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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are

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getting married these Jailed - the teacher guilty

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of abusing children in his care. Christopher Roy Bacon was told

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he committed a gross betrayal. Good evening and welcome to the late

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news from BBC Channel Islands, Also tonight: Natural collapse -

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the pines prone to fall at The Guett, but can

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nature hold it up? Tomorrow will probably be the last

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quiet day. There are changes afoot at the end of the week and into the

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weekend. More details later in the programme.

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A 74-year-old former teacher has been sent to prison for five

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and a half years for abusing children in Jersey.

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Christopher Roy Bacon had previously been found guilty

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of eight sex offences, dating back more than 30 years.

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Julie Flanagan was at the Royal Court for his sentencing.

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The offences for which Christopher Roy Bacon was being sentenced

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here today were all committed while he was a teacher at D'Hautree

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secondary school in the late 1970s and the early 80s.

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He'd been found guilty of the historic abuse

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Today, the Royal Court commissioner Sir Michael Birt told Bacon he had

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committed a gross betrayal against boys who were entrusted

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to his care, and psychological reports suggest two victims

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in particular have been significantly

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Sir Michael said: "You pleaded not guilty and forced your

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victims to come to court and relive what happened."

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Bacon, who was wearing a dark suit, showed no emotion

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A restraining order has also been made to prevent him

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contacting one victim when he is released from prison.

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He will also remain on the sex offenders register for ten years.

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A 48-year-old Jersey man has been sentenced to three years,

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nine months in prison for indecent assault.

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Fergus Gerard Cullen had been found guilty of four counts of indecent

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assault against two men at a trial in January.

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Commissioner Michael Birt said one victim had been so upset

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by what Cullen had done and his sexual banter

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A 60-year-old British photo-journalist has been jailed

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for two-and-a-half years after admitting defrauding

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five Guernsey businesses to the tune of ?50,000.

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The Royal Court heard Adrian McKenzie came

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to Guernsey in 2015, claiming to be a multi-millionaire

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looking for a home for his retirement.

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Over nine months, he ran up debts with architects, an estate agent,

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an accountancy firm and a local hotel, while developing lavish,

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but ultimately false plans for a property on the west coast.

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A number of proposals to improve health care services in Alderney

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have received the support of island politicians.

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The recommendations were made by Professor Philip Wilson

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It's suggested that more care is offered in Alderney's hospital,

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that more Guernsey based consultants visit the island and there

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are improvements in health prevention measures.

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There is indeed universal support for the Wilson report. I think the

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lessons we have learned that we in alternate should have a clearer say

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in what is appropriate for us on the island. For example, should we have

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a different type of primary health care service to that which they

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operate in Guernsey? Do we have the same degree of competition, or

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should we centralise it in a system whereby we can elect data, which is

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useful to Alderney and allows us to make decisions about the types of

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secondary care appropriate on the island.

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The woodland at one of Guernsey's most popular

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scenic spots is crumbling and in danger of collapsing.

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But local conservationists have come up with a plan and are launching

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a project to develop the woodland at the Guet.

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It's one of the most popular parts of the island for walks and one

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of the rare areas of woodland in Guernsey, but the future

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of The Guet is in doubt, with its iconic Monterrey Pines now

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exceeding their natural lifespan and no plans in place

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for when they literally begin to collapse.

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Groups of local conservationists are developing plans to rejuvenate

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the area and breathe new life into the natural

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The trees were planted 80 years ago, and the life

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span of a Monterey Pine is about 70 years.

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You know, eventually, if we did not do anything,

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But it is not just the pine trees, it is the whole aspect of trying

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to get some wildlife, both flowers, and actually make it

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more enjoyable for people to come in and walk and play and picnic.

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A project's been launched introducing new plants and wildlife

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and making it an even more attractive and appealing place

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This woman is from the Guernsey Trees For Life group is one

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She's appealing for the public to help.

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With this project we are starting right at the beginning

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Over the course of the week, we have delivered invitations

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to 160 households around this particular property.

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I didn't realise there were quite so many.

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And actually, to bring them in and say, you're the neighbours,

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you're the community, you probably love and use this

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So, the message for the public is, don't take a back seat,

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The Channel Islands are sending ?500,000 to help the famine crisis

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The UN has warned the world is facing its largest humanitarian

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crisis since World War Two, with millions of people facing

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starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and parts of Nigeria.

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Guernsey's giving ?50,000, while ?200,000 from the Jersey

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Overseas Aid Commission will pay for food, hygiene kits,

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There are plans to open a hostel in Alderney to help

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pay for the restoration of a 2,000-year-old Roman fort.

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The States wants to turn part of the site known as the "nunnery"

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It has a wealth of military history, which politicians want

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In time they hope the building will pay for itself with plans

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What do you do when you need to replace part of Jersey's iconic

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The original chain that made the light flash

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was replaced at the landmark from an unusual source.

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Annie Knowlson was there during this morning's fog to find out more.

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Today it's driven by a motor, but previously a five-metre long

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chain was used to drive the cog which rotated the shade that

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The lighthouse keeper found the old one, tried his best

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to restore it, but couldn't, and sought help at the best

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place he could think of - the local bicycle workshop.

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The gentleman turned up with an extremely

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My first thought was, how big is this guy's bike?!

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Considering the length of the chain, there was basically 20 or 30 stiff

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links in the chain which he'd worked quite hard to try to remove to

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the original chain, but I think it was getting to the point where it

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wasn't functioning properly any more.

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And now the new chain has been fitted in place,

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returning some aesthetic authenticity to the internal

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But this isn't the only improvement needed.

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Inside, the paint work is coming away, but more

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important is the steelwork which is being currently maintained.

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What we've noticed after the last painting is that the paint has

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deteriorated quite quickly, and internally there is an ingress

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of water which is causing concern for some of the steel work

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So we've gone through a process using a few concrete consultants

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to come in to look at it to identify where the problem is, and as I say,

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that problem has now been identified and rectified but we'd

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still like to clean the outside of the lighthouse off completely.

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Repaint it with a product which stops the ingress of water,

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seals the lighthouse completely and then once that's sealed we'll

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allow the internally for that to dry out completely before we recoat it

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again and resolve the rust issues on the steelwork.

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It may have been replaced by modern mechanisms,

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but today's weather conditions, show why this lighthouse has always

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played an important role on Jersey's west coast.

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Hello, good evening. We have been getting quite used to these sorts of

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scenes with the mist and low cloud and drizzle, and there is not a

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great deal of change for tomorrow, rather cloudy with drizzle and

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feeling mild. Quite a big change as we move through tomorrow and head

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into the weekend. The high pressure is on the move. By Thursday, a

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weather front approaches from the West, capable of reducing a few

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got this thing of high-pressure but got this thing of high-pressure but

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that is weakening all of the time. By the weekend, these weather fronts

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will be approaching us, giving us some rain and becoming quite windy.

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Overnight tonight, it is quiet and misty with some drizzle in the wind,

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and night-time temperatures down to eight or 9 degrees. Quite a grey day

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tomorrow, not much chance of brightness. Thicker cloud than

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today, and it will continue to be around for most of the afternoon,

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occasionally some drizzle, and 11 or 12 will be the maximum temperature.

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More of a breeze towards the end of the day. By Friday and into

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Saturday, we have got brisk westerly winds which will feed in plenty of

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cloud and moisture. Hopefully better visibility, but the wind will bring

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with it some rain as we head into Saturday and Sunday. Some sunshine

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on Friday morning, but then Saturday and Sunday those westerly winds get

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going bringing the risk of rain from time to time. Have a good night. We

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are back at 6:30pm tomorrow. Have a very good night.

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been. The outlook, rain around, if it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national headlines.

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For large parts of Wales and England there was blue sky and warmth.

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Warmest day of the year, a clumsy way of saying the UK had the highest

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temperature

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