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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 25 June until Friday 29 June 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Immigration rights secured' for EU citizens in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Those European Union citizens living in Guernsey are being assured their immigration rights will be protected, says the island's Home Affairs president.

    Deputy Mary Lowe said EU citizens and their family in the Bailiwick do not need to do anything at this stage.

    Their right are not due to change during the implementation period, which runs until 31 December, 2020.

    In a statement she says the population and residency laws in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark will continue to apply as now.

    Mrs Lowe said more information will be publicised once it becomes available.

  2. Weather: Clear spells overnight, sunny on Saturday

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Lots of evening sunshine, giving way to long clear spells tonight. Perhaps later on, some patchy low cloud will filter its way in from the east to affect some spots.

    Minimum Temperature: 10 to 15C (50 to 59F).

    Weather

    Any early patches of low cloud will readily disappear to leave another fine day.

    There will be plenty of strong sunshine and it will turn very warm for most once more.

    Maximum temperature: 23 to 28C (73 to 82F).

  3. Police dealing with closed surgery inquiries

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they are having to deal with some inquiries regarding the current closure of a doctors' surgery in Cornwall which is referring people to another surgery operated by the same medical group.

    Millbrook Surgery, near Torpoint, closed earlier this month after what bosses described as "a number of targeted incidents against the practice and practice staff", Plymouth Live reported.

    Torpoint Police said on Facebook that despite officers receiving inquiries about what was happened, that it was "a matter for the surgery".

    The Rame Group medical practice website said that all Milbrook patients should "contact Penntorr Health for your medical care".

    The group added that it was having "enhanced locks and CCTV" installed at Millbrook and "we hope to reopen in a few weeks' time".

  4. CI weather: Breezy but sunny on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    Rather breezy through this evening and overnight. Following some late sunshine, the night will start off clear but then later, low cloud is expected to spread in from the east.

    Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

    Saturday will see plenty of low cloud during the morning but turning increasingly bright later on. The afternoon should see more in the way of sunshine. Still rather breezy with moderate to fresh easterly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

    Jersey:

    Jersey weather

    Guernsey:

    Guernsey weather
  5. Man headbutted in pizza take away

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A man was headbutted in Hot Stuff Pizza on Thursday at about 23:30, say States of Jersey Police.

    Officers are seeking witnesses to the "grave and criminal assault" and say the suspect left the premises and ran towards David Place.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 612612 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  6. Dying woman's walk to raise awareness of skin cancer

    Victoria Graham

    BBC Spotlight

    Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a charity walk in Cornwall on Sunday to highlight the dangers of exposure to the sun and to raise money for research into malignant melanoma.

    It's been organised by a woman who's dying from the disease.

    According to Cancer Research UK, about six people a day in the UK die from malignant melanoma - the fifth most common cancer in the UK - with one in 54 people being diagnosed with it during their lifetime.

    In the South West, the number of cases rose by nearly 50% between 2007 and 2015.

    Val Bugden-Cawsey

    Val Bugden-Cawsey, who lives in Launceston, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of malignant melanoma in May and has been told she has just six months to live.

    But she said she had no intention of becoming "a patient" when she can be out raising money for research.

    "What's the point of spending £70,000 on treatment for me with a trial drug which might give me a 5% chance of a slightly long life? Let someone else have that money who has a better chance," she said.

    The three-mile "Val Walks Tall" walk sets off from Launceston Medical Centre at 14:00 on Sunday, followed by a cream tea, cake stall and raffle at the town hall.

  7. Reduced costs for divers using hyperbaric chamber

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A hyperbaric chamber will be purchased by the States of Guernsey to reduce the cost for divers who have to use it in an emergency.

    The chambers are used to treat conditions such as the bends, and the current facilities in Guernsey, which are rented by the States, is estimated to cost £30,000 per treatment.

    divers

    Patients from Jersey will also need to use the chamber after the island's own facilities closed.

    A spokeswoman for the Health and Social Care Committee said the high price tag was due to the States having to "cover the costs" of the rental, which was about £60,000 per year.

    According to the committee, divers in Guernsey had "expressed concern" some of insurance providers were not willing to provide cover for the existing fees.

    The new charging system, which has already come into effect, will drop the charge to a minimum of £595 for patients using the chamber during the week in the daytime, the department said.

    The cost of purchasing the new chamber is though to be more than £340,000.

  8. Cornwall travel: Multi-vehicle crash in Red Post

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Red Post, north Cornwall, there are reports of multi-vehicle crash on the A3072, around the B3254.

  9. Bantham owner warns of 'two-tier property market'

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    Bantham Estate owner Nicholas Johnston says curbs on second homes could bring a "two-tier property market" after residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new neighbourhood plan.

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    Video caption: Bantham Estate owner Nicholas Johnston

    The plan follows in the footsteps of a similar referendum in St Ives, Cornwall, by agreeing that new homes in the area should be for full-time living in only.

  10. Driving a bus in Guernsey 'is hard work'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    As strike action is being considered by Guernsey bus drivers, CT Plus, the company that runs the scheduled bus services, says changes to shift patterns are being discussed.

    Kevin Hart, from CT Plus, said rotas were agreed with the trade union in January, but about seven weeks ago concerns were raised by drivers.

    He said changes to shift patterns had been explored and proposed new shifts given to the union on Thursday with feedback expected early next week.

    Quote Message: Safety is of the utmost importance to us. No one is asked to drive at any time if they feel unfit to do so.
    Quote Message: We're absolutely not trying to pretend that driving a bus in Guernsey isn't hard work. It is. We're also not trying to pretend that there aren't anti-social hours involved. There are. But everyone knows this when they sign up and, where we can make changes in dialogue with our drivers to make things better, we do that." from Kevin Hart Director of Channel Islands and the South West, HCT Group
    Kevin HartDirector of Channel Islands and the South West, HCT Group
  11. Threatened bus strike 'on hold' as shift changes proposed

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's bus drivers are threatening strike action over concerns about long hours with only small breaks and worries over passenger safety.

    The island's bus drivers last walked out in 2013, in a wildcat strike on 10 June, leaving the island without a scheduled bus service for most of the day.

    Drivers have told the BBC they feel the company CT Plus is not taking their concerns seriously.

    Kevin Hart, from CT Plus, said it operated under UK domestic drivers' hours regulations, which limited working hours.

    He admitted that "difficulties with housing and population mean there are vacancies", which meant overtime was available, but added that this was only offered on a voluntary basis.

    He said the overtime was "very popular" with drivers but was always done within regulated hours.

    A meeting of staff has been organised for Sunday and the company said it hoped drivers would defer a vote on strike action to consider proposed shift modifications it released on Thursday.

  12. 'Use water wisely' in hot weather - Jersey Water

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    As temperatures rise across the British Isles, Jersey Water has issued guidance to islanders to help keep supplies up.

    The island's only water supplier said its resevoirs were in a "healthy position" at 90% full, but added that there were always steps people could take to save water.

    water

    Top tips for saving water:

    • Take a shower instead of a bath as the average shower uses 40 litres (70 pints) less water than a bath
    • If you'd rather take a bath, running it just one inch shallower can save five litres (eight pints) of water, twice your daily intake through drinking
    • Lawns do not need constant watering, a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres (1759 pints) of clean drinking water in a single hour; more than a family of four would use in a whole day
    • Turn off the tap, you can save six litres (10 pints) of water a minute by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth
    • Check for leaks in your home, if you have a dripping tap or a leaky pipe in your house money could be dripping away
  13. Cornwall travel: Problems in Bodmin and St Columb Major

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • In Bodmin, on the A389 near Boundary Road, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
    • In St Columb Major, there are reports of an accident on Union Hill near Penkernick Way
    • In Townshend, on the B3280 Bosence Road, near Bunkers Hill, there are reports of an accident
  14. Former Exeter asylum mortuary plans rejected

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The mortuary on the grounds of Exeter's former asylum will not become someone's home after Exeter City Council turned down plans to change the use to residential purposes.

    The city asylum - known as Digby Hospital - closed in 1987 and, soon after, the site was divided to allow for new-build houses, a retail park and a supermarket and the main buildings were also converted to residential use.

    Mortuary

    Plans from Crayon Architects, on behalf of the freeholder, Michael Joy, had been outlined to change the use of the former mortuary, but these were turned down by the council's planning committee and then by a planning inspector, who said the changes would have an adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the area.

    In conclusion, the inspector's report said: "The proposed development would result in a claustrophobic and cramped living space and would fail to provide acceptable living conditions for future occupiers."

  15. 'Large number' of Penryn and Helston drain covers stolen

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A "large number" of drain covers have been stolen from the Penryn and Helston areas in the past 24 hours, polcie say.

    Falmouth and Helston Police said on Facebook that the crimes do "not only cost the taxpayer a considerable sum of money to rectify but also causes a considerable safety risk to road users".

    They have appealed for witnesses.

  16. Councillors clash over cash hikes

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter

    Plymouth councillors have clashed over plans to give staff extra cash for doing more work.

    The Labour-led local authority voted in favour of paying councillors more money for taking on extra responsibilities.

    Conservative Cllr Nick Cracker has criticised the plans…

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    Video caption: Conservative disagrees with extra cash for councillors

    While Labour's Cllr Pam Buchan spoke out in support of the move…

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    Video caption: Labour councillor backs pay rise for PCC
  17. New RNLI vessel to arrive in Jersey waters

    BBC Radio Jersey

    An RNLI training boat, the Robert S Ellsmore, will arrive in Jersey in July to develop the skills of the volunteers at the St Helier lifeboat station.

    Robert S Ellsmore

    The charity said having the second boat, described as a 42ft (12.8m) "hardy cruiser", in the island would mean the crew could practice towing, one of the highest risk activities for crews, which is often needed during a call-out.

    The charity said it also meant the crew would continue to be able to use their own boat for sea rescues, if and when they are needed.

    A spokesman said the training during July would focus on navigation, rope handling and general safety.

  18. Scam warning issued over 'unauthorised business'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police have issued a possible scam warning about an "unauthorised business" operating in Jersey which looks like a pyramid scheme.

    Officers said iMarketsLive, which was being run by "unknown individuals" was recruiting in the island, and appeared to be focused on "younger adults".

    The scam involves setting up a "dummy" iMarkets account for people to "perfect their skill as financial traders", a spokesman said.

    "There is also an incentive where recruits are paid a commission for introducing new members to the scheme. This has the appearance of being a pyramid scheme."

    Police said the business looked like a marketing scheme "which is likely to result in financial loss to members of the public".

    The BBC has approached iMarketsLive for comment.

  19. Police thanked for trying to save suicidal woman

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    The family of a young woman who died after falling from the Tamar Bridge have thanked police officers who tried to save her.

    Twenty-two-year-old Bethany Grace Bygrave, died on 7 July 2017 in Old Bridge Street, Saltash.

    An inquest in Truro heard Miss Bygrave had been diagnosed with emotionally unstable borderline personality disorder, as well as other mental health complaints. She had been to hospital having tried to harm or kill herself on at least 60 occasions in seven years, it was told.

    Insp Paul Laity, of Devon and Cornwall Police, told the hearing that he and PC Helen Priestley tried to convince Miss Bygrave, who lived in Keyham, Plymouth, to come back to the safe side of a barrier when they were called to the bridge.

    Bethany Bygrave

    Insp Laity said Miss Bygrave told him he was "too late" and, after about 20 minutes, became more agitated. He then saw her slip from the maintenance scaffolding she was sat on.

    He said: "I immediately felt sick. I have gone to many jobs like this and you always go with the intention that you are going to help this person."

    In a statement, PC Priestley said: "There was nothing we could do. I felt totally helpless and shocked."

    Miss Bygrave’s family thanked the officers for what they did to try to stop her from taking her life.

    Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon concluded Miss Bygrave’s death was as a result of suicide while suffering from mental disorder.

    Speaking after the hearing, Miss Bygrave’s mother, Hannah Bygrave, said her daughter had a been "lovely and bubbly" person who had lots of friends and loved animals.

    • If you are worried or need any advice on any of the topics discussed in this article, go to the BBC Action Line.
  20. Weather: Very warm with lots of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry this afternoon with lots of sunshine on offer.

    Friday afternoon weather map

    Winds will be light, and it will feel very warm or even hot for most places, with maximum temperatures from 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).