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  1. Housing plans would "damage area's character"

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A third bid to build homes on a steep slope at a former quarry in Plymouth has been turned down by the City Council.

    Planners say proposals for nine three-storey homes on land off Thirlmere Gardens in the northern suburbs of the city would damage the area's woodland character.

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    Image caption: Thirlmere Gardens, Plymouth

    Jonathan Sims of developers Sims Brothers (Plymouth) Ltd lodged a second appeal after an earlier one for 14 homes was dismissed.

    Quote Message: The proposal would considerably erode the green, open attributes of this part of the estate...The scale of the development would significantly diminish the pleasing visual break between the properties in this part of Thirlmere Gardens and substantially detract from the spacious and verdant setting of neighbouring dwellings." from Neil Pope Planning Inspector
    Neil PopePlanning Inspector
  2. Mixed response to 'law impact' proposals

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There's been a mixed response to plans for proposers of new laws in Jersey to explain their full social and economic costs.

    The States are due to debate Deputy Gregory Guida's call for members to describe the effect of new laws on families and businesses.

    Deputy Gregory Guida

    Some politicians argue the details would be impossible to predict; while others have welcomed the idea.

    Senator Sarah Ferguson has lodged an amendment calling for the cost of policing new laws and Deputy Scott Wickenden says it should apply to plans by ministers and assistant ministers.

    Deputy Guida argues States members should think through the full costs to society of all laws before they're put to the House.

    The States are due to debate the proposal when the Assembly returns on 11 September.

  3. Event showcases importance of Cornish agriculture

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The National Farmer's Union in Cornwall is trying to highlight the importance of agriculture to the local economy today.

    The NFU is showing consumers what goes on behind the farm gate with a promotional event at a farm in Manaccan on the Lizard.

    Fifty farm suppliers have been invited to Treworgie Farm along with vehicles, lorries, trucks, vans and tractors to show how many people rely on agriculture in Cornwall.

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    Image caption: Cows on show at Treworgie Farm, Manaccan
  4. 'Super Gran' takes to the mic in St Helier challenge

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Dubbed "Super Gran" by her grandchildren, Jean McLaughlin is taking on 80 challenges in her 80th year and raising money for good causes while she's doing it.

    So far she has been skydiving, abseiling down a Medieval castle and taken a ride around the island on a motorbike.

    For her latest experience she was challenged by Jersey's DJ Stefunk to perform alongside him in Charing Cross, St Helier, for the weekly "funky Friday" event.

    Her next big challenge will be wing walking at the Jersey International Air Display.

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  5. Sheep rescued from cliff in Ilfracombe

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A rescue operation is in progress after six sheep got stuck down the side of a cliff in Ilfracombe.

    Firefighters - including a specialist rescue team - and the RSPCA began the rescue attempt yesterday, but were unsuccessful.

    Crews returned this morning and, with the support of the coastguard, four sheep have now been successfully herded back up the cliff.

    The remaining two have been left in the care of the farmer and the RSPCA.

  6. Care Commission says 'vital to focus on all in need'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A member of the Jersey Care Commission says the island needs to focus on the quality of care for all islanders not just children..

    A report into Jersey's Children's Services by Ofsted found that young people could still be at risk because of various failings in the system and a lack of staff.

    Lisa Jacobs, a member of the Jersey Care Commission, says improvements need to be made for everyone who needs care in the island.

    Quote Message: I've seen it, I'm local and I've seen how things work. I wanted a report to identify how things work today, identify where we can make improvements and highlight what we have to focus on. We have to focus on a wide variety of care processes in the island and not just children. from Lisa Jacobs Jersey Care Commission
    Lisa JacobsJersey Care Commission
  7. Two men sought by police in connection with serious assault

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police want to identify and speak to two men following a serious assault in Plymouth.

    The victim, a 35-year-old man, sustained serious injuries in the assault, which took place at a bus shelter next to the Theatre Royal at about 03:05 on 30 June.

    two men

    In July, a 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation pending further enquiries.

    Officers would like to speak to two further men (pictured) as they may have information vital to the investigation.

    Quote Message: We’re appealing for anyone who recognises either of the men shown in this image to get in touch. We’d also urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information, and hasn’t already spoken to police, to do so.” from PC Lindsey Redding
    PC Lindsey Redding
  8. Man sought after indecent exposure on Dartmoor

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are seeking a man who exposed himself to a lone female dog walker near Yelverton.

    The man asked the woman for the time, and when she turned around to reply the man was exposing himself.

    The woman, who is in her 50s, ignored the act and returned to her car to call the police.

    It happened at about 13:45 on 5 September near a car park on the Clearbrook road, just before the junction with the A386.

    rural car park
    Image caption: The incident happened near this car park near Yelverton

    The suspect was last seen near the woods next to the car park. He is described as white, in his mid-20s, of medium or stocky build and with short dark hair, parted at the side.

    He was wearing a green fleece top with what appeared to be three small logos on the left hand breast, black work-type trousers with knee pockets and black boots.

  9. Evidence needed before bluefin tuna licences can be given

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey fishing authorities would need to show "bluefin tuna aren't endangered" before they could allow local commercial fisherman to catch them.

    Currently Jersey and UK fishermen are banned from catching the species, which all but died out in British waters 30 years ago.

    Bluefin Tuna

    Recently the species has been found off Jersey's coast in large numbers and the Jersey Fishermen's Association says this is a sign they are not dying out.

    Bluefin tuna are very large fish famous for their meat and can weigh as much as a grand piano and their size makes them valuable as a catch.

    Don Thompson, Jersey Fishermen's Association President, says that while they may be endangered in some areas of the world, they are becoming more commonplace elsewhere and Jersey boats should be allowed to catch them.

    Greg Morel from the Jersey Marine Resources Unit said they would have to show clear evidence before anything could be changed.

  10. Administrator stole more than £30,000 from school

    An administrator has admitted stealing more than £30,000 from a newly-opened school in Cranbrook, east Devon.

    Ellen Chaplin carried out the fraud between May 2016 and April 2017 while working as a senior administrator for the Cranbrook Education Campus.

    She created false payments for staff, supply teachers, and a training company which she transferred into her own account by altering bank details.

    Exeter Crown Court

    Chaplin, 24, who was living near Cranbrook at the time but now lives in Latchley, near Gunnislake, admitted 10 counts of fraud and abuse of a position of trust.

    Judge Paul Cook adjourned her case at Exeter Crown Court to 5 October, released her on bail, and ordered a probation pre-sentence report.

  11. Guernsey store explosion: 'Quite a few people in shop'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A person has been taken to hospital for a scan after being hit by "items" falling from the ceiling of a supermarket in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened after an explosion caused by a fractured air conditioning pipe at the Co-Op En Route in St Martin.

    Emergency services were called to the shop at about midday.

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    Video caption: Police describe the scene of the explosion in a Guernsey supermarket
  12. Repair work starts on Guernsey Airport control tower

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Airport's control tower will remain in operation despite being surrounded by scaffolding and undergoing a major refurbishment.

    The tower was first built in the 1970s and Deputy Head of Aviation Services, Steve Langlois said it "has stood the test of time over the past four decades".

    However a recent survey undertaken by the States revealed work needed to be carried out to the exterior of the structure, with sections of the roof also requiring attention.

    He said: "The building will also get a fresh coat of paint as part of the project, which is due to be completed in November."

    Guernsey Airport
  13. Power cut in Redruth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There are currently 81 properties without power in the TR15 area of Redruth, Western Power Distribution has said.

    Engineers are working to fix the problem and say power should be restored by 17:00.

    Power cut announcement
  14. One taken to hospital by ambulance after explosion

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A man who was transferred to Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance was originally treated by Co-Operative store staff.

    He was likely hit by a falling ceiling tile after an explosion at the En Route store on Les Camps in St Martin.

    A Co-Operative spokesman had previously said three people were taken to hospital but St John Ambulance said one went by ambulance and a second made their own way to the hospital as a precaution.

    Explosion
  15. Wildlife presenter Johnny Kingdom dies

    Wildlife presenter Johnny Kingdom has died following an accident on his land, his family has confirmed.

    The filmmaker, photographer and author - who specialised in his local area of Exmoor and north Devon - was 79.

    Johnny Kingdom

    Police were called to a field near Wadham Cross in Knowstone, Devon, after reports a digger had rolled over at about 21:00 on Thursday.

    Emergency services attended and Mr Kingdom died at the scene.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately a legend has been lost. Johnny would want you all to continue with his love for Exmoor as you all meant so much to him. As the loving man himself would have said: 'Farewell to all you lovely people'. RIP 23/02/39- 06/09/18." from Family statement
    Family statement
  16. Co-op explosion: 'Air conditioning pipe fractured'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion in a supermarket in Guernsey, a Co-op spokesman has said.

    Co-op shop

    The explosion happened above the checkout area of the Co-operative En Route store in St Martin and was caused by a fractured "air conditioning pipe".

    The fracture occurred during "routine maintenance", and dislodged ceiling tiles, according to the supermarket chain.

    Co-op shop

    "One customer has been taken to hospital with bruising along with two colleagues, who are suffering from shock," the spokesman added.

    Co-op shop
  17. Bluefin tuna rules 'could change' with evidence

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's fishing authorities say they have to show a sense of responsibility towards an endangered species and can't simply allow anyone to catch them.

    Greg Morel, Assistant Director of Marine Resources, says if the island could prove that it's not harming an endangered species by fishing for it, then it may be able to relax the rules.

    President of the Jersey Fishermen's Association, Don Thompson, says the States should allow local fisherman to catch Bluefin tuna after a number of the species were spotted in local waters.

    UK and Jersey fishermen have been banned from catching the fish due to it being on an endangered list and nearly dying out in British waters.

    Bluefin tuna
    Quote Message: If we have the evidence to do that I would say it is reasonable to do but we have to be in a place to convince people we are doing the right thing. If a species is under pressure we have to be careful not to exploit it but if we can make a case with the evidence then we should not be afraid to do that as well. from Greg Morel Assistant Director of Marine Resources
    Greg MorelAssistant Director of Marine Resources
  18. 'How prepared is the South West for Brexit?', summit asks

    BBC Radio Devon

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    It's hoped a Brexit summit in Plymouth today will answer questions about what will happen in the South West after Britain leaves the EU.

    The summit has been organised by Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Labour MP Luke Pollard and involves speakers including Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, and Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

    The main theme is "how prepared is Plymouth and the far South West?"

    Mr Pollard says there's a clear aim:

    Quote Message: The guests that are coming from right around the region are able to contribute to the questions we need some clarity on. They're the type of things that politicians like myself can take back to ministers and say 'this is what we need to know, because if you can't give us this information we simply can't prepare for Brexit', which means that the impact of it is going to be even bigger." from MP Luke Pollard
    MP Luke Pollard