeth Myers, the clinical director of Children's Services in Cornwall, said the service was "stretched to bursting".

    Video content

    Video caption: Dr. Elizabeth Myers: Mental health service
  16. Finding a new owner for Appledore Shipyard is 'main focus'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon's business leaders say their main focus following the shock closure of Appledore Shipyard is to find another company to take it on.

    Babcock International has said it will end operations in north Devon in March, and is offering the 199 workers jobs at Devonport in Plymouth.

    The South West Business Council said it was hopeful that it was not the end for the yard at Appledore.

    Quote Message: A facility like this - purpose-built for marine shipbuilding - is something that will be looked at by other players in the market. It hasn't worked for Babcock - we've just got to accept that decision and move on - and that is our focus at the moment, as well as making sure that those who have been displaced are found jobs very quickly and their families supported." from Tim Jones South West Business Council
    Tim JonesSouth West Business Council
  17. Man arrested in indecent images investigation

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man has been arrested in the Tintagel area of Cornwall by police from Staffordshire investigating indecent images.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said detectives from Staffordshire, assisted by their officers, arrested the 44-year-old man on suspicion of being in possession of indecent images as part of an on-going investigation by Staffordshire Police.

    The man was being questioned "at a police station in the Devon and Cornwall area", officers added.

  18. Football: Truro City 'could be back home before Christmas'

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Truro City Football Club could be back in their home city before Christmas.

    The club has been given permission by the National League to return to the Treyew Road ground, subject to a ground inspection.

    They have been playing their home games in Torquay - a 200-mile round trip for home fans - as developers had been due to build a supermarket at Treyew Road. However, there has been speculation that the proposed deal for the supermarket is in jeopardy.

    Club chairman Peter Masters said the team still needed to talk to the Truro ground's owners, but added that it looked promising for a return.

    Treyew Road
  19. Deputy discouraged from standing for presidency


    A Guernsey deputy has discouraged her colleague from standing for a committee presidency, saying he has "enough commitments".

    Deputy John Gollop tweeted his intention to stand for the vacant position as president of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, saying he wants to "unsettle the status quo and machinations".

    However, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc responded by saying he has "enough commitments, political and personal".

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    Deputy Gollop is already president of the Development and Planning Authority, and a member of the Committee for Employment and Social Security, of which Deputy Le Clerc is president.

  20. Power cut cable excavation work complete

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Excavation works that will enable repairs to the faulty cable link which caused an island-wide power cut in Guernsey at the start of October have been completed.

    Guernsey Electricity, Jersey Electricity and nine specialist organisations have all worked on the excavation at Greve de Lecq in Jersey.

    Repair site at Greve de Lecq

    About 300 tonnes of sand was removed and stored during the excavation.

    The faulty section of the cable has now been removed to allow the cause of the failure to be established, and work to replace it will begin next week.

    Guernsey Electricity's Head of Asset Management, Stuart Blondel, said the provider is aiming to complete the repair works by the end of November, but the job may prove to be more difficult and time consuming.

    Since the power cut on 1 October, Guernsey Electricity has generated all electricity on-island, using nearly 6,000 tonnes of fossil fuels.