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  1. Alderney Airport reduced hours due to staff shortage

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney Airport will open for reduced hours for three days in April - due to a shortage of air traffic controllers.

    On Tuesday 9 April, Monday 15 April and Wednesday 17 April, the airport will open between 08:00 and 13:00 and then from 14:30 until 18:00.

    Ash Nicholas, the head of aviation services for Guernsey and Alderney airports, says it's due to an "unfortunate overlap".

    Alderney Airport
  2. Free parking for carers in trial scheme

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Carers who travel to look after people will be able to park for free on single or double yellow lines under a new trial scheme being launched by Cornwall Council.

    The council said around 130 Care Quality Commission accredited care organisations can apply for the Health Care Permit on behalf of the 4,000 carers they employ.

    Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Carers have told us that being able to find a parking space close to the home of those they care for is sometimes a real issue for them.

    "As they search for somewhere to legally park on the road, the time they have to spend with the person they are visiting is being eaten into.

    "This new trial means that they can apply for a permit which will let them park on street for a limited time, even where there are single or double yellow lines.”

  3. Village hotel refused permission for outdoor events

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A village hotel has been refused permission to stage outdoor music and films after noise complaints from neighbours.

    Churston Manor Hotel at Churston Ferrers, between Paignton and Brixham, was back before councillors after its licence was reviewed in October following problems last summer.

    Torbay Council's licensing sub-committee considered an application on Thursday to vary the hotel's premises licence.

    The location of Churston Manor Hotel in Churston Ferrers, between Paignton and Brixham

    After a hearing lasting seven hours, councillors decided to refuse permission for outdoor live or recorded music and film shows between 10:00 and 23:00.

    The committee did allow a request for the hotel to open and sell alcohol two hours earlier at 10:00 on Sundays.

    The hotel has 21 days to appeal against the decision before it comes into force.

  4. Home Affairs overspend due to 'non-recurrent Brexit costs'

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    EU and UK flags

    Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee says Brexit is one of the main reasons behind an overspend in its budget.

    Policy and Resources say the committee has spent £700,000 more than it should have last year.

    The announcement of the overspend came last month, but it's taken another month for Home to explain why it occurred.

    In a statement, Committee for Home Affairs President, Mary Lowe said the overspend was as a result of some "unforeseen changes which emerged in December".

    She added that one of the reasons behind the committee breaching its budget is a non-recurrent cost in relation to Brexit and the money being spent now will be saved in the future.

    An investigation by Policy and Resources is under way to look at why the overspend came at such short notice.

  5. Devon travel: Accidents in Plymouth and Totnes

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Plymouth, Forder Valley Road is partially blocked between Novorossiysk Road and the A38 due to an accident
    • In Totnes, the A385 is partially blocked near Babbage Road due to an accident
  6. Royal College of Nursing members accept Jersey pay deal

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members in Jersey have accepted the mediated pay offer from the States.

    It follows the rejection of an offer in January and the threat of a strike ballot - forcing the States to come up with an improved offer through a mediation process with the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service.

    In a ballot, 53% of eligible RCN members voted and 75% accepted the offer.

    The offer that has been accepted is for:

    • 3.1% for 2018
    • 3% for 2019
    • RPI plus 1.3% for 2020

    A "no detriment clause" is also included which means if another pay group is given a better deal, the employer will match it for nurses and midwives.

    Nurse
    Quote Message: We are pleased to be able to draw a line under this negotiation round which has been bitter and difficult at times. It is a huge disappointment to us that it took the historic step of the threat of a strike ballot to shift the thinking of the States as our position over the months never changed: pay our nurses fairly. from Lindsay Meeks South East Regional Director at Royal College of Nursing
    Lindsay MeeksSouth East Regional Director at Royal College of Nursing
  7. Video: Humpback whale off Cornwall was 'magical'

    Emma Thomasson

    BBC Spotlight

    One of the photographers who captured a humpack whale off the Cornish coast at Land's End has described it as a "magical moment".

    Have a look for yourself...

    Video content

    Video caption: Photographers Duncan Scobie and Carla Regler spotted the whale on Thursday.
  8. Wollaston's Independent Group to become political party

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Independent Group set up by MPs who defected from Labour and the Conservatives has applied to register as a political party in order to be able to fight European elections if they take place this year.

    Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston was one of those who left the Conservatives to join the independent Group.

    The group will stand under the party label Change UK - The Independent Group if polls are held on May 23.

    Former Conservative Heidi Allen has been selected as interim leader of the new party.

    The UK will have to stage elections to the European Parliament as a condition of any further delay to Brexit.

    Defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May in a vote on her Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons would greatly increase the likelihood of an application on April 12 for a long extension to the Brexit process.

    In order to stand candidates in the European polls, conducted on a regional proportional representation system, any group must be registered as a political party with the European Commission.

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  9. Jersey stamps mark centenary of Margot Fonteyn's birth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    World-renowned ballerina, Dame Margot Fonteyn is the subject of a set of six stamps to be issued by Jersey Post.

    Fonteyn was associated with Jersey through her parents who lived on the island for a number of years.

    She performed at the Jersey Opera House on two occasions - in 1972 and again in 1976, - where she performed a variety of excerpts from different ballets.

    The stamps, which celebrate the centenary of Fonteyn’s birth on 18 May 1919, show the ballerina in some of her most famous performances.

    stamps
  10. St Peter Port road closure to be extended

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The road closure at Rouge Rue in St Peter Port will be extended after drain cleaning works identified a collapsed sewer.

    Emergency works were set to be completed later on an electricity cable fault in the area.

    However, a collapsed sewer now requires "immediate attention" - forcing the closure to be extended into next week, the States of Guernsey said.

    From Saturday morning, the bottom section of the road will be closed between St Johns Road and Rougeval Estate.

    It's not known how long the work will take.

    A diversion is in place.

  11. Wheelchair athlete gearing up for London Marathon battle

    BBC Spotlight

    Sarah Piercy

    A wheelchair athlete from Devon is gearing up for a battle with the organisers of the London Marathon.

    Sarah Piercy, from Exeter, can no longer race competitively but she wants to enter next year's marathon in a vintage wheelchair that she has been restoring.

    The 1940's hand bike is chain driven and that's banned under the rules, but she's hoping to find a way around that...

    Video content

    Video caption: Wheelchair racer takes on London Marathon
  12. Humpback whale spotted off Cornwall

    Humpback whale

    A humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall at Land's End.

    Photographers Duncan Scobie and Carla Regler spotted the whale on Thursday.

    Mr Scobie said: "It's one of the magical moments in your life - it was awesome."

  13. BreakingEve Leatherland murder: Thomas Curd jailed for life

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man who beat and poisoned his ex-partner's 22-month-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.

    Eve Leatherland had multiple fractures and a fatal dose of codeine in her system when she was found in her bed in October 2017.

    Thomas Curd, 31, was found guilty of her murder at Truro Crown Court on Thursday.

    Her mother Abigail Leatherland, 26, was found guilty of causing or allowing her death.

    She has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison while Curd will serve a minimum of 20 years.

    Eve Leatherland
  14. Reds make six changes for Richmond trip

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds director of rugby Harvey Biljon has made six changes to his starting side after last week's low-scoring loss at home to bottom side Hartpury as they prepare to travel to Richmond.

    Liam Howley and Aaron Penberthy form a new half-back pairing, with Will Homer moving to the bench and Brett Herron switching to full-back in place of Leroy Van Dam.

    Liam Howley

    Jason Worrall returns on the wing for James Newey while Conor Joyce is preferred to Rory Bartle at flanker and Liam Hallam-Eames gets a first start at lock in place of Charlie Beckett.

    Jersey Reds: Herron; Worrall, Ma'afu, Best, Marx; Penberthy, Howley; Godfrey, Maddison, Atalifo, Sexton (capt), Hallam-Eames, Hatherell, Joyce, Venter

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Morley, Rodman, McKern, Upfield, Homer, Eastwell

  15. Level crossing crash: Flowers laid at scene

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A bunch of flowers has been laid at the scene where a 23-year-old man died in a level crossing crash.

    It happened at Stoke Canon between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway at about 06:00 GMT on Thursday.

    British Transport Police (BTP) said the man's death is not currently being treated as suspicious, but it is investigating how it may be linked to three further incidents on the line.

    flowers at scene
  16. Pregnant woman involved in crash

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police say a heavily pregnant woman was involved in a car crash in St Brelade on Thursday morning.

    The car she was driving overturned at what officers described as "the accident blackspot" on La Rue du Pont Marquet at about 08:45.

    She managed to free herself from the vehicle before the emergency services arrived.

    Police could not reveal the extent of her injuries.

    La Rue du Pont Marquet
    Image caption: La Rue du Pont Marquet, Jersey
  17. Man who murdered partner's daughter to be sentenced

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Eve Leatherland

    A man who murdered his ex-partner's 22-month-old daughter by repeatedly beating and poisoning her will be sentenced later.

    Eve Leatherland suffered multiple fractures and had a fatal dose of codeine in her system when she died in Liskeard in October 2017.

    Thomas Curd

    Thomas Curd was found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court on Thursday.

    Eve's mother Abigail Leatherland was convicted of causing or allowing her death, but acquitted of manslaughter and will also be sentenced later.

  18. Boy, 16, has 'serious injury' after moped crash

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 16-year-old boy was left with a "serious injury" after a crash in Jersey, police have said.

    It happened on La Route De St Aubin, St Helier - opposite the West Park apartments - on Thursday at about 07:40.

    Officers said the boy was riding a blue moped when ti was involved in a crash with a white van.

    The 53-year-old driver of the van was uninjured.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact States of Jersey Police on 612 612.

  19. Police concerned for missing Teignmouth man

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 33-year-old man reported missing from Teignmouth.

    Andrew Bent was last seen in the Exeter area on Wednesday.

    Mr Bent is described as a white man, around 6ft 5ins tall, clean shaven with collar-length, straight, blond hair.

    Andrew Bent

    He was last seen wearing a dark coloured leather jacket with a khaki hoody, light blue jeans, and black trainers, and was carrying a large black camping rucksack with red detailing.

    Police are asking for anyone with information about Mr Bent's whereabouts to contact them.

  20. Weather: Fog will clear to give another bright, dry day

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It'll be another chilly start to the day with areas of mist, fog and low cloud affecting many areas at first.

    Some fog patches will be quite dense initially, but should clear by mid-morning to give another bright and dry day with long spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud.

    weather map

    Light variable winds will be mainly southeasterly.

    Maximum temperatures: 11 to 13C (52 to 55F)