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Gareth Jones: Tributes to Hove man 'swept out to sea' with dog

BBC Sussex News Feed - 2 hours 47 min ago
Gareth Jones is feared drowned after police said he was "swept out to sea" with his dog near Hove.
Categories: Sussex

Greater Manchester Police: Named officer plan 'will improve accountability'

BBC Manchester News Feeds - 3 hours 35 min ago
Mayor Andy Burnham says giving each resident an assigned named police officer will "improve accountability".
Categories: Manchester

Beaconsfield: Girl and two dogs saved from house fire

BBC Beds Bucks Herts News Feed - 3 hours 55 min ago
Two people were treated for smoke inhalation, while fire crews also offered oxygen to two dogs.

Covid: Funeral held at arena after Wotton-under-Edge church cancels

BBC Gloucestershire news feed - 4 hours 23 min ago
Ruth Rowe's family said they had been given "no indication" her funeral would be cancelled.
Categories: Gloucestershire

Leon Briggs: Jury shown CCTV of man 'being restrained by police'

BBC Beds Bucks Herts News Feed - 4 hours 24 min ago
Leon Briggs died in November 2013 after being detained under the Mental Health Act.

Covid-19: Sandwell health boss says deniers 'ridiculous'

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 4 hours 47 min ago
Sandwell public health director Dr Lisa McNally also condemns vaccine sceptics amid social media abuse.
Categories: Birmingham

Dillon Barnes: Burton Albion sign QPR goalkeeper on loan

BBC Staffordshire News Feed - 4 hours 51 min ago
Burton Albion sign QPR goalkeeper Dillon Barnes until the end of the season.
Categories: Staffordshire

Greg Halford: Southend United defender extends contract

BBC Essex News Feed - 5 hours 17 min ago
Southend United defender Greg Halford extends his deal until the end of the season.
Categories: Essex

Covid: Cheltenham birth centre may close for up to two months

BBC Gloucestershire news feed - 5 hours 17 min ago
Cheltenham General Hospital says the closure is necessary to free up space for non-Covid patients.
Categories: Gloucestershire

Covid-19: Oxfordshire hospitals cancel ops amid 'huge challenges'

BBC Oxford News Feed - 5 hours 29 min ago
Routine surgeries at hospitals in Oxfordshire have been postponed because of coronavirus pressures.
Categories: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Bath: Fly-half Tian Schoeman completes move from Cheetahs

BBC Somerset News Feed - 5 hours 33 min ago
Bath complete the signing of South African fly-half Tian Schoeman from Pro14 side Cheetahs.
Categories: Education, Somerset

Bath: Fly-half Tian Schoeman completes move from Cheetahs

BBC Bristol News Feed - 5 hours 33 min ago
Bath complete the signing of South African fly-half Tian Schoeman from Pro14 side Cheetahs.
Categories: Bristol

Bryn Morris: Northampton sign Portsmouth midfielder on loan

BBC Northamptonshire News Feed - 5 hours 50 min ago
Northampton Town sign Portsmouth;'s former England Under-19 midfielder Bryn Morris on loan for the rest of the season.
Categories: Northamptonshire

Darwen Jubilee Tower: 'Urgent repairs' to Victorian building approved

BBC Lancashire - 5 hours 54 min ago
A £280,000 plan to stop further deterioration to Darwen's Jubilee Tower is backed by the town's council.
Categories: Lancashire

Tom James: Salford City sign Hibernian full-back on loan

BBC Manchester News Feeds - 6 hours 24 min ago
Salford City sign Hibernian full-back Tom James on loan until the end of the season.
Categories: Manchester

Jet-skier ordered to pay £250 for speeding on river

Cornwall Council News feed - 6 hours 34 min ago

A jet-skier has been ordered to pay towards costs after he admitted speeding and riding without care and caution on Truro River.

On July 10, 2020, Truro Harbour Masters Office received multiple complaints of jet-ski users acting recklessly.

Harbour staff deployed two boats to investigate and located five jet-skiers on the Truro River. The group were warned about their behaviour but they continued to operate at high speed.

Members of the public supplied video footage of the group acting irresponsibly around moored boats.

Joshua Gotts, of Camborne, was subsequently identified as one of the jet-skiers.

In a prosecution brought by Cornwall Council, Gotts appeared at Truro Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, January 13, where he pleaded guilty to four charges; failing to navigate a vessel with care and caution, causing or permitting a vessel to proceed at a speed great than 8 knots above the Turnaware Bar Starboard hand buoy, jet skiing without the written permission of the Harbour Master and failing to proceed with care and caution and at slow speed in or near the small craft mooring areas.

In mitigation, Gotts said he was an experienced jet-skier and that the craft are difficult to handle below 12mph. He added that he was not aware he needed permission from the Truro Harbour Master to use his jet-ski in the area.

Accepting his guilty pleas, the magistrates gave Gotts a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £250 (£228 towards the council’s prosecution costs and a £22 victim surcharge).

Councillor Loic Rich, Chair of the Cornwall Council Harbours Board, said: "This prosecution has been brought about thanks to the sterling efforts of our Harbourmaster and Maritime Management, as well as our legal team at Cornwall Council. It is totally unacceptable that some water users behave in this reckless manner. This very easily could have resulted in someone getting seriously hurt or losing their life. 

“Where we have evidence of people behaving irresponsibly on the water, we will take action."

Rob Nolan, cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Those who act in this irresponsible manner pose not only a threat to other people, but also to the local wildlife.

“There is an area on the river where water users are permitted to travel at high speeds safely. If you want to go out on the water check the rules, get permission and show some respect to other water users and the local wildlife.”

Story created on 18 January 2021

Categories: Cornwall

Floods in Cambridgeshire highlight shape of English Civil War fort

BBC Camberidgeshire News Feed - 6 hours 36 min ago
The shape of a 400-year-old military defence is highlighted by rising water levels in The Fens.
Categories: Cambridgeshire

Help protect nature in Cornwall and tell us what matters most to you

Cornwall Council News feed - 6 hours 41 min ago

Cornwall is pioneering a national effort to kickstart the recovery of wildlife and nature, and you can have your say on what is important to you. 

Cornwall was chosen by government as one of only five areas to test the creation of a Nature Recovery Plan before it become a requirement of all areas nationally. Sitting alongside the Climate Change Action Plan, it will guide funding and planning policy by identifying the best opportunities to protect, restore and improve local wildlife. 

By getting involved, residents will be able to shape local priorities on how to best support nature in Cornwall – whether it's wildflowers for pollinators, more trees to fight climate change, more green spaces in our towns, or a habitat or species you’re passionate about. 

Our natural environment is foundational to our health, prosperity, identity and heritage through its diverse features and habitats – from towans to tors, marshland to moorland, and our iconic Chough. It is also central to the fight against climate change and environmental hazards –from flood risks to infectious diseases. 

But nature is in crisis, with 41% of species having declined in the UK since 1970 - and Cornwall reflects that trend. This decline is also speeding up due to climate change. The new plan will set out how Cornwall can tackle this ecological crisis. 

Cllr Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to tackling the ecological emergency head on through projects like Forest for Cornwall and Making Space for Nature, and this is matched by the incredible ambition of our partners, communities and businesses. I’m proud that Cornwall’s pioneering work to safeguard our natural environment has resulted in this pilot and hope that our residents will have their say on this crucial next step in our transition to a greener Cornwall.” 

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: “Taking care of nature will help us move towards our ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“We all have a duty to protect the environment and we want residents to have their say over how we do this.”

Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, said: “Our Local Nature Partnership has one overriding aim – to reverse the decline of nature and loss of biodiversity in Cornwall and Scilly. The challenge to halt that decline is a critical one, and all of us need to be a part of the solution. That’s why when putting our plans for nature recovery together, full public engagement is vital.  Get the right plan, and we really can grow nature here in Cornwall and deliver a green recovery.” 

Emma Browning, Partnership Manager of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, said: “The Cornwall AONB is committed to nature recovery. It is key that we unite together with land-owners, farmers, businesses and communities as a collaborative network to deliver what is essential to reverse the decline in biodiversity and promote a green recovery. We are all interlinked with nature in various ways, via the direct work in our landscape through to the food we eat. We all need to play a part in the solution, and collectively this is achievable.” 

Residents can have their say on what and where nature matters most to them to help shape the plan until mid-February on the Lets Talk Cornwall website

Story created on 18 January 2021

Categories: Cornwall

Covid-19 vaccine hub opens at Taunton Racecourse

BBC Somerset News Feed - 6 hours 45 min ago
About 900 people per day can be vaccinated at the site, which is open seven days per week.
Categories: Education, Somerset

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