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  1. Weather: The risk of heavy showers tonight and tomorrow

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Tonight looks set to be mostly cloudy with the risk of a few showers moving up from the south.

    These could be heavy and thundery.

    Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

    David Braine

    Saturday will be rather warm and humid with sunny spells, variable cloud and the threat of a few heavy and potentially thundery showers once again.

    Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

  2. Mixed election option 'most pragmatic'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A deputy and former deputy are backing option C in Guernsey's first referendum.

    Option C is for one island-wide district to elect 10 island-wide deputies and a separate election across seven districts to elect the remaining 28.

    Elections would held every four years with island-wide held before district elections.

    Deputy John Gollop and Mr Rhoderick Matthews both served in the States when the conseiller system was in place - conseillers were elected island-wide and deputies on a parish basis.

    Mr Gollop said he had previously fought for a return to this kind of system and thought full island-wide elections were a "more radical option, an all or nothing".

    He said: "I believe the most sensible and pragmatic option for Guernsey is to go for change more gradually.

    "The 10 would stand before the rest so it would give everyone the chance, if they wished, to go for island-wide.

    "The point of an island-wide campaign is to see key issues, concerns and leadership to emerge and the winners of the island-wide campaign would hopefully have a leading role in a future assembly."

    The referendum on 10 October includes five options and three groups have applied to campaign - their submission will be considered by a panel, which will rule on whether or not they will become the official campaign group.

    Referendum chart
  3. Current system bid supported by 'strong' team

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The team behind a bid to become the campaign group for option B in Guernsey's first referendum are waiting to see if it becomes official before starting to campaign.

    Option B is the status quo so seven electoral districts, elections every four years with each district electing five or six deputies.

    Fergus Dunlop, the media representative of the bus user group, and Caroline McManus, a former teacher and union representative have submitted the bid to the referendum panel.

    "It's what I believe in," said Mrs McManus, who has previously stood for election under the district system.

    She said: "The campaign hasn't begun yet and we don't even know if we're going to be selected as the campaign group, it's up to the group to determine who they want to put forward if anybody.

    "I think it's the best system and I have a very strong group working with me, if we are selected we will campaign on behalf of that system."

    Referendum options
  4. Islanders Association backs all island-wide campaign

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Two members of the Guernsey political group - Deputy Carl Meerveld and Deputy Peter Ferbrache - have bid to be the official campaign group for option A in the island's first referendum.

    Option A is for all 38 deputies to be elected on an island-wide basis and the group has previously said it supports a move from district-based elections to island-wide.

    Mr Meerveld said this option - in the poll to be held on 10 October - was "the most straight forward island-wide voting configuration".

    He said: "It will change the nature of politics in Guernsey, it will create a level playing field where all people are equal and hopefully the best candidates will float to the top and be elected.

    "I think we'll move away from popularity or personality politics towards debating the policies and implementation."

    The group's bid will become the official campaign group if approved by a panel made up of former bailiff Sir de Vic Carey, Jurat Stephen Jones and Graham Daldry.

    The referendum options are:

    • Option A: One island-wide district, elections held every four years. All 38 deputies elected at same time
    • Option B: Seven electoral districts, elections every four years. Each district elects five or six deputies
    • Option C: One island-wide district to elect 10 island-wide deputies and seven districts to elect remaining 28. Elections every four years with island-wide held before district
    • Option D: Four electoral districts, with elections every four years. Each district elects nine, 10 or 11 deputies
    • Option E: One island-wide district with successful candidates serving six years. Elections held every two years for a third of deputies so 12 or 13 elected each time
  5. Weather: Dry tonight with a risk of showers tomorrow

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Tonight looks set to be mostly dry with clear spells and variable cloud cover.

    The odd shower cannot be ruled out though.

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

    David Braine

    Saturday will be rather warm and humid with sunny intervals, variable cloud and the increasing threat of some heavy and thundery downpours, especially later in the day.

    Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

  6. Dartmoor 'needs government help' to repair roads

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Beast from the East has left dozens of routes across Dartmoor in poor condition.

    Heavy snowfall that hit the national park earlier this year has significantly increased the cost of annual repairs that it has to make.

    Chief executive Kevin Bishop has met Central Devon MP Mel Stride to ask for help in lobbying the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for more funding to help cover the repairs.

    Track on Dartmoor
    Quote Message: The heavy snow we experienced in March has significantly increased the cost of annual repairs leaving dozens of routes in poor condition. This is not a one-off, we are seeing more sudden intense rainfall and this is leading to erosion of the access network." from Kevin Bishop Chief executive, Dartmoor National Park
    Kevin BishopChief executive, Dartmoor National Park
  7. Honiton Primary School to get new classrooms

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Multimillion-pound plans to expand Honiton Primary School have been revealed.

    Extra classrooms are set to be built at the site in Clapper Lane.

    Devon County Council is planning to complete the project, which will raise the school's capacity to 630, in one phase at a cost of approximately £2.7m.

    Honiton Primary School

    A planning application for the expansion of the school has now been submitted.

    If approved, building work is planned to start in the autumn and will be ready by September 2019.

    Devon County Council's cabinet meeting next month is expected to approve the council's contribution to funding the plans.

  8. Hundreds of fly-tipping incidents reported in Teignbridge

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nearly 1,000 fly-tipping incidents were reported in Teignbridge during 2016/17 with the council collecting about 500 tonnes of dumped rubbish.

    Clearing up cost the taxpayer an estimated £57,000 with 939 incidents reported.

    Fly-tipping off the B3192 at Ashcombe
    Image caption: Fly-tipping off the B3192 at Ashcombe, Devon

    Teignbridge District Council has launched a new campaign to help curb fly-tipping and is telling people to "check who you pay to take it away".

    The main idea is to highlight the dangers of choosing someone other than a licensed waste carrier to dispose of unwanted items and prevent residents from running the risk of prosecution or heavy fines.

  9. Temporary bridge across Plymouth's Sutton Harbour to open

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A temporary walkway is opening across Sutton Harbour Lock to help people cross while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

    People will be able to use a new walkway across the inner lock gates for short periods of time in the day, depending on waiting marine traffic and tide times, to cross from the Barbican to the Fishing Quarter.

    Sutton Harbour Lock

    The temporary walkway will be in addition to the option of catching the daily Sutton Harbour ferry service or walking around East Quay and North Quay.

    However, the temporary solution will not be suitable for small children, pushchairs, prams, bicycles, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility issues.

    It is hoped permanent repairs to the pedestrian footbridge will be complete in time for the bridge to reopen during the autumn.

  10. Devon resident sentenced over council tax non-payment

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A north Devon resident has been handed a suspended sentence for non-payment of council tax.

    The unnamed person was taken to court by Torridge District Council after refusing to pay his bills over "many years".

    The resident must also pay back what he owes, or face jail.

    Councillor David Hurley, lead member for customer services and deputy leader of the council, said: "The debtor was found guilty of culpable neglect and was issued with a suspended prison sentence for 90 days and ordered to pay the outstanding debt on arrangement.

    "They were simultaneously advised that should they default on any payment then they will need to attend court again and would be imprisoned for the 90 days.

    "This action by the council shows the importance of paying council tax and that any avoidance is deemed a serious offence and it is regrettable that this course of action has had to be taken."

  11. 'Heartbroken' family rallying round after death

    Mark Inchley

    BBC Channel Islands News

    The family of a man who died following an industrial accident in a shop unit at the Bridge on Sunday say they're "heartbroken".

    Barry Challen, 50, was left in a critical condition after suffering head injuries when it's understood a refrigerator unit he was installing landed on him.

    His family travelled from Lowestoft to be at his side during treatment at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. He was transferred to a UK hospital on Wednesday, but died yesterday.

    Tributes

    His sister-in-law Kay Carlisle described it as a "very tragic accident".

    She said he suffered "terrific head injuries" and was announced brain dead on Sunday.

    Ms Carlisle said the family had rallied round after his "shock" death.

    Mr Challen's children laid tributes outside the site of the accident on Wednesday before leaving the island.

    Mr Carlisle praised hospital staff and local authorities for their help and support.

    She said a funeral will be arranged once the body has been released by the coroner.

  12. Lack of improvements to Devon road 'scandalous'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The lack of improvements on a road through east Devon has been labelled "scandalous" by councillors.

    Three years ago, Highways England's consultants recommended a scheme to improve the A35 through Wilmington.

    But nothing has been done yet and there are fears it could take at least another two years before anything is started.

    A35 through Devon

    More than five million vehicles drive through the village each year.

    The Wilmington A35 Action Group is calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed in the village, extending the 30mph speed limit, a pavement to be installed on the north side of the road on the east side of the village and the junction at the Offwell turning to be redesigned.

    Quote Message: It is the worst living situation I know of in the area. It is scandalous that after years of pressure we still have not a single safe crossing and no agreed programme of improvements. Highways England needs to urgently devote more resources to this case." from Martin Shaw Devon county councillor for Seaton and Colyton
    Martin ShawDevon county councillor for Seaton and Colyton
  13. Three overnight burglaries linked by police

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police are linking three break-ins, which took place in the early hours of yesterday and today.

    The Kiln Restaurant at Oatlands was broken into at about 03:00 yesterday - thought to be through an unsecured window - the till was ripped out and £100 float was stolen.

    At about 03:30 today the Cobo Tea Rooms were entered through an unsecured window and a can of Coke was stolen.

    About half an hour later someone entered the Rockmount Pub - the tills were damaged and eight charity boxes were stolen, together with tobacco and a quantity of cash.

    Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them.

    Officers are urging businesses and property owners to make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when their premises are unoccupied.

    Advice and personal review of security can be arranged through the Crime Reduction Adviser Andy Goodall on 725111.

  14. Devon awarded government cash for cycle training

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    More than 8,700 schoolchildren could benefit from Bikeability cycle training this year after Devon County Council successfully bid for £272,000 from the government.

    The training includes places for younger children, with another £10,000 going towards cycle training for up to 250 adults in the county.

    Children on bikes

    Devon is among the top six authorities in the country for delivering Bikeability training.

    To meet the demand for level two of the programme, Devon County Council is also providing additional funding on top of the Department for Transport grant.

    Over the past 10 years the authority has successfully bid for nearly £2.5m to deliver cycle training.

    Quote Message: In Devon, child cycle casualties have decreased by 63% since 2007. We believe the delivery of Bikeability to 60,000 children in Devon has been a major contributory factor in achieving this." from Councillor Stuart Hughes Devon County Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling
    Councillor Stuart HughesDevon County Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling
  15. Driver jailed for "appalling" offences

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man has been jailed for a series of "appalling" driving offences in Cornwall that included a high speed police car chase.

    Gareth Healey, of no fixed address, was given a 30-month sentence at Truro Crown Court.

    The offences happened on three dates between 10 August 2017 and 28 March 2018.

    On the last occasion he was driving a stolen MG at speeds of up to 95mph while being pursued by police, and did nearly 70mph through the village of Grampound, where the speed limit is 30mph.

    Gareth Healey

    Devon and Cornwall Police officers deployed a stinger device and used their own vehicles to make "tactical contacts" with his stolen car, eventually managing to stop him.

    He was found to be over the drink-drive limit and had already been disqualified from driving.

    Healey, 29, was sentenced for dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and failing to supply a breath for alcohol analysis.

    Judge Simon Carr said: "This is an appalling series of driving offences all while in drink.

    "The fact nobody was killed or seriously injured is simply a matter of luck.

    "You have shown a disregard for driving laws, and contempt almost of the rules under which we operate".

  16. New mental health crisis clinics and cafes to open

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People at risk of having a mental health crisis should be able to access new support in Cornwall under plans announced by the government.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is getting a share of £2m for local services to pay for clinics and cafes where people can seek out help.

    Two other projects in Plymouth are among five in the South West to receive a share of the money from the "Beyond Places of Safety" scheme.

  17. Rusty bike and street cones pulled from the Exe Estuary

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Old bike

    Sheets of metal, street cones and a corroded old bike were among items removed for the Exe Estuary in a recent clean-up event.

    About 150 volunteers helped to collect rubbish from the nature reserve in Exmouth.

    Volunteers

    Other items found were a razor blade, a rusty railing, a large knife, a clay smoking pipe and a large amount of shoe soles.

    Children on a tyre

    A tractor owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was used to remove large items from the reserve.

    East Devon District Council provided free parking for volunteers, equipment and removal of the rubbish collected.

  18. New bus information office opens

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A new Guernsey bus information office has opened to the public.

    The old kiosk has now closed, and the services have been moved to a "more spacious and comfortable premises".

    A spokesman said: "The second phase will provide much improved rest facilities for drivers and other staff working at the terminus on the first floor of the premises."

    "Further transport related services are planned on the ground floor at a later date, including the hire of folding cycles which can be taken on the scheduled buses."

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  19. Local firm awarded museum contract

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Devon Contractors has been awarded the contract to build the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon's Long Bridge Wing Extension, after the original contractor, Herbert H Drew, went into administration.

    North Devon Council has committed a further £55,000 towards the £2m project, which will begin next month and take a year to complete.

    Councillor Dick Jones, said: "It was really important that we acted quickly to appoint an alternative contractor.

    "Devon Contractors is a Devon-based firm with lots of experience and I'm sure they'll do us proud."