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  1. Illegal resident parking fines top £100k in Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Fines totalling more than £100,000 have been issued to drivers illegally using resident parking zones by Devon County Council over the last four years.

    A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the council revealed how much money was generated by fining drivers who parked in the zones without a valid permit:

    • 2014/5 - £30,687.70
    • 2015/6 - £26,188.17
    • 2016/7 - £29,121.71
    • 2017/8 - £28,287.53

    The FOI also revealed more than £1.5m of revenue has been raised by the Residents' Parking Permit scheme:

    • 2014/5 - £261,962
    • 2015/6 - £353,780
    • 2016/7 - £446,025
    • 2017/8 - £505,110
  2. Weather: Cloudy with the possibility of rain

    BBC Weather

    Friday night is expected to remain dry with some clear spells, but cloud will tend to thicken from the west as the night progresses.

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

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a cloudier day, and the cloud may be thick enough to give some showery rain at times. A rather humid feel.

    Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

  3. New helicopter ordered for Devon Air Ambulance

    BBC Radio Devon

    The charity has ordered an Airbus H145 helicopter, which it hopes will be on duty at its Exeter base from the middle of 2020.

    Ann Ralli founded the service after her son Ceri died, due to injuries sustained when knocked from his bicycle.

    She had asked at hospital what could have saved her son, and was told the quicker a patient receives urgent medical treatment, the better their chance of survival, and she didn’t want any other family to go through what hers had.

    The charity current owns two helicopters and the sale of the older of the two will go towards the purchase.

    Devon Air Ambulance
    Image caption: The charity's current helicopter flies from its North Devon airbase near Umberleigh
    Quote Message: We aim to replace our helicopters, on average, every 10 years. We have undertaken extensive research into what would be the best helicopter to meet our current, and future, operational needs." from Helena Holt CEO of Devon Air Ambulance
    Helena HoltCEO of Devon Air Ambulance

    Ms Holt said: "The H145 has significantly more accessible cabin space than our current EC135s and this extra size gives us greater capacity and flexibility as we continue to enhance the service we can offer to our patients

    "An added benefit is that our existing Exeter aircraft will move to work out of our North Devon airbase, thereby meaning that both our aircraft will be capable of flying into the hours of darkness when we look to extending this part of our service."

  4. Treliske feeling the heat of a busy summer

    Cornish Stuff

    The thorny topical issue of the side-affects of mass tourism on local services in Cornwall has another example.

    Emergency department consultants have had to start working extra shifts at Treliske and other Cornish Hospitals this week to cope with an increase in people coming to hospital for help.

  5. Weather: Cloudy with patchy rain and some bright spells

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    On Friday evening there will be a few clear spells at first, but low cloud will become more extensive, with some patchy light rain or drizzle developing towards dawn with associated patchy hill fog.

    Moderate or fresh west or southwest winds will increase strong at times.

    Minimum Temperature: 12 to 16C (54 to 61F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a mostly cloudy day with the some patchy light rain and drizzle at times and the possibility of some fog patches in coastal areas and over the hills.

    There's a chance some brighter spells may break through during the early part of the afternoon, with moderate or fresh southwesterly winds and maximum temperatures from 17 to 22C (63 to 72F).

  6. Private sector partnership 'may cut waiting times'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A partnership between the public and the private sector is being investigated to help cut waiting times for dental appointments at Jersey's hospital, according to the health minister.

    The hospital recently began publicly displaying its waiting times, which showed people needing dentist treatment are waiting for more than a year for their first appointment.

    Deputy Richard Renouf admitted the 55 week wait time was "an embarrassment" and said it was because the island was struggling to recruit and retain dentists.

    He says he particularly wanted to reduce the waiting times for children needing treatment.

    Quote Message: We're not going to hide it [waiting times] anymore, we're going to say this is a problem for us, we're doing what we can and we would ask people to understand the pressures that hospitals face." from Deputy Richard Renouf
    Deputy Richard Renouf

    Deputy Renouf said he will now be speaking with hospital managers to try to improve procedures, but added he would not look to put targets on each department.

  7. Vehicle drove off after crashing into wall

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A "tall vehicle" caused damage to leadwork after crashing into a wall on Grand Fort Road in St Sampson, Guernsey Police have said.

    Officers say they are investigating the crash sometime between 10-15 August after the vehicle failed to stop.

  8. Disciplinary hearing for Cipriani

    BBC Sport

    Gloucester Rugby player Danny Cipriani will be subject to an independent disciplinary panel, the Rugby Football Union has said.

    Following his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest at a nightclub in Jersey, the RFU has charged him with conduct "prejudicial to the interests of the game".

    The hearing will take place next week.

    Video content

    Video caption: Cipriani leaves Jersey court after admitting assault and resisting arrest charges
    Quote Message: We have high standards that we expect across the game, in line with rugby’s core values, from all those involved within it. I have this afternoon taken the decision to charge Danny Cipriani." from David Barnes RFU Head of Discipline
    David BarnesRFU Head of Discipline
  9. Cornwall travel: Accident near St Austell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Near St Austell on the A390 Holmbush Road at the Mount Charles Roundabout, there are reports of an accident.

  10. Illegal parking fines total more than £100k in four years

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Fines issued by Devon County Council to drivers illegally parking in resident parking zones have totalled more than £100,000 in the last four years.

    A Freedom of Information request also revealed more than £1.5m of revenue has been raised by the Residents' Parking Permit scheme.

    Residents' parking schemes are used in areas where there is more demand than spaces. They don't guarantee a parking space but help manage parking for people living in those areas by restricting the ability of non-residents to park.

    There are currently 16,532 resident parking permits in the county.

    parking permit sign
  11. Villagers angered over plans for travellers and gypsy site

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Proposals for a travellers and gypsy site in the middle of Musbury - next to the local pub and the village hall - have angered villagers.

    East Devon District Council has begun consultation on a development brief for the former Baxter's Farm site that operated recently as a Devon County Council owned county farm.

    The county council is preparing to sell the site - although the fields will still be farmed - but the draft development brief says "the site presents an opportunity to provide a much needed travellers' site".

    Baxter's Farm site
    Image caption: Baxter's Farm site

    About 100 villagers came out in force on Wednesday at a public meeting and Musbury resident, Colin Small, said it was "universal" that the plans would not be supported if they included a site for travellers.

    Quote Message: The general feeling and the atmosphere of the meeting was that everyone was against the travellers' site being included, but the proposals, with the exclusion of the travellers' site were very well received." from Colin Small Resident
    Colin SmallResident
  12. Devon travel: Incidents in Plymouth and slow traffic

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Plymstock, Goosewell Road is partially blocked at Staddon Park Road due to an accident.
    • In Plymouth, Ford Park Road is partially blocked near Mutley Plain due to a broken-down vehicle.
    • In Plymouth, on the A38 slip road heading between Forder Valley and Marsh Mills, one lane is closed due to a broken-down vehicle.
    • On the A30 between Honiton and Upottery and on the A361 from Loxbeare heading towards the M5, there is slow traffic.
  13. Bus fire road set to re-open at 18:00


    The main route between Helston and St Keverne should be re-opened by 18:00 - after being badly damaged by a bus fire on Thursday.

    Cormac Ltd said it's working "as quickly as possible".

    The road was originally expected to remain closed over the whole weekend.

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  14. New Billy Fury album 'the idea of Cornwall man'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Billy Fury fan has spoken of his delight to have been the idea behind the singer's latest album - released 35 years after the singer's death.

    Chris Eley, who grew up in Perranporth, is a member of the Billy Fury Fan Club and says he contacted the star's original record label with the idea of incorporating new arrangements from an orchestra with some of Billy's old records.

    Chris says he was inspired by the work of another huge artist...

    Video content

    Video caption: Billy Fury has more top 40 hits than The Beatles during the 60s

    The idea has resulted in a new album called The Symphonic Sound of Fury where Billy's tracks are mixed with the music of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Fury was famed for his infectious and daring stage presence and was among the top four biggest-selling artist of the 60s alongside The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.

  15. Would you regularly travel to Luxembourg?

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Businesses in the Channel Islands are being asked if they would use a Jersey to Luxembourg via Guernsey route.

    Blue Islands is surveying potential users of the route to see if there is interest in a twice weekly flight.

    The proposed outbound flights would leave Jersey at mid-morning and fly to Luxembourg via Guernsey, with a flight time of an hour and 40 minutes.

    Blue Islands ATR
  16. England should stick with Cipriani, former manager says

    BBC Sport

    Danny Cipriani should still be part of the England rugby team, according to the fly-half's former manager Steve Diamond.

    Gloucester fly-half Cipriani was fined on Thursday after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a Jersey nightclub.

    Danny Cipriani
    Image caption: Cipriani was ordered to pay a total of £2,250 after the incident

    Diamond, who was the 30-year-old's director of rugby for four years at Sale, says the episode should not spell an end to his England career.

    "It would be too harsh," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "England need all the help they can get at the moment and players like him are few and far between."

    Diamond believes Cipriani will be "pulled into line" by Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann and "told that he's not even worn the cherry and white of Gloucester yet".

    "He just has to get his talking back on the field," he added.

  17. Theft suspected as kayaks disappear

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Two kayaks are believed to have been stolen from a St Martin's slipway, according to Guernsey Police.

    It happened sometime between early July and Saturday, 11 August.

    The yellow kayaks are both Ocean Kayaks brand, one was a full sized one person and the other a smaller model.

    Officers said, whilst theft was suspected, it was also possible a high tide floated the kayaks away.

    Police have asked those using the area to remove or secure their property at all times.

  18. Hedge strimming can 'damage wildlife'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Concerns over damage to Guernsey's wildlife have prompted a warning from a politician who is against cutting back hedges too much.

    Deputy Al Brouard says "increased mechanisation" when strimming hedges means damage can be caused to banks and wildlife.

    "These banks and hedges can be a haven for wildlife, both plants and animals, and add much to the island's natural living diversity," he said.

    Working with the island's Biodiversity Partnership, a body which advises the government on the implementation of its biodiversity strategy, the deputy has produced a leaflet with guidelines aimed at protecting wildlife.

    Strimming guidelines
  19. One-bed flat prices 'do not reflect market'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    New figures showing the cost of one bedroom flats in Jersey do not reflect the market as a whole, according to an estate agent.

    Figures from the States of Jersey show the average price is now £258,000, an increase of £34,000 on the previous quarter.

    Gill Hunt, president of the Jersey Estate Agents Association, says a number of factors have contributed to a higher average cost.

    Overall the average price for a property in Jersey is now £480,000, up 6% on 2017.

    Quote Message: The reason for the spike in that quarter is because there were over 20 one-bed apartments that sold for over 300,000 so it has raised the average of all apartments in that quarter. The reason for that is these are new build apartments, they have lift service, probably parking, and a view. Therefore the demand for these types of properties is high." from Gill Hunt President of the Jersey Estate Agents Association
    Gill HuntPresident of the Jersey Estate Agents Association