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  1. Man jailed after 22,000 indecent images of children found

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Martin Frederick Daly

    A Jersey man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for possessing indecent images of children, for breaching his restraining order under the sex offender legislation and for failing to make his devices available for inspection on request.

    Martin Frederick Daly, 47, was jailed after officers found 22,000 images of children on his devices and computer.

    He has been a registered sex offender since 2017 in relation to an indecent assault on a nine-year-old girl.

    He will now remain on the Sex Offenders Register for an additional 10 years and further restraining orders were imposed for a 10-year period.

  2. A30 crash victim named by police

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A30 in Cornwall
    Image caption: The fatal crash happened on the eastbound A30 in Cornwall

    A man who died in a three-car crash on the A30 in Cornwall has been named by police.

    Paul Walton, 54, from Bodmin was killed when the Renault Clio he was driving was involved in a crash with an Audi A4 and a HGV on 30 March.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene. His next-of-kin has been informed.

    The two occupants of the Audi were taken to hospital where they remain with "serious injuries", police said.

    The driver of the HGV was uninjured.

    Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses who saw the silver Renault Clio in the area of Innis Downs or the A30 at or about 00.30.

    Any witnesses should contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  3. Revenue service gets 'overwhelmingly negative feedback'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A new income revenue service from the States is due to be updated after it was slated by users.

    A survey, reflecting the the experiences of almost 400 people who used the States of Guernsey Revenue Service - which was created in October to take over the income tax and social security - received "overwhelmingly negative feedback" with 83% of comments being negative.

    Users complained about waiting times, customer service, and the website itself.

    Director of the Revenue Services, Nicky Forshaw says the team was surprised by some of the feedback but acknowledges changes need to be made...

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    Video caption: A survey of almost 400 people received overwhelmingly negative feedback
  4. Businesses affected by Gunnislake bridge closure

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    bridge

    Engineers say it could take three weeks to complete repair work on the ancient Gunnislake bridge - although a firm estimate is due to made next week.

    Local business owners say they're worried about the impact the prolonged closure will have on trade.

    The bridge over the River Tamar was closed on Tuesday after a car hit it, causing substantial damage.

    A diversion of about 30 miles is in place while repairs are carried out.

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    Quote Message: Up to 50 people I've had to cancel. We've got a huge beer festival Easter weekend and we've got a lot of support from people in Tavistock. We put a big advert in the local paper last Thursday and had a lot of trade from that. Now, I've got people ringing up saying they don't want to go through Horsebridge." from Amy Durnall Owner of the White Hart Inn in the Tamar Valley
    Amy DurnallOwner of the White Hart Inn in the Tamar Valley
  5. Devon travel: Accident in Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, on Lulworth Drive near Holne Chase, there are reports of an accident.

  6. Plymouth gas leak fixed

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A gas leak, which led to the Plymouth College of Art being evacuated, has been fixed by engineers.

    Wales and West Utilities were called to the Charles Street area of the city on Thursday morning, after contractors damaged a gas pipe running beneath the road.

    Plymouth College of Art

    A spokesman for the company said engineers had been working "as safely and quickly as possible" to mend the pipe.

    All the occupants of the college have now been allowed to return to the building.

    Quote Message: Our engineers have worked as safely and as quickly as possible, and have now stopped the leak. As a precaution, the nearby Plymouth College of Art took the decision to evacuate the building, but all occupants have now been allowed to return. We appreciate that working on roads such as these is not ideal, but it was important that we fix this leak now, in order to continue to provide a safe and reliable supply of gas to homes and businesses in the area." from Loren Peberdy Wales & West Utilities
    Loren PeberdyWales & West Utilities
  7. Thunderstorm warning issued across the islands

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Isolated thunderstorms are expected to affect the Channel Islands for the next six hours, Jersey Met has said.

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  8. Petrol station approved after two bypassed by new road

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A petrol station will be back on the main road into Torquay after two were bypassed by the new South Devon Highway.

    Torbay Council has given conditional approval for the new facility on Newton Road at Lowe's Bridge, near the junction with Hele Road close to the Bridge Retail Park.

    The previous filling station on the route into the town centre closed in 2003 and was replaced by a car wash and cafe.

    Now, a developer will replace the buildings and underground tanks at the site to create a new 24/7 filling station with shop, cash machine and car wash.

    The £110m South Devon Highway between Newton Abbot and Torquay opened in December 2015.

    It provided a new route for the A380, bypassing the village of Kingskerswell as well as the two Harvest and Esso filling stations on the old route.

    The site of the car wash to be replaced by a new filling station in Newton Road, Torquay
    Image caption: The site of the car wash to be replaced by a new filling station in Newton Road, Torquay
  9. Elderly women targeted by bogus workmen in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after two incidents of fraud in Plymouth where elderly women were targeted in their own homes by bogus workmen.

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    They were told work costing £900 needed to be done to their water supply or drains - or they faced having to leave their properties.

    One was approached in the Keyham area on 2 April at about 11:00 and was later visited at home where she paid a deposit of £600 - only to be told the problem was larger than anticipated and would cost £1,800.

    The victim went to the bank to withdraw the remaining funds, but decided to contact police after a taxi driver advised her not to hand over the cash.

    The suspect is described as a white male, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, of medium build and clean shaven, wearing a hard hat.

    At about 13:00 the same day, a different elderly woman in the Crownhill area was visited by a man who stated there was an issue with her water supply.

    She was later contacted by an older, unknown male who again asked her for money, but the woman became suspicious and refused to pay.

    The suspect is described as a white male, aged in his early 20s, of average build and height, with no facial hair. He was wearing a high-visibility jacket and hard hat.

    Witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  10. Boy, 17, treated in hospital after fight in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 17-year-old boy was punched and knocked unconscious in a fight in Jersey, police have said.

    It happened on 1 April at about 18:40 in the area of Hilgrove Street, near McDonalds.

    The boy was left with a cut to his right eyebrow and was treated in hospital before being released.

    He is described as about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, of slender build and was wearing a dark coloured sweater and grey jogging bottoms.

    Officers said it's possible the suspect is known to the victim.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact States of Jersey Police via 612 612.

    Hilgrove Street, Jersey
  11. Man treated for foot injury after A38 crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man is being treated for a foot injury after a crash involving a car and motorcycle in Plymouth.

    Police say it happened on the A38 near Weston Mill at about 12:00.

    The extent of the man's injuries is not known, officers added.

    Traffic is being diverted via the slip road and traffic delays can be expected.

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  12. RMB Chivenor parade takes place

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The Commando Logistics Regiment is exercising its freedom of Barnstaple by parading through the town.

    The servicemen and women are thanking the local community for helping to save the Royal Marine base in Chivenor from closure.

    Commando Logistics Regiment
  13. Marine ambulance treats cruise passenger

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Britannia Cruise ship

    Guernsey's marine ambulance was called out yesterday to treat a passenger on a visiting cruise ship.

    St John's Flying Christine III left St Peter Port at about 18:30 on Wednesday evening to assess the man with a medical condition aboard the Britannia - which later cancelled its stay.

    He was transferred onto an ambulance after arriving back in St Peter Port and then transported to hospital for treatment, St John Emergency Ambulance Service said.

    The service often treats passenger from cruise ships.

    The Britannia was due to be the first of 96 scheduled cruise ship visits this year.

  14. Devon travel: A38 in Plymouth partially blocked

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, the A38 Parkway is partially blocked Exeter-bound by an accident between Weston Mill and Manadon Roundabout. There's slow traffic in the area.

  15. Gas leak forces art college evacuation

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Plymouth College of Art has been evacuated after a gas leak.

    Wales and West Utilities was called to reports of a gas leak in the Charles Street area on Thursday morning.

    Engineers found third-party contractors working in the area had damaged a gas pipe running beneath Charles Street, causing it to leak.

    They are now working to stop the leak and repair the pipe.

    Plymouth College of Art
    Quote Message: As a precaution, the nearby Plymouth College of Art took the decision to evacuate the building. We appreciate that working on roads such as these is not ideal, but it is important that we fix this leak now, in order to continue to provide a safe and reliable supply of gas to homes and businesses in the area." from Adrian Cram Wales and West Utilities
    Adrian CramWales and West Utilities
  16. New director of education 'outstanding'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's new director of education made an "outstanding" impression in her interview for the senior post, Education, Sport and Culture's president says.

    Laurie Baker has been appointed in the role, taking over from Andrew Warren who has been in the position since June 2018.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize said Ms Baker had "very broad" experience in senior education roles, including in local government and made an "outstanding impression" at interview and at events held as part of the recruitment process.

    Deputy Matt Fallaize
    Quote Message: We are delighted that Laurie has accepted the role and look forward to her starting in post before the start of the next academic year. She will play a significant role in the future of education in the Bailiwick, including as the committee’s most senior education advisor." from Deputy Matt Fallaize President of Education, Sport and Culture
    Deputy Matt FallaizePresident of Education, Sport and Culture
  17. MP welcomes government funding to improve rail network

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    West Cornwall MP, Derek Thomas has welcomed new government funding that he says will improve rail network accessibility for people with disabilities at St Erth Station.

    It's one of 73 stations across the UK to benefit from a share of a £300m Access for All Fund.

    Step-free access is described as the latest move towards the goal of a fully inclusive UK transport network.

    St Erth Station