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  1. Updates from Monday 29 January 2018 until Friday 2 February 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Devon travel: A377 partially blocked by accident

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Exeter, the A377 Alphington Road is partially blocked by an accident at the Seven Stars traffic lights. There's congestion to Church Road.

  2. RNLI advises Jersey's new lifeboat charity

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The RNLI has offered "information" on setting up and running Jersey's independent lifeboat service, the charity has said.

    George Sullivan
    Image caption: The George Sullivan is the RNLI in Jersey's all-weather lifeboat

    A RNLI spokesman said: "The information offered was advice on running costs for a station and a lifeboat as well as key regulators and areas of compliance which must be met in order to set up a lifeboat service."

    The new service is to be provided by the Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA), who today announced their status as an official charity.

    Crewing the association's lifeboats will be the former RNLI St Helier crew, who split from the organisation last year.

    The RNLI has also announced it wants to work "collaboratively" with the JLA, as it does with other independent stations across the UK.

    "Our priority is always the protection of those who live on, and use, the coast," the charity said.

    More on this story:

  3. Weather: Keep your coat and brolly handy

    BBC Weather

    After a largely dry start to the evening across the islands, it will cloud over towards midnight with outbreaks of rain developing during the early hours.

    The rain will become more persistent by morning, with the risk of some heavier bursts at times.

    Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a cloudy and wet day with outbreaks of rain for many, and with the continuing risk of some heavier bursts of rain in places.

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

  4. Saturday's weather: A cloudy and wet start

    BBC Weather

    Saturday will start cloudy and wet with outbreaks of rain for many.

    There's a risk of some heavy bursts at times in the west.

    The rain will ease late in the afternoon, with some drier and brighter spells expected.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

    weather map
  5. St Malo ferry affected by Saturday's weather

    Only the 08:00 sailing from St Malo to Jersey will operate tomorrow.

    The return journey and later sailings have been cancelled as "wind speeds forecast outside safe operating limits" said Condor Ferries.

  6. Rise in crashes behind increase in air ambulance missions

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    mission map

    The Cornwall Air Ambulance and its crew carried out 74 missions across the county in January - 24 more than the same month last year.

    Throughout January, a total of 47 missions were flown in the air ambulance helicopter and 27 were carried out using the charity's critical care cars.

    Medical emergencies accounted for 46 missions, including 30 people suffering from heart-related problems, and there were also 28 missions to people who suffered serious injuries.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic Tom Hennessey-Jones said: "It has been busier this year so far, with 13 road traffic collisions which is higher than average. Do take care when you’re out on the roads, especially in wet conditions."

  7. Independent lifeboat association gets charity status

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey Lifeboat Association (JLA) has been granted charity status, members say.

    The organisation was formed after the former crew of the RNLI station in St Helier announced they wanted to split from the charity, after talks between RNLI bosses and the crew broke down.

    Now a registered charity, the JLA says it is working with the former crew and their coxswain Andy Hibbs.

    Mr Hibbs recently said he was testing an all-weather lifeboat for the association to bring to the island.

    Andy Hibbs
    Image caption: Former St Helier coxswain Andy Hibbs is part of the new lifeboat association, with his former crew

    Chairman Ben Shenton said all the money donated to the association would be "fully accountable and identifiable".

    "The appreciation and respect of volunteers shall be at the forefront of everything that we do", Mr Shenton said.

    He also added he was "pleased" the RNLI had offered to give assistance in establishing the association.

    The RNLI could not confirm this, but a spokesman said it was "not unusual" for the charity to work "alongside" independent stations.

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  8. Stamp depicts view from 'The Lover's Chair'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    This stamp depicting an Alderney view of two large rocks off the island's south coast forms part of a miniature release to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    New stamp issued

    The painting is by 19th Century Guernsey artist Paul Jacob Naftel, whose first wife was from Alderney.

    The text on the stamps is written both in English and in Aurignais, the Alderney French patois his wife would have been familiar with.

  9. Cornwall travel: 'Serious' accident in St Austell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In St Austell, Bodmin Road is blocked in both directions after a "serious" crash between a car and a motorbike near Trethowel Woods, police say.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the road may be closed into the evening while accident investigation work takes place.

  10. Man, 23, missing from Torquay

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 23-year-old man has gone missing from Torquay, police have said.

    Gregory Rendle was last seen at about 20:20 on Thursday when he headed from Belgrave Road towards Torre Abbey Green.

    He is described as a white male about 5ft 7in tall with ginger hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a beige top and dirty trainers.

    Anyone who has any information is being asked to call Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  11. Hernandez wants new Cornwall police headquarters

    Devon and Cornwall's police and crime panel has backed proposals for a new county police headquarters for Cornwall in Bodmin.

    The councillors approved the budget from Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, which will increase the police part of council tax by £12 a year - and provide 575 new frontline police officers over the next four years.

    Alison Hernandez

    Ms Hernandez says the chief constable is aware of the need to connect better with rural communities: "Instead of people thinking everything is focused in Exeter we are looking to create a county headquarters in Bodmin.

    "We've got a fairly new station there that we now we can expand on. And we'd really like to work with partners, especially fire and ambulance, if we could get it to be more of a partnership approach it would be even more exciting."

  12. Former home turned into student doctor accommodation

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    A Jersey nursing home that had to close after it became unsuitable for elderly residents has reopened as accommodation for junior doctors.

    The Limes

    It follows a £1.5m refurbishment to the Green Street site, which has been turned into accommodation for 39 junior doctors.

    States-owned Andium Homes took over the building after the nursing home shut its doors in 2016.

    The first junior doctors have already moved in, and all those currently living at Westaway Court will move by the end of the month.

    If planning permission is approved, Westaway Court - in the parade - will then be demolished, to make way for an outpatients centre as part of Jersey's £466m new hospital.

  13. Lorry fire in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire crews managed to put out a fire on a 32-tonne lorry near Probus.

    It happened soon after 13:00 this afternoon on the A390.

    A crew from Truro and another from St Austell attended and found the lorry well alight.

    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets to put it out.

  14. Devon travel: Accidents in Newton Abbot and Dawlish

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Newton Abbot, Brunel Road is partially blocked by a crash between a car and a cyclist near Forde Road - close to the recycling centre
    • In Dawlish, there are reports of an accident on the A379 Teignmouth Road near John Nash Drive
  15. BreakingFire crews attending chimney fire

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews are currently dealing with a chimney fire at Les Croutes, St Peter Port, the island's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre says.

    More to follow.

  16. BreakingPoppy Appeal thief jailed for 18 months

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 43-year-old Jersey man has been jailed for 18 months at the island's Royal Court after he admitted stealing more than £35,000 from Poppy Appeal charity the Royal British Legion.

    Dominic Egre and Princess Anne

    Dominic Egre was at the heart of fundraising efforts for the charity, even designing a decorative poppy that hundreds of islanders bought in 2008.

    The annual Poppy Appeal is well supported in Jersey, with the local branch raising £198,000 in 2017.

  17. Commission adds weight to sport tourism changes

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The chief executive of the Guernsey Sports Commission claims resistance from civil servants is hindering progress in encouraging sport tourism.

    David Harry believes the current States tourism policy is blocking the contribution sport can bring to the islands.

    Guernsey Raiders rugby side playing

    He also backed a non-government initiative to promote the value of sport tourism to the Bailiwick.

    "Part of the problem that we've had has really been the way in which civil servants in tourism have actually said 'this is the way we want to run tourism in Guernsey', because that excludes sport as a way of bringing people in to any meaningful degree."

    The States' Economic Development Committee says it's happy to meet with the group to hear their concerns and consider any suggested changes.