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  1. Cornish MP supports calls to ban low-level letterboxes

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish MP has added his support to postal workers who are calling for low-level letterboxes to be banned because of repetitive strain injuries from bending down.

    The issue has been raised in the House of Commons and is being supported by the Communication Workers Union which says letter boxes should be at waist level - as advised by the EU.

    Scott Mann, the MP for North Cornwall who was a postman for 20 years, says it makes sense to put letter boxes at a reasonable height...

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    Video caption: The Communication Workers Union is campaigning for new buildings to meet EU standards
  2. Luxury lodge firm goes into administration

    Hundreds of holiday park goers and investors have been potentially left out of pocket after a luxury lodge firm which has sites in Devon and Cornwall went into administration.

    Eighty of the 121 Dream Lodge Group staff, who worked at eight parks across England, have also been made redundant.

    Administrator Deloitte was appointed by the firm's Essex-based parent company, Walsham Chalet Park Ltd, after "a period of financial pressure".

    Dream Lodge Group runs Blossom Hill Park in Honiton, Devon and Hilton Woods near Whitstone, Cornwall as well as six other sites across England.

  3. Police appeal after burglary in St Martin

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating a burglary at a property in Guernsey.

    It happened at George, La Grande Rue in St Martins on Monday between 19:15 and 19:50.

    Officers want to speak to anyone who may have seen somebody acting suspiciously in the area at the time.

    Anyone with information should call Guernsey Police on 725 111.

  4. Girl, 11, approached by two men in van on way to school

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A warning has gone out to parents and school children in Exeter after an 11-year-old girl was approached by two men in a van, police have said.

    It happened between Cowick Lane and St Hill Close on Wednesday at about 08:00 while the girl was walking to school.

    Officers added that the girl did manage to get into the building safely.

    Letters handed out to parents of West Exe School said the two men in the white van involved were in their 40s.

    One had a shaven head with a "mini mohican" hairstyle the other had a receding hairline.

    West Exe

    Insp Simon Arliss said Devon and Cornwall Police have recently received other reports "where children have felt that they have been followed, approached or simply felt uneasy on their walk to school for a range of reasons".

    "Public safety is our primary concern and we would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspicious incidents to police," he said.

    "But we must stress that at this time there does not appear be an increased risk to your children, nor any new matters that are causing us concern from a policing point of view."

  5. Jersey pharmacies experiencing some drug shortages

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Pharmacies in Jersey are experiencing shortages of some antidepressants and HRT drugs due to stockpiling for Brexit.

    Simon Wall - the deputy lead of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society - said he expects the shortages to continue as the date for when the UK leaves the EU gets closer.

    He said often they can work around the shortages and get patients different brands of the drugs...

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    Video caption: Pharmacies in Jersey are experiencing some drug shortages as the Brexit date gets closer
  6. Plymouth theatre's sculpture 'weeks from completion'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The 7m (23ft) sculpture, called Messenger, that will be installed outside the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is "weeks away from completion".

    On Friday, the theatre said all the main components have been cast and the final stages of brazing are "well under way".

    Craftsmen at the Welsh foundry where she is being created will spend the next few weeks attaching her head and right arm before finishing the final colouring.

    She will then be broken down into four sections for the 270-mile journey to Plymouth from the foundry in Llanrhaeadr-Ym-Mochnant.

    The potential dates for the installation are set to be unveiled next month but Messenger will be the "UK's largest cast bronze sculpture".

    'Messenger' the scultpure
  7. Mayflower 400 project awarded £3.5m of government funding

    BBC Radio Devon

    A project to build Plymouth's creative industries for Mayflower 400 has been awarded £3.5m from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    The iMayflower project aims to support makers, doers, artists and digital pioneers working towards the 400th anniversary of the ship's pioneering voyage in 2020.

    A total of £750,000 has also been awarded directly to Mayflower 400 and £2.75m for new initiatives that could see more than 4,000 people offered training, business support and development opportunities in creative industries.

    The Mayflower
    Image caption: The Mayflower brought Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620
    Quote Message: I'm really pleased about this news for the Mayflower programme as it very well reflects the national importance of the project. This announcement for funding to develop creative industries is extremely exciting. Plymouth has built a creative industry sector from scratch in a short number of years and this funding means we can harness the talent we have now and develop it for the future. from Tudor Evans OBE Plymouth City Council leader
    Tudor Evans OBEPlymouth City Council leader
    • More about Mayflower 400 here.
  8. Bags of waste dumped in St Clement countryside

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Environmental Protection officers are appealing for information after bags of waste were found dumped in the St Clement countryside.

    The bags contained plasterboard, plaster and ceramic tiling, plus a bathroom mixer tap.

    They were left at the entrance to a field to the west of La Rue de la Louderie about 656ft (200m) from the junction with La Grande Route de la Cote.

    It's thought the bags were dumped at some point overnight between Tuesday 15 January and Wednesday 16 January.

    Islanders with any information about the fly-tipping incident are asked to contact Environmental Protection.

    Quote Message: This is the second occasion this month where waste from property renovation has been found illegally dumped in Jersey’s countryside. I would like to urge anybody who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or who may have information about where the waste has come from to get in touch with us. from Richard Runacres Environmental Protection
    Richard RunacresEnvironmental Protection
  9. Flood alert issued for South Devon coast

    BBC Radio Devon

    A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the South Devon coast.

    It's in place from Start Point in the South Hams to Dawlish Warren.

    Flooding is possible and tides can be expected to be about 0.3m higher than predicted due to weather conditions.

    People are advised to stay away from risk areas and take care next to the coast, the Environment Agency added.

    Keep updated here.

    flood alert map
  10. Totnes minor injuries unit reopens after Legionella scare

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The minor injuries unit at Totnes Community Hospital has reopened after a 24-hour closure due to the discovery of Legionella bacteria in some taps and showers on the site.

    Whilst no Legionella was detected within the unit area itself, the unit needed to temporarily close as it uses a lot of water and the entire site’s water system was being disinfected, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust said.

    This disinfection has now been completed.

    Totnes Community Hospital
    Quote Message: We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure, but protecting people’s health and safety was our first consideration. The Trust’s swift actions will prevent the possibility of infection. from Dr Selina Hoque Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
    Dr Selina HoqueTorbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  11. Tunnel improvement works set to close rail line

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The rail route from Taunton to Exeter St Davids will be closed from 18 February until 8 March while maintenance works are carried out at Whiteball Tunnel.

    Great Western Railway (GWR) added that further work at Marley Tunnel will mean a reduced rail service will operate between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids.

    Services will be diverted but passengers should expect delays of up to 60 minutes.

    Before the tunnel maintenance starts, track renewal work between Newton Abbot and Plymouth will also close the railway on three Sundays: 20 and 27 January and 17 February.

    Track renewal work is also to take place between Truro and Penzance, including the St Ives branch line, over the weekend of 9 February; and on the Barnstaple branch line on 2 and 3 February and on 9 and 10 February.

    Quote Message: We would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience, as Network Rail continues its Rail Upgrade Plan to maintain and modernise the railway in the South West. from Rob Mullen Great Western Railway
    Rob MullenGreat Western Railway
  12. Man arrested after fight with woman in Jersey

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man was arrested after a woman suffered a minor injury to her eye in a fight, police have said.

    It happened on the corner of Green Road at the junction of La Greve d’Azette Road on Tuesday between 20:30 and 21:00.

    The fight only involved the man and woman - both in their 30s - and the woman did not go to hospital for her injury, officers added.

    The 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grave and criminal assault and remains in police custody.

    Any witnesses are asked to call Jersey Police on 612 612 or contact Crimestoppers.

  13. Man rescued after becoming trapped in trench

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man was rescued by firefighters after becoming trapped in a trench.

    Crews were called to Halwill junction near Beaworthy at about 11:05.

    They managed to release the man and handed him over to paramedics.

  14. Reds prepare for Bedford test

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds make three changes for their key Championship clash with Bedford at St Peter.

    The fourth-placed Reds go into the game level on points with third-placed Blues, but will have to make do without winger Koch Marx, who was hurt on his return from injury last weekend and will be replaced by Jason Worrall.

    Aaron Penberthy returns at fly-half in place of Brett Herron, despite his two tries against Nottingham last week, while Roy Godfrey returns to the front row in place of Harry Morley.

    Apakuki Ma'afu

    New signing Liam Howley could make his debut from the bench after the New Zealand scrum-half joined earlier this week

    They could face a number of familiar faces, with former players Alex Rae, Lewis Robling, Rich Lane, Sean McCarthy and Charlie Clare all on Bedford's books.

    "Bedford are a good team, well coached and it'll be a tough encounter," head coach Harvey Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey.

    "The players should be relishing the opportunity to play against a good team."

    Jersey Reds: Slowik; Worrall, Newey, Ma'afu, Van Dam; Penberthy, Homer; Godfrey, Maddison, Atalifo, Sexton (capt), Beckett, Bartle, Argyle, Venter

    Replacements:Selway, Morley, Rodman, McKern, Upfield, Howley, Eastwell.

  15. Plans to improve parking and air quality in Ivybridge

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The old fire station in Ivybridge is set to be demolished as part of plans to get traffic moving and improve air quality in the town.

    Devon County Council is currently consulting on plans that would introduce double yellow lines on Western Road and would remove the current on-street parking provision on the B3213.

    Western Road is classified as an Air Quality Management Area and studies have shown that the on-street parking on the road - between the A38 roundabout and Marjorie Kelly Way roundabout - causes traffic congestion and a build-up of nitrogen dioxide levels.

    Western Road in Ivybridge
    Image caption: Western Road in Ivybridge

    Devon County Council is holding a consultation looking at options for the relocation of the parking spaces.

    Two options are being presented to the public, with the first being to relocate parking to all of the existing verge to the north of Western Road and south of Wayside - the old fire station area could be used to provide improvements for pedestrians.

    The second option would use some of the verge between Western Road and Wayside for the relocated parking spaces as well as the old fire station site - allowing more green space to be retained.

    An exhibition of the parking options will take place at Ivybridge Library on 22 January and the consultation continues until 3 March.

    The old fire station is set to be demolished as part of the plans
    Quote Message: This is an opportunity for people to have their say on these options to improve the air quality on Western Road and we're keen to hear people's feedback. The responses from the consultation will inform a preferred scheme option, and a report will go before the South Hams Highways and Traffic Orders Committee at a later date." from Councillor Stuart Hughes Devon County Council
    Councillor Stuart HughesDevon County Council
  16. 'Peace and quiet' hair cuts offered by ex-therapist

    John Danks

    BBC Spotlight

    A hairdresser in Plymouth is offering a unique service for people who suffer from anxiety.

    Former therapist, Dot Prout runs "peace and quiet" sessions where customers can have their hair cut in an empty salon.

    After 18 years as a psychotherapist, she retrained as a hairdresser and said she was struck by the "close connection" between the hairdresser and the customer.

    Dot says she adapts her sessions to the needs of her clients...

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    Video caption: The "peace and quiet" sessions allow clients to have their hair cut in an empty salon
  17. Urban wildflower meadows to bloom in Cornish towns

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    More wild flowers are being sewn in Cornish towns to help bees and butterflies.

    Urban Buzz has been organised by the charity Buglife, and involves planting wildflowers in towns and built-up areas to help attract insects and animals.

    Projects have already taken place in Truro, Wadebridge and St Austell, and Falmouth is the latest area to benefit.

    Quote Message: Towns and more urban places are good places to start this off because you've got a lot more people, and I think if you can get people on board with ideas like this, it really helps spread the word. So many people already do loads of bits and pieces in their garden, it's lovely that projects like this can get all those people out together and meeting each other and chatting. It is needed. It's needed everywhere and I think if everybody can do their bit, wherever they live, that would be really helpful." from Laura Larkin Urban Buzz
    Laura LarkinUrban Buzz
  18. Company announces plans for 5G access in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A mobile technology company has announced plans to bring 5G wireless access to Guernsey.

    Clear Mobitel says it is planning on making its "exciting and innovative" technology available to the people and businesses of Guernsey.

    The company added its plans will not require the same density of external masts as was previously necessary for similar technology - reducing the environmental and visual impact.

    The new network will use cloud-based infrastructure and software, and, according to the company, meets stringent security requirements and safeguards required in today's data mobility world.

    5G dial
  19. Appeal to identify body of man found on Instow beach

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for help to identify the body of a man found on a beach at Instow.

    Officers were called to North Devon by the coastguard at about 14:20 on Thursday.

    They said little is known about the man, although it's believed he "may have been in the water for some time".

    He is described as white, about 5ft 8in (1.7m) tall and of proportionate build.

    It's also believed he may have had some facial hair, possibly a moustache, police added.

    police generic image

    He has two distinctive tattoos on his left arm - a red devil smoking a cigarette on his upper arm and the word "east" within a picture on his forearm.

    He was wearing distinctive navy blue New Balance trainers and two rubber wrist bands, one in support of Wales Online Cancer Research and the second featuring a heart.

    Anyone who recognises the description is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  20. Jo Pavey targets sixth Olympics: 'I just love running'

    Andy Birkett

    BBC News Online

    Devon runner Jo Pavey says she "just loves running" - after announcing on Thursday she is targeting her sixth Olympic Games next year.

    She'll be 46 when the games kick off in Tokyo in July 2020.

    Pavey was the oldest woman to win a European Championship gold medal when claiming the 10,000m title in 2014 aged 40 - just 11 months after giving birth.

    She said she loves how running makes her feel...

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    Video caption: Jo Pavey will be 46 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year