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  1. New marine zones created to protect wildlife

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Twelve new marine conservation zones have been designated in the seas around Devon and Cornwall.

    The UK government has announced new safeguards from the Dart estuary to the Isles of Scilly.

    More than 6,000 sq km in the South West will now be part of the UK's blue belt - that's an area twice the size of Cornwall.

    Species and habitats that will benefit include fan mussels and the deep sea bed.

    Quote Message: This is a tremendous moment for our internationally famous coast and surrounding seas. Until now, far too much of it has been unprotected. The challenge now is to manage these sites properly, stop damaging activities like scallop dredging and monitor their condition so that we can be sure to leave future generations with something at least as good as we have today. from Harry Barton Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust
    Harry BartonChief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust
    Pentire Point
  2. South West weather: Murky with fog patches

    BBC Weather

    It'll be quite a murky start to the day with patchy drizzle and a few isolated fog patches.

    Although skies will quickly clear, in most places, through the morning, allowing some good periods of warm sunshine to develop.

    However, patchy sea mist or fog patches are likely to continue to affect southern coastal areas throughout the day.

    Winds will be light or moderate south or south-westerly.

    Maximum Temperature: 18 to 21°C.




  3. Channel Islands weather: Murky with occasional showers

    BBC Weather

    A murky start with just a risk of the odd light shower through the morning.

    During the afternoon, skies will brighten significantly with warm sunshine to end the day.




  4. Teaching union to meet with government over pay dispute

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Representatives from the NASUWT, Jersey's biggest teaching union, are due to meet states negotiators in the hope of settling their ongoing pay dispute.

    The National Education Union said it is yet to hear the details of an improved pay offer, announced by the government earlier in May.

    The States of Jersey said they won't comment publicly on any potential offer, but it aims to reach an agreement "if at all possible" to bring the pay dispute to an end and provide certainty for teachers.

    jersey teachers strike
  5. Derriford A&E still 'requires improvement'

    BBC Spotlight

    Derriford Hospital's emergency department has been rated as "requiring improvement" following a recent inspection.

    The unannounced review by the Care Quality Commission found staff were committed to improving patient care.

    But there are concerns over poor patient flow through the hospital and triage processes taking too long.

    The hospital said its accident and emergency wing was built to treat a maximum of 240 people per day but on average sees more than 300, with one day last month peaking at nearly 400 patients.

    Derriford Hospital
  6. Private capital investment growth

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Private capital investment is growing in Guernsey according to financial experts at the 2019 Guernsey Funds Forum.

    Private capital has become a large source of investment for fund managers in the decade since the financial crash, particularly in Guernsey's specialist sector of private equity funds.

    Research carried out by Guernsey Finance shows its importance is rising rapidly, particularly for smaller managers.

  7. BreakingChild injured in car, lorry and campervan crash

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A child has been injured in a crash on the A30 in East Devon.

    Emergency services were called to the Whimple area following reports of a crash involving a car, lorry and campervan.

    Police, paramedics, the fire service and the air ambulance are currently at the scene.

    Police said: "One man has sustained seriously injuries. A child has also sustained injuries, the severity of which is unknown at this time.

    "The extent of any other injuries is not yet known."

    The road has been closed in both directions for the air ambulance to land.

    The eastbound carriageway will be closed for several hours. Traffic is being diverted at Daisymount.

  8. Seasonal traffic changes begin Saturday

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guersney's traffic and highway services have reminded islanders of restrictions to speed limits in certain coastal areas and a one-way restriction at Petit Bot.

    All changes are to begin on 1 June and will remain in place until 30 September.

    Full details of changes are below:

    • From the Martello Tower to Fort Houmet access road in Vazon the speed limit has changed from 35mph to 25mph.
    • From The Imperial Hotel to La Route du Coudre the speed limit has changes from 35mph to 25mph, affecting Route De la Lague and Route De Rocquaine.
    • The Petit Bot becomes a one-way from Petit Bot Tearooms to Les Pages from 10:00 to 19:00 daily.
  9. £30m Dawlish sea wall build to start on Saturday

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Work will begin on Saturday on the £30m scheme that will see a new sea wall built at Dawlish.

    The plans will raise the wall from its current height of 5m to 7.5m and widen the walkway to 4m.

    The aim is to stop storms from damaging the railway and secure the future of the line linking Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the UK for the next 100 years.

    The work will last nine months, with phase one running from Saturday until 14 July.

    No work will take place during the summer season and it'll restart in September with a scheduled finish in January.

  10. Airline apologises to stranded passengers

    Rory O'Reilly

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Blue Islands has apologised after honorary police officers came to the rescue of stranded passengers at Jersey Airport after flights headed for Guernsey were diverted there.

    On Sunday, dozens of passengers were stranded after fog at Guernsey Airport forced the Blue Islands' flight from London Southend to divert.

    The officers arranged for places to stay and provided a taxi service for the passengers, some of which had been stranded for up to eight hours according to the Jersey Evening Post.

    Flight cancellations due to foggy conditions on Wednesday and Thursday have also caused disruption.

    Blue Islands said a busy bank holiday weekend in Jersey, coupled with other diverted passengers on a FlyBe flight from Heathrow exacerbated delays in sourcing accommodation and transfers.

  11. Striking teachers to meet with government

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey teachers are due to meet Government of Jersey representatives on Wednesday to find a way forward in their pay dispute.

    Teachers have gone on strike for eight days over the past few weeks in protest at their latest offer.

    NEU leaders say they were expecting an improved offer from the employment board, but that has not materialised.

    A promise of news by the middle of June was not enough to call off the latest round of industrial action.

    The union will meet its members on Tuesday evening to discuss before meeting with the government.

  12. Aurigny announces flight cancellations

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of flights have been cancelled due to fog, Aurigny's CEO has said.

    The bad weather affected the airport on Wednesday and has continued to cause flight cancellations.

    Mark Darby said passengers hoping to fly later should check for any information released by the airport and on the airline's Facebook page.

  13. Prescription medication stolen from car

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey police are appealing for information following the theft of prescription medication from a silver Ford Ka.

    The incident occurred sometime between 18 and 29 May in the area of Collings Road and St Jacques in St Peter Port.

    Anyone with information is requested to contact the police or anonymously contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

  14. Three-weekly bin collections trial in West Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Rubbish bin collections could take place every three weeks for 1,000 homes in West Devon from November.

    West Devon Borough Council's hub committee are being asked next Tuesday to approve a trial to start later this year.

    If the trial is successful in increasing recycling rates, the system could be rolled out to the rest of the region.

    Non-recyclable waste is currently collected fortnightly. The recycling and food waste collections would remain weekly and the garden waste service would continue as normal.

    The net savings expected from a three-weekly scheme across the whole borough is estimated at between £100,000 and £150,000 per year.

    A report will come back to the hub committee after six months detailing any environmental and financial impacts, and determining the effects of a borough-wide scheme. If successful and subsequently agreed by the council, a borough-wide roll out could take place in March 2021.

    Rubbish lorry
  15. Head of Guernsey Post criticises proposed road tax

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chief executive of Guernsey Post has said people will be put off buying electric vehicles if there are no financial benefits.

    Speaking after the Policy and Resources Committee put forward a proposal to charge drivers based on distance travelled instead of by fuel used, Bolie Smiley said that if the policy is enacted there must be an incentive for people to buy more eco-friendly transport.

    Guernsey Post, which has shifted its entire fleet to electric vehicles, would be one of many businesses that could be negatively affected by the proposed change.

    There is also a possibility that certain types of vehicle could be charged at a lower rate.

  16. Lifeguards rescue group of children on Bantham beach

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A group of children aged between eight and 10 were rescued by lifeguards after getting caught in a rip current on a popular Devon beach.

    The incident happened just after 18:00 on Tuesday, just after lifeguards had finished their patrols on Bantham Beach.

    Three lifeguards were debriefing for the day when they spotted five children close to a rip current.

    They saw three of them getting into difficulties and launched a rescue.

    One of the children couldn't swim and drifted out to sea where they were starting to disappear in the water.

    Lifeguard Loic Doison managed to pull him onto his board - the other two children were clinging onto rocks and were rescued by Lewis Horne and Nick Triggol.

    Bantham beach
    Quote Message: The children were extremely lucky that the lifeguards were still around and able to react so quickly. We'd advise anyone entering the water to visit a lifeguarded beach, if you find yourself caught in a rip current, we'd advise not trying to swim against it or you'll get exhausted. If you can stand, wade don't swim. If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore. Always raise your hand and shout for help.' from Kate Doison RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor
    Kate DoisonRNLI Lifeguard Supervisor
  17. Family prison visit initiative introduced

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's prison has started an initiative to encourage family interaction and promote the wellbeing of children with parents in custody.

    Unlike normal prison visits, families will not have to remain seated and prisoners will be able to play with their children.

    The island's government hopes that the initiative will promote family bonds, reduce reoffending rates and support prisoners when they integrate into the community.

    The head of the prison service, Nick Cameron, said the initiative will "strengthen child and parent bonds" and allow children to feel more comfortable in a prison setting.

    Prisoners will be given the opportunity to apply for a family visit once every three months.

    HM Prison La Moye.