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  1. Pair treated after inhaling chemicals in Falmouth

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Two people from Falmouth have been taken to hospital after accidentally mixing chemicals and inhaling the fumes.

    Paramedics treated them at the scene before transferring them to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for further examination.

    Firefighters entered the property to find the chemicals, before removing them and ventilating the home. They established the gas inhaled was chlorine.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue say they were called to the incident at 15:00, and sent crews from Falmouth and Tolvaddon.

    A support vehicle from St Just and the environment support vehicle from Penzance was also called out.

  2. Drug couriers jailed following Exeter arrest

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Shahbaz Malik and Martell Ramocan

    A pair of drug couriers have been jailed after bringing £4,000 worth of heroin and cocaine to Exeter inside their bodies.

    Shahbaz Malik and Martell Ramocan (pictured above) were arrested when police raided the home of a vulnerable drug user in Harrington Lane, Exeter, on 10 May 2016.

    They had both been recruited by a drug gang, which offered Malik a place to stay as his reward and Ramocan settlement of a £200 cannabis debt.

    Malik, 30, and Ramocan, 21, both of Hayes, West London, admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and were jailed for two years four months and two years respectively at Exeter Crown Court.

  3. Two jailed over horrific assault in Paignton

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Two men responsible for an attack which left a man with his ear bitten off and brain injuries, have been jailed.

    Stephen Doyle and Samuel Bullen (pictured below) admitted to chasing down and violently attacking Colin McLean in Torbay before beating him unconscious in Lower Polsham Road, Paignton on 11 January.

    The victim was left with part of his right ear missing, a bleed on the brain, a broken eye socket, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

    Stephen Doyle and Samuel Bullen

    Doyle, 29, of St Mary’s Park, Collaton St Mary, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, and a separate assault by beating on a woman on the same evening.

    He was sentenced to eight years and two months in prison.

    Bullen, 22, of Mimosa Way, Paignton, admitted unlawful wounding but denied GBH and received 20 months in prison.

  4. Waves to resume selling single seats

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey based airline Waves has been granted route licences to fly between Guernsey and Jersey, and Guernsey and Alderney.

    It means that Waves can resume its original operations and fly without restriction both on a whole aircraft charter basis and by selling individual seats.

    The company launched its taxi service last year, but had to change its business model after a competitor claimed it was operating outside of Guernsey air licensing rules.

    Waves aircraft

    Waves Chief Executive Nick Magliocchetti said: "The fact that they have granted us the licences is proof that our business is a perfect fit for the inter-island air travel market.

    "We have always maintained that we are here to fill a gap in that market and not compete with existing carriers."

  5. Weather: rain overnight will dry up through Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

    Fresh southeasterly winds should turn to the northeast by morning.

    There will be some low cloud over higher ground.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    Weather map for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 24 March

    Saturday will remain largely cloudy with rain becoming increasingly patchy.

    Most places will be dry by the evening with some brighter periods also developing.

    Northeasterly winds will ease throughout the day.

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

  6. Former health boss must repay stolen NHS funds

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A former NHS executive will have to repay more than £10,000 she stole from the health service.

    Paula Vasco-Knight was the NHS's lead on Equality and Diversity and chief executive of the Torbay NHS Trust ,when she used health service funds to pay her husband for work that never existed.

    The order was made at Exeter Crown Court after a year-long financial investigation into the couple's assets.

    Paula and Stephen Vasco-Knight

    Vasco-Knight, 54, of The Seasons, Runcorn, and her husband Stephen, 46, of the same address, both admitted a single count of fraud in January 2017.

    The couple have now been ordered to repay the £11,072 to the NHS within three months or serve six weeks in prison, and must also pay £2,500 costs.

    They were given suspended prison sentences for the offences in March 2017.

  7. Boy, 17, in hospital with hip injury after bike crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 17-year-old boy is in hospital with a hip injury after colliding with a pedestrian while on his bike, police have said.

    Police and ambulance were called to Carlyon Road in St Austell, Cornwall at 16:35 on Thursday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the cyclist's hip injury is "potentially serious". The pedestrian was not injured.

    The road was blocked for a short time but has since been reopened.

    Carlyon Road in St Austell
    Image caption: It happened on Carlyon Road in St Austell
  8. Government grant for Alderney boxer

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Billy Le Poullain with Chairman of Finance Committee, Tony Barnes

    Boxer Billy Le Poullain has received a grant from the States of Alderney to help in his preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2018 on the Gold Coast in April.

    He will be the first ever boxer from Alderney or Guernsey to compete at the Commonwealth Games and is leaving shortly for Australia where he will undertake warm weather training before his first fight on the 5 April.

    Billy, pictured above with the Chairman of Finance Committee, Tony Barnes, said: “I am extremely pleased and grateful for the funds, which will help me immensely, and to have the support of the States of Alderney is just amazing.”

  9. Duke of Cornwall watches performance by prison inmates

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Prince of Wales has been watching inmates at Dartmoor Prison perform songs from Carmen and Les Miserables.

    He's in Devon to find out about the work of the Prison Choir Project - which is aiming to find a way to reduce reoffending by building self-esteem.

    The inmates were joined by professional performance artists for the show. Adam Green, the founder of the project, said the project was a "wonderful experience" for the prisoners.

    "They can really sing, they really can. I think they would stand up against any professional chorus. It has been, for all, an extraordinary experience."

    More than 400 prisoners and prison staff have engaged with the project's work to date, including an opera in Dartmoor Prison and further programmes in HMP Kirkham and HMP Drake Hall.

    Prince Charles
  10. Jersey Water made £3.3m profit in 2017

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Val de la Mare Reservoir, Jersey

    Jersey Water has released its preliminary financial results for 2017.

    Profit for the financial year was £3,296,000 - slightly below the £3,334,000 reported in 2016.

    The company said it invested £3.3m in the island’s water infrastructure, replacing 1.3 miles (2.1km) of mains, extending the network by 1.1 miles (1.9km) and connected 303 homes to mains water.

    Water quality for 2017 remained very good with an overall compliance rate of 99.98%, it added.

  11. Asian hornet 'a threat to Guernsey wildlife'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The government, along with Guernsey's Biodiversity Partnership, is calling on people to help them track down Asian hornets, which are threatening the island's bee population.

    The ‘Track Don’t Trample’ campaign asks the public to take pictures of the hornets and record the direction they fly in.

    Asian Hornet

    This information will be added to a map and used by States of Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services in conjunction with the Guernsey Bee Keepers' Association to track down the hornets' nests, which will then be destroyed.

    Julia Henney, biodiversity education officer, said: "Asian hornets are a huge threat, not only to our local honey bees but, as they feed on a great variety of insects, to our island's biodiversity as a whole."

    If a suspected hornet is sighted, the public should take a photo and email it to asianhornet@gov.gg, including the location and direction the hornet flew in.

  12. Phones to be used as ID in Jersey pubs

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Yoti digital ID system being used in a bar

    A London-based company will set up and run a new digital ID system in Jersey.

    Yoti was chosen from a shortlist of nine companies that bid for the contract with the States.

    From May, the new digital ID will allow young people to use their phones to prove their age in pubs and at events.

    It will also be used to help people in Jersey identify themselves when using government services as and when they become available online.

  13. Prince Charles in Devon on Dartmoor Prison visit

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Duke of Cornwall has been in Devon today.

    Prince Charles visited Dartmoor Prison in Princetown where he was told about the Prison Choir Project - which aims to rehabilitate prisoners and ex-offenders through the performance of opera, song, and choral music.

    He listened to a brief performance by participants.

    Prince Charles
  14. Guernsey's fallen soldiers to be remembered

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    One-hundred years ago this month, the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI) faced its toughest challenge and its heaviest losses at the Battle of the Lys.

    A memorial service organised by the Royal British Legion will be held at the Sunken Gardens at 11:30 on 15 April to mark the courage and sacrifice of those men.

    A memorial to all men who served in the RGLI will also be unveiled.

    The Deputy Bailiff Richard McMahon said the memorial would be "a welcome recognition of the brave men of the RGLI who fought and died in the World War One and especially at the Battle of the Lys where they were virtually wiped out."

    Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

    The Battle of the Lys took place during the German Spring Offensive of March-April 1918. The RGLI fought a fighting withdrawal around the villages of Le Doulieu between 11 and 14 April in which they took huge losses. The first roll-call after the battle revealed just three officers and 55 men still fit to fight. It was the last action of the RGLI, the survivors being given duties behind the lines for the rest of the war.

  15. Train services suspended between Penzance and Truro

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Great Western Railway services have been suspended between Penzance and Truro due to a broken-down train at Camborne. Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

  16. Ambulance chief officer appointed

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    St John Ambulance Guernsey

    Ali Marquis has been appointed as the new chief officer for the St John Ambulance & Rescue Service in Guernsey.

    Mrs Marquis, who was formally the deputy chief officer, has been acting-up as chief officer since the retirement of Jon Beausire in August 2017.

    Mrs Marquis, who is the first female chief ambulance officer in Guernsey, said: "I am looking forward to serving the community and working with the committed and dedicated women and men of the service as we develop our range of pre-hospital care over the next few years in support of the new health model."

  17. Appeal for more candidates in St Ouen election

    BBC Radio Jersey

    St Ouen Parish Hall

    The outgoing Constable of St Ouen hopes more candidates will stand in the election to succeed him.

    Michael Paddock is surprised there's been just one declaration of interest so far.

    Writing in the St Ouen parish magazine, he hopes his departure will encourage others to come forward.

    Mr Paddock has served as head of the parish for the past seven years.

    The parish Deputy Richard Renouf has told the magazine he will be standing for re-election in May.

  18. Cruise ship abandons Guernsey visit

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St Peter Port, Guernsey

    The first planned cruise ship to visit Guernsey in 2018 has cancelled its voyage due to bad weather.

    The Astoria was due to arrive into St Peter Port today.

    It's one of 101 cruise ship visits expected this year.

    The next one to visit Guernsey is the Saga Sapphire, arriving on 30 March.