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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 4 June until Friday 8 June 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. A new look for Paignton seafront?

    BBC Radio Devon

    artist's impression of modern hotel

    This is what Paignton seafront could look like in the future in plans go ahead.

    Developers want to demolish the Park Hotel and replace it with a new, contemporary hotel - a proposal that's proving divisive among local business owners and the public.

    green space with hotels and houses behind
    Image caption: The site of the Park Hotel on Paignton seafront
  2. Weather: The chance of showers but also sunny spells

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There is the threat of one or two thundery showers, which will increase through tonight.

    There will be a lot of dry weather in general though with some clear spells.

    Minimum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F)

    David Braine

    Some sunny periods at times through Saturday.

    However, there will be areas of cloud as well and these may give one or two, potentially sharp showers.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F)

  3. Weather: Some showers but largely dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There is the slight risk of a shower continuing into tonight but in general, it will be dry with some late sunny intervals, giving way to clear periods.

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

    Weather in Devon and Cornwall

    A few showers are expected to break out during the course of Saturday.

    However, there will in general be plenty of dry weather with spells of pleasantly warm sunshine.

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

  4. Guernsey-affiliated HMS Daring undergoing maintenance

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It could be at least another two years before the Guernsey-affiliated Type-45 Destroyer, HMS Daring, returns to the island.

    She was last in Guernsey waters in 2016, but is currently undergoing maintenance and being fitted with state of the art weapons systems.

    Speaking during a visit to the island today, Senior Naval Officer Lt Cdr Tony Marden says the ship's ties with the island are still important for the Royal Navy.

    HMS Daring
    Quote Message: The affiliations we have around the country are incredibly important and once HMS Daring is back within the fleet and conducting routine operations I'm absolutely certain there will be more interaction with the ship actually coming to the islands." from Lt Cdr Tony Marden
    Lt Cdr Tony Marden
  5. Emergency department 'extremely busy'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The emergency department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is "extremely busy" this afternoon and health services are asking people to "use alternative services" wherever they can.

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    At 17:55 there was a waiting time of more than three hours in the emergency department.

    Real time information is available through the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust website.

    Emergency department waiting time
  6. Kayaking sisters haul sacks of plastic from Truro river

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    woman with two kayaks by a river

    Two sisters from Cornwall are encouraging people who use kayaks and paddle boards to spend a bit of time each week cleaning up the sea, and the county's rivers and waterways.

    Mary James and her sister Bernie Bush have collected huge amounts of litter from the river at Malpas in Truro.

    Quote Message: I go out at least twice a week picking up all the plastic from the shoreline along the river, and there is loads. But I'm lucky that I can get to it in my kayak - most people couldn't get there. I would love to encourage more kayakers and paddle boarders to get out there, come ashore and pick up some litter." from Mary James
    Mary James
  7. Investment in Elizabeth Terminal despite fall in business

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The amount of business going through Elizabeth Terminal in St Helier has "declined in recent years", the Ports of Jersey has said.

    Elizabeth terminal

    The company has chosen to invest in new facilities for the site.

    Funding for the regeneration was to be generated by a price increase of £0.20 per passenger, but this was not supported by the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA).

    Instead Ports of Jersey said it "diverted investment from other areas of the business" to fund the works.

    A spokesman added: "Ports of Jersey hopes to reach an understanding with CICRA in respect of this investment."

    Doug Bannister, Group CEO for Ports of Jersey said: "We recognise that the passenger experience at Elizabeth Terminal has suffered from a lack of investment in the facility over the years and we will have these improvements implemented in time for the main summer season."

  8. Naughty heifers back on farm

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Earlier you may have seen the news about 200 cows making a bid for freedom and were descending on St Ouen.

    Rest assured they're back on the farm in St Peter now and catching up on any missed meals.

    Cows
  9. Carillion subsidiary closed by Royal Court

    Guernsey Press

    A Guernsey captive insurance subsidiary of the troubled Carillion group has been compulsorily wound up by the Royal Court.

  10. Scrutiny panel chairperson appointments continue

    Twitter

    In this afternoon's States sittings there have been five further appointments made.

    States members are being selected to chair scrutiny committees.

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  11. University of Exeter diabetes discovery 'exciting'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School have made what they say is a breakthrough discovery during a study on Type 1 diabetes.

    They found the insulin levels of Type 1 diabetics stabilise after seven years - which contradicts previous beliefs that the insulin produced by people with the condition drops relentlessly with time.

    Dr Beverley Shields led the research and hopes that by learning what changes after the seven-year point, scientists can develop a way to preserve insulin-secreting beta-cells in patients. She says it's an "exciting" discovery.

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    Video caption: Exeter University make diabetes breakthrough
  12. Guernsey prison costs revealed

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It cost just under £40,599 per prisoner last year to run Guernsey Prison, figures show.

    Guernsey Prison

    The island's annual prison report shows on average there were 91 detainees in 2017, and the facility had a budget of £5,440,300.

    Its governor, David Matthews, says it has been a good year and the prison has made progress on its main objectives, protecting the public and reducing re-offending.

    "The completion of the security upgrade and continuing downward trend in prison numbers are evidence of this," he said.

    In 2016, Jersey prison had on average 140 prisoners and a budget of £10,521,800.

  13. Royal Cornwall Show: Rare beauties

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Some feathered or furry fellas in the rare breeds tent are attracting some attention.

    These African geese in fact originated in south east China and many were then imported to the UK from the USA, apparently.

    These ones now live in Lower Carnkie, Redruth.

    African geese

    These very cute British Saddleback pigs from Morvah are a “hardy breed”, we are told.

    British Saddleback pigs
  14. Plymouth becomes first UK 'plastic free' city district

    BBC Radio Devon

    The waterfront area in Plymouth is the first city district in the country to achieve "plastic free" status.

    The accreditation has been issued by the charity Surfers Against Sewage, marking the first step towards a plan to cut plastic usage.

    Plymouth City Council is launching a "plan for plastics" on the Hoe, which will see the introduction of reusable plastic bottles and cups as well as a series of beach cleans and litter picks.

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    Quote Message: Plymouth is at the very forefront of this drive to remove usage of single use plastic across the UK. It's really good, today being World Ocean Day, that we have stepped up and shown that we can actually do something tangible to help our planet and our ocean." from Councillor Darren Winter Plymouth City Council
    Councillor Darren WinterPlymouth City Council
  15. Three-day road closure for St Peter Port road

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A road in Guernsey will be closed for three days due to "urgent sewer works".

    From Monday, the works will be on Mount Duand, St Peter Port between Queens Road and Valnord Road.

    The States said the work is expected to continue for three days.

  16. Plenty of crab to go around - fishmonger

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Following concerns crab meat might be in short supply this summer in the Channel Islands, a Guernsey fishmonger has promised stock is plentiful.

    Jason Hamon, owner of Surf and Turf says chancre crab stock always declines in the summer months, but numbers of spider crabs have soared.

    In Jersey approximately 500 tonnes (500,000 kg) of chancre crab meat was landed in 2012, but last year this fell to about 300 tonnes (300,000 kg).

    chancre crab