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  1. Weather: A breezy night with bright spells on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    On Friday evening, rain is expected to push east, and it will also turn rather breezy.

    It will become drier through the second half of the night with one or two clear breaks developing.

    Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    weather chart

    There will be some bright or sunny spells around at first on Saturday.

    During the afternoon, strengthening winds will develop, cloud will thicken and rain will spread its way in from the west.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  2. Dawlish rail line work 'could be complete by 2027'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Long-term plans to safeguard the future of the Dawlish rail line could be revealed in the summer - and built by 2027 - but only if funding is found.

    Design work on the best method to protect the section of track between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth is nearing completion, with a series of revetments, sea walls and rockfall shelters over the line planned by Network Rail.

    Railway line at Dawlish

    The plans include:

    • Rockfall shelters build over the top of the railway line
    • A rock revetment at Parsons Tunnel to absorb the energy of incoming waves
    • Improved sea wall defences, including the previous announced works at Marine Parade and Dawlish station
    • Moving the railway further away from the cliffs
    • Retaining a large part of the Smugglers' Beach for public use
    • Buttresses to reinforce and support the cliffs

    David Lovell, Network Rail Programme Manager for the Western and Wales, told Teignbridge's Locality Committee that the design work would be complete by the summer and they would then be in a position to formally submit their plans, subject to funding.

    Quote Message: By the end of 2021, we should be ready to build this, and it will take around four to five years to build it." from David Lovell Programme Manager, Network Rail
    David LovellProgramme Manager, Network Rail

    Planning to increase the resilience of tracks in the area has been under way since storms in 2014 caused a section of the Dawlish sea wall to collapse, leaving the main track through Devon and Cornwall suspended in mid-air (pictured).

  3. Improvements costing £1m agreed for Newton Abbot park

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nearly £1m will be spent on improvements to Bakers Park in Newton Abbot and 13 football pitches in Teignbridge.

    The improvements - agreed by councillors on Thursday - will see new football changing room facilities built at Bakers Park, as well a new refreshment kiosk with toilets, 53 new car parking spaces, and an exercise trail.

    Drainage improvements will also be made at the football pitches at Bakers Park, Decoy Country Park, Dawlish Leisure Centre and Michaels Field in Bishopsteignton.

    Councillor Phil Bullivant said: "We will go through the consultation process with the public through the planning process for these improvements.

    "The people of Newton Abbot need these facilities and we want to invest for the people of the town."

    Bakers Park, Newton Abbot
    Image caption: Bakers Park, Newton Abbot
  4. Weather: Rain overnight but brighter on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Cloud breaks will develop on Friday evening, but thickening cloud will return from the west, introducing spells of rain during the second half of the night.

    Minimum temperature: 7C (45F)

    weather chart

    By Saturday morning, the rain should have cleared and bright and sunny spells will develop.

    More cloud and freshening winds are expected later, followed by further rain in the late afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

  5. BID's bid to transform Camborne town centre

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Camborne is working on a new bid for funds to transform the town centre around the bus station site.

    The bid is in its early stages, but could include space for working, meeting, arts and leisure - with a focus on community connection.

    The space is more than an acre in size near Commercial Square.

    The money would come from the government's future high street fund and Newquay, St Austell and Penzance have also been identified as potential bidders for the money.

    The BID [business improvement district] manager for Camborne, Anna Pascoe said local people had been asked about what they'd like to see developed as part of the programme.

    bus station
  6. Family tribute to Plymouth 'hit-and-run' victim

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Tom McConnachie

    A man who died after being hit by a car in Plymouth was "kind, thoughtful and caring", his family has said.

    Tom McConnachie, 34, died after he was struck in Budshead Road on Sunday 24 February at about 03:30.

    He was taken to the city's Derriford Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He handed himself into police after initially fleeing the scene.

    Tom McConnachie

    Mr McConnachie's family paid tribute saying he was a "huge Liverpool FC fan" who was "looking forward to being groomsman to his closest friends in August this year".

    Quote Message: Tom was a kind, thoughtful and caring son to his mum, Charlotte, brother, Hamish, and Hamish's partner, Lina; along with his girlfriend, Christina, who made him extremely happy." from Tom McConnachie's family
    Tom McConnachie's family

    Mr McConnachie leaves behind his dalmatian dog, Archie.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  7. Storm Freya to hit Devon and Cornwall on Sunday

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Storm Freya is set to bring strong winds to Devon and Cornwall at the weekend, the Met Office has said.

    It added dangerous conditions and travel disruptions to the whole of Britain could be expected when the storm hits on Sunday afternoon.

    A severe weather warning has been issued from 15:00 until 06:00 on Monday.

    Gusts of between 55mph and 65mph can be expected, with wind speeds reaching up to 80mph in coastal areas.

    Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected - with longer journey times and cancellations possible - and some roads and bridges may have to close.

    Wind speeds will be highest in Devon, Cornwall, Wales and north-west England, the Met Office added.

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  8. Study to assess impact of Longue Hougue extension starts

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Longue Hougue

    A study is under way to look at the environmental impacts of extending the current Longue Hougue land reclamation site.

    The facility manages Guernsey's inert waste but it's due to reach capacity in 2022 with the preferred solution to extend to the south.

    The Environmental Impact Assessment will look at the possible effects of construction as well as identifying any issues.

    Drop-ins are open to anyone who wants to find out more about the assessment and the next steps in the process.

    They're taking place at the Performing Arts Centre and on Saturday at Beau Sejour.

    More information can be found here.

  9. New hotel will see 800-year-old cattle market shut

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Newton Abbot’s historic 800-year-old cattle market will close when work to develop a new 72-bedroom hotel on the Halcyon Road car park in Newton Abbot begins.

    Teignbridge councillors on Thursday agreed to progress plans to self-develop a 72-bed hotel, which will then be leased to a national chain operator.

    Newton Abbot cattle market

    The council had already agreed there wpuld be no net loss of parking provision in the town while redevelopment of the town centre took place, and the cattle market site had been highlighted as an opportunity area for creating temporary parking.

    The meeting also saw the council vote to adopt a phased closure to the cattle market. The sheep pens below the multi-storey car park will be converted to parking in summer 2019. Cattle pens will be closed at a later date once the development of the hotel is due to commence.

    There has been a livestock market in Newton Abbot since 1221 and it moved to its present location in the centre of town between Asda and the multi-storey car park in 1938.

  10. Skybus flights on hold due to weather

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    At Newquay and Lands End airports, all Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly are on hold due to a deterioration in weather conditions.

  11. Another increase in Devon secondary school applications

    BBC Radio Devon

    There's been another increase in the number of children applying for a place at a secondary school in Devon this year.

    Devon County Council said 7,100 children applied, up from 7,005 last year, and it was offering almost 98% of families one of their three preferences.

    Applications have also gone up in Plymouth.

    The city's council said 97% of the 2,800 young people who applied in the city were allocated a place at one of their preferred schools.

  12. Topsham loyalty card to benefit shoppers and businesses

    BBC Radio Devon

    A loyalty card is being launched in Topsham on Friday giving benefits to people who use local shops.


    The Love Topsham Card is available to anyone for £3 a month and, in return, local businesses are being encouraged to make exclusive offers to cardholders.

    Community-based group Love Topsham said it hoped it would boost the local economy.

    Quote Message: There are a lot of changes to shopping areas nationally as a result of many factors, and we need to be one step ahead to keep our local business community supported." from Paul Berman Love Topsham
    Paul BermanLove Topsham
  13. Devon travel: A38 cleared after earlier crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A38 between Lee Mill and Ivybridge has reopened after an earlier crash, police have said.

    Traffic is still slow-moving in the area.

    There was one minor injury reported, officers added.

  14. Devon travel: A38 east Lee Mill-Ivybridge blocked by crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A38 is blocked Exeter-bound between Lee Mill and Ivybridge due to a crash.

    There are long queues of Exeter-bound traffic. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

  15. Car 'stuck' in St Peter Port bollard crash

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A car appeared to get stuck on top of a rock and bollard in a crash near Guernsey's Albert Pier in St Peter Port on Friday morning.

    Police attended and no-one was hurt.

    No other cars were involved, the island's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre said.

    Car on bollard
  16. Plymouth council plans to build 5,000 homes in five years

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth Hoe

    Plymouth City Council has announced plans to build 5,000 new homes over the next five years.

    The ambition is part of the authority's latest housing strategy, "Plan for Homes 3".

    The plan will set aside £15.4m to provide a wide variety of housing for a wide range of need, the council said.

    Councillor Chris Penberthy said the plan "encapsulates what we must achieve in Plymouth".

    "People don't just need homes. They need quality homes, with economic heating systems; built to high standards.

    "But most of all, people need homes that they can truly afford and this plan marries those two things up.”

    "Plan for Homes 3" will be presented before cabinet on 5 March.

  17. Rugby: Ma'afu returns to Jersey Reds line-up

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds director of rugby Harvey Biljon makes just two changes to his side for Friday night's Championship game with Doncaster at St Peter.

    Recently-signed scrum-half Liam Howley comes in for Will Homer, while Apakuki Ma'afu is back in midfield after suspension.

    Apakuki Ma'afu

    Ma'afu's inclusion sees a bit of re-jigging in the backs, with James Newey moving to the wing and Leeroy Van Dam starting at full-back, with Jason Worrall dropping out, while the pack remains unchanged.

    Jersey Reds:Van Dam; Marx, Ma'afu, Best, Newey; Herron, Howley; Godfrey, Maddison, Atalifo, Sexton (capt), McKern, Hatherell, Bartle, Venter

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Morley, Rodman, Beckett, Joyce, Homer, Penberthy

  18. Water supplies disrupted in PL2 area of Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's disruption to the water supply in the PL2 3QH area of Plymouth, South West Water has said.

    It added disruption is expected to last for about two to three hours and water should be back on by 15:00.

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  19. Exmouth rape trial: Accused says he was 'angry and lonely'

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A teenage boy accused of raping and attempting to murder a 10-year-old girl as she walked home from school in Exmouth has told a jury he feels "disgusted" when he thinks about the harm he caused her.

    The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has admitted sexually assaulting the girl last October, but denies raping and attempting to murder her.

    At Bristol Crown Court, he told jurors he did not know the girl and could not remember having seen her before.

    When asked why he attacked her, he said he was feeling angry and lonely and "just wanted someone else to feel some of the ways I was feeling".

    The trial continues.