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  1. BreakingDozens made redundant from claims management firm

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Most of the 75 staff working for a claims management company in Exeter have been made redundant after the firm was put into administration.

    The offices of EMCAS on the Exeter Business Park were closed after staff were told to collect their belongings and go home on Friday morning.

    It's understood wages have not been paid for this month. Administrators, Duff & Phelps Ltd have taken control of the company.

    Existing customer contracts have been switched to Rightside Financial Services Limited as of 1 April 2019.

  2. Winds continuing, but also sunshine and showers

    BBC Weather

    Winds will become strong and gusty during Friday evening and more persistent bands of rain will spread from the west. The rain will ease to showers early tomorrow morning with clear spells developing.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

    Saturday will be another windy day and is set to feel cooler, with strong and gusty westerly winds. There will be a few morning showers and some patchy cloud, but also plenty of sunny spells throughout the day.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).


    Jersey weather


    Guernsey weather
  3. St Pier 'pleased' Assembly approves sea links funding

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's States has voted against spending £700,000 to investigate extending the island's runway.

    Members voted 20-19 against the move.

    However members approved funding of £400,000 to work on contingency options relating to the island's sea links.

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  4. Weather: Sunny spells blustery showers, very strong wind

    BBC Weather

    Longer spells or rain will re-develop on Friday evening and continue throughout the night.

    South-westerly winds will continue to strengthen and become strong to gale force in exposed places.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

    Minimum temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).


    A very windy day on Saturday as Storm Hannah hits.

    There will be a few sunny spells but also some blustery showers driven on by a strong and gusty westerly wind.

    Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

  5. BreakingStates votes against spending £700k on runway investigation

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's States members have narrowly rejected the commissioning of further work on a business case for extending the airport runway.

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  6. In a flap: Owl has a deep clean after its slurry pit fall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    dirty owl

    A filthy tawny owl needed a deep clean after falling into a slurry pit in Devon.

    The RSPCA said it was found huddled up beside the pit in Broadhembury, near Honiton, on 20 April "covered in filth".

    Inspector Marije Zwager went to collect her and said she was "very lucky to be alive".

    owl being washed
    Quote Message: She very nearly drowned in the slurry. The poor tawny owl was in a right state. Her beautiful feathers were absolutely filthy and stuck together with thick, black slurry. I held out little hope she would survive this ordeal." from Insp Marije Zwager RSPCA
    Insp Marije ZwagerRSPCA
    clean owl

    The owl was warmed up and washed in a specialist bird wash room at the charity's Somerset centre.

    She will now be monitored and, once well enough, released back into the wild near the area she was found, the RSPCA added.

  7. More errors found in Jersey telephone book

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A former Jersey politician says he was "taken aback" when spotting several other errors in the new phone book - after the wrong name for the island's bailiff was pointed out earlier this week.

    JT Group Limited has apologised to Sir William Bailhache (pictured) after John Fogarty was incorrectly listed as Jersey's bailiff.

    It sold the rights to publish the book to Guernsey company Yabsta - which has also apologised.

    Phil Rondel, who served as a deputy in St John until 2005, said it took him fewer than five minutes to find a number of other mistakes...

    Video content

    Video caption: JT Group Limited has apologised to Sir William Bailhache (pictured)

    JT Group Limited said it wouldn't be commenting further.

  8. Cornish residents still yet to receive parking permits

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    New resident parking zones are due to come into force in Truro and St Ives on Monday, but Cornwall Council has admitted many people have still not received their permits.

    The authority says it's due to a backlog of applications for residents' permits, as well as new permits for care workers.

    It added it would not be enforcing the new zones until it's sure everyone had a permit.

    parked cars
    Quote Message: The team delivering and checking the permits are dealing with about 1,500 applications from Truro and St Ives. On top of that, we also deal with all the applications for carers permits. They're coming in thick and fast and we've thrown our resources at it. from Geoff Brown Portfolio holder for transport at Cornwall Council
    Geoff BrownPortfolio holder for transport at Cornwall Council
    Parking permits
  9. Mount Batten beach closed due to asbestos discovery

    Plymouth Live

    Mount Batten beach has been closed to the public after asbestos was discovered.

    Plymouth City Council said that contractors are working to remove the material which is described as containing "low grade, low risk asbestos".

  10. Man due in court after assaulting five police officers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting five police officers and a security worker in Newquay.

    It followed reports of a shoplifting incident at a store in the town on Wednesday.

    In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said a 37-year-old man was refused bail and was due to appear before Bodmin Magistrates' Court.

  11. Newton Abbot care home closes after 'inadequate' rating

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Meadow Lodge

    A mental health facility in Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, has closed after receiving a rating of "inadequate" in an inspection earlier this year.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) served a warning notice to Meadow Lodge after it found the establishment did not manage "in a way that ensured safe care was delivered".

    Following the February inspection, Huntercombe (Granby One) Limited took the decision to close Meadow Lodge and remove it from its portfolio of services.

    The CQC said Meadow Lodge didn't provide a "stable, positive" culture and frequent management changes "caused confusion amongst staff".

    Inspectors also found on seven occasions over a six-week period agency nurses without the relevant knowledge or experience of mental health or child and adolescent mental health were left in charge of shifts.

    The full inspection can be found here.

  12. Teenagers 'not just obsessed with social media'

    Kevin Hay

    BBC Spotlight

    Exmouth schoolgirl Jess Nicholls says climate protests show teenagers are politically aware and not just "obsessed with social media".

    She has organised school strikes in support of tougher policies to protect the environment.

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    Video caption: School strikes 'show teens are aware on climate'
  13. Worldwide interest in Sark's dairy farmer vacancy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    More than 80 people have applied to become Sark's new dairy farmer.

    The island is looking for someone to lead a new community project after the old farmer retired last year, leaving the island without a commercial facility.

    The push for applicants has attracted people from across the world and those behind the project say the interest has been good, with lots of credible applicants.

  14. WW2 bunker to be opened for first time since occupation

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A newly refurbished World War Two bunker will be open to the public for the first time on Saturday.

    The Flak Emplacement at Pembroke has been buried under tonnes of soil since the end of the German occupation.

    After considerable work on the site, it will be opened along with a command bunker as part of the Guernsey Heritage Festival.

    People wishing to visit the site are asked to park near Pembroke Beach Kiosk and look for the start point to collect more information.

  15. Rugby: Jersey Reds make five changes for final game

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds end their season with a home clash with Coventry on Saturday.

    Long-serving hooker Nick Selway keeps his place in the front row as he prepares for his final Championship game for the Reds before a summer move to National One side Chinnor after six years at St Peter.

    Harvey Biljon makes five changes to his starting line-up from the team that lost at Nottingham last week.

    Nick Selway

    Roy Godfrey is back at loose-head after the birth of his first child last weekend and replace Harry Morley.

    He will captain the side in the absence of second row Jerry Sexton, who will move to South African Pro14 side Southern Kings in the summer.

    Sexton is replaced by Charlie Beckett, while in the back row Janco Venter comes in for Conor Joyce.

    In the backs, Aaron Penberthy returns at fly-half, with Brett Herron moving to full-back and Leroy Van Dam to the wing in place of Jason Worrall. Jack Stapley is the other wing, taking James Newey's place.

    Jersey Reds: Herron, Stapley, Ma'afu, Eastwell, Van Dam, Penberthy, Homer; Godfrey (capt), Selway, Atalifo, Beckett, Bartle, Hatherell, Upfield, Venter

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Morley, Alexis, Hallam-Eames, Joyce, Howley, Newey

  16. Police chase 70mph teen on parole in stolen car

    Guernsey Press

    The 18-year-old, who had just been released from prison on parole licence, admitted a total of six offences which included driving while disqualified and without insurance.

  17. Concerns over trial road closure 'splitting hairs'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A St Helier constable has described concerns over a trial closure of a Jersey road as "splitting hairs".

    Jersey's Chamber of Commerce is concerned the closure of the road between Liberation Square and Weighbridge Place will not give accurate data on how it will affect drivers and buses.

    It is due to close next week ahead of a States debate on whether it should be made more permanent.

    Simon Crowcroft said he was not surprised at the comments...

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    Video caption: The road is due to close next week ahead of a debate on whether it should be permanent
  18. New use for historic Honiton church to be discussed

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There are hopes a new use can be found for an historic church in Honiton which would benefit the local community.

    St Michael’s Church dates from the 15th Century.

    In the 19th Century, a new parish church, St Paul’s, was built in the centre of the town to serve the growing population and St Michael’s was re-designated a “chapel of ease”.

    It was closed to the public at the start of 2019 because of poor attendance and the need for major structural repairs.

    Ideas for its future use are now due to be discussed at a public meeting on 2 May at St Paul’s Church, Honiton.

    St Michael’s Church
  19. Aurigny plans to outsource operations to Gatwick condemned

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Alderney's Chamber of Commerce has condemned plans by Aurigny to pull part of its operation out of the island.

    The airline is closing its operations control centre and outsourcing it to Gatwick instead.

    It's reported seven members of staff in Alderney are set to lose their jobs.

    Andrew Eggleston said the redundancies would have a "bigger effect" than the numbers suggested.

    Quote Message: "If you draw a comparison between the workforce of Guernsey, with Alderney having seven people being made redundant, it equates to 268 people working in Guernsey. Would the Guernsey deputies allow this type of thing to happen? It seems odd that the actual owners of Aurigny - which is the States of Guernsey - were unaware of what was happening here." from Andrew Eggleston Alderney Chamber of Commerce
    Andrew EgglestonAlderney Chamber of Commerce
    Aurigny plane

    Aurigny said it hoped the move would improve customer service and that it was committed to providing services to Guernsey and Alderney.

    It strongly rejected accusations it was acting against the best interests of its shareholder, the States of Guernsey.

  20. Mum launches 'baby bank' for families in need

    Plymouth Live

    A mum has started up a "baby bank" which provides items for families in need.

    Claire Taylor runs the Plymouth and South Hams Baby Bank with two friends. The charity makes up packages according to need or can also give out items such as cots, high chairs and prams.