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  1. Police seek man in connection with Exmouth 'stalking'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with reports of stalking in Exmouth

    The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was walking home along Belvedere Road on 5 March when she was allegedly approached by a man who made threats to harm her.

    The man grabbed the victim's arm and made further verbal threats before leaving on foot. The victim was uninjured.

    e-fit of a man

    Police would like to speak to a man in connection with the incident described as being white, about 25 years old, about 5ft 7-8 inches (1.7m) tall, medium build, with short brown hair, light brown eyes and facial hair.

    He was wearing a black coat with fur on the hood, dark blue jogging bottoms and dark blue Nike trainers, police added.

  2. Weather: Showers overnight but largely dry tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain should clear throughout the evening, and will be followed by clear periods and the odd shower.

    Winds will be moderate west to south-westerly.

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F)

    weather chart

    Tomorrow will be dry and bright at times.

    It will be breezy with cloudy spells and the risk of rain in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

  3. Weather: Showers overnight and into tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain should clear to the east this evening, and will be followed by clear periods and the odd shower.

    Later, thicker cloud may bring some longer showers in from the west.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F)

    weather chart

    Tomorrow, there will be a few bright spells at times, but it will be largely cloudy with some showers.

    It will be a breezy day, which will make it feel chilly.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

  4. BreakingLandmark case sees man jailed in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    In the first case of its kind in Guernsey a man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for attempting to incite gross indecency with a child.

    Judge Russel Finch told Mike Pepperell, 52, who had communicated with what he believed was a 14-year-old boy on a dating app, that his messages were explicit and deplorable.

    The court heard how a 25-year-old woman posed as a young boy on the app, and through a number of conversations and pictures Pepperell attempted to encourage the boy to come to Guernsey to engage in sexual activity.

    Pepperell, who had previously pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 10 months in prison with an extended two-year license after his release.

    Judge Finch told Pepperell that despite no prior convictions and his "good character" there was clear intent in his messages.

    He will serve his custodial sentence from the 19 December 2018.

  5. Police appeal for information after dance floor assault

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    CCTV image of a man

    Police have launched an appeal to help identify two men they would like to speak to in connection with an assault in an Exeter nightclub.

    It happened at Fever and Boutique nightclub on Mary Archers Street at about 01:30 on Christmas Eve.

    two CCTV images of a man
    Image caption: Police believe the men might hold vital information

    The victim, a 19-year-old man, was assaulted on the dance floor, and he ended up with a broken leg and several missing teeth.

  6. Plans take shape for new Derriford bereavement unit

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    About 100 supporters of the Snowdrop Appeal have had their say on a new bereavement unit, which will form part of Maternity Services at Derriford Hospital.

    The Snowdrop Appeal was set up by Greg and Jen Phillips, whose baby, Jasmine Phillips, was stillborn at 32 weeks gestation on the 29 January 2009.

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    Image caption: Greg and Jen Phillips with Sue Wilkins, Plymouth Hospitals Director of Maternity Services

    The appeal has raised enough money - nearly £200,000 - to build a bespoke bereavement unit, entirely through charitable donations.

    A consultation evening provided the opportunity for those who have supported the appeal to give their input into aspects such as design layouts and colour schemes before building starts on the unit later this year.

    Quote Message: The Snowdrop Appeal has captured the attention of so many: individuals, local businesses, families who have had their care here at University Hospital Plymouth and other charities. The support has been astounding and hugely appreciated. This is a celebration of everyone who has committed so much time and energy to supporting maternity care here in Plymouth." from Sue Wilkins Director of Maternity Services
    Sue WilkinsDirector of Maternity Services
    a presentation board
    Quote Message: For us it’s really important that parents who lose their babies, either early or full term, have the facilities so they can have their babies delivered in a dignified and supportive environment. We couldn’t change what happened to us or Jasmine, but we could change what happens for parents in the future.” from Greg Phillips Father of Jasmine Phillips
    Greg PhillipsFather of Jasmine Phillips
  7. Cornwall councillor criticises school climate protests

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornwall councillor has criticised a children's climate change protest in Truro held during school hours.

    Thousands of children from all over Cornwall took part in the nationally organised protests last month calling on those in power to do more to tackle the environment.

    Another protest is planned for next Friday.

    Conservative councillor, John Fitter who represents the Newquay North ward, told a cabinet meeting that children should be concentrating on their studies...

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    Video caption: Pupils from around the UK went "on strike" as part of a global climate change campaign
  8. Jersey hotels and restaurants welcome new permit scheme

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey hotels and restaurants have welcomed a States decision to allow up to 150 people from outside the UK to work in the island this year.

    Under the new plans, they can stay for nine months but must then leave for at least another three months before returning.

    Simon Soar is the chief executive of the Jersey Hospitality Association and says it's a step in the right direction - even though its not a finished solution...

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    Video caption: The plan will ensure the hospitality sector has access to skilled staff, official said
  9. Stolen puppy finds new home with police officer



    A police officer who helped track down 10 stolen puppies has given one of them a new home.

    The litter was stolen from Croyde on 20 February, and local police launched a social media appeal to help find them.

    All 10 were found and returned to their owner on the same day. A female was arrested and later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

    Now one of the puppies, named Steve, has been bought by one of the investigating officers on the case.

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  10. Concern for missing Tiverton man, 68

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 68-year-old man has gone missing from Tiverton and police are concerned for his health and welfare.

    Peter Flowers is described as white, 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, of very slim build with grey, short thinning hair and green eyes.

    He was last seen wearing a navy blue rain coat.

    Anyone who sees Peter or has information should call 999.

  11. No change for fishermen when territorial limit extended

    Rory O'Reilly

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Fishing boats in Guernsey's Fish Quay

    It's been agreed there won't be any immediate or unilateral changes to the traditional fishing rights of Guernsey fishermen when the local territorial limit is extended to 12 miles.

    Members of the States of Alderney have met with Guernsey politician, Barry Paint to clarify the future implications of the extension for Guernsey fishermen.

    The meeting agreed that Alderney's immediate priority will be to work with the States of Guernsey to ensure the rights of all Bailiwick fishermen are protected.

    A range of issues around the sustainable management of fish stocks - and access to French markets for Alderney and Guernsey fishermen - were also discussed.

    The States of Alderney will be sending a political observer and representative to the Channel Potting Conference to gain a greater understanding of regional issues at the end of the month.

  12. Hundreds 'at risk of homelessness' in East Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Hundreds of people in East Devon say they are at risk of being homeless, according to a report.

    More than a quarter (1,700) of the nearly 4,000 people on the social housing list in the district say they are under threat of losing their home, with the figures rising to more than a third of 16-24 year olds.

    homeless person

    The figures were collated from the housing need assessments that each claimant has to complete when they register for social housing, and a report was presented to the council's cabinet on Wednesday.

    Of those who have a housing need:

    • 26% said they were at risk of being homeless, with 37% of 16-24 year olds at risk
    • Nearly 8% of people said they needed to escape violence or harassment
    • More than 42% said their health and/or wellbeing was made worse by their current home
    • About 6% said they needed to move because their current home is in very poor condition

    East Devon District Council is currently working on a new strategy to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

    Quote Message: Homelessness is one of the worst life experiences a person or a household can suffer and an effective homelessness strategy can make a massive difference to people experiencing homelessness. It is also a vital social responsibility, which East Devon takes very seriously and, as a housing authority, it is the council's aim to be outstanding at delivering this duty." from Andrew Mitchell Housing Needs and Strategy Manager, East Devon District Council
    Andrew MitchellHousing Needs and Strategy Manager, East Devon District Council
  13. Mass skinny dip to be held on Cornwall beach this summer

    Cornwall Live

    The first ever "South West Skinny Dip" is to be held this summer and will see dozens - or maybe hundreds - of people strip off and swim in the sea off Summerleaze beach in Bude.

  14. Experts on board to help realise new Exeter venue

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans for a new performance venue in Exeter's city centre have taken a step forward.

    Exeter City Council has appointed development experts, Fourth Street to explore the viability of an entertainment venue as part of the £300m plans to redevelop the wider St Sidwell's Point area.

    Last year, the council stressed a venue could not be built with public funds alone.

    A survey showed people preferred the city centre as a location rather than on the outskirts.

    Plans for a state-of-the-art new leisure complex for Exeter
  15. MPs argue money laundering is national security threat

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    MPs behind a move to force transparency measures on Britain's Crown Dependencies have argued money laundering threatens the UK's national security.

    In a letter to Guernsey's chief minister, Andrew Mitchell and Margaret Hodge cite a 2018 Foreign Affairs Select Committee report which said money laundering was a "matter of national security" and "constitutionally under the jurisdiction of the UK".

    They argue the islands' private registers of company ownership have proven ineffective at preventing financial crime, as evidenced by revelations surrounding shell companies in offshore leaks.

    On Monday, the British government pulled a Bill which had an amendment by the MPs seeking to make company ownership of islands firms available on public registers.

    "These registers are important if we are to fight corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing," the MPs' letter reads.

    "In 2018 following the publication of the Paradise Papers and the Skripal attack in Salisbury the British Government has additional reasons to support these public registers."

    In reply, Guernsey's Chief Minister Gavin St Pier tweeted he disagreed with much in the letter and would respond.

  16. Locals 'sad' at number of Guernsey shops closing down

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    People in St Peter Port say they are sad about an increasing number of shops closing in the town.

    The comments come after large retailers such as HMV, Miss Selfridge and Beghins have packed up shop.

    Director of the Bailiwick Estates, Brett Allen, says two national retailers have shown interest in the area - but these people in Guernsey say they're losing hope...

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    Video caption: A number of large retailers have packed up shop in Guernsey
  17. BreakingExmouth teen cleared of attempted murder

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A 17-year-old boy has been found not guilty of the attempted murder of a 10-year-old girl in Exmouth last year.

    The jury at Bristol Crown Court has been unable to reach a verdict on an allegation of rape.

    The boy had previously pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl last October and is in custody to be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

  18. Jersey prepare for Pirates trip

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Reds make three changes for their trip to Cornish Pirates in the Champions on Sunday.

    The islanders had a six-game winning streak against the Penzance-based side broken last month when they were beaten in the last eight of the Championship Cup, but have not lost in Cornwall since December 2015.

    Jersey Reds

    Scrum-half Will Homer comes in for Liam Howley to face a side he had a short spell with in 2015 while Charlie Beckett and Sam Rodman returns to the forward pack as the islanders aim for a third successive win.

    Jersey Reds:Van Dam; Marx, Ma'afu, Best, Newey; Herron, Homer; Godfrey, Maddison, Rodman, Sexton (capt), Beckett, Hatherell, Bartle, Venter

    Replacements: Macfarlane, Morley, Atalifo, McKern, Joyce, Howley, Penberthy